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COLBY COLLEGE
 2010 Program

Research Symposium


Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium 2010
April 28 - April 30, Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Keynote Address
April 28, 7:30 pm Ostrove Auditorium


Research Presentations
    
Friday, April 30  
   
SESSION XXIV: ART
Sex in Art
Hurd Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Véronique Plesch
9:00 - 11:30 AM  
   
9:00 am Virginia Robbins, Art
  Veiled Eroticism in Gothic Ivories
9:20 am Caroline Dickson ('10), Art
  Assessing Caravaggio's Homosexuality; An Examination of the Homoerotic Content in Caravaggio's Work in both Private and Religious Commissions
9:40 am Fiona Braslau ('10), Art
  Rodin's Drawings: An Erotic Obsession
10:00 am Megan Conroy ('10), Art
  Egon Schiele: Drawing His Sexual Biography
10:20 am Lindsey Anderson ('10), Art
  René Magritte and the Enigma of the Female Nude
10:40 am Katherine Gagnon ('11), Art
  Woman as Object in Consumer Culture
   
SESSION XXV: ANTHROPOLOGY
Anthropology: Honors and Independent Studies
Smith Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Mary Beth Mills
10:00 - 12:00 AM  
   
10:00 am Audrey Jacobsen ('10)
  Health, Human Rights and Commodity: HIV/AIDS Healthcare Provision in Maine
10:40 am Hanna Pickwell ('10)
  Imagining Love in Contemporary China
11:20 am Emily Pavelle ('10)
  Tourism, Colonialism, and “Third Gender” in Pacific Island Cultures
   
SESSION XXVI: ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Tropical Forests and Sustainable Development
Lovejoy 213
Session Chair: Janette Bulkan
10:00 - 10:50 AM  
   
  Ellen Ramage ('11)
  Desertification in the Sahel
  Lauren Kerr ('12)
  Value Chains and Fair Trade
  Olivia Lattanzi ('11)
  Invasive Species
  Hana Haver ('11)
  Environmental and Human Health Threats Posed by Mercury in Gold Mining
  Sam Brakeley ('10)
  Tourism and the San of Southern Africa
  Shannon Merrell ('10)
  Effects of Tourism on Costa Rican Rainforests
   
SESSION XXVII: AMERICAN STUDIES
American Studies Honors Thesis Projects
Whitney Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Katherine Stubbs
10:00-12:00  
   
10:00 am Erica Block ('10)
  Race&Rock&Roll: an Analysis of Representation on Rolling Stone Magazine Covers
10:30 am Katherine Perez ('10)
  Jewish American Renaissance: The role of the Jewish Blogosphere in Identity Negotiation
   
SESSION XXVIII: CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Presentations
Arey 5
Session Chair: Rebecca Conry
11:00 AM  
   
  Brian DiMento ('10)
  The Chemiluminescent Detection of Superoxide and Hydrogen Peroxide
  Greg Klein ('10)
  Optimization of a 2D LC/SFC Interface Build
  Elizabeth Disney ('10)
  The Effect of Antiobiotics on the Conjugation Frequency of Aeromonas salmonicida subspecies salmonicida
   
SESSION XXIX: GERMAN
German Studies Senior Seminar: Identities and Ideologies
Smith Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Arne Koch
12:15 - 1:45 PM  
   
12:15 pm Ross Nehrt ('10)
  Film und Text als Darstellungen widerstreitender Verantwortungsgefühle (Film and Text as Representations of Conflicting Feelings of Responsibility)
12:45 pm Susannah Hufstader ('12)
  Trennung, Absonderung und Individualität in Grillparzers 'Der arme Spielmann' (Separation, Isolation, and Individuality in Grillparzer's 'The Poor Fiddler')
1:15 pm Joshua Connell ('10)
  Gewalt in 'Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum' (Violence in 'The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum')
   
SESSION XXX: ECONOMICS
Economics Honors Presentations
Hurd Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Patrice Franko
12:30 - 2:30 PM  
   
12:30 pm Robert Knipp ('10)
  Emissions Trading
1:00 pm Loredana Popescu ('10)
  Continuity of Foreign Direct Investment - Determinants and Effects on Growth
1:30 pm Mesay Melese ('10)
  Foreign Direct Investment in Ethiopia: Determinants and Effects
2:00 pm J. Delhy Nolivos ('10)
  Central Bank Independence and Fiscal Dominance
   
SESSION XXXI: AMERICAN STUDIES
American Studies Senior Seminar
Whitney Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Margaret McFadden
12:30 - 3:00 PM  
   
12:30 pm Lamont Henry ('10)
  Why Can't She Have It?
12:45 pm Marcus BoisAubin ('10)
  Interracial Dating in Spike Lee’s Concrete Jungle: An Analysis of Interracial dating Between Black Men and White Women In Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever
1:00 pm Erica Block ('10)
  The Virgin/Whore Dichotomy: Female Sexuality in Spike Lee's 'Crooklyn'
1:15 pm Katherine Perez ('10)
  White Presence through Absence in Spike Lee's 'School Daze'
1:30 pm Matthew Von Vogt ('11)
  Spike Lee's Clockers: A New Vision For Black Cultural Space
1:45 pm Michael Talarico ('11)
  The 25th Hour: Accountability in a Post 9/11 Society
2:00 pm Brett Souza ('11)
  Spike Lee's 'Inside Man': A New Auteurial Direction
2:15 pm Hannah Kim ('10)
  More at Home in Facist Italy
   
SESSION XXXII: BIOLOGY
Biology Honors & Independent Studies Presentations
Olin Room 1
Session Chair: Russell Johnson
1:00 - 3:30 PM  
   
1:00 pm Seth Johnson ('10)
  External Sensory Organ Expression of D-Pax2 is Activated through Two Temporally Distinct Enhancers
1:15 pm Colin O'Shea ('10)
  The Differential Roles of D-Pax2 Variants in Regulating Drosophila Eye and Bristle Development
1:30 pm Catarina Ruksznis ('10)
  The Effects of Melatonin on the Circadian Rhythm of the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Innate Immune Response
1:45 pm Corey Martin ('10)
  Variable Phagocytosis of Gram-positive and Gram-negative Bacteria by Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Leukocytes
2:00 pm Adam SanMiguel ('10)
  A Comprehensive Characterization of the Aeromonas salmonicida IncA/C Plasmid Conjugation System
2:15 pm Benjamin Keyser ('10)
  The Wheat bZIP Factor, TaABF1, Mediates ABA-induced Gene Expression in Bombarded Barley Aleurone Layers.
2:30 pm Lauren Harris ('10)
  The role of TaABF1 in abscisic acid-mediated suppression of α-amylase gene expression in cereal grains
2:45 pm Steven Armbrust ('10)
  Vegetation Recruitment of a Restored Habitat Linkage in Tropical North Queensland: A Follow Up Study
   
SESSION XXXIII: PSYCHOLOGY
Psychology Honors Presentations
Roberts 223
Session Chair: Thane Pittman
1:00-3:00 PM  
   
1:00 pm Darshini Mahadevia ('10)
  Modulation of Hippocampal Development as a Function of Prenatal Choline Supplementation and Ethanol Exposure
1:30 pm Alexandra Wesnousky ('10)
  I'm Really, Really Bad at Math: Competion and Self-verification Theory
2:00 pm Anna Kelemen ('10), Jessica Bond ('10), Hilana Bernheimer ('10) and Meredith Tumilty ('10)
  An Investigation of Contextual and Personal Factors for Kindergarten Literacy Development
2:30 pm Chelsea Stillman ('10)
  The Effects of Aging on the Survival Processing Advantage in Memory
   
SESSION XXXIV: RUSSIAN STUDIES
CBB-USM Russian Student Symposium
Lovejoy 215
Session Chair: Julie de Sherbinin
2:00-4:00 PM  
   
2:00 pm Larissa Levine ('10), German/Russian
  Nihilism and Nature in Turgenev’s Fathers and Children
2:15 pm Craig Zevin ('11), German/Russian
  “The Paradox of Similarity in Difference in Turgenev’s Fathers and Children”
2:30 pm Rebecca Chenard ('12), German/Russian
  “‘Flying Fish’ and other Birds: Avian Imagery in Turgenev’s Fathers and Children'
2:45 pm Jennifer Dahnke ('10), German/Russian
  Confinement and Escape in Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading
   
SESSION XXXV: GOVERNMENT
Government Senior Thesis Presentations
Diamond 122
Session Chair: Joseph Reisert
3:00 - 5:30 PM  
   
3:00 pm Zachary Ezor ('10)
  Family Ties: Mainstream Environmentalists' Understanding of Radical Environmentalism in America
3:30 pm Emma Hall ('10)
  Sinn Fein's Symbolic Framework: Social Movement Theory and the Irish War of Independence
4:00 pm Andre Rougeot ('10)
  Conditions for Containment
4:30 pm Haolu Wang ('10)
  The Impact of Civil Society on Democratization in China
5:00 pm Fiona Sheridan-McIver ('10)
  Latin Catholic Political Culture and Voluntary Association in Spain
5:30 pm Nicholas Bromley ('10)
  The 'Lunatic Fringe': Barry Goldwater and the Conservative Revolution of the 1960s.
   
SESSION XXXVI: CHEMISTRY
Chemistry Senior Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Rebecca Conry
3:00 PM  
   
  Adam Paine ('10)
  Patterns of Apoptotic Poly (ADP-ribose) Polymerase-1 Cleavage Induced by Laromustine and its Analogs
  Austin Lee ('10)
  TBA
  Mike Baldwin ('10)
  The Analysis of Bioavailable Copper Using Desferrioxamine-B Based Ligand Extraction and Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectroscopy
  Eric Braunstein ('10)
  Analysis of the Electron Withdrawing Capability of Acetylene Groups for Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution
   
SESSION XXXVII: WOMEN'S GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES
WGSS Senior Seminar
Whitney Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Lisa Arellano
3:00 - 5:00 PM  
   
3:00 pm Amy Weston ('10)
  Cosmonette: How the Space Race Informed American Gender Construction in the 1960s
3:13 pm Maya Steward ('10)
  the Hook-Up: the Theology and Reality of Sexual Behavior at Colby College
3:30 pm Leigh Bullion ('10)
  'Difficulty with duality': Batman and Masculinity
3:45 pm Sarena Maron-Kolitch ('10)
  Raising Young Feminists in a Contemporary World
4:00 pm Cynia Barnwell ('11)
  America's Children: The Re-infantry of Female Prisoners
4:15 pm Alison Iannotti ('11)
  Gender and Race Discrimination in Sports
4:30 pm Jessica Bushee ('11)
  'The One' is the Loneliest Number: A Deconstruction of Contemporary Love and Relationships through Reality TV Romance
   
SESSION XXXVII: ECONOMICS
Economics Honors Presentations
Hurd Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Patrice Franko
3:00 - 5:00 PM  
   
3:00 pm Isaac Opper ('10)
  Conflict and the Will to Win
3:30 pm Robin Daley ('10)
  Determinants of Credit Ratings for U.S. Private Colleges and Universities
4:00 pm Nicholas Van Niel ('10)
  Revitalizing the Signaling Power of Class Rank at Colby College
   
SESSION XXXIX:
General Session
Smith Room, Roberts
Session Chair: Clement Guthro
3:00 - 6:00 PM  
   
3:00 pm Maureen Dunn ('10), Psychology
  Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Advancements in Concussion Management
3:30 pm Kathleen Minton ('10), Anthropology
  Understanding the Mental Healthcare System for Refugees in Lewiston
4:15 pm Amelia Swinton ('10), Latin American Studies
  Migration, Food and Cultural Production Across Changing Afro-Ecuadorian Geographies


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