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    Irresistible Instagram: The Negative Effects of This Social Media Platform on Adolescents
    (2023-04-06) Kush, Alyssa; Department of English; Undergraduate Research Symposium
    In this paper, Kush argues that, although many adolescents in the United States feel connected when they use Instagram, it negatively affects some of them because it promotes competitive body image expectations and unproductive use of time, which can lead to mental health issues. Since many influencers are getting paid to promote an item, it sets up a false idea that viewers need to buy these products to be more liked and attractive. Depending on how much a person believes they look or act the way the influencers say they should determines how they feel about themselves. In a study conducted in 2020, researchers concluded that social media and self-esteem go hand in hand. They have a negative correlation, which means the more time spent scrolling the more likely one will feel bad about themselves. This paper offers steps to address the issue, moving Instagram users toward a happier and healthier life.
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    Health Disparities: Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islanders
    (2024-04-21) Turner, Meghan; Department of Nursing; NURS411.750- Culture of Health
    This project was designed to highlight a group of people and the health disparities they face. The paper discusses the common health disparities Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) face as well as the active and suggested improvements for disparity elimination and overall health equity.
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    Reducing Central Line Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) with a Bundle Care Approach
    (2023-11-06) Turner, Meghan; Department of Nursing; NURS402.701 - Nursing Research and Evidence
    After formulating a research problem affecting Critical Care patients, a hypothesis was made to accurately identify a clinical problem for which both quantitative and qualitative data were analyzed. Practice recommendations based on the literature reviewed in a form of the PowerPoint. Recommendations include using a CLABSI bundle approach to decrease the risk for CLABSI occurrences on the unit.
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    Book Analysis of “The Autobiography” by Charles Darwin
    (2023-04-23) Teats, Miranda; Department of Geography; GEOG480 - The Geographic Perspective
    Charles Darwin has been a controversial figure in the scientific and religious communities since his book, "The Origin of Species." This review of his autobiography reports on his own thoughts, opinions, and beliefs about the events of his life in order to examine the reality behind his motives for his work. "The Autobiography" by Charles Darwin is an essential read for all who endeavor to understand the figure who has been the focus of so many philosophical disputes.
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    (2022-08) Galvan Lam, Zophia Anna; Biology; Virginia Institute of Marine Science REU
    Virginia, the top producer of Crassostrea virginica (Eastern Oyster) in the United States, supports a fast-growing commercial shellfish aquaculture industry valued at over $30 million. Biofouling is the adhesion of aquatic communities to submerged structures that can have ecologic, biologic, and economic impacts on aquaculture operations. Colonized bags have increased weights that affect handling and blockages that can impede essential water flow, which could affect conditions within grow-out bags. Biofouling contributes to 5-10% of production costs and 20% of the direct costs of an oyster's final market price. This study aimed to (1) quantify and identify fouling communities on floating oyster bags and (2) determine the effects of biofouling control practices (air drying periodically vs not) and stocking density (high, normal, and empty) on biofouling communities growing on mesh settlement plates attached to floating oyster bags. Results indicate that colonizing organisms (Tubeworm fouling and bryozoans) were the most prominent taxa found across most settlement mesh plates. Air drying frequently effectively reduced biofouling, producing significantly lighter wet weights on both mesh plates and grow-out bags than non-air-dried treatments (p < 0.01). Stocking density somewhat reduced biofouling in non-air-dried treatments, albeit not significantly. Understanding which biofouling communities grow on oyster bags and developing mechanisms to control fouling growth can help researchers provide better data for oyster farmers so they can make more informed husbandry decisions.
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    Alexey Pajitnov: Ackerman’s Main Three
    (2023-03-29) Owens, Jared; History; HIST490 - America and the History of Video Games
    This paper uses Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World by Dan Ackerman to look into Alexey Pajitnov's life during his creation of Tetris. It uses three main points, Pajitnov’s early interest in puzzles, computers, and mathematics, the release of Tetris in 1984, and Pajitnov's move to the United States to explain how Tetris became the game it is today. These three points in Pajitnov's life seem to explain how Tetris gained its fame.
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    From Jumpman to Mario: Nintendo’s White Buffalo
    (2023-02-15) Owens, Jared; History
    This paper dives into Jeff Ryan's Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America book. The paper examines how Mario and Shigeru Miyamoto changed Nintendo's landscape worldwide. The work also covers Nintendo of America's creation.
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    Using Forestry Techniques to Inform Management of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid at Deer Valley Camp in Somerset, PA
    (2023-05-14) Briney, Isabella; Biology; BIO490 - Forest Inventory Techniques
    Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is an invasive pest that has invaded the United States from Japan. This aphid species has the potential to eliminate the eastern hemlock tree that happens to be a keystone species along the East Coast of the United State. Insecticides such as Imidacloprid have been known to effectively control Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, but only so much can be used on an acre of land. During this experiment, we inventoried each hemlock tree in each acre and considered whether the tree was producing cones, if it was infected with the pest, the diameter at breast height (DBH), and the canopy percentage to give it a field score. The scores were ranked between 1-4, where 1 is of the least importance (either too young or dead to need insecticide) and 4 is of the utmost importance (large, full canopy, and cone producing). We found there were a few 1s and 4s, but several 2s and 3s. The 3s and 4s should get treated first, and as time goes on, the 2s can get treated as well. The 1s are the last that need treatment, if they need treatment at all.
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    Should there be restrictions on dogs welcome in parks?
    (2023-05-12) Briney, Isabella; Biology
    Dogs have been in our society since the Paleolithic era around 35,000 years ago. They are found throughout our world in many forms, such as pets, working dogs, service animals, and emotional support animals among other things. They can be as small as a Chihuahua and as big as an Irish Wolfhound, and can range in shape and color. With outdoor recreation becoming more and more popular throughout the years, dogs are becoming a major presence in parks. This can create a problem for the wildlife who reside in these parks, and management implications should begin to be placed on public parks that allow dogs in them.
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    The Benefits of Bibliotherapy in the Classroom
    (2021-04-08) Juliana, Buttner; English; ENGL 308 - Social Sciences Advanced Composition
    Bibliotherapy offers more than just lessons. Students who have anxiety, phobias, and other mental disorders can take from stories and develop better coping mechanisms. One of the best and most effective ways to use bibliotherapy is to use it so students could grasp complicated concepts like math or the loss of a loved one. Applying scenarios and picture books that listed the same issues the child is going through and encouraging talk therapy alongside bibliotherapy has shown positive effects.
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    Regional Cultures and their Effects on Caregiver Decisions in Early American Literature.
    (2021-11-08) Juliana, Buttner; English; English 261 - Literature of the United States: Pre-Colonial to Present
    This paper analyzes the misconceptions about “bad caregivers” in American literature written by various authors. In Bret Harte’s “The Luck of Roaring Camp,” Kentuck risks his life to save baby Luck in the flood and abandons the gold that would have brought them a better life. In Kate Chopin's story “Desiree’s Baby,” Desiree does not want her and her child separated or subjected to the unjust Louisiana race laws. Maxine Hong Kingston’s “No Name Woman” highlights the potential banishment and harsh life the narrator’s aunt would have faced if she kept the child alive in a culture that only supported men. While it can be assumed that the caretakers themselves chose the worst outcome for their child, their actions show more love than keeping the children alive.
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    Religion in Bioshock
    (2023-05-03) Martinez, Donavyn; Geography; INST 150
    This paper discusses the state in which religion is described and used within the 2013 video Bioshock Infinite
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    Difficulties or Issues Existing to Improve the Likelihood that Veterans can Receive Help from Service Dogs
    (2022-07-21) Felts, Lilliana; English; ENGL 308: Social Sciences Advanced Composition
    Service dogs have been seen to provide emotional wellness, healing, and other benefits to many veterans. Studies have shown veterans suffer from disabilities almost always once returning from war and returning to civilian life. Many show signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from assaults and wars experienced while in service. The negative impacts veterans encountered allow them to qualify for service dogs for emotional, mental, physical and psychological support while interacting, and coping with their lives after and in the military.
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    A Systematic Analysis of Unsupervised, Supervised, Few-Shot, and Neural Networks in Understanding Player Skill in Video Games
    (2023-05-10) Adams, Rilan; Department of Applied Computer Science & Information Systems
    The video game industry has grown massively. With leaderboard and player statistics becoming readily available, understanding player skill levels can aid in making market strategies, promotions, and advertisements decisions. This research aims to supply a systematic examination of how effective unsupervised, supervised, combined, few-shot, and neural networks (NN) are in automatically deciding player levels in video games. We focus on first-person shooter games such as Call of Duty (COD) and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (RSS). In addition to a systematic performance comparison, we aim to understand methods to reduce the human labeling effort in the work by using two sets of player data. Neural network frameworks such as TensorFlow are viewed, and feature selection of machine learning techniques is called for.
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    Black Excellence and Community: The Divine 9 at FSU
    (2023-05-09) Hughes, Erin; Blackmon, Javon; Metayer, Jacques; Tulloch, Victoria; Magement; MGMT356 - Leadership and Human Behavior
    Divine Nine fraternities and sororities have given thousands of black students a sense of support and community while attending college and beyond. This review dives into the history of these organizations at Frostburg State University. The purpose of our study is to discover how these organizations started at Frostburg State and how they impacted the community. Throughout our research process, we interviewed faculty members of such organizations inquiring about their experiences and the impact the organization had on their lives. We also used other resources such as peer-reviewed journals and historical archives. This review aims to shine a light on the experiences of black students attending a predominantly white institution. 
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    The Best FSU Sports Pictures
    (2023-05-01) Irakoze, Richard; Mass Communication
    I have been helping/volunteering of captured moments of all FSU sports activities, Basketball, Football, and more events. I want to share my work. All is I'm trying my best to promote my school FSU.
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    From paper to trees: How literature has developed forestry, agriculture, and wildlife conservation in the United States
    (2023-01-24) O'Boyle, William; Biology; Honors program
    This literature review looked at works which impacted the scientific and environmental thinking of the United States between 1599 and 2019. Over forty works are cited as having some kind of influence on the general American public or the way natural sciences operate and communicate today. The resulting paper argues for more members of the STEM fields and the natural sciences to pick up creative writing skills, proficiency in rhetoric, and overall communication skills.
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    Racial Cleansings Against African Americans in the Early 1900s: Forsyth County, Georgia
    (2021-12-13) Cooper, Olivia; FSU Department of History
    This paper focuses on the rising racial tensions in Georgia that led to a racial cleansing against African Americans in Forsyth County in 1912. Other racial cleansings occurred throughout the South in towns where “too many” black people lived. White people were threatened by African Americans especially after claims of sexual assaults against white women “came to light”. The lynching of multiple black men in Georgia including Sam Hose and Rob Edwards helped raise tensions between white people and African Americans, which ultimately led to the racial cleansing. The Atlanta Race “Riot” of 1906 also made black and white people further distrust each other. The racial cleansing of Forsyth County was celebrated by white people all over the South, because racial cleansings were deemed as a way to rid criminals from your community. White people were scared of having black people become successful because they were concerned about their own status. White people were able to massacre African Americans and destroy black communities because ultimately American society still did not view them as people, even decades after slavery was abolished.
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    Polarization of the Courts: "Neutrality Fatality"
    (2021-04-23) Thayer, Jessica; Philosophy
    Polarization is a term we find ourselves quite familiar with these days. While different perspectives can be healthy, our nation has seen a level of divide that has started to destroy the very institutions on which this country was founded. The Framers envisioned the judicial branch to be a neutral arbitrator of the law, apart from the whims and emotions of the people. However, we now have a Supreme Court composed of politics instead of justice and rulings based on political preference rather than on constitutional interpretation. In an effort to save our great judicial institution, legal scholars Daniel Epps and Ganesh Sitaraman have proposed a “balanced bench” solution and legal scholars Roger Cramton and Paul Carrington have proposed a “term limit” solution. While both of these solutions are strong, they are in of need of fine-tuning. In this essay, I refine them to arrive at the best possible solution to the polarization problem.
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    Investigations into the Roles of Organisms on Environmental Plastic Pollution
    (2021-04-23) Galvan Lam, Zophia; Sheehan, Kate Lyn; Environmental Science
    A widespread problem that has been gaining attention from the environmental community in most recent years, is the presence of microplastics in the foods that we, and now wildlife, are consuming. Plastic waste enters natural systems through human activity such as littering through accidental or intentional dumping. Over time, plastics become brittle and eventually break down into fragments due to degradation that occurs through mechanical disruption (mowing and crushing) and weathering. These processes could also be encouraged by the growth of biofilm on their surfaces and when they are exposed to digestive enzymes in the guts of organisms that eat them accidentally or intentionally. Here, as part of a project aimed to understand the impact of plastics on the behaviors of animals, we recorded biofilm growth and the consumption of fluorescently labelled plastic particles by marine invertebrate communities of copepods. This baseline information documents the types and growth patterns of basal trophic species in the absence and presence of plastics. We also chronicle the methods for maintaining the copepod crustacean populations in culture, with emphasis on their survivorship, reproduction, and environmental needs. Lastly, we document the consumption of microplastics by these animals and compare the food availability of biofilm in treatment groups both with and without the addition of plastics.