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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


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2015 2018

The work for this thesis was done in conjunction to that of my capstone project, which focused on understanding the effects of powder re-use on products built via Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), a specific additive manufacturing (AM) technique where powder particles are sintered together to form final parts. Honeywell Aerospace helped support this research by providing materials and mentorship; this work will play a key role in their decision to implement DMLS and other AM methods on a larger scale. Whereas the capstone focuses on the technical details of constructing characterization equipment, analyzing data, and formulating a concluding recommendation ...

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Murella, Anoosha Sainagaki, Adams, James, Tasooji, Amaneh, et al.
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2016-05

Although it is typically a normal family process, marital conflict that is not managed in a healthy way can lead to disruptions in the family system. Because approximately 46% of marriages end in divorce (U.S. Center for Disease Control, 2017), a literature review was conducted to better understand the complex relationship between marital conflict and socioemotional development in children. The current study focused on multiple phases in the family system: (1) the transition to parenthood, (2) early childhood, (3) middle childhood, and (4) adolescence. The review found that marital conflict and socioemotional development in children have bidirectional effects within developmental ...

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Nam, JoAnn Jihyun, Iida, Masumi, Bradley, Robert, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Research has examined the many motivations of international volunteers (voluntourists), but there is limited research about how volunteers are reached, as well as differing perceptions between travelers who have and have not traveled before. This study examines the preferences and perspectives of college-age, western backpackers. The general terms “backpacker” and “traveler” are used throughout the paper for simplicity, but it is important to note that these backpackers are specifically from the college-age, western demographic. First, the study addresses which recruitment avenues are the most successful, as well as which avenues could be utilized to increase the number of foreign, short-term ...

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Workman, Hunter, Pfeiffer, Nicholaus, Wang, Lili, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The goal of our study is to identify socio-economic risk factors for depressive disorder and poor mental health by statistically analyzing survey data from the CDC. The identification of risk groups in a particular demographic could aid in the development of targeted interventions to improve overall quality of mental health in the United States. In our analysis, we studied the influences and correlations of socioeconomic factors that regulate the risk of developing Depressive Disorders and overall poor mental health. Using the statistical software STATA, we ran a regression model of selected independent socio-economic variables with the dependent mental health variables. ...

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Grassel, Samuel, Choueiri, Alexi, Choueiri, Robert, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Musical interpretation is challenging when one’s goal is to evoke an emotional response from an audience. In order to develop a well-informed interpretation of Mozart’s Fantasia in D minor K. 397, a study was conducted on the historical background of the piece and various performances by well-regarded performers. Fantasias are written works, but improvisatory by nature. Mozart’s fantasias were influenced by C. P. E. Bach’s, which included sudden changes in emotion. An Emil Gilels performance provided a classically trained approach, while Mitsuko Uchida’s performance provided an emotional approach. Colin Tilney and John Irving performances elucidated the sound of the instruments ...

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Mo, Gina Nan, Emmery, Laura, Creviston, Hannah, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Current wound closure technology is limited, and lacks key elements – such as the formation of an immediate seal – that could otherwise resolve some of the common and life threatening complications associated with certain surgeries. Previous research has produced nanosealants capable of providing that immediate seal through the use of laser activation with a near infrared laser. Here, we have developed a biocompatible suture utilizes the same mechanics to provide the tensile strength needed to replace or supplement existing suture lines. Laser activated tissue integrating sutures (LATIS), are shown to have 75% of the tensile strength of commercially available ...

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Chang, Andy, Rege, Kaushal, Goklany, Sheba, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Marijuana is currently the mostly widely used illicit drug in the U.S., and has been for multiple decades (Johnston et. al., 2016). Despite a growing belief that marijuana use is not harmful, over 4 million Americans have met criteria for marijuana use disorders in the past year alone (CBHSQ, 2015). According to marijuana trajectory studies, about a third of marijuana users will end up quitting later in life, but some – such as those who meet criteria for dependence – have a much greater difficultly quitting. Therefore, by looking at marijuana users who were successful in quitting, and comparing them ...

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Gomez, Kira Elise, Pardini, Dustin, Glenberg, Arthur, et al.
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2016-12

Predicting the binding sites of proteins has historically relied on the determination of protein structural data. However, the ability to utilize binding data obtained from a simple assay and computationally make the same predictions using only sequence information would be more efficient, both in time and resources. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an algorithm developed to predict regions of high-binding on proteins as it applies to determining the regions of interaction between binding partners. This approach was applied to tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), its receptor TNFR2, programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1), and one ...

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Brooks, Meilia Catherine, Woodbury, Neal, Diehnelt, Chris, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

The academic study of eSports, or professional competition through the medium of video games, has tended to focus on players' motivations to play and watch eSports as well as marketing concerns of huge eSports corporations. Instead of utilizing marketing or psychology to analyze this phenomenon, I investigate three areas of focus in accordance with available literature: the fans and their characteristics, the design of the game itself, and the relationship between fans and the game’s developer. This investigation was conducted by first examining existing literature surrounding eSports fans, then collecting public domain data such as Reddit posts, forum posts, and ...

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Hilliker, Noah Henry, Ingram-Waters, Mary, Schmidt, Peter, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Acyl Carrier Protein (ACP) is a small, acidic protein that plays an essential role in fatty acid synthesis by elongating fatty acid chains. ACP was isolated from an extract of a modified strain of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 that contains a thioesterase and from which the acyl-ACP synthetase has been deleted. Using ammonium sulfate precipitation to isolate a crude protein fraction containing ACP, immunoblot analysis was performed to determine relative amounts of free and acylated-ACP in the cell. The nature of fatty acids attached to ACP was determined by creating butylamide derivatives that were analyzed using GC/MS. Immunoblot analysis showed ...

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Wu, Sharon Gao, Vermaas, Willem, Redding, Kevin, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

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.