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2019 Projects

Anthropology

Estimating Endocranial Volume of Incomplete Crania Using Human Dataset

Madi Boone ’21, Marisa Petticord ’21, and Zachary Cofran (Anthropology)

Biology

The Role of eIF3 on the Ribosome and Across the Transcriptome

Luo, Juncheng ’21 and Professor Colin Echeverría Aitken

Molecular Dissection of the Mechanism of Eukaryotic Initiation Factor 3 (eIF3)

Kyungyoon Yoo ’20 and Professor Colin Echeverría Aitken

Digital Peripheral Arterial Tonometry Measures and Cardiovascular Disease Events

Joonghoon Auh ’20, Adam Stefek ’20, and Professor Leroy L. Cooper

Linking Ranavirus Infection Dynamics and Microbiome Diversity in Larval Wood Frogs

Jillian Hornbeck ‘20, Claire Stutzman ‘21, and Professor Myra Hughey

Unappetizing Invasives: Deer Browse Preferences on the Vassar Ecological Preserve

Eric Feeney ’22 and Professor Meg Ronsheim, and Field Station and Ecological Preserve Manager Keri Van Camp

Mapping and Reassessing Communities on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

James Lord ’22 and Field Station and Ecological Preserve Manager Keri Van Camp

Conservation Action Planning: Water Quality Monitoring Through An Analysis of Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Benji Mathot ’22, Professor Meg Ronsheim, and Field Station and Ecological Preserve Manager Keri Van Camp

Forest Community Regeneration in Priority Habitats on the Vassar Ecological Preserve

Rachel Strout ’20, Professor Margaret Ronsheim, and Field Station and Ecological Preserve Manager Keri Van Camp

Conservation Action Planning: Water Quality Monitoring Through An Analysis of Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Benji Mathot ’22, Professor Meg Ronsheim, and Field Station and Ecological Preserve Manager Keri Van Camp

Chemistry

Progress Towards Synthesis of Some Antimicrobial Marine Natural Products

Anne-Marie Abban-Demitrus ’21 and Professor Nicholas Dodge

Synthesis of Pyrimidinyl Benzamides en Route to Marine Natural Product

Hawkins Barratt Heitmann ’21 and Professor Nick Dodge

Probing the Antioxidant Activity of Embelin Related Compounds using DPPH and RRDE

Emmanuel Garcia-Villar ’20, Navar Mercer White ’19, and Professor Sarjit Kaur

Cognitive Science

Learned Categorical Perception Research

Polyphony Bruna ’22 and Parker Marks ’20, and Professor Jan Andrews

Modeling Aesthetic Preferences with Autoregressive Deep Neural Networks

Emma Alexandrov ’21 and Professor Josh de Leeuw

Studying Human Cognition with Online Games

Noah Ari ’20, Jonayed Ahmed ’20, and Professor Josh de Leeuw

Executive Functions in Urban Youth

Mya Powell ’21 and Professor Nicholas de Leeuw

To Err is Human: How We (Mis)Assemble Robots

Xinyue Hu ’21, Connor McShaffrey ’21, and Professor John Long and Postdoctoral Research Associate Candido Diaz

Computer Science

A Domain-Specific Language for Generative Art

Max Hamilton ’20 and Natalie Kim’21, and Professor Thomas Ellman

Indexing Commonsense Knowledge

Junrui Liu ’20 and Professor Jonathan Gordon

Computational Models of Literary Variation

Alice Marbach ’21, Dingyi (Penny) Pan ’20, and Professor Jonathan Gordon

Ancile: Privacy-Aware Programming

Corin Rose ’20, Mohamad Safadieh ’21, and Professor Jason Waterman

Geography

Data Analysis for Climate Action and Sustainability at Vassar

Melissa Hoffmann ’21, Jack Oliver ’22, Cole Palatini ’21, and Professor Mary Ann Cunningham 

Quantifying Air Quality in the City of Poughkeepsie, Identifying Causes, and Context

Penelope Mort Ranta ’20 and Professor Mary Ann Cunningham

Mathematics and Statistics

Research in Knot Theory: Unknotting and Region Crossing Change

Sarah Goodhill ’22, Valeria Muñoz Gonzales ’22, Jessica Rattray ’22, Amelia Zeh ’21, and Professor Adam Lowrance

Tensegrity: Theory and Practice

Nicolas Demaria ’21, Matthew Goldberg ’20, and Professor John McCleary

Physics and Astronomy

Ultrafast Laser Science at the Nanoscale: Pump-Probe Spectroscopy of MoSe2

Ethan Murray ’21, Jacob Stuligross ’22, Madelaine Pelletier ’22, and Professor

Impacts of Epitaxial Graphene Patterning on 2D-Metal Intercalation

Gabriel Natale ’20, Brian Bersch, Joshua Robinson, Alex Vera, and Ana de la Fuente Duran and Professor Brian Daly

Ultrafast Laser Science at the Nanoscale: Analysis of Pump-Probe Data Through Computer Simulation

Jacob Stuligross ’22, Madelaine Pelletier  ’22, Ethan Murray ’21, and Professor Brian Daly

Transition Metal Dichalcogenides for Thin Film Transducers in Nanoscale Phonon Imaging Experiments

Martin Terrazas Lopez ‘20, Thomas Mc Knight, Dr. Joan Redwing, and Professor Brian Daly

Ultrafast Laser Science at the Nanoscale: Fabrication and Analysis of Thin Film Layers

Madelaine Pelletier ‘22, Ethan Murray ‘21, Jacob Stuligross ’22, and Professor

Psychological Science

Binge Alcohol “Drinking-in-the-Dark” Increases Fear Memory Expression in C57BL/6 Mice

William Christopher Cho ‘22, Charlie Mangan ‘22, and Professor Hadley Bergstrom

Effects of the Child’Space Method on Caregiver Confidence and Infant Comfort In Prone

Athena Davis ’20, Alexandra Blaine ’20, and Professor Carolyn Palmer

The Effect of 17-β estradiol in Regulating Astrocyte AQP4/GLT-1 Expression and Spatial Working Memory

Louisa C. Kuper ’20, Julie J. McInvale ’19, Sydney L. Lambert ’19, James Bonaroo ’20 and Professor Lori A. Newman

Astrocytic Glutamate Recycling: A Key Regulator for Cognition

Weipeng Xie ’21, Tammy Wang ’21, Elizabeth Kharitonova ’19, Arianna Cascone ’21, James Bonanno ’20, Sirin Zhang ’20, and Professor Lori Newman

Effects of Developmentally-Based Feldenkrais Lessons on Adult Experience of Movement

Alexandra Blaine ‘20, Athená Davis ’20, and Professor Carolyn Palmer

Reframing Resilience: Updating Concepts, Methods, and Applications for Well-Being

Tse Yen Tan ’20, Louise Wachsmuth ’20,  and Professor Michele Tugade

Flexible Grit: The Effects of Emotion on Flexible Self-Regulation

Louise Wachsmuth ’20, Tse Yen Tan ’20, and Professor Michele Tugade