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The PURC Experience

Written by Mary Hall

In UCLA’s Kerckoff Grand Salon, students from many respectable colleges and universities around the country gathered to display their undergraduate research posters. The conference began with an early morning poster session, in which four Sierra Nevada College seniors presented their research findings in a room with over 20 other students. The salon was full of people circulating around poster displays representing a year’s worth of passion and dedication. Following the first poster session, a series of paper talks were given in Franz Hall, the universities psychology building. SNC seniors, Tessa Hartman-Sorenson and Sarah A. Fricke eloquently guided a room filled with professors, students, and seasoned researchers alike, through their studies’ process, findings, and real world applications. After all the talks were given, a second poster session was held in the Grand Salon, providing the SNC students who presented in the prior session the opportunity to view and discuss a wide variety of undergraduate studies. The event concluded with a dessert social where the founder of the university’s PURC acknowledged the students for their hard work and wished them luck in their future endeavors. Having the opportunity to engage with a broad spectrum of individuals who share the same enthusiasm for psychology research was a truly rewarding experience that will undoubtedly enhance the professional prospects of all who attended.

Experimental Psychology Returns from UCLA

Students from the 2015 Experimental Psychology course including, Sean Burke, Philip Chiesa, Sarah Fricke, Mary Hall, Kimberly Keyzers, and Erica Nelson, attended the 24th Annual UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC) on May 8th.

All of the above students presented their research either in a poster session or a poster talk.

“This experience was not only exciting, but incredibly inspiring. Being surrounded by so many intelligent people who were interested in similar fields as me made me want to work even harder to achieve my goals and aspirations for the future. Attending this conference was by far one of the highlights of my career at SNC!” – Sarah Fricke

“I got to experience what an extremely competitive school is like. It was valuable to see that the students attending the PURC conference were so interested in our research and also had incredibly valuable suggestions. It was validating to see that we compete on a level with students from an extremely competitive university.” – Philip Chiesa

A big thank you to all those who have supported the Psychology departments students and events over the past year and a big congratulations to all of our graduating seniors!

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Senior projects to be showcased on Thursday, April 30

Senior Projects and Portfolios will be presented from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences Room 139/141.

An unusually rich selection of the work our Humanities and Social Sciences students have completed this year will be on display, including:

Senior Projects

Sean P. Burke (Psychology): Attention, Attention: Consistent Sensory Stimulation Reduces Inattentional Blindness

 Philip B. Chiesa (Psychology): Getting Creative: Does Boredom Positively Impact Creativity?

Peter Clark (Humanities): Welcome to the World

 Gavin Cooke (English): Approaches to Teaching and Coaching at the High School Level

 Meredith Crosby (English): Truth, Half Truth, and Lies: Contemporary Creative Nonfiction

Melissa Daniels: (Psychology): Skiing: from the Beginning

 Eliza Dunster (Humanities): The Hero’s Journey

 Amber E. Durk (Psychology): The Influence of Names on Self-Accountability

 Juventino Espinoza (Psychology): The Impact of Goals on Productivity

 Peter Freund (Humanities): Historical Analysis of Gambling in Virginia City and Reno, Nevada

 Sarah A. Fricke (Psychology): The Looking Glass Self: The Impact of Explicit Self-Awareness on Self-Esteem

Logan Garrison (English): Through the Greenroom: An Exploration of Electronic Dance Music

 Mary C. Hall (Psychology): Heightened Self-Awareness Increases Immediate Perception of Sexual Satisfaction

Tessa M. Hartman-Sorensen (Psychology): The Power of a Few Words: Prosocial Priming Decreases Disinhibited Behavior in Cyberspace

Kimberly A. Keyzers (Psychology): Be Smart About Where You Start: Grocery Entrances Impact Healthy Food Selection

 Kristina Miranda (Psychology): Sharing the Use of Art Therapy with Others

 Chris Muravez (English): A Season in the Abyss

 Erica R. Nelson (Psychology): Swipe Left: Online Dating Profile Pictures Do Not Impact Narcissism

 Emily Provencher (English): Ephemera’s Memory

 Danielle Ralys (Humanities): Conceptual Art: Before, During and After the Movement

 Senior Portfolios

Justin Carella (DART/MGMT): Digital Management: Online Marketing of Sierra Nevada College’s Business Plan Competition

Spencer Fisch (ODAL/Creative Writing):  A Multi Media Approach to the Nevada Drought

Celia McGuire (SUST): Bird’s Eye View of Community Engagement

 Jordan Petrilla (SUST): The Story of Trash

 Peter Rispolli (ODAL/ENTP):  Guap Natural, Inc.: A Business Strategy to Living Simply and Saving Money

 

 

 

 

Steven Yalowitz, Ph.D., Pays a Visit to Experimental Psychology

The Experimental Psychology class got a special treat on Wednesday, March 25.  Guest speaker Steven Yalowitz, Ph.D., from Audience Viewpoints stopped by to give a talk about his career as a researcher in psychology and also  discuss studies he currently has underway.

Dr. Yalowitz discussed his research in museology and bilingual exhibits.  Specifically, the study he shared examined the impact of incorporating bilingual exhibits into museums for Spanish speaking individuals on the over museum experience.

Dr. Yalowitz was on campus doing evaluations for the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC).

It was a great experience for the class to be able to interact and ask questions about his role as a professional researcher.  Sarah A. Fricke, a student in the audience, said, “It was awesome to hear about the information and knowledge we have acquired over the past year in Research Methods and Experimental Psychology being used by working professionals in the field.  I think I can speak for most of my peers, that by having Dr. Yalowitz come and speak to our class, I have been motivated even more to further my education and begin to work as a professional in the Experimental Psychology field.”  – Sarah A. Fricke

A big thank you to Dr. Yalowitz for sharing his expertise and time with our class!

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Experimental Psychology is Heading to UCLA

Students from the Experimental Psychology class will be traveling to UCLA for the 24th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference being held on Friday, May 8th.

A big congratulations to those accepted to present their research.  These students include Philip Chiesa, Sarah A. Fricke, Tessa Hartman-Sorensen, Kimberly A. Keyzers, and Erica Nelson. Sean P. Burke, Anna Evans, and Mary Hall will also be in attendance.

We look forward to sharing our experience with you all following the conference!

Holistic Sustainability Film Night creates awareness

1495267_10154860394870232_9097612480930717245_oDuring the 2014 fall semester, senior Rachael Blum added a honors component to the International Environmental Issues course. She chose to host a short-film film festival with discussions between each film. The project came to fruition through the course, after instructor Brennan Lagasse and Blum were discussing how the rest of the SNC community  does not have access to the Sustainability curriculum. This idea was also acknowledged at a Justice Club meeting with current and former students at the time. The students agreed that a discussion-based space must be made accessible to the entire campus.

The Holistic Sustainability Film Night was created, featuring a variety of short films highlighting biodiversity, desertification, capitalism, and welfare with discussions between each. Faculty Brennan Lagasse, Samantha Bankston, and Bob King were present as experts in the topics and aided in facilitating the discussions.

Approximately 23 people attended, and the event was cut short after 3.5 hours spent viewing and discussing the films. Those in attendance were happy to have a space made available to ask questions, express views, and learn about these issues. Snacks were provided by Uncommon Kitchen and the Justice Club. This also benefitted Kelly Benson’s coat drive for Project Mana. Overall, the event was successful.

Films that were shown include: Forest Man, Freegans: Living Outside of Capitalism, Love and Capitalism, How Welfare Does Not Work the Way You Think.  All movies can be found on Films For Action.

 

Tahoe Truckee Leadership Group Workshop

Christina M. Frederick, Constance A. Barnes, Sarah A. Fricke, and Kimberly A. Keyzers led a dynamic and interactive workshop on survey and interview design for the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Group which is facilitated by SNC Interim President, Shannon Beets.

A big thank you to Shannon Beets for the invitation and to all those involved with this Leadership Group!  We had a wonderful time and would love to return to give another workshop in the future.

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Data Collection is Coming to a Close

The Experimental Psychology classes data collection sessions are coming to a close.

A big thank you for the wonderful support from students, faculty, and staff.  Your participation in these studies is immensely appreciated.

We invite you to attend the 5th annual Psychology Research Fair on April 20, 2015 from 2-4pm in TCES 139/141 to see us present on our completed research projects.

See you there!

 

Experimental Psychology Takes Class Photo

The 2015 Experimental Psychology class has begun data collection for our independent research projects.  A big thanks to all those who have participated and continue to participate in our studies.  To find out the purposes of our independent research projects and the conclusions we come to, please join us at the Psychology Research Fair on April 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in TCES 139/141!

We hope to see you there!

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Saeed Jones – multifaceted poet, editor – to read his works at Writers in the Woods Feb. 6-7

sjonesWriters in the Woods will feature poet Saeed Jones on at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in Room 139 of Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences. The award-winning poet will hold a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 7. The Friday night reading is free and the Saturday workshop is $50.

Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize-winning poet. His debut poetry collection “Prelude to Bruise” was described by Publishers Weekly as “a dark night of the soul presented as the finest of evening gowns.” NPR says his work is both “beautiful and unsparing.” His work has appeared in publications such as Guernica, The Rumpus, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Blackbird among others. Saeed is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Art / Mentors.

Get to know Saeed on his Tumblr. Listen to him read  a few of his poems. Peruse a BuzzFeed article. Listen to him read Toni Morrison and his own poems. Then go see him on Friday.