Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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Iron City Magazine is an online and print journal devoted entirely to writing and art from the prison world. It is our hope that through this creative platform, incarcerated artists and writers find value in their stories, fuel for personal growth, and pride in their accomplishments. Inmates are, first and foremost, people. They own stories worthy of telling and sharing. Iron City Magazine aims to highlight these stories in a way more permanent than a private journal. In addition, we serve to remind the general public that inmates can make meaningful contributions to their communities. So often, this potential is ...

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Volin, Natalie Esther, Wells, Cornelia, Berry, Shavawn, et al.
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2016-05

This project is to help Guatemalan youth immigrants by providing them with the information necessary to access support in the United States, and obtainin legal status in the United States. In order to produce a brochure with this information, it was necessary to research the political, economic, and social history of Guatemala in order to determine what struggles citizens are facing, and specifically what experiences youth in the country have prior to their journey to the United States. This research is culminated into a paper that discusses the history, the causes of emigration from Guatemala, and the status of youth ...

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Mckay, Rachel Marie, Magaña, Lisa, Elias, Olivia, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This study was conducted to determine the effect of various sodium and calcium-based saline treatments on the germination and early growth of Leucaena leucocephala. The evaluation of calcium-based salts has never been studied for its effects on Leucaena leucocephala. This experiment utilized 5 increasing concentrations of sodium chloride, calcium chloride, and a 1:1 ratio of NaCl: CaCl2. The growth and germination of these seeds were recorded over the course of 11 days. Two trials of this experiment were run- the first using seeds collected from ASU’s Polytechnic campus and the second using seeds collected from roadside landscaping. The results of ...

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Fiorentin, Giovanna Marie, Martin, Chris, Stutz, Jean, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Background: Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) is one of the only malignancies whose incidence is rising in the United States. Current multidrug treatment for EAC has considerable toxic side effects that necessitate the development of less toxic, more specific target drugs. Recent large scale genomic analysis reveals that TP53 is the most frequently inactivated gene in EAC. One of the primary functions of TP53 and its gene product, the tumor suppressor p53, is in regulation of DNA repair in response to DNA damage. Inactivation of TP53 results in loss of the G1/S cell cycle checkpoint, and dependence on the G2/M checkpoint for ...

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Blomquist, Mylan, Maley, Carlo, Inge, Landon, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Abstract: International Service Devils (ISD) is a non-profit volunteer program established and run by students at Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus. Since 2013, International Service Devils has volunteered in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and India. This blog, written by Kali Richmond and myself, shares the experience of how we as students have established a new volunteer program in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We have described in an entertaining fashion, our entire learning process from the brainstorming and organizing, to the results of the trip itself. This includes the struggles that we had to overcome with planning and finances, as well ...

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Chacon, Zari, Richmond, Kali, Oberstein, Bruce, et al.
Created Date
2017-04

In a cross memoir and essay format, I examine what connection barriers veterans face when communicating with civilians. I interviewed veterans after adapting an interview schedule and model release form. Additionally, I researched creative nonfiction, guided autobiography, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. I chose to focus mainly on soldiers returning from recent conflicts. Once I collected my interviews, I synthesized the stories I heard with personal memoir. The thesis focuses on three parts: coming home, communication barriers, and connection. Weaving in both my personal reflection and the voices of the soldiers I interviewed, I evaluate possible ways veterans and civilians fail ...

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Fletcher, Jessica Marie, Wells, Cornelia, Deluse, Stephanie, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This full-length, two-act play explores the way loss brings together and tears apart two families in the United States, a lower-middle class Mexican family and a relatively wealthy white family. Throughout the play we explore family dynamics, culture, and how we all ultimately cope with navigating a complex and often devastating world. While this thesis project has completed the honors requirements, the play itself is still under construction. The version you see here is a final thesis project, but not a final product.

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Bilker, Molly Alexandra, King de Ramirez, Carmen, Stephens, Mary, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

A total of 154 families were included in the larger study in which this study is situated. A sub-sample of 32 parent-child dyads (balanced in terms of parent and child gender and ethnicity) were randomly selected for in-depth content analysis of transcript and video data. The fourth-grade students and their parents were recruited from elementary schools, community recreation centers, and public libraries. Each dyad participated in six science activities while researchers audio and video recorded sessions, which were then transcribed and coded for expressions of encouragement and discouragement. Parents filled out questionnaires while children were interviewed. Parents did not report ...

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Messinger, Kayla Lorrie-Lee, Sandrin, Susannah, Seeley, Bridget, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The stress levels of the average person in today’s society are extremely high and this can have a massive effect on health, especially on the cardiovascular system. The two most common types of stress, acute and chronic, effect the cardiovascular system differently. Acute stress comes from a short term source of perceived danger, such as giving a presentation in front of a crowd, or being chased by a wild animal. Chronic stress is the dull anxiety that hangs around consistently and comes from long-term sources of stress, such as a negative work environment or feeling trapped in a poor relationship. ...

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Jarrett, Jacqalyn Renee, Oberstein, Bruce, Murphree, Julie, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This study addresses the question: is it possible for consumers to make informed decisions regarding their privacy, while using smartphones, in the face of the complex web of actors, incentives, and conveniences afforded by the technology? To address this question, the Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) model is used to analyze common situations consumers find themselves engaged in. Using the SCOT model, relevant actors are identified; their interpretations of various technologies are expressed; relative power is discussed; and possible directions for closure are examined. This analysis takes place by looking at three specific themes within privacy disputes in general: anonymity, ...

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Kula, Shane, Hackett, Ed, Sarewitz, Daniel, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.