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    • Interest Group Impact on Environmental Policy

      Glasgow, Dereck; Melnick, Alexander (2021)
      This project intends to research the impact of environmental interest group strength on environmental policy. Using metrics from GuideStar and various interest group catalogs our team of researchers are attempting to classify designated environmental interest groups into categories designated by area of focus: local, regional, national, and global. Using these metrics we will then ascertain the economic power each group possesses. In doing so the purpose will be to determine how much of an effect each designation has on policy. The overall benefit has become even more clear as we have seen multiple trends showing that the national groups have much more financial power and in turn, logically, a greater influence on policy. We have also noticed trends showing that the greater in size an interest group is, the more awareness they generate; however this is limited. We will hope to analyze these trends further and discuss our findings as well as the impact they have.
    • Using Synthetic Controls to Estimate the Effect of China's Post-Maoist Economic Restructuring on GDP per Capita

      Saravia, Antonio; Marroquin, Andres; Lynch, Colin (2021)
      In 1978, China implemented a set of liberalization reforms which decollectivized the economy, allowed for private property, and opened the country to foreign competition. Over the following 5 decades China oversaw the greatest exodus from poverty in human history. This study investigates whether the liberalization policies implemented in 1978 caused the ensuing growth in Chinese GDP per Capita by implementing the Synthetic Control Method.
    • Examination of Protein Phosphorylation in Gram-Positive Bacteria Biofilm

      Goode, David; Cagle, Nathan (2021)
      All gram-positive bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus, produce biofilms as a method to protect themselves from their surroundings; however, these communities of bacteria can be particularly harmful to the human body. Biofilms are able to form on medical devices inserted into bodies, and bacteria can travel from primary infection sites to produce secondary infections throughout the body. Uncontrolled biofilms can cause sepsis and eventually death. Further, treating infectious biofilms is challenging because they produce a protective coating that allows the bacteria to evade immune system responses and treatments with antibiotics. To stop these infections early in their paths, the mechanisms behind biofilm formation must be fully understood, and target proteins in these pathways must be inhibited. The following study can be used to help identify the proteins involved in the formation of biofilms by studying how the phosphorylation of proteins changes upon biofilm formation. Staphylococcus aureus bacteria cells were lysed to extract protein, and protein concentrations were quantized with a bicinchoninic acid (BCA) assay. Proteins were separated by molecular weight with 1D SDS-PAGE. The fluorescent Pro-Q Diamond Phosphoprotein Gel Stain was used in conjunction with SYPRO Ruby dye to demonstrate protein phosphorylation. This study is currently ongoing, and research methods and techniques are being optimized.