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  • Threads Bared 

    Navarro, Michelle Marie (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This thesis is part response part exploration into the world of those fighting and losing the battle over addiction. It is meant to follow the progression of addiction, from the root causes beginning in early childhood ...
  • Ozark Superstitions: A Collection 

    Marsden, Mariah E. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This collection of linked short stories explores the storytelling traditions of a family that continues to deal with the results of a past trauma in their day-to-day lives. The three members of the Taile family struggle ...
  • Positron interactions with oriented polymers and with chiral quartz crystals 

    Wu, Fei (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Positron annihilation in various materials has been applied to characterize microstructure for decades. In this work, PALS was used to study material nanostructure, with a focus on the size and density of free volume ...
  • Conformational Behavior and Structural Parameters of Some Cyclic and Chain Molecules 

    Sawant, Dattatray Kisan (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    The physicochemical properties of a molecule derive from its molecular structure, and that structure often involves the orientation of one part of the molecule about a particular bond with respect to the rest of the ...
  • When Cultures Collide: How Primitive Masculinity and Class Conflict Derailed the Patrick J. Hurley Diplomatic Mission to China, 1944-1945 

    Ploth, Kevin M. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Historians often criticize Patrick J. Hurley for the failure of his diplomatic mission to China in 1944-1945. Instead of acting as an impartial mediator during the negotiations between the Guomindang (GMD) and Chinese ...
  • Crawford Ralston: Structures of Time 

    Ritter, William S. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Ralston Crawford is an American artist best known for his Precisionist aesthetic style that celebrates the edifices of modern America such as bridges, silos, and grain elevators. Crawford utilized a highly controlled ...
  • Synthesis and Electrocatalytic Properties of Structure Engineered First-Row Transition Metal Derivatives 

    Yan, Xiaodong (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Hydrogen is a green energy carrier, producing only water when combusted, and a hydrogen economy has been considered the ideal green economy for human society. Water electrolysis can produce high-purity hydrogen on a ...
  • Urban Riparian Areas: Ecological And Streamside-Ordinance Assessments 

    Weilert, Trina Elaine (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Streamside protection ordinances have been established in many urbanizing areas; however, there has been a paucity of assessments of the effectiveness of such ordinances. A quantitative assessment of the ecological ...
  • Three Paths To Religious Integration In Ernest Hemingway’s War Fiction 

    Pingelton, Timothy James (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    My dissertation studies religiosity in Ernest Hemingway’s war fiction in terms of how his soldier characters connect to the divine. The means to understanding this connection is in refining how the characters express ...
  • A Theory of Consumer Fraud in Market Economies 

    Matthews, Nicola R. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Of the many forms of human behavior, perhaps none more than those of force and fraud have caused so much harm in both social and ecological environments. In spite of this, neither shows signs of weakening given their ...
  • A Narrative Inquiry into Experiences of Teaching Reading 

    Crump, Sara Lyn (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    In recent years, educators have been paying attention to reading instruction and reading strategies in English classes at the high school level for several reasons. One of those reasons is the adoption of Common Core ...
  • Praire Madness 

    Mays, Nancy K. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Prairie Madness is a collection of fiction and non-fiction that examines the impact and power of loneliness, both lifelong and momentary. In some of this work, loneliness fuels acts of courage; in others it triggers denial ...
  • Sublime Underdogs 

    Lutz, Angela (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    It is my hope that this collection of stories, Sublime Underdogs, uncovers the beauty and the pain in unique aspects of the human experience: a lonely young woman who is terrified of getting cancer, for instance, or a ...
  • American Anxiety: Stories 

    Carlson, Anders James (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This collection of stories largely deals with anxiety felt by people in small-town, rural America in the twenty-first century. Ranging from an old woman afraid of change to a veteran returning home to a people’s militia ...
  • Mississippi People 

    Baltz, Christopher Jay (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Mississippi people is a collection of short stories and essays written during the course of my three years at UMKC. The characters within, even the one's that aren't from Mississippi themselves, all have a bit of ...
  • Value, Money, and Accounting for Pax Ecologica: Contouring a Price-Coordination System for Ecological-Economic Provisioning 

    Nicolarsen, John Casey (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    The objective of this dissertation is to conceptualize and contour an alternative provisioning system (“Pax Ecologica,” “ecocentric provisioning”) to address, account for, and coordinate humankind’s scientific-technological ...
  • Red Things 

    Russo, Matthew (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Comprised of a collection of short stories and a full-length screenplay, this thesis is a demonstration of the author's progress as a writer. The stories are literary realism set in St. Louis, Missouri, particularly ...
  • Modeling the Effects of Drugs of Abuse on HIV Infections with Two Viral Species 

    Uhl, Peter Maurice (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Injection drug use is one of the greatest risk factors associated with contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and drug abusers infected with HIV suffer from a higher viral load and rapid pathogenesis. Replication ...
  • From Pop Culture to Nuclear Debate: The Impact of The Day After in Lawrence and Kansas City 

    Scheil, Luke Slater (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This thesis examines the creation and response in America to the 1983 nuclear disaster film The Day After. Fueled by renewed nuclear buildup of the 1980s Cold War, the release of the movie became a worldwide sensation, ...
  • Building Bridges: An Anthology of the War on Prostitution and the Greater Women’s Movement in Kansas City 

    Peile, Kaylee M. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This research looks at Kansas City’s War on Prostitution in 1977 and the larger women’s movement of second-wave feminism throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The War on Prostitution makes the women’s movement in Kansas City ...

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