The purpose of an abstract/ reflection is to briefly summarize your research or creative work in a way that captures the interest of the reader and provides contextual information of your work. The abstract should be a maximum of 2,250 characters and include:
- Title and Author Information
Abstracts are written in paragraph form. (see examples below)
Creative Works Presentations must include an Analysis, Artifact and Reflection for a maximum of 2,250 characters. For a reflection submission, an Analysis is an explanation of the themes, techniques or history that were used to create an Artifact. An Artifact is something that can be physically displayed or heard, and a Reflection describes how this Artifact contributes to the field, discipline, or greater culture.
If you register to do a Creative Works Presentation and your project is able to include all of the required information that is asked of an abstract submission, please submit an abstract. If not please submit a reflection.
If you apply to do a poster presentation and a creative works presentation and you are accepted for both presentation types, bring your artifact for the creative works presentation.
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Reflection Example - Creative Works
Re-creation of the Edmund Fitzgerald
By Kiara Stewart, Marisa Harris, Lauren Hammond, Yuan-Chi Lee, and Jasmine Derry
The re-creation of the Edmund Fitzgerald is a creative work which seeks to utilize Gilligan, a new software capable of creating scientifically useful virtual environments. Using this software, we are able to chronicle the final voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald which began on November 9, 1975, in Superior, Wisconsin. By examining reports such as the “National Transportation Safety Board Marine Accident Report for the Edmund Fitzgerald” and the “Reexamination of the 9-10 November 1975 ‘Edmund Fitzgerald’ Storm Using Today’s Technology, we have assembled environmental conditions such as wind speed, wave height, and ship location. These conditions, when input into Gilligan, drive an accurate recreation of the stormy circumstances surrounding the last 30 hours of the ship and its 29 crew members, and do so more efficiently than a special effects team could by hand. By showing that the final voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald can be digitally recreated with historical accuracy, this research highlights the importance of our environmental scene simulator in producing highly realistic imagery. In future applications, Gilligan has the potential not only to further our understanding of historic ocean environments, but also to simulate various ocean conditions and visualize their effects on a ship’s structure.
Abstract Example - STEM Research
D-type potassium channels normalize action potential firing between dorsal and ventral CA1 neurons of the mouse hippocampus
By Gregory J. Ordemann, Christopher J. Apgar, and Darrin H. Brager
Specific memory processes and neurological disorders can be ascribed to different dorsoventral regions of the hippocampus. Recently, differences in the anatomical and physiological properties between dorsal and ventral hippocampal CA1 neurons were described for both the rat and mouse hippocampus and have greatly contributed to our understanding of these processes. While differences in the subthreshold properties were similar between rat and mouse neurons, differences in action potential output between dorsal and ventral neurons were strikingly less divergent in mouse compared with rat CA1 neurons. Here, we investigate the mechanism underlying the lack of difference in action potential firing between dorsal and ventral CA1 pyramidal neurons in mouse hippocampus. Consistent with rat, we found that ventral CA1 neurons had a more depolarized resting membrane potential and higher input resistance than dorsal CA1 neurons in the mouse hippocampus. Despite these differences, action potential output in response to current injection was not significantly different. We found that ventral neurons have a more depolarized action potential threshold compared with dorsal neurons and that threshold in ventral neurons was more sensitive to block of KV1 channels compared with dorsal neurons. Outside-out voltage-clamp recordings found that slowly inactivating K+ currents were larger in ventral CA1 neurons. These results suggest that, despite differences in subthreshold properties between dorsal and ventral CA1 neurons, action potential output is normalized by the differential functional expression of D-type K+ channels.