Session V: 4:45-5:40pm

October 17, 2014

Carr 102 Global Development: Community Based Solutions
In an increasingly globalized world with the ever-progressive integration of people, ideas, and cultures, how do communities grow and sustain themselves to find a voice, especially in the face of challenges? Communities know their own people and cultures best. Thus the most meaningful and empowering solutions come from the communities themselves. Our internships ranged from Ghana to New York to Nicaragua to India, and our experiences are as diverse as the communities we worked with. Navigating through a law office, math classroom, theatre class, and several villages, we each encountered a range of challenges and issues faced by these communities. We all worked at the community level to consider resources and solutions that would be beneficial to these communities.
Obdulia Valle Ramirez  Community: Working Together to Solve Social Issues
Lizzy Peake Many Voices, Multiple Communities, One Framework
Sharon Hwang Law and Order: Human Rights of Ghana 
Milani Lawrence Revolutionary Mathematics: Transforming Urban Math Classrooms 
Clapp 203 Journalism and Media in the Digital Age
This panel seeks to explain how a liberal arts education helps prepare students who are interested in pursuing a career in the journalism and media industry. The industry consists of various career paths and experiences; however, it requires certain skills, which a liberal arts education provides. Since a liberal arts education encourages students to enroll in diverse courses and develop efficient researching, writing, and speaking skills, it helps to prepare aspiring journalists to succeed in a working environment. We will share our own internship experiences and discuss how our liberal arts education helped us to do our best in the journalism and media industry.
Leen Hajjar How My Sociology Major at a Liberal Arts College Helped Me Pursue Journalism 
Solange Johnson Sinclair The Nomino Effect
Emily Kammerlohr Travel Chicks: Web-based Media Development 
Suyin Emily Louise Taunton "I've seen your byline before!" Interning with the Daily Hampshire Gazette  
Clapp 206 Lab Survival: Building Essential Relationships with Colleagues
What is it really like to work in a lab? I love learning science in class, but how does this translate to a research setting? What if I do not have any background on the lab’s topic of investigation? What kind of support do I need from my primary investigator? In our panel, we will discuss our research experiences in different areas of medicine, chemistry, biology, and neuroscience. In addition to talking about the research we conducted, we will reflect on our experiences working with our primary investigators or supervisors. Furthermore, our panel addresses both research projects that were completed in the summer, and research projects that are still ongoing. Come join our panel to hear about the successes and struggles of working in a scientific lab!
Emily Tetrault  Gold Nanoparticles for Cancer Treatment
Emma Isabel O'Leary Optimal Recruitment of Adaptor Protein 1 to the Surface of Giant Unilamellar Vesicles
Tiina Xu Epstein-Barr Virus-Like Particle Production for Vaccine Research
Irene Soulos Perceptual Abnormalities Associated with Amygdala Hyperconnectivity in Prodromal Schizophrenia
Cleveland L1 Striving for Social Justice: Navigating
the Non-profit World in a Variety of Cultural Context
The four members of our panel spent this past summer completing internships at Non-profit Organizations both domestically and abroad: at Heifer Ranch in Arkansas, the Restorative Justice Project of Midcoast Maine, the Manhattan headquarters of Covenant House International serving homeless youth, and PREDA, a foundation that assists exploited women and children in Olongapo City, Philippines. From compiling research and drafting grant proposals, to supporting the rescue of young boys from abusive prison systems and facilitating Restorative Justice community circles, our panel members were thrown into the non-profit world at full-speed. The goal of our panel is to compare and contrast the personal successes and challenges we faced in our internship experiences within various areas of non-profit work: including direct services, education, management, and fundraising. Further, we will examine the challenges we faced navigating the range of cultural contexts in which our internships took place and discuss the complex relationship between a rigorous liberal arts education and the skills required for success and meaningful engagement in non-profit work.
Passing on the Gift of Knowledge on Heifer Ranch
Nadejda Stancioff Is our Justice System Really Just?: An Alternative Approach to the Traditional Punitive System 
The Philippines and I: A Tireless Pursuit of Social Justice Despite Personal Challenges
Mckenzie J. Libbey "This is What I Heard": Translating Across Culture and Experience
Cleveland L2 “Think Global, Learn Local”:
Navigating Through International Work Environments
In this panel we will discuss how work cultures at our internship locations differed from those in the U.S. and how they contributed to our overall experiences during the summer. Our fields ranged from environmental consultancy in Mongolia, chemical engineering in Germany, multilateral environmental cooperation in China, international non-governmental organizations in Vietnam, and biology research in Canada. In contrast to U.S. settings, notable differences at our workplaces included relationships and dynamics with our supervisors, team behavior in and out of work, educational background among co-workers, support for self-initiatives, organizational structure, and gender dynamics. By immersing ourselves in fields with diverse work cultures, we enriched our perspectives of career challenges around the world and learned from the locals while integrating our experiences with theirs.
Research in Canadian Peatlands 
Overcoming Reverse Culture Shock
Yuqian Peng Leveraging Intercultural Competence at the Chinese Ministry of  Environment Protection
International Environmental Consultancy at Home in Mongolia: Can Mining be Sustainable?
Bhanushee Sharma From Chemical Engineering to Germany: Polymer-Particle Composites Research under RISE DAAD
Cleveland L3 What the Methods Don't Tell You:
A Student's Guide to Internships in the Natural Sciences
This past summer, the members of this panel participated in a diverse range of research experiences, from performing bench work in a laboratory to doing field research on a group of islands. Our out-of-classroom experiences not only enhanced our background in specific disciplines but also offered an introduction to professional work environments. Despite having a clear-cut procedure, we each encountered a variety of unexpected challenges at different points in our internships. Research projects often do not proceed as expected; there is a constant need to modify methods to ensure that they produce satisfactory results. Our summer internships required making such adjustments, not only to procedures but also to overcome the unanticipated issues involved in a new work environment. We will share our individual experiences, while acknowledging how our summer work was a small piece that contributed to a much larger puzzle.
Don’t Panic, Even if Life, the Universe and Everything goes Awry
Beatrice Goh How to Intern at a Butterfly Farm
No Stone Unterned: A Look Into my Summer with the Seabirds of Maine
Haley Lucian Understanding Auto-immune Disease at the Molecular Level
Kendade 107 A World’s Education: When Teachers Become Learners
I stand in front of the classroom while 20 pairs of eyes gaze curiously at me. “Now repeat after me as I say, ‘The boy walked through the town’.” I look on expectantly only to receive blank stares. They don’t understand my English. Now what? This panel aims to examine the connections and patterns between teaching styles and educational systems globally. Travelling through Nepal, Tanzania, Japan and Djibouti, we compare and contrast the ways in which different international institutions impart knowledge to their young students, acknowledging each organization's successes and shortcomings. We will also discuss the cultural relevance of using teaching as a method of acquainting oneself with a foreign country in its fullest sense, contemplating the advantages and disadvantages that various forms of internship structure may have on one's overall experience.
Teaching and Learning: A Nepali Education
Lisa de Sousa Dias Following Your Own Path: Empowering Children Through the Power of Words
The Gaijin Diaries: A Japanese Education
Marie-Ange Guiraud Can Teachers be Learners?: My Experience with the Street Children of Djibouti
Kendade 203 True Life: I'm a Scientist
What do a biologist, paleontologist, psychologist, food scientist, and neuroscientist have in common? Surprisingly, it is more than you would think. No matter the discipline, thinking like a scientist means a dedication to furthering human knowledge, a devotion to data collection, and a passion for results. This summer, each panelist worked on an individual research project in order to further current studies in their respective labs. However, as college students, becoming familiar with the scientific literature of our fields, learning research methods and getting into the groove of lab work, we experienced both successes and challenges. Through lab meetings, reading groups, networking and conferences, we entered the intellectually stimulating world of academia and scientific research. Our new and exciting work on proteins, fossils, toddlers, soybeans, and social behavior allowed us to enter the real world of a scientist.
The Official Food Geek: Assessing the Effect of Soybean  Isoflavones on the Functionality of the Brush Border Membrane and Populations of Beneficial Bacteria
Co-Translational Folding Pattern of the Serpin, Alpha 1 AntiTrypsin
Sarah Weidman What’s in the Box?: The Role of Language in Object Individuation and Identification
Juvenile Reciprocal Social Behavior in Mice
Claudia Mazur Trace Fossils: Ecosystem Engineering during the Early Cambrian
Kendade 303 Intercultural Communication: Towards a More Global Community
Navigating labyrinths. Unlearning intuition. Speaking across cultures. There are as many ways to consider intercultural communication as there are methods of communicating. In an increasingly globalized world, thinking critically about pedagogical approaches to languages has become all the more essential. Drawing upon experiences in Mexico, Argentina, South Korea, and southern Spain, our four panelists—teachers, researchers, and students—will raise questions of assimilation versus integration, instruction versus facilitation, and moving towards a multidisciplinary methodology of language learning. In bringing forth notions of multiple “Englishes,” access to education, and our own personal shifts in understanding, we demonstrate a commitment to issues of culture, language, and equality. For us, the learning process is ongoing.
The “Dreamers” on the Tijuana Side of the Fence: Navigating the Labyrinth of the Mexican Educational System as a Transnational Student in Baja California
Danielle J. Goua The Power of Conversation: Using Meaningful Face-to-Face Conversations to Establish Human Connections 
Unlearning Intuition: Speaking to Students in South Korea
Andrea Gutierrez Creative Culture Critics
Kendade 305 Take 4! An Exploration of All Things Film
The film industry is a big, mysterious place that encompasses a wide range of skills and talents. Not only does it require technological savvy, an artistic eye, and strong writing skills, but also a critical perspective and an open mind. Take 4!: An Exploration of All Things Film will demystify the industry through presentations that touch on all aspects of film and filmmaking while demonstrating how a liberal arts education can be applied to the real world. The presentations will also show how a film internship is acquired, as well as the different types of opportunities that are available. Each panelist will touch on her personal motivation for pursuing her internship and the specific skills she cultivated, which range from writing and planning all the way to post-production editing and marketing.
Learn to Shoot Like a Man: A Woman’s Guide to the Film Industry
Adrienne Picciotto Media Making Change
Allegra Frank Life After Film Studies: Exploring Diverse Opportunities in the Professional Film World
Elodie Munezero A Film Student's Perspective on Networking