2016 AAAS Student Poster Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions

The 2016 Student Poster Competition took place at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, February 13-14. These student winners’ work displayed originality and understanding that set them apart from their peers. Poster abstract submission for the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston will open July 2016.

Brain and Behavior
Winner: Nalini Rao, University of Miami
RAI1 Mutant Mice Exhibit Smith-Magenis Syndrome Phenotypes
Honorable Mention: Samantha You, Tufts University
Glial microRNAs Regulate Circadian Behavior in Drosophila

Cellular and Molecular Biology
Winner: John Ramirez, Del Mar College
Exploration of Putative Riboswitches Involved in Bacteriophage Temperate Life Cycle
Honorable Mention: Jill Beaver, Florida International University
Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen Promotes DNA Trinucleotide Repeat Hairpin Removal

Developmental Biology, Physiology and Immunology
Winner: Carolina Herrera, University of California, Irvine
Improving T-Lymphocyte Recognition of Vaccinia Virus Antigens
Honorable Mention: Mohamed Dandan, University of California, Irvine
Inhibiting Staphylococcus aureus NorA Efflux Pumps to Restore Ciprofloxacin Activity
Honorable Mention: Hui Yi Grace Lim, Duke University
Identification and Characterization of Novel Regulators of Cell Invasion in C. elegans

Winner: Remy Dou, Florida International University
Beyond Performance Metrics: Examining a Drop in Students' Physics Self-Efficacy
Honorable Mention: Tanya Das, University of California, Santa Barbara
Assessment of an Undergraduate Engineering Design Capstone Course

Environment and Ecology
Winner: Tiffany Batarseh, University of California, Irvine
Nine Plasmids Discovered in a Multidrug Resistance Escherichia coli Isolate
Honorable Mention: Justin Lesser, Northeastern University
Natural History of Hamlet Communities Reveals Incipient Speciation Due to Color Morphology

Medicine and Public Health
Winner: Ruchi Shah, Stony Brook University
Keratin 17 Maintains Proliferation by Binding p27KIP1 and Facilitating its Nuclear Export
Honorable Mention: Cynthia Rodriguez, University of California, Irvine
Multidrug Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae Sequence Type 258 Producing KPC-2 Carbapenamase

Physical Sciences
Winner: Zhe Mei, Bard College
Body Fluid Study by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Medical/Forensic Application
Honorable Mention: Abigail Regitsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rheological Characterization of Bioinspired Mineralization in Hydrogels

Science and Society
Winner: Elyse Aurbach, University of Michigan
Evaluation of Language Use After RELATE: A Practice-Based Program to Improve Communication
Honorable Mention: Jemima Omonigho Adepehin, Federal University of Technology, Akure
Pearl Millet and Finger Millet Sourdough Bread: A New Innovation

Social Sciences
Winner:  Rhian Stotts, Arizona State University
The Emotional Geographies of Climate Change in Three U.S. Contexts
Honorable Mention:  Melissa Hopkins, Bucknell University
The Effect of Priming Intellectual Virtues on Individual Effort and Understanding

Technology, Engineering and Math
Winner: Sangwon Hyun, Carnegie Mellon University
Epidemiological Forecasting with Statistical Models
Honorable Mention: Aniurka Duverge Carreno, Howard University
Exploring Different Configurations of Wire Ropes Supporting Slender Equipment to Minimize