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Conversion of Carbon Dioxide and Biomass for Fuels and Chemicals Precursor through Gasification: Experimental and Modeling Approach 

Sadhwani, Narendra (2017-03-13)
Recycling carbon dioxide is of prime importance due to the harmful effects on the atmosphere. Using CO2 for gasification serves a dual purpose i.e. reducing pollution and generating syngas and is beneficial both environmentally ...

Application of genome-wide association studies in channel catfish to identify QTL associated with hypoxia tolerance 

Wang, Xiaozhu (2017-03-07)
Catfish is the dominant aquaculture species in the United States. The production of the domestic catfish industry rapidly increased in the last two decades. However, as imported catfish from Southeast Asia have kept ...

Why do Growing Cracks Branch? An Optical Investigation of Brittle Monolithic and Bilayer Transparencies Under Stress Wave Loading 

Meenakshi Sundaram, Balamurugan (2017-02-28)
Understanding the fracture mechanics of materials due to stress wave (or impact) loading under combined tensile and shear (mixed-mode) conditions is important for two opposing reasons: (a) for creating impact resistant ...

Stable Colloidal Dispersions of Highly Concentrated Thermo-efficient Nanomaterials 

Hossain, Mohammad Sharif (2017-02-08)
Phase change materials (PCM) were utilized as solvents to synthesize small particles and stabilize them in those media in order to determine time independent thermal properties of nanostructure-enhanced phase change materials ...

Adoption of Soil Conservation Practices and Farmers’ Willingness to Pay for Soil Testing in Northern Haiti 

Kokoye, Senakpon (2017-01-27)
This dissertation is organized in three chapters that deal with issues on agricultural development in Haiti. The first chapter presents results from adoption of soil conservation practices in Northern Haiti. Using data ...

An Analysis of Distance Education Adoption Barriers within Colleges and Programs of Agriculture 

Boland, Kellis (2017-01-27)
Distance Education (DE) provides a means for which people, who are unable to attend on-campus courses for any of various reasons, to receive a college education. While there are many benefits cited for DE and many students ...

Survival of Adult White-tailed Deer and Movement Relative to Temporal Patterns of Predation Risk 

Wiskirchen, Kevyn, H. (2017-01-20)
Estimates of survival and cause-specific mortality are important tools for guiding management decisions of game species. Concerning the management of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), region-specific information ...

Challenges in Resting State Functional Connectivity Analysis: Removal of Head Motion Artifacts and Machine Learning-based Disease Classification 

Lanka, Pradyumna (2017-01-11)
In recent years, the use of resting-state functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rs-fMRI) for examining the brain function in healthy and clinical populations has increased drastically. Simultaneous modulations in neural ...

The Effects of Polyethylene and Cereal Rye Mulch, Tillage, and Herbicides on Tomato and Watermelon Yield and Weed Control 

Williams, Jacob (2017-01-11)
Cereal rye, polyethylene mulching, and tillage all have an impact on the yield and growth of weeds. Herbicides have been used to control weed growth for decades. Using these in conjunction can possibly demonstrate ways to ...

Effects of Acetic Acid on Dark Cutting Beef 

Christjohn, Colton (2017-01-11)
An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of an acetic acid product e(Lm)inate ® V distributed by Hawkins, Inc. on meat quality attributes of dark cutting beef strip loins. Three treatment application groups: ...

Extra-home range and excursive movements by white-tailed deer 

Jacobsen, Todd (2017-01-11)
Little information is available concerning excursive movements by white-tailed deer. Past studies addressing these movements have approached excursion detection in a manner that we believe is severely limited and that ...

Dynamic Stability and Control: Methods and Developments 

Heiser McDaniel, Melissa (2017-01-10)
The purpose of this work is to assess the overall usage, evaluation, and understanding of damping derivatives with a focus on accuracy needs and computational efficiency. With the increased usage of neutrally stable and/or ...

In vitro effect of Altered Platelet Count on Multiple Electrode Impedance Aggregometry in Dogs 

Nash, Katherine Jane (2017-01-10)
The objective of this study was to assess platelet aggregation by impedance aggregometry using canine whole blood with adjusted platelet counts. Citrated venous samples from 24 healthy dogs were aliquoted into unmanipulated ...

Effect of Real and Simulated Traffic on Coated Fertilizer Prill Integrity and Nitrogen Release 

Qian, Cheng (2017-01-10)
The amount of nitrogen (N) from air and soil is not sufficient to produce high quality turfgrass, and thus N fertilizers are often applied. Urea is the most widely-produced and commonly-traded N fertilizer, containing 46% ...

Optimization of List-Based Functional Pipelines 

Soehnlin, Timothy (2017-01-09)
There has always been a disconnect between how humans organize computer code, and how computers execute it. Functional programming is a paradigm that increases code maintainability and testability, but generally results ...

Willingness to Ostracize for Norm Violations: Examining Ostracism as a Function of Attachment Using Sex-Norm Violations 

Lee, Meghan (2017-01-09)
The current study set out to examine the effect of attachment style on willingness to ostracize through ignoring and excluding behaviors. Place-attachment was also a construct of interest in how it affects willingness to ...

RFID data cleansing with Bayesian Filters 

Gong, Zhitao (2017-01-09)
People spend a significant amount of time in indoor spaces (e.g., office buildings, subway systems, etc.) in their daily lives. Therefore, it is important to develop efficient indoor spatial query algorithms for supporting ...

Impacts of urbanization on carbon balance and human health risk: I. & II. Soil carbon dynamics under impervious surfaces and III. Water quality influences on a common West Nile virus vector. 

Majidzadeh, Hamed (2017-01-05)
A significant increase in urbanization will be observed during the next fifty years. Global environmental changes cannot be addressed without a better understanding of biogeochemical cycles in urban areas. Thus, more insight ...

Investigation of Ticks and Tick-Borne Pathogens in Deciduous Forests of Eastern Central Alabama 

Wang, Xiaodi (2017-01-05)
Ticks are obligate hematophagous arthropods, and as vectors of human disease, they are second only to mosquitoes in medical importance. There are many unknowns in Alabama regarding ticks and tick-borne diseases that require ...

Bipolar Electrodeposition of Bimetallic Alloy (Au-Ag) Gradient: Formation, Characterization and Application 

Mazumder, Apu (2017-01-04)
Bipolar electrochemistry is an attention-grabbing conception for high throughput screening practices due to the capability to make gradients in a variety of materials and their properties, such as composition, particle ...

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