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Acculturation in Sports Nutrion
Tally Chavez, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration Graduate StudentCollege of Professional Studies
This research will explore the perceptions and experiences of Mexican American student-athletes regarding the representation, or lack thereof, of traditional and cultural foods in sports nutrition dietary recommendations.
ACEs, Perceived Academic Control, and GPA in College Students of Diverse Backgrounds
Brandilynn Villarreal, Psychology Faculty
- LuisLaraPsychologyGraduate Student
The purpose of the study is to explore how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) relate to perceived academic control and GPA for students with racially marginalized identities. We hypothesized: H1) students with higher ACE scores will show lower levels of academic control than students with lower ACE scores, H2) students with racially marginalized identities will report higher levels of ACEs, lower GPAs, and lower academic control than students not from racially marginalized identities, and H3) first-year students will report lower academic control and GPAs than continuing students. The results indicated partial support for the hypotheses. Additional research and student supports are needed.
Acts of Uncovering: Compiling Data on MMIW to Address a Hidden Crisis
- Natalie Rose EngberSocial WorkGraduate Student
- Toni LoeraSocial WorkGraduate Student
- Isadora RiversSocial WorkGraduate Student
- Rachel RyanSocial WorkGraduate Student
Sovereign Bodies Institute (SBI) maintains the largest and most comprehensive database of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in the US and Canada. Due to the high number of cases and the desire to have comprehensive information on each individual case, we were honored to work with SBI to compile case files for 107 MMIWG in Northern California. SBI will use this information to have a clearer picture of what is known, what is unknown, and what has been written about or publicly shared about each missing or murdered Indigenous women and girls in Northern California.
Addressing Burnout in Registered Nurses
Kacey Meyer, Nursing Undergraduate StudentCollege of Professional Studies
Burnout is a chronic condition occurring at high rates in Registered Nurses due to working in high stress work environments, often while understaffed and with demanding workloads. The effects of burnout impact the health of not only RNs but can have negative consequences for their patients. This issue should be addressed for the mental and physical health of this critical workforce and for the patients under their care. Mindful practice, self-care, improving resiliency, and organizational culture change can decrease stress and in turn may reduce incidence of burnout for RNs.
Alcohol and Drug Resource List
- Jeremy MuhleckSocial WorkGraduate Student
Social Workers commonly share that there is a lack of resources related to alcohol and drug treatment programs to refer clients to. Based on a review of alcohol and drug services available in the Northern CA region, I created a resource list on how to refer clients to a variety of alcohol and drug services including substance testing, assessment, and treatment in the region for Child Welfare Services. This resource list was developed to improve service delivery, identify services in the region, and to assist social workers in referring people who have court mandated alcohol and drug service requirements.
Ambivalent Sexism Predicting Attitudes Toward Affirmative Action for Women
- Hannah FergusonPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Bryan SherburnePsychologyGraduate Student
- Carolyn MonettePsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Vikky JomaPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Desiree GarciaPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Kimberly VazquezPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Christopher AbersonPsychologyFaculty
Affirmative action policies have been put into place to help women make the steps towards equality and hopefully amend prejudiced attitudes.The current study focuses on types of sexism and their relationship towards affirmative action support. It is hypothesized that higher scores on hostile and benevolent sexism will be associated with decreased support for affirmative action directed towards women. Community members in Northern California (N = 110) were measured. Measures include that of hostile, benevolent, and ambivalent sexism. Results indicate that only hostile sexism is potentially a key factor in determining whether individuals oppose affirmative action directed towards women.
An Evaluation of the Blue Lake Biomass Plant Emissions: Air Quality and Health Impact on the Blue Lake Rancheria
- Suzanne GarrettSocial WorkGraduate Student
The Blue Lake Rancheria community has had visibly polluted air and matter emitted from the local biomass plant over the recent past. The Rancheria is concerned about the negative health impact the biomass plant could be having on the environment and community. This literary review hopes to establish an understanding of the impact of the Blue Lake biomass energy plant’s impact on air quality, determine standards of emissions which it operates and examine the gaps between current healthy standards of emission and that of the Blue Lake biomass plant. The findings will inform the Blue Lake Rancheria and will raise public awareness of the air quality and health impact of the biomass energy plant.
An Investigation into the Copper Toxicity of Anti-Fouling Paint
- Brittany LightChemistryUndergraduate Student
- Austin SilavongBiological SciencesUndergraduate Student
- Sean CraigBiological SciencesFaculty
- Matthew HurstChemistryFaculty
- Claire TillChemistryFaculty
The goal of our research is to analyze the effect of copper toxicity in anti-fouling paint on invasive bryozoan specie. The goal of this project is to determine the ideal concentration of copper in anti-fouling paint to prevent the ability of these invasive specie to attach themselves to ship hulls and be transported around the oceans.
Analysis of Language Surrounding Sexual Consent in College Human Sexuality Textbooks
- Cameron CarpenterPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Wendy Nuttelman
- Savannah AielloPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Indiana MurilloPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Heather ReynoldsPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Manuel FloresPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Edith GomezPsychologyUndergraduate Student
- Benjamin GrahamPsychologyFaculty
Using corpus linguistics, we created an initial analysis on how consent is presented in undergraduate human sexuality textbooks. We investigated how consent was represented semantically, descriptively and contextually. These initial findings will inform future steps and provide us with a baseline to compare to grassroots initiatives.
Application of the Predicted Repetitions-to-Failure Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale for the NFL 225-lb Bench Press Test
- Anthony RattoKinesiologyGraduate Student
A rating of perceived exertion (RPE) scale is a numerical representation of an individual’s perceptual response to training and is a viable method of measuring exertion during training (Borg 1982). Recently, versions of previously used RPE scales have been developed and are being used specifically for measuring repetitions-in-reserve (RIR), or repetitions-to-failure (RTF) in resistance exercise. The purpose of this study was to assess how accurately division II NCAA football players could predict repetitions-to-failure during the bench press exercise using an absolute load of 225-lbs by comparing predicted repetitions-to-failure (RTF) with actual repetitions-to-failure.