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Dissertations from 2017

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Social Health Insurance and Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in Developing Countries: The Case of Ghana, Ama Agyeiwaa Abrokwah

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Time-Dependent Photoionization of Gaseous Nebulae, Ehab Elsayed Elhoussieny Ahmed

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Managing Workforce Diversity in Construction to Improve Communication and Reduce Fatalities (Hispanic Workforce Focus), Ahmed Jalil Al-Bayati

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Multiprocessing Real Time Vision Based System for Condition Monitoring in Solar Panels, Moath Hashim Alsafasfeh

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Architecture, Simulation, and Implementation of Commodity Computer Components in Software Defined Radio Systems, Amean Al-Safi

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A Meta-Analysis of Energy Savings from Lighting Programs in Michigan, Teryila Ephraim Amough

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Subgroup Analysis and Growth Curve Models for Longitudinal Data, Nichole Andrews

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Fate of Conductive Ink Pigments During Recycling and Landfill Deposition of Paper-Based Printed Electronics, James Edward Atkinson

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Highly Hamiltonian Graphs and Digraphs, Zhenming Bi

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Networked: An Investigation into the Economic Contribution of Manuel Castells, Darrick Brake

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Self-Management as a Class-Wide Intervention: An Evaluation of the “Self & Match” System Embedded within a Dependent Group Contingency, Andrew J. Bulla

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From Following to Leading: Experiencing the Phenomena of Becoming a Teacher Leader, Alan L. Carter

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El Amerindio Y El Conquistador en Seis Comedias Áureas de Tema Peruano, Jerusa Carvajal-Villamar

Structure, Dynamics and Functional Mechanisms of the PWI Domain and the RNA-Binding Domain of Rotavirus Non-Structural Protein 3, Harry Amuguni Chanzu

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Development of Flexible Sensing Systems for Printed Electronic Applications, Amer Abdulmahdi Jabbar Chlaihawi

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Using Concept Maps to Monitor Knowledge Structure Changes in a Science Classroom, Leah J. Cook

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Justice Involved Veterans’ Post-Release Employment-Related Experiences, James L. Dawson

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Assessing a Punching Bag Feedback Performance Device, Neil Deochand

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Deadly Hostility: Feud, Violence, and Power in Early Anglo-Saxon England, David DiTucci

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From Descendants of Refugees to First-Generation College Students: The Untold Story of Southeast Asian American College Students’ Lived Experience, Vunsin Hiew Doubblestein

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Rebranding Mediocrity: A Rhetorical Analysis of Common Core Textbooks for College-Bound Writers, E. Suzanne Ehst

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Biosorption of Pharmaceuticals and Noble Metals Nanoparticles by Algal Turf Communities, Haider Abid Faraj

Methods for Systematic Characterization and Monitoring of Radiotherapy Administration to Breast Cancer Patients, Milton Soto Ferrari

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Evaluating the Effects of a Self-Management Program with a Peer-Mediated Praise Procedure, Sean P. Field

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Slavery and Manumission in Fourteenth-Century Palermo, Jack Goodman

Predictors of Change in Cognitive Processing Therapy for Veterans in a Residential PTSD Treatment Program, Andrew C. Hale

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Primatus Hispaniae: Identity and Assimilation in Medieval Toledo, Patrick W. Harris

The Collage Effect: Form and Participatory Reading in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Krystal Howard

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Preparing Teachers in English Language Arts: Mentor Teachers Speak, Lindsay J. Jeffers

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Interpersonal Dependency and Self-Efficacy on Intention to Return to a Domestically Violent Relationship among Low-Income Women, Erin N. Jenkins

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Impact of Post-Secondary Correctional Education on Self-Efficacy and Personal Agency of Formerly Incarcerated African American Men, David E. Jones

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Expanding a Path Analytic Model of Quality Management to Include the Management of Safety, Bruce J. Ladewski

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Birth Record Analysis of Gestational Diabetes: Applications for Intervention Planning, Elizabeth L. MacQuillan

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Analytical and Numerical Optimization of a Solar Thermoelectric Generator (STEG), Hadi Ali Mohammed Madkhali

Four Films, Michael Marberry

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Investigating Personality Traits of Registered Nurses: Implications for Personnel Evaluation, Stephanie N. Means

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General Education Teachers’ Attitudes about Inclusion, Larry D. Monje

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Attitudes toward Professional Psychological Help among Kenyan Immigrants Living in the United States, Reuben M. Mwangi

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Structures of Metallacarboranes and Coordination Complexes: Coordination Sensors Based on Rhodamine B and Quinolines, Agozie Nnaemeka Oyeamalu

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Dominican College Students’ Experiences of Distress, Help-Seeking and Stigma, Laura Alicia Pacheco del Castillo

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A House Divided Cannot Stand: The Case for Latino-Black Coalitions, Sarah Perez

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A Corporate Model: Aligning National Nonprofit Expectations with Regional/Local Efforts to Serve the Mission, Emma A. Powell

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Mitral Cell Dendritic Arbors are Negatively Affected by Various Forms of Deafferentation and Can Recover in Adult Zebrafish, Joanna M. Pozzuto

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Frequency and Nature of Elementary School Teacher-Student Interactions, Thomas Ratkos

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An Investigation of Turkish Middle School Science Teachers’ Pedagogical Orientations towards Direct and Inquiry Instructional Approaches, Selcuk Sahingoz

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Protecting Sensitive Data in Clouds Using Active Data Bundles and Agent-Based Secure Multi-Party Computation, Akram Y. Sarhan

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Artificial Immune Systems: Applications, Multi-Class Classification, Optimizations, and Analysis, Brian Haroldo Schmidt

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Spatial Analysis of Time between Two Consecutive Dental and Two Consecutive Well-Child Visits for Foster Care Youth, Chenyang Shi

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Are the Leadership Behaviors of K–12 Leaders in Mid-Western Urban School Districts Influenced by their Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Spirituality?, Ericka M. Taylor

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Optical Properties of Quantum-Sized Gold and Silver Nanoclusters, Viraj Dhanushka Thanthirige

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Chemotypic Variation of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds in Midwest Forest and Atmospheric Role of Peroxyacyl Nitrates in Southeastern U.S., Shino Toma

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Superintendents’ Response to the Revised School Code Requiring Merit Pay in Selected Michigan School Districts, Mark A. Tompkins

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Good Looking in the Dark: A Narrative across Three Mediums, Aimee J. Valentine

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The Influence of Training Procedures on Generalization Performance in Scent-Detection Rats, Erin Watkins

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Three Essays on Monetary Policy and Exchange Rate Behavior, Wan Wei

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Modelling Student Misconceptions Using Nested Logit Item Response Models, Mustafa Yildiz

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Development of Traditional and Rank-Based Algorithms for Linear Models with Autoregressive Errors and Multivariate Logistic Regression with Spatial Random Effects, Shaofeng Zhang

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Oncolytic Tanapoxvirus for Melanoma Therapy, Tiantian Zhang

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Discriminative and Reinforcing Effects of Cocaine-Levamisole Combinations, Zachary J. Zimmermann

Dissertations from 2016

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Indoor Localization of Mobile Devices Based on Wi-Fi Signals Via Convex Optimization and Bregman Divergence, Osamah Ali Abdullah

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Three Essays on the Economics of Child Labor and Child Education, Kofi Acheampong

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Fault Detection and Localization in Solar Photovoltaic Systems using Sensing Frameworks, Masoud Mohsen Alajmi

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Examining the Existence and Importance of Ten Skills for Successful School Leaders from Saudi Principals’ Perspectives, Khalifah Albalawi

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The Empowerment of Academic Women Leaders at Saudi Universities and Its Relationship to Their Administrative Creativity, Azala M. Al Ghamdi

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Empirical Evaluation of Different Features of Design in Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Deyab Almaleki

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A Metaevaluation of School Counseling Program Evaluations, Saeed Mohammed Almueed

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Development and Evaluation of Matrix Material Formulations for Potential Integration into Immunodiagnostic Biosensors, Payam Aminayi

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Culturally Relevant Education for Rural Schools: Creating Relevancy in Rural America, Joshua J. Anderson

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Three Essays Assessing Global Value Chain Fragmentation on International Trade Using the World Input-Output Database, Johanna Retana Attoh

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Compressive Sensing Framework for Mass Spectrometry Data Analysis, Khalfalla Ahmad Kh. Awedat

Ghost Notes, Scott M. Bade

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A Formative Evaluation of a Program Providing Support to College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Kourtney Kay Bakalyar

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Integration of Professional Identity and Christian Religious Identity in Undergraduate Social Work Students, Lolene K. Bargerstock

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Factors Affecting Community Participation in Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Molly Bathje

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Personality Factors, Self-Care, and Perceived Stress Levels on Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Doctoral Students, Jennifer L. Bauer

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Who Controls Immigration Judges?: Towards a Multi-Institutional Model of Administration Judge Behavior, Mark Richard Beougher

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The Behavioral Revolution in Contemporary Political Science: Narrative, Identity, Practice, Joshua R. Berkenpas

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Discriminative Stimulus Effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone and 4-Methylmethcathinone, Michael D. Berquist

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A Transdiagnostic Approach to Emotion Regulation: The Development and Validation of Two Scales of Emotion Regulation, Lauren M. Borges

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The Influence of Feedback on Implicit Bias in a Sample of Primarily Caucasian Women Counselors-in-Training, Branson L. Boykins

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Design and Validation of an Electro-Hydraulic Pressure-Control Valve and Closed-Loop Controller, Jerry Boza

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Yoga as an Ancillary Treatment to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression, Jeralee M. Briggs

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The Relationship between Student Achievement and Professional Learning Communities at the Middle School Level, Michael S. Burde

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A Prospective Investigation of Behavioral Risk Factors and Sexual Victimization Outcome in College Females, Tara E. Casady

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On Myrtle: A Novel, Laurie Ann Cedilnik

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Resolving Classes and Resolvable Spaces in Rational Homotopy Theory, Timothy L. Clark

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Using Postfeedback Delays to Reduce Racing in Online Learning, Anna L. Conard

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From Novice to Independent Researcher: A Content Analysis of PhD Student Blogs, Sarah J. Cox

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Only the River Remains: History and Memory of the Eastland Disaster in the Great Lakes Region, 1915 – 2015, Caitlyn Perry Dial

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The Federal School Improvement Grant: Telling the Story through Quantitative Outcomes, Gregg B. Dionne

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Adolescent Difficulties with Emotion Regulation: An Open Trial, Julissa A. Duenas

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Some Nonparametric Ordered Restricted Inference Problems in the Context of a Statistical Education Study, Bradford M. Dykes

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Bayesian Rank Based Methods for Linear and Generalized Linear Models, James Kodzo Dzikunu

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La Sexualidad Como Vehículo De La Identidad De Género, Sexual Y Nacional En La Novelística Panhispánica Del Siglo XXI, Leticia Isabel Espinoza

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An Integrated Approach for a Better Understanding of the Paleo-Hydrology and Landscape Evolution in the Sahara During the Previous Wet Climatic Periods, Abotalib Zaki Abotalib Farag

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Work Stress: A Review, Analysis, and Extension of the Job Demands-Control (-Support) Model, Marcus J. Fila

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Statistical Methodology for Data with Multiple Limits of Detection, Robert M. Flikkema

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Transitioning Children with Autism from One-on-One Discrete-Trial Settings to Special Education Classrooms, Jennifer L. Freeman

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A Metaevaluation of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International Accreditation Process, Stacy A. French

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Assessing the Impact of Historical Story Telling on Student Learning of Natural Selection, Janice Marie Fulford