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  • Orgullo Crítico: An Anti-Capitalist Approach To Pride In Spain And The United States 

    Lin, Amy (2021-05)
    Every June, many people around the world come together to celebrate queer identities at various state-sponsored Pride events. However, given the infiltration of rainbow capitalism in mainstream Pride movements, many radical leftists within the queer community have begun to organize anti-capitalist "Critical Pride" protests. In this thesis, I trace ...
  • The Impacts of Concrete on pH and Calcium Concentration in Houston’s Bayous 

    Hale, Meagan (2021-05)
    As the human population grows, so does the percentage of people living in urban areas. This means that an increasing amount of landmass must be used for urban infrastructure and housing to accommodate a greater number of people. The environmental impacts of urbanization are not completely understood. However, one important aspect that may be impacted ...
  • Affection: Essays on Affect, Empathy, and the Politics of Feeling 

    Li-Wang, Jennifer (2021-05)
    Often, we view feelings as squishy—personal and subjective, therefore private and apolitical. Even within ourselves, our feelings can often seem reflexive and out of our own control. This thesis represents my attempt to hold these squishy feelings and look at them up close, from different angles. In doing so, I hope to see how our affects may not ...
  • Exploring Barriers to Women's Political Representation in Thailand 

    Palladino, Lauren (2020)
    Gender quotas have proven to be one of the more effective ways of improving women’s representation in legislatures worldwide. While extensive literature exists on the efficacy of these quotas throughout Europe, the Americas, and Africa, there is a newfound need to shift focus to gender representation in Southeast Asian nations. This study applies ...
  • Talking Trump: Exploring the use of Populist Rhetoric in Partisan Rallies 

    Palladino, Lauren (2020)
    Presidential speeches have immense power to advocate for policy, influence public opinion, and portray an image of a president. While extensive literature exists studying presidential addresses until the Obama era, this body of work needs to be updated to include the Trump presidency. Donald Trump’s rhetorical strategies have become a spectre of ...
  • Increasing Health Literacy 

    Messineo, Ashley (2020)
    Low health literacy is a widespread problem in the United States. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Education released the first-ever national assessment of health literacy for English-speaking adults. The survey indicated that 9/10 adults struggle using everyday health information. Possessing health literacy skills is essential for safeguarding against ...
  • Tom Wheeler Audio Interview 

    Wheeler, Tom (2020-11-22)
    Thomas M. Wheeler, MD, serves as the W. L. Moody, Jr., Endowed Chair and professor in the Department of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). From 2004- 2018 he served as chair of the department and is now a Senior Vice Chair. He serves presently as a member of Medical Advisory Board at Medscape, Insightec, Inc., Nucleai, Inc. ...
  • Sara Rozin Video Interview 

    Rozin, Sara (2020-11-19)
    Sara Rozin has had fifteen years of management experience in public and private sectors in the areas of health education, disaster preparedness, and disease management, in both domestic and international healthcare settings funded by governments, non‐government agencies, and private industries. Her project management experience includes project design, ...
  • Boris Yoffe Video Interview 

    Yoffe, Boris (2020-11-20)
    Boris Yoffe, MD is Professor of Medicine and Molecular Virology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The research in his laboratory was focused on pathogenesis of virally induced liver diseases. In early years he also was involved in HIV research and his laboratory was one on the first to ...
  • Ridha Arem Video Interview 

    Arem, Ridha (2020-11-24)
    Ridha Arem, MD, is a world-renowned endocrinologist and director of the Texas Thyroid Institute. He has served as a clinical professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine for many years and was also chief of endocrinology and metabolism at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston. Dr. Arem has lectured extensively locally, nationally, and internationally ...
  • Robert Emery Video Interview 

    Emery, Robert (2020-11-23)
    Dr. Robert Emery is Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Professor of Occupational Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Bob has over 35 years of experience in health & safety and possesses master’s degrees in health physics and environmental ...
  • Tomoko Steen Video Interview 

    Steen, Tomoko (2020-11-27)
    Dr. Tomoko Steen is a tenured Senior Research Specialist at a leading government academic agency and an Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown’s Medical Center. Over the years, Dr. Steen has taken on a broad range of scientific research projects: on theoretical population genetics, on the epidemiology of antibiotic-resistant ...
  • Tom Abrahams Video Interview 

    Abrahams, Tom (2020-11-25)
    KTRK-TV Weekend Evening Anchor Tom Abrahams has traveled the world for Eyewitness News since arriving from Orlando in 1999. From Chernobyl and the Panama Canal, to The Amazon Jungle and the Black Sea, he has shown Eyewitness News viewers how faraway places affect our lives here in Southeast Texas. Tom also covers national politics and stories that ...
  • Randy Wright Video Interview 

    Wright, Randy (2020-11-09)
    Randy Wright is a retired healthcare administrator who was a member of The Methodist Hospital (TMH). His first position was as an administrator of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology.  Over time, he served in different executive roles including responsibilities for the for-profit programs, clinical support programs, and physician practice management ...
  • Teresa Hayes Video Interview 

    Hayes, Teresa (2020-11-03)
    Teresa G. Hayes, MD, Ph.D. is Associate Professor Emeritus at Baylor College of Medicine.  From 2008 through 2016 she was Chief of Hematology-Oncology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX. She is a medical oncologist and former clinical cancer researcher with an interest in radiation effects.  She has made several trips to the ...
  • Neal Palafox Video Interview 

    Palafox, Neal (2020-11-22)
    Neal A. Palafox, M.D., M.P.H. is currently Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Professor of Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center. He served in the Marshall Islands (RMI) as a physician and medical director of a U.S. funded program to care for the radiation ...
  • Engaging in the Process of Allyship: LGBTQ+ Community 

    Roland, Ashley; Pachipala, Krithi; Webb, Alisa; Morris, Madison; Park, Yunee; (2020)
    The LGBTQ+ community falls victim too often to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. As a result, members are disproportionately affected by mental health disorders, general inequality, as well as many forms of violence. In order to engage in effective allyship efforts, we hope to not only investigate these disparities but also to discover ...
  • Critical Theory, Normativity, and Catastrophe: A Critique of Amy Allen’s Metanormative Contextualism 

    Rehman, Bilal (2020-05)
    Critical theory is an approach to philosophical and cultural analysis that focuses on oppression and liberation. In this essay, I consider the prospect of moral-political progress in critical theory, focusing primarily on Amy Allen’s position of metanormative contextualism as described in her 2016 work, "The End of Progress." I first consider Allen’s ...
  • Glacially-controlled variations in the biological pump of the Ross Sea in the Mid-to-Late Pliocene 

    Nirenberg, Jared (2020-05)
    The mid-to-late Pliocene (~3.3 – 2.5 Ma) is an intriguing period for investigating Earth’s past climate dynamics as a potential analogue for future warmth due to anthropogenic climate change. In the Southern Ocean, the Ross Sea and the adjacent West Antarctic Ice Sheet exert significant influence on global climate through their roles in carbon cycle ...

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