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2014

Anthropology

Excavation and Analysis of Paint Mine Rock Shelter on the Shawangunk Ridge, New York State

Penelope Duus, Vassar College ’17, Stephanie Tapolsky, Vassar College ’17, Alaina Wilson, Vassar College ’16 and Prof. Lucy Johnson 

Biology

Blue Light Stimulates Nematodes: A Study of C. elegans Behavior Using Continuous Wave Lasers

Ramy Abbady, Vassar College ’16, Caitlin Bell, Vassar College ’15 and Profs. Kathleen M. Raley-Susman and Jenny Magnes

Establishing a Reconciled Ecosystem in the Edith Roberts Ecological Laboratory

Joshua Bruce, Vassar College ’16, Sanne Jarvinen-Cosse, Vassar College ’16 and Prof. Margaret Ronsheim

Fluorescent Microscopy of Early-Stage Phagocytosis in Tetrahymena thermophila

Min Chen, Vassar College ’16 and Prof. J. William Straus

Depredation Rates of Simulated Turtle Nests by Local Predators in Fence-Constrained Versus Unconstrained Nesting Areas

Dara Davis, Vassar College ’15, Maggie Sowa, Vassar College ’15, Kate Spence, Vassar College ’18 and Prof. Marshall Pregnall 

Tree Seedling Success in Gap Versus Non-Gap Areas: The Interaction Between Light Availability and Deer Browsing

Gabe O’Connor, Vassar College ’16, Sean Hoy-Skubik, Vassar College ’16, Elise Heffernan, Vassar College ’12  and Prof. Lynn Christenson

Identifying the Molecular Basis of the fs(1)234 Phenotype

Christa Ventresca, Vassar College ’17 and Prof. Nancy Pokrywka

Chemistry

Asymmetric Alkylation of Activated Imines with Titanium-TADDOLate Lewis Acid Catalysts

Sean H. Majer, Vassar College ’15 and Prof. Joseph M. Tanski

Structural Point Mutations of p53 Protein and Their Effects on the Zinc Coordination Complex

Taylor Quinn, Vassar College ’15 and Prof. Kelly M. Thayer

Modeling p53 Protein Interactions with Genomic DNA Binding Sites

Noah N. Trueblood, Vassar College ’18 and Prof. Kelly M. Thayer

Cognitive Science

Modularity and the Evolvability of Artificial Network Control Systems in Embodied Robots

Evan Altiero, Vassar College ’16, John Loree, Vassar College ’16, Jessica Ng, Vassar College ’16, Joshua Ridley, Vassar College ’17 and Profs. Joshua Bongard, Ken Livingston, Nick Livingston, John Long, Jodi Schwarz and Marc Smith

Complexity and Modularity Within Evolved Robotic Control Systems

John T. Loree, Vassar College ’16, Evan Altiero, Vassar College ’16, Joshua Ridley, Vassar College ’17, Jessica Ng, Vassar College’16 and Joshua Bongard, Ken Livingston, Nick Livingston, John Long, Jodi Schwarz and Marc Smith

Constructed Artificial Agents: Designing and Implementing Embodied Robots to Study Modularity in Evolution

Joshua Ridley ’17, Vassar College ’17 Jessica Ng, Vassar College ’16, John Loree, Vassar College ’16,  Evan Altiero, Vassar College ’16 and Carl Bertsche, Joshua Bongard, Larry Doe, Ken Livingston, Nick Livingston, John Long, Jodi Schwarz, and Marc Smith

Moving Beyond Static Features: Expanding the Scope of Learned Categorical Perception Research

Sam Schwamm, Vassar College ’16, Benjamin Chin, Vassar College ’15 and Profs. Jan Andrews and Ken Livingston 

Computer Science

Broaching Social Issues While Maintaining Appealing Gameplay in Role Playing Games

Carly Bloomfeld, Vassar College ’16, Grace Terdoslavich, Vassar College ’16 and Prof. Tom Ellman

ANC2Go: A Web Service for Customized Corpus Delivery

Timothy Brown, Vassar College ’16 and Prof. Nancy Ide

Mouse Watching: Utilizing a Multimodal Sensor to Track Multiple Mice for Social Behavior Analysis

Jarrett Holtz, Vassar College ’15 and Profs. Eric Aaron and Bojana Zupan

Distributive Crowdsourcing in Natural Language Processing

Nathan Bazan, Vassar College ’15 and Prof. Nancy Ide

Mathematics and Statistics

Generalizations of Pascal’s Triangle

Robert Ronan, Vassar College ’15, Anastasia Stevens, Vassar College ’15, Lilian Zhao, Vassar College ’17 and Prof. John McCleary

Physics

Physics Approaches to Studying the Biology of C. elegans

Caitlin Bell, Vassar College ’15, Ramy Abbady, Vassar College ’16, Brian Deer, Vassar College ’15, Elias Kim, Vassar College ’16 and Profs. Kathleen M. Raley-Susman and Jenny Magnes

Identifying Vibrational Modes of Thin Film Nanostructures Using Finite Element Modeling

Matteo Bjornsson, Vassar College ’15 and Prof. Brian Daly

Characteristics of Virtual and Experimentally Recorded Diffraction Patterns Affecting Iterative Image Reconstruction

Brian Deer, Vassar College ’15, Elias Kim, Vassar College ’16 and Prof. Jenny Magnes and Kathleen M. Raley-Susman

Time Series Photometry of Contact Binaries

Claire Freehafer, Colgate University ’15, Caitlin Rose, Vassar College ’17 and Prof. Fred Chromey

A Kinematic Approach: Analyzing the Motion Behind Board Breaking in the Martial Arts

Jose Herrera Jr., Vassar College ’18, Ramy Abbady, Vassar College ’16, Elias Kim, Vassar College ’16, Brian Deer, Vassar College’15, Caitlin Bell, Vassar College ’15 and Profs. Jenny Magnes and Nirmaljit K. Rathee, Education Department, Delaware State University, Dover, DE

Optimizing Image Reconstruction of Virtual C. elegans Diffraction Patterns Using Iterative Fourier Transform Algorithms

Elias Kim, Vassar College ’16, Brian Deer, Vassar College ’15 and Prof. Jenny Magnes and Kathleen M. Raley-Susman

Identification of Vibrational Modes in Thin Film TiN Structures Using Non-Destructive Pump-Probe Laser Technique

Sushant Mahat, Vassar College ’16, Aine Connolly, Vassar College ’17 and Prof. Brian Daly

Effect of Measurement Set-Up Characteristics on Sound Scattering of Pyramid-Based Diffusers

Mallory Morgan, Vassar College ’17, Ian Kowalok, Vassar College ’16 and Prof. David T. Bradley with Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow Kim Riegel

Time Series Photometry of Contact Binaries

Caitlin Rose, Vassar College ’17, Claire Freehafer, Colgate University ’15 Megan Lewis, Vassar College ’15 and Prof. Fred Chromey

Effect of Sound-Scattering Surfaces on Sound Field Diffusivity in a Real-World Classroom

Ariana Sharma, Vassar College ’16, Mohammed Abdelaziz, Vassar College ’16 and Prof. David T. Bradley

Physics in the Modern School: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Adapting Physical Simulations for Various Curricula

Alexandra Trunnell, Vassar College ’17 and Teddy Stanescu, Vassar College ’16, Sam Faber Manning, Vassar College ’16 and Jerry Kindig, Vassar College ’15, Luis Serazo, Vassar College ’18 and Profs. Cindy Schwarz and Peter Charlop

Active Learning Inside the Introductory Physics Lab and Classroom

Adam Warner, Vassar College ’17 and Prof. David Rishell 

Psychological Science

The Temporal Conditioning of Response Patterning in Mice

Delaney Fischer, Vassar College ’15 and Prof. Mark Cleaveland

Effect of Reduced Maternal fmrp Expression on Reversal Learning in Male Mice

Kevin Newhall, Vassar College ’17 and Prof. Bojana Zupan 

Toddler Food Choices and Infancy Feeding History

Brianna P. Reed, Vassar College ’16, Christina A. Fratto, Sacred Heart University’17 and Prof. Debra M. Zeifman

Mass School Shootings: Potential Risk of School Size and Student-Teacher Ratio

Emma Roellke, Vassar College ’16 and Prof. Abigail Baird

Neural Substrates of Peer Influence in Adolescents

Chloe Wheeler, Vassar College ’15 and Prof. Abigail Baird