NATURAL SCIENCE SEMINARS--FALL 2006, SPRING 2007
Warren Wilson College
Jensen Lecture Hall, 4:00 pm 
Schedule - Fall, 2006
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Donald Collins (email: dcollins-no spam@warren-wilson.edu)
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Fall 2006.                                


Aug. 28, 2006
Week 1

4:30

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

Sept. 04, 2006
 Week 2

4:00



4:30


Sept. 11, 2006
week 3 

4:00

Rebecca Worley.  Fuel loads, tree community structure, and carbon storage in Mountain Longleaf Pine stands undergoing restorationMentor: Dr. Paul Bartels.

 

4:30

Sheree Ferrell .  Community Comparison of Tardigrade Populations from the Anakeesta Formation and Thunderhead Sandstone.  Mentor: Dr. Paul Bartels

Sept. 18, 2006
Week 4

4:00

Anna Chollet.  Evaluation of lead content of kale (Brassica oleracea) commercially available in Buncombe County, North Carolina Mentor: Dr. John Brock.

 

4:30

Rachel Smith.  Arsenic levels in the playground soil of Murphy-Oakley Park.  Mentor: Dr. John Brock.

Sept. 25, 2006
Week 5

4:00

Sarah Rawleigh. Homemade and Conventional Sprays as Aphid Control on Lettuce.  Mentor: Dr. Amy Boyd.

 

4:30

Daniel Sockwell .  A Study in the Evolution of Viviparity using 3-beta-HSD inM. brachypoda as a Marker.  Mentors: Dr. Michael Torres and Dr. John Brock

Oct. 02, 2006
Week 6

4:00


 

4:30


Oct. 9, 2006
Week 7

4:00

Alexander Dietz - Presence and activity of Canis latrans at Warren Wilson College.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.

 

4:30


Oct. 16, 2006
Week 8

4:00

Heartstone Reading.  - No seminar.  Attend the Heartstone Reading, write a summary to D. Collins for a make-up attendance.  Due Oct. 20, 2006



4:30
No Seminar.  Heartstone Reading. 


Oct. 17, 2006
7:30 pm
Sigma Xi Presentation.  Dr. Sharon LeDuc from National Climatic Center, Asheville, NC.  Climate Change 101.
Attend and write a summary to earn a make-up attendance.  Summary due before Oct. 20, 2006.

 Oct 23, 2006
Fall Break

 

Fall Break 

Oct. 30, 2006
Week 9

4:00


 

4:30


Nov. 6, 2006
Week 10

4:00

Guest Seminar - Environmental Policy Internship - Kris Kershner
Public Interest Projects: A Study in the Politics and Design of Local Urban Development.  Mentor: Dr. John Casey and Joe Minicozzi of Public Interest Projects, Inc.

 

4:30


Nov. 13, 2006
Week 11

4:00

Meghan Cole - The Effect of Planting Date on the Development and Yield of Lettuce (Latuca sativa)Mentor:  Dr. Laura Lengnick.

 

4:30

Leslie Knapp  - Analysis of trimethylamine from municipal sludge treated with cationic polymer.  Mentor: Dr. John Brock
Friday, Nov. 17, 2006
Drafts of Senior Theses due to Mentors

Nov. 20, 2006
Week 12

4:00

Holly Alley - Alkaloid Endophyte Levels in the Grasses at Warren Wilson College.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.

 

4:30

Drew McElwee.  Lead Concentrations in the Warren Wilson College Drinking Water Supply.  Mentors: Dr. Mark Brenner, Dr. John Brock.

Week 12:   2006

 

Thanksgiving

Nov. 27, 2006
Week 13

4:00

Guest presentation.  Dr. Laura DeWald - Western Carolina University. Using Genetics to Compare Population Structure and Movement of Puma

Dec. 04, 2006
Week 14  

4:00

Lauren Baker - Antioxidant capacity of mate (Ilex paraguariensis)and other plant derived beveragesMentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.

 

4:30

Jessie Rowles - The relationship of dominance and play in domestic wolfdog hybrids.  Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein. [Presentation postponed until Feb. 5, 2007]

Friday, Week 14: Dec.08, 2006

4:00

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

Dec. 11, 2006

4:00

Lawson Revan - Soft Rush (Juncus effusus) as a Nitrogen Remover in Wastewater Biofiltration for the Warren Wilson College Pig Farm .     Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner.

 

4:30

Liina Laufer - Creation of Glycerin Fuel Logs.  Mentor: Dr. Dean Kahl.

Dec. 18, 2006

4:00

Evaluations for Senior theses Due to Convenor (Monday, Week 16)
Note: Classes finished on Wed. Dec. 20, 2006

Spring, 2007 [Note: attendance records found on the MOODLE site: http://moodle.warren-wilson.edu].  Please consult the MOODLE site for your attendance records.  Paper records will NOT be available.

Week 1
Jan. 22, 2007

Martin Luther King Day - Meet at 4:00 pm for schedule confirmation
Week 2
Jan. 29, 2007
4:00
Titles and mentors' names due.  E-mail is OK.

4:30

Week 3
Feb. 05, 2007
4:00
Jessie Rowles - The relationship of dominance and play in domestic wolfdog hybrids.  Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein. [Presentation postponed from December 04, 2006]

4:30

Week 4
Feb. 12, 2007
4:00
Sarah DeLeiris - Coyote (Canis latrans) scat analysis in the Narragansett Bay region of Rhode IslandMentor: Dr. Lou Weber

4:30

Thursday Feb 15, 2007
3:00
American Meteorological Society Lecture at Folk Art Center Auditorium, 3:00 - 4:00 pm.  Asheville.  Dr. Thomas C. Peterson - Climate Change 101: a Primer on Unerstanding Climate Change.
Week 5
Feb. 19, 2007
4:00
Marie Williamson.  Urinary ergot alkaloid excretion by beef heifers and cows grazing endophyte-infected (Neotyphodium coenphialum) tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) pastures and hay at Warren Wilson College.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.

4:30
Betsy Kain - Coloration and Courtship Behavior in Male Guppies Treated with Estrogen. Mentors: Dr. Jeff Holmes and Dr. Robert Eckstein.
Week 6
Feb. 26, 2007
4:00
Neal Maker - Basal area and form class relationship for small diameter Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) in the North Carolina piedmont.  Mentor: Dr. Amy Boyd.

4:30

Monday Feb. 26, 2007
6:30
Informal Meeting of Sigma Xi in Spidel 110.  Discussion of physics items of current interest.
Week 7
Mar.. 05, 2007
4:00
Todd Boera.  Agricultural Lime as a Control Method for Leaf Cutter Ants.  Mentor Karen Josslin 

4:30
Laura Foulke.  Ground Water Analysis of Formaldehyde at the Edges of Cemeteries in Buncombe County, NC.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins
Week 8
Mar. 12, 2007
4:00
Rebecca DaVanon.  The Response of Native Grasses to Controlled Burning and Herbicide Application.   Mentor: Dr. Amy Boyd

4:30
Sage Brodersen.  Managed Native Grasses and Oldfield Insect Communities.  Mentor: Dr. Amy Boyd
Mar. 15, 2007
Evening
Sigma Xi at UNC-Asheville.  Dr. David Clarke: Plant Collecting Expeditions in the Rainforests of Guyana, South America.
Sqring Break
Mar. 19, 2007

Spring Break
Thursday, Mar 22
3:00
Climate Change Lecture Series, Folk Art Center at Blue Ridge Parkway, East Asheville.  "Abrupt Climate Change: a Paleo Perspective" by David M. Anderson, PhD.
Week 9
Mar. 26, 2007
4:00


4:30
Will Lyons.  The Effect of Effecient Microbes (EM)tm  on Compost.  Mentor: Ms. Karen Joslin
Week 10
Apr. 02, 2007
4:00
Aaron Malenke.  Metalloestrogen concentrations in the blood of American alligators, Alligator mississippiensis, in two Florida lakes.  Mentor: Dr. John Brock.

4:30
Mike Hutchison. Weed Seedbank Assessment in Four Farm FieldsMentor: Dr. Laura Lengnick.
Tues, Apr.3, 2007
7:00
Dr. Ron Numbers on Evolution Science and Creation Science - Canon.
Week 11
Apr. 09, 2007
4:00
Travis Briggs.  Cold Tolerance and Range Expansion of Upside-down Jellyfish (Cassiopeia
xamachana)
.  Mentor: Dr. Paul Bartels

4:30
John Andrew Wagner.  Effects of Imidaclorprid on Terpene Ratios in Eastern Hemlock.  Mentor: Dr. Dean C. Kahl
Week 12
Apr. 16, 2007
4:00
Daniel Dayton.  Comparison of the Microbial Composition of the Three Compost Systems at Warren Wilson College Using Phospholipid Fatty Acid Analysis.  Mentor: Dr. Vicki Collins.

4:30
Kathryn Kuehl.  Olfactory stimulation by lavender (Lavendula officinalis) essential oil and
behavior of kenneled dogs (Canis familiaris
).  Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein.
Tuesday Apr. 17, 2007

American Chemical Society.  See V. Collins by Thursday April 12 for transportation.  Anna Chollet will be inducted into membership.
Thursday April 19, 2007
3:00
Climate Change Series.  Folk Art Center off Blue Ridge Parkway, East Asheville.  "The U.S. Climate Change Science Program: the Latest Viewpoint", by Thomas R. Karl, L.H.D.
Friday April 20, 2007

Drafts of Senior Theses due to Mentors.
Week 13
Apr. 23, 2007
4:00
Dietrich Blum.  The Effect of Citrate on the Phytoremediation of Pb by Hordeum vulgare (Barley).  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins

4:30
James Blair.  Agricultural Labor Issues and Market Potential within Latino-Owned
Business in Western North Carolina
.  Mentors: Dr. Laura Lengnick and Ms. Laura Kirby.
Tuesday April 24, 2007
7:30 pm
UNC-A Sigma Xi.  Several newly inducted students will give their research presentations.   George Keel will be inducted.   See D. Collins for directions.
Tuesday April 24, 2007
6:30
Ryan Morra - 2nd Annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory.  Jensen 308.  Students may submit summaries and earn attendance credits.

Week 14
Apr. 30, 2007
4:00
George Keel.  Observation and analysis of light curves of eclipsing cataclysmic variable IP Pegasi.  Mentor: Dr. Donald Collins

4:30
Edwin Self.  Nitrate Leaching from Livestock Waste and it's Effects on Groundwater Quality.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner.
Friday, May 04, 2007
4:00
Final Theses due to Spidel 205 - 2 copies plus permission to photocopy.
Week 15
May 07, 2007
4:00
Kylie Krauss.  Homovanillic Acid as an Indicator of Neuronal Dopamine Levels In Mountain Bikers and Non-Mountain Bikers.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins

4:30
Alexandra Meyer - Environmental Policy Guest Seminar
Friday, May 11, 2007

Mentor's evaluation of Theses due to Spidel 205.
Week 16
May 14, 2007
4:00
Christina Milne.   Arsenic and Cadmium Biosorption by the fungus Cunninghamella echinulata. Mentors: Dr. Mark Brenner and  Dr. John Brock.

4:30