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"Cripping" the Curriculum through the Arts: A Non-Guide for Educators on Valuing Student Differences and Increasing Access to Learning

Description: This dissertation examines the concept of ableism, as defined by Ostiguy, Peters, and Shlasko, as a system that oppresses individuals with disabilities while privileging those without disabilities. The aim of this work is to aid educators and school personnel in recognizing, critiquing, and moving away from normative assumptions of compulsory able-bodiedness and able-mindedness inherent in education. Through the lens of critical crip theory, the dissertation proposes a framework that connects s… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Bachmann, Mikaela Jo
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"You might not ever be the same player again": Factors that Affect the Injury Recovery Process for Female College Soccer Players

Description: The injury recovery process is a tumultuous journey many athletes experience in their playing careers. Previous research highlights the importance of injury recovery for collegiate athletes, as a lack of social support leads to mental illness, decreases academic performance, and low levels of self-esteem. Utilizing the theoretical lenses of social support, memorable messages, and the sport ethic, the current study investigated how injuries affect athletic identity, the role that coaches, traine… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Holcombe, Trevor Michael
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Social Discourse on Greenwashing in Fashion Sustainability Practices: Unraveling the Communication Network on Twitter

Description: This study investigates how the terms "greenwashing" and "fashion sustainability" are transmitted among social entities, as well as who impacts this social discourse in terms of structure, pattern, and substance. Three specific research objectives are: identifying opinion influencers in greenwashing and sustainable fashion communication, determining the diffusion structure of greenwashing discourse in social media (i.e., Twitter) communication, and investigating the associated social discourse … more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Lee, Hanel Rachel
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Crowd Counting Camera Array and Correction

Description: "Crowd counting" is a term used to describe the process of calculating the number of people in a given context; however, crowd counting has multiple challenges especially when images representing a given crowd span multiple cameras or images. In this thesis, we propose a crowd counting camera array and correction (CCCAC) method using a camera array of scaled, adjusted, geometrically corrected, combined, processed, and then corrected images to determine the number of people within the newly crea… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Fausak, Andrew Todd
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The Evolution of Cash Programming in Nepal: Implementing Agencies' Perspectives

Description: Cash assistance has emerged as a vital tool for supporting household recovery in Nepal after multiple disasters, including the 2015 earthquake, 2018 drought, and COVID-19 pandemic. This research engages with organizational learning theory to explore how cash programs evolved overtime and identify the challenges and opportunities encountered in program implementation. Using semi-structured interviews, I recorded the experiences of individuals from NGOs, INGOs, and donor agencies involved in mana… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Sharma, Prabin
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Solution-Processed Graphene for Flexible Printed Biosensors and Electromyography

Description: Inkjet-printing of graphene is a desirable additive-manufacturing process for rapid-prototyping and centers around the readily scalable process of liquid-phase exfoliation of graphene. Unfortunately, most common solvents for this process such as N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) or cyclohexanone/terpineol (C/T) are toxic. Dihydrolevoglucosenone, commonly known as Cyrene, is a renewable and fully biodegradable non-toxic solvent that represents an ideal alternative. Here, we demonstrate the potential … more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Tesky, Allyson R.
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A Figured World of Whiteness: Teacher Agency in Newcomer Secondary English Classrooms

Description: Immigrant-origin students, particularly newcomer students, are a rapidly growing demographic in schools. Educational settings serve as the first contact zones where newcomer immigrant students interact with society. Therefore, their school environment plays a crucial role in their adaptations, forming identities, and analyzing the socio-political issues. Teachers have a profound impact on this process by creating a dynamic interplay between their self-capacities and the learning environment thr… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Sari, Gulhan
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How Perceived Value Influences Business Event Attendees Future Behavioral Intentions: A Comparison between Event Modalities

Description: Even two years after the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting and event industry's efforts must focus on understanding attendees' purchase behaviors and event modality preferences. This study aims to address these factors by using a 2 (Event modality: in-person or virtual) × 6 (six dimensions of perceived value: social value, emotional value, monetary value, functional value, novelty value, and convenience value) between-subject experiment design and a 6 (Six dimensions of perceived value (PV): socia… more
Date: May 2024
Creator: Sherrell, Elisabeth Ann
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Psychological Distress in Collegiate Music Students: Examining Latent Relationships through Structural Equation Modeling

Description: The purpose of this study was to characterize psychological distress in collegiate music students via analysis of related latent constructs. The relationships between psychological distress, perceived stress, perception of learning environment, financial stress, social support, and resilience were examined simultaneously via structural equation modeling with psychological distress as the primary endogenous variable. A structural model was developed a priori based on established relationships be… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: McGoldrick, Brian B.
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Additive Manufacturing of Refractory Metals

Description: Keen interest in additive manufacturing (AM) of refractory metals such as tungsten has been motivated by the demand for materials capable of enduring extreme temperatures in aerospace and nuclear applications. The aims of this work were to develop alloy compositions for high-temperature applications in the space propulsion and nuclear fusion sectors, and to establish processing windows for these compositions fabricated using laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing (LPBF-AM). Tungsten (W)… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Awasthi, Prithvi Dev
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Application of Spatiotemporal Data Mining to Air Quality Data

Description: This thesis explores the use of spatiotemporal data mining in the air quality domain to understand causes of PM2.5 air pollution. PM2.5 refers to fine particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter and is a major threat to human and environmental health. A review of air quality modeling methods is provided, emphasizing data-driven modeling techniques. While data mining methods have been applied to air quality data, including temporal sequence mining algorithms, spatiotemporal sequence min… more
Date: May 2024
Creator: Biancardi, Michael Anthony
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Trypanosoma cruzi: Awareness and Knowledge Levels of Professional "Dog People" Exposure Rates in a Select Group of North Texas Client Owned Dogs, and a Historical Perspective of Screening Efforts in Domestic Dogs

Description: Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent in Chagas disease, is a parasitic protozoon that can cause cardiac and gastrointestinal dysfunction in most mammals. It is generally considered a disease of poverty endemic to many areas throughout Latin America. Despite increased interest in the USA, the scope of the disease is not known. Research has suggested that canine Chagas disease may be escalating in the USA but that cases may be underestimated. The objectives of this project were to assess th… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Pace, Wendy Lee
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Investigations into Stroke and the Cholinergic Neuromodulatory System

Description: Neuromodulatory systems, such as the cholinergic basal forebrain (CBF), are promising targets of behavioral neuroscientific research because of the clear role(s) they play in fundamental neural and behavioral plasticity processes. Previous research suggests that the CBF is a promising target for augmenting post-stroke behavioral rehabilitation. Several studies were conducted to establish a novel paradigm for investigating and ameliorating post-stroke related motor deficits in a rodent model. Th… more
Date: May 2024
Creator: Butcher, Grayson Michael
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Impact of Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy on Internalizing Behaviors in Children: A Meta-Analysis

Description: The present meta-analytic study examined the overall effectiveness of child-centered play therapy (CCPT) and child-parent relationship therapy (CPRT) for children experiencing internalizing problems. After conducting a comprehensive literature search and review, 25 studies published between 2000 and 2023 met the following inclusion criteria: (a) published and peer-reviewed; (b) used CCPT or CPRT as an intervention; (c) participants were ages 3 to 13 or parents of children ages 3 to 13; (d) stud… more
Date: May 2024
Creator: Taylor, Jenna Leigh
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"Vine of the Soul": The Potential of Ayahuasca for Reducing Depression, Anxiety, and Stress among Ceremony Participants and the Role of Rumination

Description: Rumination is a well-established risk factor for the onset and maintenance of depression and anxiety and has been identified as a transdiagnostic factor due to its association with multiple forms of psychopathology. A renaissance of psychedelic research shows promise in treating psychopathology with potential for acting on ruminative processes. Despite the growing interest and developments in legality, very few research studies have investigated the psychological consequences of participating i… more
Date: May 2024
Creator: Ramarushton, Banan M.
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Liquid Phase Exfoliation of Tungsten Diselenide for Environmental Gas and Breath Sensing

Description: In this work, we performed an experimental analysis using a two-dimensional semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD), specifically tungsten diselenide (WSe2), for gas sensor applications. Our method entailed building a chemically liquid exfoliated WSe2 gas sensing device with gold (Au) electrodes to measure its reaction and sensitivity to environmental gasses such as CO2 and N2. The 2D thin film was created through a solution processing method and electrically coupled in a two-termi… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Zaman, Ashique
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Unraveling the Geography of Sepsis Mortality: Investigating Age Adjustment Methods

Description: Mapping is a fundamental tool in assessing a disease's geographic distribution and severity across populations and periods. For mortality maps, the use of age adjustment allows for population comparisons without the confounding effects from differences in age structures. Mortality maps tend to use the direct age adjustment method for computing rates, where age-specific rates of the study populations are applied to the same standard population weights. However, the less often used indirect metho… more
Date: May 2024
Creator: Crawford, Madeline Nicole
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Understanding Antibiotic Effects on Microbial Growth in Anopheles stephensi Mosquitoes: Correlating Optical Density Measurements with qPCR Analysis

Description: In this project, an outgrowth and optical density (OD) measurement step was developed and validated for an established protocol for antibiotic treatment of Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes. This step allows the elimination of uncleared mosquitoes from experimental pools. Our findings suggest that, as previously demonstrated, antibiotic treatment reduced the mosquito microbiome to an extent, as evidenced by decreased bacterial growth observed through OD readings of our experimental samples. Additi… more
Date: May 2024
Creator: Qadri, Tanvi
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Examining Usability, Accessibility, and Cognitive Load in a Higher Education Website: A Usability Study

Description: This qualitative, exploratory dissertation aimed to describe how accessibility, usability, and cognitive load experts explained and experienced the usability and accessibility aspects of the LT department's website pages, information, and digital links. A usability, accessibility, and cognitive load manual examination was conducted with four experts. The usability, accessibility, and cognitive load examination comprised WCAG 2.1 four standards and Nielsen's 10 usability heuristics. Transcripts … more
Date: May 2024
Creator: Measles, Sylena Marie
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How are Preservice Educators Prepared to Work with Paraprofessionals? An Analysis of Teacher Preparation Programs and Faculty Perspective

Description: Paraprofessionals have a wide range of responsibilities in the educational system to support students' academic, behavioral, and social needs. The law does not specifically define how paraprofessionals will receive training for these tasks, but many districts require teachers to fill this role. While some educators may receive adequate training, literature shows that the majority of preservice and in-service teachers feel unprepared to train, manage, and supervise paraprofessionals. In this exp… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Walker, Christine Elizabeth
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Controls on Leaf Litter Decomposition and Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Communities at a National Scale

Description: Leaf litter is a major nutrient source for aquatic detrital food webs, fueling the microbes and macroinvertebrates that colonize it. Litter is especially important as a nutrient source for macroinvertebrates in headwater streams that tend to have lower primary production than higher-order stream systems. Understanding how litter decomposition and macroinvertebrates interact at large scales facilitates predictions about how stream ecosystems will change over space and time with regards to alloch… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Bucher, Morgan Jean
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GFAP Polarity and Primary Cilia in Astrocytes of Mouse Brain

Description: Often in front-back, left-right, and top-bottom, cell polarity is a basic property of tissues and organs and essential for the development of multicellular organisms. In the central nervous system, neurons are a paragon of polarity, receiving action potentials in their apically located dendrites and propagating them down a single axon extending from the basal pole of neuronal somas, ultimately ending in basally situated axon termini. In contrast, astrocytes are often considered relatively unp… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Elliott, Jonathan David
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Special Education Teacher Job Satisfaction and Its Impact on Teacher Shortages

Description: This study examined the link between special education teacher job satisfaction and its impact on teacher shortages. Covariation of administrative support and job satisfaction was evaluated with school sector also evaluated for relevance to special education teacher job satisfaction. A quantitative, cross-sectional research model was used for the data collection and analysis process. The population for the study was special education teachers, and data was extracted from the National Teacher an… more
Date: May 2024
Creator: Hooston, Michelle Marie
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Disorienting Resilience: Exploring Resilience with Women Graduate Students in Design-Related Programs

Description: The term resilience is overused and under theorized. This dissertation challenges prevailing resilience discourses, exploring the tensions of embodied and experiential relationships with resilience that complicate the overly reductive and overly positive notion of resilience as a virtue of neoliberal subjects. Understanding resilience in the context of contemporary Western society necessitates unraveling the societal conditions shaped by the dominant neoliberal capitalist ethos of production. T… more
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Date: May 2024
Creator: Donaldson, Christina
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