SVURS winners announced

For Immediate Release:  July 29, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Awards were presented in four categories to conclude the sixth annual Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, July 27, at Bloomsburg University.

More than 100 students representing Bloomsburg, Bucknell, Susquehanna and Lafayette universities and Geisinger Health System participated in the symposium. Sponsors were BU, Bucknell University and the Geisinger Center for Health Research.

Awards were presented to research teams in the following areas:

Outstanding abstract competition and speakers

  • Biological Sciences: “Dissecting an Interaction Between the Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors (PPARs) and the Glucocorticoid Receptor (GR) in Human Malignant Melanoma,” Mark R. Drumm, Ashley L. Wagner, Ellen M. Kehres and Michael G. Borland, Bloomsburg University.
  • Clinical and Translational Research: “Expression and Analysis of Human GPRC6A Variants,” Abigail Garrett, Ridge Dershem, Raghu Metpally, Hans Brauner-Osborne, Janet Robishaw and Gerda E. Breitwieser, Geisinger Health System.
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering: “The Comfort Quandary: Do people really trust algorithms that preserve their privacy online?” Brooke Bullek and Stephanie Garboski, Bucknell University.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities: “A Geovisualization: 10,000 Years of Global Maize,” Elizabeth Wilkey and Patrick Newhart, Bucknell University.

Outstanding poster presentations

  • Biological Sciences: “Development of an Automated Algorithm for Sequencing Data to Identify Candidate Genes for Developmental Brain Disorders in Recurrent Copy Number Variants,” Kyle J. Haddock, H. Henry Harrison, Abby E. Hare-Harris and Christa Lese Martin, Geisinger Health System.
  • Clinical and Translational Research: “Sarcopenia Predicts Poor Outcomes in Urgent Exploratory Laparotomy,” Lisa M Francomacaro, Dr. Katie Jaap, Dr. Charles Walker, James T Dove, Marie Hunsinger, Dr. Ken Widom, Dr. Denise Torres, Dr. Mohsen Shabahang, Dr. Joe Blansfield and Dr. Jeffrey Wild, Geisinger Health System.
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering: “Quantification of the Spatial Extent and Water Quality Improvement Functions of Alluvial River Islands in the North Branch Susquehanna River Basin,” Daniel J. Steinhauser, Bloomsburg University.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities: “Black Women and Violence: Understanding Fear and Movement Amongst Black Women on Bucknell’s Campus,” Amarachi Ekekwe, Bucknell University; and “Dreamers: Immigrant Youth Fighting for Opportunity,” Maggie Carlson and Louis Tobias, Bucknell University. Ekekwe also was awarded the audience favorite award for her presentation.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.