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Dissertations from 2014

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"This Masterpiece of Nature:" An Ecocritical Study of Joseph Conrad's Fiction, Sonja Luther

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Effects of Animal Management Changes on the Activity Budgets and Walking Rates of Zoo Elephants, Angela Dawn Mackey

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Differences in Narcissistic Presentation in Abused and Non-Abused Children and Adolescents, Mallory Laine Malkin

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Dreamers: Stories, Eddie Wayne Malone

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Molecular Probes for the Detection of Zn2+ and Fe3+ Ions, Erendra Manandhar

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Growth and Decline of "Second Life" as an Educational Platform, Christine Libby Mark

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CSI Effect and Forensic Science/Criminal Justice Degree Programs, Megan Dutton McCay

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Evaluating The Effectiveness of the Good Behavior Game with General Education High School Students Utilizing a Changing Criterion Component, Rachel Ritter Mitchell

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Comparison of the Conceptual Understanding of Newton's Laws in an Online and Traditional Introductory Physical Science Course, Rex Robert Moak

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Hybrid Meshless Method for Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations, Jeanette Marie Monroe

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The Influence of Bystanders in Subsequent Bullying Behavior, Jenny Lane Morris

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Exploring Perceived Norms and Protective Strategies: Self-Consciousness and Gender as Moderators, Jeremy James Noble

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Teacher Expectations of Students in a Predominantly African American School District, Durand Duron Payton

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Effective Instructional Strategies Utilized in Successful and High Performing Secondary Schools in the Southern Region of Mississippi, Jeanifer Lynn Pearson

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Building Change Readiness Practices for Information Technology Support Staff, Dianna Joseph Perkins

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Reducing Ambiguities in Customer Requirements Through Historical Rule-Based Knowledge in a Small Organization, Silvia Brum Preston

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Revision of 13 Genera of Haploporidae (Trematoda), Eric Edward Pulis

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Monsters, Kent James Quaney

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Re-evaluating the Criminal Investigative Process: An Empirical Evaluation of Criminal Investigations in the United States, Jeremiah J. Rayner

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Relationships Between Participation in Extracurricular Activities, ACT Scores, GPA, and Attendance in Select Public High Schools in Mississippi, Lance Kelvin Reed

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Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of Response to Intervention and Teacher Support Team Effectiveness within a Mississippi Gulf Coast School District, Shanta Dannette Rhodes

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Online Versus Face-to-Face Biology: A Comparison of Student Transactional Distance, Approach to Learning, and Knowledge Outcomes, Mary Erin Riggins

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Dispositional Optimism: Modeling Cardiovascular Disease Mortality with Traditional Risk Factors and a Psychosocial Personality Trait, Kiana Ramisi Luckett Robinson

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Characterization and Role of MSAABCR in Biofilm Development and Virulence in Staphylococcus aureus, Gyan Sundar Sahukhal

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Blue Mountain: A Chamber Opera for Winds and Voices by Justin Dello Joio: A Unique Contribution for Wind Band Literature, Armando Saldarini

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Gatekeeping the Social Games in a Post-Broadcasting World: A Qualitative Content Analysis of NBC and User-Generated Olympic Twitter Coverage During the 2012 London Games, Daniel Anthony Sipocz

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The Implementation of Common Core Standards and Teacher Intent to Persist, Eddie Miles Louis Smith

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Faith-based and Graduate Adult Educator's Negotiation of Similarities and Differences Among People as an Indicator of Their Multicultural Effectiveness, Elizabeth Conerly Smith

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Enzyme, Cosolvent, and Substrate Interactions in PLE Hydrolysis Reactions and Evaluation of the Stability of an Unnatural Glutathione Analogue, Maureen Elizabeth Smith

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Who Will Defy Authority? Personality Features and Destructive Obedience in the Milgram Paradigm, Ashton Caroline Southard

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Maximizing Doctor-Patient Communication of a Positive HIV/AIDS Test Result: A Best Practices Approach, Vikki Yashandra Spann

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A Beacon of Light: Tougaloo During the Presidency of Dr. Adam Daniel Beittel (1960-1964), John Gregory Speed

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Fungal Contribution to Carbon and Nutrient Cycling in a Subtropical Freshwater Marsh, Rong Su

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Running the Boys' Club: An Examination of the Experiences of Female Law Enforcement Leaders, Jennifer Lynn Taylor

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The Effects of Leadership and High-Stakes Testing on the Retention of Teachers, Amy Krohn Thibodeaux

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Using Online Education to Transition Teaching Assistants to Teacher Certification: Examining the Differences Among Teacher Education Programs, Billie Jean Tingle

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A Document in Death and Madness: A Cultural and Interdisciplinary Study of Nineteenth-Century Art Song Settings on the Death of Opelia, Jennifer Leigh Tipton

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Dysphoria and Dysregulation: Exploration of Affect and Dissociation in the Pain Response to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury, Rita Eileen Todd

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Hardiness, Social Support, Parental Stress, and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Recent Service Members, Victoria Jane Tomassetti-Long

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The Relation Between Behavior Problems of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Adjustments in their Typically-Developing Siblings: Role of Parental Stress and Perceptions of Social Support, Theodore Stephen Tomeny

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This Animal, Elena Therese Tomorowitz

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Investigation of Glassy State Molecular Motions in Thermoset Polymers, Jianwei Tu

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The Effects of Function-Based Antecedent and Consequent Interventions for Increasing Appropriate Behavior and Decreasing Disruptive Behavior of Preschool Students in the School Setting, Jonna Halphen von Schulz

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Development of Workforce Skills: Student Perceptions of Mentoring in FIRST Robotics, Katie Joan Veal Wallace

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Antiviral Responses in Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells: Differential Development of Cellular Mechanisms in Type I Interferon Production and Response, Ruoxing Wang

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Comparing Professonal Development Practices of Low Performing Public Schools and High Performing Public Schools in the State of Mississippi, Lori Rogers Wilcher

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The Scholarship of Teaching at Community Colleges, Patrice Arleanor Williams

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Improved Efficiency Organic Photovoltaic Cells through Morphology Control and Process Modification, Qi Wu

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Multi-Sensory Emotion Recognition with Speech and Facial Expression, Qingmei Yao

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Teachers' Self-Efficacy in Mathematics and Teaching Mathematics, Instructional Practices, and the Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition for Mathematics in Grades 3-5, Tracy Hardwell Yates

Dissertations from 2013

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The Measurement of Self-Directed Learning Among Postsecondary Disability Services Administrators, LaKeshia Marche Alexander

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The Journey to Becoming-Authentic from the Voices of Nursing Students Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sheryl Lynn Allen

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Telling Their Own Story: How Student Newspapers Reported Campus Unrest, 1962-1970, Kaylene Dial Armstrong

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An Insight Into Asymmetric Synthesis and Bioorganic Applications of Novel Cα- Methyl-Lysine, - Proline, - Nipocotic Acid Analogues, Souvik Banerjee

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Design and Synthesis of Flexible and Functional Polybenzoxazine Thin Films, Austin David Baranek

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Teacher Perception of School Culture and School Climate in the Leader In Me Schools and Non Leader In Me Schools, Brian Patrick Barkley

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Educating Students to Become Culturally Competent Physical Therapists: Issues of Teaching and Assessment, Lisa Jayroe Barnes

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Role of MSA in Immune Evasion, Persistence, and Protease Regulation in the Human Pathogenic Strains of Staphylococcus aureus, Maria Deepa Basco

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Effectiveness of Teacher-Implemented Function-Based Interventions Versus Non-Function-Based Interventions for Preschoolers, Katherine Marie Bellone

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Travel for Agoraphobics, John Allen Berry

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Public Relations Models and Dialogic Communication in the Twitterverse: An Analysis of How Colleges and Universities are Engaging Their Publics Through Twitter, Jason Antwuan Beverly

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An Analysis of Teacher Perspectives on the Mississippi Alternative Assessment of Extended Curriculum Framework, Greerlynn Myrtice Bezue-Tull

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Further Analysis of the Competitive Prosocial/Aggression Continuum Task, Alexander Mark Biondolillo

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Evaluation of Behavior Subtypes of Sexual Addiction: A Latent Profile Analysis of Sexual Behaviors, Nicole Lea Blazek

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Examining College Students' Use of Protective Behavioral Strategies from the Theory of Planned Behavior, Melissa Ann Bonnell

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Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Teachers' Perceptions of Demographic Determinants and Academic Success, Melanie Ellen Boyle

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The Impact of a Dance Aerobics Program on Middle School Girls' Physical Activity Level, Self-Efficacy, and Decisional Balance, Alexis Suozzi Bridley

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Trayvon Martin and Election 2012 Social Media Messaging: An Analysis of Framing, Rhetoric, and Media Types in Online Messages by Civil Rights Organizations, Riva Renee Brown

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Dialogue as a Tool for Meaning Making, Angela Suzanne Dudley Bruni

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Age, Gender, Race, and Culture in the ER: A Content Analysis of End-of-Life Issues in the Television Drama, Katrina Wilson Burtt

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Tactile Behavior in a Group of Captive Rough-Toothed Dolphins as a Function of Opportunities to Play with Objects, Kelly Ann Caffery

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Iterative Solvers for Large, Dense Matrices, Eowyn Wilhelmina Cenek

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Phytoplankton Community Distribution and Light Absorption Properties in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Sumit Chakraborty

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Multimedia Instructional Tools and Student Learning in Computer Applications Courses, Debra Laier Chapman

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Using Brief Experimental Analyses to Identify Effective Math Interventions for Early Elementary Students, Chelsi Ronatta Clark

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Project-Based Section 8 Housing Participants' Perception of Cultural and Structural Factors to Explain Barriers to Economic Self-Sufficiency, Yolanda Javette Clark

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Conflict and Controversy in the Confederate High Command: Johnston, Davis, Hood, and the Atlanta Campaign of 1864, Dennis Blair Conklin II

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The Impact of Smaller Learning Communities on 9th Grade Mathematics Student Achievement and Graduation Rates, Keisha Burney Cook

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Investigating the Function of the Mold Specific Gene M46, in the Pathogenic Dimorphic Fungus Histoplasma capsulatum, Davida LaShaundra Crossley

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An Examination of Referral and Eventual Placement of African American Students and English Language Learners in Special Education, Eneas Ruel Deveaux

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Interrelationships Between Testosterone, Aggression, and Parental Care of a Temperate-Zone, Resident Songbird, the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), Margaret Susan DeVries

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Multi-Group Invariance of the Conceptions of Assessment Scale Among University Faculty and Students, Melanie Anne DiLoreto

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Developing Social Capital: The Effect of an Academic Service-Learning Component on the Civic Attitudes of College Students, Joshua Paul Duplantis

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The Influence of Classroom Management, Administrative Support, Parental Involvement, and Economic Factors on the Retention of Novice Teachers, Katrina Moody Dwyer

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Effects of Food Dispersion on Dominance Related Behaviors in Garnett's Bushbaby (Otolemur garnettii)?, Kyle Daniel Edens

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Dynamics of Perceptual Organization in Complex Visual Search: The Identification of Self Organized Criticality with Respect to Visual Grouping Principles, Attila Jozsef Farkas

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Ecological Psychology and Media Consumption Among Young Adults: A New Framework, Alice Diana Cade Ferguson

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Teacher Perceptions of Working with Children with Specific Special Education Exceptionalities in the General Education Classroom, Kimberly Geneva Fisher

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Evaluation of Human Fecal Pollution in Mississippi Coastal and Creek Waters Using Library Independent Markers, Christopher John Flood

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Emotional Intelligence and Community Healthcare Productivity, Christopher Jacob Fox

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Performing Jonathan Newman's "Symphony No. 1: My Hands Are A City", Joseph Corey Francis

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Macrodeterminants of Labor Migration from CEE Accession Countries to Select EU Countries, Denise Joanne François-Seeney

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Relationships Between Cure Kinetics, Network Architecture, and Fluid Sensitivity in Glassy Epoxies, Katherine Lea Frank

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Group Empowerment Capacity and Capability in Schools of Nursing, Mary Louanne Friend

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Adult Learning in a K-12 Setting; Job-Embedded Professional Development: Teacher Identity and Self-Efficacy, Deidra MacLellan Gammill

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A Bird in the Binoculars: Understanding Birdwatchers' Potential to Contribute to Sustainable Development and Biological Conservation, Sheri Lynn Glowinski

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Factors That Impact Administrator-Teacher Relationships, Patrick Sean Gray

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Learner Retention of Medical Vocabulary Based on Instructional Format and Success in Medical Coding, Madelon Reed Gruich

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Workplace Health Promotion Programs: An Assessment of Factors Influencing Participation, Tomeka Lashell Harbin

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A Comparison of Behavioral and Academically-Focused Goals Within the Mystery Motivator: Effects on Disruptive Behavior and Academic Performance, Christina Michelle Hardy