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Volume 5, Issue 1

Cold Temperature Effects on Byssal Thread Production by the Native Mussel Geukensia demissa versus the Non-Native
Mussel Mytella charruana

By Sasha Brodsky | Mentors: Dr. Linda Walters, Dr. Kimberly Schneider, and Dr. Eric Hoffman

Cold Temperature Effects on Byssal Thread 
Production by the Native Mussel Geukensia demissa versus the Non-Native Mussel Mytella charruanaMytella charruana is a Central/South American mussel that has been found as an introduced species along the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States since 2004. Previous experiments have determined the lethal thermal minimum of M. charruana to be between 6-9° C. Continuous byssal thread production is essential for mussel survival as it is used for attachment to substrates in natural environments, but may decrease when environmental conditions deviate from their optimum. Read more >

In the World but Not of It: Negotiating Evangelical Tradition and Gendered Identity in Contemporary Family Life

By Lauren Hansbury | Mentor: Dr. Harry Coverston

In the World but Not of It: Negotiating Evangelical Tradition and Gendered Identity in Contemporary Family LifeEvangelical Protestants are an influential force in the world of politics, particularly in bringing debates over family values to the forefront of public life within the last thirty years. Their perspectives on gender have become a central point of contention in the so-called "culture wars" in American society. Recent research shows that the majority of evangelicals do not embody gender roles that fit within traditional, patriarchal, and gender essentialist models once central to evangelical thought on family life. Read more >

Numerical Solutions to Hall Magnetohydrodynamic Equations near an X-type Magnetic Neutral Line

By Kyle Reger | Mentor: Dr. Bhimsen Shivamoggi

Numerical Solutions to Hall Magnetohydrodynamic Equations near an X-type Magnetic Neutral LineThe Hall Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) model is a new paradigm for describing fast magnetic reconnection processes in space and laboratory plasmas. Current sheets form and store enormous amounts of magnetic energy at X-type magnetic neutral points, which is released as magnetic storms when the sheets break up. Read more >

Etiology of Community Acquired Clostridium difficile - Associated Disease

By: Shannan Sherman and Dr. Pamela Ark | Mentor: Dr. Pamela Ark

Etiology of Community Acquired <i> clostridium difficile </i>-Associated DiseaseA review of literature related to community acquired clostridium difficile -associated disease (CA-CDAD) was conducted. Nine relevant studies were identified using the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) and MEDLINE-EBSCOhost databases. Clinical practice recommendations were obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The studies provided information about epidemiology of infection due to C. difficile in the community and interventions to reduce transmission. Read more >

How Perceptual and Cognitive Factors are Involved in a Car Accident: A Case Study

By: Vanessa Dominguez & Marc Gentzler | Mentor: Dr. Andrew P. Daire

Etiology of Community Acquired <i> clostridium difficile </i>-Associated DiseaseSeveral factors are considered in car accident analysis. Human factors research has shown that different perceptual and cognitive factors influence driving performance, leading to improvements in vehicle and road design. This case study provides a deeper understanding of the potential influence of major perceptual and cognitive variables on driving performance in general, including (a) driver expectancy effects, (b) glare, (c) general visibility such as lighting, (d) driver's dark adaptation, (e) road illusions, and (f) driver perception-reaction time. Read more >

Analysis of the Repair of Topoisomerase II DNA Damage

By: Eric Goldstein | Mentor: Dr. Mark Muller

Etiology of Community Acquired <i> clostridium difficile </i>-Associated DiseaseA large number of anti-cancer chemotherapeutics target DNA topoisomerases. Etoposide is a specific topoisomerase II poison that causes reversible double strand DNA breaks. This project analyses the repair of DNA damage induced by etoposide, a common anti-cancer chemotherapeutic.Through the comparison of two known DNA repair pathways, anti-cancer chemotherapy may become more cytotoxic. Double strand DNA break repair is mediated by either non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) or homologous recombination (HR). Read more >