724 Works

Medicating the Environment: Understanding the Challenges and Barriers of Establishing a Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Program

Madeleine Bol
In the United States, we do not currently test for pharmaceutical contaminants in our water. This is extremely problematic because when pharmaceuticals are leached into the environment, the active chemical components can cause serious harm to wildlife. Furthermore, pharmaceuticals can contaminate drinking water posing a health risk to human health. Yet, one of the simplest actions to prevent pharmaceutical contamination—proper pharmaceutical disposal—is a neglected aspect of the American waste system. There are no federal disposal...

Blowing Away the Problem?: An Analysis of China’s National Energy Administration Documents in Order to Understand Wind Curtailment

Laura Parker
In the last twenty years, China has invested immense resources in growing their renewable energy from infancy to one of the world’s most comprehensive programs. Since 2011, China has consistently been the top investor in renewable energy. In 2017, China represented 43% of the world’s investment into renewable energy or roughly $88.5 billion USD. These investments led to China becoming the country with the largest wind and solar capacity since 2012 and 2015 respectively. However,...

Impact Crater Statistics and the History of Rivers on Mars

Samuel Holo
River valleys and deposits record periods of time when Mars’ climate supported liquid water on the planet’s surface. However, the majority of geomorphic studies focus on detailed reconstructions of local or regional hydrology, thereby limiting our global understanding of Mars’ climate through time. In this dissertation, we set out to constrain our view of Mars’ climate history through novel applications of impact crater statistics. Impact craters are ideal for probing the history of river erosion...

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Minimal Reconstitution of Actin Networks to Investigate Mechanisms of Actin Binding Proteins

Caitlin Ann Anderson
The actin cytoskeleton is a large, complex, dynamic network that is responsible for a myriad of cellular processes, including, polarity, endocytosis, motility, cytokinesis, and force response. Distinct filamentous actin (F-actin) networks assemble from one crowded cytoplasm. The ability to build several F-actin networks simultaneously with distinct architectures, dynamics, location, and timing is a topic that has drawn a lot of interest. Each of these F-actin networks associate with a set of actin binding proteins (ABPs)....

Learning beyond Accuracy: Evidence for Worked Examples as a Support for Students' Proportional Reasoning Gains

Elayne Patrice Vollman
A series of studies examined the cognitive underpinnings of worked examples as a tool for introducing multiple solution strategies for the same concept, here proportional reasoning, and for supporting complex higher order thinking. Worked examples were also tested as a tool to protect against temporarily strained cognitive resources (i.e., high pressure contexts), and resultant student solutions were explored in detail to understand affordances and limits in problem solving based on worked examples. Specifically, across this...

A Discursive Analysis of President George W. Bush's Afghanistan Policy: Discovering the New Imperialism

Taylor Raymond
This paper builds on a growing body of literature that utilizes decolonization as a paradigmatic lens to examine the actions of Western states. Focusing on Afghanistan, I seek to unmask and interrogate the way President George W. Bush used the historical moment of September 11th to bring American foreign policy across the precipice of an Empire. Therefore, this study seeks to examine not only what America was doing in Afghanistan, but why we were there,...

Understanding Prisoner Reentry Organizations: Tensions and Strategies for Success in a \"Hybrid\" Field

Devin Kaiser
The field of prisoner reentry is complex organizational field, in that it is permeable to outside political influence and shaped by the various actors and organizations that together comprise it. However, organizational variation within the field that accompanies such political complexity and is embodied in organizations’ interactions, has been largely overlooked. Therefore, to better understand reentry organizing, this thesis brings the concept of organizational hybridity as used in social movement organizations literature into the analysis...

Ethnography and Economy at the Confluence of Empires: Historicizing the Collaborative use of Ethnographic Biopower in Xinjiang

Liam Rybicki-Kler
Concerns over the treatment of China’s Uyghurs population in Xinjiang sit at the center of furious contemporary debate in both academia and politics. The justifications for this attention are numerous, from Xinjiang’s deep implication in the global economy to evolving discussions of technology’s role in enabling totalitarian regimes. Amidst the feverish attention, however, the current discourse has lost sight of an essential truth: The situation in Xinjiang is not monolithically a problem of the modern...

Driving the Opening Wedge: The 1948 Anti-Lynching Bill and the Fracturing of the Solid South

Andrew J. Cerise
The expansion of civil rights for Black Americans was a crucial driver of the South’s political realignment with a national conservative movement. As early as 1948, Southern opposition to civil rights, fueled by President Harry Truman’s civil rights agenda, created the first cracks in the “Solid South.” Of the three major civil rights legislative initiatives in 1948, the anti-lynching bill has remained the most unstudied and underappreciated by historians as compared to its anti-poll tax...

False Positive Brought by Fat-tailed Weights? Re-examine the Impact of China’s Retaliatory Tariff to US House Election

Ye Sun
This paper scrutinizes the possible violation of some WLS presumptions in empirical projects. In general, for the WLS estimator to be consistent, asymptotically normal and Eicker-Huber-White’s heteroskedastic standard error to converge to a non-random limit, one needs to make sure that the first and second moment of the interaction of weights, regressors, and noise are finite. This paper aims to raise the concern of the contamination of fat-tailed weights in a series of papers that...

Unsettled Settlement: Paralysis of the World Trade Organization Appellate Body (WTOAB)

Youngjae Pak
This paper looks into the recent cases of American blockings on the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body and the ensuing response of an interim option introduced under the leadership of Canada and the European Union. Across both the Obama and Trump Administrations, the U.S. has continued to block re-appointments and novel appointments of panelists serving on the appeals court leading to overall paralysis. How was the Appellate Body allowed to fall into this level of...

“The Embedded Red Engines”: Organizational Foundations of Delegated Governance in China

Hanning Luo
Politicians and organizational leaders always attempt to paint a picture of progress and relate their efforts to such improvements. However, the more governments attempt to do, “the more likely they are to be held liable for poor performance, or for policy changes that impose losses”. Generating supports while avoiding the risks of blame could be a paradoxical task for modern welfare states, especially during economic downturns and retrenchment. Yet the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seems...

Finding Sense of Self: Understanding the Experiences of Black Students at Predominantly White Institutions

Lashon Miller
Higher education is a unique experience for all students as a place where students grow, nurture their passions, build on their knowledge, and learn more about who they are as individuals. As Black students enroll into higher education, specifically predominantly white higher education institutions, what is their experience? This research captures the experiences of Black students that are educated in predominantly white institutions and hopes to capture a clearer understanding of their racial identity. Does...

Exploitation of Diversity: Seleucid Strategy of Cultural Interaction in Mesopotamia, 311 - 261 BC

Jonathan Tao
In 323 BC, the Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great died in Babylon. In his life, he conquered the powerful Achaemenid Persian Empire. With his death, however, he left the Macedonian Empire without an heir that could command the confidence and loyalty of the entire army. Shortly thereafter, the empire was torn apart between Alexander's ambitious generals. Seizing an opportunity in 312 BC, the Macedonian general Seleucus embarked on a daring journey to reclaim Babylon, laying...

Eating the Rice Bowl of Youth: Gender, Migration, and Service Labor in China Golf Industry

Yuqing Li
The term ‘rice bowl of youth’ first appeared in the late 1980s with China’s opening-up policy. The rice bowl of youth refers to the urban trend in which a range of new, highly paid positions have opened almost exclusively to young women. the meanings ‘rice bowl of youth’ has altered in the media and daily use since the early 21st century. The ‘rice bowl of youth’ has been gradually developed a new version from the...

Is the Implementation of Hong Kong’s National Security Law a Chinese Version of “Rule of Law”?

Xinyi Cai
This thesis uses Hong Kong's National Security Law (NSL) as a case study to examine how the idea of "rule of law" is used in contemporary China, determining its theoretical contours, and situating it in relation to Western understanding. It begins by laying the fundamental conceptual basis for rule of law by exploring various definitions from law and political science, before moving on to a detailed examination of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) definition as...

French Indochina: How Gender Shaped the Imperial System

Theresa Bird
This thesis examines the intimate relationships between indigenous Indochinese women and their French counterparts in the 1930s colony of French Indochina, along with understanding the threat the métis children posed and how that subsequently connects with ideas surrounding roles of both gender and race. More specifically, I argue that French imperialists used gender roles and expectations to uphold their system of empire. Utilizing the stories of two women, one French and the other a métisse,...

The Social Effects of the Nazi Occupation on the Polish Catholic Church

Aaron Charles Byrne Morse
The Nazi occupation of Poland was one of the most destructive events in European history. This study will analyze the effect that this occupation had on the institution of the Catholic Church in Poland, as well as contextualize the nature of the Nazi persecution of the Polish Catholic Church. Due to the close association which had been built up by Polish nationalists in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Polish Catholic Church was tied to...

The Response of Brucella ovis to Changing and Challenging Environments

Lydia Mimi Varesio
Bacteria inhabit many environments, from hot dry desert regions to high pressure niches on the ocean floors, from high salt areas to cold latitudes, from inside plant root nodules to inside human cells. Studying the kinds of habitats different bacteria encounter and how they react to the challenges these environments offer is important to understand bacteria in their natural state, what kind of responses characterize them and how they can function when confronted with adversity....

The Role of Wisdom and Social Support on Resilience

Megan Loh
The SARS-CoV-2 virus that has produced the COVID-19 disease outbreak has disrupted life throughout the globe. To control this spread, shutdowns of cities and quarantine orders have been put in place by respective governments, but at the consequence of increasing rates of social isolation and frustration amongst citizens. Recent studies on resilience have reported benefits in confronting adverse life events and as a protective factor against psychopathology, with these results differing across social groups. A...

The Making of the Chinese “Gay Wives”: Technology, Authenticity, and Identity in the Digital Age

Yiyi Wu
This paper explores the narratives and stories of a population of Chinese women who identify themselves as tongqi (同妻), meaning gay's wives. They consider themselves as heterosexual women who unknowingly marry gay men who purposefully hide their same-sex attraction and trick women into marriage to fulfill their societal obligations of fatherhood. While the majority of tongqi describe themselves as the victims of “marriage fraud” commited by “closeted” gay men whose homosexuality has discounted the “realness”...

Displaced by a Damn Dam: The Impact of Hydroelectric Development on Localized Conflict

Siobhan Finnerty
The development of large-scale infrastructure, including electricity generation projects (EGPs) like hydroelectric dams, often displaces entire local communities with little retribution for the loss of homes or livelihoods. While these projects are portrayed as beneficial to the state overall, in some cases, the resulting displacement can exacerbate grievances and intensify conflict in the areas surrounding them. But why does the construction of certain EGPs result in violent conflict, while others result in lower intensity conflicts...

Sufi Form-of-Life: Ibn Khaldun's Framework of Sufi Identity

Emma Richter
This thesis employs theoretical frameworks from the work of philosopher Giorgio Agamben to explore the relationship of Sufism and the law in The Remedy for the Questioner by Ibn Khaldun. Considering the lack of attention given to this treatise in Khaldunian studies, I argue for its utility in understanding his view of Sufism and its incorporation. I also argue for the analysis of Ibn Khaldun’s religious and mystical beliefs as a productive line of inquiry....

The Rise of the Imperial Japanese Navy, Growth, Internal Politics, Foreign Affairs and Overextension, 1868-1941

Wilson Tang
Well known as the powerful opponent of the United States Navy and the other Allied navies during the Second World War, the Imperial Japanese Navy have a long-storied career through time. However, most works are written about the Japanese Navy’s combat actions during the Second World War. This paper would examine the Japanese Navy from the inception in 1868, up to the beginning of the American entry of the Second World War in 1941, as...

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