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Sigma Xi honors 7 for undergrad research

4:28 p.m., May 30, 2006--Seven graduating seniors received 2006 Undergraduate Thesis Awards from the UD chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, Saturday, May 27, during departmental Convocation exercises.

Undergraduate researchers, recognized by the award and nominated by research advisers and members of their theses committees, each receive a $100 gift card, certificate of recognition and nomination as associate members of Sigma Xi with first-year's dues sponsored by the chapter.

Awards were given to the following students:

Becky E. Gable received a bachelor of chemical engineering degree with distinction for "Surface Chemistry Dependence on Microrheological Measurements," adviser, Eric Furst, assistant professor of chemical engineering;

Jessica Ann Hall received an honors bachelor of science degree in animal science with distinction for "Analysis of Hepatic Gene Expression in Chickens with Hormonally-induced Lean and Fat Phenotypes," adviser, Larry Cogburn, professor of animal and food sciences;

Nicole D. Jackson received an honors bachelor of science degree in athletic training with distinction for "The Effects of Fatigue on Reaction Time during Sudden Ankle Inversion," adviser, Thomas Kaminski, associate professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences;

Janine E. Janoski received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with distinction for "J-omino Packings," adviser, John Pelesko, assistant professor of mathematical sciences;

Sonali Joshi received an honors bachelor of science degree in biological sciences with distinction for "Functional Role of Heparanase in Chondrogenesis,” adviser, Mary C. Farach-Carson, professor of biological sciences and materials science;

Janelle A. Konchar received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with distinction for "Mathematical Modeling and Testing of a New Polymer-Based Impact Tool Design to Reduce Vibration-Related Biomechanical Injuries," adviser, James Glancey, associate professor of bioresources engineering and mechanical engineering; and

James J. Parris received an honors bachelor of science degree in biochemistry for "Developmental Expression Pattern of Junctional Adhesion Molecule-A (JAM-A)," adviser, Ulhas Naik, associate professor of biological sciences and chemical engineering.

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