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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.


Series
  • Academic Year 2011-2012
Date Range
2011 2015


The purpose of this analysis of the Cottonwood Clippers Swim Team is to give the team and its Board members another perspective on the team’s functioning and to identify potential changes that could benefit the team. As a previous member and coach, I have a unique perspective from my experiences being on the team and from being a coach interacting with swimmers, parents, and the Board members. The idea of this thesis project stemmed from my personal experiences with the team and a desire to give back to the team members by helping them improve their business operations and helping ...

Contributors
Wilber, Amanda, Ostrom, Amy, Milliken, John, et al.
Created Date
2012-04

The challenge of healthcare delivery has attracted widespread attention since the report published by the World Health Organization in 2000, ranking the US 37th in overall health systems performance among 191 Member States. In addition, Davis et al. (2007) demonstrated that healthcare costs in the US were higher than all other countries, despite the fact that care was not the better than all other countries. The growing population in the US, combined with continued medical advances, has increased the demand for quality healthcare services. With this growth, however, comes the challenge of managing rising costs and maintaining efficient operations while ...

Contributors
Xu, Chuan, Wu, Teresa, Shunk, Dan, et al.

The concepts of animal rights and animal welfare are often used interchangeably, but it is important to recognize their distinctions when conceptualizing an argument about animal welfare laws. The animal rights approach is the more radical, as its advocates advance the belief that humans should not use any products from of created by animals. On the other hand, animal welfare advocates set out to improve the legal structure that protects animals from suffering and push for more humane treatment. It is important to the movement to have laws that clearly define cruel acts and impose punishments to deter people from ...

Contributors
Wilson, Jessica, Kramer, Zachary, Facinelli, Diane, et al.
Created Date
2012-04

A student-run theatre company would give students more opportunities to perform. as well as opportunities to direct, design, and produce something that is not usually available to us. The main goal of the topic is to create a student-run theatre company that would be able to support three to four minimal, low budget productions each year that are directed, designed, and performed by the students. These productions could be works that are new or out of the mainstream, one-act operas or musicals, works written or composed by our own students, or even standard repertoire. Productions could be minimal, with the ...

Contributors
Zheng, Shuwen, Reber, William, Dreyfoos, Dale, et al.
Created Date
2015-06-18

Biogeography is the study of the spatial distribution of the earth's biota, both in the present and the past. Traditionally, biogeographical studies have relied on a combination of surveys of existing populations, fossil evidence, and the geological record of the earth. However, with the advent of relatively inexpensive methods of DNA sequencing, it is now possible to use information concerning the genetic relatedness of individuals in populations to address questions about how those populations came to be where they are today. For example, biogeographical studies of HIV-I provide strong support for the hypothesis that this virus arose in Africa through ...

Contributors
Zheng, Wenyu, Taylor, Jesse, Escalante, Ananias, et al.
Created Date
2015-06-16

Bexarotene is a commercially produced drug commonly known as Targetin presecribed to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Bex mimics the actions of natural 9-cis retinoic acid in the body, which are derived from Vitamin A in the diet and boost the immune system. Bex has been shown to be effective in the treatment of multiple types of cancer, including lung cancer. However, the disadvantages of using Bex include increased instances of hypothyroidism and excessive concentrations of blood triglycerides. If an analog of Bex can be developed which retains high affinity RXR binding similar to the 9-cis retinoic acid while exhibiting ...

Contributors
Yang, Joanna, Jurutka, Peter, Wagner, Carl, et al.

Social and economic turmoil in the wake of the Great Recession have resurrected longstanding political and social tensions. Jumping on the bandwagon revival of “conservatism” in American politics demonstrated by sizable Republican gains in the 2010 midterm elections, conservatives in faith-based communities have revived so-called “social issues,” particularly seeking to roll back LGBT and reproductive rights. I aim to underscore the internal tensions that exist between policy choices of social and fiscal conservatives. Through a critical reading of the Bible and a comparative discussion about the role of government in modern-day economies, I seek to interrogate the longsstanding assumptions that ...

Contributors
Wong, Michael, Montesano, Mark, Wells, Cornelia, et al.

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Contributors
Haselwood, Brittney, LaBelle, Jeffrey, Barrett, The Honors College
Created Date
2011-11

During the 1950s, there were many events that defined the Asian Cold War. This academic thesis has set out to distinguish the reason for the Republic of China’s continued survival on the island of Taiwan during the 1950s. All three crises provided the answer to the question why and how did the Republic of China survive on Taiwan. The Korean War conflict could have expanded into a global war if the United States 7th Fleet had not intervened. The First Taiwan Strait Crisis from 1954-1955 was an attempt by the People’s Republic of China to enter formal diplomatic negotiations with ...

Contributors
Zapolski-Bialek, Sebastian, Rush, James, Wang, Ning, et al.
Created Date
2012-04

Dead Letter Office is an experiment in story-telling through computer animation; investigating world-building through nineteenth-century Victorian culture infused with the folklore of White Socks and set in a fictional city. This manuscript documents the output-oriented approach behind the creative project and is divided into two parts: conceptual development and technical execution. The first half will talk about the world in with Dead Letter Office takes place, the evolution of the storyline, and how it draws from its historical influences. The second half will be a breakdown of process and assumes a basic knowledge of Atodesk Maya 2012, placing stronger emphasis ...

Contributors
Yau, Patty, Magenta, Muriel, Messinger, Ellen, et al.