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  1. Fetal Programming: How Intrauterine Environmental Factors Influence Health and DiseaseMon, 25 Jun 2018 11:21:28 PDT
    How Intrauterine Environmental Factors Influence Health and Disease Once thought of as inconsequential, the prenatal period has recently acquired some awareness as being a sensitive time during which environmental factors can modulate gene expression as well as regulate fetal growth and development. The prenatal period encompasses the genesis of an embryo, the intricate process of fetal maturation, concludes with the birth of the infant, and is marked by the profound influence it exerts on long-term health trajectories. The notion that intrauterine environmental factors can reset physiological parameters and the resetting can endure into adulthood and even affect the following generation is known as fetal programming (Agin, 2010, p. 6 -7). This is a fairly new concept that offers encouraging insight into the origins of some of the most prevalent ailments that affect the population. Numerous research studies have demonstrated the correlation between maternal circumstances and fetal consequences; some of which include prenatal stress with mental health disorders, maternal body mass index with cardiovascular disease, and under or over nutrition with metabolic disorders. Thus, the fetal programming paradigm provides the opportunity to take preventative measures against the known factors to ensure a more favorable health outcome for future generations; however, in order to gain a better understanding of the complex biological mechanisms underlying the fetal programming concept, more applied research needs to be conducted. More...
  2. The Lifelong Impact of the Neonatal MicrobiomeMon, 25 Jun 2018 11:21:21 PDT
    Nurses have a critical role in patient health outcomes. Beyond providing essential care, nurses are responsible for educating patients so they are able to make well-informed decisions to achieve optimal health. Throughout our training, we are consistently reminded of the importance of patient education. When a diagnosis is made, nurses are responsible for teaching the patient how to respond in order to best manage their condition. While this will always be a vital component of nursing, another approach to patient education is preventing disease. Research has proven that the human microbiome is essential to health and disease prevention, yet its significance continues to be overlooked in the medical community. In order to best serve our patients, it is imperative that nurses are informed of the importance of a healthy human microbiome and the lifelong risks associated with its neglect. More...
  3. Community Degradation in Post-Industrial AmericaMon, 25 Jun 2018 11:21:14 PDT
    In the summers of 2016 and 2017 I travelled to two distinctive places in America in a mission to better understand the issues which most affected people there. The first of the two locations was Kansas, where I traversed its length on a bicycle, stopping along the way to meet people in the rural communities and discuss with them the hardships that they face on a number of fronts. The second location was Flint, Michigan, where I was drawn, three years after the water crisis, to learn how its effects have impacted the residents. Having conducted observational, first-hand research of both of these very different places, there were common telling signs that indicated decline from a socio-economic perspective. From a critically observational lens when you regularly witness crumbling old houses, it doesn't take a scientist to figure out that there is some larger force at play contributing to the degradation. Upon further research into the issues I was introduced to in person, I noticed that there seemed to be constants in the causes of both cases of decline. Not only did it become clear that similar causal factors were present in the socio-economic trials of each of these places, but indeed, many marginalized communities across the country share these struggles. More...
  4. Gravitational Waves and Multimessenger AstronomyMon, 25 Jun 2018 11:21:07 PDT
    The 2015 first detection of gravitational waves opened the door for a new observational method in astronomy. Measurements of gravitational waves by laser interferometers such as LIGO and VIRGO allow study of phenomena inaccessible by traditional observations on the electromagnetic spectrum. Working in tandem with conventional observatories, gravitational wave detectors have the potential to probe the mysteries of the universe, including the early phases of galaxy evolution and the sources of various mysterious high-energy transients. More...
  5. Sustainable Energy on JCCC Campus - Implementation and LimitationsFri, 27 Apr 2018 13:30:00 PDT
    This project is intended to find what has helped JCCC to attain its goals in energy sustainability, what some of the obstacles have been / will be in that pursuit, and how we can overcome them. This will be used as a model to be applied to community colleges in general. In doing so the effectiveness of certain sustainable implementations will be researched. I.E. solar ; LED implementation on campus, and more efficient appliances being installed on campus (blower motors for HVAC system). More...
  6. Using Power Harvesting Techniques to Improve Medical Device ReliabilityFri, 27 Apr 2018 13:30:00 PDT
    Hearing aids are devices used to cope with the effects of hearing loss, usually sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss makes sounds muffled and it can make it harder to understand different sounds especially in noisy environments. There is 48.1 million people in the US with mild or greater than mild hearing loss. But surprisingly, only 24 percent of people with hearing loss have hearing aids. Hearing aids are inconvenient because of their dependence on batteries, there is a social stigma revolving around them, and a quality hearing aid can cost up to five thousand dollars. These are problems with the hearing aid that I set out to solve in my project. I developed marketing techniques through interactions with Rob Neville, CEO of Savara Pharmaceuticals, as well worked with Dr. Paul Thibado from the University of Arkansas through email to develop energy harvesting circuits. My main interests in his research have to do with the fluctuations of freestanding graphene for the use of clean, limitless, renewable energy to power small devices. I am now making arrangements to work with him during the summer. More...
  7. Suggestive Selling and its Impact on SalesFri, 27 Apr 2018 13:30:00 PDT
    For my first foray into independent study and scientific research, I set out to see whether or not suggestive selling positively impacted sales, as most employers claim. I studied previous research in the field, and then tested the techniques in the stores I work in. Using sales printouts from the test period and the prior year's sales, I used statistical analysis and hypothesis tests to determine if my experimental results were indicative of positive change in merchandise sales and if they coincided with the standing research. Although my personal data did not show a significant difference in merchandise sales, I have been able to designate key areas I can coach my coworkers in to improve their suggestive selling techniques, which may result in a statistically relevant increase in the long term. More...
  8. The Process of Rendering FractalsFri, 27 Apr 2018 13:30:00 PDT
    Fractals and other figures on the complex number plane plane are beautiful, elaborate, and have interesting unique properties. However, fractals such as the Mandelbrot set are difficult to render efficiently at high resolutions. This poster will cover the process of creating a program in Python to render the Mandelbrot set and other fractals at various resolutions for the purpose of creating an animation. More...
  9. A Voluminous VesselFri, 27 Apr 2018 13:30:00 PDT
    A Goblet style cup designed with Piece-wise functions and with the use of Calculus, is revolved around the x-axes to create a surface of revolution (a solid) in the shape of the design. More...
  10. Measuring the Earths CircumferenceFri, 27 Apr 2018 13:30:00 PDT
    For my honors contract in the field of Astronomy, I decided to replicate the Greek scholar Eratosthenes, in his observations and experiment that justify that the earth is spherical. The motivation behind this project is to disprove those who deny the value of science and empirical observations. More than 2000 years ago the Greek scholar Eratosthenes reached the conclusion that the earth was a sphere. He did this using the angle derived from the cast shadow length versus the objects height, taken in two cites a known distance apart, and on the same day. I gathered part of my data by utilized a live web cam at the Pier House 60 hotel in Clearwater, FL and took screen shots when the Sun was at its local zenith. Then using Auto Cad, I took measurements of various objects height and shadow lengths. Knowing these two lengths, even using the arbitrary plot system of Auto Cad, with simple trigonometry you can determine the angle of the sun at that time and location. In conjunction to the data collected from the web cam, I also took measurements at Galileos Pavilion during Suns local zenith the same day. Although the tools at my disposal are much more sophisticated than what Eratosthenes had access to, the application is the same. Accepting that rays of electromagnetic radiation incoming from the sun are parallel. The change in altitude angle of the Sun between two locations, is the angle of the arc distance between the two measurement points. More...