Volunteer workers in social service; Halfway houses; Faith-based human services
This study examines the backgrounds and motivations of individuals who volunteer for a
Protestant Christian faith-based halfway-house for recently released offenders. Drawing
on eight in-depth interviews with volunteers from a faith-based ministry...
More than 50% of the total energy produced is typically rejected in the form of waste heat from various processes. The grand challenge is that most of this waste heat is released at temperatures much lower than 1000 C, which makes it difficult to...
Human-computer interaction; Computer vision; Human-machine systems; Nonverbal communication
Hand gesture recognition (HGR) is an important research topic because some
situations require silent communication with sign languages. Computational HGR
systems assist silent communication, and help people learn a sign language.
In this thesis. a...
Periodontitis--Treatment; Peptides--Therapeutic use
Periodontitis and its systemic sequelae remain a major public health problem and
developing a cost-efficient therapy will benefit healthcare worldwide. Adherence of
Porphyromonas gingivalis to Streptococcus gordonii facilitates colonization of the...
Wounds and injuries--Treatment; Drug delivery systems
Wounds care and management is one of the most basic needs in the medical setting. Burn wounds, trauma wounds, pressure ulcers and bedsores are just some of the many types of wounds that need to be treated quickly and efficiently. Take for instance...
Tick-borne diseases; Health behavior; Health attitudes; Health education--Social aspects
Human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME), a tick-borne disease that has recently surfaced in
the United States, exists in regions where the tick vector population is established. This
study utilizes methods that look beyond identifying high-risk regions,...
Student evaluation of teachers; College teachers--Rating of; College students--Attitudes; Teacher-student relationships
This dissertation explored the relationship between student, course, and
instructor-level variables and student course ratings. The selection of predictor variables
was based on a thorough review of the extensive body of existing literature on...
Item response theory; Goodness-of-fit tests; Monte Carlo method
Item response theory (IRT) is expanding to diverse research settings, without accompanying access to easily implemented model fit methods. One simple model fit approach involves x2/df ratios. However, its utility is not known across several...
Alcoholism and crime; Parks; Liquor laws; Drinking of alcoholic beverages--Social aspects
Recent criminological research has shown the importance of place, as places
create the opportunities required for crime to occur. This study tests for the presence of
crime symbiosis, or the interactive relationship between alcohol outlets and...
Barbershops--Social aspects; African American men--Social life and customs; African American men--Conduct of life; African American men--Psychology
Labeled as a man's environment, the Black barbershop is a sacred location for
Black men. Yet, it is unclear how Black men communicate in the Black barbershop.
This research study examined the communicative process of Black men within the...
This dissertation is comprised of three essays that address the question: what
specific cognitions lead to the formation of entrepreneurial intentions?
Essay 1, "Explaining and Predicting Entrepreneurial Intentions,"...
Sex role in motion pictures; Stereotypes (Social psychology); Sex role in children
The purpose of this study was to investigate the gender stereotyping of two
animated films by boys and girls (N=25). Based on Bern's (1983) gender schema theory,
it was hypothesized that children would stereotype Aladdin as being for males...
In this novella, a young girl wakes to discover she has lost her voice and that
people can no longer hold their secrets back from her. Tasked with offering them
absolution through listening, she must also deal with the increasing toll bearing...
Plague--History--Europe; Black Death--Social aspects--Europe; Erotica--Europe--History; Idols and images--Europe--History; Superstition--Europe--History
This thesis examines a large corpus of enigmatic pilgrimage badges dating from
roughly 1350-1500 CE. The badges were brought to light during archaeological
excavations of water sites throughout the Schelde Estuary in the Netherlands, the
Computer-assisted instruction; Three-dimensional imaging; Neuroanatomy--Study and teaching (Higher)
Visualizations in the form of computer-based learning environments are highly
encouraged in science education, especially for teaching spatial material. Some spatial
material, such as sectional neuroanatomy, is very challenging to learn. It...
Within the discipline of rhetoric and composition, the notion of coherence possesses the status of sine qua non, yet this notion has been treated unevenly or been taken for granted, much as the process of composing itself was taken for granted for...
Israel--Social conditions; Israel--Social life and customs
Times Square went mad with noise and excitement,
and a small freighter slipped from its Brooklyn berth into
the drama of the night. It was December 31, 1949--midnight-January
1, 1950; and I was on my way to the world in general
and Israel and the...
Donne, John, 1572-1631--Criticism and interpretation; Donne, John, 1572-1631--Knowledge--Mathematics
John Donne wanted to live the leisurely life of a
gentleman undisturbed by financial difficulties, devoting
his life to entertaining his audience with his
witty insights into life and, especially, love. However,
his marriage, which was frowned upon...
Falls (Accidents); Children's accidents; Children--Wounds and injuries; Child abuse--Investigation
Pediatric short-distance falls, especially from beds or other furniture, are common
false histories given by caretakers to cover up abusive trauma. However, short-distance
falls are also a common occurrence in young children. Knowledge of the types...
The thesis deals with the political career of John Marshall Harlan prior to his appointment in 1877 as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Throughout the majority of those twenty-three active years in Kentucky politics, Harlan...