All students should explain their work in an abstract or descriptive paragraph that is no longer than 200 words. Some examples…

Ethanol-Induced Changes in Amino Acid Pools in a 10-Day Chick Embryo

M. L. Wilson, L. Milakosksky, T. Avilla and R. M. Bonk
School: Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College
Faculty Sponsor: I. A. Shibley

The chick embryo provides a useful model to study the direct effects of ethanol on embryonic development without the confounding factors of maternal undernutrition or ethoanol-induced placental dysfunction. The current study was designed to explore decreased availability of amino acids as a possible mechanism for ethanol-induced growth suppression. Our working hypothesis is that ethanol causes a redistribution of amino acids from the embryo too the allantoic fluid. The levels of forty-one different amino acids and related compounds were analyzed via ion exchange high-performance liquid chromatography in growth-suppressed ten-day chick embryos. Three compartments in the embryo were analyzed: allantoic fluid, amniotic fluid, and the whole brain. Significant differences in the levels of specific amino acids were identified in each pool but no consistent pattern of ethanol-induced alterations was identified. Ethanol exposure caused a significant increase in ammonia in the allantoic fluid but no other amino acids were significantly affected. Of the thirty-six amino acids detected in the brain, thirty-two of them were decreased in the ethanol-exposed embryo but only a few tested significant. Ethanol caused almost no change in the amniotic levels of amino acids.

What Do People Think Occupational Therapy Is?

Jennifer Wasson, Kim Hess and Kerry Hess
School: Alvernia University
Faculty Sponsor: C. Emery

The researchers designed a survey that consisted of seven questions addressing specific areas about Occupational Therapy. The surveys were then distributed to sixty individuals who were randomly chosen from the Berks County phone book. The researchers hypothesize that the surveys that are returned will reflect this lack of knowledge about the field of Occupational Therapy. This hypothesis has not yet been supported or unsupported because the surveys have not yet been returned. The researchers believe it is important to market Occupational Therapy to e general public to show the awareness and significance of it. Although the American Occupational Therapy Association has taken steps to market our services, the researchers feel that further development is necessary.

Jesse’s Eye

S. Duby
School: Reading Area Community College
Faculty Sponsor: K. Jones

In The Tao of Equus, Linda Kohanov describes the limpid, reflective pool of memory and being that exists behind the eye of the horse.  In that sense, the equine eye embodies a sentient being in an existential moment. This 16x20” acrylic-on-canvas painting captures some of that moment.  This work was prompted by a continuing interest in conveying gesture and personality through movement in painting.  Here, I explore the relationship between gesture, on the one hand, and its perception, on the other, by looking behind the gesture and at the “mirror” of reflection that animals return to those who perceive them.  Thus, this work renders the eye of a Tennessee Walker mare (Jesse) realistically, showing her personality—and encouraging its recognition—through the calm and clarity of the ocular pool of memory.  The painting’s composition is designed to delay and thereby amplify the perceiver’s recognition of the existential moment in which both the subject and perceiver exist . . . and meet.


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