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    Masters Thesis
    Savvides, Michael Roger
    The proliferation of Information and Communications Technologies is a gamechanger for international relations, and the classical theories are not suited for application in cyber studies. The current literature on cyber studies, is fragmented, and lack . . .
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    Rashty, Josef
    My thesis will argue that the best form of corporate governance is a democratic system in which employees can be heard whenever their beliefs come into opposition with those o f their employers. It will also argue that employees have a responsibility . . .
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    Alunāns, Aleksandrs Yano
    In this thesis, I aim to demonstrate how I believe that Friedrich Nietzsche can in fact be viewed as a supporter of a virtue ethic in the Aristotelian tradition, using similarities with the theories of Mengzi, or Mencius, to show that this is plausibl . . .
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    Marquez, Christina Maria
    While there is a positive relationship between self-compassion and compassion toward others (Crocker & Canevello, 2008; Gilbert, McEwan, Matos, & Rivis, 2011), the extent of the relationship between the two variables has not often been investigated. R . . .
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    Lau, Lung Yuen
    With the advancements in contemporary medicine and the improved standards o f living, people are living longer than ever before. Yet, this growing demographic is facing a challenge that consistently threatens their well-being. Falls account for the ma . . .
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    Zargar, Paymun
    In this paper, I argue that Slote’s agent-based virtue ethics amount to a voluntarist virtue ethics that contrasts sharply with ethical intellectualism. Ethical voluntarism is the view that a proper ordering of motives is sufficient for a moral agent . . .
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    Giacomini, Colin
    This thesis seeks to explain why Turkey in the post-Arab Spring era pursued a strategic partnership with Russia and Iran. Through utilizing the theory of neoclassical realism, the results of this analysis indicate that Turkey’s behavior can be attribu . . .
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    Burgert, Sarah Elizabeth
    / r e v e r e n t i a l / is based in vivid memories of childhood summers past. This collection is a retelling of family histories half imagined, half transcribed. The work highlights a young boy's experience with the beauty in nature, the magic that . . .
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    Heiser, Shawn Christopher
    This study examines the environmental and land use history of Mussel Rock from Ohlone settlement to the present. Mussel Rock is home to a notoriously unstable garbage landfill, which sits directly on top of the San Andreas Fault Zone and the second la . . .
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    Perez, Maria Isabel
    Farhad Babaee and June Huh introduced the tropical Laplacian of a tropical surface and used it to disprove a generalized Hodge conjecture. We study four families of tropical surfaces arising from the root polytopes of types A ,B ,C and D. We compute t . . .
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    Hunter, Austin Taylor
    In this paper, I argue for an account of personal identity that I find in David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature. I argue that this unity of self is a feeling of reason and that this feeling is produced by a demand for explanation found in experience. . . .
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    Craik, Isabel Sierra
    This case study described the process used to teach narrative development to a 22-year old adult who benefits from AAC using the model of a community Storytelling Club that incorporated peer-confederates. Methodology for testing the psychosocial impli . . .
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    Buchbinder, Margot Valerie
    With the predicted acceleration of sea level rise in the mid-21st century, salt marsh restoration efforts are faced with the challenge of building and maintaining sufficient sediment to elevations that support vegetation. The highly subsided Sears Poi . . .
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    Rodriguez Bandala, Laura Alejandra
    This thesis examines how art non-profits process loaned objects for temporary and traveling exhibitions in the context of special or toxic materials. Safety guidelines, emergency planning, and proper registration procedures for exhibitions in both mus . . .
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    Niles, John Hart
    The Noble Hills Formation (NHF) is a ~500 m conformable sequence of generally coarsening-upwards ≥3.34 Ma basin deposits that is extensively exposed the Noble Hills, southern Death Valley, California. The NHF contains sediments derived from both the O . . .
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    Torres, Alyssa Marie
    Museum archives include administrative documents, staff files, and other valuable legacy data that considered together, supply an institutional history for staff, scholars, and the public. In this thesis, the current state of museum archives managemen . . .
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    Raghuwanshi, Prashis
    Developing hardware to mimic neural networks in the brain is becoming more realizable as technology advances and improves. In this research, a model of neural networks for visual edge detection is analyzed. The various challenges in verifying the mode . . .
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    Ballard, Jack
    Creekside High School is a high-performing public high school where students who are not White or Asian face a racialized school environment. This dissertation examines the school’s initiative to detrack its ninth grade Algebra class. Detracking is th . . .
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    Zevgolis, Alysia Nicole
    The low ionic conductivity across solid-solid interfaces and through the solid electrolyte is a limiting factor for commercial implementation of all solid state batteries. Through the understanding of Li+ ion diffusion by using first-principles molecu . . .
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    Spengler, Teo Carla
    This is a collection of fiction and nonfiction pieces and poetry.
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    Ham, Garrison Sidney Cléophas
    The Kurdish Peshmerga of Northern Iraq have been successful in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). This comes as a surprise due to an initial defeat suffered against ISIS at the onset of the war as well as the militant gr . . .
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    Golz, Reece Austin
    Acute appendicitis is the most common acute surgical condition of the abdomen, and appendectomy is one of the most commonly performed urgent operations worldwide. This study investigates the incidence of acute appendicitis and perforated appendicitis . . .
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    Richardson, Nainoa
    In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Cdc24 is required for the completion of S-phase. Many studies implicate Cdc24 in lagging strand DNA replication and in DNA repair. Interestingly, the DNA replication checkpoint kinase, Cdsl (hChk2), and the kinase-dead al . . .
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    Conaway, Cady Monroe
    Laura Mulvey defines the objectification of women in cinema through the cinematic apparatus as ‘the male gaze.’ Since publication, Mulvey’s theories have been highly debated and revised, including by Mulvey herself. This long theoretical discussion is . . .
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    Ramani, Sudarshan
    The century that separates M. G. Lewis’s The Monk (1796) and Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo (1904) is a century of historical and aesthetic revolution. Paired together, both novels reveal the continuity of the problem of representing reality. Both of these . . .
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    Razavi Ghahfarokhi, Seyed Pooya
    Loneliness is associated with cautious strategies, such as lack of self-disclosure, during social interactions—a tendency that is harmful for relationships. Importantly, there is a gap in the literature about the way lonely individuals communicate the . . .
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    Price, Daniela M.
    In my exploration of the Gothic genre—as poetry, community and practice—I analyze how Gothic musical compositions use repetition to haunt their readers. In doing so, I reveal the ways in which these texts and their audience use repeated encounters wit . . .
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    Panganiban, Conrad A.
    The New American Order is a comedic-drama that explores the question: what would a person give up in order to obtain the American Dream? Beverly Marie-Spencer has attained the American Dream by teaching new United States Citizens how to become “real” . . .
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    Barkwill, Timothy J.
    Nietzsche’s concept of the eternal recurrence of the same is uncovered within Luis Bunuel’s That Obscure Object Of Desire (1977) and investigated with reference to the work of Luce Irigaray, Sarah Kofman, Martin Heidegger, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Laca . . .
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    Castellanos, Stacy Michael
    Gaydar is thought to be an ability of gay men to identify other gay men. Interestingly, a majority of gaydar research has focused on examining gaydar among straight individuals while limited research examines gaydar among gay-identified people. Given . . .
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    Beker, Carson
    Grief Camp is a novel in development about a brief moment in time when Blake (15, girl, angry), Ugly (16, boy, dying), and Brandon (15, boy, clueless) are sent to Grief Camp, a specialized camp for teenagers in mourning. It follows the culture and sub . . .
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    Khvalchik, Mariia
    We present an end-to-end system for open-domain question-answering that consists of three components. (1) The query formulation module is tasked with transforming the verbose, and often non-grammatical and noisy question into a boolean query of a few . . .
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    Montevirgen, Alexis S.
    Using counter-narrative to frame the qualitative methodology, this dissertation shifts the paradigm of educational leadership by situating the experiences of transformative leaders of color as part of the dominant discourse. A theoretical framework dr . . .
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    Romero, Kristopher Paul
    Previous research on Internet recruitment has suggested that recruitment websites may influence organizational attraction and applicant job pursuit intention. The present study aimed to further explore this topic by assessing whether or not the amount . . .
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    Pašić-Tran, Alma
    In this thesis, I will discuss The Fortress, a novel written by the Bosnian and Herzegovinian author Mehmed Selimovic. With the help of Tolstoy's War and Peace, I will reflect upon the subject of history and questions that so influenced Selimovic: wha . . .
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    Venegas, Miguel Angel
    Most of people’s everyday judgments are inspired by emotions. Rarely do people rely on their cognitive resources to judge a situation rationally. Can the same be said of people in moral situations? If so, what is the relationship between people’s psyc . . .
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    Harris, Philip John
    Pumpkins is a fiction novel using the artistic, poetic, and experimental techniques the author learned while attending San Francisco State University. The novel explores, through a series of flash fiction, lists, and prose poetry, the notion of white . . .
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    Johnson, Brian
    Lu Xun is considered the most influential modern Chinese writer, likened by many scholars to Tolstoy, Shakespeare and Goethe in both scope and cultural impact. The richness of Lu Xun's writing is predicated upon conflict, symbology and ambivalence. By . . .
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    Fritz-Endres, Theresa
    Recent IODP expeditions to the Bay of Bengal present an excellent opportunity for better understanding the links between terrestrial and oceanographic climate variability over a variety of timescales. However, foraminifera in Bengal fan sediments may . . .
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    Pambid, Ailyn Natividad
    Eating Between Binaries examines the different ways first generation young adults use food to remember their cultural heritage while also navigating a new American identity. Looking at texts from Filipina-American author Melissa de la Cruz and Russian . . .
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    Alden, Larry L.
    Rivers cut vertically and laterally into bedrock. However, control on the width of bedrock rivers is an unsolved problem. In alpine settings, frost cracking is one of the mechanisms that break down bedrock. Segregation ice drives growth of ice lenses . . .
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    Wigglesworth, Amy Rose
    This thesis explored predictors of attitudes related to ecotourism. The goal of this research was to explore the extent to which global-mindedness and eco-consciousness show a relationship and or lead to ecotourism. Education level and income were als . . .
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    Kastanos, Christine E.
    The purpose of this study was to investigate the current communication processes used by apparel firms, and the document package, one of the major communication tools, within the apparel product development process. Four research questions guided the . . .
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    Wear, Hope Elizabeth
    Game-based assessments (GBAs) are a new type of technologically-based assessment tool which allow for traditional selection concepts to be measured from gameplay behaviors (e.g., completing levels by following game rules). GBAs use game elements to cr . . .
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    Szarnicki, Timothy Robert
    As an increasing number of basic services for people and communities are entrusted to institutions, collective moral responsibility and retribution for collective action require more investigation. By looking at what is required for an individual to b . . .
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    Reyes, Zaviera Bonita
    While the factors are numerous, the mechanisms associated with the capacity for successful outcomes despite challenging circumstances (i.e., resilience) remain underexplored. One proposed mechanism is self-talk. Self-talk is a cognitive process that s . . .
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    Loury, Hilda
    I offer a taxonomy to situate various positions in the spectrum of feminist perspectives on both science and art. I defend the contention that feminist perspectives are crucially important for the empirical sciences because they have promoted and gene . . .
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    Bachelor, Jewell Lynn-Marie
    As Black girls are synonymously identified as Black women throughout popular social language, media, and pop culture, there is a need to study the childhood of Black girls. This study seeks to explore the complexity of Black girls, and reimagine sexua . . .
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    Nealon, Natalia Cathryn
    Curiosity is a central trait that initiates our epistemic pursuits. How one engages with it, both reliably and responsibly, will be highly entwined with virtuous insensitivity: that which constrains our curiosity in such a way that removes our attenti . . .