Honors Colloquiums 2010

The Artistic Process:

Through this colloquium connected to ART 106 Art for the Non-Artist, Kathryn Schuller will engage in the artistic process of creating a work of art using a variety of mediums.  While the regular course curriculum allows students to explore a variety of artistic processes, this colloquium will allow Kathryn to apply course material and techniques at a deeper level.  This project is supervised by Tina Butterfield.

Glacier Project:

Kathryn Schuller is exploring the paleoclimate in central Utah during the last Ice Age by reconstructing two glacial extents in Fishlake National Forest. This project incorporates DEMS, Google Earth, GIS and air photos to recreate the extent of the glaciers and will create a geological model which can be used to better understand what the past climate was like in this region.  This project is connected to GEOL 340 and is supervised by Dr. David Marchetti.

Invisible Sight:

Meghan Weeks is an Art/Photography major who is exploring the conflict between one's understanding of reality when confronted with changing perspectives of that reality through visual sensation.  The project will attempt to visually demonstrate this conflict through experimentation with infrared photography in both digital and analog format.  This project is connected to ART 446 Advanced Photography and is supervised by Chase Hutchison.

Jewish Refugees:

Michelle Young is researching American immigration and refugee policy from 1940-1945 to explore the nature of the US response to Jewish Holocaust refugees.  This colloquium is connected to HIST 343 The Great Depression and World War II taught by Dr. Wally Lewis.

Kin Selection:

Aleshia Fremgen is examining plant kin selection as part of BIOL 362 Evolutionary Biology.  The role of kin selection is important to reproductive success and as such to evolution and natural selection. This colloquium is designed to extend the idea of kin selection to a group of organisms (plants) not normally considered under Hamilton's Rule. Dr. Robin Bingham is supervising this colloquium project.

Mamalian Adaption:

Marcella Fremgen is researching several species of Sub-Sarahan ungulates and carnivores and how their dietary and water requirements limit their movement.  Ungulates can obtain water from the plants they eat and therefore are not restricted only to land with available water.  Carnivores need water to digest the protein they consume and therefore must live near a water source.  The difference in habitat requirements may be related to the different reproductive strategies between predators and prey species in Africa.  This colloquium project is associated with BIOL 322 Mammalogy taught by Dr. Patrick Magee.

Mammal Track Database:

Dan Armstrong is engaging in field research and developing a mammal track database for the WSC Biology Department.  In addition to making the actual plaster casts of mammal tracks, Dan will also develop an informational pamphlet for each track set which will include track photos and parameters as well as information about animal habitat and range and track patterns.  This colloquium is connected to Biology 322 Mammalogy taught by Dr. Patrick Magee.

Musical Composition:

Blaine Johnson is composing an original flute piece that will be performed in a public recital. This project is connected to MUS 100 Music Fundamentals and is supervised by Dr. Robert Barrett.

Physical Therapy - Leisure:

Dani Farkas will be shadowing two licensed physiotherapists during the course of the semester to observe the nature of the injuries they treat. She is most interested in determining the percentage of the injuries that are associated with local leisure activities.  This project is connected to ESS 396 which allows students to experience and learn about the seasonal leisure activities in the Gunnison area and this field experience/colloquium will be an interesting addition as Dani explores the association of those activities with injuries requiring physical therapy. 


Christian Griffith will research the topic of somatosensation and prepare a full class presentation on the topic to PSY 345 Biological Psychology.  Christian will be responsible for teaching his fellow classmates about the topic. This project is supervised by Dr. Patrick Stark.

TAT- Public Service:

Alison Kicklighter, a member of WSC's Mountain Search and Rescue Team, is examining a subsection of a projective personality test (TAT) and will administer it to two groups of people: emergency service workers and non-emergency service workers to examine the the differences in responses between the two groups.  This project is connected to PSY 460 Psychological Testing and is supervised by Dr. Suzy Coykendall.