Proceedings 2011: 7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects

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2011 GRASP Symposium Editorial Board:

Mara Alagic, Chair, Associate Professor, Graduate School Assistant Dean

Ngoyi Bukonda, Associate Professor, Department of Physician Assistant

Anthony Dilollo, Associate Professor, Communication Science & Disorders

Deborah S. Ballard-Reisch, Professor, Kansas Health Foundation Distinguished Chair in Strategic Communication

Kathy Downes, Senior Associate Dean, University Libraries

Walter Horn, Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering

Sylvia H. Carruthers, Associate Professor, School of Art and Design

Fuchang Liu, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Jay Price, Associate Professor, History

Glyn Rimmington, Boeing Distinguished Professor of Global Learning

Chu-Ping Vijverberg, Assistant Professor, Economics


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Graduate students Assistant-Editors:

Srilatha Thota,Mechanical Engineering and Panindra Chekoori,Electrical and Computer Science Engineering


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    7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2011-05-04) Alagic, Mara
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    Gluteus Medius Electromyographic (EMG) Activity and Strength Immediately Following Lumbopelvic High Velocity Thrust Provided by a Novice Clinician
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2011-05-04) Bacon, Charles; Pruser, Jordan; Ford, Whitney; Amick, Ryan Zackary; Reiman, Michael P.
    The purpose of this study was to determine the immediate effect of a lumbopelvic high velocity thrust (HVT) on gluteus medius strength when administered by a novice clinician with brief training. Thirty healthy subject's hip abduction strength and EMG activity were assessed at baseline, following a sham (control) intervention, and intervention consisting of a lumbopelvic manipulation (HVT) assigned in random order. These data were analyzed using the independent t-test with a significance level of p < .05. The results demonstrated no significant difference in gluteus medius strength between the control and manipulation. The results may suggest that a lumbopelvic manipulation, performed by a novice clinician, may not produce therapeutic effects in gluteus medius strength.
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    Electromyographic Analysis of Various Hip Exercises in Normal Subjects
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2011-05-04) Meyer, Cole; Dick, Danielle; Scram, Jessica; Reiman, Michael P.
    The goal was to compare electromyography (EMG) activity of the gluteus medius muscle during 5 weight bearing exercises. Our subjects consisted of 30 healthy volunteers (mean age 24.30 years, height 173.31 cm, weight 71.67 kg). Subjects performed a dynamic warm-up, followed by collection of gluteus medius EMG muscle activity while performing 3 trials of each of 5 exercises (randomized), with 30 seconds rest between exercises. Subjects performed all exercises in a single session. The EMG activity during exercise was compared to the MVIC (maximum voluntary isometric contraction) to give a percent MVIC for each exercise. The results of our study can be used by physical therapists to determine which exercise(s) would be most beneficial for strengthening of the gluteus medius.
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    Reducing invasion by targeting vulnerable life-stages: Effects of fire on survivorship of Lespedeza cunea
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2011-05-04) Wong, Bryant M.; Houseman, Gregory R.
    The ecological impact of invasive species has continued to rise in recent decades despite increased awareness and mitigation efforts. One approach to controlling the impact of invaders may be to target vulnerable life-stages. In this study, Lespedeza cuneata seeds were sown into intact prairie plots that were assigned to different burning times to ascertain the effects of burning on different plant life stages. Preliminary data suggest that late season burns (September) resulted in the lowest survivorship (x¯ = 29%) at the end of the first growing season versus an early season burn (April, x¯ = 88%). Although these data suggest that late-season burning is more effective than early season burning, quantification of over-winter survivorship will be necessary to assess the full impact of these treatments on L. cuneata establishment.
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    Diversity, trust and social capital: Examining community level relationships
    (Wichita State University. Graduate School, 2011-05-04) Hakim, Sharon M.; Meissen, Gregory J.
    The United States is experiencing increasing levels of ethnic diversity both in our country as a whole and within our communities. At the same time, levels of social capital, sense of community, and civic participation are declining. In 2007, Robert Putnam, a prominent social capital theorist, proposed the "Constrict Theory of Ethnic Diversity" to explain this relationship. Constrict Theory states that increased ethnic diversity leads to lower levels of trust - both in one's own ethnic group and in other ethnic groups. Trust is one of the major components of social capital, and it is through its relationship with trust that ethnic diversity can negatively affect social capital. This current study tested the Constrict Theory using community level variables. Findings support Putnam's previous findings, while raising questions about the measurements available to quantify ethnic diversity.