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Umami

Sat, 04/17/2021 - 08:19
Abstract: Since the beginning of humanity, our kind has been curious on how to create stimulatingly interesting cuisine. At earlier nomadic times and even before our ancestors savored parts of animals, plants and beverages such as alcohol. But why? This is the question we will analyze in depth in hopes to contribute a deep understanding of our complex sense of flavor. We know that we have taste senses. These include sweet, salty, sour and bitter. It is often that professionals and home cooks try to pair sweet and salty, sour and bitter and other combinations to create dimension and interest in varying foods. For example, sweet and sour chicken. Or take sour patch kids, bitter and sour. For some reason, these combinations keep us craving more. We begin discovering and learning how to taste at an early age deciding which foods are tasty and which foods aren’t so delicious. But how? How do we just know what is good and what isn’t good? The answer is we begin the process with learning that milk is good for us. Yes, this process begins as soon as an infant feeds off their mother in the form of breast milk. This is the beginning of us deciding between flavors we like and even deeper, know are nutritious or not so nutritious. The Pharmaceutical Journal writes “Their first neurological inputs come from molecular receptors for specific molecules in milk. A baby’s expression of taste is therefore a perceptual experience of nutrients and other chemicals”. There are receptors that line all the digestive track starting at the tongue, working down into the throat, the stomach and to the colon. Humans are said to have a digestive advantage because our mouths contain “multiple copy polymorphism of the salivary amylase gene” (Michie). Amylase is mainly created by the pancreas and salivary glands. The job of amylase is to break down starch molecules. This process turns complex carbohydrates into simple sugars that can be used as energy in the body (Akinfemiwa). It is suggested that because the human race has an innate ability to digest these starches earlier, we develop a sweet taste when consuming starches. From this early discovery we tend to crave sweeter foods and sources of nutrition when we’re younger in the form of higher sugar content and glutamate.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2021
File Attachments: Umami Paper Library.docx
Authors: Colby D. Moore

Plant-Based Capstone

Sun, 04/18/2021 - 20:10
Abstract: Plant-based options have been around for centuries. Although it has been a very slow rise in popularity, until now. It seems like this day and age everyone is looking for a healthier alternative and with that being said. Having a diet that is derived from plant-based products have been a huge go-to. “In the 1980s, Dr. T. Colin Campbell introduced the world of nutrition science to the term “plant-based diet” to define a low fat, high fiber, vegetable-based diet that focused on health and not ethics (healthline) There are so many options available within the markets and so many products to choose from whether that be a lentil salad or even tofu bacon. There is so many things that have been created and that have been lifted because of the plant-based movements. Many people are starting to realize how big of an impact the plant-based movement has had on other people and it then causes those people that see the successes of other to want to try it out for themselves. This movement even dates back to our early ancestors. It has been a practice that has always been talked about and in fact has been a huge factor in other countries diets because of what is available to them and their beliefs that they have within religion. There is just so much history behind these plant-based diets. There are so many different diets to choose from at that. It’s not just one strict diet where you can only eat plants. People have the availability to also eat fish, legumes, and so many other options to ensure that they get all the key nutrients to ensure their bodies perform the way they should. You can even see star athletes starting to follow the trend of going to a plant-based diet and trying to determine how they perform without having to use animal products to recover from their training sessions. There are many chef’s around the area that see the true qualities of going plant-based because they get the chance to work with all this amazing produce and see the true beauty behind the movement. You also see many restaurants, fast food chains and many other business’s that are starting to follow this trend because they know that it is going to be a big part of our lives here in the continuing future. These plant-based diets are just going to continue to grow larger and larger. Just like it has throughout history, with all the traditions within different cultures and religious ceremonies. This trend is on an uphill spiral and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.
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Major: Culinary Arts and Service Management
Year: 2021
Authors: Cody Young

The Rolling Pin

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 02:50
Abstract: For my capstone I created my business "The Rolling Pin". The Rolling Pin is a bakery solely focused on cannabis infused goods located in Denver, Colorado. The Rolling pin business plan includes everything from budgets, to employees, to menus. It is a grab and go establishment for anyone over the age of 21. Tourism in Colorado in recent years have seen major spikes, making this location perfect for a business of this type. I managed to learn much more about a lot of interesting aspects than I expected while researching for different parts of this project. I hope anyone who reads this capstone will find that same joy!
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Major: Baking Arts and Service Management
Year: 2020
Authors: Amy Gonzalez

Baby Rach's Bakery

Sun, 05/10/2020 - 23:26
Abstract: For our capstone project, the assignment was to create a business plan and create our ideal bakery. Every little detail was to be planned out to create a successful business. We were to create a name, logo, and menu for our bakery. Baby Rach’s Bakery specializes in miniature treats, and catering for young children. I learned a lot about what it takes to run a business, and what it would cost for me to start my own bakery.
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Major: Baking Arts and Service Management
Year: 2020
Authors: Rachel Michaels

Cuyler Diner

Sun, 05/10/2020 - 22:33
Abstract: For capstone, I had taken an already existing business and made it my own. I had to research the current business plan of the diner and decide what direction I want to take the diner in, this meant I had to look at what is currently in the restaurant, the demographics, the atmosphere, and what expenses it would take to make the restaurant mine while still maintaining the current loyal customer base.
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Major: Baking Arts and Service Management
Year: 2020
Authors: Johnathan Wood

Rocky's Baking

Sun, 05/10/2020 - 17:23
Abstract: For our capstone we were to create a business and create a business plan for it. We also had to create three signature items for our business, mine was the Maple Bacon Bourbon Buns, Peanut Butter Whiskey Balls and Tiramisu Cupcakes. For my capstone I created a diner called Rocky's Diner and Bakery that is located in Lake George,NY and would be open year round. Due to this capstone I learned a lot about running a business and what it takes to get one started.
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Major: Baking Arts and Service Management
Year: 2020
Authors: Amber Rockwell

Impacts of Minnow Species Composition on Marsh Feeding Ecology: A Look at Minnow Composition in Heron Marsh

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 16:07
Abstract: Minnows play an important role in marsh ecosystems as both predator and prey. The abundance of minnows in water systems makes them important tools for studying the feeding ecology of small prey fish. Minnow traps were set within specific regions and plots located in the Heron Marsh in the Adirondack Park, New York. These traps were baited and checked the next day, and minnows were identified by species then released. Trophic guilds were assigned to each minnow species based on literature and feeding habits. ANOVA tests were conducted to compare minnow species composition from the fall of 2020 in all regions of the marsh. Histograms were used to compare length-frequency over time and sites where minnows frequent. The composition of trophic guilds showed that carnivores were scarce, as creek chub only over 100mm were considered predatory, and they were not as frequent as smaller creek chub. Omnivorous generalist feeders were common but no specific site in the marsh had more omnivorous feeders than other sites. Finally, the abundance of insectivores was high in most sites, and highest in the forest ecology trail site. Length frequency of the two most caught fish, creek chub and finescale dace, were represented with histograms. Creek chub under 100mm were more abundant in every site than individuals larger than 100mm. Similarly, finescale dace 70mm and smaller were more common in every site.
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Major: Biology
Year: 2020
Authors: Emily Schmeltz

An Ecological History of the Albany Pine Bush, Albany NY

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:45
Abstract: Paleoecology allows us to look backward in time thousands of years to see the long-term ecological history of an area. The main focus was to conduct the first exploratory investigations of the wetland located in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP) and Stump Pond deposits and the first directly dated ecological history of the pine bush. Irregular fire regimes and land development have caused a massive loss to the pine bush. Between 1940 and 1990 the pine bush has experienced an 81% change in land cover. Despite this, the APBP is home to many rare and endangered species in need of habitat restoration. Three samples (APB1-A, APB1-C, & APB2) were collected from a wetland within the boundaries of the APBP and one sample (Stump-1) was collected from a nearby pond. Cores were analyzed for pollen assemblages to reconstruct the tree community. APB cores revealed that Pinus and Quercus pollen grains made up the majority of all pollen found from Present – 6600 years ago Stump-1 pollen assemblages were dominated by Pinus and Picea indicating that between 6600 and 10,600 years ago the ecosystem transformed into the pitch pine- scrub oak ecosystem we see today. This information can help the APBP justify future preservation and restoration work.
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Major: Biology
Year: 2020
File Attachments: Capstone Paper Full.docx
Authors: Skylar Murphy

Cultural eutrophication of Lower Saint Regis Lake using diatoms and organic content as indicators of eutrophication.

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:06
Abstract: Cultural eutrophication can greatly affect water quality, leading to algae blooms and can affect fish communities. Throughout the history of Paul Smith’s Hotel and College, development along Lower St. Regis lake has led to increases in eutrophic conditions, which has detrimental effects on water quality. In this study, a sediment core from Lower St. Regis Lake was analyzed to determine when past eutrophication events occurred. This was accomplished using species counts of diatoms from every 1.0 cm of sediment. The relative abundance of diatom species such as Tabellaria flocculosa, Asterionella formosa, and Fragilaria crotonensis were used as indicators of more eutrophic conditions. Loss on ignition (LOI) was also used to measure the organic content in the sediment at increments of 0.5 cm. The higher percent lost on ignition indicates higher productivity in the lake and more eutrophic conditions. Some samples from the sediment core were also dated using lead-210 to create a timeline that could be compared to known dates of events occurring along the lake that could have affected the trophic status of Lower St. Regis Lake. There was a sudden spike in the relative abundance of F. crotonensis and an increase in organic content at a depth of 20 cm in the core, indicating that conditions became more eutrophic. Based on the lead-210 dates, this spike in F. crotonensis and organic content occurred between 1898 and 1908, when development around the lake was increasing and Paul Smith’s Hotel added indoor plumbing with poor wastewater treatment practices.
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Major: Biology
Year: 2020
File Attachments: Capstone_0.docx
Authors: Lydia Harvey

Hermit Hill Vintage Business Strategy

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 13:55
Abstract: Our capstone project was to help a local business in Hermit Hill Vintage Antiques with a business strategy and marketing plan. Through this we created ways for them to increase the number of customers as well as create a social media presence. We looked at their current business strategy, then created a new revamped one for Hermit Hill Vintage with a higher focus on marketing with many suggestions.
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Major: Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies
Year: 2020
Authors: Nicholas McCabe
Melanie Montealegre