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  • THOMAS HARDY'S FARFROM THE MADDING CROWD: ANALYZING PHYSICAL, NATURAL, AND NAMING LIMINAL SPACES

    Wescom, Amanda; Augusta University; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2005-01-28)
  • LA MASACRE DE LAS BANANERAS: A NEW HISTORICIST APPROACH TO GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ'S ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE

    Chegwin, Natalya; Augusta University; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2005-01-24)
  • Regulating Effects of 11-Deoxycorticosterone on 3beta-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase

    Hutchinson, Emmanuelle; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2005)
    Regulating Effects of 11-Deoxycorticosterone on 3 beta-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase Progesterone plays a key role in ovulation and the formation of a corpus luteum, although its regulation remains poorly understood. The enzyme 3/J-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3/iHSD) converts pregnenolone to progesterone and thus represents a critical step in progesterone biosynthesis. It has recently been discovered that the primate ovary synthesizes 11-deoxycorticosterone (DOC) in response to an ovulatory gonadotropin stimulus. Blockade of the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR), which serves as the receptor for DOC, prevents gonadotropin-induced progesterone synthesis. It is hypothesized that DOC augments the expression of 3/HSD following an ovulatory stimulus via MR-mediated mechanisms. The current studies were to determine if 3/iHSD is an MR target gene in H295R adrenocortical cells, which are used as a surrogate model of primate ovarian steroidogenesis. The results indicate that an increase in 3^HSD RNA is associated with the Forskolin treatment (receptor agonist), which was expected. The Forskolin treatment was statistically different from Forskolin+Flutamide (FL blocks androgen receptors), which suggests that 3/?HSD is regulated by androgen receptors and not mineralocorticoid receptors (such as the ones in DOC). The results also demonstrate that passage number affects steroidogenic properties of H295R cells.
  • EXPLORING CULTURAL THEMES IN CAJUN POETRY

    Morrison, Matthew; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2004)
  • THE 2004 EUROPEAN UNION ENLARGEMENT: THE CASE OF HUNGARY

    Masters, Boglarka Balanyi; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2004)
  • RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND COMMITMENT LEVELS AND 1 HEIR EFI EC I S ON LEVELS OF AGGRESSION

    Christiansen, Kim Suzanne; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2003)
  • THE SPIRITUALITY~OF SOCRATES ATHENIAN ICONOCLASM

    Harden, Brad Garrick; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2004)
  • Shakespeare and Film: An Examination of Gender and Modern Audiences

    Reynolds, Jennifer L; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2003)
  • HOW DOES THE CLOSURE OF A MAJOR SOURCE OF EMPLOYMENT AFFECT THE BUSINESS AND SOCIAL COMMUNITY OF A TOWN9 SPECIFICALLY I WILL EXPLORE THE CLOSURE OF THE MACY'S STORE IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA

    Lister, Maria Elizabeth Helen; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2003)
  • The Effect of Bubbles on Buoyancy

    Wyatt, Cathy; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2003)
  • VIDEOGAMES AS TEXTS: UNCOVERING LITERARY IDEAS IN VIDEOGAME NARRATIVES THROUGH CRITICAL THEORY

    Bacha, Markus; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2003)
  • MEMORIES SAFELY KEPT: MOMENTS IN THE LIFE OF MARY LOGUE

    Logue, Aubrey Nicole; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2003)
  • ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY IN THE COMPOSITE AND MINT FAMILIES

    West, Katie Nicole; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2003)
    The design of this project is such that extracts from identified plants can be tested for antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). Experimental plants were collected along roadsides, in fields and in wooded areas in the following counties of Georgia: Burke, Columbia, Richmond, and Thomas. Plant material from the root, stem, leaf and flower were extracted in methylene chloride (Fischer, Fair Lawn, NJ). The plants were tested for antimicrobial activity using the agar diffusion assay method. Antimicrobial activities of these plant parts were compared to solvent control bactericidal data, and then the most active plants were further tested in hopes of determining quantitatively the amounts of antimicrobial activity, as well as the minimal inhibitory concentrations and the minimal bacterial concentrations. After extensive testing, it was concluded that methylene chloride should not be used in extracting plant materials, due to its high evaporative rate, resulting in toxicity of bacteria, yielding false positive results.
  • Thinking in the College Experience: Analyzing William Perry's Developmental Scheme

    Eyrich, Daniel; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2003)
  • Project Exile" - A Promising New Gun Violence Initiative

    Goolsby, Ric; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2002)
    In recent years, our government has made tremendous efforts to combat gun violence. Some programs, like the Brady Bill, have proven successful. However, it remains to be seen what new steps our government should take in the ongoing battle against gun violence. One promising new program. Project Exile, first implemented in Richmond, Virginia, takes a cooperative approach toward solving this terrible problem. Project Exile focuses state and federal resources to enforce existing federal laws that prohibit convicted felons from possessing firearms. Under this initiative, more firearm cases are prosecuted in federal court where sentences are tougher. Project Exile has already produced dramatic preliminary results in Richmond, but what will be the long-term results of the program and will it work elsewhere? Because this program is in its initial stages of implementation, this study is perhaps the first academic evaluation of the innovative program. This study focuses on the homicide rates oi Richmond, Virginia and over a dozen of other jurisdictions that have implemented similar programs since the inception of Richmond's Project Exile.
  • An Index of Biotic Integrity Applied to Southeastern Coastal Beaches

    Heare, Mary Katharine; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2002)
  • HEALTHCARE STRATEGIES AT THE AUGUSTA ARSENAL, 1890-1920: IDENTIFICATION AND INDICATED USAGE OF PROPRIETARY MEDICINES AT THE AUGUSTA ARSENAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE (9RI1045)

    Huey, Janet Lynne; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2002)
  • A KNOWLEDGE-BASE FOR PROGRAMMING CONTEST PROBLEM SOLVING

    Wijesinghe, Nishan; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2002)
  • A COMPARISON STUDY: SPIDER PREY AND NEST VOLUMES OF MUD DAUBERS IN RURAL VERSUS URBAN AREAS OF GEORGIA AND WASHINGTON STATES

    McDonald, Bobbilee; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2002)
    Mud daubers are solitary wasps that construct chambered nests from mud. These nests are provisioned with paralyzed spiders for the maturing young. This study determined the family and genera of spiders as well as the number of spiders collected by mud daubers in rural and urban areas of the states of Georgia and Washington, USA. The percentage of the family Araneidae identified in Georgia rural and urban areas (74% and 72% respectively) coincides with several previous studies. Mud dauber nests in Washington rural areas predominately had spiders from the families Araneidae, Agelenidae, and Clubionidae (38%, 20%, and 10% respectively) and urban areas predominately had Araneidae, Agelenidae, and Linyphiidae (42%, 18%, and 12% respectively). A significant difference was found between the number of spiders collected from mud dauber nests in Georgia versus Washington, but there was no difference between rural and urban areas in Georgia or Washington. There was a significant difference in mud dauber nest volumes between Georgia and Washington areas. There was no significant difference between rural and urban areas of either Georgia or Washington. The data do suggest a trend that mud dauber nests in rural areas are larger than in urban areas.
  • PURIFICATION OF THE NATIVE ENZYMES OF THE DIGESTIVE FLUID OF ARGIOPE AURANTIA

    Grove, Jeremy; Augusta State University Honors Thesis; Augusta State University Honors Thesis (Augusta University, 2001)
    Orb-weaving spiders exhibit an unusual and characteristic ability to recycle their own web material by digestion. This capability is of interest because there are no known commercial digestive proteases that digest spider webs. Previous research has helped us gain a better understanding of the composition of spider digestive enzymes. Studies of whole digestive fluid confirmed an unusual battery of digestive enzymes in Argiope aurantia; however, no information about identity of the individual enzymes could be obtained. The primary goal of my project was the isolation and purification of the individual native digestive enzymes of the spider Argiope aurantia. My research resulted in partial purification of the native digestive enzymes of Argiope aurantia. It also provided insight into the stability of the enzymes as well as suggestions for further modification of the established purification protocol.

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