Recent Submissions

  • Ticcing to the beat of my own drum

    McGoldrick, Anne (2024-05)
    This arts-based, heuristic inquiry explores how music therapy, specifically receptive and improvisational music therapy experiences affected my Tourette’s Syndrome symptoms over the course of six sessions, following the Expressive Therapies Continuum. Reflexive journaling was paired with each music therapy session conducted by myself, exploring in writing the process of each session and how that even relates to my tics. Each session was recorded and later used to create graphs of how my tics progressed over each session. The qualitative and quantitative data was then interpreted through an arts-based project of a musical composition to better understand and uncover the meaning behind these results. By examining how music therapy experiences affected my tics, I was able to better understand where my personal, musical and Tourette’s self- converged and I was able to identify and process many themes regarding myself and my neurological disorder, such as shame, guilt, grief, embarrassment, insecurities and my intramusical self.
  • Exploring the role of intersectionality in current music therapy practices: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Lussier, Danielle (2024-05)
    The term “intersectionality” and related concepts have become popular throughout recent music therapy literature; however, there is minimal research on how music therapists are currently using intersectionality in their clinical practice. The purpose of this study was to investigate how music therapists are actively utilizing intersectional approaches with the individuals they are working with, and whether or not they are “practicing what they preach” in relation to an intersectional framework. Additionally, this study explored how music therapy education has prepared currently working music therapists to work in an intersectional capacity. Participants for this study included three board-certified music therapists that have been practicing full-time for at least five years and have experience working with clients that hold historically minoritized identities. Participants shared their experiences and beliefs in semi-structured, individual interviews. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). From the IPA, eight themes emerged: a) actively using an intersectional approach; b) intersectionality in context; c) safety; d) authenticity; e) self-reflexivity; f) values and intentions; g) social justice and activism; h) education. The data suggests that while music therapists are practicing in an intersectional capacity, they are doing so through their own self-reflexivity, authenticity, and self-sought education. Participants agreed that formal education on intersectionality is crucial to include in undergraduate music therapy courses in order to best prepare all-level clinicians to foster an anti-oppressive and inclusive practice. Other clinical implications, study limitations, and recommendations for educators and future research are discussed. Keywords: music therapy; intersectionality; cultures; identities; music therapy education; intersectional approach; intersectional framework; social justice; activism.
  • Authorial intent: a novel in progress

    Jones, Keith Richard (2024-05)
  • Crying from the ground

    Haughton, Dylan (2024-05)
  • Clinical decision-making in hospice music therapy: a thematic analysis

    Flanagan, Michael (2024-05)
    This study explored the clinical decision-making of three music therapists from a local hospice organization. The purpose of this study was to examine how hospice music therapists choose to work with individuals who have Alzheimer's Disease and dementia in the hospice care setting. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to investigate this topic. A thematic analysis was then used to analyze the data from the participants of this study. From this, three key themes arose: 1) choosing music experiences to meet the needs of dementia patients in hospice, 2) choosing theoretical approaches for dementia patients in hospice, and 3) assessment processes for individuals with dementia in hospice. These three themes were divided into three or more subthemes that further illustrated commonalities between participants' responses. The results suggest that music therapists may best meet the needs of hospice patients who have dementia through individualized and adaptable clinical decision-making processes. Further research is required to better understand implications for music therapists working in this setting.
  • Intimate immensity: MFA Thesis - Ceramics

    Dortmans, Laura (2024-05)
    This paper outlines my studio research, material investigations, processes, and the development of finished artworks in my thesis exhibition – Intimate. Immensity. This research, and the subsequent collection of ceramic sculptures, is a study of materiality and the body: how material processes echo personal transformation and growth. I discuss material engagement as essential research methodology in my experimental studio practice and the critical role of curiosity and play to the development of my unique visual language.
  • An algorithmic approach to constructing finite automata

    DeGennaro, Charles Louis (2024-05)
    In this thesis, we introduce algorithms for creating deterministic (DFA) and nondeterministic finite automata (NFA) for some common types of regular languages. The motivation for this work comes from studying problems students taking theory of com-putation classes encounter. When working with finite automata, there are patterns in the structures of automata that arise. This thesis seeks to generalize a subset of common problems by creating step-by-step constructions based on the distinguishing properties of the given language. Along with these algorithms, software has been developed to generate these automata based on their dis-tinguishing properties. This thesis aims to be the foundation for developing an educational tool for theory of computation students. The goal is to highlight the similarities and logic behind these common constructions, while also providing the visual aid of the constructed automata through the accompanying software. The problems we consider are: the Maximum Prefix-Suffix Overlap problem, the Substring problems, the X followed by Y problem, the Consecutive Character problems, the Conditional Counting Modulo n problems, the Regularly Repeated Characters problem, and the Contains X but not Y problem. All algorithms presented in this thesis are polynomial in runtime, and polynomial in space complexity. The Maximum-Prefix-Suffix Overlap problem has a linear runtime, and the Contains X but not Y problem is of special interest due to its space reduction from the ‘usual’ solution.
  • Vessel

    Curry, Oliver (2024-05)
  • Holistic reliability study of BiCMOS emitter follower

    Caprotti, Nigel (2024-05)
    The interdisciplinary nature of semiconductors engineering is undeniable, as electrical, chemical, and mechanical disciplines are all heavily involved in the design of integrated chips. The many specialties of integrated circuit manufacturing and design include the processes involved in fabrication, device testing, feature size metrology, defect analysis, and the list goes on. One notable subfield is integrated circuit reliability, the study of the physical degradation mechanisms of chips like hot-carrier injection, electromigration, and time-dependent dielectric breakdown. The research and seminal progress in this important field have been a mélange of both empirical results as well as first principle theoretical realizations. This paper studies the reliability of a basic BiCMOS emitter voltage follower comprised of several passive elements, as well as two MOSFET transistors and an NPN bipolar junction transistor. The modeling and circuit design was enabled by the GlobalFoundries open-source 180 nm microcontroller process design kit. Employing Xschem and Ngspice for schematic-level simulation, and KLayout for layout generation and design rule verification, the performance and physical model of the circuit were established using only open-source software. Thermal finite element modeling using SolidWorks was undertaken to predict the temperature distribution of the circuit due to Joule heating. A holistic consideration of circuit reliability is offered, with special credence given to the electromigration of the first- and second-level metal interconnects. This paper will assess the degradation of individual circuit components (mean-time-to-failure), propose strategies to mitigate potential reliability risks, and posit a final layout using BiCMOS circuitry and the open-source process design kit. Author Keywords: Hot carrier injection, metal oxide semiconductors, field effect transistors, front-end-of-line degradation, back-end-of-line degradation, layout, electromigration, microelectronics reliability, BiCMOS
  • MFA Thesis - Painting

    Byrd, Kevin (2024-05)
    Through My paintings I create commentary that addresses issues of race, power dynamics, and identity, which would serve as a catalyst for important conversations about societal challenges and the need for representation in visual culture. My research into the African American cultural and historical context, plays a crucial role in my studio practice.
  • Tackling geographical healthcare inaccessibility through technological solutions: the creation of Bloom Policy

    Yilmaz, Julia (2023-12)
    Healthcare inaccessibility persists among rural communities due to multifaceted challenges, including geographical constraints, economic limitations, inadequate public transportation, sparse medical facilities, and complexities regarding health insurance. Bloom Policy serves as a source aiming to curate optimal health insurance solutions for individuals, families, and small businesses. Bloom Policy is a user-centric website built using Javascript, HTML, and CSS. The program features an interactive assessment tool, comprehensive drug coverage assistance, and possesses educational resources tailored for marketplace insurance consumers. By bridging the gap between rural populations and essential healthcare coverage, Bloom Policy strives to mitigate the barriers hindering access to quality healthcare services.
  • The illusion of belonging: EOP’s impact on sociocultural issues in education

    Stone, Lillian (2023-11)
    Economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students are taught to fend for themselves from their first day in the education system. Through dilapidated schools, unforgiving policies, and a lack of funding, they’re made to believe that they’re not as important as others, and their success isn’t cared for, contributing to the endless cycle of poverty. As these students enter into higher education, if they even can afford or decide to go, they’re often unprepared and overlooked. Comfortability and seamless transitions come through a sense of belonging to have a secure identity and a feeling of relatability. As much as universities may think they contribute positively to underrepresented and disadvantaged students’ sense of belonging, their efforts are usually ignorant and ill-informed, and the issue is systemic. New York’s Educational Opportunity Program aims to increase graduation rates, college readiness, and educational attainment among students who are admitted. Their impact has improved the lives of these students and helped them feel like they belong in the college or university setting, but it has its faults, as seen through survey research at SUNY New Paltz. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done regarding policies, systemic sociocultural issues, and opportunity programs, but the program’s success has showed us what truly works for students and how we can help them to continue to strive to achieve their goals in the future. Keywords: Social justice, higher education, racism, poverty, belonging, academic success, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • One morning fair

    Stuhr, Elias (2023-12)
    What I have written is hopefully a relatable story about anyone. Myself and everyone else I know spend a lot of time inside our own heads, and that's kind of what this one's about. I hope that what I have done here is not strange or surreal and I hope that it is not disturbing, because that would be against the point. What I hope this story does for the reader is just the feeling that they have been understood, if just for a brief moment. By way of introduction, this is a story about two people–Ruth and Jed–and their attempts at trying to get along with one another. In the story I also mention Arthel, Mallory, Dalton, Leslie, and Gary and Geraldine. They are important too. So are Mandy and Jenna. That's just about everybody.
  • Time perception embodied: the effect of yogic posture and meditation on retrospective time estimations

    Cullen, Emily (2023-12)
    The current study aims to integrate models of embodied and cognitive time perception by investigating the role of attention allocation, physiological arousal, and arm length on retrospective time estimations. We operationalize attention through an open monitoring meditation and physiological arousal through expansive and contractive yogic postures. Arm length was analyzed as a covariate. Participants (N=60) reported estimated time spent on a brief attention task after either listening to music or meditating and the adoption of an expansive or contractive yogic posture. We found that the expansive posture lengthened time estimations in comparison to the contractive posture, and that this effect was accentuated for individuals with longer arms. No significance was found for the effect of meditation on retrospective time estimations. Interactive effects of posture and arm length feed into embodied models of time perception, emphasizing the idea that our spatial relationship to the external world directly influences our internal perceptions.
  • Dot: a novel in progress

    Russo, Emily (2023-12)
  • Corpus Ex Machina: a biomechanically collaborative exploration of the corporeal fantasies of artificial intelligence: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

    Tjernlund, Anna (2023-12)
    This collaborative project with artificial intelligence (AI) began as a playful curiosity about AI text-to-image generators, namely Midjourney. Artificial intelligence represents a broad field of computer science focused on creating intelligent machines capable of mimicking human cognitive functions. Within the field of AI, generative artificial intelligence specializes in generating content, such as images or text, often based on given prompts or patterns. Two noteworthy examples within this domain – and the resources I used for my research – are ChatGPT and MidJourney. ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, is a powerful language model that generates contextually relevant text responses based on textual input. Its capabilities extend to engaging in conversations, answering queries, and even providing creative outputs. MidJourney, on the other hand, is a text-to-image generator that transforms textual prompts into visual representations. As part of my artistic exploration, I engaged with both ChatGPT and MidJourney, tapping into their capabilities to collaborate on the creation of thought-provoking and visually compelling works that push the boundaries of human-machine interaction and artistic expression.
  • Nothing to do with reverence

    Siegelski, Steven (2023-12)
  • Towards a compassionate rhetoric: a Buddhist & feminist exploration of substance abuse

    Couch-Tellefsen, Skylar (2023-12)
    This essay is a proposal for compassionate rhetoric, and an inquiry into compassion as a rhetorical way of being. Compassionate rhetoric is best understood as a set of human behaviors that one develops and practices to construct and reflect one’s transient identity with the world through action, even if the action is ‘not-doing.’ Founded on both feminist and Buddhist schools of thought, compassionate rhetoric consists of the following practices: (1) cultivating the beginner’s mind; (2) recognizing the similarities in our differences; and (3) the acceptance of contradiction. Inspired by Sonja K. Foss and Cindy L. Griffin’s “Beyond Persuasion: A Proposal for an Invitational Rhetoric,” compassionate rhetoric relies on their explication of invitational rhetoric as the foundational rhetorical theory for compassionate communication.
  • Gravetender

    Acevedo, Lily (2023-12)

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