MACON – The following winners were announced as part of Mercer University's fourth annual Breakthroughs in Engagement, Arts and Research (BEAR) Day and 13th annual Engineering Expo April 10-11 on the Macon campus:
(winners reflect the top 10 percent of entries per category)
"Comparison of Hearing Abilities between Visually Impaired and Sighted Adolescents with Musical Training"
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Amy Borchardt, Dr. Keegan Greenier and Dr. Ami Spears
Jessica Armstrong, Arthur King Justis Ward
"Biosurfactants: A Greener Approach to Oil Remediation"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kathryn Kloepper (also co-author)
"The Effects of Stress Management on Perceived and Physiological Reactions to a Threat and Challenge"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amy Borchardt
"Synthesis of Bromotyrosine Natural Products as Potential Novel Antibiotics against Gram-Negative Bacteria"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Goode (also co-author)
"The Role of the Striatal Patch Compartment in Addictive Behaviors"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kristen A. Horner (also co-author)
Creative Expression Presentation
"Playing in Streams of Truth"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gordon Johnston
Caroline Payne, Alexandra Himes, Madelyn Byron
"Mercer on Mission Peru: Discovery and Difference"
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Chris Grant and Dr. Mary Ann Drake
Min Hyun Oh
"The Good Childhood: Danish Education System and its Implications on the Field of Education"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sharon Augustine
"Persistence of Volatility of Sovereign Credit Risk in Presence of Structural Breaks"
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Geoffrey Ngene (co-author) and Dr. Linda Brennan
"The Transformative Power of Literacy: American Slaves and Education"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David A. Davis
"A Christian Nation: How Covenant Theology Affected the Religious Liberty Debate in Colonial America"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paul Lewis
"Malondialdehyde-Induced Inhibition of Aldehyde Dehydrogenase 2 Activity in the Mechanism of METH Neurotoxicity"
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Susan Cline and Dr. Kristen A. Horner (co-authors)
"A Pen and a Paintbrush: Illustration in Jarrell's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anya Silver
"Nietzsche, Wagner, and Freedom"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charlie Thomas
"Caesar's Germans: The Use of Persuasive Language in Book VI of Commentarii de bello Gallico"
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Achim Kopp
"Integers and Remainders"
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Margaret Symington and Dr. Curtis Herink
Freshman Honors Poster Presentation Award
Sarah Kashin, Rebekah Fulton, Dr. Philip T. McCreanor
"Homemade Biodiesel vs. Common Fuels: How Does the Energy Release Compare?"
Sophomore Honors Poster Presentation Award
Andrew Roy, Josh Bublitz, Dr. Philip T. McCreanor
"Head Kace – Protecting the Pitcher's Cranium"
Junior Honors Poster Presentation Award
Wahaj Khan, Dr. Kevin Barnett
"Wireless Power Transmission"
Best Senior Design Poster Presentation Award
Matthew Callier, Kyle Wright, Carl Aquino, Dr. Laura Lackey, Dr. Anthony Choi
"Autonomous kayak with water sampling capabilities"
Best Senior Design Poster Presentation Award
Erin Brett, Christie Hutchison, Jess McAnally, Dr. Laura Lackey, Dr. Anthony Choi
"Apparatus for Measuring the Diffusion Coefficient of Metallic Biocide through Sand Filter Media"
Engineering Honors Podium Presentation Award
Britney Hudson, Lauren Reagin, Daniel Yoon, Dr. Sinjae Hyun
"Inhaled aerosol deposition and particle transport comparison in realistic human upper respiratory models"
Engineering Research Podium Presentation Award
Daniel DoHyun Yoon, Dr. Sinjae Hyun
"Inter-Subject Comparison of Inhaled Aerosol Deposition in Human Respiratory Models"
Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Podium Presentation Award
Justin Blount, Dr. Ramachandran Radharamanan
"A Novel Guitar Capo Design for Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Players"
Freshman Design Competition
Team 2: Ralph Corser, Mohammed Hammad, Samuel Ostrowski, Alec Udasco
(Lab: Dr. Mike Leonard; Client: Dr. Kevin Barnett)
Team 7: Rachel Banks, Austin Hemstreet, Ian McMullen, Dylan Treend
(Lab: Dr. Wade H. Shaw; Client: Dr. Andre Butler)
Team 4: Jesse Deariso, Kevin Long, Ryan Sharry, Andrew Wilzman
(Lab: Dr. Emily Childress; Client: Dr. Stephen Hill)
Team 5: Jack Doresky, Kyle Ulversoy, Brittany White
(Lab: Dr. Jack Mahaney; Client: Dr. Dick Kunz)
Team 4: Indi Brown, Zachary Martin, Justin Phifer, Zachary Smith
(Lab: Dr. Emily Childress; Client: Dr. Bill Moses)
Team 7: Jeremy Booth, Zachary Danforth, Sarah Kashin, Gaspar Ramirez
(Lab: Dr. Wade H. Shaw; Client: Dr. Anthony Choi)
Team 8: Jeffrey Bradshaw, Brittany Gary, Carson McGorry, Stephen Wheeler
(Lab: Dr. Ed O'Brien; Client: Dr. Laura Lackey)
Team 1: Duronte Carter, Jonathan DeBole, Michael Rainwater, Hannah Smith
(Lab: Dr. Mike Leonard; Client: Dr. Emily Childress)
Tug of War
Team 6: Christian Kloster, Jeff Smith, Joshua West
(Lab: Dr. Jack Mahaney; Client: Dr. Scott Schultz)
Team 4: Allison Clemons, Robert Hartman, Brian Stepanski, Brandon Thompson
(Lab: Dr. Emily Childress; Client: Dr. Scott Schultz)