8TH ANNUAL STEM RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM MARCH 23, 2016 LIST OF WINNERS

Chemistry

Winners

Victoria Hoelscher, Tamara Hamilton (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) sublimation as a green purification method for porphyrins

Alison Lewis, John Boulos (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) The role of muscarinic receptor agonists in Alzheimer’s disease

Diana Cordero, Tamara Hamilton (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Mechanochemistry: A greener route to the synthesis of biologically relevant porphyrins

Honorable Mentions

Peter Nwokoye, John Boulos (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Synthesis of Functionally M2-Selective Agonists for Potential Use in Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases

Qiwen Su, Tamara Hamilton (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Expanding the scope of mechanochemical porphyrin synthesis

Physics - Mathematical Sciences – Computer Science

Winners

Kristina Pazienza, Kelly Merrill, Cassandra Dening, Wesam Azaizeh, (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) A population model of the Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades.

Luis Khawly, Julian Dasilva, James Haralambides (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Using the ant colony optimization algorithm to enhance blood vessels in retinal images

Honorable Mention

Wesam Azaizeh1, Daria Vasilyeva 2, Michael Wise1, Sanja Zivanovic1, Maurizio Giannottiv (1Barry University, Miami Shores ; 2Columbia University, New York ) A Novel Graphical User Interface for Analyzing and Visualizing Astrophysical Simulation Data

Health Sciences – PACE – Psychology – General Studies

Winners

Claire Helpingstine1, Sabrina Des Rosiers1, Seth J. Schwartz2, Jennifer B. Unger3, Lourdes Baezcondi-Garbanati3, Daniel Soto3 (1Barry University, Miami Shores, FL ; 2University of Miami, Miami, FL;3University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA) Condom Use Self-efficacy in Latino/a Adolescents

Nikia Martinez, Payton Ewing, Sumera Ackbarali (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Child mortality, wealth, and vaccination with the birth dose of Hepatitis B Vaccine (HepBB) in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific

Jonathan Bernabe-Rivera, Roumaissa Chekima, Jessica Vilca, Sumera Ackbarali (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) The relationship between government-financed Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Vaccines and infant survival rate in Africa

Honorable Mention

Ruwayd Alguhani, Dashka Augustin, Hassan Bedeiry, Eliciane Noel, Sumera Ackbarali (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) The Rate of A(H1N1)pdm09 Detection between 2009 and 2015 in China

Josephine Rapalino1 Sabrina Des Rosiers1, Seth J. Schwartz2 (1Barry University, Miami Shores, FL, 2University of Miami, Miami, FL ) Gender Differences in Perception of body image among Asian, Hispanic and Black Emerging Adults

Biology

Diana Cordero1, Ronald P. Kiene2 (1Barry University, Miami Shores ; 2University of South Alabama, Mobile ) Naturally-occurring DMSP analogs as potential precursors of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) and methanethiol (MeSH) in coastal seawater.

Joshua Kelly1, Greg Jenkins2, Chady H. Hakim2, Dongsheng Duan2 (1Barry University, Miami Shores ; 2University of Missouri, Columbia ) A comprehensive analysis of the myosin heavy chain distribution in the canine model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Peter Rodriguez, Jessica Ricketts, Brenda Schoffstall (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) qPCR Microbial Array Screen for Identification of Bacteria in a Zebrafish Biofilm Model

Honorable Mention

Eva Paulus, Michael Robinson (Barry University, Miami Shores, FL) Comparative analysis of the colors of the caudal spines of surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae)

Mariana Ruiz-Velez1, Laurel Kelnhofer2, Yu Gao2, Xinyu Zhao2 (2Barry University, Miami Shores ; 1University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison) Cre recombinase has minimal effect on dendritic complexity of cultured hippocampal neurons

St Thomas University

Winners

Michael Fernando1, Abdiel Badillo1, Kevin Perez1, Samantha Rodriguez1, Martin Oudega2, Jefferey Plunkett1 (1School of Science Technology, and Engineering Management, St. Thomas University. Miami Gardens, FL. 2Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine) The role of putative stem and neural progenitor cell populations following traumatic brain injury in adult zebrafish

Honorable Mention

Jose Calera1, Dora Pilar Maul1, T. Greg McCollum2 (1School of Science Technology, and Engineering Management, St. Thomas University. Miami Gardens, FL. 2USDA-ARS-US Horticultural Research laboratory, 2001 S Rock Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34945) In vitro citrus micropopagation as a potential system for the study of Huanglongbing disease(HLB)