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vol. 6 (2005)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
5

A Survey of Abstraction in Reinforcement Learning

Kevin D. Fisher

Advisor: Timothy Oates

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

86

Minimum Wages in Costa Rica: Structure, Enforcement, and Compliance

Justine D. Wagner

Advisor: Timothy Gindling

Economics

8

Validating the Invalid: The Discourse of Sick-room Poetics

Amy Larson

Advisor: Christoph Irmscher

English

110

Outer Spaces and Extralinguistic Places: The Poetry of Edwin Morgan

Maura Smyth

Advisor: Dr. Christoph Irmscher

English

24

Lausanne and Baltimore: A Comparative Study of Drug Treatment Services

Emily M. Junod

Advisor: Claudia Lawrence-Webb

Social Work

128

Show and Prove: The Politics of Hip Hop Authenticity

Michael S. McLaurin

Advisor: Jason Loviglio

American Studies

34

Interactive Effects of Bt-Active Corn on Corn Litter Decay and Detritivore Foraging in and Agricultural Stream Ecosystem

Lie' Anne Van-Tull

Advisor: Christopher M. Swam

Geography and Environmental Systems

154

Stock Market Reactions to Negative Information and Evidence of Insider Trading: An Event Study of ImClone Systems

Adrian Yanoshik

Advisor: Douglas J. Landin

Economics

54

Biographies

166

Keystone Patriots: Women Soldiers in Pennsylvania Regiments During the American Civil War

Elefteria Papavasilis

Advisor: Anne Sarah Rubin

History

64