Panel 9

Planet in Transition

Sara Koehn (Political Science)
The Rise of Women in American Politics and Education: Implications for Change
Mentor: David Doerge

As women become better educated, they now outnumber men in the undergraduate ranks, and as they ascend in power and authority, there are more women holding public office than ever before, will these developments make a difference in American society? This project provides a brief overview of modern feminism and its evolution toward breaking down barriers to better education and opportunities for leadership. As the power of women in society continues to grow, this study will examine how this development changes the narrative on what issues are important and the implications for society as a whole.

Ian Ster (Biology)
A Genetic Look at Robust Redhorse and the Possible Effects of Climate Change
Mentor: Dr. Alesia Hruska-Hageman

During my summer research at College of Charleston’s Fort Johnson REU program, I worked in the Hollings Marine Laboratory to see what effect climate change had on two river populations of Robust Redhorse, Moxostoma robustum, a freshwater catostomid. I isolated DNA from fin clip samples, amplified certain segments of the DNA with a polymerase-chain reaction, and visualize amplified segments on a chromatogram. Genetics programs were utilized to analyze the data and look at the genetic diversity and population structure between both river populations.

Ryan Dunbar (History)
Red Star Rising: Superpower of the 21st Century?
Mentor: Dr. Edy Parsons

The talk is about China's evolving military in the 20th century. The key change was China’s military reform in the 1980s. PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Doctrine reveals the key development of China’s military after the reform.

Kris Slutts (Biology)
Monitoring of Sand Prairie Plant Succession Following Removal of Conifers: Preliminary Data
Mentor: Dr. Neil Bernstein

We established plant transects downwind from a conifer planting that was begun in the early 1980s on a sand prairie. Associated with the plant sampling, we gathered microclimate and soil chemical data. Analysis of these data will be presented in the context of management of the sand prairie following removal of the conifers.