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Dordt College seniors present research

December 3, 2012

As the semester comes to a close, students are finalizing projects and concluding their research. Dordt College is offering an opportunity for the community to see and hear about agriculture, biology/environmental studies, and psychology research students have done this semester.

Agriculture students will present their research findings and new research proposals in the Science and Technology Center room SB 101 at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12. The order of presentations is as follows:

1. Abigail Talcott (Glide, Oregon) and Janelle Hennagar (Buffalo Lake, Minnesota): Forestry Lab
2. Karina Fast (Bingham Lake, Minnesota), Naomi Hofman (Sioux Center, Iowa), and Cora Davidson (Dakota City, Nebraska): Organic Lab
3. Phil Feikema (Edgerton, Minnesota), Curtis Van Grouw (Rock Valley, Iowa), and Jacob Larson (Hardy, Iowa): Jersey Heifer Calf Milk Replacer Project Comparing Conventional and Accelerated Milk Replacer Programs
4. Taylor Bockelman (Sioux Center, Iowa) and Wendy White (Cohocton, New York): A study of water consumption by agricultural animals
5. Michael Gallagher (Hornick, Iowa) and Parker Merritt (Mason City, Iowa): Cover crop use in Northwest Iowa
6. Mitchell Byl (Hull, Iowa), Drew De Vries (Maurice, Iowa), and Brian Dieleman (Kent Bridge, Ontario): Nursery pig response to algae included in diet
7. Holly Enerson (Estherville, Iowa) and Dallas Van Gelder (Manhattan, Montana): Determining the Impact of Drought on Northwest Iowa Beef Cow/Calf Operations
8. Pete Nieuwhof (Hunter River, Prince Edward Island), Noel Sakuma (Bow, Washington), and Matt Smolders (Sioux Center, Iowa): Soil Microbial Activity Response to Compost and Compost Tea after Sterilization
9. Derek Grace (Mount Vernon, South Dakota) and Aaron Spronk (Edgerton, Minnesota): Benefits of tile on crop production
10. Kurtis Schutter (Manhattan, Montana), Thys De Hoop (Hanford, California), and Jeremy Budi (Serpong Tangerang, Indonesia): Survey of the religious perceptions of ag students

Biology and environmental studies students will present their research at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, in the Science and Technology Center room SB 108. The schedule is as follows:

6 p.m. Heather Brand (Newton, Iowa): “Investigation into the Protease Activity following Dynamin Knockout in Mouse Embryo Fibroblasts”
6:15 p.m. Matthiew Hoogland (Maurice, Iowa): “Verifying a Protein Interaction between Myosin5 and Pascsin3”
6:30 p.m. Josh Piers (Loveland, Colorado): “Detecting Silver Carp using Environmental DNA”
6:45 p.m. Paige Roos (Sioux Center, Iowa): “Investigating the role of Cux1 in Cortical Dendrite Development through a Yeast Two-Hybrid System”
7 p.m. Rachel Smith (Grandville, Michigan): “Examination of the ACTN3 and ACE Gene in Dordt College and Northwestern College Varsity Athletes”
7:15 p.m. Nicole Staudt (Sioux Center, Iowa): “What Mammals are Present at Oak Grove Park?”
7:30 p.m. Shawn Keizer (Sioux Center, Iowa): “Targeting Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Signals with Honokiol to Manage Retinoblastoma”
7:50 p.m. Michelle Palmer (Wayne, New Jersey): “Using Photocrosslinking to Map Integrin Interactions”

History students will present their senior seminar presentations in the Ribbens Academic Complex room 1307 at 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, December 11 and 13.

Tuesday, December 11 presentations:

  1. Josina De Raadt (Oakdale, California): "The Agrarian Myth and the 1980s"
  2. Lydia Waymire (Arlington, Nebraska): "Hippies, Money, and Marketing: The Music Industry of 1967-1969"
  3. Tara Edens (Elk Point, South Dakota): "The Black Panther Party: Militant Radicals or Heroes of the Oppressed?"

Thursday, December 13 presentations:

  1. Derek Visser (Ingersoll, Ontario): "The French Revolution and the Catholic Church"
  2. Philip Hiemstra (Zillah, Washington): "Theodore Roosevelt and the Trust: Teddy Bear or Trust-Buster, 1901-1904"

Psychology seniors will present their research at 3 p.m. in the Eckardt Lounge located within the Campus Center on Wednesday, December 12. The order of presentations is as follows:

1. Jared Bonestroo (Hull, Iowa), Jordan Vogel (Rock Valley, Iowa), and Trevor Wolterstorff (Sioux Center, Iowa) studied the effects of making autonomous decisions on self-control and mood.
2. Trevor Boon (Orange City, Iowa), Caleb Buum (Rapid City, South Dakota), and Alex Updike (Desert Hot Springs, California) studied how listening to preferred music affects levels of self-control and mood.
3. Matt De Boer (Sanborn, Iowa), Melissa Haan (Chilliwack, British Columbia), and Dianna Vermeer (Pipestone, Minnesota) examined how self-control levels are influenced by activities such as using Facebook or watching a humorous video.
4. Merissa Harkema (Hudsonville, Michigan), Brianna Spronk (Edgerton, Minnesota), and Jana Van Zanten (Pella, Iowa) studied how awareness of a limited supply of self-control affects performance and beliefs about future self-control tasks.
5. Emily Korver (Maurice, Iowa), Tara Postma (Gallup, New Mexico), and Cory Schmidt (Woodstock, Minnesota) explored how framing exercise in positive or negative ways influences exercise performance and motivation.
6. Emily McFarland (Winchester, Kansas), Esther Verwoerd (Hamilton, Ontario), and Larissa Vis (Smithers, British Columbia) examined how depleted self-control would be affected by reading about another person engaging in self-control as well as the physical activity of stretching. 

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