Academics, students share research efforts with others

By Ashley Bowden
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
Poster presentations at the fourth annual “UIW Research Day” held Friday, Feb. 25, represented a wide range of interests and disciplines among students and faculty.
The posters included detailed information about the research conducted, some including colorful diagrams. Research was done in fields such as social sciences, economics, medicine and many more. There was a variety of people in attendance at this event ranging from faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in Marian Hall Ballroom at the University of the Incarnate Word.
December 2010 UIW graduate Dalia Bishop used YouTube videos to conduct a rhetorical analysis of what it means to be a “stud” lesbian and the attitudes of these women for her research titled “Against Sexism: Lesbian Masculinity in Black Feminist Thought.” Bishop used YouTube videos to conduct a rhetorical analysis of what it means to be a “stud” lesbian and the attitudes of these women.
Bishop, a former McNair Scholar who still works in the office, emphasized the term “stud” represents masculine-presented women, and that there is a cultural significance and blend with hip-hop culture behind the term, which separates this group from “butch” lesbians.
“I’m trying to give them agency,” Bishop said. “The more ways we can liberate black identity the better.”
UIW senior Donnie Cromartie, an economy and finance major, conducted research along with others titled, “World Bank Tax Advice and Inclusive Development: Latest Findings.”
“If a rich person and a poor person buy the same thing, the poor person is paying a higher utility in taxes,” Cromartie said. Asked what this research meant to him, Cromartie replied: “Progressive taxation leads to more inclusive growth and more social harmony.”
McNair Scholar Samantha Buentello said she has made McNair presentations about her research at the annual McNair Scholars Conference at UIW and at the University of North Texas in Denton in past years, but she came to the Research Fair for one major reason.
“(I wanted to) gain insight and perspective on the different posters, so that I can get ideas for my summer research, which will be in the science field.”

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