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Symposium celebrates research, internships and creative activity

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College celebrates its emphasis on undergraduate research with the annual URICA Symposium, May 5-6 on campus.

URICA stands for Undergraduate Research, Internships and Creative Activity. The symposium’s main day, May 6, is devoted to presentations from student research in science and social science.

The symposium kicks off May 5 with the first night’s performance of five one-act plays, directed by seniors Josh Lewis, Greg Parham and Will Shoup.

Lewis is directing The Cowboy by Patrick Holland and The Wager by Neil LaBute; Parham is directing Something New by Bo Anderson; and Shoup is directing A Number on the Roman Calendar by David Johnston and Babel’s in Arms by David Ives.

Fifteen different students appear in various roles. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 5 and 6 in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center.

The annual Senior Art Show, with work by graphic design major Sondra Buller and art majors Xi Cheng, Erin Doerksen and Claire McStravick will be open in the Regier Art Gallery both days from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

On May 6, concurrent senior award presentations will take place at 11 a.m., during the normal convocation time slot.

In Krehbiel Auditorium, Emily Wedel, Hutchinson, will present “The Allelopathic Effects of Eastern Red Cedars (Juniperus virginiana) on Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) and Wheat Seedlings (Tritcum aestivum)” and Will Shoup, Pratt, will present “And All the Blue Sky: A Verse Novel and Deconstructive Study of Sports Narrative.”

The Administration Building chapel is the venue for presentations by Renae Stucky, Moundridge, on “The Growth and Decline of the Alta Community: A Case Study of Dead and Dying Towns in Kansas,” and Natalie Unruh, Clay Center, on “Effects of Burning on Soil Invertebrate Communities in Native and Restored Prairie.”

In Room 141 of the Mennonite Library and Archives (the projection room), Leah Towle, Lawrence, will present “Creating a Cooperative Preschool Classroom Environment through a Mindfulness-based Kindness Intervention” and Eric Preheim, Brentwood, Tennessee, will present “Head Case: Education Effects on Bethel Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs About Concussions.”

Most of these students were recipients of URICA Summer Research Grants in 2015.

Research posters will be on display in the lower level of the Will Academic Center (WAC) starting at noon May 6. Different groups of students will be giving poster presentations through the afternoon.

From 1-2 p.m. are Azucena Gonzalez, Cayla Lawless and Jesse Davis, “Early Season to End-of-Season Comparisons of Cognitive Performance in College Football Players”; Javen Zellner, Grace Bradfield, Samuel Bertholf and Nathan Gamache, “Comparison of the Efficacy of Traditional Mouthwash vs. Coconut Oil at Reducing Oral Bacterial Load in the Buccal Cavity”; Daisy Arambula, “Delayed Cord Clamping Related to Anemia Deficiency”; Brandi Bergmeier, “Chlorhexidine Gluconate Preoperative Bathing to Prevent the Risk of Surgical Site Infection”; Chianne Cates, “Kangaroo Care”; Mekale Chapple, “Mental Disease: The Cycling of Long Term Wellness”; Alani Dodd Miller, “Keep Labor Spontaneous”; Elyse Dorlaque, “Women and Domestic Violence in America”; Lindsay Fawcett, “Bedside Shift-to-Shift Nursing Report and its Effects on Patient Safety and Communication Between Nurses”; Lisa Goering, “Evaluation of Pain Assessments”; Alexandra Michler, “Pediatric Insulin Pumps Versus Subcutaneous Injections”; Sarah Molstad, “Bioprinting Innovations”; Addison Moorehead, “Euthanasia for the Suffering”; Shea Morford, “Reducing Infections During Intravenous Catheter Insertion”; Amanda Norgard, “Handwashing or Hand Sanitizing”; and Regan Reeves, “The Use of Distraction Techniques as Means of Pediatric Pain Management.”

From 2-3 p.m. are Randall Hinkson, “A Review of Effectiveness in Hands-Only CPR Versus Mechanical CPR at Preventing Mortality”; Breanna Honer, “Preoperative Site Marking and Surgery”; Shelby Jessup, “Breast-Feeding and Postpartum Depression”; Shelby Johnson, “Long Hours: A Growing Danger”; Haleigh Kerr, “The Effects of Medication Errors in Resuscitation Efforts by Healthcare Professionals and Subsequent Quality Improvement”; Reilly Klein, “ABCDE Bundle to Improve Outcomes for Mechanically Ventilated Patients”; Gary Kramer, “Treatment of PTSD with Service Animals”; Kaela Kruger, “Partial-Thickness Skin Grafts Treated with Wound VAC”; Abigail Ludwig, “Preoperative Fasting Policies”; Bonnie Marnell, “The Effects of Misinformation on Paternal Noncompliance Towards Children’s Vaccinations and its Effects on the Community”; Gail Martin, “Preventing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia”; Whitney McBryde, “Labor Induction Versus Natural Labor: What is the Safest Method?”; Shawncie Merrill, “Delayed Cord Clamping”; Krista Reynoso, “Delayed Cord Clamping Risks and Benefits”; Roseanne Riddle, “Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy”; Abigail Schrag, “Behavioral Pain Assessment Tools for Dementia Patients”; Jennifer Schrag, “Delayed First Baths for Neonates”; Tori Stanhope, “Intervention Techniques for Spinal Cord Injury Patients”; Kelsey Webber, “Compression-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation”; and Caitlin Wilson, “Use of Breast Milk for Infection Prevention in Ventilated Neonates.”

From 3-4 p.m. will be Garrett Lindley, Chase Charles and Randall Schmidt, “Concussion Discussion: The Effects of Education on Bethel Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs”; Brianna Newport, Shaelyn Atwood, Leah Friesen and Kaitlyn Scribner, “Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Variables Affecting Academic Performance in College Students”; Charity Griffin and Heather Eddy, “The Reliability of the Balance Error Scoring System in the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool”; Allie Chesbrough and Taylor Simmons, “Relationship Between Emotional Stimuli and Pupil Dilation”; Brittany Carter, Candy Dao, Darius Jackson and Laird Goertzen, “Stress and Anxiety: A Multi-Dimensional Analysis”; Suzanne Ewy, “Music Therapy: A Case Study”; Cassie Voth and Garrett Smith, “Response of Vital Signs and Reaction Time to 24-Hour Sleep Deprivation and Subsequent Caffeine Exposure in College Students”; Richard Linares, “The Impact of Economic Downturns on the Attendance of ML Baseball Games”; Amber Schmidt-Hayes, Logan Heinrichs and Tyler Shima, “Furthering the Research on Adsorption of Wastewater Contaminants on Magnetic Composites”; Bethany Hamill, Alexander Haas and Max Stucky Halley, “Synthesis of Ionic Liquid (1-hexyl-3-methylimiazolium bromide); Chase Stucky and Daniel Ratzlaff, “DNA Damage: The Effects of Metal Ions and Aspartame”; Daniel Kirk, Connick Roe, Logan Price and Kimberley McLaughlin, “Tyrosinase Inhibition: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Licochalcone A and its Effects on Melanogenesis and Development in Zebra Danios”; Kayla Sparkman, “Evaluation of the Efficacy of Long-term Exposure to Dilute Sodium Hypochlorite in Reducing Viable Cell Dispersal from P. aeruginosa and K. pneumoniae Biofilms”; Heath Goertzen, Maya Kathrineberg and Ben Wiens, “Analysis of the Effect of Phytoextraction on Soil Lead Concentrations Within A Historic Landfill Site”; Kiley Varney, Jackie Conway, Jordan Schroeder and Neil Smucker, “Capsaicin as an Antimicrobial Agent on Selected Bacteria”; Amy Wedel and Riley Schmieder, “Maternal Separation: A Study of a Domestic Feline Litter and Their Behavior”; Erik Long, Santiago Aragon, Austin Coulter, Jaren Murphy and Kelsey Peterson, “Removal of an Invasive Species (Tatarian honeysuckle) on the Sand Creek Trail”; Natalie Unruh and Westen Gesell, “Effects of Burning and Seasonality on Soil Invertebrate Communities in Native and Restored Prairies.”

Oral presentations will take place in several different WAC classrooms.

In WAC 208 are: 1-1:15 p.m., Sondra Buller, Pecha Kucha (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each); 1:15-1:30, Xi Cheng, Pecha Kucha; 1:30-1:45, Erin Doerksen, Pecha Kucha; 1:45-2, Claire McStravick, Pecha Kucha; 2-2:30, readings and an art display from the Spring 2016 issue of YAWP!, Bethel College’s literary magazine, led by co-editors Allie Shoup and Will Shoup, faculty mentor Siobhán Scarry, and other editorial staff and contributors; and 2:30-3, Lila Tibbets, “Extending the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Questionnaire to the Bethel College Campus for Assessment of Mental Health and Mental Health Stigma” (video presentation).

At 4 p.m. in WAC 208, there will be a panel discussion on “Strategies for Student Success in Competing for Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships” with members of the Faculty Fellowships Committee: Rachel Epp Buller, Kathryn Layman, Kip Wedel and Merle Schlabaugh. This is especially for students who have received an invitation that indicates fellowship eligibility.

In WAC 203 are: 1-1:30 p.m., Kara Hiebert, “Evaluation of the Efficacy of Long-Term Exposure to Dilute Sodium Hypochlorite in Reducing Viable Cell Dispersal from P. aeruginosa and K. pneumoniae Biofilms”; 1:30-2, Josh Janzen, “Effects of Prayer and Religiosity on Physiological Stress as Measured by Salivary Cortisol”; 2-2:30, Erik Long, “Removal of an Invasive Species (Tatarian honeysuckle) on the Sand Creek Trail”; 2:30-3, Amy Wedel, “Maternal Separation: A Study of a Domestic Feline Litter and Their Behavior”; 3-3:30, Javen Zellner, “Methods of Reducing Oral Bacterial Load in the Buccal Cavity”; and 3:30-4, SynJohn Sears, “Demanding a Change: The Bethel College Response to African-American Intervention.”

In WAC 216 are: 1:30-2 p.m., Bethany Hamill, “Synthesizing Room Temperature Ionic Liquids”; 2-2:30, Laird Goertzen, “Effects of Gender and Stress on Economic Decision Risk”; 2:30-3, Aida Martinez , “Effects of Classical Music vs. Rap Music on College-Age Students’ Exercise Duration”; 3-3:30, Juan Coy Tení, “Individual Factors that Affect Completion of the Batterer Intervention Program”; and 3:30-4, James Goerzen, “Examining Relationships between Christian Theological Belief and Attitudes Regarding the Pursuit of Social Justice.”

All URICA events are free and open to the public, including the one-act plays. However, due to adult content and strong language, the plays are recommended for mature audiences only.

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