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  • Political sortition for an evolving world

    Donovan, Michael James (2012)
    Our Western political systems are straining to prove their legitimacy partly because the internet generation demands both open information and a role in the decision making. Yet, electoral democracy may be incapable of evolving to meet those requirements. This paper looks at sortition, or the selection of decision makers by lottery, to supplement or to replace current representative democracy. Empowering a cross-section of society to make policy decisions would more directly address the inter...

    VersaCold: Analysis of Change Management in Mergers & Acquisitions

    Eslami, Sara (2011)
    Many firms use mergers and acquisitions as a corporate strategy to increase shareholder value. Therefore, understanding such a widely exercised strategy and its implications on corporate change would be critical for organizations that wish to pursue this strategy. This study provides an in depth review of mergers and acquisitions and introduces best practices for managing changes that result from mergers and acquisitions. Next, the concepts are applied to two cases of acquisitions in VersaCol...

    Highly Sensitive Printed Accelerometer for Biomedical Applications

    Zhang, Yuanfeng (2014)
    This thesis introduces a highly sensitive single-axis printed accelerometer based on a flexible paper substrate. The accelerometer is fabricated by cost-effective silver nano ink printing technologies, and consists of a suspended parallel-plate sensing capacitor. By designing the suspension bridge and proof mass structures, the sensitivity to vertical accelerations is optimized based on simulation results. The optimized design with two long ellipse-shaped bridges exhibits a capacitive sensiti...

    Auditory priming effects on the production of second language speech sounds

    Leong, Lindsay Ann (2013)
    Research shows that speech perception and production are connected, however, the extent to which auditory speech stimuli can affect second language production has been less thoroughly explored. The current study presents Mandarin learners of English with an English vowel as an auditory prime (/i/, /ɪ/, /u/, /ʊ/) followed by an English target word containing either a tensity congruent (e.g. prime: /i/ - target: “peach”) or incongruent (e.g. prime: /i/ - target: “pitch”) vowel. Pronunciation of...
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