All dissertations completed at Western Michigan University are entered into ScholarWorks. Some may be embargoed or restricted by the authors and may be only available from on-campus computers. Print copies are available through interlibrary loan for dissertations before 2013. If you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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Dissertations from 2012

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Essays on Spatial Analysis of Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth Determinants in Developing Countries, Uwaoma George Nwaogu

Tea with Edie and Fitz, Adam Pasen

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Does Understanding the Kalamazoo Promise Impact African American Participation?, J. Douglas Penn

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Boolean and Profinite Loops, Benjamin Andrew Phillips

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Modeling Transmission of Photonic Crystal Waveguide Modes Enhanced by Kerr Nonlinearity, Buddhi M. Rai

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The Effects of Repeated Resurgence Conditions on the Magnitude of Resurgence, Ryan Nathaniel Redner

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Identifying Mechanisms of Change: Utilizing Single-Participant Methodology to Better Understand Behavior Therapy for Youth Depression, Andrew R. Riley

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Teachers' Sense of Professional Practices as a Result of Mentoring, Leadriane L. Roby

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Regulation of Expression of Enterohemolysin Toxin by the Global Repressor HNS and Characterization of a New Class of Protein Produced by Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli, Miles T. Rogers

Trace Driven Approach for Testing and Debugging Concurrent Programs, Mahmoud Said

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Adaptive Security-Aware Scheduling for Packet Switched Networks Using Real-Time Multi-Agent Systems, Ma'en Saleh Saleh

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Strategies for Studying the Interaction of Nanoscale Materials with Chemical and Biological Contaminants, Tova Ann Samuels

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Traditional and Market-Based Financial Intermediaries: Three Essays Examining Their Risk Behavior, Delisting Behavior, and Reactions to Economic Policy Uncertainty, Marc S. Schaffer

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Behavior Based Sales: A Study of Behavioral Techniques for Sales Performance Improvement, Peder Henrik Seglund

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The Relationship Among Training Policy, Knowledge Transfer, and Performance Improvement: A Study of Private Sector Organizations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Fayez M. Shafloot

FDI Transmission to a Third Developing Country Through the Remittances Channel, Ibrahim Hamdy Sheta

Clinically Meaningful Change in Heart Failure: The Six-Minute Walk Test and Daily Activity, Michael J. Shoemaker

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Describing the Apprenticeship of Chemists through the Language of Faculty Scientists, Brandy Ann Skjold

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Overcoming Non-Academic Issues to Gain Admission into Competitive Entry College Majors: The Power of Positive Psychological Development, Stephen J. Snyder

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The Social and Political Philosophy of Bertolt Brecht, Anthony Squiers

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The Effects of Rule Specificity and Contingency Delivery Follow-Through on the Performance of an Analog Office Task, James Squires

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Interpreting and Implementing English Language Arts State Standards/Expectations in Secondary Classrooms, Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer

Creatures after Their Kind, Emily J. Stinson

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Social Justice, White Racial Identity, and Multicultural Competency Among White Master Level Trainees in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Sara Rebecca Streufert

Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Associated Factors and Impact on the Family Mealtime Experience, Michelle A. Suarez

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From Building Evaluation Capacity to Supporting Evaluation Capacity Development: The Cases of Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, and South Africa, Michele Tarsilla

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An Inquiry Approach to Reading Instruction: A Case Study of the Relationship Between Instruction and Motivation, Tammy Turri-Scodeller

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Value of U.S. Higher Education for International Students in the Context of Higher Education Internationalization, Ewa L. Urban

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Establishment and Maintenance of Academic Optimism in Michigan Elementary Schools: Academic Emphasis, Faculty Trust of Students and Parents, Collective Efficacy, Jill Van Hof

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Performance on a Data Entry Task When Participants Receive Three Different Types of Graphic Feedback, Sarah E. VanStelle

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Attitudes Toward Science and Stem Cell Research Based on Religious Worldview: Comparing the Views of Theists, Naturalists, Skeptics, and Dualists Toward Science as an Institution, Method, and Application of Knowledge, Jon Van Wieren

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The Religious Aspects of the 1893 Columbian Exposition: A Case Study of Interreligious Interaction and Religious Pluralism in the Public Square, Cynthia Visscher

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Social Separation in the Rat: The Investigation of a Proposed Model of Depression, Lori A. Watson

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Efficient Reinforcement Learning in Multiple-Agent Systems and its Application in Cognitive Radio Networks, Jing Zhang

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The Motives of Trade Credit Usage and the Importance of Risk Perception for Decision-Making Behavior, Kun Zhao

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Social Networks, L2 Pragmatics, and Spanish Hasta as an Aspectual Marker with and without Negation: Student Understandings, Judgments, and Uses, Mikela Zhezha-Thaumanavar

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Faithful Remembering: Constructing Dutch America in the Twentieth Century, David E. Zwart

Dissertations from 2011

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Glucosamine-Induced Insulin Resistance in Primary Rat Hepatocytes and the Role of Selenium as an Insulin Mimetic, Sandhya N. Adiyodi Veetil

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Students of Indian Heritage and United States Citizen Students' Adaptation of College, Opinions About Mental Illness and Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Counseling Help, Margaret Omotola Ajayi-Nabors

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Using Formative Assessment Despite the Constraints of High Stakes Testing and Limited Resources: A Case Study of Chemistry Teachers in Anglophone Cameroon, George Viche Akom

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Modifying Copper Phthalocyanine to Improve The Performance of Organic Solar Cells, Mohammad AL-Amar

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Dielectric Properties of Nitrogen Incorporated Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Films , Salem AlFaify

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Collaborative Classification of Multiple Ground Vehicles in Wireless Sensor Networks Based on Acoustic Signals, Ahmad Falah Aljaafreh

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Negotiating Generational Conflict and Identity Formation as a Way to Self Actualization in Contemporary Arab American Women's Literature, Hassan Ali Abdullah Al-Momani

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Beading and Dimpling Techniques to Improve the Vibration and Acoustic Characteristics of Plate Structures, Nabeel Taiseer Alshabtat

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Multi-Scale Optimization Using a Genetic Algorithm, Jumana Ali Alshawawreh

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Cross-Layer Design For Mobile Ad-Hoc Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Communication Networks, Abdel Ilah Nour Alshbatat

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A Study to Determine the Influence of Workload on Nursing Personnel, Supreeta G. Amin

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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Instructional Practices of Michigan CommunityCollege Math Instructors: The Search for a KAP Gap in Collegiate Math, Maria Haverhals Andersen

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Memory and Language: Evidence of Relationships from Three Studies of School-Age Children, Michele A. Anderson

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Undoing Plessy: Charles Hamilton Houston, Race, Labor, and the Law, Gordon Andrews

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New Media ICC Profiles Construction and Concerns, Reem El Asaleh

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Invariance in the Factor Structure of Translated Instruments: Multiple Group Confirmatory Factor Analysis and MIMIC Models, Fatma Ayyad

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The Impact of the Head Start Parent Teacher Partnership on Home Based Mathematical Interventions Provided by Single Rural Head Start Mothers, Curtiss J. Babcock

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LEACH-SM: A Protocol for Extending Wireless Sensor Network Lifetime by Management of Spare Nodes, Bilal Abu Bakr

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Direct Forcing and Heating Immersed Boundary- Lattice Boltzmann Method for Arterial Wall Thermography, Oluyinka Olugbenga Bamiro

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Investigating the Influence of Organic Acids on Uraninite Solubility and Uranyl Sorption onto Kaolinite, Michelle L. Barger

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Local Public Health System Partnerships: A Mixed Methods Multi-State Study, Priscilla A. Barnes

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Women of Foreign Superstition: Christianity and Gender in Imperial Roman Policy, 57-235., Karl E. Baughman

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Contemporary Clothing Issues of Women Who Are Post-Mastectomy, Carol Beard

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Professional Learning Communities and First-Year Composition Instructors., Erinn Bentley

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The Impact of Leadership Training on Collegiate Student Athletes, Jerry Bergsma

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Bayesian Item Response Theory: Statistical Inference and Power Analysis, Jason W. Bodnar

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A Qualitative Study of the Lived Experiences of Adults with African American and Korean Heritages, Elizabeth Sue Bradshaw

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Systematic Sexual Violence by U.S. State Agencies: A Victimology Approach, Sarah Brightman

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Comparing First Generation and Non-First Generation African-American Students at Predominately White Institutions, Leatrice Renee Brooks

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The Effects of Implementing Restorative Justice in an In-School Suspension Program, Nikki Brown-Kersey

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"Don't Let the Job Change You; You Change the Job": The Lived Experiences of Women in Policing, Carrie Buist

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Jamaican American Child Disciplinary Practices, Stephaney Carter

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Children‘s Protagonism at the Centro Cultural Da Criança: A Case Study, Claudia Protasio Ceccon

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Using Environmental Sounds to Initiate Receptive Language Training for Children with Autism, Woan Tian Chow

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El género detectivesco y su representación en la novela mexicana del sigloXXI, Maribel Colorado-García

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Evaluating the Effects of Camera Perspective in Video Modelingfor Children with Autism: Point of View Versus Scene Modeling, Courtney Cotter

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Psychometric Evaluation of the Valued Living Questionnaire: Comparing Distressed and Normative Samples, David D. Cotter

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A Study on Becoming an Alternatively Certified Career and Technical Educator, Kymberli Cotton-Flanagan

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Electron Transmission Characteristics and the Production of Narrow Beams Using Glass Optics, Buddhika Senarath Dassanayake

Gravity: Stories, Michael J. Davis

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An Examination of Post-Secondary Education Access, Retentionand Success of Foster Care Youth, Angelique Day

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Testing the Effectiveness of an Interactive Multimedia System to Train Clinicians in Behavioral Activation, Suzanne E. Decker

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La mujer española escritora de su propia experiencia carcelaria, Berta Carrasco de Miguel

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Transgender People on University Campuses: A Policy Discourse Analysis, Doris Andrea Dirks

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Experiences That Influence a Student's Choice on Majoring in Physics, Donya Rae Dobbin

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The Principle of Flickering, Laura K. Donnelly

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Debugging Support for Message-Passing Based Concurrent Software, Mohamed Medhat Elwakil

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Death by Boredom: The Role of Visual Processing Theory in Written Evaluation Communication, Stephanie D. H. Evergreen

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How Politics, Economics, and Technology Influence Evaluation Requirements for Federally Funded Projects: A Historical Study of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from 1965 to 2005, Maxine R. Eversley-Gilling

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What about Me: Using Grounded Theory to Understand How African-American Counseling Professionals become Multiculturally CompetentH, Binaca T. L. Fetherson

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The Influence of a Personal Practice of Meditation on One’s Therapeutic Practice, William W. Fitzgerald

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Evaluating the Impact of Small-Group Discussion on Learning in anOrganizational Psychology Class Utilizing a Classroom Response System, Thorhallur Orn Flosason

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Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Qualitative Investigation, Richard P. Freedberg

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The Impact of Structured Group Counseling on Resiliency, Self-Efficacy, and RacialIdentity among African American Female Teenagers, LaShonda B. Fuller

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The Gendered Plight of Terror: Annexation and Exile in Latvia 1940-1950, Irene Elksnis Geisler

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Sense of Coherence: The Relationship to Personal Growth and Distressafter a Breakup, Kristin R. Gillen

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Relativistic R-Matrix Theory, Janina Grineviciute

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Evaluation of Verbal Behavior in Older Adults, Amy Gross

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Summative Confidence, Paul Cristian Gugiu

Cancerland, Marin Love Heinritz

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Teachers and Their Struggle with Personal Satisfaction as Young Mothers, Katherine Homer

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Society in Crisis: A Critical Perspective on Health Care and Distribution ofHealth Status in the United States, Curtis D. Hosier

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Exploring the Well-Being of Foster Children of Parents with Substance Abuse Problems in Family Dependency Treatment Courts, Barbara M. Howes