Grad Slam 2017 Preliminary Round Schedule

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ROUND 1
Mon Apr 10 | 11a-12p

Engineering Science Building 1001

Andrew Cawley | Environmental Science & Management 
Climate Change, Costs, and Caribou

Owen Colegrove | Physics
Searching for New Physics Across 8 Orders of Magnitude

Carina Edelman | Earth Science
Unlocking Earth's Time Capsules

Melina Gooray | History of Art and Architecture
From Greenheart to Concrete: Shifts in Material Practices in Coastal Guyana

Ben Gross | Mathematics
Why Do the Shapes of Cells Matter? 

Kelly Ibsen | Chemical Engineering
No More Needles: The Promise of Non-Invasive Drug Delivery via Ionic Liquids

Jim Mondo | Mollecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Pulling Together: Cells Talking Through Tension

Elisabeth Rareshide | Anthropology
Outside of the Reach of the Mission Bell: Chinigchinich Ritual Practice among the Tongva during the Mission Period in Alta California (AD 1769-1834)

David Stamps | Communication
Boys Won't Be Boys: Exploring Masculinity and its Influence on Social Support 

ROUND 2
Mon Apr 10 | 3-4p
SRB Multipurpose Room 

Shashank Aswathanarayana | Media Arts and Technology
Effect of a Known Environment on the Estimation of Sound Source Distance

Becca Best | Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Unraveling an Unexpected Effect of Tau at Microtubule Ends

Ali Chamas | Chemistry
High-Value Platform Chemicals from Low-Value Biomass 

Andy Choi | Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology
Understanding Diversity with Latent Class Analysis

May ElSherif | Computer Science
The Urban Characteristics of Street Harassment: A First Look

Jeff Inglis | Dynamical Neuroscience 
Do My Actions Matter?: The Role of Contingency in Learning

Eric Jorgensen | Theater Studies
Reacquired: I, Thou and the American AIDS Play

Rhys Kennard | ​Materials
Building Blocks for New Electronics

David Miller | ​Geography
Plants, Cities, and Satellites: High Resolution Mapping of Carbon Uptake by Urban Vegetation

ROUND 3
Tue Apr 11 | 11a-12p
Engineering Science Building 1001

Jacob Berenbeim | ​Chemistry
Please No Flash Photography

Leah Foltz | Biomolecular Science & Engineering
Personalized Medicine: How to Cure Blindness with Your Own Cells 

Aranya Goswami | Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tunnel Transistors: Going through Walls to Save Energy

Laura Hooton | History
A Border Triangle: Los Angeles, Ensenada, and Oklahoma

Jacob Kirksey | Education
Suspended, Absent, Dropout: Are We Pushing Students out of Schools?

​Alexandra Miller | Physics

Measuring the Topology of Spacetime in Quantum Gravity

Laura Reynolds | Earth Science
Pollution and Pollen: Evidence of Human Influence in California Sediments

Leila Zonouzi | Global Studies
The Imagined Reality of Displaced Iranians

ROUND 4
Tue Apr 11 | 3-4p
SRB Multipurpose Room

Jessica Couture | Environmental Science & Management
Comparing Salmon Feeds Using Life Cycle Assessments

Katharine Dickson | Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Can Cephalopods See Color, and How?

Kathy Espino-Perez | Psychological and Brain Sciences
One of Us?: Biracial Targets, Perceptions of Prototypicality, and Resource Threat

Jesilyn Faust | Global Studies
Islamic Feminism and the Way Forward: Learning from the Women's Movements in Morocco

James Giammona | Physics
Building Early Embryos in the Computer

Kathryn Harrison | Communication
The (Un)Importance of a Gut Feeling: Information Seeking Strategies in Online Dating

Karly Marie Miller | ​Marine Science
Why Tourism Matters for Fisheries Management

Melissa Rapp | ​Education
Getting Teachers to the Highest Grade

ROUND 5
Wed Apr 12 | 11a-12p
Engineering Science Building 1001

Jacob Barrett | Chemistry
Chemicals from ​Biomass: We Wood if We Could

Taylor Damiani | Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology
Finding Purpose in Life

Douglas Fabini | ​Materials
Toward Ubiquitous Solar Energy: Materials for Low Cost Conversion of Sunlight to Electricity

Jeremy Hanes | Religious Studies
What Goddesses Can Tell Us About Epidemics and How We Respond to Them

Miles Krumpak | ​Global Studies
Cuba: Change, Development, and Farmers Markets

Max Nowak  | Chemical Engineering
Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier

Lauren Ortosky | Psychological and Brain Sciences
Choosing Chaos

Pedro Sosa | Computer Science
Post-Quantum Cryptography: Preparing for the Cryptopocalypse

Megan Chang | Mechanical Engineering
Becoming a Disney Princess Through Dendritic Crystal Growth

ROUND 6
Wed Apr 12 | 3-4p
SRB Multipurpose Room

Anirudha Banerjee | Chemical Engineering
Tractor Beams' that Steer Colloidal Particles Over Millimeter Distances 

Jonathan Downey | Education
Seeing Speech: A New Hope for Frustrated Language Learners

Alexa Fredston-Hermann | Environmental Science & Management
How Far Can Marine Species Shift their Ranges in Response to Climate Change? 

Amanda Kaczmarek | Psychological and Brain Sciences
Tylenol and Advil Effects on Mental Rotation

Sara Lafia | Geography
Spatial Discovery: Linking Geographic Footprints to Topic Spaces

Katja SiepmannGlobal Studies

Banned Woman’s Art During National Socialism

Pratik Soni | Computer Science

Efficient and Secure Contract Bidding

ROUND 7
Thu Apr 13 | 11a-12p
Engineering Science Building 1001

Carl Gabrielson | East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
Encountering Allies: U.S. Bases in Japan 

Joshua Goodman | Counseling, Clinical & School Psychology
The Development of a Resource to Increase Parent Support for Sexual Minority Youth

Jim Gribble | Education
Impact of Computer Coding on Communication of Children with Autism

Brandon Isaac | Materials 
Light Circuits for Mobile Communication

Michael Paull  | Chemical Engineering
A Brief History of Your Immune System

Daniel Phillips | Geography
Defining the Community of Interest as a Cognitive Region

Luke Rosedahl | Dynamical Neuroscience
Monsters in the Closet: Shining Light on Object Misclassification

Baoqing ZhouChemistry
Developing a Complex Oral Microbiome Model

ROUND 8
Thu Apr 13 | 3-4p
SRB Multipurpose Room

Kristen Bryant | Sociology
Not THAT Kind of Adult Toy

Kimin Eom | Psychological and Brain Sciences 
We Believe, Therefore we Act? Social Class Difference in the Link Between Belief in Climate Change and Proenvironmental Action

Dominique Houston | Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
DID I PAUSE? DIAPAUSE: A Story of Suspended Animation

Abe Pressman | Chemical Engineering
Controlling Molecular Evolution: the Next Generation of Next Generations

Burhan Saifaddin | Materials
Disinfecting LEDs

Adrianna Simone | Chicana and Chicano Studies 
It Was NEVER Fiction: The Decolonized Voice of Michele Serros

Jason Wien | Physics
What's Really Inside a Black Hole?

Sam Zahn |  Philosophy
The Battle of the Self Against the Functional Infinity of the Internet

ROUND 9
Fri Apr 14 | 3-4p
Library, Room 1312

Dallas Bennett | Global Studies
Red, White, and Black: Integrated Militia Movements during Reconstruction

Evan Beierschmitt | Anthropology
From ‘Whoop-Gobbles’ to Language: Exploring the Meaning

Alesha Claveria | Theater Studies
Sexual Performance Depictions of Native North Americans (NA, AI, 1st N, I)

Amanda Curtis | Mathematics
Shortcuts for a Planar Algebra

Tiffany Halvorsen | Biomolecular Science & Engineering
Trojan Horse Probiotics: A New Approach to Combating Bacterial Biofilm Development

Evan Layher | Psychological and Brain Sciences
Your Terrible Memory Leads to Poor Decisions… “Thanks” Brain

Anusha PusuluriChemical Engineering
Bioengineered Molecular Missiles - The Next Gen of Precision Medicine

Joshua Smith | Classics
Consuming the Common Soldier: The Representation of Roman Military Culture in Tacitus' Histories

Elisabeth Steel | Earth Science
Rivers Under the Ocean: How Turbidity Currents Shape our Seafloor

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