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Teaching Science to Those Who Have No Word for it
This project was designed to answer the following question: How can science education be improved for Alaska Native students? In 2001, not one student from a rural school district, where primarily Alaska Native students reside, passed the high school ...
Ann Jache, Kimberly Beckford


Testing the role of ISWI in Xenopus Laevis development with a dominant negative ISWI mutant
Williams Syndrome is a genetic disorder that is characterized by visual and spatial processing dysfunction and growth deficiency. Individuals with the disease lack the Williams Syndrome Transcription Factor (WSTF) which forms the WICH complex in con ...
Jocelyn Krebs, Carly Craig


Testing the Role of the Chaperone HSP101 in the Enhanced Thermotolerence of Plants Expressing Polyglutamine Proteins
Polyglutamine proteins, those containing tracts of consecutive glutamine amino acids, are known to cause Huntington's disease and several other neurodegenerative diseases in humans. Polyglutamine proteins tend to form aggregates in cells, which are c ...
Ben Harrison, Janine Ray


The Aesthetics of Art Represented Mathematically
As I let the loose clay flow through my fingers I have decisions to make. I am past the point in my ceramic career where I have to worry much about getting the clay to move the way I want it to. So my concern has moved from this area to another, I no ...
Mark Fitch, Peder Reiland


The Alchemist, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, and The Saint and the Sow: Investigating the Brazilian Psyche through Original Texts
I intend to spend three months over the summer living in rural northeastern Brazil. I will take an intensive pre-vestibular course to broaden my Portuguese vocabulary and perfect my grammar. This will allow me to read and fully comprehend three cho ...
Patricia Fagan, Kristen Ritter


The Biomechanical Properties of Steel, Titanium & Cobalt Chrome Spinal Rods
The objective of this study is to provide a qualitative and quantitative comparison of the biomechanical behavior of stainless steel, titanium, and cobalt-chromium-molybdenum alloy spinal fixation assemblies. Displacement controlled static compressi ...
Anthony Paris, Tessa Kara


The Change in Amount of Recovered Recyclables: Standard vs. Novelty Bins
The proposed project aims to study the effect of fun and personal enjoyment as a motivator for participation in recycling at both the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and East Anchorage High School (EHS). The proposed study will compare the amoun ...
Gwen Lupfer, Theresa Cho


The effect of chronic stress on the adrenal cortex of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
The stress response is, in large part, mediated via hormones secreted by the adrenal glands. Long term or chronic stress is known to produce morphological changes within adrenal glands, including cortical enlargement. Such changes may give rise to al ...
David Pfeiffer, Samuel Cason


The Effect of Short Duration Mindfulness Meditation on Attention and Stress
The past 30 years has seen a huge increase in clinical interest in the practice of mindfulness, which has been shown to have several beneficial physiological and psychological effects including improved performance on attention tasks and stress reduc ...
Robert Boeckmann, Adam Butler


The Effects of Antibiotics and Diet on Body Composition of Arctic Ground Squirrels
Gut microbiota are known to play a role in health and disease. For example, studies with mice and humans have implicated gut microbes in obesity; however, many questions as to their role in this disease remain unanswered. The arctic ground squi ...
Khrystyne Duddleston, Sarah Cain


The Effects of Benzene and its Metabolites on Epithelial Lung Cells
Benzene is both an environmental pollutant and a component of cigarette smoke, gasoline and automotive emissions. Although occupational exposure to benzene has been shown to cause blood disorders and cancer in humans, the potential health effects res ...
Cindy Knall, Deana Glick


The Effects of Cellular Age on Polyglutamine Repeat Protein Aggregation in Arabidopsis thaliana
Research on Huntington’s disease and similar neurological diseases has shown that the hallmark of these disorders is the presence of DNA that encodes proteins with long repetitive strands of the amino acid glutamine (polyglutamine; polyQ). The ...
Ben Harrison, Lindsay Noah-Vermillion


The effects of iqmik derived metals on ROS generation and cytokine response in human gingival epithelial cells
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma is the sixth most common cancer in the world and it is especially prevalent in Alaska (St. John et al., 2004). Cancer is the leading cause of death for Alaska Natives, with lung cancer as the most prevalent form ...
Cindy Knall, Gaelen Dwyer


The Effects of Odor during Study: Using Encoding Specificity on the Graduate Record Exam
In the competitive realm of graduate school acceptance, many applicants are looking for better study methods to prepare for the Graduate Record Exam. A pilot study comparing study and test conditions, conducted in 2008, showed that studying in the pr ...
Claudia Lampman, Amy Ellerbe


The Effects of the Loss of Fence Function between Lung Epithelial Cells Exposed to Cigarette Smoke
It is vital for a polarized cell to retain its polarity in order to function properly. Previous research has shown that epithelial cells which have been exposed to cigarette smoke lose their tight junction function. Tight junctions are necessary to p ...
Cindy Knall, Meagan Byrne