• A Breath of Fresh History: A Reformation of History Education and What Students Should Learn in the Modern American Classroom

      Daly, John P.; Cottman, Spencer T.; The College at Brockport (4/25/2017)
      This Senior Honors Thesis examines some of the issues and problems surrounding the way History and Social Studies are taught within the American education system and suggests alternatives.
    • A Comparative Study of the Systematic Mapping of Object-Oriented Models to Code Development Frameworks

      Mitra, Sandeep; Georgiev, Martin Hristov; The College at Brockport (5/1/2011)
    • A Comparison of Health Risk Behavior of College Students in Upstate NY and National Norms

      Banerjee, Priya; Skomra, Katie D.; The College at Brockport (1/1/2008)
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts an annual survey of adolescent health risk behavior with the intention of establishing national norms for variables such as the extent of alcohol and other substance abuse behaviors habits, sexual health risk behaviors, nutrition habits, extent and nature of physical activity and violence. The purpose of this project and thesis is to compare the self reported health behaviors of college student at SUNY Brockport with national averages for the same topics. The goal of this project is to examine the differences and similarities between local data and national norms to make recommendations for improving health standards of local college students. The method used was to take the Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 2007 created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and modify the questions to fit the objectives of the project. Then the survey will be administered to intact groups of college students at SUNY Brockport and data derived from the analysis of the survey will then be correlated and compared with national data.
    • A Comparison of Nutritional Health among Parent-Child Dyads Living in Rural Settings

      Lowey, Susan E.; Geissler, Molly; The College at Brockport (5/8/2015)
      Obesity in the United States has become the most widespread nutritional disease affecting adults, adolescents and children. Statistics show that one-third of all children and adolescents living in the United States are either overweight or obese. The need for interventions to reduce obesity during these critical childhood and adolescent years is crucial in the effort to stop it from continuing on into adulthood. The purpose of this project is to investigate the parental perceptions of their child’s weight and apply the information to rural areas. By using a review of literature, data will be analyzed about both parental perceptions and the unique challenges of living in a rural community. Findings from this study will help to identify areas that warrant improvement in nutrition and healthy lifestyles for adolescents. In order to design interventions, we must first begin to understand areas that parents and their children perceive to be problematic in regards to healthy eating and weight.
    • A Fictional Exploration of Breast Cancer

      Norcia, Megan; Cramer, Elizabeth; The College at Brockport (8/27/2014)
      The thesis that follows is made up of two parts. First, there is a reflection paper, which includes a small literature review related to the topic chosen as well as a discussion of the creative process, a plan for the future of my creative work, and some issues and questions that arose during writing. Following the reflection paper is a 40 page excerpt of a young adult novel I plan to finish in the future entitled “Anastasia’s Warrior.” This excerpt follows a female main character that is 16 years of age as her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer and they navigate her treatment.
    • A Financial Analysis of Publicly Traded Professional Sports Teams

      Singh, Sandeep; Hubman, Joshua; The College at Brockport (5/1/2011)
      Throughout history there have been a number of professional sports teams that have been publicly traded. Many fans and followers of sports may jump at these opportunities to own a part of their favorite teams. This paper analyzes stock performance of past and current publicly traded teams to determine whether these stocks constitute a sound financial investment or only derive their value from the sentimental value stockholders place on the ownership. Monthly and yearly stock returns of both American and European companies were compiled, analyzed, and compared to popular stock market indexes. Much of the analysis was done using Microsoft excel regression, correlation, and descriptive statistics functions. Our findings indicate stocks of publicly traded professional sports teams show that they can provide some investment value for investors, although not all of them can be recommended as a sound financial investment. Value is contributed by the way of high returns in some periods and significant portfolio diversification benefits. Since stocks of publicly traded professional sports teams have shown the ability to provide investors with value, future opportunities may merit serious consideration when they become available.
    • A Literature Review Examining the Effects of Hypnotherapy for Chronic Pain

      Lowey, Susan E.; Anbar, Rebecca; The College at Brockport (4/1/2018)
      This review, comprised of scientific, peer-reviewed literature published after the year 2000, attempted to answer three main questions. The review sought to determine if hypnotherapy has the potential to treat chronic pain, which types of pain find the most relief, and which age population is able to benefit the most from the use of hypnotherapy. The results found that hypnotherapy is, in fact, successful at minimizing the effects of chronic pain. While the results of this study were unable to determine which types of pain were capable of finding the most relief, it was clear to see that the pediatric population reaps the most benefit when it comes to diminishing chronic pain through the use of hypnotherapy. With these results in mind, it is important to move forward in the practice of medicine and implement these findings. Hypnotherapy has the potential to change the face of medicine, it is time that more physicians in practice give it the chance to do so.
    • A Pathological Study from Humayma

      Rawlings, Tiffany; Deeb, Emily; The College at Brockport (5/9/2016)
      This study aims to understand and reconstruct the over-all health and treatment of domestic animals at Humayma through the results of a study of animal paleopathology. The study is a general overview of a sample of remains from the 2012 dig season of Humayma, with particular attention to which bones show pathological lesions and what pathologies are present. This study illustrates how animal paleopathology enriches our understanding of past cultures.
    • A Solution to Controlled Substance Abuse: Community Partnerships

      Cook, Laurie B.; Uttaro, Elizabeth; The College at Brockport (4/25/2017)
      Controlled substance abuse is a serious societal issue, particularly at the level of the actual addiction itself. Opioid analgesics are painkillers that are nationally recognized as a major cause of death by overdose. A number of policies and regulations have been put in place to curb addiction, without much success. One potential solution is to strengthen community partnerships between pharmacies, clinics, physicians and other medical care providers such that communication is improved and red flags can be addressed more quickly. These partnerships have more potential than individual parties because information is gathered from multiple different areas of the issue. Using information from multiple aspects of the issue, a solution can be created to reduce addiction at multiple points. Partnerships may be able to help prevent double filling of prescriptions, doctor shopping, and over-prescribing reducing the amount of drugs on the street. By reducing the amount of drugs available on the streets, lower amounts of addiction will occur and hopefully prevent it.
    • A Statistical Analysis of the Factors that Potentially Affect the Price of A Horse

      Yin, Hong; Allen, Caitlin; The College at Brockport (3/26/2013)
      Appraising a horse when either buying or selling can be a difficult process. Buyers and sellers both want the best deal, however one must understand what horse-handlers value the most in determining the value of a horse to arrive at a reasonable market-price. In this senior honor thesis the author attempts to arrive at a concise formula in determining the value of a horse. Sampling for this project included 120 horses on the market found at 20 different websites. Features considered included age, breed, gender, height, type of training, level of training, temperament, location, color, vices, markings, registration, and if the horse was being sold by a private individual or a barn. Of these features only height, breed, type of training, and level of training were found to be significant in determining the value of a horse. The author concludes that by taking these features into consideration one can more reliably appraise the value of a horse.
    • A Study of Investigating Child Abuse

      Bunch, Ann W.; Cairnduff, Bryan; The College at Brockport (5/1/2011)
      Child abuse can take many forms. Such forms can include physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, neglect, and maltreatment. The child will almost always be questioned about the abuse. The way in which the police officers and the criminal justice system go about their investigation can affect the child. There are certain ways in which to question a child about violence in the home. A cold hard fact of child abuse is that in 1999, child protective services agencies received reports on about 1.97 million allegedly maltreated children. (Gosselin, 2005) For this reason alone, one would want to research more on how to stop, prevent, and catch child abuse before it becomes even worse. This study involves interviews with Child Protection Agency members and their thoughts on how to improve the investigations of child abuse.
    • A Vicious Cycle of Abuse: The Relationship between Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty

      Bridges, Tristan; Staley, Leah; The College at Brockport (5/3/2016)
      This paper explores research on the relationship between cycles of domestic violence and animal cruelty. It not only depicts that there is an under acknowledged a relationship between the two subjects, but also considers this relationship from multiple perspectives. This paper summarizes what constitutes animal cruelty and domestic violence, what causes people to treat other people and animals in this manner, who are more likely to be perpetrators of abuse and also victims of domestic violence (DV), and the different types of mistreatment in animals and intimate partner violence (IPV). Additionally, this paper reflects on policy implications of existing research in terms of what kind of laws and services are in place to combat this issue and what more can be done. Finally, this paper presents resources for those who wish to make a difference and report any cases of cruelty towards people and animals.
    • Addressing Students Stress Levels in Nursing Education Programs

      Lowey, Susan E.; Belnavis, Chantell S.; The College at Brockport (5/1/2019)
      Eustress or good stress is beneficial, as it gives a burst of energy and help us to be motivated, perform task more efficiently and even boost memory. Bad stress can be described as anxiety provoking and if it takes place habitually, it can lead to health problems (ULifeline, 2019). For this reason, excessive stress has a delirious effect on the overall health of any individual. It is primarily a physical response defined by the Stress Management Society (SMS) (2017). The article further explained that when an individual is stressed, the body shifts into the “fight or flight” response that allows blood flow to divert from the brain to important muscles needed to fight or flee (SMS, 2017) .The body under this constant mechanism can be detrimental to one’s health as it can lead to individuals having an inability to cope with stressors associated with work, school, and home (SMS, 2017). Additionally, persons could have lapse in judgment of constantly being in an overwhelmed state of mind that enables them to not “think straight”, and to not perform to one’s highest capabilities (SMS, 2017). Stress attributes to individuals experiencing insomnia, fatigue, headaches, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, aches and pain, frequent colds and fever, moreover, sometimes lose their ability to perform sexually (Segal et al. 2018). These symptoms under any circumstance prevent individuals from being productive and has visibly shown that it reduces the capabilities for a person to learn and retain any material.
    • Adolescent Group Prenatal Care: A Pilot Study Evaluating Patient Satisfaction

      Stevens, Joanne; Ellison, Tara; The College at Brockport (5/1/2010)
      Prenatal care continues to be a critical component of pregnancy today. Quality prenatal care affects maternal and neonatal outcomes; such components will be discussed in further detail in the literature review. Recently, a new twist on prenatal care has emerged, consisting of prenatal care within a group setting. This new concept described as CenteringPregnancy® (CP) has proven to be satisfying with quality outcomes for many pregnant and post partum women (Rising, 1998). This essay describes a pilot study consisting of satisfaction rates and perceptions on group prenatal care by adolescent women who attended a CP program in an upstate New York program from 2006-2009. It provides further information describing methods of delivering prenatal care. Traditional and CP care from an adolescent perspective and a review of the current literature on maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with CP, cost benefits, and client satisfaction is provided. The purpose of this study is to analyze the perceptions and satisfaction rates for a population of adolescent pregnant women and postpartum patients in Upstate New York who attended CP sessions over the course of 30 months.
    • Adventures in the 4th Genre: Creative Nonfiction Essays

      Black, Ralph W.; Vandewater, Caitlin; The College at Brockport (5/4/2013)
      Adventures in the 4th Genre: Creative Nonfiction Essays examines what it means to be a writer and how our surroundings provide a sense of safety. The first of two essays, "Second Floor Lounge" provides an anthropological description of the safe haven created within the author's college library, and her personal relationship to writing and its constant evolution throughout her life. In the second essay, "Milestones", the role of her surroundings and its ability to impart a sense of safety provides the backdrop as she tackles an issue that has been prevalent throughout her entire life—violence in schools and young men with a desire and motive to kill strangers. Throughout both essays, the author strives to fit her work into the greater body of writing that exists, and comes to the realization that good prose does not have to be completely new or innovative. Rather, it requires one to find ways to craft the millions of ideas that came before in creative ways.
    • Aggregation Properties of Ionic Liquids in Low Polarity Solvents

      Hoffmann, Markus M.; Cade, Elise; The College at Brockport (5/18/2015)
      Ionic liquids are salts that are liquid below 100oC. Ionic liquids are of very low volatility and especially those ionic liquids with high conductivity and lower viscosities are used as medium for chemical synthesis and electrochemistry. Normally, salts do not dissolve in solvents of low polarity. However, many ionic liquids are very soluble or completely miscible in low polarity solvents and the physical chemistry of the resulting solutions is not well understood. The goal of our ongoing research is to elucidate the speciation (freely dissolved ions, ion pairs and aggregates) present for ionic liquids dissolved in solvents of low polarity. In prior work in Dr. Hoffmann’s laboratory, it was found that the ionic liquid 1-­?hexyl-­?3-­?methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide ([C6mim][NTf2]), which is completely miscible in chloroform (CHCl3), displays an aggregate size maximum at surprisingly dilute concentrations of 0.1 molal (m). In Dr. Hoffmann’s lab, this was interpreted as an apparent re-­?dissolution by a change of mass transport mechanism from ion pairs and aggregates self-­?diffusing as individual species to a “hopping” motion of single ion pairs between aggregates. These results motivated further research to discern if this particular behavior can be observed for other pairs of molecular solvent and ionic liquid solutes. This thesis work presents experimental results for concentration and temperature dependent self-­?diffusion coefficients measured by NMR spectroscopy in conjunction with viscosity measurements to determine the average hydrodynamic radii of the present species. Five systems were investigated: [C6mim][NTf2] dissolved in dichloromethane (CH2Cl2), tetrahydrofuran (THF), and chlorobenzene (C6H5Cl), and two other ionic liquids, 7 1-­?butyl-­?3-­?methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide [C4mim][NTf2] and 1-­? ethyl-­?3-­?methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide [C2mim][NTf2] in CH2Cl2. Our findings thus far show that similar behavior to that of [C6mim][NTf2] in CHCl3 occurs in three systems: [C4mim][NTf2] in CH2Cl2, [C2mim][NTf2] in CH2Cl2, and [C6mim][NTf2] in C6H5Cl . Specifically, for the three systems we observe a maximum of the average radius size, and the corresponding concentration varies from system to system, from about 0.10 molal for [C6mim][NTf2] in C6H5Cl to about 0.18 molal for [C2mim][NTf2] in CH2Cl2.The remaining two systems, [C6mim][NTf2] in CH2Cl2 and [C6mim][NTf2] in THF, did not indicate a maxima in the hydrodynamic radius.
    • AI-based 3D Game Simulators

      Yu, Ning; Liao, Yuhang; The College at Brockport (5/10/2019)
      he world is full of smart devices now, and many are featured with Artificial Intelligence (AI), which makes devices more friendly and accessible to more and more people. It truly pushes the technology forward. AI is a technology that makes computers do things like or beyond humans. For instance, according to Docherty’s research, AI can make medical service more affordable and improve patients’ quality of life [1]. Doctors are human, they need to take a break. However, it makes harder for patients to get right treatment in time. On the other hand, doctors need to make living by curing people. Consequently, it makes medicine expensive. Fortunately, computers do not need to sleep. Therefore, patients can still get right treatment in time to cure their illness. If it is real, countless lives will be saved. Computers do not need as much money as doctors to “live”. As the result, the prices will be affordable for most patients.
    • All Work and No Play: A Call for a Movement Toward Requiring Extracurricular Involvement

      Giblin, Thomas R.; Passarell, Charlie; The College at Brockport (5/15/2013)
      Many school districts across New York State have been severely impacted by budget cuts, and extracurricular activities are normally the first programs eliminated in order to save money. This senior thesis paper seeks to prove the benefits of keeping extracurricular activities at schools, as well as the added benefits of making extracurricular activities a student requirement. This thesis explores several schools within different demographics that have strong extracurricular programs, and explains how that correlates to improved academic achievement, social skills, community involvement, and desirability to potential colleges and employers. In addition, it addresses the potential argument of there being no proven causal relationship between extracurricular activities and academic outcomes, and gives a valid counterargument. This thesis also proposes possible amended block schedules for schools that wish to include mandatory extracurricular activities within their school day, including one schedule with an extracurricular block at the end of the day, one with that block at the beginning of the day, and one with that block in the middle of the day, and explains the benefits, disadvantages, and practicality of each. Conclusions from the evidence in this thesis suggest that the benefits of requiring extracurricular activities outweigh the potential difficulty in practicality and funding that a school district may face.
    • Alternative Energy Sources for Fossil Fuel Independence

      Robinson, Zachary; Merchant, Matthew; The College at Brockport (6/18/2019)
      Fossil fuel dependence has caused a massive increase in atmospheric greenhouse gas levels. These gases pollute the environment and warm the planet, resulting in climate change effects that will soon be irreversible. To prevent this, clean alternative energy sources need to be developed further and used to gain fossil fuel independence in the near future. Possible alternative energy sources to meet this goal are nuclear fission, fusion, solar, hydro, geothermal, and wind. In this paper, the results of an experiment performed to study on the relationship between a solar panel’s angle with the sun and its power production will be reported. It was found that angle of the sun on the solar panel is a significant factor in its power production ability. A change in the angle with the sun of 82° results in a 47% reduction in power production.
    • American Foreign Policy and Galvanizing Support for the 2003 Iraq War

      Spiller, James; Nestler, Emily; The College at Brockport (5/9/2019)
      On March 24, 2003 days after the United States invaded Iraq, the Gallup Poll asked Americans: “Do you think going to war with Iraq was a mistake?” 65 percent of respondents believed war with Iraq was appropriate while 20 percent agreed that it was in fact a mistake.1 These figures stunned scholars of public opinion, such as political scientists Amy Gershkoff and Shana Kushner who argued that when Americans expect a military conflict to be long, result in heavy casualties and have high economic costs, they would express their opposition to such a military action. In addition, since some Americans believed that invading Iraq might increase terrorist activity on U.S. soil, public support for the Iraq War in theory should have been relatively low.2 However, then President George W. Bush and his aides managed to cultivate public support over a period of nearly two years by portraying an impending invasion of Iraq as a necessary extension of the so-called “war on terror.”