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Dissertations from 2015

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Retention of Community College Students in Online Courses, Sarah Krajewski

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Blind Source Separation for Feature Detection and Segmentation in Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) lmaging of Concrete Bridge Decks for Nondestructive Condition Assessment, Vincent Krause

ln the Gorge, Brandon Krieg

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Increasing Physical Activity in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Katherine B. LaLonde

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Citizenship, Politics and Process: A Cross National Study of Citizenship Regimes, Marisha Lina Lecea

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Using Dynamic lndicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) Oral Reading Fluency Data to Predict Michigan Educational Assessment Program Outcomes, Lisa Lockman

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Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) at U.S. Colleges and Universities: Administration Processes Regarding the Adoption, Implementation, and Integration of ERM, Anne E. Lundquist

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Choices Related to Maximizing Quality of Life at End of Life, Theresa Lynn

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Optical Sensors for the Detection of Metals, Fluoride, and other Toxic Species based on various Dye Molecules, Rathnayaka M. N. R. Madawala

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Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Compared to Watchful Waiting for Enhancing Social Connectedness: A Randomized Clinical Trial with a Diagnosed Sample, Daniel W. M. Maitland

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Perceptions of Teacher Evaluation Systems at CTE Centers in Michigan, Michael A. Martel

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Behavior Analysis Program to Improve Habits of Physical Activity, Eating, and Sleeping, Ivan Noe Martinez Salazar

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Improving Evaluation in Nonprofit Organizations: A Study of How Evaluation Requests for Proposals Are Developed, Responded to, and Fulfilled, Nakia S. Matthews

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“A Difficult and Dangerous Thing”: Religious Reform in Late Medieval Ulm, 1434-1532, Jamie McCandless

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Closing The Loop: A Study of How the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is Used for Decision-Making and Planning in Student Affairs, Jennifer Lee McCaul

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Using Stories as the Landscape of Writing: A Case Study of Mentor Texts in the Elementary Classroom, Christine McDowell

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Evaluating Sexual Assault Prevention Training Programs for College Women, Eliza S. McManus

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Redefining Significance: Experiences of Humanities Faculty Engaged in Undergraduate Research, Susan Mendoza

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Structural Controls on the Distribution of Groundwater in Southern Sinai, Egypt: Constraints from Geophysical and Remote Sensing Observations, Lamees Mohamed

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Deep Fluid Inputs into the Continental-Scale Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System Constrained by Hydrochemical, Stable Isotope, and Noble Gas Data, Abdel Mawgoud Mohammed

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Analysis of Vibroacoustic Properties of Dimpled Beams Using a Boundary Value Model, Kyle R. Myers

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Factors Influencing Academic Engagement and Achievement: Exploration of Impact of Parentification and Poverty in Adolescents’ Student-Teacher Relationships, Nontle Nako

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Novel Software Defined Radio Architecture with Graphics Processor Acceleration, Lalith Narasimhan

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Investigations of Filarial Nematode Motility, Response to Drug Treatment, and Pathology, Charles Nutting

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Innovative Governance and Natural Resource Management in Kenya: Procedural and Substantive Outcomes of Civil Society Participation, Jane Omudho Okwako

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Spectrally Equivalent Matrix Polynomials: Non-Standard Representations and Preservation of Structure, Vasilije Perovic

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Learning to Learn and Naming through Receptive and Expressive Identification, Kelli Perry

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Integrating Formative Assessment into Physics Instruction: The Effect of Formative vs. Summative Assessment on Student Physics Learning and Attitudes, Chaiphat Plybour

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Three Essays on Racial Wage Differentials in South Africa, Ochas Kashinge Pupwe

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Understandinq Second Generation Southeast Asian Americans' Lived Experience of lnterracial Romantic Partnerships with White European Americans, Sophia K. Rath

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Modeling of Environmentally Assisted Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior, Sree Phani Chandar Reddy

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Defining Equity and Addressing the Social Determinants of Equity in International Development Evaluation, Kelly N. Robertson

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Design and Synthesis of New Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs with Anti-Cancer Activity on Colon Rectal Cancer Cell Lines HCT-116 and Caco-2, Wanda Ivette Rodríguez Rivera

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Flow Experiences among Individuals with Aphasia, Thomas W. Sather

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Predictors of College Attendance and Persistence among Blind and Visually Impaired Students, Lydia Schuck

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Phantom Maps, Decomposability, and Spaces Meeting Particular Finiteness Conditions, James Schwass

Chrome Pig: Poems, Glenn Shaheen

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Rank Based Procedures for Ordered Alternative Models, Yuanyuan Shao

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Co-Construction of Personal Narratives in Supporting Identity and Communication in Adults with Aphasia: The ‘My Story’ Project, Katie A. Strong

The New World Kirkpatrick Model in Nutrition Education Training Programs Evaluation, Maran Subramain

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The Effects of Incentive Pay Systems with Tiered Goals on Performance, Daniel B. Sundberg

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The Impact of Uncertainty on Data Revision, Pei-Ju Sung

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Principal Leadership: Communication, Support, Management, and Evaluation in Literacy Education in Michigan Elementary Reward Schools Beating the Odds, Jason Michael Surian

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A Study of Conceptual and Language Issues Surrounding Weight, Weightlessness, and Free Fall: Textbook Analysis, Instructional Design, and Assessment, Rex Taibu

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An Evaluation of the Primary Care Providers’ Perspective of the Effects of Moderate Alcohol Consumption on Health, Gisele Tchamba

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From Networked Learning to Operational Practice: Constructing and Transferring Superintendent Knowledge in a Regional Instructional Rounds Network, Timothy J. Travis

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The Effects of Tiered Goals and Bonus Pay on Performance, Jessica L. Urschel

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The Relationship between Counselor Trainees’ Personal Therapy Experiences and Client Outcome, Bonnie L. VanderWal

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Missing Pieces: How Neighborhood Health Context Influences Jail Reentry, Andrew Gregg Verheek

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Regulation of Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF) Production in Voluntary and Involuntary Muscle, John-Mary Vianney

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Memory Deficits in Older Adults: Evaluating Spaced Retrieval with Multiple Probe Techniques, Christopher Walmsley

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Impact of Athletic Identity and Emotional Competence on Athletes’ Attitudes toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help, Garett V. Weatherhead

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Electron Transmission through Micrometer Sized Funnelshaped Tapered Glass Capillaries and Electron Micro-Beam Production, Samanthi Jayamini Wickramarachchi

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Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Attitudes and Beliefs Toward Statistics: Developing an Initial Profile, Christina M. Zumbrun

Dissertations from 2014

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From Teachers' Control of Curricula to Curricula's Control of Teachers: An Analysis of Loss of Autonomy in the lnstructional Labor Process, Joseph Daniel Abbott Jr.

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Aminoglycoside-Induced Otoneurotoxicity: Analysis of Inner Hair Cell Synaptic Plasticity Following Drug Exposure, Matthew M. Abernathy

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Use of Task Clarification, Feedback, and Recognition to Increase Desired Behaviors within an Organization’s Permit to Work System - Analysis of Data Previously Collected as an Organizational Consultant, Tarek Abousaleh

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Synthesis, Characterization and Potential Applications of Palladium and Ruthenium Nanostructures, Clara Patrice Adams

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Printing Functional Electronic Circuits and Components, Ahmed Tausif Aijazi

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Relationships between Wellness-Related Behaviors and Academic Performance, Helene M. Alfano

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Integrated (Remote Sensing, GIS, and Modeling) Hydrological Investigation and Landslide Susceptibility Studies in the Arabian Shield, Talal Ghazi Alharbi

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Probing the Unfolding and the Stability of the Last Four Metal Binding Domains of Wilson Disease Protein Using Circular Dichroism and Novel Spectroscopic Techniques, Ibtesam Yaseen Alja’afreh

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Examining the Operant Function of Feedback: Evaluation of the Temporal Location of Feedback, Elian Aljadeff-Abergel

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An Adaptive Kalman Filter for Voltage Sag Detection in Power Systems, Hisham Odeh Alrawashdeh

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On Eulerian Irregularity and Decompositions in Graphs, Eric Andrews

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The Lived Experiences of Veteran Elementary Urban School Teachers: Why and How They Stay, Cynthia A. Anthony

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Investigating Practices of Research-Proven Multidimensional Teacher Evaluation Systems in Michigan Schools, George A. Aramath

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Comprehending Male and Female Levels of Engagement in Subsets of the National Survey of Student Engagement: Explicating the Dynamics of Gender Role Conflict as a Mediating Factor for Males, Jacob Glen Arndt

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Elementary School Teachers’ Use of Curricular Resources for Lesson Design and Enactment, Napthalin Achubang Atanga

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The Experiences of Women in Post Graduate Physics and Astronomy Programs: the Roles of Support, Career Goals, and Gendered Experiences, Ramón S. Barthelemy

Structural Evolution in the Neutron Rich-Nucleus 14B, Shadi A. Bedoor

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Using Case Method to Explicitly Teach Formative Assessment in Preservice Teacher Science Education, Amy Elizabeth Bentz

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Teacher Trust Levels and How They Differ Between School Settings and Impact Teacher Involvement in Student Achievement Activities, Gretchen Kaeding Bergan

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Conceptual Framework Alignment between Primary Literature and Education in Animal Behaviour, Andrea Marie-Kryger Bierema

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Focus and Priority Schools: How Principals Enact Leadership Responsibilities to Increase Student Achievement in Selected Mid-Western Counties, Jeffery P. Boggan

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Integrating 3D Layered Manufacturing with Photonic Sintering, Precision Machining and Smart Coating Techniques for Rapid Casting Applications, Hemant Bohra

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Processes, Tools, and Procedures Section 504 Coordinators Use toCreate and Provide Uniformity of Section 504 Requirements Across Their Districts, Caroline Breault-Cannon

Investigations into the Unconfirmed Miracles at Puraquequara, Traci Brimhall

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A Metaevaluation of Energy Efficiency Evaluations, Brandy Brown

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Lie Loops Associated With GL(H), (U+210B) A Separable Infinite Dimensional Hilbert Space, Alper Bulut

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Multivariate Autoregressive Time Series Using Schweppe Weighted Wilcoxon Estimates, Jaime Burgos

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Place-Based Education: An Impetus for Teacher Efficacy, Tamara Chase Coleman

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Urban School Counseling Impact: An ABA Reversal Single Subject Time-Series Analysis of Academic, Suspension, and Attendance Data, Katherine L. N. Colles

The Effect of Container Shape on Readability and Functional Tasks Related to Prescription Label Access by Persons with Visual Impairment, Elyse Connors

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Oncolytic Tanapoxvirus Expressing fliC Causes Regression of Human Colorectal Cancer Xenografts in Nude Mice, Steven J. Conrad

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Career and Technical Education and the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award in Education, Patricia Crum-Allen

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A Monte Carlo Study of the Optimal Rank Order Relationship with Criterion Scores, Hongyan Cui

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How Do Middle School Core Content Area Teachers in a Title 1 School Use Cooperative Learning in the Context of High Accountability for Student Proficiency: A Multiple Case Study, Martha Cunigan-Wells

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Comparison of Hazard, Odds and Risk Ratio in the Two-Sample Survival Problem, Benedict P. Dormitorio

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Fundamental Studies of Protein Ionization for Improved Analysis by Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry and Related Methods, Kevin A. Douglass

A Deeply Digital Instructional Unit on Binomial Distributions and Statistical Inference: A Design Experiment, Alden Jack Edson

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An lntegrated Approach (Remote Sensing, GlS, Engineering, DataMining) for Modeling, Assessing and Mitigating Slope Stability Hazards in Mountainous Environments, Racha El Kadiri

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Elementary Principals’ Perspectives on Newly Graduated General Education Teachers’ Abilities to Teach Students with Disabilities in Inclusion Classrooms, Darla Jane England

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The Effects of Systemic Racism on the Academic Achievement of African American Male Adolescents, Andre Rubin Fields

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A Metaevaluation of Evaluations of Health Care Programs that Employ the Chronic Care Model, Jan Fields

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Administrators as Change Agents in Implementing MTSS: Beliefs, Skills, and Challenges, Tasha Frigmanski

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The Impact of Mentoring on the Self-Perceived Personal and Professional Success Of African American Women Graduates of a Midwestern University, Deveta R. Gardner

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Testing a Model of Maladaptive Perfectionism and Depression Symptoms: The Roles of Emotional Disclosure, Emotion Regulation Strategies, Adult Attachment, and Shame, Angela M. Garrison

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A Phenomenological Study of University Faculty Experiences with Disruptive Undergraduate Students in a Face-to-Face Classroom or Laboratory Setting, Anne Marie Gillespie

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Fabrication, Testing and Analysis of a Fatigue Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring, Subash Gokanakonda