Leicester Research Archive: top ten downloads for January 2011

Posted by mjs76 at Feb 04, 2011 10:05 AM |
A monthly run-down of the most popular research in our open-access online archive, taking in everything from Greek houses to Derbyshire caves.

Last month's chart positions in brackets. Click on any title to access the LRA and view the full document as a PDF.

1. At home with the Ancient Greeks

Delos: Investigating the notion of privacy within the ancient Greek house

Position Author Department Year Type
1 (new) Samantha Burke Archaeology and Ancient History 2000 Thesis
Measurements of standing remains from Delos are used to partially reconstruct houses, allowing examination of visual accessibility along sight lines both into and within buildings. This shows that despite apparent open plan design of many ground floors, visibility was often very restricted by both architectural constraints and poor illumination."

2. Female footie fans

Female Fandom in an English ‘Sports City’: A sociological study of female spectating and consumption around sport

Position Author Department Year Type  
2 (1) Stacey Elizabeth Pope Sociology 2010 Thesis  
The differential extent to which sports fandom fosters a positive ‘sense of place’ for females was explored, as was the mutual hostility often expressed between female football and rugby fans which is largely attributed to the combined impact of relations of place, gender and social class."

3. Pilotless planes

Design of Flight Controllers based on Simplified LPV model of a UAV

Position Authors Department Year Type
3 (new) Kannan Natesan, Da-Wei Gu, Ian Postlethwaite, Jianchi Chen Engineering 2006 Conference paper
In this paper, two strategies for the design of controllers based on a simplified LPV [linnear parameter varying] model of a UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] (longitudinal flight dynamics) are presented."

4. Presenting family planning research

Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care

Position Authors Department Year Type
4 (10) Emma Pitchforth with Maureen Porter, Edwin van Teijlingen and Karen Forrest Keenan (Aberdeen) Health Sciences 2005 Article
This fourth and final paper on qualitative methods discusses the different ways that qualitative findings can be presented. We address: when to start writing up, considering the intended audience and the structure of the report/paper. We stress the value of being transparent and reflexive when writing up qualitative results."

5. Socially inclusive museums

Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change

Position Author Department Year Type
5 (1) Richard Sandell Museum Studies 2003 Article
A growing body of research into the social role and impact of museums suggests that engagement with the concepts of social inclusion and exclusion will require museums - and the profession and sector as a whole - to radically rethink their purposes and goals and to renegotiate their relationship to, and role within, society."

6. Very moral murals

Saint Christopher Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches, c.1250-c.1500

Position Author Department Year Type
6 (new) Eleanor Elizabeth Pridgeon History of Art and Film 2010 Thesis
Although the study focuses primarily on parish churches (where the majority of mural paintings survive), it also considers cathedrals, abbeys and other medieval buildings where such imagery is extant or documented. Welsh churches are also examined where appropriate, though there are only a few surviving Saint Christopher images in this geographical area."

7. Undergraduate presentation workshop

Teaching presentation skills to undergraduates: Students’ evaluations of a workshop course

Position Author Department Year Type
7 (8) Andrew M Colman Psychology 1996 Article
A 10-hour workshop-based course designed to teach communication skills to undergraduates is described and evaluated. In five two-hour sessions, the course covered technical aspects of written communication, oral presentations to small and medium-sized groups, interview skills, non-verbal communication, and skills associated with assessing the presentations of others and providing constructive feedback."

8. Workforce turnover

The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data

Position Authors Department Year Type
8 (new) Gaia Garino, Christopher Martin Economics 2007 Report
We extend the efficiency wage model of Salop (1979) by separating incumbent and newly hired workers in the production function. We show that an exogenous increase in the turnover rate can increase profits, but only where firms do not choose the wage."

9. The Pleistoscene Peak District

Aspects of speleogenesis in the Carboniferous limestone of North Derbyshire

Position Author Department Year Type
9 (new) John Salisbury Beck Geology 1980 Thesis
The concentration of large cave systems near the margins of the present outcrop suggests that stripping of the cover during the late Tertiary occurred fast, and was completed prior to the establishment of significant hydraulic gradients within the limestone."

10=. Radio waves across the waves

The propagation of VHF and UHF radio waves over sea paths

Position Author Department Year Type
10= (3) Chow Yen Desmond Sim Engineering 2002 Thesis
A series of experiments were conducted using two paths of around 33 and 48 km across the English Channel. These two paths are between fixed land-based locations that provide an unobstructed condition. This allows a prolonged period of data collection under several sea states and atmospheric conditions without the heavy expenses of ship borne trial."

10=. Plant virus genetics

The molecular characterisation of narcissus latent virus and Maclura mosaic virus

Position Author Department Year Type
10= (new) Joanne Louise Badge Biology 1997 Thesis
The nucleotide sequences of part of the nuclear inclusion body (NIb) gene, the complete coat protein gene and the 3' untranslated regions of narcissus latent virus (NLV) and Maclura mosaic virus (MacMV) were determined. Deduced amino acid sequences for the NIb and coat protein genes revealed that NLV and MacMV are closely related. Comparison of the NIb sequences with other viruses showed that NLV and MacMV have closer affinities with viruses of the Potyviridae than to those of the carlavirus genus with which they were initially classified."

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