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Conference Grants 2003-2004

The following students were awarded conference grants for the 2003-04 academic year:

Anjali Arora (Adviser: David Green). "Investigation of the holding time limits of a number of semi-volatile organic compounds." Presented at the American Chemical Society annual meeting, March 28 - April 1, 2004, Anaheim, CA.

Rebekah Beall (Adviser: Zulema Moret). "Nube Oscura: sources and effects of air pollution in Santiago de Chile and Mexico D.F." Presented at the 7th Conference on the Americas, October 11, 2003, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Nicole Casey (Adviser: Dean McCurdy). "The tramatode Himasthla quissetensis commonly infects soft-shell clams Mya arenaria and alters their burying behavior." Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, May 10-16, 2004, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Steven Celmer (Adviser: Michael Anes). "Automatic hemispheric activation for affect after presentation of major and minor chords: evidence from an affective word-evaluation task." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, May 27-30, 2004, Chicago, IL.

Amber Chenoweth and Josh Hodges (Adviser: Jeff Wilson). "Differentiation of CS+ and CS- by rats in a runway-based Pavlovian conditioning task." Presented at the Pavlovian Society conference, September 25-28, 2003, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Elizabeth Crabb (Adviser: Trisha Franzen). "Sex in black and white: prostitution in progressive-era New York City." Presented at the GLCA Women's Studies Conference, April 16-17, 2004, Kenyon College.

Darcy Crain (Adviser: Barbara Keyes). "The impact of race and gender on children's choice of playmates." Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society, May 27-30, 2004, Chicago, IL. [Student Lindsay Sander also attended.]

Darcy Crain (Adviser: Barbara Keyes). "Children's stereotypes based on skin color: an innovative approach." Presented at the American Psychological Association annual meeting, July 28 - August 1, 2004, Honolulu, HI.

Erica Dudas (Adviser: Ronney Mourad). "The annunciation of hope for justice on Earth: the feminist response of Rosemary Radford Ruether to Karl Marx's critique of religion and the hermeneutics of suspicion." Presented at the Midwest Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, April 2-3, 2004, Chicago, IL.

Rachel Fonstad (Adviser: Zulema Moret). "Los Desastres Naturales." Presented at the 7th Conference on the Americas, October 11, 2003, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Kristine Freeman (Adviser: Jeff Wilson). "Differential effects of ephedrine and caffeine on locomotion and anxiety in rats." Presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, November 8-11, 2003, New Orleans, LA.

Kris Gauthier (Adviser: Drew Christopher). "The need for cognition, religious doubt, and life satisfaction." Presented at the American Psychological Association annual meeting, July 28 - August 1, 2004, Honolulu, HI.

Shari Gross (Adviser: Dale Kennedy). "Do male House Wrens sing the same songs year to year?" Presented at the joint meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists and the Wilson Ornithological Society, April 22-25, Ithaca, NY.

Eric Grunow and Stephanie Clark (Adviser: Molly Scheel). "Netrins: creating divergent axon morphologies." Presented at the Mid-Atlantic meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology, May 20-22, 2004, Pittsburgh, PA.

Morgan Haugen (Adviser: Dale Kennedy). "Comparison of feather and fecal material for molecular sexing of nestling House Wrens." Presented at the joint meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists and the Wilson Ornithological Society, April 22-25, Ithaca, NY.

Kimberly Illg (Adviser: David Green). "Can low-temperature plasmas be used to modify surface properties? Making hydrophobic membranes hydrophilic with H202 plasmas." Presented at the American Chemical Society annual meeting, March 28 - April 1, 2004, Anaheim, CA.

Taki Johnson (Adviser: Zulema Moret). "Day of the Dead: a look into the history behind the celebration." Presented at the 7th Conference on the Americas, October 11, 2003, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Maggie Keller (Adviser: Drew Christopher). "The effects of victim self-presentational style on attributions of blame in a rape incident." Presented at the American Psychological Association annual meeting, July 28 - August 1, 2004, Honolulu, HI.

Michael Kopec and Sean Logan (Adviser: Dean McCurdy). "The functional significance of intersexes in the intertidal amphipod Corophium volutator." Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, May 10-16, 2004, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Diana Lancaster and Sean Logan (Adviser: Dean McCurdy). "Site selection by flatfish foraging on the intertidal amphipod Corophium volutator." Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, May 10-16, 2004, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Sean Logan and Diana Lancaster (Adviser: Dean McCurdy). "Impacts of fish predation on demography of the intertidal amphipod Corophium volutator." Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, May 10-16, 2004, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Kelly Luytjes (Adviser: Zulema Moret). "Women in Latin America." Presented at the 7th Conference on the Americas, October 11, 2003, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Kimberly Mann and Elizabeth Vogel (Adviser: Lynne Chytilo). "Ceramic pediment project - special topics discussion." Presented at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conference, March 17-21, 2004, Indianapolis, IN. [Students Libby Bollinger, Hannah Burdick, and Matt Grissom also attended.]

Michael Marvin (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Thermodynamics of the Anabena group I intron." Presented at the Michigan RNA Society regional meeting, November 8, 2003, Lansing, MI. [Students Brianna Granlund, Dana Sauter, and Erin Toth also attended.]

Michael Marvin (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Thermodynamic characterization of the Anabena pre-tRNAleu group I intron." Presented at the American Chemical Society annual meeting, March 28 - April 1, 2004, Anaheim, CA.

Alyssa Montgomery (Adviser: Len Berkey). "American dreams: the intersection of race, class, and gender in Albion's African-American community." Presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, June 1-5, 2004, Miami, FL.

Nicholas Morgan (Adviser: Len Berkey). "African-American/black identity: stressors and techniques for succeeding on a predominately white campus." Presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, June 1-5, 2004, Miami, FL.

Marci Nelson (Adviser: Selva Raj). "The Pineapple Story: exploring the use of narrative in New Tribes Mission." Presented at the Midwest Regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, April 2-3, 2004, Chicago, IL.

Craig Streu (Adviser: Andrew French). "Progress toward the synthesis of novel constrained heteroaromatic chiral hypervalent iodine reagents." Presented at the American Chemical Society annual meeting, March 28 - April 1, 2004, Anaheim, CA.

Sara West (Adviser: Jeff Wilson). "Conditioned inhibition of already-elicited autoshaped CRs in the rat." Presented at the Pavlovian Society conference, September 25-28, 2003, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Jaymie Whitson (Adviser: Zulema Moret). "After Salvador Allende: the years of Pinochet in photos." Presented at the 7th Conference on the Americas, October 11, 2003, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Research Grants 2007-2008


Art and Art History

Through Autistic Eyes
Mallory Below (Adviser: Dr. Wickre)

Photograph Portfolios
Shelby Davis (Adviser: Prof. Wahl)

Biology

Associations Between Livestock Farms and Rice Creek's Health: A Microbiological Examination
Molly Estill (Adviser: Dr. Olapade)

Nesting Biology of an endangered Turtle
Megan Lupek (Adviser: Dr. McCurdy)

Temporal Changes in the Bacterial Populations in Bio Films of Teeth of a Typical Albion College Student in Response to Daily Diet Changes
Elizabeth White (Adviser: Dr. Olapade)

Chemistry

The Synthesis of a New Class of Chiral Hypervalent Iodine Reagents
Chelsea Boundy (Adviser: Dr. French)

Synthesis of Molecular Magnets
Andrew Brusoe (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)

Synthesis and Characterization of Fluorescently Labeled Ribonucleic Acid "Ribozyme" Substrates
Thomas Freeman (Adviser: Dr. Rohlman)

FRET Analysis of the Twort Group I Ribozyme
Christopher Henes (Adviser: Dr. Rohlman)

A Study of the Mechanism of Formation of Symmetric Bis-Dibenziodolium Salts
Shauna Paradine (Adviser: Dr. French)

Synthesis and Examination of Chiral Tetrahydropyranyl and Tetrahydrofuranyl Acetals and Chiral Silicates in Hypervalent Iodine Reagents
Philipp Roosen (Adviser: Dr

Synthesis and Evaluation of a New Chiral Hypervalent Iodine Reagent Based on 1-iodo-2-naphthol
Ryan Stowe (Dr. French)

History

Traditional Medicine from the Eyes of the Consumer
Kwame Sakyi (Adviser: Dr. Carotenuto)

Honors Institute

Developing a Novel Genetic Assay to Measure Reverse Transcriptase Fidelity
Rasleen Saluja (Adviser: Prof. Saville)

Emotional Development: The Expression of Negative Affect in Children
Shannon Taylor (Adviser: Dr. Walter)

Psychology

Examining Variance in Psychosomatic Plasticity: Personality Correlates of the Thin Boundary Individual
Nick Bismack (Adviser: Dr. Jechura)

Effects of Early Social Isolation on Development of Octodon degus: An Animal Model for Depression and Eating Disorders?
Katelyn Boswell (Dr. Jechura)

Lessons on Skin Color: Impact of Skin Color Lessons on Racial Attitudes
Rachelle Cantin (Adviser: Dr. Keyes)

Instatement of Excitatory Assoc. in an Unreinforced Novel Stimulus through Simultaneous Presentation with a Conditioned Inhibitor
Cynthia Cardwell (Adviser: Dr. Wilson)

Conditioned Inhibition of the Human Eyeblink Response with a Masking Task
Cynthia Cardwell (Adviser: Dr. Wilson)

Directed Forgetting of Autobiographical Events in School-Age Children
Michael Cole (Adviser: Dr. Elischberger)

Time of Day Effects on Problem Solving
Cameron Harris (Adviser: Dr. Wieth)

Spacial Memory Tasks and Time of Day Effects in Octodon Degus
Catherine Lumley (Adviser: Dr. Jechura)

The Effect of Sleep Deprivation on Attraction
Ian Mondrow (Adviser: Dr. Jechura)

Stressor Effects on Acquisition and Recall of a Spatial Memory Task
Amy Salmeto (Adviser: Dr. Wilson)

The Effect of Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Social Dominance Orientation on Motivations for Voting
Stephen Sanney (Adviser: Dr. Walter)

The Effects of Seasonal Changes in Light Onset on the Re-entrainment Rate of 12-h Phase-Shifted Octodon degus
Dorela Shuboni (Adviser: Dr. Jechura)

Reconciliation and Social Competence in Preschool Aged Children
Lake Sweet (Adviser: Dr. Walter)

Effect of Circadian Disruption on Pregnancy and Development of the Octodon degus
Amanda Tilot (Adviser: Dr. Jechura)

Protestant Work Ethic and Neuroticism: A Facet-Level Investigation
Keith Zabel (Adviser: Dr. Christopher)

Sociology

A Day at the Movies: Cinematic Violence and its Effects on Perceptions of Masculinity and Patriarchal Ideology
Bethany Coston (Adviser: Prof. Melzer)

Summer Research Projects, Summer 2001

Anthropology

Ceramic analysis of pottery dating from 1300 AD, Xaltocan, Mexico.
Jon Adams and Dustin Hill (Advisor: Dr. Brumfiel)

A look at the ethical issues behind genetic counseling.
Katie McCabe (Advisor: Dr. Mullin)

Art and Art History

A study on the benefits of a cooperative art gallery for the Albion community: development of a business plan.
David DiVincenzo (Advisor: Ms. Chytilo)

Video as an art medium: exploring its origins, aspects, and application to the creative process.
Jill Mason (Advisor: Ms. Chytilo)

Female sexuality in performance art.
Kimberly Shannon (Advisor: Dr. Wickre)

Biology

Cloning and characterization of xylG, encoding an ABC-type transporter of xylose, in Thermoanaerobacter ethanolicus.
Sarah Hudson (Advisor: Dr. Erbeznik)

Standard and molecular analyses of the microbial diversity in Rice Creek.
Melinda Sloma (Advisor: Dr. Erbeznik)

Comparing methods of extracting DNA from feathers: a tool for determining nestling sex ratios in House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon).
Kami Marsack (Advisor: Dr. Kennedy)

Research on songs of male House Wrens at Whitehouse Nature Center: comparison of the patterns of song elements in experienced and novice breeders.
Ngan Thai (Advisor: Dr. Kennedy)

Exploring the intraventricular administration of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor for protection against cerebral ischemia by increasing cerebral blood flow.
Paul Garabelli (Advisor: Dr. Klarr)

The analysis of the effects of benzamil and L-n-nitroarginine (L-NNA) on the blood pressure of Sprague-Dawley rats.
Lindsay Miller (Advisor: Dr. Klarr)

Double stranded DNA break repair in Drosophilia melanogaster.
Sarah Greko (Advisor: Dr. Saville)

Using transposable elements to identify genes that are involved in DNA repair.
Julie Woolworth (Advisor: Dr. Saville)

The search for stalked ciliates (Peritrichia): Lake Winnepeg, Michigan.
Sheila Santa (Advisor: Dr. Schmitter)

Examining the evolutionary origin of Mecranium latifolium (DC.) Skean using ITS nuclear ribosomal DNA comparisons.
Shannon McKenny (Advisor: Dr. Skean)

Recording and analysis of song in House Wrens at different stages of the breeding cycle.
Tammy Calvin (Advisor: Dr. White)

Chemistry

Determining the relationship between the quantum fluorescence yield of a molecule and its effectiveness as a matrix compound in MALDI (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization).
Keven Clawson (Advisor: Dr. Bieler)

The formation and decomposition of 1,2-dioxetane-3,4-dione: a quantum mechanical computational study.
Valerie McCarthy (Advisor: Dr. Bieler)

The study and characterization of polypyrrole made by photochemical oxidative polymerization.
Elise Schultz (Advisor: Dr. Bieler)

Photodegradation of carbon tetrachloride using different semiconductors in ambient light.
Margaret Menoch (Advisors: Dr. Bieler and Dr. Lewis)

Synthesis, analysis, and reactivity of chiral hypervalent iodine reagents: an international research collaboration between the University of Cardiff in Wales and Albion College.
Amanda Boye (Advisor: Dr. French)

Cerium catalyzed additions to 2-iodobenzaldehyde: a model study for the creation of new hypervalent iodine reagents.
Crystal Ingison (Advisor: Dr. French)

Gaussian 98 as a predictive tool of stereoselective addition of new chiral hypervalent iodine reagents to alkenes.
Josh Konzer (Advisor: Dr. French)

The synthesis of a chiral biaryl diamine ligand: precursor to a new hypervalent iodine reagent.
Laurie Vance (Advisor: Dr. French)

Determining the selectivity of the oxidation of terminal and internal alkenes and alkynes using BH3-THF and alumina-supported potassium permanganate.
Rany Aburashed, Nick Gilpin and Jim Jostock (Advisor: Dr. Harris)

Using organometallics on phosphine oxides in the hopes of developing a scheme to recycle the Wittig reagent, which is used heavily in industrial chemistry.
Jennifer Kuebler, Shawn Marie Maurer and Rose-Anne Meissner (Advisor: Dr. Harris)

English

Using language and images to convey ideas through a collection of original poetry and photography.
Kelly Kurtz (Advisor: Ms. Chavez)

Creative writing: short fiction and poetry.
Bethany Buchholz (Advisor: Mr. Murphy)

Electronic publishing and its effects on the traditional, paper publishing industry.
Lynda Gronlund and Misty Hensley (Advisor: Mr. Murphy)

Mark Twain's portrayal of females: what these tell us of Twain--his times and attitudes-- and how such portrayals influence gender issues.
Anne Starr (Advisor: Dr. Wyss)

Foreign Languages

French writers' perspectives of Southern Louisiana as represented in historical writings, contemporary cultural studies, and contemporary fiction.
Jody Vinic (Advisor: Dr. Guenin-Lelle)

Geology

Paleontology and stratigraphy of the Mississippian Bayport limestone, Bellvue, Michigan.
Rebecca Brooks (Advisor: Dr. Bartels)

Characterization of the hydrology and geomorphology of the Rice Creek Watershed.
Sarah Hepinstall and Jason Kennedy (Advisor: Dr. Wilch)

History

Environmental impact of the Elwha River dams.
Jillian Gismondi (Advisor: Dr. Dick).

JFK and the Camelot myth: fact or fiction.
Jennifer Zink (Advisor: Dr. Dick)

Mathematics

Statistical modeling comparison of weather patterns in eastern Wisconsin and eastern Michigan.
Dennis VanCleve (Advisor: Dr. Anderson)

Study of the characterization of X-rays in computed tomography as related to finding fossil specimens in rock.
Jennifer Tobin (Advisor: Dr. Reimann)

Music

Composing and the creative process: original musical compositions incorporating various styles of music from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Early and Late 20th Century.
David Fienup (Advisor: Dr. Bishop)

Fulfilling a dream: becoming an American composer.
Jefton Knight (Advisor: Dr. Bishop)

"Pictures at an Exhibition" - the lives of Mussorgsky and Hartman.
Yukiko Tanaka (Advisor: Mr. Curtin)

Composing in the style of popular electronic soundtracks utilizing a nonstandardized orchestral makeup to aurally represent themes of plot common to video game storytelling.
Donald Vescoso (Advisor: Dr. Bishop)

Physics

Detection of environmental nuclear radiation.
Kyle Kidder (Advisor: Dr. Ludington)

Political Science

The Shadow State: Employing and challenging Weberian measures of the state in antebellum American territorial expansion.
Nathan Piwowarski (Advisor: Dr. Grossman)

Psychology

Face and emotional expression recognition.
Mark Heilala and Holly Sprunger (Advisor: Dr. Anes)

Time-perception, stress, and overall well-being of children during summer.
Hannon Hogan (Advisor: Dr. Keyes)

Children's perception of gender-stereotypic careers.
Tanya Kuprianiak (Advisor: Dr. Keyes)

The effect of the 1960s and 1970s women's movement on female self-description in Italy and America.
Dana Lobelle (Advisor: Dr. Keyes)

Perceptions of fairness in the justice system: a cross-cultural comparison.
Rebecca Anderson (Advisor: Dr. Otto)

Experimental neurosis in the rat: maladaptive behavior resulting from uncertainty.
Heather Linz (Advisor: Dr. Wilson)

Speech Communication

Heroines, Harlots and Halfbreeds: an analysis of the representation of women in Disney's animated feature films, 1987-2000.
Mollie Nothnagel (Advisor: Dr. Barry)

Theatre

A Postmodern play dealing with the autobiographical characters in the plays of Tennessee Williams.
Susan Dudley (Advisor: Mr. AuFrance)

Modern Western views of Kabuki theatre.
Laura Kraly (Advisor: Mr. AuFrance)

The process of and techniques used in Scenic Design.
Nicole Broughton (Advisor: Mr. Burns)

The course of a scenic designer through research, craftsmanship, and the final production.
Christopher Zinger (Advisor: Mr. Burns)

Methodology and considerations for directing Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind.
Paul Rahn (Advisor: Mr. Starko)

Women's Studies

Forgotten Woman: Anna Howard Shaw reintroduced.
Greta Elenbaas (Advisor: Dr. Franzen)

Women in the American musical theater.
Alexis Snyder (Advisor: Dr. Franzen)

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