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Works in Progress Symposium Will Feature Undergraduate Students' Research University News
For release: November 2, 2009

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The Works in Progress Symposium (WIPS) at the University of Memphis will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in the Panhellenic Building. This annual event provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to share their research with the general University community and recognizes the significant contribution to research by U of M undergraduates.

This year, 32 students will be participating in the symposium. They will present research from many fields, including anthropology, architecture, biology, biomedical engineering, English, health and sport sciences, physics and psychology.

Sponsored by the Helen Hardin Honors Program, WIPS is free and open for all to attend. Below is a full schedule of student presentations:

Room 200

12:30 p.m. - Teresa Acklie of Cordova, presenter, “Social Appearance Anxiety and Attitudinal Body Image: Convergent and Discriminant Validity,” Dr. J. Gayle Beck, Department of Psychology, mentor

1 p.m. - Rosaire Patrick Daigle of Memphis, presenter, “Initial Smoking Reactions in Adolescents May Predict Cessation Success,” Dr. Leslie Robinson, Department of Psychology, mentor

1:30 p.m. - Jessica Voyles of Memphis presenter, “Does Prosody Facilitate Reaction in High and Low Knowledge Comprehenders,” Dr. Max Louwerse, Department of Psychology, mentor

2 p.m. - John Christopher Myers of Memphis, presenter, “What’s Different About Dialogue? A Comparative Approach,” Dr. Danielle McNamara, Department of Psychology, mentor

2:30 p.m. - Sara Elizabeth Jordan of Memphis, presenter, “Do Different Emotions in Language Produce Switching Costs?,” Dr. Max Louwerse, Department of Psychology, mentor

3 p.m. - Lawrence Houston III of Cordova, presenter, “Validity of the Wonderlic Personnel Test as a Predictor of ACT Scores,” Dr. Randy Floyd, Department of Psychology, mentor

3:30 p.m. - James E. Arnett of Memphis, presenter, “Meta-Analysis of G-loadings According to the Cattell-Horn-Carroll Theory of Intelligence,” Dr. Randy Floyd, Department of Psychology, mentor

4 p.m. - Samantha Patton of Germantown, presenter, “Evidence Showing the Ability of FPA to Increase the Productivity of the WINCS Using a Levadopa-treated Parkinsonian Animal Model,” Dr. William Zachry, Department of Psychology, mentor

4:30 p.m. - Samantha Patton of Germantown, presenter, “Thinking in Color,” Dr. Max Louwerse, Department of Psychology, mentor

Room 204

12:30 p.m. - Alicia M. White of Memphis, presenter “Co-Parenting and Mental Health: The Reasons for Relationship Dissolution Among Never Married Parents,” Dr. Gilbert Parra, Department of Psychology, mentor

1 p.m. - Amanda Lovett of Somerville, Tenn., presenter, “Stress Levels in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Perceptions of Their Child’s Future: Is There a Connection?,” Dr. Laura Casey, Department of Psychology, mentor

1:30 p.m. - Holly Hendrix of Memphis, presenter, “Strengthening Communities Grant-Millington,”

Tom Mason and Tim Michael, Department of Architecture, mentors

2 p.m. - Richard Sims of Bartlett, presenter, “Where There’s a Will, Is There a Way? A Methodical Artistic Response Ruminated with Sensibility,” Dr. Barbara Ching, Department of English, mentor

2:30 p.m. - Benjamin Marshall of Memphis, presenter, “Discussing Do-It-Yourself Porn: Tastes and Trends in User-Generated Sexual Representation,” Liz Thompson, Department of English, mentor

3 p.m. - Elizabeth G. Allen of Millington, presenter “Gone to the City: Urban and Rural Identity in Wise Blood,” Dr. Barbara Ching, Department of English, mentor

3:30 p.m. - Samantha N. Holt of Nashville, presenter, “Finding a Room of His Own: Nick Hornby’s Struggle with the Poetic Influence of Virginia Woolf,” Dr. Barbara Ching, Department of English, mentor

4 p.m. - Mallory Collins of Germantown, presenter, “Infant Mortality and the African-American Community: Empowering Women through the Community Voice Program,” Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman, Department of Anthropology, mentor

Room 205

1 p.m. - Thien-Chuong Phung of Germantown, presenter, “Silica-based Aerogels for Surgical Implant Applications: An Investigation of Attachment Methods of Nerves to Substrate,” Dr. Firouzeh Sabri, Department of Physics, mentor

1:30 p.m. - MacKenzie Sinden-Redding of Burleson, Texas, presenter, “Investigation of the Martian Dust Adhesion Properties of RTV 655 and Silica Based Aerogels,” Dr. Firouzeh Sabri, Department of Physics, mentor

2 p.m. - Marvin Mecwan of Cordova, presenter, “Effect of Molecular Weight of Chitosan Degraded by Microwave Irradiation on Bone Tissue Engineering Applications,” Dr. Joel Bumgarder, Department of Biomedical Engineering, mentor

2:30 p.m. - Joshua Douglas of Collierville, presenter, “The Attenuation of Bd Maintained Under Laboratory Conditions,” Dr. Mathew Parris, Department of Biology, mentor

Room 207

12:30 p.m. - Anna Wilson and Marissa Adams, both of Memphis, presenters, “Improving Calcium and Vitamin D in Cookies and Muffins for Pregnant Women,” Dr. Terra L. Smith, Department of Health and Sports Sciences, mentor

1 p.m. - Laura White and Kathy Golden, both of Memphis, presenters, “Improving the Iron Content of a Food Bar and Muffin,” Dr. Terra L. Smith, Department of Health and Sports Sciences, mentor

1:30 p.m. - Theresa Alcover of Atoka, presenter, “Increasing Folic Acid Content in Muffins,” Dr. Terra L. Smith, Department of Health and Sports Sciences, mentor

2 p.m. Wendi Lea Weber of Collierville, presenter, “Acceptable Cupcakes for the Gluten Allergic,” Dr. Terra L. Smith, Department of Health and Sports Sciences, mentor

2:30 p.m. - Krystal Glenn of Memphis and Courtney Coaltar of Bartlett, presenters, “Changes for Diabetics,” Dr. Terra L. Smith, Department of Health and Sports Sciences, mentor

3 p.m. - Erica Blaylock of Memphis and Zabrina Hooke of West Memphis, presenters, “Fiber Increase for Children Ages 4-8,” Dr. Terra L. Smith, Department of Health and Sports Sciences, mentor

3:30 p.m. - Matthew Fascio of Collierville and Cathy Draper of Cordova, presenters, “Nutritional and Visual Enhancement of Pureed Food Products,” Dr. Terra L. Smith, Department of Health and Sports Sciences, mentor

For more information, contact Colton Cockrum by phone at 901-678-3084 or by email at ccockrum@memphis.edu.


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