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Wednesday, November 5, 2008


BRADFORD, Pa. – Fifty-eight undergraduate students from seven campuses will present original research at the 9th Annual Penn-York Undergraduate Research Association Conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Saturday.

Students from Pitt-Bradford, the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, Alfred University, Canisius College, Houghton College and Penn State Behrend will make oral and poster presentations throughout the day and hear a keynote speech by Dr. Brian H. Bornstein, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Bornstein, whose research efforts focus primarily on how juries, especially in civil cases, make decisions, will speak on “The Joys and Challenges of Undergraduate Research: Tales from the Front.”

While open to all undergraduates in all disciplines, the conference, founded by Pitt-Bradford professor of sociology Dr. Helene Lawson, draws mostly from the behavioral and social sciences.

“Penn-York gives undergraduate students not only a great chance to present their research, but also to hear about research and see presentations by students from other campuses,” said Dr. Warren Fass, associate professor of psychology.

All presentations are free and open to the public. Oral presentations will take place from 9:15 to 11:55 a.m. and 1:10 to 3:35 p.m. in Swarts Hall Rooms 105 and 111. Poster presentations by Pitt-Bradford students will take place from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in Dining Rooms A&B of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Oral presentations will be given by the following Pitt-Bradford students during the morning session in Room 105: Kristen Allison, a criminal justice major from Warren, “The Effects of Binge Drinking on Students’ Grade Point Average”; Lee Sorman, a criminal justice major from Pittsford, “A Comparative Analysis of Sex and Power, and Necrophilia Between Rapists and Serial Killers”; John Redington, a sociology major from Randolph, N.Y., “The College Athlete: A More Stressful Life?”; Immanuel Diamant, a psychology major from New Hope, “Traveling Abroad: The Significance in Undergraduate Development”; Carla Gigliotti, a sociology major from Port Allegany, “Surviving Single Parenthood”; and Tori Sanchez, a criminal justice major from Aurora, Ohio, “Racial Profiling in the Criminal Justice Field.”

During the morning session in Room 111, presentations will be made by Jennifer Sanders, a sociology major from Edinboro, “Saving the Family Farm”; Stephanie Pascarella, a psychology and sociology major from Bradford, “The Weather Made Me Do It: The Implications of Climate Change on Maladaptive Responses”; Brett Herzing, a criminal justice major from Ridgway, “Police Brutality”; Ashley Shade, a criminal justice major from Bradford, “Research on the Police Personality”; Valerie Donohue, a social studies education major from Havertown, “The Art of Baby Naming: How Parents Choose Names for Their Children”; Erin Bowen, a criminal justice major from Mansfield, “Comparing and Contrasting the Sexual Deviance, Sexual Frustrations and Sexual Gratification of Serial Killers Ted Bundy and Paul Bernardo”; and Flo Antrim, a social sciences major from Bradford “Problems Parents of Autistic Children Face and How They Cope.”

In the afternoon in Room 105, Pitt-Bradford students presenting will be A.J. Laganosky, an interdisciplinary arts major from Carlisle, “Battle of the Brutes: Behind the Scenes”; Gino Macioce, a criminal justice major from Verona, “The USA Patriot Act: An Important and Needed Tool for Law Enforcement”; Mike Reilly, a sociology major from McKees Rocks, “As Seen in the Movies”; Ryan Smith, a criminal justice major from Titusville, “Necrophilia Minds”; Tarah Lipps, an elementary education major from Bradford, “Does Preschool Help in School?”; and Christopher Cecchi, a criminal justice major from Portville, N.Y., “A Comparative Analysis of Serial Killers.”

Pitt-Bradford students presenting in the afternoon in Room 111 will be Zach Weart, a criminal justice major from Bradford, “Improving the Development of Friction Ridge Detail Deposits and Recovery on the Interior of Vinyl and Latex Gloves”; Lisa Moeke and Erin Baxter, both environmental studies majors from Bradford, “Trees of the Richard E. McDowell Trail”; Derilyn Heller, a psychology and sociology major from Bradford, “Female Body Image: Self-Perception and Perceptions of Other Women”; Tracy Tanner, a social sciences major from Smethport, “Life in a Nursing Home through the Eyes of its Certified Nursing Assistants: Can Quality Care be Improved by Empowering Certified Nursing Assistants?”; Patrick McAnaney, a criminal justice major from Blasdell, N.Y., “Women Serial Killers”; and Cora L. Hall, a sociology major from Smethport, “Children and Their Adult Caretakers in the Atmosphere of the Restaurant.”

Pitt-Bradford students making poster presentations are Katherine Pitner, a criminal justice major from Bradford, “Enhancement of Learning through Crime Scene Houses”; Dianna L. Wadlow, a psychology major from Eldred, “Infidelity: Association with Gender Stereotypes, Acts of Infidelity and Frequency of Acts on Attitudes of Infidelity”; Harold Yale, a psychology and history major from Kane, “Effects of Gender and Number of Bystanders on Helping Behavior”; Brian Guentter, a psychology major from Hatfield; William Smock, a biology and psychology major from Bradford, “Music Stereotype Activation Applied to Crime Scenarios”; Matt Gustin, a criminal justice major from Shinglehouse, “Criminal Profiling”; Jonathan McCracken, a psychology and biology major from Bradford; Laura Prechtl, a psychology and sociology major from Bradford; and Sara Hennesey, a psychology and sociology major from Warren.

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