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York College students participate in research showcase on April 12

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April 10, 2019
York College students participate in research showcase on April 12; number of projects are York-focused
What:  York College students will present their research and engage in discussions about the research process during the annual Multi-Disciplinary Undergraduate Research Showcase. This event marks Undergraduate Research Week (April 8 - 12). 
When: April 12, noon to 2 p.m. for students to discuss (Showcase is open on April 12 and 13.)
Where: York College's Schmidt Library
The Hook: A number of these research projects involve York County organizations.
"York County Astronomical Society (YCAS) Radio Telescope”
This is a community-based, multi-disciplinary project being developed in conjunction with YCAS and YCPS (York County Parks). Four computer science teams and three engineering teams are working in coordination on this project. Two YCAS members serving as client representatives and technical consultants attend all status meetings and milestones, and several recent York College alumni are providing technical oversight. In addition, there are several local firms that are providing components and material, machining, and civil engineering services in support of the project.            
“Racism and Fragmentation: York County Public Schools and Desegregation”
Student Researcher: Eryn Brady
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Corey Brooks
My research explores the process of desegregation during the 1950s and 1960s in York County public schools, while also considering the differences between York City schools and the suburban county schools.
“York County Well Being Assessment Report”
Student Researcher: Cody Little
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sung-Wook Paik
The York County Well Being Assessment Report sought to identify disparities, compare and contrast, and statistically analyze 15 subdivisions of York County. The divisions were studied by gathering and analyzing Census Bureau data gathered from the American Community Survey from the years 2012-2016 to identify trends, shortcomings, or successes. Trends analyzed include but are not limited to education, demographics, income and employment, poverty, and housing status and cost. The results of the assessment demonstrated how looking at York County as a whole gives an imperfect understanding of the lives of residents within its communities.
“Gendered Responses to Support for a New Police Station”
Student Researcher: Linsey J. Altland
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steve Jacob
Springettsbury Township has an aging and inadequate police station that may cause the department to soon lose certification. If certification is lost the township would have to hire police services from a regional cooperative, which is expensive and would increase emergency response times.  A survey was conducted as part of the Township's five-year planning process.  Results indicated that men and women differ greatly in their support of a new police station.  This research explores these gendered responses through multivariate analysis and shows that men in the township typically respond “no” about things they are uncertain about, while women respond unsure. The correlates and implications of these response characteristics for municipal planning and funding are discussed in the conclusions. 

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