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Summer 2015 Research Projects

Application of a Modified Dithizone Analysis Technique to Environmental Samples – Bringing Wet Chemistry into the 21st
Bill Bare – Associate Professor of Chemistry
Di Bei ’18 – Chemistry major

Exploring Early Psychological Tests: Researching the Randolph College collection
Rick Barnes – Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies, and Mary Sabel Girard Chair in Psychology
Sarah Ballard-Abbott ’17 – Psychology major

Fiber Connections: Comparing the Mill Culture of Lynchburg, Virginia and the Mills of South Carolina
Danielle Currier – Associate Professor of Sociology
Ayla Hagen ’18 – Undeclared major

What Happens When the Train Runs off the Track: Developing a Problem-based Learning Module to Help Children Understand the Environmental Impact of the Lynchburg Train Derailment
Cheryl Lindeman – Assistant Professor of Education
Adair Moore ’17 – Curricular Studies major

Theatre Magic: Creating Black Art Illusions in Performance with the KTMA Arts Ensemble
Ken Parks – Associate Professor of Theatre; Design
Daisy Howard ’17 – Theatre major
Morgan Wardlaw ’17 – Psychology major

Analysis of Working and Resting Heart Rate in the Randolph College Riding Program Horses
Amanda Rumore – Assistant Professor of Biology
MacKenzi Brown ’17 – Biology major

Entry and Localization of Allergen Alt a 1 in Human Airway Epithelial Cells
Amanda Rumore – Assistant Professor of Biology
Tetiana Poliakova ’18 – Undeclared major
Olivia Reed ’16 – Biology major

Building an efficient, hyper-usable, inexpensive, Ultrasonic Vocalization data collection and analysis system
Katrin Schenk – Associate Professor of Physics
Eric Huber ‘18 – Undeclared major
Noelle Wojciechowski ’17 – Engineering, Physics major

Who gets to ride shotgun? The impact of seat position on occupant safety during motor vehicle collisions
Peter Sheldon – Professor of Physics
Sarah Sojka – Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Physics
Russ Burt ’16 – Physics major
Zach Vernon ’18 – Undeclared major

A History of the Rivermont Historic District
Gerry Sherayko – Professor of History
Samantha Strickler ’17 – History major

Evaluating containment trapping behind dams on the James River
Sarah Sojka – Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Physics
Melissa Pasierb ’17 – Environmental Science major
Allison Brooks ’18 – Undeclared major

The Tiny House at the Tiny College: Design and Assessment of Sustainable Micro-Housing Alternatives
Karin Warren – Associate Professor and Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies
Ludo Lemaitre – Sustainability Coordinator
Hagay Haut ’16 – Environmental Studies major
Sara Woodward ’16 – Environmental Science major

Summer 2014 Research Projects

The documentation and iconographic analysis of the fresco program in the Baptistery of Siena
Andrea Campbell – Associate Professor of Art History
Claire Sumner ’15 – Art Hist & Museum Studies major

An Investigation of the Use of Ruthenium Complexes to Increase Efficiency of Photocatalytic Water Purification
Bill Bare – Associate Professor of Chemistry
Zhe Zhang ’15 – Chemistry,Mathematics major

Exploring the factors that encourage and/or motivate students at Randolph College to participate in volunteerism
Danielle Currier – Assistant Professor of Sociology
Abigail Smith ’15 – Sociology major

The Play’s the Thing: A Communal Creative Jaunt through Dramatic Structure
Gary Dop – Assistant Professor of English
Grace Gardiner ’15 – English (Creative Writing) major

Food Recovery and Environmental Stewardship: Building a Sustainable Framework for Repurposing Randolph College’s Unused Foodstuff
Jennifer Dugan – Professor of Political Science
Paul Rush ’16 – Global Studies major

Evolution of perceived attractiveness in potential mates
Dennis Goff – Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology
Lauren Mason ’16 – Psychology major
Sandeep Poudyal ’16 – Psychology major

Sequence and analysis of mitochondrial DNA from human bone samples in the Randolph College Natural History Collection
Adam Houlihan – Assistant Professor of Biology
Kelly Pham ’16 – Biology major

Examining the role of biofilms in controlling sediment erodibility in coastal lagoons
Sarah Sojka – Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies
Brianne Conrad ’15 – Environmental Studies major
Ryan Mahon ’16 – Physics major

Excavating Eden: Recovering Green Spaces from Urban Brownfields
Sarah Sojka – Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies
Hannah Edwards ’16 – English (Creative Writing) major

Evaluating the water quality in residential rainwater harvesting systems 1
Sarah Sojka – Assistant Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies
Dang Phung ’15 – Environmental Studies major
Chris Hollingsworth’ 15 – Psychology major

Competitive Cellular Semi Automata
Marc Ordower – Associate Professor of Mathematics
Tu Nguyen ’15 – Environmental Studies major
Pujan Schrestha ’15 – Mathematics, Physics major

Science and Math Links: Research-Based Teaching Institute2
Amanda Rumore – Assistant Professor of Biology
Peggy Schimmoeller – Professor of Education
Peter Sheldon – Professor of Physics
Shaun Chopp ’15 – Biology major
Thao Nguyen ’17 – Global Studies major
Hart Gillespie – Mathematics,Physics major

Assessing emotional prosody in mouse socio-sexual induced ultrasonic vocalization
Katrin Schenk – Assistant Professor of Physics
Sarah Grissom ’17 – Undeclared
Graham Southwick ’17 – Undeclared

Mobile monitoring and assessment of human activity levels3
Katrin Schenk – Assistant Professor of Physics
Si Thu Aung ’16 – Engineering Physics major

Facebook Self-Presentation and Levels of Self-Esteem, Self-Affirmation, and Narcissism4
Beth Schwartz – Professor of Psychology/Catherine E. & William E. Thoresen Chair in Social Sciences
Penny Trieu ’15 – Psychology major

Investigating Options for Fiscally, Socially, and Environmentally Sustainable Food at Randolph College5
Karin Warren – Associate Professor and Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies
Ludo Lemaitre – Sustainability Coordinator
Huong “Hailey” Nguyen ’15 – Business,Economics major

1 Funded by the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund
2 Funded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
3 Funded by the National Institutes of Health
4 Funded by the Psi Chi Summer Research Grant
5 Funded by the Department of Environmental Studies

(a) Partially funded by VFIC/MEADWESTVAVCO Summer Research Fellowship
(b) Partially funded by VFIC Summer Research Fellowship

Summer 2013 Research Projects

The Shooting of Beholder: Adapting and filming Jim Peterson’s award-winning one-act play
Mace Archer – Associate Professor of Theater
Ashley Peisher ’15 – Theatre major
Sonja Cirilo ’15 – Spanish,Theatre major

Assessing effects of the Randolph College Student Center on levels of community integration
Brad Bullock – Professor of Sociology
Tsubasa Watanabe ’14 – Sociology major

Playing Power Politics: A Three-Part Case Study of the Palestinian Question and UN Legitimacy
Jennifer Dugan – Professor of Political Science
Rebekah Leo ’15 – Global Studies major
Sarah Terlizzi ’15 – Global Studies,Political Science major

The Story of Virginia in the Saga of America
John d’Entremont – Theodore H. Jack Professor of History
Will Dede ’14 – History major

Evaluation of compost conditions on Listeria innocua survival and growth2
Adam Houlihan – Assistant Professor of Biology
Elizabeth Delery ’14 – Biology major
Meron Demeke ’15 – Biology major

Sending Order through Chaos
Marc Ordower – Associate Professor of Mathematics
Nam Hoang ’15 – Mathematics major

Assessing social deficits in two mouse models of disease using ultrasonic vocalizations
Katrin Schenk – Assistant Professor of Physics
Chris Hollingsworth ’15 – Psychology major
Alex Kwakye ’15 – Psychology major

Mobile monitoring and assessment of human activity levels3
Katrin Schenk – Assistant Professor of Physics
Si Thu Aung ’16 – Engineering Physics major
Thawda Aung ’13 – Physics major
Duc Dinh ’16 – Economics,Mathematics,Physics major

Measuring Asteroid Occultations Using Randolph College’s Winfree Observatory1
Katrin Schenk – Assistant Professor of Physics
Jack Gross – Adjunct Instructor in Physics
Hart Gillespie ’15 – Mathematics,Physics major

Science and Math Links: Research-Based Teaching Institute4
Peggy Schimmoeller – Professor of Education
Peter Sheldon – Professor of Physics
Amanda Rumore – Assistant Professor of Biology
Katherine Lesnak ’15 – Political Science major
Sydney Henson ’14 – Special Education major

The Influence of an Honor System on Academic Integrity
Beth Schwartz – Professor of Psychology
Elizabeth van Noppen ’14 – Psychology major

Investigating Traditional Methods of Inertial Navigation versus Using a Smartphone2
Peter Sheldon – Professor of Physics
Tim Slesinger ’14 – Physics major
Tung Tran ’15

One Language Under Law: How Courts Influence the Way Americans Think and Talk About Social Policy
Vincent Vecera – Assistant Professor of Political Science
Connor Dye ’15 – Economics,Political Science major
Penny Trieu ’15 – Psychology major

Combined Sewer Separation Project on Water Quality in Blackwater Creek, 2003-2012
Karin Warren – Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Kavya Pradhan ’14 – Environmental Science major

Assessing, Researching, and Archiving the Geology Component of the Randolph College Natural History Collection
Karin Warren – Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
Mimansha Joshi ’14 – Environmental Science major

1funded by restricted funds;
2funded by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges;
3funded by the Alzheimer’s Association;
4funded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Summer 2012 Research Projects

Faculty Student(s) Dept. Title
Mace Archer Ashley Peisher ’15
Emily Sirney ’14
Sonja Cirilo ’15*
Theater Environmental Performance: Tracy Lett’s Bug produced and performed on location
Bill Bare Mimansha Joshi ’14 Chemistry Development of a Dual Probe System for the Determination of Dissolved Oxygen in Biological Oxygen Demand Measurements
Tatiana Gilstrap Chiamaka Asinugo ’14
Nam Hoang ’15
Earth Science An investigation of the aftershock series of the August 23rd, 2011 Virginia earthquake
Bunny Goodjohn Lauren Dowdle ’13 English Looking for Trouble: identifying, assessing, and addressing shortcomings in the mechanics of student writing
Adam Houlihan Laura Word ’13**
Michael Taylor ’13*
Biology Comparison of conventional and forage diets on Gallus gallus domesticus (chicken) health, egg quality, and bacterial pathogen carriage.
Marc Ordower Zhe Zhang ’15 Mathematics Vertex Coloring of Planar Graphs with Restrictions over Shortest Paths
Ken Parks Brooke McKelvey ’14
Babatunde Ajao ’15
Theater Developing a Synchronous Puppet Conntrol System for Avenue Q Puppets: Puppet fabrication and control system design
Katrin Schenk Zahra Adahman ’14
Chris Hollingsworth ’15
Alex Kwakye ’15**
Biophysics Pups call, mothers rush? Determining the behavioral and communicative value of the ultrasonic calls emitted by mouse pups
Katrin Schenk Jim (Yong) Kwon ’14#
Thawda Aung ’13#
Physics Mobile monitoring and assessment of human activity levels.
Katrin Schenk Colton Wood ’14* Physics Construction of a highly mobile “ball” robot.
Peggy Schimmoelle
Robbi Parkerr
Dominique Rose ’14 Education Pedagogical Implications for Quality Teacher Preparation: Linking Practice and Theory
Peggy Schimmoeller
Tatiana Gilstrap
Peter Sheldon
Hin (Huong) Doan ’14##
Pujan Shrestha ’15##
Science Education Science and Math Links: Research-Based Teaching Institute
Beth Schwartz Megan Hageman ’13 Psychology Academic Integrity: Does an Honor System Make a Difference?
Continued Development of a “Student Success in College” Book Proposal
Peter Sheldon Tim Slesinger ’14 Physics Investigating Methods of Inertial Navigation as a Tool for Mapping Complicated Human Motion such as that during Roller Coaster Rides
Laura-Gray Street Marisa Mendez ’13 English Pappy’s Speech: A Novel Approach to Creative Collaboration
Holly Tatum Zara Sibtain ’13 Psychology Factors influencing food buying practices and consumption of healthy foods in residents of a low-income food desert

*funded in part by the department;
**funded by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges;
#funded by the Alzheimer’s Association;
##funded by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Summer 2011 Research Projects

Faculty Student(s) Dept. Title
Gordon Steffey Corbin Nall ’12 Religious Studies ’Unsaying’ Language: Approaching Ultimacy Through Apophatic Discourse
Elizabeth Perry-Sizemore Safiyah Lopez ’12,
Shradha Shrestha ’12
Economics Identifying the Externalities of Non-Profit Home Restorations: The LNDF in the Tinbridge Community
Kelley Deetz Nashiva McDavid ’12,
Wyatt Phipps ’13
Black History When Her Thousand Chimneys Smoked: Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks, Racialized Labor and Legacy
Mara Amster Jerry Wells ’12 English Client #9: The Spitzer Scandal and other Modern Narratives of Prostitution
Kartrin Schenk Zahra Adahman ’14,
Thawda Aung ’13
Computational Neuroscience Listening to mouse calls and monitoring human activity levels: Classifying and characterizing complex behavioral data streams.
Beth Schwartz Megan Hageman ’13 Psychology Variables Influencing Student Success in College: Researching and Developing a Book Proposal and Creating Experimental Designs
Tatiana Gilstrap,
Peggy Schimmoeller,
Peter Sheldon
Woyni Teklay ’13,
Qi Zhang ’13,
Meredith Humphries ’12
Science Education Science and Math Links: Research-Based Teaching Institute***
Karin Warren, Bill Bare Adam Eller ’13 **,
Ludo Lemaitre ’11 *
Sustainability Developing and Sustaining Edible Urban Landscapes
Gerry Sherayko Janie Campbell ’12,
Callie Jones ’13
History/Preservation A History of the Rivermont Historic District
Caroline Mann,
Katrin Schenk
Julie Dinh Doan ’14 Psychology Measuring the Invisible: Development of an implicit measure of mental illness stigma
Chad Beck Julianna Joyce ’13 Communication Studies “They’re Not Like You and Me, Which Means They Must Be Evil”: The Racialized Other in Disney Film and Television Animation

* funded in part by Department of Environmental Studies; ** funded in part by the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges; *** funded by State Council of Higher Education in Virginia

Summer 2010 Research Projects

Faculty Dept Student(s) Title
Yesem Kurt Mathematics Thawda Aung ’13 Cryptology with Mathematica
Peter Sheldon** Science Education Courtney Collier ’12 Science and Math Links: Research-Based Teaching Institute
Peggy Schimmoeller Meredith Humphreys ’12
Karin Warren Environmental Science Ludo Lemaitre ’11 A Climate Action Plan for Randolph College
Gerry Sherayko History Nick Marshall ’11 A History of the Rivermont Historic District
Laura-Gray Street English Anneka Freeman ’11 Earth’s Body II: An Anthology of Contemporary American Ecopoetry
Beth Schwartz Psychology Jerry Wells ’12 Four Writing Projects in Psychology
Gordon Steffey Religion Lindsay Wood ’11 “Burn Her Who is No Bride”: A Feminist Assessment of Theclan Traditions
Marc Ordower Mathematics Richard Coultas ’11 Non-Repetitiveness as it Applies to Shortest Paths in State Graphs and to Integer Sequences
Neo Wang ’11
Tatiana Gilstrap Geophysics Qingping Yu ’13 Using semblance analysis to study the microseismicity of Central Virginia
Jennifer Gauthier Communication Julianna Joyce ’13 Screening Indigeneity: The National Film Board’s First Nations Films, 1939-2009
Mari Ishibashi Global Studies Kathleen Conti ’11 Memory as a Political Strategy: The Politics of Stalin Remembrance in Russia
Rick Barnes Psychology Louise Searle ’12 Sustainable Urban Development in Lynchburg
Erinn Sudol ’12
Bill Bare Chemistry Poojan Pyakurel ’11 Investigation of the Properties of Luminescent Transition Metal Compounds in Silicon Dioxide Polymers and in Ionic Liquids
Chet Halka Spanish Literature Lis Chacon ’13 The Presence of Absence in the Works of Juan Rulfo
Randy Speer Music Karl Speer ’12 Randolph College’s Musical Heritage: Exploring and Preserving Decades of Musical Performances at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
Christine Gnieski ’13
Kurt Seidman* Chemistry Rosha Poudyal ’11 A Theoretical Investigation of Oxidative Pathways of Peroxynitrite

* funded by Department of Chemistry; ** funded by State Council of Higher Education in Virginia

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