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 have a few digital copies of earlier years. If you have any questions, please contact maira.bundza@wmich.edu.

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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, Anna Paraskevi Alioto

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

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Voltage Controller for Simulating Transition between Boost –Buck -Boost Converter, Aula Jameel 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, Stephen 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, Alicia M. Boynton

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Regulation of Chronic Inflammation of Endothelial Cells by a Pro-Inflammatory Epoxyisoprostane Phospholipid, Abbie Kay 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, Gabriel Onolee 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, Duy Anh 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

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Optimization and Experimental Application of Current Stimuli to Leech Pressure-Sensitive Mechanosensory Cells, Alexandra Ferguson

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Modeling Channel Response to Dam Removal in Lansing, Michigan, Using SWAT, Ryan Filbin

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Finite Element Analysis of Tibiofemoral Contact Mechanics, Erika Fojtik

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Finding a Baseline for Accountability in Diversion Programming, Anthony G. Frontiera

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APAN Production through Photooxidation of Isoprene in the Presence of NOx, Timothy Glidewell

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Novel Spectroscopic Tools to Differentiate Drug-DNA Binding Interactions, Fadwa Dhafer Hamad

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Solar Module Condition Monitoring Using Thermal Imagning, Ammar W. Hashim

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Architectural Representation and the Dragon’s Lair in Beowulf, Margaret Heeschen

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Evaluation of Non-Ionic Surfactants with and without Hydrogen Peroxide for the In-Situ Remediation of NAPL Contaminants, Charles E. Holada

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“Clamor Validus” vs. “Fragilitas Sexus Feminei”: Hrotsvit of Gandersheim on the Agency of Women, Caroline Jansen

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The Effects of First-Person Point-of-View Video Modeling on the Acquisition of Job-Related Social Skills for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Kayla J. Jenssen

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A Longitudinal Study of Prenatal Care and Prenatal Outcomes of Women in Foster Care across Michigan Counties, Lauryn Jianrattanasawat

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Visual Literacy: Integrating Social Justice Art Education into the Middle School Curriculum, Anna Kazmarski

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The Effect of Auditory Stimuli on Test Performance: Testing the Arousal Hypothesis, Ian Thomas Kells

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Characterization of γ-Butyrolactone Rings: A Computational and Toxicological Study, Donald C. Kidd

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Effects of Low Dose Mixtures of 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone and Cocaine on Locomotor Activity and Brain Monoamine Content in Sprague-Dawley Rats, Robert J. Kohler

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Development of Empirical and Virtual Tools for the Study of Bicycle Safety, Brent Kostich

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Security and Privacy in Cloud Computing, Ramakrishnan Krishnan

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Libya, The New York Times, and a Propaganda Model of the Mass Media, Randy LaPrairie

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Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction in the Headwater of the White River, Manistee National Forest, Michigan, Ziqian Li

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Tourism Planning and Local Community Participation: Veron – Punta Cana Municipal District, Dominican Republic, Jose Ernesto Fernandez Lorenzo

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Archaeological Evidence of Architectural Remains at Fort St. Joseph (20BE23), Niles, MI, Erika K. Loveland

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Perspectives on Satisfaction for the Clinical Internship in Music Therapy: Differences Between American and International Music Therapy Students and Music Therapists, Wang Lu

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Best Practices for Differentiated Learning among Third through Fifth Grade ELL Students, Tara J. Macias

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Triplex Enim Eleemosyna Est, Cordis, Oris, Et Operis: Pope Innocent III’s Spiritual and Rhetorical Approach to Almsgiving, Thomas J. Maurer

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Implementing Online Updating to Complex Hysteresis Models in Real- Time Hybrid Simulation Using Constrained Unscented Kalman Filter, Bilal Ahmed Mohammed

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Trading to Drink and Drinking to Trade: Assessing Alcohol Trade and Consumption in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century New France, Cara A. Mosier

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Cultivating the Concrete Jungle: Examining Urban Agriculture in the Motor City - Detroit, MI, Sultan Muhammad

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Home Literacy Practices: A Focus on Dominican Families, Susan E. Pendleton

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An Analysis of the Metal Finds from the Ninth-Century Metalworking Site at Bamburgh Castle in the Context of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metalworking in Middle- and Late-Saxon England, Julie Polcrack

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A Study of Empathy in the Context of Religious Identity in the United States, Kiana Sakimehr

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The Modification of a Curtain Coating Formulation: A Study of Rheology and Surface Tension, and Their Effect on Pitting, Samantha Leigh Schoenfelder

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Gradus ad Parnassum: A Reader's Edition and Commentary, Sara Miller Schulte

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Minecrafting Archaeology: An Experimental Pedagogy for an Eighteenth-Century French Trading Post in Niles, Michigan, James B. Schwaderer

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A Virtual Reality Based Powered Wheelchair Simulator, Yuliia Sergeeva

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Women’s Role in their Reproductive Process: The Effects of Authoritative Knowledge and Biomedical Interventions on the American Birth Experience, Shannon Sheffey

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Papermaking Factors Affecting Lateral Web Position during Commercial Heat Set Web Offset Printing, George W. Shields

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The Bended Tree, Graeme Shields

Extraction and Recovery of Bound Phosphorus from Runoff Sediments Using Low Molecular Weight Organic Acids, Shaun Shields

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Anything but Race: Content Analysis of Racial Discourse, Christopher Smith

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Assessing Changes in Land Cover in Southeast Louisiana from 2001 to 2011 Using Time-Series National Land Cover Data, Ashley Tarver

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Alaska Native Artifacts; Eskimos and Aleuts of the Bering Sea Rhythm of the Sea Collection, Marcia Sue Taylor

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Williams Syndrome and Music: A Systematic Integrative Review, Donovon Thakur

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Development of an Effective Portable and Flexible Glove for Hand Tremor Suppression, Abdulrahem Turkistani

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Defining the Immune Response and Cellular Pathologies in Multiple System Atrophy, Annamarie Valenti

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The Quick Analysis for Principals in the Alignment of Administrative Plans within the School Improvement Framework at the Middle School Level, James Vanden Heuvel

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Engagement of Early College Students in the Graphic Design Classroom, Kelly Ann Vander Kley

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The Impact of Heart Rate Monitor Use on Student Intensity in Elementary Physical Education, Gerrit J. van Klaveren

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Satellite Sequencing Optimization and Observational Orbit Determination Using Genetic Algorithms, Andrew W. Verstraete

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Model Predictive Power Management of a Hybrid Electric Propulsion System for Aircraft, Tyler J. Wall

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A Comparison of Concerns Related to Internship Preparation: A Survey of International and American Music Therapy Students and Professionals, Fei Wang

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The Effects of Feedback Modality on Performance, Garrett D. Warrilow

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Measuring Quality of Life for Internal Migrants Working Urban Renewal Sites in Shanghai, China, Jacob A. Watkins

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Evolution of a Thylakoid Zinc-Finger Protein and Effects of Introducing this Protein into Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, Ryan L. Wessendorf

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Experimental Study of Global Luminescent Oil-Film (GLOF) Skin-Friction Meter on Delta Wings, Patrick Nicholas Wewengkang

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Overcoming Ideology: Examining the Tension between Sex Work and Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy, Emily R. Williams

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Economic Impact Analysis of Bridge Construction, Funda Yavuz