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Dissertations from 2012

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Radiative Double Electron Capture in Collisions of Fully-Stripped Fluorine Ions with Thin Carbon Foils, Tamer Mohammad Samy Elkafrawy

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Using TeachLivEᵀᴹ to Improve Pre-Service Special Education Teacher Practices, April N. Enicks

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Winds of Change: The Historical Contingency of State Crime, Kelly L. Faust

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In Their Own Words: The Lived Experiences of Unemployed African American Men, Kenlana R. Ferguson

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Characterizing and Supporting Change in Algebra Students' Representational Fluency in a CAS/Paper-and-Pencil Environment, Nicole L. Fonger

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Patterns of Interaction and Mathematical Thinking of High School Students in Classroom Environments that Include Use of JAVA-based, Curriculum-Embedded Software, Karen L. Fonkert

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Health and Relationship Variables Impacting Psychological and Social Well-Being Among Predominantly White Middle Class Adults 65 and Older Who Receive Assistance with Their Care from Family Members, Alyssa C. Ford

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Teaching Language to Children with Developmental Disabilities Using Combined Direct Reinforcement and Stimulus-Stimulus Pairing, Brighid Helene Fronapfel-Sonderegger

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Accelerated Degree Completion Programs: The Effects of Core Professors in Nontraditional Higher Education, Dale Frederick Gadd

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Using Box-Jenkins Modeling Techniques to Forecast Future Disease Burden and Identify Disease Aberrations in Public Health Surveillance Report, Larry C. Garrett

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Three Essays on Banking Foreign Direct Investment, Tamrat Workalemahu Gashaw

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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: A Descriptive Study, Erica Jex Gergely

Low-Water Mark, Natalie A. Giarratano

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A Study of Support Services and their Relationship with School Effectiveness in American Public Schools: Findings from the School and Staffing Survey (SASS) 2007-2008, Diane J. Gibbs

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From Crisis to Stability: A Case Study of Presidential Leadership at a Christian College, Jeffrey Gill

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Female Head Athletic Trainers in NCAA Division I (IA Football) Athletics: How They Made it to the Top, JoAnne Gorant

The Role of Focus Group Venu: A Comparative Study of Face-to-Face, Telephone, and Internet Video-Based Venues, June E. Gothberg

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A Comparison of High School Teachers' Perceptions in a Large Metropolitan Midwestern County Across Six Different Dimensions Associated with Professional Learning Communities, Larry D. Gray II

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and Permissive Disclosure: What Information are Post-Secondary Institutions Disclosing and Why?, Christine Glah Greer

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Development of a New Technology Venture Balanced Scorecard Derived from Critical Factors that Impact Product Quality, Zella Jackson Hannum

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Comparing the Effects of Simulated, Intelligent Audible, Checklists and Analog Checklists in Simulated Flight, Bryan Hilton

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Exogenous Alpha-Synuclein Induces Cell Death Related Proteins in C6 Oligodendrocyte-Like Cells Corresponding to Protein Expression Observed in Multiple System Atrophy, Derrick Samuel Hilton

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Randomized Technique Evaluation Trial, Marchion J. Hinton

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Through the Eyes of Higher Education Attorneys: How Department Chairs are Navigating the Waters of Legal Issues and Risk Management, Carol L.J. Hustoles

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Characteristics of Public Alternative High Schools Specifically for Students Placed At-Risk: A National Study Using the 2003-04 and 2007-08 Schools and Staffing Survey, Masashi Izumi

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What Psychotherapists Have to Teach Us About Childhood Developmental Trauma: The Roles of Attachment Orientation and Coping Strategy, Rebecca Klott

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Examining the Role of Research Mentoring in Predicting Research Self-Efficacy Among Minority Professional Psychology Doctoral Students, Donald Edward Knight

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Design in Evaluation: Adequacy and Validity of Health Evaluation in the Context of Developing Countries, Julien Kouamé

Discrete Targeting of Peptide and Non-Peptide Neurotransmitters by a Single Neuron, Daniel Kueh

Girls, Mothers and Others: Female Representation in the Adolescent Fantasy of J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, and Terry Pratchett, Jeanne Hoeker LaHaie

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Stop Snitching: Hip Hop's Influence on Crime Reporting in the Inner City, Ladel Lewis

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Inkjet Printability of Electronic Materials Important to the Manufacture of Fully Printed OTFTs, Sooman Lim

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Examining the Research Designs and Analytical Techniques in Athletic Training from 2005-2010, Monica R. Lininger

The Domination Number of Kα□Kb□Kc, Jianwei Lin

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Investigating the Biochemical Activity of Some Flavonoids, Coumarins and Modified Gold-Nanoparticles as Anti-Breast-Cancer Agents, Amr Ezzat Mohamed Mahmoud

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Mine Detection Rats: Effects of Repeated Extinction on Detection Rates, Amanda M. Mahoney

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Study of the Structure of 9C via Single Neutron Transfer, Scott T. Marley

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Three Essays on International Banking, Rong Ma

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Mapa Provisonal de la Literatura Hispanoamericana de Entre Siglo (XX-XXI): Una Mirada al Camino Literario Actual, Claudia Lorena Márquez-Reséndiz

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Experiences of Suburban and Rural High School Principals Who Have Attained Longevity in the Position: A Qualitative Study, Peggy A. Mathis

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The Perception of Adult Learners Concerning their Satisfaction of Their Educational Experiences in a Midwestern Community College, Constance L. McCallum

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First-Generation, African American Students' Experiences of Persisting at a Predominantly White Liberal Arts College, Candy S. McCorkle

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Identification, Development, and Screening of Compounds Against Bacterial Glutamate Racemase, James McGee

HIV/AIDS Coverage in the Daily Nation Newspaper: A Mixed Methods Content Analysis to Inform Health Promotion and HIV Prevention in Kenya, Shannon Locke McMorrow

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Traveling with a Purpose: Stories of Contradiction and Transformation in International Service-Learning, Rebecca A. McNamara

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Predictors of Counselor Self-Efficacy among Master's Level Counselor Trainees: Impact of Cohort versus Non-Cohort Educational Programs, Regina Lynn Meyer

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Influences in the Platonic Same-Sex Friendships of Heterosexual Black Males, Darian Mitchell

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Child Parent Relationship Therapy for Parents of Children with Disruptive Behavior, Alison Moses

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A New Non-Parametric Test for Umbrella Alternatives, Gilbert Ngwa Muma

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Personality and Religiosity: The Influence of Normative Personality on Black Sunni Muslims' Religious Attitudes and Practices, Halim Khidher Naeem

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Essays on Spatial Analysis of Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth Determinants in Developing Countries, Uwaoma George Nwaogu

Tea with Edie and Fitz, Adam Pasen

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Does Understanding the Kalamazoo Promise Impact African American Participation?, J. Douglas Penn

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Boolean and Profinite Loops, Benjamin Andrew Phillips

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Modeling Transmission of Photonic Crystal Waveguide Modes Enhanced by Kerr Nonlinearity, Buddhi M. Rai

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The Effects of Repeated Resurgence Conditions on the Magnitude of Resurgence, Ryan Nathaniel Redner

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Identifying Mechanisms of Change: Utilizing Single-Participant Methodology to Better Understand Behavior Therapy for Youth Depression, Andrew R. Riley

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Teachers' Sense of Professional Practices as a Result of Mentoring, Leadriane L. Roby

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Regulation of Expression of Enterohemolysin Toxin by the Global Repressor HNS and Characterization of a New Class of Protein Produced by Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli, Miles T. Rogers

Trace Driven Approach for Testing and Debugging Concurrent Programs, Mahmoud Said

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Adaptive Security-Aware Scheduling for Packet Switched Networks Using Real-Time Multi-Agent Systems, Ma'en Saleh Saleh

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Strategies for Studying the Interaction of Nanoscale Materials with Chemical and Biological Contaminants, Tova Ann Samuels

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Traditional and Market-Based Financial Intermediaries: Three Essays Examining Their Risk Behavior, Delisting Behavior, and Reactions to Economic Policy Uncertainty, Marc S. Schaffer

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Behavior Based Sales: A Study of Behavioral Techniques for Sales Performance Improvement, Peder Henrik Seglund

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The Relationship Among Training Policy, Knowledge Transfer, and Performance Improvement: A Study of Private Sector Organizations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Fayez M. Shafloot

FDI Transmission to a Third Developing Country Through the Remittances Channel, Ibrahim Hamdy Sheta

Clinically Meaningful Change in Heart Failure: The Six-Minute Walk Test and Daily Activity, Michael J. Shoemaker

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Describing the Apprenticeship of Chemists through the Language of Faculty Scientists, Brandy Ann Skjold

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Overcoming Non-Academic Issues to Gain Admission into Competitive Entry College Majors: The Power of Positive Psychological Development, Stephen J. Snyder

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The Social and Political Philosophy of Bertolt Brecht, Anthony Squiers

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The Effects of Rule Specificity and Contingency Delivery Follow-Through on the Performance of an Analog Office Task, James Squires

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Interpreting and Implementing English Language Arts State Standards/Expectations in Secondary Classrooms, Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer

Creatures after Their Kind, Emily J. Stinson

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Social Justice, White Racial Identity, and Multicultural Competency Among White Master Level Trainees in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Sara Rebecca Streufert

Food Selectivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Associated Factors and Impact on the Family Mealtime Experience, Michelle A. Suarez

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From Building Evaluation Capacity to Supporting Evaluation Capacity Development: The Cases of Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, and South Africa, Michele Tarsilla

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An Inquiry Approach to Reading Instruction: A Case Study of the Relationship Between Instruction and Motivation, Tammy Turri-Scodeller

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Value of U.S. Higher Education for International Students in the Context of Higher Education Internationalization, Ewa L. Urban

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Establishment and Maintenance of Academic Optimism in Michigan Elementary Schools: Academic Emphasis, Faculty Trust of Students and Parents, Collective Efficacy, Jill Van Hof

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Performance on a Data Entry Task When Participants Receive Three Different Types of Graphic Feedback, Sarah E. VanStelle

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Attitudes Toward Science and Stem Cell Research Based on Religious Worldview: Comparing the Views of Theists, Naturalists, Skeptics, and Dualists Toward Science as an Institution, Method, and Application of Knowledge, Jon Van Wieren

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The Religious Aspects of the 1893 Columbian Exposition: A Case Study of Interreligious Interaction and Religious Pluralism in the Public Square, Cynthia Visscher

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Social Separation in the Rat: The Investigation of a Proposed Model of Depression, Lori A. Watson

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Efficient Reinforcement Learning in Multiple-Agent Systems and its Application in Cognitive Radio Networks, Jing Zhang

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The Motives of Trade Credit Usage and the Importance of Risk Perception for Decision-Making Behavior, Kun Zhao

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Social Networks, L2 Pragmatics, and Spanish Hasta as an Aspectual Marker with and without Negation: Student Understandings, Judgments, and Uses, Mikela Zhezha-Thaumanavar

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Faithful Remembering: Constructing Dutch America in the Twentieth Century, David E. Zwart

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 CommunityCollege 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