Kelsie Doty, Kansas State University
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Abstract:The purpose of this research was to compare mordanted and nonmordanted cotton and wool fabrics, dyed with black walnut (Juglans nigra) leaves, hulls, and bark for colorfastness properties. Half of the cotton fabrics were mordanted with aluminum acetate and half of the wool fabrics were mordanted with potassium aluminum sulfate. Colorfastness to laundry and light for both cotton and wool were improved with the use of an aluminum mordant. However, the use of a mordant changed the color from a cool (blue) and dull brown to a warmer (yellow) and brighter brown. Overall, walnut bark dyed wool had the highest ratings for both fastness to laundry and light.
Caitlyn Reese, Fort Lewis College
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Abstract:In the past decade, scientific studies have shown that adult stem cells may have the potential to treat dozens of degenerative diseases and change the future of medicine. However, some private companies have preemptively begun using adult stem cells in unregulated human trials, and the FDA has been forced to shut down several facilities across the U.S. Regulation of this new biotechnology is necessary in the interest of public safety because there is not yet enough clinical evidence to support current use of adult stem cells.
Lexi Pulice-Farrow, Jennifer L. Hughes, and Ashley E. Bohnert, Agnes Scott College
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Abstract:For this research we evaluated the relationships of 55 lesbian-identified Facebook users. We hypothesized that Lesbian-identified romantic partners who linked their partners would report greater relationship satisfaction than those who did not (H1). We also hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship found for lesbian-identified Facebook users for their relationship satisfaction and degree of outness (H2). Next, we hypothesized that Lesbian-identified romantic partners who did not link their partners on Facebook would report less relationship confidence than partners who had linked their partners (H3). Finally, if a user linked her partner, we hypothesized that she would be more likely to post and tag photographs with her partner (H4).
Zachary Ochoa, James Madison University
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Abstract:The Chinese Community Party has maintained a firm grip on Chinese Society for over half a century. Recently, it has overseen the dramatic rise of China in the realms of economics, military power, and international relations. However, these advances also come with risks, and the CCP may actually find itself in a more vulnerable position as time goes on. The author examines these risks and hypothesizes on how the CCP can adapt to meet these new challenges.
Kathryn A. Kane, Washington State University Vancouver
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Introduction:Professor Alexandra Bennett is in charge of a typical lab at a large university that studies the surface characteristics of semiconductors. The outcomes of research inform industry developers to build better electronic devices. Within this lab group, doctoral students are engaged in their own individual projects and are responsible for recording and archiving their results. However, there is no standardized system to digitally store and access research data. This is mostly due to the lack of familiarity with data storage among the researchers combined with different working styles. It makes it difficult for doctoral students to share related data with each other, much less with researchers outside of their institution, since recordkeeping is so idiosyncratic. Professor Bennett remarks, “It scares me how much data was lost (sic) because it wasn’t well organized.” (Akmon, Daniels, Hedstrom, & Zimmerman, 2011, p. 337).
Cynthia Dublin, Chang-Ok Choi*, G. Kevin Randall*, Bradley University
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AbstractThe average age at onset of compulsive buying is 18-24 years. This study replicates Palan, Morrow, Trapp, and Blackburn (2011) who investigated credit card misuse as a mediator between self-esteem, power prestige, and risk taking for compulsive buying behavior in undergraduate business majors. In addition to including all majors at Bradley and both sexes, we controlled for personality, a known covariate for credit card misuse and compulsive buying.
Michelle Mathews, University of Texas
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Abstract Recovering from injury and debilitation is a gruesome process for any patient. It is painful, unpleasant, and uncomfortable. It is the responsibility of staff in the health care industry to make it their number one priority to make the recovery process as easy and stress-free as possible for patients. If all the factors affecting recovery were to be determined and categorized, they could then be turned into manageable methods of regulating and speeding up the recovery process. By understanding what factors influence rehabilitation, we can further our attempts in making the recovery process more efficient, encouraging, positive, and comfortable for patients.
Vishakha Gupta, University of Puget Sound
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Abstract This literature review analyzed studies on Person Organization (P-O) fit and outcome variables (satisfaction, commitment, and turnover) conducted in the past 12 years. The aim of this study was to answer questions regarding the relationship of P-O fit with satisfaction, commitment and turnover. PsychInfo and PsychArticle were used to locate studies in the past 12 years that included P-O fit and at least one outcome variable (satisfaction, commitment, or turnover). Results show that P-O fit does predict satisfaction, commitment, and turnover.
Grant Glass, Harvard University
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Abstract This paper discusses where and how Díaz positions himself within a Latino identity, and how his narrative style incorporates his sense of Latino culture specifically in The Brief Life of Oscar Wao (2007) and Drown (1996).
Introduction Junot Díaz began his first novel, The Brief Life of Oscar Wao (2007) with an epigraph, a poem from the Saint Lucian born Derek Walcott. The poem, “The Schooner Flight” (1980) described the complicated affirmation of identity: “. . . and either I’m nobody or I’m a nation.” Díaz understood that this quote had far reaching implications beyond just the framing of the novel but in positioning his work to a larger group. The question became what group, and even further what identity was he claiming? Was it American, Hispanic, Dominican, or Latino? Only by carefully reading the literary style of Díaz in which he executes his narrative would he reveal what his association was and how that association functioned. Not only did Díaz use poetry to inform and frame his novel, he also used the same device to frame his short story collections.
Artem Akopyan,The University of Western Ontario
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Abstract This article deals with the issue of reliability in contemporary research. Specifically, the idea of purposeful replications of psychological studies is discussed. Next, the two main types of replication are presented and their pertinence to psychology is explained in connection with Darryl Bem’s (2011) notorious article that claimed overwhelming evidence of precognition. The reader is shown the potential shortcomings that might come about as a result of neglecting literal replications or misinterpreting the results obtained with the help of each form of replication Finally, some modern changes in research practices in psychology are mentioned and their significance in scientific testing and theorizing are briefly outlined.