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Dissertations from 2015

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Deposition and Characterization of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTS) Based Films for Sensing Applications, Amila C. Dissanayake

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The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Qualitative Analysis of Healthy `Couples’ Perceptions, Brian C. Doane

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Exploration of Stimulus Current Energy Reduction and Bifurcation Dynamics in Conductance-Based Neuron Models Using Optimal Control Theory, Michael E. Ellinger

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Tongues Untied Truth Revealed: Body Image, Social Media, Identity Development, and Meaning-Making in Overweight and Obese Black Gay MSM, Amari Ja-Lynn Enam

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Novel Stretchable Printed Wearable Sensor for Monitoring Body Movement, Temperature and Electrocardiogram, along with the Readout Circuit, Ali Eshkeiti

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A Partnership Between a Midwest Community College and the Highly Regulated Power Production Industry: A Case Study Regarding the Development of an Energy Production Technology Program, Kenneth W. Flowers

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Alignment of Mission Statements with Hiring and Evaluation Processes of Faculty at Higher Education Institutions Approved by the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), Nancy M. Foster

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GME Graduate Retention Rates: A Single Institution Study, Tracy J. Frieswyk

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Exploration of Linguistic and Extra-Linguistic Factors in Stroke Knowledge and Emergency Response: Studies of Input, Output, and Outcome, Laura L. O. Froeschke

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Preferences for Evidence-Based Depression Treatments: An Emphasis on Patient-Focused Care, Lauren A. Frye

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Saliva Cotinine as a Measure of Abstinence in a Lottery-Based Contingency Management Treatment for Smoking Cessation, Catherine M. Gayman

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Three Essays on Capital Regulations and Shadow Banking, Diny Ghuzini

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Recycling in a Lean Environment, Marylin N. Glass-Hedges

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An Examination of Academic Grit in Urban High Schools, Ronald Gorman

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Experiences of African American Female First Generation College Students, Ashley Green

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Power Relations at the Cistercian Abbey of St. Mary at Rushen: With Special Interest in Connections at Furness and Influence through the Kingdom of the Isles, Valerie Dawn Hampton

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Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment: Co-Occurring Evidence-Based Practice Implementation, Alteration, and Fidelity over Time, Jennifer Harrison

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Ultrafast Charge Carrier Dynamics in Bare and Surface-Modified Semiconductor Nanoparticles, Jameel Abdul-Hadi Hasan

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Outcomes of Prediabetes and Diabetes Education Programs Tailored for Vulnerable Popuations, Diana Al Sayed Hassan

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Assessing the Effectiveness of a Picture Exchange Communication System on Increasing Manding and Vocal Speech in Identical Twin Adults with Autism, Laura C. Hilton

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Three Essays on Panel Data Estimation, Alexander Houser

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A National Study of Alternatively and Traditionally Certified Teachers, John F. Hoye

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Family Resilience and Sojourning Japanese Families in the U.S., Mitsuyo Izumi

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Assessing the Interpersonal Effectiveness of the Dear-Man Skill Using a Social Psychology Paradigm, Matthew T. Jameson

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Erich Fromm’s Contributions to Sociological Theory, Walter A. Jensen

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Multi-Level Adjustments in Singing Behavior by a Migratory Songbird in Response to Urbanization, Jacob Job

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Edge Colorings of Graphs and Their Applications, Daniel Johnston

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Uganda Science Teacher Educator: A Concurrent Mixed Methods Investigation of Nature of Science, Pedagogy and Classroom Learning Environment Perspectives, Robert Elisha Musookho Kagumba

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Comparing Online and Traditional Interview Techniques: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Researchers and Participants in the Malaysian Context, Diyana Kamarudin

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Energy, Angular and Charge Deposition Dependence of Electron Transmission through Insulating Polyethylene Terephthalate Nanocapillaries for Narrow Beam Production, Darshika Keerthisinghe

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The Effects of Schedule Density of Reinforcement for Alternative Behavior on Resurgence, Kathryn M. Kestner

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Implementation of a Staff Management System to Increase Consumer Engagement in Group Homes, Jeana L. Koerber

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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