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The Graduate School and E.H. Butler Library post electronic copies of master’s theses written by students at Buffalo State. Theses submitted before fall 2011 are generally available only in print unless digitized by departments.

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Theses from 2015

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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

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Industrial Machine Analysis: Economic Quality Control, Vandyke Kotoroka-Yiadom

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Homing Behavior in Response to Displacement and Orientation of the Northern Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, Nicole M. Lainhart

Exploring Cross Culture Validity of FourSight with Taiwanese Population, Yu-Mei Lien Ding

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X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analyzer - Theory, Utility, and QA/QC for Environmental and Commercial Product Samples in Cambodia, Sereyrath Lim

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(Re)Visions of Gender: Reading the Uncanny in Virginia Woolf, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Hilda Doolittle, Joelle Mann

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From Mutation to Disarticulation: Terror and the Body in Don DeLillo’s Falling Man, Sarah A. McMichael

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Influence of Corruption, Foreign Direct Investment and Net Domestic Credit on Economic Growth, Meng Mi

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Fraunces Tavern Museum: Revolutionizing Collections Care in a Small Museum Environment, Suzanne Prabucki

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Capital Infusion, Dedication to Current Infrastructure and Workforce Development: The Three-Pronged Approach to Strategic Industrial Growth in Western New York, Clinton J. Ronan and Gina Pizziconi-Cupples

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Changes in Tissue-Specific Fatty Acid Composition of the Freshwater Alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) in Response to Temperature, William D. Schregel

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Impact of Oil Prices Fluctuations on Economies in the Age of Globalization, Ancel Raynaud Soh feussi

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Preserving Imperial Sovereignty in the Changing Political Order of Prewar Japan, Shane Vrabel

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Now, in the Time of Salpiglossis: A Study of Sound and Image in the Poetry of Stevens, Moore, and Bishop, Heidi E. Wallace

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Robert Nathaniel Dett and the Music of the Harlem Renaissance, Daniel Weaver

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The Road Opens: From Escape to New Truth on the Road in American Literature, Peter J. Wiesen

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Wartime Art: A Study of Political Propaganda and Individual Expression in American Commercial and Combat Art during World War II, Jennifer M. Wilcott

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Comparative Metabolism of Phenanthro[3,4-b]Thiophene and Benzo[c]Phenanthrene, Jaquan M. Williams

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The Impact of US Subprime Mortgage Crisis on the Chinese Real-estate Market, Yiwen Zhou

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Forecasting Foreign Exchange Rates, Timothy M. Znaczko

Theses from 2012

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Effect of Government Spending on Economic Growth: A Case Study of Saudi Arabia, Fayez Saeed Alshahrani

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The Effects of the 2007-2009 Economic Crisis on Global Automobile Industry, Xue Bai

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Analysis of a Stormwater Pond for Stormwater Management on the Buffalo State College Campus – Year 1 Operation Conditions, Jessica Bakert

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Master of Your Domain: Descriptions of Interior Space in the Works of Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell as Social Justice Commentary, Ryan P. Bowers

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Perceptions Measurement of Professional Certifications to Augment Buffalo State College Baccalaureate Technology Programs, as a Representative American Postsecondary Educational Institution, Christopher N. Brown

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Why Are There So Many Diverse Holocaust Museums?: A Journey through the Holocaust Museums of Five Nations, Marjorie E. Carignan

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Macrocyclic Complexes of Boron: Subphthalocyanines, Laura A. Crandall

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Is Classroom Management Possible for Disabled Teachers, with or Without Accommodation?, Martha A. Hazen

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The Professionalization of the American Army through the War of 1812, Robert L. Heiss

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Motivations of Civil War Soldiers from Western New York, Justin T. Howell

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The Bionic Self: Unveiling the Phantom of the East, Christopher J. Jarmark

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Buffalo, New York’s Citizen Soldiers: Personal Histories of Combat, Trauma, and Returning Home after the Second World War, Drew H. Lewandowski

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Survival of the Fictiveness: The Novel’s Anxieties Over Existence, Purpose, and Believability, Jesse Mank

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Structural Analysis of the Drosophila Innexin ShakB: Role of the N-Terminus in Rectifying Electrical Synapses, William Marks

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The Sacred Role of Animal Beings in Iroquois Lore, Melissa J. Martinelli

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House of Leaves: The End of Postmodernism, Joseph B. Noah

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Construction of Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Hal01 Locus Allelic Ladder, Manali Patel

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BMP Efficiency in an Institutional Area: Minimizing the Impacts of Water Pollution Using a Stormceptor for Water Quality Improvement, Jameieka Price

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Hydrologic Modeling to Examine Land Use Change Impacts (1970’s and 2005) on the Sediment Yield and Flow Regime in Cayuga Creek, Niagara County, New York, Kimly Reth

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Robert Browning: Separating Author from Narrator, Brian C. Rich

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By My Side: Charles E. Burchfield's Letters to Bertha K. Burchfield from 1923 to 1963, Alana Ryder

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Paris: Reflections of a Modern City, Brian J. Schultz

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Influence of Nitrogen and Phosphorus on Ecosystem CO2 Exchange in a Restored Temperate Grassland, Lynn M. Socha

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Ralph Raico: Champion of Authentic Liberalism, Daniel P. Stanford

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He Honored Death, Too: The Subterranean Life of Jack Kerouac, Christopher Wayne

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Proteins Associated with Hsp110 in Drosophila, Rujing Wen

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An Unabridged Approach to Lean Implementation: Understanding the Impact Systemically and Supporting the Operational Changes, Joseph D. Wolkiewicz

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To Better Serve and Sustain the South: How Nineteenth Century Domestic Novelists Supported Southern Patriarchy Using the "Cult of True Womanhood" and the Written Word, Daphne V. Wyse

Theses from 2011

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Feeding Ecology of the Round Goby (Neogobius melanostomus- Pallas, 1814) in Two Contrasting Environments: Eastern Lake Erie and a Fourth Order Stream, Beryl A. Ankrah

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Harry Potter: A Hero of Mythic Proportions, Katie L. Baker

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The Decline of Buffalo, New York in the Postwar Era: Causes, Effects, and Proposed Solutions, Carmen J. Bartolotta

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A Preliminary Exploration of Breakthrough Thinking Preferences of Ice Hockey Players, Bonnie A. Doliszny

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Method Development and Validation of the Quantitation of 19 Antipsychotics Using Deuterated Internal Standards, Anthony S. Epps

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Who Should Own Egypt's Antiquities?: A Nation vs. The World's Museums, Sabine C. Fisher

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High Resolution FTIR Spectroscopy Detects Multiple Conformers of Metastable States in Sodium Nitroprusside, Michael Kawa

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Econometric Analysis of Erie County, NY Schools: The Effects of Poverty on Our Schools and Evaluating Possible Solutions, Ryan B. Keem

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The Significance of Human Remains in Museum Collections: Implications for Collections Management, Kacey M. Page

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An Exploration of the Potential of Martial Arts Instruction to Improve the Abilities of Struggling Adolescent Readers and Writers, Meredith A. Schichtel

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The North Pole Controversy of 1909 and the Treatment of the Greenland Inuit People: An Historical Perspective, Kayla J. Shypski

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Fighting for Recognition: The Role African Americans played in World Fairs, Andrew R. Valint

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Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks: The History, the Mystery, and the Museums' Considerations of the Two Paintings, Nicole Wagner

Theses from 2010

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A Work to Inspire and Assist Women in Mid-Life Re-enter the Workforce, Barbara Gruppos