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Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium 2013

May 1 - May 3, Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Keynote Address
May 1, 7:30 pm Ostrove Auditorium


Associated Sessions
   
 
 
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
 
ECONOMICS
Natural Resource Economics Presentations
Diamond 341
Session Chair: Sahan Dissanayake
2:30 - 3:45 pm 
  
Meagan Hennessey ('14)Rockweed Harvesting: Tomorrow’s Promise or a Crisis in the Making?
 Bishu Khanal ('14)Deforestation in Nepal
 Amanda Lavigueur ('13)Harvesting Wood in Kennebec County: Modeling Land Use Change
 Lucy O’KeeffeUsing Public Preferences to Inform Wind Energy Policy in the U.S.
 Max Pollinger ('14)The Ecological and Economic Impacts of Environmental Change on the Maine Lobster Industry
Archibald Adams ('13), Tuckerman Crater ('13) and John Vanasse ('14), Economics
 Lobster in Maine
 
 
Thursday, December 6, 2012
 
ECONOMICS
Natural Resource Economics Presentations
Diamond 341
Session Chair: Sahan Dissanayake
2:30 - 3:45 pm 
  
Kimberly Cunningham ('13)Efficiency of Green Marketing Campaigns
 Theresa Petesch ('13)Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing on Housing Prices in the Marcellus Shale: Evidence from Bradford, PA
 Amara Weiss ('14)Organic Farm Initiatives in Maine as Indicators of Local Economic Activity
Charles Davis ('13), Saboor Sheerazi ('13) and Zayn Lohit ('14), Economics
 Analysis of the Economic and Environmental Impact of Soybean Rust on United States Soybean Production
Amila Emso ('14), Mduduzi Langwenya ('14) and Nicholas Papanastassiou ('13), Economics
 Deforestation in Developing Countries: What can a STELLA Model Tell Us?
Nicholas Merril ('14), Carlton Reed ('14) and Zachary Simon ('13), Economics
 To Catch A Predator: A STELLA Model of the Predator Prey Interaction for the Tuna Fishery
 
 
Friday, March 8
 
EAST ASIAN STUDIES
East Asian Studies Presentations
Robins Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Ankeney Weitz
5:00 - 6:30 pm 
  
Petya Andreeva ('13)Mysteries of the Immortal Lands: Daoist Deity Ma Gu in a Rare Yuan Painting
 Anne Marie Burke ('13)Embracing Two Cultures: Shanghai and Its Architecture 1900-1940
 Eliza LamoonThe Blame Game: A Media Studies Approach to the Chinese Governments Relationship with the Uyghur Minority
 Anthony Shimamoto ('13)A Nation's Opinion of Immigration: A Study of Media Opinion and Government Action Towards Japans Immigrants and Immigration Policy
 Jen Tsang ('13)Shōjo Manga in the Context of Taiwanese Adolescent Girls: a Space for Reflexivity
 
 
Wednesday, April 17
 
EAST ASIAN STUDIES
East Asian Studies Presentations
Whitney Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Ankeney Weitz
5:00 - 6:30 pm 
  
Eleni Choephel ('13)Omona: Cross Dressing in South Korean Dramas
 
 
Friday, April 19
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Presentations
Diamond 141
Session Chair: Julie Millard
11:00 - 11:50 am 
  
Carson Brown ('13)Structure Activity Relationships in the Development of a T3SS Anti-Virulence Drug
 Jesus Vidaurri-Martinez ('13)Benzylidenecarbene-phenylacetylene Rearrangement
 Stephen Nodder ('13)The Synthesis of Aryl Electrophiles and Oxacalix[4]arenes
 
 
Tuesday, April 23
 
BIOLOGY
Evolutionary Analysis Presentations
Diamond 242
Session Chair: Judy Stone
8:00 - 9:15 am 
  
Andrew Beauchesne ('14)Genetic Changes in Carbohydrate Metabolism Associated with Agriculture
 Kevin Bennett ('13)Effects of Migration and Genetic Diversity on Recovery of Two Threatened West Australian Marsupials
 Sarah Brockett ('14)Environmentally-acquired Gut Flora and Protection Against Celiac Disease
 Caitlin Curcuruto ('13)Heritability of Rhythmic Musical Ability in Humans
 Kaitlin Curran ('14)Artificial Selection Via Pathogen Pressure and Molecular Evolution of MHC Class II Genes in Zebrafish
 Eli Dupree ('13)Somatic Mosaicism and the Evolution of Heavy-metal Tolerance in Plants
 Mary Furth ('15)Predicting Movement and Status of Weevil Pest Populations
 Travis Gomez-Phillips ('14)Heritability of Tolerance to Sedimentation in Marine Bivalves
 Danielle Levine ('15)A Relationship Between Genetically-modified Foods and Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
 
 
Thursday, April 25
 
BIOLOGY
Evolutionary Analysis Presentations
Diamond 242
Session Chair: Judy Stone
8:00 - 9:15 am 
  
Matthew Lipman ('15)The Selective Pressure of Bt Corn on Pest Resistance
 James Lucas ('15)Speciation and Niche Specialization in Bornean Nepenthes Pitcher Plants
 Audrey Lyman ('14)Functional Significance of Behaviors in Aetobatus narinari, the Spotted Eagle Ray
 Omari Matthew ('14)Change in Vertebrate Assemblages in the American Midwest as Assessed by Geohistorical Records
 Haley Oleynik ('15)Tolerance to Environmental Stressors in Temperate and Tropical Corals
 Wes Richardson ('13)Genetic Epidemiology of Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)
 Olivia Rivera ('15)The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Calcifying Organisms
 Adam Spierer ('13)Pleiotropic Effects of Selection by ROS in Drosophila
 Ben Timm ('14)Epigenetic Effects on Feralization of Pigs
 
 
Friday, April 26
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Presentations
Diamond 141
Session Chair: Julie Millard
11:00 - 11:50 am 
  
Stefan Davatz ('13)Studying the Possible Ring Flip of Calix[4]arenes Using Steric Immobilization with Alkylation
 Charlie Frank ('13)Effects of NFATc3 and NFATc4 Knockouts on Bladder Wall Remodeling: A Translational Pilot Study in Mice
 Garth Franklin ('13)Small Molecule Screen to Stabilize Mutant SOD1, A Protein Known to Cause ALS
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Julie Millard
3:00 - 3:50 pm 
  
Byung Kim ('13)Development of a Field Portable Fe(III) Sensor
 Katarina Sirka ('13)Structural Characterization of the Major DNA-DNA Cross-Link Formed by Epichlorohydrin
 Beatrice Nakiryowa ('13)Synthesis of Single, Double and Triple [4]-Helicenes by Flash Vacuum Pyrolysis
 
 
Monday, April 29
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Advanced and Applied Ecology Research Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russell Cole
9:00 - 9:50 am 
Sydney Morison ('15) and Brittany Colford ('13)
 Are Offshore or Terrestrial Wind Turbines Safer for Wildlife?
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Advanced and Applied Ecology Research Presentations
Olin 229
Session Chair: Russell Cole
4:00 - 4:50 pm 
Andrew Mealor ('14) and Rose Solomon ('13)
 Climate Change and Forest Pathogens: What Will Be the Future of Maines Forest?
 
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY
STS Senior Poster Session
Parker Reed, SSW
Session Chair: Jim Fleming
4:00 - 5:30 pm 
  
Victoria Feng ('13)Architecture and Behavior at Colby: How Our Built Environment Affects the Way We Learn and Socialize
 Ben Hannon ('13)Development of a Standardized and Functional Tactical Emergency Medical Support Training Program
 Dan Hussey ('13)What Is High Fructose Corn Syrup and What Does It Do? It Depends on whom You Ask.
 Kelly Kneeland ('13)Controlling the Maine Environment: Three Attempts to Alter the Natural World
 Nick Kondiles ('13)License and Regulation, Please: New Standards for the Practice of in Vitro Fertilization
 Neal Kopser ('13)G.S. Callendar’s Following
 Matt LapineWater Quality Monitoring Technology in Maine Communities: Where Human Understanding Meets Ecological Change
 Eoin McCarron ('13)Electromagnetic Disturbances from Natural and Nuclear Sources: History and Public Policy
 Charlie Spatz ('13)Building with Waste: Fly Ash in the 20th and 21st Centuries
 Sarah Large ('14)Clouds: Myth, History, and Science
 
 
Tuesday, April 30
 
ECONOMICS
Economics of Education Research Presentations
Diamond 341
Session Chair: Finley Edwards
9:30 - 10:45 am 
  
Anne Marie Burke ('13)The Impact of Immersion and Non-Immersion Education on Test Scores
 Marc Massie ('13)Effects of School Violence on College Participation
 Ian McDonnell ('13)The Effects of High School Laptop Provision on Student Performance in Standardized Tests
 Justine Seraganian ('13)Education in Maine: County Income and Test Scores
 
ANTHROPOLOGY
Global Mobilities, Modernities, Citizenships Presentations
Diamond 323
Session Chair: Mary Beth Mills
1:00 - 3:30 pm 
  
Sarah Rich ('13)The Marginalization of Sufferers of Rare Health Problems
 Andrew Fabricant ('13)A Home Away from Home: How Governments, Philanthropists, and NGOs Shape Citizenship Within Diasporic Communities
 Julia Knoeff ('13)Muslim Integration into Amsterdam: Investigating Mobility, Modernity, and Citizenship among Muslims and Non-Muslims in Amsterdam
 Brett Depper Goldstein ('13)The Power of Fashion: Differentiation, Imitation, and Symbolism
 Emily Varni ('13)Access to Hygeneic Modernity: the Privatization of Public Goods and the Role of Humanitarian Organizations
 Katherine Fecteau ('13)Living the Past in the Present: A Study of Historical Reenactors in the United States
 Emily Czotter ('13)The Politics of Identity and Belonging in Transnational Adoption
 Claudia Camerino ('13)Belonging through Exclusion: Indian National Identity in the Wake of Partition
 Emma Klein ('13)Constructing Citizenship and Belonging in the United States Among Individuals with Social and Behavioral Disorders
 
CREATIVE WRITING
Senior Poetry Reading
Robiinson Room, Miller Library
Session Chair: Adrian Blevins
6:00 pm 
Lester Batiste ('13), Melanie Brown ('13), Alexandra DeConti ('13), Michaelina Deneka ('13), Mariel Lambrukos ('13), Priscilla McCelevey, Andrew Meisel ('13) and Leah Walpuck ('13)
 this business I waste my heart on: senior poetry reading 2013
 
 
Wednesday, May 1
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Advanced and Applied Ecology Research Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russell Cole
9:00 - 9:50 am 
Mackenzie Nichols ('14) and Ben Timm ('14)
 What Effect Does Charisma Have on How Much Money a Species' Conservation Efforts Receive?
 
 
Thursday, May 2
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Tropical Forests and Rural Livelihoods Presentations
Diamond 223
Session Chair: Travis Reynolds
9:30-10:45 am 
  
Angela Cross ('15) Cocoa Value Chains in Belize
 Nicolette Kim ('13) Forests and Environmental Justice: the Penan People of Borneo
 Lydia Ball ('13) Costs and Benefits of Sacred Forest Clearing for Agriculture in Debresena, Ethiopia
 Nick Papanastassiou ('13) From the Forest to the Shelf: Natural Latex Value Chains in Asia
 
ECONOMICS
Economics of Education Research Presentations
Diamond 341
Session Chair: Finley Edwards
9:30 - 10:45 am 
  
Rebecca Berren ('13)Best Prevention Methods of Bullying
 John Jennings ('13)Charter Schools and their Effect on Student Achievement
 Michael Kellar ('13)The Effect of Charter Schools Based on Students, Teachers, and Parents Perspectives
 Colleen O'Donnell ('13)Parental Involvement in Education: How does parental participation in a student's education impact long term educational achievement?
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Global Food Policy Presentations
Diamond 141
Session Chair: Travis Reynolds
11:00 am - 12:15 pm 
  
Beck, Garrison ('13)Agro-ecology and Intercropping as Coping Mechanisms for Climate Change in Africa
 Chizinski, Tara ('14)Livestock Production Systems in Ethiopia
 Cummings, Colin ('14)Improving Soil Quality in the Peanut Basin of Western Senegal
 Hegde, Siya ('13)Lentil Production Systems in India and Canada
 Kim, Nicolette ('13)Supporting Mango Self-Sufficiency in Mainland Tanzania
 Love, Keith ('13)Oil Palm's Impacts on Biodiversity in Indonesia
 Powley, Leah ('15)Land Grabs in East Africa
 Rana, Devki ('15)Social Impacts of the Globalization of Rice
 Riessen, Dylan ('13)Egypts Food Security
 
 
Friday, May 3
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Advanced and Applied Ecology Research Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russell Cole
9:00 - 9:50 am 
Tierney Dodge ('14) and Eliza Phillips ('14)
 What Coral Reef Destination Have the Most Effective and Sustainable Ecotourism Programs?
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Presentations
Diamond 141
Session Chair: Julie Millard
11:00 - 11:50 am 
  
Thomas Williams ('13)The Kinetics of Iron Exchange between Desferrioxamine B and Oxalic Acid
 Claire Herbig ('13)Design of Experiments Exploring the Effects of Process Parameters on Particle Size Due to Sonocrystallization
 Lloyd Liang ('13)The Synthesis and Conformational Studies of Para-linked Hetera[14]cyclophanes
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Julie Millard
3:00 - 3:50 pm 
  
Rachel Guerra ('13)Investigating the Interaction of Zinc-finger Peptides and Nicked DNA Using Phage Display
 Jamie Shaum ('13)The Feud in the Fjord
 John Gilboy ('13)Optimizing the Expression and Purification of DNA Ligase III
 Carly Hallowell ('13)Life on the Edge: Biotic and Abiotic Production of Hydrogen Production Along the Chemical Gradient
 
 
Monday, May 6
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Advanced and Applied Ecology Research Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russell Cole
9:00 - 9:50 am 
Colin Cummings ('14) and Meagan Hennessey ('14)
 What Characteristics Lead to a Successful Corridor Project?
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
International Environmental Policy Presentations
Diamond 122
Session Chair: Travis Reynolds
9:00 - 9:50 am 
  
Hawley, Ruth C. ('15)Women and Climate Change
 Smith, Cassandra R. ('15)Polar Bears or People? The Human Face of Climate Change
 Hatch, Nina P. ('15)The Belo Monte Dam in Brazil
 Schweitzer, Andrea J. ('13)HidroAysns Hydroelectric Dams in Patagonia, Chile
 Broadbent, Jackson M. ('14)Renewable Energy Policy in Chile
 Whitley, Connor D. ('16)Using Renewable Energies for Rural Electrification
 Johnson, Madeleine P. ('15)Rising Global Aquaculture
 Lovell, Samantha C. ('15)Invasion of the Lionfish
 Garrard, Lindsay E. ('15)Organic and Fair Trade Coffee in Mexico
 Meltzer, Jeffrey C. ('15)A Strong Organic Food Sector Requires a Strong Governmental Role
  
Lee, Larissa N. ('13)Decreasing the Illegal Timber Trade
 Lukach, Jake J. ('13)Controlling Deforestation in the Amazon
 Beck, Garrison L. ('13)Using Tourism Revenue Sharing to Promote Conservation
 Teachey, Noah J. ('13)Environmental Consequences of Ecotourism in the Developing World
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Aquatic Ecology Research Presentations
Keyes 103
Session Chair: Denise Bruesewitz
10:00 - 10:50 am 
  
Caroline Keaveney ('15)Impacts of Aquaculture on Surrounding Aquatic Ecosystems
 Lea Korsmeyer ('13)Impacts of Fracking on Aquatic Ecosystems
 Gian Perani ('14)Northern Pike in Cold Water Fisheries
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Environment and Society Research Presentations
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond
Session Chair: Philip Nyhus
10:00 - 10:50 am 
Wyatt McLean ('14), Emily Reif ('16), Billy Polk ('16) and Morgan Gallager
 Determinants of a Popular Zoo
Sarah M. Bailey ('16), Emily M. Berry ('16), Clea A. Harrelson ('16) and Nomawethu Moyo ('15)
 What are the Factors that Determine Effective Water Conservation/Usage in Eastern US Cities?
Thomas Abare ('15), Alexa Junker ('16), Hannah Twombly ('16) and Vera Zhou ('16)
 Which Socioeconomic and Political Factors Determine the Success of Wind Power Projects in Different Countries
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Marine Fisheries Presentations
Diamond 223
Session Chair: Loren McClenachan
11:00 - 11:50 am 
Elise Begin ('13), Matt LaPine ('13), Kallie Leschen-Lindell ('14), Cassie Raker ('13), Katherine Rizk ('15) and Alex Wilsterman ('15)
 Perspectives on the Gulf of Maine Cod
 
HISTORY
Introduction to History Presentations
Miller 257
Session Chair: Jim Webb
1:00 - 3:30 pm 
  
Jack Bjorn ('16)A Fresh Start: An Analysis of Bjorn Immigration to the United States
 Gordon Fischer ('13)Go Seek and Find: The Search for My Middle Name
 David Giesel ('15)From the Black Forest to the Bluegrass: An Immigrant’s Tale
 Travis Gomez-Phillips ('14)La Desperacíon de la Esperanza: A Story of Trujillo-Time Migration from the Dominican Republic
 Dujia Guo ('15)Migrations of Hui Merchants in the Early Republican Era
 Kristy Park ('16)One People, Two Lands: The Pain of Migration Behind the Korean War
 William Qualey ('16)Martin Qualey: A Story of Immigration from Pre-Famine Ireland
 Julia Rogers ('16)Legends and Truths: An Exploration into Nineteenth-Century Irish Immigration
 Conor Schlosser ('15)A Mormon Pioneer: A Struggle to Cross America
 Elena Schreiner ('15)New Beginnings: An Italian Experience of Twentieth-Century Immigration to America
  
Kevin Scott ('15)The Immigration of the Alexander Family from Kishinev to Philadelphia
 Bertrand Teirlinck ('14)La France, Terre d’Acceuil: A Story of Migration in the Early Twentieth Century
 Laura Tierney ('16)From Potatoes to Paper Mills: Peter Tyre and the Irish Migration
 Monica Valentin ('15)From the Dominican: A Journey from the Dominican Republic to New York
 
 
Tuesday, May 7
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Tropical Forests and Rural Livelihoods Presentations
Diamond 223
Session Chair: Travis Reynolds
9:30-10:45 am 
  
Sarah Madronal ('14)Ecotourism in Costa Rica for Forest and Livelihood Benefits
 Liz McCormack ('15)Pharmaceuticals in Madagascar: The Path from Forest Plants to Mass-Produced Drugs
 Anne Schechner ('15)Opportunities for Smallholder Honey Producers in Argentina
 Theresa Petzoldt ('14)The Effects of Western Media on Indigenous Livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon
 Snydey Morison ('15)The Indian Tea Supply Chains Effects on Biodiversity
 Ari Porter ('15)From Forest to Furniture: Purple Heart Wood and the Effects of Consumption
 
ECONOMICS
Economics of Education Research Presentations
Diamond 341
Session Chair: Finley Edwards
9:30 - 10:45 am 
  
Amanda Lavigueur ('13)Estimating the Effect of Financial Aid Availability on Graduation Rates at Public U.S. Universities.
 Woody Huber ('13)The Effect of the Maine Lobster Fishing Industry on High School Completion Rates
 Allison Polchinski ('13)The Effect of School Resources and Resource Allocation on Student Achievement in Connecticut
 James Rooney ('13)The Relationship Between Athletics and Academic Achievement
 
HISTORY
Debating the Nazi Past Presentations
Miller 257
Session Chair: Raffael Scheck
9:30 - 10:45 am 
  
Tom Chippendale ('13)The Revival of the Nazi Economy, 1933-35
 Beth Fleming ('13)Nazi Persecution of Catholic Abbeys: Motives, Methods, and Consequences
 Eoin MacCarronCan Science be Apolitical? The Controversial Legacy of Wernher von Braun
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Global Food Policy Presentations
Diamond 141
Session Chair: Travis Reynolds
11:00 am - 12:15 pm 
  
Anderson, Lizzie ('14)Advantages and Disadvantages to Globalization and Commoditization: The Case of Quinoa in Bolivia
 Curcuruto, Caitlin ('13)The Inadvertent CAFOization of Argentinian Beef
 Garrard, Lindsay ('13)Global Impacts of Coffee Markets on the Livelihoods of Smallholder Coffee Producers in Mexico
 Hatch, Nina ('13)Alternatives to Fair Trade in Latin America
 Lee, Kathryn ('13)Sugarcane Production in Brazil
 Leschen-Lindell, Anna ('13)The Human Impacts of NAFTA
 Rizk, Katherine ('15)Beef Production in the Amazon
 Scheer, Maddie ('15)Banana Production and Trade Systems in Ecuador and the United States
 Schweitzer, AJ ('14)NAFTA and Mexican Maize Production
 
BIOCHEMISTRY
Chemical Basis of Metabolism Presentations
Olin Atrium
Session Chair: Julie Millard
12:30 - 4:30 pm 
Ali Smith ('15) and Andrew Beauchesne ('14), Biochemistry
 Gaucher's Disease
Daniel Forsman ('14) and Eddie Chuang ('14), Biochemistry
 Gunther Disease
Chris Greenlee ('14) and Max Hogue ('13), Biochemistry
 Human Mitochondrial Complex I Deficiency
Mackenzie Milne ('14) and Justin Owumi ('14), Biochemistry
 Lesch-Nyhan Disease
Katie Coe ('14) and Jesus Vidaurri-Martinez ('13), Biochemistry
 Niemann-Pick Disease
Katarina Sirka ('13) and Madelyn Renzetti ('14), Biochemistry
 Tarui Disease
Kristen Robinson ('14) and Claire Herbig ('13), Biochemistry
 Transaldolase Deficiency
 
ANTHROPOLOGY
Global Mobilities, Modernities, Citizenships Presentations
Diamond 323
Session Chair: Mary Beth Mills
1:00 - 3:30 pm 
  
Ellicott Dandy ('13)Fighting for a Departing Future: Anti-Mining Activism and Outmigration in Íntag, Ecuador
 Jalene Regassa ('13)Ethiopian Immigrants: Negotiating Cultural Citizenship
 Rachel Rosenbaum ('13)Re-mapping Space, Mobility, and Belonging on Post-conflict Lebanon
 Jessica Pires ('13)Emerging Markets of Desire: The Proliferation of Malls in Southern Africa
 Jen Tsang ('13)'Asians' in the Media: Issues of (Re)Production
 Katie Hallett ('13)The Consumption of Modernity: Identity Construction within the US Local Food Movement
 
 
Wednesday, May 8
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Advanced and Applied Ecology Research Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russell Cole
9:00 - 9:50 am 
Taylor Witkin ('14) and Marianne Ferguson ('14)
 Why are Invasive Species Successful in Tropical Marine Ecosystems?
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
International Environmental Policy Presentations
Diamond 122
Session Chair: Travis Reynolds
9:00 - 9:50 am 
  
Levere, Julia S. ('13)The World Bank's Role in Global Warming
 O'Keeffe, Lucy G. ('15)Why the EU ETS Won't Work without US
 Clemens, Maravilla D. ('16)Coral Reef Degradation in the Caribbean
 Griffin, Erin N. ('13)Coral Reef Degradation in Australia
 Bennett, Carolyn J. ('13)Soy Production in Argentina
 Thompson, Natalie G. ('15)Green Agriculture? Industrial Food Production in the Developing World
 Frederich, Joy E. ('15)Deforestation in Haiti
 Vargas, Mark O. ('14)Cutting Back on Cutting Down: Deforestation and the Mexican Spotted Owl
 Bernard, M. Kaitlyn ('13)Shift Towards Electric Vehicles
 McDonough, Alanna M. ('14)Electronic Waste Policy in the European Union
  
Aronsohn, Carla B. ('13)Population Control in a Global Context
 Maxwell, Laramie L. ('13)Environmental Refugees
 Coulter, Casey M. ('14)The Threat of Mercury to Native Indigenous Populations of Canada and the United States
 Rizk, Katherine C. ('15)Solid Waste Management on the Island of Nevis
 
RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Death and Spirituality
Lovejoy 344
Session Chair: Debra Campbell
9:30 - 10:45 am 
  
Jimmy O'Leary ('15)Present Afterlife: The Consequences of Accepting But Not Receiving Death
 Elise Ozarowski ('15)How Belief or Nonbelief in the Afterlife Detracts from or Adds to Fear of Death
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Aquatic Ecology Research Presentations
Keyres 103
Session Chair: Denise Bruesewitz
10:00 - 10:50 am 
  
Tara Chizinski ('14)Impacts of Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining on Aquatic Ecosystems
 Cassie Raker ('13)Acid Rain and Its Long Term Effects on Freshwater Ecosystems
 Molly Susla ('13)Impacts of Urbanized Streams and Increasing Denitrification on Nutrients
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Environment and Society Research Presentations
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond
Session Chair: Philip Nyhus
10:00 - 10:50 am 
Harriet Rothschild ('16), Christopher Kennedy ('16), Madeleine Johnson ('16) and Lidia Henderson ('16)
 A Critical Analysis of the Factors Influencing Supermarket's Sale of Sustainable Seafood
Jacob Wall ('16), Alex Rutan ('16), Hannah Corderman ('16) and Danielle Anderson ('16)
 What Factors Determine Whether or Not a State Has Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets
Xuan Du ('16), Jesse R. Juntura ('16), Megan R. MacKenzie ('15) and Emma Q. Wood ('16)
 What factors contribute to colleges and universities establishing successful green initiatives?
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Marine Fisheries Presentations
Diamond 223
Session Chair: Loren McClenachan
11:00 - 11:50 am 
Marie Abrahms, Heather Cronin ('13), Colin Cummings ('14), Marianne Ferguson ('14), Sarah Madronal ('14) and Mark Vargas ('15)
 Perspectives on the Gulf of Maine Lobster
 
BIOCHEMISTRY
Molecular Biology Presentations
Olin 335
Session Chair: Russell Johnson
1:15 - 3:15 pm 
Dylan Plaskon ('15) and Justin Lutian ('15), BIochemistry
 Effects of Duration of Heat Exposure on HSP70 Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana
Cassie Huang ('13) and Kayla Gross ('13), BIochemistry
 Expression of RD29B Increases in a Time-dependent Manner in Arabidopsis thaliana
Justin Owumi ('14) and Tyler Parrott ('13), BIochemistry
 Light and Drought Conditions Affect RBCS-3B Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana
Sam Lessard ('13) and Mackenzie Milne ('14), BIochemistry
 The Effects of CO2 Exposure on PAL2
Andrew Beauchesne ('14) and Chris Eden ('14), BIochemistry
 The Effects of Drought and Light on LCR70 Gene Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana
Alison Smith ('14) and Adam Spierer ('13), BIochemistry
 The Rainbow/Rubisco Connection: the Effect of Varying Wavelengths on RBCS-3B Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana
 
 
Thursday, May 9
 
ECONOMICS
Economics of Education Research Presentations
Diamond 341
Session Chair: Finley Edwards
9:30 - 10:45 am 
  
Hilary Barr ('13)The Role of Institutional Characteristics in Predicting Return on Investment for Higher Education
 Derrick Beasley ('13)Estimating the Payoff to Immigrating to the United States on Educational Attainment: An Examination of Hispanic Student Achievement
 Michael Lahiff ('13)Estimating the Effect of High School Athletics on Test Scores.
 
HISTORY
Debating the Nazi Past Presentations
Miller 257
Session Chair: Raffael Scheck
9:30 -- 10:45 am 
  
Samuel Schmidt ('13)The Rosenstrasse and Witten Protests: Latitude for Public Opposition in Nazi Germany?
 Kathy Shei ('13)The Complicity of the American Press in United States and Vatican Compliance in Protecting Nazis between 1945-1965
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Tropical Forests and Rural Livelihoods Presentations
Diamond 223
Session Chair: Travis Reynolds
9:30-10:45 am 
  
Mark Vargas ('15)Global Solution or Local Problem? A Critical Look at Ecotourism
 Amy Kao ('16)The Potential of Biochar for Carbon Sequestration and Soil Fertility
 Maravilla Clemens ('16)When Western Culture threatens Tradition: the Chachi People of Ecuador
 Tess Petesch ('13)Soy in the Rainforest: Agriculture and the Environment in Brazil
 Andrew Newcomb ('15)The Multiple Prices of Progress: A Value Chain Analysis of Hydroelectric Dams in Tropical Forests
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Global Food Policy Presentations
Diamond 141
Session Chair: Travis Reynolds
11:00 am - 12:15 pm 
  
Abrahams, Marie ('14)A More Productive Dairy: The Environmental Benefits of rBST Milk
 Hennessey, Meagan ('14)On the Rocks:Ascophyllum nodosum Harvesting in Canada and Maine
 Murphy, David ('14)Sustainable Livestock Husbandry in the United States
 Scholz, Chelsea ('13)The Immokalee Workers' Fight for Worker's Rights on Florida Tomato Plantations
 Susla, Molly ('13)Where Money is Spent: How Food Seems to Fall Short on Our List of Necessary Items
 VandenBerg, Erika ('13)Industrial Agriculture's Threats to Bees
 Wells, Lindley ('13)Synthetic Colorant Regulation in the EU and the US
 Witkin, Taylor ('14)The Global Effects of Inputs to the Tuna Ranching Industry
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Environment and Society Research Presentations
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond
Session Chair: Philip Nyhus
7:00 - 8:30 pm 
Amos Shinkle ('16), Connor O'Neil ('15), Stephen O'Grady ('16) and Paul Dougherty ('16)
 Factors Leading to Successful Maine Fisheries
Laurel Whitney ('16), Molly Cox ('15) and Parwana Mohammad ('16)
 Factors That Affect the Availability of Microloans in Developing Countries
Karasapan, Altinay K. ('16), Nyquist, Carla J. ('16), Vaz, Jeffrey J.,, II ('16) and Walsh, Kellie E. ('16)
 Hubs of Sustainability: Does the Presence of a College/University make a Town/City Sustainable?
Max Cushner ('14), Jefferson Tucker ('16), Casey Ballin ('16) and Robin Lewis ('16)
 Public Stance Towards Wind Turbines in New England Communities
Ethan Johnson ('16), Taylor Schlichting ('16), Catherine McClure ('16) and Lauren McCarthy ('16)
 What Determines Whether or Not a Country Has a High Proportion of Protected Land?
Cameron T. Barner ('16), Peter H. Craig ('16), Janice E. Liang ('16) and Samuel S. Wasserman ('16)
 What factors influence the recovery of endangered species in the United States?
 
 
Friday, May 10
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Advanced and Applied Ecology Research Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russell Cole
9:00 - 9:50 am 
Caitlin Curcuruto ('13) and Emily Arsenault ('14)
 The Effects of Modern Agricultural Methods on Colony Collapse Disorder
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
International Environmental Policy Presentations
Diamond 122
Session Chair: Travis Reynolds
9:00 - 9:50 am 
  
McLean, Wyatt ('14)Global Policy Initiatives to Halt Tropical Deforestation
 Wells, Lindley E. ('15)Still Wild Still Threatened: Protecting Tasmania's Forests
 Holmes, Sarah A. ('13)Global Population Policies
 Miller, Sara D. ('16)Population and Kenyas Vision 2030
 Gondo, Rumbidzai ('14)Water Scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa
 Kneeland, Kelly E. ('15)Sand Mining in India
 Keaveney, Caroline E. ('15)Thailand and the African Ivory Trade
 Lavigueur, Amanda L. ('13)When CITES Fails to Protect: The Case of the Asian Pangolin
 Keesler, Virginia A. ('13)Redevelopment of Slums in Mumbai
 Rana, Devki ('15)Effects of New Delhis Lack of Waste Disposal
  
Braun, Meredith P. ('15)The Future of the International Whaling Commission
 Oleynik, Shannon B. ('13)The Effects of Human Activities on Whale Populations
 Powley, Leah E. ('15)A World Without Whales
 
RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Death and Spirituality
Lovejoy 344
Session Chair: Debra Campbell
9:30 - 10:45 am 
  
Melissa Anderson ('14)Spiritualism in the United States: How Two Young Girls Opened the Door to a New Realm
 Jordan J. Lorenz ('15)The Persistence of American Martyrdom Rhetoric: Martyrdom as a Rhetorical Tool in U.S Politics
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Aquatic Ecology Research Presentations
Keyes 103
Session Chair: Denise Bruesewitz
10:00 - 10:50 am 
  
Kathleen Hamre ('13)Cyanobacterial Toxin BMAA: Potential Biological Function and Ecological Impatcs
 Dominique Kone ('13)Community Impact of Asian Carp as an Invasive Species.
 Maeve McGovern ('14)The Impacts of a Thawing Permafrost on Arctic Lakes
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Environment and Society Research Presentations
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond
Session Chair: Philip Nyhus
10:00 - 10:50 am 
Serena M. Haver ('16), Jenna E. Hill ('16) and Elizabeth G. Sull ('16)
 Trash Troubles: Determinants of Solid Waste Reduction in the United States
Kevin Walls ('16), Natan Johnson Lennon ('16), Bayley McMillan ('16) and Alexandra Heisler ('16)
 Who Controls the Heat: Newspaper Coverage of Climate Change in America
Sophie Samuels ('16), Armando Pascual ('16) and Bri Guillory ('16)
 Why Are Some Cities in the United States More Toxic Than Others?
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Presentations
Diamond 141
Session Chair: Julie Millard
11:00 - 11:50 am 
  
Kayla Gross ('13)Investigating the Effects of BAG3 Knockdown on Laromustine Cytotoxicity Via shRNA Transfection
 Thando DiaminiThe Synthesis of 3,6-dibromo-2,7-dichloro-1,8-naphthyridine
 Sam Lessard ('13)Spiropentanes as Sources of Cyclic Allenes
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Marine Fisheries Presentations
Diamond 223
Session Chair: Loren McClenachan
11:00 - 11:50 am 
Tierney Dodge ('14), Bjorn Knutson ('13), Laramie Maxwell ('13), Devki Rana ('15) and Michael Stephens ('13)
 Perspectives on the Gulf of Maine Herring