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Volume 3, Issue 1

Social Class Justifications: The Capitalist Conspiracy

By Wendi Kane | Mentor: James Wright

Social Class Justifications: The Capitalist ConspiracyThe purpose of this research is to better understand the attitudes of University of Central Florida students concerning the stereotypes, myths, and ideologies related to social class inequality. This research measures gender, race, social class, and level of exposure to the lower class as key factors in students' beliefs. The data were collected through the use of self-administered surveys distributed to 1496 UCF students from a variety of different colleges on the Orlando campus...  
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Factors Associated with Eating Disorders in Women

By Christina Knowles | Mentor: Frances Smith

Factors Associated with Eating Disorders in WomenAlthough various factors associated with eating disorders have been studied, no comprehensive source of research findings was identified in this review. The purpose of this study was to identify and synthesize research findings of factors associated with eating disorders in women published from 1992-2008. These findings may be useful to nurses, other professionals, families, and the public to facilitate the prevention, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of women with eating disorders...  
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Allelopathy of Invasive Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) on Mobile Invertebrates from the Indian River Lagoon

By Lori Konar, Tiffany Sheldon, Stephanie Garvis, Melinda Donnelly | Mentor: Linda Walters

Allelopathy of Invasive Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius)Brazilian pepper Schinus terebinthifolius is a highly invasive plant species that can be found in many different ecosystems, including the edges of estuaries in south and central Florida. Brazilian pepper fruits contain chemicals that are toxic to native salt marsh plants. Previous researchers found that high densities of crushed Brazilian pepper fruits negatively impacted growth and final biomass of the black mangrove Avicennia germinans and the red mangrove Rhizophora mangle. Here, we investigated the impact of S. terebinthifolius on the viability of mobile estuarine invertebrates commonly found in the Indian River Lagoon, as well as the brine shrimp... Read more >

Multiple Complications from a Finger Fracture in a Basketball Player: A Case Study with Implications for the Sports Medicine Practitioner

By Stephen Hajdas | Mentor: Kristen Schellhase

Multiple Complications from a Finger Fracture in a Basketball PlayerMinor finger and hand problems resulting from NCAA Division-1 Basketball competition are fairly common. True injuries— those requiring removal from participation— are rare, as suggested by injury surveillance and epidemiological data. The objective of this study is to present the case of multiple complications resulting from an original finger dislocation and fracture. Improper fracture healing led to tendon imbalances, causing finger angulation. The extended period of time the finger was deformed further resulted in osteoarthritis (progressive wearing down of the cartilage and bones that comprise a joint). Severe complications stemming from the original injury occur infrequently in the general population and are virtually unheard of in the athletic population... Read more >

The Persistence of Self

By Tristan Reiniers | Mentor: Mason Cash

The Persistence of Self This paper primarily addresses Barry Dainton and Tim Bayne’s article, “Consciousness as a Guide to Personal Persistence.” In that article, Dainton and Bayne reject psychological continuity in favor of phenomenal continuity as a criterion for personal persistence. They define phenomenal continuity as the kind of connection between a person’s experiences that obtains when those experiences are components of a unified stream of consciousness. I summarize Dainton and Bayne’s position and defend them in bringing attention to phenomenal continuity as an important factor in personal persistence... Read more >

Subsidies and the Significance of Ethanol in Corn Markets

By Nathan Goldschlag | Mentor: Robert L. Pennington

The Persistence of SelfThe empirical relationship among corn prices, ethanol production, and government subsidies is investigated. An econometric model of the demand for corn is proposed and then estimated with two stage least squares. The estimated demand function is used to evaluate the effects of changes in ethanol markets on domestic corn markets. The results show that an increase in the price of ethanol increases both the equilibrium quantity demanded and price of corn. Agricultural subsidies are then brought under question in light of econometric evidence and coupled with current trends in the ethanol and corn industries. Read more >