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 2003 Symposium

Research Symposium


Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium 2003
May 1 & 2, Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Students from the following departments/programs have already submitted titles for papers and posters:

Department/Program  Lead Author  Title  Date Time  Project Type  Mentor 
American Studies / English  Edward J. Piasecki ('03)  Unmasking 'The Perfect Stranger': Pierre Boulez, Frank Zappa, and the Common Ground Between Modernism and Postmodernism  May 1
4:00 pm  
Paper  Steven E. Saunders 
Anthropology  Michael Greenberg ('04)  Conceptions Of Stewardship And Ownership In The Cleanup Of Nomans Land Island: A Study Of Tribal/Non-Tribal Relations In The Town Of Aquinnah, Massachusetts 
 
Paper  David L. Nugent, Jeffrey D. Anderson 
Anthropology / Music  Sarah Chapple-Sokol ('04)  Cross-cultural, Technological, and Sociopolitical Influences in South African Kwela Music  May 1
3:45 pm  
Paper  Steven E. Saunders 
Anthropology  Kathryn Spirer ('03)  From Maine Farms to Maine Colleges: The Symbolism and Reality Behind the Local Purchasing Efforts at Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin  May 2
3:00 pm  
Paper  Mary Beth Mills 
Anthropology / African-American Studies  Amina McIntyre ('04)  Gathering Together in His Name: An Analysis of the Christian Methodist Episcopal and African Methodist Episcopal Zion Churches' Pending Merger  May 2
3:15 pm  
Paper  Dr. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes 
Anthropology / African-American Studies  Alexandra Gelbard ('03)  Racism in Cuba: Yesterday and Today  May 1
3:00 pm  
Paper  Cheryl Townsand Gilkes 
Art  Adam N. Grassi ('03)  Early Admission: A Redesigned Entrance to the Colby Campus  May 1
3:45 pm  
Paper  David L. Simon 
Art  Doan Trang T Nguyen ('03)  St. Francis' Ideology and Its Franciscan and Clarissan Implementation  May 2
1:00 pm  
Paper  Veronique B. Plesch 
Art / Philosophy  Tracy Schloss ('03)  The Allegorical and Artistic Use of Mirrors in Late Medieval Devotional Art  May 2
2:00 pm  
Paper  Veronique B. Plesch 
Art  Kate Lydecker ('03)  The Pilgrimage to the Sacro Monte at Varallo: A Journey in Personal Devotion  May 2
2:20 pm  
Paper  Veronique Plesch 
Art / East-Asian Studies  Doan Trang T Nguyen ('03)  Vietnamese Interpretation and Integration of Religions  May 1
1:45 pm  
Paper  Veronique B. Plesch 
Art  Elizabeth Urstadt ('03)  Andachtsbilder: Aspiring to Become the Bride of Christ Through Images of Christ and St John and the Pietà  May 2
1:20 pm  
Paper  Véronique Plesch 
Art  Nicole Russo ('03)  Nuns and Devotional Objects, Images and Practices  May 2
1:40 pm  
Paper  Veronique Plesch 
Biology  William S. McCloy ('03)  Analysis of Land Use Patterns and Lake Water Quality in Central Maine Using Remote Sensing and a Geographic Information System (GIS) 
 
Poster  Daniel Tierney, F. Russel Cole 
Biology  William S. McCloy ('03)  Assessment of the Webber Pond Watershed Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) 
 
Poster  David H. Firmage, F. Russell Cole 
Biology  Christopher P. Blomberg ('04)  Automated Extraction and Analysis of Primers from Sequence Data. 
 
Poster  Clare Bates Congdon, Judy L. Stone 
Biology  Mari Nishino ('03)  B Cell Response by IL-4 Overproduction in Flaky Skin Mutant Mouse Spleen  May 2
1:15 pm  
Paper  Lynn Hannam 
Biology / Computer Science  Michelle J. Keady ('03)  Finding Evidence of Selection for the BRCA1 Tumor Suppressor Gene 
 
Poster  Clare Bates Congdon, Judy L. Stone 
Biology  Sarah E. Pierce ('03)  Investigation of the Gene Governing Gametophytic Self Incompatibility (the S-gene) in a Population of Witheringia solanacea (Solanaceae)  May 2
2:30 pm  
Paper  Judy L. Stone 
Biology  Nicholas O. Markham ('04)  Isolation and Characterization of Mercury Resistant Bacteria From Trout and Sediment Samples of the Governor Hill Fish Hatchery in Augusta, ME. 
 
Poster  Frank A. Fekete, Keith Johnson 
Biology  Anna O. Carlson ('03)  Isolation and Characterization of Mercury and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria from the Governor Hill Hatchery, Augusta, Maine 
 
Poster  Frank A. Fekete 
Biology  Emily L. Weiser ('04)  Kirk's Dik-dik In Tanzania: A Study of Territory Characteristics of A Dwarf Antelope 
 
Poster  F. Russell Cole 
Biology  Erin Estey ('03)  Lake Water Quality and Possible Remediation Techniques for Webber Pond, Kennebec County, Maine 
 
Poster  David Firmage, Russell Cole 
Biology  Stephanie Tat ('03)  Male Vocalization and Territoriality of a Brazilian Treefrog, Hyla faber 
 
Poster  Catherine Bevier 
Biology / Chemistry  Erin Estey ('03)  Mighty Bacteria: The Role of Microorganisms in the Cleanup of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 
 
Poster  Frank Fekete 
Biology  Jill S. Wentzell ('03)  Screening the Human Genome for Trinucleotide Repeat Expansions  May 2
1:45 pm  
Paper  Judy L. Stone 
Biology / Computer Science  Andrew G. Harnett ('03)  Secondary Structure Protein Folding In Silico 
 
Poster  Clare Bates Congdon, Judy L. Stone 
Biology  Paul D. Mathewson ('03)  The Diversity and Conservation of the World's Mammal Species 
 
Poster  F. Russell Cole 
Biology  Kristin Larson ('03)  The Effect of Male-male Interaction on Calling Behavior in the Brazilian Treefrog, Scinax perpusillus 
 
Poster  Catherine Bevier 
Biology  Deborah Doberne ('03)  The Effects of Selection on the Gene G6PD in Drosophila 
 
Poster  Clare Bates Congdon, Judy L. Stone 
Biology  Jenna Morrison ('06)  The Foraging Behavior of Butterflies on Bougainvillea 
 
Poster  David Firmage, Russ Cole 
Biology  Elizabeth Mayhall ('03)  The Primary Immune Response of Landlocked Salmon (Salmo salar) to the Protein Antigen DNP-KLH  May 2
2:00 pm  
Paper  Lynn Hannum 
Biology  Brie A. Drummond ('03)  The Selection of Native and Invasive Plants by Frugivorous Birds.  May 2
1:00 pm  
Paper  W. Herbert Wilson 
Biology  Douglas C. Melzer ('03)  Three Cereal Grain Proteins,TaABF, TaWD40, and AFN1, Have Putative Roles in the Abscisic Acid-mediated Gene Expression Pathway  May 2
3:00 pm  
Paper  Russell R. Johnson 
Biology / Computer Science  Daniel P. Morrison ('03)  Tissue-specific Tissue Analysis Suggests Increased EST Library Contamination 
 
Poster  Clare Bates Congdon, Judy L. Stone 
Biology / Environmental Studies  Sarah Brown ('03)  Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) as a Tool for Land Use Change Analysis at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. 
 
Poster  Daniel Tierney, F. Russell Cole 
Chemistry  Eric Nguyen ('04)  Comparison of Stimulated Osteoclastogenesis in Two Mouse Strains  May 2
4:25 pm  
Paper   
Chemistry  Amity Burr ('03)  DNA-Binding Studies of Potential Anticancer Dirhodium Acetate Compounds 
 
Poster  Shari Dunham 
Chemistry  Szymon Mikulski ('05)  Determination and Optimization of Calcium and Phosphorus Content of Captive Bird Diets 
 
Poster  Shari Uldrich Dunham 
Chemistry  Matthew Courtney ('03)  Evaluation of Fe(II) Analysis Techniques in a Range of Natural Water Types  May 2
4:50 pm  
Paper   
Chemistry  Gregory Sawyer ('03)  Flanking Sequences Modulate Diepoxide Cross-Linking Efficiencies at the 5'-GNC Site  May 2
3:50 pm  
Paper  Julie Tamsen Millard 
Chemistry  Andrew Moraco ('03)  Hydrogen Bonding in Discrete Base Pairing Complexes Containing 6-Thioguanine  May 2
5:15 pm  
Paper  Stephen Ulrich Dunham 
Chemistry  Erik Lisk ('03)  Mechanism of Hydrogen Peroxide Detection in Natural Waters  May 2
3:00 pm  
Paper  D. Whitney King 
Chemistry  Joshua Weitz ('03)  Photochemical Generation of an Oxiranylcarbene  May 2
3:25 pm  
Paper   
Chemistry / Biology  Elizabeth Frederick ('03)  S-RNase Gene Synthesis and Expression in Escherichia coli 
 
Poster  Stephen Dunham 
Computer Science / Biology  Mahdi W. Bseiso ('04)  Database Search for N-tuple Nucleotide Repeats in the Human Genome 
 
Poster  Clare Bates Congdon, Judy L. Stone 
Computer Science / Biology  David A. Cohen ('04)  Using Genetic Algorithms to Improve Genefinders 
 
Poster  Clare Bates Congdon, Judy L. Stone 
East-Asian Studies  Ellie Roan ('03)  Search for Roots: The Influence of 'The Past' on Fifth Generation Film  May 1
2:00 pm  
Paper  Kimberly A. Besio 
East-Asian Studies  Jonathan Devers ('05)  Shusaku Endo's Novel Silence is Fiction  May 2
5:00 pm  
Paper  Tamae Prindle 
East-Asian Studies  Evan McGee ('03)  Mishima Yukio's Short Stories  May 2
3:45 pm  
Paper  Tamae Prindle 
Economics  Vanessa L. J. Haleco ('03)  Alternative Currencies: Their Social and Economic Contribution to Communities  May 1
9:30 am  
Paper  Michael R. Donihue 
Economics  Donna M. Pitteri ('03)  Solid Waste Management in Maine: Challenges and Possible Solutions for Waterville  May 1
1:00 pm  
Paper  Michael R. Donihue 
Economics  Christopher A. Zeien ('03)  Tying Together World Economies: Using an Estimation of the J-Curve Phenomenon to Recreate the Asian Currency Crisis of 1997  May 1
3:00 pm  
Paper  Michael R. Donihue 
Economics  Abigail Benjamin ('03)  Economic Impact of Colby College on the Waterville Economy  May 1
2:30 pm  
Paper  Michael R. Donihue 
Economics  Peter Newberry ('03)  Possible Contraction and Its Effect on 2002 Major League Baseball Attendance  May 1
11:00 am  
Paper  David W. Findlay, Michael R. Donihue 
Economics  Thomas V. Richardson ('03)  The Effect of Competitive Balance on Individual Game Attendance in Major League Baseball  May 2
2:00 pm  
Paper  Randy A. Nelson 
Economics  Katrina Noyes ('03)  The Economic Effects of British Colonialism on India: An Analysis of the Goods and Capital Markets, 1853-1947  May 1
10:00 am  
Paper  Professor Micheal Donihue 
Economics  Grete Rod ('03)  Capital Market Integration in Europe: Differing Experiences in the East and the West  May 1
1:30 pm  
Paper  Kashif Mansori 
Economics  Benjamin S. Hoffman ('03)  Environmental Regulation and Its Effect on Technical Change for Electric Utilities  May 2
1:00 pm  
Paper  Randy A. Nelson 
English / Anthropology  Erin Hanrahan ('03)  Media and the Use of English in Tanzania  May 2
3:30 pm  
Paper  Andrew Brown 
English  James B. Cowan ('03)  Unwilling To Explain: Deceptiveness in Robert Frost  May 2
3:00 pm  
Paper  Peter B. Harris 
English  Alicia Ford ('03)  William Blake and Popular Musical Interpretations of his Songs of Innocence and Experience  May 2
4:45 pm  
Paper  Karen Karbiener 
French/Italian  Kimberly Niederberger ('03)  The Paradox of Napoleon Bonaparte: A Fallen Genius  May 2
3:45 pm  
Paper  Adrianna M. Paliyenko 
Geology  Amy Lansdale ('03)  A Hydrogeochemical Analysis of a Contaminated Industrial Site 
 
Poster  Jennifer Shosa 
Geology  Jonathan Allen ('03)  A Sedimentologic and Plant Taphonomic Evaluation of the Early Middle Devonian Trout Valley Formation, Maine 
 
Poster  Robert A. Gastaldo, Robert E. Nelson 
Geology  Christopher J. Becker ('03)  An Exploration of The Mineralogy Along The Ultramafic - Mafic Contact of The Southern Moxie Pluton, Maine 
 
Poster  Donald B. Allen 
Geology / Chemistry  Eleanor Boyce ('03)  An Investigation of the Geology, Geochemistry, and Environmental Effects of the Harborside Mine on Cape Rosier, Maine 
 
Poster  Jen Shosa, Shari Dunham 
Geology  Justin E. Ossolinski ('03)  An Investigation of the Seasonal Hydrogeochemical Dynamics of a Complex Wetland in Central Maine 
 
Poster   
Geology  Robert W. Selover ('04)  Estuarine Macrofossils From The Trout Vally Formation In The Northeast Corner of Baxter State Park 
 
Poster  Robert E. Nelson, Robert Gastaldo 
Geology / Science, Technology, and Society  Robert W. Selover ('04)  Geophysics and The Growth of the Oil Industry: A Comprehensive Look Into Technological Development And Its Role In Society 
 
Poster  Leonard S. Reich 
Geology  Eleanor Boyce ('03)  Petrologic Investigations of the Sloko Group Volcanics, Juneau Icefield, Northern British Columbia 
 
Poster  Donald B. Allen, Mark Brandriss 
Geology / Environmental Studies  Beth Dushman ('03)  Geochemical and Environmental Studies in the Belgrade Lakes Watershed, Central Maine  May 2
3:15 pm  
Paper  David Firmage, Jen Shosa 
Government / Science, Technology, and Society  Nathaniel Arguelles ('03)  Challenges to Developing Iraq's Oil in the Post-Hussein Era: International Law and Legacies of Hussein's Rule  May 2
4:15 pm  
Paper  Lenny Reich 
History  Amity Burr ('03)  A Surgical History of Breast Cancer  May 1
1:00 pm  
Paper  James Webb 
History / Education and Human Development  Melvin K. Ladera ('03)  Early Minority Students of Colby College  May 1
4:15 pm  
Paper  Mark Tappan, Pat Burdick 
History  John Knoedler ('03)  International Disease in Minnesota: The Effect of Immigration on Tuberculosis in the 19th and 20th Century  May 1
2:00 pm  
Paper  James Webb 
History  Matthew Mahoney ('03)  Stopping the Spread of Influenza in 1918: The Maine Method  May 1
2:30 pm  
Paper  James Webb 
History  Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb ('03)  The Biography of a Man and a Magazine: Max Ascoli and The Reporter  May 2
4:30 pm  
Paper  Richard Moss 
History  Lauren Tiberio ('03)  Transformation Through Time: A History of Anorexia Nervosa  May 1
3:00 pm  
Paper  James Webb 
History  Elyssa Ford ('03)  Yellow Fever in 19th Century Texas: A Critical Study and a Comprehensive Analysis  May 1
1:30 pm  
Paper  James Webb 
History / Religious Studies  Erin Bodner ('03)  Panel Discussion Regarding the Intersections of Judaism, Feminism and the Queer Movement  May 1
4:45 pm  
Paper  Howard Lupovitch 
International Studies  Elyssa Ford ('03)  The Water-Babies: Changing Textual Meanings Through a Study of Illustrations  May 2
4:15 pm  
Paper  Karen Karbiener 
Latin American Studies  Courtney Fry ('03)  Bolivian Public Policy in the Context of the Global Economy: Is There Another Viable Development Strategy for Bolivia?  May 1
11:30 am  
Paper  Betty G. Sasaki, Patrice M. Franko 
Latin American Studies / Environmental Studies  Jessica Kellett ('04)  The Commodification of Life and Water in Northern Luzon, Philippines  May 1
1:30 pm  
Paper  Tom Tietenberg 
Mathematics / Biology  Sarah E. Pierce ('03)  Discrimination Between Gravity and Linear Acceleration by Neurons with Both Linear and Angular Input From the Inner Ear 
 
Poster  Jan E. Holly 
Mathematics  Lisa DeKeukelaere ('03)  Fourier Transforms and the Age of the Earth  May 2
3:45 pm  
Paper  Fernando Gouvea 
Mathematics  James D. H. Falk ('05)  Hamiltonian Paths in Graphs  May 2
3:30 pm  
Paper  Thomas R. Berger 
Music / Religious Studies  Kate Heidemann ('04)  Hidden Divinity in Music: Gyorgy Ligeti's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra  May 1
1:00 pm  
Paper  Steven R. Nuss 
Music  Robert D. MacBain ('04)  Sampling and the Death of Mechanical Reproduction  May 1
3:30 pm  
Paper  Steven E. Saunders 
Music  Victoria C. Hayes ('04)  Taking Note(s): Discoveries in Reception History Through Musical Reviews of the Beethoven Violin Concerto  May 1
3:00 pm  
Paper  Steven E. Saunders 
Music  Kate Hughes ('03)  The Last Protest Singers?: Musical Meaning in the Indigo Girls' 'Our Deliverance'  May 1
3:15 pm  
Paper  Steve Saunders 
Music / Religious Studies  Alexander Browne ('03)  Time in Music and Contemplative Practices  May 1
1:30 pm  
Paper  Steven Nuss 
Philosophy  Seth Aylmer ('04)  Sounding Images, Praying Time  May 1
2:00 pm  
Paper  Steven Nuss 
Physics and Astronomy  L. Maclagan Cathles ('03)  The Relation Between Physical Qualities and Gas Flow Through Snow.  May 1
1:15 pm  
Paper  Charlie Conover 
Psychology  Jennifer A. Varley ('03)  A Review of Phenomelogy and Treatment of Childhood Depression  May 1
4:00 pm  
Paper  George T. Ladd 
Psychology  Kristin Schaefer ('04)  An Investigation of the Possible Biological Basis of Autistic Behavior 
 
Poster  Joseph Atkins 
Religious Studies  Michael S. Crawford ('04)  Engaged Buddhism in Thailand  May 1
1:00 pm  
Paper  Nikky-Guninder K. Singh 
Science, Technology, and Society  Jessica A. Kellett ('04)  Biodiesel Fuel and the Electric Automobile: The Social, Technical, and Environmental Arguments. 
 
Poster  Leonard S. Reich 
Sociology  Amanda Kellar ('03)  CHILD LABOR AND CORPORATE AMERICA, IS THERE A CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP?  May 1
10:45 am  
Paper  Alec Campbell 
Sociology  Sarah D. Style ('03)  Children of Incarcerated Parents: The Theoretical Foundations of Innovative Programming  May 1
10:00 am  
Paper  Alec D. Campbell 
Sociology / Economics  Kristen M. Heim ('03)  Comparative Counterfactuals: A Synthesis 
 
Paper  Alec D. Campbell 
Sociology  Andrea Taylor ('03)  From Propaganda to Publicity: An Analysis of the Advertising Council over the Past 60 Years.  May 1
11:00 am  
Paper  Alec D. Campbell 
Sociology  E. Ryan Swank ('03)  Taxation of Advertising as a Tool for Social Change  May 1
10:30 am  
Paper  Alec D. Campbell 
Theater and Dance  Meade Barlow ('03)  'Sonqoba Simunye:' Black and White Theatre Under the Apartheid Regime  May 1
3:30 pm  
Paper  Laura Chakravarty Box 

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