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Dissertations from 2019

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

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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

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

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

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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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Uniformly Connected Graphs, Nasreen Almohanna

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

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

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Embedded Fault Class Detection Methodology for Condition-Based Machine Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance, Nagdev Amruthnath

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Repression and Resistance: A Social History of the Gay Social Movement of Tijuana, México 1980-1993, Jesse Anguiano

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Analyzing Unemployment, Education-Occupation Mismatch, and Immigrant’s Participation in the US Labor Market, Riyadh Naeem Arooq Arooq

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High-Performance Reductive Strategies for Big Data from LC-MS/MS Proteomics, Muaaz Gul Awan

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At The Crossroads of Race, Class and Culture: Identifying the Unintended Consequences of Technology on the Agency of Blues Musicians, Michael D. Berghoef

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Three Essays on Liquidity Shocks and Their Implication for Asset Pricing and Valuation Models, Nardos M. Beyene

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Network Equivalents Applied to Transient Analysis of Large Distribution Systems, Ghassan Abdul-Hussein Bilal

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The Lived Experience of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Transitioning from High School to a Liberal Arts College, Joseph D. Bishop

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Outside Looking In: Non-Standard Work and the Politics of Labor Market Segmentation, Kathleen Bolter

Essays in the Application of Machine Learning in Development Economics, Dweepobotee Brahma

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Artist as Academic Leader, George H. Brown

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Are We Globalized? Transformative Education and Internationalization within NASPAA Programs, Li Cheng

Optimum Leverage Level of the Banking Sector, Sagara Uditha Dewasurendra

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Design Parameters for Planning Cluster Randomized Trials of Cognitive Skill Interventions: An Empirical Analysis Using the Collegiate Learning Assessment, Yu Du

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The Efficacy Actions of Priority School Leaders during the Dynamic Change of School Reform, Micole D. Dyson

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Fatigue Performance of RC Beams Strengthened with Near Surface Mounted CFRP Composites, Tamer Ghaith Mousa Eljufout

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University Auxiliary Services: A Review of Factors Impacting Privatization Decisions, Rita S. Gordon

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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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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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Variations in Ramsey Theory, Drake Olejniczak

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

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

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

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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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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

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Three Essays on the Impacts of China’s Monetary Policy, Shen Chen

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Deterioration Prediction Modeling for the Condition Assessment of Concrete Bridge Decks, Aqeed Moshin Chyad

The Grief Experience of Spousal and Adult Child Caregivers of Individuals Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Dementias Following Facility Placement, Andrew D. Clay