Faculty Scholarship & Creative Works
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Scholarly research and creative projects undertaken by faculty at PSU.2021-10-20T06:11:34ZA mixed-methods analysis of supports and barriers for rural college students
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A mixed-methods analysis of supports and barriers for rural college students
Flynn, Stephen; Laflamme, Eric; Hays, Danica
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This article outlines an exploratory sequential mixed-methods study on the environmental supports and barriers for students attending a rural college. Data collected through six focus group interviews (N = 19) indicated 20 themes associated with student success; faculty practices with students; administrative issues; or president, cabinet, and board of trustee vision. An 86-item survey, grounded in qualitative themes, yielded evidence of convergence and divergence for an initial sample of 256 students.
2020-12-07T00:00:00ZWhy the glove of mathematics fits the hand of the natural sciences so well: how far down the (Fibonacci) rabbit hole goes
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Why the glove of mathematics fits the hand of the natural sciences so well: how far down the (Fibonacci) rabbit hole goes
Haight, David F.
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Why does the glove of mathematics fit the hand of the natural sciences so well? Is there a good reason for the good fit? Does it have anything to do with the mystery number of physics or the Fibonacci sequence and the golden proportion? Is there a connection between this mystery (golden) number and Leibniz's general question, why is there something (one) rather than nothing (zero)? The acclaimed mathematician G.H. Hardy (1877-1947) once observed: "In great mathematics there is a very high degree of unexpectedness, combined with inevitability and economy." Is this also true of great physics? If so, is there a simple "preestablished harmony" or linchpin between their respective ultimate foundations? The philosopher-mathematician, Gottfried Leibniz, who coined this phrase, believed that he had found that common foundation in calculus, a methodology he independently discovered along with Isaac Newton. But what is the source of the harmonic series of the natural log that is the basis of calculus and also Bernhard Riemann's harmonic zeta function for prime numbers? On the occasion of the three-hundredth anniversary of Leibniz's death and the one hundredth-fiftieth anniversary of the death of Bernhard Riemann, this essay is a tribute to Leibniz's quest and questions in view of subsequent discoveries in mathematics and physics. (In the Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Dec. 2008 and Oct. 2010, I have already sympathetically discussed in detail Riemann's hypothesis and the zeta function in relation to primes and the zeta zeros. Both papers were republished online in 2013 by Taylor and Francis Scientific Publishers Group.)
0005-01-01T00:00:00ZThe impact of Mount Washington on the height of the boundary layer and the vertical structure of temperature and moisture
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The impact of Mount Washington on the height of the boundary layer and the vertical structure of temperature and moisture
Murray, Georgia; Bailey, Adriana; Kelsey, Eric
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Discrimination of the type of air mass along mountain slopes can be a challenge and is not commonly performed, but is critical for identifying factors responsible for influencing montane weather, climate, and air quality. A field campaign to measure air mass type and transitions on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, USA was performed on 19 August 2016. Meteorological observations were taken at the summit and at several sites along the east and west slopes. Ozone concentrations were measured at the summit and on the valley floor. Additionally, water vapor stable isotopes were measured from a truck that drove up and down the Mount Washington Auto Road concurrent with radiosonde launches that profiled the free atmosphere. This multivariate perspective revealed thermal, moisture, and air mass height differences among the free atmosphere, leeward, and windward mountain slopes. Both thermally and mechanically forced upslope flows helped shape these differences by altering the height of the boundary layer with respect to the mountain surface. Recommendations for measurement strategies hoping to develop accurate observational climatologies of air mass exposure in complex terrain are discussed and will be important for evaluating elevation-dependent warming and improving forecasting for weather and air quality.
0007-01-01T00:00:00ZTeachers' tales go online: digitizing oral histories on cassettes
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Teachers' tales go online: digitizing oral histories on cassettes
Pearman, Alice
Article.
For a time beginning in the 1970s, cassette tapes were very popular for recording oral histories. Today, these cassettes have exceeded their expected lifespan. Photographs, newspapers, and yearbooks fill many online repositories, but libraries and archives may find themselves wondering how to digitize an audio collection. This article presents a case study of one librarian's effort to run a pilot digitization project for twenty-one oral history cassettes.
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