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The Downside of a High-protein Diet
Friday, May 20, 2:00 - 2:30 PM Hannon Library 329
Recently, high-protein diets for weight loss have increased in popularity, and many studies support the claim that protein has anorexigenic effects: improving satiety and thus decreasing appetite, leading to a reduction in body fat. Additionally, high-protein diets are under consideration as a first approach to treating type II diabetes. Unfortunately, consuming a diet high in protein may have disadvantages that outweigh the benefit of fat loss, with adverse effects to the bones and kidneys. Presented by Shannon Connolly.

A Bloody Mess: Exploring Menstruation Stigmas
Friday, May 20, 1:30 - 2:00 PM Stevenson Union 319
Cassandra Anderson broke down the stigma into its various parts and researched each part individually. This includes examining menstrual blood as a contaminant, menstruation as an illness, the pressure to conceal menstruation and how agency and control are related to menstruation/menarche. She has also examined the various aspects of our menstrual education system and determined key areas in which the social stigma is perpetuated.

A Spatially Informed Analysis of Environmental Justice
Thursday, May 19, 11:30 - 12:00 PM Hannon Library 329
Aaron Anderson attempts to re-examine Environmental Justice via two research questions. First, is there a relationship between the extent to which congressional districts have been politically marginalized and the environmental quality? And, second, how does the relationship of race and the environment manifest itself at different spatial scales of areal aggregation?

Accounts, Narratives, and Emotion Work in Advocacy
Friday, May 20, 1:00 - 1:30 PM Stevenson Union 319
An autoethnographic presentation by Autumn Wilson applying feminist, sociological, and psychological theories to a service learning capstone project.

Beyond the Battered Women's Movement: Advocating for LGBTQ Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Tuesday, May 17, 4:00 - 4:30 PM Stevenson Union 330
Adam Railsback presents on the unique struggles faced by LGBTQ survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including an introduction to power, privilege, control, and abuse, LGBTQ 101, current statistics and research, prevalent myths, barriers to care, and how to be a better ally and advocate for survivors.

Bringing Psychology Replication to SOU
Wednesday, May 18, 10:30 - 11:00 AM Stevenson Union 319
This study by Tamara Barrett and Eric Ghelfi represents one applied example of the replication process. Five undergraduates at Southern Oregon University, working with a professor, replicated a recent, heavily cited social psychology experiment showing a relationship between a disgusting taste and harsh moral judgment.

Camp White, OR History
Wednesday, May 18, 9:30 - 10:00 AM Stevenson Union 319
A brief analysis of Camp White, Oregon and its operation during the Second World War, presented by Daniel Abernethy, James Bowers, and Anthony Hess of SOU ROTC.          

Carranza, Arevalo, and Evita: Influences of the Mexican Revo
Thursday, May 19, 2:30 - 3:00 PM Hannon Library 329
In this presentation, the author endeavors to explain the influences of another major country on the American continents on global events by pointing out the continuation of themes begun in the Mexican Revolution that continued through the revolutions of Argentina and Guatemala, with a focus on several captivating leaders: Venustiano Carranza, Juan Jose Arevalo, and Eva “Evita” Peron. 

Designing an Arduino MIDI
Tuesday, May 17, 10:30 - 11:00 AM Hannon Library 329
Presented by Gabe Lenetsky. Arduino is a device that allows a controller to connect different types of sensors to analyze the physical world around it. A MIDI, short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, can be created from an Arduino board to be integrated with a digital audio workstation. An Arduino MIDI was created by combining an ultrasonic sensor and photocell to create music. The result is a unique instrument that users can play with the motion of their hands.          

Einstein's Last Prediction: Gravity Waves
Thursday, May, 19, 3:30 - 4:00 PM Stevenson Union 313
How do a few solar masses go 'poof', disappear from the universe, and warp space and time on their way out? This story has all the elements of a great science fiction/whodunnit thriller, except that it's reality! Characters include black holes, white dwarfs, and supernovae. Star Wars is tame compared to this reality. Presented by David Blackman.

Evolution of Resistivity in AA6111 Aluminum Alloy
Friday, May 20, 9:00 - 9:30 AM Stevenson Union 330
Presented by Benjamin Koerber. The change in the resistivity of AA6111 aluminum alloy was tracked over the course of up to 14 hrs of heat treatment at three different temperatures.  The experiment performed simulated a paint baking process used in the automobile industry which helps to strengthen lightweight automobile panels.

Gathering Data at SOU for Sexual Assault Prevention
Wednesday, May 18, 4:00 - 4:30 PM Stevenson Union 313
The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault has urged all institutions of higher education to conduct ongoing campus climate surveys. This presentation, by Courtney Rasmussen, outlines the purpose and best practices of campus climate surveys, and the current efforts at SOU to develop and implement our own. Topics covered by the survey, costs associated with it, the time-line, and how the survey will be used to improve prevention of, and response to, sexual assault at SOU will be discussed.

Greek Life at SOU?
Thursday, May 19, 9:00 - 9:30 AM Stevenson Union 319
Greek Life has been a controversial topic on our campus these past few months. A group of students conducted research on student opinion and feelings towards Greek Life and specifically Title IX exemptions. This presentation is an opportunity to hear the results of the survey and understand the pros and cons of Greek Life on campus: Nicole Hoefflinger, Kelsie Lawson, Torii Uyehera.

Historical Perspectives on Malintzin, Pocahontas, and Kateri
Wednesday, May 18, 1:30 - 2:00 PM Stevenson Union 319
The earliest accounts of American Indian women were riddled with misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and at times outright fantasies. Amy Waters reviews the historiography of Malintzin, Pocahontas, and Kateri Tekakwitha. All three women have been written about extensively since their lifetimes, but none of these women actually left a written record of their own. This is why it is vital to understand the processes and impacts of the “gender frontiers” in each of their cultural environments.

I Slam, therefore I am!
Thursday, May 19, 2:30 - 3:30 PM Stevenson Union Diversions
Slam Poetry is perhaps one of the most useful and versatile forms of performance art. It allows the youth to express their identity, provides a platform for them to speak on social justice issues, and connects music and literary skill to enhance education. Slam Poetry can be applied to almost any aspect of life, and yet it is not even found in many classrooms, where it would be most useful. By adding Slam Poetry to the school curriculum, students, especially in minority groups, will benefit. Presented by Lena Mejdrich.

Intestinal enzyme level response to dietary protein type
Wednesday, May 18, 3:00 - 3:30 PM Hannon Library 329
Presented by Benjamin Rangel. Forty-eight female Swiss Albino mice were evenly placed into three groups(n=16) consisting of a control group being fed 18% protein, a group being fed an additional 20% casein protein, and a group being fed an additional 20% soy protein. At 4 and 7 weeks, duodenal samples were assessed for maltase and aminopeptidase activity, using glucose assay andleucine-p- nitroanilide assay, respectively. Contrary to previous studies, there was no significant difference in aminopeptidase or maltase activity.

It's Not Sexy or Romantic: The Cultural Normalization of Stalking
Wednesday, May 18, 12:30 - 1:00 PM Stevenson Union 313
The WRC presents this engaging and interactive presentation on how media normalizes stalking behavior, sending dangerous messages that perpetuate violence against women, and all genders. Despite the severity of this issue, stalking is often joked about, and not taken seriously. Through audience interaction, humor, popular culture and narrative, this presentation examines representations of stalking and proposes practical tools for enhancing our prevention and intervention. Presented by Kendall Bartley, Adriana Guzman, Bekah Krum, Erica Lautrup, Riah Safady.

Liquid Crystals: A Look at Nematic Phase Response Time
Tuesday, May 17, 11:00 - 11:30 AM Hannon Library 329
This capstone project, by Chris Beatty, explores the relaxation and excitation time for a nematic phase liquid crystal with varying cell thickness under different applied electric fields.

Magic: the Gathering - Beyond the Game
Friday, May 20, 10:30 - 11:00 AM Stevenson Union 319
Lane Thomason discusses careers, the community, and financial aspects surrounding the card game, Magic: the Gathering.

Mental Illness & Self Care in America
Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 - 2:00 PM Hannon Library 329
A presentation about mental illness in America and how it is culturally recognized and represented in the media. Also discussing how self care is viewed in America as well as which mental illnesses are the most prevalent: Danielle Knego, Tayler Peck, Noelle Lopez.

Militarization of Indian Country
Thursday, May 19, 11:30 - 12:00 PM Stevenson Union 313
Jacklyn Holzhauser presents a historical analysis of the use of Indian scouts and enlistment rates of Native Americans, applying the nine tenants of tribal critical race theory and interviews of Native American veterans.

Mindful Intervention in Special Education
Tuesday, May 17, 12:00 - 12:30 PM Stevenson Union 330
Holistic education recognizes that students are multi-faceted and works to nurture each aspect of the whole child. Mindfulness, one component within the holistic framework, has been proven to be reduce aggression, improve mood, and self-esteem, and have many other benefits. However, while research exists on the impact of mindfulness on students in general-education and on adults with various exceptionalities, there is little-to-no overlap between the two fields. This study by Anastasiya Hoefflinger attempts to bridge that gap by examining the effects of mindfulness practices on students with special needs.

Native Americans' Preferences in Presidential Elections
Thursday, May 19, 10:30 - 11:00 AM Hannon Library 329
In this presentation, Michal Dahl explains the main issues that matter for the decision whether to vote, and how to vote, within Native Communities of the United States, including difficulties and violations of federal law connected with Indigenous Peoples' participation in presidential elections.

Native Hawaiian Sovereignty: Decolonizing Hawai'i
Thursday, May 19, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Stevenson Union 313
Presented by Kapoeokeolani Lewis and Darius Kila. This presentation focuses on the discussion of Native Hawaiian sovereignty and resistance to colonization through a tribal critical race theory lens. Since the illegal overthrow and annexation of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, Native Hawaiians have fought for their right for sovereignty, self-determination and self-governance and have not yet been granted that right. Many efforts from Native Hawaiian sovereignty movements have proposed different plans of action but differences upon opinion divide them.

Pornography Consumption and Related Behavior
Thursday, May 19, 12:30 - 1:00 PM Stevenson Union 313
The topic of pornography can typically be something not discussed in public. However, the effects of pornography on an individual can be very influential on the person's brain functioning, behaviors and relationships. Pornography use as a whole will be examined as well as effects that it has on individuals and society as a whole. Presented by Scott Schuler.

Position: Servant
Tuesday, May 17, 9:00 - 9:30 AM Hannon Library 329
Catherine Piedmont and Karen Zerger present how Servant Leaders successfully manage the duality of power and service within their leadership roles.

Practice Theory & The Archaeology of Colonialism
Friday, May 20, 8:30 - 9:00 AM Hannon Library 329
Presented by Walter Prout. The practice theory of Bourdieu and Giddens (1979, 1984), and an analyses of power by Foucault provide a formidable theoretical force for archaeological research in Southwest Oregon. By employing analytical categories of agency, social identity, and power, historical archaeology can explain socio-cultural change and the continuity of Native Peoples and a plurality of ethnicities experiencing colonization.

Progress of the Take Back the Tap Campaign at SOU
Tuesday, May 17, 11:30 - 12:00 PM Stevenson Union 319
At SOU, the Take Back the Tap campaign has been in the works for several years, being spearheaded by various students and organizations. Sydney Lund has been working on the Take Back the Tap Campaign for the past year to ban the sale of non-reusable, plastic water bottles on campus. This presentation will give a progress update on the campaign, give SOU alternatives for plastic water bottles, propose amended contract agreements, and discuss the negative effects of plastic water bottles.

Queer Indigenous Gathering
Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 - 10:30 AM Stevenson Union 319
Alisa Arata presents on the Queer Indigenous Gathering, held March 9th by the 2016 Queer Indigenous class. The gathering was unique in its content and challenges but started the important conversation that is often silenced. The presentation will address the process of putting on the gathering, the many pieces that went into it and the experience of it all coming together.

Rural Gentrification: A Civic Engagement Experience
Wednesday, May 18, 12:30 - 1:00 PM Stevenson Union 319
A group of students went to Taos, New Mexico last December through the Civic Engagement Program.  The group worked with Habitat for Humanity Taos and helped with various building projects. They also learned about the impact of rural gentrification and its impact on community, culture, and local economies: Rachel Blazinski, Caroline Champion, Madelyn Davey, Megan Davey, Melino Gianotti, Misha Lake, Deanna Mulaskey, Tim Short, Matt Vogel, Jonathan Wright.

SOU: First Ever Bee Campus USA
Wednesday, May 18, 1:30 - 2:00 PM Stevenson Union 313
Presented by Samantha Pennington-Vrsek and Jessica Harper. SOU collaborated with Bee City USA, a private nonprofit organization based in North Carolina, to establish a Bee Campus USA designation, which recognizes campuses committed to a set of practices that support pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, among thousands of other species. Through a six-month process, the university was able to align its practices to meet the new guidelines.

Spanish Capstones
Wednesday, May 18, 1:30 - 2:30 PM Stevenson Union 330
Spanish capstone presentations.  Megan Mercier will present on the historical and political context of Borges' short stories and how they relate to modern authoritarian regimes. Josie Marks-McQuade will present on the influence of indigenous concepts of life and death in Juan Rulfo's famous novel, Pedro Páramo.

Story Telling with Data: Part I
Wednesday, May 18, 9:00 – 9:30 AM Stevenson Union 313
Presented by Jasmine Maitland and Kelsie Lawson. Tableau is an incredible data analysis program that allows users to manipulate data and produce charts and graphs worth telling a story about. Before using the actual program, data has to be gathered and formatted. This presentation follows the complex and intriguing process of compiling data in excel. The skills acquired in this presentation are applicable to almost any career path. For more excitement, check out BA 497 this fall!

Story Telling with Data: Part II
Wednesday, May 18, 9:30 - 10:00 AM Stevenson Union 313
After Data prep is taken care of, a program, Tableau, can be used to create action filled graphs and charts that tell a story. This presentation covers the basics of Tableau through the telling of a story about death and disease across the United States. For more excitement, check out BA 497 this fall!

The Critters In Your Gut
Friday, May 20, 3:30 - 4:00 PM Hannon Library 329
A simple introduction to Intestinal microbes and the role they play in disease and health, this podium presentation is the product of a 10-week summer internship based on intensive study of peer-reviewed literature from the years 2011-2015, presented by Shannon Connolly.

The Effect of Different Farming Practices on Egg Composition
Friday, May 20, 2:30 - 3:00 PM Stevenson Union 330
Keaton Barr presents the found differences in the Fatty Acid composition between eggs laid by free range chickens and the eggs laid by cage raised chickens. There will also be a comparison to other data to those gathered through our own analysis, as well as health implications connected to any differences in composition.

The Importance Of Employee Happiness
Thursday, May 19, 4:30 - 5:00 PM Stevenson Union 330      
Patrick Gonzales and Matthew McLean explore the idea of happiness and the role of happiness in the workplace.

The Lithia Water Springs Project: Active Learning at SOU
Wednesday, May 18, 11:00 - 11:30 AM Stevenson Union 319
Analytical chemistry students at SOU are provided with an active learning experience in their quest to determine the concentration of inorganic ions in Ashland’s Lithia water. Steven Petrovic provides an overview on how active learning is incorporated and managed in all facets of the Lithia Water Springs project, and how active learning is supported by the development of skills in research, teamwork, and written forms of communication, such as project memos.

The Potential of Prenatal Meditation
Thursday, May 19, 10:30 - 11:00 AM Stevenson Union 319
Rising anxiety among college students is a major public concern. To investigate possible solutions, Anna Humphreys measured depression, anxiety, compassion, mindfulness, and meditation practice among college students. Compassion and depression/stress/anxiety were negatively correlated. The presentation will also explore the potential for meditation in improving mental health.

Thermal Mass
Tuesday, May 17, 8:30 - 9:00 AM Hannon Library 329
Agustin Medina presents experimental results of thermal mass in different materials used for building homes.

Using Neuroplasticity of the Brain to Change Behavior
Friday, May 20, 11:30 - 12:00 PM Stevenson Union 319
This presentation by Angela Durant and Jon Keith explores how people can use neuroplasticity of the brain to change behavior. Through information shared, people may become more aware of personal behaviors and actions that contribute to low-level function, and how brain plasticity can change their lives.