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2011 research

Faculty Student Summer Research Program

2011 Research Projects 

Project Summary:

For summer 2011, there are 55 students and 33 faculty members working on 35 different projects.  Two faculty members are involved with multiple projects.

Arts Administration 1   Geosciences 1
Art 1   Government 1
Biology 10   Management and Business 4
Chemistry 12   Mathematics 1
Classics 1   Neuroscience 2
Education 1   Psychology 6
Environmental Studies 2   Physics 3
Exercise Science 3   Sociology 5
Foreign Language and Literature 2      


* some projects receive funding from more than one source, and may be listed in multiple areas 

Summer Faculty/Student Research

Faculty Student Summer Research Support for these teams provided by:

Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
Marlene Oberkotter Fowler ‘61
W.M. Keck Foundation
Linda Friedman Lippman '82
Richard A. Mellon '87
Margaret Williams Page ‘43
Rathmann Family Foundation
Charles Slaughter Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Woodcock, Parents 1996 

Maya Mortman ‘13
Anna Tracht ‘13
John Anzalone, Professor, Foreign Languages and Literature
Transcription and Translation of Marechal

Alex Jarvis   
Kate Berheide, Professor, Sociology   

Supporting Women Faculty in STEM at LACS

Matt Rothenberg '13   
Beau Breslin, Professor, Government 
      
The Generational Constitution

Willa Jones '12   
John Brueggemann, Professor, Sociology   
    
Measures of Success and What Works

Alexandra Steinhaur '13   
Hope Casto, Visiting Assistant Professor, Education   
    
Dwindling Rural School Enrollments

Leland Martin '14   
Kim Frederick, Associate Professor, Chemistry 
  
Development of Coatings for Plastic Microfluidic Chips

Sondra Lipshutz '13   
Cathy Gibson, Assistant Professor,
Environmental Studies    

Linking nitrogen and phosophorus uptake

Katherine Imboden '13   
David Howson, Assistant Professor, Arts Administration  
      
Inside the Adirondack Arts Organization

Tyler Reny '11   
David Karp, Professor, Sociology  
      
STARR Project

Dan Pforte '13   
Jim Kennelly, Professor, Management and Business   

Democratizing Capitalism

Katherine Humphreys '12   
Sang Wook Lee, Assistant Professor of Studio Art  
 
Transforming music to the weave

Mikhail Reutski '13   
Elzbieta Lepkowska-White,
Associate Professor Management and Business  
 
Branding Costa Rica as an ecotourist destination

Cheng Ng '14   
Sylvia McDevitt, Associate Professor, Chemistry  
 
Deletion of cop determinant

Julianne Power '12   
Denise McQuade, Teaching Associate, Biology  
 
Measurement of digit ratio

Lyle Reed '12   
Chris McGowan '12   
Adina Micula '14   
Mary Odekon, Professor, Physics

Starburst versus Stripping

Penhleak Chan '12   
Pushkala Prasad, Professor,
Management and Business  
 
Legitimacy challenges to gun industry

Sean Healton '12
Matt Walsh '12   
Kelly Sheppard, Assistant Professor, Chemistry
    
Expanding the genetic code

Alexander Zanetti '13       
Brandy Sreenilayam, Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Purification of the protein, LGN

William Powell '12   
Mark Staton, Assistant Professor,
Management and Business 
  
Implicit Theories of Morality

Michael Gallant '12   
Sarah Stelmack, Teaching Associate, Geoscience  
 
Ground Penetrating Radar

Joelle Sklaar '11   
Deborah Warnock, Visiting Assistant Professor,
Sociology

Learning the Unwritten rules


Axelrod-Porges Scholars

Established in 2006 by Felicia Axelrod '62 and Robert Porges to support faculty-student teams in the area of the sciences.

Lyle Reed '12   
Chris McGowan '12   
Adina Micula '14   
Mary Odekon, Professor, Physics

Starburst versus Stripping


Bender Scholars

The Bender Scientific Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, to encourage young people to pursue the natural sciences

Kate Littrell '13   
Corey Freeman-Gallant, Professor, Biology  
 
Male plumage and oxidative stress

Jack Fisher '14   
Sylvia McDevitt, Associate Professor, Biology

New approach to gene deletion

Madeline Pelz '14   
Kaitlin Garofano '13   
Denise McQuade, Teaching Associate, Biology
   
Digit Ratio

Sarah Bashaw '11   
Kim Frederick, Associate Professor, Chemistry    

Development of Coatings for Plastic Microfluidic Chips

Carolyn O'Connor   
Robert Hallock, Visiting Associate Professor, Neuroscience

Mushroom poisonings
   
Michael Hyde '13   
Brandy Sreenilayam, Visiting Associate Professor, Chemistry  
  
Purification of the protein LGN

Megan Merritt '11   
Kara Cetto Bales, Teaching Associate, Chemistry

Development of discovery-based labs

Madeline Frank '13   
Kelly Sheppard, Assistant Professor, Chemistry   

Expanding the Genetic Code w/ Pyroglut


Schow Family Funds

Roger and Susan Schow, Sam Schow '10

Becky Bui '12   
Lindsay Schmitt '11       
Rebecca Johnson, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Are two spaces better than one?

Dan Pinnolis '13   
Katrina Eckman '13   
Flip Phillips, Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience   

Haptic and visual shape perception

Wesly Lefferts '11   
Erik Hultquist '11     
Pat Fehling, Professor, Exercise Science   

Effect of Base-layer Clothing

Sam Brook '12   
Alicia Saylor, Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow; Neuroscience  
  
Adolescent cannabinoid exposure


Schupf Scholar Program

Established in 2008 by Sara Lubin Schupf '62 to support summer faculty-student research with a preference given to students pursuing projects in the STEM disciplines.  Schupf Scholars are selected beginning the summer after their freshman or sophomore year.  Schupf Scholars may access additional funding for travel to meetings and conferences as well as for research supplies and expenses during their continuing research with faculty during their academic career at Skidmore.

Kathryn Stein '13   
Kelly Sheppard, Assistant Professor, Chemistry   

Asp t-RNA formation in bacteria

Tim Brodsky '13   
TH Reynolds, Associate Professor, Exercise Science   

Carbon Monoz, Diabetes, Obesity

Andrea Conine '13   
Cathy Gibson, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies  
      
Linking nitrogen and phosphorus uptake

Brenda Olivo '14   
Kim Frederick, Associate Professor, Chemistry

Development of Coatings for Plastic Microfluidic Chips


Weg Scholars

Established in 2010 by Carol Little Weg '64 and Ken Weg and awarded with a preference for students pursuing projects in the sciences and social sciences.

Rena Linden ‘13
Kate Berheide, Professor, Sociology  
       
Supporting Women Faculty in STEM at LACs    

Andrew Ross ‘12
Aaron Beck ‘14
Jennifer Bonner, Assistant Professor, Biology

Characterization of nervous system defects that arise in zebrafish    

Adam Steinberger ‘13
Michael Eckmann, Assistant Professor,
Mathematics and Computer Science

Sensor identification for digital image forensics    

Cara McCabe ‘13
SaraJane Rosenfeld ‘13
Denise Evert, Associate Professor, Psychology   
 
Influence of unattended information on the process of attended information         

Aaron Osher ‘13
Kim Frederick, Associate Professor, Chemistry
 
Investigating Thermoresponsive Guanosine Gels     

Sarah Minney ‘13
Sylvia McDevitt, Associate Professor, Biology

New approach of gene deletion        

Ajibu Timbo ‘13
Sylvia McDevitt, Associate Professor, Biology

Indentification of mold inhibiting bacterial isolates

Brittany Ulrich ‘12
Kelly Sheppard, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Asp-tRNA formation in bacteria 

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