Archives: 2016 Scholarship Students
Will Fuelberth – University of Iowa
HaloSat: The Missing Baryon Problem
The visible universe is made up of atoms that can produce and absorb light. This is called “normal” matter. When astronomers compare the amount of normal matter that was present when the universe was young, they find a problem: about half of the matter has gone missing. Read more.
Allison Golbach – Drake University
Epigenetic Effects of DNA Damaging Agents
High energy radiation due to environmental catastrophes, radiation treatment, or chemotherapy leads to DNA damage, including both single and double strand breaks. Read more.
Reagan Hoefler – Iowa State University
Growing Maize on Mars: The Effects of Radiation induced Transposable Element Activity on the Growth of Successive Corn Generations
In this research project, now spanning two years, I aim to determine if radiation levels typical of those on Mars can activate usually quiescent transposable elements (TEs) in the maize genome, of which they compose 80%. Read more.
Amanda Hoerres – Drake University
Role of Proteases in DNA Repair
DNA repair mechanisms are an integral part of maintaining homeostasis within all organisms. When these mechanisms are altered there can be dire consequences, such as cancer. Read more.
Nina Jocic – University of Northern Iowa
Catalytic Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide with Diruthenium Complexes
The amount of CO2 in the environment can be controlled by the reduction of CO2 with H2 to form products such as formic acid, methanol, and methane. Read more.
Travis King – Iowa State University
Structural Design of Solar Sails with Reflectivity Control Devices
Solar sail is a propellant-less propulsion system for interplanetary spacecraft. Read more.
Clare Laubenthal – University of Northern Iowa
New Insights into the “Manna from Heaven” Hypothesis
Our laboratory’s ongoing mission is to create and study aerosols, which form as a result of the radiation of organic gases by ultraviolet light. Read more.
Dani Lipman – University of Iowa
Characterizing the structure of the Martian bow shock
This project focuses on characterizing the structure of the Martian bow shock using data from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN). Read more.
Miles Lucas – Iowa State University
Analyzing Planetary Systems using Infrared Spectroscopy
I am involved in helping Dr. Massimo Marengo at Iowa State University in his focus on planetary system dynamics. He is using IRTF/SpeX data from NASA’s Near InfraRed Disk Survey (NIRDS). Read more.
Dillyn Mumme – Iowa State University
Eagle Eye is a hybrid airship proof of concept vehicle for Mars. It would be used to assist in planetary exploration of Mars where traditional rovers or humans cannot go. Read more.
Michael Ohman – Drake University
Regulation of Methyltransferases in DNA repair
Damage to DNA occurs very often. So often, that there are very intricate mechanisms for repairing a wide array of DNA damage. A common insult is alkane groups being added to cytosine and guanine. Read more.
Madeline Roach – University of Northern Iowa
Incorporation of Magnetic Ions in TaS2 Nanowires
Previous studies by our group seem to have determined the correct reaction conditions to repeatably grow TaS2 nanowires. The research I am conducting incorporates magnetic ions such as iron, manganese, and chromium into these nanowires. Read more.
Zach Robole – Iowa State University
Controlling the Oxidation of Catechol to O-quinone to Create Better Antioxidant Additives
Catechol is a molecule that can readily oxidize to o-quinone through the transfer of electrons, thus making it a viable antioxidant. In fact, it has been shown that catechol can work as an antioxidant additive in biofuels to make them more efficient. Read more.
Emma Shipley – University of Northern Iowa
Prebiotic Potential of Aerosols
We are examining the “manna from heaven” hypothesis that early life ate compounds that came from the sky. Read more.