Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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Exosomes have been known to secrete an increased amount of miRNA and noncoding genes that are abnormally expressed in various cancer subtypes. Thus, they may be an early marker for pediatric cancer types that are more difficult to diagnosis without invasive techniques, and may also help identify progression of the disease. In the project, six types of pediatric cancer cell lines, along with their extracted exosomes, were analyzed and tested for different monoclonal antibodies through western blot analysis. The genes EWS-FLI1 and FGFR4 were also identified in some cancer cell lines through Reverse-Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction analysis (RT-PCR). The results ...

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Kaur Bhinder, Harsimran, Lake, Douglas, Azorsa, David
Created Date
2017-11-30

This thesis seeks to evaluate whether the benefits of spinal fusion surgeries are worth their increasing costs. The paper examines the trends that contribute to these surgeries’ increasing prices and then evaluates the customer impact of these surgeries in order to make a conclusion on whether the surgeries are worth it. This paper discusses the main factors that contribute to the increase in prices of these surgeries and these include the aging population, the increase in diabetes rates, and the practice of purchasing physicians owned distributorships (PODs) devices in some hospitals. The paper concluded that there is a definite correlation ...

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Disengi Nkunzi, Jossel, Allenby, Braden, Bohl, Michael
Created Date
2017-11-20

The purpose of this study was to examine whether positive affirmations can lower depressive symptoms amongst male and female Arizona State University (ASU) honors students. Male and female ASU honors students (20-22 years of age; N=40) were recruited from Barrett, the Honors College, through email and online newsletters. Students who had been previously or were at the time diagnosed with clinical depression were not permitted to participate in the study. Only 9 female and 14 males completed the entire study. Participants completed a pre- and post- test that each consisting of reading aloud questions and their answers from the Beck’s ...

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Chan, Angie, Duran, Jose, Chisum, Jack, et al.

This paper investigates the effect of government subsidies on the performance of new energy companies. An empirical analysis using data from Chinese A-share listed new energy firms and companies of other industries under standard classification of industries by China Securities and Regulatory Commission and a case study of GCL-Poly are combined. The result shows that government subsidies have negative effects on new energy companies' performance and their R&D intensity.

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Cao, Li

Since the emergence of behavioral economics, our understanding of human behavior and decision-making has improved through the widespread use of conducting experiments. In tandem, behavioral and experimental economists seek to merge psychology and emotion into economic thought to better understand the agents that comprise our economic systems. Vernon Smith, a Nobel Prize winning experimental economist, wrote an article on how economic agents in asset market experiments create bubbles (commonly referred to as “booms and busts” or “market crashes”). This study builds on Smith’s work and seeks to better understand how participants behave when given information about the expected outcome of ...

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Labansat, Derek, Goegan, Brian, Eaton, John
Created Date
2017-11-01

Across​ ​group​ ​studies,​ ​identifying​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​one​ ​group​ ​over​ ​the​ ​other​ ​is​ ​instrumental​ ​in determining​ ​the​ ​traits​ ​of​ ​an​ ​individual’s​ ​personality.​ ​Furthermore,​ ​when​ ​someone’s​ ​style​ ​of​ ​dress causes​ ​them​ ​to​ ​fit​ ​into​ ​a​ ​group,​ ​their​ ​personality​ ​is​ ​likely​ ​to​ ​be​ ​dictated​ ​by​ ​what​ ​they​ ​are​ ​wearing and​ ​who​ ​they​ ​are​ ​with.​ ​Attendees​ ​of​ ​comic​ ​conventions​ ​have​ ​been​ ​part​ ​of​ ​a​ ​growing​ ​trend​ ​to dress​ ​up​ ​as​ ​their​ ​favorite​ ​characters​ ​from​ ​different​ ​anime,​ ​manga,​ ​television​ ​shows,​ ​books,​ ​video games,​ ​etc.,​ ​where​ ​they​ ​can​ ​meet​ ​like-minded​ ​people​ ​who​ ​share​ ​similar​ ​interests​ ​and​ ​hobbies. When​ ​combining​ ​changes​ ​of​ ​affect,​ ​and​ ​similarities​ ​of​ ...

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Leshner, Connor, De La Garza, Amira, Mack, Robert, et al.
Created Date
2017-10

Many students are eager to take on internships in the hopes of learning what a full-time may entail. Yet, a disconnect seems to exist between student’s perceptions and employer’s expectations in regard to what an internship entails. Many students are unsure of what the requirements are required obtain an internship just as employers are unaware of what students are seeking in an internship experience. The ultimate goal for every new collegiate student should be to have a job lined up for them upon graduation. However, as most students already know, entry-level jobs require experience. From start to finish, the process ...

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Simpson, Max, Eaton, John, Kutz, Elana
Created Date
2017-10-27

In responding to any human rights violation, two questions often arise: what can be done, and who should do it? In response to the horrible violation that is sex trafficking in Russia and Ukraine, this paper will explore the historical, social, political, and economic context that facilitates trafficking, identify common understandings of the issue and corresponding approaches, and attempt to synthesize an approach to combatting sex trafficking that will be most effective in Russia and Ukraine. I will argue that an effective anti-trafficking strategy requires four axes of approach, and that current efforts in Russia and Ukraine are currently insufficient ...

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Jay, Emily, Stoff, Laurie, Von Hagen, Mark, et al.
Created Date
2017-08-18

Succinylcholine-induced apnea is a common problem in pre-hospital medicine that affects 1/1800 patients who undergo rapid sequence intubation. Succinylcholine is an anesthetic that mimics the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. It binds to cholinergic receptors, blocking acetylcholine access, and causes paralysis for (normally) only a short time. Butyrylcholinesterase, which is responsible for succinylcholine hydrolysis, is deficient in a small percentage of the population. Previous studies have shown that wild-type butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) can be produced in transient-expression Nicotiana benthamiana, and can reverse the effects of succinylcholine induced apnea through enzyme replacement therapy. The wild type enzyme is also capable of irreversibly binding and inactivating ...

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Scott, Boston, Mor, Tsafrir, Mason, Hugh, et al.

My aims with this research project were to conduct a network analysis on collaborators in the ¡Viva Maryvale! project, a diabetes prevention program in Maryvale, AZ. The goals of the social network analysis were to measure the connections that collaborating organizations have to each other, the strength of these connections, and the activities that connected organizations collaborate on. I hypothesized that performing a network analysis would inform me of the strengths and weaknesses of the ¡Viva Maryvale! project in order to advise the next steps of a targeted approach to diabetes prevention among vulnerable populations, thus affecting public health outcomes ...

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Kellog, Anna, Shaibi, Gabriel, Soltero, Erica, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

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.