2020 Symposium Awardees

2020 Symposium Awardees

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Symposium award winners, listed below as “Placement, Presenter Name, Department, Presentation Title”.

15 minute Research Oral Presentations

Eye-opening societal interventions

  • 1st Muchin Bazan Department of Economics Women in STEM: The Role of Role Models
  • 2nd Harsh Sanghavi Industrial Systems Engineering Measuring the influence of anger on takeover performance in semi-automated vehicles
  • 3rd Esha Dwibedi Department of Economics Trust and Economic Freedom: A Multi-country Study

Myths and mysteries unravelled

  • 1st Ernie Osburn Department of Biological Sciences Forest disturbance has long-term effects on soil bacterial and fungal communities in Appalachian ecosystems
  • 2nd Sarah Kuchinsky Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology Assessing susceptibility to Usutu virus in avian models
  • 3rd Holly Morrison Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Redness, swelling, and heat, oh my! – Inflammation Results in Cancer Development

New educational viewpoints

  • 1st Bronson Weston Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology A Novel Methodology to Extend Our Understanding of the Microbiome in Human Health and Disease
  • 2nd Madeline Bruce Developmental Psychology Multisensory Integration in Social and Nonsocial Events and Emerging Language in Toddlers
  • 3rd Christina Devine Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Development of a Standardized Scaling Test Protocol for Evaluation of Scale Reduction Devices and Technologies

Old problem, new solutions

  • 1st Akshay Jain Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Converting waste heat using thermoelectric generator to power microbial electrolysis cell for sustainable wastewater treatment
  • 2nd Michael Holden Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Investigating Changes in Population Size of Virginia Bog Turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii)
  • 3rd Lauren Bochicchio Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Understanding the Harmful Effects of STING-Mediated Neuroinflammation in TBI

Small structure with a big impact

  • 1st Alison Cash Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Insights into a novel regulator of blood brain barrier dysfunction following traumatic brain injury
  • 2nd Chris McCullough Department of Horticulture Ticks in the Pollinator Mix
  • 3rd Joelle Martin Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health Identifying dynamic regulators of glutamate transport in glioblastoma multiforme

Flash Talk Presentations

Eye-opening societal interventions

  • 1st Christian Heryakusuma Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
    Thioredoxin-based Stabilization of Methyl Coenzyme-M Reductase (Mcr), a Tool for Bioconversion of Methane to Liquid Fuel
  • 2nd Margaret Nagai-Singer Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Program Destination Mitochondria: The roadmap to understanding NLRX1 as a tumor suppressor
  • 3rd Jessica Resor Department of Human Development Parents and Children Negotiating Family Interactions with Alexa

Myths and mysteries unravelled

  • 1st Joanna Reinhold Department of Biochemistry Mosquitoes and Frogs: Discovering the factors underlying this unusual relationship
  • 2nd Danny Fritsch Aerospace Engineering Breaking the Sound Barrier: Understanding the Physics of Aerodynamic Noise
  • 3rd Chloe Moore Department of Biological Science Does commonness confer connectivity? A genomics case study of a backyard frog

New educational viewpoints

  • 1st Christina Mounzer Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise From Stem Cell to Mini Organ: Cultivating Organoids to Better Understand Cancer Development
  • 2nd Abdelaziz Alsharawy Department of Economics Risk Aversion: Arousal, Attention and Incentive Effects
  • 3rd Yirui Chen Computational Biology Mathematical modelling gliding motility control and coordination in Myxococcus xanthus

Old problem, new solution

  • 1st Parul Sharma Genetics Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Strain-level identification of tomato pathogens from metagenomic sequences obtained with the ONT MinION
  • 2nd Tawni Paradise Engineering Education Understanding Habits of Engagement in Engineering Thinking Among Parent-Child Dyads
  • 3rd David Scherr Biological Systems Engineering
    Characterizing Algae using Raman Spectroscopy and the generating reducing equivalents using photosynthetically active algal extracts

Poster Presentations

Eye-opening societal interventions

  • 1st Tyler McFayden Clinical Psychology Measurement-Based Care to Evaluate Psychological Treatment Outcomes in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 2nd Alexandra Russell MIning Engineering Physical and Chemical Characterization of Rare Earth Elements in Coal Refuse
  • 3rd Renata Carneiro Food Science and Technology
    Check-If-Apply: A Sensory Approach to Improve Communication Between Consumers and The Drinking Water Industry

Myths and mysteries unravelled

  • 1st Alexandra Kaloss Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Program Improving blood flow through EphA4 inhibition as a novel stroke therapy
  • 2nd Hazem Sharaf Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Novel field-based interactions between soybean and symbiotic root nodule bacteria
  • 3rd Hanna Kiryluk Animal and Poultry Sciences Brucella abortus is recognized by the negative regulator NLRX1 of the innate immune system

New educational viewpoints

  • 1st Joseph Sarver Department of Chemical Engineering
    Linking Plastic Behavior at High Pressure to the Development of Commercial Products: From Laboratory Benchtop to Tennis Shoe
  • 2nd Lauren Buttling Environmental Policy and Planning Maternal residential proximity to Central Appalachian surface mining and adverse birth outcomes
  • 3rd Bradford Stucki Department of Human Development
    Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Central, North Central, and South Central Appalachia – An Examination of Local Service Types and Availability

Old problem, new solution

  • 1st Morgan Roth Department of Entomology Sampling Varroa destructor and Screening for Acaricide Resistance
  • 2nd Sarah Power Department of Biological Sciences Remote characterization of Antarctic microbial mat communities
  • 3rd Allison Zeher Department of Biochemistry Investigating Changes in Immune Cell Populations in Pancreatic Tumors After Novel Treatments