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2013 REU Alumni

  • DOMONIQUE A. JACKSON, Syracuse University
    "The Effects of Host-Pathogen Coevolution on the Evolution of Mating Propensity in Androdioecious Hosts"
    Mentors: Samuel Slowinski, Ray Parrish II, Levi Morran, Curtis Lively
  • KELLY M. MOENCH, Carthage College
    "The Effects of Acute Stress and Fear Conditioning on Spine Density in Rat Medial Prefrontal Cortex"
    Mentor: Cara L. Wellman
  • MATTHEW L. MENDOZA, University of North Texas
    "Use of a Novel Whole-brain In Vitro Preparation to Study Electric Communication in Apteronotus leptorhynchus"
    Mentor: G. Troy Smith
  • ALEXIS R. ALCARAZ, Loyola Marymount University
    "Regulating CB1 Receptor Internalization Using Allosteric Modulators"
    Mentors: James Wager-Miller, Lindsay Knight, Kenneth Mackie
  • KAREN M. OCASIO, Universidad del Turabo
    "Are Two Heads Better than One?: Differences Between Individual and Group Responses to Water Currents"
    Mentors: Delia S. Shelton, Emilia P. Martins
  • ASHLYN C. MANNERY, Washington & Jefferson College
    "Evidence for Source Memory in a Rat Model (Rattus norvegicus)"
    Mentor: Jonathon D. Crystal
  • NICOLAS J. BERRY, University of California, Davis
    "Intruder Out of the Blue: The Significance of Blue Belly Patch Size in Agonistic Encounters of Male Eastern Fence Lizards (Sceloporus undulatus)."
    Mentors: Alison G. Ossip-Klein, Emilia P. Martins
  • MICHAEL D. RIVERA, The University of Arizona
    "Offspring Modulate Maternal Behavior: Implications for Phenotype Development in Knockout Mice Strains."
    Mentors: Paul Meyer, Jeffrey Alberts
  • CHIMA AMADI, Cornell University
    "The Influence of Photoperiod on Siberian Hamster (P. sungorus) Vocalizations During Same-sex Interactions."
    Mentors: Gregory Demas, Laura M. Hurley, Nikki Rendon, Sarah Keesom
  • ALEXANDRA O. MYHAL, University of Minnesota Morris
    "Is the Production of Anti-competitor Toxins by Bacteria Costly to their Nematode Symbionts?"
    Mentor: Farrah Bashey-Visser

2012 REU Alumni

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  • REGINA RINGER, Tuskegee University
    "Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide and Seasonal Flocking and Aggression in Four Emberizid Sparrows"
    Mentors: Leah Wilson and Dr. James Goodson
  • BERNADETTA BERNATOWICZ, University of Scranton
    "Expression of Arginine Vasotocin in Brain Regions that Influence Sexually Dimorphic Electrocommunication in Apteronotus leptorhynchus"
    Mentors: Dr. Troy Smith
  • BRITTANY C. PRICE, North Carolina State University
    "Larger Shoals Disrupt Rheotaxis Performance in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)"
    Mentors: Delia S. Shelton and Dr. Emilia P. Martins
  • ISABEL ROJAS-FERRER, University of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez
    "Habitat Heterogeneity Influences Social Interactions in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)"
    Mentors: Delawrence J. Sykes, Kuwade Huey-Robinson, and Dr. Emilia P. Martins
  • CANDACE L. COOPER, Claflin University
    "Energetic trade-offs between the reproductive and immune systems in female Siberian Hamsters (Phodopus sungorus)"
    Mentors: Elizabeth D. Carlton and Dr. Gregory Demas
  • BRANDON DUNCAN, Point Loma Nazarene University
    "Why Do Some Animals Produce More Testosterone Than Others?"
    Mentors: Dr. Kimberly Rosvall
  • MACIEJ GONEK, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    "Analysis of Morphine Reward and Dependence in Desensitization-Resistant Cannabinoid 1 Receptor (CB1) Mutant Mice"
    Mentors: Dr. Mackie and Dr. D.J. Morgan
  • JASMINE M. MOLIN, Spelman College
    "Within-Host Competition between Two Sympatric Insect-Parasitic Nematode Species"
    Mentors: Dr. Farrah Bashey-Visser
  • MARCO NAVARRO, Saint Louis University
    "Acoustic Trauma and Sertonergic Plasticity: Dealing with Damage in a Noisy World"
    Mentors: Dr. Adam Smith and Dr. Laura Hurley
  • SHANNON PERRY, Wesley College
    "The Effects of Sexual Experience on Male Mouse Ultrasonic Vocalizations"
    Mentors: Jessica Hanson, Sarah Keesom, and Dr. Laura Hurley


  • TICIA WATSON, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
    "Thermoregulatory huddling by infant mice is augmented by nest configuration"
    Mentors: Dr. Jeffrey Alberts and Delia Shelton
  • VALERIE A. METZLER, Eastern Mennonite University
    "Quantifying the relationship between a salivary measure of functional immunity and peer ratings of physical attractiveness in young men and women"
    Mentors: Dr. Michael P. Muehlenbein and Sean Prall
  • MARY-JEANETTE ANDREWS, Indiana University - Bloomington
    Sensitivity of mice with a desensitization-resistant cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) to endogenous cannabinoids and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol"
    Mentors: Drs. Ken Mackie and Daniel Morgan
  • KRISTIN C. QUINN, Spelman College
    "Sexual Orientation Differences in the Meaning of Having 'Had Sex'"
    Mentors: Drs. Stephanie A. Sanders PhD, Brandon J. Hill, and Elizabeth M. Webb
  • LUCAS GONZALEZ, Miami Dade College
    "Effect of RTI-113 on cocaine self-administration and cued-reinstatement in rats"
    Mentors: Dr. George Rebec and Alan Barker
  • DANNY FERNANDEZ, Georgia State University
    "Effects of Blocking Androgen and Estrogen Receptors on Electrocommunication Signals in a Weakly Electric Fish"
    Mentor: Dr. G.Troy Smith
  • SONYA JAYARATNA, Indiana University—Bloomington
    "Size, Sensitivity, and Signal: Examining sources of variation in gonadal testosterone production across subspecies of the dark-eyed junco (J. hyemalis)"
    Mentors: Dr. Ellen Ketterson, Dr. Kimberly A. Rosvall, and Christine Bergeon-Burns
  • TYLER PERFITT, DePauw University
    "Identification of Novel Lipid Mediators as Putative Endogenous Ligands for the Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 1 Channel"
    Mentors: Dr. Heather B. Bradshaw and Siham Raboune
  • MELISSA PROFFITT, Concord University
    "Steroid Regulation of Seasonal Aggression in Female Siberian hamsters" (Phodopus sungorus)
    Mentors: Dr. Gregory Demas and Nikki Rendon
  • JOSE OYOLA, Cornell University
    "Sceloporus lizards with blue signaling patches have ventral surfaces that contrast with their habitat"
    Mentors: Dr. Emilia Martins and Alison Ossip-Klein


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  • NATASHA TONGE, Swarthmore College
    "The Brain-body connection: Does mRNA expression in the brain predict phenotype?"
  • KAISHA BELLINGHERI , Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University
    "Dietary lipids increase activity levels and behavioral stress in zebrafish (Danio rerio) exposed to a social stimulus"
  • RANDA AMIN, University of Maryland: Baltimore County
    Ethanol self-administration and conditioned-place preference are altered in desensitization-resistant cannabinoid 1 receptor (CB1) mutant mice"
  • CAROL CARTER , Teacher, Clear Creek Elementary, Bloomington, IN
    "Lessons developed to teach third grade students scientific investigation design related to animal behavior"
  • CHELSEA HOLMAN. University of Calif.—Santa Cruz
    "Electric organ discharge modulations in Brown ghost knifefish (Apteronotus leptorhynchus) and the effect of pheromones"
  • BRITTANY PALMER, Tuskegee University
    "The ontogeny of huddling in C57BL/6 mouse pups"
  • JOHNNY SALDATE, University of Arizona
    "Neuromodulators and behavior: Social regulation of serotonin in the auditory midbrain"
  • SIERRA STRINGFIELD, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
    "The relationship between estradiol and stress, positive & negative affect, sex role, and self-esteem in men and women"
  • LISA WEATHERLY, Thiel College
    "Effects of estraiol on electrocommunication behavior in Apteronotus albifrons on populations of Peru and Columbia"
  • MIA PERTILLA, Tuskegee University
    "Lipids affect the behavior of some strains of zebrafish: Geographic origin plays a role"
  • ANTHONY BUONO, Providence College
    "Lipidomics on the hypothalamus and midbrain after acute peripheral inflammation"
  • BRIAN GRESS, Iowa State University
    "Seasonal sociality and territoriality in sparrows correlate with neuropeptide and aromatse anatomy"
  • PHILLIP WHARTON, Indiana University—Bloomington
    "Leptin increases endocannabinoid receptor expression in Siberian hamsters (Phodopus sungorus)"


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  • SYBIL ANDRIEUX, SUNY College—Old Westbury
    "Prenatal social stress affects Siberian Hamster (Phodopus sungorus) offspring social behavior and physiology"
  • NAILAH SMITH, Xavier University of Louisiana
    "The functional effects of endocannabinoid signaling on Siberian Hamsters across photoperiod"
  • DANFENG WANG, Indiana University—Bloomington
    "Does food supplementation enhance immune function in reproductive females"
  • Sagebrush Lizards, (Sceloporus graciosus)?
  • NESHA JAIRAM, Spelman College
    "Maternal contributions to sensory experience in the fetal mouse (Mus musculus)"
  • MATTHEW MAY, Indiana University—Bloomington
    "The effects of cat odor on unlearned and learned defensive behavior in responding and non-responding Sprague Dawley rats"
  • STEPHEN KEELER II, Pennsylvania State University
    "Social interactions alter serotonin levels in the inferior colliculus"
  • ROSE HITE, Indiana University—Bloomington
    "Effects of food and social manipulation on zebrafish (Danio rerio) behavior"
  • LORE MCBROOM, Winston Salem State University
    "Habitat and sex differences in task performance in zebrafish"
  • AZIZA LASS, Prairie View A&M University
    "Female mate choice for condition-dependence and genetic compatibility"
  • KELSEY MCCUNE, Randolph College
    "Interspecific differences among three local entomopathogenic nematodes"
  • ALLISON MILLER, University of California—San Diego
    "Olfactory discrimination capabilities of the Dark-Eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)"
  • CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON, Louisiana State University
    "Relative dependence of rats on allocentric vs. egocentric cues in locating a safety platform in a water maze or a food location in an arena"


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  • GILDA BOBELE, Georgetown University
    "The effect of endocannabinoids on carbachol induced contractions in the rat uterus"
  • KEN FORMBY, University of Wisconsin—Whitewater
    "Sexually dimorphic communication behaviors in Sternarchogiton natteri"
  • LORNA MORENO, University of Puerto Rico—Rio Piedras
    "Variation in signal detection in Sceloporus undulates lizards"
  • JESSIE RACK, Slippery Rock University
    " Sexual dimorphism of electrocommunication signals across populations of weakly electric fish, Apteronotus albifrons"
  • KATIE REIMINK, Kalamazoo College
    "Nicotine entrainment treated with mecamylamine decreased post-injection activity"
  • SOPHIA ROBERTS, Oberlin College
    "Regulatory competence in mice"
  • HEATHER VEGA, Lamar University
    "The role of social feedback in gesture production of 14-18 month-old infants and their caregivers"
  • CASSANDRA WALDMAN, Baylor University
    "The effect of the environment and shoal composition on the behavior of zebrafish (Danio rerio)"
  • KELLY ZALOCUSKY, Hendrix College
    "Functional subdivisions of the medial amygdale in male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)"


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  • JULIANA BELEN, University of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez Campus
    "Role of DHEA in mediating seasonal aggression in male Siberian Hamsters (Phodopus sungorus)"
  • SHAWNA BUERKLE, North Carolina State University
    "Sexual asymmetry in Sceloporus graciosus visual performance"
  • LAUREN BRIERLEY, Hope College
    "Are ape limb proportions adaptations for physical aggression or arboreality?"
  • STEPHEN CHANG, University of Michigan
    "The effects of cocaine-related cues on triggering relapse and activating doral prefrontal cortex"
  • KATHY DANIELS, New Castle High School teacher
    "Evolution—Convergence, divergence and adaptation lessons developed to teach evolution and ecology to middle and high school students"
  • MARGARET DONAHUE, Rochester Institute of Technology
    " Voltammetric study of the effects of autoreceptor activation on serotonin in the inferior colliculus of mice"
  • VICTORIA FLORES, Brown University
    "Injury response of the pacemaker nucleus after spinal cord transection in Apteronotus leptorhynchus"
  • MELISSA GREULICH, University of Wisconsin
    "Vegetation and water condition effects on zebrafish (Danio rerio) behavior"
  • JANELL HARRO, Illinois Wesleyan University
    "The effects of a context shift on chronically restrained animals tested in an instrumental appetitive-to-aversive transfer task"
  • LAUREN HAROLD, Tuskegee University
    "How many injections of nicotine can a rat anticipate in one day?"

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