URCAF Abstracts 2017

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2017 URCAF Organizing Committee

Chair: John Hammond, Liberal Arts and Sciences (Math/Social Sciences)

Shuang Gu, Engineering

Anthony May, Business

Kimberly Engber, Honors College

Janice Ewing, Education

Susan Sterrett, Liberal Arts & Sciences (Humanities)

William Flynn, Fine Arts

Aaron Bowen, University Libraries

Trisha Self, Health Professions

Dinorah Azpuru, Liberal Arts and Sciences (Social Sciences)

Sandra Carlo, Student Member

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Recent Submissions

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    Hyacinth Days: A short poetry collection
    (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04) White, Madison
    This short poetry collection, roughly titled “Hyacinth Days” follows my own navigation through womanhood and search for an adult identity. Embedded within images, the symbolic process of growing takes place through other things natural and good. These poems aim to serve as a truth without the shadow of many years gone by. As a young woman writing about being and becoming a young woman, my poems attempt to capture feeling, doubt, and life without inhibition. The poems featured narrow in on subjects like virginity, being a daughter, finding an artistic voice—and possibly losing it. My poetic voice often ranges from whimsical and hopeful to ambivalent and anxious. While many center upon a feminized struggle, the collection encapsulates a very universal human one as well. From love to loss to growing indefinitely, this is one form of looking at life. The works are influenced most directly by my own experiences, but also on the works I’ve studied in my numerous literature courses. The poems themselves typically go through a process of editing over a span of months which involves trimming most of what is written initially. Many of the poems featured in this collection have also been workshopped by my fellow peers and staff.
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    The colonization of Native American reservations in 'Tracks' and in 21st century America
    (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04) Lubbers-Payne, Mercedes
    This study is a comparative analysis of the novel Tracks by Louise Erdrich to events surrounding the current Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project at the edge of Tribal reservation land, which has spawned the NODAPL movement led by Native Americans. By comparing a story of ongoing colonization and destruction of Native Americans and their reservations with real-life events, this study seeks to show the importance of diverse literature and the influence of literature in depicting the experiences of the minority, while arguing that Native American literature cannot be analyzed through a post-colonialist lens because colonization and 'Americanization' of Native Americans is still taking place. Primary sources include the novel Tracks and articles pertaining to the NODAPL movement, as there is currently little academic research on the matter. Secondary sources include journal articles on Tracks that analyze the significance and history of Native American reservations.
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    Electromagnetic resonant sensor patch for detection of fluid volume shifts within intracranial space
    (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04) Eckerman, Brandon
    Elevations in intracranial pressure (ICP) can result in a number of neurological complications and even death in patients who have had stroke, traumatic brain injury, or have undergone neurosurgical or neurological treatments. These complications can include cerebral hemorrhage, stroke, and irreparable brain damage. The current gold standard in measuring ICP requires implanting an intraventricular catheter into the patient’s skull, requiring invasive surgery and creating unnecessary health risk. Noninvasive methods are also available, but require highly specialized equipment, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD). These methods are limited to a clinical setting, which hinders their use as a point-of-care technology. This study focuses on developing a point-of-care electromagnetic resonant sensor that can detect a shift in intracranial fluid volume, and then utilize this volume change to estimate pressure. The experimental protocol has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Wichita State University. The electromagnetic resonant sensor is unique in comparison to conventional monitoring systems because it is not made up of electrical components, connections, or batteries. Instead, this biomedical sensor uses a combination of radio frequency waves (RF waves), electromagnetic fields, and a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) to measure and record physiological parameters that would otherwise require invasive or highly technical methods to detect. In this study, a fluid volume shift was induced by reclining a human subject past horizontal using a commercial grade inversion table. A bio-fluid shift was successfully detected and recorded using the sensor and was validated against TCD measurement calculations. The results suggest that the sensor patch may be capable of measuring intracranial pressure shifts in a point-of-care manner eliminating the need for specialized training and invasive equipment.
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    What is a late talker: A case study of twin boys
    (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04) Harms, Sara
    Present research is inconclusive on whether or not children who are nonverbal at 2½-years, considered late talkers, will catch up, or if their language development will remain behind that of peers causing them to become known as language impaired. Language impairment greatly affects literacy development and school success. A review of the literature found that at 2½-years, late talkers used fewer than 50 words and had a restricted phonetic inventory, fewer speech sounds. Twins are more at risk for becoming late talkers. Studies of the language of twins, in general, revealed use of fewer words and a more limited expressive vocabulary, than singletons. The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not two twin boys were at risk for becoming late talkers or more seriously, language impaired. Characteristics of late talkers were applied to the communication of two 2-year old twin boys who were nonverbal. Results of standardized tests administered prior to enrollment in a language-based preschool and test results one year later were compared. The twin boys were found to fit the criteria for late talkers. They met the criteria in six of the eight late talker characteristic areas: phonetic inventory, syllable structure, variability in consonant production, error patterns, expressive vocabulary, and use of gestures for communication. Specific results will be presented in this poster.
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    The impact of religion on democracy, transparency, and gender equality
    (Wichita State University, 2017-04-04) Gering, Donald
    How does religion influence secular values and modernization? I test several models where religious identity is examined as a possible predictor to support for secular values and modernization. Using a dataset I built in SPSS with data for 170 countries, I employ linear regression to test whether nine measure of religiosity and religious identification correlate with secular values such as freedom, democracy, transparency, and gender equality. I find that those values are less prevalent in countries that give more importance of religion and those where religion is restricted by the government. In contrast, social hostility toward religious minorities and religious identity are not significant factors in explaining those values.