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  1. Masters Thesis.docx [Download]

    Title: Masters Thesis.docx
    Depositor: Dawn Renae Mcelhenny
    Creator:
    • Mcelhenny, Dawn Renae
    Description:
    Keywords: Psychosocial Interventions for Substance Use Disorders
    Date Uploaded: 2017-02-23
  2. LovrinicSpencerThesis.pdf [Download]

    Title: LovrinicSpencerThesis.pdf
    Depositor: Spencer Daniel Lovrinic
    Creator:
    • Lovrinic, Spencer Daniel
    • Milosavljevic, Bratoljub
    Description:
    Keywords: Binary mixtures , Phase diagram modeling , Polypropylene glycol
    Date Uploaded: 2017-02-04
  3. SignaturePageThesis.pdf [Download]

    Title: SignaturePageThesis.pdf
    Depositor: Spencer Daniel Lovrinic
    Creator:
    • Lovrinic, Spencer Daniel
    • Milosavljevic, Bratoljub
    Description:
    Keywords: Binary mixtures , Phase diagram modeling , Polypropylene glycol
    Date Uploaded: 2017-02-04
  4. The Resurgence of Homesteading: An Investment in Health, Happiness, and Sustainable Living [Download]

    Title: The Resurgence of Homesteading: An Investment in Health, Happiness, and Sustainable Living
    Depositor: Jamie Candice Kinsley
    Creator:
    • Kinsley, Jamie Candice
    Description:
    Keywords: Homestead, Homesteading, Living off the land, Occupational Homestead, Hobby Homestead, Sustainable Living, Movement, York County, Home-economics, Food Security, Small Scale Farming
    Date Uploaded: 2016-12-02
  5. BrentMErbThesis-PennsylvaniaNatureWritersAndTheirInfluenceOnTheCultureAndLandscapeOfAmerica-Fall2016.docx [Download]

    Title: BrentMErbThesis-PennsylvaniaNatureWritersAndTheirInfluenceOnTheCultureAndLandscapeOfAmerica-Fall2016.docx
    Depositor: Brent Michael Erb
    Creator:
    • Erb, Brent Michael
    • Brent M Erb
    Description: Understanding nature and the ways in which humankind influences the environment is critical. While the moral obligation to protect the natural world is often clouded by industrial progress, financial gain, and the quest for energy independence, humankind’s existence depends upon a successful relationship with the Earth. The values and benefits of conserving and preserving natural resources to support biodiversity cannot be underestimated. Nature writers offer a voice for the natural world. By chronicling and reflecting upon our environment, nature writers encourage readers to have an interest in the natural world and make conscious and educated choices throughout their lives. As a result of their work, nature writers directly affect American’s natural, social, and cultural landscape. Illuminating the foundational experiences that have influenced nature writer’s investment in the natural world is integral to understanding how we can inspire a similar awareness and appreciation for nature in future generations. This thesis utilizes the empirical research process to uncover the initial inspirational experiences of four Pennsylvania nature writers: George Washington Sears “Nessmuk;” Theodora (Cope) Stanwell-Fletcher (Gray); E. Stanley “Ned” Smith; and Marcia Bonta. A critical literature review and site-based research was conducted in an effort to explore and identify common inspirational experiences throughout the writers’ lives. Each writer’s biography is positioned within the environmental, social, cultural, and political backdrop, relative to his or her era. The research highlighted that each of the four Pennsylvania nature writers identify positive childhood moments exploring nature under the tutelage of an invested adult as the basis for arousing their interest in nature and nature writing. These findings are discussed through the lens of current research and theory, addressing themes of social justice, nature deficit disorder, and the evolving relationship between humankind and nature. Research results suggest that inspiring and educating all people to be “nature smart” is a top priority. Specific attention must be given to children, as they are most capable of adopting pro-environmental attitudes and behaviors. Additional implications include: the evolving field of nature writing and its continuing ability to be a valuable tool in inspiring a love of nature in current and future generations.
    Keywords: Pennsylvania, Nature writer, Nature writers, Culture, Landscape, America, Childhood experiences, Childhood, Nature, George Washington Sears, Theodora Cope Stawell-Fletcher Gray, Nessmuk, Ned Smith, Marcia Bonta, Brent Erb
    Date Uploaded: 2016-12-01
  6. DziakDissert.pdf [Download]

    Title: DziakDissert.pdf
    Depositor: John Dziak
    Creator:
    • Dziak, John
    Description:
    Keywords: 2006 doctoral thesis of John Dziak
    Date Uploaded: 2016-09-23
  7. Fantasy Football America: An Analysis of America's [New] Favorite Game [Download]

    Title: Fantasy Football America: An Analysis of America's [New] Favorite Game
    Depositor: Jonathan Paul Makowski
    Creator:
    • Makowski, Jonathan Paul
    Description: Fantasy sports – in which fans ‘draft’ players and follow their progress through compiled statistical measures – is a major new development in American fan culture over the last generation. While fantasy sports are garnering success across many different sports, this thesis focuses on football since it has become the most lucrative and visible form of fantasy sports in both the sport and popular culture. The popularity of the game continues to rise exponentially, which, ironically, is borne out by recent decisions from state governments to regulate the fantasy sports industry (that is, to gain a piece of the financial pie for the state). This thesis will explore the way American’s consume and critique the fantasy game. To achieve this goal, this paper first explores the transferable skills gained from playing fantasy football as they are compared to the New York Stock Exchange; looking at auction and snake drafts, the fantasy team is equated to building a stock portfolio. Following the individual skills linked to playing fantasy, this thesis then examines the ways fantasy football has infiltrated popular culture. This section looks in particular at Matthew Berry’s New York Times best-selling novel Fantasy Life, FX Network’s television series The League, and various fantasy-related news articles surrounding issues in popular culture. Last, my research turns toward a specific case by taking an ethnographical approach to fantasy football by interviewing people in my own fantasy football leagues. Interviews are used to evaluate how fantasy football impacts and shapes the basis and context for which Americans view the NFL.
    Keywords: Fantasy Football, Football, NFL, Gambling, Sports, Fantasy Sports, Stock Market, Ethnography , America, Matthew Berry, ESPN, The League
    Date Uploaded: 2016-05-06
  8. Discontent in Arab America: How Arab American Identity is Transversed by the Media.pdf [Download]

    Title: Discontent in Arab America: How Arab American Identity is Transversed by the Media.pdf
    Depositor: Christopher Michael Haraszkiewicz
    Creator:
    • Haraszkiewicz, Christopher Michael
    Description: The attacks of 9/11 accelerated the changes in cultural perceptions experienced by Arab Americans. Arab Americans are an ethnic group with a history long predating the events of September 11, 2001. Their presence in the United States also long predates troubles in the Middle East. Yet recent events have caused the inaccurate conflation of this group with the phenomena of terrorism and Middle Eastern conflict. This Master's Project examines the inaccurate assumptions about Arab Americans -- whose numbers include both Christian and Muslim members -- which are reiterated in culture by television programs and movies. Surveying existing scholarship on Arab-Americans, including the works of Jack Shaheen, Steven Salaita, and Anahid Kulwicki, this thesis examines demographic data which disproves the popular culture assumptions. The goal of this project is to deliver a more accurate portrayal of Arab Americans and to assess the effect of negative public stereotypes about them.
    Keywords: Discontent in Arab American: How Arab American Identity is Transversed by the Media, Arab-Americans, Media, Arab American data, Demographics, Arabs, Identitty, White, Whiteness
    Date Uploaded: 2016-05-04
  9. The Spirit of Worship: Finding God through 20th century Music [Download]

    Title: The Spirit of Worship: Finding God through 20th century Music
    Depositor: Sarah Jessica Porter
    Creator:
    • Porter, Sarah Jessica
    Description:
    Keywords: The Jesus People, Music, 1970's , Religion
    Date Uploaded: 2016-05-03
  10. The History and Evolution of the American Railroad.pdf [Download]

    Title: The History and Evolution of the American Railroad.pdf
    Depositor: Jeffrey Roy Long
    Creator:
    • Long, Jeffrey Roy
    Description:
    Keywords: American Studies, Penn State Harrisburg, Railroads, History of American Railroads, Transcontinental Railroad, American Civil War, High-Speed Rail
    Date Uploaded: 2016-05-02