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All News Is Good News
All News Is Good News
Kelsey Schurer has compiled a collection of her work, both fiction and poetry, that explores the female perspective coming-of-age through story-telling. Joyce Carol Oates says in her introduction to her edited anthology Telling Stories, "We look to stories, our own and others', as we look into mirrors: that which is locked inside of us can be released by the magic of another's art, or maybe our own." All News Is Good News explores the female perspective and how the self changes through relations with family and friends, men and women. Her narratives focus on women who realize their own self-worth, or redefine self-image through the relationships they struggle in and out of, and through the people they can't seem to let go., Keywords: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Writing, Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major., Degree Awarded: Fall, 2014., Date of Defense: November 14, 2014.
All the Way: Radical Republicanism
All the Way: Radical Republicanism
Keywords: Republicans, Radical Republicans, Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Fourteenth Amendment, Fifteenth Amendment, Reconstruction, Civil Rights Bill of 1866, Freedmans Bureau, Commitment Problem, Political Science
Alone in the merciful dark: all of my friends' hair
Alone in the merciful dark: all of my friends' hair
"All of My Friends' Hair" is a research project and art installation investigating the development of social identity through physical characteristics such as hair. Over the course of the past year I collected samples of hair from friends and acquaintances making note of the social interaction, expectations, and cultural signi!cance of such a gesture. What follows is an overview of the project., Advisor: Owen Mundy, Florida State University, College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance, Dept. of Art., Thesis (Honors paper)--Florida State University, 2010., Includes bibliographical references.
Altitude Sickness
Altitude Sickness
"Altitude Sickness" is a poetry collection of 32 poems centering on themes of discovering sexuality, struggling with faith, and coming of age. This paper summarizes the creative process and details how the project incorporated research and study of past poets and poetic traditions.
America's Favorite Nazi
America's Favorite Nazi
Wernher von Braun was known during his life as a hero of the Space Age. However, his early work with the Nazi regime and the horrendous details surrounding his creation of the V-2 bomb should imply that he be viewed through a far more critical lens. This paper examines the ways in which Wernher von Braun played an active role in shaping his public perception, by minimizing and erasing the atrocities of his past and using his charisma to shape his goals for the future., Keywords: history, world war ii, space history
Amygdala Mechanisms Involved in Chemosensory Communication
Amygdala Mechanisms Involved in Chemosensory Communication
The amygdala is an almond-shaped region of the brain present in many vertebrates such as human, hamsters and mice. The amygdala is composed of several parts, of which the following are most relevant to my research: the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and the posterior medial amygdala (MeP). The BLA functions in learning and shows increased activation after the mouse has learned a behavior. The lateral paracapsular nuclei of the intercalated nucleus (ICNlpcn) project inhibitory neurons into the BLA and mediate its activity. Dopamine has been shown to inhibit the lpcn group and therefore relieve inhibition of the BLA (disinhibition). Dopamine also acts directly in the BLA to increase activation. Therefore, if a mouse is conditioned to prefer a particular odor (in this case steer urine), dopamine injection will cause an increase in BLA activation after learning due to both disinhibition and direct excitatory response. The medial posterior amygdala in the mouse mostly responds to olfactory stimuli from the same species (conspecific stimuli). The MeP is also thought to be under control of another ICN group, the caudal ICN (ICNc). If the same inhibitory relationship is seen between ICNc and MeP, the dopamine injection may cause disinhibition in the MeP and therefore the conditioned steer urine stimulus may show increased activation in the MeP despite being a stimulus from another species (heterospecific stimulus). My experiment tests whether the ICNc has inhibitory control over the MeP, and whether dopamine will cause inhibition in the ICNc and therefore cause disinhibition in the MeP., Keywords: Medial posterior amygdala (MeP), Caudal intercalated nucleus (ICNc), Dopamine (DA), Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Biological Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major., Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011., Date of Defense: April 19, 2011.
Analsyis on the Origin, Cycle, and Future of Credit Extension
Analsyis on the Origin, Cycle, and Future of Credit Extension
This thesis is aimed to explore the viability of credit to continue to finance the future through analyzing positive and negative outcomes that have been caused by credit and credit extension. The question of whether credit can be successful to finance the future will be analyzed by the selected criteria: the roots of credit and the benefits it has brought, the cycles and crises that have resulted from the over-extension of credit, the regulation that has been formed around credit lending, and current alternatives to borrowing through credit.

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