UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH JOURNAL

The Jewish Athena: The Political Genesis of the State of Israel

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The Jewish Athena: The Political Genesis of the State of Israel By Julius Sykes Faculty mentor: Roger Deal, Associate Professor of History at USC Aiken   At 4 o’clock p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 1948, a committee of Zionist Jewish leaders met in the Tel Aviv Art Museum beneath a portrait of Zionist ideologue Theodor Herzl and

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Extending the “Pepsi Paradox” to Diet Cola

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Extending the “Pepsi Paradox” to Diet Cola By Charlotte Schallenberg Faculty Mentor: Melanie Palomares     Abstract Since the invention of cola, the rivalry between Pepsi and Coca-Cola (i.e., Coke) has been in existence. Coke has been the preferred brand over all other colas, despite the preference for Pepsi in blind taste tests. This has

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Roman Holiday: December 25, 800, and the Philosophical Origins of Charlemagne’s Purple Reign

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Roman Holiday: December 25, 800, and the Philosophical Origins of Charlemagne’s Purple Reign   By Julius Sykes Faculty Mentor: Alexia Helsley       The late eighth century Frankish king and conqueror Charles the Great was the most powerful monarch in Western Christendom in his day, ruling from the Pyrenees to the Elbe, from the Baltic

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Towards Improving the Performance of the ADCIRC Storm Surge Modeling Software

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Abstract Accurately predicting storms and hurricanes is critical to saving lives and reducing economic loss. Therefore, it is necessary to use the most efficient software and hardware technology available in order to improve the performance and fidelity of these predictive mathematical models. For over ten years, the Computational Hydraulics Lab (CHL) at the University of

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Commercializing the Body

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Commercializing the Body: Trade, Contract, and Agency in The Merchant of Venice Contracts of Flesh: Portia’s Rise to Agency Abstract In this article, I take Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice as my backdrop to explore and illuminate how the commercialization of flesh and body in the play can only fully be understood through its

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Discovering the Southern Appalachian Grassy Balds

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Discovering the Southern Appalachian Grassy Balds   Abstract Grassy balds are unique Appalachian wonders, open meadows in the mountains where, ecologically, there should be trees. It has been hypothesized that some of the balds originated more than ten thousand years ago and were kept open by the grazing of large herbivores such as the mastodon

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Sustaining the Land of Ice and Fire

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Sustaining the Land of Fire and Ice The mainstream media frequently promote sensational stories about controversial environmental topics such as clean energy and global warming. But it is difficult to understand the significance of these issues and find ways to solve these environmental problems without experiencing their complexity firsthand. This was the motivation behind our

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Proofs of a Trigonometric Inequality

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The Relationship Between Child Externalizing Behaviors and Parental Stress in Children with Fragile X Syndrome

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The Relationship Between Child Externalizing Behaviors and Parental Stress in Children with Fragile X Syndrome Erica Mazur, Marjorie Grefer, and Jane Roberts, PhD Abstract Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the leading heritable cause for intellectual disabilities and the leading known genetic cause for developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The present study examined

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The Effects of Government Policies on the Stock Market

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Abstract   What is the most effective government policy to boost stock returns and, subsequently, to foster economic growth, especially during an economic crisis? This paper examines the effects of various government actions on stock market performance during the global financial crisis of 2007. As expected from rational investors, nearly all of the variation in

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