Students Present Research at State Capitol
By Samantha Wenwoi
APRIL 30, 2007--Ten University of Wisconsin-River Falls students presented their undergraduate research findings at the fourth annual "Posters on the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research" event held April 18 at the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison.
They joined more than 150 other UW System students in sharing the culmination of their scholarly efforts with state legislators, UW administrators and other policy-makers.
Highlighted by speeches by UW System President Kevin Reilly and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, the three-hour event featured 112 poster presentations that encompassed multiple disciplines.
The proceedings combined to create an atmosphere of scholarly enthusiasm, said UWRF senior Andrea Crownhart, who participated in the event. "There was definitely an air of excitement and passion for research in the capital that day," she said.
UWRF senior Travis Cordie, who also presented his research findings, said that meeting his fellow UW System students was one of the best parts of the event. "I really enjoyed talking to many people from all of the UW schools throughout the state."
Provost Charles Hurt, who was in attendance, praised the student researchers: "The students who participated were wonderful and great ambassadors for UWRF and the UW System."
Listed are participating UWRF students and their research projecs:
·Travis Cordie, a senior biotechnology major from Woodbury, Minn., presented "Development of artificial-tissues (Ats) from early avian embryonic cardiac tissues strongly implies a contribution from fetal stem cell populations."
·Andrea Crownhart, a senior biology major from Elmwood, Wis., presented "Quadrula metanevra glochidia metamorphose on select minnows."
·Amy Robak, a freshman conservation major from Oak Park, Minn., presented "Efforts to Analyze Nutrient Management Without the Use of Commercial Fertilizer."
·Tory Schaaf, a junior biology major from Prior Lake, Minn., presented "Studies of artificial-tissues (ATs) from early avian embryonic neural tissues illustrate in-vitro differentiation and large scale development."
·Kyle Thompson, a senior computer science and information systems major from Osceola, Wis., and Da Vis Linder, a senior computer science and information systems. major from Minneapolis, Minn., presented "Video Game Design Using New-Age Development Processes, Tools and Design."
·Danielle Tucker, a senior biology major from Cottage Grove, Minn., presented "Evidence of the "Mitotic Catastrophe Programmed Cell Death Pathway in Testing of Synthetic Compounds."
·Chris Wenig, a senior biology major from Chilton, Wis., presented "The study of early avain thoracic neural crest cells and neural tube region tissues in 3-D artificial tissue (ATs) cultures."
·Michelle Willette, a senior biology major from Buffalo, Minn., presented "The culture of early avian embryonic lung samples in 3-D artificial tissues (ATs) cultures."
·Erik Wood, a sophomore biology major from New Richmond, Wis., presented "Characterization of avian embryonic artificial tissues (ATs) and monolayer cultures of mesenchymal origin derived from early long bone rudiments."
Top right: Student Amy Robak of Oak Park, Minn., stands next to her poster presentation on managing the nutrients of soil that does not use commercial fertilizers at "Posters on the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research" at the State Capitol in April.
Top left: The group of UWRF student participants at the Research at the Rotunda event in Madison.
Bottom: right: UW System Kevin Reilly addresses UW students, legislators and policy-makers at the "Posters on the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research" at the State Capitol in April.
Bottom, left: Student Chris Weinig of Chilton, Wis., explains his research to Sen. Sheila Harsdorf at the "Posters on the Rotunda: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research" at the State Capitol in April.
Thursday, 22-Apr-2010 16:08:16 Central Daylight Time
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