Category Archives: 2015

March 11, 2015

Kevin Lopez

Kevin LopezMajor and Classification
Chemical Biology
Faculty Mentor
Joseph R. Landolph, Jr., Ph.D., Keck School of Medicine
Department
Dornsife: Chemistry
Research Gateway Project
In Vitro Studies on Chromium (VI) and the Onset of Cancer: Cytotoxicity and Morphological Transformation of C3H10T½ Embryo Mouse Cells Enhanced by Synergism between Ascorbate and Chromium (VI)
Abstract
Chromium (VI) compounds are strong human carcinogens. Unfortunately, workers involved in the manufacturing of chromium-based pigments and in chromium electroplating are exposed to these chemical agents, causing high

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March 11, 2015

Zari Morales

Zari MoralesMajor and Classification
Health and Humanity
Faculty Mentor
Catherine Crowley, OTD, OTR/L, Department of Occupational Science & Therapy
Department
Dornsife: Interdisciplinary
Research Gateway Project
Fostering Creative Minds: How Educational Settings Support Creativity in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Abstract
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), a group of neurodevelopmental disorders that are characterized by lack of social communication or interest and repetitive behaviors, are more prevalent with each passing year. As of 2014,

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March 11, 2015

Natalie Nguyen

Natalie NguyenMajor and Classification
Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor
Veronica Eliasson, Ph.D., Viterbi School of Engineering
Department
Viterbi School of Engineering
Research Gateway Project
Quantifying neural network strain caused by stress waves from dynamic loading using HAMr (Highly Automated Mechanical Impactor) and the shadow moiré method
Abstract
Protective gear against brain injury can be improved with a better understanding of the biological and mechanical response of the brain under dynamic loading. A new

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March 11, 2015

Viviana Padilla

Viviana PadillaMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor
Tessa Milman, OTD, OTR/L, Department of Occupational Science and Therapy
Department
Dornsife: Psychology
Research Gateway Project
College is for Everyone: Factors which Promote Higher Education in Individuals with Autism
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to interview counselors and teachers who work with high school students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In doing so researchers sought to determine what characteristics in these student’s academic lives during high school helped foster encouragement and

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March 11, 2015

Diana Ramos

Diana RamosMajor and Classification
Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor
David Z. D’Argenio, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department
Viterbi School of Engineering
Research Gateway Project
Integrated Model for Denosumab: Pharmacodynamics in Postmenopausal Women
Abstract
This study aims to further explore Denosumab and its pharmacodynamics properties as a RANK ligand inhibitor for treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. An integrated bone homeostasis model is used as a basis for the interaction of Denosumab with

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March 11, 2015

Natalie Reyes

Natalie Reyes
Major and Classification
Law, History, and Culture
Faculty Mentor
George Sanchez, Ph.D., Departments of History & American Studies and Ethnicity
Department
Dornsife: Law, History, and Culture
Research Gateway Project
A New Movement: Identifying as Latino and First Generation College Students at the University of Southern California
Abstract
Many Latino students at the University of Southern California (USC) are first generation college students and lack the social capital many of their peers

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March 11, 2015

Eugenio Rivera

Eugenio RiveraMajor and Classification
Electrical Engineering
Faculty Mentor
Federico Spedalieri, Ph.D., Department of Electrical Engineering
Department
Viterbi School of Engineering
Research Gateway Project
NP-Hard Graph Partitioning: D-WAVE Implementation
Abstract
This study involved implementing the NP-Hard Graph Partitioning problem onto the D-WAVE Two (DW2) programmable quantum annealing processor, to search for quantum speedup and improvement in solutions over classical (non-quantum) heuristic algorithms. NP problems belong to the Non-deterministic in Polynomial Time set; suggesting they are computationally infeasible. NP-Hard problems are

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March 11, 2015

Danielle Thomas

Danielle ThomasMajor and Classification
Civil Engineering
Faculty Mentor
Kelly Sanders, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department
Viterbi School of Engineering
Research Gateway Project
Assessing the Environmental and Cost Tradeoffs of Solar Panels at the University of Southern California
Abstract
This project analyzes the energy generation potential, as well as the economic and environmental tradeoffs of installing solar photovoltaics (PV) on the University Park Campus (UPC) at the University of Southern California (USC). Solar is an attractive source of

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March 11, 2015

B. Iris Verduzco

Iris Verduzco-thumb-250x312-57099-thumb-250x312-57100Major and Classification
Law, History, and Culture
Faculty Mentor
George Sanchez, Ph.D., Departments of History & American Studies and Ethnicity
Department
Dornsife: Law, History, and Culture
Research Gateway Project
Latin@ Womyn in the Environmental Justice Movement in Los Angeles
Abstract
Mothers of East Los Angeles, Santa Isabel formed in 1986 to address issues that womyn in Boyle Heights were concerned about, such as the safety of their children and families. Mothers of East Los Angeles, Santa Isabel began by tackling

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March 11, 2015

Moira Turner

Moira TurnerMajor and Classification
Cultural Anthropology
Faculty Mentor
Diana Williams, Ph.D., Department of History
Department
Dornsife: Anthropology
Research Gateway Project
What it means to be a father: White Benevolence and the Battle for Inheritance in the 19th Century
Abstract
The experiences (or presence) of interracial couples are typically hailed as a signifier for social change and progress. Many have purported their existence to be a movement towards a truly post racial society. However, when framing these relationships as one unit, the

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