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2015 Award Winners

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Arts and Humanities

Oral Presentations

Undergraduate Winners:

  • Jennifer Lin
    History and Political Science double major, Class of 2015
    Reconciling Feminism within a Confucian Culture: The Core of Lu Hsiu-lien’s Legacy View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kirsten Ziomek Former Vice President Lu Hsiu-lien credits her success in spearheading a feminist movement in her native Taiwan with her exposure to the women’s liberation movement as a graduate student in the United States and her synthesis of Western feminist philosophy with traditional Confucian ideas at a time when liberal opposition to the one party state was slowly increasing.

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: 

  • Joseph Taglienti
    English and Philosophy double major, Class of 2016
    The Experience of Community: Aesthetics and Revolution View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Craig A. Carson

    The Kantian concept of community, once externalized, becomes a way in which we may think about the structure of collective, political action.

ePoster Presentations

Undergraduate Winners:

  • Christopher Stahley
    Graphic Design major, Class of 2016
    Spark Our Economy View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Prof. Dale Flashner

    Buying American-made products is an effective way to improve our economy.

  • Jason Wesson
    English Literature major, Class of 2015
    From Boom to Beyond: The Analysis of Post-Colonialism in Latin American Science Fiction View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Prof. Ana Simon-Alegr
    Magical realism is a literary genre most used among Latin American writers of the last 60 years, one of whom is the national best seller Gabriel García Márquez and his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. In an attempt to define ‘magical realism’ and present its purpose to provide Latin America with its own identity outside of Eurocentric influence, I aim to reveal its evolution as a tool of self-liberation into the capitalist commodity it has become.

Undergraduate Honorable Mention: 

  • Eric Askedall
    Graphic Design major, Class of 2016
    Let Freedom Rock View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Prof. Dale Flashner
    My objective was to create a postage stamp that is focused on the “Made in America” movement, which is dedicated to encourage consumers to buy American made products and most importantly bring American jobs home.
  • Dominic DiGangi
    Graphic Design major, Class of 2016
     American Built View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Prof. Dale Flashner
    My stamp design promotes keeping jobs in the United States by buying American made goods.

Life Sciences and Physical Sciences

Oral Presentations

Undergraduate Winners:

  • Alyssa Costa
    Biology Major, Chemistry Minor, Class of 2016
    Elongation enables aquatic and terrestrial locomotion View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrea Ward
    We compared peg-use during locomotion aquatically and terrestrially in abdominally and caudally elongate fish.
  • Fatime Qosaj
    Biology major, Class of 2015
    The effects of atypical PKC on the differentiation of kidney cells View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alan Schoenfeld
    We have attempted to elucidate the relationship between von Hippel-Lindau (VHL), a tumor suppressor gene, and protein kinase C zeta (PKC-zeta) and more specifically, how their interaction influences the differentiation of human renal cells. The data obtained alludes to a dynamic interplay between the two proteins.
  • Tara Shea
    Chemistry major, Class of 2015
    Structure-activity relationships of prazole fragment inhibitors of T.vaginalis uridine nucleoside ribohydrolase using NMR-based activity and binding assays View Abstract
    Faculty Advisors: Dr. Melissa Van Alstine-Parris/Dr. Brian Stockman
    Utilizing NMR-based activity assays, WaterLOGSY binding experiments and structure based drug design, structure-activity relationships of the prazole fragment inhibitors of T. vaginalis UNH have been identified.

Undergraduate Honorable Mentions:

  • Neha Sharma
    Biology major, Class of 2015
    Effects of submergence on the thermal function of pinniped fur View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Heather Liwanag
    Pinnipeds are semiaquatic marine mammals that live amphibious lifestyles and have therefore adapted to modes of thermoregulation in the form of fur and blubber. Although fur is an excellent insulator in air, its function is decreased submerged in water and this will have ecological and evolutionary implications.
  • Sierra Beck,
    Biochemistry major, Class of 2016
    Samantha Muellers and Annie Benzie
    Druggability of adenosine/guanosine nucleoside hydrolase from trichomonas vaginalis View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brian Stockman
    NMR screening methods are employed towards characterizing a pharmacophore model for the inhibition of Adenosine/Guanosine Nucleoside Hydrolase found in the causative parasite of Trichomoniasis; a novel treatment is needed due to the rising resistance to current therapies.

Graduate Winner:

  • Braulio Assis
    M.S. in Biology, Class of 2015
    Genital size and reproductive success on a spider View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Matthias Foellmer
    My research is on the evolutionary significance of some of the unusual reproductive behaviors of spiders, and how genital trait dimensions affect reproductive success.

ePoster Presentations

Undergraduate Winners:

  • Katherine Alvarado
    Biology major, Class of 2015
    Rapamycin as a treatment for Succinate Dehydrogenase mutants in Drosophila melanogaster View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eugenia Villa-Cuesta
    This study seeks to determine the potential of rapamycin as a treatment for mitochondria-related diseases such as the Leigh Syndrome.
  • Andy Chen
    Chemistry major, Class of 2015
    Crowding agents stabilize the active conformation of GAC-Nucleoside Hydrolase View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brian Stockman
    The enzyme responsible for T. vaginalis survival is stabilized with inert crowding agents for future characterization.
  • Monika Siepsiak
    Chemistry major, Class of 2015
    Determining the optimal route to synthesize τ-N-methyl improgan View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melissa Van Alstine-Parris
    This research worked to determine the optimal route to the synthesizing τ-N-Methyl Improgan, a potentially brain penetrating chemical derivative of improgan. Improgan is a strong pain reliever without addictive properties which does not cross the blood brain barrier.

Undergraduate Honorable Mentions:

  • Sara Kulins
    Biology major, Class of 2015
    Are crab interactions altered by the rhizocephalan parasite Loxothylacus panopei? View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Aaren Freeman 
    Loxothylacus panopei, an invasive parasite found on the North Shore of Long Island, is affecting the ability of native mud crabs to evade predators and compete effectively.
  • Vivian Matubia and Diana Chaykina
    Biochemistry major, Class of 2015
    Chemistry major, Physics minor, Class of 2016
    Electrodeposition of cadmium telluride thin films View Abstract
    Faculty Advisors: Dr. Justyna Widera/Dr. Krystyna Jackowska
    Our focus is on synthesizing efficient materials to replace silicon for more accessible and cheaper solar panels.
  • Arielle Naranjo
    Biology major, Class of 2015
    The dual differing effects of pH and temperature on the embryonic forms of Danio rerio View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrea Ward
    The interaction between a two variable change, temperature and pH, simulates a more realistic environment of the effects on body form development of Danio rerio.
  • Stephen Tyndall
    Biochemistry major, Class of 2016
    Determining the mechanism for the synthesis of 7-hydroxy-4-trifluoromethylcoumarin via the von Pechmann condensation reaction using molecular iodine as a catalyst View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melissa Van Alstine-Parris
    Coumarins make up any different type of compound that can be biologically active or have fluorescent properties. Through the uses of fluorine NMR, the pathway the reaction takes when forming 7-hydroxy-4-trifluoromethylcoumarin via the von Pechmann condensation reaction using molecular iodine as a catalyst can be determined.
  • Victoria Violo
    Chemistry major, Class of 2015
    Weeding aggregators from NMR-based activity assay hit lists View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brian Stockman
    This study aimed to determine the effects of Triton X-100 on inhibitors of uridine nucleoside ribohydrolase (UNH) to eliminate false positives from assay hit lists.

Graduate Winner:

  • Rita Burmanroy
    M.S. in Biology, Class of 2015
    Investigating the relationship between PKCzeta and VHL View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alan Schoenfeld
    PKCzeta is a protein that has a dynamic interaction with VHL, a gene that suppresses tumors in kidney cancer.

Nursing, Public Health and Social Work

ePoster Presentations

Undergraduate Winners

  • Jillian Roesch
    Nursing major, Class of 2015
    Nursing assessment of postoperative delirium for geriatric patients View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Deborah Ambrosio
    Postoperative delirium is a condition that can cause serious complications for older adults, and nurses should conduct carefully risk and development assessments pre and postoperatively.

Undergraduate Honorable Mention

  • Christina Attanasia
    Nursing major, Class of 2015
    Elga Peralta
    Nursing major, Class of 2015
    Is natural childbirth safer than Pitocin-induced childbirth: A new approach to maternity nursing care View Abstract
    Dr. Aktar Ghassemi
    An inside view of the effects of both mother and neonate after early Pitocin administration and the benefits of the natural approach nursing care.
  • Elizabeth Sam
    Nursing major, Class of 2015
    Improving nursing care for the transgender population through culturally sensitive nursing education
    Faculty Advisors: Dr. Louise Geddes/Dr. Traci Levy/Dr. Deborah Ambrosio
    The transgender population faces health concerns which are not being treated properly due to lack of awareness about these population specific issues. The field of nursing can look to improve healthcare outcomes in this vulnerable group through nursing education and gender-inclusive clinical practices.

Psychology

ePoster Presentations

Undergraduate Winners:

  • Daniel Brennan
    Psychology and English major, Class of 2016 
    An fMRI investigation of the development of hemispheric differentiation in multisensory speech integration in neurotypical children and adolescents, and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lars Ross
    Brain activation for audiovisual integration in children 9-17 differs dramatically than adults, and shows trends towards a developmental trajectory.
  • Elizabeth Nestler
    Psychology major, Class of 2015
    Judging violence potential of criminals in video clips View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Susan Petry
    When judging violence potential of inmates through video clips, we attribute present violence to past behaviors.

Undergraduate Honorable Mentions:

  • Fallon Kane
    Psychology and Criminal Justice double major, Class of 2016
    The other side of abuse: Dependency in male perpetrators of domestic violence View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert F. Bornstein
    Using meta-analytic techniques, our study found that there is a small but significant relationship between maladaptive levels of interpersonal dependency in men and the perpetration of domestic abuse.
  • Nicholette Lewis
    Psychology major, Class of 2016
    Compassion satisfaction, burn-out, and secondary traumatic stress among healthcare professionals View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jerold Gold
    Healthcare professionals are at risk for developing burn out and secondary traumatic stress (two components of compassion fatigue) due to the demanding nature of their job. Results from this study reveal that compassion satisfaction can serve as a protective factor against this.
  • Timothy McGowan
    Psychology and Criminal Justice double major, Class of 2015
    Relationship between affective disorders and risk of suicidality among children with or without ADHD View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Francine Conway
    ADHD may be acting as a potential protective factor against suicidality in children with affective disorders.
Graduate Winners:

  • Michael Grisanti
    M.A. in General Psychology, Class of 2015
    Defense styles and coping with threats to psychological needs View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. M. Joy McClure
    Different levels of defense mechanisms and coping styles are utilized when a person is exposed to stressful scenarios that threaten their psychological needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness.
  • Taylor MacFarland
    M.A. General Psychology, Class of 2015
    How psychological well-being is affected by the presence of a congenital vascular anomaly View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Springer
    This study aimed to bridge the gap between the medical and humanities fields and bring light to the psychological effects that touch individuals with physical deformities.

Graduate Honorable Mentions:

  • Kathryn Giuseppone
    Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Class of 2018
    Does future time perspective explain the relation between attachment and depression in middle childhood? Evidence from Romania View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laura Brumariu
    My research interests focus on child development, specifically mother-child attachment and internalizing disorders. My poster presentation was on the relationship between children’s future time perspective, parent-child attachment, and depression in middle childhood.
  • Cory Rusin
    M.A. in General Psychology, Class of 2015
    A qualitative evaluation of the narratives of those with eating disorders View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Springer
    Current literature on the risk factors for eating disorders is extremely limited. This study looks to gain a better understanding of what needs to be considered in future quantitative research.

Other Social Sciences

ePoster Presentations

Undergraduate Winner:

  • Samantha Zawistowski,
    Anthropology major, Class of 2015
    Danaleah Schoenfuss
    Anthropology major, Class of 2015
    and Kaitlin Shahinian
    Anthropology major, Class of 2016
    Musculo-Skeletal Analysis of a Neolithic population in Crete, Greece
    View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anagnostis Agelarakis
    Study of muscle markers on the bones of ancient peoples reveals significant labor activities assigned by gender, but this labor was not significant enough to cause early death.

Undergraduate Honorable Mention:

  • Taylor Soete
    Sociology major, Class of 2015
    White privilege in the United States arraignment court system View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Deborah Little
    It is clear that white student researchers are granted greater access to the court proceedings than non-white student researchers or non-white family members which adds to our understanding of white privilege in the United States arraignment court system.

Graduate Winners:

  • Alexandra Cerone
    M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Class of 2015
    The effects of a parent-facilitated shared book-reading approach to acquiring early verbs: A pilot study View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Susan Lederer
    A holistic language intervention program to facilitate the development of early verbs in toddlers with language impairments was investigated.
  • Brittany Renne
    Au.D. Doctorate in Audiology, Class of 2016
    Accuracy of Type 2 sound level meter applications with attachment microphones View Abstract
    Faculty Advisors: Dr. Yula Serpanos/Dr. Janet Schoepflin
    This study assessed the accuracy of Type 2 sound level meter applications for the smartphone and tablet devices with attachment microphones in comparison to a Type 1 analog sound level meter.

Social Sciences

Oral Presentations

Undergraduate Winners:

  • Sophia Conti
    Anthropology major, Class of 2015
    Biocultural perspectives of obstetric fistulas View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Krasinski
    Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury caused by a series of biological, cultural, and socioeconomic factors which must be thoroughly understood by local and international aid organizations to mobilize the resources necessary to eradicate this condition.
  • Taylor Groth
    Psychology major, Class of 2016
    Reducing test anxiety in college students with disabilities View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dana Boccio
    A one-hour brief test anxiety workshop that introduces cognitive and behavioral approaches, study skills and relaxation techniques is effective in reducing test anxiety in students with disabilities.
  • Jazmine Javier
    Political Science major, Class of 2016
    Literature and ideology: How the Haitian Revolution shaped abolitionist rhetoric before the Civil War View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Traci Levy
    Literature inspired by the Haitian Revolution shaped and polarized pro-slavery and anti-slavery discourse within America before the Civil War.
  • Naresh Singh
    Economics and Political Science double major, Class of 2015
    An analysis of the history and current legal status of private military corporations View Abstract
    Faculty Advisors: Dr. Devin Thornburg/Dr. Katie Laatikainen
    This analysis intends to understand the distinctions between Private Military Corporations and Mercenaries, and the legal, international documents that provide governance over these entities.

Undergraduate Honorable Mention:

  • Alexa Savino
    English and Political Science double major, Class of 2015
    Anti-genre tensions in France: The construction of gender identity and the state View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Nicole Rudolph
    The anti-genre movement in France was a reaction against a government-sponsored initiative to implement gender equality lessons in classrooms.

Graduate Winners:

  • Manali Roy
    M.A. in General Psychology, Class of 2015
    Assessment of personality and memory View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robert F. Bornstein
    To study if ego depletion negatively affects cognitive performance and induces negative mood states in individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder in comparison to their non-obsessive counterparts.
  • Kathryn Cavan
    PhD candidate in the School of Social Work
    and Ohiro Oni-Eseleh
    PhD candidate in the School of Social Work
    Re-entry of United States military veterans into civilian society through education View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laura Quiros
    Veterans face unique challenges upon re-entry in to higher education. Schools of higher education need to be aware of these challenges in order to help the students be more successful in all aspects of their academic career.
  • Andrea Maneri
    Master’s Degree in Adolescent Education: English
    Teaching and learning with the Net Generation View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Diane Caracciolo
    This study is designed to gain a greater understanding of how the Net Generation’s use of technology and media challenges and strengthens its literacy skills.

Multidisciplinary

ePoster Presentations

Undergraduate Winner:

  • Matthew Bellomo
    Biology major, STEP program for adolescent education, Class of 2016
    Transforming US Education through innovative practices in science assessment and standards View Abstract
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Devin Thornburg
    To determine the best practices of science assessment at the secondary level, I examined and analyzed the educational systems, standards and curriculum of several countries and compared them to the Next Generation Science Standards of the U.S. I found that these countries are leaving the standardized testing model and are encouraging interdisciplinary education and interaction.
 

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