All master’s theses completed through the Graduate College of Western Michigan University since 2012 have been entered into ScholarWorks. Some may be embargoed or restricted by the authors and may be only available from on-campus computers. Print copies from earlier years are available through interlibrary loan. We are in the process of adding digital copies from earlier years. If you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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Theses from 2018

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Punks in the Church: The Relationship Between the Punk Subculture and Church in East Germany, Ruth A. Aardsma Benton

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Spatial Effects of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on Poverty Reduction in Colombia: A Mixed Methods Approach, Mayra Alejandra Yat Aguilar

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From Architectural Design to Structural Analysis: A Data-Driven Approach to Study Building Information Modeling (BIM) Interoperability, Mohammed Aldegeily

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On WLAN Fingerprint Indoor Positioning Systems Clustering, and Classification for Enhanced Performance, Haider G. Al Glehawi

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Computational Study of the Nature of Tetrel Bond, Yama Aman

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Geologic Mapping of the Bronson North and Bronson South 7.5-Minute Quadrangles, Branch County, Michigan, Karl John Backhaus

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Pyrolysis of Plastic Waste from Medical Services Facilities into Potential Fuel and/or Fuel Additives, Bright Kweku Ansah Baiden

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The Role of Arts Education in Closing the Achievement Gap in High Poverty Schools, Deanne Basse

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Spectral Discrimination of Phragmites Australis at Different Phenological Stages in Saginaw Bay, Michigan, Trenton Benedict

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A Collection of Three Pieces for Solo Instrument and Electronics, Carolyn Borcherding

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Teaching the Soft Skills through the Arts: A Supplementary Art Curriculum, Brittany Boverhof

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An Evaluation of Domestic Violence Shelter Programs and Research Best Practices, Katherine Brown

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Evaluating the Efficacy of Convolution Neural Networks in Age at Deat Estimation Using 3D Scans of the Pubic Symphyseal Face, Melissa A. Brown

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Application of a Three-Lever Drug Discrimination Method to Differentiate the Interoceptive Stimulus Effects of 3, 4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone and 4-Methylmethcathinone in Male Sprague-Dawley Rats, Trent Bullock

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Use of Fluorescein Dye for Characterizing Water and Solute Flux Across the Groundwater – Surface Water Interface, Ryan Nicholas Cascarano

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Language Profiles of Children Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Christel G. Ciolino

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College Self-Funding Predicting Deviant Behaviors, Blake A. Darling

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Forward-Looking, Velocity-Driven, Powertrain Modeling and Optimal Control for Continuous Variable Transmission, Paresh Deshmukh

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Effect of Social Feedback on Emotions and Preferences in Music, Megan Dillon

Immuno-Ligated Single Wall Nanotube-Impregnated Paper Strips for Biosensing, Wesley Exposito

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The Sunlight Cycle, Michael Flynn

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A Survey of Perceptions and Professional Boundaries Between Music Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology, Jennifer Rose Fromius

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Peer and Self Reflective Evaluations; Benefits and Techniques Used in a Middle School Art Room Setting, Mary Garrod

Extraction of Runoff Sediment-Bound Inorganic Phosphorus Using Low Molecular Weight Organic Acids: Solubilization Kinetics and Speciation Dynamics, Katie Gaviglio

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Application of Handheld ED-XRF for High-Resolution Chemostratigraphy in Texturally Homogeneous Carbonate Mudstones: Salina A-1 Carbonate (Silurian), Michigan Basin, Matthew A. Hemenway

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The Effects of Gateway Width on Driver Yielding to Pedestrians: A Systematic and Parametric Analysis, Jonathan M. Hochmuth

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Professional Preparedness: A Satisfaction Survey for Music Therapists in the United States, Xueyan Hua

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Maintaining Deck Profile in Steel I-Girder Bridges During Deck Placement, Ali Naif Inceefe

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An Examination of Age Labels in Music Related Dissertations and Theses: 2009-2016, Phillicia Jackson

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Exploring the Relevance of Art Therapy in Public Education, Brandy A. Jarrell

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What Provides for Me as I Provide for Others? A Study of Homeless Shelters Employees Within Kalamazoo, Michigan, Melanie Jezior

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Organocatalyzed Synthesis of Epoxides from Chalcones Utilizing Amino Acids, Sabrina N. Kegeler

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Characterization of Pinitol Catabolism in Sinorhizobium Meliloti and its Role in Nodule Occupancy, Angela Irene Kennedy-Mendez

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Effects of Instability on Core Muscle Activation in a Side Bridge, Erin E. Kishman

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Geochemical and Petrological Investigation of the Prospective Ni-Cu-Pge Mineralization at the Echo Lake Intrusion in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA, Alexander J. Koerber

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Interannual Variations of Snowfall in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and Impacts of Local and Remote Meteorological Conditions, Nirjala Koirala

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Control-Oriented Automatic Transmission- Based Powertrain Modeling and Simulation with Judder, Harshal B. Kundale

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A Comparison of Alternative Route Alignments for the North Country Trail Through Calhoun County, MI, Whitney K. Lambert

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Deer-Vehicle Collisions in Kalamazoo County, Michigan: A Study Using GIS and Statistical Modeling, Alex Todd LaPorte

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Assessing the Benefits and Risks of Choice-Based Art Education in the Modern-Day Classroom, Kayla Lindeman

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Synthesis and Characterization of Fluorescent Nanojars, Vageesha Warnajith Liyana Gunawardana

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Deviance Fluidity on the Urban Landscape: Graffiti and Street Art as Non-Normative Placemaking, Alyson M. Mabie

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A Study of the Effect of Socio-Cultural Demographics, Health Status, and Use of Music on Music Preferences, Kaitlin McKinley

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Determinants of Household Water Use in the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan: The Role of Climate and Socioeconomic Factors, Danielle Molenaar

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Confidential Publics: Digital Reconciliation and Queer Muslim Identities, Mariam Mustafa

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Spatio-Temporal Variability of Precipitation and Drought in the State of Arizona, USA, Samuel Nimako Nyarkoh

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The Academic Lineage of Music Therapy: Examining Fecundity Through Music Therapy Dissertations and Theses, Tomoko Page

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A Survey of Security and Privacy in Mobile Cloud Computing, Bhuvaneswari Rayapuri

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Stifling the Subversive Swing: An Austrian Perspective on the Nazi Jazz Ban, Colin J. Rensch

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Contribution of Monoaminergic Mechanisms to the Discriminative Stimulus Effects of 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) in Sprague-Dawley Rats, Harmony I. Risca

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Investigation of Discrete Element Methods for Stud to Turf Interactions, Justin Rittenhouse

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Spatial and Temporal Changes in Halal Food Sales and Consumption A Case Study of the City of Dearborn, Michigan, Sam Roodbar

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The Use of Sonification to Enhance Complex Motor Movements: Patterned Sensory Enhancement and the Discus Throw, Masina F. Rose

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Plant U-Box Proteins 25 and 26 are Involved in Regulation of Crosstalk Between Salicylate and Jasmonate Signaling Pathways, Dustin C. Rowland

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Mapping Bedrock Topography of the Portage and Schoolcraft NW 7.5’ Quadrangles, Kalamazoo Co. MI, Using the HVSR Passive Seismic Method, Benjamin B. Seiderman

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Further Exploration into the Coma Recovery Scale - Revised and the Music Therapy Assessment Tool for Awareness in Disorders of Consciousness, Alika D. Seu

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Experimental Comparison Between Hollow Cathodes with Cermet, Lanthanum Hexaboride, and Barium Oxide Insert Materials, Nagual Simmons

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The Academic Lineage of Music Therapy: Examining Fecundity Through University and College Professorships, Bernadette F. Skodack

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A Parametric Analysis of Choice Under Risk, David W. Sottile

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Do Changes in Stratification, Caused by the Application of Road Salt Deicers, Impact The Vertical Profiles of Lake Microbial Communities?, Emily I. Sprague

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Power-Efficient and Highly Scalable Parallel Graph Sampling using FPGAs, Muhammad Usman Tariq

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Determination of Chemical Notch, Kchem on Aluminum and Steel When Subjected Under Slow Strain Rate Test in Corrosive Environment, Joshua Teo Lee Kuok

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An Investigation of Sub-Meter Skill in STEM and Non-STEM Undergraduate Students, Laura A. Tingin

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Evaluation of Generalized and Specific Token Reinforcement Using a Paired Stimulus Preference Assessment and Progressive Ratio Schedules, Haily K. Traxler

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Implemenatation of Additive Print Manufacturing Processes for the Development of Flexible Thermal Sensors, Vikram Shreeshail Turkani

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A Guide for the Development of Theoretical Understanding and Practice of Teaching for Artistic Behavior: A Response for 21st Century Art Education, Lisa Van Plew-Cid

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Social Support in Relationships Between Two Cancer Patients, Kara Woodshank

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MgSnN2: A New Eco-Friendly Wide Band Gap Semiconductor, Krystal R. York

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Facebook Intensity Use Related to Gender Identity and Self-Esteem Among Female College Students, Li Zhang

Theses from 2017

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A Study on the Impact of Instruction Set Architectures on Processor’s Performance, Ayaz Akram

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Enhancing Intersection Safety for the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) Pedestrian Using Device-to-Infrastructure Communication, Mohammad Sayyah Al-Akash

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Visualizing the Constructability of a Steel Structure Using Building Information Modeling and Game Simulation, Mohammed Al Dafaay

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Copper Binding and Biophysical Studies of Dictyostelium Discoideum PIB-Type Atpase, Wilson Protein Metal- Binding Domain Four, and Synthesis and Metal Binding Studies of Staphylopine, Aimen Sabah Ali AL-Hilfi

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Biological Stress Indicators among Historically Documented Populations (1913-1935): An Analysis of Labor through Entheses and Joint Disease, Alioto

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Development of a Novel Printed and Flexible Surface Enhanced Raman Specopy (Sers) Substrate for Detection of Cocaine, Aljanabi

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Voltage Controller for Simulating Transition between Boost –Buck -Boost Converter, Al-Kamil

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Guided by the Spirits: The Meanings of Life, Death and Youth Suicide in an Ojibwa Community, Seth Allard

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Middle Level Multicultural/Social Justice Art Education Curriculum, Meghan E. G. Andrews

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State-Wide Patterns in Diabetes Screening Service Utilization: Comparing Medicaid, Blue Care Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Anim-Preko

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Veterans’ Satisfaction with Veterans’ Administration Healthcare Systems, Dale Arnold

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Snow and Non-Snow Events Based Winter Traffic Crash Pattern Analysis and Developing Lake Effect Snow Induced Crash Count Prediction Model, Bandhan Dutta Ayon

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Coming to the United States: An Exploration of Third Culture Building Processes Emerging from University Sponsored International/Host-National Student Interactions, Margaret E. Baker

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Interpersonal Impressions of Emoji Use in Computer-Mediated Decision Making, Austin Jonathan Beattie

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Life among Good Women: The Social and Religious Impact of the Cathar Perfectae in the Thirteenth-Century Lauragais, Derek Robert Benson

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Evaluation of Swarm Nodes for Proximity Sensing on Construction Sites, Mohamed Ahmed Madi Binalhaj

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An Ethnohistorical Study of the Dowagiac Chieftains, Kathryn A. Bishop

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The Role of Calcium in Regulation of Glial Cell Line Derived Neurotrophic Factor by Skeletal Muscle Cells, Boynton

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Regulation of Chronic Inflammation of Endothelial Cells by a Pro-Inflammatory Epoxyisoprostane Phospholipid, Brackman

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Timelines and Trade Chat: Comparing Contextual Self-Disclosure and Perceived Social Capital on Social Networking Sites and Massively Multiplayer Online Games, Ryan P. Castillo

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Killing Me Softly: The Missed Education of African American Females, Margaret Daphne Cattenhead

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Evaluating the Affective Impact of a Place-Based Learning Course Project in the Geosciences, Nathan Charlton

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The Impact of Mindfulness Training in a Division I Gymnastics Team: A Pilot Study, Nicholas Cherup

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Regulation of Chronic Inflammation in Endothelial Cells by Oxidized Fatty Acids, Cole

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Effect of Design Parameters on Thermal Performance of a Vane Type Disc Brake Rotor, Yogesh Satish Dalal

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Investigation of Measured Cane Vibrations for Prediction of Blind Pedestrian Performance in Surface Preview Tasks, Aaron Dean

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Atmospheric Microbial Community Sampling System for Varying Altitude Collection, Kenneth David Domingue

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Revisiting the One-Sided EWMA Control Chart Design, Duong-Tran

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The Influence of Road Salt on Seasonal Mixing and Redox Stratification in Three Southwest Michigan Kettle Lakes, Danielle Dupuis

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Testing the Arousal Hypothesis: The Effect of Music on Arousal as Measured by Electrodermal Activity during Verbal Processing, Meghan E. Feeman

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Gravity and Passive Seismic Methods Used Jointly for Understanding the Subsurface in a Glaciated Terrain: Dowling and Maple Grove Quadrangles, Barry County, Michigan, Scott A. Feldpausch