Natural Science Seminar Schedule - Spring 2012

 (All NSS presentations for 2011-2012 academic year are part of the Capstone Carnival - regardless of presentation date)

Spring 2012                                     

Week 1. MLK- Triad Day                                                    
Week 2, Jan. 23, 2012 4:00 Megan Brooks-Planck.  Impacts of the chemical removal of the invasive species Elaeagnus umbellata, Autumn Olive on surrounding native plant diversity.  Mentor: Dr. Brian Olechnowski.
Jan. 23 4:30  Caleb Mende.  Carbon Storage and Sequestration in the Warren Wilson College Forest and Build Landscape.  Mentor: Dr. David Ellum.
Week 3, Jan. 30, 2012 4:00 Liz Miller.  Influence of the herbicide metabolite aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) on spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) stages of development and survivorship.  Mentor: Dr. Brian Olechnowski.
Jan. 30 4:30 Diana Sisson.  Variation in trematode parasite load across gender and size class in the grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio Mentor: Dr. Bob Eckstein.
Week 4 Feb. 6, 2012 4:00  Olivia Healy.  Microbial Metabolism Limits Uranium Solubilization in Subsurface Sediments.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.
Feb. 6 4:30 Kendra Marcus.  Life on arsenic? Thermodynamic, kinetic, and dynamic modeling of an arsenatidylcholine membrane system.  Mentor: Dr. Stephen Cartier.
Week 5 Feb. 13, 2012 4:00  Brett Parmenter.  Conservation Implications of Microsattelite Analysis in the Owens Valley Vole, Microtus californicus vallicola.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber and Dr. Brian Olechnowski.
Feb. 13 4:30 
Week 6 Feb. 20, 2012 4:00 
Feb. 20 4:30
Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.  All abstracts for remainder of spring semester 2012 due.  E-mail to dcollins.
Week 7 Feb. 27, 2012 4:00  Hannah Fearing.  Behavioral patterns of domestic chickens (Gallus domesticus) in contrasting housing systems.  Mentor: Dr. Brian Olechnowski.
Feb. 27 4:30 Katherine Brewer.  Novel environment test on weaned pigs raised in indoor and outdoor farrowing systems.  Mentor: Dr. Bob Eckstein.
Thursday, March 1, 2012  Environmental Leadership Center & Sigma Xi at WWC Chapel, 7:00 p.m..   Lou Guillette, Jr., Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina: ―Scrambled Eggs: Can wildlife provide clues about birth defects in humans? (Attend and write summary to D. Collins before Monday, March 5, 2012 for attendance credit.)
Week 8 Mar. 5, 2012 4:00  Casey Silar.  Metal Leachability of Fly Ash Amended Concrete.  Mentor: Dr. Robert Hastings.
Mar. 5 4:30 4:30  Hayley Hoover.  Effects of Sedimentation on Salmonid Spawning Habitats.  Mentor: Dr. Robert Hasting and Dr. Lou Weber.
Spring Break
Week 9 Mar. 19, 2012 4:00  William Keller.  Determination of metal content in wastewater from Town Of Old Fort Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Mentor: Dr. Stephen Cartier.
Mar. 19 4:30  L. B. Byrne.  Toxic Metals in Tattoo Inks.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012.  Movie- Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time.  In Canon Lounge starting from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  (Attend and write summary to D. Collins by Wed, Mar 28, 2012 for attendance credit).
Week 10 Mar. 26, 2012 4:00  Mayuri Patel.  Eugenol and Methyleugenol Composition in Three Varieties of Tulsi: Ocimum tenuiflorum L. & Ocimum gratissimum L.  Mentor: Dr. Victoria Collins.
Mar. 26 4:30  Amelia Hubbard.  Endophyte Presence and Ergot Alkaloid Production in Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) on the Warren Wilson College Farm.  Mentor: Dr. Vicki Collins.

Week 11 Apr. 2, 2012 4:00  Cheyanne Zimmerman.  Substituting Achillea millefolium for Humulus lupulus in the flavoring of beer.  Mentor: Dr. Dean Kahl.
Apr. 2 4:30  Elizabeth Creech.  Chemical and Benthic Macroinvertebrate Assessment of Water Quality in Relation to Shope Creek Trout Farm Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner.
Apr. 2 5:00 Alison Gabrenya.  Conversion of Pasture to Tropical Cloud Forest in Ecuador.  Mentor: Dr. Lou Weber.
Tuesday April 3.  Sigma Xi at Mars Hill College.  Dr.Elzerman will lecture about "Green Chemistry".  (Attend and write summary to D. Collins before Monday, April 10, 2012 for attendance credit.)
Week 12 Apr. 9, 2012 4:00  Mandy Wegmann.  Identification of Environmental Factors that Predict Nest Activity and Success in Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) Mentor: Dr. Brian Olechnowski.
Apr. 9 4:30  John Devin Koch - Guest presentaion - (Environmental Policy Concentration) 
Apr. 9 5:00 
Week 12 - Friday April 13, 2012,  4:00 Thesis drafts due to mentors
Week 13 Apr. 16, 2012  4:00  Dylan Johnston.  SHORT TERM EFFECTS OF FIRE ON MAYAPPLE (Podophyllum peltatum) IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS.  Mentor: Dr. David Ellum.
Apr. 16 4:30 Sam Wasko.  Crystals of the tinder conk (Fomes fomentarius): is concentration impacted by Escherichia coli Mentor: Dr. Stephen Cartier.  Co-mentors: Dr. Paul Bartles, Dr. Jeff Holmes, Dr. Mark Brenner. 
Apr. 16 5:00 Alena Leonatti.  Biological Efficency of Pleurotus pulmonarius Grown on Paper Towels and Spent Barley.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Brenner.
Tuesday, April 17.  Sigma Xi at UNC-Asheville.  Students from Asheville area colleges will present research results and be inducted into Sigma Xi as an honor.  (Attend and write summary to D. Collins before Monday, April 23, 2012 for attendance credit.)
Week 14 Apr. 23, 2012 4:00  Hillary Sullivan.  PREVALENCE OF THE PARASITIC PROTOZOA Toxoplasma gondii IN POPULATIONS OF SHREWS IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA.  Mentor: Dr. Jeff Holmes.
Apr. 23 4:30 Special Presentation: Dr. Tom Peterson, Principle scientist at the National Climatic Data Center, Asheville (one of the 2007 Nobel Laureates of the IPCC).  The Myth of the 1970's Global Cooling Scientific Consensus: The Evolution of Integrated Climate Change Science.
Week 14 Apr. 27 - Friday 4:00 Thesis (2 copies) to Spidel 205 plus Permission to Photocopy  Permission to photocopy
Week 15 Apr. 30, 2012 4:00 Bill Hagemann.  An analysis of the content and variability of N, P, K, Na, and pH in compost from Warren Wilson College Recycling CrewMentor: Dr. Mark Brenner.
Apr. 30, 4:30 Kris Wielunski.  AN EARTHWORM COMPOSITION AND ABUNDANCE BASELINE INVENTORY BY LAND USE IN THE SWANNANOA VALLEY.  Mentor: Dr. David Ellum.
Apr. 30, 5:00 Mar. 26 5:00 Jeffrey Lott.  Analysis of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the medicinal herb Comfrey, Symphytum officinale.  Mentor: Dr. Dean Kahl.
Week 16 May 7, 2012 4:00
May 7 4:30