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IU Northwest to host student research conference April 14

Students to present research on topics in arts and sciences


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Emily Banas
Office of Marketing and Communications

Erika Rose
Office of Marketing and Communications

IU Northwest invites the community to discover what undergraduate and graduate students have been studying at its Seventh Annual College of Arts and Sciences Student Research Conference on Thursday, April 14.

Twenty-four students will present their research and artistic endeavors in the fields of psychology, chemistry, business, English, fine arts, sociology and more following a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the university’s Library Conference Center (105 B).

The presentations begin at 9 a.m. in Library Conference Center (105 A) with projects by the students of IU Northwest faculty members Mary Ann Fischer, Ph.D., Frances Daniel, Ph.D., Atilla Tuncay, Ph.D. and Subir Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D. They include:

“How Toddlers Become Helpers”

Ebony Holly and Anne Marie Goodman

“The Effects of Speed Reading on Correct Inference Generation During Reading Comprehension”

Stefanie Ann Mockler and Angela Bonnie Phillips

“Sonochemistry in Organic Synthesis: Synthesis of Alkynyl Iodonium Salts Using Metal Catalyst”

Rachael Guiden (co-authored by Ashley Kolosiwsky and Asad Qaisrani)  

“Branded for Survival: Marketing a Nonprofit Organization Through a Cost-Effective Branding Strategy”

Charles Dayton

Also at 9 a.m., Mariah Hamang, Beverly Lewis-Burton, Arlene Lyons and Naomi Buck Palagi will present “A Reading of Individual Selections of Original Poems.” They are the students of Senior Lecturer William Allegrezza, Ph.D.

At 11 a.m., Assistant Professor Jennifer Greenburg’s students will present their projects in “Hardship and Photography,” including Ashley Jimenez’s “Marktown,” Angela Clark’s “Power Lifting,” and Amy Mattingly’s “Westville Correctional.”

Also at 11 a.m., Professors Regina Jones, Ph.D. and students of Jack Bloom, Ph.D., will present their projects in “Race and Gender,” including:

“To Speak or Not to Speak: Old Elizabeth’s Empowering Message”

Beverly Lewis Burton

“Exploring the Role of the Black Comedic Sidekick”

Richard Burton

“Nigger and Dr. Laura: An Incident and its Meaning”

Komala Hayes

At 2 p.m., Professors Anne Balay, Ph.D. and students of Tanice Foltz, Ph.D. will present various projects under the theme, “Satire and Sadness, Violence and Prejudice: Contours of the Human Condition.” They are:

“The Use of Humor in Huckleberry Finn”

Alexis Williams

“Excerpts from an Unpublished Compilation of Short Stories Entitled , ‘Essays from a Broken Heart’”

Jennifer Thompson

“Children of Battered Mothers: Like and Stigma Inside a Domestic Violence Shelter”

Dawn Johnson

“’Be All That You Can Be’ . . . Except Homosexual: The Effects of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the U.S. Military”

Nikki Weldon

Also at 2 p.m., students of Professor Stephanie Shanks-Meile, Ph.D. will present their projects in “Social Theories, Social Realities,” including:

“Anna Julia Cooper’s Contributions to Social Justice – Both Inside and Outside the Academy”

Komala Hayes

“Modern Egalitarian Societies: The Zapatista Villages of Southeast Mexico”

Nancy Hernandez

“Eric Fromm and the Frankfurt School: The Dialectics of Love and Self-Hatred”

Angel Miguel Salcido-Flores

"Mondragón Cooperatives"

Sharon Dudley

Attendees are invited to stay for a brief reception at 3:30 p.m. to mingle with the presenters, followed by a keynote address at 4:15 p.m. by a leading scholar in American public memory, Edward Linenthal, a professor of history at Indiana University and editor of the Journal of American History.

The symposium runs concurrently with the Public Memory Symposium, also taking place in the Library Conference Center on April 14 where attendees are invited to hear scholars’ unique perspectives on the cultural context of history.

The Library Conference Center at IU Northwest is located on 35th Avenue in Gary, just one half-mile south of I-80/94. For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Young at (219) 980-6563 or