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...
The thesis deals with the political career of John Marshall Harlan prior to his appointment in 1877 as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Throughout the majority of those twenty-three active years in Kentucky politics, Harlan...
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...
Three-dimensional imaging in medicine; Lungs--Cancer--Diagnosis
Many lung diseases or injuries can cause biomechanical or material property changes that can alter
lung function. While the mechanical changes associated with the change of the material properties
originate at a regional level, they remain largely...
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...
This project investigated the effect of hypothermia on the monocyte response with the goal of understanding, which intracellular processes are affected by hypothermia leading to differences in cytokine secretion. A better understanding of the...
Prostate--Cancer--Diagnosis; Chemical detectors; Biosensors
Prostate cancer is the most common type diagnosed among men in the United States.
Random oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) libraries are used to generate DNA aptamers by
systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX). We explored...
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
Jin, Ha, 1956-; Masculinity in literature; Chinese literature--20th century; Sex (Psychology) in literature
This dissertation consists of readings of three selected novels by Ha
Jin-Waiting, The Crazed, and A Free Life. These novels cover three historical
periods of Contemporary China under the rule of the Communist Party in
sequence-the Mao's era...
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...
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...
Urbanization disrupts natural soil profiles and as watersheds are
urbanized, their surfaces become impervious and this will result in
reduction of infiltration. For this reason, many cities are facing problems
with treating runoff water. Best...