Presentation Winners

Maria Alcivar-Zuniga, Human Development and Family Studies (Dr. Jan Melby)

Presentation: New Gateway Latina Immigrant Domestic Violence Model

Damarius Fleming, Genetics and Genomics (Dr. Susan Lamont and Dr. James Reecy)

Presentation: Genomic Analysis of Ugandan and Rwandan Chicken Ecotypes Using A 600k SNP Chip

Augustine Beeman, Plant Pathology (Dr. Gregory Tylka)

Presentation: The Effect of Seed Treatments on Soybean Cyst Nematode

Julia Anderson-Lee, Mathematics (Dr. Scott Hansen and Dr. Sri Sritharan)

Presentation: Model of Rocking Structures: A Mathematical Approach

Randie Camp, Human Development and Family Studies (Dr. Gayle Luze)

Presentation: Perceptions of Bibliotherapy: A Survey of Undergraduate Students

Porsha Thomas, Toxicology (Dr. Aileen Keating)

Presentation: Multidrug Resistance Associated Protein Involvement in Phosphoramide Mustard-induced Ovotoxicity


Dr. Shaw is a life learner, educator, motivational speaker, leader, and role model, source of identity, spiritual motivator, and rule maker, who combines biblical and science-based principles to empower her work, community, and the world’s food supply. She received her B.S. and M.S. in animal and meat science at Iowa State University and continued on for her PhD and a post doc in food microbiology at Texas Tech University.

Her M.S. was conducted under Dr. Joseph Sebranek and focused on Meat Microbiology. Her thesis was titled “Evaluation of modified atmosphere packaging with carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide for fresh ground pork, fresh pre-rigor pork sausage and fresh post-rigor pork sausage”. Her PhD was conducted under Dr. Mindy Brashears and focused on Food Microbiology. Her dissertation was titled “Establishment of a pre-harvest spinach intervention step against Escherichia coli O157:H7 using Lactic Acid Bacteria”.

At Iowa State University her research and extension and outreach focus on the development of intervention strategies to control and prevent foodborne pathogen (E.coli O157:H7, non-O157 STEC, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes) within the farm and food manufacturing settings. Her research reaches many different commodity groups including fruits, vegetable, nuts, eggs, grains, and by-products, while her extension work focuses on education of emerging food safety concerns and food regulations.

Gloria Jones-Johnson, University Professor of Sociology, is a Faculty Fellow for 2014-2016 with responsibility for department chair support and the enhancement of an inclusive academic culture. Dr. Jones-Johnson will work with Associate Provost Dawn Bratsch-Prince to expand and enhance provost-level efforts currently in place in support of the professional development of department chairs/directors and faculty.

Dr. Jones-Johnson specializes and teaches courses in social psychology, social inequality and work and occupations. Her recent research interests are self-employment and the contingent work force.

Dr. Jones-Johnson is the director of Women's and Gender Studies Program and the 2014 Women Impacting Iowa State Calendar. She is also a member of the Women's Leadership Consortium.

She received her B.A. at Talladega College, her M.A. at Bowling Green University and her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.


Photos of the 2015 Sympsoium can be viewed here.

Past Program

The 2015 Sympsoium program can be downloaded here.