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Analyzing the optogenetically stimulated neurons in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis (BNST) region of mice through behavioral testing and cell analysis

This research aims to simulate the stimulation of an areas of the brain so that it can be used as a template for other experiments. Building upon previous studies that focused on how the reward centers of the brain are affected by stimuli from other regions of the brain, the study research will involve analyzing the optogenetically stimulated neurons in the BNST (Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis) region of mice through behavioral testing and cell analysis. The behavioral testing will be used to analyze whether or not the stimulation was rewarding.

What are the pros and cons of stem cells and gene therapy when used to cure blindness?

This research project aims to provide a platform for people who are interested in stem cells to cure blindness. The platform will include different treatments, success stories, and risks to the operations. The studies will be pertaining to common eye diseases such as glaucoma. The platform will be unbiased and will only provide information.

This research project’s ultimate goal is to create a formal plan containing suggestions as to how the PAUSD can reduce the amount of energy consumption, both natural gas and electricity, at PALY. In order to do so, the project will include four types of data collection: surveys, interviews, energy monitoring at PALY, and analysis of external and retrieved data.

What novel stem cell and prostate cancer biomarkers located on the cell surface can researchers and clinicians use as therapeutic targets?

This study focuses on discovering novel stem cell and prostate cancer biomarkers located on the cell surface that researchers and clinicians can use as therapeutic targets. To achieve this, gene expression data from mouse microarray and human RNA-Seq sources were analyzed. Results from the data analysis were sorted to identify upregulated genes that may be associated with prostate cancer.

How can the exposure of classical music affect the condition of people with Alzheimer’s?

The angle my research will take is looking at music and its effects on memory in the bigger picture, and perhaps find preventative measures.

What are the daily effects of familial hypercholesterolemia and other inherited heart diseases on patients?

This study will assess the concerns of individuals with Familial Hypercholesterolemia both qualitatively and quantitatively. For the former, structured interviews will be conducted for individuals with FH. For the latter, analyses of data taken from a national patient registry of FH called CASCADE FH will be performed. This research will demonstrate what the patients are experiencing and what their primary concerns are through a firsthand perspective. FH poses complex psychosocial challenges for families.

Is there a correlation between the rate at which a pulsar loses rotational energy and the non-thermal radiation and bulk kinetic energy of expansion of its supernova remnant?

Pulsars have been at the center of astronomical research since their discovery in 1967. This project examines the correlation between the rate at which a pulsar loses rotational energy and the non-thermal radiation and bulk kinetic energy of expansion of its supernova remnant. It has been shown, using the Crab pulsar-nebula system, that the rate of decrease of energy has a strong correlation to the energy in the surrounding nebula. This study will analyze the applicability of this relationship to other pulsar-nebula systems.
 

What are the correlations between different types of solar panels (monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film) and the amount of energy output?

This research project looks into the different types of solar panels, such as monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film, and the amount of energy output by looking at past data. The Palo Alto Airport wants to install solar panels to help with heating and powering other materials. This research will look into the calculations of solar angles and temperatures in Palo Alto year long and how it will affect different types of solar panels.

How can all polygons that can arise as tile shapes in Voronoi grid deletion tilings be characterize?

This research project utilizes Mathematica to predict the possible combinations of Voronoi deletion tiles. The goal is to understand which patterns emerge and why. The anticipated results will demonstrate a correlation between impossible shapes and number of tiles deleted.

How does Kalman Filter and a Replacement of the PID control loop affect a Robot’s Ability to Aim and Shoot?

In this research project there will be a replacement of a robot's PID control loop with a new customized control loop which uses a Kalman filter to estimate the shooter's (a rotating turntable with a flywheel mounted on it) location relative to the target. After having the robot shoot at the ball while recording the number of shots and the number of shots missed, the new customized control loop will then be implemented and record the number shot and shots missed again and look for any improvements in accuracy or speed.

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