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2008 Senior Symposium Schedule

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The 2008 Senior Symposium took place on April 4, 2008.

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The Limitation of English in the Bangladeshi Education System and its Effects on the Income Gap
Mir Tamanna Ahmad '08, Economics
12:30PM session in Kendade 305

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Is Zimbabwe Dependent? A Study of Dependency Theory and Development
Mitchelle Farirai Ajida '08, Economics
12:30PM session in Kendade 203

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Binocular Vision Skills of Human Observers
Heather F. Ajzenman '08, Neuroscience and Behavior
1:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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The Mechanism of Thermal Dissociation of a Prion Peptide Aggregate
Dana M. Alessi '08, Biochemistry
3:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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Adoption of Color-blind Racial Ideologies in White Women and Interracial Life Experiences
Julia M. Alexander '08, Psychology and Education
2:45PM session in Kendade 203

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Stability of Amine-Functionalized Silicon Surfaces in Aqueous Media
Emily Asenath Smith '08, Chemistry
10:30AM session in Cleveland L1

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Contemporary Sino-African Relations and the Potential for Neo-Imperialism
Abigail Avoryie '08, International Relations
12:30PM session in Kendade 203

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The role of βFTZ-F1 in Fat-body Remodeling during Pupal Development in Drosophila melanogaster
Melanie A. Ayerh '08, Biological Sciences
3:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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Orthodox Islamic Practices in Muslims Raised in the United States and Those Raised in Predominantly Islamic Nations
Irim Azam '08, Psychology and Education
10:30AM session in Kendade 203

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Characterization of Lipopolysaccharide Molecules from Bdellovibrio Predators and E. coli Prey using Langmuir-Blodgettry and Atomic Force Microscopy
Stephanie-Ann C. Azan '08, Chemistry
1:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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English Peoples: The Use of Histories
Hannah Bailey '08, English
12:30PM session in Kendade 303

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The Effect of Varying Potassiun Chloride Concentrations on the Production of Full Length Transcripts in Prokaryotic Transcription Initiation
Sara Barnes '08, Biochemistry
1:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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The Importance of the Innate Immune Receptor TLR9 in the Activation of Autoreactive Transgenic B Cells in a Murine Model of Lupus
Meredith K. Bartelstein '08, Biological Sciences
4:30PM session in Cleveland L2

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Optimizing Reaction Conditions for Large Scale Metal-catalyzed Deallylation
Grace E. Bauer '08, Chemistry
10:30AM session in Cleveland L1

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The Subprime Mortgage Crisis: Can We Blame the Rating Agencies?
Judith Bosire '08, Economics
3:45PM session in Kendade 305

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Paleoenvironmental Changes in the Bioluminescent Bays of Vieques, Puerto Rico: Evidence from Ostracods
Jennifer A. Bourdeau '08, Geology
10:30AM session in Cleveland L3

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The Making of Cultural Identities in the United States: Deaf and Queer Experiences
Christine Brown '08, Critical Social Thought
2:45PM session in Kendade 203

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Enantiomers: A Means to Resolve the Uncertainty of Olfactory Reception?
Isabel L. T. Burlingham '08, Chemistry
10:30AM session in Cleveland L1

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Carbon Isotope Stratigraphy of Upper Cretaceous Deposits of the Dalmation Island of Brač, Croatia
Sarah Beth Cadieux '08, Geology
10:30AM session in Cleveland L3

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Puberty Rituals and the Construction of Gender Identity
Emily L. Chase-Jacobsen '08, Politics
1:00PM session in Cleveland L1

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Love at First Sight?: The Experience of Falling in Love for Visually Impaired Individuals
Yelena Chepurina '08, Psychology and Education
1:00PM session in Cleveland L1

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The Effect of N-Methylation on the Conformation and Aggregation of Aβ16-22 Peptides
Jeannie Chew '08, Biochemistry
4:30PM session in Cleveland L1

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Synthesis of Nanocapsules by Miniemulsion Polymerization
Getrude Chimhungwe '08, Chemistry
10:30AM session in Cleveland L1

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The Relationship between the Invasive Species Hypericum perforatum and the Soil Seed Bank in the Quabbin Watershed
Erin Coates '08, Earth and Environment
10:30AM session in Cleveland L2

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Evaluating Modern Sedimentation Processes in a Proglacial Lake: Linnévatnet, Spitzbergen, Svalbard
Patrice F. Cobin '08, Geology
10:30AM session in Cleveland L3

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The Role of βFTZ-F1 in the Dissociation of the Fat-body of Drosophila melanogaster during the Prepupal/Pupal Transition
Joanna Cogan '08, Biological Sciences
3:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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The Effect of Associative Learning on Antlion Feeding Behavior and Fitness
Heather A. Cogswell '08, Neuroscience and Behavior
1:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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Characterization of Heteropolymers with a New Technique using 13C NMR Spectroscopy.
Solange Cox '08, Chemistry
4:30PM session in Cleveland L1

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Childbearing in Contemporary Africa: Locating Local Context in Global Inequality
Allison Cressy '08, Anthropology
10:30AM session in Kendade 305

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Mutational Analysis of a Gene Required for Flagellar Motility in the African Sleeping Sickness Parasite
Sonia Dantas '08, Biological Sciences
4:30PM session in Cleveland L2

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Needle Exchange Programs: From New York to Northampton
Anindita Dasgupta '08, Biological Sciences
10:30AM session in Kendade 305

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Reconstituting Patriarchy: A Study of the Criminalization of Infanticide in Seventeenth Century England
Alexandra de Rivera '08, History
10:30AM session in Kendade 305

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Picking Sides: Challenging the Gender Binary
Elizabeth S. Dean '08, Sociology and Anthropology
2:45PM session in Kendade 203

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A Glimpse Beyond Urban Poverty: The Quiescence of the Poor in Appalachia
Lauren Devine '08, Politics
3:45PM session in Kendade 305

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In-depth Investigation of the Effects of Wettability and Surface Topography on Protein Adsorption
Angela DiCiccio '08, Chemistry
10:30AM session in Cleveland L1

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A Mechanism for Stridulation in the Extinct Biting Midge Eohelea (Diptera, Ceratopogonidae)
April Dinwiddie '08, Biological Sciences
10:30AM session in Cleveland L2

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Conformational Change Induced in a Random Coil Peptide by Prion Peptide Aggregates
Amy C. Dubuc '08, Biochemistry
3:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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Minsky’s Financial Instability Hypothesis: The Master Theory of Financial Crises in Emerging Markets
Krastina Dzhambova '08, Economics
3:45PM session in Kendade 305

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Elaborating on the Past: Dominican Mother and Child Conversational Style
Anita Eckert '08, Psychology and Education
11:30AM session in Kendade 303

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Analysis of Iron Oxidation in Garnets
Erica Emerson '08, Geology
10:30AM session in Cleveland L3

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Art Museums For Grown-Ups: What Is To Be Done With The Children?
Mattie Ettenheim '08, Sociology and Anthropology
1:30PM session in Kendade 303

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Computerized Sequence Analysis of Myosin-19, a Novel Mitochondrial Motor Protein
Marianela Feliu '08, Biological Sciences
3:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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The Contribution of Education to the Perpetuation of Social Class in Sri Lanka
Anushka Fernando '08, Sociology and Anthropology
12:30PM session in Kendade 305

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Jacqueline Finnegan '08, Art and Art History
1:30PM session in Kendade 303

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Proton Conduction Pathways in the Undoped and Yttrium-Doped Barium Zirconate (BaZrO3) Perovskite Oxide
Leigh Foster '08, Chemistry
3:00PM session in Cleveland L1

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After School Programs Are Not Just for the Privileged: The Holyoke Chapter
April Empleo Frazier '08, Psychology and Education
1:30PM session in Kendade 305

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Social Banditry and Civil War in Judaea: Reevaluating the Judaean Revolt of AD 66
Karen Frost '08, International Relations
10:30AM session in Kendade 303

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Understanding the Political and Social Effects of Immigration to Italy
Elena T. Garofalo '08, International Relations
10:30AM session in Kendade 303

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Kinematics of the Chameleon Feeding Mechanism through Ontogeny
Lindsay Goodale '08, Biological Sciences
1:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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Impact of Chinese Trade and FDI on Latin America's Development Prospects: Lessons from Peru
Katherine M. Gordon '08, Economics
12:30PM session in Kendade 203

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Calorespirometric Exploration of Temperature, Substrate, Seasonal, and Latitudinal Effects on Soil Microbial Metabolism and Carbon Dynamics
Alison Mills Grantham '08, Biological Sciences
10:30AM session in Cleveland L2

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Riding the Tide: Investigation into Diurnal Migratory Patterns of Fresh Water Fiddler Crabs
Jessica E. Gregson '08, Biological Sciences
10:30AM session in Cleveland L2

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Cross-Class Alliances: Subverting Capitalist Class Structure by Re-Imagining Democracy, Social Justice Activism, and Class Institutions
Carmen Guhn-Knight '08, Critical Social Thought
2:45PM session in Kendade 305

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An Examination of Handicapped Canine Locomotion and Therapeutic Cart Design
Allison Haley '08, Biological Sciences
1:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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The Interaction of Synthetic Model Peptides with Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs)
Abigail Hamilton '08, Chemistry
10:30AM session in Cleveland L3

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The Chronological Pattern of Stress Evaluated from Enamel Defects in Yucatec Mayan Children
Sabahat Hanif '08, Biological Sciences
10:30AM session in Cleveland L2

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Effect of Predatory Bacterium Bdellovibrio Bacteriovorus on Mixed Biofilms
Melissa K. Hart '08, Biochemistry
1:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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The French Presidential Election of 2007: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité?
Katherine M. Heaslip '08, French
2:45PM session in Kendade 305

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Effect of Purine/Pyrimidine Content of the Initial Transcribed Sequence on Abortive Initiation and Promoter Escape
Xuyen Ho '08, Biochemistry
1:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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Probing the Beta-Sheet Self-Aggregation of the Peptide Ac-AAAAKAAY-NH2 Using Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
Katherine D. Hogg '08, Biochemistry
3:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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Presenting The Memory of Rain and Other Stories
Sundus Husain '08, English
2:45PM session in Kendade 303

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What is Peat and Why Does It Matter?
Katharine Johnston Irvin '08, Chemistry
3:00PM session in Cleveland L1

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Preadolescent Prophetesses: The Portrayal of 11-year-old Female Heroines in Pan's Labyrinth, Whale Rider, and Manny and Lo
Linda Juhasz-Wood '08, Film Studies
2:45PM session in Kendade 303

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Jürgen Habermas's Theory of a Cosmopolitan Democracy: Realistic or Utopian?
Sophia Kellner '08, Sociology and Anthropology
2:45PM session in Kendade 305

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Investigating the Role of Inner-arm Dynein Proteins in the Flagellar Movement of African Trypanosomes
Kathryn W. Kinzel '08, Biological Sciences
4:30PM session in Cleveland L2

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Isolation and Characterization of Novel Oligomycin-Resistant Saccharomyces cerevisiae Mutants of the Mitochondrially Encoded FOATPase Subunits
Michelle L. L'Archeveque '08, Biological Sciences
3:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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A Drosophila melanogaster Model for Understanding Human Sporadic-Inclusion Body Myositis
Wilmina Landford '08, Biological Sciences
3:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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Unbiased Search for Molecular Outflows in the Taurus Molecular Cloud
Amy Langford '08, Astronomy
10:30AM session in Cleveland L3

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Sites of Resistance: Writing as Protest in Black Anti-Apartheid South African Literature
Elizabeth M. Lockwood '08, English
2:45PM session in Kendade 303

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Surface-initiated Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Norbornene
Naa Norkor Lokko '08, Chemistry
10:30AM session in Cleveland L1

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Assessing Adult Literacy: An Error Analysis of DIBELS and the Woodcock Johnson Broad Reading Scale
Meghan Lynch '08, Psychology and Education
with Jessica M. Nollet '08, Psychology and Education
1:30PM session in Kendade 305

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Spectroscopic and Thermodynamic Studies of the Effect of Ionic Strength on Helix Stability in an Alanine-Rich Peptide
Threshia Malcolm '08, Chemistry
4:30PM session in Cleveland L1

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NMR Studies of the H55V Mutant and its Substrate Binding Process in Dehaloperoxidase
Natalie J. Martin '08, Chemistry
4:30PM session in Cleveland L1

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The Panopticon: A Facebook Installation
Martha Martinez '08, Art and Art History
1:00PM session in Cleveland L1

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"Intellectual Superiority, Social Morons": The Evolution of Social Regulations at Mount Holyoke and the Seven Sisters, 1955-1975
Meg Massey '08, History
1:00PM session in Cleveland L1

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Passage Retrieval with Flexible Passage Lengths
Kylie McCormick '08, Computer Science
3:00PM session in Cleveland L1

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Therapeutic Protein - Polymer Conjugates
Samantha B. McRae '08, Chemistry
10:30AM session in Cleveland L1

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Size Discrimination and Decisiveness in Mate Selection of Subsocial Burying and Passalid Beetles
Joan M. Meiners '08, Biological Sciences
10:30AM session in Cleveland L2

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Comparative Analysis of Oboes, Oboe Reeds and Oboists: Which Matters Most to Timbre?
Kendall Milar '08, Physics
3:00PM session in Cleveland L1

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Assessing Adult Literacy: An Error Analysis of DIBELS and the Woodcock Johnson Broad Reading Scale
Jessica M. Nollet '08, Psychology and Education
with Meghan Lynch '08, Psychology and Education
1:30PM session in Kendade 305

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History of Healthcare Access and Delivery in the Aba Region of Nigeria (1880-1990)
Ukwori Kalu Onuma '08, History
10:30AM session in Kendade 305

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Boundaries, Victims, and Power in Four South Asian Novels
Anjali Parasnis-Samar '08, English
2:45PM session in Kendade 303

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Evidence of Hysteresis in the Neuromuscular System of 3rd Instar Sarcophagidae bullata
Bethany A. Paterson '08, Biological Sciences
1:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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Rethinking Vienna Gloriosa: Civic and Commercial Patronage in Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach's Ephemeral Arches of 1690
Elizabeth J. Petcu '08, Art and Art History
1:30PM session in Kendade 303

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Ethnic Identity Salience of College Students Across Social Situations
Charisse B. Pickron '08, Psychology and Education
2:45PM session in Kendade 203

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General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Memory of the American Civil War
Kathryn Plass '08, History
12:30PM session in Kendade 303

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Preeclampsia in the Dominican Republic: A Study of Public Health Initiatives
Katherine Poirier '08, Biological Sciences
10:30AM session in Kendade 305

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The Role of Intraflagellar Transport in Signaling in African Trypanosomes
Lindsey Poole '08, Biological Sciences
4:30PM session in Cleveland L2

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The Use of Singular Value Decomposition and Infrared Spectroscopy for the Study of Protein Misfolding Dynamics
Taylor R. Pressler '08, Chemistry
3:00PM session in Cleveland L1

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The Relative Quantification of Drosophila Broad Complex Expression in βFTZ-F1 Loss-of-Function Mutants During Metamorphosis
Ishita Rahman '08, Biological Sciences
3:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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Just A Little "Inconvenience": Cross Cultural Differences in Children's Attitudes Towards Peers with Disabilities
Amrita Randhawa '08, Psychology and Education
1:30PM session in Kendade 305

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Privatized Security Companies: New Challenges in International Security
Priti N. Rao '08, Politics
10:30AM session in Kendade 303

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Calcite-Graphite Isotope Thermometry in Southeastern Adirondack Marble, Grenville Province, New York
Jessica Ream '08, Geology
10:30AM session in Cleveland L3

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Framing the Issue of Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Sofia Boston Redford '08, Anthropology
10:30AM session in Kendade 305

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Air Pollution Monitoring of Heavily Trafficked Intersections and Industries for VOCs in Holyoke, Massachusetts
Salena P. Reynolds '08, Earth and Environment
10:30AM session in Cleveland L3

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Educational Trajectories of Teachers and Teacher's Aides: What Motivates Early Childhood Educators to Pursue Higher Education
Catherine Riffin '08, Psychology and Education
1:30PM session in Kendade 305

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Understanding Monolingual Puerto Rican Parents’ Perception of Their Children’s Educational Experiences and Academic Outcomes: A Qualitative Study of Puerto Rican Families in an Urban Setting
Yedalis Ruiz '08, Psychology and Education
11:30AM session in Kendade 303

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Structuring Narrative in Three Graphic Novels
Zainab Saleh Mohamed '08, English
2:45PM session in Kendade 303

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Colorfastness Testing on Nike Product: Limitation on Choice of Colors
Frances H. Sanda '08, Chemistry
10:30AM session in Cleveland L1

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Interpreting the #Khomani San Land Rights Claim: Ăo, !Haa, //X'am – Land, Water, Truth
Marcia C. Schenck '09, History
12:30PM session in Kendade 203

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Effects of Mg2+ Concentration on the Excitatory Junction Potential in Drosophila Larvae
Hilary J. Selden '08, Biological Sciences
1:00PM session in Cleveland L2

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The Americanization of the Holocaust
Nancy Sherman '08, History
12:30PM session in Kendade 303

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The Irish Christian Holy Men: Druids Reinvented?
Chelsea Shields-Mas '08, Medieval Studies
10:30AM session in Kendade 203

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Investigating the Role of TLR7 in the Activation of Autoreactive B Cells in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
Akriti Singh '08, Biological Sciences
4:30PM session in Cleveland L2

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Women Writing for Women: Nüshu and Literacy, Gender, and Class in China
Annie Sullivan-Chin '08, Asian Studies
12:30PM session in Kendade 305

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Perception of Relationships
Erika M. Theel '08, Psychology and Education
1:00PM session in Cleveland L1

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Christ Pantocrator: The Unsettled Debate Over the Humanity and Divinity of Jesus
D. Morgan Trujillo '08, Religion
10:30AM session in Kendade 203

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A Genre on the Threshold: Anxiety and Order in British Detective Fiction from Holmes to Wimsey
Jennifer Udden '08, English
2:45PM session in Kendade 303

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Imino Proton Exchange Studies with the 8-oxo-Guanine Lesion
Jacqueline Wade '08, Biochemistry
1:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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The Unified Self
Julia Wagner '08, Art and Art History
1:30PM session in Kendade 303

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Fine Resolution Mapping of the Anthocyanin gainer Locus in Solanum lycopersicum
Lorin E.B. Weaver '08, Biological Sciences
10:30AM session in Cleveland L1

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Probing the Open Complex Contact of the Discriminator Region on T5 N25 Promoter
Jessica Wiwczar '08, Biochemistry
1:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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Evolution and Development of Tooth Cusp Morphology of Molars and Deciduous and Permanent Premolars in Mesohippus
Emily Woodruff '08, Biological Sciences
10:30AM session in Cleveland L2

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Probing the Active Site of Dehaloperoxidase by Comparisons of Mutant H55R and Wild-type DHP
Mai Yasunaga '08, Biochemistry
4:30PM session in Cleveland L1

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Investigation of the Function of Two RING Finger Proteins of Dictyostelium discoideum by Means of Ubiquitination and Localization Analyses
Alyona Yermalovich '08, Biological Sciences
3:00PM session in Cleveland L3

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The 1968 Olympic 200 Meter Medal Winners and the Formation and Function of the Photographic Icon
Grace Zeigler '08, Sociology and Anthropology
1:00PM session in Cleveland L1