Wilkes-Barre, Pa., June 22, 2022—In the end of the Spring 2022 semester, 63 King’s College students presented scientific conference-style senior capstone research posters at the thirteenth annual Science Symposium held in the William S. Scandlon Gymnasium.

The symposium was started in 2009 by the biology department to showcase senior research capstone projects. In 2017, it expanded to the chemistry and physics departments and now includes psychology, neuroscience, biochemistry and molecular biology, and environmental science.

As part of their major requirements, students within these science disciplines must take a capstone course, which consists of reading and evaluating scientific literature, creating a research poster, and orally presenting findings during the symposium.

The Effects of Atorvastatin on Zebra Fish (Danio rerio) Muscle Physiology
Emmanuelle V. Camille

Effects of Endophyte Infected Tall Fescue Grass on Herbaceous Plants
Rachel Corwin

The Physiological Effects of Wastewater Atorvastatin on Zebra Fish (Danio rerio) Muscle
Rayan Filfilan

Influence of Urbanization of Bat Species Present Within Northeastern Pennsylvania
Elaina Freeze

A Comparison of Dental Microwear Between Two Cusps from M1 Tooth of Mesodma (Mammalia: Multituberculata)
Trisha Gilla

The Consumption of Fungal Endophytes by Primary Consumer Brine Shrimp and the Potential Effect on Secondary Consumer Dragonfly
Jessica Henderson

Evidence for a Hybrid Cross Between Largemouth Bass, Micropterus Salmoides, and Smallmouth Bass, Micropterus dolomieui
Erin King

The Effects of Water Quality on Two-lined Salamander (Eurycea bislineata) Abundance
Emily Kriston

Prevalence of Genes Associated with Dyslexia in College Majors
Jincy Matthew

The Effects of the Cinnamon Oil Antimicrobial Resistant Properties on Staphylococcus epidermidis
Nephthalie Rene

Effects of Repetitive Mild Brain Injury on Alzheimer’s Disease Progression in Mice
Jonas Rinner

Variation in Response to a Tapeworm Infection by Tribolium Beetles Investigating the Biological Basis for Tapeworm Resistance
Kinara Risher

Rusty vs Alleghany Crayfish: Who is More Susceptible to Predation?
Colby Ruppenkamp

The Antibacterial Effect of Oregano Essential Oil on Staphylococcus epidermidis
Cleo Schultz

Effects of Atorvastatin Wastewater on the Musculoskeletal System of Largemouth Bass
Alexander Schwartz

The Effect of Wastewater Atorvastatin Levels on Zebra Fish
Deryk Smith

Physiological Effects of Atorvastatin on Zebra Fish Muscle
Stephanie Tabaka

The Effects of Environmental levels of Atorvastatin on the Muscle Physiology of Zebra Fish
Molly Winward

Mercury in Hellgrammites of the Susquehanna River
Josee Aitken, Danielle Kitchner, and Brian Mangan

Biomass Based Superhydrophobic Coating with Tunable Colors and Excellent Robustness
Tyshawn Love

Effects of 6-hydroxydopamine on Hippocampal Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1) Receptor Levels in a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease
Evan Reboli, Landry Neidert, Jared Stephan, Corinne Kiessling, Ph.D.

The Synthesis of Water-Soluble Porphyrins and Investigation of their Binding Affinity to G-Quadruplex DNA
Teagan Campbell and Dr. Jillian McCue

Novel Nickel Nanoparticles
Jessica Kranick and Dr. Trent Snider

Using Silica Gel Cat Litter to Readily Demonstrate the Formation of Colorful Chemical Gardens
Bailys Adelin Manuel

Implementing Supplementary Video Assignments to Better Student Comprehension
Rebekka Ricca

A Green Multicomponent Synthesis of Tocopherol Analogues with Antiproliferative Activities
Devon Shapiro

Turbulence: The Good and the Bad
Jackson Campbell

Chaos Among Three Gravitationally Interacting Bodies
Aaron DeLeon

Astrophysical Jets from Active Galactic Nuclei
Dominic Fulginiti

The Formation of the Solar System
Evan Judge

Finding the Next Earth: Why Do We Search for Exoplanets?
Matthew Kuchak

High Temperature Superconductivity as a Cutting Edge and Futuristic Technology
Declan Larson

Laser Trapping and Cooling of Atoms
Kenneth Macko

The Arrow of Time
Joseph Millus

Membrane Physics: Ion Transport Through Gradients
Jonas Rineer

Things You Probably Never Knew About Sleep
Bshayer Al-Salem

Why Addiction Rates of Drug and Alcohol Abuse have Risen Significantly Within the Past Ten Years: A Study on Addiction, Media Portrayal, and Possible Solutions
Ashlie Alves

The Effects of Opioid Use Disorder on Both the Abuser and the Family
Taylor Bradley

Mental Health Disorders and its Familial Impact: A Closer Look at Stigma, Development, and Communication
Bethany Cabrera

Officer-Involved Domestic Violence: Police Subculture, Occupational Stressors, and Interventions
Kelly Carroll

Which Ethnic Identities are More Likely to Pass on Genetic Components of Depression?
Sheila Chaleco

The Influence of Parenting Styles, Identity and Socioeconomics on Career Choice and Success
Kyra Fauerbach

The Influence of Genetics, Parenting, and Peers on the Development of Antisocial Personality Disorder
Michayla Giacolone

Mental Health Issues Within the Military and Veteran Population: Stigma, Cause, and Treatment
Miranda Hutchins

A Look at the Benefits of the Use of Art Therapy in the Treatment of Sexual Abuse Surviors
Samantha Lipperini

The Role of Parenting Influences, Childhood Maltreatment, and Genetics in the Development of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Kathryn Lombardo

Effectiveness of Antidepressant Usage: Types, Side Effects, and Efficiency
Josephine Martinez

The Effect of Regular Physical Activity on Brain Health Across Lifespan
Courtney Miller

A Comprehensive Analysis of Classifications, Coping Styles, Treatment, and Limitations of Treatment of Minor Attracted Individuals
Victor Mori

Implementing Psychology into the Workplace
Abriana Posluszny

Alcohol Use Disorder: Risk Factors & Treatment Options
Faith Shaffer

The Effect of Gender Roles and Gender Stereotyping in the Hispanic Culture Population’s Mental Health
Michelle Tlatenchi

The Effectives of Decibels on Human Emotion
Mary Wynkoop

Friendship, Hardiness, and Psychological Androgyny as Predictors for Mental Well-Being in Adults
Sister Maria Young

Gender Differences in Depression and the Behavioral Inhibition System During Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Cross-Sectional Study
Daniel Aguilar, Matthew D. Raite, Christina Lurito, Kylie McCarthy, Kelly S. Carroll, and Christopher Aults, Ph.D., King’s College

Minocycline Prevents Increases in Forced Swim Test Immobility Time in Adult Rats Following Adolescent HFSC Exposure: Involvement of p-Tau TH231
Alexander Schwartz, Angela Vigliotti, and Ryan Filfilan

Molecular Characterization of Pro-inflammatory Cytokines in the Nucleus Accumbens Following Chronic & Protracted Adolescent High-Fructose Corn Syrup Exposure
Maritza Colon and Brynn Pike

High Fructose Corn Syrup and Minocycline Independently Increase Impulsivity on an Elevated Plus Maze: Potential Involvement of IgSF9b
Bryce Van Deutsch, Megan Kenzakowski, and Mackenzie Sherman

Consequences of Adolescent High-Fructose Corn Syrup Exposure on Affective Behaviors: Neurotropin-3 (NT-3) as a Biomarker in Anticipating Anxious Behavior
Anthony Spina, Bryce Cousin, and Mohammed Khodiri

Effects of Dopamine Loss on Insulin Growth Factor-1 Receptors in the Hypothalamus and Striatum in a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease
Abigail Ulrich and Jacqueline Shanley

Effects of 6-hydroxydopamine on Hippocampal Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1) Receptor Levels in a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease
Evan Reboli, Landry Neidert, and Jared Stephan

Effects of L-DOPA Treatment on Striatal Dopamine and Behavior in the Parkinsonian Rat
Carlene Pavelko, Meaghan Devine, and Taylor Pajak

IGF-1 Receptors May Contribute to Underlying Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease
Samantha Dever, Emma Dos Santos, Erin King, and Miles Wagner

Pathological Changes in the Nucleus Accumbens in a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease
Colby Spencer, Skyler Sutton, and Julia Medina

Biology students, from left front: Rachel Corwin, Emily Kriston, Trisha Gilla, Erin King, Emmanuelle Vanessa Camille, Deryk Smith, Kinara Risher, and Jincy Mathew. Back: Alexander Schwartz, Cleo Schultz, Rayan Filfilan, Elaina Freeze, Stephanie Tabaka, Jessica Henderson, Nephthalie Rene, and Colby Ruppenkamp

Chemistry students, from left: Devon Shapiro, Jessica Kranick, Teagan Campbell, Rebekka Ricca, and Bailys Manuel.

Physics students, from left front: Matthew Kuchak, Dominic Fulginiti, Declan Larson, and Jonas Rineer. Back: Kenneth Macko, Aaron DeLeon, Evan Judge, and Jackson Campbell.

Neuroscience students and faculty, from left: Samantha Dever, Emma Dos Santos, Brynn Pike, Megan Kenzakoski, Mackenzie Sherman , Bryce Van Deutsch, Angela Vigliotti, Carlene Pavelko, and Landry Neidert. Back: Dr. Corinne Kiessling, Dr. Jessica Anderson, Jacquelyn Shanley, Erin King, Meaghan Devine, Abigail Ulrich, Maritza Colon, Rayan Filfilan, Alexander Schwartz, Bryce Cousin, Miles Wagner, Mohammed Khodiri, Anthony Spina, Jared Stephan, Colby Spencer, and Evan Reboli.

Psychology students and faculty, from left: Duong Nguyen (Sister Maria Young), Sheila Chaleco, Bshayer Al-Salem, Bethany Cabrera, Miranda Hutchins, Kathryn Lombardo, Josephine Martinez, Kelly Carroll, and Abriana Posluszny. Back: Dr. Aults, Taylor Bradley, Samantha Lipperini, Faith Schaffer, Victor Mori, Mary Wynkoop, Michelle Tlatenchi, Kyra Fauerbach, Michayla Giacolone, and Courtney Miller.

From left, environmental science students Josée Aitken and Danielle Kitchner with Dr. Mangan.

From left, Dr. Belanger with biochemistry students Evan Reboli and Tyshawn Love.