May 16, 2016

2016 Rogers Science Research Brown Bag Presentations

Student research presentations

Students discuss their research projects during a series of brown-bag talks on Tuesdays in June and July. Each presentation is 15 minutes; there are generally 3-4 talks per session. For more information about projects see project descriptions.

  • Tuesdays 12:00-1:15, in Olin 204 unless otherwise noted
  • Presentations are free and open to the public
  • Dessert provided


May 31

Responsible Conduct of Research

Previously recorded presentation by Sarah Shaack, Reed College

Please note that this face-to-face training is a required component of the College’s RCR policy and attendance will be taken; students and faculty who have not participated previously in Sarah’s presentation must attend this session.

We encourage all students to attend, regardless of whether or not they have attended in previous years. 

(This presentation will be repeated June 21, 3:30-5:00, Olin 204.)


June 7

Investigating Forest Recovery After Removal of Invasive Plant Species
Student presenter: Scotti Reed
Faculty collaborator: Paulette Bierzychudek

Neuroimaging and Brain Development
Student presenter: Emma Schifsky
Faculty collaborator: Damien Fair

Mathematics of relativistic point particles
Student presenters: Noah Benjamin, Tatyana Benko
Faculty collaborator: Iva Stavrov

Construction and movement of cellular compartments during embryonic development
Student presenters: Marie Harp, James Brandt
Faculty collaborator: Greg Hermann


June 14

Porous Ceramic Nanoparticle Scaffolds for Electrochemical Growth of Manganese Oxide Supercapacitors
Student presenters: Ben Hohman, Riley Zickel
Faculty collaborator: Anne Bentley

Surface Chemistry of Gold Nanoparticles in Natural Environments
Student presenter: Erin Carlson
Faculty collaborator: Anne Bentley

Mapping neuronal development using multicolor imaging in Brainbow zebrafish
Student presenters: Mako Gedi, Jonathan Torres, Isaac Boardman
Faculty collaborator: Tamily Weissman-Unni

Zebrafish to study cellular mechanisms of Parkinson’s Disease
Student presenters: Mehtab Sal, Helen Ippolito
Faculty collaborator: Tamily Weissman-Unni


June 21

Capture-the-Flag Challenges that Enhance Cybersecurity Analysis Skills
Student presenters: David Ruan, Lindsay Von Tish, Austin Wade, Gregory Aaronson
Faculty collaborator: Jens Mache

Evaluation of the effects of resveratrol on the genotoxicity of nicotine on the wing SMART test in Drosophila melanogaster.
Student presenters: Haley Halperin, Graciela Ferderer
Faculty collaborator: Norma Velazquez Ulloa

Exploring the Relationship Between “Intuitive” Eating and the Neurocognitive Correlates of Food-Cue Processing in Adults and Young Children
Student presenters: Roxanne Felig, Elvira Ruan
Faculty collaborator: Todd Watson


(Repeat of Responsible Conduct of Research presentation.
Olin 204:  3:30-5:00.  Come if you were not able to attend on May 31.)


June 28

MicroRNAs in Viral Pathogenesis
Student presenter: Isabella Brink
Faculty collaborator: Rebecca Skalsky

Bilingualism and executive functions: is there a bilingual advantage over monolingual on cognitive control?
Student presenters: Gabriella Tost, Sophia Aron
Faculty collaborator: Yueping Zhang

Cloud motion vectors: image processing meets meteorology
Student presenters: Laurel Garrett, Makayla Keydel, William DeLee
Faculty collaborator: Jessica Kleiss

The evolution of venom-expressed gene families in Haplogyne spiders and The creation of a biodiversity hotspot: comparative biogeography of Caribbean arachnids
Student presenters: Demi Glidden, Sophia Horigan, Ella Santana-Propper
Faculty collaborator: Greta Binford


July 5

Geometric Flows of Polygons
Student presenters: Mack Beveridge, Eli Barnes
Faculty collaborator: Paul T. Allen

Coherence-Derived Light Fluctuations for Atomic Magnetometry
Student presenters: Ben Whitenack, Devan Tormey, Cody Winkleblack, Fielding Picton
Faculty collaborator: Shannon O’Leary

Computational investigation of organophosphate hydrolysis by molybdenum oxide catalyst and Application of molybdenum peroxo compounds for degrading organophosphate neurotoxins
Student presenters: Emily Bright, Lionel Miao
Faculty collaborator: Louis Kuo


July 12

Musical Acoustics: Coupled Oscillators, Mandolin Bridges, and Holographic Interferometry
Student presenters: Karlie Schwartzwald, Zach Rose
Faculty collaborator: Stephen Tufte

How Do We Feel About It? The role of emotional self-stereotyping in responses to sexism
Student presenters: Owen Gartner, Eddie Tellez
Faculty collaborator: Diana Leonard

Research in the Vocal and Auditory Learning Laboratory
Student presenters: Nicole Huizinga, Abel Getachew (De La Salle high school)
Faculty collaborator: Claudio Mello

How seedling functional traits interact with environmental conditions to maintain forest diversity in an Amazonian rainforest
Student presenter: Ina Waring-Enriquez
Faculty collaborator: Margaret Metz


July 14 (Thursday)

Seedling dynamics and the role of oomycete pathogens in maintaining diversity in an old growth forest
Student presenters: Katrina Von Burg, Tessa Belanger, Zoe Wender
Faculty collaborator: Margaret Metz

Walking the Oregon Trail to Fitness: Is it the trailmates or map that matters most?
Student presenters: Willow Wood, Blake Murray, Arianna Marshank
Faculty collaborator:  Erik Nilsen

Structural Studies and Functional Characterization of Neurotoxic Venom Peptides from Sicariidae Spiders
Student presenters: Elizabeth Armitage, Zachary Schonrock
Faculty collaborator:  Nikolaus Loening


July 19

Discovering the mechanisms underlying the effects of nicotine on development and drug-induced behaviors in Drosophila melanogaster
Student presenters: Eve Lowenstein, Madison Lambert, Ariel Shaw
Faculty collaborator: Norma Velazquez Ulloa

Shaping an “Earthquake Culture” Through Informal Learning
Student presenters: Ajna Weaver, Hannah Smay, Raiven Greenberg, Bruce Duffet, Gracie Petrie, Daniela Garcia
Faculty collaborator: Liz Safran

The Local Topology of Schubert Varieties at Singularities
Student presenters: Andres Guerrero-Guzman, Anthony Utehs
Faculty collaborator: Sweta Suryanarayan

Genetic and Environmental Impact on Learning and Memory and Anxiety
Student presenters: Betty Yu
Faculty collaborator: Jacob Raber