The Senior Showcase
The Senior Showcase provides graduating seniors the opportunity to present their work in a public setting to an audience of campus members and visitors. Each department, program and school, including Honors and Fellows Programs, and the independent interdisciplinary major, is invited to select one or more students or student projects to participate in the Senior Showcase.
The Senior Showcase 2017
April 24, 2017, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Sungmin Kim and Peter Lockman (performing 2 selections)
Accompanist: Nicholas Reynolds
Title of Work: Nocturne, Op. 19, No. 4 (Arranged for 2 Cellos and Piano by Arthur Houle)
Composer Name: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Composer Dates: 1840-1893
Nocturne embodies the conflict of light and dark for which Tchaikovsky is known. Originally written for piano and arranged for two cellos by Arthur Houle, Nocturne begins with a melancholy and almost tragic melody invoking heartache. A carefree and jubilant theme takes over, suggesting release from the pain of the first melody. This does not last and the first theme comes back, returning the listeners to the overarching heartbreak.
Title of Work: Julie-O
Composer: Mark Summer
Composer Dates: 1958-present
Written in 1988, Julie-O has been played by many cellist as a solo and a duo. Julie-O was written as a quasi-improvisatory piece, so there are places in the music to improvise that makes the music different from cellist to cellist. The piece has a very rhythmic pulse because of the ample use of double stops and "slap bass" technique, which allows the players to incorporate a pop style to their playing.
Accompanist Name: No accompanist
Title of Work: Aubade
Composer: Libby Larsen
Composer Dates: b. 1950
According to composer Libby Larsen, an aubade is music meant for the morning. Of her piece, she writes, "[it] is a song or a poem to greet the dawn and usually denotes music of a quiet, idyllic nature. It is also seen as a morning love song, or song or poem of parting lovers at dawn." The word itself means dawn, and the piece conjures that peaceful pale silence of the sky as it lightens.
Unaccompanied solo violin
Title of Work: Arches, I. Caprice
Composer: Kevin Puts
Composer Dates: (1972-present)
"This movement, whose influences are both Baroque and Appalachian in nature, begins innocently enough and continually accelerates to a very fast tempo. It was inspired by a scene from the film The Red Violin (scored by John Corigliano) in which a young prodigy is pushed by his teacher to play an etude faster and faster until he is pressed to the absolute limit." -Kevin Puts
Accompanist Name: Laura Brumbaugh
Title of Work: Silver Aria
Composer: Douglas Moore 1893-1969
After the men at the wedding of Horace Tabor and Baby Doe argue whether the silver standard should be repealed or not, Baby Doe tells her view on the subject, saying that gold is only flashy. However, silver is the core of the dreams and hopes that hold the country together.
Makayla Anderson, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Improving the Data for Structural Studies of MA4344, A Metal Sensitive Transcription Factor
In the kingdom of Archaea, there are small organisms which have the unique ability to survive in hostile environments. One such organism is Methanosarcina acetivorans (MA), which are microorganisms thriving in high metal environments. One of the proteins responsible for metal regulation in MA, and thus survival of the species, is MA4344. Our project is centered on the investigation of the structure and function of this protein. Here, we present new structures of the protein, in addition to much improved data to further our investigation. By studying these organisms, we hope to better understand how cells respond to toxic conditions.
Caleb Akers, Physics & Astronomy, Dynamics of skirting droplets
Generally when a droplet of water touches a pool of water the two bodies of fluid merge or coalesce. Under certain conditions a falling droplet of water can defy this expectation and bounce or roll along the surface of a pool of water coalescing after a short but finite time. The pool of water appears to be hydrophobic to the droplet. Using high speed video analysis we characterize and explain the cause of this non-intuitive interaction.
Vyvian Borse and Kayli Schaefer, Psychology & Neuroscience, HPV and the HPV Vaccine: The Relationship Between Vaccine Uptake, Knowledge, Awareness, Sex Education, Sexual Behavior, and Theoretical Constructs in a College Population
This study investigates the relationships between Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake, awareness, knowledge, and sexual behavior in a college population. Theoretical constructs of the Health Belief Model, Theory of Planned Behavior, and Transtheoretical Model were examined to determine psychological and behavioral predictors for vaccine uptake and intentions among students. Gender differences across all HPV-related measures were characterized using an independent samples t-test for an overarching aim. A one-way ANOVA will be utilized to assess differences with respect to the type of sexual education students received before college. Data were collected using an online Google forms survey emailed to DePauw students.
Abigail Braun, Kinesiology, A comparison of three different tests for assessing female posterior shoulder flexibility: A study of reliability
Shoulder injuries are common in both overhead athletes and individuals who work in manual labor. Even asymptomatic overhead athletes show changes in shoulder mobility, kinetics, and strength. There are currently three tests of posterior shoulder flexibility, but none have proven to be the gold standard. Standardizing the test for posterior shoulder flexibility is essential for standardizing evaluation, rehabilitation, and treatment of all shoulder injuries. The primary purpose of this study was to compare the reliability of three different tests of posterior shoulder flexibility (horizontal adduction, sidelying adduction, and passive internal rotation range of motion) in both NCAA Division III college volleyball players and female non-athletes.
Megan Karbowski, Interdisciplinary Major: Neuroscience, Redefining Genotype-Phenotype Relationships of Parkinson's Disease
For centuries, Parkinson’s Disease has been thought of as a single pathogenic disease. However, within the past year, Parkinson's Disease has begun to undergo a paradigm shift. Cutting-edge researchers are now beginning to think of the disease as a cluster of related but unique pathophysiological constructs. My senior thesis helps to reframe our current understanding of Parkinson’s Disease by exploring the genotype-phenotype relationships of the disease.
Christine Cassidy, Biology, Selecting Medically Relevant In Vitro Protein Characterization Projects with a High Potential For Success
As of November 2016, well over one-third of the more than 170,000 unique variation records in ClinVar are of unknown importance; these variants are either (a) characterized as variants of unknown significance (VUS), (b) have no clinical significance provided, or (c) list conflicting reports of clinical significance. The vast number of ambiguous entries in ClinVar offer an opportunity for researchers seeking new projects in the area of in vitro protein characterization. We describe the development of a selection algorithm for choosing an in vitro protein characterization project that is amenable to undergraduate research. Our approach combines information from ClinVar and the Protein Databank to select enzymes with published crystal structures of the human protein, that have been previously expressed and purified in E. coli, and that feature at least one missense VUS entry in ClinVar. We also describe progress on the characterization of four variants of unknown significance in Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase, an enzyme associated with hemolytic anemia.
Margaret Lomasney, Kinesiology, Treadmill Handrail Use and Energy Expenditure during Incline Walking
Walking is often used as a form of exercise to help reduce and/or prevent weight gain, as it is a low impact, easily accessible form of exercise. It is commonplace to use a treadmill with speed and incline capabilities to increase the amount of calories burned during walking time. Handrails are employed as safety precautions yet there is little research examining the effect of handrail use, when used improperly during exercise, on the amount of calories burned. The purpose of the present study was to determine the effect of handrail use on energy expenditure during incline walking in college aged physically active students.
Leah Mahlka, Psychology & Neuroscience, Gender Differences at Work: Why Women Lag Behind Men in the Workforce
The present thesis examines literature that focused on factors leading to gender differences in the workforce and more specifically, why women lag behind men. Social role and evolutionary theory are utilized to explain the findings in research. Evidence shows that women’s preferences for flexible work hours and pleasant working conditions, along with their hesitation in negotiating for higher compensation, account for a portion of the wage gap that exists between men and women. On the other hand, it is also clear that women face discrimination when working their way up the organizational ladder. This discrimination occurs as a result of women diverting away from their stereotypical roles and assuming masculine leadership positions. As women increasingly enter into the workforce, it is crucial for psychologists to continuously examine factors that may advance or inhibit their growth as workers.
Devon Mensching, Computer Science, S.E.N.S.E.: Surveying Experiences Necessary for Stress Evaluation
The transition into parenthood can be physically and emotionally demanding. This can create new stresses in the lives of new mothers. We have created two Android applications to analyze the Microsoft Band 2's potential to detect stress in new mothers. Each application will use a surveying method to ask questions about the participant's stress levels while collecting output from the Microsoft Band 2. These survey methods are the Experience Sampling Method and retrospective diary. In the future, these applications will be used to study wearable technology's potential to detect stress.
Katie Rust, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Protein Crystallography: The Triumph in Determining the Structure of MA4344
There are three domains of life: Archaea, Eukarya and Bacteria. Of the three, archaea is the most intriguing because archaea are mostly extremophiles thriving in environments such as those with high metal concentrations. An example of this type of extremophile is Methanosarcina acetivorans (MA). More specifically, our research reveals the structure of a protein, MA4344, to study the extremophiles’ ability to regulate metal concentrations within the cell. Using this information, structures of our protein, can be studied in various states. These structures provide a better understanding of how MA4344 can differentiate between metals and resist toxic metals.
Facilitator: Professor Matthew Balensuela, School of Music
Kaela Goodwin, Education Studies, The Impact of ISTEP+ on Indiana Students, Teachers, and Classroom Environments
This research gleans insight on teachers’ perceptions of how the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) affects their students, themselves, and the learning environments of their classrooms simultaneously. To collect this data, surveys were sent to all sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade public and charter school Language Arts teachers in the state of Indiana. Preliminary findings suggest that most participants believe that their students are negatively impacted by testing, the test results do not accurately represent the cognitive abilities of their students, and that most would choose to eliminate or at least seriously modify ISTEP+ testing if given the choice.
Zach Jacobs, School of Music, Manifestations: Post-war Appearance of Graphic Notation Within the New York School of Composition
Artists in 1950s post-war America turned to non-traditional practices and ideologies in the search for new modes of expression. Through discussions within artists’ communities, shared ideologies, and practicing new techniques, the New York School of composers began new practices of graphic notation that allowed for creativity and expression not found in the traditional system. This paper will trace the manifestations of graphic notation in post-war American music through a focus on four composers with the New York School: John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, and Christian Wolff. This historical study of graphic notation manifestations will provide context for modern performances.
Gretchen Stibich, School of Music, Lilith Fair and the implications of feminism in music
Lilith Fair was a music festival with an all-female line-up that occurred during the summers of 1997, 1998, and 1999. Sarah McLachlan, who felt the music industry was male-dominated, which impeded her progress as a musician, founded Lilith Fair. Women mostly attended the wildly successfully festival. It seen as a triumph for feminism and for music despite the festival featuring mostly white women performers, showing the lack of diversity and intersectionality. In 2010, the festival was rebooted as Lilith, but it was met with harsh criticism, even though it was far more diverse and intersectional than Lilith Fair in the 90’s. Critics argued there was no longer a need for feminism in music due to the progress and equality that was supposedly made in the music industry.
This paper will explore the differences of the concerts in the 1990’s compared to the concerts in 2010 from the perspective of feminist theory, which will be done through an analysis of the lyrics and music of the performers. This analysis will show that despite the festival in 2010 being more feminist, the standard for inclusive feminism has increased, causing the backlash. Even more, the reason why the festival was so successful in the 1990’s was because it only included white women, which dominated the press and the narrative.
Facilitator: Professor David Gellman, History
Jessica Tilley, Classical Studies, Greece Re-Captured: a critique of the Roman Greece Narrative
The Roman occupation of Greece is a substantial period in Greek history that lacks due attention by archaeologists, historians, and the public at large. The sites and monuments associated with this period receive relatively little recognition in the Greek landscape. Moreover, the scholarly consideration of Roman Greece often tells just one narrative. Implementing both personal anecdotes of the author’s time as a student in Greece as well as an historiographical look at scholarship’s treatment of Roman Greece, this paper examines how over half a millennia of Greece’s history has been under represented. It addresses the implications of this marginalized period as well as the importance of future discussion and re-evaluation.
Christine Walsh, History, "They were not monsters, They had our faces" How the Nazi Regime turned Ordinary Men into Mass Murderers
This paper, "They were not monsters, They had our faces" How the Nazi Regime turned Ordinary Men into Mass Murderers," argues first that the vast majority of the perpetrators of the Holocaust were ordinary by all psychological definition. This paper then seeks to explain how people, no different than you or me, committed one of the worst atrocities of all time. The answer to which lies in examining the brutalization process and other psychological conditioning employed by the Nazi regime.
Jackson Whiting, History, History and Evolution: The United Kingdom Independence Party
This research focuses on the United Kingdom Independence Party (commonly referred to as UKIP) and its evolution as a political party. The paper aimed to analyze UKIP’s shifting policy positions and rhetoric. In order to accomplish this task, the analysis evaluated the UKIP’s general election manifestos, campaign rhetoric, and academic articles that examined UKIP. UKIP was founded as a moderate single-issue party that wanted to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union. However, in order to increase its political relevancy UKIP have broadened its policy concerns, to detach it from the belief that it was a single-issue party among voters, and have added far-right populist ideas concerning race and immigration to its rhetoric.
Facilitator: Professor Bert Barreto, Economics and Management
Emily Bell, Psychology and Neuroscience, Grit and Happiness: Contradictory or Complementary? An Examination of What Makes Life Good
Can grit and happiness, two seemingly incompatible constructs, align to make life good? Grit, the character trait that predicts successful outcomes over measures of talent and personality, involves passion and perseverance for longstanding goals. Happiness, on the other hand, involves contentment, positive emotions, and satisfaction with life. Grit is associated with success, but material achievements are not the only aspirations in life – happiness is surely important, too. Through a review of the literature, it appears that grittiness and happiness do correlate; still, the relationship is complex. Importantly, grit, a novel construct, warrants further research.
Lois Miller, Honor Scholar Program and Mathematics, Reaching Further: The Role of Distance in College Undermatching
This project explores factors explaining why so many high-achieving, low-income students apply to and enroll at universities with relatively low academic standards, despite generous financial aid packages and evidence that these students would be successful at colleges that are more selective. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk was used to gather data and a probit analysis confirms an established result that low-income students are more likely to undermatch. The primary contribution of this work is that a university’s distance from the student’s home is an important factor in undermatching.
Peyton Powers, Sociology & Anthropology, Living and Learning: Examining the Impact of Gentrification-Induced Displacement on Public Schooling
This research project aims to explore gentrification, the factors that contribute to it, and its impact in once-low income neighborhoods and public schools in Indianapolis, Indiana. The factors commonly associated with gentrification include, but are not limited to, de-investment in already-struggling neighborhoods, city efforts to attract new talent and/or millennials, development of ‘artistic neighborhoods,’ falling wages, etc. In addition to uncovering the institutional factors that contribute to gentrification and the displacement of low-income and working class families, the paper will explore the specific impact of these processes on public schools and students in gentrified areas. The ultimate goal of this paper is to outline the above findings and present an accurate and detailed conclusion about the ways that gentrification and displacement of students can impact both public schools in Indianapolis and the students who attend them.
Maggie Wetzel, Sociology & Anthropology, Invisible Violence: An Analysis of Femicide in Indiana from Domestic Violence Homicide Statistics
Femicide occurs when a male kills a female because she is female. Because femicide is a form of violence against women, this research takes a feminist approach. This investigation utilizes domestic violence homicide statistics to explore intimate partner femicide in Indiana. Over the years of 2008-13, 107 women died of intimate partner femicide. The results demonstrate the prevalence of gendered violence, firearm usage, and complexities of co-habitation & relationship statuses for victims. The report draws attention to the presence of femicide, contributes to academic literature, & employs statistics to aid legislation eliminating future violence against women.
Facilitator: Professor Chris White, English and Film Studies
Madison McIntyre, Interdisciplinary Major: Film and Media Production and Criticism, Untitled Madison McIntyre documentary
This documentary exposes focuses on the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system in the state of Indiana.
My Linh Tran, Film Studies, "Triggered" (short film)
TRIGGERED is a short film about a girl named Abby, who experiences menstruation for the first time in life, too scared and embarrassed to tell her mother about it. While looking for a place to hide the bloody underwear, she finds a gun. "Triggered" can be considered a coming-of-age drama. It is about many things: family dynamics, the influence of the media on the young. But most importantly, it speaks on gun violence and gun owner responsibility.
Facilitator: Professor Jen Everett, Philosophy and Co-Director, Environmental Studies Program
Christine Cassidy and Cullen Hunter, Environmental Fellows Program, Indiana Solar: Toward a Darker Future?
Net metering is a billing mechanism that allows residential and commercial solar panel owners who generate a surplus of solar energy to sell the excess back to the utility company. Currently, Indiana homeowners, businesses, and schools are compensated at retail rate for their excess electricity, which incentivizes the installation and use of solar panels by reducing monthly energy bills. In this presentation, we will explain Indiana Senate Bill 309, which aims to significantly reduce net metering compensation for homeowners, schools, and small business by over 200%. The issue of net metering is ultimately about encouraging Indiana residents to get their energy from solar and other renewables rather than coal. SB 309 disincentivizes residents from installing or using solar energy. We will provide an update on the status of SB 309, present the perspectives of proponents and opponents of the bill, and discuss its implications for the future of renewable energy in Indiana.
Gabrielle Jensen, Geosciences, DePauw Campus Farm Soil Reconnaissance Survey and Land Use History
At the DePauw Campus Farm, expansion to the adjacent Prindle lot was under consideration. An on-site soil sampling program and land use study was undertaken to determine the suitability of this expansion. While soil samples collected from the farm plot and farmhouse backyard indicate good soil conditions, soils at the Prindle lot were determined to be inadequate for agricultural purposes due to artificial fill and contamination. Interviews with Putnam County residents about past land use and investigation of land use maps documented the presence of a now abandoned landfill at the Prindle lot site.
Madeline Piscetta, Geosciences, A Changing Climate: Biologic, Geologic, and Anthropogenic Effects on the Biogeochemistry of the Sundarbans Region
The Sundarbans ecoregion of India and Bangladesh is the canary in the global warming coal mine. Climate change affects biogeochemical cycles with severe implications for socio-ecological systems, and the Sundarbans serve as a case study for the changes that can be expected as climate regimes shift. Inundation from sea level rise in coastal mangrove ecosystems combined with an influx of glacial melt from the Himalayas impact biodiversity and are forcing local communities to migrate as their homes flood and their resources are degraded. Mitigation alone is insufficient to address such rapid changes, and conservation science must adopt a resilience-based framework to facilitate ecological adaptation.
Elisabeth Wilson, Biology, Nest Building 101: Nest Architecture Reflects Behavior and Ecology of Megachile rotundata
Behavioral Syndromes occur when two or more behaviors are correlated together. Behavioral syndromes allow a more integrated view of behavior by recognizing that behaviors often don’t operate independently from one another, and by considering sources of behavioral variation both within and among individuals. The alfalfa leaf cutter bee, Megachile rotundata, constructs complex nests that require gathering leaf materials to form a linear series of cells, foraging for pollen/nectar to provision each cell, and making choices regarding offspring number, size and sex. Thus, nest construction may be an example of a behavioral syndrome that could be approximated by examining the architecture of each nest. Our aim was to observe within and among-individual variation in nest building females, by examining various components of nest architecture. We successfully identify three behavioral modules that constitute a nesting behavioral syndrome: nest protection, leaf foraging, and pollen/nectar provisioning. Our results indicate that individual differences in nest-constructing behaviors account for 30% of the total phenotypic variation observed in the population. Thus, examining the architecture of nests can serve as a proxy for understanding the behaviors that are involved in nest construction.
Facilitator: Professor Sunil Sahu, Political Science
Amy Brown, Political Science, Friend or Foe, East or West: Western Discourse on Post-Soviet Russian Identity
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation had to find a new place in the international order and create a new identity. Through a discourse analysis, this paper examines the influence that the West’s management of the Soviet Union’s defeat in the Cold War had on Russian identity and the differences from how Russia portrayed its new self internationally. Russia has historically suffered from an identity crisis, torn between East and West while striving to remain a world power. The discourse shows that while Russia initially strove to improve relations with the West, Western states did not accept Russia, resulting in Russia ultimately not aligning with the West. The paper concludes that after a defeat, the victor has an influence on the new identity of the losing state, which may either be beneficial to the victorious state or may create additional issues in the long-term. The management of defeat by the victor is crucial to the rebuilding of international social hierarchy.
Christine Kim, Political Science, The Truth as Testified Fifty Years Later
A case study examining World War II comfort women, this talk will focus on the women’s testimonies and their lasting impact. The comfort women, though victims of a gross injustice and a crime against women, were silenced and erased from history. Though the women’s testimonies and demands for recognition and reparations are form of seeking justice, they come with grave implications and consequences. Surviving comfort women and supporting activists assert the comfort women system was one of coercion and human trafficking, emotional and mental impairment, and sexual violence and rape. The Japanese government, however, questions such assertions, claiming the comfort women system was one of voluntary prostitution. Because the women waited 50 years to testify, there remains much controversy and confusion. Though I personally do not believe the comfort women are lying, it is fair to question how valid these testimonies and memories are decades after the War. As such, it’s my goal to analyze and better understand the implications of time and memory on the comfort women case. Questions I hope to answer are as follows: How does the present alter memories of a past trauma? Does the need for vengeance somehow modify memory? When one waits so long to testify, what are its implications? How does one “serve” justice for a past crime?
Claudia Monnett, Political Science, National American Political Future: Assessing Seminal Works & Forging Ahead
This paper examines and critiques the predictions, or lack thereof, made about the political future of the U.S. by five seminal books on American national government. To predict where we are headed, we must know where we currently stand, and so I use these books form the basis of a cohesive depiction of the present state of American national government. Finally, I use the information from these highly respected authors along with my critiques to create my own sketch of the United States’ political future.
Facilitator: Professor Harry Brown, English
Elisabeth Hawkins, English, The Eternal Recurrence of Stories and Modernity: An Examination of Ursula Le Guin’s "Wizard of Earthsea," Michael Swanwick’s "The Iron Dragon’s Daughter," Nnedi Okorafor’s "Who Fears Death," and Octavia Butler "Wild Seed"
Michael Swanwick in "The Iron Dragon’s Daughter," Nnedi Okorafor in "Who Fears Death," and Octavia Butler in "Wild Seed" critique conservative fantasy by imitating the tools Le Guin employs in her novel, "A Wizard of Earthsea". Friedrich Nietzsche’s theory called the “eternal return” proposes that history, and humanity, is cyclical and doomed to be repeated, which these three authors argue riddles conservative fantasy. While these authors point out the eternal recurrence of stories, however, they also fall victim to the cyclical nature that they so boldly critique. Swanwick, Okorafor, and Butler all end their stories with a “catch.”
John Jessup, English, Bringing Down the White Bear
This piece is incorporated into a larger project about a three-week, 350-mile wilderness canoe trip that I led to the Hudson Bay in 2015 for the Camping and Education Foundation. The Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada, is known for its high polar bear population. Known for being one of the only land mammals known to actively hunt humans, polar bears presented a very real danger to our group. Kory Kirchner, the other guide on the trip, and myself were expected to lead eight sixteen-year-old boys safely to the Hudson Bay through some of the most remote wilderness in the world. Kory and I participated in “Polar Bear Training”— an informal course on how to handle a polar bear encounter. This story details my day spent on a shooting range learning how to kill one of the most treasured and endangered animals on earth.
Jerald Parks, English, Collegiate Confessions
When thinking of college, the primary instinct is to focus on academics. But what are these institutions built on? Besides SAT scores and a 1,000 word essay, what is required? What is sacrificed? "Collegiate Confessions" focuses on the social pressures and anxieties that post-high school students face when entering the institutional behemoth. The story follows a protagonist named, "The Kid" who encounters scenarios involving temptations of lust, drugs, and social rites of passage from childhood to adulthood. As a natural explorer, he uncovers a nasty truth on what drives an institution. From the stylings of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road," Childish Gambino's "Because The Internet," and Homer's "The Odyssey," Jerald Parks traverses the mythology of collegiate life that forces the reader to enhance the lens in which we see colleges, in an entrancing and dark, yet powerful way.
Facilitator: Professor Doug Harms, Computer Science
Lauren Good, Computer Science, A Survey of Social-Based Routing Protocols in Delay Tolerant Networks
Delay tolerant networks are composed of mobile wireless devices and therefore do not have sustained connectivity. Several recent routing protocols utilize social features of nodes to make routing more efficient. We categorize a set of newly-designed social-based routing protocols, using a taxonomy proposed in a previous work (CC, S. et al., 2016). They are classified first on the number of message copies the source node produces, then by the number of destinations, and thirdly by the method of relay node selection. Finally, we discuss a few open problems for future research, including buffer management, energy efficiency and protocol adaptability.
Clay Langley, Computer Science, Using Domain Knowledge to Improve Monte-Carlo Tree Search Performance in Parameterized Poker Squares
Poker Squares is a single-player card game played on a 5 x 5 grid, in which a player attempts to create as many high-scoring Poker hands as possible. As a stochastic single-player game with an extremely large state space, this game oﬀers an interesting area of application for Monte-Carlo Tree Search (MCTS). Clay, along with Professor Bogaerts and Bob Arrington, made enhancements to the MCTS algorithm to improve performance, including pruning in the selection stage and a greedy simulation algorithm. These enhancements made extensive use of domain knowledge in the form of a state evaluation heuristic. Experimental results demonstrate both the general eﬃcacy of these enhancements and their ideal parameter settings.
Jack Sampson, Computer Science, Using Embedded Systems and Amateur Radio to Monitor Environmental Conditions
Packet Atmospheric Conditions Keying UHF System (PACKUS) is a hardware solution with a software interface designed to centrally monitor environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity, in libraries or museums across a campus. PACKUS replaces existing solutions, and allows for larger data collection without the need for additional networking infrastructure. PACKUS was inspired by an interest in physical computing and wireless data transmission.
Grant Skipper, Computer Science, DePauw Web VR
A look into exciting new web technologies that allow people to use their mobile phones as VR headsets. Mozilla recently released an API for web applications to interface with native smartphone gyroscope hardware to help render Virtual Reality experiences with WebGL. The DePauw MobileVR project demonstrates these technologies by allowing users to experience a self-guided tour of DePauw University's lovely campus in Virtual Reality right from their own smartphone - be sure to bring yours!
Facilitator: Professor Caroline Jetton, School of Music
Sara DesBiens, School of Music, MTEP: Facilitating Band Student Learning at Plainfield Community Middle School, IN
Highlighted in this presentation is my MTEP (Music Teacher Education Program) student teaching experience at Plainfield Community Middle School, Indiana. Both a macro- & micro- level study of my community of learners as well as my ability to guide 6th - 8th grade band student learning via an action-research study will be addressed. Specifically, an analysis of pre-, post-, and gain scores related to student learning will be discussed as well as a reflection on said teaching and student learning.
Ujjwal Nair, Computer Science, Worlds Imagined: A Geologically Accurate Fictional Terrain Generator
Worlds Imagined is a Terrain Generator that generates fantasy landscapes that are always geologically and hydrologically accurate. Users will be able to manipulate the geographical features that they wish to appear which the generator then places in a geologically feasible manner. In a similar manner, whenever a user decides that they want a City added to the map, the generator will decide optimum placement for the City and divide the map into Regions. The generator will then algorithmically generate a language for the cities and terrain and name them; completing the user's fictional map.
Graeme Richmond, School of Music, Music Teacher Education Program: Facilitating Orchestral Student Learning
I will present on my MTEP (Music Teacher Education Program) student teaching experience at North Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. Both a macro- & micro- level study of my community of learners as well as my ability to guide 9th - 12th grade orchestral student learning via an action-research study will be addressed. Specifically, an analysis of pre-, post-, and gain scores related to student learning will be discussed as well as a reflection on said teaching and student learning.
Facilitator: Professor Marcia McKelligan, Philosophy
Stefanie Buffa, Education Studies, Academic Performance: The Impact of a Balanced Meal
This study proposes to examine the nutritional quality of public school food choices. Prior research suggests that proper nutrition is important for successful academic performance. The researcher of this study will analyze all elementary (primary & intermediate) schools’ breakfast and lunch menus in Putnam County, Indiana. Each meal will be graded on a scale that the researcher created in light of a culmination of previous research studies. The preliminary findings suggest that elementary students in Putnam County receive meals that traverse a range in terms of nutritional value, menu variety, and student appeal.
Zoe Grabow, Philosophy, Segregating God from Good: A Critique of Kant’s Argument From Morality
In this paper I respond to Kant’s argument from morality from Critique of Practical Reason, in which he asserts that we must believe in God in order to rationally pursue the highest good, or summum bonum, and fulfill our moral obligation in doing so. Turning to Aristotle’s Doctrine of the Mean and Plato’s Tripartite Soul for support, I challenge the criteria for rational grounds of pursuit and show that we need not believe in a goal’s attainability to pursue it—and that we need not believe in God to work toward the highest good.
Elisabeth Wilson, Sociology & Anthropology, Legislators as Peer Reviewers: A look into how the government controls scientific research produced by the United States Department of Agriculture
The boundary between science and non-science has been heavily studied in the field of Sociology of Scientific Knowledge (SSK). It has been shown that science separated itself from the knowledge bases of religion and engineering before the 17th century, by claiming independence from authority, and profit. However, modern scientists are not exempt from outside control nor industry. This research builds on the field of SSK and Boundary Theory, by analyzing the boundary between the government and science. Using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Budget Summaries, this research will examine how the government influences scientific research.