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The Research and Scholarship Institutional Repository collects, preserves, and showcases the scholarly achievements of Texas State University's academic community. It provides open access to the diverse array of research and scholarship materials created at Texas State including articles, presentations, posters, electronic theses and dissertations, capstones, multimedia presentations, and more.

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Alone On Star-Waters
(2024) Cadell, Alix
Alone without means to steer, they float in the unknown star-waters.
Evaluation of Eye Tracking Signal Quality for Virtual Reality Applications: A Case Study in the Meta Quest Pro
(2004) Aziz, Samantha; Lohr, Dillon J.; Friedman, Lee; Komogortsev, Oleg V.
We present an extensive, in-depth analysis of the eye tracking capabilities of the Meta Quest Pro virtual reality headset using a dataset of eye movement recordings collected from 78 participants. In addition to presenting classical signal quality metrics—spatial accuracy, spatial precision and linearity—in ideal settings, we also study the impact of background luminance and headset slippage on device performance. We additionally present a user-centered analysis of eye tracking signal quality, where we highlight the potential differences in user experience as a function of device performance. This work contributes to a growing understanding of eye tracking signal quality in virtual reality headsets, where the performance of applications such as gaze-based interaction, foveated rendering, and social gaze are directly dependent on the quality of eye tracking signal.
The Predictive Factors of Hospital Bankruptcy: A Longitudinal Analysis
(2024-03) Beauvais, Brad; Ramamonjiarivelo, Zo; Kruse, C. Scott; Fulton, Lawrence; Shanmugam, Ram; Sharma, Arvind; Tomic, Aleksander
This study develops an explanatory and predictive logistic model for hospital bankruptcy utilizing only 8 financial and hospital-level variables (drawing from 3,091 hospitals spanning 2008-2021). This robust tool may prove useful to healthcare leaders to more accurately assess and predict financial distress and bankruptcy in their own institutions in the future.
A Study of Weight Stigma, Body Appreciation, and Disordered Eating Behaviors among Promotores and Community Health Workers​ in Texas
(2024-03) Johnson, Cassandra M.; Biediger-Friedman, Lesli; Menge, Lindsey; Butler, Lauren; Lang, Julianne
Weight stigma, a form of discrimination, affects around 40% of the US population. Previous research suggests that weight stigma is: - negatively associated with body appreciation, an indicator of positive body image. - positively associated with disordered eating behaviors. Due to systemic inequities, racial and ethnic minority groups, including persons of Mexican heritage, may be more vulnerable to weight stigma. Promotores and community health workers (CHWs) serve a dual role as healthcare provider and community member, particularly in Hispanic communities in Texas (TX).  A formative study of weight stigma among promotores and CHWs is important to developing systems level, destigmatizing community-engaged interventions in TX.
Texas Community Health News
(2024-03) Carter, Daniel; Fox, Kym
Supporting Texas' health news ecosystem by creating resources, sharing expertise and training the next generation of data-driver reporters.