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12-3-08

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Laurie Fiegel, Honors Program, (515) 294-4292, lfiegel@iastate.edu

Stephanie Burbridge, College of Human Sciences honors student, smburb@iastate.edu

Teddi Barron, News Service, (515) 294-4778, tbarron@iastate.edu

ISU's best and brightest show their work at the Honors Poster Presentation Thursday

AMES, Iowa -- As a child, Stephanie Burbridge spent countless hours riding in the car between her divorced parents' homes in Iowa and Missouri. Now the Iowa State University senior has turned that experience into her honors project -- a book for use as a therapy tool for children dealing with their parents' divorce.

Burbridge is one of 32 Iowa State honors students who will showcase their academic talents during the fall 2008 Honors Poster Presentation from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

Whether students conduct a scientific research study or create a piece of music, the required honors project is an integral part of a student's honors education, said Laurie Fiegel, who directs Iowa State's Honors Program.

"The project provides honors students the opportunity to create a scholarly work or creative project that is the culmination of their education, and to work closely with a faculty member throughout the process," Fiegel said.

"The projects involve a wide variety of subjects and can take on many forms. They are amazing and creative projects that reflect students' interests, intellect and hard work," Fiegel said.

Among the projects this year are an investigation of whether or not wearing a backpack destabilizes gait, a study of the relationship between nutrition and cognition in Iowa centenarians, a look at the truth behind lie detectors and a travel guide of Iowa's commercial and public horticultural establishments.

Burbridge, a senior in elementary education, said she selected a project that would "truly be a culminating experience of my time at Iowa State and my years spent in school."

Her project, "Meeting the Needs of Children of Divorce Through Literature," includes not only the 32-page book -- which she wrote, illustrated and bound -- but also a paper that outlines her research on children's emotional experiences during divorce and the use of books as a therapy tool for children.

"I am a child of divorce and spent hours upon hours in the car driving between my parents' houses in Iowa City and Lake St. Louis, Mo.," Burbridge said. "On the drive, we had special landmarks to help mark our journey. I set out to write a book incorporating that physical journey with the emotional journey as well."

Each two-page spread describes a little girl's physical journey on the left page and her emotional journey on the right.

"The left pages are in order of the towns we passed on the way and the illustrations are the landmarks--my mom's favorite barn or the toll booth where she always let me pay," Burbridge said. "The right pages, which tell the emotional journey, are the little girl's journal, complete with doodles."

Burbridge used a software program to convert her own photos of the landmarks along the route into sketches and watercolors.

"While this book appears to be a picture book, it's not the type you would sit down and read to a fourth grade class," she said. "I wrote it as a book that could be used as a therapy tool for children who are struggling through the difficulties and tragedy of their parents' divorce. And before writing the book, I set out on my own journey to find research supporting the project."

She found out everything she could about what children go through when their parents divorce.

"I found that most children react as though they are experiencing a death of sorts. They typically cycle through states of grief, which I addressed in the book."

Burbridge, who has math, reading and coaching endorsements, will graduate next spring following a semester of student teaching.

As far as publishing her book, Burbridge says she'll see how it is received at the presentation.

"I'm very proud of it and my family and friends who have graciously edited it for me seem to like it, so it might make it in the mail [to a publisher] some day!"

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Fall 2008
Honors graduates and project posters

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dormancy Heterogeneity (Heteroblasty) Among Chenopodium album Seeds of a Common Population
Lindsey Altenhofen, biology

Utilization of a 2-Dimensional Computer Model for the Investigation of Wetland Hydraulics
Edward Bulliner, environmental science

Prion Homolog Sequence Analysis
Allison Hannen, agricultural biochemistry

The Iowa Gardener's Travel Guide
Kelly Norris, horticulture

Non-Random Selection of Microhabitat and Likelihood of Germination for Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata) Dispersed Castilla elastica Seeds
Erin Wessling, animal ecology

College of Business

L'art du commerce: Consumerism and the Department Store in 19th Century France
Gina Ambrose, marketing, international business, French

Looking into the Truth Behind Lie Detectors
Holly Andersen, accounting, interdisciplinary studies

RFID Personal Media Inventory System
Trey Mason, management information systems

The Internet as a Source of Financial Information
Whitney Rock, finance

The Effect of Stock Repurchase Announcements on Share Price
Sarah Sletten, finance, agricultural business

Political, Environmental, and Cultural Effects of the Summer Olympics on China
Vivien Tse, accounting, statistics

Courtside to the Courtroom: The Application of the Law to Professional Sports
Nathan Zahrt, finance, marketing

College of Design

Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: A Sustainable Design Option to Growing Urban Communities in Iowa
Jason Grimm, landscape architecture, environmental studies

Disaster Mitigation: Iowa Flood Plain Management and the Designer's Role
Keihly Moore, architecture professional degree, environmental studies

Case Studies in Stream Restoration by Students
Stephanie Nelson, landscape architecture, environmental studies

A Photographic Analysis of Finnish Interior Design
Lia Plakke, interior design

Escuela Esperanza en San Juan, Puerto Rico
Nalena Santiago, architecture professional degree, environmental studies

Local Business Identity Analysis and Redesign
Jillian Stevens, graphic design, advertising

College of Engineering

Analysis and Reuse of Membrane Filter Wastewater
Samuel Cotter, civil engineering

Public Policy and Residential Construction Inspection
Taylor Hopper, civil engineering

An Exercise of Sensor Networks for Autonomous Vehicle Parking
Cory Kleinheksel, computer engineering

Modeling and Visualization of Diesel Engine Combustion and Emissions
Noah Van Dam, mechanical engineering

College of Human Sciences

U.N. Millennium Development Goals Web Quests
Lauren Adams, family and consumer sciences education studies

Meeting the Needs of Children of Divorce through Literature
Stephanie Burbridge, elementary education

The Food Industry's Response to New FDA Regulations Regarding Trans Fatty Acids
Elizabeth Starrett, food science

Cognition and Nutrition in Iowa Centenarians
Laura Temple, child, adult and family services

Service Learning Programs for Cancer Survivors
Erin Thole, dietetics

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Brochures for Immigrants that are Second Language Learners
Kristina Daggett, Spanish

Ladies' Home Journal and LIFE: How Did These Publications Impact Women During World War II
Emily Keats, journalism and mass communication

Examination of the Implementation Iowa's Safe Schools Law in Rural vs. Urban and Suburban School Districts
Kellie Kendrick, Spanish, mathematics

Gait Stability While Wearing a Backpack
Allison Walk, biology

Quick look

Thirty-two honors students will showcase their academic talents during the fall 2008 Honors Poster Presentation from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Projects include a therapy-tool book for children dealing with divorce, an investigation of whether or not wearing a backpack destabilizes gait, a study of the relationship between nutrition and cognition in Iowa centenarians, a look at the truth behind lie detectors and a travel guide of Iowa's commercial and public horticultural establishments.

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"They are amazing and creative projects that reflect students' interests, intellect and hard work."

Laurie Fiegel
Honors program director