2012 Student Achievement Showcase’s Featured Presenter


Dr. Mark BrownThe featured presenter at this year’s Showcase will be:
Mark A. Brown, PhD, Colorado State University
Professor of Molecular Oncology, Department of Clinical Sciences Director, Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry Faculty, Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Degree Program Honors Professor

Mark Brown was born and raised in north Texas. He obtained his bachelor of science in resource management from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and had a short career as a field biologist before returning to graduate school. He obtained a masters in biochemistry and molecular biology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC where he also conducted a fellowship at the Lombardi Cancer Center. He subsequently earned his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Texas in Austin before entering the pharmaceutical industry.

In 2008, he returned to Fort Collins, Colorado and joined the faculty of Colorado State University (CSU). He is currently on faculty as an Assistant Professor of Molecular Oncology at CSU’s Cancer Center. Dr. Brown is also the Director of CSU’s Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry and he has joint faculty appointments in CSU’s Honors Program, Cell and Molecular Biology Program, and the Department of Ethnic Studies.




His research uses small molecule technology to develop therapeutics for the treatment of colorectal, hepatocellular, and breast carcinomas. Outside CSU, Dr. Brown serves as a consultant for the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. He enjoys fly-fishing, climbing, and skiing.


Showcase Art

By R. Garza Showcase Blogger
Five-year old, Destiny Read, was admiring the artwork on the bottom floor of CCAC, and I had to ask her about her thoughts.
 Lauren Bog’s “All LIned Up”- Destiny, in awe, “This is SO pretty. Look at all those colors.”
 Hannah Hogan’s “Untitled” – Destiny, gently touching the photograph, “The red in the
clouds is cool!”
Nice job ladies. And thank you Destiny

The Showcase Kicks Off

By R. Garza Showcase Blogger
It’s 9:30 a.m., and the hallways of CCAC are milling with students, faculty, and community members.
President Summerlin’s welcome hit the bulls eye! “Looking at all of the displays is just the surface and one can only speculate as to the content.” He thanked many for their special efforts in the 1st Student Achievement Activity Showcase:
  • Provost, Dr. McCormick, for his visualization and support, and the opportunity to make more out of what the students are learning
  • Dr. Distel, for his coordination and undergraduate research taskforce
  • Rex Quick, for our interactive online showcase blog component
  • Dr. Vines, winner of the Whitehurst Teaching Award, for her integrated education team, and for securing our keynote speaker.
  • Dr. Cramer, for their logistics and planning
  • And above all, the students! “We can plan and organize, just like a dinner. But without food it’s not a dinner. There is nothing without the research results, the scholarship display, and the creativity.”

Showcase Schedule



8:00-5:00   The Library’s Sun Porch will be reserved for completing the Research Practices Survey (RPS), which is designed to assess student’s skills, attitudes, and approaches to using information sources in academic research. In addition to refreshments, hourly prize drawings will take place for individuals who complete the survey on April 24th in the library.
8:00-9:00   Assessment Activities
9:00-9:30   Set-up for Posters
9:30-9:35   President Offers Welcome
9:30-10:30   Poster Presentation in CCAC Ballrooms
10:45-11:30   Panel Presentation #1
11:40-12:25   Panel Presentation #2
12:25-1:10   Lunch
1:10-2:10   Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Brown
2:10-3:15   Administration of ETS Proficiency Profile to Seniors
Open time for Assessment for other students
3:30-4:30   Performances:
3:30 Hills Like White Elephants: A One Act Interpretation, CCAC Movie Theater
3:45 Schreiner String Trio, CCAC Ballrooms
4:00 H. McDonald – Musical composition using Sibelius, CCAC Ballrooms
4:15 Schreiner Concert Band Ensemble, CCAC Ballrooms

The entire campus community will turn out to support the student presentations as well as friends of the University and local community members.

Don’t forget to leave some feedback for the student presenters on this site!

The Evaluation of the Use of a Simulated Environment and Other Pedagogies In the Development of Critical Thinking, and the Effectiveness of Curricular Interventions in the Development of Critical Thought

Student: William Keaton, students involved: those students who consented to participate in all 6 units of IDST 2305.

This research’s purpose is to evaluate the effectiveness of varying pedagogies for the instruction of critical thinking. In the body of knowledge on the development of critical thinking, specific course interventions have largely been found to be ineffective in the development of critical thinking. In this research offers an analysis of the effectiveness of pedagogies currently used in the instruction of critical thinking units offered at Schreiner University.

Particular attention is given to the experimental active learning pedagogy, using a virtual simulation used by the Logon to Logic project, in comparison other pedagogies. This research serves as the beginning of further projects, evaluating the pedagogy, and offering methods for how to in the future evaluate the results in inter and intra course differences. Based on these results, recommendations are made for further development and research.

Muhammad and Celebrities and Bear Costumes, oh my!: A Semiotic Analysis of the South Park 201st Episode Controversy

Student: Josh Shudra

On April 2nd, 2010, South Park aired their controversial 201st episode in which the prophet Muhammad was kidnapped and taken hostage.  The episode garnered controversy for its censorship because of a perceived threat against the South Park creators by Muslim group, Revolution Muslim.  My research uses a Semiotic analysis of the South Park episode and the response by Revolution Muslim from their now defunct website.  My goal is to show and explain the reasons that drove the controversy in regards to the depiction of Muhammad.

Computer Forensics Demonstration

Students: Chris Machicek, Cody Bates

We will be preforming data recovery on a flash drive that has had critical documents like programs, projects and term papers accidentally deleted or written over.  We will provide an instructional demonstration on how to do data recovery with free software and save you a big headache if something was to happen to your files become deleted. Also provide the audience with a printout containing step by step instructions on how to preform data recovery.


By R. Garza Showcase Blogger

Computer Forensics:
So you think you lost all of you hard work. Feel like Gibbs just slapped you in the head?
The guys  in J Jackson’s IS2270 showed an amazing display with a USB drive!
It looked blank, and with a click of a few buttons, BAM! The photos were back, the word files were back!
Then they explained how people can transfer hidden information to each other.
        Let’s say you’re a criminal, or a just love computers and can’t stop learning everything they can do, and you want to send a message to a friend but you don’t want anyone to “happen” upon it. Well you can hide it in a photo without changing the photo.
  • jpeg photos with an entire word document inside of it
  • colors are represented as 0’s and 1’s and just by changing some of the last, insignificant, numbers you can put the document in the photo
  • no noticable change of color occurs
  • and as long as who you are sending it to has the extraction program, they can retrieve the information
WOW! What these guys learned is extremely valuable. Man, I want to take this class!

The Scandalous Cowboy Named Herman Cain

Student: Taylor Salaz

On October 30th  Herman Cain was approached by various news sources about 2 women who received monetary settlements after complaining that they were sexually harassed by Cain when he was head of the NRA (National Restaurant Association).

Political cartoon theory analyzes how political cartoons use graphic and comical images to change the audience’s public perception of the character in the cartoon. In order to find these persuasive elements, this study will look at the pathos, ethos, and logos appeals of rhetorical criticism used by public speakers.

Some Basic findings from cartoon A, which is analyzed in more depth later. The ethos appeal is that Cain has no credibility because he is being held back from the microphone by the secret service. The Pathos appeal is that Cain is showing the emotion of fear because he doesn’t want to say anything else into the microphone that can further ruin his reputation. The logos appeal is that Cain cannot be trusted because the statements that he said about the harassment were continually changing and not logical. Implications to this study are that each author portrays Cain in a different light thus the persuasive criticism appeals may be different from one cartoon to the next.