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Dissertations from 2010

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BEMDEC: An Adaptive and Robust Methodology for Digital Image Feature Extraction, Isaac Kueth Gang

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The Use of Multiple Intelligence Concepts with Middle School Students and Future Academic Achievement, Christa Fountain Glenn

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A Comprehensive Uncertainty Analysis and Method of Geometric Calibration for a Circular Scanning Airborne Lidar, Michael Oliver Gonsalves

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An Examination of the Adjustment of First Generation African American Male College Students, Adina Narcisse Green

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An Examination of Potential Moderators in the Relations Between Mothers' and Fathers' Parenting Practices and Children's Behavior, Michelle Rae Gryczkowski

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Global Agricultural Price Supports: The Political and Economic Forces that Drive Unsustainable Agricultural Protectionism Policy, John Francis Hays

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The Relationship and Effects of Mindfulness on Comfort, Work Satisfaction, and Burnout Among Nurses Who Provide Direct Patient Care, Pamela Lichtenberg Heard

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Third Grade Reading Performance and Teacher Perceptions of the Scott Foresman Reading Street Program in Title I Schools in South Mobile County, Jamie Ladnier Hicks

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Kindergarten Assessments as a Predictor for a Student’s Need for Intervention, Victoria Ellen Weinketz Hoover

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Recasting Genre in Tennessee Williams's Apprentice Plays, Christina Ilona Hunter

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Administrators' and Teachers' Perceptions of In-School Suspension, Amelia Shondra Jackson

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Teacher Depth of Knowledge as a Predictor of Student Achievement in the Middle Grades, Tracy Henshaw Jackson

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Recovery, Leadership Efforts, and the Casino Industry in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region After Hurricane Katrina, Ethan Jon Joella

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Presenting Jamaican Folk Songs on the Art Music Stage: Social History and Artistic Decisions, Byron Gordon Johnson

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The Experiences of Mississippi Weekly Newspaper Editors as They Explore and Consider Producing Internet Editions, Cassandra Denise Johnson

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Soccer Penalty Kick Pre-Impact Cues of Male Right-Footed High School Soccer Players, Jason Ryan Jones

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Structure-Property Relationships in the Formation of Polyphenylsulfone Molecular Composites and Nanocomposites, Paul Joseph Jones

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DNAgents: Genetically Engineered Intelligent Mobile Agents, Jeremy Otho Kackley

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Aqueous RAFT Synthesis of Stimuli-Responsive, Amphiphilic Block Copolymers and Self-Assembly Behavior in Solution and Incorporation Into LBL Films, Matthew Grady Kellum

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Identifying Practices That Facilitate Effective Implementation and Sustainability of Research-Based Professional Development Strategies, Emily Victoria Bryan Kibodeaux

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Criterion-Referenced Assessment Literacy of Educators, James David King

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A Study of the Effectiveness of a Pilot Training Program in an Organizational Setting: An Intervention for Work Engagement, John Joseph Kmiec Jr.

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Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Protective Behavioral Strategies Scale (PBSS) Across Racial Groups, Sasha Joy Lambert

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The Impact of Protective Behavioral Strategies on the Relationship Between the Negative Consequences of Alcohol Use and Anxiety Sensitivity, Jeanne Louise Lambrecht

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Synthesis, Characterization, and Deuterium Labeling of Polyamides Studied by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Christopher Allen Lange

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Adaptation of Balanced Scorecard and Multiple Criteria Decision-Making Methodologies to Measure Nation-State Power, Gregg Eric Lassen

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"I Unsex'd My Dress": Lord Byron's Seduction of Gender in "The Corsair", "Lara", and "Don Juan", Alexis Spiceland Lee

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Multi Stimuli-Responsive Copolymers Obtained from Colloidal Dispersions, Fang Liu

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Polyisobutylene Chain End Transformations: Block Copolymer Synthesis and Click Chemistry Functionalizations, Andrew Jackson David Magenau

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Assessing Mississippians’ Preparedness for Disasters Using the Citizen Corps National Survey 2009, Carl Huston Mangum II

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Patterns of Diversity, Zoogeography, and Ecological Gradients in Honduran Freshwater Fishes, Wilfredo Antonio Matamoros

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Guppie: A Coordination Framework for Parallel Processing Using Shared Memory Featuring A Master-Worker Relationship, Sean Christopher McCarthy

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The Effects of Higher Education Endowment Management Practices on Endowment Performance, Robert Louie Stanton McElhaney

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Teacher Attitude Toward Differentiated Instruction in Third Grade Language Arts, Vivian Marina McLean

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Links of Connectedness: A Content Analysis and Industry Survey Comparing the Interactive Options of Community and Metro Newspaper Web Sites, Cleveland Allin Means

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Superintendent Perceptions of the Accreditation Process in the State of Mississippi, Betty Mae Merhundrew

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Daimon, Miranda Foster Merklein

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Life History and Habitat Use of the Juvenile Alabama Shad (Alosa alabamae) in Northern Gulf of Mexico Rivers, Paul Fraser Mickle

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A Separation of Church and Growth? The Intersections of Seventh-Day Adventism and Economic Development in Puerto Rico, Josefer Montes

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Student's Attitudes Toward High-Stakes Testing and its Effect on Educational Decisions, Aldo Alfredo Moran

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Investigation of Novel Quasiliving Polyisobutylene Chain-end Functionalization (Quenching) Methods, David Lee Morgan

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Exploring the Accuracy of Highly Positive Self-Evaluations: A Bogus Pipeline Examination of Fragile Self-Esteem, Erin Michele Myers

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The Use of a Timeout Intervention With and Without Escape Extinction for Treatment of Escape-Maintained Noncompliance in a Classroom Setting, Joshua Loren Needelman

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Shock Rhetoric, David Robert Nelson

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Information Acquisition and Sociality Among Migratory Birds, Zoltán Németh

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The Holiness and Other Stories, Leslie Michelle Nichols

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An Analysis of the Career and Solo Style of Jazz Trombonist Carl Fontana, John Wesley Parker

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Geological and Ichthyological Investigations into Palaeodrainage Hypothesis for the Tennessee River, Andrea Karen Persons

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Bullying and Gender: The Social/Emotional, Psychological, and Physical Effects on Middle School Students in South Mississippi, Cassundra Peyton-Brown

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Ten Short Stories, Andrew Simpson Plattner

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Impact of Golf Video Games on Teaching Golf in Physical Education, Ann Pohira-Vieth

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Examining the Effectiveness of Dropout Prevention Practices and Their Implications for Intervention with Public School Students, Louisa Pollack

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The Effects of Early Intervention on the Cognitive and Social Development of Kindergarteners, Jennifer Foster Pope

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Toxicogenomics Analysis of Non-Model Transcriptomes Using Next-Generation Sequencing and Microarray, Arun Rawat

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Elementary Teachers’ Perceptions of Grade Retention, Latrice Shontae Richardson

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The Relationship Between Leader Decision Making and Student Achievement at K-3 Title I and Reading First Elementary Schools, Emily Kathleen Richmond

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Emotional Maturity of Adolescents and Adults in GED Programs, Billy Joe Riffle

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Outsourcing the American Dream: An Analysis of the Re-Employment Potential of U.S.-Based Call Center Workers Within the Context of Globalization, Wendell Allen Robbins III

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Examining the Effect of a Year of Service in AmeriCorps on Members' Attitudes Toward Attending College, Jessica Lucky Roberts

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Stereo Matching Using a Modified Efficient Belief Propagation in a Level Set Framework, Stephen Goyer Rogers

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Frederick Douglass: An American Adult Educator, Jerry Paul Ross

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Regulation of Biofilm and Antibiotic-Resistance by the Modulator of SarA (MSA) in Staphylococcus aureus, Antony Schwartz

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The Relative Value of Online Learning Environments As Perceived by High School Teachers, Daryl Joe Scoggin

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Conservation and Ecology of the Yellow-Blotched Sawback (Graptemys flavmaculata), William Winsyl Selman II

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Self-Assembly and Gold Nanoparticle Cross-Linking of Stimuliresponsive Block Copolymers Synthesized bt Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization, Adam Eugene Smith

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A Longitudinal Study of Block Scheduling Versus Traditional Scheduling in Mississippi Schools: Utilizing the Mississippi Student Assessment System and Administrators’ Perceptions, Linda Oettiker Smith

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The Relationship Among Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematical Self-Efficacy, Mathematical Teaching Self-Efficacy, and the Instructional Practices of Elementary School Teachers, Lydia Joan Smith

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Relationships Between Particle Properties and Scattering in Coastal Waters of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Influenced by the Mississippi River, Bruce Alan Spiering

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The Italian Emigration of Modern Times: Relations Between Italy and the United States Concerning Emigration Policy, Diplomacy, and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, 1870-1927, Patrizia Fama Stahle

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Investigation of Network Architecture Development and Properties in Thermoset Matrices, Jeremy Owen Swanson

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Design, Synthesis, and Polymerization of Novel Heterocyclic Monomers as Precursors for Functional Polyester, Poly(ester Amide)s and Polyamides, Eylem Tarkin-Tas

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Structure-Property Correlation in Cyclopolymerization of New Acrylate-Based Functional Monomers, Huseyin Tas

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Professional Development in College Science Teaching, Aimee Kathryn Thomas

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Study of 3,3' vs. 4,4' DDS Isomer Curatives on Physical Properties and Phenyl Ring Motions of DGEBA Epoxy via Molecular Dynamics, Deuterium NMR, and Dielectric Spectroscopy, Samuel James Tucker

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Cryptid, Phillip Jarett Underwood

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An Examination of Hurricane Emergency Preparedness Planning at Institutions of Higher Learning of the Gulf South Region Post Hurricane Katrina, Caterina Gulli Ventura

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A Critical Analysis of the Implementation of Depth of Knowledge and Preliminary Findings Regarding Its Effectiveness in Language Arts Achievement, Carol Elizabeth Ferguson Viator

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A Study of the Effective Interfacial Tension Between Miscible Fluids by Spinning Drop Tensiometer and Microfluidics, Gloria Dollie Viner

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A Graphophonic Investigation of Beginning Level Texts, Kevin Clark Walker

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The Nightingale of Austerlitz, Lindsay Marianna Walker

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Developing a Biosensor for the Detection of Bacteria: A Comparison of Methods for Isolating Bacteria-Specific Antibodies, Scott Allen Walper

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Towards Multiplexed Electrogenerated Chemiluminescent Detection, Shijun Wang

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Differences in Student Misbehavior After Completing In-School Suspension Between Rural High School and Suburban High School Students, Martin Ervind Welch

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Relativistic Studies of the Charmonium and Bottomonium Systems Using the Sucher Equation, Charles Martin Werneth

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The Natural Provenance: Ecoliteracy in Higher Education in Mississippi, Sarah Elizabeth Wheeless

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Development of Representative Species-Level Molecular Markers and Morphological Character Analysis of Leucothoid Amphipods (Crustacea: Amphipoda), Kristine Nicolle White

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The Son's Return, Gary Charles Wilkens

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If and to What Extent Spirituality Impacts the Leadership Practices of Four African American Superintendents, Christopher James Williams Sr.

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Assessing the Need for Community College Baccalaureate Degree Programs in Mississippi, Johannah Bell Williams

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Technical Writing Redesign and Assessment: A Pilot Study, Gaye Bush Winter

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The Secret Identity of Race: Exploring Ethnic and Racial Portrayals in Superhero Comic Books, Lowery Anderson Woodall III

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Determining the Relationship of Human Enteric Viruses in Clinical, Wastewater, and Environmental Samples Utilizing Molecular and Cell Culture Techniques, Jacquelina Susann Williams Woods

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Local Radial Basis Function Methods for Solving Partial Differential Equations, Guangming Yao

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Assessing the Impact of a Computer-Based College Algebra Course, Ningjun Ye

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Synthesis of Functional Copolymers via Aqueous RAFT Polymerization for Bioconjugation and Targeted Delivery of Small Interfering RNA, Adam Wesley York

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Rational Design of Self-Assembled Nanostructures Based on Polymers Synthesized via Aqueous Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization, Stacey Kirkland York

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Nanomaterials From Biologically Active Molecules: Self-Assembly and Molecular Recognition, Min Yu

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Folate Receptor-Targeted Delivery of Small Interfering RNA to Cancer Cells, Yilin Zhang

Dissertations from 2009

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Sport as a Vehicle for Socialization and Maintenance of Cultural Identity: International Students Attending American Universities, James Taylor Allen

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Intimate Strangers and Estranged Intimates: An Investigation of the Impact of Instant Messaging and Short Message Service on the Size and Strength of Social Networks in Kuwait, Bashaiar Al-Sanaa