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Dissertations from 2020

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On Codes Over Rings: The MacWilliams Extension Theorem and the MacWilliams Identities, Noha Abdelghany

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Cross Language Information Transfer Between Modern Standard Arabic and Its Dialects – a Framework for Automatic Speech Recognition System Language Model, Tiba Zaki Abdulhameed

Strategic Surface Selection for Nanoparticle Immobilization to Enhance Catalytic Reactivity, Sarah Soud R. Albalawi

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Statistical Properties and Applications of Press Statistic, Ida Marie Alcantara

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Evaporation Rate from Free Water Surface, Safa M. Aldarabseh

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Saudi Arabian Women’s Lived Experiences Attaining Higher Education Deanships: Paths, Supports, and Challenges, Sarah Abdullah Allhoian

Molecular Genetic Analysis of the Role of M-Line Proteins in Thick Filament Assembly and Attachment in C. Elegans, Sarah Abdulaziz Almuhanna

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The Pre-Instructional and Reading Comprehension Strategies Special Education Teachers Use to Engage and Instruct Elementary Student Readers with ASD, Murfet Alnemr

Changing Energy Consumption Patterns Based on Multi-Agent Human Behavior Modeling for Analyzing the Effects of Feedback Techniques, Mesfer Alrizq

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A Qualitative Study Investigating the Common or Shared Experiences of Saudi and American Parents of Students with Autism in the IEP-Process, Alwiah Abdullah Alsaggaf

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A Unified Decentralized Trust Framework for Detection of IoT Device Attacks in Smart Homes, Hussein Salim Qasim Alsheakh

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An Integrated Approach (Remote Sensing, Hydrogeology, GIS, and Statistical Modeling) to Identify the Distribution of Shallow Groundwater Occurrences over Southwest Saudi Arabia, Fahad Khudier Alshehri

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International, Remote Behavioral-Skills Training of Discrete-Trial Procedures for Teachers in Saudi Arabia, Bayan Alsubaie

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Examining District Administrators’ Professional Development Decision-Making Processes Concerning New Special Education Teachers, Sarah J. Bacalia

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Racial Identity among Native American Adults in the Southwestern United States, Deidre P. Begay

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Dominican Public-School Novice Principals’ Description of Their Early Career Experiences and Needs Entering the Principalship, Mary Francis Benzo Hernandez

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The Home for Children Who Cannot Speak, Ariel Berry

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A Qualitative Study Investigating Post-Secondary Services for Students with Learning Disabilities at Saudi Universities, Nahed Mohammed Binbakhit

Beyond the Farm: Capitalism in North-Central Minnesota, 1880-1940, John Byczynski

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Program Testing and Synthesis by Program Semantics, Lin Cheng

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Teachers’ Experiences in Schools that Serve Rural Communities in The Dominican Republic: Their Readiness to Respond to Challenges, Nidia Beatriz Columna Pérez

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Parent and Guardian Perspectives Regarding Attendance: Evidence from a Governmental Early Childhood Education and Care Program, Rita L. Cruz Santelises

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Trauma and Social Frameworks: the Effect of UASD-Government Conflict Between 1966 and 1978 over Perspectives about Higher Education, Jesús Leonardo D'Alessandro

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How and Why Higher Education Information Technology Professionals Keep Their Skill Sets Current, Vicky L. Deur

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A Parametric Analysis of the Sunk Cost Effect, Amanda F. Devoto

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High Performance and Machine Learning Algorithms for Brain fMRI Data, Taban Eslami

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How Elementary Teachers Demonstrate Leadership in the Classroom to Increase Science Learning, Dipsy Anais Etanislao Gonzalez

Light-Echo, Robert Evory

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Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Free Water Surface Evaporation in Case of Natural Convection, Hassan Fagehi

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Community Involvement as a Protective Factor in Black College Students at Predominantly White Institutions, Shelee-Ann M. Flemmings

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Exploring Functional Health Literacy in Older Adults with Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Jennifer K. Fortuna

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Choosing to Be a Teacher: Understanding the Career Choice of Academically Excellent University Students Who Had Graduated from High Performing High Schools in the Dominican Republic, Marcela Maria Fuster de Hernàndez

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Adjustment Issues as Students Transition from High School to the Dominican Republic's First Community College, Alexandra Julia Garcia Munoz

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Reflective Teacher Change Processes in the Presence of a Mathematics Professional Development Intervention, Jason P. Gauthier

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Experimental Study of Collecting Running Water from Moderately Heated Water Vapors Using Turbulence-Induced Particles Collision (TIPC) Device, Hassan Ali Ghazwani

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Use of Dimpling Techniques to Alter the Vibration and Acoustic Characteristics of Beams and Plates, Mofareh Ghazwani

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Collateral Consequences: the Experiences of Black Women with Incarcerated Loved Ones, Keiondra Jné Grace

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Adopting Educational Technology: A Study of Dominican Republic Higher Education Faculty Related to their Classroom Usage, Attitudes, Barriers, and Motivations, Leipzig Elizabeth Guzmán Mena

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Extremal Problems on Induced Graph Colorings, James Hallas

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Language – Liberation – Leadership the Identity Reconstruction and Lived Experiences of Subaltern (Non-Elite) Learners of English In Pakistan, Aamir Hasan

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Community College Student Success: Connections to Student Perceptions of Faculty Behaviors, and Classroom Motivators, Victor A. Henry Ubiera

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Pinch Span and Force: Normative Data, Requirements for Functional Tasks and Life Roles, and the Influence of Carpometacarpal Joint Osteoarthritis, Nancy Hock

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The Voices of Single-Headed Household African American Mothers Concerning the High School Completion of Their Daughters, Lametria A. Johnson_Eaddy

Behind the Higher Hill: A Novel, Bradford Kammin

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Saudi Arabian Science Teachers and Formative Assessment in the Gender Segregated Male School System, Khalid Abdullah Kariri

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Increasing Odds: the Impact of Casino Gaming Size, Location, and Economic Stream Style Differences on County Revenue in Pennsylvania, Brandon W. Koch

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Our Shared Vision: Representations of the Trans-Mississippi American West, Joshua D. Koenig

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The Effects of Low Dose Lysergic Acid Diethylamide Administration in a Rodent Model of Delay Discounting, Robert J. Kohler

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Training Practitioners on the Effects of Psychotropic Medication Via a Web-Based Platform, Anita Li

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Computer Simulations of Muscle Driven Undulatory Locomotion, Ye Luo

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Turbulence Investigations in the Core-Flow of an Internal Combustion Engine, James R. MacDonald

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The Role of Search Consultants in Interpreting and Communicating Organizational Identity during Presidential Searches at Small, Private Colleges, Dawn M. Markell

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Applications of Image Processing Techniques and Spatial Data Analytics for Pressure Mapping Analysis, Joan Yamil Martinez

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Understanding the School Experience of Recent LGBTQ+ Graduates in the Dominican Republic’s Education System, Rossina Matos

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Politically and Historically Bound: Examining Whiteness and Intersectionality among Self-Identified Feminists, Olivia M. McLaughlin

Efficient and Robust Adaptive Filtering Framework Based on Individualized Log-Term Time-Varying Stepsize Adjustment Mechanism, Haider Abdallatif Mohammed Kazim

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Migratory Sound, Sara Lupita Olivares

Pairwise Comparisons and Homogeneity of Odds Ratios in Stratified 2 X 2 Contingency Tables, Sanduni Pathum Laksara Palliyage

Examining the Effects of a Fitbit Treatment Package on the Physical Activity for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Kimberly M. Peck

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Using a Video Modeling Treatment Package to Teach Imitation to Children with Autism, Sofia F. Peters

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Undergraduate Educational Research Experiences in the Study of Interior Design, Julia Virginia Pimentel Jiménez

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Efficient Hardware/Software Partitioning Techniques for a Cloud-scale CPU-FPGA Platform, Samah Ziyad Rahamneh

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Dominican Nursing Students’ Self-Reported Mastery of International Nursing Competencies, Wady Ramirez

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Medical Cannabis and Recreational Marijuana: Patient Perceptions, Stigma, and Gender During a Time of Emerging Legalization, Matt Reid

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Occupational Therapy as Part of a Team-Based Approach in Primary Care Settings, Lydia Royeen

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Integrating Detailed Petrography, Geochemistry, and Mineralogy to Elucidate Extensive Early Diagenesis in the Eocene Carbonates of Qatar, Brooks H. Ryan

Numerical Analysis of Stone Column Ground Improvement Under Compression Loading with Emphases on the Soil-Structure Interaction Effect, Wjdan Dhaif Sahi

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Women’s Lived Experiences in their Pathways to Leadership Positions in Universities in the Dominican Republic, Laura Sartori

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An Exploration of Preschool Choice with Low-Income Families: The Critical Role of Positive Attitudes, Behavioral Norms and Control Beliefs, Laurel E. Schmitt

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A Functional Analysis of Losses in a Risky Choice Procedure, David W. Sottile

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Three Essays on Macroeconomy of Pakistan, Ateeb Akhter Shah Syed

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Food Insecurity: a Closer Look at How Households Cope with Food Insecurity and How This Phenomenon Affects Their Overall Health, Burak O. Tan

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Teaching Receptive Identification to Children Who Were Unsuccessful with a Standard Training Program, Kaylee R. Tomak

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Teaching Children with Autism to Make Independent Requests Using an Echoic-To-Mand Procedure, Michael L. Tomak

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Methods for Improving Quality of Care within Acute and Post-Acute Settings, Kelly L. VanKoevering

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An Examination of Microglial Involvement in Neuroregeneration Following Damage to the Olfactory Bulb, Susanna R. Var

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Investigation of Finite Temperature and Continuum Effects on Nuclear Excitations, Herlik Wibowo

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An Empirical Study of Design Parameters for Planning Two-Level and Three-Level Cluster Randomized Trials to Detect Moderator Effects, Qi Zhang

Dissertations from 2019

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Multiple SSID Framework for RSS-Fingerprint Based Indoor Positioning Systems, Ahmed Kareem Abed

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The Role of Sampling Variability in Developing K-8 Preservice Teachers’ Informal Inferential Reasoning, Omar Abu-Ghalyoun

Ultrafast Relaxation Dynamics in Graphene Oxide-Dye and Perovskites Nanocomposites, Abubkr A. Arzaq Abuhagr

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Governance and Economic Growth in the Arab World: Evidence from Panel Data Analysis, Adel H. AlAdlani

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Teachers Use and Perceptions of the Impact of Response to Intervention (RTI) on Co-Teaching at the Secondary Level in General Education Classrooms, Hawazen Alasiri

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Saudi Arabian Female English Language Teachers’ Perspectives on Instructional Supervisors and Supervision, Afaf Mohammed Albalawi

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Towards an Architecture for Secure Privacy-Preserving Opportunistic Resource Utilization Networks, Ahmed A. Al-Gburi

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Special Education Teachers Use of Reading Strategies to Support Students with Learning Disabilities in Reading, Ali A. Alhamdan

Social Media Sentiment Analysis with a Deep Neural Network: An Enhanced Approach Using User Behavioral Information, Ahmed Sulaiman M. Alharbi

Assessing Physical Demands of Construction Workers Using Wearable Sensors, Salam Salman Chiad Alharishawi

Impacts of Freeway Speed Limit on Safety and Operation Speed of Adjacent Arterial Roads, Fadi Abdallah Alhomaidat

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Leadership, Satisfaction, Commitment, and Turnover Intention in the United Arab Emirates Public Sector, Mohammed Humaid Aljanahi

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Parameter Determination and Modeling of Transformer Windings for Fast Transients Including Frequency Dependent Effects, Yazid Al-Kraimeen

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Factors Contributing to the Attrition of New Student Affairs Professionals, Nicole Millar Allbee

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Comparing the Results of and Evaluating Preferences for Functional Analyses and Concurrent Operant Analyses, Marrisa B. Allen

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Uniformly Connected Graphs, Nasreen Almohanna

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High-Performance Quasi-Monte Carlo Integration and Applications, Ahmed Hassan H. Almulihi

Protecting a Low Voltage Direct Current System Using Solid-State Switching Devices for DC Grid Applications, Ibrahim N. Almutairy

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Superintendent Practices and Initiatives for Building Principal Instructional and Collaborative Leadership Capacity in a High-Performing High-Poverty School, Fatemah Ali Al Ramel

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Principal Leadership and the Development of Teacher Professionalism and Autonomy within a Collaborative School Culture, Sukinah Ali Al Ramel

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Predicting the Complexity of Locality Patterns in Loop Nests in C Scientific Programs, Nasser M. Alsaedi

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Approximate Algorithms for Regulatory Motif Discovery in DNA, Hasnaa Imad Al-Shaikhli