Graduate Studies and Research Summit 2010

The purpose of this summit was to highlight the advanced studies and projects conducted at UAA by students and faculty.  This is a great opportunity for graduate students to share their work with fellow UAA colleagues and the greater Anchorage community.  We encourage students from all schools and colleges within UAA to present their work.  A call for abstracts is sent out in February of each year through the GSA listserve.

The symposium was held Friday, April 9th, 2010 in Rasmuson Hall Room 110 (RH 110) and Room 101 (RH 101) on the UAA campus. The morning session started at 9am and the afternoon session began at 1:30pm. Robert White, PhD, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, spoke at the plenary session at 12:00 noon. 

Following the summit, there was a graduate student mixer from 5-7pm in the Ecosystem-Biomedical Health Laboratory (EBL) located across from the parking garage on Alumni Drive.

Thank you to all in attendance for your participation and support.


Poster Session Attendees at the 2010 GSA Summit
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A Presentation at the Graduate Studies and Research Summit 2009
Graduate Studies Research Summit Food
Graduate Students Enjoying Refreshments at the 2009 Summit Provided by the GSA

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Graduate Student and Research Summit 2010

Printable Schedule of Events

Morning Schedule


Presentations in Room RH 101

Presentations in Room RH 110





Knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of health, education, and service professionals as related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Rebecca Volino Robinson, Psychology

The threespine stickleback as an indicator of environmental contamination in the Aleutian Archipelago, Alaska

Leah Kenney, Biology


To reproduce or not: Nutritional-hormonal influence on reproductive decisions in seasonally synchronous breeders

Cory Stantorf, Biology

Identifying the needs of female breast cancer survivors living in urban and rural Alaska

Virginia Cress, Psychology


The making of “To the Moon”,

A student's film about poet Theodore Roethke, who taught at University of Washington, and died in 1963.

Sandra Kleven, Creative Writing

Warmer summers combined with increases in rain lead to major changes in the trace gas feedbacks from high arctic polar semi-deserts in NW Greenland to the atmosphere

Elizabeth Sharp, Biology


Coffee Break and Door Prizes


An evaluation of the current methods of monitoring annual production of midcontinent Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) that breed in Interior and Northwest Alaska

Wade Schock, Biology

Training needs of healthcare providers related to CDC core competencies for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Rachel V. Boschma-Wynn, Psychology


Innate storytelling: A Darwinian Consideration

William B. Swears, English

The major histocompatability complex as a new measure of genetic diversity: a study of Alaskan brown bears and their endoparasites

Becky Sawyer, Biology


 Why are arctic flowers so colorful? Pollinator and herbivore mediated selection on floral pigmentation in the Arctic Mustard, Parrya nudicaulis

Justin Fulkerson, Biology

Secondary trauma in mental healthcare professionals in Alaska

Erin Trimble, Psychology


Plenary Speaker – Robert White, PhD.

Dean of the Graduate School
Vice Provost for Research

RH 101


Lunch Break


Afternoon Schedule


Presentations in Room RH 101

Presentations in Room RH 110


The role of the histone fold protein CHRAC17 in Xenopus development

Elvin Brown, Biology

Evaluating discharge planning from an inpatient psychiatric hospital to rural communities using telehealth technology

Jaedon Avey, Psychology


Alkane and long-chain alcohol recovery in moose: implications for diet composition analysis in browsing herbivores

Anthony Carnahan, Biology

Using linear discriminant analysis to classify threespine stickleback along the benthic-limnetic axis

James Willacker, Biology


Assessing snowmelt water use by evergreen and deciduous plants in Alaskan tussock tundra: a field D2O labeling experiment

Lisa Ebbs, Biology

Dating historic structures using tree-rings or dendroarchaeology on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Tiffany Ann Curtis, Anthropology


Coffee Break and Door Prizes


Non-dimensional analysis of In Situ burning of oil in an ice environment

Peter W. Bellino, Engineering

Exploring health practices among undergraduate university students

Cody Chipp, Psychology


Mechanisms of selection for defensive armor traits in threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) in Wallace Lake, Alaska

Emily Lescak, Biology

Genetic changes under climate change in Arctic fishes (Coregonus spp.)

Veronica Padula, Biology


Trophic ecology of non-native Alaska blackfish (Dallia pectoralis) in Cook Inlet Basin, Alaska

Dona Eidam, Biology 

The singular and interactive effects of herbivory and simulated warming on the carbon cycle in an arctic ecosystem

Sean Cahoon, Biology


Graduate Student Mixer in Ecosystem-Biomedical Health Laboratory (EBL) – Located North of Social Science Building Parking Lot