Undergraduate Honors Theses

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The collection includes honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.


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    Critical care and nursing: analyzing case studies
    (2022-12) Rainey, LeAndrea; Siela, Debra
    In my thesis I will be reflecting on my clinical journey in critical care setting and how the care provided and witnessed during these last eight weeks will impact the care I provide as a nurse. I have written five 8-10 page case studies on four different patients in the critical care setting this fall. One case study (number 3) is about Rapid Response nursing and the importance of it. The following topics will be analyzed and addressed on each patient throughout the paper. The topics are: Patient History (description of past medical history of the patient), Course of Illness (the reason why they are currently in the hospital), Pathophysiology (how did the patient’s illness happened), Assessment (physical findings, vital signs, observation and subjective findings), Diagnostics (lab results), Nursing Diagnosis and Interventions (what the nurses did to keep the patient alive), Drug and medical Interventions (how drugs work in the body), Patient Safety (guidelines and competencies that were followed to keep the patient safe), Interpretation, Analysis, and Synthesis (summary and my rationale for clinical judgements).
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    La(identidad): a celebration of 10 Afro-Latinx artists
    (2022-12) Zumbaugh, Ella; Geyer, Charlie
    My Creative Project titled Afro-La(identidad): A Celebration of 10 Afro-Latinx Artists is a picture-book style biographical report in both English and Spanish on Celia Cruz (assumed she/her), Miguel (he/him), Pop Smoke (he/him), Rico Nasty (she/her), Clotilde Jiménez (he/him), Nicolás Guillén (assumed he/him), Felipe Luciano (he/him), Ariana Brown (she/they), Elizabeth Acevedo (she/her) and Reinaldo Marcus-Green (he/him). This project includes information about these various kinds of artists as well as explanations on how their Afro-Latinx identity factors into their work, how they have impacted their communities and how their art has impacted the world. These decorated pages will include images of the artists, a short biography with the artists’ impact, and a visual representation of their art and personhood. This project seeks to bring representation to Afro-Latinx artists, showcase unique perspectives and art, as well as fight back against oppressive constructions of race, gender and sexuality.
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    A midwestern tavern of high repute: nineteenth-century ceramics and socioeconomic status at the Mansion House Hotel of Centerville, Indiana
    (2022-12) Weinert, Douglas; Blom, Robin
    A relative dearth of archaeological data concerning the lifeways of midwestern taverns in the nineteenth-century has led to the assessment of a previously untested claim to high socioeconomic status by the 1830s Mansion House Hotel of Centerville, Indiana as a means to illuminate tavern lifeways. Such socioeconomic status can be revealed through comparison of the Mansion House to the historical record of taverns as well as through its ceramic collection. By means of cataloging, ceramics were classified and ranked by decoration along with consideration for their ware types, function, and forms. The majority of the collection analyzed was found to be within the highest tier of decoration for nineteenth-century ceramics as well as predominately tableware-related. This suggests that the Mansion House was a high-status establishment whose main method of status display may have been its meal and table services.
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    In pieces: glacial melt and rising tide
    (2022-12) Satre, Anne; Neal, Ted
    There is something very compelling about using clay to spur discussions about climate change as it comes directly from the earth and contains memory of its past forms. It bears scars, cracks, and weaknesses, much like how the earth bears the mark of men. These works are each made by building up masses of clay before wiping, carving and cutting sections away from the larger form, leaving channels and ridges, not unlike the processes which formed the original material or continue to shape the earth. However, as a result of industrialized man-made climate change, many of the world’s glaciers and ice sheets are melting at an ever-increasing rate. In Greenland, standing water on top of glaciers absorbs heat from the sun, deepening meltwater channels to the bedrock and causing the glaciers to melt faster. This issue is accelerated by warm ocean water melting the ice from the bottom as hot air does the same from the top. This will wreak catastrophic damage on the environment, irreparably altering coastlines and wiping entire islands off the map. While the ice itself is ephemeral, this work serves as a snapshot in time of the permanent damage being done.
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    Abortion access: a comparative analysis of the Supreme Court and public opinion since Roe
    (2022-12) Latham, Lauren; Whitehead, Ellen; Holtzman, Melissa
    Since 1973, the Supreme Court has heard nearly 50 cases related to State abortion access statutes. In the meantime, the American abortion debate has continued to remain salient and controversial among the public, interest groups, politicians, and the courts. Although abundant scholarship provides insight on the public’s opinions about abortion, most studies focus on the causes and nature of abortion attitudes, including demographic indicators and social changes. Likewise, academics and the media alike often publish articles related to the legality and morality of abortion. In contrast to these approaches, this study examines the relationship between the Supreme Court’s decisions and the public’s opinions on abortion access issues since Roe v. Wade (1973). Furthermore, this study uniquely includes an analysis of this relationship following the recent reversal of Roe in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022). Consequently, the findings: 1) reaffirm the need for national surveys to ask specific questions on abortion access issues frequently challenged within Supreme Court cases, and; 2) present Dobbs as an unprecedented outlier in regards to previous Supreme Court decisions on abortion access.