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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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  • Biological Study of Irondequoit Bay

    Haynes, James M.; Dilcher, Ronald C.; Norment, Christopher J.; Zollweg, James A.; Parnell, Nicholas F. (New York State Department of State, 2002-12)
    : Irondequoit Bay is a major ecological resource in western New York, and much has been done for 30 years to improve its water quality and maintain its natural physical and ecological features. Although many studies have been done on selected groups of flora and fauna (particularly aquatic) in and near the Bay, this is the first comprehensive study of the biological resources of the Bay since the New York State Biological Surveys in the 1930s. This study provides scientific data to support recommendations for land and water use in the Irondequoit Bay Harbor Management Plan, and it provides a benchmark for future studies as development and natural resource management occur in the study area.
  • "Medical Mistrust: The Tale of Scientific Racism and African Americans."

    Figueroa, Leymare E. (2024)
    In this senior project, I am seeking to explore the profound history of medical mistrust within the African American community in the United States, which will include the life of Henrietta Lacks, the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, the 1980s HIV/AIDS era, and much more. As a black woman, I feel compellingly connected to the personal stories of those who experienced medical mistrust, and I have made it a mission to spread the message of allowing exceptional and trustworthy healthcare for all African Americans in the future of the United States.
  • Everything Will Be Okay

    Melito, Simon (2024)
    In this paper, my research explores the themes of death in media, how Americans cope with the passing of loved ones, and how storytelling is used to express difficult-to-explain themes. Through the use of music, death can be found within. My project is a board game that revolves around the themes of dying and the concept of purgatory. The game features the character of death in the form of cards that players can select while they play. These cards will only benefit the players as they navigate through an abandoned town. It provides a bittersweet perspective on this topic in the form of a tile-based game where the players build the town they explore. While the characters are ghosts, it is not explicitly said that they are dead while playing.
  • Green Development as a Catalyst for Change in the Purpose of Small Downtowns

    Lewis, Vanessa R. (2024)
    Green gentrification is a process where the environment of a poor urban area is changed by the wealthy moving in, displacing low-income inhabitants. This trend has been studied in large cities (with populations of 250,000 or more). Small downtowns (with populations between 25,000 to 50,000) are seeing shifts in green revitalization efforts"“ specifically with the construction of parks and urban greenery. However, are small downtowns seeing these same effects, and what can be done to ensure the wellness of its original residents? In this analysis I will review the history and current state of downtowns in the US, utilizing green space initiatives as a marker of gentrification. I will then perform an analysis of the costs and benefits of these green initiatives. I then suggest strategies to find balance between neighborhood preservation and elevation, grounded in the existing literature from larger cities. I conclude with ideas about further research in the study of gentrification in small towns.
  • Finding the Color Blue

    DeCuffa, Michael C. (2024)
    A unique collection of work that explores the depths of the human psyche in the modern world, touching on themes of queerness, isolation, and desire.

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