May 08, 2014
Hisako Matsuo

Sigma Xi Announces Symposium Winners

Sigma Xi SLU Chapter held its annual research symposium on May 5. A total of 68 posters from both undergraduate and graduate students in various departments were displayed. More than 35 judges from diverse disciplines judged these posters and selected the best posters for three divisions of biological, physical and social and behavioral sciences.

The first place for each division is as follows:

Undergraduate Posters

First Place in Biological Science
"The Efficacy of Nigericin as an Inhibitor of Ectromelia Viral Replication"
Allyson Renth, Ryan Crump, Galyna Yakymechko, Scott Parker and R. Mark Buller
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

First Place in Physical Science
"Oxidation of Plasmalogen, Low-Density Lipoprotein and RAW 264.7 Cells by Photoactivatable Atomic Oxygen Precursors"
Max Bourdillon, Benjamin Ford, Ashley Knulty, Colleen Gray, Miao Zhang, David Ford and Ryan D. McCulla
Department of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Center for Cardiovascular Research
Department of Chemistry, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo.

First Place in Social Science
"Teenage Wasteland: Agency and Rebirth of Young Heroin Addicts in Edwardsville, Illinois"
Erika King
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Graduate Posters

First Place in Biological Science
"Increased Prostaglandin D2 is Associated with Delayed Dendritic Cell Migration in Neonates During Respiratory Viral Infection"
Brunda Tumala, Somashubhra Bhattacharya and Laurie Shornick
Department of Biology and Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

First Place in Physical Science
"An Analysis of Ozone Data in St. Louis: Dirty Air is Getting Cleaner and Clean Air is Getting Dirtier"
Jason Welsh, Jack Fishman, Ph.D., Benjamin de Foy, Ph.D., and Wasit Wulamu, Ph.D.
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Center for Sustainability

First Place in Social Science
"Analyzing Factors that May Be Essential to the Decision to Fly on Autonomous Airliners"
Samuel Vance
Aviation Science

Sigma Xi International Scientific Society, an honor society, was founded in 1886. It has more than 500 chapters in the world. SLU Chapter was funded in 1944. Those interested in being nominated to be a member should send a message to

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