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Dissertations from 2018

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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Groundhogs, Tanya Mason Smith

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

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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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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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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

Dissertations from 2016

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Addressing the Issues of Drug Delivery via Advanced Macromolecular Design, Brooks Allen Abel

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Character Interpretation in Poulenc's La Voix Humaine: A Performer's Guide, Stefanie Nicole Anduri

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Optimizing Workforce Performance: Perceived Differences of Army Officer Critical Thinking Talent Across Level of Education, Richard B. Ayers

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Preparation and Characterization of Singlet-Oxygen Generating Thiol-ene Networks Containing Fullerene and Metallofullerene Derivatives, Emily Matthews Barker

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The Influence of the Electric Supply Industry on Economic Growth in Less Developed Countries, Edward Richard Bee

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Property Rights and International Trade: An Institutional Determinant of Export Structure, Gregory Alan Bonadies

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Refinement of the Attitudes Toward Anger Management Scale, David Jerome Boudreaux

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Curing of Polymer Thermosets via Click Reactions, Mark Richard Brei

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A Comparison of Multipath and Conventional Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, Cody Brian Bremner

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The Ones I Loved First: Stories, Jennifer J. Brewington

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The Synthesis of Chemosensors for Toxic Analytes, Johnathan Hugh Broome

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Instructor-Student Classroom Interactions: An Experimental Study of Language, Sex-Differences, and Student Perceptions of Instructors, Carl Joseph Brown

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Behavioral and Environmental Analysis of Self-Reported Dysphonic and Non-Dysphonic High School Music Teachers, Emily Pence Brown

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Suburban Ruin, Susan Lang Brown

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Factors Influencing Accessibility to American Public Higher Education, Angela Leanne Bryan

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Characterization of Glycine Rich Proteins From the Salivary Glands of the Lone Star Tick Amblyomma americanum, Rebekah Lynn Bullard

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Preferential Trade Agreements and Quality of Government in Sub-Saharan Africa, Sharon Camara

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18 Dorset Ct., Allison Catherine Campbell

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Exploring Three Colombian-Andean Folk Style (Danza, Pasillo, and Bambuco): An Analysis and Arrangement of Three Colombian Pieces for Flute and Piano, Jesus Castro Turriago

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Why Do People Continue Using Facebook: An Empirical Study From the Perspectives of Technology Adoption and Social Contract, Chen-Wei Chang

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Novice and Veteran Teachers’ Perceptions of Crisis Management Training Concerning School Fights., Heather Ann Chesman

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Ecological and Phenotypic Factors Influencing the Movement Dynamics of the Blackspotted Topminnow, Fundulus olivaceus, Scott Richard Clark

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Seeing is Believing, But is it the Truth? Reality vs. Representation of Men in Contemporary Magazine Advertisements, 1980-2010, Dana Ann Lopez Coleman

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Transition Between Phases of the Annual Cycle: Spring Migration to Breeding in Nearctic-Neotropical Songbirds, Kristen Marie Covino

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In Absentia Parentis: The Orphan Figure in Latter Twentieth Century Anglo-American Children’s Fantasy, James Michael Curtis

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A Library of Coumarin-Enaminone Chemodosimeters for the Detection of Analytes, Aaron Berrell Davis

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Teacher Beliefs Regarding Positive Behavior Support Programs in Mississippi Middle Schools, Chad Joseph Davis

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Not Created Equal: The Effectiveness of Two Types of Educational Computer Games, Timothy Brent Dedeaux

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Lignocellulose as Carbon Source Promotes Bacterial Synergism and Reduces Antagonism, Yijie Deng

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Rebuilding Security and Peace for Women: Exploring Women’s Security Challenges and Activism for Security and Peace Building in Northeast India, Rubi Devi

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The Tootling Intervention with ClassDojo: Effects on Classwide Disruptive Behavior and Academically Engaged Behavior in an Upper Elementary School Setting, Melissa McHugh Dillon

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Emotion-Related Factors as Mediators in the Relation Between Family Stress and Adolescent Externalizing Problems, Kristy Marie DiSabatino

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Bearing the Double Burden: Combat Chaplains and the Vietnam War, John Donellan Fitzmorris III