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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


Research Presentations
    
Friday, May 1  
   
SESSION XIV: GERMAN AND RUSSIAN
German Studies Senior Seminar
Hurd
Session Chair: Arne Koch
11:00 - 12:45 PM  
   
11:00 am Sommer Engels ('09), German/Russian
  Bernhard Schlinks 'Der Vorleser' und deutsche Vergangenheitsbewältigung
11:15 am Samuel Morales ('09), German/Russian
  Die Individualisierung der gesellschaftlichen sittlichen Sorgen in 'Frühlings Erwachen' und 'Der Vorleser' (The individualization of societal moral problems in 'Spring Awakening' and 'The Reader')
11:30 am Nicole Veilleux ('09), German/Russian
  Die Darstellung des Anderen und des Bekannten: Rassenvorurteil, Menschenrecht und Philosophie in Heinrich von Kleists 'Die Verlobung in St. Domingo'
11:50 am Katherine Dutcher ('09), German/Russian
  Moralphilosophie in Frank Wedekinds 'Frühlings Erwachen': Freiheit plus Ordnung gleich Sittlichkeit
12:10 pm Justin Mohler ('09), German/Russian
  Die Darstellung moderner Identität in Doris Dörries „Bin ich schön?“
   
SESSION XV: CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research Presentations
Arey 5
Session Chair: Jeff Katz and Das Thamattoor
11:00 AM  
   
  Andrew Young ('09), Tom Sisto ('09) and Whitney Miller ('09)
 
   
SESSION XVI: ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Conservation Biology Presentations
Olin 234
Session Chair: Russ Cole
11:00 AM  
   
  Lauren E. Corke ('10), Amanda R. Lindsay ('10) and Sean T. Prockter ('09), Conservation Biology Presentations
  Management and Protection of Mangroves
   
SESSION XVII: ECONOMICS
Economics Honors Research Presentations
Whitney
Session Chair: Guillermo Vuletin
1:00 - 4:00 PM  
   
1:00 pm Ling Zhu ('09), Economics
  A Nouval Measure of Central Bank Independence
1:25 pm Ian Cummins ('09), Economics
  Cyclicality of State Budgeting: A Political-Economy Analysis
1:50 pm John Roberts ('09), Economics
  Forecasting Commodity Prices with Parallel Exchange Rates
2:15 pm Gregory Zartarian ('09), Economics
  Occupational and Geographic Mobility of Armenian Immigrants
2:40 pm Po Wong ('09), Economics
  The Effect of Natural Disasters: The Indonesian Forest Fires in 1997
3:05 pm Yilin Xu ('09), Economics
  Public Goods Provision and Local Governance in China: Evidence from Rural Gansu Province
3:30 pm Prabhav Rakhra ('09), Economics
  Business-Time
   
SESSION XVIII: AMERICAN STUDIES
American Studies Senior Theses
Hurd
Session Chair: Margaret McFadden
1:00 - 3:00 PM  
   
1:00 pm Melissa Martin ('09), American Studies
  America the Beautiful, the Bountiful, the Healthful and the Hungry: Understanding Contemporary American Food Culture
1:25 pm Hope Rosenfeld ('09), American Studies
  Friend or Foe? Examining the Impact of Facebook and Social Networking on Modern American Society
1:50 pm Tiffany Martin ('09), American Studies
  The Selfish versus The Lazy: Intra-racial Relationships in Aaron McGruder's 'The Boondocks'
2:15 pm Henry Powell ('09), American Studies
  Consuming Generations: Race and Society in George Romero's Zombie Films
2:40 pm Jamie Quine ('09), American Studies
  Disney's Daughters: The Representation of Gender in Popular Animated Disney Films
   
SESSION XIX: HISTORY/LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
Counterinsurgency and Violence in Colombia and Guatemala
Smith
Session Chair: Ben Fallaw
1:00 - 2:30 PM  
   
1:00 pm Catherine Coffman ('09), History
  Dust Between Two Fires: Civilian Militias in Ayacucho, Peru and Middle Magdalena Valley, Colombia in the Late Twentieth Century
1:40 pm Sarah DeLiefde ('09), Latin American Studies
  From Colonization to Civil War: Gendering the Guatemalan Counterinsurgency
   
SESSION XX: BIOLOGY
Biology Honors Research Presentations
Olin 1
Session Chair: Russell Johnson
1:00 - 3:30 PM  
   
1:00 pm Zachary Zalinger ('09), Biology
  Characterization of the Incompatibiity Group A/C Conjugative Plasmid Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. salmonicida
1:15 pm Katharine Harmon ('09), Biology
  Engrailed and Other Pax-2 targets
1:30 pm Ruth Langton ('09), Biology
  The Effect of Glutamate on Neurosecretory Cells in the Crustacean Nervous System
1:45 pm Kimberly Cohen ('09), Biology
  Diet Manipulation in Painted Lady Butterfly Larvae, Vanessa cardui: Effects on Larvae, Adult Morphology, and Flight Performance
2:00 pm Andrew McEvoy ('09), Biology
  Evaluation of Nocturnal Flight Calls as Useful Tool in the Study of Avian Migration
2:30 pm Philip Crystal ('09), Biology
  Estimation of population reduction and gene flow in the rare orchid Isotria medeoloides
2:45 pm Jennifer Myers ('09), Biology
  The Effects of N-acetylserotonin and Prazosin on Fiddler Crab (Uca pugilator) X-Organ Cell Neurite Growth
3:00 pm Escar Kusema ('09), Biology
  Cellular Mechanisms of Melatonin-induced Neurite Growth in Crustacean X-organ Cells.
   
SESSION XXI: EDUCATION
Student Inquiry and Practice in Education and Human Development
Diamond 122
Session Chair: Mark Tappan
2:00 - 4:00 PM  
   
2:00 pm Pamela Colon ('09), Independent Studies
  'It's not all they are': The Lives of Girls in the South End
2:15 pm Amanda Mello ('09) and Margaret Lancaster ('09), Education and Human Development
  Student Teaching Portfolio Presentation
3:15 pm Ruth Langton ('09), Danielle Carlson ('10), Ozzy Ramirez ('10), Aleah Starr ('11) and Alyssa Kavanagh ('10), Education and Human Development
  Coloring Class Lines
   
SESSION XXII: RUSSIAN
Russian Senior Symposium: Boris Pasternak's Doktor Zhivago
Lovejoy 215
Session Chair: Sheila McCarthy
2:00 PM  
   
 
 
   
SESSION XXIII:
General Session
Hurd
Session Chair: Suzi Cole
3:00 - 5:15 PM  
   
3:00 pm Qainat Khan ('11), Women, Gender, Sexuality
  Representing Harvey Milk in the Media 1973-1988
3:15 pm Amy Dunlap ('11), Women, Gender, Sexuality
  The Rise of Second-Wave Feminism at Colby College: The Women’s Organization and Women’s Health on Mayflower Hill, 1973-1980
3:30 pm Emma Anastos-Wallen ('11), Women, Gender, Sexuality
  Improving Lipstick Quotients: The Media’s Construction of Gender and Romance in The Colby Echo During the 1950s
4:00 pm Amy Lu ('09), East-Asian Studies
  China's Environmental Challenges
4:30 pm Frederick Freudenberger ('09), Geology
  Morphological Fluctuations of the Sahara Desert: An Overview of Quaternary Climate Change and Geomorphology with Special Attention to Water.
4:45 pm Daniel Franklin ('10), History
  Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406): The Medieval Dar al-Islam’s Greatest “Renaissance Man”, His Historical and Sociological Contributions, and His Encounter with the Mongol Conqueror Tamerlane
   
SESSION XXIV: HISTORY
Senior Seminar on the Civil War
Smith
Session Chair: Elizabeth Leonard
3:00 - 4:00 PM  
   
3:00 pm Matthew Quinlan ('10), History
  Hollywood's Depiction of Irish Soldiers in the American Civil War
3:30 pm Emily Schofield ('09), History
  10th and 29th Maine Regiments
   
SESSION XXV: CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Jeff Katz and Das Thamattoor
3:00 PM  
   
  Zac Helm ('09)
  A Novel Method for Measuring Antioxidant Activity
  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
   
SESSION XXVI: RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Religious Studies Senior Presentations
Lovejoy 213
Session Chair: Carleen Mandolfo
4:00 - 6:00 PM  
   
  Elizabeth Byrne ('09)
  Think of the Children: Narratives of Violence in Children's Bibles
  Esther Boyd ('09)
  The Popcorn Apocalypse: Judeo-Christian Apocalypticism in Contemporary American Film
  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
  Joseph Slater ('09)
  There is Neither Greek nor Latin in Christ Jesus
   
SESSION XXVII: SOCIOLOGY
Sociology Honors Research Presentations
Diamond 122
Session Chair: Terry Arendell
4:00 - 6:00 PM  
   
4:00 pm Abigail Sussman ('09), Sociology
  Midwifery in the USA: An Exploration of the Decline and Rise in Midwife Use.
4:40 pm Elizabeth Doran ('09), Sociology
  'Contentment in My Heart': Evangelical Women and Spiritual Journeys
   
SESSION XXVIII: THEATER AND DANCE
New Play Festival
Strider Theater
Session Chair: Lynne Conner
7:30 PM (see Thurs.)  
   
 
 


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