• Looking to the Stars: Millennials and Astrology

      Kempton, Barbara; Department of Art and Design (Augusta University Libraries, 2020-03)
      This essay presents an argument on millennial interest in New Age spirituality, in particular astrology. This project culminated from an assignment of the Drawing II course in the spring 2018 semester, which included a short paper on a research topic of interest, and a drawing.
    • Molecular Self-Organization of Three-Component Lipid Membranes

      Osby, Austin; Department of Chemistry and Physics (Augusta University Libraries, 2020-03)
      By constructing a Landau-like energy functional, we investigate the molecular organization of a three-component mixture in cell membranes. In the strongly interacting limit, we model the interaction between molecules using pseudospin variables and convert them into non-interacting variables using a mean-field theory. Next, we construct the two-order parameter Landau-type energy functional through the Helmholtz free energy. By analyzing the Landau free energy, we map out the phase diagram focusing on homogeneous and various phase separated states on the cell membrane.
    • The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables: Nature versus Nurture and Childhood Escapism

      Bertzfield, Hannah; Department of English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University Libraries, 2020-03)
      This literary analysis focuses on the protagonists of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables to examine the correlation between a child’s nature, the presence of nurture within their immediate developmental environment, and the resulting tendency to use escapism as a coping mechanism. Similar to a mild form of dissociation, escapism is a means by which the adolescent consciousness protects itself against negative external stimuli that may have damaging effects on the child’s psychological state. This is especially true when the child is subjected to severe trauma or prolonged, repetitive patterns of abuse or neglect. Regardless of the environment or the child’s socioeconomic position, nurturing is a force which counteracts the effects of negative stimuli and diminishes the subconscious need to escape. However, when nurture is absent, the likelihood of a child to utilize escapism as a means of coping with their environment is wholly contingent upon the child’s nature.