Electronic graduate theses and dissertations from Utah State University.

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A Parallel Genetic Algorithm for Optimizing Multicellular Models Applied to Biofilm Wrinkling, Christopher Douglas Johnson

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Attitudes and Experiences of Close Interethnic Friendships Among Native Emerging Adults: A Mixed-Methods Investigation, Merrill L. Jones

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Increasing Student Engagement and Knowledge Retention in an Entry-LevelGeneral Nutrition Course with Technology and Innovative Use of a Graduate-Level Teaching Assistant, Minhee Kang

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The Inevitable Fusion: A Mixed-Methods Sociological Approach to Comprehensive Kodiak Bear Viewing Management, Jacqueline M. Keating

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Mechanism of Substrate Reduction by Nitrogenase, Nimesh Khadka

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Multifunctional Reconfigurable Antennas and Arrays Operating at 60 GHz band, Abdurazag Mohamed Khalat

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Nitrogen Excretion of Lactating Dairy Cows Fed an Alfalfa Hay- or Birdsfoot Trefoil Hay-Based High-Forage Diet, Mohammad Ghelich Khan

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Estimating Evapotranspiration Using the Complementary Relationship and the Budyko Framework, Homin Kim

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Enhancing Students’ Higher Order Thinking Skills through Computer-based Scaffolding in Problem-based Learning, Nam Ju Kim

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Stillbirth: A Phenomenological Exploration of the Clinical Encounter for Couples, Michael Q. King

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Comparing the Effect of Carbon Sources, Lactate and Whey, on Biological Reductive Dechlorination of TCE in Laboratory Flow Through Columns, Sarah M. Kissell

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Direct and Indirect Effects of Climate Change on Plant Populations and Communities in Sagebrush Steppe, Andrew R. Kleinhesselink

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Optimizing Bioengineered Vascular Systems: A Genetic Algorithm Approach, Sima Mehri Kochaki

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Spatio-temporal History of Fluid-rock Interaction in the Hurricane Fault Zone, Jace Koger

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Role of Dispersion and Functionalization on Mechanical Properties in Carbon Nanotube - Polymer Composite, Medisetti Sai Praveen Kumar

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Vision-Based Control of a Full-Size Car by Lane Detection, N. Chase Kunz

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Emotional Experience During Couple Support Interactions: The Role of Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance, E. Megan Lachmar

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Non-Methane Hydrocarbon Source Apportionment and BTEX Risk Assessment of Winter 2015 in Roosevelt, Utah, Jerimiah Lamb

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Frame by Frame: Flash Nonfiction in the Comic Form, Shay Larsen

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A Pattern Language for Designing Application-Level Communication Protocols and the Improvement of Computer Science Education through Cloud Computing, Jorge Edison Lascano

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Effects of A Classroom Intervention on Academic Engagement of Elementary School Students with Anxiety, Lychelle Leatham

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Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition in Middle School: An Examination of Three Instructional Conditions, David B. Lee

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Changing the World through the Word: Developing Critical Consciousness Through Multicultural Children’s Literature with Critical Literacy in an Elementary Classroom, HyeKyoung Lee

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Wearable Computing: Accelerometer-Based Human Activity Classification Using Decision Tree, Chong Li

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Land Use Dynamics and Implications for Water Management in the Urbanizing Wasatch Range Metropolitan Area of Utah, Enjie Li

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Optimization of Roadway Electrification Integrating Wireless Power Transfer: TechnoEconomic Assessment and Lifecycle Analysis, Braden J. Limb

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Tracking System with Out-Of-Sequence Measurement in a Discrete Time-Delayed Extended Kalman Filter, Roque Lora

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Establishing a Kinetic Assessment of Reactive Strength, Talin Louder

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Ultra-Wideband Transceiver with Error Correction for Cortical Interfaces in NanometerCMOS Process, Yi Luo

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Spatial Ecology of Coyotes and Cougars: Understanding the Influence of Multiple Prey on the Spatial Interactions of Two Predators, Peter J. Mahoney

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Investigation of Concrete Electrical Resistivity As a Performance Based Test, Amir Malakooti

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Evaluating Habitat-based Niche Requirements and Potential Recruitment Bottlenecks for Imperiled Bluehead Sucker (Catostomus discobolus), Bryan C. Maloney

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Maternal Diabetes, Related Biomarkers and Genes, and Risk of Orofacial Clefts, Tiwaporn Maneerattanasuporn

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Language Proficiency and Cultural Intelligence in Distance English-Language Learning, Jared Marcum

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Seasonal Distribution of Sage-Grouse in Hamlin Valley, Utah and the Effect of Fences on Grouse and Avian Predators, Heather Hedden McPherron

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29-Day Analysis of Scale Heights and the Inference of the Topside Ionosphere Over Millstone Hill During the 2002 Incoherent Scatter Radar Campaign, Jennifer L. Meehan

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Modeling and Projection of the North American Monsoon Using a High-Resolution Regional Climate Model, Jonathan D.D. Meyer

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Resolving Spatial and Temporal Variability in Dissolved Organic Matter Characteristics within Combined Agricultural and Stormwater Conveyances, Bryce A. Mihalevich

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Spatial and Temporal Study of Heat Transport of Hydrothermal Features in Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Ruba A. M. Mohamed

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Molecular and Physiological Mechanisms of Toxin Resistance in Toad-Eating Snakes, Shabnam Mohammadi

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Approaches, Techniques, and Tools for Identifying Important Code Changes to Help Code Reviewers, Maneesh M. Mohanavilasam

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Spatiotemporal Evolution of Pleistocene and Late Oligocene-Early Miocene Deformation in the Mecca Hills, Southernmost San Andreas Fault Zone, Amy C. Moser

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Maximum Likelihood Temperature/Emissivity Separation of Hyperspectral Images with Gaussian Distributed Downwelling Radiance, David A. Neal

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Examining the Read-to-Write Strategy and its Effects on Second Grader’s Writing of Sequential Text, John Neal

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Foreign Fighter Recruitment Messaging and the ‘Islamic State’, Jacob M. Nelson

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The “Mississippi of the West”: Religion, Conservatism, and Racial Politics in Utah, 1960–1978, Jessica Nelson

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Innovation in Intelligence: An Analysis of U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence Modernization during the Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934, Laurence M. Nelson III

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The Role of the Fatty Acid Signaling Pathway in Dietary-Induced Obesity, Melissa N. Nelson

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Foraging Ecology of Mountain Lions in the Sierra National Forest, California, Bradley C. Nichols

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Statistical Models of I-15 Bridge C-846: Changes in Natural Frequencies due to Temperature, Gilbert Nichols

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Fundamental Features of Fostering Teacher Collective Efficacy: Principals’ Attitudes, Behaviors, and Practices, Shelley Nordick

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Developing a General Methodology for Evaluating Composite Action in Insulated Wall Panels, Jaiden Thomas Olsen

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Public Opinion on Renewable Energy: The Nexus of Climate, Politics, and Economy, Shawn K. Olson-Hazboun

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The Biogeography and Nesting Biology of Anthophora, with a Revision and Phylogeny of the Anthophora (Micranthophora), Michael C. Orr

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Strategies for Increased Lactic Acid Production from Algal Cake Fermentations at Low pH by Lactobacillus casei, Tom J. Overbeck

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Increasing Knowledge and Detection of Racial and Ethnic Microaggressions in White College Students, Christina A. Patterson

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Expert Consensus On Barriers to College and University Online Education for Students with Blindness and Low Vision, Sachin D. Pavithran

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From Eden to Dystopia: An Ecocritical Examination of Emergent Mythologies in Early Los Angeles Literary Texts, Jaquelin Pelzer

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Object Recognition in Videos Utilizing Hierarchical and Temporal Objectness with Deep Neural Networks, Liang Peng

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Applications of Relative Motion Models Using Curvilinear Coordinate Frames, Alex C. Perez

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Anaerobic Digestion of Wastewater: Effects of Inoculants and Nutrient Management on Biomethane Production and Treatment, Jason Peterson

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The Short and Long-Term Effects of Temperature and Strain on a Concrete Bulb-Tree Girder Bridge, Ethan Pickett

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Chemical Bonding in Novel 0-, 1-, 2-, and 3-Dimensional Chemical Species, Ivan A. Popov

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Prestress Losses and Temperature Effects on a Deck Bulb Tee Girder Bridge, Phillip Powelson

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Understanding the Biology of Clover Root Curculio and Improving Their Management Using Biofumigation in Alfalfa, Steven J. Price

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The Influence of Wind Energy Development on Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus) Breeding Season Ecology in Eastern Idaho, Matthew C. Proett

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Environmental Values and Landscape Architecture: A New Ecological Paradigm Study, Emmet J. Pruss

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Extensions and Improvements to Random Forests for Classification, Anna Quach

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Mechanical Performance of Natural / Natural Fiber Reinforced Hybrid Composite Materials Using Finite Element Method Based Micromechanics and Experiments, Muhammad Ziaur Rahman

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The Effects of Previous Concussions on the Physiological Complexity of Motor Output During a Continuous Isometric Visual-Motor Tracking Task, Adam C. Raikes

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Integrating Black Bear Behavior, Spatial Ecology, and Population Dynamics in a Human-Dominated Landscape: Implications for Management, Jarod D. Raithel

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Diversity-Related Experiences Among College Students in the Promotion of Social Justice Orientation, Multicultural Openness, and Community Involvement, Alexandra K. Reveles

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Predicting the impact of a northern pike (Esox lucius) invasion on endangered June sucker (Chasmistes liorus) and sport fishes in Utah Lake, UT, Jamie Reynolds

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Conservative Tryptophan Mutations in Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase PTP1B and its Effect on Catalytic Rate and Chemical Reaction, Teisha Richan

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Contributors to Wisconsin’s Persistent Black-White Gap in Life Expectancy, Max T. Roberts

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Renewable Energy: Prospects, Politics, the Public, and Proximity, Peter Robertson

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Activities and Quality of Life for Persons with Dementia, Cassidy Rose

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Interactions Between Plant Water-Stress and Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Spider Mite Infestations in Corn, Alice Ruckert

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Propagating Perfection: Eugenic Sterilization at the Utah State Training School, 1935 - 1974, Jennifer Rust

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Autonomous Highway Systems Safety and Security, Imran Sajjad

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Best Practices for Volume Flow Rate Measurements Using PIV at the Exit of a Turbulent Round Jet, Robert Schaap

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Spatial and Behavioral Patterns of Captive Coyotes, Jeffrey T. Schultz

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Precision Drought Stress in Orchards: Rootstock Evaluation, Trunk Hydration and Canopy Temperature, Lance V. Scott

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Power Analysis of Continuous Data Capture in BeePi, a Solar- Powered Multi-Sensor Electronic Beehive Monitoring System for Langstroth Beehives, Keval Shah

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Water Entry Impact Dynamics of Diving Birds, Saberul Islam Sharker

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Estimating Accuracy of Personal Identifiable Information in Integrated Data Systems, Amani "Mohammad Jum'h" Amin Shatnawi

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Role of ATP Hydrolysis and Mechanism of Substrate Reduction in Nitrogenase, Sudipta Shaw

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Parent Perspectives on Preparing Students with Intellectual Disabilities for Inclusive Postsecondary Education, Jeff C. Sheen

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Intentional Mentoring through 4-H: The Role of 4-H in a Successful Mentoring Program Between Youth and Adults, Emily Ann Shepperd

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A Survey and Performance Analysis of Orbit Propagators for LEO, GEO, and Highly Elliptical Orbits, Simon P. Shuster

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Evaluating Utah 4-H STEM Curricula Used to Promote STEM in Utah 4-H Programs, Michelle D. Simmons

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Effects of Changing Environments on Survival of a Widely Distributed Ungulate, S Andrew Sims

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Training Parents in Descriptive Assessment and Function Identification, Makenzie Sip

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Natural and Anthropogenic Effects on Life History Characteristics in the Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana), Geoffrey David Stuart Smith

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Recreation Community Branding: A Comparative Analysis within Utah’s Wasatch Front, Lynda D. D. Smith

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An Exploratory Study of Fifth-Grade Students’ Reasoning About the Relationship Between Fractions and Decimals When Using Number Line-Based Virtual Manipulatives, Scott Smith

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Characterization of the Thermal Resistance of Grain Boundaries of Cerium Oxide, Jesse Spackman

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Building Community Using Experiential Education with Elementary Preservice Teachers in a Social Studies Methodology Course, Stephanie L. Speicher

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The Development of English Learners as Writers of Opinion Pieces, Auri Ann Squire

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Burning Budgets: Does an Institutional Blank-Check Raise the Severity and Cost of Fighting Wildland Fires?, Devin T. Stein