JURSW Volume 4

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    An Emerging Literature: Reading Video Games in the Classroom
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018) Willingham, Kaylee
    The question as to whether or not video games can be seen as literature is an ongoing debate. Cases are strongly made for both sides, and the conversation surrounding it is receiving widespread interest. In order to contribute to this ongoing discussion, this paper analyzes this emerging media within the realm of a literature classroom to better see, and understand, how video games have grown from their beginnings and entered the realm of storytelling. Understanding that the various genres of video games limits their ability to be seen as literature, while working to rebuke the stigmas that surround video games altogether, I claim that video games have an opportunity to not only allow for a new field of study and criticism, but enhance the argumentation and analysis that already exists. By looking at the current discussions regarding video games, as well as the listings and reception of video games within universities, I hope to give evidence and reasoning to back up and contribute to the idea that video games will soon be introduced into the classrooms and criticized as a narrative genre.
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    Individualism-Collectivism and Bias Against Outgroup Members A Literature Review
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018) Werland, Tyler
    This study examines the extent to which individualism-collectivism influence attitudes and behaviors toward outgroup members. Specifically, this research focuses on negative attitudes such as stereotypes, prejudice, favoritism, and negative behaviors such as discrimination and conflict. With the expectation that bias is present when members of both individualistic and collectivistic groups interact with outgroups, this study investigates (a) whether bias is more common in individualistic or in collectivistic groups and (b) the types of bias that are more common in each group.
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    The Children Left Behind: Education and Race Reconstructing San Antonio, 1865-1877
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018) Vegerano, Sarah
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    SmartPlot: Visualization Tool for Aircraft Probabilistic Damage Tolerance Analysis
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018) Millan, Daniel Ocampo; Millwater, Harry
    SmartPlot is an application that reads and plots the files produced by SMART|DT (SMall Aircraft Risk Technology - Damage Tolerance) probabilistic damage tolerance software. SmartPlot provides users with features such as selecting the data to be plotted, comparing results from multiple executions, and exporting plots as vector graphics in Portable Document Format. This application is based on a Finite State Machine (FSM) that automatically detects the characteristics of the file to be plotted. SmartPlot is written in Java, uses free software, and can be distributed as a Java ARchive (JAR) file that will run on any machine with Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 8.
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    Wake Up: Part I
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018) Jamerson, Lily
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    The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and a Student’s College Major
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018) Hamm, Sarah C.
    Worldwide, approximately eighty-five percent of adults in the workforce despise their jobs. Many students enter college with a path already in mind, only to discover that their chosen career is not aligned with their personality traits. Personality assessments, if accurate, may help students better determine a career path best suited for their personality traits before entering college, saving both time and money. My project investigated the accuracy of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a widely used personality test, in assessing the academic and recreational characteristics of an individual. I researched the sixteen personality types and categorized the types in order to better explain how they are determined. I then instructed UTSA students to take the Myers-Briggs personality test using the website 16personalities.com and surveyed the participants to determine how accurately the test assessed their academic aptitude, college major, and individual traits. Of the seventy-two students who responded, 87.5% found their results of the personality test to be accurate and 43.1% of the participants stated that they would use their test results to help determine their career goals. Overall, my work supports the view that the MBTI would be useful for incoming college freshman who are undeclared.
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    Children Transitioning from Oral to Written Argumentation: Signaling Meaning through Punctuation in Writing Part II
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018-06-12) Butler, Morgan; Johnson, Joaquinita; Cortez, Gabrielle; Horowitz, Rosalind
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    Controlling their Bodies: Ancient Roman Women and Contraceptives
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018) Brazan, Madison
    For women in ancient Rome, pregnancy related deaths were one of the leading causes of death because of a higher likelihood of infection or complications during the birth, compared to women in contemporary Italy, such as uterine hemorrhage. Ancient Roman women, in particular women who were not as wealthy and women who worked as prostitutes, had even more of an urgent need to prevent pregnancy than wealthier women who could afford more than one child. Therefore, they had an incentive to obtain to get birth control either because they would not have been able to afford more children or because getting pregnant would have hurt their livelihood as a prostitute. However, the most common categories of birth control were quite different in antiquity. The most common categories of birth control included herbal options, pessaries, and folk remedies. I will be investigating what the ancient Roman women used as contraceptives, citing various sources, including Soranus’ Gynecology and Dioscorides’ De Materia Medica.
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    Hemispheric Solidarity: Experiences and Memories of WWII Internment
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018) Boan, Jason
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    Comparison of Gene Set Analysis with Various Score Transformations to Test the Significance of Sets of Genes
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2018) Arreola, Ivan; Han, David
    Microarray analysis can help identify changes in gene expression which are characteristic to human diseases. Although genomewide RNA expression analysis has become a common tool in biomedical research, it still remains a major challenge to gain biological insight from such information. Gene Set Analysis (GSA) is an analytical method to understand the gene expression data and extract biological insight by focusing on sets of genes that share biological function, chromosomal regulation or location. Thing systematic mining of different gene-set collections could be useful for discovering potential interesting gene-sets for further investigation. Here, we seek to improve previously proposed GSA methods for detecting statistically significant gene sets via various score transformations.