201 WZ

Is the Cold War Over Yet?: Explaining the U.S. Blockade Against Cuba

Melissa Dreffs, Eastern Michigan University

This presentation will review the U.S. blockade against Cuba in regards to its persistence, ineffectiveness, and disregard for international law. The United Nations have condemned this unilateral action and a new optimism of the Cuban people has emerged as there is hope for its end in the near future.

“An Act of Total Cowardice”?: The United Nations, United States and the

Question of Guilt in the Rwandan Genocide

Madeleine Richey, University of Saint Francis

In 1994, the Rwandan Genocide claimed nearly one million lives, and two decades later the question of international guilt is unresolved, discoloring our view of intervention. Moving forward, how do we determine the appropriate course of action, and come to terms with the cost of putting an end to genocide?

Immigration Courts: Processes, Problems and Prescriptions for Improvement

Kourtney Lovett, Eastern Michigan University

This presentation will explore the specific processes performed in immigration courts as well as their current problems such as the lack of court funding and the understaffing of qualified immigration judges.  Additionally, the impact of court decisions on immigrants will be discussed along with potential solutions for the existing problems.


202 WZ

Senior Honors Thesis: Painting Landscapes Through Oil-Based Paint

Sierra Bass, Indiana University East

This presentation will focus on my progression as an artist, showcasing my art that is primarily focused on landscapes through my use of oil paints with a discussion of my artistic technique and my inspiration throughout my showcasing.

Writing a Photo-Picture Book of the Farm

McKenna Marshall, Indiana University East

My presentation is over the rewarding life on the farm “Through the Eyes of a Young Farmer.” I have put together a book depicting the lives of six young farmers and the difficult yet rewarding tasks their lives encompass.


209 WZ

Rachmaninoff: The Romantic in the 20th Century

Tyler Johnson, Indiana University East

An in depth look at Rachmininoff, a romantic musician in the twentith century that stayed true to the heart of Romantic music.  Special attention is given to how Rachmaninoff fit into the rapidly progressing technical procedures of the 20th century romantic era.

Misguided Assumption: Race Obvious in Moby Dick?

Tia Weist, Indiana University East

The Salem Witch Trials Through Film

Erin Hoodlebrink, Indiana University East

The Salem Witch Trials have been represented in multiple different media forms.  This presentation discusses how they are represented in film with careful analysis in the representation of this historical event.


212 WZ

Health Effects from Global Climate Change

Ashton Amos, Washington State Community College

The purpose of this research is to educate the public and give a better understanding of the epidemiology caused by global climate change.  Organizations such as the WHO, EPA and UN, among others, are making efforts to control such adverse effects on the population and environment through mitigation and adaptation.

Climate Change Effects on Nectar Supplies for Broad-tail Hummingbirds

Morgan Heldt-Davis, Indiana University Southeast

This project is a literary review of Asynchronous changes in phenology of migrating Broad-tailed Hummingbirds and their early-season nectar resources by McKinney et al. and related articles, including an introduction to climate change and how it may be affecting the behavior of these birds and the blooming of the flowers they rely on.

Effect of Oil & Gas Pipeline Drilling Mud on Soil Properties

John Lucas, West Virginia State University

Can spent mud from pipeline drilling operation used as soil amendment? Results from a short incubation study evaluating the effect of mud application rates on salinity and sodicity of eight different soil-types is discussed. Mud effect was soil-type and application rate dependent, with limited adverse impact on the measured variables.


213 WZ

The Location Updating Effect: Unexplored Perspectives

Cara Young, Indiana University Southeast

The Location Updating Effect (LUE) describes how information is forgotten after individuals experience a change in environment, such as walking through a doorway. The present analysis posits that because the LUE is present in physical environments as well as digital ones, the assumption that it is mostly a matter of spatial perception is limited. This claim is made in light of research on the Event Horizon Model (individuals form new event models for new situations, which compete for attention and restrict memory) and the Cognitive Load Theory (intrinsic (material learned), extraneous (peripheral material), and germane (schema construction) load interact in ways that inhibit or increase memory). This new perspective may provide insight into the underlying causes of the LUE, as well as pave the way for future research on the subject.

New Daily Persistent Headaches: The Little-Known Syndrome

Abigail Dester, Indiana University Southeast

Few have heard of New Daily Persistent Headaches (NDPH). First defined in 1994, NDPH is a syndrome characterized by migraine-like symptoms accompanied by unrelenting headaches that do not go away for at least three months. This project explores basic information on NDPH and describes why more research is needed.