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Volume 2, Issue 1

Computational Analysis of Broad Complex Zinc-Finger Transcription Factors

By Barbara Mascareno-Shaw | Mentor: Dr. Thomas Selby
Winner of the UCF Library's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Computational Analysis of Broad Complex Zinc-Finger Transcription FactorsStudies of transcription factors have provided important contributions toward understanding the cell morphology and developmental regulation of fruit flies based on sequence analysis of amino acid substitutions.  In this report we describe the construction of four protein-DNA models based on two experimentally determined X-ray crystal structures (2DRP and 1A1H) using computational simulations of Z1, Z2, Z3, and Z4 zinc-finger DNA binding proteins...   Read more >

The West Wing's "Isaac and Ishmael" as a Captivity Narrative and American Jeremiad: A Call for Acknowledgment of America’s Historically Rooted Ideology

By Thomas J. Gillan | Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Hohenleitner

Commitment and Acceptance of Relationship ViolenceFollowing the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Aaron Sorkin and NBC responded with a stand-alone episode of The West Wing entitled “Isaac and Ishmael.”...  Read more >

Gender Presentation and Membership Bias in Greek Organizations

By Jason Metzger | Mentor: Dr. James Wright

Gender Presentation and Membership Bias in Greek OrganizationsThe study objective was to explore the possibility of discrimination and bias based on perceived gender presentation. In this study, subjects were female and male undergraduate students of both Greek and non-Greek affiliations at a University in the Southeastern United States. Subjects were asked to rate the probability of extending group membership to others based on perceived visual gender appearance...  
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Turkey, the Caspian Region, & the Clash of Civilizations

By Nathan L. Burns | Mentor: Dr. Houman A. Sadri

Turkey, the Caspian Region, & the Clash of CivilizationsThis paper argues that Turkey's contemporary role in the Caspian Sea region directly challenges Samuel P. Huntington's civilizational paradigm. While his work, Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (Copyright: 1996), is now a rather dated contribution to International Relations Theory, Huntington's ideas have continued to reverberate in the post-9/11 world...  
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Undervoting and Overvoting in the 2002 and 2006 Florida Gubernatorial Elections

By Javed Khan | Mentor: Dr. Terri Fine

Undervoting and Overvoting in the 2002
and 2006 Florida Gubernatorial ElectionsIn a participatory democracy where every vote counts, voters expect that every vote will be counted. The voting machine is the instrument with which the voting public records its intent and appoints its representatives. In order for the democratic process to function, voting machines must properly function...  
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Application of Transformations in Parametric Inference

By Naomi Brownstein | Mentor: Dr. Marianna Pensky

Application of Transformations in Parametric InferenceOne can apply transformations of random variables to conduct inference for multiple distributions in a few simple steps. These methods are used routinely in maximum likelihood estimation but are rarely applied in other statistical procedures. In this project, transformations of variables were explored and applied to derivations of the best unbiased estimators, Bayesian estimators, construction of various kinds of priors, estimation and inference in the stress-strength problem...  
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