news-category: Academics Gardner-Webb Undergraduate and Graduate Students Present Research in Annual Event By Office of University Communications On February 22, 2023 Life of the Scholar-Multidisciplinary Conference Features Topics From Arts, Sciences and Health BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University students will present their undergraduate and graduate research on March 4 at the annual Life of the Scholar-Multidisciplinary Conference (LOTS-MC). The event begins at 8:30 in Stewart Hall, Tucker Student Center, with remarks by Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Research Dr. June Hobbs, Digital Scholarship and User Experience Librarian Holly Mabry and Professor of English Dr. Shea Stuart. Since its inception in 1996, the conference has allowed students to share their research with the community, stimulate creative thinking, and enhance their resumes with a professional conference credit. The event is hosted by LOTS, an informal but dedicated group of GWU professors and students who work to take experiences from the classroom into the wider community. The day is divided into three sessions. During the first session from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., psychology topics will be presented in Stewart Hall; literature research in Faith Hall; and topics from natural sciences in Hope Hall. The second session from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. will be a faculty showcase in Stewart Hall. Presentations will be presented by Dr. Aihua Zhang, Dr. David Campell, Dr. Stefka Eddins, Dr. Ben Brooks and Dr. Venita Totten. Lunch is from noon to 1 p.m. The final session begins at 1:15 p.m. and features religious studies topics in Hope Hall, psychology two and sociology in Faith Hall, political science and history in Stewart Hall, and literature in the Tucker Theater. At 2:30 p.m., everyone will gather for cake and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the student researchers. The LOTS-MC steering committee includes Hobbs, Stuart, Mabry, Dr. Bruce Moser, Hannah Wylder, Dr. Meredith Rowe, and chair of the LOTS Advisory Board Dr. Arielle McKee. Administrative and tech support are provided by Debbie Hill and Jordan Turner. The event is open to the public. Reservations are requested by March 1 by emailing Shea Stuart, [email protected]. Presenter Schedule Session I – 9 to 10:15 a.m. Psychology, Stewart Hall Micah MoulderTikTok and the Likelihood to Self-Diagnose Mental Disorders Mentor: Dr. Iva Naydenova James Noah SeipA Psychological Perspective on Christian Martyrdom Mentor: Dr. James Morgan Alissa CarpenterThe Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic Isolation on Multiple Aspects of Child and Adolescent Lives Mentor: Dr. Meredith Rowe Literature, Faith Hall Brandon RichmondWriting and World-Building Mentor: Dr. Chris Davis Benjamin FlournoyFrom Folklore to Fantasy: Chronotopic Evolution in the Witcher Novels Mentor: Dr. Janet Land Paula HarvieCasa tomada y Peronismo (House Taken and Peronism) Mentor: Dr. Charles Moore Sherri MoyeThe Heroine’s Journey in 18th Century Gothic Literature Mentor: Dr. Shea Stuart Natural Sciences, Hope Hall Jared Reeder and Katie WilsonAn In-Vitro Study of the Effects of Essential Oils on Human Skin Microbiome Mentor: Dr. Meredith Rowe Nicole L. RihaIsolation of Citral from Lemongrass: Steam Distillation, Spectroscopy, and GC-MS Analysis Mentor: Dr. Ben Brooks Emma RayfieldPorifera: Biology and Medicinal Properties Mentor: Dr. David Campbell Madison MintzIs CRISPR a Potential Treatment for Huntington’s Disease? Mentor: Professor Susan Manahan Session II – 10:30-11:45 a.m. Faculty Showcase, Stewart Hall Chair: Anita Sanders Aihua Zhang The Making of Modern Female Citizens in Republican Beijing David Campbell Beware of Bogus Barcodes Stefka Eddins, Ben Brooks, and Venita Totten Session III – 1:15-2:30 p.m. Religious Studies, Hope Hall Brandon RichmondSex Work and the Old Testament Mentor: Dr. Paula Qualls Payton FarleyWomen in Auschwitz Mentor: Dr. Eddie Step Abigail HackworthCreation Theme in Psalm 104 Mentor: Dr. Paula Qualls Rebecca MajorelReading Rahab through the Lens of Colonization Mentor: Dr. Anna Sieges Beal Psychology II/Sociology, Faith Hall Haley BakerAutism as Seen in the Mirror Mentors: Dr. Dianne Sykes Erin WhiteSchizophrenia in Women: Cause for a New Approach to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Accommodations Mentor: Dr. James Morgan Sarah MorrowThe Parental Effects of Addiction on Child Development Mentor: Dr. James Morgan Marissa DiMatteoCollege Involvement on Campus and Its Relationship to Undergraduate GPA Dr. Iva Naydenova Political Science/History, Stewart Hall Michelle LominacThe New Public Square: Social Media and the First Amendment Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Amato Emily CoxMiddle Eastern Media Framing Mentor: Dr. Lisa Luedeman Bethany MaceParallel Paths: The Central Branch and The Phyllis Wheatley Branch (Charlotte, NC YWCA) Mentor: Dr. Aihua Zhang Rebekah VaughnThe Supreme Court’s Jurisprudence from Roe to Dobbs Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Amato Literature, Theater Ashley RichPublic Libraries as Rural Infrastructure Mentor: Dr. Arielle McKee Sherri MoyeThe Importance of Mythology in YA Literature as Seen through an Ecocritical Lens Mentor: Dr. Arielle McKee Zoe MinaSustainability at Gardner-Webb University Mentor: Dr. Arielle McKee Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 10 working days prior to the event. 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