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Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Power, Courtly Love, and a Lack of Heirs : Guinevere and Medieval Queens, Jessica Grady

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BOZ for jazz orchestra and vocal, Esin Gunduz

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Risk Behavior, Decision Making, and Music Genre in Adolescent Males, Joseph E. Hampton

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The Relationship between Teacher Efficacy and Reading Program Type in West Virginia Elementary Schools, Patricia Lee Harvey

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Influences of Writing Project Involvement on the Professional Development of Teachers, Barbara Dondiego Holmes

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Impact of the Short-Term Consumption of a Moderately High Fat Diet on Nitric Oxide Production and Bioavailibility, Kan Huang

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Effect of Growth Hormone on Hippocampal Synaptic Function during Sleep Deprivation, Eun Young Kim

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Nursing Faculty Shortage: Nurses' Perceptions as a Key to Administrative Solutions, Evelyn M. Klocke

Parent Satisfaction with Marshall University’s Summer Enrichment Program : Years Four and Five, Kimberly D. Legg

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The Effect of Virtual Clinical Gaming Simulations on Student Learning Outcomes in Medical-Surgical Nursing Education Courses, Robin A. Lewis

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Redeeming the Short Story Cycle: Evolution of One of the Last Literary Genres, Joshua J.W. Mattern

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Silence as Insubordination: Friday and Michael K’s Wordless Weapon, A Post-Colonial Approach toJ.M. Coetzee’s Foe and Life and Times of Michael K, Cody C. Mullins

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Control of Myosin motor activity and Actin filament translation by alteration of Assay Reducing Potential, Siva Krishna Nalabotu

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Loss of SKI Expression in Testicular Cancer Leads to an Enhanced Invasive Phenotype Through Both BMP-Dependent and BMP-Independent Pathways, Amy N. Nash

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A Comparative Analysis of the New York Times [U.S.A.] and the Nation Media Group [Kenya] Presidential Opinion Polls Coverage 90 Days Prior to Election Day, David Okoth

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Finding Positive Solutions of Boundary Value Dynamic Equations on Time Scale, Olusegun Michael Otunuga

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Enumeration of Endothelial Progenitor Cells in Hind Limb Suspended Rats and the Mechanics of Endothelial Wound Healing, Jarrod Matthew Pennington

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The Status of Violence Prevention in West Virginia Elementary Schools : A Case Study, Kristal Gayle Pentasuglia-Filipek

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Analysis of factors influencing West Virginia secondary biology and science teacher attrition rates, Seth Perry

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High Resolution Single Molecule Optical Localization of Multiple Fluorophores on DNA Origami Constructs Fluorophores on DNA Origami Constructs, Anuradha Rajulapati

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Synthesis of 5-methoxy-7-methylbicyclo[3.2.0]hept-2-en-6-ol, Harlan Reid

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Teacher Burnout: Special Education versus Regular Education, Amanda Roach

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The Effects of Anti-Depressant Advertising on Perception of Depression in College Students at Marshall University, Deirdre Robertson

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Supervisors’ Perspectives: Variables Influencing the Quality of Supervision, Terra L. Rose

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Autobiographical memory specificity, negative mood state, and executive control: implications for clinical depression, Billy J. Rutherford

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A Descriptive Analysis of Knowledge and Implementation of 21st Century Instructional Practices Among Elementary School Teachers Whose Administrators Participated in the 2006-2007 21st Century Leadership Institute, Elisabeth Michelle Samples

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The Natural History of Cave-Associated Populations of Eurycea l. longicauda with Notes on Sympatric Amphibian Species, Kevin Wayne Saunders

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Prevalence of intestinal parasite infection in symptomatic and asymptomatic dogs in southwestern West Virginia: the potential impact on human health, Tashina Marie Savilla

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Grant Writing Handbook for Our Lady of Fatima Parish School, Tracy Severson

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Determining the distribution of antibiotic resistant and fecal indicator bacteria in the Ohio River, Caitlin Nicole Swecker

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A GIS Analysis on Possible Photovoltaic Cell Use for Energy Reduction During Peak Hours in Huntington, West Virginia, James Eric Tadlock

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Russian Cultural Tourism Planning, Marketing, and Development: A Case Study of the Sheremetev Castle, Stephanie L. Thorn

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The Present Giver And Other Stories on Human Connections, Erin B. Waggoner

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Demographics, Activity, and Habitat Selection of the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene c. carolina) in West Virginia, Justin Adam Weiss

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Aldebaran {Alpha Tauri}, for Symphony Orchestra, Eric Michael Akers

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Habitat Comparison of Pseudacris f. feriarum and Pseudacris c. crucifer with Emphasis on Associated Plant Communities and Distribution of Clemmys guttata and Pseudacris f. feriarum in West Virginia, Scott Joseph Albaugh

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Residential Building Energy Consumption and Loss Reduction Methods, Edward J. Balthazar

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Mass Spectrometry of Dendrimer Metal Complexes, Jason David Batchelor

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Teacher Burnout: Locus of Control and its Correlation to Teacher Burnout and Job Satisfaction, Kimberly A. Bevis

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Small Town Urban Revitalization: The Effect of Pullman Square on Downtown Huntington, West Virginia, Amy R. Blankenship

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Balancing Belief : The Resolution of Belief Dilemmas, Andrew J. Borders III

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Will Travel : Journey Memoirs, Kelly Renee Broce

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Ariadne as the Exemplum of the Virtutes of Heroes in Catullus Carmen 64, Chad P. Brown

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A Study of Persistence Factors of Nontraditional Students Enrolled in Noncredit Information Technology Programs in the Advantage Valley Community College Consortium, Steven L. Brown

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Manganese Superoxide Dismutase Contributes to Cisplatin-Induced Cytotoxicity Rather than All-Trans Retinoic Acid-Dependent Chemoresistance, Zina-Ann Cardozo

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Teacher Skill and Response to Intervention in West Virginia Pilot Schools, Janna Christy

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A Study of West Virginia Teachers: Using 21st Century Tools to Teach in a 21st Century Context, Deborah D. Clark

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Investigating West Virginia Students' Perceptions of the Factors Affecting Their Educational Aspirations, Kimberly S. Cowley

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Normative Comparison for the Woodcock-Johnson III : Tests of Achievement in 15 & 18 Year Olds, Amber Cummings

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Comparing Digit Morphology of an Arboreal Salamander with Potential Competitors, Eric Hugh Diefenbacher

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Factors that Influence the Distribution of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in the Mud River, WV, Timothy Shaun Dotson

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The Relationship of Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) Oral Reading Fluency and the Terra Nova, 2nd Ed. Performance on Ohio Grade 3 Reading Achievement Assessment, Linda Adkins Ford

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Identification and Analysis of Prohibitin in B16 Mouse Melanoma Cells, Christopher Francis

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Grade Retention as Perceived by Principals, Debora Ann Galford

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Utilizing the Theory of Planned Behavior to Explain Suicidal Intent, Pamela R. George

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Impaired overload-induced hypertrophy in Obese Zucker rat slow-twitch skeletal muscle, Anil Kumar Gutta

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A Taxonomic Study of the Genus Acris and the Status of Acris Crepitans Blanchardi (Harper), Blanchard's Cricket Frog, in Southern Ohio and Western West Virginia, Amy M. Hamilton

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The Effects of Response to Intervention on Referral Rates for Special Education Services, Christina Hare

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Cohesion, Instruction Time and Reading Performance at MUGC Summer Enrichment Program, Brenda S. Harvey

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Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales Racial Bias in Children with Disabilities, Veria Hicks

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Ethylene production as an indicator of stress conditions in hydroponically-grown strawberries, Justin Donald Hogan

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Examination of Self-Efficacy and Locus of Control in Protecting Community Integration Following Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Agnieszka A. Hornich

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Childhood Obesity and Depression, Leslie N. Horton

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The First Act, Angela Hunt

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Writing the Wrongs : A Comparison of Two Female Slave Narratives, Miya Hunter-Willis

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Effects of Father Absence on Adolescent Depression, Sexual Attitudes, and Substance Use, Nicole M. Hurtack

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ADHD Assessment Practices Used by General Practitioners, Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, and Psychologists in West Virginia, Kristal D. Jenkins

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A study on the population size and natural history of the Eastern Six‐lined Racerunner, Aspidoscelis sexlineata, in West Virginia, with notes on other lizard species, Emmy Johnson

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The Geography of Open Dumps in Rural Appalachia, BJ Jones

Through the Looking Glass : Ovid's Amores 2.1 as a Reflection of Amores Book One, Jennifer J. Kennedy

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What Law Enforcement in West Virginia Know About Stalking Crimes, Sandra Kiser-Griffith

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Assembly and Function of Myosin II on Ultraviolet/Ozone Patterned Trimethylchlorosilane Substrates, Madhukar B. Kolli

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The Relationship of Globalization in the Development and Success of the Chilean Wine Industry, Jeanette Kripas

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Non-Preemptive Shunting in M/M/1 and Dynamic Service Queueing Systems, Steven Lacek

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The Function and Mechanism of Chmp1A in Tumor Development, Jing Li

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A Descriptive Study of the Impact of Planning Time on the Utilization of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Process Standards Within the Algebra 1 and Applied Mathematics Subject Fields, Kerri Colleen Lookabill

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The Effect of a Nurse-Respiratory Therapist Weaning Protocol on the Duration of Mechanical Ventilation and the Incidence of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, Andrea Lucas

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Limiting Problems in integration and An Extension of The Real Numbers System, Tue Ngoc Ly

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Characterization of Unusual Gymnamoebae Isolated from the Marine Environment, Margaret Wacera Mbugua

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Ecology, Reproduction and Morphometrics of the Common Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus) and Eastern Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis) in West Virginia, Noah McCoard

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Mental Health and Business Professionals’ Employment-Related Perceptions of Individuals with Psychological Disorders, Kevan Mock

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A Descriptive Analysis of Quality Online Practices as Perceived by West Virginia Higher Education Faculty, Michael H. Murphy

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Results of the Accreditation Process to Guide Postsecondary Certificate-Granting Institution Improvement, Sherri E. Nash

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Image Processing and Spatial Analysis of Satellite Imagery for Geobiophysical Modeling of Sources for Increased Sediment Yield in the Greenup Pool of the Ohio River, Michael L. Orr

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Not Your Father’s Border: An Examination of the Border in Northern Ireland and Its Relevance to the Global Change in the Importance of World Borders, Aaron Patterson

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Effects of aging and gender on regulators of muscle adaptation in F344/BN rat model, Satyanarayana Paturi

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West Virginia Streamside Salamander Guilds and Environmental Variables with an Emphasis on Pseudotriton ruber ruber, Kathryn Rebecca Pawlik

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Terrestrial habitat use of Marbled Salamanders Ambystoma opacum: A site specific approach, Frank Piccininni

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A study of present value maximization for the monopolist problem in time scales, Keshav Prasad Pokhrel

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Differentiating Young Adult Social Smokers on Psychological Constructs, Stacy M. Saunders

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School Counseling in West Virginia: An Examination of School Counselors and Implementation of WV Policy 2315, Christine J. Schimmel

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A Continued Study of the Use of Created Ponds for Amphibian Breeding in Fragmented Forested Areas, Amy Elizabeth Schneider

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Marginalized Students' Perspectives of School Consolidation: A Case Study in Rural West Virginia, Betty A. Sias

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A Study of West Virginia Secondary Public School Library Media Centers and Library Media Specialists and Their Use of 21st Century Technology Tools, Kimberly Ann Bickel Sigman

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MUGC Summer Enrichment Program and Reading Achievement: Program Evaluation, Melissa A. Varian

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The Natural History and Distribution of the Mountain Earthsnake (Virginia valeriae pulchra) in West Virginia, Daniel Ware

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Assessment of Adult ESL Learners’ Preferable Learning Styles : Implications for an Effective Language Learning Environment, Kayoko Yamauchi

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Comparative Study of the Working Memory Scales of the WISC-IV and SB5 in Referred Students, Erica N. Abbott

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Suicidal Terrorism : A Dying Strategy, Michael Jessee Adkins

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An Analysis of the Stereotypes of Preacher’s Kids and its Application on their Spouses, Tara J. Allman