Electronic graduate theses and dissertations from Utah State University.

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2020

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Ranchers Adapting to Climate Variability in the Upper Colorado River Basin, Utah, Hadia Akbar

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A Study of Potential Security and Safety Vulnerabilities in Cyber-Physical Systems, Ali Al-Hashimi

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Development and Validation of a Synchronous Model to Simulate Skeletal Muscle Damage Due to Spaceflight Ionizing Radiation and Microgravity, Lori M. Caldwell

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Do Didymosphenia Geminata Blooms Affect Fishes in the Kootenai River Basin?, Niall G. Clancy

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Disease Ecology and Adaptive Management of Brucellosis in Greater Yellowstone Elk, Gavin G. Cotterill

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A Temporal Information-Theoretic Model of Suboptimal Choice, Paul J. Cunningham

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Diversity and Inclusion in Technical and Professional Communication Academic Programs, Chris Dayley

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The Utility of Environmental DNA and Species Distribution Models in Assessing the Habitat Requirements of Twelve Fish Species in Alaskan North Slope Rivers, James B. Eddings

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The Influence of Protein Concentration and Homogenization on Moisture Content, Curd Yield, and Fat Retention of Model Cheese Made from Microfiltered Skim Milk Recombined with Cream, Richard Byron Geslison

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CRISPR/CAS9-Mediated Gene Editing in Herda Equine, Joseph R. Hawkes

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Command, Control and Telemetry for Utah State University's Scintillation Prediction Observation Research Task (SPORT) Mission, Jordan Haws

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Nanotextural and Nanochemical Constraints on the Role of Heat in the Development of Crystalline-Hosted, Silica-Rich Fault Mirrors in the Wasatch Fault Damage Zone, Utah, USA, Leah M. Houser

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Artisan: On Bread and a Meaningful Life, Emerson James

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A Case Study Comparing the Life Skills Development and Knowledge in Youth Participants of Horseless and Traditional Horse Programs in Utah, Haley M. Johnson

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Improving Identification of Pediatric Feeding Dysfunction Among Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, April Litchford

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Strategic Infrastructure Planning for Autonomous Vehicles, Zhaocai Liu

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Characteristics of Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Adopting Instructional Technologies in the State of Utah, Nicole J. B. Manwaring

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Decoding LDPC Codes with Probabilistic Local Maximum Likelihood Bit Flipping, Rejoy Roy Mathews

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Abstentation and Costly Information Acquisition in Elections, Jacob Meyer

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Working Memory and Syntactic Processing in Bilingual and Monolingual Children, Carla I. Orellana

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Semisimple Subalgebras of Semisimple Lie Algebras, Mychelle Parker

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An Evaluation of Management Options for the Clover Root Curculio (Sitona hispidulus), a Pest of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) in the Intermountain West, Kaitlin A. Rim

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Relationship Quality Before, During and After Stepfamily Education: A Latent Trajectory Analysis, Bryan K. Spuhler

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Impact of Parasitic Drag on a Family of Optimal Lift Distributions, Austin J. Stewart

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Pollution Prevention and Water Reuse at Utah Department of Transportation Facilities, Amanda Stoudt

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Determination of Gas Emission Characteristics from Animal Wastes Using a Multiplexed Portable FTIR-Surface Chamber System, Pakorn Sutitarnnontr

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Biological Sex as a Moderator of the Association of Military Sexual Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Total and Symptom Cluster Severity, Hallie S. Tannahill

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Design of Road Embedded Dynamic Charging Systems for Electrified Transportation, Reza Tavakoli

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Interspecific Differences in Stressor Tolerance Drive Community-Level Changes in a Small Aquatic Ecosystem, Jennifer M. Weathered

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A Grounded Theory to Explain Parent Prioritization of Hearing Care When Children Have Down Syndrome, John J. Whicker

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Big Data Management for Secured Smart Healthcare System: A Machine Learning Framework, Abrar Zahin

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Micro-Biosensor Devices for Biochemical Analysis Applications, Han Zhang

2019

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The Total Western Diet and Vancomycin Treatment Increase Inflammation-Mediated Colorectal Cancer, Niklas David Joakim Aardema

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Thylacine Dreams: The Vernacular Resurrection of an Extinct Marsupial, Daisy M. Ahlstone

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Robust Resource Allocation to Secure Physical Layer Using UAV-Assisted Mobile Relay Communications in 5G Technology, Shakil Ahmed

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Bee Shadow Recognition in Video Analysis of Omnidirectional Bee Traffic, Laasya Alavala

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Synthesis and Biological Studies of Amphiphilic Compounds Derived from Saccharides and Aminoglycosides, Madher N. Alfindee

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The Effect of Lactation and Energy Status on Gene Expression in the Main Reproductive Tissues of Lactating Dairy Cattle, Sameer M. Alhojaily

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Public Transportation Accessibility: Perceptions of Riders with Disabilities in Utah, Cherissa R. Alldredge

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Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy: Assessment Tool Development and an Evaluation of a College-Based Curriculum, Ty B. Aller

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The Processes of Collective Buy-In, Actuation, and Deep Social Learning in Seminary Classes, Donald B. Anderson

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The Impact of Federal Lands on Per-Pupil Spending in the Western United States, Matthew K. Anderson

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Development and Testing of Additively Manufactured Aerospike Nozzles for Small Satellite Propulsion, Isaac W. Armstrong

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The Ties that Bind: Identifying Connections that Facilitate Students’ Successful Re-Entry to Higher Education, Toni Asay

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Accessing Healthy Food: Behavioral and Environmental Determinants Among Low-Income Populations, Abiodun Tolulope Atoloye

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Barriers, Roles, and Information Source Preferences for Utilizing Agricultural Science Projects Among Utah 4-H Extension Professionals, Aleigh Aurin

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Energy Management of Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer Systems for Electric Vehicle Applications, Ahmed N. Azad

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The Influences of Calculus I on Engineering Student Persistence, Amie Baisley

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The Farm as Place in a Changing Climate: Capturing Women Farmers' Experiences in Idaho, United States and Victoria, Australia, Tagen Towsley Baker

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Revamping Timing Error Resilience to Tackle Choke Points at NTC, Aatreyi Bal

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Enteric Methane and Nitrogen Emissions in Beef Cattle Grazing a Tannin-Containing Legume Relative to Feedlot and Traditional Pasture-Based Production Systems, Raúl David Guevara Ballesteros

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Konaway Nika Tillicum Native American Youth Academy: Cultural Identity, Self-Esteem, and Academic Optimism, Tamara Barrett

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Toward Reliable, Secure, and Energy-Efficient Multi-Core System Design, Prabal Basu

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Interval-Valued Kriging Models with Applications in Design Ground Snow Load Prediction, Brennan L. Bean

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Relationship Maintenance Behaviors and Marital Stability in Remarriage: The Examination of Stepfamily Constellations and Associated Challenges, Ron C. Bean

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An Evaluation of an Interactive Computerized Training to Teach Instructors How to Respond During an Active Shooter Situation, Lorraine A. Becerra

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Dementia Caregiver Coping Strategies and Caregiver-Care Recipient Relationship Closeness: Associations with Care-Recipient Outcomes, Stephanie BehrensBerg

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Measuring Nitrogen Transformation in Wastewater Impacted Streams Using In-Situ Benthic Chambers, Makenzi Beltran

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Parent Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Kandice J. Benallie

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Control and Stability of Upper Stage Launch Vehicle With Hybrid Arc-Ignition Attitude Control System, Steven Russell Bennett

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Revolution in Autonomous Orbital Navigation (RAON), Rachit Bhatia

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Generalization of Signal Point Target Code, Md Munibun Billah

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Subsistence Strategy Tradeoffs in Long-Term Population Stability Over the Past 6,000 Years, Darcy A. Bird

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Preschool Science: An Examination of Classroom and Teacher Predictors, Donna S. Blaylock

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Characterization of Biofilms in a Synthetic Rhizosphere Using Hollow Fiber Root-Mimetic Systems, Michelle Bonebrake

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Navigating Adulthood: Exploring the Impact of a High School Life-Skills Course on Adulthood Transition Experiences, Lacee R. Boschetto

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Evaluation of Casein Hydrolysate as an Alternative Dry-Off Treatment and Milk Quality Management Tool in Dairy Cows, Justine Elena Britten

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Influence of Change in pH on Whey Expulsion from Cheddar Cheese Curds made from Recombined Concentrated Milk, Kanak Bulbul

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Biophysical and Structural Characterization of Shigella ATPase Spa47 Oligomerization Provides Insight Into Type Three Secretion System Activation and Virulence, Jamie L. Burgess

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Investigation of the Molecular Determinants and Extrinsic Factors that Regulate PRMT Product Specificity, Tamar B. Cáceres

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Kindergarteners' Conceptions and Representations of Temperature: An Exploratory Study on How Young Children Perceive Air Temperature, Ryan Francis Cain

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A Case Study of the Driven 2 Teach Program: Site-Based Experiential Professional Development for History Teachers, Hadyn Bowen Call

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Examining the Effects of Familism on the Association Between Parent-Adolescent Conflict, Emotion Regulation, and Internalizing Problems Among Latinx Adolescents, Kenia Carrera

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The Effect of "Drought Tolerant" Plant Labeling on Consumers' Preferences and Willingness to Pay for Ornamental Plants, Susanne Tábara Cenador

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Religiosity, Perfectionism, and Parenting Practices in a Latter-Day Saint (LDS) Sample, Trisha Chase

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Quantifying the Predictability of Evolution at the Genomic Level in Lycaeides Butterflies, Samridhi Chaturvedi

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Social Media Use During Crisis Events: A Mixed-Method Analysis of Information Sources and Their Trustworthiness, Apoorva Chauhan

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Change in the Leading Mode of North America's Wintertime Stationary Eddies, Yu-Tang Chien

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Male Reproductive Infection and Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus in an Immunocompromised Mouse Model, Chad S. Clancy

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Analysis of Small Faults in a Sandstone Reservoir Analog, San Rafael Desert: Implications for Fluid Flow at the Reservoir-Scale, Leslie Noël Clayton

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Empathy in the Middle-School History Classroom: The Effects of Reading Different Historical Texts on Theory of Mind, Empathetic Concern, and Historical Perspective-Taking, Jared P. Collette

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The Sue-and-Settle Phenomenon: Its Impact on the Law, Agency, and Society, Katie L. Colton

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An Examination of Seasonal Shifts in Climate and Visitation, and Perspectives on Seasonal Shifts and Climate Adaptation Strategies in Tourism and Recreation Businesses for Moab, Utah, Elizabeth Cook

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Pressure Loss Coefficients for Large Mitered Elbows with Diameters Ranging from 36-inches to 144-inches, Hayden J. Coombs

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Technology in Parenting Programs: A Systematic Review and Pilot Study of an App-Based Intervention for Latinx Families, Samantha M. Corralejo

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The Political Business Cycle: Endogenous Election Timing & Hyperbolic Memory Discounting, Jake R. Cottle

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Heirs of the Body and Heirs of the Mind: Greek Education and Religious Agency in the English Reformation, Elisabeth Joan Cropper

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Security of Vehicular Platooning, Soodeh Dadras

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Activity Tracker Measurement of Physical Activity and Sedentary Time in the Workplace Including an Intervention Involving Reminders to Move, Cassie Dance

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The Use of a Values Affirming Intervention: Does It Impact Math Scores and Semester Grade Point Averages in a Student Support Services Population, Amy L. DeBruler

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Eared Grebe Nesting Ecology and Chronology Along the Great Salt Lake, Utah, Leah M. Delahoussaye

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Redefining Ceremony and the Sacred: Short Stories From the Dinétah, Stacie S. Denetsosie

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Understanding Industry’s Expectations of Engineering Communication Skills, Lilian Maria de Souza Almeida

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The Role of Social Support in Dementia Care Facilities: Staff Member Perspectives, Malinda K. Dokos

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Optimization of Biogas Production by Use of a Microbially Enhanced Inoculum, Anna Doloman

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The Influence of Measurement Scale and Uncertainty on Interpretations of River Migration, Mitchell R. Donovan

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Health Care Provider Recruitment and Retention in Millard County, Utah, Ronald T. Draper

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The Organic Wheat Market: Three Essays on Pricing, Consumer Segments, and the Importance of Labels, Tatiana Drugova

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Impacts of Cattle Grazing as a Tool to Control Phragmites australis in Wetlands on Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Carbon, Brittany L. Duncan

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Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Responses to Pivotal Teaching Moments, Kami M. Dupree