Students show creativity at StarScapes
By Ashlee Buhler
Editor in Chief
As the end of the fall semester nears, the seventh annual StarScapes Student Showcase took place in the conference center on LCC’s main campus Dec. 3 and 4.
The showcase, which is held at the conclusion of each fall and spring semester, is an opportunity for students to share research and display their creative work for the LCC community to see.
Presentations included projects produced for classes, as well as work developed through students’ own independent research. This year, approximately 150 students took part in the event.
Student Brit Maddrell presented a project for her microbiology class.
“My project is about the Bubonic Plague, which is one of the three kinds of plague caused by Yersinia pestis,” Maddrell said. “We all know how the internet gets and they made a meme out of the black plague … That’s what made me want to do my project on this.
“We were given the list of stuff and I was like, ‘Oh, Bubonic Plague; I remember plenty of memes for that.’”
William Young presented an experiment that was done as a group project for his molecular biology class. The project was titled “DNA Barcoding Analysis of Honey: A Sticky Bzzzzness.”
“We took a bunch of local honey samples; there was 14 altogether,” Young explained. “We were trying to identify bee species in plant origins, basically which bee pollinated which flower to make the honey product that we were testing … We found that a lot of the DNA was pretty low quality, which is unfortunate.”
Among the class presentations were the “I am LCC” or “Story of Stuff” project for ANTH 270, and the “Creative Resistance – Connecting the Harlem Renaissance to Modern America” project for HIST 150.
Other presentations included the production of the smartphone, a demonstration on henna tattoos, and a presentation on the culture and cuisine of Australia.
The next StarScapes Showcase will take place at the end of the spring semester.
For more information, visit https://internal.lcc.edu/campus/innovation/student/past-presentations.aspx.