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The final Science Night of the spring 2015 semester features research work from geology and psychology undergrads. Science Night runs from 7 to 8 p.m. in the UW-Parkside Student Center Cinema. Free parking is available after 6:30 p.m. in Lot A, east of the Student Center.
Rachelrac Boa discusses the phenomenon of change deafness, which is the remarkable inability of listeners to detect changes occurring in their auditory environment. Rachel will present results of research examining whether specialized listening experiences affect the ability to detect auditory changes.
Michele Gloede will be speak on visual and auditory memory for objects. It has been well documented that memory for various types of sounds is much inferior to memory for pictures of visual objects. Michele presents the results of research evaluating the role of experience in auditory and visual memory.
Shannon Kurth and James Longo present aquifer tests that show rising water levels in shallow wells during drawdown from pumping a deep well. This unusual occurrence known as the Noordbergum effect is a response to the decrease in pressure in the layered aquifer system due to the decreased water level in the deeper aquifer pumping well. The Noordbergum effect was discovered by UW-Parkside students in the summer 2014 Applied Hydrogeology course and later confirmed during independent studies.
Zach Albert and Nicole Fitzgerald examine the prescription drug Atenolol (AT), a beta-blocker widely used for the treatment of hypertension and a common contaminant in drinking water. Kaolinite is a common clay mineral in soils that formed in warm humid climates. Due to kaolinites abundance in these soils, and its sorption properties, it is important to study its interaction with AT. The interaction of AT on kaolinite in aqueous solution was investigated under different isotherm, kinetic, ionic strength, pH, and temperature conditions. The results of the experiment suggest that surface adsorption occurs between AT and kaolinite.
Science Night is open to the public, there is no charge for admission.