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Friday, April 20, 2018             

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Student ActivitY center (sac)

The CNS Honors Thesis Symposium showcases the thesis work of students in the Polymathic Scholars, Health Science Scholars, and Dean's Scholars honors programs. There will be multiple one-hour sessions beginning at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00; each session includes a brief Question and Answer period. Between two and five panels will run concurrently during each session. Please check the schedule for details on individual panels or presenters.

A reception for students, their families, and faculty affiliated with CNS Honors, with a welcome from Professor David Laude, will run 9:30-10:00 am on the 3rd floor of the SAC.

We welcome friends and family of the presenters as well as the UT community to hear our students discuss their Capstone projects.

10:00-10:50 a.m.                                                                                          

WOMEN’S HEALTH & WELLBEING
Moderator: Theresa O'Halloran, Department of Molecular Biosciences
sac 3.116

  • Nalleli Garcia
    Oppression and Violence Against Women in Mexico
  • Amy Ong
    Alternative Medicine in Reproductive Health
  • Jenny Kim
    Factors Associated with the Obstetrics-Gynecology Medical Residency Matchh

NEXT-GENERATION HEALTHCARE
MODERATOR: stan roux, DEPARTMENT OF MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES 
SAC 3.112

  • Amier Haidar
    Examining Associations Between Parental and Peer Social Support and Positive Health Behaviors in Adolescents
  • Allison Medina
    Improving Patient Outcomes: Analyzing Non-Medical Barriers to Surgical Recovery 

zooming out: from cell to society
MODERATOR: david hillis, DEPARTMENT OF integrative biology
SAC 1.118

  • Lisa Huang

    An Unknown Connection between Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) and Ribosome Assembly

  • Yesha Shah

    Protein Kinase C Epsilon's Substrates and Functional Effects


  • Aarti Bhat
    Paternal and Maternal Relationship and C-Reactive Protein and Glucose Levels: Effects and Moderating Factors 

CUTTING-EDGE CHEMISTRY
MODERATOR: DAVID LAUDE, DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY
SAC 3.106

  • Justin Kong
    Antimicrobial Peptides Targeting Disulfide Bond-forming Proteins
  • Alec Lucas
    Synthesis and Assessment of Redox and Absorption Properties of an ExTTF Porphyrin for Photovoltaic Applications
  • Anjali Chacko

    The Functional Effects of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Cancer-Driving Mutations

11:00-11:50 a.m.                                                                                          

art and artifacts
MODERATOR: caryn carlson, DEPARTMENT OF psychology
SAC 3.106

  • Emily Ma
    Art Conservation and Fugitive Materials
  • Ly Poe
    Shakespeare's Late Syntax
  • Sana Saboowala
    Ankh-Hap: A Case Study on the Display of Egyptian Mummies in America

social systems and health
MODERATOR: johann eberhart, DEPARTMENT OF molecular biosciences
SAC 3.112

  • Muye (Jason) Zhang
    The Effectiveness of Drug Diversion Programs on Combating Recidivism in the Criminal Justice System
  • Caitlin Stanley
    Interventions for Children of Alcoholics
  • Shadhi Mansoori
    Preparing for the Future: Health and Social Support Options for Hispanic Seniors in Austin, Texas

science for the 21st century
MODERATOR: don winget, DEPARTMENT OF astronomy
SAC 1.118

  • Stephen Romero
    Physics and the Public Sphere
  • Jackie Roth
    Optimizing SNAP and SNAP-Ed in Central Texas
  • Savannah Troy
    Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Applying Ethnobotany to Sustainability

mechanisms of disease
MODERATOR: craig hurwitz, dell medical school
SAC 3.114

  • Soumya Shekhar
    The Role of Fc?RIIb In T Cell Responses Against Tumors
  • Meera Khosla
    Consequences of Epilepsy on GIRK Channels in the Brain
  • Wesley Godfrey
    Contribution of Myeloid Cells to T-ALL Tumorigenesis

examining social relationships
MODERATOR: george pollak, DEpartment of neuroscience
SAC 3.116

  • Ryan Young
    Making Connections: Buses as Public and Social Space
  • Sabrina Van Ravenstein
    Communication Within Interethnic Relationships With One Hispanic American Partner and One Non-Hispanic American Partner
  • Su Fang
    Adolescence and Smartphones: Contemporary Critical Design 

12:00-12:50 p.m.                                                                                          

new developments in ion channel biophysics
MODERATOR: alex huk, DEPARTMENT OF neuroscience
SAC 3.106

  • Uma Vaidyanathan
    Binding Analysis of Calmodulin (CaM) Utilizing Amino Acid Covariance Patterns
  • Jonathan Abraham
    Protein Binding Study on the Calmodulin-SK Channel Peptide Complex

lasers and cognition
MODERATOR: Arturo de lozanne, DEPARTMENT OF molecular biosciences
SAC 3.112

  • Revanth Poondla
    The Effects of Transcranial Infrared Laser Stimulation on Verbal Cognition
  • Enrique Vargas
    Beneficial Neurocognitive Effects of Transcranial Laser in Older Adults

1:00-1:50 p.m.                                                                                          

ARtists and their communities
MODERATOR: patricia roberts-miller, DEPARTMENT OF rhetoric and writing
SAC 3.106

  • Matthew Lyons
    Bluegrass as a Cultural Tool to Build Community in Austin, Texas
  • Sonika Garg
    Gender, Nationalism and Trauma in Post-War Film
  • Yaowen (Laura) Zhang
    A Surrealist Homecoming:Investigating Corporeal Metamorphosis in Leonora Carrington's Down Below
  • Terence Kidd
    African American English and Language Discrimination

how we think
MODERATOR: stephen sonnenberg, school of architecture
SAC 3.112

  • Bianca Vicuña
    The Russian Interference: A Case Study of Threat Perception and Partisanship
  • Mayra Sharma
    Political Decision-Making, Women's Health, and Politician Emotional Intelligence
  • Ross (Michael) Reul
    Memory Modifications and Identity Implications

drug effects and addiction
MODERATOR: rachel gonzalez-martin, department of mexican american and latina_o studies
SAC 3.114

  • Sinyoung (Evelyn) Park
    Effects of Estrous Cycle on Ultrasound Vocalization in Response to Amphetamine
  • Minh Do
    Chronic Forced Exercise on Cocaine Place Conditioning
  • Shayak Sen
    The Effects of Ethanol Exposure on vangl2 Mutant Zebrafish

modeling new frontiers
MODERATOR: Lorenzo Sadun, DEPARTMENT OF mathematics
SAC 1.118

  • Sachit Saksena
    Toward Predictive Oncology: Multi-scale Modeling of HER2+ Breast Cancer
  • Hannah Hasson
    Characterizing Extremely Metal-Poor Galaxies
  • Nita Tunga
    Contamination Correction in the f3 Statistic

social & psychological aspects of health
MODERATOR: james pennebaker, DEPARTMENT OF psychology
SAC 3.116

  • Jessica Tom
    Doc Talk: Communication Between Physicians and Patients with Special Needs
  • Farzam Farahani
    Improving the Quality of Life of Patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 Using Complementary Medicine
  • Madeleine Marlar
    Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness in Cultural Context