Leo Marx, in his famous 1964 book, “The Machine in the Garden,” proposed that a central conflict in the American psyche resulted from the industrialization of the unspoiled, Eden-like landscapes of the new world. Wright’s Organic Modernism perhaps allowed 20th-century Americans to unconsciously feel that they could “resolve" that conflict by living in harmony with nature, while International Style Modernism and its machine-like buildings perhaps pointed too directly to the tragedy of industrial capitalism’s despoiling of the environment.
List of plant species recognized as invasive in the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN), and either regulated or informational. Shown are their method of introduction (intentional vs. accidental), and if intentional, whether it be introduced by ornamental, erosion control, feed/fodder/crops, aquarium trade, and/or medicinal or culinary uses. This was determined from a review of online sources and the scientific literature, and comparison to the dissertation by Sarah Reichard (1994).
More than half of the United States workforce is now working outside of the office and 15% face daily connectivity issues. HomeNetCheck is a tool for users and remote support technicians to help better diagnose network issues which would otherwise be difficult to address remotely. Technology departments need a tool that can analyze a user’s machine and network before relaying that information to remote technicians. HomeNetCheck will collect system and network information for a remote user and then display that information in an easy to view format online with little action from the user. Information that is collected for each host during the support will be stored for future use to help diagnose similar problems that may occur.
Technologically Organized is an effort to help a small business develop an internet presence. Websites are the most effective business and marketing channel for small business around the US and are the second most successful at bringing in business behind Social Media. Without a website and general infrastructure to support them, small businesses are at a severe disadvantage to larger corporations and services. Simply Organized is a service committed to providing organization services at a reasonable cost to individuals, families, and businesses alike. They are looking to expand their brand by leveraging a website to promote themselves and provide customers with information about their business. Our team will assist them by creating a website, implementing a Customer Relationship Management Application (CRM), and securing and upgrading their home network to provide them with a platform for growth. We will also place a heavy focus on training business users to maintain the products we provide to ensure effectiveness of the solution for the future. This project will culminate into a valuable asset for Simply Organized and will positively impact revenue and help the service succeed in their market space.
Kollab is an innovative web application solution for young professionals struggling to gain credible experience in their area of interest, for the purpose of building out a reputable online portfolio. E-Portfolios are increasingly being viewed as a tool to not only improve the learning experience of students but also to enhance the employability, career development and professional identity of business graduates. Kollab provides features for users to showcase their online portfolio displaying certifications provided by universities for extra credibility to employers, as well as features for recruiting others with common interests to work on projects that provide relevant experience to their areas of future employment pursuits. Although there are similar solutions for project collaboration in today’s market, Kollab will focus on being the middle man for students on their journey into the job market.
Insiders pose a real threat to the security of data centers. The Chock-o-Lock is an auxiliary security system that uses facial recognition to authenticate users. The system will require the user to authenticate first at the door to the server room and then again to gain access to each individual server rack. The system will log all attempts to access the data center and server racks, along with other important security information. Security teams will be able to easily control who can enter the data center and regulate the number of people in the data center at one time, restrict the access of each user only to the specific server racks they need to work on, audit the logs recording all data center accesses, and gain a clear picture of data center usage.
My Neutral News is a web application that is a hub for media regarding popular social justice issues. Its focus is on easily sharable articles and those respective articles having their political leanings identified by a red-to-blue color gradient. To identify media by their political leaning, the more vibrant and redder the article is highlighted on My Neutral News, the more right leaning the source is. On the other end, the bluer an article, the more left leaning an article is. This will make an easy user experience when it comes to trying to find unbiased media, as well as work to disrupt echo chambers present in social media currently. My Neutral News is created using C# on Visual Studio, hosted in an Azure Dev Ops app service, and visitable via myneutralnews.org. The App Service in Azure is based off ASP .Net Core framework and data is held in a SQL server database.
The Astrum Network Scanner provides small business IT administrators the ability to keep their endpoints secure while saving time and money. According to CenturyLink in 2019, the average cost for network monitoring tools for a business of 100 devices could end up being a pricey $2,656 a year (CenturyLink)†. We have worked towards making an inexpensive and unique solution available. The scanner utilizes Linux-based scripting to scan endpoints and report on any common vulnerabilities as recommended by NIST. This allows IT administrators to automate a large portion of their security auditing. All this scanning capability is achieved through a one-time deployment of the Astrum solution. Astrum is inexpensive, open-source, and perfect for small businesses on a budget.
CarWiz is the all-in-one tool car owners need to keep their car maintained. This android app aims to help its users eliminate the hassle of remembering when they need have their car serviced and what servicing had been done in the past. It will provide service tracking, upcoming maintenance reminders, and video tutorials for DIY maintenance. There is currently no solution that provides all three of these functions in one. Users can create an account to store their car maintenance history into our database which can be accessed from any other android device. We predict that 80% of users will have a better maintained vehicle by utilizing the application.
SoHoIT is a service dedicated to bringing Information Technology (IT) tools to small businesses who cannot find room in their budget to hire IT personnel. Small businesses can benefit from SoHoIT’s services and reduce the cost of their initial IT expenses by using pre-selected software. The software offered can be configured to fit the user’s current environment, and consists of services such as webhosting, VPN, and anti-virus. Custom configuration is dictated by our questionnaire that is filled out by a small business or individual looking to download software offered through our platform. SoHoIT is designed to make IT accessible and valuable to small businesses.
Omnigistics is a scalable inventory management system that offers an intuitive approach to optimizing logistics operations for small to medium-sized companies. Small businesses either do not track inventory or use a manual method that can contribute to disorganization, resulting in costly inventory mistakes and accidental redundancy. Existing solutions offer inventory management modules as a smaller feature within an overcomplicated product. Omnigistics enables organizations to mass control item prices, combine goods and services, and track transactions. The application also improves customers' overall logistical process resulting in higher marginal profits and lower execution time.
Student Life Plus seeks to give students more of a voice and improve the visibility of issues that everyday students encounter. We believe that by partnering our app with UC Student Government, we hope to provide meaningful improvements across the campus. The University of Cincinnati’s current system does not provide nearly enough visibility into how the student body as a whole feels about a topic. Our application will provide a forum-like outlet for students to voice concerns and suggest improvements by making posts, reviewing current issues, and engaging in discussions related to current topics or issues via reading posts from peers and Student Government.
In the beginning of 2020, America was forced to go into lockdown due to COVID-19. With the lockdown, everyone was forced to cook and bake for themselves and their families. Many people do not know how to cook or bake, so they resorted to online solutions such as YouTube videos. However, just following tutorials does not give the person the fundamentals on how to cook or bake. Our proposed solution, Make IT Simple, is a web application that gives people the concrete foundation of cooking and baking while having a safe and secure experience. Any visitor can view the web application content. Users can choose to have a more interactive and customized experience by creating an account with minimal personal identifiable information. Make IT Simple’s goal is to inspire more people to get into the kitchen and have more confidence in their ability to cook and bake.
As a team of indecisive people, our goal is to make choosing what to wear a little easier. Fit of the Day is an innovative application that gives you new ways to style your clothes when you are having trouble deciding for yourself! Using local weather data as well as your daily calendar events, Fit of the Day generates outfits tailored to fit your life. If you are feeling adventurous, you also have the option to generate entirely random outfits. We decided to build Fit of the Day because there was not a provider for a service like this. Fit of the Day not only helps you manage your closet but will also save you time by automating your outfit choices.
Tens of millions of people use smart devices in their homes providing convenience by using virtual assistants like the Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple’s Siri. These assistants are always on and listening for commands to provide the power to turn on your TV, open a recipe, play your favorite music, or start a video chat. However, that functionality to always be on has a security downside in that these devices are listening to everything that happens in the home. Bloomberg reports that Amazon has this private voice data and with the lack of security in most home networks, hackers could too. The Home Office System provides an easy way to turn off all of your smart device microphones at the hardware level in an easy to configure and foolproof way. By giving people the power to easily control their virtual assistants, we can have truly secure, smart homes.
Many college graduates struggle to find a job after graduation. One reason for this is that it is a daunting task to find like-minded people interested in working on a variety of projects. Even if students are looking for a simple real-world side project to develop their skills, there are few places they can turn to in their search. "Mission Source" is a platform that is aimed at solving this problem. Users are able to go on this platform to find people to collaborate with, seek help with a side project, look for a hackathon group, and other similar activities. The platform is open to all colleges and majors that attend the same university. Having access to such a platform allows students to gain experience, develop new skills, and expand their networking group.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have had to adjust their daily routines and turn their home into their workplace and classroom. With an increased amount of people utilizing their home networks for a wide range of activities, some of which may include potentially sensitive information, it is important to ensure that users’ home networks are secure, now more than ever. Dragon delivers a convenient and affordable device that provides users with the ability to stay informed about their network health and devices, and equips users with the necessary information to fix network security risks that are identified. Features include port and device scanning, file sanitization, and Wi-Fi password testing. By equipping users with this knowledge, Dragon will assist them in increasing the security of their home network.
TutorialHeaven is an online learning solution to provide users a more personalized learning experience over the industry’s leading online asynchronous platforms. With the combination of an asynchronous approach, a feedback loop that points the learner to their weakest subject material, the ability for course creators to make their course along with assessments in one platform, TutorialHeaven can greatly improve the experience both for the learner and instructor. The one-size-fits-all approach of asynchronous learning content neglects student’s performance and ignores the effectiveness of conventional teaching practices, which leads to difficulties in knowledge retention and skill acquisition. These issues will be addressed by providing learners automatic feedback on their assessments, along with real communication channels for instructors and their course participants to engage with each other.
Research shows that just over half of the country’s law enforcement academies received comprehensive training on cybercrime cases and investigations. Law Enforcement Information Portal is a website that bridges that gap. The home page is a dashboard showing up-to-date statistics of crime in the local area, as well as an interactive map of the local area. Working with a database on the backend, one of the features is a search for information on popular Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that, upon search submission, will detail contact information, a link to the ISP’s law enforcement guide, and information on data retention, where to send subpoenas, and more. Other features include an extensive phone directory of local law enforcement and services contacts, a directory of links to each of the 50 states’ sex offender registry pages, and a guide full of helpful tips on preserving digital evidence. Law Enforcement Information Portal intends to aid law enforcement in the office or out in the field during investigations.
GRAP is a web and mobile application for users to learn, customize, and simplify their shopping, cooking, and exercise needs. GRAP provides users with a fast and easy way to follow recipes depending on what they have at home and their cuisine preferences. Following what you have at home, GRAP can fill in certain ingredients you do not have at home and even provide the user with locations that carry the missing ingredients. While simplifying your time in the kitchen and grocery stores GRAP provides a service for tracking your health and fitness. With GRAP on the market shopping, cooking, and exercise needs will become easier to maintain through and after this troubling time.
Hotel Helper is an automated Housekeeping management system created using Node.JS and Angular to alleviate hotel staff of tedious and manual administrative tasks. The importance of minimizing labor costs is a generally a priority of hotel owners, but the impact COVID-19 has made on the hospitality industry makes it even more crucial for hotel owners to save money where they can. Housekeeping management software on the market is expensive and contains many unnecessary features for most hotels. As a result, many hotels prefer to use a manual pen and paper process, but this process is very inefficient. Hotel Helper serves as a cost friendly, simple web application alternative that allows managers and housekeeping staff to communicate in a two-way manner with updates on room cleaning progress, late checkouts, along with any other room related requests. Hotel Helper increases hotel staff efficiency, minimizes owner expenses, and streamlines the housekeeping process through the modernization of an outdated pen and paper procedure to an easy to use web application.
According to the study by Annals of Family Medicine, a primary care physician has around 2,300 patients which fills up most of the doctor’s typical day. EZ MedChat is a website for doctors, staff, and patients to easily connect and provide exceptional care in a more efficient way. The solution includes creating custom medical chart templates to help streamline each patient visit, providing real-time data to both doctor and patient to improve communication, and creating a virtual waiting room for patients who need quick visits without appointments. EZ MedChat can save precious time for both the doctors and patients and provide better outcomes.
Prisoner recidivism is a growing problem in the United States. Offenders often find themselves rearrested and returned to the system after a few short years. The IT Solution Center’s Risk Assessment System was developed as a web based solution to risk assessment and offers a variety of tools to better manage offenders, conduct risk assessments, and facilitate the reduction of offender recidivism. Since that original development process, more states have adopted use of the Risk Assessment System, and that original mold doesn’t always fit the needs of the new users. The Risk Assessment System v4.0 includes a complete front-end framework migration and improves upon the original v3.0 approach by adding some highly requested features. Notable highlights are enhancements to data reporting via the Research Portal, merging/unmerging of offender records, role/permission management, and a chronological offender timeline. This
project also focused on creating a more robust database infrastructure through the use of logical replication to an external-server replica. Lastly, a .csv file upload application was developed to take the place of API integrations in the case that clients are unable to build a data upload solution of their own. These features were completed and iterated with a heavy focus on user satisfaction and configurability. Bulletproof functionality, ease of use, and user interface simplicity were all driving factors in achieving positive user acceptance results.
Political Tap is a web and mobile tool designed to help American voters make informed decisions about representatives and candidates during elections. According to a 2018 poll, approximately 29% of surveyed citizens claimed that they were not well-informed about their candidates, with only 14% being registered voters. In another 2018 survey, roughly 45% of participants reported having very little to no trust in television news. American voters do not feel as if they have the proper outlets of information on candidates' values while also not being aware of who is on the ballot. Our solution to these problems relies on developing an application which provides a list of candidates to users based on location and highlights their positions on major political issues through aggregated social media posts. This helps increase voter awareness and allows for easier comparison among candidates, making citizens feel more comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable at the polls.
Lightning Carryout is a solution for small restaurants looking to expand their online customer base. While apps like Uber Eats send partners an iPad to run a separate point of sale system, the Mobile Ordering App utilizes the Square API integrating directly with the restaurant’s existing point of sale system. Furthermore, food delivery apps like Door Dash charge restaurants exorbitant fees. Large chain restaurants like McDonald’s and Chipotle have proprietary apps that allow for online ordering, but many small restaurants do not have the customer base or funds to have their own app developed. Lightning Carryout provides users the ability to select small businesses from a list or map, view menu items, and order from within the app. Our team’s app allows users to not only support small businesses but ensure that more of their bill goes to the owners and employees, rather than large corporations.
LinkTailor is a virtual “wardrobe” where instead of arranging clothes, one can arrange links (to applications, files, and websites), treating them as garments that can be styled, tagged, and organized into outfits for any occasion. Current link-management solutions lack grid layouts, mass-opening of links, and user customization. So LinkTailor was developed to give users flexibility for their own workflow. LinkTailor can be installed on both Windows and Mac, being coded within Electron and thus with web languages and utilizes the Vue.js framework. LinkTailor even sports integration with the Windows context menu. The final product allows users to save links in grid-based layouts, re-arrange with drag-and-drop, and assign custom tags. Development is continuing as the LinkTailor team continues to add additional conveniences.
College Dreaming is a mobile-friendly website that provides a more holistic and engaging approach for high school students and their families to search and ultimately apply to universities across the United States. As fewer students are enrolling in collegeand with the new reality that is COVID, colleges could lose up to 20% of students. With College Dreaming, we took all the traditional and non-traditional information that students and their families are interested in, such as costs and student life, to create a more accurate matching process for students and institutions. College Dreaming also has an engaging quiz feature for a fast and easy way to see potential universities and is integrated with a mapping service to explore a campus virtually. With these features, College Dreaming gives the ability to increase college applications to a wider range of institutions through its personalized and engaging approach, and after the COVID pandemic.
Omniscient File Assistant is a file management platform created for easy monitoring of file systems of remote end-user workstations. With the number of employees working from home now eclipsing 66%, the likelihood of insider misuse is at an all-time high as employees may struggle to balance their new work life (Herhold). Through its monitoring and analysis features, OFA allows an organization to mitigate improper device usage and data storage before serious security incidents arise. Capabilities include regular metadata collection, centralized data storage and reporting, file matching via hashing and other criteria, file content scanning, server backups, and a robust searching tool. By utilizing Omniscient File Assistant, an organization can lessen their chances of having end-user issues by preventing long-term storage of personal files, storage of restricted materials, and unauthorized modifications. Omniscient File Assistant provides a one stop interface for administrators to log, flag, track and remove files at their discretion.
Accessible Wayfinding: McMapping Edition is route-finding web application, compliant with guidelines laid out in the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, that provides users with accessible routes within the Arts and Sciences building, formally known as McMicken Hall. The University of Cincinnati's recent accessibility initiative uncovered significant deficits in the campus’ overall accessibility. While this initiative has improved many elements of the university campus, it has yet to address needed improvements for those navigating inside UC’s buildings.
The McMapping wayfinding web application is designed to provide students, faculty, staff, and visitors with mobility concerns the means to navigate through the Arts and Sciences building with peace of mind. By utilizing Phaser, the application will feature visual route guidance as an individual can first, select a starting location and a target destination within the establishment. The program provides the most accessible route to that spot. In addition to accessible route guidance, authenticated users can use saved routes and notification features to quickly identify previously used routes and to help other users navigate their way to success!
This paper explores the question of why it is important to apply culturally responsive teaching within the classroom, through creativity. Teaching diversity exposes students to a variety of cultural and social groups. This educational experience prepares students to become better citizens, within their communities. Through the creative process, students will examine topics which, both, encompass and promote diversity. Additionally, students will be able to construct their own independent, inclusive environment, through art making; this increase in diversity education relates not only to the race and ethnicity of our students, it also includes religion, economic status, gender identity, language background, and more. Adopting inclusion and awareness around multicultural education and taking a culturally responsive approach to teaching is a benefit to both students and instructors. Not only does creating a better multicultural awareness and inclusive environment help students with different backgrounds and needs succeed, but it encourages acceptance and helps prepare students to thrive in a diverse world.
Keywords: cultural diversity, curriculum, teaching, art, social reconstructionism