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Tuesday, April 24
 

1:00pm PDT

The Impact Of The Tourism Economy On The Regional Identity Of Appalachia
In my presentation, I will demonstrate the economic and social problems that the tourism industry brings to the Appalachian region. The tourist economy is unsustainable and overtakes the ability of a community to form and define its own identity. These problems are directly related to the stereotypes, both positive and negative, that the tourism economy encourages and developed, as well as the relation of the tourism industry in Appalachia to the long standing economic exploitation of the region and the institutions of white supremacy. I have conducted research into both the history of tourism in the Appalachian mountain region as well as researched the contemporary state of tourism in the area. These two factors are intertwined and together, show a history of exploitation and stereotyping that has contributed to the systematic exploitation of the region by industrial outsiders. Through my research, a pattern can be found of outside influence shaping both the politics and the socioeconomic relations of Appalachia to the broader United States, in addition to a history of exploitation, enslavement, and the whitewashing of a rich culture to format a more desirable tourist image of the region and its inhabitants. By the end, I will conclusively show that Appalachian communities must work to build a sustainable economy that is not dependent on tourism and use this self-sufficiency to create a truer sense of regional identity, outside the confines of the stereotypes that have encouraged in the mainstream American consciousness. The tourism industry is not sustainable and has only negative effects on the region as a whole.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:00pm - 1:20pm PDT
012 Karpen Hall

1:20pm PDT

Relationship Between Cognitive Abilities And Drug Use
The purpose of my research is to demonstrate the relationship between high childhood IQ scores and the use of drugs and alcohol later in life. Further, the factors that may contribute to this relationship and the degree to which these factors have an effect (i.e. childhood socioeconomic status, family mismanagement, parental substance use and association with substance using peers). This research reviews longitudinal studies beginning in adolescence and persisting through adulthood, with cognitive assessments taken during childhood and their relationship with the individual’s alcohol and drug dependency later in life. In order to compile and translate the researcher’s methodology, my research will analyze the use of various measures, including: lifetime cannabis and cocaine use, parental social class and psychological distress during adolescence; cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and polydrug use in the past 12 months; and social class, educational attainment and gross monthly income at 30 years. For example, one study found that IQ scores at 5 years old were positively associated with cannabis and cocaine use in women and also positively associated with amphetamines, ecstasy, and poly-drug use in men during adulthood. A positive correlation was also found with IQ scores at 10 years and drug use during adulthood. Thus, I hypothesize that there will be a positive correlation between higher IQ score measurements in youth, adolescents, pre-teens and an increased association with and likelihood of drug use in teen and young adulthood. In addition, I hypothesize these associations will be found to be stronger in women than in men. However, my research remain independent from any pre-existing conditions, such as psychological distress in adolescence and life-course socioeconomic position. In conclusion, high childhood cognitive abilities may increase the chance that an individual will use illegal drugs in adolescence and adulthood.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:20pm - 1:40pm PDT
012 Karpen Hall

1:40pm PDT

Sigra: A Dungeons And Dragons Module
In this presentation I will describe the results of the construction of a campaign guide for Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition. This guide contains the worldstate, history, regions and people of Sigra which is the namesake of the guide. Sigra is a land that has been under an eclipse that has somehow lasted one thousand years. Through the use of this book, Dungeon Masters will be able to run adventures for their players through the use of setting description and suggested plotlines. The guide is by no means a strict rulebook and is intended for easy modification and encourage world exploration. The guide utilizes a structured, informative format with occasional use of narrative segments. It also contains gameplay mechanics for new aspects introduced. Campaign guides function as a vehicle of blurring the lines between narrative fiction and gameplay.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 1:40pm - 2:00pm PDT
012 Karpen Hall

2:00pm PDT

Race And Poverty
Too many American citizens believe that if they are not currently living in a state of poverty, then it does not or won’t ever affect them. When actually, the question is not if poverty will affect you, but when and how it will. Areas known to have high rates of poverty suffer from inadequate healthcare, higher crime rates, a lack of resources for education, and low socioeconomic mobility, and these are just a few consequences. These are also all factors that contribute to the overall economic growth. Furthermore, impoverished areas seem to have another thing in common, they are highly populated with minorities. While many Americans think that we are progressing as a society when it comes to racial inequalities, the data tells a different story. In this presentation, I intend to explore the relationship between race and poverty. There is an obvious correlation between destitution and genetic makeup. By observing demographics, rates of poverty and social policy data from the United States census at a national and local level, this research aims to understand why there is such a gap, and if it is racially motivated.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm PDT
012 Karpen Hall

2:20pm PDT

Testing The Strength Of Polyphonic Ciphers
In this presentation, I intend to demonstrate that, even with modern software, polyphonic ciphers can be incredibly difficult to decrypt, and are often functionally unbreakable. Specifically, I will construct 35, 55 and 65 character polyphonic ciphers, and will tabulate the results of my attempts to decrypt known messages. Polyphonic ciphers have fallen out of popularity after the development of RSA ‘public key’ ciphers and ‘brute force’ decryption methods; the assumption has been that polyphonic ciphers are susceptible to decryption from a variety of ‘brute force’ decryption methods if sufficient time is allocated using powerful computers. But recent efforts using ‘hill-climbing’ software seem to indicate that this may not be the case. As recent research has suggested, polyphonic ciphers of > 50 alphabets may be functionally unsolvable, and the actual limits of solvability may be lower. The software used for testing this hypothesis will be the ZKDecrypto software created by Brax Sisco. The software was developed specifically for solving encrypted messages created with polyphonic and monophonic ciphers. All ciphers created for this research were constructed manually by hand, without the use of any software, and are rather simple to construct in a short amount of time.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:20pm - 2:40pm PDT
012 Karpen Hall

2:45pm PDT

The Black Athlete And Social Issues: Just Shut Up And Dribble
This presentation will review the social issues of the Black athlete the past fifty years, the civil rights issues of African-Americans and the role of the African-American athlete have been closely associated with one another. From prominent athletes such as Jim Brown have used the platform of sports to bring awareness to the conditions of African-Americans, while current athletes like Colin Kaepernick face an uncertain professional future for leading the protest of not standing during the national anthem in 2016. The purpose of the research being conducted is to identify the issues of the Black athlete, and the breakdown in how these issues are interpreted by consumers who attend and watch sporting events daily in the United States. While the focus of this research will be in reviewing past social issues and the reactions of Black athletes, there is also the issues of the 2017 football season, and President Donald Trump personally condemning the NFL for allowing players to protest. By comparing various social issues involving the Black athlete we will also examine how said issues correlate with the opinions and reactions of consumers.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:45pm - 3:05pm PDT
012 Karpen Hall

3:05pm PDT

Select Speciesm & Human Compassion
The western world often holds certain species of animals above others when it comes to differentiating between the categories of food and pet. This research looks at the psychological, social and cultural reasoning behind meat consumption. This topic also delves into veganism and the ethical reasoning for people to rebel against social/cultural norms of meat consumption within society. This presentation will explore the relationship between speciesm within meat eaters and vegans, as well as the cultural expectations and repercussions.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:05pm - 3:25pm PDT
012 Karpen Hall

3:25pm PDT

Does Your Computer Know Who You Are, And Try To Persuade You?
This presentation will look to see if your increased willingness to share on social media allows the use of cookies and computer algorithms to know who you are. Are these personality profiles accurate enough to create persuasive advertisements tailored to you? Using Facebook's original selling point of being able to build apps through its open platform and build off Facebook itself, and now with recent advancements other apps and websites are able to log in through Facebook it has put together a huge audience and data pool for app developers. As people have gotten used to the collection of their information through cookies, their information they share on Facebook was thought to be private. Recent events have shown that some app developers sold your personal data they collected through Facebook apps and quizzes, was used to influence ads you personally would see in the 2016 presidential election.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:25pm - 3:45pm PDT
012 Karpen Hall

3:45pm PDT

The Marginalization of Homosexual Men within Contemporary Mainstream Cinema
In modern, wide-release cinema, gay men are portrayed in a marginalized manner. Homosexual male characters are often depicted as cliché, effeminate, comedic reliefs, serving as secondary, supporting roles instead of leading ones. Subsequently, queer characters are provided less screen time and lack solid character development within their roles. A stigma seems to exist in Hollywood, categorizing these queer roles as artistic in merit by gifting heterosexual men with awards for portraying homosexual characters, hindering the presentation of queer roles as normal within society. This presentation analyzes sixteen major motion pictures released from 1990 to 2017, categorizing each film based on its number of theater releases, awards received, major actors, and characterization of gay men.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:45pm - 4:05pm PDT
012 Karpen Hall