Scholars' Day Review

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Scholars' Day Review (2013-2015) was a faculty-juried journal showcasing the exceptional presentation papers of student scholars who participated in Monroe Community College's Scholars' Day.


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    Truss Tower Analysis: Static Analysis of a Truss Tower used to Support a Wind Turbine
    (Monroe Community College, 2014) Trout, John; Phillips, Carrie
    Due to the massive size of modern day wind turbines, the stability of their support towers is critical. This project examines structural forces present in a four-sided truss tower modeled as a support system for a wind turbine. Case I examined only forces due to the weight of the nacelle and rotor, while Case II also incorporated lateral wind force. All forces were idealized as concentrated forces and theoretic analysis was completed using static equilibrium concepts and truss/frame analysis techniques. A PASCO Structure kit was used to construct a model and validate theoretical findings. Weights were applied to the model and the resulting axial forces were measured using load cells. Experimental data concurred with the theoretical analysis within the measured uncertainty, indicating the tower was accurately analyzed as a frame/truss structure. Case I found support forces were isolated to only the vertical members while Case II showed significant axial forces on both vertical and diagonal members local to the applied wind force. Findings indicate that several considerations should be taken into account when designing such support systems, including tower geometry, length of structural members, nacelle orientation, and environmental conditions. Future analysis should incorporate tower dynamics and material properties.
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    Down to the Bristles: The Best Storage Method for Your Toothbrush
    (Monroe Community College, 2014) Barnett, Tina; Iascone, Stephanie; Wilson, Tricia
    Based on new technology, often dental hygienists are faced with the question of, “What is the best storage method for toothbrushes?” It is important for dental patients to know how to properly store their toothbrushes to prevent exposure to other harmful environmental bacteria, such as Escherichia Coli (E. coli). The purpose of this experiment was to assess the most effective storage method by determining which one produced the least amount of environmental bacteria. This simple experiment utilized six methods of storage: American Dental Association’s recommendation to keep stored in a dry, upright environment, dipped in antiseptic mouth rinse then placed in a holder in the bathroom, a Steri-Pod, a traditional travel holder, a UV sanitizer, and one simply placed in a toothbrush holder. Each toothbrush was unused and placed in the same bathroom within the designated storage method. One brush was cultured at the start of the experiment to determine a baseline for the amount of bacteria naturally occurring on packaged toothbrushes. After two weeks, a culture was taken from each of the brushes and allowed ample time to grow. The growth was visually measured, counted, and compared. We hypothesize that the toothbrush dipped in antiseptic mouthwash will produce the least amount of bacterial growth.
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    Scholars' Day Review vol. 3 frontmatter
    (Monroe Community College, 2015) Unknown author
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    Exploring Low Cost Multirotor Construction
    (Monroe Community College, 2015) Van Slyke, Timothy
    A small, low-cost multirotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was constructed with the goal of optimizing capabilities while adhering to several design constraints. The multirotor UAV was able to deliver a payload to a set location after flying through several obstacles. In order to maintain the integrity of the constraints, ½ in PVC pipe and ABS plastic was used for fabricated parts. Several components were purchased through commercial vendors and modified specifically for integration with the flight system. The use of novel software and electronic components was essential to the completion of the project. The flight controller selected for the multirotor UAV, the CC3D (CopterControl 3D), uses an open source graphical interface designed specifically for programming radio controlled flight systems. The electronic and mechanical systems had to be developed in tandem so the quad copter could perform optimally. The multirotor UAV was able to outperform its competitors in Monroe Community College’s first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle competition.
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    Pedagogy for the Incarcerated: Augmenting the Socratic Method in Inmate Rehabilitation
    (Monroe Community College, 2015) Goldberg, Joshua
    This essay discusses the use of the Socratic Method in criminal rehabilitation. Ample scholarly research discusses the modern programs and pedagogies employed in many US prisons such as cognitive therapy, but the work of Peter Boghossian suggests that the Socratic Method is similarly effective in helping inmates improve critical and moral reasoning. This essay expands upon Boghossian’s research through the work of Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed in conjunction with Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” from The Republic. A synthesis of the ideas from these works begins to reveal the source of the Socratic Method’s effectiveness as well as informing and augmenting the pedagogy itself. Considering Freire’s ideas on oppressive ideologies as a major obstacle in inmate rehabilitation, an idea central to the “Allegory of the Cave,” leads to an understanding of the need to elevate not only critical and moral reasoning in inmates but conscientizaçāo—learning to perceive and act upon social, political, and economic contradictions. By developing these critical aspects of consciousness, inmates have the ability to not only integrate themselves into society, but begin their own critical transformations of the world around them.
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