Honors Project Summaries, 2021-2022

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Anthropology

Writer: Natalie Lamonto
Faculty Advisor: Mark Jenike
Topic: Evaluating the Application of the Collective Impact Model in Collaborative Health Efforts: A Case Study on Weight of the Fox Valley, 2013-2019
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The Collective Impact Model gained popularity in collaborative health efforts immediately after its introduction in the Stanford Review in 2011. With it being a decade after its introduction, I set out to provide a critical perspective on the application of the Collective Impact Model through a retrospective study of Weight of the Fox Valley (WOTFV) – a tri-county community health initiative that lasted from 2013-2019. Using empirical methods such as archival research and qualitative interviews, I sought to understand how WOTFV’s adherence to the Collective Impact Model advanced or impeded their desired outcomes within the community. With these insights from WOTFV, I provide an example of how Collective Impact works in a real-world setting as well as a better understanding of what contributes to effectiveness in a community-based initiative.

 

Biology

Writer: Dylan McMurray
Faculty Advisor: Israel Del Toro
Topic: NoMowMay 21: How Citizen Science Projects Can Potentially Decrease the Effects of Social Isolation
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English

Writer: Alex Chand
Faculty Advisor: Melissa Range
Topic: Charting Autistic Voices: Developing a Contemporary Autism Poetics
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Geosciences

Writer: Katie Mahorney
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Knudsen
Topic: Evaluating the Biogeochemical Effects of Enhanced Rock Weathering at Lawrence University
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On geologic timescales, the weathering of silicate rocks is among the most powerful negative feedbacks controlling atmospheric CO2. However, this process is too slow to meaningfully impact our current climate crisis. Enhanced rock weathering (ERW) is one of the most promising carbon capture strategies to remove anthropogenic carbon from the atmosphere. Models suggest that by crushing silicate rocks such as basalt to increase surface area, the process of rock weathering can be accelerated to sequester enough carbon to be significant on human timescales. At Lawrence University, ERW is being investigated to (1) field test the actual efficacy of the geochemical models that predict promising results for ERW, and to (2) test how the model responds to different soil and climatic conditions. Chemical analyses were conducted to determine the mineralogical changes in the soil with response to the basalt. ICP, SEM-EDS, qXRD, and pH were measured to find the relative concentrations of magnesium and titanium within the sample, secondary mineral growth, temporal mineralogical changes, and the concentration of H+ ions respectively. My work at Lawrence will contribute to improving the biogeochemical models of ERW and provide a framework for the feasibility of ERW as a long-term carbon storage mechanism in the Midwest.

 


Government

Writer: Samuel LaRoi
Faculty Advisor: Arnold Shober
Topic: The Effects of Correctional Education on Recidivism in Wisconsin
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Government

Writer: Matthew Peters
Faculty Advisor: Steven Wulf
Topic: A Utilitarian Analysis of Criminal Punishment, Pretrial Systems, and Civil Liberty
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History

Writer: Erin Jackson
Faculty Advisors: Gregory Milano
Topic: Theodor Eicke and His Contribution to the Nazi Party: Essay on the Development of the Nazi Concentration Camp System and the Totenkopf Division of the Waffen-SS
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History

Writer: Ethan P. Wilmes
Faculty Advisor: Edmund M. Kern
Topic: An Absence of Elephants in the Room: Religion, Philosophy, and Negative Numbers in Albert Girard's A New Discovery in Algebra
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Music Theory

Writer: Hannah Foote
Faculty Advisor: Becky Perry
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Music Theory

Writer: Kylie Zajdel
Faculty Advisor: Ian Bates
Topic: Appropriation, Appreciation, or Something Else Entirely? An Analysis of Alexandre Georges' "A la Kasbah"
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Neuroscience

Writer: Moeka Kamiya
Faculty Advisor: Brian Piasecki
Topic: Rumination and the Gut Microbiota: Effects of a Brief Mindfulness Intervention
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Philosophy

Writer: Ethan P. Wilmes
Faculty Advisors: Chloe Armstrong
Topic: An Absence of Elephants in the Room: Religion, Philosophy, and Negative Numbers in Albert Girard's A New Discovery in Algebra
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Psychology

Writer: Naomi Curran
Faculty Advisor: Lori M. Hilt
Topic: Evaluating the Moderating Effect of Gender on Adolescents Internalizing Symptoms Throughout COVID-19
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Psychology

Writer: Moeka Kamiya
Faculty Advisor: Lori M. Hilt
Topic: Rumination and the Gut Microbiota: Effects of a Brief Mindfulness Intervention
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