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Theses and Dissertations Spring 2009 to present

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This collection contains theses and dissertations of graduate students of the University of Alberta submitted since Spring 2009. Documents are added to this collection through the review process required for convocation for current students.

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  1. Physiological, ecological and environmental factors that predispose trees, stands and landscapes to infestation by tree-killing Dendroctonus beetles

    by Goodsman, Devin W.

    In the last century the frequency and severity of outbreaks of tree-killing Dendroctonus beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)...

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  2. Physiology and morphology of epithelia in the freshwater demosponge, Spongilla lacustris

    by Adams, Emily

    Epithelia form protective barriers and regulate molecule transport between the mesenchyme and environment. Amongst all metazoans,...

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  3. Phytoremediation of Nitrogen Impacted Soil and Groundwater at a Fertilizer Facility in Central Alberta

    by Kneteman, Kelly A

    In-situ remediation techniques such as phytoremediation have shown promise as economical alternatives for reducing the risk...

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  4. Pickles, Beets, and Bread: Examining Traditional Food Knowledge in a Rural Albertan Community

    by Braun, Jennifer A

    The globalization and industrialization of the agri-food system over the past fifty years has been linked to declining knowledge...

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  5. Picture this: evaluating a nonprofit arts-based children's program through photography

    by Kisilevich, Susan Joan

    This research challenges the notion of evaluation as being necessarily reductive, judgmental and often leading to ill-fated...

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  6. Picturing the Asian Diaspora in North America: A Study of Liu Hung, Jin-me Yoon and Nikki S. Lee

    by Zheng, Jingjing

    This thesis explores the changing identity of Asian North American women in the past thirty years through the analysis of...

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  7. A pilot study investigating arm and leg FES-assisted cycling as an intervention for improving ambulation after Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

    by Alvarado, Laura

    People with incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI) have the potential for recovering walking through plasticity-induced changes...

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  8. A pilot study of the bullying experiences of children who stutter and the coping strategies they use in response

    by van Kuik Fast, Nathania

    This qualitative pilot study investigated the bullying experiences of children who stutter, the type of coping strategies...

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  9. A pilot study on the health related quality of life of symptomatic pediatric patients with celiac disease

    by Samuel, Tarah M

    Background: Celiac disease affects 1% of the population and the only treatment for CD is life-long adherence to a gluten-free...

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  10. Pinball: High-Speed Real-Time Tracking and Playing

    by Metcalf, Adam

    Pinball is fast-paced arcade-style game of which the origins date back hundreds of years. Game playing robots exist for billiards,...

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  11. Pipeline Transport of Wheat Straw Biomass

    by Luk, Jason

    This study experimentally evaluated wheat straw slurry pipelines. Tests were conducted to determine the particle properties...

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  12. Pitch perception in vocal learners: Fundamental shared components of pitch processing and biological relevance

    by Hoeschele, Marisa A

    Pitch perception is important in both music and language perception in humans. Vocal learners, including humans, share the...

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  13. Pitch Production Using Solvent Extraction of Coal: Suitability as Carbon Anode Precursor

    by Mohammad Ali Pour, Mehdi

    Albertan coal has been used to produce extracts as precursor for production of anode coke. Coal extractability was studied...

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  14. Pivotal role of co-inhibitory molecules in immune tolerance

    by Thangavelu, Govindarajan

    The main function of co-inhibitory molecules is to regulate T cell immune responses by providing negative signals to those...

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  15. Place identity, guides, and sustainable tourism in Canada's Yukon Territory

    by de la Barre, Suzanne

    The following is a qualitative exploration of place identity, wilderness and cultural tourism interpreter guides, and sustainable...

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  16. The placenta as a viral reservoir: Implications for congenital cytomegalovirus infection

    by Davey, Ashley

    Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the most common cause of congenital infection in newborns. One mechanism for this virus to...

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  17. Plagiarism as Authorship: the Literary Mashup

    by Schneider, Matthew

    Mashups—texts composed by combining portions from several original texts—are a new literary form. In order to better understand...

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  18. Planar moving flap valve structure for microfluidic control

    by Lam, Lawrence

    This work describes the development of a planar moving flexible valve in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with integrated optics...

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  19. Planktonic responses to nitrogen and phosphorus deposition - a natural alpine pond experiment

    by Zettel, James

    Several lines of evidence suggest small alpine lakes and ponds are sensitive to nitrogen deposition. Paleolimnological studies,...

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  20. Plant and soil biophysical properties for evaluating land reclamation in Jasper National Park, Canada


    Jasper National Park has numerous disturbances in the montane and subalpine ecoregions of varying ages and causes, such as...

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