Xavier Students Publish and Present Research, Attend Conferences

March 7, 2012

These Xavier students have distinguished themselves as follows:

In January, seven female physics majors from Xavier University’s sophomore, junior, and senior classes attended the 5th Annual Midwest Women in Physics Conference at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, with faculty member Justin Link. The Xavier group of seven was the largest from one school at the conference.
Teckla Akinyi – sophomore 
Jenna Graham of Hicksville, OH – sophomore 
Alexis Debell of Loveland – junior 
Laura Kaiser of Cincinnati – junior (second year in physics)
Ariel Prentice of Dayton – senior 
Emma Bradford, of Whitefish Bay, WI – sophomore 
Lauren Lopez of Houston – sophomore
This was one of 6 regional conferences across the nation to help women continue in physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference as well as gain information about graduate school and professions in physics. The students were given access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they could share experiences, advice, and ideas. This included talks by faculty, panel discussions about graduate school and careers in physics, presentations and discussions about women in physics, laboratory tours, student research talks, and several meals during which presenters and students interact with each other. Their attendance was entirely supported by the department of physics along with grants from the American Institute of Physics.

Andrew Del Bene of Mt. Vernon, NY, a freshman in Xavier University’s Honors Bachelor of Arts program, medaled in his fall crew regatta. He rowed in the collegiate Novice 8 boat that placed first.

Juan Martir of Brooklyn, a freshman in Xavier University’s Honors Bachelor of Arts program, has been translating archived Jesuit documents from Latin to English under the guidance of Xavier archivist, Fr. Tom Kennealy.

Sean Minion of Lexington, a junior in Xavier University’s Honors Bachelor of Arts program, is president of Harmon-X. The musical group performed the National Anthem at a men’s basketball game and the Alma Mater at the inauguration of the new Saint Francis Xavier Statue on campus. Sean organized an alternative spring break for Harmon-X to do some building in Appalachia. He also appeared in the school’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. On March 15-16, Sean will present research at the Miami University Undergraduate Classics Conference.

Leslie Osborne of Erlanger will be presenting her research The Purpose of Language: Sign Language as Empowerment at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Leslie is a senior in the Honors Bachelor of Arts program at Xavier University. The work of 9 Xavier students was selected to be presented. Students are able to view other exemplary research and gain experience presenting their work.

Jensen Kolaczko of Lorain, OH, a junior in Xavier University’s Honors Bachelor of Arts program, is a co-author of "Gender Differences in the Anatomy of the Distal Femur" in the March 2011 issue of Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 

Samuel Carter of Cincinnati will be presenting his research Shame and Disgust at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Samuel is a senior philosophy major in the Honors Bachelor of Arts program at Xavier University. The work of 9 Xavier students was selected to be presented. Students are able to view other exemplary research and gain experience presenting their work.

Natalie Clark of Norwood will be displaying her work Beauty through Chaos at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Natalie is a senior art major at Xavier University. The work of 9 Xavier students was selected to be presented. Students are able to view other exemplary research and gain experience presenting their work.

Robert Miller of Cincinnati will be presenting his research Deborah Ellis’s Breadwinner Trilogy And Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns: Testimonies Against Violence And Oppression In Afghanistan at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Robert is a senior English major at Xavier University. The work of 9 Xavier students was selected to be presented. Students are able to view other exemplary research and gain experience presenting their work.

Megan Green of Cincinnati will be presenting her research Law Of Diminishing Returns Applied To Presidential Rhetoric at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Megan is a senior political science major at Xavier University in Cincinnati. The work of 9 Xavier students was selected to be presented. Students are able to view other exemplary research and gain experience presenting their work.

Timothy Horton of Cincinnati had his poster submission Creating And Controlling An Array Of Magnetic Nanowires Using Magnetotactic Bacteria selected to be displayed in the National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2012 Posters on the Hill program in which undergraduate research is presented in the US Capitol Building to politicians and staff members. His was one of only 74 posters selected from over 850 applications. He was mentored in his research by Dr. Heidrun Schmitzer from Xavier’s department of physics. The NCUR is March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Timothy is a senior physics major at Xavier University. The work of 9 Xavier students was selected to be presented. Students are able to view other exemplary research and gain experience presenting their work.

Lee Little of Brownsburg, IN will be presenting his research I Left Indianapolis Because The Money Was Gone: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s Roots at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Lee is a senior history major at Xavier University in Cincinnati. The work of 9 Xavier students was selected to be presented. Students are able to view other exemplary research and gain experience presenting their work.

Catherine Della Lucia of Royal Oak, MI will be displaying her work The Grieving Heart Still Beats: A Series of Resin Figures at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Catherine is a senior art major at Xavier University in Cincinnati. The work of 9 Xavier students was selected to be presented. Students are able to view other exemplary research and gain experience presenting their work.

Charlie Rosebrough of Wildwood, MO, a freshman in Xavier University’s Honors Bachelor of Arts program, has been translating archived Jesuit documents from Latin to English under the guidance of Xavier archivist, Fr. Tom Kennealy.

Samantha Groark of O’Fallon, MO will be presenting her research Textuality, Sexuality, And Obscenity Law: An Examination Of The Trial Of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” And Cold War Culture at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Samantha is a senior English major at Xavier University in Cincinnati. The work of 9 Xavier students was selected to be presented. Students are able to view other exemplary research and gain experience presenting their work.