2010 Undergraduate Arts & Sciences Symposium winners announced

posted May 12, 2010, 7:39 AM by rbuhr@une.edu

 Winners of the University of New England 2010 Undergraduate Arts and Sciences Symposium have been announced. The symposium was held Friday, May 7, 2010 at the Biddeford Campus.

This annual symposium allows students to present their research, classroom projects, art work, or other work done at UNE in either an oral presentation, poster presentation, or artistic display format.


More than 45 oral presentations were presented this year ranging from the "Compromising, Selling Out, or Both? The Fair Trade Movement and Globalization" to "Testing Abuse Liability of Novel Delta Opioid Pain Relievers," from "The Effect of Induced Osteo Arthritis on Muscle and Bone Quality" to "Determining Age and Size At Sexual Maturity of Black Dogfish."

There were also more than 55 poster sessions ranging from "The Spectrophotometric Characterization of Novel Naphthyl-Substituted Silole" to "This Lifeless Medium is so Poetic it’s Living Art."

Honors Presentations

Oral presentations included Honors presentations on "The Effects of Methylphenidate and Atomoxetine on Attention and Levels of Norepinephrine, Dopamine, and Serotonin in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex of Adult Rats," Francine Brym (Pharmacology);"118-Production of Fos in the Trigeminal Nucleus From Chronic Morphine Withdrawal Induced by Naloxone," Konrad Kross (Biology); "107-Primes and Factor Rings in Gaussian Integers," Caryn Howard (Mathematical Sciences); "From Foucault's Delinquent to the Abject: The New Spectacle of Prison Privatization," Dora Clements (Political Science).

The Winners

First Place - Oral Presentation of Original Research:

The Effects of Drug Contaminated Water on Maze Running and Learning in Female CD-1 Mice
Megan McBurnie (Psychology)
With the increased prevalence of drugs in drinking water supplies, this study examines the acute effects of those drugs on learning

Second Place - Oral Presentation of Original Research (three-way tie):

From Foucault's Delinquent to the Abject: The New Spectacle of Prison Privatization
Dora Clements (Political Science)
This research examines the shift from the traditional type of punishment described by Foucault in Discipline and Punish to the modern spectacle that is the American privatized prison system

The Jewel in the Crown: Colonial Discourse and the English Novel
Cathrine O. Frank, Allison Alaimo, Maura Trinder, Emily Clifford (English)
A panel on representations of India in the works of Rudyard Kipling and Arthur Conan Doyle

Treatments for PTSD in Children and Adolescents: A Survey of Practitioners
Rachel Olinger , Rick Rizzo (Psychology)
In this survey study, we investigated the types of treatments used to treat PTSD among practitioners, if  treatments differed between psychologists and social workers, and whether different treatments were used for children when compared to adults

First Place - Poster Presentation:

Phenotyping and Quantifying Infiltrating CD4+ T-Cells Following Transection of the L5 Spinal Nerve
Kyle Draleau (Microbiology COM)
This project investigated the type of T-cells that infiltrate the spinal cord following a neuropathic injury, as well as the level of the cytokine associated with the infiltrating T-cell to learn more about positive causes of neuropathic pain.

Second Place - Poster Presentation:

The Role of Cthrc1 in a Bleomycin Model of Pulmonary Fibrosis
Megyn Beyer (Pharmacology)
Pulmonary fibrosis is induced using bleomycin in an attempt to investigate the role of Collagen Triple Helix Repeat Containing 1 protein (Cthrcl1) on the progression of pulmonary fibrosis.

Third Place - Poster Presentation:

In Silico Conformational Analysis of 6α- and 6β-Naltrexol and Derivatives
Jennifer Bayron (Chemistry and Physics)
In order to better understand conformational preferences in a series of 6α- and 6β-naltrexol diastereomers, several of which possess nanomolar affinity at the μ-opioid receptor, minimum energy conformations of these compounds and their derivatives (tosylate, mesylate, triflate, iodide and methylene) were studied in silico

First Place - Oral Presentation of a Literature Review:

Understanding the Drug Provigil
Josh Havelin, Paul Fitzmorris (Chemistry & Physics)
The history of Provigil's creation, its uses in the present day, and method of treatment

Second Place - Oral Presentation of a Literature Review:

Managing with Alzheimer's Disease: Rivastigmine (Exelon)
Anda Panaitiu, Pratik Shah (Chemistry & Physics)
Rivastigtmine (sold under the name of Exelon) is a drug used in the treatment of Alzheimer's related dementia.  Rivastigtmine's properties, molecular mechanism, and drug development process are described in the current presentation

First Place - Artwork Display (Two-way tie):

This Lifeless Medium is so Poetic it’s Living Art
Nicole Perrault (Creative and Fine Arts)
Different mediums were used to express unique views on life and historical art.

The Dunbar Dragons
Katie Dunbar (Creative and Fine Arts)
A collection of dragon artwork, created through several media, including pen and ink, charcoal and acrylic paint on canvas