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Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Benny Goodman : From “King of Swing” to Third Stream, Jae Ellis Bull

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Relocating Segregation : The Pea Island Life-Saving Station, Jessica Caldwell

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Correlations Between the WISC-IV, SB: V, and the WJ-III Tests of Achievement : Which has a better relationship with reading achievement?, Krystal Campbell

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Allocating for Graduation--A Correlation Analysis of Institutional Education and General Expenditures and Six-Year Graduation Rates at All Public, Four-Year or Above Degree-Granting Colleges and Universities, Danny R. Cantrell

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Gender Difference and Test Anxiety, LeAnn Chandler

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Reading Achievement for Students in Marshall University Graduate College’s 2005 Summer Enrichment Program: Program Evaluation, Elizabeth Cottle-Willard

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Comparison of the Reading Subtests of The Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement- Third Edition and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-Second Edition, Bruce A. Crum

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Characterization of Vinyl Chloride Degrading Bacteria From a Serial Anaerobic-Aerobic Chloroethene Bioreactor, Fredrick Heath Damron

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Phonological Awareness Instruction: Opinions and Practices of Educators and Speech-Language Pathologists in West Virginia, Melinda J. Daniel

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Three-Strikes Legislation and the Evolution of the Liberal Conception of Justice, Lisa Dillon

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Attendance and Reading Gains: Marshall University Summer Enrichment Program, Justa L. Dolin

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Solving Higher Order Dynamic Equations on Time Scales as First Order Systems, Elizabeth R. Duke

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Diverse Roles of PKCα in Vascular Smooth Muscle Contraction, Ava Caudill Dykes

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The Effects of Static Stretching on Vertical Jump Performance, Tom Evans

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“Since Merlin Paid His Demon All the Monstrous Debt”: The Celtic in Keats, Brandy Bagar Fraley

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Scanning Probe Microscopy and Oxidation of Silicon at Breakdown Voltages, Thabo Gcwabaza

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Constructed Ponds as Mitigated Habitat for the Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica LeConte) and the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum Shaw) in West Virginia, Celeste Dawn Good

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The Effect of Substance P on Ovariectomy-Induced Memory Deficits in Rats, Jamie L. Haga

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Regulation of Biofilm Formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Nathaniel Edwards Head

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Over the Hills: Locating the Politics in Redneck Discourse, Brent M. Heavner

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Isolated but not Oblivious: A Re-evaluation of Emily Dickinson’s Relationship to the Civil War, Peggy Henderson Murphy

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Thimerosal-Induced Neuritoxicity: Apoptosis Occurs Through A Mitochondrial-Mediated Pathway Via the JNK Signaling Pathway, Michelle L. Herdman

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Elizabeth Kee : A Clarion Voice of and for the People of Southern West Virginia 1951-1964, Shari A. Heywood

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Best Practices of National Board Certified Teachers and Non-Board Certified Teachers in Grades One and Two, Sue Ellen Hollandsworth

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Determining Biogeochemical Assemblages on the Stony River, Grant County, WV, using Fuzzy C-Means and k-Nearest Neighbors Clustering, M. Joseph Hughes

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Satellite Image Based Classification Mapping For Spatially Analyzing West Virginia Corridor H Urban Development, Chandra L. Inglis-Smith

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Survey of the Great Kanawha River, West Virginia, for Virulence Related Gene Markers stx1, stx2, and eaeA, Christina Carole Johnson

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Applications of Computational Homology, Christopher Aaron Johnson

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Characterization of the DNA-binding Properties of Silent Information Regulator 3 Protein, Cotteka Nichisha Johnson

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Thinking Style Differences of Female College and University Presidents: A National Study, Melanie S. Jones

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Popularity and Aggression Among Females in the Eighth Grade, April Lynn Kantz

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The Breeding Ecology and Natural History of Ambystomatid Salamanders in an Ephemeral Wetland in Mason County, West Virginia, S. Douglas Kaylor

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Occurrence and Distribution of Multi-Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria from the Great Kanawha River, West Virginia, April Dawn Keenan

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Geometric Field Stability and Normal Field Curvature of Solution Sets of Ordinary Differential Equations in Two Variables, Leslie L. Kerns

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Socialization and Attitudes: Effects of Religion, Political Identification, and Class, 1972-2002, Melissa Kimmel

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Staff Attitude Change in a Response to Intervention Program Evaluation, Alicia Kirby

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Principal Perceptions of the Relationship Between Professional Development Designs and the Qualities, Proficiencies, and Leadership Skills Required of West Virginia Principals, Karen Bitonti Larry

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Parental Satisfaction With Psycho-educational Consultation, Larry G. Lester

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Spectroscopic and Thermodynamic Analysis of CO Rebinding and Photodissociation from Fe (II) LPO, Dustin Michael Lockney

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Social Cognition in Children From Rural Appalachia: Defining, Predicting and Discovering, Conrae J. Lucas-Adkins

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Employment Success of Community and Technical College Program Graduates as an Indicator of Economic Development in West Virginia, Kristin L. Mallory

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The biological etiology of mental health disorders: Social influences and change potential of practitioners’ beliefs, Donna Marie Midkiff

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The Dynamics of Newton's Method on Cubic Polynomials, Shannon N. Miller

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The Zucker Rat as a Model of Obesity-Hypertension, Ryan Morrison

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The Selective Capacity of the Likely to Become a Public Charge Clause in the Visa Issuance Process, Camila Morsch

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A Study of West Virginia P-12 Teachers' Use of the Internet as a Professional and Instructional Tool, Sandra Lee Orr

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Parent Satisfaction with Marshall University’s Summer Enrichment Program: Year Three, Cristen C. Pulliam

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Evaluation of the Marshall University School Psychology Internship Experience, Carolee S. Richards

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Is the GAI a good short form of the WISC-IV?, Kimberly A. Scott

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Natural History and Distribution of the Upland Chorus Frog, Pseudacris feriarum Baird, in West Virginia, Jaime Sias

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Antibiotic Resistant and Coliform Bacteria in the Ohio River; 2002 to 2004, Lisa Marie Smith

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Nothing Personal : a Collection of Nonfiction Essays Exposing the Perverted Experiences of Life, Interactions, and Responses, Benjamin P. Taylor

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A Comparison of the Effect of Single-Sex Versus Mixed-Sex Classes on Middle School Student Achievement, Carol E. Thom

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Factors Present at Enrollment of College Freshmen That Predict Placement in Developmental Courses at Select Private Institutions, Mary Ann Thorn

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Home Range and Behavior of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), Jennifer P. Adams

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The Correlation between Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale III and Woodcock-Johnson III Cognitive Abilities and WJ III Achievement for College Students: Which is a Better Predictor of Reading Achievement?, Carrie M. Adkins

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An Analysis of the Degree of Transformational Leadership Exhibited by Administrators of 1862 and 1890 Cooperative Extension Programs in States with Both Systems as a Predictor for the Attainment of State Match in Federal Fiscal Year 2004, Ray Ali

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Excess Postexercise Oxygen Consumption and Interval Training, Shinichi Asano

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A Descriptive Analysis of the Quality of Staff Development Experiences as Perceived by West Virginia Teachers, Melinda Backus

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A Place Between Heaven and Hell, Holley Barker

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The Major Vernacular Regions of Tennessee, James Curtis Barker

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A Two-Year Seasonal Analysis of Wetland Vegetation at the McClintic Wildlife Management Area in Mason County, West Virginia, Anne Carrington Blankenship

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Capers Island, A Novel, Jennifer J. Cavender

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The Testing Effect: Using Retrieval Practice in the Classroom, Karen S. Clifton

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Warriors of the Skyline : A Gendered Study of Mohawk Warrior Culture, Anthony Patrick Curtis

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Successful Implementation of 504 Plans : What are the Common Elements?, Eugenia Damron

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The Relationship Between Levels of Moral Reasoning and Transformational Leadership Behaviors of West Virginia Public School Administrators, Cynthia L. Daniel

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Temperature and Ph Dependence of the Cyclization of Creatine: A Study Via Mass Spectrometry, Brian J. Diamond

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The Effects of an After-School Intervention Program on the Reading and Math Proficiency Scores of Sixth Graders, Laura Kelley Gleichauf

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Geopolitical Analysis of Terror in Selected U.S. Countries, Aaron M. Goodman

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Dynamic Equations on Changing Time Scales: Dynamics of Given Logistic Problems, Parameterization, and Convergence of Solutions, Kelli J. Hall

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Intimacy, Orgasm Likelihood of Both Partners, Conflict, and Partner Response Predict Sexual Satisfaction In Heterosexual Male and Female Respondents, R. Vernon Haning

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Potential Role of Social Support Systems and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Gregory Glenn Harris

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Return to Main Street : An Assessment of the Main Street Revitalization Program, Lisa Hechesky

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Parents’ Perception of the MUGC Graduate School Psychologist’s Ability to be a Productive Member of the Eligibility Committee and to Effectively Interpret a Psychoeducational Evaluation Report, Debra S. Henderson

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The Mood Type Indicator as compared with the MMPI-2 and BDI-II: A Study of Validity and Reliability, John Paul Hissom

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A Study of the Importance and Implementation of National Pre-Kindergarten Standards for Language and Literacy As Perceived by West Virginia Directors of Early Childhood Centers, Judaea Hodge

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Woman at War: How I Won My Battle with Domestic Violence, But Continue to Fight the War, Krista R. Holcomb

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Support Mechanisms as Influences of Success in the Certification Process of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Emily B. Hundley

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Irish Representations in the Films of Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan, Jeffrey K. Jack

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A Pilot Study to Determine Gender Differences in the Detection of Deception: Accuracy, Cues, and Skepticism, Randal B. Jarvis

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Complexity of Character in Jonson’s Sejanus, Jennifer Dawn Jones

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Effects of Tamoxifen on Mitochondrial NOS activity: alteration in the intramitochondrial Ca2+ homeostasis, Sandeep S. Joshi

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An Analysis of Accelerated Christian Education and College Preparedness Based on ACT Scores, Lisa J.L. Kelley

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J.A.C. Redford's A Psalm Triptych as Sonic Altarpiece, Erin Jones Kishpaugh

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Fluorescence Prediction through Computational Chemistry, Daniel Craig Lathey

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Recalled Childhood Sexual Abuse Related to Marital Satisfaction, David Lawson

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The Effects of Dams in the Big Sandy Watershed using a Novel Bacteria-Based Bioindicator of Water Quality, Kathleen Riha Loughman

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Natural History and Conservation Biology of a Southern West Virginia Contour Surface Mine Reptile and Amphibian Community, Zachary James Loughman

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Comparisons of Morphology and Reproductive Status of Plethodon Glutinosus at High, Middle, and Low Elevations in West Virginia, Cynthia F. Lucas

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Reduction of the Gibbs Phenomenon via Interpolation Using Chebyshev Polynomials, Filtering and Chebyshev-Pade' Approximations, Rob-Roy L. Mace

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Mechanisms of Growth Hormone Enhancement of Excitatory Synaptic Transmission in Hippocampus, Ghada Saad Zaglool Ahmed Mahmoud

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Reconstructing Poverty Discourse: Poverty and Reagan’s Narrative Rationality, Ryan Phillip McCullough

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Analysis of genotypic and phenotypic differences in Desmognathus quadramaculatus across the Southern Appalachians, Deborah Susan Merritt

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The Development of a Counselor Performance Evaluation, Amanda Christine Messina

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A Comparison of the WJ-III Test of Cognitive Abilities and the WAIS-III, Brittany Leigh Metz

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Differences in Self-Esteem between Genders: A Look at Middle School, Beth S. Michael

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Roosevelt’s Monetary Policy, Steven Napier

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The Segregated Distribution of Middle Class African American Households in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, Jay L. Newberry

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The Description of the Characters in Herman Melville's White-Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War, Toru Nishiura