The World Perspectives Symposium is an academic conference for students at GFA to present original research. Students and faculty attend presentations on a range of topics of global significance. The day begins with a keynote address by a guest speaker and ends with a speech by a thought leader in our community. Throughout the day, students participate in individual and panel presentations by their peers.
Guest Speaker: Simin Wahdat
Simin Wahdat, is an Afghan gender specialist with over 10 years experience as an international development practitioner focusing on gender, good governance, human rights, youth participation, and civil society development.
She is a specialist in women’s political and civic participation in Afghanistan, and has developed technical assistance for ministers, parliamentarians, and all levels of government staff; served in the US Congress as a legislative fellow organizing support for Afghan women among senior US government officials; and worked with the Afghan Ministry of Education to implement a national gender and diversity strategy. She is an experienced gender advisor for USAID programs in Afghanistan. Simin has worked in Afghanistan, Kenya, Pakistan, and the United States.
Simin earned her MA in Strategic Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University and her BA in International Relations and Women and Gender Studies from Bucknell University in the United States.
Featured Panel: Integration in Populist Times
Students in three countries will lead discussion of one the world’s most pressing issues – immigration and integration — in a webinar for News-Decoder partners.
“The Challenge of Integration in Populist Times” is the topic of the April 5 webinar, to be led by students in the United States, Jordan and Mexico.
Three students at Greens Farms Academy will present papers that they have written as part of their global thesis projects:
- Faith Farlow: The Perception of Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.
- Kayla Hinkson-Grant: Syrian Refugees in the U.S.
- Nick Floe: The Effect of Exposure to Immigrants on Britain’s EU Referendum
Students at the American School Foundation of Monterrey (Mexico) and King’s Academy (Jordan) will critique the papers before a general discussion open to members of the News-Decoder community.
Nelson Graves, founder of News-Decoder, will moderate the discussion, which will be broadcast internationally on the educational news service’s network and recorded for replay. Participants will be able to ask questions.
If you would like to watch this roundtable discussion on the refugee crisis remotely, you can register here.
The discussion will take place on April 5 at 9:50am in the Performing Arts Center.
Closing Ceremony Speaker: Veronica Lima
Veronica Lima is the World Languages Department Chair at Greens Farms Academy. She has been teaching at our school since 2007 and has guided and inspired hundreds of students to develop a love for learning the Spanish Language. She is the recipient of several teaching awards and a frequent presenter at national and international conferences for language teachers. She will be addressing students on the theme of diversity and inclusion, speaking from her personal experiences.
08:00-08:10 – Advisory
08:15-08:50 – Keynote Address by Simin Wahdat, Performing Arts Center
08:55-09:45 – Panel Sessions I
Statistics and Speeches: Abortion in India and Brazil, Performing Arts Center
Shira Friedson & Lindsey Downie
Moderator: Michaela Pembroke
People Analyzing People: Behind the Scenes of Qualitative Research at GFA, Choral Room
Laine Capshaw, Faith Farlow, Kayla Hinkson-Grant, Ililta Pina, Gracyn Sollmann & Megan Sinnott
Moderator: Ginny Balser, English Department Chair
Soft Power: Sports in Russian and Qatari Foreign Policy, Center for Global Studies
Matthew Smith & Gabriel Dumoulin
Moderator: Ward Abel, Assistant Director of Global Education
09:50-10:40 – Panel Sessions II
The Challenge of Integration in Populist Times, Performing Arts Center
Nickolas Floe, Faith Farlow & Kayla Hinkson-Grant
Moderator: Nelson Graves, News-Decoder
The Politics of Representation, Center for Global Studies
Caroline Kulak, Joseph Bentham & Alexis Messina
Moderator: Daniel Jump, PhD
Science Research: Advances in Energy, Sustainability and Global Health, Choral Room
Anish Kosanam, Noah Sonnenberg & Eddie Lopez-Wortman
Moderator: Mathieu Freeman, PhD
10:45-11:25 – Lunch
Q&A with Simin Wahdat, McGrath Gallery
11:30-12:00 – Individual Student Presentations I
Comparative Study of Self-Designed Direct Formic Acid Fuel Cell versus Hydrogen Fuel Cell, G110
Color Seeing Capabilities in Marine Gastropods, G112
Beating Brexit: The Effect of Exposure to Immigrants on Britain’s EU Referendum, G113
La Feminine en France: Gender and Contemporary French Culture in “Amélie”, G114
The Haze: Expat’s Challenge of Integration and Culture Shock in Beijing, G115
Special Operations Forces: The Rise of Shadow Soldiers and Modern Unconventional Warfare in U.S. Foreign Policy, G116
Effects of Leading Edge Serrations on Cambered Airfoils, H112
Middle School Panel of Capstone Research, Oak Room
Hydroponic Vertical Farming and Its Potential to Resolve Food Deserts in Urban Settings, Lucy Nelson
Drone Warfare, Jackson DaPuzzo
Turf management efforts in US golf courses to move toward more environmentally sustainable greens,William Lodge
Moderator: Claire Bouyssie
Designing a Flexible Finger-Support System to Minimize Hyperextension Injury in High-Intensity Sports Applications, Choral Room
12:05-12:35 – Individual Student Presentations II
3-D Printed Intramuscular Injector for Anti-Cholinergic Nerve Agent Poisoning, G110
Anticorrosive Coatings of AZ31 Magnesium Alloy to Reduce the Degradation Rate for Metallic Medical Implants, G112
Why Can’t We Sell Our Organs? Understanding American and Iranian Ethics in Context, G113
The TabLab Transformation: Rationalizing the Use of Technology in Rural Areas, G114
A Wall of Words: Trump’s Rhetoric and his Rise to Power, G115
American Buddhism: Commodification or Contradiction?, G116
A Robotic Book Finding System for a Metaphysical Library Experience, H112
Alzheimer’s Clinical Research: Does Beta Amyloid Prevent Infection in a C. Elegan Model?, Oak Room
The Fall of Tourism: Economic Effects of the Refugee Crisis in Greece, Choral Room
12:40-01:10 – Individual Student Presentations III
Autism Clinical Research: Does Lead Iodide Cause Neurobehavioral Changes Similar to Those with Autism in Drosophila Melanogaster?, G110
Improvements on construction of exoskeletons for spinal cord injury, G112
Mighty Mosquito: The Power of Zika in Shaping the Abortion Debate in Brazil, G113
The Brexit Effect: How Hackett London Unravels UK-EU Relations, G114
Lunch Break: Tackling Childhood Obesity through America’s Schools, G116
Smart Bandage for Rapid Risk Assessment of Infection in Chronic Wounds, H112
Soft Power in Sports: Putin, Nationalism, and Russian Foreign Policy, Oak Room
Qatar & The World Cup: Prestige Worldwide, Choral Room
01:15-01:45 – Individual Student Presentations IV
Science Research, G110
Sustainability Research, G112
Syrian Refugees in the US, G113
Impartial Media: How Partisan News Networks have impacted the Syrian Refugee Crisis, G114
The Middle Eastern Cold War: The Battle for Yemen, G115
Survival of the Richest: New Jersey Poverty and Readiness for Hurricane Sandy, G116
Exception or Norm? Sex-Selective Abortion in Kerala, India, Oak Room
Bars Against Brutality: Black Lives Matter Movement in Hip Hop Music, Choral Room
Solving the 2016-17 FTC Robotics Challenge, G019 STEAM Shop
Tyler Green & Scott Barnet with members of team #4286
01:50-02:30 – Closing Ceremony, Performing Arts Center
Veronica Lima, World Languages Department Chair