3MT Fall 2023 - Research Forum Details

Fall 2023 

3MT Competition

 

 

Judges

Gupta

Sayandeep Gupta           
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Life Science & Biotechnology

Sayandeep Gupta is a protein scientist with 8+ years of experience in biochemical and biophysical aspects of protein structure and function. Currently he works as a postdoc in the Plesa lab. His interest lies in assessing the antigen-antibody interaction in vivo in a library vs library construction. Dr. Gupta completed his PhD in Bose Institute, India, on thermostable enzymes and their mutual interaction in ribonucleoprotein complex.

vignesh ravichandran

Vignesh Ravichandran          
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Molecular Biology 

Vignesh Ravichandran is a protein biochemist with a PhD in Biochemistry and over nine years of research experience in protein engineering and purification. His expertise includes molecular cloning, working with different protein expression systems, native and recombinant protein purification, and purifying challenging proteins and protein complexes.

alex mccoy

Alex McCoy         
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Neuroscience 

Alex McCoy is a neuroscientist with expertise in the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. Her expertise revolves around the pathology of the hippocampus, and includes developing novel treatments, namely pharmacological interventions, for psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, and PTSD. Alex McCoy has also published on Alzheimer's Disease. She is passionate about STEM education, promoting DEI, and advocating for women in science.

sophia lambert

Sophia Lambert        
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Biology 

Sophia Lambert obtained a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Sciences at the Institute of Biology of École Normale Supérieure and the National Museum of Natural History (Paris) in 2022. Her past work focused on developing diversification models adapted to microbial datasets, fast inference techniques using deep learning and applying them to large reconstructed microbial phylogenies. She is broadly interested in the ecological and metabolic strategies of prokaryotes and micro-eukaryotes and how these have shaped their evolution.

Steven Koller

Steven Koller  
Committee Chair, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 

Stephen Koller is a retired business executive who currently serves as Chair of the OLLI-ES Program Committee. He was also past President of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the U. of Oregon (OLLI-UO) Governing Council. He worked in senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry both in the United States and internationally with GlaxoSmithKline and Sterling Drug. This work included assignments in Pakistan, Mexico, Singapore, Philippines and the UK. Steve has an MBA, and an MA in International Relations.

abigail fine

Abigail Fine     
Assistant Professor, Musicology 

Abigail Fine is a music historian specializing in German and Austrian music culture of the nineteenth century. Her research focuses on materials that lie at the margins of traditional musicology, such as visual ephemera, amateur lyric, keepsake albums, objects, and obscure print materials such as biofictional novels and feuilletons. Her current book project, under contract with the University of Chicago Press, explores how late nineteenth-century devotees coveted the earthly traces of composers (relics, shrines, pilgrimage sites) to cultivate new forms of material intimacy with Beethoven, Mozart, and others.

Salaz

Alicia Salaz    
Vice Provost and University Librarian 

Alicia Salaz is Vice Provost and University Librarian for the University of Oregon and brings a long-standing love of 3MT to the role of judging. Alicia was previously the Associate Dean for Research and Instruction Services at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was also a 3MT judge and facilitator. Prior to that she held faculty roles in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, teaching research skills and literacies to undergraduate and graduate students. She earned her MLIS from the University of Washington, and doctorate of higher education from the University of Liverpool, UK.

krista chronister

Krista Chronister   
Vice Provost of Graduate Studies 

Krista Chronister is the Vice Provost of Graduate Studies at the University of Oregon and a Professor of Counseling Psychology. She is known for her research on partner violence and survivors’ vocational and economic development, and partner violence in immigrant and Filipino communities. Since joining the UO in 2003, Krista has worked diligently to improve students’ educational access and training, placing an emphasis on underrepresented minority students’ educational experiences. Among many accolades, Krista was the American Psychological Association’s recipient of the 2019 John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in career and personality research, and the Equity and Inclusion Award for the College of Education.

ian winbrock

Ian Winbrock  
Program Lead, Center for Science Communication Research 

Ian Winbrock is the Program Lead for the Center for Science Communication Research (SCR). Outside of his professional work, Ian has raised more than $800,000 in grant funding for local non-profits, helped 1300+ low-income community members access the COVID vaccine during the height of the pandemic, and catalyzed two dozen community-led art projects elevating the voices of historically marginalized artists. He is currently completing his MBA, co-founding ChangeFinder, a software startup that improves grant application success rates for nonprofits and the foundations that fund them.

chris poulsen

Chris Poulsen 
Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences 

Chris Poulsen is the Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences and a professor in Earth Sciences. As dean, he oversees the operations of the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers more than 50 major degree programs in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Poulsen is a climate scientist whose research interests include past and future climate change, climate dynamics, and earth system modeling. He has taught courses on topics of climate and environmental change and was a recipient of the University of Michigan’s John Dewey Award for excellence in teaching. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geological Society of America, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

yvette alex-assensoh

Yvette Alex-Assensoh 
Vice President for Equity & Inclusion 

Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh is an award-winning researcher, university professor, and equity strategist with an impressive career spanning 25 years. She's a member of the Oregon and Indiana State Bar Associations, a leadership consultant, certified coach, workshop facilitator, and keynote speaker. Alex-Assensoh's lifelong commitment to unconditional love, embodied in her L.A.C.E. philosophy, drives her work in research, education, leadership, and coaching. At the UO, she leads the university's equity and anti-racism efforts, including policy development, research coordination, and innovative initiatives. Her work has garnered national recognition and has been cited in prestigious publications.

janet woodruff-borden

Janet Woodruff-Borden 
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President 

Janet Woodruff-Borden is a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on etiology, developmental psychopathology, and treatment, of anxiety disorders. Her work examines risk and protective factors in the development of anxiety including biological and psychophysiological markers; cognitive factors; parenting practices and parent-child interactions; and temperament as well as the complex interactions among these factors across development. Her research has been supported with grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI). She has also received graduate education training grants from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. At UO, Woodruff-Borden is a professor of psychology and most recently served as executive vice provost and led the academic and faculty affairs efforts for the Office of the Provost. In that role, she oversaw issues around faculty hiring, review, and promotion; academic policy, review, and accreditation; curriculum and teaching effectiveness; leadership and professional development; online and hybrid education; and employee and labor relations matters.

 

Schedule

Location

Presentation Order

Name

Program

Project

Crater Lake Room South

1

Confidential

A Life Science

Confidential

Crater Lake Room South

2

Benjamin McDowell

Chemistry

Modulation of Carbon Nanotube Electronic Structure by Environmental Defects

Crater Lake Room South

3

Sabreen NoorAli

Communication Disorders and Sciences

Linguistic Responsitivity in Assessment Practices for Young Children

Crater Lake Room South

4

Mallory Pennington

Psychology

Explaining the impossible: The key role of impossibility in curiosity and cognition

Crater Lake Room South

5

Apoorva Karekal

Human Physiology

Transforming Diagnosis: Identifying brainwave signatures that characterise Parkinson's disease

Crater Lake Room South

6

Leigh Foster

Mathematics

Does changing the size change the count?

Crater Lake Room South

7

Eunji Kong

Special Education

Understanding the Vocabulary of Preverbal Preschoolers with Autism: Comparison with Inventories of First Vocabulary

Crater Lake Room South

8

Massimo Cisternino

Philosophy

Knowledge, Ethics and Politics in WIlliam Ernest Hocking's Notion of Experience

Crater Lake Room South

9

Emrakeb Woldearegay

Communication and Media Studies

No woman should die while giving life

Crater Lake Room South

10

Mohammed Shakibnia

Political Science

The Politics of Race, Justice, and Democracy in Star Wars

Crater Lake Room South

11

Christine Downs

Finance

Seeing Red, Blue, or Green: Assessing the Impact of Political Uncertainty on Retail Revenue in the U.S. Consumer Goods Sector

Crater Lake Room South

12

Rachel Lukowicz-Bedford

Biology

Sparking Life: Bioelectric Communication During Zebrafish Development

Crater Lake Room South

13

Madison Cook

School Psychology

Examining domain general cognitive skills and functional connectivity as predictors of mathematics achievement

Crater Lake Room South

14

Confidential

A European Language

Confidential

Crater Lake Room North

1

Natanya Villegas

Biology

A novel CRISPR-Cas9 tool for enriching synthetic genes at scale

Crater Lake Room North

2

Taylor Guthrie

Psychology

The Brain's Shift from Stereotypes to Personal Representations

Crater Lake Room North

3

Faria Shaikh

Communication and Media Studies

Golden Arches and Crescent Moons: An Analysis of McDonald's Halal Marketing in Pakistan

Crater Lake Room North

4

Andrew Holston

Chemistry

Engineering Chimeric Bacterial Receptors

Crater Lake Room North

5

Marcus Chaknova

Earth Sciences

Under the surface; a multidisciplinary approach to submarine volcanic deposits from Hunga volcano, Kingdom of Tonga

Crater Lake Room North

6

Adam Quinn

History

An Environmental History of Computers in the US

Crater Lake Room North

7

Brian Downs

Management

Promotion Determinants: THe moderating effect of blindness policies on employee advancement

Crater Lake Room North

8

Fern Gossow

Mathematics

Some Abstract Nonsense

Crater Lake Room North

9

Maxim Shapovalov

Geography

Installing a Weather Station on the Middle Sister

Crater Lake Room North

10

Austin Ricci

Human Physiology

Tendon stiffness is altered by fatigue and sex in young males and females

Crater Lake Room North

11

Logan Page

Physics

Dark Matter - Our Twin?

Crater Lake Room North

12

Danny Brown

Biology

Machine Learning to Identify Emotional States

Crater Lake Room North

13

Afsaneh Javadpour

Art

Brushed Resistance

 

3MT and Forum Winners

2023

3MT Fall Term Winners

  • 1st Place: Mallory Pennington, Psychology
    Title: Explaining the Impossible: The Key Role of Impossibility in Curiosity and Cognition
  • 2nd Place: Rachel Lukowicz-Bedford, Biology
    Title: Sparking Life: Bioelectric Communication during Zebrafish Development
  • 3rd Place: Austin Ricci, Human Physiology
    Title: Tendon Stiffness is Altered by Fatigue and Sex in Young Males and Females

3MT Spring Term Winners

  • 1st Place: Filip Bogdan Serban-Dragan, Prevention Science
  • 2nd Place: Austin Ricci, Human Physiology
  • 3rd Place: Carla Consolini, Linguistics
  • People's Choice: Angelique Allen, Biology
  • Women in Graduate Science Award: Hope Healey, Biology

Panel Winners

  • 1st Place: "What is Missing in Feminist Philosophy? Three Critical Interventions." Annie Ring, Philosophy; Rhiannon Lindgren, Philosophy, Tali Bitton, Philosophy

Poster Winners

  • Cal Penkauskas, Biology
  • Cecelia Staggs, Linguistics
  • Hadil Abuhmaid, Media Studies
  • Heather Le Bleu, Biology
  • Kendra Taylor, Music Education
  • Mallory Pennington, Psychology
  • Xiaoqi Ma, Prevention Science
  • People's Choice: Sarah Jordan, Music Composition
  • Women in Graduate Science Award: Heather Le Bleu, Biology

2022

3MT Winners

  • 1st Place: Shuxi Wu, Asian Studies
  • 2nd Place: Marielena Mcwhirter, Prevention Science
  • 3rd Place: Chi Tran, General Business
  • People's Choice: Yahaira Garcia, Counseling, Family and Human ServicesChi Tran, General Business

Panel Winners

  • 1st Place: "The Future of Africa's Elephants, Conservation and coexistence in a changing world." Savannah Bird, Biology; Herve Rolan Memiaghe, Landscape Architecture; Claire Goodfellow, Biology
  • People's Choice: Zeinab Nobowati, Ricardo Friaz, and Puja Ghosh, Philosophy

Poster Winners

  • Merley Klaas, Education Leadership
  • Havisha Khurana, Education Leadership
  • Mandi Ward, Prevention Science
  • Nicole Williams, Language Teaching Studies
  • Sabrina Mostoufi, Biology
  • People's Choice: Madison Wolf, Andrew Miller, and Jacob Schaeperkoetter-Cochran, Architecture

2021

Virtual 3MT Winners

  • 1st Place: Ali Hassani “Democratizing Vision Transformers”
  • 2nd Place: Taylor Guthrie “Social Relationship Strength Modulates the Similarity of Brain-to-Brain Representations of Group Members”
  • People’s Choice: Donghyeok Jang “Corporate Social Responsibility, Pension Assumptions, and Risky Asset Allocations in Defined Benefit Pension Plans”

Honorable Mention

  • David Fainstein “Supporting Educators Remotely: Replicating a Kindergarten Math Intervention during COVID-19”
  • Jamila Baig “Reconstruction of Paleotemperature, Vegetation Change, Fire History, and Lake Productivity Using a Multiproxy Approach in the Pacific Northwest, Gold Lake, Willamette National Forest, Oregon, USA”

2019

3MT Winners

  • 1st Place: Monika Lind
  • 2nd Place: Haisu Huang
  • 3rd Place: Xiang Li
  • People’s Choice: Tamara Niella

Panel Winners

  • Maple: Reentering the community after incarceration
  • Oak: Ontogeny: the process of becoming
  • Swindells: The journey of a refugee

Poster Winners

  • Oriana Chafe
  • Hayden Rensch
  • Seyed Pooyah Razavi Ghahfarokhi
  • Omoshola AleruMilntra Raksachat
  • Gina Williamson
  • Alejandra Garcia Isaza
  • Celia Caffery
  • People’s Choice: Lindsey Romero

2018

Poster Winners

  • Daniel O’Hara
  • Arash Dayani
  • Gina Williamson
  • Cameron Johnson
  • Soheil Jamshidi
  • Claire Guidinger
  • Joscha Klueppel
  • Lauren Witherspoon
  • Maria Schweer-Collins
  • People’s Choice Posters: 
    • Heather Leonard
    • Maria Schweer-Collins

3MT Final Winners

  • Camille Cioffi
  • Sarah Donaldson
  • Caleb Holt
  • People’s Choice 3MT: Camille Cioffi

Panel Winners (Oak Room)

  • Karikarn Chansiri
  • Mark Hammond
  • Aleksandria Perez Grabow
  • Kaitlin O’Brien

Panel Winners (Maple Room)

  • Billy Dean Goehring
  • Angie Michaiel
  • Sarah Stednitz