We’ve had two different student presentation events at Judson in the past couple of weeks, and The Honors Program has been well represented.
Judson University Student Research Day
First was Judson’s Student Research Day, where faculty nominate students to share their work with a campus-wide audience. Senior science major Jarod Schieler shared his work on “Treating a Dysregulated JAK/STAT Pathway in Cancer Cells.” From the abstract:
This presentation will elucidate the key tenets of the JAK/STAT pathway and how oncogenesis transpires as a result of dysregulation. It also surveys current treatments used for an aberrant biochemical pathway and an introduction into the CRISPR-Cas9 system, which has the potential to rewrite the genome with precision, leading to cures for genetic diseases (e.g. cancer) and to the controversial creation of designer babies.
Senior Lauren Price, also a science major, described her work on “The Role of ADAM 17 in Colon Cancer”:
ADAM 17 is known to play a role in the release of growth factors that contribute to rapid tumor growth. ADAM 17 is predicted to act upstream in the pathway that initiates the release of these growth factors. Therefore, inhibition of ADAM 17 is predicted to lower the levels of these growth factors. To test this hypothesis, human colon cancer cell lines such as HT-29 and HCT116 were cultured then treated with an agonist and an ADAM 17 inhibitor at different time points. The results were analyzed using Western Blotting and the preliminary data supports the hypothesis.
Senior Jon Richardson, a major in the School of Art, Design, and Architecture, gave a presentation on “Time, Beauty, and Landscape in Video Art,” his large-scale video installation piece. The presentation provided an overview of how the romantic landscape painting tradition and time-based, generative design were combined to create a piece that explores the changeable, illusive nature of time, memory, and place.
Conference on Faith and History
Chicagoland Regional Student Conference
The second event was the Chicagoland Regional meeting of the Conference on Faith and History. Hosted this year at Judson, the conference is an annual meeting for top history students at region schools to present their work. Senior Secondary Education/History major Cayla Cerny presented her research on “Operation Assassination: The Impact of Assassination Attempts on Hitler during World War II.”
It’s been a great couple of weeks!