The Honors Thesis is a research project for which eligible students apply during their junior year and complete in their senior year. Colby departments and programs that have an honors program establish the requirements for the project and its final format. Each student, upon completion of the thesis, is asked to archive his or her project in Digital Commons so that it may be made available to the Colby community and to the world at large.

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Honors Theses from 2016

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Resonant Collisions of Potassium Atoms, Philip Michael Adamson

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Don't Know, Do Not Resuscitate: A Principle for the Creation of the Kingdom of Ends in the ICU, Griffen Isaac Allen

Investigation of Biological, Sociological, and Statistical Factors Contributing to the Emergence and Spread of the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa, Alexandra Anne Bishop

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Police Impunity in Mexico: Creating Openings for Justice in a New Democracy, Emily Boyce

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The Effect of Temperature on the Supply and Demand for the American Lobster (Homarus americanus) in the State of Maine, Gaby E. Carpenter

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Park Politics: Political Influences on Frederick Law Olmsted & the Creation of Central Park, Kathryn Chow

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Structure and Function of Melatonin Receptors in Arthropods: A Computational Approach, James W. Connelly IV

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Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Irruptive Fringillid Movements, Paul J. Dougherty

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A Failure to Cooperate: Why Canada, the United States, and Mexico have not Developed a Regional Energy Strategy, Timothy Dutton

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There and Back Again: The Enchanted Otherworlds of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Sir Orfeo Prefiguring the Structure of Disenchantment, Andrew D. Finn

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Negotiating Order in State-Funded Care: Examining the Salience of Sponsoring Agencies in Maine's School-Based Health Centers, Susan M. Fleurant

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Are the Brain and the Mind One? Neuromarketing and How Consumers Make Decisions, Emily Glaenzer

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Pharmaceutical and personal care products concentrations in the Belgrade Lakes: A possible threat to aquatic ecosystems and human health, Serena Haver

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Global Reach, Local Markets: The Challenges of Leading Global Innovation, Sarah Higgins

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Health Care Agency: Statewide Awareness of Patient-Centered Care in Maine’s Mental Health Care Facilities, Holly Hogan A

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Assessing LakeSmart: The Development and Effectiveness of a Lake Protection Program, Alexa A. E. Junker

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Using Genetic Algorithms to Evolve Artificial Neural Networks, William T. Kearney

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Phenanthrene...With a Twist!, Nicholas S. Kim

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Human Charged Multivesicular Body Protein 2B (CHMP2B) Causes Deficits in Morning Circadian Activity when Expressed in Drosophila Clock Neurons, Christopher Krasniak

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Campaigning on YouTube: Messaging and Online Communication in the 2016 Presidential Nomination Process, Abraham Krieger

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Devising Performance & Queer Futurity, Brendan F. Leonard

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The Roles of Introduced Eucalyptus in the Conservation and Expansion of Ethiopian Orthodox Church Forests in the Northern Ethiopian Highlands, Janice Liang

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Petrography, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry of Greenish- and Reddish-Gray Siltstones Straddling the Vertebrate-Defined Permian–Triassic Boundary in South Africa, Jiawen Li

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Multiple introductions as a trigger for invasive behavior of introduced pin oak (Quercus palustris) in central Maine, Juvenal Lopez

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Shifting Baselines of Iconic Marine Species in the Caribbean, Samantha Lovell

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Part I: Photochemical Generation of Cyclohexyne from a Hydrocarbon Precursor Part II: A Triptycenyl Flower, Daniel Maurer

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Detecting Stock Market Bubbles: A Price-to-Earnings Approach, Austin F. Murphy

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Alexander the Great Cultural Chameleon: Changing Character & Purpose Over Time, Eva Neczypor

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Ecological predictors and consequences of non-native earthworms in Kennebec County, Maine, Julia Rogers

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The Effect of Cyanobacterium Gloeotrichia echinulata in the Belgrade Lakes, Maine, Harriet T. Rothschild

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Entering Into Dialogue with Pope Francis' Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, Sarah Jeanne Shimer

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The Voluntourism Encounter: Affect, Discomfort, and Transformation in Yaxunah, Caroline Tegeler

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The Historical Ecology of Queensland’s Australian Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Emily M. Walker

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Development of a Chemical Genetic Screen to Determine Synergistic Compounds with Laromustine in Treating Glioblastoma Multiforme Cultured Cells, Ryan Weeks

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Environmental contingency of seed-fungi interactions in coexisting invasive purple loosestrife and native cattail, Shayla R. Williams

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Experimental and Computational Study of Methylphenylvinylidene and Its Rearrangements, Xi Yang

Honors Theses from 2015

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The Growing Crisis in Maine: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Olivia Avidan

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Sociological Effects of Wind Farms in Maine, Jeanne E. Barthold and Jeanne Barthold

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Mobilization and Resignation: Argentine Riparian Community Responses to the Proposed Garabí and Panambí Hydroelectric Dams, Carolyn Bennett

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Beer Stein Poem, True Poem, Sick Poem, Erotic Poem, and Other Poems, Margaret Bower

Analysis of Post-­‐Earnings-­‐Announcement Market Reactions: Is There Still a Delayed Price Response and Can it Be Exploited?, Nils Carlson

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ACL Injuries in Female Athletes: Are Prevention Programs the Answer?, Brooke Chandor

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Institutions, Distance, and Foreign Direct Investment, Charles Coffman

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Construction and Optimization of a Tapered Amplifier System for Applications in Ultra-Cold Plasma Research, Ryan Cole

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Experimental and Computational Investigation of Selected β-Hydroxy Carbenes, Joseph D. DeAngelo

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Cost Effectiveness of Renewable Energy Policy on Military Installations, Zachary L. Esakof

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A Constellation of Caring: The Dynamic and Fluctuating Nature of Pediatric Cancer Care, Anne Friedrich

The Destabilization of Hierarchy: Counter-hegemonic Attitudes in Works by Herman Melville, Morgan C. Gallagher

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Co-Authorship in Action: Curation & Collaboration in American post-Judson Dance, Sara Gibbons

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The Importance of Fitting In: Drinker Status, Social Inclusion, and Well-Being in College Students, Molly B. Hodgkins

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Assessing the Carbon Impacts of Colby College’s Biomass Plant, Alice Hotopp

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From Development to Desintegration: Elites and the Connectedness of Mountain Communities in Western North Carolina from the Antebellum Period to the End of the Civil War, Colin W. Hull

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Queering the Production of Sexual Knowledge: Narrative Strategies, Gender Politics and the Promise of Feminist Focus Groups, Madeline J. Hunsicker

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Reputation Effects and Hedonic Pricing at the Portland Fish Exchange, Kush Jadeja

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"Trying to Resurrect People": Musical Theater and Theater for Social Change in Witness Uganda, Emilie Jensen

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La (re)imaginación de una ruta milenaria: El Camino de Santiago en el modelaje de una espiritualidad moderna, Benjamin Lester

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The Central Hankel Transform, Matthew J. Levine

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Quantization of Analysis, Kelvin K. Lui

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Quantum Effects in Gravity: The Ambiguous Vacuum, Kelvin K. Lui

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The Stimulatory Effects of Acute Ethanol Exposure on the Innate Immune System of Zebrafish (Danio rerio), Paul C. Macklis

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Announcement effects of convertible debt: Do firm and market characteristics affect the magnitude of abnormal stock returns?, Charles N. Madden

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Announcement effects of convertible debt: Do firm and market characteristics affect the magnitude of abnormal stock returns?, Charlie Madden

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School Gardens: Cultivating a Child’s Nutritional Habits, Environmental Knowledge, and Sustainability Practices, Jeffrey Meltzer

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Mathematical modeling of Emiliania huxleyi and a host-specific virus, Julia Middleton

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Nurturing Environmental Literacy at Colby College: Higher Education and the Environmental Crisis, Molly Nash

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Market Microstructure and Abnormal Returns: An Analysis of NYSE and SGX Securities, Alex Ng

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Bridging The Divide: The Religious and the Secular at Colby College, James O'Leary

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Inequality and Involvement: Participatory Trends in the Politics of a Rural Maine Town, Shelby O'Neill

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Expanding the Literary Enterprise: How we experience the texts of the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Curriculum, Molly Ostrow

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Demographics as Destiny: Modeling Population Change and Party Strategies on the Electoral Map, 2016-2040, Sam Parker

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L’IDENTITÉ LIBANAISE DANS LA MÉMOIRE LITTÉRAIRE DE LA GUERRE CIVILE, Sarah J. Rockford

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An Investigation of BAG3 Knockdown and its Effects on the Cytotoxicity of Laromustine, Colin Sheehan

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Investigating the Endogeneity of Risk Attitudes: Experimental Evidence Involving Cooperation and Competition, Erik Solli

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Behind the Missing Rib: The Five Stages of Grief, Johnna L. St. Cyr

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The Influence of Normative Feedback on Stigma of Mental Health, Carly A. Taylor

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Bhabha's Hybridity and Kenyan Development: A Close Look at Banking, Land and Health, Hannah F. Tuttle and Hannah Tuttle

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Generation of 2-Adamantylidenecarbene from a Phenanthrene-Based Precursor, Christine E. Wamsley

Along the Cliffs of Bray, Elizabeth J. Woodbury

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Innovation and Productivity: Evidence from China, Jingying Xu

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A Personalized Chatterbot Based on Facebook Update, Jinghui Yu and Bruce Maxwell

Drivers and Barriers to Financial Inclusion in Peru: a Demand-side Approach, Maria Zeta-Valladolid

Honors Theses from 2014

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Macroinvertebrate Community Structure and Feeding Dynamics in Three Forested Headwater Streams in Central Maine, Emily R. Arsenault

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Deformation mechanisms in mylonites at Fletcher Peak, Washington County, ME, Ariana S. Boyd

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The Fluvial Sequence of a Latest Changhsingian, Pre-PT Extinction River Complex, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, Tara Chizinski

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Structural Characterization of the Major Guanosine-Guanosine Cross-Link Formed by Epichlorohydrin, Edward Chuang

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Life Insurance Holdings in the Great Recession: Examining the Impact of Changes in Household Structure, Financial Position, and Risk Aversion on the Decision to Purchase or Drop Coverage, Peaslee Clare

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Optimization of a Chemical Genetic Screen to Identify Druggable Targets in U138 Cells Treated with Laromustine, Kathryn Coe

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The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development: A Natural Experiment along the New York and Pennsylvania Border, Brandan Cosgrove

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Quantumness and Coherence in Photosynthesis, Brian Doolittle

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Variations in Intra- and Interspecific Response to Mobbing Calls by the Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), Katerina M. Faust

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The Impact of Dams on Nitrogen Cycling in the Messalonskee Stream, Rebecca K. Forgrave

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Moon Jellies, Christina Garbarino

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Borderline Depravity: The Impact of U.S. Immigration Policy on Human Smuggling at the Mexican Border, Chloe J. Gilroy

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La puerta a Europa: Percepciones de la inmigración en Andalucía, Kristin Glasheen

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Awareness, Agency, and Alternatives: Opportunities and Challenges for CONAMURI and the Paraguayan Women’s Food Sovereignty Movement in an Age of Social Media, BriAnne Illich

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The Talbot Effect, Malia Kawamura

The Talbot Effect, Malia Kawamura

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La Identidad de Los Carabineros de Chile: The Evolving Identity of Chile's National Police Force and the 1973 Military Coup, Jeffrey O. Lamson

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The Relationships between Local Food and Food Security in Maine, Erin Love

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In Search of Murmurings (Full Score), Luke Martin