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Capstone Presentations

The Capstone is one of the core components of INDS. It is akin to a senior thesis, however it takes into account the interdisciplinary and integrative approach that may be taken by the variety of different concentrations that our students choose to focus on.

Please click on the capstone title to view a YouTube video of the presentation.

Fall 2014

Library 767
Tuesday, December 2nd

12:30 Shannon Mulcahy
Psychological Issues and Interventions of Sport Injuries in Endurance Athletes
B.A. INDS: Sports Psychology and Marketing
Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies
Robert Anderson, Psychology
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:20 Josh Massey
Early Age Leadership Development
B.A. INDS: Leadership Development and Social Entrepreneurship
Kathy Bryan, American Studies
Gib Mason, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:40 Melanie Keys
Composting at UMBC: A Social Marketing Study
B.A. INDS: Marketing
Adam Mendelson, Theatre
Irving Roogow, Information Systems
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

Spring 2014

Library 767
Monday, May 5th

1:30 Michael Zurkowski
Communication, Education & Engineering
B.S. INDS: Engineering Education
Ann Spence, Mechanical Engineering
Jonathan Singer, Education
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:50 Suraj Vyas
Water Resources Management & Policy: How to Counter the Impending Clean Water Crisis through Research, Innovation, and Global Cooperation
B.S. INDS: Water Resource Management and Policy
Margaret Holland, Geography and Environmental Systems
Lee Blaney, Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:10 Jillian Goles
Seclusion and Restraint Policies and Practices in the Psychiatric Setting
B.A. INDS: Pediatric Health
Mary Stuart, Health Administration and Policy Program
Esther Flesichmann, Biological Sciences
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:50 Elizabeth Lynott
Interdisciplinary Pediatric Pain Assessment
B.A. INDS: Pediatric Healthcare
Lynnda Dahlquist, Psychology
Michelle Starz-Gaiano, Biological Sciences
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

3:10 Joseph Kennedy
Psychosocial Criminology: An Integrated View at Recidivism
B.A. INDS: Criminal Justice
Nicole Pekarske, English
Lynnda Dahlquist, Psychology
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

3:30 Shyam Patel
Optimization of Pediatric Cancer Survivorship
B.S. INDS: Biopsychosocial Perspectives in Pediatric Oncology
David Eisenmann, Biological Sciences
Lynnda Dahlquist, Psychology
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

Tuesday, May 6th

12:10 Rachel Kelly
The Mind as a Metronome: Music Therapy as a Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
B.S. INDS: Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health
Steven Caruso, Biological Sciences
Judah Ronch, The Erickson School of Aging Studies
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

12:30 Vivian Chioma
The Integrative Treatment Approach of Methadone Maintenance Therapy and Contingency Management Against the Negative Effects of Opioid Addiction
B.S. INDS: Neuroscience
Robin Barry, Psychology
Tiffany Gierasch, Chemistry
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

12:50 Mary Hester
Arts Advocacy: How to Inspire Policy Change by Communicating the Benefits of Arts Education
B.A. INDS: Arts Advocacy
Carolyn Forestiere, Political Science
Doug Hamby, Dance
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:30 Lillian Speaks
The Resiliency Shield: Building Protective Options for Our Youth
B.A. INDS: Criminal Justice
Adia Garrett, Psychology
Jill Wrigley, Interdisciplinary Studies
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:50 Randy Kimery
Entrepreneurs and Integrative Medicine: Utilizing Innovative Solutions to Combat America’s Obesity Epidemic
B.A. INDS: Integrative Health and Entrepreneurship
Sarah Leupen, Biological Sciences
Jill Wardell, Office of Human Resources
Jill Wrigley, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:50 Joyce Ohiri
Navigating Patient Decision-Making about Oncofertility through an Interdisciplinary Health Policy
B.A. INDS: Bioethics
Tiffany Gieracsh, Chemistry
Richard Wilson, Philosophy
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

3:30 Samantha Hawkins
The Image in Context: Constructing a Visual Research Methodology
B.A. INDS: Visual Research Methodology
Seth Messinger, Sociology and Anthropology
Steven Silberg, Visual Arts
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

Fall 2013

Library 767
Monday, December 2nd

12:10   Luis Queral
Designing with Stories
B.A. INDS: Story-centric Design for Web-Based Interactive Media
Mark Durant, Visual Arts
Anthony Norcio, Information Systems
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

12:30   Tali Rosenbluth
The Music of Physical Therapy
B.S. INDS: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Allison Tracy, Chemistry
Robin Majeski, Erickson School of Aging Studies
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

12:50 Shayna Blank
Aesthetic Autonomy in Feminist Creative Publication
B.A. INDS: Feminist Perspectives on the Literary Arts
Nicole Pekarske, English
Amy Bhatt, Gender and Women’s Studies
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:10 Elizabeth Schneider
Demonstrating Science Writing through Two Articles on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Incident
B.A. INDS: Science Writing
Sally Shivnan, English
Ian George, Physics
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:30 Ladi Awosika
Jazz in the Digital Age
B.A. INDS: Music Management and Performance
Lisa Cella, Music
Stanley McCray, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

Tuesday, December 3rd

12:10 Yohka Tanaka
Innovative Solutions to Address Hunger and Kodokushi (Lonely Death) in Japan
B.A. INDS: Social Entrepreneurship
Sari Bennett, Geography and Environmental Systems
Jill Wrigley, Interdisciplinary Studies
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

12:30 Lewis Brant
Constructing a Webseries from the Ground Up
B.A. INDS: Digital Media: Art with Technology
Vin Grabill, Visual Arts
Anna Rubin, Music
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

12:50 Matthania Louis
Sustainable After-School Programs
B.A. INDS: After-School Education
Kathy Bryan, American Studies
Linda Oliva, Education
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:10 Rachelle Epstein
Comparative Methods for Determining Ancestry of Unidentified Human Skeletal Remains
B.A. INDS: Bio-Cultural Hominid Anthropology
Seth Messinger, Anthropology
Cynthia Wagner, Biological Sciences
Stephen Freeland, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:30 Albert Marshall
Copyright Infringement in Relation to Digital Webcomics
B.A. INDS: Public Policy and Media Arts
Cynthia Hody, Political Science
Julie Oakes, History
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:50 Steven Mauler
Understanding Fear:  Social Anxieties in Japanese and American Horror Cinema
B.A. INDS: International Cinema
Fred Worden, Visual Arts
Nicoleta Bazgan, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:10 Shana Kadavil
Neonatal Pain
B.S. INDS: Neuroscience
Eileen O’Brien, Psychology
Sarah Leupen, Biological Sciences
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

Spring 2013

Monday, May 6  (on the seventh floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, 767)

1:00   Miriam Lee

How have stereotypes of the Muslim Diaspora evolved post 9/11?

B.A. INDS: Criminal Justice and Counter-Terrorism

Devin Hagerty, Political Science

Nicole Cousin-Gossett, Sociology

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

1:15   Dylan Cook

Examining the Relationship between State-Based Health Insurance Exchanges and Health Care Non-Profits

B.S. INDS: Social Perspectives on Health Care

   Mary Stuart, Health Administration and Policy Program

Michael Nolin, Hilltop Institute

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

1:30   Asif Majid

Othering at Play: The Magic of Empathy

B.A. INDS: Global Peace Building and Conflict Management

Brigid Starkey, Political Science

Joby Taylor, Shriver Center

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:00   Danielle Yoncha

Taking an Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Science Education

B.A. INDS: Environmental Science Education

David Lansing, Geography and Environmental Systems

Vickie Williams, Education

Steven Caruso, Biological Sciences

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:15   Sandra Currie

Conventional Medicine vs. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Type II Diabetes

B.S. INDS: Integrative Health

Stephen Miller, Biology

Robin Majeski, Erickson School

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:30    Jamie Fowler

The connection between the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and the 9/11 attacks: What did the U.S. miss along the way?

B.A. INDS: National Security Studies

Devin Hagerty, Political Science

Meredith Oyen, History

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Tuesday, May 7  (on the seventh floor of the AO Kuhn Library, 767)

1:00   Chris-Anne Correa

Are higher levels of fitness (measured using VO2max) associated with better performance on tests of cognitive function in older adults?

B.S. INDS: Statistical Neuropsychology

Shari Waldstein, Psychology

Sarah Leupen, Biological Sciences

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

1:15   Bernardine Frazer

Aging In State Prisons

B.S. INDS: Global and Sociocultural Issues in Health Care

Steven Caruso, Biological Sciences

Michael Nolin, Hilltop Institute

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

1:30   Miriam Noelle Meiser

Framing the Brain: The Neuroscience of Spiritual Experience

B.A. INDS: Missionary Medicine and Perspectives on Healing

Robert Rubenstein, Sociology and Anthropology

Richard Wilson, Philosophy

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:00   Jason Allinder

Biopsychosocial Aspects of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tears in Baseball Players

BA INDS: Biopsychological Aspects of Sports Injuries Steven Caruso, Biological Sciences

Karen Freiberg, Psychology

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:15   Phillip Ko

Analysis of the Occupy Movement

B.A. INDS: Social Change: Photography and Journalism

Christopher Corbett, English

Steven H. Silberg, Visual Arts

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Wednesday May 8th (in ITE 456)

1:00   Eliana NessAiver

R2*-relaxation based phenotypes for assessment of cerebral inflammation in patients with schizophrenia

B.S. INDS: Medical Imaging

Lynn Sparling, Physics

Dr. Peter Kochunov, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

1:15   Nicole Pitkanen

Rehabilitation for a Total Knee Replacement

B.A. INDS: Approaches in Therapeutic Physical Functioning

Robin Majeski, The Erickson School of Aging Studies

Colleen Hosler, Sociology

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

1:30   Adam Gerber

The Integration of the Biological and Psychological Manifestations of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

B.S. INDS: Neuropsychology

Rachel Brewster, Biological Sciences

Zoe Warwick, Psychology

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:00   Eunhyuk Joseph Kim

What effects and impacts do various methods of social entrepreneurship have on reducing human trafficking in India?

B.A. INDS: Social Entrepreneurship

Jeffrey David, Political Science

David Hoffman, Office of Student Life

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:15   Nicole Kazi

Accountability of NGOs in Haiti

B.A. INDS: Political and Cultural Aspects of International Development

Anne Brodsky, Psychology

Stanley McCray, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:30   Donna Huynh

Communication of Autism Diagnosis to Families

B.A. INDS: Pediatric Health

Adia Garrett, Psychology

Colleen Hosler, Sociology

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Fall 2012 Capstone Presentations:

December 3  & 4, Albin O. Kuhn Library 767

 

Monday, December 3

1:30   Jason McCarron
z
“Do Ethics Matter in Leadership?”

Studies in Ethical Leadership

Richard Wilson, Philosophy

Nicholas Lennon, Director of Leadership, Education, and Development Office at George Mason University

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

1:45   Danielle Jacek

“The Struggles to Restoration:American Child Survivors of Sex Trafficking”

Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Childhood Trauma

Adia Garrett, Psychology

Jeanne Allert, Executive Director of the Samaritan Women

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:00   Rosine Ndome

“Redefining and Reconstructing Current Diabetes Management Approaches for Low Literate Hispanic Patients”

Health Literacy Promotion and Advocacy for an Immigrant Population

Joshua Okundaye, Social Work

Sara Poggio, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:15   Amna Aslam

“Reformed Juvenile Programs in Baltimore”

Social and Cultural Aspects of Crime

Jeffrey Davis, Political Science

James Thomas, Philosophy

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

 

Tuesday, December 4

1:30   Lauren Leclercq

“Expressive Inspiration: A CriticalLook into How Poetry Affects Child Development”

Creative Arts for Children

Piotr Gwiazda, English

Lynnda Dahlquist, Psychology

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

1:45   Eric Nicholson                           

“Renewable Energy and theResidential Sector”

Sustainable Practices in Management

Virginia McConnell, Economics

Patricia Sadler, Information Systems

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:00  Michael Pesci

“Should Major League Baseball Expand theCurrent Instant Replay System?”

Management and Communications in the Sports Industry

Dennis Coates, Economics

Vivian Armor, Director of The Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship

Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

2:15   Nicole Welkner

“US-China Cyber-Security Issues”

International Intelligence and Cyber Security: China

Cynthia Hody, Political Science

Kyung-Eun Yoon, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Meredith Oyen, History

Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

Check out the Spring 2012 Capstone Presentations!

Fall 2011 Capstone Presentations:

2:00 Avery Greene
Individualized Privacy on the Internet
Critical Thinking with Perspectives in Law
Richard Wilson, Philosophy
David Gleason, Office of General Counsel
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:15 Evan Ponter
Building a Better Concert Venue
Music Entrepreneurship
Lisa Cella, Music
Vivian Armor, Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:30 Elizabeth Arias
Child Neglect Training for Pediatricians in Baltimore-Area Hospitals
Pediatric Health Care
Shawn Bediako, Psychology
Michael Demidenko, Social Work
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:45 Rosalie Hrybyk
Creating an Effective Musical Theater Curriculum for High School Students
Musical Theater Education
Airi Yoshioka, Music
Vickie Williams, Education
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

Spring 2011 Capstone Presentations:

Monday, May 2

2:00 Rebecca Godwin 
The Sustainable Design and Practices of New Meadowlands Stadium and Cowboys Stadium
Sports and Media Management
Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies
Dennis Coates, Economics
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:15 Lauren Hartsky
Caring Confrontations: Re-establishing Adaptive Crisis Transitions in Health Care
Emergency Care Management
Kurt Krumperman, Emergency Health Services
Daniel Anderson, Sociology
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:30 Dana Daniel
The Pediatric Oncologist-Patient Interaction: Promoting a Healthy Adjustment for Children with Cancer
Pediatric Health Care
Robin Majeski, Erickson School
Shawn Bediako, Psychology
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:45 Alexandra Calvin
Dramaturging The Basset Table for a Modern Audience
Dramaturgy
Susan McCully, Theatre
Michele Osherow, English
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

3:15 Donna Viola
Life on ‘Mars’: Endolithic Biodiversity in a Terrestrial Analog
Astrobiology 
Ian George, Physics
Stephen Freeland, University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
Patricia La Noue, Interdisciplinary Studies

3:30 Joseph Schwartz
An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Implementing Hydration Stations on Campus
Social Sustainability
David Hoffman, Office of Student Life
Virginia McConnell, Economics
Patricia La Noue, Interdisciplinary Studies

3:45 Julia Cantwell
“Play like a Girl: An Analysis of Female Athleticism”
Visual and Cultural Analysis of Media
Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Gender and Women’s Studies
Cathy Cook, Visual Arts
Lisa Vetter, Interdisciplinary Studies

Tuesday, May 3

1:00 Lisa Gunter
“An Investigation of the Status of Women and Education as Social Determinants of Health”
Health Resources Development and Management
Ilsa Lottes, Sociology
David Tarantino, The Maryland Consulting Group
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:15 Nicholas Trapani
“The Changing Face of International Organized Crime”
Criminal Intelligence and National Security
Charles Nicholas, Computer Science
Brigid Starkey, Political Science
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:45 Allison Isberg
Historical Narration and the Hansome Hansards
Medieval Linguistics
Gail Orgelfinger, English
Thomas Field, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:00 Brian Bell
Action Sports Marketing: A Modern Approach to a Modern Industry
Entrepreneurial Film and Video
John Sturgeon, Visual Arts
David Friedensohn, CEO of the Wall Street Transcript
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:30 Emily Kimak
Moving to Water: Illuminating the Common Ground between Dance and Daily Water Use
Integrative Arts
Carol Hess-Vait, Dance
Kathryn Bell, Visual Arts
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:45 Asbah Tabatabai
Teaching and Assessing Immigrant Students and the Role of Teacher Expectations
Sociocultural Education
Barbara Bourne, Education
Kriste Lindenmeyer, History
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

3:00 Michael York
Audio Engineering and Entrepreneurship: Integrating Two Fields of Study into a Business Venture
Audio Engineering and Entrepreneurship
Alan Wonneberger, Music
Ellen Hemmerly, Research Park
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

3:30 Jessica Kline
Intercultural Competence in an Elementary Classroom
Elementary Education and Intercultural Competence
Stanley McCray, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication
Patricia Young, Education
Lisa Vetter, Interdisciplinary Studies

3:45 Joseph Wesolowski
Historic Preservation: Developing Sense of Place on the University of Maryland Baltimore County Campus
Historic Preservation: Sense of Place
Preminda Jacob, Visual Arts
Denise Meringolo, History
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

4:00 Roxanne Massarelli
Designing Mathematics: An Effective Approach?
STEM Education and Inclusion
Karen Freiberg, Psychology
Barbara Bourne, Education
Lisa Vetter, Interdisciplinary Studies
Wednesday, May 4

12:15 Theresa Columbus
Performance Art Serious Life
Performance Art and Creative Writing
Temple Crocker, Theatre
Steven Bradley, Visual Arts
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

12:30 Jefreena Packianathan
Determining the Challenges that Individuals Who Are Blind Experience When Accessing Social Networking Websites
Human-Centered Computing
Ravi Kuber, Information Systems
Charles Nicholas, Computer Science
Lisa Vetter, Interdisciplinary Studies

12:45 Jessica Blitz
“Recidivism: When a Label Harms More than Heals; an Examination of Reoffending in Society”
Criminal Justice
Christopher Murphy, Psychology
Leslie Morgan, Sociology
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:15 Matthew Diehl
YouTube, Participation, and the Hybrid Economy
Entrepreneurship in Media
Donald Snyder, Media and Communication Studies
David Friedensohn, CEO of the Wall Street Transcript
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:30 Christine Osazuwa
Always Wanting More: Access, Entitlement and Expectations of Popular Music Bands in the Age of Social Media
Music Journalism and Entrepreneurship
Vivian Armor, Alex Brown Center
Fred Worden, Visual Arts
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

1:45 Urooj Zulfiqar
The Biological and Psychological Effects of Leukemia on Children and their Families
Biopsychosocial Development in Pediatric Cancer Patients 
Shawn Bediako, Psychology
James Sandoz, Biological Science
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:00 Ryan Montgomery
Understanding and Managing Musical Worship: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Music Management
Lisa Cella, Music
Barry Casey, Adjunct Professor, Stevenson University & Trinity University
Steven McAlpine, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:30 Heather Bollinger
Smoking: Modifications in a Negative Health Behavior
Psychosocial Issues in Health Behaviors
Robert Anderson, Psychology
John Schumacher, Sociology
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

2:45 Christina Briscoe
Adolescent Mothers in a Quilombo Community: Praia Grande, Brazil
Public Health in the Latino Community 
Bambi Chapin, Anthropology
Robert Anderson, Psychology
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

3:00 Shane Yap
Psychological and Sociological Causes of Shoulder Injuries in Elite Junior Tennis Players
Physical and Psychological Therapy of Athletes
Robert Anderson, Psychology
Esther Fleischmann, Biological Sciences
Carrie Sauter, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

 Outstanding Capstone Project Awards

2012 – Christina Briscoe

2010 – Neil Haidorfer, Stanley Christopher Buckler
2008 – Christina Hawkins
Dec 2007 – Laura Dress
May 2007 – Louis Leibowitz, Truc Nguyen, Dana Daniels