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2010 Senior Symposium Schedule

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The 2010 Senior Symposium took place on April 16, 2010.

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10:00AM Session in Cleveland L2

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Determination of Non-Template/Template Strand Involvement in Promoter Escape through Transcription of Mismatch Bubble Templates
Ahri Lee '10

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Investigating the Physiological Roles of the 21st and 22nd Amino Acids in Prokaryotes
Temitope T. Ojo '10

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Efficacy of Using Bacteriophage as a Prophylactic to Prevent Escherichia coli O157:H7 Contamination of Alfalfa Sprouts
Abena Opokua Bampo Opoku '10

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Promoter Escape by E. coli RNA Polymerase: Its Dependence on Upstream Rewinding Potential of the -10/discriminator (DIS) Region
Doris Priscilla Tabassum '10

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Investigating the Mechanism of Very Long Abortive Transcript (VLAT) Formation via Hyper Forward Translocation by E. coli RNA Polymerase
Tenaya K. Vallery '10

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Open Complex Contacts: An Analysis of the T5 N25 Discriminator Region Interaction with E. coli RNA Polymerase
Cassandra White '10

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Characterization of Commercially Produced Microfluidic Devices
Madelaine Elise Denno '10


10:00AM Session in Kendade 203

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Transnational Families and Identities of International Students at Mount Holyoke College
Sichu Mali '10

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Law and Moral Panic: Yellow Peril, Cocaine Fiends, and Reefer Madness
Abigail S. Galvin '10

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Alternative Education in New Jersey High Schools: An Analysis of Policy and Practice
Casey Lynn Maliszewski '10


10:00AM Session in Kendade 305

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Against All Odds: Obstacles and Support in Early Childhood Education Workers' Pursuit of Higher Education
Phuong Ta '10

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Evaluating Children's Philosophical Ability
Ariel Sykes '10

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The Role of Guiding Principles in Pre-service Teachers' Conceptualization of Technology
Sarah C. Hopson '10

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Systems of Resilience Among Filipino Youth
Shaina Tantuico '10


10:15AM Session in Kendade 303

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Constructing Nationality: The Americans of Henry James and Nathaniel Hawthorne at Home and Abroad
Vera Rosamond Foley '10

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Trauma, Rootlessness, and the Literary Uses of Nostalgia
Allison Payne '10

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Reshaping the Media Landscape: Social Media, the Preservation of Ethics and the Rise of Niche Audiences
Magdalena Georgieva '10

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Plums: A Collection of Short Stories
Arianna S. Baum-Hommes '10

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Sandhya Banskota '10

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Unveiling the Mask: A Life of Louis Armstrong
Nicole Ashley Chambers '10


10:30AM Session in Cleveland L1

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Exploring Biotic Iron Transformation by the Hyperthermophilic Archaeon Pyrobaculum islandicum
Jacqueline Kay Knutson '10

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The Effect of pH and Inorganic Phosphate on the Duty Cycle of Muscle's Molecular Motor, Myosin
Ebony L. Williams '10

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Comparative Anatomy and Biomechanics of Wings and Antennae in Trichoptera and Lepidoptera: Homologies, Plesiomorphies - What, if Anything, are Orders?
Kelsey Lewis '10

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Fear of Flying: Characterizing a Flightless Strain of Drosophila hydei
Lenna Xiao Ping Peterson '10

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Evaluating the Allelopathic Effects of Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) on Three Native Plant Species
Shahla Farzan '10


10:45AM Session in Cleveland L3

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Thermal Management and Characterization of Light-emitting Diodes (LEDs)
Susu Yan '10

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Novel Magnetic States of Nanorings
Abby Goldman '10

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Fabrication and Characterization of Ferromagnetic Nanorings for Applications in High Density Magnetic Storage Media
Moureen C. Kemei '10

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Lunar Water and Helium-3
Margaret M. McAdam '10


11:00AM Session in Kendade 203

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"Gold-star" Lesbians: How Do Lesbians in Portland, Oregon Use Virginity, Performance, and Bar Culture to Build Community?
Jennifer Kay Hughes '10


11:00AM Session in Kendade 305

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Quaker United Nations Office: A Faith-based Involvement
Maria Lena Garrettson '10

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The Dissemination of Power Through Elections in the Contemporary Middle East
Rahel Isabella Lippert '10

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Fulfilling the Promise of "Never Again": American Leadership in Building Capacity for Genocide Prevention
Mayesha Alam '10


11:30AM Session in Kendade 203

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“It’s Very Bodily”: Authentic Selves in the Life Narratives of Transgender Men
May Tulin '10


12:15PM Session in Cleveland L1

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Computational Analysis of Statics and Dynamics of Macromolecules
Milka Doktorova '10

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A Software Engineering Approach to Scientific Data Provenance
Corietta Teshera-Sterne '10

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Achieving Greater Accuracy in Biomimetic Robot Design: The Emulation of the Amphibian Jumping Mechanism Through Biomimicry and Robotics
Chloe Ilona Sewell '10

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Binary Quadratic Forms over Quadratic Fields: Arithmetic and Geometric Generalization
Jingyi Jiang '10

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Influences of Awkwardness and Eccentric Fixation on Visuomotor Susceptibility to Pictorial Illusions
Elizabeth S. Counterman '10

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Discrimination Learning in Antlions (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae): Learning to Differentiate Prey from Non-prey
Alexandra Wolf '10

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Visual Skills and Reading Abilities
S. Merhar '10

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Therapeutic Effects of Music on Older Adult Psychiatric Patients
Fiona A Sattaur '10


12:15PM Session in Cleveland L2

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Determining Ability of Heterochromatin Protein 1 Beta to Cure Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disorder through Controlled Silencing of ErBb1
Monique Renee Killins '10

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Using Microfluidics to Decipher Chemical Communication by the Predatory Bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus
Jessica Paige McKenzie '10

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Hsp70 Modifiers Reduce PolyQ Toxicity in a Yeast Model of Huntington's Disease
Analisa Potishnak '10

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Bdellovibrio Predation in Dual-Species Biofilms of E. coli Prey and M. luteus Decoys
Phuong B. Vo '10

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What Do All Those Arrows Mean? Examining Representational Competence in Organic Chemistry
Amanda M. Strickland '10

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DNA Helix Destabilization Induced by the Cyclobutane Thymine Dimer Studied Using Small Molecule Probes and Thermodynamic Techniques
Katarzyna Marta Kolodziejczak '10

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Biosynthesis of Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) and Its Biological Importance
Sasha Ferdman '10

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Lipase Activity in the Murine Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (MAIDS) Model
Nicole Herman '10

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Early Activation of Antigen Presenting Cells in the MAIDS System
Bing Miu '10


12:15PM Session in Cleveland L3

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Organic Synthesis via Mechanical Agitation
Genevieve Asante-Odame '10

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Asbestos Contamination From Vermiculite Mines in Libby, Montana
Michelle L. Coutu '10

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Photochemical Modifications of Carbon Nanotubes in Aqueous Systems
Mya Steadman '10

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The Hypoglycemic Effect of Eucalyptus camaldulensis in Sprague Dawley Rats
Laurian Danielle Allison Lue Yen '10

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Dissociative Adsorption of Methane on Ni(111): A Classical Study
Stephanie Regina Miller '10

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The Characterization of Heteropolymers Using 13^C NMR Techniques
Nkeonye N. Ogwuda '10

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Langmuir-Schaefer Monolayers of TOPO-Capped Silver Nanoparticles
Jennifer Anne Soltis '10

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Proton Conduction and Water Structure in Confined Channels
Lara A. Patel '10

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Two-Dimensional Self-Assemblies of Gold Nanoparticle-Poly(vinyl alcohol) Conjugates from Aqueous Solution
Shelly Teng Teng Hsiao '10


12:15PM Session in Kendade 203

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The Empresses’ New Clothes: 16th Century Northern Italian Brides and their Classical Exemplars in Painting and Material Culture
Maureen Rachel McVeigh '10

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Building Blocks for Change: A Transitional Housing Project for Alphabet City
Amber Lisa Hope Knee '10

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Layering and Networking Public Spaces: A Case Study of Times Square and Boston Government Center
Zhanina Lyubomirova Boyadzhieva '10

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From Theophilus to Dionysios: Exploration of Christian Icon Writing
Sarah A. Gorski '10

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Reynard the Fox and Animal/Human Hybridity in Medieval England
Nora Heij Mariano '10


12:15PM Session in Kendade 303

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Ethnic Violence on the Frontier during the Cultural Revolution
Yan Lin Fu '10

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Chinatowns: The Development of Chinese American Communities
Annie H. Wong '10

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Japan's New Lay Judge System: An Exploration
Nondie R. Hemphill '10

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The Roshanniya Movement and the Formation of Pashtun Identity in Mughal India
Mariam Sabri '10

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Middle Twentieth Century South Asian Muslim Identity
Sarah Elahi '10


12:15PM Session in Kendade 305

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Defending the Necessary Tension: An Analysis of the Politics of Recognition in Multi-ethnic Britain
Judith D. Frank '10

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From Distrust to Discourse: The Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee and its Deliberative Potentials
Danielle Yvette Demers '10


1:00PM Session in Kendade 305

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Impacts of Determinate Sentencing and Institutional Services on Juvenile Recidivism in Washington State
Consuelo A. Nelson '10

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Ghanaian Immigrants: The New African Diaspora in the United States
Crystal Boateng '10

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The Role of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone in the Gentrification of Harlem
Jessica Denise Reid '10


1:30PM Session in Kendade 303

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A Gendered Analysis of the Development of Immigrant Cooperatives in the Pioneer Valley
Kristen E. Whitmore '10

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Creating an Alternative or Reinforcing a Violent Hierarchy? A Study of the Discursive and Linguistic Realities of Feminist Responses to Men “Unlearning” Machismo
Katherine Newman '10

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Pocahontas in the Progressive Era: Gender, Feminism and Race in Plays from 1905-1920
Allyse N. Knox '10

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From State to Self: The (Re)Creation of Black Female Bodies
Symone A. New '10


1:45PM Session in Kendade 203

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Seeds of Discontent: The Effects of Genetically Modified Crops on Food, Farms, and Our Future
Michele L. Kuhnle '10

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The Place for Difference: Why Our Democracy Needs Public Space
Elena S. Cohen '10


2:00PM Session in Kendade 305

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Restoration, Revolution and Religion: The Politics of Marriage in Early 19th Century Prussia
Jennifer N. Stewart '10

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To Veil or Not to Veil: The Politicization of Islam in France
Carleigh A. Beriont '10


2:45PM Session in Cleveland L1

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Consuming Comestibles: What We Can Learn From a Gastronomic Journey Through the Pioneer Valley and Beyond
Sara Whitney Stenard '10

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Characterization of Organic Compounds and Evaluation of Compound Specific D/H Ratios in Lake Surface Sediments in Lofoten, Norway
Christina Tham '10

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Shear Wave Splitting in South Carolina, USA
Mignon D. Johnston '10

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Analysis of an Atypical "Type A" Refractory Inclusion from the Allende Meteorite
Marsha Kezia Allen '10


2:45PM Session in Cleveland L2

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The Role of Epstein-Barr Virus Thymidine Kinase in Cancer Induction
Anne Laure Dassier '10

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Characterization of the Suppressive Nature of Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Ariel Markowitz-Shulman '10

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How Do Age-of-Release and Genetic Matching of Parents Impact Return Rates of Atlantic Salmon?
Teresa H. Campbell '10

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Motors and Mitosis: Characterizing the Role of Dynein in Spindle Positioning Phenomena
Kaitlin Brooke '10

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Activity Cycles and Habitat Preference of Uca crenulata in Kino Bay, Mexico
Caitlin Gail McDermott '10

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The Effect of Speed on Hind Limb Muscle Recruitment during Swimming in the Toad, Bufo marinus
Rashmi Manoji Gunaratne '10


2:45PM Session in Cleveland L3

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Bioremediation: An Economic Solution for Cleaning the Environment
Mythili Chunduru '10

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One-pot Surface Grafting of Alkene-rich Hyperbranched Polymers and Subsequent Chemical Transformations
Dana L. Jutras '10

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Making Sense of the Current Financial Crisis
Jiajie Gloria Tang '10

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Contraception Supply, Fertility, and Maternal Mortality: An Evaluation of the 2000 de-facto Manila Contraception Ban
Unika Shrestha '10

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A History of New York State Banking
Michelle Turtora Zagardo '10

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Economics and Social Image Concerns
Raluca Mihaela Ursu '10


2:45PM Session in Kendade 203

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Virtual Bodies, Live Action, Audience: Redefining Boundaries of the Real in Dance Performance
Samantha Port Gilligan '10

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Marking Time on Material: An Artist’s Investigation of Natural Processes
Erica J. Catalano '10

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People: Connectivity and Movement
Amanda J. Hu '10

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Liminal State of Being: The Material and Ethereal
Ryan Noël Ferland '10

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Poetic Realization: A Visual Exploration of Language and Translation
Han Zhang '10


3:00PM Session in Kendade 305

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Is Knowledge Power? The Unquestioned Assumptions of HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs
Mary Christina Hansen '10

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Hard Bargains and Precarious Paradoxes: Balancing Livelihoods, Natural Resources and Governance in Jinja Uganda’s Informal Sector
Sarah Lince '10

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The Marginalization of Ethiopian Israelis: Inevitable or Intentional?
Emily Rachael Ziedman '10


3:30PM Session in Kendade 303

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Translation of Emotion: Arriving at Equivalency
Kelsey Andersen '10

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Situational Identities: Neither Little Havana nor Washington Heights
Natasha Josephine Payes '10

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Spanish Women Writers and the Prologue as a Literary Genre
Emmalie Elizabeth Moseley '10

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Redefining the Queen in Medieval and Early Modern England and Spain
Elizabeth Erin Carlson '10


4:00PM Session in Kendade 203

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Finding the Science in the Fiction: Redefining the Film Genre
Margaret Elizabeth Knoerzer '10

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The Queer Southern Gothic in Popular Film and Fiction
Ariel Lisabeth Hahn '10

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American Identity in Independent Cinema After September 11
Joanna Arcieri '10

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Female Subjectivity and Feminist Aesthetics in the Maternal Friendship Film
Diana Bilbao '10


4:00PM Session in Kendade 305

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A Directed Thematic Apperception Test to Infer Pathogenic Beliefs in College Students
Amany Soliman '10

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Original to Originality: Morphological Accuracy and Rates of Word Recognition of Low Literate Adults
Elizabeth L. Tighe '10

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Visuoperceptual Processing in Autism: Fixation Patterns and the Face Inversion Effect
Ashley S. Nichols '10

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Perceptions of Relationships: A Schematic and Cognitive Approach to Relational Health
Jacqueline Helene Kajos '10


4:30PM Session in Cleveland L2

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Quantitative Trait Locus Analysis of Leaf Phytic Acid Content and Plant Growth in Solanum lycopersicum
Mehrose Hossain '10

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Scanning Electron Microscopy in Forensic Botany: Aster and Solidago Identification
Lauren Johnson '10

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The Effect of the Early Knockdown of Fork Head on Salivary Gland E93 Expression during Drosophila melanogaster Metamorphosis
Catherine Chioreso '10

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Genetic Regulation of Fat Body Remodeling in Drosophila melanogaster
Kathryn Gorski '10

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The Effect of BACE Overexpression on APP Processing and Mitochondria Morphology in Drosophila Skeletal Muscles
Shuang Shao '10


4:30PM Session in Cleveland L3

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Saving Ghana's Mothers: A Study of National Health Insurance and Antenatal Care Use
Aba Amissah Asibon '10

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The Appropriateness of Renewable Energy Technologies in the Development of Rural Bangladesh
Maisha M. Islam '10

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The Impact of Family Planning Policies and Programes on Total Fertility (1996-2006) in Rural Nepal
Sweta Adhikari '10


5:00PM Session in Kendade 303

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Case Study: Fighting Breast Cancer in the Egyptian Healthcare System
Alia Wahid '10

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Gardening ‘Natives’: Issues of Invasiveness, History, and Hybridity in New England
Tesha M. Zimmerman '10

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Type 2 Diabetes in Dakar, Senegal: A Focus on Patients' Choices of Treatment in a Complex Medical System
Zeinab Cama '10

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Preserving the Past and Remembering for the Future: Returning to the Shtetl
Hillary Ossip '10


5:15PM Session in Kendade 305

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Trans(Form)Nation: A Critical Analysis of Transgender Oppression in the U.S.
Caitlin Ann McCaugherty '10

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Gloria Steinem and the Popularization of the Women's Liberation Movement
Stephanie Dahlquist Sluyter '10

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History of the Breast Cancer Advocacy Movement
Elisabeth Stephanie Malin '10


5:30PM Session in Kendade 203

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Science and The Lost World: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Reworking of the Vernian Adventure Novel
Lauren E. Robbins '10

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Experimental Minimalist Play
Samantha Jane Pfeffer '10