Electronic graduate theses and dissertations from Utah State University.

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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

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Gender and Social Acceptance of Immigrants in a New Destination Site, Emma Meade Earl

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The Effect of Joint Training on Knowledge and Attitudes of Career and Technical Education and Special Education Professionals, Crystal Emery

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Seeding Treatments to Enhance Seedling Performance of the Bulrushes Bolboschoenus Maritimus, Schoenoplectus Acutus and S. Americanus in Wetland Restorations, David M. England

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Women in Agriculture: Living in a "Man's World", Ennea A. Fairchild

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Effect of Physical Stimuli on Angiogenic Factor Expression in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells, Farhad Farjood

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Finding the Time: Age-Depth Models in Rockshelters and Their Paleoenvironmental Implications, Caleb E. Ferbrache

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Narrative Identities of Early-Return Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jillian Ferrell

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Reducing Road Wear While Ensuring Comfort and Charging Constraints for Dynamically Charged Passenger Vehicles Through Noise Shaped Control Inputs, Clint Jay Ferrin

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Exploring the Capacity of Bacteria for Natural Product Biosynthesis, Ozkan Fidan

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Power V. Threhsold: Near-Channel Morphology Controls Sediment Rating Curve Shape in Coastal Redwood Watersheds, Adam Caspian Nebraska Fisher

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The Impact of Wood Biochar on the Plant Uptake of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products from Reclaimed Wastewater, Jeffrey Flashinski

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"Comme Je Trouve:" The Butlers, Earls of Ormond, and Political Power in Kilkenny, Ireland, 1392-1452, Senia S. Foster

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Association Between PTSD Symptom Clusters, Substance Use, Hypersexuality, and Erectile Dysfunction in Service Members and Veterans, Jeremiah E. Fruge

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Current and Historic Visitor Experiences in Coastal Alaskan Wilderness: Visitor Motivations and Experience Quality in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Gabriella R. Furr

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Measuring the Self-Efficacy of Students Participating in VEX Robotics Competitions, Joseph S. Furse

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Advancing Cyberinfrastructure for Collaborative Data Sharing and Modeling in Hydrology, Tian Gan

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Evaluating Relationships of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perception Between Ranchers and Bureau of Land Management Professionals, Calee L. Garn

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Career Prospects and Resources of Domestic Engineering Doctoral Students, Laura A. Gelles

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Three Essays on Land Property Rights, Water Trade, and Regional Development, Muyang Ge

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Rapid Prediction of Low-Boom and Aerodynamic Performance of Supersonic Transport Aircraft Using Panel Methods, Ted N. Giblette

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Advancing Streamflow Forecasts Through the Application of a Physically Based Energy Balance Snowmelt Model With Data Assimilation and Cyberinfrastructure Resources, Tseganeh Zekiewos Gichamo

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Wildfire in the West: An Initial Analysis of Wildfire Impacts on Hydrology and Riverbed Grain Size in Relation to Salmonid Habitat, Natalie J. Gillard

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Multiple IMU Sensor Fusion for SUAS Navigation and Photogrammetry, Matthew Givens

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Teachers' Conceptions of Mathematics and Intelligent Tutoring System Use, Andrew R. Glaze

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Role of the Japanese Encephalitis Virus Envelope Glycoprotein E in Viral Pathogenicity, Joseph L. Goldhardt

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Dry Heat Among the Red Rocks: Risk Perceptions and Behavioral Responses to Extreme Heat Among Outdoor Recreationists in Southeastern Utah, Kirsten M. Goldstein

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Latino Stepcouples’ Experiences Two Years After Stepfamily Education and a Narrative Study Regarding Changes in a Latino Stepfamily Two Years After Stepfamily Education, Sheryl Ann Goodey

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Temporal JSON, Aayush Goyal

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Feature Selection and Analysis for Standard Machine Learning Classification of Audio Beehive Samples, Chelsi Gupta

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The Thermal and Physical Properties of Beef from Three USDA-Quality Grades Cooked to Multiple Degrees of Doneness, Jessica McClellan Hadfield

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Exploring the Impact of Positive Peer Views of Girls on School Engagement in Middle School Girls, Christine E. Hansen

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In Vitro Simulation of Microgravity Induced Muscle Loss Successfully Increases Expression of Key In Vivo Atrophy Markers, Charles P. Harding

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The Effects of Fluctuations in Federal Revenue Sharing Payments Made to Rural Counties on School District Budgets, Camille Harmer

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A Universal Mechanism for N2 Binding to and Differing Reactivity of the E4(4H) State of Mo-, V-, and Fe-Nitrogenases, Derek Franklin Harris

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A Narrative Approach to Educational Video Training, Matthew S. Havertz

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Development and Testing of a Hydrogen Peroxide Injected Thrust Augmenting Nozzle for a Hybrid Rocket, Mark C. Heiner

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Evaluating the Performance Diagnostic Checklist-Human Services to Treat Performance Problems of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Brian H. Hess

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Micro- to Macro-Scale Structural and Lithological Architecture of Basal Nonconformities: Implications for Fluid Flow and Injection Induced Seismicity, Garth Hesseltine

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Agriculture Teacher Attitudes Regarding Gifted Education and Teaching Gifted Students in the Agriculture Classroom, Olivia M. Hile

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How Virtual Reality Impacts the Landscape Architecture Design Process at Various Scales, Drew M. Hill

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The Determinants of Municipal Minimum Wage Ordinances: An Analysis of 100 Large Cities from 2012-2017, Nicholas S. Hilton

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Phosphorus Rate Effects With and Without AVAIL® on Dryland Winter Wheat in an Eroded Calcareous Soil, Ryan C. Hodges

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Numerical Analysis and Spanwise Shape Optimization for Finite Wings of Arbitrary Aspect Ratio, Joshua D. Hodson

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Nest-Site Selection of Golden Eagles and Ferruginous Hawks and Diet Composition of Sensitive Raptor Species Using Metabarcoding Analysis in the Uinta Basin and Ashley National Forest, UT, USA, Dylan J. Hopkins

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More Than Hatchetmen: Chinese Exclusion and Tong Wars in Portland, Oregon, Brenda M. Horrocks

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Questioning Questions: A Grounded Theory Investigation of Teacher Questioning in Seminary for the Church of Jesus Christ, Zachary R. Horton

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Expression Systems for Synthetic Spider Silk Protein Production, Michaela R. Hugie

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Changing Access: Building a Culture of Accessibility Within Normalized Technical Communication Practices, Sherena Huntsman

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Development of Mouse Models for Respiratory and Neurological Disease Caused by Enterovirus D68 and Evaluation of Antiviral Therapies, Brett L. Hurst

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Classification of Isometry Algebras of Solutions of Einstein's Field Equations, Eugene Hwang

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Micromechanics-Enriched Finite Element Modeling of Composites With Manufacturing or Service-Induced Defects, Alden S. Hyde

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The Rise and Run of Women Corporate Leaders, Alicia R. Ingersoll

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Calibration of Hot-Film X-Probes for High Accuracy Angle Alignment in Wind Tunnels, Dallin L. Jackson

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Hydrodeoxygenation of Pinyon-Juniper Catalytic Pyrolysis Oil, Hossein Jahromi

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Plug-and-Play Web Services, Arihant Jain

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Isentropic Efficiency and Theoretical Analysis of the Planetary Rotor Expander, Joseph L. James

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Agent-Based Model to Manage Household Water Use Through Social-Environmental Strategies of Encouragement and Peer Pressure, Ryan James

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The Role of a Peer-Led Academic Intervention in College Students' Development of Self-Regulated Learning: A Person-Centered Approach, Soojeong Jeong

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Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Relationship Between Parental Symptomatology, Child Behaviors, and Parenting Behaviors, Robyn Jeppson-Frandsen

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An Assessment of Self-Determination Skills in Transition-Age Students with Disabilities Following Instruction Using the My Transition Portfolio Program, Eliza Jex

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The Impact of Collaborative Behavioral Health on Treatment Outcomes of Diabetes, Adam M. Johnson

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Student Perceptions of Connectedness at the American International School of Utah, Diane Longhurst Johnson

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Assessing Paleoenvironmental and Geomorphic Variability in Relationship to Paleoindian Site Burial; Centennial Valley, Montana, Hillary A. Jones

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"There Should be no Tolerance for Intolerance": Internal Antagonism in Online Fan Communities, Michelle W. Jones

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Exploring the Influence of Digital Writing on Primary Students' Revisions of Informational Text: A Formative Experiment, Alayne Leavitt Jorgensen

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Development and Validation of an Agricultural Literacy Instrument Using the National Agricultural Literacy Outcomes, M. Rose Judd-Murray

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Examining Different Patterns of Children’s Early Dual Language Development and Nonverbal Executive Functioning, Audrey C. Juhasz

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Youth Prevention Programs: A Framework for Conducting Mediation Meta-Analyses, Morgan A. Kawamura

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Using Tree-Ring Growth and Stable Isotopes to Explore Ponderosa Pine Ecophysiological Responses to Climate Variability and the 2012-2015 California Drought, Rachel M. Keen

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The Vulnerability of Littoral Structures Under Multiyear Drought Conditions, Jenna M. Keeton

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River Hydrology, Morphology, and Dynamics in an Intensively Managed, Transient Landscape, Sara Ann Kelly

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The Response of Utah Lake's Plant and Algal Community Structure to Cultural Eutrophication, Leighton R. King

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Livestock Guardian Dogs: Loss-Prevention, Behavior, Space-Use, and Human Dimensions, Daniel Kinka

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The Spatial Ecology of Predator-Prey Interactions: A Case Study of Yellowstone Elk, Wolves, and Cougars, Michel T. Kohl

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Death Ends a Life Not a Relationship: The Embodied Mourning and Memorializing of Pets Through Material Culture, Gemma N. Koontz

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Landscape of Stress: Does Drought Prevail Over Anthropogenic Activity in Influencing Cortisol Levels and Fitness in the Pacific Fisher?, Jennifer R. Kordosky

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Fire - Herbivory Interactions in an East African Savanna: Effects on Acacia Drepanolobium Trees, Eric M. LaMalfa

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In Defense of the Modern Company Town: Wyoming's Uranium Communities, Zachary R. Larsen

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Examining the Effects of Discussion Strategies and Learner Interactions on Performance in Online Introductory Mathematics Courses: An Application of Learning Analytics, Ji Eun Lee

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Implementation and Effects of University College Algebra Growth Mindset Structured Assessments in Large Lectures, Hannah Mae Lewis

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Spiderworms: Using Silkworms as Hosts to Produce a Hybrid Silkworm-Spider Silk Fiber, Ana Laura Licon

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Estimating Upper Red Butte Watershed Contribution to Salt Lake Valley Water Resources, Sal Bir Limbu

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A Structural Equation Modeling Approach Combining Multitrait-Multimethod Designs with Moderated Mediation Analysis, Kaylee Litson

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The Relationship Between Small-Group Discourse and Student-Enacted Levels of Cognitive Demand When Engaging with Mathematics Tasks at Different Depth of Knowledge Levels, Kristy Litster

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Depression Mediates the Association of Disordered Eating Behaviors and Sexual Function in Female Service Members and Veterans, Whitney S. Livingston

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Effect of Supplemental Prebiotics, Probiotics and Bioactive Proteins on the Microbiome Composition and Gut Physiology in C57BL6/J Mice, Ye Li

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Intermittent Turbulent Exchanges and Their Role in Vineyard Evapotranspiration, Sebastian Alexander Los

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By Proxy: A Radiocarbon Perspective on Prehistoric Mobility Using Summed Probability Distributions and Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions in Wyoming and Montana, Anastasia M. Lugo Mendez

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Tuning Hyperparameters in Supervised Learning Models and Applications of Statistical Learning in Genome-Wide Association Studies with Emphasis on Heritability, Jill F. Lundell

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Electronic Transmutation: An Aid for the Rational Design of New Chemical Materials Using the Knowledge of Bonding and Structure of Neighboring Elements, Katie A. Lundell

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Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement Concrete for Prestressed Bridge Girders: Prestressing Losses, Bond, and Strength Behavior, Nicholas Markosian

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Angles-Only EKF Navigation for Hyperbolic Flybys, Iggy Matheson

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Investigation of Thermoplastic Polymers and Their Blends for Use in Hybrid Rocket Combustion, Spencer D. Mathias

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Investigation of Protein Dynamics and Communication in Adomet-Dependent Methyltransferases: Non-Ribosomal Peptide Synthetase and Protein Arginine Methyltransferase, Kyle M. May

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Evolution of the Book Cliffs Dryland Escarpment in Central Utah - Establishing Rates and Testing Models of Escarpment Retreat, Nicholas R. McCarroll

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Urban Alaskan Moose: An Analysis of Factors Associated with Moose-Vehicle Collisions, Lucian R. McDonald