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2018 Middle Georgia State University Undergraduate Conference

Keynote Speakers:

Jonathan M. Bryant’s books and publications engage the history of American law, slavery, and emancipation. His most recent book, Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope, won several academic awards and was a finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History. He believes small places tell big stories, and loves unearthing tales that have long been ignored or forgotten. If one digs deep, the rewards are dramatic. Dr. Bryant is Professor of History at Georgia Southern University, near the wonderful living history laboratory of Savannah, Georgia.

NATHAN SUHR-SYTSMA is the author of Poetry, Print, and the Making of Postcolonial Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2017), as well as journal articles on topics ranging from Irish poetry about Japan to literary publishing in Nigeria. He is assistant professor of English, a core faculty member of Irish Studies at Emory, and interim director of Institute of African Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Originally from western Canada, he was educated at Calvin College and Yale University. In his free time, he endeavors to keep up his Irish-language vocabulary and keep up with his children.

A 2001 graduate of then Macon State College, Renee Corwine worked for 13 years as an editor at The Telegraph newspaper before switching to a full-time career in freelance writing and editing in summer 2017. She’s now the editor of Macon Magazine, and a “pen for hire” for other local and regional publications. A competitive athlete for many years, Renee transitioned her love of exercise into a part-time career about 10 years ago when she became certified as a Personal Trainer. A full Ironman finisher in 2010, these days she still dabbles in triathlon, but would rather spend her time taking selfies in foreign countries, drinking whiskey and spreading the love of Pure Barre around Macon. She and her husband, Jake, live in Macon with three fur babies: Abbey, Ella and Whiskers.

Samer Gozem obtained his BSc in Chemistry summa cum laude in 2008 from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and his Ph.D. in Photochemical Sciences in 2013 at Bowling Green State University, where he worked on studying biological photoreceptors under the mentorship of Dr. Massimo Olivucci. After postdoctoral training in modeling photoionization with the group of Prof. Anna Krylov at the University of Southern California, he recently joined Georgia State University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Gozem is interested in using a hybrid of molecular mechanics (i.e., classical physics) and quantum mechanics to study light-responsive chemical and biological systems.

Thursday, April 19 (Cochran Campus)

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Kickoff Speaker – Dillard Auditorium

Jonathan Bryant
“Digging and Digging: Focus and Serendipity in Historical Research”

Friday, April 20 (Macon Campus)

8:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m.–Registration – COAS Lobby
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. –Keynote Speaker – COAS Theater

Nathan Suhr-Sytsma
“Bogs, Bodies, and Underworld Journeys: Irish Poets Digging”

Session 1
10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (Macon)

Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction (COAS 120)
Moderator: Kelly Whiddon
Presenters: Karolina Philmon, LaDonna Strickland, and Kehli West

Breaking Through the Single Story: Exploring Diversity and Other Voices in English 1101 (COAS 106)
Moderator: Marina Spears
Presenters: Serina Trimble, Corey Blanding, Logan Collins, and Werda Faizi

“The Best Thing That Has Happened to You” (COAS 122)
Moderator: Maritza Bell-Corrales
Participants: Bethany Dixon, Laurel Faye, Eric John, Kasey Morris, and Avion Rice.

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch – Rehearsal Hall
12:00 – 12:30 – Speaker and Awards Ceremony –Rehearsal Hall

Renee Corwine
"Stop Digging, Start Climbing"

Session 2
12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (Macon)

Science Oral Presentations (COAS 122)
Moderator: Renat Khatmullin
Kelicha Prince, Dr. Clinton Ready (Advisor), “Antibiotic Effects of Propolis on select bacteria”
Laura Hernandez-Cocoma and Mr. Kirby Swenson (Advisor), “Tardigrades families on the Macon Campus”
Shani Edmond, Andrea Mines, John Verboom, Dr. Estelle Nuckels (Advisor), “Transition State of SN2 Reactions”
Huy Ho and Mr. Kirby Swenson (Advisor), “Tardigrades families on the Warner Robins Campus”
Yanong Sundaeclaire, Isaac Choi, Drs. Victoria Guarisco and Renat Khatmullin (Advisors), “Nanoribbon Production for Harnessing the Sun’s Energy”

Creative Writing: Fiction/Poetry (COAS 120)
Moderator: Kelly Whiddon
Presenters: Jeff Bentley-Bryant, Alexandria Brooks, Vanessa Jimison, Celeste Pollard

"Knight Writers: Constructing an English Day Camp for High School Freshman." (COAS 106)
Moderator: Lorraine Dubuisson
Presenters: Katelyn Gill, Logan Gibbs, Rachel Maddox

Translation Competition for Students of Spanish (COAS Rehearsal Hall)
Moderator: Yunsuk Chae
SPAN 1001: Ashley Derr, Alexus Flagg, Hunter Holland, Shannon Martin, Natalie Smith, Amanda Juarez, Heaven Campbell, Myra Livingston, Marcos Huizel, Novian Stephens
SPAN 1002: Candace Corey
SPAN 3000: Laurel Faye, Kasey Morris

Session 3
2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Macon)

Building Bridges thru Broadcast News: The Good, Bad and Ugly of News Production on a College Campus (COAS 124)
Moderator: Andre Nicholson
Presenters: Shawnise Addison , Ashley Powell, Jacorey Howard, Daryl Brundage, Nicole Monserrat

Electica (COAS 122)
Moderator: Sheree’ Keith
Lara Persiani, “Shakespeare’s Italian Rich Men”
David Rainey, “Dead in Life: An Analysis of Coleridge’s ‘The Pains of Sleep’, and ‘Epitaph’ from a Recovered Addict’s Perspective with Attention Paid to Opiate use in Late 18th and Early 19th Century England”
Rachel Maddox, “’The Martyred World’”: Nature’s Role in All Quiet on the Western Front”
Larry Rubin, “No More House Calls: Small Medical Practices and Changes in Healthcare Delivery in the Era of HIPAA and HITECH”

Planning Publicity: Connecting with Students (COAS 106)
Moderator: Sharon Colley
Panelists: Katelyn Gill and Misty Miner

Session 4
3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Macon)

The Short Story (COAS 106)
Moderator: Sharon Colley
Jeff Bentley-Bryant , “Short Stories as a Means of Exploration of the Minority-American Identity”
Sydney Causey, “The Martian Chronicles: the Original Science Fiction Work”
Sara Kathryn Smith, “Microfiction Education and Appreciation”

Media and Film Analysis (COAS 120)
Moderator: Andre Nicholson
Olivia Anderson,“13 Reasons Why You Might be Conflicted: An Analysis of the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why
Veretta Campbell, “Men vs. Women, the Battle Continues: Examining the Different Perspectives on Films between the Sexes”
Alyssa Gordon, “Music can be a Powerful Drug: Examining the Influence of Music Lyrics on Drug Usage”
Hannah Hartman ,“Are we Selling Sex or Shaving Cream?: An Analysis of the Portrayal of Women in Ads”
Khalia Jones, “Animating the Future: An Analysis of Children’s Cartoons”


Saturday, April 21 (Macon Campus)

8:15 a.m.–9:00 a.m.–Registration – COAS Lobby
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. COAS Theater  –STEM Speaker

Samer Gozem
“Shedding Light on Proteins with Computers”

Session 5
10:00 a.m.-10:45 p.m. (Macon)

Poster Session (Rehearsal Hall)
Erica James, Professor Duane Day (Advisor), “Bayes’ Theorem”
Jesse Poole, Dr. Matthew Noble (Advisor), “Exploring the Dimension of a Graph”
Adam Seward, MGSU Department of Mathematics (Advisor), “Mathematics in Ancient Civilizations”
Joell Bates, Amanda Richards, Kaitlin Spivey, Evan Bridges, and Dr. Tom Hancock (Advisor), “Leaf anatomy, morphology, and life history strategy of Hydrocotyle bonariensis growing on a southeastern (USA) barrier island”
Corey Parham and Dr. Clinton Ready (Advisor), “Salts and Honeybees”
Alison Prem and Dr. Clinton Ready (Advisor), “Essential Oils and Honey Bees”
Ashley M. Allgary and Dr. Jaya Rao (Advisor), “Survivability of Different Strains of Entomopathogenic Nematodes in Liquid Nitrogen for Long-term Storage”
Landon Hardeman, Christian Cravey, Caleb Swindell, Mr. Swindell, Mr. Ed Wallace and Dr. Sharon Standridge (Advisors), “How to Build Your Own Anaerobic Chamber”
Christina Marin, “Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, 1932-1972”

Session 6
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Macon)

The Presentation’s the Thing: Reflections Upon Class Presentations as “Digging Deep” for Scholarship and the Job Market (COAS 120)
Moderators: Jim Sisson and Margaret “Lou” Bell
Presenters: Kaylee Peterson, Erin Byington, Allison Warren, David Pascarella

Adolescent Literature (COAS 122)
Moderator: Shane Trayers
Rachel Maddox,"“Kill the Beast!”: 20th Century Politics in Lord of the Flies"
Jessica Lynn Woodall, “Post-Apocalyptic Novels:The Correlation between Government and the Diseases Plaguing their People”
Bethany Dixon, "Transforming Trauma into Art: Identity in Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis"
Katelyn Gill, “The Monster of the Psyche: Patrick Ness’ A Monster Callsand the Embodiment of Freud’s Id and Superego”

12:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony – Rehearsal Hall

Best Presentation and Best Poster Awards