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Southwest Retort, Volume 68, Number 5, January 2016

Southwest Retort, Volume 68, Number 5, January 2016

Date: November 2016
Creator: American Chemical Society. Dallas/Fort Worth Section.
Description: This publication of the Dallas-Fort Worth Section of the American Chemical Society includes information about research, prominent scientist, organizational business, and various other stories of interest to the community.
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An Exploratory Study of the Description Field in the Digital Public Library of America

An Exploratory Study of the Description Field in the Digital Public Library of America

Date: October 14, 2016
Creator: Tarver, Hannah; Zavalina, Oksana & Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: This paper presents results of an exploratory quantitative analysis regarding the application of a free-text Description metadata element and data values associated with this element.
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Classified Information for All: Etree, The Internet, and the Folksonomies of Live Music Recordings

Classified Information for All: Etree, The Internet, and the Folksonomies of Live Music Recordings

Date: October 9, 2016
Creator: Berg, Jeremy
Description: Presentation for the 2016 Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. This presentation focuses on the classification of live music recordings, the theory behind current cataloging standards, and why these recordings and their organization are important to libraries.
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Classified Information for All: Etree, The Internet, and the Folksonomies of Live Music Recordings

Classified Information for All: Etree, The Internet, and the Folksonomies of Live Music Recordings

Date: October 9, 2016
Creator: Berg, Jeremy
Description: Notes accompanying a presentation for the 2016 Midwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Conference. The notes and presentation focus on the classification of live music recordings, the theory behind current cataloging standards, and why these recordings and their organization are important to libraries.
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Importance of GIS Repositories

Importance of GIS Repositories

Date: October 8, 2016
Creator: Burns, Douglas
Description: This presentation highlights the importance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data repositories, including issues and challenges.
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Classified Information for All: Etree, The Internet, and the Folksonomies of Live Music Recordings

Classified Information for All: Etree, The Internet, and the Folksonomies of Live Music Recordings

Date: September 22, 2016
Creator: Berg, Jeremy
Description: Notes accompanying a presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Conference. The notes and presentation focus on the classification of live music recordings, and positions it in the scope of digital humanities, explaining how it came to be and what the academy can learn from it.
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Classified Information for All: Etree, The Internet, and the Folksonomies of Live Music Recordings

Classified Information for All: Etree, The Internet, and the Folksonomies of Live Music Recordings

Date: September 22, 2016
Creator: Berg, Jeremy
Description: Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference.This presentation focuses on the classification of live music recordings, and positions it in the scope of digital humanities, explaining how it came to be and what the academy can learn from it.
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Yes, but is it Linked Open Data?

Yes, but is it Linked Open Data?

Date: September 22, 2016
Creator: Keralis, Spencer D. C.; Grumbach, Elizabeth & Potvin, Sarah
Description: Poster presented at Digital Frontiers. This poster presents preliminary results from an analysis of 407 success proposals to the National Endowment for the Humanities' Office of Digital Humanities grant program.
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Critical Digital Pedagogy Kick Off Meeting

Critical Digital Pedagogy Kick Off Meeting

Date: September 9, 2016
Creator: Keralis, Spencer D. C.
Description: This presentation provides an overview of the Critical Digital Pedagogy Faculty Mentoring Network Grant project, including activities, goals, and projected outcomes.
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Enabling Scholarly Annotation Using Open Frameworks for the Web

Enabling Scholarly Annotation Using Open Frameworks for the Web

Date: August 24, 2016
Creator: Judkins, Julie & Hawkins, Kevin S.
Description: This presentation presents two implementations of the W3C Web Annotation Working Group’s data model for annotations: Hypothesis (for annotating webpages) and IIIF (for interoperability of images).
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Getting started with IIIF

Getting started with IIIF

Date: August 20, 2016
Creator: Judkins, Julie & Hawkins, Kevin S.
Description: This handout accompanies the presentation "Enabling Scholarly Annotation Using Open Frameworks for the Web" given as part of a panel at El'Manuscript-2016. This handout describes the International Image Interoperability Framework and provides links to resources.
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A Case Study of Metadata Creation in the University of North Texas Libraries' Digital Collections

A Case Study of Metadata Creation in the University of North Texas Libraries' Digital Collections

Date: August 15, 2016
Creator: Tarver, Hannah
Description: This presentation contains a case study of the work carried out by the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries and the intersection of metadata modeling, metadata input rules and documentation, metadata quality assessments, and technology to empower metadata editors to create high-quality metadata.
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The Power of Images + Text as Survey Responses

The Power of Images + Text as Survey Responses

Date: August 15, 2016
Creator: Barham, Rebecca & Hallman, Caroline
Description: None
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Achieving Financial Sustainability: Are We Asking the Wrong Questions?

Achieving Financial Sustainability: Are We Asking the Wrong Questions?

Date: August 12, 2016
Creator: Hawkins, Kevin S.
Description: While technology has made producing copies of digital content almost entirely free, there is no escaping that publishing, according to most definitions of the term, still requires time and money. Any publishing service offered by a library must find a way to achieve financial sustainability—that is, operate without losing money. However, even "losing money" is a tricky concept, especially when taking into account varying definitions of operating expenses (overhead costs) under different models for auxiliary services. Libraries are by their very nature cost centers, providing services without the expectation of recovering revenue, and are usually part of larger organizations that similarly provide services under partial or full subsidies. While libraries are often comfortable with charging for convenience services and for services to those outside their designed community of users, careful thought should be given to which costs a publishing service-or any new service-should be expected to recover.
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Data: What do we need, and what do we do with it once we have it?

Data: What do we need, and what do we do with it once we have it?

Date: August 5, 2016
Creator: Rodriguez, Allyson & Ossom Williamson, Peace
Description: This presentation discusses how to find and evaluate a quality data resource, and the process of building data expertise and service models for students, faculty, and librarians.
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2D and 3D Fabrication Devices: Can They Improve Spatial Reasoning Skills in Children?

2D and 3D Fabrication Devices: Can They Improve Spatial Reasoning Skills in Children?

Date: August 2016
Creator: Zimmerman, Ellen L
Description: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the potential benefit of two hours of activities involving 2D and 3D fabricators on the spatial reasoning skills of children in Grades 4 and 5, ages 9 to 10, from a private school in Southeast Texas. Can the introduction to hands-on activities with products created with these devices and learning about how these devices operate improve spatial reasoning skills? The research also evaluates the use of the Shapes Test as a valid measure of the spatial reasoning skills of children. The Cube Design and Spatial Memory subtests of the UNIT (Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Tests) were used for evaluating the spatial reasoning skills of the participants, based on their respected validity, along with a Shapes Test that is in development. Discussion regarding gender, language, and experiential theories of spatial reasoning skill development are included in the literature review.
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Accuracy of Partner Perception and Relationship Satisfaction: Investigating Masturbatory Habits

Accuracy of Partner Perception and Relationship Satisfaction: Investigating Masturbatory Habits

Date: August 2016
Creator: Ramos, Marciana Julia
Description: An individual's perceptions of various aspects of one's romantic relationship (irrespective of whether or not the perceptions align with reality) often play a critical role in romantic relationship satisfaction. Research has demonstrated that the accuracy of an individual's perception of his or her partner is generally positively related to the individual's romantic relationship satisfaction. However, when perceiving negative or conflictual messages from a partner, an individual's accuracy of perception is negatively associated with his or her romantic relationship satisfaction. Researchers have suggested that poor accuracy in perceiving negative messages might diffuse the negative intention in a way that is less impactful to the relationship. The present study was designed to investigate accuracy in the perception of sexual topics, specifically masturbatory habits. A sample of 93 married couples (186 individuals) responded to questions about (a) their own masturbatory behaviors and (b) their perception of their partners' masturbatory behaviors to determine the accuracy of each partner's perception of his or her partner. The association between accuracy and romantic and sexual relationship satisfaction was explored, along with one potential moderating variable: attitudes toward masturbation. Perceived reason for masturbating, perceived target of arousal during masturbation, and partner's actual reason for masturbating all positively predicted ...
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Aging Texas Well: An Assessment of Denton's Aging-Friendliness

Aging Texas Well: An Assessment of Denton's Aging-Friendliness

Date: August 2016
Creator: Wolfe, Julia Rachel Weinstein
Description: The purpose of this research was to conduct a needs assessment for the city of Denton, Texas to learn how residents view Denton's aging-friendliness. The research design was based on the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services' Aging Texas Well Toolkit and was funded by a two year grant from that agency. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to gather data on six community indicators: demographics, housing, transportation, health care (including mental health and substance abuse services), recreation, and community supports and services. Input from city residents was gathered through focus groups, followed by a survey of the broader community in the city to validate and prioritize the needs identified. The research found gaps in Denton's aging-friendliness. Denton residents feel that although there are some services for the aging in the area, other services are lacking. The top needs identified by residents were a single point of contact for, and better communication about, resources currently available, as well as a need for increased transportation options.
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An Analysis of the Economic and Institutional Factors Affecting Recovery by Local Governments from Huricanes

An Analysis of the Economic and Institutional Factors Affecting Recovery by Local Governments from Huricanes

Date: August 2016
Creator: Short, Jesseca Elizabeth
Description: This dissertation examines the impact of major hurricanes on changes in GDP for counties in four states – Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. The analysis examines the effectiveness of intergovernmental financing for major hurricanes between 2000 and 2014. It also examines whether institutional proximity of the disaster management function to the Governor's Office and the career status of the director affect the speed of recovery from the disaster. The analysis also assesses the impact that a counties's prior experience at dealing with disasters has on the speed of recovery.
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Analysis of Trace Amounts of Adulterants Found in Powders/Supplements Utilizing Direct Inject, Nanomanipulation, and Mass Spectrometry

Analysis of Trace Amounts of Adulterants Found in Powders/Supplements Utilizing Direct Inject, Nanomanipulation, and Mass Spectrometry

Date: August 2016
Creator: Nnaji, Chinyere
Description: The regulations of many food products in the United States have been made and followed very well but unfortunately some products are not put under such rigorous standards as others. This leads to products being sold, that are thought to be healthy, but in reality contain unknown ingredients that may be hazardous to the consumers. With the use of several instrumentations and techniques the detection, characterization and identification of these unknown contaminates can be determined. Both the AZ-100 and the TE2000 inverted microscope were used for visual characterizations, image collection and to help guide the extraction. Direct analyte-probed nanoextraction (DAPNe) technique and nanospray ionization mass spectrometry (NSI-MS) was the technique used for examination and identification of all adulterants. A Raman imaging technique was than introduced and has proven to be a rapid, non-destructive and distinctive way to localize a specific adulterant. By compiling these techniques then applying them to the FDA supplied test samples three major adulterants were detected and identified.
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Applied Real-Time Integrated Distributed Control Systems: An Industrial Overview and an Implemented Laboratory Case Study

Applied Real-Time Integrated Distributed Control Systems: An Industrial Overview and an Implemented Laboratory Case Study

Date: August 2016
Creator: Zaitouni, Wael K
Description: This thesis dissertation mainly compares and investigates laboratory study of different implementation methodologies of applied control systems and how they can be adopted in industrial, as well as commercial, automation applications. Namely the research paper aims to assess or evaluate eventual feedback control loops' performance and robustness over multiple conventional or state-of-the-art technologies in the field of applied industrial automation and instrumentation by implementing a laboratory case study setup: the ball on beam system. Hence, the paper tries to close the gap between industry and academia by: first, conducting a historical study and background information of main evolutional and technological eras in the field of industrial process control automation and instrumentation. Then, some related basic theoretical as well as practical concepts are reviewed in Chapter 2 of the report before displaying the detailed design. After that, the next Chapter, analyses the ball on beam control system problem as the case studied in the context of this research through reviewing previous literature, modeling and simulation. The following Chapter details the proposed design and implementation of the ball on beam case study as if it is under the introduced distributed industrial automation architecture. Finally, Chapter 5 concludes this work by listing several ...
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Art Education Policy: Interpretation and the Negotiation of Praxis

Art Education Policy: Interpretation and the Negotiation of Praxis

Date: August 2016
Creator: Garth, Timothy Brian
Description: This collective case study explores the confluence of educational policy and professional praxis by examining the ways art teachers in one public school district make decisions about creating and implementing curricula. Through various interpretations of one district's formal and informal expectations of art teachers, some of the complexities of standards, instruction, and assessment policies in public schools are described. The research shares how art teachers are influenced by local policy expectations by examining how five K-12 art teacher participants negotiate their ideological beliefs and practical knowledge within the professional context of their local setting, and presents an art teacher decision-making framework to conceptualize the influences for praxis and to organize analysis. Case study data include in-depth interview sessions, teaching observations, and district policy artifacts. Themes emerge in the findings through coding processes and constructivist grounded theory analysis methods. The research describes how participants interpret and negotiate expectations, finding curricular freedom and participation in public exhibition as central policy factors. Contributing the perspectives of art teachers to the literature of policy implementation and fine arts education, the study finds that balancing autonomy and mandates are primary sites for negotiating praxis and that informal expectations for student exhibition contribute to a culture ...
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Associations Between Witnessing the Abuse of a Sibling in Childhood and Experiencing Trauma Related Symptoms in Adulthood

Associations Between Witnessing the Abuse of a Sibling in Childhood and Experiencing Trauma Related Symptoms in Adulthood

Date: August 2016
Creator: Williams, Jennifer S
Description: Currently sibling research is burgeoning, yet there is virtually no literature regarding outcomes associated with witnessing the abuse of a sibling. The present study aimed to address this gap in the literature. A sample of 284 university students were surveyed regarding traumatic experiences in childhood and adulthood, the quality of childhood sibling relationships, and the experience of trauma symptoms in adulthood. Regression and moderation analyses were conducted to examine the relationship between witnessing the abuse of a sibling in childhood and trauma symptoms in adulthood and to assess whether sibling relationship quality moderates the association between sibling abuse and trauma symptomology. Results showed that witnessing the abuse of a sibling was associated with depression symptoms in the overall sample and for females reporting about a brother. Also, sibling conflict moderated the relationship between witnessed sibling abuse and externalization in sister-sister dyads. These associations should be considered in terms of the systemic abuse to which participants were exposed. Implications for clinical practice working with sibling-related victimization are discussed.
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Attachment Insecurity, Emotion Regulation Difficulties, and Mindfulness Deficits in Personality Pathology

Attachment Insecurity, Emotion Regulation Difficulties, and Mindfulness Deficits in Personality Pathology

Date: August 2016
Creator: Lewis, Jonathan James
Description: A growing body of research has documented associations between personality disorders (PDs) and attachment disturbance, and yet, attachment disturbance does not necessarily guarantee the development of PD pathology. Thus, understanding the mechanisms mediating the relationship between attachment disturbance and PD pathology remains an open area of research. One area with sound theoretical and empirical evidence has shown that attachment disturbances are associated with emotion regulation difficulties, as well as maladaptive interpersonal patterns of behavior. However, the research conducted thus far has predominately focused on borderline personality disorder, at the exclusion of other PD domains, and also has not broadened the scope of research to include other relevant psychological processes that may clarify how personality pathology and attachment disturbance are interrelated. Using a large independent sample of college (n = 946) and community-based individuals (n = 271), the current study aimed to (1) examine how the Personality Inventory for DSM-5 (PID-5) PD trait domains would be differentially associated with maladaptive attachment processes and emotion regulation problems, and (2) explore whether deficits in mindfulness and emotion regulation mediated the relationship between disturbed attachment and PD trait domains. Findings suggested that the PID-5 PD trait domains have general and specific relations to attachment ...
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