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Theses from 2014

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The Definite Article System in L1-English L2-Spanish Learners, Diego Ardura, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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The Design, Validation, and Analysis of Surface-Based S-band and C-band Polarimetric Scatterometers, Chad A. Baldi, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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The Effects of Construction Activity on the Behavior of Captive Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta), Courtney A. Begnoche, Neuroscience & Behavior

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Delivery Performance Prediction Tool for Complex Assembly Systems, Faried D. Beladi, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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A Comparison of American, Canadian, and European Home Energy Performance in Heating Dominated – Moist Climates Based on Building Codes, Stephanie M. Berkland, Environmental Conservation

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Resource Allocation and Pricing in Virtual Wireless Networks, Xin Chen, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Push-Pull Molecules: Models and Polymer Building Blocks for Organic Photovoltaic Applications, Raymond Devaughn, Chemistry

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Free Wake Potential Flow Vortex Wind Turbine Modeling: Advances in Parallel Processing and Integration of Ground E ffects, Nathaniel B. deVelder, Mechanical Engineering

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Investigation of the Effect of Dimerization on Human α-Galactosidase Activity, Scott R. Dooley, Biochemistry

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Facetas da Adaptação: Teoria e Prática em Os Flagelados do Vento Leste, Pedro Eiras, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Hetero-Protein Coacervation and Complex Equilibria Between β-lactoglobulin and Lactoferrin, Sean E. Flanagan, Chemistry

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"You were Adopted?!": An Exploratory Analysis of Microaggressions Experienced by Adolescent Adopted Individuals, Karin J. Garber, Psychology

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Preschool Classroom-, Family-, and Child-Level Predictors of Low-SES Kindergarteners’ Social Skills, Shayl Griffith, Psychology

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Enhancement of Lateral Flow Assay for the Detection of Whole Viral Particle and Chlamydial Elementary Bodies, Jeffrey M. Grimes, Microbiology

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Effect of a 10 Day Decrease in Physical Activity on Circulating Angiogenic Cells, Gayatri Guhanarayan, Kinesiology

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Parents' Gender Ideology and Gendered Behavior as Predictors of Children's Gender-Role Attitudes: A Longitudinal Exploration, Hillary Halpern, Psychology

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Examining the Relationship Between Environmental Concern, Exercise Habits, and Fruit and Vegetable Intake, Dana M. Harrison, Nutrition

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Post hoc Indoor Localization Based on RSS Fingerprint in WLAN, Hao Huang, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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An Assessment of Environmental DNA as a Tool to Detect Fish Species in Headwater Streams, Stephen F. Jane, Environmental Conservation

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The Springfield Farm-To-Preschool and Families (F2P) Program: Examining Children's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, Toni L. Jenkins, Nutrition

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Does Footfall Pattern in Forefoot Runners Change over a Prolonged Run?, Carl M. Jewell, Kinesiology

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Optimal Basis For Ultrasound RF Apertures: Applications to Real-Time Compression and Beamforming, Sharmin Kibria, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Predicting Social Behavior by Sound & Surface Appearance in Infancy, Ashley Lyons, Psychology

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Bi-Directional Vector Variable Gain Amplifier for an X-Band Phased Array Radar Application, Arash Mashayekhi, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Adolescent Nutritional Status and its Association with Village-level Factors in Tanzania, Nozipho Maziya, Nutrition

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Towards Accessible, Usable Knowledge Frameworks in Engineering, Jeffrey McPherson, Mechanical Engineering

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Compressive Parameter Estimation with EMD, Dian Mo, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Soft Spot, JoAnna Novak, English

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Perceived Norms and Classroom Ethnic Composition, Thomas Christopher O'Brien, Psychology

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“I’m Going to Use My Voice”: The Underrepresentation of Women in Digital Content Production, Christine Olson, Communication

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The Role of ER-Alpha and the Ovaries in the Enduring Altered Behavioral Response to Pubertal Immune Stress, Bethany Rappleyea, Neuroscience & Behavior

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Do Control Beliefs Help People Approach or Avoid Negative Stimuli? Context-Dependent Effects of Control Beliefs, Daniel R. Rovenpor, Psychology

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Movement Patterns of Brook Trout in a Restored Coastal Stream System in Southern Massachusetts, Erin L. Snook, Marine Sciences and Technology

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Gold Nanoparticles and Drug Delivery, David J. Solfiell, Chemistry

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Patterns in Trash: Factors that Drive Municipal Solid Waste Recycling, Jared Starr, Environmental Conservation

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Selection of Outputs for Distributed Parameter Systems by Identifiability Analysis in the Time-scale Domain, Teergele, Mechanical Engineering

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Process Matters: Engaging the Productive Power of Sociological Research, Abby I. Templer, Sociology

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Commodore Perry's Expedition, 1852-4: Layered Experiences and Perceptions of the U.S., Japan, and the Kingdom of Ryukyu, Erika Tomoyose, History

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Movement Patterns and Catch-and-Release Impacts of Striped Bass in a Tidal Coastal Embayment in Massachusetts, Heather M. Tyrrell, Marine Sciences and Technology

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Popular Culture, Memory and Dark Tourism in Central Europe, Zuzanna B. Zaluga, Germanic Languages & Literatures

Theses from 2013

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That Map Feeling, Kimberly Abruzzo, English

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Geometry Optimization of Molecular Systems Using All-Electron Density Functional Theory in a Real-Space Mesh Framework, Tejas Addagarla, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Characterizing the Heavy Metal Chelator, TPEN, as a Ca2+ Tool in the Mammalian Oocyte, Robert A. Agreda McCaughin, Molecular & Cellular Biology

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HISTONE DEACETYLASE INHIBITORS TRICHOSTATIN A (TSA) AND SULFORAPHANE (SFN) MODULATE VITAMIN D RESPONSIVE CYP24 GENE EXPRESSION in 3T3-L1 PREADIPOCYTES, Eunjee Ahn, Nutrition

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Collaborative Decision-Making Processes in Planning: Opportunities and Challenges in the City of Rafaela, Argentina, Maria Belen Alfaro, Regional Planning

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Item Function and Word Learning in Toddlers: What's it Called? and What's it Dos?, Erin Andrew, Communication Disorders

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A Dynamic Reconfiguration Framework to Maximize Performance/Power in Asymmetric Multicore Processors, Arunachalam Annamalai, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Openness and Tolerance: Evaluating Economic Advantage Through the Lens of the Creative Class, Michael E. Antonellis, Regional Planning

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One Breath/ One Line, Theresa Antonellis, Art

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Design of a Tunable Integrated Roofing Filter for LTE Bands, Nihar Athreyas, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Investigating the Endocrine Disrupting Potential of the Effluent-Dominated Assabet River, Kasie M. Auger Ms., Animal Science

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Effect of a Tai Chi Chuan Slow Walking Intervention on Balance and Mobility in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Julianna Averill, Kinesiology

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Endogenous Technological Change In The DICE Integrated Assessment Model, Robert W. Barron, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Core-House: a Proposal for Re-Inhabiting Underused Buildings, Thom P. Barry, Architecture

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Greening the Building Code: an Analysis of Large Project Review Under Boston Zoning Code Articles 37 and 80, Sandy J. Beauregard, Environmental Conservation

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Patient Interpersonal and Cognitive Changes in Relation to Outcome in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression, Samantha L. Bernecker, Psychology

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Optimization of Mixing in a Simulated Biomass Bed Reactor with a Center Feeding Tube, Michael T. Blatnik, Mechanical Engineering

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Flowers, Trees, and Writing Brushes: Extraordinary Lovers in the Otogi-zoshi Kazashi no Himegimi and Sakuraume no Soshi, Haley R. Blum, Japanese

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Canvas and Catalyst: Reinventing Urban Space, Ricardo A. Borges, Architecture

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The Role of Parent Psychopathology in the Developmental Trajectories of Preschool Children with Behavior Problems, Rosanna P. Breaux, Psychology

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The Montaigne Result, Hannah Brooks-Motl, English

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Firing the Canon, John M. Byrd, Art

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The Grave Keepers, Elizabeth A. Byrne, English

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Um Império de Palavras - Aspectos da Literatura Colonialista Portuguesa na Década de 1920, Silvia Cabral Teresa, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Evaluation The Nitrogen Needs And Efficiency Of Rizhobia Strains To Provide Nitrogen To Chipilin (Crotalaria Longirostrata HOOK. AND ARN.), Fatima del Rosario Camarillo Castillo, Plant & Soil Sciences

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Factors Which Influence Key Entry Speed On Hard and Soft Keyboards: Experience, Eye Behaviors and Finger Movements, Seckin Celik, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Seasonal Variation of Suicide Rates within Alaska: Associations of Age and Sex, Jonviea Chamberlain, Public Health

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Hotel Warren, Matthew D. Charlton, English

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Forms, Transitions, and Design Approaches: Women as Creators of Built Landscapes, Tai-Hsiang Cheng, Landscape Architecture

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Censored Kids and Piracy: An Examination of Film Censorship in Singapore, Chang Hui Chew, Communication

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Characterization of the Role of Testis-Specific Serine Kinase1 (TSSK1) in Human Sperm Capacitation, Kay-Ellen Chicoine, Animal Science

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A Novel Reconfiguration Scheme in Quantum-Dot Cellular Automata for Energy Efficient Nanocomputing, Madhusudan Chilakam, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Out Here, Michele Christle, English

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United in Difficulty: The European Union’s Use of Shared Problems as a Way to Encourage Solidarity, Grace Cleary, Anthropology

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A GCM Comparison of Plio-Pleistocene Interglacial-Glacial Periods in Relation to Lake El’gygytgyn, NE Arctic Russia, Anthony J. Coletti, Geosciences

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Vernal Pool Vegetation and Soil Patterns Along Hydrologic Gradients in Western Massachusetts, Kasie Collins, Environmental Conservation

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No Fear Here, Bryan T. Comer, English

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The Evolution of Four Hybrid Sterility Loci in US Weedy Red Rice, Stephanie M. Craig, Plant Biology

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Online NBTI Wear-out Estimation, Mehernosh H. Dabhoiwala, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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RBC Lifespan Uncertainty: Models and Anemia Management Robustness, Rui Dai, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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7700 Years of Holocene Climatic Variability in Sermilik Valley, Southeast Greenland Inferred From Lake Sediments, Samuel H. Davin, Geosciences

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Holocene Paleo-environmental Variability Reconstructed from a Lake Sediment Record from Southeast Greenland, Gregory A. de Wet, Geosciences

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The Regional Influences on Religious Thought and Practice: A Case Study in Mormonism’s Dietary Reforms, Samuel Alonzo Dodge, History

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Henry Thoreau's Debt to Society: A Micro Literary History, Laura J. Dwiggins, History

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Death and Transfiguration?: Late Style in Gustav Mahler's Last Works, Kristen E. Edwards, Music

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Reconnecting to Landscape: An Evaluation of the Post Hurricane Communities of Biloxi, Mississippi and Galveston, Texas, Elizabeth A. Englebretson, Landscape Architecture

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Mammal Room, Kristen A. Evans, English

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ZONAL AND REGIONAL LOAD FORECASTING IN THE NEW ENGLAND WHOLESALE ELECTRICITY MARKET: A SEMIPARAMETRIC REGRESSION APPROACH, Jonathan Farland, Resource Economics

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THE IMPACT OF NUTRITION EDUCATION ON FOOD SECURITY STATUS AND FOOD-RELATED BEHAVIORS, Jamie A. Farrell, Nutrition

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The Effect of Roadside Elements on Driver Behavior and Run-Off-the-Road Crash Severity, Cole D. Fitzpatrick, Civil Engineering

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The Constitution, brian j. foley, English

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Comparison And Application Of Methods To Address Confounding By Indication In Non-Randomized Clinical Studies, Christine Marie Foley, Public Health

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The Riots, Leora S. Fridman, English

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Out of Season, Aaron E. Frigard, English

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Negotiating Postwar Landscape Architecture: The Practice of Sidney Nichols Shurcliff, Jeffrey Scott Fulford M.D., M.P.H., M.L.A., Landscape Architecture

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Can I Be Forgiven? Expressing Conversion through the Eyes of Mary Magdalene: Lope de Vega and Richard Crashaw, Borja Gama de Cossio, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Architecture for a New Food System- An Investigation into Healthy Eating through Architecture, Emily M. Gasperetti, Architecture

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Continued Development of a Chilled Water System Analysis Tool for Energy Conservation Measures Evaluation, Ghanshyam Gaudani, Mechanical Engineering

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A Non-Linear Eigensolver-Based Alternative to Traditional Self-Consistent Electronic Structure Calculation Methods, Brendan E. Gavin, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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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