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Some Issues In The Testing Of Computer Simulation Models, David J. Murray-Smith Feb 2019

Some Issues In The Testing Of Computer Simulation Models, David J. Murray-Smith

International Journal of Business and Technology

The testing of simulation models has much in common with testing processes in other types of application involving software development. However, there are also important differences associated with the fact that simulation model testing involves two distinct aspects, which are known as verification and validation. Model validation is concerned with investigation of modelling errors and model limitations while verification involves checking that the simulation program is an accurate representation of the mathematical and logical structure of the underlying model. Success in model validation depends upon the availability of detailed information about all aspects of the system being modelled. It also ...


Best Practices To Encourage Landfill Diversion In Waste Management Programs, Sondra Abruzzo Jan 2019

Best Practices To Encourage Landfill Diversion In Waste Management Programs, Sondra Abruzzo

Scripps Senior Theses

Waste generation in the United States is at an all time high. Over half of the country’s waste goes to landfill, yet 70 percent of this waste can be recycled or composted. Since landfills pose one of the largest manmade threats to the environment, sustainable waste management strategies should focus on landfill diversion. A successful waste recovery program needs to engage the public, and ensure individuals participate correctly in available waste management systems. This paper sheds light on effective education and awareness strategies used to encourage participation in local waste management systems and promote landfill diversion. By highlighting successful ...


Adult Reflections On An Adolescent Experience Of A Natural Disaster: A Qualitative Study, Michaela Marie Pratt Dec 2018

Adult Reflections On An Adolescent Experience Of A Natural Disaster: A Qualitative Study, Michaela Marie Pratt

Theses Bachelor Honours

This study investigated the experience of four senior high school students at one faith based school during and after the February 22, 2011, Christchurch New Zealand earthquake. The literature revealed that children and adolescents are impacted socially, psychologically and academically by natural disasters, and also that supportive social networks can lead to increased resilience and post-traumatic growth. Using a qualitative case study and narrative inquiry approach, participants were interviewed. Responses were analysed, coded and an earthquake impact profile (EIP) created for each participant. These profiles revealed that larger support networks mitigated severe psychological and academic impacts. Two areas barely evident ...


Adapting Cell-Free Protein Synthesis As A Platform Technology For Education, Grace W. Chu, Max Z. Levine, Nicole E. Gregorio, Javin P. Oza Oct 2018

Adapting Cell-Free Protein Synthesis As A Platform Technology For Education, Grace W. Chu, Max Z. Levine, Nicole E. Gregorio, Javin P. Oza

STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) Presentations

Cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) has emerged as an enabling biotechnology for research and biomanufacturing as it allows for the production of protein without the need for a living cell. Applications of CFPS include the construction of libraries for functional genomics and structural biology, the production of personalized medicine, and the expression of virus-like particles. The absence of a cell wall provides an open platform for direct manipulation of the reaction conditions and biological machinery. This project focuses on adapting the CFPS biotechnology to the classroom, making a hands-on bioengineering approach to learning protein synthesis accessible to students grades K-16 through ...


Odu Resilience Collaborative: Presentation To The Hampton Roads Chapter Of Aspa, Wie Yusuf Sep 2018

Odu Resilience Collaborative: Presentation To The Hampton Roads Chapter Of Aspa, Wie Yusuf

Presentations, Lectures, Posters, Reports

Presentation to the Hampton Roads Chapter of ASPA on the work and projects of the ODU Resilience Collaborative.


Secondary Data Analysis Project, Jonathan M. Gallimore Aug 2018

Secondary Data Analysis Project, Jonathan M. Gallimore

SF 420 PR - Gallimore - Fall 2018

This activity is designed to give students an opportunity to apply what they have learned in statistics to a real dataset.

This activity will help students apply what they have learned in statistics to real world data and answer their own research questions. Students will also practice reporting their results in a paper using APA format.


Quantitative Jeopardy Feud, Jonathan M. Gallimore Aug 2018

Quantitative Jeopardy Feud, Jonathan M. Gallimore

MSF 600 PR - Gallimore - Fall 2018

This activity - Quantitative Jeopardy Feud - is a method for using a game as a final exam.


Implementing The Use Of Personal Activity Data In An Introductory Statistics Course, Lacy Christensen Aug 2018

Implementing The Use Of Personal Activity Data In An Introductory Statistics Course, Lacy Christensen

All Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Integrating real data into a classroom is one of the recommendations in the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) college report which lays out guidelines for an introductory statistics course (Committee, GAISE College Report ASA Revision, 2016). In order to assess the effect of using real data in a classroom, the students received physical activity trackers to wear during an undergraduate introductory statistics course taught in the summer. This tracker, a Fitbit, enabled students to monitor and record their steps, calories, and active time throughout the class. Collecting personal activity data (PAD) creates a large database which ...


Teaching Landscape Construction Using Augmented Reality, Arshdeep Singh Aug 2018

Teaching Landscape Construction Using Augmented Reality, Arshdeep Singh

All Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis describes the design, development, and evaluation of an interactive Microsoft HoloLens application that projects landscape models in Augmented Reality. The application was developed using the Unity framework and 3D models created in Sketchup. Using the application, students can not only visualize the models in real space but can also interact with the models using gestures. The students can interact with the models using gaze and air-tap gestures.

Application testing was conducted with 21 students from the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning department at Utah State University. To evaluate the application, students completed a usability survey after using the ...


Experience Constructing The Artifact Genome Project (Agp): Managing The Domain's Knowledge One Artifact At A Time, Cinthya Grajeda, Laura Sanchez, Ibrahim Baggili, Devon R. Clark, Frank Breitinger Jul 2018

Experience Constructing The Artifact Genome Project (Agp): Managing The Domain's Knowledge One Artifact At A Time, Cinthya Grajeda, Laura Sanchez, Ibrahim Baggili, Devon R. Clark, Frank Breitinger

Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Publications

While various tools have been created to assist the digital forensics community with acquiring, processing, and organizing evidence and indicating the existence of artifacts, very few attempts have been made to establish a centralized system for archiving artifacts. The Artifact Genome Project (AGP) has aimed to create the largest vetted and freely available digital forensics repository for Curated Forensic Artifacts (CuFAs). This paper details the experience of building, implementing, and maintaining such a system by sharing design decisions, lessons learned, and future work. We also discuss the impact of AGP in both the professional and academic realms of digital forensics ...


Environmental Clearinghouse Of Schenectady, Kate Van Patten Jun 2018

Environmental Clearinghouse Of Schenectady, Kate Van Patten

Honors Theses

This paper analyses Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady, a local nonprofit environmental organization. The paper investigates the history of the organization as well as the effectiveness of its organizational and funding habits. A literary review was conducted to analyze the success of ECOS mission as well as the positive effects ECOS has on society using elements such as environmental education, the importance of early environmental education, how well the organization connects urban residents with the outdoors and the effectiveness of environmental programs. This research promotes the importance of early environmental education on our future generations health and environmental conditions. Additionally, through ...


Use Of Biometrics To Determine Biochemistry Knowledge Level Differences In Reading And Processing Metabolic Pathways, Kim Kammerdiener May 2018

Use Of Biometrics To Determine Biochemistry Knowledge Level Differences In Reading And Processing Metabolic Pathways, Kim Kammerdiener

Master of Science in Chemical Sciences Theses

The areas of chemistry and biochemistry commonly use external representations to enhance learning for students. The use of schematics and representations for illustrating metabolic pathways is a familiar image in most biochemistry textbooks. These external representations can be the key to student understanding. To date, there has not been any previous research specifically focused on the areas of interest that are predominant for an individual viewing a metabolic pathway commonly found in a biochemistry textbook. Therefore, this thesis study set out to 1) investigate what individuals look at in a metabolic pathway based on their level of expertise in metabolism ...


The Arts And Technology: How Educational Technology Can Bring Humanities Further Into Elementary And Primary School Systems., Coleman D. Alameda May 2018

The Arts And Technology: How Educational Technology Can Bring Humanities Further Into Elementary And Primary School Systems., Coleman D. Alameda

Senior Theses and Capstone Projects

As the world becomes more inclined to implement technology in nearly every aspect of society, the United States Department of Education must find a way to incorporate new styles of modern and high-tech teaching without pushing out certain subjects from its curriculum. I believe technology can be used to bring the Humanities further into the classroom. In today’s society American education programs are desperately trying to make up for subpar primary school scores in mathematics and science. According to the government accredited international education forum (the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) the United States was found to be ...


Women In Science: A Course, Krystyna Krupinski May 2018

Women In Science: A Course, Krystyna Krupinski

Senior Honors Projects

Ask any student to name five women who have made advancements in scientific fields and most likely they will not be able to name more than two. With a lack of courses highlighting women scientists’ achievements, this lack of knowledge is hardly surprising I am addressing this issue in my work. Through the researching of scientific advancements made by women, I have proposed a method to teach students about these scientists so names like Johnson, Franklin, and Curie become as commonplace as Einstein, Hawking, and Bohr. Frequently in science classes in middle schools and high schools, the focus is only ...


The Open World Microorganism, Stephen Thompson Apr 2018

The Open World Microorganism, Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson

Video games have been creating sprawling open world experiences for years, but as of yet none have ventured to create an authentic inner cell experience, using our knowledge of cells to recreate digitally what it would be like to shrink smaller than one and step inside. The benefits this application could yield are manifold, so this paper references the necessary ingredients and draws up the blueprints for the first three-dimensional, fully explorable, customizable, and interactive microorganism: an invention which could usher in a new age of biological literacy using technology already employed by many video games. The first part of ...


Code4her Spring 2018, Rebeccah Knoop Apr 2018

Code4her Spring 2018, Rebeccah Knoop

Honors Projects

CODE4her is a mentorship program with a goal of sparking interest in computer science organized by the BGSU Women in Computing (BGWIC) student organization. Participation is open to middle school girls (grades 5-8), and participants are paired with BGWIC members who serve as mentors.


Chemistry Professors' Perceptions Of Undergraduate Learning, Tanya Chichekian, Olivia (Liv) Hua, Bruce M. Shore Apr 2018

Chemistry Professors' Perceptions Of Undergraduate Learning, Tanya Chichekian, Olivia (Liv) Hua, Bruce M. Shore

The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

This study investigated 27 chemistry professors’ perceptions of learning in undergraduate education and their suggestions for adopting an inquiry-based pedagogical approach to teaching and learning. Semistructured interviews revealed that two thirds of participants perceived undergraduate learning in traditional ways such as the acquisition of basic facts in a discipline. One fifth perceived undergraduate education as an active way of learning, specifically taking advantage of existing opportunities for students to engage in research experiences. Four professors described learning as a balance between the roles undertaken by students and instructors, namely students becoming more involved in the process of asking questions. Suggestions ...


Using Github In Large Software Engineering Classes: An Exploratory Case Study, Miroslav Tushev Apr 2018

Using Github In Large Software Engineering Classes: An Exploratory Case Study, Miroslav Tushev

LSU Master's Theses

GitHub has been recently used in Software Engineering (SE) classes to facilitate col- laboration in student team projects. The underlying tenet is that the technical and social feature of GitHub can help students to communicate and collaborate more effectively as a team as well as help teachers to evaluate individual student contribution more objectively. To shed more light on this, in this case study, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of using GitHub in SE classes. Our study is conducted in a software engineering class of 91 students divided into 18 teams. Our research method includes an entry and an ...


Experiential Education And Outreach Based On Nearshore Monitoring Of The Elwha River Restoration Project, Andrea Ogston, Ian M. Miller, Chloe Dawson, Emily F. Eidam, Nancy Elder, Hannah E. Glover, Steve P. Rubin, Melissa Williams Apr 2018

Experiential Education And Outreach Based On Nearshore Monitoring Of The Elwha River Restoration Project, Andrea Ogston, Ian M. Miller, Chloe Dawson, Emily F. Eidam, Nancy Elder, Hannah E. Glover, Steve P. Rubin, Melissa Williams

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

Nearshore monitoring of benthic habitats and the coastal environment following the Elwha River Restoration project has engaged students and citizens with coastal science and management issues. In the post-dam-removal period, the lessons learned will continue to be disseminated via a UW undergraduate course and an interactive digital map, both designed to engage students and communities in restoration science. The research-focused course developed at the UW Friday Harbor Labs has allowed us to engage diverse undergraduate students (and graduate teaching assistants) in the research process. The course integrates interdisciplinary lectures and workshops on data analysis and laboratory methods, with the research ...


Engaging Local Students And Aquarium Visitors Through Rov Technology, Jessica Lotz, Katy Kachmarik, Rus Higley Apr 2018

Engaging Local Students And Aquarium Visitors Through Rov Technology, Jessica Lotz, Katy Kachmarik, Rus Higley

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

The Highline Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) is the marine biology and aquarium facility of Highline College in Des Moines, Washington, located on the south-central Puget Sound. Dedicated to expanding knowledge about Puget Sound, a central mission of the MaST Center is fostering a culture of marine stewardship by engaging the community through interactive learning, personal relations and exploration. The development of program curriculum designed around Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) targeted at elementary and middle school students, summer camp students, and aquarium guests exemplifies these efforts. The MaST Center has been hosting informal educational programs linked to National Science ...


Historical Analysis Of Muskegon Lake, Sarah Steffens, Mitch Noworolnik, Claire Mcclees Apr 2018

Historical Analysis Of Muskegon Lake, Sarah Steffens, Mitch Noworolnik, Claire Mcclees

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Undergraduate Projects

Problem Statement:

There continues to be a portion of residents in the Nelson and Nims neighborhoods that are afraid or feel a disconnection with Muskegon Lake, physically and mentally. What throughout the history of Muskegon has caused this reaction?


Factors Affecting The Number And Type Of Student Research Products For Chemistry And Physics Students At Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: A Case Study., Birgit Mellis, Patricia Soto, Chrystal D. Bruce, Graciela Lacueva, Anne Wilson, Rasitha Jayasekare Apr 2018

Factors Affecting The Number And Type Of Student Research Products For Chemistry And Physics Students At Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: A Case Study., Birgit Mellis, Patricia Soto, Chrystal D. Bruce, Graciela Lacueva, Anne Wilson, Rasitha Jayasekare

2018 Faculty Bibliography

For undergraduate students, involvement in authentic research represents scholarship that is consistent with disciplinary quality standards and provides an integrative learning experience. In conjunction with performing research, the communication of the results via presentations or publications is a measure of the level of scientific engagement. The empirical study presented here uses generalized linear mixed models with hierarchical bootstrapping to examine the factors that impact the means of dissemination of undergraduate research results. Focusing on the research experiences in physics and chemistry of undergraduates at four Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) from 2004–2013, statistical analysis indicates that the gender of the ...


Thorium And Molten Salt Reactors: Essential Questions For Classroom Discussions, Gregory A. Dilisi, Allison Hirsch*, Meredith Murray*, Richard Rarick Apr 2018

Thorium And Molten Salt Reactors: Essential Questions For Classroom Discussions, Gregory A. Dilisi, Allison Hirsch*, Meredith Murray*, Richard Rarick

2018 Faculty Bibliography

No abstract provided.


Metacognition And The Utility Of Pathway Maps In Introductory Chemistry, Kayla Schwartz Apr 2018

Metacognition And The Utility Of Pathway Maps In Introductory Chemistry, Kayla Schwartz

Honors Projects

Students historically struggle in introductory chemistry courses. This experiment was designed to test a hypothesized method to increase student success which utilized metacognition, reflection, and the creation of pathway maps. An introductory chemistry course at BGSU was given two sets of pre-assignments, pathway map assignments, and post-assignments which was related to the topics they were learning in class. The pre-assignments and post-assignments were used to determine if there was a change in understanding before and after the pathway map assignment was completed and the pathway map assignment was based on a question that was given in the pre-assignment. The students ...


Design And Implementation Of A Ferrocement Improved Cookstove In Rural Panama, Josh Donegan Mar 2018

Design And Implementation Of A Ferrocement Improved Cookstove In Rural Panama, Josh Donegan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Household air pollution contributes to the premature death of more than 4 million people annually. Improved cookstoves are one technological intervention that can potentially reduce exposure to household air pollution. However, improved cookstove implementation programs need to consider measures to increase sustainability and promote long-term adoption. The objectives of this research were 1) to develop and implement a new ferrocement cookstove for Peña Blanca, a rural indigenous community in the Ngäbe-Bugle region of Panama, 2) to evaluate its potential sustainability in comparison to the most common cooking technologies observed in the community, 3) to prepare a construction manual for the ...


Sustainability Of Education: An Ecopedagogical Approach, Gary Padgett Feb 2018

Sustainability Of Education: An Ecopedagogical Approach, Gary Padgett

Journal of Sustainability Studies

This article is a call to action and further research. It also suggests that it is important to move from education about sustainability to the sustainability of education. In the tradition of Freire and Giroux, this article examines the commodification of education stakeholders and the impact this has on education. This article also explores how critical theory and ecopedagogy can change how the conversation is occurring within the field of education.


Stem Outreach Activity With Fitbit Wearable Devices, Joseph Carrigan, David Kotz, Aviel Rubin Feb 2018

Stem Outreach Activity With Fitbit Wearable Devices, Joseph Carrigan, David Kotz, Aviel Rubin

Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles

This document provides a toolkit for an STEM outreach activity based on Fitbit wearable fitness devices. The activity is targeted toward high-school students. This document provides guidance preparing for and executing the activity and measuring outcomes. This document contains templates that can be used as is or altered to suit your specific needs.


May The Forces Be With You!, Christopher Sirola Feb 2018

May The Forces Be With You!, Christopher Sirola

Faculty Publications

In everyday life, we usually directly note two basic forces: gravity and electromagnetism. Gravity—as in the acceleration due to Earth’s gravity—tends to be a background force of sorts, something that is always present and always the same. We don’t always see electricity and/or magnetism as such, but their subsidiaries are all around us—friction, normal force, tension, springs, and the like.


Cybersecurity In The Classroom: Bridging The Gap Between Computer Access And Online Safety, Andrew Malecki Jan 2018

Cybersecurity In The Classroom: Bridging The Gap Between Computer Access And Online Safety, Andrew Malecki

Cyber Security Capstone Research Project Reports

According to ISACA, there will be a global shortage of 2 million cybersecurity professionals worldwide by 2019. Additionally, according to Experian Data Breach Resolution, as much as 80% of all network breaches can be traced to employee negligence. These problems will not solve themselves, and they likewise won’t improve without drastic action. An effort needs to be made to help direct interested and qualified individuals to the field of cybersecurity to move toward closing this gap. Moreover, steps need to be made to better inform the public of general safety measures while online, including the safeguarding of sensitive information ...


Ai Education Matters: Lessons From A Kaggle Click-Through Rate Prediction Competition, Todd W. Neller Jan 2018

Ai Education Matters: Lessons From A Kaggle Click-Through Rate Prediction Competition, Todd W. Neller

Computer Science Faculty Publications

In this column, we will look at a particular Kaggle.com click-through rate (CTR) prediction competition, observe what the winning entries teach about this part of the machine learning landscape, and then discuss the valuable opportunities and resources this commends to AI educators and their students. [excerpt]