The University Honors Program Capstone Defense, featuring graduating University Scholars Ashley Ruegg and Alicia Benz.
Please join us at the Joy Center at 4:00. Refreshments will be provided.
Ashley Ruegg, The Islamic Moorish Influence on the Architecture in the South of Spain
This project is focused on the influences of Moorish and Islamic culture on the architecture in the South of Spain. Southern Spain was under Islamic control from the early 700's until the Reconquista in 1492 during which time the Christian forces on the Iberian Peninsula took control of the area and brought us to the ruling of Ferdinand and Isabella. Over the period of about 780 years, the Moors and Muslims left a big imprint in Southern Spain and this can all be seen today in the architecture still standing. The project will begin with how the area was first occupied, go into the Christian and Islamic struggle over the area, and then end with how the Islamic influences still shape the architecture on the Iberian Peninsula and what can be identified to this day.
Alicia Benz, In vitro Nanoparticle Cytotoxicity on Buffalo Rat Liver Cells
The focus of this study is the measurement cytotoxicity in buffalo rat liver cells (ATCC, BRL-3A) that have been exposed to nanomaterials. There are two methods used in this study for a rapid estimation of cell viability. Diacetylfluorescein staining technique is used to measure cell viability. Next the analysis of the free lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) in the culture solution for measurement of cytotoxicity. LDH is produced inside the cell and upon cell death, releases into the culture media. The results for several nanomaterials cytotoxicity analysis will be reported.
Geeks of the Future
All lectures are held in Jonas 110 at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and are free and open to the public.
Geeks of the Past
•"The Social Life of Meat," Dr. Trenton Ellis
•"Draw Something! A Drawing Workshop," Professor Desy Schoenewies
•"A Tour of Voting Systems: How do we choose a winner?" Dr. Dan Swenson
•"God Show Me the Way: Religion and Hip Hop," Dr. Day May
•"Not Just a Cheesy Monster Movie: the Multiple Meanings of Godzilla," Dr. Tom Arnold
•Biblically Speaking: Sin and the Role of Women in the Christian New Testament," Dr. Amy Fuqua
•"Preaching to the Nerves Instead of the Judgment:' The Victorian Sensation Novel," Dr. Martin Fashbaugh
•"The Narcissistic Doctor? Leadership, Ethics, and Dr. Who," Dr. Jeffrey Wehrung
•"I Was Real Once,” sighed Mr. Holmes: #BelieveinSherlock #FightJohnWatsonsWar, Dr. Nikki Dragone
•"Public Speaking: Raising Hell," Dr. Adam Gaffey
• "#BlurredLines: American Raunch Culture," an open discussion with Drs. Courtney Huse Wika, Trenton Ellis, Rickie Legleitner, and Laura Colmenero-Chilberg
• "Stuffies, Sex and the Contemporary Counter-Reformation," Professor Ann Porter
"So Much More Than 'Just a Game:' A Complete Summer Program Curriculum for School-Aged Children Aligned to Education Standards," University Scholar Megan Hohn.
• "Perspectives on Hunger," Dr. Trenton Ellis and Dr. John Alsup.
• "Speaking on Behalf of the Natural World’s Rights," Dr. Nikki Dragone.
• "Studying Society through the Apocalyptic Novel: The Road, The Year of the Flood, The Stand, and On the Beach," Dr. Laura Colmenero Chilberg.
• "The Origins of Language," Dr. Andrey Reznikov.
• "Outgrowing Optimism," Dr. Tim Steckline.
• "Robin Hood Redux: How through Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), CEOs Rob From the Poor and Pay the Rich," Dr. Byron Hollowed.
• "Now That It's Too Late?: Climate Change and the Anthropocene," hosted by Instructor Matthew Bauman.
• "Ethnobotany and Indigenous Lakota Plants," hosted by Professors Jace DeCory, Justin Ramsey, Tara Ramsey, and John Dixon.
• "I'll Take You to the Dark Side: Our Fascination with Death and Disasters," hosted by Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto.
• "The Man on the Motorcycle: The Revolutionary Thought of Che Guevara," hosted by Dr. Tim Martinez.
• "Always Contested:The Confederate Flag in the Public Imagination," hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey.
• "All that is Good is Nastier than Ever: Punk vs. Disco: The Defunkification of the Nation," hosted by professors Kelly Kirk and Chris Hahn.
• "Just Do It: Sports Participation & Onset of Sexual Behaviors in Adolescents," hosted by Kristin N. Prescott (Defense).
• "Cracking the 'Hermeneutically' Sealed Box of Structuralism: A Poststructuralist Reading of Nicos Poulantzas," hosted by Cody A. Drolc (Defense).
• "Mathematical Instruction: Sometimes Change is Good," hosted by Myranda K. Mattke (Defense).
• "In the Name of the People: Castro's Revolution in Theory, Practice, and Results," hosted by Kim R. Kaufmann (Defense).
• "Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb: A Complex History and Analysis," hosted by Lucas C. Fralick (Defense).
• "Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game." John Ginther.
• "The Truth is in Here: Why 12 Million Americans Believe Lizard People Run the Country (and Other “Crazy Conspiracies) Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis.
• "Love Me I'm Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Alternative Rock," Dr. Dan May.
• "Breaking Bad and Inexhaustible Extreme Met(h)aphor," Dr. David Crimean.
• "You Want to Send a Message, Use a Telegram. Theatre, Politics, and the Art of Confrontation," Dr. Pam Wegner.
• "The Videogame Monologues: An Examination of Gender in a Male Dominated World," Instructor Will Cockerel.
• "All That Is Good Is STILL Nasty: The Continuing Funkification of the Nation Part I: Funk and Urban Culture in the 1970s," Dr. Chris Hahn and Professor Kirk.
• "Butchers, Buffoons, and 'Basterds': Nazis in Popular Culture," Dr. Tom Arnold.
• "The Sound (and a Bit of Sense) of Poetry from Ancient Times to the Present," Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein.
• "Hands Up Don't Shoot: Boiling Points of Tension in Ferguson, Missouri," hosted by Professor Desy Schoenewies.
• "The Rhetoric of Equality: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Arguments on Civil Rights," hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey.
• "Disruptive Depictions of Disability in South Park," hosted by Dr. Rickie Ann Legleitner.
• "Welcome to the Zombie-Ridden Landscape of the Real: The Walking Dead and the 21st Century Passion for the Real," hosted by PhD Candidate Tyrone White.
• "The Fall Defense: Revealing Tournament Theory's Motivational Techniques within Hollywood Movies; On Finding Hope" hosted by Julie Gueswel and Jordan Louks.
• "The Geek Chic" hosted by Dr. Robb Campbell.
• "Lincoln and Gettysburg From Rhetorical Artistry to National Totem," hosted by Dr. Adam Gaffey.
• "For pairs of lips to kiss maybe / Involves no trigonometry : Mathematics and Poetry," hosted by Dr. Dan May.
• "Practical Magic: The Myths and Rituals of Halloween," hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika.
• "The Dark Mouse: The Evils of Disney," hosted by Dr. Tim Steckline.
• "Why Democracy Needs Good Novels: The Future of Fiction," hosted by Dr. Amy Fuqua.
• "WE ARE #RAVENSNATION: Violence in the NFL," an open panel discussion. Hosted by Drs. Marker, Anagnopoulos, Gaffey, and Wallerstein.
• "All That is Good is Nasty: The Funkification of the Nation," Hosted by Dr. Chris Hahn.
• "Happy? The Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment:" Hosted by Dr. Jami Stone.
• "The Super History of America's Superheroes," hosted by Professor Kelly Kirk.
• The Defense: "The Surveillance Industrial Complex: America's Privacy Crisis;" "Distinguishing the Meditative Benefits of Drawing Within and Without Borders on Acute Stress," hosted by Nicole Faas and Kaitlin Schneider, respectively.
• "This is Gonna Suck: The Vampire in History and Literature," hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika.
• "A Look at Beauty: Bias, Brokenness, and the Pursuit of Truth," hosted by Professor Gina Gibson.
• "Children Beware! Stephen King and Evil in Its Many Forms," hosted by Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg.
• "My Bloody Valentine: The Psychology of Serial Killers," hosted by Dr. Emilia Flint.
• "Just a Shadow You're Seeing That He's Chasing: Bob Dylan, Mystic," hosted by Dr. David Cremean.
• "What Does the Fox Say: The Animal in Art and Society," hosted by Dr. Ann Porter.
• "We Wish you a Merry and Terrifying Christmas: Myths, Histories, and Legends of the Holiday"
• "56 Houses Left: Urban Decay and Abandonment," hosted by Professor Desy Schoenewies.
• "Killing the President: JFK and the Conspiracies," hosted by Dr. Sasha Pursley.
• "The Good Death: Death and Dying in the Civil War," hosted by Professor Kelly Kirk.
• "Your Guide to the Apocalypse: The History of Zombies," hosted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika.