The poster session was held in the Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill, and was attended by members of Congress, administrators from the National Science Foundation, the national Institutes of Health, NASA, numerous scientific societies, and members of the scientific press.
Hankins' and Lavelle's research poster was focused on the topic of aluminum toxicity and its association with several bone diseases. Their study established a computer-based method to determine the extent of bone calcification in microscopic embryonic chick bone, demonstrating the damage occurring from acute aluminum toxicity. Their research was done under the direction of Professor Conrad Firling of the UMD Department of Biology.
Ryan Hankins is a UMD junior from Birchwood, Minnesota, majoring in computational mathematics. Shawn Lavelle is a UMD senior from Rochester, Minnesota, with majors in electrical & computer engineering, computer science, and mathematics.