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2016 - Texas Academy of Science Annual Meeting Words: 131 words || 
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1. Velo, Sarah. and Wood, Kathleen. "Differentiating Bell County snail species by identifying species-specific or genus-specific genomic differences" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Texas Tech University, Junction, TX, Mar 04, 2016 <Not Available>. 2018-01-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1114077_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: In 2013, a survey was conducted on snail populations in 19 different locations of Bell County, Texas. The previous survey reported over 20 species, while the most recent survey identified only 15 different macro-snail species. Of the species found, some are more difficult to distinguish by morphological features and could be more easily identified using DNA sequence information. DNA extraction was done on multiple snail species using both frozen and ethanol-preserved tissue, the latter samples providing significantly poorer quality DNA templates for sequencing. The genes sequenced were fragments of the mitochondrial cytochrome C oxidase subunit I gene (COI) and the 16S mtDNA, as well as the entire 18S rDNA. nBLAST analysis showed sequence similarity with other gastropods, however, results at this time are preliminary as to their usefulness in distinguishing species.

2007 - AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY Words: 250 words || 
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2. Boyd, Rebecca. "Sequencing and Prediction of Adolescent Drug Initiation: Are Risk Factors Drug-specific, Adolescent Stage-specific, or Universal?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov 14, 2007 <Not Available>. 2018-01-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p200058_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Over the past 10 years, various adolescent substance abuse and prevention researchers have called for specific lines of empirical inquiry. One such call includes an increase in research on substance use among rural adolescents, including assessing the validity of the drug-sequencing hypothesis outlined in Kandel's Stage Theory for this sub-population. Other researchers have argued for determining if risk factors for various aspects of adolescent drug use, including initiation, are drug-specific or universal in kind and saliency. An emphasis also has been placed on the concept of developmental contextualism, with researchers promulgating the need to determine whether risk factors vary in kind or saliency according to different stages of adolescent development.

This presentation serves as a synopsis of proposed dissertation research designed to answer each of these respective calls and address gaps in the literature. Specifically, an empirical test of Kandel's drug sequencing hypothesis and a comprehensive quantitative examination of predictors of adolescent soft drug initiation is proposed. Of particular interest is determining whether risk factors are drug-specific, and if they differ in kind and saliency by stage of adolescent development. Data is derived from the 2004 Primary Prevention Awareness, Attitude, and Use Survey (PPAAUS), a tri-annual cross-sectional survey administered to 6th, 9th, and 12th grade students in a rural Pennsylvania school district. Discussion will center on the research questions, hypotheses, and associated statistical models proposed. A dual cross-validation scheme designed to assess the stability of quantitative findings also will be presented and discussed in terms of underlying rationale and methodology.

2011 - ASC Annual Meeting Words: 128 words || 
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3. Rebellon, Cesar., Lemay, Ed., Van Gundy, Karen. and Cohn, Ellen. "Do Specific Attitudes Predict Specific Crimes Independent of Self-Control?: A Multi-Level Modeling Approach" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Nov 15, 2011 <Not Available>. 2018-01-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p517101_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Although dominant micro-level theories disagree about the causes of crime, they tend to agree that all crimes are caused by the same forces. Self-control theory, for example, suggests that the trait of self-control is the only trait that should affect an individual's relative involvement in crimes of all types. We instead suggest that some forces like self-control may affect all crime types while other forces, such as subcultural beliefs or attitudes about different types of crime, may differentially affect a person's propensity for different types of crime. We investigate this possibility using data from the New Hampshire Youth Survey and a new approach to multi-level modeling. Preliminary results suggest that, independent of self-control, attitudes toward specific behaviors are associated with the likelihood of engaging in particular crimes.

2016 - Texas Academy of Science Annual Meeting Words: 196 words || 
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4. Velo, Sarah. and Wood, Kathleen. "Differentiating Bell County Snail Species by Identifying Species-Specific or Genus-Specific Genomic Differences in Rumina decollata" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Texas Tech University, Junction, TX, Mar 04, 2016 <Not Available>. 2018-01-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1114079_index.html>
Publication Type: Poster
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Two separate snail species surveys were conducted in Bell County, Texas in 2003 and 2013, identifying between 15 and 20 different macro-snail species. Identifying these species by their morphological structures can be extremely difficult, and could be more easily done using DNA sequence information, although there is not a lot of DNA information in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) database. In order to accomplish differentiation of the species, PCR was completed with three different primer pair sets to amplify fragments of the mitochondrial cytochrome C oxidase subunit I gene (COI), the 16S mtDNA, and the 18S rDNA. PCR and sequencing was completed on a sample of Rumina decollata, a snail species that was imported to Bell County and is commonly found in this area. A DNA product was obtained from all three PCR’s, which were then sent off for sequencing and analyzed using nBLAST to determine if there were any similar sequences in the NCBI database. In the future, the sequences obtained will be pieced together to obtain an entire sequence for Rumina decollata. This information could aid in the future identification of other snail species by their genomes instead of by morphological features.

2009 - The Law and Society Association Words: 252 words || 
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5. Arbel, Yonatan. "The Specifics of Performance: An Empirical Study of Specific Performance Decrees" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Grand Hyatt, Denver, Colorado, May 25, 2009 <Not Available>. 2018-01-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p303893_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Contracts are breached every day, oftentimes leaving bitter feelings between the parties. The law aims to rectify the wrong of the breach by offering a few remedies. One of those remedies, and the focus of attention of this paper, is the remedy of specific performance. Under many systems of law specific performance is the default remedy for breach.
Much ink has been spilt in the theoretical analysis of this remedy. Some try to justify it in deontological terms while others push for and against it from the perspective of economic efficiency. However important those views are, they lack – and usually admit so – empirical data.
Through the paradigm of law in action this research aims to take a fresh look into the ways contracts are preformed after litigation. The research is built on a two-tiered analysis: first, a comprehensive content analysis of court cases reveals the characteristics of judgments awarding specific performance. Second, a set of interviews with parties after litigation explores the obstacles and hurdles parties face in achieving performance of the court order.
Some of the economic analyses suggest that the parties will bargain around the court order rather than perform it. The interviews provide data on the frequency of such bargains and when those fail, on the frequency and quality of the performance of the court orders. The latter question offers a look into the under-explored scenarios where failure to negotiate results in (coerced) cooperation. The research aims at evaluating the problematic nature of semi non-consensual co-operations.

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