Digital Presentations in Science Hall

Science Hall 035

Time Presentation Abstract
10:00-10:20

Jennifer Tripp, Victoria Erdman

Dr. Marya Grande

Digital Books: Tools to Eliminate Barriers for Diverse Learners

This presentation will introduce digital books, created with Softchalk software, as a replacement to traditional books. Digital books have many benefits for students with high-incidence disabilities and English Language Learners. This presentation will discuss experiences using Softchalk and how it allows for the creation of books that address barriers students often face when using traditional texts. To address these barriers, principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) were kept in mind; the digital books utilized multiple means of representation, mulitple means of action and expression, and multiple means of engagement. Selections from the completed digital books will also be shared.
11:30-11:50

Terence Mordi

Dr. Craig Rogers

Descriptive Analysis of High Tech Employment in the Buffalo-Niagara MSA, New York 2000-2010

High technological industries and their employment impact are seen as key drivers of U.S metropolitan economies. These industries are concerned with new innovative products, improved production methods, and " well-paying" jobs. However, the definition of "high technology" is unclear and ambiguous thus, the role and employment impact of these industries will vary based on the identification and classification of these " high tech " industries and "high tech" occupations. States, regional and local governments have established committees to assess the potential of high technology to stimulate their economies and have since developed strategies to lure high-technology firms. It is important to define "high-tech" both to assess the claims about its effect on the economy and to develop policies and program.

Science Hall 036

Time  Presentation Abstract
 10:00-10:20

Brett DeNeve, Earius McCloud, Stephanie Pullyblank, Simone Shuster-Zimicki

Dr. Barbara Irwin

Tapestry Charter School Video Project

 A team of students in COM 325 - Media Literacy - produced a video for Tapestry Charter School under the aegis of the Canisius College Video Institute.  The video conveys the essence of Tapestry's past, present, and future as well as its educational mission and unique programming.  The video is designed to reach an audience of prospective students, their parents, and potential investors for the school.
 10:30-10:50

 Jamiah Mootry

Benjamin Dunkle

Jamiah Mootry's Portfolio

 I will be showcasing my senior portfolio. It will contain an array of works showcasing what I have created individually and with partners.
 11:00-11:50

 Students from NativityMiguel Middle School

Dr. Rosemary Murray, Dr. Mary Shea, Cassie Cimasi, Virginia Carver

Picturing the future:  Educating urban middle school students to envision themselves as successful learners with long term acaemic and career goals

 
 12:00-12:20

 Joshua Little

Dr. Rene DeLaPedraja, Dr. Bruce Dierenfield

Between Democracy and Corporate Autocracy: US Interventionism and Policy in the Cold War Era

 In this presentation I will discuss the United States' intervention policy in the Cold War era, and the contradictions between US official goals in promoting democracy and economic development abroad, and the reality in cases of intervention in which the US successfully worked to overthrow legitimately democratically elected governments. Highlighting the cases of Iran in 1953 and Guatemala in 1954, I will show what underlying factors motivated US intervention, and that despite their perceived "success" have ultimately damaged US national interests in the long-run.
 12:30-12:50

 Brianna Blank, Joshua Smith

Dr. Przemyslaw Moskal

Motivational Game for Cancer Patients

 The goal of this project was to create a fun game for young cancer patients of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Cancer survivor and the lead of the team behind the game, Brianna Blank '14 brings her personal experience and invaluable input to what it means to be a kid who goes through cancer therapy. The mission of the game is to educate and help kids understand what their bodies experience as they go through treatment. Additionally, its goal is to empower them and give them hope. The game uses a motion camera that captures user's movement and transforms it into input that allows the gamer to fight virtual, cancerous cells. The game was developed in collaboration with Joshua Smith '14 and Dr. Przemyslaw Moskal (DMA). Consultants for the game are Dr. Adam Kisailus (Roswell) and Dr. Barbara Bambach (Roswell). The project was made possible by Canisius Earning Excellence Program.

Science Hall 063

Time Presentation Abstract
10:30-10:50

Andrew Plewinski

Dr. Paola Fajardo-Heyward

Arms Control and Verification: A Deadly Pursuit for Compliance

Perhaps the most dangerous and pressing issue that faces the international community today is the increasing proliferation of arms around the world and the efforts to verify these arms that are lagging far behind. The world has seen an explosion in arms proliferation of all kinds of weapons from tanks and airplanes to simple handguns and automatic rifles in the last thirty years. Each year, such weapons are utilized in over 245,000 murders worldwide; and this is excluding those committed in war torn countries. Accountability is downright atrocious and even non-existent at all with arms dealers scooping up the remaining arsenals and distributing them to their respective buyers. Now the world is faced with the growing problem of proliferation of many kinds of weapons. Adding to this problem is the failure of international organizations like the United Nations and Interpol to keep pace by placing stringent standards on all countries to prevent such illicit trading of arms.

Science Hall 1004

Time Presentation Abstract
1:00-1:20

David Goodwin, David Turley

Dr. Barbara Irwin

Recidivism in Buffalo

Buffalo is just one of many cities faced with a high rate of recidivism. Many prisoners who are released from prison return. This documentary, produced under the aegis of the Canisius College Video Institute, highlights the reasons for recidivism. Based on interviews with experts from the criminal justice field, ex-offenders, and community organization representatives, this film explores the issue of recidivism and ways the community is addressing the problem. The presentation includes short clips from the documentary and a discussion by the filmmakers about the research they conducted and what they learned from the people they interviewed.
1:30-1:50

Matthew Lunghino, Joe Rutigliano, Ashley Holmes, Stephanie Johnson

Dr. Barbara Irwin

Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center

A team of students in COM 325 - Media Literacy - produced a video for the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center under the aegis of the Canisius College Video Institute.  The purpose of the video is to attract volunteers and prospective benefactors to the program.
2:00-2:20

Tyler Kauffmann, Christina Aguglia, Hayden Ristevski, Lashae Barner

Dr. Barbara Irwin

The Amanda Hansen Foundation

A team of students in COM 325 - Media Literacy - produced a video for the Amanda Hansen Foundation under the aegis of the Canisius College Video Institute.  The Foundation has a compelling story to tell: the loss of their daughter to carbon monoxide poisoning inspired Kim and Ken Hansen to live their lives honoring Amanda and helping to ensure that no family suffers a similar loss. We hope that this video generates awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and promotes the Amanda Hansen Foundation and their goal of passing Amanda's Law worldwide. The video features interviews with Ken Hansen and Mark Schroeder, now Buffalo City Comptroller.
2:30-2:50

David White

Dr. Przemyslaw Moskal

From the Chair to the Post Apocolyptic Bathroom: Creating Reality and Realism with Maya and Unity

Using both Maya and Unity, with enough understanding and determination, one can produce something great that's close to realism. Both applications are free to use for students, which allows them to create sophisticated works of three-dimensional (3D) art. In my presentation, I will discuss the process of modeling, texturing and lighting of a 3D scene for the purpose of rendering static images and for interactive virtual experience. I will describe the inspiration for the project and challenges that I faced along the way. Additionally, I will discuss importance of availability of programs that I used for the project and how such programs are changing the landscape of the gaming industry.

Science Hall 1013A

Time Presentation Abstract
1:00-1:20

Matthew LeFauve

Dr. Susan Margulis

Contraception method impact on cyclic progesterone and sexual behavior in female gorillas

Oral contraception is commonly used to regulate breeding in zoo animals. Here, we examined how different types of contraception affect the cyclic pattern of progesterone and estrous behavior in western lowland gorillas. We used enzyme immunoassay methods to measure progesterone levels in four females at four different zoos. One female was on a progestin-only contraceptive and the others were on a combination contraceptive. We correlated hormonal data with the timing of sexual behavior based on ad libitum observations to determine whether observed differences related to type of contraception. We found noticeable differences in progesterone concentration and sexual behavior between the contraceptive types. Social structure at the institution at which the female gorilla was housed may also have impacted the occurrence of sexual behavior. This study reveals the differential impacts that contraception methods may have both physically and behaviorally in a nonhuman primate.

Science Hall 1013B

Time Presentation Abstract
1:00-1:20

Stephen Grimm

Dr. Greg Wood

The Art of Precision: Semantic Search Engines

The search engine business is a multi-billion dollar industry, with revenue streaming in whenever a user hits the "search" button.  Yet, the popularity of a search engine depends on the precision and accuracy of the engine. Search engines, like Google, spend large portions of their budgets on algorithm research and new software to better understand what users are looking for in their searches and deliver more precise results. Semantic web technology is being implemented into Google and Bing, and is fully integrated into the DuckDuckGo search engine. My research analyzes Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo on the precision of their results, and the impact it has on marketers and businesses.

Science Hall 1017

Time Presentation Abstract
10:00-10:20

Chase LaDue

Dr. Susan Margulis

Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to Monitor Zoo Elephant Welfare

Elephants are central species in the movement to improve zoo animal welfare because of their complex social behavior and unique husbandry requirements. In an effort to ensure animal welfare, the Behavioral Science department at the Dallas Zoo has implemented a novel tracking system that utilizes radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to monitor the movement patterns of its dynamic African elephant herd. Currently, the technology is used to track elephant movement distances, walking rates, and exhibit utilization, but creative solutions will enhance behavioral research to observe intra- and interspecific interactions. RFID has distinct advantages over similar methods that have been used previously at other institutions, and the future promises streamlined integration into more programs to monitor elephant welfare while improving animal management practices and the visitor experience. Live demonstration of the RFID system will follow the presentation.
10:30-10:50

Imani Roache, Jane Ippolito

Dr. James Oigara

Holidays & Cultures Around the World: A SmartBoard Presentation

A multimedia presentation and interactive activity focusing on Holidays/Cultures around the world demonstrating SMART Board use in an elementary classroom.
11:00-11:20

Julia Manuszewski, Jordan Brendel

Dr. James Oigara

SMART Board Activity

Multimedia presentation demonstrating use of interactive SMART board activities into a unit on culture and holidays for a Kindergarten class.
11:30-11:50

Samantha Smith, Abbey Stoessel, Mary Hoak

Dr. James Oigara

Smart Board Presentation

An interactive lesson activity that will provide a UDL approach for all ranges of students to be able to participate in the learning task.This Multimedia presentation will demonstrate SMART Board use in an elementary classroom. The topic designed for this lesson activity is under the NCSS standard Civic Ideals and Practices.
12:00-12:20

Jamiah Mootry, Joshua Smith

 Dr. Przemyslaw Moskal

Gravity Jump

Gravity Jump is an interactive, educational simulation of gravity on 4 different planets of our solar system. The project was designed and developed for the Canisius College Summer Science Camp 2013, and approximately two hundred K12 students from the Buffalo area used it within the period of one week. As the director of the project, I conceptualized multiple versions of the game and conducted research on user interaction and experience utilizing motion camera that captures users movement and translates it into a simulation. The project was designed and developed in collaboration with Joshua Smith '14 and Dr. Przemyslaw Moskal (DMA) in consultation with Gary Szczepankiewicz, Dr. Steven Szczepankiewicz (Chemistry) and Dr. Robert Selkowitz (Physics). Gravity Jump was made possible by the Canisius Earning Excellence Program.
12:30-12:50

Alexa Santora

Dr. James Oigara

SmartBoard Exchange_Cultural Diversity

A multimedia project demonstrating the benefits of utilizing interactive technology, more specifically the SMART board. SMART board allows teachers and students to gain better understanding of a topic through interactive activities. This specific presentation will cover cultural diversity, which aligns with The National Council for Social Studies Standards.
1:00-1:20

Kelsey Kiblin, Alison Tortelli, Dillon Cavalli

Dr. James Oigara

SMART Board Presentation

This multimedia project demonstrates the benefits of utilizing interactive technology, more specifically the SMART board. The SMART board allows teachers and students to gain deeper understanding of a topic through interactive lesson activities.This specific presentation will cover the Colonial and Revolutionary period, which aligns with the National Council for Social Studies Standards.
1:30-1:50

Alexandria Salansky, Sierra Wilson, Natasha Benston

Dr. James Oigara

SmartBoard Lesson: World Communities

This multimedia presentation will demonstrate integration of Assistive Technology into the classroom in relation to the Universal Design for Learning. The presentation will highlight importance of using interactive technology like the SMART Board into a lesson. The classroom is full of diverse student learners who all have different learning needs. Diverse tools of technology in the classroom allows teachers to help each student reach their developmental needs and learning abilities.
2:00-2:20

Laura Schmidt

Dr. Eileen Angelini

Meudon Internship (Paris, France)

From mid-May to the end of June 2013, I had the opportunity to participate in a teaching internship in Meudon, France at an experimental charter school called l'cole Nouvelle La Source. During my internship, I served as a teaching assistant for English teachers, helping with curriculum design with an emphasis on teaching students about American culture while enlightening them about my life as a student at Canisius College. In turn, I learned innumerable cultural nuances about traditional and non-traditional programs within the French educational system.
2:30-2:50

Carrie Rybczynski

Dr. Eileen Angelini

Women in Francophone Literature

Diversit:  La nouvelle francophone  travers le monde offers a rich selection of short stories that feature strong female protagonists.  The stories are written by authors from around the francophone world (including parts of Canada, Africa, Vietnam and more).  This presentation explores the styles of six different authors and how their unique individual styles bring out a particular theme so as to paint an in-depth picture of the women.  Via a PowerPoint, that includes illustrative quotes, a brief summary of each of the six featured stories is given along with a detailed analysis of each story.
3:00-3:20

Emma Giblin

Dr. Eileen Angelini

The Looting of Art During the Occupation of France

By the end of World War II, the Nazis had stolen approximately twenty percent of all European art in existence. Many of the pieces stolen came from French museums and from the private collections of the French Jewry. Brave curators at the Louvre worked tirelessly to protect famous works from theft and destruction. This presentation, with examples in French and presented in English, describes the fate of European artwork during this time period.

Science Hall 1028

Time Presentation Abstract
1:00-1:20

Bethany Wolf

Dr. Julie Henry, Dr. Marya Grande

A Modified Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model: Supporting Language and Literacy Development for Diverse Learners in the Inclusive Classroom
The modern American school system has become increasingly diversified due to the heightened presence of English language learners (ELLs) and Native English-Speakers with Learning Disabilities (NES-LDs) in the elementary inclusive classroom setting. Due to their shared academic and social disadvantages, as well as similar instructional needs and classroom placement, an effective instructional approach must be implemented to effectively serve this diverse group of students. Based upon research and empirical evidence, a modified Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model will be presented as an appropriate instructional tool for the diverse learners of the elementary inclusive classroom. Proper implementation of the modified SIOP Model in the inclusive classroom will contribute to increased literacy and language abilities for ELL and NES-LD populations, which may be reflected in success both in the classroom and beyond.
2:30-2:50

Jennifer Wachala, Francesca Velardi

Dr. Devonya Havis

Searching For Promise On Buffalo's East Side

When one thinks about the East Side of Buffalo, most conjure images of failing schools, horrendously low graduation rates, and uneducated residents. This focus, unfortunately, emphasizes the negative and overshadows positive features of the East Side. This view fails to acknowledge both the resiliency of the citys youth and their ability to pursue educational degrees despite the deterrents and adversities they encounter on a daily basis. As college students who understand the impact education has had on our own lives, we want to help Buffalos East Side residents pursue similar opportunities. With this in mind, our presentation will identify areas in need of improvement within the Buffalo Public School system and cultivate ways Canisius may become more involved in providing students with support, aid, academic skills, and other resources that will help them prosper and continue pursuing their academic dreams. We believe that this is an important social justice project.

Science Hall 1053

Time Presentation Abstract
10:30-10:50

Lindsey Lauren Visser

Dr. Julie Gibert

The Collectanea Satis Copiosa; The English Reformation’s Greatest Footnote

The Collectanea Satis Copiosa is one of the most interesting and perplexing collection of documents written during the time of the English Reformation. Many of the legislative documents and policies of the reformation can be traced back to the Collectanea. While the ideas contained in the Collectanea have appeared in numerous significant documents, propaganda pieces, and letters, the collection has been given little credit. I will explain both the political and historical significance of the collection and how it shaped the course of events from 1531 through 1536.
1:00-1:20

Victoria Murty

Dr. Larry Jones

Neo-Kantianism: A Response to Orthodox Marxism

Neo-Kantianism came about during the split in sects of Marxism following Karl Marx's death. It was a contemporary of Revisionist Marxism that was meant to modernize Marxian thinking and morally ground Marxian thought. It was a movement that would not have been possible without Eduard Bernstein and Jean Jaures. Though Neo-Kantianism's effectiveness has been widely debated, it is nonetheless important to understand it in order to understand Marxism as a whole and the transitions it went through.
1:30-1:50

Joseph Schnitter

Dr. Larry Jones

How Colonialism Sparked the Rwandan Genocide

From April until June of 1944, approximately 800,000 Rwandans were exterminated in an ethnic genocide.  Though the Hutu and Tutsi peoples had quarreled for centuries prior to European colonization of Africa, tensions between these two groups escalated dramatically during this period.  The Belgian colonists displayed preferential treatment toward the Tutsi and produced identification cards to formally distinguish the two ethnic groups, thus increasing animosity between them.  I will elucidate how Belgian interference laid the necessary foundation for the Rwandan genocide by exacerbating tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi.  By exploring this topic, I hope to impart an understanding of why ethnic tensions in Africa exist as a result of the period of European colonization and how we can predict where ethnic genocide could potentially occur in the future.
2:00-2:20

Kaitlyn Buehlmann

Dr. Paola Fajardo-Heyward

Questioning the Quality of Quotas: Gender Quotas & their Effect on Female Empowerment in Latin America

In Latin America, gender quotas have played a significant role in increasing the number of women participating in politics.  Although this looks encouraging at first glance, upon further investigation, quotas appear to be having a superficial effect.  While they are a step in the right direction, it is apparent that more must be done to empower women in Latin America.  By investigating the cases of Argentina, Costa Rica, and Mexico, it will be shown that quotas are more effective when they are implemented using bottom-up mechanisms, such as grassroots organizations and feminist movements, in conjunction with top-down.
2:30-2:50

Emma Weisenfluh

Shevaun Donelli O'Connell

An Owl OR a Cat OR a Toad: Relationships Between People and Their Pets in the Harry Potter Series

In this diegetic case study, Weisenfluh explores the reasoning behind why the Hogwarts administration permits first-year students to bring only "an owl OR a cat OR a toad" as a pet. The magical history and personalities of each animal type are investigated, along with the roles the creatures may perform in their owners' lives. With reference to scientific texts, the natural behaviors of each species were determined, and through a thorough examination of the Harry Potter book series and the first three movies, the human-animal relationships are observed between several major characters and their companion animals.
3:00-3:20

Shannon Stephens

Dr. Larry Jones

The Unwilling Participant: Genocide and the United Nations

The United Nations stands as a symbol of international peace and security. It is an organization that was formed in the aftermath of one of the greatest atrocities of the 20th century: the Holocaust. In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Unfortunately, this resolution has done little to help stop groups from committing these targeted mass murders. In some cases, the United Nations and its attempted interventions have only increased the number of casualties. Examples from both the Rwandan Genocide and Bosnian Genocide show the damage that the UN and its Peace Keeping Forces have done. The goal is to expose the flaws of the organization that is often lauded for its contributions to global cooperation and world peace.
3:30-3:50

Rebecca Reed

Dr. Larry Jones

Jews in Germany from 1933-1945

A research presentation concerning Jews in Germany from 1933-1945. Specific topics to be covered include Nazi policy towards Jews in Germany and how it evolved throughout the period, the attitude of the German public towards Jews, and the role of eugenics in justifying Nazi policy.