2019 Undergraduate Exhibition

Title Presenter Abstract Faculty Sponsor Number Location
Understanding Viral Fitness and Genetic Variation of HSV-1 through Competition-Based Experiments Maya Demby Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is a widespread virus with variable disease severity. HSV-1 is genetically diverse, with certain selective pressures allowing better "fitness" for a viral genotype of interest. Plaque morphology varies between HSV-1 strains, and allows for natural selection to favor certain viral variants in response to dominating selective pressures. Through competition-based experiments, a better understanding of the relationship between HSV-1 genetic variation, fitness, and disease outcome can be established. Moriah Szpara 131 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Unexpected Positive Relationship Between Resilience and Binge Alcohol Drinking In College Students Michael Depalma This thesis examined whether stressor resilience protects against binge alcohol use in a national survey of 217 students attending 4-year universities. Controlling for anxiety and depression, which are associated with binge alcohol use, resilience increased the risk for binge alcohol drinking. This finding reflects emerging results with adolescents of a "J-shaped" relationship between resilience and risky behaviors. Future studies are needed to understand mechanisms through which resilience may actually increase risky behaviors in college students. Laura Klein 320 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Unmuted Hope Weidemann

Being emotionally vulnerable is a rarity in the media we as Americans interact with daily. I believe that we as humans find each other in the details of experiences; in the heart drops, sympathy is born. When people are quiet in their experiences, it leads to an unaware society. My poetry gravitates towards the brutally honest in discussing lethal rape culture and gender roles in ways that once seemed small.

Erin Murphy 5 Flex
Using fluorescent tags to study flavivirus life cycle in infected host cells Xinyi Liu Flaviviruses like West Nile virus, Dengue virus, Zika virus currently pose as a big pandemic threat to our society. The replication and assembly process of flaviviruses in host cells are less understood. My work includes introducing different color fluorescent protein tags into the full-length Zika virus cDNA, to study virus replication and packaging using confocal live cell imaging. The understanding of the processes in pathogenesis will help promote future antiviral strategies Joyce Jose 152 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Using forearm EMG for path selection of a robotic wheelchair Kevin Kuo Patients with motor control deficiencies due to muscle weakness, stroke, or motor neuron diseases can face difficulties using conventional joysticks. Such patients can benefit from alternative sensory inputs to inform control of a wheelchair. The objective of this work is to assist patients with steering by mapping forearm Electromyography (EMG) signals to joystick control. The methods in this work applied bandpass filter for preprocessing, and rolling variance with linear discriminant analysis for classification. Sean Brennan 241 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Using ImageJ to Create Montages of High Resolution Electron Microscope Images Joseph Fabrizio Electron microscopy is a powerful tool utilized to study subcellular structures. EM allows for high resolution images with a trade off of field of view. To overcome this, multiple images can be stitched together with ImageJ plugins to create a larger field of view with the desired high resolution. My poster is designed to educate others on the benefits, techniques, and limitations behind using the FEI Tecnai BioTwin and ImageJ to create high resolution montages. Gang Ning 247 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Using in vivo Fluorescence Microscopy to Study γ Tubulin Localization Pathways in Drosophila Neurons Lauren Arielle Onweller, Melissa Long and Catherine Smith

Microtubule polarity helps govern important processes in neurons to ensure that the neurons are functioning properly. From our group's research it is understood that Goa localizes in dendrite branchpoints and may play a crucial role in wnt signaling. It is also hypothesized that the ligand that causes gammatubulin to localize at dendrite branchpoints comes from the skin cells. At the ends of neurons, we see that proteins associated with microtubule nucleation are present.

Melissa Rolls 313 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
UTILIZATION OF RAPAMYCIN ASSAY TO VISUALIZE CYTOHESIN ASSOCIATION WITH RAB-POSITIVE COMPARTMENTS IN EPITHELIAL CELLS Jessica Rosenau Epithelial cell movement, key in development, tissue reparation, and tumor metastasis, is controlled by Rab GTPases and GEF cytohesins that regulate ARF GTPases and protein recycling. To visualize association of cytohesins with endosomal compartments, rapamycin is used to induce Rab-positive compartment migration to cell-center. This study optimized the rapamycin assay to quantify Rab-positive compartment interactions and cytohesin recruitment in HeLa cells. Future applications include a deeper understanding of protein interactions for application to drug discoveries. Lorraine Santy 210 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Utilizing Genome Sequencing to Determine the Source of E.coli Outbreaks Paula Tabaschek Clinical diagnostic cases revealed multiple calves, found in three different farms around Central Pennsylvania, experienced similar illnesses caused by Escherichia coli. Fecal composites and environmental samples obtained from a creek shared among the three farms all showed significant amounts of Escherichia coli. This study investigates the genetic similarities of the Escherichia Coli samples from the target farms by using whole genome sequencing to determine the source of the outbreaks. Hayley Springer 363 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Virtual Teams Review: An Exploration of the Multifaceted Nature of Team Virtuality Stefan Thomas Horgas

A virtual team is a group of individuals that collaborate using technology to accomplish a shared goal. Even though this definition may seem simple, researchers have historically struggled with how to define and measure the concept, especially when attempting to study virtuality along a continuum. Through the use of a systematic qualitative review, we address this need by exploring how virtuality has been defined and measured in published empirical research over the past 15 years.

Katherine Hamilton 377 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Wear-IT Go to Market Strategy Katie Kaminsky et al

In the context of an experiential learning course, the team developed a go to market strategy to guide the commercialization and subsequent product launch of Wear-IT's technology. Wear-IT's offerings are designed to assist patients and their caregivers in the treatment and recovery from addiction.

David Lenze 25 Alumni Hall
Wind-driven surface current and waves at an air-water interface Pragnya Prabakaran The goal of this research is to predict the growth rates of waves generated by wind. To model the wind, we use an exact solution of the Navier-Stokes equations for a two-dimensional coupled air-water system in which the air flows uniformly in the horizontal direction and is allowed to evolve in the vertical direction and time. Waves arise as a perturbation to this base flow. This project involves experiments, analysis, and numerics. Diane Henderson 170 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Within-person Associations between Physical Activity and Self-reported Cognition Rian Scanlon

Previous research suggests that increased physical activity is associated with higher levels of brain and cognitive health. However, these associations are often observed over long timescales (through outcomes from exercise interventions or by comparing individuals high and low in cardio respiratory fitness). Little is known about how cognition is associated with physical activity at a daily level. Preliminary results from an ecological momentary assessment study of physical activity, self-reported cognition, and mood will be discussed.

Jonathan Hakun 380 Alumni Hall
Women's Protest and Health in the International Sphere Marisa Vanness

Protest has traditionally been researched within the context of social movements as a part of their policy successes and capacity to appeal to public opinion. I gathered protest events from the year 2007 to run statistical analyses to determine if there was a correlation between women's protest and health outcomes of women and children in 26 countries.

Lee Ann Banaszak 174 Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Writing as a Tool of Nonviolent Resistance: Václav Havel and the Czechoslovak Case Margaret Grace Eppinger

This presentation is based on an honors thesis that examines the role of the writer during moments of revolution. Writers can often articulate ideas that shape opposition to oppressive regimes; do they have a responsibility to use this ability to fight against injustices in society? This thesis looks at Vaclav Havel from Czechoslovakia to help answer these questions, as Havel began as a playwright and eventually became the country's first president after communism.

Catherine Wanner 8 Flex