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USF Oktoberfest chooses research poster winners

TAMPA, Fla. – Oktoberfest, the University of South Florida’s research showcase sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences has chosen the winners of the research poster contest.

The biomedical sciences cluster housed research about biochemical and physiological functions, anatomical and histological structures, epidemiology and pharmacology. Other projects featured research about how to maintain and promote health in humans and animals with knowledge in the basics of nutrition, diseases and immunology winners. Biomedical sciences research winners include: Renee Fleeman, Christina Krute, Xing Wang and Andy Weiss.

Fleeman’s project was titled “Mixture-Based Combinational Libraries as a Tool for the Discovery of Novel Antibacterial Agents Against ESKAPE Pathogens.” Kruste’s was titled “The Disruption of Protein Prenylation in Staphylococcus Aureus Leads to Pleiotropic Rearrangements in Cellular Behavior and Virulence.” Wang’s was titled “Oxytricha Chromosome Fusions Triggered by Noncoding RNA,” and Weiss’ was titled “The D Subunit of RNA Polymerase Guides Promoter Selectivity and Virulence in Staphylococcus Aureus.”

The food security research cluster housed projects about the concept of physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs as well as their food preferences. Food security research winners include: Isabella Chan and Blake Martin.

Chan’s project was titled “Biocultural Pilot Study of Coping with Food Insecurity in the Tampa Bay Area.” Martin’s project was titled “Managing Family and Food Consumption.”

In information science and knowledge generation research cluster included projects that develop and improve methods for storing, retrieving, organizing and analyzing biological data and develop software tools to generate useful knowledge. The poster winner was Aimon Miranda for her project titled “Pharmacist-Focused Care Transitions Simulation Utilizing Electronic Medical Records.”

The natural hazards and earth sciences projects dealt with the forecasting of catastrophic events, risk management and the nature of precursors of natural and technological hazards. Winner Garrett Brown’s project was titled, “Reconstructing the Biodiversity and Paleocology of the Lower Miocene Chipola Formation of Florida.” Ophelia George, another winner, had a project titled, “A Finite Element Modeling Investigation on the Effects of Magma Underplating on Topographic Variation and Exhumation Rates Over Long Time Scales.” Jamie Gluvna had a project titled “Individual Heterogeneous Growth in Longleaf Pines: The Effect of Fire.” Qian Yang’s project was titled, “When Did the Current Phase of Accelerating Ice Mass Loss in Greenland Begin?”

The origins of modernity research cluster had projects that examined culturally, politically and socially significant events such as the American and French revolutions, the rise of capitalism, the industrial revolution, the institution of representative democracy and urbanization. Winner, Joseph Conrad’s project was titled, “How Large Were Ancient Warships? Visualizing a Roman Ship Monument.”

The science, medicine and society research projects examined the study of the physical and biological sciences, health and disease, the mind and body, mathematics, and the environment as historically and culturally situated. The winning post belonged to Suzanne Young’s and was titled “Characterization of the Microbial Community in Alligator Fecal Samples Using a Metagenomics-Based Approach.”

The science, technology and mathematics education research cluster had projects that focused on exemplary teaching, scholarship and service in the context of a university education. Research winner, Christine McNiff had a project titled, “Relationships Between Vegetation and Ground Conductivity in a Mangrove Near Indian River Lagoon, FL.”


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Author: Justine Figueroa