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Theses from 2017

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Immunological Strategies to Study GRP170 in Caenorhabditis elegans, Raven P. Baxter-Christian

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Ecology of the Young-of-the-Year Emerald Shiner (Notropis Atherinoides) in the Upper Niagara River, New York: Growth, Diversity, and Importance as a Forage Species, Jacob L. Cochran

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Histories Become Fiction: Variations on the Literary Case Study, Megan C. Cole

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Has Social Security Been Effective?, Matthew V. Danwin

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Experiences of Soviet Women Combatants During World War II, Michelle De Jesus Reyes

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An Evaluation of the Emerald Shiner (Notropis atherinoides) as a Bioindicator of Urban Water Pollution in the Upper Niagara River, Rebecca J. Johnson

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Dietary analysis of the emerald shiner (Notropis atherinoides) in the Upper Niagara River using fatty acids, stomach contents, and stable isotopes, Colleen Kolb

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Literature Review of Project Based Learning, Katelyn Kwietniewski

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Examining Elementary Teachers’ Attitudes toward the Teacher Ranking System in China, Siyuan Liu

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The Introductory Geoscience Experience: A Study of Undergraduate Attitudes and Engagement at SUNY Buffalo State, Heather J. McCarthy

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Consequences of Information Asymmetry on Corporate Risk Management, Howard J. Merrill III

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Behavioral Economics and the Effects of Psychology on the Stock Market, Justin L. Nagy

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The Mediating Impact of Student Self-Efficacy: An Examination of Vocational and Academic Perceptions Among Students in Living-Learning Communities, Michael Palumbo

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Scottish Emigration to British North America 1770-1783: The First Phase of Scottish Highland Diaspora, Beth Pryor

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The Impact of Money Supply and Electronic Money: Empirical Evidence from Central Bank in China, Rui Qin

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Stock Market Wealth impact on Consumption Expenditure, Ramberto Jr. Sosa Cueto

Theses from 2016

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Synthesis and Characterization of Pyrazole-Substituted Tetraazamacrocyclic Ligands for Potential Applications as Contrast Enhancement Agents in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Kayleigh M. Bemisderfer

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Pyrazole Pendant Tetraazamacrocyclic Ligands for Possible Medicinal Applications, Anjuli Bhandari

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The Skin Disease Mutation Cx31L209F Induces a Calcium- and Cobalt-Sensitive Leak Current Across the Plasma Membrane, Husain A. Bneed

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The Role of Performance and Gender in Hiring Decisions, Hayley Capshaw

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Behavioral Differences Between Native and Exotic Invertebrate Prey Affect Susceptibility to Predation by a Native Amphibian Predator, Zachary Cava

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Comparing the Quantitation of Opiates from Possible Drug Overdose Cases Using Results of Blood Analysis and Liver Analysis, Lee Ann Garozzo

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An Empirical Study of Earnings of Immigrants and Native-Born Americans in the U.S. Labor Market Given Different Levels of Educational Attainment, Yuli P. Gomez Bravo

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Teachers' Perceptions of Students' Creativity Characteristics, Serap Gurak-Ozdemir

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Teacher Job Satisfaction in Public Schools: The Relation to the Years of Teaching Experience, Xiaoyan Gu

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Land Use and Land Cover Based Habitat Analyses of Invasive Species Along the Lower Tonawanda Creek Applying Unmanned Helicopter Remote Sensing, Chenliuli Jiang

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Assessment of 70 nm Citrate‒Capped Gold Nanoparticles (AuNPs) for Surface‒Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Substrate Using Rhodamine 6G, Caitlin M. Johnson

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When Ink Turned into Bullets: The Effect of the Press in Buffalo, New York and the Nation along with Its Role in Igniting a Civil War, Nicole C. Kondziela

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Ann Radcliffe's Superpaternal: A Study of the Supernatural in The Romance of the Forest and The Mysteries of Udolpho, Lynn Kramer

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An Analysis of Morphometric Differentiation in Lake and River Populations of the Emerald Shiner, Notropis Atherinoides, John J.V. Lang

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From the Classical School to Today: The Evolution of Stagnation Theories, Francis J. Lukacovic II

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Economic Growth, Natural Mineral Resources and Education in Developing Countries, Kasimu J. Mayundo

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Determination of Kinetic Parameters of Equilibrium Peracetic Acid and Hydrogen Peroxide to Calculate Self-Accelerating Decomposition, Ricky Mittiga

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Women, the Church and Equality: The Religious Paradox, Donna M. Nowak

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Forest Islands in a Sea of Urban Habitat, Michael J. Olejniczak

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Portfolio Asset Allocation On a Sector Rotation Strategy Triggered by Fed's Discount Rate, Jorge Luis Orozco

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Do Novel Weapons that Degrade Mycorrhizal Mutualisms Explain Invasive Species Success?, Philip L. Pinzone Mr.

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Assessment of Calcein Dye Method to Observe Cell Volume Regulation, Danielle M. Precourt

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An Examination in the Evolution of Iroquois Lacrosse, Christopher P. Root

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Influences of Western Philosophy and Educational Thought in China and their Effects on the New Culture Movement, Anthony C. Sturniolo

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It’s Complicated: Does Food Web Structure Affect Detrital Processing in Streams?, Stephen H. Tentinger

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Reconsidering the Economics of Public Policy: An Institutionalist Critique of Neoclassical Welfare Economics, Ryan J. Undercoffer

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Effects of Watching Feature Films in English Learning for Chinese College Students, Chun Wang

Theses from 2015

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The Static Future of the International Financial System, Brad M. Agen

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Analysis of the Euro and the European Monetary System and Its Effect on Greece in the Light of the European Financial Crisis, Mohamed Alinur

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A New Approach to Measuring Poverty in the United States: A Household's Ability to Consume, David Ashelman

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Drosophila Can Overcome the Loss of One Allele of Hsp110 by Over Expression of the Hsp110 Protein from the Other Allele, Melissa L. Boler

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Incomplete Conversions: Intentions of Indigenous Idolatry in Early Colonial Latin America, Amanda Boos

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Raymond E. Jackson and Segregation in the American Federation of Musicians, 1900-1944, Lance Boos

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Microfabrication of Single Cell Hydrogel Array for Studying Cell Volume Regulation, Casey L. Brown

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Rareness Starts Early for Disturbance-Dependent Grassland Plant Species, Matthew Candeias

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The Ideal Museum vs. The Real Museum: How do Museums in Western New York Implement Preventive Conservation?, Jennifer R. Conn

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Confining Country, Confining City: Real and Imaginary Places in the Work of Sam Selvon, Anthony J. DiGesare

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Racial Impartiality: The Women of the Abolition Movement as Depicted in Dessa Rose and The Invention of Wings, Chelsea B. Garbe

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More than Movement – Ant Seed Dispersal Inhibits Phytopathogenic Fungi, Charlene H. Gray

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Home Range, Habitat Use, and Movements of Native Northern Map Turtles (Graptemys geographica), and Sympatric Invasive Red-Eared Slider Turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans), in the Upper Niagara River, Brian E. Haas

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“A More Stainless and Splendid Name?” Contrasting the Wartime and Peacetime Strategies of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, 1757-1778, Lori Ann Holmes

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Distinguishing Originality from Creativity in ADHD: An Assessment of Creative Personality, Self-Perception, and Cognitive Style among Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Adults, Jean-Pierre J. Issa

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The Effect of Warming and Simulated Rainfall on Soil Microbial Community Structure and Function, Torri A. Ivancic

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Expression and Characterization of Connexin31 Mutations Associated with Skin Disease and Deafness, Shahd Abdulamer Kadhim

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Forest Sustainability in an Altered Landscape Requires Human Intervention, Adam C. Labatore

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Distinct Physiological Roles for the Two Isoforms of the ER Chaperone GRP170 in Caenorhabditis elegans, Yuanyuan Li

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An Evaluation of the Proposal to Implement a Chained Weighted CPI, David Lock

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Economic Growth and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America: The Impact of Human Capital, Angui D. Macham

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Forensic Significance of Teal Colored Cashmere and Black Acrylic Fibers, Nicole M. Martin

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“Inhumanly Beautiful”: The Aesthetics of the Nineteenth-Century Deathbed Scene, Margo Masur

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Sensory History and Multisensory Museum Exhibits, Naomi Reden

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Differential Regulation of the Two grp170 Paralogues of Caenorhabditis elegans, Antonio L. Rockwell

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Consumer Assessment of New Creative Products Across China and the United States, Eva Teruzzi

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Accommodating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Museums, William S. Tyler

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The Anglo-American Reception of Carl Schmitt from the 1930s to the Early 2000s, Benjamin T. Watkins

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Prevalence of a Chytrid Pathogen (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in Eastern Hellbender Salamanders in New York and Pennsylvania, Linxuan Wu

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Spatial Analysis of Distributions and Habitat Conditions of Fallopia japonica (Japanese Knotweed) Invasive Species Applying Unmanned Helicopter Remote Sensing, Jiazhen Zhang

Theses from 2014

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Revolution, Rebellion and Subversion in US History: Government and Public Response, Christie F. Andrle

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Comparison of Movement Patterns in Captive-Released Eastern Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) Using Three Different Release Methods, Julie A. Boerner

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A Form in the Road: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Path Toward Globalization in the Middle East, 1945-2014, Joshua P. Brotka

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Rap Aesthetics and the Postmodern Imaginary, Timothy A. Collins

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Salvation Through Storytelling: Examining Storytelling in Modern Children’s Literature, Devon A. Cozad

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Motivation and Retention of Instrumental Music Students in a Suburban School District, Megan M. Dray

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Effects of Round Goby Presence on Invertebrate and Microbial Communities in Decaying Leaf Matter of a Lake Erie Tributary Stream, Allyse M. Fischer

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Quantification of trans-10-Hydroxy-2-Decenoic Acid and Adenosine in Royal Jelly Products Purchased in USA via HPLC, Sheila A. Hagerty

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Feminist and Lesbian Relations in Buffalo, New York and the Nation During the 1970s, Alyssa Hickey

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Conversion Factors for Dreissena spp. Biomass, Paul M. Juette

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Suppression of Neurodegenerative Symptoms via Suppressor of levy Mutation in Drosophila melanogaster, William Kaputa

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"God Loves All Them Feelings": Renegotiating Faith and Sexuality in The Color Purple and Angels in America, April L. OBrien

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Reforming Christianity by Reforming Christians: Devotional Writings of the Late Medieval and Reformation Era, Christopher J. Quail

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Application of Microcredit to Haiti’s Economy: A Step Towards Poverty Reduction, Jimy Rosemberg

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Artist Practice in the Elementary Classroom: Redefining Art Teaching Through Artist-Teacher Philosophy, Ashley Smith

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The Power of Corrupt Political Environments and its Effects on Museums: A look at Egypt’s Modern-Day ‘Indiana Jones’: Dr. Zahi Hawass, Christine Smith

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Urban Undertaking: Changes in the Land and the Decline of Spatial Quality in Buffalo, NY, 1951-2011, Timothy Tielman

Theses from 2013

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Victorian Women and Their Working Roles, Kara L. Barrett

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The War of 1812: The End of an Uncommon Alliance, Ryan Barrett

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Conservative Revolutionary Intellectuals in the Weimar Republic and National Socialist Germany: Carl Schmitt, Martin Heidegger, and Ernst Jϋnger, Vincent S. Betts

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The Incidence of Antibiotic Resistance in Mesophilic Aeromonas Isolated from the Buffalo River and from a Non-Urban Site Upstream, Amy L. Chapman

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The Lovecraft Look: An Examination of Lovecraftian Themes in Film, Michael A. Church

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The Telling Line: The Relationship between Cognitive Style and Fashion Design Sketching, Mary K. Culpepper

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Sustainability through Autonomy, Safety, Ownership, and Adaptability: A Qualitative Case Study of Locust Street Art in Buffalo, NY, Darlene García Torres

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The Effects of Calcium Concentration and Food Levels on Daphnia, Fawn Goodberry

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Indira Gandhi: India’s Destined Leader, Josclyn C. Green

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Conservation Genetics of New York’s Giant Salamander: The Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis), Meghan K. Jensen