The Plymouth Student Scientist - Volume 9, No. 1 - 2016
Table of contents
In celebration of students as researchers and peer learning leaders, Carolyn Gentle, Peer Assisted Learning Co-Ordinator, Plymouth University, p. 1-3.
Project articles - Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences
Comparison of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6, IL-1α and IL-1β) released by MPI and MARCO (-/-) knockout cells when stimulated by heat killed fungi- Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger, Sherin Chacko, p. 4-23.
Project articles - Marine Sciences
You’ll face me: an investigation into improving puffin crossing safety by controlling PDU placement, Ibrahim Aliouche, p. 62-82.
An investigation into the effects of underwater bubble formations on sound speed and attenuation, Erin King, p. 105-144.
The derivation of sea surface velocities from satellite imagery using maximum cross correlation (MCC), Philip Lawrence, p. 145-161.
Project articles - Psychology
Relationship between motivation, attribution and performance expectancy in children’s reading, Jocelyn Nuttall, p. 214-228.
Project articles - Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
The comparison of Friedel-Crafts alkylation and acylation as a means to synthesise alkyl xylenes, Penny Whalley, p. 252-296.
(University of Plymouth, 2016)The aim of this project was to synthesise and characterise an alkyl xylene using both a Friedel-Crafts alkylation and a Friedel-Crafts acylation. The literature stated that whilst alkylation raised many issues with ...
You’ll face me: an investigation into improving puffin crossing safety by controlling PDU placement (University of Plymouth, 2016)The main aim of this project is to analyse and possibly alter a puffin crossing in order to increase pedestrian comfort and safety by making the pedestrian display unit (PDU), the box with the red and green man lights, ...
(University of Plymouth, 2016)The importance of reading engagement and reading attainment in the development of children has been well established in research; however, there is significantly less research into the factors that motivate children to ...
Secondary sexual characters in crawling water beetles (Coleoptera: Haliplidae): evidence for sexual conflict? (University of Plymouth, 2016)Conflict between sexes occurs as a result of asymmetric reproductive trade-offs during mating. When the rates of these trade-offs differ, sexual conflict can occur, this can lead to coevolutionary arms races between the ...
Comparison of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6, IL-1α and IL-1β) released by MPI and MARCO (-/-) knockout cells when stimulated by heat killed fungi- Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger (University of Plymouth, 2016)Background: Alveolar Macrophages serve the first line of defence against invading pathogens within the lungs. During the innate immune response, they recognise pathogens such as Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger as ...
Effects of dredging disturbance on seagrass coverage, sediment composition and infaunal assemblages within a SW England Zostera marina bed (University of Plymouth, 2016)A previously surveyed Zostera marina (L.) bed in South West England was mapped using SCUBA in September- October 2011 to assess changes in bed extent, environmental and faunal characteristics following disturbance from a ...
"It's such a battle": A phenomenological account of raising a child on the autistic spectrum; a battle with bureaucracy and behaviour (University of Plymouth, 2016)A sharp rise in the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), has led to it becoming one of the most widely researched neurodevelopmental conditions. Although the predominant focus in autism research is child centred, ...
The effectiveness of low level laser therapy and acupuncture as interventions for temporomandibular joint disorders in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis (University of Plymouth, 2016)Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) encompass a range of disorders of the temporomandibular joint, the masticatory muscles and other associated structures. The main symptom of TMD patients is pain within the orofacial ...
(University of Plymouth, 2016)Underwater bubbles are prevalent in the marine environment, from natural sources such as breaking waves, biological and geological activity, and artificial sources such as wash from vessel motion and cavitation. Bubbles ...