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2012 Student Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to the 2012 AAAS Student Poster Competition Winners

The 2012 Student Poster Competition took place at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, 16-20 February. The students’ work in a variety of fields displayed originality and understanding that set them apart from their peers. First-place winners receive cash prizes thanks to the generous support of Subaru of America, Inc.

Brain And Behavior

Winner: Nicholas D. Olivas, University of California, Irvine
Laminar Circuit Organization and Inhibitory Neuronal Control of Primary Visual Cortex

Honorable Mention: Evan Ardiel and Andrew Giles, University of British Columbia
Optogenetic Stimulation Uncovers a Role for Neuropeptide Signalling in Habituation of a C. elegans Avoidance Response


Cellular and Molecular Biology

Winner (tie): Diana Hunter, Jessica Inskip, Mario Cruz Cabrera, and Nima Alan, University of British Columbia
A Very Large Organelle in Sympathetic Neurons

Winner (tie): Johnny Rodriguez, University of California, Irvine
Rewiring the Genetic Code for Global Protein Footprinting

Honorable Mention: Ben Paylor, University of British Columbia
Cardiac-Resident PDGFRA+SCA1+ Mesenchymal Progenitors Regulate the Development of Fibrosis in the Heart


Developmental Biology, Physiology, and Immunology

Winner: Cymone Gates, Emory University
Drosophila-Derived Commensal Bacteria Stimulate ROS-Dependent Anti-Oxidant Pathway

Honorable Mention: Alex C.Y. Chang, Victoria Garside, Megan Fuller, Audi Setiadi, and Justin Smrz, University of British Columbia
Notch Initiates Endothelial Mesenchymal-Transition in the Developing Atrioventricular Canal Through Autocrine Activation of Soluble Guanylyl Cyclase


Environment and Ecology

Winner: Benjamin Sandkam and Corey Watson, Simon Fraser University
Impacts of Genomic and Lighting Environments on Guppy Color Vision

Honorable Mention: Christopher Avis, University of Victoria
Evolution of Northern Wetlands in Response to Permafrost Thaw


Math, Technology, and Engineering

Winner: Kelly Paton, University of British Columbia
The Appearance of Reentrant Arrhythmias in Undamaged Cardiac Tissue

Honorable Mention: D.Leland Taylor, Davidson College
PHAST: Phage Assembly Suite and Tutorial


Medicine and Public Health

Winner: Alexander Sorum, Augsburg College
Effects of Airway Epithelial Secretions on Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Formation

Honorable Mention: Nathan Gamarra, University of California, Irvine
Rapid Detection of Antibiotics by Nanowire-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization (NALDI) Mass Spectometry


Physical Sciences

Winner: Laleh Samii, Simon Fraser University
Motor Properties of Molecular Spiders


Science in Society

Winner: Sheldon Turner, Michigan State University
The Effectiveness of Visualizations in Communicating Natural Resource Issues

Honorable Mention: Bridgette Kelly, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Waste(less): A Psychological Approach Toward Reducing Food Waste


Social Sciences

Winner: Stefani Crabtree, Washington State University, and Lydia Smith, University of California, Berkeley
Trophic Interconnectedness in Southwestern Colorado: An Archaeological Food-Webs Study of Ancestral Puebloans

Honorable Mention: Audrey Groleau, Université Laval
Pre-Service Elementary Teachers’ Relationships to Physics and Physics Teaching

Full abstracts can be viewed here.