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31st Annual Diebold Symposium: May 1-3, 2014

2014 keynote address by

Dr. Greg Dwyer

Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago
"Using Mathematics to Understand Disease Spread"

Thursday, May 1, 4:00 PM, Dow 226

Reception to follow, 2nd floor Dow Science Center

Dr. Greg Dwyer: Research in my lab is focused on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, and especially on how mathematical models can help us understand disease dynamics. The main diseases that we work on are baculoviruses, fatal, directly transmitted pathogens of forest insects. Through our work on baculoviruses, we have developed extensive expertise in statistical methods of fitting epidemic models to data, and this has led to more recent work on using models to understand epidemics in human populations. Finally, our interest in host-pathogen coevolution has led to work on using host-pathogen models to explain the maintenance of disease resistance genes in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Student Presentations 

Complete 2014 Schedule of Events: pdf download 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Lecture Session 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Dow 226)

4:00-4:20 Edward Carey The Nephroprotective Effects of Sildenafil Citrate against Contrast Induced Nephropathy: Assessing Efficacy and Determining Appropriate Dosage in Rabbits
4:20 -4:40 Holly Cooperrider Subcellular Localization of Full-Length Rev-erbβ in HEK293 Cells
4:40-5:00 Mary Mathyer Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling by Nitrospina in the Dark Ocean: A Genomic Analysis
5:00-5:20 Ebony Brown CDF Freedom Schools: Examining the History of an Effective Teaching Model for African American Students in Urban Communities
5:20-5:40 Nicholas Beam Effects of Histone H3 and H4 Core Domain Mutations on DNA Replication
5:40-6:00 Sherin John MicroRNA-101 and its Target Oncogene, Stathmin1, in Metastatic Prostate Cancer


Poster Session One  7:00-8:15 p.m. (Dow Third Floor)

Jordan Meeth Effectiveness of a Short-Term Computer-Based Literacy and Math Summer School Program
Gisella Newbery Decreased ATPase Activity and Increased Calcium Sensitivity in Myofibrils with E180G α-Tropomyosin Missense Mutation Causing Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Joshua Oh Transport Protein Particle (TRAPP) III is Implicated in the Regulation of Autophagy
Conor OMeara Study of The Pregnane X Receptor in The Non-Mammalian Vertebrate Species Danio rerio: Polychlorinated Biphenyl Activation and Cytochrome P450 Regulation
Katelyn Ray The Implications of Forest Edge on Northern Goshawk Nest Location in the Bridger-Teton National Forest
Sanjay Sharma High Frequency Trading: Analyzing a Proposed Ban on Flash Orders
Wyatt Smith The Local Technical Assistance Review and Michigan’s Region 5: A Burden or a Benefit?
Brendan Tamm AMPA-type Glutamate Receptor Trafficking in Neurons of the Hippocampus
Christina Tarn Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Protein Expression and Distribution in Skeletal Muscle of Mice and Rats
Chelsea Wallace The Short-Term Effects of Strawberries on Postprandial Insulin Responses
Monica Cooper Analysis of Bradford Reactive Soil Protein in Agronomic Treatments at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station


Poster Session Two  8:15-9:30 p.m. (Dow Third Floor)

Sally Harrison Design and preliminary assembly of custom TALEN constructs for DNA targeting of Sphinx 1/2, a Drosophila serine protease homologue
Jessica Wiese Proposal for Evaluating the use of Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography for Diagnosis of CAD
Thomas Wise Effects of Repetitive Sub-concussive Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Marc Zughaib Predictors of Successful Revascularization of Chronic Total Occlusions in Superficial Femoral Arterial Lesions with
Re-Entry Devices
Alan Faber Development of Endothermy: Getting to the Heart of the Problem:
Megan Walsh Analysis of metamorphosis gene Ci-meta2 expression in Ciona intestinalis
Carolina Cabrera Modeling Chagas Disease Prevalence in Vector Population Based on Host Species Diversity Using a Deterministic Model
Ismael Carrasco Optimized Transcription of a Stem I Substitution in the Hammerhead Ribozyme and the Potential for Gene Therapy
Ryan D’Mello Ghrelin Reduces Infiltrating Inflammatory Cells after Traumatic Brain Injury
Patchamol Kanjanakkuha Comparison of Tissue Digestion Techniques for detecting Toxoplasma gondii in cockles (Anadara granosa) along the coast of Thailand


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Lecture Session: 8:30 a.m.–3:20 p.m. (Dow 226)

8:30-9:00   Coffee and Doughnuts
9:00-9:20 Matthew Davidson Naloxone, an Opioid Antagonist, Inhibits Inflammatory Toll-like Receptor 4 Signaling
9:20-9:40 Kelsey Moran Using Zebrafish to Investigate the Effects of Triclosan on Hearing Development
9:40-10:00 Andrew Galimberti Trends in Body Size Evolution of Devonian and Mississippian Fishes
10:00-10:20 Grace P. Walter Detecting the Onset of Multiple Myeloma using 18F-NaF and 18F-FDG PET/CT Imaging
10:20-10:40 Nathalie Botezatu Low-Protein Diet Late in Fetal Development Affects mTOR Signaling
10:40-11:00 Break  
11:00-11:20 Michael Korn The Protective Effects of Simvastatin on Muscle in a Rat Model of Chronic Rotator Cuff Injury
11:20-11:40 Jacob Montz Not Simply Looking: Working Towards Stimulating and Simulating a Response through Sculpture
11:40-12:00 Amanda Mancini Effects of Cladophora glomerata on terrestrial shoreline plant species and the common shoreline species Potentilla anserina
12:00-12:20 Christopher Ralstrom Plasma Membrane Potential Estimation by way of a Fluorescent Plate Reader: a Troubleshoot
12:20-12:40 Abaigeal Collins Implementation of Web-Based Surveillance of Illness in Child Care Centers in Michigan
12:40-1:20 Lunch Break  
1:20-1:40 Chelsea Miller High Fiber Content is Utilized as Defense Against Folivory in Fagaceae but not in Salicaceae
1:40-2:00 David Schapiro Goldilocks and the Three Shells: When the Home is Just Right for the Hermit Crab Pagurus granosimanus
2:00-2:20 Caitlin Finan Personal Rights, Public Health: The Failure of Criminal HIV Laws in the United States
2:20-2:40 Eren Sipahi Dysregulated Expression of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Gene Markers in Major Depressive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
2:40-3:00 Yesenia Aguilar Functional and Histological Outcomes of Bilateral Cervical Spinal Cord Contusion Injury in Fischer Rats
3:00-3:20 Colin Lauderdale New Growth, New Power: Toward the Next Appalachian Forest Economy
6:00 PM Banquet Martini’s