2015 Sage Undergraduate Research Day

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2015 Sage Undergraduate Research Day Schedule
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Troy and Albany, NY
(FINAL as of 4/19/15)

[printed final programs will be available on both campuses on April 29]

Sage College of Albany Morning Events

7:30am-9:00am: Refreshments in Art & Design first floor lobby and Armory 2nd floor hallway

Art 422: Senior Capstone II

Prof. Linda Morrell
Time: 7:45am-12:45pm
Location: ADB 305

The Art Senior Capstone is a self-initiated, two-semester research and development experience for the studio art and photography majors nearing the completion of their BFA degree. Faculty, fellow students and visiting artists participate in the review, development and progress of the students’ work over the course both semesters. The studio art and photography students will give a formal presentation and answer questions on their personal development and perspective in the art-making process considering technique, research, discovery and reflection.


Graphic Design II

Assoc. Prof. Jean Dahlgren
Time: 8:45am-8:50am
Location: Opalka Lecture Hall

Graphic Design II students will be presenting work from the Upstate NY AIGA Design Your Community Student Challenge.


Graphic + Media Design Senior Capstone

Assoc. Prof. Sean Hovendick
Opalka Lecture Hall

The Graphic + Media Design Senior Capstone is a self-initiated, two-semester research and development experience for students nearing completion of the BFA degree in Graphic + Media Design (GMD). Students begin with a thorough investigation of a design problem by utilizing research methods common throughout the creative industry. Findings are compiled into a written proposal and prepared as a formal presentation. This proposal is the foundation for a body of work that is created throughout both semesters of the Senior Capstone, which includes numerous deliverables that make up the overall design solution. Faculty and fellow students alike guide the development and progression of the students' project through advising, lectures, group critiques, presentations, field trips and writing assignments. GMD seniors will participate in the Sage College Undergraduate Research Day by giving formal presentations about their Senior Capstone projects, and answering questions from the audience.

Business Strategy II Presentations

Asst. Prof. Kevin Fletcher
Time: 8am-9am
Location: Armory 102

Business Strategy II students will be presenting the results of a semester-long online business simulation.  Each team of students has made financial, R&D, manufacturing, marketing, human resources, and total quality management decisions for a mock business, in competition with other teams and computer teams.  The comprehensive business simulation requires student teams to develop specific market strategies, create and finance changes to product characteristics to meet market segment demand, and project a full range of business needs over a 6-8 year cycle.


PSC 307/PSC 401: Internship Presentations

Prof. Harvey Strum
Time: 8:30am-9:30am
Location: ARM 209

Student in 401 on the Affordable Care Act and in 307 on mock legislative sessions and experiences serving as legislative interns. Three of the students are doing presentations related to their internships with the state legislature, two with the Assembly, one with the Senate, and the 4th student, Korrinne Newman is doing a presentation related to the research she did for the senior seminar.

iThink 301: Community Innovation Panel Discussion

Assoc. Prof. Michael Bienkowski
Time: 8:45am-9:30am
Location: ARM 230

Selected ITK 301 students will share their ideas about their project on making Albany a more welcoming community for all "outsiders". Student teams will be researching a core problem and advocating and supporting their proposal in a formal "white paper" to be presented to the mayor of Albany by Dahlia Herring of The Capital Region Refugee Roundtable.


PBH201: Health and Society: Survey of Public Health

Asst. Prof. Dayna M. Maniccia
Time: 9am-10am
Location: Armory 102

Public health is the study of the factors that impact the health of individuals, communities, and the environment. As humans do not live and function in isolation, there is a multitude of factors that impact their health and wellbeing.  Throughout the semester, students enrolled in PBH201 have been discussing using a socioecological framework, the factors that impact health. Student groups have identified a topic of interest to them and conducted in-depth research on that topic. During the oral presentation session, groups will provide the audience with a brief overview of their topics. The session will allow attendees to gain insight into a variety of current public health issues.  

Interior Design Presentations

Asst. Prof Lynn Capirsello and Asst. Prof. Janice Medina
Time: 9am-11am
Location: ADB 302

Interior design projects from both the fall and spring semesters will be presented.  This will include student’s residential projects, office design projects, retail designs, lighting design and documentation, hospitality designs, and samples of their senior capstone projects focusing on healthcare designs, specifically OT and PT.  Students will be ready to speak about their concepts, learning experiences, and applications of design theory into 3 dimensional spaces.   


PSYC 348: Domestic Violence

Asst. Prof. Janel Leone
Time: 9:30am-10am
Location: ARM 213

Several students from PSYC348: Domestic Violence embraced the opportunity to empirically examine the issue of domestic violence by analyzing data from the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAW). The NVAW, jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is one of the largest and most comprehensive U.S. datasets exploring the issue of interpersonal violence. Students worked in groups to develop focused research questions and hypotheses that they then empirically tested using these data. This project allowed students to experience the process of empirically generating knowledge about domestic violence, and to use this knowledge to think more critically about this important and timely social issue. Their selected research questions include the impact of interpersonal violence on psychological and physical health, the intergenerational transmission of violence, and environmental factors that predict the perpetration of domestic violence.  

Law and Society Capstone Presentations

Assoc. Prof. Bobbi Gabrenya, Assoc. Prof. Carol DiMambro, Asst. Prof. Marisa Beeble
Time:  9:45am-10:45am
Location: ARM 230

Nine groups of students will be presenting their white papers. Each white paper will examine a social problems and propose an intervention strategy to address the problem.


Internship in Business

Assoc. Prof. Eileen Brownell
Time: 10-11am
Location: ARM 102

Business Administration and Accounting Student Interns will report on their internship experiences.  Students are working in a variety of organizations including InFocus Brands, Aflac, Sodexo, Lexis Nexis, New York State Police, Macys, Panera, Lowes, R&D Automotive, Mildred Elley, and the New York State Office for People with Disabilites.  Students will discuss their learning objectives and the connections they have made between business coursework and their work at the organization.


Award Ceremony
Presentation of the Libraries Research Award

Library, 2nd Floor, Vershoor

The Sage Colleges Libraries Research Award recognizes papers or projects that demonstrate exceptional use of library resources. Papers are judged based on the demonstrated ability to use library resources effectively and on the overall quality of presentation. The Sage College of Albany and School of Professional and Continuing Education winners are recognized.


Psi Chi Recognition
Time: 11am
Location: Library, 2nd Floor, Vershoor

Psi Chi is the international honor society in Psychology, with a mission to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of Psychology. The society boasts Drs. Albert Bandura and B F Skinner as members. Recipients must be in the top 35% of their class across the entire college. This year Julianna Reilly, a Law and Society: Psychology Pathway junior, was inducted into the organization.

Sage Shuttles will run on schedule between Troy and Albany campuses.

Russell Sage College Morning Events

7:30am-9:30am: Refreshments, Buchman Pavilion 

8:00-am-10:30am: History and Society, Senior Capstone Presentations, Gurley 104

8:30am-10:30am: RSC Honors Program: Oxford Style Tutorial Presentations 1 (8:30) and 2 (9:30), French House Annex, Moliere 

8:30am-9:15am: Biology Internship Poster Session, Science Hall 101

9:00am-Noon: Nursing NSG 421 Senior Capstone Poster Sessions (co-sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society), Bush Memorial

       9:00 - 9:50 am

  • Taylor Adams:        Bedside Shift Reporting in a General Pediatric Unit
  • Sarah Andrew:      Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Our Role as Nurses
  • Amanda Brimlow:     Becoming More Friendly in the Postpartum Unit
  • Kristen Cain:         The Benefits of Bedside Report
  • Autumn Cockcroft:     Nursing Considerations and Pain Management
  • Elizabeth Cotton:      Nursing Education in Pharmacology: Are we prepared for safe and effective practice?
  • Sarah Danussi:     The Benefits of Wound Care Nursing
  • Kelly Davis:         Preventing & Treating Surgically Acquired Pressure Ulcers
  • Christina DeVantier:     The Influence of Bedside Report on Patient Care and Nurse Satisfaction
  • Ashley DiNardo:     Understanding Capgras Syndrome
  • Bridgette Duffy:     Vaginal Birth After a Cesarean Delivery (VBAC)
  • Christine Ewasick:     Easing the Transition from PICU to General Pediatric Ward

      10:00 - 10:50 am

  • Emily Gekakis:      ALARM FATIGUE: Patient Safety
  • Rachel Hart:         Using the Body’s Energy; Healing Touch in Intensive Care
  • Isabella Hertz:     CARDIOMEMS: How Telemetry Nurses Can Reduce Heart Failure  Readmissions
  • Clare Higley:         But I am Still in Pain, Why?
  • Jacqueline Hondro:     Music Therapy for the Hospitalized Infant Population
  • Nancy Joseph-Sloman: The Impact of Compassion Fatigue and Emotional Intelligence on the Oncology Nurse
  • Alayna Kalogridis:    Safe Patient Positioning to Prevent Intraoperative Injuries
  • Stephanie Lenny:     Family Presence During Resuscitation
  • Kristin Libby:          Combating Ventilator Associated Pneumonia with the IHI Ventilator Bundle
  • Allison Maben:     Nursing Role in Pain Management: The Use of Epidural Analgesia
  • Ashley Prothero:     Bringing Information to the Bedside
  • Rachael Regan:     Infant Pain Management in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

       11:00 - 11:50 am

  • Kaitlyn Gwozdz:     Safely Administering IV High Risk Medications
  • Rachel Kremer:     The Importance of Maintaining Proper Nurse-to-Patient Ratios
  • Melody Maloney:     The Importance of the Neonatal Nursing Assessment
  • Cassandra Marshall: Reducing Heart Failure Readmission Rates and the CardioMEMS Heart Failure System
  • Jamie Miller:         Family Centered Care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Meghan Murphy:     Importance of Bedside Shift Reporting
  • Brittany Ostrander:    Nursing Rounds: Increasing Patient Satisfaction and Safety by the Hour
  • Catherine Price:     Improving Medication Adherence in Kidney Transplant Recipients through Effective Teaching Interventions
  • Marieange Raimond: Thinking Outside The BOX
  • Kristin Ronk:         Significance of Family Presence During Resuscitation
  • Lydia Shorter:     The Gentle Cesarean: Naturalizing Unnatural Childbirth
  • Lauren Winchell:     Preventing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections

9:00am-10:30am: Psychology: Students in Senior Seminar will provide an overview of their seminar projects, Gurley 304 

9:15am-10:30am: Biology Senior Research Projects, Science Hall 101 

9:30am: Chemistry Senior Project: Rosemary Chaszczewski, "How Useful is the Study of Applied Statistics at the Undergraduate Level in Preparing for a Career as a Forensic Scientist?" Science Hall 6 

9:30-am-10:30am: English: Honors Project Presentations, French House Dining Room 

10:00am-10:45am: Mathematics: Senior Seminar Presentation, Victoria Hilt, "Magic Polygons," MLAB, Education Building

10:30am-11:15am: Biology Internship Poster Session, Science Hall 101

10:40am-11:30am: Sociology, The Doris Adams Ferguson '53 Lecture, Tia Mitchell, "Helping to Meet the Needs of Children in Costa Rica," Shea 201 (refreshments at 10:30am)

      The Doris Adams Ferguson ’53 Memorial Award in Sociology

Generously endowed by James T. Ferguson, Sr. in honor of his wife, Doris Adams     Ferguson, RSC’53. The award provides funding of approximately $1,000 to support travel, field of study, or related expenses for one or more Sociology majors who are engaged in a baccalaureate thesis, senior project, internship, or advance study. Ferguson Fellows are selected because they have demonstrated many of the characteristics emulated by Doris Adams Ferguson during her lifetime:

  • Cares for the dignity of individuals
  • Contributes to the humanity of others
  • Values the worth of each person
  • Displays positive outlook and drive
  • Is modest about her own abilities and achievements
  • Is dedicated to the betterment of humankind

The Doris Adams Ferguson ‘53 Memorial Award has provided students the wonderful opportunity to travel across the United States and around the globe. Ferguson Fellows have traveled around New York State as well as California, Missouri, Texas, Vermont and Washington, D.C. The fellowship has also taken students to France, Guatemala, Mexico and Norway. 

11:30am: Biology, TriBeta National Biological Society Honor Awards, Science Hall 101


11:00am-1:00pm: Buffet Lunch for all students and faculty, Buchman Pavilion and Plaza, Troy 


 The Third Annual Sage Colleges Last Lecture

12:15: "Reinvent Yourself," Dr. David A. Salomon, Professor, English (Bush Memorial, Troy)


2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium (Troy)

1:00-2:00: Session One

A. Sociology and Political Science (Gurley 104)

  • Theresa Hotte, “Abstinence Only Education:  Effects, Attitudes, and Constitutionality”
  • Victoria Bunk, “Without Demand There is No Supply:  How Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Evolves into Prostitution in the United States”

B. English and Spanish (Gurley 204)

  • Katherine Minahan, “Ousmane Sembene’s Portrayal of Language and Communication in Black Girl"
  • Sarah Hendley, “The Influence of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness on Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
  • Beth Malabarba, “Echoes From the Widening Gyre: Achebe and Yeats and the Significance of Studying Post-Colonial Irish Literature in Nigeria”
  • Lillian Fehler, “Spanish Traditional Costume”

C. Biology and Mathematics (Gurley 304)

  • Christine Zimmer, “Are Larvae Bitten More During Season of Queen Development in Temnothorax curvispinosus?”
  • Victoria Hilt, “Magic Polygons”
  • LaShonda Brown, Maria Khan, Mena Soliman, “The Call of the Wild:  Can Bacteria Influence Vocalizations of Mice?”

D. Posters 1 (Bush)

  • Joshua Myers, “The effect of P. americanus on polydomy in T. curvispinosus
  • Nicole Gerasia, "Hip Hop and African-American Empowerment"
  • Danisha Sharpe, “Tag!  You’re It!:  A Look into Target Groups and Hate Speech Related to Bullying”
  • Kristi Irish, Rebecca Gerity, Kamiah Turmon, Nora Munsey, Valerie Downs, “Community Health-Centered Analysis of Amsterdam, NY”
  • Kirsten Ackerman, “BV-2 Microglial Cells Used in a Model of Neuroinflammation”
  • Linda Dalton, Kathie McMullen-Deaton, Deb Pezzella, Sharon Thomas, “Health Assessment of the Community of East Berne”

2:10-3:10: Session Two

A. Psychology and Women's Studies (Gurley 104)

  • Jennifer Keane, “Autism, Anxiety, and Mycobacterium vaccae:  Can a Bacterium Help?”
  • Ashley Bell-Bryington, “Frozen in Time: An Analysis of Animated Disney Films”

B. Art and Design 1 (Gurley 204)

  • Jason Carnegie, “Network New York”
  • Robert Brisson, “Community Care Physicians Medical Arts Complex Building Redesign”
  • Jessica Dorsett, “Healthcare Design”
  • Melissa Spring, "Deborah MacKay School of Dance Rebranding Project"

C. Posters 2 (Bush)

  • Jessica Centore, Kala Evans, Amanda Kellawon, Oumou Barry, Megan Rees, “Community Assessment of Lansingburgh, NY”
  • Amber Frasier,  Anna Thompson, Larissa Brinkach, Gabby Fuda, Courtney Peck, Brittany Teal, Elizabeth Rengel, Sofia Berry, “The Legacy of Ill Behaved Women:  Nightingale and Seacole”
  • Tara Hurley, Ashley Strazzi, Linsdey Strazzi, Deanna Mahr, Joslyn Juif, “Analysis of the Population Needs of the Stillwater Community”
  • Robin Rappazzo, “Silicon in Beer:  A Review of the Nutritional Qualities of Beer, Including Silicon Content, Bioavailability, and Effect on Bone Health”
  • Jessica Logozzo, Amanda Bylsma, Loren Allen, Jessica Stadnik, Korey Marshall, “Community Assessment Project of Southeast Troy, NY”
  • Monica Salafia, “Does Capsaicin in Red Pepper Promote Negative Energy Balance?”
  • Emily Gervais, “Coffee: A Review of Potential Health Benefits, Roasting Conditions and History”

3:20-3:50: Session Three: Group Oral Presentations

  • Kelly Shanahan, Katelyn Morabito, Krysti Smaldone, Courtney Rolnick, Brittany Teal, Sydney Mohr, Marielle Morin, “Hamlet in Hyperspace Roundtable” (Gurley 104)
  • Troy Kirk, Sean Alvarado, Matt Levinson, Justin Pruiksma, “Health and Wellness PSA” (Gurley 204)
  • Victoria McClellan, Alexandra Wachunas, Samantha Mattey, Katrina Hayes, “Factors Contributing  to Colonial Neurosis in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions” (Gurley 304)

4:00-5:00: Session Four

A.  Art and Design 2 (Gurley 104)

  • Nygilia McClain, “The African Well Fund:  Clean Water is a Human Right”
  • Chelsea Meissner, “SADS”
  • Krystal Hinckley, “Destination Albany”
  • Lacy O’Brien, ”It Takes A Village:  A New Vision for Physical & Occupational Therapy Facility Design”

B. Nutrition and Nursing (Gurley 204)

  • Kirsten Ackerman, “A Review of Current Methodologies in Mineral Metabolism”
  • Savanna Gephard, “Using Dietary Fats to Alleviate Depressive Symptoms in People with Major Depressive Disorder”

C. English 2 and Globalization Studies (Gurley 304)

  • Emily Dixon, “Globalization and Public Health:  The Harms and Benefits on Coastal Areas and Megacities”
  • Krysti Smaldone, “From Faerie Queen to Wicked Enchantress:  The Declining Image of Morgan Ie Fay”
  • Beth Malabarba, “Chivalry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


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