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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


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This creative project is a visual and sonic exploration of emotion in a video game format. The game is a 2D side-scroller created using PyGame and Python that focuses on a character who uses “emotions” to navigate their increasingly unrecognizable world. This project was taken on to explore the ways in which technologically-created media can relate to the human experience of emotion, and the ways in which emotions are like software to the human body’s hardware. Additionally, this project conceptually comments on and rejects the idea that human situations always require a specific “appropriate” human emotion in response. Credit for ...

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Bennett, Ashley Laura, Ingalls, Todd, Kautz, Luke, et al.
Created Date
2014-12

Cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) is becoming an increasingly popular method of in vitro protein expression for biotechnology applications. However, there is still no comprehensive resource that outlines the most effective lysate and template combinations for efficient eukaryotic CFPS. To address this issue, expression vectors were constructed and assayed in order to determine their activity within three commercial eukaryotic CFPS systems: Wheat Germ Extract (WGE), Rabbit Reticulocyte Lysate (RRL), and HeLa Cell Lysate (HCL). Previously in the Chaput lab, a luciferase reporter vector was expressed in each lysate system, testing different template variables impacting protein expression, including the 5’ UTR sequence, ...

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Hartsough, Emily Mae, Chaput, John, Chandler, Douglas, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

CourseKarma is a web application that engages students in their own learning through peer-driven social networking. The influence of technology on students is advancing faster than the school system, and a major gap still lingers between traditional learning techniques and the fast-paced, online culture of today’s generation. CourseKarma enriches the educational experience of today’s student by creating a space for collaborative inquiry as well as illuminating the opportunities of self and group learning through online collaboration. The features of CourseKarma foster this student-driven environment. The main focus is on a news-feed and Question and Answer component that provides a space ...

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Cho, Sungjae, Mayron, Liam, Lobock, Alan, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The objective of this project concentrates on the game Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2). In this game, players are constantly striving to improve their skills, which are fueled by the competitive nature of the game. The design influences the community to engage in this interaction as they play the game cooperatively. This thesis illustrates the importance of player interaction in influencing design as well as how imperative design is in affecting player interaction. These two concepts are not separate, but are deeply entwined. Every action performed within a game has to interact with some element of design. Both ...

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Larsen, Austin James, Gee, James Paul, Holmes, Jeffrey, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The objective of this creative project was to gain experience in digital modeling, animation, coding, shader development and implementation, model integration techniques, and application of gaming principles and design through developing a professional educational game. The team collaborated with Glendale Community College (GCC) to produce an interactive product intended to supplement educational instructions regarding nutrition. The educational game developed, “Nutribots” features the player acting as a nutrition based nanobot sent to the small intestine to help the body. Throughout the game the player will be asked nutrition based questions to test their knowledge of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. If the ...

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Nolz, Daisy, Martin, Austin, Quinio, Santiago, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Distant is a Game Design Document describing an original game by the same name. The game was designed around the principle of core aesthetics, where the user experience is defined first and then the game is built from that experience. Distant is an action-exploration game set on a huge megastructure floating in the atmosphere of Saturn. Players take on the role of HUE, an artificial intelligence trapped in the body of a maintenance robot, as he explores this strange world and uncovers its secrets. Using acrobatic movement abilities, players will solve puzzles, evade enemies, and explore the world from top ...

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Garttmeier, Colin Reiser, Collins, Daniel, Amresh, Ashish, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Along with the number of technologies that have been introduced over a few years ago, gesture-based human-computer interactions are becoming the new phase in encompassing the creativity and abilities for users to communicate and interact with devices. Because of how the nature of defining free-space gestures influence user’s preference and the length of usability of gesture-driven devices, defined low-stress and intuitive gestures for users to interact with gesture recognition systems are necessary to consider. To measure stress, a Galvanic Skin Response instrument was used as a primary indicator, which provided evidence of the relationship between stress and intuitive gestures, as ...

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Lam, Christine, Walker, Erin, Danielescu, Andreea, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Modern technologies have allowed for new ways to tell stories. Specifically, interactive film is a medium that has existed for quite some time, but has never really been a widely used or accepted means of conveying narratives in an engaging and effective way. After reviewing some of the most popular interactive films to date, I sought to create an interactive film that takes some of the most effective tools implemented by these works of art. I ultimately created If: an Interactive Film with the knowledge I gained. If follows a date between a couple and gives a single audience member ...

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Conte, Salvatore Anthony, Sha, Xin Wei, Connell, Ellery, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The purpose of this project is to artistically express that our perceptions of the visual world are interrupted due to the often overlooked blinking of our eyes. The project was guided by two questions: 1) How is blink rate related to thought and emotion? 2) How does the process of blinking provide context to our life experiences? To link these two concepts together, I constructed a creative editing device that uses a live video feed of the user’s eye blinking to randomly launch pre-existing footage of the user’s significant life events. The process of creating this project occurred in three ...

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Yoshisato, Sarah Hanako, Connell, Ellery, Gharavi, Lance, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

The purpose of this project is to artistically express that our perceptions of the visual world are interrupted due to the often overlooked blinking of our eyes. The project was guided by two questions: 1) How is blink rate related to thought and emotion? 2) How does the process of blinking provide context to our life experiences? To link these two concepts together, I constructed a creative editing device that uses a live video feed of the user’s eye blinking to randomly launch pre-existing footage of the user’s significant life events. The process of creating this project occurred in three ...

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Yoshisato, Sarah Hanako, Connell, Ellery, Gharavi, Lance, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

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.