AU to Hold 2019 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium on April 9

AU to Hold 2019 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium on April 9

4/1/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences is hosting the 10th annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium that will feature 55 performances, presentations and exhibitions given by 66 students and alumni representing 14 programs of the College of Arts and Sciences. The April 9 symposium is free and open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus. 

Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will provide the welcome and opening remarks. She explains that the symposium follows the format of a professional conference with students presenting original research, performing musical selections, reading original creative writing and exhibiting artwork. Weber said, “CAS undergraduate students continue to make original intellectual and creative contributions to their disciplines early in their careers. We are delighted to share with the public and campus community highlights of the outstanding work being conducted by our students in departments across the fine and performing arts, humanities, natural science and social science disciplines.”  

According to Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, URCA Symposium Committee chair, Ashland’s URCA Symposium coincides with the celebration of Undergraduate Research Week by the Council on Undergraduate Research, of which Ashland University is an institutional member. “Based on the positive response to last year's addition of alumni presentations, this year we will again offer research presentations by two arts and sciences alumni -- Jennifer Winkler and Jennifer Tully. Their presentations will be featured at the Oral Session I from 9 to 10:15 a.m.,” Weidenhamer said.

Jennifer Winkler graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She is currently an art teacher at Green Local Schools in Smithville, Ohio, teaching grades 6-12. The title of her presentation is “The Ideal Art Curriculum: Bridging the Gap between School and Community through a Combination of Traditional Craftsmanship and State-of-the-Art Technology.” She will explain the importance of an art educator’s technical experience and background to develop their curriculum. From her previous occupations as a muralist, welder and photographer, she has introduced her students to complex materials and set a high expectation level for her students that empowers them with a working knowledge of the subject matter and the freedom to be independent. Because of this, she was able to open up her classroom to the community and her students became the instructors of the same projects they created in class.

Jennifer Tully graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in both geology and integrated science education with a minor in biology. She also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Geology from Miami University (2013) and is a geologist with Pegasus Technical Services Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. She aids in the USEPA Office of Research and Development’s (ORD) examination of drinking water pipe corrosion scales and deposits, along with developing sampling plans to investigate the occurrence of lead in drinking water. Her presentation is titled “Evaluating Theoretical Models Unpredictability in Field Lead Service Line Scales.” As there is often a disconnect between predictions and reality, her study model predictions were compared with actual lead service line (LSL) scales from a variety of Midwestern systems. The results showed that only nine of the 22 systems studied had LSL scales that followed model predictions demonstrating that predicting scale formation and lead release solely by models cannot be relied on in all cases to protect human health.

Oral presentations for Session I from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the Trustees Room will include: 

  • Alexis Lough, "Effects of Microplastic Exposure on the Freshwater Crustacean, Daphnia magna
  • Jennifer Winkler, "The Ideal Art Curriculum: Bridging the Gap between School and Community through a Combination of Traditional Craftsmanship and State-of-the-Art Technology"
  • Brianna Sargent, "Quand La Culture Reste: Le Rhum et Martinique"
  • Jennifer Tully, "Evaluating Theoretical Models Unpredictability in Field Lead Service Line Scales"

Oral presentations for Session II from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Trustees Room will include: 

  • Kiana Ziegler, "A Meditation on the Flesh: Self-Therapy for Managing Chronic Health Conditions"
  • Nicholas Bloxsom, "The Psychological Science Accelerator: A Distributed Laboratory Network"
  • Jessie Ornelas, "La misma luna: A Realistic View on the Lives of Mexicans"
  • Emily Nicholls, "The Differing Quality of Two Wetland Plant Communities and the Possible Impact on Threatened Marsh Birds"

Oral presentations for Session III from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Faculty Room will include: 

  • Corianna Borton, "Probing the Root Exudation of Harmala Alkaloids from Syrian Rue"
  • Shelby Aulger, "Defining What is Natural: Gender Issues of Dominance and Control Within Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God"
  • Kaylei Ruffing, "The Relationship between Flow and Self-Efficacy"
  • Kaitlyn Bailey, "Answering the Battle Cry of Freedom: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Call to Noble Action"

The Poster and Exhibition Session I from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Alumni Room will include: 

  • Dana Awlia, "Media Influence on Islamophobia"
  • Lauren Bood, "Determining the Effects of Water Hardness on the Toxicity of Sodium Chloride using the Aquatic Amphipod Hyalella azteca"
  • Taylor Bunce, "Investigation of Metal-Organic Frameworks Incorporating Carboxycoumarin Linkers"
  • Ryan Curtis, "Method Development for the Analysis of E-Cigarette Liquids and Aerosols"
  • Dominique Drake and Shelby Reutter, "Investigation of Imaging Agents and Targeting Moieties in Phosphazene Drug Delivery Systems"
  • Mallorie Harding, "Determining the Relationship between Happiness and Mental Toughness"
  • Maria Kern, "Water Quality Monitoring in the Black Fork River, a Tributary in the Ohio River Basin"
  • Bryce McClish and Elizabeth Takacs, "Price Estimations and Confidence Levels: An Experiment Replicated"
  • Kaitlyn Moore, "An Examination of News Coverage and Media Framing of Gay Marriage/Marriage Equality"
  • Scarlet Snow, "The Relationship Between Internal Body Temperature and Interactive Behavior in Domesticated Felines"
  • Erin Staley, "Bateman Case Study 2018 Competition: Ashland Has a Heart of Gold"
  • Evan Thomae, "Utilizing Cyclophosphazenes and Imidazolium Salts as Potential Anti-Cancer Agents"
  • Cait Davis, Sage Haines, Allison Montgomery, Michaela Ping, Madeline Rogowski, Robby Young and Kiana Ziegler, "Brand Identity and Product Packaging Design"
  • Victoria Roddy, "In My Blood"

The Poster and Exhibition Session II from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in the Alumni Room will include: 

  • Miranda Bielawski, "The Relationship between Mental Toughness and Academic Performance"
  • Brianna Brdicka, "The Effects of PTU Treatment on Zebrafish Embryo Development"
  • Katherine Conley, "Exploring the Relationship between Mental Toughness and Social Support"
  • Cameron Middis, "Design and Construction of an E-cigarette Inhalation Chamber"
  • Cillian Donahue, "Using Passive Sampling as a Method for Pesticide Analysis"
  • Alexis Flagg and Emily Fulk, "Microplastic Quantification in the Black Fork and Clear Fork Rivers"
  • Emmaline Kepp, "Identification of Novel Transcription Factor Genes Involved in Lens Development Using Genome Editing"
  • Savannah Lewis, "Music, Emotions and Memory"
  • Kaylei Ruffing and Tiffany Smolinski, "Reduced Framing Biases when Presenting Decisions in Foreign Languages"
  • Tyler Theaker, "Comparison of Toxic Metals in Feathers of Virginia and Sora Rails from the Black Fork Wetlands and Winous Point Hunting Club in Sandusky Bay"
  • Jessica Wilson, "Impact of Suggestion and Time on Eyewitness Testimony"
  • Kiana Ziegler, "A Meditation on the Flesh: Self-Therapy for Managing Chronic Health Conditions"
  • Jennifer Winkler, "The Ideal Art Curriculum: Bridging the Gap between School and Community through a Combination of Traditional Craftsmanship and State-of-the-art Technology"

Oral presentations for Session IV from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Trustees Room will include: 

  • Abigail Dingus, "Density-dependent Growth Responses of Arabidopsis to Copper Toxicity"
  •  Audrey Saler, "The Impact of Brand Perceptions on Consumer Behavior"
  • Andrew L. Spies, "The Cleveland Browns: Obstacles to Creating a Culture of Excellence"
  • Naomi Sims, "The Relationship of Artificial Intelligence and Humanity: Andy, the analysis of a screenplay"

Oral presentations for Session V from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Faculty Room will include: 

  • Tyler Easton, "Malicious Matriarchy: Exploring the Feminine Symbolism in Como agua para chocolate"
  • Hendrick Stoops, "Power, Politics, & Public: The Sublime & Depraved Uses of Zeppelins in Germany"
  • Savannah Lewis, "To Which World Regions Does the Valence-Dominance Model of Social Perception Apply?"
  • Erin Staley, "Breaking the Barriers of Mental Health through Graphic Medicine: An Analysis of Ellen Forney’s Marbles"

Oral presentations for Session VI from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the Trustees Room will include: 

  • Kaitlin Snider and Chelsea Myers, "Potential Exposure to Lead and Cadmium in Decorative Glassware"
  • Elizabeth Grim, "Feminismo en Como agua para chocolate"
  • Kennedy Estridge, "Prisoners’ Rights are Human Rights"
  • Hannah Drake, Natalie Bisignano and Tiffany Pryce, "Replication and Generalization of Conrad & Scheve’s 2017 study, 'The Good, the Bad and the Male.'”

Oral presentations for Session VII from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the Faculty Room will include: 

  • Kaitlyn Dailey, "Connecting with the Saints: A Protestant's Pilgrimage into the World of Relics"
  • Eric Watts, "'I Think I’m Feeling Quite Ill'; a Chance Music Piece by Eric Watts"
  • Allyson Lombardo, "Examination of Using Light as a Baiting Technique for Adult and Larval Ambystomid Salamanders"
  • Emily Martin, "An Analysis of the Effect of Early Season Winning Percentage on Final Regular Season Winning Percentage" 

For a complete presentation schedule and abstract listing, go to:

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