URCAF Abstracts 2010

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2010 URCA FORUM Organizing Committee

Chair :Lawrence Whitman, Professor, Engineering

Members: Jeremy Patterson, Assistant Professor, Education

Robert Bubp, Associate Professor, Fine Arts

Maria Torres Pillot , Associate Professor, Health Professions

Atul Rai , Assistant Professor, Business

Robin Henry , Assistant Professor, LAS Humanities

Hussein Hamdeh, Professor, LAS Math/Natural Sciences

Susan Matveyeva, Associate Professor, University Libraries

Michael Hall, Associate Professor, LAS Social Sciences

William Vanderburgh, Executive Director, Office for Faculty Development and Student Success

Sponsors :

Office of Research Administration, University Libraries, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, Honors Program


Recent Submissions

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    10th Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum
    (Wichita State University, 2010-04-23) Wichita State University
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    The Democratic peace theory: a case study of the Lebanon-Israeli wars of 1982
    (Wichita State University, 2010-04-23) Sibbai, Tatiana
    The Democratic Peace Theory states that no two democratic nation states will go to war with one another. I use the two wars between perceived democratic states, Lebanon and Israel, as a case study to determine whether these instances provide a limit to the theory’s applicability. I use quantitative and qualitative data, including the annual Freedom House rankings, to determine if the definitions of the theory apply to both cases; regime type, democratic government, and level of violence. I also analyze external factors that illustrate the theory’s weaknesses. What is concluded from the data and research is that the cases being studied consist of two democracies that engaged in war with each other on two separate occasions, with several acts of aggression intermittent between the two wars. The limitations of the democratic peace theory presented by these case studies include; a democracy that is not mature cannot be covered under the scope of the theory; conflicts between a democracy and a non-state sanctioned militia within a democracy cannot be covered under the scope of theory; the relations of democratic states that are free but occupy territories that are not free cannot be predicted by the theory; the relations of democratic states that have foreign troops or guerilla militias within their borders cannot always be predicted by the theory. The 1982 and 2006 wars between Lebanon and Israel are marginal cases that highlight the democratic peace theory’s weakness at the margins, despite its general strength.
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    Measurements with the MIPP experiment at Fermilab
    (Wichita State University, 2010-04-23) Ray, Shannon
    The purpose of this experiment is to determine cross sections and charged kaon and pion production ratios of various targets. Thin targets include liquid hydrogen, beryllium, carbon, aluminum, copper, silver, bismuth, and uranium. A thick target, NuMI (carbon), was also used. These production ratios are determined by cross section between the presented targets and incident kaon+/-, pion+/-, and proton+/- beams at momenta ranging from 5 to 120GeV/c. Incident beams are produced by a primary proton beam of 120GeV/c from the Main Injector at Fermilab. Produced particles are tracked and identified in the MIPP detector using a TPC and wire chambers, time of flight, Cherenkov and RICH detectors, and calorimeters. The current cross section results are on the same magnitude as expected from comparison to previous experiments.
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    Our infinite capabilities
    (Wichita State University, 2010-04-23) Pflumm, A. J.
    This abstract is a solo dance. We struggle constantly with no gain and with no end in sight. The reason for this is that all we see of ourselves is our body. We ignore that which gives us substance, life, vitality, and truth. Without these qualities and aspects, we are merely carbon. We must give more of ourselves in order to learn our true and infinite capabilities. We can mold our reality with a single heartbeat. If only we would throw away our perceived limitations. This dance is characterized by struggling movements, outward reaches, and an inner desire to become more than just a body. The concept and dance came to me after hours of meditation. I wanted to create something that I could learn from and would help me grow. When I discovered the basis upon which I wanted to create my solo, I went from there, using movement to describe the feelings and the artwork I saw in my head. It was a long process, taking the better part of a month, but I ended up learning about my capabilities through this dance and continue to do so every time I polish a movement.
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    Gender differences: bereavement, social support, and depression of assisted living elders
    (Wichita State University, 2010-04-23) Parks, Fallon
    Purpose: The older generation is often overlooked by society today. It is easy to forget about their quality of life. This study was important to find out how that population can best be served. Also, the “Baby-boomers” are getting to the age where they are to enter assisted living facilities. Because of this, even more of the society is to be affected by this topic. The purpose of the study is to understand the gender differences in regards to bereavement, social support, and depression in older adult assisted living residents. Methods: This research is a cross sectional survey study conducted by face-to-face interviews utilizing a quantitative method. Non-probability and purposive sampling methods were used to generate a total of 100 participants aged 65 and over living in assisted living facilities. Those interviewed were interviewed in March at six assisted living facilities in Wichita, Kansas. A structured survey questionnaire was used to measure the dependent variable, which were gender differences. The questionnaire included multiple scales to measure the independent variables, which were bereavement, social support and depression. Results: This study showed significant differences between gender for social support, depression, and bereavement of older adult assisted living residents. The study showed that women received more social support than men. Women were more likely to be depressed then men. Loss of a loved one will affect women more adversely then men. Overall the study showed that women were more affected by depression, bereavement and social support then men. Implications: The significance of this study is to help contribute to the improvement of the overall health of older adults in assisted living facilities. Assisted living facilities and caseworkers need to offer adequate counseling and therapist for the older adults to help them empower their overall wellbeing.