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Election 2016, Space Debris, Exercise Is Medicine, Nature of Art and more on tap for Faculty & Student Symposium

The 2016 Faculty & Student Symposium Tuesday through Thursday, April 12-14, features more than 134 projects, with topics including Crew Resource Management, Feminine Modernism; The Presidential Election and Its Effect on Stock Market Behavior, Nature of Art, Exercise is Medicine, and even how to clean up satellite space debris using a special net.

The free symposium (@JUSymposium and #JUSymp2016), which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the JU Davis College of Business Conference Rooms B and C, spotlights the excellence of JU students and faculty who engage in cutting-edge research in intriguing topics across a range of disciplines (see a full schedule below).

Students and the community can stop by DCOB any time during the event and learn about JU’s exciting research, teaching, service, study abroad and internships, said Dr. Brian Lane, Chair of the Symposium Committee.

“The Symposium is always an amazing event in which the entire campus community comes together to share and celebrate each other’s work,” he said, “It’s a true interdisciplinary liberal arts environment in which students and faculty from every discipline learn from each other.”

Many of the presentations will later be delivered at national conferences such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, or lead to papers submitted for publication, so the feedback presenters receive at the Symposium is vital to the further development of their work, he added.

“For many students, their Symposium presentations show the culmination of months or years of hard work becoming well-rounded professionals in their fields. For the faculty, it’s a chance to present their own varied interests and reconnect with each other during a busy time of the academic year.
Another great feature of the Symposium is that professors and students present side by side, sometimes even co-presenting,” Lane noted.

JU President Tim Cost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Wenying Xu will offer remarks at noon Tuesday, and the Undergraduate Research Fund awards will be announced by Dr. Lee Ann Clements, at 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

This year’s Symposium Planning Committee included Dr. Brian Lane, Dr. Hilary Morgan, Dr. Teri Chenot, Dr. Chris Robertson, Dr. Jesse Hingson, Dr. John Buck, Dr. Janet Haavisto, Dr. Laura Atkins and Prof. Ed McCourt. The 2016 Symposium is funded by ECHO: JU’s experimental learning program.

Follow the Symposium on Twitter (@JUSymposium) and Tweet about it using hashtag #JUSymp2016.


DCOB Conference Rooms B&C

Tuesday, April 12

8:00 AM – A Statewide Initiative Integrating Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Through Academic/Clinical Partnerships to Improve Health Outcomes – a Three Year Cumulative ReviewDr. Theresa Chenot, Dr. Roberta ChristopherThe presentation will provide an overview of a three-year mini-grant that provided $45K in funding for a statewide initiative to create a QSEN training program with collaboration among Florida stakeholders to identify academic/clinical partnerships for four QSEN training workshops which were conducted throughout the state. The 2016 Florida QSEN Summit was conducted as a capstone experience for the workshop attendees based on outcomes from integrating QSEN in their individual academic/clinical partnership institutions. The Florida QSEN Summit provided leadership in advancing the nursing profession so that state residents have access to safe, high-quality healthcare
8:15 AM – WHY BACTERIA PRODUCE ANTIBIOTICSBenjamin Quarshie, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Michele WilliamsHumans benefit from antibiotics, yet little is known about why microbes produce them. In this research, eleven bacterial antibiotics producers and thirteen bacterial isolates they naturally inhibited were cultured from three soil samples collected from the Jacksonville University campus. These bacterial isolates were phenotypically characterized then identified by mass spectrometry. Antibiotic producers were also tested against clinically important bacterial species. Most producers had no effect on the clinical bacteria, although they successfully inhibited the bacteria with which they were originally isolated. Other tests will be performed to explain this finding and ultimately, why these bacteria produce antibiotics.
8:30 AM – Secret to WinningPrem Samritpricha, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Carol DoleIn this project, I want to find out if having taller players on teams make a difference in women’s college basketball. Therefore, I researched the starters of every team in the power 5 conference. Then I got the height of each starter, average height, points in scoring offense, the coach’s career winning percentage, and season winning percentage. With this information I should be able to determine if it is an advantage to have taller players on a team.
8:45 AM – Could cardiovascular rehabilitation be more effective if it were utilized as a preventative health measure rather than a reactive one?Bonnie A. Thigpen, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christopher T. RobertsonA steady decline of health in society is leading to an increase in cardiovascular disease becoming a serious health risk. Cardiovascular rehabilitation is a vital, yet underutilized part of combatting cardiovascular health problems. By exploring the psychological, nutritional, and physiological benefits of these programs, doctors may be inclined to use them as a preventative measure rather than post treatment after a major event has occurred.
9:00 AM – Using Chiropractic Care as a Preventative and Curative Treatment for Athletic InjuriesJulianna Welch, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christopher Robertson Many people are skeptical of the efficacy and applicability of chiropractic care for both the prevention and care of athletic injuries, and as a beneficial medical practice for sports teams and athletes as a whole. This thesis provides a sound argument as to how and why modern-day chiropractic medicine is ever-evolving into becoming an effective, reliable, and versatile medical field in the involvement of both athletic care and athletic injury prevention.
9:15 AM – A Review of Health, Economic, and Environmental Outcomes of Open Streets Programs in Various Cities in the United States.Dr. Heather Hausenblas, Robert Andrew Paxton, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Heather HausenblasThis review looks at the health, economic, and environmental outcomes that are seen during and after Open Streets programs. Outcomes from the programs that had an impact on the community in a positive way were looked for in studies. Health, Economic, and Environmental outcomes were seen. Health related outcomes such as physical activity levels were measured. Many businesses reported increases in business during the program times. Air pollution was decreased overall on program days. Set guidelines for these programs could help streamline the process of forming more Open Streets programs and help validate their positive impacts on their communities.
9:30 AM – Hamlet as the dispossessed Philosopher KingDr. Erich FreibergerThis paper proposes that Shakespeare’s Hamlet can be read as an allegory for Plato’s portrait of the true King in the Statesman. I show how the play repeats the dialogue’s effort to delineate the statesman, and distinguish him from the sophist, and after indicating a number of close correspondences, I show how the the disjuncture of time in the play is organized in accord with the central myth in the dialogue.
9:45 AM – Guiding Student Independence through Reciprocal TeachingAna Crisp, Faculty Sponsor: Steven DavisReciprocal Teaching involves the teacher acting as a facilitator of discussions between a groups of students, aiming at four different reading comprehension strategies. Students will work on their metacognition by thinking critically about the text or passage that they are having to read and think critically about. I intend to do this in my own study, yet I choose to focus on the two strategies that my students lack the most in as a collective whole.
10:00 AM – How Does Physical Therapy Negate the Side Effects Associated with Chemotherapy and Radiation in Pediatric Cancer Patients?Laine M. Peterson @magg_has_swagg, Faculty Sponsor: Christopher T. Robertson Children who receive chemotherapy and radiation for the treatment of cancer are forced to live with the side effects their whole lives. Cancer treatments are toxic and lead to life threatening diseases and disabilities. Many of these side effects cause a loss in strength, mobility, balance, and independence. Physical therapy aims to assist patients in regaining or maintaining those properties, however most doctors underutilize physical therapy as part of a treatment plan. Physical therapy and adequate movement exercises can deter some of these harmful side effects and allow survivors to live healthier lives as they age.
10:15 AM – Engaging Readers Through MovementChristina Robb, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Steven DavisI will be discussing how over four weeks, in twenty minute sessions I met with a small group of 3rd grade students to work on student engagement in reading through movement. I will be working with these students and the novel The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, the students will have specific movements tied to parts of the story plot as well as specific movements tied to parts of a discussion. The goal is to have them actively engaged in the novel study and reading as a whole.
10:30 AM – Optimization of Fabrication of An Ionic Polymer Metallic CompositionNolan Carney, Kyla Siemens, Adam Hurdis, Ian Vargas, Faculty Sponsor: Zhaoyang Huang and Huihui Wang Impregnation-reduction plating (IRP) and autocatalytic plating (ACP) are key steps for the fabrication of IPMC with the chemical deposition method. In this project, we are focusing on optimizing parameters of IRP and ACP processes which impact the physical properties of the IPMC, such as flexibility, displacement, and electrical resistance. The temperature of the chemical deposition is accurately controlled by a water bath circulator. A thorough chemical deposition process with three main steps was refined for higher quality metallic layers on IPMC. Corresponding tests such as electrical resistance and displacement support our method.
10:45 AM – Parallels of Early Jewish and Christian Musical TraditionsIan Vargas, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Timothy Snyder The musical traditions of the early Church had a profound impact on the development of Western music. These traditions themselves share many parallels with early Hebrew musical customs, most notably the similarity between the liturgies of the Jewish synagogue and Catholic Church and the liturgical music itself. This research examines these parallels, including instrumentation, musical modes, dance, the role of music in certain rituals, and the use of psalms. While some evidence exists suggesting that the development of early Church music was directly shaped by prior Hebrew customs, more evidence suggests that the Church was more influenced by Greco-Roman practices.
11:00 AM – Is there a correlation in body mass index of a parent and their offspring?M.J. Passeggiata, Faculty Sponsor: C.J. RobertsonObesity is an epidemic affecting 1 in 3 children. Research has shown children born in the 21st century may suffer from diabetes and diet related problems at some point in their life. A child’s parent is responsible for their actions and their overall health. Parent’s wrongly perceive and assess their child’s weight and potentially influence sedentary behaviors, as well as implement characteristics that contribute to poor health. Thus, the obesity epidemic begins at home under the parent’s watch where a correlation between body mass indexes arise.
11:15 AM – Tracking student’s heart rates during moderate to vigorous physical activityHolly Ventimiglia, Faculty Sponsor: Colleen WilsonPhysical educators want to know if students are in the moderate to vigorous level of physical activity during at least 50% of class (the recommended amount). Researchers have looked at different variables that might cause students to not receive the recommended amount in those moderate to vigorous zones. For example, they have looked at optimal group sizes in specific activities, as well as motivation factors. I plan on researching students attitudes towards different physical activities and educating them on how to get their heart rate in their target zone for at least 50% of class while using heart rate monitors.
11:30 AM – What form of cardio is best suited to reduce obesity in adults?Ryan Wagner, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christopher RobertsonObesity is a world-wide epidemic effecting more than one-third of all adults in the U.S. One step to combat obesity is to perform cardiovascular exercise, which has been proven to aid in reducing body weight. However, experts debate whether high-intensity or continuous endurance cardio is most effective in doing so. Research suggests that high-intensity interval training appears to be the most time-efficient form of cardio for improving body composition. Based upon clinical evidence, I hope to influence adults to participate in high-intensity exercise to help reduce body weight and in turn combat the prevalence of obesity in America.
11:45 AM – Feminine ModernismJulius Blake @julius_blake_3, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sarah ParkerFeminine Modernism On the one hand, James Joyce’s Ulysses, widely considered the exemplar of literary Modernism, is one of the most violent books a bibliophile can peruse. Topics range from defecation to masturbation, and the book’s experimental syntax has led many to describe the act of reading as itself a macho pursuit. Conversely, Virginia Woolf’s approach to Modernism in Mrs. Dalloway invites the reader into the interior and domestic world of her protagonist. This presentation will illustrate that Woolf’s approach is equally important to the definition of Modernism as a literary movement.
12:00 PM – Welcoming RemarksDr. Wenying Xu, President Tim Cost
12:15 PM – Overuse Injuries in the Upper Extremities in Baseball PitchersJosh Baker, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. RobertsonIn today’s age, athletic injuries are occurring at an epidemic rate in all levels of baseball. There is a combination of overuse and specific injuries that are occurring in younger players, which are leading to more serious, possibly career ending injuries in adult baseball players. In this presentation, I will explain why I believe there has been this rise in throwing injuries in baseball players, and what the next steps need to be in order to hopefully decrease injury occurrence in the sport of baseball.
12:30 PM – Hatha Yoga: A more economical treatment method for collegiate athletes with low back painVictoria Hernandez @_victoriahernan, Faculty Sponsor: Dr.RobertsonThis presentation will explore the possibility of using Hatha yoga as a treatment modality for collegiate athletes with low back pain. This will be important in the medical field because as college students, sometimes more costly treatment methods are not financially an option. I will explore both the psychological and physiological benefits of hatha yoga. I will be arguing the use of Hatha yoga as an alternative or supplemental treatment plan for low back pain.
12:45 PM – The Presidential Election Cycle and its Effect on Stock Market BehaviorFaith Doski, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Carol DoleThis analysis focuses on the effect the United States presidential election cycle has on stock market behavior. Taking in to account prior research, historical data of stock market returns, volatility, and election cycle data, it can be observed that certain years in the four year presidential election cycle experience significantly different stock market volatility and rates of return. This information can be used by investors and other professionals in the finance industry to navigate through political uncertainty in order to successfully manage their portfolios and advise their clients.
1:00 PM – Visual Arts Applications for 3D Printing TechnologiesEric KunzendorfThis presentation outlines various Visual Arts applications for 3D printing such as character prototyping, work visualization and volume sketching. This presentation covers the presenters explorations of two methods of printing: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) with the Lulzbot TAZ 5 printer and Stereolithographic (SL) printing using Formlabs Form +1 printer. I will outline the steps needed to successfully print using both methods as well as present some physical works to serve as "touchy/feely" examples for the audience to pass around and examine directly.
1:15 PM – The Head vs. the Heart: Woody Allen on the Nature of ArtDr. Joana Owens, Professor of HumanitiesAn analysis of elements found in selected examples from Woody Allen’s filmography, in concert with a consideration of his own statements in various print and video interviews, will clarify the director’s complex and sometimes seemingly contradictory views on the role that art serves for its audience as well as the motives that inspire artistic creation. Ultimately, Allen tears down our illusory attempts to find answers to the deep mysteries of life, while at the same time reaffirming our sense of the importance of such attempts.
1:30 PM – Melancholy: A Witches Weapon in the Early Modern PeriodWhitney Abshear wabshea4, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sarah ParkerThis presentation explores the early modern obsession with melancholy in the context of rising concerns about witchcraft during the seventeenth century in England. In The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton (Oxford: 1621), there is a section devoted to witches’ use melancholy as a weapon against the public (202-206). Burton describes the witch as having the ability to wield a depressive sadness that could completely alter her victim’s physiological makeup. Those afflicted with melancholy often accused elderly women of causing their disease which, I will argue, illustrates contemporary concerns about the relationship between illness, witchcraft, and mortality.
2:00 PM – Intracellular Target of the Antimicrobial Peptide ThanatinKayla DeOca, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Karen JacksonThanatin, a 21-residue antimicrobial peptide, has been shown to kill bacteria. Previous work demonstrated that thanatin can cross the membrane but does not cause killing via osmotic lysis. It is suspected that thanatin binds internal proteins. In this study, biotinylated S-thanatin was used to determine what this intracellular target is. First, we demonstrated that the biotinylation of S-thanatin did not affect its function, validated via minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) testing. The putative S-thanatin binding targets were then examined via Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time Of Flight (MALDI-TOF) analysis.
2:15 PM – BPA and MyocarditisJessica Mathews, Faculty Sponsor: Professor Catherine MillerOngoing studies are being conducted to determine how bisphenyl A (BPA) affects individuals with myocarditis. To study the effects of BPA, different grades of BPA were administered to male and female mice infected with Coxsackie B myocarditis. Data were collected to determine the impact of BPA on these individuals and to identify any sex differences that may exist over varying lengths of time.
2:30 PM – Crew Resource Management Northwest Fligth 85Jeremy Hanlon, Faculty Sponsor: Ross StephensonThe oral presentation will cover Crew Resource Management as well as its sub parts. The presentation will cover the emergency upon Northwest Flight 85 and how the crew handled the situation.
2:45 PM – A Woman in a Man’s WorldOlivia Alford, Faculty Sponsor: Joana OwensIn regards to women’s rights, the character Satine in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! (2001) is a representation of not only late nineteenth-century France, but also of the modern-day woman and the challenges women still face professionally as objects of sex in the eyes of male counterparts and in terms of their roles within the social structure of a patriarchal society. Film analysis will provide a closer look at how Satine is mistreated by the men around her and how her experience ultimately reflects realities women continue to experience today.
3:00 PM – “Skin Deep: Female Characters in Watchmen as a Criticism of Feminism”Arielle S. Pompilius, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Sarah ParkerThe graphic novel Watchmen (1986-87) has, by tackling complex societal and psychological problems, largely redefined the genre of comics. The role of feminism in the characters’ interactions is a fundamental sociopolitical theme that defines Watchmen. Author Alan Moore engages with 1980s debates about the definition of feminism through his conflicted and often harsh portrayal of feminist relationships. By examining both postmodern and existentialist feminist scholarship, this paper argues that Moore, though critical of postmodern feminist views, idealized the existential feminist paradigm.
3:15 PM – Homework Presentations Provide Timely FeedbackDr. Erika WardHomework is a key part of many courses, mathematics courses included. In the context of lower-level math classes, homework gives students the opportunity to practice new skills in both familiar and unfamiliar situations, and to develop an understanding of the related concepts. Homework is assigned, collected and graded in a variety of different ways in different contexts. After trying many of them, I’ve developed a practice of "homework presentations" which, I argue, gives students feedback at the optimal place in their process with the homework. This work is in progress under the SoTL Fellow program.
3:30 PM – Effects of Lifestyle Changes on Vocal Quality in College Freshman Vocal Performance MajorsJulie Speulda, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Judith Wingate, Ph. D., CCC-SLPStudents new to college are experiencing major life changes such as alterations in diet, fluctuations in sleep patterns, and easier access to alcohol. This study investigated the change in vocal function of freshman vocal performance majors transitioning to a residential college environment. Five participants completed the Singing Voice Handicap Index, a lifestyle questionnaire, and acoustic measures three times during one academic year. Although no major changes in weight were noted, changes in sleep, caffeine, and hours of singing were found. One student with baseline edema and erethema presented with extreme vocal changes. Final measurements to be taken in April, 2016.
3:45 PM – What are the Effects of Neuroplasticity-Focused Therapy on Gross Motor Functions across Maturation Levels in Patients with Cerebral Palsy?Jessalyn D. Earley, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christopher RobertsonGross motor function for patients with cerebral palsy is limited and often non-existent. Common therapies aim to improve functionality, yet they often prove to be ineffective. New studies have revealed that completely altering the pathways of the brain may be the answer to providing such patients with the mobility and functionality that they seek. By exploring the incorporation of neuroplasticity-focused therapy into traditional therapy settings, the efficacy of traditional therapies may be drastically improved in years to come.
4:00 PM – Anabolic Steroids: If taken properly and with proper knowledge, can anabolic steroids be taken off the controlled substance list?Audrey Webb, Faculty Sponsor: C.T. RobertsonAnabolic- androgenic steroids (AAS) are used by athletes and non-athletes to gain muscle, enhance their appearance, and increase endurance. AAS has been frowned upon by society and is considered cheating when it comes to competition. In the 1990s congress passed the Control Substance Act, which added AAS to the banned substance list unless prescribed by a doctor. But how can something used for medical purposes be such a bad thing? In this presentation I will go over the pros and cons of AAS and if taken properly, how they can do more good than harm.
4:15 PM – Rafflesia To The RescueMisha Chalkley, Jonathan Glover, Cindy Leong @brad310617, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Han DuongSince Sputnik’s launch, countries around the world have been sending satellites to space. Unfortunately, no one has ever come up with an idea to dispose the satellites once their lifespan ends. This is hazardous because it can cause collision with operational satellites. In our proposal, we have designed a satellite, named the Rafflesia, that has built in net to capture the small debris that are compressed into 1 cubic meter to be shipped back to the earth and recycled. Larger debris that the net cannot catch will be caught by a tow rocket and pushed to Earth.
4:30 PM – What are the psychological effects associated with chronic back pain in college athletes?Blanca Fernández, Faculty Sponsor: RobertsonA background will be given on how the nervous system is affected from chronic pain. Traits that increase the likelihood of depression from chronic pain will be discussed. How attitude and postural changes increase the likelihood of chronic back pain persisting. Cognitive therapy as well as being around social support can help with coping and recovery. Athletes have a need to be on a team because of the social support and tend to perceive injuries worse than non- athletes. Athletes face withdrawal symptoms when giving up sport, psychological effects of coping with injuries will also be shared.

Wednesday, April 13
8:00 AM – The Transcender: A Graphic Exploration of Trading Card GamesBrandon Sugar @bsugs8, Faculty Sponsor: Ginger SheridanImages are powerful, especially when they are created to solve a problem. I created the artwork for The Transcender as a way to help people interact more with one another and gain a sense of the past. I merged my passion of graphic design with my knowledge of early medieval times to create a game that is aesthetically intriguing. Trading card games have stemmed from a history of building communities and shared interaction. So, I saw a perfect opportunity to add value in which my creative choices could help bridge the gap between past and present.
8:15 AM – Mercury Analysis in St. John’s River WaterAndrew Allen @DrewsephA, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Lucinda SonnenbergMercury is a well-known neurotoxin that poses a large public health risk; one of the biggest is developmental toxicity in fetal brains. Methylmercury, the most toxic form, bioaccumulates to high levels in aquatic food webs. This makes it important to examine environmental factors that affect the methylation of inorganic mercury, one of which is dissolved organic matter in water. We hypothesize a positive relationship between mercury concentration and organic matter concentration and organic matter structure. Water samples from the Lower St. John’s River were analyzed for mercury, and compared to the concentration of dissolved organic carbon and its spectral characteristics.
8:30 AM – GastroFest: Implementing a Sustainable Event GuidelineChawnee Gulick, Faculty Sponsor: Ashley JohnsonAround the world special events are held to provide society with the opportunity to celebrate and inspire. Each year, events cause tremendous amounts of environmental damage due to the overuse of resources and lack of waste management. There is an urgent need and opportunity for sustainable development in the event management industry. The objective of this project is to create a sustainable event checklist for the annual GastroFest in Jacksonville, Florida by analyzing the event at its current state on March 19th, 2016, and suggest improvements based on existing research to be implemented in future years.
8:45 AM – The Effects of Transportation Emissions on Urban Green Space in Northeast FloridaLara Bushwood, Faculty Sponsor: Ashley JohnsonThis research assesses the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that are released into the atmosphere by automobiles in Northeast Florida from the last ten years. This project compares the amount of carbon emissions from each county and also conducts an area analysis of the amount of urban green space. The purpose of these analyses is to determine whether there are enough urban green spaces within Northeast Florida to offset the amount of carbon dioxide emissions.
9:00 AM – Exercise Is MedicineWyatt Mitchem @WyattMitchem, Faculty Sponsor: Gail “Buffy” MaetozoThis presentation will cover the events of Exercise is Medicine in detail, how they went, what we could have done better, where we would like to be, and how we would can get there. Past events I will be covering: Health Fair 10K a Day Student Fitness Competition River House Run/Walk 5K Weekly Track Workouts Spin Classes Strength Workout Classes Involved in Training Faculty
9:15 AM – Sustainable Techniques in Affordable HousingAlex Moldovan, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ashley JohnsonThis study investigates the benefits that green affordable housing has on society. To gauge the level of satisfaction with traditionally built affordable housing, tenants in Jacksonville, Florida’s Section-8 program were interviewed. These results yielded that the living conditions were anything but energy efficient, sustainable, or affordable. Instead, the data insinuated that the provided local affordable housing in parts of Jacksonville were sometimes dangerous, not well-kept, and lacking several vital amenities, such as green-space and recreational areas. Case studies demonstrated examples of the cost efficiency of housing built using sustainable techniques being far better than housing of traditional techniques.
9:30 AM – Local Food Sources for Jacksonville, FloridaCheyenne Gulick, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ashley JohnsonThe goal of this project is to inform the community of Jacksonville, Florida about the local food system and increase awareness and accessibility of local foods. This is accomplished by teaming up with the GastroJax and the restaurants participating in the annual Gastrofest to provide information to consumers about the numerous benefits of eating locally and sustainably, as well as where local food can be purchased. Provided in this report is the creation of an map that includes local farms, farmers markets, restaurants that source local foods, and grocery stores that sell locally produced options.
9:45 AM – Assessment of Student Learning in General ChemistryZhaoyang HuangTo improve the students’ performance in STEM courses can potentially decrease the attrition rate in STEM and raise the quality of the STEM graduates. Pedagogical research has been devoted on the innovation of classroom instructions under the assumption that students’ learning depends on the instructional methods more than the other factors. However, the classroom instruction is not the only factor that contributes to students’ exam performances. Our study indicated that students’ poor study habit is another important factor to lead to their failure in General Chemistry.
10:00 AM – The Struggles with Cyberbullying: Why the Need for Stronger Public PolicyQuang Ly QuangLy561, Faculty Sponsor: Shelley GrantCyberbullying is a major public policy that is often overlooked but deserves attention. Since cyberbullying has been studied from as early as 2006, there have been fluctuations in the rate of cyberbullying incidents yearly. On average, 26.3 percent of students are cyberbullied. This number can be expected to increase in the coming years as more youths have access to the Internet and electronic devices. Cyberbullying is a harmful act that has no place in society. Most victims suffer greatly from depression, identity issues, low self-esteem, and suicide ideations. Solving cyberbullying takes a community that includes states, schools, parents, and students.
10:15 AM – LEED Lab at Jacksonville UniversityMonica Hakun, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. JohnsonThis paper discusses the reasons why Jacksonville University should implement LEED Lab. LEED Lab includes a student-centered project that results in the certification of a building on campus as LEED EBOM (Existing Building Operations and Maintenance). Advantages of LEED Lab include increased campus sustainability, cost savings in energy, and experiential learning for students. JU can save over $50,000 by having students complete this project rather than an outside professional. Large universities, including the University of Florida and international universities like American University in Cairo are partnering with the USGBC and allowing students to perform meaningful undergraduate research through LEED Lab.
10:30 AM – Does physical activity provide a positive/negative affect on adolescents academic performance?DeAngelo M. Howard Jr., Faculty Sponsor: Christopher RobertsonDoes physical activity provide a positive/negative affect on adolescents academic performance? D.M. Howard Faculty Sponsor C.T. Robertson Research has shown that physical activity is associated to many behavioral and cognitive characteristics in adolescents like brain neural development, enhanced classroom cognition and concentration, increased levels of self-esteem, and decreased levels of anxiety. This thesis will attempt to show if these characteristics associated with regular physical activity contribute to improved adolescent academic performance.
10:45 AM – How does Restricted Environmental Stimulus Therapy Improve Athletic Performance?M.R. Meny @marc_meny, Faculty Sponsor: C.T. RobertsonRestricted environmental stimulus therapy (REST) has been shown to improve athletic performance over multiple sport domains and in numerous research investigations. This thesis delves into how flotationREST affects performance through psychological and physiological changes. Factors examined are the effectiveness of gaining self-efficacy within the flotation tank as a way to modify behavior, as well as, the biological changes that occur within the body during and after REST. This thesis attempts to explain how and why these changes occur when ‘separating’ the mind from the body.
11:00 AM – How Does Chiropractic Care Affect Athletic Performance?Brady DeCouto, Faculty Sponsor: C.T. RobertsonChiropractic care has the potential to enhance athletic performance. The manipulation of the spine can reduce muscular inhibition depending on the region of the spine manipulated, and this can increase force production. Muscular endurance can also be improved through the decrease in muscular inhibition. An increased availability of motor units can result in a prolonged time to fatigue. Movement efficiency can be improved through enhancements in force development and transfer due to an increase in joint mobility. An improved ability for motor learning can result from the manipulation of the cervical spine.
11:15 AM – Long-Term Glycemic Control and Surgical Site InfectionJaime Maurer, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hilary MorganThe purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between good long-term preoperative glycemic control and the rate of surgical site infections in all surgical patients. The study will focus on all scheduled, non-emergent surgical patients who are evaluated in the Pre-Admission Testing Department prior to surgery. It is known that uncontrolled diabetes predisposes patients to surgical site infections. However, interestingly, the CDC estimates that 27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed. It is hypothesized that the rate of surgical site infections will be decreased if there is good long-term glycemic control prior to surgery.
11:30 AM – Mapping Natural Resource Ecosystems With Small Unmanned Aerial SystemsDrew Park and Owen Nicely, Faculty Sponsor: Ross Stephensongeospatial mapping techniques used for wildlife and natural resource management utilizing the low altitude remote sensing capability of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) provides a more feasible and flexible option for conducting surveys of natural resource areas. This study examines the feasibility and applicability of using sUAS to create orthomosaic maps and 3D models of existing oyster reefs within the St. Johns River estuary in Duval County. Information gathered through this research will be used to assess changes to the reefs over time and make recommendations to governmental entities about reopening the oyster beds for harvesting.
11:45 AM – ISOTOPIC ANALYSIS OF SOURCE WATERS CONTRIBUTING TO A SUBMARINE SPRING IN SAN SALVADOR, BAHAMAS.Alison DeVivero, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jeremy StalkerSubmarine groundwater discharge supplies coastlines with a source of fresh, nutrient-rich water. A submarine spring within the Cockburntown formation outcrop at Grotto Beach has been identified. In May 2014, a sonde was placed within the vent for 24 hours collecting conductivity and temperature data. Analysis concluded the springs salinity was at its lowest of 23.9 psu at low tide and highest of 29.4 psu at high tide. During May 2015, multiple water samples were collected from the spring and surrounding inland water sources. Analysis of hydrogen and oxygen isotopes gives insight to the conduit source waters of the spring.
12:00 PM – Finding inspiration in Debussy’s PreludesGinger Sheridan & Scott WatkinsIn the fall of 2014 Professor Scott Watkins invited Professor Ginger Sheridan to collaborate with him on his upcoming project – Debussy’s Preludes Book II. Professor Watkins was going to perform the body of work on piano for a variety of concert venues, including Carnegie Hall. Inspired by the music, Professor Sheridan created a body of photographic work in response to each of the 12 preludes found in Book II while traveling in Europe. During our presentation we will discuss the collaboration as well as listen to the music while looking at the artwork.
12:15 PM – A theory-based examination of students’ beliefs towards a bike share program at Jacksonville UniversityHeather Baptiste, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Heather HausenblasTo provide mobility to the Jacksonville University community that will help complement the parking, make the campus eco-friendly, and give students access to the full range of the campus experience, Jacksonville University (JU) is planning to implement a Bike Share Program in Fall 2016. This program will include bikes in front of several buildings on campus (e.g., DCOB, Gooding, Library, Terry Concert Hall, Reid Science Building) giving the JU community the opportunity to ride bikes on campus. The purpose of our study is to conduct an elicitation study to theoretically assess the students attitudes, barriers, and behaviors towards using the bike share program in the Fall 2016. This theory-based study will enable the development of the prospective study to assess the efficacy of the bike share program for the Fall 2016.
12:30 PM – In Hot Water: Modeling the Temperature Change within a BathtubSavannah Bates, Nicole Buczkowski, Tyler Hardison, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. MoseleyAfter a long day at work a person comes homes come to take a relaxing bath. Upon filling up the tub to a desirable temperature the person settles in to cleanse and relax. After a while the water in the bathtub begins to cool. In order to reheat the bathtub to a desirable temperature, the faucet must be turned on to bring warmer water back into the system. In order to model how long it takes the water in the tub to reheat, a differential equations approach will be taken. The system of equations will model how the bathtub water, along with the person inside of it, heat up to a desirable temperature when warmer water is added. The interactions between the water and the room temperature air, along with the water and the person’s body, will be evaluated. Also, the shape and size of the bathtub and the person will be taken into account in order to see the effects they will have on the time it takes to reheat the bath water. The difficulty in determining certain heating factors place stress on all aspects of research and creating the model. The final goal is to show an accurate model of how long it will take to reheat and maintain a constant temperature in the tub.
12:45 PM – A Portable Mechatronic System for Parkinson’s Disease PatientsWeston Miller, Jonathan Maywood, Travis Pulliam, Sergio Aponte, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Huihui WangWe design and develop a portable, inexpensive and customized mechatronic system for Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients. The system will allow PD patients to monitor and subsequently know to adjust their speaking volume. It consists of a bracelet and a necklace. The necklace houses an Arduino with a sound sensor, a Bluetooth transmitter and a battery. The bracelet houses a Raspberry Pi, a Bluetooth receiver, a battery, and a haptic interface. The necklace will wirelessly trigger the haptic interface to remind the PD patient to speak up when his or her sound volume is lower than a threshold value.
1:00 PM – Effectiveness of Family Member Presence During ResuscitationShannon McDonough @smmcd85, Faculty Sponsor: Hilary MorganThe purpose of this study is to examine the experiences and perspectives of family members’ presence, at the bedside, during resuscitative events in comparison to those who were not present. Many hospitals are opening up to the idea of families being present during resuscitation. In the past, families were asked to leave, resulting in unanswered questions, leading to negative impacts on the grieving process. Research now shows it maybe beneficial, to the families overall well-being, to be present. Most facilities do not have a written policy in place. Medical staff want their hospitals to have a written policy in place.
1:15 PM – Prevention of Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections in Pediatric Intensive Care PatientsApril Clay, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hilary MorganCentral line associated bloodstream infections are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in pediatric patients. Central line catheters are necessary when caring for critically ill pediatric patients but also put these patients at an increased risk for central line associated bloodstream infections. The purpose of this literature review is to determine if the use of central line insertion and maintenance bundles in pediatric patients with central line catheters lower the rates of central line associated bloodstream infections vs. the use of routine central line care.
1:30 PM – Compassion Fatigue among Critical Care NursesBayani M. Bunal, Jr., BSN, RN, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hilary MorganCritical care nurses are often faced with occupational stressors when providing specialty care to patients experiencing life-threatening conditions. Over time, these nurses experience compassion fatigue, a condition that cause profound personal and professional effects, which may further impair their quality of life, workplace setting and the quality of care they deliver. Results from a literature review revealed paucity in academic studies regarding effective interventions that manage compassion fatigue. Determining the effectiveness of an educational program in decreasing the levels of compassion fatigue does not only improve the nurses’ quality of life but also aids the profession in establishing efficient interventions.
1:45 PM – The rigors of risk assessment in the acute care setting: Determining the most accurate psychiatric assessment tool.Alicia Turner N/A, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hilary MorganAim. The purpose on this study is to determine a best practice psychiatric assessment tool for evaluating acuity. Background. On average, there are 420,00 annual ED visits related to self-harm, and of those there is a significant number that go undetected as intentional. Also, a successful attempt by the patient can result in possible litigation, provider burnout, and of course a detriment to the patient (Petrik, Gutierrez, Berlin, & Sanders, 2015). Methods. A correlational retrospective integrative literature review. Findings. There is inconclusive data available to support a definitive. Keywords: emergency, assessment, psychiatric, acuity, tool.
2:00 PM – Delayed Versus Immediate Pushing in Nulliparous Women With Epidural AnesthesiaStephanie Jones @steph0800, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hilary Morgan Epidural analgesia has become one of the most common ways to manage pain during labor. Epidural analgesia can also inhibit a woman’s natural urge to push. A decreased urge to push can lead to longer pushing time, increased risks for complications and cesarean or instrument assisted deliveries. One method of pushing for laboring nulliparous mothers with epidurals is Immediate Pushing within 15 minutes of full cervical dilation. Another method is Delayed Pushing which allows the mother to rest for up to two hours before pushing. Delayed Pushing has shown better outcomes and less time spent pushing compared to Immediate Pushing.
2:15 PM – Barriers to Transfer PolicyStephanie V. Carmon, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hilary Morgan In the summer of 2014 at a busy hospital in NE Florida, an algorithm for operating room (OR) to intensive care unit (ICU) transfers was created. The algorithms intent was to ease and standardize the process of transferring a patient from the OR to the ICU. Since the implementation of the algorithm, the neurosurgical patient population at this hospital has experienced an influx in barriers to successfully executing this transfer policy. The purpose of this descriptive study is to identify barriers preventing the success of the OR to ICU policy among the neurosurgical patients at a hospital in northeast Florida.
2:30 PM – CAUTI PreventionLeah Sangalang, Faculty Sponsor: Hilary MorganAbstract Patients in the ICU are prone to developing CAUTI due to prolonged catheterization and placement of catheters without proper indication. Catheter-associated UTI is the most common health care associated infection. CAUTI is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, health care costs, length of stay and resource utilization. Since nurses are mainly responsible for the insertion and maintenance of foley catheters, nurse driven bladder bundles can be an effective means of tackling this problem. This literature review will evaluate the effect of implementing a nurse driven bladder bundle initiative in reducing CAUTI rates in the ICU.
2:45 PM – Decreasing the incidence of Deep Sternal Wound Infection after Cardiac SurgeryMaria Nuon NA, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. MorganObjectives. The study purpose will evaluate the incidence of postoperative deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) in patients with and without a caregiver present during discharge education. Method. This quasi-experimental study evaluates two groups of patients: with or without a caregiver present during discharge education. Chart audit is completed to measure the incidence of DSWI three months postoperatively. A survey assessing the level of care and preparedness of the patients after discharge is also given. Conclusion. The group with a caregiver present during discharge teaching is predicted to have a lower incidence of DSWI.
3:00 PM – Alternatives to Standard Alcohol Gel for Patient Hand Hygiene to Prevent Clostridium Difficile Infections in the Hospital SettingAmy Svensson, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hilary MorganStandard alcohol based hand hygiene products have been found to be ineffective against the Clostridium difficile spores. Soap and water hand washing is the preferred method of hand hygiene to remove spores from the hands. The purpose of this research is utilize a Quasi experimental design to compare the effectiveness of a hand sanitizing alcohol gel wipe in decreasing the incidence of hospital onset clostridium difficile when compared to the use of a standard alcohol based hand gel for an immobilized hospital population. The framework of this study is based on Betty Neuman’s Systems Model.
3:15 PM – The use of nonpharmacological interventions in pediatric patientsMichael Collins, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hilary Morgan Studies have shown the use of narcotics in the post anesthesia care unit in the pediatric population causes complications or undesired side effects, but other measures or methods of pain management have not been fully explored. Alternative distraction methods utilized in the recovery process can decrease the length of stay in the recovery room. The use of distraction methods such as conversation, positioning, warmth and introduction of oral intake can be utilized to minimize pain and reduce the needs for narcotic class drugs, because narcotics increase nausea, emotional lability, and risk for injury upon discharge/admission.
3:30 PM – Lesion Location and Post Stroke Depression in Patients Receiving Vascular InterventionJustin Keeton, Faculty Sponsor: Hillary MorganA lack of coherence exists in the literature regarding the relationship between lesion location and post stroke depression. This study will attempt to correlate lesion location and depression following a stroke with patients receiving newer vascular interventions. A prospective correlational design will be utilized. Adult patients receiving care in an intensive care unit who have been treated with endovascular therapy will be considered. Patients will be evaluated by using the patient health questionnaire 2. Location will be classified as left, right, or bilateral. Additionally, sites will be classified as being cortical, sub-cortical, cerebellar, or brain stem infarcts.
3:45 PM – Dperession Related to Nightime ShiftsSarah Curtis, Faculty Sponsor: Hillary MorganNurses who work nontraditional shifts, such as an overnight shift, may be negatively impacting their quality of life and health without even realizing. There are several different physiological effects on night shift workers that can damage a nurse’s health and happiness. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the incidence of depression, specifically in nurses working night shift as compared to nurses who work a traditional daytime shift. A better understanding is needed of the effects of working night shift so that nurses can be evaluated to improve quality of life for the nurse, therefore generating better patient care.
4:00 PM – Hospital Divert Impact on Emergency Department BoardingAmy Decker, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hilary MorganBoarding admitted patients in the Emergency Department (ED) has been a long struggle for hospitals nationwide. Boarding occurs when admitted patients remain in the ED awaiting an inpatient bed. Boarding patients becomes costly to the hospital, quality of care declines, ED wait times increase, and patient length of stays increase. ED wait times and length of stays are reported to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and effect hospital reimbursement. This literature review is to determine if allowing a hospital at full capacity to go on hospital divert will have an effect on the incidence of boarding patients in the ED.
4:15 PM – Emergency Department Throughput EvaluationElizabeth G. Bagan, BSN, RN, Faculty Sponsor: Hilary Morgan, PhD, CNMAbstract Title. Emergency Department Throughput Evaluation Aim. Explore using navigators in EDs to reduce length of stays (LOS). Background. An ED is challenged with increasing patient numbers that surpassed projected volume models. A shared governance counsel was tasked to reduce LOS. However, no change models or interventions were successfully developed. Methods. Online database search using the JU Swisher Library. Systematic reviews and primary empirical research about navigators used in the ED. Findings. Navigators impact overall LOS. Implications for Practice. ED navigators impact LOS. Success requires staff buy-in, leadership support, and a relevant “championed" change model. Keywords. throughput, emergency, navigator
4:30 PM – Evaluation of Sepsis Bundles on Early Recognition, Intervention, and Mortality RatesSaidy Harper, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Hillary Morgan Abstract Sepsis is a dysregulated response to an organism that causes infection and organ failure in the body (SSC, 2016). Current guidelines recommend implementing sepsis bundles to improve early recognition of sepsis, treatment and survival. Studies agree that prompt recognition and intervention is key to sepsis survival. However, there is conflicting research on the effectiveness of sepsis bundles and improved patient outcomes. Currently, sepsis remains the leading cause of mortality among hospitalized patients. Further research is needed to evaluate the implementation of sepsis bundles and their impact on sepsis outcomes. Keywords: sepsis, mortality, early recognition, treatment, sepsis bundles

Thursday, April 14
8:00 AM – DISTANCE RUNNING AND ITS IMPACT ON ADOLESCENTSC. R. Bridger, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. RobertsonHow can running impact the lives of our children? Distance running is not reserved for adults only; as a matter of fact adolescents may receive many benefits from regularly participating in running events too. Similar to all sporting activities there are certain risks to take into consideration when working with children; however, most of the risks may be mitigated. My goal is to explain how adolescents may significantly benefit from participating in distance running. Additionally, risk factors will be presented with the intention of bringing awareness to common preventable injuries related to distance running.
8:15 AM – Does color matter? Function of color polymorphism in Gasteracantha cancriformis in Northeast FloridaSean Zweygardt @s_z_w_e_y_g_a, Faculty Sponsor: E. Natasha VanderhoffRecent investigations of the function of body coloration in spiders have led to several hypotheses including prey attraction, crypsis, and aposematism. The spiny crab spider Gasteracantha cancriformis is polymorphic with as many as eight different color patterns, including white with black spines, white with red spines, and yellow with black spines. The significance of these color variations has yet to be determined. We gathered data on a population of G. cancriformis in northeast Florida to determine the degree of polymorphism and what if any affect coloration has on prey capture. In addition to gathering data on spiders and their webs, we compared prey capture between natural spiders and a group of spiders painted black to test the prey attraction hypothesis. 93% of the spiders we encountered were white with red spines and 62% of those individuals had yellow spots on the underside of the body. Orb area averaged 533 cm2and average web height was 200 cm. Contrary to the prey attraction hypothesis spiders painted black had higher prey capture rates than untreated spiders. Although this difference was insignificant, our data combined with other studies support the idea that coloration in Gasteracantha plays a role in warning predators. In future studies we will investigate the aposematic function of color to deter predators, including birds and parasitoid wasps.
8:30 AM – Restaurant Branding and Design: UpdogAlexandra Plummer, Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Cheryl SowderPets have been an important aspect of human culture for centuries and continue to have a place in the hearts of people today. Discussed here is a body of graphic-design work that seeks to brand a new restaurant called Updog through design elements, including the logo, menu, signage, and advertising. This restaurant Updog focuses on the relationships between pet owners and their dogs. The presenter’s designs center conceptually on the idea that providing an inviting place where pet owners and their dogs can eat a meal side-by-side will overall enhance the quality of life for these people and their pets.
8:45 AM – Can anterior cruciate ligament injuries be reduced and prevented with landing techniques through a specific neuromuscular training in female volleyball players?Ana Gabriela Nieto Gomez, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. RobertsonAnterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury rates in female volleyball players have remained steady over the course of the past two decades. Research has shown that females are at a higher risk than males to incur an ACL injury (2 to 8 times) due to factors associated with anatomical, hormonal, and neuromuscular characteristics. Neuromuscular characteristics can be changed through efficient training and improved landing technique to reduce the risk of ACL injury. Thus, an effective neuromuscular training program may reduce the risk of ACL injury in female volleyball players.
9:00 AM – Does Exercise Delay and/or Manage the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease?Taylor Rossman, Faculty Sponsor: C.T. RobertsonAlzheimer’s disease affects roughly 4 million people in the United States and is estimated to reach 14 million people by 2040 (G. Small et. Al, 1997). The purpose of this research is to examine the benefits of exercise as an intervention to prolong the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. There is not yet a cure for this progressive disease but exercise has been shown in some cases to delay the advancement of the disease, as well as help patients manage the symptoms.
9:15 AM – A Description of The Prevalence of ACL injuries in Female Soccer PlayersEvens Blanc, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Nisse Goldberg With the passage of Title IX legislation stipulating that participation in sports should not be based on sex, women’s involvement in sports across high school and college levels has increased. Based on a literature survey, the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female soccer athletes was compared between high school and college. The percentage of female soccer athletes with ACL injuries was more than twice that of males in high school and college. This pattern was also shown for percentage of ACL injuries from reported injuries. Explanations for the ACL injuries and preventative measures are described
9:30 AM – Mercury in the Lower St. Johns River MudMatthew D. Martin, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Lucinda SonnenbergMercury concentration in the environment is important due to its severe risk to human and environmental health. Particle size and organic matter within sediments affect the fate of mercury in the environment. The hypothesis is that mercury concentration in sediment will increase with higher organic matter and silt/clay concentrations. Mercury was measured in the Lower St. Johns River sediment samples along with organic matter and particle distribution and a relationship was determined. Results indicate that sites with higher percentages organic matter and silt/clay will have higher concentrations of mercury.
10:00 AM – Promoting Student Engagement Using Brain BreaksKaty Lambert @ItsKatyyyyy, Faculty Sponsor: Steven Davis“Do brain breaks during classroom transitions promote student engagement during teacher led instruction?” Research tells us that physical activity is healthy for the brain, and in turn is a good thing when it comes to students learning and achievement. This research will showcase the implementation of brain breaks during certain transitions in the school day to help promote student engagement in a third grade classroom. Many different brain breaks have been used to get the students moving. Brain breaks include; Jumping jacks using multiplication facts, 1,2,3, Jump!, GoNoodle.com videos, Roller Coaster, 5-4-3-2-1, etc.
10:15 AM – Musical Theatre Through the AgesSade Crosby, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Timothy SnyderThe internet defines musical theatre as “a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance”. This art form has recently gained more popularity, however, it took many years and a combination of multiple music styles before musical theater became what it is today. Music has played an important role in society since the time of the ancient Greeks, when song and dance were often used in theatrical productions. It is from these beginnings, as well as a mix of other European music styles that American musical theatre is created.
10:30 AM – 80s/90s Hip Hop MusicDemi Willis, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Timothy SnyderThe purpose of this research is to examine the musical style and characteristics of rap music and how it plays a part in hip hop culture. The paper will pinpoint specifically 80s and 90s rap, presenting the stylistic differences between the two. Simultaneously this paper will explore the branding of prominent rap artists, shedding light on both their brand and how certain rap artists and music made a shift into more mainstream society, some deterring from their original rap music roots while others still remaining grounded in the original culture of hip hop despite the mainstream popularity.
10:45 AM – Shot Down Over Russia: Crew Resource Management Analysis on Korean Flight 007Zacchari Gale, Faculty Sponsor: Wayne ZiskalOn September 1, 1983, a Boeing 747 airliner operated by Korean Air Lines met an unfortunate end. During the height of the Cold War, the jumbo jet carrying 246 passengers and 23 crewmembers went off track over the northern Pacific Ocean. A Soviet fighter shot down the passenger plane after it penetrating restricted Russian airspace. The accident was not just caused by bad luck, however. This project analysis the accident chain of Korean 007 from a perspective of Crew Resource Management, including the factors of automation, situational awareness, and workload management.
11:00 AM – Anthropogenic sound pollution and Northern Cardinal callsJohanna Cotter, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. VanderhoffThe effect of anthropogenic sound pollution on animals has been well documented, particularly as it relates to bird song. Many birds will shift the frequency of their songs to compensate for low-frequency sound pollution. Less attention has been paid to bird calls. We examined whether or not Northern Cardinal chip calls are affected by noise pollution. We recorded cardinal calls and at the same time collected ambient noise data to determine if there was a correlation between calls and anthropogenic sound. We did not find a strong relationship between call frequency and noise levels. Cardinals may do better in urban areas than other birds with lower frequency calls.
11:15 AM – Oh the Places We May Go: Hogwarts to OzRoberta Christopher, EdD(c), MSN, ARNP, NE-BC, CHTS-CP @Professor_C_JUThis presentation will share innovative teaching strategies leveraging technology to foster learner engagement. Some of the strategies include Twitter, Padlet, LinkedIn, blogs, wikis, journals, webpage development tools, Prezi, Powtoon, and Kahoot. The presenter will show you how to integrate these technologies into the Blackboard LMS. You will also learn how to build your own badges for use in Blackboard via Achievements. The presenter will share how to incorporate gamification techniques, such as quests, into your classroom (e.g. Harry Potter and the Wizard of Oz), and lessons learned (the good, the bad, and the ugly) for different student populations.
11:30 AM – Does Temperature directly affect Tourism income in Freeport, Bahamas?Benjamin Davis, Faculty Sponsor: Carol DoleMy aim is to find the correlation between the temperature in the northeast United States and how it affects tourism in the Bahamas. Specifically, I am focusing on the Winter months, figuring out if more people travel to the Bahamas when we are experiencing a hot winter. I will use data to support my hypothesis.
11:45 AM – Tracing the Supply Chain of a Fire Protection FirmJared Mickler @TRPCrealis, Faculty Sponsor: Marie-Laure Bougnol-PotterThe supply chain of a company describes the chain of inputs and processes utilized by various companies in order to produce a specific output or product. This project analyzes and traces the supply chain of a local fire protection company, focusing on its industry conditions and competition, internal inventory, external value-addition activities, the upstream and downstream supply chain, and the day-to-day decisions made by company officers to coordinate and maintain the chain. Information is gathered from supply chain managers inside the company and other sources, analyzed, compiled, and presented along with comments and recommendations.
12:00 PM – A Search for Identity: Cuban Art and ArchitectureAmalia Galdona, Faculty Sponsor: Jim BenedictA Search for Identity: Cuban Art and Architecture explores the decades-long neglect of the Cuban infrastructure as a reflection of the archipelago’s political apathy. Three life-sized figures interacting amongst themselves portray the underlying social issues involved in the island’s economic transition in terms of the public’s indifference towards their own heritage. Through the personification of dilapidated buildings, this sculptural installation seeks to raise awareness about Cuba’s rich architectural history and its unfortunate state of abandonment.
12:15 PM – Undergraduate Research Fund AwardsDr. Lee Ann Clements
12:30 PM – An Autonomous Water Quality Monitoring System Using Arduino/Xbee for Aquatic Systems (Jacksonville Segment of St. Johns River)Chris Beachler, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Huihui Wang, Dr. Quint White, Dr. Ashley JohnsonWe designed and developed a real time wireless data acquisition water quality sensor system using 3D printing processes micro-controllers and water quality sensors. To do this we used two Arduino micro-controllers with wireless Xbee modules, one was continuously transmitting the sensor data back to the other attached to a laptop. To house the electronics, we designed a 3D printed body that included hydro-dynamic aspects for easier travel in water currents. The system allows for sensors to have direct contact with the water for data collection, these openings are sealed with O-rings to keep the electronics safe from possible leaks.
12:45 PM – Expiratory Muscle Strength Training for Brass InstrumentalistsAnna Farrell, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Chris SapienzaThis study tests the outcome of using a pressure threshold device, the Expiratory Muscle Strength Trainer (EMST), for strengthening breathing muscles utilized to push air out of the lungs. Three adults who play a brass instrument volunteered to participate in the study to determine if 5 weeks of EMST improves breath pressure and feelings of fatigue. Comparisons were made between experienced and inexperienced instrumentalists. The study is important as it may provide a simple behavioral treatment for improving the high expiratory pressures needed for performing. With improved pressure, instrumentalists may produce better sound quality and experience less physical fatigue.
1:00 PM – The Population Dynamics of Gopher Tortoises on Cumberland Island, GeorgiaAlexandria Gagne, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. EnzDue to habitat loss, urban sprawl, and over exploration, the land- dwelling Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is now listed as a threatened species in much of the southeastern United States. A previously unstudied population of Gopher tortoises exists on Cumberland Island, Georgia. The purpose of this study was to use "burrow" cameras and remote game cameras to measure the Gopher tortoise population size, activity patterns, ans other animals burrow use on the 40 square mile Cumberland Island in Georgia. Additionally, data on burrow depth, dimensions, aspect, temperatures, and GPS locations were documented and will be presented.
1:15 PM – Geospatial Analysis of Traffic AccidentsRyan Molumby @ryanmolumby, Faculty Sponsor: Dr Ashley Johnson This project attempts to understand the root cause of car crashes by analyzing car accidents in Jacksonville, Florida from 2005 to 2013 from a geospatial perspective. The geospatial methods used to analyze the data in this project include geo-locating the accident prone areas and an analysis of the terrain using slope and veiwshed. In addition, other variables like texting will be examined to find the main cause of crashes. Preliminary results indicate that most crashes occur in the downtown core region of Jacksonville but these crashes are rarely fatal. Additional research is needed to determine the root cause of accidents.
1:30 PM – Does Training At High Altitude Enhance Endurance PerformanceLauren A White, Faculty Sponsor: Chris RobertsonAthletes have been training at higher altitude to gain physiological changes in order to be more efficient when performing. However, research has shown that these physiological advances do not always enhance performance and could actually decrease performance output. This thesis will examine the effects of training at high altitude on the body as well as endurance performance. Through a comprehensive meta-analysis, it has been shown that athletes may be putting themselves through tough conditions to get little to no gain at all.
1:45 PM – Flint Michigan Water Crisis: An analysis of water policy and watershed sustainabilityAllison Price, Faculty Sponsor: Ashley JohnsonThe Flint Water Crisis is a political failure on a state and local level that has interfered with the sustainable management of watershed resources. This project examines the policy decisions made and what went wrong regarding hydropolitics. In addition, this research analyzes affected communities within Flint and it’s demographic characteristics. In order to understand the extent of the water crisis, GIS overlay methods are used to illustrate the spatial distribution of water resources and the presence of lead pipes throughout the city. Solutions to restore, preserve, and conserve riparian areas in order to sustainably manage water resources in the future.
2:00 PM – The Transformative Power of Actualizing AnxietyMichelle Davidson, Faculty Sponsor: Ginger SheridanThis work investigates the human response to internalized panic and the isolation those feelings produce. Through the vehicle of photographic self-portraiture, Actualizing Anxiety creates visual equivalencies for psychological stress. This body of work makes significant use of Latin American magic realism in order to render internal realities in a visually stimulating and viscerally appealing way. The use of unnatural tinting paired with tense body language and facial expressions communicates the human experience of anxiety. The goal for this project was to create portraits that help all of us to translate our fear of anxiety into a thing of beauty.
2:15 PM – An Academic-Based Nurse Practitioner Fellowship ProgramHilary Morgan, PhD, CNM and Michelle Edmonds, PhD, FNP-BC, CNEGraduate Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) face numerous challenges transitioning from registered nurse to advanced practice nurse. They may struggle with role identification, communication and teamwork as well as other professional issues. Nurse practitioner residency programs have been developed at a few locations across the country. These programs are rare and generally found only at larger organizations. Because many APNs are hired individually in small practice settings, NP faculty at a small private university in northeast Florida developed an academic based Nurse Practitioner Fellowship designed to ease the transition to practice for graduating APNs
2:30 PM – Efficacy of Expiratory Muscle Strength Training for Dysphagia in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Meta-Analysis & Systematic ReviewKatherine K. Patchett @KatieKayPat, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Christine Sapienza & Dr. Heather HausenblasChronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) negatively impacts lung function which may lead to breathing (dyspnea) and swallow disorders (dysphagia). The purpose of this study was to conduct a systematic and meta-analytic review to determine the feasibility of expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) with a device as dysphagia treatments in patients with COPD. Literature searches of electronic databases were conducted August 2015 to February 2016 for articles containing randomized controlled trials or the next highest level of research. Fourteen studies met inclusion criteria. The review of available literature supports the theory that EMST may improve swallow function in those with COPD.
2:45 PM – Sustainability Capstone ProjectCharlie Wurzer, Faculty Sponsor: Ashley JohnsonHow food is produced, transported, and consumed in the United States has adverse effects on the natural environment. Supply chain is the term used to define the interaction of each stage involved in the production and distribution of a product. Recently, solutions are becoming more effective in addressing negative aspects of the industrial supply chain that feeds billions every day. This project explores the feasibility of a local restaurant to source meat/produce from farms that practice sustainable agriculture and also aim to minimize the miles of transportation required to obtain their ingredients.
3:00 PM – LNG for Maritime SustainabilityGregory Milligan, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Ashley JohnsonA new technology has the power to make the world more sustainable. This study reviews the growing Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) industry and the possible implications it has on the sustainability of the maritime industry. Through industry analysis and comparison studies as well as first hand interview information, there is evidence to support the idea that LNG can drastically improve the economic conditions, safety, and emissions of the maritime industry. Multi-billions are already invested in maritime LNG development with more money to come. In the next decade LNG will have a chance to revolutionize the maritime industry.
3:15 PM – Changing Student Attitudes, One Compliment At A TimeJessica Parker, Faculty Sponsor: Steven DavisThe purpose of this study is to describe the effects teacher greetings and behavior specific praise has on on task behavior and student self concepts. I hope to find what effect behavior specific praise has on student on task behavior by implementing the use of greetings and specific praise for student’s on task behavior. I will be working with a fourth grade class in a Title I school. Data will be collected through the use of Anecdotal records and observations, student surveys and interviews, as well as CT feedback and Behavior Chart data collected throughout the study.
3:30 PM – Role and Responsibility as a Marine Mammal Care Provider Focusing on Training and How Positive Reinforcement is Incorporated Into Care and Training of Non Releasable AnimalsTeresa Richardson, Faculty Sponsor: Dr. N. VanderhoffThis presentation is designed to provide the audience/viewer with a look into the everyday care of marine mammals, and what duties and roles are associated with their everyday care. The presentation will also focus on the importance of training non releasable animals including, how we train, why we train, and what the purpose of training is. This presentation will also provide the audience with an in depth look at positive reinforcement training using variable schedules and ratio, and how this is applied to non releasable marine mammals in a permanent residence setting. Including why variable schedules , and ratios is important.