Sunday, April 9, 2017              

11:45 am - 4:45 pm
liberal Arts BUILDING (CLA) 0.102, 0.112, 0.126, 0.130 


Graduating honors students from Dean's Scholars, Health Science Scholars and Polymathic Scholars will present their research at the 2nd Annual CNS Honors Thesis Symposium. Three to four panels will run concurrently during three sessions, and each panel will be moderated by a UT faculty member. After a brief presentation from each student panelist, audience members will be invited to ask questions. Friends, family, students, faculty, and more are welcome!   

REception
11:45 am, CLA 0.126


introductory remarks: 12:00 pm, CLA 0.126

David Vanden Bout, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education


health initiatives and innovation: 12:30 PM-1:45 PM, CLA 0.102
Moderator: Jason Upton, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Jennifer Gigliotti: The Effects of U.S. Food Assistance Programs on the Food Insecurity-Obesity Paradox
Yuqing "Mike" Xiong: Solutions to Challenges Medical Entrepreneurs Face When Creating Startup Companies in Texas
Son Quyen Dinh: Emergency Department Wait Times in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the United States

 

 

COMPUTING AND COMPLEXITY: 12:30 PM-1:45 PM, CLA 0.112

Moderator: Scott Aaronson, Department of Computer Science

Jacob Schmidt: From Concept to Qubit: The Commercialization of Quantum Computers
Mark Stahl: Manipulating the Correlated Reliable Path Problem to Create an Additive Objective
Stephen Tung: Directed Self-Assembly of Polycarbonate-Containing Block Copolymers for Microelectronics

 

 

improving health communication: 12:30 PM-1:45 PM, CLA 0.126

Moderator: Johann Eberhart, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Jazy Hill: Media Portrayal of Anorexia
Bronwyn Scott: Chronic Diseases and Culturally Competent Communication
Celia Valles: Bridging Health Disparity through Curanderismo

 

MICROBIAL INTERACTIONS: 12:30 PM-1:45 PM, CLA 0.130

Moderator: Stan Roux, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Arthur Lee: Characterization of External Stickleback Microbiota Using Neglected Sequences
Michael Miyagi: Inferring Niche Diversity in Marine Microbes
Miranda Becker: Bacteriocin-like Inhibition of Shigella Flexneri Growth by Vibrio Cholerae is due to Elevated pH

 

new approaches to autism: 2:00 PM-3:15 PM, CLA 0.102

Moderator: Wendy Domjan, Department of Psychology

Aurora Brinkman: Applications of Patient-Centered Care in Interacting with Patients with Autism
Abhinaya "Abhi" Ganesh: Comparison of Mothers' and Fathers' Perspectives of their Child's Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis and Development
Devin Wehle: Building Bridges between Autism Education and Neuroscience

 

cellular anomalies: 2:00 PM-3:15 PM, CLA 0.112

Moderator: Greg Sitz, Department of Physics

Carolyn Martin: What Caused the Plague?
Nicole Wong: Effects of Polyethylene Glycol on Behavioral Outcomes of Contusive Spinal Cord Injuries in Rats
Yelena Dokic: Calmodulin in Medicine

 

molecules and microbes: 2:00 PM-3:15 PM, CLA 0.130

Moderator: Arturo De Lozanne, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Dmitri Ukraintsev: Molecular Legos
Timothy Loose: Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Tryptophan Cage Folding
Michael Miyagi: Applications of Persistent Homology to Genomic Analysis

 

how we learn: 3:30 PM-4:45 PM, CLA 0.102

Moderator: Lorenzo Sadun, Department of Mathematics

Omar Harirah: How Targeting the First Year of College can Increase Student Retention
Austin Culver: Being the Big Bad Wolf: The Power of Fairy Tale Reinvention and Ethical Decision-Making in Video Games
Kira Stein: Musical Theatre and Social Action

 

NOVEL APPROACHES TO PATIENT CARE: 3:30 PM-4:45 PM, CLA 0.112

Moderator: Marci Gleason, Department of Human Development & Family Sciences

Kimberly Khoo: Understanding Resilience in Children Ages 9-12 who have a Parent with Cancer
Praveen Satarasinghe: Music Therapy: An Effective Treatment for Alzheimer's Patients
Imogen Clover-Brown: Delivering Prenatal Care Through Telemedicine in Rural Latin America

 

SYNTHESIZE THIS!: 3:30 PM-4:45 PM, CLA 0.126

Moderator: Mike Ryan, Department of Integrative Biology

Tanya Herrera: Preventing Wine Fraud by Synthesizing Boronic Acid Peptides
Luis Valencia: The in Vitro Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Chiral 3 Hydroxyacids from Carboxylic Acid Monomers
Donggeon "Albert" Nam: Total Synthesis of Leiodermatolide Using Catalytic Asymmetric C-C Formation

 

ADDRESSING SOCIAL INEQUALITIES: 3:30 PM-4:45 PM, CLA 0.130

Moderator: Brian Roberts, Department of Government

Talal Beidas: The Hispanic Paradox and Oral Health
Caroline Starling: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Adverse Birth Outcomes: The Role of Maternal Neighborhood Safety Perception
Christianah Ogunleye: The Relationship Between School Funding Source and Educational Outcomes in Texas and California