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Second Annual Graduate Research Symposium
March 7, 2011, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: 132D CPACS Building (Commons West)


Session 1.

1:00. Arrival and opening.

1:15. Eric Burr                              (Thesis Advisor: Dr. William Tapprich)
Structural Dynamics of Coxsackievirus B3 Genomic RNA upon Binding of Host Poly (rC) Binding Protein 2.

1:30. Priya Kulkarni                     (Thesis Advisor: Dr. Paul Davis)
Gene Knockouts Affecting Bradyzoite Stage of Toxoplasma gondii.

1:45. Sarah Orr                             (Thesis Advisor: Dr. Bruce Chase)
Localized Misexpression of Protein in Sites of Neurodegeneration in a Mouse Model for Parkinson’s Disease.

2:00. Melissa Mount                    (Thesis Advisors: Dr. J. P. McCarty and Dr. L. L. Wolfenbarger)
Effects of Urbanization on the Abundance and Reproductive Success of Native Grassland Birds.

2:15. David Sempek                     (Thesis Advisor: Dr. James Wilson)
Home Range of Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis) in Burned vs. Non-burned Grassland.

2:30. Molly McWilliams              (Thesis Advisor: Dr. James Wilson)
Home Range, Body Condition, and Survival of Rehabilitated Raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Nebraska.

2:45. Chrissy Rhodes                   (Thesis Advisor: Dr. James Wilson)
The Effect of Huddling Behavior on Metabolic Rates of the Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans).

3:00. Break


Session 2.

3:15. Bikash Shrestha                   (Thesis Advisor: Mark A. Schoenbeck)
Identification of the Parasitism Associated Cuscuta pentagona Transcripts by Differential Display.

3:30. Royonna L. Bristol               (Thesis Advisor: Dr. Tom Bragg)
Plant Response to a Seventeen-Year Exclusion of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginanus) from Eastern Nebraska Deciduous Forest.

3:45. Lacey LeGrand                     (Thesis Advisor: Dr. Robert Egan)
Macrolichens of the Big Thicket National Preserve and Surrounding Piney Woods Region of Southeast Texas.

4:00. Ben Beller                             (Thesis Advisor: Dr. Tom Bragg)
Shark Bay Fire History.

4:15. Alexander J. Anton               (Thesis Advisor: James D. Fawcett)

Possible Effects of Increased Corticosterone on Brooding Behavior in the Northern Prairie Skink Plestiodon septentrionalis.

Chris Effken                          (Thesis Advisor: Dr. James Wilson)
Climate Change and Altitude: Investigating a Mechanism for Climate Change Displacement.

Robert Stanton                      (Thesis Advisor: Dr. Claudia Rauter)
Immunological Costs of Parental Care in Nicrophorus marginatus.

A reception for Biology graduate students, staff and faculty in the Chancellor’s Room, MBSC will follow the symposium.
Graduate students will give a 12-minute oral presentation followed by 3 minutes of questions from the audience.