Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal

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Welcome to the eighth volume of VURJ, a showcase of some of the best undergraduate research conducted at Vanderbilt University. Since 2005, VURJ has featured over 100 articles in the sciences, humanities, social sciences.

This year, we received 57 submissions originating from all four undergraduate schools at Vanderbilt for an overall acceptance rate of 30%. Manuscripts were read by two to three trained peer reviewers, ranked numerically, and selected for publication by our team of associate editors. Articles in the 2012 volume explore topics ranging from the use of rhythm in Brahms' music to hidden messages in Alexandrian tombs and the future of limb regeneration.

I am pleased to announce this year that VURJ will soon be indexed with EBSCO Publishing, a testament to our excellence as a premier forum for academic discourse. I encourage you to contribute your own ideas to the upcoming 2013 volume and consider joining our editorial staff in Fall 2012.

We bid you happy reading!

Tim Xu
Editor, 2011-2012

Vol 9 (2013)

Table of Contents


Note From The Editor PDF
Blake Evans Dewey

Humanities and Social Sciences

Romans 8: Dead to the Law, Alive in the Spirit PDF
Tyler Lohse
Opening a Political Opportunity for Women in China PDF
Marco Jose Salgado
The “Nightmare of History” in James Joyce’s Ulysses PDF
Roby Evan Record Jehl
The Flight of the Nightingale: From Romans to Romantics PDF
Kevin Patrick Milewski
Share-Issue Privatization in China: 2002-2008 PDF
Karl Gressly
The Voiceless Colonizer: The Homosexual Man of Imperialism in Nineteenth Century Britain PDF
Connor Douglas Henderson
Black and Gold... and Army Green PDF
Christopher Charles Colletta
China Looks to the Sea: A Historical Analysis of Geopolitical Strategy PDF
Benjamin W. Juvelier
Effects of Different Types of Educational Tracking on Achievement and Achievement Variance PDF
Erika Anne Leicht
Mainstreaming Third-Gender Healers: The Changing Perceptions of South Asian Hijras PDF
Pooja Jagadish
How the fear of death incites suicide in men and women according to Classical literature PDF
Kathryn Stevens Ivy
What is the literary function of the motherhood motif in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy? PDF
Steve Monk

Engineering and Natural Sciences

Security of Cyber-Physical Systems: A Generalized Algorithm for Intrusion Detection and Determining Security Robustness of Cyber Physical Systems using Logical Truth Tables PDF
Curtis G. Northcutt
Characterizing Acquired Resistance to TKIs in EGFR Mutant Lung Adenocarcinoma Cell Lines PDF
Jing Sun
Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Cardiac Sarcomere Protein Titin Through 3’ Untranslated Regions PDF
Tara A Shrout
CARP Plays a Key Role in Cellular Growth Under Hypertrophic Stimuli in Neonatal Rat Ventricular Myocytes PDF
Tara A Shrout
Chemical and Physical Analyses of Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles PDF
Kavya Sharman
Design and Control of a Free-Liquid-Piston Engine Compressor for Compact Robot Power PDF
Nithin Kumar, Mark Hofacker, Eric Barth