The University of Maine Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) project is a joint effort of Fogler Library and the Graduate School. Our goals are "to improve graduate education, increase sharing of knowledge, help universities build their information infrastructure, and extend the value of digital libraries," in keeping with those of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, a national initiative of which the University of Maine is a member.

This online collection features the final theses and dissertations approved by the Graduate School of the University of Maine.

Questions? Please contact the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department by phone at (207) 581-1686 or email spc @ umit.maine.edu.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Photophysical and Photochemical Investigations of Novel Catalysts and Tunable Energy Transfer Systems, John C. Ahern

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Regulation of Angiogenesis and Tumor Growth by the Pro-Inflammatory Cryptic RGDKGE Containing Collagen Epitope, Jacquelyn Joan Ames

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On Dedekind’s “Über die Permutationen des Körpers aller algebraischen Zahlen", Joseph JP Arsenault Jr

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Individual Tree Measurements From Three-Dimensional Point Clouds, Elias Ayrey

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Economic and Ecological Analyses of Vernal Pool Conservation in Urbanizing Landscapes, Jessica A. Balukas

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Defining the Role of the MicroRNA, MIR-101, IN Zebrafish Heart Regeneration, Megan JC Beauchemin

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Physical Activity Levels and Health of Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, Michael R. Best

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Window into Cultural Manipulation: The Conservative Attack on National History Standards, 1994-1995, Todd Blanchette

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Colorado Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, Predation on Virus-Infected Potatoes, and Conspecifics, Everett Booth

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River Birds as Indicators of Change in Riverine Ecosystems, Erynn Call

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Toward a Commons of Geographic Data, Joseph J. Campbell

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College Student Difficulties with Applied Optimization Problems in Introductory Calculus, Sundance James Campbell

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Evaluation and Improvement of Fisheries Stock Assessment, from Data Collection to Modeling, Jie Cao

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Survival and Growth of Reserve Trees in an Expanding-Gap Silvicultural System 20 Years After Establishment, David R. Carter

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Calculus Students' Understanding of Logical Implication and its Relationship to their Understanding of Calculus Theorems, Joshua Case

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Fundamentals of Pyrolysis of Pretreated Biomass, Paige Allison Case

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Portraits of Service-Learning: A Continuum of Knowledge and Practice, Joanne Cassida Harriman

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Reverend Jonathan Fisher: One Thread in the Web of Early American Education, 1780-1830, Brittany P. Cathey

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Population Dynamics of American Lobster: Environmental, Ecological, and Economic Perspectives, Jui-Han Chang

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Temperature as a Proxy to Study the Flow of Water Within Two Maine Streambeds, Jarrod D. Cicha

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The Sacred Art of Labyrinth Design: Optimization of a Liminal Aesthetic, Yadina Z. Clark

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Qualitative Study of Highly Efficacious Head Start Teachers, Allyson Dean

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Microengineering The Neural Tube, Christopher Demers

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The Role of Al and Fe in Controlling Internal P Loading, Lake Auburn, ME, Heather Doolittle

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Systematics of Agamic Complexes in Amelanchier (Shadbush), Eric Thomas Doucette

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Effects of Thermal Processing on the Microbial Levels, Heavy Metal Concentrations, and Physical Qualities of Fresh Maine Fiddleheads, Felicia Marie Dumont

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Analysis of Struggling Student Performance in Response to Academic Intervention, Jonathan E. Dumont

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Thermal Deoxygenation of Levulinate and Formate Salts for the Production of Transportation Fuels, Scott J. Eaton

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Thermal Deoxygenation of Levulinate and Formate Salts for the Production of Transportation Fuels, Scott J. Eaton

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Methods for the Surface Modification of Particulates: Applications in Pore Size Tuning and Photocatalytic Activity, Roghaiyeh Ebrahimi Kalan

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Re-Awake: Seven Stories, Rosemary Engelfried

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Sister Chromatid Cohesion Disruption: A Potential Role in Particulate Hexavalent Chromium-Induced Carcinogenesis, carolyne Falank

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Cytokine and Epigenetic Regulation of MicroRNA in Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Amanda Jean Favreau

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Visitor-Use Management in Protected Areas: Understanding Expert Perceptions of the Effectiveness and Sustainability of Applying the Visitor Experience and Resource Protection (VERP) Framework for Recreation Planning, Jessica P. Fefer

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Accelerating Scientific Computing Models Using GPU Processing, Raymond F. Flagg III

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Forces During Forward Roll Coating and Printing of Tensioned Webs, Harrison R. Gates

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Challenges of Implementing Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast in the Nextgen Air Traffic Management System, Carl J. Giannatto Jr.

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Tagging of Starch and Latex in Paper Coatings, Emilia Golebiowska

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Implementing Complex Partial Harvests in Central Maine: Is Tree Marking Necessary?, Sam Grimm

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Consumer Acceptability of and Stability of Bioactive Compounds in Frozen Treat Products Made With Underutilized Berries, Sierra F. Guay

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Biomechanics and Injury Assessment of Head Impact Due to Falls, Marzieh Hajiaghamemar

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Detection of Iron (III) Using Magnetic Nanoparticles, Kaiya Hansen

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Correlation of Engineering Parameters of the Presumpscot Formation to the Seismic Cone Penetration Test (SCPTU), Mathew Hardison

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Forest Harvesting Productivity and Cost in Maine: New Tools and Processes, Patrick Hiesl

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Effects of Market Attitudes and Economic Valuation Information on Sustainability Values and Behaviors: Evidence from Experimental Economics, Sandra Hughes Goff

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Method Development for Vitamin C Quantification in Two Complex Matrices, Hannah D. Hutt

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Repair and Maintenance Costs, Chipper Productivity, and Chip Quality of Forest Biomass Supply Chains in the Northeast US, Christopher Joseph Hutton Jr.

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River Restoration: Institutions, Boundaries, and Social Ecological Dynamics, Eileen Sylvan Johnson

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Role of Dignity in Rural Natural Resource Governance, Tora Johnson

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Learning to Care: The Influence of a Peer Monitoring Program on Empathy and Moral Reasoning in High School Student Mentors, Joshua Leland Jones

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Dispositions Toward Language Difference: L1 and L2 Novice Composition Instructors, Eric Kehoe

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1,1' –Ferrocenoyl Bis-Acylthiosemicarbazide: Synthesis, Characterization, and Reaction with Mercury (II), Natalie M. Kelly

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A Case Study OF Four Korean Mothers’ Behaviors And Beliefs During Korean And English Picture Book Read Alouds With Their PreSchool-Aged Bilingual Children, SooJoung Kim

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Thinking Beyond the Fried Egg Model: How Accurately Do Students Perceive Cells in a Living Context?, Milissa Knox

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Informed Consent, Abortion, and Reproductive Autonomy, Heather Dawn Lakey

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Effect of 9/11 on a Borderlands Community: Fort Kent, Maine, and Clair, New Brunswick, Lisa M. Lavoie

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Experimental Evaluation of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Piles in Load-Bearing Applications, Dale Lawrence

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Girl Who Lives in a Glass House, Sally Bower Levi

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Towards The Continuous Spatio-Temporal Field Model for Sensor Data Streams, Qinghan Liang

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Role of the Sibling Experience in the Social Development of Children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD), Elizabeth Baroni Lops

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Ritual Arts in Relation to Quality of Place, Both Natural and Manmade, Mary A. Mailler

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Investigating the Effects of Particulate Hexavalent Chromium on the Centriole Linkers, Julieta Martino

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Explaining Migratory Behaviors Using Optimal Migration Theory, Jennifer D. McCabe

Explaining Migratory Behaviors Using Optimal Migration Theory, Jennifer D. McCabe

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Whole Grain Likability Among Undergraduate College Students, Thomas Joseph Mellette

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Biomedical Engineering Research and Development on Addressing Urethral Incontinence and Bladder Irrigation, Mahdi Mohammadi

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Clinical Intervention to Address Childhood Obesity Using Self-Determination Theory, Angelina Moore Maia

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Spatiotemporal Wireless Sensor Network Field Approximation with Multilayer Perception Artificial Neural Network Models, François Neville

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Psychological Barriers to Sound Money Management: Advances in Theory of Human Decision with Practical Applications to Financial Education, Sarah C. Newcomb

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Irradiation-Induced Innate Immune Dysfunction Revealed Using A Transparent Zebrafish Disease Model, Zachary Ryan Newman

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Propagation Rate Study of NIH-3T3 Fibroblasts After Exposure to Neutron Radiation, Bryn Joy Nugent

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The Relationship Between the Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata) and Its Host Plants in Coastal Maine, Kaitlyn M. O'Donnell

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Seasonal Influences on Habitat Use by Snowshoe Hares: Implications for Canada Lynx in Northern Maine, Sheryn J. Olson

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Detailed Low-cost Energy and Power Monitoring of Computing Systems, Chad M. Paradis

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The Role of Notch Signaling in Vascular Remodeling, Sarah Maier Peterson

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Environmental and Gentic Interactions in a Zebrafish Model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Samantha Powers

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How Silvicultural Treatments and Site Quality Affect Carbon Storage on the Penobscot Experimental Forest: A 60-Year Perspective, Joshua Puhlick

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On Becoming a Homesteader, Tasha Raymond

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Mechanisms of DLL4/Notch and BMP9 Mediated Endothelial Cell Quiescence, Bahman Rostama

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Topographic Signatures of Geodynamics, Samuel G. Roy

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For Women and Themselves: Lou Hoover, Betty Ford, and the Women's Movements of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Lisa Marie Rude

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Intra- and Interspecific Variation in Demographic Rates and Niche Across the Range of a Species, the Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus), Katharine J. Ruskin

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Measuring Maine Residents' Attitudes Toward Sustainable Tourism and Development: A Psychometric Approach, Matt D. Scaccia

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Type and Experience of Technology Use on Alliance Development in Email-Augmented Psychotherapy, Brent W. Scobie

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Design and Evaluation of Protective Head Gear to Mitigate Head Injuries Due to Falls, Morteza Seidi

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Closer Look into Purification Process of Cadmium Selenide Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Behtash Shakeri

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Decolonizing Academic Writing on Native Non-Heteronormative Identity: Creating Space for Community and Nation-Based Scholarship, Meghan Elise Sills

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Understanding Private Woodland Owner Forest Management: Qualitative and Quantitative Applications, Emily J. Silver

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Evaluating Low-Temperature, Sous-Vide Processing Technology for the Production of Shelf-Life Extended, High-Quality Sea Scallop (Placopecten magellanicus), Jonelo Tribunal Sobreguel

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Service-Learning as an ESL Course Component, Erin-Kate Sousa

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Highly Porous Foam Materials for Uses in Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery and Transcutaneous Implant Applications, Kyle J. Spivack

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Control of a Novel Wave Front Parallel WEC Prototype for Maximum Capture Width, Asa L. Sproul

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Linking Attitudes, Policy, and Forest Cover Change in Buffer Zone Communities of Chitwan National Park, Nepal, Jared R. Stapp

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Nitrogen Availability from Compost in High Tunnel Tomato Production, Kathleen Stewart Marshall

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Thermochemical Conversion of Spent Pulping Liquor into Value-Added Products, Jamie L. St. Pierre

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Interaction and the Art of User-Centered Digital Musical Instrument Design, John Sullivan

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Geometric Properties of Cells Exhibiting Huntington's Disease, Brian C. Toner

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Comparison of Statistical Methods to Predict Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in a University Sample, Marcia Troese

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Hyperlocal, Pieter Tryzelaar

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The Enhancement of Wild Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) For Pollination Security, Eric M. Venturini