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Process: Creation and Destruction - VAC AUDITORIUM

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7-5-2022 3:00 PM

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7-5-2022 3:50 PM

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VAC Auditorium

Alyssa Ennis, Will it Cyanotype?: An Exploration of Process Over Product

This project of over 40 pieces is the direct result of embracing the mindset of childlike curiosity paired with an unfamiliar medium during a month-long period of personal reflection. Cyanotype is a photographic process that is over a century old and allows the artist to create an impression of whatever is on the surface of chemically coated paper under ultraviolet rays. This project allowed me to lean into my failures and nurture the questions I had about both the environment around me and the limits of the cyanotype process. What kinds of things are in Tinker creek? What happens if you mix egg whites into cyanotype chemicals? Will my hands ever not be stained blue? Will it cyanotype? The accessibility of this process mixed with personal burn out in other mediums sparked a creative drive I had yet to experience in my college art career. This process forced me to let go of control and appreciate the messy, sometimes objectively hideous, outcomes of my work. After a month of creating cyanotypes nearly every day, I am left with more questions than answers. However, something I am sure to keep asking is: will it cyanotype?

Tram Nguyen and Uyen Nguyen Thanh, Stereoselectivity Glycosylation via Dynamic Kinetic Resolution


A newly effective method of synthesis of glycosyl compounds is urgently needed because controlling stereoselectivity of newly formed glycosidic bond is challenging. Differences in stereochemistry can alter a compound’s biological activity. Several studies on synthesis carbohydrates have been published. However, they either required tedious purification process or gave relatively low percent yield of total synthesis as only one single anomer can be converted to desired products. Therefore, we want to come up with a different stereoselectivity approach to the glycosylation reaction. The main goal of this project is to develop a new method for obtaining pure anomers of glycosylation products from a mixture of α and β anomers using dynamic kinetic resolution. The method allows one isomer to convert to another with a faster reaction rate resulting in product formation with a theoretical yield of 100%. The research will provide a practical solution to overcome the long-standing problem of controlling carbohydrate stereoselectivity.

Isabella Palmisano, Hyperbolic Geometry and Exploration of Mathematical Topology Through Crochet

The goal of exploring mathematical forms through crochet is to produce and explain mathematical objects and concepts to a general audience by allowing them to interact with a variety of crocheted items. Crochet was chosen as the method for representing the objects due to the sturdiness of crocheted surfaces and the ability to manipulate the crocheted objects in a way computer graphics cannot be manipulated. By crocheting different variations of a hyperbolic plane, with varying stitch ratios, one can observe how a hyperbolic plane is affected by exponential growth rate. One can observe that the fewer stitches a hyperbolic crochet pattern has between stitch increases, the more pronounced a hyperbolic plane’s “curls”. By having two crocheted mobius bands that are mirror-imaged, one can also illustrate the concept of how a Klein bottle is formed. Where one might have difficulty imagining a surface that has no distinction between inside and outside, by providing a craft-based visual representation, one can highlight the mathematical properties that go into composing the object.

Natalia Sarram, "Safe as Life": Memory, Trauma, and the Desperate Quest for Security in The Raven Cycle

This thesis discusses Maggie Stiefvater’s 2012-2016 YA series The Raven Cycle and its dependence on Freud’s theory of repetition compulsion in the way that it handles trauma, memory, and cycles of destruction. As I will examine throughout this presentation, cyclical natures of time and repetition can demonstrate inescapable harm, rather than a paradise, in children’s fiction. These books function as an example of the difficulties and inescapable nature of trauma that persists. Assessing each of the main characters' relationships with repetition and trauma, I seek to do a literary analysis and use Freud’s concept to examine themes of memory, adolescence, temporality, and recovery. This series cloaks itself as a traditional quest narrative, but then quickly flips itself into a ‘rebel’ narrative and subverts our expectations. In doing so, it creates a darker, more uncertain space about the topic of recovery in YA. Ultimately, this work aims to analyze the specificities within The Raven Cycle and its characters, as well as speak to where the series fits within the children’s literature canon and if and how it moves the genre of YA literature forward.

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May 7th, 3:00 PM May 7th, 3:50 PM

Process: Creation and Destruction - VAC AUDITORIUM

VAC Auditorium

VAC Auditorium

Alyssa Ennis, Will it Cyanotype?: An Exploration of Process Over Product

This project of over 40 pieces is the direct result of embracing the mindset of childlike curiosity paired with an unfamiliar medium during a month-long period of personal reflection. Cyanotype is a photographic process that is over a century old and allows the artist to create an impression of whatever is on the surface of chemically coated paper under ultraviolet rays. This project allowed me to lean into my failures and nurture the questions I had about both the environment around me and the limits of the cyanotype process. What kinds of things are in Tinker creek? What happens if you mix egg whites into cyanotype chemicals? Will my hands ever not be stained blue? Will it cyanotype? The accessibility of this process mixed with personal burn out in other mediums sparked a creative drive I had yet to experience in my college art career. This process forced me to let go of control and appreciate the messy, sometimes objectively hideous, outcomes of my work. After a month of creating cyanotypes nearly every day, I am left with more questions than answers. However, something I am sure to keep asking is: will it cyanotype?

Tram Nguyen and Uyen Nguyen Thanh, Stereoselectivity Glycosylation via Dynamic Kinetic Resolution


A newly effective method of synthesis of glycosyl compounds is urgently needed because controlling stereoselectivity of newly formed glycosidic bond is challenging. Differences in stereochemistry can alter a compound’s biological activity. Several studies on synthesis carbohydrates have been published. However, they either required tedious purification process or gave relatively low percent yield of total synthesis as only one single anomer can be converted to desired products. Therefore, we want to come up with a different stereoselectivity approach to the glycosylation reaction. The main goal of this project is to develop a new method for obtaining pure anomers of glycosylation products from a mixture of α and β anomers using dynamic kinetic resolution. The method allows one isomer to convert to another with a faster reaction rate resulting in product formation with a theoretical yield of 100%. The research will provide a practical solution to overcome the long-standing problem of controlling carbohydrate stereoselectivity.

Isabella Palmisano, Hyperbolic Geometry and Exploration of Mathematical Topology Through Crochet

The goal of exploring mathematical forms through crochet is to produce and explain mathematical objects and concepts to a general audience by allowing them to interact with a variety of crocheted items. Crochet was chosen as the method for representing the objects due to the sturdiness of crocheted surfaces and the ability to manipulate the crocheted objects in a way computer graphics cannot be manipulated. By crocheting different variations of a hyperbolic plane, with varying stitch ratios, one can observe how a hyperbolic plane is affected by exponential growth rate. One can observe that the fewer stitches a hyperbolic crochet pattern has between stitch increases, the more pronounced a hyperbolic plane’s “curls”. By having two crocheted mobius bands that are mirror-imaged, one can also illustrate the concept of how a Klein bottle is formed. Where one might have difficulty imagining a surface that has no distinction between inside and outside, by providing a craft-based visual representation, one can highlight the mathematical properties that go into composing the object.

Natalia Sarram, "Safe as Life": Memory, Trauma, and the Desperate Quest for Security in The Raven Cycle

This thesis discusses Maggie Stiefvater’s 2012-2016 YA series The Raven Cycle and its dependence on Freud’s theory of repetition compulsion in the way that it handles trauma, memory, and cycles of destruction. As I will examine throughout this presentation, cyclical natures of time and repetition can demonstrate inescapable harm, rather than a paradise, in children’s fiction. These books function as an example of the difficulties and inescapable nature of trauma that persists. Assessing each of the main characters' relationships with repetition and trauma, I seek to do a literary analysis and use Freud’s concept to examine themes of memory, adolescence, temporality, and recovery. This series cloaks itself as a traditional quest narrative, but then quickly flips itself into a ‘rebel’ narrative and subverts our expectations. In doing so, it creates a darker, more uncertain space about the topic of recovery in YA. Ultimately, this work aims to analyze the specificities within The Raven Cycle and its characters, as well as speak to where the series fits within the children’s literature canon and if and how it moves the genre of YA literature forward.