• Alaska Native People: Diet, Westernization and Health

      White, Sasha; Smoak, Daniel; Podlutsky, Andrej (2014-04-29)
      Prior to westernization, the Alaska Native diet was one that included high omega-3 fatty acids and proteins and low in saturated fats and cholesterol. This may or may not provide protection against certain diseases. As westernization continues to changes the diet with each new generation, it is of great interest as to how it affects Alaska Native health. Alaska Native health has declined substantially within the last decade, and seems to continuously decline at an alarming rate. Investigating both the changing diet and the effects on Alaska Native health may provide a possible cause for this increasing health problem.
    • Alaska Wilderness Stories

      Navio, Nikki Nice; Hirsh, Aviva (2014-04-29)
    • Alaskan Lowbush Cranberry Extends Lifespan in C. elegans

      Lipscomb, Justina (2014-04-29)
      I tested the hypothesis that lowbush cranberries affect healthy aging in a dose dependent manner. This was done by observing the effect of cranberry extract on the lifespan of wildtype Caenorhabditis elegans. Results of the project may be useful in understanding what components of botanicals extend lifespan and provide neuronal protection. Using Alaskan botanicals provides a local focus, as well as having ethnobotanical value in studying the medical potential of traditional foods. The effect of lowbush cranberry was tested by running C. elegans lifespans at various concentrations of botanical extract. The extract was also tested for anthocyanin concentration, to provide insight on how anthocyanin affects healthy aging.
    • Creating E.coli Library of Diagnostic Gene for Influenza B Virus Using Molecular Cloning Technique

      Chinbat, Oyunsuvd (2014-04-29)
      Influenza viruses cause seasonal epidemics associated with high morbidity, especially in immunocompromised and extreme age group individuals. Many strategies for combating these viruses are in practice; however, developing and maintaining sensitive and specific diagnostic method is essential to the success of strategies used. The purpose of this project is to clone a diagnostic gene for Influenza B virus and create e.coli colony type that we can propagate as needed for future test validations at the State Virology Laboratory in Fairbanks, AK.
    • Cyclic Allele Dynamics in Self-Incompatible Systems

      Schempf, Hanna; Wolf, Diana; Takebayashi, Naoki (2014-04-29)
    • Development of Resting Cell Assay Protocol to Characterize Sulfolane Degrading Bacteria

      Miller, Joseph; Herriot, Ian; Kasanke, Chris (2014-04-29)
      Sulfolane is a chemical contaminant present in hundreds of commercial and residential drinking wells in the North Pole area. Due to the possible health impacts of consumption, degradation/removal of the sulfolane from contaminated wells is necessary. Microbial isolates taken from sulfolane contaminated sites have shown the potential to degrade sulfolane. It is the purpose of my research to design a protocol by which sulfolane tolerant bacteria could be screened or their potential to utilize sulfolane as a sole carbon source (SOCS), and characterize them as sulfolane degraders.
    • The Effects of Grade on Gap Acceptance at the University Roundabout in Fairbanks, Alaska

      Amundsen, Grace (2014-04-29)
      The purpose of this study was to analyze gap acceptance at the University roundabout. Values for critical gap calculated from this data can be used to predict the capacity of a roundabout. After videotaping traffic, the data was reduced and analyzed using both Greenshields’ and Raff’s (both graphical and equation based) methods. The variable being evaluated was whether grade of a roundabout approach has an appreciable effect on gap acceptance. After evaluation it was determined that the differences were not statistically significant, and that, therefore, the difference in grade of the approaches did not have an appreciable effect on gap acceptance for the roundabout.
    • Evaluating Potential for Recovery of Te as a Byproduct of Au Extraction

      Witte, Riley; Skidmore, Amy; Spaleta, Karen; Hayes, Sarah (2014-04-29)
    • Future Infrastructure Needs for Automated and Electric Vehicles

      Amundsen, Grace (2014-04-29)
      The purpose of this research is to write a summary and analysis of options for transportation infrastructure that can be adopted to optimize the integration of new innovations in car design, specifically smart, electric and autonomous vehicles, and the use of smart infrastructure. These changes in transportation technologies offer the possibility for innovations in safety, environmental friendliness and efficiency in future highway design. This review discusses specific policy changes in infrastructure development, including the introduction of Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance technology into roadway projects along highly trafficked thoroughfares and public transportation routes, variable speed limits informed by smart vehicles, and the use of the communications capabilities of smart vehicles to identify hazards such as a break down in traffic flow or an accident, and communicate conditions to drivers or autonomous vehicles.
    • Geologic Processes: Unearthed

      Warren, Heather; Parker, Eric; Phillips, Cassidy (2014-04-29)
    • Graphical Technology Information Dissemination

      Andrews, Aaron (2014-04-29)
      Graphical technologies cover a wide range of topics from the modeling software used by animators, to algorithms used in scientific simulations of natural phenomena, to the growing 3D printing industry. While graphical technologies are still relatively new, information regarding these subjects have many outlets in the form of Internet blogs, online magazines, and websites devoted to the changes and advances of these technologies. Example topics include the latest tools in Adobe Photoshop, the algorithms used in a recently released Disney movie, or the newest video card to hit the market. This poster will present what aspects of graphical technology are of interest to different disciplines, namely programming, business, art, and engineering. These results will show which, if any, aspects of graphical technologies impact these fields, and how this technology will grow to be used in the future.