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


Aug. 27, 2007
Week 1

4:30

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

Sept. 03, 2007
 Week 2

4:00



4:30


Sept. 10, 2007
week 3 

4:00

Ryan Morra - Factors Contributing to Invasibility: Enemy Release and Leaf Properties.  Mentors: Dr. Manuel T. Lerdau, University of Virginia and Dr. Mark Brenner

 

4:30


Sept. 17, 2007
Week 4

4:00


 

4:30


Sept. 24, 2007
Week 5

4:00

Alison Borrman - A quantitative analysis of applied kinesiology nutrient proximity techniques.  Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein.

 

4:30


Oct. 01, 2007
Week 6

4:00

Shannon Waldron - Water Soluble Antioxidant  Development During the Ripening Stages of  Tomatoes (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins

 

4:30


Oct. 8, 2007
Week 7

4:00

Faculty Presentation.  Dr. John Brock - Phthalates and Human Health

 

4:30

Mark Weller - White tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the Swannanoa Valley.  Mentor:  Dr. Lou Weber

Oct. 15, 2007
Week 8

4:00

Joe Kennedy - Relationship of Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) nesting approach to time, moon, and tidal sequence on South Island, SC.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber
[Postponed from Sept. 24 due to accident/illness]

4:30

 Oct 22, 2007
Fall Break

 

Fall Break

Oct. 29, 2007
Week 9

4:00

Carol Sevin - Lentinan content in Shiitake (Lentinula edodes).  Mentor: Dr. Vicktoria P. Collins

 

4:30

Emily Paulsen - Plague (Yersinia pestis) in Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) Colonies of Prowers County, Colorado.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007
4:00
Special Presentation sponsored by the Environmental Leadership Center.  Dr. David Easterling, Chief of Scientific Services, National Climatic DataCenter, Asheville.  Topic: The Evidence for Climate Change: Observations and Modeling.  (Attend and submit a summary by e-mail to dcollins@warren-wilson.edu for credit)

Nov. 5, 2007
Week 10

4:00

Will Franklin - Sleep deprivation and its effects on Motor Skills.  Mentor: Bob Eckstein

 

4:30


Nov. 12, 2007
Week 11

4:00

Jenna Schreiber - The allelopathic effect of Butternuts (Juglan cinerea) non-native invasive species.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner

 

4:30

Leslie Selgestad - Fatty acid analysis of venison from wild deer and farm-raised deer.  Mentors: Dr. Mark Brenner and Dr. Victoria Collins
Friday, Nov. 16, 2007
Drafts of Theses due to Mentors

Nov. 19, 2007
Week 12

4:00

Bill Pence - Lead Analysis of Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta) Scales. Mentors: Dr. Dean Kahl and Dr. Lou Weber

 

4:30

Amy Witt - Impacts of Traffic Noise on Perameles nasuta, Isoodon macrousus, and Hypsiprymnodon moschatus at the Cooper Creek catchment, Queensland, Australia.  Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein

 
Week 12:  

 

Thanksgiving Break Nov. 21-Nov.25.

Nov. 26, 2007
Week 13

4:00

Christine Hulburt - Ant visitation to extrafloral nectaries of Common Vetch (Vicia sativa) and
the effect on fecundity and foliar damage
.  Mentor: Dr. Amy Boyd

4:30
Matt Turino - Levels of Coliform Bacteria in Cafeteria Waste Compost at Warren Wilson College .  Mentor: Dr. Jeff Holmes

Dec. 03, 2007
Week 14  

4:00

James Tyson - The Habituation of Mimosa pudica.  Mentor: Dr. Jeff Holmes

 

4:30

Morgan Williams - An Ethnographic Survey of The Ceremonial Plant and Animal Use of The Elang’ata-Dapash Maasai,  Longido District, Northern Tanzania.  Mentor: Dr. Michael Torres.
Dec. 4, 2007 (Tuesday)
7:00 pm
Signma Xi Lecture - Dr. Perry Sprawls, Faculty of the Medical School of Emory University - Medical Imaging.  Open to the public.  Students may attend and earn an attendance credit by submitting a summary to the convenor.

Friday, Week 14: Dec.07, 2007

4:30

Final Theses due to Spidel 205.  Two copies plus "Permission to Photocopy".
We are also asking students completing their these to fill-out an Evaluation Form for the whole NSS experience.

Dec. 10, 2007

4:00

Hilary Collins - Bird Diversity in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.  Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein

 

4:30


Dec. 17, 2007

4:00


Spring, 2008

Week 1
Jan. 21, 2008
4:30
Martin Luther King Day - Meet at 4:00 pm for schedule confirmation
-Waiting list for presentation: Jodi Ferrell
Jan. 24, 2008
7:00 pm
Sigma Xi at UNC-Asheville.  Dr. Thomas Meigs.  Molecular Dissection of a Signal Transduction Pathway in Cancer Cells
Week 2
Jan. 28, 2008
4:00
Titles and mentors' names due.  E-mail is OK.
Chris Fusting  - guest presentation - Predicting Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) habitat using GIS and CART modeling.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner.

4:30

Week 3
Feb. 04, 2008
4:00
Moriah Floyd - Soil-management history as a factor in Mexican bean beetle (Epilachna varivestis) preference for string bean plants (Phaseolus vulgaris).  Mentor: Karen R. M. Joslin.

4:30
Virginia Wolking - Plant Species Cover in Northwest Minnesota Conservation Reserve Program Land.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.
Week 4
Feb. 11, 2008
4:00
Open - no seminar
Week 5
Feb. 18, 2008
4:00
Tommy Otey - Effects of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Traffic on Stream Microinvertebrate Populations in the Tellico River Watershed.  Mentor: Dr. Paul Bartels.

4:30
Anita Goodrich - The Growth and Survival of American Butternut (Juglans cinerea) Across a Natural Shade Gradient.  Mentor: Dr. David Ellum.
Special Event Feb. 19, 2008
7:00 pm
Sigma Xi at WWC: Dr. Doug Miller, Chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UNCA - Research on modeling for local weather forecasting.  Lecture is held in Jensen 308, Warren Wilson College.
Week 6
Feb. 25, 2008
4:00
Liz Martin - Comparing propagation methods for conserving an endangered woodland herb: Lysimachia fraseri, Fraser’s loosestrifeMentor: Dr. David Ellum.

4:30
Kenmei Kato - Dragonflies (Anisoptera) and Damselflies (Zygoptera) at Warren Wilson College.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.
Week 7
Mar. 03, 2008
4:00
Julia Mead - Characterization of Volatile Compounds in Clover Honey (Trifolium spp.) by Solid-Phase Microextraction and Gas Chromotography Mass-Spectrometry.  Mentor: Dr. John Brock.

4:30

Week 8
Mar. 10, 2008
4:00
Jill Loury - The Effect of Trout Farm Effluent on Periphyton Growth.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner

4:30
Holly Spier - Social Comparison and Affect Stimulation as a Motivation to Gossip.  Mentor: Dr. Vicki Garlock.
Sqring Break
Mar. 17, 2008


Week 9
Mar. 24, 2008
4:00
Jesse Phillips - Determination of a phosphorus budget for the WWC swineherd.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.

4:30
Delaney Burke - Kleptoparasitic attack methods by laughing gulls (Larus atricilla) at a seabird colony on Eastern Egg Rock, Maine.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.
March 27, 2008
7:15 pm
Sigma Xi at Mars Hill College.  Bill Steiner - Naturalist adn Audubon Historian - The Life and Art of John James AudubonI have directions.  Try to pursuade faculty to go!
Week 10
Mar. 31, 2008
4:00
Conor McGeehan - Effect of distance from logging roads on consumption rate and preference of Celastrus orbiculatus and Ilex opaca seed by small-mammals in the southern Appalachians.  Mentor: Dr. David Ellum.

4:30
Seanna Bellinger - The Effect of Vocal and Instrumental Music on Students' Cognitive Performance.  Mentor: Dr. Vicki Garlock.
Week 11
Apr. 07, 2008
4:00
Eliza Sydney - Ionic profile of the groundwater and surface water at Warren Wilson College.  Mentors: Mr. Robert Hastings and  Dr. Victoria Collins.

4:30
Eli Dwight - Comparison of Forest Vegetation by Aspect on Suicide Ridge.  Mentor: Dr. Dave Ellum.

5:00
Beth MacLeod - Method Development of Salicylic Acid Extraction from Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) Leaves.  Mentors: Dr. Michael Torres and Dr. Joe Young.
Week 12
Apr. 14, 2008
4:00
Laura Righter - Antioxident Activity in various varites of Lycopersicon esclutentum.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.

4:30
Forrest Heacock - Heavy Metals in the Swannanoa River: Potential Pollution from a Remediated Junkyard.  Mentor: Dr. John Brock.

5:00
Jodi Ferrell - How Binge Drinking Affects Risky Behaviors at Warren Wilson College.  Mentor:  Dr. John Brock
Friday April 18, 2008

Senior Theses drafts due to mentors.
Week 13
Apr. 21, 2008
4:00
Chelsea Peterson - Morphometric Analysis of Retinoic Acid Treated Zebrafish (Danio rerio).  Mentor: Dr. Jeff Holmes.

4:30
Sarah Gaskin - Pool Leakage and Mass Wasting Relationship on the Warren Wilson College Campus.  Mentors: Robert Hastings and Dr. Mark Brenner.
Special Event
Apr 21, 2008
Evening
7:00
Sigma Xi at UNC-Asheville.  Several students from the area colleges will be inducted and present their research results.
Week 14
Apr. 28, 2008
4:00
Ian Martin - Structural Cues Hypothesis and the Home Range of the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus).  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.

4:30
Lester Gulledge - Changes in Asheville’s Land cover, and Resulting Effects on Air Quality.  Mentor: Dr. Dean Kahl.

5:00
Julian Kern - Inhibitory effects of allelopathic compounds on seed germination of invasive non-native plant species.  Mentor: Dr. David Ellum
Friday, May 02, 2008
4:30
Senior Theses final copies (2 copies plus Permission to Photocopy) due at D. Collins' Office (Spidel 205) - 4:30 pm.
Week 15
May 05, 2008
4:00
Eric Thiedich - Cyanide Concentration in Eastern Tent Caterpillers (Malacosoma americanum).  Mentor: Dr. Dean Kahl

4:30
Ari Berk - Method for Using High Pressure Liquid Chromatography to Profile Amino Acids in Nutrient Broth.  Mentors: Dr. Jeff Holmes and Dr. Victoria Collins
Week 16
May 12, 2008
4:00
Jorge Lopez - Allium secondary metabolites and their medicinal properties.  Mentor: Dr. Michael Torres.

4:30
Camille Prevost - Effect of two terpenes on the hemlock woolly adelgid, Adelges tsugae.  Mentor: Dr. Dean Kahl.