Brown Bag Archive of Presentations


Brown Bag Seminar

The Brown Bag Series is a way for Augusta University students to present original research and scholarship to the community. It helps showcase the quality and breadth of research.


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Spring 2017

Date Student(s) Faculty Advisor Department Title
Feb. 3, 2017 Dominic Zicari Dr. Saundra Ribando Political Science Politcial Apathy Among College Students
Feb 3, 2017 Ashley Franqui and Michaela Soler Dr. Hannah Bennett Kinesiology and Health Sciences The Effects of Physical Activity on the Psychological Well-Being of College Students who Identify as LGBTQ+
Feb 24, 2017 Rachel Quinton Dr. Lee Anna Maynard English and Foreign Languages Lumos Maxima:  Illuminating the Socio-Political Hierarchy in the Wizarding World
Feb 24, 2017 Melanie Rosier Dr. Todd Hoffman English and Foreign Languages Postmodernism and the Sexual Awakening of E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime

 

FaLL 2016

Date Student(s) Faculty Advisor Department Title
Sept. 16, 2016 Breana Walton Dr.Amy Abdulovic-Cui Biological Sciences Investigating the Role of Hob1 in Translesion Synthesis in Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Sept. 16, 2016 Samantha Denson,  Ericka Holleran, and Jasmine Gaffney Dr. Candace Best Psychological Sciences An Examination of HPV Vaccine Administration in Georgia
Sept. 30, 2016 Shubhra Rajpurohit Dr. Manuela Bartoli Ophthalmology Retinopathy of Prematurity: Role of MicroRNA-21 in Pathological Neovascularization
Sept. 30, 2016 Payton Granade Dr. Melanie O'Meara Communications Communicating Intercultural Praxis with Public Art
 Nov. 18, 2016 Rahaf Agdelhaq Dr. Eric Numfor Mathematics Chaos Dynamics in a Discrete-time Logistic Model
Nov. 18, 2016 Allison Pruitt Dr. Maria Sabbatini Biological Sciences

Molecular Mechanisms of Action of Di-N-Octylphthalate on Differentiation and Tumorigenesis of Murine Hepatocytes and their Implications for the Liver Function

         

Rachel Latremouille , Histology of the Normal Mouse TracheaFaculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Weinberger, Otolaryngology

Sierra Quinn, The Lack of AC1 Impairs the Inhibitory Effects of cAMP on Cell Mitigation and Proliferation in Pancreatic Cancer Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maria Sabbatini, Biological Sciences

Sarah Ozturk, Investigating the role of Hob1 in Repairing Double Stranded DNA Breaks in the Fission Yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe Faculty Advisor: Amy L. Abdulovic-Cui , Biological Sciences

Alicia Scalia, How Perceieved Autonomy Affects Teachers Work. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dustin Avent-Holt, Sociology

Humma Hassan,Development of Recombinant Plasmids HA-AC1 and HA-AC3 . Faculty Advisors: Dr. Maria Sabbatini, Biological Sciences

Walter Quiller, Performativity vs. Authenticity in Saul Bellow's Herzog . Faculty Advisor: Dr. Todd Hoffman, English and Foreign Languages

Jaleel Bolden, Zane Corder, Charlene Higdon, and Camille Miller , Measuring Surface Tension Using the Pendant Drop Method Faculty Advisor: Dr. Josefa Guerrero Millan , Chemistry and Physics

Johnna Kelley, Effect of Food Labeling, Weight Consciousness, and Gender on Eating Behavior Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sabina Widner, Psychological Sciences

Fall 2014

Aaron Chase and Nick Labon, Determining the Effects of Endocrine Disruptors, Toxic Algae, and Predation in Freshwater Communities. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Emily Prince, Department of Biology

Ashley Trawick and Jordan Williams, Peaches and Tigers and Indians: Press Coverage of the Integration of the 'Sally League.' Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rick Kenney, Department of Communications

Sophia Viller, Introduction to Public Health Program Evaluation. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Catherine Slade, Hull College of Business

Asma Daoudi, Histological Analysis of Osteoclast Activity in Bisphosphonate Treated Rats. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mohammed Elsalanty, Oral Biology/Dental College of Georgia

Ethan Brown and Stephanie Farmer, Performing Photographs. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Kitchens O'Meara, Communications

Chelsea Mathews, A Cultural Analysis on Vodka as a Floating Signifier. Faculty Advisors: Drs. Pam Hayward, Edgar Johnson, Will Bryant, and Dr. Melanie Kitchens O'Meara, Department of Communications

INQR 1000 Courses,INQR 1000 Expo: Food for Thought. Faculty Advisors: Drs. Andy Hauger, David Hunt, Deborah Richardson, Mark Thompson, and Karen Wish

Luis Armando Rivera, The Composition Process: An Academic Evaluation. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Martin David Jone, Department of Music

Leah Smith, Pleroma: Shifting Paradigms through Poetry. Faculty Advisor: Prof. Anna C. Harris, Department of English

Thomas Toomey, Using I-Cubed Theory to Predict Verbal Aggression against Gay Males. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Georgina Hammock, Department of Psychological Sciences

Leah Smith, Songs of the South? Exploring the Influence and Implications of Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus Stories Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rhonda Armstrong, Department of English & Foreign Languages

Kayla Wirtz, Orphan Tales in Popular Culture: Star Wars vs. Harry Potter. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Keith Johnson, Department of English and Foreign Languages

Zachary Skinner, The Balance: Gun Control Issues and Their Actions. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kim Davies, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, &amp Social Work

JoAnna Molina, Why Me? Necesito Respuestas: Childhood Sexual Abuse and the Latino/Hispanic Community. Faculty Advisor: Professor Lewen Kellman, Department of Communications & Professional Writing

Jessica Padgett & Jordan Ramos, Investigation of a Rare, Endangered Plant Species Recently Discovered only on Sepertine in Columbia County, Ga. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stacy Bennetts, Department of Biological Sciences

Sierra Mannix & Austin Coleman, Successfully Sequencing Swimming Crab Mitochondrial DNA: Diversity of Blue Crabs and Speckled Crabs of the Southeastern Atlantic Coast. Faculty Advisors: Drs. Amy Abdulovic-Cui & Jessica Reichmuth, Department of Biological Sciences

Tara Bowers, Jenna Sevigny, Taylor Stitcher & Danielle Crethers, The Effect of Alcohol Consumption and Withdrawal on BDNF and Arc Expression in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex of Rats. Faculty Advisor: Ms. Tadd Patton, Department of Psychology

Fady Tawardous & Joy Zimmerman, Fact Check This: The Effects of Media Fact-checking on Coverage and Attitudes. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Searles, Department of Political Science

Sklyar Hendricks, Determination of Estrogen Content in Water by Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Myers, Department of Chemistry and Physics

Noel Yucuis Breathing Life into "The Dead": Joyce's Contribution to "Modern Fiction." Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tim Sadenwasser, Department of English and Foreign Language

Kelley Jonske Goin' Fishin': Oceanic fish diversity among three barrier island systems in the southeastern U.S. Faculty Advisors: Dr. Jessica Reichmuth & Dr. Bruce Saul, Department of Biology

Jeffrey Toomey Overcoming Egoism: Kant, Korsgaard, and Dostoevsky. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brian Armstrong, Department of English and Foreign Languages

Aaron Newman Niki: The Absurd Hero of the Dunes. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Todd Hoffman, Department of English and Foreign Languages

Noel Yucuis Poe's Scottish Polyphony: The Influence of Gaelic Tradition in "Ulalume." Faculty Advisor: Dr. Walter Evans, Department of English and Foreign Languages

Samantha Boone, Stemloop DNA as Aptamers. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Angela Spencer, Department of Chemistry & Physics

Lee Perry, Language & Identity: A Study of Ulster English. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Christine Heckman, Department of English and Foreign Language

Morgan Tomberlin, Conceptual Categorization and an Intuitive Sense of the World in Southern American English. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard Topolski, Department of Psychology

Katie Harris, Brilliance of Nothingness. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Shwartz, Department of Fine Arts

Sylvia Allen, Cultural Discrimination as it Relates to the "Them" and "Us." Faculty Advisor: Dr. Debra vanTuyll, Department of Communications and Professional Writing

Sabrina Biddle, Andre Patterson, Kellie Borror, Jessica Farris, Miranda Outhwaite, 50 Shades of Grey: A Content Analysis of Non-consensual acts and rape myths in online erotica. Faculty Advisors: Dr. Tadd Patton and Dr. Richard Topolski, Department of Psychology

Leah Smith, Milledgewille Uncensored: Behind the Walls of Georgia's Lunatic Asylum. Faculty Advisor: Ms. Anna C. Harris, Department of English and Foreign Language

Travis Highfield, WGAC Radio: Marching Back to Success with George Fisher and Pat Mulherin. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Debra vanTuyll, Department of Communications and Professional Writing

Theodore "Banks" Pappas, Department of Communications and Professional Writing presented his film "Reverberations of a Riot; The Making of a Historical Documentary". His faculty advisor was Professor Rick Pukis of the Department of Communications and Professional Writing.

Stephanie Moore, Department of Kinesiology and Health Science presented her research on "The Relationship of Nutrition to Running: Does Intake Make a Difference in Performance?" Her faculty advisor was Dr. Karen Wish, Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

Julie Long, from the Department of Nursing presented her paper "Medication Administration Errors in Nursing". Her faculty advisor was Dr. Tamara McKethan of the Department of Nursing.

Eve Winkleman, Department of Chemistry & Physics as well as the Department of Biology presented her Honors Thesis project "Persin Derivatives and Their Effects on In Vitro Cells". (Eve also presented a paper at the November, 2010 Brown Bag Seminar.) Her faculty advisors were Dr. Tom Crute, Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Physics and Dr. Donna Wear, Department of Biology.

Jacqueline Harper of the Department of Nursing presented her paper "Animal Assisted Therapy". Her faculty advisor was Dr. Tamara McKethan of the Department of Nursing.

Miriam Townsend of the Department of Political Science presented her Honors Thesis "Nature versus Nurture: An Analysis of the French Arab Muslims' Conditions and Reactions". Her faculty advisors were Drs. Sandy Reinke and Martha Ginn, both from the Department of Political Science.

Victoria Worsham of the Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy presented her research on "Cusquena Paintings: European Technique, Latin Influence". Her faculty advisor was Dr. Heather Abdelnur of the Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy.

Ariel Hall of the Department of English and Foreign Languages presented her paper "Erotic Dysfunctions and Dangerous Repressions: Comparing and Contrasting Ken Russell's Crimes of Passion and Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut through Psychoanalysis". Her faculty advisor was Dr. Todd Hoffman of the Department of English and Foreign Languages.

Alicia Mitchell of the Department of Biology presented her research on "The Presence and Frequency of Escherichia Coli in Beverages Sold to the Local Public". Her faculty advisor was Dr. Chris Bates of the Department of Biology.

LeRoy Ramsey of the Hull College of Business will present "Ethanol: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing". His faculty mentor is Prof. Buffie Schmidt.

Students Miranda Barenie, Shalin Candelaria and Fallon Montgomery will present their research on "Gender and Humor". Their faculty mentor is Dr. Richard Topolski of the Department of Psychology.

Philip Javernick will present his research on "Piezoelectric quartz tuning forks as room temperature magnetometers". His faculty mentors are Dr. Mark Meisel of the University of Florida and Dr. Trinanjan Datta of the Department of Chemistry & Physics.

Enton Agrelius of the Department of Biology will present his research on the "Effects of Shade and Competition on the Growth and Flower Production in Phacelia dubia var. georgiana". His faculty mentor is Dr. Stacy Bennetts.

Nuvonka Wilson will present her research entitled "Identification of Bacteria Isolated from the Necrotic Wound of a Crayfish Carapace". Her faculty mentors are Dr. Chris Bates and Dr. Bruce Saul both of the Department of Biology.

Ricki McDonald of the Department of Kinesiology will present her research on "An Analysis of Elite East African Runners". Her faculty mentor is Dr. Charles Darracott.

Melinda McKew, Department of English and Foreign Languages presented her Honors Program Thesis entitled: "Sowing the Seeds of Its Own Destruction: The State's Deployment of the Panoptic Gaze and the Disruption of State Ideological Functioning in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange". Her faculty advisor was Dr. Todd Hoffman of the Department of English and Foreign Language.

Jennifer Somma, Department of Teacher Education gave a presentation regarding how her teaching during her placement in a Professional Development School positively impacted her elementary school students. The lessons she taught involved the phases of the Moon. Her questions and outcomes were addressed. Her faculty advisor was Dr. Barry Thompson of the Department of Teacher Education.

Maitri Desai, Department of Chemistry and Physics presented the research she did during the Summer 2010 NSF sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Georgia Tech called "Hooked on Photonics". Maitri, a senior double major in physics and chemistry, gave an overview of the research she conducted on nanoscale device fabrication using techniques such as thermochemical nanolithography (TCNL) and supramolecular nanostamping (SuNS). The title of her talk was "High Density Bio-Nano Device Fabrication using TCNL and SuNS".

Dr. Hauger, Professor of Physics and Chair of the Committee for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship gave a presentation entitled "Why would a student want to do research anyway?" The presentation focused on the benefits of students engaging in research including improved graduation rates, higher grades and gains in both technical skills and self-confidence.

Taylor Winkleman, from the Department of English and Foreign Languages gave a presentation entitled "Sympathy for the Devil: Mephastophilis' Tragic Heroism in Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus". During the presentation, Talyor discussed how critics tend to focus on the character of John Faustus and make much of his "tragic figure", citing mainly the beginning and end of the play while ignoring the disjointed middle action. However, Taylor added, if Mephastophilis is viewed as the hero, the play suddenly makes sense as a cohesive whole. Her faculty advisor was Dr. Wes Kisting of the Department of English and Foreign Languages.

Dana Rickerson, from the Department of Teacher Education gave a presentation entitled "Impacting Student Learning". Dana found that by using differentiated instruction the students were able to excel to the best of their abilities during the lessons. She used a variety of methods to teach the different Social Studies concepts to the students. Dana discussed the particulars of her findings during her talk. Her faculty advisor was Dr. Barry Thompson of the Department of Teacher Education.