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2020
Friday, February 28th
9:00 AM

Making Sense of Robustness Through the Modal Understanding Framework

Grayson O'Reilly

UC 332

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

I track the robustness discourse beginning with Richard Levins’ influential 1966 article followed by Steven Orzack and Elliott Sober’s response, and then highlight contemporary philosophers in order to demonstrate the problematic nature of robustness. Through this discourse I arrive at a clear picture of the capabilities and shortcomings of robustness and demonstrate that we require a more flexible framework of scientific understanding in order to make sense of robustness given our current intuitions and practices and in the face of an urgent climate crisis. I argue that Soazig Le Bihan's modal view does just that. I lay out how we may make sense of robustness through the modal view of understanding by showing the way in which robustness reveals how various representations of the target phenomena could relate in possible worlds and constitutes understanding. From this type navigating power follows heuristic value. So by definition, robustness provides modal understanding and is thus epistemically valuable. This allows us to make sense of our intuition that seems to indicate that robust theorems, while they may not say anything about the real world, are still valuable. Finally, I look at several studies examining ice sheet/ice shelf models in order to demonstrate how a modal understanding of robustness may look in practice.

9:20 AM

What is Wonder?: A Phenomenological Investigation

Henry Kramer

UC 332

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

10:00 AM

Museums and the Curation Crisis: The Dire Need for Innovation

Micaela Connolly

UC 332

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

10:20 AM

Conceptions & Receptions: Examining Four Local Museums and Their Communities

Mary Casey

UC 332

10:20 AM - 10:35 AM

Between 2017-2018, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), in partnership with Wilkening Consulting, found that 97% of the American public believe that museums are educational assets for their communities, and regardless of political persuasion, 96% approve of elected officials who support museums, and take legislative action to fund their operations. Additionally, 66% of all leisure travel in the United States involves cultural heritage sites or activities, such as visiting museums (AAM). The statistics presented here represent the AAM’s efforts to understand how museums, of all institutional type, are received by their communities and the general public on a national scale. The theme of community engagement has been a prevalent topic of debate and discussion among museum professionals across the country, and so this thesis seeks to examine how four local museums connect with their local audiences in meaningful and successful ways.

With knowledge of the statistics presented by the AAM, this thesis research identified and analyzed community-museum relationships in three locations across the United States for the purpose of understanding how these inferences of museum successes are playing out on the microlevel. Utilizing relevant literature to diachronically examine museums, more generally, as institutions in the United States, this thesis first develops the historical underpinnings of cultural heritage preservation, management, and interpretation. With the incorporation of four local museums, as the foci of this research, this thesis also seeks to understand how local museums are situated within the present museological models motivated by education, community need, and cultural heritage tourism within the experience economy. Small and localized museums have the potential to intimately engage their community’s perceptions of identity, heritage, and assessed needs, and because the literary footprint surrounding cultural heritage and museums predominantly focuses on larger institutions like the Smithsonian, the MET, the Field Museum, etc., a lens must now attempt to illuminate the transformative potential of smaller, local museums.

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula (Missoula, M.T.), Strawbery Banke Museum (Portsmouth, N.H.), The Tuck Museum of Hampton History (Hampton, N.H.), and the James House Museum (Hampton, N.H.), were selected as case studies for this research. Having completed seven months of qualitative research that included participant-observation, semi-formal interviews, surveys, photographic documentation and document analysis, this presentation will summarize the results of this research and illuminate the complex socio-cultural, political, and economic contexts that influence community engagement tactics utilized by the leadership at each of the four museums.

10:40 AM

Dissecting Sequoyah: An Anthropological Study of Sequoyah's Methodology for Creating a Cherokee Syllabary

Emily Cahoon

UC 332

10:40 AM - 10:55 AM

11:00 AM

Student Immediacy: The key to collaborative learning dynamics?

Rebekah Skoog
Sisilia Kusumaningsih

UC 332

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:20 AM

Developing Argumentation Skills in Elementary Students

Alyssa M. Fusco, University of Montana, Missoula
Greg Friedman

UC 332

11:20 AM - 11:35 AM

1:30 PM

Alcohol Use Disorder among Nonexclusively-Oriented Women: Exploring Unique Risk Factors and Targets for Psychological Intervention

Kinsie Jean Dunham, University of Montana, Missoula

UC 332

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

1:50 PM

Who Did You Tell? Victims' Perceived Helpfulness of Formal vs. Informal Support Sources After Campus Victimization: Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking

Nora Grace Uhrich, University of Montana, Missoula

UC 332

1:50 PM - 2:05 PM

2:10 PM

Wilderness Therapy as an Intervention for At-Risk Youth: A Pilot Study of Treatment Mechanisms and Program Effectiveness

Cali Anne Caughie, University of Montana, Missoula
Phoebe S. Bean, University of Montana, Missoula

UC 332

2:10 PM - 2:25 PM

2:30 PM

Determination of relative contribution of non-dissolved fractions of zinc oxide nanoparti-cles on membrane permeability

Tahereh Ziglari

UC 332

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

2:50 PM

Screening assays fail to predict the full extent of variation caused by PPARγ drugs

Mariah Rayl

UC 332

2:50 PM - 3:05 PM

3:10 PM

Filamentous Pf bacteriophage suppress type IV pili in Pseudomonas aeruginosa to prevent superinfection and secondary bacteriophage infections

Caleb M. Schwartzkopf, University of Montana, Missoula

UC 332

3:10 PM - 3:25 PM