2021 URS

Oral #: Hailey Danielson – If I Should Die Before I Wake – Excerpt Reading

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Faculty mentor: Michael Gills
Hailey Danielson will be presenting an excerpt of her work “If I Should Die Before I Wake” from the esteemed Honors Novel Writing Workshop.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: haileydanielson99@gmail.com
 

 
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Performance #: Nicholas Goudsmit – Margou

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Faculty mentor: Michael Gills
Artist’s Statement: Hi all. I am Nicholas Goudsmit, member of Michael Gills’ novel writing workshop at the University of Utah, author, and English B.A student. My literary interests, both read and written, are in narrative and historical fiction. I am reading an excerpt from my manuscript entitled Margou, a fictionalized family history. The excerpt sees a character called The Dutchman arrive in America, the southern coast of Martha’s Vineyard, to find a young woman named Margou rather than his wife, Charlotte. The Dutchman and his five-year-old son, Thom, unexpectedly meet Margou for the first time. 
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Poster #: Joshua Swan – Global Impacts of Energy on the World Economy

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Faculty mentor: Stephen Bannister
Clean, renewable energy is a pressing topic within economics and various other scientific circles. Still, many limited ventures have failed over the decades to combat the issues of climate change and its impact on the global economy. This research presents modeling of possible time paths for key environment- related variables including GDP per capita, energy use per capita, and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per capita.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1246174@utah.edu
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Oral #: Shelby-Jade Murdock – Analysis Of Live Discharge By Disease Type

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Faculty mentor: Rebecca Utz
Analysis of live discharge from hospice by disease type. 1 in 5 patients are discharged from hospice alive due to the model of hospice policy favors the cancer patient model for hospice which is 6 months due to cancer patients having an expected trajectory. Hospice is not only for patients with cancer, so why is the policy modeled only for cancer patients?
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: Shelby.murdock@hsc.utah.edu
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Poster #: Connor Davis – Homophily Predicts Political Alliance Formation and Cooperative Behavior in the Utah State Legislature

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Faculty mentor: Shane Macfarlan
Utah has a Republican super-majority in its state legislature. Political theorists believe super-majorities can increase bipartisanship while social network theorists believe homophily (love of similarity) matters more. We map out bill floor sponsorship alliances between legislators from 2005-2009. We find that party homophily does predict alliances to an overwhelming degree, legislators often reciprocate floor sponsorships, and gender and party homophily increases this reciprocity.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1067849@umail.utah.edu


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Poster #: Bridget Phillips – Uncovering the Genetic Basis of Bull Eye Color in Domestic Pigeons

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Faculty mentor: Mike Shapiro
Many species show variation in iris color, including the domestic pigeon. Pigeons have 3 main iris colors: orange, white, and “bull” (black). Classical breeding experiments show that orange is dominant to white, and bull is linked to white plumage, but the genes that control these traits remain unknown. We used comparative genomics to identify the genome regions that control bull eye color in the domestic pigeon, and to find a genetic link between eye and plumage color in pigeons with bull eyes.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: bridget.phillips@utah.edu
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Poster #: Tobin Wainer – Star Cluster Mass Function Fitting Using Probabilistic Modeling

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Faculty mentor: Anil Seth
We measure the cluster mass function for 770 young star clusters in M31 whose ages and masses were derived through integrated light spectral energy distribution (SED) fitting. Although fits to integrated light observations lead to larger uncertainties than from other methods, a majority of extragalactic star cluster samples rely on integrated light fitting. We compare the integrated light SED mass function fitting results to the mass function results to those previously published.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: tobin.wainer@utah.edu


 
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Poster #: Kyra Mann – Microplastic Water Pollution Spanning the Wild Land to Urban Gradient of Red Butte Creek, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Faculty mentor: Jennifer Follstad Shah
Microplastic pollution is becoming an increasing issue in our world. These harmful particles impact human health and often end up polluting aquatic environments, entering the water column through the dumping of industrial waste, domestic inputs, runoff, and the degradation of large plastics. The primary aim of this study was to quantify the abundance of microplastic pollution along Red Butte Creek, a tributary of the Jordan River that flows through the Salt Lake Valley of central Utah.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: u1112461@utah.edu
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Performance #: Abigail Raasch – Movement for Actors: Practice, Performance, & Collaboration

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Faculty mentor: Natalie Desch
Artist’s Statement: Movement in life is vital to live fully. Movement in theater is vital to helping stories be told to their fullest. Movement is what brought eight people together to create this devised work that is forever logged in a screen dance format for all to enjoy. I am proud of this work and all it has brought about in terms of meaning, purpose, and the power of a full commitment within a human.
This piece you are about to experience is a 15-minute excerpt of a 30-minute dance film entitled, Grey Area. This is the product of a collective collaboration-based effort among different students within the College of Fine Arts. I was handed this beautiful group of people coming from the School of Dance, Actor Training Program, and the Musical Theatre Program. These three programs had students collaborating together to create a meaningful piece of work that will hopefully demonstrate to you the power in coming together to create.
Grey Area spurred from my Undergraduate Research based on a thesis of Movement for Actors: Practice, Performance, & Collaboration. The script you are about to witness was completely devised from the personal interviews and interests of the artists and myself. We focused on themes of life, all in an effort to create one major series with many chapters.
grey area…
“What makes you feel powerful enough to talk about?
Interpersonal Relationships.
Anxiety.
Complicated is a simple thing.
How you were raised?
Miscommunication.
Knowing the source of the fire doesn’t make the building stand back up again.
To feel To feel To feel.”
*Please note, if students partnered together they were roommates or significant others.
 
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