The Summer Seminar Series, held in SB1641 on Wednesdays at noon throughout the summer, is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to share ideas, enjoy fellowship, and learn over lunch.

Summer 2015

May 20

This Means War!: Why Contemporary Christian Musicians Turned from World Peace to Spiritual Warfare
Scott Culpepper, Presenter

Developing Tools to Facilitate Challenging Discussions: Biological Evolution and Earth History in the Christian Classroom
Robbin Eppinga and Channon Visscher, Presenters

May 27

Identity of Christian Education in the Mission Fields
Jay Shim, Presenter

Where is the Dordt College Class of 2014 Now?
Sarah Moss, Missy Mulder and Brandon Huisman, Presenters

June 3

Into the Acronymic World of Second Language Acquisition
Sanneke Kok, Presenter

Girls Volleyball Shoulder Injury Prevalence in Northwest Iowa High School Players
Chad Hansen, Kayt Frisch, Adam Conway, Chris Fagerness and Lindsay Hoogendoorn, Presenters

June 10

First Generation Students: Overcoming Obstacles
Jim Bos, Val Zonnefeld, Derek De Vries and Lucas Vander Berg, Presenters

Research in Iowa Core Curriculum: Economics & Financial Literacy
Thomas Beck, Presenter (Erica Vonk and Ed Starkenburg, Faculty Research Mentors)

June 17

Application Virtualization
Brian Van Donselaar, Jaris Visscher and Doug Tinklenberg, Presenters

Bringing Global Issues to Campus: Raising Awareness about Hunger in Academic Year 2015-16
Nathan Tintle

June 24

Global Agriculture Summit 2016: Opportunities for Dordt College
Dick Joerger, Presenter

The Chernobyl Project: A Radically Radioactive Review
Matthew Bolt, Presenter (Luralyn Helming, Faculty Research Mentor)

Chemistry of the Forming Moon
Travis Van Roekel, Presenter (Channon Visscher, Faculty Research Mentor)

July 1

What Role Does Mindset Play in Student Attitudes and Achievement
Val Zonnefeld, Presenter

Contemporary Applications of Neoplatonic Frameworks
Jenna Arkema and Bryce De Zwart, Presenters (John MacInnis, Faculty Research Mentor)

July 8

Glyphosate Resistance in Soil Bacteria from Northwest Iowa
Hannah Van Maanen and Seth Steenwyk, Presenters (Jeff Ploegstra, Faculty Research Mentor)

Viscous Fluid Motion in a Horizontally Rotating Cylinder
Kolter Bradshaw and Zach Van Engen, Presenters (John Zwart, Faculty Research Mentor)

July 15

Bioinformatic and In-vitro Experimentation to Identify Genes Associated with Perenniality in Intermediate Wheat Grass
Mark Huitsing and Nathan Ryder, Presenters (Nathan Tintle, Faculty Research Mentor)

Results from a Genome-wide Association Study of Red-blood Cell Fatty Acids in the Framingham Heart Study
Kristin Koch, Katie McKenzie, Jacob O’Bott and Jason Westra, Presenters (Nathan Tintle, Faculty Research Mentor)

Waste-to-energy Research
Ben De Vries and Ryan Christensen, Presenters (Ethan Brue, Faculty Research Mentor)

July 22

A Bayesian Approach to Inferring Gene Activity States from Gene Expression Data
Brian Greco, Gino Lerebours, Kristin Koch and Craig Disselkoen, Presenters (Nathan Tintle, Faculty Research Mentor)

A Novel Approach to Integrate Gene Expression Data into Metabolic Models for Flux Balance Analysis
Mac Edmondson, Claire Smith and Craig Disselkoen, Presenters (Nathan Tintle, Faculty Research Mentor) 

Identifying Proteins that Interact with Neuronal Myosin 5
David vanBeek and Tairin Van Tol, Presenters (Robbin Eppinga, Faculty Research Mentor)

July 29

Financial Benchmarks
Jim Bos, Val Zonnefeld, Derek De Vries and Lucas Vander Berg, Presenters

Local Industry Partnership: Sharing Structural Engineering Expertise and Experience
Vanoy Harris, Presenter (Joel Sikkema and Justin Vander Werff, Faculty Research Mentors)

Using Computer Simulation to Investigate Seismic Vertical Acceleration
Juan Benitez Gonzalez, Presenter (Justin Vander Werff, Faculty Research Mentor) 

August 5        

Computational Science: What Can it Do for Me?
Nick Breems, Presenter

Dante's Comedy and the Reformed Tradition
Joshua Matthews, Walker Cosgrove, Bob De Smith, Mary Dengler and Mark Tazelaar, Panel Members

August 12

Fulbright Scholarship Funding Opportunities
Mark McCarthy

Dordt Research and Scholarship Funding Opportunities
Nathan Tintle