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    • Giving a Red Card to Racism

      Fallon-Korb, Andrea; Nolan, Sean; Pocze, Steve; Wurtz, Brandon (2022)
      Giving a Red Card to Racism is a poster displaying the obvious racist remarks and banners that plague our everyday sporting events. The poster contains charts depicting the steady rise of racism in sports, and even displays which sports are the worst. The poster contains stories of how racism has caused sporting events to be canceled, postponed or even moved to a different location. Fans have been using banners and slurs more often to make players feel uncomfortable, yet this has no right in sports. Fans are also turning to social media and calling players awful names and many of these incidents have gone viral and ended in jail time or severe fines or other penalties. Giving a Red Card to Racism believes that creating an app on your phone and reporting racist acts or words in your nearby sections can help limit the number of acts that occur. Stadiums can work together with the app and hire extra security that can be on call for when a racist act is reported. Fans that get reported, get escorted out of the arena and pay a fine. Fans who commit multiple acts pay heavier fines and even have to complete training on racism and why what they are saying is wrong. If a fan commits too many racist acts, the arena can permanently ban them and rightfully so. This project is aimed at eliminating racism in sports and allowing players to focus on playing the game they love and performing in front of the fans that they love.
    • FeelGood Scrubs (ESRAP Student Merchandising Competition)

      Ramkumar, Bharath; Dunfield, Erin (2022)
      As of 2017, there were 18 million healthcare workers in the United States, with healthcare being named the fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy. The effects of COVID-19 have resulted in a high demand for medical apparel in today’s new age of sustainable consumerism, with the healthcare apparel market projected to reach 1.45 billion USD by 2027. This conceptual project introduces a socially responsible fashion retailer called FeelGood Scrubs that addresses the growing need for sustainable high-quality clothing for medical professionals. This project was selected as a finalist in the international student merchandising competition organized by Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP). FeelGood Scrubs is an e-commerce platform committed to mindfully creating long-lasting apparel for medical professionals to wear on the job and off without sacrificing transparency, circularity, design, philanthropy, or inclusivity. We sell primarily through our website and app direct-to-consumer as well as wholesale to hospitals, medical schools, and other medical institutions. We want medical professionals to feel good in and feel good about their scrubs. With light-weight design made from 100% biodegradable or recyclable materials and maximum functionality, we promise to help preserve the planet while frontline workers save lives in their FeelGood scrubs. Our goal as a brand is to create a climate positive and fully transparent supply chain that brings the highest quality, fashion forward scrubs to frontline workers across the world at an affordable price by 2025.
    • Count It: Australia, A Three Week Summer Camp Program for the Global Growth of the WNBA

      Fallon-Korb, Andrea; Gibbons, Natalia (2022)
      This poster examines the effects of the wage gap on gender inequality in professional basketball, and proposes a global summer camp program with the goal of helping close this wage gap. The fundamental cause of the wage gap between the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) is the revenue-share model. In this case, there was an 80-20 revenue split in the WNBA (players receive 20% of the leagues revenue), and a 50-50 revenue split in the NBA (players receive 50% of the leagues revenue). This has been the source of many issues for the WNBA, and they decided to attempt to fix it in January of 2020 by signing a new collective bargaining agreement. This agreement promised players a 50-50 revenue split, as soon as the WNBA can become profitable. As of the 2021 WNBA season, the league is still not profitable, and they only exist because they are subsidized by the NBA. In order to help the WNBA become profitable and begin to pay their athletes what they have promised, I have created a summer camp program titled Count It: Australia. Count It: Australia is going to be a three-week summer basketball camp program for Australian boys and girls ages 6-16. The name "Count It: Australia" was chosen so the camp can be consistent with the current Count It campaign that the WNBA implemented for their 25th season. Each week of the camp will take place in a different Australian city, and the WNBA players will join forces with the WNBL (Women's National Basketball League) team of that city. The WNBL is the professional women's basketball league in Australia. The camp program will run from October 31st- November 19th, 2022, and will be held in Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney, respectively. These three cities were chosen because they each have a WNBL team, and they are three of the most populated cities in Australia. The camp itself will run from Monday to Friday, and each week there will be an exhibition game held on Saturday between the WNBA and WNBL teams. Count It: Australia can help the WNBA close the wage gap and pay their athletes 50% of the leagues revenue. If the program can reach its goals, revenue from new fans and broadcast agreements could generate money for the WNBA. Globalizing was the desired approach for this because it has already worked for the NBA, and helped the league grow tremendously since the 1980s. Additionally, if this program proves to be successful it is one that can be replicated in other countries for similar effects. Count It: Australia is just the beginning of a global future for the WNBA; and will simultaneously assist the league in achieving a 50-50 revenue split for their athletes.
    • Making Sense: Inclusive and Multi-Sensory Activities at Pathfinder Village School

      Boardman, Kathryn; Booth Trudo, Thaddeus; DelDuca, Nick; Johnson, Mary; Jordan, Wilkes; McGee, Megan; Magan, Shyia; Snyder, Cait; Tubbs, Sybil (2022)
      Pathfinder Village School, part of the Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, NY, aims to support children, teenagers, and young adults with Down syndrome and developmental disabilities teaching them about community while gaining independence. As part of our coursework in Applied Education and Interpretation—a course focusing on creating inclusive informal education programming in a nonprofit setting—we created and facilitated three educational activities for the school’s 22 students. Divided into three classes, the students’ ages range from 6 to 21. Each student has different cognitive and physical capabilities, so the activities had to engage multiple senses, while being adaptable to different ages and physical ability while being. The activities were not only supposed to be a fun break from their school day, but also reinforce what they were practicing and learning in class. With such a unique audience, we needed to experience what learning techniques were most effective in the classroom, as well as what the students loved to do for fun. After visiting with the students, observing their day-to-day learning in the classroom, and speaking with teachers and faculty about their students’ needs and interests, we created the three distinct activities based on the school’s theme of the month: play.
    • Impacts of Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release in the United States

      Bauer, Paul; Conte, Logan (2022)
      In this paper, I estimate the price of crude oil before and after the announcement of strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) release in the United States and the effect on oil markets. To predict the announcement effect associated with SPR activity, I utilize US Energy Information Administration NYMEX Futures Prices to indicate if oil markets anticipated the announcement by US President Joe Biden to release fifty-million barrels of oil. I create a multivariate regression to calculate weekly change of futures price starting a month before and after announcement. To measure the effectiveness of the SPR, a vector autoregression model will be created to estimate crude oil price change relative to periodic release from the SPR, while controlling for world oil production, import volume, and price lags. Expected findings based on previous research suggests the extent of SPR effectiveness is dependent on the magnitude of the oil shock.
    • “Wiles of a Woman” – Challenging Gender Roles and Agency in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

      Staples, James; Watson, Kaitlyn (2022)
      Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a 14th century text written by an unnamed poet. This tale is set within the Court of King Arthur and hosts notable figures, with Sir Gawain the knight in the forefront. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight can stand as a written illustration of the heroes of the Court of Arthur. It can also, however, be seen as an early example of a text providing women with power and agency. The power women possess within the tale is hidden until the very end of the poem, when it is revealed that Morgan le Fay was really behind the games and quest that Gawain endured. This agency that women were given is juxtaposed with some of the reactionary views within the text. This can stand to represent the insecurities that were most likely felt during the period this tale was written in, and Gawain is the mode with which these insecurities and fears of powerful women are demonstrated. By considering these elements, this story can take on a new light as a progressive text for the time it was written in, and the unnamed poet can stand to be seen as an early progressive author who worked to elevate women within their work to a higher status.
    • Virtual Connectedness: Working Together to Create a Companion Site for Spanish Phonetics & Phonology

      Escudero, Alejandra; Carbone, Alyssa; Barreca, Nicole (2021)
      The creation of a resource for students who are struggling or who simply want to practice their skills, that is accessible to all, is crucial, especially during the current times of virtual learning. We have created a companion site for the Spanish Phonetics & Phonology course for all SUNY students to use, as there is no resource of its kind, that is in the target language (Spanish) and is free of cost for all students and faculty. This will be a long-lasting tool that will allow for clarification of concepts, practice with engaging virtual exercises, and many opportunities to exercise skills and learning. After students learn concepts in class, they can access the companion site to further reinforce the comprehension of content, test what they know, see diagrams, practice, and get tips from other students who have already taken the course. We use h5p plugins in order to create different types of interactive activities for students in each module, which enhance the practice and learning experience. Each module in the site follows the same structure: 1) objectives of the module, 2) a short pre-reading quiz, 3) the content of the module, used to review concepts covered in class with examples and diagrams, 4) a “tips from other students” section so that students can learn from other students who already took the course and remember some tricks that will help them when preparing for exams, 5) a section for activities and practice, and 6) a summary of what was covered in the module. Two key resources that have been crucial to the creation of the companion site are Pressbooks and Pressbooks is the site used to create content and interactive activities. is a site that allows for task management, progress tracking, making comments, and for student-faculty accountability. This companion site is an Open Educational Resource (OER) and is ADA-compliant, so that all students- regardless of income and potential disability- can access it for free. This resource also falls into the category of Open Pedagogy, with our companion site being one of the few Open Pedagogy projects across the SUNY system, where content is planned and created by students under faculty supervision.
    • A wormy world: Summer research in fish parasitology at SUNY Oneonta

      Reyda, Florian; Mendez, Gustavo; Curtin, Claire; Whitcomb, Hannah; Fleming, Morgan; Bulmer, Emily; Nielsen, Emma; Reyda, Florian (2021)
      During the summer of 2021 four students – Gustavo Mendez, Hannah Whitcomb, Morgan Fleming and Emily Bulmer – assisted Florian Reyda with a variety of endeavors as part of the fish parasitology research program. Students were involved in both field work and laboratory work. A major focus was a study of the parasites of Oneida Lake fishes here in New York. Oneida Lake was the focus of a set of classic parasitological studies (Van Cleave & Mueller, 1932) that took place nearly 100 years ago. These studies are widely known within the field of fish parasitology (see Scholz & Choudhury, 2014) because they included descriptions of 33 new species of parasitic worms, from a diversity of fish species. Thus, Oneida Lake is the type locality (i.e., original place of discovery) for 33 species of parasitic worms—a truly remarkable number! Reyda and students conducted fish parasite survey of Oneida Lake fishes during the first half of the summer. The overall objective of that survey is to identify how many of the previously discovered 33 species of parasitic worms are still present today. They collected a diversity of fish from one particular stream, Chittenango Creek, but also examined a diversity of fish that were provided by colleagues at the Cornell Biological Field Station. Reyda and students also examined fish samples from Otsego Lake and Moe Pond—two water bodies that are accessible via the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station. In August, Reyda and three students traveled to Douglas Lake Michigan in order to sample fish parasites there. The specific objective was to collect two species of thorny-headed worms (acanthocephalans), from their type locality. One of those species, Octospinifer macilentus was the specific focus of one of the students in the lab, Claire Curtin. The survey work was an extra challenge because the main fish of interest, white sucker, were few and far between in the streams, and it took miles of stream walking with a backpack shocker in order to encounter enough white sucker to constitute a decent sample size. We obtained one of the two target species, but unfortunately not the one Claire needed for her project. In addition to field work, during summer students performed fish dissections in the lab and isolated parasites that they then prepared as permanent microscope slides. This aspect of the summer work is very important because it results in a set of study specimens that students can use for independent study projects during the upcoming academic year.
    • Child Abuse, Gender, and the Cycle of Violence

      Seale, Elizabeth; Bohart, Katie (2021)
      This study is a secondary data analysis comparing 877 subjects and 877 controls, with specific focus on childhood victimization and adult crime correlations. Subjects were individuals found to have been abused or neglected in caseloads of a large urban county in the Northwest United States for 17 years. Controls were matched to subjects on the basis of socio-economic factors. We find that subjects are more likely to be charged with a violent crime as an adult than are controls. The percentage of subjects who were charged with a violent crime is 8.8%, compared to 0.8% of the control group. The second hypothesis – subjects of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse are more likely to commit violent crime as an adult than are subjects who have only been victims of neglect, or controls – is also supported: 8.7% of subjects who were emotionally, physically, or sexually abused were charged with a violent crime as an adult, compared to 2.9% of the group that was not subject to abuse. The third hypothesis tested is subjects whose abuse was perpetrated by a member of the same gender is more likely to commit a violent crime as an adult than those subjects whose abuse was not perpetrated by the same gender. It should be noted that the differences found by gender are not statistically significant. Implications of this study for understanding the cycle of violence is discussed.
    • Fashion Illustration through the Current Times

      Monchaitanapat, Jan (2021)
      My independent study focuses on fashion illustration as a vessel for creating beautiful thought-provoking garments that could be made in the future. There will be two components to my project, the study of diverse types of models, from petite to plus size, dynamic poses, and the use of multiple mediums to produce a unique collection of illustrated wearable art and traditional fashion plates. I will diverge from current fashion illustration by presenting more diverse and inclusive models and designs that spark innovation and inspiration for others. My research will include the influence of social movements, climate changes, and changing times due to current events on fashion trends and emerging new styles from textile innovations as well as recycled materials. I will use accessories, like different functional yet aesthetic masks types, to help enhance the visual experience of the illustrations that reflect our current “new normal.” I will be conducting research and applying the advance technical components of fashion illustration such as fashion design principles, illustration layouts and using a variety of mediums to mimic fabric drapery and textures. My study will be reflected in mood boards, references, and swatches along with the final fashion portfolio photographed for virtual review. My goal for the end of the project is to use these illustrations as a representation of my personality as well as my design aesthetic to further my fashion portfolio.
    • Groovy Outfitters: Modern Clothing for Old Souls, Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

      Portway, Sarah; Molumby, Niamh (2021)
      “Groovy Outfitters” is a clothing brand developed for a tentative business plan for the class Fashion Entrepreneurship (FASH 231) during the Spring 2020 semester. It is intended for potential investors with the purpose of obtaining a loan to launch the business. The brand is inspired by vintage clothes from the 1960s and 1970s. It is fun, retro clothing that is easy to mix and match and has big pockets that are perfect for the modern, on-the-go woman, combining vintage styles with modern comfort. The debut collection includes five pieces and caters to young women between the ages of 18 and 30 who live in New York. This business plan covers several vital aspects of starting a successful company, including illustrations of the products, market research, competition analysis, and financial planning.
    • Student Textbook and Course Material Survey

      Jensen, Jennifer M. K.; Beck, Edward J.; Strauss, Jade; Cordice-Little, Britney (2021)
      The average cost of college textbooks has risen dramatically over the last decade, contributing to textbook price inflation and students’ inability to access the same educational resources. Open Educational Resources (OER) allow teaching, learning and research materials to be open to the public in any medium under a family of copyright licensing policies. Openly licensed course materials can be equally accessed by all students on the first day of classes and are often low or no cost. As students ourselves and workers with the on campus OER team, we constructed a Student Textbook Survey and explored the data to better understand the effects of textbook cost on students at Oneonta. The survey contains 21 questions that range from textbook accessibility, cost and purchasing logistics. Data is still being collected, and so far, our findings indicate the average amount of money spent on textbooks is ~$100-$300 each semester. A majority of student respondents indicated that they did not purchase/rent the required textbook for a course in the past. Students also informed us that throughout their entire college career approximately 5 books were purchased but then were not used in the course. This baseline survey analysis is a push for open educational resources to improve the OER initiative based on how students are affected by textbook costs.
    • Assessment of Invasive Quagga Mussel Populations and Forced Circulation Devices on Lake Water Temperature in Otsego Lake, NY

      Yokota, Kiyoko; Stickney, Sierra (2021)
      Aquatic invasive species pose a threat to our local ecosystems and can have economic impacts. Quagga mussels (Dreissena bugensis) and Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) are two types of invasive bivalves from Ukraine that have infiltrated Otsego Lake, in Otsego County, New York. Quagga mussels were recently identified in the Northern end of the lake on August 22, 2020. Both Quagga and Zebra mussels can be transported from water body to water body via watercrafts, fishing gear and other recreational equipment. Quagga mussels can survive and reproduce in deeper waters compared to zebra mussels. This poses a problem as reproductive females of Quagga mussels were observed in Lake Erie at a depth of 37 and 55 m, with temperatures ranging from 6 and 4.8°C respectively (Roe and MacIsaac 1997). Therefore, it can be expected that Quagga mussels could potentially colonize Otsego Lake all the way to the bottom. Additionally, several forced air circulation devices are found around Otsego Lake, including at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station boathouse. These devices known as “ice eaters” prevent the formation of ice on the surface as it runs continuously through the winter. The artificial loss of ice at the surface, eliminates the natural “reverse stratification” where deeper water (4 to 5°C in Otsego Lake) is well protected from decreasing temperatures due to the less dense water and ice at the top. However, if more shoreline artificially loses ice, there could be faster “lake-wide-ice-out” in the spring when solar radiation and warmer air heat the surface of the water faster in the absence of snow or ice. Mussel sample traps will be deployed at several locations around Otsego Lake including locations near an “ice eater” and in deeper parts of the lake. In May, the traps will be collected and both Quagga and Zebra mussels will be tallied, sized, and estimated for age using the ridges located on the surface of the shell. Temperature loggers will be deployed by a rope attached to an anchor at strategic locations around the “ice eater” at BFS Boathouse. This will then capture data from the area affected by the artificial circulation as well control sites that have otherwise similar bathymetric and shoreline characteristics. This research aims to evaluate the ability of Quagga mussels to survive and grow during the winter of 2021, and this will be compared to the established Zebra mussel. This study also aims to determine the effects of continuous forced air circulation on lake water temperature. The results will aid in predicting the possible consequences of continued forced circulation on lake-wide thermal dynamics and how this may influence water quality. Additionally, the results from the mussel traps may reveal potential effects of ice eaters on the population dynamics between Zebra mussels and the recently introduced Quagga mussels.
    • Racism and Sexuality: How Women of Color Learn about Sex and the Body

      Seale, Elizabeth; Medrano, Jay (2021)
      The purpose of Racism and Sexuality: How Women of Color Learn about Sex and the Body is to explore how women and female-assigned people of color are taught about sexuality and sex-negativity through the lens of race. Sex negativity is described as the perception of sex being dangerous, harmful, or deviant; those who grow up in sex-negative cycles believe sex and therefore their body is shameful. Participants were nine women and female-assigned people of color aged 18-20 interviewed through Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions. The results showed a triple jeopardy of youth, race, and gender as significant factors in how participants viewed body image and sexuality. Participants resorted to self-regulation as a way to combat certain perceptions and sex-negative roles in their daily lives as a result of their intersecting identities.