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CAS Connect September 2014

ASK: Art. Science. Knowledge. showcases faculty-mentored work

The second volume of ASK: Art. Science. Knowledge., the CAS undergraduate research and creative project journal, is now available online.

A.S.K.ASK is a showcase of faculty-mentored student work from across the college’s 18 academic programs. The latest volume features 17 projects from 26 undergraduate students in 11 CAS majors.

Published materials are presented in one of four categories: arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Highlights include:

“Sunny Days Amidst Cloudy Skies” is an original jazz composition by music major Gabriel Braendlein. He apprenticed with world-renowned custom trumpet maker Andy Taylor in 2011, and worked for two summers as a cruise ship theater musician. His faculty mentor, Greg Yasinitsky, is director of the School of Music and an internationally recognized composer and saxophonist.

Shauna Christensen, a chemistry major, andJohn Nutturo, a digital technology and cultures major, collaborated on developing a video and interactive application to teach a lay audience about basic graph theory applications in chemistry. Their faculty mentor, Aurora Clark, is a leading researcher in computational chemistry.

Marcela Rodriguez, an English and Spanish major with a focus on rhetoric, earned a Crimson Award at the 2014 SURCA competition and Pass with Distinction for her Honors thesis with a blend of poetry, prose and research to create a new narrative about the Latina immigrant experience. “The Marked Narrative: The Latina Immigrant Experience in Post-Racial America” was mentored by Victor Villanueva, director of the WSU Writing Program and award-winning author.

Sociology and women’s studies major Amanda Thomson created a pilot online study to gauge “Effects of Perceived Sexual Orientation on Workplace Evaluation.” She presented her research at the William R. Wiley Research Exposition, the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference, and the 2014 SURCA poster competition where she earned a novice award. Her mentor for this project was Julie Kmec, a leading sociologist in the field of women, families, and the workplace.

About the journal

ASK: Arts. Science. Knowledge. is an annual online publication from the College of Arts and Sciences. It is a venue for undergraduate students to disseminate their research results, display their creativity, and contribute perspectives that touch upon a diversity of knowledge and artistic expressions. ASK supports the research and educational mission of the college and WSU and provides a platform for CAS students committed to excellence in their scholarly and creative work.

Gabe Braendlein
Greg Yasinitsky
Shauna Christensen
Aurora Clark
John Nutturo
Marcela Rodriguez
Amanda Thomson
Julie Kmec