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2020 AAAS Student E-poster Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions

The 2020 AAAS Student E-poster Competition took place at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA on February 13-16. The competition recognizes the individual efforts of students who are actively working toward an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral-level degree. The winners’ presentations displayed originality and understanding that set them apart from their peers.

 

BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Graduate Student First Place: Luyi Cheng, Northwestern University

RIBOSWITCHES: APPROACHES IN BIOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS IN GLOBAL HEALTH

 

Graduate Student Honorable Mention: Edna Chiang, University of Wisconsin-Madison

THE HIBERNATING SQUIRREL MICROBIOME HAS SEASONAL SHIFTS IN GENOMIC COMPOSITION

 

Undergraduate First Place: Mario Rodriguez, University of California, Irvine

UNDERSTANDING HOW HUMAN DELETERIOUS MUTATIONS ARE TOLERATED IN OTHER SPECIES

 

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Tal Sneh, Arizona State University

DNA NANOARRAYS FOR SENSITIVE DIGITAL BIOMARKER DETECTION IN LOW RESOURCE SETTINGS

 

BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR

Graduate Student Winner: Ellen Brennan, University of Michigan

THE LITTLE NEURON THAT COULD - EXAMINING THE CIRCUITRY OF THE RETROSPLENIAL CORTEX

 

Graduate Student Honorable Mention: Jessica Y. Chen, University of Michigan

IL10 GENE THERAPY PRESERVES MUSCLE INNERVATION AND FUNCTION AFTER SPINAL CORD INJURY

 

Undergraduate First Place: Angelique Cortez, University of California, Irvine

INVESTIGATION OF A NICOTINE E-CIGARETTE VAPOR INHALATION ROUTE IN A RODENT MODEL

 

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Olumide Fagboyegun, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

GABA-B RECEPTOR MEDIATED REGULATION OF AMYLOID-ΒETA METABOLISM

 

CELL BIOLOGY

Graduate Student First Place: Melody Tan, Rice University

OPTICAL IMAGING TO IMPROVE THE DETECTION OF ORAL PRECANCER AND CANCER

 

Graduate Student Honorable Mention: Nathan Sunada, University of Hawaii at Hilo

CALCIUM SIGNALING REMODELING IN MULTI-DRUG RESISTANT NEUROBLASTOMA

 

Undergraduate First Place: Cuauhtemoc Ramirez, University of California, Irvine

DEFINING THE ROLE OF PP2A INHIBITOR SET IN SPHINGOLIPID INDUCED CANCER CELL DEATH

 

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Kelsey N. Salcido, University of California, Irvine

ROLE OF UHRF1 IN OSTEOSARCOMA AND PALBOCICLIB'S MECHANISM OF ACTION

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY GENETICS AND IMMUNOLOGY

Graduate Student First Place: Caryn Carson, Washington University in St. Louis

GENE BY DIET INTERACTIONS ALTER BROWN ADIPOSE EXPRESSION NETWORKS

 

 

Graduate Student Honorable Mention: Luz Milbeth Cumba Garcia, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

PLASMA EVS miRNA SIGNATURES IN GBM PATIENTS RECEIVING EXPERIMENTAL IMMUNOTHERAPY

 

Undergraduate First Place: Isaryhia Maya Rodriguez, University of California, Irvine

COMPARATIVE TRANSCRIPTOMICS OF STEINERNEMA CARPOCAPSAE AND CAENORHABDITIS ELEGANS

 

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Ieeshiah Otarola, University of California, Irvine

ROLE OF ESTROGEN IN SEROTONERGIC NEURONAL DEVELOPMENT AND FUNCTION

 

ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

Graduate Student First Place: Jean P. González-Crespo, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

USING DRONES TO ESTIMATE THE IMPACT OF HURRICANES IN COASTAL WETLANDS

 

Graduate Student Honorable Mention: Michelle Elise Spicer, University of Pittsburgh

A COMPARISON OF TROPICAL AND TEMPERATE PLANT GROWTH-FORMS AND STRATA DISTRIBUTIONS

 

Undergraduate First Place: Patrick Robichaud, Washington State University

CLIMATE CHANGE IS REDUCING WATER STORAGE IN THE SALMON AND CLEARWATER RIVER BASINS

 

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Ananth Udupa, Arizona State University

PEDESTRIAN THERMAL EXPOSURE IN URBAN PARKS IN TEMPE, AZ

 

MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Graduate Student First Place: Catherine Steffel, University of Wisconsin, Madison

SIGHT UNSEEN: CHARACTERIZING CAROTID PLAQUE WITH ULTRASOUND

 

Graduate Student Honorable Mention: Alexandra G. Hammerberg, University of Washington

BIPEDAL PERILS FOR PATIENTS: PEAK BRAKING AND PROPULSIVE FORCES IN GRADIENT WALKING

 

Undergraduate First Place: Jack Shanahan, University of California, Irvine

ELEVEN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT GENES IN ENVIRONMENTAL KLEBSIELLA PNEUMONIAE

 

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Anit Tyagi, University of Denver

UNDERSTANDING WHY THE ANTI-CANCER DRUG, PEMBROLIZUMAB, FAILS IN CERTAIN PATIENTS

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Graduate Student First Place: Rachael Knoblauch, University of Maryland, Baltimore and The Institute of Fluorescence

PHOTODYNAMIC ENHANCEMENT OF ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES FROM BROMINATED CARBON NANODOTS

 

Graduate Student Honorable Mention: Soochan Kim, Sungkyunkwan University

HIGH-PERFORMANCE LI-SE BATTERIES ENABLED VIA ALL-IN-ONE SE CATHODE

 

Undergraduate First Place: Joe C. Gonzales, University of California, Irvine

HYDROGEN PROGRAMMED MESOPOROUS STRUCTURE OF NANOSCOPIC NIOBIUM (V) OXIDE THIN FILMS

 

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Amelia Cuomo, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

AN INVESTIGATION OF CURVILINEAR COORDINATES IN UPPER DIVISION PHYSICS TEXTBOOKS

 

SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Graduate Student First Place: Taran Lichtenberger, Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden

EVALUATING THE PREVALENCE AND QUALITY OF CONFERENCE CODES OF CONDUCT

 

Graduate Student Honorable Mention: Suyog Padgaonkar, Northwestern University

SCIENCE WITH SENIORS: A MODEL PROGRAM FOR STEM OUTREACH TOWARDS SENIOR CITIZENS

 

Undergraduate First Place: Richa Venkatraman, Arizona State University

ABORTION-SPECIFIC INFORMED CONSENT LAWS: WHAT DO WOMEN HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW?

 

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Madison Frazier, Arizona State University

EVALUATION OF VISUAL FATIGUE OF ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY WEST CAMPUS STUDENTS

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Graduate Student First Place: Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz, University of Vermont

INTENDED AND ACTUAL ADOPTION OF CLIMATE ADAPTATION PRACTICES AFTER HURRICANE MARIA

 

Graduate Student Honorable Mention: Theora Tiffney, Arizona State University

HEPATITIS C AND SOFOSBUVIR: THE DECISIONS AND POLICY BEHIND HIGH DRUG PRICES

 

Undergraduate First Place: Delaney Bucker, Arizona State University

A REVIEW OF SOCIO-EMOTIONAL CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL INDIAN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

 

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Sheldon Rosa, University of Hawaii – Hilo

INFORMATIVE KITS FOR EDUCATION: PREPARING HAWAI’I COMMUNITIES FOR OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

 

TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH

Graduate Student First Place: Andrés J. Arroyo Colón, Universidad de Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras

MCELIECE PUBLIC KEY CRYPTOSYSTEMS FOR POST-QUANTUM CRYPTOGRAPHY USING AG CODES

 

Graduate Student Honorable Mention: Brandon Hunter, Duke University

USING MICROBIAL SOURCE TRACKING AND ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

 

Undergraduate First Place: Daniela Gonzalez, University of California, Irvine

CYCLIC STRAIN INDUCES DISTINCT ORGANIZATION OF CARDIAC FIBROBLASTS AND CARDIOMYOCYTES

 

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: Jai Singh Rajput, University of Texas, Dallas

EVALUATING CHRONIC STABILITY OF CABLES WITH DUAL THERMO-MECHANICAL ACCELERATED AGING

 

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