JU FACULTY & STUDENT SYMPOSIUM                                            DCOB Conference Rooms B&C                       ...
9:20 AM - Morphology: The Optical Illusion of Sentence StructureKayleigh Hynes, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christina ValentinoEv...
11:00 AM - DECONSTRUCTING THE CHAOTIC WORLD: ILLUSTRATING THE ANALYTICAL PROCESS IN THE HUMANMINDArelis Resto, Faculty Spo...
12:20 PM - The Use of a Validated Survey Instrument (HPPSACS) to Assess Patient Safety Awareness Among Pre-licensure Nursi...
2:00 PM - Hip Hop in America: A Cultural RevolutionCiaran Sontag, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Dennis VincentStudent will be prese...
JU FACULTY & STUDENT SYMPOSIUM                                            DCOB Conference Rooms B&C                       ...
9:20 AM - Evolutionary Ethics: A Defense of Anti-RealismBryon Heylock, Faculty Sponsor: Scott KimbroughThe theory of evolu...
11:00 AM - THE UNKNOWN FACE OF THE HOMELESS: HUMANISTIC PORTRAITURE OF A MISUNDERSTOOD SUB-CULTURE WITHIN JACKSONVILLE, FL...
12:40 PM - Two Generations of Bootlegging and Murder in Jacksonville, Florida: The Crimes of John B. and ClydeHyslerAndrea...
2:20 PM - Patterns: A Preliminary Study of First Year Composition Assessment and RetentionDr. Sandra Coyle and Dr. Julie B...
3:40 PM - ABUNDANCE AND DEPTH RANGE OF XANTHIDAE CRABS ALONG THE NERSHORE ARTIFICAL ANDHARDBOTTOM HABITATS OF SOUTHEASTERN...
JU FACULTY & STUDENT SYMPOSIUM                                            DCOB Conference Rooms B&C                       ...
9:40 AM - Magic BrowniesRyan Rillstone, Jessica Taylor, and Alejandro Madariaga, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. LaneWhen baking brow...
11:20 AM - Relation Between Warfarin Continuation therapy dosing and Patient Body Mass IndexTulsi Patel, Faculty Sponsor: ...
1:00 PM - Association of Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) use on CCK-HIDA scintigraphyEric Lam, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Curtis Sma...
2:40 PM - SPECTRUM: An Interactive Film ExperienceBrian Trumble, Faculty Sponsor: Ginger SheridanThis thesis explores the ...
4:20 PM - Hollywood versus Fred Grey: Miss Evers’ Boys and the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment ApologyBetween 1932 and 1972, ...
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  1. 1. JU FACULTY & STUDENT SYMPOSIUM DCOB Conference Rooms B&C Wednesday, April 38:00 AM - Stress and Test Anxiety Through Yoga in 5th Grade ReadingKathryn Keshen-Goldberg, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Steven DavisThis project focuses on the issue of test anxiety and stress that students deal with in the classroom. I intend toreduce students test anxiety and stress through yoga. Students will be taught basic yoga poses and breathingtechniques in order to help reduce any stress or text anxiety. I expect to find that students will learn to controltheir stress, and reduce their anxiety by practicing this particular style of movement.8:20 AM - Occurrence of Bottlenose Dolphin Mother-Calf Pairs in the Arlington River and Nearby Areas of the St.Johns River, FloridaJenell Larsen, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Rose BorkowskiBottlenose dolphins, ursiops truncatus, are among the best known and studied cetaceans. Various ecotypes ofthis species have been identified and well-studied in Sarasota Bay, the Florida Keys and the Indian River.However, little research has been conducted on dolphins inhabiting North East Florida. In 2010, an unusualmortality event involving bottlenose dolphins in the St. John’s River highlighted the need for improved monitoringof these animals and their young. The aim of this study was to characterize the seasonal distribution, temperatureand salinity tolerance of dolphin calves utilizing the Arlington River and nearby areas of the St. Johns River.8:40 AM - Measuring On- Task Behavior Using Basic Math Facts and Physical ActivityPaige Argus, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Steven DavisAfter observing problematic behavior in my teaching internship, the study I had chosen was using physical activityduring the school day to enhance students on- task behavior and focus. This study is significant because in thelong run it may help elementary teachers increase their students’ on- task behavior. To measure the on- taskbehavior I used basic math facts timed assessments, direct observations, and student surveys. I implemented myresearch two days a week, for about an hour and a half each time. My expectated results are that afterimplementing this physical activity my students on-task behavior will increase.9:00 AM - Reading strategies that help to build fluency for ESOL students.Megan Guillen, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Steven DavisThe purpose of this case study is to see how context clues help struggling readers and English language learnersto read fluently. I worked with a group of six students all of whom were part of the lowest reading group in theclassroom. Each lesson was centralized on students using context clues while also integrating supported reading,retrospective miscue analysis, partner reading, utilizing listening centers, primed reading, and the use of poetry.By analyzing the results from the pre and post assessments, I expected the outcome to be that students oralreading accuracy as well as their words per minute
  2. 2. 9:20 AM - Morphology: The Optical Illusion of Sentence StructureKayleigh Hynes, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christina ValentinoEvery language has an established representation of morphology; we want students to properly decodesentences when language changes. We begin by developing their cognition through scaffolding morphemes; thesmallest semantic unit in language. By breaking down words into their simplest forms and transitioning to thecomplex, students are able to distinguish patterns and learn structure rather than memorizing individual words.We expect to see participants actively moving from concrete to abstract thinking. Enabling students to label theparts of words and sentences, as well as understand structural relationships, enabling them to intricately shiftlanguages while maintaining the same meaning.9:40 AM - The Flipped Classroom in practice: Active learning and engagement in a graduate programStephanie JamesThe flipped classroom has gained traction in K-12 education, however, this approach at the postsecondary level,especially at the graduate level is not as prevalent, though it is growing in popularity. In flipped teaching, thetraditional classroom method of content delivery is inverted so lectures and accompanying materials are viewedoutside of the classroom leaving class time open for other things such as practice and hands-on work. Thepurpose of this presentation is to share the following re a flipped classroom: its design in a graduate program, itsalignment to adult learning principles and its implications for effective leadership skills10:00 AM - The Importance of Reading Comprehension: Reading Comprehension through an ESOL Students Eyes:Providing a purpose for reading.Olivia Blanco , Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Cristina ValentinoReading comprehension is an important teachable skill required of all students. It is a skill that goes beyondreading written words to a level of understanding. For ESOL students or English Speakers of Other Languages thisis particularly challenging. The objective of this study is to work through one student’s case of comprehensionskills using questioning, retelling, think-aloud activities, and sequence of events strategies while providing apurpose for reading. To investigate this dilemma I will be working with an ESOL student whose parents are fromIndia. Ideally, at the end of this study the student’s level of reading comprehension10:20 AM - Using graphic organizers to improve students math word problem skills (Math Comprehension)Kevin Elmore, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Tammy Ryan10:40 AM - The Formation of the Trimetallic Carbonyl Cluster, Li[FeCo3(CO)12]Nekea Sanders, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christopher M. PotratzMetal carbonyl clusters are vital catalyst for many reactions that involve carbon monoxide (CO). In this project thetrimetallic carbonyl cluster Li[FeCo3(CO)12] will be produced. This trimetallic carbonyl cluster will be synthesizedin three steps that are classified as a disproportionation reaction and two redox-condensation reactions. Thereactions used to produce Li[FeCo3(CO)10] will be highly controlled through the use of a glove box and a Schlenkline due to the reactions being air sensitive. In order to identify the formation of the correct products, carbonylbands of the products for each reaction will be studied by infrared spectroscopy (IR spectroscopy).
  3. 3. 11:00 AM - DECONSTRUCTING THE CHAOTIC WORLD: ILLUSTRATING THE ANALYTICAL PROCESS IN THE HUMANMINDArelis Resto, Faculty Sponsor: Professor Ginger SheridanI aim to portray the human struggle to understand the erratic world through hyper-analysis. Hyper-analysisreveals the manner and truth in others and in nature, and it enables us to better interact with and, consequently,live in the world. Through collage-based artworks, I best evoke this process by bombarding the viewer with aseries of mixed media portraits that reveal its anatomical layers, which embed varied surreal objects and symbols.Despite being overwhelmed with these arbitrary, contradicting, and earthly features, I have found that peoplejudge others and their surroundings not to define them but rather to define themselves.11:20 AM - Crossing the Barrier: Remembering African-African American Naval Officers in Chicago’s ‘GoldenThirteen’ MonumentJames Edwards, Faculty Sponsor: Jesse Hingson, Ph.D.Since the colonial era, African Americans had served in the US Navy, yet none were ever commissioned asofficers. In February 1944, the Navy decided to allow a select number of African American sailors to becomeofficers, and thirteen successfully completed the officer training program. In 2006, in Chicago, the firstmonument was dedicated to the “Golden Thirteen”. Using media sources, veterans’ accounts, and otherevidence, this paper focuses on the creation of the monument and the challenges that advocates faced inachieving public recognition for these first African American Navy officers.11:40 AM - Developing a Field Guide to Florida’s Nearshore HardbottomSara Schunter, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Dan McCarthyFlorida nearshore hardbottom habitats are considered important in enhancing local marine biodiversity. Acurrent state funded study at Jacksonville University is seeking to gain further insight into the ecological functionsof these habitats as they may vary with depth and substrate. Collected organisms were counted and identified todetermine how prevalent they were in these habitats. The goal of my project is to take these preservedspecimens and develop a photo field guide to all species encountered in this study. I will discuss my developmentof photographic procedures, give an overview of major taxonomic groups, and describe the book layout.12:00 PM - James Oglethorpe and British-Creek Relations in the Georgia Colony, 1732-1740Mary Pontello, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jesse HingsonFounded in 1732, Georgia was settled by James Edward Oglethorpe as a buffer colony between British SouthCarolina and Spanish Florida, and the establishment of the Georgia colony touched off a variety of key battlesbetween the two empires. The British more often won these conflicts, and scholars tend to emphasize theorganizational abilities of Oglethorpe in fending off the Spanish. However, using treaties, settlers’ diaries, andother primary accounts, I argue that the long history of poor relations between the region’s indigenouspopulation and Spanish authorities was a key factor in helping British efforts.
  4. 4. 12:20 PM - The Use of a Validated Survey Instrument (HPPSACS) to Assess Patient Safety Awareness Among Pre-licensure Nursing StudentsTheresa ChenotThe purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate pre-licensure nursing students patient safety awareness,skills, and attitudes and examine current patient safety education for nursing students utilizing the QSENframework (Chenot & Daniel, 2010). The Healthcare Professionals Patient Safety Assessment Curriculum Survey(HPPSACS) is a 29-item instrument that was used to measure the nursing students patient safety awareness,skills, and attitudes and is an adapted version of the Patient Safety/Medical Fallibility Assessment Pre and PostCurriculum Survey created by Madigosky, Headrick, Nelson, Cox, and Anderson (2006) that was used with medicalstudents. Recommendations for future research utilizing the HPPSACS12:40 PM - Street Scene: An American Opera by Kurt WeillBrittany Nickell and Alec Hadden, Faculty Sponsor: Professor Kimberly BeasleyStreet Scene, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Elmer Rice written in 1929, is a dramatic musicalcomposed by Kurt Weill who defected to the United States from Germany in 1933. Lyricist Langston Hughes was aprominent member of the Harlem Renaissance. This trifecta of prominent members of the cultural community ofthe late 1920’s and 30’s makes for a gripping story encompassing issues of immigration and tenement living. JUpresents this musical April 5, 6, and 7 in Swisher Theater. Student presenters will discuss discovering theircharacters and Director Kimberly Beasley will share her research including the1:00 PM - REDS: Residential Energy Data SimulationAlexis Crouch, Faculty Sponsor: Xenia MountrouidouThe REDS project is developing an univariate model or a stochastic process using real data provided byJacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) to simulate the amount of energy consumed by JEA residential customers.Utilizing exploratory data analysis with 4-plots, models will be extrapolated to determine consumer demandpatterns. The 4-plot models will be coupled with a hydroelectric energy response model to determine viability ofhydroelectric as an alternate energy in the JEA service area.1:20 PM - Self-Expression Through the Biomorphic: Creatures of the Inner PsycheKatrina Burns, Faculty Sponsor: Professor Dana TupaIn order to cope with a lifelong anxiety disorder, I set out to create the physical manifestation of my inneremotions voiced as simulated living beings in clay. I combined influences from the natural world, which created afictional species of gourd-like creatures. Inventing imaginary subjects, rather than utilizing human figures, allowedme to broach sensitive subjects within my past. Through gourd form I revealed emotions within a naturalisticinstallation that grounded illusory forms in realistic space. This body of work became a catharsis that expressedthe struggles of my recent past and my path to personal rejuvenation.1:40 PM - The Development and Initial Testing of the Jacksonville Attitudes toward Research SurveyDaniel Murff, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. W. Brian LaneMany of the benefits of student research experiences are closely connected to the student’s attitudes towardresearch. But how can student’s attitudes toward research be assessed? The Jacksonville Attitudes towardResearch Survey (JARS) answers this question. The JARS consists of a set of research-related statements to whichstudents respond on a Likert scale. By administering the JARS at the beginning and end of an SRE, institutions canevaluate the change in the student’s attitudes during the SRE. I will present an overview of the survey, an analysisof the faculty validation, and comments on the ongoing student validation.
  5. 5. 2:00 PM - Hip Hop in America: A Cultural RevolutionCiaran Sontag, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Dennis VincentStudent will be presenting an in-depth analysis of the development of hip-hop music as a cultural art form:exploring how socio-economic-cultural factors have affected its growth. Of particular interest in the study areinfluence of other contributing genres (rhythm and blues, rock, urban music, jazz, funk, disco, and classical) andits dissimilation into subgenres (gangster rap, battle rap, hip-pop, etc.). This study will identify: artists whoepitomize excellence in hip hop, and who seem to be leading emerging trends; Billboard and American Top 40chart analyses; and other independent artists and scholars of hip hop.3:20 PM - The Creation and Testing of a WKB Approximation ProgramAnatoly Kozorezov, Faculty Sponsor: W. Brian LaneAccording to quantum theory, it is impossible to predict with absolute certainty the motion of subatomicparticles, (e.g., electrons), such that one must calculate probabilities associated with their positions.Unfortunately, most problems of interest in quantum cannot be solved exactly, and we must employapproximation schemes. The Wentzel–Kramers–Brillouin (WKB) method is one such approximation scheme thatcalculates the probability density if the energy of the particle is known. I present the results of using the midpointintegration method with the WKB method to numerically calculate the probability density of electrons in a samplemetal.3:40 PM - BEACH CÖMER POUND CAKES: GRAPHIC DESIGN BASED ON LOCAL COLORSamantha Nader, Faculty Sponsor: Brian Frus, Cheryl Peters, David Smith, Ginger SheridanPound cakes are my defi¬nition of comfort food; they are rich and deep with flavor. The photography, layout, andgraphic design of the cookbook should all reflect the simple yet rich feeling when eating a piece of pound cake,and the nostalgia that most think of in relation to the cake that our grandmothers made. In “Beach Cömer Poundcakes,” I proposed to brand my cakes as simple comfort food found in Florida’s seaside communities. My designencompasses old family recipes, delicate typography. The layout of the cookbook and website gathers all thedesign elements, reflecting a southern beach bakery.4:00 PM - The Effects of Elevated CO2 on Arm Regeneration in the Burrowing Brittle Star OphiophragmusfilograneusCoia, Jodi; McClure, Anna; Shankle, Stephanie; Wenk, Laura, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Lee Ann Clements & Dr. JeremyStalkerIncreased CO2 and decreased pH in ocean water may impact tissue and skeletal regeneration in brittlestarsOphiophragmus filograneus. Three CO2 levels, a control, an elevated (lower pH) and a high (low pH), were usedto test this hypothesis. Ninety brittle stars, each with one arm surgically removed, were disturbed evenly in nineaquaria in a Latin square design. Temperature, salinity, pH and DO were monitored daily for one month.Increased acidity and CO2 resulted in increased arm regeneration rate and decreased overall body mass.Regeneration at increasingly lower pH exacts a metabolic cost which decreases overall body mass.4:20 PM - Preliminary Survey of Brown Pelicans Pelecanus occidentalis in Jacksonville, Florida and a summary ofpopulation trends.Kelsey Cooper, Faculty Sponsor: E. Natasha VanderhoffThe Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis remains a Species of Special Concern (SSC) in Florida. The BrownPelican can be found year-round in North Florida consisting of both resident and migrating individuals, yet to datea formal survey and population trends for this area have not been conducted. We gathered data at three sites inJacksonville, Florida to investigate seasonal trends in population abundance and demography.
  6. 6. JU FACULTY & STUDENT SYMPOSIUM DCOB Conference Rooms B&C Thursday, April 48:00 AM - Fidgets Figured Out – Using movement in the classroom to control the active study to focus longerJennah Gayle Knight, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Steven DavisBoys in elementary school have up to 49 hormonal urges resulting in movement during a school day. I haveobserved 7 boys in first grade that are redirected by the teacher, physically get out of their seat and move whilein their seat. These urges resulting in moving cause these boys to be off task, distracting classmates and behind inclass work. Resistance bands on the desk chairs help Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) studentsfocus. My study shows how this study works for general education, “normal” boys and Exceptional StudentEducation as well as ADHD boys to stay focused.8:20 AM - Strategies that Help ELL’s when Teaching VocabularyKarli Tobin, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. ValentinoThis presentation will be looking at different strategies to help ESOL students retain new vocabulary words at ahigher level. A few of the strategies are using pictures to help remember definitions (creating pictures in themind), playing games with the words, word walls, and graphic organizers. Each of these strategies differs howeverthey all have one thing in common: repetition with the word. When working with any student on a new conceptstudies have shown that repetition is highly effective, therefore in this case study all of the vocabulary strategiesused will include repetition in some way. What I8:40 AM - Implementing word study groups to increase fluency with lower level readers through repeatedreadingHeather Cole, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Steven DavisFluency is the smoothness with which students read. A fluent reader groups words into meaningful phrases andreads with appropriate expression (Gunning, 2010 p. 92). Becoming a better reader is becoming more fluent. Theprocess of becoming fluent happens over time with repeated reading. A key component to fluent is sight words;these words are the 200 most seen words in the English language and need to be mastered before entering thesecond grade. When first graders have not mastered sight words their reading fluency affects their ability to moveto higher reading levels before moving into second grade.9:00 AM - Using Background Music in the Classroom to Effectively Enhance Student EngagementElizabeth KohnenThis study involves playing background music during math warm-up to determine if it will enhance students’ on-task behavior which may help elementary teachers increase their students’ ability to focus during assignments.There have been researchers who have used background music to increase student productivity. I intend toobserve students and measure the amount of time they are off-task. I will then do a background music survey, todetermine how students react to background noise during work time. I will then do an intervention on thosestudents by implementing various styles of music, based on their responses on the survey.
  7. 7. 9:20 AM - Evolutionary Ethics: A Defense of Anti-RealismBryon Heylock, Faculty Sponsor: Scott KimbroughThe theory of evolution has great explanatory power regarding how humans came to be as they are today. Though it started primarily to explain physical traits, thinkers gradually began to investigate how evolutiondictates human behavior.  This presentation brings together literature in psychology, primatology andphilosophy to argue that morality is a product of our evolutionary past, an adaptation that increased ourancestor’s reproductive success.  Early humans who were genetically coded to have ‘moral behavior’ out-reproduced those who were not.  Moral laws, therefore, do not have objective validity, but ratherencourage successful social behavior with those we interact with.9:40 AM - Latitudinal variation within populations of Phragmatopoma lapidosa along the east coast of FloridaTayler Massey, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Daniel McCarthyPhragmatopoma lapidosa are marine polychaete worms which construct sediment tubes into sand mounds whichenhance nearshore hard bottom habitats along the east coast of Florida. These reefs act as nurseries, foraginggrounds, and shelter for many invertebrate and vertebrate species. This study aims to understand variability inlife history, abundance, and seasonal recruitment of these populations. Data was collected on percentage cover,fecundity, egg size, density, and seasonal recruitment for five locations. Fifteen meter transects were used tocalculate percent cover and worm density. Additionally, samples of worm rock were collected to assess meanfemale length, fecundity and egg size.10:00 AM - Adapting to the Needs of ELL’sJoanna Zachowski, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Cristina ValentinoIn today’s day and age, the classroom is very diverse and teachers must adapt to meet the needs of everystudent. When working with English Language Learners (ELL’s) teachers must have certain qualities, includingdedication, patience, and most of all, flexibility. I found this last one to be especially important when an ELL I wasdoing research on moved to another school mid-year. This semester I am working with a different ELL case studyand had to differentiate all of my lessons to meet the needs of this new student.10:20 AM - 2012 EXCAVATION OF THE WELL AT CETAMURA, ITALYCheryl SowderDiscussed here is the presenter’s work as a member of the team excavating the well at Cetamura del Chianti inItaly. Over Summer 2012, excavation proceeded down the well shaft to a depth of ca.97 feet. Extracted werelevels filled with a plethora of artifacts and organic remains. Dateable to the Roman early Empire, these materialsare identifiable as having been deposited in the well from the Roman villa, featuring baths, nearby the well.Analysis of these finds promises to yield new insights regarding habitation of this ancient site.10:40 AM - Composing Music for Different Genres of FilmDennis VincentIn composing music for film it is essential that the music complement the intent of the director. The presenter willidentify the various genres of film (such as art, comedy, musical, or suspense), their typical plots and identifyingcharacteristics. Short movie clips will be shown to demonstrate these characteristics and to provide exampleshow music could be created to support the psychological and emotional tone of these works.
  8. 8. 11:00 AM - THE UNKNOWN FACE OF THE HOMELESS: HUMANISTIC PORTRAITURE OF A MISUNDERSTOOD SUB-CULTURE WITHIN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDAChelsea Thompson, Faculty Sponsor: Professor Ginger SheridanAs humans, we judge each person we meet in less than 10 seconds of seeing them. What would happen if we donot allow ourselves to judge people in those first few seconds? This is the concept I am using to create myportraiture. I chose to photograph the homeless because I feel like they are a major subculture that people do notunderstand. The black and white images shows that we are all the same. My images capture the hidden face ofthe homeless, which allows the viewer to see that they are people just like you and me.11:20 AM - The Art of Biological SciencesNicole Teplitz, Faculty Sponsor: Professor Dana Tupa and Dr. Janet HaavistoScience is generally seen as a boring or intense intellectual subject but, there are many things in science that arebeautiful and can be seen in aesthetically pleasing ways. I have meshed my love of biology and ceramics togetherto explore future career paths. Through the scientific and artistic investigation of biology specifically focusing ondentistry and medicine, I have discovered my passion in biology and have demonstrated it through my artwork.11:40 AM - America’s Lyrical RomanticistScott WatkinsComposer Howard Hanson (1896-1981) was a champion of American music and music education. He won thePulitzer Prize in Music in 1944. For forty years he served as the Director of The Eastman School of Music. Hisartistic philosophy is found in his own words: “Our task is an important one: to create and to teach the creationof beauty to a world which is sorely in need of it.” This lecture presents Hanson’s Piano Sonata, discovered inmanuscript in 2005,featured on Watkins’ upcoming recital.12:00 PM - Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt: Kurt Vonnegut and the Persian Gulf Wars, 1991-2007Brett Swearingen, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jesse Hingson This paper focuses on Kurt Vonnegut’s opposition to the Persian Gulf Wars of the early 1990s and the early 2000sand how his anti-war views had evolved since the 1960s and 1970s. Vonnegut similarly saw the Vietnam andPersian Gulf wars as despicable and “unjust”. And, during both conflicts, he expressed his views throughinterviews, essays, speeches, and opinion papers. He drew a number of lessons about opposing war, including thevalue of demonstrating, what audiences to reach, and the power of the media in shaping public opinion. His storyprovides important insight about why anti-war viewpoints were largely ignored12:20 PM - Lemur enrichmentDanielle DAmato, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. E. Natasha VanderhoffFeeding enrichment devices are frequently used in zoos to promote natural behavior, increase activity levels andimprove health in captive primates. I investigated if simple changes in food presentation would increase activitylevels in captive ring tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) and black and white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata). I offeredtwo different feeding enrichment devices for a population of eight males of L.catta and three V.variegata onefemale two males, housed at the Jacksonville Zoo. Data was collected by observing L.catta and V.variegata withand without feeding enrichment devices.
  9. 9. 12:40 PM - Two Generations of Bootlegging and Murder in Jacksonville, Florida: The Crimes of John B. and ClydeHyslerAndrea Laursen, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jesse HingsonThis paper reconstructs the story of the Hysler family, known for committing various high-profile crimes innortheast Florida during and after Prohibition. Studying them allows us to understand the formation andoperation of illicit alcohol local smuggling networks in the northeast Florida region during the early twentiethcentury. Their story also provides a glimpse into the problems of enforcing Prohibition laws at the local andregional levels and why Prohibition failed overall. The Hyslers both clashed and cooperated with lawenforcement across generations and gained a degree of fame and notoriety unmatched by any other local crimeorganization. Newspaper, judicial,1:00 PM - I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS: ANIMATING WITH DIGITAL CLAYMichelle Pabalate, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Carolina ConteMy thesis investigates the computer-generated methods used to create the realistic texture of clay. By using theright digital materials, understanding the physical properties of real clay, and by optimizing my render settings, Isuccessfully simulated clay within a computer animation program. Through this research project I have learned amore efficient way to produce an animation that offers the appeal and charm of a clay animation without the costin materials and studio space. As a result, I am able to offer a wider variety of artistic skills to potential clients andemployers.1:20 PM - Airline: A Simulation of a Real-World IndustryKelly Jeanfavre, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Janet HaavistoThis presentation will be a discussion of the simulation program used in the AVM 311 Airline Managementcourse. Airline gives students the opportunity to compete with their peers in the regional airline industry, but it isabout more than just flying virtual airplanes. An airline is subject to the same rules as any other business.Students are responsible for every facet of their airline, including the number and type of aircraft and routes.Airline teaches students how to successfully run a business in a very competitive industry.1:40 PM - Using Graphic Organizers with ELL Students to Increase Vocabulary KnowledgeHeather Knight, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Haavisto & Dr. ValentinoGraphic organizers are used in education throughout every grade and subject. My goal is to see if graphicorganizers increase learning for ELL students in areas such as vocabulary and figurative language. I plan to do thisby teaching multiple lessons using different forms of graphic organizers to assess my ELL’s learning andcomparing it to an unstructured piece they create such as handwritten notes. Some graphic organizers that couldbe used during this study are self-made, bubble maps, flow charts, and venn-diagrams. I hope to find that thesedo improve learning and discover which type of organizer worked best.2:00 PM - The Making of Lathe of GodEric KunzendorfIn this presentation, I intend to show how I created different shots within the animation Lathe of God. I will showhow a shot is modeled, textured, animated and rendered using Autodesk Maya, Photoshop and Adobe AfterEffects. I intend to talk about the challenges and rewards associated with producing a multi year project.
  10. 10. 2:20 PM - Patterns: A Preliminary Study of First Year Composition Assessment and RetentionDr. Sandra Coyle and Dr. Julie BrannonThis study looks at data generated by our Freshman Composition Exit Exam between Fall 2009 – Fall 2012.Analysis consisted of looking at the relationship of these data to SAT scores, placement, and retention of first-yearstudents who failed this exit exam at Jacksonville University. The methodology of the assessment consists of anessay exam at the end of the first year writing course, and the rubric consists of the departmental objectives forthat course. English faculty are involved in the assessment process and have significant input into the grading andstructure of the assessment. Data considered include enrollment in basic2:40 PM - SIGNIFICANCE AND DEPTH RANGE OF PORCELLANIDAE CRABS ALONG NEARSHORE NATURAL ANDARTIFICAL HARDBOTTOM HABITATS OF SOUTHEASTERN FLORIDASara Debellis, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. McCarthyNearshore hard bottom habitats serve as shelters to fish and invertebrates. These habitats can have reefs madeby Phragmatopoma lapidosa who create tubes to form mounds. However, beach restoration projects haveresulted in the destruction of these reefs. This study looks at depth zones of natural and artificial reefs todetermine the significance of these reefs and how restoration efforts could affect these environments. Crabsfrom the Porcellanidae family were identified to the lowest taxonomical group possible using dichotomous keysby examining the carapace, rostral teeth, and chelipeds. The most abundant crab from the samples wasPachycheles monilifer, mostly females.3:00 PM - Skydiving as a Benefit for Developing PilotsAmanda Suter, Faculty Sponsor: Capt. ZiskalEvery pilot is put into stressful situations and is responsible for his/ her life and the lives of others. There aremany ways the training and execution of skydiving are similar to that of a pilot’s. Skydiving would benefit a pilotin learning a sport that involves so much pressure pertaining to excelling and carrying out directions correctly;when done appropriately, help in boosting confidence while allowing for phobias to be conquered, forcing a pilotto perform practical reactions in stressful environments; enhancing an individual’s ability to comply withdirections overall and especially in emergency situations.3:20 PM - The Use of Hands on and Technological Manipulatives to Enhance Comprehension in 4th GradeElementary MathematicsAnna Price, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Adele HanlonThe National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the global leader and foremost authority in mathematicseducation, ensuring that all students have access to the highest quality mathematics teaching and learning.Educational research indicated that the most valuable learning occurs when students actively construct their ownmathematical understanding, which is often accomplished through the use of manipulatives. For my actionresearch I will test tactile, concrete experiences in math. I will provide students geometric shapes/ virtualmanipluatives to practice solving problems in area and geometry over a course of several weeks to test the theorythat manipulatives increase math comprehension.
  11. 11. 3:40 PM - ABUNDANCE AND DEPTH RANGE OF XANTHIDAE CRABS ALONG THE NERSHORE ARTIFICAL ANDHARDBOTTOM HABITATS OF SOUTHEASTERN FLORIDA (PALM BEACH COUNTY)Megan Zellner, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. McCarthyNearshore hard bottom (NHB) habitats are an important ecosystem in coastal areas providing a stableenvironment for many organisms. The community where HNB ecosystems are located were considering beachnourishment, however, the affects this could impose on the organisms inhabiting these habitats is unknown. Thegoal of this study was to examine the abundance and richness of xanthid crabs found in the NHB from a range ofvarious depths from Palm Beach County, as well as comparing their abundance over time between artificial andnatural reefs. The most common Xanthidae crab was Menippe nodifrons. Complete data will be presented4:00 PM - Utopias for the Twenty-first CenturyJanet Haavisto, Tayler Massey, Meagan Balding, Alyssa Stubbs, Joshua UtterUtopias are responses to the envisioners’ frames of reference regardless of the times, locations, or ages of theenvisioners. Creating a utopia is an experiential learning assignment that allows a student to examine his or herframe of reference. In order to write a utopia, the student must examine as many facets of society and of his orher beliefs as possible in the time allotted for the exercise. Indeed, most importantly, students learn aboutthemselves and others’ points of view in the process of creating and sharing utopian visions.4:20 PM - Utopias for the Twenty-first Century (continued)Janet Haavisto, Tayler Massey, Meagan Balding, Alyssa Stubbs, Joshua Utter4:40 PM - Herpetological Survey of Turtle Pond, NASJAX, Jacksonville, Florida with a comparison of turtle trappingmethodsAshley Briddell, Danielle DAmato, Vincent Domena, & Alissa Gilmer, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. John EnzA turtle survey and mark/recapture population study was performed on a large stormwater pond within NASJAXfrom October through November 2012 in order to determine the abundance and species diversity of the pondbefore (and after) its dredging. Three methods were used to capture turtles: basking traps, hoop nets, and handcapture. Once captured, a turtle’s species, age, sex, and markings for recapture were recorded. A total of 5different species were captured during the 18 sample days of this study. The skewed demographic data posesfurther questions as to what environmental factors are impacting the turtle population.
  12. 12. JU FACULTY & STUDENT SYMPOSIUM DCOB Conference Rooms B&C Friday, April 58:20 AM - The effectiveness of using a "Think-Aloud" to build metacognitive awareness of the use of concepts ofprint when writing.Danielle McMaster, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Stephen DavisI developed and implemented an action research project that represents researched based practices used byhighly effective teachers in order to help better educate students. In Kindergarten students are just beginning toform an understanding of how to compose writing and often struggle with applying the basic concepts of print totheir writing. The focus of my action research was to measure: The effectiveness of using a “Think-Aloud” to buildmetacognitive awareness of the use of concepts of print when writing. My action research project used a writer’sworkshop model in order to present, teach, practice and assess the skills8:40 AM - The Synthesis, Purification, and Characterization of K[Co3Ru(CO)12] and K[Co3Fe(CO)12] and TheirPotential ApplicationsChristopher PotratzThe extended crystal structures of K[Co3Ru(CO)12] and K[Co3Fe(CO)12] are potentially useful as catalystprecursors for Fischer-Tropsch and hydroformylation reactions. The reported IR spectrum of K[Co3Ru(CO)12]contains suspicious peaks that are suspected to be impurities. Therefore, the synthesis of K[Co3Ru(CO)12] wasmodified from the literature procedure to remove the impurities. The modified synthesis of K[Co3Ru(CO)12] wascharacterized by IR, which demonstrated that purification was successful. Due to the probative cost of Ru asecond synthesis was carried out in which Ru was replaced with Fe, which is significantly cheaper. IR spectra weretaken to determine similarities between K[Co3Ru(CO)12] and K[Co3Fe(CO)12].9:00 AM - N-isopropylacrylamide temperature-responsive gelAria King, Faculty Sponsor: Dr.Zhaoyang HuangStimuli-responsive gels have unique properties that make them useful for biomedical implant and drug deliverypurposes. These gels can react to external stimuli, such as temperature or pH, by changing their volumes just anorganism would. This research attempts to construct a temperature oscillator based on a stimuli-responsive geland an exothermic reaction between potassium permanganate and glycerol. The gel is a copolymer of N-isopropylpolyacrylamide & methyl methacrylate, which responds to both pH and temperature changes. Thetransition temperature—the temperature at which the gel abruptly swells/collapses—will be gauged, and itsability to work as a drug delivery device9:20 AM - A Computational Approach to Brownie PansSteven DiGiannurio, Brandon Krouppa, Trevor Touchton, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Paul CrittendenThe Mathematical Contest in Modeling is a four day competition in which teams of three members are given thechoice of two open ended problems. The problem we chose gave us the conditions in which we had to find themost suitable brownie pan in both shape and an even cook throughout the baking process. Our team used twoprograms that maximized the usage of oven space and optimal cooking conditions. This resulted in a hexagonbeing the best pan for baking brownies.
  13. 13. 9:40 AM - Magic BrowniesRyan Rillstone, Jessica Taylor, and Alejandro Madariaga, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. LaneWhen baking brownies, one will always try to make a consistent batch each time. However, typical rectangleshaped dishes used to bake in dally even the best chefs. Overcooking of the edges can be minimized when usingrounded pans. Unfortunately, round and circular pans are not efficient ways of mass producing brownies due tothe fact that ovens are rectangular and cuboidal in shape. We began by defining the terms and assumption weknew already. We found averages of volume for three different categories of toaster, stove-top, and wall ovens.This would allow us to keep our model.10:00 AM - Unto the death: HPLC analysis of bacterial inhibitory moleculesSandria Vernon, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Anthony OuelletteJacksonville University has recently acquired the components of a high performance liquid chromatography(HPLC) system. The initial focus of this project is to set up the HPLC and verify that it is in proper working order forthe JU research community. Hopefully, the HPLC will be to characterize the inhibitory molecules secreted byBacillus species to determine whether the molecules are bacteriocins. In times of high stress, bacteria secretebacteriocins which function as antibacterial proteins against other bacteria. Bacteriocins have the potential tofunction as new therapies against pathogenic infections and have therefore generated an array of interest.10:20 AM - Quantifying microcystin, a hepatotoxin, from the St. Johns River and adjacent tributariesAlissa Cowell, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. OuelletteMicrocystis, an alga, produces microcystin, a hepatotoxin, which is problematic in the St. Johns River andfreshwater globally. The World Health Organization recommends no more than 1 µg/L of microcystin in drinkingwater and 2-4 µg/L in recreational water. Protein Phosphatase Inhibition Assays (PPIA) are used to determinetoxin levels, and are more cost effective than other detection methods. In this study, different PPIA procedureswere tested to see which could produce the most accurate data in comparison to published papers. Chlorophyllanalysis was performed to quantify the total amount of algae in samples from the St. Johns River.10:40 AM - Toxins and Blue-Green AlgaeAlicia Gard-Kaminkow, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. OuelletteAs an intern at GreenWater Laboratories, an environmental lab, I have been able to immerse myself in the worldof algal toxins. Cyanobacteria are photosynthesizing prokaryotes found in freshwater, marine, and soilenvironments. Some species of cyanobacteria produce toxins which can be harmful to aquatic life, terrestrialanimals, and humans. At GreenWater Lab, I am learning how to analyze and quantify toxins in samples fromwater sources, dietary supplements, and animal tissues. Additionally, I have been tasked with developing astandard operating procedure for the analysis of chlorophyll a, the pigment primarily responsible forphotosynthesis in phytoplankton.11:00 AM - Measurements of the Thermo-optic Coefficients of AcetoneJay Angel, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. James S. BrowderUsing a Mach-Zehnder interferometer and cryostat constructed at Jacksonville University, a study and calculationof the thermo-optical coefficients for acetone has been conducted. The thermo-optical coefficients give the rateof change of the refractive index with respect to temperature. The acetone was cooled with a cryostat using liquidnitrogen and dry ice as a coolant. The acetone was placed in a quartz cell inside the cryostat and after cooling wasallowed to heat back up to room temperature using an electronic heater. Using interference patterns from theinterferometer apparatus, the coefficients were calculated.
  14. 14. 11:20 AM - Relation Between Warfarin Continuation therapy dosing and Patient Body Mass IndexTulsi Patel, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. W. Small and Dr. EnzWarfarin is an anticoagulant drug commonly used in the USA. It helps to prevent formation of blood clots, andprevents existing blood clots from getting worse. Most patients who are prescribed this drug have heartconditions (atrial fibrillation, thrombosis). To monitor drug effectiveness, blood tests are done to check theInternational Normalized Ratio (INR) of clotting time. Protocol for the effective amount of warfarin that must beadministered don’t exist because it varies from person to person. This research analyses total weekly doseadministered, INR numbers and body mass index (BMI) of over 800 patients at Mayo Clinic Hospital FL.11:40 AM - Charge! A Capacitors’ DilemmaPaul SimonySeveral lab procedures have been devised for students to study the properties of a variety of circuits usingcapacitors and resistors. While measurements and results for circuits with resistors alone are accurate andreproducible, similar circuits for capacitors yield results with errors typically in the 20 to 50% range for circuitscontaining multiple capacitors. Several possible sources for this error will be examined and discussed.12:00 PM - Undergraduate Research Grant awardsLee Ann Clements12:20 PM - Effects of Green Coffee Bean Extract on Weight: An Updated Meta-analysis of Randomized ClinicalTrialsBrianna Huynh, Faculty Sponsor: Heather Hausenblas, PhDIn the past decade, increased research and media attention has been given to the weight loss effects of greencoffee bean extract (GCBE). The purpose of our study was to meta-analytically review randomized clinical trialsexamining the effects of GCBE supplementation for weight loss. Effect sizes revealed that GCBE supplementationresulted in significant weight loss in overweight and obese populations. Most studies were associated with a highrisk of bias. Larger multi-site clinical trials are needed to elucidate the long term effects of GCBE supplementationand mechanism of action before firm conclusion regarding its efficacy for weight loss are made.12:40 PM - Simulation of kicker differential decay systematic error for the Brookhaven g-2 experimentBrandon Krouppa, Faculty Sponsor: W. Brian LaneThe E821 experiment was designed to measure the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon (AM3).Discrepancies between E821’s measurement and current theory predictions indicate that new physics is requiredto understand the universe. Recently, an additional error called kicker differential decay (KDD) was found to yieldan offset in the measurement of the AM3. We present the results of a simulation that was written to calculate thephase spaces for the muons in the storage ring, producing an upper limit of 0.06 ppm for the KDD errorwhich, while insignificant for E821, will impact new experiments with larger beams.
  15. 15. 1:00 PM - Association of Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) use on CCK-HIDA scintigraphyEric Lam, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Curtis SmallPrevious studies showed that short-term proton pump inhibitor (PPI) usage caused a significant decrease incholecystokinin (CCK) in healthy patients. To quantitatively measure this association, diagnosis of the gallbladderwas measured by the CCK-HIDA scintigraphy test, which measured gallbladder ejection fraction (GBEF).Approximately 400 patient records of patients that underwent a CCK-HIDA scan were retrospectively reviewed.Statistical analysis should show that PPI usage during CCK-HIDA scan shows an abnormal GBEF. Thus, prolongedusage of PPIs can lead to gallbladder complications, and identification of biliary dysfunction using the HIDA scanshould exclude usage of PPIs to avoid a false positive report.1:20 PM - Common Clinical Presentations of Pet Birds at an Avian Veterinary Specialty PracticeOlivia Talbot , Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Rose Borkowskine the different species of birds encountered at the Exotic Bird Hospital of Jacksonville, Florida. Additionally, theoccurrence of different disease processes among various species of birds examined over a twelve-week period oftime will be studied. The study will help to illuminate the diseases that are most widespread in the pet birdcommunity, such as bacterial infections and chlamydiosis. The species of birds focused on in this study will beparrots (order: psittaciformes).1:40 PM - Post-Operative Complications in Living Donor NephrectomiesKyle Green, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Curtis SmallDue to developing surgical capabilities living donor nephrectomies are becoming increasingly more common.However, there is relatively little known about the post-operative effects of donation. Analyses of patient’smedical documents were used to find any detrimental complications resulting from altruistic kidney donationpost-operatively and what factors may increase risk of complication.2:00 PM - The B-Z Reaction - The opening door to chemical oscillationAlfred Sparman, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Zhaoyang HuangThe Belousov-Zhabotinsky (B-Z) reaction is a chemical reaction that undergoes periodic color changes when theconcentration of the intermediate species changes periodically. This presentation will be over the history andexplanation of the B-Z reaction and its importance in the field of chemistry. The actual experiment will also bedisplayed as well as the explanation of how small differences in the concentration of species can cause differentkinds of colors to appear.2:20 PM - Mollusc Communities in Nearshore Hard Bottom Habitats located in Palm Beach County FloridaHannah Roddy, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Daniel McCarthyThe goal of this study was to determine the abundance and diversity of molluscs in nearshore worm reefs foundat varying depths and substrate types. Worm-rock samples were collected in 2009 and 2012 from Palm BeachCounty, Florida, and dissected apart to extract all associated organisms. Over 10 mollusc species were identifiedwith gastropods having the highest diversity. Overall, the most abundant species were the gastropod Anachisavara and bivalve Isognomon radiatus. Most organisms were small varying between 4 and 20 mm suggesting thatthey were juveniles that may use the worm rock for shelter.
  16. 16. 2:40 PM - SPECTRUM: An Interactive Film ExperienceBrian Trumble, Faculty Sponsor: Ginger SheridanThis thesis explores the creation and working processes in the production of a new kind of film medium thatinvolves the viewer in the experience. SPECTRUM is a choose your own adventure film game project, aimed atactively involving the player as a participant in the viewing experience. Throughout the writing process andproduction of SPECTRUM, my goal was to make something accessible to young players, while including themes,visuals, and dialogue which can be enjoyable for older, more mature viewers in our world so saturated withvisuals and obsessed with our own pop culture niches.3:00 PM - Ecological Significance of Nearshore Hard Bottom Habitats of Southeast FloridaKyle Bosanko, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. McCarthyShallow hard bottom habitats of southeast Florida have been shown to support many juvenile reef dwellingorganisms. However, little is known about how the ecological functions provided by nearshore hard bottomhabitats (NHB) vary with depth and substrate. To gain more insight into the ecological function of these habitatsfor crustaceans, snapping shrimp were classified, counted, and measured for individuals collected in worm rockmounds. There was high variability in shrimp abundance with site and depth with over four species beingencountered. Overall, there slightly more juveniles observed than males in this study.3:20 PM - National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyTanya Singh, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Dennis StouseMy project is a video project on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, North Florida Chapter. It portrays the lifeof a patient living with Multiple Sclerosis and its physiological and psychological effects on the patient. It alsoshows what the MS Society does to help these patients. It covers various events and fundraisers organized by thesociety all year-long. It showcases the deep and meaningful relationships people make with each other and withthe members of the society, while trying to battle this debilitating disease. This project is aimed at spreadingawareness regarding multiple sclerosis and breaking the myths associated3:40 PM - Reflecting Reality: A Photographic Representation of Human PerceptionLauren Tidwell, Faculty Sponsor: Professor Ginger SheridanSociety finds comfort in the notion that seeing is believing; people obsess over the fabled ideal of truth, but whatthey often neglect to consider are the varying angles perception. This oversight is the thesis of my work.Photographs, journalistic in style, were sandblasted onto glass with a mirror backing. The mirrors function so thatno one viewer experiences the same image; viewers see a reflection of themselves much like how our pastexperiences affect our cognition. Additionally, each component of the display is lit individually in a timed cycle tomimic the way we explore segments of new information.4:00 PM - MCM: Heat Transfer of Cooking BrowniesMark Russell; Brooks Wofford; Shameer Deen, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Paul SimonyWhile baking brownies, the heat is most concentrated in the corners, resulting in the product getting overcookedin the corners. The distribution of heat in an oven requires taking the dimensions of any pan in any shape intoconsideration. In addition, there are two main types of ovens: convectional and standard. Also, each oven isdifferent in terms of layout and its area. Combining all of this we created a mathematical model to satisfy thefollowing conditions: maximizing the number of pans fitting in an oven, maximizing heat equilibrium distributionfor the pan, and the weight of the pans.
  17. 17. 4:20 PM - Hollywood versus Fred Grey: Miss Evers’ Boys and the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment ApologyBetween 1932 and 1972, the United States government conducted secret studies on the effects of untreatedsyphilis on African-American males in the area of Tuskegee, Alabama. Attorney Fred Grey defended the rights ofthe Tuskegee victims. As a result of his efforts, the US government issued an official apology to the victims in1996. At that time the film, Miss Evers’ Boys, was released and re-told the story of the experiment. Althoughinaccurate, Grey, the Tuskegee victims, and their families pointed out that it contained numerous inaccuraciesand distorted what really happened during these years.Thanks to Janet Haavisto, Anthony Oullette, and Natasha Vanderhoff for facilitating presentation sessions.Special thanks to Academic Affairs, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Division of Humanities, the Division ofMusic, the Divison of Science & Mathematics, the Division of Social Sciences, the Division of Visual Arts, and theSchool of Education for financially supporting this years Symposium. The Symposium Planning Committee: Carolina Conte, W. Brian Lane, Chris Robertson

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