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Collection Description

Collection of student theses and dissertations from as early as 1939, but mainly from 2010 to present.

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Web portal for the Center for Biopharmaceutical and Biodevice Development with blackboard features
The Center for Biopharmaceutical and Biodevice Development (CBBD) provides education and training that augment the professional excellence and career opportunities of professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and those with the impetus to make it large. CBBD envisages the pinnacle of excellence in providing world-class accredited academic and practical education in various areas of the biomedical industry. The CBBD website aims at providing a perfect interface to those aspiring individuals in the biomedical field by putting up all the necessary information at one place thereby making it the one-stop website for a biomedical striver to be a pioneer in the industry. The website is designed using a Content Management System (CMS) and provides easy accessibility for the students and instructors alike. The CMS facilitates effective communication between the faculty members and the students. It truly reflects the goals and the vision of the department
Web version of a shapefile analysis
Thesis (M.S.) Computer Science, This is a web based application to allow the user to view and understand hex dump versions of .shp, .shx, .dbf etc. files submitted by a user from the keyboard. This tool provides the user with an option to upload the shapefiles and then also allows him to download the hex dump of the file and they can also view their hex dumps on the web site. One major improvement over the earlier efforts is, rather than just seeing the hex dump, now you can download the file and keep it for your future reference. When we view anything through a browser it makes it easier to understand as it's in more readable form, rather than on the console. A tool was created, which display the hex dump version of a shapefiles provided by the user. The tool then explains those hex dumps according to their ESRI specified formats. The purpose of this tool is to make it convenient for the students to understand the structure and format of shapefiles, but can be used as well by GIS professionals, for example to validate the data.
Web-based database support system for International Student Tutor-Mentor Program
This project deals with development of a web based database application for the International Student Tutor-Mentor Program at San Diego State University to aid them in better managing student and tutor/mentor information. This application will help serve the directors of International Student Tutor-Mentor Program by providing them ease of access and better control of program participants’ information specific to their program. The main motive behind going for a web based application was to develop a system that matches students with tutors and mentors at the touch of a button and allows data access from any place.
Web-based tool for visualization of online discourse events
The Online Discourse Event Visualizer (ODEV) is an analytical tool which will be used for visual representation and performing visual and mathematical analysis for research on social science evaluation of Human-Computer-Human Interaction. Users of a set of research portals provide their inputs on various propositions for transportation related projects in the form of concerns, comments, votes etc. This tool tracks the events and activities occurring over the duration of research, at various geographical locations and graphically represents the research data in an interactive 3-dimensional visual format. In addition to that this tool performs analytical calculations on the data and provides feedback helpful in visual analysis of the participation of the users of the portal. The ODEV is a Java based software application which facilitates visualization and analysis of spatio-temporal data in a 3-dimensional virtual environment. It extracts the essential data required for the visualization of the discourse events from an MS Access database and then performs a set of calculations. The horizontal axes represent the location of the event (defined in latitude and longitude), whereas the vertical axis represents the time at which the event occurred. The grapevine structure generated as a result of this 3D rendering of the data, progresses vertically as time passes. The ODEV has the following main modules: (1) a Java3D virtual universe module that generates an interactive 3-dimensional platform for rendering the discourse event related data visually, (2) a data extraction module that queries the database for extracting the essential and relevant data needed for analysis and visualization, and finally (3) a cue calculator module which performs the various analytical calculations on the data and generates and handles the results.
Webeaucracy: the collaborative revolution
Through the act of submission we create organization in order to work together toward the common good, thus achieving more than is possible as individuals. It is an unavoidable consequence that this same act of submission simultaneously creates hierarchy, authority, power, and politics, that will forever be linked to traditional bureaucracy. Thus, government bureaucracy is inherently flawed. Communications technology, more than simply a mirror, has affected sociopolitical organization throughout history. The Internet as actor will assert itself, reshaping the sociopolitical landscape. Collaborative Internet utilities functioning much the same as traditional government bureaucracy, sans power, are the first wave, already taking shape in the Webeaucracy. Existing collaborative Internet utilities are explored to elucidate form, taxonomy, and possible futures. An online collaboration utility is presented as a practical exercise: http://yadabyte.org. Finally, strategy points toward the implementation of government sponsored collaborative Internet utilities are presented.
Weight loss success among overweight children: What predicts short-term outcome?
Epidemic increases in obesity in the United States have focused research attention on prevention and treatment issues. Rates of obesity have steadily increase over the past 20 years. Adult and child obesity rates have both increased. The percentage of children at risk for overweight (at or above the 85th percentile body mass index for age) increased significantly from 28.2% to 33.6% between 1999 and 2004. One out of every three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Much effort is now focused on prevention of obesity. However, varied results have been demonstrated. Data analyzed as part of this dissertation were collected during a pediatric obesity treatment trial ("Childhood Obesity Treatment: A Maintenance Approach") funded by a five-year grant from the National Institute for Child and Human Health Development. Over a three year period (three fall cohorts), overweight children (aged 7-12 years), along with one obese parent were invited and agreed to participate in the 20-week weight loss phase of the Family Weight Control and Prevention Program in San Diego, California. This study sought to examine predictors of short term weight loss or stabilization among overweight children enrolled in this family-based behavioral intervention. Offered is an examination of areas to be considered when designing a weight loss intervention program and evaluating what components to maintain as part of an overall program while attempting to reduce participant burden. First evaluated was whether demographic variables affected outcome in an intervention targeting overweight children. Race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status were not found to have a differential effect on the amount of weight lost or self-efficacy. This suggests that intervention strategies don't always need to be tailored to race/ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Next evaluated was dietary self-monitoring. As found previously among adults and adolescents, preadolescent children who completed journals on a more consistent basis, lost more weight comparatively. Additionally, any self monitoring was beneficial for weight loss when compared to those who did not journal. Finally, we demonstrated that physical activity self-efficacy is an important variable to consider in the planning of exercise programs that are components of weight loss interventions., San Diego State University
Welcome to my slumber party
Welcome to my Slumber Party is a view into my awkward adolescence and how social behaviors developed during that age are reflected in my concept of self today. For this body of work, I am particularly focused on the private spaces of the family home, how I decorated and curated my space so that it was a reflection of a world that was prescribed by society's gender expectations. During moments, like ‘slumber parties’, the space was altered, hiding parts of me I feared would not be accepted by my peers. I use lasting memories, personal documentation (pictures and writing) and historical pop culture sources of the 1990’s as starting points in my creation process. They are evidence of how I absorbed cultural constructs, and are inspired by color, texture and form. I make with materials associated with my youth and the crafts that occupied me late into the night: glitter, hotglue, hair, beads, paint, cross stitching, collaging, doodling, and applying make-up. Much like how I created during my youth, play and chance continue to be an important part of the making process. While the work is aesthetically pleasing on the surface, its satirical titling reveals a deeper social critique. The work is backed by research in the basic human experience of awkwardness, the resulting cringing emotion of our development of self-concept during adolescence. I examine the feminist perspective on how media culture shapes our identity and reflect on my own experience during my adolescence. This autobiographical work is meant to be an interactive immersion into my formative memories. I hope the viewer is able to have an empathetic response to my work and question their own pubescent experience. I hope people walk away questioning what parts of their youth have stuck with them and how these memories have shaped their concept of self today. Through this body of work, I want to encourage acceptance of idiosyncrasies and celebration of universal awkwardness that continues to reside in our adult selves., San Diego State University