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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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The Multifaceted Ethnic Identities of Salvadoran-Americans: The Challenges, Pride and Everything in Between, Isabel Abarca
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Education, Sati, and Missionaries, Tara Abhasakun
Department: History

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Queer (Mask)ulinities: A Comparative Analysis of James Baldwin and Frank Ocean Challenging Heteronormativity in Misogyny, Race and Religion, Ama Addo
Department: Africana Studies

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Amassing Subsistence: Creating an Environment Through Objects and Time, Matilda J. Alexander
Department: Art and Art History

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Stabilizing Redox-Responsive Protein Network Interactions with a Thiol-Reactive Cross-Linker, Kristin M. Allan
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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A Theoretical and Empirical Study of No-Fault Insurance and its Effects on Driving Behavior, Oscar Ambris
Department: Business Economics

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Infinity & Beyond: Logicism and the Continuum Hypothesis, Tom Ames
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Differential Expression of a Novel lncRNA (Na2) Aids in Arabidopsis thaliana Survival Under High Salinity Stress, Michael D. Andes
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Contexto de aprendizaje en la adquisición de los alófonos aproximantes de /b,d,g/ en español, Alyssa N. Angle
Department: Spanish

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The Problematical, The Cave, and The Maya: A Theoretical Discussion and Ethnoarchaeological Investigation, Haley N. Austin
Department: Archaeology

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Near and Far: A Series of Paintings Exploring the Concept of Home, Hannah Ayers
Department: Art and Art History

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"Lemme Listen to This Real Quick": An Investigation of Choreographing from Musical Structure, Emily L. Baird
Department: Theatre and Dance

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Are We Making The Grade?: An Analysis of the Effects of Racial Bias in Attitudes Towards Funding Public Schools, Madeline M. Baker
Department: Political Science

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Testosterone and Song Recovery in Response to Short-Term Fasting in the Male Zebra Finch, Kaitlin Banko
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Lets Make India Great Again: The Effect of China’s Currency Manipulation on India’s Balance of Payments, Vedant Bansal
Department: Economics

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Dealing with Errors: Academic Performance, Anxiety, Personality, and the Error-Related Negativity, Connor B. Bargar
Department: Neuroscience

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From Port to Open Ocean: The Development of the U.S. Navy from the Mexican American War to the Spanish American War, Henry F. Bauerschmidt
Department: History

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Ice Springs Volcanic Field: New Insights and History for a Series of Complex Eruptions, Kelli W. Baxstrom
Department: Geology

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The Factors That Influence Religious Preferences in Young Adults: Neuroscience, Psychology Sociology and the Environment, Kelli W. Baxstrom
Department: Religious Studies

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Variation in seed oil content in multi-purpose crop Moringa oleifera from naturalized populations in Ghana, Annelise S. Bay
Department: Biology

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Black is the new Gray: A Preliminary Analysis of Melanism in the Genus Sciurus, Jacob A. Beckstead
Department: Biology

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Black is the New Gray: A Preliminary Analysis of Melanism in the Genus Sciurus, Jacob A. Beckstead
Department: Biology

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Were Credit Rating Agencies the Real Wolf of Wall Street?: An Assessment of Credit Rating Agency Behavior in Relation to the Mortgage-Backed Security Market, Eda E. Bell
Department: Business Economics

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Why Am I Drinking This Pudding Water? An Investigation of Patients’ Understanding and Opinions of Dysphagia and Dysphagia Treatment, Lanie B. Berk
Department: Communication

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Just Keep Moving: Examining the Relationship Between the Self-Determination Theory and Transtheoretical Model in Relation to Exercise Behavior, Masha M. Berman
Department: Psychology

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3D Modeling and Scene Design for Games Using Unreal Engine 4, Pratistha Bhandari
Department: Computer Science

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Fronteras entretejidas: Texto, textil, y la formación de una narrativa mestiza en las obras de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Gloria Anzaldúa, y Sandra Cisneros, Claire R. Billingsley
Department: Spanish

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La Trahison et la honte : Le rôle du gouvernement de Vichy dans la rafle du Vel’ d’Hiv’ et sa mémoire aux yeux de la société française, Olivia Bolek
Department: French and Francophone Studies

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Dynamically Adjusting Video Game Difficulty Using Machine Learning Techniques, Michael Vincent Bonadio
Department: Computer Science

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Solvent Effects on the Quantum Efficiencies and UV-induced Photodegradation of PABA and Padimate-O, Preetom Borah
Department: Chemistry; Music

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Evaluation of Organosilica-Iron Composites as A Soil Amendment to Protect Against Pesticide Drift, Taylor M. Bowen
Department: Chemistry

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Faulty Product Predictions: Exploring Affective Misforecasting in Relation to Future versus Current Advertising, Daniel K. Boyce
Department: Psychology

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Quantifying Fish Species Richness and Community Composition in Primary and Secondary Tropical Forest Streams, Taylor Bradley
Department: Biology

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By George, He's the First! An Examination of Britain's First Hanoverian Monarch, His Public Perception, and Role in Stabilizing the Parliamentary Monarchy, Bridget R. Brately
Department: History

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Anonymity, Environmental Destruction, and Bearing Witness to a Trauma: A Study of Themes within Emily Dickinson's Poetry in the Context of the American Civil War, Lauren A. Breck
Department: English

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"Smogpocalypse": An Analysis on the Impacts of Coal Consumption in China Through Urban and Rural Provinces, Kelly G. Brethauer
Department: Business Economics

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现代中国环境污染和传统中国文化中的智慧, Kelly G. Brethauer
Department: Chinese Studies

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Gift Exchange and Reciprocation in the Context of Music Consumption, Shelby Bretschger
Department: Economics; Sociology and Anthropology

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Project SuperNatural, Brittany Brewer
Department: English

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Authorship, Utterance, and Meaning, Warner S. Brownfield
Department: English; Philosophy

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Heading Home: A Screenplay Adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, Travis H. Burgess
Department: English

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When Do Black Lives Matter?: An Experimental Analysis of White American Support for Black Social Movements, Latrice M. Burks
Department: Political Science

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A Comparative Analysis of Photon and Electron Wave Functions in Spherically Symmetric Potentials, Michael Bush
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Voices in the Wilderness: Methods and Messages across 200 Years of Environmental Writers, Gregory Butler
Department: English

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Merged Senior Independent Study in Music Composition and Percussion Performance, Joseph M. Caffrey
Department: Music

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The Groundwork for Food Criticism: How Normative Aesthetic Judgments Are Possible with Regards to Tastes, Jacob Caldwell
Department: Philosophy

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The Influence of Peers Regarding Gender Stereotyped Toys and Behavior In Nursery School Children, Sarah Cali
Department: Psychology

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Cruising The Borderlands: Queer Latinx Creating Space in Lowrider Culture, Elisia I. Campos
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Rubber City’s Other Export: Harvey Samuel Firestone’s Urban Investment and Employee Management Policy in Akron, Ohio and Liberia, Marcus Carano
Department: History

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Serendipity in Liminality: A Photographic Study of the Liminal Space in Music Performance, Chelsea B. Carlson
Department: Art and Art History

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From Fried Bologna Sandwich to Butternut Squash Prosciutto Flatbread: Examining Food Culture as a Multivocal Dominant Symbol in the Wessex, Ohio Restaurant Foodscape, Clare T. Carlson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Cochineal: Connecting Chemistry and Religious Studies through the World of Art, Amanda Carmichael
Department: Chemistry; Religious Studies

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Shouting Into the Darkness: The Effects of Naming and Shaming on the Use of Death Squad Violence in Guatemala and Honduras Between 1979-1988, John B. Cartafalsa III
Department: Political Science

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Biomimetic Adsorbents for the Removal of Microcystins from Water, Kimberly Anne Carter
Department: Chemistry

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Yo Soy Una Mujer, Yo Soy Latina, Now you see my life in the U.S.: Testimonies of Undocumented Latina Women, A Navigation of their everyday lives through a Devised Performance, Stephanie Castrejon
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Theatre and Dance

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Living the American Dream in the Eyes of Immigrants: A Study of Italians and Jews from 1870-1920, David Castrignano
Department: History

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Living the American Dream in the Eyes of Immigrants: A Study of Italians and Jews from 1870-1920, David Castrignano
Department: History

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Living the American Dream in the Eyes of Immigrants: A Study of Italians and Jews from 1870-1920, David Castrignano
Department: History

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Predicting Stock Market Directionality Using Twitter and Neural Networks, Tyler Catlin
Department: Computer Science

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The Moderating Effect of Anxiety on Grit Predicting Performance, Sharmeen Chinoy
Department: Psychology

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License and Registration Please: The Development of an In-Field THC Detection Test Using a Hybrid-Bio-Inorganic Stationary Phase, Catherine Christian
Department: Chemistry

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Rationality, Intuitions, and Government Restrictions: Human Rights Abuses across the Moral Foundations Spectrum, Gregory K. Clark
Department: Political Science

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PRISONS FOR PROFIT: NEOLIBERAL RATIONALITY’S TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA’S PRISONS, Kelsey Clark
Department: Political Science

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Battle for the Birthing Chamber: Gender, Tools, and Writings in Childbirth in Early Modern France, Anna Claspy
Department: History

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Planting A Better Future: North American Church Efforts to Create Food Justice, Hilary Coady
Department: Religious Studies

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Putting the “Mary” Back in Mary Jane: An Examination of the Roles of Women and Gender Equality Within the Cannabis Industry, Kristen Coffin
Department: Communication

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The Efficacy of the Stepping Stones Social Skills Development Program, Dov M. Cohen
Department: Psychology

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The Post-9/11 GI Bill: An Educational Attainment Comparison for Late 20th and Early 21st Century U.S. Veterans and Non-veterans, Vincent D. Congedo
Department: Business Economics

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Neighborhoods on the Rise? Predicting Neighborhood Change in Philadelphia, Aidan Conley
Department: Business Economics

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This Constant Ringing is Driving me Crazy: How Audiologists Serve as both Health Care Providers and Counselors when Treating Adult Patients with Tinnitus, Arjun Cooper
Department: Communication

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“Shikata Ga Nai:” An Analysis of the Japanese American Experience of Internment, Social Injustice, and Perseverance, Hayley J. Cooper
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Applying Modern Portfolio Theory to Optimal Portfolio Construction, Adam J. Coppock
Department: Mathematics

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“I don’t care what I’m buying, these dogs are hilarious!”: An examination of the effects of humor and cognitive personality traits on critical thinking and information processing towards televised advertisements., Samuel I. Corman Penzel
Department: Communication

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The Substitutability of Debt Financing and Incentive Compensation in Aligning the Interests of the Firm: A Theoretical and Empirical Study, Jack D. Crawley
Department: Business Economics

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What Keeps Portland Weird? A Case Study Analysis of Portland, Oregon's Transit-Oriented Development Program, Niall W. Cronin
Department: Urban Studies

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Opportunity and Empowerment in Female Prison Reentry in Wooster, OH, Zoe E. Cunningham-Cook
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Schools of Choice: An Evolutionary History of Charter Schools and the Charter School Movement, Sheamus G. Dalton
Department: History

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Investigating the Combined Effects of Relevant Environmental Contaminants Lead, Cadmium, and Fluoxetine, on the Behavior and Gene Expression of C. elegans., Anna R. Damato
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Effects of Heterospecific Male Presence on Generalized Activity and Reproductively-Associated Behavior in Aedes aegypti Females, Laura B. Darby
Department: Biology

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An Investigation of Effective Methods to Form and Hydrolyze H-Phosphonate Diester Bonds for a Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution Reaction, Albert J. Darling
Department: Chemistry

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The Partial Characterization of a Monooxygenase in Bacillus niacini, Morgan A. Dasovich
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Analysis of Bioaccumulation and Sublethal Toxic Effects in Eisenia fetida, Lactuca sativa, and Arabidopsis thaliana Following Antidepressant Exposure, Rachael S. Davis
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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All The Help We Can Get:The Effects of Mentoring on Women's Career Success in the American Political Arena, Emily Dean-McKinney
Department: Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Applying Academic Research on the Importance of a Small Retail Business's Location to Construct a Business Plan for the Entrepreneurial Venture Deerhaus Decor LLC, Benjamin Deering
Department: Economics; Business Economics; Interdepartmental

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Making and Mindfulness: How Process-Oriented Tasks Encourage Reflection and Lead to Recovery, Devin DeLaney
Department: Art and Art History

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Stimulating Encapsulated Fragrance Release by Malodor Absorption, Andrea Michelle DeMarsh
Department: Chemistry

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The Effects of Chronic Mild Stress and Duloxetine on Learning and Memory, Alexandra Desotelle
Department: Neuroscience

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Got milk? An In-Depth Analysis of Community Water Fluoridation and a Chemical Investigation of Fluoridated Milk as an Alternative to Fluoridated Water, Shikha Dharia
Department: Biology; Chemistry; Interdepartmental

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Home Is Where…? : A Visual And Textual Exploration Of Home, Nostalgia, And Persona, Dallas K M Dickey
Department: Art and Art History; English

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"Looking Westward?": An Independent Study on China's Grand Strategy Shift, Feng Ding
Department: International Relations; Political Science

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Optimal Placement of Family Planning Centers, Kiera Dobbs
Department: Mathematics

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Gracias a La Casa Mono, progreso: A critical analysis of sustainable tourism in Nicaragua, Cullen T. Dolson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"The Word Is Hula": An Exploration of the Use of Hula in Christian Churches on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, Emily Donato
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Theatre and Dance

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Laying the Groundwork for Illuminating the Relationship Between Structure and Catalytic Efficiency in Phz O, a Phenazine Biosynthesis Enzyme, Leslie A. Doone
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Placing the International Criminal Court on Trial: a Jus Cogens Theory of Procedural Due Process Peremptory Norms at the International Criminal Court, Alexander P. Downs
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Impact of medium, ambient environment, and surface on the UV-induced degradation of carmine lake, Erin Drake
Department: Chemistry

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George Harrison As He Is, Samuel H. Easterday
Department: Religious Studies

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Are You Sure You're in the Right Classroon: Researching the Lack of Women in Computer Science; Workshop and Website Creation Designed to Encorage Women in Computer Science, Catherine G. Eckbold
Department: Computer Science

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The Political Voice of Tupac Shakur: Lyrical Rhetoric on Black Nationalism, Patrick C. Edson
Department: Communication

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Policies and Clinical Practices Regarding Candidacy and Auditory Treatment for Hispanic Pediatric Patients in Cochlear Implant Centers in the United States, Matthew Ehrenburg
Department: Communication; Spanish