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Fifty-four students present academic research projects at ACCA symposium

Fifty-four students present academic research projects at ACCA symposium
April 22, 2011

Phil Brozynski
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pbrozynski@ben.edu

Science open house SEP2010Lisle, Illinois ~ Fifty-four Benedictine University students presented their academic research projects at the 2011 Student Scholarship Symposium sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) earlier this month at Elmhurst College.

ACCA is a consortium of 15 private liberal arts colleges that was formed in 1966. Members include Benedictine University, Aurora University, Concordia University, Dominican University, Elmhurst College, Judson College, Lewis University, North Central College, North Park University, Olivet Nazarene University, Saint Xavier University, Trinity Christian College, Trinity International University and Wheaton College.

The primary objective of ACCA is to promote collegiate education in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, psychology, sociology/anthropology, and business/economics by stimulating and regularizing cooperative arrangements between the member colleges and universities and government laboratories and other educational institutions in the use of staff and facilities.

The goal of the symposium was to give eligible students the opportunity to present their research to their peers.

The projects presented by Benedictine students include: "Determining Future Events Through Markov Chains" by Christina Rubik (Downers Grove), whose faculty advisor is Jeremy Nadolski, Ph.D.; and "Disney and the Entrance of Orientalism into our Homes" by Martin Tomszak (Wheaton), whose faculty advisor is Christine Isom-Verhaaren, Ph.D.

Also, "A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Secularism in Political Decision Making in the United States and France" by Adnan Mujagic (Naperville), whose faculty advisor is Phillip R. Hardy, Ph.D.; and "The Effects of Taurine and Glucoronolactone on Drosophila melanogaster" by Zain Sayeed (Naperville), Madhish Patel (Kampala, India) and Feras Alhourani (Oak Lawn), whose faculty is advisor Lee Ann Smith, Ph.D.

Also, "Biophysical Modeling of Evaporative Cooling Using a Simple Two Box Approach" by Mohammad Arfeen (Oak Brook) and Amar Khatri (Mount Prospect), whose faculty advisor is Peter H. Nelson, Ph.D.; and "Testing a Second-Site Suppressor Mutation for McCune-Albright Syndrome in Mouse Fibroblasts" by Robert Horsley (Bolingbrook) and Mohammad Arfeen (Oak Brook), whose faculty advisor is Allison Wilson, Ph.D.

Also, "The Impact of Various Nitrogen/Phosphorus Concentrations on Leaf Morphology on Cirsium Arvense" by Alexander Argianas (Wheaton), whose faculty advisor Cheryl Heinz, Ph.D.; and "Portrayal of Utopian Spaces in American Magazine Advertisements" by Brandin Austin (McHenry) and Joe Barger (Belleville), whose faculty advisor is Luigi Manca, Ph.D.

Also, "Eigenshape analysis of aperture of Ordovician gastropod Maclurites demonstrates possible ecological change during ontogeny" by Keoki Burton (Plainfield), whose faculty advisor is Philip Novack-Gottshall, Ph.D.; and "Standardized Tests and Correlation Analysis" by Jennifer Cagney (Western Springs), whose faculty advisor is Jeremy Nadolski, Ph.D.

Also, "The Spirituality of Biology: The Communal Connections" by Earl Gerald Carlos (Ewa Beach, Hawaii), whose faculty advisors are Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., and Karen Nykiel, Ph.D.; and "Different Ways to Compare Treatment Means" by Katie Cihak (Geneva), whose faculty advisor is Jeremy Nadolski, Ph.D.

Also, "Applications of Repeated Measures Analysis of Variance" by Rikki D'Angelo (Lisle), whose faculty advisor is  Jeremy Nadolski, Ph.D.; and "Chemical Change of the Osmeterial Fluid in Larvae of Papilio Polyxenes Due to Diet" by Elizabeth Earl (Lisle), whose faculty advisor is Cheryl Heinz, Ph.D.

Also, "The Effects of Negative Campaign Advertising in the 2011 Chicago Mayoral Election" by Jason L. Escamilla (Bolingbrook), whose faculty advisor is Philip Hardy, Ph.D.; and "Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder: The Potrayal of Natural Beauty in the TV show 'Ugly Betty'" by Shaccira Flentall (Downers Grove), whose faculty advisor is Luigi Manca, Ph.D.

Also, "Optical Tweezers in Biophysical Application" by Michael Fralaide (Lombard), Beatriz Ibarra (Crystal Lake) and Alonso Valerio (Wheaton), whose faculty advisor is Andrew Wig, Ph.D.; and "Family Guy: Political and Social Issue Jokes" by Brian Genslinger (Sugar Grove) and Nick Veach (Sherman), whose faculty advisor is Luigi Manca, Ph.D.

Also, "Women in Nike Advertisements" by Travis Harmony (Sherman) and Gardner Mather (Burr Ridge), whose faculty advisor is Luigi Manca, Ph.D.; and "The Reality of Reality Television" by Samantha Hathaway (Genoa), whose faculty advisor is Luigi Manca, Ph.D.

Also, "Optimization of Asymmetric Aldol Reaction for the Development of a Combinatorial Organic Chemistry Lab" by Jeremy Hess (Lynnwood) and Erick Pasciak (Plainfield), whose faculty advisor is Cheryl Mascarenhas, Ph.D., and "Secondary Mutation Involving Asparagine and its Effects on the McCune-Albright Syndrome Mutation" by Raquel Tobar-Rubin (Woodridge) and Tahreem Iqbal (Bolingbrook), whose faculty advisors are Allison Wilson, Ph.D. and Robin Pals-Rylaarsdam, Ph.D.

Also, "Investigation of McCune-Albright syndrome using 2B2 cells with mutation D223E" by David Kamber (Des Plaines), whose faculty advisor is Allison K. Wilson, Ph.D.; and "Synthesis of Transition Metal Complexes with Redox-active Ligands for Catalysis" by David Kamber (Des Plaines), whose faculty advisor is Kari Stone, Ph.D.

Also, "Curing the Bombay Syndrome" by Bohdan Khomtchouk (Clarendon Hills), whose faculty advisor is Ellen Ziliak, Ph.D.; and "Preferences and performance of Manduca sexta on different nitrogen and phosphorous fertilized tomatoes" by Theresa Kimmitt (Bolingbrook), whose faculty advisor is Cheryl Heinz, Ph.D.

Student presenters also included Kristyn Lagioia of Glen Ellyn, whose research project was titled "GOx Immobilized Onto Platinum RDE;" Jamie Nizzia of Marquette Heights, whose research project was titled "Electromechanical Detection of alkaline Phosphatase through Amperometric Detection;" and Jonathon Pollock of Hanover Park, whose research project was titled "Indirect Amperometric Detection of Inulin Using A Bienzyme System." Their faculty advisor is Niina Ronkainen, Ph.D.

Also, "Insights into the Mechanism of the Hydrogenation of Isophorone and Trimethylcyclohexanone Leading to Specific Product Formation" by Ana Kiricova (Hickory Hills), whose faculty advisor is Cheryl Mascarenhas, Ph.D. 

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.