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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Teacher and administrator perspectives on formative student assessment in career and technical education: for career and technical teachers and administrators, Ryan K. Haught

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Student attributes related to dual enrollment baccalaureate degree outcomes in a rural state, Charles Scott Inghram

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The effect of athlete celebrity endorsement on attitude toward brand and purchase intention, Yunheui Jeon

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Awareness of Clery Act Reporting Requirements Across Institutional Strata in West Virginia Community and Technical Colleges, Christina C. Johnson

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The Alt-right's use of President Donald Trump's Twitter account as a propaganda device, Erin Nicole Jorden

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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) telemetry techniques and translocation, Michael Thomas Jungen

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Freshwater Mussels of the Greenup Navigational Pool, Ohio River, with a Comparison to Fish Host Communities, Mitchell David Kriege

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Principal Perceptions of the Effectiveness of WVBE Policy 5800: Standards of Professional Practice for West Virginia Superintendents, Principals and Teacher Leaders, Allen Ray Laugh Jr.

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"This Isn't for You, This Is for Me": Women in Cosplay and Their Experiences Combatting Harassment and Stigma, Christopher M. Lucas

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Role of N-acetyl-seryl-aspartyl-lysyl-proline (Ac-SDKP) and renal hemodynamics on obesity related renal damage, Mani Maheshwari

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A Poetic Exploration of Landscape and Negation in Larry Levis's The Dollmaker’s Ghost, Cynthia McComas

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The Life History of Faxonius rusticus (Girard, 1852) in Sunfish Creek, Monroe County, Ohio, Kyle McGill

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An Extension of the Jeu de Taquin, Joanna McKinney

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"Impracticable, inhospitable, and dismal country": An examination of the environmental impact on Civil War military operations in West Virginia, John Martin McMillan

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Are Higher Education Institutions Addressing the Employment Needs of Clinical Laboratories in Rural Areas?, Pamela Dawn Meadows

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Weathered Mountains: A Qualitative Study of West Virginia Women and their Perceptions of Strength, Land, and Womanhood, Danielle Renee Mullins

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The Progressive Distribution of Sentences Containing Relative Clauses in Japanese Textbooks of English, Risa Nakagawa

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A systemic functional analysis of TOEFL sample writings, Yuki Nakamura

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Thumb Sticks and Hand Grenades : An Analysis of War and Perspectives in Video Games, Jonathan Ked Nance

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Relationship between the WJ-IV ACH reading tests and the GORT-5, Emily D. Nestor

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Effect of Empagliflozin on insulin sensitivity in the lean and obese Zucker rat: a model of metabolic syndrome, Veda Gayatri Sushma Penta

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Effective iPad Instruction: A Qualitative Study Comparing Classroom Practices to the Technology Integration Matrix, Bridget Phillips

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Exploring the Regulatory Mechanism of the Notch Ligand Receptor Jagged1 Via the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Breast Cancer, Sean Alan Piwarski

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Prenatal opioid maintenance in the U.S. and its effect on neonatal abstinence sysndrome: the case of West Virginia's opioid epidemic, Morgan Ruley

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A Characterization of West Virginia Coyotes (Canis Latrans) Utilizing Skull Morphology, Katharina E. Scholer

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The Truth About Literature: An Examination of Emotion and Ethics Across Genre, Christian Alexander Simms

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Amphibians Among Road-Rut Pools in West Virginia, Abby L. Sinclair

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Is Preoperative Administration of Celecoxib and Pregabalin Associated with Decreased Intraoperative and Postoperative Opioid Consumption in Patients Undergoing Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty?, Cierra Treadway

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Modeling Chlorophyll Concentrations on the Ohio River using Remotely Sensed Data, Thaddaeus Stephen Tuggle

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The Floating Head of Feminism: The Domesticated Domain and Erasure of the Female (No)body in Contemporary Television and Cinema, Alicia Brooke Turner

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Effectiveness of Tranexamic Acid Administration on Intraoperative Blood Loss in Elective Craniofacial Surgery, Kimberly Marie Vance

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Exploring the Perspectives and Experiences of Physicians in WV who Prescribe Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) to Patients with Opioid use Disorder (OUD), Kimberly Ann White

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An investigation of the relationship between selected superintendent attributes and instructional leadership practices, Leatha G. Williams

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Using Environmental DNA and Occupancy Modeling to Examine Drivers of Eastern Hellbender Extirpation and Sampling Method Efficiency in West Virginia, Sean Michael Wineland

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Teachers' practices and perceptions concerning the implementation of inquiry-based instruction in middle school science, Jill E. Wood

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Design and simulation of a pneumatic actuator bending soft robotics based on 3D printing, Chenyu Zheng

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Smartphone-Based Self Rescue System for Disaster Rescue, Xitong Zhou

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Thematic patterning in English and Arabic and its implications on translation, Saud Abdulrahman Alshehri

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Missing Mother: The Female Protagonist's Regression to the Imaginary Order in Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, The Sundial, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Julie Ann Baker

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Perceptions of the athletic training profession by a collegiate athlete patient population, Bethany Estelle Beuhring

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Music of the “Cult of Whitman”: Charles Villiers Stanford's Elegiac Ode, Jacob Bird

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A learning model of community collaboration in West Virginia, Tracy L. Bradley

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Bad things to good people: Stories, Christopher Ryne Brewer

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Smoke and Silver: Money, Credit, and the Failure of Economic Diversification in the Seventeenth Century Virgina, Christopher Calton

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The Effects of Rape Myth Acceptance, Benevolent Sexism, Characterological Self-Blame, and Behavioral Self-blame on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Severity, Jacob Whitaker Camp

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A Study of the Influence of Branded Messages on Non-branded Food Items When Presented to 10 to 14-year-old Children, Cassandra J. Chinn

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Familial Attitudes and Behaviors as Predictors of Transgenderism, Angela Dawn Cockrell

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A Study of the WV Judges' Truancy Program Used in Eight WV Counties from 2012-2015, Lori Gibson Comer

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Planet Superman: An ecocritical analysis of the Man of Steel from 1938-2017, Justin Hart Crary

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The Assessment of Medial Stability of the Elbow Using Sonography and Three Clinical Tests, Andrew Michael DeMoss

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A comparative analysis of stress responses in diverse Acanthamoeba isolates, Mallory Jean Douthitt

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The Relationship Between the Gray Oral Reading Test, Fifth Edition (GORT-5) and Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement, Fourth Edition (WJ IV ACH) for Referred Children, Megan Edwards

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Sensitivity Analysis of Wolf Restoration in Yellowstone Nation Park Using Omnivory Models, Derek Fields

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Employing the enzyme cofactor function of ascorbic acid to affect oncogenic pathways in human melanoma: modulating Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1α and DNA demethylation to reduce malignant potential, Adam Patrick Fischer

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The Power to Overcome: The Resistance and Resiliency of Black Motherhood, Nathan Full

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Doxorubicin Cytotoxicity in a Human Proximal Tubular Epithelial Cell Line was Attenuated by the Natural Product Resveratrol, Morghan Schuyler Getty

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Career Paths, Barriers, and Professional Experiences: A Comparison Study of Physical Therapy Program Directors in the United States, Tamara Nancy Gravano

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Intraoperative Administration of Intravenous Acetaminophen at Induction or End of Surgery and its Relationship with Opioid Consumption and Pain Scores, Spencer Davis Greenwood

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Principal and Faculty Senate Chair Perceptions of Faculty Senate Participation in Teacher Hiring in West Virginia Schools, Sarah Elizabeth Grose

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Creating a Female Athlete: The Power of Societal Reimaging and Advertising in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, Kaitlyn M. Haines

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The Association between Intraoperative Single-Dose Dexamethasone and Postoperative Pain in Patients Undergoing Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Sara Hatfield

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"United We'll Win our Stand": The Role of Focalization in Representing Solidarity in the Anthems of Three Holocaust Concentration Camps, Hillary Louise Herold

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The Role of Evidence-Based Research in the Decision-Making Process as Perceived by Local Board of Education Policymakers in West Virginia, Elizabeth Anne Hoylman

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"The Whole Building Is A Classroom": An Oral History of a School's Role in the Culture of the Community, Valerie Free Jones

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The Influence on Morbidity and Mortality when Blood Products are Transfused using Conventional Coagulation Tests Versus TEG or ROTEM in Trauma Patients Perioperatively, Teresa Diana Kelley

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A comparison of self-perceived test-taking motivation on large scale high- and low-stakes tests, Randall Joseph King

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Desperate and Determined Men: West Virginia's Lincoln County Feud, Brandon Ray Kirk

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Forging a Bluegrass Commonwealth: The Kentucky Statehood Movement and the Politics of the Trans-Appalachian West, 1783–1792, Christopher L. Leadingham

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Examining Risk Perceptions and Efficacy for Healthy Weight Management among Appalachian College-Aged Students: A Test and Extension of the Risk-Perception-Attitude Framework, Victoria Ann Ledford

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Formal and Functional Linguistic Properties of ESL Textbooks, Jessica Shea Lewis

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Local Sensitivity Analysis of Acute Inflammation, James Martin

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The effects of flexor pronator mass fatigue on medial elbow stability, Nathaniel Harvey Millard

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The effects of community type and sexual orientation on adolescent alcohol abuse: A retrospective exploration, Karla Beth Moore

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Tenofovir Induced Nephrotoxicity: A Mechanistic Study, Rachel A. Murphy

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Professional development for the West Virginia School Psychologists Association, Andrea Nunn

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“Fence-line” contrast soundscape study of forested lands in Allegany State Park and Allegheny National Forest: Is there an impact of oil and gas development on an eastern forest soundscape?, Kasey Lynne Osborne

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The Pareto-g Extended Weibull Distribution, Oluwaseun Elizabeth Otunuga

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What is the Relationship of Increased Intraocular Pressure and Body Mass Index in Patients Undergoing Robotic Prostatectomy in Sleep Trendelenburg Position?, Seth Parsons

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Establishing environmental variability in the toxins produced by a single strain of prymnesium parvum, Amy Parsons-White

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Balance score card in health care organization, Vani Pathuri and Huanyu Wang

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Is interoperability a hindrance to the nationwide health information exchange (NHIE)?, Nitesh Patil and Sruthi Katamneni

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The Perceptions of College Foreign Language Students Concerning their High School Foreign Language Preparation, Bryan M. Pickens

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Douglass High School: Students' Perspectives on Attending a Segregated School, Lee Ann Hvizdak Porter

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Effectiveness of Essentials for College Math as a High School Transitional Course, Jennifer S. Riggleman

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School-based evaluations for students with intellectual disabilities: is "sufficiently comprehensive" good enough?, Elizabeth E. Robinson

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The combinatorics of modified Macdonald polynomials, Jacob Rodeheffer

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Does Perioperative Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor Therapy Correlate with Increased use of Vasopressors during Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion versus those not Receiving Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor Therapy: A Retrospective Study, Joshua Ross

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In the Company of Angels: Expressions of Personal Autonomy, Authority, and Agency in Early Anglo-Saxon Monasticism, William Tanner Smoot

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The "Noble Savage" in American Music and Literature, 1790-1855, Jacob Mathew Somers

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Weihrauch Reducibility and Finite-Dimensional Subspaces, Sean Sovine

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"We're Human": An Analysis of Formal and Informal Training Methods for Direct Care Staff Working with Dual-Diagnosis Populations, Adam Clay Stephenson

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Terror and territory: A spatio-temporal analysis of ISIL, Robert Riley Strider

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Analysis of Bioaccumulation of Selenium Diets in Brook Trout (Salvelnius Fontinalis), Kyle Aaron Tasker

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A Robust Framework for Mining YouTube Data, Zifeng Tian

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"God, Mother and Island Creek": The Story of Holden Central School and the Emergence of Nurturing Paternalism, Harley D. Walden

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West Virginia needle exchange program, Briana Washington and Sara Johnson

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Surviving Fallout in Appalachia: An Examination of Class Differences within Civil Defense Preparation in West Virginia During the Early Years of the Cold War, Tristan Miranda Williams

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Does Rotem-Guided Therapy Influence Postoperative Chest Tube Output in On-pump CABG?, Preston Franklin Woodburn-Camp

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The role of oxidation-sensitive nociception and epigenetics in endometriosis-associated pain, Kristeena Ray Wright

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Relationship between media use and cultural adjustment: A study on international students at Marshall University, Haruka Yanagihara