St. Norbert College announces student-faculty development collaboration awards

From St. Norbert College, November 29, 2011
by Chris Swietlik, chris.swietlik@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

The St. Norbert College office of faculty development has announced fifteen student-faculty learning partnership teams will receive student-faculty development endowment fund awards in the amount of $1,000 each for the 2011-2012 academic year. The recipients are:

Ravi Agarwal, assistant professor of computer science and Brandon Fox, sophomore computer science major from Hortonville, Wis., for a project to develop an iOS (Apple's mobile operating system) application to help K-12 teachers in the classroom. A formal research paper will be submitted for publication at the 14th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, HotMobile 2013.

Agarwal and Derek Harrington, senior computer science major from Kingsford, Mich., for a project to develop a GUI application that will convert an Excel prototype of a strategic planning tool that guides decision-makers from brainstorming, via the identification and quantification of relevant factors, to a list of strategic priorities into a portable software tool. The results will be submitted to the Information Systems/Business Strategies conference in March, 2012.

David Bailey, assistant professor of biology and Sarah Lottes, senior biology major from Waukesha, Wis., for a project to investigate the effects of acute increases in corticosterone on memory function and calbindin levels in zebra finch hippocampal neurons. The work has been submitted for presentation at the 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Ogden, Utah.

Bailey and Yekaterina Makeyeva, sophomore biology major from Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, for a project to identify the relationship between estrogen disruption and vesicular glutamate transporter protein levels in zebra finch neurons. Results will be presented at a to-be-determined scientific conference in 2012.

Linda Cook, assistant professor of music and Jordan Kabat, senior music performance major from Manitowoc, Wis., for a project to produce, typeset, and edit hand-written music materials and convert them into the Sibelius program. The St. Norbert College brass ensemble will perform the results, and the completed works will also be published.

Russ Feirer, associate professor of biology and Shanna Dennis, junior biology major from Irma, Wis., for a project to test the effects of resveratrol, DFMO, and DenSpm on breast cancer and non-cancerous epithelial cell lines. It is hypothesized that these compounds will have less of an effect on normal cells and induce apoptosis on only cancer cell lines. The results will be presented at the American Association of Cancer Research in April, 2012.

Feirer and KateLyn White, junior biology and psychology major from Green Bay, Wis., 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 less affected and maintain a constant level of glucose metabolism. Results of this project will be presented at the American Association of Cancer Research in April, 2012.

Dr. Tim Flood, professor of geology and Billy Fischer, senior geology major from Libertyville, Ill., 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.

Wolfgang Grassl, associate professor of business administration and Viktoriya Zotova, junior economics major from Velingrad, Bulgaria, for a project to study the factors that determine domestic or 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.

Sabine Hyland, associate professor of anthropology and Sandra Payan, junior sociology major from Minneapolis, Minn., 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.

Jamie Lynch, assistant professor of sociology, Olivia Poepping, junior sociology major from Burlington Wis., and Megan King, senior sociology major from Park Ridge, Ill., 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 it is hoped the study will provide new information about the ways the college impacts the lives of its students.

Lawrence McAndrews, professor of history and Lauren Robbins, senior economics major from Waterford, Wis., 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 team will submit its conclusions to the St. Norbert College General Education Committee, an academic conference, and an academic journal.

Kevin Murphy, assistant professor of mathematics and HanQin (Caesar) Cai, senior mathematics major from Shanghai, China, 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.

Cynthia Ochsner, assistant professor of chemistry and Matt Rooyakkers, sophomore chemistry major from Combined Locks, Wis., 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.

Jason Haen, instructor of accounting, Amy Vandenberg, assistant professor of business administration, Robert Schadrie, senior accounting major from De Pere, Wis., and Matthew Van Lanen, senior accounting major from De Pere, Wis., 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 focuses on this institution. The results of this study will be presented at the AARBI conference in January of 2012 as well as submitted for publication in the conference proceedings.

For more information about the Student-Faculty Endowment Fund, visit the website http://www.snc.edu/facultydevelopment/funding/faculty/endowment.html.