How might cultural protective factors be developed both in Latin America and the U.S.?

The research reading
Part A:Reaction to Reading

Pick two countries, whether Mexico, and /or another country in Latin America or the Caribbean.
As with the previous weeks assignment with Great Britain and the European Union,pick 5 categories for comparison.

Part B

Part B: Also occurs in Mexico and Latin America, has a global consumer / client / patient market, but deals with traditional medicines which have been stigmatized or ignored by mainstream Western medicine.

Part B: Three resources

Video:
1. Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines (Itunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or online for a fee)

2. Ayahuasca Treatment in Peru

http://templeofthewayoflight.org

3. Ibogaine Treatment Mexico

http://www.awakeninginthedream.com

Q & A Writing Prompt

1. It would appear that for some, coming to the US, increases their incidence of mental illness, including substance use disorders. How would you think treatment could become more effective for this population?

2. How might cultural protective factors be developed both in Latin America and the U.S.?

3. What are the conditions that can be treated with psychedelic medicines?

4. What are the cultural supports present in Latin America, which allow psychedelic medicine, as opposed to preventing its use in the U.S. and Western Worlds?

It would appear that for some Latin Americans, coming to the US, increases their incidence of mental illness, including substance use disorders. How would you think treatment could become more effective for this population?

The research reading
Part A:Reaction to Reading

Pick two countries, whether Mexico, and /or another country in Latin America or the Caribbean.
As with the previous weeks assignment with Great Britain and the European Union,pick 5 categories for comparison.

Part B

Part B: Also occurs in Mexico and Latin America, has a global consumer / client / patient market, but deals with traditional medicines which have been stigmatized or ignored by mainstream Western medicine.

Part B: Three resources

Video:
1. Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines (Itunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or online for a fee)

2. Ayahuasca Treatment in Peru

http://templeofthewayoflight.org

3. Ibogaine Treatment Mexico

http://www.awakeninginthedream.com

Q & A Writing Prompt

1. It would appear that for some, coming to the US, increases their incidence of mental illness, including substance use disorders. How would you think treatment could become more effective for this population?

2. How might cultural protective factors be developed both in Latin America and the U.S.?

3. What are the conditions that can be treated with psychedelic medicines?

4. What are the cultural supports present in Latin America, which allow psychedelic medicine, as opposed to preventing its use in the U.S. and Western Worlds?

A PowerPoint presentation that you will need to detail the classification of the group of creatures you are detailing. Include the time of first occurrence, fossil record (if any), economic and societal impact of the group, and its evolutionary importance (for example the green algae are not terribly important save as a stem group for the evolution of plants).

Plant Lab Report Form

Procedures:

  1. Visit http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/plants/plantae.html; Introduction to the Plantae: The green kingdom, University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology. Click on the Systematics link and learn more about a group you desire to begin researching for this lab. Note: The boxes without images have not yet been developed.
  2. Visit a number of websites (a few starters are listed below) that deal with the great diversity of plants and their biological, ecological, and economic impacts on life and human society. Gather (and cite!) information and images to allow you to prepare a poster or PowerPoint presentation.
  3. In your poster or PowerPoint presentation you will need to detail the classification of the group of creatures you are detailing. Include the time of first occurrence, fossil record (if any), economic and societal impact of the group, and its evolutionary importance (for example the green algae are not terribly important save as a stem group for the evolution of plants).

Example sites:

http://www.tolweb.org/tree/ Tree of Life Web Project. Maintained by scientists and collaborators, this site organizes over 5000 web pages about the classification and relationships of the domains and other taxonomic groups.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/05/index.html Links for Systematics. This site compiles many links to aid your research.

Effects of population and income on the domestic travel expenditure in the eroupian union

Effects of population and income on the domestic travel expenditure in the eroupian union

To get the most out of this class, you will need to do more than just read the text, do the homework, and study for the exams. You need to get your hands “dirty”, so to speak, by building an econometric model, so as to gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved in the “art” of econometrics. You are thus expected to write an econometric research paper with another student or two on a topic of your own choosing (as long as it is about economics, and employing methods learned in this class). This will involve:
1) identifying a problem that can be analyzed with econometric techniques,
2) formulation a model with testable hypothesis,
3) collecting data,
4) estimating your model using the techniques covered in this class, and
5) interpreting the results.
While published papers might not go to as much details as I am asking you to do here, these extra requirements are to demonstrate (to me) how much you have learned in this class. You should thus understand the reasons behind this outline, and follow it as much as you can. Points might be taken otherwise. (See the summary at the end of this outline.)
Your main paper should not be more than 6 pages long, and no more than 10 pages including all graphs, tables and data appendices. You might have an extra cover sheet with your names, title of your paper, etc., and number all pages except the cover page.
1) Introduction / Review of the Literature: (1/2 to 1 page)
• In this section you introduce your topic, state why others might be interested in the topic, or your motivation for studying it.
• You should then summarize, in a few paragraphs, what other researchers using econometrics methods have found on this topic (using econometric techniques), or a topic that is very closely related to yours, following author (year) or author (year, p.xxx) style. Be sure to provide references for them at the end of your paper. You must have at least one paper from a peer-reviewed journal.
• Finally, state your own hypothesis.
I can’t stress enough how important this review of literature is for your paper. To identify a problem that can be analyzed with econometric technique, you really need to carefully study what other scholars have done. It will give you ideas about what are the issues involved in the area that you are interested. In other words, don’t reinvent the wheel. You are not likely to be the first person whom ever thought about this problem. Find out what others have done first, before getting too deeply into your own study.
You might use http://scholar.google.com/ to search for papers on a topic of your interest, or look into the following list of possible sources that might give you ideas and/or data.
Research Paper in Economics http://www.repec.org,
Econlit http://www.econlit.org,​Jstor http://www.jstor.org, ​
ProQuest http://www.umi.com/proquest,​SSRN http://www.ssrn.com/ern,
NBER http://www.nber.org,​IMF http://www.imf.org,​
WTO http://www.wto.org/, ​World Bank http://www.worldbank.org/

2) Model and Data: (1 to 2 pages)
• This is where you write down your model using the format shown for all equations as in your textbook. Use the subscripts and Greek letters as indicated. Markdown the expected sign of each variable under its name. Use informative names for your variables instead of X1 to Xk. Don’t be lazy, and make your reader a detective! For example, for cross sectional models (only if you can’t make it into a panel data model) use
log(wagei)=b0 + b1educi + b2experi + b3femali +ui
​(+)​(+)​(-)
where ​wage is the hourly wage in dollars,
​educ is the year of schooling a worker has,
​exper is the years of working experience a worker has, and
​female is an indicator variable if the person is a female, 0 otherwise.
and for time series models, use
Dlog(GDPt) =b0 + b1Dintt + b2Dlog(M2t) + b3Dlog(FDIt) + ut.
​(?)​(+) ​ (+)
where ​GDPt is the Gross Domestic Production (million dollars) at time t,
​intt is the interest rate (3 month Treasurer rate) at time t,
​M2t is the money supply (million dollars) for time t, and
​FDIt is the Foreign Direct Investment (million dollars) at time t.
Or, for panel data mode use
log(wageit)=b0 + b1educit + b2experit + b3kidsit +ai +τt +uit
​(+)​(+)​ (-)
where ​wageit is the hourly wage in dollars for worker i at time t,
​educit is the year of schooling a worker i has at time t,
​experit is the year of work experience a worker i has at time t,
​kidsit is the number of kids a worker i has at time t.
• You should put variable definition, their unit of measurements in a table for easy reference.
• You then explain the underlying economic theory behind your variable selection and your hypothesized signs of the coefficients if you did not indicate under your equation.
• You should pay close attention to the unit of measurement of your variables and normalize them so as to be compatible with each other. For time series data, be sure to deflate them properly. For cross sectional data, be sure to think about the correct functional forms for the variables, and see if you want to match gross of one variable with gross, average, or percentage, etc. of another variable, so that the variables will be generally compatible (and will not be affected by entity merging of splitting), to reduce heteroskedasticity, as well as for the ease of interpretation.
• You should have at least one nonlinear functional form, and justify your linear or nonlinear functional forms by a few scatter plots (included in the appendix).
• Next, you discuss the data sources for your model (you must use the latest available data, and no dataset from any textbook is allowed for this paper). It should have 30 or more data points (over 100 for time series) and 3 or more independent variables (lags or powers of a variable don’t count), and from more then one data source (or data table). Furthermore, if your model has a time series component you should keep as much data as the data series is available. Otherwise, you must justify why you are using only a selected section of the time series data.
• If you collected the data yourself, be sure to document the data collection methodology carefully.
• You should explain all data transformation, smoothing or any adjustment performed in this section.
3) Analysis and Results: (1 to 2 pages)
• You should then present your regression results in standard format, as shown below. You should include estimated coefficients with associated (robust) standard errors (use ‘*’, ‘**’, or ‘***’ to indicate significance of 10%, 5% or 1% level respectively), R2, 2, F-statistics, D.W -statistics (for time series only), as well as the sample size n. They should be independent of the software used. For example, using HTV dataset resulted in:
=0.174+ 0.116educ+0.034exper+ 0.0083motheduc+ 0.021fatheduc
​ (.196) (.0105)*** (.00688)*** (.0086)​ (.0063)***
​n=1230, R2=0.19, 2=0.188, SSR=.534, F=72.2

Do not report the results in EViews, STAT, SAS, R, or SPSS output format here (instead, you must include the original output without editing in the appendix, including the STAT or R commends, or SAS log).
• Generally, you should only present your final model or models, and briefly describe how you arrived at this, leaving the detail of modeling steps to the appendix if need be. If you do need to compare results from different regressions, it is best to present then in a tabular form, and be sure not to let your table run over multiple pages. If you must, it should have new headings to indicate such.
• It is important that you present the regression results in laymen’s terms. You will need to discuss the following points in your narrative:
a) State the significance of each of the independent variables in your model using t-test, or p-value (only if you did not mark the standard error with appropriate asterisks ‘*’ as in the example above), and relating your findings to the hypothesis stated in section 2 above.
b) Report any statistical test conducted for the variable and/or model selection, such as F-test, serial correlation test, unit root test, and the test for heteroskedasticity, etc. This is one of the most important sections of your report, for it is where you demonstrate your mastery of the statistical concepts learned in the class; demonstrate your ability to apply those concepts in actual situations. However, don’t conduct all tests you can find, just to show that you can do them. Conducting irrelevant tests exposes your lack of understanding! And it might event herm your grade!
c) Interpret the meaning of the transformed variables, if you have any.
d) If you use intercept dummies or slop dummies, justify their usage.
e) Interpret the meaning of the coefficient estimates in laymen’s terms and be specific about what is being held constant (for I want to see how much do you understand the results from your own model).
f) Could there be bias in estimated coefficients due to omitted variables? What variables might have been omitted and what are the likely effects on the estimated coefficients?
g) Are the model assumptions justified, such as E(u|X)=0, or E(uit|Xit)=0?
h) If your model is a cross-sectional one, you should test for the presence of heteroskedasticity. If it is found to be significant, you should discuss its consequence and state any corrective measures that you’ve taken.
i) If your model is a time series one, you should test and correct for the problem of nonstationarity, serial correlation, etc.
4) Conclusions: (1/2 page) You should summarize your findings here, such as
• What conclusions can you make based on your study.
• How is it compared to those you’ve found in your review of literature?
• Does your analysis support your initial hypotheses?
• Based on your model, what policy recommendation could you make, if any?
• What suggestion you might have for future research?

5) Bibliography: List all sources that you used in your project. If the source is in Chinese, only translate the authors’ names into English. It includes references you made in the review section of your paper, and any other written sources that you have consulted. List items alphabetically by the last name of the author or the name of the organization that produced the item (not its web address). List each item’s name (year), “Title of Article” /Title of a book, Title of journal or magazine volume, page number /city of publication: publisher. If you use Internet as your source, it should not be the only source.
6) Appendices: (1-2 pages) You should include in the appendices the following (some of the items asked here is to help your instructor to understand your model, not to be included for publication):
a) Clear indication of the data source, so that others can replicate your results without difficulty.
b) A table of the first 5 and last 5 observation from your dataset used for regression with clear labels for each column, even for panel data.
c) A table of summary descriptive statistics with clear labeling for each variable and its unit of measurement. (It might help you detect some data errors)
d) A few informative scatter plots of some of the key non-dummy independent variables verses the dependent variable used in your model. For panel data, you either plot the combined data, or plot only for a particular year.
e) The key regression outputs from EViews or any other software you used.
f) Any other model run or tests you’ve conducted.
Note: You will not be graded on how will your model performs. Instead, you will be evaluated by how well you use and explain the statistical test employed and how well you convey and articulate your ideas. Outstanding work in review of literature, data collection, using advanced models learned in this class, or thoughtful statistical tests might lead to extra points. Using color in your printout adds no points to your grade in most cases, and any distracting graphics might even harm your grade.
Remember your reader (that is me) don’t have a lot of time to read and grade your paper, so don’t make your reader a detective in finding out the nature of your data, the variables you’ve used (give meaningful and easy to understand names, for example, use GDP/Pop rather than GDPPC, or log(GDP) rather than LGDP), and what is the aim of your paper, etc.

The political factors that shape what is written in a high school history text book

I am working on a research paper that looks at the political factors that shape what is written in a high school history text book.  I prefer to look at U.S. History Textbooks, U.S. Government textbooks, and/or Economic Textbooks.  I’m looking at passages in this books that use stereotypes and biases against groups such as minorities, gender, religion, and race.  My goal is to determine what are the messages publishers are putting into history textbooks.

My research so far has led me to the state of Texas and Georgia.  I don’t have to focus on these states; however, I need to focus on no more than five different states.

What do you understand by positivistic methodology? Using specific illustrations, discuss it”s characteristics and briefly explain how it differs from the interpretive approach in research.

1.a) Using relevant examples, discuss what you understand by social research.
b) Briefly discuss characteristics of scientific method and how it differs from other ways of seeking knowledge.

2. Write brief notes on the following
i) Cross sectional research
ii) Longitudinal research
iii) Empirical and conceptual research
iv) Scientific research

3. With relevant illustrations, give a critical discussion on basic and applied dimensions of research. What do you see as their major differences?

4.a) With relevant examples, write a critical essay on the ethical issues in social science research.
b) Briefly explain why the researchers attach importance to ethical issues.

5. Using your knowledge of computers, explain what you see as the role of computers in social science research. Use appropriate examples.

6. With relevant illustrations, explain what you understand by theory in research. Using relevant field illustrations, give a brief but detailed account of the role of theory in scientific research.

7. What do you understand by positivistic methodology? Using specific illustrations, discuss it”s characteristics and briefly explain how it differs from the interpretive approach in research.

 

 

Herzberg’s Two-Factor Theory

THIS IS 3 SEPARATE ASSIGNMENTS, PLEASE DO NOT COMBINE THEM!

#1

Herzberg’s two-factor theory speaks to issues relevant in both employee compensation and benefits as it discusses why people choose a workplace, as well as what keeps employees satisfied and committed to their work.  For more information on Herzberg’s two-factor theory, see the Frederick Herzberg motivational theory.

Imagine that you are an HR manager in a contemporary firm and answer the following:

  • Who are you trying to recruit to work for you (i.e., your audience)?
  • What sort of compensation and benefits package would you ensure is in place to recruit the best candidates for the position?

Your initial post should include at least one scholarly source and one popular source to support your response. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

 

LINK- http://www.businessballs.com/herzberg.htm

 

#2

If you have taken the time to review Herzberg’s work, you may have learned that people accept a job and stay on the job for different motivational reasons.  Job satisfaction is achieved through what Herzberg would categorize as motivational factors (personal growth; responsibility; the work itself; opportunities for achievement, advancement, recognition; and/or to make a positive difference) rather than hygiene factors (status, salary, job security, types of supervision, etc.).

Using at least three comparison web examples from the industry you used in your “Herzberg’s Two-Factor Theory” discussion post this week, delineate a creative employee benefits plan designed to keep your best employees satisfied and motivated.  Remember to include all of the links as well as references from the course text and other sources to support your rationale.

 

#3

 

Crafting a Compensation and Benefits Plan

Now that you have considered how to recruit and retain the employees you want in your organization, create a compensation and benefits package using this business proposal format. The package must be consistent with the objectives of job satisfaction for the valuable employees in an organization of your design.

The compensation package must include the following:

Your business proposal must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. The proposal must be between three to five pages in length (not including the title and references pages) and must include citations and references for at least five sources (including the text and at least four other scholarly sources, one of which must be from the Ashford University Library)

 

 

Explain what is meant by a "pesticide treadmill" and why it is a concern to farmers and consumers.

Which of the following is the BEST test for the theory of natural selection?

  1. Which of the following is the BEST test for the theory of natural selection?
Using artificial selection to produce different breeds of dogs
Exposing a population of rapidly replicating organisms to selection that kills a large percentage over the course of many generations and then comparing the final generation to a population that was not exposed to the variable
Observing a group of rapidly replicating organisms for many generations and seeing if there was any change in their genes relative to the original population
Introducing chimpanzees to different social settings in order to see how their behavior can be changed

1.    How is artificial selection different from natural selection?

Artificial selection is the only kind of selection that can occur in a laboratory.
Artificial selection is selection by humans rather than the environment.
Artificial selection changes traits but not genes.
Artificial selection can occur over one or two generations as opposed to many generations.

1.    The number of cases of Tuberculosis (TB) has risen because:

TB learned to survive antibiotic treatment.
random mutation has resulted in antibiotic resistant TB.
antibiotics do not treat TB.
there are not enough sanatoriums for treatment.

1.    Polar bears from the Arctic do not produce offspring with the speckled bear of South America due to:

temporal isolation.
gamete incompatibility.
behavioral isolation.
spatial isolation.

 

1.    Which of the following statements about the gene pool of a species is TRUE?

The genes in a species are only part of a universal gene pool that encompasses all species.
The gene pool is different in different individuals of the same species.
Every individual of a species carries part of the gene pool for that species in its chromosomes.
Every individual of a species carries the whole gene pool for that species in its chromosomes.

 

1.    Put the following in order of most inclusive to specific.

Match the following terms to the definition or example. Not every definition will be used.

 


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Animalia

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Bacteria

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Viruses

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Protista

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Fungi
A. eukaryotic, multicellular organisms that make their own food
B. most diverse kingdom
C. prokaryotes such as E. coli
D. eukaryotic, multicellular organisms such as mushrooms
E. nonliving microbes
F. eukaryotic, multicellular organisms such as mammals

 

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Match the following terms to the definition or example. Not every definition will be used.

 


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Diatoms

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Cnidaria

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Tapeworm

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Earthworm

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Arthropods

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Vertebrates

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Plants

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Yeast

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Mold
A. Animals with backbones
B. Shrimp, insects, crabs, and spiders
C. Only protists that produce their own food
D. Animals without backbones
E. Provide drugs like aspirin and digitali
F. Single cells that produce a glass shell
G. Jellyfish and corals
H. Produces the flavor of cheese
I. Parasitic flatworms
J. One of the most commercially important fungal forms
K. Segmented worms

 

Consider what you have learned about natural selection and mutation concerning health issues like TB and head lice, and apply it to pesticide use and farming. Explain what is meant by a “pesticide treadmill” and why it is a concern to farmers and consumers.

Your response should be at least 200 words in length. (please add references)

Society transformations are altering the context for adapting to climate change. Discuss

1. a). Define the concept of Human Ecology 

b). Giving relevant examples, distinguish between positive and negative feedback

c). With relevant examples outline the three ways in which human activities impact an ecosystem

d). Briefly explain the five common perceptions of nature

e). Using an example, explain the phrase “tragedy of the commons

2. Discuss the Gaia Hypothesis and explain its relevance to environmental decision making 

3. Why do environmental problems sometimes appear so suddenly?

4. a). Outline the variables that force global temperature changes

b). Society transformations are altering the context for adapting to climate change. Discuss

5. Distinguish Co-evolution and Co-adaptation as unsustainable human-ecosystem interaction giving relevant examples