Ten faculty/student teams were awarded Albrights Council
on Undergraduate Research grants to support collaborative research
projects during the summer. Representative of the diverse disciplines
offered at Albright, projects ranged from biology and psychology
to history and sociology.
Bridget Cambria 02, a political science/sociology
major, worked with Dr. Anthony Hoskin of the Sociology Department
in a project entitled Firearm Availability and Violence: A
County Level Analysis. Their study examines more than 3,000
U.S counties over the years 1989-98 in order to estimate the impact
of general firearm availability on six types of violence: homicide,
suicide, fatal gun accidents, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
William Davis 03, a psychology major, worked with
Dr. Brenda Ingram-Wallace of the Psychology Department on a project
entitled The Effects of Adolescent Perceptions of Parental
Religious Orientation on Adolescent Religiosity. Using a structured
interviewing technique, Davis interviewed adolescents to explore
their personal experiences and their religious practices to how
the parental level of religiosity affects adolescent behaviors.
Shannon Kline 03, a biochemistry major, worked with
Dr. Frieda Texter of the Chemistry Department, on a project entitled
Studies of Guanidine Hydrochloride Induced Unfolding of Arylamine
N-Acetyltransferase. Angela Tatum 03, biochemistry,
also worked with Dr. Texter on a related project entitled Examination
of the Effects of Urea on the Conformational Stability of Recombinent
Arylamine N-Acetyltransferase. Collaborating with a research
team at the University of Minnesota, Kline, Tatum and Dr. Texter
worked on a mammalian enzyme that has been linked to bladder, colon
and breast cancer. A better understanding of this isozyme may ultimately
lead to advances in cancer research and anti-cancer treatments.
Katherine Lupo 03 and Ryan Stagg 04,
biochemistry/pre-med majors, worked with Dr. Karen Campbell of the
Biology Department and Dr. Devon Mason of the Physics Department
in a project entitled, Albright Explorers: Science Outreach
in the Community. Lupo and Stagg were responsible for designing
and implementing a science outreach program to more than 250 children
of the City of Reading. Participating in the program was the Olivet
Boys and Girls Club, the City of Readings playground program
and Camp Bynden Wood.
William E. Smith 02, a history major, worked with
Dr. Barbara Fahy of the History Department in a project entitled
A Study of the Molly Maguire Trial Transcripts and Stereotypic
Images of the Irish. Smith examined the entire trial transcripts,
the first research to do so, and local newspaper accounts to examine
the prejudice against the Irish-Catholics during the mass hysteria
in the late 19th century Pennsylvania coal regions north of Reading.