Recent Research: Publication Round-Up

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Recent publications by UW Tacoma researchers cover topics ranging from artificial intelligence to elephant natural history to social media in western Europe.

Among the many ways UW Tacoma researchers make their mark in the world, publication in peer-reviewed journals is an important accomplishment. Within the last month, faculty and students published articles on a wide variety of topics. Below is a quick round-up of recent work:

Name Position, Unit Publication
Hasan Asfoor, Rajagopalan Srinivasan, Gayathri Vasudevan, Matthew Tolentino, Ankur Teredesai, Martine de Cock Students, research staff, faculty, Center for Data Science, Institute of Technology Computing Fuzzy Rough Approximations in Large Scale Information Systems,” Proceedings - 2014 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, January 7, 2015.
The challenges of applying cutting-edge theoretical methods to very large data sets, including demands on computing power and memory, are addressed through the development of a “parallel and distributed solution based on Message Passing Interface,” capable of handling “information systems with millions of objects.” The authors believe this is the first such solution to be proposed.
Senjuti Basu Roy Assistant Professor, Institute of Technology

Fast best-effort search on graphs with multiple attributes,” IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, March 2015.
The paper proposes a method for gleaning desired information from a mass of related data that is faster and more efficient than existing methods. In the technical language of the authors, “we address the problem of search on graphs with multiple nodal attributes. We propose a fast and effective top-k graph search algorithm…”

Martine de Cock Visiting Assistant Professor, Institute of Technology, Center for Data Science Possibilistic Boolean Games: Strategic Reasoning Under Incomplete Information,” chapter in Logics in Artificial Intelligence: JELIA 2014 Proceedings, 2014.
Artificial intelligence makes use of logic techniques to model situations where uncertainty and incompleteness of information prevails. This paper proposes an approach to this modeling based on a framework called “Boolean games.”
Martine de Cock Visiting Assistant Professor, Institute of Technology, Center for Data Science A finite-valued solver for disjunctive fuzzy answer set programs,” conference paper, 21st European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, August 2014.
The utility of the Fuzzy Answer Set Programming (FASP) programming paradigm has been hampered by the lack of FASP “solvers.” The authors propose an implementation of FASP that is, to their knowledge, the “first solver for disjunctive FASP programs.”
Jane Compson Assistant Professor, Politics, Philosophy & Public Affairs, Interdisicplinary Arts & Sciences Traditional and contemporary mindfulness: finding the middle path in the tangle of concerns,” Mindfulness, February 2015.
The article explores the main criticisms expressed by the Traditional Mindfulness community resulting from the rapid growth of contemporary mindfulness through secular and clinical programs.
Charles Emlet Professor, Social Work The Impact of HIV-related Stigma on Older and Younger Adults Living with HIV Disease: Does Age Matter?AIDS Care – Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, April 3, 2015.
The relationship between age and levels of HIV-related stigma experienced by adults living with HIV/AIDS is complex, according to this study of a sample of HIV-positive adults living in Ontario, Canada.
Nicholas Georgiadis Research Scientist, Puget Sound Institute, Center for Urban Waters Elephant Natural History: A Genomic Perspective,Annual Review of Animal Biosciences, February 2015.
A review of DNA-based studies of elephants and their recently-extinct relatives shows that African savannah elephants and African forest elephants are separate species; that male and female social patterns affect DNA patterns; that the Asian elephant is the closest living relative to the wooly mammoth; and that DNA-based methods can pinpoint the origin of confiscated ivory in an effort to aid the conservation of elephants.
Susan Johnson Assistant Professor, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership An exploration of managers’ discourses of workplace bullying,” Nursing Forum, in press.
“This study was designed to explore how nursing unit managers at hospitals discuss their efforts to manage incidents of workplace bullying. The ultimate goal…is to help…manage workplace bullying in an effective manner.”
Sushil Oswal Assistant Professor, Culture, Arts & Communication, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Access to digital library databases in higher education: Design problems and infrastructural gaps,” Work, v48, n3, 2014.
From the abstract – “This article aims at producing a detailed description of the difficulties confronted by blind screen reader users with online library databases which now hold most of the academic, peer-reviewed journal and periodical content essential for research and teaching in higher education.”
Alexa Perryman Assistant Professor, Milgard School of Business Followers, likes, and page clicks – Oh my! A new frontier for social media in Western Europe,” Business Horizons, November-December 2014.
Perryman is one of three guest editors of a special issue of Business Horizons, covering the proceedings of the 3rd annual INBAM conference. This introductory essay provides an overview of the collection of articles, which have an emphasis on business experience with social media in Spain and Portugal.
Jill Purdy Associate Professor, Milgard School of Business From interactions to institutions: Microprocesses of framing and mechanisms for the structuring of institutional fields,” Academy of Management Review, January 2015.
This study explains how the process of interactive framing allows people to create shared meanings that transfer from small groups to industries to become institutionalized as the rules of the game. A model of institutional dynamics shows why reframing yields large-scale system change in some cases and not in others.
Gregory Rose Professor, Milgard School of Business Ethics During Adolescence: A Social Networks Perspective,” Journal of Business Ethics, in press.
The study “explores the social mechanisms underlying adolescent consumers’ ethical predispositions and risky behavior,” and finds that the structure of the adolescent’s peer network and the need for uniqueness affect those predispositions and that behavior.
Peter Selkin Assistant Professor, Environmental Science, Interdisicplinary Arts & Sciences Magnetic anisotropy as a tracer of crystal accumulation and transport, Middle Banded Series, Stillwater Complex, Montana,” Tectonophysics, August 2014.
In an effort to gain a better understanding of what happens in large magma chambers deep beneath the surface of the earth, this study examines how measuring magnetic anisotropy may allow scientists to expand the scope and sensitivity of their research.

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Note about publication inclusion: the source of this publication round-up is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature called Scopus, published by Elsevier. Published work will be included in this round-up upon its appearance in the Scopus database and if the publication author is identified as being affiliated with University of Washington Tacoma. Authors whose work does not appear in this round-up should check the Scopus content coverage policies and content correction procedures. This round-up covers material indexed in Scopus between February 1 and February 28, 2015.

Written by: 
John Burkhardt / April 2, 2015
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