Jordan Larsen Receives 2016 Roland Lehr Phi Beta Kapa Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research

Jordan Larsen, a junior history of science, technology and medicine major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Roland Lehr Phi Beta Kappa Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research for an Honors research project she undertook in fall 2015 with Dr. Piers Hale, Professor of History of Science.  The award includes at $200 stipend.  In her project, she examined Arabella Buckley’s contribution to the late 19th-century evolutionary narrative.  In Arabella Buckley’s Epic: Uniting the Evolutionary Epic & Spiritualism to Account for the Evolution of Morals from Mutualism, Jordan posited that although many of Charles Darwin’s contemporaries interpreted his theory of natural selection as evidence of competition ruling nature, science writer and popularizer Arabella Buckley was the first to characterize Darwin’s theory of the evolution of morals as mutualistic rather than materialistic, doing so through a unique consolidation of evolutionary epic and spiritualism.  While scholars have stressed Buckley’s contribution to the evolutionary narrative as either driven by a maternal tradition or motivated by her spiritualistic beliefs, Jordan argued that the significance of her distinctive, mutualistic addition to the debate on the evolution of morals lies in her unifying theory of traducianism.

In addition to sharing the findings of her research at the department’s Undergraduate Research Evening last December, Jordan presented her research findings at the OU Undergraduate Research Day on April 2 as part of a panel with two other HSCI students, Brenna McCullough and Jon Self.  For her presentation at Undergraduate Research Day, she received the Roland Lehr Phi Beta Kappa Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research, which was formally presented to her at a reception at the Honors College to recognize all 2015-2016 Honors award recipients.  The written portion of Jordan’s project was selected for publication in this year’s edition of The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal, for which she was also recognized at the Honors College reception.  Jordan is the 2016 recipient of the History of Science Department Corliss E. and Esther C. Livesey Endowed Scholarship, and she has been elected to membership Phi Beta Kappa. Jordan hopes to attend medical school and become a physician.

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Lauren Casonhua Receives Award at Rawley Conference

Lauren Casonhua (Junior in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication) presented a paper, “Defining the Medieval Self Through the Letters of Heloise and Abelard,” at the Eighth Annual James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities, “Public and Private Memory: Understanding Collective Past.” The conference was held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus March 8 and 9. At the meeting Professor Catherine Medici-Thiemann, Co-Chair of the Rawley Conference, presented Lauren with the award for the best undergraduate-level paper presented at the conference, which also included a $100 honorarium. Lauren’s paper was written in the Presidential Dream Course, HSCI 3823, “Science in Medieval Culture” [Fall 2012], taught by Professor Steven J. Livesey.



Undergraduate Research Presentations

Two students in the Presidential Dream Course, HSCI 3823, “Science in Medieval Culture” [Fall 2012], will present their research at professional meetings. Madeline Ross (senior majoring in History and German) will present “The Practicality of the Herbal in Conrad of Megenberg’s Buch der Natur,” at the 34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, “Travel, Contact, Exchange,” at Plymouth State University, April 19 and 20. Lauren Casonhua (Junior in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication) will present “Defining the Medieval Self Through the Letters of Heloise and Abelard,” at the Eighth Annual James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities, “Public and Private Memory: Understanding Collective Past.” The conference will be held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus March 8 and 9.