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Summer Research Projects, Summer 2010

Anthropology/Sociology

The Canoe and Michigan's Indigenous Peoples
Shawn Anderson (Adviser: Dr. Mullin)

Prevalence and Determinants of Physical and Sexual Violence Amongst College Students in Nigeria
Johanna Dart (Adviser: Dr. Togunde)

Dating Patterns and Behaviors among Nigerian Undergraduates
Jeanetta Mohlke-Hill (Adviser: Dr. Togunde)

Uncovering the Gendering Process Through the Analysis of Intersexed Persons
Lauren Roberts (Adviser: Dr. Melzer)

Nwagni Friction: An Anthropological Look at International Service and Education
Abigail Schonfeld (Adviser: Dr. Mullin)

Art and Art History

The Michigan Garage: A Photographic Series
Kathering DeVoursney (Adviser: Dr. Wahl)

Davidsion: The Artwork of Jacque-Louis David and the Call for Social Revolution through the Dismantling of the Individual Ego
Brandon Markle (Adviser: Dr. Wickre)

On the Road: Part 1
Ashley Meyers (Adviser: Dr. Wahl)

Ceramics portfolio
Lauren Scheer, (Adviser: Dr. Chytillo)

Multiple Exposure Calotype Prints
Stephanie Vance (Adviser: Dr. Wahl)     

Biology

Comparison of Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Microbial Assemblages along Nutrient Gradient
Erin Goldman (Adviser: Dr. Olapade)

Description of an Unknown Amphipod Found in the Intertidal Mudflats of Suriname, South America
Cynthia Hanson (Adviser: Dr. McCurdy)

Genetic Diversity Among Peripheral Populations of Sabatia angularis
Nicole Johnson (Adviser: Dr. Lyons-Sobaski)

Development of Microsatellite Genetic Markers in S. angularis
Dana Koenig (Adviser: Dr. Lyons-Sobaski)

Behavioral variation in Drosophila due to Wolbachia localization in specific brain regions
Rachel Leads (Adviser: Dr. Albertson)

Assessment of Source, Transport, and Fate of Fecal Indicator Bacterial Populations along the Watershed of the Kalamazoo River
Kayleigh Pung (Adviser: Dr. Olapade)

Chemistry

Synthesis and Evaluation of a Novel Class of Salen-Derived Hypervalent Iodine Reagents
Aaron Bender (Adviser: Dr. French)

Continued Research on Chemical Fictionalization of Glassy Carbon Surfaces and Attachment of Palladium Covered Gold
Seth Goulet (Adviser: Dr. Metz)

Synthesis and Analysis: Fluorescently Labeled Anabaena Group 1 Ribozyme
Hannah Koaches (Adviser: Dr. Rohlman)

Monitoring Antioxidant Activity in Red and White Wine Upon Opening
Nicholas Lessnau (Adviser: Dr. McCaffrey)

Investigating the Preferred Hypervalent Iodine Bond in Chiral Iodophenyl Oxazolines
Jacob Stoneburner (Adviser: Dr. French)

Optimization of Fluorescently Labeled Group I Intron Substrates coupled with Kinetic evaluation of Tetrahymena and Twort Ribozymes
Matthew Zaborowicz (Adviser: Dr. Rohlman)

Economics and Management

Evergreening in the United States
Robert Clark (Adviser: Mr. Yoshida)

English

An Exploration of Poetic Forms
Kristen Dawes (Adviser: Dr. Stotz-Ghosh)

The Nature of Spoken Word—Assembling the Audio-Poetry Collection
Stephen Dudas, (Adviser: Dr. Hendrix)

The Role of Nature and the Environment in Graphic Novels
Audrey Huggett (Adviser: Dr. Christensen)

Reflective Language and Narrative in Recent Apocalyptic Literature
Rose Massey (Adviser: Dr. Roberts)

Ethnic Studies

Why Are There No Puerto Rican-Americans? Identity Formation Among Puerto Rican Youth in Central Florida
Eric Highers (Adviser: Dr. Ariza)

Geology

Distribution of Dwarf Sagebrush (Artemisia arbuscula) around Mt. Barcroft, California
Catherine Castelli (Advisor: Dr. Van de Ven)

Documenting the groundwater inflow of the North and South Branches of the Kalamazoo River through temperature and discharge measurements of springs
Zane Havens (Adviser: Dr. Wilch)

Impact of Weather Conditions on Cold Air Inversions at the White Iyno Mountain Range in California
Lyndsey Reynolds (Adviser: Dr. Van de Ven)

Cold Air Drainage in Crooked Creek Valley
William Ward, (Adviser: Dr. Van de Ven)

Stream Turbidity in the North and South Branches of the Kalamazoo River
Abigail Williams (Adviser: Dr. Wilch)

History

America and Afghanistan, Past and Present
Tom Dukes (Adviser: Dr. Hagerman)

International Studies

An Analysis of the Mexican Drug War and Suggested Policy Solutions to End the Crisis
Adam Lomasney (Adviser: Dr. Kanter)

Music

Abbott, David   The Love Triangle: A Historical and Cultural background into the personal and musical relationships of Clara Wieck Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms
Lucas Noel Florin (Adviser: Dr. Abbott)

A Compositional Study of Third Stream Music
Daniel Palmer (Adviser: Dr. Ball)

Simple Guitar Ensemble Pieces for Pedagogical Purposes and use with Young Students
Brian Sorenson (Adviser: Ms. Jensen-Abbott)

Physics

LC/MS and GC/MS of simple sugars
Erica Bennett (Adviser: Dr. Zellner)

Building a Newtonian Reflecting Telescope
Holly Farris (Adviser: Dr. Zellner)

Political Science

Term Limit Induced Efficacy in the State of Michigan
Christin Spoolstra (Adviser: Dr. Dabney)

Psychology

Shyness and Feelings of Inadequacy: Exploring the Mediating and Moderating Roles of Emotional Intelligence
Erica Ahlich (Adviser: Dr. Carlson) 

The Designing of a Board Game to Assist High-Functioning Children With Autism Ages Seven to Eleven in the Development of Their Socioemotional Skills
Maria Kaisler (Adviser: Dr. Carlson) 

The Effects of Time of Day on the Anchoring Heuristic
Anthony McCoy (Dr. Wieth)

Women and Gender Studies

Food Camp: The Effects of Community Gardens and Nutritional Mentoring Programs on Middle School Girl's Attitude / Awareness of Nutrition
Rachel Keener (Dr. Franzen)

 

Research Grants 2008-2009

Biology

Detection of the nematode Skrjabinoclava morrisoni in the Tanaid Shrimp Descapseudes surinamensis in Suriname
Carlson, Kelyn (Advisor: Dr. Dean McCurdy)

Molecular Characterization of the Vestigial-Almost Mutant Allele
Smith, Karl (Advisor: Dr. Ken Saville)

The Demography of the Intertidal Mud Shrimp Discapseudes Surinamensis
Tauzer, Erica (Advisor: Dr. Dean McCurdy)           

Chemistry

Synthesis and Characterization of Fluorescently Labeled Ribozyme Substrates
Freeman, Thomas (Advisor: Dr. Christopher Rohlman)        

Synthesis and Evaluation of a Salen-Type Chiral Hypervalent Iodine Reagent
Kirk, Laura  (Advisor: Dr. Andrew French)    

Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Chiral Gypervalent Iodine Reagent
Logan, Matthew (Advisor: Dr. Andrew French)    

Fluorescence Analysis of Group I Introns using and ABI Prism 310 Genetic Sequencer
Stevens, Timothy (Advisor: Dr. Christopher Rohlman)        

Honors

Designing m(id), an Online Magazine
Bendall, Elizabeth (Advisor: Dr. Laura Williams)

Access to Care in Cook County's Urban Healthcare Safety Net
Schaefer, Margaret (Advisor: Dr. Gene Cline)                    

Physics

Formation of Color Index HR Diagrams through Multi-Wavelength Photometry
Simanton, Lesley (Advisor: Dr. Nicolle Zellner)      

Psychology

Sleep Patterns in Juvenile Pogona Vitticeps
McKelvy, Alexander (Advisor: Dr. Tammy Jechura)   

Lay Representations of CAD
Sparschu, Kristin (Advisor: Dr. Mary Jenson)         

Personality Differences in Investment Choices
Zabel, Kevin (Advisor: Dr. Andrew Christopher)

Conference Grants 2009-2010

Aprile, Kayla (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Fluorophore optimization for FRET based ribozyme studies." Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting, April 24-27, 2010, Anaheim, CA.

Arceno, Mark Anthony (Adviser: Kara Morrow). "Traversing time and crossing continents: Connections between ancient Egypt's Isis and Christianity's Mary." Presented at the first annual Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium, March 27, 2010, Adrian, MI.

Arceno, Mark Anthony (Adviser: Diana Ariza). "To worship in one voice?: Monolingualism and Catholic South African multiethnolinguistic identity." Presented at the 39th annual conference of the National Association for Ethnic Studies, April 7-10, 2010, Washington, DC.

Bayer, Rebecca (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Synthesis and characterization of Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2ZnS3." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Bender, Aaron (Adviser: Andrew French). "Synthesis and evaluation of chiral "salen-like" bis aryl iodides as asymmetric catalysts." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Bow, Eric (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Annotation and structural modeling of Anabaena Group I ribozyme variants," Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting, April 24-27, 2010. Anaheim, CA.

Cai, Bin (Adviser: Andrew French). "Synthesis and evaluation of chiral 2-(2-iodophenyl) oxazolines as hypervalent iodine catalysts." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Carlson, Kelyn (Adviser: Dean McCurdy). "Changes in populations of two tanaid crustaceans, Dicapsuedes surinamensis and Halmyrapsuedes spaansi, living in mudflats on the coast of Suriname, South Africa." Presented at the Beta, Beta, Beta, Northeast District 4 convention, April 16-18, 2010, Hillsdale, MI.

Champagne, Rachel (Advisers: Jacque Carlson and Holger Elischberger). "Predicting attitudes on controversial policies: The role of factual knowledge about human development." Presented at the 22nd annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 27-30, 2010, Boston, MA.

Chen, Yang (Adviser: Zhen Li). "2009 financial crisis in Iceland." Presented at the Harvard National Model United Nations 2010 conference, February 11-14, 2010, Boston, MA.

Seth Dawson (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Multi-step synthesis of a "green" insect pheromone." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Erin Goldman (Adviser: Ola Olapade). "Phylogenetic composition and diversity of epiphytic microbial communities on native and invasive plant species." Presented at the Beta, Beta, Beta, Northeast District 4 convention, April 16-18, 2010, Hillsdale, MI.

Mahwish Hafeez (Adviser: Amy Bethune). "Nickel (II) complexes as functional urease mimics." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Nicholas Herrman (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Magnetic coupling of substituted bis-phenoxy-bridged dimanganese macrocyclic complexes." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Deondra Jacobs (Adviser: Jacque Carlson). "Perception of the future educational success of pregnant teenagers." Presented at the 22nd annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 27-30, 2010, Boston, MA

Stephanie Kelly (Adviser: Ian MacInnes). "Religion and writing for women in the Renaissance." Presented at the first annual Medieval and Renaissance Studies Consortium, March 27, 2010, Adrian, MI.

Hannah Koaches (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Annotation and structural modeling of Anabaena Group I ribozyme variants." Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting, April 24-27, 2010. Anaheim, CA.

Kyle Kondrat (Adviser: Cliff Harris). "Potassium permanganate oxidation of trialkylboranes: Does oxygen affect the product ratio?" Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Rachel Leads (Adviser: Roger Albertson). "Behavioral variation in Drosophila due to Wolbachia localization in specific adult brain regions." Presented at the 6th International Wolbachia conference, June 9-14, 2010, Asilomar, CA.

Kathryn Levasseur (Adviser: Barbara Keyes). "Predictors of outcome in partial hospitalization: Positive and negative life stressors, chronicity, severity of symptoms, and treatment length." Presented at the 22nd annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 27-30, 2010, Boston, MA

Matthew Logan (Adviser: Andrew French). "Synthesis and evaluation of chiral "salen-like" bis aryl iodides as asymmetric catalysts." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Anthony McCoy (Adviser: Mareike Wieth). "Sudodu: Memory for digits and irrelevant information." Presented at the 22nd annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 27-30, 2010, Boston, MA.

Brittany Myers (Adviser: Christopher Van de Ven). "Chemical analysis and comparison of aridisols based on vegetation and rock type in the White Mountains of eastern California." Presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, October 18-21, 2009, Portland, OR.

Chris Omerza (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Formulation of substituted phenols using microwave irradiation." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Elizabeth Perkins (Cliff Harris). "Poly-N-acetylglucoseamine nanofibers from a marine diatom promote wound healing and defensin expression in an AKT1-dependent manner." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Kayleigh Pung (Adviser: Ola Olapade). "Phylogenetic composition and diversity of epiphytic microbial communities on native and invasive plant species." Presented at the Beta, Beta, Beta, Northeast District 4 convention, April 16-18, 2010, Hillsdale, MI.

Becca Putans (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Fabrication and characterization of supported metallic nanoscale catalysts: Towards ex situ remediation technology." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Jacqueline Rollin (Adviser: Mareike Wieth). "Influences of incentive framing and motivational orientation of proofreading." Presented at the 22nd annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 27-30, 2010, Boston, MA.

Kara Sherman (Adviser: Cliff Harris). "Degradation of ionic liquids based on 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium salts: Generaltiy and evalution of aqueous extracts." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Timothy Stevens (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Fluorescent based assay for Group I ribozymes using an ABI 310 genetic analyzer." Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting, April 24-27, 2010, Anaheim, CA.

Ryan Stowe (Adviser: Gene Cline). "Fighting the good fight: Altering America's perception of evolution." Presented at the NSTA Philadelphia national conference on science education, March 18-21, 2010, Philadelphia, PA.

Ryan Stowe (Adviser: Andrew French). "Structure-activity relationships for a small molecule inhibitor of AIF-DNA binding." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Erica Tauzer (Adviser: Sheila Lyons-Sobaski). "The insular biogeography of vacant lots in southwestern Baltimore." Presented at the annual meeting of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study 2009, October 21-22, 2009, Baltimore, MD.

Sandra Turay (Adviser: Diana Ariza). "Arab-American experiences: Long live the Cedars of Lebanon. Presented at the 39th annual conference of the National Association for Ethnic Studies, April 7-10, 2010, Washington, DC.

Kristina Weage (Adviser: Kevin Metz). "Electroless plating as a route to creating uniform palladium nanoparticles on functionalized glassy carbon." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 20-23, 2010, San Francisco, CA.

Matthew Zaborowicz (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Fluorophore optimization for FRET based ribozyme studies." Presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting, April 24-27, 2010, Anaheim, CA.

Conference Grants 2008-2009

William Andert (Adviser: Andrew French). "Synthesis and evaluation of a salen-derived hypervalent iodine reagent." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-24, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT.

Meagan Bosket (Adviser: Thomas Wilch). "Explosively erupted hydrovolcanic deposits at Minna Saddle, Antarctica: Evidence for limited ice-magma interaction." Presented at the joint meeting of the Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agromony, Crop Science Society of America, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM, October 5-9, 2008, Houston, TX.

Stacy Capehart (Adviser: Andrew French). "Synthesis of gold-core/quantum dot-shell nanoparticles." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-24, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT.

Kelyn Carlson (Adviser: Dean McCurdy). "Parasitism and stress levels in populations of green frog, Rana clamitans, in Western Michigan USA." Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, May 12-16, 2009, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

Yang Chen (Adviser: Zhen Li). "Factors ofChina's rapid national savings growth." Presented at the 2009 National conference on undergraduate research, April 16-18, 2009, La Crosse, WI.

Amanda Engelhard (Adviser: E. Dale Kennedy). "Spying"" on incubating House Wrens reveals new information on their behavior in nest boxes." Presented at the joint annual meeting of Wilson Ornithological Society and Association of Field Ornithologists, April 9-12, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA.

Casey Dexter (Adviser: Mary Jenson). "African Americans' and Caucasian Americans' lay-representations of coronary heart disease and diabetes." Presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Thomas Freeman (Adviser: Christopher Rohlman). "Synthesis and characterization of fluorescently labeled ribozyme substrates." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-24, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT.

Mahwish Hafeez (Adviser: Amy Bethune). "Nickel (II) complexes as functional urease mimics." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-24, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT.

Bryan Hornacek (Adviser: Roger Albertson). "The impact of pathogenic Wolbachia bacteria on the development of the Drosophila nervous system." Presented at the 50th annual Drosophila research conference, March 4-8, 2009, Chicago, IL.

Matthew Logan (Adviser: Andrew French). "Synthesis and PET reactions of multi-funtionalized o-alkyl oximes." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-24, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT.

Sumedha Makker (Adviser: Vicki Sweitzer). "Where are they now? : Revisiting Breneman's (1990) Study of Libral Arts Colleges." Presented at the American Educational Research Association conference, April 13-17, 2009, San Diego, CA.

Eric Mittelstaedt (Adviser: Amy Bethune). "Nickel (II) complexes as functional urease mimics." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-24, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT.

Laura Pollum (Adviser: Lisa Lewis). "Molecular dynamics simulations of methane motion in clathrate hydrate cages." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-24, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT.

Kaycee Rashid (Adviser: Holger Elischberger). "Directed forgetting for real-life events in young adults." Presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Culver Redd (Adviser: Nicolle Zellner). "Calibration and use of the 11-inch Celestron telescope for observing and CCD imaging." Presented at the 2009 National conference on undergraduate research, April 16-18, 2009, La Crosse, WI.

Elizabeth Reznikov (Adviser: Vanessa McCaffrey). "Chromium-tetrone complexes as novel magnetic materials." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-24, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT.

Linette Rousseau (Adviser: Tammy Jechura). "Sleep deprivation in college students and the general population: mechanisms and effects." Presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Shuboni, Dorela (Adviser: Tammy Jechura). "The effect of incremental changes in light onset on the reentrainment rate of Octodon degus following a 12-hour phase advance." Presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, November 15-19, 2008, Washington, DC.

Ruth Spalding (Adviser: Jeffrey W. Wilson). "D-Cycloserine fails to facilitate extinction of an appetitive task in rats." Presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, November 15-19, 2008, Washington, DC.

Kristin Sparschu (Adviser: Mary Jenson). "African Americans' and Caucasian Americans' lay-representations of coronary heart disease and diabetes." Presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Kristin Sparschu (Adviser: Mary Jenson). "Using gender differences in lay-representations of coronary heart disease and diabetes to predict health behaviors." Presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Ryan Stowe (Adviser: Andrew French). "Synthesis and evaluation of a salen-derived hypervalent iodine reagent." Presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 21-24, 2009, Salt Lake City, UT.

Brittnay Williams (Adviser: Mary Jenson). "Using gender differences in lay-representations of coronary heart disease and diabetes to predict health behaviors." Presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Monica Yalamanchili (Adviser: Dean McCurdy). "Parasitism and stress levels in populations of green frog, Rana clamitans, in Western Michigan USA." Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, May 12-16, 2009, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

Keith Zabel (Adviser: Andrew Christopher). "Conservative ideology and well-being: the mediating role of the proactive personality." Presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Keith Zabel (Adviser: Andrew Christopher). "Conscientiousness and subjective overachievement: A facet-level analysis." Presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Kevin Zabel (Adviser: Andrew Christopher). "Age and risk: Mediating and moderating roles of sensation seeking and materialism." Presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

Kevin Zabel (Adviser: Andrew Christopher). "Conscientiousness and subjective overachievement: A facet-level analysis." Presented at the 21st annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22-25, 2009, San Francisco, CA.

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