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Current Grants

National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) grant (2015-2016)

Publications

D.A. Nicholson, R.E. Trana, Y. Katz, W.L. Kath, N. Spruston, Y. Geinisman, "Distance-dependent differences in synapse number and AMPA receptor expression in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons." Neuron 50: 431- 442, 2006.

Conference Presentations/Posters

Using Peer Leaders to Support Research Modules in Introductory STEM Courses. J. Hibdon, R. Trana, E. Head, P. Acioli, K. Nicholson, and S. Srinivas. Integrating Research and Practice: PLTL in Action Conference at NEIU, Chicago, IL., June 1-3, 2017. Online.

Embedding Research in Undergraduate STEM Curricula: The NEIU PEERS Project. Paulo H. Acioli, Sudha Srinivas, Elisabet Head, Ken Nicholson, Rachel Trana, Joseph Hibdon Jr. AAPT Winter Meeting, Atlanta, GA., Feb. 18-21, 2017. Online.

The Peer Enhanced Experiential Research in STEM (PEERS) Project at NEIU. Ken Nicholson, Paulo Acioli, Elisabet Head, Joseph Hibdon, Sudha Srinivas, and Rachel Trana. 2016 SENCER Summer Institute, Chicago, IL., July 28 - August 1, 2016. Online.

The Peer Enhanced Experiential Research in STEM (PEERS) project at Northeastern Illinois University: Mathematics Component. J. Hibdon, S Srinivas, P. Acioli, K. Nicholson, E. Head, R. Trana, M. Sztainberg, and L. Filus. Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA., January 2016. Online.

The Peer Enhanced Experiential Research in STEM (PEERS) Project at Northeastern Illinois University. S. Srinivas, P. Acioli, K. Nicholson, E. Head, R. Trana, M. Sztainberg and L. Filus. The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) meeting, November 2015, Transforming STEM Education, Seattle, WA. Online

Innovation in Microsatellite Cataloguing: Finding Markers in Midwestern Cattails (Typha Species). R. Strauss, C. Moran, P. Geddes, J. Olfelt, R. Trana, F. Iacobelli. Twenty-Third Annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium, April 2015, Student Center for Science Engagement, Northeastern Illinois University. Online (http://bit.ly/1NqEHnw).

Dendritic excitability imposes limits on synaptic scaling. R.E. Trana, W.L. Kath, N. Spruston. Program No. 728.9. 2005 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2005. Online.

Computational modeling of scaled synaptic inputs on CA1 dendritic shafts and spines. R.E. Trana, Y. Katz, W.L. Kath, N. Spruston. Program No. 737.16. 2004 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2004. Online.

Transposon Mutagenesis of Igepon Metabolizing Bacteria. R.E. Trana, R. Nordeen. Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science, Vol. 56, 2002.