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Students showcase research during 'Posters at the Capitol'
Posters at the Capitol

JOHNSON CITY (March 8, 2018) – Seven students from East Tennessee State University recently traveled to Nashville to share their unique research projects with legislators during the annual “Posters at the Capitol” event.

Sponsored by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee System, Posters at the Capitol has two goals – expose legislators to underMeet graduate researchers and expose students to their legislators. Since 2006, undergraduate students from six Tennessee universities have been selected to showcase their research and represent their hometowns at the event.

ETSU student attendees at the 2018 Posters at the Capitol include:

Jeff Banks, a military veteran and anthropology major from Telford, explored the status of quilting in Appalachia today. Through interviews and observations of quilting groups and organizations, Banks discovered that quilting remains an important aspect of community service and continues to be an important folk art.

Psychology major Jessica Chambers of Dandridge surveyed undergraduate students at ETSU to determine whether anxiety and depression associated with childhood emotional abuse decreases if religious social support is available during childhood. Chambers also considered gender and ethnicity as part of her study.

Dustin Gilmer, a physics student from Kingsport, teamed up with fellow interns at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to analyze a new binder system that could significantly impact manufacturing and medical industries. The researchers discovered increased strength and greater flexibility in geometric design when using the new binder’s difunctional monomer rather than inkjet technology.

Through his evaluation of Tennessee higher educational institutions’ use of school tobacco policies, political science student Holden Guy found that no best practice policy instrument exists. Guy, from Lebanon, used literature reviews and focus groups to develop a rating system for 108 school tobacco policies across the state.

Luke Hiester, a computing major from Kingsport, investigated file fragment classification. When testing neural network models for their strength and success in recognizing arbitrary patterns, Hiester was not able to identify a model accurate enough to function as a large-scale universal file fragment classifier.

Engineering technology student J.P. Mitra of Johnson City analyzed the accuracy of project estimation methods used for two construction projects at ETSU - the William B. Greene Jr. Stadium and the Martin Center for the Arts. Mitra’s research included a discussion of how current estimation methods can be improved.  

Rebekah Pearson, a sport management student, addressed the lack of scholarly research on the continuance of baseball as being America’s Pastime. A native of Maryville, Pearson looked at the development of emotional attachment to the sport, what causes it to change and how a shift in attachment could impact baseball’s financial future.

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