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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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

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The Zebrafish as a Model for Cystic Fibrosis, Matthew J. Sullivan

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Stratigraphic Analysis and Transgression Rates of Maine's Coastal Wetlands Due to Rising Sea Level, Holly Jean Theriault

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Characterizing Connections in Coated Wood Building Structures for Blast Force Protection, Daniel Thomas

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Toward a Wordsworthian Sublime: Symbols of Eternity in Wordsworth's Poetic Vision, Craig Titus

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Management Styles of Lumber Mill Managers in the Northern United States, Keith Matthew Trask

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Bottom-Up and Top-Down Controls on Algal Bloom Frequency in Two Shallow Mesotrophic Lakes, Tara Rae Trinko

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Mapping U.S. Civic Engagement Discourse: A Geo-Critical Rhetorical Wandering, Scott Tulloch

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Solid-State Nanopore Characterization and Low noise Transimpedance Amplifier for Nanopore-Based Gene Sequencer, Raghu Tumati

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Hemicellulose Extraction of Mixed Southern Hardwoods, Mehmet Sefik Tunc

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Chained behind the Shell: Poems, Amy Michelle Turenne

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Roller-Coaster Failure Rates and Mean Residual Life Functions, Weston D. Viles

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Estimation of Extra Risk and Benchmark Dose in Dose Response Models, Na Wang

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Clashing Codes: How Unwritten Codes Collide with Professional and Personal Codes in Educational Settings, Betsy M. Webb

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An Assessment of Alternative Feed Ingredients in Practical Diets for Florida Pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) Held in Low Salinity Recirculating Systems, Terhea Nichole Williams

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Biogeochemical Effects of Lime-Treated Biosolids Amendments on Soils in a Northeastern Forested Ecosystem, Cullen Wilson

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A Paleolimnological Assessment of Three Oligotrophic Watersheds in Maine, Tiffany Ann Wilson

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Student Transfer: The Effect of Timing on Academic Achievement, Michael D. Wing

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Elysia Chlorotica: A Novel System for the Elucidation of Horizontal Gene Transfer, Invertebrate Developmental Biology and Secondary Metabolites, Jared M. Worful

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The Cork Settlement - Fort Job Lewis Archaeological Study, Christopher Allen Wright

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Production and Characterization of Carbon Structures Derived from Wood, Xinfeng Xie

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Lagrangian Study of Particle Transport Processes in the Coastal Gulf of Maine, Danya Xu

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Analysis and Testing of Laser Welded Steel Sandwich Panels, Serdar Yorulmaz

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Characterization of Wood Resin-Adhesive Spray, Xuelian Zhang

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Investigating the Factors Affecting Faculty Members' Decision to Teach or Not to Teach Online in Higher Education, Yurui Zhen

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Generating Contour Maps for Dynamic Fields Monitored by Sensor Networks, Cheng Zhong

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Attitude and Learning at Upward Bound in the Field of Statistics, Adam Zukowski

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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The Effects of Clearcutting and Glyphosate Herbicide Use on Parasitic Wasps in Maine Forests, Kristopher J. Abell

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The Effects of Allelic Variation in PPARG on Skeletal Metabolism, Cheryl Lynne Ackert-Bicknell

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Child's Play: The Role of Dolls in 19th Century Childhood, Sara E. Alarcón

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The Role of Minor Histocompatibility Antigens in Tissue Transplant Rejection, Moheeb A. Al-Awwami

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The Experiences of People with Psychiatric Disabilities in Disability Income and Employment Support Programs, Michelle M. Alexander

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Running the Gauntlet to Coral Recruitment through a Sequence of Local Multiscale Processes, Suzanne N. Arnold

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Valuation of Avoiding Arsenic in Drinking Water in Rural Bangladesh: An Averting Behavior Analysis, Sonia N. Aziz

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A Tale of Two Women: The Journalistic Narrative of Nancy Reagan, Jennifer L. Babcock

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Myriophyllum heterophyllum Michx. (Haloragaceae): Control and Vegetative Reproduction in Southwestern Maine, Jacolyn E. Bailey

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Geologic and Biologic Indicators of Climate Change in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, Audrey Bamberg

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Biogeochemical Response of a Northeastern Forest Ecosystem to Biosolids Amendments, Michael R. Banaitis

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3D Mechanical Evolution of the Plate Boundary Corner in SE Alaska, Adam Daniel Barker

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The Existential Adventures of Sal Jones, Christopher Barter

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Response of Laser Welded Sandwich Panels Subject to Initial Velocity, Rajeev Baskiyar

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Gelation of Previously Cooked Jonah Crab (Cancer borealis) Minced Meat in New Food Product Development, Shari R. Baxter

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High Temperature LGT Expansion Measurements through Multiple Techniques, Timothy Ray Beaucage

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Road Mortality Risk for Spotted and Blanding's Turtle Populations, Frédéric Beaudry

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Developing DNS Tools to Study Channel Flow Over Realistic Plaque Morphology, Ryan M. Beaumont

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Touching is Good: An Eidetic Phenomenology of Interface, Interobjectivity, and Interaction in Nintendo's "Animal Crossing: Wild World", Bryan G. Behrenshausen

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An Examination of the Relationship between Post-9/11 Visa Regulations and International Student Enrollment, Diane Belanger

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Low Voltage BiCMOS Circuit Topologies for the Design of a 19GHz, 1.2V, 4-Bit Accumulator in Silicon-Germanium, Ryan H. Bethel

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Identification and Characterization of Putative Palmitoyltransferases in Dictyostelium discoideum, with Focus on a Novel Gene, PAZ5, Bethany Bodwell

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Paradoxical Communication in Office Space, Nikole R. Bonenberger

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Photocatalytic Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide Using Sputter Deposited Molybdenum Oxide Thin Films on a Silicon Dioxide Substrate, Donald Bragg

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Commerce and Continuity: The Evolution of Mixed Husbandry on the Waters Farm, 1760-1840, Tim Brosnihan

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Molecular and Phenotypic Characterization of the Y-Linked Autoimmune Accelerator (YAA), Aaron Clifford Brown

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Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Predation on the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, across New England's Biogeographic Transition Zone, Curtis Brown

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Emerging Adolescent Sexuality: A Comparison of American and Dutch Women's Experiences, Maria Johanna Elisabeth Brugman

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Assessment of the Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loriculus) as a Model Species in Studies on Egg and Larval Quality in Marine Fishes, Chatham K. Callan

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The Long-term Effects of a Group-selection Timber Harvest on the Bird Community of an Oak-Pine Forest in Maine, Stephen P. Campbell

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High Resolution Visualization of Large Scientific Data Sets Using Tiled Display, Caleb Carter

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Analysis of Rutting Development in Flexible Pavements with Geogrid-reinforced Base Layers Using 3D Finite Element Analysis, Joshua David Clapp

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Wild Blueberries Affect Endothelium-dependant Vasodilation in Sprague-Dawley and Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats, Kateryna Clark

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"Why is Everyone So Interested in Texts?": The Shifting Role of the Reader in the Genre of Hard-boiled Fiction, William Cleveland

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Students' Epistemological Beliefs of Mathematics When Taught Using Traditional Versus Reform Curricula in Rural Maine High Schools, Glenn T. Colby

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Balance between Formation of Twist1 Homodimer and Heterodimer Regulate Suture Fusion, Jeannette J. Connerney

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Investigating Student Understanding of Sound as a Longitudinal Wave, Earl C. Coombs

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Experimental Investigation into the Fatigue Life of Hybrid Joints under Fully Reversed Loading, Dominique Francis Corriveau

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Intranasal Vaccination to Boost Equine Immunity to Uterine Streptococcal Infection, Ian F. Crowley

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Development and Application of a Paleolimnological Inference Model to Identify Historically Fishless Lakes in Maine, Katie E. DeGoosh

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An Examination of Crack Growth in Wood-FRP Bonds, Justin J. Desjarlais

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Mechanics of Burrowing in Muddy Sediments, Kelly M. Dorgan

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What Was in the Doctor's Bag?: A Material Culture Study of the Performance of Medicine in Antebellum New England, Anú King Dudley

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La Diphtongaison dans le Français de Waterville, Maine: Une Étude Sociolinguistique des Voyelles Orales, Brooke Dupuy

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Exercise and Mood: Exploring the Role of Exercise in Regulating Stress Reactivity in Bipolar Disorder, Teresa M. Edenfield

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Sharing a Landscape: The Construction of Sense of Place on the Maine Coast, Andrea Jane Ednie

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Semantic Interoperability of Geospatial Ontologies: A Model-theoretic Analysis, James A. Farrugia

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Identifying Student Concepts of Gravity, Roger Eastman Feeley

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Lobster Sampling Trap, William H. Fike

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Tool of Acculturation, Outil de Survivance: Education of French Canadians in Holyoke, Massachusetts 1880-1920, Susan Fliss

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Storytelling Home: A Zimbabwean Women's Performance, Jlynn J. Frazier

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Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Amphibian Disease in Acadia National Park Wetlands, Megan K. Gahl

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Development of Spectral Imaging Microscope for Single Molecule Studies in Complex Biological Systems, Thanu Prabha Kalambur Girirajan

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Development of the Modular Ballistic Protection System, Keenan Michael Goslin

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Necrophoresis and the Behavioral Responses of the European Red Ant, Myrmica rubra L. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) to the Fungel Entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill., Carrie E. Graham

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Climate Investigations Using Glaciochemical Records from a Tibetan Ice Core and a Fresh Snow Reconnaissance Study from Tierra del Fuego, Bjorn Grigholm

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U.S. Foreign Policy and the Cambodian People, 1945-1993, Joshua Hallsey

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The Troubled Relationship between Suharto and the Indonesian Armed Forces from the Mid 1960s to the Early 1990s, Nackhoon Han

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Dietary Studies for Larviculture of Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua), Jennifer Muscato Hansen

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Applications of Conformal Field Theory to Problems in 2D Percolation, Jacob Joseph Harris Simmons