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Undergraduate researchers to present findings April 4 at MSU

March 28, 2006 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Tribal tattoos, vacationing during anxious times and the effects of soy on inflammation are among the topics that student researchers have investigated this year and will explain during Montana State University's annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference on Tuesday, April 4.

Other projects involve a helicopter crash in Antarctica, canine tumors, deep-tissue injuries, and the impact of Christian missionaries on Micronesia.

More than 100 students across all disciplines, many of whom received support for their work from MSU's Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP), will present their findings at the conference, said Steve Holmgren, USP director. Oral presentations will be given from 10:20 to 11:40 a.m. and 1 to 5:20 p.m. in rooms 275 and 276 in the Strand Union Building. Posters and visual arts projects will be displayed from 1 to 5 p.m. in SUB Ballrooms A, B and C. The conference is free and open to the public.

The schedule for oral presentations is:

SUB 275:

10:20 a.m. -- Shaun Frank, Diversity and gene expression of cyanidia in Yellowstone National Park.
10:40 a.m. -- Robbie Mealer, Creating optical sensors of membrane voltage.
11 a.m. -- Cale Davis, The political economy of anti-price gouging laws.
11:20 a.m. -- Erick Tombre, Obesity/BMI in Missoula Public School children.
1 p.m. -- Pat Secor, Community analysis of chronic wounds using molecules.
1:20 p.m. -- Tiffany Kniepkamp, Determination of the effects of sprouting on axona.
1:40 p.m. -- Robert Boessenecker, Late Neogene paleontology of Pomponio State Beach.
2 p.m. -- Kamal Paudel, Human impact on wildlife.
2:20 p.m. -- Stacey Hellekson, Potential for rainwater harvesting in Mali.
2:40 p.m. -- Claudia Foerster on Susan Glaspell, an American women's writer.
3 p.m. -- Raymond Craig, Untitled.
3:20 p.m. -- Jenni Simonsen, Seed viability from regrowth of spotted knapweed.
3:40 p.m. -- Jeana Antle, Guns vs. butter.
4:20 p.m. -- Carlton Quamme, Shortfalls of salmon restoration.
4:40 p.m. -- Keely Obert, Investigation of coarse aggregate durability.
5 p.m. -- Camden Driggers, Mimicking the CD4 binding site on gp120 using NGAL.

SUB 276:

10:20 a.m. -- Marion Maina, Alaska 511 information system.
10:40 a.m. -- Jana Christensen, Rise and fall of the piano.
11 a.m. -- Jack Ostrovsky, To flee or not to flee.
11:20 a.m. -- Jennifer Paul, Skid Marks.
1 p.m. -- Lincoln Solem-Sevier, Assistant Director.
1:20 p.m. -- Tyrell Elliott, Olympus Syndicate.
1:40 p.m. -- Kirsti Jegstad, Synthesis of novel zwitterionic dyes.
2 p.m. -- Anna Burke, Identification of rotavirus infectivity reducing compounds.
2:20 p.m. -- Ryan Flynn, The Pizza Show.
2:40 p.m. -- Dan Hall, Corrosion at the steel/concrete interface.
3:20 p.m. -- Austin Allen, Spatial variability of carbon and nitrogen ratios across topographic units.
3:40 p.m. -- Meekyung MacMurdie, The Merchant Ship Sales Act: An analysis of its shaping: Congress, industry and labor.
4 p.m. -- Joshua Kryston, A cultural rehabilitation?
4:20 p.m. -- Darla Hansen, Determining the multiplicity of infectivity for Sulfolobus Turreted Icosahedral Virus.
4:40 p.m. -- Tara Swope, Retroid element expression in Arabidopsis thaliana.
5 p.m. -- Selita Ammondt, Effects of small dam removal on woody riparian species in Montana.

Six students in the Undergraduate Scholars Program will go on to present their research at the 20th National Conference on Undergraduate Research to be held April 6-8 at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, Holmgren said. Those students are Christian Coe of Fairbanks, Alaska, Camden Driggers of Helena, Nathanael Lintner of East Glacier, Chad Shoopman of Glendive, Eric Siegfried of Miles City and Bjoern Traenkle , an international exchange student from Germany. They researched a variety of topics, including HIV and hydrogen production.

"There's some very high-level science there," Holmgren said of the national conference which will be attended by approximately 2,000 students.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu