Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Confronting the Coral Conundrum

Drew McRacken

Coral reefs are the foundation upon which the rest of the oceanic ecosystem sits upon. This vibrant and dynamic organism provides shelter and food for countless organisms, while also acting as a direct indicator of marine health.

 

Food Waste in Schools: America’s Latest Epidemic and the Simple Solutions to Solving It

Hanna Wondmagegn

Food waste has become a national and global epidemic and with increased proposals, ideas and initiatives presented by different actors on the local and national level, there seems to be no solution in sight.

 

Building an Expert: The Deliberate Practice Debate in Music Performance

Ryan Wilcox

This paper examines the debate concerning deliberate practice’s value in improving musical performance.

 

Lara Croft and Gaming: Feminism in a Hyper-Masculine Industry

Lydia McInnes

Gaming’s bravest (and bustiest) archaeologist crashed back onto the scene in 2013 after nearly five years since her last video game appearance.

 

Looking @ the Trolls Behind the Screen: An Analysis of the Factors Affecting Everyday Sadism through Trolling on the Internet

Jamie Ramos

Cyber trolling is a known manifestation of everyday sadism. A study of over 500 internet users was conducted to determine why the internet allows for easier expression of sadistic behaviors.

 

Mind Games: Exploring and Analyzing the Mind of an Athlete

Willa Ma

As sports fans, we marvel at elite athletes and the way they play their sport.  The physical prowess is clearly seen, but the little-researched yet powerful brain behind the body is also a key factor in the success of these exceptional athletes.

 

Feeding Global Warming: Assessing the Impact of Agriculture on Climate Change

Emma Layman

This essay examines the ways in which agricultural practices have influenced global climate change.

 

Home Advantage in Soccer

Steven Zheng

Home advantage is the psychological and physiological advantage that the home team has over the visiting team and it is prevalent in all sports, including soccer. There is no singular explanation for home advantage because it is comprised of and caused by many different components.

 

Where Have All the Apples Gone? An Investigation into the Disappearance of Apple Varieties and the Detectives Who Are Out to Find Them

Rossi Anastopoulo

At one time, apple varieties numbered in the thousands, with each strain carrying a unique genetic code. Since the commercialization of apples, the United States has watched that number dwindle into a few choices.

 

Lead to Gold, Sorcery to Science: Alchemy and the Foundations of Modern Chemistry

Glynis L. Coyne

Though the modern world views alchemy as little more than witchcraft and an inherent hindrance to progress, in reality alchemy may have been a precursor to modern chemistry. Alchemy has had an influence on a vast range of scientific discoveries.

 

Rebirth Melodies: Music’s Instrumental Hold in the Rebuilding Efforts of New Orleans after Katrina

Flavia Crovesi

This article assesses the work done by charities and local music venues to revitalize the musical culture in New Orleans in the years following the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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