• Narrative identity and agency: association between mood and psychological well-being

      Fitapelli, Brianna (2021-05)
      Narrative research is an evolving methodology that has been utilized in research and clinical practice. This study seeks to understand how the structure of narratives predict psychological well-being and mood, and how processing information in narrative form immediately affects respondents. A survey was created on Qualtrics and through an all-student email and social media, a recruitment script was advertised for individuals 18 years or older and English speaking. In this randomized, between-subject design, we gathered 289 complete datasets where one of three randomly assigned prompts asked the participant to write about a positive or negative event or list the foods they recently consumed. All narratives were coded for agency by the first author and 25% of narratives were also coded by one independent rater with an 86% agreement. Results indicated that participants who wrote about a positive life experience had higher levels of positive mood and agentic features. Further, higher levels of agency were associated with specific aspects of psychological well-being. The type of memory one recalls therefore may be beneficial for not only the self, but for relationships with others.
    • Narratives in psychology: a qualitative analysis of individuals’ life stories

      Fiakos, Kristina M. (2019-05)
      The researcher’s aim is to examine how individuals structure the narrative of their own life story and examine how this influences their own sense of identity and psychological well-being. This qualitative study involved two structured interviews, one with a 23-year-old white male and the other with a 56-year-old white female. Participants were sought through word of mouth and had minimal acquaintance to the researcher. Each participant participated in an in-depth semi-structured interview, where they were asked to narrate the story of their life. Interviews were coded both inductively and deductively to determine the nature of how these stories were articulated by the participant and their relationship to the participant’s well-being. It was found that the participant who had more redemptive sequences and themes of agency throughout their narrative had a stronger sense of identity within themselves and had a higher sense of life satisfaction. Being that there were only two participants, these results are not generalizable. However, they can be used as a reference for future research and forming hypotheses.
    • Neuromodulation of aggression behavior by Neuropeptide-F in Drosophila melanogaster

      Gopee, Tyler (2020-04)
      Neuromessenger proteins such as Neuropeptide-F (NPF) have been linked to aggression in animals such as the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. To better understand NPF’s influence on aggression, we investigated the direct effects of NPF release on fly fighting aggression behaviors. Utilizing targeted gene-expression techniques that can be confirmed via antibody- based immunohistochemical tissue analysis, we created a transgenic line of flies with light- inducible ion channels in NPF-secreting cells. Upon confirmation, utilizing optogenetic tools we performed fly fight bioassays in a ring with limited food to see the direct effects of NPF on aggression through light activation. The results of this study suggest the secretion of NPF impinges upon aggression circuits enough to depress aggression levels in flies.
    • Neuroplasticity: the impact of age and injury

      Celentano, Alexis M. (2017-12)
      Background: Neuroplasticity is an ongoing process of the brain that allows for learning, changing, and adapting to every day changes as well as to trauma. As we age, the rate of neuroplasticity (that combats the ramifications of brain injury) starts to decline. This has been seen throughout many different species and is the justification for why adult systems have more devastating deficits from injury than children. The brain can spontaneously recover from injury but for improved long-term results, speech and language therapy in conjunction with spontaneous recovery is ideal for maximal recovery of function and language. Purpose: In this review, the primary goal is to discuss past and present research on neuroplasticity, neural aging and the effects of injury on the language centers of the brain. Results: I have discussed neuroplasticity and peak neuroplasticity in children known as the critical periods and sensitive periods, discussion of normal aging on neuroplasticity, the results of prenatal strokes in comparison to the results of adult strokes, and the different types of recovery that occurs post-stroke/traumatic brain injury (TBI).
    • No longer Celia

      Stein, Mariel (2019-05)
      After following her cousin, Rosalind, into banishment, Celia finds herself more lost than ever before. Without the comforts of the palace, her father, and even her name (which is now Aliena), she must identify the new and mysterious feeling that binds her to the Forest of Arden: a profound love for Rosalind. In this one-act reimagining of William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy, As You Like It, Celia, seeks to earn her place as the protagonist of the story and the object of Rosalind’s affection.
    • Noise-induced hearing loss in military personnel: a comparative review

      Lavan, Kayleen (2021-05)
      Military service members are often exposed to damaging occupational noise levels. The focus of this research is to investigate why noise induced hearing loss is still so prevalent in the military today, despite modern day regulations, protection, and programs. I will be working on this research under the guidance of Dr. Arnao and Professor Beers, as my senior thesis advisors. Primarily using peer reviewed journals and government statistics, as well as surveys, I will be investigating and documenting the correlation between combat and noise-induced hearing loss. I will be discussing the different sources of noise exposure in the military. I will also discuss how the different branches of the military compare in their noise exposure, as well as comparing hearing conservation and hearing protection of soldiers/sailors/airmen during the Vietnam War to those of more recent wars. I will be delving into the history of audiology within the military as well as the science of audiology itself, and attempting to explain why hearing loss is still the number one disability among veterans. In conclusion, I will summarize and discuss the commonalities and/or differences found between the published literature and the survey results.
    • A novel experience: how writing my own novel prepared me for a job in publishing

      Mason, Amber (2018-05)
      In order to understand the editing process more intimately, I decided to write a speculative/dystopian novel under the guidance of Professor Carr, whose extensive experience in the publishing industry makes him the perfect mentor for this project. We moved through every stage of the writing process from idea conception to outlining to chapter drafting. During individual meetings, we discussed how to edit the piece; I paid special attention to the kinds of feedbacks and suggestions that an editor needs to be equipped to give. In the end, I will understand the process of getting a book published from both sides of the equation—the writer and the editor.
    • Nudes: recontextualizing the female nude in contemporary art

      Monsour, Leah (2018-05)
      In this paper I will discuss my photographic project titled “Nudes”; the research that lead to its conception, and the process in its various iterations. This project is a visual response to the male gaze. How we are trained to see, and who is allowed to be in control of this, has a direct impact on the images that are made. When the dominant lens we are trained to see through stems from patriarchal values, the power dynamic inherent in patriarchy is amplified. Photographs are seen as truth, and have the ability to reinforce or subvert already existing cultural beliefs. It is in confronting the gaze, subverting it, inserting new narratives, that we are able to challenge this cycle. My project aims to do this.
    • One EPIC Place website scheduler

      Agneta, Nicholas (2018-12)
      One EPIC Place is a coworking space rental service located in New Paltz, New York. The co-founders Julie Robbins and Nicole Langlois rent out space in several different buildings to provide offices for individuals, groups, and classes to work, often alongside each other. They also provide classes about business management among other things to their members. They currently have their own website which houses information about their business at “oneepicplace.com,” but use a service called “YaRooms” for the actual reservations and bookings of the rooms. They use YaRooms because it has a point system, which they use as an exchange rate for membership fees and booking fees, as well as five-minute increments for the actual room bookings. Both of those features are useful to One EPIC Place. Although YaRooms does have many nice features that they can use, YaRooms does not currently have many of the customizable features that they want such guest booking or the ability to run reports. The system created uses web-based programming technologies connected to a database. The processing for the software includes user registration, user login, logout, a profile page, a log of booked rooms, and the scheduler for booking rooms. The registration uses user information from the forms including, the users’ full name, email, password, occupation, and a description of their business which is then processed into the database. Login retrieves that data from the database and matches it against user input to create a session and log them in to the website. The session houses temporary data such as the user information for the website to use. The profile page retrieves information created by the user during registration that is held in the database and displays it for the user to see. The scheduler allows the user to book a room using a variety of form entries, all the information entered is stored in the database. The log of booked rooms retrieves that data to show the users which rooms have already been booked. The user will then have the option to logout destroying the session and returning the user to the home page.
    • The origins of spoken language

      Terwilliger, Megan (2018-05)
      Research regarding the origins of spoken language is extremely broad and considers many different topics in academia. These topics include: biology and anthropology, as well as anatomy, non-linguistic neurological foundations, potential protolanguages, and possible selective pressures that could have produced such a complex system of communication. Considering these topics can assist in imagining what language may have presented itself as throughout human ancestry, and how it could have developed into the intricate system of modern language. Anatomically, the descent of the larynx, increased thoracic innervation, disappearance of the laryngeal air sacs, and changes in neuroanatomical structures could have served as exaptations or adaptations for spoken language. Non-linguistic factors such as vocal learning and vocal imitation fostered new ways of learning to communicate. Protolanguages could have taken a gestural, musical, hybrid, or lexical form that increased the selective pressures to create today’s language system. Social changes, mainly increase in group size, had the potential to provide great selective pressure for the development of more efficient communication. The combination of some of these factors eventually fostered an environment for the human vocal communication system to evolve into what it is today.
    • Outdoor experiential education: an alternative approach to learning

      Reydel, Alexandra (2020-05)
      This paper analyzes the philosophical foundations as well as the psychological and sociological benefits of the Outdoor Experiential Education (OEE) methodology, identifies existing issues with its real-world implementation, and looks forward into possible future developments within the field. Through a thorough analysis of state of knowledge literature and past research, new connections are drawn between the importance of OEE for the development of youth and society, the issues of equity and social justice that have yet to be resolved, and the field’s potential to empower diverse populations of young learners in the future.
    • Parental autonomy support and transformational leadership in student resident assistants

      Halligan, Samuel (2020-05)
      This study investigated the association between parental autonomy support and transformational leadership in resident assistants at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Resident assistants (n= 35) were asked a series of questions about their leadership style, personality, and parents. Results indicated that there was no relationship between parental autonomy support and transformational leadership for resident assistants, but that there were relationships between father involvement and transactional leadership, and openness to new experiences and transformational leadership.
    • Passively powered pH sensor for study of gastric disorders

      Piaquadio, Nicholas; Hart, Kevin; Hart, Sean; Lundgren, Tucker (2019-05)
      A fully passive wireless implantable pH sensor that is implantable in an animate silicone stomach environment has been developed for the study of gastric disorders. The system has applications in medical training and testing. It can be used for pH monitoring as well as testing the efficiency of antacid medication. To achieve this, wireless power is sent from a reading circuit, via a class E amplifier connected to an inductive coil. The implanted circuit harvests the energy sent with a charge pump, and returns the measured pH via Frequency Shift Keying (FSK) modulation. The electronic components were simulated using Keysight Advanced Design System (ADS), prototyped on breadboards, amended, and finally manufactured onto Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). To make the stomach, an injection molding process was employed using a sacrificial wax inner core and a 3D printed mold. The completed stomach model features 5mm thick walls at life-size scale, and demonstrates realistic digestive motion. The current implant design uses a traditional pH probe for proof of concept, fits within the stomach at 2.5cm by 5cm, and is capable of returning readings at a distance of up to 4 inches with an accuracy within 0.2pH. The reader coil can read pH once every ten minutes for 43 hours on a single charge.
    • Pathways

      Greenfield, Amanda (2020-11)
      By focusing on the collection of bombarding fluid moments, I manifest the feeling of space through the use of color and brushstroke. Lines and colors vibrate as if just to make an obnoxious appearance. The building of moments and tone create a mindscape of fluid intentional, yet unpredictable marks competing in a state of tension. Lines are straightened, colors exaggerated, shadows enlarged, and pathways are found as they progress. Of nature or of man might be the question, but an answer is not needed in order to soar or hide within the spaces. Discoveries can cause confusion, but the process is thrilling. As the landscape comes to fruition, I can finally start to identify, although I am not any more comfortable.
    • Performative radicalism: Hea(l/r)ing the Latinx historia

      Arcos-Pangione, Lua (2018-05)
      This 45 minute staged reading, Performative Radicalism Hea(l/r)ing the Latinx Historia, follows the narratives of 10 Latinx people living in the US today. It encompasses the hard and beautiful realities of being Latinx by exploring the themes of "Me/Yo", "Location/Ubicación", "Skin-Color/Piel-Color", "Tongue/Lengua", "Us/Nosotros." The 10 narratives are from real interviews Lua conducted for her thesis.
    • Performing history: artistic responses to tragic events

      Cooper, Miranda (2020-05)
      Stories are powerful because they break the repetitive, circular movements of life. Through both creation and destruction, imagination, and evoking reality, new movements can be created. Through the performativity that exists in David Albahari and Sylvia Plath’s Holocaust art, Götz and Meyer and “Daddy,” authors, and by extension, enactors find a balance between destruction and creation, imagination and evoking reality. This allows both to use the creative process to come to a greater understanding of the human condition within the context of the Holocaust and break the repetitive circular movement of patriarchal violence. The findings from this paper will be used as guideposts in the creation of the performative aspect of my honor’s thesis.
    • Peter Najm & KAT6A disorder; living with a little known genetic mutation

      Freeman, Julia (2021-05)
      Peter Najm is one out of only 311 people around the globe who were born with the rare genetic mutation more commonly referred to as KAT6A disorder. While he may appear to be a 12 year old, nonverbal boy on the outside, there is simply so much more to Peter. What is KAT6A? It is a gene mutation of the KAT6A protein in chromosome 8, which is a major protein involved in the packaging of DNA molecules. So how does it work? The KAT6A gene makes the KAT6A protein, which is involved in controlling the production of proteins from other genes. Therefore, when there is a change on the KAT6A gene, problems can occur in various parts of the body. Currently, scientists do not know all of the functions of the KAT6A gene, so our knowledge will increase as research advances (KAT6A Foundation, 2021). However, what we do know is that when a person has a mutated KAT6A protein, all of the cells in their body will be affected. Interestingly enough, most of the time that a child is born with this mutation, their parents did not have or carry the gene, labelling it a ‘de novo’ gene mutation, as opposed to a typical genetic disorder or something that is hereditary and has been passed down. However, if a person does have the KAT6A mutation, there is a 50% chance that they will then pass this gene along to their children, as it is autosomal dominant.
    • The phenomenon of hearing aid stigma: the shadows of having a hearing loss, creating a possibility to end the stigma

      Santana, Maria (2019-05)
      Approximately 40 million Americans have been diagnosed with a unilateral or bilateral hearing loss, but only 25% of them wear hearing aids. People hesitate getting hearing devices due to the fear of being perceived as uncool, socially awkward or someone with a disability. In addition, the costs to access this assistive device might be one of the main reasons why the elderly population are reticent to pursue amplification. Even though the elderly population is more likely to experience hearing loss, it can occur at any age. The phenomenon of Hearing Aid Stigma varies depending on the age of the person because it affects personal and work relationships, physical health, and self confidence. Even though some individuals do acquire hearing aids many of them still try to hide them. This is because they may feel embarrassed, and they do not want to be perceived as “disabled.” For my thesis, I will look at the relevant research literature regarding the following topics: ramifications of Hearing Aid Stigma on obtaining amplification and effects on communicative ability, the influence/relationship of social factors and economic status on the decision to acquire hearing aids, and benefits of aural rehabilitation on improving perceived Hearing Aid Stigma and availability of aural rehabilitation counseling tools that focus on Hearing Aid Stigma. Based on these findings, I will create an educational/self assessment tool in order for audiologists to better understand their patients, have a better communicative relationship, and make the patient feel more comfortable regarding the acceptance of hearing aids.
    • Plagued filmmaking

      Vallone, Anna (2021-05)
      In the fall of 2020, I and a team of three other Media Production majors embarked on our senior capstone film. I knew it would be challenging when I took on the project, as well as accepted the responsibility of being the Director of Photography as well as an editor, but I didn't expect my skills and knowledge of the major to be tested as much, and as thoroughly, as they were. However difficult, I'm thankful to have had such an outstanding support system of my three group mates, as well as our incredible professor, to make this project what it is now.
    • Plautilla Nelli & Lavinia Fontana: hidden gems of the Italian Renaissance

      Vrachopoulos, Katherine (2021-05)
      Women of the Italian Renaissance faced extreme adversity and oppression from the structural sexism that limited their space to the domestic sphere. The female role was limited in the arts to menial tasks such as grinding paints, painting backgrounds and preparing canvases. Religion became the main pathway into the arts for women, which can be seen in the labor and accomplishments of Dominican Sister Plautilla Nelli. Not only did she teach herself how to paint, but she likely also taught her religious sisters. This act was critical to her success as she was able to form a workshop through which the nuns had a high output, and increased the convent’s revenue. Nelli completely removed men from the equation of art production, using them as conduits to ship works to their patrons. She innovated the field through her extreme organization, and her financial and entrepreneurial skills. Nelli paved the way for more female artists to rise to prominence through her independence and intellect. Lavinia Fontana’s success provides an alternative way for cinquecento women to rise to greatness. Through the assistance of her father, Fontana became a skilled artist whose work would be internationally known. To avoid the limitations of society, she married a man who helped her achieve her success and potential. After continued success, Fontana proved that there was space in the art world for more women like herself.