All master’s theses completed through the Graduate College of Western Michigan University since 2012 have been entered into ScholarWorks. Some may be embargoed or restricted by the authors and may be only available from on-campus computers. Print copies from earlier years are available through interlibrary loan. We have a few digital copies of earlier years. If you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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Theses from 2017

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A Study on the Impact of Instruction Set Architectures on Processor’s Performance, Ayaz Akram

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Copper Binding and Biophysical Studies of Dictyostelium Discoideum PIB-Type Atpase, Wilson Protein Metal- Binding Domain Four, and Synthesis and Metal Binding Studies of Staphylopine, Aimen Sabah Ali AL-Hilfi

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Biological Stress Indicators among Historically Documented Populations (1913-1935): An Analysis of Labor through Entheses and Joint Disease, Anna Paraskevi Alioto

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Development of a Novel Printed and Flexible Surface Enhanced Raman Specopy (Sers) Substrate for Detection of Cocaine, Farah Mazin Aljanabi

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Voltage Controller for Simulating Transition between Boost –Buck -Boost Converter, Aula Jameel Al-Kamil

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Guided by the Spirits: The Meanings of Life, Death and Youth Suicide in an Ojibwa Community, Seth Allard

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Middle Level Multicultural/Social Justice Art Education Curriculum, Meghan E. G. Andrews

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State-Wide Patterns in Diabetes Screening Service Utilization: Comparing Medicaid, Blue Care Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Stephen Anim-Preko

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Veterans’ Satisfaction with Veterans’ Administration Healthcare Systems, Dale Arnold

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Snow and Non-Snow Events Based Winter Traffic Crash Pattern Analysis and Developing Lake Effect Snow Induced Crash Count Prediction Model, Bandhan Dutta Ayon

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Coming to the United States: An Exploration of Third Culture Building Processes Emerging from University Sponsored International/Host-National Student Interactions, Margaret E. Baker

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Interpersonal Impressions of Emoji Use in Computer-Mediated Decision Making, Austin Jonathan Beattie

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Evaluation of Swarm Nodes for Proximity Sensing on Construction Sites, Mohamed Ahmed Madi Binalhaj

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The Role of Calcium in Regulation of Glial Cell Line Derived Neurotrophic Factor by Skeletal Muscle Cells, Alicia M. Boynton

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Regulation of Chronic Inflammation of Endothelial Cells by a Pro-Inflammatory Epoxyisoprostane Phospholipid, Abbie Kay Brackman

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Timelines and Trade Chat: Comparing Contextual Self-Disclosure and Perceived Social Capital on Social Networking Sites and Massively Multiplayer Online Games, Ryan P. Castillo

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Killing Me Softly: The Missed Education of African American Females, Margaret Daphne Cattenhead

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The Impact of Mindfulness Training in a Division I Gymnsatics Team: A Pilot Study, Nicholas Cherup

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Regulation of Chronic Inflammation in Endothelial Cells by Oxidized Fatty Acids, Gabriel Onolee Cole

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Effect of Design Parameters on Thermal Performance of a Vane Type Disc Brake Rotor, Yogesh Satish Dalal

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Investigation of Measured Cane Vibrations for Prediction of Blind Pedestrian Performance in Surface Preview Tasks, Aaron Dean

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Atmospheric Microbial Community Sampling System for Varying Altitude Collection, Kenneth David Domingue

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Revisiting the One-Sided EWMA Control Chart Design, Duy Anh Duong-Tran

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Gravity and Passive Seismic Methods Used Jointly for Understanding the Subsurface in a Glaciated Terrain: Dowling and Maple Grove Quadrangles, Barry County, Michigan, Scott A. Feldpausch

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Optimization and Experimental Application of Current Stimuli to Leech Pressure-Sensitive Mechanosensory Cells, Alexandra Ferguson

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Modeling Channel Response to Dam Removal in Lansing, Michigan, Using SWAT, Ryan Filbin

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Novel Spectroscopic Tools to Differentiate Drug-DNA Binding Interactions, Fadwa Dhafer Hamad

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Solar Module Condition Monitoring Using Thermal Imagning, Ammar W. Hashim

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Evaluation of Non-Ionic Surfactants with and without Hydrogen Peroxide for the In-Situ Remediation of NAPL Contaminants, Charles E. Holada

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“Clamor Validus” vs. “Fragilitas Sexus Feminei”: Hrotsvit of Gandersheim on the Agency of Women, Caroline Jansen

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Characterization of γ-Butyrolactone Rings: A Computational and Toxicological Study, Donald C. Kidd

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Effects of Low Dose Mixtures of 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone and Cocaine on Locomotor Activity and Brain Monoamine Content in Sprague-Dawley Rats, Robert J. Kohler

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Development of Empirical and Virtual Tools for the Study of Bicycle Safety, Brent Kostich

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Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing, Ramakrishnan Krishnan

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Tourism Planning and Local Community Participation: Veron – Punta Cana Municipal District, Dominican Republic, Jose Ernesto Fernandez Lorenzo

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Archaeological Evidence of Architectural Remains at Fort St. Joseph (20BE23), Niles, MI, Erika K. Loveland

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Perspectives on Satisfaction for the Clinical Internship in Music Therapy: Differences Between American and International Music Therapy Students and Music Therapists, Wang Lu

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Best Practices for Differentiated Learning among Third through Fifth Grade ELL Students, Tara J. Macias

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Triplex Enim Eleemosyna Est, Cordis, Oris, Et Operis: Pope Innocent III’s Spiritual and Rhetorical Approach to Almsgiving, Thomas J. Maurer

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Implementing Online Updating to Complex Hysteresis Models in Real- Time Hybrid Simulation Using Constrained Unscented Kalman Filter, Bilal Ahmed Mohammed

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Cultivating the Concrete Jungle: Examining Urban Agriculture in the Motor City - Detroit, MI, Sultan Muhammad

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Home Literacy Practices: A Focus on Dominican Families, Susan E. Pendleton

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An Analysis of the Metal Finds from the Ninth-Century Metalworking Site at Bamburgh Castle in the Context of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metalworking in Middle- and Late-Saxon England, Julie Polcrack

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A Study of Empathy in the Context of Religious Identity in the United States, Kiana Sakimehr

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The Modification of a Curtain Coating Formulation: A Study of Rheology and Surface Tension, and Their Effect on Pitting, Samantha Leigh Schoenfelder

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A Virtual Reality Based Powered Wheelchair Simulator, Yuliia Sergeeva

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Women’s Role in their Reproductive Process: The Effects of Authoritative Knowledge and Biomedical Interventions on the American Birth Experience, Shannon Sheffey

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The Bended Tree, Graeme Shields

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Extraction and Recovery of Bound Phosphorus from Runoff Sediments Using Low Molecular Weight Organic Acids, Shaun Shields

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Anything but Race: Content Analysis of Racial Discourse, Christopher Smith

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Assessing Changes in Land Cover in Southeast Louisiana from 2001 to 2011 Using Time-Series National Land Cover Data, Ashley Tarver

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Alaska Native Artifacts; Eskimos and Aleuts of the Bering Sea Rhythm of the Sea Collection, Marcia Sue Taylor

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Williams Syndrome and Music: A Systematic Integrative Review, Donovon Thakur

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Development of an Effective Portable and Flexible Glove for Hand Tremor Suppression, Abdulrahem Turkistani

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Defining the Immune Response and Cellular Pathologies in Multiple System Atrophy, Annamarie Valenti

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The Quick Analysis for Principals in the Alignment of Administrative Plans within the School Improvement Framework at the Middle School Level, James Vanden Heuvel

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Engagement of Early College Students in the Graphic Design Classroom, Kelly Ann Vander Kley

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The Impact of Heart Rate Monitor Use on Student Intensity in Elementary Physical Education, Gerrit J. van Klaveren

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Satellite Sequencing Optimization and Observational Orbit Determination Using Genetic Algorithms, Andrew W. Verstraete

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A Comparison of Concerns Related to Internship Preparation: A Survey of International and American Music Therapy Students and Professionals, Fei Wang

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The Effects of Feedback Modality on Performance, Garrett D. Warrilow

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Measuring Quality of Life for Internal Migrants Working Urban Renewal Sites in Shanghai, China, Jacob A. Watkins

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Evolution of a Thylakoid Zinc-Finger Protein and Effects of Introducing this Protein into Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, Ryan L. Wessendorf

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Economic Impact Analysis of Bridge Construction, Funda Yavuz

Theses from 2016

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Internal Fault Location in Transformer Windings, Samir Yehya Abed-Alkareem Alzekri

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Second Law of Thermodynamics Analysis of an Internal Combustion Engine Fueled with Methane, Muataz Abotabik

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Total Harmonics Distortion Reduction Using Adaptive, Weiner, and Kalman Filters, Liqaa Alhafadhi

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The Effect of Flexibility on Interaction of Two Fibers Settling in Moderate Reynolds Numbers, Ahmed Alhasan

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Development of Strain and Pressure Sensors on Flexible and Stretchable Platforms, Mohammed Mudher Mohammed Ali

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Environmental Applications of Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Wisam Abdulabbass Flawih Al-lsawi

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A General Code to Represent the Mathematical Life Cycle Cost Model of Bridge, Bajel Mohammed Alshadeedi

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Analysis of Pedestrian and Bicycle Crashes in Michigan, Ahmed Abbas Ghubin Al-zubaidi

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Comparison of Safety and Operational Performances for Three Engineering Countermeasures, Ali Hamzah Hussein Alzuhairi

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Evaluation of an Alternative Natural Surfactant for Non Aqueous Phase Liquid Remediation, Brian A. Beach

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Optimization Methodology for CVT Ratio Scheduling with Consideration of Both Engine and CVT Efficiency, Steven Beuerle

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Royal Advice and Religious Authority in Smaragdus of St. Mihiel's Via regia:An Analysis and Critical Edition, Roland Black

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Comprehensive Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Pedestrian Countdown Signals on Road Users in Michigan, Richard Atta Boateng

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Political Utopias of the Renaissance: An Analysis of Thomas More’s Utopia, Johann Valentinus Andreae’s Christianopolis, and James Harrington’s The Commonwealth Of Oceana, Brittany Page Brake

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Using Photography as an Anthropological Approach to Studying Culture at the Mount Pleasant lndian lndustrial Boarding School, 1893-1934, David Brown

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Stable Isotope Investigations of Two Components of the Cryosphere: Snow and Icicle Formation, Thomas C. Brubaker

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Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: The Curious Case [Study] of California’s Proposition 37, Dave Brundage

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Safety Benefit Analysis of Alternative Delineation Practices in Michigan, Brenda C. Burdick

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A Location Allocation Model for Retention Basin Placement on Vacant Land in Detroit, MI, Keith Chapman

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Electrostatic Nanosmearing Architecture of Additive Functional Groups during High Shear Mixing of Pharmaceutical Blends, Sajan Kumar Chatarla

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The Oncolytic Potential of Tanapoxvirus to Treat Retinoblastoma, John D. Christie

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Examining the Effectiveness of a Training Video on the lmplementation and lnterpretation of a Functional Analysis, Alissa Anne Conway

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Stratigraphy of the Upper Devonian-Lower Mississippian Michigan Basin: Review and Revision with an Emphasis on the Ellsworth Petroleum System, Bryan J. Currie

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Analytical Study of Miniature Thermoelectric Device, Mohammed Dhannoon

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Analytical Modeling and Numerical Simulation of a Thermoelectric Generator Including Contact Resistances, Shripad Dhoopagunta

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The Effects of Individual and Social Comparison Graphic Feedback on Incented Performance, Yngvi Freyr Einarsson

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Optimal Design of a Thermoelectric Cooling/Heating System for Car Seat Climate Control (CSCC), Abdulmunaem H. Elarusi

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Differentiating Saginaw from Huron-Erie lce Lobe Meltwater Deposits in South Central Michigan Using Longitudinal Profiles, Grain Size Analysis, and Lithology, Nathan R. Erber

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Optimal Design of Automotive Exhaust Thermoelectric Generator (AETEG), Hassan Fagehi

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Characterizing Groundwater Recharge and Streamflow using Stable Isotopes of Oxygen and Hydrogen, Chanse M. Ford

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Effect of Listening to Music During Warmup on Wingate Anaerobic Test Performance, Russell P. Fox

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A Parameterized Implementation of a Hybrid Fuzzy Boolean Finite State Machine using an FPGA, Sean T. Fuller

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A Sequence Stratigraphic Model for the Silurian A-1 Carbonate and Modeling of a Niagara-Lower Salina Reef Complex, Michigan Basin, U.S.A, Jonathan D. Garrett

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Preliminary Study of Optical-Flow Based Background-Oriented Schlieren Measurements, Hassan A. Ghazwani

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Development of an Analytical Model for Beams with Two Dimples in Opposing Directions, Mofareh H. Ghazwani

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The Impact of a Student Device Technology Integration Professional Development Program on K-6 Performance Data, Peter Grostic