NHS Student Research Fund Recipients

The College of Natural and Health Sciences (NHS) launched in spring 2006 a new UNC Foundation account entitled the NHS Student Research Fund, which is intended to support research and research-related travel by NHS students. The fund has been supported through generous donations by faculty, staff, and friends of the College, as well as proceeds generated by the NHS Student Research Celebration. This new Foundation account is still in the building stages; however, the College designated some funds in order to allow a funding competition in the current academic year. To make a donation to the Student Research Fund, please visit the UNC Foundation website at http://www.uncalumni.org/Foundation/.

We are pleased to announce that NHS Student Research Fund investments will be used to support purchase of software, equipment, reagents, and supplies, and to support student travel to present research results at three professional conferences.

The recipients of the NHS Student Research Fund for spring 2011 are:

School of Biological Sciences

Jackie Johnson – graduate student – Project: Engineering transgenic carrot plants to aid in the fight against malaria

Cassandra Modahl – graduate student – Project: Investigating Viperdae Three-finger Toxins

Brittney Vaughn – graduate student – Project: Ethanol exposure inhibits the development of pre-implantation embryos

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Rui Fang –graduate student – Project: Infared Spectroscopic Analysis of the Effects of Linker molecule and Coating Process on the Conformation of Proteins Coated on Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

School of Earth Sciences and Physics

Sean Figg – graduate student – Project: Determining the opening of the lapetus Ocean by dating the emplacement of the Kebne Dyke Complex of Northern Sweden

Sharon Sadle – graduate student – Project: Paleoecology of the Dyer Formation

School of Human Sciences

Amanda Clark – graduate student – Project: Effectiveness of the Dangerous Decibels Program in Children when delivered with Parental Involvement

School of Mathematical Sciences

Kristen Noblet – graduate student – Project: What Do we See? Read Time Assessment of Middle and Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Sociomathematical Norms Preliminary Report

Nissa Yestness – graduate student-Project: Transitioning from cultural diversity to intercultural competence in mathematics instruction

School of Sport and Exercise Science

Kristina Moore and Chelsea Pierotti – graduate students – Project: An Exploration of Self-handicapping in Collegiate Dance Teams

Traci Parry – graduate student – Project: Endurance Exercise Attenuates Cardiotoxicity Induced by Androgen Deprivation and Doxorubicin

The next funding opportunity is Fall 2011.