Cynthia Alonso '14
Major: Environmental Science with an Environmental Conservation and Biology Track
LEEP Project: Internship at Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
Description: I am doing a summer internship along with Doug Rice ’14 at the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, one of the most active land protection NGO’s in the state of Massachusetts. Besides working on our two major projects involving water quality and macroinvertebrate sampling in the Otter River watershed and invasive plant surveys of Mt. Grace conservation lands, we will have the opportunity to gain experience in conservation restriction monitoring, habitat improvement efforts, and public outreach.
Taylor Bearden '14
LEEP Project: Localizing empowerment, access, and possibility: Building a community development financial institution for Worcester’s Main South Neighborhood
Description: I am working with the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce to advance the framework to support the development and sustainability of small business. This research will inform the development of a business model for a Community Development Financial Institution serving Worcester’s Main South district.
Sam Bishop '14
Description:I am a junior here at Clark majoring in psychology and philosophy, in the hopes of one day becoming a child psychologist. I believe in the healing powers of creativity, nature, and uninhibited expression and these trajectories have largely led me to being a part of planning the upcoming event on April 5th: REVERB. I have learned a lot about creativity in psychology and daily life throughout my time working in the classroom on my capstone seminar: Creativity, Collaboration and Human Development, from which REVERB was created. I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned in this class, updates on how the event is progressing, and our plans for REVERB’s future.
LEEP Course: Creativity, Collaboration, and Human Development
Professor: Seana Moran, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Course Description: Creativity is central to what makes us human. This capstone seminar explores what creativity is, its collaborative nature, and what role it plays in individual, societal and cultural development over time. We will use a Vygotskian and dynamic systems perspective to contextualize the ways creativity has been studied and to explore how creativity stimulates the purposeful generation of ideas and products in the arts, sciences, technology, business, and social institutions. We will examine theory and research as well as case studies to discuss the individual and collaborative experiences, opportunities, challenges, contexts, and effects of creativity.
Alexis Carlson '13
LEEP Project: Communicating the excitement of scientific discovery
Description: This summer I will be wrapping up my research on the NSF supported PolyPEET project under the direction of post-doctoral fellow Alfredo Justo. The project focuses on the taxonomy of a genus of mushroom forming fungi called Trametes. I will be using this research to explore the different ways that the excitement of scientific discovery can be communicated.
Anastassios Dardas '14
LEEP Project: Mapping Population Factors and Home Health Care Provider Costs, Quality, and Outcomes
Description: Visiting Nurse Association of New England (VNANE) provides health care services to homebound patients which include acute care discharge and pre-acute chronic care conditions in order to prevent the high necessity of institutional services. By using GIS, VNANE’s mission is to ensure and provide better care, better health, and lower costs to home health care patients.
Kulani Panapitiya Dias '13
LEEP Project: Justifying Atrocities: Moral Disengagement, In-Group Glorification & Essentialism in Post-War Sri Lanka.
Description: I am currently conducting research into moral disengagement, in-group glorification and essentialism in post-war Sri Lanka for my double-honors thesis in Psychology & English. I interview and survey Sinhalese and Tamil individuals in this post-war setting and am interested in investigating the means by which ethnic/racial groups such as these justify the moral transgressions that their in-group may commit in times of conflict.
Andrew Doig '14
LEEP Project: “WaterFire Videography and Media Internship”
Description: Working directly with the Associate Media Producer, this intership will involve assisting in video production, post-production and marketing projects for the 2013 WaterFire season. Projects and tasks might include capturing significant occurrences during WaterFire lightings, assisting in various marketing projects utilizing video captured during the season, editing and post-production work on material for both internal and external sources, working with and organizing the WaterFire Media Library, and assisting in the program and project development.
Rebecca Rood Goldman '14
LEEP Project: The Art of Biology
Description: I am studying the evolution of terrestrial leeches under the guidance of Dr. Mark Siddall at the Richard Guilder Graduate School this summer. I plan to incorporate my research with my interest in art. Beginning this summer and throughout the next couple years I will put together a visual display of photographs that exhibit the beauty of biology in a way that appeals to both biologists and non-scientists.
Shaun Holt '13
Major: Communication and Culture
LEEP Project: Capturing Sustainability at EMS Corp.
Description: I will be interning in the media department at EMC Corp., learning new technologies and techniques and creating a video for EMC employees to educate them about sustainability issues.
Lauren Koppel '14
LEEP Project: Annelid Neurobiology Research Lab
Description: Utilizing fluorescent labeling in combination with live imaging technology, I will be observing the development of the central nervous system in embryos of the annelid Capitella teleta with the aim of answering the question: Do annelids have neural stem cells?
Rachael Martin '13
Description: I am an undergraduate biology major at Clark University (Class of 2013). Currently I am beginning research for my 5th year Master’s project, characterizing basidiomycete endophytes of Rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis). During the winter of 2010 I worked on genome annotation of white rot Agaricomycetes as part of a group of undergraduates under the direction of Dimitris Floudas. This experience lead to other research opportunities in the Hibbett lab, including maintaining cultures for a bioremediation experiment, and learning molecular techniques by generating Boletaceae sequences with Mitchell Nuhn from the Chromapes group and Boletellus.
LEEP Course: Tree Thinking
Professor: David Hibbett, Warren Litsky ”45 Endowed Chair; Professor, Department of Biology
Course Description: This course is designed for students who are interested in either molecular or evolutionary biology. Topics to be discussed include evolution of genes and genomes, methods used to estimate evolutionary relationships using molecular data, and applications of molecular data to general problems in biology. The course will include lectures, student-led discussions, laboratory projects using computer-based applications and presentations of these projects.
Brenna Merrill '14
LEEP Project: Girls Inc Intern: A LEEP Project & Lois and Robert Green Internship Initiative
Description: I am working with a team of staff, volunteers, and interns in creating empowerment programs for girls throughout Worcester county. This involves aiding in summer camp activities, planning marketing initiatives, and undertaking steps for fund development.
Therese Smith '13
LEEP Project: Valuing Green Open Spaces in Worcester
Description: Using hedonic price modeling, I’ll estimate a house sales price model for Worcester, MA. This model predicts how attributes like proximity to open green spaces like parks and nature reservations among other neighborhood and housing characteristics affect an individual house’s market sales price.