Your Veneratio Honors College Newsletter
HONORED SENIORS - The acheivements of our Honors College Graduates were recognized at the Honors College Senior Dinner on April 24, 2014: 
Reesha Ahmed, Psychology             Senior Project Title: The Relationship between Parent Anxiety and Child Emotionality. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Gagne. Reesha plans onpursuing her graduate degree in Social Work at UT Arlington.
Elin Andersson, Political ScienceSenior Project Title: Aid Flows in Times of Financial Crisis a Special Look at the Scandinavian Countries. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heidi Hardt. Elin will be pursuing a master's degree in development studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Arya Banait, Mechanical Engineering  Senior Project Title: Experimental Analysis of Growth of Micropores in Soft Polymer Polydimethylsiloxane Using Thermocapillary Effect. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ankur Jain. Arya has served as an Honors College Advocate for the past four years and has also been an active member of the Honors College Council. She has also been a recipient of several Honors College scholarships, the Provost's ACES award, as well as an Undergraduate Research Assistantship. Ayra will attend Stanford University for graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering.
Benjamin Bloom, Software Engineering                                                      Senior Project Title: Beyond the Doctor’s Office: Health Monitoring in a Mobile World.  Faculty Mentor: Mike O’Dell. Benjamin is seeking employment in the DFW area and getting married in July.
Jacob Bloom, Visual Communications                                                                      Senior Project Title: Communication Design: Visual Enhancement for Effective Social Influence.  Faculty Mentor: Ben Dolezal. Jacob received an Undergraduate Research Assistantship last summer. After receiving multiple offers, Jacob has accepted a position as graphic designer/web developer in Fort Worth. He plans to continue his education by working toward a Master's Degree.
Gemmé Campbell, Communication Studies                                                               Senior Project Title: “Female Condoms Are": Analysis of the PATH Organization’s Contest Films. Faculty Mentor: Dr.Charla Markham Shaw. Gemmé received an Honors College scholarship as well as an Undergraduate Research Assistantship. She will begin graduate school in the fall at Texas A&M University in the Department of Communication as a fully funded direct admit into their M.A. and Ph.D program.She will study Organizational Communication as well as Health Communication, and work as a teaching assistant in her department.
Danielle Carlton, Biology                                                                                                  Senior Project Title: Investigating Gender Differences in Student Views of Nature of Science, Understanding of Evolution, Religious Beliefs and Acceptance of Evolution.  Faculty Mentors: Dr. Jill DeVito and Dr. Ann Cavallo. Danielle will be attending graduate school in the fall to study Public Health through the University of Texas at Houston- Health Science Center, at the Dallas regional campus at UT Southwestern.
Cheny May Cua, Nursing                                                                                                 Senior Project Title: Research Study on the Usefulness of the Community Health Nursing’s Clinical Log.  Faculty Mentors: Dr. Deborah Behan and Mary Ellen Viancourt. Cheny May is planning to take and pass the NCLEX and be a Registered Nurse. She will be working as an operating room nurse for Texas Health Resource.
Erica Eckstrand, Biology                                                                                                  Senior Project Title: The Effects of Knocking Down Dntf-2r and Ran-like Retrogenes in Drosophila Melanogaster. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Esther Betran. Erica will be taking some time off then she will attend pharmacy school, where she would like to pursue compound pharmacy.
Gabriel Escobedo, Anthropology                                                                                  Senior Project Title: Loss of Language and Cultural Identity in U.S. Born Mexican-Americans: The Joke of Serious Discussion. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christian Zlolniski. Gabe has been an active member of the Honors College Council and Student Congress. He will attend Indiana University on a full fellowshipthis this fall to work on his PhD in Cultural Anthropology. 
Brandon Esianor, Exercise Science                                                                           Senior Project Title: Effect of Caffeine on Neurocognitive Testing using ImPACT. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jacob Resch.  Brandon has served as an Honors College Advocate for the past year and has also been an active member of the Honors College Council. He plans to attend UT Houston Medical School.
Juan Pablo Farah Yacoub, Economics                                                                         Senior Project Title: Currency Volatility and Sovereign Debt Prices in the Secondary Market: A Focus on Latin America. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aaron Smallwood. Juan plans on working full time for Goldman Sachs, and eventually pursuing an advanced degree in Financial Economics.
Sean Fowler, Aerospace Engineering                                                                        Senior Project Title: Designing a Supersonic Business Jet. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bernd Chudoba. Sean will be moving to Littleton, Colorado, to begin working at Lockheed Martin as a Software Engineer for the Orion Project.
Vallari Gupte, Broadcast Management                                                                     Senior Project Title: The Role of Websites in International College Students’ Lives. Faculty Mentor: Julian Rodriguez. Vallari is planning to search for an internship and pursue a graduate degree in Journalism.
Tyler Harrison, Physics                                                                                                Senior Project Title: A Theoretical Investigation of New Materials with Applications in Renewable Energy. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Muhammad Huda. Tyler plans on attending graduate school at Arizona State University to study Materials Science and Engineering.
Rebecca Hickey, Criminology and Criminal Justice                                             Senior Project Title: Female Serial Murderers: A Comprehensive Profile. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rhonda Dobbs. Rebecca has been a recipient of an Honors College scholarship. She plans to attend graduate school and eventually law school.
Andrew Hornbrook, Mechanical Engineering                                                           Senior Project Title: F600 Racecar Design Project. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bob Woods. Andrew plans to work in the nuclear energy industry.  
Sayem Huq, English                                                                                                       Senior Project Title: Drones Among Us: The Morality of Modern Mercenaries. Faculty Mentor: Dr.Timothy Morris. After graduation Sayem will continue to produce and host his own electronic music radio show, Technologic Radio, on iHeartRadio, and hopes to succeed in radio as an on-air presenter and producer. He also plans to return to school for an MBA, while continuing to work as the CCO of his media production company, WookStudios, in developing pioneering technology in glasses-free 3D displays.
Washima Huq, Management                                                                                           Senior Project Title: A Compare and Contrast Analysis on the Implementation of a Succession Planon Multinational Consumer Electronic Corporations. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Abdul Rasheed. Washima has been a very active member of the Honors College Council, where she served as an officer, and also received a Honors College scholarship. She plans to work for one year and then attend graduate school for a MBA in Healthcare Administration.
Filza Khan, Psychology                                                                                                   Senior Project Title: The Effect of Parent Anxiety Levels on Child Temperament and Behavior Problems. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Gagne. Filza plans on pursuing a Master's in Professional Counseling.
Elizabeth La, Biology                                                                                                       Senior Project Title: Meta-Analysis of Positively Selected Genes in the Burmese Python. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Todd Castoe. Elizabeth has served as an Honors College Advocate for two years and has also been a very active member of the Honors College Council where she served as an officer. After graduation, Elizabeth plans to travel abroad to Germany and then return to attend Pharmacy School at Texas Tech in Abilene.
En-Dien (Sam) Liao, Nursing                                                                                        Senior Project Title: Field IVs: To Replace or Not. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Deborah Behan. Samuel has been a recipient of an Honors College scholarship. He plans to work after graduation to gain experience and  eventually continue his education.
Timothy Liggett, Music Composition                                                                        Senior Project Title: Leitmotif in Film: An Examination of the Effect of Music and Theme on a Film’s Audience. Faculty Mentor: Dr. George Chave. Timothy currently has a 4.0 Grade Point average and has been a recipient of an Honors College scholarship. He plans to obtain a position in banking or economics while working on music in the hopes of eventually getting a job as a composer.
Henry Loh, Computer Science Engineering                                                             Senior Project Title: Sight By Touch: A Navigational Aid to the Visually Impaired. Faculty Mentor: Mike O’Dell. Henry currently has a 4.0 Grade Point Average and has been a recipient of an Honors College scholarship. He plans to work in the computer industry after graduation.
Rachel Lyle, Nursing                                                                                                        Senior Project Title: Measured Noise Levels in the Hospital with Correlating Patient Perception. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Deborah Behan. Rachel was a recipient of the Honors Distinction Scholarship as well as an Honors College Scholarship. She will be working as a Registered Nurse on a Women's Medical-Surgical Oncology position at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. She intends to eventually return to school to become a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.
Erin Lynch, History                                                                                                          Senior Project Title: (Mis)Understanding the Indulgence: Conceptual Notions of Hell in the Middle Ages and Their Importance in the Crusading Movement. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steven Reinhardt. Erin currently has a 4.0 Grade Point Average and has been a recipient of an Honors College scholarship. After graduation, she will be earning a master's degree at the Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University. She has received a fully funded fellowship that will allow her to work as a graduate research assistant in the rare book archive of Waldo Library.
Rayanne Macnee, Nursing                                                                                          Senior Project Title: Self-Efficacy, Medication Adherence and Blood Pressure Control in Mexican Immigrants. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Donelle Barnes. Rayanne was a recipient of the Honors Distinction Scholarship. After graduation, she plans to travel around Europe with her younger sister. She is also looking forward to attending a Bible school in Southern California this fall.
Anna Mai, Industrial Engineering                                                                                 Senior Project Title: Outpatient Lab Work Sampling Study at Cook Children’s Hospital. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jamie Rogers. Anna has had several interviews and plans to work after graduation.
Shahaan Mansuri, Aerospace Engineering                                                             Senior Project Title: Designing a Supersonic Business Jet. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bernd Chudoba. Shahaan is still undecided what he will do after graduation. He will either enter the work force or attend Graduate School and pursue an advanced degree.
Daniela Mitchell, Nursing                                                                                             Senior Project Title: Exercise in Relation to Body Satisfaction in UT Arlington Nursing-Intended Students. Faculty Mentor: Susan Justice. Daniela plans on becoming a Registered Nurse and work in hospitals in the DFW area.
Vivian Nguyen, Biology                                                                                                   Senior Project Title: Nodulation in Aeschynomene indica with Different Bradyrhizobium BTAi1 Densities. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Woo-Suk Chang. Vivian plans to work and save up for medical school.
Tyler Peschka, Accounting                                                                                          Senior Project Title: United Way – VITA Growth inTarrant County. Faculty Mentor: John Repsis. Tyler has been a recipient of an Honors College scholarship. After graduation, he plans on working as a full time accountant at ExxonMobil in Financial Reporting. He will also attend graduate school full time at UT Arlington to pursue a Master's of Science in Accounting in order to sit for the CPA Exam.
Marlene Reeders, Studio Arts                                                                                      Senior Project Title: Creative Project in Narrative Screenwriting Reflecting Social Dynamics of the First Post-Apartheid Generation in South Africa. Faculty Mentor: Mark Clive. Marlene currently has a 4.0 Grade Point Average. She will be returning to South Africa to start working and possibly further her studies.
Davina Sassoon, Biology                                                                                              Senior Project Title: The SUMM2 Protein in Arabidopsis Thaliana is Important in Immunity against Pseudomonas Syringae pv. Tomato Infection. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Maeli Melotto. Davina has served as an Honors College Advocate for the past year and has also been an active member of the Honors College Council, serving as Treasurer this past year. In the fall, she will be attending the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso.
Naureen Syed, Biology                                                                                                  Senior Project Title: A Multivariate Statistical Analysis: Observing Sexual Dimorophism through Morphology in Genus Gonatodes. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Walter Schargel. Naureen has been avery active member of the Honors College Council, serving as Vice President this past year. After graduation, she plans to volunteer, scribe, and apply to PA school next year. She also plans to read lots of really good books.
Henry Tran, Biology                                                                                                         Senior Project Title: Prostate Biochemical Fluorophores and Auto-fluorescenceLifetime used to Differentiate Tissue for Positive Cancer Margins. Faculty Mentors: Dr. Walter Schargel and Dr. Hanli Liu. Henry has served as an Honors College Advocate for two years and has also been a very active member ofthe Honors College Council, where he served as an officer. He has also been a recipient of an Honors College scholarship. He plans to continue pursuing medicine and his clinical research.
Vi Truong, Biology                                                                                                            Senior Project Title: The Significance of Government Funding, Treatment Facilities, and Physical Health to Annual Opioid Usage. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Walter Schargel. Vi currently has a 4.0 Grade Point Average. She will be pursuing a Pharmacology degree.
Vanessa West, Interdisciplinary Studies                                                                     Senior Project Title: Women in Leadership Positions in the Workplace. Faculty Mentors: Dr. James Welch and Dr. Nicolette Lopez. Vanessa intends to attend graduate school in the fall to earn a Master's in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, which she will use to pursue a career as a consultant for various organizations.
Little Rock, Arkansas 
The annual Honors College/Friends of the Libraries Road Trip took place over the weekend of February 22-23. Twenty-three students participated in the trip to a new destination, Little Rock, Arkansas, by coach hired from Dan Dipert Tours. We visited the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum Saturday afternoon, which was both educational and fascinating. After checking into our hotel, some students went downtown to the River Market District, where the best restaurants and nightclubs are; others went to the arena where—as it happened—UT Arlington’s basketball team was playing the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (we won in a close game). 
Next morning—a second day in a row of beautiful late winter weather—we went to the visitor center at Little Rock Central High School, a designated national historic site, which was the scene in 1957 of one of the major flash points in America’s long march toward desegregation. The facility chronicles the showdown between Governor Orval Faubus and President Eisenhower, who sent in US Army troops to protect nine students who sought to enroll at the school from an angry mob that sought to bar them from entering. The photo above shows some students exploring the architecturally impressive high school. The 1957 confrontation was a pivotal event in American history, and the significance of the event and the place were not lost on our group.
This was the ninth annual Honors Road Trip, an event our students look forward to each year. We will celebrate the tenth anniversary Road Trip next February. The destination will be announced in January.     For more images click here

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       Elin Andersson
Honors senior Elin Andersson presented a paper on financial crises and aid flow in Scandinavian countries at the annual Claremont-University of California Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union.

The European Union Center of California hosted the joint Claremont-University of California Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union in April 2014, at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Elin was one of 49 students invited to present papers on various topics related to the European Union. These students represented 26 different schools across the nation. Each student presented their research in a panel format for 10-12 minutes before an audience moderated by a faculty member, prior to a discussion period. 

A Political Science major, Elin will commence her master’s degree studies in the fall at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Lothamer Joins Archer Program in D.C.
            Lucas Lothamer
Honors College Political Science graduate student Lucas Lothamer will be going  to Washington, D.C., this summer for the Archer Center Graduate Program in Public Policy.
Lothamer will join fellow graduate students Tharani Krishnakumar (School of Social Work and School of Urban and Public Affairs) and Claire Asher-Ewan (Social Work) as UT Arlington representatives.
The Archer Center graduate program, which runs May 29 through August 16, provides students from The University of Texas System with professional internships in D.C., thereby enhancing their knowledge of public policy and politics. Lothamer, who graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2013, said his undergraduate research on environmental policies sparked his interest in working with U.S. Senators or in a private think tank on these issues.
“I’ve always been a vocal advocate of being conscientious of our actions and aware of the detrimental side-effects they may have on the environment,” Lothamer said. “My research really provoked my interest in environmental law, and I am excited at the opportunity of working with a Senator or an organization that seeks to promote positive change for the environment.”
Lothamer said he hopes the experience will help him gain new insight into federal policies regarding clean air and nuclear energy, as well as environmental law. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. and teach at the university level after completing his master’s degree in 2015.
Additionally, Lothamer said he plans to work on research for this thesis while he is in D.C. for two-and-a-half months. His research will focus on how Congressional members utilize Facebook to connect with constituents during elections.
The Archer Center is named for retired U.S. Representative Bill Archer. The Graduate Program in Public Policy was established by The University of Texas System as a way to bring graduate students pursuing policy and politics to the nation’s capital to learn about the federal government and public service. Students earn nine in-residence credit hours and complete an internship on Capitol Hill, in an Executive Branch agency or other Washington, D.C., governmental or private-sector organization.
Dr. Karl Petruso, Dean of the Honors College and longtime UT Arlington representative to the Archer Center, characterizes these as the best internships in Washington and outstanding opportunities in public service. He notes that Archer internships (which are offered at both the graduate and undergraduate levels) frequently launch UT Arlington students on their careers in government, politics, law, and media.
Religious Tolerance in America
By Bradley Wabbersen
(This essay is from Dr. James Warren's Honors English 1302 Course in Spring 2014)
Imagine with me, if you will, a nation in its infancy, unlike any the world has seen before. The government is the product of an age of reason, a hybrid democratic republic that values the individual. This nation is composed of people from many different countries and cultures who brought with them their own religions and belief systems. All these groups of people coexist under the same new nation. This nation has no state religion and guarantees to every individual the right to practice whatever religion they choose. This is necessary, you see, to avoid the violence and oppression that have almost always followed religious differences throughout history. It is not enough, however, to require by law that the government stay out of religious affairs. There must be a common cultural understanding, a set of unwritten rules to govern the interactions of private citizens, to oppose oppression in all its forms.
The country I describe is the United States of America at its founding. The system of unwritten rules I described form what we might call religious tolerance, the tenets of which are anything but settled even after all these years. The problem of ambiguity has only become more apparent in fact. In one of his latest books, The Intolerance of Tolerance, well-known theologian D. A. Carson reports on the dire state of the controversy. “It does not take much cultural awareness to see that the difficulties surrounding this subject are eating away at… the fabric of Western culture.” Advances in communication and increasing urbanization across the globe make the world in which we live seem smaller every day. People of different beliefs interact more frequently now than ever before. In the coming years, religious tolerance will be crucial in maintaining stability. Getting it right will be just as important. This is predominately a cultural issue, meaning that your opinion matters, my dear readers. How you interact with people matters. How you expect people to interact with you matters. Like voting in an election, you cannot simply leave it to someone else to make an informed decision. In this paper, I will analyze a few of the major viewpoints on religious tolerance, emphasizing what I believe to be their strengths and weaknesses, and support a position of my own.
I believe that many commonly held beliefs about religious tolerance are either counterproductive or at least incomplete. At the very least, we as a culture need to re-examine our ideas about religious tolerance. By the end, I hope to prove that religious tolerance is best achieved by exploring the differences between us through education and exchange. Even if you disagree with my conclusions, I hope that this paper will stimulate serious thinking on the subject. The positions I will describe were derived from several academic sources. These positions have come to be known by some as Secularism, Pluralism, and Post-Secularism.
To explain the first position, I will return to the early days of America. The rise of secularist philosophy in America has often been attributed to the rise of Jeffersonian Democracy, a system of ideas about good government and society held by President Thomas Jefferson and his colleagues. Jason Springs, a professor with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, recently published an article in the Journal of Religion that overviews the progression of the religious tolerance debate in America. He explains that Secularism in the United States is rooted in the “Jeffersonian Compromise.” The compromise goes something like this: Citizens are permitted to practice any form of religion they want or no religion at all so long as the practice of their religion does not infringe upon the natural rights of others. 
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