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2013 Summer Scholars Collaborate on a Range of Research and Creative Projects
Ten Baldwin Wallace University students are working to break new ground as 2013 Summer Scholars. Now in its tenth year, the Summer Scholars program enables students to pursue a research or creative project of their design under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Scholars live together on campus and regularly share their varied research within and outside the Summer Scholars community. The complete list of 2013 Summer Scholars and their projects are:
Tyler Alban ’14 of Massillon, Biology/Chemisty major
Research Topic: Using the Amino Acid Lysine as an Effective Inhibitor of HSV-1 by Invivo and Invitro Testing
Project Summary: It is estimated that 98% of adults have the herpes simplex virus, whether they show symptoms (usually a cold sore) or not. A common treatment is taking the over-the-counter supplement lysine. Clinical trials have shown that lysine taken orally can reduce infection time, however there have been no tests on the cellular level. This project will test if and how lysine stops the herpes simplex virus from attacking our cells.
Collaborating faculty: Michael Kovach, Biology
Richard Bargielski ’14 of Ashtabula, Sustainability major
Research Topic: The Greening of Residence Life: A Program Assessment of the R. Amelia Harding House for Sustainable Living
Project Summary: This project will seek to measure the values and attitudes of current residents of the Harding House in order to improve the community in the future. Working closely with the Office of Residence Life, findings from the research will be applied to the design a new program format for use in the 2013-2014 academic year, focused on stronger sustainability education and community development.
Collaborating faculty: Jill Fleisher, Sociology
Jake Butchko ’15 of Vermillion, Chemistry major
Research Topic: Synthesis of a Chiral Ionic Liquid
Project Summary: This project continues research into developing a specific molecule to be used a more eco-friendly solvent. Most common solvents are harmful to the environment and volatile. Ionic liquids, on the other hand, are reusable, much less harmful, and even catalytic (they make reactions work better). The new molecule this projects seeks to synthesize would be unique, more effective, and more applicable. More than 90% of all industrial chemical processes use a solvent, so developing a more efficient, safer, and healthier solvent could have major applications.
Collaborating faculty: Ray Shively, Chemistry
Justin Caithaml ‘14 of Elyria, Music Education major
Research Topic: Data-Driven Correlations: Toward Equal Access in Arts Education
Project Summary: The mission of this research is to replace assumptions surrounding issues of access to Arts Education in Ohio with solid data to inform educational policy decisions at the local and state levels. This data will ensure that school policy decisions are not based on hearsay or assumptions, but on clear and explicit facts.
Collaborating faculty: Laura Joss, Music Education
Rachel Hacker ‘14 of Cincinnati, Flute Performance major
Research Topic: An Evaluation and Study of Contemporary Flute Pedagogy
Project Summary: In a constantly shifting musical world, the flute has recently developed its own niche in avant-garde music. This project will explore the many teaching methods behind the odd and creative sounds that flutists are capable of producing. These sounds include singing while playing, jet whistles, and even beat boxing. Relevant discoveries during the Summer Scholars Project will be used to create a method book intended for an intermediate or advanced flutist.
Collaborating faculty: Clint Needham, Music (Conservatory)
Erika Hubbell ’14 of Pittsburgh, PA, Music Education major
Research Topic: Enhancing Language Literacy through Music – A Review of Literature
Project Summary: This project examines the relationship between music and literacy. A literature review will be used to help inform and improve the SMART (Shaping Music and Reading Together) program's curriculum, specifically using the GAMEPLAN curriculum model for grades 3 and 4. SMART is a student-run organization that works to improve reading fluency rates through the use of music. SMART is currently employed in the Akron City Schools.
Collaborating faculty: Herbert Marshall, Music Education
Patrick Hyzy ’14 of Buffalo, NY, Music Composition major
Research Topic: We All Want To Change The World: A Deconstruction of The White Album
Project Summary: This project first will entail the complete orchestration of The Beatles' classic eponymous double album. Through extended research this project will also examine the external forces that influenced the songs and sound of this album as well as the internal turmoil that would ultimately lead to the demise of the world's biggest band. Finally, the project will culminate in the first ever fully-orchestrated performance of The White Album done entirely by Baldwin Wallace students at the 2014 BW Beatles Festival.
Collaborating faculty: Beth Hiser, Music Theory
Jenn Lenart ‘15 of Naperville, IL, Economics major
Research Topic: The Impacts of Dam Removal on Baldwin Creek: Communicating Research Results to a Variety of Audiences
Project Summary: This research analyzes the dam removal on Baldwin Creek and how the ecosystem is changing over time in response. Previous data will be used to compare pre-dam removal with current findings in order to determine the true relationship dams have with the natural environment. Baldwin Creek runs through several local communities (North Royalton, Parma, Middleburg Heights, Strongsville, Berea) before ending in the Rocky River in downtown Berea. The BW campus water (drinking, bathrooms, showers, cooking, etc.) comes from local sources including Baldwin Creek.
Collaborating faculty: Chris Stanton, Biology
Marina Ojaimi ’15 of Strongsville, Biology major
Research Topic: Identifying Bacteria Active in Low pH Within Supragingival and Subgingival Plaque of Healthy Subjects
Project Summary: The community of microorganisms active under acidic conditions in dental plaque is significant to the development of dental cavities in children and periodontal disease in adults. The objective of this project is to identify bacteria active under low pH in plaque superior and inferior to the gum line in healthy adults, in hope of advancing the current understanding of disease onset, which may lead to the development of new targets for preventive measures.
Collaborating faculty: Michael Kovach, Biology
Logan Sirline ’14 of Collins, Neuroscience/Chemisty major
Research Topic: Identifying Specific Cell Types of Citrullination of PD 2 by Immunohistochemistry using Danio Rerio Zebrafish
Project Summary: Peptidyl arginine deiminases (PAD) catalyze a post-translational protein modification reaction known as citrullination. This modification has been linked to the causes of autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. The scope of this project focuses on determining where citrullination occurs in the brain of the Danio rerio zebrafish.
Collaborating faculty: Jackie Morris, Biology
Posted July 2013