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1 Gills, LyraLiving while alive: a brief proposal for Puerto Piramides, Argentina, to attain Blue Zone Project Community (BZPC) statusIn 2004, Blue Zones, or places where men and women live well past 90 or 100 years of age, were discovered by Dan Buettner and his team from National Geographic. Today, there are five well known Blue Zones, as well as four Blue Zone Project Communities that can be found.Blue Zones; centenarians2021-05
2 Tazehabadi, TaraBioinformatics to detect functional interactions important for the DNA repair enzyme mutyhDNA is the blueprint of all biological life as it provides the means necessary for sharing of genetic information. DNA is formed and stabilized by interactions between four unique bases, Adenine (A), Cytosine (C), Guanine (G), and Thymine (T) which come together in predetermined patterns to create a...2022
3 Thomas, NathanielThe HIV-protective bystander effect in macrophages is viral glycoprotein dependent and likely conferred via upregulation of ISG IFITM3During an immune response against a specific antigen, often during viral infections, T cells not specific to the antigen can be activated, a phenomenon known as bystander response. The "bystander response" has been studied extensively in T cells, but when examined for macrophages through the lens of...2022
4 Pace, Eliza JaneHigh School curriculum on social media and mental wellbeing: combating the negative effects through education and applicationOver the past ten years, there has been a significant rise of depression and suicide rates in adolescents. These rates coincide almost exactly with the rise in smartphone use and the development of social media. Evidence of multiple studies over the last twenty years suggests that social media plays...2021
5 Schlegel, Isabelle B.Peptide-fab conjugates to improve treatment of neovascular age-related macular degenerationAge-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a chronic disease of the eye and leading cause of blindness in Americans over 50, is often treated with agents that inhibit Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF). Ranibizumab is an anti-VEGF antibody fragment (Fab) effective at treating over 90% of AMD pat...2021
6 Harris, MaxeneTargeting generational segmentations in advertisements through psychoraphic attributes: the coca-cola companyMillennials have become the largest segment of consumers in the United States as of 2019, surpassing the Baby Boomer generation by over half a million people. Generation Z, while not as large in size, has become a driving influence in targeted marketing segmentation because of how influential their ...2021
7 Jensen, Emma MargaretThe history and legacy of the "Russian" violin bow holdBow hold is a critical component of violin technique; it greatly influences an artist's tone production and virtuosity. Because bow hold is based in part on performance style and individual preference, various approaches have been introduced over the past centuries. One such approach, the "Russian" ...2021
8 Lauze-Reyes, JesseEarly detection of human chorionic gonadotrophin with consumer-grade testing methodsThis study examined the ability of consumer-grade pregnancy tests to detect urine hCG at low concentrations early in a person's luteal phase and before the expected menses. Testing was performed with a commercially available pregnancy test strip that has a sensitivity of 10 mIU/mL. This is compared ...2022
9 Guynn, Isaac P. A.Confirming and quantifying ectoine production in Salinovibrio SP. eagsl in hypersaline cultureSalinivibrio sp. EAGSL was isolated from the Great Salt Lake in 2017 and has since been the focus of promising research in the field of microbial electrochemistry. Namely, S. EAGSL is an organism with both halotolerance and electroactivity, giving it a unique ability to bridge the gap between power ...2022
10 Fronberg, ErikContextualizing emergency powers and climate crisis in liberal democraciesThis thesis develops a theoretical framework for and responds to concerns regarding the use of emergency powers to combat climate change in liberal democracies. Consensus in the scientific community maintains that the window for acting to mitigate the worst effects of climate change is rapidly narro...2022
11 Warren, Bailey J.In context of consumer education: the environmental, human health, and community based externalities of confinement operations in BrazilConcentrated Animal Feeding Operations (henceforth CAFOs) are a signature feature of modern food production and consumption. This thesis will explore the various types of environmental pollution and contamination that surround CAFOs and what this means for neighboring ecosystems, human health, and t...2022
12 Watson, AndrePatterns of parasitism in a common Utah RodentMale-biased parasitism, where males are more commonly infected with and have higher parasite loads, is common across vertebrate taxa. Several factors could be driving this pattern. The immunocompetence handicap hypothesis suggests that higher testosterone levels in males suppress immune function whi...2022
13 Weeks, RoryExploring the ecogothic in Marian Womack's "black isle"We live in a frightening time. It is an age of anxiety, loneliness, and terror as the looming specters of climate collapse and innumerable environmental crises enter unbidden into our reality to an ever-greater extent, to the point that we often just need to look outside in order to observe the horr...2021
14 Thistle, Hanna RoseComparing traditional western & nontraditional holistic medicine: an integrative approach to health & wellness2020
15 Vu, TessaSpatial investigation of toxic sites and water a focus on racial equityThis study puts a spotlight on the relationships among toxic sites (i.e. Brownfields, Superfunds, and Toxic Release Inventories), income, race, and water features such as groundwater wells and streams, all within the Salt Lake County, Utah target area. There were two hypotheses to be tested, which a...2022
16 Tallman, LanceBreaking the mold: using epistolary architecture to craft a new type of video game narrativeBreaking the Mold: Using Epistolary Architecture to Craft a New Type of Video Game Narrative discusses the uniqueness of classic epistolary literary works, such as Bram Stoker's Dracula, and demonstrates how applying the storytelling techniques of these texts can allow game developers to create a ne...2022
17 Ticknor, ClaireSintering of 3D printed steel-copper functionally graded materialsOver the past several years, additive manufacturing has continued to expand and advance toward more promising responses to high-performance multi-functional applications. One such response is the utility of functionally graded materials (FGMs). In an FGM, the composition and structure gradually chan...2021
18 Tibolla, tylerGendered differences in advertistingA growing number of consumers find it important that companies take a stand on social issues and begin to support those businesses more who align with their personal views. If corporations continue to ignore large percentages of the population, they cannot meet the needs of those consumers. There is...2022
19 Steiner, WilliamRegulation of protein complexes during hedgehog signal transductionThe Hedgehog (Hh) pathway is an evolutionarily conserved signaling pathway essential in embryonic development and tissue homeostasis. Several cancers can form as a result of Hh pathway dysfunction. The G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) Smoothened (SMO) is activated upon binding of the secreted Hh pr...2021
20 Stoddard, KariRacially and ethnically diverse midlife women's health needs and symptom experience during the menopausal transitionThe menopausal transition (MT) and post-menopause involves a systemic development in which bothersome symptoms can occur. While symptoms occur for women across all racial and ethnic groups, some symptoms are worse for racially and ethnically diverse women compared to White women. Because of risks as...acupuncture; evidence-based non-pharmacologic interventions; Group Medical Visits; perimenopause; menopausal transition; post-menopause2022
21 Scott, BrooklynGenomic insights into lineage specific differences in macaque social behaviorStudies of behavioral variation in primates are increasingly examining the role that genes have in determining social styles. The genus Macaca, for which phylogeny plays a central role in behavior, represents a useful group to explore behavioral genetics. Differences in macaque aggression and age of...2021
22 South, KoriannHow to stop AI from ruining the world: designing and pilot testing integrated al-ethics assignmentsI would like to thank my thesis mentor, Dr. Eliane Wiese, for guiding me through the research process and supporting me for the past 3 years. I would also like to thank Ph.D. student Noelle Brown, Dr. Alan Kuntz, Dr. Suresh Venkatasubramanian, and Dr. Mu Zhang, who I worked with on this project. Par...2022
23 Schmutz, EmilyTransportation alternatives for little cottonwood canyon and their operational implicationsBeginning in 2017, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has worked on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which provides transportation improvement alternatives for the heavy congestion that takes place in Little Cottonwood Canyon and feeder streets during the winter ski season. U...2021
24 Sablan, Mariana SerenaPacific islanders: students left behind or forgottenThe term "Pacific Islander" encompasses a very broad, very diverse and very small population. The unique size and composition of the Pacific Islander (PI) community in the United States leads to two major consequences for Pacific Island students: they are often not catered to in educational environm...
25 Saifee, ZahraA value-based exploration of Zion National Park and assessment of future solutionsThis thesis is a case study which explores the development of Zion National Park. Currently, National Parks as a whole, and Zion National Park in particular, face issues of environmental degradation, lack of racial diversity, and the erasure of indigenous history. However, the most challenging part ...2022
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