Swarm Intelligence (SI) techniques were inspired by bee swarms, ant colonies, and most
recently, bird flocks. Flock-based Swarm Intelligence (FSI) has several unique features, namely
decentralized control, collaborative learning, high exploration...
In this thesis self-assembled growth of Ag2Ga nano-needles on batch fabricated
micro-grippers are reported. The room temperature growth of Ag2Ga nano-needles have
been recently developed as stylus for Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Integration...
Falls (Accidents); Children's accidents; Children--Wounds and injuries; Child abuse--Investigation
Pediatric short-distance falls, especially from beds or other furniture, are common
false histories given by caretakers to cover up abusive trauma. However, short-distance
falls are also a common occurrence in young children. Knowledge of the types...
Military nursing--History; World War, 1914-1918--Women; World War, 1914-1918--Medical care; Women and war--History--20th century
World War I resulted in the deaths of over 8,500,000
military personnel and in addition, millions of civilians.
There were not enough doctors to provide the necessary
medical care for the masses of seriously sick and wounded,
and other than in...
Ten algal isolates were obtained from soil into axenic culture and placed into defined media containing from 0 to 50 ppm of DDT, 2, 4-D,2,4,5-T, rotenone, or malathion (in two purities, 95 and 99%). For nine of the isolates, growth was measured...
Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT), known for its ferroelectric properties, is widely used in micro-electromechanical (MEMS) and nano-electromechanical (NEMS) devices. PZT is a ceramic material that is most commonly found in its sol gel form, which...
Parents of children with disabilities; Grief; People with mental disabilities--Family relationships
This dissertation is an investigation into the intensity, nature, predictors, and time
course of grief that parents of adult children with a severe mental illness experience. This
is an area of research that has not been fully understood or...
Short-term memory; Memory--Effect of sound on; Memory--Effect of noise on; Speech
The Irrelevant Speech Effect (ISE) is a phenomenon in which the presentation of
auditory materials (typically speech) impairs the serial recall of visually presented
materials, either digits or letters. Although this effect has been replicated in a...
Anxiety in adolescence; Parent and teenager; Parenting
This dissertation examined the prediction of anxiety symptoms over time during
developmentally significant periods - the transition to middle school (12 years old) and
the transition to high school (15 years old). Specifically, relationships...
English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; Reading; Second language acquisition
Teaching reading in the mainstream classroom is a challenge. This challenge is
compounded when trying to meet the needs of English language learners. Recently,
Response to Intervention (RTI) has been suggested as a framework for classroom
Technical writing; English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; Academic writing--Study and teaching
This dissertation examines how nonnative English speaking (NNES) faculty and
students in engineering respond to language variation and how that response influences
their teaching and learning of academic writing. Using grounded theory approach...
Sartre, Jean-Paul, 1905-1980--Criticism and interpretation; Percy, Walker, 1916-1990--Criticism and interpretation; Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967--Criticism and interpretation; Nichols, Mike--Criticism and interpretation; Existentialism in art;...
Jean-Paul Sartre's existential philosophy concerns the free human individual,
particularly his possibilities to continuously create his own identities. Human existence is
never defined by objects, and he is only determined by his own actions. As...
Social anxiety is prevalent and debilitating. Contemporary models of social
anxiety posit that negative, self-focused thought aids in the maintenance of social anxiety
symptoms. Although these models emphasize in-situation cognition, recent...
Hyaluronan (HA) is a major structural component of the ocular vitreous humor
(VH) and lipids are essential building blocks of cell membranes. However, little is known
about their possible interactions. The VH is known to undergo liquefaction...
Chronic periodontitis is strongly associated with composition of the oral biofilm
occupying the gingival crevicular aspect of the tooth and its associated root. Some gram-negative,
"red complex" bacteria instigate periodontal bone loss in...
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are used in almost
all industrial processes including use in the nation's critical infrastructure. The electric,
water, and gas industries are merely a few that rely heavily on the use of...
Hypertension--Genetic aspects; Coronary heart disease--Genetic aspects; African Americans--Health and hygiene
Cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, are the leading causes of death in
the United States. African-Americans carry the highest burden of disease with 32% of
adults with hypertension. Blood pressure (BP) dipping, defined as a drop of>...
Aims. The primary aims of this randomized, controlled, blinded clinical trial were to
compare the hard and soft tissue response following either a connective tissue (CT) or
acellular dermal matrix (ADM) graft placed...
RNA--Analysis; Probability measures; Genetics--Research--Methodology
The present experimental designs have unique challenges in the analysis of microRNA
expression intensity levels. In this project, various Normalization techniques were
discussed with different statistical techniques and their application in an...
Child maltreatment touches almost 700,000 children annually. The effects
of child maltreatment range from micro-level consequences, such as behavior
problems and mental health issues, to mezzo-level consequences, such as