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Baruch College to Host International Conference of Undergraduate Research 9/27

325 Students from Nine Colleges from Around the Globe via Teleconferencing


NEW YORK, NY - September 26, 2016 -  For the third consecutive year, Baruch College undergraduates will present original research alongside colleagues from around the globe as part of the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR). The two-day forum, organized by the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and Monash University in Australia, features 325 undergraduate participants from nine colleges around the globe linked on panels via teleconferencing technology.

This year, Baruch College has 14 students participating in this international event, an increase from last year's nine. They will present their work ranging in topics from “Mental Health in New York: It’s Time to Shed Some Light” to “Decoding Campus Dynamics.”

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To register, e-mail Katherine Pence at

International Conference of Undergraduate Research

Schedule 2016

Day 1: Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Room VC 14-270

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Aging, Health, and New Technologies (Session 8C)

Speaker 1: Nicholas Miller (English, French & History, University of Warwick, UK) “Remember this? The issues and advantages of social media as a historical source for memory studies”

Speaker 2: Nikita Lai (Medicine, University of Leeds, UK) “Pediatric Meningitis Treatment: Audit 2015”

Speaker 3: Seonghee (Joy) Park (Biochemistry, Hunter College/Baruch College) “Generation of a Novel Mouse Model for the Study of Cisplatin Resistant Bladder Cancer”

Speaker 4: James Conville (Medicine, University of Leeds, UK) “An Anatomical Evolution of Surgical Approaches for Total Hip Arthroplast”

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Attitudes and Experiences (Session 9B)

Speaker 1: Eleanor Kerfoot (History, University of Warwick, UK) “Presley Admirers: ‘Delinquent’ Girls in Cold War Germany”

Speaker 2: Ma Su Su Aung (Biological Sciences, Baruch College) “Elimination of the pro-apototic protein Bak effects free-radical production in mitochondria"

Speaker 3: Yu Shing (Jason) Hung (Sociology, University of Warwick, UK) “How many more can we take? The impact of discriminatory media coverage on refugee and asylum seeker experiences in Coventry”

Speaker 4: Brianna Vernoia (Psychology, Baruch College) “Obstacles to Habitual Exercise and Mindfulness”

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Coffee Break and Digital Poster Session

Baruch poster presenters: Ishrath Ahmed, Rachel Parroco, Alanna McAuliffe

11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Popular Opinion & Changing Cultures (Session 10B)

Panel Chair: Ishrath Ahmed (Baruch)

Speaker 1: Lisa-May Mosse (Film and TV, University of Warwick, UK) “Filming the Berlin Clubbing Scene as a Postmodern Construct”

Speaker 2: Monika Jankowski (History/Psychology, Baruch College) “Popular Culture in 1970s and 1980s Poland”

Speaker 3: Yustyna Yaremchuk (Finance, Baruch College) “Do Millennial College students at an urban, non-residential university believe that there is a link between material wealth and happiness?”

Speaker 4: Yasmin Nartey (Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick, UK) “The Changing Cultural Identity of St. Lucia Carnival”


5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Social Inclusion & Inter-cultural Understanding (Session A)

Panel Chair: Ofir Shalom

Speaker 1: Amanda Er (Radiography & Medical Imaging, Monash Australia) “Medical imaging settings in different countries: a cross-cultural observational study”

Speaker 2: Dana Frenkel (Communication Studies, Baruch College) “Decoding Campus Dynamics”

Speaker 3: Anna Velychko (Psychology, Baruch College) “Training for Success”

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Human Rights (Session B)

Panel Chair: Ofir Shalom

Speaker 1: Roger Wu (Human Rights Law, Monash Australia) “Statutory Interpretation and Limits in the Victorian Human Rights Charter”

Speaker 2: Anthony Hallal (Human Rights Theory, Monash Australia) “Ticking Time Bombs and Absolute Rights: Is Torture Ever Permissible in Theory or Practice?”

Speaker 3: Ruth Laryea-Walker (International Human Rights, Baruch College) “Child Marriage: An Abuse of Children’s Rights—Strengthening Policies to Eliminate It”

DAY 2 - Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Room H763 in Library

 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Environment, Evolution & Systems (Session 18C)

Panel Chair: Ofir Shalom

Speaker 1: Matthew Lane (Physics, University of Warwick, UK) “The Cosmic History of Galactic Habitability: Probing our Origins and place in the University in the search for the Genesis of Civilization”

Speaker 2: Emma Latham Jones (Politics, University of Warwick, UK), “A critical study of the politics of climate change in the main oil-producing states of Latin America”

Speaker 3: Cherisse Fraser (Biochemistry, Baruch College) “tRNA Evolution and Remolding in Marine Snails”

Speaker 4: Fiona Pye (Geosciences, University of Leeds, UK) “Did Jurassic brachiopods from the Swiss Alps live at methane seeps?” 

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. New Perspectives and Improvements (Session 19A)

Speaker 1: Zijing Yang (Economics, University of Warwick) “Degree of market segmentation: Price dispersion across and within the US and China”

Speaker 2: Jessica Kraker (English & History, Baruch College), “Mental Health in New York: It’s Time to Shed Some Light”

Speaker 3: Katharine Spark (International Studies, Monash Australia presenting from the University of Warwick) “How does your country's immigration policy affect your national security?”

Speaker 4: Lucas Chan (Psychology, University of Warwick, UK) “The Dilution Effect in Linguistic and Perceptual Tasks”

Event Details:

WHAT:  International Conference of Undergraduate Research

WHEN:   September 27 - September 28, 2016

WHERE:  Baruch College

    VC: 55 Lexington Avenue

    Newman Library: 151 E. 25th Street



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to



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