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Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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A Case Study of the Effectiveness of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's Teacher Education Program, Donna M. Armstrong

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Aging influences multiple indices of oxidative stress in the heart of the Fischer 344/NNia x Brown Norway/BiNia rat, Shinichi Asano

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Impact of the 25th Street Combined Sewer Overflow on the Ohio River, Travis M. Bailey

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Ecology and Morphological Comparison between Rough Greensnakes (Opheodrys a. aestivus) and Eastern Smooth Greensnakes (Opheodrys v. vernalis) in West Virginia, Timothy Earl Baldwin

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Variables that Influence the Quantity of In-home Services for Children, Adrienne A. Bean

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A Descriptive Analysis of the Perceived Importance and Use of Scientific Research-Based Instructional Strategies Among West Virginia Teachers, Cheryl D. Belcher

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From Man to Meteor: Nineteenth Century American Writers and the Figure of John Brown, Amanda Benigni

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A Study of West Virginia Principals : Technology Standards, Professional Development, and Effective Instructional Technology Leaders, Dixie M. Billheimer

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Evaluation of a Behavioral Health Integration Program in a Rural Primary Care Facility, Tina W. Billmeyer

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Association of Smooth Muscle Myosin and its Carboxyl Isoforms with Actin Isoforms in Aorta Smooth Muscle, Jason Edward Black

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A study of the genus Desmognathus in West Virginia, with emphasis on Desmognathus welteri, the Black Mountain Salamander, Tristan Bond

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New Microanatomical Characters for Scorpion Taxonomy (Arachnida: Scorpiones), Michael Brewer

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Organizational Leadership in Academic Libraries : Identifying Culture Types and Leadership Roles, Monica Garcia Brooks

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Effects of Retinoic Acid on Beta-Catenin Transcriptional Activity in Melanoma Cells, Fung Chan

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Appalachian Literature and the "Red-Headed Stepchild of Publishing:" The Writings of Victor Depta and the Cultural Work of Independent Presses, Kristopher Clifford

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Analysis of Prehistoric Burials at the Snidow Site (46mc1), Mercer County, West Virginia, Rachel J. Crawford

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The Commodification of Tragedy: A Critical Examination of Contemporary Film, Harold Dawson

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A Wolf Amongst the Sheep: A Sociological Approach to Understanding the German Church Struggle, Kevin L. Dingess

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Evaluation of Reading Achievement for Students of The Carroll County Public School System’s 2006 Summer Enrichment Program, Melissa A. Doan

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High Stakes Testing Effects Dropout Rates, Ann Dodd

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Girls in the Juvenile Justice System, Ryan Michelle Donley

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Satellite Image Processing for Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Modeling in Kyrgyz Republic National Park, Galina N. Fet

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Turtle Assemblages in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia with an Emphasis on Pseudemys rubriventris (LeConte), Ashley Renea Fisher

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Regional Learning Opportunities : A Story of Place-Based Learning Among Adults in West Virginia, Paula W. Flaherty

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Perceptions of Preceptor Training in the Dietetic Supervised Practice Experience, Mary Kathryn Gould

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Distribution and Conservation Genetics of the Cow Knob Salamander, Plethodon punctatus Highton (Caudata: Plethodontidae), Matthew R. Graham

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Effective Reading Instruction in a Response to Intervention Program Evaluation, Sabrina L. Graham

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Conceptualizing Depression: The Role of Attachment and Related Issues, Megan Green

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Response to Intervention and Effects on Retention, Jason D. Haught

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I Am Prosper, I Am Ariel, I Am Caliban: A Metatheatrical Approach to Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Leah E. Haydu

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Estimation of the Effects of Vegetation on Local Climate Using GIS and Remote Sensing Data, Won Hoi Hwang

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A Functional Analysis of English Humanities and Biochemistry Writing with Respect to Teaching University Composition, Joshua Glenn Iddings

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Arsenic Toxicity in PLHC-1 Cell Line and the Distribution of Arsenic in Central Appalachia, Yeong Nam Jeong

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Age-related DGC structure and function in the F344/N X BN rat heart, Sunil K. Kakarla

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Lean and Obese Zucker Rats Exhibit Different Patterns of p70S6kinase Regulation in the Tibialis Anterior Muscle in Response to High Force Muscle Contraction, Anjaiah Katta

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Habitat Preferences of the Eastern Hellbender in West Virginia, S. Conor Keitzer

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Knights in White Satin: Women of the Ku Klux Klan, Kelli R. Kerbawy

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Using Geographic Information Systems to Organize and Coordinate Holistic Watershed Resource Management, John M.S. King

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Access to Health Information and Health Care Decision-Making of Women in a Rural Appalachian Community, Tracy L. LeGrow

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Attachment and Adolescent Psychopathology in a Correctional Setting, Lindsay A. Lounder

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Population Modeling by Differential Equations, Hui Luo

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A Taxonomic Investigation of the Black Ratsnake, Elaphe o. obsoleta (Say) [Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae], in West Virginia using Morphometric Analyses, Adam M. Mann

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A Taxonomic Study of the Morphological Variation and Intergradation of Chrysemys picta (Schneider) (Emydidae, Testudines) in West Virginia, Melissa R. Mann

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The Body of Light : Poems, Alicia Matheny

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The Principalship: A Study of the Principal's Time on Task From 1960 to the Twenty-First Century, Jacqueline A. McPeake

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Chronic Acetaminophen Treatment Influences Indices of Reactive Oxygen Species Accumulation in the Aging Fisher 344 X Brown Norway rat Aorta, Sarath Meduru

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The Expression and Function of PPAR and HIF-1 in Human Melanoma, Caroline Mills

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Shear Stress Induced mTOR Signaling in Cultured A7r5 Aortic Smooth Muscle Cell Line, Sriram Prasad Mupparaju

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Body Parts and Their Epic Struggle in Ovid’s Amores, Leisa M. Muto

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Survival of the Fittest? The Rebranding of West Virginia Higher Education, James Martin Owston

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The Influence of Organizational and Governance Structures on the Frequency of Management Skill Utilization of Community College Chief Executive Officers in the United States, Timothy R. Oxley

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The effect of Marshall University's Summer Enrichment Program on reading gains program evaluation, II, Kelli A. Potoczny

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Born of Freedom and Dissent: A comparative analysis of American antiwar protest in the first 1,418 days of the Vietnam and Iraq wars, Thomas N. Ratliff

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The Effect of High-Fidelity Manikin-Based Human Patient Simulation on Educational Outcomes in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Courses, David L. Rodgers

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Scotland: The new melting pot?, Alexandria Rovatsos

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Atmospheric smog modeling, using EOS Satellite ASTER Image Sensor, with feature extraction for pattern recognition techniques and its correlation with In-situ ground sensor data, Parthasarathi Roy

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Interrupting the Puppet Master: (Un)reliability and Metatextuality in Dave Eggers’s You Shall Know Our Velocity, Suzanne R. Samples

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Environmental disturbance and the distribution of Rhinichthys bowersi in West Virginia, Brooke Elizabeth Schlenker

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Morphological and Molecular Analyses of the Blacknose Dace Species Complex (Genus Rhinichthys) in a Large Zone of Contact in West Virginia, Geoffrey D. Smith

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The Influence of College Students’ Perception of Parental (or Primary Caregiver) Expectations on Coping Behavior and Adjustment in Early Adulthood, Jessica Smith

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Acquiring Three-Dimensional Data from Small Mammalian Teeth : Laser Scanning Eocene Marsupials, Nicholas E. Smith

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Ladies on the Label: A Meta-Analysis of Stereotypes in Advertising, Valerie L. Spears

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MLCK/actin Interaction in the Contracting A7r5 Cell and Vascular Smooth Muscle, Sean Eric Thatcher

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The Relationship Between Leadership Styles and Organizational Culture withinSchools of Nursing, Debra K. Vankovich Mullins

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Risk Management Practices of Collegiate Athletic Trainers: An Examination of Policies and Procedures, Ericka Point Zimmerman

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Intimate Partner Violence and Rural Women, Amanda S. Adams

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Christina Rossetti, Sarah Grand, and the Expression of Sexual Liminality in Nineteenth Century Literature, Jennifer Persinger Adams

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The Utilization of Gender, Retention, SES and STEEP Scores to Predict Reading Mastery, Lisa Lee Adams

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Protein Kinase C Activity in Mouse Eggs Regulates Gamete Membrane Interaction, Hiroto Akabane

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Chmp1 is Implicated in the Development of Pancreatic Tumor Via the Retinoic Acid Signaling Pathway, Juliana Adedayo Akinsete

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The Natural History and Thermal Ecology of a Population of Spotted Turtles (Clemmys Guttata) and Wood Turtles (Glyptemys Insculpta) in West Virginia, Ariana N. Breisch

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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