Honors Thesis Spotlight: Disciplining for Quality: Does State Medical Board Disciplinary Action Affect Healthcare Quality?

State Medical Boards (SMBs) regulate the medical profession. They issue licenses, standardize the medical field, and discipline physicians who abuse their power or perform poorly. Since SMBs work on behalf of state governments, they are subject to the Principal-Agent Model, a relationship where an agent represents the interests of a principal. In this instance, SMBs…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Identifying Opportunities Available through Utilization of Unmanned Aerial Delivery Programs in Support of Public Safety in the U.S., Based on Present Use Cases around the World

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have been seen in the public sphere as early as the 1950’s with Sputnik 1. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems is defined by the federal aviation administration as, “aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft”. These systems are increasingly promising in the…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Planning Strategies for Improving Resilience of Cities in Developing Countries to the Urban Heat Island

The adverse effects of climate change are a global concern, and global warming is increasingly  threatening urbanized areas. While average temperatures are increasing across the globe, highly urbanized areas are notably hotter than their rural counterparts. The culprit is a phenomenon called the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. The materials used in ground covers and…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Civil Wars, Ethnicity, and Intervention: Under What Circumstances Does Ethnicity Affect Intervention in Civil Wars?

Post World War II, the global community is experiencing a decline in cross-national conflicts and a rise in civil conflicts—the latter becoming extremely brutal. In cases like the Rwandan Genocide, conflict led to egregious violations of human rights. Approximately 800,000 Rwandans were slaughtered, most belonging to the ethnic minority in the country, the Tutsis. Due…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Integration of Brazilian versus Other Lusophone Immigrants into Portuguese Economy and Society

The relationship between Lusophone countries—former colonies of Portugal that speak Portuguese—and Portugal is at the forefront of many studies. The relationship between these countries is fairly positive (Portugal retains economic and diplomatic ties with some of its former colonies) and many individuals in former Lusophone countries immigrate to Portugal to seek better opportunities. However, there…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Transparency and Accountability in the World Bank

The World Bank is a transparent institution that provides access to information about countries and their financial situation. This data is available on their website and also states which countries receive aid to reach economic equilibrium. Although the World Bank provides information about other countries, it seldom provides information about itself. In union with the…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Comparison of Roma Discrimination in EU and Non-EU Countries

International organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental, are making headway in improving the human rights and living conditions of minority groups across the globe. In Europe, for instance, countries in the European Union (EU) are expected to maintain certain humanitarian standards in line with the Copenhagen criteria. These criteria include humanitarian and economic requirements that define…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Examining Attitudes Toward Economic Mobility Among Young Voters

The American dream—an ideological framework wherein anyone can achieve their goals through hard work and determination—is the backbone of American society and economics. As a heterogeneous nation composed of diverse backgrounds, people need a common denominator; the American Dream serves this purpose, but how sustainable is this idea in the face of reduced mobility? Economic…