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Dissertations from 2018

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Gendered Racism and Risky Sexual Behavior Among African American College Women: A Moderated Mediation Study of Psychological Distress, Alcohol Use, Safe Sex Practices, and Alcohol Protective Behavioral Strategies, Danielle P. Cottonham

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Psychopathic Traits, Substance Use, and Motivation to Change: The Effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing with At-Risk Adolescents, Christopher Thomas Alan Gillen

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Disability-Related Factors and Perceived Stigma: A Closer Examination of Suicidality in Individuals with Physical Disabilities, Lauren Khazem

Dissertations from 2017

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Barack Obama’s Rhetoric of Hope for Racial Reconciliation: An Examination of American Mainstream Media’s Framing of That Message, Zainul Abedin

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Elucidating the Role of Interleukin-17A in West Nile Virus Infection, Dhiraj Acharya

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Population Structure, Connectivity, and Phylogeography of Two Balistidae with High Potential for Larval Dispersal: Balistes capriscus and Balistes vetula, Luca Antoni

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An Exploratory Study of the Utilization of Evidence-Based Pharmacological Treatment on Heart Failure Patients in Mississippi and Its Impact on Readmission, Keri A. Barron

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Electrogenerated Chemiluminescent Studies of 9,10-Diphenylanthracene, Rubrene, Tris(2,2'-Bipyridine)Ruthenium(Ii) Species, and Their Derivatives For Sensitive Detection of Biomolecules, Pradip Bastola

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Evaluating the Effects of "On-Task in a Box" as a Class-wide Intervention for Increasing On-Task Behavior and Academic Performance, Allison Ashley Battaglia

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Study of Rickettsia parkeri colonization and proliferation in the tick host Amblyomma maculatum (Acari: Ixodidae), Khemraj B.C.

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Administrators’ Beliefs of the Organizational Effectiveness of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, Anthony Shane Blanton

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The Relationship Between the Human and Social Capital Characteristics of Nascent Entrepreneurs and Expected Job Growth in the United States, William Dwight Burge

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A Study of the Effects of Methylene Blue, Scopolamine, and Stress on Learning and Memory in the Zebrafish, Erika Marie Caramillo

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Effects of a Tiered Intervention Package to Increase Teacher Behavior Specific Praise, Hannah Jeanne Cavell

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Validation of the Young Adult Relational Aggression Scale, Caitlin M. Clark

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Anxiety-Like Behaviors and c-Fos Expression in Adult Zebrafish: Effects of Housing Conditions, Alcohol and Caffeine, Adam Douglas Collier

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Influence of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes on Corrosion Performance and Water Hydrogen Bonding of Epoxy-Amine Thin Films, Greg William Curtzwiler

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The Good Behavior Game: Effects On and Maintenance of Behavior in Middle-School Classrooms Using Class Dojo, Komila Dadakhodjaeva

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Re-editing Isaia Billè’s 24 Studi-Capricci Per Contrabbasso a 4 Corde to Modern Notation for Double Bass, Samuel Dahmer

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Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations Using Polynomial Particular Solutions, Thir R. Dangal

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The Impact of Commercial Banking Development on Economic Growth: A Principal Component Analysis of Association Between Banking Industry and Economic Growth in Europe, Hugh L. Davis III

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Hypermasculine, Antifeminine: The Role of Masculine Identity in Relational Aggression Among Gay Men, Daniel Locke Deason

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Relationship Between Health Literacy and Self-Directed Learning Readiness of Older Adults, Robin Justice Dennis

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Advancing Structure-Property Relationships in Functional Materials Via Thiol-ene Photopolymerization, Brian Richard Donovan

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The Body Mends Itself, Hannah Elizabeth Dow

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An Ecological Examination of Johnson Bayou (Pass Christian, MS) With a Reproductive Histological Analysis of Rangia Cuneata, and a Comparative Morphological Study of the Foot and Shell of Rangia cuneata and Polymesoda caroliniana, Brandon Drescher

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Applying Affective Engagement to Change Organizational Culture: A Secondary Analysis of Sexual Assault Prevention and Reporting Curriculum Outcomes on U.S. Air Force Technical Training Campuses, Stephen Bryce Ellis

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Taxonomy and Systematics of Plagioporus (Trematoda), With Descriptions of 10 New Species From Freshwater Fishes Of The Nearctic, Thomas John Fayton

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Evaluation of a Positive Version of the Good Behavior Game Utilizing ClassDojo Technology in Secondary Classrooms, William Blake Ford

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Psychological Conditions of Engagement Among Community College Maintenance Employees: A Cross-Sectional Study, Tammy T. Franks

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The Effects of Tax Increment Financing On Assessed Land Values, Burdette Edward Fullerton II

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An Evaluation of Behavioral Skills Training On the Implementation of Peer-Mediated Discrete Trial Training, Christopher M. Furlow

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More Than Mere Synonyms: Examining The Differences Between Criminogenic Thinking And Criminogenic Attitudes, David W. Gavel

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Disorder in Cysteine-Rich Granulin-3 and Its Implication in Alzheimer Disease, Gaurav Ghag

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An Analysis of ED Nurse Opinion of Their ED Nurse Manager Leadership Characteristics and Outcomes, Charlotte Ann Gore

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Design and Synthesis of Polymer Brush Surfaces with Complex Molecular Architectures and Morphologies, Wei Guo

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"An Alphabet of Soldiers”: Jake Heggie’s Farewell, Auschwitz, Lori Jo Guy

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Pragmatic Understanding of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Use of a Two-Way Communication System, Pepper Reid Hanna

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An Exploration of College Students’ Cooking Behavior and Factors That Influence That Behavior Using Social Cognitive Theory, Nichelle G. Harris

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Defining Deliberate Practice in Supervised Dietetics Education, Kevin D. Haubrick

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Identity Crisis: Understanding How American Males’ Self-Perception and Experiences Impact Their Educational Attainment, Jo Yarketta Hawkins-Jones

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A Qualitative Study of the Curricula For the Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree In Higher Education Programs, Rebecca C. Holland

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Beacon Light and Other Stories, Joseph Arnold Holt

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Is Human Capital Development the Missing Element of the Aerotropolis Model?, John Roosevelt Hubbard

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Educating Students with Visual Impairments in the General Education Setting, Kerri Janae Johnson-Jones

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Local Workforce Development Boards: Alignment with Operational Indicators and Behavioral Characteristics, Sharon Humphreys Johnson

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The Influence of Administrators on Literacy Instruction Through the Promotion and Selection of Professional Development, Lucy K. Johnston-Josey

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Cellulose Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites By In-Situ Ring-Opening Polymerization, Shahab Kashani Rahimi

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Effect of Chain Rigidity on Network Architecture and Deformation Behavior of Glassy Polymer Networks, Kyler Reser Knowles

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Solvent Effects of Model Polymeric Corrosion Control Coatings on Water Transport and Corrosion Rate, Christina Konecki

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Synthesis and Catalytic Evaluation of Novel C-alpha-methyl-beta-proline Analogues, and Concise Synthetic Approach to NH-Fmoc-S-Trityl-C-alpha-Methyl Cysteine, Hari Kiran Kotapati

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Maintenance and Generalization of Preschool Teachers' Use of Behavior Specific Praise Following In Situ Training, Zachary Charles LaBrot 7947921

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Classroom Organizational Structure in Fifth Grade Math Classrooms and the Effect on Standardized Test Scores, Dallas Marie Lane

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Efficacy of Cognitive Enrichment for Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): Evaluation of Planning Abilities Through the Use of a Novel Problem Solving Task, Lisa Kay Lauderdale

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The Idiosyncratic Language of Brazilian Music: Strategies for Performing Villa-Lobos Choros No. 10, Dennis Paz Leoni

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Introduction to Chemistry, Sara Ann Lewis

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Evaluating Relevance and Reliability of Twitter Data for Risk Communication, Xiaohui Liu

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The Effect of Instructional Strategies On Math Anxiety and Achievement: A Mixed Methods Study Of Preservice Elementary Teachers, Janelle K. Lorenzen

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A Motivational Profile of Nurses Who Pursue Doctoral Education, Tomekia Yvette Luckett

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Tootling With a Randomized Independent Group Contingency in a High School Setting, John Dylan Ken Lum

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The Relationship Between Social Status Motivation and the Detection of Trustworthy and Affiliative Cues in Faces, Christopher J. Lustgraaf

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The Influences of the French Flute School on Brazilian Flute Pedagogy, Fabiana Magrinelli Rocha Dahmer

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William Walker and the Seeds of Progressive Imperialism: The War in Nicaragua and the Message of Regeneration, 1855-1860, John J. Mangipano

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Perceived Influence of the Ferguson Effect On Law Enforcement Officer Turnover Intentions, William P. Markopoulos Jr

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An Examination of the Factors That Influence the Transfer of Learning Among K-12 Educators Participating In Professional Learning Communities, Charcelor C. McCullum

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The Design of an Instrument to Assess Clinical Laboratories Efficacy Post Implementation of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, Harry McDonald Jr.

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Property Morphology Correlations of Organic Semiconductor Nanowires, Frederick Marshall McFarland

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A Comparative Study Teaching Chemistry Using the 5E Learning Cycle and Traditional Teaching with a Large English Language Learner Population in a Middle School Setting, Cynthia Nicole McWright

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Ethical Decision-Making Accounting Competencies: Practitioners’ Perspectives, Gwendolyn P. Meador

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Un-Othering the Albino: How Popular Communication Constructs Albinism Identity, Niya P. Miller

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Mississippi’s Teacher Observation Rubric: Administrator Perceptions of Appropriateness by Grade Level, Danette Irvine Moore

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Knowledge and Practices of Faculty at NASM Accredited Institutions in the Southeast Region Regarding Standards-Based Instruction, Jonathan Leon Nelson

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The Effects of Training Multiple Mands Within Functional Communication Training on The Resurgence Of Problem Behaviors, Emily Jane Ness

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A Novel Role for Osteopontin in Facilitating West Nile Virus Neuroinvasion, Amber M. Paul

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The Moderating Role of Sex on Gender Role Orientation’s Meditation of Work-Family/Family-Work Conflict and Satisfaction Outcomes, Deirdre Lynn Paulson-O'Donovan

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An Investigation of the Use of Cerium and Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes for the Protection of Polymeric Epoxy Compounds in the Low Earth Orbit Environment, Jessica Miriam Piness

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Third Party Reforms In Corrections: A Qualitative Analysis Of Interest Groups’ Effectiveness At Reducing Entropy Using Litigation, James M. A. Pitts

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Krylov Subspace Spectral Methods for PDEs in Polar and Cylindrical Geometries, Megan Richardson

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"Her Splendid Children Will Be Born Here”: Anglo-American Relations and Sexual Selection in Transatlantic Fiction, 1870–1914, Jennifer Lynn Robertson

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Determining Feasibility Resilience: Set Based Design Iteration Evaluation Through Permutation Stability Analysis, James E. Ross

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Leadership Competencies for the Community College Department Chairperson, Jason Carl Ross

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Understanding Noncompliance: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Title IX Sexual Misconduct Violations Using the Office for Civil Rights Investigative Findings, Lenore N. Schaffer nee Malone

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Anodic Nanocatalysts for Formic Acid Fuel Cells: An Electrochemical Study, Tamanna F. Shanta McFarland

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Formation of Nanostructured Epoxy Networks Containing Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) and Silica Nanoparticles, Amit K. Sharma

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Solution of PDES For First-Order Photobleaching Kinetics Using Krylov Subspace Spectral Methods, Somayyeh Sheikholeslami

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Reported Ideal Traits of a Mentor as Viewed By African American Students In Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Mary L. Smith

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Groundhogs, Tanya Mason Smith

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Uncovering the Identity and Metabolism of Bacterial CoA-RNA, Joseph R. Spangler

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Through the Lens of Novice Teachers: A Lack of Administrative Support and Its Influence on Self-Efficacy and Teacher Retention Issues, Pamela Talley

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“Gosh I Miss the Cold War”: Post-Cold War Foreign Policy Making In The United States, 1989-1995, Samantha A. Taylor

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Taiwanese Traditional Musical Idioms Meet Western Music Composition: An Analytical and Pedagogical Approach to Solo Piano Works by Tyzen Hsiao, Yi-Chuan Tsai

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Forward Myth: Military Public Relations and the Domestic Base Newspaper 1941-1981, Willie R. Tubbs

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Finite Element Maximum Entropy Method for Approximating Absolutely Continuous Invariant Measures, Tulsi Upadhyay

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An Examination of the Relationships Between Social Anxiety Dimensions and Alcohol-Related Outcomes: The Mediating Role of Drinking Context, Margo Cooley Villarosa

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Strategies For Increasing Female Navy Officer Retention: Deploying Mothers’ Perspectives, Angela Holcombe Walker

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Beijing Opera Elements in Qigang Chen’s Piano Concerto Er Huang, Funa Wang

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Bioinspired Design of Wetting and Anti-Wetting Surfaces via Thiol-ene Photopolymerization, Li Xiong

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Polyisobutylene Telechelic Prepolymers by In Situ End-Quenching and Post-Polymerization Modifications, Bin Yang

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Optimizing Stadium Evacuation by Integrating Geo-Computation and Affordance Theory, Joslyn Jane Zale

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How Visual Communication Strategies, Brand Familiarity, And Personal Relevance Influence Instagram Users’ Responses To Brand Content, Lijie Zhou