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COLBY COLLEGE
 2009 Program

Research Symposium


Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium 2009
April 29 - May 1, Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Keynote Address
April 29, 7:30 pm Ostrove Auditorium


Associated Sessions
   
 
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
 
BIOLOGY
Animal Behavior Research Presentations
Arey 205
Session Chair: Cathy Bevier
1:00 - 4:00 PM 
Casey Shea ('09)
 Central Place Foraging Theory and Risk Taking Behaviors in the Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) in Late Fall
Kelsey Sutcliffe ('09)
 Conditioned Taste Aversion and Association Retention in the Pond Snail, Helisoma trivolvis.
John Wike ('10) and Katie Todd ('10)
 Effect of Exposure to Pollutants, Arsenic and Copper, on the Behavior of the Sand Fiddler Crab, Uca pugilator
Cara Whalen ('09)
 Learning to Forage Efficiently: The Role of Learning and Diet Preference in the Foraging Behavior of Wood Ants, Camponotus
Ashley Beaulieu ('09)
 Methyl Farnesoate Disruption in Fiddler Crabs Uga pugilator: The Effects of Bisphenol A on Aggressive Behavior in Social Interactions
Lindsay Dreiss ('09) and Talia Savic ('09)
 Preference of Sensory Mechanisms in Filial Imprinting Behaviors of Mus musculus
Sejal Patel ('09) and Emma Balazs ('09)
 Responses of Black-capped Chickadees and Nuthatches to Acoustic Stimuli
Rosie Perkins ('09)
 The Effect of Crustacean Hyperglycemic Hormone (CHH) on Aggression in Male Sand Fiddler Crabs (Uca pugilator)
Kirsten Duda ('09)
 The Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on Mate Attraction in Anolis carolinensis
Max Mutter ('10) and Adam Paine ('10)
 The Effects of Habituation and Nicotine on Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Conspecific Alarm Pheromone Response
Alyssa Crowell ('09) and Lauren Cipriani ('09)
 The Effects of Hunger and Food Preference in Overcoming the “Winner” and “Loser” Effect in Crayfish Orenconectes virilis
Jason Hine ('09)
 The Effects of Hypoxia on Behavior in Brook Trout, Salvelinus fontinali
Bryan Brown ('09)
 The Relation of Cover to Vigilance in the Eastern Chipmunk, the Eastern Gray Squirrel, and the American Red Squirrel
Sinéad Nyhan ('09)
 The Role of MHC on Mate Selection in Xenopus laevis
Amy Beich ('10)
 Vigilance in Flocks of Foraging Migratory and Non-migratory Birds
 
 
Monday, March 2
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Duncan Tate
3:00 PM 
  
Jamie Jones ('09)A Theory Called SUSY
 Joe Meyer ('09)Frequency Upconversion of Rubidium to Observe 420 nm Cascade Transitions
 
 
Monday, March 30
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Duncan Tate
3:00 PM 
  
Shehan Don Talaga ('09)Physics Concepts Behind Surface Plasmon Resonance and Quartz Crystal Microbalance Techniques
 
 
Monday, April 6
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Duncan Tate
3:00 PM 
Nolan Collins ('09) and Garrett Rayner ('09)
 Electronic Excitations of Nickel Dichloride Hydrates
Jon Guerrette ('09)
 Far Infrared Study of Nickel(II) Chloride Chains
 
 
Friday, April 10
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research Presentations
Arey 5
Session Chair: Jeff Katz and Das Thamattoor
11:00 AM 
Jordanne Dunn ('09), Delia Massey ('09) and Lexie Praggastis ('10)
 
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Jeff Katz and Das Thamattoor
3:00 PM 
Joe Meyer ('09), Abbie Frederick ('09) and Kristen Hitchcox ('09)
 
 
 
Monday, April 13
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Duncan Tate
3:00 PM 
  
Mike MacNicoll ('09)Diode Laser Excitation of Potassium
 Nathan Hill ('09)The Higgs Mechanism: Past, Present, and Future
 
 
Friday, April 17
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research Presentations
Arey 5
Session Chair: Jeff Katz and Das Thamattoor
11:00 AM 
  
Steve Carlin ('09)Synthesis of Acetylene-Substituted Oxacalixarenes
 Brett Guenther ('09)Menactra pH ID Qualification and Hemagglutinin protein Purification
 Rebecca Kamins ('09)Mechanisms of Cytotoxicity of Diepoxybutane, Epichlorohydrin and (1-Chloroethenyl)oxirane
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Jeff Katz and Das Thamattoor
3:00 PM 
  
Thora Maltais ('09)Synthesis and Characterization of Copper(I)-arene Appended Complexes with NS2-macrocyclic Ligands
 Zheng Cao ('09)
 Emily Berghoff ('09)Investigation of the D-Pax2 Binding Site in Drosophila melanogaster
 John Hall ('09)
 
 
Monday, April 20
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Physics and Astronomy Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Duncan Tate
3:00 PM 
  
Kaylea Nelson ('09)Modeling High-mass Proto-stellar Objects with Deep Silicate Extinction at 10 Microns
 
 
Friday, April 24
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Conservation Biology Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russ Cole
11:00 AM 
Kersten E. Vasey ('10), Kaggie Orrick ('10) and Hannah Winchell Lafleur ('11), Environmental Studies
 The Use of Endangered Animal Parts in 'Medicines' or as Foods Hampering Conservation
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Transboundary Environmental Policy and Dispute Resolution Presentations
Diamond 223
Session Chair: Cat Ashcraft
2:30 - 3:45 PM 
Cassie Ornell ('09), Courtney Chilcote ('09) and Lauren Bizzari ('09), Environmental Studies
 Transboundary Conservation Areas: Cases from Terrestrial Mammal, Marine and Migratory Bird Conservation Areas
 
 
Monday, April 27
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Conservation Biology Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russ Cole
11:00 AM 
Stephen J. Erario ('10), Seth A. Chanin ('09), Emma E. Balazs ('09) and Erin M. Maurer ('11), Environmental Studies
 Palm Oil Demand, Indonesian Rainforest Destruction, and Orangutans
 
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
Senior Scholars Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Duncan Tate
3:00 PM 
Daniel Gomez ('09) and Gustaf Loneaus
 Development of an Infrared Quantum Dot Laser
David Connick ('09)
 Exploring Symmetries with Noether and Goldstone
 
 
Tuesday, April 28
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Transboundary Environmental Policy and Dispute Resolution Presentations
Diamond 223
Session Chair: Cat Ashcraft
2:30 - 3:45 PM 
Eric Foster-Moore ('09), Brynna Patel ('11) and Jaclyn Lauber ('10), Environmental Studies
 International Financing of Resource Extraction: Cases from Petroleum, Deforestation and Mining
 
 
Wednesday, April 29
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Conservation Biology Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russ Cole
11:00 AM 
Lauren E. Bizzari ('09), Michael C. Ambrogi ('09) and Samuel E. Brakeley ('10), Environmental Studies
 The Effect of Climate Change on Arctic Plants
 
 
Thursday, April 30
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Transboundary Environmental Policy and Dispute Resolution Presentations
Diamond 223
Session Chair: Cat Ashcraft
2:30 - 3:45 PM 
Laura Gray ('09) and Alexi Greenberg ('09), Environmental Studies
 Confict and Cooperation Over Water Rights: Cases from the Middle East and Indian Water Rights in the Western United States
 
 
Friday, May 1
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research Presentations
Arey 5
Session Chair: Jeff Katz and Das Thamattoor
11:00 AM 
  
Tom Sisto ('09)Approaches to Anthracene Substituted Cyclopropenium Bromide Ions
 Whitney Miller ('09)Synthesis of AzaCalixarenes
 Andrew Young ('09)
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Conservation Biology Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russ Cole
11:00 AM 
Lauren E. Corke ('10), Sean T. Prockter ('09) and Amanda R. Lindsay ('10), Environmental Studies
 Management and Protection of Mangroves
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Jeff Katz and Das Thamattoor
3:00 PM 
  
Nichole Schmidt ('09)The Synthesis of a Biomimetic Mo Complex with a New Bidentate Sulfur Ligand
 Becky Thorburn ('09)The Synthesis of Chiral Macrocycles Containing BINOL
 Zac Helm ('09)A Novel Method for Measuring Antioxidant Activity
 
RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Religious Studies Senior Presentations
Lovejoy 213
Session Chair: Carleen Mandolfo
4:00 - 6:00 PM 
  
Sejal Patel ('09)'She Who Lived': Using Film as Means of Examining the Disconnect Between the Subjugation of Women in India and the Reverence for Hindu Goddesses
 Elizabeth Byrne ('09)Think of the Children: Narratives of Violence in Children's Bibles
 Joseph Slater ('09)There is Neither Greek nor Latin in Christ Jesus
 Esther Boyd ('09)The Popcorn Apocalypse: Judeo-Christian Apocalypticism in Contemporary American Film
 
 
Monday, May 4
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Environment and Society Research Presentations

Session Chair: Philip Nyhus
10:00 AM 
Diamond 242Daniel D. Homeier ('12), Christine D. Tischbein ('12), Leah E. Turino ('11) and Anna H. Leavitt ('12), Environmental Studies
 What Factors Influence Why Some Cities Have More Bicycle Use Than Others?
Diamond 342Michelle A. Russell ('11), Christopher M. Englert ('10), Julie M. Kafka ('12) and Scott J. Wentzell ('11), Environmental Studies
 Why Has Privatizing Water Worked Better in Some Cities Than Others?
Diamond 344David G. Jensen ('12), Alexandra W. Smith ('11) and Meghan E. Henderson ('11), Environmental Studies
 Why are some fisheries more sustainable than others?
 
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY
History of Science and Technology in America Presentations
Miller 319
Session Chair: Jim Fleming
1:00 - 3:30 PM 
  
Evan P. McCulloch ('09)The Scientific Agency of the US Geological Survey
 Jake Leiby ('09)TBA
 Erin M. Schnettler ('11)Plastic: From Revolutionary to Risky and Durable to Disposable
 Alyssa C. Cass ('09)TBA
 Ben Many ('09)The Role of Science in Gauging and Exemplifying the Costs of US Pollution
 Catherine A. Monrad ('09)Oil Extraction and Its Geological Limit
 Kathleen E. Whalen ('10)Running a Fever: Yellow Fever Epidemics as a Probe into American History
 David C. Hirsch ('10)The Innovation of Fear
 Gardiner R. Parker ('09)Wind Power in America
 Dylan J. Perry ('09)History and Ethics of the Human Genome Project
 
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Conservation Biology Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russ Cole
11:00 AM 
Jessica A. Balukas ('10), Margaret D. Schroth ('09) and Jordan R. Schoonover ('10), Environmental Studies
 How Ecofriendly Are Wind Farms?
 
 
Tuesday, May 5
 
BIOLOGY
Evolutionary Analysis Research Presentations
Olin 314
Session Chair: Judy Stone
1:00 PM 
Zachary C. Rich ('10), William F. Harrington ('10), Robert T. Tourek ('09), Daniel G. Heinrich ('09), Diana E. DelleChiaie ('10), Jessica S. Acker ('10), Julian A. Patterson ('10), Kelly E. Sullivan ('10), Mary M. McKenna ('10) and Sarah F. Pollack ('09)
 Genetic Differentiation Among Populations of a Tropical Shrub
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Transboundary Environmental Policy and Dispute Resolution Presentations
Diamond 223
Session Chair: Cat Ashcraft
2:30 - 3:45 PM 
Whitney Greswold ('12), Ratul Bhattacharyya ('09) and Sarah Stevens ('09), Environmental Studies
 The Consequences of International Demand for Extractive Resources in Latin America: Cases from Forestry, Mining, and Aquaculture
 
 
Wednesday, May 6
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Environment and Society Research Presentations

Session Chair: Philip Nyhus
10:00 AM 
Diamond 242Olivia J. Lattanzi ('11), Emma C. Suojanen ('12), Sylvia M. Doyle ('12) and Cassandra J. Coleman ('11), Environmental Studies
 What are the Determinants of a Successful Reintroduction Program of an Endangered Species to the Wild?
Diamond 342J. Molly Muller, Elizabeth M. Schneider and Dana J. Salomon, Environmental Studies
 What Determines Why Some Areas Have More Farmers' Markets Than Other Areas?
Diamond 344Daphne C. Ryan ('12), Kellie W. Fisher ('12) and Alexandra J. Offer ('12), Environmental Studies
 What Factors Have Contributed to the Successful Preservation of Rainforests?
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Conservation Biology Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russ Cole
11:00 AM 
Bryan J. Brown ('09), Rachel E. Baron ('11) and Brooke E. Wanlass ('11), Environmental Studies
 What is Ecoagriculture?
 
BIOCHEMISTRY
BC 368 Metabolic Disorder Posters
Olin Arcade
Session Chair: Julie Millard
1:00 - 3:00 PM 
Jared Tepper ('10) and Matt Strickland ('10), Biochemistry
 Hereditary Paraganglioma
Brian Huntington ('09) and Darren Argabright ('09), Biochemistry
 Lesch-Nyhan Disease
Lexie Praggastis ('10) and Brett Guenther ('09), Biochemistry
 Maple Syrup Urine Disease
John Hall ('09) and Andrew Cox ('10), Biochemistry
 Medium Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency
Seth Johnson ('10) and Zach Zalinger ('09), Biochemistry
 Niemann-Pick Disease
Russell Clark ('10) and Mike Baldwin ('10), Biochemistry
 Pyruvate Carboxylase Deficiency
Abbie Frederick ('09) and Jess Levasseur ('10), Biochemistry
 Tay Sachs Disease
David Hirsch ('10) and Beth Bartley ('10), Biochemistry
 von Gierke's Disease
 
BIOCHEMISTRY
Molecular Biology Research Presentations
Olin 223
Session Chair: Russell Johnson
1:00 PM 
Emily Beckwitt ('10) and Kate Sherry ('10)
 The Effects of Drought Stress on the Expression of SAG12 mRNA in Arabidopsis Leaves
Xi Chen ('10) and Chris Buros ('09)
 The Effects of Mechanical Injury on LCR70 mRNA Levels in Arabidopsis Leaves
Klaudia Polak ('10) and Adam San Miguel ('10)
 The Effects of Plant Age on RD29B Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana Under Drought Stress
Lauren Harris ('10) and Dylan Perry ('09)
 The Effects of Prolonged Exposure to Darkness on RBCS-3B Expression in Arabidopsis thaliana
 
 
Thursday, May 7
 
BIOCHEMISTRY
Molecular Biology Research Presentations
Olin 223
Session Chair: Russell Johnson
1:00 PM 
Francesca Izzo ('10) and Rebecca Kamins ('09)
 Light Dependent Expression of RBCS in Arabidopsis thaliana
Brittany Soderholm ('10), Emily Berghoff ('09) and Casey Shea ('09)
 The Expression of SAG12 is Dependent on Environmental Stresses
Julianne Kowalski ('11) and Talia Savic ('09)
 The Gene Expression Pattern of LCR70 in Arabidopsis Leaves
 
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY
Senior STS Final Reports
Miller 14
Session Chair: Jim Fleming
4:00 - 5:30 PM 
  
Jessica Leuders-Dumont ('09)Ocean Iron Fertilization -- Is it feasible?  Is it ethical? Addressing the Scientific and Ethical Considerations of OIF in the Global Community
 Sally Drescher ('09)Soviet Sports Science and American Reactions
 Caitlin Dufraine ('09)Uncharted Dimensions of Media: A Map of the Social Implications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Environment and Society Research Presentations

Session Chair: Philip Nyhus
7:00 PM 
Diamond 242Sarah M. Carter ('11), Peter W. Smithy ('12), Brynn H. Bernheimer ('12) and Peter A. Graham ('12), Environmental Studies
 Why do Some States Embrace Wind Power Technology and Utilize Wind Power as a Source of Renewable Energy, While Others Do Not?
Diamond 342William F. Greenberg ('12), Brynna M. Patel ('11), Jillian F. Howell ('12) and Cynia S. Barnwell ('11), Environmental Studies
 Why Are Some Urban Areas More Sustainable Than Others?
Diamond 344Colleen A. Kenny ('12), Thomas S. Kimball ('12), Jackleen S. Sorenson ('11) and Kenneth C. Stevenson ('12), Environmental Studies
 Why Do Some Countries Have More or Less Deforestation?
 

8:00 PM 
Diamond 242Hadrien B. Vasdeboncoeur, Morgan D. Shayer, Samuel P. McIntire and Yiyuan Qin,
 Why Have Some Countries Been Able to Reduce Their reliance on Fossil Fuels More Than Others?
 
 
Friday, May 8
 
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Environment and Society Research Presentations

Session Chair: Philip Nyhus
10:00 AM 
Diamond 242Kelsey E. Werner ('12), Madeline J. Reusch ('12), Alexander K. Hsiao ('11) and Rachel L. Goff ('12)
 Why Are Some Species Conservation Programs More Successful Than Others?
Diamond 342Angela L. Warner, Adrienne F. Bowles, Vanessa K. Lyons and Aurore Anastassiadis
 Why Do Some Fisheries Recover Better Than Others?
Diamond 344Jessica C. Boyle ('12), Charlotte L. Olena ('12) and Alyssa F. Smith ('12)
 What Factors Are Most Important in Determining the Success of Organic Farming?
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research Presentations
Arey 5
Session Chair: Jeff Katz and Das Thamattoor
11:00 AM 
  
Shehan Don Talagala ('09)Thermal Conversion of Woody Biomass
 Kristina Langenborg ('09)The Creation of Library to Generate a Peptide that Binds Nicked DNA
 Jon Guerrette ('09)
 Chris Lapointe ('09)Characterization of the Expression of AP-1 Controlled Genes in Response to Cloretazine
 
CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Jeff Katz and Das Thamattoor
3:00 PM 
  
Brian Wadugu ('09)DNA Cross-linking Activity of (1-chloroethenyl)oxirane with Synthetic DNA Oligomers
 Christopher Buros ('09)Inhibition of Redox Active Transcription Factors by the Anticancer Drug Cloretazine
 Tatenda Mahlokozera ('09)Probing the Electronic Influence of Bystander Substituents on the 1,2-H Shift in Carbenes (Carbenoids)

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