Scholar Posters

ARCS Scholars present scientific research in a variety of ways: publications in distinguished peer-reviewed journals, competitively-selected speaker events and poster presentations at professional conferences, and successful dissertation defenses. The members of the Oregon Chapter are proud of our scholars and delighted to showcase their research. ARCS scholars, please contact us at to submit a copy of your poster or publication.

Oregon Health and Science University

School of Medicine

Timothy Bates - Farming for Pharmaceuticals: Alpaca Nanobodies as a Tuberculosis Treatment Strategy

Sydney Weber Boutros - Assessing a Novel Therapy for Synucleinopathies using an alpha-synuclein

Erik Burlingame - SHIFT: Speedy Histological-to-Immunofluorescent Translation of Whole Slide Images Enabled by Deep Learning

Sami Friedrich - Songbirds Help Us Understand Brain Mechanisms of Alcoholic-Induced Speech

Kyle Gustafson - Fluorescence Quantification of Extracellular Vesicles Collected from Human Plasma via Dielectrophoresis

Charles Heller - Arousal Enhances Discrimination of Natural Sounds in Auditory Cortex

David Jacobs - Is it Worth It? Assessing How the Medial Prefrontal Cortex Processes Risky Actions

Dakota Kliamovich - Reduced White Matter Microstructure is Associated with Escalating Depressive Symptoms in Female Adolescents

John Koberstein - Development of Metabolite Biosensors Using Massively Parallel Assays of Domain-Insertion Variant Libraries

Alexandria Lassetter - What Role Do Glia Play in Long-Term Axon Maintenance?

Emily Leff - Role of Phosphorylation in Acute Desensitization and Tolerance of the µ-Opiod Receptor

Mollie Marr - A History of Maternal Childhood Maltreatment is Associated with Neonatal Amygdala and Hippocampal Resting State Function Connectivity; Clinical Reasoning - Attending to the Story 

Dan Miller -  Neuronal Dystroglycan Regulates CCK/CB1R Interneuron Development

Luci Moore - Anatomical and Functional Mapping of the Central Auditory System

Tom Navis - Stress-Enhanced Fear Learning: A Model of Comorbid PTSD and Substance Use

Alex Quackenbush - Investigating Tumor Promotion in the Postpartum Liver Mestastic Niche

Mariya Shapiro - Early Treatment with Neutralizing Antibodies is Critical for Preventing Persistent Infection in a Macaque Model of Pediatric HIV-1

Gail Stonebarger - Diet, Aging, and Menapause: Effects on Alzheimer's Pathology

School of Nursing

Jenny Firkins - Impact of Financial Security on Physical and Mental Health and Symptoms in Cancer Survivors

Mary Davis - Mid and Later Life Reproductive Factors are Not Associated with Physical Frailty Among Women with Heart Failure

Oregon State University

College of Agricultural Sciences

Holly Dixon - Assessing PAH Exposures with Multiple Approaches Including Silicone Wristbands

Daniel Elson, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology - Utilizing the Zebrafish Xenograft Model to Evaluate Anticancer Drug Efficacy Overcoming Therapeutic Resistance with Bcl-2 Functional Converters

Christine Ghetu, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology - Assessing Wildfire Influence on Indoor and Outdoor Chemical Concentrations and Diffusive Flux Between Soils and Air of PAHs in the Western United States

Lizz Schuyler - The Influence of Wildfire on Mule Deer Habitat Selection in Eastern Oregon

Matthew Slattery, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology - Keeping Pace with Pesticides: Nano-Sized Particles Can lead to Big Changes

Sheanna Steingass, Fisheries and Wildlife - Under the Waves - Tracking At-Sea Habitat Use and Dietary Composition of the Pacific Harbor Seal in Oregon

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Cedric Hagen - The Sulphate Capacitor Hypothesis for Carbon Cycle Dyanmics at the Dawn of Life

Kaitlin McConnell - Reef Microbiomes of Mo'orea, French Polynesia, a Socio-Ecological Island System

Brendan Reilly - Regionally Consistent Western North America Paleomagnetic Directions from 15 to 35 ka: Assessing Chronology and Uncertainty with Paleosecular Variation (PSV) Stratigraphy; Middle to Late Pleistocene Evolution of the Bengal Fan: Integrating Core and Seismic Observations for Chronostratigraphic Modeling of the IODP Expedition 354 8 Degrees North Transect

Shea Steingass - Harbour Seals: Population Structure, Status, and Threats in a Rapidly changing Environment

Daniel Watkins - Temperature Inversions in the Arctic Atmosphere

Sophia Wensman - Uranium in Oysters: An Inexpensive and Accessible method of measuring Ocean Corrosivity?

College of Engineering

Anthony Alberti - Reduced Order Modeling of Nuclear Reactor Core Kinetics

Michael Boller - Zonal Resource Adequacy for Voltage Control

Patrick Clary - Motion Planning with Efficient Spring-Mass Behavior

Lucas Freiberg - Process Intensification Principles for Competitive Solar Fuels

Paige Hovenga - Drivers of Alongshore Varying Dune Evolution

Jennifer Leaf - Resilience in Robotic Collectives

Calvin Lee - Analog-to-Digital Data Converter Design

Peter Rindal - Private Set Intersection

Jennifer Ventrella - Sensor-Based Impact Monitoring

College of Forestry

Logan Berner - Forest Response to Water Availability and Disturbance in the Western United States

Gretchen Engbring - Management and Marginalization: Organizational Structures and Associated Trade-offs in Oaxacan Community Forest Enterprises

Christal Johnson - Factors Impacting Resin Production: Quantifying Potential Bark Beetle Resistance in Burned, Harvested, and Untreated Ponderosa Pine Forest

College of Science

Sean Boulanger, Chemistry - Investigaton of Photochemical Organic and Organometallic Systems in Solution by Ultrafast Spectroscopy 

Claire Clouch, Integrative Biology - The Host as an Ecosystem: Exploring the Role of Microbial Communities in Wildlife Health

Dallas Foster, Department of Mathematics - Decadal Predictability of Global Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies

Caroline Glidden, Integrative Biology - Using High-Throughput Amplicon Sequencing to Uncover Crytic Variation in African Buffalo Piroplasm Communities

Gisela Gonzalez-Montiel, Department of Chemistry - Chemical Exploration of Douglas Fir Tree Associated Fungi

Shannon Hennessey, Integrative Biology - Matching Spatial Scales of Predator Movement and Community Variation

Martijn Oostrom Department of Mathematics - Methods for Analyzing Resistances of Directed Graphs

Bryce Penta, Department of Microbiology - Combined Field and Lab Study to Determine the Effects of Storm-Induced Mixing on Primary Production

University of Oregon

Department of Biology

Katja Kasimatis, Department of Biology - Untangling Reproductive Success: Caenorhabditis Nematodes as a Model System for Fertilization

Andrew Morris - Linking Microbial Communities to Ecosystem Function: What We Can Learn from Genotype-phenotype Mapping in Organisms

Erik Toraason - Elucidating Mechanisms Directing meiotic DNA Repair Decisions

Department of Chemistry

Michael Crawford - Exciton Self-Trapping in [n] - Cycloparaphenylenes

Amber Rolland - Investigating the Size and Stoichiometry of Pore-Forming Toxins Using Native ESI-MS