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"The interests of commerce place the principal object within the constitutional powers and care of Congress...." [and the clincher] "The appropriation of $2,500 for the purpose of extending the external commerce of the United States, while understood and considered by the executive as giving the legislative sanction, would cover the undertaking from notice, and prevent the obstructions which interested individuals [Napoleon? King George?] might otherwise previously prepare in its way."

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I'm coming to realize that each individual, given a chance to live a full life, actually becomes an escapee from an age they do not understand. I'm sure it was so with my mother and father who were born at the turn of the 20th Century. They coped, of course, big-eyed and wonder-filled, with flying machines and the loud, obnoxious horseless carriages that hogged the road and frightened otherwise gentle horses plumb spitless.

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[and the clincher]: "The appropriation of $2,500 for the purpose of extending the external commerce of the United States, while understood and considered by the executive as giving the legislative sanction, would cover the undertaking from notice, and prevent the obstructions which interested individuals [Napoleon? King George?] might otherwise previously prepare in its way."

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Despite advances in mental health screening and treatment, suicide remains a problem on U.S. college campuses. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth ages 15-24 and the suicide rate is 15% higher in Washington State compared to the national average. Husky Health and Hope (HHH) is a suicide prevention initiative at the University of Washington (UW) with broad goals for creating a cohesive suicide prevention program on campus. One HHH component is gatekeeper training, a method to help faculty and staff learn to identify individuals at high risk for suicide and refer them for help. I will help assess the effectiveness of three different types of gatekeeper training. Study participants will be recruited from interested UW departments. Individuals will be randomly assigned to one of three training options: online training type I, online training type II, and in-person training; all will complete 12-question pre- and post-tests to evaluate their knowledge, skills, and abilities regarding suicide prevention. I chose three questions from this survey to analyze further because they assess the participant’s intention and confidence towards taking action (or not) when they become aware of a student in mental health crisis. I will analyze differences between pre-test and post-test responses and compare data by other identifiers such as role at UW and years of service. The results of this study will help determine which type of gatekeeper training is most effective for UW employees in a variety of roles. While the scope of my student research will not allow for more long-term data analysis, in the future, study participants will complete another post-test at three or six months to assess retention of training material. This will address one of the knowledge gaps in gatekeeper training, long-term retention of suicide prevention knowledge and skills.

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Does a tradeoff between relative growth rates (competitive ability) and frost tolerance explain the distribution of tree species across a large temperature gradient at Mt. Rainier National Park? This is an important question, given the possibility of climate change. To address this question, we grew seedlings of seven tree species in a greenhouse, and quantified relative growth rates and frost tolerance. Specifically, we planted a hundred individuals of each species in the greenhouse, allowed them to grow for seven months, and quantified growth rates by measuring seedling height twice. We then quantified frost tolerance by measuring electrolyte leakage in two treatments with ten seedlings per species per treatment: samples at room temperature and samples subjected to frost (simulated by a freezer). Both samples were then autoclaved (to determine total electrolyte leakage). Control, treatment, autoclaved control and the autoclaved treatment an injury index was found giving the percentage of frost damage. We expected that lower elevation tree species would have higher growth rates but also lower frost tolerance (as indicated by higher electrolyte leakage); with higher elevation trees showing the opposite pattern (a lower growth rate but higher frost tolerances as indicated by lower electrolyte leakage). We will use the results from this experiment to speculate on the impacts of climate change (which will reduce the likelihood of damaging frosts) on species distributions. If a tradeoff between growth rates and frost tolerance does exist, climate change may cause lower elevation trees at Mt. Rainier to crowd out the higher elevation tree species.

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Public policies often assume that engaging in a criminal behavior is purely a personal choice. However, psychoanalytic theorists such as Sigmund Freud attribute criminal behavior in later life to childhood development. Policymakers must consider the inextricable link between early life experiences and criminal behavior when addressing crime prevention and criminal justice reform. Prior research often fails to consider the total life experience of criminal offenders. This study uses individual level data from the Child Development Supplement (CDS) of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to test whether negative early life experiences can predict future criminal behavior. If confirmed my research will suggest that public policies focusing on child development may be one of the best ways to reduce future crime, in addition to their other benefits .

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Hegemony refers to the idea of a state having the ability to dominate the political and economic agenda on an international front. Is the United Nations considered the international agency in which today’s hegemon, the United States, exercises its dominance? Using survey data from Pew Research Center, I investigate the attitudes of the public towards the United States and the United Nations. Current research from Pew indicates that younger, more educated, and higher income individuals are more supportive of the United Nations. Additionally, Pew recognizes regional patterns of support towards the United Nations. However, Pew does not attempt to explain the formation of these differences in attitudes. I hypothesize that the United Nations support is correlated to support for the United States government, because the United Nations is seen as a primary vehicle through which the United States exercises its hegemony. I test this hypothesis statistically by asking whether respondents’ attitudes towards the role of the United States in the world predict their support for the United Nations in the Pew survey.