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Feb. 23, 2005

UI Hosts Iowa Junior Science And Humanities Symposium Feb. 24-25

(Student name) of (hometown/high school) will present a paper titled (title of presentation) at the 43rd annual Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Feb. 24-25 at the University of Iowa and the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.

The symposium will feature 18 student research presentations to 200 Iowa high school delegates and 30 teachers from across the state. Two keynote speakers -- Gregory Gray, professor of epidemiology, and Russell Ciochon, professor of anthropology -- will speak on Thursday and Friday, respectively. In addition to the research presentations, student delegates will tour laboratories in the following areas: biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, computer science, dental research, hydraulics, nursing, pathology, physics and astronomy, and the Iowa Geological Survey.

The symposium is coordinated by the UI Office of Opportunity at Iowa, with funding from the U.S. Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Academy of Applied Science, Inc.

EDITOR:  Student presenters are listed alphabetically by hometown.

ALGONA: Andrew Schlievert, Algona High School, "Slow Down You're Moving Too Fast."

CEDAR FALLS: Atulya Iyengar, Cedar Falls High School, "A longitudinal Study on the Effects of a Mutation of the Sod gene on mating behavior in D. melanogaster."

DES MOINES: Kausteya Roy, Central Academy, "A Study of Low-Pressure Gas Mixtures for a PPAC."

DONNELLSON: Megan Bartholomew, Central Lee High School, "Stronger Soybeans, Phase II; "Mauree Gibson, Central Lee High School, " Environmental Effects of Industrial Run-off on Daphnia magna;" Shala Hawes & Haley Burgess, Central Lee High School, "What's up with your water? Phase II;" Cory Millmier, Central Lee High School, "Comparison of Pathogens on Certified Organic Vs. Traditionally Grown Vegetables."

FORT DODGE: Megan Srinivas, Fort Dodge Senior High, "Development and Standardization of a Novel Approach to Detect the Infectious Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathic Prion Content in Paraffin-Embedded Tissues."

IOWA CITY: Andrew Klein, West High School, "Improved Copper Resistance in E. coli Using a Heterologous Copper Chaperone from Schizosaccharomyces pombe"

KEOTA: Staci Sieren, Keota Jr./Sr. High School, "Computer Color Analysis of Dental Shade Guides & Human Teeth."

MARION: Varsha Vijay, Linn-Mar High School, "Executive Dysfunction In Pre-Symptomatic Huntington's Disease."

MEDIAPOLIS: Michael Fosdick, Mediapolis High School, "The Effect of Pyrethroid Pesticide on the Aphis glycines Predator-Hormonia oxyvids;" Amy Marquardt, Mediapolis High School, "Breaking Strength of Prehistoric Ceramic Reproductions: Assessing Variation in Clay sources and Tempering Materials."

PELLA: Daniel Johnson, Pella Community High School, "Can Electronic Energy be used as a Characteristic of an Effective High Explosive?"

STUART: Ben Varley, West Central Valley High School, " Feeding Hens for Optimum Egg Quality;" Allison Wilson, West Central Valley High School, "The Effects of Auxin and Kinetins in Plant Tissue Culture, Phase IV;" Danielle Wison, West Central Valley High School, "Grass for Biomass, Phase 2."

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