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A panel of WGS Majors will present their research papers on the theme of Gender & Politics:

Augusta Durham,

Alyssa Cantu, and

Brianna Norman.

A panel of WGS Majors in WGS 379S Senior Seminar will present their research on Video Games and Gender:

Lauren Burton,

Rio Salazar, and

Michelle Cuellar.

This second part of the two day Research Symposium held by the Student Engineering Council will consist of dialogue between professors, graduate and post-doctoral students, and undergraduates. The theme of the panel will include choosing industry versus academia, why one should choose to attend graduate school, and the future of higher education with respect to engineering. Everyone has to make this decision at some point in their undergraduate career, some come receive helpful feedback from the professionals!

This first part of the two day Research Symposium held by the Student Engineering Council will consist of 15 to 20 minute long TED Talk-like speaker presentations from faculty about their research. Come learn about some of the real-world applications of engineering and the amazing things being done on this campus!

A panel of WGS students in WGS 379S Senior Seminar will present their research papers on the theme of Transgender Issues and Media:

Cora Cook,

Marla Sobotik, and

Sam Archer.

For decades, particle physicists have searched for the elusive Higgs boson, the missing piece to the “Standard Model” that explains the world we see. In July 2012, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva announced that they found it. Dr. Sean Carroll will explain why the Higgs boson is so important, talk about the enormous challenge physicists overcame to build the LHC and get it running, and consider what the future of particle physics will look like. The talk is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Sean Carroll is a physicist and author. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1993, and is now on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on fundamental physics and cosmology, especially issues of dark matter, dark energy, and the origin of the universe. Carroll is the author of The Particle at the End of the Universe and From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time. He frequently consults for film and television, and has been featured on television shows such as The Colbert Report, PBS’s Nova, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.

Presentation of research papers by undergraduate art history majors pursuing honors theses or advanced research topics.

Honors students will present the findings of their year-long thesis research projects to assembled faculty, students and public audience. Question and Answer to follow each presentation. Half the class will present each night.

Work from Assistant Professor Danelle Briscoe’s fall 2013 visual communications course, titled Material Information: Design Thru Fabrication, is exhibited in the front lobby of Goldsmith Hall.

The four-week project involved biomimetic exploration, reseach, and development through conceptual form-making in the information model database. Driven from a component/system relationship, the goal was a precise description of a complex, three-dimensional surface facade, ceiling, or other with material consequences.

The projects were meant to interrogate the innate characteristics, behavior, and/or capacities of a selected material as a more active agent in the design process. Students were asked to consider a design morphology that cross-referenced the strengths or behavior of one material or element to design or create another.

The Department of American Studies is delighted to host its Third Annual Honors Thesis Symposium on Thursday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, in Burdine 214. Five honors thesis students will present papers based on their yearlong research projects. Taj Bruno’s thesis, “Latkes for Santa: An Analysis of the American Jewish Perspective on Christmas,” explores the curious historical relationship between the American Jewish community and the celebration of Christmas. Alyse Camus’ thesis, “From Kuznetsky Most to Brooklyn Bridge: Mayakovsky’s Discovery of America,” examines the Russian poet Mayakovsky and his trip to the United States in 1925 as a lens into his personal history, the histories of the United States and the Soviet Union, and his observations about industrialization and racism during his travels. Melissa Herman’s thesis, “The Scene Aesthetic: How Indie Rock is Helping Re-Segregate Austin,” explores the ways in which the success of ACL and SXSW has further fostered an environment of exclusion for Austin’s Black and Latino residents, while socially and financially benefitting the city, its image and a large proportion of its White residents. Morgan Machiorlette’s thesis, “Underfunded, Unequal, and Unheard: The Realities of Low-Income Students in the Philadelphia Public School District,” considers how financial deficits and blighted community environments negatively affect students and consequently perpetuate the cycle of poverty in low-income Philadelphia public schools. Thomas Smith’s thesis, “Punk Capital: How the Nation’s Capitol Became a Leader in the Punk Movement of America,” examines the relationship between the rise of Punk music and the growth of new social justice movements in Washington, D.C., from 1978 to 1993. Following the presentations, there will be a discussion and a reception to celebrate a job well done.