Sigma Xi Poster Competition

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2016
Monday, April 18th
12:00 PM

Assessing the impacts of human-induced degradation on stream ecosystem function

Carla Rothenbuecher, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Bilingual Language Distance Predicts Dementia Rating

Morgan Owens, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Carbon Sink to Carbon Pool; The Brazilian Amazon

Ashtan H. Williams, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Development of Autonomous Crazyflie Drone

Luke Kamrath, Murray State University
Shafe S. Boles, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Different teaching strategies of environmental education and how effective they are are promoting environmentally conscious action in students

Grecia White, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Dressed to Impress (or Is She?): Judgments of Attraction Based on Attire

Emily C. Rohrer, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Effects of Various Land Uses in Stewart County, TN on Selected Soil Properties

Tanner R. McIntyre Mr., Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Evaluating Pedestrial Compaction Variation & Soil Organic C Content

Gunner B. Decker, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Evaluation of Physical Soil Quality Indicators in Natural vs Agricultural Ecosystems

Mary G. Derting Miss, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Isotopic Niche Analysis of Silver Carp and Gizzard Shad

Dalton D. Lebeda, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Land Management Effects on Selected Properties of Silt Loam Soil in Tennessee, USA

Kang-Chi Wu, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Media Representations of Offenders in Televison Series "Law and Order"

Darcy L. Sullivan, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Modernity and its effects on over-medication in health care

Shelby Kathleen Gray, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Musical Preschoolers: A Music Curriculum for Two-year-olds

Maurice Hanley, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

PAM­1 and autophagy pathways intersect to regulate gametogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans

Ashley N. Munie, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Predictors of Convenient Sample Behaviors

Heith C. Chandler, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Put Your Shirt on: An Examination of Provocative versus Casual Clothing on First Impressions

Katelyn Geilear, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Size Structure, Age, Growth and Spawning Periodicity of Silver Carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix in Kentucky Lake, Kentucky

Allison DeRose, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Testing the Relationship Between Land Use and the Presence of a Lethal Amphibian Disease

Melanie Torres, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The effects of the fungus Beauvaria sp. on the cave cricket, Hadenoecus subterraneus

Christina N. Walker, Murray State University
Derrick J. Jent, University of Florida
Claire A. Fuller, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tri-colored Bat Roost Tree Use and Movement Patterns Following White-nose Syndrome in Western Kentucky

Katherine Schaefer, Murray State University
Terry Derting, Murray State University
Jordan Robbins, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Where is the Justice? A Critical View of the Supreme Court

Christopher J. Mahan, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Militaristic video games on nationalistic attitudes and violence

David I. Crittendon, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Zooplankton Community in the Delaware Bay During Summer: Spatial Distribution and Environmental Correlates

Nathan A. Tillotson, Murray State University

Large Ballroom, Curris Center

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Wednesday, April 20th
10:00 AM

Implementation of Flipped Classrooms in a Non-Major Biology Course

Leah Good, Murray State University

Small Ballroom, Curris Center

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

With major calls for reform in STEM education from professional organizations (e.g. AAAS, NIH, NSF), studies have found that faculty in higher education can improve student learning by changing their teaching from teacher-centered to student-centered. Change in teaching practice can be difficult, however, especially without significant training. One method of introducing student-centered teaching practices into the classroom is through the use of a flipped classroom model, where students engage in learner-centered activities within the classroom and receive passively-transmitted information outside the classroom. The focus of my study was two-fold, (a) to determine if the flipped classroom method affects student learning gains (b) and if the flipped classroom method affects student’s attitudes towards science and science literacy in an introductory non-major’s biology course. Surveys of teaching beliefs, teaching practices, and classroom observations of faculty participants were used to characterize flipped classrooms (n=4) and traditional classrooms (n=3). No training in teaching practice was provided to any faculty participant. Faculty who flipped their course used significantly more student-centered learning practices in the classroom. Students who attended a flipped class, however, had significantly lower overall learning gains than those in traditional classrooms. Students’ attitudes towards science and scientific literacy did not differ between class type. My results were consistent with prior research that showed that student performance was lower in student-centered classes when taught by faculty who lacked training in the use of student-centered teaching practices.

Thursday, April 21st
4:30 PM

Effects of White-nose Syndrome on the Bat Community in Land Between the Lakes

Jordan Robbins, Murray State University

South Lobby, Waterfield Library

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

The relationship between canine nasal length and second-hand smoke cotinine levels

Sierra Wilson, Murray State University
Terry Derting, Murray State University

South Lobby, Waterfield Library

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM