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Child Soldiers, Apnea & Housing Prices Among 71 Projects at Clarkson University Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Child Soldiers and the Girls and Women of Sierra Leone, Breathing Detection in a Portable Apnea Detection Unit and the Impact of Historic District Designation on Housing Prices are among 71 research projects being presented at the 13th annual Clarkson University Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).

Students display posters and speak to guests at a past Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience at Clarkson UniversityStudents will make presentations on a wide variety of topics on Saturday, April 16, in Clarkson University's Bertrand H. Snell Hall on the hill campus.

Students will make oral presentations from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. with welcoming comments at 10:15, and a one-hour poster session from 10:30-11:30. The public is invited to attend.

Lorraine Njoki’s project studied the use of child soldiers in Sierra Leone’s civil war. She says that child soldiers were used because they were not perceived as a threat. The creation of light-weight weaponry also made the use of child soldiers more feasible. She also addressed the roles of women and girls who were often used as sex slaves and forced into marriage.

Apnea, the suspension of breathing, is a condition that affects millions of people, many of whom are completely unaware of the condition. Apnea can contribute to a variety of life-threatening medical conditions. A wearable monitor is being developed that records oxygen saturation of the blood and respiratory rate, in order to detect apnea events and help users to recover. Owen Manley’s research explored the use of a simple contact microphone as a means of breathing detection.

Jason J. Altieri examined the impact that local historic district designation has on the prices of homes both in and near a district. He studied home sales and historic districts within the greater Boston-Quincy-Cambridge metropolitan area. 

Scott Desmond researched how participation in collegiate varsity athletics affects overall career success after college.

Neal Turkasz reviewed the hydraulic fracturing processes and policies of the Marcellus Shale region to determine if it is potentially harmful to nearby residence of the region.

Gabrielle String proposed a regenerative braking system to improve the fuel efficiency of school buses and reduce the exposure of children to diesel particulates.

Other research investigated by Clarkson undergrads includes a Comparative Analysis of Waste Conversion into Oil, Sexual Size Dimorphism in Seabirds, Evaluation of Volatile Organic Compounds as an Indicator of Human Scent, Family and Peer Influences Associated with the Smoking Behavior of College Students, and Analyzing the Climate Dynamics of the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains.

Meet with the students and see all 71 projects on April 16 at Clarkson University.

The symposium was established as a forum for undergraduate students to present the results of their scholarly experiences. The program's goal is to recognize and encourage students who are actively participating in various research and projects.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Students display posters and speak to guests at a past Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experience at Clarkson University.

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