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2015 REU Alumni

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  • JOSHUA A. CAIN, Drake University, Des Moines, IA
    “The Role of Recency and Memory Load in Olfactory Working Memory”
    Mentors: Alexandra Smith, Dr. Jonathon D. Crystal
  • XENIA D. DAVIS, Delaware State University, Dover, DE
    “Individual Variation in Thermal Physiology and Maternal Care”
    Mentors: Delia Shelton, Dr. Jeffrey Alberts
  • ALEJANDRA ENRIQUEZ, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
    “How Changes in Flow Rates and Visual Stimuli Affect Shoaling Behavior in Zebrafish, Danio rerio
    Mentors: Dr. Piyumika Suriyampola, Dr. Emilia P. Martins
  • MITCHELL R. FARRELL, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
    “Electrophysiological Recording of Basolateral Amygdala in Animal Model of Negative Urgency”
    Mentor: Alan T. Barker, Dr. George V. Rebec
  • KATHERIN B. MORALES, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
    “Effects of Early Life Stress on Adult Neuronal Morphology”
    Mentors: Rachel Skipper, Dr. Cara L. Wellman
  • REBECCA L. SANDLAIN, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
    “Does Social Experience Influence Serotonergic Fiber Density in the Auditory System?”
    Mentor: Sarah Keesom, Dr. Laura Hurley
  • BRIANNA D. SILVER, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
    “The Evolution of Sexual Dimorphism and Communication in Electric Knifefish”
    Mentors: Adam R. Smith, Dr. G. Troy Smith
  • EMILY E. VIRGIN, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
    “Why are Big Chicks Better than Small Chicks? A Look at Immune Function in Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Nestlings”
    Mentors: Mandy Izzo, Dr. Kimberly A. Rosvall
  • SHAKEERA L. WALKER, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
    “Basal Strain Differences in 5HT2A receptor expression of the Orbitofrontal Cortex and Differential Response to Stress in MAOANeo and WT Mice”
    Mentors: Kelly Moench, Dr. Cara L. Wellman
  • 2014 REU Alumni

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    • CARLISHA A. HALL, University of North Carolina Pembroke
      "The Impacts of Food Restriction on Reproductive Development in a Seasonally-Reproducing Mammal, the Siberian Hamster (Phodopus sungorus)"
      Mentors: Allison M. Bailey, Gregory Demas
    • JASON P. CAHELA, The University of Hawaii at Manoa
      "The Effects of Thermal Physiology on the Location of Individuals within a Group"
      Mentors: Delia Shelton, Jeffery Alberts
    • MARLEY ALFORD, Bard College
      "Risk-taking, Environmental Psychology, and Disease Risk in South Africa"
      Mentors: Eric Shattuck, Colleen Friedly, Michael Muehlenbein
    • MIRANDA MILLAR, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
      "Squeaky Growls: A Male Mouse's Neural Response to Differing Structures Occurring in Female Mouse Squeaks"
      Mentor: Laura Hurley
    • NILDA YARELIS RIVERA-REYES, University of Puerto Rico Cayey
      "Olfactory Working Memory in Rats"
      Mentors: Alexandra E. Smith, Amanda Doyle, Jonathon Crystal
    • STEPHANIE POLUKORT, Western New England University
      "Electric Communication Signals and Expression of the Neuromodulator Substance P in a Weakly Electric Fish"
      Mentor: G. Troy Smith
    • TARAN DEPAOLA, Northern Arizona university
      "Modulation of Mouse Maternal Behavior by Pup Phenotype and Familiarity"
      Mentors: Cathleen Rodda, Jeffery R. Alberts
    • ZEPHYR WENRICH, Indiana University Bloomington
      "The Role of Corticosterone in Migration of the Dark-Eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis"
      Mentors: Adam Fudickar, Ellen Ketterson
    • ZOE M. AUSTIN, Oklahoma State University
      "Cadmium Alters the Social Dynamics of Zebrafish"
      Mentors: Anuj Khemka, Meital Shachaf, Delia S. Shelton, Emilia P. Martins
    • 2013 REU Alumni

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      • 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

      2011 REU ALUMNI

      • 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

      2010 REU ALUMNI

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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)"

      2009 REU ALUMNI

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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"

      2008 REU ALUMNI

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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)"

      2007 REU ALUMNI

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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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