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Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

2017 Award Recipients and Project Abstracts

Rosia Ainza, Familia de Inmigrantes: Finding Heritage on the Road Esther Bower, Determining the Feasibility of a Nearshore Pandalus Model
Cole Deal, Ecdysteroid Circulation in Chinoecetes bairdi and How Laboratory Holdings Affect Hormone Expression Axel Gillam, Soudscape Ecology of the Auke Lake Ecosystem
Elizabeth Hawkins, White Privilege: The Effect of Informer Race on Perceived Legitimacy Adriane Honerbrink, Salmon: Our Connection
Emma Luck, Killer Whale Ecotypes in the Juneau Area Abigail Nathlich, Investigations of Dust and Black Carbon Content in Snow from the Juneau Region
Elise Sorum-Birk, Mapping Tlingit Place Names: An Interactive Approach to Historic Resources Use Avery Stewart, The Art of Audio Production: Recording an Original Album

Rosie Ainza

Familia de Inmigrantes: Finding Heritage on the Road. Mentor: Emily Wall ($2,466)  I find joy in creative travel writing. The road can be a vibrant poetic muse. I often wonder about my birthplace and the places my family immigrated to during the 1960's.  I am Latina, yet I lack a connection with my Mexican heritage. My URECA project will center around creating a poetry collection inspired by finding heritage and cultural community through life on the road around Southern California.  It will highlight the shared hopes and fears of my own family and people I meet, particularly within this current political climate. Return to Top

Esther Bower

Determining the Feasibility of a Nearshore Pandalus Model. Mentor: Sherry Tamone ($1,413). I propose to develop a nearshore model for studying Pandalus platyceros, or Spot Prawns using the abundant striped prawn Pandalus danae, or dock shrimp, because they can be obtained at any time of the year by setting a small collections pot from the local docks in Auke bay adjacent to the University.  There is a lack of understanding about the biology in general and sexual differentiation in particular in this (Pandalus platyceros) commercially important protandric species. Return to Top

Cole Deal

Ecdysteroid Circulation in Chinoecetes bairdi and How Laboratory Holdings Affect Hormone Expression. Mentor: Sherry Tamone ($1,244). This research project will focus on how circulating hormones vary within Tanner crab (Chionoecetes bairdi) kept under laboratory conditions compared to those exposed to natural tidal cycles.  The main goal of this project will be to determine whether there is a clear and present difference in ecdysteroid concentration between Tanner crab that have been exposed to lunar cycles; meaning they have tidal, temperature, depth and photoperiod influences, compared to lab setting Tanner crab, which will not have these external influences acting upon them. Return to Top

Axel Gillam

Soundscape Ecology of the Auke Lake Ecosystem. Mentor: Heidi Pearson ($2,465).  My proposed project, "Soundscape Ecology of the Auke Lake Ecosystem", focuses on how the soundscape of Auke Lake changes from winter to spring. Soundscape ecology is a new field in the study ecology and links the acoustic elements of an ecosystem to its processes and health. I propose to set up two different recording sites around Auke Lake. One will be near the university, which has anthropogenic sound inputs, and the other will be in an isolated area of the lake.  By having two sites, I can compare the soundscapes and determine if anthropogenic sounds have an impact on the changing soundscape. Return to Top

Elizabeth Hawkins

White Privilege: The Effect of Informer Race on Perceived Legitimacy. Mentor: Amanda Sesko ($525). The goal of this research is to investigate how the race of the informer of White privilege affects the persuasiveness of the message. Specifically, we are interested in examining how race (minority or White) of an informer affects the perceived legitimacy and recognition of White privilege through a factual based (central route) versus emotion based (peripheral route) message. We will be investigating how the race of informer of White privilege affects the perceptions of the informer with measures of warmth and competence, as well as perceived legitimacy of the message in a 2 (Message: Central, Peripheral) x 3 (Informer Race: American Indian, Black, White) between-subjects design. Return to Top

Adriane Honerbrink

Salmon: Our Connection. Mentor: Jeremy Kane ($2,500).  My proposed project is to create a professionally welded, free-standing sculpture of a Coho Salmon for the courtyard near the kiln facility on the University campus.  This project proposal will play between the boundaries of art and science, utilizing the knowledge and skills of students and professors in the Biology and Art departments.  This Salmon will be a testament to student ability and be a representation of the connections between our landscape and marine environment.  Return to Top

Emma Luck

Killer Whale Ecotypes in the Juneau Area. Mentor: Heidi Pearson ($192).  I am proposing to do a study on killer whales in the Juneau area. The main focus of the study is to determine which killer whale ecotypes (resident, transient, or offshore) are found in Juneau. This study will be done by collecting photographs of killer whales that have been taken in Juneau from 2012-2016 and using photo-identification to identify the killer whales in the photos. It is my hope that this study will tell us more about the killer whales of Juneau, and perhaps aid in the management and conservation of this species.   Return to Top

Abigail Nathlich

Investigations of Dust and Black Carbon Content in Snow from the Juneau Region. Mentor: Sonia Nagorski ($1,390).  The role of snow impurities in contributing to reductions in albedo (reflectivity) has been examined for the first time in the Juneau area this past summer, although there are other ongoing studies related to loss of glacier ice.  My proposed project is twofold: 1) to quantify the dust concentrations in the snow samples collected by UAS faculty this summer; 2) to collect a new set of snow samples in late winter/early spring for black carbon and dust along a transect of densely vs lightly populated areas of the city. Return to Top

Elise Sorum-Birk

Mapping Tlingit Place Names: An Interactive Approach to Historic Resources Use. Mentor: Glenn Wright ($1,130).  The goal of my project will be to do an analysis of Tlingit place names in the Juneau Region in order to determine what information they convey about historic land ownership and resource use.  The outcome of my project will be to create an interactive map of the information gathered for use by educators in the area. Return to Top

Avery Stewart

The Art of Audio Production: Recording an Original Album. Mentor Brian Buma ($2,400).  The goal of this project is to professionally record and produce an album comprised of music I have written and composed throughout the last two years.  My aim, once the project is finished, is to distribute it online, share it within the community of Juneau and showcase it at the 2017 URECA symposium. 100% of the proceeds from the album will be donated to a local nonprofit organization: the Glory Hole, a homeless shelter located in Downtown Juneau. This non-profit album will be the first professionally recorded project I’ve embarked upon.  Return to Top