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Theses from 2018

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Accelerating ring-polymer Molecular Dynamics using hyperdynamics, Luke C. Adams

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Closing the gap : the impact of parental warmth on children's social competence, Kaileah Nadine Akker, Molly Evangeline O'Connor Evered, and Nicole Christina Antenucci

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The role of a hermeneutics of contrapuntality in resisting resolutions of hybridity, Zuhra Amini

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"Distaste for the violent doves" : the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson and the antiwar movement, Jessica M. Anderson

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No Surrender : Bruce Springsteen and the American dream, Steven Douglas Aslin

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Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection and bactericidal permeability increasing protein (BPI) autoimmunity in cystic fibrosis patients, Cathleen M. Beliveau

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When mirrors become windows and screens open up, North Bennett

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Explosive to effusive transition in intermediate volcanism : changing magma system conditions in Dominica, Jessica J. Bersson

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A formula for failure : the Reagan administration's foreign policy with El Salvador and Nicaragua, Emma Bishop

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Whither is God? : specters of nihilism in 20th century continental thinking, Nolan M. Bishop

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The influence of the ketogenic diet on insulin receptor expression in the caudal hippocampus, Annalise Louise Bond

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A shared haunt, Grace K. Butler

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Recultivating culture : an analysis of culture as a site of ideology, Chloe A. Casey

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Comparing injury response pathways in regenerative and non-regenerative mammalian tissue to identify the divergence in regenerative potential, Mikayla Emiko Chang

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The Transitory, Non-Compulsory, Perennial Institution : summer camps’ impact on identity and identification in an adaptive total institution, Elizabeth E. Chenok

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How did we get here? : precursors to modern day American conservatism, Fionna N.O. Cohen

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Understanding “fit” at Whitman College : the role of race and class in crafting Whitman’s student body, Lilia May Cohen

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Senegalese Qur'anic schools and international NGOs : an exploration of human rights and cultural relativism, Alyson Rose Counsell

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"The people with burned faces" : Greco-Roman anti-black racism and its modern effects, Christopher Cox

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The effect of mindfulness on reappraisal, attentional control, and hostile attribution bias, Alexandra Jo Davirro and Emily Lauren Johnson

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"Morally wrong and politically unacceptable" : Ronald Reagan and constructive engagement, 1981-1988, Jessica Lynn Day-Lucore

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Pandora's box : the Nixon Administration and Bolivia, 1969-1972, Nicole Rae Day-Lucore

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Ecological linguistics and fraught historicity in Black Elk Speaks : a thesis in environmental humanities, Gardner W. Dee

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America : a history in sound, Hunter J. Dunn

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The influence of climate on colluvial hillslopes : insights from mapping hillslope asymmetry in the Eastern Mojave Desert and an exploration of digital terrain modelling using Structure from Motion, Sarah Beth Dunn

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Simulacra and simulation : subverting colonial authority on the "real" oriental subject, Elise DK Feider

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Cherry danish in the afternoon, Catherine F. Fisher

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"Near and graspable" : imagining a binational future for Israel/Palestine, Catherine F. Fisher

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Paranoia and pleasure : from ‘real food’ to ‘real politics’, Claire Azura Floyd-Lapp

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Aspects of value : an investigation of Washington state water governance, Jacob B. Fritz

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When (that) secularism meets (our) memory politics : repression and representation at Whitman College, Grace Elise Fritzke

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A critique of analytical and systemic approaches to environmental philosophy, Ryan Wendell Garrett

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Synthesizing a biomimetic model of the Mo-Cu catalytic site of carbon monoxide dehydrogenase, Ethan F. Gladhill

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Black flags on the horizon : reconceptualizing abnormality in the Middle East, Alden D. Glass

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La Grande Guerre et les rapports franco-américains : un regard épistolaire, Megan Elizabeth Gleason

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A nation of immigrants : DACA, migrant precarity, and the national imagination, Jeffrey James Gustaveson

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Senior jazz recital : the music of Herbie Hancock, Jeffrey James Gustaveson

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Meeting place : poems on body-place mingling, Heather Rose Hamilton

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Mirror mirror on the wall : reflecting surveillance studies, Christopher Steven Hankin

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Temporal geophysical investigation of J-hook induced changes to the hyporheic zone in a fine-grained streambed, Kevin Mabee Helenurm

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Now you see me, now you don't : gender performativity and blindness among college-aged individuals, Alaina J. Jacobsen

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Decolonizing discourses : the First Foods of the Columbia Basin, Gabriel Moss Jacobson

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Quantum physics, cryptography, and SPAM tomography, Gabriel K. Juul

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Alienation, uncertainty, and the waters of change : the Water-sprite in early nineteenth-century Germany, Jane Eleanor Kern

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Behind the stigma : stereotypes and reactions towards children and adults with down syndrome, Rachel G. Leiter

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Lead concentrations in city of Walla Walla households : a survey, Aaron E. Lieberman

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Accepting change : becoming less human, Peggy Y. Li

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The Racial Contract : a critical, contextual examination of Fisher v. Texas II and its impact on continued educational inequality, Christian P. McDonald

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Novel Ptolemaic naval power : Arsinoë II, Ptolemy II, and Cleopatra VII’s innovative thalassocracies, James Harrison McKinney

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Suppressing anti-capitalism : pro-environmental behavior and conformity in the face of crisis, Zan McPherson

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Islands of peace : how individuals, families, and communities sought to survive the Liberian Civil War, Christopher Meabe

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Evolution of antibiotic resistance in surrogate pathogens Bacillus anthracis Sterne and Yersinia pestis KIM6 and KIM10, Amanda Nicole Mercer

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Senior piano recital, Gabriel T. Merrill-Steskal

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The sociality of Lyme disease : an actor-network-theory approach to my disease and its implications, Elizabeth Grove Phillips

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Subsistence is greater than sustenance : developing a framework to interpret the continued colonization of Alaska Natives, Madelyn Irene Poehlein

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“I’m not racist!” : white fragility and mindset theories of racial bias, Zach W. Rahmes and Danica J. Wilbanks

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Naturalizing whiteness : the politics of landscape at Whitman College, Kyla Rapp

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New reactions of the CB11H12- cluster for the synthesis of novel liquid crystals, Julian Irving Reed

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Speaking of trauma..., Christopher W. Reimann

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Distinct cellular functional profiles in pan-cancer expression analysis of cancers with alterations in oncogenes c-MYC and n-MYC, Anne B. Richardson

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Endowments and the elite : a political economic study of the Whitman endowment, Megumi Gretchen Rierson

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Effects of riparian revegetation on stream temperature in the Walla Walla basin, Evan T. Romasco-Kelly

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Tension within the local food movement : how local food systems ensure the health of both the community and the individual, Bari A. Scott

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The unruly place and the unruly person : safe injection sites as pollution in Seattle’s backyard, Chloé Carmen Serkissian

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Blink and you'll miss it : blink rate as a proxy for striatal dopamine in reward-related tasks, Anneka Mary Sonstroem

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What does it mean to be American? : the importance of memory in Japanese American political activism, Linnea Kei Soo

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Effects of mental health factors on young adult substance use, Katrina Z. Umbaugh and Marta G. Picoto

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A content analysis of the National Park Service's social media presence : the representation and construction of America's Best Idea, Amelia Hope Pingree Wells

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Hypothetical assault : why Whitman male bodied victims of assault may not be reporting, Ryan Ross Lee Witherspoon

Theses from 2017

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Inhibiting γ-secretase in myeloma tumor cells to improve killing by chimeric antigen ceceptor T cells, Joe James Abbott

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Living with harm : the impact of the LEAD program and new strategies of drug intervention in Seattle, Meghan E. Ash

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Thought for food : epistemologies behind local food in the Blue Mountain Region, Emily R. Aumann

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Becoming Yonsei, Maya Tei Aurichio

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Isochrone fitting of Hubble data in UV-Vis-IR bands, Hallie A. Barker

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The impact of motivation on selective attention as mediated by consciousness of goals, Ian D. Becker

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Summer surface activity of a sub-surface microhabitat specialist (Ochotona princeps), Lauren M. Benedict

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Daddy’s little princess : paternal relationships and self-objectification, Hannah L. Bouwman, Pascale B. Carpentier, and Taylor A. Berntson

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Representing the political self : the fronts we display and the dissonance we create, Julia R. Buschmann

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Senior piano recital, Milo Ethan Cantor

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Senior voice recital, Olivia Anne Coackley

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The tritone paradox and the Simon effect : a study of pitch perception, Olivia Anne Coackley, Josie Nikita Furbershaw, and Samantha Anne Fata

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Magnetic susceptibility of the Palouse loess as a paleoclimate indicator, Molly A. Coates

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Analyzing the geomorphic parameters of beaver habitat along Panther Brook, New York, Shyam P. Das-Toke

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Not another dead lesbian : the Bury Your Gays trope, queer grief, and The 100, Kira M. Deshler

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Senior honors recital, Soobin Dokko

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Framing the grievable/ungrievable American citizen : visual representations on behalf of Katrina event survivors, Emma Dulaney

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Making it stick : navigating the paradox of gender mainstreaming through frictional encounters in South Sudan, Sarah Edwards

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Eudaimonia is actualized by intrinsically motivated work : using Aristotle and Montessori to develop a new account of eudaimonia, John D. Eiford

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Managing normality : the public health response to Zika virus, Jessica Jayne Faunt

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The sound in the open, Edward B. Ferguson

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Jaw-dropping sculpins : comparative functional morphology and evolution of the Cottoid feeding apparatus, Nina Lester Finley

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The power of presence : Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present (2010) as an invitation to dwell in public feeling, Natalie Q. Godfrey

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Bounded derivatives which are not Riemann integrable, Elliot M. Granath

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Kant on the moral considerability of individuals with mental disorders, Gillian V. Gray

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The Whitman legend : the intertwining of history and memorial in the narrative of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, Delaney Hardin Hanon

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The role of states in the era of climate change : the implications for the future of environmental law, Danielle Acadia Hupper

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Allyship in social justice : definitions, practice, and use, Julia A. Karschney

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Who bears the burden of disease prevention and reproductive control : a content analysis of state health department information on Zika virus, Marianne A. Kellogg

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Emotionality and gender of a third party reporter on memory distortion, Katrina Elise Kerrigan, Ana Patricia Rodriguez, and Madison Erin Seltzer

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Black Lives Matter, Bernie Sanders, and resistive rhetoric on the electoral stage, Jessica Danielle Kostelnik