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 2015

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Hybrid Fuzzy-PID Controller for Buck-Boost Converter in Solar Energy-Battery Systems, Karime Farhood Hussein

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Morphology Based Framework for Improved Driver's Visibility in Inclement Weather Conditions, Saleem Farhood Hussein

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“What Country Music Needs Is a Good War”: Country Music, Memory, and Conservative Politics, Emilee G. Johnson

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Estimating Sediment and Nutrient Loading in the Davis Creek Watershed Using Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), Fatma Ulku Karatas

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Assessing High School Science Students’ Abilities to Use Cross Cutting Literacy Skills and Scientific Argumentative Writing Skills in a Mid-Western School District, Ellen M. Karel

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Why Abstain? Trends in and Origins of Indifference and Estrangement in the United States, 1968-2012, Christopher R. Keeler

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The Neurochemistry of Group Singing: Bonding and Oxytocin, Jason Keeler

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Perceptions of Guitar Use and Training in Music Therapy: A Survey of Clinicians, Joshua Robert Keller

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The Design of Nanostructures from the Blending of Flowing Agents Influencing Critical Properties of a Pharmaceutical Formulation, Casey F. Kick

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Taking Art to the Next Level: Integration of Advanced Placement Studio Art, 2-D Design, Krystal Kingsley

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Low Melting Glass Frit as an Adhesion and Resistivity Promotor to Silver Nanoparticle Ink Photonically Sintered on Indium Tin Oxide Coated Glass, Jason J. Kleiner

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Implementing a Linear Quadratic Spacecraft Attitude Control System, Daniel Kolosa

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Determining Discharge from the Fallasburg Dam and the Hydrology of the Flat River Bypass Channel, Lowell, Michigan, Seth Kuiper

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Exploring the Oncolytic Potentail of a Double Knock-Out Tanapoxvirus Containing FLiC Transgene, Esaw W. Kurban

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Analyzing Repetitive Sequences with Structured Dynamic Bayesian Networks, Thomas L. Lake

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A Multimedia Resource of Orchestral Excerpts for Tuba, Regen Le Roy

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The Taphonomic Factors on Human Remains inside Chullpas: Marcajirca, Peru, Samantha Lauren Lininger

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Progressive Decline of Testicular Function in Leptinreceptor Deficient Obese Mice, Jennifer Long

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Computer Simulations of Propulsion of Self-Propelled Flexible Nanobody, Ye Luo

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Design of Digital Down Converter Chain for Software Defined Radio Systems on FPGA, Nagarjun Marappa

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Sleep Hygiene Practices: A Cross Cultural Survey of Sleeping and Dreaming in College Students, Ivan Noe Martinez Salazar

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Ancient Magic and Modern Accessories: Developments in the Omamori Phenomenon, Eric Teixeira Mendes

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Canning Jars and Patterns of Canning Behavior: A Study of Households on the Hector Backbone, New York. 1850-1940, Jayne Ann Michaels

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Choice--‐Based Art: Students Who Create, Not Replicate, Hillary K. Moczerad

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The Effects of Electronic Response Systems on Student Learning, James D. Morrison

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The Demand for Change: A Study of Recreational Amenities for Ramona Park, Nicholas K. Mucha

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Ways in Which Community Involvement May Influence Girls’ Education in Senegal, Babou Ndiaye

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Simulation of Lateral Migration and Sedimentation of a Flexible Fiber in a Vertical Weak Shear Flow, Ali Ibrahim Neamah Neamah

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The Experience of Social Flow in Vocal Jazz Improvisation, Brittany Neuser

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Evolutionary Convergence of the Caffeine Biosynthetic Pathway in Chocolate Followed Duplication of a Constrained Ancestral Enzyme, Andrew J. O'Donnell

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Zinc Oxide Based Inks for Semiconductor Applications, Shreyas Pathak

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Formulation and Evaluation of Soy Polymer Based, Gravure Printed Resistive Inks for Applications in Printed Electronics, Bhushan Hiralal Patil

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Tourism and Organic Food Production in Croatia: Case Study of the Cetina Region, Marina Pavletic

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: The Analysis of the Specter Cell Cycle Mutant in Zebrafish, Tetiana Petrachkova

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A High Performance Architecture for an Exact Match Short-Read Aligner Using Burrows-Wheeler Aligner on FPGAs, Dana Abdul Qader

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Wind Oscillator for Power Genration, RS Vewen Ramasamy

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Development and Verification of a Method to Determine the Long Term Load Carrying Performance of a Double Sided Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape, Rahal Rasheed

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The Foundation of Cistercian Monasteries in France 1098-1789: An Historical GIS Evaluation, Jon Eric Klingenberg Rasmussen

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Clinical Efficacy of Music Therapy in Addiction Counseling: A Systematic Review, Marissa Renee Rinehart

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Depositional Facies and Sequence Stratigraphy of Niagaran-Lower Salina Reef Complex Reservoirs of the Guelph Formation, Michigan Basin, Matthew J. Rine

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Expression of Insulin Responsive Genes in Insulin Resistant Conditions, and the Effect of Selenium on Gene Expression, David L. Ruff II

Examining the Definition of Literacy in an Awakened Mexican Pueblo Fantasma and Flourishing Pueblo Mágico: A Case Study, Maria Angela Sackett

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Fragility Assessment of High-Rise Reinforced Concrete Buildings, Hezha Sadraddin

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Ramon Llull’s Conversion Program in His Recovery of the Holy Land Treatises, Michael Sanders

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Spatial Patterns of Drought Persistence in Xinjiang (A.R), China, Guzhaliayi Sataer

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Lithologic Properties of the Upper Ordovician Utica Formation, Michigan Basin, USA: A Geological Characterization and Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Confinement Potential, Frank Richard Sattler

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Monte Carlo Simulations on Xeon Phi: Offload and Native Mode, Bryar Shareef

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Acceleration of Agent-Based PandemicModeling on Multiple GPUs, Barzan Shekh

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Naturally-Occurring Metals Concentrations in Michigan Soils: A 2015 Survey, Zachary Lowell Spotts

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Examining the Effects of Robot-Enacted Guilt Appeals in a Human-Robot Negotiation, Brett Stoll

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Preliteracy Skills Promoted in Children’s Spanish-Language Books, Katherine Marie Suter

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Recent Seismicity and Regional Extension aithin Southwestern Montana, USA, Jessica Szkody

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Simulation of Drainage Rates of a Flexible Fiber Network on Wire Screen, Yihsin Tang

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Oxidized Phospholipids Regulation of the Monocyte Recruitment Parthway in Human Aortic Endothelial Cells, Piao Jian Tan

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A Gravity Investigation of the Tobacco Root Batholith Southwest Montana, Stephen Charles Tatum

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Modeling and Analysis of PCA Workflow, Ewing Tiong

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An Integrated Framework for Cardiac Sounds Diagnosis, Zichun Tong

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The Adoption and Diffusion of LEED Certification in the Great Lakes Region: 2008-2015, Douglas Vander Hulst

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Thermal History of the Michigan Basin: Results from Thermal Maturation Data and Geodynamic Modelling, Kirk A. Wagenvelt

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String Quartet, brut, Bernie Walasavage

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Microbial Community Analysis from Petroleum-Contaminated Sediments with High Magnetic Susceptibility, Anja E. Williams

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Performance Analysis of Magnetic Indoor Local Positioning System, Kyle Wroble

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Modal Logic and Ontological Arguments, Alex Yousif

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Effects of Altering Motivation in Pigeons Performing a Titrating-Delayed-Matching-To-Sample Task, Zachary J. Zimmermann

Theses from 2014

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The Effects of Varying Duration of Reinforcement on Novel Selection-Based Mands Versus Topgraphy-Based Mands, Nicholas S. Acker

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An Enhanced Self-Healing Protection System in Smart Grid: Using Advanced and Intelligent Devices and Applying Hierarchical Routing in Sensor Network Technique, Mohamed Eid Aljahani

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Effects of Health Expenditures on Population Age Distribution and Labor Force Participation Rates: Empirical and Comparative Analysis, Jassim M. H. Al-Jebory

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Generation and Use of Monoclonal Antibodies to ldentify Subpopulations of Post Thaw Stallion Sperm, Sarah Abdulaziz Al Muhanna

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Informal Institutions and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan, Mariam Amiri

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The British Women’s Land Army: Gender, Identity, and Landscapes, Hilary M.K. Anderson

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Credit Card System in Ghana: An Investigation of Why Credit Cardsare Not Widely Used in Ghana and How Widespread Use May Be Implemented, Emmanuel Andoh

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The Status of, Teacher Attitudes Towards, and the lmpact of Music Therapy lnclusive Music Education in Michigan, Ann E. Armbruster

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An Integral Framework for Sustainable Building Design, Bushra Asfari

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Multi-Threaded Automatic Integration Using OpenMP and CUDA, Rida Assaf

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A Climatological Study of Drought in Southern Michigan, Rudy Bartels

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Localization and System Identification of a Quadcopter UAV, Kenneth Befus

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Rhetoric of Revolt in Thirteenth-Century Castile and England, Jillian M. Bjerke

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Predictive Modeling in the Search for Vertebrate Fossils: Geographic Object Based Image Analysis (GEOBIA) in the Eocene of Wyoming, Bryan Bommersbach

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A Study of the Symbolic Clothing Disposition Behaviors of Generation Y, Patti A. Borrello

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Gesture-Sensing Technology for the Bow: A Relevant and Accessible Digital Interface for String Instruments, Zachary Boyt

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A Comparison of Two Variations of a Stimulus-Stimulus Pairing Procedure On Novel and Infrequent Vocalizations of Children with Autism, Andrew J. Bulla

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The Monastery of Saint-Michel du Tréport and the Borderlands of Northeast Normandy, 1059-1270, Eric Callender

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Direct Torque Control of an lnduction Machine Using Multi-Layer Perceptron Network, Adithya Chandrashekharan

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Transport and Catabolism of Inositol Isomers in Sinorhizobium meliloti, Ee Leng Choong

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Salmonid Habitat Restoration on the Chocolay River, Michigan, Ross J. Crawford

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A Suryey of Music Therapists' Use of Music to Facilitate Reading Development in Children, Cynthia Cross

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Chemistry Graduate Teaching Assistants: A Comparison of the Classroom Discourse within Expository and Problem-Based Learning Laboratories, Kelley M. Current

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Replacement of Solvent Based Ink by Water Based Inks for Gravure Presses with Low Efficiency Ink Driers, Viraj Suresh Dalvi

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Local Planning and High-Speed Rail: Responses and Perceptions in a Developing Amtrak Corridor, John-Luke D'Ambrosio

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Economic Analysis of Michigan Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Strategies, Randy José Jorge Díaz

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Development of Safety Performance Functions for Non-Motorized Traffic Safety, Hamidreza Ahady Dolatsara

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Owning Our Food System: Urban Community Gardening and Local Food Movements, Paige A. Edwards

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Michigan's Clay Bluffs: The Description and Comparison of an Erosion-Dependent Natural Community, Nathaniel G. Fuller

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Trajectory Optimization for a Misson to the Trojan Asteroids, Shivaji Senapati Gadsing

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"Race Becomes Biology": Co-occurring Oral and Systemic Disease as Embodiment of Structural Violence in an American Skeletal Sample, Rieti G. Gengo

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The Effectiveness of a Clinical Ladder Program, Melinda F. Gevaart

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Vaccinia Virus Flll Mediated Expedition of Tanapoxvirus Replication in Cell Culture, Yih Wen Goh

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Electron Transfer in Pnicogen Bond, Liangyu Guan

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Stratigraphic Framework and Landsystem Correlation for Deposits of the Saginaw Lobe, Michigan, USA, Ivan R. Guzman

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Electron Capture by Multiply Charged Ions from Molecular Targets, Justin Harris