Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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  • Academic Year 2011-2012
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2011 2015

According to the 2010 Trafficking in Persons report produced by the United States government, over 6.8 million women and children across the globe were forced into labor or into the sex trade. The Philippines was recently promoted to Tier 2 in the summer of 2011 as mandated by the United States Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act after being on the Tier 2 Watch List in 2009-2010. Being on the Tier 2 Watch List means that the Philippine government did not enforce laws that combat human trafficking in 2009-2011. It was speculated that the country had the potential to be demoted to ...

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Vance Lan-Ette, Kamala, Linde, Jennifer, Roe-Sepowitz, Dominique, et al.
Created Date
2012-03

This creative project represents the only creative writing that I have had the opportunity to create during my time at Barrett as a finance major. As such, I had to learn the story-telling process from scratch. My endeavors were further complicated by the fact that I desired to emulate the writing of Ernest Hemingway. He is a man whom I have come to admire, and I believe that even though it is impossible for most of us to live our lives with as much external vigor and daring, we would do well to internalize his appreciation of life as a ...

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Wilson, Thomas, Dalton, Kevin, Mokwa, Michael, et al.
Created Date
2012-04

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

Our thesis project aims to evaluate a major semiconductor company’s (The Company) substrate supplier strategy in order to find the ideal number of suppliers that minimizes fixed cost and supplier power. With The Company spending roughly $2.2 billion annually on substrates, supplier strategy has a significant impact on their costs. As a general rule in micro processing, the circuitry of the processor becomes twice as dense every two years. The substrate, being the pathway through which the process or with the motherboard, must become more advanced as well, although the technology does not grow at nearly the same speed. Leading ...

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Wright, Brian, Hertzel, Michael, Simonson, Mark, et al.

Many of us regularly make decisions with the intention of living longer, healthier lives. We try to eat right, exercise, take vitamins, get checkups, and keep our bodies in general good shape. Some of the enhancements we make that are meant to increase the length or quality of life go even further: organ or joint replacement surgeries, cosmetic surgeries, cancer treatments, etc. These kinds of enhancements and attempts at increasing one's life, or, in some cases, the feeling or look of youth, are not the focus of this essay. These adjustments are too minor. Here I focus on the potential ...

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Whitney, Shannon, Calhoun, Chesire, Botham, Thad, et al.
Created Date
2012-04

Sprouts Farmers Market is a natural grocery retailer that has undertaken a major growth strategy in recent years, and as a result, will soon face the task of managing over 150 stores in 7 states. This rapid expansion has created a need for process improvement and automation for many tasks that have become too time consuming and cumbersome. As an intern working in the purchasing division of this company for over a year now, I have had the opportunity to identify some of these issues, one of which I have addressed through completion of my honors creative project.

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Weiss, Jesse, Shao, Benjamin, Hayes, Collen, et al.
Created Date
2011-04

Abstract Knit Together: Craft, Community, and Victims of Domestic Violence Allison Miller Domestic violence shelters play a major role in victim’s pathway to survivorship. Through an account of what constitutes domestic violence, who experiences domestic violence, data accumulated on domestic violence, and overview of domestic violence shelters and programs, and a snapshot view of a local domestic violence shelter in Phoenix, Arizona, this paper seeks to define and address the gaps in research involving victim’s roads to survivorship, specifically as they involve community building, empowerment, and avenues for stress release. Finally, the project records the researcher’s experiences and observations of ...

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Miller, Allison, Durfee, Alesha, Weitz, Rose, et al.
Created Date
2012-04-01

Abstract Stress-reducing Interventions During Pregnancy Sandy Morales The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of stress-reducing interventions on birth outcomes of abused and non-abused pregnant women and to synthesize the available evidence with recommendations for childbirth educators to implement during prenatal care. Electronic searches were conducted in the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Insurance Literature (CINAHL) and PubMed for interventions during pregnancy. Key word searches were conducted using the terms stress, pregnancy, depression, intervention, abuse, IPV, and stress management. Nine studies met the inclusion criteria, focusing on interventions for: (a) women at risk for or ...

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Morales, Sandy, Racords, Kathryn, Dodgson, Joan, et al.
Created Date
2012-04-01

Research on human grasp typically involves the grasp of objects designed for the study of fingertip forces. Instrumented objects for such studies have often been designed for the simulation of functional tasks, such as feeding oneself, or for rigidity such that the objects do not deform when grasped. The goal of this thesis was to design a collapsible, instrumented object to study grasp of breakable objects. Such an object would enable experiments on human grip responses to unexpected finger-object events as well as anticipatory mechanisms once object fragility has been observed. The collapsible object was designed to be modular to ...

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Torrez, Troy, Santos, Veronica, Santello, Marco, et al.
Created Date
2012-04

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.