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    Issue 2                                                                                                                                         Spring Semester 2012

    Contents

    Notes from the Collaborative

    A Note from the Collaborative Director

    Collaborative Opportunities

    Research & Academic Travel Funding Opportunities

    Collaborative Research Showcase

    2011 Summer-Fall Collaborative Grants Awards

    Snapshot of Summer-Fall Collaborative Grants

    Student-Faculty Development Endowment Fund Award Recipients

    McNair Scholars Presentations

    Student Profiles

    United Nations New York Trip

    Sponsor: Dr. Gratzia Villarroel

    VanSchyndel & Hill-Soderlund

     

    Important Dates

    Mar. 19, 2012 Collaborative Summer-Fall Grant applications due

    Mar. 29-31, 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

    Apr. 20, 2012 Collaborative Continuation Grant applications due

    May 4, 2012 Student Academic Travel Grant and Attendee Grant applications due


     

     

     

     

    Student-Faculty Development Endowment Fund Award Recipients

    The Office of Faculty Development and The St. Norbert Collaborative is pleased to announce that fifteen student-faculty learning partnership teams are receiving Student-Faculty Development Endowment Fund awards in the amount of $1,000.00 for the 2011-2012 academic year:

     

    Mr. Brandon Fox, Sophomore Computer Science Major

    Dr. Ravi Agarwal, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

    • Support for a project to develop an iOS application to help K-12 teachers in the classroom.  The application will be created in Objective C programming language using Xcode integrated development.  A formal research paper will be submitted for publication at the 14th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, HotMobile 2013.

     

    Mr. Derek Harrington, Senior Computer Science Major

    Dr. Ravi Agarwal, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

    • Support for a project to develop a GUI application that will convert excel prototype into a portable software tool.  Objective C programming will be used to put this methodology into practice.  The results will be presented at the Information Systems/Business Strategies conference in February, 2012.

     

    Ms. Sarah Lottes, Senior Biology Major

    Dr. David Bailey, Assistant Professor of Biology

    • Support for a project to investigate the effects of increased corticosterone levels on memory function and the levels of calbindin on zebra finches.  Calbindin expression will be examined in tissue samples from the finches.  The results will be submitted to a behavioral society conference in 2012.

     

    Ms. Yekaterina Makeyeva, Sophomore Biology Major

    Dr. David Bailey, Assistant Professor of Biology

    • Support for a project to identify the relationship between the amounts of estrogen and VGLUT in neuronal cells of zebra finches; specifically those associated with memory.  Brain tissue will be labeled and quantified for levels of VGLUT in untreated brain tissue to serve as a control for the relationship in conjunction to the quantification of treated tissues.  Results will be interpreted within the laboratory at St. Norbert College.

     

    Mr. Jordan Kabat

    Dr. Linda Cook, Assistant Professor of Music

    • Support for a project to produce, typeset, and edit hand written music materials and convert them into the SIBELIUS program.  The results will be performed by the brass ensemble, and the completed works will also be published.   

     

    Ms. Shanna Dennis, Junior Biology Major

    Dr. Russ Feirer, Associate Professor of Biology

    • Support for a project to test the effects of resveratrol, DFML, and DenSpm on cancer and non-cancerous cell lines.  Non-cancerous cells will be a main focus of the project; it is hypothesized that these compounds will have no effect on normal cells and induce apoptosis on only cancerous cell lines.  The results will be presented at the American Association of Cancer Research in April, 2012.

     

    Ms. KateLyn White, Junior Biology and Psychology Major

    Dr. Russ Feirer, Associate Professor of Biology

    • Support for a project to test the effects of resveratrol and DCA on glucose metabolism of cancer and non-cancerous cell lines.  It is hypothesized that treating cancerous cells will result in a drop of glucose metabolism while non-cancerous cell lines should be unaffected and maintain a constant level of glucose being metabolized.  Results of this project will be presented at the American Association of Cancer Research in April, 2012. 

     

    Mr. Billy Fischer, Senior Geology Major

    Dr. Tim Flood, Professor of Geology

    • Support for a project to study and characterize the nature of the mega-crystals of hornblende rocks in the Wausau area.  A Scanning Electron Microscope with a SEM-EDS will further quantify the hornblende’s chemical makeup.  The results of this project will be presented to the Institute on Lake Superior Geology.

     

    Ms. Viktoriya Zotova, Junior Economics Major

    Dr. Wolfgang Grassl, Associate Professor of Business Administration

    • Support for a project to study the factors that determine foreign university choice among Bulgarian students.  A research model will be constructed and data will be gathered electronically through questionnaires.  The results will be submitted for publication in an academic journal in May 2012.

     

    Ms. Sandra Payan, Junior Sociology Major

    Dr. Sabine Hyland, Associate Professor of Anthropology

    • Support for a project to study the female roles and gender symbolism of the ritual dancers in the neo-Aztec Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue.  Ethnographic observations in the field will be compiled and analyzed in an attempt to learn more about this growing Mexican and Mexican-American religious tradition.  The results from this study will be used to produce an academic article in the spring.

     

    Ms. Megan King, Senior Sociology Major

    Ms. Olivia Poepping, Junior Sociology Major

    Dr. Jamie Lynch, Assistant Professor of Sociology

    • Support for a project to study the influence of college major on social and health issues and how these interact with other variables of interest like age, sex, and socioeconomic status.  The results of this project will be used to produce a research paper to be presented at St. Norbert College, and the study hopes to provide new information about the ways in which SNC impacts the lives of its students.

     

    Ms. Lauren Robbins, Senior Economics Major

    Dr. Lawrence McAndrews, Professor of History

    • Support for a project to study the history of internationalization in American higher education and determine its impacts on General Education, United States history courses, and the relationship between the two.  The results of this project will be utilized at St. Norbert College to better develop the General Education program.  Results will further be used to produce a conference paper and journal article for publication in the spring of 2012.

     

    Mr. Caesar Cai, Senior Mathematics Major

    Dr. Kevin Murphy, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

    • Support for a project to study the parametrization of the Koch Curve.  Working with the two dimensional Koch curve, the team will classify the points and write formal proofs for the Koch curve.  The results of this project will be used to produce a paper to be submitted to the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal in February, 2012. 

     

    Mr. Matt Rooyakkers, Sophomore Chemistry Major

    Dr. Cynthia Ochsner, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

    • Support for a project to investigate the structural analog of Modafinil and its inhibitory capabilities on the human dopamine transporter expressed in embryonic kidney cells.  A rotating disk electrode voltammetry will be used to determine how the analog inhibits the transporter.  The results will be used to produce a paper for publication in the Journal of Neuroscience and will also be presented at a conference.

     

    Mr. Robert Schadrie, Senior Accounting Major

    Mr. Matthew Van Lanen, Senior Accounting Major

    Dr. Amy Vandenberg, Assistant Professor of Business Administration

    Mr. Jason Haen, Instructor of Accounting

    • Support for a project to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on the projected total costs of an accounting undergraduate college education.  The results of this study will benefit students at St. Norbert College as it takes a focus on this institution.  The results of this study will be presented at the AARBI conference in January of 2012.  
     

     
     


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