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I Love It When Linus Reminds Me What Christmas Is About, Mark Routhier Dec 2013

I Love It When Linus Reminds Me What Christmas Is About, Mark Routhier

UCF Forum

As Linus said: “Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights, please: ‘And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord...’”


The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Rebekah Mccloud Nov 2013

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Rebekah Mccloud

UCF Forum

When is the most wonderful time of the year? December — right? — despite the many people and things that try to blur the calendar.


Cat Got Your Tongue? (The Lost Art Of Conversation), Rebekah Mccloud Sep 2013

Cat Got Your Tongue? (The Lost Art Of Conversation), Rebekah Mccloud

UCF Forum

My mother and I were eating dinner recently at her favorite restaurant. We spent several hours talking, laughing and enjoying our meal.


The Meaning Of Life – Or At Least University Life, Mark Routhier Aug 2013

The Meaning Of Life – Or At Least University Life, Mark Routhier

UCF Forum

The sun will one day burn itself out and all the magnificence and strife that is humankind will be a whisper in a vacuum, a ripple through dark space.


Age Is Nothing But A Number, Rebekah Mccloud Jul 2013

Age Is Nothing But A Number, Rebekah Mccloud

UCF Forum

I am one of 76 million children born in the United States between 1945 and 1964. I am a Baby Boomer and have reached the age when I am counted as a bona fide “senior citizen.” I received my AARP card nearly a decade ago amidst some grumbles and groans until I realized all of the discounts it afforded me.


Under New Management: Whiteness In Post-Apartheid South African Life Writing, Antonio Simoes Da Silva Jul 2013

Under New Management: Whiteness In Post-Apartheid South African Life Writing, Antonio Simoes Da Silva

Tony Simoes da Silva

Alfred J. Lopez begins his introduction to postcolonial Whiteness: A Critical Reader on Race and Empire by stating "Whiteness is not, yet we continue for many reasons to act as though it is" (1). He is especially interested in "what happens to whiteness after empire," and proposes that it be understood as a dynamic relation of power. Despite the critical scrutiny it has attracted from whiteness studies, the racial category retains much of its ideological force. "The concept of whiteness as a cultural hegemon," Lopez argues, is manifest in "its lingering, if somewhat latent, hegemonic influence over much of the ...


Narrating Redemption: Life Writing And Whiteness In The New South Africa: Gillian Slovo's Every Secret Thing, Antonio Simoes Da Silva Jul 2013

Narrating Redemption: Life Writing And Whiteness In The New South Africa: Gillian Slovo's Every Secret Thing, Antonio Simoes Da Silva

Tony Simoes da Silva

No abstract provided.


Longing, Belonging And Self-Making In White Zimbabwean Life Writing: Peter Godwin's When A Crocodile Eats The Sun , Antonio Simoes Da Silva Jul 2013

Longing, Belonging And Self-Making In White Zimbabwean Life Writing: Peter Godwin's When A Crocodile Eats The Sun , Antonio Simoes Da Silva

Tony Simoes da Silva

No abstract provided.


Detention, Displacement And Dissent In Recent Australian Life Writing, Michael R. Jacklin Jul 2013

Detention, Displacement And Dissent In Recent Australian Life Writing, Michael R. Jacklin

Michael Jacklin

Narratives of persecution, imprisonment, displacement and exile have been a fundamental aspect of Australian literature: from the convict narratives of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to writing by refugees and migrants to Australia following World War II, to the narratives of those displaced by more recent conflicts. This paper will focus on two texts published in Australia in the past few years which deal with experiences of persecution and displacement from Afghanistan. Mahboba's Promise (2005) and The Rugmaker of Mazar-e- Sharif (2008) are texts that have to some extent bypassed the quarantining that Gillian Whitlock has argued works to ...


Six Chapters Of A Double Life - Book Review: The Red Thread: A Love Story / Nicholas Jose, Wenche Ommundsen Jun 2013

Six Chapters Of A Double Life - Book Review: The Red Thread: A Love Story / Nicholas Jose, Wenche Ommundsen

Wenche Ommundsen

No abstract provided.


An Ode To Florida’S Summer – And A Time To Remember, Carla Poindexter May 2013

An Ode To Florida’S Summer – And A Time To Remember, Carla Poindexter

UCF Forum

It is summer in Florida again, when I always think back to my first summers here and why I still love this time of year.


Personal Factors That Influence Meaning And Prioritizatin In Work-Nonwork Roles, Lindsay Ware Benitez May 2013

Personal Factors That Influence Meaning And Prioritizatin In Work-Nonwork Roles, Lindsay Ware Benitez

Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

The importance an individual places on one role over another is captured by a person’s identity salience, which can affect how work and nonwork roles are viewed and how one allocates time and resources to these roles. Within the literature there is a need to further understand what personal factors may influence the development of a person’s identity salience and ultimately contribute to the choices people make surrounding work and nonwork domains. The present study was designed to assess the impact of four higher order values that contribute to a person’s identity salience. Also examined was the ...


Life In A Northern (Australian) Town: Darwin's Mercurial Music Scene, Christopher Gibson, Christopher Brennan-Horley, Julie Willoughby-Smith, Susan Luckman Jan 2013

Life In A Northern (Australian) Town: Darwin's Mercurial Music Scene, Christopher Gibson, Christopher Brennan-Horley, Julie Willoughby-Smith, Susan Luckman

Christopher R Brennan-Horley

No abstract provided.


Life Beyond Politics: Toward The Notion Of The Unpolitical, Inna Viriasova Jan 2013

Life Beyond Politics: Toward The Notion Of The Unpolitical, Inna Viriasova

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This study presents a critique of post-foundational political thought, suggesting that it lacks a positive account of the unpolitical, of a radical outside of politics. I argue that political thought that oscillates around the distinction between “politics” and “the political” is correlationist and totalizing, resulting in the forgetting of its “Great Outdoors.” This critique is advanced through a close analysis of texts by Carl Schmitt, Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancière, and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy. Against this background stand out Massimo Cacciari's and Roberto Esposito's categories of “the impolitical,” and Giorgio Agamben's notion of “bare life.” “The ...


Dying Is Only Human. The Case Death Makes For The Immortality Of The Person, Steffen Roth Dr. Jan 2013

Dying Is Only Human. The Case Death Makes For The Immortality Of The Person, Steffen Roth Dr.

Dr. Steffen Roth

The claim of the present article is that human mortality makes a case for the discovery of the immortal nature of the person. Based on a clear distinction of the concepts of the human being and the person, human beings and persons are considered immortal insofar as both entities evidently do not qualify for a definition as living systems. On the one hand, human beings are presented as neither lifeless nor living systems. On the other hand, persons are introduced as lifeless systems and, as a result, immortal system. This claim is extended by the statement that, even if supposed ...


99mtc-Dtpa Volume Of Distribution, Half-Life And Glomerular Filtration Rate In Normal Adults, Jennifer L. Holness, John S. Fleming, Alessandra Malaroda, James M. Warwick Jan 2013

99mtc-Dtpa Volume Of Distribution, Half-Life And Glomerular Filtration Rate In Normal Adults, Jennifer L. Holness, John S. Fleming, Alessandra Malaroda, James M. Warwick

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences - Papers: Part A

Assessment of volume of distribution (VD) and half-life (T1/2) values during glomerular filtration rate (GFR) investigations is a useful quality control check. The aim of this study was to derive reference data for VD and T1/2 and also to provide reference data for GFR fro studies performed using 99mTc-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid.


Dna Barcoding Identifies All Immature Life Stages Of A Forensically Important Flesh Fly (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), Kelly A. Meiklejohn, James F. Wallman, Mark Dowton Jan 2013

Dna Barcoding Identifies All Immature Life Stages Of A Forensically Important Flesh Fly (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), Kelly A. Meiklejohn, James F. Wallman, Mark Dowton

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Carrion-breeding insects, such as flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), can be used as evidence in forensic investigations. Despite their considerable forensic potential, their use has been limited because morphological species identification, at any life stage, is very challenging. This study investigated whether DNA could be extracted and cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) barcode sequences obtained for molecular identification of each immature life stage of the forensically important Australian flesh fly, Sarcophaga (Sarcorohdendorfia) impatiens (Walker). Genomic DNA extracts were prepared from all larval instars and puparia. Amplification of the barcoding region was successful from all extracts, but puparia amplicons were weak. All ...


A Pilot Study Of Mental Health And Quality-Of-Life Of Caregivers Of Children With Cleft Lip/Palate In India, Mahesh R. Gowda, Nagesh B. Pai, Shae-Leigh C. Vella Jan 2013

A Pilot Study Of Mental Health And Quality-Of-Life Of Caregivers Of Children With Cleft Lip/Palate In India, Mahesh R. Gowda, Nagesh B. Pai, Shae-Leigh C. Vella

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

Background: There has been insufficient and contradictory research to date on the impacts of caring for a child with cleft lip/palate. Therefore this pilot study sought to investigate the mental health and quality of life of primary caregivers of children with cleft lip/palate. Materials and Methods: Seventy-nine primary caregivers of children with cleft lip/palate awaiting a surgical procedure in India completed questionnaires to measure their mental health, quality of life, and demographic variables. Results: The results indicated that half of the sample suffered from poor mental health and a reduced quality of life. Overall perceptions of quality ...


A Physiological Evaluation Of Shelters That Might Sustain Life During An Australian Bushfire, Benjamin J. Haberley, David J. R Hoyle, Nigel A.S Taylor Jan 2013

A Physiological Evaluation Of Shelters That Might Sustain Life During An Australian Bushfire, Benjamin J. Haberley, David J. R Hoyle, Nigel A.S Taylor

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

South-Eastern Australia experiences the most frequent and severe bushfires in the world. In 2009, bushfires in Victoria claimed 173 lives and cost more than $4 billion in structural damage. As a consequence, the establishment of building standards that might govern the construction of bushfire shelters was recommended. Since no relevant standards existed, it was suggested that if these shelters could keep the internal conditions to a maximal mean Modified Discomfort Index (MDI) of 39o for 60 min, then they could restrain the rise in core temperature to no more than 2oC. The current investigators were invited to test this hypothesis ...


Quality Of Life Of Community-Based Palliative Care Clients And Their Caregivers, Tanya Connell, Ritin S. Fernandez, Duong Tran, Rhonda Griffiths, Janeane Harlum, Meera Agar Jan 2013

Quality Of Life Of Community-Based Palliative Care Clients And Their Caregivers, Tanya Connell, Ritin S. Fernandez, Duong Tran, Rhonda Griffiths, Janeane Harlum, Meera Agar

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health - Papers: part A

This study aimed to investigate health-related quality of life of palliative care (PC) clients and their caregivers, at baseline and follow-up, following a referral to a community PC service. Quality of life of clients and their caregivers was respectively measured using the McGill Quality of Life instrument (MQoL) and the Caregiver Quality of Life Cancer Index (CQoLC) instruments. Participants were recruited from June 8 to October 27, 2006. This study was undertaken in one zone of an Area Health Service in New South Wales, which has a diverse socioeconomic population. The zone covers an area of 6237 km2 and is ...


The Role Of Life Cycle Cost In Engineering Asset Management, Khaled El-Akruti, Richard Dwight, Tieling Zhang, Mujbil Al-Marsumi Jan 2013

The Role Of Life Cycle Cost In Engineering Asset Management, Khaled El-Akruti, Richard Dwight, Tieling Zhang, Mujbil Al-Marsumi

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences - Papers: Part A

This paper presents a case study demonstrating life cycle cost (LCC) analysis as a major and critical activity of engineering asset management decisions and control. The objective is to develop a maintenance policy to control the economics of replacement and repair practice of refractory lining of an electric arc furnace (EAF). The replacement & repair policies involve the optimum life policy, the repair versus replacement policies, the repair limit method and the comparison of lining material types from different suppliers. The developed models provide a method for defining the most important factors involved in decision making with respect to operational and ...


The Role Of Sustainable Greenways In Achievement Of Improving The Quality Of Life (Tehran’S Greenways As A Case Study), Fatemeh Shahani Jan 2013

The Role Of Sustainable Greenways In Achievement Of Improving The Quality Of Life (Tehran’S Greenways As A Case Study), Fatemeh Shahani

Proceedings of the Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

Urban growth and development is caused to increase exploitation of natural resources more than environmental capacity and lead to instability in the cities than ever before. Accordingly sustainable development emphasizes the role of green area and in order to achieve this goal, “greenway” is considered as one of the most important tools for improving urban sustainable development. Moreover, urban green spaces and elements consider as a main factor in the improving of quality of life. Greenways are “green infrastructure” to link people and places (Fabos, 1995) and can be planned at different scales and for multiple purposes, “including ecological, recreational ...


Personality Trait Change And Life Satisfaction In Adults: The Roles Of Age And Hedonic Balance, Christopher A. Magee, Leonie M. Miller, Patrick C.L Heaven Jan 2013

Personality Trait Change And Life Satisfaction In Adults: The Roles Of Age And Hedonic Balance, Christopher A. Magee, Leonie M. Miller, Patrick C.L Heaven

Faculty of Social Sciences - Papers

This paper examines whether changes in personality traits influenced life satisfaction (LS). This involved investigating whether these associations were moderated by age and mediated by hedonic balance (i.e., positive and negative affect). Participants included 11,104 Australian adults aged 18-79. years, with data available from two time points (baseline and 4-year follow up). Latent difference score modeling indicated that increased neuroticism was associated with lower LS, whereas increased extraversion, conscientiousness, and agreeableness were associated with higher LS. These relationships were moderated by age, and were less evident in older adults. Hedonic balance partially mediated the relationships between change in ...


It's A Dog's Life When Man's Best Friend Becomes His Fattest, Christopher J. Degeling Jan 2013

It's A Dog's Life When Man's Best Friend Becomes His Fattest, Christopher J. Degeling

Faculty of Social Sciences - Papers

A study published this morning in Nature offers further insight into how dogs became domesticated. The comparative analysis of human, canine and wolf genomes suggests that humans and dogs have evolved in parallel as a response to the increasingly starchy diets on offer after the agricultural revolution. Such a wholesale change in diet has not necessarily been benign for either species.


'Get Your Life Back': Process And Impact Evaluation Of An Asthma Social Marketing Campaign Targeting Older Adults, Uwana Evers, Sandra C. Jones, Donald C. Iverson, Peter Caputi Jan 2013

'Get Your Life Back': Process And Impact Evaluation Of An Asthma Social Marketing Campaign Targeting Older Adults, Uwana Evers, Sandra C. Jones, Donald C. Iverson, Peter Caputi

Faculty of Social Sciences - Papers

Background: Asthma in older adults is underdiagnosed and poorly self-managed. This population has little knowledge about the key symptoms, the prevalence among older adults, and the serious consequences of untreated asthma. The purpose of this study was to undertake a multifaceted evaluation of a social marketing campaign to increase asthma awareness among older adults in a regional Australian community. Methods: A cohort of older adults in an intervention region (n = 316) and a control region (n = 394) were surveyed immediately prior to and following the social marketing campaign. Campaign awareness, message recall, materials recognition, and actions taken as a result ...


Niche Markets Can Breathe New Life Into Manufacturing, Christopher Gibson, Geoffrey M. Spinks Jan 2013

Niche Markets Can Breathe New Life Into Manufacturing, Christopher Gibson, Geoffrey M. Spinks

Faculty of Social Sciences - Papers

Ford’s announcement that it will cease making cars in Australia is an enormous blow to manufacturing, and especially to the workers involved. But does it mean Australian manufacturing on its deathbed? Far from it.


The Learning Life Course Of At 'Risk' Children Aged 3-16: Perceptions Of Students And Parents About 'Succeeding Against The Odds', Iram Siraj-Blatchford, Aziza Mayo, Edward Melhuish, Brenda Taggart, Pam Sammons, Kathy Sylva Jan 2013

The Learning Life Course Of At 'Risk' Children Aged 3-16: Perceptions Of Students And Parents About 'Succeeding Against The Odds', Iram Siraj-Blatchford, Aziza Mayo, Edward Melhuish, Brenda Taggart, Pam Sammons, Kathy Sylva

Faculty of Social Sciences - Papers

Understanding how we can support children through their learning life course has become a policy imperative, particularly those children from poor homes who would normally be facing a low achiever trajectory. The paper reports on 50 in-depth Child and Family Case Studies (CFCS) that were conducted as part of the Effective Provision of Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE 3-16) research project. The CFCS was designed as a mixedmethods study in order to look at why and when certain children manage to succeed 'against the odds' while others do not. Using in-depth interviews with students, parents and teachers, quantitative data ...


Identifying The Quality Of Life Effects Of Urinary Incontinence With Depression In An Australian Population, Jodie C. Avery, Nigel P. Stocks, Paul Duggan, Annette J. Braunack-Mayer, Anne Taylor, Robert Goldney, Alastair Maclennan Jan 2013

Identifying The Quality Of Life Effects Of Urinary Incontinence With Depression In An Australian Population, Jodie C. Avery, Nigel P. Stocks, Paul Duggan, Annette J. Braunack-Mayer, Anne Taylor, Robert Goldney, Alastair Maclennan

Faculty of Social Sciences - Papers

Background

To explore the additive effect of urinary incontinence, in people with comorbid depression, on health related quality of life.

Methods

Males and females, 15 to 95 years (n = 3010, response rate 70.2%) were interviewed face to face in the 1998 Autumn South Australian Health Omnibus Survey.

Results

Self-reported urinary incontinence was found in 20.3% (n=610), and depression as defined by the PRIME-MD in 15.2% (n=459) of the survey population. Urinary incontinence with comorbid depression was found in 4.3% of the overall population. Univariate analysis showed that respondents with urinary incontinence and comorbid depression ...