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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.

98 Students Present Data Analysis, Statistical Research

Amber Smith '14 presents her research during the Quantitative Analysis Center's Fall Poster Session Dec. 9. Smith examined levels of depression among adolescents with and without permanent physical disabilities. "This was my first poster presentation at Wesleyan, and it was amazing to see everyone so engaged in my study," Smith says.

Amber Smith '14 presents her research during the Quantitative Analysis Center's Fall Poster Session Dec. 9. Smith examined levels of depression among adolescents with and without permanent physical disabilities. "This was my first poster presentation at Wesleyan, and it was amazing to see everyone so engaged in my study," Smith says.

Does participating in combat sports (like martial arts and wrestling) or playing contact sports (like football and hockey) influence aggression outside of the sport? According to a study by Zander Parkinson ’13, the answer might be, yes.

English and psychology double major Alexander "Zander" Parkinson '13 presents his study, "Anger and Athletics: The Association between Sports and Aggression."

English and psychology double major Alexander "Zander" Parkinson '13 presents his study, "Anger and Athletics: The Association between Sports and Aggression."

“I found that among male adolescents there was a significant association between activity level and increased likelihood of getting into a physical fight,” Parkinson explained during the Quantitative Analysis Center’s Fall Poster Session Dec. 9. “Adolescents who played an active sport three or more times a week were significantly more likely to get into a physical fight than non-active adolescents who played an active sport two or less times a week.”

Parkinson and 97 other Wesleyan students enrolled in the hands-on course Applied Data Analysis (QAC 201) presented posters as their final exam. More than 30 guests, who use and teach applied statistics, attended the event to speak with students and judge the posters. (View a photo gallery of the poster session online here.)

The interdisciplinary course QAC 201 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;

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)


Students Present Summer Research at Poster Session

Wesleyan presented its annual Summer Research Poster Session July 30 in Exley Science Center. More than 100 students, mostly from Wesleyan, participated. Students are funded from Hughes, the Mellon Foundation, a Rauch Environmental Grant, the Wesleyan McNair Program, Sonnenblick and the Robert Schumann Endowment. Students from the Quantitative Analysis Center also participated.

Biology majors Nora Vogel ’11 and Caleb Corliss ’13 discussed their poster titled “Genetic Variation for Invasiveness: Are there Monster Genotypes in Polygonum cespitosum?” They’ve spent the summer trying to understand what role “monster” genotypes (genotypes with the highest relative fitness) play in the invasive spread of this species. Their advisor is Sonia Sultan, chair of the Biology Department, professor of biology, professor of environmental studies.

QAC Hosts Poster Session

I-Hui Chow '12 explains his research titled "Is adolescent smoking associated with lust and romantic commitment?" during the Quantitative Analysis Center's Poster Session Dec. 17 in Beckham Hall. More than 70 students presented posters at the event.  All students are enrolled in the course QAC 201, Applied Data Analysis.

I-Hui Chow '12 explains his research titled "Is adolescent smoking associated with lust and romantic commitment?" during the Quantitative Analysis Center's Poster Session Dec. 17 in Beckham Hall. More than 70 students presented posters at the event. All students are enrolled in the course QAC 201, Applied Data Analysis.

College of Social Studies major Chelsea Sprayregen '10 shared her poster titled "What is the relationship between education and attitudes toward homosexuality?"

College of Social Studies major Chelsea Sprayregen '10 shared her poster titled "What is the relationship between education and attitudes toward homosexuality?"

Biology graduate student Christian Skorik's project is titled "Parasitism in forest caterpillars: complex ecology in a tritrophic system." Skorik's advisor is Michael Singer, assistant professor of biology.

Biology graduate student Christian Skorik's project is titled "Parasitism in forest caterpillars: complex ecology in a tritrophic system." Skorik's advisor is Michael Singer, assistant professor of biology.

Davenport to Re-Open with Public Life, Writing Centers

At left, Scott Martin, superintendent of PAC Group LLC in North Haven, Conn. discusses floor plans with Alan Rubacha, construction services consultant, inside the former Davenport Campus Center on March 16.The building is undergoing an interior remodeling project and will re-open as The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life for the Fall 2009 semester.

At left, Scott Martin, superintendent of PAC Group LLC in North Haven, Conn. discusses floor plans with Alan Rubacha, construction services consultant, inside the former Davenport Campus Center on March 16.The building is undergoing an interior remodeling project and will re-open as The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life for the Fall 2009 semester.