Faculty Mentor:Julie Commerford
Pollen can be used in many ways, such as solving crimes or recreating past landscapes. Through analyzing 46 pollen samples that were extracted from Avery Lake, Illinois, we can see what life was like at different times at this location. This site is situated near Kincaid Mounds, which is the location of the historic Mississippian people. Time periods that were examined include the Little Ice Age (LIA), that took place from about 1300AD- 1800AD, and the Medieval Climate Anomaly (MCA), that took place from about 950AD-1250AD. By performing an analysis of variance (ANOVA) on the pollen counts for Hickory (Carya spp.) trees, I revealed that their presence at Avery Lake is driven by human activity, but unchanged during the LIA and MCA. Additionally, at the other end of the spectrum, the presence of Pine (Pinus spp.) trees at the site was directly driven by the climate and unimpacted by humans. Overall, arboreal pollen increases when humans are absent and non-arboreal pollen increases when humans are present.
Faculty Mentor's Name:Dr. Joseph Ofori Dankwa
College: College of Business
World Changers BATS Project Winter 2021
The Winter 2021 BATS Project brings together a variety of students from four different disciplines - business, arts, theater, and sociology. Three teams, the Vitito Fellows, First Ward Fellows, and the Art 390 students, have come together and formed one team, the World Changers, to accomplish three primary deliverables. First is our Community Deliverable wherein the Vitito Fellows and First Ward Fellows research and apply to board positions within Saginaw City and Saginaw Township where they can affect community change. Additionally, as part of this deliverable the Vitito and First Ward Fellows hold a community focus group meeting to pose questions and facilitate discussion in developing several suggestions and or issues relating to the boards and commissions we researched. Second is our Comic Deliverable where all three teams collaborate throughout the semester to develop and print a 48-page comic book showcasing the community visions of the First Ward Fellows. Finally, our third deliverable is that of our final presentation in the SVSU Student Showcase where we present the work we have done together this semester and what we, as the World Changers, have been able to accomplish through hard work, creativity, and leadership.