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Dissertations from 2019

Anomalous Site Detection among Travel Paths as an Unsupervised Learning Problem, Megan A. Hammond

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Attempts to Reduce Elopement Using Blocking, a Time-Out Procedure, and Differential Reinforcement, Sydney M. Harbaugh

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Analyzing Impacts of Transportation and Non-Transportation Activities on Human Health with an Advanced Platform for Collecting Travel and Physical Activity Data, Raed Abdullah Hasan

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Behavioral Skills Training and Literacy: Supporting Reading Instructors in Adult Education Centers, Mya L. Hernandez

Traumas Migratorios y Reconfiguración Identitaria en Narraciones Mexicanas, Centroamericanas y Caribeñas Contemporáneas, Viridiana García Hernández

Examining the Relationships of Coping Style and Athletic Identity with Adjustment to College among First-Year Division III Collegiate Athletes, Kate Hibbard-Gibbons

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College Adjustment, Belongingness, Academic Self-Efficacy, Persistence, and Academic Success among First-Generation College Students, Heather R. Highhouse

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Functional Analysis of Excessive Crying in Infancy: Two Empirical Case Studies, Jamie L. Hirsh

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Improving Protein Analysis by Desorption Electrospray Ionization (DESI-MS), Elahe Honarvar

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Development of Heat Transfer Correlations for Low-Reynolds Numbers, Flows in Horizontal Circular Pipes, Latif Eyada Ibraheem

Embedded Silver Nanoparticles for Metal Enhanced Photoluminescence, Shahid Iqbal

Synthesis and Characterization of New Schiff Bases Ligands with their Transition and Actinide Metals, Sali Nabeel Hanna Jabrou

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Investigation of Structural, Optical and Electronic Properties of Modified Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskites, Rasanjali Jayathissa

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Negotiating American Racial Constructs: First- Generation African Caribbean Immigrants’ Experience with Race, Rommel Johnson

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Developing Early Warning Systems for Debris Flows and Harmful Algal Blooms, Sita Karki

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Sensitivity of the Theoretical Electron Capture Shape and Comparisons to Experiment, Katrina E. Koehler

Concurrent Operants Treatment of Escape-Maintained Problem Behavior using Random Reinforcement Schedules, Rebecca Kolb

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A Reinforcement Learning Approach to Spacecraft Trajectory Optimization, Daniel S. Kolosa

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Serial and Concurrent Response Presentation: Their Effects on Resurgence, Michael P. Kranak

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Deliberation for Devolution in the Public Sphere: A Case Study from Pakistan, Beenish Kulsoom

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Hardware/Software Co-Design of a Reconfigurable Accelerator Platform for Fuzzy Logic-Based Spatial Image Processing Filters, Aous Hammad Kurdi

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Exploring the Dynamics of Scientific Research, Shilpa Lakhanpal

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Simultaneous X-Ray Emission Accompanying Two Electron Capture for Fluorine on Gas Targets, David S. La Mantia

Nonparametric Tests for Ordered Alternatives in a Two-Stage Nested Design, Bang Le

Are the Most Educated Indeed the Least Religious? A Study Across Countries, Faiths, and Generations, Yevgeniya Leontyeva Abbott

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Measuring Contextual Factors Associated with Experiential Avoidance Using a Behavior Analogue Paradigm, Meaghan M. Lewis

The Impact of Goal Orientation and Learning Organization on Mobbing of Academic Advisors in the U.S., Bette A. Ludwig

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The Use of Principal Feedback from Teachers to Create Effective Leadership, Kevin Richard Macina

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The Effects of Self-Observation on Implementation of Direct Instruction Reading Curricula, Katherine Mahaffy

Quantification and Influence of Cation Sublattice Disorder in Ternary Materials with Specific Application to ZnSnN2, Robert Allen Makin III

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The Effects of Energy Dashboards and Competition Programming on Cyclic Electricity Consumption on a College Campus, Katherine Jane-Binder Martini

Exploring Wheelchair Service Delivery in a Dedicated Seating Department, Cara E. Masselink

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Assessing Infrastructure Elements using Automated Object Detection Technique in Smart City Applications, Majid Mastali

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“Called Forth by Imminent Dangers”: The American Gothic in Mysteries of Detection and Detective Fiction (1799-1929), Keli Masten

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A Phenomenological Investigation of Women’s Infertility and Miscarriage Grief Experiences, Tristan McBain

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Functional Assessment and Treatment of Elopement Occasioned by Transitions, Denice Rios Mojica

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A Component Analysis of an Electronic Data Collection Package, Cody Morris

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Female Senior Student Affairs Officers’ Experiences in Decision Making Across Their Careers, Somaia Hamza Mustafa

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Toward Self-Reconfigurable Parametric Systems: Reinforcement Learning Approach, Ting-Yu Mu

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The Relationship of an iPad, a Video Magnifier, and Large Print Text with Oral Reading Outcomes for Children with Low Vision, Rosemary L. Nave Stawasz

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Assessing the Cost, Quality, and Effectiveness of Local Government Training Methodologies, Michael Dean Norman

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Professional Learning Communities in Michigan’s Center-Based Schools: A Mixed Methods Study, Benjamin L. Oakley

Description of the Final Phase of Augusto Roa Bastos’ Narrative, Marlene Camacho Ochoa

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Scalable Algorithms and Hybrid Parallelization Strategies for Multivariate Integration with ParAdapt and CUDA, Omofolakunmi Elizabeth Olagbemi

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Variations in Ramsey Theory, Drake Olejniczak

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Comorbid Symptom Treatment in Parkinson’s Disease Using Neurofeedback, JoAnne McFarland O'Rourke

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Methodology to Qualify and Monitor a Chemically Bonded Sand System used in Foundries, Prayag Pravinbhai Patel

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Three Essays on Food Insecurity in Nigeria, Pimam Manzi Pidalatan

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Delaying Kindergarten Entrance by Participating in Pre-Kindergarten and Academic Achievement in Elementary School: Red-Shirting and Achievement Scores, Rachael Postle-Brown

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The Impact of a Multisensory Stimulation Environment within a Memory Care Assisted Living Facility, Dana M. Prince

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A New Chronostratigraphic Framework for the Silurian (Wenlockian) Niagara and Salina Units of the Michigan Basin, Matthew Rine

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Change in Attribution Perspective, Shame, and Academic Identity for Freshmen on Probation Enrolled in University Academic Recovery Courses: A Mixed Methods Study, Christine L. Robinson

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Playing Merlin: Authorship from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Neomedievalisms, Keith Russo

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A Case Study of a Jail Participating in an Animal-Assisted Crisis Response Program, Erica Schlau

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Finding the Right Words: Exemplary Educators Essence of Vocabulary Instruction, Mackenzie W. Sheahan

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A Two-Stage Bayesian Variable Selection Method with the Extension of Lasso for Geo-Referenced Count Data, Yuqian Shen

College with Conviction: Formerly Incarcerated Students’ Sense of Belonging in Higher Education, Colleen Kay Stano

Reducing Problem Behaviors in a School Setting: A Practitioner Model Project, Kohei Togashi

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A Comparison of the Effects of Sustained Silent Reading and Reciprocal Reading on Reading Motivation for Middle School Students with Reading Delays, Margaret Uwayo

Smart Sensors with Dual Modes of Signal Transduction for Monitoring Molecules Pertinent to Health and the Environment, Jared T. Wabeke

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College Students with Physical Disabilities: An Exploratory Investigation within Counselor Education, Adam Tolbert Wall

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A Pilot Study: Identifying the Characteristics of Postsecondary Offices of Disability Services Associated with High Graduation Rates, Tiffany B. White

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Banking Supervisory and Regulatory Policy in Developing Countries: An Analysis of Determinants and Impacts, Nanda Ayu Wijayanti

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The Social-Construct of Race and Ethnicity: One’s Self-Identity after a DNA Test, Kathryn Ann Wilson

Dissertations from 2018

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The Effect of Maternal Employment on Family Well-Being, Bezawit Teshome Agiro

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Nanojars: Versatile Platform for Pyrazole Synthesis and Chemistry, and Selective Extraction of Anions, Basil Mohammed Ahmed

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Vision-Based Framework for Monitoring of Eating Behavior of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, Haitham Al-Anssari

Sequential Solid-State and Slurry Fermentation for Direct Succinic Acid Production from Non-Hydrolyzed Lignocellulosic Biomass using Mixed Fungal Cultures, Jerico Z. Alcantara

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Finite Element Modeling and Experimental Characterization of Knot Configuration Effect on the Mechanical Performance of Surgical Suture, Arz Y. Qwam Alden

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Detection of Bedrock Fractures and Joints Beneath Cover: Geophysical Approaches to an Engineering Geology Problem, Muthanna Yousif Yaqoob Aldiney

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Protecting Privacy of Data in the Internet of Things with Policy Enforcement Fog Module, Abduljaleel Al-Hasnawi

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High School Science Teachers’ Professional Development and Self-Efficacy in using Technology Tools in the Classroom, Zahrah Hussain Aljuzayri

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An Integrated Decision Support Framework for Life-Cycle Building Asset Management, Maha Reda Alkasisbeh

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Retinex-Based Visibility Enhancement System for Inclement Weather with Tracking and Distance Estimation Capabilities, Marwan S. Alluhaidan

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High Power DC-AC and AC-DC Multilevel Converter Based on H-Bridge Topology Using Improved Control Strategies, Haider Neamah Hashim Almahmoodi

WLAN Access Points RSSI-Fingerprinting and Compressive Sensing for Indoor Positioning Systems, Hussein Nasser Wazeer Al-Moukhles

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

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Generalized Line Graphs, Mohra Abdullah Z. Alqahtani

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

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Development and Validation of Hybrid Continuum/Structural Finite Element Model for Evaluating Foot and Ankle Biomechanics, Saif Alrafeek

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Towards Automated Domain-Oriented Lexicon Construction and Dimension Reduction for Arabic Sentiment Analysis, Hasan A. Alshahrani

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Effective Teaching and Learning: Flipped Learning in the Classroom, Mohammed Fahad Alsobaie

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Ten Elementary School Teachers’ Voices: How They Build Effective Literacy Learning in the Lives of Their 2nd Grade Children, Merfat Ayesh Alsubaie

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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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Development and Characterization of Nano Nickel-Based Conductive Inks for Flexographic Printing of Electronics and New Interpretations of Surface Energies of Solids, Bilge Nazli Altay

Sustainable Transformation of Biorenewables Mediated by Rationally Designed Nanoparticle Catalysts, Hazim A. Al-Zubaidi

Testing for Association in Stratified 2x2 Contingency Tables, Eunice Ampah

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Beta-Testing of an Interactive Multimedia Computer Program of Exposure Therapy for PTSD, Marie C. Barrett

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A Systematic Comparison of Functional Assessment Outcomes in Organizational Behavior Management, Nathan T. Bechtel

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Qualitative Analogue Study on Student Therapist’s Reactions to Client Suicidality, Cynthia A. Beevers

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Photoreception and Eye Regeneration Mechanisms in Planarians, Taylor R. Birkholz

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Black Graduate Students’ Experiences of Stress and Coping, Shealyn J. Blanchard

The Role of Personal Experience with Death Related Grief Among Counselors Working with Grieving Clients, Stephanie R. Bobbitt

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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

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Training Pediatric Primary Care Providers in Behavior Management Strategies, Kate Burger

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Instructor Sense of Community and Instructional Practices as Predictors of Student Sense of Community: A Hierarchical Linear Modeling Analysis, Laurie K. Burgess

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Graceful Colorings and Connection in Graphs, Alexis D. Byers

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Looking Inward: Higher Education Public Relations and Internal Communication, Kelly A. Campbell

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Concussion in Student Athletes: Prevention, Assessment, and Recovery, Miriam A. Carroll-Alfano