NATURAL SCIENCE SEMINARS--FALL 2005, SPRING 2006
Warren Wilson College
Jensen Lecture Hall, 4:00 pm 
Schedule - Fall, 2005
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Donald Collins dcollins

Fall 2005.                                


Aug. 22, 2005
Week 1

4:30

1st Meeting - Schedule Confirmation - Note: this is Triad Day.  Regular 4:00 pm classes meet at 4:30 pm.

Aug. 29, 2005
 Week 2

4:00

Julia Kernitz - Guest presentation - Source Water Contamination of US Public Water Systems: 1985 - 2005.   Introduced by Dr. Frank Kalinowski.


4:30

 

Sept. 5, 2005
week 3 

4:00

Elizabeth Wunker - Nest-site Selection of the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) on Westhampton Island, NY. Mentor: Dr. Louise Weber.

 

4:30


Sept. 12, 2005
Week 4



 



Sept. 19, 2005
Week 5

4:00

Sarah-Zane Lewis - The role of the unique region of the surrogate light chain in autoimmunity. Mentors: Dr. Jeff Holmes (WWC); Drs. James Baleja and B. Daivd Stollar, Tufts Univ.

 

4:30

Erik Nash  - The relationship between Vicia sativa and the ants feeding at their extra floral nectaries on Warren Wilson Campus.  Mentor: Dr. Amy Boyd.

Sept. 26, 2005
Week 6

4:00

Audrey Williamson  - The Effects of Age and Gender on the Learning Ability of the Horse (Equus caballus).  Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein.

 

4:30

Josha McBee - Determination of Paw Preference in Raccoons (Procyon lotor).  Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein

Oct. 3, 2005
Week 7

4:00

Clayton Wilburn - Analysis of Synthetic and Natural Estrogens in the Influent and Effluent of the Buncombe County Wastewater Treatment Plant .  Mentor: Dr. John Brock.

 

4:30

Emily Leghart - Relationships between body length and attributes of vocalization in  gray tree frogs.  Mentors: Dr.. Robert Eckstein and Dr. Paul Bartels.

Oct. 10, 2005
Week 8

4:00

 

4:30

Fall Break

 

Fall Break 

Oct. 24, 2005
Week 9

4:00

Faculty Presentation: Dr. Lou Weber - March of the Shorebirds

 

4:30


Oct. 26, 2005
7:30 pm
Sigma Xi Presentation: Dr. Donald F. Collins, Warren Wilson College. Digital Camera Astronomy - a Revolution in Astronomy Education.  Optional attendance for NSS.  Can qualify for a make-up of a missed presentation.

Oct 31, 2005
Week 10

4:00


 

4:30


Nov. 7, 2005
Week 11

4:00

Bart Pfautz - The effect of leachate from wood shavings produced in trail maintenance on Daphnia magna.  Mentor: Dr. Greg Ettl.

 

4:30

Amos Little - Herbicidal effects of Ailanthus altissima extracts on native and non-native invasive plants. Mentor: Dr. Michael Torres.

Nov. 14, 2005
Week 12

4:00


 

4:30


Friday, Week 12:  Nov. 18, 2005

 

Preliminary drafts of Senior Theses due to mentors

Nov. 21, 2005
Week 13

4:00

Tessa Branson - Evaluation of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency in Vegans vs. non-vegans on Warren Wilson College Campus.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria P. Collins.

4:30

Ross Williams - Guest seminar for ENS Internship.  Introduced by Dr. Frank Kalinowski <--CANCELLED.  (Kalinowski cannot attend.)


Thanksgiving is on Nov. 24, 2005

Nov. 28, 2005
Week 14  

4:00

Alana Weintraub -  Natural and Biological Control Methods of Reducing Mealybug Infestations in the Warren Wilson College Research Greenhouse.  Mentor: Dr. Amy Boyd.

 

4:30

Joel Bassett - Guest seminar for ENS Internship. Grassroots organization and the FERC's dam relicensing process. Introduced by Dr. Frank Kalinowski.

Friday, Week 14: Dec. 2, 2005

4:00

Senior Theses Due - 2 copies to convenor (Spidel 205), 4:00 PM

Dec. 5, 2005

4:00


 

4:30


Dec. 12, 2005

4:00

Evaluations for Senior theses Due to Convenor (Monday, Week 16)

Spring, 2006

Week 1
Jan. 16, 2006

Martin Luther King Day - Meet at 4:00 pm for schedule confirmation
Week 2
Jan. 23, 2006
4:00
Titles and mentors' names due.  E-mail is OK.

4:30

Week 3
Jan 30, 2006
4:00
Paul Bailey - Bird Diversity on Warren Wilson College CampusMentor: Dr. Lou Weber.

4:30
Kat Kennedy - Serum Mineral Levels in Piglets on the Warren Wilson College Farm.  Mentor: Dr. Jeff Holmes
Week 4
Feb. 6, 2006
4:00
Open

4:30
Open
Week 5
Feb. 13, 2006
4:00
Melissa Fellin.  Object Handling Behavior in Captive Raccoons (Procyon lotor).  Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein

4:30
Maryka Lier - Native Grass Restoration Project: Survival Rate and Percent Cover of Warm Season Grasses After the First Growing Season. Mentor: Dr. Greg Ettl

7:00 pm
Sigma Xi - Professor Steve Kress, Cornell Univ. Saving Endangered Seabirds Lessons from Puffins and Terns. - Canon Lounge.  Sponsored jointly by UNC-Asheville Sigma Xi Chapter and WWC Environmental Studies Program.
Week 6
Feb. 20, 2006
4:00
open

4:30
Open
Week 7
Feb. 27, 2006
4:00
Julia York - The Antiviral Effects of 13 Botanical Essential Oils on Three Phages of E. coli.  Mentor: Dr. Jeff Holmes.

4:30
Amanda Davis - Water Quality Assessment of the Swannanoa River using MacroinvertebratesMentor: Dr. Lou Weber
Week 8
Mar. 6, 2006
4:00
Andrew Morin - Arsenic Levels in the Warren Wilson Alpine Tower and the Surrounding Substrate.  Mentor: Dr. John Brock.

4:30
Emilie Erich - Phytoextraction of Copper and Lead by Sagittaria graminea and Pontederia cordata in Beaver Lake Stormwater Wetland.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner. [moved from Week 6]
Sqring Break
Mar. 13, 2006


Week 9
Mar. 20, 2006
4:00
Kantesh Dodwani - RecyclingPolypropylene by Pyrolysis Mentor: Dr. Dean Kahl

4:30
Murugan Vinayagam - Dynamic Tunneling in a Quantum Mechanical System.  Mentors: Dr. Donald F. Collins and Dr. Evan Wantland.
Week 10
Mar. 27, 2006
4:00
Megan Bryan  A Demographic Study of Kemps Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) and Green (Chelonia mydas) Sea Turtle Strandings.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber

4:30
Celia Barbieri. Diatomaceous Earth as a De-worming Treatment for Pigs on the Warren WilsonCollege Farm.  Mentor: Dr. Jeff Holmes
Week 11
Apr. 3, 2006
4:00
Jesenia deLourdes Mejias -Antioxidant Properties of Guava Psidium guajava L.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins

4:30
Richard Peart  Computational Modeling of Photochemical Smog.  Mentor: Dr. Dean C. Kahl.
Week 12
Apr. 10, 2006
4:00
Brandon Schmandt - Evaluating Stormwater Management at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Asheville.  Mentor:  Dr. Mark Brenner.

4:30
Stacey Hollis - Heavy Metals in Tern Prey.  Mentor: Dr. John Brock
Friday, Apr. 14
4:00
Thesis draft due to research mentor.
Week 13
Apr. 17, 2006
4:00
Tim Manney - Effect of Additives on the Strength of Pitch Glue. Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner.

4:30
Lily Doyle - Gender Selection Through Olfactory Cues.  Mentor: Dr. Greg Ettl.
Week 14
Apr. 24, 2006
4:00
Casey Gish.  Comparison of flavor compounds, and tastes, of fermentation product (zymurgy) produced by commercial and locally isolated strains of brewers yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).  Mentor: Dr. Michael Torres. 

4:30
Kim Hall. The Flirtatious Behaviors Between Single Heterosexuals. Mentor: Dr. Vicki Garlock.
Friday, Apr. 28
4:00
Final Theses due to Spidel 205 - 2 copies plus permission to photocopy.
Week 15
May 1, 2006
4:00
Colleen Blaine - The morphological response of larval Spotted Salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) when exposed to two different caged predators.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.

4:30
Lucas Blass - Archaic and Contemporary Approaches to Case Hardening Mild Steel.  Mentors: Dr. Mark Brenner Dr. Victoria Collins. 
Week 16
May 8, 2006

Mentor's evaluation of Theses due to Spidel 205.

4:00
Hannah Barks - The effectiveness of the DSI Pro camera for the determination of the relative ages of different star clusters.  Mentor: Dr. Donald F. Collins

4:30