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VMI Honors Week Activities

11 April 2016 15 April 2016


All Senior Thesis Presentations are in the Turman Room of Preston Library and are open to the entire VMI community.
Unless otherwise noted, uniform for all events is class dyke or Class B.

**Wednesday, 6 April 2016**


1100 Tau Beta Pi Induction Engineering Honor Society, 400A Preston Library, Members
only. (COL Newhouse, COL Hodges, COL Arthur, Col. DT Smith)

**Monday, 11 April 2016**


0900 Senior Thesis Presentation: Graham Martin, A New Numerical Model for Frequency
Fluctuations in a Single-mode Q-switched Laser, Department of Physics, Advisor:
Colonel John Thompson
1100 Senior Thesis Presentation: Patrick Murray, An Evaluation of the Efficacy of the
Mrida Initiative, Department of International Studies and Political Science, Advisor:
Brigadier General Charles Brower
1100 Modern Languages and Cultures Honor Societies Inductions Pi Delta Phi (French),
Delta Phi Alpha (German), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish), Phi Sigma Iota
(International), 420 Scott Shipp Hall, Invitation only. (MAJ Kendrick PSI, MAJ
Carrico PDP, COL Cerkey SDP, COL Sunnen DPA)
1200 Gamma Sigma Epsilon Induction - National Chemistry Honor Society, Study Area 4th
Floor, Maury Brooke Hall, Faculty and friends of inductees are welcome to attend. (COL
Pharr)
1300 Senior Thesis Presentation: Giustino Iuliano, Californias Drought: Is California
Doing Enough? Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Advisor:
Lieutenant Colonel Steven Hart
1400 Senior Thesis Presentation: Matthew Tonkinson, Evaluating the Moral Permissibility
of Medical Professional Oversight of Torture, Department of Psychology, Advisor:
Doctor Duncan Richter
1500 Senior Thesis Presentation: Nathan Sitzman, "Democratic Institutions and Spillover
Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa," Department of International Studies and Political
Science, Advisor: Colonel James Hentz

**Tuesday, 12 April 2016**


0925 Senior Thesis Presentation: John Wainwright, "Wartime Narratives: A Study of
Executive Rhetoric during Crisis," Department of International Studies and Political
Science, Advisor: Doctor Vera Heuer
1050 Senior Thesis Presentation: Connor Loken, Predicting NCAA and Professional
Football and Basketball Using an Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System, Department
of Mechanical Engineering, Advisor: Major John David
1200 Pi Tau Sigma inductions Mechanical Engineering Society, Nichols Engineering
Library, Invitation Only. (CAPT McMasters)
1300 Senior Thesis Presentation: John Zippel, An algorithm for investigating the efficacy of
head-and-shoulder and inverse head-and-shoulder charting patterns in commodity price
data, Department of Applied Mathematics, Advisors: Colonel Troy Siemers and
Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Smith
1425 Senior Thesis Presentation: Robert Elmore, Broad and Narrow Band Polarimetry of
Nearby Star Clusters, Department of Physics, Advisor: Colonel Gregory Topasna

**Wednesday, 13 April 2016**


0900 Senior Thesis Presentation: Ryan Poffenbarger, The Hungarian Algorithm and Image
Mosaicking, Department of Applied Mathematics, Advisor: Colonel Gregory Hartman
1000 Senior Thesis Presentation: Samuel Burgess, Toward a Rhetoric of Inclusion: Mapping
a Language of Identity in United States Military Policy," Department of English,
Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies, Advisor: Colonel Christina McDonald
1200 Beta Beta Beta Induction Biological Honor Society, Maury-Brooke 203, Invitation
only. Inductee uniform is Grey Blouse. (MAJ Smythe)
1300 Senior Thesis Presentation: Evan Thompson, Colocalization of mitochondrial
ryanodine receptors in Paramecium tetraurelia, Department of Biology, Advisor:
Colonel Wade Bell
1400 Senior Thesis Presentation: Joseph LaMagna, Automated Measurement of Cell
Culture Growth Using Electrical Impedance, Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, Advisor: Colonel James Squire
1500 Senior Thesis Presentation: John McKelvey, The Effects of Dopaminergic System
Manipulation and Motor Dysfunction in Nitric Oxide Deprived Embryonic Zebrafish
(Danio rerio), Department of Biology, Advisor: Colonel James Turner

**Thursday, 14 April 2016**


1050 Senior Thesis Presentation: Mackenzie Harrmann, Evaluation of the wave equation
and the Euler-Bernoulli beam model in predicting the motion of a vibrating beam using
laser Doppler vibrometry, Departments of Physics and Applied Mathematics, Advisor:
Colonel G. Merce Brooke
1300 Senior Thesis Presentation: Andrew Stanford, Systematic Deflection Response of
Bridge Decks with Shear Keys Due to Live Loads, Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, Advisor: Colonel Charles Newhouse
1425 Senior Thesis Presentation: Bennett Lynde, The Effect of Magnetically Controlled and
Ingested Janus Particles on Paramecium, Department of Physics, Advisor: Colonel
Gregory Topasna

**Friday, 15 April 2016**


0900 Senior Thesis Presentation: Austin Holmes, Investigating the Relationship Between
Wealth Class and Vertical Brand Extensions Using the Giffen Paradox, Department of
Economics and Business, Advisor: Lieutenant Colonel Raymond MacDermott
1200 Sigma Tau Delta inductions English Honor Society, 201 Scott Shipp Hall, Invitation
Only. (MAJ Knepper)
1300 Senior Thesis Presentation: John Winalski, The Rescue Effects of Nitric Oxide and
Aromatase Inhibition in the Embryonic Zebrafish (Danio Rerio), Department of
Biology, Advisor: Colonel James Turner
1400 Senior Thesis Presentation: Dakota Scott, The Design of a PV System for Urban and
Suburban Applications, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Advisor: Colonel
Gerald Sullivan
1500 Senior Thesis Presentation: Virginia Bigelow, Optimization of Pule Tube Cryocoolers
operating at 4 to 20K for microgravity conditions, Department of Mechanical
Engineering, Advisor: Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Taylor

**Monday, 18 April 2016**


1100 Pi Sigma Alpha Induction Political Science Honor Society, 448 Scott Shipp, Invitation
only. (MAJ Hierman)

**Wednesday, 20 April 2016**


1800 Economics and Business Honor Societies Inductions joint inductions and banquet
Beta Gamma Sigma (Business) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics), Center for
Leadership and Ethics, Invitation only; Families of inductees are welcome to attend.
(MAJ Dimitrova-Grajzl and LTC Allen ODE and MAJs Gerow and Grannan BGS)
1830 Phi Alpha Theta Induction History Honor Society, Crozet Sub Mess, Invitation only.
(MAJ Johnson)