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Muhammad Najib ’18
Falling Oil Prices: Great for Consumers, Bad for Russian Economy

While falling prices at the gas pump may be a boon for everyday consumers, fluctuations in the price of gasoline can have very real consequences for nations such as Russia, the second largest exporter of oil in the world. Muhammad Najib ’18, along with Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Onur Sapci, is this summer attempting to assess the impacts that falling oil prices have had and will continue to have upon the Russia’s economy, politics and macroeconomic policy decisions.  More ...

Lily Johnston '16 studies outside the Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts.
Student Delves into Color Theory Through Personal Interactions

Though the human eye processes hundreds of different shades and tones every day, color may not be a subject that is often considered by the average individual. Art major Lily Anne Johnston ’16, however is exploring color theory this summer in order to paint a vivid picture of the Upstate New York area’s regional color history through an Emerson Foundation grant.  More ...

Richard Wu '16
Interest in Cryptography Leads Richard Wu ’16 to Emerson Research Project

Richard Wu ’16 is working this summer on a computer program that reintroduces linguistics to modern cryptography by exploring and combining the two fields’ theoretical backgrounds. Working with Associate Professor of Japanese Masaaki Kamiya, he seeks to create a program that can parse the sentence structures of a given message and encrypt them through a combination of the public-key cryptosystem RSA and transposition.  More ...

Steve Laurent Cunden '18 works on a robotic arm.
Building a Better Robot

Steven Laurent Cunden ’18 is this summer helping to further develop the robotics technologies used in the Physics 245 course, Electronics and Computers. Cunden is working with the class instructor, Associate Professor of Physics Brian Collet, on enabling the relatively simplistic robotic arms used in the course to receive and react to positional feedback.  More ...

Thomas Hoffman '16
Thomas Hoffman ’16 Adds Discovery to Hamilton Intro. Physics Labs

When people recall what they enjoyed most about science classes – whether  in college, high school or even earlier – chances are they remember hands-on experiments and the excitement of discovering something new for themselves. This element of discovery is important to Thomas Hoffman ’16 and Adam Lark, director of physics laboratories. The two are working together to add more discovery-based elements to introductory physics labs on campus, hoping to improve the learning experience for physics students.  More ...

Hayley Goodrich ’17 Looks into Binocular Rivalry in Neuroscience Research

Hayley Goodrich ’17 is replicating 2015 graduate Carly Poremba’s senior neuroscience thesis this summer in the hopes of contributing to the academic literature and research agenda surrounding binocular rivalry. Goodrich’s project, titled the Binocular Rivalry Study, seeks to test the efficacy of Poremba’s thesis conclusions regarding the postdictive effects of a later stimulus on a previously subconsciously processed stimulus.  More ...

Arthur Williams '16 at the Lend for America Summit in Berkeley, Calif., in Nov. 2014. It's the leading summit for student-led microfinance organizations.
Arthur Williams ’16 Studying Microfinance Impact on Cuban Entrepreneurship

Over the past seven years Cuba has seen many changes. Since Raúl Castro assumed the Cuban presidency in 2008, he has introduced a number of economic reforms that have removed many commercial restrictions and lessened government control. This has resulted in a growing private sector and a rise in Cuban self-employed entrepreneurs.  More ...

Elana Van Arnam '17
Was Spain's Queen Juana I Truly Mad?

Elana Van Arnam ’17 is pursuing research into one of Spain’s most commonly misunderstood monarchs: Juana I of Castile. Popularly known as “Juana la Loca,” or Juana the Mad, the Queen is one of the most iconic figures in early-modern Spanish history.  Van Arnam’s summer research is funded through an Emerson Summer Collaborative Research Award and is being directed by Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Xavier Tubau.  More ...

Hady Hewidy '17
Hewidy ’17 Driven to Understand Egypt’s Revolution

Though it has been almost five years since President Hosni Mubarak’s regime toppled in Egypt, the dust is still settling from the political turmoil that followed. This summer, Hady Hewidy ’17 is looking back at the years before the 2011 revolution, examining trends in political engagement and participation in the preceding decade that may be fundamental to understanding the groundswell in opposition to Mubarak’s government.  More ...

Alex Jones '16
Alex Jones ’16 Investigates Effects of Vitamin C on Metabolism

This summer, Alex Jones ’16 is conducting an important research project to better understand how vitamin C affects growth and development. He is working with Professor of Biology Herm Lehman to study what role vitamin C plays in the metabolism of Manduca sexta, a kind of hornworm that is frequently used in scientific experiments. Jones and Lehman’s research this summer is one part of an ongoing project to determine how exactly vitamin C is necessary for growth and development.  More ...

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