A culminating publication such as a thesis, dissertation, professional paper or capstone project often marks the end and apex of graduate work in the many graduate programs offered at UNLV. These publications are public testimony of student scholarship and the vehicle used to make a contribution to a specific body of knowledge.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Kinematics and timing of the Miocene-~Quaternary deformation in Nellis Dunes Recreational Area, Nevada, Shaimaa Abdelhaleem

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Nurse Managers' Hiring Selection of Newly Licensed RNs: A Grounded Theory Approach, Susan Adamek

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A Study of Elementary Teachers’ Conceptions of Nature of Science and Their Beliefs about the Developmental Appropriateness and Importance of Nature of Science throughout a Professional Development Program, Elif Adibelli

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Inverse Problem for Non-viscous Mean Field Control: Example From Traffic, Shaurya Agarwal

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Robust Observability, Control, & Economics of Complex Cyber-Physical Networks, Shaurya Agarwal

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Paenibacillus larvae spore germination and American Foulbrood disease development in honey bee larvae, Israel Alvarado

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Six Feet from Fame: Exploring Dark Tourism Motivation at Marilyn Monroe's Grave, Surjeet Baidwan

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Structure and Optical properties of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) – MX2 (M = Mo, W & X = S, Se) under High Pressure and High Temperature conditions, Nirup Reddy Bandaru

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Changes in sprint kinetics or kinematics following static or dynamic stretching, Kristyne Bartel

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Four Weeks of Minimalist Style Running Training Reduced Lumbar Paraspinal Muscle Activation during Shod Running, Stephanie Barton, David Brown, and Talia Joyce

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Alaska Natives And The Power Of Perseverance: The Fight For Sovereignty And Land Claims In Southeast Alaska, 1912-~1947, Bridget Lee Baumgarte

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The Bioarchaeology of Social Order: Cooperation and Conflict Among the Mimbres (AD 550-1300), Kathryn Mary Baustian

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The Design, Build, And Validation Of A Hybrid Tower Used To Conduct Helmet Impact Tests, Darren Benn

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Increasing Comfort With End-of-Life Discussions, Theresa Catherine Berton

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Prevalence and Risk Factors for Neck and Shoulder Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Users of Touch-Screen Tablet Computers, Betina Blair, Mariana Gama, and Marissa Toberman

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Evaluating the level of harmonic distortion in a typical distribution feeder, Wessen S. Bogale

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Patient No-show for Outpatient Physical Therapy: A National Survey, James Bokinskie, Payton Johnson, and Trevor Mahoney

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Understanding the Experience of Medicare Advantage Patients in a Health Maintenance Organization, Curtis E. Boldman

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Data Analysis With Map Reduce Programming Paradigm, Mandana Bozorgi

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Exploring the Relationship Between Revenue Management and Hotel Loyalty Programs, Melissa Elizabeth Buckley

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Examining the factors that impact work life balance for executive chefs, Lisa Nicole Cain

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Laser Ablation ICP-~MS of Actinide Oxides as Simulated Used Nuclear Fuels, Keri Campbell

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Les Chansons de Bilitis: A Symbiotic Collaboration between Two Artists Claude Debussy and Pierre Louys with an Annotated Performance Guide and Original Translations, Carmella Tian Ming Cao

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The Immediate Effects of Cervicothoracic Manipulation versus Stretching on Upper Trapezius Pressure Pain Thresholds and Range of Motion in Individuals without Neck Pain, Kevin Carr, Morgan King, Erin Oelklaus, and Brendan Parry

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Multiplicity, Marianne Leslie Chan

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Bulbous Pier: Alternative to Bridge Pier Extensions, Amilcar Chavez

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Slip, Trip and Fall Risk Among Elderly Men and Women Living in the Hawaii Adult Foster Care Home System, Michelle Echauz Ching

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The Influence of Tier Level of Hotel Loyalty Programs on Guest Perceptions and Tolerance for Service Quality, Eunjin Choi

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The Use of COD, TOC, Fluorescence, and Absorbance Spectroscopy to Estimate Biochemical Oxygen Demand in Wastewater, Evelyn Aramaine Christian

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Objectification Theory and Eating Pathology in Latina College Students: Testing a Culture-~Specific Model, Kimberly Claudat

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In Vitro Studies of Gold and Gold Silica Nanoparticle Radiosensitization with Kilovoltage X-Rays, Gregory Colarch

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Reliability of a Multisegment Foot Model in Shod Running, Austin Coupe

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Trace Element Variations in a Stalagmite from southwest Mexico: Implications for Paleoclimate, Chad Michael Crotty

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The development of language and identity: A sociocultural study of five international graduate students living in the U.S., Alexandra Dema

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Studies of Flerovium and Element 115 Homologs with Macrocyclic Extractants, John Dustin Despotopulos

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Watercraft, People, and Animals: Setting the Stage for the Neolithic Colonization of the Mediterranean Islands of Cyprus and Crete, Katelyn Dibenedetto

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The Effect of Florida’s Timeshare Resale Accountability Act and Securitization Announcements on Vacation Ownership Shareholder Wealth, James R. Drake, Iii

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Burdens and Benefits of Climate Change Solutions: A Case Study of Climate Change Skeptics and Deniers in Rural Nevada, Patricia Dutcher

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Water From the Rain Gauge, Austin Ely

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Who Is This About? An Exploratory Study of Erotic Self-Focus, Evan Fertel

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The Pleasantly Problematic Nature of J.D. Salinger's Glass Family Stories, Ceasare Joseph Filipelli

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Defining the 99%: A Rhetorical Critique of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, Molly Forgey

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Athletes’ Perceptions of Athletic Trainers Quality of Care, Chadley Foster

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Pushing for New Options in Childbirth: A Case Study in Contemporary Integrative Midwifery, Kerie Ann Francis

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Creating the Black California Dream: Virna Canson and the Black Freedom Struggle in the Golden State’s Capital, 1940-~1988, Kendra M. Gage

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An Investigation into Transitions in Clay Mineral Chemistry on Mars, Seth Gainey

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Analyzing Television News: Pro-Social & Anti-Social Effects of Criminal Depictions & Information Processing on Race Perceptions, Eunette Gentry

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Adaptive, Neural and Robust Control of Wing-Rock and Aeroelastic System, Prince Ghorawat

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Assessing the Effect of Race Saliency in Measures of Children’s Implicit Bias, Veronica A. Glover

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Fluoride and Phosphate Removal From Industrial and Domestic Wastewaters Using Cerium Chloride, John Michael Gonzales

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Prediction of Shear Strength and Ductility of Cyclically Loaded Reinforced Concrete Columns Using Artificial Intelligence, Nicholas Gordon

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Effects of Human Maternal Placentophagy on Maternal Postpartum Iron-~Status, Laura Kathleen Gryder

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Exploring Cognitively Accessible Academic Lessons for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Using the iPad, Jamie Linn Gunderson

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Experience-Specific and Domain-General Effects on Simple and Complex Meter Processing, Sangeeta Gupta

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Risk Misperception and Selection in Insurance Markets: An Application to Demand for Cancer Insurance, David S. Hales

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Stable Isotope Analysis of Bison latifrons and Paleoecological Inferences, Fabian Ceron Hardy

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Cultivation-~Dependent Analysis of Microorganisms Associated with Various Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids, Anthony Harrington

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Playful Aggression and the Situational Contexts That Affect Perceptions, Jennifer Hart

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A Comparison of the Effects of Different Doses of GABAB Receptor Ligands on Spatial Learning and Memory and Memory Flexibility, Chelcie Heaney

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"Does Gaming Create Partner Ago" Online Gamings Impact on Partner Intimacy, Steven Burnell Henderson

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Intraprofessional Nursing Communication and Collaboration: APNRN-Patient Bedside Rounding, Rita M. Herm-Barabasz

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The Escape Artists, Daniel Gene Hernandez

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Framing Reality: Portrayals of Climate Change in the "Las Vegas Review-Journal", 1997-2014, Jason Ryan Holley

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Constraining the Progenitor and Central Engine of Gamma-ray Bursts with Observational Data, Lu Houjun

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Corruption and Criminal Sentencing Dispositions in China, Qingting Hu

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The Changing Role of the Bass Clarinet: Support for Its Integration into the Modern Clarinet Studio, Jennifer Beth Iles

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Design Guideline to Select Systems and Strategies to Achieve Adequate Indoor Air Quality in the Mojave Desert Climate Region, Nicholas Robert Williams Inouye

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The Effect of Sleep on Perceptual Learning and Memory Consolidation, Vanessa Claire Irsik

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Properties of concrete containing GGBF slag and nano-silica, Mohammad Sajjadul Islam

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Immediate Effects of Cervical Spine Manipulation on Gait Parameters in Individuals with and without Mechanical Neck Pain, Jordan Isom, Shaylyn Kennedy, Justin May, and Samuel Moore

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Simulation of an Air Cooled Single-Effect Solar Absorption Cooling System with Evacuated Tube Collectors, Mohsen Jahandardoost

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High Pressure Behavior of Mullite-Type Oxides: Phase Transitions, Amorphization, Negative Linear Compressibility and Microstructural Implications, Patricia Kalita

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Efficient Estimation of Cluster Population, Sanjeev K C

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The Effects of Instruction on Landing Strategies in Female College-Aged Dancers and Non-Dancers: A Pilot Study, Brittany Keating, Jason Pyfer, and Kimberly Vialpando

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States and Multicultural Education Policies: An Event History Analysis, Leander D. Kellogg

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Hydrothermal Routes to Technetium Cluster Compounds, William M. Kerlin

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The Effects of Honeybee (Apis mellifera) Antimicrobial Peptides on Paenibacillus larvae, Jasmin Camille Khilnani

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The Attitudes and Beliefs of Special and General Educational Professionals Concerning Alcohol and Drug Problems, Troy Wayne Kieser

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Versatile Synthetic Methods for Photoluminescent Pyrylium Tosylates, Jung Jae Koh

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Oral vs. Nasal Breathing during Submaximal Aerobic Exercise, Chase Ovila Platt Lacomb

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A Comparative Study of the Assyrian and Guatemalan Genocides, Bernadette Mary Lazar

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The Impacts of a Smoking Ban on Gaming Volume and Customers' Satisfaction in the Casino Industry in South Korea, Sojeong Lee

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A New Perspective On Underrepresented Student Completion: Self-Efficacy Beliefs Of Successfully Completed Underrepresented Students, Diana Alexandra Lourdes

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The End of the World (EOTW) Scientist and the Framing of Science in Science Fiction Films from 1950 to 2010, Jennifer Naoko Lui

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Development of a Decision Support Framework for the Planning of Sustainable Transportation Systems, Pankaj Maheshwari

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Evaluating Event Effectiveness Across Alternate Platforms, Kristin Marie Malek

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A Process for Optimal Resource Allocation for Integrated Resorts, Benjamin Mammina

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Reducing Insertion Loss of Wavelength-~Routed Optical Network Based on Microring Resonator Optical Switches, Yunjia Man

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A Narrative Study of Latinas' Experiences with the Leadership Pipeline in Higher Education, Ana Cecilia Marrero-Lopez

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Modeling Background Radiation using Geochemical Data, Kara Marsac

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Chinese Soft power, Africa, and the United Nations General Assembly, Rayna Martinez

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Depictions of Beauty on Cosmopolitan Magazine: Content Analysis of Covers (1959-2014), Azalee Maslow

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Patient Service Quality and Health Maintenance Organizations: Not an Oxymoron, Jessica Mcbeath

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Comparing Usability and Variance of Low- and High Technology Approaches to Gait Analysis in Health Adults, John McConnell and Brian Silverman

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Diamonds, the Kimberley Process, and Civil War in Sub-Saharan Africa, Haley Anne Mccormick

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Exact Statistical Inferences for Functions of Parameters of the Log-Gamma Distribution, Joseph F. Mcdonald

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Cycle of Return, Clancy Mcgilligan

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Generalized Markoff Equations, Euclid Trees, and Chebyshev Polynomials, Donald Joseph Mcginn

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Comparison of Muscle Latencies for Diabetic Neuropathy Patients Versus Healthy Controls During a Perturbed Balance Task, Kyle Mefferd

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Chipped Stone Analysis of the Yamashita Sites in Moapa Valley, Nevada: A Technological Organization Approach, Tatianna Menocal