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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


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2000 2018

This study was designed to create a more user-friendly experience in utilizing the M-Sorter package for spike sorting and detection. This was achieved through the creation of a Graphical User Interface or GUI. The GUI was created for the spike detection portion of sorting. Through the creation of the M-Sorter detection GUI, now novice programmers can run the detector process. Additionally, the parameters are easily altered which will greatly decrease the time it takes to enter data and eliminate mistakes users may make in data entry.

Contributors
Markley, Harry Tre, Si, Jennie, Wang, Sijia, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This paper explores two areas of study: Colony Collapse Disorder and urban apiculture--the practice of keeping bees in urban areas. Additionally, this paper discusses the ways in which Colony Collapse Disorder has encouraged an increase in urban beekeeping, and the possible role of urban apiculture as a means of combatting the negative effects of Colony Collapse Disorder. The symptoms, history, and possible causes of Colony Collapse Disorder are presented, as well as the important role that honey bees play in human agriculture. Following the discussion of Colony Collapse Disorder is a description of my urban beekeeping apprenticeship at Desert Marigold ...

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Romero, Madelyn Rattan, Schoon, Michael, Silcox, Holly, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

This project examines a complex issue in urban ecology: the impact of biodiversity on ecosystem services, and considers how this varies across cities. Data were gathered on multiple economic and ecological parameters for a selection of seven cities around the world and analyzed via multiple linear regression in order to assess any relationships that may be at play. Significance values were then calculated to further define the relationships between the data. Analysis found that both biophysical and socioeconomic factors affected ecosystem services, although not all hypotheses regarding these relationships were met. Conclusions indicate that this model was fairly effective in ...

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McDannald, Lindsay JoAnne, Perrings, Charles, Kinzig, Ann, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This work aims to give the general public a unique insight into French urban culture through my experience while living and filming a personal documentary in Lyon, France. The goal of the project is to examine and consequently describe what this culture consists of while comparing and contrasting it to our own urban culture. The work depicts the creators and performers of the culture as well as its audience, which differs from our own here in the U.S in part thanks to France’s efficient public transportation system, used by people from every social class. Immersing myself in this fascinating world ...

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Gradilla, Cesar Uriel, Bahtchevanova, Mariana, Chabaud, Aurélie, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The growing urban heat island (UHI) phenomenon is having detrimental effects on urban populations and the environment, and therefore, must be addressed. The purpose of this research is to investigate possible strategies that could be utilized to reduce the effects of the urban heat island for the city of Phoenix. Current strategies, case studies, and the ENVI-Met modeling software were used to finalize conclusions and suggestions to further progress Phoenix’s goals in combating its urban heat island. Results from the studies found that there is much potential in reducing daytime and evening temperatures through improving infrastructure by means of increased ...

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Shqalsi, Ema, Pijawka, David, Middel, Ariane, et al.
Created Date
2016-12
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Desert ecosystems are one of the fastest urbanizing areas on the planet. This rapid shift has the potential to alter the abundances and species richness of herbivore and plant communities. Herbivores, for example, are expected to be more abundant in urban desert remnant parks located within cities due to anthropogenic activities that concentrate food resources and reduce native predator populations. Despite this assumption, previous research conducted around Phoenix has shown that top-down herbivory led to equally reduced plant biomass. It is unclear if this insignificant difference in herbivory at rural and urban sites is due to unaltered desert herbivore populations ...

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Alvarez Guevara, Jessica Noemi, Ball, Becky A., Hall, Sharon J., et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This paper examines the development of United States drone policy outside of traditional battle zones. It poses the question of why do states use drones as a projection of force? In particular, the paper examines the expansion of the drone program within a system of democratic checks and balances. It looks at the effect that political and legal influences have had on the expansion of the drone program and hypothesizes that the presence of these constraints should increase drone use outside of traditional battle zones. In order to investigate this hypothesis, the paper looks at data on drone strikes from ...

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Rajan, Rohit Subramaniam, Wright, Thorin, Rothenberg, Daniel, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free” presents the United States with a unique dilemma: balancing a welcoming signal to immigrants abroad, with the right to exercise its sovereignty and “[F]orbid the entrance of foreigners to its territory in general or in particular cases, or to certain persons or for certain particular purposes; according as it may think it to be advantageous . . .” Regulating persons who take the pledge inscribed in the Statue of Liberty literal and immigrate to the United States, has been at the heart of American immigration ...

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De La Cruz, Luis Alfonso, Cruz, Evelyn, Plascencia, Luis F. B., et al.
Created Date
2013-05

Every engineer is responsible for completing a capstone project as a culmination of accredited university learning to demonstrate technical knowledge and enhance interpersonal skills, like teamwork, communication, time management, and problem solving. This project, with three or four engineers working together in a group, emphasizes not only the importance of technical skills acquired through laboratory procedures and coursework, but the significance of soft skills as one transitions from a university to a professional workplace; it also enhances the understanding of an engineer’s obligation to ethically improve society by harnessing technical knowledge to bring about change. The CC2541 Smart SensorTag is ...

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Martin, Katherine Julia, Thornton, Trevor, Goryll, Michael, et al.
Created Date
2015-12

The ability to profile proteins allows us to gain a deeper understanding of organization, regulation, and function of different biological systems. Many technologies are currently being used in order to accurately perform the protein profiling. Some of these technologies include mass spectrometry, microarray based analysis, and fluorescence microscopy. Deeper analysis of these technologies have demonstrated limitations which have taken away from either the efficiency or the accuracy of the results. The objective of this project was to develop a technology in which highly multiplexed single cell in situ protein analysis can be completed in a comprehensive manner without the loss ...

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Gupta, Aakriti, Guo, Jia, Liang, Jianming, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

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.