Students to Present Research at State Capitol

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa will showcase innovative research being conducted by undergraduate students—including four from the College of Engineering—during the third annual "Research in the Capitol," a special event at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines on Monday, March 10.

Representing Engineering are:

  • Tyler Gunn, chemical engineering major, of Iowa City. Gunn's project is "Spatial Variability of Particle Air Contaminants in Swine Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.” He is working with Thomas Peters from the Occupational Health Department in the College of Public Health.

  • Hoang Mai, chemical engineering major, of Iowa City. Mai's project is "Enhancement of Transfection by Zeolites in Human Embryonic Kidney Cells>” He is working with Aliasger Salem from the Pharmacy Department in the College of Pharmacy.

  • Atulya Iyengar, biomedical engineering, of Waterloo. Iyengar's project is "Imaginal Conditioning Affects Olfactory Receptor Neuron (ab2A) Odor Coding in Drosophila Melanogaster.” He is working with Chun-Fang Wu from the Biological Sciences Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • Alexandra Keenan, biomedical engineering, of Urbandale. Keenan's project is "Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Strategies in Tamil Nadu, India.” She is working with Rangaswamy Rajagopal from the Geography Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

From 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 20 undergraduate students from the honors programs of each school will display posters in the first floor rotunda and speak with state lawmakers, members of the Iowa state Board of Regents, and other visitors about their work and its potential impact on their education, careers and Iowa. Students were selected for the March 10 event based on faculty nominations to the honors programs of each school.