Animal Sciences Students Participate in CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum

March 6, 2018

Twenty Animal Sciences undergraduates participated in the 15th Annual CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum. Over 50 participants competed in five different categories on March 1, 2018, at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The five categories were: Animal Sciences - Nutrition, Animal Sciences - Animal Health, Environmental & Plant Sciences, Food Science, and Social Sciences. Many paticipants use the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum as preparation for the University-wide Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. The Denman will be held Tuesday, April 3, from 8:00am-5:00pm in the Ohio Union. The following Animal Sciences students were winners at the CFAES Undergraduate Research Forum:

Category Placing Student Research Advisor
Animal Sciences - Health 1 Madeline Schwarz Rapheal Malbrue, Veterinary Preventative Medicine
  2 Erin Hamlin Kichoon Lee, Animal Sciences
  3 Julia Rose Monique Pairis-Garcia, Animal Sciences
       
Animal Sciences - Nutrition 1 Mikaela Disbennett Jeffrey Firkins, Animal Sciences
  2 John Bouranis Richard Bruno, Human Sciences
  3 Ariel Taylor Shelia Jacobi, Animal Sciences
       
Social Sciences 2 Taylor Klass Dave Barker, Horticulture & Crop Science

Additional information about all of the Animal Sciences students who presented is below.

Student Poster (click on the image for a larger view) Bio Denman Participant
Amy Albers The efficacy of Pulsed Electric Field to reduce antimicrobial resistant bacteria in wastewater Amy Albers is a senior from Anna, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a specialization in biosciences. She plans to attend graduate school next autumn for her MS. She may follow this with veterinary school and a Ph.D. Dr. Thomas Wittum in the College of Veterinary Medicine was her project advisor. "I was determining if pulsed electric field could be used as an intervention method to reduce antimicrobial resistant bacteria in wastewater to reduce environmental impact." Yes
John Bouranis Whey Protein and Sphingomyelin but not Casein Contribute to a-tocopherol Bioaccessibility in Skim Mil Dr. Richard Bruno in Human Sciences, College of Education and Human Ecology, project advisor.  
Mikaela Disbennett Effects of Branched Chain Volatile Fatty Acid or Branched Chain Amino Acid Supplementation on Fiber Degradation and Bacterial Fatty Acid Profile in In-Vitro Mikaela Disbennett is a senior from Croton, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a biosciences specialization. She plans to attend veterinary school with a focus in microbial research. Her project advisor was Dr. Jeff Firkins, Department of Animal Sciences. "Animal Nutrition: Effects of Branched Chain Volatile Fatty Acid or Branched Chain Amino Acid Supplementation on Fiber Degradation and Bacterial Fatty Acid Profile in In-Vitro" Yes
Tarshangi Dixit Validation of scan sampling techniques for behavioral observations of broiler chickens Tarshangi Dixit is a junior from Medina, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a specialization in biosciences.She hopes to attend veterinary school. Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia, Animal Sciences, was her project supervisor. "My project was validating scan sampling data for behavioral evaluation of broiler chickens. In this project, eight different scan sampling intervals were compared to one minute scan sampling interval." Yes
Lauren Hamer The Effects of Supplementing Increasing Doses of EPA and DHA Fatty Acids to Ewes in Late Gestation on Offspring Performance and Plasma Metabolites Lauren Hamer is a sophomore from Bellevue, OH. She is an Animal Sciences major with a biosciences specialization. Lauren hopes to attend veterinary school with a specialization in food animal medicine. Her project was supervised by Dr. Alejandro Relling, Animal Sciences. "My project was on supplementing the polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA, to ewes in late gestation to observe the performance and metabolic effects on the lambs specifically." Yes
Erin Hamlin Generation of transgenic quail expressing GFP within liver cells via the LB-FABP promoter Erin Hamlin is a senior from Fairport, New York. She is an Animal Sciences major with a specialization in biosciences and a psychology minor. She plans to attend veterinary school. Her project was supervised by Dr. Kichoon Lee, Animal Sciences. "Our research project is creating a transgenic quail that expresses green fluorescent protein solely within its liver cells." Yes
Jade Hettick Effect of Lysophospholipid on Rumen Fermentation and Feed Digestibility: In Vitro Jade Hettick is a sophomore from Creston, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a biosciences specialization. She is still considering several options for after graduation. Her project was supervised by Dr. Chanhee Lee, Animal Sciences. "My research project was determining what affect lysophospholipids have on rumen fermentation and feed digestibility. The study was done in vitro, and the effect of differing amounts of lysophospholipids on the microbial population of the rumen was compared against a common antibiotic called monensin." Yes
Taylor Klass Assessment of smallholder urban and peri-urban dairy production with zero-grazing practices in Kampala, Uganda Taylor Klass is a senior from Worthington, Ohio. She is an Honors student majoring in Animal Sciences with an industries specialization, and a dual-major in Sustainable Plant Systems with an agronomy specialization. She hopes to work in a developing country, providing extension to smallholder farmers and empowering them to increase their productivity and sustainability. Her project was supervised by Dr. David Barker, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. "My research project was a survey of 10 smallholder, non-grazing dairy farms in Kampala, Uganda (the capital city of Uganda). I interviewed the farmers about all aspects of their farm, including feed, cow data, milk output, milk marketing, and challenges they faced." Yes
Jack Korenyi-Both Evaluation of Effects of Different Necrotic Enteritis Models in Chickens Jack Korenyi-Both is a sophomore from Youngstown, Ohio. He is an Animal Sciences major with a specialization in biosciences. He hopes to attend veterinary school and work with the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps or specialize in poultry medicine. His project was supervised by Dr. Lisa Bielke, Animal Sciences. "My research project dealt with necrotic enteritis in the broiler industry and explored the best model for inducing this enterotoxaemia in hopes that we can better our preventative methods down the road." Yes
Aislinn Latham In vivo characterization of FACT complex proteins in C. elegans Aislinn Latham is a senior from Thurmont, Maryland. She is an Honors student with an Animal Sciences major and a biosciences concentration. She plans to attend veterinary school and specialize in large animals. Her project was supervised by Dr. Helen Chamberlin in the Department of Molecular Genetics. "Characterization of the FACT complex in a multicellular euakryote." Yes
Sidney Long Cryopreservation of Dirofilaria immitis microfilaria-infected blood for teaching diagnostic techniques and parasite identification Sidney Long is a sophomore from Chatfield, OH. She is an Animal Sciences major with a biosciences specialization. She hopes to attend veterinary school and specialize in equine medicine. Her project was supervised by Dr. Antoinette Marsh, Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine. "My research project involved cryopreserving Dirofilaria Immitis microfilaria, the causative agent of heartworm disease in dogs, for use in diagnostic teaching." Yes
Nicole Lorig Preconditioning Sows with Classical Music to Reduce Aggression in Group Housing Nicole Lorig is a senior from Brunswick, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a biosciences specialization and a music minor. She plans to earn a M.S. in Animal Sciences and then attend veterinary school. Her project was supervised by Dr. Kelly George, Animal Sciences. "My research project is a study designed to find a correlation between music and animal behavior. We focused specifically on sows as a result of the recent Ohio mandate requiring all sows by the year 2025 to be housed in a group pen once confirmed pregnant. "  
Michael Loveless PFK-1 Transcript Amounts in the Liver and Skeletal Muscle of Pigeons and Quail Acutely Exposed to High Embryonic Incubation Temperatures Michael Loveless is a senior from Springboro, Ohio. He is an Honors student earning his B.S. in Nutrition with a major in Animal Sciences. He will be attending veterinary school at Ohio State after graduation. His project was supervised by Dr. Pasha Lyvers-Peffer, Animal Sciences. "My research project looked at a couple bird species exposed to elevated or control incubation temperatures to get an idea about how it might impact PFK-1, an enzyme involved in glycolysis." Yes
Julia Rose The effects of environmental enrichment on behavior and productivity of fast-growing broiler chickens Julia Rose is a senior from Coldwater, Ohio. She is an Animal Sciences major with a biosciences specialization. She will attend the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and specialize in exotic/zoo animals. Her research project was supervised by Dr. Monique Pairis-Garcia, Animal Sciences. "The objective of this study was to quantify the effects of environmental enrichment (i.e. straw bales) on the behavior and productivity of fast-growing broiler chickens." Yes
Madeline Schwarz Methods to improve anesthetic thermoregulation and postoperative recovery time in the acute kidney injury canine model Madeline Schwarz is a senior from Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. She is an Animal Sciences major with a biosciences specialization and a minor in global public health. She would like to wotk for a government agency studying infectious disease epidemiology. Her project was supervised by Dr. Raphael Malbrue, Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine. "Improving thermoregulation during extended anesthetic events in the canine model." Yes
Hailey Shoemaker The Effects of Lysozyme on Feed Efficiency and Growth Perfomance in Swine Hailey Shoemaker is a junior from Mechanicsburg, Ohio. She is an Honors student with a Meat Science major. She hopes to attend graduate school for her M.S. in Animal Sciences or Meat Science. She was supervised by Dr. Lyda Garcia, Animal Sciences."Subtherapeutic antibiotics (antibiotics given when the animal is not sick, for growth purposes) were banned by the VFD in 2015 due to concerns of antibiotic resistance, which is a concern relevant in both animal and human health. Subtherapeutic antibiotics were a useful tool for farmers, assisting with growth performance and herd health, and an alternative needed to be sought to ensure continued productivity. My project is directly about these alternative antibiotics and examines their usage on growth performance, feed efficiency, carcass characteristics, and thus overall economic feasibility." Yes
Alayna Simison Effect of Salinity on Survival and Growth of Cichlid Fish Invasive to North America Supervised by Dr. Konrad Dabrowski, School of Environment and Natural Resources.  
Lauren Sommers How does the presence of live animals effect the millennial generations reaction to conservation education? Lauren Sommers is a senior from Pleasantville, Ohio. She is majoring in Animal Sciences with a specialization in animal industries. She plans to pursue a career contributing to wildlife conservation efforts either through the study of animal behavior, or education and outreach utilizing animal ambassadors. Her project was supervised by Dr. Kelly George, Animal Sciences. "My research studied the effect live animals have on millennial generation attitudes towards conservation messaging. Specifically, I measured attitudes of participants towards the animals and zoos, as well as their knowledge gained, and their willingness to support conservation financially and via social media postings. " Yes
Ariel Taylor Effects of Maternal Dietary Phospholipids on Neonatal Piglet Intestinal Health Ariel Taylor is a junior from Medina, Ohio. She is majoring in Animal Sciences with a specialization in biosciences. She hopes to attend veterinary school. Her project was supervised by Dr. Sheila Jacobi, Animal Sciences. "Maternal dietary phospholipids and their impact on neonatal intestinal health and development. " Yes
Jaime Uren Environmental enrichment of calves using stationary and mechanical brushes Jaime Uren is a senior from Dexter, MI. She is an Honors student majoring in Animal Sciences with a biosciences specialization. She hopes to attend veterinary school and focus on animal behavior. Her project was supervised by Dr. Maurice Eastridge, Animal Sciences. "My research project focused on the environmental enrichment of dairy calves. My objectives were to substantiate the use of stationary and mechanical brushes as enrichment tools and to determine if dairy calf exposure to a stationary brush during the pre-weaning period affected calf use of a stationary and mechanical brush during the post-weaning period." Yes

Writer: Amber Robinson robinson.1965@osu.edu