Past SROP Scholars

 

Maya Dubose

Education
Georgia State University
Participation year
2021
Mentor
Daniel Tranel
Abstract

The Judgment of Line Orientation test (JLO) is a neuropsychological assessment of basic visuospatial function which requires the participant to match two probe line segments against eleven differently oriented lines. Most examinees perform normally on this assessment in the absence of neurological or psychiatric disease. Impairment on the JLO indicates visuospatial dysfunction which is associated with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s Disease among other debilitating conditions.

 

Marianne Garcia

Education
St. Edward's University
Participation year
2021
Mentor
Isaac Petersen
Project title
The Moderating Effects of Socioeconomic Effects and Child Temperament on the Association Between Parenting and Child Adjustment
Abstract

Previous literature has established numerous links between negative parenting practices with higher levels of child externalizing problems and poorer social skills. Furthermore, research in individual susceptibility to environmental factors and stress demonstrated varying levels of behavioral problems. This study examined the moderating effects of socioeconomic status (SES) and child temperamental negative emotionality (TNE) had on the association between negative parenting practices and child adjustment.

 

Nathan Hewitt

Education
Colorado College
Participation year
2021
Mentor
Philip Karret
Project title
HaloSat X-Ray Spectrometry
Abstract

The Virgo Cluster is the closest large galaxy cluster, found within the namesake Virgo constellation. The cluster comprises over 1000 member galaxies, located about 16.1~Mpc from Earth with an approximately 8.2\degree\ radius \citep{Tonry_2001}. Virgo's Intracluster Medium (ICM) is contained within the cluster's gravity while considered external to individual member galaxies. Virgo's ICM produces distinct X-ray emissions of an unusually shallow X-ray surface brightness profile, implying a large contribution from outer material.

 

Alana Quintero Garcia

Education
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Participation year
2021
Mentor
Hans-Joachim Lehmler
Project title
Systematic Review of Human Biomonitoring Studies of 3-Phenoxybenzoic Acid, a Urinary Biomarker for Exposure to Pyrethoid Insecticides
Abstract

Pyrethroids are the active ingredients in numerous indoor and outdoor insecticides. They are extensively used in agriculture, residences, and public spaces, resulting in human exposures associated with adverse health outcomes. Human biomonitoring studies typically assess human exposures to pyrethroids using a common metabolite of different pyrethroids, 3-PBA (3-phenoxybenzoic acid), as a biomarker of exposure. The aim of this systematic review is to provide a comprehensive summary of pyrethroids exposures in different populations worldwide.

 

Laila Ruffin

Education
Pomona College
Participation year
2021
Mentor
Ain Grooms
Project title
The Mayor Monolith: the Differences within America's Black Female Mayors
Abstract

In the United States there are over 1,400 seats for Mayor in cities with populations of over 30,000, and it wasn't until 1967 that the first Black mayor was elected. Today there are more than 40 Black mayors serving in 100 of the largest cities in the nation. Of them, nine are Black women - a historic number which only continues to grow. Much of the information surrounding these women lies in reporting articles, social media posts, and news stories. Much of what we've seen is a lumping together of these mayors solely based upon the fact that they're Black women.

 

Kayla Walker

Education
San Diego State University
Participation year
2021
Mentor
Georgina Aldridge
Abstract

Lewy Body Dementia affects more than 1 million individuals nationwide. It is a slow, progressive cognitive disease that is characterized by abnormal protein deposits, called Lewy bodies, that may disrupt brain functioning. Lewy bodies are made up of alpha-synuclein, a protein that forms into clumps in neurons. It is thought that these aggregates cause neurons to not function properly, and in some neuron types, like dopaminergic cells, they may die.

 

Quenesha Watson

Education
Philander Smith College
Participation year
2021
Mentor
Daniel Tranel
Abstract

Depression impacts approximately 33% of stroke patients in the United States and is often the result of poor functional outcomes/disability after this neurological event. While research has shown that depression is common following stroke, fewer studies have investigated racial disparities in the prevalence of depression and disease burden in Black and White patients. Further, previous research investigating the racial disparities in behavioral outcomes in stroke patients, have not controlled for lesion volume, gender and education levels.