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RESEARCH GALA IS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

By Malisa Hyland
UW-RF University Communications
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NOV. 18, 2005-- The fourth annual Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Gala held on Nov. 10 featured 29 presentations by students, faculty and staff at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Nearly 60 UW-RF campus community members showcased their research, scholarly and creative works at the event.

Speakers included biology Professor Timothy Lyden, Student Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activities Vice President Brianna Zemke, UW-RF Grants Director William Campbell and UW-RF Director of Advancement Dan McGinty.

Following the speakers was an hour-long session where students and attendees engaged in exciting conversations about the exhibited work.

“The evening was a resounding success and a great kick-off event for RSCA,” said Lyden, who is also the SURSCA faculty advisor.

Faculty and staff members involved in the gala included: Lyden, animal and food science Professor Bonnie Walters, computer science and information systems Professor Hossein Najafi, psychology Professor Richard Seefeldt, horticulture professors Terry Ferriss and Brian Smith, psychology Professor Travis Tubre, geology Professor Jim Cotter, biology laboratory manager Jodie Deshler, biology Professor Scott Ballantyne, biology Professor John Wheeler, biology Professor Karen Klyczek, biology Professor Mark Bergland, and chemistry Professor Karl Peterson.

The following students presented their research or scholarly/creative activities at the gala.

Wisconsin:
Appleton— James Grosek, biology major, “Artificial tissue development in 3D cultures leads to stable phenotypic changes in trophoblast cells”

Cambridge— Charles Packard, biotechnology major, “”Fishing” for Frog Proteins that bind to Hermes, A key regulator of animal development”

Deerfield— Erin Regan, horticulture major, “A Research Internship at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania”

Deer Park— Brianna Zemke, chemistry major, ”Testing of synthetic compounds for apoptosis-inducing capacity reveals a specific cell-death pathway”

Eau Claire—Tim Pearson, biology major, “Primary nervous tissue growth and potential development in 3D cultures”

Ellsworth—Crystal L. Scott, English major, “Aspects of the paleontology and stratigraphy of the lower Triassic-lower cretaceous strata of the eastern Bighorn Basin, WY”

Hudson—Laura Hagen, geology major, “Paleo-environment of Glacial Lake Benson: Identifying and Interpreting Proximal Varves”
Michael Lovell, computer science and information technology major, “Hiding data in digital images using Artificial Neural Networks”
Karine M. Wilson, art major, “An Inside Look at Painting”

Menomonee Falls—Nicholas F. Schefte, biology major, “Seed viability of a Japanese knotweed clone on the UW-RF campus”

Osceola—Kyle Thompson, computer science major, “Semantic Networks with Relations as Nodes”

River Falls—Maria Caruso, biology major, “A Model System To Test Capsaicin Analogs On Receptor-Mediated Calcium Unflux”
Maureen Casey, psychology major, “Sex Differences in Perceptions of Sexual Harassment”
Jacqueline Davis, art major, “Shibori Kimono”
Kelli Nowak, psychology major, “Social Identity and Eating Disorders”
LeAnne Ptacek, fine arts major, “Discovering Intaglio: my printmaking process of choice”
Michael Salmela, biology major, “Using FRET to locate active N-WASP”

Roberts—Tracy Nelson, sociology major, “Testing of synthetic compounds for apoptosis-inducing capacity reveals a specific cell-death pathway”

Superior—Caroline Martin, biology major, “Worms don’t have eyes: Analyzing C. elegans Lacking Sia-1 Function,” and “Testing of synthetic compounds for apoptosis-inducing capacity reveals a specific cell-death pathway”

Verona—Kendra K, Scudder, biology major, “A Multi-Generation Sublethal Assay of Estrogenics Using the him-5 Strain of Casenorhabditis elegans”

Washburn—Matthew Cogger, horticulture major, “Vine Pruning of Charentais melons (Cucumis melo L., var. cantalupensis Naud)”

Minnesota:
Prior Lake—Tory Schaaf, biology major, “Primary nervous tissue growth and potential development in 3D cultures”

Richfield—O’Neal Hampton, psychology major, “Sex Differences in Perceptions of Sexual Harassment”

Roseville—Christopher Kroening, fine arts major, “Glass Artist”

Shoreview—Jennifer Dolen, art major, “Photographic Cameras, Process, and Prints”

St. Paul—Thomas R. Ridge, psychology major, “Determination of Reinforcer Value in Rats with a Choice Procedure Involving a Correspondence between Location and Amount of Reinforcement”

South St. Paul—Sarah Engen, art major, “Woven Chenille Scarfs”

Wells—Megan Theede, biology major, “Worms don’t have eyes: Analyzing C. elegans Lacking Sia-1 Function”

Also presenting was: Korey McDermott, “Untitled.”

For more information about SURSCA, visit www.uwrf.edu/sursca/.



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