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 2014

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Impersonal Trust in Versus Dependence on FDA, Amanda C. Meyer

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Physicochemical Characterization of Novel 1,1 0-Phenanthrolines, Dominic Millheim

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Integrating Art Education and Literacy Education: A Curriculum for the Secondary Level, Erin Moody-Zoet

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Of Tribes, Wars, and Jungles: A Study of U.S.College Students’ Perceptions of Africa and Africans, Seseer P. Mou

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Real-Time Hybrid Simulation with Online Model Updating, Adam Mueller

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Design of Hardware Accelerator for Fuzzy Automata Using Dynamic Partial Reconfiguration, Chinh K. Nguyen

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Piles of Salt: A Narrative of Civil War, Refugeeism, and Sociopolitical Transnationalism, Patrice M. Niltasuwan

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Comparative Analysis of Clavicular Tunnel Confìguration for Coracoclavicular Ligament Reconstruction, Mark Omwansa

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Starting a Charter School in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Donald W. Pearson

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The Pagan Pudicitia of Early Christian Roman Women, Iris Rebecca Petty

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I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends: A Qualitative Study of Nurse Close Work Friendship and Social Support, Jennifer Ptacek

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Delayed Match-To-Sample in Preschool Children, Thomas Ratkos

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Looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right-Now: A Content Analysis of Gay Men’s Personals, Matt Reid

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Overtime Traffic Enforcement Evaluation: A Methodology for Selecting Agencies and Enforcement Periods, Dario Enrique Romero Santana

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Diffusion of the lnternet and its Effect on Gender Attitudes: A Cross-National Approach, Robert Roznowski

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Improved Accuracy in Real-Time RFID Localization Systems Using Kalman Filtering, Benjamin J. Sanda

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Understanding Work Socialization: A Qualitative Study of a Youth Employment Program, Katelyn S. Sandor

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Managing Dispersed Recreation in the Allegheny National Forest, Anne Santa Maria

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Effects of Various Partial Body Cooling Techniques on Core Temperature during Recovery from Prolonged Cycling-Induced Heat Stress, Afton Danielle Seeley

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A Game of Skill: Video Game Enthusiasm and Confidence with Computers, Rebecca L. Sevin

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Tunes, Textures, and Trends: The Transformation of Johann Walther’s Geistliches Gesangbüchlein (1524, 1525, 1537, 1544, 1551), Emily Marie Solomon

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A Novel Silica-Based Nano Pigment as a Titanium Dioxide Replacement, Ryan Stoneburner

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Failure of Democratic Consolidation: The Three Year Interlude of Military Rule (1958-1962) in Burma, Zaw Thein

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Comparison of Dual- and Tri-Axial Accelerometer Accuracy, Lindsay Powell Toth

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Forbidden Fe II Emission Line Fluxes from the Weigelt Knots of Eta Carinae, S. Towers

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Electroplating of Nanoengineered Polymer Substrate, Brandon Voelker

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Virtual Analysis and Evaluation of Roundabout Safety and Operational Features, Elisha Jackson Wankogere

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The Social and Cultural Meanings of Names in Late Antique Italy, 313-604, Eric Ware

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The Gender of Participants in Published Research Involving People with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Erin Watkins

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Analytical Performance Evaluation of Thermoelectric Modules Using Effective Material Properties, Sean Lwe Leslie Weera

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The Relationship between Speaking Rate and Nasalance in Typical Adult Speakers, Rachel Whitney

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Effects of Road Salt on Asylum Lake Geochemistry, Davina A. Wyman

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A Gross National Happiness Infused Curriculum: The Promise of a More Meaningful Education in Bhutan, Sonam Zangmo

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The Efficacy of Music as a Non-Analgesic Method of Reducing Pain Perception during Cold Pressor Trials, Amanda Lynn Ziemba

Theses from 2013

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Spatial Factors Impacting Non-Motorized Exposures and Crash Risks, Farhad Abasahl

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Standardized Longitudinal Connection Detail for Decked Precast Prestressed Concrete Girders, Ramzi Muftah Ali Abduallah

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Investigating Crash Frequency and Injury Severity at Freeway Fixed Weigh Stations in Michigan, Fathi Salam Mo. Alkhatni

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Development and Evaluation of an Inquiry-Based Unit for Teaching about Paleoclimate and Climate Change, Steven Barone

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Firmware and Software for an Integrated Electrophysiology Data Acquisition and Stimulation System, Kyle D. Batzer

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The Effects of the Temporal Placement of Feedback on Performance and Skill Acquisition of a Medical Data Entry Task, Nathan Bechtel

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Elementary Art and Writing, Mary A. Beningo

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Use of a Gateway In-Street Sign Treatment to Increase Yielding to Pedestrians at Crosswalks, Miles K. Bennett

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Formulation and Evaluation of Resistive Inks for Applications in Printed Electronics, Sughosh Satish Bhore

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Utilizing Persistent Scatterer Interferometry to Investigate the Nature and Factors Controlling Nile Delta Subsidence, El Hachemi Yousef Bouali

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Response to Intervention: A District’s and School’s Implementation, Michelle L. Carter

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The Hearts of Ovid's Heroines in Trojumanna Saga, Luke J. Chambers

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Isolation of a Dosage Dependent Suppressor Using Saccharomyces Cerevisiae as a Model System, Rachel Chimner

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Still Siblings: The Perceived Importance of Sibling Relationships for Foster Children, Jessica A. Church

Alterations in the Estrogen Environment of the Testis Contribute to Declining Sperm Production, Michael S. Clarke

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Functional Annotation, Transcriptional Characterization and Enzymatic Contributions of Essential Amino Acid Biosynthesis-Related Genes, Teresa J. Clark

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Using Normative Messages and Incentives to Improve Organizational Performance, Anna L. Conard

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Managing Tribal Lands and Resources in Michigan: Tribal, State, and Federal Influence, Elise M. Crafts

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Activated Carbon Preconditioning to Reduce Contaminant Leaching in Cement-Based Stabilization of Soils, Renee Elizabeth Crane

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The Age of Consumption: A Study of Consumer (and Producer) Behavior and the Household, Stephen A. Damm

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EEG Acquisition System on Mobile Platform, Veerendra Dasari

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Across the Red Steppe: Exploring Mongolian Music in China and Exporting it from Within, Thalea C. Davis

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An Assessment of Public Outreach with Children and Educators Conducted by the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, Erica A. D’Elia

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Inquiry Based Curriculum in a Public School Art Room: Aesthetic Education and Lincoln Center Institute, Jacqueline Denaway

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Use of Polymer Rapid Tools as Functional Injection Mold Tooling, Sean Derrick

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GIS-Based Flood Analysis for Adequate Flood Mitigation in an Unplanned Urban Area; The Case of Pikine Dagoudane in Dakar County, Senegal, Sokhna Helene Diop

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An Orchid in the Land of Technology: Embodied Presence in a Mediatized World, Kevin Dodd

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A Teacher's Journey in School Improvement and Reform, Kristi Domrase

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Theoretical Modeling of Near-Threshold Shape Resonance Behaviour in Photodetachment Experiments, Laurentiu Dan Dumitriu

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Silence, Declaration, and Circumstance: Rethinking Women’s Roles in Saudi Arabia, Ashleigh Elizabeth Dunham

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Isolation of Potential Oncolytic Mutants of Tanapoxvirus with Targeted Deletions and Insertions, Mohamed Abdusalam Elswad

Safety Benefits of Adaptive Traffic Control Systems: A Case Study of Oakland County, MI, Joshua Adam Fink

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A Content Analysis of Music Therapy Theses and Dissertations from 2000 to 2012 from AMTA Approved Graduate Programs, Liisa G. Flores

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Comic Book Fandom and Stigma Consciousness, Dennis R. Gagliardo

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Using Attachment Theory and the Hyperpersonal Model to Examine Relationship Maintenance, Satisfaction, and Affectionate Communication in Romantic Relationships, Christina J. Gentile

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Surface Complexation Modeling of CR(VI) Absorption on Mineral Assemblages, Ann M. Gilchrist

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Using Behavioral Interventions Amongst Unionized Workers to Increase Attendance, Marlies Hagge

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Single-Depot Vehicle Routing Problem for Home Delivery of Pharmaceutical Products, Kimberly Starr Harms

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“Common Sense” Versus “Good Sense”: Marginalization in Agriculture, Mark W. Hoock

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American Beisbol: How Cultural Differences Help Explain Different Approaches to Game Playing, Derek Jackson

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Analytical Solutions for a Large-Scale Long-Lived Rotating Layer of Fluid Heated Underneath, Pouya Jalilian

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Fuctional Properties of Phthalocyanine Dye Based Inks, Yumeizhi Jia

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Neiman Marcus Chicken Coops: Exploring Class and Identity Through Backyard Chicken Keeping and the Contemporary Food Movement, Traci D. Joseph

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Soy-Based Inkjet Ink, Zahra Mashhadi Khodabakhsh

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Missing the Mark: Why Modern Efforts to Better Schools Through Standardization Aren't Working, Richard Knowlton

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Change and Continuity: Euro-American and Native American Settlement Patterns in the St. Joseph River Valley, Allison M. Kohley

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Evaluation of Point Cloud Data Dispersion with Relation to Point Cloud Density under Field Conditions, Ling Kit Kong

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Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Rat Agreement Based Reinforcement Procedure, Katherine B. LaLonde

Reducing Nonfatal Occupational Injuries Among Hispanic Workers With The Implementation of Behavior-Based Safety Training in Spanish, Sin Chien Lee

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A New Kind of National: Modified String Quartet Practices in Post-Soviet Eurasia, Adam Taylor Lenz

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Origin of High Levels of Ammonium in Groundwater, Ottawa County, Michigan, Derrick Lingle

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Developing a Game-Theoritic Analysis of Terrorism, Matthew A. Love

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Adsorption of Hexavalent Chromium On Hydrous Manganese Oxide, Andrew K. MacLeod

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Use of a Specific Alpha7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Agonist Can Prevent Loss of Retinal Ganglion Cells in an In Vivo Rat Glaucoma Model, David Mata

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Recovering the Saumurois: Lay Patronage to Saint-Florent of Saumur, ca. 950-1150, Adam C. Matthews

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Study of the Insulin Mimetic Sodium Orthovanadate in Glucosamine Induced Insulin Resistnace in Primary Rat Hepatocytes, Kalan McPherson

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Study of Feasability for Phase Difference Extraction Using Software Defined Radio in Location Analysis, Paul Miller

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Comparison of the Strength of Harmony, Melodic Line, Rhythmic Variation, and Expressive Elements in Influencing Emotional Judgment in Music, Marilyn M. Moore

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An Automated Approach to Dynamic Site Layout Planning, Duy Huu Nguyen

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The Effectiveness of the New Town Policy in Managing Growth and Congestion in Mega Cities: A Case Study of Lagos, Nigeria New Town Policy, Abolaji Samson Olanipekun

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Explicit Teacher-Implemented Phoneme Awareness Instruction: Preschool Effects, Heather M. Osterhouse

Design and Testing of a Smart High Power Smart DC-DC Converter, Chandra Shekar Patil

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Analysis of Depositional Facies and Geological Controls on Reservoir Quality in Lower-Middle Devonian Sylvania Sandstone, Midland County, Michigan, Katherine A. Pollard

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A Discursive Analysis of a Pregnancy Center: How Pregnant Women Are Encouraged to Develop a Sense of Self-Worth and Emotional Wellbeing Through the Use of Rhetoric and Imagery, Jessica Postma

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The Internet and Mass Society: Civic Engagement in the Digital Age, Simon J. Purdy

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BroncoBlade: An Open Source Wind Turbine Blade Analysis Tool, Alex R. Quinlan