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  • Metamorphosing subjectivities and fairytale conventions: how Angela Carter reinvents womanhood

    Couch-Tellefsen, Skylar (2022-05)
    The following thesis explores how Angela Carter’s re-writings and adaptations of fairytales transgress the confinements of womanhood told in original folktales. Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber is a collection of fairytales that challenges traditional fairytale narratives and rewrites characters’ identities that break down constraining boundaries women must uphold. The transformative nature of Carter’s literary works transcends more than the elements of fiction, rather the entire identity of women by challenging the status quo and incorporating ambiguous identities throughout her stories. This thesis is broken down into three interrelated sections; the first section discusses how Carter deconstructs the traditional narrative form of fairytales in an innovative fashion. The second section investigates the ambiguous identities of Carter’s characters as means to liberate women from the constraints of womanhood, with a specific focus on Donna Haraway’s theoretical work in “A Cyborg Manifesto.” The third and final section captures how the grotesque and catastrophes function in Carter’s fairytales. Overall, this thesis is defined by its exploration of Carter’s reworking of fairytales, as well as womanhood at large.
  • The weaver

    Calison, Zoey (2022-05)
    Change is one of the world's most significant, mysterious unknowns, yet it is our only constant. Change is inevitable. It happens whether we want it to or not. It happens in our natural environment, our physical self, and within our soul. Change allows us to dig to the depths of our very own roots and will enable that exploration to transform and cultivate growth. Change is vital to all life, for it allows the idea of self to be realized. Change is the heartbeat of the world that all beings beat to. Through this series, I explore the interconnectedness of transformation in the natural world and within human beings.
  • COVID-19: changing the future of elementary education

    Caixeiro, Samantha (2022-05)
    In this thesis, I will explore the new school system during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will change education forever, even post-pandemic. As a graduating future teacher, I am extremely interested in learning more about what worked and what did not work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and from whose perspective. I will discuss the technological aspect, and also the financial and personal components. I will also talk about the distractions at home, the lack of accessibility for students of different economic status, and the added stress and work from the teacher's perspective. Choices made during this time have created such a stir amongst teachers, students, and parents everywhere on what would have been the proper way to handle the recent significant changes in society. I have explored a variety of sources and arguments that have been published on this particular topic. In order to further develop my paper, I have also interviewed teachers, students, and parents that experienced the different types of schooling during the pandemic, ranging from fully virtual, hybrid, and in-person. Looking into my future career, it is important to discuss what is to be expected of elementary education post-pandemic. Will we learn from any poor choices that were made at the height of this crisis? And how should we approach the situation, should something similar happen again in the years to come?
  • Determining the molecular basis of Holospora infection on closely related susceptible and resistant strains of Paramecia

    Bourbon, Emily (2022-05)
    Paramecium caudatum is a single-celled pond-dwelling ciliate that can be infected by its endosymbiotic partner, bacterium Holospora undulata. Multiple strains of P. caudatum can have varying levels of susceptibility to infection by H. undulata, indicating there are factors that contribute to susceptibility such as environmental and genetic factors. Previous research in the Bright laboratory has determined 38 genes are highly upregulated in P. caudatum during H. undulata infection. Further investigation of these genes is presented in this study to determine their involvement in infection response. We performed various bioinformatic analyses, such as z-tests, to determine if any type of selection (i.e., positive, purifying, or neutral selection) is occurring on these genes. In this research paper, we want to determine the molecular basis for these changes in susceptibility to infection, and to detect any evolutionary constraints on genes involved in infection.
  • Polluting the law: the conservative legal mobilization’s attack on the environment

    Bell, Libby (2022-05)
    The conservative legal movement gained momentum and influence over the law beginning in the 1980s. Today the movement has focused on various areas of the law to exert control over and the environment is one focal point. Following the liberal legal win of Massachusetts v. EPA, the Republican party began working to strip the power granted to the EPA by this decision. The upcoming case, West Virginia v. EPA, will determine whether the EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The conservative movement will use arguments of state’s rights and separation of powers to make their case that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate CO2 emissions. It is predicted that the court will rule in favor of West Virginia by applying fringe ideologies of the Major Questions Doctrine or the Nondelegation Doctrine. The outcome of this case will set the precedent for how the Court will rule in future environmental cases, as well as in cases that deal with the authority of federal agencies.

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