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Volume 6, Issue 1

Early Adolescent Latinas and Non-Coital Sexual Behavior: Individual, Social, and Parental Variables

By: Ellita Williams | Mentor: Dr. Anne Norris

Early Adolescent Latinas and Non-Coital  Sexual Behavior: Individual, Social, and Parental VariablesUnplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STI) are increasing at a faster rate among young, low income Latinas as compared to other low income groups of girls. However, little is known about the non-coital behavior that early adolescent girls may engage in, which puts them at risk for initiation of intercourse. Read more

Associations between Positive Health Behaviors and Psychological Distress

By: Marlaine Monroig | Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Bedwell

Associations between Positive Health Behaviors and Psychological DistressResearch examining the relationship between psychological distress and health behaviors is limited, as most such studies examine specific types of psychological distress and specific types of health behaviors. To address this limitation, the current study assessed a broad range of health behaviors (Health Behavior Checklist) and psychological symptoms (Brief Symptom Inventory) in 762 undergraduate students. Results revealed that the total BSI score showed statistically significant negative correlations with the HBC total score and three of the four HBC subscales (Wellness-Maintenance, Substance Risk, Traffic Risk ). Read more

Understanding Older Women's Experience of Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

By: Molly Wilhelm | Mentor: Dr. Victoria Loerzel

Associations between Positive Health Behaviors and Psychological DistressThis study describes the experience of being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer for women age 65 and older. This qualitative study used content analysis to analyze twenty interviews of older women with early stage breast cancer. A variety of positive and negative factors influence the experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Read more

An Iteratively Reweighted Least Square Implementation for Face Recognition

By: Jie Liang | Mentor: Dr. Xin Li

An Iteratively Reweighted Least Square
Implementation for Face RecognitionWe propose, as an alternative to current face recognition paradigms, an algorithm using reweighted l2 minimization, whose recognition rates are not only comparable to the random projection using l1 minimization compressive sensing method of Yang et al [5], but also robust to occlusion. Through numerical experiments, reweighted l2 mirrors the l2 solution [1] even with occlusion. Read more

Political Participation and E-Petitioning: An Analysis of the Policy-Making Impact of the Scottish Parliament's E-Petition System

By: Ross Cotton | Mentor: Dr. Bruce Wilson

Political Participation and E-Petitioning: An Analysis of the Policy-Making Impact of the Scottish Parliament's E-Petition SystemWorldwide, representative democracies have experienced declining levels of voter turnout, lower membership levels in political parties, and apathy towards their respective political systems. E-democracy, specifically e-petitioning, has been touted as a possible solution to this problem by scholars of electoral systems. Read more