Student Conference May 2013

Student Conference May 2013

The success of the May 2013 Unity College Student Conference was highlighted by the various research and creative projects and presentations that attendees observed.  The conference, a showcase of academic and creative excellence, celebrates Unity College student achievements and scholarship. Congratulations to all of the conference participants.

Following is the complete list of the work submitted at the Unity College May 2013 Student Conference:

What is Human?

Description: A collection of hand-drawn bookmarks depicting the various concepts of humanism and post-humanism. This is a representation of beliefs on what it means to be human inspired by the humanities course "Why Be Human".
Presenter: Kathryn Cobban
Sponsor: Stephanie Wade
Nominated for Creativity Award 

The Glass Pyramid

Description: An artistic sculpture composed of glass bottles.
Presenters: John Crowe, Russell Mahoney
Sponsor: Benjamin Potter

Dwarf Cuttlefish (Sepia bandensis)

Description: An exhibit illustrating what is being created for the Unity College wet lab to be implemented in the future for housing the dwarf cuttlefish.
Presenters: Annastasia Parks, Bronwyn Mandigo
Sponsor: Sarah Cunningham
Nominated for Education Award

Kendra

Description: A digitally manipulated photograph combining old glass plate images with other images taken by the student.
Presenter: Quinn Boyle
Sponsor: Benjamin Potter
Nominated for Creativity Award

SUSTAINABLE MAINE

Description: Students in the Global Environmental History course created websites that use history to inform the present and future choices.
Presenters: Jason Hall, Jeremy Martin, Samantha Longo
Sponsor: Melora Norman
Nominated for Sustainability Award

FISHING

Description: Wall mounted low-relief sculpture.
Presenter: Katrina Wert
Sponsor: Benjamin Potter
Nominated for Creativity Award

THE EFFECTS OF WOOD HARVESTING ON MAMMAL AND BIRD FREQUENCY AS INDICATED BY TRACK OCCURRENCE

Description: Comparison of the frequency of mammal and bird tracks in three forest plots of varying stages of succession.
Presenter: Logan Morin
Sponsor: Barry Woods & Gerry Saunders
Nominated for Conservation Award & Research Award

RENOVATION AND STANDARDS PLAN FOR UNITY COLLEGE FITNESS CENTER

Description: Ideas presented to the Unity College Athletic Department for an upgrade to the campus fitness center.
Presenters: Brandon Wright, Joseph Eon
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Sustainability Award

SCULPTURE

Description: A display of sculptures made during the Spring 2013 semester.
Presenter: Kristen Volpi
Sponsor: Benjamin Potter
Nominated for Creativity Award

RISK ASSESSMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF MOFGA TRAILS

Description: A risk assessment of the trails owned by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
Presenter: Jason Gablaski
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Conservation Award & Unity Partnership Award

THE GENETICS OF WOLF TO DOG

Description: A genetics project about the relationship of dog breeds to each other and their ancestor, the wolf. Several breeds are represented in order to explore the genetic diversity among the domestic dog, and to highlight their differences and similarities to the wild wolf.
Presenter: Maike Smith
Sponsor: Aimee Phillippi
Nominated for Creativity Award

EXAMINING SYSTEM DYNAMICS OF A BIOLOGICAL CONTROL SPECIES AND AN ECTOPARASITE USING NETLOGO

Description: Using agent based modelling, this project looks into the effectiveness of guinea fowl as a control on tick populations. This is the summation of the presenter’s Senior Thesis research.
Presenter: Alexis White
Sponsor: Alysa Remsburg, Carrie Eaton
Nominated for Research Award, Sustainability Award & Award for Academic Excellence

REASON, SEASON, OR A LIFETIME

Description: A tri-canvas painting that explores the quote "People come into our lives for a reason, season, or a lifetime." The presenter uses this quote to illustrate the importance of connections for human beings.
Presenter: Megan Joy
Sponsor: Stephanie Wade

WHAT MAKES SUITABLE HABITAT FOR HERMIT CRABS IN MAINE

Description: A presentation of suitable habitats for hermit crabs in Maine, looking at the effects of different variables on hermit crab abundance on the shores of Maine. This is the summation of the presenter’s Senior Thesis research.
Presenter: Deborah Anderson
Sponsor: Aimee Phillippi & Brent Bibles

OUR ACTIVE, YET UNKNOWN ROLE IN THE TRANS-HUMANISM MOVEMENT

Description: This project will discuss the answer to the question: Are genetically modified organisms the link to a trans-humanism world where the human condition is transformed? The presenter will relate this question to our agricultural system, health, the environment and the book The Fifth Sacred Thing written by Starhawk.
Presenter: Marina Theberge
Sponsor: Stephanie Wade

UNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS, ONLINE AND INTERACTIVE

Description: Using ArcGIS an interactive campus map was developed for the Unity College website.
Presenters: Brett Rouleau, Matthew Lannon
Sponsor: Kathleen Dunckel
Nominated for Creativity Award, Education Award, Unity Partnership Award & Unity Award

HOW DO YOU GET AN IDEA TO BECOME A LAW?

Description: The presenter has served as an intern for district representative Brian Jones, and while working with him has learned the process of how an idea becomes a law. The presenter has volunteered at Maine Farmland Trust to see how decisions at the state house affect local organizations.
Presenter: Samantha Longo
Sponsor: Jen Olin
Nominated for Education Award & Unity Partnership Award

CHARACTERIZING ENVIRONMENTAL GRADIENTS THAT SUPPORT EASTERN HEMLOCK DOMINANT STANDS USING GIS

Description: New England forests are currently experiencing a rapid decline in the foundation tree species due to the presence of the invasive Adelges tsuga (Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, HWA). It will be crucial to map hemlocks using environmental gradients to predict where HWA infestations will occur.
Presenter: Taylor Follette
Sponsor: Kathleen Dunckel
Nominated for Conservation Award & Research Award

BIKE GRANT PROPOSAL

Description: A proposal for a grant to have a bike share system on campus.
Presenter: Jessica Smart
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Education Award & Unity Partnership Award

ICHTHYOLOGY: SKELETAL STRUCTURES

Description: Extraction of skeletal structures from different species of fish.
Presenters: Alyssa Maltman, Jessica Smart, Joey Bauer, Lucero Torres
Sponsor: David Potter
Nominated for Education Award

THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE PHYSIOLOGY OF MIGRATORY BIRDS

Description: A literature review that looks at the impact climate change is having on the physiology of migratory birds particularly their arrival dates and reproduction.
Presenters: Destiney Priest, Shelby Hicks
Sponsor: Emma Creaser

RISK MANAGEMENT FOR UNITY COLLEGE BEE KEEPERS

Description: Protocols of the Unity College Bee Keepers.
Presenters: Jamas Branchaud, Matthew Dyer
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Unity Award

SUSTAINABLE COASTAL MAINE

Description: Students in the Global Environmental History course created websites that use history to inform the present and future choices.
Presenters: Abigail Sargent, Brittany Groat, Josiah Coyle
Sponsor: Melora Norman
Nominated for Sustainability Award

FINDING BEAUTY IN A WORLD OVERLOOKED

Description: A variety of extremely close up photographs of nature.
Presenter: Alex Bach
Sponsor: Sarah Cunningham
Winner of May 2013 Student Conference Creativity Award

THE SACRED CONNECTION

Description: A series of photographs representing the instinctive connection that we have with Mother Nature. This "oneness" is portrayed in this photographic project by subjecting the human in the natural environment interacting with one of the four sacred elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. This is the final project for the presenter’s Black & White Photography class.
Presenter: Timothy Swanson
Sponsor: Lisa Martin
Nominated for Creativity Award

STOMACH CONTENT OF WHITE SUCKERS DURING SPAWNING

Description: Looking at stomach content in white suckers during their spawning cycle.
Presenters: Hans Axelsson, Jacob Hastings, John Crowe, Russell Mahoney
Sponsor: David Potter
Winner of May 2013 Student Conference Conservation Award

EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING ON BAT SPECIES

Description: Using peer-reviewed literature we will be describing the effects that global warming has had on bat population and what may happen in the future.
Presenters: Amber Herrick, Anthony Leon Guerrero
Sponsor: Emma Creaser

COOL ME

Description: Presentation of COOL ME (a college outreach for ocean literacy in Maine) highlighting the partnership between Unity College and the Maine State Aquarium.
Presenter: Samantha Longo
Sponsor: Jen Olin
Nominated for Education Award & Unity Partnership Award

WHY BE HUMAN CREATIVE PROJECT

Description: A creative project on the presenter’s idea of human emotion and imagination. This is the presenter’s final project for the course "Why Be Human".
Presenter: Jessica Kowalski
Sponsor: Stephanie Wade

SUSTAINABLE CALIFORNIA

Description: Students in the Global Environmental History course created websites that use history to inform the present and future choices.
Presenters: Benjamin Hansknecht, Jason Gablaski, Jesse May
Sponsor: Melora Norman
Nominated for Sustainability Award

ADA CAMPUS ASSESSMENT

Description: Review of physical structures and readily achievable goals.
Presenters: James Grenier, Jessica Kowalski, Matthew Lannon
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Sustainability Award, Unity Partnership Award & Unity Award

WHY PEOPLE CAN’T JUST UNDERSTAND

Description: A psychological explanation to why people have trouble accepting concepts like climate change and global warming.
Presenter: Sabrina Carleton
Sponsor: Kevin Spigel
Nominated for Award for Academic Excellence

SRLT BRIDGE REPAIR BUDGET

Description: The development of a budget and design for a large-scale bridge repair on the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust trails in Unity, Maine.
Presenters: Leeann Reid, Zachary Monroe
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Unity Partnership Award

SUSTAINABLE HAWAII

Description: Students in the Global Environmental History course created websites that use history to inform the present and future choices.
Presenters: Arthur Nerzig, Corey Hart, Richard Lee, Robert Crawford
Sponsor: Melora Norman
Nominated for Sustainability Award

JOB DESCRIPTION AND RISK ASSESSMENT FOR WALDO COUNTY TRAIL COALITION

Description: A risk assessment and job description for the Waldo County Trial Coalition.
Presenters: Zachary Small, Eric Fotter
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Education Award & Unity Partnership Award

BUSINESS PLAN FOR BRADLEY BECKET ACADEMY

Description: Business plan for a prosed alternative middle school.
Presenter: Sabrina Carleton
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Education Award & Unity Partnership Award

ANALYSIS OF EMERGENCY LOCK DOWN PROCEDURES ON CAMPUS

Description: A risk management report on dorm life emergency lock down procedures.
Presenters: Amber Ketler, Jacob Beland
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Education Award

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES

Description: A plan outlining an idea on how to create an edible landscape for Unity College.
Presenter: Andrew Thatcher
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Education Award & Sustainability Award

THE BRICKETT PLACE INTERPRETIVE SIGN

Description: An interpretive sign for the Brickett Place, a historical site managed by the White Mountains National Forest.
Presenter: Joy Kacoroski
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Education Award & Unity Partnership Award

PROPOSAL FOR PROJECT CANOPY GRANT

Description: Proposal for a Project Canopy grant.
Presenter: Ryan O'Neill
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Sustainability Award

DIFFERENCES IN BILL SURFACE AREA OF THE SALTMARSH SPARROW THROUGHOUT ITS GLOBAL RANGE

Description: Concept: Findings on the study of the bill size of the Ammodramus caudacutus (Saltmash Sparrow). This is the presenter’s Senior Thesis.
Presenter: Jennifer Wiacek
Sponsor: Brent Bibles & Erika Latty
Winner of May 2013 Student Conference Research Award

PROPOSAL FOR RISK ASSESSMENT/SAFETY PLAN FOR THE PRIMITIVE SKILLS CLUB

Description: A presentation of safety plans created for primitive skills club based on in-class learning.
Presenters: Adam Farr, Brittany Groat
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Education Award

RECYCLED LIGHTING

Description: Demonstration of findings that propose by recreating the use of water bottle light bulbs in third world countries, there can be a determination of the cost effectiveness of these light bulbs versus traditional bulbs with a solarometer.
Presenters: Frances Roth, Kristen Pinciak
Sponsor: Mick Womersley

BLACK BEAR HABITAT SUITABILITY MODEL

Description: Using GIS software, researchers were able to delineate suitable habitat black bears in Maine’s Wildlife Management District 23.
Presenters: Denise Mak, Michele Wagner, Robert Eckelbecker
Sponsor: Kathleen Dunckel
Winner of May 2013 Student Conference Unity Award

WATER: THE BLOOD OF EARTH

Description: Concept: A series of black and white photographs depicting the beauty and interaction between Earth, life, and water and the dependence we have on this life giving resource. This work is from the presenter’s final project for Black & White Photography class.
Presenter: Bethany Decker
Sponsor: Lisa Martin
Nominated for Creativity Award & Education Award

STATE OF EMERGENCY EXIT PLANS ON CAMPUS

Description: A proposal to create a state of emergency plan for exiting buildings for students and faculty to follow on campus if an emergency situation occurs.
Presenter: Carly Chapman
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Education Award

DAIRY FARM LIFE THROUGH AN ARTIST’S EYE

Description: A group of photos representative of a dairy farm where the presenter apprenticed, depicting the story of being a dairy farmer.
Presenter: Katrina Wert
Sponsor: Benjamin Potter
Nominated for Creativity Award

POLAR BEAR EXHIBIT

Description: A model scale polar bear exhibit.
Presenters: Amanda Robinson, Jennettie Amidon, Theresa Owens
Sponsor: Sarah Cunningham
Winner of May 2013 Student Conference Education Award

THE IMPACTS OF A CHANGING CLIMATE ON FISH PHYSIOLOGY AS IT RELATES TO OXYGEN CONSUMPTION, REPRODUCTION, AND GROWTH

Description: An exploration of studies about the physiology of fish and how climate change is affecting them, particularly in relation to oxygen consumption, reproduction, and growth.
Presenter: Jonah Gula
Sponsor: Emma Creaser

THE POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF SUBTLE POACHING ON WILDLIFE RESOURCES

Description: Presentation of how subtle poaching is a wildlife crime that the violator believes is minor, insignificant, low risk, and is an accepted practice by peers. Subtle poaching may have the potential of having an enormous impact to the natural resources and wildlife management practices.
Presenter: Christine Barnes
Sponsor: Timothy Peabody

FANTASY VS. HISTORY

Description: Two pieces of artwork that deal with life, illustrating the idea that as humans, we all want to live in a world of peace and beauty, but there is a price.
Presenter: Kieu Tran
Sponsor: Benjamin Potter
Nominated for Creativity Award & Education Award

KETTLE PONDS OF CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE

Description: A project that involves relating water quality data (collected from the kettle ponds within the Cape Cod National seashore during the presenter’s internship) to human uses and climatic factors.
Presenter: Amber Ketler
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Research Award

ANT BIODIVERSITY CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH LAND MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

Description: The examination of the effects of logged vs. unlogged plots on ant biodiversity. The effects of different environmental variables were also studied.
Presenters: Elizabeth Orcutt, Taylor Noble, Zachary Mann
Sponsor: Amy Arnett

SCENT-POST SELECTION IN FREE-RANGING NAMIBIAN CHEETAHS

Description: The presenter’s study of the scent-post selection preferences of wild cheetahs in Namibia. This is the presenter’s Senior Thesis research.
Presenter: Eli Walker
Sponsor: Brent Bibles & Stephanie Wade

THE EFFECTS OF TWO HYDRAULIC FRACTURING CHEMICALS ON FATHEAD MINNOWS

Description: A chronic toxicity study using hatchling fathead minnow. Two chemicals were tested at 5 volumes each with 2 controls.
Presenter: Marsha Barnes
Sponsor: Aimee Phillippi & David Potter
Winner of May 2013 Student Conference Academic Excellence Award

FORWARD ON CLIMATE

Description: A short documentary chronicling the Unity College presence at the Forward On Climate Rally in Washington, D.C., along with student/faculty perspectives on why it was important to attend.
Presenters: Christopher Spaulding, Jamie Thody, Lillian Glynos, Michelle Plance, Sarah Linneken, Timothy Hill
Sponsor: John Zavodny
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Nominated for Creativity Award, Sustainability Award & Unity Award

THE STORY OF PROTEIN SYNTHESIS

Description: A fairy tale story of protein synthesis which chronicles Princess DNA and her brave knight, Lord mRNA who ventures to the lands of Ribosome so that he can retrieve the rare Amino Acid Jewels.
Presenter: Cielle Williams
Sponsor: Aimee Phillippi
Nominated for Creativity Award & Education Award

FLARE

Description: A short documentary film on the Searsport, Maine community's fight to prevent the construction of a 22.7 million gallon propane tank.
Presenters: Anna Mueller, Cathrine Vogel, Jesse May, Julia Clapp, Matthew Lannon, Melinda Gray
Sponsor: John Zavodny
Winner of May 2013 Student Conference Sustainability Award

THE “ULTIMATE” VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS – GENOCIDE AND WAR CRIMES

Description: A presentation covering the United Nations and the organization’s responsibility concerning human rights. Syria and its current problem with genocide and war crimes are put into context.
Presenter: John Karyczak
Sponsor: Nancy Ross
Nominated for Education Award & Unity Award

CLIMATE CHANGE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS ON HIBERNATION

Description: The project focuses on how climate change is physiologically affecting bears in hibernation.
Presenters: Michelle Demko, Mckinley Bell
Sponsor: Emma Creaser

SEARS ISLAND GENERAL MANAGEMENT PLAN

Description: Working closely with the Friends of Sears Island, a general management plan was developed.
Presenter: Joy Kacoroski
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Winner of May 2013 Student Conference Unity Partnership Award

DOES CLIMATE CHANGE TRULY AFFECT THE PHYSIOLOGY OF SEA TURTLES WORLDWIDE?

Description: An educational poster describing the effects of climate change on the physiology of sea turtles.
Presenters: Michelle Fregeau, Carrie Johnston
Sponsor: Emma Creaser

SPRING 2013 INTERPRETIVE SHORTS

Description: Selected interpretive video shorts.
Presenters: Alexander Amendola, Alyssa Marini, Amy Armenti, Ashley Messier, Ayla Blyther, Bess Fagerstrom, Casey Hardiman, Catherine Cummings, Daniel Fournier, Darian Nadeau, Elizabeth Whitney, Elmer DeForge, Hailey Glasko, Hannah Morrison, Hannah Rhea, Ian Benton, James Kirk, Jeana Coppa, Joseph Eon, Katy Carchedi, Kayla Fuller, Lucero Torres, Marc Glaude, Matthew Dyer, Matthew Lannon, Matthew Leagan, Mckinley Bell, Michael Robinson, Rebecca DeLeon, Ryan O'Neill, Zachary Babin
Sponsors: Sarah Cunningham & John Zavodny
Winner of May 2013 Student Conference Environmental Professionals Award

WALDO COUNTY TRAILS COALITION-CONNECTING COMMUNITIES THROUGH NATURAL PATHWAYS

Description: A multi media promotional/interpretive display for a local trails coalition.
Presenter: Chelsea Boudah
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Education Award & Unity Partnership Award

SUSTAINABLE BRAZIL

Description: Students in the Global Environmental History course created websites that use history to inform the present and future choices.
Presenters: Ashley Moeller, Carly Chapman, Molly Cronin, Shayne Van Leer
Sponsor: Melora Norman
Nominated for Sustainability Award

A COMPARISION OF FOREST FLOOR CONDITIONS IN CONIFEROUS, DECIDUOUS, AND MIXED FOREST STANDS IN UNITY, MAINE AS THEY RELATE TO AMPHIBIANS

Description: Different forest types and their conditions in the Unity College woodlot (soil moisture, pH, and leaf litter) were compared in order to predict in which habitat amphibians would likely live.
Presenter: Jonah Gula
Sponsor: Barry Woods
Nominated for Research Award

PORIFERA GENETICS: A LINK BETWEEN THE FIRST MULTI-CELLED ORGANISM AND CANCER

Description: How Porifera evolved, and how cancer evolved with it. The presenter will also show how sponges are being used to fight cancer and other diseases.
Presenter: Abigail Sargent
Sponsor: Aimee Phillippi
Nominated for Award for Academic Excellence

BEND, DON’T BREAK: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEDICAL TRAINING AND THE ADAPTABILITY OF EXPEDITION

Description: “Bend, Don’t Break” presents social science research on the relationship between medical training and adaptability during wilderness expeditions. The findings are relevant to outdoor professionals and advance the argument for the importance of medical training and education.
Presenter: Zachary Wigham
Sponsor: Jen Olin
Nominated for Research Award

RISK ASSESSMENT FOR A REGISTERED MAINE GUIDE BUSINESS

Description: The presenter describes the risk of operating a Maine guide business.
Presenter: Dustin Barber
Sponsor: Tom Mullin
Nominated for Education Award

GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS

Description: An educational poster to inform the public about what genetically modified crops are and how they affect us.
Presenter: Tasha Watson
Sponsor: Aimee Phillippi

CAN PLANTING NATIVE SEED MIXTURES ENSURE BOND RELEASE FOR SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION?

Description: A comparison of various grass/seed mixtures in different coal mines in Kentucky to see which will create the most plant coverage in coal mines.
Presenter: Meredith Hitz
Sponsor: Barry Woods
Nominated for Conservation Award

UNITY COLLEGE PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

Description: A video to help promote Unity College and its sustainable lifestyle through the perspective of Unity Students.
Presenters: Arthur Nerzig, Katrina Wert, Kristen Volpi, Stephany Dumond, Steven Beason
Sponsor: John Zavodny
Nominated for Creativity Award, Education Award & Unity Award