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Finding Aid for the James Furner Collection
(UHCL Archives staff, 2023)
The James Furner Collection contains autographed photos, correspondence, and autographs of NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts collected by James Furner of Chicago, Illinois. Furner began his signature collection when he was a junior in high school, when he thought he could improve his grade in his English class by soliciting (in 1963) an autograph from the author of the book on which they were assigned to write a report. The book was “Travels with Charley” and the author was John Steinbeck. A few weeks later a typed letter arrived in which John Steinbeck wished Jim the best and asked how he liked the book and signed the letter. Thus a passion for signature collection was begun. Over the ensuing 48 years of his life, James Furner collected well over 1000 signatures. His interest was broad and his signature collection includes: astronauts, cosmonauts, politicians from around the world, military heroes (donated to the Pritzker Military Museum in Chicago in 2018), authors, actors, scientists, and sports figures. He was especially proud of his collection of signatures of astronauts and cosmonauts that composes this collection.
Assessing and Predicting Social Emotional Learning Competencies in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Social emotional learning skills, or SEL, is a burgeoning area of study which includes areas such as responsible decision making, self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, and relationship skills which are essential in order to successfully navigate the world. These SEL skills are likely delayed for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Some of the hallmarks that individuals with ASD often face are deficits in the acquisition of social and emotional skills and awareness of these skills in others. Given that individuals with ASD struggle within these areas, this project sought to investigate a narrowed focus into the development of SEL skills, specifically, by looking at how factors such as IQ, gender, ethnicity, and SES influence skill development. This paper posed two questions: 1.) What are the typical SEL competencies exhibited by individuals (aged 3-21) with ASD? 2.) To what extent does intellectual functioning (e.g., Full Scale IQ) influence the overall SEL competency of an individual with ASD (when considering individual factors of SES, gender, race/ethnicity)? For the first question, data was collected from a previous study which included SELSI parent ratings of neurotypical children. This data was then used to compare to new data collected from this study where caregivers completed the SELSI for their children with ASD. The two groups were compared on the parent reported SELSI using group means. When comparing the two groups among individuals aged 6-11, it was found that neurotypical individuals were rated higher across all areas. For the second question, hierarchical linear regressions were used to examine whether individual factors impacted SEL competencies. The first step in the models included individual variables of gender, race/ethnicity, and SES. The second step in the models added IQ to determine the additional variance predicted above that of the demographic variables. Results of the models indicated that individual variables were not significant predictors of SEL; however, IQ was a significant predictor of SEL skills in preschool and child samples only. The results of this project suggest SEL skills lag in development for individuals with ASD compared to their neurotypical peers and may be important to consider in educational assessment and intervention planning.
Factors Which Influence Success for Female Veteran Students in Higher Education
When female veterans return to college, they bring a different experience to the institution. Administrators must be aware of the challenges that students encounter as they make the transition from the military to higher education. Identifying reoccurring trends amongst female veterans will allow them to build female veteran student programming and support services that will help them address their unique needs. The purpose of this mixed method study was to gain a better understanding of the female student veteran experience as they transition out of the military and into a four year-university. The findings from this study determined that female veterans underutilize support services and are not satisfied with veteran service offered to them. The following findings are presented within thin this study.
Finding Aid for the Dale E. Wolfe Collection (HSF-77)
(UHCL Archives staff, 2023)
The Dale E. Wolfe Collection is composed of reports, correspondence, memorandums, training manuals, handbooks, personnel records, presentation slides printouts, photographs, booklets, newsletters, cartoons, and miscellaneous materials, created, used, or collected by Dale E. Wolfe while he worked with NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) as a NASA contractor working for Boeing’s Houston operations. Wolfe worked as an electrical engineer with Boeing and NASA JSC on the Apollo Program missions, Skylab Program, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), and various other program from 1967 through the 1980s. The bulk of the material in this collection are various manuals and handbooks relating to the Apollo 16 and 17 missions, as well as the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project with the Soviet Union. The largest and most significant set of materials in the collection is Wolfe’s binder of reports and correspondence spanning the entire Apollo program between 1967 and 1975, focusing primarily on the Apollo 16 and 17 missions. The set contains original notes, manuals, reports, data, and company correspondence. The most interesting items in the collection are two of Wolfe’s original green fabric personal meeting notebooks, in which he took notes and wrote ideas own during meetings with Boeing Houston and NASA JSC between January 1973 and February 1975 at the height of the Skylab Program and Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. The collection is an important representation of the work of a Boeing contract employee with NASA Johnson Space Center at the height of the United States’ space program.