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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Role of miR-155 and miR-146a in Mast Cell Function, Amina Abdul Qayum

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MODULATING THE INNATE IMMUNE RESPONSE TO ELECTROSPUN SCAFFOLDS AND POLYMER DEGRADATIVE BYPRODUCTS, Daniel Abebayehu

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Thyroid Hormone as a Method of Reducing Damage to Donor Hearts after Circulatory Arrest, William P. Adams

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ROLE OF INSULIN-LIKE GROWTH FACTOR BINDING PROTEIN 7 (IGFBP7) USING A GENETIC KNOCKOUT MOUSE MODEL, Maaged A. Akiel

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Re-exploring my identity as a Japanese woman, Fumi Amano

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Evaluation of Volumetric Change of Periapical Lesions After Apicoectomy as a Measure of Postsurgical Healing Utilizing Cone Beam Computed Tomography, Eshwar Arasu

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A Comparative Study of Intraradicular Enterococcus Faecalis Biofilm Removal with Three Root Canal Treatment Systems: A Scanning Electron Microscopy Evaluation, Cyrous Ardalan

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Effect of charged species on the gradient properties, Kayesh Ashraf

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Biological Mechanisms and Symptom Outcomes of Uncertainty and Psychological Stress in Parkinson’s Disease, Kimberley W. Austin

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EVALUATION OF THE REGIONAL DRUG DEPOSITION OF NASAL DELIVERY DEVICES USING IN VITRO REALISTIC NASAL MODELS, Mandana Azimi

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How Master Teachers Conceptualize Student Engagement: A Comparison of Theoretical and Practitioner Perspectives, Andrew D. Baker

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Application of the Fisher Dimer Model to DNA Condensation, John C. Baker III

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Effects of Hydraulic Dredging and Vessel Operation on Atlantic Sturgeon Behavior in a Large Coastal River, Michael R. Barber

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Person-Centered Treatment to Optimize Psychiatric Medication Adherence, Natalie Bareis

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Gravitational Microlensing, Wesley M. Barnes

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To Help or Not to Help? Assessing the Impact of Envy and Gratitude on Prosocial Behaviors, Anna Maria C. Behler

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Building a Bond: Longitudinal Relations between Interpersonal School Climate, Student Awareness and Reporting of Violence, and Peer Victimization and Aggression in Adolescents, Kathryn Behrhorst

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Bridging the empathy gap: Effects of brief mindfulness training on helping outgroup members in need, Daniel R. Berry

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Misencounters, Francisco J. Besa

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Meiskov: Combining the Techniques of Sanford Meisner and Michael Chekhov, Onstage and Off, Alexis Black

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Good As We Know It: Goodness in Design Discourse Since 1870, Garreth C. Blackwell

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NICHE CONSERVATISM OR DIVERGENCE: INSIGHTS INTO THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORIES OF Pinus taeda, Pinus rigida, AND Pinus pungens, Constance E. Bolte

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Horizon Makes a Circle, Ryan K. Bonner

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Uncovering the Progress of Planning for Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise & Coastal Storms: A Plan Evaluation of Norfolk, VA & New York City, Eric K. Borchers

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The Better World Movement, Jacob Branigan

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Series Solutions of Polarized Gowdy Universes, Doniray Brusaferro

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Laban for the Actor: The Mind/Body Connection, Margaret C. Buckner

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TUMOR-INTRINSIC INFLAMMATORY PATHWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH TUMOR DORMANCY AND RECURRENCE, Savannah E. Butler

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Educational Predictors for Postsecondary Living Status, Irina Cain

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Hydrogen Peroxide and Pharmacological Agent Modulation of TRPV2 Channel Gating, Tuoxin Cao

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Impact of School-Based Sex Education on College Students’ Rape Myth Acceptance: An Exploratory Analysis, Erika Carpenter

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Structure Will Follow and Other Stories, John Matheson Cartwright

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Short and Long Chain Free Fatty Acids Differentially Regulate Glucagon-like Peptide-1 and Peptide YY Transcript Levels in Enteroendocrine Cells (STC-1), Colin M. Catherman

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We, Wesley B. Chavis

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Low-temperature Fabrication Process for Integrated High-Aspect Ratio Metal Oxide Nanostructure Semiconductor Gas Sensors, William Paul Clavijo

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the moon cuts like pye, but not cherry, jacqueline Avery collins

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Understanding the Expressive Cartoon Drawings of a Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Michael S. Collins

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Love Learning in Porous Skin, Sarah Coote

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The Impact of Perceived Mental Illness Stigma on Caregivers’ Desire to Relinquish Care, Tyler R. Corson

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Edge-Transitive Bipartite Direct Products, Cameron M. Crenshaw

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The Quiet Near the End of Our World, Matthew S. Cricchio

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Conflicted Commons: A Local Makerspace in the Neoliberal City, Caitlin Cunningham

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Art for Recovery, Lucy Dabney

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TYPE 2 IMMUNE RESPONSES IN THE CONTEXT OF HELMINTH INFECTION, ASTHMA, DENDRITIC CELLS, AND MYELOID DERIVED SUPPRESSOR CELL FUNCTION, Sheela Ruby Damle

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Tissue factor expression, regulation, and signaling in human airway cells, Michael D. Davis

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SALVIANOLIC ACID B FOR PULMONARY DELIVERY TOWARDS REVERSAL OF EMPHYSEMA, Sneha Dhapare and Masahiro Sakagami

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A comparative analysis of geometric morphometrics across two Pseudemys turtle species in east central Virginia, Kristin C. Dillard

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A Multi-Method Exploration of the Genetic and Environmental Risks Contributing to Tobacco Use Behaviors in Young Adulthood, Elizabeth K. Do

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Belle Isle, Point Lookout, the Press and the Government: The Press and Reality of Civil War Prison Camps, Marlea S. Donaho 3970003

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Role of the Pediatric Dental Provider in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Education, Meredith L. Dugoni

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An Investigation of Surface Characteristics of Enamel Treated with Infiltrative Resin: A Scanning Electron Microscopy Study, Danielle E. Easterly

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Recovery From Design, Cassandra J. Ellison

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Synthetic Modeling of Power Grids Based on Statistical Analysis, Seyyed Hamid Elyas 8045266

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Abuse-related Behavioral Effects of Oxycodone in the Mouse and their Modulation by HIV-1 Tat Expression, Rachel M. Enga

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WEIGHTED QUANTILE SUM REGRESSION FOR ANALYZING CORRELATED PREDICTORS ACTING THROUGH A MEDIATION PATHWAY ON A BIOLOGICAL OUTCOME, Bhanu M. Evani

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Orientia tsutsugamushi secretes two ankyrin repeat-containing effectors via a type 1 secretion system to inhibit host NF-κB function, Sean M. Evans

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Relocations of the 'Outraged Slave': Transatlantic Reform Conversations through Douglass's Periodical Fiction, Nikki D. Fernandes

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Should We Straighten Up? Exploring the Responsibilities of Actor Training for LGBTQ Students, Matthew B. Ferrell

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A SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS FOR RELATIVE IMPORTANCE WEIGHTS IN THE META-ANALYTIC CONTEXT: A STEP TOWARDS NARROWING THE THEORY-EMPIRICISM GAP IN TURNOVER, James G. Field

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Cabaret Story-Telling: Building Your Act, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald

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Negotiating Desire: Resisting, Reimagining and Reinscribing Normalized Sexuality and Gender in Fan Fiction, Charity A. Fowler

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Electronic and Structural Study of the Reactivity of Cu+ with CO, H2O, O2, N2 and their Mixture, Cara M. Frame

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A Novel Synthesis and Subsequent Decyclization of Iminothiozolidinones: Expansion of Thiourea Chemistry for Biological Applications, Constance D. Franklin

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Women Self Actualization: A narrative of a performative gender constitution, Hala A. Gabr

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Review of Whistleblowing Studies in Accounting Research Examining Corporate Internal Whistleblowing Policy, Lei Gao

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Smoking Behavior in Arab Americans: Acculturation and Health Beliefs, Roula Ghadban

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Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a Model for Orofacial Research, Kevin A. Ghaffari

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A Dull Soldier and a Keen Guest: Stumbling Through The Falstaffiad One Drink at a Time, Emma Givens

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Characterizing the Role of Key Planar Cell Polarity Pathway Components in Axon Guidance, Grayland W. Godfrey II

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Nature of Bonding in Bimetallic or Ligated Aluminum Clusters, Cam J. Grover

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Quantitative Analysis and Process of High Speed Live Cell Interferometry Measurements, Daniel Guest

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Discovery and characterization of bile acid and steroid metabolism pathways in gut-associated microbes, Spencer Harris

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“The Heighe Worthynesse of Love”: Visions of Perception, Convention, and Contradiction in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, John J. Hertz

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PATIENT OUTCOMES AND MANAGED CARE: WHAT WAS THE IMPACT OF THE STATE REGULATORY BACKLASH?, TINA C. HIGHFILL

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Virginia's Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Program: Ten Years Later, What We Know, -Where Do We Need to Go?, Cherise A. Hodge

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Active Design: Creating a Blue Zones model for interior environments, Alexis Holcombe

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A Comparison of Treatment Planning Modalities for the Pediatric Dental Patient, Martha M. Holland, Tiffany Williams, Caroline Carrico, Patrice Wunsch, and William Dahlke

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FUNCTIONAL STUDY OF CMYA5, A CANDIDATE GENE FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA, Anting Hsiung

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THREE MEASURES OF COPING IN VIDEO GAMES (CIV-III): THE DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCT VALIDATION, AND PROFILE ANALYSIS OF THE CIV-III, Chelsea M. Hughes

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Wiped Clean, Elizabeth H. Hunter

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Assessing Acquiescence in Surveys Using Positively and Negatively Worded Questions, Amy C. Hutton

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Talking to Strangers, Anthony Iacono

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The Japanese Experience in Virginia, 1900s-1950s: Jim Crow to Internment, Emma T. Ito

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Investigating the Modulation and Mechanisms of α7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Nicotine Dependence, Asti Jackson

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Ethanol Reversal of Oxycodone Tolerances, Joanna C. Jacob

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Silver Diamine Fluoride and Oral Health-Related Quality of Life, Nazafarin Javdan

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Sustainable Adapted Treatments for Eating Disorders: The Role of Cultural Adaptation in Prevention, Sarah J. Javier

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Community gardens: Exploring race, racial diversity and social capital in urban food deserts, Jennifer F. Jettner

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RELIABILITY AND STABILITY OF THE SIX QUESTION DISABILITY MEASURE IN THE CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY: WHAT THE DATA CAN AND CANNOT TELL US ABOUT DISABILITY AND LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION, Jeffrey Joy Dr.

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Designing for Divorce: New Rituls and Artifacts for an Evolving World, Yang Soon Ju Ms.

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below the neck, above the knees, Desiree Dawn Kapler

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The Prevalence, Predictive Factors, and Classification of Intrapulpal Cracks in Maxillary Molars Requiring Endodontic Treatment, husain karashi

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Combining Noxa-Inducing Drugs with ABT-263 to Efficiently Increase Cell Death in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), Sung Woo Kim

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Biochemical Analysis of Putative Single-Stranded Nucleic Acid Binding Proteins in Porphyromonas gingivalis, Steve H. Kokorelis

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Pebbles Is a Girl That Doesn't Know Anything, Grace A. Kubilius

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The Influence of Genetic and Environmental Factors on Quit Attempt in Adolescent and Young Adult Twins, Gladys Langi

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Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Dentists and Orthodontists, Natalie R. La Rochelle

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Process Metamorphosis, My Choreographic Journey, Brianna J. Larson

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Sub for More, Chelsea Lee

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NANOCOMPOSITE BIOELECTRONICS FOR BIOPOTENTIAL ENABLED PROSTHESIS, Dong Sup Lee