Now showing items 1-20 of 6357

    • Letter from the Editor

      Gregov, Aleksander (SUNY Oneonta, 2022)
      Although my tenure as Managing Editor has felt relatively short, for me it has been nothing less than invigorating. The first time I had ever heard of SOAR was around the first winter of the COVID pandemic, confined indoors to my home and hundreds of miles away from the campus I was supposed to be at. However, I had tried to keep some semblance of what a student nearing the second half of their undergraduate career was supposed to do, which was to talk about rigorous and meaningful academic opportunities with whichever professors actually knew me. I was unsure of where these conversations would take me as I had only talked to two teachers in the Sociology Department. With one of these professors, specifically Professor Awash, we discussed potential online opportunities for a student who wanted to pursue and prepare for graduate school or other post-graduation work. Out of the several listings he gave, he remembered one called SOAR. He stated, in what felt like a child listening to an elder recall an old mystical tale, about how this had been an academic journal that was the shining example of what a student would want to participate in. After this brief snippet, I was hooked. I asked him “what's going on with the journal now?” He said how, like with most clubs and organizations, they had essentially dissolved because of COVID. If I wanted this journal to be an experience, I had to help rebuild it from the ground up.
    • Rape and Power in Eighteenth Century London, England

      Nicolari, Deanna
      In London, England, rape was a prevalent crime throughout society in the mid-eighteenth century. During this time, rape was defined as "...unlawful and carnal knowledge of a woman, by force, and against her will," (Olsson, 2013). Though both men and women can be raped, this paper will specifically look at men who committed the crime against women and young girls. Men were able to commit rape by exerting their power over the women and young girls, whether by using physical strength, weapons, threats, or with the help of the severely lacking criminal justice system.
    • Personality, Non-Aggressive Antisocial Behaviors, and Mental Health

      Le, Jennifer U.; Berrios, Lillian (SUNY Oneonta, 2022)
      While there is abundant research on material theft, there is little investigation on compulsory theft. The present study aims to expand the current knowledge on compulsory theft, substance use, and non-aggressive antisocial behaviors in general. The primary goal of this study is to distinguish people who steal for relief from those who engage in a wider variety of antisocial behaviors and those who use substances recreationally from those who may have substance abuse problems. We will distinguish these individuals by personality traits and general mental health.
    • Benefits of Study Abroad Programs for College Students

      Adle, Krislyn (SUNY Oneonta, 2021)
      While in college, students have an array of opportunities within study abroad programs which allow for educational and personal growth. Studying abroad is a term given to a program which allows students to further their academic studies in a foreign country while attending a foreign university. These programs allow college students to earn credit towards their academic discipline and can last anywhere from a few weeks during a semester up to an entire school year. A great deal of research has explored the undeniably positive attributes that students gain during their time studying abroad, but more research on the cognitive benefits of study abroad is needed (Lee et al., 2012). Although there is limited recorded research surrounding how individuals are cognitively impacted by such programs, other areas of research have focused on levels of academic achievement, intercultural competencies, and the student’s personal development.
    • About my world: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

      Zheng, Xuewu (2022-05)
      My graduation creation is a series of drawings, the material used is charcoal pencil, I named the series of works "World". The epidemic that started in 2019 and quickly spread to the world has brought disaster to human beings. Since then, not only diseases, but also all aspects of human life have undergone tremendous changes. Everything we used to know has become unfamiliar. This is the background of my drawing works. I raise new questions about human existence and hope that people will rethink how to coexist between human beings and between human beings and nature.
    • "One Must Imagine Sisyphus Happy": Kafka, Camus, and enduring absurdities

      Boyle, Katherine R. (2022-05)
      In order to complete my present study, I will first provide a general background that encompasses the psychological and philosophical concepts that I plan to work with, outlining definitions and laying down rough descriptions of important concepts. I will then move towards an exanimation of Franz Kafka's literature, focusing mainly on The Trial and the tenets of absurdism present within the novel. Demonstrating a slightly altered concept of unknowability and illogic, I will discuss the play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, carefully unpacking the absurdities of Estragon and Vladimir. Third, I will analyze the visual rhetoric inherent in the works of artist Alfred Kubin, attempting to understand the images and themes present in his nightmarish pieces. I will conclude by returning to a discussion of meaning and absurdist philosophy, incorporating these elements into the three figures that I have named and analyzed, and working to understand with a bit more depth humanity's unending search for meaning.
    • Tensions of the body: transgender literature and the body in space and time

      Field, Sophia (2022-05)
      As academics are to understand it, transgender studies generally concerns itself with the triangulated relationship between the body, culture, and power (the power to name, to normalize, and to efface). This thesis is intimately concerned with such subjects, examining representations of the body, culture, and power in two contemporary transgender texts: Torrey Peters’ 2021 novel Detransition, Baby, and Maggie Nelson’s 2015 autobiography The Argonauts. In these two examples of transgender literature, authors represent the body as a heuristic tool; a field against which normative fantasies play out in frequently incongruent ways.
    • Art as Advocacy: Protecting the US-Mexico Border Environment in Amanda Keller Konya’s “Specimens”

      Whittingham, Georgina (Ubiquity Press, 2021-08-03)
      Amanda Keller-Konya's multilayered photographic image construction in "Specimens" from North America's Most Polluted River" helps the viewer perceive the magnitude of the damage sustained by US-Mexico's border area residents in California's Imperial Valley and the effort necessary to clean the area's New River. The river originates in Mexicali city, capital of Baja California, northwestern Mexico, crosses the border, flows north through California's Imperial Valley, and empties into the Salton Sea, the state's largest and most contaminated lake. A sustainable environment is crucial to the health of the valley's residents and farms that supply most of the nation's winter produce. Recovery of the area's ecosystem requires solving the impact of agricultural runoff and toxic dust as less water flows into the Salton Sea, a body of water vital for the wellbeing of Southern Californians, the fish, and the migratory birds that depend on it for survival.
    • Does Reducing Supervision for Low-Risk Probationers Jeopardize Community Safety?

      Duru, Haci; Lovens, Lori Brusman; Lovins, Brian (2020-06)
      The number of individuals on community supervision in the U.S. far surpasses those incarcerated. Of the 6.6 million addults in 2016 under correctional control, more than 4'5 million (68%) were serving a term of ommunity supervision. Eighty-one percent of the individuals placed on community supervision were on probation. With large numbers of individuals on supervised probation, agencies must explore how to best allocate resources while meeting mandates for increased public safety.
    • Singquandles, psyquandles, and singular knots: A survey

      Ceniceros, Jose; Churchill, Indu R.; Elhamdadi, Mohamed; Hajij, Mustafa (World Scientific Pub Co Pte Ltd, 2022-02-24)
      In this short survey, we review recent results dealing with algebraic structures (quandles, psyquandles, and singquandles) related to singular knot theory. We first explore the singquandles counting invariant and then consider several recent enhancements to this invariant. These enhancements include a singquandle cocycle invariant and several polynomial invariants of singular knots obtained from the singquandle structure. We then explore psyquandles which can be thought of as generalizations of oriented singquandles, and review recent developments regarding invariants of singular knots obtained from psyquandles.
    • Trigging Deeper into the Identities; A Comprehensive Approach

      Wade, Carol; Williams, Sa'adia (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2022-05)
      These lessons on trigonometric identities were designed to maximize student understanding and minimize teacher lift in terms of planning. They were created to foster an environment of collaboration in a mathematics classroom. This thesis delves into teaching students the three Pythagorean trigonometric identities and later the trigonometric sum and difference formulas as a way of deepening students’ knowledge before they are tasked with tackling their advanced mathematics courses.
    • Racism and the Discourse of Phobias: Negrophobia, Xenophobia and More---Dialogue with Kim and Sundstrom

      Garcia, J. L .A. (2020)
      The article discusses recism as a topic for conceptual analysis, touching on other phobias as well.
    • Creating Custom Desmos Activities Using Desmos Activity Builder to Create Effective Lessons For Online Learning During Covid-19

      Wade, Carol; DeGilio, Matthew (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2022-03)
      This curriculum project was designed to support mathematics teachers in remote and hybrid instruction by guiding them in how to develop Desmos lessons using Desmos Activity Builder. Teachers will find development directives for three exemplar lessons (available here) with lesson activities that can be customized for an individual classroom. This flexibility makes Desmos a great platform choice for any teacher struggling to engage students. Desmos lessons allows students to interact with their peers and teachers in way that simulates actual classroom experiences.
    • Applying Mathematics Language Routines to the New York State Grade 8 Mathematics Test Questions

      Wade, Carol; Ludek, Audrey C. (SUNY Brockport, Department of Education and Human Development, 2022-05)
      This curriculum project was designed to incorporate student communication and mathematical discourse into Grade 8 Mathematics curriculum. The five non-sequential lessons and learning activities were designed to encourage mathematical discourse between students and their peers. The lessons support the development of conceptual understanding, particularly regarding questions from the New York State Grade 8 Mathematics Test. Topics covered include solving mathematical problems involving volume of cones, using functions to model relationships between quantities, analyzing and solving pairs of simultaneous linear equations, and understanding congruence and similarity. All of these lessons are aligned with the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards for Grade 8 Mathematics
    • Managing Tuckahoe: Transitioning to a Village Administrator

      Hattery, Michael; Watt, Celia (SUNY Brockport, 2021)
      This review of change in governance and administration in the Village of Tuckahoe, New York is one in a series of communities in New York that took initiative to change the administration of their local government. These local initiatives were reviewed and summarized in 2020 by the Public Management Program (PMP), Department of Public Administration, SUNY Brockport.
    • The Use of Voice to Empower Community Building

      Richards, Julie; Chisholm, Nydia; Smith, Siera (2022-02-18)
    • Qualitative Evaluation of IoT-Driven eHealth: KM, Business Models, Deployment and Evolution

      Lokshina, Izabella V.; Lanting, Cees J. M. (IGI Global, 2018)
      This article explains that eHealth has major potential, and its adoption may be considered necessary to achieve increased ambulant and remote medical care, increased quality, reduced personnel needs, and reduced costs potential in healthcare. In this paper, the authors try to give a reasonable, qualitative evaluation of IoT-driven eHealth from theoretical and practical viewpoints. They look at associated knowledge management issues and contributions of IoT to eHealth, along with requirements, benefits, limitations and entry barriers. Important attention is given to security and privacy issues. Finally, the conditions for business plans and accompanying value chains are realistically analyzed. The resulting implementation issues and required commitments are also discussed. The authors confirm that IoT-driven eHealth can happen and will happen; however, much more needs to be addressed to bring it back in sync with medical and general technological developments in an industrial state-of-the-art perspective and to recognize and get timely the benefits.
    • Thinking eHealth: A Mathematical Background of an Individual Health Status Monitoring System to Empower Young People to Manage their Health

      Lokshina, Izabella V.; Bartolacci, Michael R. (IGI Global, 2014)
      This paper focuses on a mathematical background of an individual health status monitoring system to empower young people to manage their health. The proposed health status monitoring system uses symptoms observed with mobile sensing devices and prior information about health and environment (provided it exists) to define individual physical and psychological status. It assumes that a health status identification process is influenced by many parameters and conditions. It has a flexible logical inference system providing positive psychological influence on young people since full acceptance of recommendations on their behavioral changes towards healthy lifestyles is reached and a correct interpretation is guaranteed. The model and algorithms of the individual health status monitoring system are developed based on the composition inference rule in Zadeh's fuzzy logic. The model allows us to include in the algorithms of logical inference the possibility of masking (by means of a certain health condition) the symptoms of other health situations as well as prior information (if it exists) regarding health and environment. The algorithms are generated by optimizing the truth of a single natural “axiom”, which connects an individual health status (represented by classes of health situations) with symptoms and matrices of influence of health situations on symptoms and masking of symptoms. The new algorithms are fairly different from traditional algorithms, in which the result is produced in the course of numerous single processing rules. Therefore, the use of a composition inference rule makes a health status identification process faster and the obtained results more precise and efficient comparing to traditional algorithms.
    • Analysis of Turbo Code Behavior with Extrinsic Information Transfer Charts in High-Speed Wireless Data Services

      Lokshina, Izabella V.; Zhong, Hua (IGI Global, 2017)
      This paper examines turbo codes that are currently introduced in many international standards and implemented in numerous advanced communication systems, and evaluates the process of extrinsic information transfer (EXIT). The convergence properties of the iterative decoding process, associated with a given turbo-coding scheme, are estimated using the analysis technique based on so-called extrinsic information transfer (EXIT) charts. This approach provides a possibility to predict the bit-error rate (BER) of a turbo code system with only the extrinsic information transfer chart. It is shown that extrinsic information transfer charts are powerful tools to analyze and optimize the convergence behavior of iterative systems utilizing the turbo principle, i.e., systems exchanging and refining extrinsic information. The idea is to consider the associated soft-input soft-output (SISO) stages as information processors, which map input a priori log likelihood ratios (LLRs) onto output extrinsic LLRs, the information content being obviously assumed to increase from input to output, and introduce them to the design of turbo systems without the reliance on extensive simulation. Compared with the other methods for generating extrinsic information transfer functions, the suggested approach provides insight into the iterative behavior of linear turbo systems with substantial reduction in numerical complexity.
    • IoT- and Big Data-Driven Data Analysis Services for Third Parties, Strategic Implications and Business Opportunities

      Lokshina, Izabella V.; Lanting, Cees J. M.; Durkin, Barbara J. (IGI Global, 2018)
      This article describes ubiquitous sensing devices, enabled by wireless sensor network (WSN) technologies, now cut across every area of modern day living, affecting individuals and businesses and offering the ability to obtain and measure environmental indicators. Proliferation of these devices in a communicating-actuating network creates an Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT provides the tools to establish a major, global data-driven ecosystem that also enables Big Data techniques to be used. New business models may focus on the provision of services, i.e., the Internet of Services (IoS). These models assume the presence and development of the necessary IoT measurement and control instruments, communications infrastructure, and easy access to the data collected and information generated. Different business models may support opportunities to create revenue and value for various types of customers. This article contributes to the literature by considering, a first, knowledge-based management practices, business models, strategic implications and business opportunities for third-party data analysis services.