Students demonstrate lessons learned during ISU research showcase

April 4 2008

TERRE HAUTE • Wednesday evening (April 2) proved a chance for Yu-Ju Huang to practice, but that practice proved enough as she won first place for her oral presentation during Indiana State University’s 12th annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research Showcase.

Huang -- a doctoral student in curriculum, instruction and media technology for early childhood education from Taiwan -- took the top graduate honor in the business/education/social science portion with her presentation, “Examining the Motivation of Reading, Writing and Culture Awareness Through Net Pal Activities Between American and Taiwanese Children.”

“It was practice on how to present a paper,” Huang said. “It was my first time to present in public. I wanted to try on the campus before a state or national association.”

Other students echoed that sentiment.

Chavez Phelps, a graduate student in psychology from New Orleans, found in his research, “Emergent Literacy in Oral Narratives of African-American Children,” that contrary to some studies, African-American parents do foster literacy in their children.

“It does occur, but it occurs in a different format,” Phelps said. “There’s a lot of storytelling taking place. We also found that book reading takes place.”

Presenting that research not only prepares him for future presentations, but also helps expand the project for his dissertation, he said.

“I can see the feedback and standpoints to expand my study,” he said. “Also, I can clarify my information before presenting at a national or regional conference.”

Lindsey Edenburn, a senior chemistry major from Georgetown, Ill., presented a poster of her research, “Studies in the Development of an Ibuprofen Preparation Suitable for Use in Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory Courses.” It was the first time for her to present research.

“I picked tonight’s research showcase to practice for New Orleans,” she said. “I enjoyed getting the practice. Now I have a little more confidence before going to New Orleans.”

Edenburn, along with 11 other chemistry students, plans to travel to New Orleans to present research during the National American Chemical Society meeting • one of the largest gatherings of chemists in the world.

Preparation and experience in presenting are the points of the annual research showcase, according to Eric Glendening, chemistry chair, interim physics chair and showcase co-chair.

“It’s always good for researchers to present their findings of work in public,” he said. “Doing research in a vacuum isn’t good for anyone.”

Faculty and students also find out exactly what research is going on in the laboratories around campus.

“You can see what your colleagues are doing,” said Jonathan Storm, a doctoral student in ecology and organismal biology from Earlham, Iowa, who won first place for his oral presentation, “Mothers Forewarn Offspring about Predators: A Transgenerational Maternal Effect in Behavior.” “You may not know what someone two doors down is doing.”

Undergraduate winners from the showcase are:

Oral presentation award winner

Jodi Shapuras, a senior social work major from Mitchell, and Lindsay Egan, a senior social work major from Terre Haute, for “Comparison of Depression in Elders Who Receive Home-Health Care to Elders Residing in a Long-Term Care Facility.”

Biological/Health Science Poster

Tie: Kaylee Hanson, a senior life sciences major from Terre Haute, for “Expression of Xenopus laevis SOCS3 During Limb Regeneration.”

Tiffany Reida, a junior life sciences major from Russiaville, and Allison Sears, a junior chemistry major from Terre Haute, for “Identification of Potential Regulatory Proteins Involved in Angiogenesis.”

Physical Science/Technology/Engineering Poster

First place • William Jackson, a junior chemistry major from Indianapolis, and Tyler From, a sophomore pre-medicine major from Peru, for “Methane-to-Methanol Conversion on First-Row Transition Metal Oxide Cations.”

Second place • Stephanie Braun, junior chemistry major from Decatur, and Adam Arnold, a junior chemistry major from Decatur, for “Methane-to-Methanol Conversion on Vanadium and Niobium Oxide Clusters.”

Third place • Michael Schulte, senior chemistry major from Terre Haute, for “Preparation and Characterization of Alpha Phytanyl D-Mannopyranoside.”

Business/Education/Social Science/Humanities Poster

First place • Ashlee Lochbaum, senior psychology major from Sullivan, for “Non-Verbal Priming and Compliance: Effects on Consumer Behavior.”

Graduate winners from the showcase are:

Biological/Health Science Oral Presentation

Jonathan Storm, doctoral student in ecology and organismal biology from Earlham, Iowa, for “Mothers Forewarn Offspring About Predators: A Transgenerational Maternal Effect in Behavior.”

Biological/Health Science Poster

First place • Brandon Cooper, graduate student in ecology and organismal biology from Terre Haute, and Benjamin Williams, junior ecology and organismal biology major from Fort Wayne, for “Life in the Big City: Thermal Tolerance in an Urban Heat Island.”

Second place • Deepali Jhamb, a graduate student in life sciences from Terre Haute, for “Proteomic Analysis of the Regenerating Amphibian Limb: Changes During the Onset of Regeneration.”

Third place • Toru Matsunobu, graduate student in life sciences from Terre Haute, for “Characterazation of a Novel Gene Sequence Encoding a Putative Exported Protein from Community-Associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.”

Physical Science/Technology/Engineering Oral Presentation

Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar, graduate student in geography from Terre Haute, for “Space-Time Analysis of Urban Heat Island.”

Physical Science/Technology/Engineering Poster

First place • Jason Waggoner, a graduate student in geology from Hutsonville, Ill., for “Foraminiferal Ecology and Stable Isotope Geochemistry of Methane Seeps in Monterey Bay, California.”

Second place • Jessica Adamic, a graduate student in geology of North Branch, Mich., for “Phosphorus Geochemistry and Export Production in the Subantarctic South Pacific Ocean.”

Business/Education/Social Science Oral Presentation

Yu-Ju Huang, doctoral student in curriculum, instruction and media technology for early childhood education from Taiwan, for “Examining the Motivation of Reading, Writing and Culture Awareness Through Net Pal Activities Between American and Taiwanese Children.”

Business/Education/Social Science Poster

Todd Sink, graduate student in psychology from Terre Haute, for “Are Displaced Urban Poor Relocating to Better Neighborhoods in Chicago with a Voucher Certificate.”

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Contact: Eric Glendening, chemistry chair, interim physics chair and showcase co-chair, Indiana State University, at 812-237-2235 or at eglendening@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, assistant director of media relations, Indiana State University, at 812-237-7972 or jsicking@isugw.indstate.edu

Photo: http://ISUphoto.smugmug.com/photos/274208745_LYdSN-D.jpg

Cutline: Jonathan Storm, doctoral student in ecology and organismal biology from Earlham, Iowa, gives the oral presentation of his project, “Mothers Forewarn Offspring About Predators: A Transgenerational Maternal Effect in Behavior.” ISU Photo/Kara Berchem

Photo: http://ISUphoto.smugmug.com/photos/274213776_A46s3-D.jpg

Cutline: Graduate and undergraduate students display their research through posters during the 12th annual Research Showcase. ISU Photo/ Kara Berchem

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During the 12th annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research Showcase, students presented what they learned from their investigations.

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