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Dissertations from 2018

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Effective Reading Strategies for Increasing the Reading Comprehension Level of Third-Grade Students with Learning Disabilities, Nouf Rashdan Almutairi

Flexural Behavior of RC Beams Strengthened with Externally Bonded CFRP under Cyclic Loading, Mohammad Ahmad Salameh Al-Qaralleh

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University Leaders’ Experiences in Advancing the Development and Transformation of Emerging Saudi Public Universities, Abdulrahman Hamed Alsulami

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Elucidation of the Toxicity of Anthropogenic Nanoparticles in Environments Containing Heavy Metals, Chartanay Bonner

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Mixing Matching and Sabermetrics: Combining Advanced Analytics and the Generalized Matching Law in NFL Football Play-Calling, Jacob Bradley

Characterization of a Cholinergic Synapse in a Model of Glaucoma, Cynthia Anne Cooley-Themm

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Investigating Generalization of Motorist Yielding to the Gateway Prompt from the Treated Leg of the Intersection to the Untreated Adjacent Leg, Brian J. Crowley-Koch

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Web-Based Stimulus Preference Assessment and Reinforcer Assessments for Videos, Hugo Curiel

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Application of Response-to-Intervention in a Pre-Kindergarten Special Education Classroom, Justin J. Daigle

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Assessment for Mild Cognitive Impairment: Striving for Best Practice, Julie Leigh Dalmasso

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Response Shift Bias: An Examination of Measurement Invariance in Self-Reported Change, Katherine Nelson Daniels

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Exploring the Use of Hierarchal Statistical Analysis and Deep Neural Networks to Detect and Mitigate Covert Timing Channels, Omar Darwish

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Experiences of Underrepresented Minority Students in Health Professions Programs, and Their Journeys to the Programs, Alisha L. Davis

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Impacts of Cohort Membership on Teacher Candidates in an Alternative Certification Program, Katherine Eaton

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Social Comparison Feedback and Goal-Setting under Fixed Pay and Incentive Pay, Yngvi Freyr Einarsson

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Teaching Eye Contact and Responding to Name to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Amelia M. Fonger

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Further Development of a Supervision System for Behavior Analysts to Support Evidence-Based Supervision Practices, Katie Lynn Garza

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Apology Not Accepted: The Impact of Executive Rhetoric, Communication Strategies, Media Coverage and Time on Crisis Management and Public Perception during Major Oil Spills, Todd D. Harcek

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Edge Induced Weightings of Uniform Hypergraphs and Related Problems, Laars C. Helenius

The Assembly and Function of PWI Domain Containing Complexes and Poxvirus Proteins, Nafiseh Jandaghi Jafari

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Denoising Large Neuroimage MRI Data Using Spatial Random Effect Models, Leonard Chukuma Johnson

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A Model for Propagating Educational Innovations in Higher STEM Education: A Grounded Theory Study of Successfully Propagated Innovations, Raina Khatri

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Support Assurance-Based Software Development for Mission Critical Domains Using the Model Driven Architecture, Chung-Ling Lin

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Diabetes Prevention Program: Exploring Spirituality and Spiritual Interventions on Outcomes, Sharon E. Plutko Long

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A Holistic Computational Approach to Boosting the Performance of Protein Search Engines, Majdi Ahmad Mosa Maabreh

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Statistical Models for Correlated Data, Xiaomeng Niu

The Development of a Model to Examine Diabetes Burden by School District to Inform School-Based Diabetes Risk Program Planning and Evaluation, Nurjannah

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The Lived Experiences of Veteran and Military Students in the Context of a “Military Friendly” Institution: A Phenomenological Case Study, Gail Y. Rouscher

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Using Agent-Based Implementation of Active Data Bundles for Protecting Privacy in Healthcare Information Systems, Raed M. Salih

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Sacrificial Dynamite: The Convergence of Developed Empathy and Ongoing Relational Experience With God: A Grounded Theory, Toran Scott

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Empirical Estimates of Design Parameters Used in A Priori Power Analyses for Planning School-Randomized Studies in Select Asian Countries, Ran Shi

A Comparative Analysis of Preintervention Diagnostic Tools in Organizational Behavior Management, Rachael E. Tilka

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Mapping and Interpreting the Glacial Geology of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan, Sarah M. VanderMeer

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Comparison of Religious Problem-Solving Styles on the Use of Problem-Focused and Maladaptive Emotion-Focused Coping Related to Financial Strain and Stress, Kirk A. Vander Molen

No-Arbitrage Principle in Conic Finance, Mehdi Vazifedan

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Examining the Impact of a Criminal Background in Social Work Education, Amy S. Vliek

Neurogenesis of Retinal Neurons in Response to an Alpha 7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Agonist, Mark K. Webster Jr.

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Statistical Properties of Population Stability Index, Bilal Yurdakul

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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Bio-Socially Inspired Strategies in Support of Dynamic Spectrum Access: An Evolutionary Game Theory Perspective, Mohammad Ali Marzoug Abu Shattal

Metaphysics in Science Education: Balancing Between Religious and Physicalist Extremism, Betty Ann J Adams

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

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The Effectiveness of Using Leadership Practice lnventory (LPl 360) Feedback on Leaders' lnsight into their Leadership Behaviors in Higher Education, Abdulrahman S. Alajlan

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

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A Deep Learníng-Based Data Minimization Algorithm for Big Genomics Data in Support of loT and Secure Smart Health Services, Mohammed Aledhari

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Structures of Derived Graphs, Khawlah Hamad Alhulwah

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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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Coping and Africultural Adolescents, Britne R. Amos

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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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A Phenomenology of Calling among Undergraduates at a Public University: Reliance on Faith during an Intentional Career Decision-Making Process, Justin Arnold

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

Women’s Representation in Local Democracy: Formal and Informal Institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, Abida Bano

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A Qualitative Investigation of the Interpersonal Changes White Psychology Trainees Experience During their Race-Based Learning and Development, Molly K. Beagle

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Employing Multivariate Logistic Regression Analysis to Better Understand the Relationship between Individuals’ Anthropogenic Climate Change Acceptance and Belief in Anti-Climate Change Dissenter Messages, Andrew Phillip Keller Bentley

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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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LGBT Microaggressions in Counselor Education Programs, Sarah Bryan

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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

An Exploration of Data Mining Approach in Prediction of the Use of Physical and Occupational Therapy in US Adults, Raju Chowdhary

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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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Color-Connected Graphs and Information-Transfer Paths, Stephen Devereaux

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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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An Examination of Behavior Analysts' Treatment Selection Behavior for Escape-Maintained Problem Behavior, Rebecca Eldridge

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Development of Flexible Sensing Systems and Energy Harvesters Using Printing Techniques, Sepehr Emamian

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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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Diagnostics for Choosing between Stratified Logrank and Stratified Wilcoxon, Jhoanne Marsh C. Gatpatan

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High Performance Computing Techniques for Analyzing Risky Decision Making, Vinay B. Gavirangaswamy

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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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From the Arab World to the American World: Transition and Adjustment Experiences of Muslim Women, Nancy Hammoudah

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

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Effects of Early Adolescent Exposure to d-Amphetamine in a Rodent Model of Nicotine Reward, Eric Louis Harvey

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Optimal Combiners for Multiple Classifier Systems, Mohammed Falih Hassan

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Sex Differences in Serotonergic and Dopaminergic Mediation of LSD Discrimination in Rats, Keli A. Herr

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Evaluation Instruction in Council on Education for Public Health Accredited Master of Public Health Schools and Programs, Kristin Ann Hobson

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

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Evolution of Caffeine Biosynthetic Enzymes and Pathways in Flowering Plants, Ruiqi Huang

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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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Lived Experience of College Students Who Reduced their Alcohol Consumption, Devin L. Jordan

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Dielectronic Recombination Calculations for Silicon-Like Ions and the S2+ Orion Nebula Abundance Conundrum, Jagjit Kaur

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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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Controlling Political Corruption in Latin America: Institutional Constraints on Executive Power, George G. Lluberes

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

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

Four Films, Michael Marberry

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ldentifying and Characterizing Cognitive Factors Significant to Practicing and Learning Meteorology, Peggy M. McNeal