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    Promoting Economic Mobility of Clients Through Identifying Leverage Points in the Atlanta Community Food Bank Partner Network
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-05) Friedman, Mirit ; College of Design ; School of City and Regional Planning
    Residents in the City of Atlanta, Georgia have experienced some of the lowest economic mobility in the country in recent years (Brookings, 2015), meaning that a residents’ zip code has direct implications on their potential economic self-sufficiency. The Economic Opportunity Project explored the notion that the more exposure children have to certain neighborhood characteristics, the less economic opportunity those children will have in the future (Chetty et al., 2017). The challenge of Atlanta’s consistent poor performance in economic mobility has major implications on the livelihood and health of those who live in certain disadvantaged neighborhoods as well as implications on the economic competitiveness of Atlanta. There are more nuanced inputs in the economic mobility equation than just considering household incomes; understanding how poverty operates as well as the existence of pathways out of poverty both play a role in changing the trajectory of Atlanta’s economic mobility. One way that has yet to be explored is how we can reimagine current anti-poverty organization networks, particularly food banks and their role in poverty alleviation.
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    Attractive efficiency: The emerging energy crisis & strategies for energy efficient urban design
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014-05-03) Allen, Christopher ; College of Design ; School of City and Regional Planning
    American patterns of urban development are generally characterized by sprawl, automobile-centric transportation networks, and free market abundance. America’s post-WWII urban expansion and infrastructure emplacement was built when the United States was the world’s leading producer of hydrocarbon energy, and therefore did not make transmission efficiency a priority. The energy picture today is much different as world population grows, and demand for limited fossil fuels continues to rise. This nation needs a new scheme of urban development awareness that combines contemporary urbanism planning paradigms with the latest energy distribution network. Together, these two components address the way we utilize energy, and rethink the efficiency of our urban system in an effort to quantitatively reduce per capita energy consumption. Together, these components—smart growth combined with the smart grid—formulate attractive efficiency: an integrated, strategic approach of employing smart grid technologies with desirable design techniques from the human perspective in order to enable people to become conscious consumers within their community.
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    From Partnership to Prosperity: Challenges and Best Practices of Georgia Community Colleges on STEM Workforce Development
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2023-04) Pramaputri, Nadya ; College of Design ; School of City and Regional Planning
    Community colleges in the United States play a crucial role in developing a skilled workforce that meets the needs of STEM industries. However in Georgia, community colleges are severely underfunded, despite serving nearly half of the state's undergraduate population. The lack of funding and support undermines their ability to provide high-quality education and training that students need to succeed in STEM careers, thereby affecting Georgia's competitiveness in the national economy. This paper aims to explore how community colleges' roles in Georgia could be leveraged by utilizing institutional partnerships to meet the state's STEM workforce needs. The research objectives include identifying the biggest challenges Georgia community colleges face regarding STEM education, assessing current programs and partnerships, compiling and assessing best practices of similar programs, and creating a report with recommendations and best practices framework for Georgia community colleges. The paper's findings suggest that policymakers, educators, community organizations, and business leaders must work together to provide community colleges with the necessary support to produce a competitive STEM workforce. The paper concludes with policy implications and recommendations for practitioners.
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    Bridging the Gap An Analysis of the Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis and Social Service and Affordable Housing Accessibility
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-05) De Leon, David ; College of Design ; School of City and Regional Planning
    Given the relationship between transportation and community development, how do these aspects of planning factor into the affordable housing - accessibility narrative? This paper will discuss how transportation can provide better access to the social services needed by those eligible for affordable housing, which can help such individuals more easily obtain affordable housing. The spatial mismatch hypothesis ヨ which is used to describe the disconnect between De Leon 3 low-income households and job opportunities ヨwill also be used as a theoretical basis to present this intersection of these planning issues. This paper will extend the hypothesis to include access to social services as an equally important component in the accessibility narrative. After a review of the spatial mismatch and social service accessibility literature, this paper will examine the extent to which this issue is present within several neighborhoods in Atlanta. In doing so, this paper seeks to provide recommendations on how improved transit options can lessen the burden that low-income residents have in accessing social services, and thus affordable housing options overall.
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    Tagging for TV: Design Document
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007-05) Lausier, Annie ; School of Literature, Media, and Communication ; Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
    In recent years, television has developed from a limited set of shows constrained by a fixed timeslot into a veritable viewer’s choice of channels, shows, and times. In addition, we have seen the rise of the complex episodic series that encourages replay. Meanwhile, the Internet has grown into a media-rich, customizable experience for users who have become familiar with the concept of tagging items with keywords to foster the organization of a network. Broadcast has begun to merge with broadband in many forms, but viewers still have little to help them navigate through a show. This project, Tagging for TV, brings tagging from the Internet to television as a social, viewer-generated means of organizing data.
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    The Effect of Dorsiflexion Resistance on Ankle and Knee Joint Kinematics Quantified with an Instrumented Ankle-Foot Orthosis During Treadmill Walking
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-04-27) Marler, Daniel ; College of Sciences ; School of Applied Physiology
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    A Case Study on Street Design
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-12) Fambro, Sonya ; College of Design ; School of City and Regional Planning
    This paper will look at several contemporary theories of street design in order to get a better understanding of how streets in Atlanta could be redesigned and repur¬posed with the understanding of streets as being “sym¬bolic, ceremonial, social, and political places [Jacobs 5].” I will begin first by analyzing the history of the street as it was established throughout ancient Rome, 15th century Renaissance, the Medieval era, Baroque, New York in the 1900s, and modern day suburbia in order to give context to the theoretical ideas that are currently being applied. Then I will look at some of the issues in the design of streets, in order to understand why streets are so difficult to design. Finally, I will analyze each theory through the use of case studies in order to understand how they dealt with and overcame the issues of street design and how these theories might be applicable to Atlanta.
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    Kinetics of Ba(OH)₂ Reaction with Na₂CO₃ and Na₂SO₄ & Particle Separation Characteristics from White Liquor
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003-04-16) Quesada, Alexander L. ; Institute of Paper Science and Technology
    The purpose of this study is to determining the feasibility of replacing causticizing (calcium based reactions and precipitate) with bausticizing (barium based reactions and precipitates). Bausticizing is not limited by chemical equilibrium and thus can proceed to full conversion eliminating the dead load of inert sodium carbonate in the white liquor. The comparison is centered on the kinetics and conversion as well as precipitate sedimentation. BaCO₃ and BaSO₄ approach full conversion (97.7% and 95.9% respectively) after a 5 to 10 second reaction at room temperature with 0.1M feed solutions (Ba(OH)₂, Na2CO₃, and Na2SO₄). Barium mud settling behavior is comparable to that of lime mud and can possibly be carried out by existing sedimentation tanks within a pulp mill.
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    The Impact of Urbanization on Biodiversity in the Asheville-Brevard Combined Statistical Area
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2019-05) Huffman, Leigh ; College of Design ; School of City and Regional Planning
    Humans are part of an exclusive grouping of animals known as ecosystem engineers because they change and create livable environments to suit their needs. In addition to building shelters and cultivating the land, humans have created expansive groupings of buildings in pursuit of greater economic and civic activities. We call these groupings cities. In terms of absolute size, the combined land mass of cities covers a relatively small portion of the Earth; however, urban environments have far reaching effects on habitats around the globe.This study attempts to answer the following question: Based on land use projections, where will urbanization have the greatest impact on biodiversity in the Asheville-Brevard Combined Statistical Area? It is hypothesized that urbanization will have the greatest impact on biodiversity in locations closer to the protected areas of the region (i.e., Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, Bracken Preserve) since these areas will have higher biodiversity due to their adjacency to more complete habitats.
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    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-04-22) Nichols, T. Richard ; Kogler, Géza F. ; College of Sciences ; School of Applied Physiology
    Welcome and introductions by Dr. T Richard Nichols, Chairman, School of Applied Physiology and Dr. Géza F. Kogler, Director, Clinical Biomechanics Laboratory.