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The Ethics Of Melancholy Citizenship, Robert Tsai 2010 American University

The Ethics Of Melancholy Citizenship, Robert Tsai

Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals

As a body of work, the poetry of Langston Hughes presents a vision of how members of a political community ought to comport themselves, particularly when politics yield few tangible solutions to their problems. Confronted with human degradation and bitter disappointment, the best course of action may be to abide by the ethics of melancholy citizenship. A mournful disposition is associated with four democratic virtues: candor, pensiveness, fortitude, and self-abnegation. Together, these four characteristics lead us away from democratic heartbreak and toward renewal. Hughes’s war-themed poems offer a richly layered example of melancholy ethics in action. They reveal how ...


Emily Dickinson, Peter De Vries, And The Strangely Unshakeable Calvinist Character, James C. Schaap 2010 Dordt College

Emily Dickinson, Peter De Vries, And The Strangely Unshakeable Calvinist Character, James C. Schaap

Pro Rege

Dr. James Schaap presented this paper at the Calvinism for the 21st Century Conference at Dordt College, April 8-10, 2010.


"Play Along" With The Authors: Half-Life 2, Bioshock, And Video Game Narrative, Samy Masadi 2010 Rhode Island College

"Play Along" With The Authors: Half-Life 2, Bioshock, And Video Game Narrative, Samy Masadi

Honors Projects Overview

Applies narrative analysis to two story-based video games, Half-Life 2 and BioShock, arguing that such games combine traditional narrative elements in innovative ways. Includes discussion of narratology, ludology, and game narrative theory.


Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Laurie S. Sutherland 2010 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Laurie S. Sutherland

Publications & Research

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker is America's first and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for Meritorious Service for her contributions to the American Civil War as a field surgeon. This article provides an overview of her life and many roles: surgeon, feminist, abolitionist, social reformer, suffragette, nonconformist and eccentric.


Slaney, Brett (Fa 523), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2010 Western Kentucky University

Slaney, Brett (Fa 523), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 523. This collection consists of material collected by Brett Slaney for a Western Kentucky Univeristy folk studies class. The collection includes a recording, tape index, photograph, and field notes from a bluegrass performance at the Rosine Barn Jamboree in Rosine, Kentucky. Also included are field notes and photographs from the 2004 Southern Folklilfe Festival at the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee and photographs of examples of material culture.


Pace, Tracy (Fa 522), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2010 Western Kentucky University

Pace, Tracy (Fa 522), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 522. This collection consists of material collected by Tracy Pace for a Western Kentucky University folk studies class. The collection includes audio and video recordings of jokes, songs, a ghost story, a baby shower, a birthday party, and a personal narrative. Also included is material from the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival in Evansville, Indiana.


On The Involvement Of The Low-Density Lipoprotein Receptor In The Pathogenesis And Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease, Jose Francisco Abisambra Socarras 2010 University of South Florida

On The Involvement Of The Low-Density Lipoprotein Receptor In The Pathogenesis And Progression Of Alzheimer's Disease, Jose Francisco Abisambra Socarras

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent form of age-associated dementia. Cholesterol dysregulation is linked with AD onset. Besides age, the most important risk factor associated with AD is the inheritance of the epsilon-4 allele of apolipoprotein E, a cholesterol transporter. In addition, while hypercholesterolemia has been shown to be an independent risk factor for AD, the nature of the cholesterol-AD link is still not clear. This gap in our understanding is partly due to a lack of knowledge about cholesterol metabolism in the central nervous system (CNS). The low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) is the main receptor of apoE ...


Theoretical And Experimental Simulation Of Passive Vacuum Solar Flash Desalination, Mohammad Abutayeh 2010 University of South Florida

Theoretical And Experimental Simulation Of Passive Vacuum Solar Flash Desalination, Mohammad Abutayeh

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Experimental and theoretical simulations of a novel sustainable desalination process have been carried out. The simulated process consists of pumping seawater through a solar heater before flashing it under vacuum in an elevated chamber. The vacuum is passively created and then maintained by the hydrostatic balance between pressure inside the elevated flash chamber and outdoor atmospheric pressure. The experimental simulations were carried out using a pilot unit built to depict the proposed desalination system. Theoretical simulations were performed using a detailed computer code employing fundamental physical and thermodynamic laws to describe the separation process, complimented by experimentally based correlations to ...


Corrosion Of Dual Coated Reinforcing Steel With Through-Polymer Breaks In Simulated Concrete Pore Solution, Adrienne Accardi 2010 University of South Florida

Corrosion Of Dual Coated Reinforcing Steel With Through-Polymer Breaks In Simulated Concrete Pore Solution, Adrienne Accardi

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This investigation is an examination of the behavior of dual coated reinforcing steel (DCR) with defects in the polymer coating exposing the only zinc layer in simulated concrete pore solution with and without chlorides. The intentional defects simulated the condition typically experienced by the rebar in service. Specimens were tested at open circuit potential, +100 mV, -500 mV, and -1000 mV for 30 to 100 days. The results were compared with that from previous DCR investigation with to-steel defects and epoxy-coated rebar (ECR). DCR with to-zinc defects had extensive corrosion damage when under strong anodic polarization and exposed to chlorides ...


A Survey Of The Development Of Daubechies Scaling Functions, Amber E. Age 2010 University of South Florida

A Survey Of The Development Of Daubechies Scaling Functions, Amber E. Age

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Wavelets are functions used to approximate data and can be traced back to several different areas, including seismic geology and quantum mechanics. Wavelets are applicable in many areas, including fingerprint and data compression, earthquake prediction, speech discrimination, and human vision. In this paper, we first give a brief history on the origins of wavelet theory. We will then discuss the work of Daubechies, whose construction of continuous, compactly supported scaling functions resulted in an explosion in the study of wavelets in the 1990's. These scaling functions allow for the construction of Daubechies' wavelets. Next, we shall use the algorithm ...


Path Centrality: A New Centrality Measure In Networks, Tharaka Alahakoon 2010 University of South Florida

Path Centrality: A New Centrality Measure In Networks, Tharaka Alahakoon

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In network analysis, it is useful to identify important vertices in a network. Based on the varying notions of importance of vertices, a number of centrality measures are defined and studied in the literature. Some popular centrality measures, such as betweenness centrality, are computationally prohibitive for large-scale networks. In this thesis, we propose a new centrality measure called k-path centrality and experimentally compare this measure with betweenness centrality. We present a polynomial-time randomized algorithm for distinguishing high k-path centrality vertices from low k-path centrality vertices in any given (unweighted or weighted) graph.

Specifically, for any graph G = (V,E) with ...


Haole, Shawn Alff 2010 University of South Florida

Haole, Shawn Alff

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Just after midnight on a chilly April night in 2005, the author finds himself homeless in Hawaii, searching for a place to sleep. The account that follows is the true story of a young man's misadventures on the road as he attempts to reconcile his wanderlust with a need for order and security. This work of creative nonfiction reconstructs the first half of the summer the narrator spent wandering Hawaii. Specifically, this section concentrates on the author's experiences on the island of Oahu. There, the narrator, who constantly changes his name, is stuck at a crossroads; he is ...


Female Agency In Restoration And Nineteenth-Century Drama, Haley D. Anderson 2010 University of South Florida

Female Agency In Restoration And Nineteenth-Century Drama, Haley D. Anderson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis examines issues of female agency in the plays The Rover and The Widow Ranter by Aphra Behn, Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw, and Votes for Women! by Elizabeth Robins. The heroines of each of these plays work toward gaining agency for themselves, and in order to achieve this goal, they often stray from cultural norms of femininity and encroach on the masculine world. This thesis postulates that agency for women becomes a fluid notion, not statically defined. These plays show a fluctuating and evolving sense of feminine agency.


Geos: A Service For The Management Of Geo-Social Information In A Distributed System, Paul Anderson 2010 University of South Florida

Geos: A Service For The Management Of Geo-Social Information In A Distributed System, Paul Anderson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Applications and services that take advantage of social data usually infer social relationships using information produced only within their own context, using a greatly simplified representation of users' social data. We propose to combine social information from multiple sources into a directed and weighted social multigraph in order to enable novel socially-aware applications and services. We present GeoS, a geo-social data management service which implements a representative set of social inferences and can run on a decentralized system. We demonstrate GeoS' potential for social applications on a collection of social data that combines collocation information and Facebook friendship declarations from ...


Phenomenology Of Home, Lidiya Angelova 2010 University of South Florida

Phenomenology Of Home, Lidiya Angelova

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The intent of this Master's Thesis project is to investigate the meaning of home through the bodily experience and psychological perception of space. An inherent ambiguity to the word, as it fails to translate in languages other than those of the Germanic group, causes confusion in defining what home is. In English the word home suggests a deeper understanding and attachment to the surrounding environment, a sort of fusing of the spatial, time and material elements into a single intense experience of being. In languages that do not contain the word the notion of home is expressed in poetry ...


Splicing Systems For Studying Signaling To The Spliceosome, Hercules S. Apostolatos 2010 University of South Florida

Splicing Systems For Studying Signaling To The Spliceosome, Hercules S. Apostolatos

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Alternative splicing is a major contributing factor to protein diversity. The human genome project validated that there are about 25,000 genes, but over 100,000 proteins. Genes contain numerous exons that are specifically regulated; thus, elucidating alternative splicing mechanisms of pre-mRNAs is an immense undertaking. Two basic tools are used to study this mammoth task. For in vitro studies, usually in vitro transcription followed by splicing assays is used. For in vivo studies, the main technique is the construction of minigenes. These techniques enable one to study the mechanisms/conditions that explain an exon's inclusion or exclusion in ...


Total Internal Reflection Holographic Microscopy (Tirhm) For Quantitative Phase Characterization Of Cell-Substrate Adhesion, William Mason Ash 2010 University of South Florida

Total Internal Reflection Holographic Microscopy (Tirhm) For Quantitative Phase Characterization Of Cell-Substrate Adhesion, William Mason Ash

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Total Internal Reflection Holographic Microscopy (TIRHM) combines near-field microscopy with digital holography to produce a new form of near-field phase microscopy. Using a prism in TIR as a near-field imager, the presence of microscopic organisms, cell-substrate interfaces, and adhesions, causes relative refractive index (RRI) and frustrated TIR (f-TIR) to modulate the object beam's evanescent wave phase front. Quantitative phase images of test specimens such as Amoeba proteus, Dictyostelium Discoideum and cells such as SKOV-3 ovarian cancer and 3T3 fibroblasts are produced without the need to introduce stains or fluorophores. The angular spectrum method of digital holography to compensate for ...


A Descriptive Study Of The View From The Top: Perspectives Of Experts In Continuing Medical Education, Martha C. Baker 2010 University of South Florida

A Descriptive Study Of The View From The Top: Perspectives Of Experts In Continuing Medical Education, Martha C. Baker

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study describes and explains the perspectives of selected experts in continuing medical education (CME) and provides a glimpse at their lived experience. The theoretical frameworks are inclusive of constructivism and social constructivism reflecting the learning that takes place in medicine and that which occurs in the interview process. The voice of the researcher is heard through her professional role as a continuing medical education provider. The major elements of CME are identified as the role of accreditation and physician involvement in the design and delivery of CME; the primary influences as funding, physician involvement and accreditation; the significant issue ...


Optimizing The Imaging Of Multiple Frequency Gpr Datasets Using Composite Radargrams: An Example From Santa Rosa Island, Florida, Stuart W. Bancroft 2010 University of South Florida

Optimizing The Imaging Of Multiple Frequency Gpr Datasets Using Composite Radargrams: An Example From Santa Rosa Island, Florida, Stuart W. Bancroft

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Acquiring GPR data at multiple frequencies is useful because higher-frequency profiles have better spatial resolution, although they suffer from reduced depth penetration. Lower-frequencies can generally resolve to greater depths, but at the cost of spatial resolution. For concise presentation of GPR data, it would be useful to combine the best features of each profile into a composite radargram. This study explores effective ways to present GPR data acquired at multiple frequencies. An example is shown from a survey of hurricane overwash deposits from Santa Rosa Island, Florida. The methodology used to create a composite radargram is dependent on which of ...


Assessing The Effectiveness Of The Roaring Branch Bmp Retrofit Using Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment, James L. Banning 2010 University of South Florida

Assessing The Effectiveness Of The Roaring Branch Bmp Retrofit Using Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment, James L. Banning

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Using benthic macroinvertebrates to measure stream health has been widely used and accepted around the world. Macroinvertebrates are resident monitors of chronic impairment in a stream since they are relatively sessile and most commonly respond to disturbance by drift but can recolonize a restored stream reach very quickly. This study tested the effectiveness of macroinvertebrate metrics developed through the Rapid Bioassessment Protocol (RBP) to detect changes in stream integrity as the result of placement of a best management practice (BMP), installed on a tributary of Roaring Branch, located in Columbus, Georgia. The BMP was designed to attenuate flow to reduce ...


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