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Dissertations from 2013

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Evaluation of a Split-Root Nutrition System to Optimize Nutrition of Basil, Ganisher Djurakulovich Abbasov, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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Effect of Total Awake Time on Drivers' Performance and Evaluation of Training Intervention to Mitigate Effects of Total Awake Time on Drivers' Performance, Abd Malek Abdul Hamid, Mechanical Engineering

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The Making of Ras Beirut: A Landscape of Memory for Narratives of Exceptionalism, Maria B. Abunnasr, History

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Climate Change Adaptation: A Green Infrastructure Planning Framework for Resilient Urban Regions, Yaser F. Abunnasr, Regional Planning

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Understanding the Links Between Human Health and Climate Change: Agricultural Productivity and Allergenic Pollen Production of Timothy Grass(Phleum pratense L.) Under Future Predicted Levels of Carbon Dioxide and Ozone, Jennifer M. Albertine, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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Mesostructural Characterization and Probabilistic Modeling of the Design Limit States of Parallel Strand Lumber, Alireza Amini, Civil Engineering

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Lactic Acid Bacteria Mediated Phenolic Bioactive Modulation From Fruit Systems For Health Benefits, Chandrakant Ankolekar, Food Science

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Impact Resistant Glassy Polymers: Pre-Stress And Mode Ii Fracture, Jared Steven Archer, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Effect of Colloidal Interactions on Formation of Glasses, Gels, Stable Clusters and Structured Films, Anand Kumar Atmuri, Chemical Engineering

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Surface Modification of Food Contact Materials for Processing and Packaging Applications, Jeffrey Alan Barish, Food Science

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Scaling Reversible Adhesion in Synthetic and Biological Systems, Michael David Bartlett, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Particle-Collector Interactions In Nanoscale Heterogeneous Systems, Marina Bendersky, Chemical Engineering

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Tooth Cusp Radius of Curvature as a Dietary Correlate in Primates, Michael Anthony Berthaume, Mechanical Engineering

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Quality by Association Across North-South Divides: United States Accreditation of Mexican Institutions of Higher Education, Gerardo Blanco Ramírez, Education (also CAGS)

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Solution Assembly of Conjugated Polymers, Felicia Bokel, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Birdsong variation as a source of information for migrating common yellowthroats, Rachel Theresa Bolus, Philosophy

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Development of Miniature Full Flow and Model Pipeline Probes for Testing of Box Core Samples of Surficial Seabed Sediments, Adriane G. Boscardin, Civil Engineering

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Evaluation of Motor Speech and Intervention Planning for Children with Autism, Marcil J. Boucher, Communication Disorders

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A Knife Hidden in Roses: Development and Gender Violence in the Dominican Republic, Cruz Caridad Bueno, Economics

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Composing the African Atlantic: Sun Ra, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and the Poetics of African Diasporic Composition, James Gregory Carroll, Afro-American Studies

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Query-Time Optimization Techniques for Structured Queries in Information Retrieval, Marc-Allen Cartright, Computer Science

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Inhibition of Lung Carcinogenesis by Polymethoxyflavones, Noppawat Charoensinphon, Food Science

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Social vulnerability, green infrastructure, urbanization and climate change-induced flooding: A risk assessment for the Charles River watershed, Massachusetts, USA, Chingwen Cheng, Regional Planning

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Photo-Reaction of Copolymers with Pendent Benzophenone, Scott Kenneth Christensen, Polymer Science and Engineering

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The Security and Privacy Implications of Energy-Proportional Computing, Shane S. Clark, Computer Science

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Examination of the Application of Item Response Theory to the Angoff Standard Setting Procedure, Jerome Cody Clauser, Education (also CAGS)

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Analysis of the Spatiotemporal Localization of Mitochondrial DNA Polymerases of Trypanosoma brucei, Jeniffer Concepcón-Acevedo, Microbiology

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Gravitational Wave Production through Decay of the Inflaton into Intermediary Fields During Slow Roll Inflation, Jessica Lauren Cook, Physics

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Application of Item Response Theory Models to the Algorithmic Detection of Shift Errors on Paper and Pencil Tests, Robert Joseph Cook, Education (also CAGS)

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Evaluating the Validity of Mcas Scores as an Indicator of Teacher Effectiveness, Jenna M. Copella, Education (also CAGS)

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Evaluating the Validity of Accommodations for English Learners through Evidence Based on Response Processes, Katrina Crotts, Education (also CAGS)

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Effects of a Classroom-Based Pre-Literacy Intervention for Preschoolers with Communication Disorders, Alyssa Rose Currier, Communication Disorders

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Investigation Of The Orientation Dependence On Chiroptical Properties Of Single Molecules, Austin Joseph Cyphersmith, Chemistry

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Democratizing the Criminal: Jury Nullification as Exercise of Sovereign Discretion over the Friend-Enemy Distinction, Timothy A. Delaune, Political Science

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Ecology and Conservation of the Montane Forest Avian Community in Northeastern North America, William V. DeLuca, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation

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Bending, Wrinkling, and Folding of Thin Polymer Film/Elastomer Interfaces, Yuri Ebata, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Ecohydrologic Impacts of Climate and Land Use Changes on Watershed Systems: A Multi-Scale Assessment for Policy, Paul A. Ekness, Environmental Conservation

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A Non-Asymptotic Approach to the Analysis of Communication Networks: From Error Correcting Codes to Network Properties, Ali Eslami, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Regulation and Action of Skp2 and Rhoa in Cell and Tumor Models: Investigation into the Molecular Mechanisms Responsible for the Aggressive Phenotype of Triplenegative Breast Cancer, Katrina D. Fagan-Solis, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Exploring Privacy and Personalization in Information Retrieval Applications, Henry A. Feild, Computer Science

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Investigations of Surface-Tension Effects Due to Small-Scale Complex Boundaries, Jiansheng Feng, Physics

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The Unavoidable Threat of Aggregation: Implications for Folding and Function of a β-Rich Protein, Mylene Hazelle Anne Ferrolino, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Writing for Social Action: Affect, Activism, and the Composition Classroom, Sarah Finn, English

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Perceptions of Contemporary Effects of Colonialism Among Educational Professionals in Ghana, Kingsley Atterh Fletcher, Education (also CAGS)

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Evolving Expert Knowledge Bases: Applications of Crowdsourcing and Serious Gaming to Advance Knowledge Development for Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Mark Floryan, Computer Science

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Recovery From Muscle Fatigue in Young and Older Adults: Implications for Physical Function, Stephen A. Foulis, Kinesiology

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Accurate and Robust Mechanical Modeling of Proteins, Naomi Fox, Computer Science

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The Role of YKL-40 in the Progression of Glioblastoma, Ralph Anthony Francescone, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Twisted Weyl Group Multiple Dirichlet Series Over the Rational Function Field, Holly Ann Friedlander, Mathematics

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The Structure of Consciousness, Lowell Keith Friesen, Philosophy

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Concept-Based Teaching and Spanish Modality in Heritage Language Learners: A Vygotskyan Approach, Elena Guillermina Garcia Frazier, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Data Combination from Multiple Sources Under Measurement Error, Hugo Gasca-Aragon, Mathematics

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Use of Flame Cultivation as a Nonchemical Weed Control In Cranberry Cultivation, Katherine M. Ghantous, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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A Program Evaluation of a Policy Intervention to Increase Racial Diversity in the Sciences and Engineering, Ricardo Leon Gomez Yepes, Education (also CAGS)

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Discriminatory Bio-Adhesion Over Nano-Patterned Polymer Brushes, Saugata Gon, Chemical Engineering

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Enhanced Detection Strategies Accomplished Through Metal Binding and Miniature Mass Spectrometry, Adam Graichen, Chemistry

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The Parsing and Interpretation of Comparatives: More than Meets the Eye, Margaret Ann Grant, Linguistics

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An Exploratory Study of Students and Teachers Attitudes Toward Three Types of Bullying: Physical, Verbal and Social Exclusion, Laurice Ann Guillory, Education (also CAGS)

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Intellectual Constellations in the Postsocialist Era: Four Essays, Li Gu, Communication

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An Investigation of the Efficacy of Direct and Indirect AAC Service Provision via Telepractice, Nerissa Hall, Communication Disorders

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Dynamic Modeling of Synthetic Microbial Consortia to Optimize the Co-fermentation of Glucose and Xylose, Timothy Joseph Hanly, Chemical Engineering

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In Transition: The Politics of Place-based, Prefigurative Social Movements, Emily Hardt, Political Science

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Clustering, Reorientation Dynamics, and Proton Transfer In Glassy Oligomeric Solids, Jacob Allen Harvey, Chemistry

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Performance and Signaling in the Green Anole Lizard, Justin P. Henningsen, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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Parent Training for Families of Hyperactive Preschool-Aged Children, Sharonne D. Herbert, Psychology

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Open Books on Contact Three Orbifolds, Daniel Herr, Mathematics

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Treatment of Foundational Reading Skills through Telepractice and Face-to-Face Environments: Single Subject Design, Mary Beth Hetherton, Communication Disorders

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The Effect of Vesicle Shape, Line Tension, and Lateral Tension on Membrane-Binding Proteins, Jaime Bosart Hutchison, Physics

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Critical Rhetoric in the Age of Neuroscience, Brett Ingram, Communication

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Characterizing Distant Galaxies: Spectral Energy Distribution Analysis of X-ray Selected Star Forming Galaxies, Seth Pohatan Johnson, Astronomy

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Measurement of the Hydraulic Conductivity of Gravels Using a Laboratory Permeameter and Silty Sands Using Field Testing with Observation Wells, Aaron Judge, Civil Engineering

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Muslim Tatar Women's Piety Stories: A Quest for Personal and Social Transformation In Tatarstan (Russia), Liliya V. Karimova, Communication

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Continuity in the Face of Change: Mashantucket Pequot Plant Use From 1675-1800 A.D., Kimberly Carol Kasper, Anthropology

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Pattern Formation in Floating Sheets, Hunter King, Physics

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The Plausibility of Moral Error Theories, Casey Alton Knight, Philosophy

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"Finding the Proper Sequence": Form and Narrative in the Collage Music of John Zorn, Adam John Kolek, Music

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Properties of Singular Schubert Varieties, Jennifer Koonz, Mathematics

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"Miss, Miss, I've Got a Story!": Exploring Identity Through a Micro-Ethnographic Analysis of Lunchtime Interactions with Four Somali Third Grade Students, Jean Marie Kosha, Education (also CAGS)

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Exploiting Domain Structure in Multiagent Decision-Theoretic Planning and Reasoning, Akshat Kumar, Computer Science

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Mission Driven Educational Leadership--Does It Matter? Examining The Correlations Between District Mission and Student Achievement, Brett Michael Kustigian, Education (also CAGS)

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Determining Detailed Reaction Kinetics for Nitrogen-and Oxygen-Containing Fuels, Nicole Jeanne Labbe, Chemical Engineering

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Systems of Accountability as a Technology of Governmentality: Policy, Preparation, and Inclusive Practice, Denise LaVoie LaFrance, Education (also CAGS)

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Theory of Mind and the Ability to Make Emotional Inferences Among Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders, Abigail Leibovitch, Psychology

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The Reflexive Scaffold: Metatheatricality, Genre, and Cultural Performance in English Renaissance Drama, Nathaniel C. Leonard, English

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Multiscale Modeling of Human Addiction: a Computational Hypothesis for Allostasis and Healing, Yariv Z. Levy, Computer Science

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Optimizing Linear Queries Under Differential Privacy, Chao Li, Computer Science

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Determination of Arsenic in Water by Potentially Portable Methodology, Chengbei Li, Chemistry

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Geochemistry and Inorganic Carbon Transport of a Glacial Till Drumlin at a Road Salt Facility, Houbao Li, Civil Engineering

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Conditional Gaussian Fluctuations and Refined Asymptotics of the Spin In the Phase-Coexistence Region, Jingran Li, Mathematics

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The Effects of Tools of the Mind on Math and Reading Scores In Kindergarten, Patricia Estrela Mackay, Education (also CAGS)

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Characterization of Self-Assembled Functional Polymeric Nanostructures: I. Magnetic Nanostructures from Metallopolymers II. Zwitterionic Polymer Vesicles in Ionic Liquid, Raghavendra Raj Maddikeri, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Computer simulation of viral-assembly and translocation, Jyoti Prakash Mahalik, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Designing Novel Emulsion Performance by Controlled Hetero-Aggregation of Mixed Biopolymer Systems, Yingyi Mao, Food Science

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Contested Subjects: Biopolitics & the Moral Stakes of Social Cohesion in Post-Welfare Italy, Milena Marchesi, Anthropology

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Sweating Femininity: Women Athletes, Masculine Culture, and American Inequality from 1930 to the Present, Michella Mary Marino, History

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Measuring Proton Spin Polarizabilities with Polarized Compton Scattering, Philippe Paul Martel, Physics

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Reca Dynamics & the SOS Response in Escherichia Coli: Cellular Limitation of Inducing Filaments, Shawn Christopher Massoni, Microbiology

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Knuckle-Walking Signal in the Manual Phalanges and Metacarpals of the Great Apes (Pan and Gorilla), Stacey Ann Matarazzo, Anthropology

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Particle Behavior on Anisotropically Curved Interfaces, Kathleen McEnnis, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Visiting or Here to Stay? How framing multiculturalism in different ways changes attitudes and inclusion of ethnic minorities in the United States, Melissa Ann McManus Scircle, Philosophy