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[Apartment complex pool in snow]

Photograph of an apartment complex pool in Houston, Texas, with snow on the ground.
Date: December 15, 2021
Creator: Allred, Katy
Object Type: Photograph
System: The UNT Digital Library
Collaborative Research: Diversifying Human-Centered Data Science through the Research and Design of Ethical Games (open access)

Collaborative Research: Diversifying Human-Centered Data Science through the Research and Design of Ethical Games

Data management plan for the grant, "Collaborative Research: Diversifying Human-Centered Data Science through the Research and Design of Ethical Games." This project studies collaborative learning in a virtual setting for groups of peers with conflicting methodological cultures and diverse backgrounds. An additional artifact of this two-year, interdisciplinary project will be a prototype of an educational game, targeted towards the underrepresented communities and the greater public, that will bring more people into critical conversations about the roles of AI and data science in our society. The primary aim of this research is the production of novel theories in learning sciences regarding collaborative learning in the face of diverse backgrounds and cultural norms.
Date: 2021-12-01/2023-11-30
Creator: Evans, Sarah
Object Type: Text
System: The UNT Digital Library
Recent advances in processing negation (open access)

Recent advances in processing negation

This article surveys previous work on negation with an emphasis on computational approaches.
Date: December 17, 2021
Creator: Morante, Roser & Blanco, Eduardo
Object Type: Article
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lara_Asam_Thresholds_10

Work of art in Wood, Fabric, Acrylic, Monofilament, Resin by artist Lara Asam as part of a 2021 MFA Exhibition, entitled "Thresholds"
Date: December 4, 2021
Creator: Asam, Lara
Object Type: Artwork
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lara_Asam_Thresholds_03

Work of art in Wood, Fabric, Acrylic, Monofilament, Resin by artist Lara Asam as part of a 2021 MFA Exhibition, entitled "Thresholds"
Date: December 4, 2021
Creator: Asam, Lara
Object Type: Artwork
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lara_Asam_Thresholds_05

Work of art in Wood, Fabric, Acrylic, Monofilament, Resin by artist Lara Asam as part of a 2021 MFA Exhibition, entitled "Thresholds"
Date: December 4, 2021
Creator: Asam, Lara
Object Type: Artwork
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lara_Asam_Thresholds_07

Work of art in Wood, Fabric, Acrylic, Monofilament, Resin by artist Lara Asam as part of a 2021 MFA Exhibition, entitled "Thresholds"
Date: December 4, 2021
Creator: Asam, Lara
Object Type: Artwork
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lara_Asam_Thresholds_01

Work of art in Wood, Fabric, Acrylic, Monofilament, Resin by artist Lara Asam as part of a 2021 MFA Exhibition, entitled "Thresholds"
Date: December 4, 2021
Creator: Asam, Lara
Object Type: Artwork
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lara_Asam_Thresholds_02

Work of art in Wood, Fabric, Acrylic, Monofilament, Resin by artist Lara Asam as part of a 2021 MFA Exhibition, entitled "Thresholds"
Date: December 4, 2021
Creator: Asam, Lara
Object Type: Artwork
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lara_Asam_Thresholds_04

Work of art in Wood, Fabric, Acrylic, Monofilament, Resin by artist Lara Asam as part of a 2021 MFA Exhibition, entitled "Thresholds"
Date: December 4, 2021
Creator: Asam, Lara
Object Type: Artwork
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lara_Asam_Thresholds_06

Work of art in Wood, Fabric, Acrylic, Monofilament, Resin by artist Lara Asam as part of a 2021 MFA Exhibition, entitled "Thresholds"
Date: December 4, 2021
Creator: Asam, Lara
Object Type: Artwork
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lara_Asam_Thresholds_09

Work of art in Wood, Fabric, Acrylic, Monofilament, Resin by artist Lara Asam as part of a 2021 MFA Exhibition, entitled "Thresholds"
Date: December 4, 2021
Creator: Asam, Lara
Object Type: Artwork
System: The UNT Digital Library

Lara_Asam_Thresholds_08

Work of art in Wood, Fabric, Acrylic, Monofilament, Resin by artist Lara Asam as part of a 2021 MFA Exhibition, entitled "Thresholds"
Date: December 4, 2021
Creator: Asam, Lara
Object Type: Artwork
System: The UNT Digital Library
Texas Register, Volume 46, Number 49, Pages 8145-8278, December 3, 2021 (open access)

Texas Register, Volume 46, Number 49, Pages 8145-8278, December 3, 2021

A weekly publication, the Texas Register serves as the journal of state agency rulemaking for Texas. Information published in the Texas Register includes proposed, adopted, withdrawn and emergency rule actions, notices of state agency review of agency rules, governor's appointments, attorney general opinions, and miscellaneous documents such as requests for proposals. After adoption, these rulemaking actions are codified into the Texas Administrative Code.
Date: December 3, 2021
Creator: Texas. Secretary of State.
Object Type: Journal/Magazine/Newsletter
System: The Portal to Texas History
Improving Subjects in the Digital Collections with Data: White Paper (open access)

Improving Subjects in the Digital Collections with Data: White Paper

White paper discussing the results of a public survey regarding keyword assignment for digital library photographs and providing initial analysis regarding the responses and next steps for the project.
Date: December 2021
Creator: Tarver, Hannah; Miles, Chassidy & Zipperer, Rachael
Object Type: Paper
System: The UNT Digital Library
Improving Memory Performance for Both High Performance Computing and Embedded/Edge Computing Systems (open access)

Improving Memory Performance for Both High Performance Computing and Embedded/Edge Computing Systems

CPU-memory bottleneck is a widely recognized problem. It is known that majority of high performance computing (HPC) database systems are configured with large memories and dedicated to process specific workloads like weather prediction, molecular dynamic simulations etc. My research on optimal address mapping improves the memory performance by increasing the channel and bank level parallelism. In an another research direction, I proposed and evaluated adaptive page migration techniques that obviates the need for offline analysis of an application to determine page migration strategies. Furthermore, I explored different migration strategies like reverse migration, sub page migration that I found to be beneficial depending on the application behavior. Ideally, page migration strategies redirect the demand memory traffic to faster memory to improve the memory performance. In my third contribution, I worked and evaluated a memory-side accelerator to assist the main computational core in locating the non-zero elements of a sparse matrix that are typically used in scientific, machine learning workloads on a low-power embedded system configuration. Thus my contributions narrow the speed-gap by improving the latency and/or bandwidth between CPU and memory.
Date: December 2021
Creator: Adavally, Shashank
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Donor-Acceptor Artificial Photosynthetic Systems: Ultrafast Energy and Electron Transfer (open access)

Donor-Acceptor Artificial Photosynthetic Systems: Ultrafast Energy and Electron Transfer

Mother nature has laid out a beautiful blueprint to capture sunlight and convert to usable form of energy. Inspired by nature, donor-acceptor systems are predominantly studied for their light harvesting applications. This dissertation explores new donor-acceptor systems by studying their photochemical properties useful in building artificial photosynthetic systems. The systems studied are divided into phthalocyanine-porphyrin-fullerene-based, perylenediimide-based, and aluminum porphyrin-based donor-acceptor systems. Further effect of solvents in determining the energy or electron transfer was studied in chapter 6. Such complex photosynthetic analogues are designed and characterized using UV-vis, fluorescence spectroscopy, differential pulse voltammetry and cyclic voltammetry. Using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy, the excited state properties are explored. The information obtained from the current study is critical in getting one step closer to building affordable and sustainable solar energy harvesting devices which could easily unravel the current energy demands.
Date: December 2021
Creator: Seetharaman, Sairaman
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Defining Learning Affordances Based on Past Research Uses (open access)

Defining Learning Affordances Based on Past Research Uses

The objective of this study was to locate and describe the learning affordances used within research studies on instructional design. Allowing an instructional designer to see what was used and how applicable it might be for future design would assist with better course creation. Current and past literature supported the importance of this concept after examination of how course creation has evolved within the field of instructional design. Further, the findings elucidated how to help the field evolve in the future by expanding knowledge about learning affordances and providing the broadest set of conceptual definitions by the academics working in the field to include them in their research and instructional designs.
Date: December 2021
Creator: Dolliver, Elizabeth Anne
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
In Vitro Electrochemical Evaluation of Bioelectronic Arrays (open access)

In Vitro Electrochemical Evaluation of Bioelectronic Arrays

In this paper, I sought to identify and develop a protocol on electrode arrays as a result of rapid aging by applying rapid current over time. We, however, apply a different approach by using phosphate buffer solution (PBS) to mimic the conditions of the body. Here we have established an in vitro protocol for accelerated aging, a process that involves testing in extreme conditions such as oxygen, heat, sunlight, humidity, and vibration aimed at speeding the normal aging process of items; on commercially available shape memory polymer electrode arrays from Qualia over a period of 30 days in PBS. Two electrode arrays were placed in 37°C and 2 were placed in 57°C. Open lead electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was conducted on the electrode arrays. Overall, the results showed there were differences in average impedance during this accelerated aging protocol. At 37°C we see that the average impedance values increased as the electrodes were aged at 1kHz from an average of 4.15E6 to 9.14E6 Ohms. At 57°C electrode arrays 4 and 5 showed strong P values well above 0.05, but average impedance increased drastically from 3.27E6 to 9.97E6 and P value of 0.04 from measurement day 24 to day 30. This …
Date: December 2021
Creator: Singh, Sukhpreet
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library

Multiple Dimensions of Fish Functional Traits, Trait Relationships, and Associations with Community Structure and Dynamics

Trait-based approaches are useful in ecological research because of their potential ability to predict species responses from patterns present in the community and to infer mechanisms driving community assembly. Current approaches for fishes are lacking traits across all five fundamental niche dimensions (i.e. habitat, life history, trophic, metabolic and defense). This study quantified a broad range of fish functional traits across all five niche dimensions (commonly used traits and novel traits), quantified intra- and interspecific variation for each trait, tested for relationships among traits within and among niche dimensions, tested for phylogenetic conservatism of traits and assessed trait-environment relationships for a subset of these traits under two different contexts. Approximately one third of the quantified traits exhibited greater intraspecific variation than interspecific variation and were not included in subsequent analyses. There were similarities between phylogeny and trait dendrograms for all traits, and habitat, metabolic and defense traits. The traits identified in chapter 2 were able to explain species responses during different flow periods in two intermittent streams as well as species-specific differences in host microbiome at the onset of drought in one intermittent stream. The novel traits identified in chapter 2 did contribute to our understanding of the community assembly …
Date: December 2021
Creator: Harried, Brittany Lee
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Leveraging Instructional Leadership to Build Teacher Efficacy in Title I Elementary Schools (open access)

Leveraging Instructional Leadership to Build Teacher Efficacy in Title I Elementary Schools

By building self-efficacy in individual teachers and collective efficacy in grade level teams, principals can improve the instructional practices that take place on campuses. Instruction impacts student achievement. Principals indirectly impact student achievement through instruction that happens in the classroom. The purpose of this mixed methods study was to examine the relationship between the behavior of instructional leaders and teachers' self-efficacy and collective efficacy. Data collection tools included a survey, semi-structured interviews, and observations of interactions and behaviors of teachers and principals at two Title I elementary schools in a large suburban school district in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Teacher self-efficacy and collective efficacy were seen through the lens of classroom management, instructional strategies, group competency, student engagement and task analysis. Teacher efficacy at both schools were influenced by leadership behaviors through direct and indirect actions. Instructional leaders must be adept at using tools, such as PLCs and walkthroughs, to contextualize the needs of all stakeholders and bring about high levels of efficacy in teachers and student achievement.
Date: December 2021
Creator: Hall, Tracy
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library

Behind the Curtain of Public Space: Revealing the Narratives of Corporate Street Hawking in Globalizing Accra

All street hawkers are not the same in many Newly Industrialized Countries (NICs) of the global south as often portrayed by the media and documented in extant literature. This perception has created a gap in knowledge as researchers explore street hawking activities in NICs. In this study, I investigated a new informality trend of street hawking is coming into being within the capital city of Accra, Ghana. As governance is increasingly becoming entrepreneurial, informal activities are gradually becoming formal. Formal and registered businesses are increasingly capitalizing on hawking activities to occupy public spaces. The advent of the informality trend, I term corporate street hawking opens up new issues for the political economy, labor, and urban studies. By employing semi-structured interviews with 47 street hawkers in Accra, this paper sought to investigate three broadly interrelated questions. First, how do neoliberal policies impact the production of public space in Accra? Second, is corporate street hawking a form of creative destruction? Finally, how do corporate street hawkers practice agency within Accra?
Date: December 2021
Creator: Ansah, Hilary Ama
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
Assessing the Clinical Experiences and Attitudes of Play Therapists Working with Children of Parental Substance Use (open access)

Assessing the Clinical Experiences and Attitudes of Play Therapists Working with Children of Parental Substance Use

This study aimed to gain insight into the clinical practices and attitudes of currently practicing play therapists working with children with a parent with a substance use disorder. Participants in the study were play therapists credentialed by the Association for Play Therapy, either as a Registered Play Therapist™ or Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™. A total of 198 play therapists participated in the study. Results demonstrated that variables including prior education, caseload of children affected by parental substance use, and the number of years since obtaining a mental health licensure explained 16% of the variance in participant attitude scores on the Drug and Drug Problems Perceptions Questionnaire (DDPPQ). Specifically, education (β = -.335, rs2 = .884, p < .001) was found to be a significant predictor of play therapist attitudes towards substance users as it explained 88% of the variance accounted for in the effect. Additionally, although not found to be significant, caseload (β = -.134, rs2 = .325, p = .058) was found to explain 33% of the variance accounted for in the effect. This initial exploration of play therapists' attitudes towards substance users provides strong evidence towards the importance of education and training in substance use disorders. Further exploration of …
Date: December 2021
Creator: Yurkovich, Chelsea V
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library
The Choral Music of Elaine Hagenberg: From Process to Product to Performance (open access)

The Choral Music of Elaine Hagenberg: From Process to Product to Performance

The Choral Music of Elaine Hagenberg explores the oeuvre of composer Elaine Hagenberg through a musicological, qualitative, and performance-based analysis of her compositional style that has led to her increasing acclaim. This study serves as the first primary source of scholarly output on her. Through an examination of her musical background as a pianist and choral educator, one can identify her principal sources of musical inspiration: text, nature, and her faith. Shaped by these experiences, her compositional philosophy encapsulates five elements of text, form, rhythm, melody, and harmony as she strives to produce singer-centric, authentic, and socially relevant compositions that unite people together. What begins as a consideration of her background and compositional process culminates in practical musical analysis and conducting and vocal considerations to aid future conductors in creating compelling performances of her works. The compositions discussed are As The Rain Hides The Stars (2015), O Love (2016), Song of Miriam (2019), My Companion (2019), and Alleluia (2020).
Date: December 2021
Creator: Cathlina, Francis
Object Type: Thesis or Dissertation
System: The UNT Digital Library