Category Archives: 2004

February 20, 2015

Robyn Hightower

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Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentors

Professor Brian Lickel

Department

Psychology

McNair Project
“Different Identities and Individuals’ Beliefs About Careers and Race”
Negative stereotypes affect the way people view minority groups and the way minorities view themselves. The negative stereotypes that exist about minorities affect every aspect of society, including family dynamics, religious practices, education and occupations. I studied the effects that stereotypes have on minorities’ career goals. I hypothesized that college-attending minority students feel that negative stereotypes limit how

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February 20, 2015

Carmen Herrera

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Major and Classification
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentors

Professor Victor Chang

Department

Chemical Engineering

McNair Project
“Rubber Reclamation from Spent Tires Through Biodegradation: Current Methods and Possible Improvements”
Used tires have become an environmental hazard due to the inability of current recycling processes to fully degrade vulcanized rubber, the major component of tires. Moreover, many of those techniques are not environmentally friendly themselves. Numerous studies have been performed in an effort to find more effective recycling techniques. Recently, it has been

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February 20, 2015

Anthony Heckman

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Major and Classification
Public Relations
Faculty Mentors

Professor Craig Carroll

Department
McNair Project
“Understanding the President’s Portrayal as a Competent Leader Through Content Analysis of Four Major U.S. Newspapers”
The research question addressed in this study is how the media’s coverage of President Bush’s actions concerning international relations affects his image in the media and his job approval rating. Through comparing a stratified random sample of four leading newspapers and the President’s job approval rating as it appears in

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February 20, 2015

Patricia Gonzales

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Major and Classification
Occupational Therapy, Psychology
Faculty Mentors

Professor Florence Clark

Department

Occupational Therapy & Psychology

McNair Project
“Pressure Sore Management: Case Study of a Gang Member with Spinal Cord Injury”
Pressure sores (decubitus ulcers) are injuries to the skin that pose a consistent threat to the quality of life of persons with spinal cord injuries. Pressure sores are not only a threat to quality of life, but they are also potentially life-threatening. However because managing pressure sores is a

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February 20, 2015

Wes Gerald

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Major and Classification
History, Political Science
Faculty Mentors

Professor Genevieve Giuliano

Department

History & Political Science

McNair Project
“Moving Forward: Strategies for Improving Public Transit in Los Angeles”
Transportation in Los Angeles has often been regarded as automobile-focused to the exclusion of viable public transit alternatives such as busing. Strategies aimed at improving the bus system including use of multiple doors on buses, prepaid boarding, low floor buses, better management efficiency, and real-time coordination could be easily applied to L.A.,

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February 20, 2015

Leslie Fattorini

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Major and Classification
International Relations
Faculty Mentors

Professor Robert English

Department
McNair Project
“Dissidents as Political Leaders: A Study in Adopting Transactional and Transformational Leadership Models to International Relations”
Without strong leadership developing nations flounder and fall victim to corruption and chaos. However, those engaged in nation building and studying this phenomenon in international relations can only refer to limited literature about nation-state leadership. Leadership, by James McGregor Burns, uses two terms, transactional and transforming, to describe leadership and

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February 20, 2015

James Deirmendjian

Major and Classification
Philosophy
Faculty Mentors

Professor Stephen Finlay

Department
McNair Project
“The Cognitivism / Non-Cognitivism Debate”
One of the central debates in 20th century metaethics regards the semantics of moral language. The two major competing views are, 1) cognitivism as a position whose central tenet maintains moral statements as truth-bearing propositions, which are made true by some ontological state of affairs in the world that said propositions describe; and 2) non-cognitivism as a claim that holds that moral language is used to merely express the subjective

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February 20, 2015

Brenda Bower

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Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentors

Professor Thomas Lyon

Department
McNair Project
“Cellmate Suicides: Factors Affecting Rehabilitation of Incarcerated Adolescents Through Behavior Modification Treatment Programs in Detention Facilities”
This paper provides a double case-study of the suicides of two incarcerated adolescents at the California Youth Authority (CYA) in Ione, California. Drawing from information published in six privately-funded evaluative reports on the Preston Youth Correctional CYA facility commissioned immediately following the suicides, and legal documents pertaining to the lawsuit against

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February 20, 2015

Daniel Ballon

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Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentors

Professor Joann Farver

Department
McNair Project
“The Influence of Acculturation and Parental Stress on Literacy Outcomes for Low-Income Latino Preschool Children”
While the risk of poor literacy outcomes for low-income and minority children has been well documented in the literature, the influence of ethnic difference on these outcome variables has not been thoroughly investigated. In the Latino population, specifically, questions about the influence of the Latino acculturation experience on literacy have not been

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February 20, 2015

Alexis Asatourian

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Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentors

Professor Mitchell Earleywine

Department
McNair Project
“The Effects of Dispositional Aggression and Alcohol Expectancies on Aggressive Behavioral Outcomes”
The study measured the association between dispositional aggression, explicit and implicit expectancies, alcohol consumption and the reported aggressive behavioral outcomes. Individuals from the University of Southern California and surrounding community participated in the study, yielding a total sample size of 169 participants. They began by completing a timed computerized task known as the Implicit Association

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