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Top Student Researchers Named

Ten Titans to Represent CSUF at Statewide Competition

March 18, 2014

The top winners in Cal State Fullerton's recent student competition will lead a group of 10 at the 28th annual CSU Research Competition May 2-3 at Cal State East Bay.

The winners and finalists were selected from a field of 53 competitors during February's campus contest. The top three winners are:

Jessica Valadez of Lawndale, a graduate student majoring in biology, won first place honors for her study, "Analysis of the Transcriptional Activation and Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Transient Receptor Potential Mucolpin-2 (Trpml2) Gene." Valadez conducts her research with faculty mentor Math P. Cuajungco, associate professor of biological science.

Quang Tran Ngoc-Vinh of Stanton, a civil engineering graduate student, won second prize for "Investigation of Durability of High-Performance Concrete by Measuring Electrical Resistivity Using Two Different Non-Destructive Instruments." Ngoc-Vinh works with Pratanu Ghosh, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Brittany Kato of Chino, a senior kinesiology major working with faculty mentors in kinesiology, Kathleen Wilson, assistant professor, and Scott K. Lynn, associate professor, won third place with "I Don't Have any Other Choice: Exploring the Individual Perceptions of Patients Recovering From Total Knee Arthroplasty."

The other finalists who will be competing in May are:

Rebecca Adamek of San Dimas, senior chemistry major, will present "The Discovery of a Novel West Nile Virus NS2B-NS3 Protease Small Molescule Inhibitor." Her faculty mentor is Nicholas Salzameda, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Prisca Langlais of Santa Ana, a graduate student pursuing an M.F.A. in art, will compete with "Visual Representation of the Body in Art." Joseph E. Biel, associate professor of art, is her faculty mentor.

Brooke Sullivan of Bakersfield, a senior business administration – information systems major, will present "Community Issues in American Metropolitan Cities: A Data Mining Case Study," based on research she conducted with guidance from mentor Sinjini Mitra, assistant professor of information systems and decision sciences.

Masoud Roueintan of Riverside, a chemistry graduate student working in the laboratory of mentor Zhuangjie Li, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will deliver his findings in "Kinetics Investigation of Reaction of Naphthalene With OH Radicals Under the Atmospheric Conditions."

Jennifer Spencer of Rancho Santa Margarita, a senior biological science major, will present "Investigating Defense Responses of Nicotiana Benthamiana Involving the 14-3-3 Gene Family Using Virus-Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS)." Her faculty mentor is Melanie A. Sacco, assistant professor of biological science.

Kevin Valenzuela of Placentia, who graduated in January with a master of science degree in kinesiology, will compete with "Effect of Foot Rotation During Running on Knee Movements and Lateral-Medial Shear Force." His faculty mentor is Scott Lynn, associate professor of kinesiology.

Daniel Ignacio of Fullerton, a psychology graduate student, works with faculty mentor David Gerkens, associate professor of psychology. Ignacio will present "The Effects of Music and Auditory Affective Priming on Cognition."

The scholars from the 23 campuses of the California State University system will make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from corporations, foundations, public agencies, colleges and universities in California.

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