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Tuesday, May 15
 

8:30am

Truth in Fiction
These projects focus on memoir, investigative journalism, fable and the line between fiction and fact.

Moderators
AA

Alma Alvarez

Professor of English, Southern Oregon University
Alma Rosa Alvarez is a professor of English at Southern Oregon University. Her specialties include Modernism and U.S. Ethnic Literature. Dr. Alvarez is also co-founder of the grassroots organization, the Racial Equity Coalition. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry.

Speakers
Sponsors

Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
LIB 352 Hannon Library

9:30am

Bridging Texts and Action
This panel will include presentations on anti-racist pedagogy, on critical theory within pedagogy, and on the rhetorical choices in social justice activism.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
LIB 352 Hannon Library

9:30am

Mathematics Capstones
Each student graduating in Mathematics or Honors in Mathematics will make a presentation on their capstone research


Tuesday May 15, 2018 9:30am - 4:00pm
LIB Meese Hannon Library

10:00am

Coffee & Tea Break
Need a break to take in all the cool things you’ve seen at SOAR? Or perhaps a pick-me-up before your presentation? All conference participants and attendess are welcome to this complimentary coffee and tea break. Sustainably supported by the Dish Loan Program by ECOS.

Sponsors
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ECOS

Southern Oregon University


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
SU Third Floor Atrium Stevenson Union

10:30am

The Road to Civil War in Côte d'Ivoire
A capstone-like project on the development of the country Côte d'Ivoire. Uses historical context and highlights cultural differences, as well as the differing physical landscapes to explain the different worldviews of the north and south. Ultimately concludes that European political boundaries are the cause of civil war in Côte d'Ivoire that has plagued the country for roughly the past twenty years.

Speakers
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Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:30am - 10:50am
LIB 329 Hannon Library

11:30am

Club Crawl
In this fair-like setting, students clubs and organizations demonstrate the variety of ways they promote student engagement on campus.

Tuesday May 15, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

12:30pm

Stress and Dreams
Stress has a direct influence on the content of our dreams. This presentation will explain the evidence behind this theory with examples from the brain's activity during sleep, and the universal themes people have in their dreams. It will explain how metaphors in our dreams can be used as a road map to finding out what is damaging our mental health in our waking lives.

Speakers
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Tuesday May 15, 2018 12:30pm - 12:50pm
SU 319 Stevenson Union

12:30pm

James Baldwin and the Complications of Justice
This panel will look at James Baldwin's work as it speaks to issues of racism, marginalization and sexism.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis McDonald

Alexis McDonald

Writing Center Tutor, Southern Oregon University
Alexis Noel is a native of beautiful Southern Oregon, a writing tutor at Southern Oregon University, and a graduating senior in the English program at SOU. A few of her life adventures include running with the San Fermín bulls, exploring her backyard mountains and lakes, engaging... Read More →
avatar for Kendall Meador

Kendall Meador

Senior, Department of English, Southern Oregon University

Sponsors

Tuesday May 15, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
LIB 352 Hannon Library

1:30pm

SOU Sustainability Tour
Take a walking sustainability tour of the SOU campus. Tour highlights will include a close up look at rooftop solar, pollinator gardens, discussion of SOU power sources, LEED buildings, SOU's recycling center, and more!


Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

1:30pm

How to Really Address the Student Debt Crisis
There is a way we can make higher education affordable for all. Join this thought-provoking talk to learn the practical steps you can take to help inspire the greatest evolution our economy has ever seen, to a future where debt is a transient tool used to enhance social well-being, rather than a permanent tool for social oppression.

Speakers
avatar for Donnie Maclurcan

Donnie Maclurcan

Executive Director, Post Growth Institute
A facilitator, author and social entrepreneur, Donnie Maclurcan is passionate about all things not-for-profit. Originally from Australia, he moved to the U.S. in 2013, from where he runs the Post Growth Institute, exploring how we accelerate the transition to a thriving, sustainable... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
SU 319 Stevenson Union

2:00pm

Chhaupadi: The Past and Future of Nepal's Menstrual Practice
In rural Nepal, menstruating women must stay in cowsheds while menstruating and cannot touch other people or most food. The practice endangers women’s health and often prevents them from completing their education. This presentation will discuss the causes and effects of this system and propose a program to eliminate it. This project was undertaken as an Honors College Capstone.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
LIB 352 Hannon Library

2:00pm

Yes, That Building Has A Name: The Chappell-Swedenburg House
Have you ever been curious about that fancy white house on the north end of campus? It is alternately called the Plunkett Center and the Chappell-Swedenburg House. The building has a long history in the Ashland community and the university campus. This presentation will cover the history of the Colonial Revival style home, the families who lived in it, and demonstrate a digital humanities approach to interpreting the site.

Speakers
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Tuesday May 15, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
LIB 329 Hannon Library

2:30pm

Coffee & Tea Break
Need a break to take in all the cool things you’ve seen at SOAR? Or perhaps a pick-me-up before your presentation? All conference participants and attendess are welcome to this complimentary coffee and tea break. Sustainably supported by the Dish Loan Program by ECOS.

Sponsors
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ECOS

Southern Oregon University


Tuesday May 15, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
SU Third Floor Atrium Stevenson Union

3:30pm

Recreation in the Rogue Valley
Outdoor Program Students will be sharing survey results from students and community members regarding some of the best places to recreate in the Rogue Valley. Details and information on activities supported in these areas will also be included in an engaging presentation with opportunity for questions. Handouts will be provided for audience reference for future adventure planning!


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:30pm - 3:50pm
SU 323 Stevenson Union

3:30pm

Green House Symposium
Do medical waste, burial practices, and the fashion industry impact the environment? Should we be concerned about GMOs, coral health, and ocean microplastics? Should we support nuclear and solar energy? What is the role of the individual and the UN in working toward a more sustainable future?

Through individual presentations, Green House first-year students provide research-based answers to these and other questions regarding human impacts on the environment and progress in sustainability.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:30pm - 6:00pm
SU 319 Stevenson Union

5:30pm

EPIC Game Olympics
Join EPIC in the new student game room for an evening of free pub food, video games, board games, ping pong, and pool! Relax and re-charge to be ready for the rest of the busy week of SOAR!

Tuesday May 15, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
SU 330 Stevenson Union
 
Wednesday, May 16
 

8:30am

Community Cultural Wealth
The Role of Community Cultural Wealth in the Retention of Latino Students. Presentation addresses a recent study completed by presenter relating to CCW showing it to be key component of the retention of Latino students in education.

Speakers
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Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:30am - 8:50am
LIB 329 Hannon Library

8:30am

Biology Senior Projects
Biology students will be presenting independent senior research and McNair scholar projects:

  • Erica Rudolf, The possible effects of blister rust fungus infection and mountain hemlock density on whitebark pine growth in Crater Lake and Lassen Volcanic National Parks
  • Nina Friedman, Evolution of the PR4A Family of Pathogenesis Related Proteins in Fir Trees
  • Amanda  Stacy, Endophytes: Testing Host Specificity in a Coniferous Forest
  • Paige Stephens, Routes for Roots: Nutrient Foraging Patterns in Serpentine Plants
  • Alena Slaughter, Baker's Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) Stress Response to Change in Dough pH
  • Meghan Flannery, Microbial Ecology


Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:30am - 10:30am
LIB Meese Hannon Library

9:30am

10:00am

Coffee & Tea Break
Need a break to take in all the cool things you’ve seen at SOAR? Or perhaps a pick-me-up before your presentation? All conference participants and attendess are welcome to this complimentary coffee and tea break. Sustainably supported by the Dish Loan Program by ECOS.

Sponsors
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ECOS

Southern Oregon University


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
SU Third Floor Atrium Stevenson Union

10:00am

Sustainability in the Campus Urban Forest
Come learn more about the life of the SOU Urban Forest ecosystem and some of the exciting wildlife habitats on campus. We will visit habitat trees, bee hives, pollinator gardens, and an arboretum. Led by Mike Oxendine the SOU Landscape Supervisor

Speakers
avatar for Mike Oxendine

Mike Oxendine

Landscape Supervisor, Southern Oregon University
Mike has called Oregon home since 1985 and prefers the pronouns he, his, him. He is a professional certified International Society of Arboriculture Arborist and also a licensed Oregon Landscape Professional. He serves on the City of Ashland Tree Commission, the Post Growth Institute... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
SU Courtyard Spirit Rock Stevenson Union

10:00am

10:30am

Spanish Capstone Presentations
Spanish majors will share their capstone research projects on topics such as The Roots of Gender Roles and Inequality in Mexico, Religious symbolism in the novel Primera memoria and its relationship to the Spanish Civil War, Causes of the Spanish Civil War with Comparisons with Modern Day Conflicts, and Medical Translation and Issues of Social Justice for Spanish Speakers in the U.S. All presentations will be in Spanish.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
SU 313 Stevenson Union

11:00am

11:30am

The Cardiovascular Effects of Juggling
Inspired by scarce data on the cardiovascular impact of juggling, this applied anthropology and psychology research project blends a mixed-methods case study and literature review. A small sample of jugglers was obtained and quantitative and qualitative data were gathered. Participants answered an eight-item survey comprised of demographic, biometric, and socio-behavioral questions and pre-post heart ratse measure were obtained for three-minute juggling trials.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 11:30am - 11:50am
LIB 329 Hannon Library

11:30am

BSU Spring BBQ - CANCELED
This event has been canceled. But don't miss the 5th Annual CORE BBQ & Fundraiser on Thursday, May 17, 12-1:30 pm.

Wednesday May 16, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

12:00pm

How Introverts Can Change the Bias of Leadership Qualities
The qualities that a "natural born leader" often follows are the qualities of those who identify as extroverts. Those who are introverted and reserved are often not seen as "fit" for a high ranking job in a company because of their differences. In my presentation, I challenge the reasons behind society's bias and how introverts could offer a lot for a company rather than being a liability.

Speakers
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Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm
LIB 329 Hannon Library

12:00pm

Raiders Don't Hate [@ SOAR] - CANCELED
This event has been canceled.

Raiders Don't Hate is a transmedia campaign to explore individual identities and provide opportunities to define the self beyond stereotypes. Participants are invited to engage, reflect, and make a statement to join the SOU community in breaking down stereotypes one Raider at a time.

Goals of campaign:
Recognize the multiple identities we hold.
Reflect on stereotypes that are commonly associated with our identities
Declare an empowering statement to break down stereotypes.
Pledge to challenge problematic moments.

Moderators
JW

janelle wilson

Coordinator, Queer Resource Center
MT

Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Plaza Hannon Library

12:00pm

Majors Fair
Explore the wide range of majors and minors offered at SOU. Find the ones that are right for you! Faculty and advisors on hand to assist you.

Moderators
DN

Donny Nickelson

Coordinator, Academic Advising

Speakers

Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

12:30pm

Dulcet A Cappella Performance
Dulcet A Cappella was started at SOU in 2005. Since then, they have grown to include around 17 members from various majors and continue to be the only pop a cappella group on campus. In the last few years, they have competed at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, opened for renowned all-male British a cappella group Semi-Toned, and performed one of their in-house arrangements with SOU's Concert Choir. They have also produced and been involved in benefit performances for local organizations such as the Jackson County Fuel Committee as well as national causes like Puerto Rico hurricane relief, and the Women's March. They continue to make appearances around Ashland and Oregon's Rogue Valley.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
LIB Rotunda Hannon Library

12:30pm

Don't Fear the Reaper: Or the Birth of a Research Project
Focus for DON'T FEAR THE REAPER: OR THE BIRTH OF A RESEARCH PROJECT is on creatively engaging students in research. Largely student fueled and led, this project, is an excellent example of how to take students through the entire research process in a meaningful and creative way. Highlights, including challenges unique to qualitative research, and challenges in general, will be discussed. Students will also address personal thoughts regarding the project and its outcome.

Moderators
MR

Mary Russell-Miller

Associate Professor, Psychology

Speakers
Sponsors

Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
LIB 329 Hannon Library

12:30pm

Sociology and Anthropology
Sociology and Anthropology Senior Capstone Presentations: Session 1


Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:30pm - 3:30pm
LIB 352 Hannon Library

1:30pm

SOU Rotaract Club
A presentation overview of the new Rotaract Club at SOU. You may have heard of Rotary International or been a part of a high school Interact club, and the college equivalent would interest you. Or maybe you want more access to community service, networking, or making friends. Come see what the Rotaract club has done so far, and what it can do for you!

Snacks provided.

Moderators
Speakers
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Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:30pm - 1:50pm
LIB 329 Hannon Library

1:30pm

Mass Hysteria and Free Expression
Students in the Skeptic House will present various examples of mass hysteria, and the resulting suppression of free speech. Topics will include drug use, sexuality, forbidden dancing, beatnik poetry, and cabaret. Hysteria in response to forbidden dancing will focus on examples from the Salem Witch Trials, Nazi Era Swing Jazz, and Rave Culture.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Niki E. Robertson

Niki E. Robertson

Senior Instructor, Southern Oregon University
Faculty in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Southern Oregon University and doctoral student in Counselor Education at Oregon State University. Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice.

Sponsors

Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LIB 117 Hannon Library

1:30pm

Biomedical Ethics
University Seminar student presentations on three biomedical ethical issues: "Assisted Death" (Chyna Hayward and Hannah Demers), "The Effect of Sizeism in Medical Care" (Vanessa Jackson), and "The Ethics of Mandatory HPV Vaccinations" (Trinity Rodrigues).

Moderators
CS

Craig Stillwell

Senior Instructor, Division for Undergraduate Studies

Speakers
Sponsors

Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:30pm - 3:30pm
SU Arena Stevenson Union

1:30pm

GSWS Capstones: Feminist and Queer Theory in Action
The capstone course for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program, Feminist and Queer Theory in Action, is a platform for students to engage with and apply a feminist and queer theoretical lens to promoting social change. Students from the Winter 2018 class will share their experiences putting theory into action through the 3rd annual Bodylogues performance.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:30pm - 3:30pm
SU 323 Stevenson Union

1:30pm

1:30pm

Truth in the Media: Student Panel
This student panel will discuss how society views social media as an avenue for social narrative. The panel will also examine the relationship between people and technology and how that affects their perception of the world. Their presentation will be followed by a question and answer session


Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:30pm - 3:30pm
LIB Meese Hannon Library

2:00pm

Equitable Practices in Urban Farming
Presenting group meets at SU Courtyard at 2 p.m. and then heads over to SOU Community Garden for demonstration.

Demonstrations inspired by Washington-Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference speakers. Help plant the SOU Food Pantry which provides free food to SOU students with food insecurities. University farms support students and local economy. We will discuss how SOU is using similar practices at The Farm at SOU. Our compost builds soil and is a renewable resource. Learn about the composition of the SOU community garden's compost.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Meet at SU Courtyard SOU Community Garden

2:00pm

Charity Persuasion Derby
View the top three most persuasive speeches about a charity or nonprofit agency in Dr. Alena Ruggerio's COMM 310 Advanced Public Speaking course. A money donation will go to the charity championed by the student voted most persuasive speaker.

Sponsors

Wednesday May 16, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
SU Elmo's Stevenson Union

2:30pm

Coffee & Tea Break
Need a break to take in all the cool things you’ve seen at SOAR? Or perhaps a pick-me-up before your presentation? All conference participants and attendess are welcome to this complimentary coffee and tea break. Sustainably supported by the Dish Loan Program by ECOS.

Sponsors
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ECOS

Southern Oregon University


Wednesday May 16, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
SU Third Floor Atrium Stevenson Union

4:30pm

Ambivalent Sexism and its Relation to Rape Myth Acceptance
Primary Research CCJ Capstone Project studying how an individuals' ambivalent sexism views relate to their rape myth acceptance. All research participants were Southern Oregon University Undergraduate students

Speakers
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Wednesday May 16, 2018 4:30pm - 4:50pm
LIB 329 Hannon Library

6:30pm

Honors College Quiz Bash
Join us for a night of trivia with teams competing on an array of topics such as science, entertainment, sports, art, music, and more. First place winners will receive $50 in gift cards, second place will receive $25 in gift cards and a prize will be given for the best costume and theme. In addition, food will be provided!

Sponsors

Wednesday May 16, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
SU Arena Stevenson Union
 
Thursday, May 17
 

8:00am

QSU Queer Identities Pride Flags Display
The QSU will display 20 yard signs across campus, each featuring a flag-like image representing various queer identities. At each sign, there will be a description of what that flag stands for and how to define that gender/sexuality.

Displayed campus wide in various outdoor locations

Artists

Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Campus Wide Outdoors

8:00am

Behind Closed Doors
A surrealistic photography piece that spreads awareness of domestic violence.

Displayed in Hannon Library, 3rd Floor, Meese Hallway

Artists

Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 11:00pm
LIB 3rd Floor Hannon Library

8:00am

Kirstyn Ceane Photography
My dream is to share my photography with others and as an SOU student this seemed like the perfect way! I shoot landscape, close up nature and light painting. They're sized at 12 inches by 16 inches.

Displayed in Hannon Library, 1st Floor, Media Playback Area


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 11:00pm
LIB 1st Floor Hannon Library
  • Host Organization Art
  • Majors & Minors Art
  • Topics Art

8:00am

Natural Fantasy
Two 5.5in x 8.5in sketchbook sheets.
Sheet 1: Dragon with watercolor/watercolor pencils/dried leaf flames.
Sheet 2: Women drawn with pen and watercolor flowers as well as real plant parts.

Displayed in Hannon Library, 3rd Floor, Taylor Mezzanine

Artists
avatar for Kiana Salas

Kiana Salas

Artist
I love creating art. Though it is a hobby more than a profession, I do like to learn more about it and teach others what I know. I have been making art of all forms since I was little and I look forward to making mere.


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 11:00pm
LIB 3rd Floor Hannon Library

8:00am

UHF/SHF Temples
At least 2, maybe more, small temples in the style of South East Asian temples (large and small). Planters and decorations will be laid. Size will be about 3 foot by 3 foot. A carpet will also be laid out. Inside a waving cat which usually runs on batteries or solar will be placed. These are commonly used as good luck charms by many different types of people. The attendees will be asked to connect to the wifi network and pass their phones over the area. This will cause the cat to wave.

Displayed in Hannon Library, 2nd Floor, Periodicals

Artists

Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 11:00pm
LIB 2nd Floor Hannon Library

8:00am

Untitled
One portrait drawing of women's face using drawing pencils (no color just lead pencils).

Displayed in Hannon Library, 3rd Floor

Artists

Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 11:00pm
LIB 3rd Floor Hannon Library

8:30am

9:30am

Injustice in the Justice System - CANCELED
This session has been canceled. However, you can still catch Lucas Wagar's presentation as part of the "Diverse USem FUSE Presentations" taking place Thursday, May 17, 1:30-4 pm in SU Diversions.

A research project describing the history of issues in the Justice System, how they affect the nation today, and some potential solutions that would help mend not only problems in the Justice System itself, but issues nation-wide, especially when it comes to race.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 17, 2018 9:30am - 9:50am
LIB 329 Hannon Library
  • Host Organization USEM

9:30am

Poster Preview Session
Come by this open house preview of presentation posters covering a wide variety of disciplines and topics. See program insert for a list of presenter names and poster titles.

Thursday May 17, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

10:00am

Coffee & Tea Break
Need a break to take in all the cool things you’ve seen at SOAR? Or perhaps a pick-me-up before your presentation? All conference participants and attendess are welcome to this complimentary coffee and tea break. Sustainably supported by the Dish Loan Program by ECOS.

Sponsors
E

ECOS

Southern Oregon University


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
SU Third Floor Atrium Stevenson Union

10:30am

Reflections from The Women's Leadership Conference
Honors College students will have the opportunity to attend The Women's Leadership Conference on May 11, 2018. They will be sharing their reflections on the topics covered and answering questions people may have about the conference. The focus will be on how it has/hasn't improved their education or career choices.


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
SU 319 Stevenson Union

11:00am

Sharing Economies and Distributed Systems
A capstone presentation preceded by a summary of the current state of sharing economy (Uber, Airbnb, Lyft) environments in the world, USA, and southern Oregon. This capstone presentation is a computer science full-featured project that includes a ridesharing mobile application, distributed system, concurrency solutions, hub networks, and novel solutions to current sharing economy issues.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am
SU 323 Stevenson Union

12:00pm

A Social Psychology Experiment in Patriotism, Respect for the American Flag and Race
This study will test the hypothesis that people of the same race as a protester will agree more often than if the protester is a different race. The study will also test the hypothesis that people will agree that taking a knee instead of standing while the national anthem is played is not disrespectful to veterans. I hope to receive enough participants that placed into my veteran group in order to compare to those that are not veterans, the survey is ongoing and results have not been calculated.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Access to Birth Control
Is it ethical for pharmacies/pharmacists to refuse the refilling of birth control prescriptions?


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Alcohol Consumption in College Age Students: Gender Difference
I will be studying gender differences in peer pressure in regards to drinking in college. My results will determine whether males or females are more easily peer pressured while drinking.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

All in the Family 3: A Novel Group of Proteins May Enable Species of Disease-Causing Pythium to Infect Their Plant Hosts
Oomycetes are a group of fungal-like organisms that cause plant diseases through the use of effector proteins which manipulate and break down their host’s immune system. We have been sequencing genes from a recently discovered family of proteins called simply “Family 3” in species of Pythium native to a Pacific Northwest forest to better understand how they do this. Results suggest that these genes are actively evolving by both gene duplication and gene loss non-equally in different species.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Analysis of Faunal Remains at the Homestead of Peter Britt
A poster presentation about the data collected through an internship with McNair in the summer of 2017. It revolves around the faunal data collected throughout Britt Park (site 35JA789). Though the whole of this large and orphaned collection is not complete, the project is in the process of being turned into an Anthropology Capstone project, and will later incude more information about the faunal fragments that were found.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Analyzing Attachment in Shelter Horses
Despite showing similar levels of cognitive responsiveness to humans as dogs, horses lack the same legal protection as household pets. The current study aims to highlight the importance of horse-human attachment by analyzing horses' behavioral reactions to entering a strange environment in the absence or presence of their caretakers. Ideally, investigating the influence of horse-human bonding on a horse's emotional stability will serve a purpose in improving horse welfare on a national level.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Graft Comparison
Injury of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has become too common in today's active world. This research did a comprehensive literature review in order to compare the three most common ACL grafts used in reconstructive surgery. For the purpose of this research, the scope was narrowed into two specific categories: incidence of re-tear and the length of recovery. Data was collected from a multitude of studies and collected in order to create a comparison graph for the re-tearing.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Antioxidant Activities of Dietary Compounds and Probiotic Bacteria
I am utilizing the ABTS radical cation decolorization assay to determine the antioxidant activity of dietary compounds and probiotic bacteria singly and in conjunction. This project involves UV-VIS spectrophotometry, radical chemistry, and microbiology. The goal of the research is to collect data about possible interactions between probiotic bacteria and commonly ingested antioxidant compounds.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Aromatherapy for Anxiety
I researched whether there is evidence that aromatherapy is effective in the treatment of anxiety. Based on clinical trials, it is proven that in general, scents like peppermint or lavender, are pleasant and can improve someone's mood, but there is no significant change in the levels of anxiety when being exposed to aromatherapy. I thought this was an important topic to research because anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Art and Nature in Education
Art and connection with nature is scarce in schools. Due to this disconnect, we were able to plan and implement art projects at the YMCA preschool and every week, the students were provided with different projects that we left up to their creativity. For the last project we had each student decorate a pot and plant green onions, students got to see their plants grow and transform. At the end, students got to cut their onions and try them. This experience offered chance to connect art and nature.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has increasing benefits, however too much of a good thing could be a bad thing. Machinery should not be able to think for itself. The advancement of AI needs to be limited.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Benefits for Army Members
My topic is based off the many different types of benefits Army members may receive. It will be very beneficial to recruit and inform people of what the Army values and how it can be a great career starter.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Benefits of Gardening
The essence of our capstone was to instill an understanding of sustainability in preschool children. We focused on qualities such as, compassion, patience, and kindness. The outcome of this capstone promoted children's ability to work hands-on within the garden. Children worked on moving and expanding the garden through measuring and removing dirt. They planted flower and vegetable seeds in two gardens.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Benefits of Recycling
My Capstone project was to teach preschool age students about the importance of recycling. This concept of sustainability was taught through creative games, lessons, and multiple reusable art projects. The students walked away with an understanding of recycling, its importance, and the benefits of reusing "trash" or giving it another life through recycling. The students also learned about patience, sharing, and compassion towards others and the earth.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Building a Library at Kids Unlimited
Literacy is the backbone of student learning, since all subjects require literacy skills. The school library we have supported at Kids Unlimited will enhance the students' interest in reading and allow them to have access to books they would not normally have. Having access to a variety of books can lead to students gaining a love of reading and will continue to increase their literacy skills.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Building Meaningful Connections with Students
For my capstone project, I did an internship in a middle school setting working with students to create personal narratives in digital format. Working with students on personal narratives allowed me to build meaningful relationships with them. The focus of my capstone is on the connections I made with students during this process, and how they benefited from them. My process was safe and relatable, and my outcome was measured by the quality of the relationships I built with students.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Child Advocacy in Southern Oregon
I am currently completing my capstone at the Children's Advocacy Center. I want to share my knowledge about ACES (adverse childhood experiences) and local statistics about child welfare in Jackson County. I was also able to complete trauma training and I learned more about early childhood development. Furthermore, I want to touch on ways in which the community can get involved and about research regarding developmentally appropriate practices as an educator of students with ACES.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Community Works Volunteer
This capstone experience focused on fostering continual education and development for children experiencing domestic violence. While this challenging period of time can be a sensitive shift, creating activities that nurture difficult transitions will promote developmental growth in the lives of each child. This project has expanded my knowledge by creating lessons to adapt to children in different dynamics in the community as they continue to pursue their education successfully.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Cybersecurity in the US
Informing audiences why the United States needs to increase its cybersecurity by using evidence from the 2016 election as well as statistics ranging from years of data on identity theft.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Deep Eutectic Solvents and Extractions
The Oregon grape contains many well-studied plant products, mainly from the alkaloid class of molecules. However, terpenoids and flavonoids are not as well-studied. The solvents commonly used in extracting alkaloids and other plant natural products are often toxic and not recyclable. This research presents a new solvent system involving mixtures of solids at their eutectic point to extract compounds with potential pharmaceutical benefits from the Oregon grape.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Determination of Pesticides in Honey
Pesticide exposure is one of the contributing factors to colony collapse disorder. Honey can be analyzed for pesticides to show the most recent profile of pesticides honey bees are exposed to. Efficient and accurate analysis of honey is essential for knowing the extent of pesticides bees are exposed to. The QuEChERS method with LC-MS is an effective way to separate and detect pesticides while minimizing time and reagent use.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Digital Storytelling
The essence of my capstone was to support students learning through multiple forms of technology, being vulnerable, and telling personal stories about themselves. This gave students the opportunities to write, edit, and voice record their story in addition to having the courage to express themselves. The final result was having the class listen to each story. It provided students the fundamentals to use different classroom technologies to input and export different stages of the process.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Digital Storytelling at Ruch Elementary
Working alongside Abram Katz from the Heartisan Foundation, we helped students build community and confidence with writing techniques and expressing emotion in their descriptive storytelling. The stories were then transformed by the students into a recorded narrative matched with images, bringing their stories to life. This storytelling project was important for the students because it gave them the chance to express themselves, recognize their emotions, and their cultures.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Domestic Abuse
Detailing why it is important in understansing both mental and physical abuse in romantic relationships in order to identify it when its occurring. Mental abuse is most often looked over in domestic abuse cases. Also will be giving signs of domestic abuse in romantic relationships and the disregard for mental abuse in such cases.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Educate Women, Change the World
Educating women and girls is essential to a successful and fulfilling life. Women and girls in Malawi, Africa are facing struggles to achieve an education through financial struggle, illness, lack of food, and poverty. To teach the importance of educating women and girls throughout the world, a fundraiser dinner and presentation was held. This presentation educated community members about the efforts of the group, Educate Chombo, and the library being built to educate those in Malawi, Africa.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Education Deserts: The Geography of Opportunity
The term "education desert" refers to the regional phenomenon in which a given area either has no access to higher education or access to only a single community college or broad-access institution. Much like a food desert, access to education is limited based on geography. Education deserts perpetuate a cycle of inequity; without access to higher education, residents of rural areas are denied a number of professional and economic opportunities simply because of their place of residence.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Effect of Farming Practice and Storage on Nutrition of Eggs
I will be presenting my capstone research project for my Biology and Chemistry degrees. I am focusing on the effect of storage time and farming practices on the fatty acid profile of chicken eggs. This study shows the rate of degradation of fatty acids over time and how the diet, environment of the chickens, and method of storage impacts this. It also shows the difference in nutritional content of washed vs. unwashed eggs over an 8 week storage time.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

EL Camp Rogue
El Camp Rogue is committed to engaging Latino youth in the outdoors, connecting with nature, explore storytelling, supporting our community,while developing personal growth.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Elementary School Garden Club
Our capstone focused on building a sense of community and fostering love and compassion through gardening with students. This project provided hands on learning opportunities in a greenhouse and garden at a local school. Students had an active role in cleaning, organizing, and picking out various plants. They participated in the entire process of growing the plants from seed to transplanting to harvesting. Our project instilled empathy and accountability by promoting sustainably aware citizens.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Endophytic Fungi of Pacific Yew: A Molecular Approach
Investigation of foliar endophytic fungi of Taxus brevifolia across two locations in the Pacific Northwest: A Molecular Approach.
This research was done as part of the Winter 2018 Molecular Biology class by Dr. David Oline. This research describes endophytes in general as well as those we found in Taxus Brevifolia (Pacific Yew) via genetic sequencing. Endophytic fungi, endo meaning inside and phyte meaning plant, are mutualistic or commensal fungi that reside entirely within and help plants.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Examining Intergenerational Poverty, ACE & Behavioral Econ
My focus is economic behaviors of individuals which contribute to intergeneraltional poverty and their origins. I hypothesis that there is a direct correlation between intergenerational poverty and the work surrounding the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study. The work demonstrated that childhood abuse is dose responsive with lasting physiological and psychological problems. I demonstrate how the economic decision making in high ACE individuals is impaired through a behavioral economics lens.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Family 3 Effector Proteins
For our molecular biology capstone, we sequenced and examined family 3 effector proteins from oomycete plant pathogens. Throughout the project, we constructed clone libraries, extracted and purified DNA and sequenced the family 3 effector genes. We used bioinformatics to explore the diversity within the family 3 effector genes to determine their importance to Pythium pathogenesis.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Fetal Tissue Research
Fetal tissue is the tissue from dead human fetuses, particularly tissue from induced abortions. Fetal cells ability to rapidly divide and adapt to new environments, has made a big impact in playing a great role in scientific research. Because of this fetal tissue has been used for vaccine development and helping advance stem cell research in finding treatments for human diseases. Knowing the benefits of fetal tissue, would it be considered ethical to use aborted fetuses for medical research?


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Finding Where You Belong: Social Connectedness in Ashland
Previous research indicates that humans possess a strong need to belong. Leaving this need unfulfilled may contribute to a sense of loneliness and a decreased well-being. The present study measured levels of social connection, social support, collective self-esteem, and stress among people of varying age groups, living in different types of communities in Ashland. The purpose is to analyze if community living settings in Ashland foster a greater sense of connection in their residents.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

FUSE Presentation: The Benefits of Arts in Schools
My research topic revolves around different forms of art and what benefits they can bring us, and secondarily, if there is enough funding for the arts in our schools.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Gaining Capital for Start-Ups
This project highlights the right questions to ask yourself to find out when is the right time to start gaining capital and explains what questions investors ask themselves when they invest in a start-up company. This presentation will also entitle how the government has supported small businesses through the years.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Generalistic and Mutualistic Coniferous Endophytes
Endophytes are fungal microorganisms that colonize the tissues of virtually all plants and can exhibit a variety of relationships from mutualism to parasitism with their hosts. Ten endophytes isolated from five northwest coniferous tree species were grown on seven different types of agar media made from three different host species and potato dextrose. Preliminary results suggest that some endophytes grow better on tree media than potato dextrose, and some are more host specific than others.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Geocaching: Adventure is Out There!
Learn how Geocaching has harnessed GPS technology to create adventure from the International Space Station to your backyard, and it's all free! Geocaching is a world-wide, real-time, physical treasure hunt using latitude and longitude coordinates to find any of the millions of caches that have been hidden around the world! This presentation will give a brief history of the game, an introduction on how to get started today and how and why this game is good for all peoples and communities!

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avatar for Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Co-Owner \\ President, Southern Oregon Geocaching - SOGeo
My husband is an SOU alumn. He used his business capstone to create the foundations for what would later become our labor of love - Southern Oregon Geocaching. For the last year, we have worked tirelessly to grow our love of geocaching and community building in Southern Oregon. We... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Globalization and Defeminization and What it Means for Women
Explores the relationship between globalization and technological change and its effects on women in the labor force.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Glorious Handbells
My Project displays how easy it can be to learn how to read and play music. In my capstone, I directed a 5 octave bell choir at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. With the help of an experienced director, I have improved my conducting skills and hopefully I inspire other people to play this type of music. In April, my choir, will be performing a piece called Grazioso. In result, I hope this performance will generate interest among younger kids to start a music program at this church.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Hawaiian Culture
For my Capstone, I shared a piece of my Hawaiian culture to bring a culturally new and rich experience to local Head Start children. I shared the traditional storytelling practices of Hawaii through dance, language, and creative arts. These aspects of my culture have become a large teaching passion of mine.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Health and Safety
My Capstone project focused on health, first aid, and fire safety through a series of lessons, games, and demonstrations. In conjunction with the Phoenix Fire Department, I helped teach two classrooms of students at the local elementary school about the importance of being prepared and knowing what to do in an emergency situation.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Healthy Bodies and Minds
Promoting healthy bodies and minds through yoga and mindful breathing activities was the essence of my work with 3-year-olds at Head Start. Providing strategies that students can use to promote healthy minds, bodies, and spirits helps them become aware of the importance of taking care of not only themselves but others. Overall, teaching children ways to nurture their emotions into positive energy through movement and breathing was a meaningful experience for all.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Heart Rate Variability During Exercise on a Human Gyroscope
This research project examines acceleration parameters, heart rate, and heart rate variability during walking and riding a human gyroscope, or non-motorized multi axis trainer, at moderate intensity. The purpose of this study is to use a wearable three-dimensional orientation sensor called an Inertial Motion Unit, in conjunction with heart rate variability monitors, to better understand the cardiovascular response to changes in the orientation of our bodies in three dimensions.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Holistic Applications in Non-Academic Settings
This project gave children an opportunity to explore their emotions and body awareness in the setting of a gymnastics gym. Children transitioned from an athletic and performance mindset to incorporating social emotional conversations and self development through the methods instructors introduced. Activities ranged from songs, stretching, and language used by coaches to re-enforce progression of athletes with ages ranging from 18 months to 11 years old.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

How Hispanics are Represented in Media
There is a problem with racism towards Hispanics in Media. This can affect how people view and treat Hispanics. Media is everywhere around us, therefore it is more influential.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Immediate Effects of Chocolate on Perceived Quality of Life
I will investigate the effects a chocolate reward has on a subject's perceived quality of life. Research has been done on the long-term effects of chocolate on anxiety, as well as how rewards can affect a subject's mood. In the present study I will give subjects in the experimental condition chocolate as a reward for participating and have them eat it before taking a multifaceted survey on their overall quality of life.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Inspiring Environmentally Sustainable Practices in Youth
Working in a group of three, our capstone project emphasized the importance of environmentally sustainable practices. We educated elementary students in a local school on water pollution, wildfires, and animal extinction. We focused on the impact these issues have on the Earth. By creating meaningful, hands-on learning experiences, we highlighted the effects these threats have within the ecosystem, and provided the students with resources to empower them to lead a more sustainable life.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Institutions and Economic Growth, Recipe for Sustainable Development
This project asks the question of whether resource abundance determines an economy's ability to develop, or whether weak local institutions are responsible. The goal of this paper is to highlight the importance for instituting strong institutional change with local ownership to facilitate sustainable development.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Is Vitamin D an Effective Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
For my USEM research topic I investigated the effects of vitamin D on the mysterious disease of MS. I researched different studies from around the world that tested the effectiveness of vitamin D as supplements and from the source of the sun, and general studies that research to seek answers that are still unknown, such as what causes it and how it functions as a autoimmune disease. I will provide data and answers to these topics and more in poster presentation.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

La Dame et La Licorne
The set of French tapestries in English known as the Lady and the Unicorn are considered to be an important artifact of Medieval art. However there is still no clear consensus about what the tapestries represent or why someone would commission such an expensive project. This poster seeks to solve the mystery behind the six tapestries popularized by the French author George Sand.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Language Acquisition
I'm working with two English languange development (ELD) students who speak minimal English. One a Spanish speaker and one a Thai speaker. For over a month I have been separately pulling them out of their language arts classes to do one on one work outside of the ELD classroom. I'm focusing more on the specifics of the class but with an ELD approach. I hope to expedite their learning process both in terms of their classwork and the very pertinent English acquisition as well as heighten my own teaching abilities.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

LCMS Method Development for Quantitation of Beta-Sitosterol
My capstone project is on the isolation, detection, and quantitation of beta-sitosterol in trees employing electrospray ionization liquid chromatography mass spectrometry.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Learning Through Inquiry
Part of being a teacher is getting involved in the community. Students in the community and within the Rogue Valley all go to a place in which they can learn through inquiry and hands on learning. The museum in which this learning occurs helps not only the students learn how to explore, but the teachers and parents learn how to be involved with the learning. I have volunteered here as a community based learning experience and realized the opportunity the community is given.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Market Crashes and Young Adults
My research focuses on how housing and stock market crashes affect young adults entering the workforce. The research I have conducted is from a variety of sources, mainly journal articles and government documents.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Mental Blocks in Sports
My poster will represent the effects of mental blocks on athletes both inside and outside of sports. I will also be covering several methods and strategies to prepare for and get through these mental blocks.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Mental Health in America's LGBTQ+ Youth
LGBTQ+ youth in America experience worse mental health due to many factors. This needs to be addressed in communities, society, and the government so that former successful solutions can be utilized and new ones can be implemented. I am exploring those solutions (unsuccessful or successful), as well as organizations regarding the issue and people that have spoken out about it. I aim to bring light to this issue and open people's eyes to it.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Millennials and Mental Illness
Why are Millennials are suffering from mental illnesses more than any generation? I will be talking about how Millennials suffer from financial instability and societal pressures along with ways we can resolve this.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Outdoor Activities for Kids
This capstone project aimed to create opportunities for families to lead active lifestyles by partnering with Providence Medical Group in the Heart to Start Training Program. Children learned the importance of an active lifestyle by participating in organized games and activities focused on movement and exercise. Through my passion for fitness and the outdoors, this project taught me skills in professional collaboration and communication that will help me become a more effective educator.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Outdoor Education Day Camp
This outdoor day camp allowed children to learn in a natural setting. This experience provided opportunities to share our passions for physical activity, outdoor education, and life-time sustainability. This capstone experience delved deep into the heart of our personal educational philosophy by providing ways to create sustainable practices in the individual lives of children. It truly exemplified our desire to see children outside becoming active in their own learning experiences.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Pacific Division of the AAAS
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the oldest and largest general scientific society in the US and publishes the journal Science. The Pacific Division includes membership in eight western states, two provinces of Canada, and most countries surrounding the Pacific Rim. An annual meeting is held within the geographical boundaries of the Division. SOU has hosted three meetings previously, in 2000, 2005, and 2010. We're back in 2019. Come see what we are all about!

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avatar for Roger Christianson

Roger Christianson

Pacific Division, AAAS/Science
Roger Christianson is an Emeritus Professor of Biology at Southern Oregon University. Starting at SOU in Fall 1980, his primary responsibility was coordination and teaching in the Biology Department's program for non-majors, General Biology, until his retirement in 2014. He also served... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Physiological Effects of a Rapid Ascent to High Altitude
Pike's Peak was the venue for the USA National Cycling Hill Climb in 2017 and 2018. The race began in Colorado Springs at an elevation of 9,300 feet and finished 12.5 miles higher at the peak of Pike's Peak at an elevation of 14,115 feet. The aim of the study was to determine the physiological effects of a rapid ascent to high altitude among participants at the USA National Cycling Hill Climb at Pike's Peak.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Pilot Shortage Causes and Impacts
Pilot shortage causes and impacts, and what policy options are available to reduce the potential for future shortage


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Positive Effects of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
While the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake caused the destruction of the old San Francisco, it also paved a way for improvement through the development of a new city, advancements in earthquake seismology, and new architectural methods.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

QuEChERS-Based HPLC-MS Analysis of Beeswax Pesticide Content
As bees forage for pollen, they inadvertently collect pesticides that are returned to the hive and incorporated in hive products including honey and beeswax. Elevated pesticide content in beehives poses risks for human consumers of bee products, and has been implicated as a contributing factor of colony collapse disorder. The purpose of this research is to correlate the identity and amount of pesticides applied within the bee foraging radius to the pesticide content of the hives beeswax.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Raider Alternative Break to Denver, Colorado
As a student site leader with Raider Alternative Break program, I helped lead a group of nine SOU student participants to Denver, Colorado to work with Habitat for Humanity: Metro Denver for one week of direct service. We worked one day in the Littleton ReStore, and three days at the Sheridan Square construction site.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Readers Theater Promotes Literacy Fluidity
Readers theater promotes literacy fluidity and improved comprehension of materials read. Teachers incorporating readers theater into curriculum lets students act out their readings. The physical movement and reading aloud engage multiple parts of the brain, creating new dendrites. A local kindergarten class I worked with chose a play to perform. Once settled on a story, they read aloud their lines and practiced. After practicing, the students did a performance for the class.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Reconnecting Isolated Fisher Populations in Southern Oregon
The Pacific Fisher is found in two genetically isolated populations in Southern Oregon. One native and one reintroduced population. Interstate 5 creates habitat fragmentation across these two populations. We created a series of maps using GIS to determine whether or not I-5 might be the determining factor prohibiting interbreeding between these two populations. The results indicate that there are no natural barriers inhibiting gene flow and imply that the only significant barrier is the I-5.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Redox Potential and Stability of Cyt. c-551 P62K Mutant
The role of the conserved residue proline-62 in the redox potential and stability of the protein cytochrome c-551 was investigated using a mutant in which proline-62 was mutated to lysine (P62K). The P62K mutant protein was heterologously expressed in E. coli under anaerobic conditions and purified by freezing, acidification, dialysis, cation exchange and size exclusion chromatography. Experiments to determine the effect of the P62K mutation on protein stability and redox potential are ongoing.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Reducing Compassion Collapse with Compassion Meditation
Evidence suggests that meditation training can be used to train compassion, reduce rejection emotions, and to increase pro-social behavior and perceived social support. This study examines the ability of compassion meditation training to overcome compassion fatigue. Results confirmed our prediction that compassion training led to greater reported compassion for eight individuals compared to one.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Scarcity and Conditional Reasoning
I investigated the potential role of a general scarcity mindset on performance in conditional reasoning. Previous researchers have found that people use conditional reasoning differently across situations and contexts. A different line of research has identified scarcity as a distinct feeling capable of manipulating cognition. The present study assesses whether scarcity can affect conditional reasoning as well.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Self-Disclosure and Social Media Shortcomings

This study addresses the replication crises in psychology research as well as how self-esteem predicts individuals' views on Facebooks benefits, adding to the meta-analysis of past research while also examining the differences between young Facebook users (aged 18-28) and older Facebook users (65 years and older.) An online survey examined the two age groups self-esteem levels and measured individual's feelings of Facebooks social benefits.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Service Learning Development in North Mountain Park
Service Learning provides students an opportunity to be contributing members of their community, while also learning about their environment. For my Capstone project I redeveloped a service-birding lesson as well as implemented service learning sessions at North Mountain Park Nature Center. I collaborated with the Nature Center to provide a lasting learning experience for students both locally and those visiting Ashland.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Sex Education Club
I created the Sex Education Club at SOU because I saw a need on campus for comprehensive and medically accurate education about sex, sexuality, and intimacy. I believe that everyone deserves to have the tools to feel confident and informed throughout their experiences, so they can have safe, healthy, and happy lives. Our meetings are student-centered. Through shameless discussion and activities aided by community experts, we create programming that is shaped by student queries and interests.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Social Emotional Early Childhood Learning
Through a social emotional development discipline, the children at SOU's preschool had the opportunity to learn self-help and self-regulation skills, mindfulness, and healthy behavioral practices. Children expressed emotions and feelings in a positive way, deviating negative emotional expressions. Using breathing techniques, students were able to center themselves while understanding negative feelings and emotions. This capstone experience showed the growth of developmental differences among children.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Social Media and Body Image
Every one of us is somehow affected by social media if not directly, than indirectly through friends or family members. Social media is quickly becoming the most prevalent form of media of our generation and we as consumers need to make sure we truly understand the risks of what we are taking in.
Social media has been directly linked to low self esteem and low self esteem is proven to be detrimental to mental health, especially on impressionable adolescents.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Social Stigma on the Biological Children of Serial Killers
To test the hypothesis that there is a prevalence of social stigma on the biological children of serial killers in terms of employment, a 2x2x2 design was conducted with 215 participants. Each were given one of eight vignettes that described a scenario where the participant is choosing an individual for a job position (Nanny or Bank Teller position). The findings suggest that social stigma is present when it is the biological son of a serial killer who is the candidate for the Nanny position.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Soil Microbial Ecology in Response to Long-term Manipulations
Revealing the results obtained during my independent research project that examined soil microorganisms after long-term soil manipulations. The soil was collected after 20 years of controlled alterations to the amount of woody debris, leaves, or roots allowed to reach the soil ecosystem. This study characterized and compared soil microbial communities using soil incubations to assess nitrogen transformations and biochemical analysis of fatty acids to determine community composition.

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Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Stability of Epinephrine Under Varying Conditions
Epinephrine has three known degradation products: D-epinephrine, adrenochrome, and epinephrine sulfonate. The purpose of this study was to determine the stability of epinephrine in different environmental conditions. Epinephrine was subjected to varying storage temperatures, light exposure, pH conditions, and absence/presence of sodium metabisulfite. The results for the temperature study show increased degradation high heat and at room temperature, and was unaffected by light exposure.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Stories of Southern Oregon: Building Bridges
Stories are powerful for those who tell stories and those who hear them. The Stories of Southern Oregon project collects oral histories of heritage work life in Jackson and Josephine counties thanks to funding to Southern Oregon University from the Oregon Heritage Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Program. These stories build bridges between the SOU campus and our communities and establish a rich new digital resource for research, teaching and learning.

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avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

Maureen Flanagan Battistella

Assistant Professor Affiliate and Research Anthropologist, Southern Oregon University
Battistella’s research involves food culture, heritage agriculture and the wines of Southern Oregon. She is one of the architects of the Stories of Southern Oregon project, a collection made available through SOU Hannon Library's Southern Oregon Digital Archives portal. The Stories... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Stress Management Techniques in the Workplace
The intention of my research is to determine if Cognitive Reappraisal is an effective stress management technique to use within the workplace. The current research shows that cognitive reappraisal is effective in increasing resource appraisals and decreasing demand appraisals. Using psychology students at SOU, I will examine if doing a reappraise stress exercise versus an ignore stress exercise can mimic the results of previous research.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Structural Characterization Techniques of β-sitosterol
The separation, identification, and characterization techniques relating to β-sitosterol extraction samples of wood products. It is proposed that sterol concentration depends on rainfall received by a tree over the course of its lifetime. Using commercial sterol standard, Silver Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) techniques have been explored. Instrumental techniques, consisting of GC-MS and NMR, can result in reputable qualitative analysis of sterol samples in future research.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Student Power for Renewable Energy : Investing in Solar
A poster highlighting ASSOU's new approach to investing in solar on university campuses by leveraging student fee dollars. SOU students are modeling a novel approach to expand solar generation on campus while ensuring a revenue stream back into the student Green Fund.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Substance Abuse, Child Abuse, and Socio-Economic Status
My research project is going to be looking at whether socio-economic status and/or child abuse affects the age of when an individual first starts using drugs. I will be using data from a national data set in which research on this topic has already been conducted. I am adding the variable of socio-economic status to see if it shows a correlation to when an individual starts using drugs. I will also be able to see if there is a correlation between child abuse and socio-economic status.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Synthesis of Novel Bismuth Hydroxide Cluster
Clusters are small groupings of atoms, with unique properties. Bismuth hydroxide clusters for example can could be used to create more powerful computer hardware in the post silicon age. Discovering new clusters of bismuth hydroxide and determining more cost-effective means of synthesis must be done before industrial adaptation can begin.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
My capstone was to teach Chinese as a second language at Ashland High School. Students were encouraged to practice verbal and written forms of the Chinese language through organic learning experiences, and were introduced to the Chinese culture to broaden students' perspectives. Increasing numbers of American students are learning the Chinese language and culture in schools.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Teenagers Aging Out of the Foster Care System
I am focusing on the young teens in the foster system who never land in a permanent home. Once they reach the age of 18, they are forced to age out of the system and live life on their own. I am looking into the ways society can help get them on the right track for a successful life.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Brain of a Murderer
Addresses what psychologists and criminologists know about what happens inside of a murderer's brain. It explains how both nature and nurture have an impact on the development of a murderer.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Causes of Beach Erosion and How it Can Be Stoped
Beach Erosion has reached dangerous levels in the costal lands through the U.S. With a rise degrading factors, the natural balance of beach replenishment has been thrown off. Government intervention in the matter has proved fruitless. Immediate, effective action is needed to maintain our beaches.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Colonization of the Female Body
The colonization of the New World is a result of European male supremacy. Through an ecofeminist lens one can see the clear relationship between the way the early-explorers perceive land and women, in a position of self-declared authority. Columbus’s and Vespucci’s dualistic perceptions of the New World were not only anthropocentric (human-centric), but androcentric (male-centric), and in their different works there is a clear correlation between conquering land and conquering a woman's body.

Speakers
KL

Kelley Lusk

Intern, Catalyst Press


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Determination of Lithium Concentration in Lithia Water
This project was the spectrophotometric determination of the lithium concentration in Lithia water of Ashland Oregon. The complex matrix of Lithia water was analyzed using the complexing agent Thoron (or Thorin), which changes color. This color change was then measured spectrophotometrically with the UV-vis to determine a change in the lithium concentration in solution.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Deviant State of Jefferson
This research explores the State of Jefferson, the persistently proposed state that would divide and encompass the northern third of California and a significant part of Southern Oregon. This work considers this social movement through framework of deviance theories. The structure of the movement is explored in terms of history, organization, goals, and cultural context.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Economic Benefit of Source Water Protection
This presentation explores how investing in protecting and restoring watersheds can improve the quality of the water flowing into drinking water treatment plants. In doing so, we can reduce drinking water treatment costs.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Effects of Divorce on Children
My presentation will be addressing the negative long and short term effects of divorce on children and how to limit them.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Effects of Naturalistic Zoo Design on Visitors
This is a study of the effects of naturalistic zoo design on visitor information retention, recall, and conservation-willingness. The study uses images of animals in various settings (naturalistic zoo exhibit, no background, and traditional zoo exhibit) and tests visitor's conservation attitudes on a likert scale before and after exposure to the images, and quizzes them on information presented with the images.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Fluctuation in Cannabinoid Concentrations in Cannabis sativa
Cannabinoids from the Cannabis sativa plant are increasingly used for their medicinal properties. Previous studies of Cannabis sativa have shown there could be fluctuations in the concentrations of each cannabinoid depending on how consumers store Cannabis sativa products. The purpose of this study was to investigate how cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN) and ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9-THC) concentrations change as a function of time in common consumer storage conditions.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The Good: Globalization
The Bad: Income Inequality
The Ugly: Secular Stagnation
Since its conception, economics has been an international profession. Unfortunately, in our modern world, the gains from globalization and trade liberalization have not flowed equally through the economy; in fact, their combined effect has actually been detrimental in some respects. I will examine some of these facets as I preempt my eventual capstone research.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Impact of the Replication Crisis on Psychology Teaching
The impact of replication on undergraduate psychology instruction is assessed through surveying Introductory, Social, Cognitive, and Methods Psychology professors at colleges and universities about their awareness of research on replication and recent changes to their curricula based on emerging research findings. We studied whether registered replication reports, the open science collaboration replication project, and ManyLabs projects influenced recent changes to curricula and assignments.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Iterations of the Death Penalty in the United States throughout History
In my FUSE essay, I decided that it was my interest to look on how to death penalty has changed in America, and with that looking at how multiple different systems have come together to change the death penalty as we know it. It is not of my paper to be subjective in my findings, using factual, evidence-based knowledge to inform on how the death penalty has been a staple in the Criminal Justice system, and how the evolving state of our nation has impacted that very staple.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Joy and Benefits of Children Moving
My capstone project was to engage preschool children to move through activities that brought joy into their play and educate parents on health, nutrition, and physical activity for home life. In creating newsletters and activities, I was able to educate the benefits and importance of movement to everyone. Children worked on their large and small muscles, reflexes, coordination, and worked on spacial awareness. Parents received information which will benefit their families' overall health.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Power of Millennials
I will talk about the power that millennials have over the marketing strategies of business, and why it is important for millennials to know their power to use them to make a difference in the world.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Power of the Mind in Athletics
This presentation will be talking about the research I've done over the past term about how the mind can be just as important as the body in terms of athletics.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

The Role Art Plays in Gentrification
I will be describing the various ways in which gentrification impacts art in urban communities. I will give examples of art that has been created as part of gentrification, as well as art that has been destroyed or replaced in the process. This topic is important because as urban areas grow wealthier, much of the original culture is at risk of being forgotton.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Ubiquity of Pesticide Contamination in Cannabis
Cannabis is now legal for medical and/or recreational use in 29 US states and the District of Columbia. Current literature indicates that pesticide residues in cannabis products is pervasive, due to lax or unenforced state quality control mandates. This study aims to determine the extent of pesticide contamination of dried cannabis flowers and cannabis concentrates grown/sold in Oregon.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Unwanted Sexual Aggression in the Barroom
Research on the attribution of blame surrounding barroom sexual aggression focuses on predominantly college age students & graduates. In this study I attempted to show how individuals of all ages are affected by their experiences with unwanted sexual aggression. I employed an interview-style survey to evaluate the influence of age on attribution of blame. I did not find a significant difference between different ages on attribution of blame. I discuss possible reasons for the lack of findings.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Use of Curcumin for Cancer Treatment
Looks at the use of curcumin on various types of cancer treatments. Investigates how this substance can be used instead of traditional treatments and also partner with traditional medicine. Also looks at the pros and cons of using the substance as a treatment.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Visual Arts Sustaining the Earth
For my Capstone, children at a local Head Start Program participated in art lessons that included the use of recycled materials. These artworks highlighted the negative effects of land pollution and potential solutions, while also providing means for children to practice and live more sustainable lives. These art lessons provided children the opportunity to learn using hands-on methods, to work together as a team, to enhance community within the classroom, and to express themselves creatively.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Walking for Health
This research project explores the potential benefits of group walking in natural environments. Some of these benefits may include improved perceived stress, depression, and overall mental health well-being. Participants were assigned, in one of three conditions, a walk at Lithia Park, a walk indoors at the Rogue Valley Mall, or a social meeting indoors with no physical activity for 45 minutes. Participants took three surveys before and after their assigned activities.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

We're Not in Kansas Anymore: Supply-Side Tax Cuts
The presentation will center around the Kansas tax plan that was implemented in 2012 which employed supply-side economics. This was the most aggressive tax cutting plan ever implemented as a means to significantly boost Kansas’s economy. Ultimately, however, the supply side plan substantially reduced government revenue and decreased economic growth the recently passed federal tax plan championed by the Republican party has very similar elements to the “failed” Kansas tax plan.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Within the Unconscious Mind
The unconscious mind consists many characteristics that define who we truly are. From the research of Sigmund Freud, I will be discussing his influences and findings throughout other case studies that help describe the power of our sub-conscious.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

Youth Development and Healthy Living
Healthy eating and physical activity is essential to youth development. We have collaborated with Ashland Family YMCA Kids Club twice a week for three hours a day to conduct various activities to get students to stay active and learn about healthy eating habits. Some guided activities that we organized were yoga, Zumba, and outdoor obstacle courses. We introduced food groups and brought in healthy options for snack. We achieved our goal in teaching children about a healthy lifestyle.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

β-peptide Synthesis and Application for Target Active Sites
The objective of this research, conducted under Dr. Marc Koyack of the SOU Chemistry Department, is to investigate the active site of two target molecules, calmodulin and g-alpha-I1, and determine common amino acid residues that can be recognized by the active site of each protein. The goal is to produce short synthetic β-peptides that mimic the natural peptides involved with these proteins, producing peptides applicable to biological environments and for use as novel medication.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

µPAD for the Detection of Iron in Drinking Water
Microfluidic Paper Analytical Device (µPAD) technology enables creation of affordable, portable, and durable detection devices. By imprinting chemical reactants on paper, chemicals of interest can be detected through colorimetric analysis. This presentation represents the successful development of a µPAD to detect for iron in drinking water utilizing the colorimetric reaction of 1,10-phenanthroline with ferrous iron.

Speakers

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm

5th Annual CORE BBQ & Fundraiser
Enjoy grilled burgers or sausage, salad and chips all for just $5! Support the Collegiate Recovery Program CORE, which provides individual, academic, social, and recovery support for SOU students in recovery.

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

12:30pm

Raider Alternative Breaks
A presentation from the Spring and upcoming Summer Raider Alternative Breaks and their experiences.

Speakers
E

ECOS

Southern Oregon University
avatar for Rowen Olin-Zorne

Rowen Olin-Zorne

Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, AmeriCorps
Hello my name is Rowen Olin-Zorne and I am a junior at Southern Oregon University. I am currently serving in AmeriCorps with the American Red Cross providing disaster relief services and education to adults and children. I have done extensive volunteer work in the fields of humanitarian... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
SU 319 Stevenson Union

1:30pm

Effect of Farming Practice and Storage on Nutrition of Eggs
I will be presenting my capstone research project for my Biology and Chemistry degrees. I am focusing on the effect of storage time and farming practices on the fatty acid profile of chicken eggs. This study shows the rate of degradation of fatty acids over time and how the diet, environment of the chickens, and method of storage impacts this. It also shows the difference in nutritional content of washed vs. unwashed eggs over an 8 week storage time.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 17, 2018 1:30pm - 1:50pm
SU 313 Stevenson Union

1:30pm

The Politics of Manipulation: Fourth Amendment Precedent...
This project looks at the original context of the Fourth Amendment from the framing era, the rise of the Republican Southern Strategy in the 1960s, adaptive Constitutional precedent applied by the Warren and Burger Courts, and concludes with a discussion of the phenomena in relation to one another.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 17, 2018 1:30pm - 1:50pm
LIB 329 Hannon Library

1:30pm

Pro(se)Tips: A Writing Game
The SOU Writing Center tutors will host a fun, drop-in game for student writers of all levels. The game will quiz students on writing topics like most surprising writing mistakes, writing techniques, popular literature, and campus writing resources for a chance to win delicious treats!


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

1:30pm

Diverse USem FUSE Presentations
USem 103 students will present their FUSE research on diverse topics addressing current critical issues, policies, and challenges, including topics addressing sustainability, social justice, LGBTQ+, racism, privacy, economics, media, crime, policing, consumerism, and education.


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm
SU Diversions Stevenson Union

1:30pm

Research from the First-Year Students of the Honors College
From space exploration and cults to BDSM and cancer research, first-year students of the Honors College showcase individual academic research and insights in a series of 27 thought-provoking presentations.


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:30pm - 6:00pm
SU 319 Stevenson Union

2:30pm

Coffee & Tea Break
Need a break to take in all the cool things you’ve seen at SOAR? Or perhaps a pick-me-up before your presentation? All conference participants and attendess are welcome to this complimentary coffee and tea break. Sustainably supported by the Dish Loan Program by ECOS.

Sponsors
E

ECOS

Southern Oregon University


Thursday May 17, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
SU Third Floor Atrium Stevenson Union

3:00pm

Plastic Eating Microbes: A Review of Plastic Biodegradation
Learn about the exciting potentials of utilizing microbial communities to transform plastic waste into living organisms, soil carbon, and useful products. This review discusses biodegradation of several types of polymers, with a special focus on polyethylene - the most ubiquitous plastic waste. Plastic waste is rapidly accumulating in the environment and damaging ecosystems, meanwhile plastic production is increasing. Facilitated biodegradation of existing plastics is possible and paramount.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm
SU 313 Stevenson Union

4:00pm

Everybody's A Trigger- CANCELED
This performance has been canceled by the presenter.

Everybody's A Trigger" is a working title for my new collection of poems. This focuses on my life growing up in the Rust-Belt of America. I often negotiated the existence of my identities; split between the rich souls of my blackness and the chaos of my lower-class white family. The relevance of my own battles with being a poor biracial, bisexual, diagnosed girl, is manifested through my poetry. I do not isolate my current well-beings but often refer to childhood fables. The absolutes of my words can be thought of as mystic realism and sometimes scary. I mention issues such as race/gender, mental illness, police brutality, classism, sexual freedom and life resilience. This collection came to me in my most vulnerable moments, and I hope to share my experiences and words with others.


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
LIB Terrace Hannon Library

4:30pm

Computer Forensics, Surveillance, NSA, and Federal Oversight

Inquiry into the public awareness and comfort level of computer dataveillance, federal government oversight, and computer forensics awareness.


Thursday May 17, 2018 4:30pm - 4:50pm
LIB 329 Hannon Library

4:30pm

Disney's Impact on Adolescences
Disney has a huge amount of influence on the general public and especially on younger children. This speech will explore the impacts Disney is having on gender as well as on culture.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 17, 2018 4:30pm - 4:50pm
LIB 352 Hannon Library
 
Friday, May 18
 

10:00am

"Dress"
A one and two-hoop dance performance. Approximate length: 3:45

Artists

Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 10:15am
SU Foyer Stevenson Union

10:00am

EMCon5
The Emerging Media Convention (EMCon) is an annual digital media convention driven by the goal of preparing creative art students for life after SOU. EMCon’s annual “Creators Alley” is the highlight of the convention, where students of EMDA, Creative Arts, Business/Marketing, and Film showcase their work. EMCon’s goal is to bring Southern Oregon University students and alumni, individuals in the digital media industry, and businesses together in one space in order to foster collaboration.


Friday May 18, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm
SU Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

11:30am

"Turn your Broken Heart into Art" – Carrie Fisher
A musical performance featuring a collection of my favorite songs, a remix, and an original work accompanied by guitar. 

Artists

Friday May 18, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
LIB Rotunda Hannon Library

11:30am

12:30pm

Adao Mantor Presents: Blackout
A short mental show using human psychology to test the limits of the mind.

Artists
avatar for Adao Mantor

Adao Mantor

Owner, Adao Mantor Magic
A mentalist from Medford, Oregon, Adao has been entertaining people since childhood. A self-trained expert in psychology and behavioral analysis, what he lacks in talent he makes up for with a keen understanding of human behavior. Having performed for assemblies, parties, and most... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
SU NE Foyer Stevenson Union

1:30pm

Jazz Dance, Ballet, Musical Theatre Dance
Demonstrations of some of the dance styles being taught at SOU

Artists

Friday May 18, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
SU Diversions Stevenson Union
 


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