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  • The Surviving Parties 

    Biersmith, Benedict E. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This thesis is a collection of short stories that were written and re-written between my time as an undergraduate at Columbia College and my time as a Graduate Student at UMKC. These stories were picked out from many ...
  • Forced Perspective 

    Swalwell, Ian (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This collection of eleven short stories explores the constant struggle between our expectations for our own lives and our responsibilities to others, as well as the unexpected instances of suffering that have irrevocable ...
  • Toward the Origins of Peyote Beadwork 

    Hubbell, Gerald R. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Peyote beadwork is a nuanced and elegant art form. Hundreds of thousands of people today use peyote beadwork, including the Native American Church, powwow people, gourd dancers and Native Americans wanting a marker of ...
  • Life underwater 

    Howard, Dane (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This collection of short stories examines the different lives of people as they navigate the strange and confusing nature of their daily lives. There is a particular focus on how the monotonous can be equally as bizarre ...
  • Another Beast Entirely 

    McKiddy, Luke (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This thesis is a collection of works written and rewritten over the course of my time in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Master of Fine Arts Creative writing program. It includes short stories, nonfiction ...
  • The Influence of Regional Stress and Structural Control Over the Shape of Maar Craters 

    Nichols, Cody (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This study aims to gain a better understanding of the factors leading to the expressed shape of individual maars in volcanic fields. Maars are volcanic features produced by phreatomagmatic eruptions which excavate a ...
  • Constructing Comanche: Imperialism, Print Culture, and the Creation of the Most Dangerous Indian in Antebellum America 

    Mika, Joshua Christopher (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Anglo-American print sources during the antebellum era framed the Comanche as “the most powerful” or “the most dreaded” Indian whom settlers encountered on the frontier. This research examines the pivotal role that ...
  • A Study of EMI-TFSI Using Current Sensing Atomic Force Microscopy 

    Lee, Jonathan Marriel (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    A current sensing atomic force microscope was employed to find simultaneous force-distance and current-distance curves for the ionic liquid EMI TFSI on HOPG. These current curves, found at various voltage biases were ...
  • We Happy Few: An Exploration of the Feast of Crispian and Military Stories in Shakespeare 

    Hayek, Ellen Patricia (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This thesis examines the theatre group Feast of Crispian, a non-profit organization which brings together professional actors with post-deployment service veterans. The group formed in 2012 and is in the process of ...
  • Talking Texts with Teachers: A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of Secondary English Language Arts Teachers and Their Text Selection Practices 

    Wenger, Christa C. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    The texts that teachers choose to read in the secondary English language arts classroom have been an important part of the curriculum development process for teachers of this subject. Teachers have always been interested ...
  • Spatiotemporal Modeling and Analysis of Disease Spread in Wildlife 

    Baygents, Gerald Walker (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    Wildlife and wildlife diseases have been frequent topics in mathematical epidemiology. However, due to the complexity of real-world systems and the varying degree of randomness in the behavior of any one individual organism, ...
  • 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 ...

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