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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Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

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Extending the Shelf Life of Solid Rocket Motors Through Mechanical Activation of, Emilio J. Cantu, Hope Klukovich, and Timothy Haddad

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Use of Thermodynamic Models for Optimizing Fuel Treatment Processes, Shawn PJ Kirby and Andrew Guenthner

NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)

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Analyzing the Performance of the SOFIA Infrared Telescope, Sarah M. Bass, Jeffrey Van Cleve, and Zaheer Ali

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If it Isn’t Tested, it Doesn’t Work: Automated Verification of SOFIA Data Handling Software, Garrett Holthaus, Brett Stroozas, and Zaheer Ali

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Optimizing Electrode Design for Microbial Fuel Cells Used for Wastewater Treatment, Lindsay Nichols and John A. Hogan

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Validation of Data Reduction Interactive Pipeline for FORCAST on SOFIA, Brent C. Nicklas, William T. Reach, and Sachindev S. Shenoy

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The Standard New Astronomy Cryostat for SOFIA: A Design for Cryogen-Free Infrared Astronomy, Carey F. Scott, Jeffrey Van Cleve, Eric Burgh, earl T. Daley, Ali Kashani, and Zaheer Ali

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Mechanical Design of PIRD (Principal Investigator Rack Drawer) for SOFIA, Hari Prasad Shetty Mr., Murali Krishna Kandlagunta Mrs., John Miles Mr., and Zaheer Ali Mr.

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Abundance Patterns in the Spiral Galaxy Messier 33, Melissa A. Siemer and Ravi Sankrit

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Seeing Through A Cloudy Glass: Putting Limits On Planetary Nebulae Abundances Using Photoionization Modeling., Peter R. Sullivan and Ravi Sankrit

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Life Support: Long Term Storage of Solid Waste in an Enclosed Membrane System, Emmy O. Trieu, Michael Flynn, and Rocco Mancinelli

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FLITECAM Data Process Validation, Jesse K. Tsai, Sachindev S. Shenoy, Brent Cedric Nicklas, Zaheer Ali, and William T. Reach

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Integration and Testing of Safety Case Tool Support, Sarah Bass, Ewen Denney, and Josef Pohl

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Integration of FOB System to Crew Transfer Bag, Michaela Brant and Michael Flynn

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Simplified Microbial Mats: Unraveling a complex community one alga at a time., Donna A. Dela Calzada, Brad M. Bebout, and Angela Detweiler

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The effects of low dose gamma radiation on the production of bone cell communication factors, Anna DeNeui, Ruth Globus, L. Tran, and A. Kumar

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Analyzing Wind Turbine Controller Effects on Structure Stress, Leo Groner and Susan Frost

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NASA Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) Platform Tradeoffs Analysis, Stephanie Kugler and Dougal Maclise

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Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene Oxide, Jeremy A. Waddell, Arthur Cheng, and Bin Chen

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Electrical Energy Storage: Synthesis of Metal Oxide Nanostructures for Potential Use in Flow Cell Batteries, Robin Young, Cristina Javier, Alex LeGrande, and Bin Chen

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Vapor Liquid Solid Growths of Germanium and Gallium Antimonide Nanowires, Ralph Alvarez, Esmeralda Arreola, Michael Oye, and Meyya Meyyappan

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Micro-Satellite Constellation for Global Surface Water Data, Arron Apperson and Vern Vanderbilt

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Forward Osmosis Bag: Ground Testing the Prospect of Using Alternative Water Sources for Drinking Water, Michaela Marie Brant, Ariella Yendler, Mona Hammoudeh, and Michael T. Flynn

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NASA Robot Project, Azi Crawford, Mark Leon, and Terry Grant

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MATLAB Based Algorithm to Find the Remaining State Of Charge, Ishrat Khatoon, Bhaskar Saha, and Kai Goebe

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NASA Robotics Academy Lunar Micro – Rover Project: Radiation Analysis, Daniel Ruiz, Michael Zwach, Vasha Dutell, Taylor Wilson, Lauren Gossen, and Mark Leon

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A Study of Ozone at Railroad Valley, NV and Trinidad Head, CA, Sarah L. Salazar, Laura T. Iraci, and Emma L. Yates

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Wavelength Selective Photovoltaics for Low Cost Electricity Generation, Leona Wong, Brad Bebout, Leslie Bebout, Sue Carter, and Erich Fleming

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Tunable Synthesis of Tungsten(VI) oxide Nanowires for Solar Powered Thin Film Devices, Nicholas Zabalza, Alex LeGrande, and Bin Chen

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SWaMP: Surface Water Monitoring Project, Arron Apperson and Vern Vanderbilt

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Zero G and Me: Modeling Cardiovascular Dynamics from Echocardiography and Impedance Cardiography during Parabolic Flight, Margaret Dominguez, Patricia Cowings, and Bill Toscano

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Utilization of remote Scanning Electron Microscope (rSEM) as a Science Teaching Tool for Public School Students, Patty Hay, Richard Boyle, and Joseph Varelas

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Automated Theorem Prover Axiom Management, Ashley T. Holeman and Ewen Denney

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Prognostics and Health Management of Batteries and Composites, Ishrat Khatoon, Bhaskar Saha, Abhinav Saxena, and Kai Goebel

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Designing a Deep Space Bioregenarative System, Hiram Lopez, Khrissaundra Journey, and Richard Boyle

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Pre-earthquake Signatures in Thermal Infrared and Radar Data, Stephanie Oliver, Shamma Alqassim, Steve Roth, and Vern Vanderbilt

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Carbon-based Materials for Extracting Urea to Recycle Waste Water in Space Applications, Chuong Vu, Eduardo Nicolau, Tra-my Justine Richardson, Carlos R. Cabrera, and Michael Flynn

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Algae and Cyanobacteria Behavior with Fixed Variables for Space Missions, Leona Wong, Brad Bebout, and Erich Fleming

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Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 into CH4, Nicholas Zabalza, Alex LeGrande, Tuan Tran, Kathy Hong, and Bin Chen

California State University, Fresno (CSU Fresno)

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Bead Based Multiplexing for the Simultaneous Detection of Salmonella enterica, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli, Francisco Fernandez, Karamveer Singh, Sonam Sahni, and Alejandro Calderon-Urrea

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Identifying Molecular Markers Associated with Salt and Boron Tolerance in Poplar Trees, Darshanpreet Gill, Nathan Follen, Davis W. Cheng, Kyan Salehi, Gary Banuelos, and James P. Prince

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Detection of Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli O157 and Listeria monocytogenes through bead based Magpix® fluidics, Karamveer Singh, Francisco Fernandez, Sonam Sahni, and Alejandro Calderón-Urrea

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC)

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Characterization of Samples for Optimization of Infrared Stray Light Coatings, Carey L. Baxter, Rebecca Salvemini, Zaheer A. Ali, Patrick Waddell, Greg Perryman, and Bob Thompson

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Program Performance Analysis for the Flight Opportunities Program, Kirsten M. Fogg and Ronald M. Young

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Chemical Compatibility Study of Anti-Corrosive Materials for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), Belyn Nicole Grant, Zaheer Ali, Greg Perryman, Stefan Teufel, and Brian Eney

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Designing a Cold Source to be Integrated with the Existing Telescope Assembly Alignment Simulator, Rebecca L. Salvemini, Carey Baxter, Zaheer Ali, Greg Perryman, Robert Thompson, and Daniel Nolan

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Tools and Methods to Optimize the Analysis of Telescopic Performance Metrics on SOFIA, Steven R. Wilson, Holger Jakob, Stefan Teufel, Zaheer Ali, Jeffrey Van Cleve, Brian Eney, and Greg Perryman

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Evaluation and Calibration of the Focusing, and Tilting and Chopping Mechanisms of SOFIA, Brian Eney, Joshua Thompson, Holger Jakob, Jeffrey Van Cleve, Zaheer A. Ali, Alan Hatakeyama, and Matt Dillman

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Mathematical Modeling of Technology Payloads to Predict Expected Flight Need, Kirsten M. Fogg and Mark Collard

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Telescope Assembly Alignment Simulator Performance Optimization, Joshua G. Thompson, Brian Eney, Zaheer Ali, and Bob Thompson

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Freeing Space for NASA: Incorporating a Lossless Compression Algorithm Into NASA's Fiber Optic Strain Sensing System, Kaitlyn Fiechtner and Allen Parker

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Sitting in the Pilot's Seat: Optimizing Human-Systems Interfaces for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Steven Michael Queen and Kurt Sanner

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Analysis of Compression Algorithm in Ground Collision Avoidance Systems, Tyler Schmalz and Jack Ryan

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Determination Of Water Vapor For Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy Aircraft (SOFIA), Michelle Wen, Edward Teets, and Christopher Busby

Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB)

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Using Modeling and Simulation to Analyze Complex Aircraft, Kimberlee Margosian and Jason Lechniak

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Simulation of Wing Tip Vortices, Ryan Termath, Jason Lechniak, and Keerti bhamidipati

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

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Developing a Biophysical Model to Determine the Minimum Water Requirement for Irrigating Known Crops, Robyn M. Williams and Lahaouri Bounoua

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Using the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) to Observe Trends in Pollutants, James Ruff and Charles Gatebe

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The Coolest Place in the World, Joseph Spekterman and Alan Kogut

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Analyzing Sun Photometer Data to Discover Trends and to Create Educational Activities for Students, Robyn Williams and Charles Gatebe

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

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Engineering Design: Sample Return Mission, Erol Chandler, Moogega Cooper, and Kimberly Lykens

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From the Laboratory to the Classroom: Characterization of Microorganisms Residing on Mars-Based Spacecraft, Ryan Hendrickson

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Juxtaposing NASA’s AERONET AOD with CARB PM data over the San Joaquin Valley to facilitate Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) PM pollution research, John Kanemoto

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Preservation of Biosignature Molecules in Potential Sample Return Container of the Mars 2020 Mission, Kimberly E. Lykens and Fei Chen Ph.D

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Detection of Viable Microorganisms Using Propidium Monoazide, Erik J. McFarland and Adrian Ponce Dr.

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Characterization of the Drilling via the Vibration Augmenter of Rotary-Drills and Sound Signal Processing of Impacted Pipe as a Potential Water Height Assessment Tool, Nicholas Morris

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Inter-Comparison of Forward Radiative Transfer Computer Models, Jesse Venegas, Anthony Davis, Michael Garay, and Olga Kalashnikova

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Raman Mapping of Mars Relevant Minerals Using Multiple Excitation Wavelenghts, Victoria Campbell and William Abbey

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Impact of Neutron Irradiation on the Thermoelectric Properties of Rare Earth‐Based Thermoelectric Materials, Zachary Chandler, Sabah Bux, Chen-Kuo Huang, Jagdishbhai Patel, Jean-Pierre Fleurial, and Thierry Caillat

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Playing "Hide and Seek" With Binary Stars, Elin Deeb and Raghvendra Sahai

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To Mask or Not to Mask: Using a Model‐Based Barameter to Detect Vegetation Changes from Polarimetric and Interferometric Radar Data, Kaitlyn Fiechtner and Marco LaValle

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Propidium Monoazide qPCR for Viability Assessment of Microbes with Species Specificity, Carolyn Laymon, Adrian Ponce, and Nicholas Fingland

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Survival of B. horneckiae Spores Under Ground-Simulated, Sneha Tharayil and Parag Vaishampayan

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Building the Foundation for Student Observations Using NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft, Jamie Vargas and Rich Rieber

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Plexiglass Protection Shield for the Testbed System of the ATHLETE Rover, Shin Adachi

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Relationships between snow pack, soil moisture, and forest greenness: Implications for SMAP, Jordan Anderson, Noah Molotch, and Bin Guan

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Deep UV Penetration Depth in Astrobiologically Relevant Rocks & Minerals, Juliana Capra and William Abbey

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Investigation of a Statistical Metric for Validation of a Structural Dynamics Model, April Morton and Lee Peterson

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Planetary Protection Technology Survey for Mars Sample Return Mission, Arbella Moshava, Yin Lin, and Wayne Schubert

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Informing Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment Flight Schedule based upon Soil and Vegetation Freeze and Thaw Event Variation along the Alaska Ecological Transect, Jessica Potter, Kyle McDonald, and Erika Podest

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Comparison of Low and High Resolution Multiscale Ultrahigh Resolution (MUR) Level 4 Datasets, Robin Sehler and Jorge Vazquez

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Assessing Laser Lifetime Test Performance, Joe Weichman, Hamid Hemmati, and Malcolm Wright

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Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) Variability with Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), Sam Koshy, Douglas I. Hoffman, and Roc M. Cutri

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

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Updating Purchasing Specifications for Energy-Efficient Commercial Boilers for the Federal Energy Management Program, Arturo Avila and James Lutz

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Rock Porosity Analysis Using High Resolution X-ray Tomography, Leo Groner, Dula Parkinson, and Katya Bazilevskaya

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Remote Sensing Analysis for Salinity Management of Seasonal Wetlands, Debra L. S. Miller and Nigel W.T. Quinn

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Effects of Mechanical Ventilation Rates on Indoor Formaldehyde Levels, Thuy Nguyen and Henry Willem

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Recyclability of Ionic Liquid in Pretreatment of Eucalyptus Globulus, Melissa Ambrose, Kim Tran, Anthe George, and Bradley Holmes

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Cyanobacteria and Biosequestration: The Effects of High CO2 Levels on Calcifying Strains of Synechococcus, Fallon E. Frye, Stephanie M. Swarbreck, and Christer Jansson

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Next Generation of Quality Low Energy “Green” Windows, James M. Kennedy, R.J. Mendelsberg, and S.H.N. Lim

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

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Rescuing Acetylcholinesterase from Nerve Agent Inhibition: Protein Dynamics Driven Drug Discovery, Aiyana M. Emigh and Brian Bennion

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The Influence of Soil Organic Matter Stabilization Mechanisms on Carbon Mean Residence Time Within Various Ecosystems in the United States, Vicky Lynn Giese and Kate Heckman Phd

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Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling for predicting caffeine/theophylline-ciprofloxacin interactions, David M. Ng and Ali Navid

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Disocvering Ionic Liquid Resistant Genes, Bree Person, Douglass Higgins, and Michael Thelen

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Smart Sampling of Noble Gases to Detect Underground Nuclear Explosions, Lindsey M. Skelton, Steven Hunter, and Charles Carrigan

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Unmasking the Mysteries of High-Mass X-Ray Binaries (HMXBs): The Role of LLNL’s Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT), Carey Baxter, Natalie Hell, and Greg Brown

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Informing Drug Design: Human Acetylcholinesterase Response to Organophosphate Poisoning, Aiyana Emigh, Sebnem Essiz-Gokhan, and Brian Bennion

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Agent Based Modeling as an Educational Tool, Jonathan H. Fuller, Rodger Johnson, and Vic Castillo

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Selective Laser Sintering; A Design of Experiments, Philip David Hopkins and Victor Castillo PhD

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Measuring ecosystem CO2 emission sources in a northern hardwood forest, Laura Larson and Claire L. Phillips