Student-Faculty Research Projects, Spring 2013 Awards

"Campus Climate Assessment"
Marianne Goodfellow, associate professor of sociology
Up to three project teams in SOC 311 will be assigned to pre-test/assess the campus for readiness to implement the Green Dot sexual violence prevention program at LVC. In the spring of 2012, the bystander-intervention training was held at the LVC campus. The training was sponsored by SARCC (Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center) and was well attended by campus constituents and the community. As bystander education is a new approach to prevention, and requires cultural change in campus norms, a campus pre-test and post-test is needed.

The teams will complete the pre-test assessment under the 15-week course time frame. Thereafter, select participants from the research teams will continue work on the assessment during the fall of 2013 earning independent study credit. They will be able to collaborate with SARCC staff, campus leaders, and Dr. Goodfellow to complete the assessment tasks—including completion of all interviews, thorough analysis of qualitative data, preparation of an assessment report, and eventual presentation of the material at the Eastern Sociological Society in the spring of 2014.

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"Paraguay Music - National Conservatory and Catholic University"
Rebecca Lister, associate professor of music
Cassondra Diaz '13, music and music education major

The main goals of this project are to provide the student with a hands-on lab experience in the area of vocal pedagogy through mentoring, observation, and journaling; and to encourage collaboration with the faculty and students at the National Conservatory and Catholic University in Asunción, Paraguay, through teaching and performance. Dr. Lister established several connections while teaching and traveling in Paraguay last November and recognized the need for continued support of Paraguayan musicians. Together, Dr. Lister and Diaz will teach lessons and masterclasses to these worthy students. Additionally, Dr. Lister hopes to begin research on art songs and zarzuelas by Paraguayan composers.

"When Letters Speak: Epistolary Discourse of Irish Immigrant Letters"
Gabriela McEvoy, assistant professor of Spanish
Two students will work with Gabriela McEvoy on the research project “When letters speak: Epistolary Discourse of Irish Immigrant Letters.” The research involves the transcription of 50 letters of Irish immigrant letters (from 1851 to 1878) sent from the United States to Peru and vice versa. These hand-written letters were obtained at the Indiana Historical Society. By categorizing and analyzing the letters’ main topics, students will write a research paper with Dr. McEvoy. This paper will be submitted to the Studies for Irish Latin American Studies journal for publication.

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"The Creation and Marketing of a Compilation of Dr. Scott Eggert's Compositions"
Jeff Snyder, professor of music
Mat Samuel, assistant professor of digital communications

Students of IDS-199
This proposal is related to the grant awarded in 2011-12 for researching the feasibility of creating a college record label. From the research, the students concluded that the creation of a record label at LVC was feasible and a model was created based on best practices and interviews of industry professionals and other college-labels. This resulted in the new student-led interdisciplinary class, IDS 199-Revolution Records Label, that is purposed with creating a recording, marketing plan, methods of distribution, financial projections, and other aspects of running a record label. The creative project proposed is a marketable compilation of Dr. Scott Eggert’s work. There are many raw recordings of his work archived going back 10 years or more. As Dr. Eggert is retiring, the completion of the project will not only be of high-impact benefit to the students of IDS-199, it will be an asset to LVC providing a lasting resource of Dr. Eggert’s work and legacy. 

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"Theorizing the Paradox of Changing/Eternal Religious Truths"
Matt Sayers, assistant professor of religion
Alyssa Nissley, religion and English major

Nissley and Dr. Sayers will explore the seeming paradox created by examining religious claims to eternal truth while understanding religious traditions as human endeavors situated within cultural frames that are subject to transformation throughout history. As expressions of human institutions religions undergo change across both time and space, which religious traditions acknowledge in several ways, while simultaneously asserting a continuity of orthodox and orthoprax conceptions of religiosity that bely this development. In response to this paradox, Sayers and Nissley seek to construct a theoretical framework that will allow scholars to understand the mechanisms whereby religions maintain continuity in spite of historical transformation, retain claims to eternal truth in the face of the call to relevancy, and assert the eternal relevance of archaic ideas and practices in the face of sweeping cultural changes wrought across both time and space.

“Getting Your Hands Dirty in the Archives: Working in Major Repositories and Building a Website on the Sandino Rebellion in Nicaragua (1920s-1930s)”
Michael Schroeder, assistant professor of history
15-20 students

The overarching goal of this pioneering project is to build a comprehensive, open-access digital historical archive on a key episode of twentieth-century U.S.-Latin American relations. The principal focus of this round of Arnold Grant funding (around 80 percent) will consist of nine research trips to the U.S. National Archives (in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Md.), the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), and the Marine Corps Research Center (Quantico, Va.). On each research trip, 3-4 student-researchers will “get their hands dirty in the archives” by sifting through hundreds of primary documents – including military reports, letters, diaries, maps, and photographs – and digitizing those deemed most relevant to the larger project. The remaining 20 percent of the funds will be devoted to transcribing and translating primary documents; enhancing digital files to make them suitable for Web publication; collating data of various kinds; creating static and interactive digital maps and timelines; and related tasks.

"Sequences of Quotients and Remainders in the Euclidian Algorithm"
Barry Smith, assistant professor of math
Christina Doran '15, actuarial science major
Shen Lu '15, actuarial science and mathematics major

The Euclidean algorithm is used for computing the largest common factor of an input pair of whole numbers. It proceeds as a sequence of divisions, each producing a quotient and remainder. The researchers will analyze the sequences of quotients and remainders produced by specially chosen input whole numbers. They hope to discover symmetry in the sequence of quotients. It is also hoped that the sequence of remainders will produce novel algorithms for computing multiplicative inverses in modular arithmetic and representing prime numbers by quadratic forms.

"Ongoing Linguistic Analysis of Transnational Students in Puebla, Mexico"
Kathleen Tacelosky, associate professor of Spanish
This project will continue the work Dr. Tacelosky started two years ago and that continued last year with two LVC students. The goal is to undertake a longitudinal study of transnational students (TS) as they continue to navigate the linguistic (and other) transitions required of them. Ongoing observation, interaction, interviews and support of TS will reveal not only the strategies they use for adaptation and survival, but means by which those interested in binational education can support them. This latter part, to support the transnational students in their academic endeavors, will be the challenge this year. The researchers will seek advice and guidance from students and colleagues in the Education Department to improve and build on the project. After this year, Dr. Tacelosky hopes to have gathered enough data to apply for an external grant from the Kellogg or similar foundation.