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Fall 2009

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Kathy Goodwin - The Effects of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is a rapidly growing health concern for millions of people in the United States.  The increased media focus on this disease as well as increased numbers of friends and family affected by this disease prompted me to search out the facts.  I gathered information through case studies, surveys, and general research.  This allowed me to gain greater insight into the disease, and the effects of this disease on patients and their families.  There are ways to reduce our risk of this disease; not always, but more often than not, it comes down to an individual choice.

Jennifer Hallstrom - 2012:  Heaven and Earth

Much of the chatter around campus this semester has been centered on the "2012 phenomenon."  This involves the occurrence of one or more catastrophic events which are to take place sometime in that year and ultimately bring about the "end of the world."  I took a closer look at one potential astronomical and one potential geological event to try to determine the credibility of these theories.  Astronomically, I chose the theory that states that Betelgeuse, a nearby star, will go supernova and in so doing will obliterate anything remotely near it including the Earth.  Geologically, I focused on the theory concerning the eruption of a supervolcano and, subsequently, its potential part in causing a mass extinction of all life on this planet.   

Mary Hulse - Examining Dissociative Identity Disorder

As times and society change, so do the psychological needs of those in society. As the economy worsens and it becomes harder to meet increasing financial demands, society responds with increases in crime, abuse and chemical dependency. The increase in stressors may cause some profound psychological changes for the individual members of society.

Each individual has a personality with many different aspects. In response to extreme stress, these aspects of personality may disassociate from each other causing them to become distinct and separate. This is known as Dissociative Identity Disorder. Diagnosing DID, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, is a difficult and controversial issue.

Doreen Lawton - Environmental Factors and Alzheimer's Disease

The gene that determines the possibility of developing Alzheimer's disease is carried by one in four people.  Half the factors present in those who develop the disease are biological, but half are environmental.  I propose to share ways we can limit the environmental factors through diet, exercise, lifelong learning and other lifestyle choices.  The brain is the pivotal determiner of how long we live, and it seems, the quality of our lives.

Terry Leatherman - Aging Globally:  Meeting the Challenges of an Increasing Older Population

Worldwide, the numbers of people over the age of 60 are increasing.  This sounds like great news, but living longer brings new challenges: retirement, health problems, disability.  In addition, as cultures shift from rural and agricultural to urban and industrialized, traditional ways of caring for the elderly are no longer effective. I explored how the United States meets this challenge compared to the counties of China, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.


Sarah Lewis - The Art of Criminal Profiling

Criminal profiling is used to assist detectives in narrowing the scope of an investigation.  It is utilized to create an assessment of a criminal, to evaluate belongings found in an offender's possession, and to provide successful interviewing strategies.  Just like any other investigative tool, criminal profiling is not perfect.  Many professionals question the technique.  Criminal profiling can be used to investigate serial killers, such as Albert Fish.  Sadist and masochist, Fish murdered at least five children.