2016 MEHA Conference

Earlier this month, six of our Honor students joined Dr. Peter Bradley and Charlie Malone in attending the 2016 MEHA Conference. This year it was held in Indiana. A special congratulations goes out to Jordan Dawkins for earning 2nd place for her poster. Below are descriptions of the presentations and posters provided by the Honors students who attended as well as pictures from the event taken by our very own Nicole Outman.

MEHA Presentations:

Kyle Denney, The Future of Computing 

The personal computer is rapidly approaching the theoretical limit of computing speed, so how will future computers be more efficient? Cloud computing, and other new trends will be discussed as the next step in the evolution of computers.

Nicole Outman, Socialization of Gender and Later Implications

We often learn gender roles through socializing agents such as the media and the games children play. Topics include Disney princesses and common childhood video games. The changing definition of masculinity, the changing body value of men and the degree to which it is appropriate to display femininity are considered.

MEHA Posters:

Tiffany Schack, Data Analytics in Operations Management 

The project features how applying data analytics to operations of a company or organization can affect the efficiency and success of operations management. The various strategies covered in this poster include modeling for inventory management, statistical applications in quality management, and analytical tools for supply chain management.

Aryn Cowley, Establishment of 2nd Order Class: Vertical Control Network and Comparative Study of Elevation Data 

In any survey project, it is important to have an accurate vertical control network to base all other measurements from. In this project, four monuments on Ferris State University’s campus were used to establish a 2nd order Vertical Control Network and then compared to other elevation measurement techniques.

Jordan Dawkins, Study Patterns of Honors vs. Non-Honors Students 

Provide the results of a statistical study to learn about the study habits of honors and non-honors students. Participants reported their daily study hours, semester credit hour total, and midterm grades. The data was used to compute statistical values and create graphs. The results are not what you might expect.

Rebekah Betts, Rethinking Alzheimer’s: Advancing Pharmaceutical Prevention and Treatment by Understanding Alzheimer’s as a Metabolic Disease

There is currently no effective cure or standardized prevention for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Growing evidence show that AD is a fundamentally metabolic disease. Analysis of the mechanisms of emerging drug therapies can help characterize the disease process on a cellular level and guide treatment and prevention measures.