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UNI students present research at Iowa Capitol

April 3, 2014
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Jessica Moon, director, UNI University Honors Program, University of Northern Iowa, (319) 273-3175, jessica.moon@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Students from the University of Northern Iowa presented their research in poster format at "Research in the Capitol," a collaborative effort of the honors programs of Iowa's Regents universities, Tuesday, April 1, in the First Floor Rotunda at the Iowa Statehouse.

State senators, representatives and other key officials were invited to view the posters and talk with students about their research and education.

"Research in the Capitol" was developed to celebrate how undergraduates learn by doing research in a variety of fields, according to Jessica Moon, director, UNI University Honors Program.

For more information, contact Moon at 319-273-3175 or jessica.moon@uni.edu.

HOMETOWN                        NAME/CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR/PROJECT TITLE/MENTOR

 

ACKLEY            Rebecca Gronewold, senior, geography, "Modeling urban storm water runoff in the dry run creek Watershed, Iowa using LiDAR, GIS and the WinSLAMM model"; Bingqing Liang, associate professor of geography 

ANKENY            Lauren Stratton, senior, gerontology: social sciences/pre-prof: medicine, "Gaps in family knowledge of Alzheimer's Disease"; Elaine Eshbaugh, associate professor of applied human sciences 

BLOOMFIELD            Kyle Spurgeon, junior, physics, "Fabrication of nanostructures using electron beam radiation"; Tim Kidd, associate professor of physics 

BONDURANT            Tyler Gracey, senior, theatre: performance—acting, "Imagine the possibilities: Impact of drama on the development of social skills among youth on the Autism Spectrum"; Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre

CARROLL            Amy Becker, senior, communicative disorders, "Border crossings of the heart—Navigating the transition from minority to majority cultures: A pilot study of young hearing adults of deaf parents and young heterosexual adults of gay/lesbian parents"; Katie O'Brien, instructor of communication sciences and disorders, and Steve Onken, associate professor of social work

CEDAR FALLS            Sean Klippel, senior, theatre: drama and theatre youth, "Imagine the possibilities: Impact of drama on the development of social skills among youth on the Autism Spectrum"; Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre

                                                 Kyle Patterson, junior, manufacturing technology: metal casting, "Predicting changes in dimensional accuracy of steel castings"; Scott Giese, associate professor of technology

CEDAR RAPIDS            Max Martino, senior, psychology/economics: general economics, "Determinants of college hockey attendance"; Lisa Jepsen, associate professor of economics 

CRESTON            Naomi Skarsgard, senior, psychology, "Implicit and explicit prejudice toward transsexual women"; Helen Harton, professor of psychology

DAVENPORT            Tori Quist, senior, chemistry education, "Black sheep phenomenon: Women's sense of belonging in the sciences across generations"; Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry 

EPWORTH            Cody Schmidt, senior, economics: general economics, "Industrial democracy: Working hard or hardly working?"; Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science

IOWA FALLS            Derek Bradley, junior, biology, "Development of ultralight permanent magnets"; Tim Kidd, associate professor of physics

 

MANCHESTER            Stephanie Sailer, senior, economics: general economics, "U.S. demand for farm tractors: 1950-2011"; Bryce Kanago, associate professor of ecnomics

 

MARSHALLTOWN            Norma Garcia Tellez, senior, family services, "Hispanic women and their perception of anti-aging: Buying the foundation of youth"; April Chatham-Carpenter, professor of communication studies; Catherine Macgillivray, interim director of women's and gender studies; and Fernando Calderon, assistant professor of history

OSAGE            Amanda Huisman, senior, communicative disorders, "Barriers to accessing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Pogo boards as a potential solution"; Ken Bleile, professor of communication sciences and disorders 

OTTUMWA            KaLeigh White, senior, public admin: human resources/sociology, "Variation in state funded grant programs: Political and economic factors"; Chris Larimer, associate professor of political science 

URBANDALE            Lizzie Martin, senior, social work, "Effects of traumatic brain injury on domestic violence survivors"; William Downs, professor of social work 

WASHINGTON            Mackenzie Roth, senior, theatre, "Imagine the possibilities: Impact of drama on the development of social skills among youth on the Autism Spectrum"; Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre

 

Ariel Williams, senior, anthropology/earth science—interpretive naturalist, "Excavation and stratigraphic analysis surrounding an early 20th century boiler house"; Donald Gaff, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology and criminology

WATERLOO            Sam Card, senior, theatre: performance—acting, "Imagine the possibilities: Impact of drama on the development of social skills among youth on the Autism Spectrum"; Gretta Berghammer, professor of theatre

 

OUT-OF-STATE

 

ANDOVER, IL            Annette Putnam, senior, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), "Current developments in forensic science: Establishing forensic linguistics through authorship analysis"; Ardith Meier, professor of languages and literatures

 

POTEET, TX            Manuel Salinas, senior, psychology, "Social exclusion and health: The moderating role of social support"; Robert Hitlan, associate professor of psychology

OUT-OF-COUNTRY

 

FOSHAN, CHINA            Xin Hong, senior, geography, "Monitoring and predicting land use and land cover change on Cedar River Watershed of Iowa for the next 30 years"; Bingqing Liang, associate professor of geography