Northern Michigan University Master's Theses

This is an electronic repository of the intellectual output of Northern Michigan University Master's graduates and provides an organized way to preserve theses in a digital format .

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Theses from 2020

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THE CATASTROPHIC OPEN WOUND: THE APPLICATION OF COMPLEX POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IN LINDA HOGAN’S SOLAR STORMS AND EDEN ROBINSON’S MONKEY BEACH, Kawther I. Abbas

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INVESTIGATING INDICATOR ASSOCIATIONS AND USABILITY CHARACTERISTICS FOR MEASURING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK FACTORS IN CHILDREN, Abdulrahman I. Alaqil

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INDIVIDUAL VARIATION IN WINTER BROOK TROUT (SALVELINUS FONTINALIS) MOVEMENT IN A SMALL NORTHERN MICHIGAN STREAM, Benjamin Bejcek

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A BLENDED DISPLACEMENT; STORIES FROM THE PERIPHERY, Katherine Belliel

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Plant Medicine: The Use of Medicinal Plants as Green Manures in the Treatment of Streptomyces scabies Infection and Potato Scab Disease, Ben Bolcer

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THE ROLE OF SKELETAL MUSCLE-SYNTHESIZED BRAIN DERIVED NEUROTROPHIC FACTOR IN THE MAINTENANCE OF MOTOR NEURON MITOCHONDRIAL POPULATIONS, Mikel Cawley

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All This Plastic, All This Glass, Randi Clemens

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Development of tolerance as a function of within session reinforcement in a blackjack game, Sarah Dartt

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT TRAINING ON BURNOUT IN BEHAVIOR TECHNICIANS WORKING IN MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES, Mallory DePetro

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF FASTING CONDITIONS IN COMBINATION WITH TEMOZOLOMIDE FOR THE TREATMENT OF GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME, Joseph Duffy

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The Wild Diamond Diaries: Healing Alongside America's Wild Horses, Megan Emily

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THE PHYSIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF INDOOR VERSUS OUTDOOR AEROBIC EXERCISE IN FEMALE CANCER SURVIVORS: A LITERATURE REVIEW, Emily Ferroni

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TOUCHING THE CENTER THAT BURNS: AN EXORCISM, Maggie Finch

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QUEERING THE CURRICULUM: ESTABLISHING EQUITY FOR LGBTQIA STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS IN MICHIGAN, Miranda Findlay

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A COMPARISON OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE COACHES STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PRACTICES 1997-1998 TO 2018, Corey Fitzgerald

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THE GUT MICROBIOTA OF A WILD AMERICAN BLACK BEAR (Ursus americanus) POPULATION, Sierra Gillman

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Almost Trued: An Urban Exploration, Madeline Gombis

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The Female Leadership Experience in Pre-Professional and Professional Ballet, Jill Grundstrom

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Former Boy Detective, T Guzman

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WOODLAND CARIBOU, SOIL CARBON CYCLING AND SOIL FERTILITY ON THE SLATE ISLANDS ARCHIPELAGO IN ONTARIO, CANADA, Melinda Kantola

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Crossroads, Rebecca Keyes

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Effects of NMDA Receptor Antagonists on the Differential-Reinforcement-of-Low-Rate 72 Second (DRL 72) Responding in Rats, Cayla Lynch

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Survivor’s Guilt and the Ethics of Remembering in Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Slave and Cynthia Ozick’s “The Shawl”, Ryne Menhennick

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ONE DISTRICT’S STAKEHOLDERS’ DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SUPPORTS AND BARRIERS IMPACTING THE USE OF A DIGITAL MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM, Andrew R. Mills

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RAPID COLORIMETRIC IDENTIFICATION OF ESCHERICHIA COLI SHIGA TOXINS 1 AND 2, AS WELL AS EAE AND AGGR, USING LOOP MEDIATED ISOTHERMAL AMPLIFICATION FOLLOWED BY PNA/AUNP DETECTION, Rachael Nelson

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Goal Drought, Stephanie Oesch

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Junkballer, Daniel Pobereyko

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EVALUATING SOLUBLE AXL AS A BIOMARKER FOR GLIOBLASTOMA, Daniel Raymond

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Snow Ghost, Joseph Rowles

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GENE REGULATION CONTROLLED BY THE CRBS/R TWO-COMPONENT SYSTEM, Alexzandra Sales

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Ecological Factors Influencing Infection Rates of the Birch Polypore Inonotus obliquus in the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province, Anna R. Slowik

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Serum-based biomarkers and magnetic resonance imaging following mild traumatic brain injury in collegiate athletes post return-to-play, Taylor R. Susa

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THE EFFICACY AND APPLICATION OF A 40-HOUR ONLINE TRAINING PROGRAM TOWARDS THE APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS REGISTERED BEHAVIOR TECHNICIAN™ CREDENTIAL, Kimberly Thompson

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Using Relational Frame Theory to Teach Prepositions to Children with Autism, Alexandra Vacha

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PROBABILISTIC REINFORCEMENT, AS A GAMIFICATION ELEMENT, IN A COLLEGE CLASS SETTING, Tiffanie Weeden

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The Consequences of Non-Native Species Invasions on the Contemporary and Historic Trophic Ecology of Native Sport Fish in a Lake Michigan Embayment, John Whitinger

Theses from 2019

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Reassessment of the extinction risk of the Neotropical freshwater crabs of the family Pseudothelphusidae, Ada Acevedo Alonso

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Evaluating Changes in Error-Monitoring Electrocortcial Responses as an Outcome of Attention Bias Modification Training, Jeremy Andrzejewski

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Authentic Learning in a Middle School Classroom: A Case Study, Andrea Ballard

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The Natural Mother of the Child, Krys Belc

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Swimming Performance Post Blood Flow Restriction Training in Collegiate Swimmers, Amy E. Boettcher

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THE EFFECTS OF ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT TRAINING ON RECALL IN OLDER ADULTS WITH MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT AND DEMENTIA, Jennifer Cammarata

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Atlas of Distance, Alex Clark

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An Examination of Affective Blunting in Rodents, Sigrid Crowel

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Insignify, Emmanuel Flores

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MYCOBIOME ANALYSIS OF TREES SELECTED BY BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES (Poecile atricapillus) AS NEST SITES, Connor Gable

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Players' Preference For Losses Disguised As Wins In Keno: A Concurrent Choice Procedure, Sarah Hall

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IMPROVING THE RIGOR OF ONLINE EDUCATION: EXPLORING CHARACTERISTICS OF FACULTY AND SYLLABI WITHIN AN ONLINE PROGRAM ASSESSMENT PROCESS, Brad J. Hamel

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ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF COMPUTER-BASED SIMULATIONS ON THE INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, Heather Isaacson

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COMPARING FUNCTION-BASED MULTIPLE STIMULI WITHOUT REPLACEMENT AND PAIRED-CHOICE PREFERENCE ASSESSMENT RESULTS, Chiara Johnson

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EVOLUTION OF FRESHWATER CRABS IN LAKE MALAWI AND THE LAKE MALAWI BASIN IN THE EAST AFRICAN RIFT VALLEY, Emily Johnson

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Ending My Childhood: Stories of Growth, Jackson Keller

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"Devoted to Influenza": An Analysis of English and Nigerian Archival and Literary Depictions of the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic, Kendra Klein

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Parts Tethered Elsewhere, Shannon Konoske

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Discriminative Stimulus Effects of Putative Antipsychotic Drugs, Alex Lekander

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The Effects of Gamification in Conjunction with The Good Behavior Game and ClassDojo, Michele LHuillier

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THE HUMAN FACTORS WHICH ACTED AS A DRIVING FORCE FOR INSPIRING IMPOVERISHED, RURAL STUDENTS TO SUCCESSFULLY PURSUE POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY, Adam Lucas

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FROM RIVER ROAD PLANTATIONS TO THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: BRINGING THE TRUE STORY OF AMERICAN SLAVERY TO THE PRESENT RACIAL DIVIDE, Kari Lutes

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Behavior, Nest Site Selection and Success of Black Terns (Chlidonias niger), Dawn Marsh

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Effects of Infanticide Risk and Timber Harvest on American Black Bear Space Use, D. Cody Norton

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STUDENT EXPERIENCE WITH A TEACHER-DESIGNED DISCUSSION PROTOCOL, Lacey O'Donnell

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Assessment of sex differences and amphetamine on schedule-induced polydipsia, Min Park

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DEVELOPMENT OF A RAPID DIAGNOSTIC ASSAY FOR THE COLORIMETRIC DETECTION OF LEGIONELLA BACTERIA USING LOOP MEDIATED ISOTHERMAL AMPLIFICATION, Tess Peacock

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SUCCESSFUL SHOT LOCATIONS AND SHOT TYPES USED IN NCAA MEN’S DIVISION I BASKETBALL, Olivia D. Perrin

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THE EFFECT OF A NOVEL REHABILITATION PROGRAM ON WALKING PERFORMANCE IN PERSONS WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, Alyssa J. Rebensburg

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LARVAL DEVELOPMENT AND MORPHOLOGY OF NORTH AMERICAN BURBOT (LOTA LOTA MACULOSA), Thornton Ritz

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Secret Wars, Kaleigh Rodgerson

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A SELF-STUDY OF A SPECIAL EDUCATOR’S TEACHING PRACTICES IN A PRISON SETTING: PROMOTING THE SELF-EFFICACY FOR LITERACY TASKS OF ADULT LEARNERS WHO ARE INCARCERATED, Brandon M. Selling

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Improving Procedural Fidelity and Treatment Outcome in Natural Environment Training Using Peer Feedback, Kara Shawbitz

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UNDERSTANDING NEGLECT OF PLANT BIOLOGY EDUCATION IN MICHIGAN MIDDLE SCHOOLS, Kim Smith

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Genetic Diversity of Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) in the Liuwa Plain of Zambia, Stephanie J. Szarmach

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EFFECTS OF CHOICE ON MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION FLUENCY ACQUISITION FOR THIRD GRADE STUDENTS, Terri Tammelin

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GENERAL STRENGTH AND MUSCULAR ENDURANCE: RELATIONSHIP TO V1- AND V2-SKATE SKIING ECONOMY IN COLLEGIATE CROSS-COUNTRY SKIERS, Ian Torchia

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Threat Perception Alteration as an Effect of Use-of-Force Simulation Training, Ellyse VanDyke

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SEASONAL CHANGES IN BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE (POECILE ATRICAPILLUS) SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND GARGLE VOCALIZATIONS, James VanOrman

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THE EFFECTS OF SHOE TYPE ON BIOMECHANICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO STEPPING AND INCLINED WALKING, Ashley L. VanSumeren

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In Color, Indigo Villanueva

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honeypot, Brenna Womer

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Behavioral and Psychophysiological Effects of Near-Miss Outcomes in a Game of War, Erin Wylie

Theses from 2018

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CD147 AS A POTENTIAL THERAPEUTIC TARGET IN GLIOBLASTOMA TREATMENT, Beau Adams

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The Effects of Stress on American Football Overhand Throw Accuracy, Cale Anderson

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A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE GLOBAL-MINDEDNESS OF FRESHMEN AND SENIOR STUDENTS AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, Anthony Barnes

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I Was Thinking Something In The Car, But Now I Forgot, OllieMae Bartlett

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AVIAN FORAGING RESPONSE TO JACK PINE (PINUS BANKSIANA) VOLATILE CHEMICALS, Katie Bjornen

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Aesthetic Shapes of Holocaust Literature and Pedagogical Applications, Kate A. Bonacorsi

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THE CHARACTERIZATION OF BEHAVIORAL ABNORMALITIES IN BDNF LOXP TRANSGENIC MICE, Ryan Brandt

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wait for it to bloom., Deziree Brown

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DEVELOPMENT OF A RAPID DIAGNOSTIC ASSAY FOR THE COLORIMETRIC DETECTION OF BACTERIAL AND VIRAL PATHOGENS USING LOOP-MEDIATED ISOTHERMAL AMPLIFICATION COUPLED WITH A PEPTIDE NUCLEIC ACID AND GOLD NANOPARTICLE REPORTER SYSTEM, William Brown

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COMPENSATORY HIP AND KNEE MECHANICS IN TRANSTIBIAL AMPUTEES DURING STAIR DESCENT AND DIRECTIONAL TASK, Mindie Clark

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ASSESSING THE EMOTIONAL DIMENSIONS OF THE CUTANEOUS-RABBIT EFFECT USING FACES, Bartholomew Endres

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Isolating and Identifying Fungal Endophytes from Roots of Rare Orchid Cypripedium arietinum in Grand Sable Dunes, Michigan, Kari Farkas-Lasich

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Effects of Norharmane and Nicotine on the Conditioned Place Preference of Mice, Lindsey Galbo

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Ecological Drivers of Plant Community Composition in a Patterned Fen at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan, Alex Graeff

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THINGS WE HAVE IN COMMON: ESSAYS AND EXPERIMENTS, Willow Grosz

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The Wrong Side of Yesterday, Jacob Hall

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THREE SPEEDS OF YOGA AND THE EFFECTS ON SALIVARY CORTISOL LEVELS IN FEMALE NURSING STUDENTS, Meagan Hennekens

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PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS OF ADULT ONE DOG CANICROSS RUNNERS, Ashlyn Jendro

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HYPOXIA-REGULATED EXPRESSION OF GLUT-1 IN GBM CELL LINES, Marissa Kane

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The Immortal Jellyfish and Other Things That Don't Know About Love, Tianli Kilpatrick

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Affective Images of Climate Change: Analysis and Database Development, Elizabeth Lehman