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					               14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
                     Atrium and Auditorium (Room 1011)
                            Bailey Science Center


                                        THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2008


6:00 P.M. – 6:45 P.M. POSTER SESSION I AND RECEPTION

7:00 P.M.                OPENING PLENARY SESSION

        Welcome    Dr. Linda Calendrillo, Dean
                   College of Arts and Sciences

        Remarks    Dr. Louis H. Levy
                   Vice President for Academic Affairs

                          Invited Address on A Century of Learning Through Research
                                            Dr. Matthew Richard
                          Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

                         Outstanding Student in Arts and Sciences: Christopher J. Parker

                         Presentation of Arts and Sciences Awards and CUR Certificates
                                  by Department Heads and Program Directors


                                          FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008

9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.    PAPER SESSION I

                               MODERATOR: DR. YAKOV W OLDMAN, CHEMISTRY

        Welcome    Dr. Linda Calendrillo, Dean
                   College of Arts and Sciences
        Remarks    Dr. Barry Hojjatie
                   Chair, Council on Undergraduate Research


                  “Frame Alignment within the Sex Education Arena of U.S. Public Schools”
                                           Adam Blake Gordon
                        Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
                                  Dr. Kathleen Lowney, Faculty Adviser

                           “Exploring Senate Voting Behavior on a Bill that Prohibits
                                            Partial-Birth Abortion”
                                               Crystina Ramos
                                       Department of Political Science
                                      Dr. James LaPlant, Faculty Adviser

                     “Forward Arming and Refueling Points: The Helicopter’s Lifeblood
                                      in Operation Iraqi Freedom”
                                           John Kater Miller
                                         Department of History
                                Dr. Christopher Meyers, Faculty Adviser
                        “Distribution of Pegmatites in the Western Blue Ridge of Georgia”
                                              Hunter T. McDermitt
                               Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences
                                        Dr. Mark Groszos, Faculty Adviser

                                       “Finding What Cannot Be Found”
                                            De’Jhan Supreme Miles
                                       African American Studies Program
                             Drs. Erin Huskey and Shirley Hardin, Faculty Advisers


10:30 – 11:30 A.M.        POSTER SESSION II AND REFRESHMENTS


11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.     PAPER SESSION II


                                   MODERATOR: DR. MARY BLOCK, HISTORY

                                  “A Computational Study of Protein Folding”
                                                Caley Allen
                                          Department of Chemistry
                                    Dr. Thomas Manning, Faculty Adviser

                                       “What Makes Music Beautiful?”
                                                 Kathleen Kirk
                                Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
                                     Dr. Christine James, Faculty Adviser

                                    “The Lotka-Volterra Model with Fishing”
                                      Dustin W. Taylor and Jamie L. Taylor
                               Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
                        Drs. Andreas Lazari and Jemal Mohammed-Awel, Faculty Advisers

                                  “College Graduation Rates in the Southeast”
                                                 Mahja Zeon
                                        Department of Political Science
                                      Dr. James LaPlant, Faculty Adviser

                            “Temporary Family: Prince Henry as the Source of Life”
                                             Victoria Ledbetter
                                           Department of English
                                      Dr. Jane Kinney, Faculty Adviser



1:15 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.      PAPER SESSION III

                            MODERATOR: DR. OFELIA NIKOLOVA, HONORS PROGRAM

                                  “Concealed Carry and its Effect on Crime”
                                              Gerald Ryan Long
                          Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
                                     Dr. Wilson Huang, Faculty Adviser

                  “The Green Master: Towards a Synthesis of Western and Eastern Thought”
                                            Patrick J. Taylor
                             Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
                                  Dr. Michael Stoltzfus, Faculty Adviser
                              “Admiral Seymour’s Relief Expedition for Peking”
                                             Emily M. Crews
                                           Department of History
                                      Dr. John Dunn, Faculty Adviser

                            “A Documentary on Diabetes: Replacing Notebooks and
                                         Lab Reports with Videos”
                                       Cierra Harden and Sonya Fulp
                                         Department of Chemistry
                                   Dr. Thomas Manning, Faculty Adviser

3:00 – 4:30 P.M.      PAPER SESSION IV


                   MODERATOR: DR. SHERRY FENG, MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

                           “The Role of Centrosomes in the Development of Cancer”
                                 Natalia S. Batista and Christina L. Huntley
                                           Department of Biology
                                     Dr. Robert Gannon, Faculty Adviser

                        “Sex and Stanzas: Sexuality and the Poetry of Arthur Rimbaud”
                                               Jay W. Prosser
                                              Honors Program
                           Drs. Ofelia Nikolova and Mary Block, Faculty Advisers

      “The Effect of Temperature on Material Stiffness Using Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing Methods”
                                             James D. Burzumato
                             Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences
                                     Dr. Barry Hojjatie, Faculty Adviser

                                    “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Northern Influences”
                                              Madison D. Brown
                                            Department of English
                                       Dr. Li-Mei Chen, Faculty Adviser




                                                 POSTERS

Biology

   “A Reciprocal Transplant Study to Assess Environmental vs. Genetic Control of Flowering Phenology in Two
            Sympatric, Non-Hybridizing Species (Gelsemium sempervirens and Gelsemium rankinii)”
                                              Lovie J. Mansfield
                                      Dr. John Pascarella, Faculty Adviser

                           “Construction of a PiggyBac Transposase Useful in Fish”
                                                  Sofia Sucar
                                       Dr. Brian Ring, Faculty Adviser

                                      “Development in Venus Fly-Trap”
                                                 Clark Duncan
                                     Dr. Russell Goddard, Faculty Adviser

                                      “Epiphytes in the Alapaha System”
                                   Stephanie A. Nichols and Randi N. Tatum
                                       Dr. Jim Nienow, Faculty Adviser
                        “ERK Gene Expression in the Hamster Suprachiasmatic Nucleus”
                                           Elizabeth A. Castillo
                                    Dr. Robert Gannon, Faculty Adviser

                 “Evaluation of Experimental Anti-Anxiety Compounds in the Syrian Hamster”
                                              Natalia S. Batista
                                     Dr. Robert Gannon, Faculty Adviser

                     “Inhibition of Growth of Rickettsia prowazekii by Gamma Interferon in
                                       NF-κB-Deficient Mouse Cell Lines”
                               Ashley Helton, Vineet Kumar and Melanie Nichols
                                       Dr. Jenifer Turco, Faculty Adviser

                           “Investigation of Reproduction in Ernodesmis verticillata”
                                               Daniel H. Gordon
                                     Dr. Russell Goddard, Faculty Adviser

                          “Morphological Variation Between Two Species of Baptisia
                                          and a Putative Hybrid”
                                             Trevor M. Holland
                                   Dr. Russell Goddard, Faculty Adviser

                   “Reproductive Cycle Differences in Clonal Lines of the Mangrove Killifish”
                                                Melissa E. Ard
                                       Dr. Brian Ring, Faculty Adviser

“The Function of nilB in the Colonization of the Nematode Steinernema carpocapsae by the Bacterium Xenorhabdus
                                                   nematophila”
                                    Christina L. Huntley and William A. Wright
                                        Dr. Archna Bhasin, Faculty Adviser




Chemistry
                                    “A Microbial Method to Produce Taxol”
                                                 Greg Kean
                                     Dr. Thomas Manning, Faculty Adviser

                              “An Insight to Metal Chelators as Cancer Drugs”
                           Khaleh Thomas, Sonya Fulp, Jessica Thomas, Greg Kean,
                                       Ronnie Ware and Joey Jarrard
                                   Dr. Thomas Manning, Faculty Adviser

                         “Characterization of TiO2 Nanoparticles Electrodeposited on
                                     Indium Tin Oxide Glass Electrodes”
                                                Chiharu Konda
                         Drs. Linda de la Garza and Russell Goddard, Faculty Advisers

                         “Development of Biosensors: Modification of Electrodeposited
                                      TiO2 Electrodes with Dopamine”
                                         Tiffany Michelle Cochran
                                   Dr. Linda de la Garza, Faculty Adviser

                               “Diels-Alder Reactions on Silica and in Solution”
                                Khaleh Thomas, Joey Jarrard and Michael Tang
                                       Dr. John Barbas, Faculty Adviser

                                   “DNA Damage in Chlamydomonas Cells”
                                                Caley Allen
                                     Dr. Donna Gosnell, Faculty Adviser
                                       “DNA Damage in Spinach Cells”
                                             Frederique Dunham
                                      Dr. Donna Gosnell, Faculty Adviser

                                           “Fe (III) Binding to Taxol”
                               Brittani McLeod, Nikki Walker and Jessica Thomas
                                      Dr. Thomas Manning, Faculty Adviser

                                     “Lipids of Sulfolobus acidocaldarius”
                                                  Tora Peters
                                     Dr. Yakov Woldman, Faculty Adviser

                           “Multiangle Laser Light Scattering Studies of Single Walled
                                             Nanotubes and DNA”
                                               Michael D. Corbitt
                                     Dr. Thomas Manning, Faculty Adviser

                             “Nanoparticles of Wood: A Renewable Energy Source”
                                         Travis Ireland and Jeff Felton
                                    Dr. Thomas Manning, Faculty Adviser

                             “Solvothermal Synthesis of Energy Storage Materials”
                                             Joshua Lamar Taylor
                                     Dr. Tolulope Salami, Faculty Adviser

                     “Synthesis and Characterization of the Single Molecule Magnet Mn12”
Rhonda Jones, Courtney Arnold, Baqara Ngoyi, Alanna Meadows, Jason Lackey, Bill Hoover, Travis Ireland and Jeff
                                                    Eichler
                         Drs. Thomas Manning and Tolulope Salami, Faculty Advisers

                             “Synthesis of Imines and Oximes Catalyzed by Silica”
                              Ben Hortman, Michael Tang and Irene Gwanfogbe
                                               Dr. John Barbas




English

                                              “The Ripple Effect”
                                                Tommy Davis
                                      Ms. Barbara Warren, Faculty Adviser


Honors


                                          “The History of Chocolate”
                             Jessica Anderson, William Barrett and Janan Minyard
                            Drs. Melanie Byrd and Ofelia Nikolova, Faculty Advisers



                                “The History of Coca-Cola: It’s the Real Thing”
                       Stephanie Briggs, Carly Floyd, Andrew Seliga and Phillip Williams
                           Drs. Melanie Byrd and Ofelia Nikolova, Faculty Advisers


                                           “The History of Ice Cream”
                        Natalia Batista, Craig Black, Christina Douglas and Brandi Foster
                           Drs. Melanie Byrd and Ofelia Nikolova, Faculty Advisers
                                      “The History of Thanksgiving”
                                    Jeff Harrell and Megan MacFarlane
                          Drs. Melanie Byrd and Ofelia Nikolova, Faculty Advisers


Mathematics and Computer Science

                                      “Exploring the Cost of Threading”
                                           Christopher Allen Purvis
                                       Dr. Chunlei Liu, Faculty Adviser


Philosophy and Religious Studies

                “Explaining Morality Away: Some Problems with the New Ethical Naturalism”
                                            Christopher Parker
                                      Dr. James Hill, Faculty Adviser

                         “Solutions for a World Without Fossil Fuels: A World Where
                                          Oil Costs Less Than Water”
                                                 Walker Gross
                                        Dr. Ari Santas, Faculty Adviser


Physics, Astronomy, Geosciences and Pre-Engineering

                          “Analysis of Thermal Stresses in Metallic Structures Using
                                          Finite Element Method”
                                              Jessica C. Carter
                                     Dr. Barry Hojjatie, Faculty Adviser

                     “Canine Distemper and Raccoons in Tall Timbers Research Station”
                                           Matthew J. Doughty
                                    Dr. Paul Vincent, Faculty Adviser

                            “Consequences of Inaccuracy in Measurement of Fiber
                                         in Paper Manufacturing”
                                              Shane Saunders
                                    Dr. Barry Hojjatie, Faculty Adviser

                                   “Erosion Rates of Providence Canyon”
                                             Steven D. Wright
                                     Dr. Paul Vincent, Faculty Adviser

                           “Hydrologic Analysis of Watertable and Stream Flow at
                                 Gibbs Farm, a USDA Research Facility”
                                            Krystalyn N. Batts
                                   Dr. Can Denizman, Faculty Adviser

                    “Labview-Based Motion Control in a Laser Diamond Cutting System”
                                    Chad Hendley and Sean Leader
                                   Dr. Barry Hojjatie, Faculty Adviser

   “Land-Use Changes Associated with the Development of Water Bodies within the Little River Experimental
                               Watershed, Tifton, Georgia from 1990-2000”
                                            James Earl Cooper
                                    Dr. Can Denizman, Faculty Adviser
“Orientation of Joint Systems in Limestone Outcroppings Along the Withlacoochee River in North Lowndes County:
                     Regional Significance and Spatial Relationship to Hydrogeologic Features”
                                                Jordan H. Caldwell
                                        Dr. Mark Groszos, Faculty Adviser

                          “Possible Weather Artifact of Stratospheric Ozone Depletion”
                                              Brittany Hutchison
                                      Dr. Douglas Frink, Faculty Adviser

 “Structural Analysis of a Portion of the Keithsburg Facies of the Mission Mountain Formation, Murphy Belt, North
                                                       Georgia”
                                                  Justin M. Meredith
                                          Dr. Mark Groszos, Faculty Adviser

                         “The Effects of Urbanization on a Stream in Valdosta, Georgia”
                                              Matthew G. Tidmore
                                       Dr. Judith Grable, Faculty Adviser

                   “Using Video and Simulation for the Improvement of Engineering Education”
                                                 Jonathan Rose
                                      Dr. Barry Hojjatie, Faculty Adviser



Political Science


                          “Democratization: An Investigation into Contributing Factors”
                                                Quinn Bennett
                                      Dr. James LaPlant, Faculty Adviser

                   “Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003”
                                Crystina A. Ramos and Christopher A. Brinkley
                                       Dr. David Winder, Faculty Adviser

                   “Upgraded Government or Reformed Imperial System: A Brief Examination
                      and Comparison of China’s Current Bureaucratic and Past Imperial
                             Models and the Concept of Democratic Dictatorship”
                                             Michael D. Hebert
                                     Dr. Joseph Staats, Faculty Adviser



Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

                                “Sex Trafficking: Sexual Exploitation of Women”
                                               Ashley Henderson
                                        Dr. Shani Gray, Faculty Adviser

				
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