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Undergraduate Research

A Period of Transition: Early Islamic and Umayyad Coinage

Author: Anna Tiner
Categories: Biblical Studies, History of Religion, Islamic World and Near East History, Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

A study of four coins from 620 to 680 AD provides a meager yet insightful glimpse into the coinage minted by Islamic rulers during their conquest over the Holy Land and the transition of rule from the Byzantine Empire to the Islamic Caliphate. With the help of an innovative technology ... more

Public Opinion towards Bicycle Lanes: The Case of New York

Author: Wil Fisher
Categories: Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences

As bicycles gradually become an established form of transportation in the United States, planners and policymakers need new evidence to determine how best to expand bicycle infrastructure. Using logistic regression analysis of 2012 public opinion data from New York City, this article explores the demographics behind support of bicycle lanes. ... more

Finding a Frame that Fits: Analyzing Rival Framing of American Gun Control Policy in 2013

Author: Alexander Booker
Categories: American Politics, Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences

This paper uses political framing theory to analyze the messages employed by different gun lobby groups during the early 2013 debate on gun control legislation proposed in the United States Congress. I asked two questions with my research. First, what type of political action frames did gun interest groups use ... more

Late Hasmonean Coinage: A Snapshot of Alexander Jannaeus's Rule

Author: Timothy Schaefer et al.
Categories: Biblical Studies, History of Religion, Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Like other late Hasmonean rulers, Alexander walked the line between outright Hellenization and traditional Judaism. He did this to please other powerful rulers while keeping his power over his domestic people. We can see this clash of Hebrew and Greek influences in his coinage.

Coinage during the Bar Kochba Rebellion

Author: Jonathan Allen et al.
Categories: Biblical Studies, History of Religion, Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

This is a coin that Jews used during the Bar Kochba Rebellion, The dates of the
Bar Kochba are from 132-135 A.D. The rebellion was started in response to the
rule of Emperor Hadrian, who was insensitive to Jewish Traditions and started
banning Jewish religious practices. In response, Jews began ... more


Graduate Research

Identifying the impact of leadership practices on organizational agility


This mixed-methods case study examined the impact of leadership on practices to organizational agility. Leaders and employees from three organizations (two universities, one financial institution) participated in surveys and interviews to generate data related to the organizational and personal leadership orientations and styles exhibited, the degree of agility in the ... more

Cultural attributes and retention strategies within millennial-founded and millennial-run companies


Millennials represent the future generation of our workforce, as well as our future thought leaders, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, and business owners. The purpose of this study was to identify the cultural attributes of and retention strategies used at companies founded and run by Millennials. This qualitative study collected data through interviews ... more

Examining the effects of leader social intelligence on employee engagement


This study evaluated the effects of leader social intelligence (SI) on employee engagement (EE) by measuring 36 leaders' SI and interviewing 10 leaders. Although managers were rated as utilizing SI competencies, there were no direct relationships with follower EE ratings. Findings suggested that Empathy may be the most effective SI ... more

Standing out: the influence of organizational culture and cultural values on a manager's willingness to meaningfully differentiate employee performance


This mixed-methodology study investigates the degree to which dominant organization culture and cultural values influence a manager's willingness to differentiate employee performance for the purpose of making meaningful talent decisions. Data were collected from 26 companies and a total of 45 individual participants. The findings suggest that specific values play ... more

Leadership competencies for effective hospital chief executive officers and chief medical officers in Mexico


This study identified a leadership competency model for developing healthcare executives in Mexico based on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Model. Eleven chief executive officers and chief medical officers were interviewed. They considered 86% of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) competencies as very important or vital ... more