17th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Schedule
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17th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium: Presentation Time Slots and Projects
Individual Posters
Poster NumberStudent's Last NameStudent's First NamePresentation Time SlotPresentation TitlePresentation AbstractResearch MentorResearch Mentor's EmailResearch Mentor's DepartmentAdditional Research Mentor
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Effect of Habitat on Mesofaunal Communities Associated with Tedania ignisSponges host a wide variety of organisms including polychaetes, crustaceans, and brittle stars. These organisms rely on their host for nutrition and shelter. I investigated the difference between the abundance and diversity of mesofauna associated with the sponge Tedania ignis in mangroves and seagrass in the Florida Keys. 20 individuals of T. ignis were collected from each habitat in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and preserved in 75% ethanol. Preserved sponges were dissected and the associated organisms were identified by morphospecies and categorized by taxa. In all samples, polychaetes were the most abundant taxa, followed by crustaceans. Brittle stars were rarely found in seagrass samples. Differences in community composition between seagrass and mangrove sponges may be attributed to the different environmental factors that affect each habitat, such as sunlight and sediment levels.Ms.Kate Hillkmhill@bio.fsu.eduBiological SciencesN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protein Ion Channels in Health and Disease: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)Smooth muscle cell (myocyte) large-conductance calcium (Ca2+)-activated potassium (BKCa) channels are significant modulators of arterial contractility in many vascular beds. BKCa channels are composed of pore-forming BK? subunits along with ? and ? regulatory subunits. BKCa channel activation leads to K+ efflux, cell membrane hyperpolarization, and vasodilation. Here, we investigated the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI), administered using a controlled cortical impact device, on BK? expression. Effects were observed by performing western blotting to measure total BK? protein expression 1 week following TBI. In summary, we found that total BK? protein expression was reduced by ~ 43% in cerebral arteries 1 week following TBI.Dr.Kirk Evansonkevanson@fsu.eduDepartment of Human Sciences (Food and Exercise Sciences)Graduate Student, Mr. Jacob Goldsmith
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Local Democratic Institutions and Local Government SizeThis study examined the relationship between democratic institutions and county government size, specifically in a political market perspective. The panel analysis method conducted data analysis. Group demand, elite preferences, mass support and government structure are the four primary aspects that influence the size of government. In terms of findings, government employees, racial income inequality and county government structure have greater importance than political ideologies and political parties to boost revenue and expenditure for governmental bodies.Mr.Ki Woong Chokc12g@my.fsu.eduPolitical ScienceN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Design of Cascade Chemical ReactionsA new method for intramolecular C–H oxidative amination is basedon a FeCl3-mediated oxidative reaction of anilines with activatedsp3 C–H bonds. The amino group plays multiple roles in the reactioncascade: (1) as the activating group in single-electron-transfer (SET)oxidation process, (2) as a directing group in benzylic/allylic C–Hactivation at a remote position, and (3) internal nucleophile trappingreactive intermediates formed from the C–H activation steps. Thesemultielectron oxidation reactions proceed with catalytic amounts ofFe(III) and inexpensive reagents.Dr.Dr. Igor Alabuginalabugin@chem.fsu.eduDepartment of Chemistry and BiochemistryMr. Chris Evoniuk
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sulfonation of Poly-4-phenylcyclopenteneUsing hydrogenated poly-4-phenylcyclopentene (H2-P4PCP)as the starting polymer, an experiment was designed to sulfonate the polymer to a high degree, creating a new ionomer with unique properties.Dr.Justin Kennemurkennemur@chem.fsu.eduChemistryN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Morphological Differences in Male Sailfin MolliesThe sailfin molly is a small coastal-dwelling fish that resides in the shallow, brackish waters of marshes. The purpose of this experiment was to study morphological size differences in male sailfin mollies (Poecilia latipinna) based on where the fish was raised (in the wild or in the lab). Male mollies vary widely in size at maturity, so this experiment proposed possible reasons for these size differences. By measuring a multitude of mature male sailfin mollies, this experiment sought a trend in size, length, and fin area.Ms.Elizabeth Langeelange@bio.fsu.eduBiologyN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Separation of Americium and Curium in Nuclear Fuel ReprocessingRarely considered in normal chemical studies because of limited availability, the elements composing the lanthanide and actinide series at the bottom of the period table have shown unique properties due to the presence of f- electron orbitals in their atoms. Uranium and other transuranium elements in the actinide series are involved in the nuclear fuel cycle during the production of nuclear energy, and with the growing demand of energy sources that leave a smaller carbon footprint, nuclear energy production has become a more prominent field of study. However, instead of carbon emissions, nuclear energy production produces a mix of radioactive isotopes (i.e., atoms that release radiation during decay) as waste that must be recycled or stored securely. The aim of this project is to study methods in which to separate differing elements within a mix of used nuclear fuel, primarily involving the separation of americium and curium from other lanthanides.Dr.
Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt
albrecht-schmitt@chem.fsu.eduChemistry and BiochemistryMr. Shane Galley (grad student)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Land Art Exhibition (Research)This project will explore the museum as a tool for facilitating therapeutic art experiences for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with varying verbal abilities. The project will focus on the benefits of art therapy in the museum space. It will explore the communication (non-verbal and verbal) expression and social skills of adolescents involved throughout the duration of the study, focusing on tactile based art experiences in response to artwork aligning with the museum's permanent collection and temporary exhibition. The project will encompass a mixed-methods design that will account for both quantitative and qualitative features: artwork analysis, interviews, field observation, pre and post-test, and survey of the Child Communication Checklist-2 (CCC-2). In the spring, the project will be hosted in the FSU Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) and will encompass a 10-week program and final gallery exhibition that accommodates adolescents with ASD.Prof.Ashley Hartmanahartman@fsu.eduArt Therapyno
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sexual Cyberbullying and Online Activity in Undergraduate StudentsIncreasing Internet use in people’s daily lives has led to an increase in a form of bullying referred to as cyberbullying. Sexual cyberbullying falls within this category and has been of concern for policymakers, parents, etc.; however, there has been little research on this topic. This project aimed to increase available knowledge about sexual cyberbullying victimization and perpetration in relation to Internet usage. Information was gathered from undergraduate students through in-person and online surveys. Specifically, we measured Internet activity (e-mailing, texting, social networking, and searching for academic information) and their experience with sexual cyberbullying. Overall, males engaging in texting and social media were more likely to perpetrate sexual cyberbullying. Further research into this topic is needed to expand this field, and this information can be used to develop intervention and prevention measures for this form of cyberbullying.Ms.Jungup Leejl11ac@my.fsu.eduSocial WorkNA
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Students, schools, and social mediaResearch on how adolescents use social media rarely focuses on how students create different platforms to portray different identities in relation to a school environment. Our research studies how adolescents use social media to interact with their peers inside and outside of school. We studied how each person portrayed themselves on social media, how they used social media in their communities as well as for school purposes, and how they construct different identities using different social media platforms. Participants from the study were 48 students at a charter school in north Florida. The first group were mostly seniors ranging from 16-18 year olds, and the second group was sophomore ranging from 15-17 year olds. Data was collected by giving the students activities over three days that identified how and why they use social media, which social media platforms they use, and how their groups overlap. Results show how students use different social media tools for a variety of purposes including creating different communities to interact and communicate with different groups of people. Students also differentiated between social media friends verse true friends.Dr.Vanessa Dennenvdennen@admin.fsu.edueducational psychologyDr. Stacey Rutledge
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Effects of Male Size on Fitness in the Salfin Molly PopulationCompetition is a symbiotic relationship between two organisms for resources in their environment. More specifically, sexual competition more is the competing of organisms for a mate and to pass on their genes. Relating to sailfin mollies, it is unknown what factors influence the success of males when it relates to amount of offspring. The aim of this research project was to understand the correlation between male size and sexual competitiveness on how phenotypic variance is maintained in sailfin molly populations. This was done by using a closely monitored population of mollies. DNA was extracted from individual females, males and their offspring. A two-step PCR was then used to amplify microsatellite loci. Libraries were sequenced on a MiSeq and genotyped using the megasat program. This will allow for the determination of the number of offspring each male has. We predict that either directional selection, assortative mating or negative frequency selection was used by females in mating with males. The results of this research will be beneficial to the scientific community for they can be used to hypothesize about how sexual competitiveness affects variance in other species.Ms.Elizabeth Langeelange@g.clemson.eduBiologyNone
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Intonation of Spanish QuestionsThis project examines differences in the intonation of questions in Northern Peninsular Spanish (NPS). Participants were asked to perform two tasks—reading, and elicitation—with sentences following types: declarative (statements), wh-fronted, wh-in-situ (information seeking, echo surprise, and echo repetition), and yes/no (information seeking, echo surprise, and echo repetition). There were a total of twenty-two participants, males and females aged 21-24, from Bilbao, Spain and the surrounding area. It was hypothesized that questions of different types would exhibit differences in their types of intonation. After the tasks were recorded and analyzed, interim results showed that Yes/No questions tended toward a circumflex intonation pattern at the end of the sentence, and wh-in-situ questions tended toward a rising intonation. However, the analytic process is still in progress.Dr.Lara Reglerolreglero@fsu.eduModern LanguagesDr. Carolina Gonzalez
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Age and growth of the little gulper, Centrophorus uyato, in the Gulf of Mexico.The purpose of this experiment is to determine the age of deep water and coastalsharks. The problem with modern day information regarding sharks is that age hasnot been studied for many of the shark species, which vary greatly due to differentgeographical locations. This experiment uses the fins of sharks, specifically theCGRA species, to calculate the age of the sharks. The sharks were obtained off thecoast of the panhandle of Florida and the Louisiana coast. Shark fines were severedfrom sharks at the marine lab and frozen to be taken to the lab to obtain thecartilage and vertebrate from the fins. The shark fins are measured before and afterputting them into a trypsin solution that separates the muscle from the skeleton.After the trypsin solution strips the muscle and skin off the shark, the cartilage ismeasured and then put into ethanol for further microscopic investigation. The age ofthe sharks are determined by using a die that makes the cartilage obtain rings thatcan be used to know the age of the sharks. The results of the experiment indicatethat typically deep-water sharks and coastal shark's ages can be found through analysis of their cuticle.Mr.Brian Moebmoe@bio.fsu.eduBiologyDr. Chip Cotton
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
MOYAMOYA A rare but potentially devastating brain puff of smokeThis is a descriptive research study that explores Moyamoya disease: A rare variant of brain pathology.  The purpose of this presentation is to explain the relationship between a transient ischemic attack (TIA), stroke, and Moyamoya disease. The disease can cause TIAs and eventually completed strokes. Although TIAs and strokes are relatively common, the public and even healthcare professionals are much less aware of Moyamoya disease. Every year 800,000 people have a new or recurrent stroke. Furthermore, the fifth leading cause of death in America is strokes; however nearly 80% of all strokes are preventable. Moyamoya is less common but has familial and social consequences as experienced by the mother of one of the co-authors.  “Moyamoya” is a Japanese word meaning “puff of smoke.” It is representative of the abnormal formation of thin brain arteries that try to compensate for a blocked artery. Moyamoya disease has a high incidence in Asian countries and primarily affects children. However, it can occur in adults as documented in this paper and public awareness and social consequences will be presented.Prof.Leonard L. LaPointeLeonard.LaPointe@cci.fsu.eduCommunication Sciences and DisordersNone
10DajaniAdam10:00 AM - 11:30 AMDesign and Construction of a Functional Laser Pen DiffractometerEven though it has been over 65 years since Franklin and Gosling used X-ray diffraction to establish the helix structure of DNA, this technique continues to be the most powerful method of determining the three-dimensional structure of crystalline materials. While a section on X-ray crystallography and Bragg’s law can be found in most general chemistry textbooks, it is very difficult to convey how this technique works with static images showing the application of Bragg’s law along one dimension of a simple square lattice. We have designed and built a simple diffractometer that uses a laser pen instead of an X-ray source and includes functional analogs for the other components of a modern diffractometer, including the detector and movable “crystal” mount. It is our hope that this “Laser Pen Diffractometer” will help students understand how a diffractometer uses interference patterns to determine structure at scales too small to be measured directly. Evolution of our design (including problems solved along the way) and the use of this device to determine structures in two dimensions will be presented.Dr.Kenneth A. Goldsbykagoldsby@fsu.eduChemistryNone
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Dissipative Particle Dynamics SimulationThere are urgent needs to design new polymer-based materials with desired dynamic behaviors and viscoelastic properties for impact and energy dissipation applications. To fully harvest their potential as inexpensive and efficient structural damping materials, this project will utilize state of the art computational materials techniques to simulate, at the molecular level, their viscoelastic properties under various external conditions. This involves modeling polymers as a string of connected beads and recording their dynamics as a function of time, in order to compute their viscoelasticity. This project will develop a microscopic view of materials, better theoretical understanding of polymers at the nanoscale, and hands-on experience with molecular simulations. The final goal of this project is to complete a research report that summarizes how chemical structures of polymers will impact their dynamics. This knowledge will aid in the search of new viscoelastic materials and guide experimental explorations.Dr.Shangchao Linslin3@fsu.eduEngineeringMs. Huanhuan Zhou
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Investigation of Fire Front Behavior Using Mathematical Tools and DataThis project involves using the mathematical programming languages of Matlab and Octave in order to both illustrate the behavior of fire front dynamics as well as try and develop models with data based on realistic data. Utilizing a type of code called "cellular automata", cells of a grid can change color based on ignition of fire or lack thereof. The ignition of cells is based on realistic parameters of fire fronts: distance from burning cells, amount of time a fire can burn for, and the probability for a fire to ignite another cell.From our development of the code, we have interacted with Tall Timbers Research Station located in Leon County, who perform controlled burns in order to analyze fire front behavior. Using data from their experiments can help influence how we define the parameters in the cellular automata code, helping make the code more realistic in its application.Through the use of multiple runs of fire fronts and plotting of the results, there can be defining probabilities of how long a fire will burn and how far it can reach before it extinguishes, based on the defining parameters.Mr.Bryan Quaifebquaife@fsu.eduScientific Computingnone
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Childhood Abuse/Victimization, Religious Involvement, and Lifetime Substance Abuse among Latinas NationwidePurpose: Childhood abuse/victimization is a major behavioral health concern and imposes lasting damages on mental and physical health, including lifetime substance abuse (LT-SA). Yet, gender-specific research examining this early trauma and substance abuse in Latina-Americans (Latinas) is scarce. This study investigated the prediction of childhood abuse/victimization for LT-SA among adult Latinas nationwide and the potential moderation of acculturation factors. The incremental prediction of Latino cultural strength factors on the outcome was also explored. Method: Using the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS), a nationally-representative survey, we performed three-step logistic regressions to investigate LT-SA for 1,427 Latinas following pre-planned steps. Model-1 evaluated the association of childhood physical and sexual abuse/victimization (CPA) and (CSA) with LT-SA; Model-2 assessed the potential moderation of known predictors as controls; and Model-3 added cultural resource factors. Results: Rates of CPA and CSA were 28.0 % and 18.4%, and rates of LT-SA was 4.8%. In the final model, alongside higher English proficiency, discrimination, and social support, CPA and religious coping were positively associated with LT-SA. Religious attendance at a weekly level was inversely related to LT-SA. However, CSA was not related to LT-SA. Conclusions: Childhood physical abuse/victimization is an early risk factor for long-term substance abuse/victimization, viewed as a negative coping strategy beginning in teenage years among Latin-Americans. The abuse/victimization history may increase positive coping behaviors (e.g., pursing social support and religious coping) within the collective cultural community.Dr.Dr. Amy Aiamyai8@gmail.comCollege of Social WorkN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Observing the Heavens: Records of Premodern Japanese AstronomyOur research project is an investigation into astrological reports submitted to the Japanese Imperial Court during the premodern period. The study collected data from multiple primary accounts, with an emphasis of our analysis placed upon sources of the reports and the socio-political context surrounding each report. Although our research has primarily consisted of data collection to this point, we are beginning to notice a trend between certain phenomenon and the sources attributed to their reports. While a clear image of how astronomy worked in the Imperial bureaucracy is not discernible at this time, we are beginning to understand the role and function of certain administrations dedicated to the observation of astrological changes. This study is still within preliminary phases, therefore, rather than drawing conclusions from the gathered information our next steps will include formatting the data with software in order to conduct statistical tests on the qualitative data.Dr.Kristina Buhrmankbuhrman@fsu.eduReligionN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Face-to-Face bullying, Cyberbullying, and Multiple Substance Use Problems Among School-Aged Adolescents in the United StatesFace-to-face and cyberbullying are serious social problems that lead to behavioral, psychological and health problems. As research shows, school bullying is correlated with an increased risk of substance use. However, little is known about the correlation between multiple types of bullying behaviors and substance use. This study compares the association between face-to-face and cyberbullying perpetration, victimization, and bullying-victimization and multiple forms of substance use. This study used data from the 2005-2006 Health Behavior in School-Aged Children (HBSC). The final sample comprised 7,189 U.S. adolescents in grades 6-10 in schools. The weighted sample was 48.3% male and 51.7% female and included 45.4% European-American, 16.4% African-American, and 21.1% Hispanic/Latino. The mean age of the sample was 14.36 (SD=1.37). For face-to-face bullying, perpetration was positively associated with substance use problems and bullying-victimization was significantly related to cigarette use, alcohol use, and binge drinking. For cyberbullying, bullying-victimization was positively related to all types of substance use, while perpetration was associated with cigarette use, alcohol use, and marijuana use. Victimization was associated with cigarette use, alcohol use, and binge drinking. The study findings contribute to the association between bullying and substance use, which has implications for social work practice. Our findings can be used by social work practitioners in developing and implementing intervention programs for school-aged youth involved in bullying and substance use.Ms.Jungop Leejl11ac@my.fsu.eduCollege of Social WorkN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The relation between overall cognition and the visuospatial domain in older adults in the Florida Longitudinal Study of AgingBACKGROUND: Older adults have difficulty with mental flexibility and maintaining mental sets which causes a decline in executive functions. Studies show a difference among men and women in spatial performances and memory functions.PURPOSE: The intention of this study was to determine the relationship between Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) scores and its visuospatial domain as well as an immediate and delayed word recall test. Gender differences in these scores were also determined. METHOD: Eighty-three participants (80.1 ± 7.1 years) were recruited from Westminster Oaks and Westminster Gardens Retirement Communities. Participants completed the MoCA. Domains and total MoCA scores for each participant were calculated. The visuospatial portion of the MoCA test involved drawing a clock and 3-D cube. To test immediate and delayed recall, ten words were read aloud and participants recalled them immediately and approximately five minutes later. Correlations were used to determine the association between MoCA scores, the visuospatial domain, and recall scores. Student’s t-tests were used to determine score differences between genders.RESULTS: Those who scored higher on the MoCA had higher visuospatial scores and a higher score on the immediate and delayed recall. Women scored higher on the MoCA, with the only difference in domains being in the delayed recall portion. Women also scored higher on the immediate and delayed recall; this supports the idea that women have a better memory than men in the elderly population. There was no difference found between men and women regarding scores on the visuospatial test, which contradicts previous findings.Dr.Antonio Terraccianoantonio.terracciano@med.fsu.eduMedicine, GeriatricsDr. Angelina SutinMs. Ashley Artese
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Depression and Empathy of Premedical StudentsThis research looks into the consequences of a premedical education on student health and capacity for personal well-being and, by extension, patient care by cross-examining student socio-economic status, race, and gender with rates of depression, distress, prescription drug use, and tested empathy. I hypothesize that the rigors of the premedical experience take a toll on the emotional development of some students, leading to problems later on in life involving their ability to care for themselves and their ability to empathize with patients, thus leading to the high rates of medical student and physician suicide we see today.Dr.John Taylorjrtaylor@admin.fsu.eduSociologyDr. Annette SchwabeDr. Les Beitsch
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Parent Perception Of Child WeightApproximately 1/3 of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Many parents do not perceive their children as overweight. Recent evidence suggests that parents who perceive their child as having a normal weight correlate with their child’s weight being healthier over time even if the child is overweight. It is unclear why this inaccurate perception is protective. The purpose of this project is to examine differences in attitudes toward childhood obesity between parents who perceive their children as overweight versus normal weight. Additional research will be needed to find what perceptions lead to specific parenting styles and behaviors through experimental testing. Adding to that, testing how the actions of these parents, partially caused by their perceptions, affect their children’s health and weight. After we collect our survey data, there is much more to consider.Dr.Angelina Sutinangelina.sutin@med.fsu.eduBehavioral Science at the College of MedicineN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Physical Models for the Role of Pressure in Biology and MedicineWhile the effectiveness of using demonstrations to facilitate learning in science courses remains controversial, it is generally recognized that the “hands-on” building of physical models leads to a better understanding of the underlying scientific concepts. A recent study published in Nature Communications flips the relationship between learning and building, suggesting that teaching and language evolved to allow the skills of using tools to be passed to children, providing an important survival advantage for early hominoids. Work in our laboratory is aimed at encouraging collaborative interactions between science teachers and technical arts teachers in Florida’s secondary school system. We design, build, and test equipment that can be used to illustrate important scientific concepts, with the objective of using these projects as examples of what students could build for their schools. In addition to providing low-cost demonstrations and laboratory equipment to science teachers, and hopefully slowing the disappearance of “shop” from the secondary school curriculum, we believe that the construction of physical models will provide a tangible analogy for the construction of scientific models that we use to understand natural phenomena. Demonstrations are commonly used in chemistry and physics courses; however, the use of in-class demos in biology courses appears to be much less common. We present here several examples of simple apparatuses that illustrate scientific concepts important in biology and medicine.Dr.Kenneth Goldsbykagoldsby@fsu.eduChemistryN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Effects of caloric intake in middle-age and older individualsGenerally, increase in age introduces a decline in health, cognitively and physically. Past studies have shown that multivitamins induce positive cognitive growth. The aim of this study is to identify the susceptibility, if so, of cognitive function to supplementation, a placebo and Tai Chi exercise. Seventy-five middle to older age men and postmenopausal women, underwent pre and post examinations to evaluate their cognitive functioning, motor skills and balance. Each group receives a different treatment: MindWorks supplementation(n=30), placebo(n=30) or Tai Chai training(n=15). The study also analyzed the dietary trends of each individual at the start and end of the three month clinical trial. Three-day food records were kept of each participant that quantified their average caloric intake. All participants were of good health and did not have any pre-existing conditions. It was hypothesized that supplementation would have the most statistically significant effect on the cognitive function of middle to older aged men and women. We hope that the results will support the hypothesis thus rejecting the null hypothesis. A statistically significant study will reason that positive health can be maintained for older aged adults.Mr.Ming-Chia Yehmy12d@my.fsu.eduFood and Exercise SciencesDr. Jeong-su Kim
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Assessing Potential Sources and Biodegradability of Dissolved Organic Carbon in the Congo RiverDissolved organic matter (DOM) plays an important role in nutrient cycling and has the potential to be a good indicator for the conditions of the surrounding environments. Currently, there is a lack of knowledge about DOM, DOM cycling, and its importance in ecosystems. This study looked at leachates made from soil and plant litter from 13 sites on the banks of the Congo River in Africa in order to get more information about the possible sources and biodegradability of DOM. Composition of DOM, concentrations of carbon, and isotopic ratios of carbon of the leachates were analyzed over a 28 day period through fluorescence spectroscopy, total organic carbon analysis, and ultrahigh precision mass spectrometry. Initial results showed differences between the plant litter samples and soil samples, with the plant litter samples having distinct protein peaks and the soil samples having distinct terrestrial peaks. Concentrations of total carbon were higher in the pristine samples versus the agriculture samples. This data could provide insight into the fluxes of nutrients that make their way down the Congo River and into the Atlantic Ocean. It could also help to shed light on how humans influence fluxes of DOM and the possible consequences of riverside agriculture.Dr.Robert Spencerrgspencer@magnet.fsu.eduDepartment of OceanographyDr. Anne Kellerman
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Analyzing the Speed of Sound of Methane and Propane in a Ruben's TubeThe Ruben’s tube is a classic physics demonstration that uses an array of flames to assist in the visualization of longitudinal acoustic standing waves. We report on extended applications of this commonly-used demonstration which offer a more inexpensive (and exciting!) means by which advanced physical chemistry topics can be explored. Applications to-date include the analysis of speed of sound in various media, the calculation of heat capacity ratios for various flammable gases, and the dependence of the speed of sound on the temperature of the media through which it travels. Our work is part of the larger STACT (Science and Technical Arts Collaborative Teaching) project, an initiative encouraging collaborations between science and technical arts teachers in Florida’s secondary school system.Dr.Bridget DePrincebdeprince@chem.fsu.eduChemistryn/a
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Physical Activity Reduces Depression-Like Behaviors in a Rodent Model of AgingAge-related depression is a challenge which many aging citizens in our society face. There has been substantial research into this area of depression, though there is little research involving the effects of age-related depression at a molecular neurological level. Here at The Florida State University, the Levenson Lab is working to determine the effects that exercise has on reducing symptoms of age-related depression. The aim of this study was to determine how this treatment affects the hippocampal protein expression in rats who suffer from age-related depression-like symptoms. To test for this, several groups of rats were bred: young rats with exercise, young rats without exercise, old rats with exercise, and old rats without exercise. After these rats went through the exercise regimen (or did not), their brains were harvested. The hippocampi of these brains were then sliced coronally on a freezing microtome to create a collection of brain slices. These slices were then stained using immunohistochemical staining methods to test for differences in hippocampal protein expression in the different groups of rats. The results of this experiment are still to be determined. However, going forward we plan on testing for several different emotion and depression-related chemicals in the hippocampus. With this data, we should be able to provide a much more comprehensive understanding of the effects of exercise on treating symptoms of age-related depression.Dr.Cathy LevensonCathy.Levenson@med.fsu.eduMedicine, NeuroscienceN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Archival Process at The World War II InstituteI have been serving as the student researcher throughout this academic year at the World War II Institute. The Institute is going through a process where they are taking their existing collections and putting them on the Archon databases which will make it much easier for the Institute collections to be accessible to researchers. I have been tasked with dealing with the Institute’s African American collections.I have worked with several collections from nurses, servicemen, and officers. On my poster for the UROP Assistanceship I am going to include some photos and experts from some of the more interesting projects that I have been able to enter into archon. I also want to include some information about the Institute because most of their collections are from dominations and this will be a wonderful opportunity for some publicity for the collection. I have recently started working on a collection from the Florida State Women’s College, and the will be a great opportunity to show some diversity within my poster. That collection deals with the many women from the college that served in the Second World War. I will develop my ideas over the course of this semester.Dr.Kurt Piehlerkpiehler@fsu.eduHistory: Institute of World War II and the Human ExperienceNo
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Media Analysis on Athlete MigrationThis study focuses on the path to China’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics and its representation in various media outlets. Several frames were identified by examining articles: “Green Olympics”, “Urban Boosterism”, “Leveraging 2008 Legacy”, and “Economic Benefits”. The term “Green Olympics describes China’s urge to promote healthy air quality and media pushes the bid as a “catalyst” for the environmental movement. The frame of “Urban Boosterism” suggests the idea that the arrival of the Winter Olympics will generate much needed urbanization to the surrounding municipalities of Beijing. Another source for media interpretation is included in the frame “Leveraging 2008 Legacy”. This capitalizes the idea that China can “recycle” resources that were used in the 2008 Beijing Olympics such as sports complexes to create a more cost effective Olympics. Finally, what ties everything together is the “Economic Benefits” of the potential Olympic site. Each of the frames mentioned about pertain to the implementation of several policies and are all geared towards maximizing economic frugality. It has been seen that most of the media attention is influenced by elite officials and stakeholders, but is generally portrayed in a neutral manner.Mr.Haozhou Puph10c@my.fsu.eduDepartment of Sports ManagementN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Roma MemorializationThis project works to tie together the treatment of the Roma (gypsies) during the National Socialist era with their current situation. This connection is being investigated by looking at the lack of education and memorialization of the Roma and Sinti genocide during the Holocaust. In this study, we have analyzed university level syllabi from across the nation to see if they teach about the Roma genocide. Additionally, we have mapped all of the Roma memorials and overlaid them on a map of all of the known death sites of Roma people. The study is not yet complete, but from our current findings in syllabi we know that while many classes discuss the Holocaust, they do not frequently mention the Roma genocide or go into great detail about their suffering during the second world war. Although the memorial coordinates have not yet been mapped, in our research for memorial sites because while there are many memorials for victim of the Holocaust, it is difficult to find monuments that include the Roma people in the description. Additionally, we have found that the sponsorships often come from private groups and individuals, such as the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, rather than the government. This discrepancy suggests that the government doesn’t fully acknowledge the weight that this tragedy held in the Roma community and could be part of the reason that the Roma people continue to struggle today.Prof.Melissa Hughesmhughes3@fsu.eduHumanitiesn/a
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Factors of Political SkillPolitical skill is generally broken down into four separate entities: social astuteness, interpersonal influence, networking ability, and apparent sincerity. However, a wide spectrum of other traits may be correlated with political skill. A dimensional meta analysis was created using an Excel spreadsheet to record the results of hundreds of studies already conducted on political skill. The meta analysis consisted of the number of participants in each study, the means, standard deviations, and alpha values for each variable, and each variable’s correlation with political skill and the four main aspects of political skill. The various samples included thousands of individuals across dozens of countries around the world. Upon completion, the data was analyzed by a program that determined correlation between political skill and factors such as such as personality type, public speaking ability, and self-regulation. The hypothesized results are that political skill will be related to traits generally associated with higher-achieving individuals, or those who are generally successful in businesses and leadership positions. Alternatively, there may be traits that are strongly correlated to political skill that are not commonly assumed for higher-achieving individuals. These results will allow individuals to develop their skill sets and work on specific aspects of their personalities to increase the ease with which they can apply political skill in their own lives.Dr.Charn McAllisterprofessormcallister@gmail.comPsychologyn/a
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The Effect of Nighttime Eating on Overnight Lipolytic RateINTRODUCTION: Due to the misinterpretation of existing research, nighttime eating is viewed negatively for its potential negative effects on metabolism, specifically fat mobilization from the fat cells (lipolysis). Therefore, we are proposing to assess the effects of a protein supplement (Dymatize Nutrition, PRO, 30 g micellar casein protein, 120 kcals) versus a non-caloric, sensory-matched placebo (PLA, 0 g micellar casein protein, 0 kcals) consumed after a full-body resistance training (RT) session, before bedtime on incremental overnight lipolysis from the subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue (SCAAT). METHOD: Healthy, resistance-trained (able to squat 1.0 times their body weight, and bench press 0.75 times body weight, adapted from ACSM Guidelines 1 and piloted in our laboratory), normal weight (BMI = 18.5-25 kg/m2; body fat <33%), normally menstruating (on or off oral contraceptives) females ages 18-35 years will be recruited to participate in this study. Upon visiting the laboratory, two previously sterilized semi-perfusable probes will be inserted into the SCAAT for assessment of lipolysis through interstitial glycerol concentrations, as previously described 2. In order to further assess lipolysis the resisting metabolic rate (RMR) will be taken before and after the RT session in order to determine if the fat that is being mobilized is moving into the muscle and being used as energy.Participants will perform a full-body RT protocol and sleep in the laboratory overnight for bi-hourly assessment of lipolysisMs.Brittany Allmanbra13@my.fsu.eduNutrition, Food and Exercise SciencesDr. Michael Ormsbee
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Stress and relief within FirefightersWithin previous studies, workers within the emergency medical services have been found to have elevated levels of stress, leading to both physical and mental symptoms. Within firefighters in particular, sources of stress have been identified to be related to job work stress and secondary concerns therein. These studies draw attention to the need for better identification, recognition and coping of stress and stress symptoms within the fire services. The purpose of this study will be to identify more specific stressors associated with critical incidents, and investigate the breadth and depth of individual knowledge and use of stress relief programs. The study will also look at personal stress relief methods to gain insight for adaptation of current stress relief programs. Thus far, semi-structured interviews have been conducted with 13 firefighters of various ages, positions, and genders. Preliminary results show a trend relating increased age to decreased understanding of stress and its effects. Within critical incidents, many of the firefighters recall the most stress associated with pediatric calls, or calls that had ties to their personal lives. In relation to stress relief programs, many firefighters knew of the existence of methods of help, but not all were willing to seek assistance due to a variety of reasons, ranging from macho to environmental issues. Preliminary results draw attention to the severity of stress symptoms when dealing with pediatric incidents. The data also highlights the increase of acceptance of stress related health issues within the younger generations of firefighters.Mr.Ki Woong Chokc12g@my.fsu.eduPublic Administration and PolicyN/A
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Fluorescent Staining and Imaging of Mammalian CellsThis research is to use SNAP-tag to label cells using fluorescent molecules. This allows the live or fixed cells to be imaged under a fluorescence microscope when excited with epifluorsence technology, or using photons with laser-scanning technology. The imaging technology allows for isolated visualization of various components of different cells, and therefore can be used in infinite research settings in the medical, biochemistry, and other fields of science. By growing and caring for different cell cultures, these cells can be fixed, or placed in a live cell slide, given the fluorescent organic molecules, and then imaged using an Olympus iX-81 inverted microscope, or a Nikon Fluorescence upright microscope. As a result the research has taught how to use the fluorescence molecule technology, fluorescent imaging, and care of cell cultures in future research, and how to eventually improve upon and move forward with this research.Prof.Lei Zhuleizhu2005@gmail.comBiochemistryN/A
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The Recent Evolution of 3-D Printing in Regards to Ancient ArtifactsThe art of 3-D Printing has rather impressively evolved over the past decade. The process has become significantly more efficient, both in speed and ease, and has grown to include a wider array of objects that are able to be printed. Programs for creating scans have become much more accessible and user friendly, and the technology has advanced to the point where a mesh nearly ready for printing can be created just from images taken on a mobile phone. This research examines the progression of 3-D printing software in an increasingly on-the-go world, and whether easier accessibility truly makes for an improved end result. Specifically, this research focuses on the 123D Catch software for creating a mesh, and its counterpart Meshmixer for preparing that mesh for print. Artifacts excavated from the Cetamura del Chianti archaeological site in Italy will be utilized for this. Scans of the artifacts will be configured using the 123D Catch mobile app. Meshmixer will then be used to complete and perfect the mesh. The prints created in this fashion will be compared to prints made from profile drawings of objects. Through this, it can be determined just how exact the two methods are in regards to the original. This will give insight on whether the newer methods for 3-D Printing are truly more effective and thus beneficial in regards to duplication.Dr.Nancy de Grummondndegrummond@fsu.eduClassics DepartmentN/A
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Taking Charge of Precision Polyelectrolytes: Sulfonating Hydrogenated Poly(4-phenylcyclopentene)Synthetic polymers play an essential role in modern day life; in particular a subset of polymers that are chemically infused with salts, polyelectrolytes, have applications in drug delivery, batteries, water desalination, and much more. However, the number of polyelectrolytes commonly in use today pales in comparison to the vast number of synthetic polymers in use. Thus, the purpose of this project is to increase the variety of widely available polyelectrolytes by chemically infusing a sulfonate group at precise points on a newly synthesized precision ethylene styrene copolymer. Followed by comparing its properties to similar polyelectrolytes and discovering how they differ.Dr.Justin Kennemurkennemur@my.fsu.eduChemistryMr. William Neary
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The Effect of Exercise on the Soleus muscle in MiceUnder Dr. Judy Delp, I assisted in research that aimed to study the effect of exercise on the skeletal soleus muscle. Specifically, I am studying how exercise can change the concentration of capillaries in the muscle, thus encouraging more blood flow. To test this, two groups of mice were used: exercise trained and sedentary mice. There were nine mice in total, three sedentary and six exercise trained. The group of exercised trained mice were trained for 8 weeks while the sedentary mice were not, and were then dissected to remove skeletal muscles for observation. All of the mice studied were knockout mice for the gene that codes for the protein adiponectin. The dissected muscles were saved and cut in able to see the capillary to muscle ratio. After the muscle samples were cut, 3 three slides from each sample were stained with lectin in order to see the capillary to muscle ratio. Using an online program, the results were found and a t-test was done to find the significance of the results. The expected results of the observations are that the exercise trained rats had on average more capillaries in their soleus muscle than the sedentary mice.Dr.Judy Delpjudy.delp@med.fsu.eduExercise Science/BiomedicalDr. Payal Ghosh
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Light Emitting Diodes Based on Metal Halide PerovskitesOrganometal halide perovskites are promising materials as phosphors or light emitting layers when used in light-emitting diode (LED) applications. Perovskite-based LEDs have the potential to reach impressively high brightness with either narrow peaks or broad peaks, and with a much lower cost than organic LEDs (OLEDs) and quantum dot LEDs (QD-LEDs). To achieve a high-quality white light, a phosphor with a broadband emission that covers the visible light range (400-700 nm) is favorable. Recently, our group reported a one-dimensional organic lead halide perovskite with efficient bluish white-light emission (Yuan, Zhou et al. 2017). The PLQE of this new material can reach as high as 20% with good photo-stability in air. To further improve the performance of phosphors in white LEDs, high PLQEs as well as warmer white lights are expected.Herein, we try to improve the optical properties of perovskite materials by doping different metals or organic ligands. Doping is an efficient approach to manipulate the optical properties of perovskite materials (Pellet, Gao et al. 2014, Saliba, Matsui et al. 2016). In this project, our objective is to obtain higher PLQEs and lower color temperatures (warm white light) by doping metals/organic ligands in perovskite materials with broadband emissions.Dr.Biwu Mabma@fsu.eduChemical and Biomedical EngineeringChenkun Zhou (PhD Candidate)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Role of Dgt4 in the Neural Stem Cells With or Without the CentrosomeIt is essential for Drosophila neuroblasts (neural stem cells) to proliferate by asymmetric cell divisions (ACD) in order to generate cellular diversity during brain development. During ACD, the larger neuroblast self-renews, and the smaller ganglion mother cell (GMC) divides and differentiates into neurons and glia. ACD in neuroblasts requires centrosome asymmetry where the younger “daughter” centrosome retains functional microtubule-organizing center (MTOC) activity during interphase, and is larger during mitosis. Centrosomin (cnn) helps organize the microtubule array in the neural stem cell and has an important role to control the asymmetric division. Dim Gamma Tubulin 4 (Dgt4) is one of the six proteins in the augmin complex in Drosophila. Drosophila augmin complex localizes ?-tubulin to the microtubules of the mitotic spindle. The spindle is defective and the attachment of microtubules to kinetochores is impaired in dgt4 mutant neuroblasts and embryos. The embryos from mutant mothers die because mutations in dgt4 are maternal affective lethal due to severe disruption of early cleavage divisions in the mutant embryos. Using fluorescent staining I have discovered that dgt4 mutant neuroblasts lose centrosome asymmetry which may result in loss of the normal attribution of cell fates, affecting cellular diversity, brain development, and neurological function. My future plans in this research is to analyze the cell division asymmetry in more detail, including staining for centrosome proteins and polarity markers in the dgt4 mutant neuroblasts. Also, to determine what goes wrong in the dgt4 + cnn mutant neuroblasts that contributes to the lethality in these double mutants.Dr.Timothy MegrawTimothy.Megraw@med.fsu.eduBiomedical Sciencesn/a
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Protein Supplementation and Nutritional Improvement on Wound Healing of Diabetic Foot UlcersStudies have shown that patients with diabetic foot ulcers have a high prevalence of protein deficiency and poor nutrition. By improving dietary intake in patients undergoing treatment for diabetic foot ulcers, we hope to improve wound healing of these ulcers and improve the overall nutrition of the patients. This study will include outpatients being treated for glycemic control and at least one diabetic foot ulcer of grade 1 or 2A. These patients will be given protein supplementation along with dietary guidelines to follow throughout the duration of our observation. Wound evaluation of size and area will be performed every 2 weeks during 12 weeks of follow ups, and dietary intake will be evaluated every 4 weeks. In addition, the inflammatory factors IL-6, IL-10, CRP, TBARS, and TTP will be documented every 4 weeks along with glucose and insulin levels. HbA1c will be documented before and after supplementation to assess any change in glucose homeostasis. By improving the dietary intake of protein, the patients will exhibit faster wound healing and an improved nutritional status. The improved nutritional status will be evident in increased TTP production and decreased levels of inflammatory biomarkers.Dr.Raedeh Basirirb14e@my.fsu.eduNutritionDr. Maria Spicer
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clathrin Coated VesiclesClathrin coated vesicles (CCVs) are present in many cells of the body. They play a critical role in intracellular transport, and their unique shape is related to their specialized function of maintaining vesicular shape. Yet we still have much to learn about the specialized functions of CCVs and their adaptor proteins. By better understanding their structure, we can learn more about the mechanism by which the clathrin coat proteins perform their functions. Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) is a relatively new technique for determining the 3D structures of biomolecules. By using this technique to analyze CCVs, we can build high resolution 3D models of them. Over the past year I have worked on developing procedures that can purify bovine brain tissue into a high-quality, highly concentrated sample of CCVs for cryo-EM imaging. I have done so by optimizing differential centrifugation procedures including varying the velocity and number of ultracentrifuge runs, changing the amount of buffer, and by adding dialysis step of the sample. These improvements have resulted in a sample concentration from a final volume of 24 mL to 0.5 ml, increased CCV concentration, and increased purity. In future experiments, I will prepare the CCVs for cryo-EM with an ultimate goal of generating 3D reconstructions of the CCV samples.Dr.Scott Staggsstagg@fsu.eduChemistry and biochemistryN/A
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Roma in the National Socialist Era and the Practice of Commemoration for Social ChangeThe goal of this project was to determine what percentage of collegiate courses relating to World War II, the Holocaust, or genocide in general instruct students on the massacre of the Roma during the Holocaust. It was believed that the majority of collegiate courses do not mention the Roma when discussing the victims of the Holocaust. This research was conducted by contacting universities throughout the United States and Europe, and requesting access to course syllabi that might relate to the focal topic. Thus far, more courses than previously anticipated mention the Roma in their syllabi, but still the majority of related courses fail to mention the entire Roma ethnic group. Additionally, most courses that discuss the Roma only dedicate a single class to this topic. Future research could move towards the readings that are assigned in these courses, and how the Roma are mentioned and described in the required literature.Prof.Melissa Hughesmhughes3@fsu.eduHistoryNo other research mentor
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Interdisciplinary Hypertension Self-Care StudyInterdisciplinary Hypertension Self-Care Study,College of Social Work, Advisor: Amy L. Ai, PhDFlorida State University High blood pressure (HBP), also known as hypertension, is a serious medical condition that one of three American adults suffer from during their lifetime. High blood pressure increases the mortality risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs); varying from heart attack, stroke, chronic heart failure or kidney disease. Cardiovascular disease has become the leading cause of death among Americans of all races, primarily in African Americans. Recent evidence suggests that chronic ongoing stressors on cardiovascular disease/ hypertension and pharmacological treatment solely will not sufficient towards withstanding the possible detrimental and abiding consequences of stress on CVDs/HBP. Emerging research revealed that behavioral self-care practices may favorably affect chronic illnesses, emotional regulation, and bio physiological risk factors. However, these practices are necessary for determining their high blood pressure- scientific effect and underlying mechanisms. The interdisciplinary hypertension self-care study aims to collect pilot data for effectiveness and underlying mechanisms of a novel, patient empowering, self- care behavioral intervention on hypertension. The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of two forms of self- care training on the overall health of adults with hypertension. To enroll, a screening process of 250+ high blood pressure patients will occur. We will randomly assign 50 cases to the two aims then separate those individuals into two groups into 25 cases each. Multidisciplinary outcomes and mechanism factors will be gathered through various established computerized interview describing instances in which the patient felt stressed.Dr.Amy L. Aiamyai8@gmail.comCollege of Social WorkN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Compassion Fatigue and Unexpected Consequences of Mandatory ReportingThe prevalence of sexual assault on college campus has become an increasing topic of interest in recent years. Cases of sexual assault have been placed under the public eye and mass amounts of attention have been drawn towards them. Many campuses enforce mandatory reporting among individuals who are not labeled as “confidential and responsible”. There can be many different consequences that are associated with the mandatory reporting laws that are enforced on campuses. In our study we look at the unexpected consequences of mandatory reporting that is being enforced on college campuses. We addressed all the varying unexpected consequences through the use of a policy capturing and conjoint analysis vignette study. We altered many different variables in our study, such as race, whether the victim knows the perpetrator, third party intervention, and many others. Our results display that the mandatory reporting laws cause many students to fail to report their sexual assault.Dr.Joseph Grzywaczjgrzywacz@fsu.eduFamily and Child Sciencesnone
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Magnetic Field Shielding Properties of YBCO Superconducting SheetsIn this research project the experimenter utilizes YBCO superconducting sheets to shield external magnetic fields. External magnetic fields account for additional AC loses in conductors. In cryogenic temperatures, specifically 77K, one-sided and two-sided sheets were used in measuring the shielding factor at frequencies ranging from 20Hz to 400Hz. This is done by measuring the voltage with a hall probe inside of the cyrostat with varying external magnetic fields.Dr.Sastry Pamidipamidi@caps.fsu.eduCenter for Advanced Power SystemsDr. Jozef Kvitkovic
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Effects of Sex, Handedness, and Additional Morphological Features on the Chela Crushing Force of Callinectes sapidusThis study seeks to determine if the maximum force produced by chelae of the Atlantic blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, is a function of the sex of the crab, handedness, or variation in the morphological features of the body and claw. The morphological features of interest include the carapace width of the crab and the propodus length, propodus width, propodus height, and area of the closer apodeme for each claw measured for bite force. Over the course of about one year, Atlantic blue crabs were collected from the Apalachicola bay region. Chela crushing force was quantified for each claw using a home-made bite force transducer. For the examination of the best predictors of bite force, single regression analyses will be performed for the variables of carapace width, propodus length, propodus height, propodus width, and closer apodeme area. A regression model for each individual variable will be plotted with crushing force to determine which variable best predicts the amount of force produced by chelae. Comparisons of maximum crushing force between male and female, as well as right-handed and left-handed crabs will be made using an analysis of covariance to determine whether sex, handedness, or both have significant interactions with crushing force. While data collection is still in progress, the variables of apodeme area and propodus height appear to be the best predictors of crushing force thus far. In addition, a maximum crushing force of about 222 Newtons has been measured, which exceeds what has been documented in previous literature.Dr.Don Levitanlevitan@bio.fsu.eduBiologyDr. WulffZach Boudreau
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Self-Reported Athlete Behavior After Florida Concussion LegislationJA McKenna1, PR Worts1,3, JL Puhr3, and SO Burkhart1,2,3. 1Florida State University, 2Institute of Sport Sciences and Medicine, 3Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic, Tallahassee, FL. Background: Beginning in 2009, states began passing legislation regarding the management of concussions, however, current research suggests that athlete behavior surrounding concussions has not drastically changed. 30-50% of athletes presenting to a concussion clinic for treatment potentially sustained a previous concussion that went undiagnosed (Meehan et al., 2013). Purpose: The aim of this study was to examine self-reported high school student-athlete behavior and compare our findings to available literature. Methods: Self-reported data were collected from 204 high school student-athletes diagnosed with a sport-related concussion. Injuries occurred over a four-year period (2013-2017) and all student-athletes were seen at a community concussion clinic. Patients were asked about immediate removal and multiple impacts during their initial evaluation. Results: The 2015-2016 school year displayed the highest percentage of players not immediately removed from play after their suspected injury (48%) and the highest percentage of secondary impacts (18%) and the 2014-15 school year displayed the lowest percentages (24% and 13%) respectively. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that up to 48% of concussed student-athletes reporting to the clinic for treatment are not immediately removed from play and 18% are experiencing multiple impacts, which may make them more susceptible for a prolonged recovery or more serious injury, second impact syndrome.Dr.Scott Burkhartscott.burkhart@tlhoc.comCollege of Human SciencesMr. Phillip Worts
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Synthesis of Sm(II) Dipicolinate Derivatives: How Electronic Properties Affect Redox PotentialSome divalent lanthanide compounds have a good application for single electron redox reactions, and among these, Sm(II) complexes are useful as reducing agents in organic synthesis. Dipicolinic acid, a non-innocent ligand, has been selected to characterize lanthanide complexes in order to add to the investigations about the viability of soft N/O donors on redox properties. Making derivatives that add electron density modifications to the dipicolinic acid ring can perturb the metal center, which allows for different redox potentials. Many of the derivatives selected have never been synthesized or characterized before. Since lanthanides can behave like actinides, determining the stability of these select lanthanides will help in solving problems related to more efficient separations, catalysis, and safer storage of radioactive waste.Dr.
Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt
albrecht-schmitt@chem.fsu.eduChemistryMr.Matthew Marsh
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
U.S Medicaid Expansion vs Medicaid Austerity1 in 5 Americans are currently using some form of Medicaid. With the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed in 2010, the political salience of Medicaid policy and its expansion or restriction has remained one of the most contentious debates in contemporary American government. Currently, nineteen states have refused to expand Medicaid, conflicting with the mandates set in place with PPACA. This refusal raises a few very important questions. Why refuse Medicaid expansion? Is this decision driven by partisan pressures or policy implications? And has the refusal of Medicaid expansion provided positive, negative, or neutral affects to the state’s overall health? In this publication we seek to answer those questions and accomplish two things. One, we seek to the analyze variations in state Medicaid policy, and to identify the causal relationships between states decision to expand or restrict Medicaid. Two, we seek to examine if the nineteen that have refused to expand Medicaid have benefited from this decision. In this publication we define state “health” by the aggregate of the inoculation rate, child mortality rate, average birthweight, and life expectancy. All data is being used in the time frame since PPACA was enacted (2012-2016) and is being collected from the U.S Census Bureau and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Our predictions indicate that the states’ decision to expand or restrict Medicaid is primarily being influence by partisan pressures and we believe that restriction of Medicaid expansion negatively impacts the overall health of those statesDr.Charles Barrilleauxcbarrilleaux@fsu.eduDepartment of Political ScienceNo
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The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice in the Late Nineteenth CenturyThe New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (NYSSV) was started by Anthony Comstock alongside members of the Young Men’s Christian Association in 1873. Their goal was to work with the state of New York to eradicate the use and distribution of immoral goods and services among the people. Using arrest records printed on microfilm, that we were able to get from the Library of Congress on an interlibrary loan, we are conducting a statistical analysis on the information. This study specifically aims to complete a quantitative overview of policing practices in New York at the time, especially surrounding financial based arrests. The idea is that, in years of financial panic, crimes such as fraud and gambling tend to spike, while other crimes take a backseat. Once the data is transferred from microfilm into excel spreadsheets, and the statistical portion of the project is complete, we will use this as an avenue into qualitative research, comparing newspaper articles and major events to crime data in order to paint the bigger picture. Based on the information obtained thus far, the goal is to write a better history of the Society and their practices, and to further understand the policing strategies and tactics used in New York during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Prof.Charles McCrarycharlesamccrary@gmail.comReligionn/a
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Early Father-Child Verbal Interactions in Low-income FamiliesFathers’ contributions to children’s language development have been understudied. Parental early language input differs with their sons and daughters. Therefore, this study investigates fathers’ early verbal interactions with their sons and daughters. 60 father-child (3-4 years; 32 daughters & 28 sons) dyads (15-minute each) from low SES families were videotaped. Quantity of fathers’ and children’s language and quality of fathers’ language is being coded. ANOVA & Correlations will be used to analyze data.Ms.Smriti Jangrajangrasmriti@gmail.comEducationDr. Beth Phillips
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Developing a Parser to Structure Free-Text Qualitative Eligibility Criteria in Clinical TrialsClinical studies are viewed as the gold-standard of modern medicine. However, many of these studies lack generalizability. The eligibility criteria for clinical trials often exclude older adults, who tend to comprise a large percentage of the population that could benefit from clinical studies. My supervising professor, Zhe He, PhD, and his team are developing an automated tool, named ULTRA (qUalitative eLigibiliTy cRiteriA parser), capable of analyzing qualitative exclusion criteria to understand how clinical studies exclude patients with restrictive exclusion criteria. My contribution to this project is as a human annotator to ensure that ULTRA can extract medical conceptsaccurately from free text. The data extracted by ULTRA is compared with manual extraction results to evaluate whether the tool can accurately extract major criterion as well as temporal constraint in the criteria. We further compared ULTRA with three other Named Entity Recognition (NER) tools: MetaMap, BioPortal, and L-value-based NER. These tools can extract medical concepts from free text sentences and represent them using codes in standard medical terminologies. Extraction data by human annotation is compared with extraction data analyzed by ULTRA and assigned one of four classifications: True Positive (TP); False Positive (FP); True Negative (TN); or False Negative(FN). These results are then used to produce three metrics to analyze the effectiveness of ULTRA at extracting medical concepts: Precision (TP / TP + FP); Recall (TP/ TP + FN); and the F-Measure(F = 2 (precision * recall/ precision + recall)). In recognizing medical concepts, ULTRA extracted medical criteria better than MetaMap, the BioPortal, and the L-value-based-methods.Dr.Zhe Hezhe.he@cci.fsu.eduSchool of InformationN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
UASt-GAL4 System: Determining why it fails to function in Germline TissueIn the field of genetics, there are many model organisms in which scientists can use to study a wide array of molecular signals, interactions, and mutations. The Drosophila melanogaster, or fruit fly, is one of these model organisms, because of the various techniques that are available in order to understand the role of a gene and its proteins, or to induce a specific phenotype to understand the effects it could have on the fly. Much of the work can be translated to humans, because both share a large amount of DNA that code for the same proteins. One of the techniques used in D.melanogaster is the UASt/GAL4 system, and this is used to overexpress a gene of interest. Initially, the system only worked in somatic tissue, and not in germline tissue, so the system was redesigned in order to allow it to function in both tissues. Although the problem has been resolved, it was still unclear as to why there is suppression of the original UAS system in the germline tissue. Through several experiments, it was revealed as to how UASt is suppressed in germline tissue, and the significance of this interaction in development.Dr.Wu-Min Dengwumin@bio.fsu.eduBiologyMr. Yi-Chun Huang
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Bioinformatic analysis of G4 DNA conservation in maize and sorghumA specific pattern in the DNA sequence has been discovered where four sequential nucleic acid guanine base pairs, on either one strand or both strands, form in the 3-D shape of a tetrad. These patterns, or motifs, have been given the name G4 motifs. These G4 motifs have been discovered across prokaryotic (E. coli) and eukaryotic organisms (plants, animals, and fungi). In humans, G4 motifs influence gene expression, cell signaling, and tumorigenesis. In plants, G4s have been implicated in many different processes including growth and stress responses. The main goal of this project is to examine the role and function of plant G4 motifs using maize (Zea mays) and its close relative, sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). Training goals include developing expertise in computational genomics under the guidance of Dr. Bass, a maize genetics and genome expert in biology. The goals of this project is develop competency in bioinformatics and computational genomics, building on my initial training as a UROP student.This project will allow me to investigate the biological role of G4 motifs in the maize crop species and potentially advance knowledge of gene regulation in plants.Dr.Hank Bassbass@bio.fsu.eduBiologyNA
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Instructor Perception of Emotional Intelligence in ChildrenEmotional Intelligence (EI) is a construct that refers to the ability to identify, regulate, understand, and express one’s own emotions – as well as those of others. While previous studies suggest that differences in EI scores exist between males and females on self-report measures of EI, this trend has not been validated with an objective, observer-based EI measure. Additionally, existing literature provides inconsistent results as to whether gender and age play roles in moderating EI. This study’s aim was to explore the relationship between EI and gender, as well as the relationship between EI and age for each gender. Results indicated that there was no significant difference between males and females in instructor-perceived EI. Furthermore, results did not indicate a significant difference in instructor-perceived EI for males and females across age.Ms.Jordan Burkojburko@fsu.eduEducational Psychology and Learning SystemsDr. Steven Pfeiffer
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Comparisons of YBCO Superconductor Joint MethodsElectrical resistances of YBCO joint methods from several different studies are described and compared. Analyzing the results of the various joint methods reveals that a mechanical lap joint had 406 n? of resistance, soldered joints varied from 2.25-667 n?, and fused Ag joints varied from 4-30 n?.Dr.Sastry Pamidipamidi@caps.fsu.eduCenter for Advanced Power SystemsMr. Jozef Kvitkovic
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Dress to Protest: An Examination of the Use of Clothing in Social ProtestsClothing and dress can be used as a form of unspoken communication, this study seeks to investigate the impact of the dress choices of a protest movement on their overall image. This can be exemplified through focusing on two groups from the Civil Rights Movement and two from the Women’s Rights Movement during the mid to late 20th century: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), The Black Panther Party (BPP), The National Organization for Women (NOW), and the Redstockings. Each group chose and used clothing that aligned with their respective messages and dress was used to further their images. SCLC and NOW fought for equality, to even the stakes between marginalized groups and those who were not, and they dressed in appropriate fashion of the times to support this. In contrast, the BPP and the Redstockings were radical groups in comparison to their movement counterparts in this paper and their chosen outfits railed against the grain the same way their messages did. The clothing supported the messages of each group, and the choice to dress in a way that was deemed respectable for the time versus a more radical dress both had a clear impact on the movements.Dr.Suzanne Sinkessinke@fsu.eduHistoryDr. Pamela Robbins, Dr. Davis Houck
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Attitudes Toward Twitter Content for Depression Advocacy and AwarenessDepression is a mental health issue that negatively impacts quality of life. Social media is a popular way to discuss topics with a broad audience and can be used to raise awareness and spread information. This study focuses on researching the content in the Twitter hashtag #depression over several months. It uses exploratory social network analysis in order to find patterns within the hashtag. It also uses a survey to find which related hashtags Twitter users are most interested in and are perceived as being most related to depression, and which popular, non-personal organization accounts they would be most interested in following and perceive as being most related to depression.Dr.Warren Allenwarren.allen@cci.fsu.eduInformationCommittee members:Dr. Paul MartyDr. Summer Harlow
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Social Media Study of Heat-Related IllnessThrough this study, the public health information documented by personal posts on twitter was analyzed to understand the relationship between heat waves and number of health-related tweets. The collected tweets contained key-words related to 5 themes commonly associated with heat-related illness: AC, dehydration, electricity outage, health, and heat. Based on locational data included in tweets, 10 cities were studied to compare the number of heat-related-illness tweets to the average temperature over the summer. This study is ongoing, and will continue to develop insight to the relationship between public weather sentiment and heat-related illness.Dr.Christopher Uejiocuejio@fsu.eduGeographyMr. Jihoon Jung
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Representation of Women in South Asian MediaMy research topic, the representation and acknowledgement of women in South Asian media, is worth investigating now more than ever as we live through a historical time of change in the area of women’s rights. There is still extensive progress left for gender equality in the developed world, evident through demonstrations like the recent Women’s March. The situation regarding female representation or lack thereof and its implications for South Asia’s economy and human rights’ progress and how this compares to elsewhere on our globe is therefore worth exploring. In order to conduct my research, I will look at every 10th South Asian news story out of 100 from the past 5 years discussing _. I will myself and later ask 4 other coders to count how many times certain gender-related words appear in an article, ultimately to portray whether women are addressed by South Asian media at all and if so, how theyDr.Steve McDowellSteve.McDowell@cci.fsu.eduCommunicationN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Toward Understanding Body Concern and Eating Pathology: Differences in Freshman Undergraduate and First Year Graduate StudentsIntroduction: The aims of this study were to assess whether freshman undergraduate students experience different levels of (1) significant shape concerns; (2) significant weight concerns; (3) differing eating pathology, specifically levels of dietary restraint; and (4) an increase in eating concerns, in comparison to their first year graduate student counterparts. To date, however, there has yet to be an examination that has assessed whether disparities arise amongst freshman undergraduate and first year graduate level students relative to these variables. Methods: Participants were 302 freshman undergraduate and first year graduate level students (N = 302; nundergraduate = 31.8%, ngraduate = 68.2%) at a large public university in the Southeast United States (female = 69.7%, male = 28.3%; µBMI = 24.245, SD = 5.464), who completed the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (Fairburn and Beglin, 1994) assessing measures of weight concern, shape concern, dietary restraint, and eating concern.Results: Results of this study were that freshman undergraduate students did not experience significantly different levels of shape concerns, weight concerns, eating pathology, and eating concerns when compared to first year graduate students. Discussion: Freshman undergraduate students and their first year graduate counterparts have similar levels of body concern and eating pathology. This may indicate that prevention and intervention efforts on college campuses ought to be directed toward both groups, and may be able to uphold similar nature. This study also highlights the need for additional research on variables differentiating these two populations ( i.e life experiences and distinct stressors), that would make certain intervention more applicable for each group.Dr.Amy Magnusonamagnuson@admin.fsu.eduCollege of Human Sciences; University Health Services; Director of Center for Health Advocacy and WellnessMs. Kelly Romano(Graduate Student under Dr. Magnuson)
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Prediction of Timing in Angry ConversationsThis project examines the process governing verbal communication from a cognitive psychological background. Previous research has begun to understand the laws that govern conversation, such as proper timing, between speaking turns, as well as turn taking. Here, specifically, we aim to explore the mechanisms playing a role in the effectiveness of communicating messages when a strong emotional attachment is created between a person listening to the conversation and the information presented within the conversation. The way in which anger is experienced and expressed as a measure of conversational fluidity of understanding is hypothesized to negatively correlate; when a person is angry in a conversation, their effectiveness as an interlocutor is adversely affected.Dr.Michael Kaschakkaschak@psy.fsu.eduPsychologyNone
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TGF-B Dependent Ciliogenesis in Xenopus LaevisEukaryotes use cilia to execute major developmental pathways, perform intercellular communication, and direct fluid motion. Major components of certain cellular signal pathways are isolated within the ciliary compartment, allowing the cilium to serve as a medium for specific pathways. Mutations in ciliary genes result in compromised cilia structure and function, leading to a broad range of human diseases, classified as ciliopathies. We recently reported that transforming growth factor beta (TGF-B) signaling controls ciliary length in Xenopus tissues. Here, we have identified a series of TGF-B dependent genes that are both functionally characterized and uncharacterized, especially in the context of ciliogenesis.Mr.John Gonzalezjohn.gonzalez@med.fsu.eduBiomedicalDr. Yoichi Kato
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Imagining a Neighborhood, Documenting a CommunityThe project "Imagining a Neighborhood, Documenting a Community"consists of a teen-led visual inquiry into the neighborhood of Frenchtown, Tallahassee, FL. The research team accompanies a group of teens over the course of a year, during which the youth will explore the neighborhood in question through multi-sensorial and visual ethnography; identify issues that are important to the community; and finally, develop a documentary film that captures these explorations. This project is developed in collaboration with the Frenchtown Heritage Hub and the Palmer Munroe Teen Center and teen participation will be in an extracurricular setting. The study positions youth as visual culture producers and will investigate the linkages between digital media production and civic engagement among teens. A secondary research interest is considering the role of representational strategies in depicting urban environments, looking at how the community of Frenchtown can be represented through different visual renderings. The research questions draw on cultural studies and critical theory and are relevant to those interested in anthropology, sociology, education, cultural geography, or the arts.Dr.Rachel Fendlerrfendler@fsu.eduArt EducationN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Nonprofit Mission ConceptionsThe recent governmental dismantling or outsourcing of the public safety net has increased the relevance of domestic human service nonprofits. In the project “Nonprofit Mission Conceptions,” we sought to better understand Tallahassee human services nonprofits and the people working for them by focusing on mission statements. Mission statements lay out the fundamental public purpose justifying each nonprofit’s existence and work, and serve as their guiding principles. We hypothesized that individuals within nonprofits would have “personal mission conceptions.” Furthermore, we anticipated that those with similar roles (i.e. staff and board) would demonstrate some common understandings of missions. Thus far, we have found that views of mission statements vary significantly between the staff and board, and across organizations. Overall, staff focused on day-to-day tasks and interactions with individual community members. In contrast, board members emphasized broad values and comprehensive impact. The significance of this research lies in the importance of the mission statement as the theoretical core of an organization. While some individual variations in interpretation of the mission statement can result in productive conflict, fundamental value differences within a nonprofit can cause tension and inefficiency. Knowledge of such variances can assist nonprofits in crafting mission statements that everyone can work towards achieving.Dr.David Berlandberlan@fsu.eduPublic Administration and PolicyNA
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Colors of Attraction: Effects of Male Color on Female Preference in Poecilia latipinnaUnderstanding the factors that influence female preference is key to knowing how sexual selection acts. One species with female mate preference is sailfin mollies, Poecilia latipinna. Many studies have shown that female sailfin mollies tend to prefer larger males for reproduction but little to no studies have been done to see if male color affects female preference in P. latipinna. In this experiment male color was manipulated by use of Visible Implant Elastomer (VIE) tagging which was implanted on both sides of the male body, lateral to the spine. We hypothesized that small changes to color would not affect female mate choice. Association time of receptive females with males tagged with different color was was observed using a dichotomous choice tank divided into three sections. Single males with different color tags were placed in the left and right sections of the tank and separated from the center section with the receptive female by perforated plexiglass. The time spent in association with the left male and right male as well as the time in the middle was recorded. Females did not have a preference on male color (F(4, 35)=0.178, p=0.948). This suggests that mollies do not use small color variations to choose mates and means that VIE tags can be used to mark males without changing sexual selection in this species.Ms.Elizabeth Langeelange@bio.fsu.eduBiologyDr. Kim Hughes
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
A Theoretical Review: History, Etiology and Diagnosis of Muscle Dysmorphia Among MalesMembers of western societies are far more focused on their physical appearance than their eastern counterparts (Dakanalis, & Riva, 2013). Specifically, people are focused on portions of their body that are seen as controllable by the individual (e.g., weight) instead of uncontrollable features (e.g., nose share, eye color). Historically, research pertaining to body image concerns, causations, and consequences has been primarily focused on women and their generalized desire to become thinner (Dakanalis, & Riva, 2013). As a result, there is less knowledge and awareness of body-related disorders in male populations. Recent findings show that both men and women do experience similar levels of body image concerns, but these concerns present in different ways (Dakanalis, & Riva, 2013). When these concerns develop into a preoccupation with imaginary defects in appearance, the individual may be diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a disorder that exists on the obsessive-compulsive spectrum (Grant, & Phillips, 2005). A specifier of BDD, muscle dysmorphia (MD), is a disorder in which individuals are pathologically preoccupied with their muscularity (APA, 2013). Individuals with muscle dysmorphia can be distinguished from individuals who engage in normal weight-lifting by their symptom pathology and psychiatric commodity (APA, 2013). Sociocultural pressures to meet gender-associated ideals of muscularity for males can come from factors such as gender role strain and can contribute to overall body dissatisfaction (Frederick et al., 2007). Recently, updates to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) allows for a specific muscle dysmorphia diagnosis and subsequent development of a more appropriate treatment plan.Dr.Amy MagnusonAMagnuson@admin.fsu.eduCenter of Health Advocacy and Wellness (Florida State University)n/a
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Computational Geometry in Public PolicyEvery ten years, the current members of state legislatures undergo a process of redistricting, in which congressional districts are drawn to accurately reflect changing demographics. However, this process has become entangled with partisan politics, leading to divisions that intentionally leave entire populations unrepresented. Where these politicians are prone to manipulating the system in their favor, a computer will be objective in providing an accurate representation. This project involves the creation of software to perform this task of dividing a given state into areas with regular shapes and similar populations. The program is written in Python code, and uses an algorithm based on the mathematical concept of a centroidal Voronoi tessellation (CVT). In general, this process repeats essentially two steps. Random “generator” points are created, each being used to create a subsection containing every point closer to it than any other generator. The centers of these subsections are computed, which then become generators for the next iteration. This process is repeated many times, and results in an ideal subsection distribution. This process is adapted for districting purposes by accounting for varied population densities, allowing the districts to also have similar populations after several iterations. The code itself is both portable and malleable, allowing it to be adapted to other situations involve ng a CVT.Mr.Lukas Bystrickylb13f@my.fsu.eduScientific ComputingN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Establishing Relationships Between Alcohol-Induced Blackouts and Lower Autobiographical Memory Recall AbilityThe frequent binge drinking habits reported by college students can have detrimental effects on their cognitive ability. Alcohol disrupts the formation of long term memories, and can result in en bloc (complete) or fragmentary memory blackouts when consumed excessively over a short period of time. Autobiographical memories include self-defining memories which shape an individual’s identity. The aim of the present study is to test whether there is an association between blackouts and reduced ability to retrieve these autobiographical memories. A sample of Florida State University students will be recruited through distribution of flyers on campus. Ten participants will be randomly selected to win a $50 gift card. Participants will complete an online survey that includes an autobiographical memory recall task, as well as a task to rate the phenomenology of the memory. Self-report measures of alcohol use habits, family history of alcohol habits, and measures of personality will also be included. The study will examine relationships between memory and alcohol variables as well as the differences in memory retrieval between students who have and have not experienced blackouts. It is expected that students who report experiencing blackouts will give low phenomenological ratings on their autobiographical memory tasks. Their retrieved memories will be less vivid and less coherent. This pilot study may expand on current knowledge of the correlation between memory and alcohol use and provide a more detailed background from which further studies on this subject may be devised.Dr.Martina Luchettimartina.luchetti@med.fsu.eduCollege of Medicine-Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine Departmentn/a
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
How and to What Extent do Client Report Forms Give us Valuable Information About the Reading & Writing CenterFlorida State University’s Reading and Writing Center (RWC) is an on-campus learning center where students can go to receive help from tutors on a wide variety of topics concerning their writing. The goals of the RWC tutors are to support the student writing process, possess rhetorical awareness, emphasize reflective practices, and help students apply this knowledge to different areas of writing. How can we get a sense of the ways in which RWC tutors achieve these goals? In order to answer this question, we took a closer look at the information provided by online system statistics regarding the everyday functions of the RWC by analyzing Client Report Forms (CRFs). These are filled out by tutors after they see a student, and briefly address what was discussed during each session. We wanted to get a sense of what the CRFs tell RWC Directors and Assistant Directors about the functionality of the Center, which help them assess overall effectiveness and possibly make improvements. This research will also help us determine whether or not improvements need to be made regarding the way that different system statistics, such as CRFs, go about collecting and representing information.Mr.Joseph Ciriojc12t@my.fsu.eduEnglishDr. Stephen McElroy
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Dysfunctional Parietal-Hippocampal Network in Mouse Models of Alzheimers DiseaseWe are probing the parietal-hippocampal networks of the brain in in the 3xTG-AD mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. The parietal-hippocampal network may be critically important for updating hippocampal maps, which are represented by activity across hippocampal place cells that form a code for an animal’s particular position within an environment. To test the hypothesis that this system is impaired as a function of alterations in the underlying brain network, 3xTG-AD mice performed a task that required repeated spatial re-orientation using external landmarks. A trial begins with the mouse in a closed box at the head a linear track. By continuously changing the animal's starting position in reference to the reward zone area, the animal's internal reference frame is disrupted, forcing the animal to rely on external room cues to navigate to the reward area. Research has shown 3xTg-AD mice to be physiologically and behaviorally impaired in terms of spatial memory and learning by 6 months of age. Specifically, we hypothesized that 6-month-old transgenic mice will be impaired in their ability to use the appropriate reference frame as a result of impaired hippocampal map realignment, and consequently will be unable to consistently navigate to the reward zone. If our hypothesis is correct, future studies could use this evidence to elucidate whether the same neural mechanisms are impaired in human subjects with Alzheimer’s disease.Dr.Aaron Wilberawilber@neuro.fsu.eduPsychology (Neuroscience)Ms. Alina Stimmel
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Iron Status and Wound Healing in Patients with Diabetic Foot UlcersLow levels of serum ferritin, the first stage of iron deficiency anemia, have been shown to negatively influence the rate at which subcutaneous wounds are able to heal. Serum ferritin is an iron and protein complex which is the storage form of iron released into the blood in a controlled fashion reflecting the status of body iron stores. The objective of this study is to investigate whether the iron status of patients with diabetic foot ulcers influences wound healing rate. To test this, patients with diabetic foot ulcers will be recruited from the Wound Clinics of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Capitol Regional Medical Center. Iron levels at baseline and at the end of the study will be evaluated using Ferritin Human ELISA, an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay designed for the quantitation and detection of ferritin in samples using a microplate reader. Two different groups of at least 20 patients each will either receive a nutritional supplement containing 7 mg. of iron or not. The expected outcome is that the group receiving nutritional supplementation will show greater improvements in wound healing than the group without nutritional aid. It is hypothesized that the group receiving iron supplements will have improved iron levels which results in faster healing time. Through these tests, it is detected that regulating iron levels allow for proper oxygenation, which boosts the wound healing stages. Investigating the effects of iron on wound healing contributes to uncovering advanced methods to accelerate and improve general wound healing in the area of medicine.Dr.Maria Spicermspicer@fsu.eduFood and Exercise SciencesN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Adolescent abuse in modern comicsThis study is part of a larger, ongoing project that examines content related to social movements and political messaging in comic books over time. Through conducting the broader analysis, I have noticed an increase in the representation of problems in adolescence within comics. This study explores the trend in recent comics (1990s-current) to portray adolescent children in abusive households, experiencing homelessness, and poor socioeconomic situations. By systematically analyzing the content of these comic books, a more nuanced understanding of the context in which these representations of events and ideologies may develop. Findings will be compared to major events regarding the lives and well-being of teenagers during the same time period to see if there are any connections. Future research using this data will track cultural diffusion patterns from social movements and politics into the content of this popular culture artifact.Dr.Jesse Kleinjrk06e@fsu.eduSociologyn/a
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Authenticity in the Music IndustryIn my assistantship with Dr. Edwards, the main purpose of my research is to examine how celebrities, specifically those in the music industry, portray themselves in an authentic manner to their fans. Dr. Edwards looks at how the idea of being authentic and honest has become more important to music fans, especially those who follow country music artists. As part of the “country” persona, country music artists seek to appear down to earth not only in their lyrics, but also in their social media presence. My work with Dr. Edwards has been very straightforward. As she is researching for various books she is writing on this topic, I look for and send her articles based on the artist she is most currently writing on. For example, last semester I researched Dolly Parton and her most recent tour and television movie. Dr. Edwards finished and submitted her book for publication at the end of the semester. Now, I am looking at how television shows, like The Voice, search for authenticity in the talents that audition to get on the show. I also research Blake Shelton and how he contributes to the show and the contestants that perform. So far, I’ve discovered that for many country musicians, their authentic personas are not simply portrayals to gain followers; instead, for many of these musicians, it is a way of life.Dr.Leigh Edwardsledwards@fsu.eduEnglishNone
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Teaching Capitalism to NatureThis project aims to take a humorous approach to discuss the relationship between capitalism and the environment. Through a series of videos of the artist reading capitalist pedagogy to nature, the artist presents satirical attempts for how to tackle the issue of the relationship between the political economy and the environment. The artist and I engaged in constructing a reading list for the viewer, creating a website, and applying to film festivals to present the work.Prof.Clinton Sleepercsleeper@fsu.eduArtN/A
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Cognitive Bias Modification Treatment for Victims of PTSDA maintenance factor of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the tendency to interpret ambiguous information as threatening. Because cognitive interpretation bias is a maintenance factor, cognitive bias modification for interpretations (CBMI) could be used as mechanism to treat PTSD. CBMI protocols consist of wordsentence association paradigm (WSAP) stimuli, where patients decide the degree to which a threatening or benign word is related to an ambiguous scenario. This study aimed to validate WSAP stimuli designed specifically for individuals with a history of sexual assault. We hypothesized that greater PTSD symptoms would be positively related to higher ratings of WSAP threat stimuli. Participants (N = 53) recruited through the FSU psychology participant pool, who indicated at screening a history of sexual assault, completed a battery of self-report questionnaires through a Qualtrics link provided by SONA. PTSD symptoms were assessed via the PTSD Check List for DSM-5 (PCL-5). Interpretation biases were assessed via the experimental WSAP stimuli which are the focus of this investigation. A univariate ANOVA test analyzed that victims with a history of sexual assault rated WSAP threatening words with ambiguous situations more often than benign words. A multiple regression test, with PTSS regressed on a composite average of all WSAP treat ratings, controlling for general negative affect, anxiety, and depression symptoms, analyzed that greater PTSS was positively related to higher ratings of WSAP threat words. It is our goal that CBMI can be used in therapy and will lead to a noticeable decrease of negative cognitive interpretation in patients with PTSD.Mr.Jay Boffajayboffa@gmail.comPsychologyNo
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Assessing the variation in behaviour and stress response in two male morphs of Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki)Natural selection occurs in wild animal populations due to differential survival which happens because of variation in animals’ abilities to evade predators. However, there are also non-lethal effects of predation, in the case of this work, differences in stress responses, that can also impact an animal’s capability to evade predators. Body coloration is genetically variable in many animal populations, and this trait can influence predation risk by affecting the ability of predators to detect or capture prey. Melanin production in vertebrates has been correlated with differences in behavior, predator susceptibility, and social environment (Ducrest et al. 2008; Emaresi et al. 2013). Yet little is known about the impact of melanin coloration on stress response and its subsequent influence on animal populations. The freshwater poeciliid, Gambusia holbrooki, also known as the eastern mosquitofish, is found the Southeastern United States, and has two distinct male morphs with varying colors (Martin 1977). Silver males are common and look similar to females whereas melanic males have a higher melanin concentration giving them a darker pigmentation (Fig. 1). Variation in behavior between morphs as a result of differences in coloration in the Eastern Mosquitofish has been identified (Horth 2003; Kraft et al. 2016). Here, we assess the differences in behavior of melanic and silver males toward a female when exposed to a predator to determine variation in stress response.Ms.Eve Humphreyeculbreth@bio.fsu.eduBiologyDr. Kimberly Hughes, Dr. Joseph Travis
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Desiging an Advance Directive to Meet the Needs of Women and Families Experiencing a Perinatal DeathDespite major changes to improve maternal and infant health in the past decade, 10 million of the 130 million babies born each year die before age five. Following the diagnosis of a perinatal death, a family faces a myriad of complex decisions including decisions regarding palliative care and organ donation, while still mourning the impending death of their child. The goal of this project is to take the current framework for end-of-life directives and redesign it to meet the needs of those facing a perinatal death. By creating an advance directive designed specifically for families/women facing perinatal deaths, we hope to facilitate decision making, streamline conversations between health-care providers and patients and in turn minimize the psychological impact of an infant demise.Dr.Sally Kariothsallykarioth@yahoo.comNursingN/A
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
The affect of nutrition on wound healing in diabetic patientsThe progress of wound healing in diabetic patients can be assessed through the measurement of TBARS (Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances), a by-product of oxidation within the body that leads to cell damage. A lower amount of TBARS means a more well-healed wound. This experiment investigated whether or not adding nutritional-supplement intake to the diet of a diabetic patient as well as introducing foot dorsiflexion would positively affect wound healing, i.e. decrease TBARS. Subjects (all diabetic patients with foot wounds) were either given a set amount of supplement to take daily and a foot-brace to keep the foot at an angle of dorsiflexion for ten minutes (is this correct?), or given both treatments, and their vital measurements, including TBARS, were measured every four weeks. Upon each visit to the clinic, subjects discussed their dietary intake with a dietician to improve dietary intake and obtain the supplement. It is predicted that results will show a decrease in the presents of TBARS in the subjects with the use of the treatments, meaning faster wound healing. A positive result means this treatment could benefit other diabetic patients in the process of wound healing outside of this study.Ms.Raedah Basirirb14e@my.fsu.eduDepartment of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciencesnone
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Pokémon Go! and Its Effects on Mental HealthPokemon Go took the world by storm, and was downloaded by millions in a matter of weeks. Game play in general has been shown to improve emotional health and well-being and foster relaxation among its users. The purpose of this study is to bridge the fields of gaming and mental health and inquire as to whether the purported benefits of Pokémon Go in recent months hold any truth. Participants with be given a survey that will to gauge the status of their general mental and social well-being. They will then be asked to play the game for a regulated amount of time each week for a period of two to four weeks. At the conclusion of this period of game play, the participants will be given the initial survey a second time. The purpose of re-administering the survey is to detect any changes in social and mental well-being. Other students who have already used the game will simply take the survey and discuss their experience.Dr.Jesse Kleinjrk06e@fsu.eduSociologyN/A
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Validating Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imagery-Derived Hurricane Wind Fields Using HWIND AnalysesRMS HWind is a company that specializes in providing real time hurricane information to clients. The data is provided from several sources, such as aircraft, buoy, and satellite observations. This data helps create hurricane analyses. Before creating an analysis, each source of data must be reviewed and compared with others to see if it reliable. For my project, I am testing a new data platform called SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar). This data platform comes from a sensor attached to a Canadian satellite that has just been launched into space. This model can be used to analyze and plot the wind field of current hurricanes. Since it is a new model platform, testing must be done. In order to determine if the platform is reliable for future storms, it must be used on previous hurricanes. In order for this to be done, the data produced by SAR must be reformatted using programming like python. Once the data is formatted analyses can be done on the QC app. After using SAR data on multiple past hurricanes, I can determine whether the platform is accurate and reliable by comparing it to analyses already completed using sources that are known to be accurate and reliable.Ms.Chana Sietzchana.seitz@rms.comRisk Management SolutionsDr. Mark Powell
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Successful PsychopathsSuccessful psychopaths are a group of under researched individuals, who are able to successfully live within our communities despite their psychopathic traits. They not only avoid incarceration, but they are usually leaders within our community; making difficult decisions with no hesitation, showing no empathy in the work field, and achieving success despite the challenges they face. It is through the research that I am conducting that the stereotypical psychopath will be challenged, and instead this concept of the successful psychopath will be introduced to the public.Prof.Daniel Maier-Katkindmaierkatkin@fsu.eduCriminologyN/A
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Childhood Victimization, Cultural Strength Factors, and Lifetime Substance Abuse Among Latina-Americans NationwideThe purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which childhood abuse/victimization and cultural strength factors predict lifetime substance abuse (LT-SA) in Latinas in the United States. Statistical regressions of the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS) were used to determine the association between childhood physical and sexual abuse and LT-SA, as well as the possible moderation of religious involvement and previously known predictors. This study showed that other than the known predictors of LT-SA - higher English proficiency, discrimination, and social support - childhood physical abuse and religious coping mechanisms were positively correlated with LT-SA; however, weekly religious attendance was negatively associated. We have thus concluded that childhood physical abuse is an early risk factor for lifetime substance abuse, which leads to an increase in positive coping mechanisms, such as religious involvement, among Latinas nationwide.Dr.Amy Aiamyai18@gmail.comSocial WorkDr. Cara PappasMs. Jungup Lee
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Using GIS to Analyze the Archaeological Landscape in Eastern SerbiaThe purpose of this research project is to establish an understanding of the inhabited landscape in the Crni Timok region of Zaje?ar, Serbia, from the earliest prehistoric inhabitation to the early modern period, and to use the data to predict locations of undiscovered sites. Phase One involved creating a database of known sites in the area and plotting them on a map. This spatial representation allows for predictions of areas with high archaeological site probability. Phase Two was to analyze remote sensing data in search of evidence of possible previously unknown archaeological sites and form a collect of areas of interest to conduct ground surveys in the future.Dr.Sarah CraftClassicsBiologyN/A
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Daily Egg Consumption May Positively Affect Vitamin D Levels in Individuals with Pre- and Type II- Diabetes MellitusAccording to recent data, there is a significant increase in the prevalence of type II diabetes mellitus in the United states. Type II diabetes can result in other health complications such as cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, nephropathy and retinopathy. A less known complication is the development of osteopenia and osteoporosis which is due to the association of vitamin D levels and glucose homeostasis. Lifestyle interventions are the primary approach for treatment and/or prevention of diabetes. Therefore, identifying foods which improve factors associated with glycemic control is important. Eggs are a nutrient-dense food which have been linked to a decreased risk of certain chronic diseases including diabetes. Eggs have a relatively high level of vitamin D and are a cost-effective source of protein. Thus, the purpose of this study is to examine the effects of daily egg consumption on vitamin D levels in overweight and obese individuals with pre- and type II diabetes mellitus. For this purpose, 40 men and women between 40 and 75 years old with pre- and type II diabetes will be included in the study. The participants will be randomly assigned to receive 1 egg per day or the equivalent in egg white (4 oz.) for 12 weeks. Urine biomarker of vitamin D will be measured at baseline, 6-week, and 12-week visits. The results of this study, if positive, will provide additional evidence of the positive effects of egg consumption on vitamin D levels in individuals with diabetes and the correlation between vitamin D levels and glucose homeostasis.Ms.Shirin Pourafsharsp12r@my.fsu.eduNutrition, Food and Exercise SciencesDr. Bahram Arjmandi
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Rethinking PacificationWhile the word “favela” translates to slum, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics refers to favelas formally as “subnormal agglomerations.” These communities, which lie on the outskirts of urbanized cities, have been territorially controlled by factions of local gangs. Following the announcements that Brazil would be the location for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, the Brazilian government was motivated to regain territorial control of the favelas through a pacification approach. Although the word “pacification” implies liberation and peace, according to the claims of residents, this approach has been repressive and violent. The purpose of this paper is to bring into question the legitimacy and effectiveness of the Brazilian state’s efforts to pacify the favelas. The first part of this paper examines the issue at hand in all of its social and political complexities by inspecting how favelas have been developed and sustained under local drug gangs. The second parts investigates the Brazilian government’s pacification process and its effects on the favela residents. The last part explores alternative solutions that could mend the disconnect between the state and the favela residents, for instance, through incentivizing the fight against corruption and the revival of the government’s original and unimplemented program, Mora Carioca. This paper argues that the Brazilian government should center its efforts on participation so that the once neglected communities can be integrated into the state in a way that counters their previous marginalization, and provides adequate public security.Dr.Elcin Haskollarehaskollar@fsu.eduCenter for Global EngagementN/a
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Electric Field-Directed Assembly of Nanowires on Patterned SubstratesMany researchers have shown that the assembly of nanowires could lead to future electronic and optical devices. My project focused on assembly of gold nanowires in an alternating current (AC) electric field between parallel electrodes. Assembling nanowires requires a great deal of control, which is why the electric field system is ideal. The bottom electrode was lithographically fabricated and contained organized micro- patterned pillars made from photoresist on top of a layer of titanium and gold. The top electrode was an indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass coverslip. Since this electrode was transparent, the assembly could be monitored in real time. Pillars were 3 ?m tall and 3-20 ?m in diameter, with spacing varying from 10-55 ?m. These pillars acted as nucleation sites for the assemblies. Electric field-induced dipoles align the nanowires parallel to the field lines between the two electrodes. By varying different parameters, such as voltage and frequency, specific and controlled placement of the nanowires was possible and can be varied in real time. The assemblies can be reversed and replicated by switching the field on and off. This technique can be used to achieve specific assembled structures for electronic applications.Dr.Christine Keatingcmd8@psu.eduDepartment of Chemistry, Penn State UniversityDr. Sarah Boehm
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Examining the Influence of Sensitivity to Punishment on Shame and Eating Disorder SymptomatologyIncreased sensitivity to punishment (SP) has been found across eating disorders (ED) and has been linked to shame. Shame has been positively correlated with EDs. Currently, no study has yet examined possible explanations for these relationships or the link between SP and shame in relation to eating pathology. Therefore, this study is investigating associations between SP, shame, and ED by testing two mediation models. In the first model, shame is proposed to be mediating the relationship between SP and ED. In the second model, eating pathology is proposed to be mediating the relationship between SP and shame. Thus far, 64 female college students have completed questionnaires. Preliminary results indicated shame fully mediated the relationship between SP and ED. ED did not mediate the relationship between SP and shame. These findings support the first model in which SP may contribute to increased shame which contributes to increased eating pathology. Therefore, it may be valuable to develop prevention approaches targeting shame in order to reduce risk for ED development. In contrast, the link between SP and shame was not mediated by eating pathology, suggesting that those who are high in SP experience greater shame and that interventions for eating disorders would not impact this association.Dr.Pamela Keelkeel@psy.fsu.eduPsychologyn/a
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Applications of FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry in DOM MonitoringDOM or dissolved organic matter is a broad category of soluble organic molecules derived from the partial decomposition of organic matter. DOM, while not currently a water quality metric required by the EPA for measuring impairment, is an invaluable tool for determining water composition be it acceptable for human use or not. By using Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, FT-ICR MS, the complex and diverse compounds in DOM can be analyzed and used by scientists as an auxiliary tool when investigating water quality. This project focuses on the possible scientific and legislative applications of FT-ICR MS in DOM monitoring in North Florida watersheds, specifically Lake Munson which has been listed by the EPA as an impaired waterbody.Dr.Amy McKennamckenna@magnet.fsu.eduChemistry, Physics, MagLab research staffn/a
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3-D Printing of Ancient Artifacts for the Museum and EducationWe are continuing the research conducted at the Cetamura del Chianti site in Tuscany, Italy through archiving photographs, digitally reconstructing artifacts, printing from drawings, 3D printing scanned art, and altering them to accurately match color and details of the original works. In addition, we are working with The Lighthouse, a school that aids the visually impaired, to create a tangible exhibit. Our chief aim is to better understand the rich history and culture of the Chianti region of Italy, and accessibly translate it to our community through interactive displays and reconstructions.Dr.Nancy de Grummondndegrummond@fsu.eduClassicsN/A
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IFS What?: Student and Instructor Engagement and Learning in E-Series Undergraduate CoursesThe E-Series course is a cornerstone of the Liberal Studies General Education curriculum and is required for all First Time in College students at Florida State University. E-Series courses are designed to engage students in critical and innovative thinking about big ideas and broad questions relevant to humanity and our natural world. The project specifically examined which pedagogical methods were correlated with enhancing the student learning outcome set forth by the E-Series Program. This research project uses both qualitative and quantitative survey methods to assess student and instructor perceptions about E-Series courses and to identify aspects of course design and teaching strategies that facilitate student engagement, inquiry, and higher-order thinking. All instructors who taught E-Series courses in Academic Year 2015-2016 were sent an anonymous quantitative survey using Qualtrics software. The present analysis is based on 71 completed instructor surveys. The data from these faculty surveys will be analyzed within SPSS using different statistical methods such as frequencies and means in order to determine how faculty pedagogy affects student learning in E-Series classes. Conclusions from this research will be used to create recommendations for E-Series instructors and for the program in generalDr.Annette SchwabeDr. Paul Mary
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Evaluating Changes in Bike and Pedestrian CommutingIn recent years the means of transportation to work in the United States have been changing from simple car traffic to a much wider variety of means. This evolution of transportation to employment includes bus, subway, streetcar, carpool, and walking and biking--the two factors that we are studying. In our research, we are using US Census data to identify and evaluate locations that have seen rapid growth or decline in bike and pedestrian commuting in recent years for the purposes of determining the neighborhood and regional characteristics that have led to these changes. We are currently evaluating these regions across the United States using tools such as the Pedestrian Environment Data Scan (PEDS), Google Street View, and American Community Survey Data. Factors such as changes in demographics, policies, and built environment will be explored as causal influences to bike and pedestrian commuting as the research progresses.Dr.Michael Duncanmdduncan@fsu.eduFlorida State University, College of Social Sciences & Public Policy, Department of Urban and Regional PlanningI do not have an additional research mentor
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Crash and Crime Correlation in Orlando, Florida Found using Geographic Information Systems in ArcMapThe purpose of this study is (a) to identify the high crash and high crime risk locations (hotspots), and (b) to compare these hotspots with different demographics and socioeconomics with a case study application on the City of Orlando. For this purpose, six years of crime data and two years of crash data were collected from City of Orlando and Florida Department of Transportation, respectively. Based on this data, a three-step GIS-based spatial analysis was proposed to investigate crime and crash characteristics with respect to population demographics. After inputting the crime and crash data into GIS, Local Moran’s method is used to identify the hotspots of both crimes and crashes. This information can be beneficial to many groups of people including citizens, police, and transportation personnel in the City of Orlando.Dr.Eren Erman Ozguveneozguven@fsu.eduEngineeringMahmet Baran UlakAyberk Kocatepe
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Dual language exposure and the development of grammatical concepts in Spanish-speaking English learners in kindergartenTo improve ELL programs through providing information to teachers about how the home environment influences school achievement, the present study is designed to examine how dual language exposure at home influences the grammatical ability of Spanish-speaking English learners in kindergarten.The study included [# of participants] kindergarten students from one elementary school. To measure the dual language exposure of the children at home, phone interviews were conducted with participants’ parents. To assess the dual language exposure at home, the morphosyntax subtest of the Bilingual English Spanish Assessment (BESA) was administered. The Primarily Test of Nonverbal Intelligence was also administered as a descriptive assessment. [We don’t have results right now]. It is hypothesized that dual language exposure will influence the grammatical ability of Spanish-speaking English learners. The children’s standard scores on the BESA and the parent responses to language exposure questions on the interviews are expected to correlate positively. If the child is being exposed to one or two language(s) at home, this exposure is expected to impact the grammatical development in both languages. [Need the results to make my conclusion]Ms.Lisa Fittonlmf11g@my.fsu.eduSchool of Communication Science & DisordersN/A
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Prevalence of Food Addiction at FSUObesity is a serious problem in our society, affecting 35% of men and 40.4% of women in the United States. People with obesity have an increased risk for an array of diseases, including hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and coronary heart disease.While there are many factors that influence whether or not a person becomes obese, such as inactivity, genetics, and medications, the most common cause of obesity is overconsumption of calories. This overeating is often triggered by food cues and a higher frequency of food cravings. One possible hypothesis to explain why some individuals overeat and become obese is that these individuals have a food addiction (FA).FA describes a pattern of abnormal, compulsive eating behaviors, typically towards foods high in sugar, fat, and/or salt. This is a concept that has increasingly caught the interest of researchers in recent years due to the development of the Yale Food Addiction Scale.To test for the prevalence of FA in college students, the Yale Food Addiction Scale 2.0 was distributed to FSU students via a Qualtrics survey. The survey contained additional anthropometric and lifestyle questions to discover possible risk factors for developing FA. 18.7% of students have some form of FA, and 59% of these cases are severe. There is a significant correlation between FA and the female gender, being overweight or obese, and having a history of dieting. There is no significant relationship between FA and GPA, academic year, or living on or off campus.Dr.Haiyan Maierhmaier@fsu.eduNutrition, Food & Exercise ScienceN/A
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Computerized Treatment for Anxiety SensitivityAnxiety sensitivity (AS) is defined as the fear of sensations related to the experience of anxiety. Anxiety is a normal symptom that many people feel on a regular basis. However, people with high AS mistake anxiety-related sensations as potentially harmful, which can have damaging and draining effects on anyone affected, especially in highly stressful situations. The purpose of this research was to explore the efficacy of a computerized treatment for reducing AS delivered via the internet. Individuals who indicated elevated AS were invited to engage in a Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT). Upon providing informed consent, participants completed self-report measures and were then randomized to either the active (Cognitive Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment; CAST) or control (Physical Health Education Training; PHET) conditions. One month after completing the survey, each participant was sent one more questionnaire to inquire about any reduced levels of anxiety and stress. Developing an effective computerized treatment for anxiety sensitivity could act as a tool to alleviate the negative consequences of AS and improve the well-being of someone who is unable or unwilling to access psychological help through a face-to-face intervention with a specialist. This poster will describe the research project and the data contributed by the subjects, as well as describe the UROP student’s central role in the execution of this research project.Mr.Brian Albanesealbanese@psy.fsu.eduPsychologyN/A
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