Annual UWP Research Poster Day draws large crowd

April 16, 2003

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Christy Kelly explains her research project at the UWP Research Poster Day on campus earlier this week.

PLATTEVILLE-University of Wisconsin-Platteville students and area residents crowded into the Beaux Arts Room of the Ullsvik Center to view 32 exhibits at the ninth annual UWP Research Poster Day.

The event was a chance for the public to appreciate the strong commitment that faculty, staff and students have to these research projects, and a chance for the public to view the results of their hard work, said Kathy Lomax, UWP's director of sponsored programs.

The day was also created to recognize the research and scholarly and creative activities and facilitate an exchange of information between departments and colleges within UWP.

The significance of poster day is also an opportunity for faculty and students to display and talk about the research they have been working on, Lomax added.

Bright pink fluid floated in clear plastic flasks at the "Effects of 5-Azacytidine" display manned by graduate student Christy Kelly of Hortonville and Danielle Davis, a junior biology major from Mukwonago.

The semester-long research project has implications for future cancer cures, said Kelly. The pink fluid is a nutrient medium keeping alive a strain of mouse tumor cells and contains the chemical 5-Azacytidine.

The chemical changes the tumor cells to muscle cells, said Davis. "It's amazing to watch the transformation," said Kelly. An inverted microscope was set up for viewing the cells, which adhere to the side of the flasks.

According to website information, 5-Azacytidine is currently in experimental use for refractory acute myelogenous leukemia. In addition, there are trials testing it with a variety of cancers.

Several students gathered in front of a psychology department display, "Effects of Parental Conflict on Children." The research, done by students Molly Zuehlke and Jay Scholtz, asserted that fighting parents, and not necessarily divorce, creates greater suffering for kids.

The study addressed attitudes towards marriage among midwestern college students. Marital conflict and its influence on the number of sexual partners was one of the study areas.

Observer Brad Manlick, a freshman mechanical engineering student from Wisconsin Rapids, said he thought the display was well-organized and informative. "This is what happens in real life," said Manlick.

Research projects from a variety of departments within UWP's three colleges were displayed, including photographs, slide shows, videos, computer displays, published articles and equipment demonstrations used in the research.

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