Gordon in the News: last updated 02/27/2013

Coral, Ticks and Songbirds: Gordon Science Community Presents Research at Sigma Xi Symposium

February 18, 2013
Jo Kadlecek

Office of the Provost

WENHAM, MA—A team of more than 25 biology, psychology and chemistry professors and students from Gordon College will present their research Saturday, Feb. 23 at this year’s fourth annual symposium of the North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi, a national scientific research society.


Covering a range of topics such as the moral dynamics embodied in physical dynamics, the effects of coral health on fish abundance, homogeneity in Chicago area ticks, and the effects of edge habitat on northeastern songbirds, the presentations and posters will showcase months of concentrated collaborations. Gordon participants will join other Sigma Xi members from Salem State University and Endicott College for the daylong event at Marsh Hall at Salem State University, which begins at 9 a.m.  


“The symposium is an exciting extension of the many ways Sigma Xi has worked together,” said Suzanne Phillips, chapter president and professor of psychology at Gordon, who expects 90-100 people to attend the event. “This is another example of the vibrancy of our scientific community on the North Shore, one that’s having a great impact beyond the classroom.”


Founded in 2009, the North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi is comprised of students and faculty from Gordon, SSU, Endicott College, and other local scientists with the goal of “promoting research and cross-disciplinary exchange in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” An international research society, Sigma Xi supports outstanding endeavors in all areas of science and engineering and has more than 60,000 members in over 100 countries.  Sigma Xi sponsors projects and collaborations around the world through grant awards, publications, and program development.


“Just since our chapter began (three years ago), we have more members, from more disciplinary areas, and the number of people attending events like the symposium is growing,” Phillips said. “”It’s a great opportunity for faculty and students alike to learn from each other in their respective disciplines and to see some important research projects develop in the process.”


The conference is free and open to the public. For schedule and other information, please contact or visit Sigma Xi.


Below is the schedule of Gordon's presentations:


Oral Presentations from Gordon

10 a.m.–noon

MLSA and RFLP Analysis Reveals Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto Homogeneity in Chicago Area Ticks
HaYoung Nam and Justin Topp, Department of Biology, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

What is Weight? Are Moral Dynamics Embodied in Physical Dynamics?
Bert Hodges, Department of Psychology, Gordon College & University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT); Allison Faber, Sarah Hawkins, Tor Ekstrom, and Nathan Josephs, Department of Psychology, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

Poster Presentations from Gordon

1–3 p.m.

The Effects of Coral Health on Fish Abundance Across Four Belizean Reefs
Lauren Burns, Aaron Gehr, Elise Gershman, Samantha Kruguer, Jonathan Stephan and Gregory S. Keller, Department of Biology, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

The Catalytic Degradation of Common Food Dyes using the FeIII-TAML System
HanByul Chang and Dwight Tshudy, Department of Chemistry, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

Landscape Composition and Human Disturbance Effects on Abundance of Soil Bacteria
Elise Gershman and Gregory S. Keller, Department of Biology, Gordon College, Wenham MA

The Effects of Human Habitation on Species Richness of Beach Plants on Plum Island, Massachusetts
HaYoung Nam and Jenna Gustavson, Department of Biology, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

Survey of Education and Life Characteristics in Various Contexts of Rural China
Cheng Qian and Kaye Cook, Department of Psychology, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

Coral Bleaching at Four Patch Reef Sites off the Coast of Belize
Lydia Roush, Megan Means, Lauren Horsley, Sarah McCarron, and Kristen Masta, Department of Biology, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

Effects of Landscape Features on Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Behavior and Dive Time in The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Massachusetts
Karina Scavo, Addy Stamenova, and Greg Keller, Department of Biology, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

The Effects of Edge Habitat and Cover Type on Northeastern Songbirds
Jonathan R. Stephan and Gregory S. Keller, Department of Biology, Gordon College, Wenham, MA



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