2014 Spring Expo Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Winners!


Poster Presentations


Arts & Humanities

1st Place:    Alabama HB-56 and Its Comparative Effects on Education Opportunities for Hispanics and Latinos

Judi Hakim, Hannah Bowers, Emily Collinsworth, Ryan Lee


2nd Place:   An Exploratory Analysis of Judicial Ideology and the U.S. Supreme Court, 1946-2012

Avi Yadav


3rd Place:  Implications of Alabama HB-56: Law, Religion, Education and Health

Candace Cooper, Ellen Johnston, Tommy McRae, Eddie Hardin



Biological & Life Sciences I

1st Place:      Comparison of two bioinformatics software for the analysis of the cold shock family of proteins in three freshwater lakes in McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Philip R.E. Fisher Jr.


2nd Place:      O-GlcNAc Expression in Transgenic Mice Models for Alzheimer’s Disease

Ramsha Farrukh


3rd Place:      Vitamin D regulation by retinoic acid in neural stem cells

Nikhita Jain


Biological & Life Sciences II

1st Place:      Evaluation of Post-Hatchling Fitness Relative to Incubation Temperature, Sex, and Clutch in the Diamondback Terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin

Marlee Hayes


2nd Place:      Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 4 Positive Allosteric Modulators Attenuate LPS-Induced Inflamation in Microglial Cells

Ranjani Ponnazhagen


3rd Place:      Identification of Differentially Expressed IncRNAs During Early Embryogenesis

James Friedman


Business, Financial, & International Studies

1st Place:      Jefferson County Bond Analysis: A Municipal Meltdown in the South

Kyle Portwood


2nd Place:      Generational differences and their influence on negotiation style

Emily Mosley


3rd Place:      Creating Leaders through adversity

Margaret Yeh



Physical Sciences

1st Place:      Development of Polyacrylamide Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for Biosensing Application

Ethan White


2nd Place:      Method for the determination of trajectory angles of directional secretory vesicles in cultured astrocytes

Chapin Cavender


3rd Place:      Piezo-Ceramic Actuated Proximal Catheter to Inhibit Entry-Point Occlusion in Hydrocephalus

Valentine Nwachukwu, Jessica Wright, Joshua Mcquitty, John Franks, Steven Johnson


Service Learning

1st Place:      Cahaba Valley Health Care: From humble beginnings to a promising future

Judi Hakim, Jennifer Denzine, Cristina Salazar


2nd Place:
      Responding to Food Deserts

Natalie Hull, Sean McMahon


3rd Place:      The Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Impoverished Communities

Sunhith Donti, Elizabeth Earwood, Sarah Grifin, Joel Jiles


Social, Behavioral, & Health Sciences

1st Place:      Systematic Approach to Hospital Financial Management

Arun Nakhasi


2nd Place:      A Survey of the Healthcare Information Management Workforce in Rural Alabama Physician Practices

Jennifer Dingle


3rd Place:      Creating and Piloting a Vulnerability Index to Assess Health Needs of the Homeless Population in Central Alabama

William Carter, Agam Dhawan, Stephen Voss


Oral Presentations


Arts and Humanities


1st Place:      Civil Rights and Immigrant Rights: The Ongoing Struggle for Equality in Alabama

Ali Massoud


2nd Place:      Girls’ Education: A Global and Human Issue

Anwer Sharmin


3rd Place:      A Town Within a City: A Look into Five Points South

Rebecca Hyle


Biological Life and Physical Sciences

1st Place:      The Physics of a Cyclotron Accelerator and its Application in the Production of the Radiopharmaceutical Fludeoxygluose (FDG)

Matthew Sorensen


2nd Place:      Investigating the Effects of Structural Modifications of Tau on the Tau-Fyn Interaction in Alzheimer’s Disease

Pauleatha Diggs


3rd Place:      MicroRNA-27a promotes osteoblast proliferation by inducing G1-S phase transition

Bigyan Mainali


Business and International Studies

1st Place:      Negotiating Styles: Men vs. Women

Andreanna Johnson


2nd Place:      A Social Revolution: How Social Media Has Changed Leadership

Abbey Hackett


3rd Place:      The Link Between Mental Imagery and Performance: In Baseball and Professional Selling

Tyler Mims


Social and Health Sciences

1st Place:      Remnants of the Lapita: Bridging Cultures From the Past and Making Connections for the Future

Shelby Mullins & Yoonhee Ryder


2nd Place:      Children of Bad Memories: The Effects on Children Born of Genocidal Rape in Rwanda

Rebecca Graber


3rd Place:      The Effects of Daily Caffeine Consumption on Sleep Quality and Pain Sensitivity

Sarah Terry