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Students to represent UWS at statewide symposium

Computer security, earthquakes in Wisconsin and the potential for new transportation terminals in Minnesota are among the research topics 13 University of Wisconsin-Superior students present at the eighth annual UW System Symposium for Undergradu...

Computer security, earthquakes in Wisconsin and the potential for new transportation terminals in Minnesota are among the research topics 13 University of Wisconsin-Superior students present at the eighth annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity on April 20 at Menomonie.

The symposium brings students and faculty from all system universities and colleges to UW-Stout to share research projects from across the academic disciplines. At UW-Superior, undergraduate research and artistic expressions are important parts of the university's liberal arts mission.

UW-Superior students making presentations are:

  • Jon Karna, Poplar, presents "Can Keystroke Biometrics Be Implemented Reliably?" Karna examines whether computer security programs can be based on recognizing how each person types on a keyboard.
  • Matthew Goodman, Grand Marais, Minn., presents "Potential Earthquakes in Wisconsin and their Influence on the Population and Transportation," which uses geographic information systems to examine the possibility of a large earthquake striking Wisconsin and its likely effects.
  • Eldon Eagle, Superior, and Varuni Gunasekara, Badulla, Sri Lanka, present "Prince Rupert to Twin Cities: The Potential Value of a New Intermodal Freight Service." The students examine the business potential in Minnesota and Wisconsin coming from the new container port being built in Port Rupert, British Columbia.
  • Eric Seidelmann, Duluth, and Katie Aho, Deer River, Minn., present "Morphological Variation Between Populations of Lake Trout in Northeastern Minnesota," and examine differences in lake trout based on food levels in their lakes.
  • Reed Coil, Bovey, Minn., presents "The Use of GIS to Understand the Earthquakes in America," which uses geographic information systems to examine the various causes of earthquakes on the West Coast.
  • Aaron Hoffmeister, Eau Claire, presents "Editor of Analyst? A Phenomenological Representation of Memory in Form," which examines how memories can be portrayed.
  • Kamal Alsharif, Duluth, presents "Analyzing the Performance of the Municipal Water Use in the Palestinian Territories Using GIS," which examines water resources in parts of the Middle East.
  • Ashley Berguson, Duluth, presents "Out of Sync in the Mainstream," which helps identify why some children interpret environmental stimuli in ways that harm their academic success.
  • Grant Moody, Superior, presents "School Spirit: Definition and Measurement with Assessment of Promotional Strategies for Enhancement," which attempts to define and measure school spirit at a university, and develop ways to promote it.
  • William Whirry, Whitelaw, presents "Analyzing the Potential Flood in USA in GIS Environment: Case Study from Kansas," which examines the damage a flood could cause in the area of Manhattan, Kansas.
  • Devin Pacheco, Superior, presents "Racially and Culturally Loaded Humor Within U.S. Culture," which examines the effect of comedy on racial and cultural topics.
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