STAR Program Description

The STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program offers pre-service and early career K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers paid summer research experiences in leading national, independent, and university laboratories thereby allowing participants to pursue a prestigious dual "teacher-researcher" career path. With the guidance of a research mentor, STAR Fellows work on original science projects for 8 to 9 weeks. Weekly education workshops and an opening and closing conference provide context and opportunities for STAR Fellows to consider how the "doing of science" may be translated into the "teaching of science." At the closing conference STAR Fellows present their research in a poster session or oral presentation. The ultimate goals of the STAR program are to enhance the recruitment, preparation, and retention of quality science and math teachers. The STAR program was founded and implemented by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME) and administered on behalf of the California State University (CSU) system. Through 2012, the program's sixth year, STAR has supported 290 internships for participants representing 22 CSU and 21 others campuses and has included placements at 20 different lab sites. Examples of STAR Fellows' research posters and presentations are available below sorted alphabetically by lab site.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0952013 and contributions from philanthropic foundations. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

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Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling of Acetaminophen Metabolism and Toxicity, David M. Ng and Ali Navid

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Analyzing Environmental Microbes for Genomic Regions Promoting Ionic Liquid Tolerance in E. coli, Ann Nguyen, Alison Richins, Thomas Rüegg, Steven Singer, and Michael Thelen

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Screening the Farallon Island Bacterial Collection for Ionic Liquid Tolerance to Create Genomic Libraries, Alison Richins, Ann Nguyen, Thomas Rüegg, Steven Singer, and Michael Thelen

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Chloroform Extraction of Iodine in Seawater Method Development, Hanna Seidler, Aaron Glimme, Scott Tumey, and Tom Guilderson

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Efficacy Comparison of Various PCR Master Mixes and Thermal Cycling Parameters for Detection of Brucella abortus in Multiplex Assays, Kevin J. Testo, Jason A. Olivas, Alda C. Carrillo, and Pejman Naraghi-Arani

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Quantification and in vitro analysis of nanolipoproteins (NLPs) containing adjuvants, Purna Venkataraman, Craig Blanchette, and Nicholas O. Fischer

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Caffeine Metabolism and Cytochrome P450 Enzyme mRNA Expression Levels of Genetically Diverse Inbred Mouse Strains, Neal Addicott, Michael Malfatti, and Gabriela G. Loots

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Effects of Ambient Gases On ICF Target Capsules, Bryan Chambers, Steve Letts, and Michael Stadermann

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Computational Identification of Protein Catalytic Sites: Tests, Validation, Dan Kirshner, Jerome Nilmeier, and Felice Lightstone

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Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling for Predicting Drug-Drug Interactions, David M. Ng and Ali Navid

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Laboratory Astrophysics: Using EBIT measurements to interpret high resolution spectra from celestial sources, Carey Scott, Joshua Thompson, N. Hell, and Greg V. Brown

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Approximating Commute Times by Truncated Eigenpair Summation, Brent Smith, Van Emden Henson, Geoff Sanders, and Sarah Powers

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The Role of LLNL's FAST Calibration Facility in Diagnosing NIF Fusion Plasmas, Joshua G. Thompson, Carey Scott, and Greg V. Brown

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Stability of various types of nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) upon lyophilization, Purna Venkataraman, Craig D. Blanchette, and Nicholas O. Fischer

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Carbon Transfer from Labeled Leaf Litter into Mineral Soil at the University of Missouri Baskett Research Area, a Deciduous Forest in the Eastern United States, Shayne Bradshaw, Karis McFarlane, Paula Zermeno, and Paul Hanson

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Comparison of Lysis Efficiency for DNA Extraction of Spore-forming Bacillus thuringiensis, Jody Dunkel, Bill Hoppes, Marilyn Ramsey, Anne Marie Erler, and Lewis Wogan

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Modernizing Accelerator Mass Spectrometer Data Acquisition, Leo Groner and Ted Ognibene

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Characterizing Warm Dense Matter, Ernest Irish and Yuan Ping

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Time Resolved UV Spectroscopy on the Alcator C-Mod Tokamak, Jonathan B. Kamp, G.V. Brown, and P. Beiersdorfer

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Dual Polarization Interferometry for Small Molecules Drug Development, Sarwia Nawim, Brett Chromy, and Lindsey Evans

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Yersinia pestis Proteomics and Vaccine Development, Rebecca Paddack, Lindsey Evans, Jr-Shiuan Lin, Stephen Smiley, and Brett Chromy

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Stability of Nanolipoprotein Particles (NLPs) at Different Temperatures and Complex Media, Purna Venkataraman, Nicholas Fischer, and Craig Blanchette

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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Rainwater to flush toilets on a volcano, Robert A. Buchan

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Correcting Wind Bias for a Shielded GEONOR Solid Precipitation Gauge Using Transfer Functions, Stacey Wheeler and Scott Landolt

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Alaska Fisheries Science Center (NOAA AFSC)

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Effects of Pristane on Growth of Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), Brielle D. Kemis and Bonita Nelson

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Nutritional Content of Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) Bill Loads, Dustin Taylor and Ron Heintz

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Earth Systems Research Laboratory (NOAA ESRL)

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Investigation of Ozone in Urban and Rural Areas of California, Mia J. Hiles and David Parrish

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Solar Verification Project, Ariel Sitler and Christopher Clack

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA NWFSC)

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A Genetic Survey of English Sole Populations in the Salish Sea, Elizabeth S. Gutierrez, Gary A. Winans, Jon Baker, and Amanda Cope

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA SWFSC)

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Leatherback Hatchling Fitness, Violet Campbell, Shane Morales, and Kelly Stewart

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Big babies, big mammas?: Relationship of leatherback hatchling size and mother size, Shane Morales, Violet Campbell, and Kelly Stewart

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Creating a Package in R, Brit Schneiders and Eric Archer

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Size and Weight Changes of Leatherback Hatchlings Among Emergence Groups, Shane Morales and Kelly Stewart

National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)

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LEDs and Astronomy, Britny N. Delp and Stephen M. Pompea

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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Graphene Refinement by High Temperature Anneals, Benjamin A. Calvopina, Justin Bult, and Jeff Blackburn

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Investigation of Spillover Effect to Enhance Hydrogen Storage, Sarah C. Corrigan, Lin Simpson, and Thomas Gennett

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Technology Portal for Energy Efficient Buildings, Larry D. Hermanson, Daniel Studer, and Annie Mroz

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Classification of Multi-Domain Glycoside Hydrolases to Aid in the Enzymatic Production of Biofuels from Biomass, Emi Leonard, Gregg Beckham, Deanne Sammond, and Michael Crowley

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Optimization of ethylene bioproduction in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, Derick M. Reid, Justin Ungerer, and Jianping Yu

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Characterization of Coke from the Catalytic Pyrolysis of Biomass, Kristen Ryan and Kristiina Lisa

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Evaluation of Hydrogen Storage in Metal Organic Frameworks by Bridged Hydrogen Spillover, Claudia V. Turcios, Thomas Gennett, Katherine Hurst, and Philip Parilla

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Performance Screening of Chemostat Adapted Recombinant Zymomonas mobilis Strains, Deirdre M. Beard and Nancy Dowe

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Rehabilitation of SRRL Aerosol Optical Depth Photometer Data, Elin Deeb, Daryl Myers, and Afshin Andreas

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Growth and Hydrogen Production of Rubrivivax gelatinosus CBS, Shannon A. Swanson and Karen Wawrousek

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Catalytic Upgrading of Pyrolysis Vapors, Caryn Burnett, Alexander Stanton, and Kristiina Iisa

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An Evaluation and Preliminary Update for the LBL Circumsolar Telescope, Elin Deeb and Daryl Myers

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Sulfur Characterization of Biochar, Shealyn Malone and Singfoong Cheah

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Identification of the Enzymes Responsible for the Detoxification of Furfural and 5-Hydroxymethyl-2-furalaldehyde in Zymomonas moblis, Joshua Myatt, Mary Ann Franden, and Min Zhang

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Determination of an Efficient Method for the Extraction of Xylan from Delignified Corn Stover Using Dimethyl Sulfoxide, John Rowley and Stuart Black

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

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Testing compounds as sole carbon sources of strains isolated from the Hot Lake phototrophic mat, Lyzbeth Becerra and Stephen Lindemann

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Verifying R code and visualizing Power Grid data: Signature Quality Metrics and GUI development, Emmanuel C. Herrera and Brett Amidan

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Lithic Analysis of Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site Sediments, Kaitlin M. Hill and George V. Last

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Fishing For Peptides, Kevin Nguyen, Heather Brewer, and Ljiljana Pasa-Tolic

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Investigating Graph Clustering For The Power Grid, Gabriela Radu and Emilie Hogan

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IO3- and I- Sorption from Groundwater by Layered Double Hydroxides, Abbey Rickelmann, Emily Campbell, Natasha Pence, Tatiana Levitskaia, Sayandev Chatterjee, and Frances Smith

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Molecular Modeling of Novel Fuel Cell Membranes, Tessa Brown and Ram Devanathan

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Further Development of the Chemical Mixture Methodology (CMM) Wizard, Sarah Horn, Cliff Glantz, Xiao-Ying Yu, and Alex Booth

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Improving the Efficiency of Homologous Gene Replacement by Disrupting Non-Homologous End Joining Pathway Gene KusA in the Oleaginous Fungus Mortierella alpina, Kathleen T. Krueger, Ziyu Dai Dr, Ugur Uzuner, and Scott E. Baker Dr

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Further Development in Nondestructive Methods to Gauge Life Expectancy in Ferromagnetic Components, David Millard, Pradeep Ramuhalli, and Jacob Fricke

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Using ETF Data to Monitor Systemic Risk, Melissa A. Siemer and Brett Amidan

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Steroids and SSRIs in Wastewater and EE2 Uptake in FHM, Elizabeth Ellen Wittenberg and Irvin R. Schultz

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Migrating the CMM Wizard to a Robust ASP.NET Format, Alexander E. Booth, Jeremy Rishel, Cliff Glantz, and Xiao Ying Yu

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Spectroscopic Properties of Lanthanide (III) Compounds in Aqueous and Ionic Media, Orissa A. Burghard, Sayandev Chatterjee, Zheming Wang, and Samuel A. Bryan

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Interspecies Comparison of αII-Spectrin Abundance Between Chinook Salmon and Steelhead, Brielle D. Kemis, Ann L. Miracle, Katie A. Wagner, and Christa M. Woodley

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Velo: A Knowledge Management Platform for Modeling and Simulation, Molly K. Kessie and Ian Gorton

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Modeling Non-destructive Methods to Gauge Life Expectancy in Ferromagnetic Metals, David Millard and Jeff Griffin

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Quantitative Characterization of Microstructure Features for 1st Generation Advanced High Strength Steels, Margarita Vidrio, Ellen Liu, Donsheng Li, Kyoo Sil Choi, and Xin Sun

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Enhancing Emergency Preparedness: The Chemical Mixture Methodology Wizard, Kimberly Schutte and Xiao-Ying Yu

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Acoustic Health Monitoring of Electronic Devices, Tim Smith and Morris Good

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Assessing Nuclear Proliferation by Using System Dynamics Modeling, Samuel V. Stafford and Alan Brothers

Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC)

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Jellyfish Identification and Quantification in the San Francisco Estuary, Amalia Borson, Lindsay L. Sullivan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Zooplankton Trophic Ecology in the San Francisco Estuary During Summer as Determined by Stable Isotope Analysis, Kyla BradyLong, Steven Westbrook, Julien Moderan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Behavioral Variation Between Two Clades of Leptasterias spp., Ashley Contreras and Sarah Cohen

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Behavioral Variation Between Two Clades of Leptasterias spp., Ashley N. Contreras

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Temporal variation in larval release in Botrylloides violaceous, Damion J. Delton and Sarah Cohen

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Estimating Genetic Diversity of the Invasive Tunicate Didemnum vexillum in Global Populations, Elizabeth S. Gutierrez and Sarah Cohen

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Feeding Ecology of Delta Smelt During a Seasonal Pulse of Turbidity, William A. Hilton, Aaron Johnson, and Wim Kimmerer

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Abundance and Distribution of Microplankton in the San Francisco Estuary, Carrie Ann Sharitt, Lindsay Sullivan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Using Stable Isotope Analysis of Zooplankton to Document Trophic and Biogeochemical Changes in the San Francisco Estuary, Steven C. Westbrook and Julien Moderan

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The Abundance and Distribution of Gelatinous Zooplankton in the San Francisco Estuary, Amalia Borson, Lindsay Sullivan, and Wim Kimmerer

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Functional Response of Protected Larval Stage Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus), Jorge Ruiz, Lindsay Sullivan, Wim Kimmerer, and Joan Lindberg

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Population Density of Carcinus maenas in Seadrift Lagoon, Khalila Sailor and Gregory Ruiz

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Testing the salinity tolerance levels of similar invasive species found in the San Francisco Bay, Julia M. Smith, C. Sarah Cohen, and Elizabeth Sheets

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Developing Monitoring Methods for Leptasterias spp. as Sentinel Species in Detecting Local Environmental Changes, Zachary Sturbaum, Kathryn Nuessly, Riley J. Smith, and C. Sarah Cohen

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Using Stable Isotope Analysis to Study Zooplankton Trophic Ecology in San Francisco Estuary, Steven C. Westbrook, Julien Moderan, and Wim Kimmerer

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A Comparative Study of Botryllid Tunicates Regeneration in the San Francisco Bay, Michelle Wray and C. Sarah Cohen

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Tunicate Recruitment in a Temperature Fouling Community, Garrett Benjamin and Sarah Cohen

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Relationship of maternal flow environment to offspring size in Botrylloides violaceus, Damion J. Delton and Sarah Cohen

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Imported Nereis virens and Glycera dibranchiata as a Vector for Invasive Species in San Francisco Bay, Jason Christopher Hayes and Gregory M. Ruiz

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Contrasting Effects of Flow on Adult and Juvenile Ascidian Life History Stages, Including the Global Invasive Didemnum vexillum, Tren C. Kauzer and C Sarah Cohen

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Analysis of San Francisco Bay Environmental Conditions as they relate to Organismal Abundance, Mary Dournaee, Toby Garfield, and Sarah Cohen

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Settlement in Fouling Communities of San Fransisco Bay, Jacqueline Hill and Sarah Cohen

SETI Institute

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International Space Station Organics Exposure in Orbit Experiment, Kegan W. Powers

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Breaking Peroxy Bonds in H20 Ice Doped with H202 to Create Positive Hole Charge Carriers., Corey C. Stockburger

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Electric Currents Due to Stress-Activated Positive Hole Charge Carriers in Ice, Cary T. Keller P.E., Friedemann T. Freund, and Dale P. Cruikshank

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Exploration of Charge Carriers in Obsidian, Ryan Nordvik and Friedemann Freund

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Phoenix Mars Mission Wet Chemistry Laboratory Detection Limit of Martian Soil Oxidants, Lauren B. Petersen and Richard C. Quinn Dr.

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Exploring Methods for Earthquake Prediction: The Effects of Water on the Flow of Stress-Activated Electric Currents in Igneous Rocks, Aaron M. Jahoda and Friedemann T. Freund

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Radar Reflectivity Experiment: Measurements for Volcano and Earthquake Monitoring, Garrett Benjamin and Freidemann T. Freund

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Radar Reflectivity Experiment: Infrared Measurements, Matthew Stemm and Friedemann Freund