2014 Award Winners

Most Outstanding Interdisciplinary Project Award

Caitlin Grady

Glen Acosta, Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe), was awarded the Most Outstanding Interdisciplinary Project Award for his poster project entitled: “Susceptibility to Parkinson’s disease following blast injury to the brain.”


Lisa Young

Theresa D’aquila, Interdisciplinary Nutrition Program (INP), was awarded an Honorable Mention for her poster project entitled: “The characterization of cytoplasmic lipid droplets in enterocytes in response to dietary fat.”


Shuai Yu
Chien-Lin Yeh, School of Health Sciences (HSCI) Medical Physics Program, was awarded an Honorable Mention for her poster project entitled: “Increasing manganese accumulation of motor and cognitive processing networks in metal workers revealed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging.”


Certificate of Excellence Awards

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Certificate of Excellence Winner Project/Presentation Title
American Studies Antonio Ramos "Beyond Interdisciplinarity: Social Media and the New University"
Biomedical Sciences Victoria Poole "Neurometabolic influences on imPACT cognitive testing in collision athletes"
Comparative Literature YuHan Huang "Memories in Red: Remembering Chinese Cultural Revolution in Global Context”
Computational Life Sciences (CLS) Juan Esquivel Rodriguez "Enhanced Electron Microscopy Fi􀆫ng Using Markov Random Fields"
Computational Science and Engineering (CS&E) Aniruddha Jana "Designing safer lithium‐ion batteries"
Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Daniel Newkirk "Improving indoor air quality through botanical air filtration in energy efficient residences"
Food Science (FDSC) Like Hasek "Long‐term feeding of dietary slow release glucose reduces daily caloric food intake in vivo"
Jonathan Kershaw “Piceatannol, a natural compound found in grapes, may have a role in ameliorating cancer cachexia”
Gerontology Seoyoun Kim "Health benefits of religion among black and white older adults: Does religiosity reduce chronic inflammation?"
Life Sciences (PULSe) Jessica Lunsford “Attacking biological problems mathematically"
Renee Wenig “Cholesterol Sulfotransferase (SULT) 2B1b as a Modulator of Prostate Cancer Growth”
Bikash Shakya "Identification of the RBC proteins targeted by plasmodium falciparum exported proteins"
Linguistics Danielle Reindl "Non‐native comprehension of casual and classroom‐directed Spanish: A pedagogical and Acoustic phonetic comparison"
Nutrition Theresa D’Aquila "Effects of dietary protein quantity on sleep quality in energy-restricted overweight and obese adults"
Yu-Han Hung “The effect of endurance exercise as therapeutic treatment for obesity and diabetes on intestinal lipid metabolism
Xuanzhu Zhou “Effect of 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D on glutamine metabolism in MCF10 breast epithelial cell”
Other Interdisciplinary Research, non-IGP Cory Weaver(Biological Sciences) " NADPH oxidases regulate neurite growth in vitro and in vivo"
Katherine Breedlove (Health and Kinesiology) "Force attenuation properties of football and lacrosse helmets"
Hamed Tabatabaei Ghomi (Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology) "Are three‐body distance‐dependent statistical potentials superior to two‐body statistical potentials for protein structure prediction?"
Matthew Volovski (Civil Engineering) “Using Kriging Estimation to enhance geospatial climate data integrity for infrastructure management”
Akshay Prabhu Verleker (School of Health Sciences) “A therapeutic protocol for treatment of brain metastasis through optically stimulated drug release”
Fernando Tormos (Political Science) "Solidarity and Inclusion in Global Social Movements”

Purdue Interdisciplinary Audience Choice Award

The attendees at the spring 2014 reception voted on their favorite presentations and the honor of the Interdisciplinary Audience Choice Award was conferred upon Yu-Han Hung.

Natalia Fontes de Oliveira

Yu-Han Hung’s (Interdisciplinary Nutrition Sciences) presentation entitled "The effect of endurance exercise as therapeutic treatment for obesity and diabetes on intestinal lipid metabolism"


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