Funded CARET Abstracts
Far Field Wireless Power Transfer (2017)
Hoseon Lee, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical Engineering
Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
The proposed research is on the topic of charging power sources such as batteries wirelessly using far-field wireless power transfer. Currently, there is a form of wireless charging which is inductive charging, that requires wireless devices such as a smartphone to be laid on top of the wireless charger. These wireless chargers contain inductive coils, which emit magnetic fields that couple with the inductive coils in the smartphone or other wireless device. As the magnetic fields couple from the charger to the phone, the fields induce current and voltage in the phone, which charges the battery. However, this is near-field wireless power transfer, also known as NFC (near field communication), which requires very close proximity from the charger to phone. Far field wireless power transfer is a very hot topic in both research and industry, because of its potential impact on charging wireless devices from any direction and location. The aim of this research proposal is to investigate the feasibility of far-field wireless power transfer based on a new system comprising of a transmitter and receiver circuit design. The project includes designing and developing a novel receiver circuit and a transmitter circuit and to investigate the feasibility and efficiency of far field wireless power transfer. In this project, students will learn to use circuit simulation software, circuit board layout software, as well as hardware equipment for testing and measurements. The measurement equipment used to test the prototypes includes vector network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, and antenna measurement training systems. This research project will be beneficial for students because it will help the students gain software, hardware, and post-measurement analysis skills which can help further their careers in industry as well as help prepare them for graduate school.
Exploring Misogyny in American Culture (2017)
Letizia Guglielmo, Ph.D.
Department of English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This undergraduate research project grows out of my work as author-editor of Misogyny in American Culture: Causes, Trends, Solutions, a two-volume set currently under contract with ABC-CLIO publishers and set for publication in 2018. One of my primary goals for the project includes expanding and complicating definitions of misogyny in order to provide readers with a robust introduction to and understanding of the larger topic. Given our current political and cultural climate and the more frequent and widespread use of the term misogyny by various media outlets and among voters during the 2016 presidential election, this project has the potential both to contribute to ongoing conversations on the topic and, among its intended audience of advanced high-school/beginning college students and the general public, to inform a more recent shift in public conversation on misogyny. Notably, the two-volume set is interdisciplinary and engages in Boyer’s definition of the Scholarship of Integration, with connections between fields of knowledge and disciplines that contribute to a richer exploration of the pervasive role of misogyny in American culture. The undergraduate research portion of this project supported by CARET funding will include work on two specific chapter essays of 9000-12,500 words each: 1. Gender and Sexuality and 2. Radio and Journalism. Because this two-volume set will include reference essays, rather than critical essays, the project naturally lends itself to upper-division English and GWST students who are near-peers to the target audience and who have coursework in gender and sexuality studies, media studies, and critical and rhetorical theory, and with experience in advanced writing and research. Working collaboratively, these researchers will identify sources, engage key issues via discussion and collective analysis, draft texts to make content accessible to the target audience, give and receive critical feedback on drafts, and negotiate a collaborative process of revision with the group and with me as their mentor/editor. In addition to providing experience in collaborative research and writing for work outside of the classroom, participation in this project will also support the work of those students interested in applying to graduate programs. With the project already under contract with ABC-CLIO Publishers, students are effectively guaranteed dissemination of their work with the publication of the two-volume set in 2018.
The Forgotten Bronzes of Buffalo (2017)
School of Art and Design
College of the Arts
The Buffalo Museum of Science owns a collection of about 100 ancient bronze artifacts, from the ancient Greek, Near Eastern, Egyptian and Roman world. Mostly acquired in the 1930s and 1940s, the bronzes range from statuettes of divinities, people, and animals, to jewelry, weapons, tools and other ornaments. This project involves students in study of this unpublished and neglected material. Student researchers will travel to Buffalo to examine and document these objects. They will then identify them and research their place and meaning in in the cultures that produced them. This student documentation and research will eventually form the basis of a published catalogue of the collection.