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Research at Davidson: Jon Springfield

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guests
Jon Springfield ’11
Keyne Cheshire, Associate Professor of Classics

Takeaways

  • Jon has collaborated with Dr. Keyne Cheshire to produce a musical interpretation of Sophocles’ tragedy, Women of Trachis, transposed to a contemporary, Western setting.  After Cheshire translated the lyrics from the original Greek, Jon composed folk music that re-imagines the emotions of Sophocles’ narrative arc, making the work more accessible to a modern audience.  The project recognizes the central importance of performance in Greek literature and the timeless relevance of its tragedy as it relates to the universal human experience.”
  • In addition to the live segment of Jon and Keyne’s work, listen to “Let Him Come,” a recorded track from this summer.

Research at Davidson: Jon Springfield

“Let Him Come,” Jon Springfield

Research at Davidson: Grace Fletcher, part 2

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guest
Grace Fletcher ’11

Takeaways

  • What is the Davidson Research Initiative?
  • Grace has spent a total of three months living, working, and doing research in and around Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Her senior thesis—for her CIS major in Latin American Studies—will bring together all of her experiences in this area into a finished project. This capstone project will argue that the high levels of childhood malnutrition in indigenous Maya communities in Guatemala cannot be completely explained by poverty. Instead, she contends that mothers’ conceptions, knowledge, and beliefs about appropriate weaning diets for young children are also significant factors, based in individual and community experience, and the social, cultural, and historical context of these particular communities.

Research at Davidson: Grace Fletcher, part 2

Research at Davidson: Grace Fletcher, part 1

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guest
Grace Fletcher ’11

Takeaways

  • What is the Davidson Research Initiative?
  • Grace has spent a total of three months living, working, and doing research in and around Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Her senior thesis—for her CIS major in Latin American Studies—will bring together all of her experiences in this area into a finished project. This capstone project will argue that the high levels of childhood malnutrition in indigenous Maya communities in Guatemala cannot be completely explained by poverty. Instead, she contends that mothers’ conceptions, knowledge, and beliefs about appropriate weaning diets for young children are also significant factors, based in individual and community experience, and the social, cultural, and historical context of these particular communities.

Research at Davidson: Grace Fletcher, part 1

Research at Davidson: Evan Eskew

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guest
Evan Eskew ’11

Takeaways

  • What is the Davidson Research Initiative?
  • Evan is investigating the impacts of urbanization and river flow alteration (through construction of dams) on frogs and toads. His data was collected through frog calling surveys at 42 study sites along the Broad and Pacolet Rivers in South Carolina.

Research at Davidson: Evan Eskew

Research at Davidson: Sara Levintow and Kelly Davis

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guests
Kelly Davis ’11
Sara Levintow ‘11

Takeaways

  • What is the Davidson Research Initiative?
  • Sara Levintow on her research project: “High-fidelity patient simulation has become a prevalent means of training for medical residents and creates a realistic environment in which medical procedures and techniques can be practiced and assessed. This summer, I am conducting a meta-analysis in order to quantitatively evaluate the effectiveness of high-fidelity patient simulation as a training method.”
  • Kelly Davis on her research project: “I am examining the combined effects of varying metabolic rate and ozone concentration on lung cells, in order gain a better understanding of how metabolism affects lung cells’ ability to protect against and recover from ozone induced oxidative damage.  All of this is towards gaining a better understanding of why it is bad to excercise on high ozone days/ poor air quality days.  Unlike most previous reseach done on the subject which involve whole animal studies, we are doing it a the cellular level working directly with the cells.”

Research at Davidson: Sara Levintow and Kelly Davis

Research at Davidson: Allison Drutchas

Host: Katie Randa

Special Guest
Allison Drutchas,‘11

Takeaways

  • What is the Davidson Research Initiative?
  • Allison’s research project aims to answer the question: Can a business corporation, as an entity that is distinct from the employees, shareholders, and other members that compose it, be held morally responsible for its actions? More specifically, she is addressing the role of corporate structure (e.g. its written policies, unwritten corporate culture, etc.) in defining the corporation’s moral status.

Research at Davidson: Allison Drutchas