• Reflections on/from the Asylum in Chekhov’s "Ward No. 6" and Bulgakov’s "The Master & Margarita"

      Lelonek, Kevin; The College at Brockport (2012-04-19)
      Within both Anton Chekhov’s "Ward No. 6" and Mikhail Bulgakov’s "The Master and Margarita" the institution of the asylum serves as a lens to observe the corrupt character of Russian society at discrete historical moments. While the two works differ in the specific implications resulting from the incarceration of criminally deviant and diseased, but also dissenting intellectual characters in their respective societies, they are united by similarities in the oppressive and coercive representations of authority.
    • The Lived Experience of the Black Death

      Webb, Megan; The College at Brockport (2012-04-19)
      The historiography of the Black Death includes a debate as to the exact epidemiology of the pathogen that struck Europe in 1348. Various historians have chimed in as to what, exactly, may have been the root cause of the pestilence – with theories ranging from bubonic plague to anthrax or influenza. There is also a question as to whether this debate is even relevant to the study of the Black Death – whether a confirmed medical diagnosis can illuminate a new understanding of the pestilence, or if the epidemiological debate only serves to obfuscate the Black Death’s greater historical consequences. This paper argues that the lived experience of the body is an important and insufficiently explored, sector of historical inquiry. The presentation, treatment, and attitudes associated with a specific disease are effected by its biology. Understanding the epidemiology of that disease is therefore integral to understanding a culture’s reactions to its incidence.
    • Hercules: the Spiritual Emphasis in Euripides

      Head, James; The College at Brockport (2012-04-19)
      Hercules: the secular and the spiritual, examines the work of two ancient playwrights, Seneca and Euripides, comparing their individual treatments of a common Hercules tragedy narrative. Although both writers are considered existing within the era of classical literary history, there is a gap of nearly 400 years between when Euripides wrote Hercules for a Greek Dionysia Festival, and the version that Seneca wrote while serving as a statesman in Rome. Likewise, there is a noticeable difference in how each play treats the topics of spirituality and religion. This essay explores the choices that each playwright makes concerning their depiction of gods, mortal men, and the origins of violent madness, positing that Euripides’ work is rooted in deep religious traditions while Seneca modifies his source material to tell a secular tale of caution and cultural morality.
    • Brockport’s Entangled Town – Gown Ties, 1965 - 1990

      Wilbur, Chris; The College at Brockport (2012-04-19)
      The relationship between the College and the Village has long been complicated. Presidents Al Brown (1965-1981) and John Van Wetering (1981-1997) achieved successes and suffered setbacks in town-gown relations. Brown dealt with negative public reactions to the campus rebellion following the Kent State shootings as well as rising tensions over unregulated off-campus student housing that was rapidly expanding due to rising enrollments. Van Wetering faced continual budget cuts and an increase in off-campus incidents as well as difficult relationships with Village officials. They also had accomplishments. Brown established a community relations board, worked well with Mayor Frank Sacheli, and pressed for construction of the first stage of Route 531. Van Wetering promoted the growth of the Village and Town by championing further extension of Route 531. American college towns are unique locales that exhibit several distinct qualities. Brockport shares some of these common characteristics as well as having unique qualities.
    • Perfect: A Photo Story

      Campbell, Alexandra; The College at Brockport (2012-04-19)
      This session highlights a photography project on women’s bodies completed for a fall 2010 WMS 360 Sex and Culture class. Eleven women posed for this project; all of them college-aged. The project captures ways we and others view women’s bodies. Audience members will have the opportunity to consider how society defines beauty as captured in the backdrop of the song “Perfect” by Pink, analyzed through the lens of both the artist and the models.
    • Spanish Language Variations: El Español en Los Estados Unidos

      Mann, Laura; The College at Brockport (2012-04-19)
      The Spanish language varies from region to region throughout the Hispanic world. This paper, which was part of a larger presentation explains some of the most salient characteristics of Spanish in the United States, the fifth largest Spanish population in the world.
    • The Influence of Subtle and Blatant Prejudice on Group Identity

      Krolikowski, Alex; Champlin, Dell P.; The College at Brockport (2012-04-19)
      Recent research on social distancing and intergroup relations focuses on the black sheep effect—the notion that individuals will distance themselves from deviant group members—and out-group discrimination (Johns et al., 2005), but does not examine the relationship between the black sheep effect and negative attitudes. Additionally, research suggests that the degree to which prejudice is detected varies with the type of prejudice expressed—blatant or subtle (Meertens & Pettigrew, 1997). The current research tested whether the type of sexual prejudice expressed by members of one’s in-group, influences the amount that individuals identify with their in-group and the individual expressing prejudice. Participants were exposed to either blatant or subtle prejudice and completed several questionnaires assessing identification with their in-group and the individual expressing prejudice. Results revealed that exposure to blatant prejudice was related to greater social distancing from the individual expressing prejudice and one’s in-group than exposure to subtle prejudice.
    • The Birth of Brockport Football: The Robert Ellsworth Boozer Years

      Yockel, Joseph; The College at Brockport (2012-04-19)
      Following WWII, the G.I. Bill funded education for millions of veterans resulting in surging enrollments in American colleges, including Brockport State Teachers College. Its rapidly growing physical education program particularly attracted veterans who wanted to participate in intercollegiate athletics. One popular sport not played at Brockport at the time was football. The Brockport students demanded a football team, and participated in various fundraisers to start and support a team. In 1947, Brockport’s first 20th century football team took the field under Coach Robert Ellsworth Boozer. The team struggled in the early years, due to restrictions on recruiting, limited resources, and a small coaching staff. The team secured its first winning season in 1957 by beating Alfred University in a blizzard 2-0. Boozer coached until 1959. The legacies of Coach Boozer’s football teams enrich autumn campus life. Fittingly the football field and college mascot are named for him.
    • A Study of Investigating Child Abuse

      Cairnduff, Bryan; Stier, William F.; The College at Brockport (2012-04-19)
      Child abuse can take many forms. Such forms can include physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, neglect, and maltreatment. The child will almost always be questioned about the abuse. The way in which the police officers and the criminal justice system go about their investigation can affect the child. There are certain ways in which to question a child about violence in the home. A cold hard fact of child abuse is that in 1999, child protective services agencies received reports on about 1.97 million allegedly maltreated children. (Gosselin, 2005) For this reason alone, one would want to research more on how to stop, prevent, and catch child abuse before it becomes even worse. This study involves interviews with Child Protection Agency members and their thoughts on how to improve the investigations of child abuse.
    • Seeing the Self in the Mirror: Shifting Identity in Bouraoui’s "Tomboy"

      Barthel, Danielle; The College at Brockport (2012-04-19)
      Mirrors and photographs in Nina Bouraoui’s novel "Tomboy" become two of the primary objects through which this transnational author accentuates the fact that her similarly bi-cultural protagonist Nina continually feels like a foreigner in both her French and Algerian cultures. When she sees herself reflected against and in the gaze of another person, in an actual mirror, or in a photograph, Nina becomes fixated on the judgments from others and also from herself. Being different allows people from both of her societies to judge her without knowing her. In her unhappiness, she focuses on how her differences cause her to be negatively perceived through these flattening reflective surfaces. This paper explores her negotiation with those reflections and movement into and beyond the bounds of the frame.
    • Healthy Eating Habits of School Aged Children in Rural-Areas

      Wormley, Amanda M.; The College at Brockport State University of New York (2013-01-01)
      Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States. Despite the programs that have been implemented and the information that has been disseminated to prevent and stop this epidemic, childhood obesity is still very prevalent among society. The aim of this study is to determine why obesity is still such an epidemic, specifically in rural areas of the United States. This study also provides further understanding of interventions to impact healthy eating habits in children. During the intervention implemented, children received a short lesson on healthy eating habits and the “Healthy Food Plate Model.” After, they took a pre test and a post test to see how much their knowledge improved from the lesson. Both tests included ten multiple-choice questions, arranged in differing orders. Test means increased from pre-test to post-test (51.76 to 60.48). A paired samples t-test showed the results to be statistically significant (p < 0.002). The findings of this study supports providing elementary school aged children with nutritional education may impact their ability to make wiser, and healthier choices regarding food intake. The findings also show that further research is needed in this topic area, and children would greatly benefit from continuous, routine nutritional lessons during elementary school.
    • The (Cinematic) Dark Knight

      Fitzgerald, Brian; The College at Brockport (2013-01-01)
      This paper, presented at the 2013 Scholars Day is a look into the development of Bruce Wayne, Batman and the characters around them.
    • Dancing With Hitler: Examining the Movements of the Nazi Movement and Geopolitics of Dance

      Bohman, Allison; The College at Brockport (2013-01-01)
      Dancing With Hitler: Examining the Movements of the Nazi Movement and Geopolitics of Dance The physical location of the body combined with the political climate of a given culture plays critical role in shaping what kind of movement aesthetic is accepted by society. In examining the geopolitics of dance with a focus on Nazi Germany between the years 1930-1945, this presentation discusses what was happening to dance in Europe under Hitler’s control. From being utilized as a weapon of manipulation and propaganda, to dictating what art could be created, to forcing dancers to flee the artistic oppression and collaborate with Western dancers, there is no denying the sway geography and politics had in influencing modern dance. Dance has the power to control; and Hitler’s Nazi party was cunning in utilizing the strength of physical movements to literally mobilize an entire nation into falling under their oppression. Whether it was militaristic marching, or the infamous Nazi out-stretched arm, the movements implemented by this regime combined with inevitable geopolitical factors ultimately impacted dance as we know it today.
    • Understanding Oil Subsidy in Nigeria

      Zaccheus, Oladoyin; The College at Brockport (2013-04-08)
      For several years, Nigeria enjoyed subsidy on gasoline. However, this came to an end on January 1st, 2012, after an announcement from President Goodluck Jonathan, that subsequently, the subsidy was to be removed. While some sort of resolution/middle ground has been reached in response to the reaction that this news generated, the concept and theory behind the oil subsidy removal is worth understanding. This research paper explains the history of the oil subsidy in Nigeria, the rationale behind its removal and subsequently, gives a few recommendations for future reference.
    • John Donne: The Sacramentality of Sex

      Fuller, Kyle; The College at Brockport (2013-04-08)
      The presentation examines Donne's use of erotic imagery and sexual language as a means to convey a deeper spiritual meaning and religious experience in his poetry. Specifically, the paper focuses on the relationship between the body and soul and how reciprocated, mutual, 'true love', is attained through the combination of the two. In much of his work, Donne depicts love through a sacramental lens, making it more than an emotion, but a means to forming a connection with the divine. This duality between the physical and the spiritual is particularly evident in his secular works, The Flea, The Extasie, and Aire and Angels, as well as in his Divine Poems, particularly Holy Sonnet XIII. These works express Donne's belief in the earthly body as a necessary component for love, and its capabilities of drawing one closer to God. Thus, he suggests that carnal lust and a love of the Lord are not two completely contradictory notions.
    • Characterization of TbLpn in Trypanosoma brucei

      Frainier, Alyssa S.; Ouyang, Caiheng; The College at Brockport (2013-04-08)
      Trypanosoma brucei, is a flagellated, unicellular, parasitic protozoan transmitted by the tsetse fly. It is the source of African sleeping sickness in humans. African sleeping sickness has two different stages, the bloodstream and central nervous system stages, each characterized by different symptoms. Problems with treatment result from severe side effects of the drugs used to treat African sleeping sickness. No vaccine is available due to high antigenic variation. T. brucei exists as two forms. The procyclic fly form relies on oxidative phosphorylation, expresses procyclin as its surface protein, and is morphologically long and slender. In contrast, the mammalian bloodstream form expresses the surface protein VSG, and is characterized as short and stumpy. In T. brucei, gene regulation is controlled primarily at the post-transcriptional level, thus RNA binding proteins play a role in gene regulation. Some RNA binding proteins serve as substrates for enzymes known as protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs). These enzymes specifically methylate arginine residues on proteins. A yeast two hybrid approach was used to identify proteins interacting with TbPRMT1 in T. brucei. Among the proteins shown to interact with TbPRMT1, one is a homolog of yeast and mammalian lipin proteins. This protein, which is termed Tblpn, has 2 conserved domains characteristic of lipin proteins. In addition, 2 aspartic acid residues were conserved in T. brucei. Lipin is involved in adipocyte development in mice. A mutation of lipin causes decreased adipocyte development associated with fatty liver dystrophy. Overexpression of the protein results in obesity in mice. Lipin also plays an important role in fatty acid synthesis and signaling in yeast, but possibly relates to the development of important phospholipids in T. brucei, specifically phosphatidylethanolamine and phosphatidylcholine. The objectives of my project were to determine where TbLpn is localized in the cell, to determine whether TbLpn interacts with TbPRMT1 in vivo, and finally to determine if TbLpn is methylated in vivo.
    • Cotton Mather's Involvement in the Salem Crisis

      Smith, Rebecca T.; SUNY Brockport (2013-04-08)
      Cotton Mather’s Involvement in the Salem Crisis is about the role Mather played during the witchcraft trials. Mather came from a long line of Puritan ministers. His father was a very influential minister in New England during the Salem Crisis, as were several of his uncles. Mather took part in the crisis by observing people thought to be bewitched, publishing accounts of those observations and also by publishing other books about the trial. There are also letters written by Mather to judges and other administrators, which strongly urge caution. There is a debate between Mather’s critics and supporters about his actual involvement and level of influence during the trials. Mather’s critics accuse him of spurring on the trials through some of the books he published, saying they pushed inhabitants of Salem to seek out witchcraft. On the other hand, Mather’s defenders examine his books and actions with Puritan ideals in mind, remembering that it went against Puritan beliefs to disobey authority. Defenders also focus on Mather’s many calls for caution, especially in regards to the acceptance of spectral evidence in the Salem trials. Through his observations and publication, if viewed through a Puritan lens, it can be argued that Mather was simply obeying authority and not seeking to destroy witches in Salem.
    • Racing Through My Mind: An ALS Journey

      Griffiths, Gwyn; The College at Brockport (2013-04-08)
      The researcher will share the process and results of an independent study - she created a ten minute documentary piece on ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Over the course of the semester, she was responsible for all aspects of film production including scriptwriting, interviewing, filming, and editing. She chose this topic in honor of late family friend Douglas Adamson in hopes of raising awareness about the disease.
    • Archaeological Field School in Petra, Jordan

      D’Erasmo, Stefanie; Doerner, Paige; Drake, Katherine; Hedges, Geoffrey; Padalino, Madelyn; Smith, Kaleigh; The College at Brockport (2013-04-08)
      During the summer of 2011 nine students from Brockport traveled to Jordan and participated in an archaeological excavation at The Petra Garden and Pool Project, located in the heart of Petra. The excavations focused on a large pool with a central pavilion flanking a monumental colonnaded garden. During the field school we learned excavation techniques and had evening lectures by the excavation staff and local specialists on a variety of topics related to the site and the region. In addition to recovering the architecture, stratigraphy, and artifacts of a Hellenistic Nabataean/Roman site, we also lived in the local Bedouin Village and learned a great deal about their culture and way of life. This poster will present an overview of our excavation experiences as well as our observations and local interactions with the Bedouin people.