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STEM Catalyst Initiative

2017-18 Proposal Titles and Awardees

Zelalem Bedaso

"Establishing modern oxygen isotope baseline in terrestrial records to understand the climate and environment of human evolution"

Kim Bigelow, Kurt Jackson, Timothy Reissman,
Julie Walsh-Messinger

"Fostering increased independence and health outcomes for older adults: development and adoption of a SmartWalker"

Outcomes of this Research

Conference Papers
  • World Congress of Biomechanics -“Fostering increased independence and health outcomes for older adults through increased postural stability during ambulation: Development of a SmartWalker Posture Monitor”
  • American Society of Biomechanics -“Positional and Postural Effect of a Visual Biofeedback Device during Rollator Walker Use: A Device Validation”
  • APTA Combined Sections Meeting - “The Effects of a Positional Feedback Device on Rollator Walker Use”
  • Journal Assistive Technology – “ Effect of a Visual Feedback Device on Posture and Position during Rollator Walker Use: A Device Validation”
Undergraduate Support
  • Jack Schultz
  • Lisa Stone – Psychology – May 201
  •  Bethany Lutheran Village

Amy Ciric, Jun-Ki Choi

"STAR: solar thermal adsorptive refrigeration"

Tam Nguyen, Phu Phung

"A framework for object segment collage CAPTCHA"

Pothitos Pitychoutis

"Engineering of a cutting-edge transgenic mouse model to decipher novel calcium circuits implicated in the neurobiology of ADHD"

Outcomes of this Research

  • A Novel Role for Phospholamban in the Reticular Nucleus
Conference Presentation
  • 17th International Conference on BioInformatics and BioEngineering – “Exploring novel calcium circuits in the mouse brain”
  • Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology - SERCA2: A Gate-keeper of calcium homeostasis in the brain
Book Chapter 
  • Calcium Signaling - A Role for SERCA pumps in the neurobiology of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders
Undergraduate Fellowship – Barry Goldwater
  • Joseph Saurine – Biochemistry – May 2019

Chelse Prather, Yvonne Sun

"Maintaining coastal tallgrass prairies: grasshopper microbiomes, invasive ants and decomposition"

Ju Shen, Benjamin Kunz

"A virtual reality based video self-modeling system for behavior intervention"

Amit Singh

"Finding new targets of amyloid plaque mediated neurodegeneration using Drosophila eye model"

Outcomes of this Research

  • Department of Zoology, University of Delhi, India – “The Role of Signaling in Alzheimer’s disease: A Silver Tsunami of 21st century”
  • Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Wright State University, Dayton, OH – “The role of signaling pathways in Alzheimer’s disease: A Silver Tsunami of 21st century”
  • Midwest Drosophila – “Understanding the role of Wg Signaling pathway in Amyloid-beta 42 (Aβ42) mediated neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Scientific Reports – “ A soy protein Lunasin can block amyloid-beta 42 mediated neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Drosophila Information Service, 100 - “An undergraduate cell Biology lab: Western Blotting to detect proteins from Drosophila eye”
  • Drosophila Information Service, 100 – “Real time quantitative PCR to demonstrate gene expression in an undergraduate lab”
  • PLOS One – “Characterization of a morphogenetic furrow specific Gal4 driver in the developing Drosophila eye”


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