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Undergraduate Research
Spring 2003

These faculty mentored undergraduate research projects are underway in the spring 2003 semester. For more information on undergraduate research at La Salle - or on becoming a faculty mentor - please contact Jim Butler, Director of the Undergraduate Research program, or visit the program Web site.

Jason Ager, “The Poetry of Else Lasker Schüler” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Bernhardt Blumenthal)

Brenda Brabham, “Gender Difference in Ethical Decision-Making” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Lynn Miller)

Ludwika Chrzastowska, “Integration of Poland Into the European Union” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Edward Turzanski)

Renée D’Angelo, “Study of Instructional Procedures and Interventions for the Autistic Student” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Carole Patrylo)

Colleen Davin, “Jealousy, Gender, and Sexual Intimacy” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Lynn Collins)

Lindsay DeMuth, “Development of Emotion Perception in Infants” (Faculty Member: Prof. Diane Montague; collaborative project with Jennifer E. Higgins and Jolene Westraad)

Elena DiGiovanna, “The Effects of a Human Sexuality Course on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Comfort About Sexuality Among College Students” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Janine Mariscotti)

Richard Haas, “Mental Imagery in Tunnel Vision Patients” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Sharon Armstrong)

Jennifer E. Higgins, “Development of Emotion Perception in Infants” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Diane Montague; collaborative project with Lindsay DeMuth and Jolene Westraad)

Stephen J. Kohut “Psycopharmacology” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Ellen Walker)

W. Thomas McAllister, “Literary Representations of the Holocaust” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Marjorie Allen)

Adam McGrath, “Irish Art and Literature: Louis le Brocquy and Seamus Heaney” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Siobhan Conaty)

Merisa Palovcak and Magdalena Wilson will present their research on "A Language Inquiry Model for Developing Science with Young Children" at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Convention, in March 2003, in Harrisburg. (Faculty Mentor: Evelyn Klein)

Joshua Schneiderman, “Thomas Pynchon” (Faculty Mentor: Brother Gabriel Fagan)

Jillian Szczepaniak-Gillece, “Shakespeare and Mental Illness” (Faculty Mentor: Prof. Claire Busse)

Jolene Westraad, “Development of Emotion Perception in Infants” (Faculty Member: Prof. Diane Montague; collaborative project with Jennifer E. Higgins and Lindsay DeMuth)

Undergraduate Research in Psychology

Dr. Ellen Walker consistently mentors undergraduate student researchers in her psychology lab. Dr. Walker describes her work with undergraduates as follows: "My goal has been to introduce the psychology and biology undergraduate students to alll levels of the research process. They conduct the experiments, analyze their data, present their findings at local, regional, and national conferences, and may even publish a journal article."

Students currently working with Dr. Walker include:
Edward K. Brown, Jr., Biology
Amy M. Falcone, Biology
Richard Hass, Psychology
Stephen J. Kohut, Psychology
Amy Schneider, Biology
Christopher Plachta, Psychology/Criminal Justice
Steven Sterious, Biology (Temple University)

Their work is represented in the following publications and presentations. (Student names in italics.)

Articles in refereed journals

Sterious, S.N. and Walker, E.A. Pharmacological characterization of the selective, m-opioid peptide antagonist CTAP [D-Phe-Cys-Tyr-D-Tryp-Lys-Thr-Pen-Thr-NH2] in the rat warm-water tail-withdrawal procedure. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 304:301-309.

Abstracts and presentations

Plachta, C.R. Kohut, S. Hass, R., Falcone, A.M., Brown, E.K., Walker, E.A. Rate-decreasing effects of 5-HT2C compounds in mice and rats. Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society, Wilmington, DE, September 30, 2002.

Sterious, S.N., Brown, E.K., Falcone, A.M., Hass, R., Kohut, S., Schneider, A., Walker, E.A. Comparison of naloxone, naltrexone, and nalorphine as precipitators of withdrawal jumping in mice. Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society, Wilmington, DE, September 30, 2002.

Brown, E.K. Potency analysis for behavioral disruption produced by atypical antidepressants in rats. Kimmel Cancer Center Undergraduate Poster Competition, Philadelphia, PA, October, 2002.

Falcone, A.M. Opioid antagonists differentially precipitate withdrawal jumping in morphine dependent mice. Kimmel Cancer Center Undergraduate Poster Competition, Philadelphia, PA, October, 2002.

Walker, E.A., Plachta, C.R., Sterious, S.N. Naltrexone and naloxone can be differentiated according to relative efficacy in the mouse precipitated withdrawal jumping assay. Presented at the Society for Neurosciences, Orlando, FL, November, 2002.

Hass, R.W., Kohut, S.J., Walker, E.A. Chronic treatment with serotonin agonists and antagonists produces tolerance and sensitization to the rate-decreasing effects of m-chloropiperazine (mCPP) in rats. Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD, March, 2003.

Kohut, S.J., Hass, R.W., Walker, E.A. Pharmacological investigation of the aversive stimulus porperties of serotonin agonist MK212. Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD, March, 2003.

Plachta, C.R.,Walker, E.A. Rate decreasing effects of serotonin2C agonist and antagonists in Swiss-Webster mice. Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD, March, 2003.

 


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