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The Honors Project is a research project for which eligible students apply during their junior year and complete in their senior year. A successfully completed thesis project leads to the awarding of the bachelor of arts degree with the notation "honors," "high honors" or "highest honors" in the student's major subject.  Each student is asked to archive his or her project in Smith ScholarWorks for access and preservation.

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Honors Projects and Theses from 2013

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"I challenge anyone to take from me the independent life that I have given myself in the centuries and in the skies" : remembering and misremembering Louis Antoine Saint-Just, Chelsea Ann Bartholomew

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Analysis of environmental damage to aircraft aluminum, Taylor Marie Beall

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The ladies of Gilbert and Sullivan, Elizabeth Anne Biddle

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Experimental investigation of garnet nucleation from chlorite + quartz mixtures at 8kbar pressure, Samantha Elizabeth Blanchett

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"Every affectionate thought" : Ingrid Bergman, Roberto Rossellini, and the classical Hollywood scandal machine, Sonia Bessie Brand-Fisher

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Discarded color, Naya Anne Bricher

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"I'm a farmer too" : valuing women farmers in the Pioneer Valley, Sabrina Lynn Camboulives

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Visual music : training students to see tones and hear colors to enhance music education, Marisa Laura Cheng

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Language, inhibitory control and belief reasoning : a longitudinal study, Meng Chen

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Acquisition of passives in Mandarin-speaking children, Cindy Chiang

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2D-NMR spectroscopy of mutagenic DNA duplexes, Danielle Anne Chichester

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Dummett's Wittgensteinean intuitionism, Ana Chkhikvadze

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Modulation of GABAA receptor currents by stereoisomers of the novel anesthetic compounds : ǂb2, 6-dimethylcyclohexanol and 2, 6-diisopropylcyclohexanol, Luvana Chowdhury

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"I was wondering what would break first" : violence of the post-9/11 superhero film, Kelsey Jane Cummings

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The chelate effect : is it all entropy?, Lisa Stephanie Cunden

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A DfX guide for engineering capstone students, Phoebe M. DeGroot

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Consumer interface for real-time electrical demand, Geneviève May de Mijolla

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"Holding a piece of the earth" : gendered space, field hockey embodiment and the politics of getting low, Sophia Demuynck

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Adaptability of salt marsh restoration to sea level rise at Barros Bog, Sanita Dhaubanjar

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Il nemico è l'ignoranza : poetics and politics in Ezra Pound's anthologies of the 1930s, Caroline Benson Evans

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China's Xinjiang problem in Muslim diplomacy : is Islamization at fault?, Faizaa Fatima

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When the "brown plague" showed up at the party : law and order in St. Pauli under the Nazi regime, Tosca Leonora Fischer

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Cesare Pavese : dal confino al confine, Emilia Gambardella

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On our backs with a bad attitude : a history of the first lesbian sex magazines, Kayla G. Ginsburg

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Effects of elevated pCO2 on the calcification and morphological characteristics of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi : implications of ocean acidification, Christina L. Goethel

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Exploring microbial biodiversity and ecology : testate amoebae in Hawley Bog, Adelaide Marie Gordon

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We are all mindreaders : a study of children's ability to predict other people's emotions, Ellen Rose Harrington

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The temporal genetic variation of the ciliate morphospecies Chilodonella uncinata, Carmen Marie Hernandez

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Development of a tandem Diels-Alder/Pauson-Khand reaction strategy for the synthesis of tetracycles, Elsa Hinds

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Rural electrification in South Africa - design challenges, considerations and choices, Jennifer Holliday

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Could I be Miss America? : an Asian American's experience with the Miss America organization, Xiaojia Hua

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A mixed memory : Mexican American studies in the borderlands, Gerilyn Anne Hubbe

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Design of a portable data acquisition system to measure sound exposure from MP3 headphones, Huimin Ji

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Spatial characterization of sulfate reducing bacteria in the Avery Brook beaver ponds, Rachel Anne Kaminsky

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Five-coordinate intermediates : why carbon will not behave, Sarah Frances Kay

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The role of circadian rhythms in fatigue, Gloria Kim

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The role of Orexin on animal fatigue model with Interleukin 1β, Hyunji Kim

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DNA catalyst conjugates (DCats) for site-selective chemical transformations in complex environments, Jiyeon Kim

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Women's voices : a choral setting of Charlotte Brontë's "Life", Dayton Kinney Kinney

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Hindsight bias magnifies escalation of commitment, Shuyao Kong

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²³Na- and ³⁹K-NMR studies of monensin- and valinomycin-mediated ion transport through liposomal membranes, Colby Rachel Loew

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Design and analysis of hybrid power system options for off grid rural electrification in northern Kenya, June Midecha Lukuyu

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Geochemical evidence for the origin of mineralogical rinds surrounding garnet-amphibolite blocks in a subduction zone mélange, Catalina Island, California, Lauren Jeanne Magliozzi

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A network model for auditory-system changes to increases in intracranial pressure, Mary Clark McGrath

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Stormwater harvesting recommendations, Rajiha Mehdi

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De-constructing construction : role of environmental standards in the building sector, Anna Carr Mokros

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The role of romantic comedies in the cognitive processes of female self-perception, Emily Jane Morris

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Exploring the neurotoxic effects of isoflurane on the cytoskeleton of developing murine neurons, Belinda Juliana Nhundu

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Discarding behavior and habituation of distress in hoarding disorder, Clarissa Wei Ong

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Using targeted proteomics to examine desmin regulation during C2C12 myogenesis, Aunaly Palmer

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Design of an algorithm to track targets using bistatic radar data, Alina Paige Pechacek

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Prenatal genetic testing : the moral impacts on parental autonomy, Yaesshna Thaynambaal Pillay

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A platform of pillars : the stelae at Uxmal, Mexico, Catherine Hariton Popovici

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Recovered memory : the making of profit, place, and person at Sierra Tucson rehab facility, Lisbet Hope Portman

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Theoretical orientations : intersectionality, Anne Michelle Re

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Postvernacular Yiddish : a case study of the Yiddish Book Center, Carole Chloe Renard

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"I mbáidín teangan" : Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Irish folklore in translation, Lisa Michelle Saladin

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Exploring inconsistencies between perfectionism, athletics, and disordered eating, Victoria Elizabeth Santarsiero

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Constraining the record of neoproterozoic life : new insights from cryogenian strata (~850 to 635 Ma) of northern Namibia, Maggie Anne Sawdy

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Performative looking methodology : queering identity politics from a Black cultural studies perspective, Ollie James Schwartz

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Exploring the promoter of Brugia malayi thioredoxin peroxidase-2 gene, Iju Shakya

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The impact of teacher depression on the quality of the teacher-child relationship and children's behavioral outcomes in PreK and kindergarten, Alyssa Leigh Shaw

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Synthesis and purification of 2,6-dimethylcyclohexanol for application as a general anesthetic, Kelly Aiken Smith

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Investigation of the thermodynamic stability of the diastereomeric spiroiminodihydantoin lesion, Elizabeth A. Stewart

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Innovation within tradition : halachic egalitarianism and the role of independent minyanim, Katy Lora Swartz

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Assessment of the predictive and concurrent validity of the bilingual English Spanish oral screener, Joselina Tejada

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ERP measures of sensitivity to social comparison feedback, Thanh-Giang Jennifer Tran

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A biogeographic comparison of cuticle thickness, claw resistance to breakage, and genetic variation in the invasive European green crab Carcinus maenas, Sarah Jeanne Tucker

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Learning queer knowledge : a study of lesbian community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jennifer Bucchianeri Wachowski

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Paleoecology of post-extinction fossil assemblages of the lower Triassic virgin limestone member in the Muddy Mountains, Southern Nevada : new insights into silicification of recovery faunas, Sophie Westacott

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"I don't want to be the victim no more" : a lesbian history of South Bend, Indiana 1974-present, Elizabeth Anne Williams

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Metagenomics of the methane ice worm, Sirsoe methanicola, and its associated microbial community, Wei Xin

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Understanding knowledge building discourse in undergraduate engineering education : an in-depth case study, Yanning Yu

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Telling, retelling, and not telling : narrating the black Atlantic, Madeline Lee Zehnder

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Effects of eastern hemlock removal on nutrient cycling and forest ecosystem processes at the MacLeish Field Station, Whately, MA, Jenna M. Zukswert

Honors Projects and Theses from 2012

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Generation of a functional network around a single kinase highlights its involvement in unsuspected biological processes, Akosua Gyanea Adu-Gyamfi

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Living rocks, ancestral forests and the secular state : nationalisms, colonialisms, spiritualities and silences at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Musée du quai Branly, Alessandra Amin

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The evolution and ecology of functional traits along a soil fertility gradient, Grace Harper Anderson

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Conflicting kinematics of the Salerno Creek deformation zone, Grenville Province, Ontario, Naomi Anna Barshi

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Development of a tandem Diels-Alder/Pauson-Khand strategy for the synthesis of tetracycles, Catriona Emily Blunt

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Reviving the Republic : Florence from 1494-1512, Dagny Regan Broome

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Explaining China's strident human rights diplomacy : the role of domestic factors, Nhung Trang Bui

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A textbook for introductory programming classes at liberal arts colleges, Julia Catherine Burns

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Financial liberalization and income inequality : an empirical investigation of Latin America and Asia, Guangye Cao

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The Hrafnfjordur central volcano : petrogenesis of a volcanic sequence in the early stages of an Icelandic rift zone, Emily Francis Carbone

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Geochemical analysis of the Cambro-Ordovician Cow Head Group, western Newfoundland, Canada, Katherine Amelia Castagno

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Revival in Uganda : church, state and the Mukono crisis in 1941, Kristen Laurene Connor

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Patch-clamp investigation of the modulation of GABAa receptor currents with isomers of the potential anesthetic 2,6-dimethylcyclohexanol, Celine Joelle Croft

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Investigating the ecology of post-Sturtian (~716 Ma) microfossil assembleges in a cap carbonate, the Rasthof formation, northern Namibia, Lilly Alaine Dalton

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Design of a portable data acquisition system to measure real-time MP3-player sound pressure output, Adina-Elena Draghici

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Experimental calibration of Fe and Mg partitioning between garnet and biotite samples at elevated pressures, Kathryn Elaine Durkin

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The identification and characterization of a circadian clock gene in Brugia malayi, Ruth Maria Eichinger

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Breaking the glass dome : an analysis of women's candidacies for the House of Representatives in 2008 and 2010, Alana Gayle Eichner

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Breaking the glass dome : an analysis of women's candidacies for the House of Representatives in 2008 and 2010, Alana Gayle Eichner

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Protein localization in murine C2C12 cells during normal and heat stressed myogenesis, Veronica Marie Falconieri

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Equilibrium and disequilibrium in the geographic ranges of plants : an experimental test with two forest herbs, Jessamine Hope Finch

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An empirical analysis of the tourism industry as an agent for development in small-island developing economies, Raquel Arlene Frederick

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Ambiguous selves : Madeleine Pelletier's interwar autobiographical writing, Hannah Clare Frydman

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"El Decano" en Sudamérica : Aaron Copland and "political expediency", Nicole Betsy Glotzer

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ATICoS : authoring tool for interactive creation of spaces, Junzhu Guo