• A New World of Synthetic Materials

      4/22/2019
      A history of synthetic materials from 1869-1939.
    • A Study of Investigating Child Abuse

      Cairnduff, Bryan; Stier, William F.; The College at Brockport (4/19/2012)
      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.
    • Age Estimation of a Skeleton: Using the Methodologies of Pubic Symphysis Categorization, Cranial Suture Closure and Dental Wear

      Wasson, Emma W.; State University of New York College at Brockport (4/10/2019)
      When you pass away, and eventually there is nothing left of you except for your bones, what will forensic anthropologists be able to tell the world about how you lived, and who you were when you were alive? Was your story long, or was it cut short by outside forces? Forensic anthropologists can give skeletons a human identity. This tactic may also be used to aid in the process of helping law enforcement to identifying missing persons. Age estimation is one contributing factor to a biological profile. Age estimation is a range of the youngest to oldest possible age of a person based on skeletal observations. These observations are made using multiple methods that categorize the condition of bone features into groups based on possible ages that closely match the condition of the skeleton. These methodologies include, but are not limited to, evaluation of the pubic symphysis, cranial sutures and dental wear. However, each method of age estimation is subject to inaccuracy. Due to this, multiple methods must be used in order to narrow down a possible age group. These issues, along with possible solutions, will be discussed.
    • An Anthropological Perspective on Issues in Myanmar and Sri Lanka: Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide of Rohingya

      Moore, Julie A.; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (4/10/2019)
      Myanmar and Sri Lanka are both countries with strong histories of Buddhism engrained in their political systems. Conflicts between Buddhist nationalist groups and Rohingya have led to ethnic cleansing and genocide. Buddhist nationalist groups view Islam as a threat to their nation. This is rooted in a cosmological belief that Buddhism will be wiped out in the “dark ages.” In both countries there are risk factors preceding genocide, preventative action that could have been taken, and appropriate ways to approach a post-genocidal country. Risk factors including social exclusion, economic expropriation, and state sponsored violence cause social fragmentation and democratic backsliding. The UN conducted a fact-finding mission in September of 2018 that determined the conflict in Myanmar met the criteria of genocide. This paper explores risk factors in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, then follows up with possible preventative action and appropriate responses in the wake of genocide.
    • Archaeological Field School in Petra, Jordan

      D’Erasmo, Stefanie; Doerner, Paige; Drake, Katherine; Hedges, Geoffrey; Padalino, Madelyn; Smith, Kaleigh; The College at Brockport (4/8/2013)
      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.
    • Biology of Plastic

      4/22/2019
      How water contaminates the waters and affects marine life biology.
    • Body Image in Collegiate Male Athletes: Education and Awareness on an Underexplored Topic

      Pell, Eleanor C.; The College at Brockport (1/1/2014)
      Body image involves perceptions and attitudes toward one’s own physical appearance (Phillips & deMan, 2010). Although female athletes have been given the most empirical attention, body image is also critical to the male athlete experience. The ideal male body is associated with leanness and muscularity (e.g., Baghurst 2009). Beyond attempting to meet societal expectations, male athletes may also experience pressures to maintain an ideal physique for their sport. For example, wrestlers may need to cut weight (Marttinen et al., 2003) while football players may need to increase size (Chatterton & Petrie, 2013). Although body image may be positive in many instances, some male athletes may experience body dissatisfaction or develop a psychiatric condition called muscle dysmorphia (e.g., Morgan, 2000). The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the importance of body image among male athletes, the potential pressures to alter one’s body in male athletics, and strategies for prevention.
    • Brockport’s Entangled Town – Gown Ties, 1965 - 1990

      Wilbur, Chris; The College at Brockport (4/19/2012)
      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.
    • Characterization of TbLpn in Trypanosoma brucei

      Frainier, Alyssa S.; Ouyang, Caiheng; The College at Brockport (4/8/2013)
      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.
    • Chemical Interactions

      4/22/2019
      How the different chemical structure of plastics each affect differently.
    • Cotton Mather's Involvement in the Salem Crisis

      Smith, Rebecca T.; SUNY Brockport (4/8/2013)
      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.
    • Dancing With Hitler: Examining the Movements of the Nazi Movement and Geopolitics of Dance

      Bohman, Allison; The College at Brockport (1/1/2013)
      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.
    • Determining True Unicorn Startups

      Callery, Joseph; SUNY Brockport (11/1/2020)
    • Forbidden Zone: Borden on the Borders of War and Gender

      Harbison, Westin; SUNY, College at Brockport (4/10/2019)
      Mary Borden's "The Forbidden Zone" is a starkly modernist approach to writing about The Great War and approaches it from a unique perspective - that of a female nurse on the edges of the front lines. Borden blends memoir, poetry and realism to inform her reader of the blurred realities of a war where borders between nations or people are often uncertain. Borden's unique approach allows her to portray the otherwise incommunicable suffering of war and translate it into a photograph of her experience.
    • Forever Plastics: Saving the Great Lakes (and ourselves) from America’s love affair with plastics

      Christensen, Mitchell; Hecker, Jennifer; Spiller, James; Bleier, Tammy; The College at Brockport (4/22/2019)
      The Complete Forever Plastics Earth Day Project. The Forever Plastics invited exhibit was multi-disciplinary, collaborative project sponsored by The School of Arts and Science. Contributors include students enrolled in Spring 2019 classes in Art, Environmental Science and Ecology, and History. The physical display was exhibited at Drake Memorial Library, April-June, 2019.
    • Great Lakes Monster

      4/22/2019
      The lake leviathan sculpture created from plastic pollution
    • Hands-On or Hands-Off: Effective Elements of Elementary Social Studies Hands-on Lessons

      Jackson, Justin; Bailey, G. A.; The College at Brockport (4/8/2013)
      In today's American school system a hole has begun to form in elementary schools as social studies education has been on the decline, or in some cases, cut out entirely in order to allow more time for mathematics and literacy instruction. Modern educators have begun to acknowledge this gap and want to develop new ways of instructing social studies. Hands-on learning may be one solution for this issue. The purpose of this study was to describe what happened in regard to students' understanding of and engagement in social studies content when presented in a hands-on teaching style. One fifth grade inclusive classroom, one fourth grade inclusive classroom, and one self-contained fourth grade classroom were taught using hands-on social studies lessons in a rural school district in Western New York. Five themes of effective hands-on lessons emerged throughout the study that may aid elementary teachers in their creation of these types of lessons: Collaboration, Open-Ended, Meaning, Experience, and Timing (C.O.M.E.T.).
    • Healthy Eating Habits of School Aged Children in Rural-Areas

      Wormley, Amanda M.; The College at Brockport State University of New York (1/1/2013)
      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.
    • Hercules: the Spiritual Emphasis in Euripides

      Head, James; The College at Brockport (4/19/2012)
      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.