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    • Generational welcomes: comparing the reintegration of Vietnam Veterans and Iraq Veterans

      Wood, Thomas (2022-05)
      Vietnam veterans went through an imperfect reintegration experience while they were readjusting to living in civilian society after their service. They would receive estrangement from society due to their connection to the war, experience high unemployment levels, struggle with the VA in securing medical care and benefits, and many would deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. The harsh nature of Vietnam veterans readjusting to society would be acknowledged with the construction of the Vietnam War Memorial, leading to veterans’ well-being becoming a top priority. America would enter another large scale conflict in 2003 with the Iraq War. After that war ended, Iraq veterans would attempt to reintegrate back into society. Because of the experiences of their predecessors, Iraq veterans would not experience the same estrangement from society and were prioritized in federal hiring practices. But they would also struggle with the Department of Veteran Affairs securing medical help and dealing with another combat induced affliction called Traumatic Brain Injuries. Keywords: History, Reintegration, Readjustment, Vietnam, Iraq, Veteran, War, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury / TBI, Veteran Affairs / Department of Veteran Affairs / VA, Employment, Occupation, Estrangement, Alienation, Draft, Draftee, Volunteer, Deployment, America, Suicide
    • The past, present, and future of forensic accounting

      Whitehouse, Amanda (2022-05)
      The purpose of this thesis is to conduct an in depth and comprehensive exploration of the forensic accounting profession. By doing so, everyone who reads this thesis will understand how this profession has become an integral part of many transactions and what impact it can have on an individual’s life. To bring all of this together, the thesis will begin by examining how the circumstances of our world stimulated the need for the field of forensic accounting, then move into what the profession currently encompasses, with insight from current professionals, and lastly, a short discussion, with input from professionals currently working in the field, about what the future of the profession holds.
    • Disease heterogeneity and differential severities in COVID-19

      Taborda, Sarah (2022-05)
      During the time of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2), scientists are finding answers on the varying severities of the pandemic’s novel variants. One of the more intriguing aspects of this virus occurs in the presentation and severity of symptoms in patients. How does the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease have this wide-range prognosis from asymptomatic to fatal? This thesis examines some promising areas of investigation regarding the innate immune system and inflammatory factors in the role of severe COVID-19 cases. Various experimental findings regarding the possible connection between inflammation factors of the human innate immune system and the severity of COVID-19 will be described. Keywords: Biology, COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, Innate Immune System, Inflammation, Interleukin-6, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Interferon Gamma, Lymphatic System, Neutrophils, Apoptosis, Asymptomatic, Proinflammatory Cytokines, C-Reactive Protein
    • Confronting and overcoming stigma of mental health challenges

      Stoller, Kiran (2022-05)
      Mental health stigma remains a consistent and widespread barrier to mental health literacy, mental health treatment, and social equality. Due to the overarching effects of mental health stigma, many have formulated methods to reduce its prevalence and severity. However, many of the proposed reduction strategies are often focused on the sociological level, tackling large scale social institutions such as the healthcare industry, political policies, and mass media. While effective, many of these interventions exist on such a large scale that they leave many individuals with a sense of powerlessness, as most cannot hope to achieve large scale social or political change within a single lifetime. Thus, the purpose of this project was to locate, identify, and formulate possible mental health stigma reduction techniques that can be accessed and applied on the level of the individual within one’s day-to-day interactions. The concept and process of mental health stigma is discussed and dissected in order to formulate and contextualize effective and relevant interventions. Interventional methods are primarily focused on interpersonal interactional style, language usage, effective psychoeducation, positive between-group contact, and mental reformulation. This knowledge may be used to further one’s understanding of mental health stigma while guiding effective confrontational strategies.
    • An exploration of placebo effects and their use in the treatment of depression

      Spina, Liv (2022-05)
      Large placebo effects have been measured in the treatment of depression with psychotherapies and psychopharmaceuticals. Antidepressant medication has been shown to be marginally better at treating depression than placebo antidepressants, however, flawed study designs may be the contributing to this marginal difference. Psychotherapies have also been implicated in being largely placebo treatments for depression, based on the historical trends of placebo interventions, the current definition of placebos, and the results of component control trials. The emerging idea that our best treatments for depression are largely (if not entirely) placebos suggests that the act of receiving care is an effective treatment for depression.
    • Measuring attachment force of B. bacteriovorus over short time scales

      Smithing, Carrie; Herne, Catherine; Ferguson, Megan (2022-05)
      The goal of this research is to examine the attachment of the predatory bacteria known as Bdellovibrio bac-teriovorus onto its prey bacteria, Escherichia coli, and to increase the understanding of the B. bacteriovorus predatory process. B. bacteriovorus is being considered for predatory therapy, an alternative to antibiotics. Predatory therapy is the use of predatory bacteria to target pathogens in the body. The B. bacteriovorus has a hair-like protien filaments known as type IV pili that are believed to be the cause of the attachment. The pili extend and attach to the bacterium’s prey, then pull the predatory bacterium into its prey where it transitions from its attack phase into its reproductive phase. We utilized optical tweezers to facilitate attachment of a trapped B. bacteriovorus to an immobilized E. coli. Upon attachment, we used optical tweezers to pull the two bacteria apart. The optical tweezers provided a way to measure the attachment force of the B. bacteriovorus associated with short attachment times ranging from 90 seconds to five minutes. For the short attachment times, we found the force to be a minimum of a few piconewtons. We hypothesize that the force will become greater over longer periods of time.
    • Norm contestation and the usage of rhetoric in China

      Shepard, Halle (2022-05)
      This paper explores the type of rhetoric and tactics used by the Chinese government to counter accusations of human rights violations against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. Most of the terminology used involves the principles of sovereignty and nonintervention. By engaging in this discourse with the international community, the state has engaged in norm contestation and a debate about the universality of norms. With these concepts in mind, China has gained political influence and an increasing number of like-minded allies that can challenge the Western order. As a result, this could be problematic for the United States if it wants to retain its perceived status as global hegemon.
    • Supernova Weddings: my plan on how to approach the future wedding boom

      Schadoff, Allie (2022-05)
      As we prevail through the COVID-19 pandemic the world needs more reasons to celebrate now more than ever. The forthcoming future is predicted to be the busiest wedding period ever recorded and Supernova Weddings will be there to assist couples along the way in the planning, coordination, and design of their dream wedding. Supernova Weddings is a wedding planning company based out of Raleigh, North Carolina that assists engaged couples in the planning process of their wedding. Supernova Weddings focuses on commitment, innovation, and passion to ensure each couple's needs are met and to bring the client's dream wedding vision to fruition. Supernova Weddings services are structured into 3 packages, Day-of Coordination, Partial Planning, and Full-Service Planning, and will be priced accordingly. Supernova Weddings’ innovative approach to wedding planning will be the future of weddings.
    • Fast fashion: the hole in humanity that must be fixed

      Richard, Melissa (2022-05)
      Clothing has long since been an integral part of the human experience. On a basic level, clothes provide protection from the elements and the environment. However, as time has progressed, clothes have evolved from a simple necessity to symbols of culture, job status, sacred moments and artistic choice. More recently, with the rise of industrialization, has come a society less concerned with the necessity of clothes, and more enamored with their marketability and capitalist yield. With the birth of fast fashion came a linear business model focused on quick product turnover, and low quality garments in favor of maximizing profit. Although this model works well, in part, by advertising new and exciting trends towards women in the global north, it leeches off of the labor and energy of women in and/or from socio-economically disadvantaged regions. This paper aims to explore the implications of such processes on garment and second-hand trade working women from financially disadvantaged locations. In addition, I provide possible solutions for how business and governments can rectify their part in this corrupted system. Finally, I provide ways that individuals in the global north can do their part to elicit change.
    • Understanding the impacts of human rights violations in Puerto Rico through the analysis of Hurricane Maria: identifying Puerto Rican resistance

      Rabenstein-Bolufer, Sarah (2022-05)
      This paper explores the ways in which Hurricane Maria revealed the impacts of human rights violations in Puerto Rico. Through the analysis of colonial history, austerity measures, and neoliberal ideologies, sources of vulnerability in Puerto Rico are identified and Hurricane Maria’s impact is denaturalized. I identify local interventions based in grass roots and mutual aid models of solidarity that work to minimize Puerto Rican vulnerabilities. Interventions based in social work are also identified as possibilities to reduce vulnerabilities. Using a human rights framework, recommendations for policymaking are additionally presented.
    • The migration: a novel

      Porcelli, Jay (2022-05)
      This thesis consists of the first ten chapters of the novel The Migration, along with art and maps describing the world in which the story takes place. The novel, which could best be described as a science fiction backpacking story, takes place in an alternate world where people evolved from birds rather than apes. This alternate world also has the Link, an empathic connection between every living thing on the planet. The story is told through the perspective of Kaz, a nonbinary freshman in college who is embarking on the Migration, a two-month flight that follows the path of migratory birds. The process of writing the first ten chapters, part one of three in the novel, took place over two semesters. The first semester mostly involved brainstorming, world building, and writing down ideas in non-chronological order. In between semesters, I wrote in chronological order and solidified some of my ideas. During the second semester, I continued writing in chronological order until I reached chapter ten. I also revised and fine-tuned my work, and worked on making maps and solidifying my world building. In the future, I plan to write parts two and three of the novel. Part one is week one of Kaz’s journey, part two is weeks two through four, and part three is weeks five through seven. I plan to complete about thirty chapters total.
    • Beautiful losers: street art and the museum

      Pierson, Clara (2022-05)
      During the 1990s and early 2000s, the idea of “DIY” street culture was redefined. This emerging movement was rooted in the popular graffiti and street art of previous decades, but was characterized by a group of young, interdisciplinary artists that lacked formal training, and self-identified as social outcasts. These artists, who included Barry McGee, Mark Gonzales, Ed Templeton, Mike Mills, Spike Jonze, Thomas Campbell, Jo Jackson, Shepard Fairey, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, and Harmony Korine, found a platform at the Alleged Gallery in New York, where they were able to collaborate, deface, and create in a singular space. Unfortunately, the Alleged Gallery closed in 2002, and the street art movement developed by these creators was largely left uncharacterized and unrecognized by the art world. However, in 2004, the founder of the Alleged Gallery, Aaron Rose, was given the opportunity to curate an international, touring exhibition, entitled Beautiful Losers, which helped to group these artists into a singular, cohesive movement, while also providing them with a new level of exposure and formal museum recognition. The goal of my paper is to explore the accessibility and impact of street art through the example of the Beautiful Losers exhibition. In particular, I will examine themes of public versus private exhibition spaces, the commodification of art through corporate partnerships, and the idea of “selling out” as an artist.
    • Why more women aren’t elected: the gender gap in US politics

      Pesch, Marie (2022-05)
      First I will address step number one: becoming a candidate. There are several reasons why fewer women become the candidate of a major party in an election for a high level position. Next I will address challenges women face when campaigning. After they make it through the obstacles that step one presents, the candidate must decide how to handle the inevitable sexism they will experience while running a political campaign in America. Lastly, we will discuss the last step to winning an election, getting the votes. It all comes down to election day. After you make it through successfully becoming a candidate and campaigning for as long as 2 years, you still have to win the election.
    • Children’s bilingual poetry

      Paquin, Mia (2022-05)
      This collection of poetry is focused on nature themes, appropriate for children between the ages of four to eight years old. Alongside the original English poems, there are also Spanish translations, in order to encourage children to engage with bilingual literature. These poems also follow themes of nature, in order to give children moments of reflection. While some of the vocabulary is meant to challenge young readers, it is largely accessible and easy for young children to follow.
    • HBO’s Euphoria: how do you understand love and identity through media ?

      Martinez, Mya (2022-05)
      Adolescents and emerging adults are constantly bombarded with media which ultimately shapes the individuals they end up being, how they see themselves and how they see others. The purpose of the current qualitative study is to see how media, and HBO’s Euphoria specifically has affected people’s self-identity and narrative development as well as their love life narratives. Participants were interviewed and asked open ended questions related to the research questions to answer. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed using inductive qualitative analysis. Through the research, five themes emerged which were relating to and seeing themselves in characters, increased open mindedness, relationship lessons, wants in relationships and increased closeness in relationships. The research supported the idea that Euphoria and fandom involvement has influenced fans’ real life. And that in a broader sense, media has the power to affect people’s identity and their relationships.
    • Examining synthetic microfiber waste through laundry and potential mitigation strategies

      Ludwig, Roy (2022-05)
      An emerging area of urgent environmental concern is synthetic microplastic pollution in marine and freshwater environments. These pervasive plastic particles never completely degrade and have serious impacts on the health of organisms, including humans. Synthetic microfibers make up 35 percent of microplastic waste and are formed from machine washing synthetic clothing. The purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of microfibers in three rivers of the Hudson River watershed as well as study the usage of two microfiber filters available for household washing machines. The investigation of microfibers in the Hudson River watershed consisted of retrieving water samples from the Black Creek, Wallkill River, and Saw Mill Brook in Ulster County, New York. These water samples were filtered and viewed under a microscope in search of microfibers. Microfibers were found in each of the water samples, with the Saw Mill Brook containing the most microfibers per quart of sample water. Researching the usage of microfiber filtration technologies consisted of installing two microfiber filters, Lint-Luv-R and Filtrol, onto two laundry machines in McKenna and Parker Theaters on the campus of SUNY New Paltz. Data was collected regarding the consumer usage of each filter, which included the price, installation, efficacy, and cleaning. Based on these evaluations, the Filtrol was regarded as the better filter for home and campus use.
    • CANNABACEAE: a botanical guide to the cannabis plant

      Lodato, Sabrina (2022-05)
      Cannabis has been a controversially debated topic for decades. Although the cannabis plant is one of the most versatile textile fibers and known for its resourcefulness in medicine, politics have prevented access for those who can medicinally benefit from it. Due to recent legality changes in numerous states in the US, a progressive education reform is necessary in order to reintroduce cannabis as a healthy medicinal alternative, without carrying over years of stigmatization, misinformation, and fear. Cannabaceae is a cannabis botanical guide that provides a source of accurate introductory information/education on the Cannabis plant with the support of scientific illustrations, diagrams, and infographics.
    • The solitude of Kit Marlowe

      Lococo, Josh (2022-05)
      Cast of Characters: Christopher “Kit” Marlowe: Frozen in time in the afterlife at age twenty nine. He is insanely intelligent, quick-witted, irreverent, and blunt, especially with the perspective he has gained in the great beyond. He calls it like he sees it with even less hesitation than he did in life. He has a sense of bravado and self-confidence that make him a rather guarded person- nothing seems like it can get to him. However, when talking about things he is passionate about, observations he is particularly proud of, or sharing his writing, he is more vulnerable and reveals himself to be down to earth, perceptive, and self-aware. Perhaps, in those moments, he could even be considered sensitive. Faust: Kit’s infamous character who is now doomed to the hell Kit wrote him into forever , and his resentment of Kit for that is absolutely apparent. His disposition is that of an apathetic teen- he does what’s asked of him but he thinks it’s stupid and he doesn’t even wanna be here. Like any angsty teen, he also has absolutely no filter and will say whatever biting remarks enter his mind. But he also may not be just that.
    • Throw with us: stories from the New York yoyo community

      Koen, Jonah (2022-05)
      My name is Jonah Koen, and this book serves as my senior thesis project in Graphic Design at SUNY New Paltz. I’ve been a member of the yoyo community for 8 years now, and it has been a wonderful journey. I first picked up a yoyo around the age of seven, when I got one as a gift for the holidays. I learned some basic tricks on responsive yoyos, like rock the baby. One of my fondest memories is standing on my couch or other elevated surfaces to play with the yoyo, since the string was long and I was short, and I didn’t know you could just cut it to length. My yoyoing phase at this age didn’t stick around for more than a year, if that, and I had no idea I would re-discover it later on.