2018 Student Research Day

IMG_4050The Honors Program again had the privilege of organizing Judson’s Student Research Day. Nominated by faculty, students from across campus shared their projects with an enthusiastic audience. Among the participants were several Honors students:

IMG_4046Senior biochemistry major Andrew Kennedy presented on his work on “Using CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Technologies to Study and Treat Cancer.” The CRISPR-Cas9 genetic editing system has quickly gained popularity within the scientific community for its cheap, easy to use protocol for editing the genome. The technology has garnered attention for the potential it has to revolutionize how we approach disorders that are based on genetic abnormalities. Cancer, one of the world’s leading killers, is one such disorder, making it a prime target for researchers and clinicians to use CRISPR as a form of treatment. Using CRISPR-Cas9 to study and treat small changes in a patient’s genome opens new doors for the future of both medicine and biotechnology.

IMG_4073Sophomore Intercultural Leadership major James Fleshman shared his study of “Romans 8:18-39 and the Role of the Spirit in Sonship.” Throughout this passage, Paul argues that the Holy Spirit intercedes on behalf of creation and humanity to bring the redemption God intends, which is currently in the “not yet” state. God is in the process of glorifying believers in the eschaton, and he is the one who justifies believers to make this possible. Ultimately, Paul affirms that believers are strong because they are unable to be separated from God as his adopted children, upholding Paul’s rhetorical argument throughout the passage.

IMG_4047Sophomore Architecture major Max Starcevich discussed his study of Göbekli Tepe, an ancient architectural site located in Turkey dating from around at least 9,000 B.C.  Titled “Houses or Temples? Reassessing the Function of Göbekli Tepe,” the study examines recent research and offers a more nuanced consideration of the site, suggesting that these structures were not temples, but rather houses with religious meaning embedded in them. If true, this discovery has bearing on current conceptions of the dawn of history and the connection between the residential and the religious.

A lunch in honor of the presenters, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, included faculty nominators and Judson leadership.

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Thanks to all who participated!

 

 

 

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World Leaders Forum 2018

IMG_4087Honors students joined other student leaders onstage at Judson’s 2018 World Leaders Forum.

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich shared the stage at the event, titled “A Bipartisan Conversation about Leadership in Divided Times.” Honors students also attended a lunch and questioned a panel of national, state, and local officeholders about the current political context. Many thanks to all those responsible for Judson’s World Leaders Forum for the opportunity!

Students Being Awesome

speaker-podiumCongratulations to Honors students Joshua LaFollette and Sara Jenkins, Stuart A. Ryder Scholarship winners in second place and honorable mention, respectively, in the 2018 Communication Arts Conference at Judson University!

The Communication Arts end-of-semester conference provides an opportunity for the members of the CA community (which includes majors in Communication Studies, English, Interdisciplinary Communication, Media Business/Management, Media Writing, and Secondary Education: English) to practice their craft in a context that goes beyond the classroom and approximates the “real life” situation of an academic conference.

Josh, a senior Media Writing major, presented on “Music in Advertising.” Sara, a sophomore Secondary Education major, presented a paper on “Graphic Novels in the Classroom.”

Great work, Josh and Sara!

 

 

Students Being Awesome

image002Congratulations to Honor student Jarod Pletcher, who was highlighted in the April 3 installment of “It’s a Great Day to be a Judson Eagle. The write-up is below:

Jarod Pletcher, a junior architecture major, is the 1151 Initiative Coordinator for JSO and next year will serve the student body as Vice President of the External Branch.  

“The 1151 Initiative was begun last year by Alan Osinski, Bryan Cherry, and Zach Hicks to create a space that would be chosen by students, designed by students, meet a student need on campus, and foster stronger relationships within the student body,” Jarod explained. “Students were given three options which were developed by JSO and the student body voted to renovate the unused Lindner Pool into an outdoor lounge.”

Marvin Reyes was a Judson Master of Architecture student last year when he created the plans and renderings that were presented at a town hall meeting in March. Now, JSO is working with Shales-McNutt Construction on an estimated budget and with Judson’s Advancement Department to begin fundraising efforts.

“Judson University is actively preparing its students not just for academic success, but also for success outside of college, and the 1151 Initiative is evidence of that. The fact that students, such as us on JSO, feel confident enough to begin a project like the 1151 Initiative shows Judson University’s care in fostering students’ ambitions,” said Jarod.

Way to go Jarod!