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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: An Analysis of the Current Conflict from the Constructivist Perspective, Alastair Allen

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Mutations in the Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone Receptor Caveolin Interaction Motif Cause Increased Basal Activation, Elizabeth Altman

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Investigating the Urban Stream Syndrome in the Schenectady-Schoharie Region of Upstate New York, Elizabeth Marie Andonie

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Open-source Mobility Platform for Children with Disabilities, Pyae Sone Aung

The Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment to Sub-Saharan African Countries, Emmanuel Bakou

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Investigation of even-skipped, a developmentally-regulated gene controlling neural segmentation in dragonflies, Kathryn Bangser

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Applying an Innovative Idea to Kidney Stone Removal, Jack Beaty

Nitrogen isotopes in marine mollusks as indicators of nitrogen loading in coastal North Carolina, Hayley Bennett

The Unheard Voices: A Content Analysis of Male Victims' Narratives on an Online Forum, Suleydi Betancourt

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The 2018 Elections: Gender, Media Representation, And Campaign Strategies, Emily Bobruff

Hope for Another Humanitarian Intervention? Rwanda, Kosovo, Libya and the Consequences of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) on Myanmar, Victoria Carter

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The Ketogenic Diet: A Noteworthy Treatment For Pediatric Patients With Refractory Epilepsy, Hannah Christian

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How to Combat Post-Natural Disaster Related Environmental Gentrification and Environmental Inequality Accelerated by Climate Change, Marielle Christie

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Detecting Eutrophication in Coastal North Carolina with the 𝛿15N Values of Seagrasses and Algae, Elizabeth Cilia

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Les racines de l’effondrement : L’Armée de terre dans la période de la Troisième République, Ryan Clemente

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The Russo-Finnish Wars, Ryan Clemente

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Mexico: Neoliberalism, Popular Grievances, and the Rise of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Irving Cortes-Martinez

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The Role of Regional Identities on Depolarizing Partisans, Christina Craig

Auto-Proteolysis of Type I Metacaspases in Schizophyllum commune, Brianna Cummings

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Une étude comparative de la restauration scolaire des primaires au lycée en France et aux États Unis au XXIe siècle, Brianna Cummings

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Understanding the Lived Experience of Ancient Roman Gardens, Devlin F. Daley

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Barriers: An Exploration of Architectural Structures as an Indication of Wealth and Socioeconomic Status, Lisa DeMoranville

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Study of the Photolysis of the Organic Ultraviolet Filter Chemical 3-(4-Methylbenzylidene) Camphor and its Photoproduct, Nicole Derosier

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Overstimulated - An Immersive, Multimedia Art Installation, Quinn Devlin

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Environmental Justice: The Disproportionate Burden Experienced by Minority and Low Socioeconomic Status Groups, Daniela Di Capua

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Neurosexism: The Extent to Which Sex and Gender Differences in Mental Illness are Neurologically Explained versus Socially Constructed, Christie Dionisos

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The Theia Soteria: Alternative Design for Safer Initial Entry During Laparoscopic Procedures, Kayla DuBois, Patrick Ryan, and Madelyn Joanis

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Modeling The Relationships Among Adverse Childhood Events, Intimate Partner Violence and Body Esteem, Emily Ehrlich

Effects of body temperature on action potential responses of target-selective descending neurons in Aeshna dragonflies, Lauren Elder

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What Do Women Want? The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness, Hannah Ruth Ellen

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Natural Allies and Mortal Enemies: German-Soviet Relations Between 1919-1941, Alex Ellenthal

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The Incidence of Intra-State Violence: An Empirical Study on Ethnicity and Values, Kevin Fitzpatrick

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Female Forest Rangers in New York State, Anna Gagion

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Le féminisme et la femme musulmane en France, Anna Elizabeth Gagion

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Have Scripts for Initiation of Adult Sexual Behavior Changed in 80 years? Evidence from Top Box-Office Films, Georgia Gardner

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Altered States: Creative Arts, Virtual Reality, and the Human Condition, Sophia Gebara

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Main Controller of DC Microgrid, Jonathan Graziosi

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Geometric Constructions, Origami, and Galois Theory, Julia Greene

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Thermoplastic Composite Heat Recovery Ventilator, Keegan Guinn

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Automated Greenhouse Watering System for Schenectady ARC, Lisa Gu

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Design of Natural Composite I-Beam for SAMPE 2019, Brian Harkness

CRISPR Editing Of The Gene FST4 In An Industrial Fungus Used In Commercial Biomaterials, Anna Harootunian

The Social Determinants of Health and The Obesity Epidemic: A Public Health Analysis of Childhood Obesity in Rural New York State, Amy Haven

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Characterizing the Waters of 6 Rivers in Upstate New York With a Focus on Physical Hydrology and Controls on Water Quality, Connor Horan

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Designing a Low-Cost Ultrasound Pulser, Andrea Huey

France and England in the Seven Years' War: The Role of Deficit Spending and Debt Financing in Eighteenth Century Europe, David Husband

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Approximation of Continuous Functions by Artificial Neural Networks, Zongliang Ji

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Exploring the Behavior Repertoire of a Wireless Vibrationally Actuated Tensegrity Robot, Zongliang Ji

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A Cross County Examination of Fiscal Federalism in the 2016 Election, Sarah Kaplan

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An Event Related Potential Study of Skill Learning in Unimpaired Participants, Olga Khazen

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Global Impact of the U.S Economy: An Analysis of the Channels of Interconnection and their Transmission Effects, Derek Khnaizir

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Diffusivity Measurements of Aerogels, Allison King

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Les réalisatrices et le « regard masculin » dans le cinéma francophone, Arianna Kosakowski

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Developing an APEX Assay to Investigate Signaling and Protein Interaction of the Human Follicle Stimulating Hormone Receptor, Scott Sean Koszer

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The Business Cycle and Health: An Analysis of How Macroeconomic Conditions Impact Health Outcomes in the U.S., Talitha Kumaresan

Pre-colonial Determinants of Corruption in Africa, Another Kushaina

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Prevention of Access Recirculation During Hemodialysis Treatment, Brendan Laing, Emma Merlino, and Charles Nelson

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Make America Great Again? American Conservatism and Donald Trump, Justin Lange

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Design & Evaluation of Cooling Systems for Photovoltaic Modules, Peter Leary

The New Trend in Health Care: Motivations, Perceptions, and Care Coordination in Integrative Medicine, Brian Lee

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Crystallization Conditions of the Tumalo Tuff, Bend Pumice, and Shevlin Park Tuff near South Sister, OR, Rebecca Lippitt

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Investigation of ceria-nickel containing aerogels for catalytic converter applications, Xiao Peng Li

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5 or 6 Amphibians: An Animated Short Film, Nicholas Lockwood

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The Effectiveness of China’s Monetary Policy and the Role It Played in Their Growth, Aidan Loh

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Roma in the European Union: Structural Barriers to Fundamental Rights, Maria Lovetere

Studying The Characteristics And Efficiency Of Venture-Capital Funded Startups, Sebastien Lubrano

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The Impact of Generational Experiences on Anti-Immigration Sentiments, Pedram Malakian

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The Relationship Between Religiosity and Implicit vs. Explicit Death Anxiety, Samantha Marin

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Representational Style and Congressional Elections: New York's 19th District in the 115th Congress, Margaret McCormick

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The Effects of Oil Price Changes on the Macroeconomy of Oil Producers: Evidence from Russia, Kevin McNoble

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Public Financing Of Elections In The States, Nicholas Meixsell

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AR Blockers, Emma Merlino, Charles Nelson, and Brendan Laing

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The Economics of Fashion: Do Newcomers to the Industry Have a Chance?, Maha Mian

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Bridging Dimensions: A Robotic Art Project, Samantha Miller

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Design of Telemetry and Autopilot Systems, David Morley

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A Preliminary Report on an Improved Plate Design to Correct Pediatric Flat Feet, Connor Mulvey, Michael Schiffer, John Moyer, and Kayenat Bismillah

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Design of a Model Rocket Flight Logging System and In-Air Deployable Rover, Sirus Negahban

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Substrate Specificity and Enzyme Kinetic Characterization of Schizophyllum commune Metacaspases, Le Minh Nguyen

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Aphasia & Stutter Therapy: An Ailment Not to be Treated, Janae Nieto

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The Diminishing Male Labor Force Population: What the American Time Use Survey Suggests About How Male Nonworkers Allocate Their Time, Rory Nizolek

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Cuffed Pediatric Endotracheal Tubes, Jennifer Nutter, Emmanuela Oppong, and Colleen Pouliot

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Impact of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in HPA Axis Functionality in Obese Populations, Margot O'Brien

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Carbon dynamics in a marsh-influenced marine-dominated ecosystem, Heidi O'Hora

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Investigating How the Type and Intensity of Chronic Pain Affect an Individual’s Risk Preferences, Marc Perlman

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Structural Health Monitoring of Composite Parts: A Review, Jacob Pessin

Cuffed Pediatric Endotracheal Tubes, Colleen Pouliot

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“Realizing Democracy”: A Study of the Regional and National Social, Political, and Economic Factors Driving Suffrage Development in the Age of the Common Man, 1820-1850, Matthew Prosper

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Neuro-exergaming for older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI): A single bout of interactive Physical and Cognitive Exercise (iPACES v2.5), Alexa Puleio

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Preventing Browser Fingerprinting by Randomizing Canvas, Rianna Quiogue

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The Shifting Dynamics of International Reserve Currencies, Robert Righi

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Aristophanic Comedies: Social Cohesion with Humor, Kathryn Riter

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Theia Soteria: Alternative Design for Safer Initial Entry During Laparoscopic Procedures, Patrick Ryan, Kayla DuBois, and Madelyn Joanis

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A Neural Investigation into the Maximal and Optimal Speeds of Prey Detected by Visual Neurons in Aeshna Dragonflies, Beejit Sarker

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Institutional Changes Surrounding Avant Garde Painting in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Paris, Sophie Shapiro

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The Impact of State-Level Naloxone Access Policies on Opioid Related Mortality and Admissions, Brian Shorr

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Acting Hysterical: Analyzing the Construction, Diagnosis and Portrayal of Historical and Modern Hysterical Women, Gillian Singer

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Female Underrepresentation in Adirondack-Based Conservation Movements, Emma Sprotbery

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The Effects of E-Cigarette Policies on Adult Tobacco Use, John Sullivan

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Maize from Sacred to Profane, Gizela Thomas

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Psychology, Emotion, and Jazz: Cognitive Music Theory and the Differences in The Emotional Qualities of Classic and Contemporary Jazz Music, Daniel Toland