University of Central Florida Undergraduate Research Journal - Volume 10, Issue 2
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Volume 10, Issue 2

The Effects of Institutional Support of Endangered Languages on Language Ideologies

By: Christy Box | Mentor: Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster

Endangered languages are those that are spoken by a very small percentage of the population and are at risk of disappearing with all the knowledge and diversity they contain. Endangered languages often become endangered because the speakers and the society perceive the language as low status or of little use, and a positive change in perception of the language could aid in revitalizing the language. Institutions such as governments, businesses, and universities have recently begun supporting endangered languages in several areas, and this support could greatly affect language ideologies, perceptions of and attitudes about the language. Read more

The Impact of Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG) on Ts65Dn Down Syndrome Mouse Models

By: Nicole Santana | Mentor: Dr. John Starbuck

Down syndrome (DS) is caused by the trisomy 21 genetic disorder, which produces a unique craniofacial phenotype. The purpose of this research is to better understand how Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (ECGC) influences the development of DS craniofacial phenotypes. Ts65Dn DS mouse models have been genetically modified to have 3 copies of numerous genes found on human chromosome 21, including DYRK1A, which plays a role in bone and brain development. Read more

Development of a New Scale for Evaluating Authoritarianism

By: Melodie Spiegel | Mentor: Dr. Doan Modianos

Despite the existence of multiple scales purporting to measure degree of authoritarianism as a personality trait, there exists disagreement within current research as to whether these measures reliably measure the three hypothesized domains of authoritarian submission, aggression, and traditionalism. This study focuses on the development of a new scale in response to methodological and validity concerns of previously-used measures. Read more

A Look into the Activity Budgets of Captive Cotton-Top Tamarins (S. oedipus)

By: Jessica Phagan | Mentor: Frank Logiudice

Cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) are a species of New World Monkey that are small in size. They live in groups that typically contain family members, including a breeding pair and their offspring. Seven related individuals were observed for this study, which was designed to ensure and evaluate the activity budgets of each tamarin. The aim of the study was to determine whether the older tamarins possessed different activity levels than the younger offspring. Read more

The Influence of Spirituality, Moral Reasoning, and Personality Factors on Misogyny

By: Rachel McPherson | Mentor: Dr. Doan Modianos

Sexism, prejudice or discrimination typically against women, is an attitude that causes emotional distress and can negatively affect women's psychological and physical health. Studies have shown that psychological distress heightens when women are subjected to sexist events (Szymanski, Gupta, Carr, & Stewart, 2009). Sexism exists in the classroom, workplace, and politics, and is virtually inescapable for women (Miner-Rubino, 2007). Read more

Stereotypic Pacing in Two Imprinted Florida Black Bears (Ursus americanus floridanus)

By: Crystal Gagne | Mentor: Frank Logiudice

Stereotypic pacing is a common occurrence in captive carnivorans. Although stereotypic pacing is typically associated with poor welfare, the cause of pacing is not fully understood. In this study, two captive Florida black bears (Ursus americanus floridanus) were observed twice a week for ten weeks, along with zookeeper presence as well as the location and number of guests. Read more