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Theses from 2012

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Coalition or Competition?: The Effects of Category Salience on Inter-Minority Prejudice, Manisha Gupta, Psychology

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Regulation of the Acrosome Reaction by the Transmembrane Adenylyl Cyclase, Douglas M. Haddad, Animal Science

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Danmei Literature as Indicator of Social Change: A Sociocultural Analysis of Xiao Chun’s Collide, patrick l. hamilton, Chinese

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Transformation of Urban Public Space, Ruthanne Harrison, Architecture

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A Renovation to Develop Community, Build Connections and Support Student Needs in The Southwest Residential Towers at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brittany L. Haughton, Design

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A Quantitative Analysis of the Impacts from Selected Climate Variables Upon Traffic Safety in Massachusetts, Katrina M. Hecimovic, Civil Engineering

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The Praxis of Horst Hoheisel: the Countermonument in an Expanded Field, Juan Felipe Hernandez, History

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A Translation of Shusaku Endo's Menamugawa no Nihonjin, Rio Hernandez, Comparative Literature

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"Biography: Details Lacking": Reimaging Torii Kiyotsune as a Kibyōshi Artist, Jason L. Heuer, Japanese

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Translating Silence: Memory and Forgetting in Andrea Maturana's No decir, Aaron Mark Holmes, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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All the Good in the World Starts Now, Anne C. Holmes, English

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Redesigning Suburbia: Establishing a New Infill Development Model for Existing Suburban Communities, Richard Holt, Architecture

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A Translation of Yun-T'aek Yi's Faust in Blue Jeans, Yonjoo Hong, Comparative Literature

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A Multi-Level Hierarchical Finite Element Model for Capillary Failure in Soft Tissue, Lu Huang, Mechanical Engineering

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Performance Space for Niche and Emerging Artists, Bradford S. Hutchison, Architecture

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Housing for the Aging, Sybil R. Idelkope, Architecture

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Design of a Mapping Algorithm for Delay Sensitive Virtual Networks, Karthikeswar Ivaturi, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Finite Element Analysis of a Femur to Deconstruct the Design Paradox of Bone Curvature, Sameer Jade, Mechanical Engineering

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Synthesis of Monomers for New Conjugated Polymers, Kedar Girish Jadhav, Chemistry

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Computational Delay in Vehicles and Its Effect on Real Time Scheduling, Abhinna Jain, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Vortex-Induced Vibrations of an Inclined Cylinder in Flow, Anil B. Jain, Mechanical Engineering

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Using Discrete Event Simulation to Evaluate the Impact of Adding a Fast Track Section to a Crowded Emergency Department, Yan Jin, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Rewriting the Balkans: Memory, Historiography, and the Making of a European Citizenry, Dana N. Johnson, Anthropology

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Analyzing the Role of Reactive Oxygen Species in Male-Female Interactions in Arabidopsis thaliana., Eric A. Johnson, Molecular & Cellular Biology

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Community School: A Design for Wilmington High School, kaitlyn jordan, Architecture

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Investigation of Compliance with the ANSI Z133.1 - 2006 Safety Standard in the New England Tree Care Industry, Alexandra K. Julius, Environmental Conservation

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The Effects Of Adolescent Binge Drinking On Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Cells In The Amygdala And Social Predictors Of Alcohol Intake In Male And Female Rats, Chrisanthi Karanikas, Neuroscience & Behavior

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Population Dynamics, Chick Diet, and Foraging Behavior of the Razorbill (Alca torda) at Matinicus Rock, Maine, Katherine E. Kauffman, Organismic & Evolutionary Biology

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Si Se Puede: The United Farm Workers, Civil Rights, and the Struggle for Justice in the Fields, Roneva C. Keel, History

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A Theoretical Approach to Fault Analysis and Mitigation in Nanoscale Fabrics, Md Muwyid Uzzaman Khan, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Heterogeneous Graphene Nanoribbon-CMOS Multi-State Volatile Random Access Memory Fabric, Santosh Khasanvis, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Automated Enforcement Using Dedicated Short Range Communication, Gilbert Kim, Civil Engineering

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Xunzian Political Philosophy: Pioneering Pragmatism, Brandon King, Chinese

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A Daytime Moon, Anne Kleeman, English

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The Role of Structural Stormwater Best Management Practices, Impervious Surfaces and Natural Factors on Base Flow in Massachusetts, Kimberly B. Klosterman, Regional Planning

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Re-Defining the "Cookie-Cutter" Development: Designing the Home Through Adjustable Architecture, Alexander L. Koslow, Architecture

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Experimental Study of Stability Limits for Slender Wind Turbine Blades, Shruti Ladge, Mechanical Engineering

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New Technologies in Short Span Bridges: A Study of Three Innovative Systems, Andrew Lahovich, Civil Engineering

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Passenger Rail and Development in Small Cities, Towns, and Rural Areas: 21st Century Transit in Holyoke, Massachusetts, W. Scott Laidlaw, Architecture

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Public Art - Purpose and Benefits: Exploring Strategy in the New England City of Pittsfield, MA, Pamela Jo Landi, Landscape Architecture

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Purification and Characterization of Novel Nucleases from a Thermophilic Fungus, Kyle S. Landry, Food Science

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Semi-Active Damping for an Intelligent Adaptive Ankle Prosthesis, Andrew K. LaPre, Mechanical Engineering

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The Priming Effects of Video Viewing on Preschoolers' Play Behavior, Heather J. Lavigne, Psychology

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In Between Days, Andrea Lawlor, English

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Hipster, Mark Leidner, English

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Driver Dynamics and the Longitudinal Control Model, Gabriel G. Leiner, Civil Engineering

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Reformulation of the Muffin-Tin Problem in Electronic Structure Calculations within the FEAST Framework, Alan R. Levin, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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A Ceiling of Sky, Su-Yee Lin, English

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Gloria Fama, Kelin E. Loe, English

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The Effect of Menu Nutrition Labels on Consumers' Dietary Decision Making, Diane M. Lowe, Hotel & Tourism Management

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Culture and the Emotion Socialization of Preschoolers, Claudia I. Lugo-Candelas, Psychology

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Effects of Knowledge and Anxiety on Willingness to Screen for Alzheimer's Disease, Tessa S. Lundquist, Psychology

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Occasionally Disparate Stories, Ryan A. MacDonald, English

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Biomimicry: Using Nature as a Model for Design, Michael J. Maglic, Architecture

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Western Massachusetts Head Start Preschoolers' Vegetable Consumption in Response to a Puppet-Based Nutrition Education Intervention Focusing on the Sensory Properties of Vegetables, Arielle M. Magro, Nutrition

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Rules for an Old Children's Game: After the Paintings of Egon Schiele, Jenny Mar, English

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Spatial Ecology of American Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) in Chatham, Cape Cod, MA: Implications for Conservation and Management, Sarah E. Martinez, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation

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Environmental Design Research and the Design of Urban Open Space: A Study of Current Practice in Landscape Architecture, Jennifer Masters, Landscape Architecture

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RHYTHMIC GROWTH AND VASCULAR DEVELOPMENT IN BRACHYPODIUM DISTACHYON, Dominick A. Matos, Molecular & Cellular Biology

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A Finite Volume Approach For Cure Kinetics Simulation, Wei Ma, Mechanical Engineering

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Dramaturg as Artistic Instigator, Megan J. McClain, Theater

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Stereotypes of Contemporary Native American Indian Characters in Recent Popular Media, Virginia A. McLaurin, Anthropology

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O Oceano por onde Passa o Navio Negreiro, Diana M. Menasche, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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The Closest Thing, Jessica Miele, English

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Dream Time and Which Dreamed It: a Translation and Critical Exploration of Kanai Mieko's Yume no Jikan, Jarrod Minto, Japanese

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Interfacial Strength Between Prestressed Hollow Core Slabs and Cast-in-Place Concrete Toppings, Ryan M. Mones, Civil Engineering

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Providing Further Construct Validity for a Newly Developed Functional-Living Measure: The Movement and Activity in Physical Space (MAPS) Score, Andrea M. Morand, Kinesiology

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"Madame ma chère fille": The Performance of Motherhood in the Correspondence of Madame de Sévigné, Marie-Thérèse of Austria, and Joséphine Bonaparte to their Daughters, Meagen E. Moreland, French & Francophone Studies

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The Massachusetts BMI Letter: Parents' Responses, Conceptualizations of Weight, and Health Literacy Skills, Lindsay J. Moyer, Nutrition

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Effect of Slip on Flow Past Superhydrophobic Cylinders, Pranesh Muralidhar, Mechanical Engineering

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Dishes and Diapers: The Division of Labor and Marital Quality across the Transition to Parenthood, Katherine E. Newkirk, Psychology

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Rebuilding Holyoke: Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods through Education and Engagement, Jason L. Newman, Architecture

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Culture, Community Development, and Sustainability in a Post-Freeway City, Bryan Obara, Landscape Architecture

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ŌE KENZABURŌ’S EARLY WORKS AND THE POSTWAR DEMOCRACY IN JAPAN, ASAYO ONO, Japanese

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N3ASICS: Designing Nanofabrics with Fine-Grained CMOS Integration, Pavan Panchapakeshan, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Polymer Prodrug Conjugation to Tumor Homing Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Nick Panzarino, Molecular & Cellular Biology

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Prolate Spheroidal Wave Function in High Data Rate Applications, Azadeh Parsamanesh, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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The Building That Learns to Fish: Architecture, Peak Oil, and the Need for Adaptability, Justin M. Pelland, Architecture

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Shiva's Dance, Abha E. Phoboo, English

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User Equilibrium in a Disrupted Network with Real-Time Information and Heterogeneous Risk Attitude, Ryan J. Pothering, Civil Engineering

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Investigation of Differential Vector Competence of Bartonella quintana in Human Head and Body Lice, domenic j. previte, Molecular & Cellular Biology

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Spatial and Temporal Correlations of Freeway Link Speeds: An Empirical Study, Piotr J. Rachtan, Civil Engineering

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The Impact of Gestational Diabetes on Maternal and Cord Blood Lipids Among Prenatal Care Patients in Western MA, Preethi Raj, Public Health

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High Speed Flow Simulation in Fuel Injector Nozzles, Sukanta Rakshit, Mechanical Engineering

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A Nonlinear Model for Wind-Induced Oscillations of Trees, Lakshmi Narayanan Ramanujam, Mechanical Engineering

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Reconnecting The City With The Riverfront, To Revitalize The Socio-Economic Conditions Of Springfield, Ma., Sneha Rasal, Architecture

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The Economic Impacts of Technical Change in Carbon Capture, Peter G. Rasmussen, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Scheduling Heuristics for Maximizing the Output Quality of IRIS Task Graphs in Multiprocessor Environment with Time and Energy Bounds, Rajeswaran Chockalingapuram Ravindran, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Black Bear Movements and Caribou Calf Predation in Newfoundland, Nathaniel D. Rayl, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation

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Grow Pods: Flexible Design to Regenerate Urban Landscapes, Rachel K. Roberts, Architecture

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Vibration Reduction of Offshore Wind Turbines Using Tuned Liquid Column Dampers, Colin Roderick, Mechanical Engineering

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The Psychometric Properties of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children: Disruptive Behaviors in Preschool-Age Children, Benjamin Rolon Arroyo, Psychology

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We Are Alive and Know What To Be Scared of, Michael S. Rosenberg, English

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How Your Spouse May Save You: An Analysis of Early Environment, Physiological Stress Responses, and Spousal Support, Dana P. Roth, Psychology

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The Effect Of Curcumin (Curcuma Longa) On Biofilm Formation And Surface Proteins Of Listeria Monocytogenes, Songsirin Ruengvisesh, Food Science

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"A Music Unquestionably Italian in Idiom": Nationalism as an Evolutionary Process in the Music of Alfredo Casella, Corinne M. Salada, Music

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Children's Cancer and Transplant Hospital: a Micro Town within a Bubble, Kimia Samimi, Architecture

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Viscoelastic Flow through Contraction Geometries, Ashwin Karthik Sankaran, Mechanical Engineering

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In the Colonies, Nicolas A. Sansone, English

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Comparative Analysis of Maori of Aotearoa and James Bay Cree of Eeyou Istechee Cultural Heritage Values and Political Histories of Land Tenure Systems, Erin Schaeffer, Regional Planning