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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Friends or Foes?: Examining Social Capital of International NGOs and Food Security Programs, Mariah Ann Kraner (Dissertation)

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Detection of Variable Retention Time in DRAM, Neraj Kumar (Thesis)

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Interpretable Machine Learning and Sparse Coding for Computer Vision, Will Landecker (Dissertation)

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Interpretation of Chemical Environments by RNA and the Implications to the Origins of Life, Brian Larson (Thesis)

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Assessment of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis on Invasion Success in Brachypodium sylvaticum, Caitlin Elyse Lee (Thesis)

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"What Does This Graph Mean?" Formative Assessment With Science Inquiry to Improve Data Analysis, Andrea Dawn Leech (Thesis)

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Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) Ecological Knowledge of Piñon-Juniper Woodlands: Implications for Conservation and Sustainable Resource Use in Two Southern Nevada Protected Areas, Brian John Lefler (Thesis)

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Optimizing Data Movement in Hybrid Analytic Systems, Patrick Michael Leyshock (Dissertation)

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New 4-Aminoquinoline Compounds to Reverse Drug Resistance in P. falciparum Malaria, and a Survey of Early European Antimalarial Treatments, Katherine May Liebman (Dissertation)

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Twenty-Four Self-Portraits, Doris Lim (Closed Thesis)

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Relational Database Analysis of Dated Prehistoric Shorelines to Establish Sand Partitioning in Late Holocene Barriers and Beach Plains of the Columbia River Littoral Cell, Washington and Oregon, USA, Tamara Causer Linde (Thesis)

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Cascades Island Lamprey Passage Structure: Evaluating Passage and Migration Following Structure Modifications, Siena Marie Lopez-Johnston (Thesis)

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Associations between Input and Outcome Variables in an Online High School Bioinformatics Instructional Program, Douglas S. Lownsbery (Thesis)

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Leveraging Digital Technology in Social Studies Education, Sarah Elizabeth Lundy (Dissertation)

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Towards Improving Drought Forecasts Across Different Spatial and Temporal Scales, Shahrbanou Madadgar (Dissertation)

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The Objective vs. the Perceived Environment: What Matters for Active Travel, Liang Ma (Dissertation)

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Bumps along the long and winding road: Factors related to truck driver turnover and job-induced tension, Layla Rhiannon Mansfield (Thesis)

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Revisiting Volcanology and Composition of Rhyolites and Associated REE Rich Mafic Clasts of the Three Fingers Caldera, SE Oregon, Phillip Ira Marcy (Thesis)

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Victimization, Separatism and Anti-intellectualism: An Empirical Analysis of John McWhorter's Theory on African American's Low Academic Performance, Marlon DeWayne Marion (Thesis)

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The Role of Mate Preference and Personality on Reproductive Performance in an Ex-Situ Conservation Breeding Program for the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), Meghan S. Martin (Dissertation)

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Community Connections: Exploring the Constructive Potential of Facebook for Civic Engagement, Sarah Ruth Martin (Thesis)

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Agricultural Management Decisions Impact Isoprene Emission and Physiology of Arundo donax, an Emerging Bioenergy Crop, Jason Charles Maxfield (Thesis)

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Designing the Plane While Flying It: A Case Study on Nursing Faculty Development during Academic Electronic Health Records Integration in a Small Liberal Arts College, Karen Elizabeth Maxwell (Dissertation)

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"Had sh'er haute gamme, high technology": An Application of the MLF and 4-M Models to French-Arabic Codeswitching in Algerian Hip Hop, Samuel Nickilaus McLain-Jespersen (Thesis)

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Benevolent Racism? : The Impact of Race and Sexual Subtype on Ambivalent Sexism, Jean Marie McMahon (Thesis)

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Adjustment to College among Lower Division Students with Disabilities: An Exploratory Study, Kristy Lee Ann McNulty (Dissertation)

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Is Self-Sufficiency Really Sufficient? A Critical Analysis of Federal Refugee Resettlement Policy and Local Attendant English Language Training in Portland, Oregon, Domminick McParland (Thesis)

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Ranked Similarity Search of Scientific Datasets: An Information Retrieval Approach, Veronika Margaret Megler (Dissertation)

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Trauma-Informed Research and Planning: Understanding Government and Urban Native Community Partnerships to Addressing Substance-Exposed Pregnancies in Portland, OR, Amanda Mercier (Thesis)

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Implications of Local and Regional Food Systems: Toward a New Food Economy in Portland, Oregon, Michael Mercer Mertens (Dissertation)

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Characterization of Methylene Diphenyl Diisocyanate Protein Conjugates, Morgen Mhike (Dissertation)

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Exploring Reggio-Inspired Documentation: Lived Experiences of Elementary Teachers and Children, Jenifer Marie Millan (Dissertation)

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The Let Going: Death, Buddhism and Connection, Laura Anne Miller (Closed Thesis)

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Global Resource Management of Response Surface Methodology, Michael Chad Miller (Dissertation)

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Quiet Little Animals, Mary Milstead (Closed Thesis)

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Characterization of Functional Domains of Cul3, an E3 Ubiquitin Ligase, Using Chimeric Analysis, Jennifer Anne Mitchell (Thesis)

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Mobile Robot Localization Based on Kalman Filter, Omar Q. Mohsin (Thesis)

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Explorations into the Psycholinguistic Validity of Extended Collocations, J. Arianna Morgan (Thesis)

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Socio-spatial Transformation and Contested Space at the Street Level in Latin America: The Case of Cali, Colombia, Maria Janeth Mosquera Becerra (Dissertation)

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High Places, Leanna Gwyn Moxley (Closed Thesis)

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Spirituality and Religion in Women's Leadership for Sustainable Development in Crisis Conditions: The Case of Burma, Phyusin Myo Kyaw Myint (Dissertation)

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Using Music-Related Concepts to Teach High School Math, Vytas Nagisetty (Thesis)

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Leaving And Its Static Center, Lisa L. Nasshahn (Closed Thesis)

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Gender Representations in U.S. Ed.D. Dissertations: A Feminist Content Analysis, Debora Kay Nelli (Dissertation)

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A Global Investigation of Stakeholder and Contextual Influences on Firm Engagement in Sustainability, Annette M. Nemetz (Dissertation)

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Participation in Technology Standards Development: A Decision Model for the Information and Communications Technology Industry, Ramin Neshati (Dissertation)

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Learning General Features From Images and Audio With Stacked Denoising Autoencoders, Nathaniel H. Nifong (Thesis)

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Characteristics of Spoken and Written Communication in the Opening and Closing Sections of Instant Messaging, Kenta Nishimaki (Thesis)

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SLM-based Fourier Differential Interference Contrast Microscopy, Sahand Noorizadeh (Thesis)

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Street Level Food Networks: Understanding Ethnic Food Cart Supply Chains in Eastern Portland, OR, Alexander G. Novie (Thesis)

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Modulation of the Cardiac Calcium Release Channel by Homocysteine Thiolactone, Laura Jean Owen (Dissertation)

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Equality, Trust and Universalism in Europe, Canada and the United States: Implications for Health Care Policy, P. Christopher Palmedo (Dissertation)

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Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Faith Communities: Perspectives of Catholic Religious Leaders, Mazna Patka (Dissertation)

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The Impact of School-Level Factors on Minority Students' Performance in AP Calculus, Phillip Bruce Pearson (Dissertation)

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Beyond Black and White: An Examination of Afrocentric Facial Features and Sex in Criminal Sentencing, Amanda Mae Petersen (Thesis)

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The Effect of Social Media on Public Awareness and Extra-Judicial Effects: The Gay Marriage Cases and Litigating for New Rights, Sarahfina Aubrey Peterson (Thesis)

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The Relationship between Mindfulness and Burnout among Master of Social Work Students, Jolanta Maria Piatkowska (Dissertation)

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Punched in the Face: Collected Essays and Reportage, Eben Pindyck (Closed Thesis)

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"Your information station": A Case study of rural radio in the 21st century, William Jacob Amadeus Pinnock (Thesis)

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Investigating the Link Between Surface Water and Groundwater in the Tule Lake Subbasin, Oregon and California, Esther Maria Pischel (Thesis)

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Assessing Hydrologic and Water Quality Sensitivities to Precipitation Changes, Urban Growth and Land Management Using SWAT, Alexander Michael Psaris (Thesis)

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Out of the Way and Out of Place: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Experiences of Social Interactions of Bisexually Attracted Young People, A. Del Quest (Dissertation)

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An Analysis of Vegetation Recovery following Dam Removal at Hemlock Recreation Site, Washington, Greer Stewart Ramsey (Thesis)

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Detection of Homocysteine with Bridged Viologen Chemical Probes, Davin Rautiola (Thesis)

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On Thin ICE? Domestic Violence Advocacy and Law Enforcement-Immigration Collaborations, Diana Rempe (Dissertation)

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Beyond the McNair Program: A Comparative Study of McNair Scholars' Understandings of the Impacts of Program Participation on their Graduate School Experiences, Cristina Restad (Thesis)

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The Impact of Documentation Status on the Educational Attainment Experiences of Undocumented Hispanic/Latino Students, Brittanie Alexandria Roberts (Thesis)

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Translational Fidelity of a Eukaryotic Glutaminyl-tRNA Synthetase with an N-terminal Domain Appendage, Aaron Bethea Rogers (Thesis)

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A Comparison of Linguistic Features in the Academic Writing of Advanced English Language Learner and English First Language University Students, Margo K. Russell (Thesis)

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Abundance and Distribution of Major and Understudied Archaeal Lineages at Globally Distributed Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents, Alexander Fenner Rutherford (Thesis)

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Teaching and Learning for Intercultural Sensitivity: A Cross-Cultural Examination of American Domestic Students and Japanese Exchange Students, Yoko Hwang Sakurauchi (Dissertation)

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Exploring Capability Maturity Models and Relevant Practices as Solutions Addressing IT Service Offshoring Project Issues, Rosine Hanna Salman (Dissertation)

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The West Tidewater Earthflow, Northern Oregon Coast Range, Barry A. Sanford (Thesis)

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Complex Thermal Histories of L Melt Breccias NWA 5964 and NWA 6580, Kristy Lee Schepker (Thesis)

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Building and Maintaining Plankhouses at Two Villages on the Southern Northwest Coast of North America, Emily Evelyn Shepard (Thesis)

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Style Shifting in First-encounter Conversations between Japanese Speakers, Kenichi Shinkuma (Thesis)

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Automatic Calibration of Water Quality and Hydrodynamic Model (CE-QUAL-W2), Nasim Shojaei (Thesis)

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Testing the Ecological and Physiological Factors Influencing Reproductive Success in Mosses, Erin Elizabeth Shortlidge (Dissertation)

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Dialogue in Identity-Based Conflict (Study of Intergroup-Dialogue with University Students), Lisha Shrestha (Thesis)

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Bridging the Future to Postsecondary Readiness, Brian Patrick Sien (Dissertation)

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Health and Well-being of Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy, Susan Elizabeth Sienko (Dissertation)

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Exploring Colonization and Ethnogenesis through an Analysis of the Flaked Glass Tools of the Lower Columbia Chinookans and Fur Traders, Stephanie Catherine Simmons (Thesis)

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Adult Returning Students and Proportional Reasoning: Rich Experience and Emerging Mathematical Proficiency, Ann Sitomer (Dissertation)

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Cross-Cutting Concerns: The Varying Effects of Partisan Cues in the Context of Social Networks, Benjamin King Smith (Thesis)

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Project NANO: Will Allowing High School Students To Use Research Grade Scanning Electron Microscopes Increase Their Interest in Science?, Leslie TenEyck Smith (Thesis)

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Using GIST Features to Constrain Search in Object Detection, Joanna Browne Solmon (Thesis)

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Controlling the Empire: Measuring Ethnic Residential Segregation in London, 2001-2011, Lindsay Joella Spell (Thesis)

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Multi-Perspective Technology Assessment to Improve Decision Making: A Novel Approach Using Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping for a Large-Scale Transmission Line Upgrade, Richard Chad Sperry (Dissertation)

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"Del Campo Ya Pasamos a Otras Cosas--From the Field We Move on to Other Things": Ethnic Mexican Narrators and Latino Community Histories in Washington County, Oregon, Luke Sprunger (Thesis)

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Effects of Ethnicity and Gender on Sixth-Grade Students' Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes After Participation in a Year-Long Environmental Education Program, Rachel Stagner (Thesis)

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The Gamer Who Destroyed the World and Other Stories from my Life, Samara Hayley Steele (Closed Thesis)

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The Speculative Trunk, Dustin Stevenson (Closed Thesis)

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Explaining Ballot Initiative Contest Outcomes in California, Oregon, and Washington, Hans Daniel Stroo (Thesis)

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Green Index: Integration of Environmental Performance, Green Innovativeness and Financial Performance, Ilknur Mary Joy Nirmala Tekin (Dissertation)

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How to Avoid Huge Ships and An Index of the Matters, Colin Brooke Thacher (Closed Thesis)

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The Stories We Tell: A Qualitative Inquiry to Multiracial Family Storytelling, Mariko O. Thomas (Thesis)

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The Role of Prototype Learning in Hierarchical Models of Vision, Michael David Thomure (Dissertation)

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Keeping Equity in Mind: Strategies for Continuing Equity Work Once Formal Training Has Ended, Teri Lynn Tilley (Dissertation)

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Mapping Sociocultural Values of Visitors on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington, Alexa North Todd (Thesis)

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Racism, Heterosexism, Depression, and HIV Risk Behaviors of Native Men Who Have Sex With Men: Findings from the HONOR Project, Matthew Alan Town (Dissertation)