Electronic graduate theses and dissertations from Utah State University.

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Upon final deposit in the Institutional Repository (IR), a thesis/dissertation becomes part of the student’s official academic record. No changes may be made to the thesis or dissertation after it has been approved by the School of Graduate Studies.

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2020

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Gratitude in Adolescents: Examining the Role of Attachment, Parental Gratitude, and Discounting, Savannah C. Rupp

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#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike: Twitter Users’ Narratives About the Interpersonal Effects of Anxiety, Raechel B. Russo

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Hardware Accelerator for Star Centroiding, Nazmus Sakib

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Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Using a Multi-Objective Optimization Tool for Best Management Practices Selection and Spatial Placement in the Lower Bear River Watershed, Utah, Ali A. Salha

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Venturi Flowmeter Performance Installed Downstream of the Branch of a Tee Junction, Benjamin G. Sandberg

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Ecology and Economic Impact of the Invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae; Halyomorpha halys) in the Utah Agricultural Landscape, Zachary R. Schumm

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Temporal Bisection Dynamics, Mahdi Shafiei

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Effect of Plant Derived Tannins on Nitrogen and Carbon Cycling in Pasture Soils, Kathryn A. Slebodnik

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Model-Based Properties of Earth's Protective Shield: Relating UT-Based Dependencies of the Open/Closed Boundary, Cutoff Latitude, and L-Shell Parameter with Polar Cap Absorption Events, David A. Smith

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Innovative Biological Solutions for Nitrogen Fixation, Mathangi Soundararajan

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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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Improving Our Ability to Estimate Vital Rates of Endangered Fishes on the San Juan River Using Novel Applications of PIT-Tag Technology, J. Benjamin Stout

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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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Evaluation of Enrichment and Identification Media for Isolation of Common Bovine Salmonella Serotypes, Katie Irene Swanson

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Cross-Boundary Stewardship for Wetland Integrity and Resilience in the Greater Rocky Mountain National Park Ecosystem, Meghan K. Tait

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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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Improvement of Ultraviolet Digital Image Correlation (UV-DIC) at Extreme Temperatures, Thinh Quang Thai

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Architecture of Engagement: Autonomy-Supportive Leadership for Instructional Improvement, Travis N. Thurston

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The Power of Mercy: An Examination of Presidential Pardon Patterns, Stewart Ulrich

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Boron in the Pariette Wetlands, Uinta Basin, UT, Palak Vasudeva

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Submerged and Floating Woody Debris-Blocking Sensitivity of Labyrinth Weirs, Taylor Vaughn

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Cytomegalovirus Inhibition by Pluronic-Encapsulated Quercetin and Synergy with Ganciclovir, Ian Wadsworth

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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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Human-Wildlife Interactions in Bryce Canyon National Park, Chad H. Wildermuth

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Effect of Dietary Maillard Reaction Products on Insulin Sensitivity, Metabolic Inflammation and Intestinal Inflammation in Mice Fed the Total Western Diet, Siyu Xiao

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Visual Saliency Estimation and Its Applications, Fei Xu

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Some Examples of the Liouville Integrability of the Banded Toda Flows, Zachary Youmans

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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

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The Effects of Electrical Biostimulation and Silver Ions on Porcine Fibroblast Cells, Yuanfeng Zhao

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Forage Inventory and Modeling in Uintah and Ouray Reservation Rangelands, Scott N. Zimmer

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Debitage Attributes, Obsidian Source Analysis, and Prehistoric Mobility in Southeastern Idaho, Ben Joaquin Zumkeller

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