NCUR 2001
15th National Conference
on Undergraduate Research

The University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
March 15-17, 2001
The mission of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education....
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Natasha Wools
Dr. LaJoyce Debro , Professor of Biology and Elizabeth Curtis

Elizabeth Curtis (LaJoyce H. Debro) Department of Biology, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL 36265

Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies finitimus is unique among insecticidal strains of bacteria. The bacterium produces at least two crystalline parasporal inclusions. One inclusion is released in the environment separately from the spore and the second atypical inclusion remains with the spore inside a common envelope, the exosporium. Two genes, cry26 and cry28, have been cloned from this strain but neither of the genes has been specifically associated with the enclosed or the free inclusion proteins. The objective of this study was to use PCR to correlate the cloned cry genes with specific inclusion proteins of B. thuringiensis subsp. finitimus and plasmid variants of subspecies finitimus that produce or fail to produce enclosed inclusions. PCR primers were designed from the published sequences of cry26 and cry28. PCR results show that both genes correlate with a large 98-mDa plasmid but alone is not sufficient to direct the formation of an enclosed inclusion. The free inclusion is unrelated to cry26 or cry28.
Fifteenth National Conference on Undergraduate Research
March 15-17, 2001
University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky

The University of Kentucky invites undergraduates and their mentors at all colleges and universities to participate in the 15th National Conference on Undergraduate Research to be held on campus from March 15 to March 17, 2001. Students in all disciplines are encouraged to deliver papers, present poster boards, display art, or demonstrate their talents in music, theatre, or dance. In addition to individual sessions, the conference will include noted plenary speakers from the sciences and humanities and a special evening celebration at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The theme of the conference is "Science and the Human Spirit." Thirty years after the appearance of Stanley Kubrick's most controversial film, "2001 A Space Odyssey," it is worth investigating the roles which we have assigned to machines e g. computers, interactive videos, the world wide web, in the pursuit of human goals and aspirations. To what degree are the human mind and heart both controlled and controlling factors in the quest for our individual and collective good? We will attempt to explore the ways in which science and technology constantly advance our opportunities for human growth and at the same time threaten our well being. Papers and presentations related to the conference theme are most welcome, but individuals working in all areas of intellectual inquiry and artistic performance are strongly urged to submit proposals.

Lexington is located in the heart of the Blue Grass region of Kentucky and is noted for its beautiful rolling hills and world famous horse farms. Conference participants will find easy access by plane or car and can enjoy one of several tours to historical and cultural sites in the area after the meeting.

We welcome you to the University of Kentucky and to the Commonwealth!
Poet, Author, Farmer

If you ask Wendell Berry what he does for a living, he will tell you that he is a farmer. That is true, of course, but his labor on the farm is all of a piece with his writing. With more than thirty volumes of poetry, fiction, and essays, he reaches far beyond Port Royal, Kentucky in works that deal with the land, ecological awareness, personal relations, the beauty and fragility of human life, and the future of our nation. From the days in the late 50's when he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford to the present, he continues to win accolades for his insight into the problems and the prospects of American life. With over two dozen awards ranging from Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships and recognition from the American Academy of Arts and Letters to local prizes such as the 1999 Rural Kentuckian Award, Wendell Berry has touched life and letters both in small communities and across the nation. One could hardly imagine a person better suited to help us reflect more deeply on our theme of science and the human spirit.

Concert Pianist
University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

With concert appearances across the nation and across the world, including Germany, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, and Korea, pianist Sandra Rivers is one of the foremost performing artists of our time. She has played at Tanglewood, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Aspen, the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center. In addition to her solo career, she become widely known for her concert partnerships with many of the leading world soloists such as Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, Elmar Oliveira and Sarah Chang. In 1978 she was awarded the Best Accompanist Prize at the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, and shortly thereafter she became the official accompanist at the Naumberg International Violin Competition, the Mae Whitaker International Competition, and the Golden Music Festival in Lisbon. She has also appeared on popular night time TV shows such as those of Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. Ms. Rivers has been a member of the faculty of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati since 1982.

Professor of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Sharp was born on D-Day (June 6, 1944) and grew up on a small farm in Kentucky. He obtained a B.A. in chemistry and mathematics from Union College, Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He joined the faculty in the Biology Department at MIT in 1974, where he has served both as Director of the Center for Cancer Research and Head of the Department of Biology. On February 28, 2000 he was named Founding Director of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Dr. Sharp's research interests have centered on the molecular biology of tumor viruses and is heralded for his landmark discovery of RNA splicing in 1977. This work provided one of the first indications of the startling phenomenon of "discontinuous genes" in the cells of mammals, which has had profound implications for understanding the genetic causes of cancer. For this work, Dr. Sharp received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Sharp's career as a scientist and educator has been recognized by numerous awards including the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the General Motors Research Foundation Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize for Cancer Research, the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize and the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award. He is co-founder, Chairman of the Scientific Board, and member of the Board of Directors of Biogen, Inc., winner of the 1999 National Medal of Technology for the development of life enhancing pharmaceutical products. Dr. Sharp has received honorary degrees from many universities including, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Glasgow, Uppsala, and from the Thomas More College and Union College, Kentucky and the University of Kentucky.

Professor of Psychology
Stanford University

Claude Steele has been a professor of psychology at Stanford since 1991. Professor Steele received his B.A. degree from Hiram College in Ohio and his Ph.D. degree in psychology from The Ohio State University in 1971. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association, as well as an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education. He received the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize in 1996. In addition to his current position as Chair of the Psychology Department, he is also the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences. Throughout his career he has been interested in processes of self-evaluation, in particular in how people cope with self-image threat. This work has led to a general theory of self-affirmation processes, as well as a theory of how group stereotypes can influence intellectual performance and academic identities. In addition, he has long been interested in psychological aspects of addictive behaviors.
Wednesday, March 14, 2000
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Board of Governors Meeting
3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Early Registration on UK campus
Thursday, March 15, 2000
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration on UK Campus
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Poster Session
Oral Session
URN Faculty Session
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
Plenary Session
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Box lunch
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. URN Lancy Lunchtime Series
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Poster Session
Oral Session
URN Faculty Session
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Plenary Session
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reception at W.T. Young Library
Friday, March 16, 2001
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration on UK campus
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Poster Session
Oral Session
URN Faculty Session
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Plenary Session
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Box lunch
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. URN Lancy Lunchtime Series
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Poster Session Oral Session URN Faculty Session
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Plenary Session
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. "Old Kentucky Night" at the Kentucky Horse Park"
Saturday, March 17, 2001
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Poster Session Oral Session URN Faculty Session
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Plenary Session
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Box lunch
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Optional Events:
Horse Farm Tour
Taste of Kentucky Tour
Shaker Village Tour
Newport Aquarium
Cancelled!Headley-Whitney & Mary Todd Lincoln

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