Works in Progress: Lightning Rounds*

*In-Person presentation and individual presenter option only

Are you new to research, getting started with your project or may not have any results/conclusions? This presentation mode might just be for you! Participants who choose to present via this format will offer a brief, 5-to-7-minute presentation of their research work that is in progress. No conclusions or results needed or expected. The goal is to provide presenters with the opportunity gain skills to present their research ideas and work progress in a succinct and timed format in a low-risk environment, for the audience to receive a synopsis of the research work. Presenters can choose to outline the inquiry, methodology, expected (or collected) data or process they want to summarize for the audience. 

Only individual presenters (no co-presenting groups) will have the opportunity to select this format. There is no virtual option and individuals must present in-person. The presentation location for this platform will be held at the Price Science Commons Visualization Lab (Vizlab) Presentation slides (five slides maximum) may accompany the presentation, but slides are not required.  There will be a PowerPoint slide template provided for this format, that needs to be converted to PDF format for the presentation. 

Examples of Works in Progress Presentations

“What does being Latino/Latina/Latinx mean to you?”: A Thematic Analysis of Oregon Latinx Students and their Ethnic Identity (2020) 

Maya Auld 

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This 2019 study uses thematic analysis to analyze the responses of 495 Oregon Latinx high school students to the question: “What does it mean to you to be Latina/o/x?” Themes present in open-ended responses represent all levels of the Bronfenbrenner’s (1977) ecological model and include themes of internal characteristics, interpersonal interactions, and sociocultural influences and codes, such as culture, pride, community, family, language, and resistance. Exploration of relationships between themes of pride, a component of positive regard and ethnic racial identity (ERI), academic achievement, and participation in M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán) revealed a significant relationship between M.E.Ch.A. participation and responses coded for ‘pride’. Watch this presentation here.

The Transmission of Ecological Knowledge Through Star Myths (2020) 

Caryssa Dieni 

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This project investigates how hunting-and-gathering peoples used the stars to predict seasonal availability of wild resources and how myth and narrative is employed to transmit this knowledge. Surveying a cross-cultural sample of forager story collections for etiological star narratives, this study found story collections for 74 different forager culture regions, 44 (59.5%) of which contained star narratives. Results indicate that star narratives consistently (1) provide information that facilitates identification of targeted asterisms, and (2) associate these asterisms with seasonal change and key resources, which was checked against ethnographic records. These complementary lines of evidence strongly suggest that star myths performed an ecological function in hunter-gatherer societies.

Underreporting Of Epidemic Rebound and Resurgent Malaria in Nine African Countries (2022) 

Idil Osman 

This project focuses on the underreporting of epidemic rebound and resurgent malaria in nine African countries over the span of a century. Currently, malaria resurgence and rebound, occurring when malaria returns to a region after having been successfully controlled, have a history of being under-counted and under-reported, especially in the African continent. This research attempts to fill in these gaps by providing an overview and analysis of malaria prevalence from 1920-2020 and documenting unreported cases of malaria resurgence.  

Volunteering at GrassRoots Garden: How to Grow Individual and Community Food Literacy (2022) 

Gabrielle Wille and Frida Graumann 

This project reports on personal experiences while volunteering at Food For Lane County’s GrassRoots Garden, a community-funded garden that primarily grows produce for donation and strives to educate its volunteers. It details the evolution of understanding gardening’s role in food insecurity and community food literacy. Inspired by Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, this research reveals the reciprocal relationship between individuals or communities and gardening. As much as we can do for a garden, a garden can do for us.  


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