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Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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A Study of the Impact of a School-Based, Job-Embedded Professional Development Program on Elementary and Middle School Teacher Efficacy for Technology Integration, Yvonne M. Skoretz

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Statistical Properties of a Convoluted Beta-Weibull Distribution, Jianan Sun

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Effects of a Universal Positive Behavior Intervention on School-wide Behavior, Kelly Renae Tanner

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Phylogenetic Analysis of Blacknose Dace (Rhinichthys) in West Virginia Streams, Samantha Taylor

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Teachers' Beliefs Towards Grade Retention in a Rural Elementary School, Sarah Elizabeth Terry

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The Little Coal River Improvement Project, West Virginia: An Initial Study of Sediment, Bacteria and Benthic Macroinvertebrates, Emily Vargo

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Utilization of DNA/Dendron Conjugates for DNA Monolayers on Gold: A Comparative Study, Erik Steven Vint

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Sahib and Sepoy : The British Perspective on the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857, Harley Derek Walden

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Persistence: "My Grandmother's Eyes" and Other Memories, Christine Fede Williams

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West Virginia School Psychologists' Attitudes toward Gay and Lesbian Students, Lauren B. Winter

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Goal Attainment Scaling to Determine Effectiveness of Inidividual and Group Counseling, Andrew J. Woolwine

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Deathly Erichtho as Vital to Lucan’s Bellum Ciuile, John Byron Young

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Plastron Reduction and Associated Myology in Turtles, and its Implications for Functional Morphology and Natural History, He Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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The Beta Maxwell Distribution, Grace Ebunoluwa Amusan

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Broadcast News Organizations' Perceptions of Viewer Generated Content, Christopher L. Atkins

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Technology Use in a First-Year Composition Program, Estee Natee Beck

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A Natural History Study of Bufo a. americanus, the Eastern American Toad, and the Phenology of Spring Breeders in Southwest West Virginia, Tomi Maria Bergstrom

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The Coal River Basin: A 2009 Water Budget Study, R. Dale Biller

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Gendered Perceptions of Batterer Intervention Co-Facilitation, Dorothy Lynne Boston

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Effect of Snake Populations on Salamanders as a Result of Forest Fragmentation, Casey Renee Bradshaw

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The Medicalization of Hyperactivity and Inattentiveness : A Social History and Theoretical Perspectives on ADHD, Justin Douglas Brock

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Mapping Energy Poverty in Huntington, West Virginia, Elizabeth Anne Callicoat

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Infusing Technology: A Study of the Influence of Professional Development on How Teachers Use Technology, Amy E. Cottle

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Terrestrial and Marine Geobiophysical Spatial Analysis and Modeling of Phytoplankton and Nutrients in Haifa Bay, Israel, Sinaya Dayan

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Acanthamoeba casstellanii : Intercellular Location of Metacaspase, Danielle Maria Desser

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Normative Comparison for the Woodcock-Johnson III: Tests of Achievement for 1, 3, 6, 9, & 12 Grades, Renee Ecckles-Hardy

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Testing the Behavioral Responses of West Virginia Turtles to Roads and Vehicles, Aaron Clinton Gooley

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Effect of Researched-Based Information on Principals' Actions Regarding Retention, Elizabeth R. Gray

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Aggression to Gain Social Status: An Examination of Middle and High School Females, Neely Snead Harvey

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Evaluations of Apologies: The Effects of Apology Sincerity and Acceptance Motivation, Ida Hatcher

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The New Newspaper : Examining the Role of Design in the Modern Print Edition, Matthew Joseph Haught

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Predicting Mastery on the WESTEST 2 : A Comparison of MAP and WESTEST 2 Data, Miranda Noelle Haught

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Parental Cognitive Factors and Treatment Choices for Externalizing Behavior Problems, Danielle R. Hemmings

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Long-term growth and monitoring of the Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus a. alleganiensis) in Eastern West Virginia, Douglas Charles Horchler

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Had your imperial army not invaded: Japan's role in the making of modern China, Joshua Hubbard

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Gender Differences in the Prevalence Rates of Self-Injury Among Individuals Who Suppress Thoughts, Kristina Isaacs

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Exploring Unmet Needs and Barriers to Phychological and Behavioral Health Services in Rural Appalachia, Sarah Rachel Jarvis

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"A Cage of Ovulating Females" : Mary Breckinridge and the Politics of Contraception in Rural Appalachia, Dana Allen Johnson

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Bedtime Stories : How to Hope and Cope with the American Dream, Sabrina Jones

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Potential of Urban Habitats as Reptile and Amphibian Refuges in West Virginia, Scott Jones

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The Expression and Function of Hypoxia inducible factor-1α in Human Melanoma, Sandeep S. Joshi

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Antibiotic sensitivity patterns of hospital-acquired and community-acquired methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Iyad Kaddora

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A Study of Early Childhood Education Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices About Early Literacy Learning, Jennifer Mayo

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Tools and Community : How Women Become Researchers in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Karen L. McComas

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Borrowing in Context : The Importance and Artistic Implications of Chaucer's Use of Sources in the Merchant's Tale, Austin Taylor McIntire

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A Comparison Study: Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition (KABC-II) and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fourth Edition (WISC-IV) with Referred Students, Danielle M. McKown

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Planning for Secret Disclosure : Applying Berger's Planning Theory to the Disclosure of Secrets, Sarah Rae Meadows Craiger

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Growth and Age at Reproductive Maturity of the Carolina Pigmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus m. miliarius (Reptilia: Serpentes), Kevin Robert Messenger

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Does the Theory of Planned Behavior Predict Intentions to Seek Help for Suicidality?, Jennifer Lynn Mills

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Movement Patterns and Artificial Arboreal Cover Use of Green Salamanders (Aneides aeneus) in Kanawha County, West Virginia, Sarah Elizabeth Miloski

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Cross Informant Correlation : Validity of the Conners CBRS Parent and Teacher Scales, Tamara Ann-Harris Mitchell

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Modeling super-spreading events for SARS, Thembinkosi P. Mkhatshwa

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Cross-Informant Agreement Among Parents and Children, Staci S. Mullins

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Treatment Strategies in Acute Myelogenous Leukemia : Investigating HSP90 and P53 as Targets, Jennifer M. Napper

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Determining the Rate of Transcription of T7 RNA Polymerase Using Single Molecule Fluorescence Imaging, Dawn Renee Nichola

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The Postcolonial "Knight‘s Tale": A Social Commentary on Post-Norman Invasion England, Ruth M.E. Oldman

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The Relationship between the WISC-IV GAI and the KABC-II, Nancy R. Oliver

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Comparison of the Reading Subtests of the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - Third Edition and the Peabody Individual Achievement Test-Revised/Normative Update, Lauren M. Ott

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Elucidation of Fragmentation Pathways of Nitrile-Terminated PPI Dendrimer-Metal Complexes, Kristen Nicole Pack

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Implementation of Language and Literacy Practices by Prekindergarten Teachers in the West Virginia Universal Pre-K System, Leslie Papelier

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Grade retention as perceived by kindergarten through third grade teachers, Brittany Leigh Pettay

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The Natural History & Distribution of Riverine Turtles in West Virginia, Linh Diem Phu

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The Remediation of School Psychologist Trainees, Michael J. Powell

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An Initial Investigation of the Applicability of the Dreyfus Skill Acquisition Model to the Professional Development of Nurse Educators, Lisa Ramsburg

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Heavier than it looks and other stories, Matthew Tobias Ray

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Exploring Obesity and After-school Supervision with Adolescents in Rural West Virginia, Sallie Dawn Richards

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The Level of Parental Conflict and Children's Behavioral Reactions to Divorce, Cindi Jo Settle

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The National Board Certification Process: A Comparison of the Perceptions of National Board Certified Teachers and National Board Candidates in West Virginia, Raymond L. Singleton

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ED/BD eligibility related to gender and community size in West Virginia|ED/BD Eligibility Related to Gender and Community Size in West Virginia, Matthew Joseph Smart

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The Effectiveness of Marshall University's Master of Arts in Teaching and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certificate Programs as Determined by Graduates' and Completers' Perceptions, Melissa F. Spivy

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Metaphysics and the Charge of Misanthropy : Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Circles” as a Cipher for Understanding the Connection between Robinson Jeffers and Herman Melville, Hunter Stark

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Marriage Vows and Economic Discrimination: The Married Teacher Problem, Sabrina Thomas

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Age- and Sex-Associated Changes in mRNA Expression of Neurodegenerative Disorder-Related Molecules in the Hippocampus and Cerebellum of Rat Brain, Srinivasarao Thulluri

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Dopamine Modulates the Lateral Giant Neuron and Serotonergic Facilitation in Crayfish, Joshua Scott Titlow

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Mathematics in Motion: Linear Systems of Differential Equations on the Differential Analyzer, Devon A. Tivener

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Problematic Students of NASP Approved Programs: An Exploratory Study of Graduate Student Views, Leasha Dawn Trimble

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Genetic and Environmental Factors Suggest that Dietary Fatty Acid Content, Lipid Metabolism, and Bone Properties are Key Regulators of Myeloid Progenitor Cell Frequency, Melinda E. Varney

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Dropping out: A Cross-Case Exploration of Why Students in One West Virginia County Choose to leave School, Debra Hunt Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Characterization and Differentiation of Peripheral Blood Derived Multipotent Adult Progenitor Cells, Hari Satya Shankar Addagarla

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The Effectiveness of Principal Preparation Program Type for Administrative Work, Ernest Adkins

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Identification and Characterization of Novel Sir3/MeCP2-Chromatin Interactions, Nicholas L. Adkins

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A Critical Spatial Analysis of Residential Planning in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Ibrahim Alkhaldy

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Efficacy of Deferasirox in Preventing Complications of Iron Overload in the Iron Overloaded Gerbil, Rabaa M. Al-Rousan

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Does the Perception of Obesity Cause Discrimination in the American Workplace?, Kevin R. Anderson

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Deferasirox decreases age-associated iron accumulation in the aging F344BN rat heart, Ravi K. Arvapalli

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Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS): A Comparison of Scoring Systems, Ashley E. Barr

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A reconnaissance of the intersex condition in Micropterus dolomieu of the Upper Ohio River Basin as an indicator of anthropogenic endocrine disruptors, Christopher Barry

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The Occurrence of Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis in Salamander Populations of West Virginia, Casey John Bartkus

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Structural Determination of the 5' Untranslated Regions of IRE-containing mRNAs, Chandra Sekhar Bathina

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The Current State of Professional Development in Appalachia, Lisa D. Beck

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The Transsulfuration Pathway Significantly Contributes to Glutathione Biosynthesis in Human Mammary Epithelial Cells, Andrea Del Pilar Belalcazar Maya

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Middle School Principals’ Perception of the Effect of Technology on Job Effectiveness, James M. Blackwell

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No Child Left Behind? A Socioeconomic Comparison of Urban, Suburban and Rural School Systems in Ohio, Brian E. Brown

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Regulation of Alpha- and Beta-actin Isoforms in the Contracting A7r5 Smooth Muscle Cell, Dawn Leah Brown-Turner

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Portraits of Resiliency : A Qualitative Study of Appalachian Christian Women, Joy A. Butcher-Winfree

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Degree of Vocal Handicap in Two Age Groups of Individuals, Whitney N. Casey-Heatherman

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Administrative Perspectives on Technology Integration: the Globaloria: MyGLife Program in West Virginia, William E. Chapman Jr.

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"A Long Wonder the World Can Bear & Be" : Narrative Strategies in The Dream Songs, Cooper Childers

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Attitude Change of Educators Utilizing Best Practices in Education, Sonya Christian

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Novel Word Learning of Children with Hearing Impairment and Children with Typical Hearing, Matthew R. Clark