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April 04, 2014

Turfgrass Fertilizers, Emerald Ash Borer Infestation, and Autism in Children's Literature, among Research Topics at 2014 Honors Showcase

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  • IPFW Honors Showcase
  • Friday, April 11, beginning at 11 a.m.
  • Walb Student Union, Room G-08

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Honors Program will host its annual showcase of capstone research projects Friday, April 11, beginning at 11 a.m. in Walb Student Union, Room G-08. Eleven students from six disciplines—biology, communication sciences and disorders, accounting, English, history, and physics—will present their research in 30-minute sessions, with 20 minutes for the presentation and the remaining 10 minutes for answering questions from the audience.

The Honors Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that encourages high-achieving, talented students to pursue various pathways to excellence including research and creative endeavors, international studies, service, and community engagement. The program is designed for motivated students who want to make the most of their higher education through an enriched academic experience.

Ann Livschiz, associate professor of history and interim director of the Honors Program, said, "We have an exciting lineup of 11 presentations on a diverse range of topics and the students are looking forward to the opportunity to share their research findings." Livschiz also noted that of the 11 presentations, five are from the Department of Biology.

The students and their presentations are:

  • 11:05–11:35 a.m.: Teresa Bárcenas, “Cognitive Effort to Understand Accented Speech”
  • 11:40 a.m.–12:10 p.m.: Rachel Habegger, “Comparison of Fertilizers on Turfgrass”
  • 12:15–12:45 p.m.: Haley Hunter, “Inmate Dog-Training Program”
  • 12:50–1:20 p.m.: Stephanie Boissy, "Gendering the Holocaust: Jewish Women in Nazi Concentration Camps"
  • 1:30–2 p.m.: Kayla Boyes, “Dendrochronological Assessment of Ash Growth Rates”
  • 2:05–2:35 p.m.: Heidi Nissley, “Finding the Best Protocol to Evaluate Immune Function in Fish”
  • 2:40–3:10 p.m.: Sadie King-Hoffmann, “The Representation of Autism in Children’s Literature: An Analysis and An Alternative”
  • 3:15–3:45 p.m.: Maja Sljivar, “Algal-defenses, Growth Rate Trade-off and the Implications for Zooplankton Grazers”
  • 3:55–4:12 p.m.: Rachel Nerad, “Critical Analysis of Steven King’s The Shining”
  • 4:30–5 p.m.: Laura Trent, "Functional Characterization of the Nucleobase Cation Symporter 1 in Picea glauca"
  • 5:05–5:25 p.m.: Srikanth Dasari, “Figuring Out Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: A Macroscopic Approach"

The presentations are open to the campus community and members of the media are invited to attend any or all of the presentations.For more information, contact Livschiz at, or the Honors Program at 260-481-6924.