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Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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The Ecological Episteme: A Pathway to a Literacy of Sustainability, Brian D. Cope
Department: English

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Simulation Usage as a Partial Replacement of Traditional Clinical: A Study of Administrator and Faculty Perceptions in Practical Nursing Programs in Pennsylvania, Cynthia A. Cornelius
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Student Affairs New Professionals Employee Orientation Programs' Relationship with Organizational Socialization, Amy L. Cotner-Klinger
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Optical Properties of 3C-SiC/Si (001), Jason Czak
Department: Physics

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The Pre-Twentieth Century Development of Watercraft Construction in Pittsburgh and its Impact on Western Waters of North America, Justin Herbert Daley
Department: Anthropology

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The Squirrel Hill Site: A Comparative Geophysical Investigation and Cultural Reevaluation, Lydia Sue DeHaven
Department: Anthropology

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The Effects of Professional Development on Teachers' Technology Self-Efficacy: A Design-Based Approach, Joshua David DeSantis
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Making Meaning of Adversity: Experiences of Women Leaders in Higher Education, Amy B. Diehl
Department: Sociology

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The Impact of School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports on Academic Achievement, Jessica Katherine Dirsmith
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Alternative Styles of String Education: Methodology and Practices, Megan Kathleen Edinger
Department: Music

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Exploring Writing Accuracy and Writing Complexity as Predictors of High-Stakes State Assessments, Ellie Whitner Edman
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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A Case Study of 21st Century Skills in High Achieving Elementary Schools in Pennsylvania, Gregory P. Egnor
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Assessing the Impact of Natural Gas Drilling on the Archaeological Heritage of Pennsylvania: A Case Study from Washington County, Jason Espino
Department: Anthropology

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The Impact of Crime-Related Television Programs on Students' Perceptions of the Criminal Justice System, Brian Michael Fedorek
Department: Criminology

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Test Nationally, Benchmark Locally: Using Local DIBELS Benchmarks to Predict Performance on the PSSA, Matthew R. Ferchalk
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Is Spot Mapping Missing Important Aspects of Golden-Winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) Breeding Habitat?, Mack Wilson Frantz
Department: Biology

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Telemental Health and the Client-Therapist Relationship, Shelby H. Bohn Frantz
Department: Psychology

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Reflective Thinkers: An Examination of the Development of the Student Teachers' Journal Reflections during the Student Teaching Experience, Christine L. Fryer
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Comparison of Crossfit Training to Traditional Anaerobic Resistance Training in Terms of Selected Fitness Domains Representative of Overall Athletic Performance, Hayden D. Gerhart
Department: Health and Physical Education

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Measuring the Hydrophobicity of Cellulose and the Effect of Humidity by Inverse Gas Chromatography, Helen Ghebreselassie
Department: Chemistry

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The Impact of RTI Practices on Student Reading Achievement, Tara L. Gleason
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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The Influence of a Companion Animal's Presence on Aspects of the Therapeutic Alliance, Kara M. Goldmann
Department: Psychology

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Impact of Learning Theory Methods on Undergraduate Retention and Application of Software in a Studio Setting, Julie L. Gomboc-Turyan
Department: Communications Media

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The Diffusion of Facebook in Rural, Southwestern Pennsylvania Baby Boomers, Laurie A. Grosik
Department: Communications Media

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Immersed Boundary Modeling of Journal Bearings in a Viscoelastic Fluid, Ryan R. Grove
Department: Mathematics

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Assessing the Contextual Effect of Autobiographical and Media Memory, Dana C. Hackley
Department: Communications Media

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Elementary Writing Assessment Platforms: A Quantitative Examination of Online Versus Offline Writing Performance of Fifth-Grade Students, Vickie L. Heath
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Capes and the Canon: Comic Book Superheroes and Canonical American Literature, Forrest C. Helvie
Department: English

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Pd/C Catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura Cross Coupling Reaction: Is it Heterogeneous or Homogeneous?, Tony Phuc Hoang
Department: Chemistry

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Differences in Student Perceptions of Student and Faculty Incivility among Nursing Program Types: An Application of Attribution Theory, Riah Leigh Hoffman
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: How Does it Affect Consumers' Perceptions About Treatment?, Shelly Ann Hopkins
Department: Psychology

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Performing Mutuality in the Writing Class: Creating Emancipatory Teacher- Student Relationships through Response and Interactivity, John Ryan Hrebik
Department: English

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Examination of the Training of School Psychologists in Post-Secondary Transition Practices, Carrie R. Jackson
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Destination Memory Accuracy in Younger and Older Adults, Susan C. Jefferson
Department: Psychology

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“What Are We Doing Here, Anyway?” An Exploration of the Attitudes and Responses of Teaching Assistants from Composition and from Literature Regarding Their TA Preparation, Jennifer Kathleen Johnson
Department: English

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Perceived and Expected Lifeguarding Behaviors While on Surveillance Duty Versus Actual Observed Behaviors, Adam Bradley Katchmarchi
Department: Health and Physical Education

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Understanding Site Formation Processes Through the Faunal Assemblages of the Johnston Site, Laura Ashley Kaufman
Department: Anthropology

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Metacognition and Learning to Read: An Examination of the Metacognitive Strategies Fifth Grade Students Use Before, During, and After Reading, Dana Ann Keck
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Framed: Framing the Paradigm of Jewelry, Erin Knisley
Department: Art

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Graduates' Perceptions of a Western Pennsylvania Public High School Alternative Education Program, Beverly J. Knopf
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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A Phenomenological Exploration of Suburban Public Southwestern Pennsylvania High School Teachers and Digitally Plagiarized Content Received from Their Students, Cheryl Ann Kohler
Department: Communications Media

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Coping-Mediated Differences in Posttraumatic Growth, Kelly A. Kovack
Department: Psychology

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Long-Serving Rural Superintendents of Western Pennsylvania: A Descriptive Case Study of the Factors That May Influence Their Longevity, Shawn Lewis Kovac
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Scent of Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus Foetidus (Araceae): Qualification of Floral Volatiles and Sex Differences in Floral Scent Composition, Erica Nicole Kozen
Department: Biology

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Classical Traditions in Central New York State: Analyzing Classical Influences in 19th Century Syracuse, New York, Randall Allan Kuhlman
Department: Anthropology

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How Accent and Identity Influence Each Other: An Investigation of L2 English Speakers' Perceptions of Their Own Accents and Their Perceived Social Identities, Kazuaki Kumagai
Department: English

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Effects of Media Exposure on Intention to Seek Mental Health Treatment in College Students, Dennis G. LaLonde Jr.
Department: Psychology

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Crude Designs, Slick Resistance: Petrofiction in the Global Age, Tracy J. Lassiter
Department: English

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Independent Mountaineers: Tracing a Path of Individualism in Appalachian Literature, Film, and Popular Culture Since 1950, Rachal Marie Le Bourhis
Department: English

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Effects of Reflective Journal Writing in Japanese Students' Language Learning, Saeun Lee
Department: English

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A Solid Supported Palladium Catalyzed Aza-Wacker Enamine Synthesis, Ivan Lendyel
Department: Chemistry

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A Study of Parental Understanding of and Intervention in Cyberbullying among Children in Fourth through Eighth Grade, Emily L. Levine
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana Expectancies in College Students With and Without a Substance-Dependent First-Degree Relative, Quinne Leyden
Department: Psychology

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The Relationship Between Social, Cultural and Educational Factors and English Language Acquisition in Third Grade Second Language Learners, Jeffrey Paul Lotas
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Improvement Across the Atlantic: A Study of Irish Ceramics in the Five Points, Jordon Douglas Loucks
Department: Anthropology

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The Adoption of Instructional Technology by Chinese Women Faculty in Higher Education, Yixin Lu
Department: Communications Media

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Children's Stories: A Narrative Resource, Hart K. MacCardell
Department: Psychology

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“I Wonder if He’s for Sale”: (Mis)spent Youth and (Re)written Subjectivities in the Fiction of Bret Easton Ellis, William Magrino
Department: English

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Magnesium and Copper (II) Chloride: A Curious Redox Reaction, Moira E. Mannard
Department: Chemistry

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Does the Use of Data Analysis Teaming for Student Achievement and Level of Student Work Improve Student Performance in Reading?, Christina Marie Marco-Fies
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Colorimetry and Historic Ceramics: Using a Tristimulus Colorimeter to Improve the Identification and Analysis of Historic Ceramics, Christopher Nicholas Marini
Department: Anthropology

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At the Kitchen Table: Women and Food in Late Twentieth-Century U.S. Multiethnic and Global Women's Literature, Allyson Denise Marino
Department: English

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Young Adults' Spirituality: How Church Leaders Are Addressing Spiritual Needs of Young Adults in Small Rural Churches, Brunilda Martínez
Department: Sociology

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Epic Glory: Nerd Identity, Manhood Acts, & Dagorhir at a Northeastern College Campus, James Steven Martin
Department: Sociology

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Social Agency of Sideshow Performers in Literature and Film: An Analysis of Panoptic, Clinical, and Educative Gaze Constructs, Stacey Leigh Mascia
Department: English

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Using Electronic Reading Devices to Gauge Student Situational Interest in Reading: A Quantitative Study with Ninth-Grade Language Arts Students, Karen Louise Matis
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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Chivalry in Literature and Practice: A Study of the Medieval Code of Arms Before and After the Arthurian Legends and its Practice in the Battlefield, Stephanie Matos-Ayala
Department: History

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A Mixed-Methods Study of Early Intervention Implementation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Janet Anne Mattern
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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HIV/AIDS Stigma: Effects of Gender, Level of Responsibility, and Priming, Kendra R. McCarty
Department: Psychology

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The Impact of Evidence-Based Practices on the Oral Reading Fluency of Low-Socioeconomic-Status Elementary Students, Thomas B. McCracken
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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“The War Was Easy… It Was the War of Words … That Was Tough”: Countering Combat Trauma and Restoring Individual Identity through Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Fiction, Judith Lynn Britt McNeely
Department: English

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Intersections of Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics: Coetzee, Beckett, and Kafka, Eric Paul Meljac
Department: English

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The Impact of Leadership Styles in Athletic Training Education Programs on Athletic Training Students' Competence, Michael Paul Meyer
Department: Sociology

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Cultural Property Protection Training in the U.S. Armed Forces, Cory David Meyers
Department: Anthropology

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The Lived Experience of At-Risk Nursing Students Enrolled in a Required Course to Improve NCLEX-RN® Success, Shelly Lynn Moore
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Professions

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Efficacy of Color and Spatial Cues for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Boards, Dottie J. Morgan
Department: Special Education and Clinical Services

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A Brief Historical Overview of the Music of the United States Military Academy Band, Matthew Carl Morse
Department: Music

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Tactics, Strategy, and Battlefield Formation During the Hundred Years War: The Role of the Longbow in the "Infantry Revolution", John J. Mortimer Jr.
Department: History

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English Faculty Community Building: Writing Portfolio Assessment Groups as Teaching Circles, Dauvan D. Mulally
Department: English

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The Ludic and the Narrative in Bioshock: A Case Study Examining the Place of Video Games in Academia, Joseph Nelis
Department: English

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2D Numerical Heat Inverse Model for Diffusivity Coefficients in Cartesian Coordinates, Loic Niragire
Department: Mathematics

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Dropout Analysis of Veterans VR&E Program Using 2007 Veterans Employability Research Survey, Kristy L. Notestine
Department: Sociology

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The Effects of a Lifestyle Intervention Program on Exercise Adherence and Physical Activity Behavior, Danielle Marie Ostendorf
Department: Health and Physical Education

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Francophone EFL Teachers' Perception of Research, Hamissou Ousseini
Department: English

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Reconstructing Myself: The Story of a Second Language Teacher of Writing, Deepak K. Pant
Department: English

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A Study of the Relationship between Korean Non-Native English Speaking Teachers' Prior Teaching Experience and Their L2 Pragmatic Competence, Seung Ku Park
Department: English

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Discursive Formations of UNESCO'S Policies on Literacy, Massaer Paye
Department: English

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Where Does Writing End?, Julie Anne Peluso Quinn
Department: English

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A Study of Crack Propagation in Metals in the Presence of Defects, Justin M. Petucci
Department: Physics

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Positive and Negative Body Image and Disordered Eating as a Function of Objectification and Lesbian and Feminist Identities, Joanne A. Petursson
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Supervision on School Psychologists' Sense of Self-Efficacy, Lisa Weed Phifer
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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School-Wide Positive Behavior Support: Can It Help Address The Problem Of Disproportionate Minority Representation In The Emotional Disturbance Disability Category?, Jodi Abraham Porter
Department: Educational and School Psychology

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Management Practices of Student-Run Broadcast Radio Stations: A National Review of Contemporary College Radio, Ronald K. Raymond
Department: Communications Media

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Mutuality as a Means of Overcoming Student Resistance, John Leonard Reilly
Department: English

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Academic Administrator Influence on Institutional Commitment to Open Access of Scholarly Research, Thomas L. Reinsfelder
Department: Sociology

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‘Knowledge Growth’: A Multiple Case Study of English Literature Graduates’ Learning Experiences for Teaching Composition, Kathleen A. Richards
Department: English

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Pastors' Experiences of Role Expectations, W. Alan Robinson
Department: Sociology

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A Qualitative Study of the Post-Lesson Reflective Practices of Pre-service Health Education Teachers at Four Institutions of Higher Education, Jennifer E. Rodgers
Department: Professional Studies in Education

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The Effect of Adenylyl Cyclase Activity on the Regulation of the Ultradian Rhythm of Paramecium Tetraurelia, Rebecca S. Rosemeier
Department: Biology

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Clinical Utility of Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practitioner's Perspective, Tina M. Rose
Department: Psychology