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Dissertations from 2015

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Critical Forces that Structure Subtidal Ecological Communities in the Gulf of Maine, and the Integration of Invasive Species into these Communities, Martine C. Wagstaff

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A Case Study of an Urban Elementary School Chinese Language and Culture Program at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public Schools (BRCPS), Jinhui Xu

Dissertations from 2014

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Weighing the Benefits and Risks Associated with Proprietary School Attendance for Low-Income Single Mother Students, Carolyn L. Arcand

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Palestinian Refugee Family Trees of Resilience: Intergenerational Cultivation of Resistance, Return, and Perseverance, in Response to Israel State Violence and Occupation, Devin G. Atallah

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Evaluating the Structure of a Bayesian Network from Data, Saaid Baraty

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Multicultural Education and Teachers' Perceptions of and Intended Responses to Students' Behavior, Malcolm J. Bryant

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The Relationship between Mental Health and Young Children's Academic Development: What We Can Learn From a National Sample of At-Risk Chilean Children, Katia M. Canenguez

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Complex Networks: Structure and Dynamics, Shilpa Chakravartula

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To Speak or Not to Speak: Factors that Influence Pre-Tenure Faculty's Sense of Voice, Yi Shiuan Chin

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Y- Box Protein 2 (YBX2) is a Major mRNA Specific Regulator of Translation in Spermatogenesis and the Translational Regulation of the Sperm Mitochondria Associated Cysteine Rich Protein (Smcp) mRNA, Tamjid A. Chowdhury

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Tuning Carbon Microstructure for Advancing Electrochemical Energy Storage, John P. Collins

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The Effects of Loneliness and Social Isolation on Hypertension in Later Life: Including Risk, Diagnosis and Management of the Chronic Condition, Caitlin E. Coyle

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Mechanisms of Translational Repression of the Sperm Mitochondria Associated-Cysteine Rich Protein (Smcp) mRNA in Round Spermatids, Danielle L. Cullinane

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Prime Time in the Academy: Factors Critical to Sustaining Mid-career Faculty Vitality, Anne M. DeFelippo

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Protein Docking Refinement Using Evolutionary Information and Artificial Intelligence, Ayse Bahar Delibas

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A Novel Kinesin, Arabidopsis Thaliana Centromere Associated Protein E2, is Necessary for the Progression of Mitosis and Meiosis, Kristophe J. Diaz

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Constructing the American Dream: How Beliefs Influence Decisions about Homeownership, Rachel Bogardus Drew

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"We are a Democracy": Progressive-era Democratic Teaching in High School English Classrooms, 1912-1941, Nicholas J. Fitzgerald

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Transformational Leadership and Student Achievement: A Case Study of Catholic Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of Boston, Chris Flieger

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Understanding the Impact of Violence on Early Language, Danielle Forbes

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Institutional Conditions to Improve the Educational Outcomes of Part-time Community College Students, Rhonda M. Gabovitch

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Improving Main-Memory Database (MMDB) Distributed Transactional Concurrency, Weiwei Gong

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Investigation of Processes Involved in the Formation of the Solid Electrolyte Interphase Layer During the Primary Lithiation of the Negative Electrode for a Lithium Ion Capacitor, Gerald T. Gourdin

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Patterns of Dissaving Among U.S. Elders, Deborah Gray

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A Comparative Analysis of Transfer Students' and Native Students' Perceptions of their Higher Education Environment at Two Public Four-Year Institutions, Janet M. Gumbris

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A Longitudinal Look at Social Protection: Does Unequal Receipt of Employment-Based Benefits Lead to Health Disparities, thus Limiting Earnings Mobility?, Amy B. Helburn

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Roles of Arabidopsis Dioxygenases during the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH)-Induced Stress Response, Juan C. Hernandez-Vega

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Economic Development in the Massachusetts Life Sciences Cluster: Shared Prosperity or a Big Tradeoff?, Brandynn Holgate

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Green Techniques to Improve Grignard Reactions and Synthesize Heterocyclic Molecules, Asha Kadam

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Cardiovascular Disease Behavioral Risk Factors in Select Countries of Sub-Saharan Africa: An Inter-Country Comparative Study from a Cross-Sectional Population-Based Survey, Mercy W. Kamau

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How 11 Boston Transitional Bilingual Teachers Implemented and Resisted Sheltered English Immersion Following a Ballot Initiative Elimiinating Bilingual Education On Massachusetts, Thomas A. King

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Pa'lante! Toward The Presidency: Understanding Factors that Facilitate Latino Leadership in Higher Education, Gloria Lopez

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The Impact of Childhood SES on Decline in Cognition among Older Adults, Jiyoung Lyu

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Deciphering the Drivers of Coastal Evolution Over Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales, Massachusetts, USA, Christopher V. Maio

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The Influence of No Child Left Behind (2001) on the Leadership of Elementary School Principals in Massachusetts: Highlighted Responses from Asian American Principals, Wesley P. S. Manaday

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"True, She Has the Culture You Need": A White Teacher in an Urban School Critically Reflects on the Hidden, Social, and Academic Curriculum, Mathew Arlen McLean

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Beliefs and Attitudes Held By Assistant Principals in Massachusetts Public High Schools toward Student Suspensions, Samantha J. Meier

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The Role of Identity Development in Multiethnic Latino Students' Sense of Belonging in College, Wanda I. Montañez

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An Examination of School Committee Municipal Representation in the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, Kerry E. Mulcahy

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Black Students' and Black Teachers' Self Identifications and Perceptions of One Another, Stacey Jones Mulligan

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An Analysis of the Influence of the Supervisory Agency in Determining Community Reinvestment Act Performance Evaluation Grades, Howard Payton

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Working to Sustain Change: An Examination of Teacher Leadership and its Role in Promoting Organizational Learning in Urban Turnaround Schools, Katherine E. Petta

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The Social Environment, APOE-e4, and Dementia: The Social Environment as a Moderating Factor Among Individuals Genetically Predisposed to Develop Dementia, Judith L. Poey

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The Psychological and Social Processes through which Internalized Heterosexism Influences Psychological Distress in Sexual Minorities, Julia A. Puckett

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A Fresh Perspective: Public Choice Theory and the Massachusetts Legislator, John F. Quinn

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Individual, Disease, and Work-Related Factors Associated with Work Patterns, Presenteeism and Sick Pay Policy of the Colorectal Cancer Survivor after Treatment, Kristin A. Roper

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Does Increased Family Income Reduce Fade Out of Preschool Gains?, Colin C. Rose

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Transfer Programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions: A Study of Inter-organizational Collaboration, Milton Santiago

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Chasing Interconnections: Mountains, Mushrooms and People, Uttam Baba Shrestha

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Engaging Youth: Linking Design and Implementation Choices of Out-Of-School Time Programs in Boston to the Development of Political Engagement Attitudes in Youth Age 14 to 18, Felicia M. Sullivan

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Toward Professional Learning: The Convergence of Planning, Experience, and Literature in an Urban High School, Kimberly A. Talbot

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Student Organizations as a Venue for Cross-Racial Interaction, Tamara A. Von George

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Black Beauty, White Standards: Impacts on Black Women and Resources for Resistance and Resilience, Speshal T. Walker

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Exploring the Link between Otolith Growth and Function along the Biological Continuum in the Context of Ocean Acidification, Eric D. Wilcox Freeburg

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Black Shales of the Neo-Tethys: The Geochemical Record of the End-Permian Crisis, Jeremy Christopher Williams

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Gender, Race, and Ethnic Differences in the Effects of Education on Depression in Later Life: The Mediating Roles of Mastery and Stress, Cathy Mae Wong

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State Directors of Adult Education: Leadership in a Changing Policy Environment, Cynthia Keeshan Zafft

Dissertations from 2013

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Biochemistry of 1, 2-Dehydro-N-Acetyldopamine Derivatives, Adal T. Abebe

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Impacts of U.S. Biofuels Mandates on Environmental and Energy Security, Mohammad Alshawaf

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Regulation of Toll Signaling and Inflammation by Beta Arrestin and the Sumo Protease Ulp1, Saima G. Anjum

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Thymine and Coumarin Containing Photopolymeric Materials Inspired by Green Chemistry, Jason R. Bianchini

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Knowledge, Identity, & Professionalism: A Grounded Theory Analysis of How Urban Career Teachers Navigate Their Professional Lives, Lori Jean Brodeur

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Understanding the Full-time, Non-tenure-track Faculty Appointment, Pandora Grewe Carlucci

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Power from the Margins: The Professional Identities of Three English as a Second Language Teachers in Low Incidence Districts, Tina H. Chien

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Experiences of Latina First Generation College Students: Exploring Resources Supporting the Balancing of Academic Pursuits and Family Life, Hercilia B. Corona-Ordoñez

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From Legislation to Implementation: Distributing Leadership in Response to the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law of 2010, Alan H. Cron

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Producing Space: Block-By-Block Change in a Gentrifying Neighborhood, Jen Douglas

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Geochemical Record of Global Change in a Closed Basin Lake: Étang Saumâtre, Haiti, Alex Migeul Eisen-Cuadra

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College Athletic Participation and Academic Success: How Student-Athletes Compete for Graduation, Heather B. Gilmour

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Linking Universal Developmental/Behavioral Health Screening and On-Site Mental Health Consultation: Examining Gaps in Service Delivery, Leandra Godoy

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Racism and Anxiety in a Black American Sample: The Role of Mediators and a Brief Mindfulness Manipulation, Jessica Rose Graham

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The Impact of Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Problems on Behavioral Dysregulation in a College Student Sample: An Investigation of the Mediating Role of Mentalizing, Kelly Graling

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The Role of Caregiver Insight in Young Children's Violence Exposure: Testing a Relational Model of Risk and Resilience, Sarah A. O. Gray

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Evolutionary Dynamics on Complex Networks, Swami Iyer

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Volunteering Among Surviving Spouses: The Impact of Volunteer Activity on the Health of the Recently Widowed, Kimberly J. Johnson

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Understanding Ethnic-Racial Socialization and Cognition among Multiracial Youth: A Mixed Methods Study, Susan A. Lambe Sarinana

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Disability Status and Living Arrangements among Asian Older Adults in the United States, Seungah Hannah Lee

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The Association Between Elementary Teacher Licensure Test Scores and Student Growth in Mathematics: An Analysis of Massachusetts MTEL and MCAS Tests, Life LeGeros

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Targeted Prevention of Childhood Anxiety: Engaging Parents in an Underserved Community, Nicholas D. Mian

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Culturally Relevant Pedagogical Practice Among White College Faculty: A Narrative Study, Susan F. Miller

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The Regulation of Prospore Membrane Shape in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Emily M. Parodi

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Efficient Mining Algorithms in Engineering, Dan Alexandru Pletea

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Racial Disparities in Health-Related Quality of Life Following Lung Cancer Surgery, Hermine Poghosyan

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Honoring Counterstories: Utilizing Digital Storytelling in the Culturally Responsive Classroom to Investigate the Community Cultural Wealth and Resiliency of Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE), Christina M. Porter

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Journeys to Transformation: South Sudanese Refugees, Andres Ray F. Reyes

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Maternal Self-Efficacy and Perceived Stigma Among Mothers of Children with ASD, ADHD, and Typically Developing Children, Sara D. Rosenblum-Fishman

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Youth Initiated Mentoring: Investigating a New Approach to Working with Vulnerable Adolescents, Sarah E. O. Schwartz

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The GCKIII Kinase Sps1 and the 14-3-3 Isoforms, Bmh1 and Bmh2, Cooperate to Ensure Proper Sporulation in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Christian John Slubowski

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The Influences of Social Identities and Resource Competition on Blacks' and Asians' Social Distance: A Virtual World Method, John Tawa

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College Student Retention: A Self-Determination Perspective, Jules Tetreault

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Teacher Reported Job Satisfaction and Teacher Reported Understanding of the Evaluation Process: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Case Study of One Urban Public School District, Maura Walsh

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Reconceptualizing Cultural Competence: White Placeling De-/reterritorialization within Teacher Education, Melissa Winchell

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Quantitative Mass Spectrometry Analysis for Pharmaceutical Applications, Lan Yang

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Studying Soil Moisture and Land-to-Water Carbon Export in Urbanized Coastal Areas Using Remotely Sensed Data and a Regional Hydro-Ecological Model, Yun Yang

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Microfinance: A Tool for Financial Access, Poverty Alleviation or Gender Empowerment ? - Empirical Findings from Pakistan, Ghazal Mir Zulfiqar

Dissertations from 2012

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The Economic Relationships Between Institutions of Higher Education and Municipalities, Dale H. Allen

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College Consortia: Engaging in and Sustaining Community Collaboration Efforts, Wildolfo Arvelo

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Latino Immigrants' Responses to Immigration Policy and Enforcement: Strengths and Resources Promoting Empowerment and Wellness in an Urban Setting, Celeste Atallah-Gutiérrez

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The Relation Among Essential Habitat, Ocean Acidification, and Calcification on the Nantucket Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians), Bryanna Joy Broadaway

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Nontraditional Approaches with Nontraditional Students: Experiences of Learning, Service and Identity Development, Suzanne Marie Buglione