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Density of Active Galactic Nuclei at Various Redshifts

Faculty Mentor: Paul Wiita Student: Walter Ingram The goal of this project is to determine the density and fraction of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) in different redshift bins: we chose .01-.03 (close distance); .4-.5 (medium distance); and .7-.9 (far distance). By looking at random parts of the sky using the NASA Extragalactic Database (NED) we… Continue Reading


Faculty Mentor: Nathan Magee Student: Megan Hartline This summer Melanie Crampton, Walter Ingram, and I worked with Impress-Ed, a program funded by NASA that gives future science educators the opportunity to learn more about earth science by participating in focused research in either astrophysics, geophysics, or atmospheric physics. During the first two weeks of the… Continue Reading

Eastern United States Crust Characterization

Faculty Mentor: Maggie Benoit Student: Melanie Crampton The lithosphere of east coast of the United States has been modified dramatically by two different supercontinent cycles over the past 1.2 billion years.  A supercontinent cycle involves continental collision and subduction as tectonic plates converge, as well as rifting as the continental plates break apart and diverge. … Continue Reading

A Mathematical Model of Cancer: Tumor Growth & Invasion

Faculty Mentor: Jana Gevertz Student: Kayla Spector The focus of this project was cancer cell invasion, the process by which cancerous cells leave the primary tumor site and enter healthy tissue.  Invasion is the first step of metastasis, the formation of secondary cancer colonies.  My goal was to build a mathematical model which accurately describes… Continue Reading

Synthesis and Reactivity Studies of Ni(II) Complexes Containing Hemilabile Groups

Faculty Mentor: Abby O’Connor Student: Jacob Levene valuable for use in catalysis. One place nickel is utilized in nature is in the hydrogenase enzyme, a biologically relevant catalyst. As organometallic chemists, we are interested in identifying new nickel complexes for use in catalytic applications. Our work focuses on the rational design of nickel complexes for… Continue Reading

A Study for Strategies for the Synthesis of Aromatic Silyl Ketones

Faculty Mentor: David Hunt Student: Katrina Wunderlich In our lab we wish to study the Brook Rearrangement on a series of aromatic silyl ketones. However, aromatic silyl ketones are not readily available commercially. Therefore, they must be synthesized. The current literature for the synthesis of silyl ketones tends to follow three basic steps: 1. Protection… Continue Reading

Michael Additions of Unsaturated Ketones and Alkynes to 1,2-cyclohexanedione

Faculty Mentor: David Hunt Student: Tyler Higgins Through previous research, it has become known that 1,2-cyclohexanedione can be used in Michael addition reactions. The use of 1,2-cyclohexanedione in Michael additions was previously restricted to reactions involving β-nitrostyrenes; this current project sought to expand the amount of Michael additions that 1,2-cyclohexanedione could undergo by examining reactions… Continue Reading

Determination of the function of two genes, hnrnpab and zgc:77052-201, in early Danio rerio embryogenesis.

Faculty Mentor: Marcia O’Connell Student: Daniel Ferrer This project’s goal is to determine the function of two genes that are believed to function in the early stages of development of zebrafish embryos. The two genes of interest, hnrnpab and zgc:77052-201, are the two genes that are most homologous to the squid gene in Drosophila melanogaster.… Continue Reading

OpenShade: An Open-Source Multiple Sequence Alignment Shading and Editing Utility

Faculty Mentor: Sudhir Nayak Student: Peter Swetits Protein sequence alignments allow researchers to quickly determine regions of similarity between different proteins. They also provide important clues about the nature of the proteins that may be important to their study. While working with sequence alignments, researchers often find that they need to quickly shade or edit… Continue Reading