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Tuesday, May 14
 

8:30am AKDT

Aloha kaumaha i ka home - Homesick
An artist's homesickness, depicting the beautiful colors of her home, O'ahu, Hawaii, through watercolor. This collection calls out to the warmth and happiness that home brings to the heart.


Tuesday May 14, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union
  Exhibition

8:30am AKDT

Shark Fin Soup
A series of paintings using Acrylic on canvas.

Artists

Tuesday May 14, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union

8:30am AKDT

Silver Key Creations
The artist creates fine art revealing the beauty of the natural world. She wishes to share her loving passion for the Earth's incredible animals. Her paintings tell their stories and share their world. She wishes to bring awareness of the fragile state of the environment and hopes to touch others at a sentimental level.

Artists

Tuesday May 14, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union
  Exhibition

8:30am AKDT

Sisyphus and Loss
Mental illness is considered an invisible illness, so what would it look like if what we experienced was visible on our bodies? This exhibit demonstrates the feelings of losing a loved one, how one feels as if their heart has been torn from their chest and the struggle to put oneself back together. Sisyphus is the embodiment of the "I'm fine" mentality that comes from hiding one's mental illness due to stigma.

Artists

Tuesday May 14, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union

8:30am AKDT

The Somewhat Dangerous Adventures of a Questionable Crew
A display of art pieces based on the adventures and quests of a Dungeons & Dragons game using an ink pen as the medium.

Artists

Tuesday May 14, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union
  Exhibition

9:00am AKDT

Library of Congress and Theory
A presentation on the history of the Library of Congress and relative organizational theories. 

Speakers

Tuesday May 14, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am AKDT
LIB 352 Hannon Library

9:00am AKDT

Western White Pine and Whitebark Pine Resistance to WPBR
A molecular biology lab research capstone focused on investigating the genetic resistance of Western White Pine (Pinus monticola) and Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis) to the pathogen White pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola). DNA from these two species were extracted, purified, amplified, cloned, and analyzed for genetic indicators of resistance. Conclusions will supplement the current understanding regarding the prevalent and devastating effects of the blister rust pathogen.


Tuesday May 14, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am AKDT
LIB 329 Hannon Library

9:30am AKDT

Conversation Café
Need a break to take in all the cool things you’ve seen at SOAR? Or perhaps apick-me-up before your presentation? All conference participants and attendees are welcome to this complimentary coffee and tea break. Sustainably supported by the Dish Loan Program by ECOS.

Sponsors
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SOAR

Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University invites you to become a part of something bigger. Join the 12th Annual Southern Oregon Arts and Research conference.SOAR is an opportunity to connect with your campus and community by sharing your passions and accomplishments. In this week-long event, all... Read More →


Tuesday May 14, 2019 9:30am - 3:30pm AKDT
SU Foyer Stevenson Union

9:30am AKDT

Mathematics Capstones
All students who have completed Mathematics capstone projects will be giving presentations on their work.


Tuesday May 14, 2019 9:30am - 4:00pm AKDT
Meese Room Hannon Library

12:00pm AKDT

Superman and Storytelling
A group of students perform a cold reading (never before seen by the cast) of a 1940s Superman radio play to demonstrate the often undervalued powers of audio storytelling.


Tuesday May 14, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm AKDT
LIB Rotunda Hannon Library

12:00pm AKDT

ICC Pizza Party
Join your Interclub Council for free pizza, and cool down with some soda sponsored by SOAR!


Tuesday May 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

12:30pm AKDT

Rappel Off the Roof!
Find your inner adrenaline junkie and step off into space! Join the SOU Outdoor Program Coordinator Willie Long and his team for the opportunity to rappel off the Stevenson Union! Interested students should meet in the Stevenson Union court yard. Please wear closed toed shoes that are secured to your feet. 

Speakers
WL

Willie Long

Coordinator, Outdoor Programs


Tuesday May 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm AKDT
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

12:30pm AKDT

Language Roundtable
This roundtable organized by language students will discuss the importance of learning languages in our global society.


Tuesday May 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm AKDT
SU 323 Stevenson Union
  Symposium

1:00pm AKDT

Silver Key Creations
The artist creates fine art revealing the beauty of the natural world. She wishes to share her loving passion for the Earth's incredible animals. Her paintings tell their stories and share their world. She wishes to bring awareness of the fragile state of the environment and hopes to touch others at a sentimental level.

Artists

Tuesday May 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:20pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union
  Presentation

1:00pm AKDT

Improvisation for Reducing Fear in Public Speaking
Fear of public speaking is a common phobia, affecting 1 in 5 adults. Public speaking is part of the basic requirements of higher education, employment, and everyday life. This study examines the use of applied improvisation as a tool to reduce fear and anxiety surrounding public speaking.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Co-Owner President, Southern Oregon Geocaching - SOGeo
My husband is an SOU alumn. He used his business capstone to create the foundations for what would later become our labor of love - Southern Oregon Geocaching. For the last year, we have worked tirelessly to grow our love of geocaching and community building in Southern Oregon. We... Read More →


Tuesday May 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
SU 319 Stevenson Union

1:00pm AKDT

Nostalgia Marketing and its Influence on Shopping Behavior
A presentation on nostalgia marketing and how it influences shopping behaviors of consumers. The presenter will discuss the ways it influences emotional and personal components that apply to people, as well as the history of a few select brands that have successfully used nostalgia marketing for their benefit. This delves into why people make the decisions they do when faced with this marketing strategy.


Tuesday May 14, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union

1:30pm AKDT

0 of Nothing
This is my close-up card magic show I'm presenting to the Oregon Fringe Festival, and thought it would be fun to perform it here at SOAR. As a bonus, I will be including my blindfold act that was so popular at last year's SOAR.


Tuesday May 14, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm AKDT
Elmo's Stevenson Union

3:30pm AKDT

Sub-Saharan Africa Connections
SOU faculty share descriptions of their work and research in sub-Saharan Africa. Margaret Perrow (English) reports on her 20-year longitudinal research on youth-development in post-apartheid South Africa. Megan Farnsworth reports on collaboration between SOU and Chombo Village Malawi, by providing education to women (reading, health, and economic development). Amber Reed reports on the role of "Life Orientation" class in South African public schools as a tool for democracy building.

Speakers
MP

Margaret Perrow

Director of the Oregon Writing Project at SOU, Southern Oregon University
Dr. Margaret Perrow teaches English and education at Southern Oregon University, and is director of the Oregon Writing Project at SOU. The Oregon Writing Project is dedicated to supporting teachers across grade levels and subject areas, to help students their students grow as wri... Read More →


Tuesday May 14, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 319 Stevenson Union

3:30pm AKDT

Comics On Campus
Long a marginalized art form, comics have emerged in recent years as a dynamic and important category within popular culture. In Winter 2019, Communication professor Erik Palmer and the students of HON315 - Comics, Culture & Politics set out to rigorously explore the real value of comics, and the diverse scholarly approaches by which we can study comics. See what the students of HON315 learned in an action-packed series of 5-minute Ignite presentations.


Tuesday May 14, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm AKDT
LIB 352 Hannon Library

3:30pm AKDT

Medical Symposium II
Oral presentations by USEM students on several issues in contemporary medicine.

Moderators
CS

Craig Stillwell

Senior Instructor, Division for Undergraduate Studies

Speakers

Tuesday May 14, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union
  Symposium

4:00pm AKDT

Unconventional Creation
SOU Creative Writing BFA reflects on her relationship with fine art growing up, the role her family played in her current writing and storytelling identity, her process of finding SOU, and the greatest storytelling revelations she's had since attending SOU. Bolling shares and discusses her favorite stories, books, plays, films, and more.

Speakers

Tuesday May 14, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm AKDT
LIB 329 Hannon Library

4:00pm AKDT

(Indie) gentes: (A)islados Arte brut y outsider de Cuba (Isolated Outsider and Brut Art of Cuba)
A documentary film about a gallery artist in Cuba who opened his studio to people who live on the streets and suffer from mental illnesses. These outsider artists make incredible art using the sparse and rudimentary materials available to them. In intimate interviews with five of the artists, the film focuses on the obstacles that they have endured and overcome in order to present their work for their very first exhibit in Cuba.  Produced and translated by Spanish professor Anne Connor.

Artists

Tuesday May 14, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm AKDT
SU 323 Stevenson Union
 
Wednesday, May 15
 

8:30am AKDT

8:30am AKDT

Aloha kaumaha i ka home - Homesick
An artist's homesickness, depicting the beautiful colors of her home, O'ahu, Hawaii, through watercolor. This collection calls out to the warmth and happiness that home brings to the heart.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union
  Exhibition

8:30am AKDT

Shark Fin Soup
A series of paintings using Acrylic on canvas.

Artists

Wednesday May 15, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union

8:30am AKDT

Silver Key Creations
The artist creates fine art revealing the beauty of the natural world. She wishes to share her loving passion for the Earth's incredible animals. Her paintings tell their stories and share their world. She wishes to bring awareness of the fragile state of the environment and hopes to touch others at a sentimental level.

Artists

Wednesday May 15, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union
  Exhibition

8:30am AKDT

Sisyphus and Loss
Mental illness is considered an invisible illness, so what would it look like if what we experienced was visible on our bodies? This exhibit demonstrates the feelings of losing a loved one, how one feels as if their heart has been torn from their chest and the struggle to put oneself back together. Sisyphus is the embodiment of the "I'm fine" mentality that comes from hiding one's mental illness due to stigma.

Artists

Wednesday May 15, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union

8:30am AKDT

The Somewhat Dangerous Adventures of a Questionable Crew
A display of art pieces based on the adventures and quests of a Dungeons & Dragons game using an ink pen as the medium.

Artists

Wednesday May 15, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union
  Exhibition

9:30am AKDT

Conversation Café
Need a break to take in all the cool things you’ve seen at SOAR? Or perhaps apick-me-up before your presentation? All conference participants and attendees are welcome to this complimentary coffee and tea break. Sustainably supported by the Dish Loan Program by ECOS.

Sponsors
avatar for SOAR

SOAR

Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University invites you to become a part of something bigger. Join the 12th Annual Southern Oregon Arts and Research conference.SOAR is an opportunity to connect with your campus and community by sharing your passions and accomplishments. In this week-long event, all... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2019 9:30am - 3:30pm AKDT
SU Foyer Stevenson Union

10:00am AKDT

Poster Preview Session
Come by this open house preview of presentation posters covering a wide variety of disciplines and topics. See program insert for a list of presenter names and poster titles.

Wednesday May 15, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

10:30am AKDT

The Alp Horn: Sounds from the Swiss Alps
The unique sounds of the Alp horn will include a presentation on the origins of the Instrument and Music selections written for the Alp horn.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am AKDT
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

10:30am AKDT

Military History
Between the War of 1813 and the Civil War, the U.S. Army was by design very small and promotion was based only on the retirement of senior officers. This is partly why Brevet ranks earned in the Mexican War were so valuable, as they came with pay raises. This presentation covers the 1st and 2nd U.S. Dragoon Regiments, which were designed to be mobile infantry covering the vast American West.

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am AKDT
LIB 352 Hannon Library

10:30am AKDT

Spanish Capstone Presentation
Temas de la biopolítica en "El alienista" de Machado de Assis Presentation in Spanish Los temas de la ciencia y la locura en “El alienista” nos remiten a la teoría de la biopolítica de Foucault, la cual ilumina cómo Machado de Assis cuestiona el poder absoluto de la ciencia a través del método de clasificar a la gente según su “enfermedad mental”, la institución psiquiátrica en sí y la figura autoritaria del doctor.

Moderators
Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am AKDT
LIB 329 Hannon Library
  Symposium

10:30am AKDT

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Capstone
Students from the capstone course for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program will share their experiences organizing the BODYlogues. The capstone course, Feminist and Queer Theory in Action, is a platform for students to engage with and apply a feminist and queer theoretical lens to promoting social change.

Moderators
CJ

Carey Jean Sojka

Assistant Professor, Southern Oregon University
Carey Jean Sojka (she or they) is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Southern Oregon University.

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm AKDT
SU 319 Stevenson Union

10:30am AKDT

Honors Foundations Research Symposium
From film scores to venom in cancer research, from toxic masculinity to dream interpretation, the Honors College first-year scholars will present their research findings from a variety of disciplines including art, psychology, political science, sociology, and digital media.

Moderators
MM

Melissa Matthewson

Author, Adjunct Faculty, Southern Oregon University
Melissa Matthewson is an essayist, teacher, and farmer residing in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA), University of Montana (MS), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). Her essays have appeared in Guernica... Read More →

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 10:30am - 1:30pm AKDT
SU 323 Stevenson Union
  Symposium

11:00am AKDT

11:00am AKDT

Dulcet
Dulcet A Cappella was started at SOU in 2005. Since then, Dulcet has grown to include around 12 members from various majors and continues to be the only pop a cappella group on campus. In the last few years, Dulcet has competed at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, opened for renowned all-male British a cappella group Semi-Toned, and performed an in-house arrangement with SOU's Concert Choir. Dulcet has also produced and been involved in benefit performances for local organizations such as the Jackson County Fuel Committee as well as national causes like Puerto Rico hurricane relief, and the Women's March. Dulcet continues to make appearances around Ashland and Oregon's Rogue Valley.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm AKDT
LIB Rotunda Hannon Library

11:30am AKDT

Exploring Antioxidants through Fruit Flies
This capstone experience explores the effect of curcumin (the active constituent in the spice Turmeric) on the oxidative stress response of adult wild-type Drosophila melanogaster as measured by survival on an H2O2 challenge. Oxidative stress is the cause of a vast amount of age-related human diseases, and the capstone addresses why Drosophila makes a great model organism. We will dive into sex differences and the crucial role of antioxidants in medicine.

Speakers
BW

Brynne Webb

Intern, Exterminating Angel Press


Wednesday May 15, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm AKDT
LIB 329 Hannon Library
  Presentation

11:30am AKDT

Inclusive Fitness Does Not Impact the Survival Processing Effect
The survival processing effect refers to a phenomenon in which memory is enhanced when people are prompted to think about their own survival in an evolutionary context. In four experiments, the group tested whether this effect generalizes to kin versus unrelated individuals. Although having replicated the survival processing effect in three of the four experiments, they found no evidence for a role of inclusive fitness in the survival processing effect.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union

11:30am AKDT

Native Southern Oregon: Takelma and U.S. Relations, 1845-57
Lies, betrayal, warfare, and massacre characterized the relations between various governmental agencies and the Takelma people of Southern Oregon. These decisively detrimental years, from 1845 to 1857, ultimately led to the removal of the Takelma.

Speakers
Sponsors

Wednesday May 15, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm AKDT
Meese Room Hannon Library

12:00pm AKDT

Is Globalization to Blame? Ukraine in the Post-Soviet Era
An in-progress research project examining the role of globalization and its impact on developing and transitioning nations over the last 30 years. The presenter will focus on Ukraine and its relation to Russia, with an emphasis on the ongoing conflict, to argue that free trade—instead of improving living standards for all as it claims to do—continues to impede Ukraine’s ability to achieve economic autonomy as a post-Soviet nation.

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

SOU Mentor Program- Mentor/Mentee Activities
Come join us in two person field games to demonstrate the collaboration between mentors and mentees in the SOU Mentor Program. SOU Mentor members are invited to play as well as the general population of SOU. Games will include a 3 legged race, blindfolded obstacle course, and more.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Taylor Lawn Grounds

12:00pm AKDT

MRC BBQ
The Multicultural Resource Center invites you to the "SOARing into Spring BBQ." (don't judge. it works with the campus happenings!) Come and get some delicious fresh off the grill southern (like Oregon) bbq chicken with all the fixings. Plates are $7.00 and we will have a la carte offerings as well. Meatless options will be available. Limited but available. ee you in the SU Courtyard starting at noon & going until 2:30 or when all the food is gone. 


Wednesday May 15, 2019 12:00pm - 2:30pm AKDT
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

12:30pm AKDT

Developing "Inside the Box" Creativity Through Improvisation
In a world that favors "out of the box" thinking to get the job done, sometimes the answer is inside the box waiting to be discovered. This presentation will demonstrate how using applied improvisation tools such as: saying yes to the reality, listening and attending to the present moment, and re-framing mistakes as gifts can nurture creativity. Learn to develop deeper creativity by using who you are, where you are, and what you have.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Co-Owner President, Southern Oregon Geocaching - SOGeo
My husband is an SOU alumn. He used his business capstone to create the foundations for what would later become our labor of love - Southern Oregon Geocaching. For the last year, we have worked tirelessly to grow our love of geocaching and community building in Southern Oregon. We... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union

12:30pm AKDT

SOU's Bridge Program: Reflections on Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
The SOU Bridge Program is in its fourth year. Its Bridge Mentors provide mentorship to the program's 50 Bridge students. In this panel, mentors will share their experiences with mentoring.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm AKDT
SU 319 Stevenson Union

1:30pm AKDT

Musical Training and Emotion Regulation
The ability to regulate emotions effectively is an essential element to well-being and mental health. The perception of emotionality in music makes it an effective emotion regulation tool. The objective of this research is to examine the relationship between musical training and the use of music as an emotion regulation strategy. This presentation will provide a brief review of the literature and research used in this Master's thesis.

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union

1:30pm AKDT

Necessary Luxury: A Sociological Review of Higher Education
In the wake of rising educational costs and growing economic stratification, this presentation aims to examine the less talked about, noneconomic costs and benefits of higher education using multiple sociological frameworks.

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm AKDT
LIB 329 Hannon Library

1:30pm AKDT

Rogue Valley Military History 1850-1856
Key Military figures/persons (to include state militia), Military unit composition/formations/dispositions, tactics, weapon systems used, and location in the Rogue Valley, 1850-1856

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm AKDT
LIB 352 Hannon Library

1:30pm AKDT

Only Hope: My Mother and the Holocaust Brought to Light
Forty-five years ago, my mother left me with stories of her Holocaust experiences, and since then I have shouldered the responsibility to have them read. Retirement affords me the opportunity to follow through, to publish her stories, and offer them to a wider audience. I will share her writing and mine to explore her experiences and my process.

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm AKDT
Meese Room Hannon Library

1:30pm AKDT

1:30pm AKDT

English Program Presentations
Students from the English Program will present their capstone projects. Capstone projects include literary analyses, teaching units, and critical discourse analyses. Some students will also present aphorism projects from Dr. Perrow's Introductory Methods in Teaching Writing class.

Moderators
AA

Alma Alvarez

Professor of English, Southern Oregon University
Alma Rosa Alvarez is a professor of English at Southern Oregon University. Her specialties include Modernism and U.S. Ethnic Literature. Dr. Alvarez is also co-founder of the grassroots organization, the Racial Equity Coalition. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry.

Speakers
RN

Reilly Nycum

Honors College at SOU
MP

Margaret Perrow

Director of the Oregon Writing Project at SOU, Southern Oregon University
Dr. Margaret Perrow teaches English and education at Southern Oregon University, and is director of the Oregon Writing Project at SOU. The Oregon Writing Project is dedicated to supporting teachers across grade levels and subject areas, to help students their students grow as wri... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2019 1:30pm - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 323 Stevenson Union
  Symposium

2:00pm AKDT

Integrating Environmental Education with English Composition
This presentation specializes in secondary school grades 11-12. The presenter incorporates community, place, and sustainability with a standard English Composition unit.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union

3:00pm AKDT

Farewell
This short film was made about a year ago as a memoir to the presenter's life in Redondo Beach, and especially their last year there before they moved. It is a raw collection of happy little snippets of their life, demonstrating the idealism of a memory. This video is a representation of who they were at the time and how they were feeling.

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm AKDT
Meese Room Hannon Library
  Presentation

3:00pm AKDT

Resisting Mass Incarceration: Indigenous Justice and Healing
Mass incarceration resistance and Indigenous justice systems are examined in relation to the concept of decolonization. To do this, one must understand the relationship between Indigenous people and the United States justice system and how it became an instrument of oppression. In the exploration of decolonization, this research became the foundation for the renaissance of restorative justice.

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm AKDT
LIB 329 Hannon Library

3:30pm AKDT

An Analysis of Western States of America from 1850-1856
The analysis of the social, economic, political climate, and influence of the United States and how it applied to the decision making done by the national and military leaders on the Western states of America, 1850-1856. Ultimately this will analyze how these different factors caused the Battle of Hungry Hill/Rogue Indian Wars.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union

3:30pm AKDT

University Seminar Creativity Exhibition & Performance
Students from the "Creativity" USEM cohort will perform, exhibit, and present their various creative mediums: art, poetry, music, monologue, and digital arts. Join this talented group of first year artists, writers, musicians, and actors for an entertaining and inspiring gathering.

Moderators
MM

Melissa Matthewson

Author, Adjunct Faculty, Southern Oregon University
Melissa Matthewson is an essayist, teacher, and farmer residing in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA), University of Montana (MS), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). Her essays have appeared in Guernica... Read More →

Speakers

Wednesday May 15, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm AKDT
Diversions Stevenson Union

5:30pm AKDT

In The Grain (Part of Studio Art Presentations)
Bringing the mundane into focus, my work allows for a moment of contemplation in a rushed society. We experience a constant intake of visual information as we move throughout the world. Not all of that information can be fully processed or retained, our minds subconsciously discarding the unimportant. My work emphasizes that which is overlooked and dismissed—patterns we pass by in our everyday lives—and displays the space we inhabit as a source of creativity.

Artists

Wednesday May 15, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm AKDT
Meese Auditorium Art Building
  Exhibition

5:30pm AKDT

No One Wants to See That: On Trans Fat Queer Disabled Neurodivergent Survival & Resistance (Part of Studio Art Presentations)
A transdisciplinary BFA thesis exhibition based in Critical Disability Studies, Fat Studies, and Queer Theory exploring how systems of oppression regulate, erase, and harm marginalized bodies. It is about carving out visibility to resist the message that "no one wants to see that" and inviting the viewer to examine what they're un/willing to see.


Wednesday May 15, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm AKDT
Meese Auditorium Art Building
  Exhibition

5:30pm AKDT

The Company I Keep (Part of Studio Art Presentations)
A series of portrait paintings of friends and acquaintances, exploring informal snap-shot poses with a deliberately limited palette.

Artists

Wednesday May 15, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm AKDT
Meese Auditorium Art Building
  Exhibition

5:30pm AKDT

Wake (Part of Studio Art Presentations)
Each reality is created within a being’s mind, each world acts as a personal mirror- an ever-changing reflection of what they have constructed from their life. No one experiences the “thing” directly in itself; our preconceptions form an error between the communication of that “thing”, to ourselves individually, and to ‘us’ as a whole. Our participation is this separated reality, never knowing a “thing” truly down to its core. Fundamentally, this simplifies into relations of our reality, which only differ in our observational familiarity between each other, although singularly we form our own internal reality. Now, create yours.

Artists

Wednesday May 15, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm AKDT
Meese Auditorium Art Building
  Exhibition

5:30pm AKDT

When I Live My Dream (Part of Studio Art Presentations)
BFA exhibition uses photography, printaking & embroidery to explore celebrity, fashion, aura and media through constructed narratives and objects. The exhibition includes collections of linked objects and images that document and contribute to larger constructed ethos and attitude.

Artists

Wednesday May 15, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm AKDT
Meese Auditorium Art Building
  Exhibition

5:30pm AKDT

Studio Art Presentations
Cody Bustamante's Art Students present their pieces, covering the evolution and current content of their studio art practices.  


Wednesday May 15, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm AKDT
Meese Auditorium Art Building
  Exhibition

6:30pm AKDT

Honors College Quiz Bash
Annual trivia competition hosted by the Honors College. There will be snacks! Trivia teams of no more than four can compete to win $25 each to the SOU Bookstore!

Wednesday May 15, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm AKDT
Arena Stevenson Union
  Symposium

7:00pm AKDT

Campus Theme Presentation: Ignorance, Failure, Doubt, Uncertainty–Why Science is So Successful
Science succeeds by creating ignorance, utilizing failure, harnessing doubt and exploiting uncertainty. In other contexts these may all be seen to be negatives, but in the pursuit of scientific understanding they, not just facts, are the critical drivers. The value of pursuing Ignorance in science is not just that it leads to new facts or knowledge, but more importantly it leads to better ignorance – to higher quality, more sophisticated questions. It is the caliber of the questions that determine the value of the science.

Speakers
SF

Stuart Firestein

Dr. Stuart Firestein is the former Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences where his laboratory studies the vertebrate olfactory system, possibly the best chemical detector on the face of the planet. Aside from its molecular detection capabilities, the olfactory... Read More →


Wednesday May 15, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm AKDT
Science Bldg. RM 151
  Presentation
 
Thursday, May 16
 

8:30am AKDT

Climate Change in Plastic
Students (individuals and in small groups) in USEM have rendered topics related to Climate Change in mosaics made from plastic food packaging. Medium: mosaics.


Thursday May 16, 2019 8:30am - 10:20am AKDT
Ed-Psych 196 Ed-Psych Building
  Exhibition

8:30am AKDT

Aloha kaumaha i ka home - Homesick
An artist's homesickness, depicting the beautiful colors of her home, O'ahu, Hawaii, through watercolor. This collection calls out to the warmth and happiness that home brings to the heart.


Thursday May 16, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union
  Exhibition

8:30am AKDT

Shark Fin Soup
A series of paintings using Acrylic on canvas.

Artists

Thursday May 16, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union

8:30am AKDT

Silver Key Creations
The artist creates fine art revealing the beauty of the natural world. She wishes to share her loving passion for the Earth's incredible animals. Her paintings tell their stories and share their world. She wishes to bring awareness of the fragile state of the environment and hopes to touch others at a sentimental level.

Artists

Thursday May 16, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union
  Exhibition

8:30am AKDT

Sisyphus and Loss
Mental illness is considered an invisible illness, so what would it look like if what we experienced was visible on our bodies? This exhibit demonstrates the feelings of losing a loved one, how one feels as if their heart has been torn from their chest and the struggle to put oneself back together. Sisyphus is the embodiment of the "I'm fine" mentality that comes from hiding one's mental illness due to stigma.

Artists

Thursday May 16, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union

8:30am AKDT

The Somewhat Dangerous Adventures of a Questionable Crew
A display of art pieces based on the adventures and quests of a Dungeons & Dragons game using an ink pen as the medium.

Artists

Thursday May 16, 2019 8:30am - 4:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union
  Exhibition

9:00am AKDT

9:15am AKDT

Ballet I
A performance from Ballet I, including exercises and a short performance, with verbal explanations to describe the art of ballet.


Thursday May 16, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am AKDT
Diversions Stevenson Union
  Performance

9:30am AKDT

Lesbian Nation
This work highlights the history, motivations, and outcomes of lesbian separatist collectives, highlighting land-based collectives in Southern Oregon and the Roseburg area. The research focuses on the political and personal motivations of the women involved, the overarching challenges the movement faced, and the importance of women-only spaces today. This work incorporates interviews with members of local collectives and utilizes sources from the UO archives.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am AKDT
LIB 329 Hannon Library
  Presentation

9:30am AKDT

Poster Preview Session
Come by this open house preview of presentation posters covering a wide variety of disciplines and topics. See program insert for a list of presenter names and poster titles.

Thursday May 16, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

9:30am AKDT

Conversation Café
Need a break to take in all the cool things you’ve seen at SOAR? Or perhaps apick-me-up before your presentation? All conference participants and attendees are welcome to this complimentary coffee and tea break. Sustainably supported by the Dish Loan Program by ECOS.

Sponsors
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Thursday May 16, 2019 9:30am - 3:30pm AKDT
SU Foyer Stevenson Union

10:30am AKDT

Medical Symposium I
Oral presentations by USEM students on several issues in contemporary medicine, including evidence-based medicine and medical ethics.

Moderators
CS

Craig Stillwell

Senior Instructor, Division for Undergraduate Studies

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union
  Symposium

10:45am AKDT

Musical Theatre Dance Demo
A performance from the Musical Theater Dance 1 class, including dance exercises and several dances from Musical Theatre .


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:45am - 11:30am AKDT
Diversions Stevenson Union
  Performance

11:30am AKDT

Free Textbooks at the Library, What's the Deal?
This symposium will discuss the Hannon Library's Text-Share Program and how this service is available to alleviate the cost of college. This is a chance to learn about what the library, ASSOU, and the SOU Bookstore are doing to help bring affordable textbooks to students and partake in a open discussion on what YOU (the SOU community) needs to succeed. This project was made possible by the Career Connections PEAK Program.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Jones

Kate Jones

Resource Sharing and Fulfillment Services Lead, Hannon Library, Interlibrary Loan


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm AKDT
LIB 352 Hannon Library

12:00pm AKDT

Revisiting Classical Inspiration
Patrick Rohan will present a few excerpts from his creative writing and also give some commentary on them.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 12:30pm AKDT

12:00pm AKDT

Blood Art
An art piece created with menstrual blood. Let's talk about menstrual health.

Artists

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

6th Annual CORE BBQ & Fundraiser
Enjoy a grilled burger, bratwurst, or veggie burger/dog; potato or macaroni salad; chips; and a drink all for just $5! Support CORE, the Community of Recovery in Education at SOU, in their mission to support and promote the academic success, recovery, and well-being of SOU students recovering from addiction. CORE provides authentic student-centered community and robust recovery support services and programming.

Sponsors

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
SU Courtyard Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Abstract Mural Honoring a Lesser-Known Activist
We often hear about the same common heroes, but the Ashland Middle School year-long art class wanted to honor a lesser known one. Students created an abstract mural of an activist in the civil rights movement by the name of Bayard Rustin. The mural was created with layers of favorite artistic elements combined with a contrast of warm and cool colors. Expertise and guidance was offered to create a piece displaying a worthy hero for all to admire.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Activism in a New Age: Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women
An examination of the activism that's being engaged with via digital media and other online mediums, specifically in regards to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Movement.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Outdoors
Outdoor education is critical for students developing social and emotional skills. Students were invited to participate in an outdoor experience as a catalyst to build social and emotional skills. Students participated in mindful observation and art activities. Students persisted to break through their emotional boundaries to allow support of adults and peers. When given the opportunity to experience the outdoors, students' trauma was mitigated.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Airline Sustainability
A poster covering the sustainability of the airline industry.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Alternative Education for Environmental Youths
A comparison of traditional and alternative education and what benefits come from alternative education in pursuing a career in sustainability and environmental science.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Alternative Fuel for Cruise Ships
Currently, many of the practices in the cruise industry are unsustainable. This poster will look at proposed fuel alternatives and compare the environmental impacts.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Aluminum Cluster Formation in Antiperspirant Deodorant
Aluminum (Al) is the most abundant metal in earth’s crust. Due to accessibility and affordability, Al is used in packaging, water treatment, hydraulic fracturing, cosmetics, antiperspirant actives and more. Al in solution (water) chemistry is a novel field of research in which new Al cluster formations are being discovered. This project explores Al cluster formation using antiperspirant active ingredients containing Al via separation and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) techniques.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Are Cell Phones Sustainable?
A discussion on whether phones are sustainable or not and what to do about possible issues surrounding the topic.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Art Across the Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
The Karuk Tribal Headstart is a preschool facility that provides early childhood education to children who come from low socioeconomic status and diverse households. Art lessons were integrated into the classroom connected to a general subject topic. Using art to teach a topic creates a hands-on learning experience for diverse learners.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Art and Mindfulness in the YMCA's Afterschool Program
Art and mindfulness can have a significant impact on a child's well-being. I taught mindful art projects to students ranging from 5 to 7 years of age that were involved with the YMCA's afterschool program in Grants Pass, Oregon. Students created gratitude cards, self-portraits, rock painting, collages, and drawing of objects while practicing different types of mindfulness. Through simple surveys I found that students greatly benefitted from these projects.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Art in Special Education
Lesson plans were created about art and performed with students with exceptionalities. Through these projects, students learn life skills such as patience, following directions, and how to make mistakes. One art project was using Q-tips to make a pattern of leaves on a tree. Students may mess up, but they learn to not get upset when they can instead learn from their mistakes and move on. Students learn life skills while the instructor learns better lesson planning and classroom management skills.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Bee Populations
A poster discussing the negative stressors of bees and how they effect their population as well as actions that can be taken to prevent these stressors.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Being an International Student
Each student will present a brief bio of themselves and include the highlights of studying at SOU and in the US, classroom differences and how SOU benefits from them being here. Students are from South Korea, Japan, and Thailand.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Benefits of Vertical Farming
A poster discussing the advantages of vertical farming compared to regular agriculture.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Bilingual Books
English is a complex language to learn as a second language learner. Some students may read and write in their native language, while others will enter the classroom with little or no prior literacy instruction. When English language learners are given bilingual books, they have opportunities to absorb literature in both languages. When English language learners see their home language written with the second language, they will identify both languages as equally important.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Body of a Woman, Heart of a King
Elizabeth the First is regarded as one of the most powerful women in modern history. She was one of the first women to be a sole ruler without any male authority by her side. She ruled England into a new age of power and success despite men attempting to steal her power. Her education and use of femininity ensured her power and sole ruler ship. Elizabeth set a standard for women to follow, and many successful women in history became so by following in Elizabeth's separation from men.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Book Drive
The Alan Berlin HeadStart facility has different preschool classrooms. Each classroom has a limited amount of resources, especially books. As preschoolers, their literacy appreciation and development is critical for their future academic journey. A book drive can be an efficient way to connect the community with the program. Providing each student and their family with books can allow them to continue to explore reading together.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

CBD Analogues for Binding Affinity to FABPs
Fatty acid binding proteins are targets for inhibition because they are part of the regulatory process for endocannabinoids and can be in cancerous tissues. Several CBD analogues previously studied within the endocannabinoid system alongside CBD were selected to test against FABPs. Analogues will be synthesized and tested for binding affinities with molecular docking studies and a Fluorescence Plate Reader.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

CC-NBS-LRR Gene Resistance to WPBR in White Pines
White Pine Blister Rust is decimating populations of white pines. Protection of this species is vital for economic and social purposes. Jermstad et al. found a specific gene in Pinus lambertiana that may confer resistance to WPBR. Techniques include DNA amplification using polymerase chain reaction. Current results failed to find a clear separation between known resistant trees and known susceptible trees. But, new data has been sequenced and is ready to be tested to continue the work.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Chronic Absenteeism
Experts in the field define chronic absenteeism as missing 10 percent or more of school days and severe chronic absenteeism as missing 20 percent or more of school days, including excused, unexcused and discipline-related absences. Oregon is consistently in the bottom 20 percent of states when it comes to chronic absences. This group analyzes how the relationships between absent students and teachers affects learning, as well as the communities that are most affected by chronic absenteeism.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Chronic Absenteeism in Public Schools
The general problem is that the rising rate of chronic absenteeism is hindering student achievement. Students that are not regularly present fall behind in instruction and are often unable to recover. This problem transcends regional limitations, grade-level, and socioeconomic status. Over 7 million, or 16% of students are chronically absent from school (Department of Education, 2019).


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Community Based Learning Project: Bringing Nature Inside
Southern Oregon Head Start is a federally funded program for low-income families. Children in the Head Start program are given limited time outdoors in their natural environment. Students were guided in a diverse array of nature-based lessons. Through experiences with the natural world children can gain a deep appreciation for the outdoors. Students explored natural materials and lessons that integrated mathematics, literacy, and social-emotional development.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Computational Analysis of Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase
A computational analysis using molecular dynamics simulations for the enzyme Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Corporate Media
Corporate media is happening regardless if the nation knows it or not and it is happening in local areas. Sinclair has been a dominating business buying local news channels and scripting left-wing politics.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Creating Spaces in Schools for Mental Health Awareness
Society's current attitude towards mental health can severely harm a person throughout their life, which leads to high risks of a person developing suicidal ideation. For these reasons, it is important to start programs that address these issues and prevent them from reaching the point of suicide. For this capstone project, the presenter worked with two different classes to explore their emotions and who they are as people to begin creating spaces where mental health is addressed.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Cryotherapy
The project explores cryotherapy and the effects on weight loss. Many consider cryotherapy to be a placebo and this poster examines that.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Cultural Assets
Exploring how teachers can facilitate conversations and curriculum with students around multicultural inclusion. This can be done in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, environment and content. This presentation will explore how to have these conversations as well as materials for teachers who do not feel skilled in having these conversations or preparing these lessons.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Cytochrome c: Missense Mutation Effects on Redox Potential
Cytochrome c is an electron transport protein that is essential to metabolism for most organisms from bacteria to humans. Many of the amino acid residues that form cytochrome c are evolutionarily conserved across broad clades of species and are vital to the functions of this protein. Understanding the functional role of these residues could allow us to better predict the health effects of mutations or design proteins for industrial use with precise redox potentials and environmental tolerances.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Dam Deconstruction and Adjacent Property Values
A simple, multi-variable regression was used to analyze property value impacts associated with the removal of Gold Ray Dam, on the Rogue River, in 2010. Regression results were then used to provide basic insight on what may happen to Klamath River property values near the lower four dams, after their scheduled removals in 2020.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

E-Waste Recycling
The United States fails at recycling the end of life electronics. The issue needs to be addressed.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Educational Benefits of Virtual Reality
As video games become more popular through devices such as smartphones and tablets, children have greater access to and interest in digital games. One of the fastest growing video game formats, virtual reality, immerses players in game play. For this community-based learning (CBL) project, the presenter installed a virtual reality experience in Science Works Hands-on Museum to investigate the educational advantages of virtual reality technology.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Effect of Cosmetic Chemicals on Marine Environment/ Humans
Cosmetic chemical waste negatively affects the marine environment. Certain chemicals found in cosmetics can also be bad for human health. This poster will look at the negative impact everyday chemicals can have on humans and marine organisms and what companies are doing to protect humans and the environment.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Effect of Genocide in Cambodia Regarding Public Healthcare
This Honors College Capstone literary research discusses the effect of genocide on the current state of public healthcare in Cambodia through historical and contemporary comparative analysis. Implemented solutions are critically examined in order to inform the audience about the prevailing healthcare disparities while specifically focusing on cancer treatment and diagnosis in rural and urban settings.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Effective Teaching Strategies For English Language Learners
This project implements strategies that encourage language development for students, especially English language learners, by utilizing data and best practices for language acquisition. Using these tools, students in a high school English language development class engaged in activities relevant to their lives, effectively sharing their thoughts and ideas orally, in journals, and with graphic organizers.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Employment Bias Against Biological Children of Serial Killers
A study looking at the reactions of employers hiring a biological child of a serial killer. Considering two employment situations, a Nanning position and a bank teller position, research found there is a significant difference in the way employers view and act toward a potential employee who is the biological child of a serial killer versus a potential employee who is not the child (biological or otherwise) of a serial killer.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Encouraging Creativity through Open-Ended Art
Open-ended art allows children to explore materials and focus on the process of creating instead of on the end product. At the SOU Community Preschool, the presenter led small group art activities giving the children new opportunities to show their creativity. The preschoolers created art pieces to be displayed in an art show with the Schneider Museum's Free Family Day.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Environmental Education: Field Trips and Translation
Encounters with nature are a crucial part of child development. To promote environmental literacy, schools often take children on field trips. Some local districts have a student population of 25 percent ELLs; it is essential that these students have the resources they need to learn. To promote engagement for ELL students, the presenter completed vocabulary cards with Spanish translations and definitions. To further the connection between children and nature, they taught as a field trip instructor at NMNP.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Environmental Effects of Being Vegan
What are the effects to the environment of a vegan diet when compared to a more common animal-based diet?

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Establishing One-on-One Relationships with Young Students
This project cultivated one-on-one relationships with every young student in a classroom for each to thrive. The project entailed observations, recordings, and research of 24 students. For example, a girl who disliked the transition between play time and the bathroom needed advanced notice of the change. The goal was to show love to students in their own ways. The outcomes were an established sense of trust and an opportunity to watch students grow.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Exceptionalities and Education
Expanded the exposure of exceptionalities by working inside a resource room and SPED room, while monitoring a blog for families or individuals with exceptionalities. As an adult with an exceptionality, the presenter believes exposure is needed in our society and education system.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Factory Farming
Factory farming is brutal on animals. The inhumane ways the animals are treated needs to change. Piglets get their heads smashed on cement before they are butchered. Chickens are stressed out because of being held in such a confined area that they become aggressive resulting in their beaks getting cut off with a hot knife. Factory farming is cruel and inhumane.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Forensic Investigation of Suspect Antibiotics using HPLC
A method was developed and validated for the instrumental analysis of the tablet dosage form of the antibiotic preparation co-trimoxazole using high performance liquid chromatography with UV detection. The scientific literature was reviewed, and existing methodology was adapted for use with the available instrumentation. This project was done in coordination with the Distributed Pharmaceutical Analysis Laboratory at Notre Dame University.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Fostering Friendships in Preschool
While volunteering at The Community Preschool at Southern Oregon University, fostered friendships in the classroom based on acts of kindness. The preschool students were supported in building and creating friendships within the classroom through various partner activities for them to do with their peers. The students developed their friendships with their peers in the classroom through art projects, cooking, and read aloud.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Freshwater Insecurity: Policy Reform Needed in the United States
This poster is based on a USEM 103 (CRN 6414) project.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Fun Hidden in Plain Sight: Geocaching!
Learn how the game of Geocaching has harnessed GPS technology to create adventure from the International Space Station to your backyard, and it's all free! Geocaching is a world-wide, real-time, physical treasure hunt using latitude and longitude coordinates to find any of the millions of caches that have been hidden around the world. This presentation will give a brief history of the game, an introduction on how to get started, and how and why this game is good for all peoples and communities.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Co-Owner President, Southern Oregon Geocaching - SOGeo
My husband is an SOU alumn. He used his business capstone to create the foundations for what would later become our labor of love - Southern Oregon Geocaching. For the last year, we have worked tirelessly to grow our love of geocaching and community building in Southern Oregon. We... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Funding Equity for Schools
Looking at educators' salaries, incentives for teaching in lower-income communities, facilities and technology available to students and the school, as well as the requirements schools must meet to receive those funds, it is apparent that wealthier communities are consistently more advantaged. We will look at these key factors and see how they promote or hinder equity in schools across the USA.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Gender Equality and Sustainability
A look at the relationship between gender inequality in third world countries and environmental issues and sustainability.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Healthy Lives Fuel Healthy Minds
I had the opportunity to work with grade levels Kindergarten-6th at Roosevelt Elementary through leading exercise lessons during their allotted physical education time. I believe living a healthy balanced lifestyle plays a huge role in how children learn in the classroom. Children need to learn at a young age what it means to be healthy and why it's important for the rest of their lives. With this in mind, I began teaching fun and engaging exercise lessons children can use at home.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Histidine protonation in epoxide hydrolase B
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb's) epoxide hydrolase (EH) enzymes are responsible for breaking down harmful oxygen radicals and may be important in establishing infections in their host. The protonation states of two HIS in the active-site were investigated with molecular dynamic simulation. The protonation state of the histidines may affect the mechanism.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

How social media is affecting the American population
A look at how our social media usage on applications like Instagram and Twitter is impacting our society in our personal life, businesses, schools, through both the positive and negative perspectives.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

HPLC Quantification of Trimethoprim in Cotrimoxazole Tablets
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) is used to quantitatively determine the concentration of active ingredient in an antibiotic. Samples are obtained from a developing country (via a laboratory at the University of Notre Dame) that lacks the instrumentation for quantitative analysis. The goal of this project is to develop a time and cost-effective analytical method that can be used to verify the identity and concentration of components within a specific pharmaceutical.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Identification of Methamphetamine Using Raman Spectroscopy
Methamphetamine is an illegal drug that can easily lead to an overdose, and in Oregon alone the overdose rates have almost tripled in the last decade. To identify meth in a lab, instrumental techniques are used. Raman spectroscopy is a newer instrumental technique that is more reliable and non-destructive, compared to other instruments. How meth is detected using Raman is determined looking at multiple methods, including SERS.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Impacts of Class Size
The problem with large class sizes in that the teacher cannot reach the students using best practices. When looking at best practices, teachers provide equitable support and learning opportunities for individual students. By having large classes, there are negative impacts on differentiated instruction, rapport with students, behavior management, and class culture/environment.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Implementing Art in Afterschool Programs
Art has many benefits for children in education that affect the whole child in learning, creative expression, brain development, and mental health. The presenter worked alongside the Young Men's Christian Association in incorporating new and exciting forms of art in the afterschool program for elementary-aged students that were then featured in an art show. The project explored how each grade level responded to new art styles and if there were any benefits from their experience with new mediums.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Implementing Healthy Habits for Students
Many students aren't aware of what they put in their bodies when eating snacks. This is shown through the increase of childhood obesity. Educating students on healthy eating habits and having them make healthy snacks in class could help them continue these habits through their life. These habits could potentially be the start to lowering obesity and start increasing the knowledge our community has on health.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Increasing Parent Involvement in Education
The project was working with the Family advocates at Head Start to create a reading campaign. The reading campaign was a competition between the classes at the center to see which class could read the most books at home with their parents. Parent involvement is linked to a child’s academic success and social/emotional well-being in school.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Inspiring a Life-Long Love of Learning
This research seeks to understand individuals' relationship with education and learning through the lens of their childhood experiences to explore how a life-long love of learning develops. Interviews were conducted with individuals of different education levels. Then observations of preschoolers were conducted to determine the children's interests and curiosities. This data was used to implement curriculum for preschoolers designed to inspire a love of learning through science and art projects.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Integrated Sensory Experiences
The five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching, give students the opportunity to do hands-on and inquisitive activities to connect to the world around them. The presenter created, led, and implemented a weekly lesson using integrated sensory experiences. Integrating the five senses with nature, science, music, and math was a goal of the project. Teaching children through their senses gives them an intrinsic love of learning, connections to others, and anxiety relief.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Investigation of Antitumor Properties from M. Aquifolium
This research aims to isolate terpenoids from Mahonia aquifolium, determine their structures, and develop a bioassay method to identify antitumor activities of the isolated terpenoids. Liquid-liquid partitioning was used to isolate a moderately polar terpenoid extract. This will be followed by purification of the terpenoid extract using column chromatography. NMR and GC-MS will be used for structural determination. Additionally, optimization of a Crown Gall Disease bioassay was conducted.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Is Mycoremediation Effective for Environmental Restoration?
A study of the use mushroom mycelium as an option for bioremediation.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Is Veganism a Sustainable Way of Living?
A poster covering veganism research.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Justice and Healing in Oregon Correctional Facilities
This poster presentation examines the work being done to incorporate Indigenous justice and healing within the Oregon Department of Correctional facilities. Programs and various religious practice currently being utilized will be explored. This work is contributing to the move towards decolonization of the United States criminal justice models in order to resolve conflicts and promote healing in the community.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Labor Induction, Pregnancy Edicate
Labor has always been a natural part of life and comes with a big decision. Does the conventional protocol for inducing labor in hospitals have any unnecessary harmful effects on the mother or child? Exploring the effectiveness of the conventional protocol that uses using oxytocin augmentation for inducing labor, we examined three peer-reviewed studies, including a systematic review, an observational review, and a clinical trial. 

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Life in Space
This poster will explore the possibility of life in space.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Love Skills are Life Skills
Adults in our society often struggle with emotional tasks. Aiming to fix this issue at its source, the presenter hosted a series of seminars at three elementary schools. These seminars tackled issues of socio-emotional awareness, responsibility, and peer mediation. The presenter developed a short curriculum to learn exactly what it takes for important concepts to sink in and how these lessons affect students in their lives outside of the classroom.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

LSD for End of Life Anxiety
Is LSD a safe and effective treatment for anxiety or depression in patients who are suffering a life-threatening illness?
When LSD is used as a treatment for patients with severe anxiety or depression following a life-threatening disease, we see reliable evidence of its safety and its effectiveness in patients; however, more research needs to be done to be sure this therapy could work at a clinical level.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Mental Health in Adolescence
This research is focused on the importance of mental health in adolescence and how to include mental health curriculum in the classroom. This capstone is part of an after-school program at Phoenix High School called Pirates to Raiders. The curriculum is provided for students to enhance their awareness of mental health and how to overcome a certain situation, express emotions, and practice mindfulness. Suicide has become very common within adolescents due to the lack of education and resources.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Methods of Boron Filtration and Removal from Natural Waters
A primary scientific literature review of boron removal and filtration methods from natural waters. The goal of this research is to initiate a research platform for the application of this scientific knowledge and methodology to southern Oregon well water for personal use and agricultural water for viticulture use.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Mind to Body
A 7th/8th grade Language Arts classroom was introduced to mind-body connection. The students wrote statements about what it means to be mindful, then their responses were used to guide a number of various mind-body exercises over a four-week span to help students become more aware of their surroundings.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Mindfulness in an At-Risk Boxing Gym
A boxing gym in Medford has an after-school program for children who are at risk to come and do homework as well as teach sportsmanship and to properly channel their aggression with boxing. I assisted them with the fine work they were already doing and taught them about mindfulness. Mindfulness exercises are something that they can do at home or at school when they are feeling overwhelmed.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Mindfulness In Early Education
Mindfulness is a valuable therapeutic technique that makes someone become aware of who they are. Studies have shown that students who have practiced mindfulness have shown improvement in academic performance and disruption in behavioral issues. It is important for students to practice mindfulness early on so they can learn how to maintain focus. This project consists of teaching mindfulness lessons and doing activities, including yoga and breathing games, with preschoolers.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Mindfulness in the Classroom
Mindfulness is key to community building through kindness in the classroom. The presenter taught a kindergarten class at Riverside Elementary, in which the students worked on community building, kindness, and mindfulness. Students listened to children's books, cared for ladybugs, and created art projects. Students were motivated to practice and display mindfulness as well as kindness in the classroom with their peers.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Mycelium and its Future Role in Medicine
Mycelium is the vegetative structure from which all fungi are grown. This poster investigates the immunological benefits of cultured mycelium from medicinal mushrooms. Evidence from multiple animal studies along with human blood tests has shown that mycelium can be effective at balancing the immune system and fighting dangerous cancer cells.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Naloxone Distribution and Education at SOU
In the US in 2017, over 49,000 persons died from an opioid overdose. Naloxone reverses potentially fatal respiratory depression caused by opioids. A project to put naloxone on SOU's campus was instituted and campus was educated on the use and accessibility. We held the 2nd largest naloxone giveaway in southern Oregon. To date: 80 doses of Narcan and 72 doses of IM naloxone were distributed. Presently naloxone has been distributed in AEDs throughout SOU's campus and education continues.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Natural Education in the Rogue Valley
Providing a method for public educators to access the natural resources in the Rogue Valley is used as a means of supplementing curricula and improving academic performance. The natural world is a powerful teacher for any content area, be it a third grade reading class or an eleventh grade physics class. Students who have experienced the majesty and wonder of the natural world will be grateful for its existence and be able to interpret its secrets in a whole new way.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Neurologic Effects of Sleep Deprivation and Dietary Copper
Oxidative stress is a physiological process caused by the accumulation of free radicals which can be promoted by reactions with heavy metals such as zinc or copper. The purpose of this study was to determine whether copper and sleep deprivation has a significant effect on oxidative stress and neurologic function in Drosophila melanogaster. Our findings confirm previous research and may help future studies provide a link between sleep disorders and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Nitrogen Oxide Reduction Strategies in Coal-Fired Utilities
Coal remains one of the most common energy sources in the United States, but the combustion process produces pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, which contribute to smog. Though current pollution abatement technology significantly reduces compounds released into the atmosphere, these techniques can be improved. This research examines nitrogen oxide abatement in coal-fired power plants to find efficient, cost-effective, and safe techniques that protect the health of the environment and citizens.

Speakers
GB

Gwendolyn Bogard

Intern, Ashland Creek Press


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Oil, War, and the Environment.
A discussion on the interactions and effects of fossil fuels, wartime activities, and environmental impacts.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Overdevelopment of Previous Agriculture Lands in Maui
A poster about the overdevelopment of previous agriculture lands in Maui that can be used in more sustainable ways.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Persona Non Grata: Are Veterans Receiving Proper Care?
The presentation deals with over-prescription of opioids and anti-depressants in combat veteran populations following diagnosis of PTSD and/or debilitating injury.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Police Brutality Against African Americans
Discusses why it is that police don't suffer murder charges after they kill unarmed black people for no apparent reason. Why are the police so afraid of African Americans? We are all humans, where is the equality?

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Poster Session
Come see over 100 presentation posters covering a wide variety of disciplines and topics and talk with their creators. See program insert for a list of presenter names and poster titles.

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Practicing Social-Emotional Awareness Through Art
The school-to-prison pipeline occurs when some students become disproportionately exposed to the prison system as a result of school operations. By analyzing and summarizing scholarly studies, as well as spending time in classrooms with high-risk students, the presenter learned that effective literacy programs can prevent students' entrance into the prison system and that students taught using culturally responsive methods are more engaged and less likely to become incarcerated.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Protection Against Compassion Collapse
The purpose of this study was to investigate compassion collapse based on the number of individuals that appear in a series of images that elicit compassion. The group hypothesized that subjecting participants to a compassion meditation condition would increase the level of compassion shown towards groups of eight or more individuals compared to mindfulness, control and placebo conditions. Results from this study could contribute to the field of medical professionals.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Race Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System
People of different race/ethnicity and different color skin are being treated unfairly when it comes to the criminal justice system, and this treatment impacts their future and families.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Reactions Between Mineral Surface Mimics and Fracking Fluids
An insight and explanation of current ongoing research at Southern Oregon University and U.C. Davis concerning chemical reactions between subterranean mineral surfaces and various fracking fluids. This poster will discuss the hydraulic fracturing oil procurement method, the use of aluminum-13 Keggin clusters as a mineral surface mimics, and performed analytical techniques used to classify and track potential reactions and products.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Rotaract of SOU
A poster displaying the accomplishments of the SOU Rotaract Club since its founding in Fall 2017.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

School Food Systems and the Effects of Food Injustices
A USEM research project on the effects of food injustices.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

School Safety
School dynamics have changed with the increase of violence issues in schools, therefore, creating a safe and supportive school environment is critical for students, parents, and educators.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Spreading Positivity
Various activities were led in a fourth-grade classroom at Allen Dale Elementary School that encouraged students to practice positive thinking, such as creating positivity fliers to hang around the school and writing positive messages to their peers. It is important for students to practice positive thinking because it improves their outlook on life while creating a welcoming classroom community.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Students Learning their Heritage.
Students were instructed to interview their parents on their culture and background. The students will have several questions for their parents and then present on a poster board to the rest of the class on what they investigated and learned from their interview. Students will be given an example to show what they are to do and present about their parents' cultural background.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Sustainability of the Marijuana Industry in the USA
Is the marijuana industry sustainable enough to maintain and support the United States?


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Sustainable Alternatives To Current Body Disposal Methods
A research project on sustainable body disposal methods.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Synthesis of Calcium Hydroxyapatite for Bone Substitution
Laboratory replication of biological materials is at the forefront of research and development in the medical community. In orthopedic medicine, the reconstruction and healing of damaged bone is often facilitated using metal implants, screws, or carbon fiber mesh. This research uses calcium hydroxyapatite (a biocompatible and osteoconductive calcium phosphate salt) as a promising candidate for 3D printing applications as replica bone material for custom orthopedic implants/replacements.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Synthetic Peptides as Inhibitors for the Oncogenic c-Jun Transcription Factor
The c-Jun transcription factor is responsible for the proliferation of cancer at the AP-1 gene complex. Based on it's leucine zipper structure, synthetic peptides can be designed to bind to c-Jun monomers, leaving c-Jun unable to transcribe these cancer-related genes. Non-canonical and beta-amino acids can be implemented into synthetic peptides, which will affect binding capabilities. 

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Teaching Chinese Language & Culture
As the bilingual population of students in the USA continues to grow, there is an increased need for students to explore different cultures and languages. This poster discusses the benefits of learning a second language and how to use the task-based learning and teaching approach to teach Chinese at Ashland High School. The presenter introduced Chinese language and culture to better understand how to engage students in this learning process and develop effective classroom management strategies.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Teaching Mindfulness to Middle School Students
Short mindfulness lessons were developed and presented to 7th and 8th graders at John Muir School. The goal for this project was to observe how teens respond to and practice mindfulness and learn how this affects their overall well-being. At this age, students experience increasing social and educational pressures. Teaching mindfulness may help students develop healthy practices to manage the stress and anxiety of adolescence.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

Team-Based Learning in a Flipped Classroom
The classroom can be a place of major stress for students. Attempting to alleviate some of this, many professors have adopted a flipped classroom approach, where students are exposed to material outside of class, and spend class time on interactive activities. Team-Based-Learning (TBL) is another alternative professors have used, where students are strategically divided into groups that last the entire term. No other extant study has compared the efficacy of either approach.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

The Advantages of Hydro, Aqua, and Aeroponics Farming
A poster highlighting the advantages of hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic farming systems over traditional farming.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

The Art of School Safety: Prevention through Intervention
This poster covers issues of school safety ranging from bullying to shootings in K-12 schools and the effects of family and home violence on school achievement. This poster explores overall causes that lead to school violence, with an emphasis on prevention through intervention, an examination of discipline practices, and a review of the benefits of social-emotional learning and emotional outlets.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

The Arts' Impact on Marginalized Populations In Education
How has the defunding of arts programs in public education affected those from marginalized populations, such as people of color, those of low socioeconomic status, ELL students, and those with special needs? Especially focusing on rural populations, why are art programs of special importance to marginalized students' equitable access to education?


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

The Compassion Coffee Cart for Teaching Independent Living
Learning self-advocacy and determination through the practice of vocational skills prepares young adults with special needs for independent living. The Compassion Coffee Cart is a project implemented to further grow and develop the life and vocational skills of these students, ages eighteen to twenty-one. Giving students the opportunity to use these skills enables them to learn self-advocacy and determination that will ultimately support them towards independent living.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

The Constraints of Sending Humans to Mars
This poster will cover the constraints and barriers of sending humans to Mars. The three main problems discussed are 1) Deep space radiation, finding a solution to this is important for astronauts as it can cause fatal damage to their organs; 2) Funds are a huge concern for NASA as they need to expand research and projects but don't have enough funding for it; 3) Technology, with time the technology will come but right now it's just not there.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

The Cost of Crime in Jackson County
This presentation displays an estimation of the cost of crime in Jackson County compared to the state as a whole, and then calculates how much of this cost is due to forced released county jail inmates from overcrowding problems.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

The Effects of Class Size on Students and Teachers
Class sizes in K-12 classrooms today are too large for general education teachers to feasibly differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students effectively. The current educational class sizes in K-12 Oregon public schools need to be reformed to reflect the preferred pedagogical practice of whole-student instruction effectively, and efforts need to be made to support teachers' ability to respond to variance among learners to support student success and growth.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

The Effects of Music in the Classroom
Music has numerous positive effects on the lives, minds, and attitudes of children. The presenter introduced a voluntary music program into a Southern Oregon Head Start preschool classroom to see first-hand the effect that music can have in the general education classroom. Through the program implemented, students were able to explore their musical curiosities and foster an interest in music.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

The Evolution of Evolution
While it is understood that random mutations lead to the evolution of a species, the effects of epigenetic mutations have only begun to be explored in the last several years. Epigenetics, meaning above the gene, can control how a gene expresses itself and can change within the lifetime of an individual. This introduces the Neo-Lamarckian theory of evolution, proposing the idea that changes in a parent during their life can be inherited, changing our previous understanding of evolution.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

The Femme Fatale: Women in Film Noir
Examines the role of women, particularly the femme fatale, in film noir from a historical perspective, focusing on media and the gender politics of the time to dissolve the archetype of the femme fatale and the demonization of female sexuality in media.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

The Impact of Food Insecurity in Urban Schools
Food insecurity is the lack of access to affordable and nutritionally balanced foods. As of 2018, approximately 40 million people are still at risk of hunger in the U.S., of which 12 million were children. As current students attending public schools, the presenters know the impact this can have on an individual student's academic success, general health, and brain development. The project aims to identify and explore factors of food insecurity in schools and investigate current and possible solutions.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

The Oceans' Plastics: Education & Prevention
Microplastics in the ocean are a global issue that the world is facing. The presenter sought to create a hands-on experience to foster compassion and care for the world. In a 5th grade classroom at Talent Elementary, students researched the harms of single-use-plastics. They were asked to critically reflect on their own plastic usage while being able to comprehend how single-use-plastics harm ecology. Once humanity is better informed, we can begin using more sustainable practices.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

The Political Economy of Crimmigration
The private prison industry wields tremendous power, this industry influences legislators, collaborates with think tanks which guides American legislation to require a yearly minimum incarceration quota of undocumented immigrants. The private prison industry power network has incremented the detainee population and has raised profits into the billions for this industry. They have accomplished this feat by criminalizing undocumented immigrants and asylum- seekers entering the United States.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

The Possibilities of Mental Time Travel
Addresses the argument that time travel is achievable through the manipulation of memories and visual imagery in the powerful human mind.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

The Role of LC-MS with Soft Ionization Techniques in Heroin
Heroin detection using gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) is a time-consuming process for forensics due to the derivatization process of the sample. To reduce analysis time, heroin and its metabolites in biological assays can be detected with liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (LC-MS) coupled with soft ionization processes such as electrospray ionization and sonic spray ionization. Direct analysis in real time (DART) is a method also used but it is independent of LC-MS systems.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

The Sustainability Efforts in Space Travel
A research project that involves all aspects of space travel and the related sustainability efforts.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Thermal Dependence of Metabolic Rates of Crayfish
An assessment of the thermal dependence of metabolic rates in signal and ringed crayfish in Southern Oregon.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Veganism Affecting the Environment
Is veganism the most environmentally sustainable diet that we have or is there another diet that is better for us and the environment?


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

War in Afghanistan
This poster explains the wars in Afghanistan and the reasons Americans should pay attention to this issue. It also gives background on the war and the effects it has on the Middle East and American soldiers.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Water Protector Project
It is critical that the representation of Native American culture in schools is accurate and contemporary. This will not only lead students to critical thinking, but also make sure that Native students will feel included in the curriculum. This project focused on Native American water rights and current issues. In the end, students were able to create a poster advocating for the protection of water.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

What Alternatives do we Have for Conventional Disposable Plastics?
A discussion on the current alternatives we have to conventional disposable plastics. It will also discuss the setbacks we have experienced and the possible ways of effectively implementing said alternatives.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:00pm AKDT

Yoga with Veterans with PTSD
How can the effects of yoga help settle PTSD episodes in veterans and why should we consider this method of alternative medicine over mainstream medicine.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union
  Poster

12:30pm AKDT

My First 55 years in Magic: A Report from the Road
Join Bill as he looks back over his life as a performer. He'll share stories of performing for religious zealots and gang-bangers, and blend in some of his favorite tricks, illusions and even some mentalism. Magic is the third oldest profession in the world, but what makes it work exactly? What is it that makes us enjoy being fooled and amazed since before the time of the Pharaohs? The art is continually changing and morphed significantly in the last half a century. So come on in. Pick a card?

Speakers
avatar for Bill Bateman

Bill Bateman

SOU/Reality Shifters Illusions
In addition to working at SOU as an Instructional Designer, I am a professional Magician and Illusionist. While I won't be explaining effects, I will be talking about how magic works and some of the changes in the profession over the last half Century. Bring your questions and suspend... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm AKDT
SU Foyer Stevenson Union

12:30pm AKDT

Raider Alternative Breaks 2019
Raider Alternative Breaks hosts 3 trips a year (one international, two domestic), and will present on the students' learning experiences as well as the overall Alt-Break curriculum.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:30pm - 1:00pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union

12:30pm AKDT

Event Planning with EPIC
The presenter has created a website for users to interact with and provide feedback on.


Thursday May 16, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm AKDT
Elmo's Stevenson Union

12:30pm AKDT

Shark Fin Soup
A series of paintings using Acrylic on canvas.

Artists

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union

1:00pm AKDT

Military Sexual Assault Awareness (MST)
This is an 11-minute video that brings awareness to Military Sexual Trauma (MST) which occurs to both men and women in the armed forces. Sexual violence can cause psychological and physical trauma for the survivor which can result in negative impacts that last for years after the event. This video provides statistics and facts relating to MST while highlighting that help is available to survivors and illustrating how people can be negatively affected.


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm AKDT
SU 313 Stevenson Union
  Exhibition

1:00pm AKDT

Queersources
The presenter has created a website for users to interact with and provide feedback on.


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm AKDT
SU Foyer Stevenson Union

1:30pm AKDT

Battle of Hungry Hill/Rogue Indian War
Key Military figures/persons (to include state militia), Military unit composition/formations/dispositions, tactics, weapon systems used, and location in the Rogue Valley, 1850-1856

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm AKDT
LIB 329 Hannon Library

1:30pm AKDT

Climate Change in Plastic
USEM students have rendered topics related to Climate Change in mosaics made from plastic food packaging.

Moderators
Thursday May 16, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm AKDT
Ed-Psych 196 Ed-Psych Building
  Exhibition

1:30pm AKDT

International Studies Capstone Presentations
International Studies majors will share their capstone projects.


Thursday May 16, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm AKDT
SU 319 Stevenson Union

3:00pm AKDT

"The Games I Play" from Falsettos
A performance of the song, "The Games I Play" from the musical, Falsetto.

Artists

Thursday May 16, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm AKDT
Elmo's Stevenson Union

3:30pm AKDT

Maternal Beliefs and Health
Pregnancy and childbirth are frequently treated as a medical emergency instead of as a significant biological event that may necessitate some medical help from time to time. In effect, medical interventions are used much more often than necessary. Newborns are greatly affected by intervention practices, and the negative ramifications have been documented through childhood into adolescence. Women tend to not be well-educated about innate processes or about medical options.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday May 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm AKDT
LIB 329 Hannon Library

3:30pm AKDT

Love, A Music Showcase
Musician will perform original songs and a few covers while playing the guitar or piano. This performance is dedicated to her favorite fan, Fela Winfrey.

Artists

Thursday May 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm AKDT
Elmo's Stevenson Union

4:00pm AKDT

Winning in the Wild
Excerpts from her memoir about growing up in Southeast Alaska, sharing demographics and details about the region, including traveling and adventures within high school culture due to extracurricular activities.

Speakers

Thursday May 16, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm AKDT
SU 319 Stevenson Union

4:30pm AKDT

American Creed: Community Conversations
The English Program, in collaboration with the Oregon Writing Project and the Multicultural Resource Center, hosts a screening of the documentary, American Creed. The film asks viewers to think about the ideals we share in common as a nation. After the film, we will facilitate a conversation on how to bridge divides and come together as a community.

Moderators
AA

Alma Alvarez

Professor of English, Southern Oregon University
Alma Rosa Alvarez is a professor of English at Southern Oregon University. Her specialties include Modernism and U.S. Ethnic Literature. Dr. Alvarez is also co-founder of the grassroots organization, the Racial Equity Coalition. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry.

Thursday May 16, 2019 4:30pm - 7:00pm AKDT
Meese Room Hannon Library
  Symposium
 
Friday, May 17
 

10:30am AKDT

EMCon Keynot Speakers
Lindsay Peck, Program Manager at Riot Games in Los Angeles & Trever Yarrish, CEO of Zeal in Grants Pass
are this year’s keynote speakers who are industry professionals and will share their knowledge and information about different career paths. They will also answer questions during a Q&A session.



Friday May 17, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am AKDT
SU 202 Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

EMCon Creator's Alley
SOU students will be showing their work at EMCon’s Creator’s Alley. These student-run booths showcase a variety of projects including video games, concept art, and other inviting work, so it’s always fun.

Friday May 17, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm AKDT
Rogue River Room Stevenson Union

12:00pm AKDT

The Future of the Profession: Key Research
Students will share their research on where their profession is headed, focusing on key research that influences their field of study.


Friday May 17, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm AKDT
SU 319 Stevenson Union

1:30pm AKDT