Proceedings 2013: 9th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects

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Editorial Board for 2013 GRASP Symposium


Mehmet Bayram Yildirim, Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


Ramazan Asmatulu, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Mehmet Barut, Associate Professor, FREDS

Heidi Bell, Graduate Student, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Barbara Chaparro, Associate Professor, Psychology

Anthony DiLollo, Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kathy Downes, Associate Dean of University Libraries

Bret Jones, Associate Professor, College of Fine Arts; School of Performing Arts

Jeremy Patterson, Associate Professor, Human Performance Studies

Jay Price, Associate Professor, History

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    9th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School., 2013-05-08) Yildirim, Mehmet Bayram
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    A survey of physicians' perceptions of physician assistant education and qualifications
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2013-05-08) Britz, Molly; Schrader, Mindy; Sholtz, Sedera; Unruh, Madalyn; Brown, Gina
    Little research has been conducted on physicians' attitudes and understanding of the physician assistant (PA) profession. As healthcare demands continue to grow, it isimperative physicians understand the education andqualifications of PAs. The objective of this study was to assessthe perceptions of Kansas primary care physicians regarding theeducational requirements and qualifications of PAs. A crosssectionalsurvey was emailed to 1,551 Kansas primary carephysicians. Survey results were analyzed for associationsbetween demographic characteristics of physicians andperceptions of PAs. The results concluded that Kansas primarycare physicians have misconceptions regarding the educationand qualifications of PAs.
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    Korean comfort women as political discourse
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2013-05-08) Silcott, William; Demovic, Angela R.
    In the dichotomy between force and agency in prostitution, the placement of comfort women, girls taken by Japan during WWII and forced into sex service, presents a clear field in which the question of agency fades. With the deep impacts of war intrinsically linked with comfort women, the issue of representation reemerges as a potent symbol in post-war peace. This paper examines the realities and symbols of Korean comfort women as it relates to Japanese relations. Jeffrey Alexander's theory of cultural trauma will be applied to the process of these representations and establishing these women as both victims and survivors, not only contained to personal perseverance but also as a powerful, living symbols in the building of images of Korea.
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    Effects of plantar flexion stretching on flutter kicking time in competitive age group swimmers
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2013-05-08) Beason, Ricki; Murphy, Sarah; Musch, Abbey; Pham, Ly; Sanders, Dana; Lehecka, B.J.
    This investigation examined the effects of plantar flexion (PF) stretching on flutter kicking time in competitive swimmers. A single blind randomized control study was performed with 19 male and female Wichita Swim Club members (13-17 years old), who were divided into two groups: control or stretching. The stretching group performed PF stretches five times a week for 15 minutes a day. Pre-test measures for PF and 50 yard flutter kicking times were recorded initially then retested after four weeks. Results showed a small significant difference between PF stretching versus no stretching on flutter kicking speed in competitive age group swimmers.
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    Characterization of oligodendrocyte progenitor cell differentiation on co-electrospun nanofibers of PCL with gelatin
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2013-05-08) Shrestha, Bikesh; Ceylan, Muhammet; Moon, Alex; Yao, Li; Asmatulu, Ramazan
    Axonal re-myelination in injured central nervous system (CNS) has been a scientific challenge. Focal delivery of Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells (OPCs) provides promising approach. We used a novel bioengineering technique to create co-electrospun nanofibers of Gelatin and Poly-?-caprolactone (PCL) to be used as a scaffold for neural tissue regeneration. Growth and differentiation of Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) (from neonatal rat brain) on the scaffold were studied. Our study revealed that Gelatin/PCL nanofibers provide a hospitable substrate for OPC growth and differentiation. Our long term goal is to develop a scaffold that bridges the injured spinal cord (SC) and aid its functional recovery.