University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Students present work at Honors Day

Nearly four dozen Pitt-Bradford students will present research, writing and projects ranging from children’s literature projects to research in the sciences.

            The Eighth Annual Honors Day will take place from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Schedules of student talks will be available at the information desk or can be viewed online at www.upb.pitt.edu/research.aspx. Light refreshments will be available, and the public is invited.

            “This event is a unique opportunity for students, staff, faculty of all disciplines and visitors to learn about the research interests of our students,” said Dr. Mary Mulcahy, director of undergraduate research and associate professor of biology.

            Students who will be giving talks are: Lori Curcio, a business management major from Bradford, “From Pagans to Popes: The Syncretism of Early Christianity”; Dana Betzler, an English education 7-12 major from St. Marys, “Layered Project for ‘The Call of the Wild’”; and Debra Bell, a history/political science major from Shinglehouse, “Islam Used as Justification for Terrorism.”

            Human relations majors giving talks are Ben Pfeil of Bradford, “Ayahusca: The ‘Visionary Vine’ of the Amazon”; Denae Carr of Titusville, “Speaking in Tongues in a Charismatic Church”; Jason Nussbaum of St. Marys, “The Impact of Tourism on Textile Production Among the Otavalo”; Jenna Kielbowick of Ridgway, “How Human Resource Managers in Small Town Manufacturing Facilities Are Dealing With Today’s Economy”; Jennifer Graham of Bradford, “The Productivity of Mentally Challenged Workers”; Katie Zapel of Bradford, “Music in Otavalo, Ecuador”; Kelley Moyer of Warren, “Masculine Stereotypes Among Oil Field Workers: Truth or Fiction”; and LeeAnn Kramer from Perkasie, “Shamanism in South America”;

            Lindsey Green of Townville, “Friendship: What Is It and When Is It Formed?”; Lyndsey Knox of Cyclone, “Preschool Problem Solving: Techniques and Teamwork”; Nicole Schultz of Centerville, “Customer Server Interactions”; Pam Foringer of Spartansburg, “Culture of Nursing on a Behavioral Health Unit”; Sarah Colwell of Bradford, “No Child Left Behind: Truth or Fiction”; Shandra Wilson of Lewis Run, “Peyote”; Staysha Spiller of Bradford, “The American Cancer Society: The Volunteer Experience”; Vogue Bernard of Shinglehouse, “Azande Logic: Witchcraft, Sorcery and Chickens”; and Ryan Hohman of Bradford, “Religion and Quality of Life Among Nursing Home Residents.”

            Human relations majors from Pitt-Titusville presenting talks are Robin Smith, “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren”; and Shana Young, “Working Lunch Program: Titusville Middle School.”

            Mathematics education 7-12 majors presenting talks are Misty McCann of Duke Center, “Detour: Optimizing One Lane Traffic”; and Jillian Hamilton of Gifford, “The Magical Math Mobile.”

            Christopher Finke, a nursing major from Prospect, will present a talk on “Female Circumcision: Blood, Sex, and Tears.”

            Psychology majors presenting talks are Courtney Pearson of Montoursville, “Sex in Advertising”; and summer research grant recipient Manny Diamant of New Hope, who will present “Japan: Going Abroad by Going Beyond” about his summer research with Isabelle Champlin, assistant professor of anthropology.

            Dana Flanigan, a social science major from Salamanca, N.Y., will present a talk on “Media’s Impact on Prominent Social Issues.”

            Sociology majors presenting talks are Sherard Thorne of Washington, D.C., “Cinematic Depictions of Homosexual Stereotypes”; Stacy Postlewait of Kane, “Do Cell Phones Affect Socialization and Communication of Teenagers”; Steve Hale of Bradford, “Police Discretion”; and Valerie Donohue of Havertown, “The Art of Baby Naming: How Parents Choose Names for Their Children.”

            Kyle Dickey, a sports medicine major from Tioga, will present the talk “Navajo Healers: Old Traditions, New Times.” Allie Shablesky, a writing major from Beaver Falls, will present “Religion and Primitive Law.”

            Poster presentations will be made by biology majors Chioma Ofoha of Harrisburg, “Isolation of Hemicellulose Depolarizing Microorganisms”; Robert L. Boudreaux of Apollo Beach, Fla., “Synthesis and Application of Manganese Minerals”; Samantha Hockenberry of Spring Run, Carly Ambuske of Bradford, Jonathan McCracken of Bradford and Erikah James of Kingsville, Md., “Germination of Garlic Mustard Seeds”; and Hockenberry, McCracken, Aliya Allice of Philadelphia and Taundria Cappel of Silver Spring, Md., “Dispersal and Germination of Seeds of Staghorn Sumac.”

            Danielle Finlan, a chemical engineering major, will present a poster on “Biomass, Fuels and Lubricants.” Chemistry majors making poster presentations are Joanne Conde of Sarver, “One Stage Oxidation of Cintronellol with Manganese Type Catalyst to Cintronella”; and Lee Madison of Ulster, “The Future of Catalysts and Fuels.”

            Chioma Enechukwu, a chemistry major from Union, N.J., will give a poster presentation on “Manganese Catalysts.” Engineering science major Nathan Norris of Newmillport will present the poster “Airborne Laser Time-Trial.”

                        Mathematics education 7-12 majors making poster presentations are Misty McCann of Duke Center and Claudia Bernat of Tidioute, “Detour: Optimizing One Lane Traffic”; and Danielle Dodge of Smethport, “Children’s Literature Project.”

Elementary education majors making poster presentations on children’s literature projects are Courtney Graham of Titusville and John Lewis of Warren.

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