JURSW Volume 2

Permanent URI for this collectionhttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/24


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    The Design, Analysis, Build and Test of a Vaccine Management and Preservation System (VacMAPS) to Reduce Vaccine Waste in Healthcare Facilities
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2017) Harbuck, James; Macias, Ana; Weaver, Jeffrey; Weber, Joshua; Hood, R. Lyle
    Vaccine expiration due to poor inventory management has cost health clinics in the United States over $100 million dollars in 2015 alone. While costly hi-end inventory systems exist, these are typically only affordable for major hospitals, leaving local clinics without an accessible solution. These needs motivate a low-cost alternative capable of mechanizing and computerizing storage, inventory, and retrieval of refrigerated vaccines. The solution proposed herein is the vaccine management and preservation system (VacMAPS). VacMAPS is a modular add-in capable of integration within existing refrigeration systems. The functional design of VacMAPS was created and refined with input from medical professionals working in hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. VacMAPS consists of a support frame, dispensing and storing mechanism, a motor, electronics for monitoring and controlling supply, and an inventory tracking software. VacMAPS accurately tracks, monitors and stores 175-300 single vaccine doses. VacMAPS was fabricated and tested for appropriate robustness, function within expected refrigeration conditions, motor performance, electronics and software operation, and functional storage and retrieval capabilities. Assessments demonstrated that VacMAPS can meet the functional and operational requirements identified through the survey of medical professionals nationwide, publishing engineering standards, and Center for Disease Control vaccine handling requirements. The results showed that VacMAPS is a feasible alternative to existing, and far more expensive, commercial vaccine tracking systems and provides an effective solution to vaccine and monetary waste issues in low-cost healthcare clinics. This study concluded that VacMAPS can be an effective, frugal solution for the monitoring and management of refrigerated vaccines in the United States and third-world markets.
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    Puestos Aparte: Inequity through Migration and Legal Segregation in San Antonio, 1900 to 1930s
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2017) Saenz, Allison
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    Storyletters Records: Rhetorical Analysis of Seven Select Stories
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2017) Redgate, Kimberly
    This research project presents a rhetorical criticism of the Storyletters Records, 1991-2000, located in the University of Texas at San Antonio Special Collections (MS 40). The purpose of this study is to conduct the first research examination of this collection of rhetorical artifacts. The methodology used was Bitzer’s rhetorical situation analysis for each of the seven selected stories separating them into three clusters based on a common theme. Findings revealed that this collection of rhetorical artifacts contains valuable insight toward building community through the story letters. This study concludes that rhetorical artifacts offer alternative perspectives on life and add to cross-cultural understandings.
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    Advantages of the Complex Taylor Series Expansion Method for determining Circuit Outputs
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2017-08-31) Roussel, Zachary
    The complex Taylor series expansion (CTSE) is a method to compute derivatives numerically with machine precision for real valued functions. This method converts a real-valued function to complex-valued and introduces a small imaginary step to the parameter of interest. In this work, CTSE had been used in an electrical circuit to find the current flowing through a capacitor with respect to the voltage across the capacitor, where the voltage across the capacitor is a complicated solution of a differential equation. The advantage of CTSE is that it can be used to find accurate derivatives of arbitrary functions. A limitation of CTSE is that it can only be used to compute the first order derivative of a function. A numerical example is presente to demonstrate the accuracy of the method.
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    Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen : History Repeats History
    (Office of the Vice President for Research, 2017) Hobbs, Jeremiah E.