Alumni Successes


2015-2016 URA Alumni

Laura Bell, Department of Biology

Laura is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Neuroscience Program at University of Utah Medical School.

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE POSTER PRESENTATION

  • The Rocky Mountain Regional Neuroscience Group Meeting. Aurora, CO. May 2015. Determining the role of caper in Drosophila neural development. Schachtner, L., Bell, L., Olesnicky, E.C.

Jesse Miller, Department of Geography

PROFESSIONAL MEETING PRESENTATIONS:

  • Miller, J. Mangrove forest land cover change within the Bahía de Jiquilísco region of El Salvador. Annual Meeting of the Great Plains / Rocky Mountains Division American Association of Geographers, Colorado Spring, CO, November 2016.
  • Miller, J. and Gibbes, C. Spatial Analysis of land cover in Jiquilisco, El Salvador. Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum, Ft. Worth, TX, April 2016. 

INTERNAL CAMPUS PRESENTATION:

  • Miller, J. An application of remote sensing to measure changes in mangrove forests. Guest lecture in GES 3060 (Introduction to Remote Sensing), Fall 2016, UCCS. 

PUBLICATION:

  • Gibbes, C. and Miller, J. (in prep). Cellular Automata-Markov modeling to assess of mangrove forest management. Expected submission to Forest Ecology and Management May 2017.


2014-2015 URA Alumni

Miriam DeJong

Miriam is now at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She won the best poster prize at the Front Range Advanced Magnetics Symposium in Fort Collins, CO in 2015, the best poster prize at the American Physical Society 4 Corners Conference in Phoenix, AZ in 2015, and she has two publications in international peer-review journals:

  • "Domain walls in finite-width nanowires with interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction," M.D. DeJong and K.L. Livesey, Phys. Rev. B in press (2017). 
  • "Analytic theory for the switch from Bloch to Neel domain wall in nanowires with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy," M. D. DeJong and K. L. Livesey, Phys. Rev. B 92, 214420 (2015).

Jennifer Roberts, Department of Psychology

Roberts is continuing to work with her URA mentor, Dr. Molly Maxfield in the Psychology department, as a PhD candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at UCCS. She is currently working in Dr. Maxfield's lab, as well as writing a paper with Maxfield that is based on her URA project. 

Logan Schachtner

Logan is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the Developmental Genetics Program at New York University.

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATION

  • *Schachtner ,L.T., Sola, I.E., Forand, D., Antonacci, S., Postovit, A.J., Mortimer, N.T., Killian, D.J., Olesnicky, E.C.   Drosophila Shep and C. elegans SUP-26 are RNA-binding proteins that play diverse roles in nervous system development. Development Genes and Evolution. 2015 Nov 225:319-330.

* This article was chosen by the Editor-in-Chief as the highlight article of issue 6

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE POSTER PRESENTATION

  • The Rocky Mountain Regional Neuroscience Group Meeting. Aurora, CO. May 2015. Determining the role of caper in Drosophila neural development. Schachtner, L., Bell, L., Olesnicky, E.C.

2013-2014 URA Alumni

Sandra Garcia, Department of Psychology

Sandra graduated from UCCS with double honors and went on to obtain her Master's Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.  The following list includes a peer-reviewed publication resulting from her work with the URA and peer-reviewed presentations in which she contributed in Dr. Leilani Feliciano's lab: 

 

REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  • *Garcia, S., Feliciano, L., & Ilem, A. A. (in press).  The stability of preferences in older adults with dementia.  Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice. 

 

INVITED LECTURES, WORKSHOPS, AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • Baker, J. C. (chair), *Garcia, S., Feliciano, L., Oleson, C., & Seefeldt, D. (2014, May).  Behavior analytic approaches to preference, language, and memory among older adults with dementia.  Symposium presented at the 40thAnnual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL. 
  • Renn, B. N., Fernau, A., *Garcia, S., Lalik, A. M., &  Feliciano, L.  (2014, April). Health education as a predictor of diet adherence among patients with diabetes.  Poster presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine 35thAnnual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.  
  • *Garcia, S., & Feliciano, L. (2014, April). Promoting activity engagement in older adults with and without dementia.  Poster presented at the 7th Annual Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis Conference, Park City, UT. 
  • *Garcia, S., &  Feliciano, L(2013, October). The utility and preferences for leisure activity in older adults with dementia.  Poster presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, Westminster, CO. 
  • *Garcia, S., & Feliciano, L. (2013, April).  The stability of preferences in older adults with and without dementia. Poster presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO. 
  • *Garcia, S., & Feliciano, L. (2013, March).  Preferences for leisure activities in older adults. Poster presented at Mountain Lion Research Day, UCCS, Colorado Springs, CO. 

 

Garcia was also the recipient of an undergraduate Psi Chi grant: "The stability of preferences in older adults with and without dementia," Role: Faculty Sponsor, Honor's Thesis Mentor. Psi Chi, Undergraduate Research Grant, $825, December 2012

Kim Hoang, Department of Biology

Alexandra Hood Hoang is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biology at Emory University.
 

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

  • Hoang, K.**, Matzkin, L.M., and Bono, J.M. 2015. Transcriptional variation associated with cactus host plant adaptation in Drosophila mettleri. Mol. Ecol. 24: 5186-5199.
  • Bono, J.M.*, Matzkin, L.M.*, Hoang, K.**, Brandsmeier, L. 2015. Molecular evolution of candidate genes involved in postmating-prezygotic reproductive isolation. J. Evol. Biol. 28: 403-414.
     

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

  • Bono, J.M., Matzkin, L.M., Hoang, K.**, and Young, L. 2014. Diversifying selection on candidate genes involved in reproductive incompatibilities between Drosophila mojavensis and D. arizonae. 2014.  Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, Raleigh, NC. 
  • Bono, J.M., Hoang, K.** and Matzkin, L.M. 2013. Molecular evolution of candidate genes involved in postmating-prezygotic reproductive isolation. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Snowbird, UT.  
  • Bono, J.M., Hoang, K.**, Clark, N.**, McGirr, J**. and Matzkin, L.M. 2012.  Rapid evolution of a candidate gene involved in postmating-prezygotic reproductive isolation. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

OTHER AWARDS:

  • Recipient of prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • UCCS LAS Faculty-Student Research and Creative Works Award

Alexandra Hood, Department of Psychology

Hood's poster, Hood, A., & Daniels, E. A. (August, 2016). Sexiness on social media hurts men too, was presented at the American Psychological Association's Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. Read Alexandra's poster.

Mary Morton, Department of Biology

Mary is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biology at Clemson University.

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE POSTER PRESENTATION

  • The American Society for Cell Biology International Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana. December 2013.The RNA binding protein Cg11505 functions in multiple cell types during Drosophila neurogenesis. Morton, M.C., Steinert, H.N., and Olesnicky, E.C.
  • *Rocky Mountain Regional Neuroscience Group Meeting.  Aurora, CO. May 2013. The Role of cg11505 in Drosophila Neural Development. Garcia, E. Morton, M. and  Olesnicky, E.C.

*poster presentation award

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATION

  • Olesnicky, E.C., KillianD.J., Garcia, E., Morton, M.C., Rathjen, A.R., Sola, I.E. and Gavis, E.R. Extensive roles for RNA binding proteins in Drosophila sensory neuron dendrite development. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 2014. (4) 2:297-306.

OTHER

  • Awarded travel Award for American Society for Cell Biology Meeting in 2013

Matthew Phelps

Matthew won the LAS Faculty-Student Collaborative Award 2013-2014, and he is now at the University of Connecticut, where he is working on his PhD on the theory of gravity. He has a publication in an international peer-review journal:

  • "Tunable transient decay times in nonlinear systems: application to magnetic precession," M.G. Phelps, K.L. Livesey, A. Ferona and R.E. Camley, Europhys. Lett. 109, 37007 (2015).

2012-2013 URA Alumni

Christopher Karwin

Christopher was supported by a CRCW Award 2012-13, and he is now at the University of California, Irvine, where he is working on his PhD in dark matter. He has two publications in international peer-review journals:

  • "Microwave properties of twisted and supertwisted nematic liquid crystals with weak anchoring," C.M. Karwin and K.L. Livesey, Liquid Crystals, DOI:10.1080/02678292.2013.878813 (2014).
  • "Liquid crystal phase shifters with a twist," C.M. Karwin and K.L. Livesey, Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 063508 (2013).