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College of Graduate Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3017
Moscow, ID 83844-3017

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Email: uigrad@uidaho.edu

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2016 Innovation Showcase Winners

Undergraduate Presentations

ABSTRACT

Avant-garde fashion is an extremely innovative way for designers to express their creativity with an unconventional perspective. In this presentation, I will be explaining the topic of avant-garde fashion, as well as presenting an avant-garde piece that I have designed and constructed with unconventional material. The step-by-step construction process will be explained with visuals created on Adobe Illustrator.

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I will have a Shakespeare monologue, a contemporary monologue, and a cutting of a song. If possible, it would be great to have an accompanist, but if that's not an option, I am happy to look for other accompanying options.

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For inexperienced undergraduates, organic chemistry is not only intellectually daunting but also practically challenging. There are countless laboratory techniques that must be learned simultaneously in order for a student to transform one molecule into another. In Fall of 2015, Dr. Magolan’s laboratory tried a new strategy of introducing laboratory organic synthesis to incoming students. Each new group member was asked to begin their semester by completing the synthesis of a previously unreported compound using three standard reactions. Each student selected two unique substrates from the laboratory shelves, verified using a literature search that their proposed product would be new, and then conducted the three-reaction sequence to make the compound. For each student, it was an interesting introduction to a wide variety of practical skills, ranging from routine tasks, such as washing dishes, to learning how to characterize a compound for publication. This entailed learning about reaction setup, workup, and purification, as well as thin layer chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, and infrared spectrometry. However, there was also the exciting idea that what we were making in our flasks had never before been made. As these are novel compounds, we plan to submit them for evaluation of anti-tumor activity by NCI-60 Human Tumor Cell Lines Screen program. For many of us, these were the first reactions we ran outside of a traditional lab curriculum, and the idea that we were making a new molecule was an inspiring way to explore the art of synthesis.

Graduate Creative and Artistic Activities

ABSTRACT

As a ceramicist, my work often includes themes representing the body, and psychological experiences relating to the physical self. I have constructed 3 series of ceramic work that investigate various aspects of experiences unique to the Western female. Using a variety of building techniques, I have explored representing the burden and individual impact of decisions made exclusively by women, as well as the psychological and physiological experiences of having a vagina.

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This research is a culmination of 3 years of a production of A Christmas Carol, 2 years of which I have been a part of. It is an exploration of research and development of the puppets for the production. In the presentation I will discuss the process to get to the finished puppets I will have to show and puppeteer for the panel. I will discuss the entire process starting with design meeting discussions, research, drawings, prototypes, the build and engineering, and finishing with breathing life in to the puppets with the actors on stage. My visual aids will be a poster or PowerPoint of images along with having the puppets themselves there with me. It has been a collaborative experience with the 2 years of different designers and actors learning how to create the puppets and improve on them. Having two years working on the same production is a unique and rewarding experience that many designers do not get to have that I have been blessed with.

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Interweaving concepts of Buddhism, imagination, science and technology are the starting points for the motivation which leads to my visual work; large scale detailed painting and intricate installations.

Graduate Disciplinary Research

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Myriads of pathogens have been identified to have intraerythrocytic effects on both human and animal blood. These effects tend to re-order the cytoskeletal framework within the originally healthy erythrocytes, thus altering their interior and shell conductivities. Leveraging the disparity in the electrical properties between these infected and healthy erythrocytes can initiate their differed directional orientations in an insulator-based microfluidic platform. Presented here is non-invasive, electrical-property-difference-based technique for separating infected erythrocytes from their homogenous mixture with healthy ones. Using a micro-fabricated device that operates at 6V, clarification between these two sets of erythrocytes was achieved with 70% efficiency. Pre-separation and post-separation fluorescence and bright-field microscopy aided the numerical analysis performed on these erythrocytes. Redesigning and refabricating the microfluidic platform to achieve greater efficiency is the next phase of this project. When this is done, more infected erythrocytes would be captured and a sensor can then be attached to the device outlet in order to read and transmit the presence of the intraerythrocytic pathogen irrespective of their percentage composition within the blood.

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90-95% of 29.1 million diabetic Americans have Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), commonly associated with obesity and consumption of high amounts of fat in a western diet, leading to complications such as diabetic neuropathy. Oxidative stress and low-grade inflammation are among key factors underlying the development of diabetic neuropathy. Effective therapies for obesity, T2D and resultant neuropathy are not available. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that manniflavanone (MNF), a powerful antioxidative and anti-inflammatory is effective at mitigating high fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity and T2D in a mouse model. C57Bl/6J male mice were fed standard chow diet (SCD) or 72%kcal HFD for 4 weeks. Mice were then treated with MNF, alphalipoic acid (ALA) or left untreated for 4 weeks. ALA was used as a positive control for it is an anti-oxidative molecule used to treating diabetic neuropathy in some European countries. Drugs were administered ad libitum via drinking water. We then assessed markers for T2D and obesity, and measured neuromuscular and synaptic neurotransmission in the intestine. Mice were significantly heavier, glucose intolerant, insulin resistant, and had increased adiposity after 4 weeks on HFD. Manniflavanone and ALA treatment reduced the weight gained on HFD, and lowered insulin resistance. Both MNF and ALA treated mice had lower circulating levels of resistin and leptin than untreated mice. HFD reduced neuromuscular and synaptic neurotransmission. These effects were reversed by ALA and MNF treatment. These results suggest that manniflavanone is an effective treatment for HFD induced obesity, diabetes, and diabetic enteric neuropathy.

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Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is the only other body in the solar system with surface liquids. But unlike Earth, where liquid is ubiquitous on the surface, Titan's liquid methane and ethane is almost exclusively found at the North Pole. In an effort to understand why the North Pole is so unique, we use data from the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer to identify different materials of the region and infer relative composition.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Research

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Within the field of second language acquisition (SLA), we have witnessed a rise in research on task-based interaction and its effects on L2 development (Gass & Mackey, 2007). By interacting with peers, facilitated by the implementation of authentic pedagogical tasks, learners produce output, notice gaps in their interlanguage, obtain corrective feedback, and modify their output (Swain, 2005). To date, empirical task-based research has examined task designs and task implementation variables (Ahmadian & Tavakoli, 2010; Philp, Oliver, & Mackey, 2006; Bygate, 2001; Kim & Payant, 2014; Lynch & Maclean, 2000). One important variable shown to impact task-based interaction is task modality (i.e., oral and writing) (Kormos, 2014; Payant & Kim, 2015). Although both speaking and writing are productive skills, they place different cognitive demands on individuals.

The current study thus examined the effects of task modality on the development of learners’ interlanguage pragmatics over time. English (L1) speaking students of Spanish (L2) from two intact Spanish as a FL classroom were assigned to either the oral modality group or the written modality group. Spanish interlanguage development was measured based using discourse completion tests (DCTs) which the learners completed over a pre-test, immediate post-test, post-test design. The current presentation reports on the preliminary findings of the ongoing study. The presentation of research is directed at current and prospective second language teachers interested in learning about effects of modality, pragmatics, and task-supported language pedagogy.

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GUITAR (Graphene from the University of Idaho Thermolyzed Asphalt Reaction) is a newly discovered Carbon material hypothesizing as a brand new Carbon allotrope. Characterization of GUITAR using SEM, TEM, AFM, Raman, IR and XPS have been performed to recover its identity. Most of the characterization data identifies it as a new allotrope while some of them categorize it either as Graphene or Graphite. Electrochemistry of GUITAR is found very different than both of Graphene and Graphite. GUITAR shows excellent performance as an electrode unlike Graphene, Graphite and Carbon Nanotube which are pretty lousy in electrochemical aspects. So far the application of GUITAR is being confirmed as a sensor to detect biological molecule (ascorbic acid or vitamin C) and oxidizing/bleaching agent (hypochlorite) and as a cathodic material in Vanadium redox flow battery with increased electron transfer rate and reduced parasitic hydrogen evolution. GUITAR also shows promising preliminary results to be used in Ultracapacitor, Lead-acid battery, Fuel cell and Water purification. Some other prospective projects with GUITAR are Dye sensitized solar cell, Li-ion battery and Electrochemical sensor.

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Most of the commercial applications of enzymes do not always need homogeneous preparation of the enzymes. However, a certain degree of purity is required, depending upon the final applications in industries such as a fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Even though, purification of the enzyme is a must for understanding the 3-D structure and the structure-function relationships of proteins for industrial purpose, the purification strategies employed should be inexpensive, rapid, high-yielding and amenable to large-scale operations. They should have a potential for continuous product recovery, with a relatively high capacity and selectivity for the desired product. Currently majority of the industrial enzymes use are mainly hydrolytic in action. The experiment is carried out to concentrate the protein using ultrafiltration, different methods of precipitation and spray drying. Determination of the percentage recovery of the concentrated Candida Antarctica lipase B enzyme was done. Immobilization into epoxy resin in the presence of glycerol is used to experiment to find optimum pH for immobilization. Enzyme activity was found to be maximum at pH 7.0.

In the experiment the enzyme lipase was used. Lipase is an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of triacylglycerol’s to fatty acids, mono- and di-acylglycerols, and glycerol. It catalyzes not only the hydrolysis of ester bonds in various substrates but also the formation of ester bonds. Lipase is one of the commercially important enzymes. It can be used for processing fats and oils and production of flavor and food additives. Lipases are capable of enantioselective which makes them suitable for synthesis of chiral pharmaceutical products. At the same time lipases are not economic friendly, though they are eco-friendly, compared to their inorganic chemical counterparts.

The 2016 Innovation Showcase Reception

Students, Staff, and Faculty attended the annual College of Graduate Studies Innovation Showcase Awards Ceremony and Reception, Thursday, April 14, 2016. 12 Students were honored for their Research and Creative Activities, along with six students honored by GPSA for their outstanding achievements.

Contact

College of Graduate Studies

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 104

Mailing Address:

College of Graduate Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3017
Moscow, ID 83844-3017

Phone: (208) 885-2647

Fax: (208) 885-6198

Email: uigrad@uidaho.edu

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