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Mauricio Starosta's DMA Piano Recital 1
(2021-12) Starosta, Mauricio; Sukhina, Nataliya; Cash, Carla Mia; Hollins, John
Chorale Prelude BWV 639 Ich ruf zu dir by J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue no.5 in D Major, op.8 by Dmitry Shostakovich Funérailles from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses by Franz Liszt Bachianas Brasileiras no.4 by Heitor Villa-Lobos Toccata in E-flat minor by Aram Khachaturian
A comparison of the language used by selected piano pedagogues to address efficient piano technique
(2021-12) Starosta, Mauricio; Sukhina, Nataliya; Cash, Carla Mia; Hollins, John
This study reviews and compares language used by selected piano pedagogues to teach piano technique (Jose Alberto Kaplan, Peter Feuchtwanger, Dorothy Taubman and Fred Karpoff). Examples of the language used in their teaching are provided and expressions used to explain their concepts are compared and discussed. A chapter on biomechanics is included to supplement piano teachers with the specific language and other helpful information to establish clearer criteria in understanding these and other approaches to piano technique.
Into the unknown? Explaining management nonresponse after a supply-base disruption
(2023) Lu, Jiachun; Yan, Tingting (TTU); Browning, Tyson R.
The world is witnessing more supply-base disruptions, where multiple suppliers of a buying firm simultaneously experience disturbed operations. Compared to single-supplier disruptions, supply-base disruptions create a more uncertain situation for a purchasing manager, yet they can also reveal improvement opportunities. Hence, it is theoretically and practically valuable to understand why a purchasing manager might not be willing to explore these opportunities. Adopting a sensemaking perspective, we investigate how two dimensions of supply-base disruption severity, breadth and depth, influence managers' perception of disruption severity and post-recovery action (i.e., suggesting supply-base restructuring ideas). We conducted multiple scenario-based experiments with practitioners and triangulated the experimental results with interviews, finding that both breadth and depth have diminishing, positive effects on perceived severity. Interestingly, depth is less influential than breadth. These findings reveal the circumstances under which the severity of a complex, disruptive situation could be misestimated. Our results also show that supply-base structural complexity (a cue of the task environment) amplifies the positive effect of perceived severity on a manager's inclination to walk into the unknown to propose supply-base restructuring ideas. These findings provide an explanation for management nonresponse after a supply-base disruption.
Cross-sectional survey exploring current intake practices for dogs admitted to animal shelters in Texas: a descriptive study
(2023) Cranford, Mackenzie (TTU); Bing, Abbey (TTU); Cisneros, Alissa (TTU); Carroll, Amber D. (TTU); Porter, Hannah (TTU); Stellato, Anastasia Chiara (TTU)
Introduction: Entering an animal shelter is a stressful experience for dogs that can impair their welfare, adoptability, and shelter staff safety; thus, it is crucial to reduce the stress experienced during intake. This study investigated the current intake practices for dogs admitted in animal shelters in Texas, United States. Methods: To gather data, an online survey was designed and distributed to shelter employees responsible for intake at animal shelters. The survey collected information about examination procedures, the type of information collected from owner-surrenders, as well as the housing environment for the dogs. Results: Survey participants (n = 64) were shelter staff from municipal (59%, 38/64) and private shelters (23%, 15/64) in 47 counties. Handling techniques reported to be used during intake exams varied depending on the dog’s behavior, with participants reporting higher restraint for aggressive dogs and lower restraint for calm dogs. If the dog was displaying fear, participants reported offering food and attention (89%, 47/53), using towel restraint (64%, 34/53) and conducting the exam on someone’s lap (49%, 26/53). In cases of aggression, it was commonly reported to use muzzles (81%, 42/52) and catch poles (77%, 40/52), and shorten the exam (71%, 37/52). After the exam, most reported placing dogs on the adoption floor (45%, 27/60) or placing them wherever space was available (20%, 12/60). Discussion: Results provide descriptive information on current intake procedures and routine handling techniques used in Texas shelters. Future research should explore shelter dog responses to routine handling techniques to support the development of evidence-based protocols during routine intake examinations and procedures.
Associations between dust exposure and hospitalizations in a dust-prone city, Lubbock, TX, USA
(2023) Herrera-Molina, Estrella; Gill, Thomas E.; Ibarra-Mejia, Gabriel; Jeon, Soyoung; Ardon-Dryer, Karin (TTU)
Although it is a growing area of investigation in the Global Dust Belt, only a few population-level studies have evaluated the human health associations of windblown dust in North America. We investigated whether acute, short-term dust exposures (DE), in Lubbock, Texas (a medium-sized, dust-prone city in the southern Great Plains, USA) were associated with significant increases in hospitalizations on the day of the exposure and up to 7 days afterward. We used the distributed lag non-linear models in time series analysis to describe non-linear relationship between response outcomes and the delayed effects of exposure over time. We found that increased relative risks of hospitalizations for multiple conditions were associated with the two DE approaches that occurred between 2010 and 2014. Consistent with prior studies of dust health effects in other cities in North America, we identified increased hospitalization risks in Lubbock due to neurodegenerative, atherosclerosis, renal, respiratory, asthma, mental, stroke, neoplasms, ischemia, hematologic, musculoskeletal, and associated diseases (aggregation of all causes each associated with at least 5% of hospitalizations) at various dust exposure days. Associations were modified by age, gender, day of the week, and holiday effects. As climate change increases water stresses on dryland agriculture and long periods of drought, dust exposures are likely to increase for residents of dryland cities and with it the likelihood of adverse health effects on people with preexisting conditions. Additional investigations are needed for other dust-prone population centers worldwide to document the health effects of dust exposures and investigate their causes.