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WIU Student Scholars to Present Research at Student Speaker Series Feb. 22, 28

February 13, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University College of Arts and Sciences Spring 2018 Student Speaker Series, from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 22 and Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Currens Hall 205, will give 13 undergraduate scholars an opportunity to share their research across CAS disciplines.

Students will present on the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics.

Students presenting at the two events include:

Thursday, Feb. 22

• Tess Tyler, a senior English major from Pleasant Plains, IL: "Exploring Literature Through Action Strategies"

• Rachel Eaton, a senior history major from Yorkville, IL: "Forever Responsible: Anti-Semitic Propaganda and Those Who Created It"

• Jake Lambert, a senior physics major from Winthrop Harbor, IL: "Applications of Radio Astronomy in the Study of Massive Star Forming Regions and the Search for Planet Nine"

• Lindsay Gleason, a senior sociology major from Normal, IL: "Knowledge is Power: Patterns of Perception about Sexual Assault"

• Mary Street, a senior biology major from Joplin, MO: "Health Effects of Bot Fly Infection on White-Footed Mice"

• Erika Nickelson, a senior foreign languages and cultures and political science major, of Batavia, IL, and Madeline Heinzer, a senior foreign languages and cultures and political science major, of Sugar Grove, IL: "Learning Across Borders: Language and International Education"

Wednesday, Feb. 28

• Abby Rocha, a senior mathematics major from Altoona, IA: "Mathematical Practices Prevalent in STEM Careers"

• Rebecca McCollum, a senior anthropology major from Fowler, IL: "Ergot and Beyond"

• Natasha Kelch, a senior psychology major from Peoria, IL: "I Want to Feel Sad"

• Mallika Asar, a senior chemistry major from Lisle, IL: "Phage Display Selection of Ovarian Cancer Targeting Phage Clones for In Vivo Near-Infrared Optical Imaging"

• Jazzy Thomas, a senior African American studies major, of Chicago, IL: "Filters of Fetishes: The Hyper-Sexualization of Black Women in Mass Media"

• Francesca Hamm, a senior political science and English major, of Macomb: "Why We Need Fiction in the Era of Fake News: Literature, Empathy, and Personal Policy Preferences"

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