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    S.E.L.E.N.E: System Engineered for Lunar Environment, Navigation, and Exploration
    (Wichita State University, 2021-04-02) Morales, Kevin; Wang, Long; Christensen, Fennie; Kim, Arnold; Alfaro, Jennifer; Smith, Brandon; Ergil, Selin; Rincon, Clarissa; Shoonover, Maggie; Patterson, Jeremy A.; Parcell, William C.
    Augmented Reality (AR) display technologies utilize computer-generated virtualized content to enhance the observer's perception of the physical environment. This NASA SUITS (Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students) challenge proposal considers the limitations of augmented reality and addresses possible solutions for future missions to the Moon, and beyond. The system to address these challenges is SELENE (System Engineered for Lunar Environment, Navigation, and Exploration). The SELENE system, built by a Wichita State University team, enables crew members to be more efficient and effective while reducing cognitive load on the end-user, ultimately increasing crew autonomy. This enhanced autonomy is a result of SELENE's Navigation, Scientific, and EVA informatic systems. For navigation, SELENE provides a 360-degree display ring coupled with AR landmark cues and a surface grid. For the science system, SELENE will enable astronaut to perform complex tasks such as scientific sampling by displaying informative cards within the user's visual display. SELENE's Extravehicular Activity (EVA) system capabilities range from constant consumable monitoring to a standalone mission tracker interface allowing astronauts to be more autonomous. SELENE also offers nonintrusive real-time data synchronization via the Head Mounted Display (HMD) shared between astronauts. This proposal includes the design description, concept operations, testing, project schedule, and project expectation with supported research.
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    Flash phenomenon
    (Wichita State University, 2017-04-28) Vukelich, Liz; Adler, Ted
    Purpose: This project explores color development in unglazed, wood-fired ceramic wares, specifically the phenomenon called "flashing," by testing six materials with differing proportions of silica and alumina. Background: Flashing is a gradient of glazing created in atmospheric kilns, and occurs around a ratio of 3.2:1 SiO2 to AL2O3. Other variables that contribute to flashing on ceramic surfaces include the composition of the clay bodies used, the presence of trace amounts of iron, and the type and composition of the clay's glass-forming components. Methods: Sixtyone step tests made from combinations of six raw materials demonstrate the quality of color development near and at the ideal SiO2: AL203 ratio for flashing. I will fire and cool these tiles in an anagama-style, wood-fired kiln, using both carbon and hydrogen as an oxygen reducing agent during the cooling process. The results of this study will provide both quantitative and qualitative data to supplement experiential knowledge.
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    Bathroom manifesto
    (Wichita State University, 2016-04-29) Gossett, Kelsy; Rundstrom, Lisa; Ray, Jennifer
    On April 29, 2015 a pair of shoes representing a person of the opposite gender along with stories and explanatory posters were placed in bathroom stalls in over sixty restrooms on campus. Purpose: Raise awareness of the flaws of gendered restrooms. Create a dialog among masses and be easily reproducible. Methods: Installation of shoes, stories and posters finished by 8:00 a.m. Facebook page and email accompanied posters and served as potential engagement and database. Photos were taken throughout the day. E-mails to faculty encouraged class dialog. Results: Classroom discussions occurred. Encouraging notes handwritten by students found in restrooms. Most shoes disappeared by 5:00 p.m. KWCH ran a story and posted on Facebook. 135 comments appeared in support and opposition. Conclusion: Education and dialogue occurred not only at Wichita State University, but throughout the city. While WSU generally showed support, ultimately no changes have been made.
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    Graven images (What's in a brand?)
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2014-04-25) Farmer, James Robert; Adler, Ted
    The research topics most relevant to my studio art practice are branding, advertising and semiotics (the study of sign systems and their meanings). My intention is to formulate a critique of capitalist globalization that closely examines the relationship between corporate insignia and the means of commodification. I will present the research behind my large-scale paintings, in which I appropriate logos of national or multinational corporations to create images that are reminiscent of traditional Western religious imagery, thus creating analogies between globalization as proselytization and brand loyalty as faith.
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    Ritual genesis: constructing systems of belief
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School., 2012-04-18) Voltz, Lars; Adler, Ted
    Throughout clay’s history, material choices directly shape cultural practices and the structuring of ceremonial and mundane living. Within this context, “ritual” is a transient term describing actions covering a broad scope of day-to-day and elevated/special circumstances that retains potency depending on the contexts of the performed action. I will be investigating how rituals rooted in ceramic materials, impact the lives of those who participate in the ritual. References will be made to very personal rituals I have recently created and to those of foreign cultures. I hope audiences will question their associations with their own rituals and will examine how their beliefs shape how they live.