Summer Science Research at Bryn Mawr

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Summer Research Abstract: Molybdenum Pterin Dithiolene Chemistry

Posted July 26, 2011

Abstract: Yichun Fu Mentor: Dr. Sharon Burgmayer The pterin dithiolene ligand plays an important role in the biochemical functions of the molybdenum cofactor due to its ability to transfer electrons and store charges. The pterin-dithiolene molybdenum complex, has various redox paths that contribute to its multiple functions for the enzyme. Studying the forms and interchange […]

Stock Options Pricing Using the Black-Scholes Formula

Posted July 25, 2011

Abstract: Hao Jiang Mentor: Leslie Cheng An option is a contract that permits the owner to purchase or sell an asset at a fixed price until a specific date. To have a strong market in options, we need to be able to efficiently evaluate the approximate worth of the options. There are various solutions to […]

Effects of Protein Regions on the Stability of Gas1p

Posted July 25, 2011

Abstract: Emily Rivers Mentor: Silvia Porello Gas1p is a glycoprotein found on the cell membrane of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a species of yeast.  The protein is anchored to the membrane through a glycophosphatidylinositol (GPI) moiety.  The catalytic activity of Gas1 is essential for continuous cell wall synthesis and remodeling.  The goal of my project is to […]

Fluorescence Studies of Carbon Nanotube Uptake by Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Posted July 25, 2011

Abstract: Alexandra Raeber Mentor: Silvia Porello Methods for introducing DNA or other molecules into cells have recently been the subject of a great deal of research because they are a necessary aspect of gene therapy and useful for drug delivery. One of the methods currently being studied is the use of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). While […]

An exploration of the reactivity of pteridine based ligands in Ru(II)-bis(bibbyridine)-pteridinyl complexes.

Posted July 25, 2011

Abstract: Emily Gaudette Mentor: Sharon Burgmayer The Burgmayer group has synthesized a family of bis(bipyridine) Ru(II) complexes with a third pteridine based ligand that can intercalate with DNA.  Some of these complexes have also been shown to cleave DNA when exposed to UV light.  However, the unique chemical behavior some of these complexes has proved […]

Exploring the Physics Underlying Computer Graphics Animations

Posted July 10, 2011

Abstract: Melanie Shafer Mentor: Deepak Kumar My work involves using the Processing language to create animations that incorporate physics concepts. I will explore the need for animations to be physically accurate and see what role physics and mathematical equations play while creating a sketch. I will write sketches to model topics such as gravity, collisions, […]

Learning for Search and Rescue in USARSim

Posted July 10, 2011

Abstract: Stephanie Tran Mentor: Eric Eaton USARSim (Urban Search and Rescue Simulation) is a tool used by researchers to monitor interactions between robots and their environments. The program simulates search and rescue scenarios that can be applied to real life situations. To give the simulation a realistic feel and appealing graphics, this tool is built […]

Kinematics of Laramide Deformation

Posted July 10, 2011

This summer I will work with Professor Arlo Weil on a collaborative study of the Wyoming foreland, specifically investigating the kinematics of Laramide deformation in the context of the larger tectonic evolution of the North American Cordillera. Throughout the month of July, we will be in the field collecting oriented samples from the Wyoming foreland, […]

“Synthesis and Characterization of Ruthenium Bipyridine-Pyrene Complexes

Posted July 10, 2011

Abstract: Maggie Ahrens Mentor: Dr. Jonas Goldsmith Iridium complexes have been shown to be able to harvest light energy to create hydrogen by reduction of the protons found in water. Though iridium complexes can catalyze this reaction independent of any other catalysts, they are often inefficient and slow. Similar ruthenium complexes have the potential to […]