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SURE Spotlight

During SURE 2013, 36 Carthage students spent the summer on campus conducting research with faculty on projects ranging from lightning to Ugandan musical instruments. Here is a look at some of the SURE 2013 projects.

Trisha Chinski ’15
Education — Simple Assistive Technology Tools Database

Trisha is compiling a database of applications and websites for special education teachers or parents of students with special needs. She’s testing a variety of tools to assess their usefulness and preparing strategies for teachers to integrate them into the curriculum.


Liza Lanum ’16
Biology — Characterization of Qi in Modern and Classical Chinese Discourse 

Liza is comparing the portrayal of “qi,” the central principle behind traditional Chinese medicine, in ancient and modern media. Her historical sources include 1,000-year-old books. Contemporary sources include books, Chinese television programs, and interviews (via Skype) with residents in China. She hopes to interview people of varying age groups to determine if their responses differ.


Beth Klein ’16
Biology — Tick Populations Among Invasive Species

Beth is researching whether ticks prefer invasive vegetation to native varieties as habitats. Her experiment is an offshoot of the larger ongoing study by the Invasive Species Working Group. At various sites in southern Wisconsin, she’ll collect samples of invasive species such as garlic mustard and honeysuckle and count ticks. She said future studies could include testing the ticks for disease.


Mikaley Osley ’14
English, Theatre — Gothic Parody in Jane Austen’s ‘Northanger Abbey’

Mikaley is analyzing several novels spanning the past three centuries, in an attempt to define parody as a literary form and determine how Jane Austen used it in gothic novels such as “Northanger Abbey.” She plans to write a short story as a parody of that book.


Alex Johnson ’15
Theatre — Symbolist Movement in Theatre

Alex is researching the theatrical style of Symbolism, most prominently used in the early 1900s by William Butler Yeats and Maurice Maeterlinck. After reading Symbolist plays and essays to grasp the concepts, he plans readings with student actors to set the stage for workshops in fall. The project’s culmination will come during J-Term, when Alex will help Prof. Scharnick teach the Experimental and Ensemble Acting class. The students will perform about a half-dozen works from Symbolist playwrights.


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