• 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.
    • Portrayal of deafness and deaf culture in children's books and juvenile fiction

      Heavey, Allison (2018-05)
      Throughout the course of history, numerous perspectives on deafness and Deaf Culture have been accepted by larger society. Deafness can be defined in a two dimensional way: as a physical condition, categorized by a profound hearing loss, and as a cultural construction, categorized by a Deaf identity. (Baynton, 1998, p. 2). Societies’ views on deafness and Deaf Culture can be analyzed through literature. Literature reflects the cultural norms and beliefs of a society. Literature can also have the power to influence or shape the views and ideals of a society or culture; this concept is especially true for children books, which instill ideas in children starting at a young age. (Duhan, 2015). This paper will explore the evidence of historical trends of deafness and Deaf Culture in literature for children, particularly the period of oralism, when deafness was viewed negatively and deaf people were expected to assimilate to hearing culture, and the more recent period of manualism, that embraces the use of sign language and accepts Deaf Culture. Additionally, this paper will use previous accredited research and the analysis of themes of twenty children books to draw conclusions on messages about deafness and Deaf Culture children are receiving from literature today.
    • The potential benefits of bilingualism for the aging brain: a comparative analysis of the white matter integrity, gray matter volume, and cognitive functioning in aging bilinguals and monolinguals

      Schroeder, Alina (2020-05)
      Cognitive decline in association with decline of white matter (WM) integrity and gray matter volume (GMV) have been associated with aging. Researchers have noticed that while some individuals are extremely susceptible to cognitive decline and age-related neural deterioration, the others seem to fare better. Further observation has led to the conclusion that seniors that participate in daily activities over an extended period of time, such as playing a musical instrument or speaking a second language, have increased cognitive outcomes as compared to individuals of the same age who did not participate in such activities. This literature review aims to examine bilingualism as a factor that modulates the white matter integrity, gray matter volume, and cognitive functioning of early aging bilinguals. Multiple studies have observed increased white matter integrity in the corpus callosum, superior longitudinal fasciculus, and inferior longitudinal fasciculus of aging bilinguals. In the gray matter volume, there were multiple studies that observed an increase in the temporal lobe, inferior parietal lobule, and anterior cingulate. These measures were further correlated to increased cognitive control in the aging bilinguals.
    • The power of the narrative: looking into the impact of creative writing when dealing with various traumatic experiences

      Serwan, Stephanie (2019-05)
      When dealing with a traumatic experience, a person may choose to cope in a variety of ways. One option is to write about the trauma, the feelings during the trauma, and the feelings before or after the trauma using some form of narrative writing. This could be through poetry, short stories, diary entries, letters, and so on. For some people, it can be difficult to voice their thoughts and feelings out loud to another person, so narrative writing allows an alternate way to express what may have happened. By using the words in the narrative writing, the person can disconnect from the trauma or see it in a new light that would be most beneficial to them. The most important part of this strategy is that the control of what happens next gets to be given to the individual because the person just underwent a traumatic experience that was likely out of their control. If the person decides to share the narrative writing though, it is important to recognize the potential impact on the receiving audience. It can be either potentially harmful or beneficial to those out there depending on their past experiences and how the narrative was received. There is the potential of causing harm to the audience members being exposed to it. The effects of a traumatic experience do not only affect those who were present for the event, but also anyone else who may be experiencing it second-hand.
    • Predictors of social estrangements

      Sung, Annie (2020-12)
      Human connection plays a significant role in an individual's life. Belonging is one of the key components of living a successful life. With that being said, humans are programmed to prevent being exploited by others. This study examines what characteristics an individual may have that lead to having a high number of social estrangements. The hypothesis of this study was that if impulsivity, borderline tendencies, risk-taking, and fast life history strategy were all present in an individual's personality, then this would lead to a higher number of estrangements in that individual’s life. Using a sample of 413 participants, it was found that the hypothesis was partially supported. The more borderline tendencies someone had, the more estrangements he or she had in life.
    • A Re-evaluation on racism: how a strong U.S. tradition of anti Mexican sentiment was responsible for the 1930s Mexican repatriation crisis

      Donofrio, Nikki (2018-10)
      My paper will discuss the events that led to the 1930s Mexican repatriation crisis as well as the social and cultural motivations of racism that allowed for both the local and national government to repatriate around 400,000 Mexicans during 1930-32. The most agreed upon number is 400,000 and that includes lawful U.S. residents, illegal aliens, and Mexican Americans who were U.S. citizens. While it has most often been cited as an outcome of the economic depression during the late 1920s and early 1930s, the specific brand of anti Mexican racism that flourished post 1924 Immigration Act cannot be ignored. By looking at specific case studies, such as the Los Angeles La Placita Raid and repatriation processes in cities like Detroit and Gary, Indiana, I was able to identify a frustration targeted against anyone Mexican, automatically labeled a non-citizen, disguised as economic anxiety. These events and the racism that motivated them cannot be ignored, especially in today’s mindset of ‘America First’.
    • The reactionary movement spawned by the deregulation of the uterus: the Christian conservative legal movement’s decades-long battle in response to Roe

      Gasparian, Mary A. (2020-12)
      The debate on the right to choose has become one of the most polarizing issues within American law and politics. Since the landmark decision of​Roe v. Wade​ (1971), the conservative legal movement has been looking for ways to overturn it and began to find its niche in the 1980s, only after the liberal legal movement dominated largely from the 1960s through the 1970s. Shortly thereafter, the conservative legal movement gained momentum and the pro-life movement found where it belonged. This research will address how the Christian right has been able to efficiently mobilize to incrementally challenge the right to choose and the organizational tactics behind this movement. The relative successes of the conservative legal movement can be attributed to a vast network of attorneys, donors, academics, and elected officials. The influence of dark money groups will be discussed in regards to abortion rights in the United States, as well. Given the current trajectory of the conservative legal movement, it appears that the right to choose will likely remain intact, but will face difficult challenges in the near future.
    • Reactions to behaviors: the role of education on people’s perceptions of body-focused repetitive behaviors

      Scarimbolo, Katrina (2018-05)
      Reactions to body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) (trichotillomania, excoriation disorder, onychophagia, and trichophagia) were measured by evaluating people's reactions on a Likert scale. A total of 221 participants completed the survey. It was predicted that educating people about those conditions would produce more positive ratings. However there was no difference between the experimental and control group that received no information. It was found that trichophagia was viewed most negatively followed by trichotillomania, excoriation disorder, and then onychophagia which was viewed most positively. These findings suggest that information presented in a quick and limited format did not impact the views of participants. However, it is seen that attention needs to be directed toward promoting a greater understanding of these disorders in order to minimize the negative perceptions of people with these conditions.
    • The reality of black owned business, what can we do to make a difference?

      McDonald, Lonniece (2020-05)
      As a black woman studying finance, I am concerned about the success of black owned businesses. I explore the history of black owned businesses highlighting challenges and factors that made them successful. Going back as far as the 18th century, black people have always been a part of the business community but unfortunately were never able to prosper immensely compared to white businesses. They have been systematically oppressed and suffered from hidden agendas inflicted by the white race; including but not limited to; racism, sexism, classism and the list goes on, causing a cycle of debt. After interviewing a few individuals involved with the business industry, we continue to see people of color face similar problems. It is only through education and with the help of organizations devoted to the economic development of black communities that we see black businesses thriving. While there are a number of black owned businesses with successful stories, black people are inadvertently struggling to find investments and run a self-sufficient business. Reasons ranging from a lack of support from their communities to poor reputation from white superiors. As a result, black businesses are disproportionately represented, impairing their socio-economic status and causing a life of struggle. With everything being said, there is a way that we can help black owners achieve success and get the proper investment needed for their businesses. With the help of banks, local communities, government officials etc., people can work together to uplift black businesses. There is a dire need to establish diversity, equity and inclusion, support groups, directly invest in black owned businesses, and educate the ignorant and uncertain. The end goal is for people to have the same opportunities, despite their race class or gender, and to develop a world where there are a higher number of black owned businesses thriving.
    • The relationship between family socialization and financial behaviors in college students

      Casanova, Samantha (2020-05)
      This pilot study examined the relationship between family financial skills and behaviors and the financial behaviors and skills of college students. The goal of this study was to see if findings from Gudmunson and Danes (2011) who developed family financial socialization theory, would be replicated among SUNY New Paltz college students. Fifty-nine college students were surveyed using items from Jorgenson and Salva’s (2007) College Student Financial Literacy Survey (CSFLS). A correlational study was conducted; results suggested a positive, weak relationship; as family financial skills increased, financial skills increased. Overall results were not statistically significant; family financial interactions were not associated with the financial behaviors of college students. While no associations were identified at the variable level, at the item level, several associations were identified in the expected direction. Self- reported ability to manage one’s own finances was associated with learning about and observing financial management from parents/guardians. Self-reported ability to manage one’s own finances was associated with observing parents/guardians save money. Furthermore, among the 37 students who reported having one or more credit cards, family saving was negatively associated with owing money on one’s own credit cards. This research suggests the importance of family communication about financial skills and behaviors to encourage better financial behaviors in young adults.
    • The relationships between morphology, luminosity, and redshift in active galactic nuclei

      Bartholomew, Amy; Sporcic, Cole C. (2021-05)
      Active galactic nuclei (AGN) are an area of astronomy research with many questions still unanswered. This paper uses x-ray data taken from XMM-Newton to correlate different properties of AGN. In particular, we correlate morphology, luminosity, and redshift. We attempt to explain the trends we see, drawing on insight from the current scientific literature on AGN. We find trends consistent with a classification scheme based primarily on line of sight obscuration. Among other trends, obscured AGN have lower redshifts and luminosities, while unobscured AGN have higher redshifts and luminosities.