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Dissertations from 2012

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Personal History and Present Practice: A Cross Cultural Study of the Influences on Arts Integration in the United States and Japan, Jana L. Silver, Education (also CAGS)

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The Valuation Impact of Sec Enforcement Actions on Non-Target Foreign Firms, Roger Nelson Silvers, Management

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Demand- Side Financing In Education: A Critical Examination of a Girls' Scholarship Program in Malawi- (Case Study), Abraham Sineta, Education (also CAGS)

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They Chose to Major in Engineering: A Study of Why Women Enter and Persist in Undergraduate Engineering Programs, Adrienne Yvette Smith, Education (also CAGS)

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Beaver Dams Maintain Native Fish Biodiversity Via Altered Habitat Heterogeneity in a Coastal Stream Network: Evaluating Gear, Quantifying Fish Assemblages, and Testing Ecological Hypotheses, Joseph Michael Smith, Marine Sciences and Technology

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Influence of Phosphate on the Adsorption/Desorption of Bovine Serum Albumin on Nano and Bulk Oxide Particles, Lei Song, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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Biological Control of the Ambermarked Birch Leafminer (Profenusa thomsoni) in Alaska, Anna L. Soper, Entomology

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Student Recognition of Visual Affordances: Supporting Use of Physics Simulations in Whole Class and Small Group Settings, A. Lynn Stephens, Education (also CAGS)

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A Formative Program Evaluation of Treatment Integrity Practices, Assessments and Attitudes Within a Specialized School Setting, Lin Tang, Psychology

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New Bilinear Estimates for Quadratic-Derivative Nonlinear Wave Equations in 2+1 Dimensions, Allison J. Tanguay, Mathematics

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The Evolutionary Genetics of Seed Shattering and Flowering Time, Two Weed Adaptive Traits in US Weedy Rice, Carrie S. Thurber, Plant Biology

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Microtechnologies for Mimicking Tumor-Imposed Transport Limitations and Developing Targeted Cancer Therapies, Bhushan Jayant Toley, Chemical Engineering

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Farm-to-Fork: Understanding Locally-Oriented Farm-to-Vendor Food Systems: Access, Boundaries, and Power-Relations, Shawn Alan Trivette, Sociology

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Examining Perceptions of Practices and the Roles of Special Education Leaders through the Distributed Leadership Lens, Patrick Ryan Tudryn, Education (also CAGS)

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Afro-Peruvian Perspectives and Critiques of Intercultural Education Policy, Luis Martin Valdiviezo, Education (also CAGS)

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Parity Violation in Neutron Deuteron Scattering in Pionless Effective Field Theory, Jared James Vanasse, Physics

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Allosteric Regulation of Caspase-6 Proteolytic Activity, Elih M. Velazquez-Delgado, Chemistry

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Modeling the Free Energy Functional at the Fluid-Solid Transition in Classical Many-Particle Systems, Anurag Verma, Chemical Engineering

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Goals, Big and Small, Martin Walkow, Linguistics

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Compound-­Specific Hydrogen Isotopes of Lipid Biomarkers in Lake El’gygytgyn, Ne Russia, Kenna M. K. Wilkie, Geosciences

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Understanding Internalized Oppression: A Theoretical Conceptualization of Internalized Subordination, Teeomm K. Williams, Education (also CAGS)

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Designing Novel Mobile Systems By Exploiting Sensing, User Context, and Crowdsourcing, Tingxin Yan, Computer Science

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The Devil's in the Details: Abstract vs. Concrete Construals of Multiculturalism Have Differential Effects on Attitudes and Behavioral Intentions Toward Ethnic Minority Groups, Kumar Yogeeswaran, Psychology

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Analysis, Design, and Management of Supply Chain Networks with Applications to Time-Sensitive Products, Min Yu, Management

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Organic Materials as Templates for the Formation of Mesoporous Inorganic Materials and Ordered Inorganic Nanocomposites, Christopher Ryan Ziegler, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Newlywed Couples' Marital Satisfaction and Patterns of Cortisol Reactivity and Recovery as a Response to Differential Marital Power, Mattitiyahu Scott Zimbler, Psychology

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Locating the Source of Approach/Avoidance Effects on Natural Language Category Decisions, Matthew Zivot, Psychology

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Remaking the Political in Fortress Europe: Political Practice and Cultural Citizenship in Italian Social Centers, Angelina Ione Zontine, Anthropology

Dissertations from 2011

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State Hegemony and Sustainable Development: A Political Economy Analysis of Two Local Experiences in Turkey, Bengi Akbulut, Economics

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Automated Negotiation for Complex Multi-Agent Resource Allocation, Bo An, Computer Science

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Quantification, misc., Jan Anderssen, Linguistics

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The Role of Bacteriocins in Mediating Interactions of Bacterial Isolates from Cystic Fibrosis Patients, Emine Suphan Bakkal, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Lacustrine Records of Holocene Climate and Environmental Change from the Lofoten Islands, Norway, Nicholas L. Balascio, Geosciences

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Architecting Protocols to Enable Mobile Applications in Diverse Wireless Networks, Aruna Balasubramanian, Computer Science

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Query-Dependent Selection of Retrieval Alternatives, Niranjan Balasubramanian, Computer Science

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Social Meanings of Mortality: The Language of Death and Disease in 19th Century Massachusetts, Jeffrey Keith Beemer, Sociology

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Attentional Cues During Speech Perception, Lori Astheimer Best, Neuroscience and Behavior

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Pyrrhonian and Naturalistic Themes in the Final Writings of Wittgenstein, Indrani Bhattacharjee, Philosophy

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Effect of Side Chains on Organic Donor (D) and Acceptor (A) Complexes and Photophysical Properties of D-A Dyads, Amarnath Bheemaraju, Chemistry

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Reading Landscape: Mid-Century Modernism and the Landscape Idea, Jeffrey David Blankenship, Geosciences

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Fifth-Grade Students' Tactical Understanding, Decision-Making and Transfer of Knowledge in a Tactical Games Model Net/Wall Sampling Unit, Heidi Renee Bohler, Education (also CAGS)

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The Role of Prompts as Focus on Form on Uptake, Brian Bates Boisvert, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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A Question of Comfort: Race, Whiteness, and the Creation of Diverse, Inclusive, and Engaged Learning Environments, H. Elizabeth Braun, Anthropology

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Armillaria in Massachusetts Forests: Ecology, Species Distribution, and Population Structure, with an Emphasis on Mixed Oak Forests, Nicholas Justin Brazee, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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Reclaiming America for Christian Reconstruction: The Rhetorical Constitution of a "People", Joanna L. Brook, Communication

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Mitochondrial DNA Polymerase IB: Functional Characterization of a Putative Drug Target for African Sleeping Sickness, David F. Bruhn, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Adaptive Balancing of Exploitation with Exploration to Improve Protein Structure Prediction, TJ Brunette, Computer Science

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It's Nothing Personal: Competing Discourses for Girls and Women in Mathematics, Shannon Dawn Bryant, Education (also CAGS)

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Community Colleges and the Pursuit of Larger Grants: Strategies for Success, Steven George Budd, Education (also CAGS)

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Phase Behavior of Block Copolymers in Compressed CO2 and as Single Domain-Layer, Nanolithographic Etch Resists For Sub-10 nm Pattern Transfer, Curran Matthew Chandler, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Avian Ecology and Conservation in Tropical Agricultural Landscapes with Emphasis on Vermivora Chrysoptera, Richard Brooks Chandler, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation

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Movin' & Groovin' Salamanders: Conservation Implications of Large Scales and Quirky Sex, Noah D. Charney, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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Improving Processes Using Static Analysis Techniques, Bin Chen, Computer Science

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Organic Photovoltaics Based on P3HT/PCBM: Correlating Efficiency and Morphology, Dian Chen, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Micronutrient Intake and Premenstrual Syndrome, Patricia O. Chocano-Bedoya, Public Health

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Electrostatic Effects in Aggregation of Crystallin Proteins, Deniz Elizabeth Civay, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Investigation of a Sulfur-Utilizing Perchlorate-Reducing Bacterial Consortium, Teresa Anne Conneely, Microbiology

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Computational Affect Detection for Education and Health, David G. Cooper, Computer Science

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The Phylogeography of Marstonia Lustrica: Understanding the Relationship Between Glaciation and the Evolution and Distribution of a Rare Snail, Thomas W. Coote, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation

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Subjects of Scale / Spaces of Possibility: Producing Co-operative Space in Theory and Enterprise, Janelle Terese Cornwell, Geosciences

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Identity and the Limits of Possibility, Sam Cowling, Philosophy

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Role of Strongly Interacting Additives in Tuning the Structure and Properties of Polymer Systems, Vikram Kumar Daga, Chemical Engineering

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Constraining Interpretation: Sentence Final Particles in Japanese, Christopher M. Davis, Linguistics

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"Whether Writers Themselves Have Been Changed": A Test of the Values Driving Writing Center Work, Michelle Deal, English

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Attention to television in preschoolers who exhibit ADHD symptoms: an ERP investigation, Lindsay B. Demers, Psychology

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Evaluating IRT- and CTT-based Methods of Estimating Classification Consistency and Accuracy Indices from Single Administrations, Nina Deng, Education (also CAGS)

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Aspects of Network Formation and Property Evolution in Glassy Polymer Networks, Andrew Thomas Detwiler, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Reading First/Bay State Reading Initiative: Public vs. Private Implementation-Which Produces the Best Results?, Marlene A. Di Leo, Education (also CAGS)

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Infrared and X-ray Studies of the Galactic Center, Hui Dong, Astronomy

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Financial Literacy and Women: Overcoming the Barriers, Melissa A. Donohue, Education (also CAGS)

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Generalized Expectation Criteria for Lightly Supervised Learning, Gregory Druck, Computer Science

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Binary ROCs and Their Implications for the Measurement of Memory, Chad Dube, Psychology

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Tree-Based Methods and a Mixed Ridge Estimator for Analyzing Longitudinal Data With Correlated Predictors, Melissa Nicole Eliot, Biology

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Writing the Local-Global: An Ethnography of Friction and Negotiation in an English-Using Indonesian Ph.D. Program, Amber Engelson, English

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Measurements of Gravity Driven Granular Channel Flows, Kevin Facto, Physics

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Unintended Consequences of Lowering Disclosure Thresholds: Proposed Changes to SFAS No. 5, Kirsten Fanning, Management

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Developing an Efficient Cover Cropping System for Maximum Nitrogen Recovery in Massachusetts, Ali Farsad, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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Three Essays on Hedge Fund Fee Structure, Return Smoothing and Gross Performance, Shuang Feng, Management

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Selective Inhibition and Mechanistic Studies of the Human O2 Sensor, Prolyl Hydroxylase Domain 2 (PHD2), Shannon Coates Flagg, Chemistry

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Utopian Gender: Counter Discourses in a Feminist Community, Jolane Flanigan, Communication

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The Impact of Online Influence Strategies on Consumer Response and Privacy Expectations, Jason Aaron Gabisch, Management

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Mojarra Aesthetics in Piolin Por La Ma?ana: A Time and Space for the Dislocated, J. Luis Loya Garcia, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Flow Cytometry of Cultured Plant Cells for Characterization of Culture Heterogeneity and Cell Sorting Applications, Vishal Gaurav, Chemical Engineering

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Transnational Networks and the Promotion of Conservationist Norms in Developing Countries, Kemi D. George, Political Science

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Puerto Rican Teens' Perceptions of Teen Pregnancy and Births in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Nancy J. Gilbert, Nursing

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A Mathematical Growth Model of the Viral Population in Early HIV-1 Infections, Elena Edi Giorgi, Mathematics

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Justifying the Margins: Marginal Culture, Hybridity and the Polish Challenge in Fontane's Effi Briest, Zorana Gluscevic, Germanic Languages & Literatures

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The Role of the SUPRMAM1 Locus in Responses to Ionizing Radiation and Susceptibility to Mammary Tumors, Nicholas B. Griner, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Education in a Hip-Hop Nation: Our Identity, Politics & Pedagogy, Marcella Runell Hall, Education (also CAGS)

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Neil Postman's Missing Critique: A Media Ecology Analysis of Early Radio 1920-1935, Donna Lee Halper, Communication

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The Transparent Mask: American Women's Satire 1900-1933, Julia Boissoneau Hans, English

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Finding Blame for Environmental Outcomes: A Cognitive Style Approach to Understanding Stakeholder Attributions, Attitudes, and Values, Christopher Thomas Hawkins, Environmental Conservation

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Organizational Decision Making and Goal Setting in Out-Of-School-Time Programs, Jenny Rebecca Hemmingson, Education (also CAGS)

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Why China Grew: Understanding the Financial Structure of Late Development, Adam S. Hersh, Economics

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The Cost of Caring: An Investigation in the Effects of Teaching Traumatized Children in Urban Elementary Settings, Anthony C. Hill, Education (also CAGS)

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Low-profile, Modular, Ultra-Wideband Phased Arrays, Steven S. Holland, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Solving the "Coffee Paradox": Understanding Ethiopia's Coffee Cooperatives Through Elinor Ostrom's Theory of the Commons, Susan Ruth Holmberg, Economics

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Informativeness and the Computational Metrology of Collaborative Adaptive Sensor Systems, Anthony P. Hopf, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Spatial Evolutionary Game Theory: Deterministic Approximations, Decompositions, and Hierarchical Multi-scale Models, Sung-Ha Hwang, Mathematics

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Cellular and Molecular Changes Following Skeletal Muscle Damage: A Role for NF-kB and Muscle Resident Pericytes, Robert H. Hyldahl, Kinesiology