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Drones: An Emerging Technology

Drones: An Emerging Technology

Overview As a technology rapidly advancing, drones are frequently being tested as innovative solutions to business and societal issues. Although many of these applications are rife with safety and regulatory restrictions, several are likely to be implemented in the coming years as policy is implemented to regulate drone applications. There are seven primary  emerging drone applications that provide business and/or society concrete solutions to a menagerie of issues. Agriculture As the world population continues to grow, projections predict that by 2050,…

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CICS Accenture Challenge

CICS Accenture Challenge

As a function of ICS 601: Problems in Information and Communication Sciences, students were required to compete in what is known as the Accenture Challenge. Each year a team of CICS alumni from Accenture, one of the world’s leading consulting firms, return to campus to host a competition in which the alumni pose as a mock company and issue a realistic Request for Proposal (RFP). Teams must then present their ideas to a panel of judges who determine the four best…

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Assembley Effect via Complementary Relationships: A Theory of Human Communication

Assembley Effect via Complementary Relationships: A Theory of Human Communication

Human Communication is vast and infinitely complex (Littlejohn & Foss, 2011). But in all of its complexity, valuable and highly practical theories emerge from the practice of human communication (Gillette, 2016). The Theory of Assembly Effect via Complementary Relationships (AEvCR), developed through the observation of human communication, presents new ideas that aid the user of the theory in seeing things in new ways (Littlejohn & Foss, 2011). Furthermore, this theory satisfies the requirements presented by Littlejohn and Foss (2016) as…

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Prepared for the New U.S. at CICS

Prepared for the New U.S. at CICS

According to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately twelve percent of the U.S. population has attained an advanced degree. This is less than half of the percentage of those with bachelor’s degrees (32%). At the Center of Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) of Ball State University, approximately 80 students are studying to attain a Master of Science in Information and Communication Sciences. With two years’ worth of coursework condensed into just eleven months, the process if often…

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Information Renaissance: Changes in Information Storage

Information Renaissance: Changes in Information Storage

Literally meaning “rebirth” in French, the word renaissance is commonly used to refer to the Italian Renaissance, the historical period that denotes the end of the Middle Ages and modern history. The Italian Renaissance started in the 14th century as a cultural movement and lasted until the 17th century. Several aspects of life that were “reborn” during this time were philosophy, art, science, and politics, and stemmed from the rediscovery of Greek ideologies and works. One of the most revolutionary…

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Dishonesty in Academia

Dishonesty in Academia

Despite innumerous warnings and ubiquitous professional talks concerning ethical issues in the realm of science, many academic institutions find difficulty in preventing academic dishonesty in all of its forms: plagiarism, falsifying data, cheating, etc. Plagiarism and other offenses concerning scientific publication are of special concern as these offenses are not limited to students. In a most severe and publicized illumination of the damaging effects of plagiarism, esteemed professor Dr. Dongqing Li of Waterloo University and award winning graduate student Yasaman…

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