Six UALR students participated in the Arkansas INBRE Conference in Fayetteville, October 18-19. Five of the students (Azam, DeRamus, Akter, McClanahan, and Ortiz-Silva) are members of the University Science Scholars (USS) and/or Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) programs at UALR. Each presented a poster that described the research they conducted in the past year. Arkansas INBRE is a project sponsored by a grant the National Institutes of Health designed to strengthen biomedical research in Arkansas.
Two of the UALR students won awards, based on technical merit, visual impact, and verbal explanations, for their research.
Saad Azam presented “High-throughout electrochemical characterization of fuel cell catalysts.” He won 1st place in the Chemistry section. He conducted his work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology. His work was funded, in part, by the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium based at UALR.
Lafayette DeRamus presented “Optimization of CIGS solar cells through AFORS-HET simulation program.” He won 2nd place in the Physics section. He conducted his work at UALR in the laboratory of Dr. Jinbiao Cui. His work was funded, in part, by funds from the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority’s ASSET II project.
Asad Akhter presented “Novel fabrication of carbon nanotube arrays.” He conducted his work at UALR under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Berry of UALR’s Chemistry Department. His work was funded by the National Science Foundation grant entitled “Vertically Integrated Center for Transformative Research.”
Taylor McClanahan presented “Longevity of wild and captive orcas.” She was mentored by Dr. Lakeshia Jones of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Dr. Jim Winter of USSP and LSAMP. Her work was sponsored by the UALR’s Ronald McNair program.
Javier Ortiz-Silva presented “Age, disuse, and reambulation effects on cortical bone compartment-specific expression of sclerotin in osteocytes.” He conducted this research at UAMS under the mentorship of Dr. Dana Gaddy. His work was supported by UAMS’ Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
Zach Reed presented “Interactions of histones H2A, H3 and H4 required for proper chromosome segregation during cell division.” He conducted this work at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville under the direction of Dr. Ines Pinto. His work was supported by the INBRE summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.