Fall 2012 Oral Presentations

WSCU Celebration of Scholarship Undergraduate Research Symposium

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, Prosser Theater

12:15 Introduction and opening remarks

12:20 p.m.

1. Moorhouse, Janelle. English. Alina Luna. Get Your Shriek On: The Inarticulation of Scandal

The utterance of sound is the ultimate communication within normal human society.  Yet, the shriek is sound of a primal nature indicative of the inability to formally communicate a sense of urgency.  Because the shriek is so primal, the shriek also implies a rupture within the normal functioning of society, where the shriek becomes an indicator of impropriety and scandal.  In Henry James’ Turn of the Screw, the shriek occurs three times, wherein two of those instances scandal is apparent on the part that the governess as the perpetrator of scandal; whereas Flora and Miles, her wards, are scandalized, hence their roles as shriekers.  The governess marginalizes their shrieks, making the children ghosts in themselves.  The governess also shrieks, but hers stems from her final release of sexual anxiety, where her ability to scandalize comes back to herself when she cannot discern between any of her ghosts. ENG 374.

12:35 p.m.

2. Lynott, Shannon, Tayler Birdsall, Olivia Rapisand, and Kate Edwards. Communication and Theatre. Jack Lucido. Preview Into COTH397

A small group of students from the new Sexual prevention class COTH 397 will be presenting what we are doing with our class and our future plans for next semester. We will show two short films we created; one including statistics taped on the mouths of a number of students from the class and WSCU. The second will present a backwards rewind story about a couples life together and the experiences they have had with consent. We will then talk about the statistics from the first film and debrief with the audience as we inform them about sexual assault prevention and community support programs. We will finish with a poem about sexual assault. COTH 397.

12:50 p.m.

3. Art 105 and Eng 205 students. Art. Teresa Milbrodt and Don Seastrum. Reading Art


Students in Teresa Milbrodt’s ENG 205 class submitted original poems to students in Don Seastrum’s Honors ART 105 for consideration as inspiration for their artwork.  Seastrum’s students discussed color theory, including the concepts of harmonious color, color extension, and how to use color to create unity in artwork.  The students selected two poems to use as a basis for their artwork, and created one composition as an aesthetic reaction to each poem.  One composition needed to reflect harmony through color, and the other needed to reflect how to create emphasis (extension) through color.  Students also had to integrate the elements of line, form, and shape into their compositions, and write a brief essay explaining how they designed the composition based on the poem.  Selected art students will display their two-dimensional compositions and explanatory essays, and the English students will display their accompanying poetry. ART 105 and ENG 205.

1:05 p.m.

4. Bruce, Samantha. Chemistry. Dale Orth. Syrphid fly distributions along an elevation gradient in and around the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL)

Much is known about bee pollination, but there is little information concerning pollination by syrphid flies. Syrphid flies are important to study because little information is known about them, but they the most significant flower visiting Dipteras, which are the second most important order among flower-visiting and flower-pollinating insects.  Our knowledge of syrphids needs to be enhanced concerning (i) How does syrphid abundance change over an elevation gradient, and (ii) How does the number of syrphid morphospecies change over an elevation gradient? (iii) How many syrphid fly species are found across the elevation gradient established at RMBL? A five-week observational study was carried out at five weather stations in and around RMBL, with an elevation range of 561m.  Flower abundance was recorded at each site, followed by sampling of syrphids. CHEM 494.

1:20 p.m.

5. Buckwalter, Adam. English. Christine Jespersen. Yamashita's Mojado and Hardt and Negri's Multitude: A Fictional Critique of Theory

In this era of globalization, international commerce has changed the global work force's engagement with the world and each other by uprooting workers from their places of origin and scattering them in the search for employment. To political theorists Hardt and Negri, this represents an injustice; however, there is also opportunity in globalization's reorganization of trade. I use Hardt and Negri's history of globalization to read Karen Yamashita's novel, Tropic of Orange. This novel, however, succeeds in its answer for the global work force where Hardt and Negri fail by empowering the value of cultural identity. A work of fiction can critique political theory through the novel's ability to realign words with more empowering connotations. In Yamashita's portrayal of indigenous Americans, the value of culture is reasserted in resistance to economic subjugation instead of limiting the worker to a function which can only act in terms of its labor value. ENG 394.

1:35 p.m.

6. Heide, Genessa. English. Christine Jespersen. Immigration and Global Movement in Relation to Group Identity and Power

There is an exaggerated representation of globalization discourse within literature. When theorists pull from this, theories about power distribution are separated from theories about identity. Scholars fail to address how power and identity interplay in the discourse of minority groups. The novels Ways of Dying by Zakes Mda and Tropic of Orange by Karen Tei Yamashita, conversely, explore the viewpoints of dislocated and marginalized minority groups, who are often victims of external influences on group identity. Both novels construct group movement as a consequence of complex reactions between different levels of power and identity struggles. Yamashita reveals a fantasized version of this process with the assimilation of Mexican and Asian immigration into the U.S. while Mda creates a mythologized South African setting through dislocated and partially colonized natives; movement is represented as the result of disruption between the once stable relationship of power and identity. ENG 394.

1:50 p.m.

7. Irmiter, Irmiter. Exercise and Sport Science. Christina Buchanan. Massage Therapy Techniques:  A Comparison Between Pre-Sport Massage and Relaxation Swedish Massage

 While evidence to refute the effects of massage therapy is insufficient to make definitive statements, new information is necessary to help formulate an understanding of massage therapy. The aim of the quantitative study was to examine the psychological and physical effects of pre-event sports massage and Swedish massage. Six healthy male and female subjects were chosen to participate in this study. Each of the subjects were from a small University in the Rocky Mountains. Each participant received either a 30 min Swedish massage or a 30 min pre-event sports massage on two separate mornings. Testing for pre as well as post heart rate and blood pressure were completed before and after each massage session.  Convenience samples were administered; one before the massage, one after the massage and one at the end of their day. ESS 495.

2:05 p.m.

8.  Thompson, Gavin. English. Christine Jespersen. Globalization and Ethics

Throughout history empires have both risen and fallen producing forces of both hegemony and counter-hegemony. In her novel The Tropic of Orange Karen Tei Yamashita explores the impacts of globalization on various minority groups. In his novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist Moushin Hamid portrays a globalized world that is torn asunder by 9/11. After analyzing the discourse surrounding globalization it has become evident that the same desire-driven narratively based process that has established the nation state now works to establish the globalisms that provide meaning to globalization. This process works today to perpetuate the cycle of hegemony and counter-hegemony creating and depending on each other in a way that makes people need to embrace both hegemonic and counter-hegemonic strategies in order to have political agency. This presentation analyzes the operation of both hegemonic and counter-hegemonic ideologies as a way of understanding agency in the modern era.

2:20 p.m.

9. Welty, Allison.English. Christine Jespersen. Christianity as an Ideology of Globalization in Tropic of Orange and Ways of Dying

The universal religions of the world are being drastically influenced and altered through the increasing and intensification of globalization. Religion is being reappropriated in an effort to establish a cultural identity to stand in opposition to the creation of a global identity. The emergence of a stronger developing world is becoming clear within the discussions of globalization and has the potential to reclaim its own cultural identity within a new global order. Karen Tei Yamashita’s, Tropic of Orange, is a surrealist fiction novel, taking place in Los Angeles and parts of Latin America. Zakes Mda uses the metaphorical imagery of Christ and the Virgin Mary through his depictions of Vuthu and Noria in Ways of Dying.  The works of Mda and Yamashita drastically depict this expansion of Christianity within the developing world. ENG 380.

2:35 p.m.

10. Stillman, Molly. Mathematics. Jeremy Muskat. Map Coloring

  Did you know that any map no matter how many regions can be colored with only 5 colors? Sure! But did you know this can happen such that no adjacent region receives the same color? This question becomes a little harder to answer. I plan to prove this using graph theory, and of course, some colors! MATH 495.

2:50 p.m.

11.  Schoborg, Brandon.Mathematics. Jeremy Muskat. Geometry on a Sphere

A high school geometry course teaches numerous properties and definitions that apply to flat surfaces. However, if we examine the Latin roots of the word, geometry, it means “to measure the Earth”. To truly do this, we would need to talk about geometry on a sphere. Switching to spherical geometry requires us to reexamine if these properties still hold true. I will be presenting on triangles on a sphere, and the surprising properties these triangles have.

3:05 p.m.

12. Seeger, Max. Psychology. Roger Drake. Preventative approaches of religion for mental illness, especially depression of people of all ages


Religion is often times seen as something that cannot correlate with modern advances in technology, science and civilization as a whole. Religious beliefs and spiritual beliefs are left out of the conversation when talking about preventative approaches and cures from mental illnesses, especially depression. Mental illness is a medical condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, and his or her ability to relate to others, which effects his or her daily mood (NAMI, 2012). Incorporating religious and spiritual beliefs into the care given to mental illness patients can help a person return back to normal health. Religious coping, religious communities, and social support are all factors that can provide great insight and potential prevention when dealing with mental illness. When a person deals with a difficult situation and stressful events it is important that when they seek help that all aspects are provided. Religion and spiritual help is an essential part of the therapeutic process and it can be a major factor in someone’s life. Society and the modern culture may be pushing religion out of schools and out of the world, but statistics show that it is still an essential part of the world and it’s important to use those statistics to bring the world back to being happy. Psy 495.