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Volume 4, Issue 2

How Religiosity Affects Perceptions of the Homeless

By Lindsay Dhanani | Mentor: Dr. Amy Donley

How Religiosity Affects Perceptions of the Homeless While most research to date has found that the majority of people believe that homelessness is a serious issue, perceptions of homeless individuals vary. Although all major religions encourage compassion for the poor and homeless, little is known about the relationship between religious faith and perceptions of homeless individuals. Read more >

Self-silencing in Response to Sexist Behavior: Exploring Women's Willingness to Confront Sexism

By Marie Sabbagh, Tess Hare, Erika Wheelhouse, and Holly McFarland | Mentor: Dr. Erin Murdoch

Self-silencing in Response to Sexist Behavior: Exploring Women's Willingness to Confront Sexism Past studies on confronting sexism suggest that sexism is not an innocuous annoyance but a serious issue with negative psychological impact. To the best of our knowledge, no research has yet utilized a high-impact design to explore how to encourage women to confront sexist behavior. The present study was designed to explore women's willingness to confront sexist comments and whether it is possible to increase the level of confrontation by modeling confronting behavior  Read more >

Asperger's Disorder and Social Phobia: A Comparison of Social Functioning

By Nomara Santos | Mentor: Dr. Deborah Beidel


Asperger's Disorder and Social Phobia: A Comparison of Social Functioning Asperger's Disorder (AD) is a pervasive developmental disorder in which individuals show impairment in social skills by engaging in eccentric behavior, which leads to social isolation and rejection. Social Phobia (SP) is a disorder in which individuals report excessive anxiety while in social situations, resulting in significant distress and avoidance of social situations.   Read more >

Consumers’ Willingness to Pay and to Patronize According to Major Restaurant Attributes

By Jitka Perutkova | Mentor: H.G. Parsa

Consumers’ Willingness to Pay and to Patronize According to Major Restaurant Attributes In 1998, the Florida state legislature mandated the privatization of child welfare services. The decision to contract child welfare services to non-profit organizations was instituted in an effort to lower costs and to increase the effectiveness and quality in service delivery. The 1998 initiative came to be known as “Community-Based Care” and was based on the idea of giving local communities incentives to be more accountable for children.Understanding this relationship is important   Read more >

Ex-votos from the Church of São Lázaro and the Votive Healing Process

By Natalia Marques da Silva | Mentor: Kristin Congdon

Consumers’ Willingness to Pay and to Patronize According to Major Restaurant Attributes Votive objects or actions, which are widely referred to as ex-votos, are made in thanksgiving to deities or miraculous beings for graces received. In an ex-voto, it is the completion of the vow itself that constitutes it as a votive offering. This article focuses on the votive traditions of Brazil by comparing different practices existent in the towns of Salvador, São Sebastião da Grama, and Tambaú through field work conducted in 2009. Conclusions are drawn based on demographics, the history of each site, and the types of offerings they house. Read more >

Characterization of Cytokeratin 8 in Cancer

By Daniel S. Leventhal | Mentor: Dr. Mark T. Muller

Consumers’ Willingness to Pay and to Patronize According to Major Restaurant Attributes A Cytokeratin 8 (K8)/Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) fusion construct was created to better understand the behavior of K8 within cancer cells. This intermediate filament (IF) protein is a member of the cytoskeletal gene family, along with actin and tubulin. IFs are normally expressed in a tissue-specific and differentiation-dependant manner, in which their role is more supportive than essential to the cell. Such roles include rigidity of cellular shape, protein trafficking, cellular locomotion, and cell-signaling platforms. Read more >