A huge round of applause and thank you to everyone who competed in the Grad Slam preliminary rounds. The presentations were captivating and research topics are all truly impressive!
The results are in and we’re happy to announce the 2017 UCLA Grad Slam Semi-Finalists!
Rachel Bolanos, Epidemiology – DNA Blueprints and Biomarkers: Modeling HIV Related Cancer Cells
Chia-Hsin (Emily) Cheng, Community Health Science – Think, Eat, and Wellbeing: A Study of College Student Health
Taylor Corcoran, Anderson School of Management – Cancer vs. the Common Cold: Optimizing Drug Approvals
Joseph Garand, Education – Psychedelics Save Lives: A Case Study
David Gonzalez, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science – Air Pollution, Free Radicals and Health
Hil Hsu, Epidemiology – Anal Cancer: Let’s Talk A’Butt It
Joey Lao, Engineering – IoT (Internet of Things) in Healthcare
Cindy Lee, Education – English Learners and Oral Language Anxiety: An Approach using LEGO® StoryStarter
Erin Leonard, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences – Enceladus: Hot or Cold?
Nicholas Matiasz, Bioengineering – Building the Brain of a Robot Scientist
Matilde Miranda, Molecular Biology – Skin Deep: The Role of CREB in Hair Follicle Maintenance
Tiara Moore, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – Exploring Eutrophication Driven Estuarine Acidification in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh
Carla Neuss, Theater, Film and Television – This is Your Brain on Medieval Theatre: Applying Cognitive Science to the Study of Performance
Teresa Nguyen, Psychology – Marriage: Why Do Some Last While Others Fail?
Alexandra Polasko, Civil and Environmental Engineering – A Hero for Water: Detecting Beneficial Bacteria to Clean Pollutants
Robyn Price, Archaeology – An Archeology of Scent: Unearthing the Human Experience
Pradeep Rajendran, Molecular, Cellular, & Integrative Physiology – Neuromodulation as a Treatment for Cardiac Disease
Aliz Rao, Human Genetics – Discovering the Genetic Causes of Autism
Leslie Rith-Najarian, Psychology – Making Mental Health More Engaging and Accessible
Kaitlyn Sanborn, African Studies – Motivations for Refugee Violence in Africa’s Great Lakes Region
Jiming Sheng, Physics – Developing a Cure for AIDS by Modeling and Simulation
Mark Straccia, Psychology – Focus on This: Using Neurofeedback to Improve Attention
Nhu Tran, Nursing – Is Dysfunction in Brain Blood Flow the Mechanism of Injury and Developmental Delay in Newborns with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)?
Amanda Wagner, Environmental Health Sciences – Using Thin-Layer Sediment Placement to Help Coastal Wetlands Combat Sea Level Rise
Tyler Watson, Environmental Health Sciences – The Student Food Struggle
Gary Yeung, Electrical Engineering – Making Electronic Personal Assistants Listen to Children
Please come support these Grad Slammers when they present at the semi-final rounds on April 18th from 9-5 in Charles E. Young Research Library Room 1360 and the final competition on April 25th.