SSRD 2020 Schedule

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Note: each "Room" below corresponds with a Zoom linkYou can find links to all of the Zoom sessions on the SSRD homepage.

Schedule at a glance

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Morning Sessions

Attempts to Enrich for Asgard Archaea through Anaerobic Culturing of Estuarine Sediment

Jamie Smith - 9:00 am

In the most recent efforts to understand the evolutionary origins of eukaryotes, Asgard archaea have been suggested as the extant representatives of the lineage most closely related to modern eukaryotes. These findings have been based on metagenomic data and while such data has provided important insights into the genomic profiles of Asgard archaea and their role in the evolution of eukaryotes, several questions remain. Culturing and visualization of Asgard archaea will allow for a more comprehensive characterization of the Asgard superphylum. To this end, estuarine sediment was collected from Idaho Point in Newport, Oregon and anaerobic cultures were set up under two different initial conditions, including the use of in-situ seawater. The cultures were tracked over time through DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene using MinIon technology, and epifluorescence microscopy. By subsampling from the original anaerobic culture setups we hope to enrich for members of the Asgard archaea superphylum. This enrichment for Asgard archaea will allow for better understanding the metabolism of these organisms. (Advisor: Rosa Léon Zayas)

Room 1 (AM)

Microbial community composition of Oregon marine sediment: In search of novel archaea

Helen Madeen - 9:20 am

The archaea superphylum Asgard is comprised of a group of uncultivated microorganisms previously suggested to possess homologous genes with eukaryotes. These genes are thought to shed light into the origins of eukaryotic cellular complexity. The majority of research on Asgard archaea is comprised of environmental metagenomic data, however, cultivation and visualization efforts for archaea within this superphylum have proven to be difficult. Further examination of Asgard archaea will provide a deeper understanding of the superphylum and its relation to eukaryotic evolution. In order to attempt to enrich for Asgard archaea, marine sediment samples were taken from a site in Newport, Oregon where preliminary data showed a high relative abundance of Asgarda archaea. Sediment samples from this site were used in anaerobic culturing with minimal media enriched with various enrichment amendments. DAPI staining with visualization through Epifluorescence was used to monitor the growth of microorganisms. MinION DNA sequencing was used to track the composition of the community at different time points to determine if the enrichment was successful in encouraging the growth of Asgard archaea and how their dynamics shift with bacterial enrichment. (Advisor: Rosa León Zayas)

Room 1 (AM)

Genomic and Metabolic Analysis of Plastic Degrading Microbes

Siobhan Oberg - 9:40 am

olyethlyene terephthalate (PET), mostly commonly used as a single use plastic, composes a large majority of the plastic waste found in the Earth's environment. This paper takes a look at five microbial organisms, three of the Pseudomonas spp. and two of the Bacillus spp. that have been identified as being able to degrade PET. Through a genomic analysis we hope to identify metabolic pthways that are known to degrade plastics. This analysis will help identify areas of the genetic codes of these organisms that can be used to reduce the amount of PET accumulated in oceans and landfills. (Advisor: Rosa León Zayas)

Room 1 (AM)

Effect of TBDR-2910 alleles on stationary-phase survival in Caulobacter crescentus

Rebecca Richardson - 10:00 am

Lab-adapted strains of Caulobacter crescentus present different phenotypes for stationary-phase survival; CB15 has increased survival compared to NA1000. One difference between them is a polymorphism in a TonB-dependent receptor (TBDR; CCNA_2910). Swapping the 2910 alleles from each strain reverses the survival differences. A frameshift mutation may render TBDR-2910 nonfunctional. To test this hypothesis, I carried out survival assays with wildtype, allele swap strains, and deletion mutants in both backgrounds in multiple growth conditions. The 2910 deletion mutants appear to have phenotypes most similar to the strains encoding the CB15 2910 allele, supporting the idea that the frameshifted allele is nonfunctional. (Advisor: Melissa Marks)

Room 1 (AM)

Proposal for a reframing of female receptivity of courtship in T granulosa

Lila Faust, Emma Smoll - 10:30 am

Gamete exchange in amphibians is complex and extraordinarily diverse, involving a series of courtship steps and compliance from both partners. Much of the literature discussing amphibian courtship focuses on male mate choice, ignoring considerations of female choice or initiation. This current understanding also fails to acknowledge variations in mate choice that depend on the ratio of males to females. We believe that in many cases, amphibian courtship is more complex than previously discussed, largely because many amphibian behaviors depend on the context that they are seen in. For example, male clasping has long been considered a sexual behavior designed to lead females into compliance, but recent publications have shown that male rough-skinned newts (Taricha granulosa) often clasp in non-sexual contexts, suggesting that clasping has purposes other than or in addition to female coercion. Female newts have also been anecdotally observed as entering ponds to begin courtship before males, suggesting that females may have been initiating gamete exchange. We believe that much of our current understanding of T. granulosa courtship has been clouded by societal influences and biases extending from our patriarchal understanding of sex and consent. A greater understanding of new courtship can add to the body of literature that attempts to unwind our societal biases and give us a greater understanding of the true umwelt of amphibians. (Advisor: Emma Coddington)

Room 1 (AM)

Assessing aculeata acuity: Using eBird data to gauge public familiarity with the slender-billed white-breasted nuthatch subspecies

Kiana Lee - 10:50 am

The slender-billed white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis aculeata) is a subspecies of white-breasted nuthatch unique to the West Coast and prevalent throughout the Willamette Valley. Unlike other white-breasted subspecies, slender-billed populations have faced declines with the loss of vital white oak habitat. Developed by Cornell, eBird is a citizen science project that compiles birding checklists from around the world. eBird data are used as a proxy for understanding the extent to which birders recognize the slender-billed subspecies. Assessing public awareness of subspecies may be useful when addressing conservation issues that impact populations at a subspecies, rather than species, level. ( Advisor: David Craig)

Room 1 (AM)

Studying Population Migration in the clonal invasive species, Potamopyrgus Antipodarum

Oakley Chiappisi-Livermore - 11:10 am

The rapid reproduction of invasive species allow them to takeover environments before ecosystems can adjust. Stopping invaders therefore hinges on limiting their spread, and identifying the sources of invasive species. Genetic markers provide a tool to identify the migration history of invasive ogansims. Population migration in the asexually reproducing New Zealand mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) was studied using the genetic marker CO1. P. antipodarum samples were collected from fresh and brackish water bodies in southwest Oregon. Optimization of genetic techniques for P. Antipodarum were conducted before sample sequencing. Genetic relationships were analyzed via phylogeny trees, and study samples showed genetic difference from literature based samples. (Advisor: Chris Smith)

Room 1 (AM)

Identification of Melissodes Bees using DNA Barcoding

Kallen Skelton - 11:30 am

Melissodes, a genus of bees, is poorly studied in Oregon because they are notoriously difficult to identify through morphology. We collected 151 Melissodes specimens in urban and rural sites around Salem. We then removed a leg from a subset of these specimens, extracted DNA, and performed PCR twice to amplify both the beginning and end of the cytochrome oxidase I gene. We then sent our product to Eurofins genomics for sequencing, receiving 40 useable sequences. Finally, we compared our sequences to references sequences from a Melissodes expert. Using this approach, we successfully identified seven species of Melissodes. (Advisor: Briana Lindh)

Room 1 (AM)

Foraging Preferences of Melissodes Species at Urban and Rural Sites around Salem, OR

Olivia Mack - 11:50 am

Melissodes, long-horned bees, are difficult to identify but show interesting variation in diet among species. We collected bee specimens around Salem, isolated DNA from individual legs, and identified specimens using their COI DNA sequences. M. robustior was primarily found at urban sites and overwhelmingly visited plants in the family Asteraceae. Three other species, M. lupina, M. microsticta, and M.rivalis, were found mostly at rural sites and visited both Asteraceae plants as well as a few other plant species which are likely nectar resources. M. clarkiae was found exclusively at one rural site on a non-Asteraceae plant, Clarkia amoena. (Advisor: Briana Lindh)

Room 1 (AM)

Using a Lock-In Amplifier to Detect a Calcium Absorption Signal

LaShae Smith - 9:00 am

A Lock-in Amplifier (LIA) is a sensitive electronic device used to detect and amplify signals that are small or buried in noise. The LIA requires a periodic reference signal to generate a clean amplified signal from a noisy input signal. Our goal is to use it to detect small atomic absorption signals that are gaussian in shape, but it is not immediately clear what the LIA signal of such an input signal looks like. In this talk I will discuss the methods used to model and measure the output signal for a known input signal to better understand our LIA. (Advisor: Michaela Kleinert)

Room 2 (AM)

Hydrophobicity of metal surfaces ablated by a laser in different gas environments

Phoebe Marcus-Porter - 9:20 am

The hydrophobicity of a surface describes its ability to repel water and can be quantitatively defined by a higher contact angle between water droplets and the surface. Rough or micro-patterned surfaces can have increased hydrophobicity when compared to smooth surfaces. Laser ablation of metals is a precise method of creating micro-patterns on metal surfaces. Ablation in different gas environments further alters the material composition of the surface which can further impact the hydrophobicity. In this talk, I will present results on the hydrophobicity of metal surfaces ablated by a laser in different gas environments. (Michaela Kleinert)

Room 2 (AM)

Characterization of Silicon Nanoparticles in Solution

Devin Nakata - 9:40 am

Nanoparticles are molecules that fall within the size range of 1 to 100 nanometers. They possess unique characteristics that their macro-sized counterparts do not. For example, they show strong fluorescence or absorption at well-defined wavelengths. One method for nanoparticle synthesis uses a laser to ablate a submerged material, removing ions and particles in the process, and suspending the ejected particles in solution. This nanoparticle solution is then analyzed using a fluorometer. In this talk I will be discussing how the fluorescence of silicon nanoparticles depends on their concentration and on the excitation wavelength. (Advisor: Michaela Kleinert).

Room 2 (AM)

Nanoparticle Production In A Flow Cell Through Pulsed Laser Ablation

Lauren Stiles - 10:00 AM

Nanoparticles exhibit unique properties based on their size and composition. Chemical synthesis allows for better control of the size, shape and size distribution but often leave chemical waste. Laser production lacks this control but further research could optimize the greener alternative. The intense laser energy damages a target metal, releasing electrons and ions that recondense to form nanoparticles. To improve the yield, the created nanoparticles must be removed from the ablation site since they would otherwise shield the surface from laser energy. In this talk, I will describe the implementation of a flow cell to enhance nanoparticle production. (Adviser: Michaela Kleinert).

Room 2 (AM)

Exploring trafficking and crosslinking functions of myosin VI within human retinal pigment epithelial cells.

Teddy Rose - 10:30 am

Myosin VI is a motor protein that generates movement along actin filaments within a cell. Our research consisted of conducting experiments to study the trafficking and crosslinking function of myosin VI within a human retinal pigment epithelium cell line (ARPE -19). We inserted beads coated in photoreceptor outer segment (POS) into ARPE-19 cells and applied forces to the bead using an optical trap while tracking its position. From analysis of trajectories at short time scales, we learned about the viscoelasticity of the interior of ARPE-19 cells, and at longer time scales, we examined the trafficking behavior of myosin VI motors. (Advisor: David Altman).

Room 2 (AM)

Experimental Studies and Stochastic Simulations of the Ensemble Behavior of Myosin VI Dimers

Diane Jung - 10:50 am

Myosins are molecular motor proteins that generate force and motion in a cell by moving along the filamentous protein, actin. Our research focused on exploring the collective behaviors of an ensemble of myosin VI dimers, which is important in understanding how these motors work within a cell. Using in vitro motility assays, we collected data of motor speed as a function of actin filament length. To better understand these data, we developed stochastic simulations of our system, based on previously measured force-dependent stepping rates. This model captures interesting features of the experimental data. (Adviser: David Altman)

Room 2 (AM)

Testing the Cosmological Standard Model by Analyzing Galaxy Motions

Ricky Oropeza - 11:10 am

We tested the Cosmological Model by analyzing information about galaxies and their motions from the CosmicFlows-3 database. The motions of galaxies contain information about the growth of structure in the universe. We created a covariance matrix and a likelihood function that outputs information about what cosmological parameter values are most likely given the data. Using these analytical techniques, our research suggests that there is a possible inconsistency between galaxy motion data and the value of the cosmological parameters obtained from observations of the microwave background radiation. (Advisor: Rick Watkins)

Room 2 (AM)

Using the Pantheon Supernova Type 1a Sample to Reconstruct the Expansion History of the Universe.

Caspar Croft - 11:30 am

Ever since its origination, the Universe has been expanding in all directions. This expansion is derived from space being stretched, increasing the distance between differing objects. This event results in cosmological redshift, where a wavelength of light has been increased, or stretched through a medium toward the red end of the light spectrum. Cosmological redshift increases the farther away the emitting object is, having had more time to be stretched. Therefore, a larger redshift indicates that the object emitted light earlier. We observe this redshift in celestial objects, but more particularly in objects known as standard candles. Standard candles are objects that have a standard luminosity, or radiation, definitively found through light curves or variability periods. Type Ia supernovae, or SNe Ia, are standard candles that have their luminosity correlated to the decline of the light curve at their peaks. Once the correlation has been corrected, the luminosities of SNe Ia can be used to create a model of a timeline for the universe. Therefore, in this study, we use the catalogued reshift of 1048 SNe Ia to reconstruct the expansion history of the Universe. (Advisor: Rick Watkins)

Room 2 (AM)

Alternative Truths or Flat-Out Lies? The Digital Flat Earth Movement

Eden Wenokur - 9:00 am

The earth is not flat. And yet, the Flat Earth movement has seen a recent resurgence in social media and the internet. One might be tempted to waive off the ridiculousness of Flat Earthers, but similarly to movements like anti-vaxxers, birthers, and the alt-right, distrust of objective truth finds merit in today's "alternative facts" landscape. Flat Earthers form counterpublics in online spaces that feed into denial and conspiracy, furthering isolated echo-chambers that regard opinion as fact. Fractured, but with clear leaders, this movement should be taken seriously as a threat to how we understand "truth" today. (Advisor: Catalina de Onis)

Room 3 (AM)

The prevalence of racialized communication in the sickness narrative: Analysis of shared information during the COVID19 outbreak

Veris Schmidt - 9:20 am

Personal health is an important aspect of human wellness. People willingly communicate health and safety information to their family and community. In the instance of a pathogen outbreak, accurate information often becomes muddled by conspiracy theories and racism. This results in a lack of Care Communication being practiced during outbreaks. I analyzed instances from the Daily Mail and Fox News, spreading misinformation surrounding COVID19 and apply the tailored critical lenses: Outbreak Narrative, Orientalism, and Publics. Deconstruction of the prejudices entangled in these instances seeks to realign the narrative as a public health issue, rather than an "us vs them" discourse. (Advisor: Catalina de Onis)

Room 3 (AM)

The Venezuela Economic Crisis and the Digital Finger-Pointers

Alec Stevenson - 9:40 am

I focus on the rhetorical elements shaping U.S. responses to the Venezuelan economic crisis. Social media give the opportunity for more opinions to be heard, and in this climate, speculation from a few rhetorical actors can quickly shift the narrative regarding politics, crisis response, and other facets of economic and social discourse. Through kinetic energy, circulation, and publics theories, I analyze twitter responses that blame socialist policy for the Venezuelan crisis. Thus,I hope to intervene in the vernacular discourses that hold implications for the 2020 presidential election. (Advisor: Catalina de Onis)

Room 3 (AM)

Palates Cutting Across Borders through Digital Spaces: A Rhetorical Analysis of the YouTube Phenomenon "De mi rancho a tu cocina"

Yasmin Arenas - 10:00 am

My essay explores how Mexican citizens living in the U.S. have made a home away from home through digital spaces by engaging in the rhetoric of difference. This study analyzes the YouTube phenomenon De mi Rancho a Tu Cocina, a humble Mexican grandma who posts traditional recipes in her ranch. Not only do people see Dona Angela cooking, they view a depiction of their story, heritage, and culture. By studying Dona Angela's rhetoric and conducting field research, this scholarship highlights how her representation and food work in conjunction to showcase an underserved narrative that generates digital discursive space by finding a sense of (be)longing. (Advisor: Catalina de Onis)

Room 3 (AM)

Communicating Change: Eddie Jackson's Remain to Reach Foundation

Matthew Castaneda - 10:30 am

Through Kenneth Burke's identification, Eric Watts's voice, and Robert Entman's framing and frames, this paper shows the importance of how Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson communicates in his Remain to Reach Foundation. By analyzing tweets, commercials, and videos, I found that Eddie Jackson was able to connect to the youth in his foundation, as well as to the national public because Jackson was able to identify with the youth's problems through personal experience, speak confidently with his high status as an All-Pro NFL safety, and use platforms like twitter and national television to spread his message. (Advisor: Catalina de Onis)

Room 3 (AM)

The Houston Texans Tackle Disaster Relief

James Willis - 10:50 am

This paper analyzes Houston Texans' response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017. I examined different facets of disaster relief, including the NFL mandating a relief response; the response to the taxpayers whose money helped build the stadium; and individual contributions from J.J. Watt. The paper uses rhetorical theories such as identification, intervention, and "NFLwashing," a term the author coined to explain how the NFL manipulates monetary relief efforts done by their organizations. This research seeks to inform NFL organizations on how to create more adaptable and clear response plans for potential disasters in their area. (Advisor: Catalina de Onis)

Room 3 (AM)

Automotive Environmentalism: How does it work? It doesn't

Eric Pachowicz - 11:10 am

This video engages in three types of rhetorical analysis; identification and signification, publics and counterpublics, and corporate sustainability. I made this video to make people more informed consumers who understand how car companies try to appeal to their viewers. Audi, Toyota, and Nissan all use the environmental movement with hopes of making their buyers feel a sense of responsibility to the earth. This video shows why that is wrong and dispels myths about cars the companies say are green. As the world faces a climate crisis, it is important that people understand the truths about how to mitigate the problem. (Advisor: Catalina de Onis)

Room 3 (AM)

Sustainability Mission or Sustained Emissions?: Delta's Inverted Positioning through Greenwashing and Its Unethical, Unsustainable "Sustainability" Initiatives

Mason Kelliher - 11:30 am

Delta is the second largest CO2 emitter of any global airline yet was recently named the 39th most sustainable company in the United States. This presentation examines Delta's sustainability rhetoric in its video "Sustainability in Action." I argue that through "greenwashing," Delta unethically legitimizes its sustainability initiatives, allowing the corporation to utilize"inverted positioning" - the framing of weaknesses as strengths - to deceive consumers about the environmental harm of flying. Ultimately, I propose that climate activists should hold airlines like Delta accountable for their misleading sustainability claims, perhaps shifting their attention from movements like "flight shaming" to "airline shaming." (Advisor: Catalina de Onis)

Room 3 (AM)

Early Salem Osteoarchaeology

Ben Bressoud - 9:00 am

This presentation focuses on an analysis of bones discovered at the 440 State Archaeology site in Salem, Oregon. I will begin by providing background information on the early settlers of Salem, specifically the residents of this particular area. Next I will review the bones discovered, sorting them into sub-categories of bird and mammal, and then further still into species and type of bone. I will then display specific bones where I will show marks of butchery and human involvement, which I will then use as evidence for my analysis of their diet and welfare. (Advisor: Scott Pike)

Room 4 (AM)

The Velvet Veil: A Funeral Director's Perspective on Death

Jaelin Sonoda - 9:20 am

I will explore the perspectives and experiences of the funeral directors and other professionals at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services based on qualitative ethnographic research. I hope to answer my question: Given that funeral directors deal with death and grief on a daily basis, how do they process their experiences? I will rely heavily on sociologist Erving Goffman's dramaturgical theory of backstage and frontstage, which describes the physical and behavioral separation of preparation and performance, to analyze how funeral directors compartmentalize their work to mitigate compassion fatigue. The analysis will be expanded upon by other research and my own fieldwork. (Advisor: Rebecca Dobkins)

Room 4 (AM)

Exploring the City's Bowels: An Analysis of Salem's Sewer Pipes

Korie Rowell - 9:40 am

During the Fall of 2018, an archaeological excavation at the Police Station Facility site in Salem, Oregon uncovered terracotta sewer pipelines. This paper focuses on identifying when the pipes were likely installed and the factories that could have produced them. The pipes would be no older than 1881 which marks the beginning of the City of Salem's shift away from privies with the implementation of a sewer system. This research provides clarity on when these sewer pipes were utilized, their function while in use, and the companies involved in their creation. (Advisor: Scott Pike)

Room 4 (AM)

An Analysis of Ceramics from Salem's Historic Downtown District

Sydney Sundell - 10:00 am

Materials analysis was conducted for the first time on artifacts from an archaeological site in Salem, Oregon's Downtown Historic District. This paper focuses on the identification and dating of a selection of ceramic artifacts, which include stoneware, transferware, and porcelain fragments. The Historic Downtown site was continuously occupied from the 1850s on and constitutes part of the Salem Historic Chinatown. This research will explore whether or not there is evidence of occupation by Chinese-Americans based on the ceramic assemblage. (Advisor: Scott Pike)

Room 4 (AM)

Connectedness to Nature as a Mediator in the Relationship Between Mindfulness and Pro-Environmental Behavior

Ross Enlow - 10:30 am

Enlow, 2020 attempted to replicate and extend the findings of Barbaro and Pickett's 2016 study that suggest connectedness to nature mediates the relationship between trait mindfulness and self-report engagement in pro-environmental behavior. This study extended those findings by using a faceted pro-environmental behavior measure and adding to the exploratory analysis of the observation of external and internal stimuli component of mindfulness. 336 survey responses were collected. It was found that connectedness to nature mediated the relationship between mindfulness and pro-environmental behavior. Additional analyses suggest that the observation component of mindfulness is a significant predictor of conservation and environmental citizenship behaviors. (Advisor: Susan Koger)

Room 4 (AM)

Fluency and Vividness of Mental Simulations and the Propensity for Risky Behavior in Undergraduate Students

Kate Morris - 10:50 am

Recent research suggests that individuals with decreased ability to mentally simulate future-oriented events are prone to risky behaviors like disordered gambling. The current study attempted to extend this finding by looking at the relationship between fluency and clarity of mental simulations, and propensity for risky behavior. In two experiments, students' ability to mentally simulate events, and phenomenological experience of events was assessed. Participants also completed measures designed to assess sensation seeking and self-control (Experiment 1), and measures of optimism, impulsivity, and resilience (Experiment 2). These findings further elucidate the relationship between episodic simulation and risky behavior. (Advisor: Jeremy Miller)

Room 4 (AM)

Assessing The Impact of a Commercially Available Mindfulness App on Student-Athlete Well-Being and Sport Experience

Benjamin Smith - 11:10 am

Previous studies suggest smartphone-based mindfulness interventions improve mental health in college students, however the effects of these interventions on college student-athlete's well-being and sport experience are unknown. The present study randomized student-athletes to immediate access to a smartphone-based mindfulness application for 4-weeks, or to a waitlist control condition. Results indicated that participants in the immediate treatment group exhibited significant improvements in mindfulness, athletic coping skills, and flow state from pre- to post-test, whereas the control group did not exhibit significant changes. These preliminary findings suggest that a smartphone-based mindfulness application may be an accessible tool to improve student-athlete experience. (Advisor: Kyle Stephenson)

Room 4 (AM)

Reimagining Ravel: Music for Brass Quintet

Marissa Fink - 9:20 am

French composer Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937) is not known for heavily featuring brass instruments in his compositions and arrangements. As a trombone player with a love for brass and an appreciation for the music of Ravel, I wanted to explore the relationship between these two seemingly removed worlds. I was able to do that through a music composition project I pursued during the summer of 2019. In my presentation, I explore how Ravel's style can inform how composers write for brass today. To this end, I focus on how Ravel's work served as inspiration for two pieces that I wrote and arranged for brass quintet over the course of the project. (Advisor: James Miley)

Room 5 (AM)

Interior Consciousness

Emma Burgess - 9:40 am

Discussing the process and outcome of my Shuchat grant I completed over the summer. (Advisor: Rachel Steck)

Room 5 (AM)

A Performative Exploration of the Multifaceted: Queering the Sound

Jaz Williams - 10:00 am

Queering the Sound is a project to express pieces of my multifaceted identity through spoken word poetry and bass performance. (Advisor: Rachel Steck)

Room 5 (AM)

Stories Are Telling

Claire Read - 10:30 am

I have always been fascinated by myths, legends, folklore and fairy tales. These stories took me to magical, beautiful lands and when I went to Ireland for the first time I felt like I was transported to one of those places; magic was alive in every corner. While discovering these moments I learned about people and how they are connected to each story. It was this connection that inspired me to explore the juxtaposition of the mundane and the beautiful within Ireland and its stories through this grant. (Advisor: Alexandra Opie)

Room 5 (AM)

So, where are you really from?

Bailey Dickey - 10:50 am

After the passing of my maternal grandmother, I inherited several boxes overflowing with old photographs of her family and friends. That summer, I poured over each image, captivated by the people, places, and moments they captured, such as the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. I have always felt drawn to the intense sense of nostalgia and familiarity that they generate and their role in shaping my sense of identity. In creating this body of work, I revisited these photographs utilizing experimental oil painting and etching techniques inspired by black and white film photography to explore my interest in the connection between familial artifacts and personal identity. (Advisor: Alexandra Opie)

Room 5 (AM)

Acupuncture in American Dentistry — a Literature Review

Alexandra (Saša) Binder - 9:40 am

This literature review examines the role of acupuncture in modern dentistry in the United States as an alternative therapy for pain and anxiety mediation in dental patients. This review synthesizes a discussion that provides insight as to why acupuncture is not widely practiced as a complementary therapy in American dentistry to reduce pain and anxiety. It provides the basis for the future of acupuncture in American dentistry, as this contribution details the measures necessary to make acupuncture more accessible as an alternative to pharmaceuticals in dental patients in terms of insurance policies, provider training, and target patient demographic. (Advisor: Huike Wen)

Room 6 (AM)

Chinese Culture and Business Negotiation — As Discussed from the American Business Scholars’ Perspective — a Literature Review

Sophie Kelley - 10:00 am

This literature review examines what cultural factors affect business negotiations between U.S. and Chinese companies in China. I examine intercultural negotiation between Chinese and American businessmen meeting in China, guides on how to conduct business dealings in the PRC, and briefings on how changing policies and contact with foreigners, as well as how they have affected Chinese values in business in order to identify which cultural factors affect the ability for American and Chinese counterparts to reach agreements and form contracts. Overall, cultural differences in language, trust building, and concept of time were frequently noted to disrupt or even derail negotiations. (Advisor: Huike Wen)

Room 6 (AM)

Fantastical Authenticity and Universal Appeals-Video Creator Li Ziqi, Technical Elements and Culture

Sky Blaw - 10:30 am

Li Ziqi (李子㭍)is a video creator based in Sichuan province of China. For the last three years, Li has been creating videos for her platforms on Weibo and YouTube. These videos show parts of her daily life in the countryside; farming, building furniture, practicing traditional crafts, and cooking. With over 100 videos, 8.6 million YouTube subscribers, 22 million Weibo followers, and billions of views across all platforms, Li is clearly making a mark both domestically and internationally.This research explores not only the technical elements of her videos (sound, visuals and overall aesthetic) but also the traditional foods, techniques, and crafts that she shows and what these represent both inside and outside her home country. The paper looks at how Li chooses to represent her life both realistically and romantically, and how values like domesticity, craftsmanship, and strong work ethic are exemplified and how Chinese traditional activities are turned into a brand. (Advisor: Huike Wen)

Room 6 (AM)

The Global Influence of Hong Kong Localists

Ryan Ichinaga - 10:50 am

When analyzing the ongoing protests in search for Hong Kong’s sovereignty, it is important to reflect on the legacy of British imperialism. The methodology of the localists’ call for sovereignty can inform how the group perceives the action of decolonization. While the existence of the localists doesn’t inherently destabilize the People’s Republic of China, their call for foreign aid from Western countries has the potential to disrupt the country. This research will analyze how international aid from Western countries is effectively foreign policy, rooted in colonial practice that attempts to impede China’s progress as a global superpower. (Advisor: Huike Wen)

Room 6 (AM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Scott Mettner - 8:30 am

Room 7 (AM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Andrew Rodriguez - 8:30 am

Room 7 (AM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Janae Arnold - 8:30 am

Room 7 (AM)

Evaluating the space issue and making recommendations to improve a local physical therapy clinic

Vanessa Almaraz - 10:30 a.m.

For my senior project, I completed a 160 hour internship at a local physical therapy clinic. I identified space as the issue and examined this through literature regarding design of clinics and hospitals, as well as surveys designed for the patients and physical therapists. Based on the feedback and what I found in the literature, I gave recommendations to improve the working and gym space of the clinic for both staff and patients. (Advisor: Stasinos Stavrianeas)

Room 7 (AM)

Exercise Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Marcella Murillo - 10:30 am

Room 7 (AM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Alex Hougan - 10:30 am

Room 7 (AM)

Poster Sessions

User Interface Through the Lenses of Culture and Age

Aaliyah Sibug

When interacting with our smartphones and/or tablets, we expect to be able to navigate them with ease, but what younger generations and Americans take for granted is the ability to immediately understand how most user interfaces (UIs) work. In general, it is much easier for both groups to adapt to new technology compared to those belonging to older generations and/or living outside the US. This project surveys UI design literature by examining the extent that developers are considering these important factors through analyzing trends and progress. The goal for this project is to show the importance of both culture and age and increase designer awareness for future UIs, as it affects how people around the world interact with their devices and its applications. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Room 1

The Tools Used to Analyze Galaxy Motions

Ricky Oropeza

We tested the Cosmological Model by analyzing information about galaxies and their motions from the CosmicFlows-3 Catalog. The motions of galaxies contain information about the growth of structure in the universe. We created a covariance matrix and a likelihood function that outputs information about what cosmological parameter values are most likely given the data. The tools used to create and optimize this analysis are based from machine learning and parallel computing. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Session 1

Algorithmic Music: Using rules and random numbers to compose songs

Caden Kesey

This presentation demonstrates how music can be generated without human intervention given simple limitations and random numbers, allowing unique songs to be created in seconds. It will cover algorithms that can be used for creating rock and pop style songs in the programming language C. These songs will be played back using the visual programming language Max, so that compositions can be heard using samples of acoustic instruments. This presentation will demonstrate that using these methods can produce a virtually endless amount of unique songs. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Room 1

Eco-Fri3ndly; Android App to Track Human Environmental Footprint

Daniela Camacho and Jakob Paulson-Palmer

The project consists of developing an Android mobile application that aims to track user's environmental impact through the analysis of their daily activities. The "Eco-Fri3ndly" app strives to help individuals to understand the impact of their actions on the environment and provides them with a way to measure their impact, thus an opportunity to reduce it. Climate change is arguably one of society's most pressing concerns nowadays, and as humans have been great contributors to the problems at h and, it is necessary for individuals to change environmentally harmful habits in favor of a more sustainable lifestyle, which we hope to achieve through the use of this app. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Session 1

Choices and Consequences: Exploring Environmental Awareness Through a Video Game

Anna Sersch

This project was built and developed in Unity, a real-time game development platform and cross-platform game engine. It demonstrates an application of video gaming to teach and communicate knowledge about pressing real world issues. It requires application of technical skills as it requires code in C# but also artistic skill as I create my own as well as modify existing assets to fit my needs and create the game environment. Environmental Health and cleanliness is a big topic, and an uphill battle. Correct education when it comes to effective ways of preserving and helping the environment as well as a clear way to communicate the consequences of your actions is key. I am hoping to explore new ways to use gaming to bring this knowledge closer to the next, as well as my generation, as it serves as a fun but memorable way to internalize information. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Session 1

Mental Health In Tech: Factors that predict employees seeking treatment

Monce Barajas Gomez, Kate Morris & Lev El-Askari

This presentation explores the factors that lead workers in the tech industry to seek treatment for mpiental health conditions. Our data is from an open, online survey of tech workers with mental health conditions from around the world in 2014 and 2016. We use demographic, geographic, and environmental variables to predict whether they will seek treatment. We use Tableau to visualize treatment rates across age, gender, and geographic regions. Using logistic regression and decision trees in Python, we build a model to predict whether those suffering from mental health conditions in tech will seek treatment. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Room 1

Hospital Recommender: A machine learning based approach at increasing patients’ healthcare information accessibility

Saniya Lakka

We created a hospital recommendation system on hospitals in the Pacific Northwest to provide information on healthcare facilities based on a patient’s personal ranked preferences of hospital features (such as: surgery, nurses, service/staff, childcare, facility, emergency room, etc.). Our system uses a machine learning clustering algorithm which matches hospitals to the patient’s specified features. The algorithms we will be exploring are the K-means Clustering Algorithm, Agglomerative Hierarchical Clustering, and Expectation-Maximization Clustering. From these clusters, hospitals are ranked according to the patient’s preferences and this list is presented to the user. Our goal is to help patients make informed choices regarding their health, improving health literacy and health information accessibility. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Room 1

Exploiting Vulnerabilities in the IoT: IoTTracker

Sarah Ortiz & Maxamillion Pichardo

This project combines techniques in cybersecurity and mobile application development to create a comprehensive guide to protecting oneself in the IoT world. The first portion of the project involves understanding, exploring, and exploiting vulnerabilities of SMART home devices such as Amazon Alexas, IP Cameras, and Smart Plugs. The second portion includes development of an iOS mobile application, IoTTracker, that provides SMART home ecosystem safety ratings with recommendations on how to improve their ratings. This serves as a way for users to learn the vulnerabilities they are exposed to and how to protect themselves within the IoT world. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Room 1

The Jason Lee Mill Hunt

Quinn Wagner & Auster Pittman

During the course of our project, the research is primarily focused on the location and purpose of the wood mill used in Salem to build the original missionaries by the means of literature review and geographic analysis. (Advisor: Scott Pike)

Poster Room 2

Analysis of Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry as it Applies to Residue Analysis in the Mediterranean

Rowan Barton & Juniper Scheel

This presentation examines the use of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry in residue analysis in the Mediterranean. An explanation of the geochemical principles behind each of the processes determines each one's value in an archeological context. The analysis of two studies which use these processes, one looking at organic substance exploitation through ceramic vessel usage and the other at the use of paint and binding agents, shows the flexibility with which these methods can be applied and their results can be interpreted. Additionally, this data indicates the difficulties underlying organic material residue analysis due to preservation in the Mediterranean climate. (Advisor: Scott Pike)

Poster Room 2

The Dirt on the Jason Lee House

Tasia Riley, Ally Fisher, Ezra Gabbert & Mo Stein

This study examines the soil characteristics of the original Jason Lee House site in Salem, Oregon; it aims to identify anthropogenic alterations made to the soil, whether through the addition of materials, such as sand, to aid drainage or by the presence of chemical traces left by construction methods. The study utilizes texture, color, chemical, and locative data to reconstruct the past environment. Primary methods of analysis include the Munsell Chart for soils and hydrometer testing. Data indicating the land usage and activity patterns, as well as environmental features that would have affected daily life, are examined. (Advisor: Scott Pike)

Poster Room 2

Establishing the Molecular Genetic Toolkit to Capture Mitochondrial Landscape in Zebrafish

Montana Hunter

Due to complex genetics and phenotypic heterogeneity, many mitochondrial disorders remain undiagnosed and clinical treatment of these illnesses focuses on symptom mitigation. In this study, we have tried to establish a genetic and molecular toolkit for the assessment of hallmarks of mitochondrial dysfunction such as redox stress, mitochondrial copy number, and phenotypic abnormalities in zebrafish mutants. By creating a transgenic line of zebrafish expressing the Timer protein, whose fluorescence shifts over time from green to red as the protein matures and is influenced by redox stress, we are able to assess mitochondrial turnover and health in different mitochondrial disease models. This toolkit has the potential to be expanded to elucidate the role of mitochondria in various clinical disorders. (Summer Research: Mayo Clinic SURF Program Poster Presentation)

Poster Room 2

Who studies abroad?: Personality traits, expectations for future trait change, and the decision to study abroad.

Kyle Bonn, Madison Carleton, Bailey Davis, Maya Hansen-Tilkens, Emily Huang, Norkio Odagiri & Kara Poptean

When students choose to study abroad, they generally expect to be profoundly changed by the experience. However, little research has been conducted on the relationships between personality and study abroad. The current study compares the personalities of Japanese students who chose to study abroad (N = 231) to a control group of Japanese students who chose to participate in an English immersion program in their home country (N = 227). The study also assesses how these students expect their personalities to change over the course of their program. This research will further contribute to our understanding of personality and the study abroad experience. (Advisor: Erik Noftle)

Poster Room 3

How Do Activated Goals Shape Trait-Relevant Behavior? Striving-Big Five Behavior Contingencies in Young Adults

Olivia Brady, Lev El-Askari, Jake Kagel, Kate Morris & Erica Steinberg

This research aims to determine to what extent momentary strivings explain Big Five behavior. 144 college students completed experience sampling measures, reporting momentary strivings and Big Five behavior at two time points a year apart. Results showed greater within-person variability than between-person variability in strivings, similar to what has previously been found for traits. Moreover, strivings significantly predicted changes in Big Five behavior within both time points. As the first study of its kind to examine striving-behavior contingencies for all five domains of the Big Five, this study provides insight into striving-behavior contingencies and the personality processes shaping young adults. (Advisor: Erik Noftle)

Poster Room 3

Differences in Legal Outcomes for Male versus Female Perpetrators of Child Abuse: An Examination of Gender Schema Theory, Social Backlash Theory, and Perceived Motivations

Kailey Schuyler

Legal outcomes for male versus female perpetrators of child abuse were examined. Two theories were hypothesized to drive differences. The first, gender schema theory, examines behavior in terms of how people stereotype males and females. The second, 'men are bad, women are mad' theory, asserts different motivations for males and females committing filicide. Cases of child physical abuse, child neglect, and threat of harm from a local District Attorney's Office were included (N = 125). Outcomes assessed were (a) whether a case was filed or not, (b) number of charges, (c) type of sentence, and (d) sentence length. Findings are presented and implications discussed. (Advisor: Meredy Goldberg Edelson)

Poster Room 3

Differences in the Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children by Father-Figures

Julia Schafer

The goal of the present study was to examine whether there were differences in the physical and sexual abuse of children by biological vs. non-biological father-figures. Age and gender of the child were also examined. Results indicated that biological fathers were significantly more likely to abuse younger children than older children, compared to non-biological fathers. Findings also revealed that children physically abused by a father-figure were nearly 6 times more likely to be abused by a biological father than by a non-biological father. No other differences were found, likely due to the small sample size. Implications of the results will be discussed. (Advisor: Meredy Goldberg Edelson)

Poster Room 3

Afternoon Sessions

A Variation of Peg Solitaire on Graphs

Connor Crowley & Justin Scanlon - 1:10 pm

Peg solitaire dates back to the late 17th century, originally played on a board consisting of 33 holes in a grid. Pegs jump over other pegs to remove them, the player winning by ending with a single peg on the board. In 2011, Beeler and Hoilman studied the game on a variety of boards, converting the game into a problem in graph theory. In our research, we allow any number of pegs to be at each hole and jumps to be made on any three adjacent vertices, regardless of their peg counts. Watch out: This means negative pegs! We examine various families of graphs to determine which of them are winnable. (Advisor: Josh Laison)

Room 1 (PM)

Super Tuple Edge-Magic Total Labelings of Graphs

Gus Mayeno, Gillian Pringle & Lydia Savelli - 1:30 pm

In this research we introduce a new graph labeling called a Super Tuple Edge-Magic Total (STEMT) labeling. We map the vertices and edges of a graph to points on the Cartesian plane with a solution, or "magic tuple," found by summing the labels on each edge and its endpoints. Our research investigates which families of graphs have magic tuple solutions and methods of finding those solutions. We investigate families such as paths, cycles, complete graphs, complete bipartite graphs and more. (Advisor: Josh Laison)

Room 1 (PM)

Graphs Represented by Edge Intersections of Paths on Uniformly Tiled Grids

Johannes Griesser & Lucas Perryman-Deskins - 1:50 pm

Graphs can represent the intersections of geometric objects. A particular kind of intersection graph corresponds to bending paths on a grid with overlapping segments. These edge-intersection graphs of paths on a grid (EPG graphs) are generally on square grids. In our research, we have expanded this to consider Euclidean and hyperbolic grids with different polygon faces, and with different numbers of grid lines meeting at each point. (Advisor: Josh Laison)

Room 1 (PM)

Artist integrated

Patrick Charlton & Elijah Crockett

With the introduction of Artist Integrated for iOS and Android devices, we hope to provide a platform for artists of all types and mediums to collaborate with each other and gain exposure for live events through online methods. Our project is to develop a location based social media app which displays live events in one's area. With our unique design, we hope to minimize the need for online interaction by facilitating access to live artistic events. Although the two of us are working separately on the Android app and its iOS counterpart, we are using material design standards to keep the look and feel of both apps as similar as possible. As self-proclaimed artists and creatives, we are genuinely interested in the well-being of the worldwide art community and are seeking to bring this community even closer together through offline interactions. We believe there is too much focus today on the popularity and marketability of art and music, and that this comes at the expense of uninhibited creative expression. This app is not designed to create huge stars and viral hits in the manner of many similar, artistically or musically driven social media apps like TikTok and Youtube. This app is designed to unite musicians and artists in a more personal and expressive fashion. We hope to encourage people from all walks of life to find enjoyment by sharing their work with others. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Room 1

Building a Simple Computer From Scratch

Jamie Leary

This presentation focuses on the creation of an 8-bit PC-101 computer, as described in CS-343 Architecture and Compilers, from basic LS-series circuit components. In doing so, I hope to demystify the role that circuitry plays in constructing low-level computer operations. Beginning with an overview of the basic components of a computer and their functions, the presentation then documents the process of building the PC-101, and explains the types of components used and the construction process. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Room 1

Russia, Twitter, and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign

Zachary Haroian

From February 2012 to May 2018, around 3 million tweets were collected from 2,848 twitter handles connected with Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA). Using Data visualization techniques and Natural Language Processing, we visualize the effort of the IRA to influence the 2016 Presidential Election, specifically the Presidential Debates. We show the most used hashtags, most retweeted accounts, and track name usage of candidates during the three presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Along with this we use Natural Language Processing to detect sentiment of the tweets during the debates and with each candidate's mentions. (Advisor: Haiyan Cheng)

Poster Room 1

Effects of Angular Velocity and Perturbation Amplitude on the Subcritical Transition to Turbulence in a Taylor-Couette System.

Bailey Wyatt - 1:30 pm

The transition to turbulence occurs with the increase in complexity of velocity and flow of a liquid. This complexity is not well understood. One method of reaching turbulence in flow is the subcritical transition. This requires some finite perturbation resulting in the increase in complexity of flow in a laminar system. Using an automated system, I will be analyzing the impact of flow on the subcritical transition to turbulence using finite perturbations in the attempt to develop a deeper understanding of this transition to turbulence. (Advisor: Daniel Borrero Echeverry)

Room 2 (PM)

Implementation of Method of Slices Symmetry Reduction on Kolmogorov-Like Flow with Periodic Boundary Conditions

Colin Fisher - 1:50 pm

Kolmogorov flows provide an experimentally simple yet important way of studying how quasi-two-dimensional fluid flows evolve over time. Using a circular fluid well that induces periodic boundary conditions, this project examines a novel method of reducing the rotational effects of such boundary conditions. This Method of Slices is crucial to developing a high-dimensional, theoretical representation of fluid behavior as trajectories in phase space, which help to decode the complex, dynamic, and oftentimes chaotic behavior of everyday fluids. Throughout the research, methods of Particle Image Velocimetry and computational analysis were used to gather, visualize, and analyze fluid flow data. (Advisor: Daniel Borrero Echeverry)

Room 2 (PM)

Characterizing Bouncing Droplet Interactions using Free-surface Synthetic Schlieren

Tyler Riddick - 2:20 pm

If a liquid bath is vertically oscillated to a point below the Faraday instability, droplets of the same liquid can bounce on the surface, making surface waves. Bouncing drops interact with their own surface waves as well as the surface waves of other droplets. This study uses free-surface synthetic Schlieren imaging (FS-SS) - a method of reconstructing the topography of a air-liquid interface using a random dot pattern - to analyze these bouncing drop interactions. Images of an unstable surface undergoing the Faraday instability were taken, and FS-SS was performed to reconstruct the surface for analysis. (Advisor: Daniel Borrero Echeverry)

Room 2 (PM)

Determining Energy Distribution of Fireball Activity in the Earth's Atmosphere

Gary Locker - 2:40 pm

When fireballs fly through the Earth's atmosphere, they emit light strong enough to be observed from the surface of our planet. These fireballs are important to observe as they can give us information on the composition of our solar system, as well as inform us as to how to protect any spacecraft we send into orbit. The Willamette D6 Allsky camera is a single camera system that observes the night sky attempting to capture and catalog these events. The focus of this project has been collecting the data necessary and parsing through it to determine the effectiveness of the system. (Advisor: Jed Rembold)

Room 2 (PM)

Anguish

Nick Baehmann - 1:10 pm

My senior thesis is the beginning of a coming-of-age novel following two interconnected plotlines set in the summer of 1963. While camping in the woods, three teenagers misfire a weapon, leading them to believe they have killed a local professor. Meanwhile, the professor learns of his wife's plan to have him dered and sets out to tie up loose ends. The teenagers find themselves in a bloody game of cat and mouse against the vicious professor. Not everyone will escape with their lives. (Advisor: Mike Chasar)

Room 3 (PM)

The Benefits of an Ending: A Creative Writing Thesis

Ivy Bakeman - 1:30 pm

This project explores the joys and frustrations of platonic and romantic love through fiction. This fantasy novel follows the journey of Seorsum, a creature whose only purpose in life is to bring about the end of love, and Amadeus, a creature meant to help begin it. When these figures are forced to work with one another, the reader comes to understand the importance of letting go and how that opens them up for new beginnings. (Advisor: Mike Chasar)

Room 3 (PM)

Gone Again

Caitlin Forbes - 1:50 pm

"Gone Again" explores themes of grief, death, change, and loss through the dark and humorous voice of Jake Cornith. Jake attempts to deal with the death of his younger brother Hughie, while navigating his freshman year of high school. He asks himself how he can move on, knowing that he is in part responsible for the family's tragedy. Jake grieves for his brother and for the past. After setting off on a quest to put the puzzle pieces of his family back together, Jake must decide if he can forgive those that broke it apart, including himself. (Advisor: Mike Chasar)

Room 3 (PM)

Breaking Binaries: The Life & Poetry of Pauli Murray

Te'a Cole - 2:20 pm

Pauli Murray was a feminist activist of the 1960's who made major impacts on history for the betterment of our society. My thesis works to break down the complex notions of her gender identity in conjunction with her activism and poetry. In using both her poetry and works from other scholars, I am able to present a deeper knowledge and understanding of who Pauli was as a person and how that impacted her activism and public discourse. (Advisor: Gretchen Moon)

Room 3 (PM)

Selfhood, Silence, and Soul in "The Little Mermaid"

Kiana Cook - 2:40 pm

Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" is often read as a tragic tale of unrequited love. However, this romanticization frequently overlooks the protagonist's desires beyond marriage, primarily for a human soul. While a handful of scholars have investigated this through a religious lens, my presentation will explore the concept of soul from an identity perspective. Throughout the story, the mermaid is divided between the underwater and human worlds, unable to truly belong in either. By foregrounding this internal conflict, I intend to analyze the mermaid's sacrifices—particularly her voice—and how they affect her efforts to gain a complete human identity. (Advisor: Gretchen Moon)

Room 3 (PM)

(In)Authentic Conversation: Jane Austen and Fulfillment in the Sphere of the tête-à-tête

Spencer Doss - 3:30 pm

This presentation examines the limitations surrounding self-expression that women faced in Regency-Era England. Patriarchal institutions systematically prevented women from seizing agency in their lives and relationships, and were manifested in forms as didactic as conduct books. Close examination of private conversations between women of varying ages and socioeconomic statuses in Jane Austen's novels Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility reveal the challenges that render authentic, intimate tete a tetes difficult. The solution is an imperfect, often fragmented mode of communication, varying in success, and often requiring women to step outside the bounds of propriety set forth by conduct literature. (Advisor: Stephanie DeGooyer)

Room 3 (PM)

From Symbol to Subject: Sexuality as Social Liberation in the Songs of the Trobairitz

Katie Bordona - 3:50 pm

This presentation analyzes how the medieval female troubadours (trobairitz) resist the androcentric poetic conventions of their male counterparts. After identifying recurrent themes of woman worship and fetishization of the female form in the troubadour corpus, I evaluate how the trobairitz respond to a musical tradition that is contingent upon objectifying and commodifying women's bodies. Attending to the subversive potential of metonymic meaning-making, advocacy for mutuality in love, and celebration of erotic power in the trobairitz oeuvre, I explore how popular music in a highly codified vernacular lends itself to revolutionary creative expression for women. (Advisor: Frann Michel)

Room 3 (PM)

Increasing Young Adult Well Care Visits for Recipients of the Oregon Health Plan

Tatiana Amrein & Richard Craig - 1:30 pm

Between June 2016 and July 2017, only 44.6 percent of adolescent recipients of Oregon's Medicaid health insurance, the Oregon Health Plan, aged 13-21 received an adolescent well-care visit, and of those aged 18-21 years old, a meager 28 percent received this essential care. This presentation analyzes the importance of these primary care visits and the barriers many face in receiving them. We will present two alternatives to increase the rate of adolescent and young adult well-care visits, ultimately recommending one to be pursued by the Oregon Health Authority and State Legislature. (Advisor: Melissa Buis Michaux)

Room 4 (PM)

Down with the Sickness: Interpreting American political responses to international epidemics

Megan Pratt - 1:50 pm

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become obvious to most that certain deficiencies plague our pandemic response schema. This research investigates the origins of the current administrative framework that guides national responses to international epidemics and pandemics. It considers the role that "securitization" (the process by which national security dominates public health as a guiding impetus for action), as a guiding force in shaping these responses. How can we characterize the balance between public health and national security concerns in national responses to international epidemics, and what, if anything, are we missing thanks to this construction? (Advisor: Greg Felker)

Room 4 (PM)

Las Lagrimas de La Llorona (the tears of La Llorona)

Sarah Dean - 2:20 pm

This presentation focuses on La Llorona, or the Weeping Woman, a Mexican folktale dating back to precolonial Mexico. While many are familiar with La Llorona through ghost stories and pop culture, few know her origins. After summarizing the commonly known version of a woman who drowns her children in revenge for her husband's abandonment, I start with La Llorona's origins and then explore adaptations from the United States and Latin America. I counter that La Llorona is not solely to blame for her sorrowful situation and analyze how she has been appropriated by the Catholic church, marketing firms, and Hollywood. (Advisor: April Overstreet)

Room 4 (PM)

America's Crusade: Biblical Domination Rhetoric and Manifest Destiny

Kawika Kalama - 2:40 pm

This presentation explores how interpretations of domination rhetoric from the books of Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua were used to justify westward expansion in 1800s America. I explore the implications of domination rhetoric as it pertains to American exceptionalism and Christian nationalism, while also grappling with Christian America's identity as a New Testament people despite their actions that imply a literal Old Testament understanding of the Bible. While not all Protestants supported Manifest Destiny and its aims, the works of Lyman Beecher and John L. O'Sullivan advocated for it fiercely, resulting in horrific consequences for Mexicans, Filipinos, and America's Indigenous Peoples. (Advisor: Stephen Patterson)

Room 4 (PM)

Are Video Games Art?

Colin Troesken - 3:00 pm

This presentation deals with the logical consequences of making claims as to whether or not video games are art. Using contemporary analytic philosophy, we find that by accepting video games as art, the entire question of "what is art" is undermined. However, we also find that by denying video games as art, we logically must deny most forms of interactive media as art. Through this analysis, we not only conclude that video games are art, but multiple aesthetic philosophical problems are resolved by their being art. (Advisor: Ivan Welty)

Room 4 (PM)

What is a Video Game?

Ben Bressoud - 3:30 pm

This presentation explores the concept of the video game from a philosophical standpoint. It stands as the first in a trio of papers on the subject, dissecting their potential as an art form. After providing a brief history of the subject, my paper seeks to define the video game itself, analyzing various contemporary and historical definitions of games and video games. It provides a critique of each viewpoint, and after discussion, I interpret Wittgenstein's family resemblances to be the best method, since boundaries cannot be drawn for games, let alone video games, making the other too limiting. (Advisor: Ivan Welty)

Room 4 (PM)

What Makes Video Games Appealing

Owen Lyon-Smith - 3:50 pm

This paper is part of a three part investigation into the philosophical questions that we can ask about video games made by Owen Lyon-Smith, Colin Troesken, and Ben Bressoud. This section of our panel deals with what makes video games appealing and why so many people play them. It delves into what makes people prefer certain video games over others and the fundamental issues we must deal with when analyzing new media. By the end of this presentation, the audience will come away with a more complete understanding of the kind of appeal that video games uniquely possess. (Advisor: Ivan Welty)

Room 4 (PM)

In the Name of the Great Russian Kingdom: Exploring family and identity in Stalin's Russia through Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible

Kathryn McConaughy & Colin Troesken - 4:10 pm

This presentation will investigate the family values of Stalinism through Sergei Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible Part I & II. We examine how Ivan casts himself as the patriarch of the Russian state and uses this authority to erase the identities of those around him. We discuss how Eisenstein uses the juxtaposition of Fyodor and Vladimir to challenge the expected hierarchy of loyalties in Stalinist Russia, with loyalty to the state superseding loyalty to the family, ultimately asking whether it is better to live at the expense of one's soul or to die with one's morals intact. (Advisor: Sarah Bishop)

Room 4 (PM)

How Syrian Asylum Seekers and Refugees Interact with Dutch Healthcare

Lily Clancy - 1:10 pm

This presentation focuses on the specific experiences of Syrian asylum seekers and refugees living in the Netherlands and their interaction with the Dutch healthcare system. As well as interviewing Syrian refugees, I also interviewed healthcare providers who work closely with these populations. I will be showing pages of the online zine I created and pointing out certain quotes from the interviews conducted to contextualize the current state of receiving healthcare as an asylum seeker. Some specific things I will discuss include cultural differences around medication, religious practices that influence healthcare, and language barriers. (Advisor: Sarah Kirk)

Room 5 (PM)

Viewing the Holocaust

Robbie Daugherty - 1:30 pm

This presentation will explore the memory associations surrounding The Holocaust, along with four Holocaust memorials visited and analyzed through the College Colloquium Student Research Grant. I will explore these collective memory associations by first exploring the background of The Holocaust and then various ways different countries have remembered and commemorated this tragedy. Finally, I will explore the power that remembering has on the individual and a collective population by exploring the effectiveness of these memorials. Throughout the presentation, I will speak upon various art pieces, photographs, and art exhibitions that I created in an effort to memorialize this event. (Advisor: Monique Bourque)

Room 5 (PM)

College Access Programs: Bridges to Higher Education

Adriana Escorcia-Lopez - 1:50 pm

I examine details about the Salem-Keizer School District and compare their data to other school districts and high schools and analyze how having a college access program such as Willamette Academy can have an impact on the school district. I will also analyze the difference of ideas and beliefs in the cultures involved within our education system can play a role, how these programs use the differences as an asset rather than a deficit and show the impact that this approach has on the success of the students. (Advisor: Ellen Eisenberg)

Room 5 (PM)

Imperial Pacific: Contesting the material and rhetorical constructions of Saipan as a global tourist destination for luxury, leisure and entertainment

Brandon Miller - 2:20 pm

In July 2019, I conducted oral history interviews with Filipina/o migrant workers in Saipan and Guahan (Guam) on their experiences of working, living, and building communities in an economy shaped by global tourism. Not only do these oral histories reflect my own familial history, but they possess critical perspectives in understanding current manifestations of neoliberalism, foreign attempts at hegemonic power, and governmental control of migration. I contest that Saipan has been a site for Filipina/o migrant workers to support their families via remittance, strategically subvert tourist hierarchies, and develop complex meanings of home and belonging. (Advisor: Catalina de Onis)

Room 5 (PM)

Chronic second-hand smoke induces dementia-like neuropathology in adult mice

Estefania Ramos Torres - 3:00 pm

Most disease results from a complex interaction between the genetic makeup and the environment of an individual. The purpose of this study is to understand if long-term second-hand smoke (SHS) induces Alzheimer's disease (AD)-like pathology and if this is more pronounced in a genetically susceptible rodent model (htau). Following animal sacrifice, brain pathology is studied using immunohistochemistry and histological methods. It is hypothesized that chronic SHS leads to AD and that brain changes are accelerated in the htau model as seen by increased inflammation, neuronal death, loss of neuronal insulating myelin, and increased expression of AD pathological tau protein. (Advisor: Cooper Battle)

Room 5 (PM)

Kusama Yayoi as a Soft Power for Japan

Yasmin Flores-Lopez - 1:10 pm

This project discusses soft power, the ability to persuade using attraction rather than coercion, and explore how Kusama Yayoi can serve as an instrument to spread Japan's soft power. Japan, in recent years, has been exploring different methods to increase its soft power abroad. I will look at two major soft power efforts, Japan's Cool Japan Fund and ANA airlines, to evaluate its current effectiveness. After looking at the current state of these projects and establishing Kusama's history and current relevance, I will analyze Kusama's soft power and capability to enhance Japan's soft power. (Advisor: Miho Fuijiwara)

Room 6 (PM)

Religion and the Cult of Nationalism in Prewar Japan

Amelia Gingrich - 1:30 pm

This presentation focuses on the use of religion as a means of social control in Japan from the 1860s until the beginning of World War II. After providing a brief background of Shinto, Confucianism, Buddhism and Christianity in Japan, I explore how these four religions were used to indoctrinate the public into the cult of nationalism that pervaded Japanese society at the time. Furthermore, I expose how religious groups were not only complicit towards, but active participants in Japanese imperialism. Through the study of historical events, propaganda, and the intersections between religion and politics in Japan, I bring the role of religion in promoting nationalism to light. (Advisor: Miho Fujiwara)

Room 6 (PM)

Syncretic Young Men: An Analysis of Christianity as Portrayed in Japanese Popular Media

Reeves Bauer - 1:50 pm

In this presentation I analyze Saint*Young Men in order to attain an understanding of Christianity in Japanese popular media. This is a popular Japanese manga series by Hikaru Nakamura. It follows the lives of Jesus and Buddha taking a vacation from heaven and living together in a Tokyo suburb. I briefly explore Christianity's history in Japan, as well as whether or not its depiction here is consistent with how other Japanese religions are typically depicted. From there, I interpret Saint*Young Men as a commentary on Christianity's status in contemporary Japan and explain what this entails. (Advisor: Miho Fujiwara)

Room 6 (PM)

"Ra-Nuki Kotoba": How the Japanese Language is Changing

Jack Glenn - 2:20 pm

This presentation explores one of the most notable changes within the Japanese language in recent times: "ra-nuki kotoba." These so-called "ra-omission words" mark a transformation in the fundamental grammar of potential form verbs, and have consequently garnered significant public attention in Japan. In response to the lack of information available in English regarding "ra-nuki kotoba," I have translated an academic journal article from a scholar at a leading Japanese university that provides a general overview of research on the topic. I will explain the impact of my translation on the field of Japanese Studies. (Advisor: Miho Fujiwara)

Room 6 (PM)

From Ryukyuan to Okinawan: An Analysis of Imperial Japanese Assimilation Policies in Okinawa Prefecture

Gavin Honke - 2:40 pm

A popular narrative characterizes the Japanese government's interactions with Okinawa Prefecture as a cycle of exploitation and neglect. This presentation focuses on the lesser-known beginnings of this so-called cycle: the integration of the Okinawan people into the Japanese nation state after the establishment of Okinawa Prefecture in 1879. After a discussion of the history of Japanese-Okinawan relations prior to 1879, I will analyze assimilation policies utilized by the Japanese government as well as how these policies themselves fit into the larger ideologies of Imperial Japan. (Advisor: Miho Fujiwara)

Room 6 (PM)

Shingeki: Defining Modern Theatre in Contemporary Japan

Natasha Milligan - 3:00 pm

For more than 100 years, the shingeki movement has been transforming how modern Japanese theatre is performed. However, there is no consensus on what shingeki actually is and what is at the core of this theatrical movement. this study aims to analyze the different views of shingeki throughout history. I will then use them to clarify the definition and define shingeki in a more contemporary context. My research will help not only bring the discussion surrounding modern Japanese theatre into the 21st century, but clarifying the definition is necessary for future theatre historians and Japanese theatre artists. (Advisor: Miho Fujiwara)

Room 6 (PM)

Hikikomori in Japanese Society and Family

Cameron Tangen - 3:30 pm

This presentation explores the hikikomori epidemic that is occurring in Japan. There are at least 3.6 million people who have withdrawn from society (become hikikomori) and the current measures to address the problem do not seem to address the causes. By exploring Japanese society and family structures, I hope to get to the root causes of why this is a problem in Japan and to understand what role the family plays in enabling it. As a result, I hope that my research will be used in the future to address similar problems in other countries around the world. (Advisor: Miho Fujiwara)

Room 6 (PM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Brendan McGonigle - 12:30 pm

Room 7 (PM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Maya Shipway - 12:30 pm

Room 7 (PM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Alex Meyer - 12:30 pm

Room 7 (PM)

Exercise Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Joey Faudskar - 2:00 pm

Room 7 (PM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Kassin Hopkins - 2:00 pm

Room 7 (PM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Mark Lau - 2:00 pm

Room 7 (PM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Morgan Penn - 2:00 pm

Room 7 (PM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Monica Gray - 4:00 PM

Room 7 (PM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Lexi Towner - 4:00 pm

Room 7 (PM)

Exercise and Health Science Senior Seminar Presentation

Tatiana Creekmur - 4:00 pm

Room 7 (PM)


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