Friday, May 4, 2018

Spring Science Research Symposium: Olin Hall, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Celebration of Creative Inquiry: Campus Center, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Celebration of Creative Inquiry and Spring Science Research Symposium (formerly Sigma Xi Symposium) are campus-wide events at which students can share the outcomes of their research, scholarship or creative projects with the wider community.  Listed below are abstracts for these events.
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Athletic Training Effect of Bracing or Taping of the Ankle and the Incidences of Knee Injuries in Division III Athletes in the Upper Midwest Kennedy Mariah Holwerda '18 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology How Are Telomere-Related mRNAs Affected? Investigating Nonsense Mediated mRNA Decay Ben Madigan '19, Alex Ulen '18, Sam Ardy '19 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology The Effect of Histidine Tag Length on Quality of Fumarase Purified by Immobilized-Metal Affinity Chromatography Abilene Leitch '18, Jessica Nelson '18 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Obtaining Purified Fumarase Through a TEV Protease-Cleavable Histidine-Tag Jessica Gerczynski '19, Logan Morrey '19 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Quantification of DNA Binding by Kinetochore Proteins via an Electrophoretic Mobility Shift Assay (EMSA) Morgan Evenson '18, Kristen White '18 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Engineering Proteins for Secretion: A Fumarase Story Eli Larson '18, Mariah Riggi '18 
Biology Management Plan for Invasive European Flounder in Icelandic Waters Maria S. Pazandak '18 
Biology Examining the Role of Ubiquitination in Mitochondrial Morphology, Membrane Potential, and Mitophagy in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Mikael Mir '18, S. Brookhart Shields (Biology) 
Biology Illustration to Enhance Gustavus Biology Education Ester Rose Archer '20 
Biology Altered Expression of Kinetochore Proteins (CENP-a and MAD2) to Explore Chromosome Instability and Aneuploidy Katie Aney '18 
Biology Ecological Assessment of a Chronosequence of Prairie Restorations Sarah Anderson '20, Kylee Brimsek '20 
Biology The Effect of Maternal Age on Egg Production and Protein Content in the Pomace Fly, Drosophila Melanogaster Cristhian Martinez '19, Margaret Bloch Qazi (Biology) 
Biology Resource Defense in Neotropical Hummingbirds: Selectivity and Aggression in Response to Changing Sucrose Concentration Sarah Cox '18 
Biology Transgenerational Effects of Maternal, Grandmaternal, and Great-Grandmaternal Age on Embryonic Development in Drosophila Melanogaster Halie Ostberg '18, Margaret Bloch Qazi (Biology) 
Biology and Environmental Studies Lack of Compensatory Photosynthesis to Simulated Herbivory in Phaseolus Vulgaris (Red Kidney Bean) Riley Thoen '19, Pamela Kittelson 
Chemistry Improved Procedures for Student Synthesis of Coordination Complexes of Cobalt(III) Rachel Lund '19 
Chemistry Preparation of Tertiary Phosphines From Phthalate Esters and Diazonium Salts William Bragg '18 
Chemistry Sythnesis and Characterization of Lanthanide-Doped Yttrium Orthovanadate Nanoncrystals Harrison Willenbring '21, Emily Saari '21 
Chemistry Cyclic Voltammetry: An Introduction to Electrochemistry and Electroanalytical Techniques Aaron Miller '18 
Chemistry Impact of Extra-Column Peak Variance in Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography: Split Flow Systems Eli Larson '18, Dwight Stoll (Professor), Chris Harmes (Faculty), Gabriel Leme (Post Doctoral Fellow) 
Chemistry Synthesis and Characterization of Sn-Beta Zeolite and Its Catalytic Activity for the Isomerization of Glucose Gretchen Boeckman '19 
Chemistry Determination of the Kinetic Expression of the Photodegradation of the Herbicide Dicamba in Aqueous Solutions Brittany Courteau '18 
Classics Freedmen and Death: How Manumitted Roman Slaves Connected With Their Deaths Megan Kallestad '18 
Classics Ancient and Modern Reproduction: An Analysis of Maternal Health in the Ancient World Vivian Caniglia '18, Amy Pitschneider '22 
Classics Sacred, Public, or Private: Sēkoi in Lysias 7 Hannah Kerber '19 
Classics Antiquity Through Storytelling: Slavery in the Early Roman Empire Alexander Wilson '18 
Communication Studies Because Only Another Caregiver Can Understand Katelyn Yee '20 
Diversity Center Suicide Prevention Methods: An Analysis of Suicide and Suicide Culture in Sri Lanka Keliyah Perkins '19 
Economics and Management An Evaluation of the Embargo Against Cuba Viet Ha Nguyen '19 
Elementary and Secondary Education Student Learning Analysis Through Standard Based Assessments Marilin Benn '18 
English Bush, Steel Beams, and the American Dream: An Analysis of Pop Culture Responses to 9/11 Megan Ann Johnson '18 
English Firethorne, the Gustavus Journal of Literary and Graphic Arts and Razor Literary Magazine Students ENG 350 Students, Monali Bhakta, Jack Engel, Kari Felland, Gino Fraboni, Corbyn Jenkins, Kristi Manning, Rachel Mueller, Emma Myhre, R.J. Ogilvie, Elliot Robinson, Tara Robinson, Jordyn Roemhildt, Miranda Shaffer, Tanner Sparrow, Nick Stoker-Mota, Amelia Thompson, Brenna Tuttrup, Lily Winter, Nick Zermeno 
English An Analysis of BTS’s Lyrical Commentary on the Struggles of Youth in South Korea’s Neo-Confucianist Society and on a Global Level Meghan Margiotta '20 
Geography The Purposes and Constraints of Farming: Get Big or Get Out Greta Dupslaff '20, Amelia Thompson '20, Katherine Allen '18 
Geography Producing Out of Profit: Considering Farmer Perspectives on the Impacts of Economic Transition Taylor Wicklund '18 
Geography Farming for a Purpose: How Scale and Values Intertwine Hanna Albers '19, Elliot Mohler '18 
Geography Quantifying Glacier Volume Change Using UAV-Derived Imagery and Structure From Motion Photogrammetry Casey Decker '18, Abby Michels '18, Jeff La Frenierre, Chuck Niederriter, chuck@gustavus.edu, Professor 
Geology The Taphonomy of Small Rodent Fossils in the Meade Basin (Kansas) Mariah Werner '18 
Geology Syntectonic Deposition of Plio-Quaternary Sediments in the Santa Rosalía Basin, Baja California Sur, Mexico Abigail Michels '18, Luke Johnson (San Diego State University), Dr. Tina Niemi (University of Missouri Kansas City) 
Geology My Life as a Rover: GHOST 2017 Fieldwork and Martian Sample Evaluation Madison Adams '19 
Geology Microscale Features in Modern Stromatolites From Hamelin Pool, Australia and Exuma Cays, Bahamas Sarah M. Bruihler '18 
Geology Does Increased Rainstorm Intensity Pose Risks to County Infrastructure? a Study From Nicollet and Sibley Counties in Minnesota Caitlin E. Clause '18 
Geology Assessing Differences in Ravine Erosion in Seven Mile Creek Park and Surrounding Area: Implications for Sediment in the Minnesota River Laura Jean Danczyk '18 
Geology A Geochemical Investigation of the Hydrologic Connections Between Hot Springs and Rivers in Hot Springs, SD McKenzie Perry '18 
Health and Exercise Science The Effectiveness of Theraband Resistance Therapy in Rehabilitation Efficiency on Collegiate Softball Athletes With Rotator Cuff Tear Injuries Mikayla Hubin '19, Ashley Beise '19 
Health and Exercise Science Can a Shoulder Injury Prevention Program Help to Keep Overhead Throwing Athletes From Injury? Brandon Snoberger '19 
Health and Exercise Science Scapular Dyskinesis Matthew Williams '19 
Health and Exercise Science The Effectiveness of Nerve Gliding Exercises on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Yee Lor '19 
Health and Exercise Science Improving Coping Strategies for Acute Stress During Competition Ellyn Adelmann '18 
Health and Exercise Science Neck Strength and Head Trauma Reduction John Krohn '19 
Health and Exercise Science Effects of Adjustable Shoulder Brace/Stabilizer on Recurring Anterior Glenohumeral Shoulder Dislocations Perry McGhee '19, Caitlin Peterson '19, Kathryn Trunk '19 
Health and Exercise Science Preventative Shoulder Exercises and Injuries: A Critically Appraised Topic Connor Olson '19, Grant Vickerman '19 
Health and Exercise Science The Effects of Mental Imagery on Free Throw Accuracy Matthew Mientkiewicz '18, McKenzie Swenson '18 
Health and Exercise Science The Impact of Breastfeeding on Temperament of Babies Up to Six Months of Age Jessica Hastings Ereth '18 
Library/Archives The Experiences of Student Researchers: A Mixed Methods Study Barbara Fister (Library), Joe Robbins '18 
Mathematics In-Game Pitching Behaviors as Predictors for Hip Injuries in the MLB Jacob Fry '18 
Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures A Clash of Cultures: Analyzing the Attitudes and Implications for Spanish and US Immigration Lindsay Concepción '19 
Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Evidential Markers as Manipulative in Cristina Fernández De Kirchner’s Narration of the Past James Ramsburg '18, Maria Kalbermatten 
Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures The Road to Recovery: Spain's Tourism Publicity Strategies Katelyn Yee '20 
Music Music and Social Justice: The Sound of Resistance Amanda Braun '21 
Neuroscience Influence of Retrieval Practice on the Negative Effects of Multitasking on Learning Morgan Evenson '18, Kimmie Hoang '18, Christian Kelly '18, Halie Ostberg '18, Kassandra Pull '18 
Nursing Exploring Subsistence Living in Inupiaq People in the North Slope Borough, Alaska Jessica Dirks '19 
Nursing Alcohol and Marijuana Use and the Relationship to Mental Health in Rural Undergraduate Students Taylor Karrow '18 
Nursing Examining the Relationship Between Hydration Status and Perceived Wellness and Energy in Undergraduate College Students Emem Udo '18, Sophia Lyseng '18 
Nursing Undergraduate Nursing Students Competencies on Providing Spiritual Care Kyra Bryz-Gornia '18, Emily Holmes '18 
Physics Ultrasonic Imaging Using Refracto-Vibrometry Matthew R Mehrkens '18, Benjamin Rorem '19 
Physics Single Crystal Solution Growth of (Fe1-xCox)2B Kelly Neubauer '18, Peter Klavins (University of California-Davis), Jackson Badger (University of California-Davis), Valentin Taufour (University of California-Davis) 
Physics Cosmic Ray Muon Detection Elise Le Boulicaut '18, Joshua Weisenfeld '18 
Political Science The Impact of Globalization on Policy: A Case of the Dominican Republic Priscilla Otero '18 
Political Science Making America Great Again? Analyzing the Republican Party's Southern Strategy From Goldwater to Trump Alexander Jensen '18 
Political Science Narratives of Secession and the Reality of Reconciliation: Catalonia, Scotland, and Quebec Kelsey Backer '18 
Psychological Science Impact of Self-Affirmation Task on Defensiveness in Response to Bias Feedback Jordan Schwakopf '18 
Psychological Science The Effect of Sexism on Narrative Memories Emily Odermatt '18, Marie Walker 
Psychological Science Examining the Impact of Fiction Literature on Children's Gender Stereotypes Ellen E. Kneeskern '18 
Psychological Science Examination of the Role of Empathy in Prosocial Reward Learning Kim Ngan Hoang '18 
Religion Locating the Sublime Within the Tabernacle Joe Robbins '18 
Religion Religion in Children’s Visual Media: A Qualitative Media Analysis of PBS Kids’ Holiday Specials Megan Eide '19 
Scandinavian Studies Southwestern Minnesota Biosphere Reserve: Implementing Environmental Citizenship Alexis Sienczak '19, Magnus Fredricson 
Three Crowns Curriculum Photographic Illustration of the Elements of Art and Design Thomas (Andrew) Charlton-Jones '18, Darrell Diggs '20, Louis Gagnon '20, Lucio Gonzalez '20, Margaret Harrison '20, Danann Mitchell '20, Justin Sudak '20. 
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