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Making meaning out of difference: a cultural studies analysis of the struggle over the meaning of gayness in "Ellen" and Time Magazine

Description: This study revealed sites of ideological differences between the April 30, 1997 episode of the sit com "Ellen" and an April 14th, 1997 Time magazine article where Ellen Degeneres (and the character she played on television) came out as a lesbian. This study examines the two pieces of media as a struggle over the meaning of gayness in modern American society.
Date: August 1998
Creator: Stearns, Susan
Partner: UNT Libraries

Advanced techniques in microbial and molecular biology: laboratory procedures for a graduate level course

Description: Advanced laboratory techniques for Microbial and Molecular Biology at the graduate level are presented in this thesis. The procedures for the laboratory experiments are set forth in detail. This laboratory is conducted as two parts, covering staining procedures, mutagenesis experiments, phenotyping strains, conjugative transfer of plasmids, and other topics.
Date: August 1998
Creator: Kumar, Shalini
Partner: UNT Libraries

Primarily Thai

Description: This thesis is a production report that describes the research process, pre-production and post-production stages of making a documentary about the Thai language school in the Thai temple in Dallas County. The film documents the teachers from Chulalongkorn University who volunteered to teach Thai-American students in the United States, and explores Thai-American students' attitudes toward the school and their heritage.
Date: May 1998
Creator: Phatthanodom, Fahmui
Partner: UNT Libraries

Assessing the feasibility of developing a DBAE curriculum in Qatar utilizing multimedia technology

Description: The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of developing an art curriculum in Qatar, using the principles of the DBAE curriculum in conjunction with technology. Many of the challenges facing art educators and the art curriculum in Qatar can be approached through the multimedia applications of DBAE, which will provide instructors and students with an opportunity to more readily interact with visual art and to discover its educational relevance. Additionally, this study attempted to discover whether teachers are engaged in implementing technology in the art classroom and whether they are given the opportunity to engage in art to their satisfaction.
Date: May 1998
Creator: Al-Hamad, Wafaa
Partner: UNT Libraries

Women and improvisation: transgression, transformation and transcendence

Description: This feminist study examines women's use of improvisation in discovering, creating, and articulating various self-identities. To create a theory of identity formation, two feminist theoretical positions, essentialism and poststructuralism, are analyzed and merged. This hybrid theory addresses the interplay between the self and society that women must recognize in order to form satisfying identities.
Date: August 1998
Creator: Sears, Linda R. (Linda Roseanne)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Auditor's reporting practices for an entity's ability to continue as a going concern: the impact of SAS no. 59

Description: This study examines whether the probability of a firm receiving a going concern modified report or a standard audit report with note disclose of a going concern uncertainty has increased after the issuance of SAS No. 59. This study also examines whether the probability of a firm having no reference to a going concern uncertainty in its audit report or the financial statement notes has decreased after the issuance of SAS No. 59.
Date: August 1998
Creator: Vermeer, Thomas E. (Thomas Edward)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Carson McCullers beyond southern boundaries: diagnosing "An American Malady"

Description: This study analyzes the nature of the Southern tradition and its influence on the criticism of the fiction of Carson McCullers with particular focus on the problems of determining what degree her Southern settings inhibit the interpretation of her works beyond a regional perspective.
Date: August 1998
Creator: Hise, Patricia Jean Fielder
Partner: UNT Libraries

Shifts of focus among dimensions of user information problems as represented during interactive information retrieval

Description: The goal of this study is to increase understanding of information problems as they are revealed in interactions among users and search intermediaries during information retrieval. Specifically, this study seeks to investigate: (a) how interaction between users and search intermediaries reveals aspects of user information problems; (b) to explore the concept of representation with respect to information problems in interactive information retrieval; and (c) how user and search intermediaries focus on aspects of user information problems during the course of searches.
Date: May 1998
Creator: Robins, David B. (David Bruce)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Construction of Effective Electromagnetic Currents for Two-Body Quasipotential Equations

Description: A systematic algebraic approach for the construction of effective electro-magnetic currents consistent with relativistic two-body quasipotential equations is presented. This approach generalizes the Mandelstam formalism and applies it to a generic quasipotential reduction method. The use of Ward-Takahashi identities for the effective currents guarantees conservation of current matrix elements involving any combination of bound and scattering states. This approach is shown to reproduce previous results for current matrix elements for the particular cases of the Gross and Blankenbecler-Sugar equations. A generic method of truncation of the quasipotential effective current with respect to the number of boson exchanges is introduced.
Date: September 1, 1998
Creator: Krioukov, Dmitri
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A guide for the preparation, analysis and performance of the brass quintet literature of Thom Ritter George, with three recitals of selected works by Bach, Bitsch, Handel, Torelli, Suderberg, Ketting and others

Description: An examination of the musical style, compositional techniques and performance practice issues of American composer Thom Ritter George with special attention paid to his Quintet No. 4 written in 1986. The document also includes a short history of brass instruments in chamber music, history of the brass quintet in America, discussion of the role of the trumpet in the quintet, overview of the composers contributions to music and brass quintet in America, discussion of the role of the trumpet in the quintet, overview of the composers contributions to music and brass quintet, and background information on the composer.
Date: May 1998
Creator: Stowman, William J. (William John)
Partner: UNT Libraries

A transcription of three arias from The barber of Seville, by Gioacchino Rossini, for solo euphonium and large brass ensemble, with three recitals of selected works by E. Bozza, A. Capuzzi, J. Koetsier, A. Ponchielli, and others

Description: Document accompanying a transcription for solo euphonium and large brass ensemble of three arias, "Ecco ridente in cielo," "Largo al factotum," and "A un dottor della mia sorte," from Gioacchino Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville. Includes overviews of the arias' texts and contexts, orchestrational techniques in the transcriptions, the history and definition of the term "euphonium," and the history of the large brass ensemble in the United States.
Date: May 1998
Creator: Pollard, Louis M. (Louis Melvin)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Content and musical language in the Piano sonata of Sofia Gubaidulina, and three recitals with works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, and Rachmaninov

Description: Sofia Gubaidulina is one of the leading composers in the contemporary music world. Her compositional interests have been stimulated by the exploration of and improvisation with rare folk and ritual instruments, and by a deep-rooted belief in the mystical properties of music. Gubaidulina is the author of orchestral and choral works, compositions for solo instruments, chamber music, as well as electronics music.
Date: December 1998
Creator: Ćojbašić, Ivana
Partner: UNT Libraries

Five soundscapes for acoustic instruments and taped computer music

Description: Inspired by Chinese poems, the overall characteristics of the work reflect the assimilation of several non-Western musical and philosophical influences such as the use of pentatonic scale patterns, the principle of embellishing a single note, and the application of the I-Ching in dealing with active instrumental passages over a long-sustained computer music drone. Traditional Western compositional techniques such as aleatory counterpoint, serialism, and moment form are also employed in the treatment of thematic material, developmental processes and formal design.
Date: August 1998
Creator: Tseng, Yu-Chung
Partner: UNT Libraries

The trumpet as a musical and dramatic element in selected operas of Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi: Its employment in on-stage and off-stage instrumental ensembles, a lecture recital, together with three recitals of selected works of J. G. B. Neruda, P. Hindemith, G. Antheil and others

Description: The popularity of the miscellaneous wind bands in Italian society through the centuries, and the prominent use of the trumpet within these ensembles and as a solo instrument, become evident in the examination of the development of the banda sul palco (the band on stage) in Italian opera. Gioachino Rossini was the first to use the banda sul palco (stage band) with any regularity. Giovanni Paisiello, Giuseppe Gazzaniga, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart must be considered earlier contributors to the growing movement of using instrumental ensembles on stage.
Date: December 1998
Creator: Peters, Grant S. (Grant Shields)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Healey Willan's Introduction, passacaglia and fugue: English style with German overtones, with three recitals of selected works by L. Vierne, J.S. Bach, F. Mendelssohn, W. Piston, V. Persichetti and others

Description: This document consists of the following elements: (1) an examination of Healey Willan's background in the English Cathedral tradition; (2) a study of the formation of his compositional style based on his knowledge of English composers and treatises of the day; (3) a look at the German influences on his compositional style; and (4) an analysis showing how he merged these styles into a unified whole to create a monumental work for the organ.
Date: August 1998
Creator: Bedford, Don Michael
Partner: UNT Libraries

Elatio: praises and prophecies

Description: ELATIO: Praises and Prophecies is an allegorical composition based upon a collection of carols, poetry and prose in selected verses, phrases and fragments from medieval Christian liturgy, the canonical Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament, and portions of various non-canonical Dead Sea Scroll texts. The languages used in the selections presented here are English, Medieval Latin, and transliterated Biblical Hebrew.
Date: December 1998
Creator: Job, Lynn R. (Lynn Renee)
Partner: UNT Libraries

Ralph Vaughan Williams, an interpretive analysis of Concerto for bass tuba

Description: An interpretive analysis of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Concerto for Bass Tuba which compares tempi, interpretation of the melodic line, ornamentation, dynamics, pitches, rhythms. phrasing and articulations as utilized by four prominent tuba performers. Performers selected to share their interpretations include Arnold Jacobs, Donald Little, Richard Nahatzki and Harvey Phillips. Little, Nahatzki and Phillips provided a copy of their solo parts with their personal markings. Jacobs gave permission to transcribe his interpretation from the recording he made with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Performers' biological information is included along with musical reviews of Concerto for Brass Tuba.
Date: December 1998
Creator: Fischer, Michael A. (Michael Alan)
Partner: UNT Libraries

An epidemiological survey of musculoskeletal pain among a self-selected population of organists

Description: The purpose of this study was to investigate problem areas of organists' performance as indicated by common experiences of pain. The research problems were to determine the specific areas of the body that were affected by pain, to determine the perceived level of that pain on a scale indicative of its severity, and to explore the relationship between demographic and performance-related factors within the population and specific area of reported pain.
Date: May 1998
Creator: Dillard, E. Margo (Edna Margo)
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Tent and its Contents: a Study of the Traditional Arts of Weaving by the Otaibah Tribe in Saudi Arabia

Description: This was an ethnographic study of the woven tent objects produced by the Bedouin Otaibah tribe in Najd, central Saudi Arabia; the study examines origin, techniques, character and significance of their weavings. A major objective of the researcher was to discern the relationship between the weavers' development of traditions and the factors of technique, medium and perceived meaning. The method used was investigative fieldwork that included techniques of face to face interviews and participant observation. Interviews with 50 Bedouin female weavers in Najd were conducted for 8 months. Background information on the Otaibah tribe and their traditional way of life was provided. The review of the literature of traditional arts, folk arts and art education illustrates that there is limited accessible information concerning the general history of traditional arts in Saudi Arabia. A discussion of the aesthetic value, definitions and roles of traditional art, tribal art and the differences between art and crafts was included. Analysis of data answered the study's questions through a presentation of the findings of the fieldwork. The Otaibah tribe has its own unique style of weaving. Information gathered from participant observation and documents from the Haifa Faisal Collection of Saudi Arabian Traditional Arts in Chicago supplements information obtained by interview. The findings indicate that as a result of modernization and settlement, traditional Bedouin weavings are gradually being replaced. Weavers find themselves forced to compete with a deluge of imported machine-made goods, a development changing structure of the culture from nomadic to semi--modernized creating a new foundation of social and economic life for the society. The.results of the study provide a curriculum base for art education in Saudi Arabia. Suggestions for further studies, recommendations and the implications for art education are included.
Date: December 1998
Creator: Alruwais, Bader A.
Partner: UNT Libraries

An Analysis of Basic Design Education in Turkey and Implications for Changes in Postsecondary Art Curriculum

Description: This study explored the current status of Turkish basic art education and the objectives of the first year art program at the university level in Turkey. Also, the researcher attempted to explore the objectives and expectations of Turkish art professors and to examine the applicability of certain concepts of American basic design education in the teaching of studio foundation courses in Turkish art schools. The study included the literature review concerning changes in educational philosophy related to the history of design education in the West and in Turkey.
Date: August 1998
Creator: Oztuna, Haci Yakup
Partner: UNT Libraries

Etiquette and Ethics in International Trade with Japan

Description: Thesis written by a student in the UNT Honors College discussing how American businesses can properly interact with Japanese businesses by understanding Japan's system of etiquette and business philosophy.
Date: Spring 1998
Creator: Gonzalez, Gabriela
Partner: UNT Honors College

Sports: Political Influence on International Competition

Description: Theses written by a student in the UNT Honors College discussing the role of politics in international sports (especially the Olympics), conflict within Iraq, and conflict within Northern Ireland. Newspaper clippings regarding Iraq and Northern Ireland are included.
Date: Spring 1998
Creator: Wilson, Christy
Partner: UNT Honors College