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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Strange Reflections and Obscured Bodies: the Presence of the Surrealist Unconscious in Paul Delvaux's the Break of Day, Rebecca L. Osborne
Department: Art and Art History

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Sport as an Instrument of Social Change: A Study of the Effect of Sports on the Movements for Racial Equality in the United States and South Africa, Will Ossyra
Department: History

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The Town Near the Moon, Mickey Osthimer
Department: English

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Street and Elite, William Owen
Department: Art and Art History

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An Experimental and Mathematical Study of Avalanche Behavior in a Critical Conical Bead Pile, Paroma Palchoudhuri
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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An Experimental and Mathematical Study of Avalanches in a Critical Conical Bead Pile, Paroma Palchoudhuri
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Analysis of Water Quality Parameters and Preliminary Investigation into the Impacts of Human Access on the Water Quality of the Nisqually River, Mount Rainier National Park, Eric Parker
Department: Geology

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Meeting at the Center: The Role of Amish Birthing Centers in Mixing Modern Medicine and Religion, Leah M. Penner
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Do Community Centers Create Positive Outcome for Disenfranchised Adolescents? A Comparative Case Study, Justice J. Peoples
Department: Urban Studies

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Guatemala: A Buried History, Collin J. Perez
Department: Art and Art History

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War and the Environment in the Mother of States: The Dynamic Relationship Between the Natural Environment of Virginia and the American Civil War, Isabel D. Perman
Department: History

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Money for Soul: The Effects of Consumer Culture in the Music Industry, Connor S. Peterson
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Sports Franchises as Engines of Economic Growth: Slam Dunk or Air Ball?, Andrew Henry Pfeuffer
Department: Economics

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Gubernatorial Gimmicks: A Case Study Approach to Partisanship and Macroeconomics, Asfaw P. Pickering
Department: Political Science

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Identification of Genes Involved in Exoprotease Activity in Pseudomonas chlororaphis (14B11), Jennifer M. Pilat
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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“Two Ears Are Better Than One”: an Examination of the Decision-making Process of Cochlear Implant Audiologists When Deciding on Bilateral Sequential or Bilateral Simultaneous Cochlear Implants for Their Pediatric Patients, Frayne Poeting
Department: Communication

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Fair Play and Obligation: Do Citizens have a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law?, Zackary B. Pool
Department: Philosophy

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"You Can't Spell Earth Without ART": The Artistry of Women of Color in Scholarship and Activism, Erin M. Posey
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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"Don't Read This!": Lemony Snicket and the Control of Youth Reading Autonomy in Late-Nineteenth-Century Britain, Brittany A. Previte
Department: English; History

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Robotic Navigation Using Image Analysis, Jacob W. Priest
Department: Computer Science

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No Size Fits All: An Analysis of the Educational Experiences of Students with Dyslexia and Other Language-Based Learning Disabilities, Emily T. Prigg
Department: Communication

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From the Muses to the Museum: Presenting The Iliad Through Public History to Facilitate Historical Perspective, Emily K. Pudnos
Department: Classical Studies; History

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Contraceptive Controversy in Nineteenth Century New York City: An Examination of Ann Lohman's Contentious Impact on Women's Reproductive Health, Karli Pulice
Department: History

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The Pigeon Lady and Public Policy: The Public Conceptions and Media Depictions of Homelessness and the Ability to Design and Deliver Social Services, Marisa A. Quiery
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Accessibility and Employment Subcenters: How Transportation Infrastructure Influences Firm Location Decision, Daniel P. Quinn
Department: Business Economics

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Media or Meeting: Exploring the Roots of Xenophobia, Matayo Rague
Department: Political Science

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Zero-tolerance or Intolerance: A Critical Examination of the Influence of School Policies on Student Perceptions and Aspirations in Public Schools, Hunter E. Ramsay-Smith
Department: Psychology

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Blue Light at Night and Corticosterone: Disrupting Rodent Learning and Memory, Taylor J. Raybuck
Department: Neuroscience

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The Impact Increasing Public Investment to Fund the Olympics Games has on a Host Country, Kenneth J. Reckart
Department: Business Economics

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Exploring the Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Gene Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster, Kate M. Redding
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Turn Off the Light: An Examination of Sex Differences in the Effects of Light at Night on Working Memory in a Nocturnal Rat Model, Kathryn P. Reindel
Department: Neuroscience

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Volatile Analysis of Glaciovolcanic Glass Rinds Collected From Pillow Ridge in the Mount Edziza Volcanic Complex, Ncvp, British Columbia, Canada, Mary C. Reinthal
Department: Geology

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Creating Bridges: Intersectional Activism & Rhetorical Strategies Between the Chicana and LGBTQ Movements, Margaret A. Reiser
Department: Communication

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If You Draw It They (Might) Come: Analyzing American Consumer’s War Bond Purchasing Habits During the War Loan Drives of 1943 and 1944, Alexander M. Rentzepis
Department: Economics; History

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Painting the Town Green: Why Some U.S. Cities Pursue Ecological Sustainability More Seriously Than Others, Hugh W. Reynolds
Department: Urban Studies

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A Bone to Pick: Biological Sex Determination and Gender Interpretation of Maya Burials, Krystal P. Reynolds
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Veni Vidi Didici: A Game for Learning Latin, William Frederick Rial
Department: Classical Studies; Computer Science

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Phoenician Colonization of Nuragic Sardinia: A World-Systems Model of Periphery-Semiperiphery Interaction, Jade Robison
Department: Archaeology

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Requirement of Nab2 RNA Binding in Drosophila melanogaster Nervous System Development, Fatima L. Rodriguez
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Mechanistic Investigation of the Ugi Reaction and Evaluation of Diastereomeric Control via Chiral Isocyanides, Peter J. Rohweder
Department: Chemistry

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How do Strategic Resources Affect Relations Between States?, James Rolen
Department: Political Science

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Art Making as an Ecofeminist Exercise in Understanding Species Extinction and Animal Farming, Adrian Rowan
Department: Art and Art History; Environmental Studies

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Look Alive! Modeling and Animating Facial Expressions of Emotion, Arpan Roy
Department: Computer Science

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The Affect of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War, Nicholas Ryan
Department: History

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Investigating the proposed acid-base catalyzed mechanism for 6-hydroxynicotinate 3-monooxygenase (NicC)., Alvi N. Sakib
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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SELLING THE WAR: A STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF PRESIDENTIAL PRIMING ON CASUALTY SENSITIVITY AND PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE IRAQ WAR, Victoria M. Salemme
Department: International Relations

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Just Let Them Move: Refugee Economic Integration and Conflict Spillover, Mohammad Sarhan
Department: International Relations

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La Importancia de la Familia: Understanding the Family Communication Styles of Latino Families in the U.S., Andrea Savatt
Department: Communication

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The Use of Multiple Dating Methods to Determine the Age of Basalt in the Ice Springs Volcanic Field, Millard County, Utah, Krysden A. Schantz
Department: Geology

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Air Powered One-Way Arrays, Graham L. Schattgen
Department: Physics

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The Effect of Solvent and Acceptor on Hydrogen Bonds Between Benzyl Alcohol - Aromatic Systems, Michael H. Schlueter
Department: Chemistry

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Subaltern Realities and Cultural Identities: The Emergence of Creolization through Analysis of an Archaeological Assemblage at Betty's Hope Plantation, Katelyn Schoenike
Department: Archaeology

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An Investigation of the Bilingual Advantage for Response Inhibition Using Event-Related Brain Potentials, Willow Schram
Department: Neuroscience

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Synthesis of a potential phosphatidylserine Analog: cis-1,4-Cyclohexyldiphosphoserine, Traci A. Scott
Department: Chemistry

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Investigating the Targets of Plant Pathogen RXLR Effectors Through Hypersensitivity to Stress Conditions in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Colleen Elizabeth Sells
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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A Macrocosm of Pixels: A Typology of Video Game Narrative, Laith W. Sersain
Department: Spanish

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Making It Personal: How the Islamic State Targets the Alienated, Andi M. Shackleton
Department: Religious Studies

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The Impact of Edge Effects on Two Species of Glass Frogs in La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, Stuti Sharma
Department: Biology

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Sexuality and Repression in Dracula: a Psychoanalytic Look at Shifting Notions of Gender and Sexuality Within Dracula and Subsequent Adaptations, Lillian Rose Shepherd
Department: English

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Babies Will Be Born: A Comparative Study between Childbirth in Greece and Rome, Samantha M. Shepherd
Department: Classical Studies

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A Magmastatic Model: The Computational Exploration of Correlative Sheeted Dike Components and Implications for Dike Eruptibility, Trevor Shoemaker
Department: Geology

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What You’ll Miss Just Driving By: A Visual History of My Family's Relationship with Industry, Natalie Renee Shreeve
Department: Art and Art History

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China-Taiwan Relations: The Persistent Deadlock Amid Cycles of Stability and Change, Jordan E. Shremshock
Department: International Relations

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But You're So Americanized!: Remote Acculturation and its Psychosocial Effects on International Students in the U.S., Ananya Shrestha
Department: Psychology

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Climbing Uphill, Ananya Shrestha
Department: English

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Regional Volcanic Extinction as a Mechanism for Subsidence in the Vatnsdalur Structural Basin, Skagi Peninsula, Northwest Iceland, Adam M. Silverstein
Department: Geology

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The Putative Regulatory Role of Hydrogen Cyanide in Ethylene Signaling and Biosynthesis in Arabidopsis seedlings and tomato fruit, Heather Skinner
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Can Music Therapy be the Next Breakthrough in Therapy for Pediatric Cochlear Implant Recipients? An Analysis of the Integration of Music Therapy into Cochlear Implant Teams, Bridget Slone
Department: Communication

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Gift Exchange with Firm Performance Adjustments: Behavior in Random-Assignment, Perfect Labor Supply Setting, Douglas Small
Department: Business Economics

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Web & Mobile Interface Design, Kinsey Small
Department: Computer Science

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Acoustic Quieting Provided by Plants and its Effect on Stress, Bryan Smith
Department: Psychology

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The Role of the Army Rangers From D-Day to the Rescue Mission at Cabanatuan, David Smith
Department: History

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The Elephant in the Room, The Fetus in the Womb: Disability Rights Activists’ Perspectives on Prenatal Genetic Testing and Selective Termination of Down syndrome, Evangeline Maria Smith
Department: Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Enhancing the Bioavailibility of the Dietary Supplement Curcumin through Nanodispersions, Kevin B. Smith Jr
Department: Chemistry

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The Investigation of Concurrent Validity of the Baby SPEAK Measure and Parental Knowledge of Early Language Development, Lena Grace Smith
Department: Communication; Psychology

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An Investigation of the Burning Number of Graphs and Trees, Michael Sokolich
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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To Blend or Not To Blend: Understanding the Impact of Technology in Mathematics Education, Jacob Solomon
Department: Education; Mathematics

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Our Children are Our Future: An Evaluation of the Role of Children’s Health Insurance Program in Improving Children’s Health and Educational Outcomes, Ke Song
Department: Business Economics

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Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Prejudice and Perceptual Face Processing, Gillian Spangler
Department: Psychology

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The Influence of Self-Concept Clarity and Empathy on Social Justice Concern, Grace Sparks
Department: Psychology

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Being Asian, Becoming American: The Life and Practice of Religion in East Asian Immigrant Communities, Whitney A. Spaulding
Department: Religious Studies

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"School is not a business": Chicago Educators' Perceptions of the Neoliberal Turn in Education, Dana Stamos
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Exploring the Unknown: A Ceramic Journey Through the Sea of Imagination, Kaitlin N. Starr
Department: Art and Art History

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Reconstructing Glacial History from Forests Preserved in the Wake of the Catastrophic Retreating Columbia and Wooster Glaciers, Prince William Sound, Alaska, Kaitlin N. Starr
Department: Geology

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Conceptualizing Female Punk in the Theatre: The Riot Grrrl Revolution as a Radical Force to Inspire a Devised Solo Performance, Summit J. Starr
Department: Theatre and Dance

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Colonizing Wilderness: Alaska's Imagined Identity, Audrey Steiner-Malumphy
Department: History

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Critical Systems: An Exploration of Cohesion and the Moments of Distribution, Nathan Stone
Department: Physics

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Evolving Standards of Decency: The Intersection of Death Penalty Theory and Supreme Court Jurisprudence, Rachel S. Sullivan
Department: Political Science

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From Hitler to Hippies: The Story and Impact of the Volkswagen Beetle, Harrison Suttle
Department: History

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The Effect of Attachment Style on Auditory Looming Perception, Kristyn M. Swanson
Department: Psychology

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The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Learning and Memory in a Rat Model for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Peter Szeltner
Department: Neuroscience

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Synthesis of a Potential Phospholipid Analog: trans-1,4-cyclohexane-diphosphoserine, Abby Szlachta
Department: Chemistry

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Exposing Mental Illness in New Light, Isabel R. Taccheri
Department: Art and Art History

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The Somewhere We Wish Were Nowhere: Dystopian Realities and (un)Democratic Imaginaries, Benjamin B. Taylor
Department: English; Political Science

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It Takes Two to Tango: A Comparative Case Study Analysis of Social Movement Framing Contests on Traditional and Social Media Venues, Arianna N. Thomas
Department: Political Science

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The Problem of Positive Right, Shawn M. Thomas
Department: Political Science

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A Quantum Monte Carlo Study of Hard-core Bosons on a Pyrochlore Lattice with Six-site Ring-exchange Interactions, Catherine E. Tieman
Department: Physics

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De monstruo a modelo: Cómo el mito de La llorona refleja los cambios en la sociedad, la identidad y la cultura como se ve en tres libros infantiles, Charlotte P. Tierney
Department: Spanish

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Effects of Arginine Kinase Gene Deletions on Muscle Physiology and Mitochondrial Volume in Caenorhabditis Elegans, Kathryn Timar
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Drama in the Work Place: Examining Predictors of Behavioral Work Outcomes Among College Level Student Employees, Julio A. Torres
Department: Psychology