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​Showcasing student-conducted research 


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College of Health Professions

Galion, Ohio: How Age Friendly is My Community?
Zachary Deibig
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
The growing elderly population is leading towards a rising number of age friendly communities. This presentation is to see whether a small town in the middle of Ohio can be an Age Friendly Community.
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Tiffin, Ohio: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Sydney Berlekamp
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
By 2030, the United States Baby Boomer generation will be over the age of sixty-five. The knowledge and understanding of adequate housing, outdoor space, transportation, health services, social and community support of the aging population is crucial for future healthcare professionals. This comparative analysis investigates age friendliness in Tiffin, OH.
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Geneva, New York: How Age Friendly is my Community?
Sierra Shoemaker
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
Creating communities that are supportive for the large and growing older population are important to meet the needs of the population. It’s important that communities evaluate themselves in order to address these needs. In this comparative analysis, I will discuss the relative age-friendliness of the town of Geneva, New York.
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Findlay, Ohio: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Shaelyn McNamara
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
As the population of older adults is steadily increasing, there needs to be more accessibility for older adults. While people age, there are many challenges that go along with it. The older adults need age friendly activities for those over the age of 65.
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Kalida, Ohio: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Samantha Langhals
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
Age Friendly Communities are important for understanding how the older population is growing and to learn ways to accommodate for their needs. This poster will look at the village of Kalida and analyze the pros and cons of how it could be an Age Friendly Community.
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Bonney Lake, Washington: How Age Friendly is my Community?
Ryker Penner
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
Having the proper housing, outdoor spaces, transportation, social environment, community support or health and wellness services are important guidelines of determining age friendliness of a community. In this presentation my goal is to show whether my hometown of Bonney Lake is an age friendly community.
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Encinitas, California: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
MaryCate Addy
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
People are continuing to live longer which means that the communities they are living in are going to have to identify changes that would make it age friendly. The purpose of this study was to examine the age friendliness of our community, specifically Encinitas, California.
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Columbus, Ohio: How Age-Friendly is My Community?
Madison Tesi
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
Age-friendly communities are those that provide features such as housing, outdoor areas, transportation, social opportunities, community support, and health services to its citizens. The degree of age-friendliness of Columbus, Ohio will be evaluated in this comparative analysis and discussed using the criteria described above.
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Defiance, Ohio: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Kelsey Gerken
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
An age friendly community allows communities to promote older adult’s physical, mental, and social well-being. This presentation will take these qualifications into question and will decipher just how age friendly Defiance Ohio is and the ways that the city can become better developed to cater to older adults needs.
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Lima, Ohio: How Age-Friendly Is My Community?
Keeley Smith
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
The goal of this presentation is to educate the reviewers on what an “age-friendly” community is and why it is important. In evaluating my own home-town of Lima, Ohio, I will discuss the aspects that can be improved upon to make it an “age-friendly” community.
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Tecumseh, Michigan: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Kaitlyn Simpson
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
Age-friendly communities are a vital aspect of successful aging. The purpose of this comparative analysis research study was to determine if Tecumseh, Michigan meets certain requirements that would qualify the town as having age-friendly aspects therefore making it an ideal place for older adults to live in.
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Vanlue, Ohio: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Jaclyn Kloepfer
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
The aging population is growing and so is the need for Age-Friendly communities. My presentation is centered on my hometown of Vanlue, Ohio to show how Age-Friendly the community is and what the steps are when services are not available.
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Dola/Dunkirk, Ohio: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Holly Wilson
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
While the elderly population is staying involved in society, our communities need to adapt so that they are safe and reliable living environments for everyone. This study will determine if the villages of Dunkirk and Dola Ohio fit the age friendly standards.
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Rawson, Ohio: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Emily Phillips
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
The idea of age-friendly communities is becoming a more ethical issue as the aging population continues to grow and specific services are not always available. To combat this issue, I will analyze my community of Rawson, Ohio to determine if it is age-friendly or not.
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Upper Sandusky, Ohio: How Age Friendly is My Community?
Chad Mostoller
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
What makes a community age-friendly? The purpose of this comparative analysis is to evaluate my hometown of Upper Sandusky, Ohio specifically focusing on components consistent among age-friendly communities. Furthermore, this analysis examines demographic information specific to my hometown and offers clarity on particular findings that accommodate the aging population.
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Botkins, Ohio: How Age Friendly is My Community?
Chad Bergman
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
Age friendliness in communities is vital to our society and in my own community of Botkins, Ohio is the start of it all. My presentation will be assessing the age friendliness in my own hometown to decide what I might need to do to help it to become age friendly.
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Avon Lake, Ohio: How Age Friendly is My Community?
Brittany Menzer
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
Comparative analysis of the city of Avon Lake, Ohio to determine if it provides resources, policies, and services to support and enable older individuals, as well as provide them with security, maintain or improve their health, and allow them to fully participate as a member of society.
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Payne, Ohio: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Brady Stabler
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
With the expected rapid growth of the elderly population, current healthcare systems will likely need assistance in the form of age-friendly communities to meet the needs of older adults. The purpose of this comparative analysis was to evaluate if my hometown fits the criteria to be considered an age-friendly community.
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Arlington Ohio: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Austin Rettig
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
Baby Boomers are now becoming a majority of the population, with needs that the younger smaller communities will have to get creative to help them overcome. Communities need to become aware of this growing aging population. This presentation is to inform problems they may face in everyday life.
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Findlay, Ohio: How Age Friendly Is My Community?
Amy Arras
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
Age-friendly communities are becoming essential with a rise in the elderly population. In order to provide a holistic approach in my hometown, the elderly must have accessibility to many options in their cities. These options must include access to transportation, medical care, and to be actively involved in their community.
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Mineral Ridge, Ohio: How Age-Friendly is My Community?
Alexis Caroline
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
The growing geriatric population is a pressing issue around the world. The United States’ geriatric population is expected to be 83.7 million by 2050, nearly double from 43.1 million in 2012. This analysis evaluates aspects within the homes, community, and environment available to the geriatric population in Mineral Ridge, Ohio.
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Arlington, Ohio: How Age-Friendly Is My Community?
Alexa Line
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
Age-friendly communities are needed more today than ever before. This presentation will evaluate Arlington, Ohio on how accessible the community is to those over the age of 65.
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Spinal Muscular Atrophy: What We Know
Timothy Ohlemacher
Sponsor: Brian Cole
This project is a brief overview of the genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy, including the first two FDA approved disease modifying treatments for the disease.
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CRISPR-Cas9 as a Treatment for HIV
Taylor Peterson
Sponsor: Sharon Gentry, Abigail Allen
A literature review of the gene editing system, CRISPR-Cas9, as a treatment for HIV infected individuals.
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Knee Meniscectomy Versus Collagen Meniscal Implantation (CMI)
Adam Homan
Sponsor: Richard Hopkins
The objective of this literature review is to determine if Collagen Meniscal Implantation should be performed more frequently than meniscectomies for the treatment of meniscal injury in order to prevent early onset osteoarthritis.
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A Study on Parents’ Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Art with Therapeutic Intentions at Awakening Minds Art
Abbey Strausbaugh
Sponsor: Robin Walters-Powell
This qualitative research, conducted at Awakening Minds Art, explores parents’ perceptions of the effectiveness of therapeutic art in skill development as well as emotional and behavioral regulation in their child(ren). Surveys, focus groups, and interviews were utilized in the completion of this research.
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Use of Cupping in the Treatment of a Proximal Hamstring Tear
Andrea Agen
Sponsor: Scott Van Zant
This case report describes the rehabilitation of a 41-year-old male that attended physical therapy for a proximal hamstring tear. Dry cupping techniques (stationary, massage, burping) were completed on the proximal hamstring for 5 sessions. The patient was discharged with no pain with daily activities and returned to functional activities.
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Reducing Healthcare Stigma in Substance Use Disorder
Amanda Loyer
Sponsor: Jill Brown
Determining how stigma affects the care of substance use patients, and how it can improve the outcome of these patients is vital. Providing better education can help decrease the stigma that surrounds patients with substance use disorder to allow them to obtain the care they need.
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Benefits of Caregiver Education for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Claire Ferrell
Sponsor: Meredith Pitt
This research addresses the need for caregiver support and education for those who are suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The literature will aid in the development of such a program to address the needs for these caregivers.
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Understanding LGBTQ+ Athletic Healthcare: Athletes, Athletic Trainers, and Their Perceptions
Evan Bader
Sponsor: Fiona Hanks
This research investigates the perceptions that NCAA Division II student-athletes from the University of Findlay have about athletic trainers that are a part of the LGBTQ+ community and how they compare to athletic trainers that are heterosexual.
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Botulinum Toxin and Sialorrhea Associated with Parkinson’s Disease
Hannah Stefanik
Sponsor: Sara Denning
Sialorrhea or drooling is a notable symptom of Parkinson’s disease. Unfortunately, current treatments are poorly tolerated or ineffective. A review was conducted to investigate the use of Botulinum toxin, a recent treatment alternative, in Parkinson’s disease patients diagnosed with sialorrhea and to determine its overall effectiveness and side effect profile.
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The Effects of Space Travel on Health and Recommended Assessments for Space Flight Tourists
Sarah Hoffer
Sponsor: Christina Gierhart
Space tourism is being developed by multiple companies to give people the ability to experience space firsthand. Various effects on many body systems can occur that must be monitored to ensure the safety of travelers. Pertinent screenings and examinations are needed for the primary care setting to approve candidates.
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Genistein Aglycone in the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis in Peri- and Postmenopausal Women
Katharine Tjaden
Sponsor: Sharon Gentry, Abigail Allen
This presentation is a literature review of the potential of genistein aglycone to be used as a therapeutic agent in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in peri- and postmenopausal women. Safety, effectiveness, and pharmacokinetics are discussed.
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A Meta-Analysis of Health Outcomes with Different Dietary Approaches.
Kevin Reid
Sponsor: Brian Cole
Diets come in and out of favor, some stick around and others go. One thing that that has stuck is obesity in the United States with nearly 40% of U.S. adults fitting this category. This research was conducted to analyze the efficacy of intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet.
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Prevention of Delirium in ICU and Long-Term Care Settings
Sarah Espinoza
Sponsor: Christina Gierhart
Delirium is a fluctuating disease of cognitive dysfunction leading to higher mortality rates and increased costs. Because old age is a risk factor, patients in long-term care (LTC) settings are most vulnerable. It is highly preventable in ICU settings, but there is lack of evidence supporting prevention strategies in LTC.
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Phytocannabinoids in the Treatment of Acne Vulgaris
Samantha Tollerud
Sponsor: Sara Denning
Non-psychotropic phytocannabinoids derived from cannabis, such as cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabivarin, may be utilized in the treatment of acne vulgaris. Cannabidiol exerts an “anti-acne triad” composed of lipostasis, anti-proliferation and anti-inflammation. These phytocannabinoids are promising for topical treatment of acne vulgaris and could be used in place of current treatment options.
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Vitamin D Supplementation for Prevention of Rickets and Multiple Fractures in Pediatrics
Nicole Salloum
Sponsor: Christi Gierhart
This research explores whether any guidelines are available to supplement pediatric patients with vitamin D to prevent deficiency, leading to risk of multiple fractures or developing rickets. Numerous studies were analyzed to assess efficacy of vitamin D regimen to treat deficiency and observing any preventative supplementation measures to follow.
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Meditation vs. Metformin in the Management of Metabolic Syndrome
Macey Riese
Sponsor: Sharon Gentry
Metabolic Syndrome puts patients at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and mortality. This research compared two adjunctive treatment strategies: pharmacologic therapy with metformin vs. psychological therapy with meditation, and the respective effectiveness in treatment of patients with Metabolic Syndrome.
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College of Pharmacy

Assessment of Drug Compliance and Targeted Pharmacist Intervention in Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients
Varshitha Nakka, Satheesh Gottipati, Surekha P, Ajay Manukonda, Kumaravelu S
Sponsor: Chandra Sekar
Non-compliance to clinically prescribed regimen is the main reason for sub-optimal clinical outcomes. Interventions like patient education, follow-up interviews, reporting adverse drug reactions to physicians, counselling the patient on necessity of medication compliance, opting for a low-cost alternative by talking to care provider were useful in improving compliance.
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Comparison of Hemodynamic Parameters and Patient Awareness When Using Thiopentone Versus Propofol During and After Induction of Anaesthesia in a Tertiary Care Hospital in India
Shaik Seshma Ifthulla, Satheesh S. Gottipati, Nagavardhan Reddy E, Kranthi CH, Hari Priya P
Sponsor: Chandra Sekar M
Anaesthetic drugs used in various surgical Procedures will result in alteration of the hemodynamic parameters and changes in the patient awareness levels. In this study, we found that induction by Propofol showed decreased Haemodynamics (Hypotension) when compared to the patients induced with Thiopental Sodium. The postoperative awareness was significantly low in Propofol induced patients than Thiopental sodium induced patients.
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Peppermint Tea vs Placebo for the Improvement of Memory and Focus in College Students
Sarah Shimek, Cole Smith
Sponsor: Deborah Berlekamp
Peppermint tea has many claims surrounding its homeopathic benefits including boosting the immune system, preventing motion sickness, improving memory and focus and more. We offered students from various majors a randomized cup of tea or water to test the claim that peppermint tea can potentially improve memory and focus.
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Ohio Pharmacist Satisfaction
Rachel Hartman, Mary Ann Painter, Carmen Witsken, Sarah Crisp
Sponsor: Sandra Earle
Pharmacists complete a doctoral degree to dedicate their careers to serving patients. Most expect a career that will provide satisfaction and meaningful work. This project highlights such factors and their association with pharmacists’ satisfaction; providing meaningful insight to students and professors preparing future pharmacists for their careers.
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Clinical Pharmacist Intervention on Drug Related Problems in Epilepsy Patients
Sahaja Reddy Thumma
Sponsor: Chandra Sekar
The purpose of the study was to identify type and cause of Drug Related Problems (DRPs) in epileptic patients by clinical pharmacist following treatment review and provide appropriate resolution in a tertiary care hospital setting. This has a potential to improve patient health outcome and enhance patient quality of life.
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The Effect of Wearable mHealth on Patient Outcomes
Alysia Fennig, Isis Stead
Sponsor: Sandra Earle
The potential for mHealth wearables to improve the health of patients is explored by looking at the possible correlation between mHealth wearables and patient outcomes.
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Synthesis of Chalcone Compounds for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer Tumors
Alexis DiMario, Jacob Reyes, Sarah Kepple, Celina Lugo
Sponsor: Rahul Khupse
The synthesis of chalcones was achieved through the Claisen Condensation reaction. Thin layer chromatography helped isolate the compound and with the utilization of NMR the chemical structure was confirmed. In this assay, the chalcones were designed to target prostate cancer.
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Environmental Factors and Addiction in Pharmacists
Elizabeth Claus, Vivian Lee
Sponsor: Christopher Hart, Susan Lewis
A survey study was conducted to evaluate drug addiction among pharmacists in relation to their environment. A survey assessing environmental factors was distributed to 5 Pharmacist Recovery Network (PRN) groups. Our results indicate an increase in awareness surrounding addiction in pharmacists and that there are many environmental factors that can influence an individual’s addiction but no single definitive factor was identified.
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Survey of Medical Marijuana Education in Graduate Health Care Students at the University of Findlay
Kameron Early, Elijah Deskins, Oscar Freyre
Sponsor: Chandra Sekar
This study will investigate the knowledge base of the University of Findlay’s health professional students on the topic of medicinal marijuana. Ohio legalized medicinal cannabis in 2016 with 21 qualifying indications. A starting point for this research is to evaluate the knowledge of relevant students on these 21 conditions.
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Leadership Development with Practical Application: A Comparison of Pharmacy Students and Pharmacists
Brody Norwood, Kevin Chester
Sponsor: Julie Oestreich, Akesha Edwards
This research examines the likelihood of pharmacy students to obtain a leadership position in the field of pharmacy upon graduation. Evaluation of how students can best develop their leadership skills to supplement training they received in college from extracurricular activities and college curriculum was also performed.
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A Comparative Study on Effect of Oral Hypoglycemic Agents on Serum Electroytes in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Poorna Sindhu Jampani, Satheesh Gottipati, Divya Bhargavi Lanka, Devi Priya J, Satyanand B
Sponsor: Chandra Sekar
In Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus patients, combination therapy of Metformin HCl and Glimepiride exhibited reduced electrolyte abnormalities when compared to monotherapy of Metformin HCl and Glimepiride.
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Epidemiology of Neurological Disorders: A Prospective Observational Study of Risk Factor Assessment
Swathi Potlapalli
Sponsor: Chandra Sekar
The purpose of conducting this study is to assess the major risk factors for neurological disorders and their prevalence. Our goal is to find the pattern of risk factors of neurological ailments which is necessary for better upliftment of the neurological health of the affected population.
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Trends of Returned Medications Between Two Ohio Community Pharmacies
Jack Conrad, Lakota Beavers
Sponsor: M. Chandra Sekar
Medication non-adherence is a pertinent issue for many healthcare professionals. The purpose of this study is to examine a collection of prescriptions that were not picked up to get a better picture of what are some of the trends and possible solutions for prescription abandonment and medication non-adherence.
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Vaccine Perceptions Among College Students
Laurel Frasure, Ginger Cocca, Jaclyn Stancato
Sponsor: Lori Ernsthausen
The purpose of this study was to examine vaccine perceptions among college students because vaccination rates have decreased in today’s society leading to disease outbreaks. Results showed students in healthcare fields felt they did not know enough information about vaccines, thus, indicating a need for further evaluation of immunization education.
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Impact of Twelve Step Meetings in Sobriety of Chemically Dependent Individuals
Diane Ikome
Sponsor: Debra Parker, Chris Hart
Twelve steps programs (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous) are self-maintained support groups that provide a course of action for recovery in chemically dependent individuals. This study aimed to gain insight on the impact these meetings have had on their ability to maintain their sobriety.
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Evaluating the Implementation of the 2018 CHEST Guidelines in Veteran Patients Treated With Anticoagulation Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation
Lorin Wise, Joanna Duda
Sponsor: Laura Perry, Suzanne Surowiec
Our study reviews the implementation of the HAS-BLED and CHA2DS2-VASc score recommendations in the 2018 CHEST guidelines on Antithrombotic Therapy for Atrial Fibrillation at the Louis Stokes VA in Cleveland. The scores were calculated retrospectively in 91 patients taking apixaban twice daily for atrial fibrillation for at least one year.
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Comparison of State PRN Groups
Kendra Suder
Sponsor: Lori Ernsthausen
A PRN, or Pharmacists Recovery Network, is a volunteer-based group that provides support to pharmacists and/or other professionals who are chemically dependent. The purpose of this study is to investigate the similarities and differences in PRN groups in terms of their funding, structure, services provided, and composition.
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Pharmacogenomic Testing in an Ambulatory Care Clinic
Rheanna Kies, Jessica Cellar
Sponsor: Jason Guy, Julie Oestreich
In this study, DNA was collected by buccal swab from participants in an ambulatory care clinic. These samples underwent pharmacogenomic testing for various genes that are important for drug response. Comparing the results to the most commonly used medications will help determine the potential benefits of offering pharmacogenomic testing.
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Antigenotoxic Effects of Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (Egcg) on Bleomycin In Vitro Induced DNA Damage in Human Lymphocytes
Paige Hoffman, Elizabeth Claus
Sponsor: Alexander Vaglenov, Richard Dudley
This study depicts the protective role of EGCG, the main polyphenol present in green tea, in bleomycin-mediated DNA damage in human lymphocytes. Detected through cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay, it is suggested that EGCG dose-dependently inhibited binucleated cells with micronuclei in human lymphocytes. Future work will focus on clarifying the meaning of diet on the genotoxic effects of bleomycin, as well as prevention of DNA damage by EGCG.
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Investigate the Patterns and Outcomes of Recommendations Made by Pharmacists at the University of Findlay Telehealth Center
Nashat Khan, Glory Ngimaju
Sponsor: Chandra Sekar
The Telehealth center (THC) located at the University of Findlay provides health services like comprehensive medication reviews (CMRs), medication reconciliation (MedRecs) and therapeutic interventions program services (TIPS). These services are provided by student pharmacists under the supervision of pharmacists to remotely located patients through phone or video calls which leads to improved patient outcomes.
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Assessing the Use of Aspirin for Primary Prevention in Adults Over the Age of 70
Molly Hoyda, Kayla Ekers, Jameson Jacobs, John Kurth
Sponsor: Suzie Surowiec, Laura Perry
The 2019 ACC/AHA Guidelines on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease state that aspirin is not recommended as primary prevention for adults over 70 years. A retrospective chart review was performed in a private practice in Northwest Ohio to evaluate aspirin use in patients over the age of 70.
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Ohio Pharmacist Knowledge and Support of the Expanding Role of Pharmacy Technicians
Mikaela Hickey, Zachary Stoneburner, Maria Milner
Sponsor: Debra Parker
The primary objective of this study was to assess registered Ohio pharmacists regarding their knowledge of, and comfort level with, the national trend for expanding pharmacy technician roles. The secondary objective was to perform a subgroup analysis to identify any predictive demographics.
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Survey of Ohio Pharmacists’ Perception of a PharmD/MBA Degree
Matthew Gecks, Brandon Rhoades, Devin Rogers, Devon Taylor
Sponsor: Akesha Edwards
Surveys were emailed to all Ohio licensed Pharmacists inquiring about the potential use of an additional MBA degree. This study was conducted to assess curriculum needs and career trends of business concepts in pharmacy. A dual degree may not be useful to many pharmacists but has value in niche professions.
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The Correlation Between a Pharmacy Curriculum and Stress in Pharmacy Students
Sarah Niese, Lydia Chasteen
Sponsor: Lori Ernsthausen
Using a series of surveys throughout the course of the semester we had pharmacy students from different cohorts rate their stress levels. Using the data, we correlated the reported stress levels to different population sets, and then monitored the changes as the semester progressed.
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Sepsis Associated with Previous 90 Day Antibiotic Use
Rachel Kohls, Nicole Recker, Ryann Thomas, Lauren Chavarria
Sponsor: Timothy Burkart
The purpose of this research is to determine if there is a correlation with antibiotic use and subsequent sepsis development by looking at patients who have used antibiotics and developed sepsis within 90 days of an admission to Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, OH.
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Healthcare Professionals Call For Increased Education on Herbal and Dietary Supplements
Kirsten Bell, Cassi Kuhn, Olivia Reiber
Sponsor: Julie Oestreich
To our knowledge, the extent of healthcare professionals’ education on the topic of herbal and dietary supplements and the correlation of their comfort level of recommendation is unknown. To better understand these issues, we conducted a survey to gather responses from pharmacists, nurses, physicians, dieticians, and students of healthcare professions.
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College of Sciences

Formation of Biodiesel and Preparation and Characterization of Ketal-Esters of Glycerol
Shushma KC
Sponsor: Nathan Tice
With the ever-increasing demand for energy harnessed from crude oil and its by products, for example gasoline and petroleum diesel, researchers across the world are shifting their focus on identifying alternative forms of fuel that are more environmentally friendly than the aforementioned crude oil. This project focuses upon the formation of biodiesel and bio-based fuel additives as an alternative to petroleum diesel.
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Construction of Basic Building Blocks of any Digital System
Ashley Moser, Arash Mahmoudian
Sponsor: Heda Samimi
Students in their spare time, have developed hardware to emulate the NOT, AND, OR, NAND, NOR, and XOR logical operators. These operators can be used to complement the current teaching method of faculty covering the truth table in computer science programming classes as well as computer organization course.
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Making UF More Sustainable through the Reduction of Water, Carbon, and Nutrients.
Cooper Wall, Adam Naayers, Brian Benson, Hani Almusayid
Sponsor: Yanting Guo
This project surveys buildings on campus and identifies the inputs and outputs of water, carbon, and nutrients. From that data, we will find ways to reduce the amount of water, carbon, and nutrients on campus to make UF more sustainable.
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Creation of ACM Student Chapter’s Website
Hossein Mohkamkar, Samantha Sweet, Lillian Siefker, Ashley Chiccarello
Sponsor: Heda Samimi
The newly developed website offers an informative and in-depth view of the University of Findlay’s ACM Student Chapter. The website offers opportunities for networking, mentoring and bonding over shared career interests. In addition, the website enriches University of Findlay’s learning environment as well as communities outside of the school.
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The Effects of Variant Auditory Stimuli on Goat Kids’ Harmonic Patterns from Birth to Weaning
Rachael Quandt, Thomas Burke, Samantha Bartley
Sponsor: Brandon Forshey
Research was conducted to determine if exposure to human voice during development affected the frequency of vocal formants in goat kids. Kids were exposed to various treatments: human recording, does, no human or doe vocalization. The results suggest frequencies lowered and various auditory exposures had no effect on formant patterns.
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Minimizing the Programming Development Time of a Robotic Arm
Mahdi Khansari, Arash Mahmoudian
Sponsor: Heda Samimi
Programming the xArm robotic arm is a very time-consuming process. Two of the graduate students have developed software to assist the operator of the xArm robotic arm to minimize the amount of time that it takes to program the robotic arm by creating an action group.
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Loop Abroad: Thailand
Sarah Eschmeyer
Sponsor: Eileen Rucki
Summer 2019, I spent two weeks in Thailand where I was able to learn about and to experience their culture. The main purpose of this trip was to learn about the veterinary field and hone new skills.
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Air Crash Analysis of Top Airlines in the US
Rahul Shrestha
Sponsor: Laura Leventhal
This project uses various known factors to predict the most probable causes behind aircraft accidents. The results can help airlines and flyers judge the safety of the flight.
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NFL Quarterbacks: A Statistical Analysis
Greg Donovan
Sponsor: Laura Leventhal
The focus for this project was to create a model that shows how the top NFL quarterbacks from the last 20 years have progressed statistically over their first 3-5 years. I also used that model to show where Baker Mayfield fell among his peers.
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How Does Reliance On Technology Affect Perceived Happiness?
Cynthia Miller
Sponsor: Laura Leventhal
What are the effects of opting for an email versus a face-to-face meeting? How do our feelings of connectedness change when we communicate virtually versus in-person methods? This project establishes a foundation for future research involving varying communication methods and how they can impact human emotional and psychological well-being.
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Misc.

Pursuing Cultural Humility
Victoria Ayoola, Manasa Akkineni, Sabrina Rivera , Hadil Alhayek, Sadia Aurna
Sponsor: Crystal Weitz
This program was funded as part of the Pursuing Cultural Humility grant from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. UF’s Buford Center for Diversity and Service was awarded this grant. Students and community organization projects were put together in focus on furthering diversity outreach and understanding.
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The Seville Scholars’ Program
Kayla Sell, Hannah Morris, Amy Arras, Taylor Verbsky
Sponsor: Eileen Rucki
A spectacular study abroad program in the beautiful city of Seville, Spain. Students are allowed the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish culture through the experiences of living with a host family, visiting cultural sites, eating local foods, and exploring the city. View poster.

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