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COLBY COLLEGE
 2007 Program

Research Symposium


Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium 2007
May 2-4, Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Keynote Address - Dr. William Freudenburg
May 2, 7:30 pm Olin 1


Associated Sessions
   
 
 
Monday, October 9
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Seminars
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Robert Bluhm
3:00-4:00 pm 
Yu-Hwei Chou ('07), Ryland Brooks ('07) and Bridge Mellichamp ('07)
 Summer Internship and REU Program Reports
 
 
Thursday, November 3
 
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
Science, Technology and Society Senior Colloquium
Mudd 311
Session Chair: Piers Hale
7:00-9:00 pm 
Aaron Bradford ('07)
 A Very Moral Concern: Molecular Biology and the Development of Chemotherapy
Tom Testo ('07)
 Last Blast: The Politics and Sponsorship of Formula One
Tom Resnick ('07)
 Morals and Milk: Neo-Luddism and Bovine Somatatropin
Brian Fulmer ('07)
 Political Biology: Peter Kropotkin and the Darwinian Revolution
 
 
Monday, December 4, 2006
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Seminars
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Robert Bluhm
3:00-4:00 pm 
Andrew Roland ('07) and Bridge Mellichamp ('07)
 Muon Lifetime and Time Dilation Experiments
 
 
Thursday, December 7, 2006
 
PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology Research Projects
Roberts Union, Robbins Room
Session Chair: Tarja Raag
4:00-5:00 pm 
Paula Pelavin ('07), Cheryl Hahn ('08) and Monica Phillips ('07)
 Context of Exercise on the DRM
Alexis Heimann ('07)
 Disordered Eating in Collegiate Lean-Athletes
Stacey Dubois ('08) and Adrian Gilmore ('07)
 Metamemorial Judgments in Younger and Older Adults: How Does Stereotype Threat Affect Confidence Ratings in a DRM Task?
Michael Dieffenbach ('07)
 Sensory Integration Therapy
Danielle Priess ('07)
 Spirituality and Social Support Through Self-help Groups for Addiction Treatment
Katie Price ('07), Rob Zondervan ('07) and Lindsay Carlson ('07)
 The Verbal Overshadowing Effect
Katie Lillehei ('07) and Alex Morrison ('07)
 The influence of framing on judgments of learning
 
 
Friday, December 8, 2006
 
GEOLOGY
Geology Seminar Series
Mudd 218
Session Chair: Robert Nelson
 
Brent V. Aigler ('08)
 A hydrological and sedimentological study of the Pointe at Jamestown detention pond, James City County, Virginia
Betsy F. Littlefield ('07)
 Foraminifera from the Presuympscot Formation: Evidence for Paleosalinity and paleobathymetry in the waning phases of marine emergence of central Maine
Kit Clark ('08), Sophie S. Newbury ('08), Meg M. Distinty ('07), Taylor M. Kilian ('08), Newt W. Krumdieck ('07), Sam B. Reid ('08), Betsy F. Littlefield ('07), Brad M. Cantor ('08) and Hannah H. Coleman ('08)
 Late Holocene vs. modern environments of central Maine: comparison of pollen, plant macrofossil and coleopteran assemblages with the historical record.
Patrick H. Bagley ('09)
 Latest Pleistocene marine molluscs of central Maine: evidence for paleosalinity and paleobathymetry in the waning phases of the Presumpscot Formation and subsequent marine emergence.
Jamie E. Kline ('07)
 Marine ostracodes from the latest Pleistocene of central Maine: evidence of paleosalinity and paleobathymetry in the waning phases of marine emergence
Newt W. Krumdieck ('07)
 The origins of the Norridgewock Sand Plain, Somerset County, Central Maine
 
BIOLOGY
Biology Honors Presentation
Olin 1
Session Chair: Judy Stone
1:00-2:00 pm 
Malcolm Itter ('06)
 Altering a Finite Markov Chain to More Accurately Model Forest Succession
 
 
Monday, March 12
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Seminars
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Murray Campbell
3:00-4:00 pm 
Ta-Chung Ong ('07)
 Photochemical Production of Superoxide
Roy Wilson ('07)
 Temperature Control of Electron Temperature in Ultra-Cold Plasmas
 
 
Monday, March 19
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Seminars
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Murray Campbell
3:00-4:00 
Sarah Langley ('07)
 It All Started With Some Drunk Mice: AQTL Analysis of the LxSRI Panel
 
 
Monday, April 9
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Seminars
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Murray Campbell
3:00-4:00 
Patrick Dean ('07)
 Linear First Order Response for Modeling Solid Sodium
 
 
Monday, April 16
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Seminars
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Murray Campbell
3:00-4:00 
Margaret Martei ('07) and Anders Wood ('07)
 An Injection-Locked Diode Laser for Cold Rydberg Atom Experiments
 
 
Monday, April 23
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Seminars
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Murray Campbell
3:00-4:00 
Arturs Vrublevskis ('07)
 Constrained Hamiltonian Analysis of Vector Theories with Spontaneous Lorentz Symmetry Breaking
Thomas Hulse ('07)
 Spontaneous Lorentz Symmetry Breaking and Modification of Physical Laws
 
 
Thursday, April 26
 
BIOLOGY
BI392: The Cell Cycle and Cancer Symposium on Cancer
Olin 234
Session Chair: Paul Greenwood
1:00 - 3:30 pm 
Alisa Perry ('07)
 Breast cancer: genetic predisposition and environmental risk factors
Kenza Sayegrih ('07)
 Cancer, race and ethnicity: is there a relationship?
Jessie Kaplan ('07)
 Ovarian cancer: prognosis, risk factors, and the effect of hormones
Tara Bergin ('07)
 Sticker’s sarcoma: a contagious cancer
Anne Cuttler ('07)
 The human papillomavirus, cervical cancer, and vaccination as a prevention method
 
 
Friday, April 27
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research
Arey 5
Session Chair: Kevin Rice
11:00-12:30 pm 
Becca Goldstein ('07)
 Concomitant Conformational Polymorphs of Bis(9 anthryl)acetylene
Karen Prisby ('07)
 Detection of nanomolar concentrations of Iron is seawater using a flow-injection peroxide-based luminol chemiluminescence system
Adam Newman ('07)
 Quantitative PCR Suggests Preferential Nuclear DNA Alkylation by Epichlorohydrin in the Chicken Genome
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Kevin Rice
3:00-4:30 pm 
Meg Davis ('07)
 Inhibition of Human DNA Polymerase-ß by Cloretazine, a Novel Anticancer Drug
Kris King ('07)
 Senior Research Project
Cedric Owens ('07)
 Senior Research Project
Jenn Nguyen ('07)
 The Photochemical Generation of Vinylidenes and the Intramolecular Study of ß-acetoxyethylidene
Lauren Brown ('07)
 The Role of Ligands in the Detection of Nanomolar Concentrations of Fe(III) in Seawater
 
 
Monday, April 30
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Seminars
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Murray Campbell
3:00-4:00 
Ian Cross ('07) and Yu-Hwei Chou ('07)
 Far-IR Spectroscopy of NPNB and Data Analysis of Other Ni2+ Chain Compounds and Isolated Complexes
 
COMPUTER SCIENCE
Computer Science Honors
Mudd 405
Session Chair: Dale Skrien
4:00-5:00 pm 
Thomas Cook ('07)
 Evolving Art Using Genetic Algorithms
Nell O'Rourke ('07)
 POV-IT: The POV-Ray Interactive Tutorial
 
 
Tuesday, May 1
 
BIOLOGY
BI320: Evolutionary Analysis
Arey 205
Session Chair: Judy Stone
1:00-3:00 pm 
Adrienne Angel ('07)
 Analysis of Molecular Variance partitions orchid genetic diversity by geographic region
Kathleen Nicholson ('08)
 Asexual reproduction and self-fertilization associated with low genetic diversity in two orchid species
MaryClaire McGovern ('08)
 Comparison of genetic and geographic distances among populations of Isotria medeoloides
Jamie Enos ('08)
 Geographic structure of morphological traits in Maine orchid species
Kate Dziedzic ('07)
 Microsatellite analysis reveals more genetic variation than do the Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphisms in a genetically depauperate orchid species
Liz Petit ('08)
 Partitioning of genetic variation for the rare orchid, Isotria medeoloides
Andrew Kwak ('09)
 Patterns of geographic variation reveal large effective population size in Maine orchids
 
ECONOMICS
EC 312 Presentations
Diamond 341
Session Chair: Tom Tietenberg
2:30-3:45 
Trevor Hanly; Discussant: Prabhav Rakhra ('07)
 Collusive Environmentalism: Cartel Behavior in the Maine Lobster Industry
Chris Andrews; Discussant: Alan Ozarowski ('07)
 The Evolution of the “Family Purpose” Doctrine in Allocating Liability for Boat Accidents
 
PHILOSOPHY
Philosophy Honors Presentations
Lovejoy 215
Session Chair: Cheshire Calhoun
4:00-5:30 pm 
Allyson Rudolph ('07)
 Collective Responsibility
Adam Marvin ('07)
 Interpretation Stops Here: Judicial Politics in a Constitutional Republic
Liz Coogan ('07)
 Rawls & Health Care
 
 
Thursday, May 3
 
BIOLOGY
BI320: Evolutionary Analysis
Arey 205
Session Chair: Judy Stone
1:00-3:00 PM 
Kristine Robin ('08)
 A comparison of geographic and genetic distances among populations of the rare orchid, Isotria medeoloides
Talia Savic ('09)
 Comparison of Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism markers for two closely related orchid species
Sarah Clark ('08)
 Genetic markers reveal excess homozyogosity in two closely-related orchid species
Dan Dewey-Mattia ('08)
 Genetic variation in Isotria medeoloides as assessed by Simple Sequence Repeats
Heather Nickerson ('09)
 Lack of genetic variation in Isotria verticillata as assessed by Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism markers
 
BIOLOGY
BI392: The Cell Cycle and Cancer Symposium on Cancer
Olin 234
Session Chair: Paul Greenwood
1:00-3:30 pm 
David Amadu ('07)
 B-lymphocytes gone wild: cell biology, clinical manifestations and treatment of Hodgkin’s disease
Andrew Herstein ('07)
 Chronic myelogenous leukemia: a success story in targeted cancer therapies
Kate Dziedzic ('07)
 Downs syndrome and leukemia
Katie Lillehei ('07)
 Molecular markers in the classification of gliomas and their implications for treatment
Sarah Faasse ('07)
 Pediatric soft tissue sarcomas: causes, clinical manifestations, and treatments
Beth Hirschhorn ('07)
 Skin cancer
Julie Hike ('07)
 The diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and challenges of pancreatic cancer
 
 
Friday, May 4
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research
Arey 5
Session Chair: Kevin Rice
11:00-12:30 pm 
Ta-Chung Ong ('07)
 Photochemical Production of Superoxide
Emily McClure ('07)
 Senior Research Project
Trevor Hanly ('07)
 Senior Research Project
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Kevin Rice
3:00-4:30 pm 
Alexandra Fulreader ('07)
 Determination of Hydrogen Peroxide in Natural Waters
Colby Souders ('07)
 Isolation and Characterization of Frog Peptides
Martin Ma ('07)
 Senior Research Project
Bernadette Bibber ('07)
 Senior Research Project
Eric Bergh ('07)
 The Synthesis of Biomimetic Tungsten Complexes
 
 
Monday, May 7
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
ES 118 Research Presentations
Diamond 343
Session Chair: Liliana Andonova, David Firmage, and Tom Tietenberg
10:00-10:50 am 
Amelia Swinton ('10), Danielle Carlson ('10), Elizabeth Kugel ('10) and Sarah Levine ('10)
 Examining the Effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act: Factors of Recovery versus Degeneration
Katie Unsworth ('10), Nicole Wong ('07), Emily Boone ('10) and Sarah Sklare ('10)
 Fertility Rates and Human Rights
Sam Brakeley ('10), Jennifer Brentrup ('10), James Goldring ('08) and Emma Gildesgame ('10)
 Ski Areas in New England: Why Go Green?
 
ECONOMICS
EC 312 Presentations
Diamond 341
Session Chair: Tom Tietenberg
2:30-3:45 
Stephanie Agrimanakis; Discussant: Leo Trudel ('
 A Closer Look at Free Speech in the Global Context: The Truth Behind Restrictive Advertising
Amy Fredrickson; Discussant: Tutu Musumali ('07)
 The Evolution of Abortion Law in the United States
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Seminars
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Murray Campbell
3:00-4:00 
Lent C. Johnson ('07)
 Planetary Nebulae in M82: Photometry and Stellar Kinematics
Ryan Holben ('07)
 Spectroscopy and RCAP of Rydberg Atoms
 
COMPUTER SCIENCE
Computer Science Honors
Mudd 405
Session Chair: Dale Skrien
4:00-5:00 pm 
Tom Goth ('07)
 EpiSwarm, A Swarm-based System for Investigating Genetic Epistasis
Andreea Olea ('07)
 Optimizing Hardware-Software Partitioning with WalkSAT
 
 
Tuesday, May 8
 
BIOLOGY
BC379: Molecular Biology
Olin 213
Session Chair: Stacey Lance
1:00-3:00 pm 
Brain Wadugu ('09), Sarah Clark ('08), Erin McGowan ('08) and JaeHee Yun ('08)
 Examination of sequence variation and heterozygosity in the MHC II DRB1 gene in coyotes, Canis latrans.
Kelly Bakulski ('07), Sarah Faasse ('07) and Mat Wahl ('07)
 Molecular analysis of bone morphogenetic protein 7 and it's potential role in the evolution of gliding morphology in flying squirrels.
 
BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY
BC368: Poster Presentations on Metabolic Disorders
Olin Arcade
Session Chair: Paul Greenwood, Julie Millard
1:00-3:00 pm 
Sarah Clark ('08) and Liz Petit ('08)
 Fabry’s Disease
Sarah Smiley ('07) and Heather Miele ('07)
 Fructose Intolerance
Elizabeth Hirschhorn ('07) and Emily Pugach ('07)
 Galactosemia
Anna Czechowski ('07) and Colby Souders ('07)
 Hurler’s Syndrome
Jennifer Bushee ('08) and Erin McGowan ('08)
 Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome
Emily McClure ('07) and Kathleen Minor ('08)
 Pompe Disease
Victoria Work ('08) and Matt Stein ('08)
 Primary Carnitine Deficiency
Kelly Bakulski ('07) and Meg Davis ('07)
 Wilson’s Disease
 
ECONOMICS
EC 312 Presentations
Diamond 341
Session Chair: Tom Tietenberg
2:30-3:45 
Zack Schuman; Discussant: Ling Zhu ('08)
 Controlling Frivolous Malpractice Suits
Clifford J. Donnelly; Discussant: Brian Lessels
 The Economic Efficiency of Seat Belt Legislation and its Evolution
 
 
Wednesday, May 9
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
ES 118 Research Presentations
Diamond 343
Session Chair: Liliana Andonova, David Firmage, and Tom Tietenberg
10:00-10:50 am 
Michelle Presby ('09), Foua Vang ('10), Cassie Ornell ('09) and Cara Whalen ('09)
 Are Small Farms more Environmentally Friendly than Large Ones?
Allison Coughlin ('09), Courtney Chilcote ('09), Michael Bienkowski ('10) and Leah Gourlie ('09)
 Development and Air Quality in Asian Cities
Jackson Parker ('07), Sarah Dallas ('10), Megan Browning ('10) and Tucker Gorman ('10)
 Wind Powering America: A Study of Wind Energy in Eight States
 
BIOLOGY
BC379: Molecular Biology
Olin 213
Session Chair: Stacey Lance
1:00-3:00 pm 
Sarah Smiley ('07), Anna Czechowski ('07), Jamie Fierce ('08) and Escar Tadiwa Kusema ('08)
 Exploring Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2 to Elucidate the Evolution of Morphology in Ground, Tree and Flying Squirrels.
Lee Kozakiewicz ('07), Tara Allain ('08), Tyler Schleicher ('08), Jen Moody ('07), Jacqueline Beaupre ('08), Chris Neil ('07) and Aynara Chavez-Munoz ('08)
 Major histocompatibility complex variation in the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) and related canids: a comparison of DRB1 alleles.
Victoria Work ('08), Sharon Fuller ('08) and Emily McClure ('07)
 Molecular Analysis of the Effect of Variation in the Melanocortin-1 Receptor Gene on Coyote Coat Color.
 
 
Thursday, May 10
 
BIOLOGY
BI392: The Cell Cycle and Cancer Symposium on Cancer
Olin 234
Session Chair: Paul Greenwood
1:00-3:30 pm 
K.T. Weber ('07)
 A therapeutic approach to cancer: the science of oncology
Jessica Taylor ('07)
 Alternative therapy: cannabinoids and cancer
Emily Devlin ('07)
 Cancer gene therapy
Colby Souders ('07)
 Epidermal growth factor receptor as a target of small molecule and antibody drugs
Susanne Moesta ('07)
 The undesired cytotoxic effects induced by the chemotherapeutic drug 5-fluorouracil
Sarah Smiley ('07)
 The use of modified adenoviruses in cancer treatment
 
ECONOMICS
EC 312 Presentations
Diamond 341
Session Chair: Tom Tietenberg
2:30-3:45 
Kitu Seth; Discussants: Class
 The Role of Corporations in Conducting Medical Practice
 
ART
Senior Art Exhibition
Colby College Museum of Art
Session Chair: Veronique Plesch
3-4:30 pm 
 
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
ES 118 Research Presentations
Diamond 343
Session Chair: Liliana Andonova, David Firmage, and Tom Tietenberg
7:00-7:50 pm 
Stign Ortega Coppin ('08), Viviane Opitz ('10) and Samuel Morales ('09)
 Democracy and Conservation in the Developing World
Kitu Seth ('09), Caroline Turnbull ('10), Margosia Jadkowski ('10) and Rocio Orantes ('07)
 Determinants of Success in the Preservation of World Heritage Sites
Charlie Klassen ('10), Andrew Young ('09), Fritz Freudenberger ('09) and Taylor Tully ('10)
 Does Proximity to Coal Burning Plants Increase the Mercury Levels of Aquatic Systems?
 
 
Friday, May 11
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
ES 118 Research Presentations
Diamond 343
Session Chair: Liliana Andonova, David Firmage, and Tom Tietenberg
10:00-10:50 am 
Anders Nordblom ('10), Dana Vancisin ('10) and Nicole Mitchell ('10)
 Forest Certification and Deforestation in Latin America
Sommer Engels ('09), Samantha Buck ('09) and David Bethoney ('08)
 The Causes of Biodiversity Loss in Sub-equatorial Reserve Areas
Coua Vang ('10), Hannah Couming Nemetz ('10) and Victoria Loomis ('10)
 The Market Penetration of Hybrids: What Matters?
 
 
Friday, May 11
 
GEOLOGY
Geology Seminar Series
Mudd 218
Session Chair: Robert Nelson
1:00-2:30 pm 
Kit Clark ('08)
 Close-Interval pollen analysis of a core from Hamilton Pond Bog, as a proxy for establishing European impact on Kennebec County, Maine
Betsy Littlefield ('07)
 Pollen analysis of European impact on the vegetation at Round Pond Bog, Franklin County, Maine
Kali Abel ('07)
 Responses of 12 Species of Maine Trees to Variation in Annual Precipitation

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