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Undergraduate and Graduate Presentations, Theses, and Dissertations

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Undergraduate Research

Measuring Performance of a Weedy Species (Nicotania glauca) vs. a Native Species (Venegasia Carpesioides) on the Pepperdine Campus

Author: Emily J. Blair et al.
Categories: Biology, Life Sciences

This study investigated four different mechanisms of growth performance of a native chaparral species, Venegasia carpesioides, and a weedy species, Nicotiana glauca. The research group hypothesized that one or more of the following variables would be higher for the weedy species than the native species: photosynthetic rate, conductance, fluorescence, and ... more

Asian American Congressional Representation

Author: Christine Kim
Categories: American Politics, Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences

While studies have researched substantive representation of other minority groups, this paper is the first to examine Asian American congressional representation. I ask two questions. First do Asian American legislators vote differently on roll call votes than other members of their party? Second, do Asian American constituents get less of ... more

Reversing Stereotypes: The Good Black Man America Has Yet to Know

Author: Alexandria Harris
Categories: Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Research has shown that the negative stereotypes of black masculinity prevalent in American public opinion are linked to negative media portrayals of African American men. Using both theming analysis and survey experiment methods, I ask whether or not positive media portrayals of African American men offset negative stereotypes of black ... more

Initial Post-Fire Resprout Success of Q. agrifolia, J. californica, and P. racemosa in Sycamore Canyon

Author: Frida Morales et al.
Categories: Biology, Life Sciences

Resprouting after fire and during a drought can be one of the greatest challenges a plant faces. This phenomena was observed and recorded in three different species of trees: P. racemosa, Q. agrifolia, and J. californica, all located in the Sycamore Canyon study site in Pt. Mugu State Park. P. ... more

Leaf Foliar Absorption in Pentagramma triangularis and Polypodium californicum

Author: Justin Choe et al.
Categories: Biology, Life Sciences

In Riparian and moist zones of the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California, ferns flourish. However, the Mediterranean climate they live in is subject to drought, and the area is currently facing the worst drought it has ever seen. With little moisture in the ground and streams drying up, these ... more

Graduate Research

A study of the influence of leadership competencies on a school culture organization

The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine teachers' perceptions of an association between principal leadership and their leadership competencies on a schools' culture. This paper explored teachers' perceptions of principal leadership and the health of the school culture. In a Southern California school district 835 teachers were e-mailed ... more

An examination of the issues impacting athletic directors at NCAA Division I football bowl series non-automatic qualifying institutions

This study attempted to identify the issues confronting athletic directors at the NCAA Division I FBS membership institutions from the following athletic conferences: American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid American Conference, Mountain West Conference, and Sun Belt Conference. These conferences are considered to be non-BCS automatic qualifying conferences. Since the ... more

Comic art and humor in the workplace: an exploratory study ...ZZzzzz

This study is a qualitative, exploratory examination of the phenomena of humor in the workplace. The purpose is to derive a better understanding of how real people enact humor in the workplace by examining the humor depicted by and through fictional characters in comic art. The body of work of ... more

An exploratory study: mobile device use for academics

As mobile devices become more and more ubiquitous among teens, such devices have also been fighting their way into the educational landscape. In this digital world where people are constantly entertained, educators have found it difficult to capture their students' attention and motivate them to stay engaged in formal class. ... more

Work-life balance of women leaders in the Association of Theological Schools

Although women make up more than 50% of the student population at a theological institution, they are significantly underrepresented in leadership as evidenced by Lowe's 2011 study, which found that women account for fewer than 10% of CEOs in theological education. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine ... more

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