NATURAL SCIENCE SEMINARS--FALL 2008, SPRING 2009
Warren Wilson College
Jensen Lecture Hall, 4:00 pm 
Schedule - Fall, 2009
  Please send comments to 
Donald Collins (email: dcollins-no spam@warren-wilson.edu)
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Fall 2009.                 
Registered, but no slots:
Bangasser - Week 12.
McConnaughey - completed in spring, 2009
Purcell  - Week 16 or a few weeks earlier  

Week 1
Aug 24, 2009

4:30

Triad Day.

 Week 2
Aug. 31, 2009

4:00

No Seminar.  Topics Fair for Research Design Students and all Science Faculty - Morse.


4:30


Week 3 
Sept. 7, 2009

4:00


 

4:30


Week 4
Sept. 14, 2009

4:00

Emily Shanblatt - Lead and Arsenic Concentrations in Lake Fontana, Lake Julian and Swannanoa River Sediment.  Mentor: Dr. John Brock.

 

4:30

Adam Cate - Possible Long Term Impacts of Log Landings on Regeneration of Oak-Hickory Forest in East Tennessee.  Mentor: Dr. David Ellum.

Week 5
Sept. 21, 2009

4:00

Doug DeCandia - Sterility of Human Manure-Based Biochar.  Mentors: Dr. Stephen Cartier and Dr. Tim Meehan.

 

4:30


Wed. Sept. 23, 2009

Sigma Xi Presentation: Dr. Jeff Llewellyn - Charles Darwin - artist thinker, scientist, survivor, and man of GodLecture takes place at Brevard College - must obtain dinner at BC.  See D. Collins for ride - leaves Spidel at 5:00 pm.

Week 6
Sept. 28, 2009

4:00

Kate Freeman - Vermont Songbird Feeding Frequency and Food Preference.  Mentor: Dr. Louise Weber.

 

4:30

Dylan Flynn - registered- Bioacoustic Variation of The California Red-legged Frog, Rana draytonii.  Mentor: Dr. Robert Eckstein.

Week 7
Oct. 5, 2009

4:00

No Seminar.

 

4:30


Wed. Oct. 7
6:30 pm
Sigma Xi Presentation: Dr. Perry Sprawls - Evolving Models of Science Education.  Lecture at Morse 209, 6:30 pm.  Attand and submit summary via e-mail to Don Collins to receive an attendance credit.

Week 8
Oct. 12, 2009

4:00

William Goldberg -  The yeild potential of 5 cultivars of oryza Sativa (rice) in two western North Carolina Soils.  Mentor: Dr. Laura Lengnick.

4:30
Brendan Kelley - Trace Metals in Warren Wilson College Garden Soil.  Mentor: Dr. John Brock

Fall Break
Oct. 19, 2009

 


Week 9
Oct. 26, 2009

4:00

Jeremy Lekich - Design of a Machine to Convert Human Urine to a Non-toxic, Storage-safe Fertilizer.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner


4:30
Chris Nelson - The Relationship between Aqueous Cell Density of Escherichia coli and Surface Biofilm Initiation.  Mentor: Dr. Michael Torres. 
Thursday, Oct. 29

Date lottery in Research Design Class for the fall 2010 NSS schedule

Week 10
Nov. 2, 2009

4:00

Kopano Mmalane - Trace Mineral Composition of Imbrasia belina (Mophane worm), a Common Food in Botswana.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.

 

4:30

Amy Kunkel Natural Products as AnthelminticsMentor: Dr. Victoria Collins

Week 11
Nov. 9, 2009

4:00

Tully Herr - A Comparison of Trace Metal Concentrations in Fish Emulsion and Conventional Fertilizer
Mentor: Dr. John Brock

 

4:30

Renee Sniegocki - Glucosinolates and brassica degradation products as nematicides for C. elegans.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.

Week 12
Nov. 16, 2009

4:00

Eric Soderholm - An Inventory of Native Bees on Warren Wilson College Pastures and the Determination of Seasonal Community Patterns.  Mentor: Dr. Paul Bartels.

 

4:30

Lauren Bangasser - The Effect of Liquid Topical Soil Amendments on Compaction in a Sports Field .  Mentor: Dr. Laura Lengnick.
Friday, Nov. 20

Thesis drafts to mentors.

Week 13
Nov. 23, 2009

4:00

Stephen Briggs - Biochar - Production and Effect on Nitrate Leaching in the Warren Wilson College Corn Field.  Mentors: Dr. Laura Lengnick and Dr. Tim Meehan.

4:30

Week 14
Nov. 30, 2009

4:00  

Colleen Vetti - Analysis of Kudzu (Pueraria lobata) Floral Volatiles.  Mentor: Dr. Dean C. Kahl.


4:30

Chelsea Gay - Soil Organic Matter on the Warren Wilson College Farm.  Mentor: Dr. Laura Lengnick.
Friday Dec 4
4:30
Finished Theses due 2 copies plus "Permission to Photocopy" to Spidel 205. 

Week 15
Dec. 7, 2009

4:00

Nora Purcell - Identification and Characterization of Schools in Close Proximity to High Volume Roads in Metropolitan Atlanta, GA. Mentor: Dr. John Brock

 

4:30

Rebecca Sharp - Impact of Environmental Conditions on Volatilization and Dispersal of E. coli.  Mentor: Dr. Jeff Holmes.

Week 16
Dec. 14, 2009

4:00



4:30
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Spring, 2010


Week 1
Jan 18, 2010

4:30

Martin Luther King Day.  Syllabus hand-out.  MOODLE quiz

 Week 2
Jan. 25, 2010

4:00



4:30


Week 3
Feb. 1, 2010

4:00


 

4:30


Week 4
Feb. 8, 2010

4:00

Isaiah Thalmayer - A Phylogeny for Uvularia (Colchicaceae) Derived >From Morphology.  Mentor: Dr. Amy Boyd.   Major Biol, CRW

 

4:30

Dan Callaghan - Physiological and Morphological Responses of Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis L.) to Simulated Gap Light Environments   Dr. David Ellum.  Major ENVS

Week 5
Feb. 15, 2010

4:00

Rachel Keller - Which Brush Piles Attract the most Wildlife?Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.  Major ENVS

 

4:30

Greta Strautman - Effectiveness of Stormwater Management in the Village at Warren Wilson College.  Mentor: Mr. Robert Hastings.  Major ENVS
Tues Feb 16
7:00 pm
CANCELLED!!!   AMS Information SeriesClimate Change and Local Food and Agriculture. CANCELLED!   Panel Discusion at Diana Wortham Center, Asheville.  CANCELLED!!!

Week 6
Feb. 22, 2010

4:00

Ryan Frank - Comparison of weight gain and feed conversion efficiency of hogs over-wintered in pastures or deep bedded environments.  Mentor: Dr. Michael Torres.  Major ENVS

 

4:30

Rachel Kivela - Heavy Metals in Tree Cores from the Blue Ridge Plating Superfund Site. Registered.  Mentor: Dr. Steven Cartier.  Major Chem.
Tues. Feb 23, 2010
Evening
7:00 pm
Sigma Xi at Mars Hill College.  Professor Rob Young, Western Carolina University. - Rising Sea and Global Climate Change.  (Collins will go.  Please notify before Friday, Feb. 19.  Leave Spidel at 5:15 pm for dinner at MHC)

Week 7
Mar. 1, 2010

4:00

Colin Sutherland - Imidacloprid and the Growth Pattern of Wood Frogs (Rana sylvatica).  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.  Major ENVS.

 

4:30

Flint Wiswall - Recovery and Germination of Seeds fed to Cattle.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner.  Major Biol.

Week 8
Mar. 8, 2010

4:00

Arthur Small  - Measuring Soil Electroconductivity & Biomass of the common bean (Phaseolus vulagris) using contrasting Greywater Concentrations.   Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner.  Major ENVS

4:30
Ana Poirier - Concentrations of the alkaloid Sanguinarine in Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) grown in agricultural versus forest soil.  Mentors: Dr. David Ellum and Dr. Joe Young.  Major Biol

Spring Break
Mar. 15, 2010

 


Tues. Mar. 16, 2010

Sigma Xi at UNC-Asheville.  Joint meeting with WNC IEEE.
Tues.  Mar. 16, 2010
7:00 pm
AMS Information SeriesClimate Change and Local Health.  Panel Discussion at Diana Wortham Center, Asheville.

Week 9
Mar. 22, 2010

4:00

Jarred Gordon - Does Seaweed (Porphyra and Laminaria) Have Antibacterial Properties?   Mentor: Dr. Michael Torres.  Major ENVS

4:30
Serena Shah -  Red Spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) Feeding Preference among Invertebrates.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.   Major ENVS

Week 10
Mar. 29, 2010

4:00

Laura Carter -. Efficacy of Sericea Lespedeza as a Natural De-Wormer in Goats.  Mentor: Dr. Dean C. Kahl.  Major: Biol
.

 

4:30

Andrew Driscoll - Tree of Heaven, Ailanthus altissima, Root Extract as an Herbicide for Exotic Invasive Species Control.  Mentor: Dr. David Ellum.  Major Biol, ENVS

Week 11
Apr. 5, 2010

4:00

Rachel Hespenheide - Soil Analysis of Lead in White Barn Pasture.  Mentor: Dr. Stephen Cartier.  Major ENVS

 

4:30

Dan Rousseau - Repertoire Size and Territory Quality in Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) . Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.   Major Biol, ENVS
Thursday, April 8, 2010
7:00 - 8:30
Special Presentation - John Jeavins - Food and Our Future: Hope and Solutions through Biointensive Mini-Farming.  Ransom Fellowship Hall - behind Chapel.  (available for attendance make-up)

Week 12
Apr. 12, 2010

4:00

Tallulah Winquist - Registered.  Mentor:Dr. Steven Cartier.  Major: Biol, ENVS- Moved to Week 16 due to family matter.

 

4:30

Stephen Sommerville - Patterns of metal concentrations in the shells of Blue Crabs (Callinectes sapidus) as a tracking mechanism for adult females.   Mentor: Dr. Stephen Cartier.  Major Chem
Tues, Apr. 13, 2010
7:00 pm
AMS Information Series: Climate Change and Local Wildlife and Plants.  Panel Discussion at Diana Wortham Center, Asheville.
Friday, April 16

Draft of Thesis due to mentor.

Week 13
Apr. 19, 2010

4:00

Ben Walen - The Invasive Plant Gradient in the Forest Ecotone.  Mentor: Dr. David Ellum.    Major ENVS

4:30
Anesh Prasai - C. Elegans and their response to bitter gourd (Momordica charantia).  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.  Major Chem.
Tues. April 20

Sigma Xi Initiation Ceremony for selected students.

Week 14  
Apr. 26, 2010

4:00

Kerry Good - Increased Mycoheterotrophy and Carbon Dependence under Stress in the Native Orchid Goodyera pubescens.  Mentor: Dr. Amy Boyd.   Major: ENVS.

 

4:30

Jessica Sutt - Elevation and Food Availability Affects on Parental Provisioning of Male and Female Black-Throated Blue Warblers (Dendroica caerulescens) Mentors: Dr. Sara Kaiser and Dr. Lou Weber.   Major ENVS
Friday, April 30
4:30 pm
Senior Theses due.  2 copies plus "Permission to Photocopy".  Turn-in at D. Collins' Office - Spidel 205.  "Permission to Photocopy" forms will be available, or student may download, print, and bring the completed form.

Week 15
May 3, 2010

4:00

No seminar - Social Sciences Capstone Presentations

Week 16
May 10, 2010

4:00

Tallulah Winquist - Concentrations of heavy metals in the annual rings of  and Quercus alba, (white Oak) and Pinus strobus ( white pine) surrounding progress energy's Coal fired power plant   Mentor:Dr. Steven Cartier.  Major: Biol, ENVS