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Dissertations from 2019

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Validation of the ASK-ASD in a Sample of Parents, Teachers, and Medical Students, Laura K. Hansen

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Dinner Before Marriage, Stephanie Harris

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Manipulation of Noncovalent Interactions for the Synthesis and Use of Natural Product Synthons, Alison P. Hart

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Social-Emotional Difference Given Disability, Grade, and School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Edith A. Hayles

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Evaluation of a Role-Playing Game to Improve Social Skills for Individuals with ASD, Kate A. Helbig

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Selected Performance Indicators of University-Model Schools, David Herndon

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Screening the Managerial Applicant: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study of Résumé Review and Evaluation, Gregory E. Higgins

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Establishing the Role of the Mississippi-Alabama Barrier Islands in Mississippi Sound and Bight Circulation Using Observational Data Analysis and a Coastal Model, Laura Hode

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Adsorption of Polyisobutylene-Based Dispersants onto Carbon Black, Travis Paul Holbrook

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The Changing News Paradigm of South Mississippi’s Sun Herald as Seen Through the Eyes of its Journalists: 1968-2018, Judy Day Isbell

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Effect of Cure Protocol on Network Formation and Properties of Epoxy-Diamine Thermosets, Andrew Janisse

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Selected Wind Band Works of Jennifer Higdon: A Conductor's Analysis, Mark P. Johnson

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Learning to Lead: Examining Leadership Competencies of Participants in the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy, Renyetta M. Johnson

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Molecular Responses to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Contaminants in Estuarine Fish, Elizabeth Jones

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A Stylistic Analysis with Performance Suggestions of Robert Muczynski’s Selected Late Piano Works: Maverick Pieces, Opus 37, Masks, Opus 40, and Dream Cycle, Opus 44, Ji Hyun Kim

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Tracing Sehnsucht to Place: Mythopoeia, Visions, Transcendence, and the Journey of the Rhetorical Refugee, G. Brandon Knight

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Settling In: The Consequences of Legal Origins and Institutional Variety for Immigrant Labor Market Integration in OECD Countries, Jennifer Kuklenski

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Is Parent-Initiated Triangulation Associated with Pathological Narcissism in Youth?, Lauren Marie Lee-Rowland

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Environmental-Based Experiential Learning Activities and Its Influence on Students’ Knowledge, Critical Thinking, Attitude Towards the Environment, and Career Aspirations, Veshell Lewis

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The Development of Socio-sexual Behavior in Beluga Whales (Delphinapterus leucas), Malin K. Lilley

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I Will Say The Only Words I Know That You'll Understand, Emily Martin

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Profiles of Interest in Holland's Theory in Relation to Personality and Sex, Erica L. Mathis

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The Usage and Impact of Outpatient Commitment Orders on Suicide and Suicide Attempt Rates in Mississippi, Sam Mauldin

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From Carver to Carter: The Political Economy of Peanut Cultivation in the South, 1945-1976, Hayden Noel McDaniel

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Unveiling Identities: A Cultural Study of the Portrayal of Leading Women in Zhang Yimou Films, Patrick McGuire

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Essential Leadership Competencies for College Presidents in a Metrics-Driven Community College System, Mark McLean

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An Analysis of Western Art Music Arrangements for Steel Pan Chamber Ensemble, Ian Meiman

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Factors Influencing Career and Technical Professionals’ Career Advancement, Deidra Minor

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Solo Trombone with Electronic Accompaniment: An Analysis and Performance Guide for Three Recent Compositions, Joshua Mize

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Strategic Hiring and Research Productivity at U.S. Research Universities, David S. Mooneyhan

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Check-In/Check-Out with High School Students, Ashley Murphy

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Traditional Irish Musical Elements in the Solo-Piano Music of Ryan Molloy, Brian Thomas Murphy

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Borders, Peripheries, and the Idea of the North in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Tanja Nathanael

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Using PBIS Frameworks in Elementary Schools to Decrease Chronic Absenteeism, Joe Nelson

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Removing Embedded Corruption: Development Mechanisms and Case Studies in East Africa for Ending Graft, Keith Newcomer

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The Importance of Practice: Learning to Teach Student-Centered Labs with Confidence, Linda Nix

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Transfer of Training for Powerlifting Utilizing a Bayesian Network, Harold Noble

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Assessing the Effects of Psychopathy, Sadism, Aggression, and Boredom Proneness on Cyber Aggression Perpetration in Emerging Adults: Is Moral Disengagement to Blame?, Taylor Nocera

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Authenticity and Practicality: Evaluating and Performing Multicultural Choral Music, Jesse Noote

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Digital Literacy Among Teachers: Identifying Digital Divide Among Interactive Whiteboard Users in Public High Schools, Tammy R. Oatis

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Suspended Sediment and Particulate Matter Transport in Mississippi Sound and Bight Assessed with Physical Modeling, Remote Sensing and In Situ Measurements, Stephan O'Brien

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The Overview Effect, Todd Osborne

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Elementary Preservice Teacher Preparation to Teach Mathematics and Science in an Integrated STEM Framework, Kelly Overby Byrd

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Improving Individual and Group-Wide Behaviors in Head Start Classrooms with Mystery Student Intervention: Assessment of Effectiveness, Generalization, and Maintenance, Jamie Pasqua

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Distortional Aryl Ketone Ether Hybrid Epoxy Matrices, Matthew A. Patterson

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Predicting Leader Survival: Evidence from Covert Action Case Study Analysis, Joy S. Patton

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Morphological Study of Voids in Ultra-Large Models of Amorphous Silicon, Durga Prasad Paudel

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The Rabbath Method: Philosophy and Technique in Current Double Bass Pedagogy, David G. Pellow

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Overparenting, Emotional Distress, and Subjective Well-Being: Facets of Emotional Distress Tolerance as Mediators, Christopher M. Perez

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Validation of a Scale to Measure Phonological and Morphological Knowledge and Skill of Speech-Language Pathologists and Elementary Teachers, Susan S. Perry

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Evaluating Corrosion Altering Properties of Thiophene Based Copolymers, Robert Peterson

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“Polysoaps” via RAFT Copolymerization to Form Well-Defined Micelles for Water Remediation and Targeted Drug Delivery Applications, Phillip Pickett

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Change Effort Organizational Communication Effectiveness and Work Locus of Control Influence on Change Fatigue in the Workplace, Kady B. Pietz

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Fundamental Attribution Error: Perspectives of Principal, Teacher, and Parent Influence on Student Growth, Sonja Rayner

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Engineering Multifunctional and Morphologically Diverse Polymer Brush Surfaces, Cassandra M. Reese

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The Importance of Responsiveness: Improving Health-Related Outcomes Among Ostomates, Carrie Reif

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Bosses of Light and Sound, Nick Rupert

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Developing a Theoretical Framework for Visualization-Based Pedagogical Content Knowledge (V-PCK) Based on Middle School Teachers’ Views and Uses of Visualizations as an Instructional Tool, Jacqueline Samuel

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I'm A Live, Matthew Schmidt

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Effect of Mindfulness on Gratitude and Psychological Wellbeing, David Schultz

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The Relationship Between Organizational Commitment, Discretionary Effort, and Turnover Intent, John Sherk

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Social and Literacy Development of School-Based Pre-Kindergarten Students, Stewart Smirthwaite

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John Cage’s ‘Rock’ Music: Ecocritical and Performance Considerations in Ryoanji for Solo Oboe and Percussion Obbligato (1983), Everette Smith

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The Rebel Made Me Do It: Mascots, Race, and the Lost Cause, Patrick Smith

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"What We Wrought:" How Multi-Perspectival Narratives Limit Indigenous Voices in Contemporary American War Fiction, Jonathan Snyder

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The Cultural Adaptation Experiences of Chinese Higher Education Students in the American Deep South: A Comparison Across Disciplines, Xiaonan Song

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Promoting Workplace Health Using Wearable Technology: A Mixed Methods Study in a Nonprofit Organization, Mitchell Tarver

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Influence of Career Services on Time to Undergraduate Degree Completion, Courtney Taylor

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Administrative Involvement with Student Discipline and Teacher Morale in Mississippi Schools, Melanie Taylor

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Relationship Between Self-Development, Mentorship, and Senior Military Officer Moral Judgment, Garry Thompson

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The Economic Impacts of Casino Gaming in Mississippi: Local, Regional, National and International Considerations, Janelle Townes

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The Diffusion of Telehealth: System-Level Conditions for Successful Adoption, Danika Tynes

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Europe Rising (Again): A Comparative Study of the Dynamics and Types of Modern European Nationalisms, 1989-2018, Timea Varga

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Chemical and Physical Modification of Thiol-Ene and Epoxy-Amine Networks for Advanced Control of Gas Transport and Flame Retardant Behavior, Vivek Vasagar

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Becoming Bronzeville: The Origin of the Black Metropolis in a Southern City, Eve Wade

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Modifying Inhibited Primer Performance via Control of Epoxy-Amine Matrix Structure and Composition, Steven Wand

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Moderating Effect of Homeschooling on Retention and Academic Achievement of STEM Majors at a Private, Faith-Based, Liberal Arts College, Aresia Watson

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Enablers and Barriers Influencing African American Administrators’ Career Advancement at Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Learning, Larry Webster

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Music Integration and Self-Efficacy Among Middle School Teachers, Cassandra L. Weiss

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Development of the CASVE Cycle Questionnaire: Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Navigator Score, Brianna Werner

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Mississippi Registered Nurse Perceptions when Communicating with Limited-English-Speaking and Non-English-Speaking Patients, Mary Pipper Widdig

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Female Student Perceptions of Factors that Influence Persistence in Male-Dominated Community College Career and Technical Education Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Programs, Valeria Williams

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Zona, Zachary Williams

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Overparenting and Young Adult Narcissism: Psychological Control and Interpersonal Dependency as Mediators, Nathan Alexander Winner

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“Goth Barbies”: A Postmodern Multiperspective Analysis of Mattel’s Monster High Media, Danianese Woods

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Peer-Mediated Tootling with a Standardized Form and a Mystery Motivator in High School Classrooms, Sarah J. Wright

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Historically Black College and Universities Compared to Historically White Institutions: Factors Influencing Graduation Rates, Carlos Young

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Attitudes of New Graduate RNs Regarding Their Readiness for Practice Before and After Hospital Orientation, Diane Young

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Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Vocal Responses to Sonar and Spectrally Pink Background Noise, Maria Zapetis

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Simulation as Replacement for Traditional Clinical in Pre-Licensure Nursing Education: Outcomes of Different Ratios of Replacement Time for Traditional Clinical with Simulation, Tiffany Zyniewicz

Dissertations from 2018

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A Study of the Teaching Beliefs of GLOBE Teachers, Laila Ali

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Antimicrobial Materials via Thiol-ene Chemistry, Dahlia Amato

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Functional Emulsions via Thiol-Ene Chemistry, Douglas Amato

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Refugee Resettlement and Perceptions of Insecurity: A Comparative Study of The United States and Canada, Erik Amundson

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Root Dynamics of Crop Plants in a High Carbon Dioxide World: Effects of Elevated Versus Ambient Carbon Dioxide Levels and No-Till Versus Conventional Agricultural Management, Charlotte Barker

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A New Keynesian, Neo-Institutional Synthesis: Connecting and Explaining Under-Evaluated Risks in Consumption, Trade, and Finance, Todd Barry

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Structural Model of Child Routines and Self-Regulation in Relation to Parenting and Externalizing Behavior Problems in Young Children, Lovina R. Bater

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The Characterization of the Transcription Factor Msab and Its Role in Staphylococcal Virulence, Justin Batte

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Political Accountability and Determinants of Governance under Principal-Agent Theory, Matthew Bluem

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The Prospective Influence of Religiousness on Alcohol Use: What Role Do Perceived Norms Play?, Corey Todd Brawner