NIC students bring home INBRE awards

NIC students who participated in the INBRE
research conference

Pictured are NIC students who participated in the INBRE research conference poster competition held in Moscow, Idaho in August. From left, front row: Josh Hix of Coeur d’Alene, Loni Taber of Post Falls, Corrie Bouchard of Coeur d’Alene, and Corey Koerner of Coeur d’Alene. From left, middle row: Emily Nightingale of Coeur d’Alene, Emmalee Pecor of Coeur d’Alene, Steve Van Horn of Coeur d’Alene, Sara Trautwein of Sandpoint, Lillian Malloy of Hayden, Lauren Merlino of Coeur d’Alene, Addie Turner of Otis Orchards, and Catherine Brands of Post Falls. From left, back row: Dan Cooper of Coeur d’Alene, Levi Bischoff of Rathdrum, Aaron Drapeau of Post Falls, Noah Rhodes of Newman Lake, Ryan Gibson of Hayden, and Sara Winzer of Moscow.

North Idaho College students took home several first-, second-, and third-place awards at the Idaho Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Research Conference held at the Best Western University Inn in Moscow, Idaho, earlier this month.

The conference was comprised of higher education students from NIC, the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College. These students interned with a business and participated in research fellowships at various universities. At the end of their 10-week internship, they created poster projects that describe what they did to answer certain research questions and what their results were.

“INBRE has opened my eyes to a whole new world,” said NIC Nursing student Emmalee Pecor. “My mind is turning at all the possibilities. This program is fabulous.”

In the industry intern division, NIC took home a full sweep of medals.

1st place           Steve Van Horn                     Intern with Cd’A Cellars and PO Winery

2nd place          Aaron Drapeau                     Intern with Kootenai Health

3rd place           Loni Taber                             Intern with Coeur d’Alene Tribe Lake Management

In the undergraduate research project division, NIC took home the top two places.

1 st place          Lauren Merlino         Fellowship in the lab of Dr. Alex Karasev

2nd place          Catherine Brands      Fellowship in the lab of Dr. Onesmo Balemba

The students will move on to compete in the seven-state Institutional Development Award Conference sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, which will be held Oct. 12-14 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The states that will compete are Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Alaska, Nevada and Hawaii. NIC Participants in the INBRE Research Conference and their project title were:


Sara Trautwein

Process and Pathology of Periodontal Disease in People and Pets

Steve Van Horn

The Microbiology of Winemaking

Corrie Bouchard

Heavy Metals in the Spokane River

Josh Hix

Organization of Retinal Bipolar Cells in Mice Samples

Levi Bischoff

The Complete Blood Count's Role in 'Modern Medicine'

Ryan Gibson

Fernan Lake's Death by Eutrophication

Noah Rhodes

Colorimetric Determination of Phosphorus in Water

Loni Taber

Shallow groundwater monitoring: Upper Hangman Creek watershed

Corey Koerner

Phosphorus removal utilizing FTWs

Emily Nightingale

Effects of Hayden Floating Wetlands on Dissolved Oxygen and Phosphate Ion-Concentration

Lilly Malloy

Cyanobacteria blooms: effect on aquatic ecosystems

Aaron Drapeau

Presence of MRSA on gym mats in Kootenai County

Emmalee Pecor

Cone Pedicles Organization and their Cell to Cell Connection

Lauren Merlino

Evolution of Potato virus Y in potato

Addie Turner

Survivability and Characteristics of Microbial Isolates Collected from Prelaunch Spacecraft

Sara Winzer

Viral Infection in Drosophila melanogaster

Catherine Brands

The Effect of a High Fat Diet-Induced Microbial Community on Enteric Neurons

Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

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