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2009-2010 President's Faculty Grant Winners

Balance and Ambulation Training without Standing Upright

Maintaining balance in the upright position is a complex motor control task for the central nervous system. Many diseases, injuries or even the normal aging process would affect one or more of...

Bilingualism and language functioning in young children with autism

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, impairments in communication, and a restricted repertoire of interest and activities. Current...

Content Analysis of Environmental Sustainability Themes in Florida Standards

The purpose of this study is to examine the K-12 Next Generation Sunshine State science content standards to learn how these standards documents contend with the goals of educating for...

Development of a Model for Drug Tranfer Using Porous Materials Created at NSU

The study of porous materials based on metal-organic frameworks, MOF's, has been an expanding area of research world-wide within recent years. This is due to the possible applications of these...

Employability Skills Group for Adults with Asperger Syndrome (AS)

Asperger Syndrome (AS), one of the five neurodevelopmental disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), is characterized by significant impairments in social and communication skills, as...

Evaluation of a New Animal Model for Gerontology Research

An aging population has provided an ever increasing interest in gerontology. Research in this field is undergoing explosive growth on both age-associated diseases and normal aging deficits. A major...

Global Evolutionary Diversity of Commensal Marine Amphipod Crustaceans

There is growing consensus among scientists that coral reefs and associated ecosystems are globally threatened and that decades of efforts to protect and manage reefs have largely failed to slow or...

Guanxi and Knowledge Transfer in the Chinese Auto Industry

Guanxi is the Chinese term of social relationship. Previous literature maintains that interorganizational guanxi is virtually personal guanxi across organizational boundaries. This ignores the...

Identification of bacteria and viruses in the coral Montastraea cavernosa

Montastraea cavernosa is an important scleractinian reef-building coral, found throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. Ultrastructural examination of numerous field-collected and experimental...

Immersing NSU undergraduate students in an in-house genome sequencing project

The entomopathogenic oomycete Lagenidium giganteum is known to infect and kill mosquito larvae and therefore has been seen as a potential biological control agent against disease vector mosquitoes....

Internal Parasites of Tropical Pelagic Elasmobranchs and Mesopelagic Teleosts

Natural mortality is a poorly known aspect of fisheries biology, despite its importance in stock assessments and population analysis. Of the many potential sources of mortality and morbidity in...

Investigation of the Development and Maintenance of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is estimated to have a lifetime prevalence rate of 2 to 5%. In 1990, obsessive compulsive disorder cost the United States approximately $8.4 billion in social...

Localization of the Spectrum of Matrices with Quaternion Entries

As the complex numbers are extensions of the real numbers, the quaternions are extensions of the complex numbers. Quaternions are not only part of contemporary mathematics but also widely used in...

Manatees as a "Cultural Sentinel Species" at El Manati, Veracruz, Mexico

The Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) is an important component of ecosystems bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Many communities in this region have a long history of hunting manatees for...

Maternal Influences on Preadolescent Adjustment: A Cross Cultural Exploration

A vast literature shows that the quality of personal relationships, especially personal relationships with parents for children and preadolescents, is a major predictor of psychosocial functioning...

Mechanism of Shoulder Wiiitis with Wii Tennis - a Biomechanical & EMG Analysis

Since the launch of Nintendoís Wii Gaming Console in 2006, numerous cases related to musculoskeletal injuries known as "Wiiitis" (Wii ñ itis) have been reported in the...

Novel approach for the Drug Delivery of Epinephrine for Anaphylaxis Treatment

Anaphylaxis may occur following the exposure to an antigen in susceptible persons. The incidence of anaphylaxis is increasing each year, and fatalities, although preventable, still occur. Prompt...

Novel Expandable Platforms for Gastric Retention

Extending the residence time of the drugs with low absorption window is a "holy grail" in oral drug delivery. If such drug passes the absorption segment, it will be wasted away with no...

NSUs Biocompatibility Screening Alternatives to Animal Experimentation

Every year in the United States, millions of animals including dogs, monkeys, rats, mice, rabbits, and cats suffer experimentation to test the biocompatibility of materials before they are used on...

Production of surfactants by plankton agitation in the wakes of surface ships

Surface-active materials, or surfactants, play an important role in oceanic processes. Under appropriate weather conditions, the concentration as little as 1 mg/m2 of surfactant is enough to...

Promoting Self-Change in Alcohol and Social Anxiety

The purpose of this research grant proposal is to investigate the change mechanism in people being treated for social anxiety and alcohol use. Given the high comorbidity between alcohol use and...

Repeat Contralateral OAE Suppression Testing in Tinnitus Treatments

Tinnitus is a debilitating condition that is particularly difficult to measure. A promising new objective diagnostic technique, Contralateral Otoacoustic Emissions (Contra OAE), has never been...

Role of Seagrass Beds as Food and Fishery Habitat in Port Everglades, Florida

Seagrasses form a habitat that is highly productive and ecologically important to a vast number of organisms. Seagrasses have higher diversity and productivity compared to unvegetated areas. These...

Sociodemographic Patterns of Insomnia Drug Prescriptions in the United States

Need/Background: Insomnia is currently the most prevalent sleep disorder. Approximately 20% of adults examined in a general medical setting experience severe and persistent insomnia. While multiple...

The features of multimedia instruction that promote meaningful distance learning

Meaningful learning takes place when students have good retention of information and can transfer learning to a new situation (Mayer, 2001). Rote learning occurs when students retain, but do not...

The Impact of a Personal Bar Coach on Pass Rate for First Time Bar Exam Takers

The Florida Bar Auxiliary Program ("FBAP") is part of the Critical Skills Program at Shepard Broad Law Center and is specifically tied to bar passage. FBAP provides recent graduates who...

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