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Clark Atlanta University
The Panther April 15-30, 2017 3
Students showcase skills during annual Research and Innovation Week
Photo by Curtis McDowell
Student presents project at symposium during second annual Research and Innovation Week.
By Alysha Conner and Alexis Cranford
Each year Clark Atlanta University hosts
a Research and Innovation Week that includes
a range of activities that occur throughout the
campus, that involves hard work and research
conducted by many Atlanta University Center
students in various majors and classifications.
Research and Innovation week is a
weeklong activity to showcase the importance
of research and how it is used in all aspects of
life. Events took place from March 27-31 where
AUC students, both graduate and undergraduate,
were able to present their projects.
The week kicked off with the
GIS Symposium on Monday, Graduate
Research Symposium on Tuesday, CURC’S
Undergraduate Research Symposium on
Wednesday, CIED Hackathon & Pitch
Competition on Thursday, concluding with the
CAU Art Museum on Friday.
In the all-day symposium in the Exhibition
Hall of the Thomas W. Cole Research Center,
all academic majors were able to participate
under the direction of a Clark Atlanta faculty
member. More than 10 students eagerly present
ed their information in front of other contestants
and a host of judges in hopes of winning the
monetary prize for each category.
Micah Smith, a freshman, Criminal Justice
major from Detroit, participated in the sympo
sium and said it was an awesome experience.
Smith presented her project on Breast Cancer
awareness amongst African-American women.
Smith’s project addressed the social problem
that disproportionally affects African-American
“Researchers like myself want to know
why breast cancer strikes African-American
women more than other races,” Smith stated.
Smith says she was inspired by an old pro
fessor, Dr. Michael Woodard, to conduct the
research and submit it to the CURC.
Although Smith did not win she said she
gained a lot of knowledge from this experience
and promises to continue her research in breast
cancer amongst African- American woman.
The winners of the symposium were announced
the following day. First Place: “Transformation
and Purification of Plasmid DNA in Prostate
Cancer,” by Latifa Liburd, Biology, senior, and
Jade McCombs, Biology, senior. Second Place:
“Simultaneous Inhibition of Arly Hydrocarbon
Receptor (AhR) Src abolishes androgen recep
tor,” by Alexis Carey, Biology, freshman. Third
Place: “Computational Study of the Binding of
Histidine and Proline with Graphene,” by Tay
lor Dorlus, Chemistry, junior.
Some of the other research topics dis
cussed during the oral presentations were: “An
Early Analysis of Black Millennial’s Political
Participation during the Trump Era,” “A Seat
at the Table: Analysis of Systematic Exclusion
Based on Race and Sexual Orientation in Clin
ical Trials,” “The Fashion Industry’s Effect on
Black Expression: Analysis of AUC Students,”
and “You Reap What You Sow: Black Women
and the Prosperity Gospel.”
Breighlynn Polk, CAU senior and
History major, presented her research on “But
as for Me and My House: An Analysis of the
Black Family Living in Jim Crow America.”
Her analysis depicted the “Exploration of the
importance of the Black family during Jim
Crow relies on the falsified accusations of
Black parenthood made in the 1965 Moynihan
Report in relation to memoirs and oral accounts
of African Americans who raised their children
during the enforcement of Jim Crow laws.”
Essentially, the purpose for her research
was to convey the importance of the black
family raising their children in the Deep South,
while also attending to the truths behind the
living contradictions of the black family. She
touched bases on the “Lack of education for the
Negro led to the division of the black family,
black men held no respect by their white
counterparts, black sons did not look up to their
fathers, black women distrusted the presence of
black men.” She further detailed how activism,
organizations, and leadership all influence the
Polk, as well as the many other
participants, assured their research would not
conclude with the CAU Symposium. Furthering
their educational training and conducting a
more in depth research on their topics, was
popularly mentioned. In doing so, participants
subconsciously acknowledged that their
topic was a field of study that speaks to their
inquisitive minds andtheir passion to alleviate
racial and social disparity, bringing unspoken
truths to the light.
Brianna Bailey, senior Criminal Justice
major, attendee of the symposium, said, “My
overall experience of the research symposium
was delightful. I was able to witness my fellow
classmates provide detailed explanations of
certain theories and research. The participants
were allowed the perfect amount of time, which
made it easier to capture and keep the attention
of the audience.”
Alumni discuss *Life after CAU’
By Alix Young
CAU Alumni returned to their home ground to share their post-graduation
experience with fellow students recently.
Life after CAU was a panel discussion presented by the senior class council
‘Elite 17’ designed for the future alumni to mingle with alumni, network and discuss what
life is really like after graduation.
“With a little under two months left until graduation, it’s time to start solidifying
plans for life after CAU,” senior Vice President Ariana French stated.
The event took place on March 28 in the Thomas Cole Boardroom. Although the
senior class council hosted the event, all classifications were welcomed. Paige Crumbie,
Marquez Davis, Onya Hankins, Crystal Helton and Kori Vines led the roundtable
discussion and spoke about both their personal experiences and accomplishments since
graduating. Tracey Paggett, who is the Program Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority
Life/Clubs, was also a speaker.
An estimated 30 students showed up where they listened to alumni give advice and
tips on how to be successful after walking the stage. The six alumni each told their own
story followed by a question and answer segment at the end where they answered any
questions regarding a post-graduation life.
Kori Vines graduated in May 2015 with a B.A. in Computer Science. Shortly after
graduation, he secured a job at General Motors IT Innovation Center where he works as a
Vines said he was honored to be invited back to speak at his alma mater. "This
event was great and I hope I was able to make some type of impact and provide valuable
information. Always remember, there is life after college.” Vines said.
Senior Psychology major Tataneshia Middleton says that the discussion provided
her with helpful tips and she thought it was very beneficial.