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Theses from 2013

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Colonial Role Models: The Influence of British and Afrikaner Relations on German South-West African Treatment of African Peoples, Natalie J. Geeza, History

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Assessing the Impact of Economically Dispatchable Wind Resources on the New England Wholesale Electricity Market, Andrew Goggins, Resource Economics

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Design of an Open-Source SATA Core for Virtex-4 FPGAs, Cory Gorman, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Does Early Perceptual Experience Influence Later Perceptual and Neural Discrimination in Children?, Hillary R. Hadley, Psychology

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From Main to High: Consumers, Class, and the Spatial Reorientation of an Industrial City, Jonathan Haeber, History

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Six Stories, Lech Harris, English

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Implementation of Aquaponics in Education: An Assessment of Challenges, Solutions and Success, Emily Rose Hart, Environmental Conservation

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Sustainable Biofuels Production Through Understanding Fundamental Bacterial Pathways Involved in Biomass Degradation and Sugar Utilization, James CM Hayes, Molecular & Cellular Biology

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Interactions Between Pieris oleracea and Pieris rapae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) Butterflies, and the Biological Control Agents Cotesia glomerata and Cotesia rubecula (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)., Megan V. Herlihy, Entomology

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The Terrorist Doppelganger: Somoza and the Sandinistas, Thomas A. Hohenstein, History

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Ava, A Novel, Jacqueline Blair Holt, English

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Evaluating At-Grade Rail Crossing Safety along the Knowledge Corridor in Massachusetts, Timothy P. Horan, Civil Engineering

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The Son and Daughter Who Wander: Representations of Transgender in Takako Shimura's Wandering Son, John S. Hoskins, Japanese

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Application of Finite Element Method in Protein Normal Mode Analysis, Chiung-Fang Hsu, Mechanical Engineering

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Rough Belief, Emily R. Hunt, English

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INTERACTIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE, Gaetan Jacques, Architecture

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Same-Sex Marriage in Western Massachusetts, Ben A. Johnson, Sociology

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Aquatic Barrier Prioritization in New England Under Climate Change Scenarios Using Fish Habitat Quantity, Thermal Habitat Quality, Aquatic Organism Passage, and Infrastructure Sustainability, Alexandra C. Jospe, Environmental Conservation

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Comparing the Present U.S. Electricity Grid to a Smart Grid System, CHARTHAMKUDATH JUBITH SADANANDAN, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Still Fires, Rachael E. Katz, English

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José Martí Pedagogo: Educación y Modernidad, William P. Kearney, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Habitat Heterogeneity Concentrates Predators in the Seascape: Linking Intermediate-Scale Estuarine Habitat to Striped Bass Distribution, Cristina Kennedy, Marine Sciences and Technology

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The Third Reich in East German Film: DEFA, Memory, and the Foundational Narrative of the German Democratic Republic, Jaimie Kicklighter, History

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Using Computer Simulation to Study Hospital Admission and Discharge Processes, Edwin S. Kim, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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The Association between Sexual Behavior and Adherence to HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Medication in HIV Serodiscordant Couples, Alexander Kintu, Public Health

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ANALYSIS OF SENSOR DATA IN CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEM, Xianglong Kong, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Perceived Recurrence Risk and Health Behavior Change Among Breast Cancer Survivors, E Konieczny, Public Health

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The Sedimentological and Geomorphological Response of a Glacially Conditioned Watershed to Event Induced Flooding: Insights from the Connecticut River and Hurricane Irene, Laura Kratz, Geosciences

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Signal Processing Approach for Linearization of CMOS Power Amplifier, Badri krishnakumar, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Protecting Network Processors with High Performance Logic Based Monitors, Harikrishnan Kumarapillai Chandrikakutty, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Divergence: Creating a Closed-Loop Mobile Seaworthy Civilization, Marcus Lafond, Architecture

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Detritus In Situ, Ariel R. Lavery, Art

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Policy Alternatives to Increase Access to Early Childhood Education and Care in Massachusetts, Meghan Lemay, Public Health

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The Reflexes of Middle Chinese Zhi and Zhao Initials in Modern Mandarin and Wu Dialect, Yu-jung Liang, Chinese

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Combinational Effects of Polymethoxyflavones and Atorvastatin in Inhibiting Human Breast Cancer Cells, longfang li, Food Science

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An Evaluation of Alternative Technologies to Estimate Travel Time on Rural Interstates, Qiao Li, Civil Engineering

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High-Speed Time-Difference Circuits, Shuo Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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I Came To in Conflagration, Katelyn S. Litterer, English

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Efficient Social Network Data Query Processing on MapReduce, Liu Liu, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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A New Class of Improved Bandwidth Planar Ultrawideband Modular Antenna (PUMA) Arrays Scalable to mm-Waves, John Logan, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Riverside Brewing Facility: The Sustenance of Water Allocation, Ryan T. Luczkowiak, Architecture

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"I am on the Coloured Side": The Roles of the White Suitor and the Black Mother in the Tragic Mulatta Narrative, Shannon D. Luders Manuel, English

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Study on Shan Gui: From Religious Text to Visual Representations, Le Lu, Chinese

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Stop! This is the Back of the Book!: Issues in Manga Translation, Katherine A. Lundy, Japanese

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Bay of Fundy, Carlin Mackie, English

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Analisis del Proceso de Adaptacion de Las Galas del Difunto de Valle-Inclan, Gorka Maiztegui Zuazo, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Cities I've Never Lived In, Sara Majka, English

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Union Square, Sarah K. Malone, English

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CHARACTERIZATION of GENES REQUIRED for PREIMPLANTATION EMBRYO DEVELOPMENT, Marc P. Maserati Jr, Animal Science

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Asymmetric Blade Spar for Passive Aerodynamic Load Control, CHARLES MCCLELLAND, Mechanical Engineering

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Operational and Safety-based Analyses of Varied Toll Lane Configurations, Ian A. McKinnon, Civil Engineering

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Rethinking Intersemiotic Translation through Cross-Media Adaptation in the Works of Joss Whedon, Liz Medendorp, Comparative Literature

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Elena Jordi y el Mito de Thais, Irene Mele Ballesteros, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Testing and Validation of a Prototype GPGPU Design for FPGAs, Murtaza Merchant, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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WIND POWER, PUBLIC POWER: EVALUATING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION in NEW ENGLAND LAND-BASED WIND DEVELOPMENT, Gwen M. Miller, Regional Planning

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From Indicators to Action: Evaluating the Usefulness of Indicators to Move from Regional Climate Change Assessment to Local Adaptation Implementation, Sally Miller, Regional Planning

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Does Visual Awareness of Object Categories Require Attention?, Timothy S. Miller, Psychology

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An Integrated Study of the South-Central Part of the Springerville Volcanic Field; The Final Piece, Marissa Mnich, Geosciences

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Food Insecurity and Culture - A Study of Cambodian and Brazilian Immigrants, Sarvnaz Modarresi Ghavami, Nutrition

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Intersecting Symbols in Indigenous American and African Material Culture: Diffusion or Independent Invention and Who Decides?, Donna L. Moody, Anthropology

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YOU’LL FIND NO ANSWERS HERE, Joseph M. Morelli, Art

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An Evaluation of Methods to Assess Whether Health Information Technology-Based Tools Improve Weight Loss Measures in Bariatric Surgery Patients, Jocelyn R. Morgan, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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The Energy Benefits of Trees: Investigating Shading, Microclimate and Wind Shielding Effects in Worcester and Springfield, Massachusetts, Emma L. Morzuch, Environmental Conservation

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The Impact of Self-Service Technologies in the Hotel Industry on Employee Job Satisfaction, Erin M. Mosher, Hotel & Tourism Management

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SiGe Millimeter-Wave (W-Band) Down-Converter for Phased Focal Plane Array, Maruthi Nagavalli Yogeesh, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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The History of the Introduction of Chinese Language and Culture into the American Higher Education System, Chelsea H. Nakabayashi, Chinese

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MATERNAL AGE AT BIRTH DELIVERY, BIRTH ORDER AND SECONDARY SEX RATIO IN THE OLD ORDER AMISH OF LANCASTER COUNTY, Nekeisha N. Nixon, Public Health

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A Sustainable Urban Village for the "Six Corners" & "Old Hill" Neighborhoods of Springfield, Massachusetts, Patricia O'Flaherty, Architecture

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Effects of Different Methods of Aggregation of Probabilities on the R&D Investment Portfolio for Optimal Emissions Abatement: An Empirical Evaluation, Olaitan P. Olaleye, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Use of Β-Cyclodextrin and Activated Carbon for Quantification of Salmonella Enterica Ser. Enteritidis from Ground Beef by Conventional PCR, Nathan J. Opet, Food Science

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A Translation of the Introduction and Part III of Free Jazz/ Black Power, Joshua Owsley, Comparative Literature

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Estructuras desbordantes en Silvina Ocampo. Invenciones del recuerdo como poema largo, Claudia Marcela Páez Lotero, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Background and Available Potential Energy in Numerical Simulations of a Boussinesq Fluid, Shreyas S. Panse, Mechanical Engineering

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The Foundations of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language: An Investigation of Late 19th Century Textbooks, Lena Pearson, Chinese

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Interference Cancellation in Wideband Receivers using Compressed Sensing, Tejaswi C. Peyyeti, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Resin Volatiles of Eastern Hemlock Induced by its Non-Native Herbivores, Joshua D. Pezet, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology

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Water Plans and Climate Change Plans in the Northeast and the Southwest, An Pham, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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An Interconnection Network Topology Generation Scheme for Multicore Systems, Bharath Phanibhushana, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Despair and Hope: Narrative Negotiation in State-Level Climate Change Adaptation Plans, Toni Marie Pignatelli, Regional Planning

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Exploring the Effects of Friendship on Risky Sexual Behavior: A Look at Female Gang Members, Jenny C. Piquette, Sociology

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Energy Efficiency Programs at All Utilities: An Analysis of the Factors that Lead Electric Utilities to Invest in Energy Efficiency, Christopher J. Pletcher, Regional Planning

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Walks to Nowhere, Lauren Pleveich, Art

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Nationalism and the Public Sphere: Tracing the Development of Nineteenth-Century Latin American Identities, Lisa Ponce, History

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Low Cost Dynamic Architecture Adaptation Schemes for Drowsy Cache Management, Nitin Prakash, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Improvement of Functional Bioactivity in Pear:Blackberry Synergies with Lactic Acid Fermentation for Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension Management, Nicholas W. Pucel, Food Science

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The Atlanta Motor Speedway is on Fire, Gregory Carl Purcell, English

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The plural forms of personal pronouns in Modern Chinese, Baoying Qiu, Chinese

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Multi-Valued Majority Logic Circuits Using Spin Waves, Sankara Narayanan Rajapandian, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Capturing Successive Interference Cancellation in A Joint Routing and Scheduling Algorithm for Wireless Communication Networks, Ali Rakhshan, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Deciphering the Age and Significance of the Cora Lake Shear Zone: Athabasca Granulite Terrane, Northern Saskatchewan, Sean P. Regan, Geosciences

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The Effect of Leaves and Steel Support Cables on The Dynamic Properties of Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) with Co-Dominant Trunks, Mark Reiland, Environmental Conservation

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Racism in a “Post-Racial” Era: Color-blind Discourse, Anti-Immigrant Racism, and White Injury Ideology in Discussions of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, Cassaundra Rodriguez, Sociology

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Regional Comparison of Overwintering Mortality, Fecundity, and Virulence in the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Artemis Demas Roehrig, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology

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Stiffness and Modulus and Independent Controllers of Breast Cancer Metastasis, Dannielle Ryman, Molecular & Cellular Biology

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Post-Industrial New England: Repairing the Voids, Jaime Ryznic, Architecture

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Techno-Economic Analysis of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems Used as an Electricity Storage Technology in a Wind Farm with Large Amounts of Intermittent Energy, Yash Sanghai, Mechanical Engineering

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Effects of Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors on Vitamin D Activity in Human Breast Cancer Cells, Brooke Savage, Nutrition

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Towards a Neopragmatist Understanding of Translation: A Cross-Disciplinary and Cross-Medial Survey, Steffani Scheer, Comparative Literature

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Integration And Measurements of a Ka-Band Interferometric Radar in an Airborne Platform, Rockwell B. Schrock, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Investigations Into The Program and Typology of a Contemporary Public Thermal Bath House, Brian Schumacher, Architecture