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COLBY COLLEGE

2012 Program

Research Symposium


Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium 2012
April 25 - April 27, Colby College, Waterville, Maine

Keynote Address
April 25, 7:30 pm Ostrove Auditorium


Research Presentations
    
Friday, April 27  
   
SESSION XXV: AMERICAN STUDIES
American Studies II
Whitney
Session Chair: Margaret McFadden
8:30 am - 1:00 pm  
   
08:30 Amy Slipowitz ('12), American Studies
  He Smells the Money: Critiquing Capitalism in 'He Got Game'
08:45 Edwin Torres ('12), American Studies
  Spike Lee's Summer of Sam and How People React to Social Change
9:00 am Mark Collins ('12), American Studies
  Racialized Drug Enforcement Laws as Seen Through Clockers and Summer of Sam
9:15 am Devlin McConnell ('12), American Studies
  Do the Right Thing
9:30 am Michael Perreault ('13), American Studies
  'Whose [Movie] is This?': Foundations for a Different Authorship in Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It'
9:45 am Nicole Sintetos ('12), American Studies
  Listening Beyond the Lines in a Post 9/11 World: Inside Man and When the Levees Broke's Musical Intertextuality
10:15 am Cosme Del Rosario-Bell ('12), American Studies
  Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads
10:30 am Catherine Donovan ('12), American Studies
  When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
10:45 am Eva Ludwig ('12), American Studies
  Spike Lee's Girl 6: Deonstructing the Narrative of African-American Women in Hollywood
11:00 am Christian Bertelsen ('12), African Studies
  Searching For 'Mo' Better Blues'
11:15 am Clay McMickens ('12), American Studies
  'Clockers'
11:30 am Kira Novak ('12), American Studies
  Rewriting History: Spike Lee's Malcolm X
11:45 am Ruth Frank-Holcomb ('12), American Studies
  'This Is MY Reality': Fantasy and Reality in Spike Lee's Girl 6
12:00 pm Benjamin Foreman ('12), American Studies
  He Got Game
12:15 pm Tyler Cash ('12), American Studies
  'Just Like He Planned': Spike Lee's Inside Man
12:30 pm Kyle Brown ('12), African Studies
  Jungle Fever
12:45 pm Gabriel Callaghan ('12), American Studies
  Post-9/11 Anxiety in Spike Lee's 25th Hour
   
SESSION XXVI: BIOLOGY
Behavioral and Physiological Ecology Research Presentations
Olin 335
Session Chair: Cathy Bevier
10:00 - 10:50 am  
   
 
  Corey Park ('12)
  The metabolic effect of multiple stresses on levels of lactate and glucose in the fiddler crab, Uca pugilator
   
SESSION XXVII: CHEMISTRY
Senior Chemistry Major Research Presentations
Arey 5
Session Chair: Das Thamattoor
11:00 - 11:50 am  
   
 
  Alex Hymanson ('12)
  Synthesis of Ortho and Para Bridged Tetraaza[1,4]cyclophanes
  Emily Kaye ('12)
  The Apoptotic Cleavage of Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase by Laromustine and its Subspecies
  Kristina Blazanovic ('12)
  Experimental Evolution of Plasmid Compatibility
   
SESSION XXVIII: GERMAN
Figuring Animals in German Culture
Hurd
Session Chair: Arne Koch
11:00 - 1:00 pm  
   
11:00 am Elizabeth Schneider ('12), German/Russian
  Kafka's Ape
11:20 am Mallory Livingston ('12), German/Russian
  Feudalismus, Volksmarchen, und Verstädterung: Über die zunehmende Distanz der Menschen von der Natur und der natürlichen Ordnung in der westlichen Kultur durch die Linse der Rolle der Tiere in Märchen
11:40 am David Oxnard ('12), German/Russian
  Das Tier Nennt Sich Mensch: Menschen und Tiere in Franz Kafkas 'Ein Bericht für eine Akademie' / The Animal Calls Itself Human: Humans and Animals in Franz Kafka's 'A Report to an Academy'
12:00 pm Susannah Hufstader ('12), German/Russian
  Feminine Felines: Constructions of Cats and Women in German Literature
12:20 pm Rebecca Chenard ('12), German/Russian
  Schuld in Akif Pirinccis Felidae (Guilt in Akif Pirincci's Felidae)
   
SESSION XXIX: CANCELLED
General Session II
Hurd
1:00 - 2:00 pm  
   
 
 
   
SESSION XXX:
General Session VI: Science and Mathematics
Whitney Room
Session Chair: Suzi Cole
1:00 - 3:15  
   
1:00 pm Michael Verschoor-Kirss ('12), Chemistry
  Kinetics of Phosphine Substitution in Cyclopentadienyl Ruthenium (II) bis-triarylphosphine Chlorides: a Tale of Two Mechanisms?
1:23 pm Simran Jaising ('12), Chemistry
  Gastronomy Reinvented: An Investigation Into Modern Cuisine In The Chemistry Lab
1:48 pm Daren McGregor ('12), Geology
  Gravity Core Geochemistry at the Kronebreen Glacier, Svalbard, Norway: Quantifying Climate Flux in a Glacimarine Setting
2:03 pm Justin Sperry ('13), Geology
  Investigation of Constriction in Deformation Zones with Complex Boundary Conditions
2:18 pm John Dixon ('14) and David Wheeler ('14), Mathematics
  Fibonacci Matrices
2:43 pm Eli Dupree ('13), Mathematics
  Functions with Dense Graphs.
3:05 pm Derek Wise ('12), Kristen Erickson ('12), Lucas Fortier ('15) and Marina Rosengren ('12), Psychology
  Prenatal Choline Rescues Cognitive Dysfunction in a Rat Model of Depression
   
SESSION XXXI:
General Session IV
Smith
Session Chair: Abby Pearson
1:00 - 3:15  
   
1:00 pm Alexandra Offer ('12) and Kristine Walters ('12), Anthropology
  Art, Perception of Self and Body Image
1:30 pm Michael Doherty ('12), Economics
  Financial and Racial Influences on Coaching Change Decisions in NCAA Basketball
1:45 pm Dashiell Wasserman ('12), English
  Time, Language, & The Mythology of a Great Southern Babel: A Derridean Reading of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying & 'That Evening Sun'
2:15 pm Martin Tengler ('12), Global Studies
  Convenience on Every Corner: An Analysis of the Japanese Convenience Store Industry
2:45 pm Coline Ludwig ('12), Global Studies
  Intricacies of Organ Trafficking: Lessons from Chennai, India
   
SESSION XXXII: RUSSIAN PROGRAM
CBB Symposium: Russian Literature and Culture
Lovejoy 215
Session Chair: Elena Monastireva-Ansdell
2:00 - 5:00  
   
2:00 pm James Lasher ('12), German/Russian
  Музыка в романе Булгакова 'Мастер и Маргарита' (Music in Bulgakov's 'Master and Margarita')
2:15 pm Alina Nakos ('13), German/Russian
  Water Imagery in Bulgakov's 'Master and Margarita'
2:30 pm Nathan Lord ('12), German/Russian
  Bird Imagery in Bulgakov's Master and Margarita
2:45 pm Allison Brown ('12), German/Russian
  Color Symbolism in Mikhail Bulgakov's 'Master and Margarita'
3:00 pm Nora Donahue, Bates, German/Russian
  Russian Roulette: Subtitling Azazel
3:15 pm Laura-Helene Athony-Gerroldt, Bates, German/Russian
  A Few Issues in Translating From Russian To English In Kazakov's Goluboe i Zelionoe
3:30 pm Anniek Kool, UNH, German/Russian
  Translational Problems In Toon Tellegen's Novel Not Everyone Could Fall Over
3:45 pm Neil O'Connor, Bates, German/Russian
  The Russian Civil War: A Maine Soldier's Story
4:00 pm Rebecca Chenard ('12), German/Russian
  The Sun and the Moon in Bulgakov's Master and Margarita
4:15 pm Jason Parrett ('12), German/Russian
  Head Imagery in Bulgakov's Master and Margarita
   
SESSION XXXIII: EDUCATION
Inquiry and Practice in Education and Human Development
Diamond 122
Session Chair: Mark Tappan
2:00 - 4:00 pm  
   
2:00 pm Adrienne Bowles ('12), Molly Hodson ('13), Celeste Lattanzi ('14), Kate O'Callaghan ('13) and Hillary Rowse ('12), Education and Human Development
  Leisure, Work and Opportunities: Reflections of Social Class in Colby Students' Time Off the Hill
2:20 pm Annie Chen ('12) and Hillary Rowse ('12), Education and Human Development
  Privileged Identities: Exploring Affluent Adolescent's Understandings of Self and Others
2:40 pm Nicholas Nowak ('13), Education and Human Development
  Male Humor in Library Graffiti: What's Funny With Masculinity
3:00 pm Nicole Hewes ('12), Education and Human Development
  More Than Just Nonsense Verse?: The Language of Dr. Seuss and Children's Literacy
   
SESSION XXXIV: ECONOMICS
Economics Senior Honors Thesis Presentations
Hurd
Session Chair: Michael Donihue
2:00 - 4:00 pm  
   
2:00 pm Anne Burton ('12), Economics
  Has the Legalization of Medical Marijuana Affected Illicit Marijuana Consumption?
2:20 pm Kathleen Davis ('12), Economics
  Capital Controls in Emerging Markets
2:40 pm Michael Doherty ('12), Economics
  Economic and Racial Influences on Coaching Change Decisions?
3:00 pm Kelly Potvin ('12), Economics
  The Limits of Superstars: A Look Inside 'Star Power' Within Demand for the NBA
3:20 pm Bradley Turner ('12), Economics
  What Causes Ministers of Finance to Lose their Jobs?
3:40 pm Amy Slipowitz ('12), Economics
  Controlling for Endogeneity: The Effect of Democracy on Economic Growth
   
SESSION XXXV: BIOLOGY
Biology Honors Thesis Presentations
Olin 1
Session Chair: Cathy Bevier
2:00 - 4:00 pm  
   
2:00 pm Frances Lee ('12), Biology
  The Development, Morphology, and Behavior of Danio rerio After Embryonic Alcohol Exposure
2:15 pm Travis Wright ('12), Biology
  Zebrafish Kidney Phagocytes Lack Diurnal Patterns in Reactive Oxygen Species Production
2:30 pm Christine Reynolds ('12) and Justin Partridge ('12), Biology
  Expression of TIMELESS and CRYPTOCHROME Proteins in Daphnia pulex Give Evidence of Conserved Circadian Clock Mechanisms in Crustaceans
   
SESSION XXXVI: CHEMISTRY
Senior Chemistry Major Research Presentations
Keyes 105
Session Chair: Das Thamattoor
3:00 pm  
   
 
  Lindsay Dale ('12)
  The Effects of the Anticancer Prodrug Laromustine on DNA Ligase III
  Erin Powers ('12)
  Modeling Liver Alcohol Dehydrogenase: The Study and Synthesis of Tridentate Pincer Complexes
  Catherine Gallagher ('12)
  Determining ASK1 Activation in Endothelial Cells Via Apoptosis-Inducing Laromustine
   
SESSION XXXVII:
General Session V: Languages
Smith
Session Chair: Dean Allbritton
3:30 - 4:30  
   
3:30 pm Oscar Mancinas ('12), Spanish
  Franco's Legacy: Birds, Children, and Other Beasts in Contemporary Catalan-Language Film
3:45 pm Dominique Brunelle ('12), French and Italian
  The Myths of Infertility
4:00 pm Madeleine Purcell ('12), French/Italian
  Franco-Americans and French Education in Maine
   
SESSION XXXVII:
General Session VII
Whitney
Session Chair: Marilyn R. Pukkila
3:30 - 5:00  
   
3:30 pm Amanda Ferguson ('12), Sociology
  Public Health Through a Sociological Lens: Using the Social Determinants of Women's Health to Combat HPV and Cervical Cancer in Women Throughout sub-Saharan Africa
3:45 pm Uzoma Orchingwa ('14), Sociology
  Black on The Hill
4:10 pm Kristen Starkowski ('14), English
  Feeling as a Pre-Emergent Social and Economic Structure: The Role of Affect in the Capitalist Order in Rebecca Harding Davis' Life in the Iron Mills
4:25 pm Kristen Starkowski ('14), English
  Unraveling the Nineteenth-Century Victorian Social Fabric: Clothing and Social Mobility in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
4:40 pm Lauren Fisher ('13) and Gordon Fischer ('13), Religious Studies
  Tzedek Chevrati: Social Justice Protesting in Israel
   
SESSION XXXIX: HISTORY
History 435: Civil War Seminar II
Hurd
Session Chair: Elizabeth Leonard
4:00 - 6:00 pm  
   
4:00 pm Geoffrey Bell ('12), History
  Richard Cutts Shannon: Colby Student and Civil War Soldier
4:30 pm Carter Stevens ('13), History
  Medal of Honor: Colby on the Frontline
5:00 pm Julia Deutsch ('12), History
  Post Civil-War: Blacks in the North and Colby's Janitor Sam
5:30 pm Samuel West ('12), History
  Union Anti-Semitism from Tennessee to Maine


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