UO-REU 2012 Events

Intern Arrival Welcoming

REU scholars meet UO Life Sciences faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate researchers.
Location-weather dependent.

First year UO Graduate student Rotation Talks

Faculty Research Seminar Series

2012 Faculty Research Seminar Series

Tues June 4th, 2012 - CoDaC pre-summer evaluation meeting

Tues June 11th, 2012 - No seminar due to 1st Grad Student Rotation Talks

"Mechanisms of Regulation of the Actin Cytoskeleton"
Dr.Brad Nolen, UO Institute of Molecular Biology and Dept. of Chemistry, Nolen Lab

"Visual Processing and Development in the Mouse"
Dr. Cris Niell, UO Institute of Neuroscience and Dept. of Biology, Niell Lab

"Regulation Of Eukaryotic Transcription: RNA Polymerase II"
Dr. Diane Hawley, UO Institute of Molecular Biology and Dept.of Chemistry, Hawley Lab

"Mechanisms of Appendage Regeneration in Zebrafish"
Dr. Scott Stewart, UO Institute of Molecular Biology, Stewart Lab

Tues June 3rd, 2012 - REU and cohorts meet in 350 Willamette for Faculty Seminar Special

"Structural Basis for the Evolution of a Pins/Dlg Spindle Orientation Complex"
Dr. Chris Johnston, UO Institute of Molecular Biology, Prehoda Lab

"Tugging on Membrane to Explore the Mechanics of Intraceullar Cargo Trafficking"
Dr. Raghuveer Parthasarathy, UO Department of Physics, Parthasarathy Lab

"Synapse Formation in Retinal Development"
Dr. Tory Herman, UO Institute of Molecular Biology, Herman Lab

"Gut Microbes: More Stimulating than you Thought"
Dr. Kat Milligan-Myhre, UO Institute of Molecular Biology, Guillemin Lab

"The Dim-3 Mutant Provides Insights into DNA Methylation in Neurospora Crassa"
Dr. Andy Klocko, UO Institute of Molecular Biology, Selker Lab

"Pulmonary gas Exchange in Health and Disease During Exercise"
Dr. Andy Lovering, UO Department of Human Physiology, Lovering Lab

"Deafness in Usher Syndrome: What can we Learn from a Zebrafish Ear"
Dr. Aurelie Clement, UO Institute of Neuroscience, Selker Lab

"Transit-Amplifying Neural Progenitors: A new Source of Neural Diversity"
Dr. Omar Ali Bayraktar, UO Institute of Molecular Biology, Doe Lab

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Professional Development Workshops

2012 Professional Development Workshops

"How to Have a Great Summer Program Experience" *Special time 9:30 - 12:00p.m.
Peter O'Day, UO SPUR Director

"Diversity in Science Professions"
Carla Gary, UO Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity

"On Being a Scientist: Cultures in Science"
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience

"Graduate and Professional Schools"
UO Graduate Student Panel: Keaton Stagaman, Alida Gerritsen, Paul Cziko, Braedan McCluskey

"Internet Tools in Life Sciences Research" *Special time 7:00 - 8:30p.m.
Brian Westra, UO Science Library room 90

"Research Skills, Scientific Literature"
Peter O'Day,UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience

"Responsible Conduct of Research"
UO Graduate Student Panel: Roo Vandergrift, Alida Gerritsen, Thom Nelson, Steven McAllister, Ashley Bateman

"Preparing and Developing Professional Scientific Platform Talks"
Alice Barkan, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology

"Navigating Careers in Science"
Panel Discussion with UO Faculty, Postdocs, and Students

"Program Evaluation"
Peter O'Day, UO Department of Biology and Institute of Neuroscience

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Cultural, Social, and Scientific Enrichment Activities

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2012 Cultural, Social, and Scientific Enrichment Activities

Sun June 10th, 2012 - "Portlandia"
Portland Visit to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Weekend of Jun 15th - 17th, 2012 - "Dunes of Oregon"
SPUR excursion to Honeyman Park and Cleawox Lake

Sat June 20th, 2012 - "Tide Pools on the Coast of Southwest Oregon"
Jan Hodder, UO Biology and Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Sat July 7th, 2012 - "Redwoods of California"
Visit to Fern Canyon at Prairie Creek Campgrounds

Sun July 8th, 2012 - "Silver Creek Falls"
Hiking trips to Silver Creek Falls State Park

Thurs July 5th, 2012 - "Oregon Bach Festival"
University of Oregon, Oregon Bach Festival

Saturday July 14th, 2012 - "River Rafting on Dechutes"
Bend, Oregon with Deschutes River Rafting Trips

Tues July 17th, 2012 - "SPUR Discussion Panel with Oregon Young Scholars (OYS)"
HEDCO 220, Oregon Young Scholars

Wed July 18th, 2012 - "SPUR Speed Mentoring with OYS"
EMU South Lawn/Hamilton Dining Hall

Weekend of July 20th - 23rd, 2012 - "Stars and Volcanos"
Newberry Crater and the University of Oregon Pine Mountain Observatory
Daniele McKay, UO Department of Geological Sciences

Week of July 30th - August 3rd, 2012 - "Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Program"
University of Oregon, SAIL Program

Thurs July 26th, 2012 - "Imaging the functioning human brain"
UO Lewis Center for NeuroImaging

Sat July 28th, 2012 - "Fall Creek Reservoir"
Tubing and Swimming at Fall Creek Reservoir

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Research Discussion Group

2012 Research Discussion Group
(Schedules subject to change)

SPUR scholars discuss their ongoing projects, Location NCU Lounge

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Undergraduate Research Symposium

2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Because the UO SPUR Symposium presentations include original, unpublished data from ongoing investigations, we do not release text, recordings or abstracts from the Symposium. Information may be available directly from the research directors.

Dr. Judith Eisen, UO Department of Biology

Keynote Talk
Dr. Mia Tuan
Dr. Mia Tuan,
UO Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Education Studies

Keynote Talk
Dr. Bruce Bowerman, Head of UO Department of Biology


Katie Canul California State Monterey Bay
"The Role of Autoinducer-II in Helicobacter Pylori Biofilm Formation"
Professor Karen Guillemin, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Jeneva Foster

Jordan Harbin California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
"Adult OPC reactivation and the ability to induce gliomagenesis"
Professor Hui Zong, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr. Rui Galvao


Yovanni Mojica Palomar College
"Genetic Analysis of the Role of Permeability-Glycoprotein Family Members in Caenorhabditis Elegans to Determine Resistance Against the Anthelmintincs Ivermectin and Levamisole"
Professor Shawn Lockery, UO Dept of Biology an Institute of Neuroscience
Professor Janis Weeks, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Banse


Amber Bonds
University of New Haven
"RNA Polymerase II Mutations and their affects on Transcription Elongation"
Professor Diane Hawley, UO Dept of Chemistry

Maria Banuelos University of Redlands
"Linking Methanogen Community Composition to Methane Production Rates in Wetland Soils"
Professor Brendan Bohannan, UO Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Steve McAllister

Abraham Gutierrez University of California, Santa Cruz
"Delay at early stage of Embryonic Cell Division"
Professor Bruce Bowerman, UO Dept of Biology and Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Josh Lowry

Erika Johnson Northern Arizona University, Yuma
"Identifying a new gene required for synapse formation"
Professor Tory Herman, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Eric Lyons


Nneka Nnatubeugo Bowdoin College
"Interpreting the inheritance patterns of drought tolerance and resin production in Mimulus aurantiacus"
Professor Matt Streisfeld, UO Dept of Biology
Mentor: Dr Jay Sobel


Laura Sloan Indiana University
"Genetic Expression Response Associated with Acclimation to Acute Heat Stress Resistance in Caenorhabditis Remanei"
Prefessor Scott Bridgham, UO Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Mentor: Dr. Laurel Pfeifer-Meister


Avi Kandel University of Florida
"Regulation of NM II B in Drosophila"
Professor Ken Prehoda, UO Institute of Molecular Biology
Mentor: Ryan Frei

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