Untangled Roots: Through Us All

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“Untangled Roots: Through us all” explores the transformative power of a dance-based intervention aimed at breaking the cycles of generational trauma to safeguard the well-being of future generations. Grounded in the understanding of generational trauma as the transmission of emotional

“Untangled Roots: Through us all” explores the transformative power of a dance-based intervention aimed at breaking the cycles of generational trauma to safeguard the well-being of future generations. Grounded in the understanding of generational trauma as the transmission of emotional wounds through familial lines, the choreography and production within the show examines how dance serves as a medium for raising awareness and facilitating healing. Through movement, storytelling, and embodied expression, both audience members and dancers are able to engage in a process of reconnecting with suppressed emotions, releasing tension, and reclaiming agency over their narratives. By fostering empathy, connection, and solidarity, the dance intervention not only addresses individual traumas but also works towards preventing their continuation into the future, thereby promoting resilience and well-being across generations.
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2024-05
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Meditations on the Mary-El: A Spiritual Journey through Tarot

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The Mary-El tarot deck is famous in the tarot community for its intense spiritual power and esoteric imagery. By analyzing its major arcana and investigating the symbology featured therein, for purposes of making the deck accessible to others, I discover

The Mary-El tarot deck is famous in the tarot community for its intense spiritual power and esoteric imagery. By analyzing its major arcana and investigating the symbology featured therein, for purposes of making the deck accessible to others, I discover a rich world of flowing energies and underlying transcendence. I've used writing to document my journey and discoveries of the internal self. I present these writings as my thesis, and I demonstrate my understanding of the cards through tarot readings.
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2024-05
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Criminal Justice and Collectivist Culture: Analyzing Japan's High Conviction Rate

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This thesis examines the criminal justice system in Japan from a human rights lens. With the high conviction rate across all crimes as a focal point, this thesis will attempt to solve apparent issues with the system, effectively affording more

This thesis examines the criminal justice system in Japan from a human rights lens. With the high conviction rate across all crimes as a focal point, this thesis will attempt to solve apparent issues with the system, effectively affording more rights back to defendants. Various shortcomings of the system include loose adherence to the presumption of innocence, incredibly long pre-trial detention periods, and the absence of plea bargaining. This thesis aims to investigate the injustices in the Japanese criminal justice system and explore potential solutions to address these issues, if any. Additionally, this thesis will analyze these issues with an emphasis on Japanese collectivism, and how this ties back to criminal injustice. These issues raise concerns about the fairness and effectiveness of the system, and the need for reforms to address them.
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2024-05
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! Reimagined for the Jazz Idiom

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In the early history of jazz, many of the songs that were popularized by jazz musicians became known as jazz standards, and these songs remain a central component of the jazz repertoire today. Many of these jazz standards were adapted

In the early history of jazz, many of the songs that were popularized by jazz musicians became known as jazz standards, and these songs remain a central component of the jazz repertoire today. Many of these jazz standards were adapted from early Broadway musicals and revues. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is widely considered to be the most significant musical in the history of Broadway theater. Its innovative blending of song, dance, and a cohesive dramatic story has profoundly influenced the structure of Broadway musicals to this day. However, none of the songs from this show have risen to the status of a jazz standard, and many appear to have not been adapted to the jazz idiom at all. In my Barrett Honors creative project, I have reimagined and arranged nine songs from the original Rodgers and Hammerstein production. I then led a jazz quintet through two months of rehearsals, culminating in a performance of the work for my senior jazz performance recital. A link to the performance at the ASU School of Music Recital Hall is included here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeOs4muj12M

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2024-05
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Applying Variable Projection Methods to Nonlinear Least Squares Problems

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This thesis focuses on solving separable nonlinear least squares (SNLLS) problems and explores how the so-called Variable Projection (VarPro) method can be used to solve this particular type of problem. First, there is a brief discussion on curve fitting methods

This thesis focuses on solving separable nonlinear least squares (SNLLS) problems and explores how the so-called Variable Projection (VarPro) method can be used to solve this particular type of problem. First, there is a brief discussion on curve fitting methods and SNLLS models. Then, an overview of the VarPro algorithm is discussed, along with the optimization concepts that facilitate the method's success. We examine how to derive the Jacobian for the nonlinear solvers and consider different ways to approximate it numerically. This leads into a section focusing on a variety of numerical experiments that illustrate the effectiveness of the VarPro method. The tests demonstrate how different initial guesses, noise levels, and Jacobian approximations affect the accuracy and efficiency of the computations. The thesis also briefly talks through some of the many applications of VarPro across a wide spectrum of topics, which include numerical analysis, biomedical imaging, spectroscopy, and chemistry.
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2024-05
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Gender and Sexuality in Classical Ballet

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This paper researches and studies the experiences of queer and transgender ballet dancers in classical ballet. While men in classical ballet are typically considered to be gay due to gendered stereotypes, women in classical ballet are assumed to be heterosexual.

This paper researches and studies the experiences of queer and transgender ballet dancers in classical ballet. While men in classical ballet are typically considered to be gay due to gendered stereotypes, women in classical ballet are assumed to be heterosexual. This causes a lack of visibility of queer women in classical ballet. Furthermore, strict gender roles in traditional classical ballet affect nonbinary and transgender ballet dancers, impacting their experiences. Misogyny and body shaming play a role in the experiences of female ballet dancers, and these issues combine with homophobia and transphobia for queer and transgender dancers. This paper considers the intersection of gender and sexuality and researches how that impacts the experiences and mental well-being of classical ballet students. It compares the experiences of classical ballet dancers of all backgrounds, genders, and sexualities to determine how their experiences relate and differ.
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2024-05
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Isolation of Treponema pallidum from Wild Chimpanzees and Gorillas

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Treponemal disease in primates is caused by the spirochaete bacteria Treponema pallidum. Three subspecies of T. pallidum are currently recognized; pallidum, pertenue, and endemicum. In humans, these are generally associated with the diseases syphilis, yaws, and bejel, respectively. Syphilis is

Treponemal disease in primates is caused by the spirochaete bacteria Treponema pallidum. Three subspecies of T. pallidum are currently recognized; pallidum, pertenue, and endemicum. In humans, these are generally associated with the diseases syphilis, yaws, and bejel, respectively. Syphilis is located worldwide and spreads through sexual contact, while yaws and bejel are geographically limited and spread by skin-to-skin contact. Despite different clinical presentations, these subspecies are very similar genetically and are unable to be serologically distinguished. Reports of symptoms resembling treponemal disease in non-human primates (NHPs) date to the 1960s, though few studies have been executed to isolate and study T. pallidum from NHPs on a molecular level. Obtaining whole-genome sequences of T. pallidum from a variety of NHPs will help efforts to determine evolutionary relationships of strains within and between species. Currently, no whole-genome sequences of T. pallidum have been sequenced from chimpanzees or gorillas. In this thesis, I will determine if T. pallidum is detectable in fecal samples from NHP’s with visible signs of treponemal infection using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method.
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2024-05
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The White Lotus: A New Season Proposal Inspired by Homeric Allusions in the Television Series

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The White Lotus is an award-winning television series about characters staying and working at a fictional hotel and resort chain. In this project, I identified numerous literary allusions present in The White Lotus and took their existence as an invitation

The White Lotus is an award-winning television series about characters staying and working at a fictional hotel and resort chain. In this project, I identified numerous literary allusions present in The White Lotus and took their existence as an invitation to analyze thematic parallels between the television series and Homer’s Odyssey. Through this process, I discovered a shared theme of hospitality, and thus explored the Greek concept of xenia (guest-friendship) in Homer’s work. I also discussed the social commentary about economic privilege in The White Lotus and identified key criteria for a season of the show. Ultimately, all of these measures informed my creation of a new prospective season of the television series which is directly inspired by aspects of Homer’s Odyssey. Completing this project allowed me to think critically about how ancient Greek literary works are applicable to modern society and led me to contemplate both direct and indirect influences of ancient Greek culture in the present day.
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2024-05
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