2022 Murdock Presenters

SPU students and faculty gather at the 2022 Murdock Conference
(Front, from left: Jewel Garcia, Aria Scheffler, Mollie Brown, Yu-Jin Youn and Haley Willard
Back, from left: Mariah Kelley, Richo Abenjoar, Alessandro Rizzi and Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler)

The 2022 conference was held in Vancouver, WA, Nov. 11-12, 2022, and was co-hosted by Lewis & Clark College. Congratulations to the following students, who represented SPU!

Mollie Brown, Mary Lerwick and Eric Lopit. Survivorship of adult Columbian black tailed deer in a predator free environment. Advised by Dr. Cara Wall-Sheffler and Dr. Eric Long, Professors of Biology.

Jewel Garcia. Odor discrimination in response to different forms of focus stimuli. Advised by Dr. Ryan Ferrer, Professor of Biology.

Anthony Hernandez. Outdoor or Indoor? Treadmill or Track? How does running location impact your health? Advised by Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Professor of Biology.

Mariah Kelley and Richo Abenojar. The Effect of Different Weightlifting Approaches on Heart Performance. Advised by Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Professor of Biology.

Huong (Helena) Nguyen. Alpha-V Integral and the Intestinal Epithelium. Advised by Dr. Adam Lacy-Hulbert, Benaroya Research Institute.

Alessandro Rizzi. Lanthanide-based Luminescence Probes Responsive to Anion Binding . Advised by Dr. Minhee Lee, Associate Professor of Chemistry.

Madeleine Splattstoesser. Gammaherpesvirus infection increases glucose metabolism to promote viral production. Advised by Dr. Tracie Delgado, Associate Professor of Biology.

Cameron Weller. Surface Plasmon Resonance Studies of Mycoplasma genitalium Proteins Binding Antibodies, Serum Proteins, and Whole Cells. Advised by Dr. Benjamin McFarland, Professor of Biochemistry.

Haley Willard. Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel trans-Platinum(II) Complex with Potential Therapeutic Properties. Advised by Dr. Nerissa Lewis, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Yu-Jin Youn. Synthesis and Characterization of B12 Models of Strong N-Donors with Sulfonamide Links. Advised by Dr. Nerissa Lewis, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Also in attendance was Dr. Megan Friesen, who graduated from SPU in 2008 with a BS in Biology, and is now Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Martin University in Lacey, WA.

Congratulations also to Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler, Professor of Biology, who was honored with the 2022 Lynnwood W. Swanson Scientific Research Award, which recognizes outstanding, nationally-recognized research that extensively involves undergraduate student researchers.  Here is Dr. Wall-Scheffler holding her award, along with students Richo Abenojar and Yu-Jin Youn.