Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
|Courtesy Caltech/MIT/LIGO Laboratory|
Friday, April 7, 2017
With Dr. Thomas Reed as their faculty sponsor, the students play as a saxophone quartet without a conductor and must take on the responsibilities of changes in tempo, stops and starts, volume, and every other aspect of a piece. As the players move with each other, listening to the other musician’s parts, a circuit is completed which allows music to be made. To help demonstrate the skills that their ensemble has developed, there will an explanation of techniques to watch for followed by a presentation of a few excerpts to illustrate these skills.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
With support from her faculty sponsor, Prof. Merrill Tawse (Biology/Toxicology), Isabella asked the question whether the ambystomid salamanders is a stable, increasing or a declining population. After trapping, counting and categorizing the salamanders, they were then tested for polyploidy (occurrence of additional sets of chromosomes). Find out the results at #URCA2017.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
With faculty sponsors Dr. Dolly Crawford and Dr. Nigel Brush, geology major Courtney Wade will give an oral presentation of her project "GIS to Model the Distribution of Archeological Artifacts as a Function of Environmental Variation in Ohio" at the April 11, 3:15 p.m. session in the Convocation Center's Trustees Room.
As described in her research abstract, "Flint projectile points are tools that Prehistoric American Indians used near their campsites. These artifacts were made using techniques unique to the Holocene time periods known as Thebes and Dovetail. Many artifact locations are known in Ohio, but little is known about the correlation between artifact manufacture and environmental conditions present at the time. A geographical information system (GIS) was used to map locations of projectile points and to create estimates of artifact densities. Results suggest that the location of Holocene communities in Ohio were strongly influenced by the climate. These results can help to provide additional insight into movement patterns of human settlements in Ohio during this time."
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
History/Political Science major Joey Barretta will kick-off the 2017 URCA Symposium on April 11 at 9 a.m. with his presentation titled: "Was Martin Luther King Jr. the Frederick Douglass of the Twentieth-Century?" Sponsored by faculty member Dr. Emily Hess, Barretta will compare and contrast the two most prominent African American thinkers in the history of the United States. Below is a portion of his presentation abstract.
...Both sought to elevate the condition of their race in a society in which prejudice was entrenched. In my presentation, I will compare the methods each used to bring about equality for their race. The majority of Douglass’ public life was focused on bringing about equality by ensuring the principles proclaimed by the American Founders would be fully realized. Douglass’ approach hinged upon great men leading this nation to elevate the American people before, during, and immediately following the abolition of slavery and throughout the Civil War and Reconstruction. Dr. King’s method was not so much a hearkening to the American Founding, but rather a mission to make the love of Christ manifest on Earth and in so doing equality would come. King stressed that appealing to reason alone would prove insufficient due to man’s sinful nature, so his movement would focus on nonviolence and appeal to the heart rather than the mind alone. I assert that while the methods of Douglass and King seem radically different, many of the outcomes of what they sought to achieve were similar, but must also be examined in their historical context.
Monday, April 3, 2017
The 2017 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Symposium schedule and abstracts are now posted. The annual event sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences will be held on Tuesday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Myers Convocation Center. All presentations are free and open to the public.
Come and be amazed by the work that our students have accomplished from profiling serial killers and rapists, to the extraction and analysis of toxic alkaloids from Jimsonweed in hay and silage, revisiting the relationship between religion and altruism, demonstrating a chamber ensemble's performance without a conductor and MORE.
The event will offer 52 oral, poster and exhibition presentations from 62 students representing 15 different departments throughout the College of Arts & Sciences.
Monday, January 9, 2017
The URCA Organizing Committee will hold a workshop to assist students with abstract preparation on Tuesday, January 17th at 8pm in room 217 Kettering.
The deadline for abstracts for this year’s URCA Symposium is Friday, January 27th. Example abstracts from previous years are posted on the URCA blog at http://ashlandurca.blogspot.com/.
If you have any questions about URCA or the abstract submission process, please contact Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer at email@example.com.