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On the Machine Illusion 

Gong, Zhitao (2019-10-14)
In this work, we empirically study an emerging problem in the machine learning community, i.e., the adversarial samples. Specifically, we focus on the discussion within the realm of neural networks. The existence of ...

Effects of Piperazine Derivatives on Hippocampal and Dopaminergic Neurotransmission 

Majrashi, Mohammed (2019-10-08)  ETD File Embargoed
Designer Drugs are a group of psychoactive substances synthesized from chemicals to emulate the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic actions of widely used substances of abuse. A minor modification of the chemical structure ...

An Examination of the Influence of Nursing Resources and Policies on Care Quality Outcomes 

Courtney, Haun (2019-10-07)  ETD File Embargoed
The nursing shortage has become a top priority in the evaluation of health care quality outcomes. The issue is confirmed by the combination of public availability of care quality ratings in both hospitals and nursing homes ...

Infectious Bronchitis Virus-Host Interaction: Viral Spike Protein Cell/Tissue Binding Specificity and Immune Responses 

Farjana, Saiada (2019-10-03)  ETD File Embargoed
The coronavirus avian infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) causes a highly contagious disease in chickens affecting the respiratory tract and, depending on virus strains, reproductive and urogenital tracts. Strains are ...

Too Stressed to Sleep: Autonomic Nervous System Reactivity and Sleep in Adolescents 

Olivia, Martin-Piñón (2019-09-27)
The purpose of the present study was to investigate relations between autonomic nervous system (ANS) reactivity across its parasympathetic and sympathetic branches and multiple sleep parameters in adolescence. Participants ...

Patient-Centric Facility Design for Physical Rehabilitation Hospitals 

Teran-Somohano, Alejandro (2019-09-25)
This dissertation presents two novel models for solving the facility layout problem in a physical rehabilitation hospital. The first model solves the block layout problem, where the relative location and size of the ...

Assessing Barriers and Increasing Use of Immunization Information Systems in Pharmacies: A Randomized Controlled Trial 

Hastings, Tessa (2019-09-19)
The role of pharmacists as immunization providers is increasingly common. However, as the number of providers administering vaccines increases, there is a concern of fragmented immunization records in state and regional ...

Advances in Digital Gradient Sensing (DGS) Method for Experimental Mechanics 

Miao, Chengyun (2019-09-19)
Shape and surface topography evaluation from measured slopes is of considerable engineering significance in optical metrology and experimental mechanics. These kinematic quantities are often used for metrology of optical ...

Design and Numerical Simulation of an Evaporator for a Compact Vapor Compression Refrigeration System 

Kendall, Benjamin (2019-09-12)
A miniature plate-fin heat exchanger was designed for use in a compact Vapor Compression Refrigeration (VCR) system used for cooling electronic components in an Air Transportable Rack (ATR) chassis. The evaporator was ...

Examining Students’ Knowledge and Attitudes of Organically and Conventionally Grown Produce 

Toles, Micah (2019-09-11)
The purpose of this study was to determine what the average Auburn University student’s knowledge and attitude was towards USDA organic and conventionally grown produce and if there was a difference between Auburn students ...

Development of a Two Dimensional, Optically Accessible, Hybrid Rocket Motor 

Boyle, Sadie (2019-09-06)
Traditionally, launch vehicles and in-space vehicles use solid rocket motors (SRM) and liquid rocket engines (LRE) to propel them into and through space. However, there are many drawbacks to both propulsion systems. Hybrid ...

Comparing Camera Survey Methods for Monitoring Eastern Wild Turkey Populations 

Keller, Skylar (2019-08-26)
Conflicting estimates of the size and productivity of Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallapavo silvestris) populations led biologists in Alabama to seek repeatable, less-biased, survey methods. Previously, estimates of ...

Extension Empowers Alabama Youth to Improve Dietary Behaviors 

Terry, Kara (2019-08-23)  ETD File Embargoed
The purposes were to determine the outcome and procedural efficacies of Eat Better, Move More (EBMM), an obesity prevention program, and to identify sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in the home. A convenience sample of ...

Multicultural Competence: An Examination of Critical Consciousness and Multicultural Awareness in Undergraduate Students 

McIntosh, Kaitlin (2019-08-20)  ETD File Embargoed
The purpose of the current study was to explore the relationship between critical consciousness and multicultural awareness among undergraduate students at Auburn University. Due to the constantly changing makeup of the ...

Resource Selection and Bait Response by Female Eastern Wild Turkey in Alabama 

Margadant, Lee (2019-08-19)
A key element for the successful management of a wildlife species is understanding the specific resources an animal is using and at what time of the year. Resource selection by animals is typically addressed in the terms ...

Reconstructing Paleoenvironmental Conditions of Northern Alabama Utilizing Guano Cores 

Tsalickis, Alexandra (2019-08-18)
The need to understand long-term precipitation patterns in the southeast United States are of great concern considering human population increase, climate change, agricultural production and environmental stressors. Current ...

Occupancy Rates of Eastern Wild Turkeys: Estimating effects of experimental harvest regulations and automating image analysis 

Stewart, Briana (2019-08-18)
Each chapter in this thesis contributes to the available knowledge about turkey populations in Alabama, the effects of management on those populations, and the ability to conduct cost-effective surveys for monitoring their ...

Four Essays on the Economic Development, Resource and Environmental Economic 

Xu, Yecheng (2019-08-16)  ETD File Embargoed
The economic structure and household livelihood of Mongolia have been experiencing dramatic changes driven by both the socio-economic transition and the climate change in the past decades. This dissertation investigated ...

Gaze behavior during predictive and diagnostic reasoning 

Duncan, Amegbletor (2019-08-16)
Many current theories of causal learning and reasoning offer causal structure as the answer to a long-standing question: what allows people to distinguish causal relationships from non-causal relationships? One component ...

Alabama & Georgia Media Sources and Their Claims About Alternative Food Networks 

Stitt, Amanda (2019-08-16)  ETD File Embargoed
The purpose of this paper is to explore the ways in which the media shapes information about Alternative Food Networks (AFN). This study is embedded in a larger project investigating local beef food safety in the Southeast ...

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