2019 Undergraduate Exhibition

Title Presenter Abstract Faculty Sponsor Number Location
Enhanced Tolerance of Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) plants on Abandoned Mine Land Soil Leads to Overexpression of Cannabinoids Rabab Husain The research objective was to investigate the ability of Industrial hemp to remediate mine land soils in Pennsylvania. Six cultivars of hemp were grown on two contaminated and two control soil types while exposed to two environmental conditions. Results indicated a 2.54-fold increase of Nickel uptake and an 18-fold increase in CBDA synthase in plants grown in the mine land soil. It may be concluded that hemp plants displayed a high tolerance to heavy metals. Sairam Rudrabhatla 1 Flex
Establishing Credibility in the Classroom: Junior Women Engineering Faculty Narratives and Strategies to Overcome Student Bias and Aggression Brenna Rose Stone

This research presents findings from a study investigating the classroom experiences of junior women engineering faculty. We report research findings from hour-long interviews with junior women engineering faculty across the U.S. Themes emerging from the data include how past experiences with bias shape approaches and strategies for overcoming future bias; the importance of having a variety of women role models; and the need to prepare women engineering grad students for these challenges of faculty life.

Catherine Berdanier 194 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Evaluating adaptation to climate in Acer rubrum populations to understand responses to climate change Garrett Evans

Climate is a main driving force that leads to physiological and morphological adaptations in tree species, and Red maple (Acer rubrum) is one of the most common tree species in the Eastern US forests. Using data from a previous experiment, in which seeds from 50 stands from the natural range of red maple were grown in 5 common gardens, we evaluated the relationship between differences in fitness traits and each population's home climate.

Laura Leites 340 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Evaluating interactions between adaptation to climate and competition in Juglans nigra populations Abigail Jamison Genecology studies in forest tree species focus on understanding how genetic differentiation improves populations' fitness in their home environment. Yet, studies explaining interaction between adaptation to climate and intra-specific tree competition are scarce. This study hypothesizes that growth in populations of black walnut (Juglans nigra) adapted to differing climates are affected by competition differently. Results indicate that, for some growth traits, the effects were additive, and, for others, interaction was significant. Laura Leites 309 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Evaluating the Safety of Duck Prosciutto Kaylee Kishbaugh

The USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service requires that processors of ready-to-eat meat products have scientifically valid controls. An experiment was designed to validate the safety of duck prosciutto. Duck breast were inoculated with three strains each of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., and Campylobacter spp., and then cured with salt and other ingredients (2-4degC, 4 d), smoked, dried (aW < 0.88), vacuum packaged and stored (23degC, 4 wks). Results indicate reductions for each pathogen investigated.

Jonathan Campbell 186 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
EVALUATION OF BLOOD PRESSURE ESTIMATION USING PULSE TRANSIT TIME DURING CHANGES IN PHYSIOLOGICAL STATUS Amanda Sklarsky I tested the validity of Pulse Transit Time (PTT), a mechanism of blood pressure estimation, for my honors thesis. Companies such as Apple hope to incorporate PTT into wearable devices to provide a more wholistic view of health; the implications of such an advancement (a cuff-less, continuous, noninvasive BP measurement) are vast. This experience has established a foundation from which I will launch my career in business administration for the healthcare/medical device industries. Jim Pawelczyk 285 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Evolutionary genomic patterns of recent natural selection on body size sexual dimorphism in humans Audrey Margaret Arner

It has been hypothesized that human body size sexual dimorphism was reduced via positive selection following the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture. Here we apply a genome wide association study (GWAS) approach to study the recent evolutionary history of sexual dimorphism in human body size phenotypes. We observed evidence of recent positive selection, specifically on alleles associated with less sexual dimorphism. These results demonstrate the value of GWAS approaches for testing anthropological hypotheses.

George Perry 108 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Examining Ribosomal Localization based on Microtubule Polarity in Drosophila melanogaster Neurons David Francis Lee

Ribosomes are crucial to cellular function and development, as they are responsible for translation of mRNA to produce proteins that are vital to life. In Drosophila melanogaster neurons, ribosomes accumulate in the soma and dendritic branch points, but not the long axon. This body of work aimed to uncover how exactly ribosomes are being localized to dendritic branch points, and it was found that this is dependent on minus-end-out microtubule polarity.

Melissa Rolls 211 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Examining the acceptability of using sipIT digital tools to increase fluid consumption in kidney stone patients Caitlan Surgeon

Purpose: This study examined the acceptability of sipIT, digital health tools that facilitate tracking of fluid consumption, to remind kidney stone patients to drink when a lapse in drinking is detected. Methods: Participants with a history of kidney stones tested sipIT for three months. Results: Participants (N=16) believed sipIT increased their fluid intake and would recommend the tools to other patients. Conclusions: Future studies should examine the lasting effects of sipIT on fluid consumption.

David Conroy 252 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Examining the relationship of active transport habits with physical activity levels in a diverse sample of college students Jacqueline Netro Beltran

It has been found that people who partake in active transport (AT) to their destinations have a lower bmi than those who do not. Purpose of the study was to examine AT trips by race/ethnicity among college students who did meet physical activity (PA) recommendations. Participants were asked demographic questions and self-reported their PA. Anova examined differences in AT trips by race/ethnicity. These findings can help to identify the gaps in AT and alleviate them.

Melissa Bopp 180 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Explaining Senators' Votes on Supreme Court Appointment Hannah Petruzzi Using 22 nominations and 2000 senate votes, regression analyses were estimated to determine whether a difference exists in considerations of Republican and Democratic senators, or senators of the same and opposing party to the president, when casting confirmation votes. Both Republicans and Democrats consider qualifications most heavily, Republicans weigh ideology more, and Senators of the opposing party weigh qualifications over ideology. Results have important implications for our understanding of the nomination process and partisan considerations. Michael Nelson 105 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Exploration the Regulation of Cytoskeletal Filaments with the Genetic Manipulation of Cdk5 in Class I DA Neurons in Drosophila Katelyn Emily Rudisill

Microtubules have an inherit polarity allowing for proper neuronal function. Y-Tubulin localization to the branch points of dendrites in class I DA neurons in Drosophila is key for the nucleation and regulation of microtubules. The proteins that constitute the Wnt-signaling pathway help localize Y-Tubulin to the branch points of dendrites. A protein, outside of the Wnt proteins, Cdk5 has shown a phenotype for localizing Y-Tubulin, and I am investigating the possible pathways for this localization.

Melissa Rolls 255 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Exploring Bacterial Adaptation with Modified Isolation Chip Technique Emily Grandinette The goal of this project is to determine whether a modified isolation chip technique can be used to adapt bacterial isolates to new and distinct soil environments. Terrence Bell 339 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Exploring Genetic Causes of Phenotypic Variance in C. elegans Delayed Hatching Phenotype Julia Catena and Nicholas Cann

It was discovered that knocking out the various enzymes acting in the riboside pathway in C. elegans give a delayed hatching phenotype. Given the various phenotypes seen when the different enzymes are knocked down and knocked out, localization experiments were designed. The localization of each of the enzymes is to be studied through molecular cloning.

Wendy Hanna-Rose 348 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Exploring the Effect of Nmrk-1 Mutation on Hatching Time in C. Elegans Holden J Zimmerman and Katie Wittig

Our lab has discovered that when the nmrk-1 gene is mutated, an extended hatching phenotype often becomes evident. Nose-touch and stroking assays show that nmrk-1 C. elegans have the same response to touch as N2 C. elegans. L1 arrest recovery assays also reveal that L1 arrest in nmrk-1 mutated worms is more lethal than in N2 worms. Our research implies that the majority of unhatched nmrk-1 worms are dying inside their eggshells before they hatch.

Wendy Hanna-Rose 336 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Exploring the Efficacy of Cyclic Aspiration on Clot Displacement in a Cerebral Thrombectomy Model Connor Foust and Josh Kugel

Embolic occlusion of a cerebral artery causes acute ischemic stroke in an estimated 700,000 patients year in the US. Removal of the thromboembolus requires catheter-based surgical intervention including the use of static aspiration. However, cyclic aspiration has shown the ability to improve recanalization rates, thus a system was designed to model embolic occlusion under cyclic aspiration. The goal of this study is to track the displacement of the embolus to better understand these loading conditions.

Keefe Manning 237 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Exploring the Mechanisms Underlying Light Touch Sensation in Drosophila Philip P Ratnasamy

The specific purpose of class III DA Drosophila neurons is light touch sensation. In addition to the traditional dendritic branches found in all classes of neurons, class III cells possess small actin-rich spikes lining the entirety of their dendrites. These spikes are likely implicated in the ability of these cells to detect light touch. In this study, we characterize the proteins involved in spike point regulation and in turn the mechanisms underlying light touch sensation.

Melissa Rolls 248 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Exploring the physiological changes that Hymenolepis diminuta inflicts upon Tribolium confusum Gregory Paul Lutz

When infected with Hymenolepis diminuta, Tribolium confusum has been shown to display modified behavior. We attempted to modify beetle behavior by parasitic infection, infection by a pathogen, and the use of agonistic and antagonistic chemicals. While surface seeking behavior was not observed to vary significantly, the expression pattern of these genes that affect exploratory nature may still provide insight as to whether or not these pathways are affected by the presence of the tapeworm.

Anne Vardo-Zalik 267 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Factors Influencing Perceptions of Successful Ideas Yilin Yang and Mengqiao Zhang

Students in the engineering design course are asked to fill out the survey regarding different engineering designs. Each participant needs to comment on why he/she think the design is successful or unsuccessful. The team gathered all the comments in the surveys to see what different people think "most successful" and "least successful" mean and identify patterns of how people responded.

Kathryn Jablokow 283 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Finding William Carlos Williams in the Archives: Summer 2018 Archival Thesis Research Kathryn Lynn Mayberry

Over the summer of 2018, I conducted archival research using funds from the Erickson Discovery Grant for my honors thesis in English. My research led me to three archival libraries--Yale's Beinecke Library, The Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, and Harvard's Houghton Library--where I examined letters and manuscripts of the poet William Carlos Williams. My findings became the basis for my thesis and allowed me to ground my ideas in solid evidence.

Janet Lyon 1 Alumni Hall
Flood impact assessment from future climate Gitau Kimani

Throughout the semester I have been working alongside Camilo Bali as we are both working with Dr. Mejia. There have been a few challenges in terms of just understanding the program and having access to it but we are now on track and are moving in the right direction. I will be using data from the GIS and imputing into HAZUS system to understand and predict flooding patterns from the past and present.

Alfonso Mejia 12 Alumni Hall
Fluid Dynamics Study of an Implantable Fontan Circulation Assist Device Cody Kubicki

The Fontan operation palliates the effects of single ventricle congenital heart disease. To provide mechanical support for patients who have undergone this operation Penn State University is developing an implantable Fontan Circulation Assist Device (FCAD). This study quantified flow fields within the FCAD using particle image velocimetry (PIV). Flow fields were acquired at the centerline of the two inlets and the outlet of the model under various flow conditions.

Keefe Manning 301 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Fracture Toughness of Particulate Polymer-ceramic Composites Ruyi Man, Jiacheng Gao and Abhinit Kothari

To advance the design of composite materials, it is important to understand their mechanical behaviors. This study presents the results of experimental measurements of the mechanical behaviors of particulate epoxy-alumina composites. Fracture toughness is measured using three-point bending. Fracture paths are studied using micro- X-ray computed tomography. The effects of ceramic filler volume fraction and size on the fracture toughness and fracture mechanisms are studied. Furthermore, the implications are discussed for designing robust composite materials.

Jing Du 206 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Frequency of Gendered Language Use in Mother-Child Book Reading Hannah Yost Previous gender development literature demonstrates that children internalize gendered language, leading to changes in gender-typed behavior (Hilliard, Liben, 2010). The current study used a naturalistic mother-child paradigm to measure the frequency of gendered language during book reading. A content analysis was conducted on transcripts of 79 ethnically-diverse low-income mother-child dyads. Linear regression analyses tested whether mothers of girls used gendered language more than mothers of boys. Lynn Liben 240 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Functional Annotation of Uncharacterized Protein “Mosquito Defect” (PY17X_0719100) in Plasmodium yoelii. Lauren Sarko Malaria is a global epidemic that affects over 219 million people annually. My project focuses on the characterization PY17X_0719100, a gene we believe plays a crucial role in the transmission stages of the parasite that causes malaria, Plasmodium. My aim is to use reverse genetic approaches to both tag and knockout this gene. This will allow me to characterize its expression throughout the life cycle, as well as any phenotypes associated with its removal. Scott Lindner 168 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Fungal root microbiome dynamics affect tropical tree seedling performance Alyssa Leighann Decker

We test the hypothesis that root microbiomes that establish in Virola surinamensis seedlings vary depending on relatedness to the soil inoculum source and affect seedling growth performance. Abundances of some possibly pathogenic fungi were positively associated with maternal soil and hence candidates for negative effects of growing near a parent tree. Data collected indicates a number of connections between fungal transmission, genotype-specific interactions, and seedling performance that may affect community dynamics of tropical trees.

James Marden 235 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Gender Differences in Characteristics Associated with Psychopathy Subtypes Edie Ye Research on subtypes of psychopathy (e.g., low vs. high anxiety presentations) is based primarily on men. Using a dimensional conceptualization of psychopathic personality characteristics, the current study is designed to examine whether observed differences in subtypes of psychopathic men generalize to women. Gender differences in the associations between psychopathy subtypes and anxiety, aggression, alcohol use, and impulsivity will be examined among 434 undergraduate students (86% women) using regression-based analyses. Amy Marshall 127 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Gene SA1798 in S. aureus Plays Role in Tunicamycin Resistance Kaitlin Cole Prior studies found evidence that the gene SA618 is important in resistance of S. aureus to the antibiotic Tunicamycin; however, over-expression of the gene SA1798 was shown to negate the effect of losing SA618. In this study, the role of SA1798 was investigated through UPLC-MS and MALDI analysis of muropeptides and by generation of a single nucleotide polymorphism in the promoter of SA1798 that results in over-expression of the gene and reduced antibiotic susceptibility. Timothy Meredith 144 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Generation of True Random Numbers: When Microbiology meets Cryptography Lindsey Goodnight Random number generators have widespread application in various disciplines, especially in cryptography and cybersecurity. True random numbers (TRNs) are generated by utilizing the disorder in physical sources that do not have perceivable mathematical representation. This makes TRNs completely unpredictable. This poster focuses on TRNs generated by exploiting the inherent random spatial distribution of bacterial colonies, which makes them unclonable and hence, a near ideal platform for generation of TRNs. Aida Ebrahimi 155 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Genetic analysis of the Drosophila vib gene in wing development Amy Chen and Annie Liu

The Hippo pathway, a complex growth regulation signaling pathway, affects organ size and development in Drosophila and when dysregulated can lead to tumor development. A gene first found in mice, the vib or vibrator gene, may affect the Hippo pathway and fly organ development. This project aims to examine the function of the vib gene in conjunction with the Hippo pathway by using vib mutant clones and analyzing the morphological changes in their wings.

Zhi-Chun Lai 365 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Global Income Inequality Levels: Explaining the Variance Worldwide Matthew Osche In this study, I investigate the relationship between state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in a nation and income inequality rates. Additionally, I examine the effect of government ideological orientation, government system, and GDP per capita on income inequality rates. The results indicate that SOEs may have an indirect connection to income inequality rates while leftist governments have a positive affect on inequality and parliamentary systems have a negative effect on inequality rates in some contexts. Xun Cao 351 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Hadith over Qur'an: Islamic Law on Wudhu Ross Claar The poster explores the relationship between the Hadith and the Qur'an in regards to the basis of Islamic law. Focusing on wudhu, or the ritualistic steps needed to perform ablution, my reseach compares and contrasts the Hadiths from Malik, al-Bukhari, Muslim, and al-Shafi'i with the Qur'an to conclude that the Hadith plays a greater role in Islamic law when compared with the Qur'an. Jonathan Brockopp 158 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Halide-assisted growth and optical properties of 2D TMD alloys Kevin Crust Recent reports have demonstrated that alloyed transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) can achieve a tunable band gap depending on their compositions, giving them a distinct advantage over traditional single-phased TMDs for electronics and optoelectronics. I have successfully tuned several key growth parameters in order to improve the size and optical quality of individual alloy crystals grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) methods and have measured the optical properties of these alloys by Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Mauricio Terrones 7 Flex
How Non-Farmers Became Farmers Madison Rios The objective is to identify how farmers who didn't grow up on a farm became farmers, including the challenges endured and how they overcame them. I'll focus on each farmer's motive to farm. I'll expand on topics such as skills, education, internships, and other experiences the farmers had. Findings will help students unfamiliar with agriculture feel comfortable and motivated to explore farming careers with knowledge about how people from non-farming backgrounds became farmers. Timothy Kelsey 357 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Identification of Emotion in Music by Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Alexis Lindsay Basciano

Music has been shown to evoke specific emotional responses in typically developing individuals. To better understand their ability to retrieve and express complex emotional information, adults on the autism spectrum were asked to identify emotions in orchestral music pieces in an open-response and supported response condition. Data has been collected from eight participants. Preliminary results indicate a higher verbal expression ability facilitates emotional appraisal of music in the adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Diane Williams 218 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Identification of Inhibitors of the Sigma E/Hfq Pathway in E. coli Jessica M Reyer

Antibiotic resistance is an ever-growing problem in society. In order to combat this, the development of new drugs with novel targets is essential. The aim of this research is to identify inhibitors of the Sigma E/Hfq pathway in E. coli through primary screening and confirmation via secondary assays. This pathway is involved in maintaining cell envelope integrity and is necessary for E. coli viability, which validates this pathway as a good target for drug development.

Sarah Ades 136 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Identification of True Artifacts During Processing of Red Blood Cells for Electron Microscopy Anna Byland and Yuqing Lei

Identification of artifacts in experiments is essential to obtaining accurate data. Characteristics of samples found after processing for electron microscopy (EM) can be misleading if they are not truly derived from designed experimental conditions. We report several artifacts that were identified in EM experiments. A remarkable deformation of human blood cells is used as an example to show the importance of correct use of the control samples in the study of mutant pathogen.

Gang Ning 160 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Identifying Drug-Drug Interactions Between Experimental Antimalarials Cuyler H Luck

In the face of rising resistance to all known antimalarials, new combination therapies will be required. This work examines potential drug-drug interactions between experimental antimalarial compounds, beginning with P218 and SJ733. Here we find that each drug is a potent killer of Plasmodium falciparum parasites on their own, and when used in combination appear to slightly act as antagonists against each other. Future work will explore other combinations to help influence future treatment strategies.

Manuel Llinas 354 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Identifying Inhibitors of the SigmaE-Hfq Pathway in E. coli Katherine Winner The SigmaE-Hfq pathway is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the cell membrane under cell stress which is important for virulence or viability in gram-negative bacteria. Hfq is a chaperone that helps regulate outer membrane protein mRNAs and is required for biofilm formation. Small molecule inhibitors of the SigmaE-Hfq pathway identified from a high-throughput screen were tested for inhibition of biofilm formation and growth. Future experiments will identify Hfq inhibitors using cell-based fluorescence screens. Sarah Ades 254 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Identifying Revolutionary Natural Molecules that Inhibit Trans-Translation Hannah Elizabeth Snoke

Antibiotic resistance is becoming a serious health issue that needs to be fixed. Since most current antibiotics come from natural products, they are a likely source of new antibacterial agents. Crude extracts were extracted and purified from several plants. These extracts were analyzed and found to have antibacterial properties against B. anthracis and E. coli. Future screening will involve testing for inhibition against the trans-translation pathway, a ribosome rescue mechanism found only in bacteria.

Kenneth Keiler 178 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Implementation of Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolutionary Strategy Approach to Optimize Particle Swarm Optimization for a Classic Astrodynamics Problem Keith Rieser The effectiveness of utilizing Evolutionary Computation (EC) techniques to optimize aerospace problems has been demonstrated by other researchers. Efforts towards the optimization of an EC technique by using another EC technique, however, are currently lacking. Prior work has implemented Partial Swarm Optimization (PSO) to solve a classic optimization problem in astrodynamics, the Hohmann Transfer. This work examines the effectiveness of implementing a Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolutionary Strategy (CMA-ES) approach to optimize that PSO optimization process. Brad Sottile 182 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Imposed Strain Effects on Thin-Film Heat Flux Gauges Brennan Ingalls Thin-film heat flux gauges (TFHFGs) are widely used in gas turbine engines to record heat flux measurements, with the common goal of improving turbine efficiency. Several studies have briefly acknowledged imposed strain effects on the sensors, when placed in a turbine, with varying conclusions on the significance. This research will create a concrete relationship between the sensor orientation, the imposed stress, and the resulting heat flux measurements so that accurate temperature measurements may be recorded. Reid Berdanier 227 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Improving Breast MRI Quality Utilizing Ultra-High Dielectric Constant Materials at 3 Tesla Avery Wang

The employment of passive shimming techniques using dielectric padding can improve the homogeneity of B1+ fields and increase signal-noise-ratio (SNR) in breast MRI at 3 tesla. Numerical simulations were conducted in xFDTD utilizing spatially constant and tailored permittivity approaches. High dielectric pads of varying permittivity resulted in a 50-500% increase in SNR throughout the breast, as well as significant improvements to transmit efficiency and a decrease in left-right asymmetry across the breast.

Qing Yang 311 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
IN VIVO ANALYSIS OF THE RNA BINDING DOMAIN OF THE TRANSCRIPTIONAL PAUSING FACTOR, NELF John Thomas NELF is a tetrameric protein required for promoter proximal pausing. NELF-E, subunit of NELF, contains a RRM. There currently lacks compelling evidence to characterize the RRM. Here, we ran an in vivo analysis in Drosophila of the RRM on promoter proximal pausing. We found our experimental design did not function as intended, but we suggest ways this experiment can be rescued. David Gilmour 212 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Increasing Efficiency of Scintillation Detectors Misael Carlos Vera

Current market standards mix powders composing of neutron absorbers and scintillators that act as a medium for radiation detection. Research and simulation work has shown that coating the neutron absorber with scintillators increase the chance of the detector detecting radiation interactions. Current research is focused on optimizing the geometry of the neutron absorber and scintillator molecule to most increase the output of light.

Marek Flaska 209 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
INFLUENCES OF ITALIAN COLONIAL MEDIA ON PERCEPTIONS OF IMMIGRANTS TODAY Hannah Griffin

Since the period of colonization, Italy has been interacting with people from many different countries. Today, Italy is a popular destination for many immigrants, but this has caused issues and mistreatment by Italians, as they once mistreated the African people during the colonial period. This research is examining the links and underlying themes between the media's portrayal of the African people to the public during colonization and the perceptions of immigrants held by Italians today.

Maria Truglio 202 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Interplay between Phonon Behaviors in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides Chenzhang Zhou limited report showed characterization of other effect (quantum size effect, breit-wigner-fano effect, and homogeneous heating effect). In this work, we will present a general review on all the four effects. Simulation on computer will be done to show the difference in phonon lineshape in order to delineate each effect from the others. We wll focus on WS2 and MoS2 here. Kofi Adu 165 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Intersectionality and Abortion Regulation: Women Legislators and Post-2010 State Abortion Laws Gabriella Giotto In my analysis of 2011 and 2013 United States legislatures, I hypothesize that the impact of female state legislators will vary across dimensions of state abortion policy, and that female legislators of color will have distinct impacts on certain dimensions. Further, I hypothesize that the incorporation of women into positions of legislator power is critical to these effects. I analyze state abortion policies in a multivariate analysis with various controls. Michael Berkman 101 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Intrinsic DNA Shape features drive preferential Fis binding at its motif Jordan John Fis, factor for inversion stimulation, is a nucleoid-associated protein in E. coli. Here we study the binding of this protein throughout the genome. The binding of Fis is determined in part by the sequence motif, but the shape of the DNA also correlates with its binding. High occupancy Fis sites have different shape features when compared to low occupancy Fis sites despite the similar motif sequence suggesting that shape helps determine Fis binding. Benjamin Pugh 219 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Invention Commercialization Assessment Himayu Sushil Mahnot

MGMT/IST/ENGR 426 "Invention Commercialization" is a highly experiential course in entrepreneurship that involves teams of engineering, IST, and business students who are responsible for assessing the commercial potential of a current Penn State-based invention and providing a recommendation for commercialization to the PSU Office of Technology Management. The course and the project integrates skills and knowledge in technology, intellectual property law, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Rick Weyer 4 Alumni Hall