Vol 2 (2012)

Student Editorial Staff
Jake Verhoeff
Chris Ranker

Student Editorial Board
Marcelle Albert
Matt Bennett
Amy Cook
Adam Emerson
Jamie Fuston
Lindsay Gates
Cari Jennings
Bonnie McCabe
Samuel Mitchell
Caitlin Orman
Ruben Tavakalov

Staff Advisory Board
Sherry Wiser George
Marsha L. Powers
John R. Vile



In this, its second print edition, Scientia et Humanitas continues to provide an
opportunity for exceptional students at Middle Tennessee State University to showcase
their research across a wide range of disciplines. Scientia continues to grow and change.
We continue our efforts to improve and expand our application and editing process while
maximizing our efforts to attract the best research throughout all of MTSU’s disciplines.

Much like the University itself, with its commitment to promoting diversity and
opportunity, this current volume of Scientia covers an eclectic range of topics and disciplines:

Social sciences are represented by no less than four projects. Linda
Purkey, a graduate in Elementary and Special Education, takes a current
look at how fears that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations may
be connected to autism have increased infant mortality rates. Amber
Hulsey, a recent graduate in aerospace, surveys the slow adoption of
Safety Management Systems within Tennessee Airports. Brian Criswell,
a recent sociology graduate, looks at educating people about sociological
concepts of social inequality and stratification using progressive Hip
Hop. Anna Yacovone, a recent Global Studies graduate who will be doing
a Fulbright Fellowship in Laos next year, examines the positive uses of
interfaith dialogues to mitigate conflicts in southern Thailand

The humanities have three projects in this year’s volume. Mike Smith, a
senior English major with prior degrees in business administration and
accounting and information systems, evaluates scenes from Augustine’s
life depicted in his Confessions, which he analyzes allegorically in order
better to understand Augustine’s faith. Matthew Hibdon, who recently
earned his history degree, investigates MTSU’s commitment to
supporting National History Day competitions for high school students
since the 1970s. Finally, Lindsay Gates, another recent history graduate,
looks at the controversy over the construction of the Narmada River
and the conflicts that it engendered between India’s government and a
grassroots movement to save the Narmada.

Within the natural sciences, Richard Bautista, an undergraduate in
MTSU’s forensic science program within biology, surveys the high
degree of variability within each method of postmortem intervals (PMI)
used to estimate time since death.

Being part of the Scientia staff has been a rewarding experience both because it
has allowed me to help create this publication and because it has exposed me to some
of the finest undergraduate research that students are pursuing at MTSU. I would like
to thank my fellow editors, staff members and advisors, as well as the Honor’s College
and its contributors, for providing the resources and opportunity for this journal to exist.
Most especially, thank you to those students who submitted their hard work to our journal.
Without these hard-working and talented submitters, Scientia et Humanitas would be just
an empty cover.

Jacob H. Verhoeff
Managing Editor

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Table of Contents


A Current Look at the MMR and Autism Crisis PDF
Linda Purkey 1-12
A Survey of Biological Factors Affecting the Determination of the Postmortem Interval PDF
Richard Bautista 13-22
Interfaith Dialogues: A Method to Promote Peace in Southern Thailand PDF
Anna Yacovone 23-38
History Day at Middle Tennessee State University PDF
Matthew Hibdon 39-49
Augustine's 'Confessions': Symbolism in Autobiography PDF
Mike Smith 51-59
Dam Dissent: Protest Methods and Results in India's Narmanda River Valley PDF
Lindsay Gates 61-78
Safety Management Systems: The Perspective of Tennessee Airports PDF
Amber Hulsey, C. Daneiel Prather 79-103
The Pedagogy of Progressive Hip Hop PDF
Brian Criswell 105-116