Electronic graduate theses and dissertations from Utah State University.

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2014

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BEETLES, FUNGI AND TREES: A STORY FOR THE AGES? MODELING AND PROJECTING THE MULTIPARTITE SYMBIOSIS BETWEEN THE MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE, DENDROCTONUS PONDEROSAE, AND ITS FUNGAL SYMBIONTS, GROSMANNIA CLAVIGERA AND OPHIOSTOMA MONTIUM, Audrey L. Addison

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Gravitational Wave Astrophysics with Compact Binary Systems, Eric Addison

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Quantum Mechanical Study of Weak Molecular Interactions, Upendra Adhikari

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Decision Making Using Trust and Risk in Self-Adaptive Agent Organization, Kamilia Ahmadi

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Exploring Extension Faculty Members' First-Time Experience With Funded Couple Relationship Education, Jacquelyn M. Alderete

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A Study of the Variability Versus the Assumed Constancy of Manning's n, Tyler G. Allen

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Causes and Countermeasures for Nappe Oscillation: An Experimental Approach, Aaron Allan Anderson

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Examining the Impact of DIfferent Virtual Manipulative Types on the Nature of Students' SMall-Group Discussions: An Exploratory Mixed-Methods Case Study of Techno-Mathematical Discourse, Katie L. Anderson-Pence

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Foreign Policy Through Aid: Has United States Assistance Achieved its Foreign Policy Objectives?, Jessica Andreasen

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Computational Topics in Lie Theory and Representation Theory, Thomas J. Apedaile

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Hamiltonicity, Pancyclicity, and Cycle Extendability in Graphs, Deborah C. Arangno

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The Role of Masculinity, Masculine Capital, and Spousal Social Control on Men's Health Behaviors, Melinda Gean Arnell

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Automatic Registration of Multiple Texel Images to Form a 3-Dimensional Texel Image, Neeraj S. Badamikar

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LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF MICROALGAE TO BIOFUEL: THERMOCHEMICAL PROCESSING THROUGH HYDROTHERMAL LIQUEFACTION OR PYROLYSIS, Edward P. Bennion

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Plant and Animal Performance in Tall Fescue and Tall Fescue/Legume Pastures, Troy J. Bingham

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Foraging Ecology of Cougars in the Pryor Mountains of Wyoming and Montana, Linsey Blake

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Experimental Studies of Delta Wing Parameters in Open Channel Raceway Determined Via Validated Computational Fluid Dynamics, Cole David Blakely

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A Comparison of Antlions, Bees, Darkling Beetles and Velvet Ants Across Sand Dune and Non-Sand Dune Habitats at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nicole F. Boehme

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Restoring the Lost Fishery: An Environmental History of Northern Nevada's Pyramid Lake and Lower Truckee River Fishery, David Bolingbroke

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THE BAKER CAVE BISON REMAINS: BISON DIMINUTION AND LATE HOLOCENE SUBSISTENCE ON THE SNAKE RIVER PLAIN, SOUTHERN IDAHO, Ryan P. Breslawski

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Doctoral Dissertation Research in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT): A Content Analysis, Clinton L. Broadbent

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THE USE OF A DISCRIMINATION TRAINING PROCEDURE TO TEACH MAND VARIABILITY TO CHILDREN WITH AUTISM, Matthew T. Brodhead

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Effects of Froude Scaling on Velocity-Induced Vorticles in Physical Models, Michael S. Budge

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Structural Change of the Western United States Alfalfa Hay Market and its Effects of the Western United States Dairy Industry, Joseph Patrick Cann

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Inhibition of L. Monocytogenes Growth in Dairy Productions with Lactose Monolaurate, Yao Chen

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YIELD AND QUALITY OF FIRST-YEAR CORN SILAGE FOLLOWING ALFALFA STAND TERMINATION AS AFFECTED BY TILLAGE, HERBICIDE, AND NITROGEN FERTILIZER, Jason Daniel Clark

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Ecomorphological and Genetic Investigations into the Utah Lake, UT Sucker Complex with Comparisons to the Jackson Lake, WY Sucker Complex, David Cole

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Bridge Failure Rates, Consequences, and Predictive Trends, Wesley Cook

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Understanding Experiences of Female Survivors of Domestic Violence: Stories of Strength, Resilience, and Mechanisms that Assist in Leaving Violent Relationships, Annel Cordero

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An Efficiency-Motivated Attack Against Vehicles in a Platoon: Local Vehicle Control, Platoon Control Strategies, and Drive Train Technologies Considerations, David A. Cornelio Sosa

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An Exploration of Object and Scientific Skills-Based Strategies for Teaching Archaeology in a Museum Setting, Candice L. Cravins

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The Academic Preparation and Background of Public Secondary Mathematics Teachers in Utah 1966-1967, Charles Crittenden

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The Mental Health Disparity Among Nonheterosexuals: Risk, Resiliency, and New Perspectives to Consider in the Context of Mormonism, Katherine Ann Crowell

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An Adolescent Journey: Expressive Letter Writing Through a Wilderness Adventure Therapy Program, Ava M. Crump

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Nonlinear Weir Hydraulics, Mitchell R. Dabling

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Electron Transfer and Substrate Reduction in Nitrogenase, Karamatullah Danyal

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Excimer-Monomer Switching Molecular Beacon: The Study on Synthetic Cryptosporidum DNA Detection, Thermodynamics, and Magnesium Effects, Michael L. Davis

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An Evaluation of the Relative Performance of Diploid Versus Triploid Brook Trout with Consideration of the Influence of Lake Characteristics, Andy Dean

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THE EFFECTS OF LASER ETCHING ON BIOCOMPATABILITY AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF POLYETHERETHERKETONE, Andrew I. Deceuster

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PREDICTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS ON STREAMFLOW REGIME IMPORTANT TO STREAM ECOLOGY, Sulochan Dhungel

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Patway Pioneer: A Web-Based Metabolic Network Layout Extension, Harsh Dosi

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Dramatic Play Affordances of Natural and Manufactured Outdoor Settings for Preschool-Aged Children, Kimberly K. Cloward Drown

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Engaging Alternative High School Students Through the Design, Development, and Crafting of Computationally Enhanced Pets, Maneksha Katrine DuMont

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Preserving Legacy: The Development of the Design Workshop Archives and Digital Collection at Utah State University, Amanda J. Dunlap

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Pop2: A Potential Regulator of Hmt1-Catalyzed Arginine Methylation in Yeast, Celeste Excell

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Mesoscale Deformational Features Near Outcrop Analogs of a Reservoir-Seal Interface: Implications for Seal Failure, Santiago L. Flores

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Analysis of Building Resiliency in an Ethiopian Pastoral System: Mitigating the Effects of Population and Climate Change on Food Insecurity, Brigham Forrest

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Statistical Models of the Lambert Road Bridge: Changes in Natural Frequencies Due to Temperature, Nickolas Ryan Foust

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The Role of Religious Affiliation and Attitudes in Marriage Maintenance Strategies, Chenika Fowler

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COMPUTATIONAL MODELS OF INTRACELLULAR AND INTERCELLULAR PROCESSES IN DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY, Ahmadreza Ghaffarizadeh

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Effects of Animal Science Agricultural Education Course Completion on Urban High School Students' Career Choice, Kristina Gowans

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Father-Child Play Behaviors and Child Emotion Regulation, Amanda Hagman

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A Qualitative Study of Women High School Principals' Career Life Histories, Jan Bradshaw Hansen

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Precision Current Control for Quantum Cascade Lasers as Flight Calibration Sources, Stewart M. Hansen

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Exploring the Potential of Resident Employed Photography as a Context Sensitive Technique in Roadway Design, Christopher S. Harrild

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A Computational Fluid Dynamics Validation Experiment for Forced and Mixed Convection on a Vertical Heated Plate, Jeff Robert Harris

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Adults With Intellectual Disabilities in a Day Program Setting Using Activity Schedules, Julia A. Hermansen

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The Effects of High-Tech Stimuli and Duration of Access of Reinforcer Preference and Efficacy, Audrey N. Hoffmann

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AMBIENT TEMPERATURE, CALF INTAKES, AND WEIGHT GAINS ON PREWEANED DAIRY CALVES, Sheldon D. Holt

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NANO-SCALE THERMAL PROPERTY PREDICTION BY MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATION WITH EXPERIMENTAL VALIDATION, Kyle S. Horne

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Developing a Field Indicator for Suckering Ability of Quaking Aspen, Abbey M. Hudler Oksness

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Innovative Payloads for Small Unmanned Aerial System-Based Personal Remote Sensing and Applications, Austin M. Jensen

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BRIDGING THE NANO- AND MACRO-WORLDS: THERMAL PROPERTY MEASUREMENT USING THERMAL MICROSCOPY AND PHOTOTHERMAL RADIOMETRY – APPLICATION TO PARTICLE-IRRADIATION DAMAGE PROFILE IN ZRC, Colby Bruce Jensen

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Feeling the Drive: The International Meridian Highway, Regional Boosters, and the Redefinition of Space, 1911-1930, Amanda N. Johnson

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Parental Perceptions of the Influence of Digital Media and Technology on Children's Reading Habits at Home, Kurt W. Johnson

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Modeling to Improve Vegetation-Based Wetland Biological Assessment, Robin C. Jones

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SALINITY MANAGEMENT IN THE UPPER COLORADO RIVER BASIN: MODELING, MONITORING, AND COST-EQUITY CHALLENGES, Jongho Keum

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WEIR-BAFFLED CULVERT HYDRODYNAMICS EVALUATION FOR FISH PASSAGE USING PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY AND COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMIC TECHNIQUES, Mohanad A. Khodier

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Implementation and Application of the Curds and Whey Algorithm to Regression Problems, John Kidd

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Mothers on the Market: Employer Hiring Practices and Motherhood Penalties, Elizabeth Kiester

CONVEX MODEL-BASED SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR PROCESSING, Chad P. Knight

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MANIPULATING PARAMETERS OF REINFORCEMENT TO REDUCE PROBLEM BEHAVIOR WITHOUT EXTINCTION, Soraya Shanun Kunnavatana

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Supporting Students with Psychiatric Disabilities in Postsecondary Education: Important Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes, Scott I. Kupferman

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THE ROLE OF OBESITY, DIABETES, AND HYPERTENSION IN CLEFT LIP AND CLEFT PALATE BIRTH DEFECTS, Hebah Alawi Kutbi

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USDA FOREST SERVICE PERSPECTIVES ON FOREST MANAGEMENT IN A CHANGING CLIMATE, Jamie E. Laatsch

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THE REGIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS INITIATIVE AND U.S. ENERGY MARKETS, Kangil Lee

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A Computer-Aided Training (CAT) System for Short Track Speed Skating, Chenguang Liu

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Three Essays on the Economics of Controlling Invasive Species, Yanxu Liu

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GLOBAL QUALITY CHANGE THROUGH THE BABY STEPS PROJECT FOR INFANT AND TODDLER CHILD CARE PROGRAMS IN RURAL AND URBAN UTAH, Maegan Lokteff

Movement and Habitat Use of Bonneville Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus Clarki Utah): A Case Study In the Temple Fork Watershed, Ryan L. Lokteff

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Traditional Lecture Versus an Activity Approach for Teaching Statistics: A Comparison of Outcomes, Jennifer L. Loveland

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Control of Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems Using Fractional Order Operators, Hadi Malek

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SEQUENTIAL QUADRATURE MEASUREMENTS FOR PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS, Julio Martin-Hidalgo

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Attitudes and Behavioral Intentions of Eigth-Grade Students Toward Figures of Varying Body Weight, Erin L. McLeary

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Exploring the Lived Experiences of Couples Making the Transition to Parenthood and the Meaning They Ascribe to Brief, Couple-Focused Preventative Interventions, Dolores D. Michael

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An Exploratory Study of Purposeful and Strategic Communicative Techniques to Teach Vocabulary From Core Reading Programs to English Learners, Danell Bench Mieure

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The Role of TRPM5 in Dietary Fat Preference, Intake, and Body Composition, Dulce M. Minaya

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The Process of Couples' Experiences in a Brief Intervention, D. Jim Mock

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Global Evaluation of Biofuel Potential from Microalgae, Jeffrey W. Moody

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Multi-Scale Modeling of Microbial Defection in the Presence of Antibiotics, Darshan Dilip Nahar

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Nutrient Utilization, Lactational Performance, and Profitability of Dairy Cows by Feeding Protein Supplements in High-Forage Lactation Diets, Kathryn Neal

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Occurrence and Removal of Ultra-Low Level Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water, Christel Olsen

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Pathway Pioneer: Heterogenous Server Architecture for Scientific Visualization and Pathway Search in Metabolic Network Using Informed Search, Vipul Kantilal Oswal

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Bark Beetle-Induced Changes to Crown Fuel Flammability and Crown Fire Potential, Wesley G. Page

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REAL-TIME SCHEDULING ALGORITHM DESIGN ON STOCHASTIC PROCESSORS, Anushka Pakrashi

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THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A VIDEO-BASED PREFERENCE ASSESSMENT IN IDENTIFYING SOCIALLY REINFORCING STIMULI, Rachelle N. Peterson

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Rock Strength of Caprock Seal Lithologies: Evidence for Past Seal Failure, Migration of Fluids and the Analysis of the Reservoir Seal Interface in Outcrop and the Subsurface, Elizabeth Sandra Petrie

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The Effects of Pipewall Offsets on Water Meter Accuracy, Jesse M. Pope

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Linking Temporal and Spatial Variability of Millennial and Decadal-Scale Sediment Yield to Aquatic Habitat in the Columbia River Basin, Elijah Portugal

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Considerations for Hood Placement and Design Downstream from a Fixed-Cone Valve, Barry Jacob Prettyman