Each year, Augsburg College celebrates the creativity and scholarship of undergraduate students with its annual Zyzzogeton festival. The festival falls at the end of each academic year and is a culmination of achievement featuring work across departments. Among this year’s presenters were 13 Biology or Biopsychology majors.
Enrico Barrozo (Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman) – Daphnia magna: an aquatic animal model to study dopaminergic signaling
David Bergstrand (Faculty mentor: Dr. David Crowe) – Dynamic representation of visual information in the human brain
Anika Clark (Faculty mentor: Dr. William Capman) – Patterns of Host Plant Resistance to the Parasitic Plant Cuscuta pentagona
David Fowler (Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman) – Methods and Tools for Studying Heart Development and Function in Daphnia magna
Cedith Giddings (Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman) – Light Microscopic Study of Eye Development in Daphnia magna
Michelle Grafelman (Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman) – The Role of the Hedgehog Gene in Daphnia magna Eye Development
Daniel Hildebrandt (Faculty mentor: Dr. Sandra Olmsted) – Combating Antibiotic Resistance with Dextran-Linked Drugs
Christopher Myers (Faculty mentor: Dr. David Crowe) – Dynamic representation of visual information in the human brain
Promise Okeke (Faculty mentor: Dr. Benjamin Stottrup) – Irreversible Heme Crystal Inhibition by Amodiaquine and Pyronaridine: A Means to Circumvent Malaria Drug Resistance
Susanna Petaisto (Faculty mentor: Dr. Henry Yoon) – Can a Reduced P300 Brain Amplitude be a Biological Marker of ADHD and Other Childhood Disruptive Disorders?
Casey Powell (Faculty mentor: Dr. Brian Steffenson, University of Minnesota) – Resistance to the Virulent Cochliobolus sativus Isolate ND4008 in Barley
Emily Rutten (Faculty mentor: Dr. Danielle McCarthy, Rutgers University) – Relations Between Impulsiveness and Smoking Dependence in Adult Smokers Trying to Quit
Raesean Sneed (Faculty mentor: Dr. Matthew Beckman) – Environmental Temperatures Affect Daphnia Swimming Forces