Congratulations to Honors students Catherine Anderson and Joshua LaFollette for sharing first place as Stuart A. Ryder Scholarship winners from the recent Communication Arts Conference! Catherine, a senior English major, presented her paper “We Live Again.” Josh, a senior Media Writing major, presented on “The Evolution of the Transgressive Exploitation Film.” Great work by great students!
Congrats to Honors student Andrew Kennedy, who was named the 2017 Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Every fall, a meritorious senior from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and becomes a Student Laureate. Andrew is a senior Biochemistry/Premedical major in the Honors Program and has earned Dean’s List honors throughout his time at Judson.
He has spearheaded initiatives to build community within the Department of Science and Mathematics, volunteering to be the student liaison to faculty, organizing departmental meetings each semester and a yearly barbecue social. He has worked as a volunteer with the World Leaders Forum and been a member of student government. In fact, as head of Student Advocacy for JSO, he traveled to Springfield, Ill., to lobby for bipartisan passage of a bill to distribute MAP grant monies. He has planned and served on the Global Outreach team and been on two trips to Belize. The summer of 2016, he worked with a cancer research lab in Singapore.
Andrew will be honored with the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Medallion, a certificate of achievement and the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement award in the amount of $1,000. Way to go, Andrew!
We had a successful Fifth Annual Student Research Day at Judson on April 24! Organized by The Honors Program and sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, each year the event celebrates and showcases some of the best work done by Judson students during the year. Eight students presented on their work from this year, in disciplines ranging from Architecture to Film to Biochemistry to Literature to Worship Arts to Graphic Design.
The Honors Program was well represented. Graduating seniors Natalia Warren and Rachel Peterson, as well as junior Catherine Anderson, shared their work.
In “The Importance of Inquiry,” Natalia reported on designing an interactive peer-to-peer learning activity for students.
Rachel shared from her study of 1893 Columbian Exposition Women’s Building architect Sophia Hayden in “Sophia Hayden: A Story of Success.”
And Catherine read from her award-winning study of “Redefining Piety” in Homer.
Congratulations to all presenters, and many thanks to the nominating faculty!
We’ve had two different student presentation events at Judson in the past couple of weeks, and The Honors Program has been well represented.
Judson University Student Research Day
First was Judson’s Student Research Day, where faculty nominate students to share their work with a campus-wide audience. Senior science major Jarod Schieler shared his work on “Treating a Dysregulated JAK/STAT Pathway in Cancer Cells.” From the abstract:
This presentation will elucidate the key tenets of the JAK/STAT pathway and how oncogenesis transpires as a result of dysregulation. It also surveys current treatments used for an aberrant biochemical pathway and an introduction into the CRISPR-Cas9 system, which has the potential to rewrite the genome with precision, leading to cures for genetic diseases (e.g. cancer) and to the controversial creation of designer babies.
Senior Lauren Price, also a science major, described her work on “The Role of ADAM 17 in Colon Cancer”:
ADAM 17 is known to play a role in the release of growth factors that contribute to rapid tumor growth. ADAM 17 is predicted to act upstream in the pathway that initiates the release of these growth factors. Therefore, inhibition of ADAM 17 is predicted to lower the levels of these growth factors. To test this hypothesis, human colon cancer cell lines such as HT-29 and HCT116 were cultured then treated with an agonist and an ADAM 17 inhibitor at different time points. The results were analyzed using Western Blotting and the preliminary data supports the hypothesis.
Senior Jon Richardson, a major in the School of Art, Design, and Architecture, gave a presentation on “Time, Beauty, and Landscape in Video Art,” his large-scale video installation piece. The presentation provided an overview of how the romantic landscape painting tradition and time-based, generative design were combined to create a piece that explores the changeable, illusive nature of time, memory, and place.
Conference on Faith and History
Chicagoland Regional Student Conference
The second event was the Chicagoland Regional meeting of the Conference on Faith and History. Hosted this year at Judson, the conference is an annual meeting for top history students at region schools to present their work. Senior Secondary Education/History major Cayla Cerny presented her research on “Operation Assassination: The Impact of Assassination Attempts on Hitler during World War II.”
It’s been a great couple of weeks!