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St. Kate's students present research at the Minnesota Capitol

Delorianne Sander presents research from her studies in Iceland at the Minnesota Capitol Rotunda on Feb. 19, 2013.
Delorianne Sander presents research from her studies in Iceland at the Minnesota Capitol Rotunda on Feb. 19, 2013.
Photo by Minnesota Private College Council.

On Feb. 19, 2013, two students from St. Catherine University presented research on topics in the liberal arts at the Minnesota Capitol during the Private College Scholars at the Capitol event.

Delorianne Sander presented research on "Predicting the Effect of Climate Warming on Nitrogen Fixation and its Ecological Consequences in Aquatic Ecosystems," research that she completed with the guidance of Jill Welter, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biology.

For her research project, Sander evaluated the effect of temperature on nitrogen fixation in the Hengill watershed in Iceland, during a research trip to Iceland conducted during the summer.

Students participating in the research trip measured nitrogen fixation rates in eight streams to inform their research. They found a positive relationship between temperature and nitrogen fixation rates, suggesting that as temperatures rise, aquatic ecosystems may become nitrogen-enriched, with potentially profound effects on the services the ecosystems provide.

Lucille Russell worked with Louise Edwards-Simpson, Ph.D., mnpcsc2a professor in the Department of History at St. Kate's, to conduct research on the "Voices of Homelessness Project." The project has been used to collect, transcribe and preserve oral interviews to document stories of housing insecurity in homelessness from the local community. (Right, Lucille Russell explains her research in the Rotunda of the Minnesota Capitol.)

The "Voices of Homelessness" project enhances Minnesota’s cultural and historic resources by creating an accessible record of 15 to 20 personal stories from a diverse range of individuals who have faced the hardship of homelessness. It illuminates social and economic inequalities while dispelling myths and stereotypes about those who experience housing insecurity.

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Feb. 26, 2013 by Melissa Kaelin

See also: Faculty, Liberal Arts, Students