This series features exemplary undergraduate student research from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, including selected senior theses, honors work, research reports, data sets, and other academic and creative projects completed by undergraduate students in Pepperdine University's Seaver College.

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Research from 2013

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Carbon Black and Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Differentially Activate Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis in A549 Human Alveolar Epithelial Cells, Sarah Alvarado, Brianna Manes, and Jay L. Brewster

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Top and Bottom Photosynthetic Activity in Nerium oleander and Pandanus baptistii, Ryan Arima and Jacob Gonzalez

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Comparative Study of the Mechanical Strength in Two Species of Ferns: Polystichum munitum and Pteridium aquilinum, Russell P. Baetiong, Victoria M. Lekson, and Olivier B. Monty

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Judea Captured, Jessica Baity and Jimmy Yang

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Fire Edge Effect on Water Potential and Stomatal Conductance in Salvia leucophylla, Brigid N. Bergin, Paul Chung, and Laura C. Miranda

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Difference in Water Status between Oak Trees (Quercus berberidifolia) with Brown and Green Leaves During Severe Drought, Mia Bryant, Hannah Dario, and Cameron Kline

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Herod the Great's Message through Year 3 Coin, Elizabeth Chau

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Impact of Reclaimed Water on Photosynthetic Performance in Green Bark Ceanothus (Ceanothus spinosus), Erika De Leener, Michael L. Gribble, Joshua D. Volkmar, and Luo J. Zhao

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Using the Unispec to Test the Difference in Reflectance of the Yellow Petals of Encelia californica, Encelia farinosa, and Spartium junceum, Mariam E. Fam and Valerie E. Espinoza

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An Ethnobotanical approach to finding antimicrobial compounds in wooly blue curls (Trichostema lanatum) using a Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion assay, Matthew C. Fleming and P. Matthew Joyner

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The Regulatory Effect of Semaphorin 7A on Proliferation and Migration in Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells, Steven R. Flemming and Donna Nofziger-Plank

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Leaf Mechanical Strength Corresponds to Water Relations in Twelve Species of California Ferns, Breahna Gillespie

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Ancient Marcus Aurelius Coin, Tawni Gurney and Andrew Hirsch

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Kara Walker's (Re)Presentation of History in the Antebellum South, Kris Harper, Asha Kamack, Alex Lilly, and Matthew Peng

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The Effect of Shear Stress, Potassium, and Adenosine on α-1 Adrenergic Vasoconstriction of Rat Soleus Feed Arteries, Tanner J. Heckle and Jeffrey Jasperse

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Immunomodulatory Activity of Sambucus mexicana and Trichostema lanatum on LPS Stimulated RAW 264.7 Macrophage Cells, Victoria Hester and P. Matthew Joyner

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Variation in Mechanical Strength of Ferns in the Santa Monica and Santa Cruz Mountains, Helen I. Holmlund

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The Use of Propaganda on an Augustan Denarius, Jens Ibsen and Melissa Miller

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Mechanical Strength Comparison of Hydrated and Dehydrated Pteridium Stems, Michelle I. Kang, Kevin M. Ko, John H. Noh, and Veronica R. Vega

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Post-fire Recovery of Juglans californica in Sycamore Canyon: Water Potential and Site Characterization, Ariel Lan, Caitlin Thompson, and Victoria Lekson

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Varying Carbon Dioxide Levels and its Effects on Malsoma laurina’s Photosynthetic Rate, John A. Lawlor, Dustyn T. Zierman-Felix, and Michael P. Schlagel

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Post-fire Recovery of Juglans californica in Sycamore Canyon: Vessel Length, Shading, Water Use Efficiency and Water Status, Victoria Lekson and Anushree Mahajan

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Lysophosphatidic Acid Stimulates Lymphangiogenesis in Human Lymphatic Endothelial Cells, John Macbeth and Donna Nofziger-Plank

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The Survivin and cIAP1 Anti-apoptotic Proteins are Differentially Downregulated in Response to Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress, Vicki Mercado and Jay L. Brewster

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History through a Coin: Valerian, Dido, and the Founding of Carthage, Jack Miller and Brittany Piwowar