Forward from Dean R. Joseph Dieker:

The following pages present the schedule for the 19th annual Student Symposium at Cornell College, along with the abstracts of the oral, performance, and poster presentations to be featured on this day. The Student Symposium serves as a venue for some of our most engaged and accomplished students to share their work with the broader campus community and others. It demonstrates the remarkable range of interests pursued in and beyond the classroom at Cornell. This year features 108 students, working with 38 faculty members across 23 different departments and programs. There will be 34 oral presentations, 2 performances, and 33 poster presentations. Each of these is listed on the detailed schedule on the following pages.

The organization of the Student Symposium celebrates the liberal arts. At Cornell College, students draw meaning and gain a richer sense of knowledge through the connections made across disciplines and subjects. Sociology is paired with English. Psychology presents with the Classics. Biology is paired with Theatre. The Student Symposium committee worked throughout the opening months of 2015 to connect presentations in meaningful ways. If at first a session seems disjointed, take time and listen. Let the students of Cornell College stimulate the intellectual curiosity within each audience.

This year’s symposium was coordinated by the Center for Teaching & Learning and the faculty of the Student Symposium committee: Carol Lacy-Salazar (Spanish), Aparna Thomas (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Politics), and Emily Walsh (Geology). The logistics and technical aspects of the symposium were handled by Brooke Bergantzel, Greg Cotton, Shawn Doyle, Laura Farmer, Amy Gullen, Jessica Johanningmeier, Jennifer Rouse, Kristin Reimann, Paul Waelchli, Meghan Yamanishi, and Matt Zhorne. I offer my heartfelt thanks to them, and to the faculty members serving as session moderators, for their contributions to this project.

I invite you to participate in what promises to be a thought-provoking, exhilarating, and reflective day in our intellectual, creative, and community life.

R. Joseph Dieker, Dean of the College


Oral Session One | Oral Session Two | Oral Session Three | Morning Poster Session | Afternoon Poster Session


Oral Session One
9:00 am – 10:15 am

Parameters for Understanding Change in the Natural World
Durham Room | Moderated by Kara Beauchamp

Evolution Towards Larger Body Size and Hypercarnivory in Hesperocyon of the White River Group Over the Eocene-Oligocene Boundary
Geology
Author: Scott Kottkamp
Sponsor: John Orcutt

Testing the Accuracy of C.L.A.M.P. by Comparing it to the Paleosol Record
Geology
Author: CJ Frazer
Sponsor: John Orcutt

Peatland Carbon Cycle: Microbial Respiration in Response to Low Molecular Weight Carbon Compounds
Environmental Studies
Authors: Kelsey King, Dr. Ashley Keiser & Dr. Kirsten Hofmockel
Sponsor: Craig Teague

Challenges of International Intervention
Hall-Perrine East Room | Moderated by Devan Baty

National Security in Jordan and the Middle East
Arabic and International Relations
Author: Erinn Voas
Sponsor: Lynne Ikach

Repercussions of Failed Nation-Building: Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Development of the Islamic State
International Relations
Author: Amir El-Aswad
Sponsor: Aparna Thomas

Tibet: Genocide and the International Community
Political Science
Author: Rebekah Kurtz
Sponsor: David Yamanishi

Reinventing the World Through Art
Hedges Conference Room | Moderated by Greg Cotton

The Sorcerer Bemused: Magic and Melancholy in Salvator Rosa’s Democritus in Meditation
Art & Art History
Author: Jon David Stroud
Sponsor: Christina Penn-Goetsch

Unconventional Materials: Exploring Electronic Music Through “The Ra Expeditions”
Music
Author: Stephen Smith
Sponsor: Aaron Perrine

Redefining Art History: Making 3D Digital Models of Ancient Tombs from Mexico
Art & Art History
Authors: Ve’Amber Miller & Catherine Quinn
Sponsor: Ellen Hoobler

Personal Narratives and Medicine
Martin Luther King, Jr Room | Moderated by Julie Barnes

What Do You Do When Life Gives You Lemons?
Academic Support
Author: Aubrey Kohl
Sponsors: Ian Ely-Cate & Craig Tepper

The Art of Medicine: Taking the Vitals Through Performance Based Research
Theatre
Author: Lydia Mecee
Sponsor: Janeve West

Physician Writers of Russian: Anton Chekhov and Mikhail Bulgakov
Russian Studies
Author: George Callaway
Sponsor: Lynne Ikach

Addressing Social Issues Through Creative Expression
Russell Room| Moderated by Dr. Aparna Thomas

African American Vernacular English: Identity and Tradition through Language
English & Creative Writing
Author: Rachel Foster
Sponsor: Shannon Reed

Staging Terror: Directing Boy Gets Girl
Theatre
Author: Sara Cooper
Sponsor: Janeve West

Beyoncé: Pop Sensation or Feminist Icon?
Sociology
Authors: Vanessa Iraheta & Brenna Glaeser
Sponsor: Tori Barnes-Brus

Oral Session Two
10:45 am – Noon

Earth History Revealed Through the Rock Record
Durham Room | Moderated by Emily Walsh

What Can Isotopes Reveal to Us About Iberian Climate in the Past?
Geology
Author: Setsen Altan-Ochir
Sponsor: Rhawn Denniston

The Understanding of Ultrahigh-Pressure Eclogites in Tso Morari through the Study of Major and Trace Elements
Geology
Author: Nicole Ahline
Sponsor: Emily Walsh

Power, Politics, and Pay
Hall Perrine-East Room | Moderated by Ross Sowell

The Sex of the Immediate Supervisor and the Gender Pay Gap
Economics & Business
Author: Trang Hoang
Sponsors: Jerome Savitsky & Todd Knoop

Message Bias: Campaign Strategy as Seen through TV, Mail, and Electronic Communications
Political Science
Author: Nicholas Marn
Sponsor: Hans Hassell

Cultural Ideals of Citizenship
Hedges Conference Room | Moderated by Shannon Reed

Ascanius: The Backbone of the Aeniad
Classical Studies
Author: Morgan Hoffman
Sponsor: John Gruber-Miller

Teomama: Merchant as the Bearer of Aztec Society
Art & Art History
Author: Brenda Mejia
Sponsor: Ellen Hoobler

Trobairitzes and Troubadours: Poetic Innovation in the Countess de Dia’s ‘A Chantar’
Music
Author: Eleanor Backman
Sponsor: Jama Stilwell

Impact of the Subconscious
Martin Luther King, Jr Room | Moderated by Carol Lacy-Salazar

Evaluative Conditioning: Is it Possible without Awareness?
Psychology
Author: Marco Renzi
Sponsor: Suzette Astley

Decreased R Wave Amplitude across Experimental Paradigms in Women with Bulimia Nervosa and Women with Subclinical Binge/Purge Symptoms versus Asymptomatic Women
Psychology
Authors: Kristen Fernandez-Kong, Tyler Thorne, Mary Willis, Shuhan Reyes, Jessie Lingbert, Ruby Linkhart, & Molly Johnson
Sponsor: Melinda Green

Gender and Racial Identity: The Struggle for Empowerment
Russell Room | Moderated by Lynne Ikach

Let’s Talk About Sex
Sociology
Authors: Allison Bauman & Rose Reed-Maxfield
Sponsor: Tori Barnes-Brus

Women’s Empowerment and Health Poverty: The Effects of Women’s Self-Help Groups in Himachal Pradesh
Political Science
Author: Rebekah Kurtz
Sponsor: Aparna Thomas

Saving Justice in Population Control
Sociology
Author: April Richards
Sponsor: Tori Barnes-Brus

Oral Session Three
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

PTSD Through Different Lenses
Durham Room | Moderated by Melinda Green

The Never Ending Battle: Odysseus and PTSD
Classical Studies
Author: Janessa Weightman
Sponsor: John Gruber-Miller

Psychological Implications on Child Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide with Regards to Mental Health
Psychology
Author: Shivani Suresh
Sponsor: Carol Z. Enns

Data Analysis in Popular Culture
Hall Perrine-East Room | Moderated by Tony deLaubenfels

Making the Extra-point Plays Fair
Mathematics & Statistics
Authors: Mason Chow, Thao Nguyen, & Dillon Pape
Sponsor: Tyler Skorczewski

Topic Mapping: Finding Themes and Threads in Ferguson Tweets
Computer Science and Statistics
Authors: Tanner Stirrat & Thao Nguyen
Sponsors: Ross Sowell & Ann Cannon

Literature and Social-Political Change
en Español
Hedges Conference Room | Moderated by Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour

Pablo Neruda: Poetry and Politic
Spanish
Author: Annie Broutman
Sponsor: Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour

Desesperanza en las minas: El naturalismo de Baldomero Lillo en los cuentos de Subterra
(Hopelessness in the mines: Naturalism as a literary style in the stories of “Subterra” by Baldomero Lillo)
Spanish
Author: Ariadne Penalva
Sponsor: Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour

A Precise History of Anti-negritude: the Dominican Republic
Spanish
Author: Vashti Blackmon
Sponsor: Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour

Regional and International Conservation Efforts
Russell Room | Moderated by Paul Waelchli

Exploring Conservation Systems in Madagascar
Environmental Studies
Author: Elijah Schumacher
Sponsor: Tammy Mildenstein

Lead Poisoning in the Bald Eagles of Iowa
Environmental Studies
Author: Kerry Flynn
Sponsor: Andy McCollum

Morning Poster Sessions
10:00 am – 11:30 am

1a
Unknown Feeling Handy? An Examination of Handedness Based Upon Lithic Analysis in Relation to Site 13ML139
Classical Studies
Author: Zach Altman
Sponsor: John Gruber-Miller

2a
Microsatellite Analysis of Parentage in the Western Burrowing Owl
Biology
Author: Jarod Armenta
Sponsor: Marty Condon

3a
Systematic Characterization of Resveratrol in Planar Lipid Bilayers by Single-Molecule Studies
Chemistry
Authors: Maddie Ball & Sydney Strunk
Sponsor: Jai Shanata

4a
Special Relativity and Muons
Physics
Authors: Lawrence Dennis
Sponsor: Derin Sherman

5a
Inadvertent Plagiarism and Interpersonal Relationships
Psychology
Author: Elizabeth Jerkins
Sponsor: Suzette Astley

6a
The Visitor Effect as it Applies to Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus humboldti) at the Oregon Zoo
Environmental Studies and Biology
Author: Caitlin Huff
Sponsor: Marty Condon

7a
Development of Antioxidant Peptides as a Treatment for Pulmonary Hypertension
Chemistry
Author: Thao Luu, Juan M. Martinez, Ji Hye Chun, Leah Villegas, & MyPhuong Le
Sponsor: Cynthia Strong

8a
Using Program MARK and a Modified Minimum Number Alive to Estimate Survival, Capture Probabilities, and Population Trends in Two Subpopulations of Ornate Box Turtles (Terrapene ornata ornata) in Eastern Iowa
Chemistry
Authors: Nikita Martinson, Emma Narotzky, Dr. S. Andrew McCollum, & Dr. Neil P. Bernstein
Sponsor: Andy McCollum

9a
Rediscovery and Lithic Analysis of Rummells-Maske Site 13CD15
Geology
Author: Natalie Nish
Sponsor: Rhawn Denniston

10a
The Elusive Doubling Time
Biology and Chemistry
Author: Allen Norton
Sponsor: Jeff Cardon

11a
Identification of Novel Interacting Partners of Tumor Suppressing Kinase LATS1
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Author: Ariadne Penalva
Sponsor: Craig Tepper

12a
Service Learning: Guatemala’s Politics, Poverty, and Perseverance
Civic Engagement
Authors: Benjamin Rosen, Halee Schomburg, Caryn Shebowick, Arturo Castillo, Nolan Schillerstrom, Emma Kaboli, Justin Pruitt, Angelica Hall, Anne Weitekamp, Eleanor Cotton, Gabe Flippo, Kaitlynn Long, Katie Brogan, Thao Luu, Michael Johnson, & David Burgess
Sponsor: Carol Lacy-Salazar

13a
The Analysis of Ceramics from Site 13ML168
Classical Studies
Author: Victoria Rothe
Sponsor: John Gruber-Miller

14a
Types of Pathology in Megalodon Shark Teeth and the Implications for Feeding Habits and Health
Geology
Author: Ryan Shanks
Sponsor: John Orcutt

15a
Evaluating Neuronal Survival by Nuclear Morphology and Luciferase Assays
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Authors: Jihang Wang, Ronald Merrill, & Stefan Strack
Sponsor: Barbara Christie-Pope

16a
Grazers vs. Browsers: A Study of Diet Among the Horses at Ashfall Fossil Beds, Nebraska
Geology
Author: Nicole Werling
Sponsor: John Orcutt

Afternoon Poster Sessions
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

1b
The Factors that Increase the Risk of ACL Injuries in Females
Kinesiology
Author: Kelsey Boss
Sponsor: Kristin Meyer

2b
Testing Bergmann’s Rule on North American Hyaenodon Throughout the Eocene and Oligiocene
Geology
Author: Jake Butts
Sponsor: John Orcutt

3b
Morphological Variations within Subspecies of Strauzia longipennis in Iowa
Biology
Authors: Maren Elnes, Kristen Fernandez-Kong, Halee Schomberg, & Alex Young
Sponsor: Marty Condon

4b
The Distribution, Identification and Rock-Ice Dynamics of Permafrost Melting on Alpine Mountains
Geology
Authors: CJ Frazer
Sponsor: Emily Walsh

5b
Paleomonsoon Implications of Carbon Isotopic Variability in Late Holocene Aragonite Stalagmites from the Central Australian Tropics
Geology
Author: Stephanie Lucker
Sponsor: Rhawn Denniston

6b
A New Way to Measure Competitive Balance across the NFL, MLB, and the NBA
Mathematics & Statistics
Authors: Jacob Lehman, Jordan Wolfe, & Brian Cristion
Sponsor: Tyler Skorczewski

7b
Homebirth Midwifery: An Empowering Alternative to Medicalized Childbirth
Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies
Author: Brenna Glaeser
Sponsor: Tori Barnes-Brus

8b
Finding an Edge for Female Collegiate Athletes: a Paleo or a Gluten-Free Diet?
Kinesiology
Author: Rikki Mulloy
Sponsor: Kristin Meyer

9b
Effect of Leucine Supplementation in a Reduced Protein and Energy Diet on Skeletal Protein Synthesis in Neonatal Pigs
Biology
Authors: Nguyet Minh Hoang, Rodrigo Manjarín, Daniel A. Columbus, Marta L. Fiorotto, Agus Suryawan, Adriana D. Hernandez-García, Hanh V. Nguyen, Rosemarie Almonaci, & Teresa A. Davis
Sponsor: Barbara Christie-Pope

10b
Exploration of Dye-Derived Organic Compounds and Co-Crystal Formation in the Solid State
Chemistry
Author: Justin Pruitt
Sponsor: Charles Liberko

11b
Millennial Scale Climate Variability of the Last Glacial Period from Blanchard Springs Cavern, Arkansas
Geology
Author: Veronika Reidel
Sponsor: Rhawn Denniston

12b
An Examination of the Millepore-Symbiodinium Relationship using Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR)
Biology
Authors: Shuhan Reyes & Megan Rueth
Sponsor: Craig Tepper

13b
A More Environmentally Friendly Photochromic Compound Procedure
Chemistry
Author: Jesse Sackett
Sponsor: Charles Liberko

14b
Investigation of CO2 Capture and Separation in Room-temperature Ionic Liquid
Chemistry
Authors: Jihang Wang, Shannon Mahurin, Chi-Linh Do-Thanh, De-en Jiang, Kimberly Nelson, & Sheng Dai
Sponsor: Craig Teague

15b
Coral Mortality Recorded in Bahamian Reef Sediments
Geology
Author: Emmet Wilder
Sponsor: Ben Greenstein

16b
A Modified Continuous Flow Multi-step Syntheses of MOED and Its Derivatives
Chemistry
Author: Tianzi Zhang
Sponsor: Charles Liberko

Not presenting due to illness:

Permanent Instability: An Evaluation of the Foster Care System in Relation to Outcomes for Orphanage Alumni
Sociology
Author: Stacey Harrison
Sponsor: Erin Davis