Carroll College Student Undergraduate Research Festival 2018-2019

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    Unionville Reconnaissance Groundwater Analysis
    (2019-04-25) Bivens, Briauna; Feeback, Lilyan; Stokman, Joshua
    Unionville is a small community approximately three miles south of downtown Helena. Knowledge of the groundwater-flow system and water-quality data is very limited. For example, there are no known trace-metals water-quality analysis from any of the local wells. Trace metals include toxic metals such as Arsenic, Uranium, and Lead. Also, systematic water-level measurements have not been performed to estimate the groundwater-table surface. This is needed to estimate the direction of groundwater flow. For our study, our objective was to answer the following question: Do Unionville’s local wells contain elevated levels of metals that would pose a public health risk? And what is the pattern of groundwater flow and static levels during 2019 winter conditions? Letters were sent to residents to determine who was willing to have their wells tested, and from there a plan was formed to decide which wells to visit. A literature and groundwater information center (GWIC) review was required prior to fieldwork to determine how deep the wells were drilled, as well as what their static water levels were when they were drilled. Each well was located with a hand-held GPS unit, measured for static water level, and then pumped until field parameters stabilized. At that point a water sample was collected and sent to a registered lab for analysis. Then, the field data from each well; such as, water levels and GPS coordinates, and trace-metal analyses were positioned on a map to evaluate any patterns. Each resident was provided with a copy of their well’s water-quality analysis and the collected data was added to the GWIC database for future comparative studies.
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    Deep Learning on Small Data: Guiding Radiation Therapy with Neural Networks
    (2019-04-25) Olszewski, Daniel
    With the dawn of deep learning, the applications are numerous. Biomedical data lacks the abundance of readily available data. In order to apply these new deep learning algorithms, we need to use novel methods to be able to do so. This presentation will go over some of these methods, and their application to improving radiation therapy.
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    An Analysis On Gender Inequality Through Cross-dressing using She’s The Man: How Masculinity Gets You Ahead In Life
    (2019-04-25) Watkins, Kelsie
    In this paper we examine gender stereotypes used in the 2006 teen film, She’s the Man, in which Viola, a teenage girl, temporarily poses as her brother at a boarding school. We examine how archetypal masculine activities as well as gender-ambiguous activities (such as cross-dressing) are utilized in the film to tell the story of crossing gendered boundaries. We compare these aspects of the film to research on advantages of masculinity over femininity. We find that Viola’s temporary venture into masculinity affects the social advantages that she received, proving that men have advantages over women socially.
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    Acid Rock Drainage Transfer System for The Gilt Edge Mine
    (2019-04-25) Dunlap, Dakota; Hart, Paul
    This presentation will be reviewing the engineering processes used to successfully design improvements to the pumping station in Hoodoo Gulch at the Gilt Edge mine. This new system will include a change in the current pumping system and a new pipeline. These changes will reroute the current discharge location from the Sunday Pit on site to the Stormwater pond where it can be stored before treatment. These changes will allow cleanup at the site to be continued according to the official Record of Decisions.
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    Keynote: Keck Observatory Laser Show: Technology that’s Improving our Vision of the Universe
    (2019-04-25) Kassis, Marc
    The W. M. Keck Observatory uses two adaptive optics systems equipped with laser guide star technology to take the “twinkle” out of star light. The adaptive optics technology sharpens images taken with the two twin 10 meter diameter Keck Observatory telescopes that are currently the largest optical and near-infrared telescopes on the planet. Forward thinking Keck scientists are constantly innovating and adding new technology to the telescopes to keep it at the cutting edge of research astronomy, and this includes updates to our adaptive optics systems that reveal unprecedented detail of astronomical objects. During this presentation, you will get a sense of the development of adaptive optics on the Keck Observatory telescopes, the science it enables, and how this technology can improve our vision.