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July 2015

  • Ten Southwestern mathematics/computational mathematics majors also attended the Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in San Antonio in April, with nine competing in the Calculus Bowl and five giving presentations at the conference.

    • Bonnie Daniel’s “This is a Man’s World: The Standing of Women ⇔ The Security of the State” won Best Student Talk Award.
    • Eric Oden presented “A Physical Application of the Gaussian Hypergeometric Function.” 
    • Katie Lelinski presented “Chasing Cultural Identities: A statistical analysis of The Chase from the United Kingdom and the United States.” 
    • Jade Garza, Julia Sykora, William Soller and Lorena Roque presented “Permutations as Music.” 
    • Danielle King and Charles Payne presented “Measles: from data to simulation.” 

June 2015

  • Hewlett Packard, along with the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) selected Natalia Rodriguez ’15 as one of three inaugural winners of the NCWIT Collegiate Award. The award recognizes three undergraduate women for completing outstanding technical projects at the junior level or above. By generating visibility for capable technical women, the NCWIT Collegiate Award encourages their continued interest in computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women’s participation in computing. Read more about the award. 

May 2015

  • Southwestern students Tori Vasquez and Nani Romero completed the first year of their commitment to the Latina History Project, co-directed by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Brenda Sendejo and Associate Professor of Feminist Studies Alison Kafer, with supervisory assistance from Charlotte Nunes, Mellon Fellow in Digital Scholarship. The student work has raised the profile of Central Texas Latina histories through projects with primary source materials. Nunes blogs about the students’ contributions to the Latina History Project at http://archiveseducate.com/category/latina-history-project/.

  • Southwestern students Kylie Borden and Audrey Garcia recently presented their research titled “Transcriptional Regulation of the ICE R391 RumA’2B DNA Polymerase V by SetR” at the American Society for Microbiology - Texas regional meeting. 

  • Brandee Knight and Dakota McDurham, along with Instructor of Environmental Studies M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine, presented the results of their faculty-student research project titled “The Effects of Virtual Environments on Spatial Awareness in Adolescents” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago. Read the abstract.

April 2015

  • Ten computer science/computational mathematics majors attended the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges South Central Contest in Austin, April 17-18.

    Rebecca Wilson presented a paper titled “CS Club: A Student Built Culture of Computing.” Christine Harbour and Jordan King presented a paper titled “An Empirical Evaluation of a k-Center 2-Approximation Algorithm.” James Byam, Jordan King and Anna Zolten presented a poster on “Integrating Off-the-Shelf and Original Code in Software Development.” Ross Warkentin and Rebecca Wilson presented a poster on “Hunting with Pirates: Building a Webapp in Ruby on Rails.” Jake Balderama, Michael Morris and Brittany Pugh presented a poster on “Storing the Gold: Databases for a Scavenger Hunt App.”

    Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony, supervisor for the papers and posters, along with Alex Le, Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science Barbara Boucher Owens, who founded the conference in 1990, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jacob Schrum attended the conference. 

  • The following awards were given at the  2015 Research and Creative Works Symposium 

    BEST ATTENDED ORAL PRESENTATION (67 attendees)
    “Does Higher Income Mean Worse Mental Health?” by Egan Cornachione
    Sponsor: Katherine Grooms, Assistant Professor of Economics

    BEST ORAL ABSTRACT
    “An Exploratory Study of the Social Construction of LGBTQ Neighborhoods in London” by Mitchell Peterson, Lucas Grisham, and Dakota McDurham
    Sponsor: Edward Kain, Professor of Sociology and University Scholar

    BEST POSTER
    “The Rise and Fall of Real Estate in Austin” by Jordan Armeriv 
    Sponsor: Anwar Sounny-Slitine, Instructor of Environmental Studies and GIS Lab Mgr

    BEST CREATIVE WORKS PRESENTATION AND ABSTRACT
    “SOLeisure” by Amir Hessabi and Keeley Coburn 
    Sponsor: Steven Alexander, Professor of Physics

  • Eight current students and one sociology alumna presented their research at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans, March 26-28.

    Victoria Flores presented “What Have I Done, What Am I Doing’: Racialized and Classed Experiences of Teach For America Teachers.” Jessica Jones presented ‘This School Just Isn’t Set up for Us: Experiences of Transfer Students from Community Colleges at a Private Liberal Arts University in the South.” Jordan Richardson presented “It’s all Fun and Shade: Identities, Communities, and Culture of Drag Performers in the US.” Joanna Hawkins ’14 presented “Responding to Ebola: A Risky Act of Social Justice,” which was recognized at the meetings with the Odum Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper. These papers were all completed in the sociology capstone course taught by Professor of Sociology Maria Lowe. 

    Claire Simmons Blyth presented “Identity Accommodation of Higher Education Latino Students.” Guillermo A. Alvarado presented “Latina/os, Microaggressions, and Positive Interpersonal Interactions on a College Campus.” Both papers resulted from work with Sandi Nenga in her course on Latina/os and education in the U.S.

    Lucas Grisham (sociology), Mitchell Robert Petersen (sociology), and Dakota McDurham (environmental studies) presented “An Exploratory Study of the Social Construction of LGBTQ Neighborhoods in London.” They began work on this research during the London semester and continued it this semester with Edward L. Kain, Professor of Sociology and University Scholar.

  • Julia Hollingsworth ’14 has had her paper, “Being Upward Bound: A Qualitative Analysis of How the Upward Bound Program Fosters Academic Success Among First Generation Students,” accepted for publication in “Sociological Insight,” a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal. Her manuscript represents a revised version of her 2013 sociology capstone paper. 

  • Junior Amir Hessabi won the Creativity Award at the Student Research and Creative Works Symposium on April 14.

  • Associate Professor of Sociology Sandi Nenga published a book chapter with students Guillermo A. Alvarado ’15 and Claire S. Blyth ’16. The chapter, titled “I Kind of Found My People: Latina/O College Students’ Search for Social Integration on Campus,” was published in “College Students’ Experiences of Power and Marginality: Sharing Spaces and Negotiating Differences.” 

  • Junior Arie Angeledes presented his poster, “Synthesis of a Hydrozone Thiophene Ligand,” at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver on March 23, 2015.

  • Senior Shelby Beem won a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Germany in the coming academic year. She is the 12th alumnus from the Southwestern German program awarded Fulbright Fellowships in Germany or Austria. The previous 11 are: Brian Gingrich ’08, Amy Tanguay ’08, Chelsea Edge ’08, Erin Osterhaus ’09, Carolyn Acker ’09, Jamie Falconnier ’09, Zach Zeman ’10, Emily Gutzmer ’10, Tanlyn Roelofs ’10, Lauren Radell ’12 and Rory Jones ’12. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship awards provide recipients with an initiation into the idea of cultural ambassadorship.They emphasize understanding cultures in depth and inspire curiosity about and respect for others. 

  • M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine, instructor of environmental studies and GIS lab manager, along with environmental studies students Brandee Knight and Caitlin Schneider, published a paper in “The Southwestern Geographer” titled “On Making and Becoming a Graduate,” a reflection piece about approaches in learning and teaching for better undergraduate education. 

March 2015

  • At the Undergraduate Research Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas, Southwestern students Egan Cornachione and Yinlin Dai presented their original research, and Lorena Roque and Akhil Rao were discussants on papers. The students attended the conference with Assistant Professor of Economics Patrick Van Horn and were Assistant Professor of Economics Katherine Grooms who supervised their projects.

  • A proposal written by Chinese minors Adrienne Dodd and Hunter Jurgens, along with Assistant Professor of Chinese Patricia Schiaffini, has been accepted by the AsiaNetwork/Freeman Foundation collaborative research program. This proposal is to conduct summer field work and research on environmental issues in Tibetan populated areas in China. As part of the grant, Schiaffini will present at the Asia Network conference in April in St. Louis, Missouri.

     

  • Associate Professor of Physics Mark Botorff has had published the observation work he did three years ago on a large international ground and space satellite monitoring project in the “Astrophysical Journal.” Vince Estrada-Carpenter ’13 and Botorff are listed as co-authors on the paper.

  • Professor of Physics Steve Alexander and Curran Johnston ’14 had their article “Naturally Occuring Heavy Radioactive Elements in the Geothermal Microcosm of the Los Azufres (Mexico) Volcanic Complex” published in the “Journal of Environmental Radioactivity.”

  • At the March Meeting of the American Physical Society in San Antonio, students Taylor Hutchison, Raina Musso and Francis MacInnis presented their poster “Optical V-Band Observations of Active Galactic Nuclei,” which was completed under the supervision of Associate Professor of Physics Mark Bottorff during an HHMI research program last summer. 

  • Junior music major Mattie Kotzur won a chair in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Youth Orchestra. Competing among a group of international musicians, Mattie’s flute audition won her the spot in the prestigious ensemble. She will rehearse and perform with the group this summer at the world WASBE conference in San Jose, Calif.

  • Senior De’Andre Woods-Walker and sophomore Marissa Madrid-Ortega received full scholarships to Middlebury College’s intensive Chinese Language summer program, which is a renowned “language boot camp” that propels students through rigorous focus and achievement. This is the first year Southwestern will have two students accepted into the program.

  • Isabella (Belle) Jo is the 5th Southwestern student since 2008 to receive the Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) for China. CLS is a full scholarship to study languages that the State Dept. deems are critical to the U.S.  

  • Joanna Hawkins (December 2014 graduate) has been selected to receive the 2015 Odum Award for Undergraduate Research for her capstone paper titled, “A Risky Act of Social Justice: Health Care Workers Responding to Outbreaks of Ebola in Africa.” This is the top award for an undergraduate paper at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, and the 7th time in 10 years that a student from Southwestern has won. 

  • Music majors Rachel Childers, Michael Martinez and Caleb Martin have been accepted to the College Band Directors National Association Small College Intercollegiate Band. Martin will play Eb clarinet, Childers will play bass clarinet, and Martinez will perform as principal trombone and section leader. Professor of Music Lois Ferrari nominated the students for the national honor band. Their principal teachers are Instructor Anna Carney and Associate Professor of Music Eileen Meyer Russell.

  • The Southwestern women’s basketball team won the 2015 SCAC Championship. Head Coach Kerri Brinkoeter also was named SCAC Coach of the Year. 

February 2015

  • Senior computer science major Natalia Rodriguez presented a poster titled “Mapping Body Image with Instagram Data” at the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in Boston, Mass. in February 2015. Her work was done with the guidance of Associate Professor of Computer Science Barbara Anthony and John Sigmier. Four other somputer science majors also attended the conference: seniors Jordan King and Brittany Pugh, junior Christine Harbour, and sophomore Valerie Vacek.

  • Matthew Miller, presented a poster titled “Scoring Cardiac Health: A Model of the Relationship between Diet and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease” in the undergraduate poster session at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings in January 2015. Southwestern student Robert Lehr and President Edward Burger also attended the meeting.

  • The following students have been named Sumners Scholars for 2015-2017: Grace Atkins, Riley Daniels, Hunter Jurgens, Savannah Medley and Sosha Orbin

January 2015

  • Instructor of Environmental Studies M. Anwar Sounny-Slitine presented a current faculty-student research project at the 2014 Williamson County GIS Day, an event about the practice of GIS, where users and vendors open their doors to schools, businesses, and the general public to showcase real-world applications and research. The talk, co-authored with Southwestern students Brandee Knight, Dakota McDurham, and Jen O’Neal, was titled “The Effects of Virtual Environments on Spatial Thinking,” and outlined virtual environments, or reconstructions of reality in 3D GIS platforms like Google Maps Streetview. They presented results of a experiment with grade school children who explored Southwestern campus virtually and physical and then tested for understanding of place and navigation of campus. Results were also presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of American Geographer in Albuquerque, NM.

  • Caitin Ferrell ’13, has had her Southwestern capstone published

December 2014

  • Sara Hall, class of 2016, and Patricia Schiaffini, part-time assistant professor of Chinese, presented at the prestigious ACTFL conference on November 21 in San Antonio. Their presentation was called “Engaging College Students in the Teaching of Foreign Languages.” Schiaffini’s part of the presentation was about training college students to teach foreign languages in elementary schools and how to develop appropriate curriculum, as well as the advantages college students receive by teaching the same foreign language they learn at SU to children. Hall’s part of the presentation focused on her personal experiences serving as a Spanish teacher to elementary children in the Georgetown Independent School District. 

November 2014

October 2014

  • SU Architecture Studio I students visited Austin AIA Homes Tour 2014, Oct. 25 and 26. The students are about to start their first design of a house to a specific site and program. The final project is presented in drawing and model form at the end of the semester.

  • Five SU students presented at the 10th annual Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (TUMC), held at Stephen F. Austin State University, Oct 17-18, 2014.

    • Heather Gronewald presented “Computing Cophylogenetic Invariants” from the NSF REU at the Summer 2014 Winthrop University, continued as an Independent Study with Shelton. Gronewald is a double major in math and English.

    Four students discussed preliminary results of their math capstone projects: 

    • Matthew Miller presented “Scoring Cardiac Health: A Model of the Relationship between Diet and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease” from a Summer 2014 Internship at the McDevitt Research Group at Rice University, continued in the Math Capstone under Shelton. Miller is a computational math major. 
    • Robert Lehr presented “Noisy Clustering Analysis of Landfill Distribution.” Anwar Sounny-Slitine, instructor of environmental studies, taught Lehr GIS techniques. Lehr is a math major. 
    • Matthew Chaltain presented “Earnings Surprise Effect on Stocks.” Chaltain is a double major in math and business. Katherine Grooms, assistant professor of economics, and Dirk Early, professor of economics, gave guidance and input on the project. 
    • Megan Myers presented “A Place For All People: Planning for Growth in Summer Camp Enrollment.” Myers is a double major in math and education. Her work is a civic engagement project for Lutherhill Ministries.

    Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics, served as the supervisor for the capstone projects and as faculty mentor at the conference. Each student will present further research in December on campus, along with Bonnie Daniel. Jimmy Alleyn, a chemistry major, and Julia Sykora, a math major with a theatre minor, also attended the TUMC. 

    There were 23 student presentations from 12 other institutions, and approximately 200 total student attendees. 

  • Senior computer science major Natalia Rodriguez was recently selected to be the new student board member on the Board of Trustees for the Anita Borg Institute, a global organization dedicated to women in technology. Natalia served in various roles in the conference including taking over their Instagram for a day to highlight some of the many activities and events. 

April 2014

  • Senior Ali Walden was named SCAC Women’s Golfer of the Week for the week ending April 6. Read more here.

  • Six sociology majors presented their capstone research projects that were written under the direction of Maria Lowe, professor of sociology, at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society held in Charlotte, N.C., April 2-6.

    • Brianna Billingsley presented a paper titled “Waiting Tables Will Make You Lose Your Faith in Humanity: The Racialized and Classed Dimensions of Emotional Labor Among Restaurant Servers”;
    • Heather Burns presented a paper titled “The Role of Noblesse Oblige and Class Privilege in Shaping Volunteer Experience”;
    • Lucero Castillo presented a paper titled “Shattering Invisibility and Rethinking the American Dream: Undocumented Students as Agents of Educational and Social Change;”
    • 2013 graduate Nicole Hewitt presented a paper titled “Becoming a Good Citizen: English as a Second Language Volunteers Reinforcing Social Hierarchies within Adult Education”;
    • Kelsey Kisor presented a paper titled “Protect and Serve Each Other: Collective Action and Contentious Politics in a Police Accountability Organization”; and
    • Nathan Tuttle presented a paper titled “Gay on the Gridiron: Homophobia and the NFL.”

    Billingsley and Tuttle and also gave a presentation titled “On a Normal Day, Zero to One Times: Predicting the Frequency with which Students Think about Their Race at a Predominantly White Southern University” that they wrote with Lowe and Reginald Byron, assistant professor of sociology.

  • Students and faculty members in Computer Science attended the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, South Central Region (CCSC:SC) conference in Austin April 11-12.

    • Barbara Anthony, assistant professor of computer science, presented a paper on “Offering an Undergraduate Colloquium,’” which is published in the April 2014 Journal for Computing Sciences in Colleges.
    • Sophomore computer science major Amir Ardjomand Hessabi presented a poster and demonstrated the abilities of a robot named “Bones” that he built for a King Creativity project with Walt Potter, professor of mathematics and computer science. Hessabi’s poster was awarded second place in the poster competition.
    • Four students in the computer science capstone − seniors Garhett Bonneaux, Rob Campbell, Alex Hicks and Paris Nelson − presented a poster about their software engineering project, CodeQuest, which was supervised by Rick Denman, professor of mathematics and computer science. Nelson also presented a poster titled “There and Back Again: A Genetic Algorithms Approach to the TSP,” which was based on his independent study work with Barbara Anthony. Nelson’s poster was awarded fifth place in the poster competition.
    • Junior computer science major Rebecca Wilson presented a poster titled “An Open Source Voting Machine” that resulted from her King Creativity project with political science major Elizabeth Bell and physics major Eric Oden. The project was supervised by Steve Alexander, professor of physics.

    Barbara Boucher Owens, an emeritus faculty member who founded the conference in 1990, also attended the 25th conference. 

  • Senior Jacob Brown presented a paper based on his Spanish honors thesis titled “Modelos masculinos: La cultura norteamericana y las representaciones de la masculinidad hegemónica en Amado amo (1988) de Rosa Montero” at the 20th Annual Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures held April 3-5 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brown wrote the thesis under the direction of Katy Ross, associate professor of Spanish.

  • Nine psychology students presented their research at the Southwestern Psychological Association’s annual conference in San Antonio April 3-5. Estrella Thomas and Anne Stankus presented a paper titled Extraversion as a predictor in mentor-mentee relationships.” Quinlyn Morrow and Cristina Muyschont presented a paper titled Does support effectiveness vary as a function of self-efficacy and support type?” Both these papers won one of Psi Chi’s Regional Research Awards for outstanding research. Anna Hartmann and Annelise Carlin presented a paper titled “Opposites don’t always attract: The matching hypothesis and openness in relationships.” Michelle Cincunegui presented a paper titled “The problem with happily ever after: Fate-based relationships, neuroticism, and infidelity.” And Araceli Castaneda and Markie Wendel presented a paper titled “Through the looking glass: Facebook reflects IOS in romantic relationships.” Castaneda, Wendel, Morrow and Muyschontalso presented their papers at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, which was held in Austin Feb. 13-15. The papers were written under the direction of Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology.

  • Students from Southwestern wrote three of the 21 undergraduate papers that were presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America held in Laredo April 3-5. Brian Cohen and David Vaden presented “Magic Graphs,” which they did under the supervision of Alison Marr, associate professor of mathematics, and Kendall Richards, professor of mathematics. Robert Lehr presented “An Irrational Decomposition of Generalized Fibonacci Number,” which he did under the supervision of Edward Burger, president and professor of mathematics. Andrew Banister presented “Can You Make Change by Increasing Minimum Wage?” which he did under the supervision of Therese Shelton, associate professor of mathematics.

  • Four economics majors presented their research at the annual Economic Scholar Program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas March 28. Alex Michael presented “An Evaluation of Institutional Effects: Exploring the Empirical Relationship Between Economic Freedom, Growth, and Income Inequality,” Izzy Ramirez presented “Unbanked Hispanics,” Brooke Chatterton presented “The Benefits of Bilingualism” and José Bayoán Calderón presented “From Scientific Understanding to Effective Policy: Fruit and Vegetable Consumption on Cancer Incidence.”

  • Senior Auburney Jackson received the Overall Leader Award at the Annual Student Leadership Banquet, which was held April 3. Others receiving awards at the event were Grace Atkins (First-Year Award), Kathryn Reagan (Sophomore Award), Anne Bransford (Junior Award) and Paige Duggins (Senior Award). First-year student Sebastian Gualy received the Emerging Leader Award and seniors Lilly Duarte and Daniel Poole received the Pirate Anchor Award. Alpha Phi Omega was named Student Organization of the Year and the Organization Advisor Award went to Will Molidor for his work with the SU Veterans Association. Students presented Jerry Brody, vice president for student life, with a special award for his dedication to students.

  • Senior English major Katie McLaughlin received Southwestern’s second annual Rose Prize for Literary Criticism, which comes with a $200 check. McLaughlin won the prize for her capstone paper, which was titled “‘Everybody Writes’: Re-imagining Reader, Writer, and Text in the Online Community.” Read more here.

  • Senior Tyler Downing and junior Travis Zeiler were named SCAC Men’s Lacrosse Players of the Week for the week ending March 30. Read more here.

  • Eight Southwestern sociology majors presented their research at the annual meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association held in Portland, Ore., March 27-30.  Lucas Grisham, Kelsey Kisor and Mitchell Petersen presented their paper titled “Planning for Change in the Sociology Curriculum: Sociology Departments and the MCAT® 2015.” Victoria Flores and Tara Smith presented “Planning for Change in the Psychology Curriculum: Psychology Departments and the MCAT® 2015.”  Marta Selby, John Semlitsch and Forrest Stanley-Stevens gave apresentation titled “Adjustments Following Addition: Advisors’ Actions Regarding MCAT® Revisions.” They discussed their research as part of a workshop on “Preparing for Changes in the MCAT® − Opportunities and Challenges for Sociology Programs” organized by Edward L. Kain, professor of sociology and University Scholar.

March 2014

  • Seven students from Southwestern attended the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting at TCU in Fort Worth Feb. 27-28. Kyle Allen and Emily Ammon presented a poster and a manuscript titled “Effects of Stride Rate Manipulation in Shoes with Different Drop Heights.” Their poster was chosen as a finalist in the undergraduate research presentation category and their manuscript won second place in the manuscript competition, and was the only undergraduate manuscript submitted. Rachel Sellari presented a poster titled “The Effects of Shoulder and Knee Angular Velocity on the Performance of a Volleyball Forearm Pass.” The students conducted the research for these presentations with kinesiology professors Scott McLean and Jimmy Smith. Other students who attended the conference were Tamara Bellilove, Kara Curley, Jacob Freed and Michael Nguyen.

  • First-year student Brett Marcom was named SCAC Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 9 after pitching a no-hitter in the Pirates’ game against Schreiner University. Read more here.

  • Junior Paden Williams and first-year student Will Devine were named SCAC Track and Field Athletes of the Week for the week ending March 9. Read more here.

  • The women’s swimming and diving team has received the Team Scholar All-American Award presented by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for the third year in a row. Read more here.

  • Thirty-six students received awards at the 2014 Honors Convocation, which was held March 1. A complete list of awards and their recipients is posted here.

  • Eleven students from Southwestern are attending the Texas Academy of Science meeting in Galveston March 7-9 along with Romi Burks, professor of biology. The students are Jonathan Miley, Amber Cochran, Carson Savrick, Amy Miller, Alex Petrucci, Bianca Perez, Bex Petro, Allie Watts, Averi Segrest, Ryan Beeman and Danielle Wallace.

  • Three members of the men’s basketball team earned postseason honors from the SCAC. Michael Cantu made the All-SCAC Second Team while Chase Kocher and Blake Scott earned Honorable Mention. Read more here.

  • Three members of the women’s basketball team earned postseason honors from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). Chelsea Leeder made the All-SCAC First Team, while Annie Bourne made the Second Team and Jordan Owens made the Third Team. Read more here.

February 2014

  • Junior biology major Carson Savrick has received a $500 Grants-in-Aid from the Sigma Xi Research Society to support her molecular ecology undergraduate research project. Only about 20 percent of the hundreds of proposals submitted received funding and the competition does not distinguish between undergraduate and graduate student work. In collaboration with Kenneth Hayes at Howard University and with the research mentoring of Romi Burks, professor of biology, Carson has developed a project that investigates the direction in which exotic, invasive apple snail (Pomacea maculata) populations spread across the southeastern United States. In addition, Carson will use molecular tools (DNA extraction and PCR) to screen a subsample of snails from different populations for a parasite, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, which can pose a human health concern. Carson will present preliminary results of this work at The Texas Academy of Science meeting in March and at the Research and Creative Works Symposium at Southwestern in April.

  • Four students from Southwestern presented their research at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s 15th annual meeting in Austin Feb. 14. Araceli Castañeda and Marki Wendel presented a paper titled “Through the looking glass: Facebook reflects IOS in romantic relationships” andQuinlynMorrow and Ana Cristina Muyschont presented a paper titled Does support effectiveness vary as a function of self-efficacy and support type?” All four did the research last fall in a capstone class taught by Erin Crockett, assistant professor of psychology.

  • Senior Kayla Irvin was named SCAC Softball Hitter of the Week for the week ending Feb. 9. Read more here.

  • Students Anne Bannister, Egan Cornachione and Jennifer O’Neal won the photography contest that was held as part of the 2014 Brown Symposium. Bannister took first place and won $300 for her photo titled “Fine Motor Strengthening,” which she took during a semester abroad in rural Thailand during her junior year. Cornachione took second place and received $200 for his photo of a shaman sculpture at Seminole Canyon State Park at sunrise. O’Neal took third place and received $100 for her photo titled “Exhaustion,” which showed a sick woman living in a refugee camp in Uganda. See the winning photos here.

January 2014

  • December graduate Heather Petty presented a poster titled “Suppression of abnormally overexpressed claudin-3 protein decreases motility of MCF-7 breast cancer cells” at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium held Dec. 10-14. The symposium, which is sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research, is the largest international meeting devoted to breast cancer.

  • Senior Lindsay Jakszta was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Women’s All-Scholar Region Team. Read more here.

  • Southwestern senior Cameron Button competed in the Patriot All-America Invitational golf tournament, which was held Dec. 27-31 at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Arizona. Button was the first Southwestern golfer to earn a spot at the tournament, which features top collegiate golfers from all divisions. Read more here.

December 2013

September 2013

  • Junior Robert Lehr and senior Phuong-Hieu Nguyen both moderated panels at the Kemper Scholars Conference in Chicago August 6-7. Lehr moderated a panel on nonprofit internships in Chicago and Nguyen moderated a panel on securing post-junior year internships.

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