Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences to Host Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium Open to the Public

Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences to Host Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium Open to the Public

3/7/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences is hosting an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium that will feature the works of approximately 46 students from 12 departments in the College.

According to Dr. Diane Bonfiglio, assistant professor of psychology, the April 1 symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center. The symposium will feature oral presentations, performances, poster presentations and art exhibitions.

Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the symposium will showcase the many and varied talents of the students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This event provides students in the College of Arts and Sciences the chance to present the results of independent research, exhibit their artwork, or give literary readings, musical or theatrical performances in a professional setting,” Weber said. “And we are excited that the public as well as all faculty, staff and students will be able to attend these presentations and performances.”

Oral presentations from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Faculty Room will include: Benjamin Black’s “Response to The Response: A Playwright’s Journey”; Cassandra Nix’s “Method Development for the Extraction and Analysis of Toxic Alkaloids from Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) at Various Stages of Decomposition”; and Karly Beuck’s “Inner Eye.”

Oral presentations from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in the Faculty Room will include: Peter Kobunski’s “Aluminum Cookware Is a Potential Source of Lead Exposure in Cameroon”; Barbara Mooneyham’s “Exploration of Past Experiences”; Lauren Fattlar’s “A Discourse Analysis of Contradictory Health Messages on the Iconic Show: The Secret Life of The American Teenager”; and Lindsey Richey’s “James Madison and British Commercial Policy in the Making of the U.S. Constitution, 1783-89.”

Oral presentations from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in the Trustees Room will include: Kelsey Golec’s “The History and Development of the Ohio Juvenile Justice System”; Hilary Rheinheimer’s “Step Into the Spotlight: An Experience of Dramatic Arts for Special People”; David Mohn’s “Race-consciousness and Bourgeois Ideology in Nella Larsen's Passing”; and Amanda Mayes’ “The Effects of Music on Learning with Introverts and Extroverts.”

The Poster and Exhibition Sessions from noon to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Room will include: Shawna Brough’s “The Relationship Between Extroversion and Online and Offline Relationships”; Kelvin Stimpert’s “Synthesis of 2-hydroxy Ester Analogs of Niclosamide Analogs for a SAR Study of Anti-tumor Activity”;  Mitchell Ramsey’s “Evaluating Satellite Precipitation Estimates Using Lightning Information”; Dylan Pelham’s “The Effect of Visual Stimuli on Emotions”; Kelli Lennox’s “Hot Set: The Process of Set Designing a Musical”; William Horn’s “Synthesis of Resorcinarene-core Polylactide/Polyethylene Glycol Star Block Copolymers using Click Chemistry: Optimizing Polymer Coupling Reactions Using No-D NMR Spectroscopy”; Mary Moeller’s “Level of Expertise as Perceived by Peers”; Rachel Farley’s “Analysis of Mutant Bacteria Resistant to Phage Infection”; Shanna Valenti’s “The Influence of Color on Perceived Attractiveness”; Rosalie Sepesy’s “Pond Identification and Indicator Organism Analysis in Black Fork Wetlands Preserve”; Karly Beuck’s “Inner Eye”; and Barbara Mooneyham’s “Exploration of Past Experiences.”

The Poster and Exhibition Sessions from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Alumni Room will include: Jennifer Peyton’s “Comparative Toxicity Assessment of Triclosan Alone and in an Antibacterial Hand Soap”; Hannah Neumeyer’s “Name-Pronunciation and Character Assumptions”; Baley Bernthisel’s “The effect of αA-crystallin on the Formation of Cataracts in Cloche Mutant Zebrafish”; Shanna Valenti’s “Extroversion and College Adjustment”; Morgan Shultz and Angela Martinson’s “Microsatellite Variation in Ohio Populations of Reed Canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)”; Kees Edwards and Kenny Bogner’s “The Art of Strategy”; and Marissa Uhrig’s “Natural Revelations.”

Oral presentations from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in the Faculty Room will include: Benjamin Black’s “Enter into the Dark Side: A Study of Modern Black Theatre”; Mack Reece’s “Isolation and Characterization of Novel Bacteriophages”; Stefanie Stoops’ “Úrsula Buendía: Power and Women in Cien años de soledad by Gabriel García Márquez”; and Zachary Hoffman’s “Frederick Douglass and the Ideals of Manhood.”

Oral presentations from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in the Trustees Room will include: Joseph Griffith’s “The Almost Chosen People”: Lincoln’s Use of Scripture and Biblical Allusions in the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural”; Devyn Renninger’s “Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha: Its Significance and Its Failure”; Rebecca Ribley’s “The Art of Marketing Yourself in the World of Journalism”; and Samantha Diemer’s “The Effects of Aggressive Cues on the Perception of Aggression.”

Oral presentations from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Room will include: Johanna Mateo’s “Latin America: The Impact of Spanish Colonial Rule “; Miriah Keller’s “Español, Ehpañol or Eshpañol? A Dialectal Study of Spanish Across Four Countries”; Spencer Dolezal’s “Being There:” Cormac McCarthy’s Fatherhood”; and Stacee King’s “Sub-rectangles and Super-rectangles: Creation and Properties.”

For a complete listing of presentations, go to: http://ashlandurca.blogspot.com/search/label/2014%20Symposium

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###

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