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Total Listing: 19 (Listed by the order of record adding time, Descending)

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Recorded at: 9/28/2016
Title Student Perceptions of High School Theatre Programs: An Investigation of Social Issues and Call for Replication
Citation Youth Theatre Journal, 2016; 30: 1:50-67, Omasta M, Brandley AT.. Utah State University
Description This study investigates students’ perceptions of high school theatre programs. Students indicated whether they believed theatre productions could influence audience members’ perspectives and opinions, and, through an open-ended qualitative questionnaire, shared their views on whether their school should specifically address (or avoid addressing) myriad social issues. The study analyzes demographic and other factors that appear to have influenced participants’ responses. Additionally, this study serves as a template for replication studies, which are seriously lacking in the education field (and theatre education in particular), and calls for similar studies to seek the views of students in diverse communities throughout the country.
Faculty Matt Omasta is an assistant professor and theatre education program director at USU.
Student Andrea Thomas Brandley, a senior with a dual major in theatre arts and mathematics education, participated in the research project and coauthored the article as her honors thesis. She has accepted a position to teach both math and theatre at a Utah high school.
Funding No funding was needed for this project

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Recorded at: 9/22/2016
Title Being a wài guó rén in China: Reflection on a Study Abroad Project in China
Citation Teaching Chinese in International Contexts, 2015; 7: 25-34, Kong K, Kocen K, Cooley D.. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Description This article is reflecting on a faculty-led community service and research project in China. Three undergraduate Chinese-language learners from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire traveled to China to teach a three-week English summer camp for underserved children. From both the faculty and the participants’ perspectives, this article documents the successes and lessons from the project, shares students’ cultural experience, and discusses its significant implications.
Faculty Kaishan Kong is an assistant professor of Chinese in the Department of Languages.
Student Katherine Kocen is a freshman and Delaney Cooley is a sophomore student in UW-Eau Claire. They both take Chinese language classes and show interest in Chinese cultures.
Funding This research was based on a study abroad program in summer 2015, which was sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Fellows Program.

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Recorded at: 3/7/2016
Title "Play That Funky Music” or Not: How Music Affects the Environmental Self-Regulation of High-Ability Academic Writers
Citation Young Scholars in Writing, 2014; 11: 62-72, Calicchia, S.. Utah State University
Description Successful writing, achieved by self-regulated writers, depends not only upon focus and content, but also the writing environment, including the physical and social setting, which varies greatly among writers. Just as musical tastes differ among individuals, there are strong preferences regarding the role of music in a writing setting. To better understand the environmental self-regulation of writers, I selected a group of twelve high-achieving writers with a range of musical interests, including nine professors and three undergraduate students across three academic fields. The results suggest that musical background impacts a writer’s preferred setting, and academic writers should strongly consider this impact when establishing a successful writing environment.
Faculty Joyce Kinkead, the student's research mentor, is a professor of English.
Student Sara conducted this research during her sophomore year as an independent study project in an Honors Program English class. She has since graduated and currently works as a Clinical Research Assistant at Ambry Genetics in Aliso Viejo, CA.
Funding No funding was needed for this project

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Recorded at: 3/7/2016
Title “Papa, should I tell you what I think of this exhibition, I would cry.” An analysis of visitor impression books at the Bosnian Historical Museum in Sarajevo.
Citation Journal of Politics and Society, 2014; 10: 10:Lawnicki, AM.. SIT Study Abroad program called Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies
Description The research finds that visitor impression books can be a useful analytical tool in museum studies, and that those at the Bosnian Historical Museum allowed for three main conclusions: 1) the exhibit serves the dual role of providing both a memorial and a museum, 2) this dual role is representative of contemporary Sarajevan politics of memory, and 3) museum visitors, for the most part, were able to benefit from the double identity of the museum.
Faculty Although not a co-author, this student’s research was overseen by Orli Fridman, PhD, of SIT Study Abroad, a program of World Learning.
Student Amanda Lawnicki graduated in 2014 from Beloit College with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Russian. She studied abroad with SIT in the spring of 2013. She is currently back in Bosnia volunteering for the Center for Peacebuilding. She will be attending graduate school in Russian Area studies beginning in the fall of 2015.
Funding Amanda’s research as part of her semester abroad, was supported by tuition grants from Beloit College and SIT, along with government loans.

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Recorded at: 2/27/2015
Title A Korean Military Revolution?: Parallel Military Innovations in East Asia and Europe
Citation Journal of World History., 2014; 25: 1:51-84, Andrade T, Kang HH, Cooper K. Emory University
Description This article argues that advances in drilling techniques and the use of muskets - essential ingredients of the Military Revolution model – were central to Korean military reforms following the Imjin War of 1592-1598. Using military manuals from the seventeenth century, we show that European drilling regimes – centered around musketry units – had striking analogues in Korea. Similarities in such far-removed societies make clear that there is a need for a truly global military history.
Faculty Tonio Andrade is professor of history.
Student Hyeok Hweon Kang began this research as a fellow in the Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE) Research Partners Program. He continued working on this project as an undergraduate fellow of the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University and wrote an honor’s thesis with Professor Tonio Andrade in Emory’s history department. Hyeok is now a PhD candidate at Harvard University in the Program for East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Kirsten Cooper also began working with Dr. Andrade as part of the SIRE Research Partners Program. She, too, wrote a history honor’s thesis, and she is now a Ph.D. candidate at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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Recorded at: 2/27/2015
Title Class Status and Identity: A Semantic Reading of the Typical Trinidadian House
Citation Inquiry Undergraduate Research Journal., 2014; 16: 1:73-103, Welcome L, German G.. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Description This manuscript analyzes the use of ornamentation on the exterior of residential architecture, in early 20th century Trinidad, as a hybridized product of a class system developed during colonialism. The research examines the socio-political context of Trinidadian society, looking specifically at how a boom in the cocoa industry in the 1870’s allowed for social mobility of blacks and free coloreds. It then goes on to show how the aesthetics of the house became a crucial signifier in the affirmation of their newly acquired status. Overall the research explores how design could play a significant role in identity formation.
Faculty Greg Herman, the faculty advisor for this research, is an associate professor in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Student Leniqueca Welcome conducted this research for her undergraduate honors senior thesis in 2013 as an architecture major. She has since graduated and currently works as a graduate architect at ACLA: works Architecture and Urban Design firm in Trinidad and Tobago.
Funding The research was supported by funding received from her University of Arkansas Fayetteville’s Honors College fellowship.

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Recorded at: 2/27/2015
Title Public School Desegregation and Private Schools: A Case Study of Central Arkansas Christian School
Citation Pulaski County Historical Review., 2014; 62: 1:2-15, Stewart, Jeffery.. University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Description The article examines a private religious school founded in North Little Rock, Arkansas, in the early 1970s. It argues that not all such institutions deserve the blanket title of “segregation academies.” Stewart posits that there were many nuances and important differences in the way that such private religious schools approached desegregation that are worthy of scrutiny.
Faculty John A. Kirk is Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History.
Student Stewart is currently a senior in history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His article won the Pulaski County Historical Association's 2014 F. Hampton Roy Award.
Funding n/a

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Recorded at: 2/27/2015
Title “Magical Realist Moments in Malín Alegría’s Border Town Series”
Citation Bookbird, A Journal of International Children’s Literature., 2014; 52: 3:43-52, Cummins A., Cano T.. University of Texas Pan American - Rio Grande Valley
Description In Malín Alegría’s Border Town (Scholastic, 2012), the first young adult fiction series set on the Mexico-United States border, magical realist moments subvert power relations and reveal that popular beliefs are legitimate forms of knowledge. Magical realist occurrences demonstrate the importance of knowing about Mexican American folklore and folk saints such as bailando con el diablo (dancing with the devil), las lechuzas (bewitched owls), la Llorona (the weeping woman), and la Santa Muerte (saint death).
Faculty Dr. Amy Cummins works as Associate Professor of English.
Student Cano is a senior English major at the University of Texas Pan American - Rio Grande Valley.
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Recorded at: 4/3/2014
Title Adolescent Self-Harm Behavior and Choke by Diana López.
Citation New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship., 2013; 19: 2:79-94, Cummins A, Garza P.. University of Texas Pan American
Description Participation in the choking game, self-asphyxial risk-taking behavior, threatens the well-being of adolescents. Focusing on this problem, Diana López’s novel Choke helps to establish the genre of the new young adult problem novel that presents a social issue within a realistic work of literary fiction. Choke represents literature portraying adolescent self-harm behavior that could be used in programs for prevention.
Faculty Dr. Amy Cummins is an Assistant Professor of English.
Student Polet Garza is currently a senior majoring in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Texas Pan American. She helped with this study as a junior.
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Recorded at: 12/5/2013
Title New Literacy Narratives from an Urban University: Analyzing Stories about Reading, Writing, and Changing Technologies
Citation 2013; Chandler S, Castillo A, Kadash M, Kenner MD, Ramirez L, Valdez RJ.. Kean University
Description Our book presents literacy narratives – reflective stories about experiences with reading and writing - by 5 undergraduate co-authors. It begins with an overview of theory and methods used to create and analyze life stories. Because we analyze both what participants say and how they said it, we review research from new literacy studies, narrative/discourse analysis, and oral history. Co-authored chapters: explore correlations between storytelling and literate learners’ agency (Ramirez); suggest relationships between identity stories and patterns for connecting to (or not) online literacies (Kenner); present storytelling patterns as evidence of how literate learners change and grow (Kadash); identify patterns for negotiating (or not) multiple discourses (Valdez); and describe how online spaces sponsor new patterns for identity development (Castillo).
Faculty Sally Chandler is an associate professor in the English Department at Kean University
Student The project began back in 2006, when all co-authors were students in courses where I talked about my research on literacy narratives. Each co-author volunteered to participate in an interview, and then continued on as a collaborative researcher. All co-authors read drafts and reviewed data as they graduated, found jobs, completed graduate degrees, and continued on with their lives. Angela and Ryan earned MAs in Writing Studies from Kean University and currently work as adjunct professors. Maureen is the mother of three children and is a manager at a bank. Molly earned an MFA from Western Connecticut State University, and writes for J’Adore magazine. Lorena is enrolled in the MA in Public Administration program at Kean University.
Funding Our work was funded by a Kean University UFRI grant, and by a University sponsored Students Partnering with Faculty Summer Research Grant.

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Recorded at: 12/5/2013
Title The Online Comment: A Case Study of Reader-Journalist-Editor Interactions
Citation Young Scholars in Writing, 2012; 10: Weitz, O.. University of Puget Sound
Description Online news comment boards purportedly enable readers to hold the journalist accountable, through publicly posting feedback on the same page as the news story. While journalists self-report this greater accountability and interactivity with readers, there is little research that might document this effect. This case study, an analysis of reader comments on and journalistic and editorial responses to a breaking New York Times story, reveals that readers, journalists, and public editors hold disparate perceptions of the purpose of the comment board: Readers tend to post feedback holding the publishing institution accountable, rather than the journalist. Understanding how the comment board is perceived and utilized will help news organizations to attract and retain readers in the competitive world of online journalism.
Faculty N/A
Student Olivia wrote an earlier version of this article in 2012 for a senior seminar. She is currently working in public radio.
Funding N/A

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Recorded at: 12/5/2013
Title Contemporary Mexican American Young Adult Books of the Texas Borderlands
Citation English in Texas., 2012; 42: 1:56-61, Cummins A, Briones L.. University of Texas Pan American
Description This synthesis of contemporary Mexican American young adult literature underscores the importance of offering secondary students texts that portray real-life issues in settings that reveal the full diversity of United States society. The research highlights themes and styles in books written by Texas borderlands authors for middle grade and high school English Language Arts readers. The article shows methods for incorporating and discussing culturally relevant literature.
Faculty Dr. Amy Cummins is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas Pan American in the Rio Grande Valley.
Student Leslie Briones is a senior English major completing education work in preparation for certification as a secondary English teacher.
Funding The research was supported by an Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Service Learning at the University of Texas Pan American.

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Recorded at: 6/13/2012
Title Subversive sisters: the female torturer in contemporary horror films.
Citation Rein., 2011; 4: Stephens LS.. Southampton Solent University
Description This research centred on the character of the female torturer in contemporary horror films, focusing on whether it is possible for the conventionally passive female character to become active and subvert dominant gender roles. This bought into question dominant gender ideologies in 'torture horror' films, whilst exploring the significance of an increase in strong female characters in a male dominanted film industry and society
Faculty NA
Student Laura undertook her study in 2010-11, as part of her major dissertation, she is currently employed.
Funding NA

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Recorded at: 6/13/2012
Title The HeritageCrowd Project: A Case Study in Crowdsourcing Public History
Citation 2011; Graham S, Massie G, Feuerherm N.. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Description The case study examined the implementation of a project that repurposed an open-source platform meant for online crisis-mapping (Ushahidi.com) for collecting community memories of local cultural heritage resources. The target area is one not well served by digital infrastructure. Ushahidi allows crowdsourced contributions to be made by cell phone text messaging, and so we wanted to see if this technology could bridge the digital divide. The case study indicates that it can, but shortcomings and limitations inherent in the metaphors used by Ushahidi had an important impact on the overall success of our crowdsourced experiment.
Faculty Shawn Graham is assistant professor of Digital Humanities.
Student Guy Massie, 4th year Honours History BA; Nadine Feuerherm, 1st year Communications Studies BA. Guy is currently enrolled in the MA Public History program at Carleton University. Nadine is now in her second year of her Communications Studies program.
Funding The project was funded by a Junior Research Fellowship from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University.

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Recorded at: 6/13/2012
Title HOW THE MUSES GOT INTO MUSIC: THE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE GREEK CONCEPT OF INSPIRATION ON MUSIC CREATION AND PERFORMANCE
Citation 2011; George D, Hunt S, Gallagher A.. The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam
Description In ancient Greece, it was thought that nine goddesses presided over and inspired the arts and sciences. This Kilmer Award project researched how this concept of the muses could be applied to song literature through the centuries. This collaborative project also included the 18 students of the voice studio of Donald George and explored how this idea of ‘muse’ has continued and changed over the past 3000 years. Songs were selected to be performed by members of the studio, which reflect the different characteristics of the muses from different eras and cultures, and the project culminated in a lecture-recital by the studio presenting these songs.
Faculty Donald George is an Associate Professor of Music
Student Stephanie Hunt, Senior was a Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprentice and has graduated. Ashley Gallagher, Sophomore was a Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprentice and is currently a sophomore.
Funding The Kilmer Research Award is part of SUNY Potsdam and also supported by the Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant.

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Recorded at: 6/13/2012
Title Humor in Music: Finding the Jokes in the Notes, a Study of Music and Humor Through 200 Years of Styles and Culture
Citation 2011; George D, Jordan D, Wibben J, Halbig J.. The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam
Description Music is one of the universal mediums for conveying humor. This project explored the use of humor in song and theater repertoire spanning two hundred years in the Western music tradition and the techniques used to convey humor in performance. Song repertoire by many composers was studied. The research included comparative listening of current and historic performances, reading assignments, and an exploration of literary devices, compositional techniques and acting techniques. The project led by four sophomores, included 20 students and pianists in professor Donald George’s studio who studied and performed selected humorous works and culminated in a lecture recital.
Faculty Donald George, Associate Professor of Vocal Music
Student D'Nasya Jordan, sophomore in Title III program is in her junior year. Jonathan Halbig, junior in Title III program is in his senior year.Jonathan Wibben, senior in Title III program has graduated. Jaclyn Randazzo, sophomore in Title III program is in her junior year.
Funding The research was supported by the Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant from U.S. Department of Education, at SUNY Potsdam

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Recorded at: 6/13/2012
Title George MacDonald in the Virtual Library: The North Wind Digital Archive and the Evolution of MacDonald Scholarship.” North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies 29 (2010): 1-10. Print.
Citation Journal of George MacDonald Studies., 2010; 29: 1-10, Panzer G, Pennington J.. St. Norbert College
Description In this article, the authors discuss their work in digital humanities by describing the creation of the North Wind Digital Archive, an online resource that houses all past issues of North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies, an international peer-review journal. The authors began work on the archive in the fall of 2009 with the goal of making all issues of the journal easily accessible to the public, particularly to MacDonald scholars. In addition, the article, using reception theory, charts the evolution of MacDonald scholarship in North Wind.
Faculty English
Student Gretchen Panzer was hired as an editorial assistant for the journal through the college’s Research Fellows Program in 2008; she is now entering her senior year and is applying to graduate programs in English and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Funding Funded by a research grant from the St. Norbert Office of Faculty Development, which was awarded in the spring of 2009 and renewed in the spring of 2010.

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Recorded at: 6/13/2012
Title In the world but not of it: negotiating evangelical tradition and gendered identity in contemporary family life
Citation UCF URJ., 2011; 5: 1:Hansbury, Lauren.. University of Central Florida
Description This article explores the changing perspectives on gender and gender roles within marriage and family life among evangelical Protestants in the United States, and how these views on gender are embodied in everyday life. Research on evangelicals and subcultural identity theories is here placed within the context of individual and collective narrative identity formation to demonstrate how the fusion between the gender essentialist symbols that persist in evangelical perspectives on the family and the everyday tasks encountered in family life assists evangelicals in fulfilling the biblical mandate to be “in” the world but remain not “of” it.
Faculty Harry Coverston is an instructor of humanities and religion in the department of philosophy.
Student Lauren is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, currently employed, and seeking admission into a graduate program in Religion culminating in the Ph.D. with a focus on religion and social science. This research is based upon a senior-year honors thesis project completed in April, 2010 that explored the nature of and changes within American evangelical Protestant perspectives on gender roles and identities as they relate to marriage and family/domestic life.
Funding This research was not supported by any departmental, institutional, or outside sources of funding.

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Recorded at: 6/13/2012
Title Form-focused Teaching for the Intermediate Latin Student
Citation Teaching Classical Languages, 2010; 2: 1:Anderson PJ, Beckwith M.. Grand Valley State University
Description The present study examined, and offered practical applications for classroom use based on, form-focused Second Language Acquisition theories connected with visual highlighting (and other enhanced input) andindirect corrective feedback with recasting. The application of these theories offer a set of intriguing possibilities for the intermediate Latin classroom, where the conflict between the demands of reading and interpreting complex textsand the constraints of students’ cognitive resources becomes most apparent.
Faculty Peter Anderson is an associate professor of Classics.
Student Mark Beckwith is a graduating senior, with a double major in English and Latin, with degree emphases in secondary education. The article arose out of his Honors Senior Thesis. Mr. Beckwith is finishing his field placements this year, and will be taking up his first teaching position in Latin in the Fall of 2011.
Funding The research was a 3 credit hour Honors senior project conducted as an unremunerated course overload.