Archive for March, 2017

Abstract: When Collective Security Abandoned Abyssinia

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

At the advent of World War Two, the geo-political state of the world was filled with aggression and chaos. The throes of the Great Depression were racking the world’s economic systems, new and destructive ideologies were sweeping through national governments, and at the center of it all, the newly created League of Nations, a supranational […]

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More than Ministers: The Changing Roles of Military Chaplains

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The role of the United States military chaplain has always presented somewhat of a conundrum. In a nation that prides itself on the separation of church and state, there remains a strong presence of religion in the military. Despite this ill-defined intersection of martial and religious affairs, the contributions of military chaplains to United States warfare […]

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Contamination is the WORST

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My update today is about how contamination is sad and throws terrible wrenches into very tight timelines. I am referring to a natural transformation I have been attempting to perform to get a particular cag pathogenicity island plasmid into H. pylori. Unfortunately, we had a bad batch of plates and they all came up contaminated very quickly…
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Abstract for an Analysis of Racial Diversity of Newspaper Staffs’ Effects on Reporting

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The press is a ubiquitous but much maligned facet of American life. One of the most pressing problems it faces is its consistent inability to produce reporting that accurately represents minorities.[i] Given the distinct Whiteness of newspaper staffs and the perceived Whiteness of its reporting, many argue that diversified news staffs would make reporting more […]

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Abstract: A Study of the Progression of R-Rated Movies and Their Relation to American Culture

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In this project, I will look at the progression of R-rated movies in their amount of adult content since the inception of the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating system in 1968. For this project, I have devised a rigid “coding” system for what qualifies as “adult content.” I call the categories for this data the […]

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Abstract: A Cross-Country Exploration of the Interplay of Light, Color and Mood

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In a spin on a traditional art immersion project, I will take a cross-country train trip to study a variety of American landscapes at all times of the day. I will observe the effects of different times of the day on light and shadow, photographing the view out of the windows from dawn to dusk. I […]

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Abstract: Creating a Different Kind of Board Game Website

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have always loved board games.   I learned to play chess in kindergarten, and have been playing that in one form or another ever since.  In late elementary through middle school, I joined several friends and competed on a chess team.  In high school, I shared my love of chess and other board games by […]

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Abstract: Electrocatalytic Ability of Common Metal Complexes in Oxygen Reduction

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

One solution for easily accessible storage of solar energy is hydrogen fuel cells. However, widespread implementation of these cells requires production of efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen generation. This research tests catalysts used in the reduction of protons to hydrogen for activity in oxygen reduction. We use previously tested methodology for determining electrical ability and analysis […]

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Abstract: A Lyrical Analysis of Chart-Topping Rap Songs from 1987-Present

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Music can be an important window to look into cultural and societal beliefs, as well as changes in those beliefs. This project aims to tease out themes from rap music from 1987-Present using a word-frequency algorithm that displays the most common words from every song, excluding common words such as articles. The songs chosen for […]

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Abstract: The Effects of Local Gaming Communities on the Well-Being of Players

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In a traditional sense, many people associate the word “sport” with a physical activity, such as football or soccer. This definition is so deeply ingrained in American culture and society that many of us find it difficult, if not impossible, to change it. However, a new form of sport has emerged over the past decade […]

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