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Dissertations from 2011

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The Influence of a Personal Practice of Meditation on One’s Therapeutic Practice, William W. Fitzgerald

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Evaluating the Impact of Small-Group Discussion on Learning in anOrganizational Psychology Class Utilizing a Classroom Response System, Thorhallur Orn Flosason

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Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Qualitative Investigation, Richard P. Freedberg

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The Impact of Structured Group Counseling on Resiliency, Self-Efficacy, and RacialIdentity among African American Female Teenagers, LaShonda B. Fuller

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The Gendered Plight of Terror: Annexation and Exile in Latvia 1940-1950, Irene Elksnis Geisler

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Sense of Coherence: The Relationship to Personal Growth and Distressafter a Breakup, Kristin R. Gillen

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Relativistic R-Matrix Theory, Janina Grineviciute

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Evaluation of Verbal Behavior in Older Adults, Amy Gross

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Summative Confidence, Paul Cristian Gugiu

Cancerland, Marin Love Heinritz

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Teachers and Their Struggle with Personal Satisfaction as Young Mothers, Katherine Homer

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Society in Crisis: A Critical Perspective on Health Care and Distribution ofHealth Status in the United States, Curtis D. Hosier

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Exploring the Well-Being of Foster Children of Parents with Substance Abuse Problems in Family Dependency Treatment Courts, Barbara M. Howes

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Neuroprotective Effects of a Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Agonist and Modulator in the Rodent Retina, Kazuhiro Iwamoto

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The Role of Experiential Learning in Nurturing Management Competenciesin Hospitality and Tourism Management Students: Perceptions from Students, Facultyand Industry Professionals, Kristen Jack

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Daily Practices Elementary Principals Utilize to Increase Student ReadingAchievement: A Case Study of Successful Michigan Elementary Schools, Susan L. Johnson

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The Picture Exchange Communication System: Digital Photographs Versus Picture Symbols, Carmen Jonaitis

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Modular and Graceful Edge Colorings of Graphs, Ryan Jones

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Evaluating the Effects of a Job-Aid for Teaching Visual Inspection Skills to University Students, Candice M. Jostad

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Benefits of CPFR and VMI Collaboration Strategies in a Variable Demand Environment, Dattaraj Kamalapurkar

The Experiences of Infertility among Married Kenyan Women, Patrick Mugi Kamau

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Evaluating the Impact of a Performance Based Methodology on Transfer of Training, Richard Rashid Kazbour

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Differentiated Instruction in the Secondary Classroom: Analysis of the Level of Implementation and Factors that Influence Practice, Duane Kiley

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Recruitment to Leadership Positions in the German Bundestag, 1994-2006, Melanie Kintz

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An Exploration of Worldview and Conceptions of Nature of Science among Science Teachers at a Private Christian High School, Kara M. Kits

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The Relationship between Spirituality and Personality, Kimberly C. Koessel

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Inositol and Rhizopine Metabolism - Key Pathways for Competitive Host Nodulation in Sinorhizobium Meliloti, Petra R. A. Kohler

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Hamiltonicity and Connectivity in Distance-Colored Graphs, Kyle C. Kolasinski

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Implementation of the 2009 CACREP Standards Addiction Competencies, Tiffany K. Lee

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Commissioning of the Helical Orbit Spectrometer: A New Device for Measuring Nuclear Reactions in Inverse Kinematics, Jonathan C. Lighthall

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Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca y sus narrativas sobre la exploracion del Rio de la Plata (1540-1545), Maria del Pilar Lopez-Castilla

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Psychometric Properties of Diagnostic Assessment Instrumentsfor Autism Spectrum Disorders in a Community Sample Aged 2 Through 17 Years, Sheryl Lozowski-Sullivan

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The Effects of Yellow Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) onMotorists' Yielding, Exit Lane Encroachment and Conflicts at Fire Station Exits, Erick K. Marmolejo

Mysteries in a World That Thinks There Are None, Gary L. McDowell

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Understanding the Dimensions of Spirituality in Caucasian Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual College Students, Michele L. McGrady

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Reluctant to Report: The Mandated Reporting Practices of Child Care Providers, Aileen McKenna

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Spiritual Independence in Finley's Elsie Dinsmore Series, Alcott's Little Women Seriesand Wilder's Little House Series, Rebekka Anna Mehl

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Comparisons of Three Analytical Techniques for Measuring Absolute and Relative Temperature Changes During Ultrasound Treatment, Michael G. Miller

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A Case Study of How Students Enrolled in CTE Programs and Faculty Understand and Assess the Implications of Globalization on Career Preparation, Mohammad A. Moradi

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Three Essays on Financial Markets and Monetary Policy, Abeba Siraj Mussa

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Virtual Design Verification and Process Improvement of Composite Sheet Material Products Using Intelligent Finite Element Analysis (iFEA), Sathyanarayanan Narasimhan

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The Bandi of Northwestern Liberia: A Study of Change and Continuityin Bandi Society to 1964, Samuel Benedict Ngovo

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Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area Classroom:Teacher Attitudes and Predictors, Sara L. Norton-Ejnik

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Robust Adaptive Scheme for Linear Mixed Models, Gabriel Asare Okyere

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White Male College Students: An Examination of Identity Development, Masculinity, and Institutional Connections, Randy Ott

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African American Male Teachers in K-12 Education: A Limited Quantity, Kelley A. Peatross

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A Qualitative Study of Instructional Strategies Used by Elementary General Education Teachers in Inclusive Classrooms, Kristen Peterson

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Citizen-Informed Performance Measurement and Reporting in Local Government: Key Factors for Effective Democratic Governance, Eileen L. Pierce

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African American Students’ Experiences, Achievement and Outcomes; Examined through the Lenses of Teacher Expectations, Racial Congruence and Stereotype Threat, Carla Postell

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Voices of Parolees Who Have Chosen a Community College Element within a Reentry Program, Kristi S. Potts

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African American Experiences of Race Relations in the Supervision Dyad, Brandi L. Pritchett-Johnson

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Preference Assessments for Older Adults with Dementia: Utility of the MSWO Procedure and Assessment of the Stability of Preference, Paige B. Raetz

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Becoming Formal or Informal Entrepreneurs: How Institutions Matter, Joël Luc Raveloharimisy

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Ductile Mode Material Removal of Ceramics and Semiconductors, Deepak Ravindra

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Evaluation of the Impact of a Large Corporate Leadership Development Course, Anna A. Rice

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Learning Organization Principles: The Impact on a Midwest State Government as Perceived by Its Employees, Rosalee Billingslea Rush

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Stability of Popular R-CBM Progress Monitoring Tools: Dibels® Next and Aimsweb®, Christine Russell

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Evaluating the Use of a Self-Advocacy Strategy as a Means of Improving Progress in the General Curriculum for Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities, Amy L. Schelling

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Short-Term Nicotine Abstinence and Decision Making, Gabriel D. Searcy

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Dosed Versus Prolonged Exposures: A Direct Comparison of One-Session Treatments for Animal Phobias, Richard William Seim

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Soviet Holocaust Survivors: An Ethnographic Study, Marina Shafran

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Contemporary Arab-American and Middle Eastern Women's Voices: New Visions of "Home", Abdullah Kheiro A. Shehabat

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Examination of Anxiety and Substance Use Symptoms in Trauma Exposed Versus Environmentally Stressed College Students, Theresa M. Souza

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Social Justice Advocacy and Counselor Education: A Study of Counselor Educators' and Counseling Interns' Perceptions of Social Justice Advocacy Training, Darryl C. Steele

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Highly Qualified Public School Teacher: Its Status, Distribution, Determinants, and Relationship with Job Commitment and Job Satisfaction, Samuel Striker

AFTER: A POEM, John Chad Sweeney

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Understanding the Career Paths and Experiences of Division I-A Athletic Directors: A Phenomenological Study, Harold Thomas Swift

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Reading, Writing, and Repetition: Performance on Nonword Measures byStudents With and Without Language-Learning Disabilities, Patricia J. Tattersall

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Generalization or Specialization in High School Based Health Careers Transition Programs: What Is the Impact on the Health Care Work Force Shortage?, James Wm. Taylor

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Characterizing Potential Sustainable Energy Feedstocks, Jesse George Thompson

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All I Am: Defining Music as an Emotional Catalyst through a Sociological Study of Emotions, Gender and Culture, Adrienne M. Trier-Bieniek

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Counselor Trainees' Experience of Analyzing Their Counseling Sessions During a Master's-Level Practicum, Abbie VanDerWege

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Latina Women’s Reasons for and Experience of Sexual Assault Disclosure: A Qualitative Investigation, Melissa Villarreal

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Assessing the Effects of a Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacon on Vehicle Speeds along a Four-Lane Divided Highway, Michelle Van Wagner

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A National Study of Parental Involvement: Its Trends, Status and Effects on School Success, Alandra Washington

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The Role of Evaluations in Community Foundations, Brad R. Watts

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Spectroscopic Study of New Sensors for Organophosphates, Metals, and Cyanide Based on Rhodamine and Cholic Acid Derivatives, Arambe Gedara Aruna Weerasinghe

Professional Development Experiences of Indiana K-12 Public School Teachers: Evidence from the SASS 2007-2008, Patrick David Weil

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Exploring the Experiences of Living with a Controversial Illness in Patients with Fibromyalgia, Samantha L. Wheeler

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Study Abroad Program Design, Personal Development and Intercultural Effectiveness, Margaret Davis Wiedenhoeft

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Effectiveness of a Motivational Enhancement Group Treatment in a Community Treatment Program with a Substance Abusing Population, Matthew S. Willerick

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Robust Nonparametric Methods for Regression to the Mean Model, Therawat Wisadrattanapong

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Administrator Perspectives of Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities for Michigan High School Students, Carl Wozniak

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The Experiences of Married International Graduate Students and Their Accompanying Non-Student Spouses in the US Culture: A Qualitative Study, Adriana Yellig

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An Analog Experiment Comparing Goal-Free Evaluation and Goal Achievement Evaluation Utility, Brandon W. Youker

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Exploring Collaborative Governance: Case Studies of Disruptions in Coastal Zone Management Collaborations and Resulting Effects upon the Collaborations and Outcomes, Roselyn Zator

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Molecular, Cellular and Systemic Effects of Atrazine on the Xenopus Laevis Tadpole, Renee Maryanne Zaya

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Advanced Placement Courses and College Student Success: Evidence from BPS: 96/01, Jinhai Zhang

Dissertations from 2010

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Dielectronic Recombination for Aluminum-Like Ions and Photoabsorption Cross Sections for Magnesium Ions at the K-Edge, Shahin Ahmed Abdel-Azim Abdel Naby

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An Automated Framework for Defect Detection in Concrete Bridge Decks Using Fractals and Independent Component Analysis, Fadi Abu-Amara

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A Decision Model for Nurse-to-Patient Assignment, Ilgin Acar

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Composing Ourselves: Utilizing Literacy Narratives to Promote Knowledge and Reflection in Preservice Secondary English Teachers, Cheryl Henderson Almeda

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Pattern Recognition for Fault Detection, Classification, and Localization in Electrical Power Systems, Qais Hashim Alsafasfeh

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Synthesis and Characterization of Monolayer Protected Gold Nanoparticles and a Gold-Titanium Dioxide Nanocomposite intended for Photocatalytic Degradation of Environmental Pollutants, Piyadarsha Amaratunga

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Orientation and Mobility, Reading, and Math: Analysis of Data for Children with Visual Impairments from the Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study, Dawn L. Anderson

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The Predictive Power of Therapeutic Alliance on Treatment Retention, James B. Anderson

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The Impact of Mentoring Pre-Service Teachers on the Mentor Teacher, Patti Andrea

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The Abortion Attitudes of Counselor, Social Worker, and Nursing Trainees, Mary J. Ball

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High-Throughput Screening Studies of Inhibition of Human Carbonic Anhydrase II and Bacterial Flagella Antimicrobial Activity, Albert A. Barrese III

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What Role for Ethnicity? Political Behavior and Mobilization in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone and Liberia, Fodei Joseph Batty