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Dissertations from 2014

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Susceptibility of Escherichia Coli O157:h7, Salmonella Enterica Sp., and Listeria Monocytogenes to Antimicrobial Mixed Micelle Delivery Systems, Chanelle N. Adams, Food Science

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Associations Between Vitamin D Status, Adiposity, And Inflammatory Biomarkers In Young Women (18 – 30 Years), Adolphina Addo-Lartey, Public Health

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THE ESTRADIOL-INDUCED TRANSCRIPTOME OF THE FEMALE MOUSE ANTEROVENTRAL PERIVENTRICULAR NUCLEUS: MORE THAN JUST A KISS, Leah K. Aggison, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Parallel Multi-core Verilog HDL Simulation, Tariq B. Ahmad, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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GALOIS THEORY OF ITERATED MORPHISMS ON REDUCIBLE ELLIPTIC CURVES AND ABELIAN SURFACES WITH REAL MULTIPLICATION, Domenico Aiello, Mathematics

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Integrating Non-Topical Aspects Into Information Retrieval, Elif Aktolga, Computer Science

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Dusty Star Formation in Extreme Environments: Galaxies and Galaxy Clusters in the Distant Universe, Stacey Alberts, Astronomy

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Subtyping with Generics: A Unified Approach, John G. Altidor, Computer Science

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PRODUCTION, MARKETING, AND HANDLING PRACTICES TO EXPORT MCINTOSH APPLES TO CENTRAL AMERICAN MARKETS, Mildred L. Alvarado Herrera, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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LIGAND-RECEPTOR INTERACTIONS FOR SUPRAMOLECULAR DISASSEMBLY WITH APPLICATIONS IN SCREENING AND DRUG DELIVERY, Diego Amado Torres, Chemistry

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Reactive Probes for Manipulating Polyketide Synthases, and Photoreactive Probes for Strained Alkyne Click Chemistry, Jon William Amoroso, Chemistry

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Engineering Victory: The Ingenuity, Proficiency, and Versatility of Union Citizen Soldiers in Determining the Outcome of the Civil War, Thomas F. Army Jr, History

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Landscape predictors of current and future distribution of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Dennis Babaasa, Environmental Conservation

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OPTICAL AND SCANNING PROBE STUDIES OF ISOLATED POLY (3-HEXYLTHIOPHENE) NANOFIBERS, Mina Baghgarbostanabad, Physics

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Effects of Aging on Sleep-Dependent Consolidation of Declarative Memory, Bengi Baran, Psychology

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Understanding Lipid Oxidation in Low-Moisture Food, Leann M. Barden, Food Science

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COMPUTER INTEGRATION IN PALESTINIAN SECONDARY SCHOOLS: THEORY AND PRACTICE, Kefah A. Barham, Education (also CAGS)

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Model-Driven Analytics of Energy Meter Data in Smart Homes, Sean K. Barker, Computer Science

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Testimonios from the Border-Shattering the Notion that Women of Color Don't Do Theory, Gloria G. Barragan, Education (also CAGS)

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Stochastic Dynamic Optimization Models for Societal Resource Allocation, Armagan Bayram, Management

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Intentional and Unintentional Side-Channels in Embedded Systems, Georg Tobias Becker, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Taking It to The Streets: A Multimethod Investigation of Street Credibility and Consumer Affinity Toward Street Credible Endorsers, Delancy Howard Sterling Bennett, Management

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Anaerobic Microbes and Communities In the Context of Soil and the Equine Digestive Tract, Amy Biddle, Microbiology

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NAVIGATING PAID WORK AND PARENTHOOD: NEW PARENTS’ LONG-TERM EMPLOYMENT PATHWAYS IN THE UNITED STATES, Irene Boeckmann, Sociology

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Common Pool Resources and Rural Livelihoods in Stung Treng Province of Cambodia, Pitchaya Boonsrirat, Economics

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INFLUENCE OF LIPOTEICHOIC ACID ON LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES BIOFILM FORMATION AND CELLULAR STRESS, Imelda T. Brooks, Food Science

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Honesty and Carotenoids in a Pigmented Female Fish, Alexandria Christine Brown, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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NUTRITIONAL, HORMONAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL RISK FACTORS FOR BREAST CANCER, Susan Nicole Boyer Brown, Public Health

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Taste Disagreements and Predicates of Personal Taste, Heidi Teres Buetow, Philosophy

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The Roles of Myosin XI and ROP in Moss Tip Growth, Graham M. Burkart, Plant Biology

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THREE ESSAYS ON ESTIMATION OF APPLIED ECONOMIC MODELS IN FISHERIES, Christopher Burns, Resource Economics

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Project Space(s) in the Design Professions: An Intersectional Feminist Study of the Women's School of Planning and Architecture (1974-1981), Elizabeth Cahn, Regional Planning

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On the Crumpling of Thin Sheets, Anne Dominique Cambou, Physics

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Asymptotic Analysis of Random Wireless Networks: Broadcasting, Secrecy, and Hybrid Networks, Cagatay Capar, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Developing Spatial Reasoning Skills in General Chemistry Students, Deborah L. Carlisle, Education (also CAGS)

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Welcome to Guyland: Experiences of Trans* Men in College, D Chase J. Catalano, Education (also CAGS)

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On the Assembly of Functionalized CdSe Nanorods, Sirinya Chantarak, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Cultivating Communities of Practice to Develop Local Preparedness for Climate Change, Konda Reddy Chavva, Education (also CAGS)

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Creasing Instability of Hydrogels and Elastomers, Dayong Chen, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Isoperimetric inequality and area growth of surfaces with bounded mean curvature, Dechang Chen, Mathematics

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THE IMPACT OF MEMBRANE TENSION ON PHASE SEPARATION AND SOLID DOMAIN PROPERTIES IN MODEL MULTICOMPONENT VESICLES, Dong Chen, Physics

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CHARACTERIZATION OF Ca2+ INFLUX PATHWAY(S) DURING MOUSE OOCYTE MATURATION, Banyoon Cheon, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Longitudinal Trajectories and Predictors of Functional Impairment in Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Vascular Dementia, Lauren Z. Chisholm, Psychology

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Production of renewable chemicals and energy from waste biomass, Sheng Chu, Chemical Engineering

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Roosting, Site Fidelity, and Food Sources of Urban Gulls In Massachusetts: Implications For Protecting Public Water Supplies, Daniel E. Clark, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation

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Empirical Studies On The Effectiveness Of Soda Taxes To Curb Obesity, Francesca Colantuoni, Resource Economics

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Effect of Automatic Item Generation on Ability Estimates in a Multistage Test, Kimberly F. Colvin, Education (also CAGS)

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The Centrality of Disagreement, Brian T. Connor, Sociology

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Contrastive Topic: Meanings and Realizations, Noah Constant, Linguistics

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Biophysical Studies of Axonal Transport, Leslie Cyle Conway, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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En honor a Elegguá: Máscaras y trampas trazando los caminos de Juan Francisco Manzano, Carmen L. Cosme Puntiel and Carmen L. Cosme, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Streaming Algorithms Via Reductions, Michael S. Crouch, Computer Science

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ADAPTIVE STEP-SIZES FOR REINFORCEMENT LEARNING, William C. Dabney, Computer Science

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Entity-based Enrichment for Information Extraction and Retrieval, Jeffrey Dalton, Computer Science

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A Proportionality-based Approach to Search Result Diversification, Van Bac Dang, Computer Science

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RESURRECTION: REPRESENTATIONS OF THE BLACK CHURCH IN CONTEMPORARY POPULAR CULTURE, Rachel J. Daniel, English

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DISCOVERING BRAZIL IN TWENTIETH-­CENTURY FRANCE, 1930-­1964: FRANCO-­BRAZILIAN CULTURAL POLITICS IN THE ERA OF DECOLONIZATION, Andrew R. Dausch, History

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VISUALIZING AND CONTROLLING CHARGE TRANSPORT IN CONJUGATED POLYMER NETWORKS AND FILMS, Andrew Davis, Polymer Science and Engineering

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The financialization of the nonfinancial corporation in the post-1970 U.S. economy, Leila Emami Davis, Economics

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UNDERSTANDING HEALTH ISSUES AMONG ADOLESCENT FEMALES IN A NORTHEAST PROVINCE OF AFGHANISTAN, Amina Davlatshoeva, Education (also CAGS)

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CYCLE OF RENEWAL: YOGA’S INFLUENCE ON THE PROFESSIONAL LIVES OF NOVICE TEACHERS, Danette V. Day, Education (also CAGS)

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Individual Differences in Psychotherapy Change Among Ethnic Minority Patients, Joan Lenore DeGeorge, Psychology

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On Being and Becoming: An Exploration of Young People’s Experiences with Status and Power, Keri L. DeJong, Education (also CAGS)

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Design and Syntheses of Donor-Acceptor Dyads and Triads for Improved Light Harvesting in Organic Photovoltaics, Andrea Della Pelle, Chemistry

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TURNING UP THE HEAT ON THE LITTLE THINGS THAT RUN THE WORLD: EVALUATING THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON ANT BIODIVERSITY IN THE TEMPERATE FOREST COMMUNITIES OF THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES, Israel Del Toro, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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The Colonial Legacies of “Fiesta Island”: A Critical Study of Live-Music Events Production in Puerto Rico, Anilyn Diaz, Communication

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Investing in Grindr: An Exploration of How Gay College Men Utilize Gay-Oriented Social Networking Sites, Michael T. Dodge, Education (also CAGS)

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“Give Light and People Will Find a Way”: Black Women College Student Leadership Experiences with Oppression at Predominantly White Institutions, Andrea D. Domingue, Education (also CAGS)

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NON-CANONICAL NOTCH SIGNALING REGULATES ACTIVATION AND DIFFERENTIATION OF PERIPHERAL CD4+ T CELLS, Anushka Dongre, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Seeing Blindness: The Visual and the Great War in Literary Modernism, Rachael Dworsky, English

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A FRAMEWORK AND ANALYTICAL APPROACH TO EVALUATE ALTERNATIVE VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED (VMT) FEE SYSTEMS, Elizabeth V. Ebacher, Civil Engineering

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Tacit Knowledge Transfer and Firm Growth: An Experience-Based Approach, Rory Eckardt, Management

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Sustainability-Based Product Design in a Decision Support Semantic Framework, Douglas Eddy, Mechanical Engineering

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The Financial Underpinnings of the EU Crisis: Financial Deregulation, Privatization, and Asymmetric State Power, Nina Q. Eichacker, Economics

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A Critical Examination of Policy and Practice in the Transition Experience for Students with Math Learning Disabilities in Mumbai, India, Melinda S. Eichhorn, Education (also CAGS)

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FUNCTIONAL AND COMPARATIVE MORPHOLOGY OF THE NASAL CAVITY IN PHYLLOSTOMID BATS, Thomas P. Eiting, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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Paleoceanography and paleoenvironmental changes of the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary interval (94-93 Ma): The record of Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 in the central and eastern parts of the Western Interior Sea, Khalifa Elderbak, Geosciences

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Dried whole plant Artemisia annua as a novel antimalarial therapy, Mostafa A. Elfawal, Entomology

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HERE, THERE, AND IN BETWEEN: TRAVEL AS METAPHOR IN MIXED RACE NARRATIVES OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE, Colin Enriquez, English

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Heat Dissipation Bounds for Nanocomputing: Methodology and Applications, Ilke Ercan, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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AFRICAN AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS: BLACK INTELLECTUAL PERSPECTIVES 1850-1965, Vanessa Fabien, Afro-American Studies

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Structural, Electronic and Catalytic Properties of Graphene-supported Platinum Nanoclusters, Ioanna Fampiou, Mechanical Engineering

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Runway Operations Management: Models, Enhancements, and Decomposition Techniques, Farbod Farhadi, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Improving Text Recognition in Images of Natural Scenes, Jacqueline Feild, Computer Science

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SIGNS OF WILDNESS: CODES OF THE “PRIMITIVE” IN MASCULINE COMMODITY CULTURE, Matthew P. Ferrari, Communication

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Outreach practices of a small college counseling center: A comprehensive model to serve the college community, Jessica R. Ferriero, Education (also CAGS)

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The Traditional Vocal Repertoire of Nova Scotia: A Classification of Pitch Space, Peter George Fielding, Music

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A Novel Approach to Using Personal Response Systems and Diagrams to Foster Student Engagement in Large Lecture: Case Study of Instruction for Model-Based Reasoning in Biology, Johanna M. Fitzgerald, Education (also CAGS)

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Palm Trees y Nopales: The Commodification and Hybridization of the South Texas Borderlands, Andriana M. Foiles Sifuentes, Anthropology

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The Application of Information Integration Theory to Standard Setting: Setting Cut Scores Using Cognitive Theory, Christopher C. Foster, Education (also CAGS)

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The Lived Experience of Adoption: Do Current Conceptualizations Reflect Changing Realities?, Quade Y. S. French, Psychology

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Interactive Audience and the Internet, John R. Gallagher, English

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Perceptions of Leadership through the Lens of Special Education Administrators and Principals, Adam C. Garand, Education (also CAGS)

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THE FINANCIAL SECTOR AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: ESSAYS ON ACCESS TO FINANCE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES IN SOUTH SUDAN AND KENYA, James A. Garang, Economics

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Prime Decomposition in Iterated Towers and Discriminant Formulae, Thomas Alden Gassert, Mathematics

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Corporate Sustainability and the Role of the Consumer: Three Essays, Jeffrey Gauthier, Management

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"Survival Kits on Wax": The Politics, Poetics, and Productions of Gil Scott-Heron, 1970-1978, Donald Geesling, Afro-American Studies

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School Counselor Advocacy with LGBT Students: A Qualitative Study of High School Counselor Experiences, Maria E. Gonzalez, Education (also CAGS)

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OPERATIONAL PLANNING IN COMBINED HEAT AND POWER SYSTEMS, Hariharan Gopalakrishnan, Mechanical Engineering

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Emotion in Adoption Narratives: Links to Close Relationships in Emerging Adulthood, Holly A. Grant-Marsney, Psychology