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Theses from 2019

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Racial Microaggression Distress and Depression among Black Americans: Examining the Roles of Racial Identity Importance, Social Support, and Gender, Shannon M. Hughley

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The Role of the International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGO) in Humanitarian Intervention – A Case Study of the IFRC Cash Transfer Program in Malawi, Olabode George Igandan

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The Tailor RNA-Seq Comparative Analysis Pipeline: A De Novo Disease Biomarker Discovery Workflow that Facilitates High Performance Computing Cluster Use, Andrew S. Judell

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Somatic, Shannon L. Kafka

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Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy on Google Cloud Platform Using the Inception Framework, Sonica Kalmangi

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Human Rights and Justice Rights Approaches to Gender-Based Violence (GBV): The Case of Kenya’s Sexual Offenses Act (KSOA), Maryanne W. Kamunya

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Blood Feud, Krisela Karaja

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Women's Security and Empowerment in the Context of Forced Displacement: A Case Study of Humanitarian Policies for Syrian Refugee Women in Turkey, Kinga Henryka Karlowska

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Exploring Constructive Resilience: A Qualitative Investigation of the Bahá’i Response to Oppression, Mark Kazemzadeh

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The Relationship Between Enjoyment and Physical Activity During a Community Based Youth Physical Activity Program, Shelby A. Keye

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Land of Plenty: A Short Novel, Alison K. Lanier

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Multiperspectivity through Alternative History in the Classroom, Anggita Parameswari Latif

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Permission to Speak, Lena M. Marecki

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UAS-Based Quantification of Post-Storm Geomorphic Change to a Natural Beach-Dune System, Samantha J. McFarland

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Practicing My Vampire Slayer Moves, But I Literally Just Woke Up, Jessica Melendy

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Many-Particle Quantum Thermal Machines, Doha Mesnaoui

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Body Mechanics, Emily Moeck

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Bridges, Kieran Moriarty

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Not Much Choice: How Children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Joined Armed Groups and Were Indoctrinated, Prince De Makele Makele Mounguembou

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Detecting Schizophrenia Through Eye Movement Analysis Using Artificial Neural Networks, Manish R. Mourya

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Eat This in Remembrance: The Zooarchaeology of Secular and Religious Sites in 17th-Century New Mexico, Ana C. Opishinski

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“It’s More Complicated Than That!”: The Influence of Multiple Presenting Problems on Youth Outcomes in Formal Mentoring Programs, Yui Sum Poon

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Potters' Norms: Examining the Social Organization of Ceramic Production of Panamanian Majolica and Criolla Wares in Panama la Vieja (1519-1673), Jean-Sebastien Pourcelot

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"The diet has been altered as agreed upon & is now very satisfactory": Socioeconomic Factors and Dietary Reform at the Dorchester Industrial School for Girls, Liz M. Quinlan

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Climate Change Impacts on Phosphorus Loads in the Upper and Middle Charles River Watershed with HSPF Modeling, Meagan Riley

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Regional Variation in Grass, Sedge, and Cereal Cultivation During the Viking Age in Skagafjörður, North Iceland, Melissa M. Ritchey

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Off The Farm: An Evaluation Of Non-Farm Earnings And Employment On Poverty Alleviation In Rural Nicaragua, Magaly Vanessa Saenz Somarriba

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Evaluating Differential Gene Expression Using RNA-Sequencing: A Case Study in Diet-Induced Mouse Model Associated with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and CXCL12-Vs- TGFβ Induced Fibroblast to Myofibroblast Phenoconversion, Arpa Samadder

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Anatomy of an American House, Brooke Schifano

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Structural and Kinetic Characterization of Two Reduced-Flavin Dependent Monooxygenases Involved in Bacterial Sulfur Assimilation and Their Link to Climate Regulation, Jess Soule

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Parent-Reported Lifestyle Correlates of Health-Related Quality of Life in Children Aged 8-12 Years with Intellectual Disabilities, Gabrielle C. Trudeau

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One Shot Learning for Indoor Navigation, Vikram Venkatesh Gopalan

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Characterization of Nonlinear Properties of New Porphyrins Using Optical and Photoacoustic Z-Scan Techniques, Shengwei Wang

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Language Learning and ADA: An Observation of d/Deaf Adults and Their Interpreters in ESL Classrooms, Katharine M. Ward

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Spectroscopic Investigation and Identification of the 1-Vinylpropargyl Radical and the 1-Ethynylcyclopenten-1-yl Radical, Meredith Lair Ward

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Environments Explored: An In-Depth Analysis of Soil Movement in Northern Iceland, Lauren Welch O'Connor

Theses from 2018

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From Symbionts to Pathogens: Interactions within the Amphibian Skin Mucosome, Kelly L. Barnhart

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Stochastic Modeling of Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression in the Limit of Strong Interactions, Robert Barr

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Prisoner's Cinema, Zachary C. Bond

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The Charge of Deserting Their Sphere: The Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society and Women’s Place in the Abolitionist Movement, Megan Irene Brady

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“There are Among the Coloured People of this Place Remains of the Nantucket Indians:” Identity through Ceramics at the Boston-Higginbotham House, Victoria Anne Cacchione

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Investigating the Impact of Extracellular Matrix Rigidity on Growth and Invasive Behavior in 3D Pancreatic Tumor Modules, Andrew Caide

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Competing Goals: The Boston Teachers Union and the Boston Busing Crisis, Matthew R. Clark

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Healing from Heterosexism Through Expressive Writing, Kathleen M. Collins

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An Analysis of Form and Function of Ceramic Rim Sherds from LA 20,000, A 17th Century Estancia Outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, Caitlin M. Connick

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InspiroBot Says: The Singularity Is Invisible in a Mirror, Mary Coons

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Community Through Consumption: The Role of Food in African American Cultural Formation in the 18th Century Chesapeake, Alexandra Crowder

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Evaluation of Sub-Lethal PDT Dose-Response in Pancreatic Cancer Cells, Isha Desai

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Development of Environmentally Benign Protocols for the Performance of Hydrogenation, Oxidative Cleavage and N-Hydroxyalkylation, Clifford James Ellstrom

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War, Public Outrage, and Partisanship: Congressional Responses to Presidential Military Overreach, William G. Foster-Nolan

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"The Right to Play" The Establishment of Playgrounds in the American City, Kyle James Fritch

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Good Girls Gone Bad: Interpreting the White Slavery Scare As A Response To Changing Women's Roles in the Progressive Era, Rachael Gorski

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Clients’ Critical Experiences in Psychotherapy: Initial Measure Development, Lauren M. Grabowski

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Palynological Investigations of Agropastoralism and Ecological Change at LA 20,000, New Mexico, Anya Gruber

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Comparisons of Mitochondrial Quality Control in Primary Myotubes from Lean, Severely Obese Non-Diabetic, and Severely Obese Type 2 Diabetic Humans, Anders E. Gundersen

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Innocent Victors: Atomic Identity at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Kathryn Leann Harris

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Hydropower in the Decarbonized Mauritian Grid: A Prospective Study, Benjamin M. Havumaki

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A Neural Network Model for Classifying Bubble-Based Instructor Evaluations, and an Accompanying Web Portal, Jason Held

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The United States of Sol: Privatization as a Tool of American Hegemony in the Solar System, Edward C. Henry

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STORIES THAT MIGHT BE LIES, Warren J. Hinckle IV

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Comparative Analysis of Noble Metals and Doped Semiconductors for Optical Field Enhancement in Infrared, Wen Ting Hsieh

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William Monroe Trotter and His Contributions to the Early Civil Rights Movement, Katherine N. Jahl

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“The True Spirit of Service": Ceramics and Toys as Tools of Ideology at the Dorchester Industrial School for Girls, Sarah N. Johnson

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Trauma and Remedies for Traumatic Experiences in Four of Austen’s Novels, Sheelan S. Kamal

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Corporeal Expressions of Identity at Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island, New York, 1652-1735, Elise Nadia Kline

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Understanding Epidemic and Encampment: Yellow Fever and the Soldiers of Smallpox Bay, Bermuda, Leigh Koszarsky

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Renewable Biomass Energy Utilization in Mauritius: A Cost-Minimization Approach, Ariana K. Lema-Driscoll

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Asymmetric Organocatalysis and Pot Economic Synthesis of Heterocyclic Compounds, Miao Liu

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Evaluation of Fermentation at 40°C and 30°C for Cost Effective Lignocellulose to Lipid Conversion, Kyle M. MacEwen

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A Closed Mouth Gonna Get You Nothin’: How Conflict is Handled after Diversity and Inclusion Training, Enrico E. Manalo

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Lapidary Medicine in Early Modern Spain, Dana L. Marquis

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A View from Within: Notes and Insight from an Institutional Ethnography of The National Commission for Natural Protected Areas in Tulum, Mexico, Maxwell J. Martin

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The Effects of Sex and Histamine Receptor Blockade on Carotid Wave Intensity Analysis at Rest and After Exercise, Keyshla M. Melendez-Rosado

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Israeli Apartheid: Separating Fact, Fiction, and (Public) Opinion, Shaheen B. Merhej

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A Geographical Vulnerability Analysis of Urban Open Spaces in Boston to Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding and their Potential Role in Resiliency Planning, Emily A. Moothart

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An Acoustic Monitoring Method for Assessing River Dolphin Presence and Changes in the Context of Anthropogenic Development, Charles A. Muirhead

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Extracellular Compressive Stress as a Determinant of Tumor Growth and Chemotherapy Response in Multicellular Spheroid of Pancreatic Cancer, Farnaz Naeemikia

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Neuropsychology and Neurogenetics of Mental Health: Risk, Resilience & Wellbeing, Keira E. O'Donovan

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Reciprocal Associations between Language Ability and Social Functioning Development over a Two-Year Period in Young Pre-Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Devon R. Oosting

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A Seemingly Insurmountable Problem: Carl Stokes and the Failure of Cleveland Now!, David M. Rainey

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Measuring Oxygen Saturation in Lyophilized Powder (Human Hemoglobin Protein), Rajasekar Ramachandran

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The Creation of the OSS And Anglo American Intelligence Co-Operation In Yugoslavia: A Case Study In Diverging Agendas, Christopher J. Royack

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I Don't Belong Here But I Am Learning So Much, Julia Rubin

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A Century of Ceramics: A Study of Economic Engagement on the Eastern Pequot Reservation in the 18th and 19th Centuries, Kelton M. Sheridan

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Optimization of Virtual Indoor Environments According to Mood, Michael Solah

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Stories, Justin Spaller

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Military and Economic Power in the Structuring of the Barbados Landscape, Ashby M. Sturgis

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Effects of Racism-Related Stress on Resistance against Racism in Black Americans, Noor N. Tahirkheli

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Luis V. Manrara & the Truth About Cuba Committee, Inc.: A Microhistory on the Effect of Socio-Economic Advantages and Politics on Early Cuban Acculturation within American Society, Francis E. Tansey

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“Wicked and Illegal Traffic”: Newspaper Portrayal of Nigerian Women in the Cannabis Trade (circa 1970 – 1980), Edet A. Thomas

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Identifying Child Correlates of Parent-Reported Executive Functioning Impairments in Preschool-Aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Examination of both Early and Concurrent Child Characteristics, Deanna Toner

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Quantifying the Reliability of Ground Penetrating Radar at Archaeological Sites, Joseph Trebilcock

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Tools of Teaching: Metal at Magunkaquog, Nadia E. Waski

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Systematic Evaluation of the Influence of Co-Isolation on the Accuracy of TMT Quantification Using Synchronous Precursor Selection MS3 with 1D and 2D Reversed Phase HPLC Nanoflow Mass Spectrometry, Dennis Zeh

Theses from 2017

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Evaluation of Radiation Response and Gold Nanoparticle Enhancement in Drug-Resistant Pancreatic Cancer Cells, Assya Abourabia

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Mendez V. Westminister (1945): A Case that Brought Race to Center Stage, Samantha R. Albert

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Attentional and Emotional Consequences of Emotional Acceptance and Suppression in an Elevated Anxiety Sample, Natalie Arbid

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Gaze-Contingent Displays for Interactive Text Enhancement, Divya Bajaj

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The Interpersonal Effects of Mindfulness and Social Anxiety in Romantic Relationships, Bryan Balvaneda

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Signaling Mechanisms Underlying Cxcl5-Mediated Fibroblast to Myofibroblast Phenoconversion, Timothy K. Belford