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 2018

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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

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THERANOSTIC PEPTIDES FOR GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME, Aaron Mellesmoen

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CLIMATE DRIVEN RANGE SHIFTS OF NORTH AMERICAN SMALL MAMMALS: SPECIES’ TRAITS AND PHYLOGENETIC INFLUENCES, Katie Nehiba

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Lonely This Side of Nowhere, Anne Okonowski

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Investigating Sexual Violence in College-Aged Dating Couples: Does the Medium Affect the Message?, Emily F. Plackowski

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CLOSE READING AND CRITICAL THEORY, Kimberly Rosewall

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Bramble and Knife, Sara Ryan

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STUDENT ATHLETES' PERCEPTION OF SMARTPHONE USE AND ITS EFFECTS ON SLEEP QUALITY, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION, Alexis Schaefer

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That Said, Karl Alderic Schroeder

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Exploring Empathy in Medical Narratives, Adam Uhrig

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ROLES OF MUSCLE-SYNTHESIZED BRAIN-DERIVED NEUROTROPHIC FACTOR AND PRESYNAPTIC TYROSINE RECEPTOR KINASE B IN MOTOR NEURON AXONAL TRANSPORT, Luke A. VanOsdol

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Discriminative Stimulus Effects of Gabapentin, Michael Zuidema

Theses from 2017

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EVALUATING THE USE OF SELF-RELEVANT STIMULI IN ATTENTION BIAS MODIFICATION TRAINING AS A TREATMENT FOR ANXIETY: A NEAR-INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY STUDY, Jacob Scott Aday

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Claiming Primordial Landscapes: Science and Imperialism in Turn-of-the-Century Science Fiction Novels, Kaitlin S. Andersen

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36 Yellow Fields to One White Rhino, Sarah Bates

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Get Lost Then Turn, Michael Berry

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Information Sharing, Transparency, and E-Governance Among County Government Offices in Southeastern Michigan, Lawrence Bosek

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Dead in the Crosswalk, Jacqueline H. Boucher

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A PLATFORM FOR THE DISCOVERY AND CHARACTERIZATION OF PROTEINS THAT ASSOCIATE WITH PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA RNA POLYMERASE, Danielle N. Brogren

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THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT PROCESS BY MICHIGAN EDUCATORS, Victor Bugni

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EFFECTS OF WINTER AND SUMMER THERMAL VARIABILITY REGIMES ON GROWTH AND METABOLISM IN BROOK TROUT (Salvelinus fontinalis), Spenser Chicoine

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THE ACUTE AND CHRONIC EFFECTS OF HIGHLY CUSHIONED SHOES ON LOADING CHARACTERISTICS IN RECREATIONAL RUNNERS, Jessica Corkin

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The Saleing Subculture, Hayli M. Cox

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WALKING IN WAVES, Sarah David

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COMPARISON OF CLINICAL VERSUS MECHANICAL MEASUREMENTS IN DETECTING LOWER LIMB ASYMMETRIES ASSOCIATED WITH A SECOND ACL INJURY, Alicia E. DenHerder

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Gaming for Meaning: Video Games and Evolving Reader Response, Reannon Dykehouse

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Hollowend, Hayley M. Fitz

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BERINGIAN BIOGEOGRAPHY: PATTERNS OF INTERCONTINENTAL DISPERSAL AND THE STRUCTURING OF A HOLARCTIC TAPEWORM GENUS, Genevieve M. Haas

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A WALK THROUGH TRAUMA, Amy E. Hinrichs

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PROGRAM EVALUATION OF THE LARGE LECTURE RETENTION ENHANCEMENT INITIATIVE PILOT PROGRAM AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY 2012-2015, Kathryn Johnson

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USING PEER-MEDIATED SELF-MONITORING TO INCREASE PROCEDURAL INTEGRITY OF NET IMPLEMENTATION IN A CLINIC SETTING, Miranda Johnson

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The Effect of Hyperthermic Whole Body Heat Stimulus (Sauna) on Heat Shock Protein 70 and Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy in Young Males during Weight Training, Brandon C. Jones Mr.

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An Assessment of Frontal Lobe Activity and BDNF Levels Following Concussion in Collegiate Athletes: A Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Study, Keara Kangas

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MOLECULAR SUBTYPING OF STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS ISOLATES FROM THE U.P. COMMUNITY FOR THE PRESENCE OF TOXIN-ENCODING GENES, Carol I. Kessel

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An Unstable Container, John LaPine

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Will you be my mentor? Self-selecting a mentor during student teaching., Linda Ludwig

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In Post Memoriam: An Exploration of Family and Grieving, Courtney A. Mauck

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Post-Activation Potentiation: Decay or Fatigue Delay, Ryan L. Meidinger

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Sub-lethal and lethal effects of a neonicotinoid pesticide on the development of Northern leopard frog tadpoles., Travis A. Moe

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BETTER HEALTH THROUGH HORTICULTURE: USING HORTICULTURE TO INFLUENCE BEHAVIOR AND REDUCE STRESS, Rachel Ochylski

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The Role of Stereotype Threat in Mental Rotation, Bridget A. Parler

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BASIGIN-2 MEDIATED ACTIVATION OF ERK1/2 SIGNALING IN HUMAN GLIOBLASTOMA MULTIFORME CELLS, Erik R. Peterson

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A NIRS Study of Violinists and Pianists Employing Motor and Music Imageries to Assess Neural Differences in Music Perception, Sonja Prychitko

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An Arbitrary Formation of Unspecified Value, Jennifer K. Quartararo

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A Rapid Colorimetric Peptide Nucleic Acid Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification Assay for the Detection of the IDH1 Mutation in Glioblastoma, Edward J. Raack

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THE WORK ETHIC GAP: COMPARING PERCEPTIONS OF STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, AND EMPLOYERS, Joseph Routhier

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Go for a Walk! Monitoring Walking for Depressed Mood, Michael E. Shrake

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Phylogenetic studies of the Madagascan freshwater crabs (Potamoidea, Potamonautidae, Deckeniinae), Rainee Stevens

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GROWTH PATTERNS AND SIZE-GROUP INTERACTIONS IN HATCHERY-REARED AGE-0 LAKE STURGEON, Joseph M. Susco

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DELAYED EFFECTS OF SUB-LETHAL LAMPRICIDE, 3-TRIFLUOROMETHYL-4-NITROPHENOL (TFM), EXPOSURE ON THE METABOLIC PHYSIOLOGY OF JUVENILE LAKE STURGEON (ACIPENSER FULVESCENS), Matthew J. Symbal

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Examining How Novices, Apprenticing Experts, and Disciplinary Experts Approach Reading Academic Texts, Hali A. Tavalsky

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Wildlife: Stories, Jason D. Teal

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COMPARATIVE BIOGEOGRAPHY OF NORTH AMERICAN PIKA PARASITES: UNRAVELING A HISTORY DRIVEN BY CLIMATE CHANGE, Heather M. Toman

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CHARACTERIZATION OF TRANSMEMBRANE PROTEIN 35 EXPRESSION: CONSIDERATIONS OF SEX AND OVARIAN HORMONES, Amanda M. Vanderplow

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FLEAS OF THE AMERICAN PIKA: DIVERSITY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY IN NORTH AMERICA’S INTERMOUNTAIN WEST, Niyomi Wijewardena

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A Road out of Naknek Part One: The Tide Turns, Keith Wilson

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The Rural School District: To Survive and Thrive, A Look at Schools In The Upper Peninsula Of Michigan And How They Serve Their Communities Today And In The Future, Erich W. Ziegler

Theses from 2016

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The Trash Birder's Guide, Ashely Adams

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EXAMINING THE NATURE AND DEVELOPMENT OF GROUP COHESION IN RESIDENCE HALL STAFFS, Thaher J. Aiyash

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Paper Conferences as Meaningful Feedback to Student Writing, Jessica N. Betz

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Paranormal Orgy, Cameron M. Contois

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A MARRIAGE SEWN TOGETHER, Marie E. Curran

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THE ROLE OF SKELETAL MUSCLE-SYNTHESIZED BRAIN-DERIVED NEUROTROPHIC FACTOR IN RETROGRADE TRANSPORT ALONG MOTORNEURON AXONS, Rebecca L. Dangremond

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Check the Box Marked Other: Exploring Gender in Family Life, Serenity E. Dougherty

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"That Hateful Prairie Wind": Violence and Ecophobia in Twentieth Century American Gothic, Jessica Duncan

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7-WEEKS OF YOGA TRAINING AND ITS EFFECTS ON FLEXIBILITY, RATE OF FORCE DEVELOPMENT, AND JUMP HEIGHT IN OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTERS, Andrew Ernst

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Dredge, Molly M. Fox

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Kingdom Come: Stories of Modern Appalachia, A. Paige Frazier

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Blind but Seeing: Post-clinical Medicine in Jose Saramago's Blindness, Matthew J. Ftacek

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Wolf Predation: Where and How Wolves Kill Beavers, and Confronting the Biases in Scat-Based Diet Studies, Thomas Gable

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The Cranberry Club, Michael Giddings

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Classical Masculinity in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, Timothy N. Grams

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DIET ANALYSIS OF NATIVE AND NON-NATIVE JUVENILE SALMONIDS IN A LAKE SUPERIOR TRIBUTARY, Alexis C. Growe-Raney

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The Highlands, Amy Elisabeth Hansen

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EFFECTIVE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PRACTICES IN SCHOOLS WITH POSITIVE CLIMATES IN THE AGE OF HIGH-STAKES TEACHER EVALUATIONS, Kristina M. Hansen

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REMAIN, Johanna M. Hardy

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Personality and Longevity in the Profession of Athletic Training, Tyler Harris

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A Case Study in a Superintendent’s Leadership Under Duress, Anders C. Hill

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Evaluation of a Multiplex Real-Time PCR Assay to Simultaneously Detect Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus in Nasal Samples, Polly Hockberger

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A Novel and Rapid Staphylococcus aureus Bacterial Identification Method Utilizing ImmunoMagnetic Beads and Single Cell Laser-Light Scattering, Kaylagh Hollen

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12-DAY ADVENTURE RUN-HIKE TRAINING AT ALTITUDE IMPROVES SEA LEVEL 5KM PERFORMANCE, Andrew M. Jones

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THE FEAR OF DROWNING, Christen N. Kauffman

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WHALES AND OTHER MAMMALS: ESSAYS, Ryan Wesley Kauffman