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The SUNY Open Access Repository (SOAR) is a centrally managed online digital repository that stores, indexes, and makes available scholarly and creative works of SUNY faculty, students, and staff across SUNY campuses. SOAR serves as an open access platform for those SUNY campuses that do not have their own open access repository environments. 

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  • Joining interdisciplinary modeling and field-based methods to document riparian forests in eastern New York

    Sweeney, Lydia (SUNY Brockport, Department of Environmental Science and Ecology, 2024-06-10)
    Riparian floodplain forests persist in a small fraction of their historical extent in the United States with estimated cumulative losses as high as 95% for some regions. Many remaining occurrences are also degraded due to changes to local flood dynamics, disturbance pressure from adjacent land use, and exotic species invasions. Yet these communities are disproportionally valuable for the area they occupy as they provide vital ecosystem services such as flood mitigation, erosion control, runoff interception, and wildlife habitat. To strengthen their protection and management, we present a novel approach for identifying riparian forests in eastern New York using low-complexity flood modeling and land cover analysis. We enlisted the Height Above Nearest Drainage method to compute ten-year floodplains for rivers and streams in the Mohawk River Watershed of eastern New York. We then extracted the forested portions of these floodplains using the National Land Cover Dataset Tree Canopy Cover. This process produced approximately 21,500 acres of predicted riparian forest spread across 1,063 occurrences. Our field verification surveys took us to 17 modeled locations where we successfully captured examples of riparian forests at 76% of sites and correctly predicted overbank flood occurrence, though not necessarily extent, at 88%. Our model also outperformed several other publicly available datasets in remotely identifying floodplains illustrating that this method shows promise for identifying community occurrences unrepresented in other datasets. In the field, we documented a diverse set of riparian forests with varied ecological condition and species composition. Our cluster analysis produced three compositional groups adding weight to ongoing efforts to formally recognize distinct riparian forest types in the Northeast. As predicted, our disturbance metrics were negatively correlated with floristic quality and percent native species. Yet contrary to our hypothesis, larger model occurrences typically had lower floristic quality and higher disturbance scores though this was the result of overestimated polygon extent in heavily modified areas rather than a true phenomenon. Our results demonstrate the power of blending remote and field methods while presenting an approach for the rapid and inexpensive identification of some of our most valuable and threatened natural communities.
  • Disparities in Knowledge and Awareness of Human Papillomavirus and Human Papillomavirus-Related Cancers Among Sexual Minorities in the United States, 2017-2020

    Williams, Janille (2024-05)
    Introduction: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a prevalent STI linked to penile, anal, oral, and cervical cancers. It is a vaccine-preventable infection, but vaccination uptake rates remain low Sexual minorities (LGBTQ+) are less likely to be screened and have a higher risk of contracting HPV and HPV-related cancers; however, they are often overlooked in interventions and research. Knowledge and awareness of HPV and its vaccines can reduce and prevent HPV-related cancers. Methods: A retrospective analysis of HINTS-5 (2017-2020) data assessed the knowledge and awareness of HPV and HPV vaccination among sexual minorities. Poisson regression models estimated the incidence rate ratio (IRR) of HPV awareness, HPV vaccine awareness, and knowledge of HPV- related cancers. Weighted analysis was performed. Results: Awareness of HPV and the HPV vaccine has generally increased over the years, although there was a slight decline in 2020. Men (aIRR=1.15, p<0.001), individuals with less than a high school education (aIRR=1.24, p<0.001), Midwest residents (aIRR=1.06, p=0.002), and those without regular healthcare providers (aIRR=1.05, p=0.005) were more likely to be aware of HPV. Non- Hispanic Blacks (aIRR=1.04, p=0.007) and those with lower education levels (aIRR=1.10, p<0.001) were more knowledgeable about HPV-related oral cancer, while men (aIRR=1.10, p<0.001), Non-Hispanic Blacks (aIRR=1.07, p=0.008), low-income individuals (aIRR=1.09, p=0.001), and those with lower education levels (aIRR=1.25, p<0.001) were more likely to be knowledgeable about HPV-related cervical cancer. Lower rates of HPV awareness were observed among adults aged 18-34 years old, p<0.001. Conclusion: Despite variations in awareness, sexual minorities demonstrated insufficient knowledge regarding HPV-related cancers. Comprehensive education initiatives are warranted to ensure equitable access to information, addressing disparities across populations. Efforts should leverage existing community strengths to enhance HPV prevention and education strategies, fostering inclusivity and effectiveness.
  • X, formally Known as Twitter: Documenting Group Development Through Storytelling In Design

    Sheehan-Yassin, Dahlia (SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 2024-05)
    In 2006, Twitter launched as a novel social media platform characterized by its succinct 140-character limit with bright, bubbly branding. The site attracted people around the world from all walks of life, and by 2022, the renowned company boasted over 200 million active accounts and became a well-known name within the media landscape. That same year, the social media company would undergo new private ownership, leading to significant transformations for users. Now rebranded as X by entrepreneur Elon Musk, numerous changes have taken place, sending shockwaves to users with each new transformation. This paper uses Tuckman's model of group development stages to examine the long-term impacts of leadership and user-interface changes on the community and cultural dynamics of the platform formerly known as Twitter. In addition, a timeline created in Adobe Illustrator used various design methods and principles to tell the history of Twitter, X, and the transition between them in a unified design.
  • Enhancing Community Health Worker Training Materials with Instructional and Visual Design Principles

    Sanchez, Ysiant (SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 2023-12)
    This capstone project applies visual and instructional design principles to enhance Community Health Workers' (CHWs) training. With the crucial role of CHWs in mind, it focuses on upgrading PowerPoint presentations used in their training, incorporating key instructional design theories such as Gagne’s nine events and Mayer's Multimedia principles, alongside visual design principles of Unity, Contrast, Scale, Balance, Contrast, Dominance, and Gestalt principles. The project evaluates existing materials, pinpoints deficiencies, and suggests novel redesign approaches for more effective learning experiences. The methodology encompasses literature reviews and design analyses, using PowerPoint for the revised materials to elevate CHW training materials. The findings underscore the impact of strategic instructional and visual design on the quality of training programs.
  • Web Accessibility: Simplification of WCAG 2.0 to Increase Adherence on Higher Education Websites

    Campbell, Norma Stary (SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 2024-03)
    The purpose of this project is to give higher education website administrators a tool to help educate and train contributors to websites who may not have technology skills, but are required to adhere to laws governing web accessibility. This tool will consist of a website that users can visit to learn about web accessibility guidelines and see concrete examples of how to meet the guidelines. The site language will be straightforward and as simple as possible. The goals are to promote understanding of the laws and guidelines, educate the users, and through the use of a user voting system, increase the usefulness of the information over time by incorporating user feedback. The project goals will be accomplished by incorporating an approach that combines graphic design, web design, and web development.

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