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Student Research Highlighted

March 13, 2008

MERCED, CA— The following students are the
winners of the 2008 Student Research Poster Competition:

Undergraduate Competition

Place Recipient and Research
First Jonathan Pegan

Quantitative Single-Cell Analysis of Receptor Dynamics and
Chemotactic Response on a Chip

Co-authors: Xia Bing, David Breslauer, Mathew Meyer, Jennifer
O. Manilay, Luke Lee and Michelle Khine
Second Erik Olstad

Spatial Distribution and Accumulation of Nickel in Serpentinite
Soil and Plants

Co-authors: Benoit Dayrat and Peggy O’Day
Third Drew Glaser

Functional Maturation of Embryonic Stem Cell Derived Endothelial

Co-authors: Nick E. Lauer and Kara E. McCloskey
Third Jeremy R. Sanborn

Tapered Microstructure Fibers for Optical Parametric

Co-authors: Jacek Jasinski and Jay E. Sharping

Graduate Competition

Place Recipient and Research
First Ricardo Cisneros

Analyzing the Smoke Impacts of the 2002 McNally Fire Incident on
the San Joaquin Valley and Southern Sierra Nevada, California

Co-authors: Michael Arbaugh, Sharon Zhong, Katharine Hammond,
Miguel A. Perez, Haiganoush Preisler, Qinghua Guo, Trent Procter,
Samuel Traina and Andrze Bytnerowicz
Second Ankur Kamthe

Scopes: Smart Cameras Object Position Estimation System

Co-authors: Lun Jiang, Alberto Cerpa, Matt Dudys and Edward
Third Holly Swift

Niche Evolution in Jellyfish Feeding: Flow Regime and Prey
Composition of Invasive Blooming Jellyfish

Co-author: Mike Dawson
Third Miguel Fernandez

Natural History Museum Collection Data and Inferential Maps, an
Integrative Approach to Understand Biological Diversity Patterns in

Co-authors: Julia Vo