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Winners of 2013 AAAS Student Poster Competition

The 2013 Student Poster Competition took place at the AAAS Annual Meeting In Boston February 14-18. The student winners' work displayed originality and understanding that set them apart from their peers. The AAAS Poster Sessions provide individuals with an opportunity to present their research, offering an excellent venue for extended informal discussion with meeting attendees. All posters are peer-reviewed, and accepted posters are listed in the AAAS Annual Meeting Poster Book. Abstracts appear on the Annual Meeting Abstract CD, within the Program Book.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners.


Winner: Michelle Oberoi, University of California, Irvine
Parvalbumin Basket Cells Preferentially Select Hippocampal CA1 Pyramidal Cells

Honorable Mention: Yakov Kronrod, University of Maryland and Emily Coppess, University of Chicago
A Unified Model of Categorical Effects in Consonant and Vowel Perception
*Winner of the Joshua E. Neimark Memorial Travel Assistance Endowment


Winner: Ricardo Ramirez, University of California, Irvine
Dynamics of Transcriptional Regulation and Chromatin Accessibility During Myeloid Differentiation

Honorable Mention: Robert Welliver and Joseph Modica, Canisius College
Promotion of Microtubule Acetylation Inhibits Growth Cone Advance in Regenerating Axons


Winner: Stone Jiang, California Institute of Technology
Engineering Novel Antibody-Like Reagents to Improve Neutralization of HIV

Honorable Mention: Le Chang, Greg Astrian, and Choon Chung, University of California, Los Angeles
Human Perivascular Stem Cells Induce Bone Regeneration in a Rat Spinal Fusion Model


Winner: Sean Kent, Northeastern University
The Importance of Ecological Context: The Effect of Neighboring Exotic Plants on the Herbivory of Common Milkweed by the Monarch Butterfly

Honorable Mention: Amanda M. Franklin, University of Melbourne
Costs of Copulation in a Promiscuous Cephalopod


Winner: Christopher Luna, Arizona State University
Direct Numerical Simulations of Phytoplankton Blooms

Honorable Mention: Zachariah J. Berkson, Arizona State University
EPR Study of Charge Separation within Oxygen-Deficient TiO2 Photocatalysts for the Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Fuels


Winner: Elizabeth Brito, Arizona State University
The Effect of a Community-Based Diabetes Prevention Program on Weight-Specific Quality of Life in Latino Adolescents

Honorable Mention: Kristin A. Linn, North Carolina State University
Interactive Q-Learning for Dynamic Treatment Regimes
*Winner of the Joshua E. Neimark Memorial Travel Assistance Endowment


Winner: Philip S. Burnham, Villanova University
Comparative Study of Surfactant-Coated Ferromagnetic Nanoparticles for Hyperthermia Application

Honorable Mention: Toni F. Martin, George Mason University
Conversion of Bicarbonate to Carbonate as a Function of Time and Temperature


Winner: Meredith T. Niles, University of California, Davis
Climate Change Policy Adaptation Among California Farmers: How Policy Experience and Attitudes Affect Climate Change Perceptions and Behaviors
*Winner of the Joshua E. Neimark Memorial Travel Assistance Endowment

Honorable Mention: Rider W. Foley, Arizona State University
Comparing Cultures of Technological Innovation: Risk Versus Reward

Visit for more information about the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting on 13-17 February in Chicago.

The 2014 poster entry site opens on 14 May 2013. The AAAS Student Poster Competition recognizes the individual research efforts of students who are actively working toward an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree. Posters are judged at the meeting. Winners in each category receive a cash award, a certificate, and recognition in the journal Science. Individuals holding doctoral degrees are not eligible and are invited to review the criteria for participating in the General Poster session.

About The Joshua E. Neimark Memorial Travel Assistance Endowment

The Joshua E. Neimark Memorial Travel Assistance Endowment provides a limited number of grants to support travel for accepted poster presentations at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

Applicants must have already registered for a full-meeting passport for the AAAS Meeting. Eligibility is restricted to graduate students, or those who have received an advanced degree within the past three years. Bachelor's degree students (undergraduates) are not eligible. The field of study must be in one of the following areas: life, physical, or social sciences, engineering; or in an interdisciplinary field that includes one of these. The grants are not generally intended to cover all travel expenses but to serve as a supplement to other sources of support.

About Joshua E. Neimark

Joshua E. Neimark was born in March 1931 in Sea Bright, New Jersey. He demonstrated extraordinary intelligence, but he also was prone to serious respiratory disease. He completed public school with distinction, then received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a master's degree from the California Institute of Technology, and a doctorate from MIT. He succumbed to illness in April 1961, at the age of 30, and his doctoral dissertation was published posthumously. The award, established in his memory by his sister,  Edith D. Neimark, is intended to assist young scientists in attaining a career in their chosen field, a goal that Joshua Neimark did not live to achieve.



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