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    Center for Art Research and Education
    (2023-09-26) Henderson, Michael H
    The Center for Art Research and Education (CARE) strives to enhance the visual culture of SHSU, Huntsville, Walker County and the surrounding communities. CARE promotes awareness and appreciation of art and design by supporting faculty research, art education, visiting artists, design projects, and opportunities for faculty and student engagement with community.
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    The Effect of Verbal Fluency on False Memories in Adults
    A common technique for investigating false memory production is using the Deese/Roediger-McDermott (DRM) paradigm. The DRM paradigm provides a list of words that are all associatively related to a common non-listed word (i.e., a critical lure). When individuals are given a word list, they remember items from the list and reliably remember the critical lure as if it were presented. Findings have also shown that children demonstrate lower levels of false recognition, which may be due to less activation of critical lures that is presumably due to them having a less developed associative network. The current study evaluated if a similar pattern would emerge in adults with lower levels of verbal fluency. We hypothesized that individuals with higher verbal fluency would have greater activation of critical lures, producing more false memories, whereas participants with lower verbal ability would show fewer false memories. Participants’ verbal fluency was assessed using the COWAT and their memory was assessed using the DRM paradigm. Participants were divided into high or low verbal fluency groups based on their COWAT scores and their rates of false memories were compared. Data showed that participants low in verbal fluency recognized fewer critical lures than participants with higher verbal fluency.
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    Family Involvement in Recovery Support and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders and Other SUDs
    (2023-09-26) Henderson, Craig; Foulkrod, Trent; Vargas, Inneké; Miller, Ruth
    The Family Involvement in Recovery Support and Treatment (FIRST) Research Network is a sustainable research network designed to develop and evaluate innovative family-based recovery support services (RSS) across the youth OUD services cascade. FIRST conducts research on promoting family integration in youth OUD services with the goals of increasing service engagement and engendering supportive family environments for youth recovery. It has two specific foci: (1) Innovations in family RSS interventions and metrics to assist youth OUD providers with integrating families in OUD services, and (2) Innovations in measurement of direct-to-family RSS for families of youth with OUD. The network is committed to enhancing existing remote-access RSS for caregivers of youth with SUDs (helpline, parent coaching, mobile messaging) by developing multidimensional metrics for family service engagement and outcomes. At project end FIRST will maintain a sustainable network of family-based RSS research activities, provider training and measurement resources, as well as mentor early-career research scientists in RSS.
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    Elevating Geography’s Relevance: A Collaboration with Secondary Teachers and Students in Southeast Texas
    (2023-09-26) Fujimoto-Strait, Ava; Richardson, Hailey
    In the 2020-21 academic year, 324,000 Texas high school students enrolled in World Geography and 63,500 students enrolled in AP Human Geography. While AP Human Geography has grown exponentially since 2001, little of this growth has translated to sustained geographic interest in college. Moreover, many Texas high school graduates struggle to understand the breadth of geography when arriving on college campuses. This may be partially attributed to a lack of place-based learning that is key for engaging underrepresented minority students. The goals of this project were to: 1) equip high school teachers in the Houston metropolitan area with content and technological tools to aid in the development of place-based lessons and activities to engage students, while also meeting required Texas Essential Knowledge and Skill (TEKS) standards; and 2) cultivate place-based geographic awareness among primarily low-income and minority high school students to foster a greater understanding of southeast Texas’s distinctive environment and culture in daily life, higher education, and the workforce.
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    Exploration of Network Vulnerabilities in Ring Home Security Systems
    (2023-10-16) Shashidhar, Narasimha K; Varol, Cihan
    Ring home security devices are ubiquitous in current society. However, we assert that very little has been understood about the vulnerabilities faced by these devices. In this project, we sought to study the very popular Ring home security system, with the goal of analyzing and modeling its network traffic. We attempted to show that such a Ring system can be used to gather information on its owner without their knowledge or consent; and we determined the feasibility of, and likelihood that the device is collecting data on behalf of its manufacturer. Target artifacts include the date and time the homeowner enters/ leaves their home; whether a triggered detection device contacts an outside server or just the hub device, and what data it sends; and the feasibility of decrypting and monitoring such traffic from outside the system. Methods included multiple vectors of network collection and analysis.
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    33.6 Kw Pv Based Ev Fast Charging Station at SHSU
    (2023-09-26) Pecen, Reg; Yildiz, Faruk; Coogler, Keith
    The objective of this project is to install a 33.6 kW solar array on Sam Houston State University’s (SHSU) campus and connect it to a nearby campus transformer by a 50 kW capacity, 3-phase grid-tie inverter. A Charge-Point Express 250 DC fast charger will also be installed on the SHSU campus near the PhotoVoltaics (PV) array to charge electric vehicles (EV). The project will also include an outdoor educational display describing how the overall system operates and environmental savings are secured. Fully sponsored by Entergy Energy Services, Inc.’s Environmental Initiatives Funding (EFA), this project provides a multitude of benefits by placing an EV fast charger on campus with it being convenient for the citizens of Huntsville, TX and electric vehicle drivers traveling between Houston and Dallas. The project will also serve as a showcase to the SHSU community for the growing importance of renewable energy resources and display a unique example of how clean power is generated on campus.
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    Online Cooperative Learning Groups (OCLG) in Higher Education: A Faculty Development Opportunity
    (ProQuest, 2023-07-20) Madelyn R. Kilgore
    The purpose of this mixed methods study was to fill a void in the catalog of faculty development offerings and address the pedagogical strategy of online cooperative learning (CL) groups at one university system in Texas. The goal for the CL faculty development module was to support and guide faculty members with experience and increased understanding about the intricacies of online CL group work. The primary intent of the study was to generate new knowledge meant to be shared, published, presented, and intended to have an impact on the field of online education, faculty development, and online student growth. As my professional values as a university staff member naturally played a part in my positionality as a student researcher, I hoped that the volunteer faculty participants felt smart, satisfied, and encouraged and are able to make shrewd decisions moving forward with their pedagogical approaches to CL group work within their online courses.
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    How Do Religious and Political Beliefs Predict COVID-19 Vaccination Behavior Among U.S. College Students? A Study Using the Health Belief Model
    (2023-09-26) Chen, Cindy (Yixin)
    Purpose: Predicting COVID-19 vaccination behavior among U.S. college students using the Health Belief Model (HBM). Design: Cross-sectional survey. Setting: Online. Sample: A convenience sample of students in a public university in the U.S. (N = 411). Measures: Demographics; COVID-19 vaccination behavior as outcome variable; HBM variables (perceived threat of COVID19, perceived individual benefit of vaccination, perceived community benefit of vaccination, perceived vaccine-safety barrier, perceived vaccination-cost barrier [time and effort], self-efficacy), and fear of COVID-19 as proximal predictors; religious beliefs and political beliefs as distal predictors. Questions/items measuring all variables in the survey data collection were taken from relevant and peer-reviewed publications and were modified to reflect the context of COVID-19. Analysis: Structural equation modeling (SEM). Results: The model fit the data very well (χ2 /df = 2.27/5 = .45, p = .810; RMSEA = .000). Perceived individual benefit (β = .489, p < .001), perceived vaccine-safety barrier (β = .151, p = .001), perceived vaccination-cost barrier (β = .152, p < .001), and political beliefs (β = .094, p = .029) are significant predictors of vaccination behavior. Effects of religious beliefs are completely, and effects of political beliefs are partially mediated by perceived individual benefit and the two barrier variables. Conclusion: Perceived individual benefit, the two barrier variables, and political beliefs are direct predictors, while religious beliefs are an indirect predictor, of COVID-19 vaccination behavior, suggesting that the HBM can effectively inform strategies to promote vaccination. Political beliefs are a much stronger predictor than religious beliefs. Students who are more religious or conservative tend to perceive less individual benefit and greater barriers to vaccination, making them less likely to get vaccinated. A limitation of this study is the disproportionate number of female participants (77.9%).
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    Violence Educators Face in the United States
    (2023-09-26) Ortiz, Isabella
    Limited research and analysis has been done regarding the instances of violence educators experience in their occupation. This project will consist of an extensive literature review of past studies that have examined the abuses and subsequent environmental stressors that educators face in schools. The focus will be to examine methods used in these studies and the responses gained. This project will identify the different offenses educators encounter and discuss relevant impacts towards educators. The goal of this project is to provide a better understanding about the physical and verbal violence educators across the country face and how it affects school environments.
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    Connecting Parents with Disabilities to Essential Resources in Their Local Libraries​
    (2023-09-26) Owens, Erin
    One in four Americans lives with a disability (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and more than half of adults live with at least one chronic condition such as arthritis, cancer, heart disease, or hypertension (Boersma, Black, & Ward). Among these Americans, many are or wish to become parents: a 2012 estimate suggests that 4.1 million parents live with disabilities and a child under age 18 living at home (Kaye). A disability or chronic illness can significantly impact an individual’s physical or cognitive capabilities in relation to raising a child. Books about other parents with disabilities and their children are one kind of tool that may help families to process, discuss, and manage their experiences. The purpose of this project was to create and openly publish an annotated bibliography of essential resources that pertain to parenting while also navigating a parent’s disability or chronic illness. Various types of resources are included, such as self-help guides, personal memoirs, and children’s books. Additionally, various types of disabilities and illnesses which may impair a parent’s physical or cognitive functioning are represented. The project was supported by a 2022 Carnegie Whitney Grant from the American Library Association (ALA).
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    Pitcairn Islands Research Station Poster
    (2023-09) Albert, Donald Patrick; Elkins, Susan; Solomon, Mason; Purifoy, Matthew
    The Pitcairn Islands Research Station (PIRS) functions as a portal for our studies involving the mutiny on the HMAV Bounty (April 28, 1789) and its aftermath. Our affiliate investigators include Donald Albert (Department of Environmental & Geosciences), Susan Elkins (Newton Gresham Library), Matthew Purifoy (Geography Major), and Mason Solomon (History Major). The purpose of PIRS is to disseminate our studies (abstracts, posters, magazine and journal articles) online through Scholarly Works @ SHSU to Bounty/Pitcairn enthusiasts worldwide.