Proceedings 2008: 4th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects

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Editorial Board Members for 2008 GRASP Symposium


Ted Adler, Assistant Professor, Ceramics (Fine Arts)

George Bousfield, Professor, Biology (LAS_Natural Sciences)

George Dehner, Assistant Professor, History (LAS_Humanities)

Anthony DiLollo, Assistant Professor, Comm. Sci. and Disorders (Health Professions)

Patricia Dooley, Professor, Communication (LAS_Social Sciences)

Kathy Downes, Associate Dean, University Libraries

Mara Alagic, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction (Education)

Kathleen Lewis, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy (Health Professions)

Abu Masud, Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (Engineering)

Sue Nyberg, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant (Health Professions)

Jodi Pelkowski, Associate Professor, Economics, (Business)

T.S. Ravigururajan , Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering (Engineering)


David M. Eichhorn, Associate Dean, Graduate School

Susan Kovar, Dean, Graduate School

Sponsors of 2008 GRASP Symposium

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Recent Submissions

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    4th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School., 2008-04-25) Eichhorn, David M.; Kovar, Susan
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    Awareness and implementation of sepsis guidelines in Kansas hospitals
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School., 2008-04-25) Steadham, Matthew; Nyberg, Sue M.; Berg, Gina M.; Griffin, Audrey
    In 2002 the Surviving Sepsis Campaign was established by an international consortium of healthcare providers as a collaborative effort to reduce mortality from the life-threatening conditions of severe sepsis and septic shock. Resuscitation and treatment guidelines (“Early Goal-Directed Therapy – EGDT”) were developed based on existing literature. There is very little published data evaluating awareness of these guidelines and the capability to implement them in smaller, rural hospitals. This descriptive study was conducted to assess awareness and capability for implementation of EGDT in rural, Kansas hospitals. Methods: A survey tool was designed and mailed to the medical director of the emergency department (ED) in all 129 Kansas hospitals. Non-responders received a second survey, also by mail. Results: Only 25% of respondents were aware of EGDT. Awareness and implementation of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign early goal-directed treatment recommendations is low while the capability of facilities to perform the individual components of these recommendations is high.
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    The effect of rereading text at a student’s instructional level upon reading fluency
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School., 2008-04-25) Wilson, Helen M.
    The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of repeated readings of text at a student’s instructional level upon reading fluency. The participants for this study included seven third grade students who were reading below grade level and below the fluency norms for beginning third graders. The participants included three girls and four boys, ages 8 to 9. Data was collected using leveled readers, weekly running records for fluency from a pretest and a posttest, student completed graphs, and a pretest and posttest measurement of reading comprehension using the Scholastic Reading Inventory. The main findings indicated that explicit fluency instruction, engaging students in rereading text, and modeling fluent reading do positively impact reading fluency.
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    Statistic approach to static conductor thermal rating
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School., 2008-04-25) Shao, Miaolei; Jewell, Ward T.
    This paper proposes applying the statistic analysis method for determination of static conductor thermal rating. The spectrum of the maximum current of conductor over a year is first calculated using Typical Meteorological Year (TMY2) data set as weather data and IEEE Standard 738-1993 as computation engine. The statistic analysis is then performed to calculate the cumulative distribution function (CDF) of the maximum current. Finally, the static conductor thermal rating can be determined based on the risk level which utilities are willing to take. The statistic analysis method helps system planners to determine the static conductor thermal rating by quantifying the risk of a conductor’s actual allowable maximum current higher than the static rating. This proposed method is applied to determine the static conductor thermal rating of different zones within Rocky Mountain and Desert Southwest area.
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    Design and studies of a self-assembled cofacial zinc phthalocyanine dimer complexed with fullerene(s)
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School., 2008-04-25) Maligaspe, Eranda; D'Souza, Francis
    Biomimetic bacterial photosynthetic reaction center complexes have been constructed using welldefined self-assembled supramolecular approaches. The “special pair” donor, a cofacial phthalocyanine dimer, was formed via potassium ion induced dimerization of tetra-(benzo-[15]crown-5) phthalocyanine. The dimer was subsequently self-assembled with functionalized fullerene(s) via axial coordination. The utilization of such welldefined multiple modes of binding in a controlled fashion results in the formation biomimetic supramolecualr complexes which further allows to probe the photoinduced charge separation. These complexes were fully characterized using 1H NMR, UV-Vis, electrochemical and mass spectrometric methods. The evidence for interaction in the ground state systems was obtained from spectroscopic and computational studies. Electron transfer from the excited zinc phthalocyanine to fullerene was reveled by steady and time-resolved emission studies.