Recently in Presentations and Publications Category
Seven of our scholars presented the following papers:
- Fathers and Race: A Look at Barack Obama, by Taj Magruder
- An Indoor Living Wall: How and Why A Home Can Have A Fresh, Local, Sustainable Supply of Herbs, by Alyce Dilauro (currently at University Park)
- The Urban Center in Cyberpunk Anime, by Andrew Shaner
- Rebel Music: Asserting Identity Through Reggae, by Benjamin Bean
- Educational Repercussions of Mountaintop Removal Mining, by Jackie Glace
- Contract Law, Legal Ethics and a Changing Music Industry, by June Carfagno
- Marilyn Manson: Cult Idol or Cultural Icon? by Chelsea Gilliam
Presented at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Conference, December 2009, San Francisco, CA
Neville, S., & L. Guertin. 2009. Using a Google Earth QUEST to improve Earth science, reading, and geographic literacy. EOS Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl. Abstract ED53A-0533. (LINK to abstract)
Neville, S., & L. Guertin. Going on a Google Earth QUEST. National Earth Science Teacher Association Share-A-Thon. March 19, 2010.
DiLauro, A., Meyers, T., Guertin, L.A. 2010. The value of extending the honors contract beyond one semester: a case study with Smithsonian Dinosaurs. Honors in Practice, 6: 109-115. Undergraduate student lead authors.
Neville, S.E., Guertin, L.A. 2009. Integrating Google Earth with the QUEST for Earth Science Literacy. The Earth Scientist, 25(4): 31-34. Undergraduate student lead author.
Woodruff, J.B., Acuna, E.B., Silano, R.L., Guertin, L.A. 2009. Enhanced podcast of Pennsylvania tree biodiversity in Ridley Creek State Park. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 83(2/3): 90-93. Undergraduate student lead authors.
Presented at the National Conference on Geography Education, September 2009, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pedraza-Rivera, P.A., Guertin, L.A., Tombstone gender epitaphs in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico. National Conference on Geography Education, San Juan, PR, September 25, 2009. Presented by undergraduate author P. Pedraza-Rivera.
Paola is currently a junior in the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State - University Park. She is preparing to submit a manuscript based on this research.
Poster presentations included:
• Lisle, R.L., Guertin, L., Small-scale agriculture: how it functions, how it survives. Presented by undergraduate author Risa Stacey Lisle.
• Showalter, A., Collins, C., Pedraza-Rivera, P., Lafauci, J., Guertin, L., Gender terms for married couples on Cumberland Cemetery tombstones. Presented by undergraduate author A. Showalter.
• Pedraza-Rivera, P., Collins, C., Showalter, A., Lafauci, J., Guertin, L., Gender differences as perceived on Cumberland Cemetery tombstones. Presented by undergraduate authors C. Collins & P. Pedraza-Rivera.
• Bennett, A., Flying in a skirt: an examination of gender dynamics in comic books. Presented by undergraduate author Alexis Bennett.
The honors program had six students presenting at Northeast Regional Honors Conference (NRHC), Annapolis, MD, March 27-29, 2009. Presentations included:
• Kyle Lauser, "A proposal to eliminate urban hunger with community involvement and an innovative food distribution system." Advised by L. Guertin and M. Goldschmidt.
• James Wang, "Effect of ECG electrodes on ECG signal detection and interpretation." Advised by A. Azemi.
• Jennifer Choi, "Using the grid system to document Smithsonian dinosaur type specimens." Advised by L. Guertin.
• Christopher Collins, "The deconstruction of America's middle class: an attack on the heart!" Advised by S. Cimbala.
• Teron Meyers, "Cultivating the Arts at Penn State Brandywine." Advised by L. Guertin and M. Goldschmidt.
• Paul Cheung, "The contradictions of a 'one country, two systems' policy." No adviser.
Although Dr. Laura Guertin has brought two students in the past to the Eastern Colleges Conference of Sigma Xi, this is the first time the campus had eight students presenting five posters. Poster presentations included:
- Smithsonian "Classic" Dinosaur Specimens,
Teron Meyers and Alyce DiLauro (faculty mentor: Dr. Laura Guertin)
- Video Stenography Utilizing Individual Frames for Embedding Content,
Paul Hurych (faculty mentor: Prof. James McGlinchey)
- Human Behaviors and Interactions in a Virtual World,
Devin Zuczek (faculty mentor: Prof. James McGlinchey)
- Database for Tracking Students in the Civic and Community Engagement Minor,
Dong-Ya (Suzy) Zhou (faculty mentor: Prof. Nannette D'Imperio)
- Design of a Launch System for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Christopher Lawson, Thomas Lenker, Alicia Weiler (faculty mentor: Dr. Ivan Esparragoza)
Although Dr. Mike DeRosa has been bringing students to present their chemistry research
at NCUR since 1992, this is the first time the campus has ten students
presenting five posters. Poster presentations included:
- A Glimpse of Shakespeare's Outsiders, Dana Gibson (faculty mentor: Dr. Arnold Markley)
- Autonomous Mobile Robotics Using Lego NXT and LabView, Douglas May (faculty mentor: Dr. Asad Azemi)
- Solar Decathlon 2007: Capturing the Sun Through Advanced Technology, Emily Robb, Matthew Liskowycz, Lindley Jones, Rocco Arena (faculty mentor: Dr. Laura Guertin)
- Shakespeare's Women: Property or Independent Voices of Reason? Adrienne Showalter (faculty mentor: Dr. Arnold Markley)
- Enhanced Podcast of Pennsylvania Biodiversity in The Ridley Creek State Park, James Woodruff, Erika Acuna, Raquel Silano (faculty mentor: Dr. Laura Guertin)
The following poster presentation was given by Dr. Guertin at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America on October 29, 2007, in Denver, Colorado. Two Cooper Scholars were contributors to the work.
Guertin, L.A., Ashbridge, S.E., Scholtz, L.A., 2007. Cemeteries as sites for introductory-level Earth science research. Abstracts with Programs (Geological Society of America), v. 39, n. 6, p. 247.
Lindley Jones (sophomore Cooper Scholar) was the only honors student from last year to have an essay published in The Best of Freshman Writing journal - a publication of Penn State University. This journal is used in many English 004 and 015 English classes throughout the Penn State system; the essays in this journal serve as writing models for students (excellence in writing among peers).
Congratulations, Lindley, on this fine accomplishment!
Esparragoza, I., Berlin, J., Lawson, C., Lenker, T., Sprik, E., Whittington, R. 2007. Design of a User Specific Wheelchair: A Service Learning Experience, presented at the Fifth Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Engineering and Technology LACCEI 2007, Tampico, Mexico, May 29 to June 1, 2007. Presented by undergraduates C. Lawson, T. Lenker, and R. Whittington.
Cooper honor scholars Emily Sprik, Ryan Whittington, Christopher Lawson and Thomas Lenker teamed with Jerry Berlin to work in the design of a mobility-device for a specific patient at Melmark, a local care provider for patients with physical and mental disability. The main objective of the project was to design a wheelchair for a patient with a particular condition. The new designed wheelchair will serve as a transportation and as a seating device for basic functions such as eating, and it will be targeting specific problems faced by the patient. The problems include a great discomfort while the patient is using the actual wheel chair and during the transition when the patient is moved from the wheelchair to other places during the daily activities. The design team evaluated the customer needs, defined the functionality of the device and generated a conceptual design during this service learning experience.
The results of this work were presented in the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Engineering and Technology in Tampico, Mexico. Dr. Ivan Esparragoza (Engineering) served as the faculty mentor.
Scholtz, L., Guertin, L. 2007. Cemetery demography of Centralia, Pennsylvania. Presented at the Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society) Research Symposium, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, April 20, 2007. Presented by undergraduate L. Scholtz.
During her sophomore year at Penn State Brandywine, honors scholar Leigh Ann engaged in a research project that examined the population of Centralia, PA, through cemetery demography. Leigh Ann is interested in seeing if specific environmental changes and human behaviors, such as coal mining, coal fires, and the Spanish influenza, had a negative impact on the longevity and survivorship of the residents.
Leigh Ann presented a poster of her Centralia research at the Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium. Dr. Laura Guertin (Earth Science) served as the faculty mentor.
Presentations given by Cooper and Schreyer scholars in 2005 include:
Huber, J., Barnes, J., Carapucci, D., Clark, A., De Lacy, C., Ermilio, G., Hagan, J., Holcomb, J., Jou, J.C., Kelly, M., Ofili, O., Tessmer, M., Wilcox, A., Zelig, S., & Guertin, L.A. 2005. An artificial Leaf Pack experiement to compare water quality and health from urban and rural stream sites through Penn State Delaware County, October 2004. Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 78, Abstract and Index Issue, 116. Presented by Cooper scholar Jeffrey Huber.
Tessmer, M., Hagan, J., & Guertin, L.A. 2005. International collaboration on Leaf Pack research through technology. National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), Philadelphia, June 30, 2005. Presented by Schreyer scholars M. Tessmer & J. Hagan.
Guertin, L.A., Cao, E.T., Craig, K.A., George, A.E., Goldson, S.T., Makatche, S.P., Radusevich, B.T., Sandor, C.W., Takos, A.T., Tuller, R., Williams, J.K., & Williams, M.A. 2004. Bringing dinosaur science to the Junior Girl Scouts through a college service learning project. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 13(4), 523-531.