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The UA Honors Theses Collection provides open access to Honors College theses produced at the University of Arizona, submitted electronically since 2008. Not all students opt to include their theses in the repository, so the collection is not comprehensive.

Honors College theses from the late 1960s to 2005 are not online and are available only in Special Collections. These theses are not listed in the online catalog, but a separate card catalog for them is available in Special Collections.

Individuals trying to obtain a record or copy of their own Honors College theses, such as electronic submissions since 2008 that are not included online, or paper Honors College submissions from 2006-2007, should contact the Honors College..

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Recent Submissions

  • Best practice guidelines for skin-to-skin contact following birth

    Miller, Melina Rose (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    The purpose of this thesis was to develop an educational pamphlet with best practice guidelines for expectant parents and nurses about skin-to-skin contact. The research conducted for this thesis focused on the benefits of skin-to-skin contact for mothers, pre-term infants, and term infants following both vaginal and cesarean deliveries. Skin-to-skin contact has been referred to as the optimal form of care for a newborn (Erlandsson, Dsilna, Fagerberg, & Christensson, 2007). When skin-to-skin contact does not occur following birth, the most common reasons are lack of education among parents and lack of collaboration of the healthcare team (Zwedberg, Blomquist, & Sigestad, 2013). Some of the benefits skin-to-skin contact has to offer for mothers is as a reduction in anxiety, depression, and postpartum hemorrhage (Moore, Anderson, & Bergmen, 2009). Some of the benefits of skin-to-skin contact for infants is a reduction in sepsis, infection, and hypothermia. Pre-term infants are also more likely to breastfeed and gain more weight daily if they engage in skin-to-skin contact (Conde-Agudelo & Díaz-Rossello, 2016). Implementing an educational pamphlet within the setting of a childbirth class would provide expecting parents with evidence-based information on the benefits and feasibility of skin-to-skin contact.
  • Engineering senior design project 16049: visualization tools for connected vehicle systems

    Parber, Andrea Milena (The University of Arizona., 2017-05)
    This document is a Critical Design Review which focuses on the design project “Visualization Tools for a Connected Vehicle System” sponsored by the University of Arizona Systems and Industrial Engineering Department. The purpose of this Visualization software project is to create a more intuitive and advanced user interface to display significant data and metrics produced by the MMITSS software system. The team working to design this Visualization software consists of five engineering students (with Systems, Industrial, Computer and Electrical emphasis) studying in their senior year at the University of Arizona. Through thorough research and discussion, the team has worked to create a software structure that utilizes the Model View Controller method to implement the Visualization. This design uses UML diagrams and Interface drafting methods to create a detailed and specified understanding of the Visualization. The visualization will be designed and built given a non-negotiable completion deadline of May 1, 2017, also referred to as Design Day.
  • Interrelationships of cataclasite, mylonite, and leucocratic bodies associated with the Catalina detachment fault, dual wash area, Saguaro National Park east, Rincon Mountains

    Tatarin, Triffon Joseph (The University of Arizona., 2017-05)
    The Dual Wash area is comprised of two west-northwest-trending washes (Deer Valley and Carillo), which provide excellent cross-section exposures of metamorphic core complex fault rock units. The structural components of metamorphic core complexes consist of upper plate rocks, a detachment fault, cataclasite and chlorite breccia, subdetachment fault, and mylonites. Within the Carillo Wash, the Catalina detachment fault dips ~13° NW, which is consistent with its overall dip in this part of the Rincon Mountains. However, exposed along the Deer Valley Wash, the Catalina detachment fault dips more steeply at ~60° NW. Beneath the detachment fault, in the lower plate, the structurally highest rock is a highly-fractured chlorite cataclasite which lies above two different units of mylonites. Embedded in these unit is leucocratic granitic unit which floods the cataclasite and mylonites. Evidence of brittle faulting and fracturing show evidence of this being a late-stage intrusion. The structural geology of the Dual Wash area proves to be somewhat structurally anomalous. The cause for much of these anomalies within the lower plate may be credited to the presence of this abundant leucogranite unit. This may be because it is a late-stage intrusion as well as a potential driver of core complex development.
  • Russia's changing influence in post-Soviet states: an evolution from 1991 to 2014

    Niegocki, Courtney Abigail (The University of Arizona., 2017-08)
    The purpose of this research was to determine how Russia’s influence in the post-Soviet states has changed since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 to 2014. This research also looks at whether the methods for influence have changed during the period. The fourteen post-Soviet states are evaluated both individually and in regard to their regions, which are designated at the Caucasus region, the Central Asia region, and the Eastern-Central Europe region. First, the historical and ethnic relationship of each post-Soviet state with Russia had to be established at an individual and regional level. Then, data regarding diplomacy, alliances, militarized-interstate disputes, shared intergovernmental organization membership, and bilateral trade are analyzed to determine trends in how Russia interacts with the post-Soviet states and how it changes over time. Ultimately, the trends appear to move from more militarized interactions to focus more on interactions through trade and intergovernmental organizations. There are distinct differences by states and regions; Russia has more contentious relations with Ukraine in the Eastern-Central Europe region and Georgia in the Caucasus region. Russia also has more influence in legacy states, particularly those that share a history with Russia, have a large percentage of ethnic Russians, and have a significant Russian-speaking population.
  • The economic history of Wyoming during The Great Depression

    Jones, Miranda Rae (The University of Arizona., 2017-05)
    This paper analyzes Wyoming’s response to the Great Depression and the federal aid programs that arose from it. Since Wyoming was already facing a depression for a decade before the rest of the nation followed after the stock market crash in 1929, the Wyoming legislature was already struggling to find new ways to cut costs and raise revenues. From 1929 to 1940, this time-period saw four different governors, the establishment of Grand Teton National Park, the enactment of a sales tax, the decline of Wyoming’s oil industry, and an attempted secession movement. With a more complete picture of Wyoming’s political and economic climate, in conjunction with an econometric analysis of tax revenue impacts nation-wide, this thesis creates a fuller understanding of Wyoming’s specific response to the Great Depression.
  • Implicit race bias towards American Indians in physician sample

    Spece, Lloyd (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    The present study analyzes whether implicit racial prejudice and/or stereotyping is present within a sample of healthcare professionals. Email invitations were sent to physicians in the Southwestern United States to perform the study online. The physicians were given both a prejudice and stereotype Implicit Association Test (IAT) to measure potential implicit bias towards American Indians compared to Whites. The study found that physicians implicitly stereotype American Indians as non-compliant and harbor negative implicit prejudice towards American Indians as well. The implications of physicians holding these implicit biases towards American Indians include the possibility of different patterns of clinical care and interactions based on race.
  • Ethical considerations when conducting research with American Indian tribes, communities, and individuals: Research regulations and training at the University of Arizona

    Hassan, Tahmin (The University of Arizona., 2017)
    Current ethical research processes protect the individual. American Indian tribes have collective rights as sovereign nations. But case studies show a lack of ethical considerations and misuse of important scientific data that lead to violations of these collective rights. The University of Arizona supports ethical research with American Indian tribes, communities, and individuals in a number of ways. This thesis explains those processes and resources. In addition, a small, pilot survey assesses University of Arizona researchers knowledge of and attitudes toward research with American Indians. The survey found that generally researchers acknowledge tribal collective rights and desire more resources such as trainings both in person and online.
  • Closing the Gap Between Food Waste and Food Insecurity

    Stoner, Grace Kathleen (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    This project strives to discover the most efficient way in which we can connect the edible food that would be sent to rot in a landfill with the people who lack access to adequate and healthful food. Existing charitable food distribution programs will be assessed so as to determine how to create a food distribution event that is far-reaching, well attended and effective. This research will be translated into a comprehensive plan outlining best practices for carrying out a distribution event on a college campus.
  • A comprehensive overview of Syrian refugees' mental health

    Temple, Cooper Philip (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    The Syrian Civil War has led to a devastating refugee crisis unlike any seen in modern history. Millions of people have fled their country and resettled elsewhere, either in refugee camps or host communities. While much of the international focus is on their physical conditions, little attention and funding have been given to the mental health needs of the Syrian refugees. Although ensuring their safety and physical well-being is of primary importance, addressing mental health needs to be better prioritized to avoid the development of significant problems in the future. This paper discusses the significance of the mental health problem in the broader context of the crisis overall, examines the current methods being utilized and their drawbacks, provides a case study of three local refugee organizations, and finally, highlights other programs experiencing success to identify potential opportunities for improvement of care.
  • The tactic and floral constancy of foraging bumblebees: pure legitimate foragers, pure nectar-robbers, and mixed tactic individuals visiting one or more host species

    Wang, Karen (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    Floral visitors in a Colorado bumblebee community engage in two main foraging tactics: nectar-robbing and legitimate foraging. An individual may employ one tactic consistently throughout a foraging bout or switch and may visit one consant host species or multiple. In order to understand foraging strategies, tactic and floral constancy must jointly be investigated with pollen and nectar foraging. I do so in this second ever study to compare floral visit observations with pollen load compositions. I found that nectar-robbers carried pollen less or as often as legitimate foragers, depending on robber and host species. This suggests that pollen-carrying robbers are mixed tactic individuals that could, in one foraging bout, cheat and cooperate with its plant partner. Visitors were observed switching tactic within a host species and switching tactic between host species. Both robbers and legitimate foragers carried pollen from the same host species they visited for nectar when that host species could be both robbed for nectar and legitimately foraged for pollen. These results suggest that tactic switching is more common than previously thought and that floral constancy is frequently maintained across tactic switches, unless host floral morphology constrains behavior and forces a host switch.
  • Can current methods of immune rejuvenation improve humoral immunity against a viral infection?

    White, Sarah Elise (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    The process of aging impacts immune defense against infection. This is attributed to immunosenescence, which is defined as a gradual decline in the function of the immune system. This decline is widespread, affecting both cell-mediated and humoral immunity, which both play an integral role in pathogen recognition and elimination. Lymphoid organs are known to undergo structural and functional changes with age and understanding these changes and how they can be prevented or reversed is critical if we are to improve immunity in older adults. We studied two immune rejuvenation methods: the administration of a gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonist, degarelix, and injection of interleukin-7:antibody complexes, and have specifically addressed their impact on humoral immunity against West Nile virus (WNV). We found that while each intervention improved certain aspects of immune cell generation and/or maintenance, neither of the two was able to improve humoral immune responses or immune defense against WNV. Results are discussed in light of current strategies for immune rejuvenation.
  • Lateral workplace violence in nursing: best practice guidelines for creating a culture of civility

    Worcester, Laura Sweet (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    This best-practice paper explores research on the phenomenon of lateral violence in the nursing workplace. The research articles reviewed in this paper will discuss factors contributing to workplace violence and possible strategies for mitigating incivility. Articles will focus on student nurses and newly-licensed nurses who are often the primary recipients of bullying behavior. The literature review will discuss the implications of lateral workplace violence including high new nurse turnover, early burnout, inadequate patient care, and increased hospital costs. Beyond the analysis of the current literature, this paper will identify evidence-informed recommendations for best-practice protocols. A proposed implementation plan and evaluation will be applied using the innovation-decision process theory. A five-stage process will be outlined in the final chapter including the knowledge, persuasion, decision, implementation, and confirmation of the proposed innovation.
  • Synthesis and structural characterization of silver (I)-(D-, L- and DL-) aspartate and silver (I)-(D- and L-) glutamate coordination polymers

    Zhang Yongtao (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    Chiral assemblies of metal atoms linked by organic ligands are attracting considerable attention for their unique structural aesthetics and interesting properties. In order to explore the novel helical supramolecular of silver with amino acid complexes and develop the potential applications of them, the silver nitrate and two types of amino acid (L-, D- and DL-) aspartic acid and (L- and D-) glutamic acid are used to generate chiral silver(I) coordination polymers. In this work, five coordination polymers, {[Ag3(D-Asp)2(NO3)]}n. nH2O (1), {[Ag3(L-Asp)2(NO3)]}n. nH2O (2), {[Ag4(DL-Asp)2(NO3)2]}n.2nH2O (3), {[Ag4(D-Glu)2(NO3)2]}n· 2nH2O (4) and {[Ag4(L-Glu)2(NO3)2]}n· 2nH2O (5) are synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. The X-Ray Diffraction and related software were used for measuring and analyzing the crystal structures. X-ray single crystal structure analysis shows that the complexes (1) and (2) are a pair of six-helix bundle with a helical pitch of 70.6 Å. The adjacent helices are connected by argentophilic Ag-Ag interactions to form sextuple. The D-Asp and L-Asp in complex (3) generate achiral layers. Moreover, the L-Glu ligands in complexes (4) and D-Glu ligands in (5) combine with Ag(I) ions, and both the two structures have no charity. However, complex (4) and (5) are a pair of 3D structural enantiomer.
  • Pendant 7 mois: a documentary on the University of Arizona students opinions during the 2017-2018 academic school year

    Harris, Katherine Grace (The University of Arizona., 2017-08)
    The 1962 film by Chris Marker and Peter Lhomme Le Joli Mai explores the mindsets of Parisiens during a critical part in France’s colonial history. It identifies different demographics of the French capital and explores what it means to live in Paris in May 1962, and what it means to be free. This film influenced my decision to create a documentary on the University of Arizona campus that took a small sample of the 43,000 students who attended during this year and asked them similar questions as Marker and Lhomme. The film looks at generational differences, political affiliations, and the idea of freedom and life after college. It’s easy for an individual’s voice to get lost in the sea of students at a large university such as the University of Arizona and this film gives a voice to these students. The interviews presented in this documentary were gathered of the period of seven months between September 2016 and March 2017.The documentary looks at the stigmas behind being a millennial and works to combat these stigmas while addressing the mindsets of each individual student during this year of their life and of their higher education. Le Joli Mai is a French New Wave film and as such exemplifies the time period in which it was made. Pendant 7 mois is a piece that represents the time period by which it was made and will remain as a representation of the University of Arizona students during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Expanding the "particular social group" classification in asylum law: an analysis of matter of A-R-C-G-

    Bennett, Mikayla Anne (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    This legal note will analyze the repercussions stemming from the Matter of A-R-C-G- in asylum law. This case allowed women who had endured domestic violence to receive asylum in the United States under the particular social group classification. Part I will discuss the facts and analysis in the Matter of A-R-C-G- case as decided by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Part II will analyze the particular social group classification and its evolution over time. This part will also compare the elements of domestic violence in Matter of A-R-C-G- to the particular social group requirement so as to explain how to apply for asylum under this label. Part III will hypothesize how the precedent set by this case could be expanded to allow women persecuted by gang violence to successfully apply for asylum in the United States.
  • Visions of Etruria

    Cook, Ellen Angeline (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    I have used mythology of Etruscan origin and mythology favored by the Etruscans as subject matter for a group of sculpture. While the work draws only a little upon Etruscan pictorial style, with the exception of what is needed to ascertain appropriate details of costume and attributes, it strives to capture the essential content and spirit of the original. Each image is accompanied by a description of its content and historical background, in addition to a description of the broader context of Etruscan civilization. I hope to create an interest in and awareness of this relatively obscure subject matter.
  • A genetic understanding of language development through cognitive and neurogenetic studies: an exploration of the FOXP2 gene, songbird development, human language, and autism

    Attias, Lior Rivka (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    It is well known that FOXP2 has a connection to human language. In a familial case study of humans in one family with a mutated FOXP2, it was found that all members showed Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia, a cognitive language deficit. In knock out experiments in mice, it was found that FOXP2 is critical for Purkinje cell development in the brain as well as lung development. In FOXP2 knock out experiments in songbirds, it was found that songbirds could no longer learn new songs or cognitively understand song, which is used as a type of language in these animals. In knock in experiments with rats, it was found that rats with humanized FOXP2 show increased ability to switch between two central types of learning, a critical aspect of habit formation. It is thought that this habit formation is the basis of human language learning and development. Through a deep analysis of studies such as these, as well as of the genetic structure of FOXP2, it is hypothesized that the FOXP2 gene plays a critical role in allowing for appropriate connectivity on neurons in the brain, which could explain its role in language understanding and development, as well as its role in Autism in humans.
  • Constraining frisbee tracking methods through Bayesian analysis of flying disc models

    Hannah, Elizabeth Mackenzie (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    Since the invention of the original Frisbee in the 1940s, disc sports such as Ultimate Frisbee and disc golf have exploded in popularity. Yet despite the expansion of disc sports, the body of literature surrounding Frisbee flight dynamics remains limited. Understanding flying disc physics – which is both easy to observe and nontrivial to model – may improve the performance of disc sport athletes. This Honors Thesis builds on the work of Frisbee Flight Simulation and Throw Biomechanics, published as a master’s thesis by Sarah Hummel in 2003. After exploring the Frisbee model described by Hummel, the work presented here uses a Bayesian approach to compare this model against simulated flight data. By generating a set of synthetic data and using an MCMC algorithm to recover the parameters used to produce the data set, we illustrate a possible approach for assessing accuracy of Frisbee models. We propose that this type of analysis can be used to constrain properties of cameras and develop enhanced tracking methods for flying discs. Since Frisbee data can be easily captured using basic smartphones, the work herein offers an accessible way to test modern parameter estimation and data-driven modeling methods.
  • The perception of students on organic versus conventional foods

    Mosqueira, Lucia (The University of Arizona., 2017-12)
    Introduction: There are several obstacles consumers face when it comes to purchasing organically processed food products. For the organic food industry to satisfy consumer needs and preferences, the barriers of buying organic foods must be evaluated. Methods: The data in this study were collected using both an online survey and hard copy survey. It was also sent to a total of 2,300 University of Arizona students. The survey evaluated the perception of students on organic versus conventional fruits and vegetables, poultry, meat, dairy products, and processed foods regarding price, health benefits, taste, effect on environment, appearance, and quality. Results: There was a significant association (P=0.001) for top meaning of buying organic and buying more than 25% organic. The greatest difference was seen in “helping the environment” and “better for myself”. Discussion: Price and acceptance could be a great influence since most organic buyers stated that “feel like wasting money” or “more expensive” were their major reasons for not purchasing organic foods. The main considerations participants named in our study when it came to organic food consumption were health and environmental factors.

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