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The Grad Forum The Graduate Student Research Forum is a one-day conference held annually by the University of Oregon’s Graduate School to showcase the research, scholarship, and collaboration of graduate students in all of UO’s graduate colleges and schools. More than 100 graduate students representing more than 30 disciplines participate every year. The Grad Forum began in 2010, making this the Forum’s eighth year!


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table of contents: dean’s welcome








panel presentations


3mt preliminaries


poster session


index of presenters






dean’s welcome

Welcome from the Graduate School Dean

Welcome from the Graduate School Dean mypleasure pleasure to to welcome University of Oregon It Itisismy welcomeyou youtotothethe University of Oregon Graduate School’s eighth annual Graduate Student Research Graduate School’s seventh annual Graduate Student Forum Forum, an event showcasing outstanding graduate research --and an scholarship event showcasing the outstanding graduate research, from across campus and highlighting the imscholarship, and creative expression campus portant role that graduate students playfrom in ouracross university com- and highlighting the important role that graduate students play in munity. our university community. Oregon graduate education is dedicated to the work of prepar-

ing new generations of scholars, researchers, social and Oregon graduate education is dedicated to theand work of preparing political leaders who help transform our communities— new generations of will scholars, researchers, and social and global and local—into places where goods ofour thecommunities— community political leaders who will help transform are widely shared, the environment matters, and the economic global and local—into places where goods of the community future is bright and sustainable. are widely shared, the environment matters, and the economic future is bright and sustainable. The Grad Forum provides an opportunity to showcase graduate student research and scholarship on a grand scale.

Students will present a wide variety of topics, from how electron vortices are like “twisted light, ” and howwill religion influpresent short, accessible summaries of their research. In addition, approximately 70 students participate ences end-of-life medical decisions, to how Jane Fonda’s 1980s home-workout videos reflect victim-blaming political rhetoric of that era.

Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures, Crossing Frontiers: Language, migration, identity, and the

synthesis Today there will beof8cultures panel discussions, approximately 70 poster presenters, and, for the first time, the UO Three Minute• Thesis (3MT) New Competition, willApproaches present three summariesand of their using a single Breaking Groundwhere in thestudents Sciences: tominute reproducibility dataresearch management, PowerPoint slide. The winners will advance to the Statewide finals, which are being held on Saturday, May 20th at 3:30 pm • at University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union (EMU) in the Cedar/Spruce Rooms. and continuing catastrophes

Competitive awards totaling $3,000 will be granted to this year’s participants. Awards will go to two teams of panel • presenters, eight poster presenters, and four 3MT presenters. These awards have been made possible by the generous support of our Grad Forum teams include faculty, community members, and Competitive awards totalingpartners. $3,000 Judging will be granted to four teams of panel presenters. Upstaff. to eight poster

presenters and two “blitz” presenters will be awarded $250 each. Judges include teams of faculty, community

This year’s Grad Forum highlights the diverse range of work being conducted by your colleagues every day in classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and studios. Today’s event is a true interdisciplinary, intellectual exchange that opens Forum partners. doors for students to make new connections, spark fresh ideas, and jump start their professional careers. We want to thank everyone who made today’s event possible — our graduate student participants, their faculty ad-

day in classrooms, and studios. Today’s is a trueand interdisciplinary intellectual visors and mentors,laboratories, the Graduatelibraries, School Student Advisory Board,event our industry community partners, our panel exchange thatjudges opensand thevolunteers, door for students make spark fresh ideas,Your andparticipation jump start their moderators, and each to and everynew one connections, of you attending today’s forum. is essential to creating a community of engaged and inspired graduate scholars who will generate the research discoveries professional careers. of tomorrow.

We want to thank everyone who made today’s event possible — our graduate student participants, their faculty advisors and mentors, the Graduate School Student Advisory Board, our industry and community Scott L. Pratt partners, our panel moderators, judges and volunteers, and each and every one of you attending today’s Dean of the Graduate School forum. Your participation is essential to creating a community of engaged and inspired graduate scholars Professor, Department of Philosophy who will generate the research discoveries and art of tomorrow. Scott L. Pratt Dean of the Graduate School


2017 Grad Forum Schedule hosted at the EMU

9:00 -10:00 am


coffee & tea \\ ballroom lobby

10:00 - 11:00 am panel presentations

& workshop

maple, oak, & swindells rooms

11:15 am - 12:15 pm panel presentations maple, oak, & swindells rooms


10:00 am - 12:00 pm 3mt preliminaries cedar / spruce rooms

reception at


4:00 - 7:00 pm

downtown barnlight

3:00 pm grad forum awards ballroom

2:00 - 3:00 pm uo 3mt finals cedar / spruce rooms

12:45 - 1:45 pm

panel presentations maple, oak, & swindells rooms

12:00 - 2:00 pm poster session ballroom

11:30 am - 1:30 pm lunch available in gumwood room


9:00 am

grad forum a 9:00 - 10:00 am

registration 10:00 am

ballroom lobby

10:00 - 11:00 am

panel presentation maple room

11:00 am 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

12:00 pm


panel presentation maple room

gumwood room

1:00 pm

10:00 - 11:00 am

panel presentation oak room

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

panel presentation oak room

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10:00 - 11:00 am 12:45 - 1:45 pm

panel presentation maple room

12:45 - 1:45 pm

panel presentation oak room

2:00 pm

2:00 - 3:00 pm

3mt uo finals

3:00 - 4:00 pm

cedar / spuce room


3:00 pm 4:00 pm

awards // remarks by

4:00 - 7:00 pm post-event reception / 10


agenda //emu





innovate. collaborate. communicate.

10:00- am 12:00 pm

10:00- am 12:00 pm




cedar room

spruce room

10:00 - 11:00 am sharing your research workshop swindells room

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

dixon fellows swindells room

12:00 - 2:00 pm

12:45 - 1:45 pm

panel presentation swindells room

cedar/spruce rooms

poster session ballroom

2:45 - 3:15 pm


ks by president schill +mayor lucy vinis



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emu The 8th Grad Forum is located on the second floor of the EMU on the UO campus!


room locations swindells room 10:00 - 11:00 am: “Sharing Your Research with the Public: From the Conference to The Field” Workshop 11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Dixon Award Scholars 12:45 - 1:45 pm: Panel Presentation - “The Hidden Power of Sex”

cedar/spruce room 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: 3MT Preliminary Presentations 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: 3MT Preliminary Presentations 2:00 - 3:00 pm: UO 3MT Finals

maple room 10:00 - 11:00 am: Panel Presentation - “Performative Lady Power” 11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Panel Presentation - “What’s Language Got to Do with It?” 12:45 - 1:45 pm: Panel Presentation - “Chemistry and/in Literature”

oak room 10:00 - 11:00 am: Panel Presentation - “Perspectives on Environmental Inequity” 11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Panel Presentation - “Corporations and the State” 12:45- 1:45 pm: Panel Presentation - “Water in the Pacific Northwest”

ballroom + GUmwood room 11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Lunch in Gumwood Room 12:00 - 2:00 pm: Poster Session 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Award Ceremony // Remarks by President Schill & Mayor Lucy Vinis




10:00 - 1:45 am


maple room, oak room, & swindells room


10:00 - 11:00 am Performative Lady Power // Zeina Salame (Theater Arts), Ellen Gillooly-Kress (Theater Arts), & Chelsea Couch (Fine Arts), Maple Room Perspectives on Environmental Inequity: From Knowledge Systems to Empirical Analyses // Camila Alvarez (Sociology), Sarah Crown (Political Science), Cristina Faiver-Serna (Geography), Avni Pravin (Sociology), & Andrea Willingham (Environmental Studies), Oak Room Sharing Your Research with the Public: From the Conference to The Field // Rita Ludwig (Program Director, The Field, and UO Psychology Department), Swindells Room

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

11:15 - 12:15 pm

What’s Language Got to Do With It? Communication Across Contexts // Olga Sanchez Saltveit (Theater Arts), Angel Dorantes (Critical and Socio-Cultural Studies in Education), Lauren Vega O’Neil (Psychology ), Eric Garcia (Counseling Psychology), & Rebeca Perez (Accounting), Maple Room Corporations and the State // Jeffrey Ewing (Sociology), Mohamed Awad (Management), Kate Huber (English), Ricardo Valencia (Media Studies), & Jessica Neafie (Political Science), Oak Room Dixon Scholar Presentations // Adam Jansons (Chemistry), Jennifer Mendoza (Psychology), & Craig Van Pelt (Sociology), Oak Room

12:45 am - 1:45 pm Chemistry and/in Literature. Interpreting Primo Levi’s “The Periodic Table” (1975) // Riccardo Sama (Italian), Peter Kinzig (Italian), Laurel Sturgis O’Coyne (French), Lorella Pini (Italian and Spanish), & Miki Radford (French), Maple Room

panel presentation schedule at a glance

10:00- 11:00 am

12:45- 1:45 pm

Water in the Pacific Northwest: Past and Future // Geoffrey Johnson (Environmental Studies Science and Policy), Schyler Reis (Environmental Studies Science and Policy), Kate Hayes (Geography), Lauren Hendricks (Geography), & Chantel Saban (Geography), Oak Room The Hidden Power of Sex In French and Spanish. A Fabliau, Two Romantic Novels and Many Science Fiction Books are Disruptive As Hell // Paul Kaveney (Romance Languages), Marian Paiva Mediavilla (Spanish), & Yasmin Silvia Portales Machado (Spanish), Swindells Room


panel presentations // #1 Performative Lady Power

Maple Room

Notions of performativity evoke ideas of formal performance. However, according to philosopher John L. Austin, performativity is the capacity of speech and communication not simply to communicate but rather to act or consummate an action, or to construct and perform an identity. It is this performance of identity that many theorists, such as Judith Butler and Monique Wittig, use in the social construction of gender and femininity. Panelists Zeina Salame, Ellen Gillooly-Kress, and Chelsea Couch use performativity in vastly different areas of research. Salame claims space for six Arab American female solo performers. A critical study weaving together history, theory, dramaturgical analysis, personal interviews, and the author’s own experience as a solo performer and Arab American woman, it emphasizes these artists as crucial contributors to theatre’s conversations on democracy for Arabs in America. Gillooly-Kress addresses performing gender in professional presentations. Exploring normative language attitudes towards young female speakers, Gillooly-Kress demonstrates the detrimental effect of these attitudes on speakers. She proposes a way of performing lady power without compromising the amazing aspects of young female speakers that place them on the forefront of linguistic change. Couch explores the complexities of presenting a representation of the body as well as the bodily event through Video, Sculpture, and Performance Art. The emancipatory practice of Feminism and Feminist Art has centered around the reclamation of woman as subject from the objectification of woman as regarded. In pursuit of autonomy, full subjecthood, women sided with the subject as a means of distancing themselves from patriarchal objectification. Why not subvert the system, side with the object for a change? In this panel, Salame, Gillooly-Kress, and Couch will claim their own kind of lady power by revealing and addressing the common threads that ties these different areas together. Carried in One Woman: Survey, Analysis, and Reflection on Arab American Female Solo Performance // Zeina Salame, Theater Arts Language Attitudes Towards Young Female Professional in Presentation Settings // Ellen Gillooly-Kress, Theater Arts I Carry You with Me: On Representation and the Bodily Event // Chelsea Couch, Fine Arts


10:00 - 11:00 am #2 Perspectives on Environmental Inequity: From Knowledge Systems to Empirical Analyses Oak Room Environmental inequity research investigates the disproportional impacts between marginalized communities and environmental hazards. This panel demonstrates various perspectives in environmental inequity research including knowledge systems, empirical analyses, and international perspectives. Andrea Willingham from Environmental Studies uses multimedia storytelling to explore the relationships among local knowledge, science, salmon, and climate change in Cordova, Alaska. Avni Pravin from Environmental Studies assesses climate change vulnerability in Houston, Texas and the strength of climate change policy. Sarah Crown from Political Science discusses the relationship between water scarcity and conflict in Syria and observes the impact that distributional effects of climate change have on communities. Cristina FaiverSerna from Geography grapples with what it means to define a geographically and racially marginalized community as “vulnerable� to ultrafine particulate matter in the Port of Long Beach, California. Camila Alvarez from Sociology presents an empirical analysis on estimated cancer risks from air pollution in the growing urban desert southwest city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Disparities in the Desert: Socio-Economic and Racial Inequalities in Estimated Cancer Risks from Air Toxics in Las Vegas, Nevada // Camila Alvarez, Sociology Distributional Impacts of Climate Change: Water Scarcity and Conflict in Syria // Sarah Crown, Political Science Mapping and Reimagining Vulnerability in Toxic Environments // Cristina Faiver-Serna, Geography Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability in Houston, Texas // Avni Pravin, Sociology Swimming Upstream: Salmon, Knowledge, and Climate Change in Cordova, Alaska // Andrea Willingham, Environmental Studies


workshop // 10:00 - 11:00 am #3 Sharing Your Research with the Public: From the Conference to The Field - workshop Swindells Room Rita Ludwig, Program Director, The Field, and UO Psychology Department The need for public engagement with formal research is increasingly pressing. The majority of academic work remains locked behind journal paywalls, or filtered through science journalism and social media. Noticeably missing are low-cost, high-yield avenues through which researchers can directly communicate work to curious members of the public. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use The Field– a new online platform specifically designed to build connections between researchers and the public. As part of this workshop we will review best practices for research communication, with a special focus on translating conference-quality materials into brief summaries of work that can be distributed to a lay audience. By the end of the workshop you will be able to turn your Grad Forum poster or talk into a research brief and share it with a national group of users in The Field. Please come prepared with a laptop and a specific paper, poster, or talk that you would like to share.



panel panel presentations presentations // // #1 What’s Language Got to Do With It? Communication Across Contexts Maple Room The goal of this symposium is to highlight the role of communication across various contexts and cultures. At work, at school or around town, language is a socio-cultural tool that often communicates more than words. For example, in corporate governance research, language is often used as an unobtrusive measure of personality traits, such as narcissism. In psychological research, communication may include studying negative microaggressions that target ethnic minority students. In contrast, language can also be a useful medium through which educators positively build student skills ranging from increased attention to acting. Language is particularly central in the context of an accurate and complete translation as well as in the negotiation of the cultural context upon which the translating activity takes place, such as in language brokering. Teaching Acting in Spanish for Native Speakers, Heritage Language Speakers, and SpanishLanguage Learners // Olga Sanchez Saltveit, Theater Arts Roles of Language and Culture in the Generational Responses of Latino Translators // Angel Dorantes, Critical and Socio-Cultural Studies in Education Preschool Educator Intervention Strategies to Promote Attention, Self-Regulation & MetaCognitive Awareness // Lauren Vega O’Neil, Psychology Microaggressions in Secondary and Post-secondary Education: A Call for Inclusive Language // Eric Garcia, Counseling Psychology CEO Characteristics and Firm Performance: Evidence from CEO Narcissism // Rebeca Perez, Accounting


11:15 am - 12:15 pm am - 12:15 pm 11:15 #2 Corporations and the State

Oak Room

What is the relationship between the State and the corporations within its boundaries? Currently, many studies examine the political, social, and economic conditions that influence and are produced from the relationship that exists between corporations and the state. This interdisciplinary and international panel builds on these existing studies to further examine the interactions that can create and influence industry emergence, state policies, culture, and ideology. We provide a varied set of theoretical and methodological lenses that will help to appreciate the different macro and micro-level trends in the current global economy. First, Jeffrey Ewing will provide a theoretical overview of the largely unacknowledged relationship between state coercion and the capitalist economy. Then, the other panelists present a collection of studies from all over the world that explore different aspects of the relationship between corporations and the state. Mohamed Awad analyzes how new industries in the Netherlands emerge through collaboration in the absence of socio-political contention and/or radical technological innovation. Next, Kate Huber uses dialectical materialism and aesthetic analysis to examine environmental justice movements in rural Ireland to examine how the contradictory dialectics of resource extraction and resistance abstract and idealize material spaces. Ricardo Valencia will show how Cuban corporate communications are creating a type of nationhood, exemplifying the way that corporations can change culture through corporate communication. Finally, Jessica Neafie explores a more global phenomenon involving multinational corporations: the source effect that the policies of the firms and governments of the source country of an international economic flow have on the impact of that flow in the recipient country. The Coercive Free Market: Reconceptualizing the Political in the Capitalist State // Jeffrey Ewing, Sociology Rumbles and Bangs: Innovation, Contention, and the Emergence of New Industries // Mohamed Awad, Management Reading the Dialectics of Capitalism in Representations of Local Resistance to the Corrib Pipeline Project in Co. Mayo, Ireland // Kate Huber, English Cuba Va: Capital and Culture in the Corporate Communications of Cuban Companies // Ricardo Valencia, Media Studies Investigating Source Effects in the Study of the Global Economy and Politics // Jessica Neafie, Political Science


panel presentations // dixon scholar presentations // #3 dixon scholars

Swindells Room

The Dixon Scholars are recipients of the Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Student Innovation Award, which supports doctoral students interested in developing their skills and experience in innovation and/or entrepreneurship in preparation for careers outside of academia. Each year, the Dixon Scholars present at the Grad Forum to showcase their experiences and findings. Adam Jansons, Chemistry Through participation in the Lens of the Market program, Adam learned how to evaluate the market potential of scientific innovation. Jennifer Mendoza, Psychology During internships at Parenting Now! and the Co-op Family Center, Jennifer learned about non-profit organizations supporting children and families. Craig Van Pelt, Sociology Through work at GrassRoots Garden, Craig learned how food is grown and given away, and the costs associated with these efforts.


11:15 am - 12:15 11:15 pm am - 12:15 pm


panel panel presentations presentations // // #1 Chemistry and/in Literature: Interpreting Primo Levi’s “The Periodic Table” (1975) Maple Room The two fields of chemistry and literature intersect in Il sistema periodico (The Periodic Table, 1975) by Italian author Primo Levi. This unusual collection of chemistry tales was named the best science book ever in 2006 by the Royal Institution in Britain, and has been credited with making chemistry accessible and attractive to non-experts. But the author explodes the conventional norm of a chemistry book by correlating elements of the periodic table with the profound personal experience of coming of age under Italian fascism and surviving a concentration camp. The book is a literary tour de force, which calls on its readers to think historically, philosophically, politically, and ecologically. Each panelist will propose an interpretation that invites scientists and humanists to dialogue about fundamental ethical concerns.

Between Science and Society: A Matter of (Im)purity // Riccardo Sama, Italian Faith in Chemistry in Primo Levi’s Il sistema periodico // Peter Kinzig, Italian Animating Agents of Change: The Narrative Spirit of Matter in The Periodic Table // Laurel Sturgis O’Coyne, French Elements and Exercises of Style in Il sistema periodico // Lorella Pini, Italian and Spanish An Incongruous View of the Holocaust: Using Humor as Distance from Sentimentality in Levi’s The Periodic Table (1975) // Miki Radford, French


12:45 - 1:45 pm 12:45 - 1:45 pm #2 Water in the Pacific Northwest: Past and Future Oak Room

The availability of water is a fundamental factor determining the distribution and composition of life, and is also highly variable. In the Pacific Northwest, the distribution of water availability is crucial for supporting a myriad of ecosystems from the largest trees on Earth to desert playa. Yet even in the wettest areas, droughts have been known to occur and there is wide agreement that in a changing climate, water variability may increase. Fundamentally, we believe that this complex system must be approached from multiple perspectives. To understand the connections between water and distinctive Pacific Northwest communities and environments, we take both short-term and long-term perspectives on climate and ecology in this dynamic region. In an effort to encompass the wide range of ecosystems and processes involved, we describe existing variation geographically, discussing the coastal forests, the cascade mountain dry forests, and the arid high desert as distinct ecological systems. In addition, we critically examine the three most common tools for understanding the changing climate: measured records, models, and long-term records from tree-rings and lakes. Demonstrating with examples we show the connections, synergisms and conflicts between these approaches. Measured environmental data can be used to establish trends in snowpack and streamflow, yet these have only been measured for a short period of time. Long-term records of fire and fog help explain the productivity of coastal forests and ancient lake levels in the great basin shed light on the effects of human activities, but with relatively uncertain dates. The scientific community frequently models water-ecosystem relationships, yet these models are still often challenged by recreating conditions of the past. With the regional perspective we use here, the place of water in the landscape of the Pacific Northwest becomes more clear far into the past, and even perhaps into the future. Fire and Water in Dry Forests // Geoffrey Johnson, Environmental Studies Science and Policy Water Availability and the Changing High Desert // Schyler Reis, Environmental Studies Science and Policy Redwoods, Climate and Fog // Kate Hayes, Geography Snowpack, Reservoirs, and Climate Change // Lauren Hendricks, Geography Oceans in the Desert // Chantel Saban, Geography


panel presentations // 12:45 - 1:45 pm #3 The hidden power of sex in French and Spanish. A fabliau, two romantic novels and many science fiction books are disruptive as hell Swindells Room This panel presents three research projects linked by the interest in the hidden power of sex. Paul Kaveney´s essay about the fabliau Le Chevalier qui faisait parler les cons (The Knight Who Made Cunts Talk) questions the humor behind the idea of a wandering knight blessed with the gift of commanding female genitalia to speak whenever asked, and if they fail to respond, the anus will do so in its stead. Marian Paiva Mediavilla´s essay considers the visions of the treatment of female illness in two capital books of Latin America´s nineteen century, Jorge Isaacs´s Maria and Aurora Caceres´s La Rosa Muerta, to explore the ways in which male writers recorded the limits and challenges of female agency and the models of non-erotic women that science promoted. Yasmin Portales Machado´s work is a feminist epistemological exercise in Cuban science fiction, a tentative review of books published between 1998 and 2015 where the authors are presented according to the way they express different visions about gender and sexuality: patriarchal, feminist or queer. Across two languages (French and Spanish), three historical epochs (mid-13th and early 14th centuries, nineteenth century and twenty first century) and three literary genres (fabliau, romantic novel and science fiction), we are united in the quest to understand the possibilities of disruptive power of gender relations and sexualities encoded in diverse literary resources and techniques. Laughing Out Lewd: Bodily Humor and Comic Offense in Old French Fabliaux // Paul Kaveney, Romance Languages The Temporality of Illness in Jorge Isaacs´s Maria and Aurora Caceres´s La Rosa Muerta: Limits and Challenges of Female Agency // Marian Paiva Mediavilla, Spanish In Search of Estraven: Homophobia, Feminisms and (Homo) Sexualities in Twenty-First Cuban Science Fiction // Yasmin Silvia Portales Machado, Spanish



state competition

three minute

May20 thesis 3:30 - 5:30 pm th

emu // cedar/spruce rooms

competition uo vs. ohsu vs. osu who will win? The average dissertation defense takes 2 hours.

their time limit:

3 minutes

favorite vote hear new research for your

network with others


3mt prelimaries 10:00 - 12:00 am


cedar/spruce rooms


New this year! To continue the excitement of last year’s popular “blitz” talks, we are holding the UO’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) in conjunction with Grad Forum. Presenters will have 3 minutes (no more!) to present their research and they can use one static slide. Winners have the opportunity to compete in the state finals for Three Minute Thesis, held here on the UO campus in Eugene on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The 3MT Preliminaries are from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and the UO 3MT Finals are from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the Cedar/Spruce Rooms. 29

3MT Preliminary 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Heidi Iwashita Communication Disorders and Sciences

Nikki Cox Anthropology

How Can You Measure Quality of Conversation?

“Dear Mr Hiker Man” : Negotiating Gender in the Masculinized American Wilderness

We aim to identify a valid, reliable way to score conversation samples for those with social communication deficits after brain injury.

Kevin Hein Architecture The Architecture of Post-War Regeneration A research topic regarding issues of design and architecture after the destruction of war.

Natascha Reich Musicology The Sound of Silence “The sound of silence” - Colonial Peruvian pipe organs as expressions of cultural hybridity, as vehicles for communicating the unspoken.


American Wilderness was crafted by men. Popular culture perpetuates a gender binary. Femininity does not equal domesticity. Women hike too.

Cody Gion Special Education American-Indian/Alaskan-Native Disproportionality in School Discipline This 3-Minute Thesis will address the extent of AI/AN disproportionality in schools from across the United States

Saul Propp Physics Electron Vortices: The Atomic Blender Electron vortex beams carry intrinsic angular momentum and have applications in nanomanipulation, nuclear physics, and particle physics

cedar room

Paul Meng Special Education Predicting School-Based Violence with School Climate Accounting for variance in school-based violence using a measure derived from an extant national sample using item response theory

Anna Cook Philosophy Unable to Hear: Settler Ignorance and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Without challenging its epistemic assumptions, the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has limited reconciliatory potential, and instead helps maintain the denial of colonial violence.

Yosa Vidal Romance Languages Poetics of Betrayal in Dictatorship Latin American Literature Can reality be represented without its betrayal? Is betrayal embedded in the idea of mimesis? Crisis require certain forms of representation.


3MT3MT Preliminary Round #2 Preliminary 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kayla Brinda Environmental and Natural Resources Law The Great Lakes Basin and its Vulnerability in the Law Understanding how the transboundary mechanisms to manage the Great Lakes Basin fail to ensure its sustainable use.

Manujinda Wathugala Computer and Information Science Formal Modeling Can Improve Smart Transportation Algorithm Development Distributed algorithms should have Liveliness, Fairness and Safety properties. State transition modeling can improve correctness.

Jane Nam Philosophy Committing to the Humanities for a Working Democracy

Commitment to democracy is commitment to the humanities, in which people develop the qualities necessary for political participation.

Jessica Kosie Psychology Tying it all together: Observers Increasingly Tunein to Structure Across Repeated Viewings of Novel Activity Observers rapidly tune-in to the structure inherent in everyday, natural action as they gain fluency in processing complex events.

Jonathan Turbin Anthropology

Karlena Ochoa Psychology

Museum Anarchy Revisited: Neoliberalism and the Construction of History at Barbadian Historic House Museums

Four- and Five-Year-Olds Trust Reliable Over Unreliable Sources

Since Historic House Museums were homes at one point, they have stories to tell. In the case of old plantation houses, this is very true.


Preschool-age children’s understanding of others’ knowledge and intentions

spruce room

Cory Costello Psychology Perceiving through the Grapevine: Consensus and Accuracy in Hearsay Reputations How accurate are impressions formed via gossip or hearsay? We present evidence that these impressions are consistent but inaccurate.

Dongmei Chen Geography Complexity of Coupled Human and Natural Systems: Climate Change, Forest Governance, and Mountain Pine Beetle in North America How has a tiny insect caused massive tree mortality? Climate change and forest governance play different roles in the beetle outbreaks.

Annie Caruso Anthropology Decolonizing a University of Oregon Archaeological Excavation in the Southern Caribbean This ethnography explores ways to decolonize a UO archaeological excavation in the Caribbean using feedback from the host community


poster session

12:00 - 2:00 pm




Graduate Students will present their posters to peers, judges, faculty, staff, and community members in the EMU’s Ballroom. Look for this event from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Be sure to find your favorite poster and vote for it to win People’s Choice!


poster session 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

* listed alphabetically by author’s last name *

Brigette Amidon, Prevention Science

“Cognitive and Physiological Predictors of Externalizing Behavior Problems: Moderation of Gender and RSA Reactivity” Does dysregulated PNS activity moderate the association between inhibitory control and externalizing behavior problems in preschoolers?

Maira Birrueta, Counseling Psychology

“The Bidirectional Relationship Between Child Externalizing Behavior and Parent Coping” This study examines the bidirectional relationship between child externalizing behavior and parental coping in 550 children adopted at birth.

Margaret Bostrom, English

“Feminisms, Fitness, and the Politics of Wellness and Welfare in the 1980s” This project explores the cultural work performed by Jane Fonda’s home-video workouts within the larger political context of the 1980s.

Eric Braman, Nonprofit Management

“Lane County Latinx Public Participation in Arts Programming and Initiatives” This poster will overview best practices for Lane County arts organizations for Latinx community public participation and outreach efforts.

Colin Brand, Anthropology “Ecological correlates of social behavior in wild bonobos (Pan paniscus)” High food patch quality is closely related to strong affiliation and social cohesion in wild bonobos, especially among females.



Jonathan Brophy, Computer and Information Science “Collective Classification of Social Network Spam”

Robust detection of spam in SoundCloud using relational machine learning that utilizes the network structure to capture obfuscated messages.

Erik Burlingame, Biology

“Automated Segmentation and Deep Learning Classification in Melanoma Histopathology ” Quantitative image analysis and machine learning have the joint capacity to fundamentally improve the clinical management of melanoma.

Kelly Burns, Law

“Oregon’s Entrepreneurial Climate” Surveying entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises, and small businesses, this research aims to highlight Oregon’s current innovative climate.

Christina Cendejas, Counseling Psychology “ALAS: An After-School Intervention for Spanish-Speaking Latina/o High School Students” ALAS is a program to prevent dropout among Spanish-speaking Latina/o high school students by raising academic and advocacy skills.


poster session 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

* listed alphabetically by author’s last name *

Teresa Chen, Human Physiology “Effects of Lower Extremity Muscle Fatigue on Dual-Task Obstacle-Crossing” Lower limb muscle fatigue induced by repeated sit-to-stand task perturbs momentum control on the sagittal plane during obstacle crossing.

Evan Day, Human Physiology

“The Load-Displacement Relationship of the Metatarsophalangeal Joint During Running” This research investigates the function of the various portions of the load-displacement relationship of the MTP joint during running.

Jennifer DeRoss, English

“Finding Fox: A Biographical Exploration of the Man Behind Many of DC’s Greatest Heroes ” My biographical search for the prolific yet unknown comic writer Gardner Fox who contributed to and co-created many of DC’s greatest heroes.

Elisa DeVargas, Counseling Psychology

“Family Check-Up Treatment Fidelity and Relationship to Client Change Language” Motivational Interviewing treatment fidelity in the Family Check-up (FCU) and relationship to client change language in FCU feedback session.

Katie Fitch, Education Studies: Critical & Socio-Cultural Studies “Interrupting Color-Blind Discourse through Diffractive Map Analysis”

I put to work diffractive analysis by reading maps and discourse through one another in order to disrupt color-blind discourse.



Brenda Garcia Millan, International Studies

“Transit Cities and Migrant Incorporation: The Haitian Case in Tijuana” My research covers migration policy and the human and civil rights of Haitian displaced people, analyzed through a multi-scalar lens.

Alexander Garinther, Psychology

“How Does Religion Influence Medical Decision-Making at the End-of-Life? A Review of Recent Evidence with a Focus on Clergy Consultation” For US cancer patients, Christianity correlates with aggressive (curative) medical care at the end-of-life, not palliative (comfort) care. Why?

Brian Gearin, Education Methodology, Policy, and Leadership “Level-Up Health Evaluation”

Feasibility Trial of Level-Up Health, A Video Game-Themed Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention.

Kalia Gentlesnow, Prevention Science

“Rurality, Parent and Child Gender, and Age of Child: Parent Comfort in Unsupervised Outdoor Play” Exploring parent comfort in unsupervised outdoor play based on rurality, parent and child gender, and age of child.

Stephanie Gluck, Psychology

“Reliability and Validity of a Parental Measure of Children’s Theory of Mind Children’s Social Understanding Scale in a Chinese Sample” Psychometric properties of the Chinese CSUS in 218 parents of 6-8 years old from the inland city of Chengdu, China.


poster session 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

* listed alphabetically by author’s last name * MacKenna Hainey, Biology

“Bursal Ventilation as a Means of Respiration in Gorgonocephalus Eucnemis ” G. eucnemis performs cyclical expansions/contractions of the body disc (bursal ventilation), possibly serving a respiratory function.

Kate Hammarback, Public Administration

“Attracting Private Investment to Resilience Planning in Oregon: Public Policy Levers for Oregon’s Coastal Communities” Understanding the policy levers that attract effective private investment to life-saving public resilience efforts on the Oregon coast.

“Ba Rocket was almost brutally murdered by our village via a juju practice called a flying coffin toward the end of my service. This incident directly connects with the success Ba Rocket earned through his 7 years of work with the Westernized organization.” -- Katie Holder, International Studies

JJ Hannigan, Human Physiology

“Does Hip Abductor Fatigue Affect Running Mechanics?” Decreasing hip abduction strength does not change lower extremity running kinematics, which may have implications in injury rehabilitation.

Casey Harris, Couples & Family Therapy “Factor Structure of the Rape Empathy Scale” Examining the factor structure of the modified Rape Empathy Scale (RES).



Lauren Hendricks, Geography

“Oregon Spring Snowpack and Summer Reservoir Levels: Trends and Connections” Has Oregon’s maximum snowpack changed over time? Is a “snowpack signal” reflected in minimum summer reservoir discharge?

Robin Hertz, Psychology

“The Potential of Mindfulness to Interrupt the Intergenerational Transmission of Child Maltreatment” Mindfulness may empower adult survivors of child maltreatment to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment.

Austin Hocker, Human Physiology

“IL-1R Activation Undermines Respiratory Plasticity” Systemic inflammation undermines respiratory neuroplasticity through IL-1 receptor activation.

Katie Holder, International Studies

“Jipila Jatuukile ku Mweenyi: “ The Hosts Can Eat from the Visitor: Negotiating Change in Rural Zambia, One Man’s Story of Development” ” A biography of a man, who negotiated change in his rural Zambian village, illuminating an important non-dominant perspective of development.

Devon Hughes, Linguistics “Creating and Sharing Poetry in the ELL Classroom: A One-day or One-week Plan” A lesson and unit plan for introducing modern and contemporary poetry in the intermediate to advanced, all-female, adult ELL classroom.


poster session 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

* listed alphabetically by author’s last name * Soheil Jamshidi, Computer and Information Science “Trojan Horses in Amazon Castle”

Can sellers on affect the way customers choose a product? If so, what is the effect on shopping experience and customer trust?

Huiying Ji, Chemistry

“Monitoring the Intercalation of Acridine Orange (AO) Molecules into 6-Methyl Isoxanthopterin (6-MI)-Labeled DNA” Molecular dynamic study by spectroscopic and theoretical approach.

Alyssa Kennedy, Counseling Psychology “Parent-Youth Ethnic Identity Differences and Family Functioning” This study examines the relationship between parent-youth differences in ethnic identity and family functioning in 107 parent-youth dyads.

Atsushi Kikumoto, Psychology

“Towards Optimal Competitive Behavior: Wins versus Losses Determine Model-based versus Random Choices in Competitive Task Switching” Towards optimal competitive behavior: wins versus losses determine model-based versus random choices in competitive task switching.

Zofia Knorek, Biology

“Seasonal Population Fluctuations of Didemnum Vexillum, a Putative Marine Invasive Species ” Didemnum vexillum is a 100 most dangerous invasive species in OR. We analyzed subtidal survey data for this marine tunicate’s reproduction.



Rachel Kovensky, Counseling Psychology

“Impact of Participation in International Service Learning Program on Positive Development and Multicultural Outcomes Among College Students” Examining the impact of an international service learning program on positive development and multicultural awareness among college students.

Eleanor Lamont, Biology

“Swimming Kinematics of Acorn Barnacle (Balanus Glandula) Cyprids” Barnacle cyprid larvae swim faster than many planktonic larvae with unique metachronal strokes using six pairs of thoracic appendages.

Alexandra Lau, Architecture & Community and Regional Planning “Community Based Economic Development in Portland” The Oregon Main Street Program supports small, local businesses in Portland, Oregon. This poster examines the program’s efficacy.

Becky Lawrence, Linguistics

“Creative Writing for Multiliteracies Development in the Digital Age: An ESL Course Design ” Collaborative creation of narrative-based games for multiliteracies development in an advanced university level ESL creative writing course.

Muzi Li, Prevention Science

“A Pilot Study: Will Social Support Influence Couples’ Relationship Satisfaction and What Possible Mediator Effect Exists?” This study is testing whether shared friends network between couples could affect their relationship satisfaction.


poster session 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

* listed alphabetically by author’s last name * Rachel Mallinga, Nonprofit Management “Gender, Land, and Food Sovereignty”

The Nicaragua policies ignore rural peasant women. Land security would allow women to sustain themselves and their families.

Annacecilia McWhirter, School Psychology

“Is Religious and Spiritual Involvement Associated with Better Mental Health Among Parents of Preschoolers with Developmental Disabilities” Parents of children with developmental disabilities are more likely to feel depression; religious involvement may be a protective factor.

Gwynne Mhuireach, Landscape Architecture

“Fine-scale Urban Vegetation Patterns Shape Airborne Microbial Community Composition” Fine-scale urban vegetation patterns shape airborne microbial community composition.

“A significant amount of challenges faced by refugees seem to point to the direction of a lack of leadership by government institutions, and insufficient international aid to cover immediate and overwhelming needs among migrants and affected local communities.” -- Joze Moreno Pelayo, International Studies

George Minchillo, Linguistics

“Academic Writing for International Students of Chemistry at a US University” Portfolio of activities and materials for linking the learning objectives of AEIS 110 with CHEM 221 for international chemistry students.



Joze Moreno Pelayo, International Studies

“The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: The Varying Perspectives among Stakeholders; Their Public Discourse & its International Significance” The varying perspectives of stakeholders in the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon: The international significance of their public discourse.

Saba Moslehi, Physics

“Design and Optimization of Fractal Electrodes for Retinal Implants Using Carbon Nanotubes” Design and optimization of fractal electrodes for retinal implants using carbon nanotubes.

Nicole Moss, Biology

“Regeneration in the Pilidium” Marine invertebrate larval response to injury and characterization of regenerative strategies.

Matthew Napolitano, Anthropology

“Colonization of the Land of Stone Money: New Investigations on the Early Settlement of Yap, Western Caroline Islands” This project presents results on the first systematic archaeological survey studying the early settlement of Yap, Western Caroline Islands

Kaitlin O’Brien, Counseling Psychology

“Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Involvement in Binge Drinking and Condom NonUse During Late Adolescence” Acting without thinking, sensation seeking, age, and lack of parental monitoring as risk factors for binge drinking and condom non-use.


poster session 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

* listed alphabetically by author’s last name * Valeria Ochoa, Linguistics “Integrating Service-Learning into Spanish for Heritage Learners Courses” Teaching portfolio for promoting language proficiency & cultural engagement through service-learning for Spanish Heritage Language Learners.

Asuka Okamoto, Linguistics

“Using Japanese to Teach English-Only: A Plurilingual Approach to Transitioning to a New National Curriculum in Japan” This Teaching Portfolio illustrates a plurilinguistic approach to helping English teachers in Japan transition to an English-only curriculum.

Caitlin O’Quinn, International Studies

“Negotiating Security: Gender, Economics, and Cooperative Institutions in Costa Rica” Through women’s voices I examine how Costa Rica’s “single story” of success may minimize the nuances of women’s everyday lived experiences.

Robert Ortega, Counseling Psychology “Predictors of Latin@ School Engagement” Predictive salience of parental monitoring, teacher connectedness, and parent education on Latin@ student’ ‘academic engagement.

Sunhi Park, Educational Methodolgy, Policy, and Leadership “Math Self-Concept and Math Achievement”

How confident are Eugene middle school kids in Math?


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Will Pitt, Human Physiology “Dual-Task Gait Stability Assessment Utilizing a Wearable Motion Analysis Sensor System” Development of a clinical tool for diagnosis of dual-task gait instability in concussed individuals utilizing a wearable accelerometer.

Pooya Razavi, Psychology

“A Prototype Approach to Studying Gheirat: A Culturally Specific Moral Emotion” Present research, using data from Iran, explores the concept of “gheirat” and its cognitive/emotional elements through a prototype approach.

Emily Reich, Counseling Psychology

“Examining the Impact of Legislation Changes: College Student Recreational Cannabis Use Before and After Legalization” Students were surveyed before and after recreational cannabis legalization about their patterns and perceptions of use and associated risks.

Kelcie Rodriguez, Prevention Science

“Exploring Academic Performance and Sense of Belonging among Minority and Underrepresented College Students at the University of Oregon” This study examines the impact of students’ sense of belonging and explores ways in which these experiences impact academic performance.

Bryan O. Rojas-Araz, Counseling Psychology

“¿Quien Soy y A Donde Voy?: Spanish Language Engagement, Ethnic Identity, and Critical Consciousness” Spanish language engagement, ethnic identity, & critical consciousness: ¿Quien soy y a donde voy? Who am I & where am I going?


poster session 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

* listed alphabetically by author’s last name * Alexa Romersa, Biology

“Assessing the Nutritional and Environmental Requirements of Goosenecks Barnacles in Aquaculture Grow-out Systems” Cultivated gooseneck barnacles could augment natural populations and provide a necessary biological buffer against potential exploitation.

Gina Rosario Diaz, Environmental and Natural Resources Law “Tourism and Environmental Law in the Dominican Republic: Can We Make It Work?” Research evaluates tourism development and the use of natural resources in the Dominican Republic, an island with strong reliance on tourism.

Carlissa Salant, Biology

“Variations in Phytoplankton Subsidies at Dissipative and Reflective Shores Affect the Growth Rate and Reproductive Output” Surfzone hydrodynamics alter phytoplankton subsidies in the coastal ocean.

Nicoals Saldivar, Prevention Science

“Identifying Alcohol and Marijuana Use Patterns Pre- and Post- Legalization of Recreational Marijuana” Analysis of attitudes, behaviors, and use patterns pre- and post- legalization of marijuana among undergraduate and graduate students at UO.

Maria Schweer-Collins, Prevention Science

“Maternal Differentiation of Self as a Predictor of Child Effortful Control ” This study examines associations between parental self-regulation, child effortful control, and stress exposure in a highrisk sample.



Emily Shinn, Art History “Of Monuments and Memory: James Young, Peter Eisenman, and the Countermonument” Peter Eisenman’s controversial Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany answers James Young’s call for countermonuments

Sarah Stednitz, Biology “Forebrain Control of Social Orienting in Zebrafish” Social interaction is an adaptive behavior across species, and is notably disrupted in autism. We present a novel analysis to study this.

Mara Tandowsky, Prevention Science

“Peer Approval and Its Effect on Adolescent Drinking Behaviors” This study examines the roles of peer approval and perceptions of peer approval on adolescent drinking behaviors.

Jillian Tuso, School Psychology

“Stress and Depression in Parents of Multiple Children with Disabilities” In this poster, we explore the extent to which raising multiple children with disabilities impacts parental stress and depression.

Emily Walden, School Psychology “Internalizing Symptoms in Children with Developmental Delay and Their Parents” This study reports on internalizing symptoms in children with developmental delay and their parents and potential risk factors.

Danielle Wilson, Counseling Psychology “Family Check-Up Treatment Fidelity and Relationship to Client Change Language” Motivational Interviewing treatment fidelity in the Family Check-up (FCU) and relationship to client change language in FCU feedback session.


poster session 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

* listed alphabetically by author’s last name * Kyndl Woodlee, Counseling Psychology

“Exploring the Relationship between Parents’ Experiences of Family Violence and Attributions of their Children’s Behavior” Exploring family violence and parental attribution as potential mechanisms of change for families experiencing child maltreatment.

HyeonJin Yoon, Educational Leadership

“Validity of Multiple-choice Online Causal Comprehension Assessment (MOCCA): A Diagnostic Measure of Reading Comprehension Processes” I will examine criterion, discriminant and predictive validity of MOCCA in identifying students at-risk for reading comprehension problems.

Reeya Zhao, Linguistics “A Career-Exploration Course in Chinese for Young Learners” This is a course design for teaching Chinese as a second language. The target learners are 9-13 years old, studying in international schools.




2017 Grad Forum Program  

The program for the 8th annual Grad Forum at the UO.

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