ACRoSS 2015

2015-10-24 09.58.12

During the 8th summer of ACRoSS, 49 students from 19 different departments or programs (including Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Education Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Global Health Studies, International Studies, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Spanish), presented their summer research projects to an audience of faculty, students, administrators, and campus visitors. The average audience size was 110 for the ten weeks of ACRoSS presentations. In addition, more than 30 students presented at the Summer Research Symposium poster session, sharing work conducted both on and off campus. Overall, approximately 110 students conducted research on campus during the summer of 2015.

ACRoSS 2015 Schedule

Tues, June 2, 2015

Nia Shuler (English ’18) and Professor Aline Lo (English) The Price of Freedom: Film Portrayals of the Refugee Experience in Retreat and Return

Benjamin Bloom (Chemistry ’18) and Professor Mark R. Ams (Chemistry)  Uncovering the Strengths of the Molecular Attractions that Govern Nature

Winona Vaitekunas (International Studies ’16) and Professor Younus Mirza (Philosophy and Religious Studies) There’s More to “Abrahamic” than Abraham: Bridging Religions through Scriptural Dissonance

Tues, June 9, 2015

Ryan Sayko (Physics ’16), Tim Daly (Biochemistry ’16),  and Professor Adele Poynor (Physics) Surface Plasmon Investigations of Self Assembled Monolayers

Kelly Frantz (International Studies, Spanish ’16) and Professor Rehenuma Asmi (Education and Religious Studies) The Struggle for Higher Education in Qatar: The Pendulum Swings from English to Arabic at Qatar University

Claire Porterfield (Biochemistry ’16), Nathan Allen (Biochemistry ’16), and Marty Serra (Chemistry and Biochemistry) RNA Structure and Stability

Tues, June 16, 2015

Darby Rupp (English ’18) and Professor Valerie Sweeney Prince (English)  Bridging the Gaps Between Fields: Metaphorical Thinking and Expression in Computer Science

Garrett Devenney (Biology/Global Health Studies ’16) and Professor Becky Dawson (Global Health Studies and Biology)  Knowledge and Perceptions of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak among Undergraduate Students

Molly Shelton (Physics ’16) and Professor Ian Carbone (Environmental Science) Flexible Materials for Light Concentration and Solar Power Production.

Tues, June 23, 2015

Sarah Shindler (Psychology ’16), Travis Banks (Neuroscience Major ’17), Sarah Eidbo (Neuroscience ’17), and Professor Rodney Clark (Psychology and Neuroscience) Classical Conditioning of the Immune System IV: Effects of Naltriben and SNC-80. 

Bryn Philibert (International Studies ’16), Heather Bosau (English ’17) and Professor Shanna Kirschner (Political Science and International Studies) Do Massacres Work? Understanding Strategic Violence in Civil War

Allie Condon (’16) and Professor Michael Mehler (Communication Arts) Community-Based Arts

Tues, June 30, 2015

Conner Bardine (Chemistry ’17), Yueting Xu (Biochemistry ’17), and Professor Ivy Garcia (Chemistry and Biochemistry)  What happens when you heat up the DEAD?

Belle Mazurik (English major ’16), Manuel Marquez (English and Math ’16), and Professor Soledad Caballero (English)  Imagining Revolutions: Routes of travel between South America and Britain 

Erin Yates (English ’16) and Professor Ben Slote (English) We Don’t Know Boo: Disability and Self-Congratulation in “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Tues, July 7, 2015

Kathryn Denning (Psychology ’16), Annie Utterback (Psychology ’16), and Professor Aimee Knupsky (Psychology)  Getting Inside Your Head: Cognitive Humanities at Work

Michael Camara (Computer Science ’17) and Professor Janyl Jumadinova (Computer Science) Insightful Combinations: An Intelligent System to Find, Analyze, and Correlate Data.

Will Taylor ’17, Andrea Brush ’16, Greg Singer ’15 and Professors Amara Geffen (Art) and Emily Yochim (Communication Arts)  Conneaut Lake: Fostering Livability through Art, Nature and Culture

Tues, July 14, 2015

Nathanael Downes (Chemistry ’17) and Professor Tim Chapp (Chemistry)  Towards Synthesis of Molecular Electrocatalysts for Hydrogen Production

Tori Rollin (Biology ’17), Kevin Simpson (Biochemistry ’17), and Professor Brad Hersh (Biology and Biochemistry)  Arrival of the Fittest: Finding the Genes Responsible for Evolution of Animal Shape

Madeleine Zimmermann (Environmental Science and Studio Art ’18) and Professor Richard Schindler (Art History)  Framing Anarchism: The Mutual Relationship between Artists and Anarchists

 Tues, July 21, 2015

Ian Dempsey (Biology’16), Noelle Lemons(Biochemistry ’17), and Professor Monali Chowdhury (Psychology)  The Next Chapter Book Club: A Community Project with Members with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Kristi Allen (Chemistry ’16), Natasha Brigham (Chemistry ’17), and Professor Ryan Van Horn (Chemistry) Biocompatible Block Copolymer Crystallization

Blake Johnson (Biology ’16), Michael Arcieri (Biology ’17), and Professor Kristen Webb (Biology)  DNA Tells The Story – Examples from Veterinary Forensics and The Roles of Pheromone Detection and Color Vision in Carnivores 

 Tues, July 28, 2015

Katherine Furl (Psychology ’16), Nadiya Wahl, (Psychology ’17), and Professor Lauren Paulson (Psychology)  Eating Disorders in Males

Logan Billet (Biology, ’17) and Professor Matt Venesky (Biology)  Spatiotemporal Distribution of the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus in Northwestern PA

Alexandra Hess (Biology, ’16) and Professor Matt Venesky (Biology)  Does the Hormone Leptin Mediate Sickness Behaviors in Amphibians Infected with the Pathogenic Chytrid Fungus?

Paige Hickman (’17), Erica Moretti (’17), and Professor Beth Choate (Environmental Science)  Native Pollinators and Landuse throughout Meadville, PA

 Tues, Aug 4, 2015

Yukihide Nakada (Mathematics ’16), Kelly Pohland (Mathematics ’16), and Professor Craig Dodge (Mathematics)  Simple Modules of Centralizer Algebras

Brigit Stack (Communication Arts ’17) and Professor Julie Wilson (Communication Arts) Unpacking Neoliberal Culture

Timothy Cornet (Environmental Science ’16) and Professor Ian Carbone (Environmental Science) Environmentally Friendly Greenhouse Design for Allegheny College Food Production.