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Division III Profile: Five Students Develop Tech Venture for Assessing Livestock Health

Josh Minot and a team of fellow students combined their skills across disciplines to develop an innovative plan and product for helping farmers

Division III Profile: Five Students Develop Tech Venture for Assessing Livestock Health

Division III Projects in the School of Natural Science

Recent Division III (senior thesis) students and project titles in Natural Science

2020

  • April Aftandilov, Kuperberg Webs and Jeu-de-Taquin Promotions for Four Row Tableaux
  • Margaret Balzekas, Silver Nanoparticles in the Amherst Wastewater Stream: Detection and Sequestration Analysis
  • Blair Barlow, Paradoxical Reactions of Benzodiazepines
  • Gryffon Baum, Evolutionary Ecology
  • Gwyn Burns, Gender and Sport
  • Olivia Burton, Diet and Weight Correlation in Crayfish
  • Leo Castellblanch, Solar Energy Storage/Distribution with Hampshire as a Case Study
  • Tahlya Champion, Genealogy of Subsistence Agriculture
  • Abrianna Culligan, Ecological Climatology
  • Collier Davis, Medicare For All Act: A Cure to our Failing Healthcare System
  • Ethan Donahue, Syntrophy: Digestion of Styrofoam Sculptures by Mealworms and Construction of an Open Yeast Library
  • T.J. Dooley, Forest & Farm Ecology
  • Emory Ellis, Forest Water Cycling: Local, Regional, and Global Forest-Water Interactions
  • Urooba Ahmed Fatima, Menstrual Equity- The Road to an Equal World
  • Omar Gloistein, Engineering an Open-Source Modular Hydroponics System

  • Tiana Guerrero Seger, Alternative, Traditional and Biomedicine Approaches in Select Zones of Ecuador
  • Raini Helmstadter, Future Climate Change in New Mexico: Climate Division-scale RCM Projections Guided by Impact-Oriented Pedagogy
  • Nina Hill, Pulmonary Health in Wind Instrument Musicians
  • Amanda Hutchinson, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Clinical Characteristics, Treatment, and Molecular Genetics
  • Jonathan Kay, An Extension of Wythoff's Game with Solutions of a Given Form
  • Christian Lee, Analysis of Forest Structure and Ecological Services for Management
  • Alison Lima, Limited Access to Abortions
  • Isabelle Linguiti, Stigma and Mental Health Care
  • Rhys MacArthur-Thompson, Characterizing the Biogeochemical Impacts of Arctic Wildfires on Tundra Ecosystems: Biomass Recovery, Nutrient Cycling, and Ecosystem Functions
  • Rachel Major, This Fine Piece of Water
  • Liam Malone, Indoor Vertical Agriculture and its Potential in Entrepreneurship
  • Yasmina Mattison-Sudan, A Book
  • Lucas May, Out of the Earth, into the Fire
  • Helen McGunnigle, Ethnographic Methods and the Biomedical Model of Chronic Illness
  • Colin McIntire, Building a Sustainable and Mobile Tiny Home
  • David Meier, Examining Extracellular Electron Transfer, with a Focus on DIET
  • Aleksander Meyer, In a Bind: A Health Assessment of Chest Binding in the Transmasculine Community
  • Sarah Mikesell, Tracing Agency in Addiction Narratives
  • Gabrielle Morell, Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: An Ethnographic Study of Healing through Reiki
  • Rick Noble, Explorations in Biology, Public Policy and Yeast
  • Lucy Propper, Science Communication and Epistemic Inequity
  • Natalie Rezek, Bioremediation of Contaminated Soil
  • Elaine Robinson, Molecular Characterization of Pluripotent Stem Cells: When Science is Personal 
  • Joshua Sadri, Almost Heaven
  • Colin Samuel, Investigating Fecal Coliform Risk in Grey-Water Systems and Possible Ways of Removal
  • Eric Seiler, Systems, Ecological and Ferment-able
  • Carlos Sevilla, Hyperbolic Optical Lattices for Quantum simulation
  • Samuel Shaffery, Combating Rural Gentrification: Housing Policy Recommendations for Long Islands North Fork
  • Jing Shang, Anthropological Significance and Commercial Value of Plant-Based Meat Enterprises in China
  • Micael Sobel, Consuming Food's Image: Race, Gender, and Class in Contemporary Food Media
  • Jet Starkings, Environmental Poisoning in Antiquity: Investigation of Arsenic, Lithium, Lead, Boron and Mercury in Inca and pre-Inca Mummies from Andes
  • Irene Tournas, The Hidden Life of Soil
  • Christina Vaughan, Basic Neural Mechanisms: Physics
  • Sophia Wells, Holistic Neuropsychology
  • Alex White, Crabs and Larval Vertical Movement in the Water Column
  • Kayna Wong, Beyond Madness: A Review on Alternative Conceptualizations of the Hallucinatory Experience
  • Conrad Wurzburg, Sustainable Chemistry of Hemp
  • Shelby Yeomans, Tetrodotoxin, Making the Jump to Human Cardiovascular Effects
  • Yeye Zhang, Macrophages and Cancer Progression
  • Andy Zyskowski, Hampshire College Student Center Design and Analysis

2019

  • Max Adams, Learning Through Optical Interference on a Budget: Building a Mach-Zehnder Interferometer
  • Moheeb Ahmed, Investigation of Geogenic Arsenic Exposure in Antiquity by Andeans in Atacama, Chile
  • Alexa Akre, Accessible Doula Care: Minnesota's Doula Bill as a Framework for Better Birth
  • Brenae Anacacy, "It's Like One of Those Books Where You Make the Story As You Go": A Research Project on Minority Premeds at Hampshire College
  • David Blumenstiel, Environmental and Anthropological Implications of Lithium, Boron, and Lead in Andean Mummy Hair
  • Andy Cohn, Variability of Low-Mass Stars
  • Savvy Cornett, Interactions of Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone II with Amyloid Beta Precursor Protein
  • Andrew Davis, Food Neophobia and Disgust 
  • Emmett DuPont, Rethinking The Leaflet: New Strategies for Public Health, Engagement and Access
  • Carrie Faina, Carrie's Table: My Life Through Food
  • Maya Gilmore, Responsibility and Joy: Remaking Relationships with Nature
  • Andrew Gordon, Applied Critical Pedagogy: Negotiating Authority Through Community Schooling
  • Nelindra Grebler, Biology & Geosciences
  • Charlie Hailey, Rhetorics of Inequality and Blame in HIV Intervention: A Comparative Study
  • Hannah Hidder, Plants and Insects of the Hampshire Woods
  • CJ Humphries, Gender and Reality Across the Universe
  • Bri Irving, What Rates Does CD147 mRNA Decay and Protein Degrade?
  • Ariel Kane-Esrig, Teaching Physics
  • Kiryu Kawahata, Division III Contract - Kiryu Kawahata
  • Lukas Kernke, Understanding Alienation as Conceptualized by Karl Marx and Rahel Jaeggi
  • Fiona Kusza, A Case Study of Trap Neuter/Spay and Release (TNR) Programs in the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Including a Comprehensive Literature Review of Current Research.
  • Jackson Lipfert, Philosophy and Psychology of "Little Miss Sunshine," and How to Live a Good Life.
  • Robin Marks Tily, A Study in Situ: Place-Based Studies within Plant-Based Practices, 42.496 N -76.568 W
  • Isabel Masteika, Development of Green Catalytic Reactions with Carbon Dioxide
  • Lara Matthias, The Gift of the Horse
  • Chris McCarthy, Community Engagement Initiative: "We Need A Gym"
  • Joe McGlynn, Analyzing and Optimizing Satellite Remote Sensing Techniques for the Detection of Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Daya Mena, Using Mathematical Modeling to Predict the Impact of CRISPR-Cas9 Gene-Editing on the Viral Dynamics of HIV
  • Avalon Mercado, The Effects of Antioxidants on P815 Mouse Mastocytoma Cells
  • Douglas Monnig, Escherichia Coli and the Kern's Greywater System
  • Abby Moore, Data Integration for Systems Biology
  • April Nugent, Nutritional And Environmental Impact of Raising Breeding Swine on Pasture and Woodlot: An Exploration of the Role of Heritage Pigs in Local Food Systems
  • Chloe Omelchuck, Insect Communities in a Chronosequence of Abandoned Cranberry Bogs.
  • Sadie Popoli, Naturally Sadie Snacks
  • Taj Reilly, Describing the Star Cluster NGC 189
  • Ivy Sabal, Cultivation of Oyster Mushrooms As a Way to Repurpose Household Waste
  • Sarita Shera, TJ Tiger and the Quantum Mechanics
  • Claire Shillington, Protecting a Resource at Risk: Decentralized Greywater Treatment, Water Conservation, and Education at the R.W. Kern Center
  • William Street, Blood Cortisol Levels in Zebrafish Kept in Conditions Emulating the Farmed Fishing Industry
  • Montana Tucker, Myco-Sustainability: Using Mushrooms to Create a More Sustainable Future
  • Abbi Wilson, Liberation Circus!
  • Zeke Zeff, Macaws and Myths: An Exploration

2018

  • Marta Anex-Schnauss, PCB Pollution in Western Massachusetts: Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Context of Public Health
  • Benjamin Barnes, Genomic Search for a Plastic Degrading Enzyme of P. microspora
  • Rainer Bathum Nathe, Neurobiological & Genetic Mechanisms of Addiction
  • Alex Boyd, Smallholder Agriculture and Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon
  • Anthony Bricchi, Investigating the Interactions between CD147 and ESCRT3
  • Augie Brinker, The Effects of Photovoltaic Arrays on Hydrology
  • Sara Brown, To Recycle is Not Enough: Toward a Zero Waste Hampshire College and Local Community!
  • Augusta Catherin-Sauer, Resilience and Resistance: Using Physarum polycephalum and Community Organizing to Explore Environmental Justice Work
  • Ande Clemens, The Radical Cartography of Lead (Pb)
  • Chael Cowan, Argument for Changes in Legislation Regarding Service Dogs
  • Lena Deutsch, Water Resource Management, Conservation, and Allocation in the Mid-East: A Sustainable, Collaborative Future
  • Emmanuel Duarte Perlovsky, Magnetism and You: How Does It Work?
  • Nicole Ferguson, A Conspiracy to Distribute Food: On Food Not Bombs, Anarchism, and Free Soup for the Revolution
  • Brooke Fitzgerald, From Data Science to Neuroscience: Making the Brain Visual, Intuitive, and Accessible
  • Doma Ghale, Evaluating Fairness and Transparency in Decision Models for Predicting Recidivism
  • Amye Gulezian, Rare Breeds, Real Cheese, and Why We Should Save Both
  • Peter Harrington, Gruit Beers: History and Production
  • Avery Hernandez, Removal of Antimonite and Antimonate from Soil and Water using Kaolin Coated Nanoscale Zero Valent Iron (K-nZVI)
  • Sadie Higgins, Limitations to Hayfield Growth and Recommendations for Improvement
  • Rahim Hirani, "Social Media Usage Among Healthcare Providers" and "The Regulatory Role of Beta-Arrestin-1 in Prostate Cancer Cell Proliferation"
  • Grant Holub-Moorman, Mexican Coffee Farmers' Livelihoods and Reflections on the Ethics of Field Research
  • Juliette Humer, Examination and Analysis of Microplastics in the Marine Environment
  • Sam Jackson, Get SaSSy: Terpenes, CYP450s and Sandalwood
  • Claire Jones, Cephalopoda Evolution and Behavior
  • Daniel Lamport, Slaughterhouse Lives
  • Madison McDonald, Were Coastal Atacama Mummies Exposed to Environmental Lithium?=
  • Serge Merzevski, Superlative Cats - Sabertooth vs American Lion
  • Merlyne Mesidor, Asthma in African Americans
  • Justin Minalga, Designing for Community Resilience: The Possibilities of Permaculture in Northern Thailand
  • Kamil Mirza, Life Under Logs: The Distribution and Co-Occurrence of Eastern Red-Backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) by Color Morph and with Ground Dwelling Invertebrates
  • Maggie Ng, Climate Change and Agriculture: How Small-Scale Farmers in the Pioneer Valley (MA) are Interpreting and Reacting to Environmental Changes
  • Ben Oppenheimer, Improving the synthesis of a Catalyst for a Green Diels Alder Reaction
  • Libby Parker-Simkin, Mathematical Modeling of Circadian Immune System Cyclicity
  • James Peck, Local Meat
  • Orion Poole, The Scope of Medical Diagnostics and the Future of Personalized Medicine
  • Pranavi Ramireddy, An Evaluation of Bronze Age Cremated Human Remains
  • Matthew Raymond, Sustainable Building Science and Systems Analysis
  • Malaika Ross, The Impacts of Solar Arrays on Soil Microbial Activity
  • Flint Rusch, The Health Issues of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Germany, and Sweden
  • Jade Silverstein, Perceptions of Aquaculture in the Northeastern U.S.
  • Sophie Spillmann, Investigating Genetic Mechanisms of Axon Regeneration Using C. elegans
  • Issy Tobey, Molecular Biology of Cancer
  • Margaret Tyer, Of People and Prions: The Social Impact of Disease
  • Anya Uzo, The Presences of White Supremacy, White Imagery, and Color Blindness with Intersectional Veganism
  • Jordan Yanowitz, Exploring Natural Forms in Borosilicate Glass: Refining the Convergence of Pattern in Nature and Design
  • Emma Zyskowski, Investigation of Pollution History in XKS Mining Area in China Using Dendrochronology and LA-ICP-MS
  • Jackson Polston, Sustainability Paradox: An Analysis of Norway's Transition into Full Spectrum Sustainability
  • Sweeney Sweeney, The Intersections of Science, Education, and Justice in the Environment, Nature, and Outdoors

2017

  • Kate Bakkala, Coaching for Character in the Equestrian Athlete
  • Benjamin Barnes, Genomic Search for a Plastic Degrading Enzyme of P. Microspora
  • Bram Baxter, Electrobiology, Microbes and Fuel Cells
  • Cynthia Belanger, Small-scale Wetland Restoration Project 
  • Adam Blaustein Rejto, Exploring Life Before DNA: Developing A Method to Monitor Real-time Kinetics of Non-Enzymatic Template Directed RNA Primer Extension Using the RNA Aptamer, Malachite Green
  • Audrey Block, Diversity Without Inclusion: How the "Progressive" Math Classroom Can Reinforce Racial Inequalities
  • Sawyer Burton, Apiculture, Mandarin, Education, and Art
  • Alexander J. Campbell, X-ray Photometry of Low Surface-brightness Galaxies
  • Anderson Anna Buder Clemens, The Radical Cartography of Lead (Pb)
  • Derek Cote, Dismantling Electronic Waste: Examining the Elemental Composition and Environmental Implications of Discarded Mobile Phones
  • Andre Lucas Courant, Engineering a Gluten Free Brewing Yeast
  • Celeste Davidson, Growing Pains: A Portrait of Black Women's Health in South Los Angeles
  • Josia DeChiara, Characterizing the Ecological Effects of Photovoltaic Arrays on Disturbed Landscapes: Implications for Optimizing Synergies in Energy Generation and Terrestrial Conservation
  • Victoria Delano, Neurocardiology, Biofield Physiology and the Pineal Gland; Understanding Energy Medicine 
  • Dylan Donicz, Sustainable Livestock Practices
  • Alex Dorr, Mycoremediation: Using Fungi to Degrade Toxic Wastes
  • MaryKate Duska, Harm Reduction Education: A Study of Participants in a Syringe Access and Needle Exchange Program
  • Ryan Ellerby, Investigating the Metal Sorption Properties of Clay-coated and Pristine Nano Zero-Valent Iron (nZVI) Particles for Remediation of As, Cd, and Pb Contaminated Soils and Waters
  • Justice Erikson, Chronic Lyme Disease: The Controversy and Evidence
  • Michael Fizdale, Towards a Philosophical Understanding of Pollination Metagenomics
  • Shelby Gaiss, Investigation of Tissue Level Distribution of Essential and Toxic Metals During the Germination Stage of Corn Seeds (Zea mays, L.) using LA-ICP-MS
  • Tinsley Jane Galyean, Environmental Attitude and Water Usage in the Hampshire College Community
  • Lee Graves, Wild Yeast Ecology: Isolation and Characterization of Prospective Brewing Cultures
  • Emma Hallbilsback, A Resilient Model for a Hydro/Aquaponic Greenhouse Incorporating Research and Development, Management, and Training
  • Matthew Hecking, Interpreting the Chemical Language of Plants: Green Leaf Volatiles and Their Roles As Community Signals
  • Nadia Herman, The Cultivation of Wild Plants, Drawings and Case Studies
  • Abbas Hirji, An Integrated Watershed Management Approach to the Pangani River Basin in Tanzania
  • Matt Kaminsky, Apple Biodiversity in America
  • Jeremy Kirn, Early Glimpses of Definability Theory Within the Theory of Functions and the Theory of Sets
  • Shannon Larkin, Preschool Garden Based Education
  • Merlyne Mesidor, Asthma in African Americans
  • Natalia Moyano, A Plant-Based Food Approach: Raising Healthy New Generations
  • Lan Phuong Nguyen Hoang, Study of the Electrothermal Responses of an SNSPD
  • David Pearl, Bystander Care Program
  • Orion Poole, The Scope of Medical Diagnostics and the Future of Personalized Medicine
  • Jennifer Porter, Urban Habitat Loss: Growing from the Bottom Up
  • Julia Rauch, Effects of Injury-Induced Histamine Release on Fibroblasts in the Extracellular Matrix in Peripheral Nerves
  • Rachel Rosenberg, Characterizing the Ecological Effects of Photovoltaic Arrays on Disturbed Landscapes: Implications for Optimizing Synergies in Energy Generation and Terrestrial Conservation
  • Leland Schon, Stand Structure and Composition of the Hampshire Woods
  • Sarah Schwemberger, Working Towards Food Justice: An Ethnography of Two Organizations in the Bay Area
  • Anna Sheinaus, Bugs Under the Influence: The Impact of Bupropion and Hydroxyzine on Cannibalism and Behavior of Aquatic Insect Larvae
  • Lynne Siringo, Climate Change in New York City: An Investigation into Impacts and Planning
  • Sophia Smith-Allen, The Nature Walk Experience
  • Yvonne Nyambura, Thomas Targeting Chronic Diseases Through Lifestyle Choices: An Evaluation of Liturgical Dance As a Health Intervention for African American Women
  • Krysten Vinson, Community Composition and Physiological Analysis of Foliar Endophytic Fungi Associated with Sequoiadendron giganteum
  • Jack Zhao, Simulation of the Internet

2016

  • Eve Allen, Conservation and Use of Crop Wild Relatives: A Viable Approach of Enhancing Agricultural Resilience
  • Henry Anderson, Agroforestry: A Regenerative Agriculture and Land-Use System
  • Kiera Behlow, C-C Coupling of Dienes and CO2 Using Metal Catalyst
  • Lewis Blake, Assume a Spherical Cow: Mathematical Modeling of Bovine Dynamical Systems
  • Shelby Branam, Analytic Number Theory and Questions of the Grotesque in Russian Literature and American Southern Gothic Literature
  • Coral Breuning, The Effects of Training on Athletic Performance: Three Investigative Studies
  • Schuyler Brevig, Secretory Carrier Membrane Protein (SCAMP3) and CD147: Roles and Implications in Cancer
  • Maura Burke, The Role of Transient Amplifying Cells in Epidermal Senescence
  • Melanie Chitwood, Lymphoma & Lyricism: A Division III in Immunology & Poetry
  • Hayden Cifrino, Creation of Hampshire's Student-Led SRI Investments Fund
  • Lydia Coburn, Something Fish with Our Plastic: Raising Consumer Awareness through Art & Local Youth Empowerment
  • Nicole DelRosso, Triggered Regeneration of Molecular Circuit Components to Implement Iterative DNA Strand Displacement Operations
  • Chiara Forrester, The Ecology of Symbioses between Grasses and Endophytic Fungi
  • Garrette Furo, Millennial Investment Trends and the Ethical Shades of Gray in Modern Capitalism: Performance, Disruption, and Outlook
  • Henry Geldman, Controlling Light: Computer-Generated Holographic Solar Cells
  • Arline Gould, Reenvisioning the Urban Landscape
  • Maddy Gowing Staghorn, (Acropora cervicornis) and Elkhorn (Acropora palmata) Corals Coral Restoration Techniques and Their Benefits on Ecological Systems
  • Erica Hample, Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Leaf Pigmentation during Autumn Senescence
  • Andreas Hayash, Invariant Classes of the Equivariant Cohomology of the Regular Semisimple Hessenberg Varieties
  • Nicole Alexa Hohenstein, Appropriate Surgical Procedures in Older Patients with Spinal Deformity: A Comparison of Surgical Approaches
  • Hannah Huggins, Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) Analysis of Teeth to Determine Weaning Patterns of Ancient Maya from Lamanai, Belize
  • Kanchan Jha, The Children of Santa Isabel Convent: An Osteological Study of Syphilis in Colonial Mexico
  • Samuel Katz, Determining the Mechanism for Bromoform Formation by Diatoms and Stable Isotopic Differences of 4 Bromophenol
  • Ryan Lambert, Human Cues and Canine Phenotypes
  • Sophie Lapointe, Let's Get Folk'd: An Investigation of Traditional Homesteading and Folk Traditions in New England
  • Nina Levison, Urine as Resource: The Economic and Environmental Necessity of Phosphorus Recovery through Urine Diversion
  • Benjamin Liebman, The Roles of Soluble CD147 in Matrix Metalloproteinase Induction and Metastasis
  • Aaron Lindeke-Myers, In Vitro Characterization of Daam2 in Colorectal Adenocarcinoma
  • Ailbhe McDonnell, The Allium Family and the Immunomodulatory Properties of Their Secondary Metabolites: A Review and the Questions Asked in Its Formation
  • Jalen Michals Levy, Green Chemistry: Synthetic Methods for the Incorporation of Carbon Dioxide into Useful Molecules
  • Joshua R. Minot, Exploration of Precision Livestock Farming Techniques in Extensively Managed Production Systems
  • Emmanuel Morales, Operation Not Permitted: The Fight for the Rights of People in a Technological Society
  • Alice Morgunova, Inhibitory Control of Orexin Neurons and Subsequent Behavioral Outcomes 
  • Mia Pan Riverine, Ecosystem Management in Oregon: Thermal Credit Trading, Quantified Conservation, and Adaptive Change
  • Juliana Paradiso, The Battle over Sex Education: Creating Solutions for a Failing System
  • Rachael Parkman, Investigation of Stress Effects in Zebrafish Model
  • Aidan Piper, Digital Modeling Through Novel Technological Methods
  • Emily Quist, Two Models of Connective Tissue Disorder by Intracellular and Extracellular Mechanisms
  • Ian Rand, Deep Genomics: Rethinking Genetic Engineering in Agricultural Ecosystems
  • Emily Riordan, Stereotypies in Animals
  • Will Robinson, Ecological Engineering: Water on Earth & Life in Space
  • Satyajeet Salvi, Removal of Mercury from Thiomersal via Adsorption to nano Zero-Valent Iron Particles (nZVI)
  • Lilia Sanzalone, Trafficking Protein CD147
  • Melissa Schacker, The Values of Online Business: Connection and Content
  • Nathan Schmidt, Reincarnating Bill Nye: The Practices and Principles of Educational Media Production
  • Timothy S. Stiles, Computational Design
  • Szal Fearing, Brook Restoration
  • Zachery Teller, Exploration in Design and Patenting
  • Sara Tulchinsky, The Effects of Hearing Loss on Human Balance
  • Krisna Van Dyke, The First Steps toward Green Cyclopropanation
  • Thomas Varley, The Effect of the Psychedelic 5-HT2A Receptor Agonist DPT on Anxiety Behavior & Gene Regulation in Zebrafish
  • Ellen Vermes, Prolonged Exile: Constructing Tibetan Identity in Dharamsala
  • Haoxi Zhan, Research on Combinatorics Curriculum for CS Majors

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