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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Malingering Undetected Successfully: Does Extrinsic Motivation and Coaching Have a Significant Impact?, Jennifer Golanics

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Optimization of Useful Hard X-ray Photochemistry, David Lewis Goldberger

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Influencing Hawai‘i Hotel Patrons to Use Reef-Safe Sunscreens, Rochelle Good

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114 Years in Oblivion: The History and Development of International Flute Festivals in Central America, Dafne Zenice Guevara

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Examining the Training Transfer Practice of a Financial Institution: An Action Research Study, Maria Lourdes Lourdes Gutierrez

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To Remain Near the "Water Ditch," Paiute Sovereignty and United States Settler Colonialism, Owens Valley, California, 1870-1937, Lee Murray Hanover

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Spiritual Roots and Classical Fruits: A Stylistic Analysis and Performance Guide of Selected Spirituals and Art Songs by Jacqueline Hairston, Phillip Lewis Newell Harris

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Detector Arrays for Nuclear Security and Safeguards Applications, Jessica Hartman

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Postpartum Maternal Mood among Hadza Foragers, Kristen Herlosky

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Affinity Points in Variable Frequency Drive – Motor Systems, Christophe Hicks

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Clinical Instructors' Cultivation of Pre-Licensure Nursing Students' Pharmacology KSAs, Rieneke Holman

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A Cross-cultural Investigation of the Relationship between Customer Demographics and Hotel Room Price Perception, Jinhua Hong

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Exploring Relations Between Motivation, Metacognition, and Academic Achievement Through Variable-Centered, Person-Centered and Learning Analytic Methodologies, Wonjoon Hong

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"The Only People Who Can Get AIDS-Are People": The AIDS Crisis in Mainstream Crisis, 1981-1995, Franklin Howard

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Investigation of the Cardiovascular Endurance of Dance Majors, Arnold Huang, Ali Ross, Kelsey Taelour, and Geneva Winters

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Telelactation and Breastfeeding Outcomes among Low-Income Mothers in Mississippi: A Retrospective Cohort Study, Aaron Thomas Hunt

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Examination of Mental Health and Family Relationship in Collegiate Athletes, Julia Hussey

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Waiting For Nothing, Jiwoong Hyun

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Change Deafness: A Comprehensive Examinations, Vanessa Claire Irsik

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Leonardo Balada and Surrealism in Music, Ivan Ivanov

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Movement Efficiency Through Autonomy Support, Takehiro Iwatsuki

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Supranational Identity Politics: Sovereignism in the EU, Emilio Jacintho

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Preliminary Investigation of Tensile Strength and Impact Characterization Of Cementitious Composite Incorporating Carbon Nanotubes, Robabeh Jazaei

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Air Pollution Related Asthma Inpatient Hospital Admission in the Las Vegas Valley, Joshua Allen Jensen

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The Moderation Effect of BDNF Genotype and Self-Reported Habitual Physical Activity Levels on Age of Onset, Disease Progression, and Postural Instability in Parkinson's, Kyle Johnson, Danielle Salgo, and Jessica Zorn

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Expression Of Line-1 In Human Somatic Tissues And The Factors Correlated With Line- 1 Expression, G. M. Jonaid

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You're Out! Explaining Non-Criminal Diplomatic Expulsion, Anthony Jordan

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Concurrency in Blockchain Based Smartpool with Transactional Memory, Laxmi Kadariya

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Novice versus Expert Algebraic Problem-Solving Strategies: An Eye Tracking Approach, Krystal Kamekona-Mendoza

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Modeling Impaired Hippocampal Neurogenesis after Radiation Exposure, Kapukotuwa Walawwe Sidath Chathuranga Kapukotuwa

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Morphological and Energy Transport Optimization of Spectrally-Selective Solar Absorber Coatings at Mesoscale, Dale Karas

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Investigating the Role of Liminality in the Cultural Transition of the Late Eighth Millennium BC on Cyprus, Levi Keach

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Effect of BMP Treatment on Periostin Gene Expression in Pre-Osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 Mouse Cells, Vincent Lee Khang

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Successful Patient Participation in Acute Hospital Physical Therapy, Jesse Kim, Joseph Fertitta, and Patrick Williams

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Reimagining High School Writing: A Multi-Case Examination of the Impact of External Pressures on High School Writing Contexts, Nicole Elizabeth Klimow

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Using Design Science Research to Develop a Conceptual Solution for Improving Knowledge Sharing in a Virtual Workspace, Lata Koneru

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Power and Authority of Royal Queen Mothers: Juxtaposing the French Queen Regent and the Ottoman Validé Sultan During the Early Modern Period, Reneé N. Langlois

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School Bullying: Exploring Juvenile Victimization Trends with the NCVS School Crime Supplement (NCVS-SCS), Matthew Morris Le Claire

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Breaking the Language Barrier: Equitable Assessment in General Chemistry, Eshani Lee

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Design Optimization and Control of a Fully Actuated Hexrotor UAV for Use in Aerial Manipulation Applications, Jameson Yau Sung Lee

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Deep Data Locality on Apache Hadoop, Sungchul Lee

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Fundamental Tradeoffs in Estimation of Finite-State Hidden Markov Models, Justin Le

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Fluid Structure Interaction Study of the Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Surgical Treatment Using Suture-Patch Device on the Patient’s Tongue, Yang Liu

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An Examination of Student-Athlete Stress and Risky Alcohol Use, Travis Albert Loughran

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Promoting Vocabulary Knoweldge In Inclusive Science Classrooms: Comparison Of Instructional Methods, Matthew Love

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Handgrip Fatigue and Forearm Girth in Intermediate Sport Rock Climbers, Grace Antoinette Macdonald

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Fathers’ Caregiving in Fragile Families: Variation by Family Contexts, Gender Ideology, Race and Ethnicity, Rachel Teressa Macfarlane

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Performance Analysis of Blockchain Platforms, Pradip Singh Maharjan

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Biodegradable and Biocompatible Silk Fibroin for Optical Applications, Corey Bryce Malinowski

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Outer Space in a Western Place: How Environmental Perceptions of the American West Shaped the Space Race, William Marino

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Changes in IGF-1 Levels Post Deer Antler Velvet Supplementation, Nicole Alexandra Marmillo

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Working with Constraints: The Merit of Prudence, Matthew Martinez

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Institutional Dissonance and Reserved Cooperation: Theory and Evidence from International Environmental Agreements, Erika Komura Masaki

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Crystallographic Exploration of Fundamental Technetium Species at Nonambient Conditions, Daniel S. Mast

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Cultivating Children: Continuity and Change in African-American Child Labor During the Reconstruction Era, 1863-1877, Alan Mattay

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Rapid Methods for Actinide and Strontium-89,90 Determination in Urban Matrices, Sherrod Maxwell

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How Instruction, Math Anxiety, and Math Achievement Affect Learning a Novel Math Task: Evidence for Better Instruction, Amy Jane Mcauley

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Implementing High-Fidelity Simulation to Meet Undergraduate Clinical Requirements, Tammy Lynn Mccoy

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Design Guidelines and Strategies for Thermal Solar Management of Fenestration in the Desert Climate, David Mccredo

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Larval-Ant Interactions in the Mojave Desert: Communication Brings Us Together, Alicia Mellor

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Variable Transition Time Inverters in a Digital Delay Line with Analog Storage for Processing Fast Signals and Pulses, James Kenton Mellott

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“Everyone Wants That Ring, and I Have It”: A Content Analysis of Identity Expressions from Female Castmembers on the Reality Television Series Wags (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars), Kaitlyn Millican

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Scheduling Two Machines with Dissimilar Costs, Madhurupa Moitra

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Concept Interview Assignment to Foster Intentional Learning in Nursing Students, Sarah Mollman

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High Speed Fast Transient Digitizer Design and Simulation, Eric Clark Monahan

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Effects of Ambient Air Pollution on Asthma-Related Emergency Department Visits within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, Loiren E. Monardes

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Why Such Constriction of the Moral Sphere? The Importance of Social Coordination in Croatia’s Ethnic Conflict, Michael Arthur Moncrieff

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Digging Biomechanics in Geomyoid Rodents, Alexis Moore Crisp

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Linear and Nonlinear Adaptive Attitude Control of Asteroid-Orbiting Spacecraft Using State Feedback and Output Feedback, Nicholas Moya

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An Evaluation of Alzheimer's Disease-related Pathology in Two Different Models of Diabetes in Immune-challenged Mice, Andrew Scott Murtishaw

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Mental Health Research Productivity of Nasp-Approved School Psychology Programs: 2010-2015, Mala Nash

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Interleukin-1 Beta (IL-1β) Gene Polymorphisms in Pre-Treatment Orthodontic Patients Exhibiting Short Root Anomaly (SRA), Satyaprasad Nayak

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Science Identity and Underrepresented Minority STEM Organizations, Schetema Nealy

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Community College Students’ Perceptions of Their Academic Workload, William Neff

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3-D Upper Airway Comparison between Class I and Class II Adults with Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, Nga Nguyen

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Design and Preliminary Evaluation of a Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Brayton Cycle for Solar Dish Concentrator Clean Energy Production, Danielle Nobles-Lookingbill

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Development of an Evidence-Based Nursing Leadership Fellowship Program Guide, Jennie Noren

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Why Musical Groove Makes Us Move: An Electroencephalographic Investigation, Samantha Reina O'connell

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Memories of Three Rivers, Olufunke Ogundimu

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Fighting For Fellowship: An Ethnographic Exploration of Mixed Martial Arts Culture in Las Vegas, Brian O'hara

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Numerical Study of Biopolymer Implants for Distal Femoral Condyles– Finite Element Simulations, Luke Olsen

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The Design, Modeling, and Optimization of a Biomimetic Soft Robot for Fluid Pumping and Thrust Generation Using Electroactive Polymer Actuators, Zakai Jedidiah Olsen

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Beyond the Melting Pot: An Anthology of Modern Art Song by Immigrant Composers in America, Kathryn Omune

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Assessing the Potential for a Backfire Effect on Citizen Perceptions: A Test of Hot Spot Policing in Las Vegas, Steven Andrew Pace

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Numerical Study of Oxidation in Stainless Steel Alloy Ep-823 by Liquid Lead-Bismuth Eutectic, Rajyalakshmi Palaparty

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The Use of Chemical Element Fingerprints to Investigate the Transformation of Lake Sediments to Land Soils in Drying Lakes: A Case Study at Lake Mead, Nevada, Ji Hye Park

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Human Thermal Comfort in Transition Space, Asawari Anil Pawar

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Miocene-Quaternary Deformation along the Central Maynard Lake Fault, Pahranagat Shear Zone, Nevada, Alexander Peck

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Educating Perinatal Nurses to Promote Bonding Techniques and Increase Support of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parents, Kandice Perez

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Epistemic Beliefs and the Innovation-Decision Process: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Faculty Classroom Assessment Practice, Sharon G. Peterson

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Evaluation of a Continuous Air Monitoring System on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Measurement of Airborne Radioactive Material, Adam Pfannenstein

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Transcriptional Silencing and Anti-Silencing of Virulence Genes in the Bacterial Pathogen Shigella Flexneri: VIRB, DNA Supercoiling, and the Histone-Like Nucleoid Structuring Protein, Michael Adam Picker

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Community Detection and Ranking in Big Data Graphs, Matin Pirouz Nia

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Machine Learning Applications in Graduation Prediction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Elliott Collin Ploutz

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A Numerical Model of an Axial Wind Turbine, Andrew Liam Poland

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Epidemiology of Love: A Survey, Maegan Poland

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Do I Enact What I Learn?: Examining Novice Science Teachers Approximations of Practice, Helene Pollins

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Nutrition Transition of Hadza Foragers: Implications for Juvenile Behavior, Trevor Pollom

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The Effectiveness of State Ethics Commissions on Curbing Corruption and the Effect of Corruption on State Economic Performance, Anthony J. Prato

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The Future of Construction as it Applies to the Colonization of the Moon and Mars, Julian Prestia