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    • Examining synthetic microfiber waste through laundry and potential mitigation strategies

      Ludwig, Roy (2022-05)
      An emerging area of urgent environmental concern is synthetic microplastic pollution in marine and freshwater environments. These pervasive plastic particles never completely degrade and have serious impacts on the health of organisms, including humans. Synthetic microfibers make up 35 percent of microplastic waste and are formed from machine washing synthetic clothing. The purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of microfibers in three rivers of the Hudson River watershed as well as study the usage of two microfiber filters available for household washing machines. The investigation of microfibers in the Hudson River watershed consisted of retrieving water samples from the Black Creek, Wallkill River, and Saw Mill Brook in Ulster County, New York. These water samples were filtered and viewed under a microscope in search of microfibers. Microfibers were found in each of the water samples, with the Saw Mill Brook containing the most microfibers per quart of sample water. Researching the usage of microfiber filtration technologies consisted of installing two microfiber filters, Lint-Luv-R and Filtrol, onto two laundry machines in McKenna and Parker Theaters on the campus of SUNY New Paltz. Data was collected regarding the consumer usage of each filter, which included the price, installation, efficacy, and cleaning. Based on these evaluations, the Filtrol was regarded as the better filter for home and campus use.
    • CANNABACEAE: a botanical guide to the cannabis plant

      Lodato, Sabrina (2022-05)
      Cannabis has been a controversially debated topic for decades. Although the cannabis plant is one of the most versatile textile fibers and known for its resourcefulness in medicine, politics have prevented access for those who can medicinally benefit from it. Due to recent legality changes in numerous states in the US, a progressive education reform is necessary in order to reintroduce cannabis as a healthy medicinal alternative, without carrying over years of stigmatization, misinformation, and fear. Cannabaceae is a cannabis botanical guide that provides a source of accurate introductory information/education on the Cannabis plant with the support of scientific illustrations, diagrams, and infographics.
    • The solitude of Kit Marlowe

      Lococo, Josh (2022-05)
      Cast of Characters: Christopher “Kit” Marlowe: Frozen in time in the afterlife at age twenty nine. He is insanely intelligent, quick-witted, irreverent, and blunt, especially with the perspective he has gained in the great beyond. He calls it like he sees it with even less hesitation than he did in life. He has a sense of bravado and self-confidence that make him a rather guarded person- nothing seems like it can get to him. However, when talking about things he is passionate about, observations he is particularly proud of, or sharing his writing, he is more vulnerable and reveals himself to be down to earth, perceptive, and self-aware. Perhaps, in those moments, he could even be considered sensitive. Faust: Kit’s infamous character who is now doomed to the hell Kit wrote him into forever , and his resentment of Kit for that is absolutely apparent. His disposition is that of an apathetic teen- he does what’s asked of him but he thinks it’s stupid and he doesn’t even wanna be here. Like any angsty teen, he also has absolutely no filter and will say whatever biting remarks enter his mind. But he also may not be just that.
    • Throw with us: stories from the New York yoyo community

      Koen, Jonah (2022-05)
      My name is Jonah Koen, and this book serves as my senior thesis project in Graphic Design at SUNY New Paltz. I’ve been a member of the yoyo community for 8 years now, and it has been a wonderful journey. I first picked up a yoyo around the age of seven, when I got one as a gift for the holidays. I learned some basic tricks on responsive yoyos, like rock the baby. One of my fondest memories is standing on my couch or other elevated surfaces to play with the yoyo, since the string was long and I was short, and I didn’t know you could just cut it to length. My yoyoing phase at this age didn’t stick around for more than a year, if that, and I had no idea I would re-discover it later on.
    • Slay the dragon: trash talk from an evolutionary perspective

      Gunter, Morgan (2022-05)
      While the intensity and purpose of trash talk varies, it is essentially a form of dehumanization. This idea begs the question, which types of dehumanization are most common in sports? Do men and women rely on the same types of dehumanization? How does the level of competition affect this? What about how violent the sport is? How do one’s perceived odds of winning impact this? Lastly, does the social nature of a sport alter this relationship? This study aims to answer these questions.
    • An exploration of the kidney through 3D printed ceramic sculpture

      Gitelson, Ben (2022-05)
      The human body is fragile, yet resilient, but ultimately it is finite. I’ve watched Mom bounce back from countless illnesses and disabilities, becoming a stronger person each time. Almost like breaking and setting a bone. The clay that these pieces are made of is a permanent installation in our world. If taken care of properly, it will outlive both myself and my mother. This project is a testament to her success, and proof that she beat her illness, for all to see. I consider it a trophy of sorts. It was an intimate experience working with the DICOM footage of her transplanted kidney. It rarely occurred to me that the images I was looking at don’t originate from her body. Making art with these images made me feel closer to my mother, and it also made me feel closer to my newfound ceramics peers, whom I have been able to share my story with. I felt welcomed by this community immediately, and there are countless people, many of them here, who have had an impact on this project in one way or another.
    • The Persephone project

      Fogler, Steph (2022-05)
      In contemporary works, Persephone has evolved from a kidnapped maiden goddess of myth to the loving partner of her former kidnapper. Persephone has also become a character of a “fandom” (a fan subculture) and “fanfiction” (stories about existing fictional worlds). On the social media website Tumblr and fanfiction website Archive of Our Own, fanfiction authors and fans all participate in the same tradition of story-making as the authors of mythology, and their texts are shaped by their culture's concerns and needs. For Perspehone fans, a key concern is the agency of young women. Feminism, a contested contemporary movement, significantly influences how fanfiction represents this concern. These stories also romanticize a relationship predicated on kidnapping and a lack of consent. Despite their complexity, it is too easy to criticize fan works about Persephone for being “not feminist.” The goal of this thesis is to complicate the assumption these stories and beliefs are not feminist. More specifically, it will analyze how Persephone and her relationship with Hades are depicted in fanfiction and how this relates to contemporary trends in feminism. It is always more complicated than “feminist” and “nonfeminist.”
    • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and the graduate student educational experience

      Florio, Samantha (2022-05)
      This thesis examines how augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) fits into the communication disorders graduate student curriculum, as well as graduate student feelings and attitudes towards AAC. The current project was composed of two surveys: a survey of communication disorders graduate programs to determine how AAC fits into their curricula, and a survey of current communication disorders graduate students to determine their level of interest, prior knowledge, and comfort in using AAC in their future clinical practice. Results of the graduate programs survey revealed that there is no universal way that AAC is incorporated into the graduate school curriculum. Data show a mix of required, elective, or no course offered on AAC. Initial data from the graduate student survey indicate that students generally have a high degree of interest in AAC. AAC is a useful tool that speech-language pathologists may use in their clinical practice with patients, and the current study reveals a potential area of increased need in communication disorders graduate education to match student interest.
    • Christianity and the African American cultural awakening

      Fleming, Joshua (2022-05)
      My thesis discusses the nature of the inextricably interwoven dynamic of Christianity and African American culture. My major is English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and through my study of the nature of religion as it pertains to the African American community, it has expanded into the need for multiple different venues of research. Mainly being the utilization of online as well as school library resources. Essentially, from the period of slavery to modern day, religious and spiritual influences shaped the African American community into one that is fueled by a constant need for liberation. It goes into detail about terms such as liberation, the different black theologies that developed over the last few hundred years and the difference between religion and spirituality. These distinctions are necessary in understanding the dynamic nature of Christianity and African American culture respectively.
    • How presidential ideology affects temporary protected status

      Drewniak, Kelsey (2022-05)
      In his State of the Union Address, given on March 1, 2022, President Joseph Biden mentioned the need for immigration reform that would benefit those who hold temporary immigration status. But who are these people? The temporary migrants this paper will focus on are those with Temporary Protected Status. People with this status are from a country which has been designated as having extreme temporary conditions that would make repatriation dangerous for the migrant. But who decides which countries get designated and why? The Secretary of Homeland Security, designated by the president and carrying out their orders, makes the designation announcements. Though there is no clear reason as to why they designate some countries and not others, even if conditions are similar. This paper will investigate to see if the ideology of the president influences TPS designations. I hypothesize that presidents who have a conservative ideology are less likely to designate countries for TPS than presidents with liberal ideologies. This paper will explain TPS law and analyze immigration theory by drawing connections between theory and TPS designations. Then, it will discuss the effect of ideology on decision making and describe the developing political polarization in the US. With this foundation and basic understanding of TPS policy, presidential ideology, and political polarization, a chi square test will determine if the ideology of the president has an effect on TPS designations. This will be followed by discussing the results of this experiment in the larger sense of the policy. To finish, policy recommendations will be given that could fix some of the current problems with TPS in practice.
    • Political existentialism: Carl Schmitt, the Black Panthers, and the Jewish Defense League

      DeTurris, David (2022-05)
      In this paper, I want to argue against the ordinary understanding that radical political actors like the Black Panthers and the Jewish Defense League are crazed and irrational actors. Instead, I propose that the actions of both the Black Panthers and the Jewish Defense League were legitimate reactions to the existential threats — either real or perceived — posed by their enemies, that their reactions show a deep understanding of the stakes of political conflict, and that the two groups excelled in properly distinguishing between their friends and enemies. To do this, I will be borrowing some ideas from the German political philosopher and jurist Carl Schmitt.
    • Movement and its necessity in the classroom

      Cozza-Cordero, Julietta (2022-05)
      In considering where children and adolescents spend the majority of their time, it is impossible not to think of a classroom. These classroom settings typically take on the form of a teacher standing at the front of the room lecturing while the students sit and listen. There is little to no movement and this is not okay. The classroom environment, being the place where students spend most of their time, is the perfect setting in which to make sure students are staying active and engaged. Research shows that movement in the classroom leads to an increase in concentration skills and general enjoyment of school. There are multiple ways in which movement can be incorporated into the classroom and we will take a look at some within this paper.
    • Supporting First-Gens in the Library Classroom

      Bauder, Deborah (2022-06-03)
      As librarian instructors our goal is to ensure that students have the tools they need to successfully navigate the research process. In this session, I present some strategies I use to create a more productive and inclusive library classroom. Session attendees will come away with enhanced skills for engaging with and empowering first-generation (and other) college students in their library instruction sessions to become better researchers and more confident members of the college community.
    • Metamorphosing subjectivities and fairytale conventions: how Angela Carter reinvents womanhood

      Couch-Tellefsen, Skylar (2022-05)
      The following thesis explores how Angela Carter’s re-writings and adaptations of fairytales transgress the confinements of womanhood told in original folktales. Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber is a collection of fairytales that challenges traditional fairytale narratives and rewrites characters’ identities that break down constraining boundaries women must uphold. The transformative nature of Carter’s literary works transcends more than the elements of fiction, rather the entire identity of women by challenging the status quo and incorporating ambiguous identities throughout her stories. This thesis is broken down into three interrelated sections; the first section discusses how Carter deconstructs the traditional narrative form of fairytales in an innovative fashion. The second section investigates the ambiguous identities of Carter’s characters as means to liberate women from the constraints of womanhood, with a specific focus on Donna Haraway’s theoretical work in “A Cyborg Manifesto.” The third and final section captures how the grotesque and catastrophes function in Carter’s fairytales. Overall, this thesis is defined by its exploration of Carter’s reworking of fairytales, as well as womanhood at large.
    • The weaver

      Calison, Zoey (2022-05)
      Change is one of the world's most significant, mysterious unknowns, yet it is our only constant. Change is inevitable. It happens whether we want it to or not. It happens in our natural environment, our physical self, and within our soul. Change allows us to dig to the depths of our very own roots and will enable that exploration to transform and cultivate growth. Change is vital to all life, for it allows the idea of self to be realized. Change is the heartbeat of the world that all beings beat to. Through this series, I explore the interconnectedness of transformation in the natural world and within human beings.
    • COVID-19: changing the future of elementary education

      Caixeiro, Samantha (2022-05)
      In this thesis, I will explore the new school system during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will change education forever, even post-pandemic. As a graduating future teacher, I am extremely interested in learning more about what worked and what did not work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and from whose perspective. I will discuss the technological aspect, and also the financial and personal components. I will also talk about the distractions at home, the lack of accessibility for students of different economic status, and the added stress and work from the teacher's perspective. Choices made during this time have created such a stir amongst teachers, students, and parents everywhere on what would have been the proper way to handle the recent significant changes in society. I have explored a variety of sources and arguments that have been published on this particular topic. In order to further develop my paper, I have also interviewed teachers, students, and parents that experienced the different types of schooling during the pandemic, ranging from fully virtual, hybrid, and in-person. Looking into my future career, it is important to discuss what is to be expected of elementary education post-pandemic. Will we learn from any poor choices that were made at the height of this crisis? And how should we approach the situation, should something similar happen again in the years to come?
    • Determining the molecular basis of Holospora infection on closely related susceptible and resistant strains of Paramecia

      Bourbon, Emily (2022-05)
      Paramecium caudatum is a single-celled pond-dwelling ciliate that can be infected by its endosymbiotic partner, bacterium Holospora undulata. Multiple strains of P. caudatum can have varying levels of susceptibility to infection by H. undulata, indicating there are factors that contribute to susceptibility such as environmental and genetic factors. Previous research in the Bright laboratory has determined 38 genes are highly upregulated in P. caudatum during H. undulata infection. Further investigation of these genes is presented in this study to determine their involvement in infection response. We performed various bioinformatic analyses, such as z-tests, to determine if any type of selection (i.e., positive, purifying, or neutral selection) is occurring on these genes. In this research paper, we want to determine the molecular basis for these changes in susceptibility to infection, and to detect any evolutionary constraints on genes involved in infection.
    • Polluting the law: the conservative legal mobilization’s attack on the environment

      Bell, Libby (2022-05)
      The conservative legal movement gained momentum and influence over the law beginning in the 1980s. Today the movement has focused on various areas of the law to exert control over and the environment is one focal point. Following the liberal legal win of Massachusetts v. EPA, the Republican party began working to strip the power granted to the EPA by this decision. The upcoming case, West Virginia v. EPA, will determine whether the EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The conservative movement will use arguments of state’s rights and separation of powers to make their case that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate CO2 emissions. It is predicted that the court will rule in favor of West Virginia by applying fringe ideologies of the Major Questions Doctrine or the Nondelegation Doctrine. The outcome of this case will set the precedent for how the Court will rule in future environmental cases, as well as in cases that deal with the authority of federal agencies.
    • “The Rent is Too Damn High”: why renters deserve more affordable housing policies in the United States, such as good cause eviction

      Bale-Crowder, Sarah (2022-05)
      The housing crisis in the United States has plagued our country and will continue to persist without further governmental action. Across the country, renters face housing insecurity, which was made worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the housing crisis, state and local lawmakers in New York proposed the Good Cause Eviction bill to prevent community members from being unfairly forced out of their homes. The proposed legislation gives additional rights to renters, making sure the most vulnerable are not being pushed out of their community. The housing crisis hurts everyone in the housing market, but it is especially hard on low-income, people of color. The legislation has sparked debate among both Republicans and Democrats around the state. The Good Cause Eviction Law has not yet passed at the state level but has gained support and passage in cities across New York State, including Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and Albany. As the law continues to gain support in towns and cities across New York, it is clear that Good Cause Eviction law is a first step in helping renters yet appears to be a temporary solution to a much deeper, affordable-housing crisis that requires more attention from federal, state, and local governments. While the scope of this paper focuses on current and past legislation within New York, the paper will examine policies and research from across the country.
    • New York State’s fragmented emergency medical services system: an exposé

      Arus, Sydney (2022-05)
      EMS is the backdrop of our lives. It’s something that we don’t need to think about, until a moment arises where there are no other thoughts. In and out of the shadows, they hide in plain sight in wait of a situation to do what they’ve been trained for. They’re there when we need them, even should we refuse their help. But when it comes down to it, do we really know that much about them? How can an industry that serves as the backbone of society exist so mysteriously, even almost anonymously? The organization of the EMS industry in New York State is flawed. It has evolved into a fragmented system that disadvantages rural and non-urban communities, and EMS providers across the state. We’re on the verge of a reckoning with the current EMS system, and it’s long overdue.