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.

For more information about finding additional theses and dissertations or obtaining copies of those not available electronically, see Fogler Library's Subject Guide on Theses & Dissertations.

Questions can also be directed to Fogler Library's Special Collections Department by phone at (207) 581-1686 or email at um.library.spc @ maine.edu.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Reexamination of Reverse Anomeric Effect (RAE), Parag Dhake

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¹⁰Be Cosmogenic Exposure Ages of Late Pleistocene Moraines Near the Maryburn Gap of the Pukani Basin, New Zealand, Alice Marie Doughty

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Finite Element and Experimental Analyses of Hybrid Joints Subjected to Fully Reversed Flexure Fatigue Loading, Douglas Donald Dow

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Non-Classical Export of Signal Peptide-less Proteins Studied Via Sum Frequency Spectroscopy and Biochemical Techniques, Andrew W. Doyle

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Temporal Changes in Phytoplankton Variable Fluorescence (Fv/Fm) and Absorbtion as a Result of Daily Exposure to High Light, Andrea F. Drzewianowski

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Optimized Wood Components and Subassemblies for Maximum Ductility, Anthony James Dumais

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Implementation of a Wetting and Drying Model in Simulating the Androscoggin/Kennebec Plume and the Circulation in Casco Bay, Yi Du

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Structured Errors in Modeling Fishery Population Dynamics and in Stock Assessment, Michael Errigo

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Transcriptional Alterations during Mammary Tumor Progression in Mice and Humans, Karen Fancher

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Population Demography, Distribution, and Movement Patterns of Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeons in the Penobscot River Estuary, Maine, Stephen J. Fernandes

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Effects of Temperature and Creep on the Clamp-up Load in Hybrid Metal to Composite Bolted Joints, Mauricio Fernandez

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The Communication Experience of Relationship Dissolution: A Grounded Theory Approach, Sandra M. Fetterman

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Methodology and Assessment of the Susceptibility of Potato Genotypes to Phytophthora Erythrosetpica Causal Organism of Pink Rot, Erica Fitzpatrick-Peabody

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Geoarchaeological Investigations along the Tambo-Ilo Coast of Southern Peru, Louis Fortin

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Identification and Pathogenicity of Some Fungi Associated with Lowbush Blueberry, Kathleen Ewell Frost

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Residual Strength of Metal Particulate Reinforced Ceramic Matrix Composites with Multiple Crack, Yu Fu

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Effects of Fish Introductions on the Geographic Distribution and Native Invertebrate Biodiversity of Naturally Fishless Lakes in Maine, Emily Gaenzle Schilling

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The Colloidal Properties and Rheological Behavior of Precipitated Calcium Carbonate Suspensions Dispersed with Sodium Polyacrylate, Gerard R. Gagnon

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Henry Knox and the Northwest Ohio Frontier, 1787-1794, Laura M. Geoghegan

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Treatment of Sleep Disturbances in Children with Autistic Disorder: Utilization of Behavioral Intervention, Social Story, and Picture Activity Schedule, Allyson A. Gilles

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Extending the Stigma Acknowledgment Hypothesis: A Consideration of Visibility, Concealability, and Timing of Disclosure, Jeffrey A. Goodman

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The Quarrel of the Fairies: The Tales of Mme D'Aulnoy and Perrault, Elisabeth S. Goodridge

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Optimization of Hardwood Hemicellulose Hydrolysis by Xylanase from Trichoderma viride for the Development of an Integrated Forest Biorefinery, LeRae Beth Graham

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Wavelet-Based Segmentation of Fluorescence Microscopy Images in Two and Three Dimensions, Jeremy Grant

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An Investigation into the Effectiveness of Web-Based College Algebra in Conceptual and Procedural Mathematics Knowledge, Ashley A. Graves

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Lithogenic, Marine and Anthropogenic Aerosols in an Ice Core from the Saint Elias Mountains, Yukon, Canada: Lead-Aerosol Provenance and Seasonal Variability, Benjamin Gross

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Octopus: Eight Stories, James Hain

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Dismantling an ACT-Based Intervention for Work Stress: Do Values Really Matter?, Barbara A. Hermann

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Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Mesoporous Silicia Membranes, Scott R. Higgins

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Ecology and Silviculture of Northern White-Cedar (Thuja occidentalis L.) in Maine, Philip V. Hofmeyer

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Ice Stream Dynamics: A Transition between Sheet Flow and Shelf Flow, Coen Matthijs Hofstede

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Understanding Wood Biodegradation through the Characterization of Crystalline Cellulose Nanostructures, Caitlin L. Howell

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Seeing the Forests for the Tourists: Forest-Based Entrepreneurial Tourism Enterprises in the Northeast, Brittany Ann Hummel

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Chemical Dynamics During High Discharge Events at Three Forested Catchments in Eastern Maine, USA, David William Huntress

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The Paul de Man Affair: The Presence of the Past, Gregory Robert Jones-Katz

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Measurement of Modulus Change with Temperature of Synthetic Track Materials, Pei-Hsin Kao

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Creating Dramatic Scene Work for Literature in a Secondary Language Arts Classroom, Angela E. Khorll

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Nanoparticle-Based Biosensor System for Rapid Detection of Target DNA Sequences, Matthew David King

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(Re)inventing the Novel: Examining the Use of Text and Image in the Twenty-First Century Novel, Matthew Patrick Kingston

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Development, Characterization and Stability Study of Value-Added Extruded Salmon Snacks, Jian Kong

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Synthesis and Enzymatic Oxidation of Model Lignin Carbohydrate Complexes, Srinivasulu Raju Kovur

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The Effect of Wild Blueberries on Endothelium-Dependent Vasodilation in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats, Aleksandra S. Kristo

Measurement of Modulus Change with Temperature of Synthetic Track Materials, Pei-Hsin Kuo

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Forming Family: Lesbian Mothers in Rural Communities, Sharon L. Labrie

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Examining the Role of Stress in Binge Eating Disorder, Stephanie M. LaMattina

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Effects of Microbusinesses on U.S. Regional Economic Growth, Sarah Larochelle

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A Content Analysis of Disney Animated Films: Identifying Teachable Moments for Parents, Elizabeth Marie Lavoie

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The Works of Eduardo Bähr: Bringing a Seldom-Heard Voice to a Wider Audience, Patrick Leahy

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"The Will to Create" Exhibition Photographic Documentation of, and Narrative on the Body of Work in Sculpture, Painting and Mandala, Stephanie Marie Lee

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The TTC7FSN/FSN Mutation Results in Hyperactivation of Lymphocytes and Overproduction of IL-4 Leading to the Development of Systemic Autoimmunity, Beth Lindroth Hill

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The United States Role in the Creation and Development of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Peter M. Lodge

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Controlling Soilborne Diseases of Potato and Influencing Soil Microbiology with Brassica Cover Crops, Ryan P. Lynch

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"Bad Apples," Overworked Trail Workers and Landowner Relations: Meanings of ATV Riding in Maine's Clubs, Marilynne Jones Mann

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Why Do the Job? : Voices of Administrators Who Hold a Superintendent Credential But Have Not Sought the Role, Patrick M. Manuel

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Student Understanding of Groundwater Concepts in Two Undergraduate Geology Courses, Danielle M. Martin

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Particulate Emissions in Selected Maine Saw Mills, Rebecca Martin

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Processing Social Information: An Investigation of the Modification of Attentional Biases in Social Anxiety, Elaine S. McMillan

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Interactions Between Homoptera and the European Red Ant, Myrmica Rubra (L.) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), on Mount Desert Island, Maine, Katherine E. McPhee

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Influence of Potato Type on Satiety and Related Responses, Danielle Susan Meyer

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The Unorganized Territories, Nicholas K. Mohlmann

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The Functions of Forested Headwater Wetlands in a New England Landscape, Terry Robin Morley

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Commensalism and Reproductive Biology of the Brittle Star Ophiocreas oedipus Associated with the Octoral Metallogorgia melanotrichos on the New England Corner Rise Seamounts, Celeste V. Mosher

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Structural Health Monitoring Using Embedded Fiber Optic Strain Sensors, Rodrigo Silva Muñoz

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The Effects of Reasoning about Vector Components on Student Understanding of Two-Dimensional Acceleration, Bhupendra Singh Nagpure

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Synthesis and Oxidation of Lignin-Carbohydrate Model Compounds, Mai Thanh Thi Nguyen

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"Madwomen" in Quebec: An Analysis of the Recurring Themes in the Reasons for Women's Committal to Beauport, 1894-1940, Mary Glennon Okin

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Unanticipated Consequences of Regional Greenhouse Gas Policies: Criteria Emissions and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiave, Timothy J. Olesniewicz

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Wood Decay Physiology of the Inky Cap Fungi, Jason P. Oliver

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Population Structure of the Sea Scallop, Placopecten magellanicus, in Coastal Maine, Erin Fisher Owen

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The Sum of Our Parts, Brian James Parker

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Gay and Lesbian Human Rights: An Exploration of Attitudes on a Northeastern University Campus, Sarah B. Paterson

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Promotion, Prevention, and Politics: Linking Regulatory Focus to Political Attitudes and Ideology, Jennifer Pattershall

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Infestation Detection in Wild Blueberries Using Near Infrared Spectra and Multivariate Data Analysis, Boyan N. Peshlov

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Investigating the Effects of Organic Ligands on Iron and Copper Availability to Coastal and Oceanic Phytoplankton Using Continuous Cultures, Lisa D. Pickell

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Following the Evangeline Trail: Acadian Identity Performance Across Borders, Adrienne Marie Pidacks

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Treatment Effects of Copper Sulfate and Carbaryl on Algal Chlorophyll Fluorescence Chemistry, Jamie L. Pinto

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Selective Logging in Subtropical Montane Forests of the Andes: Its Effect on Avian Cavity Nesters, Natalia Politi

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Student Understanding of P-V Diagrams and the Associated Mathematics, Evan B. Pollock

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Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) Breeding Ecology in New England: Habitat Selection, Nest Success and Home Range, Luke Losada Powell

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Characterizing the Calibration and Sources of Variability in a New Sensor Package: Using Fluorescene to Estimate Phytoplankton Concentration and Composition, Christopher Proctor

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Study of Basic Wood Decay Mechanisms and Their Biotechnological Applications, Yuhui Qian

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The 33rd Alaska Folk Festival: A Short Documentary, Evan E. Richards

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Discourse on Race and Racism: A Phenomenological Analysis of Responses to Black.White., Kristen M. Riley

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Mechanical Testing of Coated Paper Systems, Robert A. Rioux

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Evaluating a Social Learning Theory of Dating Aggression: The Role of Relational Aggression, Michelle S. Rivera

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From K-GED: Maine Teenagers Describe Social, Emotional, and Relational Factors and Conditions Involved in their Decisions to Drop Out and Complete with a GED, Cheryl Saliwanchik-Brown

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A Growing Obsession: An Idealogical Critique of the War on Obesity & Big Medicine, Imke Schessler-Jandreau

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Predictionary Flower, Kiera Seekins

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Elucidating the Mechanism for Maintaining Eucalcemia Despite Immobility and Anuria in the Hibernating Black Bear (Ursus americanus), Rita Logan Seger

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Mutations in the Mouse Sharpin Gene Cause the Chronic Proliferative Dermatitis Phenotype, Rosemarie Seymour

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Localization and Energy Modeling in Wireless Sensor Networks, Ali Shareef

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Determined Persistence: Achieving and Sustaining Job Satisfaction among Nurse Practitioners, Mary Louise Shea

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Intervening to Promote Social Skill Usage in Head Start Preschoolers: A Single-Group Design Evaluation of Effectiveness, Elizabeth J. Sheperd

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"Pathways to the Park": The Effect of a Media Campaign and the Importance of Trail Use in Acadia National Park, Michael Shugrue

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Characterization of Mechanically and Enzymatically Produced Cellulose Nanofibers from Wood Pulp, Nazia Siddiqui

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The Problem of Burnout among Early Educators and How it May Lead to Staff Turnover, Tia Sidelinger

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Characterization of Unknown Chemicals Using Gas Chromatography/Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry and AB-Initio Calculations, Indira K.C. Silwal

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Analysis and Design Optimization of Laser Stake Welded Connections, Anshuman Singh

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A Lamentation in Blue and White, Clinton Spaulding

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From Broke to Finish: A History of the Eastern Fine Paper Mill, 1889 - 2004, Amy L. Stevens