Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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2008 2017

Every year, millions of people find themselves displaced from their homes because of fear or threats of violence. Some of these people will become refugees, who will then be resettled in the United States. In order to help with the resettlement process, refugees are given cultural orientations through their resettlement organizations. The Phoenix Police Department teaches one of these cultural orientations for local resettlement agencies in order to dispel some of the fears refugees have about law enforcement and build a stronger relationship with the refugee community. Past research on this topic has been limited within the United States, but ...

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Baumgartner, Rachel Paige, Telep, Cody, O'Flaherty, Katherine, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

This paper was born of the researcher’s personal interest. As someone who commutes by bike and plans to continue to do so for the foreseeable future, the researcher was intrigued by the growing bicycle culture in Phoenix, Arizona, a city that can sometimes make commuting without a car quite difficult. The researcher aimed to uncover why cycling is becoming more popular as a mode of transportation in a city that can often be hostile towards cyclists. This paper first reviews some previous studies done on alternative commuting. Next, it details a commute-shed analysis conducted with the help of the US ...

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Parma, Alexander John, Kelley, Jason, Shrestha, Milan, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

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

This thesis explores and analyzes the emergence of for-profit stem cell clinics in the United States, specifically in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Stem cell therapy is an emerging field that has great potential in preventing or treating a number of diseases. Certain companies are currently researching the application of stem cells as therapeutics. At present the FDA has only approved one stem cell-based product; however, there are a number of companies currently offering stem cell therapies. In the past five years, most news articles discussing these companies offering stem cell treatments talk of clinics in other countries. Recently, there seems ...

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Amrelia, Divya Vikas, Brafman, David, Frow, Emma, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

“The Secondary Integration of Somalis in Phoenix” is a multifaceted thesis research project consisting of a full literature review, an economic report, a reflection, and a 30-minute TV Documentary entitled Speak. Speak can be view for free at: https://vimeo.com/148383163 The literature review is divided into three main categories: current literature on issues of citizenship and identity, the economic position of Somalis, and basic demographic studies of specific Somali communities. The economic report focuses on job placement and employer data, which greatly connects to Somali housing patterns. The reflection document is a “behind the scenes” look at the project manifestation, process, ...

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Netsch, Bailey Layne, O'Flaherty, Katherine, Kocherga, Angela, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

The Westward Ho is a historical landmark of Phoenix. Once an architectural experimental design redefining luxury accommodations in the 1920s, the Westward Ho attracted former Hollywood icons and political leaders for several decades until it closed its doors in the early 1970s. Now categorized as a low income subsidized living residence, many diverse yet high-risk groups of people currently call the establishment “home.” While considered home to most, a Needs and Assets Assessment survey conducted by Arizona State University students and professionals exposed that the residents feel disconnected from each other as well as from the external greater Phoenix community. ...

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Johnson, Ashia Sydney, Peck, Sidnee, Ostrom, Amy, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

Background: Latinos represent 40.8% of the population in Phoenix (U.S. Census Bureau Population Division, 2010). South Phoenix, also known as the South Mountain Village, defined in geographical terms as area zip codes 85040 and 85042; is a predominantly Latino community comprised of mixed citizenship status households. During the 2010 United States Census 60.3% of the population in South Phoenix identified as Latino, 25.75% of the total population was foreign born. Of the foreign born population, 88.95% were of Latin American origin (United States Census Bureau, 2007-2011 American Community Survey). Understanding how Latino immigrants perceive differences in health between their communities ...

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Gray, Laurel, Wutich, Amber, Quiroga, S. Seline, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

The lonely, empty face panhandling on the street corner has a story to tell. At first glance, most people write the homeless off as less than worthy. However, there is a deeper connection and understanding of relationships and a sense of community unseen by the majority of passer-byers. Amidst the humdrum beat of every day life, there is toil to find basic necessities such as food, water, sanitation, and a place to rest. At the same time, there is laughter and friendship as they help one another through the hostilities of their circumstances. Combining the creative elements of photojournalism and ...

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Fisher, Meghan, Hruschka, Daniel, Hita, Liza, et al.
Created Date
2012-12

This paper intends to analyze the Phoenix Suns’ shooting patterns in real NBA games, and compare them to the “NBA 2k16” Suns’ shooting patterns. Data was collected from the first five Suns’ games of the 2015-2016 season and the same games played in “NBA 2k16”. The findings of this paper indicate that “NBA 2k16” utilizes statistical findings to model their gameplay. It was also determined that “NBA 2k16” modeled the shooting patterns of the Suns in the first five games of the 2015-2016 season very closely. Both, the real Suns’ games and the “NBA 2k16” Suns’ games, showed a higher ...

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Harrington, John P., Armbruster, Dieter, Kamarianakis, Ioannis, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

A Tale of Two Deserts: Examining Food Deserts in Downtown Phoenix is a 26 minute 46 second documentary by Kaly Nasiff. Link to documentary: https://youtu.be/4pRBIwHb2qM. The documentary starts by explaining what a food desert is, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, and how the problem is compacted in downtown Phoenix. The USDA defines food deserts as, “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets and healthy food providers.” There are over 40 food deserts ...

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Nasiff, Kaly Ann, Craft, John, Fergus, Tom, 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.