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  1. Reinforcement Sensitivity Moderates the Relationship Between Stressor Exposure and Anxiety [Download]

    Title: Reinforcement Sensitivity Moderates the Relationship Between Stressor Exposure and Anxiety
    Author: Adom, Kelvin
    Description: According to the American College Health Association (2014), anxiety disorders affect 21.8% of college students, surpassing depressive disorders as the most widespread mental health concern in this population. Exposure to stressful life events (SLE) can greatly exacerbate the chances for the development of anxiety symptoms. However, this is not a pathognomonic association, and much more likely constitutes a diathesis-stress response. The Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality (RST) provides one potential diathesis-stress explanation for understanding the underlying mechanisms of anxiety disorders. In RST, individual's' response to threatening or aversive stimuli are facilitated by the Fight-Flight-Freeze System (FFFS). Based on the RST theory, it was hypothesized that FFFS and SLE scores would positively predict symptoms of anxiety.
    Keywords: Research Days 2017, Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory, Anxiety, Stressful Life Events
    Date Uploaded: 04/28/2017
  2. Differential Gene Expression in Primary Human CD4+ T Cells Induced by HIV Nef [Download]

    Title: Differential Gene Expression in Primary Human CD4+ T Cells Induced by HIV Nef
    Author: Goydos, Ryan
    Description: The Nef protein is responsible for T-cell activation and formation of a persistent state of infection in HIV disease. Findings from the Sydney Blood Bank Cohort and other case studies indicate that individuals infected with a variant of HIV containing a defective nef gene displayed a slower development to AIDS compared to individuals infected with wild-type HIV. Our study investigates the role of the Nef protein on cellular gene transcription in infected primary CD4+ T cells with the goal of understanding how HIV Nef promotes viral replication and subsequent cellular pathology.
    Keywords: Research Days 2017, HIV, RNASeq, Transcriptome, AIDS
    Date Uploaded: 04/17/2017
  3. Social Identity Exploration: International Students from Mainland China [Download]

    Title: Social Identity Exploration: International Students from Mainland China
    Author: Gao, Shuai Janet
    Description: Drawing upon current literature of Chinese international students as well as existing knowledge of social identity theory, this qualitative research explores the impact of ethnic identity on Chinese international students' identity development in the United States. Based on the data from the interviews with participants self-identified as Chinese international undergraduate students from a large private not-for-profit research university, findings support Phinney's (1995) model of ethnic identity development and has confirmed that the acculturation process for Chinese international students is two-dimensional rather than linear. Taken together, results of the current study add strength to current literature and will inform research on identity development for international students in the United States. Furthermore, policy implications derived from this study will benefit higher education practitioners and increase Chinese international students' overall international exchange experience on campus.
    Keywords: Research Days 2017, International students, Social identity
    Date Uploaded: 04/17/2017
  4. Motifs and Symbols in 'Polonaise' kilims [Download]

    Title: Motifs and Symbols in 'Polonaise' kilims
    Author: Scibor, Adrianna
    Description: At the Paris World's Fair of 1878, visitors could view a Persian carpet created with a Polish royal family coat of arms. This type of carpet was dubbed a "Polonaise" kilim in 1878. The term, still used by many, refers to kilims actually made not in Poland, but in Persia during the Safavid era. This project will focus on motifs and symbols in "Polonaise" kilims starting from the 16th century.
    Keywords: Kilim, Carpet, Textiles, Poland, 16th century, 17th century, Research Days, Undergraduate works, Student works
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2017
  5. Textile Preservation in Historic House Museums [Download]

    Title: Textile Preservation in Historic House Museums
    Author: Murphy, MaryKate
    Description: Ideal textile preservation conditions include stable temperature and humidity, limited lighting, and no pests. Museums cannot provide perfect conditions as they display their collections to the public, and historic house museums have additional difficulty. Existing structures are often architecturally significant, and must be utilized as exhibition space for collections. The example of the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, demonstrates how historic house museums deal with textile preservation.
    Keywords: Textiles, Preservation, Historic house museum, Research Days, Undergraduate works, Student works
    Date Uploaded: 02/17/2017