• Synthesis and testing of soy-based polyols: phosphate and glycerolysis oligomers 

    Lubguban, Arnold A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    Soy-based polyols are important industrial prepolymeric materials that use renewable resource. They react with isocyanates to produce polyurethanes (PU) and can be produced at costs less than polyols derived from petrochemicals. ...
  • A survey of employee engagement 

    Wilson, Karen, 1967- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    This exploratory study examined the overall level of engagement for employees of a public rehabilitation service agency, and the extent to which demographic and work life variables such as gender, office location, job ...
  • A study of the role of the Atg8 protein in autophagic vesicle formation 

    Tiwari, Ranjitha (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    Autophagy is the term used to refers to an catabolic cellular cleanup process through the lysosomal machinery. During autophagy portions of cytoplasm are non-selectively sequestered in unique double membrane bound vesicles ...
  • A study of the educational facilities planning process within the context of a social and political environment 

    Kraft, Todd Lee (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    The extensive need to renovate, replace, and plan educational facilities may sound like an overwhelming task, but it also presents a great opportunity for educational leaders to plan and design schools that will meet the ...
  • A study of the abundance, diversity, and recruitment status of freshwater mussels in the Marais des Cygnes River, Kansas 

    Bradburn, Megan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    This study examines the status of a freshwater mussel assemblage located on the Marais des Cygnes River at the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas. Four mussel beds were selected and parameters including ...
  • A study of newspaper treatment of male and female political candidates 

    Payne, Liên. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    As greater numbers of women enter the typically male-dominated arena of U.S. politics, it is important to look at ways in which widely held gender stereotypes can affect the coverage candidates of either gender receive in ...
  • Study of antimicrobial activity and mechanism of zinc oxide nanoparticles against foodborne pathogens 

    Liu, Yang, 1985- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    Antimicrobial activities of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) and their mode of action against an important foodborne bacterium (E. coli O157:H7) and two postharvest pathogenic fungi (Botrytis cinerea and were investigated ...
  • Streaming video using cooperative networking 

    Zhu, Yingnan, 1978- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    The main objective of this dissertation is to improve the overall video streaming performance in various networking environments, such as IP-multicast in wired network and wireless mesh networks (WMNs), using cooperation ...
  • A strategy to scaffold critical thinking during analysis of leadership cases 

    Gould, Anthony J., 1957- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    This study quantitatively examined the effectiveness of a case-based analysis strategy to promote the critical thinking skills essential to leaders. Essential elements of the strategy were based directly on a widely accepted ...
  • Statistical analysis of failure time data with missing information 

    Chen, Ping, 1984- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    Failure time data arise in many fields and can involve different types of censoring structures and missing information. We consider three cases: right-censored data with missing censoring indicators, clustered current ...
  • Stand structure development effects on wood quality of Melina (Gmelina arborea roxb.) 

    Gonzalez Rubio, Hector (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    A stem analysis was perform to examines the effects of thinning treatments on Melina (Gmelina arborea) wood quality and tree architecture in the North Coast of Colombia. 27 plots under forest management regimes and age ...
  • Staging Hitler myths 

    Lechner, Judith H. (Judith Heidi) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    In my thesis Staging Hitler Myths, I analyze the depiction of Adolf Hitler in the contemporary German movies Der Untergang (2004) and Mein Fuhrer-die wirkliche wahrste Wahrheit uber Adolf Hitler (2007). Both movies have ...
  • Spinal muscular atrophy and the therapeutic application of trans-splicing RNA 

    Coady, Tristan H., 1980- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    Development of RNA modalities to re-direct pathogenic pre-mRNA splicing events is the key to curing monogenic diseases. Improving the efficiency of these molecules in vivo is critical as they move towards clinical applications. ...
  • Speckle mechanism in holographic optical coherence imaging 

    Lin, Haibo, 1977- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    This thesis gives a systematical study of speckles based on holographic optical coherence imaging (OCI) system. The first studies on speckle statistics in holographic OCI are provided. The new speckle statistics consider ...
  • The space between: uncovering the lived experience of actor communication 

    Kelty, Shawna B. Mefferd (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    Using the qualitative methodology of hermeneutic phenomenology, this dissertation documents student actors' lived experience of actor communication in performance. The author locates this study in relation to actor training, ...
  • Solely unrooted 

    Jurado, Leonor (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    Isolation and removal from one's culture, or even detachment from the culture, can bring about a sense of displacement. The feeling of displacement is one that has a familiar undercurrent in society. The condition of ...
  • Social perspective-taking in the friendships of adolescents: implications for friendship quality and emotional adjustment 

    Smith, Rhiannon L. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    The current research considered social perspective-taking (i.e., taking the perspective of another person, and putting oneself "in their shoes") in youths' friendships and associations with friendship quality and emotional ...
  • The social economics of organic production in Columbia's Farmer's Market 

    McCune, Lornaida (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    The research involves preliminary field investigation of the impacts of social demands on economic decisions made by producers, such agricultural management among farmers participating in Columbia's Famers Market. The focus ...
  • Single particle dynamics in liquid metals 

    Patty, Mark R., 1980- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    Our understanding of the liquid (or molten) state of metals has progressed far within the past decades. Thanks to the advances in both x-ray and neutron scattering sources, it is now possible to measure the dynamics on a ...
  • Simulation algorithms for fractal radiation 

    Camps Raga, Bruno F., 1976- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    This thesis presents a method to analyze a series of structures, referred to as fractals, that radiate electromagnetic waves. The fractal series are components of the so-called "Minkowski island", ...