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  • Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures 

    Huck, Rachel A., 1997-- (2018)
    Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures are a sub-type of seizures that are typically associated with trauma and dissociative disorders. This paper explores the overall nature of these seizures. The presentation of the actual ...
  • Making Middle School Science Curriculum Lesson Plans More Culturally Relevant to Early Adolescent Ethnic Minorities 

    Grazutis, Ashley M., 1996-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    The changing needs of our students, such as an increased knowledge of social justice and equity issues, are gaining importance in teacher training programs as world views of social norms are broadened to address the changing ...
  • Animals and Death: An Analysis of Animal Remains at the Castledyke South Cemetery Site 

    Ercolani, Jesse A., 1996-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-11)
    This thesis explores the placement of animal remains in the Castledyke South Cemetery Site in Barton-on-Humber. The site itself was used by the Anglo-Saxons during the period of the late 5th or early 6th to the late 7th ...
  • Digital media usage during the 2018 midterm elections among Illinois State Senate elections 

    Wang, Christine, 1996-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-11)
    The objective of this research is to examine the role that digital media usage plays in elections, specifically the Illinois State Senate Elections during the 2018 midterms. This research argues that the use of multiple ...
  • Motorized Assistive Walker for Improving Mobility in Cerebral Palsy Patients 

    Lin, Hnin Eaindray (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    For this project, the CIS mobility team from the College of Engineering & Engineering Technology was approached by the family of a 13-year-old high school student named Kelly, who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy symptoms ...
  • Getting Started with TippyTalk EDU: An evidence-based manual for use of assistive communication mobile application 

    Cousins, Kylie E., 1997-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    Individuals who are nonverbal do not have the freedom to communicate outside of the room they are in without the help of technology. Through apps like TippyTalk EDU, individuals with this need for communication freedom can ...
  • Surveying Research on the Teaching and Learning of Conceptual Understanding of Fraction Arithmetic 

    Abedrabo, Sabreen, 1995-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    In the US, fractions are often taught in an incoherent way and fraction operations are taught without meaning. Reform efforts continue to try to improve this situation and many rich tools have been developed for teaching ...
  • Effecting Change in their Community: The Pilsen Neighbors Community Council and Teresa Fraga, 1970-1990 

    Skipor, Benjamin E., 1997-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    The purpose of my research was to find how the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC) and Teresa Fraga were able to affect change within the Pilsen neighborhood located in the near Southwest Side of Chicago. This paper ...
  • Desire: A Look at Tennessee Williams 

    Hulett, Olivia J. (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    This is a 20-minute directing project exploring the usage of acting exercises to generate a better performance. Some methods involved include the teachings of: Konstantin Stanislavksi, Jacques Lecoq, Anne Bogart, and Peter ...
  • Making Middle School Science Curriculum Lesson Plans More Culturally Relevant to Early Adolescent Ethnic Minorities 

    Grazutis, Ashley M., 1996-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    The changing needs of our students, such as an increased knowledge of social justice and equity issues, are gaining importance in teacher training programs as world views of social norms are broadened to address the changing ...
  • Project Icarus 

    Shanshal, Amro A., 1997-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    Project Icarus is an autonomous surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) prototype designed to aid first responders by providing rapid aerial assessment of locations affected by disaster. Additionally, Project Icarus is ...
  • Analysis of State Unfunded Retirement Benefits in the United States 

    Los, Darian, 1997-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    States have not been required to include underfunded pension liabilities on their financial statements until GASB No. 67 and No. 68 was issued in 2012. This means that citizens have not be getting all of information relating ...
  • Bidirectional Associations between Co-parenting and Adolescent Depressive Symptoms 

    Trempala, Jennifer I., 1993-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-10)
    The associations between how parents’ co-parenting influence adolescent’s mental health, and how adolescents’ mental health influences parent’s co-parenting are compared in this study. Participants were parents who had ...
  • Workflow Interruptions: Risk Factors and Outcomes in Nursing 

    Maniya, Chandaniben (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-08)
    Introduction: Workflow interruptions in nursing are defined as the disruption of a nursing task. Workflow interruptions are a common stressor in nurses’ work, leading to deviations in their focus that can result in medication ...
  • Dressember: Music for Social Change 

    Langer, Esther R., 1998-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    Dressember: Music for Social Change was a recital held on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, at the Northern Illinois University School of Music. The recital combined music with social justice, featuring all music by female ...
  • Wear of tools used in sheet metal stamping 

    Ortega-Perea, Rafael David (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    Stamping is an operation that is widely used in the manufacturing industry to produce products in high volume and in a continuous cycle. This operation can be performed by pressing and drawing. The process of sheet metal ...
  • Creating Theatre: Historical Women's Stories for Here and Now 

    Ferree, Abby M. (2018-12-09)
    One of the most instinctual ideals of humanity is the necessity of sharing stories, past or fiction, to inform what we decide to do in the here and now. Storytelling is a part of all of us. It’s innate. As an actor, my ...
  • Reducing Stress and Anxiety in Nursing Students Using Music Therapy 

    DuVall, Teagan N., 1997-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
  • Relation Between Parents’ Goals and Early Adolescents’ Social Skills 

    Arms, Justin B., 1997-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    This project studied adolescent outcomes of different parent goals. Specifically, this project looks at whether parent centered goals and child centered goals are correlated with adolescent social skills. We broke down ...
  • Supporting Students with ADHD in the Classroom 

    Patinka, Alexandria, 1995-- (Northern Illinois University, 2018-12-09)
    Students with ADHD often face academic challenges (Rawe, 2014). Researchers have examined ways in which various levels of assistive technology (AT) devices to help mediate some of these challenges. A selection of AT options ...

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