Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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An English ballad several centuries old first introduced the world to a heroic outlaw named Robin Hood, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. The theme is a familiar one and one that is currently playing out in the tale of Aereo and its founder; a modern day Robin Hood accused of stealing form the rich (television broadcast companies) and giving to the poor (consumers). This paper will explore Aereo, its founder Chet Kanojia and the legal battle between the broadcast networks and Aereo; look at the history of television and broadcasting, explore why Aereo was a ...

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Fitzgerald, Darby Nicole, McGuire, Tim, Dodge, Nancie, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The purpose of this thesis is to examine the current state of the brick-and-mortar bookselling industry, with particular focus on independent bookstores and their strengths and weaknesses, and synthesizing recommendations for these bookstores to reinvent themselves in a rapidly changing market. This examination is highly relevant given recent concerns that, with the rise of e-retailers like Amazon and the closure of bookstore chain Borders, brick-and-mortar bookstores may be superseded by new digital vendors. Independent bookstores are thought to be at a particular disadvantage to these retailers, given their limited size and resources, as well as the lack of capital or ...

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Porrell, Kelly Maria, Montoya, Detra, Schlacter, John, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Body-worn camera technology is a relatively new player in the field of criminal justice. As much as they are being reported on or discussed, in reality, body-worn cameras have not been in use long enough to have strong empirical support. Recent studies outlined some of the perceived benefits and costs of the body-worn cameras. Research has been done on both officer and citizen perceptions of the cameras, but little has been done in regards to other stakeholders, especially those in the criminal justice system. This study takes 13 interviews of community and criminal justice stakeholders in Tempe, Arizona and examines ...

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Arenas, Lauren, White, Michael, Gaub, Janne, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

In the future a Community struggles for survival on an uninhabitable Earth. A small faction of rebels, called Villains, put the lives of the entire Community at risk as they fight for domination of their home. Heroes and their Sidekicks rise up from the population to fight the Villains and win back their world. As they complete their training and begin to enter the world of Heroes and Villains, Alyssa begins to struggle with her identity as a Sidekick, her new role in the Community, and whether she can really preserve all that matters most to her. This excerpt from ...

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Warren, Taylor Ann, Finn, Ed, Bell, Matt, et al.
Created Date
2015-12

This thesis aims to enhance K-6 Education in the United States by developing recommendations for how technology is utilized in the classroom as a means to teach collaborative skills. By applying the technological capabilities we have today to the Common Core State Standards that are gradually being adopted and implemented, officials can improve the quality of education across the country and create classroom environments conducive to knowledge acquisition and skill development. The research begins with the history of standards, starting with traditional outcome-based standards. It then delves into the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), which highlights the type of ...

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Petrovich, Nicholas Hugh, Ostrom, Amy, Ostrom, Lonnie, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

A look at current 3D printing capabilities, and exploring the potential for additive manufacturing to transform the economy in the future.

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Bennewitz, Chase, Paul, John, Parker, Kerry, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

This research study concerns the issue of gender diversity that still persists in STEM education, especially in computing-related fields. Females are so severely underrepresented in computing education that the diversity in the fields is even less than that in physics in K-12. This research study seeks to address the problem of low female participation in computing-related fields. For the purpose of the study, two versions of surveys were distributed. One was filled out by 94 local elementary school students that mostly in 3rd-4th grade; the other went to 399 college freshmen in W. P. Carey School of Business. It asks ...

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Zhou, Xingyan, Lin, Elva, Hsiao, Sharon I-Han, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Do more diverse teams create better outcomes, creatively and fiscally? Why do heterogeneous groups think more innovatively and create products that reach a wider audience? Diverse teams bring unique perspectives that force individuals to reimagine their world views and question what they know. This thesis focuses on the benefits of increased racial and gender diversity in the workplace. There is a dramatic difference in the number of women and people of color in tech companies generally, in STEM roles, and in leadership roles. The benefits of diverse teams (along all axis) is indisputable, yet companies still fight diversifying their employee ...

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Robinson, Sasha Raquel, Mokwa, Michael, Eaton, John, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

This report analyzes the intersection that is present between law and technology. It covers the basics of patents and intellectual property law, and then touches briefly about the software side of patent law. The future of patent and technology law are explored as well. The main focus of this report is the patent that was created for a beacon that provides for a full enterprise resource planning solution at both supply chain and full business levels.

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Shah, Dhara Vimesh, Michelle, Gross, Stevens, Yvonne, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Museum evaluation is an important process that aims to study an exhibit’s effectiveness in engaging visitors and in teaching concepts. Imperatives and methods to strengthen museum evaluation have been suggested and implemented in the past, but ultimately faced several challenges including the collection of visitor feedback in an efficient, non-intrusive way. The Ask Dr. Discovery project seeks to address the challenge of conducting efficient, affordable, and large-scale science museum evaluation via an interactive app aimed at collecting direct visitor feedback through use of the app and through questionnaires that also collect demographics. This thesis investigates how the demographics of metro ...

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Fernandez, Ivan, Bowman, Judd, Bowman, Catherine, 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.