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The effect of optic flow changes in a virtual reality environment on gait in healthy young adults
(2024-02-20) Colburn, Katherine
The use of virtual reality (VR) for rehabilitation and biomechanical gait analysis has been researched in a small capacity. However, there is a lack of information regarding the effect that unmatched VR optic flow conditions and treadmill speeds have on gait kinematics. Investigating optic flow changes is important because we can understand how visual impairments affect an individual’s gait. The purpose of this study was to investigate joint range of motion (ROM) during gait with disconnected optic flow speed and gait speed in a virtual reality environment in healthy young adults. A 180° VR system with a park scene displayed on the screen was used along with a motion capture system and instrumented fixed-speed treadmill. 37 reflective markers were placed on the lower extremity and trunk to collect motion capture data during each trial. 11 participants completed 3 4-minute randomized walking trials at a self-selected pace on the treadmill. Trials included matched VR and treadmill speed, the VR at +/- 20% of their self-selected walking speed. A repeated measures ANOVA was used to determine any interaction between variables with LSD post hoc analysis conducted if necessary. There were no significant effects from VR speed changes for ankle plantar flexion/ dorsiflexion ROM (P > .05), knee flexion and extension ROM (P > .05), or hip flexion and extension ROM (P > .05). In addition, there were no significant effects for ankle plantar flexion/ dorsiflexion peak velocity (P > .05), knee flexion and extension peak velocity (P > .05), or hip flexion and extension peak velocity (P > .05). Manipulating optic flow speed relative to walking speed does not change ankle, knee, and hip ROM or peak velocity. This indicates that optic flow does not have as much of an effect on joint kinematic variables as previously thought. It is possible that analyzing simple gait measures are not affected by manipulating the sensory system during walking in the VR environment, but that the organization and coordination of the movements may be affected. Future research should investigate the influence of optic flow manipulation on gait variability and the organization of movements.
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Achieving health equity through accessibility: An examination of FQHC placements and patient populations
(2023-12) McCoy, Charity
Despite being the world’s wealthiest nation, many Americans have little to no access to healthcare, a disproportionate amount being Black and Hispanic. Though a 2019 study reveals that Blacks and Hispanics compose a small segment of the US population, they conversely lead the nation in poverty rates. This contrast that we see can be attributed to systemic barriers, negatively affecting these major racial groups. The debilitating effects of poverty extend to all aspects of one’s life, including healthcare. In an effort to combat the negative health outcomes experienced by communities in poverty, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) were introduced to alleviate the burden of paying for healthcare. The following study explores the strategic placement of FQHCs in Harris and Nueces counties, and whether they are located in their intended communities. This analysis also seeks to identify additional areas of research, related to the five As of access to care. The results of this study reveal that though Harris and Nueces counties have strategically placed FQHCs, other matters warranting examination have emerged. Though the answers to the fresh inquiries are beyond the scope of this study, it is with great hope that future studies will explore these queries.
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Planting the Seed: The process of directing and producing a new ensemble-driven adaptation of a classical work, The Pliant Girls
(2023-12) Lee, Harper Caroline
After half a year of work, this Project of Excellence showcases the process and product of producing and directing a new adaptation of a classical play that examines current political and social issues in our society. Through the annual TAMU-CC Department of Theatre and Dance Seed Project, Harper Caroline Lee has created a fully student-directed and designed production of The Pliant Girls. Written by Meghan Brown, The Pliant Girls is a modern feminist retelling of The Supplicants, the story of fifty bloodstained brides seeking refuge after murdering their husbands on their wedding night. Utilizing The Pliant Girls, Harper Caroline Lee examines the importance of productions highlighting social and political issues to enact change, while promoting the effort to create spaces where underrepresented voices can be heard.
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Computational thinking in 5th grade social studies
(2023-12) Cook, Margaret
The literature review and associated unit of curriculum explores the integration of computational thinking (CT) into 5th-grade social studies education, addressing the decline in social studies education and test scores. It analyzes diverse perspectives on CT, its components, challenges in implementation, and its potential impact on critical thinking. Implementing the CT strategies into curriculum unveils insights into CT's ability to offer a structured approach through the PRADA framework and problem-based learning as ways to bridge CT concepts with social studies topics. Overall, the curriculum advocates for a balanced approach to effectively integrate CT in elementary education, highlighting how CT can enhance student engagement and critical thinking skills in the social studies classroom.
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Joy beyond the binary: Experiences and constructions of joy in nonbinary lives
(2023-12) Otter, Bailey
In recent years, sociologists have begun exploring the experiences of gender-expansive populations. However, these studies are oversaturated with negative experiences of prejudice and discrimination and do not accurately portray the joy which accompanies identifying outside of the gender binary. To address what shuster and Westbrook (2022) coined as the joy deficit in sociology and trans studies, I conducted in-depth interviews with 28 nonbinary participants, in which they discussed their experiences of joy. These interviews unveiled three primary themes relating to nonbinary joy. First, participants experienced joy through exploring and constructing their gender identities. Second, participants described how expressing their gender in their desired ways and having their gender affirmed creates joy. Third, participants experienced joy through being in safe spaces and being connected with queer and nonbinary communities. Through examining these dimensions of joy within nonbinary lives, this research contributes to a deeper understanding of the positive aspects of gender diversity and informs discussions surrounding identity, community, resilience, and well-being for gender-expansive populations.