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Examining Behavioral Compatibility in Zebra Finches

Joy Watkins
The strength of a social relationship may influence how well conspecifics can coordinate their behaviors. The monogamous zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) is well-suited for studies of coordination because pair-bonded partners strive to coordinate their parental care efforts to increase reproductive success. This study evaluates how captive zebra finch mates coordinate their behavior to jointly solve a cognitive challenge. To do this, we are monitoring pairs’ success at solving a two-part coordination task. A training phase...

ChemE Car That Cud: AIChE ChemE Car Engineering Design Proposal, The

Thomas Christensen
The ChemE Car That Cud showcases Wyoming’s dominant industries of agriculture and mining by utilizing rumen fluid from a cannulated beef cow to generate hydrogen to be used in a hydrogen fuel cell and radioactive cesium, a byproduct of uranium that is often obtained from Wyoming’s mines, to time the car’s stop. The concentration of cesium-137 source is measured using the radioactive decay of cesium shielded by aluminum. The painted aluminum chassis was obtained from...

Abandoning: Engaging With Form Through Unconventional Imitation

Nicole Foss
Abandoning is a chapbook-length poetry collection I have created as my senior honors capstone project. It is inspired and informed the ghazal, a Persian poetic form. This collection focuses of the meaning created through the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate things, like the couplets that make up a ghazal. I have included revised versions of older works as well as new works which were written for this project. One of the most important facets of this...

A Marimba Solo Composition and Performance by a Geohydrologist - A Reflection

Natalie Camille
Music is a large part of most people’s lives, even if it is just road trip music or the school bell. Despite this, not many people dedicate their lives to creating music. As a geohydrologist, science comes much more easily than any creative activity. However, I have been playing musical instruments in some capacity since I was 4 years old. In an effort to continue my involvement in music and keep sane, at the collegiate...

Offline Learning

Nana Aishat Balogun Mohammed
Many citizens of developing countries cannot access online learning due to various structural and economic barriers. Because current models of online education such as Udacity and Khan Academy require high internet bandwidth for videos and teleconferencing capabilities, people hoping to learn in developing countries cannot participate. A survey was conducted consisting of about 150 respondents from both urban and rural areas in Nigeria in September 2019. Of the 150 respondents to the survey, 49% of...

Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycan Modulation as a Potential Therapy for Traumatic Injury to the Central Nervous System

Maximilian Rosenfeld
Compared to the peripheral nervous system (PNS), the central nervous system (CNS) is limited in its ability to regenerate, resulting in chronic deficits that are difficult to treat. Elements of mild plasticity that contribute to functional recovery are observed after injury. Therefore, strategies to enhance plasticity after injury to promote repair and regeneration are key, and this can be accomplished through the modulation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in the brain and spinal cord. One...

Lunar Rover Convertible Mobility System

Miranda Threewitt, Margaret Lichtenfels, Hali Martin, Zach Hunter & Craig Smith
The Lunar Rover Convertible Mobility System (LRCMS) is a convertible chassis designed to be used for lunar missions into permanently shadowed regions (PSRs) of the moon, primarily consisting of steep lunar craters. This design utilizes flexible members called compliant mechanisms that replace typical joints and reduce abrasive dust build-up in the chassis. The compliant mechanisms allow the chassis to bend into different positions for both explicit point steering and Ackerman style steering. Inside the chassis,...

Review of Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication

The increasing focus of academic libraries on scholarly communication initiatives has created new opportunities for collaboration between libraries and other campus units and between departments within libraries. At the same time, these new initiatives present challenges for librarians to continually add more and different expertise into their professional practices. Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Merinda Kaye Hensley's edited volume, Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication, ... Link to full text: https://digitalcommons.du.edu/collaborativelibrarianship/vol5/iss4/9/

Granite Construction Co. Tank Level Automation System

, Jorden Schulte, Benjamin Schreckengost & Jackson Bower
Granite Construction proposed a project to improve the offloading system at their regional asphalt plants. The current system for asphalt oil offloading at most of the plants consists of manual operated inlet valves and rudimentary level indication for the storage tanks. There is a large amount of risk involved with filling a storage tank with hot oil via manual operation. Overfilling the tanks could result in expensive inventory loss, property damage, and operator injury. Granite...

Climate Action Planning at the University of Wyoming in Conjunction with the City of Laramie

Chelsea F Taylor
The University of Wyoming (UW) plays a large role in the City of Laramie, environmentally, politically, and economically. Because of UW, Laramie has a different population dynamic than the rest of the state. UW brings a younger population to the City, and with that comes different ideas on climate action planning and emissions reduction. Demand for change rose in 2020 when Laramie made the unanimous decision to be carbon neutral by 2050. The City must...

Feasible and Flexible: Launching an Information and Digital Literacy Badge and Certificate Program in Collaboration with a Teaching and Learning Center

Samantha Huntington Peter, Kristina Clement, Shannon Alexandra Sheridan & Hilary Baribeau
In fall 2019, the University of Wyoming (UW) Libraries launched an information and digital literacy badge and certificate program in partnership with the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning (ECTL), housed in the UW Libraries main branch. ECTL crafts programing and provides support for graduate students, staff, and faculty who teach on our campus by employing instructional designers.The Information and Digital Badge and Certificate Program was created when ECTL redesigned their Teaching and Learning Certificate,...

The Firsts and Nevers: Dissecting the First-Generation Experience Through a Multi-Genre Approach

Wendy Luna Garcia
In this chapbook-length poetry and prose collection, I take on a multi-genre approach to dissect and understand the first-generation experience through the themes of immigrant child guilt complex, family, socio-political influences, financial dispair, identity crisis, and realization. I believe that to understand myself and my surroundings, I have to express myself through multiple genres to inhabit all the spaces and forms that I have been told not to inhabit from an early age. These words...

One Step at a Time: A Case Study of Incorporating Universal Design for Learning in Library Instruction

Samantha Huntington Peter & Kristina Clement
This paper introduces the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an inclusive pedagogical principle that works to make instruction accessible for all by incorporating different needs of learners into instructional design. This article provides a brief analysis of the literature on UDL within the field of academic libraries and focuses specifically on library instruction. The paper then concludes with a comprehensive case study of the authors’ journey to actively incorporate UDL into their information...

Embedded Librarian's Cookbook, The

& Cassandra Kvenild
A companion volume to their 2011 publication, Embedded Librarianship: Moving Beyond One-shot Instruction, the editors developed this volume from proposals received for the original book that contained outstanding practices in embedded librarianship. These practices and proposals were reworked into this companion volume, similar in scope and style to ACRL's 2009 Library Instruction Cookbook, but focused on embedded librarianship. It includes advice from experts and step-by-step guidelines for implementing practices of embedded librarianship, using tools to...

What Does Life After Forty Look Like for Women?

Callie Lempka
This project is a journalistic, interview-to-narrative style paper. I interviewed eight women between the ages of forty and seventy-four about aging with regard to their physical, mental, emotional, relational, spiritual, and environmental/cultural health. Four of the women were Caucasian/white and four were women of color. Through the interviews, I gained an appreciation for aging, and collected stories and thoughts to encourage young women to think about their future and not fear aging. My hope is...

The Fragility of Republican Institutions as Viewed through the Fall of the Roman Republic

Alexander Russell Schultz
Early on a mild January day, supporters of a controversial political figure stormed the capital of the world's oldest republic. This politician had become famous for his disregard of democratic institutions and his abuse of power while holding the highest elected office in the government. This politician's name was Gaius Julius Caesar, it was January 10th 49 BC, and through his actions and the actions of those who stood opposed to him, the Roman Republic...

The Fragility of Republican Institutions as Viewed through the Fall of the Roman Republic

Alexander Russell Schultz
Early on a mild January day, supporters of a controversial political figure stormed the capital of the world's oldest republic. This politician had become famous for his disregard of democratic institutions and his abuse of power while holding the highest elected office in the government. This politician's name was Gaius Julius Caesar, it was January 10th 49 BC, and through his actions and the actions of those who stood opposed to him, the Roman Republic...

Sip & Stroll Business Plan

Jada Linn Kruse & Jacob Robert Porter
This capstone project is a business plan for a company and a product called the Sip &Stroll "S&S". The S&S is a product idea that essentially turns a bag of wine into a hydration pack through the addition of a specialized nozzle adapter and a tube with a mouthpiece. Many aspects of starting a business were researched and addressed- who the target market it is, how large it would be, what company financial projections might...

The Disney Princess Role Throughout the ‘Wishing Songs’

Heather Joy Heath
For this project, I will first discuss the form and function of the “wishing song” and then examine specific wishing songs from a selection of films, placing the princess’s “wish” in its historical and cultural context. The specific films I will focus on, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, and Frozen, showcase the princesses' wishes, ranging from love to freedom while including historical and...

The Firsts and Nevers: Dissecting the First-Generation Experience Through a Multi-Genre Approach

Wendy Luna Garcia
In this chapbook-length poetry and prose collection, I take on a multi-genre approach to dissect and understand the first-generation experience through the themes of immigrant child guilt complex, family, socio-political influences, financial dispair, identity crisis, and realization. I believe that to understand myself and my surroundings, I have to express myself through multiple genres to inhabit all the spaces and forms that I have been told not to inhabit from an early age. These words...

The Second Fifth Day

Chase Leland Smith
The Second Fifth Day is meant to be a genetic hard science fiction thriller novella that employs real scientific methods and concepts whenever possible. The novella is meant to explore the ethical and ecological questions concerning genetic de-extinction utilizing CRISPR genetic editing technology. Much of the science in the book is either real, or not beyond the scope of what's possible.
Dust Jacket:In upstate New York, a controversial genetic laboratory, Day5, is violently attacked in the...

Challenges Surrounding Mars colonization and Reasons Why to do it

Andrew Rodriguez
The idea of going into space and living on other planets has been a dream for humanity for centuries, but it is more recently that such an idea is starting to become possible within the next couple of decades with Mars. This paper aims to explore some of the difficulties that will have to be overcome and possible solutions to them in order to have a successful attempt at establishing a Martian colony, as well...

Validating an Assessment Tool to Assess Teacher Understanding on the Next Generation Science Standards

Tracy L Jacobs
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were published in 2013 and science standards went from a procedural process to an approach to science that aligns to real-life applications. Understanding the depth and application of the NGSS presented challenges. Organizations have developed and implemented NGSS-related professional development workshops to help teachers with these challenges. The purpose of this study was to validate an assessment tool to assess teacher’s knowledge on the NGSS after attending workshops. An...

A Confabulation on What's What

William L. Benkelman
Conversations between two friends are one of life's more enjoyable moments, especially when shared over a cup of coffee. This thesis uses a conversational framework of a philosophical dialogue to synthesize works that I had read and engaged with during my time in the Honors College. Inspired by Plato and Denis Diderot, this dialogue investigates issues such as community and technology and how ideas from authors like Franz Kafka, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Robert Pirsig, among...

Predicting Sasquatch Sightings Using Spatial Covariates

Nathan Lee Aagard
Going by a number of different names such as Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Grassman, Skunk Ape, or Fouk Monster, this mysterious creature shows up in local legends and myths across the globe under different aliases and descriptions. Most often described as a large bipedal ape with the resemblance of a human face, sasquatch has been thought of as the missing link between humans and apes, a creature of the past, and potentially a distant relative. No...

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