Poster Session 12:15-1:30 Magnolia Room 2 Phillip Williams, Carly Floyd, Stephanie Briggs, Andrew Seliga Valdosta State University The History of Coca-Cola: It's the Real Thing POSTER This project examines the history of Coca-Cola from its beginnings in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1885 until the present. Originally registered as a nerve and tonic stimulant, Coca-Cola has evolved from a pharmacist's potion to a worldwide soft drink. This presentation focuses on the changes that have occurred in the production, distribution, and advertisement of Coca-Cola throughout the years and the impact of Coca-Cola on American households. Aaron Gall and Bette' Ford University of West Georgia Production of Sphingosine Analogue POSTER Synthesizing Garner’s Aldehyde becomes a precursor to biologically active compounds, such as the backbone component of sphingolipids, sphingosine, which inhibits protein kinase C. Over-expression of PKC has been known to result in the proliferation of cell growth and division in certain cell types, resulting in tumors. We presume to synthesize a sphingosine analog from Garner’s Aldehyde and to determine the functionality of the 3-hydroxyl group on sphingosine, as well as the effect of additional nitrogen substituents. Amanda M. Brock University of West Georgia Initial Results of Solar Studies at a Sunspot Minimum POSTER Solar activity varies on average every eleven years. Sunspot activity has been minimal during recent years. This project of monitoring the Sun started in October, 2008. Its objectives are to obtain baseline images of the Sun in various wavelengths during the minimum and to continue this imaging in the initial part of the new sunspot cycle. Solar photographs have been made through telescopes equipped with three different filters. Cassie Taylor Valdosta State University World War II’s ‘F’ bomb: Fashion POSTER While World War II helped establish America as a prominent world power, it is also a landmark for an aspect of civilian life rarely connected to war: fashion. Using materials, pictures, and fabrics, this poster presentation covers the important influences World War II had on the fashion environment and, as a result, the social and economic standards it forever changed. Helen Burkett Valdosta State University The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis POSTER This poster presentation depicts the tragic fate of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1945. Countless stories of survivors and information from U.S. government documents are included on the display board via photographs, eyewitness accounts, as well as newspaper excerpts from the time period. Soumeaya Elias Valdosta State University Propaganda: Capitulating on Fear POSTER This poster presentation focuses on the topic of fear and how propaganda “used to promote fear” affected the history of World War II. It also demonstrates a comparable use of propaganda during the 2004 American presidential election. Propaganda affects all generations and can change the course of history, regardless of the time period. Matthew Babcock Valdosta State University Architecture and Modernity POSTER This presentation compares the Eiffel Tower and the Tokyo Tower - two pillars of modern architecture - built in two different countries 69 years apart. In addition to obvious differences in dimensions and building materials, it investigates the cultural differences in the two countries and their acceptance of modernity. Reese Thompson Valdosta State University The Horrors of Human Trafficking POSTER This poster session focuses on the horrors of human trafficking, the fastest- growing criminal industry in the world with a global annual market of about $42.5 billion dollars. It forces men, women, and children into sexual slavery, forced labor, international adoption, servitude for the removal of organs, and recruitment as child soldiers. To bring this closer to home, the state of Georgia experiences trafficking problems, with an example being Atlanta, where ninety percent of all street children are prostituted, regardless of their age. Kathryn Calkins Augusta State University An Ethnographic Exploration POSTER This project uses photography to document a first-person ethnographic study of a Mennonite community. During my one week living with a Mennonite family, I explored all aspects of the community’s daily life. Many rules, such as those regarding dress and technology, challenged my sense of cultural identity as I put aside the trappings of what I took for granted as constituting “me.” It felt like stepping back into an earlier historical moment--one, however, that was not immune from the modern world. I was able to observe the similarities and differences between the world of this community and the one of my own postmodern life. Ashley Quartey Georgia Perimeter College Passionate and Compassionate Love in Relationships POSTER This poster presentation will explore the different types of love that human beings exhibit and the ways in which passionate and compassionate love form the foundation for relationships that are fulfilling. Adam Valdez Valdosta State University Rethinking Our Diet: Perspectives on Veganism POSTER This poster presents the current arguments and the critique of the vegan diet. Introduced first is the idea of the immorality of eating meat from the perspectives of Rights Based arguments and Utilitarian and Consequentialist arguments. Follows a critique of veganism as unfair to women, children, and the elderly and unwittingly isolating and separating humans from nature. The presentation concludes with an introduction of ecocentrism and an explanation of how ecocentric thinking can progress our diet and everyday life.