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What They Aren't Saying: Nonverbal Behaviors and Stereotypes
- Rachael ThackerCommunicationUndergraduate Student
- Celeste BuntenCommunicationUndergraduate Student
- Ariana TlasecaCommunicationUndergraduate Student
Our group is exploring the link between vocalics and nonverbal communication by examining four different popular television characters and analyzing their individual character nonverbals. We selected popular characters and examined their vocalics (pitch, speech rate, etc) and nonverbals (gestures) in relation to audience and character perception. The characters selected are Ron from Parks and Rec, Jack from Will and Grace, Captain Holt from Brooklyn Nine Nine, and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Often nonverbal behaviors, specifically speech illustrators, are used to accompany the characters respective idiosyncrasies in an amusing or humorous way that we examine in our project.
What We Think, We Are
- Olivia NeuCommunicationUndergraduate Student
Self-talk is the inner dialogue we use to talk to ourselves. My research project addresses the significance that self-talk has on you both mentally and physically. I emphasize that we should be mindful of how we talk to ourselves because we are always doing it. I also explain the importance of positive self-talk and how to do it. My goal is that this research project motivates individuals to use self-talk in ways that let them live happier and more positive lives.
Where Kitsch Meets Custom: Recent Native American Architecture in Northern California
- Julie AldersonArtFaculty
A wave of new construction projects sponsored by Native American tribes is currently sweeping across Northern California. Federal recognition and Indian gaming have brought with them a flurry of development opportunities, particularly for casinos and tribal services buildings. An overview of such structures illustrates significant differences between the buildings tribes build for the general public, versus those that they construct for their own use. Such analysis helps demonstrate both the vision the general public has of Indian tribes, as well as the vision tribes have of themselves.
Who Tells Your Story: Why #RepresentationMatters
- Laura ThompsonEnglishUndergraduate Student
#RepresentationMatters is a social media campaign to educate the world on why representation matters in literature, education, and entertainment media. For those who began the hashtag, it means that the storytellers are people of color, women, LGBTQ+, disabled, neurodivergent, or any combination thereof. The stories by these artists do not center on being a member of these communities, but do not erase the character’s experience of belonging to them, either. The artists hope to show the world the impact of being heard and seen, and to draw attention to how literature, education, and the entertainment industry currently depict their experiences.
Why It's the Thought That Counts: A Rhetorical Study of Greeting Cards
- Asha GalindoEnglishUndergraduate Student
Is it true that “It’s the thought that counts”? When we give and receive greeting cards in a variety of situations, we are not only documenting our thoughts towards a person or event but also enacting an internalized sense of human connection and care. This project explores the exigence for greeting cards, especially the pushback against digital versions of cards as impersonal and not as meaningful as handwritten notes, as well as, the different ways that greeting cards embody thoughts and intentions.
Why What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas
- Janna TrowbridgeEnglishUndergraduate Student
"What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas" is much more than a catchy saying. An economic tool, this slogan has shaped the city. Through the use of billboards, casinos and shows Vegas offers anything one could need to fulfill their wildest fantasies. Drugs, sex and entertain are readily available. Vegas is much more than a destination it is a state of mind, one that is often detrimental. Exploiting the worst of human desire, Vegas earns the name "Sin City".
Within the Inundation Zone: Spatial Analysis of Cultural Resources Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise and Tsunami Impacts in Humboldt Bay, Northern California
- Thomas Julian RossAnthropologyUndergraduate Student
The threat of sea level rise and tsunamis make the future of the Humboldt Bay in Northern California an uncertain situation. Modifications to the landscape of the bay have made many cultural resources more vulnerable to climate change and hazard events, based on their location, due to crumbling infrastructure that is likely to fail in holding back the tide. Protection of these resources can be expanded once an inventory of vulnerable resources is collected. Data has been collected from projections of future coastal inundation and from inventories of cultural resources.
Women in Prisons and Jails
- Jazmin DelgadoPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Rosio CejaBusiness MajorUndergraduate Student
- Jeremy TietzPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Andrea GerardenNursing, International StudiesUndergraduate Student
- Kory LambertsEnvironmental Studies, Scientific DivingUndergraduate Student
This presentation was made and presented by the members of the Formerly Incarcerated Students Club. This presentation discusses the overlooked oppression that women in prisons face. Presented are the rising rates of women in jails, reasons for these numbers, how the incarceration of women affects families, birth in prisons, sexual assault in prisons, and Trans rights when it comes to incarceration.
Worldviews and Ideologies of Humboldt County
- Michael HowellReligious StudiesUndergraduate Student
Mapping the worldviews and ideologies of Humboldt County
Yurok Social Services Internship Manual
- Dianna HeimstadtSocial WorkGraduate Student
I’ve partnered with the Yurok Social Services (YSS) department to develop the Yurok Social Services Internship Manual. As the largest federally recognized tribe in California with over 6000 enrolled members, interns placed within YSS have an opportunity to learn from and be exposed to a diverse community with varied Indigenous, Yurok worldview(s). The Yurok Tribe continues to suffer from the historical and ongoing impacts of colonialism, and as Indigenous peoples, they have also continued to thrive. The intent of this manual is to better orient and train incoming interns as to their roles and responsibilities as well as to provide an introduction to a Yurok worldview.