• Marriage and abduction myths of the ancient Greeks: a means of reinforcing the patriarchy

      Alwang, Camryn (2021-05)
      Greek mythology is filled with stories of abduction and marriage, which played an important role in reinforcing patriarchal societal structures. My Honors thesis will analyze these myths through a feminist lens and examine how they functioned in Greek literature and visual culture. I will be observing how these narratives seem to have acted as guides in a girl’s ritual transition to adulthood and advocated the virtues of an ideal wife by reminding women of their expected place in society. Specifically, I will look at representations of women in Homeric epics and Greek plays as well as focus my visual sources on painted vases, taking into account the context in which these objects would be found. Of particular interest are the narratives of three mythological women. First, Persephone, the daughter of the goddess Demeter who was forcefully abducted by Hades, god of the underworld. Second, Helen, who was abducted by Athenian Hero Theseus as a girl and more famously known as the woman who sparked the Trojan War. Third, Thetis, a Nereid prophesied to give birth to a child greater than their father and thus forced to marry a mortal. In addition, I will examine myths about women like the Amazons who refused to conform to expectations set upon them and form cautionary tales for Greek women.
    • A Marxist-Feminist analysis of gender reveal parties in the United States

      Seiden, Molly (2019-05)
      The modern celebration surrounding the gender reveal party has become commonplace in our society, with family and friends bearing gifts and rejoicing at their newfound knowledge of the gender identity of a soon-to-be baby. Although social media websites like Pinterest and Instagram have served as an outlet for the widespread recognition of this phenomenon, the indoctrination of this trend as a mere product of technological advancement or social media necessitates a feminist intervention that pays astute attention to the productive necessities of our state and the socialization it in turn produces. Since mainstream liberal feminist theory naturalizes the inequalities that are perpetuated by our society while working to find equality within our current societal framework, the mechanism that dictates gender and its aligning qualities cannot be effectively challenged, or even recognized at all. Through the implementation of a revolutionary, materialist analysis of our state and the socialization and identities that it necessitates, the gender reveal party is displayed as a consequence of our society, and with this recognition, feminists organize with the long-term goal of building a fundamentally different world develop a critique of the gender-reveal tradition as a celebration that strengthens the gender binary while reinforcing fixed, neoliberal economic incentives.
    • Measuring gene expression of MORN, SANT, and Sig 1, “ ” 4, in Paramecium caudatum over the course of Holospora infection

      Vislocka, Karin (2021-05)
      Paramecia are single-celled organisms that live in ponds and feed on other single celled organisms like bacteria or algae. They are typically oblong and are covered with short structures called cilia. They have interactions with bacteria as they are infected intranuclearly by Holospora. Paramecium caudatum is known to express genes such as MORN, SANT, and Sig 1, “ ”, 4. Paramecium shows a response upon infection by Holospora as it navigates through the various stages of infection. The Holospora bacteria may cause varying degrees of expression of genes in the single celled organism. The genes were chosen due to their upregulation in Paramecium in a previous RNA sequencing study (Kagemann et al, in prep). Through the use of microscopy, imaging and qPCR, gene expression was tracked in the control and in the samples in which MORN, SANT, and Sig 1, “ ”, 4 genes were knocked down. The amount of gene expression was measured in each stage of the infection using qPCR. A comparison was made between the results of the control samples, which have no knocked down genes, to the samples which have knocked down genes. The amplitude of expression between Sig 1, Sig 2, Sig 3, and Sig 4 was compared as they function as protein kinases in Paramecium caudatum.
    • The #MeToo movement: its strengths and weaknesses, and its potential psychological impact

      Kramek, Emily (2019-05)
      The modern “Me Too” Movement has made waves for the movement against sexual assault, giving more publicity than ever before and shedding light on a much larger systematic issue. Sexual harassment and assault are ingrained in so many different aspects of society, from film to medicine, and perpetrators are finally beginning to be held accountable. However, with all the capacity of the recent #MeToo movement, there has still been a shortage of space and representation for minority groups and underserved populations that often face these issues the most.
    • Mindfulness-based outdoor behavioral healthcare for individuals with autism spectrum disorder: possibilities, suggestions, and challenges

      Gluckman, Nicole (2021-05)
      The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder has been rapidly increasing. Traditional treatment interventions such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) have been very successful in targeting specific behaviors to shape and reinforce, thus eliminating problem behaviors such as self-injury and aggression. However, comprehensive treatment options are being developed with more of a focus on the strengths of the individual. These treatment options seek to use the natural environment in order to form positive relationships, increase self-esteem, and lead to a greater quality of life. In this paper, I synthesize research on outdoor-based interventions, and propose mindfulness as a fundamental building block for an outdoor-based therapy for individuals with autism to foster psychological and emotional growth in addition to established social and behavioral benefits. Future research should seek to make this approach as inclusive as possible so that it can be of benefit to individuals of various ages, dispositions, and tendencies (i.e. speaking or non-speaking).
    • The (mis-) use of Greco-Roman history by modern white supremacy groups: the implications of the classics in the hands of white supremacists

      King, Emily Anne (2019-05)
      Extensive research was conducted to address the historical significance of the use of Greco-Roman history by modern white supremacists’ in the United States. I found that the use of the Classics by hate groups, such as white supremacy groups, follows a pattern of behavior beginning with the development of race theories between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. I examined the writings of race theorists from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries to prove how they used the work of Tacitus, for example, to coin both this idea of “white racial superiority” and project their own view of race onto the past. It is imperative to understand that our modern views of race did not exist in antiquity. Instead, the ancient Greco-Romans credited the physical differences amongst groups of people as a result of their geolocation, i.e. climate. I found this truth after poring over the ancient Greco-Roman texts that proved their idea of environmental determinism. Furthermore, I traced the implementation of this incorrect classical reception in the history of the United States, specifically in the legislation and education system in the nineteenth century onwards. By doing so, I was able to clearly see where modern white supremacists collected their skewed view of history from and how they continue to propagate false realities of antiquity. I argue that the Trump administration created an atmosphere where white supremacy groups feel entitled to outwardly demonstrate and incite acts of violence. I proposed my view that classicists have a duty to disseminate the truth from fiction and educate society as a whole during this time of rampant fake news.
    • Mismatch: translating concepts of evolutionary psychology into an aggregation of various aesthetic mediums

      McQuade, Brianna (2021-12)
      Preliminary research in regard to this thesis project began in part of Glenn Geher’s Seminar in Psychology course that focused on the concept of positive evolutionary psychology. This literature review, similarly to aspects of evolutionary psychology, is not stand-alone. In addition to research that will be provided on the concept of evolutionary mismatch, I will be discussing how I chose to artistically interpret these subconcepts within mismatch—and apply them to various mediums within the realm of fine arts. Having the space and support to combine my interests to create this interdisciplinary project is something I am really thankful for.
    • “The Most Anxious Generation”: the relationship between Gen Z students, social media, and anxiety

      Vultaggio, Gabrielle (2021-05)
      This proposed study explores the relationship between Gen Z students and anxiety. The primary research of this study is based off of four interviews with current Gen Z college students, as well data collected from peer reviewed studies, government data and statistics. This study has revealed that a post-graduation fear of the unknown plays a large role in the upwards trend of anxiety disorders among Gen Z college students. This is heavily influenced by the increasing use of technology and the effects of social media, like FOMO, pressures of social comparison, and the immediacy of results. School, politics, school shootings, and financial worries are also deciding factors of mental health issues among this age group.
    • Music of the Baroque period: how its styles and techniques changed music

      Felis, Lauren (2019-05)
      This paper explores the music of the Baroque era and how its unique traits made it diverge from the music that preceded it, as well as pave the way for music styles to come. The Baroque period, which is generally agreed to range from around 1600 to 1750, was a time of great advancement not only in arts and sciences, but in music as well. The overabundance of ornamentation sprinkled throughout the pieces composed in this era is an attribute that was uncommon in the past, and helped distinguish the Baroque style of music. A composer of the Baroque period that this paper will analyze in greater depth is Arcangelo Corelli. Corelli’s contributions to the Baroque music style have impacted how the violin is perceived and played to this day.
    • 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.