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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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Fin Morphology and Role of zic1/zic4 in Betta splendens, an Assessment of Veiltail and Doubletail Morphologies, Luke J. Mierzejewski
Department: Biology

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Residential Choice as a Prisoner's Dilemma: How Segregation Preferences Lead to Suboptimal Societal Outcomes, Jeremy Miller
Department: Economics

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Reaganomics: Issue Ownership and Retrospective Voting, Patrick T. Mohorcic
Department: Political Science

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Walden, Wilderness, and Wrenches: The Radical Environmentalism of Henry David Thoreau and Edward Abbey, Alex Moore
Department: English; Philosophy

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Going Down the Yellow Cake Road: Populists Effect on Democracies Propensity to Develop Nuclear Weapons, Nathaniel Moore
Department: Political Science

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Local Analogues: Comparing a 12-inch Telescope to the Hubble, Nathaniel Moore
Department: Physics

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Historic Blocs and Legitimacy: A Framework for Understanding Hegemonic Stability, Robert Mueller
Department: Political Science

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Betta Understanding: Characterization and Sequencing of Genes Putatively Responsible for Red Phenotypic Variation in Betta splendens, Maria Mullin
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Athletes' Influence and Evolution in Social Movements in America, Gary Muntean
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Wait, Did a Woman Just Use Force? The Influence of Female Legislative Coalitions on Humanitarian Military Interventions, Danielle Vlahos Muster
Department: Political Science

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A Behavioral Approach To CAPM, Ethan Myers
Department: Mathematics; Business Economics

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Elucidating the Mechanism of 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3-Monooxygenase, an Enzyme Involved in the Aerobic Degradation of Nicotinate, Kent Nakamoto
Department: Chemistry

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Characterization of a Putative TplE Protein in Pseudomonas chlororaphis 14B11, Ankitha Nanjaraj
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Uncertain Path to Prosperity: A Framing Analysis of the Public Discourse Underlying the Newly Discovered Hydrocarbon and Mineral Reserves in Senegal, West Africa, Mouhamet Ndiaye
Department: Interdepartmental

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Too Many Fish on Facebook? A Mediation Analysis of Social Media Use Effects on Social Comparison and Commitment in Modern Romantic Relationships, Emily S. Neill
Department: Psychology

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Surface Tension: A Collection of Poetry, Kat Neis
Department: English

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Experiences of the Plague in 14th Century Avignon, France, Hope E. Nelson
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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A Matter of Time and Bonding: The Development of Affect-, Cognition-Based Trust, and Cooperation in Virtual Teams, Chuc-Anh (Nora) T. Nguyen
Department: Psychology

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Evaluation of Fluorinated Swellable Organically-Modified Silica for the Adsorption of Perfluoroalkyl Substances, Huan Khoa Nguyen
Department: Chemistry

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Understanding Municipal Bond Ratings Using Ordered Multinomial Logistic Regression, Thao Nguyen
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Does TRIPS Enlarge the Income Gap in Developing Countries? An Analysis of the Pharmaceutical Industry, Xander Nicolson
Department: Economics

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"The Kids Are All Right”: Exploring the Therapeutic Potential of the Gothic in Children’s Literature., Sara Noakes
Department: English

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Turning the Sound Down on Hyperacusis: A Study of the Clinical Effectiveness of Desensitization Therapy, Sound Phobia Desensitization, Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, and Auditory Integration Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Stephanie Noeller
Department: Communication

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How Might Fish Protect Crops? a Study of Water Mold Saprolegnia Spp. and Plant Parasitic Oomycete Antagonism with Dermal Mucus from the Mottled Sculpin Cottus Bairdii, Isaac M. Nordmoe
Department: Biology

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Locality Test of the Simple Ocean Data Assimilation (SODA) in the Bering Strait, Jacob Nowell
Department: Art and Art History; Geology

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Reminiscence Of The New, Axel J. Nunes
Department: Music

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Parallel Space: The Aeneid as Colonial Discourse, Daria L. Oberholzer
Department: Classical Studies

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Forever Young: Modeling the Effect of p16 on Two Types of Senescence, Caroline Obermeier
Department: Biology

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Modeling the Effects of P14 and P53 on Common Oncogenic Pathways, Elizabeth Obi
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Performance on the 5 Choice Serial Reaction Time Task Following Treatment with Frequency Specific Microcurrent in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat, Erin O'Leary
Department: Neuroscience

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Flint Still Matters: The Effect of Lead Exposure On Aggressive Behavior and htr1aa Gene Expression in Male Betta splendens, Sara Onitsuka
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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"I Love Them and I Hate Them:" The Effects of Gentrification on Collective Efficacy in Detroit Neighborhoods, Rose Osburn
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Case In Pointe: A Case Study of a Professional Dancer With a Chronic Knee Injury and Their Exemplification of the Parameters of the Self-Determination Theory, Jordan E. Ouellette
Department: Theatre and Dance; Psychology

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Predictors of Cultural Threat in Class Selection, Alexandra K. Pacheco
Department: Psychology

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Busy Bees: Comparing Pollinator Efficiencies of the Three Primary American Bellflower Pollinator Taxa, Ashley Padilla
Department: Biology

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An Investigation of Markov Chains and their Application to Hospital Patient Flow, Sarah Padrutt
Department: Mathematics

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“When I Do a Stage Show I Wear Street Clothes, so They All Know Me” a Rhetorical Analysis of Tupac and Biggie’s Projection of Identity Through Fashion, Avery Parker
Department: Communication

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The Effects of Compensation Structures on Employee Productivity: A View from the Lab, Noah Parker
Department: Business Economics

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Who Sets the Agenda: Patterns in Private Donor Funding to the World Health Organization and Donor Influence in Global Health, Hannah Passmore
Department: Global and International Studies

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Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Radiation-Induced Neurocognitive Impairments, Matea Paveskovic
Department: Neuroscience

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Manipulating Public Opinion: How Media Framing Affects Public Opinion of Military Engagement and Restricting Civil Liberties, Joshua D. Payne
Department: Political Science

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Investigating the Indirect Photolysis of Warfarin and Nitrates via Hydroxyl Radical Photochemistry, Matthew J. Pech
Department: Chemistry

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One God, One Race, One Tongue: A Study of Racial Inequality of Colombia, Dylan P. Pederson
Department: Global and International Studies

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The Peoples Car and American Culture, Christian Peralta
Department: History

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Dangerous Consumers: A History of Credit Inequality, Christopher J. Perrin
Department: History

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Make Italy Great Again: An Examination of Virtu And Power Politics Within Machiavelli’s The Prince and The Art of War and their Contemporary Application, Emma A. Petasis
Department: Political Science

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The Making of a Modern Fragrance: Extending Fragrance Release From Swellable Organosilica Using Nonvolatile Co-Absorbates, Evon Petek
Department: Chemistry

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What Color is the Spotlight? A Framing Analysis of the News Coverage of Cory Batey and Brock Turner, Hanh Pham
Department: Communication

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Solo Piano Recital: Classic to Confrey, Michael Phillips
Department: Music

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The Importance of Children's Literature: Combating Children's Understanding of Gender Roles/Biases Informed From Meida, Ashley Christine Plassard
Department: Art and Art History; Education

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Impact of Altered Redox Homeostasis and Ribonucleotide Reductase Activity on Mutation Rates in S. cerevisiae, Matthew Pleshinger
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Influences Throughout the Generations, Jessy A. B. Pojman
Department: Art and Art History

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15 and a Union! A Comparative Case Study of the Fight for $15 Movement in Seattle and Baltimore, Eli Prelesnik
Department: Political Science

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2-D Boys, 3-D Desires: A Critical Fan’s Primer to Romance, Sexuality & Gender in Shoujo Manga, Anime & Otome Video Games, Katherine M. Randazzo
Department: Interdepartmental; Comparative Literature; English

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Influence of Stereotype Threat on Children’s Math Performance: Testing a Novel Drawing Self-Affirmation Intervention, Zoe C. Rankin
Department: Psychology

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Ecological and Acoustic Niche Differentiation in Glass Frog (Centrolenidae) Communities in Costa Rica, Amberleigh Ray
Department: Biology

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Rescuing Sleep in FMR1 Null Drosophila Melanogaster, Kaitlyn Marie Rayl
Department: Biology

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The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of Montessori in the United States, 1910–Present, Emily Regenstreif
Department: History

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Campaigning in the Double Bind: Gender in Hillary Clinton's 2016 Televised Political Advertisements, Emily Ribaudo
Department: Communication

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The Case of the Gyllenhaal's: The Impact of Celebrity Endorsements on Public Opinion, Laura K. Rickey
Department: Political Science

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The Banned Books Project 2.0: A Study of The Motivations Behind Challenges and Bannings of Children’s and Young Adult Literature in Public Schools, Alice Rietz
Department: English

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The State of Chiraq: Examining the Effects Neighborhood Institutions Have on Levels of Violent Crime in Chicago, Peter Roach
Department: Urban Studies

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An Attempt to Sequence Genes Tyrp1a and Mc1r in Black and Red Phenotype Betta splendens, Bryan Robb
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Voting as One: Is Racial Linked Fate an Obsolete Measure to Examine African-American Partisanship at the National Level?, Aaron Roberson
Department: Political Science

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Modern Day Slavery: A look into Sex Trafficking in the United States, Emma Roderick
Department: Political Science

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An Examination of Salamander Abundance and Behavior in Response to Invasive Plants, Alexa Rojas
Department: Biology

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Preliminary Exploration of the Safety and Efficacy of Bacteriophage Therapy: The Effects of Phage Presence on Host Survival and Immune Response in Caenorhabditis Elegans, Janel E. Romagnoli
Department: Biology

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The Dissemination of Responsibility: Exploring the Audience as Bystander in Theatre, Helen Rooker
Department: Theatre and Dance

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"Let's Talk About Sex, Baby": A Study Analyzing the Effects of Sexual Education, Peer Communication, and Sexual Shame, Natalie Rummel
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Beyond The Breakfast Club: The Influence of Breakfast Type on Cognition, Jillian D. Saccogna
Department: Psychology

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The Impact of Interest Group Involvement on the Allocation of State-Level Mental Health Resources, Katherine Sain
Department: Political Science

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“So, You Do Drugs?”: A Study on Public Perceptions & Stigma of Medical Marijuana & Prescription Opioids, Bonita Salmeron
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Influence of Stress on Spatial Orientation, Nanak Saran
Department: Neuroscience; Psychology

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οἴμοι! οἱ οἶμοι!: A Close Reading and Reconstruction of the Arms of Agamemnon in Homer’s Iliad, Michael D. Saridakis
Department: Classical Studies

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Political Conflict and Dialogue: Toward the Criteria for Reaching Understanding, Isaac Scher
Department: Philosophy

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Determining the Effects of Arginine Kinase Gene Deletions on Mitochondrial Volume in Caenorhabditis elegans using Quantitative and Real-Time PCR, Evan Schneider
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Gender and the Presence of a Weapon on Face Recognition, Dorie Schram
Department: Psychology

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The Impact of Humanization and Dehumanization on Attitudes Toward Criminal Reintegration, Sophie A. Schram
Department: Psychology

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A Boolean Model of Neuronal Death Upon Cell Cycle Re-Entry, Emma Schroeter
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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Help! Help! I am Being Repressed! : An In-Depth Analysis of the IclR and its In-Vitro Oligimerization, Derek B. Schwarz
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Four Works by Emily Schwitzgebel, Emily Schwitzgebel
Department: Music

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The Role of the Horse in Pre-Ming China, Kristen N. Scott
Department: History

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Leaf Me Alone: Investigating The Effect of Phenazines On The Systemic Resistance of Arabidopsis thaliana, Olivia A. Seale
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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From Dali to Daddy: Utilizing Surrealism through Costume Design in Alice in Wonderland Adapted for the Stage, Maira Senoo
Department: Theatre and Dance

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Location Location Gender: How Variables Impact Household Head Financial Decisions in Rural and Urban Regions throughout China, Margaret Sestito
Department: Chinese Studies; Economics; Global and International Studies

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The Military Industrial Complex and Defense Expenditure: An Analysis of Military Industrial Complex and its Impact on Defense Expenditure in the United States, Zubin Sethi
Department: Political Science

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Pathways Through Democratic Disconnection: Rawls, Connolly, and Mouffe, Erik Severson
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Bad to the Bone or Good for Healing? Investigating the Effect of CTRP3 Overexpression on Bone Formation, Hannah E. Sexton
Department: Biology

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The Richmondian Invasion of the Late Ordovician of Cincinnati with a Focus on Trepostome Bryozoans, or the Ekphrastic Geologist and Other Essays, Matthew Shearer
Department: English; Geology

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The Interpreted Depositional Environment of Large Oncoids from the Flagstaff Formation, San Pitch Mountains, Central Utah, Mara Sheban
Department: Geology

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The Shot Heard Around The World: Determining the Influence and the Spread of the Anti-vaccination Ideology on Measles Outbreaks Using Epidemiological Models, Jennifer Shepheard
Department: Biology; Mathematics

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一个混血儿,说双语的非洲裔,华裔美国人的文化认同, Aki Shurelds
Department: Chinese Studies

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The Interplay Between Early Life and Later Life Nutritional Conditions on Learning and Memory, Lango Sichizya
Department: Biology; Neuroscience

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The Influence of Exposure to Unbalanced Sex Ratios on Perceived Vocal Attractiveness, Taylor N. Sikich
Department: Psychology

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An Abridged History of Hip-Hop and Me: A Suburban Account of Urban Art, Jonah Singer
Department: English

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The Road Death Traveled: The Representation of Romani Deaths in Nineteenth-Century British and French Literature, Haley Skeens
Department: English; French and Francophone Studies

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Real Fake News: The Colbert Report and Affective Polarization, Jeffrey J. Skoroda
Department: Political Science

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"The Snake King" and Other Stories, Autumn Smith
Department: English

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The Future is Female: Reproduction in Female-Centric Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Texts, Dana Smith
Department: English

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Investigation of dNab2 Loss in D. Melanogaster Causing Changes in Sleep/ Circadian Rhythms, Kiandra Smith
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology