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This year's Symposium will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 in the Student Activity Center (SAC) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception at 3:00 in SAC 2.302 for alumni, students, and parents. We're particularly delighted to have James Scott, former Dean's Scholar and today a faculty member in the McCombs School of Business, as featured speaker at noon in SAC 2.302. The title of Dr. Scott's talk is "Blunder of a Genius: Isaac Newton’s Worst Mathematical Mistake."

 


 SESSION 1: 10 - 11 a.m.


SCIENCE AND THE MEDIA • SAC 3.112
Moderator: David Laude, Department of Chemistry

Mandira Banik
Analysis of DTC Advertisements and Their Unintended Consequences

Sebastian Rivera
Scientific Uncertainty and its Place in Climate Change Discourse: A Case Study

Hannah Simon
The Role of Visual Media in Communicating Environmental Issues


SEQUENCING THE WORLD AROUND US • SAC 3.114

Moderator: David Hillis, Department of Integrative Biology

Rachel Rapagnani
Sequenceable Sequence-Defined Oligourethanes

Hyunjin Park
The Tree of Life Grows in Many Waters

Jenna McGuffey
Evolving Engineered Yeast to Increase Their Genetic Stability

 

PREPARING TOMORROW'S DOCTORS • SAC 3.116
Moderator: Caryn Carlson, Department of Psychology

Avilasha Sinha
Assessing Pre-Medical Students' Interests in Different Medical Fields

Christian Lumley
A Case for Music in Medical Education

Liza Hill
Impact of Medical Humanities Curriculum on Interns in an Internal Medicine Residency Program

 

OUR UNIVERSE: FROM THE MICROSCALE TO THE MACROSCALE • SAC 3.106
Moderator: Alex Huk, Department of Neuroscience

Justin Kang
Investigating the Role of Magnetic Fields in Binary Star Formation

Emily Strickland
Dark Matter in Dwarf Galaxies, Cold or Self-Interacting?

Griffin Glenn
Characterization of a Clustering Gas Jet for High Energy Density Plasma Production

Shiv Akshar Yadavalli
Quantum Contextuality Drives Quantum Communication Enhancement


SESSION 2: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.


CONTEMPORARY CRITIQUES IN TELEVISION, CINEMA AND HIP HOP • SAC 3.106
Moderator: Thomas Garza, Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Jori Kandra
These are the Breaks!: The Gentrification of Hip Hop

Haden Edmonds
Restoring Hollywood's Horrors: The Resurgence of Exploitation Cinema in the U.S.

Avni Kantawala
LGBTQ+ Representation in Streaming and Broadcast Television


NOVEL APPROACHES TO HEALTH CARE • SAC 3.112

Moderator: Craig Hurwitz, Dell Medical School

Brandon Everett
The Impact of the Baylor Heart to Heart Program on the Outcomes of Heart Transplant Patients

Janelle Chavez
MD Anderson Project ECHO: Addressing Cancer Care Inequities Through Telementorship and Hands-On Training

Scott Spivey
Foreign Bodies: An Anthropological Study of Latinx Immigrant Experiences with Chronic Illness in the U.S. Healthcare System

NEW FRONTIERS IN MEDICAL TREATMENT • SAC 3.116
Moderator: Theresa O'Halloran, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Ruben Munoz Macias
Treating Cancer Using Targeted Texaphyrin-Curcumin Combination Therapy

Adarsh Ramakrishnan
DISC1 is Needed for the Organization of Cellular Components at the Immunological Synapse

Davin Devara
Genetic Modifiers of Neurotoxicity in Drosophila Model of Parkinson's Disease

Derek Yan
Targeting Macrophages with Nanoparticles as a Strategy to Improve Muscle Repair

ECONOMIC STUDIES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY, HEALTH CARE AND NUCLEAR ENERGY • SAC 3.114
Moderator: James Pennebaker, Department of Psychology

Naren Makkapati
The Bay Area and Boston Biotech Clusters: A Quantitative Comparison

Danny Diab
MD; Medical Dollars

Jake Maeker
Small-scale Nuclear Power as an Energy Solution for Developing Countries

 


SESSION 3: 1 - 2 p.m.


BIG PICTURES: ENVIRONMENTALISM, COSMOLOGY, AND THE SCIENTIFIC ENTERPRISE • SAC 3.112
Moderator: Arturo De Lozanne, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Arushii Nadar
The Politics Behind National Parks: Lobbyists, Politicians and the People

Zili Shen
Into the Multiverse

Jimin Kim
A Scientific and Philosophical Investigation into the Reproducibility Crisis

 

FOSTERING WELLNESS • SAC 3.106
Moderator: Marci Gleason, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

Morgan Davie
Insecure Attachment Styles in the Christian-God Relationship and Church Intervention

Emily Zhang
Mental Health Questions on State Medical Licensure Applications and Physician Suicide Rates by State

Benjamin Solder
Evaluating Mindfulness Programs in K-12 Schools

 

GLOBAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE • SAC 3.114
Moderator: Brian Roberts, Department of Government

Lauren Schneider
Examining the Impact of International Family Planning Efforts on Communities in West Africa

Abdurrahman "A.K." Kharbat
Socioeconomic and Political Determinants of Refugee Mental Health

Tarika Srinivasan
The Good Lie: Clinical Disclosure and Ethical Decision-Making Among Indian Physicians

 

LANGUAGE, COLOR, MUSIC: NEW STUDIES IN NEURAL PROCESSING AND TREATMENT • SAC 3.116
Moderator: Johann Eberhart, Department of Molecular Biosciences

Allison Reibach
Peering into the Brain: A Neuroimaging Case Study of a Man with a Unique Language Disorder

Anna Wang
Visual Design Within Memory Care Facilities

Allyson Clark
Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) with Music Therapy and Psychedelic Substances


SESSION 4: 2 - 3 p.m.


IMPROVEMENTS IN MODERN DETECTION METHODS • SAC 3.106
Moderator: Greg Sitz, Department of Physics

Reghan Conrey
Optimization of 19F MRI Contrast Agents and Preliminary Development of Analyte-Specific 19F MRI Nanoparticle Imaging Probes Using Aptasensors

Emma Alaimo
A Comparison of Sampling Methods for a Stream's Invertebrate Community

Laura Shub
A Novel Algorithm to Predict the Location of Bridging Waters During Computational Ligand Docking

 

OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE • SAC 3.116
Moderator: Stephen Sonnenberg, School of Architecture

Harold Jackson
Improving Mental Health Treatment for African-Americans

Kavya Yeruva
Shutting the Revolving Door of Corrections with Prison Programming

Vik Shirvaikar
Crime and (Explainable) Punishment: Developing Transparent Artificial Intelligence Models for Criminal Risk Scoring

 

WHAT WE EAT • SAC 3.114
Moderator: George Pollak, Department of Neuroscience

Laura Klein
Cheese: An Homage to Fromage

Vladyslav Bondar
The Effect of Government Assistance Programs on the Diet and Health of Low-income Children in the United States

Amanda Justiz
Child and Parent Knowledge of Added Sugar Recommendations as Predictors of Added Sugar Intake

Jarod Chaney
Influence of Beliefs About Animal Consciousness on Animal Welfare