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Wofford announces 2009 Community of Scholars


SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Wofford College’s Community of Scholars, funded by the Fullerton Foundation and led by biology professor G.R. Davis, is designed to foster collegiality through a 10-week summer program and to create cross-disciplinary dialogue among students and faculty conducting research in the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities.

The undergraduate research fellows are pursuing their research projects on campus during the summer, working under the supervision of faculty mentors engaged in parallel or related research.

The research projects include a variety of disciplines, including science, the humanities, the social sciences and the fine arts. Early each fall semester, a public presentation will allow the fellows to summarize their projects. Abstracts will be collected each year for publication.

Students were selected for the Wofford College Community of Scholars program by a faculty committee based on proposals and faculty recommendations. Here are this year’s faculty and scholars and the projects they will undertake this summer.

Dr. A.K. Anderson
A Voice from the Chilean Night: The Problem of Evil in the Works of Roberto Bolano
Jennifer Finley
Eben Taylor: A Voice for Change
Katie Grainger
Batman: Pop Culture Icon or Modern Hero?

Dr. Stephane Baker
Characterization of Halothiobacillus neapolitanus CbbR deletion mutant
Courtney Gregory
Does CbbR regulate the expression of genes involved in carbon dioxide utilization in Thiomonas intermedia?
Nicole Woller
CbbR Regulation of the cso and ccb Operons in Thiomonas intermedia

Dr. Laura Barbas-Rhoden
Where I Belong: Latin(o) American Narratives of People, Place and Resistance in Bilingual Books for Children
Krista Jones
Color Me Verde
Nathan Redding
Color Me Verde

Dr. Camile Bethea
Is it Really a Dog Eat Dog World?: Women and the Game of Power in Mexican Fiction
Regina Fuller
From Slavery to Exclusion: Comparisons of African Identity in the Dominican Republic and Brazil

Dr. Mark Byrnes
The “Great Debate” over U.S. Intervention in World War II
Jenny Afkinich
No Room for Racism: Rock Hill, S.C. during the Civil Rights Movement
Shannon Brunner
Genocide and Famine as Tools of War in Africa: NGOs on the Front Lines

Dr. Christine Dinkins
A World on Edge: Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Science
Randolph Carlson
The Death of Epistemology? Lonergan in the Context of 20th Century Epistemology
Ben Dunlap
Cultural Notes: The World Music Experience

Dr. Cissy Fowler
Indigenous Fire Management in the Monsoonal Tropics
Sammy Nassri
The Potential and Current Uses of Biomedicine – TCM Hybridities
Hayes Modlin
Moving Outside the Realm of Conventional Allopathic Medicine

Dr. Karen Goodchild
Giorgio Vasari’s Understanding of Landscape Painting
Amy Chalmers
Gender, Race, and Class in English Children’s Illustration, 1860-1920
Sarah Hannah Newman
Cultural Influences on Colonial Architecture in South Carolina

Dr. Bryan Splawn
Detecting Fatty Free Acids in Human Saliva
Chelsea Nill
The Ability of Human Saliva to Hydrolyze Triglycerides into Fatty Acids and the Preferance of Rats for Oleic Acid during 24-Hour Tests
Harry Quedenfeld
The Ability of Human Saliva to Hydrolyze Triglycerides into Fatty Acids and the Preferance of Rats for Oleic Acid during 24-Hour Tests

Dr. John Ware
Women in Labor in the Drama of Elizabeth Inchbald
Sarah Harste
Exploration and Colonization: A Survey of Representations of the Female Body as Territory