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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


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.


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2013 2018


This thesis was conducted in order to determine the role played by food miles metrics in making the agricultural industry more sustainable. In an effort to analyze the importance of eat locally this study utilizes a partial life cycle assessment. This study looks at oranges grown in Arizona and California and inputs such as water, energy, fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide, frost mitigation, and distance in order to conduct the partial life cycle assessment. Results of this study indicate that food miles are not as significant, in relation to overall energy input, as the locavore movement claims. This is because production processes ...

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Maggass, Melissa Gail, Manuel-Navarrete, David, Martin, Thomas, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Table of Contents Executive Summary 2 Section 1: Background 3 Section 2: Survey Development 6 A: Survey Objectives 6 B: Methodology 6 C: Question Construction 8 D: Implementation 10 Section 3: Analysis and Interpretation 11 A: Evaluation Criteria 11 B: Analysis 11 Section 4: Conclusion & Recommendations 21 Appendix A 23 Appendix B 31

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Durfee, Kristen, Martin, Thomas, Brady, Jennifer, et al.
Created Date
2017-06-17

The Barrett Poly Writing Colloquium is a dedicated group of students and faculty that come together to provide Freshmen in the Human Event with an impactful tutoring experience that enriches their Human Event papers and reading responses. There were, however, a few major issues with the way in which tutoring sessions were recorded, archived, and maintained. We set out to clean up the process and provide a more positive experience for all involved. Starting out, we searched to find a way to electronically archive tutoring receipts that students receive at the end of a tutoring session. In the beginning of ...

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Liddle, Lucas, Fix, Nathan, Oberle, Eric, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

This thesis is structured proleptically, in the initial section I introduce the modern funeral service practices, what I call the compromise. The compromise consists of the system of burial rituals defined by what I call the beauty pageant and the utilitarian disposal. The beauty pageant is the burial practice which involves embalming and cosmetically decorating the deceased. The utilitarian disposal consists of cremating the deceased into ashes and leaving the option available for added accessories. Both aspects of the modern funeral are subject to exploitation of the deceased as they are products of commodifying the deceased. Following this, I detail ...

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Kohles, Devann Marie, Oberle, Oberle, Martin, Thomas, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Wolbachia is a genus of obligately intracellular bacterial endosymbionts of arthropods and nematodes, infecting up to 66% of all such species. In order to ensure its transmission, it may modify host reproduction by inducing one of four phenotypes: cytoplasmic incompatibility, feminization of genetic males, killing of male embryos, and induction of thelytokous parthenogenesis. This investigation was a characterization of the so-far unexamined Wolbachia infection of Pogonomyrmex ants. Five main questions were addressed: whether Wolbachia infection rates vary between North and South America, whether infection rates are dependent on host range, whether Wolbachia affects the caste determination of P. barbatus, whether ...

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Harris, Alexandre Marm, Gadau, Juergen, Martin, Thomas, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Batman is one of the most iconic characters in the history of popular culture. Ever since his creation in 1939, the character and his stories have gone through several changes. In my thesis, I explore and analyze the character within the nearly 20-year period in which he went through the most significant changes (1968-1986). Overall, these changes can be summarized as a shift from a lighthearted superhero consistently placed in campy situations to a dark and brooding vigilante who brutally dispatches his enemies. While analyzing the different versions of this character in this period of time, I reference the conclusions ...

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Rivera-Passapera, Hiram Alfonso, Martin, Thomas, Miller, April, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

As robotics technology advances, robots are being created for use in situations where they collaborate with humans on complex tasks. For this to be safe and successful, it is important to understand what causes humans to trust robots more or less during a collaborative task. This research project aims to investigate human-robot trust through a collaborative game of logic that can be played with a human and a robot together. This thesis details the development of a game of logic that could be used for this purpose. The game of logic is based upon a popular game in AI research ...

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Boateng, Andrew Owusu, Sodemann, Angela, Martin, Thomas, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Effective communication and engineering are not a natural pairing. The incongruence is because engineering students are focused on making, designing and analyzing. Since these are the core functions of the field there is not a direct focus on developing communication skills. This honors thesis explores the role and expectations for student engineers within the undergraduate engineering education experience to present and communicate ideas. The researchers interviewed faculty about their perspective on students’ abilities with respect to their presentation skills to inform the design of a workshop series of interventions intended to make engineering students better communicators. As undergraduate students at ...

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Albin, Joshua, Brancati, Sara, Lande, Micah, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

It goes without saying that marriage, and the concept of two people staying together for the rest of their lives, is not easy. In today’s society, divorce is something that is becoming more and more prominent among people. However, despite the divorce phenomenon there are still success stories of couples who last and manage to stick together despite the odds. It is difficult to measure the “successfulness” of any marriage due to the fact that so many different elements comprise them. However, there are endless assessments available to be used as tools for attempting measurement of success. A majority of ...

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Serdy, Taylor B, Martin, Thomas, Mowzoon, Nura, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world and represents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies. S. Typhimurium strains are specifically attracted to compounds produced by cancer cells and could overcome the traditional therapeutic barrier. However, a major problem with using live attenuated Salmonella as anti-cancer agents is their toxicity at the dose required for therapeutic efficacy, but reducing the dose results in diminished efficacy. In this project, we explored novel means to reduce the toxicity of the recombinant attenuated Salmonella by genetically engineering those virulence factors to facilitate maximal colonization of tumor tissues ...

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Benson, Lee Samuel, Kong, Wei, Martin, Thomas, et al.
Created Date
2013-05