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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Soeurs d'Empire: Trois histoires de voyage, de genre et de camaraderie dans des récits de voyage féminins d'Algérie, 1869-1900, Elisabeth Abell

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Mycenae and Cultural Memory: 150 to 2015 CE, Elora A. Agsten

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Parental human capital and returns to education: The divide between urban residents and migrants in China, Salma Ait Hssayene

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International Nongovernmental Organizations and Democratic Consolidation: How do These Organizations Promote Higher Quality Democracy?, Evan B. Albertson

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Forming and Debating National Identity: Three Case Studies of the Ownership of Ancient Artifacts, Rachael Aleshire

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Attraction and the Other-Race Effect: Influences of Perceived Beauty on Facial Perception, Daniel A. Alfonso-Diaz

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Altering amino acid residues at the dimer interface of the yeast peroxiredoxin Ahp1: Effects on quaternary structure and protection against peroxides, Jonathan K. Allotey

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Smelling Personalities: Preferential Personality Traits Associated With Body Odor, Emily S. Alltop

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A Beautiful Self, A Beautiful Home, A Beautiful Romance: Magazine Advertisements and the Creation of Domestic Culture in the 1950s, Chelsea Amis

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Navegando por lugares, redefiniendo espacios: un ánalisis de las voces latinas en la nueva zona fronteriza de Apalaches, Erin Elizabeth Andrews-Sharer

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Impacts of Climate Change on Species Invasiveness: Temperature Effects on Agonistic Interactions between Crayfish Procambarus clarkii and Cambarus robustus, Diego Arias

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Do You Have the Heart For It?: An Anthropological Examination of Portrayals of Aztec Human Sacrifice in Popular Culture, Courtney F. Astrom

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Plato and Aristotle on the Ancient Quarrel: A Search for Poetic Meaning in Vergil’s Aeneid, Danielle A. Aviles

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What Would Jesus Cover? An Examination of the Moral Failures of the United States Health Care System, Eleanor P. Bacon

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Animating America: A Historical Study of How the Art of Animation has Helped to Define American Culture., Andrew J. Badger

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Sexism, Masculinity, and Entitlement as Predictors of Rape Culture Support, and the Role of Empathy as a Possible Explanation, Michelle L. Baker

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Two Gods, a Dancer, and a Skeleton Walk into a Bar: an exploration of created space through puppetry and performance, Colin Bauman

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The Right Combination: How the Coen Brothers Challenge the Boundaries of Genre and Postmodernism in Film, Olivia Baum

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And How Does That Make You Feel?: Moderating Effects of Personality on Auditory Dissonance and Emotional Reaction, Charlotte Baxter

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Idolatry of Ideology: An Ideological Analysis of the Music of Bruce Cockburn, Lucas Behrens

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Grazer Dynamics on a Relict Acroporid Patch Reef System and Their Implications for the Carbonate Budget at Coral Gardens, Belize, Sarah K. Bender

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Attachment and Emotions in Relation to Ideas and Concepts: A Psychological Study and Philosophical Inquiry, Bryce C. Benefield

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American Co-eds and the Great Recession: A Study of Job Opportunities for Recent College Graduates Based Upon the Decade of Graduation, Kiara A. Bermudez

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Immediate Effects of Meditation on Negative Image Processing, Breanna Bertacchi

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The Nuke in Our Souls: The Apocalypse Comes Down to Earth in Three Postmodern Novels, Andrew Bevis

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An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior to Sleep Behavior: Exploring Personality as a Moderator, Alisha R. Bhatia

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Trade and Wage Inequality in the Upper-Middle-Income Countries, Sandeep Bhusal

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Arginine Kinase in Myxococcus xanthus: Investigation of Specificity for Arginine Kinase during Cellular Motility and Fruiting Body Formation, Scott K. Bingman

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Discussions in and of Conceptual Art: Different Modes of Conveying Experience, Anthony J. Black

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The Changing of Just War Theory: Understanding how just war theory needs to evolve with modern warfare, changing conceptions, and various ethical systems, Christopher J. Blaikie

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The Clash of Norms: An Examination of Emerging Governance Norms in Cyberspace, Daniel J. Bloomberg

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Cross-Cyle Psychological Metamorphosis in Ned Rorem's Poems of Love and the Rain, Jacob Boca

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The Development and Impact of Investigative Journalism, John Michael Bogusz III

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"Nie Wieder...Was?": An Analysis of German Foreign Policy During the First Gulf War and the Bosnian Civil War Using Role Theory, William D. Bolte

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Modeling the Optical Emission Line Profiles of Active Galactic Nuclei: Working Towards a Continuous Optical Classification Scheme Beyond Type 1/Type 2, Shawn M. Bowman

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The Functions of Nab2 On Cellular Growth Regulation in Drosophila Melanogaster, Brittany N. Boychuk

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Where Should We Look? Accountability, Stakeholder Relationships, and the Role of an NGO as a Secondary Political Institution in Tanzania: A Case Study Analysis, Ellen R. Boyd

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The Widespread Appeal and Advocacy of Hayao Miyazaki: A Transnational Feminist Analysis of How Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away Unveil and Dismantle the Gendered Effects of the Nation-State and Globalization, Larissa Branovacki

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Evaluating the Impacts of Strategic Consolidation in Facilitating Multifunctional EMR Adoption and the Comprehensive Cost Effects in U.S. Hospitals, Rachelle Lee Brenner

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Investigation Into the Role of the Poly(A) Binding and Regulating Protein dNab2 in the Mushroom Bodies of Drosophila Melanogaster, Zachariah A. Brewer

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Distributing Scarcity: Structure, Agency, And The Moral Categorization Of Food Pantry Users, Nina R. Breyer

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Our Children: A Documentation of Modern Day Lynching in America, Adam Brinson

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“Pottermania:” The Representations of Female Characters in Harry Potter Films, Berkley E. Brown

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Objectification vs. Subjectification: Effects of Priming Sexual Objectification, Body Competence, or Social Competence on Cognitive Function in Women, Fiona J. Brown

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Affordable Housing Goals and Access to Credit in the Mortgage Market, John M. Brown

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Zeolite Identification and Distribution in the Vatnsdalur Structural Basin, Northwest Iceland, Olivia L. Brown

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L'école pour tous : une étude des inégalités dans le système éducatif français, Victoria P. Brown

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Growth Machines: Powering Up: An Assessment of Growth Machine Theory and Its Potential Viability in Development Planning, Xavier Brown

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Solo Senior Recital: The Idea of Independent Women in Music, Jenny Brumbaugh

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Imprisoned Beyond Walls: the Prison Wife Perspective and the Manifestation of Internal Confinement, Cora W. Bucher

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A Paradox of Visibility: Case study of a tent city in Wooster, Ohio, Teresa Butel

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Virulence Modulation of Bordetella Pertussis via Inhibition of the Nicotinate Degradation Pathway, Lauren Buyan

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Going on a [Power] Trip: A Postcolonial Examination of Select Voluntourism Organizations' Rhetorical Strategies, Caroline M. Bybee

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An Investigation of the Relationship Between Young Adult Substance Use Behavior, Gender, Peer Influence, and Implications for Future Prevention Programs, Georgia Callahan

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The Logical Nexus: Analysis and Application of Wittgenstein's Picture Theory of Language, John T. Cancalosi

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The Adulteress and the Patriarchy: The Search for Female Independence and Autonomy in Anna Karenina and The Awakening, Sarah Carracher

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A Neopagan Renaissance: Appropriation of Medieval Imagery and Pre-Christian Folklore in the Magazine Covers of Harvest, Jennifer C. Caventer

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Persuasiveness of Typefaces: How Non-Verbal Factors Impact the Effectiveness of Emotional and Rational Advertisements, Arielle Nicole Cerini

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Art or Artifact? African Objects in the Museum, Elizabeth Chamis

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Elucidating the Degradation Pathway of Venlafaxine(Effexor), Naveeshini Nair Chandran

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Organizational and Activational Effects of Testosterone on Learning and Memory, Philip M. Charnley

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Latino Students: The Relationship between Ethnic Identity and Attachment with Peers, Self-Efficacy, and Purpose in Life, Crystal Chavez

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Once Upon the Fifteenth Year: An Exploration of Identity Formation Within the Cultural Practice of Quinceañeras in Contemporary Nicaragua, Ashley Melissa Chavez-White

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DataLongLegs -- Web Application Development for Wooster City Schools, Liang Cheng

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Investigation into the Physiological Role of Arginine Kinase in Caenorhabditis elegans Locomotion, Melanie Chin

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The Function of Masochism in Performance Art of the 1970's: A Psychoanalytic Examination of Performances by Chris Burden, Marina Abramović, and Abramović/Ulay, Philip W. Chung

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Une Étude De La Traite Des Enfants Entre Le Maroc Et La France, Francesca Kathleen Raffaela Cistone

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State of Grace: How Grace Kelly Rose to Prominence and Fell to Irrelevance Through Her Sense of Style and Self Preservation, Rachel J. Clark

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A Comparative Assessment of Venlafaxine Degradation in Municipal and Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge, Shauntia Cobb

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Learning Emotions: A Software Engine for Simulating Realistic Emotion in Artificial Agents, Douglas Code

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The “Production” of Urban Poverty: Comparative Analysis of Brazilian Favelas and South African Townships (1964-1985), Ngozi Monica Cole

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Can Social Media Patterns be used as a Clinical Predictor of Social Anxiety, Luke J. Collier

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The Role of Espionage During the American Revolution, WIlliam J. Coll

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The Personality of a Drug User: Personality's Effect on Perception of Anti-Drug Campaigns, Colleen P. Compliment

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Uncovering the Strategic Logic of Boko Haram, Kyle Conklin

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What is success?: A case study of the Barberton Community Development Corporation and the discourse on community development success, Bailey R. Connor

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The Good, The Bad, and The Evil-ish: A Quantitative Study of Multisensory Emotion Perception in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brittany Ann Cook

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Escaping Definitions: A Queer Reader on Love for Students of Ancient Greek, Anna-Maria H.C. Cornel

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Parental Attitudes Towards Unsupervised and Unstructured Play, Georgia Corran

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What Went Wrong?—The Cleveland Browns’ Expansion Years 1999-2003, Ian Crawford

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Technomorphis: Artistic Explorations of Humanity’s Dynamic Relationship with Technology, Julia M. Cropper

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Your Worst Nightmare: The Uncanny Female Double in 3 Women, Mulholland Drive, and Persona, Clara Cuccaro

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The Thinking Machine: An Intentional Study into the Prospect of Strong AI, Nicholas L. Cullo

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An Analysis of the Effects of Father Attachment on Sex, Love, Adult Attachment, and Hostility, Mitchell Czerniak

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Organizing on the Margins: The National Domestic Workers Union of America and the Development of Intersectional Labor Activism in the 1970s, Shannon Dade

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Fair Play from UEFA? A theoretical and empirical study of the time horizon employed by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play and its effects on the profitability of English Premier League clubs., Philip J. Dalman

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Cloning and Expression of the Novel Proteins in the Bacillus niacini Nicotinic Acid Degradation Pathway and an Initial Attempt to Characterize the NicAB Complex, Abigail K. Daniel

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The Interception of Perceptions: An Analysis of Campus Perceptions of the Varsity Football Team Using Integrated Marketing Communications, Cody L. Daniel

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Should I Gamble in my Foreign Language? An Investigation of Language Effect on Decision Making Process, Dang Khoa Ngoc Dao

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Glory, Glory Fan United!: A study of the relationship between fan loyalty and team performance in English Premier League Football, Priyanka Datta

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Determining growth and mutation rates in met18Δ and met18Δrnr-1D57N yeast strains, to uncover pathways affected by elevated deoxyribonucleotide triphosphates and potential targets for cancer therapies.., Bryan Daugherty

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La vida es a Dream: The nuances of acting a translation explored through Calderón de la Barca’s Life is a Dream., Erika Daun

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Mechanistic Insights into the Suppression of Mutations by the Yeast Peroxiredoxin Tsa1, Joseph B. David

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Visions of Progress: Ohio's New Deal Post Office Murals, Curtis J. Davies

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Effects of Dietary Omega-3 Supplementation During Early Development on Learning and Memory in Adulthood in a Rat Model, Sharla D. Dean

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My Bun In Her Oven: Ethics, Exploitation, and Dharma in India's Surrogacy Industry, Alana S. Deluty

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Influence of Main Caregiver-Child Attachment, Perceived Teacher Acceptance, and School Attitude on the Academic Performance of Middle-Childhood Children in Southwest China, Kuo Deng

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The Semantics of Goodness: A Study of Prudential Value, Zachary S. Diehl

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Cultural and Communicative Competency in a Second Language, Rachel A. Dietz

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The Developement of Craft, Samuel S. Donnroummo III