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    Strategies of a Storyteller: How Theatre Eradicates Silence

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    For centuries, theatre artists have been exploring what the purpose of theatre is and the most effective ways theatre reaches this purpose. I think we\u27ve all at one point wrestled with the question, or will wrestle with the question: does theatre exist solely to provide an artistic, aesthetic, and therefore cathartic experience or should it be provocative, abrasive, and shocking in order to inspire change within our society? Most people, myself included, believe theatre is most effective when it provides an arena for emotional catharsis as well as a forum in which to facilitate social change; truly influential and powerful theatre needs to somehow combine the two pursuits.... As the culmination of my capstone and a final execution of my research, I wanted to create my own show and see if I could, like these playwrights all strived to do, strike an effective balance between emotional engagement and disconnect

    Special Education in the First Decade of No Child Left Behind Legislation: Patterns of Student Performance and Teachers\u27 Perceptions in One School District

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    This study, conducted in one Southern California district, had two complementary purposes. One was to obtain from special education teachers and regular education teachers who work in collaboration with their special education colleagues their perceptions of how the NCLB policies and practices may have affected the learning and academic performance of special education students across this period. The second was to examine actual student performance, using California test data to examine absolute year-by-year changes in mathematics and English language arts test scores of special education students during the past decade corresponding to the beginning period of NCLB/IDEA launch. Teachers (N = 72) completed a 35-item survey about their perceptions on the effect of NCLB on special education and five scales were developed from a factor analysis of their responses. In a within-subject comparison, the teachers rated increased attention to quality of instruction lowest of scales and increased mainstreaming and attention to test scores as the highest. In comparison of special education teachers with those who were not, the special education teachers perceived significantly less emphasis on mainstreaming and test scores. California standardized test scores for the year 2003 to 2010 were also analyzed for trends in achievement of special education versus general education students. The results for English language arts show that the mean difference in scores of special education and regular education students to be relatively constant across the eight-year period. While the mathematics result of special education students show a slight improvement, while that of regular education students declined; thereby accounting for what appeared to be a narrowing of achievement gap between special education and general education students in mathematics

    The Secret Power of Middle Children: How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and Remarkable Abilities

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    Middle children are underachievers, overshadowed and overlooked, right? Wrong. Combining research in evolutionary biology, psychology and sociology with real-life stories, psychologist Catherine Salmon, Ph.D., and journalist Katrin Schumann reveal what it really means to grow up in between, including how:• Middles receive less financial and emotional support from their parents, but become remarkably successful and innovative adults • Middles can be stubbornly independent as teens, but are extraordinary team players later in life • Middles are often seen as outcasts, but are actually far less likely to get divorced or be in therapy than their siblings. With surprising insights into how our birth order affects us, as well as constructive advice on how to maximize advantages and overcome drawbacks, The Secret Power of Middle Children shows middleborns at any age (and their parents) how to use what seems to be a disadvantage as a strategy for personal and professional success.

    Syntheses and the Characterization of Schiff Base Copper Complexes and their Interaction with ct-DNA and Plasmid DNA

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    Transition metal complexes are among metal-based complexes generating interest as anticancer agents. Previous research has shown that copper complexes have the potential for chemotherapeutic activity. Hydrolysis of phosphodiester bonds found in the backbone of DNA as well as intercalation between the DNA base pairs are two ways of how the complexes have shown to decrease the proliferation of cancer cells. A number of Schiff base ligands, MICQ, APMIC, and AQC, have been synthesized. The ligands have reacted with different copper salts to produce five corresponding Schiff base copper complexes. The complexes have been characterized via infrared spectroscopy, uv/vis spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and elemental analysis. An x-ray crystal structure of one of the complexes has also been determined. A square base pyramidal geometry was observed from the structure with the complex being the square base and the chlorine being the apex of the pyramid. Reactivity studies of the complexes with a model compound of DNA as well as with DNA have been performed. Some of the reactivity studies include ethidium bromide competitive binding studies, absorption titration studies and DNA cleavage experiments

    Identifying Target Market Areas for Major League Soccer Using GIS

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    Since its inaugural season in 1996, Major League Soccer (MLS) has developed steadily, growing from ten franchises at its inception to eighteen today, with plans to expand to twenty over the next two years. MLS was faced with some critical marketing questions to ensure that growth was coupled with stability. The League desired to know what types of neighborhoods their fans lived in and how far the fans were willing to travel to matches. They also wished to know where they might find similar neighborhoods to these, where they could market more effectively. Geographic information systems (GIS) were utilized with a year’s season ticket sales for a single MLS club, Chivas USA, to conduct analysis. Demographic and socioeconomic information from Esri’s Business Analyst was used, and research yielded several conclusions. These included a profile of the season-ticket holding neighborhoods, as well as suitable areas for marketing based on this profile. Further analysis of total MLS customers sales in southern California covering a four year period, as well as the general population in the same region, substantiated these conclusions. The methodology used for this project can be used for further MLS (or other sports) teams’ marketing strategies

    Economic Analysis Tool for the California Budget

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    California’s deficit has been a political issue for many years. High levels of state spending, and a high unemployment rate due to the current recession, are contributing factors to this problem. Since California voters disapprove of any tax increase to balance the budget, a solution to the deficit needs an alternative approach. To look at the possible spatial effects of any changes to the yearly budget, a geographic information system (GIS) was used to build a model to help in developing a plan to spread the budget cuts more evenly across California. Analyzing these effects could help policy makers in developing the spatial distribution plan of the budget cuts since the State government does not want to increase economic turmoil. As a demonstration, the budget analyst tool is used to calculate potential effects of income and sales tax increases using 2009-2010 economic data. The user can make assumptions as to how to spread tax increases evenly throughout the state by running the model with different tax rates until the desired effects are achieved. The results are used to view the effects of the tax increases and understand the spatial pattern associated with the increases

    Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach

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    Authored by accomplished urban geographers and GIS experts, Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach leverages the modern geographer’s toolset, employing the latest GIS methodology to the study of urban geography. The Second Edition expands upon this timely, applied approach by incorporating new “internet GIS” Google Earth™ activities, which do not require students to own expensive software or travel to a school lab. New exercises are also provided for ArcGIS 9.3 and 10, the latest version of the industry-dominant software. Coupled with current examples and applications from around the world, including a greater focus on India and China, Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach presents an engaging and uniquely hands-on applied approach to the study of urban geography.

    Life Perpetuated in ... Beautiful Lies : Sincerity\u27s Limits and Frank O\u27Hara\u27s Aesthetics of Deceit

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    When we read O\u27Hara\u27s poems, we start to think of his persona as a real person because he maneuvers through and manipulates so many of these private genres. This extra layer of complexity, then, makes the content of the poem seem more sincere, and more lifelike. Instead, O\u27Hara gestures toward something that appears more real -- so realistic, in fact, we don\u27t even recognize it is constructed. My goal is not to undo forty-some years of literary history, but rather to unhinge the antecedent to poetry\u27s I that the critics -- not O\u27Hara __ have forced upon the poems

    Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender

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    The present work describes a simple and effective means by which to let go of the obstacles to Enlightenment and become free of negativity. During the many decades of the author’s clinical psychiatric practice, the primary aim was to seek the most effective ways to relieve human suffering in all its many forms. The letting go technique (surrender) was found to be of great practical benefit and is described in this book.


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