All dissertations completed at Western Michigan University are entered into ScholarWorks. Some may be embargoed or restricted by the authors and may be only available from on-campus computers. Print copies are available through interlibrary loan for dissertations before 2013. If you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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Dissertations from 2011

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Glucosamine-Induced Insulin Resistance in Primary Rat Hepatocytes and the Role of Selenium as an Insulin Mimetic, Sandhya N. Adiyodi Veetil

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Students of Indian Heritage and United States Citizen Students' Adaptation of College, Opinions About Mental Illness and Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Counseling Help, Margaret Omotola Ajayi-Nabors

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Using Formative Assessment Despite the Constraints of High Stakes Testing and Limited Resources: A Case Study of Chemistry Teachers in Anglophone Cameroon, George Viche Akom

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Modifying Copper Phthalocyanine to Improve The Performance of Organic Solar Cells, Mohammad AL-Amar

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Dielectric Properties of Nitrogen Incorporated Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Films , Salem AlFaify

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Collaborative Classification of Multiple Ground Vehicles in Wireless Sensor Networks Based on Acoustic Signals, Ahmad Falah Aljaafreh

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Negotiating Generational Conflict and Identity Formation as a Way to Self Actualization in Contemporary Arab American Women's Literature, Hassan Ali Abdullah Al-Momani

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Beading and Dimpling Techniques to Improve the Vibration and Acoustic Characteristics of Plate Structures, Nabeel Taiseer Alshabtat

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Multi-Scale Optimization Using a Genetic Algorithm, Jumana Ali Alshawawreh

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Cross-Layer Design For Mobile Ad-Hoc Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Communication Networks, Abdel Ilah Nour Alshbatat

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A Study to Determine the Influence of Workload on Nursing Personnel, Supreeta G. Amin

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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Instructional Practices of Michigan Community College Math Instructors: The Search for a KAP Gap in Collegiate Math, Maria Haverhals Andersen

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Memory and Language: Evidence of Relationships from Three Studies of School-Age Children, Michele A. Anderson

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Undoing Plessy: Charles Hamilton Houston, Race, Labor, and the Law, Gordon Andrews

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New Media ICC Profiles Construction and Concerns, Reem El Asaleh

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Invariance in the Factor Structure of Translated Instruments: Multiple Group Confirmatory Factor Analysis and MIMIC Models, Fatma Ayyad

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The Impact of the Head Start Parent Teacher Partnership on Home Based Mathematical Interventions Provided by Single Rural Head Start Mothers, Curtiss J. Babcock

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LEACH-SM: A Protocol for Extending Wireless Sensor Network Lifetime by Management of Spare Nodes, Bilal Abu Bakr

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Direct Forcing and Heating Immersed Boundary- Lattice Boltzmann Method for Arterial Wall Thermography, Oluyinka Olugbenga Bamiro

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Investigating the Influence of Organic Acids on Uraninite Solubility and Uranyl Sorption onto Kaolinite, Michelle L. Barger

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Local Public Health System Partnerships: A Mixed Methods Multi-State Study, Priscilla A. Barnes

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Women of Foreign Superstition: Christianity and Gender in Imperial Roman Policy, 57-235., Karl E. Baughman

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Contemporary Clothing Issues of Women Who Are Post-Mastectomy, Carol Beard

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Professional Learning Communities and First-Year Composition Instructors., Erinn Bentley

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The Impact of Leadership Training on Collegiate Student Athletes, Jerry Bergsma

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Bayesian Item Response Theory: Statistical Inference and Power Analysis, Jason W. Bodnar

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A Qualitative Study of the Lived Experiences of Adults with African American and Korean Heritages, Elizabeth Sue Bradshaw

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Systematic Sexual Violence by U.S. State Agencies: A Victimology Approach, Sarah Brightman

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Comparing First Generation and Non-First Generation African-American Students at Predominately White Institutions, Leatrice Renee Brooks

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The Effects of Implementing Restorative Justice in an In-School Suspension Program, Nikki Brown-Kersey

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"Don't Let the Job Change You; You Change the Job": The Lived Experiences of Women in Policing, Carrie Buist

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Jamaican American Child Disciplinary Practices, Stephaney Carter

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Children‘s Protagonism at the Centro Cultural Da Criança: A Case Study, Claudia Protasio Ceccon

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Using Environmental Sounds to Initiate Receptive Language Training for Children with Autism, Woan Tian Chow

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El género detectivesco y su representación en la novela mexicana del sigloXXI, Maribel Colorado-García

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Evaluating the Effects of Camera Perspective in Video Modelingfor Children with Autism: Point of View Versus Scene Modeling, Courtney Cotter

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Psychometric Evaluation of the Valued Living Questionnaire: Comparing Distressed and Normative Samples, David D. Cotter

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A Study on Becoming an Alternatively Certified Career and Technical Educator, Kymberli Cotton-Flanagan

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Electron Transmission Characteristics and the Production of Narrow Beams Using Glass Optics, Buddhika Senarath Dassanayake

Gravity: Stories, Michael J. Davis

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An Examination of Post-Secondary Education Access, Retentionand Success of Foster Care Youth, Angelique Day

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Testing the Effectiveness of an Interactive Multimedia System to Train Clinicians in Behavioral Activation, Suzanne E. Decker

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La mujer española escritora de su propia experiencia carcelaria, Berta Carrasco de Miguel

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Transgender People on University Campuses: A Policy Discourse Analysis, Doris Andrea Dirks

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Experiences That Influence a Student's Choice on Majoring in Physics, Donya Rae Dobbin

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The Principle of Flickering, Laura K. Donnelly

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Debugging Support for Message-Passing Based Concurrent Software, Mohamed Medhat Elwakil

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Death by Boredom: The Role of Visual Processing Theory in Written Evaluation Communication, Stephanie D. H. Evergreen

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How Politics, Economics, and Technology Influence Evaluation Requirements for Federally Funded Projects: A Historical Study of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from 1965 to 2005, Maxine R. Eversley-Gilling

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What About Me: Using Grounded Theory to Understand How African-American Counseling Professionals Become Multiculturally Competent, Bianca T. L. Fetherson

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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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Preparation of 1,10-Phenanthroline Derivatives with B-Ring Functionalization and Their Application, Lars Kohler

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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