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2010
Third Annual
Honors College
Research
Conference

St. Petersburg College

“Health and Balance: Academics,
Environment and Self Through Honors”

Feb. 24
EpiCenter
13805 58th St. N.
Largo

2010 Honors College Conference

St. Petersburg College Honors College is pleased to present its third
annual conference, “Health and Balance: Academics, Environment
and Self Through Honors”. During this conference, our students will
share their research on a variety of topics including medicine, history,
languages, humanities and social science. They also will take part
in a health care forum with medical professionals and government
representatives.

Conference Structure

The conference schedule is essentially divided into 55-minute, topically related sessions
with three individual presentations, two short panels, or one long panel. Five-minute
intervals allow attendees to switch between different sessions. Moderators will adhere to
the posted time schedule and the order of talks outlined in this program.

Conference Etiquette

Please turn off all cellular phones while attending conference sessions. Please refrain
from leaving in the middle of a talk. If you are changing venues, please leave during the
Q&A period as quietly as possible. Please do not congregate and converse outside the
door of an ongoing session.

Presenters

Please adhere to the strict timetable listed in this conference program. Presenters using
PowerPoint should have their presentations on a flash drive and their talks pre-loaded
on the host computer before the beginning of the session. Any time lost loading and
accessing the presentation will be taken out of the presenter’s speaking time. Presenters
will be introduced by the designated room moderator and will receive two- and oneminute warnings before their time is up. The presenter should be ready to give his/her
presentation in the event of equipment failure. Sessions will not go beyond their allotted
time. In order to allow attendees to switch between sessions, presenters must start at
the designated time and conform to the time limits appropriate for their particular type of
presentation.

Schedule at a Glance
7:45–8 a.m.
Breakfast/Welcome – Rooms 1-451-453
8-8:20 a.m.
Keynote Speaker – Tom Mitchell
8:30–9:25 a.m.
Concurrent Presentations

Session A – Room 1-455

Session B – Collaborative labs, Beach

Session C – Collaborative labs, Forest
9:30-10:25 a.m.
Concurrent Presentations

Session D – Collaborative labs, Forest

Session E – Room 1-455

Session F – Collaborative labs, Beach
10:30-11:25 a.m.
Concurrent Presentations

Session G – Collaborative labs, Forest

Session H – Collaborative labs, Beach
11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Poster/Artwork Session – Room 1-455
12:30-1 p.m.
Lunch (by invitation only) – Rooms 1-451-453
1-2:30 p.m.
Health Care Forum – Rooms 1-451-453

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Tom Mitchell is the 2007 National
and World Heavyweight Strongman
Champion in the Over-40 Division.
He also has served as the Florida
State Chairman for North American
Strongman since 2002. Mitchell is a
long-time competitor and Strongman
strength coach and has helped four
athletes earn their Pro Card status. He
also helped numerous other nationallevel competitors. He is the host of
Peak Performance Radio heard weekly
in Tampa Bay on ESPN 1040 and
BayBiz 1470. His guests include New
York Times best-selling authors, M.D.s,
Ph.D.s and professional athletes from
around the world. Mitchell travels
regularly across the U.S. and Puerto
Rico giving nutrition and strengthtraining seminars.

Session A

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8:30 – 9:25 a.m.

Ana Maria Quintero: Economic Stability in Chaos – China versus the World
China is growing and moving fast with a solid baseline influx of capital, technology and
management expertise. The stereotype of China as a non-materialistic society has disappeared.
The laws overriding the ways foreign companies conduct business in China vary from place to
place with permits granted separately for imports and exports of goods. China’s economy is
stable. More than 1.3 billion consumers drive the fastest-growing economic market, and its rising
growth rates, consumption patterns, trade volumes and investment figures depict and compare the
economic stability and recovery of China against the rest of the world.

2010 Honors College Conference

Keynote Speaker – Tom Mitchell

Tara Brown-Ogilvie: Understanding the Capital “D” of Deaf Culture
Diving into the world of Deaf culture, this presentation will delve into the visual language, customs,
beliefs and structure of the Deaf community in a hearing world. Comparing and contrasting the
differences in hearing culture versus Deaf culture not only will aid in the understanding of Deaf
culture, but also shed a light on the seemly invisible hearing culture experienced by the hearing
world every day.

Joel Quattlebaum: Advanced Leadership Through a Service Orientation
In a modern competitive market, the need for effective leadership has augmented and evolved
from a management orientation to an adaptive service orientation. Individuals must incorporate
community involvement and continually analyze the needs of their organization in a constantly
changing financial, medical, legal and political environment. The purpose of this discussion is to
present leadership techniques as they apply to this shifting climate, and how to effectively engage
in community activities that benefit both the community at large, and the character and presence of
individuals partaking in these activities.

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Session B

8:30 – 9:25 a.m.

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Jenna Benz: A Sickness in the Making
Patients are exposed to many different types of viruses and bacteria while hospitalized, and the
chances of picking up additional illnesses when in the hospital are surprisingly high. This presentation
will cover information research that led to the discovery of unknown bacteria, and how it can make
individuals more ill than when they first were admitted for medical attention.

Peggy Olivia Neal: Medicine in the Ancient World
Throughout the ancient world, medicinal techniques and practices varied according to location,
tradition and religious beliefs. Across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, there were many
methods used to treat various ailments like parasitic diseases as well as bacterial and viral infections.
Many of these diseases resulted from factors such as poor nutrition or hygiene, but in some regions
diseases often were blamed on pre-existing spirits or gods. Traditional natural remedies from this time
period, including plant extracts, resins and spices, will be explored.

Session C

8:30 – 9:25 a.m.

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Dr. Ray Menard, Kenan Tarik Tufekci and Jefferson Williams: Contemporary
Methods and Techniques on the Frontier of Scientific Research Used For the
Analysis And Utilization Of DNA
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) contains the genetic instructions used in the development and
functionality of all known living organisms. DNA is used in scientific research for a variety of reasons,
some of these being its use to identify a specific gene mutation that causes disease, to classify
organisms, identify individuals in forensics, and DNA recombination via genetic engineering. DNA can
be implemented in such fields as biomedical science and engineering and biotechnologies by using
methods and techniques such as gel electrophoresis, plasmids preps, polymerase chain reaction
(PCR), genetic transformation and DNA recombination. This lecture will cover the modern procedures
used with DNA analysis and manipulation to further your knowledge in the application of DNA in
various fields, and how scientists utilize it.

9:30 – 10:25 a.m.

u Collborative Labs, Forest

Dorian Brefort: Prelude to the Second World War
After the end of World War I, everything had to be done to secure peace. The Treaty of Versailles
was signed and the League of Nations created to ensure that conflicts would be kept at bay. But 20
years later, the greatest war of the century erupted. How can this be explained?

Paul DeCaporale: Shaping a Nation – The Revolutionary Policies of Abraham
Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson
In 1787, the U.S. Constitution was ratified with a Bill of Rights to ensure that certain rights were
not infringed upon by the federal government. However, it is no secret that two presidents in
particular, separated by a century, initiated the greatest expansion of federal and executive power
in the nation’s history. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, took unprecedented steps that gave
him enormous powers previously never exercised by a president. One hundred years later, Lyndon
Johnson, in the face of social unrest and racial tension, took similar steps that forever changed the
essence of the United States. This presentation will explore and explain the decisions these men
made, and illuminate why they were, and remain, highly controversial during their time and ours, the
lasting effects of their actions and the way they influenced the shaping of a nation.

Session E

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9:30 – 10:25 a.m.

Tyler M. Heston: The Akkadian Language
In this brief speech, the language of Akkadian and its long history will be examined.  This
presentation will explain some of the important events in the Middle East that shaped the language,
including those that led to its rise as a world language and its eventual demise. Additionally, the
cuneiform writing system will be presented, along with its importance and some of its peculiarities.

Christopher Munoz: Norwegian National Romanticism in Language, Art and
Literature

2010 Honors College Conference

Session D

In the mid-19th century, the national identity of Norwegians became a source of inspiration for
creative expression. The period, a time when the country was still adjusting to its reluctant union
with Sweden, became known as Norway’s movement of National Romanticism. It was marked by
the glorification of traditional rural life and an evident desire to rediscover heritage.

Samantha Ann Mitchell: Art and Athleticism in the Piano – A Study of Virtuoso
Piano, Its History and Development, Cultivation and Training, Risks and
Rewards
Virtuosity is defined as the performance ability and technical prowess of a musician. In piano
studies, a virtuoso pianist is recognized as one who has mastered precise and accurate
performance, successfully melding that technique with a remarkable interpretation of the
composition in question. Franz Liszt, the first true virtuoso pianist, was the most technically
advanced player of his time and is remembered as the greatest pianist in history. Today, aspiring
virtuosos begin their intense training at early ages with hope of achieving their predecessors’ level
of expertise. But the pursuit of virtuoso capabilities is not an easy journey, nor is it free of obstacles
and hardships. This presentation will trace the progression of virtuoso piano playing from Liszt to
today, the odyssey of young piano students and the risks – both physical and emotional – in the
quest to become acclaimed as a true virtuoso pianist.

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Session F

9:30 – 10:25 a.m.

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Spenser Reed: The Use of Amino Acid Precursor Therapy in the Management
of Neuropsychiatric Disease – A Safer and More Efficacious Treatment Than
Reuptake Inhibitor Agents?
Amino acids are the structural molecules of all proteins. They serve as vital intermediaries for
numerous biochemical and metabolic reactions in the human body such as neurotransmission,
hepatic phase I and II detoxification, and methylation. In neurotransmission, which will be the focus
of this presentation, the body uses these essential and nonessential amino acids as cofactors in
the production of neurotransmitters, such as the methionine-dopamine or tryptophan-serotonin
conversions. This presentation will explore the use of dietary amino acids as first line therapy in
psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disease, and will further explore their
mechanisms of action throughout the nervous system. This presentation also will show the positive
changes in plasma amino acid levels in correlation to an improvement in symptomatic changes, and
thus will explore their efficacy over standard pharmacological agents such as selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) and selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI’s).

Peggy Olivia Neal, Spenser Reed and Nadia Yevstigneyeva: The Use of
Survey Building and Generation as a Tool in Effectively Conducting and
Communicating Undergraduate Research
The use of surveys in formulating and presenting research has been a bedrock tool in the Honors
College Program. We will examine the many uses and purposes of surveys in aiding in the creation,
planning, and presentation of student research. Also examined will be several student research
projects that have employed the use of surveys with great success.

Cornerstone Panel
Session G

10:30 – 11:25 a.m.

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Benjamin Hallstrom, Samantha Ann Mitchell, and John Williams: Solar
Photovoltaic Panels at St. Petersburg College
In the global effort to become more environmentally aware, SPC has approved recently a $25,000
budget to install a 3.46-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) panel array on the LEED Gold natural science
and mathematics building in Clearwater. The system is scheduled to be constructed this month, and
will be used for research by the Florida Engineering Society SPC Student Chapter and to promote
solar power in Florida. This panel, comprised of two Clearwater campus engineering students and
the campus’ natural science academic chair, will discuss the plans for the SPC research project,
feasibility of PV technology and the future of solar power in Florida.

Session H

10:30 – 11:25 a.m.

u Collborative Labs, Beach

Nadia Yevstigneyeva, Honors College Assistant
Director: Honors Workshop
This special presentation and following discussion will be
focused on best national honors teaching and learning practices.
During this workshop, Honors Faculty, administrators and
students also will have an opportunity to exchange ideas on
providing independent research projects, service-learning
opportunities, and honors contracts in honors curriculum.

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Nick Abrami: Ceramic Artistry
As a practicing artist, I’ve found myself dealing with issues not normally
associated with the “visual” arts. To me, art involves all of the receptive
senses. Incorporating these considerations into my ceramic work can prove
to be difficult to translate but can be achieved, as I have found, through
experimenting with types of materials, firing techniques and different
approaches to construction.

Chris Karlik: Old World New
My art is the culmination of a culturally rich background and my own diverse
inspirations. My grandfather worked during the 30s and 40s on many of
the classically ornamented buildings throughout Manhattan. My father continued his tradition by
working in the classic and neo-classic while expanding into many period-specific styles. During
my apprenticeship, I adopted their foundations while delving deeper into the artistic periods that
most inspired me. Most notable are the Art Nouveaux and Art Deco styles. Through the years
I have continued to add elements of other styles to my repertoire including, most recently, the
underground movement. I believe, as my grandfather did, that art should be for the people. My
preferred discipline is medium to high relief sculpture. I work in Plastiline (a sulfur-based clay) to
create my original and cast in plaster, concrete, or polyester resin. Final finishes vary.

Lou Anne Millstein: Various Portraits – Portrait of a Lamb (Ink Stippling), Blue
in Purple Colored Yellow (Acrylic), Meditation (Airbrush and Mixed Medium)
This artistic presentation is a variety of three different types of nontraditional portraits by Lou Anne
Millstein. Ink, painting and pencil renderings have been a hobby of Millstein’s for years. Although
she is attending SPC to pursue a degree in Pharmacy, she believes that art and expression are
essential to proper balance in her life.

Slavania Stefanova: Roots
Inspired by my own hereditary roots, my collection is composed of photographs from various
regions of Bulgaria, my homeland. Located in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria is one of the oldest
countries in Europe. Along with a rich cultural history reflected in its architecture and people,
Bulgaria’s ideal location among the Balkan Mountains imbues it with breathtaking landscapes and
natural life.  It is my hope that through these photographs you may become acquainted with the
beauty and history which so few know.

2010 Honors College Conference

Artwork 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Posters 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
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Dorian Brefort: Prelude to the Second World War
After the end of the World War I, everything had to be done to secure peace. The Treaty of
Versailles was signed and the League of Nations created to ensure conflicts would be kept at bay.
But 20 years later, the greatest war of the century erupted. How can this be explained?

Jacob Severn: Exploring the Mediums of American Propaganda During World
War II and How They Affected the U.S.
The propaganda of the 1940s was highly effective. The government, as well as independent
businesses and organizations, worked together to mobilize the American population through
movies, radio, print and advertising. Though effective, this propaganda raised issues of racism and
government censorship. This poster explores the mediums of American propaganda during World
War II and how they affected the U.S.

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Jacob Mitchell: The Armed Forces Military Museum – A Place Where History
Comes Alive
The Armed Forces Military Museum is a place where military history is presented in such a way
that it comes to life. Crawl through a World War I trench, walk on a Japanese aircraft carrier during
Pearl Harbor and fight through the villages and towns of Normandy on D-Day. This poster explains
the history, current exhibits and future goals of the Armed Forces Military Museum. Don’t just learn
about history; experience it!

Jason Newell: Meeting the Neighbors – Uncovering Florida’s Underwater
Marine Populations
Pinellas County waters are host to large areas of coral reef and marine life. These are resources to
our community, sharing both economic and intrinsic value. Presently, no sufficient record exists
with any state or federal agency that accurately describes our amount of underwater marine-bio
coverage. A proposed environmental monitoring project, initiated by oceanographer Dr. Hayward
Mathews, is to begin using volunteer sport divers to collect scientific data on our natural and
artificial coral reefs. This project is of crucial importance in assessing potential damage in the event
of a marine incident, such as an oil spill or red tide; we can then accurately qualify the damage.
This poster explores the significant background behind the proposal along with its methodology
and execution, and more importantly describes how the science relates to the community, St.
Petersburg College, and its students.

Peggy Neal: Girl Gamers – The Role of Women in the Video Game Industry
For decades, the video game industry has been primarily dominated by males. But recent studies
have shown that video games are now a major source of entertainment for women of all ages.
Increasing numbers of women across the globe are becoming involved in every corner of the
industry – from game development to sales. We will explore and dispel some of the myths about
women in the industry as we take a peek into the secret world of “girl gamers”.

Samantha Ann Mitchell and John Shea: Solar Photovoltaic Technology
Students in the Florida Engineering Society Student Chapter at St. Petersburg College were asked
to research solar photovoltaic technology to use in the development of the all-new Energy Center at
the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida. This exhibit, the first of its kind in the world,
will contain working model power plants, illustrating all forms of alternative and renewable energy of
up to six megawatts capacity. This poster was displayed at the 2010 Tampa Bay Engineering Week
Banquet and presented an overview of solar photovoltaic technology, including environmental
impact, cost analysis and operation.

Spenser Reed: The Critical Role of Heavy Metals and Environmental Toxicants
in Health and Disease: Systemic Metabolic Detoxification As a Novel Tool In
The Treatment and Prevention of Chronic Illnesses
Heavy metals and other xenobiotic environmental toxicants potentiate many of our nation’s
most pervasive diseases and disorders. This project will critically examine several body burden,
biomonitoring and other randomized controlled trials to show biological plausibility between
individual toxicity and chronic diseases. Part two of this presentation will examine many of the tools
currently available to clinicians to minimize and/or remove these chemicals from individuals, such
as the use of systemic detoxification, up-regulation of enzymatic pathways, and implementation of
individualized approaches to altering genetic polymorphisms. This project also will present several
case studies that will demonstrate the pervasiveness of these toxins in patient’s blood, and assess
the validity and efficacy of metabolic detoxification of these toxicants. As such, this presentation
will provide insight into current and future policies of public health regarding the guidelines that are
needed to insure the safety of our population from the wide array of environmental poisons and
toxicants.

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In a health-related survey conducted by the Honors College of more than two hundred
St. Petersburg College students, it was found that thirty-eight percent of students are uninsured
and twenty-three percent consider themselves unaware of the current public health care legislation
issues in the United States. What can students do to enhance their knowledge of important health
topics, and what preventative steps should be taken to avoid a personal health crisis? This forum,
composed of distinguished medical doctors and politicians, will attempt to answer those questions
and many more for the benefit of SPC student leaders and faculty.
Among the audience, there will be 50 students from the Honors College, college-wide student
leaders, several faculty members and school administrators.
Time
12:30-1 p.m.
1-2:15 p.m.
2:15-2:30 p.m.

Activity
Sit-down lunch
Moderated discussion among panelists
Question and Answer Session

Panelists
David Berger, M.D., FAAP
Dr. David Berger is a Board Certified Pediatrician who specializes in holistic
pediatric primary care, nutritional and detoxification therapies for autism,
ADHD and related disorders and immune dysregulation.
He graduated from The Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994 and
did his Pediatric Residency at the University of South Florida. He started
using holistic therapies at the Tampa General Hospital/USF Pediatric Clinic
during his residency. He has served as the team doctor for Tampa Catholic
High School, the Medical Director for a summer camp run by the Tampa
AIDS Network, and the Medical Liaison for the Palm Beach County Breast
Feeding Task Force. He has been in private practice since 1997, and in
2005 he opened Wholistic Pediatrics in Tampa, Florida. Dr. David has been
an advanced Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Doctor since 1999.

2010 Honors College Conference

Health Care Forum 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Carol Roberts, MD
Dr. Roberts is the Founder and Medical Director of Wellness Works located
in Brandon, Florida. She graduated from Harvard University and the
University of Texas Medical School, specializing in Otolaryngology and
Emergency Medicine. Roberts practiced Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) for
ten years, followed by ten years of Emergency Medicine. During much of
that time, she practiced and taught the principles of healthy living.
In 1994, she opened her private practice, Wellness Works, so that she could
devote her career to the integration of conventional medicine with natural
and holistic techniques. Roberts feels her function is to be a mentor,
educator and a role model to her patients. Wellness Works provides
nutritional counseling, natural hormone replacement therapy, chelation
therapy and anti-aging medicine. Nutritional therapies, oxidative therapies
and classes in lifestyle change are offered, as well as massage therapy.
With her extensive experience in both conventional and holistic medicine,
Roberts has written a book. GOOD MEDICINE, A Return to Common
Sense, now is available for purchase on www.amazon.com and www.
barnesandnoble.com. She also is a highly sought after national speaker.
Roberts has a radio show in the Tampa area on WMNF 88.5 on alternate
Mondays from 1 – 2 p.m. and is a regular contributor to area publications.

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