CCCC honor students present research

CCCC honor students present researchSix Cerro Coso Community College students gave presentations at the 19th Annual Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference at University of California, Irvine, in April.

The multidisciplinary conference showcases outstanding faculty-mentored research by community college students in California.

Gideon Ondap’s presentation, entitled “Marquez, Memory, and Mirrors: How and Why History is Repurposed in One Hundred Years of Solitude,” discussed Gabriel García Marquez’s seminal work, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” on how Márquez captures the postcolonial plight of Colombia by deconstructing narratives of oppression, violence, national identity and subalternity. “Marquez’s magical realism establishes a historiography that challenges the narratives surrounding truth and its implications on the suppressed.”

Ondap’s abstract was one of the top five abstracts granted the coveted HTCC Outstanding Abstract Awards. He was mentored by Dr. Christine Swiridoff.

Rachel Quan’s presentation, “Identity Through the Lens,” explores the psychology behind self-portraits and how these images have a psychological impact on the unified subject-as-artist and viewer-through-composition. Depending on how a photo was composed, the subject-artist can capture a variety of identities, emotions, and perspectives for the public eye to make judgments. Quan was mentored by Professor Nakysha Cummings.

Emma Gilmartin’s presentation, “How Art Reveals Cognitive Development,” connected art therapy analysis methods to Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development from a personal perspective by evaluating her self-portrait artworks during her transition from high school adolescence to college adulthood (2016-2018). Gilmartin was also mentored by Professor Nakysha Cummings.

Nicole Hu researched the correlation between infection by the brain-dwelling parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, and its effects on neurons leading to alterations in behaviors and personalities.

In her presentation entitled “Toxoplasmosis’s Relationship with the Brain and Influence on Entrepreneurship,” Hu also discussed how current advances in cellular programming methods have allowed the use of induced human neurons to study parasite-host relationships in vitro.

She was mentored by Drs. Claudia Sellers and Guck Ooi, and will be graduating from the college this May.

Michael Skipworth’s presentation, “Shakespeare’s Othello Telescoped Through the Lens of Deconstruction,” used the deconstructive approach of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida to question the conceptual distinctions in Othello through a close examination of language and texts to establish the main villain, Iago, as the personification of deconstruction. Skipworth was mentored by Professor Cliff Davis.

Christian Acosta’s presentation, “Allen Gewalten zum Trotz Sich Erhalten (Stay True to Yourself in Spite of Everything),” contrasted two literary works (Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Annette Dumbach’s and Jud Newborn’s “Sophie Scholl and the White Rose”) to argue that inaction itself is action and that when nobody advocates change against unjust government policies, traditions or society norms, injustices and cruelties will prevail. Acosta was mentored by Swiridoff.

By presenting their work at the HTCC Student Research Conference, these Cerro Coso students are eligible not only for monetary awards but also for submitting their work for publication in the HTCC anthology “Building Bridges,” published through the University of California, Irvine.

Pictured: From left are honor students Christian Acosta, Emma Gilmartin, Michael Skipworth, Gideon Ondap, Rachel Quan, and Nicole Hu — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-05-17