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    • A Computational Model of Routine Procedural Memory 

      Tamborello, Franklin Patrick, II (2009)
      Cooper and Shallice (2000) implemented a computational version of the Norman and Shallice’s (1986) Contention Scheduling Model (CSM). The CSM is a hierarchically organized network of action schemas and goals. Botvinick and Plaut (2004) instead took a connectionist approach to modeling routine procedural behavior. They argued in favor of holistic, ...
    • A Crisis of People or Politics? : Revisiting the Impact of Narrative Framing of Immigration in German Newspapers in 2018 

      Schumacher, Erika (2019-05)
      In 2017, a report (Georgiou & Zaborowski) traced the media portrayal of the 2015 refugee crisis and of immigrants in European countries. The authors reported a general negative portrayal of immigrants in the news. Additionally, they showed a shift: the refugee crisis was initially described as a humanitarian issue that transcended boundaries; by the ...
    • A Cry for the Lost: A Transitioning Native Worldview in Colonial California 

      Sanchez, Kivani Ailene (2017)
      Historically, people have used legends across cultures as a means of transmitting moral values and socializing the young while providing a source of entertainment and education to their listeners. Contemporary versions of legends have the ability to provide insight to the underlying worldviews, which are shaped by the cultural context within a ...
    • A Dying Dream 

      McDowell, Michael Thomas (2017)
      This paper examines educational segregation and inequity in our country today. By researching the history of educational segregation in the United States, it becomes clear that since 1988 schools have resegregated, undoing most of the progress they made in the ‘60s and ‘70s. This has caused the achievement gap between minority and white students to ...
    • A Framework for Testing Concurrent Programs 

      Ricken, Mathias (2011)
      This study proposes a new framework that can effectively apply unit testing to concurrent programs, which are difficult to develop and debug. Test-driven development, a practice enabling developers to detect bugs early by incorporating unit testing into the development process, has become wide-spread, but it has only been effective for programs with ...
    • A Phenomenological Critique of Irene McMullin's Formulation of Heideggerian Temporality 

      Barton, Jason (2019)
      This paper aims at differentiating Martin Heidegger’s phenomenological ontology from Emmanuel Levinas’s phenomenological ethics on the experiential level of encountering otherness. In addition to drawing from each author’s seminal texts, I will contextualize the disagreement between Heidegger and Levinas to Irene McMullin’s Time and the Shared World: ...
    • Acknowledging Impostor Phenomenon: How Does It Affect and Individual's Likability? 

      Lee, Jennifer (2019)
      The impostor phenomenon (IP) is the feeling of being an intellectual fraud regardless of any external evidence of incompetency. Research on the effects of IP on mental health is important in understanding how to nurture positive experiences through the duration of undergraduate life. However, the social interactions of individuals who experience IP ...
    • Adaptation of the Samson Narrative in The Simpsons 

      Ochoa, Lidia (2018)
      Samson, the Nazarite Judge of the Judahites, is a character who has been widely discussed among biblical scholars. Scholars’ conclusions range from Samson as a hero, to Samson as a moral lesson, from Samson as a tragic character, to Samson as a literary device. There is no one view of Samson that is overwhelmingly more popular among scholars. ...
    • 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 ...
    • After the Addendum: Author Rights Management and/as Library Service 

      LaFlamme, Marcel; Fondren Library (2017-02)
      This report presents the findings from a qualitative study of Rice University faculty attitudes and practices around author rights conducted by Marcel LaFlamme, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, during his tenure as a Fondren Fellow. This project was supervised by Shannon Kipphut-Smith, Fondren Library’s scholarly communications liaison.
    • Allegory for Political Rehabilitation: William and Mary, 1692, and Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen 

      Krawetz, Alexandra (2014)
      When King William III and Queen Mary II ascended to the English throne in 1689 they were relatively well received. However, by 1692 their relationship with the public was strained. This created a need for image rehabilitation that could be partially satisfied by a public work, such as semi-opera. The Fairy Queen, Henry Purcell’s 1692 semi-opera, can ...
    • Amplified Encounters at High Speed 

      Sibley, Rebecca (2011)
      This thesis expands upon the dialogue between speed and architecture, investigating how architecture reinterprets the linear city, originally defined by the continuous fabric of the freeway and more recently reconfigured by the high speed rail line. Using the linear city as a site of exploration and high speed rail as a ground to test new typologies ...
    • Application of a fully polynomial randomized approximation scheme (FPRAS) to infrastructure system reliability assessments 

      Fu, Bowen; Dueñas-Osorio, Leonardo (2017-08-06)
      Networked systems make the reliability assessment of critical infrastructure computationally challenging given the combinatorial nature of system-level states. Several methods from numerical schemes to analytical approaches, such as Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) and recursive decomposition algorithms (RDA), respectively, have been applied to this ...
    • Architecture in the Marketplace of Ideas: Copyright and its "Chilling" Effects 

      Tankard, Jessica (2009)
      This paper questions the applicability of current legal standards of copyright to architectural works. Copyright law, as currently written, does not address the unique needs and design practices common to the field of architecture. For example, in architecture, the appropriation of existing design strategies in new built works is common, and should ...
    • Archival (Yellow) Fever: The Letters of Kezia Payne DePelchin and E. Kate Heckle 

      O'Leary, Joanna Shawn Brigid (2011)
      I originally submitted “Archival (Yellow) Fever” as my final paper for Dr. Helena Michie’s graduate seminar on Victorian fiction and historicism. This paper includes my analysis of the DePelchin/Heckle materials, a collection of writings by two female nurses serving in the 1878 Mississippi Valley Yellow Fever Epidemic; a meta-reflection on my ...
    • Autocorrelation Reflectivity of Mars 

      Deng, Sizhuang; Levander, Alan (2020)
      The seismic structure of the Martian interior can shed light on the formation and dynamic evolution of the planet and our solar system. The deployment of the seismograph carried by the InSight mission provides a means to study Martian internal structure. We used ambient noise autocorrelation to analyze the available vertical component seismic data ...
    • Between Borders: a comparative study of traditional and fronterizo migrants 

      Rendon-Ramos, Erika (2017)
      My research project seeks to break down gendered generalizations along the U.S. - Mexico borderland to demonstrate the diversity of the borderland experience based on one’s location and gender and furthermore, to show how women exhibit their agency in various facets of life regardless of the machismo culture. It furthers examinations of gendered ...
    • Book review: Grégoire Chamayou, A Theory of the Drone 

      LaFlamme, Marcel; SAGE (2016-11)