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2010 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium Is Where Students Share Research

April 15, 2010

Category: Academics, Events, Students


Interdisciplinary Research SymposiumTheir student research projects were diverse, but their pride in them was clear. Eleven different research projects were on display in the Leonard Lounge of the Cannon Student Center during Catawba College's 2010 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium. During a two-hour window, more than 100 faculty, staff and students had an opportunity to listen and learn about each of them.

Catawba faculty members served as research advisors, and in some cases, co-authors, of the projects. Academic areas represented included biology, chemistry, history, honors/history, mathematics, political science and psychology. Students and advisors from the American Chemical Society, Psi Chi, and Tri-Beta clubs helped with setup before the symposium and cleanup afterwards.

Following is a list of presentations that were on display, along with the names of those students and faculty members who were involved in the research for these presentations:

BIOLOGY
PPCPs in the Aquatic Environment: Kanamycin Alters Growth, Feeding, and Reproduction in Daphnia pulex; senior Lindsey Jackson of Dana, N.C., with co-author Dr. Sue Calcagni, and research advisors Dr. Calcagni and Dr. Joe Poston.

Elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide alters growth and calcification in coral and hydroids; junior Devin Rodgers of Glen Burnie, Md., with co-author and research advisor Dr. Constance Rogers-Lowery.
 
CHEMISTRY
Effects of mordants on silk dyed with brazilwood extract by infrared and UV/Vis spectroscopy; senior Sandra Ciborowski of Woodbine, Md., with research advisors Dr. Carol Ann Miderski and Dr. James M. Beard.

Effects of Metal Ions on Brazilwood Dye Using Thin Layer and Column Chromatography; senior Kristyn Funderburke of Kings Mountain, N.C., with co-authors and research advisors Dr. Carol Ann Miderski and Dr. James M. Beard.

Natural dye uptake by silk analyzed with HPLC; senior Colby Thomas McCanna of Laurinburg, N.C., with co-authors Dr. Carol Ann Miderski and Dr. James M. Beard and research advisor Dr. Carol Ann Miderski.

HISTORY
Authoritarian Psychology in Germany Today: a case study of north German town; senior Thomas Sharp of Concord, N.C., with research advisors Drs. Sanford Silverburg, Sheila Brownlow and Charles McAllister.

HONORS, HISTORY
Looking for Jane Austen in Old Salisbury; senior Katie Hill of Fayetteville, N.C., with research advisors Drs. Gary Freeze, Janice Fuller and Sharon Sullivan.

MATHEMATICS
Fractal Antennas; junior Cynthia Cook of Franklin, Pa., with research advisor Dr. Sharon Sullivan.

POLITICAL SCIENCE
In Pursuit of Civil Rights; Comparing and contrasting Black and Gay Legal Strategies; senior Kevin Flebbe of Vineland, N.J., with research advisor Dr. Michael Bitzer.

PSYCHOLOGY
How Subtle Cues to Victim Ethnicity Influence Empathetic Responses; authors: senior Lauren E. Graham of Salisbury, N.C., senior Andrea E. Clabaugh of York, Pa., senior Peter d. Glisson of Covington, Va., and Dr. Sheila Brownlow, with Dr. Brownlow as research advisor.

Can Incentives Improve Men's Verbal Abilities Under Stereotype Threat? authors: senior Tiffany F. Sowers of Asheville, N.C., senior Paula L. Nobles of Hillsborough, N.C., senior Albina Bahic of Salisbury, N.C., and Dr. Sheila Brownlow, with Dr. Brownlow as research advisor.  


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