Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 26

2012 RIC event

2012 Research in the Capitol event.

AMES, Iowa -- From an analysis of college student debt in Iowa to an analysis of food storage and cheese making on the moon, there will be lots to talk about when 25 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the annual "Research in the Capitol." The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines.

More than 60 undergraduate students from Iowa's three Regent universities (Iowa State, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa) will display their research posters and describe their work. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

At Iowa State, participation is open to all undergraduate students. The University Honors Program coordinates the event. 

The Iowa State students who will present their work at the Capitol, their hometowns, majors, research projects and research mentors are: 

2012 poster

Gail Barnum, Cedar Rapids, food science: “Influence of Irradiation and Storage on Cheese Making during Mars Missions,” Lester A. Wilson, food science and human nutrition.

Ruth Cardenas, Osceola, child, adult, and family services: “Perspectives of Domestic Violence Service Providers: Serving Latinas in Iowa,” Brenda Lohman, human development and family studies.

Riley Hanus, Clear Lake, materials engineering: “Analysis of Fracture Mechanics of a ROMP-based Bio-resin Using the Essential Work of Fracture (EWF) Method,” Michael Kessler, materials science and engineering.

Amy Hersheway, Geneva, Ill., apparel, merchandising, design, and production: “Treasures of the Textiles and Clothing Museum: Understanding Iowa and International History through Material Culture,” Sara Marcketti, apparel, events, and hospitality management.

Kai Hillman, Cedar Rapids, microbiology and genetics: “Understanding the Basis of Antibiotic Tolerance in Bacteria by Use of a Nematode (Caenorhabditis elegans) Model,” Gregory Phillips, veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine.

John Kerner, Shellsburg, architecture, and Justin Wang, Cedar Rapids, architecture: “Topographical Inscriptions,” Peter P. Goche, architecture.

Jared Knight, Mount Vernon, political science: “The Debt Effect: Is Student Debt Creating Ex-Iowans?,” Peter F. Orazem, economics.

Matthew Lauridsen, Urbandale, meteorology: “Influence of Wind Turbines on the Atmospheric Surface Layer,” Eugene Takle, agronomy and geological and atmospheric sciences.

Melissa Mika, Superior, Colo., civil engineering: “Analysis of Tylosin Concentrations in Soil and Water Samples,” Michelle Soupir, agricultural and biosystems engineering.

Spencer Oh, Ames, liberal arts and sciences: “Which Economic Factors Reduce Stress or Improve Employment Prospects and Pay in Dislocated Workers?: The Electrolux Case,” Peter F. Orazem, economics.

Roberto Orozco, Sioux City, marketing, international business, and psychology: “Racial Stress, Acculturation, and Social Support for Latino/as in PanHellenic Organizations Within Predominantly European American Collegiate Institutions,” Loreto Prieto, liberal arts and sciences.

Emma Petersen, Parkersburg, biology: “Oriented Growth of Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells on Micropatterned Polymer Substrates for Nerve Regeneration Strategies,” Donald Sakaguchi, genetics, development, and cell biology.

Austin Putz, Lacona, animal science: “RNA Preparation for RNA-seq to Compare Low and High RFI Pigs,” Chris Tuggle, animal science.

Austin Quackenbush, Chanhassen, Minn., finance and Deepak Premkumar, Ames, economics: “If You Build It, Will They Come?:  Fiscal federalism, local provision of public tourist amenities, and the Vision Iowa Fund,” Peter F. Orazem, economics.

Bailley Richardson, Lake City, biological systems engineering: “Techno-Economic Analysis of a Biorefinery,” Kurt Rosentrater, agricultural and biosystems engineering.

Erica Riha, Cresco, interior design, and Ashley Olson, Mount Pleasant, interior design: “Vitality Assisted Living Facility,” Lee Cagley, interior design.

Garrett Schieber, Olathe, Kan., mechanical engineering, and Ricardo Canahui, Muscatine, mechanical engineering: “Iowa State Lunabotics,” James Heise, mechanical engineering.

Curtis Ullerich, Atlantic, computer engineering, and Daniel Stiner, Iowa Falls, computer engineering: “Automation of Android Malware Analysis,” Suraj Kothari, electrical and computer engineering.

Renee Walton, Indianola, meteorology: “Wind Ramp Events at Turbine Height - Spatial Consistency and Causes at two Iowa Wind Farms,” William A. Gallus, geological and atmospheric sciences.

Benjamin Walton, Hiawatha, meteorology: “Effect of Urban Heat Island on Minimum and Maximum Temperatures of a Metropolitan Area in Central Iowa,” Tsing-Chang Chen, geological and atmospheric sciences.