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Baruch College to Host International Conference of Undergraduate Research

NEW YORK, NY -- September 25, 2015 --For a second 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 conference, organized by the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and Monash University in Australia features participants from twelve colleges around the globe. Baruch is one of four colleges from the United States participating in this year’s event. Eight undergraduate students from Baruch will be presenting their work ranging in topics from “Domestic Violence as a Cultural Issue” to “Cuba and the Diaspora: Family and Nation”. Provost David Christy and David Birdsell, Dean of the School of Public Affairs will provide opening remarks.


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DAY 1:  Tuesday, September 29: Newman Library Building, room H-620


7:00-8:00 a.m.:  Coffee and Bagels


7:45 am: Welcome from Provost David Christy and Dean of SPA David Birdsell


8:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Social Issues Panel (Session 8A)

Student Moderator: Phil Chen

  • Hyran van Schalkwyk (Monash University in South Africa): “The Value of the Death Penalty: Retribution or deterrent?”
  • Vuyolwethu Ncube (Monash University in South Africa): “Female on Male Intimate Partner Violence”
  • Kristina Kutleva (Baruch--Accounting) "Domestic Violence as a Cultural Issue"
  • Thomas Averre (University of Warwick, UK): “Britain’s Nuclear Weapons: A Study of the Political Impact of Think Tanks and Advocacy Groups.”

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.: Markets and Welfare Panel (Session 9B)

Student Moderator: Helen Yue

  • Christian Blex (University of Warwick, UK): “Irrationality, Explosive Bubbles & the Efficient Market Hypothesis: A Critical Empirical Analysis”
  • Phil Chen (Baruch--International Business) "Real Estate Revitalization, Renovation, Reproaches"
  • David Perez-Suarez (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro): “Evolutionary Graph Theory Revisited”
  • William Gildea (University of Warwick, UK): The Foundations and Flaws of Capitalism: A Re-Examination of Private Property Rights.”

11:00-11:30 a.m.: Light lunch break

11:30a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: New Perspectives on Historical Milestones (Session 10-B)

Student Moderator: Alexandria Tava

  • Sebastian Hager (University of Warwick, UK): Economic InequalityThe Roaring Twenties and Now.”
  • Aristida Pllumaj (Baruch--History) "The Revelation of Global Atomic and Communist Anxieties"
  • Mohammad Deen (Baruch--History) "America Takes to the Road: The Impact of the Automobile on American Society, 1893-1980"
  • Amber Mansfield (University of Warwick, UK): “What can we Learn from the Failed American Equal Rights Amendment of 1972?”

1:00 - 2:30 pm.: Education and Youth Services (Session 11-B)

Student Moderator: Muhammad Deen

  • Alexandra Enache (University of Warwick, UK): “The Role of Education in the Democratic Transition in Romania”
  • Alexandria Tava (Baruch--Public Affairs) "Sound and Color" 
  • Beth Mabey (University of Warwick, UK): “Black Box CALLing: is Moodle invisible yet?”


DAY 2:  Wednesday, September 30: Newman Library Building, room H-620


8:00-9:00 a.m.: Coffee and Bagels

8:45 a.m.: Welcome from WSAS Dean Alison Griffiths

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Understanding Cultures (Session 19B)

Student Moderator: Pennell Somsen

  • Annie Sharples (University of Warwick, UK): “Uncovering the Literary Experience of Disability within Ancient Greece: From Homer to Hippocrates
  • Sara Seber (Baruch--Public Affairs)  "How does Service-Learning Impact the Self-Efficacy of Under-served Youth?"
  • Jonathan Ruiz (Baruch--Sociology/Biology) "Disordered Discourse: Exploring the Perception of Gender Among Parents of Children Living with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia" 

10:30 - 12:00: Country Cases (Session 20A)

Student Moderator: Jonathan Ruiz

  • Michael Yip (University of Warwick, UK): “Enter the Dragon, Exit the Rising Sun: Comparing Japan’s and China’s Current Ability to Exercise Leadership in East Asia”
  • Denise Garcia (Baruch--Sociology)  "Hip-Hop: A Way of Life"
  • Pennell Somsen (Baruch--CUNY BA in Study in Translation of Latin American Women Writers) "Cuba and the Diaspora: Family and Nation"
  • Michael Masny (University of Warwick, UK) “Wars without Political Consequences: US and the Use of Private Military Companies in Bosnia, Iraq and Colombia.”




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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