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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Infection Control! Synergism in Hippocratic Wound Infection Theory and the Antimicrobial Efficacy of the Barbarum Plaster against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Araam Abboud
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Classical Studies

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Insurrecting Purity: Creativity as Resistance in Somatic Ambiguity, Margy J. Adams
Department: English; Philosophy

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The Effect of Unemployment on Alcohol Consumption, Isabel Adelson
Department: Economics

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Don’t Go Chasing Water: Investigating the Role of Water on the Binding Strength of Dibenzo-24-Crown-8 and Dibenzylammonium Hexafluorophosphate, Samantha Adusumilli
Department: Chemistry

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Reinforcement Learning: Q-learning in Third Person Shooter Games, Juan Ramon Aguero Quinteros
Department: Computer Science

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The Drum Break: Using the Poetics of Hip Hop as a Lens to Observe the Black Freedom Movement Post-Civil Rights & Black Power, Andrew Aldridge
Department: English; History

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How does Bitcoin React to Material Events? A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Speculative Behavior in the Bitcoin Market, Connor Allan
Department: Business Economics

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Projecting China’s National Identity: A Visual Rhetorical Analysis of the 2017 Nanjing Massacre Commemoration, Joe Altieri
Department: Communication

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Subverting Narratives: Queer Applications of the Comic Form, Emily Anderson
Department: English

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What Could Be The Song? In-Depth Analyses of Five Concert Pieces Composed in Response to Tragedy, Gabriela Angeles-Paredes
Department: Music

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Smell You Later: Attraction Inhibition Against Aedes aegypti By Compounds Derived From Halyomorpha halys, Jarrett A. Art
Department: Biology

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Tying Truth's Shoes: The Value of a Realist Notion of Truth Within Democratic Discourse, Emma Arvedon
Department: Philosophy

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Watching Sunsets in Exoplanet Skies, Hwan Bae
Department: Mathematics; Physics

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Pardon My Black Power! The Root of Black Stigma, Antonio G. Bailey
Department: History

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The Effects of Phytophthora sojae Effector Protein PsAvh110 on the PHO Regulon within Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Adebola R. Bamidele
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Deadly Tail: The Rise, Fall, and Long-term Consequences of the Dalkon Shield IUD, Eleanor Barker
Department: History

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Mind the (gender)Gap: Navigating Space and Movement in Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend, Lydia Barr
Department: English

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The Elicitation of White Collective Guilt Through “Culture and Media” as Moderated by White Racial Identity, Diverse Cultural Curriculum, and Gender Identity, Maeven Barry
Department: Psychology

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Why so Aggressive? A Study of Amino Acid Conservation of Monoamine Oxidase (mao) in Bettta Splendens Compared to Other Species, Gabrielle B. Basinski
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Noise Exposure on the Peripheral Vestibular System: An Investigation of Sex Differences and Threshold Shift Following Vestibular Damage, Megan R. Battersby
Department: Neuroscience

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The Problem with the Problematical: An Investigation and Critique of Typological Categories in Maya Archaeology, Hannah Elizabeth Bauer
Department: Archaeology

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“Got Sleep?”: An Investigation of Possible Proteomic Sleep Regulators in Drosophila melanogaster, Oscar Benjamin Bautista
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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The Social Network of Crime: How do our Social Interactions Predict Criminal Behavior?, Kevin Beck
Department: Economics

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Analysis of the relationship between Prices and Transactional Drivers of Bitcoin, Christian Betre
Department: Mathematics

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3D Object Recognition in Real Time Using Machine Learning, Bhargav Anandkumar Bhalodi
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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The Influence of Mate Separation During Period of Food Deprivation on Behavioral Stress in Zebra Finches, Taeniopygia guttata, Sangita Biswas
Department: Biology

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Propagation of light-sensitive reaction-diffusion waves in inhomogeneously illuminated systems, Daniel Blaikie
Department: Physics

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The Gender Gap in College Major: Focus on Gender, STEM, and Earnings, Blake O'Brian Blair
Department: Business Economics

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Fundamentalist-in-Chief: How Jerry Falwell Built the Religious Right and Became the Face of Family Values in American Politics, 1956–1980, Abigail Blinka
Department: History

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Research on Micropolitan Areas: The Effects of Spatial Mismatch on Wooster, OH, Cyrus Boardman
Department: Urban Studies

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The Bug Butter Battle: A Study of the Effect of Halyomorpha Halys Volatiles on Mobility of Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes, Katherine Bohl
Department: Biology

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The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Mortality and Histone Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster, Dennis Bolshakov
Department: Biology

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"Different Ways of Being American": Food as Culture and Host Parenting in a Foreign Exchange Program, Isabel Hannah Bonhomme
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Save Our Masses from Starving: Development of a SOMS-Based Spatiotemporal Phytohormone Delivery System, Russell Boston
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Pre-Decisional Distortion: Through the Lens of Athlete Endorsement, Marcus W. Bowers
Department: Psychology

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Analysis of Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) by Chromatography in Precipitation Samples Collected in Northeast Ohio, Brittany M. Bowman
Department: Chemistry

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Transportin’: Investigating the Impact of Social Context on Transportation-Induced Stress in the Zebra Finch, Taeniopygia Guttata, autumn Brostek
Department: Biology

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ShpWay: A Shapefile Navigation System, Brianna Brown Richardson
Department: Computer Science

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Employee Voice: The Effect Voice Structures have on overall Labor Productivity, Eric Bulic
Department: Business Economics

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Orbital Debris Proliferation and the Evolution of the Space Sustainability Norm, Carson Wesley Simkins Bullock
Department: Physics; Political Science

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Language of Disability, Language of Disorder: An Investigation of Lived Experiences and Perspectives of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum with Respect to Communicative Interventions, Rebekah Burkhart
Department: Communication

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Defining the Determinants of Substrate Binding for 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3- Monooxygenase (NicC) from Bordetella bronchiseptica RB50, Ryan Gerald Campbell
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Non-governmental Organizations and their Structure, Salience, and Agenda Setting Ability, Kayla Campion
Department: Political Science

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Adipokinetic Hormone Receptors in the Reproductive Tract of Ae. aegypti Mosquitoes, coupled with the history of Ae. aegypti in Haiti, Fredi L. Carey
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; French and Francophone Studies

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How Will It Be Remembered?: Incorporation of TRC Reports in the Classroom, Rachel Cargal
Department: Political Science

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Finding Home: the Impact of Implementing International Law Through Domestic Legislation and Judges on Women Seeking Asylum, Alena Carl
Department: Political Science

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Monitoring Proteostasis with the Folding Sensor AgHalo in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Patrick C. Carmel
Department: Neuroscience

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The Witch’s Apprentice: An Original Graphic Novel, Lorelei KM Carrier
Department: Art and Art History

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Thus Come: The Making and Seeing of the Buddha in China, Julia S. Cavallo
Department: Art and Art History; Chinese Studies

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The Effects of Enrichment and the Combination of Enrichment and Amphetamine on Hyperactivity in a Rodent Model of ADHD, Nikki Charles
Department: Neuroscience

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Forcing a Numerical Ice Flow Model with Mass Balance Estimates Derived From Tree Rings: Experiments on the Historic Advance of Columbia Glacier, South-Central Alaska, Joshua Charlton
Department: Earth Sciences

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Why Companies are Monitoring Your Internet History: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Target Strategies’ Effects on Online Advertisement Performance, Will Chien
Department: Business Economics

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A Study of Contractual Structure in Subscription Service Models and Consumer Purchasing Behavior, Raghu Choudhary
Department: Economics

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Location, Location, Location: How Geographical Differences Shape the Effects of Childhood Poverty and School Experience, Patience Chrisler
Department: Political Science

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The Efficient Decision of Firms: Does CSR Generate Long-Term Value?, Nick Hallowell Churchill
Department: Business Economics

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Particle-Based Fluid Simulation with Nvidia FleX, Gianni Ciccarelli
Department: Computer Science

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The Frontier Shifts of Edges Becoming centers: Gentrification Challenging Neighborhood Identity, Anthony M. Cisneros
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Says Who? A Feminist Challenge of Moral and Epistemic Authority in Advocacy, Coral Ciupak
Department: Philosophy

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Liminal Souls, Liminal Bodies: Michelangelo’s Non Finito and the Poetics of Liberation, Mackenzie Clark
Department: Art and Art History; English

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Examining Representation of Women and People of Color in Crime Drama Series, Margaret Clark
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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In the Act of Witnessing Art, Regan Concannon Clark
Department: Art and Art History; English

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Investigation of Granger-causality in the Context of Cross-Spectral Analysis, Allison Clough
Department: Mathematics

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Predictive Modeling for the Women's Division I National Championship Bracketing, Hunter D. Coia
Department: Mathematics

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Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Regarding Tattoos in Relation to Social Dominance Orientation and Perceived Entitativity, Caitlin B. Colapietro
Department: Psychology

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Examining the Effect of Attachment Styles on Sternberg's Love Components and on Loyalty, Voice, Neglect, and Exit in Adult Romantic Relationships, Jamila Coleman
Department: Psychology

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Hard to Swallow: A Comparison of Speech-Language Pathologists' and Occupational Therapists' Perspectives on Dysphagia Management Practices in Elementary Schools, Arianna E. Collins
Department: Communication

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Black Historical Caricatures and how they led to Black Lives Not Mattering in America, Ariel A. Collins
Department: Africana Studies

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Nevertheless She Persisted: Women's Representation in Government and its Effect on the Hidden Curriculum and the Representation of Women in Textbooks, Chloe Faye Cook
Department: Political Science

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Aura and Ethnicity at Yunnan Nationalities Museum and Yunnan Nationalities Village: An Investigation into Museum Representation and Reflections on Identity, Sue Stuart Cook
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Chinese Studies

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You Can Do It, You're Smart! Fixed and Growth Mindset Feedback Delivered by Teachers and Speech-language Pathologists in Early Childhood Contexts, Chelsea Copley
Department: Communication

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Bright Lights, Colors All Around: Differential Effects of Chromaticity and Luminance Contrast on a Visual Search Task, Peyton L. Corbi
Department: Neuroscience

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Rosie in the Empire: Gender in British and Australian Media Propaganda during the Second World War, Josie Cotton
Department: History

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Of Sleep and Subversion: Neil Gaiman's Sandman as a Groundbreaking Comic, Will Manning Courtney
Department: English

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Empowered Dolls, Empower Girls: An Analysis of the Contradictory Messages in the Literature and Marketing of the Historical American Girl Doll Collection, Mallory I. Crane
Department: English

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Petrogenesis of Braedvikir Tindar, Western Volcanic Zone, Iceland, Simon E. Crawford-Muscat
Department: Geology

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Rescuing Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Memory Impairment Through Nrf2 Activation, Michael T. Crookshanks
Department: Neuroscience

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Investigation of π-Stacking in Swellable Organically Modified Silica using Novel Synthesis Strategies, Duncan Crow
Department: Chemistry

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The Effect of Women’s Athletics on Human Capital and Future Wages, Kyle Croxton
Department: Business Economics

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The Effect of Crowd Noise On Free Throws in Basketball, Garrett Crum
Department: Psychology

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Opening Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise: The Work of Art and its Contexts between Renaissance Florence and Modern Museum Culture, Ilaria Novella Crum
Department: Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Dirty Hair, You Should Care: An Evaluation of Sebum Removal Ability by Common Cosmetic Absorbents and Organosilica on Human Hair, Caylee Cunningham
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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What it Means to be Lithuanian in America And What Russia’s Got to Do With it: A Study of Ethnic Identity Formation Among Later Generations in a Diasporic Community, Marija Cyvas
Department: Russian Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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The Best Offense: Game Theory in Video Game Enemies, Nicholas Czaban
Department: Computer Science; Mathematics

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Dancing with Wooster: Strengthening Community through Self-expression and Collaborative Art, Juliana Davis
Department: Art and Art History

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What's Going On, Washington, D.C.? An analysis of gentrification and its effect on pregnancy and childbirth in the nation's capital, Monét Simone Davis
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Psychic or Not: Examining the Effects of Psychic Distance on Implicit Attitudes and Empathetic Connections, Nathaniel C. Davis
Department: English; Psychology

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El machismo ridículo: Machismo From a Transmasculine Perspective in Santiago, Chile, Morgan Day
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Spanish

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ESL Students and the Education System, Paulina Rene Day
Department: Psychology

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“The Fem-pire Strikes Back”: Rethinking Gender Essentialisms by Analyzing the Impact of Female Combatants on Non-State Armed Group Terrorism, Abigail Anne Dean
Department: Political Science

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The Effect of Hypothetical Expense and Socioeconomic Status on Decision Making Task, Naonari Deguchi
Department: Psychology

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The Effect of Natural Products on Digestive Tissue and the Differential Expression of TRP Channels in Female Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes, Andrew DeLaat
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Do Neighbors Make Nativists?:The Linkage between Geographic Context and Immigration Attitudes in the United States, Samuel J. Delano
Department: Political Science

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Learning Quantum Computing, Jacob Denbeaux
Department: Mathematics

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College Football Win Probability, Jordan Dennis
Department: Mathematics

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I Am Dye-ing Here: A Kinetic and Structural Study of Carminic Acid and Its Photodegradation, Elliott D. Detrich
Department: Chemistry

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The Efficient Decision of Firms: Does CSR Generate Long-Term Value?, Caroline Devine
Department: Business Economics

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Fighting for Freedom: A Sociological Study of Violent versus Nonviolent Forms of Social Movement as Reflected in the Writings of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King., Jesse Booth DeWitt
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Optimizing Timber Harvest Value: A Dynamic Programming Investigation, Kayleigh T. Dietz
Department: Mathematics

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Ottoman Reactions to a Decline in British-Ottoman Relations 1876-1914, Liam Dingle
Department: History

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Towards a Phenomenological Study of the American Criminal Courts, Robert Dinkins
Department: Philosophy