AU College of Arts and Sciences’ Research and Creative Activity Symposium Open to the Public

AU College of Arts and Sciences’ Research and Creative Activity Symposium Open to the Public

4/5/17 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 over 60 students from 15 departments in the College.

According to Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, trustees’ distinguished professor of chemistry, the April 11 symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9 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, will provide the welcome and opening remarks. She 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 for Session I from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the Trustees Room will include: Joey Barretta's "Was Martin Luther King, Jr. the Frederick Douglass of the Twentieth Century?"; Lydia Smith's "Facing the Four Horsemen: New Atheist Critiques of Christian Morality and the Christian Response"; Kiana Ziegler's "Tinge of Murder: An Analysis of Color in The Talented Mr. Ripley"; and Meghann Fitzpatrick's "Metal Exposures from Aluminum Cookware: An Unrecognized Health Risk in Developing Countries."

Oral presentations for Session II from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Trustees Room will include: Alicia Jones' "Behind Closed Doors: What We Bring to the Table"; Corinne Spisz's "Use of Force and Bullet in the Brain: Discovering Beauty through Conflict"; Kayla Gowdy's "How Marco Rubio Won in 2010 and Its Relevance to Future Elections"; and Aimee Linville's "Profiling Serial Killers and Serial Rapists."

Oral presentations for Session III from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Faculty Room will include: Ryan Bastian's "An Introduction to the Generalized Riemann Integral and its Role in Undergraduate Mathematics Education"; Isaac Waterman's "Focus: The Fine Art of Graphic Design"; and Ceyanna Stasick's "The Stronger: An Application of the Meisner Acting Technique."

The Poster and Exhibition Session I from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Alumni Room will include: Tasha Arnold's "Breathe"; Lauren Bacigalupe and Emily Dine's "Method Develoment for the Extraction and Analysis of Toxic Alkaloids from Jimsonweed in Hay and Silage"; Derek Baker's "Participant Attention to Consent Form Details"; Zachary Bernhard's "The Cadmium Content of Protein Drinks and Nutritional Powders"; Hayden Eighinger's "Characterizing the Expression of Gamma N Crystallins in Development of Danio rerio"; Elizabeth Kemp's Examining the Effects of Victim Attractiveness with Mock Jurors"; Marissa Lindberg's "Personality Traits and Satisfaction with College Major"; Lydia Smith's "Revisiting the Relationship between Religion and Altruism"; Isabella Steiner's "A Population on its Way Out? Investigating the Population Size and Ploidy of Amystomid Salamanders at the Ashland University Black Fork Wetlands"; Hannah Wiles and Mitch Ellis' "Methods of Central Nervous System Dissection and Isolation"; Muslimah Williams' "The Truth Behind the Veil: Investigating Religious Prejudice in America"; Isaac Waterman's "Focus: The Fine Art of Graphic Design"; Emily Minns' "A Definition of Beauty”; and Emily Nicholls and Lindsey Jones' "Assessment of the Botanical Diversity of Ashland University’s Black Fork Wetlands."

The Poster and Exhibition Session II from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in the Alumni Room will include: Kate Budzik and Melanie Ward's "Predicting Behavior in the Volunteer's Dilemma Based on Personality and Social Value Orientation"; Emily Civittolo's "The Relationship between Pre-Shot Routines and Free-Throw Accuracy"; Emily Dine's "Analysis of Phytochemicals of Red Maple and Related Species"; Justin Dowell and Kelsey Kidd's "Predicting the Toxicity of Saline Deicing Agent Mixtures to Hyalella azteca Using the Concentration Addition and Independent Action Models"; Emily Law's "Modeling the Impact of Squeezed Light on Quantum Noise"; Danny Lawson's "Study on Distraction Levels: Foreign v. Native Speech"; Morgan Snyder's "Perceptions of Terms Used to Describe Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities"; Cory Turpin and Lacy Hepp's "Substituted Cyclophosphazenes as Drug Delivery Systems"; Olivia Widenmeyer's "Expanding the Survey of the Foraging and Nesting Activities of the Sora and Virginia Rails in and around AU's Black Fork Wetland Area"; Emily Wirtz and Danielle Bruno's "The Effects of Aggressive Coaching on Putting Abilities"; Kelly Murray's "Characterizing the Role of Crystallin Proteins in the Lens Using CRISPR/Cas to Disrupt Normal Protein Production"; Anamarie Coors' "The Journey"; Abigail Nye's "Siete"; and Alicia Jones' "Behind Closed Doors: What We Bring to the Table."

Oral presentations for Session IV from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Trustees Room will include: Chanel Bluntschly, Michael Byndas, Joshua Thompson and Jason Wolf's "Chamber Ensemble and Performance without a Conductor"; Emily Wirtz's "Am I My Brother's Keeper?: A Catholic Response to the Refugee Crisis and Wrongful Assimilation"; Cortney Kourie and Samantha Carson's "A Comparative Study of Capture Behaviors between Domesticated and Wild Mice"; and Logan Baker's "Exploring Tadashi Suzuki's Method in Performance."

Oral presentations for Session V from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Faculty Room will include: Grace McCourt's "The Dishonest Salesperson Problem"; Dana Reed's "Modern Mythos"; Bethany Meadows' "History Versus Film: An Examination of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Rhetoric and Selma"; and Joey Barretta's "Liberal Education in a STEM World."

Oral presentations for Session VI from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room will include: Bryanna Austin's "The Need for Criminal Justice Reform in Ohio"; Courtney Wade's "GIS to Model the Distribution of Archeological Artifacts as a Function of Environmental Variation in Ohio"; Garrison Stima's "Lost War -- Chapter 1"; Elizabeth Grace Davis' "Maximizing Communication through a Total Collaboration Design with Limited Staff" and Mykenna Schlorb's "Civilized Society in Agatha Christie's Poirot."

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