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

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

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

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

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

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Functional Analysis of Excessive Crying in Infancy: Two Empirical Case Studies, Jamie L. Hirsh

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Developing Early Warning Systems for Debris Flows and Harmful Algal Blooms, Sita Karki

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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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A Component Analysis of an Electronic Data Collection Package, Cody Morris

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Assessing the Cost, Quality, and Effectiveness of Local Government Training Methodologies, Michael Dean Norman

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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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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A Case Study of a Jail Participating in an Animal-Assisted Crisis Response Program, Erica Schlau

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

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Evaluating Recommendations Versus Utilization of Essential Components of a Functional Analysis Procedure, Alissa Conway

Characterization of a Cholinergic Synapse in a Model of Glaucoma, Cynthia Anne Cooley-Themm

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Investigating Generalization of Motorist Yielding to the Gateway Prompt from the Treated Leg of the Intersection to the Untreated Adjacent Leg, Brian J. Crowley-Koch

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Web-Based Stimulus Preference Assessment and Reinforcer Assessments for Videos, Hugo Curiel

An Investigation of the Genotoxic and Bacterial Growth Altering Properties of Engineered Nanoparticles, Kelley M. Current

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Application of Response-to-Intervention in a Pre-Kindergarten Special Education Classroom, Justin J. Daigle

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Assessment for Mild Cognitive Impairment: Striving for Best Practice, Julie Leigh Dalmasso

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Response Shift Bias: An Examination of Measurement Invariance in Self-Reported Change, Katherine Nelson Daniels

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Exploring the Use of Hierarchal Statistical Analysis and Deep Neural Networks to Detect and Mitigate Covert Timing Channels, Omar Darwish

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Experiences of Underrepresented Minority Students in Health Professions Programs, and Their Journeys to the Programs, Alisha L. Davis

Geography Lessons, Samantha Deal

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Assessing the Supports and Variables Needed for Graduation of Students Receiving Special Education Service: A Longitudinal Study, Jennifer DeWaard

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ASD Program Development in Special Education Teacher Preparation: An Exploratory Study, Christine DeWildt

Elucidating the Impact of Engineered Nanoparticles on Microbial Organisms in the Environment, Niluka Madhumi Dissanayake

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Impacts of Cohort Membership on Teacher Candidates in an Alternative Certification Program, Katherine Eaton

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Social Comparison Feedback and Goal-Setting under Fixed Pay and Incentive Pay, Yngvi Freyr Einarsson

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Effects of Multi-Day Music Enrichment on Salivary Cortisol and Cage Behavior in Shelter Dogs, Stacy D. Engerbretson

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Probabilistic and Extremal Problems in Combinatorics, Sean English

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Teaching Eye Contact and Responding to Name to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Amelia M. Fonger

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The Role of Response to Intervention in Michigan High Poverty Elementary Schools That Are Beating the Odds, Alina J. Fortenberry

(Don’t) Stand by Me: Social Regulation of Response to Threat in Interracial Dyads, Carmelita Sharonique Foster

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Further Development of a Supervision System for Behavior Analysts to Support Evidence-Based Supervision Practices, Katie Lynn Garza

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Assessing Land Deformation and Sea Encroachment in the Nile Delta: A Radar Interferometric and Modeling Approach, Esayas Gebrekidan Gebremichael

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Color-Blind Racial Ideology, Social Justice Attitudes, and Cultural Competency in U.S. Medical Students and Resident Physicians, Jennifer G. Hahm

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Apology Not Accepted: The Impact of Executive Rhetoric, Communication Strategies, Media Coverage and Time on Crisis Management and Public Perception during Major Oil Spills, Todd D. Harcek

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Induced Graph Colorings, Ian Hart

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Strongly Bonded Supervisory Relationships: Demystifying the Bond Aspect of the Supervisory Working Alliance, Melissa Heinrich

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Edge Induced Weightings of Uniform Hypergraphs and Related Problems, Laars C. Helenius

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Using Mindset Pedagogy to Promote Growth and Increase Efficacy in Student Writers, Sara Hoeve

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Optimized Insulation and Filter Design of Rotating Machines Fed by Fast Front Pulses, Mohammed Khalil Hussain

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Primary Care Physician Delivered Brief Behavioral Intervention for Adult Obesity and Associated Health Conditions, Julia C. Huston

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Implication of Item and Test Differential Functioning in Criterion-Referenced Tests, Xiaojie Hu