2017 Summer Scholars

To learn more about this scholarship, see the Summer Research Scholarship website.

 


Hannah Bailey | American Studies

Research Interests

Bailey's dissertation is a cultural/political history of personhood and how state power works to define and negotiate personhood differentially through different institutions. She is looking at institutions in the state of Kansas, but ultimately argue that these institutional sites provide lenses into state power more broadly. Bailey's chosen sites are also Haskell, as well as Leavenworth County as a site of carcerality and militarism, the institution of slavery in the "free" state, a volunteer national guard unit that was called to fight in the Philippines during the Spanish American war, and the Menninger psychiatric clinic.

 


Randy David | Anthropology

Research Interests

David’s research attempts to elucidate genetic diversity distribution patterns present in a region of Peruvian Amazonia where intensive migration has been occurring. There is historical evidence of admixture in the studied region among autochthonous Amazonian peoples, Andean peoples, West Africans, Spaniards, Italians, Chinese, and others. Genetic variation patterns associated with age, sex, language, place of residence, and other factors have the potential of being established. Genetic diversity indices are the foundation to understanding the formation of modern human population centers, from an evolutionary perspective, and have implications regarding adaptation to novel environments, drug efficacy, complex disease mapping, and epidemic prevention.

 


Cate Wisdom | Anthropology

Research Interests

Wisdom’s research is developing a bio-nanointerface for medical implant materials to prevent bacterial attachment which could lead to infection and implant failure. The interface is engineered using multiple function peptides with an antimicrobial peptide domain and a titanium metal anchoring peptide domain joined through an engineered peptide spacer in a single biological molecule. This molecule self-assembles on the implant surface in a single step application process and creates an antimicrobial biological interface on the implant surface. 

 


Arda Karaaslan | Business

Research Interests

Karaaslan's research interests focus on the relationship between idiosyncratic (firm specific) risk and the aggregate mispricing of the stocks. He examines which models are the most suitable for and best performing in forecasting the idiosyncratic volatility(IVOL) of stock returns. Karaaslan uses the estimates of these from the models to then examine how IVOL is related to expected returns and the aggregate mispricing of the stocks- where mispricing is defined by exposure to well known anomalies in the finance and accounting literature. 

 


Chaohui Li | Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Research Interests

Li's current research focuses on the composite action between precast prestressed bridge girder and cast-in-place concrete deck. Her interests include behavior and design of reinforced concrete members and structures, earthquake engineering, structural analysis and computer modeling. 

 


Carolina Bejarano | Clinical Child Psychology Program

Research Interests

Bejarano’s research focuses on understanding psychosocial drivers of health-related behavior in youth, in order to inform effective interventions for promoting mental and physical well-being. She is particularly interested in dietary behavior and hedonic appetite in adolescents, and the processes by which individual differences predict food choices. Some of her work will investigate inhibitory control, hedonic appetite, and palatable food consumption in adolescents. 

 


Haley Vellinga | Communication Studies

Research Interests

Vellinga's research focuses on how individuals communicate their past lived experience(s) through the phenomenon known as backstory communication. Mikhail Bakhtin's views on heteroglossia, polyphony, and centripetal and centrifugal forces are the impetus for understanding how individuals with stigmatized backstories explain parts of their identity. In doing so, backstory communication provides an interpretive, theoretical framework that seeks to challenge the role of hegemonic discourses and power within our culture. 

 


Kathryn Ingenloff | Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests

Ingenloff is broadly interested in exploring the impacts of humans and anthropogenic climate change on species’ geographical ecology. Her current research aims to maximize capacity of correlative modeling methods to estimate and anticipate distributions of highly mobile and behaviorally complex species (e.g., pelagic seabirds), emphasizing improvements using open source data and platforms, and with an eye towards informing conservation prioritization and planning.

 


Stefanie Torres | English

Research Interests

Torres’s research focus includes memoir writing and Latina/o narratives. Specifically, her work focuses on migrant farm work, the Chicano Rights Movement, and family histories.

 

 


Christina Lord | French and Italian

Research Interests

Lord’s dissertation research focuses on fluctuating human identities in the works of four creators of modern French science fiction literature or film: J.H. Rosny aîné, Jean-Claude Dunyach, Luc Besson, and Eric Chevillard. For her theoretical framework, Lord uses the interdisciplinary theory of posthumanism, which questions the ethical and social implications of 1) human superiority over nonhuman entities and of 2) the physical and intellectual enhancement of humans through technology. In the works of Rosny, Dunyach, Besson, and Chevillard, she explores contact between humans and nonhumans, such as integrations between humans and artificial intelligence (cyborgs), or the extinction of an alien species caused by humans.

 


Sarah Bell | History

Research Interests

Bell, a doctoral candidate in History, is conducting research on women’s political activism in Colorado and Kansas between 1880 and 1916. Specifically, she analyzes how women used the Chautauqua, a cultural movement focused on moral edification and self-improvement for the middle class, to conduct outreach and activism in promotion of the woman suffrage and temperance movements. Bell's research contributes to scholarship on woman suffrage and the Chautauqua through a comparative analysis of how these national movements intersected in two states that had similarities with their political atmosphere, region, and moral causes, yet differed in the timing of achieving woman suffrage and prohibition.

 


Chan Yen-Yi | History of Art

Research Interests

Yen-Yi’s dissertation inquiries into how Buddhist architecture and visual imagery were employed in the formulation of collective memories and family history by investigating the Nan’endo (South Round Hall) at Kofukuji temple in Nara, Japan, and its Buddhist icons. She examines the creation of the hall in 813, its transformation to a miraculous site for generating family success in the mid-eleventh century, and its destruction and reconstruction during 1181-1189. 

 


Abdullah Jamos | Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders

Research Interests

Jamos's research focuses on the auditory efferent system using electrophysiological measures. This research aims to describe the changes happening in the human inner ear as a result of activating a neural pathway that descends from the brainstem to the inner ear. Also, the purpose of this research is to develop a clinical tool for evaluating the auditory efferent system function. Understanding and evaluating the auditory efferent system is very important as it appears to play a role in protecting our hearing against loud noises, and improve our ability in understanding speech in the presence of background noise.

 


Roseann Pluretti | Journalism and Mass Communications

Research Interests

Pluretti’s research explores the intersections of social media, gender, and adolescent development. Her study will examine how adolescents' social media use may shape their gender identity development. Pluretti will work with adolescents in focus groups to understand their common uses of social media and how this may affect their perceptions of gender and their own gender identity development.

 


Fazel Hadadifard | Mathematics

Research Interests

Hadadifard's research is focused on "the regularity of the Navier-Stokes related PDEs". Many physical phenomenons are modeled by Navier-Stokes type system. In particular, he works on the regularity of the Boussinesq system of equations, a Navier-Stocks system which models the motion of the oceanic waves. Hadadifard also examines the regularity of the Magnetohydrodynamics system, another Navier-Stocks system, which models the magnetic properties of the electrically conducting fluids, including plasma, liquid metals, and electrolytes.

 


Dorothy Glick Maglione | Music

Research Interests

Glick Maglione is currently researching the microcosm of American musical life at the Ellis Island Immigration Station, operational 1892-1954. Her work explores the undercurrents of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and religion evident in the musical selections and performers featured at the regularly occurring concerts for detainees. In addition, Glick Maglione is examining several immigrant musicians, known as prominent American musical figures, whose families entered the country through Ellis Island. 

 


Eugenia Hernandez-Ruiz | Music Education & Music Therapy

Research Interests

Hernandez-Ruiz’s current research interests include music therapy as an early childhood intervention for at-risk children and children with autism. Her dissertation is focused on creating parent-mediated, music-based interventions that empower families, and improve developmental trajectories for these children.

 


Donald Lee Brown | Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests

Lee Brown uses measurements of the different chemical elements present in a star's atmosphere to investigate processes occurring beneath the stellar surface. He is currently working on creating a tool that uses machine learning to quickly interpret stellar data. This will enable analyses of large data sets at a greater level of accuracy than existing methods, and will ultimately help astronomers test models of stellar structure and trace the galaxy-wide buildup of the heavy elements necessary to support life. 

 


Sierra Watt | Political Science

Research Interests

Watt researches the role of female leadership with Native American tribal governments. She traces the gender gap within tribal councils, through both quantitative and qualitative measures. The aim of the study is to better understand the role of tribal, cultural values on modern, gender dynamics, as well as to test standard, political science explanations for where women choose to run for political office in an area previously unexamined. Watt hopes that her work encourages more women to run for tribal government in the future. 

 


Kelsey Hagan | Psychology

Research Interests

Hagan’s research focuses on understanding neurocognitive dysfunction associated with eating disorders and how dysfunction of neurocognitive systems contributes to the etiology, maintenance, and course of eating disorders. Specifically, Hagan is interested in better understanding the functioning of the reward-processing (e.g., positive affect) and cognitive control systems, the interplay of these systems, and their contribution to bulimia nervosa symptom expression. Hagan hopes that the results of her work will inform more targeted and effective treatments for bulimia nervosa.  

 


Eunji Nam | Social Welfare

Research Interests

Nam’s overarching scholarly goal centers on mental health promotion, in particular, improving mental health service utilization and providing quality care for young people with serious mental illness. Inspired by the social convoy model, this summer research investigates the differential impact of family, friend, and intimate partner relationships on mental health recovery for young adults with severe mental illness. Findings from this study will provide a foundation to create developmentally appropriate interventions that promote mental health service utilization and improve service outcomes for young adults with severe mental illness. 

 


Basil (Bo) Cassell | Sociology

Research Interests

Cassell's research interests include the interaction of Christianity and culture, specifically, how they form a mutually influential relationship in areas such as consumerism. Based on his observations this summer, Cassell's dissertation research broadened to explore a new typology of Protestant Churches, whether churches are attempting to be culturally relevant through a market individualist approach or through a community oriented approach. Building on the works of Bellah, et al, Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life, and Emerson and Smiley’s forthcoming work, Market Cities, People Cities, he is looking at how the continuum of these church approaches interact with the worldview of church attendees. This Summer Scholarship allowed Cassell to conduct participant observation and interviews in 14 churches across 5 states. 


Ginett Pineda | Spanish and Portuguese

Research Interests

Pineda's research examines the social, political, and cultural significance of indigenous discourses about the Pachamama, literally “Earth Mother,” and representations of the various kinds of relationships runakuna (Andean people) forge with her in the highlands. Influenced by ecocritical and postcolonial perspectives on literature and culture, Pineda explores the pervasive social, political and historical role of these cultural representations of the land, nature and ecological relations deemed sacred in the Andean region.

 


Corinne Schwarz | Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Research Interests

Schwarz's research explores the role of identity in street-level bureaucracies, focusing particularly on organizations that work with exploited or trafficked persons in the Midwest. Her dissertation uses surveys and qualitative interviews with service providers to understand how stereotypes and norms shape organizational anti-trafficking efforts.​

 



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