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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


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2014 2018

Partial differential equation (PDE) models are widely used for modeling processes in the physical sciences, economics, and sociology, but are otherwise new to the realm of social media. They allow researchers to construct a single spatiotemporal mathematical model to predict, in the case of this study, the level of information saturation at particular points in space at specific times. Utilizing data from the popular social network Twitter, this study presents a preliminary work looking into the effects of aggregating spatial data on such a PDE model. In other literature, the source of analytical and statistical bias that results from arbitrary ...

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Raymond, Ross Edward Scott, Kwon, Kyounghee Hazel, Gruber, Diane, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This thesis grew out of my own experiences of the sudden loss of a loved one. It turns to the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and Paul Tillich to examine how vertical and meditative thought, respectively, aid in interpreting art to overcome such a tragic event. The first section of this thesis begins with an explanation of how I came to realize that my capacity to understand and interpret life had been restricted by a lens of calculative thought. The second section of this thesis addresses the philosophical lessons about depth in thought in the vertical plane that Paul Tillich teaches ...

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Dillman, Blake A., Ramsey, Ramsey Eric, Gruber, Diane, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

Perhaps by some ingrained sense of human preparedness, phobias are an outlier in the world of conditioning. Again and again, they are highlighted as the only thing which avoidance makes worse, rather than alleviates. My own fear of insects had reached its most severe level just as I began learning about phobias, and avoidance, in my undergraduate psychology courses. There, I learned that avoidance of the phobic stimulus – in my case, insects – seemed to be a fundamental element of maintaining a phobia, and I was more than guilty of it. Following this realization, I endeavored into what I ...

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Kavanaugh, Ashley Marie, Gruber, Diane, Lewis, Stephen, et al.
Created Date
2015-12

This thesis seeks to compile the best practices described in popular advice literature for women in leadership. The analyzed books are roughly categorized into two types, which will be labeled the Take No Prisoners and Girl Power approaches. The thesis then further transitions into discussions on three separate issues that women face during their careers. The first issue addresses the initial mindset that women must overcome in order to begin a path to success: “Striving for Perfection.” Continuing from that is the issue of “Working with Others,” which refers to the need to network and engage in mentoring. It represents ...

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Shannon, Alyssa Marie, Gruber, Diane, Gaffney, Cynthia, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

The purpose of this thesis is to examine the relationship between mental illness and capitalist consumer society. Many Americans are suffering from mental illness and there has to be something causing it besides a chemical imbalance in the brain. A capitalist society creates a set of expectations that conflict with human desires. The thesis takes a historical, economical, and psychological approach to answering the following question: Does a capitalist society make its citizens mentally sick? A brief history of capitalism over the past century is discussed, as well as a more in depth look at capitalism and the creation of ...

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Serki, Aisling Erin, Gruber, Diane, Ramsey, Ramsey Eric, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

A home holds so much more meaning and power than the physical structure of a house. As much as our personal space serves as an extension of ourselves, it also affects us. Furthermore, whichever state a home environment is in has a major impact on psychological well-being. This thesis is an investigation of the idea of home design as a means of addressing psychological anxiety through the point of view of a college student. The information is divided into three chapters; which are Overview of Relevant Scholarly Literature, Design Philosophies, and Personal Experience. Within the scholarly literature, well-being and anxiety ...

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Demaagd, Brittni Nicole, Gruber, Diane, Ramsey, Ramsey Eric, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

It seems that we are incessantly scolded about the importance of the American political process and its virtue of practicality in contemporary society. Whether through the accumulation of the so-called facts about the issues that inform the veneration of the contest between candidates, the stern and noble duty of becoming an activist performing dreary tasks, or the religious fervor surrounding the sacred obligation of voting, we are assured and reassured that our system is sound and that we must only confront problems of implementation rather than structural ones. From here, the narrative goes that if we subscribe to the doctrine ...

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Goldsmith, Adam Jay, Ramsey, Ramsey Eric, Gruber, Diane, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

As a writer and reader of young adult (YA) literature, I find it is impossible to ignore the rise of traditional masculinity within new, adolescent heroines. In the 21st century, readers have seen the rise of supposedly strong female characters—heroines who carry assault rifles and avoid their emotions. By relinquishing their emotions and their flaws, these heroines have sacrificed the qualities about themselves that initially made them appear so interesting. My desire to see more realistic heroines like myself developed into a creative fiction project that follows and acknowledges the voices of feminine heroines. I call these protagonists “female strong.” ...

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Goldsmith, Ilyssa Sallie, Gruber, Diane, Amparano, Julie, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

The purpose of this thesis will be to outline the different tactics involving social and digital media that film studios currently use to market their films. Before that is done, a brief history will be provided about the ways the film industry has promoted itself in the past, as well as a brief history of the development of social media. After the history is provided, the marketing tactics that studios use that involve digital and social media will be listed and explained. In addition to discussing the tactics used by studios, there will also be a discussion of the shifts ...

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Ramirez, Alvaro R, Gruber, Diane, Giles, Charles, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Delegation is a very important skill for a manager to have in any organization and is of the utmost importance when it comes to tasks being executed. Often times, delegation can be seen as something that managers dread because they do not want to give up their power and they feel that they can do it better. The notion of delegation can be something that is influenced by a variety of factors. For one, gender can be a driving force in how managers talk to their employees. In this project I will be exploring sections of Genderlect theory in how ...

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Gatica, Jose Guadalupe, Waldron, Vincent, Gruber, Diane, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

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.