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Articles from Volume 5

The Heroic Rapist in Context: Rape Culture Examined Through Western Classics

By: Nicole Ross

Rape in contemporary western culture does not exist in a vacuum. In myth, many rapes that occur are presented heroically; that is, the rapist is empowered through Western societal mores to violate the victim. Using Susan Brownmiller’s theory of the heroic rapist, this paper will explore how the myth of the heroic rapist functions alongside other rape myths in the present-day climate of rape myth acceptance and… Read More (V5-1).

Cosmopolitanism vs. Statism: Issues with Modern Ethical Distribution Models and their Impact on Interplanetary Relations

By: Brandon Kyle Canty

What was once discussed only in the context of science fiction is now being brought to the forefront of astrobiological conversation. Scientists are working around the planet to discover extraterrestrial life. There has been much discussion about the technological and habitation limitations of humanity in space. However, there have been far fewer discussions of the cultural, political and moral expectations of… Read More (V5-2).


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Volume 5 Issue 1, 2019

Great Basin Native Forb Responses to Competition with Cheatgrass and Elevated Soil Nutrients

By: Marenna Disbro, Elizabeth Leger, and Sarah Barga

The Great Basin Desert is among the most difficult places for successful ecological restoration due to the repeated effects of fire, aridity and invasive plants. The goal of this research was to determine whether four local populations of two native annual forb species, Microsteris gracilis and Layia glandulosa, differed in the capacity to survive competition with cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and whether soil nutrients affected outcomes. Seeds were collected in the spring of… Read More (V5-3).

Exoplanet Detection via Transit Photometry with the Great Basin Observatory

By: Guglielmo Panelli

Exoplanet detection via transit photometry has blossomed into one of the most fruitful fields in all of physics in the last decade with NASA missions like Kepler. An exoplanet transit refers to the event where a planet in orbit around a host star passes between the line of sight of an observer and the host star. If the brightness of host star were to be monitored during a transit event… Read More (V5-4).

Sorption Enhanced Methanation: A Study on Reactor Configuration and Sorption Effects on the Sabatier Process

By: Richard Mannschreck, Esther Acha, and Ion Agirre

A sorption enhanced methanation process was investigated using a 40Ni/Al2O3 (Ɣ) catalyst along with zeolite 4A and lanatanaBa sorbents. Effects of reaction conditions, reactor configuration and the effect of sorbent on the catalytic reaction were tested in a fully-automated lab scale pilot plant. Results were quantified in terms of CO2 conversion and CH4 yield. Mass balances were performed to observe the effects of regeneration and reuse of the sorbents. The sorption enhanced methanation process using zeolite 4A as the sorbent… Read More (V5-5).

Articles from Volume 4

Does Having Children Make Cents? An Economic Analysis of the Gender Wage Gap in Nevada

By: Jeffrey Wheble and Djeto Assané

I examine Jane Waldfogel’s hypothesis regarding the family pay gap in Nevada. Women have made progress in human capital equality with men, yet there remains an unexplained gap. The salient summary statistics illuminate why there remains a pay gap before moving on a pair of ordinary least squares (OLS) models split by gender. A Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition was performed to uncover how much of the gap in this sample… Read More (V4-1).

Attachment Styles of Predictors of Relationship Satisfaction Within Adulthood

By: Oceana Hill and Haley Orthel-Clark

Attachment styles and relationship satisfaction are universal mechanisms used to develop healthy intimate bonds. There is much debate concerning whether or not attachment styles link directly to adult relationship contentment. This study focused on correlating attachment styles with distinct levels of relationship satisfaction. Participants were asked to report on one central relationship in their… Read More (V4-2).


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Ascending versus Descending Timers: Stress and Motivation

By: Arno Ruymaekers and Christina M. Frederick

A paucity of research exists on how timed tasks affect stress and motivation. The current experiment aims to contribute to the modern understanding of these fields. Stress occurs when an individual is unable to cope with situational demands and experiences discomfort as a result (Cox, 1985). The behavioral model of motivation (Touré-Tillery & Fishbach, 2014) explains individual motivation during task completion. This experiment employed a within-subjects design to examine the impact that the direction… Read More (V4-3).

Articles from Volume 3

Changes in the Coefficients of Zipf’s Law for English Corpora of Different Contexts

By: Robert A. Arnold and Deena R. Schmidt

The statistical behavior of languages is of great interest to linguists and has been since the mid-20th century. The frequency distribution of words is often modeled with a discrete probability distribution called Zipf’s Law (Zipf, 1936, 1949). Research involving this modeling approach has undergone increas-ingly intense… Read More (V3-1).

Evaluating Habitat Restoration Efforts for the Bi-State Sage Grouse

By: Rosemary Frederick

Populations of the Bi-State Sage Grouse, a distinct population segment of the Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), have been declining steadily since the 1950s, a trend largely attributed to habitat loss and fragmentation due in part to Pinyon-Juniper expansion in the Great Basin region. Due to this decline, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management has implemented several… Read More (V3-2).


Analysis of Film Revenues: Saturated and Limited Films

By: Megan Gold

This paper analyzes film revenues while separating limited and saturated films. Limited films open in fewer than 2,500 screens, saturated films open in 2,501 plus screens. The paper focuses on the forces that differentiate a film in screen count, prerelease, both from the studio and the theaters. Domestic film revenue is the dependent variable, while different aspects… Read More (V3-3).

An Economic Model of the Contemporary Oil Market: OPEC and the New Competitive Fringe

By: T.J. Wenzel and Tony Samuel Foresta

As a successful cartel, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has established itself as a critical player in the global market for oil. Using the theoretical model outlined by Dr. Lawrence J. White, the oil market is examined through the framework of the OPEC cartel acting as a dominant firm facing… Read More (V3-4).

Impact of a Documentary on Adolescents’ Motivation toward Drugged Driving

By: Jinan A. Barghouti, Shane R. Jones, Joell M. Jex, Shelly Tang, Jennifer N. Churton, and Bridget A. Walsh

This experiment focused on adolescents’ motivational factors towards driving under the influence of drugs. Attitudes were analyzed based on beliefs, norms, and intentions to drive under the influence of drugs after viewing the documentary film Driving Drugged: The Road to Disaster. Participants (N = 57) included mostly 18 and 19 year-olds from a Western university. All participants completed pre- and post-test questions, which have been used in the extant… Read More (V3-5).

Vowel Quality and Sound Context of Vocal Fry

By: Shelby Sands and Amber Lubera

Vocal fry is a speech feature connected with voice quality. It is produced with a low pitch and “creaky voice” phonation. It is often compared to a murmured voice or a mix between a full voice and a whisper. In the field of linguistics, the feature vocal fry has garnered attention and press as a highly stigmatized… Read More (V3-6).

Articles from Volume 2

Modeling and Simulation of Transition Probabilities

By: Dante J. Marcozzi

Transition probabilities are defined as the probabilities of changing state in a system. We introduce a mean reverting and non-negative transition process where the probabilities of leaving a given state must sum to a whole. We develop and implement a C++ Monte-Carlo program and present numerical examples, which can… Read More (V2-1).

Teaching an Old Field New Tricks: Chinese Eugenics

By: Naomi E. Moran

This article evaluates the relationship between the Maternal and Infant Health Care Law of 1995 in China with continuing Chinese policies and scientific research based in eugenics. This article also explores the nature of western criticism and conception of eugenics in regards to Chinese eugenics-based science and medicine, with specific attention paid to the Maternal and… Read More (V2-2).


Comparing the Origins and Developments of Indian and Israeli Nationalist Movements

By: Daniel H. Waqar

The writer seeks to frame the discussion of India’s and Israel’s shared historical trajectories with scholarship that analyzes the comparison of the origins and developments of Indian and Israeli nationalist movements. Scholarship in this field centers on four main areas of focus: the role of independence movements, the issues involved in… Read More (V2-3).

A Study of All-Girl High School Media Activities Towards Males

By: Hannah J. Vice

This study analyzes, from a historical context, the use of texting and other social media messenger tools of females who attended all-girl high schools by exploring their lived experiences and social interactions with males. The focus is on how the females used media technology tools, like texting and other… Read More (V2-4).

Articles from Volume 1

Allelopathic Characteristics of Artemisia tridentata and Purshia tridentata and Implications for Invasive Species Management

By: Kevin A. Salls and K. S. Bannister

Big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) and antelope bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) are native species to the sagebrush ecosystem of northern Nevada. Both of these species exhibit allelopathic effects, whereby they produce chemicals that inhibit or prevent the growth of other plants nearby. In this experiment, extracts… Read More (V1-1).

Development and Characterization of a Magneto-Optical Trap for Rubidium

By: John M. Robinson, Yu Liu, and David P. Shelton

We developed a magneto-optical trap for laser cooling and trapping of rubidium atoms. The trapped atom cloud is characterized in terms of the population, volume and temperature. At a laser detuning of 24 MHz we achieve a temperature of 250 ± 20 uK, which is approaching the Doppler cooling limit of ~150 uK. The population is determined by collecting fluorescent light emitted… Read More (V1-2).


Synthesis and Characterization of 4-(Trifluoromethyl)-dibenzamide- benzoguanamine and Crystallographic Characterization of a p-Trifluorobenzoic Acid Complex of Terbium(III)

By: Mark D. Walton and Ana de Bettencourt-Dias

A molecule that coordinates with lanthanide metal ions and luminesces under UV light, 4-(trifluoromethyl)-dibenzamide-benzoguanamine (4TFMDBBG), was synthesized in 61.2% yield. When complexed with europium and terbium, red and green luminescence, respectively, was observed under UV light. Crystals of the ligand… Read More (V1-3).

Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Immigrants and Their Descendants in Argentine Audiovisual Popular Culture

By: Christopher A.A. Gomez and Darrell B. Lockhart

Beginning in the 1970s, immigration from China, Japan, and Korea has steadily grown bringing approximately 200,000 immigrants to Argentina. With ethnic Chinese, Japanese, and Korean persons adding to the growing national population, are non-Asians Argentines aware of these new immigrants? To what degree are Asian cultures depicted in Argentine popular culture? Are there heavy Asian influences in the way characters are developed or how Asians are portrayed in film and television? This paper seeks to investigate the cultural presence of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean immigrants and their descendants in Argentine audiovisual popular culture. Research was carried out through the analysis of Argentine films, television programs, and YouTube video clips that portray… Read More (V1-4).