Dr. John Falconer
director of Sponsored Programs, 308.865.8496
UNK- Student Research Day will showcase work by nearly 100 University of Nebraska at Kearney students on Thursday, April 8.
“The UNK Student Research Day is an annual celebration of a wide range of research and other scholarly projects that UNK students do,” said Dr. John Falconer, UNK Sponsored Programs director.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 1:30 p.m. with poster sessions and oral presentations. It will be the 12th consecutive year for the event. Presentations and poster sessions will take place in the UNK Nebraskan Student Union.
Students whose work has been selected for presentation, either oral or via posters, are listed below, alphabetically by hometown, followed by their research project titles and mentors:
Amherst– Joshua Bauer. “Characterization of Homeostatic Role of OTK18 Protein in Monocytic Cells.” Dr. Kim Carlson, biology.
Amherst– Christopher Gugel. “A New View on Saxophone Performance.” Dr. David Nabb, music.
Arapahoe– Josh Beck. “Direct Imaging of Raindrop Impacts.” Dr. Michael Larsen, physics.
Arapahoe– Shane Riley. “The Massacre Canyon: The Last Buffalo Hunt.” Dr. Mark Ellis, history; “The Gridiron: The Home of NFL Players.” Dr. H. Jason Combs, geography.
Arcadia– Robert Roth. “Windy Whispers.” Dr. Darleen Mitchell, music.
Arlington– Collette Wagner. “Ploy complexity and its influence on mock jurors’ interrogation evaluations and verdicts.” Dr. Krista Forrest, psychology.
Ashland– Eric Smits. “Small Mammal Diversity Within Wetlands of the Rain Water Basin.” Dr. Joseph Springer, biology.
Atlanta– Brooke Scripter. “MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition.” Dr. Anne Foradori, music.
Aurora– Jessica Obermier. “The Effects of Ambient Temperature Change on Recall Tasks.” Dr. Richard Miller, psychology.
Aurora– John Riens. “A GIS-Based Management Tool for Mapping Pollution Risk in Nebraska Rainwater Basin Wetlands.” Dr. Kerri Farnsworth-Hoback, biology education.
Axtell– Jayleen Lambert. “Trust Among Small-Town Communities.” Dr. John Anderson, political science.
Blair– Helen Breuer. “Distribution of Wal-Mart and Its Major Competitors.” Dr. John Bauer, geography.
Bridgeport– Jaicee Post. “Agents for Positron Emission Tomography/ Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” Dr. Cheri Barta, chemistry.
Burwell– James Weber. “Music Products Research.” Dr. James Payne, music.
Clay Center– Anna Barber. “Genetic response of soybeans to soybean aphids at advanced damage time points.” Dr. Paul Twigg, biology.
Coleridge– Christyne Leapley. “GIScience and Elementary School Planning: Incorporating Spatial Analysis Tools in the Decision Process.” Dr. Paul Burger, geography.
Doniphan– Jeremy Stromer. “The Polarizing Efficiency of Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals.” Dr. Liubov Kreminska, physics.
Elgin– Krystine Hoefer. “Effects of Stockholm Syndrome.” Dr. William Wozniak, psychology.
Elgin– Suzanne Hoefer. “Revisiting a classic concept in Exercise Physiology: Does ventilation limit VO2max?” Dr. Gregory Brown, health, physical education and recreation.
Elwood– Britney Zeller. “Mother’s Influence on Child’s Weight Loss Success.” Dr. Kate Heelan, health, physical education and recreation.
Firth– Maggie Sass. “Parental Influence on Child Weight Loss: Initial Three-Week Results From a 12-week Pediatric Intervention.”
Dr. Kate Heelan, health, physical education and recreation, and Dr. Nancy Foster, UNMC pediatrics and psychology.
Fordyce– Kristine Frerichs. “Assessing the Knowledge and Awareness of Elementary Teachers.” Rachelle Kamrath, communication.
Gering– Lacey Batt. “Para-educators’ Perceived Readiness to Implement Structured Recess: Preliminary Results.” Dr. Erin Holt, health, physical education and recreation; Dr. Paul Bishop, health, physical education and recreation.
Gering– Cody Flower. “Prevalence of Adolescent Obesity in Rural Nebraska.” Dr. Kate Heelan, health, physical education and recreation.
Gering– Bradley Peters. “The effect of temperature on elementary recess time.” Dr. Erin Holt, health, physical education and recreation. Gibbon– Elizabeth Manfull. “Marketing in a Small Community: What Works for These Businesses.” Dr. Janet Lear, economics.
Gibbon– John Shafer. “Comparison of Results on the Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation for Calculus-Based and Algebra-Based General Physics Students.” Dr. Trecia Markes, physics, and Dr. Mark Markes, physics.
Gibbon– Harold Smallcomb. “Benedict Arnold: Justifiable Treachery?” Dr. Mark Ellis, history.
Grand Island– Travis Minne. “Counting Path Through a Grid with Missing Vertices and Applications.” Dr. Pari Ford, mathematics.
Grand Island– Brandon Mizner. “Drosophila Melanogaster Nora Virus Or F-1 Protein: Antibody Characterization of Virus Replication in Vivo.” Dr. Kim Carlson, biology.
Grand Island– Maria Rojas. “Identification of Potential Loktanella Species from Alkaline Lakes in Western Nebraska.” Dr. Julie Shaffer, biology.
Grand Island– Grant Saltzgaber. “Wavelet Inspired Analysis of Discrete Atmospheric Data.” Dr. Michael Larsen, physics.
Grand Island– Aron Utecht. “Progressive Evangelist: Billy Sunday in Omaha in 1915.” Dr. James Rohrer, history.
Hastings– Cheri Theesen. “Aromatherapy and Agitation Reduction in Dementia Patients.” Dr. Sandy Cook-Fong, criminal justice.
Hazard– Lana Renzelman. “Comparing Research Standards Among NASP Approved School Psychology Specialist Programs.” Tammi Ohmstede-Beckman, counseling.
Holdrege– Jess Lammers. “Rainfall And Cool Temperatures Do Not Reduce Captures of American Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus americanus.” Dr. Wyatt Hoback, biology.
Kearney– Karen Albrecht. “Differences in Regret of Inaction, Action, and Missed Opportunities among American and Japanese.”
Dr. Richard Miller, psychology.
Kearney– Stepanie Butler. “Trapping the American Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus americanus: A Test of Protocols.” Dr. Wyatt Hoback, biology.
Kearney– Jennifer Chaloupka. “Queen Elizabeth I: Marital Politics.” Dr. Roger Davis, history.
Kearney– Becky Fusby. “Purification of OTK18 for Determination of Promoter Element Binding.” Dr. Kim Carlson, biology.
Kearney– Andrew Hermes. “Final Resolution: The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.” Dr. Carol Lilly, history.
Kearney– Josh Lacy. “Supreme Opinion: The Supreme Court and Public Opinion.” Dr. Joan Blauwkamp, political science.
Kearney– Cassandra Larreau. “Accidental Martyrdom: How Neda Soltani became the symbol to unite Iran.” Rachelle Kamrath, communication.
Kearney– Michelle McPherron. “Effects of Smooth Brome Grass on the Behavior of Burying Beetles (Nicrophorus spp.).” Dr. Wyatt Hoback, biology.
Kearney– Destinee Nelson. “An Analysis of Interrogation Content and Legality Across 14 years of Law and Order.” Dr. Krista Forrest, psychology.
Kearney– William Phipps. “Organic Farming: The New Generation of Agriculture?” Dr. H. Jason Combs, geography.
Kearney– Jenna Rycek. “Imagination Inflation.” Dr. William Wozniak, psychology.
Kearney– Travis Schott. “A Content Analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Dr. Carol Lomicky, communication.
Kearney– Jamie Stroup. “Deforestation of the Congo Basin Forest Using Satellite Data.” Dr. H. Jason Combs, geography.
Kearney– Bryan Todd. “The Role of Mortality Salience in Mate Selection.” Dr. Joseph Benz, psychology.
Kearney– Michael Walworth. “The Broken Piano.” Dr. Darleen Mitchell, music.
Kearney– Adrianne White. “Interrogation Prototypes and Their Content: What Average Joes Expect Occur in Police Interrogations.”
Dr. Krista Forrest, psychology.
Kenesaw– Lacey Mack. “The Matrimonial Politics of King Henry VII.” Dr. Roger Davis, history.
Kenesaw– Jordan Westengaard. “Further Development of Switchgrass Genebank.” Dr. Frank Kovacs, chemistry.
Lincoln– Quinn Willet. “Assessment of Peroxidase Gene Expression in Buffalo Grass Cultivars Infested With Chinch Bugs.”
Dr. Paul Twigg, biology.
Maxwell– Ruth Christensen. “Catherine of Aragon.” Dr. Roger Davis, history.
McCook– Austin Barenberg. “Food Stamp Geography: The Spatial Distribution of Participants.” Dr. H. Jason Combs, geography.
McCook– Charles Sepers. “Parental Influence on Child Weight Loss: Initial Three-Week Results from a 12-week Pediatric Intervention.” Dr. Todd Bartee, health, physical education and recreation.
Mead– Alicia Virgl. “Secondary Structure Degeneration of a Red Algal Plastid Group II Intron.” Dr. Dawn Simon, biology.
Miller– Roxanna Fees. “Epizoochory in Cattle: Different Rates Between Cows and Calves and Implications for Plant Dispersal.”
Dr. Keith Geluso, biology.
Minden– Rebecca Brooks. “Motivation Mastery in 3-5-year-old Children.” Dr. Tobi DeLong Hamilton, criminal justice.
Neligh– Ben Fullerton. “Filter Paper Based Disdrometer.” Dr. Michael Larsen, physics.
Newport– Brittany Caldwell. “Botfly Parasitism of Peromyscus Leucopus by Month.” Dr. Wyatt Hoback, biology.
Norfolk– Matt Noffke. “Polar Plot Mapping of Localized Wind Data.” Dr. Michael Larsen, physics.
Norfolk– Janeen Stuthman. “Personality and Perception of Cell Phone Usage Among College Students.” Dr. Krista Fritson, psychology.
Ogallala– Travis Kirchner. “Degeneration and Self-Splicing Ability of a Red Algal Group II Intron.” Dr. Dawn Simon, biology.
Omaha– Abigail Harris. “Does Level of Group Membership Affect Reaction to Ostracism.” Dr. Richard Miller, psychology.
Omaha– Abigail Harris. “Families on Television.” Dr. Suzanne Maughan, sociology; “Effects of Norm Violations on Physical Attractiveness – A Cross-Cultural Study.” Dr. Richard Miller, psychology; and “Envy in Children Competing Against a Friend or an Enemy.” Dr. Richard Miller, psychology.
Omaha– Nicholas Loyd.”Cognitive Mapping and Memory for Place Settings.” Dr. William Wozniak, psychology.
Omaha– Jacob McGlade. “A Geographic Analysis of eBay’s Antique Sales in the United States.” Dr. H. Jason Combs, geography.
Omaha– Jeff Shank. “Term Limits and Competitiveness in Elections.” Dr. Claude Louishomme, political science.
O’Neill– Jordan Peterson. “NATS Competition Performance of Musical Theater and Classical Repertoire.” Dr. Andrew White, music.
Oshkosh– Riley Howsden. “Electron Optical Excitation Functions in Methane.” Dr. Kenneth Trantham, physics.
Plattsmouth– Robert Friedman. “Taboo Topic in a New Light: The Impact of Podcasting on Sex Education.” Rachelle Kamrath, communication.
Raymond– Mark Grimes. “Cash for Clunkers: An Examination of the Effects of Increased Fuel Economy.” Dr. Diane Duffin, political science.
St. Paul– Kyle McClary. “Development of an Acoustical Raindrop Disdrometer.” Dr. Michael Larsen, physics.
Tilden– Kelli Oelsligle. “Effect of Antioxidants on Depleted Uranium Exposure, a Pilot Study.” Dr. Wayne Briner, psychology.
Trumble– Bobbi Arnold. “Cloning and Expression of Partridge Pea Enolase.” Dr. Frank Kovacs, chemistry.
Upland– DeAnn Sindt. “Analysis of 20th Century Musical Masterpieces.” Dr. Darleen Mitchell, music.
Valentine– Evan Suhr. “Botfly Parasitism of Peromyscus Leucopus by Month.” Dr. Mary Harner, biology.
Waco– Brittany Schmidt. “The Relationship Between Family Mealtimes and Students’ Self-Efficacy.” Dr. Krista Fritson, psychology.
Waterloo– Karla Bertelsen. “Adult HIV/AIDS Prevalence Rates in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Dr. Christopher Stevens, political science.
Winside– Zeke Brummels. “Che Guevara and Popular Culture.” Dr. Mark Ellis, history.
OUT OF STATE
Sherman Oaks– Danielle Policarpio. “Characterizing Various Conductive Fabrics.” Dr. Michael Larsen, physics.
Oswego– Meghan Ruebel. “Outcomes of a 12-week Family Based Pediatric Obesity Program: Preliminary Findings.” Dr. Kate Heelan, health, physical education and recreation.
Goodland– Jillian Parker. “Regional NATS Conference.” Dr. Anne Foradori, music.
Duluth – Sue Finstick. “Genetic Analysis of Thermophilic Microorganisms Collected From Thermo Hot Springs, Beaver County, Utah.” Dr. Julie Shaffer, biology.
Vernon Center– Chelsey Pasbrig. “Cold Tolerance in Populations of Western Mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis, from Nebraska, Increase Potential Threat to Northern States and Plains Top Minnow, Fundulus Sciadicus.” Dr. Wyatt Hoback, biology.
Rapid City– Kelli Cavenah. “American View of the Holocaust.” Dr. Douglas Biggs, history.
Rachel Walker. “Developing Slums Whilst Planning Cities.” Dr. H. Jason Combs, geography.
Megumi Kajigaya. “UNK One-Handed Woodwind Program.” Dr. David Nabb, music.
Pamela Thindwa. “Missionary Influence on the Wyandot.” Dr. James Rohrer,history.
Sharon Thindwa. “The role of women in Latin American politics.” Dr. William Aviles, political science.
Sapana Upadhyay. “The Comparative Study of Breastfeeding Between U.S. and Nepal.” Dr. Jody VanLaningham, criminal justice.
Rahima Rahmonova.”Voluntary Sarbanes-Oxley Act Compliance by Non-publicly Traded Health Care Organizations.” Dr. Laura Swinney, accounting and finance.