Comments for CUR Center for Undergraduate Research Tue, 14 Apr 2020 21:34:52 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Messer, Katherine by Katherine Messer Fri, 10 Apr 2020 20:27:35 +0000 This project gave a great insight into the students’ view of climate change and actions taken to address the effects of climate change.
In an effort to find a relationship, if any, between involvement in composting and a positive perception of global climate change efforts, several other factors were found to be influences in a participant’s perceived optimist.
Across the data of the people considered “Promoters” when asked to rank their optimism concerning climate change measures, similar knowledge bases and involvement levels were found. These optimists were all involved in green practices besides composting and considered themselves “passively informed” on climate change.
While the composting participants had the largest number of optimists, their average ranking for optimism was still lower than non-composters.
Participants across the board were actually strikingly negative when it came to their perception of global climate change action. These findings demonstrate that current climate change measure may not be enough for the general public, or at least the student population of this survey. So it cannot be said that composters were more optimistic on average, but involvement was generally related to being more informed and having more hope.
Special thanks to Dr. Wilkie of the Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology lab, this research could not have been conducted without her guidance.

Comment on Wengrovitz, Andrew by Andrew Wengrovitz Fri, 10 Apr 2020 15:52:52 +0000 In reply to Cheslie Valcin.

Hi Cheslie,

Thanks for checking out my project! I believe that the research conducted on dopamine receptors in this experiment translates quite well to humans! While this particular experiment focused mainly on the locomotor and behavioral aspects of the Ropinirole exposure, I am currently doing experiments on the genetic effects as well. Specifically, I am looking at what genes are expressed within these zebrafish while being exposed to Ropinirole. I think the conclusions made from that experiment would have more substantial implications on dopamine receptors within humans.

Comment on Perez, Patricia by Patricia Perez Wed, 08 Apr 2020 16:37:50 +0000 In reply to Ryan Husain.

Differences between lab reared ants and non lab reared ants have been found, as well as some differences between the same species collected from different environments. It is not definitely known why there are differences, I’d say it’s a topic that will be elucidated on as investigation on the topic persists.

Comment on Perez, Patricia by Patricia Perez Wed, 08 Apr 2020 16:32:52 +0000 In reply to Jieli W.


Each pitfall trap had to be sorted into different species present, and from there each species was identified and separated into separate vials. It was somewhat time consuming and repetitive but resulted in sound consistent identification. The diversity of ants found meant that many morphological features came into play like petiole shape and number, head shape, hair distribution and size, as well as shape of teeth on mandible. Minor and Major workers where found throughout the sites and traps.

Comment on Bjorndal, Lars by Zack Savitsky Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:44:59 +0000 So glad to see how well this all came together. Such an interesting topic with very important implications for algae commercialization — an area I imagine will gain significantly more attention over the next decade. Well done, Lars.

Comment on Bjorndal, Lars by Lars Bjorndal Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:33:34 +0000 I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr. Ann C Wilkie, for her guidance and support. She was supportive throughout the entire project and gave me essential advice for outlining and focusing my research. By consistently encouraging independent work and high-performance Dr. Wilkie allowed me to push the limits of and improve my abilities as a researcher. I am very thankful to have been working with Dr. Wilkie as this project would not have been possible without her help.

Comment on Bjorndal, Lars by Elias Naess Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:37:35 +0000 In reply to Lars Bjorndal.

Great study. I was lucky enough to get to visit the research lab where the algae were harvested, so to finally see the results of all the hard work is exciting. Well done.

Comment on Glogowski, Carter by Carter Glogowski Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:13:37 +0000 Thanks Linnea!

Comment on Glogowski, Carter by Carter Glogowski Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:10:44 +0000 In reply to Hope Scheff.

In general, European colonial powers were engaging in nationalist cultural production during the nineteenth century. Romanticizing a nationalist past was common throughout Europe well into the twentieth century. Egyptomania in decorative arts fit into the wider scheme of the French colonial narrative, which in turn lent itself to aggrandizing French nationalism. In short, while the mechanism for creating a nationalist mythos are often similar, comparing nineteenth century France and Nazi Germany is a bit of a stretch in my view–the political circumstances were very different.

Comment on Zollota, Sara by Sara Zollota Wed, 08 Apr 2020 01:33:49 +0000 In reply to Ryan Husain.

Hi Ryan,
I think that if we were to visit a high school we would teak the material to be a little bit more in depth and comprehensive for the older and more educated crowd! I would still like to keep the live ant farms and the craft, both seemed to be a favorite among both teachers and students! For college aged students the material difficulty level would be similar to the high school level and explain more dynamic relationships that are involved in native-invasive species interactions.