Category Archives: 2013

February 18, 2015

Kim Luong

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Major and Classification
Business Administration
Faculty Mentor

Mark Solliman, Ph.D.

Department

Marshall: Accounting

McNair Project
The Effect of Narcissistic Tendencies in CEO on Accounting Fraud
Abstract
CEO overconfidence is well studied in business and accounting liter- ature. However, only recently have researchers started to examine the influence of narcissism. This study investigates the association between CEO narcissism and accounting fraud in order to provide new informa- tion that may detect fraud earlier.

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February 18, 2015

LaVasjah Williams

Major and Classification
Communication
Faculty Mentor

Michelle Gordon, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife: English and Gender Studies

McNair Project
Existing in the Margins of the Past: The Portrayal of Black Women in Reality TV
Abstract
The concept of Existing in the Margins of the Past is descriptive of the Black woman’s contemporary existence in America. The historical oppression, exploitation and colonization of Black women may have ceased; however, they still influence the Black woman’s experience, perspective and perception through media images. This research will analyze the images of Black women

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February 18, 2015

Luis Torres

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Major and Classification
Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Mentor

Ellis Meng, Ph.D.

Department

Viterbi: Biomedical Engineering

McNair Project
Maximizing Voltage Inductance in Battery-less Biomedical Devices
Abstract
Specific ocular diseases are so invasive that treatment methods need to be as precise as possible so that surrounding tissue is not damaged. Companies have developed one-time-use drug delivery devices with factory set flow-rates and bulky batteries. The large size of these devices becomes problematic when implanting these

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February 18, 2015

Martin Arredondo

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Major and Classification
Human Biology
Faculty Mentor

Andrew Gracey, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife: Marine Environmental Biology

McNair Project
Effects of Temperature on Tidal Gene Expression Rhythms in Mytilus californianus
Abstract
Mussels in the genus Mytilus are found worldwide and play an important role as a food source for a variety of invertebrates, fish, birds, and mammals. The dominant species on western coast of the U.S. is the Mytilus californianus, which must endure daily

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February 18, 2015

Mariangela Ruiz-Hernandez

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Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Karen Hennigan, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife: Psychology

McNair Project
Gang Involvement and the Individual
Abstract
This analysis reviews the importance of allocating increased resources on education rather than incarceration for reducing gang-related crime. Our investigations show that gang-intervention programs are effective in reducing gang crime. Specifically, youth who participate in gang-intervention programs or rehabilitation programs have lower recidivism rates than youth who simply go through the judicial

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February 18, 2015

Mellissa Villafranco

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Major and Classification
English Literature
Faculty Mentor

Arely M. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife: Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

McNair Project
Spatial Fantasies: Place and Temporality in Mosquita y Mari (2012) Queen Womyn Color in Southeast Los Angeles
Abstract
Mosquita y Mari (2012), directed by Aurora Guerrero, is a coming-of-age film exploring the intimate friendship between two fifteen-year-old Latinas in Huntington Park, California. While the two female protagonists of the film are

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February 18, 2015

Michael Cox

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Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Frank Manis, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife: Psychology

McNair Project
The Individual “I”: Individual Variation in a Social Facilitation Experiment of Computer Monitoring
Abstract
Twenty-eight undergraduate participants worked on four different blocks of anagrams that varied by difficulty and the presence or absence of computer monitoring. Subjects were also administered personality tests to assess their respective levels of anxiety, extroversion, and self-esteem. Data analyses revealed a main effect

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February 18, 2015

Nicole Marcione

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Major and Classification
Gerontology Lifespan Health
Faculty Mentor

Natalie Leland, Ph.D.

Department

Occupational Therapy

McNair Project
Scoping Review: Sleep Interventions and Ethnically Diverse Older Adults
Abstract
Sleep disorders are becoming a serious public health concern among older adults. Studies have linked sleep quality with an increased risk of premature death, cognitive impairment, mortality and chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Many minority older adults suffer disproportionately from both chronic

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February 18, 2015

Odette Overton

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Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

William Breland, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife: Psychology

McNair Project
Helping the Helper: Predicting Therapist Resilience to Vicarious Trauma
Abstract
Good mental health of the therapist is essential in delivering effective treatment. However, those who work with sex offenders are at risk of developing vicarious trauma (VT). Numerous protective measures to combat VT and promote therapist resiliency have been identified, including length of time in career, amount of

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February 18, 2015

Olsvado Rodriguez

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Major and Classification
Computer Science/Business Administration
Faculty Mentor

Shrikanth Narayanan, Ph.D.

Department

Viterbi: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dornsife: Linguistics and Psychology

McNair Project
Classifier Performance in Detecting Engaged and Disengaged Behavior in an Informal Learning Environment
Abstract
By using machine learning algorithms to detect engagement and dis- engagement in a classroom environment, the quality of instruction and content retention can be increased. Physical gestures provide a detailed behavioral analysis of the audience’s

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