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Detecting Group Turns Of Speaker Groups In Meeting Room Conversations Using Audio-Video Change Scale-Space, Ravikiran Krishnan 2010 University of South Florida

Detecting Group Turns Of Speaker Groups In Meeting Room Conversations Using Audio-Video Change Scale-Space, Ravikiran Krishnan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Automatic analysis of conversations is important for extracting high-level descriptions of

meetings. In this work, as an alternative to linguistic approaches, we develop a novel, purely

bottom-up representation, constructed from both audio and video signals that help us char-

acterize and build a rich description of the content at multiple temporal scales. Nonverbal

communication plays an important role in describing information about the communication

and the nature of the conversation. We consider simple audio and video features to extract

these changes in conversation. In order to detect these changes, we consider the evolution of the

detected change, using the Bayesian ...


Synthesis, Characterization, And Self-Assembly Of Gold Nanorods And Nanoprisms, Kristina L. Tran 2010 University of South Florida

Synthesis, Characterization, And Self-Assembly Of Gold Nanorods And Nanoprisms, Kristina L. Tran

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The unique properties of gold nanoparticles make them excellent candidates for applications in electronics, sensing, imaging, and photothermal therapy. Though abundant literature exists for isotropic gold nanoparticles, work on nanoparticles of different shapes has been gaining interest recently. Anisotropic gold nanoparticles, such as nanorods and nanoprisms, have tunable optical properties in the visible and near-infrared regions. Through synthesis and surface modification, the production of various shapes of these gold nanoparticles can be controlled to meet different applications.

Two different types of gold nanorods were used in this thesis. The first type was stabilized with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and had aspect ...


Beyond Survival: An Exploration Of Narrative Healing And Forgiveness In Healing From Rape, Heather Curry 2010 University of South Florida

Beyond Survival: An Exploration Of Narrative Healing And Forgiveness In Healing From Rape, Heather Curry

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This work explores: liberatory possibilities and limitations of narrative in healing from rape; the work and meanings of forgiveness, specifically seeking a complex definition of forgiveness drawing on spiritual, feminist, complexity, and phenomenological philosophies; and the relationships between narrative processes and forgiveness. I use an autoethnographic approach, offering my story of rape and healing in the aftermath. I attend to the physicality of the narrative, and to the way in which memory resides in the body, thus creating an embodied text. I examine current models of rape recovery, and the terms used by organizations, practitioners, and authors of rape narratives ...


La Vida En La Ficción Como Forma De Reescritura De La Historia Oficial En La Novela Caballeros De Fortuna De Luis Landero, Maria Elena Arroyo 2010 University of South Florida

La Vida En La Ficción Como Forma De Reescritura De La Historia Oficial En La Novela Caballeros De Fortuna De Luis Landero, Maria Elena Arroyo

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In this thesis we will study Luis Landero's Novel, Caballeros de fortuna, specifically the creation by the characters of an alternate life that they create through fiction. As a result of a failed life that resembles the effect of the years that Spain experienced Francisco Franco's dictatorial regime, these characters, unable to fight insecurity and rootlessness produced by the society of this era, become victims of utopian desires that result in the creation of an alternative life lived in fiction. At the same time, we can observe how this life style leads to the emergence of a critical ...


The Christian Zionist Lobby And U.S.-Israel Policy, Mark G. Grzegorzewski 2010 University of South Florida

The Christian Zionist Lobby And U.S.-Israel Policy, Mark G. Grzegorzewski

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This research explores the role of the Christian Zionist Lobby in shaping U.S. policy towards Israel. It is posited that the Christian Zionist Lobby, due to their eschatological goals, diverge from the interests of the larger Israel Lobby described by Mearsheimer and Walt. To test this hypothesis an exploratory case study is implemented to explain why the U.S. shifted its policy from supporting the Road Map to backing Israeli unilateralism. As the results of this study show, the Christian Zionists did actively oppose the Road Map and may have influenced American policy making. However, it would be a ...


Ingram, Tracy (Fa 482), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2010 Western Kentucky University

Ingram, Tracy (Fa 482), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid and full text (click on "Additional File" below) for Folklife Archives Project 482. Folklore material classified by genre. Information collected by Tracy Ingram related to folklore genres for a folk studies class at Western Kentucky University.


School Psychologists Engagement In Parent Training/Education Activities With The Parents Of Children With Chronic Behavior Problems, Rebecca K. Sarlo 2010 University of South Florida

School Psychologists Engagement In Parent Training/Education Activities With The Parents Of Children With Chronic Behavior Problems, Rebecca K. Sarlo

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purposes of this research were to determine the rate at which school psychologists engage in parent training/education with the parents of children with chronic behavior problems and to determine the relationships between school psychologists’ demographic variables, professional practice, training, and perception of barriers and their engagement in such activities. These variables have been found to be related to types of service delivery practices and were hypothesized to also be related to the rate and type of engagement in parent training/education activities by school psychologists.

Five hundred school psychologists were randomly sampled from the membership of the National ...


Synthesis And Characterization Of Novel Nanomaterials: Gold Nanoshells With Organic- Inorganic Hybrid Cores, Alisha D. Peterson 2010 University of South Florida

Synthesis And Characterization Of Novel Nanomaterials: Gold Nanoshells With Organic- Inorganic Hybrid Cores, Alisha D. Peterson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Gold nanoshells, a material generally composed of a core of silica surrounded by

a thin shell of gold, are of great interest due to their unique and tunable optical properties.

By varying the shell thickness and core size, the absorption and scattering properties are

greatly enhanced. The nanoshells can be made to absorb or scatter light at various

regions across the electromagnetic spectrum, from visible to the near infrared. The

ability to tune the optical properties of nanoshells allows for their potential use in many

different areas of research such as optical imaging, tumor ablation, drug delivery, and

solar energy ...


Belcher, Scott Minor (Fa 195), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2010 Western Kentucky University

Belcher, Scott Minor (Fa 195), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 195. Interview done by Scott Belcher with Bill Thompson,BreckinridgeCounty, Kentucky, in which Thompson reminisces about his youth. Includes transcription and cassette tape.


Hart County, Kentucky - Prescriptions (Sc 2279), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2010 Western Kentucky University

Hart County, Kentucky - Prescriptions (Sc 2279), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2279. Prescriptions written primarily by physicians practicing in Hart County, Kentucky and surrounding counties. Some are written on the physician's own form, while others are written on the form of a local druggist or drugstore.


Hydric Life: A Nietzschean Reading Of Postcolonial Communication, Elena F. Ruiz-Aho 2010 University of South Florida

Hydric Life: A Nietzschean Reading Of Postcolonial Communication, Elena F. Ruiz-Aho

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation addresses the question of marginalization in cross-cultural communication from the perspectives of hermeneutic philosophy and postcolonial theory. Specifically, it focuses on European colonialism‘s effect on language and communicative practices in Latin America. I argue colonialism creates a deeply sedimented but unacknowledged background of inherited cultural prejudices against which social and political problems of oppression, violence and marginalization, especially towards women, emerge—but whose roots in colonial and imperial frameworks have lost transparency. This makes it especially difficult for postcolonial subjects to meaningfully express their own experiences of psychic dislocation and fragmentation because the discursive background used to ...


Regulatory Mechanism Of Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cell Activity, Cesar Alexander Corzo 2010 University of South Florida

Regulatory Mechanism Of Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cell Activity, Cesar Alexander Corzo

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) are a major component of the immune suppressive network that develops during cancer. MDSC down-regulate immune surveillance and antitumor immunity and facilitate tumor growth. The ability of MDSC to suppress T cell responses has been documented; however the mechanisms regulating this suppression remain to be understood. This work proposes a biological dichotomy of MDSC regulated by the tumor microenvironment. In peripheral lymphoid organs MDSC cause T-cell non-responsiveness that is antigen-specific. These MDSC have increased expression of NOX2, enabling them to produce large amounts of reactive oxygen species. Since the transcription factor STAT3 is substantially activated in ...


Characterization And Evaluation Of Performance Of A Whole-Body Human Exposure Chamber, Luis F. Pieretti 2010 University of South Florida

Characterization And Evaluation Of Performance Of A Whole-Body Human Exposure Chamber, Luis F. Pieretti

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to characterize and evaluate the performance of a whole-body human exposure chamber for controlled test atmospheres of gases and particulates. The chamber was constructed from Plexiglass, has a volume of 75 ft 3, operated at a flowrate of 33.8 CFM, and both the makeup and exhaust air are HEPA filtered. Fly ash dust was generated using a Wright Dust Feeder. An elutriator was used to eliminate particles larger 8 μm aerodynamic diameter from the airstream. A direct reading instrument, the Rupprecht and Patashnick PM-10 TEOM, was used for determination of particle concentration. Particle ...


International Society Cosmopolitan Politics And World Society, Kimberly Weaver 2010 University of South Florida

International Society Cosmopolitan Politics And World Society, Kimberly Weaver

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

How does the international system move from an anarchic system driven by power to a global community driven by the needs/wants of the community at large? Jürgen Habermas utilizes the tenets of his Communicative Action Theory to underline the importance of communicatively based repertoire in the international system between and among states and non-state actors and the citizens themselves. How does arguing and reasoning among states and international institutions bring together legitimization and order? My research aims to analyze the movement of the international system from anarchy towards a global civil society. In doing so, I will examine Communicative ...


Characterization Of The Structural And Magnetic Properties Of Gd Thin Films, Daryl V. Williams Jr. 2010 University of South Florida

Characterization Of The Structural And Magnetic Properties Of Gd Thin Films, Daryl V. Williams Jr.

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The standard material by which all materials exhibiting magnetocaloric effect are

measured is Gadnolinium. In this work we are attempting to understand how

nanostructuring can impact the magnetocaloric effect, to this end we have grown Gd in

various thin film structures. The samples made were grown via magnetron sputtering on

MgO(100) substrates. Samples of thick Gd (2000 A) were grown and sandwiched

between two layers of Cr or W and annealed at increasing temperatures to study how this

can perturb the magnetic and structural properties of the Gd. Another set of samples was

grown in which Gd (at various ...


"American Dream" Or Global Nightmare?, Melanie E. L. Bush 2010 Adelphi University

"American Dream" Or Global Nightmare?, Melanie E. L. Bush

Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective

In the United States we are witnessing a period of heightened contestation about the parameters of nationalism, patriotism, and loyalty. The oft-heard phrase "Support the Troops" now signifies the desire both to send more soldiers to war and to bring home those already in combat. This "nation of immigrants" has spawned a new generation of "minute-men" to defend national borders while mainstream discourse touts the benefits of "diversity." Dreams of upward mobility present for some during the mid-20th century seem now hazy at best as the proportional income of those at top grows while the rest of the population increasingly ...


Cates, Steve Dixon, B. 1940 (Fa 526), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2010 Western Kentucky University

Cates, Steve Dixon, B. 1940 (Fa 526), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 526. Correspondence, programs, newsletters, and other materials collected by Steven Dixon Cates relating to Sarah Gertrude Knott and the National Folk Festival Association. Included is his correspondence about his involvement with a variety of folk festivals and program materials from several National Folk Festivals.


Hatfield-Gaines Family, 1834-1981 (Mss 2275), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2010 Western Kentucky University

Hatfield-Gaines Family, 1834-1981 (Mss 2275), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2275. Chiefy receipts, deeds, wills, and other legal and financial documents of the Hatfield and Gaines families of Simpson County, Kentucky. Includes some Civil War-era correspondence of the Hatfield family.


Scisney, Sheri L. (Fa 256), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2010 Western Kentucky University

Scisney, Sheri L. (Fa 256), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 256. Paper: "The African-American Set on Western Kentucky University Campus" written by Sheri L. Scisney for a Western Kentucky University folk studies class.


What Code-Mixed Dps Can Tell Us About Gender, Elena Valenzuela, Joyce Bruhn de Garavito, Ewelina Barski, Maria De Luna Villalón, Ana Faure, Yolanda Pangtay, Alma Ramírez Trujillo, Sonia Reis 2010 University of Western Ontario

What Code-Mixed Dps Can Tell Us About Gender, Elena Valenzuela, Joyce Bruhn De Garavito, Ewelina Barski, Maria De Luna Villalón, Ana Faure, Yolanda Pangtay, Alma Ramírez Trujillo, Sonia Reis

Joyce Bruhn de Garavito

There has been a growing interest in the examination of the steady state of simultaneous bilinguals. An understanding of what leads to the possible weaknesses in the grammar of early bilinguals can contribute to our understanding of the possible causes of the apparent characteristic ‘failures’ in second language acquisition (Montrul 2008). Spanish has a gender feature for nouns (Carroll 1989) and gender agreement for determiners and adjectives. Problems with the acquisition of gender marking on the noun and/or with gender agreement are well-known in the L2 literature (Hawkins 1998; Fernández–Garcia 1999; Franceschina 2001; Bruhn de Garavito and White ...


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