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Academic Publishing in Military Studies: Insight and Tips from an Experience Editor
(2023-10) Shields, Patricia M.
This workshop on publishing in military studies employs the insights of Pat Shields who has edited the academic journal Armed Forces & Society for 23 years. It covers the manuscript review process, the editor’s big picture perspective, tips on general acceptance emphasizing getting past the editor’s desk, publishing book reviews, and things to do to improve acceptance early on and during the revise and resubmit stage.
Creative Content Attribution in Digital Publishing
(2023-09) Spies Smith, Tara; Van Diest, Kristin
Do you frequently use images or other forms of creative content in your publications and presentations? Are you uncertain about whether or not you are giving proper attribution? Are you wondering if you need to get permission to use an image or video in your digital publications and presentations? Does all of this sound very mysterious to you? In this workshop we will discuss the open access publishing platforms you might frequently encounter at Texas State, as well as finding and using creative content, the basics of copyright and open licenses, public domain, fair use, and the ethics of attribution. We will also discuss what metadata is and how it can be used to give attribution to your own work and the work you are using. Finally, we will show you how to determine which Creative Commons license may be right for your work, and offer some resources for you to bookmark and return to in your research and creative endeavors.
Technical Communication in Cybersecurity Awareness and Training a Case Study on the Texas DIR Security Awareness Program
(2023-08) Ausanka Reese, Joel; Roundtree, Aimee K.; Dayley, Christopher; Williams, Miriam F.
No abstract prepared.
Overbank Soil Erosion Model Validity for Plastic Riverbed Soils
(2023-08) Alam, Muhammad Tasnim; Kulesza, Stacey; Hwang, Sangchul; Das, Subasish
Critical shear stress is the hydraulic stress at which soil erosion initiates. An estimate of critical shear stress is needed to predict bridge scour; however, there is no unifying equation for predicting the critical shear stress of plastic soils based on soil properties. Therefore, the current design approach by most State Departments of Transportation is to use an in-house empirical equation, an overly conservative minimum critical shear stress based on an assumed soil property, or by direct measurement. For example, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) developed an empirical critical shear stress model in 2021 by analyzing 13 soil parameters based on 70 soil samples collected from overbanks. Critical shear stress is a function of the soil's physical, chemical, and biological properties, and these properties are dynamically linked. For this research, ten riverbeds with soils with plasticity were identified and sampled from Kansas. One sample from each site was tested in an erosion function apparatus to determine the critical shear stress. An additional sample was collected and used for measuring the same 13 soil parameters used to develop the previous KDOT model, as well as organic content. When the new data from the ten riverbed samples were combined with the original KDOT model data, the power of the KDOT model was found satisfactory. Furthermore, this study established a new model boundary limit, which improved the power of the overall KDOT model. Therefore, it is recommended that the existing overbank model be used for all riverbed sediments to predict critical shear stress and, ultimately, scour for bridge design in Kansas.
Intermolecular Interactions of G-Triplex DNA Assessed by Multi-Channel Surface Plasmon Resonance
(2023-08) Myhre, Mitchell; Kerwin, Sean; David, Wendi; Lewis, Karen
G-triplex (G3) nucleic acid structures have recently been proposed as common folding intermediates to G-quadruplex (G4) DNA. Studies on the G3 DNA have been limited, and our understanding of their potential physiological function is in its infancy. To date, several putative G3 forming oligonucleotide based on truncated G4 sequences have been identified. However, the competition between multi-molecular G4 formation and intramolecular G3 formation in truncated G4 sequences has called these putative G3’s into question. This project has aimed toward the development of new methods to identify and study G3 DNA in a manner that precludes G4 multimer formation. Utilizing surface plasmon resonance (SPR), we have identified new putative G3 DNA sequences and qualitatively assessed intermolecular interactions of G3 DNA with several DNA binding proteins.