• 10x10 Array of Stimulating Electrode

      Edward O'Brien; Kevin Barnett; Hodge Jenkins; Kimberly Gessner; Joshua Dupaty; Rachel Burns
      A senior design project focused on the development of a wearable electrode array to be used as a sensory substitution device.
    • 3-D Printed Custom Standard Wrist Brace

      Philip McCreanor; Courtney Spake; Ewan Bentley
      The project is to create a custom standard wrist brace. This will be done by scanning the arm, fitting a digital model of the brace to the arm, and printing the brace.
    • 3D Printed Extra Hepatic Bile Duct Model for in vitro Testing

      Joanna Thomas; Leia Troop; Nicholas Faist; Robyn Guru
      An investigation of designing and using 3D printed bile ducts as a model for in vitro testing biliary stents.
    • 4 inch Hydraulic Turbine Runner Assembly

      Loren Sumner; Stephen Hill; Mary Kathryn Savage; Emily Davis; Chanah Bremar
      Improve power producing capabilities of a small run-of-river hydro turbine system intended for use in rural communities.
    • A Building Ministry: The Role Of A United Methodist Minister In The Major Building Project Of Dublin First Umc, A Large Historic Church

      Plaxico, David Tyler
      ABSTRACT DAVID TYLER PLAXICO A BUILDING MINISTRY: THE ROLE OF A UNITED METHODIST MINISTER IN THE MAJOR BUILDING PROJECT OF DUBLIN FIRST UMC, A LARGE HISTORIC CHURCH Under the direction of GRAHAM WALKER, Ph.D. Dublin First United Methodist Church is a large historic United Methodist Church located in downtown Dublin, GA. This church is much like many of its kind; it has a long proud history of effective ministry in the community in which it resides. For over 150 years DFUMC has been a faithful body of believers bent on making disciples of Jesus Christ from its location in the heart of Dublin. As time has progressed, the facilities of the church have begun to decline and the existing structure became much in need of renovation, remodel and new construction. The leadership of DFUMC decided that a Building Project was needed to directly address these acknowledged needs in order for the church to continue to be a place of meaningful worship, study and fellowship. The purpose of this Project Thesis came as a result of this decision and of the desire to ascertain what the specific role the Senior Pastor of the church would be in this building project. In pursuit of this end, extensive research on pastoral identity, sacred architecture, institutional change theory and Christian leadership was conducted. Following this research, Qualitative Research methodology was employed through the utilization of subject interviews. The interviews were focused on similarly situated Senior Pastors of large historic UMC congregations that have or were currently undergoing a ! ix ! similar large Building Project. Four such Senior Pastors were chosen according to these criteria and were interviewed using identical targeted interrogatories. The data gleaned from these interviews was then analyzed by coding the resulting information. Specific categories and codes that were identified as pertinent to the study were identified and the data was examined accordingly. The findings were that there is indeed a specific role for the Senior Pastor of a large historic UMC in a Building Project of this type. The identified role was that of a “Managing Agent of Visionary Change.�? The future study of this work is varied and includes the continued examination of Pastoral Identity and perceived ministerial responsibility as it pertains to particular congregations and to the church-specific needs of a Senior Pastor. The information gathered and examined in this Project Thesis may be expanded accordingly and may serve as a foundation for studies on ministerial responsibility within the UMC.
    • A Case Study Of Policies And Procedures To Address Cyberbullying At A Technology-based Middle School

      Tate, Bettina Polite
      ABSTRACT BETTINA POLITE TATE A CASE STUDY OF POLICIES AND PROCEDURES TO ADDRESS CYBERBULLYING AT A TECHNOLOGY-BASED MIDDLE SCHOOL Under the direction of OLIVIA M. BOGGS, Ed. D. This qualitative case study explored the policies and procedures used to effectively address cyberbullying at a technology-based middle school. The purpose of the study was to gain an in-depth understanding of policies and procedures used to address cyberbullying at a technology-based middle school in the southern United States. The study sought to understand educators’ experience with addressing the problem. The study explored how educators discipline students for cyberbullying, the actions they take to protect students who are cyberbullied, and the actions they take to decrease or prevent cyberbullying in their schools. Further, the study explored the challenges educators face and the procedures they follow to address and prevent cyberbullying at a technology-based middle school. The study was guided by the question, what policies and procedures are in place to effectively address cyberbullying at a technology based middle school? Albert Bandura’s Social Learning Theory and John Rawls’ Social Justice Theory were used to as a guide to explain cyberbullying and how the phenomenon is addressed. Data were collected through open ended interview protocol with the school’s principal, assistant principal, and counselors, focus groups with teachers, and a document analysis of relevant school and school district documents. Data analysis revealed major findings aligned to nine distinct themes: 1. Address Incidents Immediately, 2. Be Proactive: Students Are Taught Netiquette, 3. Challenges, 4. Consistent Procedures When Addressing Cyberbullying, 5. Counselors are Key People, 6. Discipline for the Cyberbully is Incremental and Progressive, 7. Protect the Victim, 8. Loving School Culture, and 9. Teachers are the Frontline. The conclusions drawn from the research findings presented in Chapter 4 and discussed in Chapter 5 suggest that utilizing policies and procedures suggested by the nine themes are effective in addressing cyberbullying at a technology based middle school. The policies and procedures used by the school were aligned to the current research about cyberbullying and how the phenomenon should be addressed by educators. Implications for future research include exploring the policies and procedures at different education levels, from the perceptions of parents and students, and among multiple cases.
    • A Comparative Analysis Of The Achievement Gap And International Baccalaureate Curriculum With Implications For School Leaders

      Grandison, Ayesha Odessa
      ABSTRACT A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE CURRICULUM WITH IMPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOL LEADERS There is limited evidence on how school-based international curriculum (International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Program) impacts achievement gaps in U.S. elementary schools in comparison to implementation of standards-based curriculum using common core standards and, more specifically, the Georgia Standards of Excellence. The purpose of this research was to determine if a significant difference exists in the rate of achievement on the English Language Arts and Mathematics End of Grade Georgia Milestones Assessments between fifth-grade students enrolled in an International Baccalaureate (IB-PYP) school curriculum as compared to those not enrolled in an International Baccalaureate (IB-PYP) school curriculum for the 2017-2018 school year. An ex post facto analysis was conducted using ELA and math proficiency rate data for IB and nonIB schools with Title I distinction. Conclusions about the appropriateness of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program as a sole instructional model for economically disadvantaged student populations cannot be drawn from this study. The study revealed that, although no significant difference in ELA and math achievement rates between IB and nonIB schools existed, IB schools are making a positive difference in content mastery among Title I public school fifth-grade students. Furthermore, the positive movement of proficiency rate in ELA and math is encouraging. Several avenues for further research were identified. Other researchers could examine school characteristics and individual differences as they pertain to achievement across grade levels, enrollment practices, family engagement, and transiency in relation to IB-PYP program participation. In addition, an examination of the implementation of standards-based curriculum, professional learning, and instructional resources of nonIB-PYP schools would be beneficial as a comparative measure to IB-PYP curriculum implementation, professional learning, and instructional resources. Since the International Baccalaureate Organization offers a learning continuum that supports early childhood education through high school (Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, Diploma Program), examining school systems that utilize the full continuum as opposed to school systems who do not may be beneficial. A qualitative study examining implementation of global competencies in relation to core academics in both IB and nonIB Title I schools would also add to the body of literature concerning IB-PYP curriculum and economically disadvantaged students.
    • A Comparison of 3 Methods of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Mortality and Morbidity Risk Scoring Assessments (CRIB, SNAPPE-II, NTISS): A Systemic Analysis

      Ul-Haque, Anum; Baskaran, Vikraman (2021)
      The NICU aims to provide real-time updates on the medical status of its infant patients. Along with medical techniques, the use of mortality risk scoring systems is necessary in enabling the medical team to make better predictions about the conditions of its patients. Currently, there are many scoring systems used in the NICU, each of which focus on different characteristics to assist the physicians and determine the best course of action and treatment plans. A few common NICU mortality scoring systems are CRIB, SNAPPE-II, and NTISS. CRIB and SNAPPE-II assess infant morbidity at different timepoints post-birth in a cross-sectional methodology. NTISS conducts continuous observations in a longitudinal methodology to record patient healthcare outcomes after different treatments are applied. To conduct thorough research on these NICU patient mortality and morbidity scoring systems, literature searches will be conducted to determine the prevalence of these NICU scoring systems. Specific keywords will be utilized to search multiple databases related to the NICU by focusing on patient categorizations, successful variables, and ineffective scoring systems. After this preliminary research, the evolution of these systems over the past 20 years will also be studied, to learn how the scoring techniques were modified for different clinical scenarios. Finally, a new NICU scoring system will be proposed for future implementation, and a systematic analysis will be written with these results.