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Winter 2017 Division III Showcase

Tuesday, December 5, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH)

FPH East Lecture Hall

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Juliette Humer

In my division III, I have explored plastics. I answer questions such as: What are plastics? Where are they from? What are they used for? Who uses them and who makes them? How do plastics enter the marine environment? What are microplastics? What does the scientific community think about microplastics? What research has been done on microplastics? What does the future of microplastics research look like? And, how does the public engage with the scientific community and address the global needs and issues surrounding plastics? I discuss my experience and what it is like to participate in and conduct primary research on microplastics in the marine environment, through field research and laboratory analysis, and to be apart of the global Break Free From Plastic movement.

3:30-3:45 p.m.

Justin Taft-Morales

Authentic Connections for Transformative Change

How do we connect in a society that values transactions over relations, autonomy over community, retribution over transformation, competition over collaboration? How do these values show up in our institutions? How do they show up in small interactions between people? My Division III project is a podcast that explores our potential to access and cultivate a vast network of authentic connections in order to transform a culture of separation.

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Greg Feliu

Will 'pizza' and 'pasta' become 'bizza' and 'basta'?: Intervocalic /p t k/ lenition in Neapolitan

Have you ever noticed how the same sound can be pronounced differently without changing the meaning of the word? This talk will examine this type of change in "the second language of Italy": Neapolitan. Using automated methods and knowledge of the language, I examine if /p t k/ are actually pronounced as [p t k] in natural speech. What I find is that there is wide variation in how they are pronounced, leading to a sound change towards /b d g/. This finding has implications for the future of the language, Romance linguistics, and American Italian.


FPH Main Lecture Hall

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Ray Perkins

Biology in Fiction

Biology in Fiction is a novel that addresses real world issues, particularly greed, classism, and ableism. This novel focuses on these issues by framing it as “what would these issues look like in a dystopian futuristic society?” The novel will split into two stories, one following a scientist in order to gain sympathy and understand how it began, as a way to save people’s lives with genetic modification. The second story will revolve around characters who come to realize how greed has lead the use of genetic modification not to be used mainly as a way to save lives but as a way for the industry to make money.


3:15-3:30 p.m.

Grace Chamberlin

The Great Divide Novel Project

The Great Divide is a young adult novel that takes place in a futuristic United States that has split into two enemy nations: To the east lies Terra, a country made up of a thousand eco-village communities; to the west stands Caelum, a modernized capitalist nation much like the one we know today. The story follows 17-year-old Melody Tailor who, after letting a known enemy across the border into her eco-village, must escape into the modern world she has been taught to fear.


3:45-4:00 p.m.

Marisa Gershenhorn

The End of Inertia

A short animated film in 2D and mixed media about a corporate takeover of reality.


4:15-4:30 p.m.

Lenka Saldo

Embodied Imaginations: Dancing Identity in Cuban Miami

I explore Cuban popular dancing of casino (also known as "Cuban salsa"). “Cuba” is an imagination created either by the foreign media covering the island frozen in time, or by Cuban exiles that nostalgically long for home without Castro. With these romantic imaginations, different spaces were created under the same brand name of “Cuban salsa,” each serving its own distinct community that consists of complicated socio-cultural groups with the certain representation of Cuban identity. My field and academic research reveals Miami's unique situation where Cubanidad is embodied through dancing in these divided, and unified, spaces.


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