October 16, 2008

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Erin Jablonski, center, with lab partners.

(Editor's note: From the fall 2008 issue of Bucknell Magazine.)

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The research interests of Bucknell undergraduates are impressively ambitious and wide-ranging -- from the climate in Alaska 66 million years ago to computer graphics to the impact of alcohol on sexual behavior.

The following list includes highlights of the work of student investigators and the faculty mentors with whom they worked.

How green was my valley
Adam Hinshaw ’09 researched and is developing an on-line tour of the river town Northumberland, which will be linked to a similar pilot project for Sunbury, as a start to developing an on-line guidebook and archive of the relation between human community and environment in the confluence area. (Assistant Professor of English Alfred Siewers)

Cullen Kortyna ’11 is reconstructing the environmental conditions that existed in south-central Alaska 23 to 66 million years ago. (Associate Professor of Geology Jeffrey Trop)

Molly Pritz ’10 and Brent Shipe ’10 spent their summer measuring chemistry and flow rate at several mine discharges as well as monitoring two mine drainage treatment systems near Shamokin, Pa. (Associate Professor of Geology Carl Kirby)

Morgane Treanton ’09 will travel to Kyrgyzstan next summer to assist in conducting public opinion surveys about environmental issues. (Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Amanda Wooden)

Our bodies, our selves
Lauren Gibbons ’09 considers the effect of pupil size and eye color on attractiveness, personality evaluations and long and short-term dating suitability. (Professor of Psychology Joel
Wade)

Mariela Lemus ’09 inquires into whether age plays a role in relational aggression among women. (Professor of Psychology Joel Wade)

Julia Martin ’09 examines the effects of religious affirmations on how college women view their bodies. (Professor of Psychology Chris Boyatzis)

How things work
Elijah Bowen ’09 is testing a method to improve the efficiency of a protocol used to simulate light in computer graphics. (Assistant Professor of Computer Science Josh Steinhurst)

Joseph Foley ’09 worked on the synthesis of an antimalarial drug. (Associate Dean of Faculty and Associate Professor of Chemistry Dee Ann Casteel)

Zaf Kamar ’09 investigates error detection techniques for content-based memory structures. (Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Kundan Nepal)

Mark Kawczenski ’09 examines the material properties of the steel in the historic Tuscarora Creek Bridge. (Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Stephen Buonopane)

Richard LaFredo ’09 evaluated the effectiveness of a new salt-resistant product for use in soil-bentonite cutoff walls. (Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Michael Malusis)

Andrew Litzenberger ’09 created a microfluidic device that mimics the leaky blood vessels associated with tumors. (Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Erin Jablonski)

Thomas Mann ’11 is using nuclear magnetic resonance to examine the structure and behavior of zinc salts. (Assistant Professor of Chemistry David Rovnyak)

The mists of history
Jenny Dalzell ’09 and Cara Cambradella ’08, MA’10 have researched and designed an on-line history project related to the river valley’s Amerindian history in the 17th century. The project supports a proposal to extend the National Park Service’s John Smith Trail north from the Chesapeake to the Mid-Susquehanna. (Assistant Professor of English Alfred Siewers)

Albert Joseph McMullen ’09 examined the significance of place names in early Irish mythological texts. (Assistant Professor of English Alfred Siewers)

The dating game
Maggie Cohen ’09 looks at age/class year preferences for mates among college men and women. (Professor of Psychology Joel Wade)

Sean Coyne ’10 studies the effect of reconciliation on the behavior of hamadryas baboons. (Professor of Animal Behavior Peter Judge)

Lauren Rutter ’09 analyzes students’ understanding the impact of drinking on consent to sexual activity—and on unwanted sexual experiences. (Associate Professor of Psychology Bill Flack)

Apocalypse now
Kevin Mullen ’09 spent his summer analyzing and comparing modern and ancient texts, in English and Hebrew, dealing with Christian and Jewish beliefs on the end of days and the afterlife. He concluded that Christianity and Judaism share similar apocalyptic religious ideas. (Assistant Professor of Religion Rivka Ulmer)

Saving the children
Kelly Bates ’09 has collected data from more than 100 AIDS orphans in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, attempting to document the proportions of severe psychological trauma, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other psychological consequences among these children. (Associate Professor of Psychology Bill Flack)

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