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Department of Animal Sciences


Chen, Kester Take Home Honors from Denman Forum

March 27, 2014

The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum was held March 26 in the Recreation and Physical Activity Center. The event gives undergraduate researchers the opportunity to present their research results in poster format. This year, 625 students participated.

Paula Chen, Animal Sciences, was first in the Agriculture/Environmental Science category and Hannah Kester, Animal Sciences, was third in the same category. Their research poster titles are listed below.

The following students from the Department of Animal Sciences or advised by department faculty members presented their research:

Agriculture/Environmental Science

  • Bacterial Counts in Recycled Manure Bedding Replaced Daily or Deep Packed in Free-Stalls. Presenter(s): Dana Sorter.  Advisor(s): Joe Hogan
  • Determining How Rumen Protozoa and Bacteria Compete for Glucose. Presenter(s): Bethany Keyser. Advisor(s): Jeffrey Firkins
  • Determining the Effect of Protozoal Inhibitors on Protozoal Cell Concentration, Cellular Protein, and Cell Volume to Improve Livestock Feed Efficiency. Presenter(s): Brooklyn Wagner. Advisor(s): Jeffrey Firkins
  • Developmental Regulation of Adipose Tissue Growth Through Hyperplasia and Hypertrophy in the Embryonic Leghorn and Broiler. Presenter(s): Paula Chen. Advisor(s): Kichoon Lee
  • Effects of Anthelmintics on Microbial Diversity in the Gastrointestinal Tracts of Horses. Presenter(s): Treg Brown. Advisor(s): Kimberly Cole
  • Effects of Maternal Dietary Yeast Supplementation on Immunoglobulin Concentrations Following Vaccination in Quarter Horse Foals. Presenter(s): Megan Cline. Advisor(s): Kimberly Cole [shown above]
  • Evaluation of a Salmonella-Vectored Vaccine Expressing a cjaD Epitope on Campylobacter Colonization in Broiler Chickens. Presenter(s): Kelsey Koke. Advisor(s): Kimberly Cole
  • Growth of Periruminant Holstein Bull Calves Fed a Fermentation Extract of Aspergillus oryzae. Presenter(s): Emily Dudash. Advisor(s): Kristy Daniels
  • Health of Holstein Bull Calves Fed a Fermentation Extract of Aspergillus oryzae. Presenter(s): Rachel Townsley. Advisor(s): Kristy Daniels
  • Implications of Incubation Temperature Modulation on Type X Collagen Expression in Embryonic Duck Skeletal Development. Presenter(s): Amanda Prickett. Advisor(s):  ichael Lilburn, Macdonald Wick
  • Methods of Detecting Ketosis in Jersey and Holstein Herds. Presenter(s): Sarah Finney. Advisor(s):  Maurice Eastridge
  • Performance of First Lactation Jersey Cows in Response to Varied Fatty Acids in Feed as Calves. Presenter(s): Albert Brown. Advisor(s):  Maurice Eastridge
  • The Impacts of Dual Variation of pH and Passage Rate on Methane Production. Presenter(s): Dennis Morris. Advisor(s):  Jeffrey Firkins
  • The Influence of Probiotics on D-Lactate Concentration in Quarter Horse Mares. Presenter(s): Abby Vennekotter. Advisor(s):  Kimberly Cole
  • Using Bio-Sensors to Measure Activity and Milk Compositional Changes During Streptococcus uberis Induced Bovine Mastitis. Presenter(s): Hannah Kester. Advisor(s):  Joe Hogan

Biological Sciences

  • Analyzing the Largest Plant Mutant Collection to Verify the Presence of a Mutation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Presenter(s): Leah Sheaffer. Advisor(s):  Jelena Brkljacic (Arts and Sciences - Natural and Mathematical Sciences), Diana Shin (Arts and Sciences - Natural and Mathematical Sciences)

Health Professions - Laboratory/Cellular

  • Short-Term Intermittent Hypoxia Improves Stroke Outcome in Mice. Presenter(s): Kristen Bartholomew. Advisor(s):  Randy Nelson (Medicine)

Mathematical and Physical Sciences

  • Mechanistic Insights into the Alkylation Reactions of Quinone Methide Precursors: Studies Towards the Realkylation of Aged Acetylcholinesterase. Presenter(s): Travis Blanton, Keegan Fitzpatrick, Sasha Higgins. Advisor(s):  Ryan Yoder (Arts and Sciences - Natural and Mathematical Sciences), Christopher Callam (Arts and Sciences - Natural and Mathematical Sciences)


  • Prenatal Kynurenic Acid Elevation Impairs Conditioned Fear Responding in an Animal Model of Schizophrenia. Presenter(s): Damon DiSabato, Samantha Parsons. Advisor(s):  John Bruno (Arts and Sciences - Social and Behavioral Sciences)

2014 Outstanding and Distinguished Research Mentor Nominees

  • Dr. Jeffrey Firkins
  • Dr. Joseph Hogan
  • Dr. Kichoon Lee