Being able to see several disciplines in one conference is a wonderful thing.
At Arkansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (InBre), representatives from PAMS and BIO were there to present their work.
For the biology department
Several biology students presented their work.
Cullen Horstman, one of Dr. Kyoungtae Kim’s undergraduate students, won honorable mention for his presentation on “The effect of silver and cadmium on gene expression.”
Tanner Hoog, biology alumni, presented “Alterations in hemodynamic loading leads to some morphological changes of the heart in developing mouse embryos.” Hoog’s adviser was Dr. Ryan Udan.
Graduate students Jared Smothers and Paul Ballhorn presented “Myosin mediates protein recycling towards the Golgi.” They are also Kim’s students.
Other students who attended were:
- Hazzar Absalamah
- Meagan Rippee
- Kayla King
- Bruce Green
- Abbi Mabary
Dr. Christopher Lupfer also attended the conference. He thinks this is a great opportunity — and the best part was the only cost is gas to get to Arkansas.
“This is an excellent conference for undergraduate students and graduate students. There were some impressive presentations and posters on a variety of topics from biology to chemistry and physics,” Lupfer said.
For the physics, astronomy and material sciences department
Just as many PAMS students presented their work. All of them are undergraduate students.
Austin Bollinger, one of Dr. Ridwan Sakidja’s students, orally presented “Molecular simulations of layered metallic systems.”
Jesse Underwood, along with Sakidja and Dr. Robert Mayanovic, presented “Computational investigations of hydrous aluminosilicate melts.”
Eiad Hamwi, along with Sakidja and Udan (who is from biology), presented “Modeling the effect of hemodynamic forces on the migration of smooth muscle cells towards blood vessels.”
Christopher Robledo and Sakidja presented “Virtual Reality applications for simulations on cabon-based composites.”
Muhammad Shattique participated as one of the judges of student presentations.
“The INBRE conference offers a venue for our students to present on their research projects and to interact with students and faculty from regional institutions,” Mayanovic said. “The conference also offers short workshops on various topics that are of benefit to the students.”
Congratulations to all the participants! We’re so glad everyone went!