2007-2008 NASA Space Grant Awards
Southwestern Oklahoma State University is a member of the NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium which provides scholarship funds for students in science and technology areas at member institutions. SWOSU matches these funds with an equivalent amount of its own. All scholarship awardees are required to volunteer 10 hours of their time to either the Stafford Air and Space Museum or another appropriate community service organization.
Eric Boehs from Fairview, OK Michael Davis from Scott City, KS and David Goree from Bessie, OK have been awarded NASA research scholarships to study computer grid networks. Eric and Michael are senior Computer Science majors and David is a junior Engineering Physics major. They will be working under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Moseley, Associate Professor, and Dr. Anil Pereira, Assistant Professor who are both in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Computer Systems. Their research will focus on creating a grid network for use in rendering 3D animation sequences. A Computational Grid can combine the processing power of smaller machines to support applications that require more power than is available on a single processor.
Daniel Turner, a senior Chemistry major from Woodward, OK received a NASA research scholarship to perform research on cell research under the tutelage of Dr. Tim Hubin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry. His research will focus on CXCR4 chemokine receptors found on the surface of immune cells. This has been shown to have involvement with a number of inflammatory diseases and may be revealed as the entry route for HIV into cells. Daniel will be growing crystals for structural studies.
Henok Ermias a junior pharmacy major from Weatherford, Joel Kardokus a Lookeba junior Chemistry major, Abigail Ntreh, an Oklahoma City junior Chemistry major, Antionette Smith a junior from Tulsa who is studying Chemistry, David Supeck a senior student from Jenks studying Chemistry, and Cammi Valdez an Enid senior Chemistry major all received NASA scholarships to work under the direction of Dr. Kelly, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Physics. These students are studying the rate of cellular respiration in cancer cells. They are working on measuring the amount of oxygen consumption by human ovarian cancer cells and normal human ovarian cells. The cells will be treated with the compound SHetA2 to produce cell death in cancerous cells while not affecting non-cancerous cells. This work is related to a new class of anti-cancer compounds, heteroarotinoids, which show high selectivity for cancer cells.
Amy Cain, from Indiahoma and Neil Funwie from Weatherford were awarded NASA scholarship grants. Both students are junior Chemistry majors and will performing research under the direction of Dr. Hubin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Their research is in the anti-HIV properties of the drug AMD3100 which blocks the entry of the virus into a cell. Their project aims to synthesize and characterize new analogues of AMD3100 that incorporate bridges into the macrocyclic components of the drug.
Kelly Fine, a freshman Pharmacy major from Dalhart, Texas was awarded a NASA scholarship to perform research under the direction of Dr. Ubeidat, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. The objective of their research project is to study the functions of alkaline phosphatase by studying the effect of mutations in specific amino acids in proteins. They will attempt to accurately sequence the alkaline phosphatase gene from the model organism Dictyostelium discoideum. The work could help determine the chemoattractant receptors which play a key role in inflammation, arthritis, asthma, and lymphocyte tracking.
Garrett Scott, a junior Biology major from Snyder, OK was recently awarded a NASA scholarship for his biomedical research under the direction of Dr. Jason Johson. Dr. Johnson is a Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics Scott is researching the functions of glutamine amidotransferase (GATase) family of biosynthetic enzymes. He is working on the genetic engineering of four single-tryptophan variants within the nucleotide-binding domains of CPS.
Casey Cochran, a senior Biology major from Boise City has been awarded a NASA research scholarship to work with Dr. Jimena Aracena, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He will be working in the area of food taste, a very complex system that controls the lives of all living animals. This research is using fruit flies to show how the introduction of quinine into the food supply affects the feeding preferences of the flies. He will also study how the effects of hunger modifies feeding preferences.
Kelly Groves and Georgia Miller are senior Psychology majors from Weatherford who have been awarded NASA research scholarships. They will be working under the tutelage of Dr. Burgess, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Their research will focus on the increased violent thoughts and desensitization to violence which has been shown to be experienced by those playing violent video games. They are attempting to answer the question, “Does playing violent video games change men’s and women’s views of violence toward women?”
Tanea Bagwell an accounting major from Clinton, Lauren Gladden an athletic training major from Lawton, and Darlene Schroeder a special education major from Weatherford are working cooperatively on a project under the direction of Madeline Baugher, an instructor in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Computer Systems. Their NASA scholarship project is the study of the effects of mentoring public school students attending the Eastside Academy in Clinton, OK.