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Child and Parent Mobile Media Use and Child Development: An Exploratory Study
(2024) Baud, Rachel; Langlais, Mickey; Child and Family Studies.; Baylor University; Honors College - Honors Program
Children 2 to 5-years-old are spending increasingly more time on technology, averaging two hours a day on mobile media, such as tablets and smartphones. The evidence, though, concerning how children’s development is impacted by such technology use is relatively limited, specifically regarding smartphones and tablets. The goal of this exploratory study is to determine how the amount of time parents and their children spend on technology, including television, smartphones, and tablets, relates to children’s fine motor, gross motor, and social skills. This mixed-methods study collected quantitative data from parents and observational data from teachers in a childcare center in the Southeastern United States (N = 22 parent-child dyads). Multilevel regression analyses illustrated that children’s time spent watching television was negatively associated with children’s gross motor skills. Additionally, percentage of time parents used mobile media independently (separate from their children), was associated with increased children’s social skills. The results of this study demonstrate that mobile media may not contribute to children’s development compared to other traditional media such as television.
A Finite Dimensional Approximation of a Density Dependent Mean Field Game
(2024) Zimmerman, Brady; Graber, Jameson; University Scholars.; Baylor University.; Honors College - Honors Program
The goal of this thesis is to establish the existence and uniqueness of a Nash equilibrium of a density dependent mean field game and approximate the solution with numerical methods. We first briefly introduce both mean field game theory and measure theory. Next, we define a game in which the final cost is the density of the equilibrium measure. Then we prove a unique solution exists by using the Browder-Minty Theorem. To conclude, we will show how Newton’s method can be used to approximate a solution and look at some specific examples of this approximation in action.
Quantum Ergodicity on Circulant Graphs
(2024) Pruss, Clare; Harrison, Jonathan; University Scholars.; Baylor University.; Honors College - Honors Program
Quantum ergodicity is a fundamental property of the quantum mechanics of systems where the corresponding classical dynamics is chaotic. These systems are described as exhibiting quantum chaos. In quantum mechanics, wave functions express the probability of finding a particle in a region. Quantum ergodicity refers to a situation where typical wave functions that are energy eigenfunctions (wave functions with a fixed value of energy) become evenly distributed as the energy of the wave function increases. Some quantized chaotic systems exhibit a stronger form of this behavior where all energy eigenfunctions become evenly distributed as the energy increases, rather than this being a feature of most of the eigenfunctions, a property known as quantum unique ergodicity. Recent work by Magee, Thomas, and Zhao introduced a notion of quantum unique ergodicity on graphs (networks). In this thesis, we describe quantum ergodicity and quantum unique ergodicity, explain this recent definition of a discrete quantum unique ergodicity for networks, and prove new results relating to quantum unique ergodicity for families of circulant graphs (networks with a rotational symmetry). In particular, we find families of circulant graphs that do not display discrete quantum unique ergodicity. However, when the definition of discrete quantum ergodicity is relaxed to allow complex bases of eigenfunctions such circulant graph families display discrete quantum unique ergodicity. This was not observed by Magee, Thomas, and Zhao, where discrete quantum unique ergodicity was proved for real or complex orthonormal bases of eigenfunctions for Cayley graphs of quasirandom groups.
A heroine's quest : or how I became an archivist's assistant.
(2017) Johnson, Valencia L.; Hafertepe, Kenneth, 1955-; Museum Studies; Baylor University.; College of Arts and Sciences. Dept. of Museum Studies.
In the summer of 2016, I worked as the Project Assistant on the William R. White Papers at Baylor University’s Texas Collection and University Archive. I worked 40 hours a week preserving and processing the collection while supervising an undergraduate worker. I also spent one day a week working at the Reading Room Service Desk. During my time at the Texas Collection, I was able to process and arrange the collection into its current state of over 200 document boxes, author a finding aid, and help assist patrons when necessary.
The transformative church as a kingdom agent in a village setting.
(2024-03-28) Anim-Danso, Osnad.; Stroope, Michael W.; Truett Seminary; Baylor University. George W. Truett Seminary
This project assesses the impact of a theological breakthrough in the understanding of the kingdom of God on the church and the subsequent impact on the community, especially in a village setting. A series of workshops were organized for four local churches in a rural community over a period of eight weeks. The workshops were designed to have two components: teaching component and practical component. The teaching component of the project is aimed at providing the platform for discussions on the kingdom of God so that the plausibility structures of the church concerning their mandate and responsibilities as a community of faith and kingdom agents will be shaped in accordance with scripture. Through the practical component, the love of God was revealed practically in the community in accordance with Bible teachings. There was a “a revolution of serving others,” what Dino Rizzo referred to as “Servolution.” The church went out to the community to serve the people through acts of love and social services and to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. A pre-intervention direct observation, survey, and interviews were conducted to serve as the baseline to measure the church’s initial level of understanding of the kingdom of God before the start of the workshop. Similarly, the initial situation of the community before the intervention was measured to serve as a baseline to assess the impact of the church’s activities in the community. At the end of the project, post-intervention, the same research methods were used to measure the impact of the interventions both on the church and the community. The initial data was then compared to the final data and a positive change was observed in both cases. This led to the conclusion that when the church becomes an embodied witness in their communities by employing social services and acts of love to both tell and show the love of God to their communities, significant transformation occurs in the community; and in the process the church is transformed.