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2016 Conference Program

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Tenth Annual
Intersections: Undergraduate Research Conference
Friday, April 22, 2016
Sewall Center 3rd Floor, Robert Morris University
RMU Honors Program
Session 1
11:45-12:35 pm
  • Bacteria, the Elderly, and Life Insurance (Dining Room A/B)
  • Educational Challenges  (Dining Room C)
  • Organizational Communication Panel Discussion (Pennsylvania Suite)
12:45-1:35 pm Please join us in the reception area and in the International Suite for lunch.
Session 2
1:45-2:35 pm
  • Dean's Choice Panel I (SCIS, SBUS, & SNHS) (Dining Room A/B)
  • Public Relations in a Crisis: Cars, Corporations, & Wardrobe Malfunctions  (Dining Room C)
  • Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Pennsylvania Suite)
  • Clients in the Classroom Panel Discussion (International Suite B)
Session 3
2:45-3:35 pm
  • Engineering & Green Projects (Dining Room A/B)
  • Diversity & Public Opinion Case Study Panel Discussion (Dining Room C)
  • Earn, Spend, Donate (Pennsylvania Suite)
  • Society, Violence, & Injury: Social Science Perspectives (International Suite B)
 Poster Session
3:35-4:45
              Please join us in the International Suite for Poster presentations
Session 4
4:00-4:45 pm
  • Dean's Choice Panel II (SESS & SEMS) (Dining Room A/B)
  • Mobile Security Threats: How Safe Is Our Data? (Pennsylvania Suite)
  • Economics, Politics, and Criminal Justice (International Suite B)
  • Poster Session (International Suite)
  Closing Ceremony
4:45-5:00
  Please join us in the International Suite for presentation of awards and closing remarks.

*Honors Senior Thesis
SESSION 1, 11:45-12:35 pm

Bacteria, the Elderly, and Life Insurance (Dining Room A/B)

*Catherine Bush:  Analysis of New Rehabilitation Interventions for Elderly Stroke Victims with Upper Limb Hemiparesis

Briana Bell: The Growth of Bacteria on Door Handles in John Jay, and the Use of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Vs. Method Spearmint Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner

*Monica DeLucaThe Financial Impact of Genetic Testing within Life Insurance

Anissa Gamble: Hockey’s Micro Enforcers

Respondents: Melissa Radovich & Emily Raab


Educational Challenges (Dining Room C)

Sarajane GraceyCentral Alexia

*Brian Murone: Health Insurance Literacy Among Undergraduate Students

Toni Priore: Dyslexia: Much More Than a Reading Impairment

David WhittierThe Challenges Faced by Non-Traditional Students In a Traditional University Curriculum

*Kenda Slis: Engineering a Future

Respondents: Kenneth Fugagli & Holden Thee


Organizational Communication Panel Discussion (Pennsylvania Suite)

Sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta 


Panelists: Tiffany Keffalas, Megan Barber, Anne Spewak, and Alyx Evans

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Lunch, 12:45-1:35 pm

Lunch will be served in the reception area

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SESSION 2, 1:45- 2:35 pm

Dean's Choice Panel I (SCIS, SBUS, & SNHS) (Dining Room A/B)

*Lucas CarterLevel Up: Making a Feature Film

Melissa DeRosaYahve Jire Children's Foundation Marketing Campaign

David GrubiceSports

Sarah GuerrierHow Health Professionals Can Rise to the Challenge and Combat PTSD Alongside Our Veterans

Amanda Potasnik & Taylor GallThe Effect of Weight Change on Standard Uptake Values in Positron Emission Tomography

Respondent: Dale Miller

Public Relations in a Crisis: Cars, Corporations, & Wardrobe Malfunctions (Dining Room C)

Anthony DeSimone: Beware if you “Buckle Up”: Takata Corporation’s Vehicle Airbag Crisis

Anne Spewak: Omission of Emissions: Volkswagen’s Failure to Maintain Public Relations Excellence

Dounia Zinbi & Marie-Sophie Heine: Multinational Corporations: Pressure to Perform

Katherine Lehman, Maria Mastrocesare, & Gina Pratt: Entertainment Public Relations


Take Me Out to the Ballgame ( Pennsylvania Suite)

Matthew Gornall: When Do Returns On Pitchers Start to Diminish

*Luke PhillipsCapping the Game: A Look at the Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Salary Cap in Major League Baseball

Daniel RucciFenway Park: Baseball's Past in the Present

Respondent: Kenneth Fugagli


Clients in the Classroom Panel Discussion ( International B)

Panelists: Clint Speer, Jess Friss, Paul Schink, Anna Hartwell, and Daniel Doyle


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SESSION 3, 2:45- 3:35 pm 

Engineering & Green Projects (Dining Room A/B)

*Lauren Walk: Manipulation of Iron Oxide Powder Suspended in a Hydrogel

Travis Hunter:  Use of Thermochromic Paint to Reduce Building Energy Consumption

Kevin Needer: Wind Turbine on Billboards

Jonathan Bach: Solar Mailbox Design and Fabrication

Joseph Vaerewyck: Acoustic Analog Model of the Casimir Effect

Respondent: Theodore Schuman

Diversity & Public Opinion Case Study Panel Discussion (Dining Room C)

Panelists: Nicki Cillie, Jessica Wright, Danielle McGuire, and Sarah Sams


Earn, Spend, Donate (Pennsylvania Suite)

*Tara Dillan: Student Spending and Impulsivity

*Matt Scolieri: Profiting from Intellectual Property: A Mobile Application

*Evyn Selden: A Program Evaluation of the Nonprofit Organization: The Global Sisterhood, Inc

*Madison Kozlowski: Walt Disney World Organizational Structure and Customer Service

Adrea Sustarsic & Geno Taglione: Factors Contributing to High Involvement in Cause Related Marketing Campaigns

Respondents: Megan Gold, Meghan Ruth, & Deja Hopkins

 

Society, Violence, & Injury: Social Science Perspectives (International Suite B)

Damian Di Florio, Aubrey Leasure, & Kendall Noel: Systemic Racism: An Inquiry on the Roles of Ethnocentrism and Racism in Relations Between the U.S. and Middle East

Katie Bell: Violent Video Games and Youth

*Diane Gorog: Psychology of Injury Knowledge Among Injury Rehabilitation Specialists

*Amber Pramann: Rape Myths Revisited: Looking at Rape through the Lens of Religiosity

Emily Kiss: Equal Pay for Equal Work?

Respondents: Dale Miller & Melissa Radovich

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SESSION 4, 4:00- 4:45 pm 

Dean's Choice Panel II (SESS & SEMS) (Dining Room A/B)

Jordan Neusch:  Perceptions and Knowledge: A Study of Former Pennsylvania High School Students’ Mental Health Education

Joshua Caskey: The Biography of George Catlett Marshall, Jr.

Jessie Kaczmarek: Antimicrobial Additive Manufacturing

*Isaac Swink: Novel Orthosis Manufacturing Methodology

Respondent: Meghan Ruth


Mobile Security Threats: How Safe Is Our Data? (Pennsylvania Suite)

Panelists: John Weingartner, Sarah Pfabe, Jayson Phouthavong, Aaron Steinberg, & Brandon Adams


Economics, Politics, and Criminal Justice (International Suite B)

Sponsored by the RMU Political Science Club

Bradley Irwin: Freedom and Security

Aaron Sims: The Chinese Economic Slow Down: The Facts and How to Fix the Issue

Robert McGlennon: The Prison System in America: A Complex Problem

Patrick Lawrence: The American Mythology as Portrayed by the Comic Book Superhero

Respondent: Alexis Walker

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POSTERS, 3:35- 4:45 pm

Enjoy the many poster presentations set up in the International Suite   












International Suite




  1. Sarah Szczotka "Autism Caused by Creatine Synthesis and Transport Deficiencies and Thiomersal"
  2. Nicki Cillie & Samantha Sektnan "Communication in Relationships: Romantic versus Friends with Benefits"
  3. *Kyle Hinchberger "Linear Oscillating Energy Generation"
  4. *Matthew Corkery "Retirement Income in the Twenty-First Century: An Analysis of Public Pension Systems Around the World"
  5. Casey McAndrew "Prefabricated Passive Panels'"
  6. *Katrina Buchanan "Writing Revolution: Telling the Deborah Sampson Story"
  7. Taylor Walters "Anxiety & Stress in College Students"
  8. Rebecca Hall "Genetic Counseling and Testing"
  9. Monica DeLuca "The Cultural Dialect of Lace"
  10. Emily Zikoski, Megan Barber, Ashley Domachowski, & Yaser Kattoah "Celebrity Endorsements on Twitter"
  11. *Deryn Martin "A Case for Redesigning Ice Hockey Equipment for Women: Addressing Safety, Comfort, and Attitude toward Shopping"
  12. Angela Frey "The Dangerous Long Term Effects of Wearing High Heels"
  13. Andrew Hardison "An Investigation of Geometric Effects of a Vertical-Downward Elbow on Two-Phase Flow"
  14. Shannon Lynch "The Effect Vibrating Message Systems Have on the Retrieval of Food from a Restaurant Kitchen by Food Servers"
  15. Ryan Jacobs "Jacob's Ladder"
  16. Eric Racan "The Evolution of Reader's Identity Through the History of Comic Books"
  17. *Andrew Scheidemantel "An Investigation of Mandibular Replacement Techniques"
  18. Nicole Marcink "The Importance and Relevance of Homeopathy in Healthcare"

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*Honors Senior Thesis