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A Fresh Coat Of Paint On Evolution Education, Daniel Bergholz Jan 2018

A Fresh Coat Of Paint On Evolution Education, Daniel Bergholz

Undergraduate Honors Theses

An education gap, especially in the STEM fields, persists between urban schools and their suburban and rural counterparts. This thesis investigates how traditional evolution teaching curricula could be amended and enhanced for greater impact in urban areas. For this objective, I created and described an education module for high school and early college students that positions graffiti as a cultural model for exploring and learning the central principles for evolution by natural selection. Students collected data from “before” and “after” photographs of graffitied walls and then completed a trait analysis to determine which traits influenced the “survival” of a graffiti ...


Constructing The Welthauptstadt Germania: Spatialities Of Biopower And Sovereign Violence In The Nazi Capital, Sara Krumminga Jan 2016

Constructing The Welthauptstadt Germania: Spatialities Of Biopower And Sovereign Violence In The Nazi Capital, Sara Krumminga

Geography Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis explores the important role of Nazi spatialities in shaping the Third Reich by focusing on the planning and rebuilding of Berlin, the Reich capital. In particular, it analyzes the plans for the city as an apparatus of biopolitical sovereignty. These plans served to foster a biopolitics of the population, securing life for Aryan Germans, while at the same time excluding Jews and exposing them to sovereign violence. Ultimately, the spatial arrangements of the new city helped lead to the politicization of all German life. Drawing largely on Foucault and Agamben, this thesis seeks to uncover a spatialized expression ...


Uneven Housing Development And The Spatial Negotiation Of Class In Nanjing, China, Sarah Elizabeth Tynen Jun 2014

Uneven Housing Development And The Spatial Negotiation Of Class In Nanjing, China, Sarah Elizabeth Tynen

Geography Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The discourses of free-market economic reform policies in China have encouraged the decentralization of state power and devolution of fiscal responsibility to local governments. The restructuring of local state control under the mounting pressures of economic globalization provides a broader political-economic context for the changing built and social environments of the Chinese city. When the central government permitted city officials to lease state-owned land to private real estate developers in 1998, the resulting acceleration of housing redevelopment in a rapidly urbanizing China dramatically transformed complex socio-spatial divisions between various groups in the city of Nanjing. I examine urban citizenship, modernity ...