School of Natural Science Div III Presentations

The following research was conducted by Hampshire College students as part of their Division III (senior thesis) and presented at the annual School of Natural Science Division III Symposium.

2016 Div III Presentations

Coral Breuning
The Use of Foam Rolling for Soreness Reduction and Enhancement of Athletic Performance
Chair: Cynthia Gill

Eve Allen
Cultivating the Wild: A Viable Method to Enhance Agricultural Resiliency in Southern Africa
Chairs: Jennifer Hamilton and Charles Ross

Andreas Hayash
Invariant Classes of the Equivariant Cohomology of the Regular Semisimple Hessenberg Varieties
Chair: Geremias Polanco Encarnacion

Benjamin Liebman
The Roles of Soluble CD147 in Matrix Metalloproteinase Induction and Metastasis
Chairs: John Castorino and Rayane Moreira

Aaron Lindeke-Myers
In Vitro Characterization of Daam2 in Colorectal Adenocarcinoma
Chair: John Castorino

Alice Morgunova
Inhibitory Control of Orexinergic Neurons and Subsequent Behavioral Outcomes
Chair: Cynthia Gill

Fearing Brook Assessment and Restoration Plan
Chair: Christina Cianfrani

Kiera Behlow and Jalen Michals Levy
1) C-C Coupling of Dienes and CO2 using Metal Catalyst and 2) Green Chemistry: Synthetic Methods for the Incorporation of Carbon Dioxide into Useful Molecules
Chair: Rayane Moreira

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
Chair: Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena

Kanchan Jha
The Children of Santa Isabel Convent: An Osteological Study of Syphillis in Colonial Mexico
Chair: Elizabeth Conlisk

Samuel Katz
Determining the Mechanism for Bromoform Formation by Diatoms
Chair: Christina Cianfrani

Mia Pan
Riverine Ecosystem Management in Oregon: Thermal Credit Trading, Quantified Conservation, and Adaptive Change
Chairs: Christina Cianfrani and Kelly Bitov

Melanie Chitwood
Lymphoma & Lyricism: A Division III in Immunology & Poetry
Chairs: Christopher Jarvis and Deborah Gorlin

Sara Tulchinsky
The Effects of Hearing Loss on Human Balance
Chair: Cynthia Gill

Aidan Piper
Digital Modeling through Novel Technological Methods
Chair: Megan Dobro

Krisna Van Dyke
The First Steps Toward Greener Cyclopropanation
Chairs: Rayane Moreira and John Castorino

Ian Rand
Deep Genomics: Rethinking Genetic Engineering in Agricultural Ecosystems
Chair: Charles Ross

Maura Burke
The Role of Transient Amplifying Cells in Epidermal Senescence
Chair: John Castorino

Chiara Forrester
The Ecology of Symbioses between Grasses and Endophytic Fungi
Chairs: Seeta Sistla and Timothy Zimmerman

Lydia Coburn
Something Fishy with Our Plastic: Raising Consumer Awareness through Art and Local Youth Empowerment
Chair: Charles Ross

Erica Hample
Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Leaf Pigmentation during Autumn Senescence
Chair: Lawrence J. Winship

Lewis Blake
Assume a Spherical Cow: Mathematical Modeling of Bovine Dynamical Systems
Chair: Sarah Hews

Joshua R. Minot
Exploration of Precision Livestock Farming Techniques in Extensively Managed Production Systems
Chairs: Mark Feinstein and Lawrence J. Winship

Nina Levison
Urine as Resource: The Economic and Environmental Necessity of Phosphorus Recovery through Urine Diversion
Chair: Jason Tor

Nicole DelRosso
Triggered Regeneration of Molecular Circuit Components to Implement Iterative DNA Strand Displacement Operations
Chair: Sarah Hews

Thomas Varley
The Effect of the Psychedelic 5-HT2A Receptor Agonist DPT on Anxiety Behavior and Gene Regulation in Zebrafish
Chair: Cynthia Gill

Schuyler Brevig
Secretory Carrier Membrance Protein (SCAMP3) and CD147: Roles and Implications in Cancer
Chair: John Castorino

Garrette Furo
Millennial Investment Trends and the Ethical Shades of Gray in Modern Capitalism: Performance, Disruption, and Outlook
Chair: Geremias Polanco Encarnacion

2015 Div III Presentations

Justin Singleton
Climate Change: Reasons for a Steady, Green, and Sustainable Economy
Chair: Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena

Chelsea Westra
"Ironing Things Out:" Study of Competitive Adsorption of As, Cd, Cu, and Pb by Nano Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles (nZVI)
Chair: Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena

Joshua Kaul
The Microbiota of American Wild Ale Inoculated with Brettanomyces bruxellensis
Chair: Jason Tor

David R. Alexander
Investigation of Simultaneous Adsorption Properties of Cd, Cu, Pb, and Zn by Rice Husks and Bioaccumulation of Trace Metals in Corn (Zea mays L.) Cultivated in XKS area in China
Chair: Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena

Patrick J. Kelley
Investigation of Bioaccumulated Trace Metals in Cape Cod Shorebirds Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS)
Chair: Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena

Zoe Genya Schacht-Levine
Investigating the Validity of Reiki as a Stress Reducing Practice by Means of Salivary Cortisol Measurements, emWave Pro Heart Coherence Quantifications and a Self-Reporting Survey, Coinciding with Examining the emWave Pro as a Stress Detector in Comparison to Cortisol Measurements
Chair: Megan Dobro

Amber Bonarrigo
Modeling Arctic Lake Linné: An Exploration of Lake Ice and Its Implications for Climate Change
Co-Chairs: Steve Roof and Sarah Hews

MaryElaine Gibbo
How Socioeconomic Status and Race Intersect in Association with Diabetes Risk
Chair: Elizabeth Conlisk

Bree Mabry
Dose-Effects of Cigarette Smoke on Clinical Outcomes in Multiple Sclerosis
Chair: Cynthia Gill

Sarah Mildren
Starting a Non-Profit Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Organization
Chair: Cynthia Gill

Mimi Alkattan
From X-Rays to Waterways: Can Ferrate be Used to Remove Iodinated X-Ray Contrast Media From Drinking Water?
Chair: Christina Cianfrani

Jacob Drucker
The Ghost of Aggression: Patterns of Interspecific Territoriality in Congeneric Neotropical Songbirds Over a Major Rainfall Gradient
Chair: Brian Schultz

Olivia Biller
Nectar Chemistry Meets Pollinator Health: The Antimicrobial Tale of Nicotine and Thymol
Chair: Brian Schultz

Talia Adi
Molecular Nociception: TRPV1 Modulation and Trafficking
Chair: John Castorino

Carlos Herrera-Vasquez
A Double-Blind Study of Pasture-Raised Bovine Meat on the Status of n-3 to n-6 Lipid Ratios in Buccal Cells and Laboratory Measures of Attention and Impulsivity
Chair: Megan Dobro

Kathleen Leeper
Mapping Psychedelic Science: Signaling Pathways and Cultural Spaces
Co-Chairs: Herb Bernstein and John Castorino

Isaac Virshup
Building a Web-Based Tool for Comparing Structural Decompositions of Proteins
Chair: Rayane Moreira

Peter Stuart
Birds and Environmental Change in the Maya Area
Co-Chairs: Brian Schultz and Alan Goodman

Mitchell Stone
Visualizing Aging in Caenorhabditis elegans
Chair: John Castorino

Maurisa Wren Saylor
Calcium Dynamics in Pollen Tubes
Co-Chairs: Lawrence Winship and Sarah Hews

Alex McKenzie
Design of an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture System
Chair: Christina Cianfrani

Amelia Tarren
Conservation Management Strategies In Western Massachusetts
Chair: Christina Cianfrani

2014 Div III Presentations

Yasmine Abulhab
(M)eat: Innocent Until Proven Guilty
Chair: Cynthia J. Gill

Alessandro Bartolo
The Effect of Land Management Strategy on Dickcissel (Spiza americana) Territory Size in the Flint Hills Ecoregion
Chair: Charles Ross

Sarah Katherine Brewer
"Feed Your Faith": An Ethnography of Disease and Spiritual Healing in Overeaters Anonymous
Chair: Alan Goodman

Kyra Brisson
Microbial Community Analysis of Deep Springs Lake, CA: Exploring the Role of Aerobic Biofilms in Biogenic Dolomite Precipitation
Chair: Jason M. Tor and Dulasiri Amarasiriwardena

Jon Butler
Sustainable Aquaponics: The Future of Institutional Food
Chair: Helen Scharber

Bea Carbone
Methods in Neural Cell Culture: P19 Differentiation
Chair: John Castorino

Joel Dapello
Developing a Platform to Investigate Single Neuron Computation
Chair: John Castorino

Lauren Deutsch
Farm to Camp: Creating Lasting Effects for a Healthier Life
Chair: Alan Goodman

Chelsea Dunn
Cleavage of U1-70K in Alzheimer's Disease
Chair: Rayane F. Moreira

Matthew Feller
Playing with Hats: The Set Theory of Generalized Hat Problems
Chair: Ken Hoffman

Matthew Fidanzato
Connections Between Hampshire College's Storm Water Drainage System and Stream Temperatures and Water Quality
Chair: Christina Cianfrani

Owen J. Gilroy
"Land of Fish and Rice": Agriculture, Eutrophication, and Phytoremediation in China's Chao Lake
Chair: Lawrence J. Winship and Christina Cianfrani

Tristan Grant
Degree Day Analysis, Energy Use for Heating and Cooling
Chair: Frederick H. Wirth and Christina Cianfrani

Katherine Guild
Bird Feathers as Bioindicators: Spatial Heavy Metal Analysis of Indian House Crow Feathers Using LA-ICP-MS
Chair: Dula Amarasiriwardena

Carl Hourihan
Green Building: An Investigation of Products and Materials That Satisfy the Living Building Standard
Chair: Frederick H. Wirth

Rachel Keeney
Trace Metal Contamination in Sri Lankan Rice: LA-ICP-MS and HPLC Procedures to Determine Etiology of Chronic Kidney Disease
Chair: Dula Amarasiriwardena

Mitchell Krieger
Reimagining Mathematics Education
Chair: Sarah Hews

Thao Do Vy Le
Mechanical Characterization of Photo-Crosslinked Thermoresponsive Hydrogel Thin Films via Atomic Force Microscopy Nanoindentation
Chair: Rayane F. Moreira and Lynn Miller

Maxwell Levit
Counterexamples in Set Theory
Chair: Ken Hoffman

Hannah Libby
The Hampshire College Forest Stewardry Program
Chair: Lawrence J. Winship

Zachary Malkin
Fate and Transport of Lead Arsenate Pesticides on a Western Massachusetts Pear Orchard
Chair: Dula Amarasiriwardena

Hilary Matilainen
Deconstructing the Human Pheromone Myth: A Critical Review of Vomeronasal Organ Function, Olfactory-Mediated Chemical Communication, and Mate Choice Genetics
Chair: Lynn Miller

Mary Pless
HIV & AIDS: Awareness and Intervention in Northern Thailand
Chair: Megan J. Dobro

Emory Prochoda
Abnormal Pap Smear Management Among Migrant Farm Workers in New York
Chair: Elizabeth Conlisk

Joshua K. Reynolds
Imagine the Earth: Illustrating Environmental Science and Philosophy
Chair: Noah D. Charney

Peregrine Rothman-Ostrow
Murine Macrophage Response to Lyme Disease Spirochetes In Vitro
Chair: Chris Jarvis

Gabriel Rowe
Human Health, Social Justice, and Natural Science Perspectives of Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale
Chair: Christina Cianfrani

Raffi Sherak
Quantitative Approaches to Medicine: Applying Decision Theory to Emergency Medical Decisions Regarding Pre-Hospital Endotracheal Intubation
Chair: Sarah Hews

Monica Soto
Profit vs. People: A Case Study in the Environmental and Social Impact of Big Oil
Chair: Christina Cianfrani and William J. Ryan

Lindy Thomas
The Use of Bifidobacteria as a Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chair: Jason M. Tor

Ben Volvovitz
History and Inefficiencies of Excessive Work Hours in the United States
Chair: Elizabeth Conlisk

Laura E. Waters
Exploring a Model System of Neuronal Development: Review, Culture & Functional Analysis of P19 Neurons
Chair: John Castorino

The Role of Heparin in Dermal Wound Healing: A Study of Fibroblast Migration
Chair: John Castorino

Natural Science Div III Profiles

Thao Do Vy Le's Div III: Examining the Properties of Hydrogels

Joshua K. Reynolds' Div III: Illustrating Geological History, Imagine the Earth

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