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Undergraduates Present Summer Research at Poster Session

More than 75 undergraduate students made presentations at the Wesleyan Summer Research Poster Session, held Aug. 1 in Exley Science Center’s lobby.

Students majoring in biology, molecular biology and biochemistry, psychology, physics, earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, economics, sociology and government spent at least 10 weeks this summer working on research projects.

Several students are McNair Fellows, Hughes Fellows or Quantitative Analysis Center Fellows.

Photos of the poster session are below:

Jillian Roberts ’15 presented her research on the "Influence of Minimal Group Membership on Children's Ideas of Equality." Her advisors were Jessica Taggart, Psychology Department research associate and lab coordinator, and Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology. 

Jillian Roberts ’15 presented her research on the “Influence of Minimal Group Membership on Children’s Ideas of Equality.” Her advisors were Jessica Taggart, Psychology Department research associate and lab coordinator, and Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology.

Charlie Chung ’14 presented his research on "What matters in Environmental Politics? How the strategies of different sectors affect the outcome of environments." His advisor is Mary Alice Haddad, associate professor of government, environmental studies, and East Asian studies.

Charlie Chung ’14 presented his research on “What matters in Environmental Politics? How the strategies of different sectors affect the outcome of environments.” His advisor is Mary Alice Haddad, associate professor of government, environmental studies, and East Asian studies.

Peter Martin ’14 spoke to Professor Joop Varekamp about his research on "Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Martian Brines." His advisor is Martha Gilmore, chair of earth and environmental sciences.

Peter Martin ’14 spoke to Professor Joop Varekamp about his research on “Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Martian Brines.” His advisor is Martha Gilmore, chair of earth and environmental sciences.

Melanie Schaffler ’15 presented her research on the "Effect of Parasitism on Nutrient Selection in Grammia incorrupta Caterpillars." Her advisor is Michael Singer, associate professor of biology, associate professor of environmental studies.

Melanie Schaffler ’15 presented her research on the “Effect of Parasitism on Nutrient Selection in Grammia incorrupta Caterpillars.” Her advisor is Michael Singer, associate professor of biology, associate professor of environmental studies.

Rami Elsabeh ’15 presented his research on the "Relationship Between Zebra Finch Song Stereotypy, Singing Rate, and Neuronal Morphology in Two Song System Regions." His advisor is John Kirn, professor of biology.

Rami Elsabeh ’15 presented his research on the “Relationship Between Zebra Finch Song Stereotypy, Singing Rate, and Neuronal Morphology in Two Song System Regions.” His advisor is John Kirn, professor of biology.

Jason Gross ’14 presented his research on "Behavior of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet During the Pliocene (2.6-5.3mya)." His advisor is Suzanne O'Connell, professor of earth and environmental sciences.

Jason Gross ’14 presented his research on “Behavior of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet During the Pliocene (2.6-5.3mya).” His advisor is Suzanne O’Connell, professor of earth and environmental sciences.

Christopher Roth ’15 presented his research on "Calculating Differential Collision Cross Sections for Li2-Ne Collisions."

Christopher Roth ’15 presented his research on “Calculating Differential Collision Cross Sections for Li2-Ne Collisions.”

Hanbin Wang Jr. ’15 presented his research on "Construction of Mismatched Circular DNA Substrate for Biochemical Assays." His advisors were Anushi Sharma, Ph.D. student in the Hingorani Lab, and Manju Hingorani, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

Hanbin Wang Jr. ’15 presented his research on “Construction of Mismatched Circular DNA Substrate for Biochemical Assays.” His advisors were Anushi Sharma, Ph.D. student in the Hingorani Lab, and Manju Hingorani, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

John Pacheco ’15 (pictured) and Andrew Ribner ’14 presented their research on "Navigation in Children: The Effects of Symmetry and Asymmetry on Spatial Reorientation." Their advisor is Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology.

John Pacheco ’15 (pictured) and Andrew Ribner ’14 presented their research on “Navigation in Children: The Effects of Symmetry and Asymmetry on Spatial Reorientation.” Their advisor is Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology.

Elaine Tsui ’15 presented her research on "Anodic Oxidation of 1,1-Diphenylacetone in Various Alcohols." Her advisor is Albert Fry, the E.B. Nye Professor of Chemistry.

Elaine Tsui ’15 presented her research on “Anodic Oxidation of 1,1-Diphenylacetone in Various Alcohols.” Her advisor is Albert Fry, the E.B. Nye Professor of Chemistry.

Derek Frank ’15 presented his poster titled "Microwave Spectroscopic Study of the Reaction of Allyl Phenyl Ether." His advisors are Garry Grubbs, Chemistry Department postdoctoral fellow; Stephen Anthony Cooke, visiting scholar in chemistry; and Stewart Novick, chair and professor of chemistry.

Derek Frank ’15 presented his poster titled “Microwave Spectroscopic Study of the Reaction of Allyl Phenyl Ether.” His advisors are Garry Grubbs, Chemistry Department postdoctoral fellow; Stephen Anthony Cooke, visiting scholar in chemistry; and Stewart Novick, chair and professor of chemistry.

Caitlin Bray '15 presented her research on "1-Naphthol Hydrogen Bound Clusters. Her advisor is Joseph Knee, professor of chemistry.

Caitlin Bray ’15 presented her research on “1-Naphthol Hydrogen Bound Clusters. Her advisor is Joseph Knee, professor of chemistry.

55 Students Present Psychology, Neuroscience Research Posters

Andrew Ribner '14 presented his study titled "Navigation in Children: The Effect of Asymmetry on Reorientation" during the Psychology Department's Research Poster Session April 25. About 55 BA students, thesis students, BA/MA thesis students and research associates from the Psychology and Neuroscience and Behavior Departments presented posters.

At left, Andrew Ribner ’14 and in center, Taylor Deloach ’13, presented their study titled “Navigation in Children: The Effect of Asymmetry on Reorientation” during the Psychology Department’s Research Poster Session April 25. About 55 BA students, thesis students, BA/MA thesis students and research associates from the Psychology and Neuroscience and Behavior Departments presented posters.

Honors, MA Students Present Posters at Science Theses Celebration

Samantha Melvin ’13 presented her research on “The Effects of Learning American Sign Language on College Students’ Spatial Cognition” during the Celebration of Science Thesis April 19 in Exley Science Center. Honors and MA students majoring in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division made poster presentations. Melvin’s advisor is Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology.

Samantha Melvin ’13 presented her research on “The Effects of Learning American Sign Language on College Students’ Spatial Cognition” during the Celebration of Science Theses April 19 in Exley Science Center. Honors and MA students majoring in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division made poster presentations. Melvin’s advisor is Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology. More than 35 students made presentations.

QAC 201 Course Uses Poster Session as Final Exam

More than 110 students enrolled in the hands-on course Applied Data Analysis (QAC 201) presented research at the Quantitative Analysis Center’s Student Poster Session on Dec. 12 in Beckham Hall. The poster session served as the course’s final exam. More than 35 guests who use and teach applied statistics, attended the Quantitative Analysis Center’s Student Poster Session to speak with students and judge the posters. Several of the guest judges were alumni.

The interdisciplinary course QAC 201, taught by Lisa Dierker, professor of psychology, provides experience in data management and applied statistics. Students develop skills in several aspects of the research process including generating testable hypotheses based on extant data; conducting a literature review and evaluating the content of scientific literature; preparing data for analysis; selecting and conducting descriptive analyses; and presenting research findings.

The QAC’s Student Poster Session provided an opportunity for students to share their work with each other, and interact with outside experts. Photos of the event are below:

 

Rehan Mehta '14 speaks to guest judge Larry Vitulano, a clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor of psychology at the Yale School of Medicine.

Rehan Mehta ’14 speaks to guest judge Larry Vitulano, a clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor of psychology at the Yale School of Medicine. Mehta’s research is titled, “The Association between Adolescent Aggression And Religiosity.”

Phabinly "Phabs" Gabriel '13 presented his research on "The Relationship between Televised Media and Violent Behaviors."

Phabinly “Phabs” Gabriel ’13 presented his research on “The Relationship between Televised Media and Violent Behaviors.”

Lauren Seo '14 speaks to a guest judge about her research on "The Association between Major Depression and Smoking in Pregnant Women."

Lauren Seo ’14 speaks to a guest judge about her research on “The Association between Major Depression and Smoking in Pregnant Women.”

Mfundi Makama '14 shares his poster on "Attendance of Counseling Services among Different Occupations."

Mfundi Makama ’14 shares his poster on “Attendance of Counseling Services among Different Occupations.”

Leslie Egno '14 presented her QAC research on "The Association between Substance Use and Suicide Attempts among Adolescents."

Leslie Egno ’14 presented her QAC research on “The Association between Substance Use and Suicide Attempts among Adolescents.”

Shirley Deng '14 shared her current research on "Association between Self-image, Goals and Expectations and Academic Achievement."

Shirley Deng ’14 shared her current research on “Association between Self-image, Goals and Expectations and Academic Achievement.”

For more information on the Quantitative Analysis Center, visit the website, or contact Emmanuel Kaparakis, director of centers for advanced computing in the QAC.

Sediment Geochemistry, Children’s Linguistic Studies at Summer Research Poster Session

Students majoring in earth and environmental sciences, biology, molecular biology and biochemistry, chemistry, physics, psychology, environmental health, safety and sustainability presented their summer-long research projects during the Wesleyan Summer Research Poster Session Aug. 2 in Exley Science Center. Quantitative Analysis Center summer fellows, Hughes fellows, and McNair scholars also presented their research. Photos of the event are below (Photos by Olivia Drake):

Psychology major Yan Pui “Angela” Lo ’14 presented “The Role of Linguistic Context in Children’s Acquisition of Number Words.” Her advisor is Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology.

Chemistry major Sarah Hensiek ’13 discussed her research on “Comparative Studies of Transition Metal Complexes of Polyacetate Tetraaza Macrocycles.” Her advisor is T. David Westmoreland, associate professor of chemistry.

Raymond Wong ’14 spoke about his summer-long research on “Are Wealthier States More Successful than Poorer States?: The Impact of Income Packaging on States’ Child Poverty Rates. Wong’s advisor was Wendy Rayack, associate professor of economics, tutor in the College of Social Studies. Wong completed his research through the Quantitative Analysis Center.

Ellen Lesser ’15 presented a poster titled “Estimation Bias in Numerical and Non-Numerical Spatial Tasks in 9- and 10- Year Olds and Adults.” Her advisors are Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, and postdoctoral fellow Emily Slusser.

Molecular biology and biochemistry and chemistry major Laura Nocka ’13 speaks to Francis Starr, associate professor of physics, about her research on “Structure and Function of Holliday Junctions Complexed with Ions and HU Protein. Her advisors are Ishita Mukerji, dean of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, and David Beveridge, the Joshua Boger University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics, professor of chemistry.

David Shor ’13 presented “Impact of Exposure to Party Mentions in Political Ads and Local News on Ability to Identify Candidates’ Political Party.” His advisor is Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor of government. Shor completed his research through the Quantitative Analysis Center and Wesleyan Media Project.

Earth and environmental science major Ariela Knight ’13 presented “Sediment Geochemistry and Laminations of Ballston Lake, N.Y.” Her advisor is Tim Ku, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences. Pictured at right is Dana Royer, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences.

Seniors, BA/MAs Present Thesis Research at NSM Poster Session

Seth Hafferkamp '12 presents his thesis titled, "Autoionization Lifetime Measurements of Na2 Rydberg States" at the "Celebration of Science Theses" April 19 in Exley Science Center. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Fifteen Wesleyan students presented posters on their research in the sciences and mathematics at the seventh annual “Celebration of Science Theses” event held April 19.

“You help keep our sciences here vibrant and alive,” Ishita Mukerji, dean of natural sciences and mathematics, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, tells the students gathered in the lobby of Exley Science Center as she congratulates them. Mukerji says she hopes that after pausing to celebrate their achievements, the students will continue to pursue research for many years to come.

The work presented by seniors and BA/MA students spans a wide range of disciplines.

Micah Wylde ’12 presents his research on “Safe Motion Planning for Autonomous Driving."

For his project, Micah Wylde ’12, a computer science major, developed algorithms for self-driving cars, like the cars reportedly being developed by Google. The algorithms translate high-level navigation goals (eg. Drive from home to the grocery store) into actual turns of the steering wheel. “I was working particularly on safety, which is a big deal when you have one-ton cars hurtling down the road,” he explains.

Wylde says self-driving cars are no longer the stuff of science fiction. “Everything has come together in the last five years—algorithms, sensing technology,” he says. “Now it’s just refining it.”

He adds, “In the next decade, there are going to be autonomous cars on the road—no question.”

Tom Oddo ’12, a Science in Society Program major, studied the work of D. D. Palmer, who founded chiropractics at the turn of the 20th century. Oddo plans to train to be a chiropractor after graduation, and sought to explain the stigma attached to the practice.

Students to Present Research at NSM Theses Celebration April 19

Wesleyan students will present their research at the seventh annual "Celebration of Science Theses” April 19.

Join Wesleyan students and faculty members at the “Celebration of Science Theses” April 19.

The seventh annual event will feature 15 seniors and BA/MA students from the Natural Science and Mathematics departments presenting posters on their research to the Wesleyan community. Among them will be computer science major Micah Wylde ’12 presenting “Safe Motion Planning for Autonomous Driving” and molecular biology and biochemistry major Sophia Levan ’12 presenting “The Carbohydrate-Binding Activity of Vibrio Cholerae Cytolysin.”

The event takes place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Exley Science Center’s lobby.

Refreshments will be provided. See photos of the 2011 event online here.

In addition, the Psychology Department will host their own poster session from noon to 1 p.m. April 27 in Zelnick Pavilion.

Undergraduates Present Research at Summer Poster Session

More than 80 undergraduates presented recent research at the Wesleyan Summer Research Poster Session July 29 in Exley Science Center. Students majoring in biology, molecular biology and biochemistry, psychology, physics, earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, and other disciplines spent at least 10 weeks this summer working on research projects.

Oscar Takabvirwa '14 presented his research on "Solvation of (the peptide) Melittin Using Molecular Modeling." His advisors are Christina Othon, assistant professor of physics, and David Beveridge, the Joshua Boger University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics, professor of chemistry. This was a dual project between the Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry.

Quantitative Analysis Center Hosts Poster Session


Sociology major Ayana Mortley ’12 discusses her research titled, “The Association between Drug Use and Delinquency in Adolescents,” during the Quantitative Analysis Center’s Poster Session Dec. 17 in Beckham Hall. About 60 students from several different majors presented posters.



At left, biology major Isaac Lichter-Marck ’11 presented his poster titled, “The Association between Diet Breadth, Crypsis and Enemy-Free Space in a Temperate Forest Caterpillar Community.”



Sandy Durosier ’13 presented a poster titled, “Relationship between Ethnicity, Gender and Socio-Economic Status on Academic Achievement.” For this study, she examined Connecticut Mastery Test scores of students attending Middletown Public Schools.



At right, evaluator Michael Whitcomb, director of institutional research, listens to Heather Miura ’14 discuss her study on “The Association between Depression and Drug Use in Young Adults.”



The Poster Session was a culmination of the course QAC 201, "Applied Data Analysis." Throughout the semester, students developed skills in several aspects of the research process including generating testable hypotheses based on extant data; evaluating the content of scientific literature; preparing data for analysis; and conducting descriptive and inferential statistical analyses. (Photos by Olivia Drake)