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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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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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Racial and Ethnic Differences in Receipt of Immediate Breast Reconstruction Surgery: Do Hospital Characteristics Matter?, Jaya Shankar Khushalani

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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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Expression of Matrix Metalloproteinases in Naegleria fowleri and Their Role in Degradation of the Extracellular Matrix, Charlton Lam

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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

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The Generalized Monotone Incremental Forward Stagewise Method for Modeling Longitudinal, Clustered, and Overdispersed Count Data: Application Predicting Nuclear Bud and Micronuclei Frequencies, Rebecca Lehman

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“Confederate Soldiers in the Siege of Petersburg and Postwar: An Intensified War and Coping Mechanisms Utilized, 1864- ca. 1895”, Matthew R. Lempke

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Favorability of Financial and Nonfinancial Performance Measures and Analysts' Recommendations, Thomas F. Lewis Jr

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PO2 DEPENDENCE OF OXYGEN CONSUMPTION IN SKELETAL MUSCLE OF DIABETIC AND NON-DIABETIC RATS, Alexander C. Liles

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Sleep disturbances and depression: the role of genes and trauma, Mackenzie J. Lind

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Orthodontists' and Parents' Perspective of Occlusion in Varying Anterior-Posterior Positions: A Comparative Study, David H. Lindsey

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Read-In Arts, An Liu

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Three Dimensional Homology Modeling of Organic Cation Transporter 3 to Identify Structural Elements Mediating Transporter-substrate Interactions, Hebing Liu

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Efficient Integration of Plasmonic and Excitonic Properties of Metal and Semiconductor Nanostructures via Sol-Gel Assembly, Dilhara Liyanage

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The Effects of Irrelevant Information and Minor Errors in Client Documents on Assessments of Misstatement Risk and Sample Size, Edward Lynch

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Chemical Probes for Protein α-N-Terminal Methylation, Brianna D. Mackie

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Inhibition of Oxidative and Conjugative Metabolism of Buprenorphine Using Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Compounds or Components of Dietary Supplements, Neha V. Maharao

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Sound Perception:Encapsulating Intangible Voice Memories in a Physical Memento, Mona Mahmoud Makhlouf

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Face-to-face with the Essay: Pedagogical Contributions Through Examining Nonverbal Communication in David Foster Wallace’s Essays, Julie T. Markham

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Testing the Ability of Two Series of Models to Predict High School Graduation Status, David T. Marshall

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The Role of Mindfulness in the Regulation of Behavior Among Those Prone to Negative Urgency, Alexandra M. Martelli

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Sticking to the recipe: How do adherence and differentiation to a CBT protocol affect client outcomes in youths with anxiety?, Ruben G. Martinez

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Identification of Expression and Function of the Glucagon-like Peptide-1 Receptor in Gastrointestinal Smooth Muscle, Alexander T. May

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The Role of the Nucleosome Remodeling Factor NURF in Inhibiting T and Natural Killer Cell Mediated Antitumor Immunity by Suppressing Tumor Antigenicity and Natural Cytotoxicity Receptor Co-ligands, Kimberly Mayes

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Separate and Equal: Power Dynamics Between Women Sleeping with Women Partners, Helen Virginia Mays

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Profiling Precursor Lipids for Specialized Pro-Resolution Molecules in Platelet-Rich Fibrin Following Fish Oil and Aspirin Intake, Danielle M. McCormack

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Effects of prescribed fire on Cope’s Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis) across habitat scales and life stages, Logan McDonald

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Behavioral responses of sub-adult Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) to electromagnetic and magnetic fields under laboratory conditions, Andrew McIntyre III

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D is for the most cherished sense (whence it comes and wither it goes), Hallie S. McNeill

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Novel Role of the Nociceptin System as a Regulator of Glutamate Transporter Expression in Developing Astrocytes, Logan Meyer

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The Dual Faces of Misery, Arden Moscati

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Short-term Effects of Nutrients on a Barrier Island Grassland Community, Ashley Moulton

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Your Turn, Doctor, Leyla Mozayen

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Development of My Footprint Calculator, Karthik Mummidisetti

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Sol-Gel Chemistry: An Advanced Technique to Produce Macroscopic Nanostructures of Metal and Semiconductor Colloids, Lamia Nahar

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Interleukin-18 as a Therapeutic Target in Western-diet Induced Cardiomyopathy, Pratyush Narayan

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The Odcombian Climber: How Thomas Coryate Employed Media for Social Advantage, Julian T. Neuhauser

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Planar Refrains, stephen anthony nunes

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Design, Synthesis, and Biological Screening of Selective Mu Opioid Receptor Ligands as Potential Treatments for Opioid Addiction, Samuel Obeng

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"Our Captain is a Gentleman”: Officer Elections among Virginia Confederates, 1861-1862, Ryan C. O'Hallahan

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Lived Experiences of School Counselors Who Address Mental Health Needs Through Evidenced-based Educational Programs, Kelley Yvette Olds

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The Lens of Trauma: Montage Poetics in H.D.’s Trilogy, Emily Olsen

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Emporium, John C. Orth

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A Comparison of Moderate Oral Sedation Drug Regimens for Pediatric Dental Treatment: A Pilot Study, Ojas A. Parikh

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Internet-based Behavior of IT Professionals: Implications for Online Ergonomic Education to Prevent Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Priyadarshini Pattath

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The Impact of Objective Quality Ratings on Patient Selection of Community Pharmacies: A Discrete Choice Experiment and Latent Class Analysis, Julie A. Patterson

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GOMDS - GRUMPY OLD MEN DOING SHAKESPEARE; THE COMEDY OF ERRORS AS METAPHOR FOR LIFE, AGING, AND BUILDING COMMUNITY, Elizabeth B. Pedersen

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Investigations into structure and properties of atomically-precise transition metal-chalcogenide clusters of CrTe and ligated Cr6Te8(PEt3)6, Anthony F. Pedicini

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DESIGN FOR DISASSEMBLY - A CIRCULAR APPROACH, Wajiha Pervez

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A Dialogue of Learning: The Exploration of a Service-Learning Practicum and the Development of Democratic Educational Values, Margaret P. Pienkowski

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Comparison of intraoral and extraoral scanners on the accuracy of digital model articulation, Jason L. Porter

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Deletion of Cardiac miR-17-92 Cluster Increases Ischemia/ Reperfusion Injury via PTEN Upregulation, Meeta B. Prakash

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Immersive Theater & The Physical Narrative, Lauren Prisco

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Walking in beauty: Responsive and responsible health and healing among Virginia American Indian people, Amy J. Prorock-Ernest

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Comparisons of Isogenic Trisomic and Disomic Cells from People with Mosaicism for Down Syndrome Unmask Cellular Differences Related to Trisomy 21, Kelly A. Rafferty

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Focused Attention vs. Open Monitoring: An Event-Related Potential Study of Emotion Regulation by Two Distinct Forms of Mindfulness Meditation, Tarah L. Raldiris

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Amixicile Inhibits Anaerobic Bacteria within an Oral Microbiome Derived from Patients with Chronic Periodontitis, Kane Ramsey

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LUNG DISPOSITION MODEL-BASED ANALYSES OF CLINICAL PHARMACOKINETIC PROFILES FOR INHALED DRUGS, Anuja Raut

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A Range-wide Assessment of Migratory Connectivity for the Prothonotary Warbler Using Stable Hydrogen Isotopes, Jessica Reese

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Spooky Action At A Distance, Jonathan A. Rehwoldt

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Nature Nurtures, Moriah Rhodes

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Optimization of in vitro transcription/translation conditions for in vitro compartmentalization studies and synthesis of 4-fluorohistidine, Christine Ring

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Advocate or Traditional Bureaucrat: Understanding the Role of ESL Supervisors in Shaping Local Education Policy toward Immigrant Communities, Grant E. Rissler

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Distant Electric Vision: Cultural Representations Of Television From “Edison’s Telephonoscope” To The Electronic Screen, Ivy Roberts

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Wake the Devil, Ricardo Ruiz

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William Holman Hunt’s Portrait of Henry Wentworth Monk, Jennie Mae Runnels

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MODERATE SEVERITY DISTURBANCE HAS SIMILAR EFFECTS ON THE PRODUCTION OF THREE FORESTS NESTED WITHIN THE UPPER GREAT LAKES LANDSCAPE, Benjamin Tai Sagara

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Hub Proteins, Paralogs, and Unknown Proteins in Bacterial Interaction Networks, Neha Sakhawalkar

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open / close: assimilating immersive spaces in visual communication, Anika Sarin

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Upper Elementary Reading Instruction in the Age of Accountability: Balancing Best Practices with Pressures to Achieve on High-Stakes Tests, Christina H. Saunders

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Socioecological Aspects of Tobacco Use in College Populations, Michael D. Sawdey

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positions of place: converging viewpoints in visual communication, Gregory J. Schmidt

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IN SEARCH OF A FUNCTION FOR AN UNCHARACTERIZED CONSERVED PROTEIN IN Streptococcus sanguinis SK36, Ayana Scott-Elliston

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A Roadmap for Development of Novel Antipsychotic Agents Based on a Risperidone Scaffold, Urjita H. Shah

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Altering a Runner’s Foot strike using a Modified Elliptical Trainer, Daniel Shull

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Theatrical Texts and Contexts: Poe and Hawthorne’s Fictional Women, Savannah M. Singletary

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Restoration, Shannon M. Slaight-Brown

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CONTRIBUTION OF A CLASS II RIBONUCLEOTIDE REDUCTASE TO THE MANGANESE DEPENDENCE OF Streptococcus sanguinis, John L. Smith

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The Development of the Treatment Integrity - Efficient Scale for Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Youth Anxiety (TIES-CBT-YA), Meghan Smith

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Synthesis and Characterization of Metallic Nanoparticles for Catalytic Applications, Sarah Smith

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Protective Factors in the Association Between Child Sexual Abuse and Telomere Length in Adults, David Sosnowski

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THE EXPERIENCES AND PERCEPTIONS OF BEHAVIORAL FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS IN MALE BARIATRIC PATIENTS, Stephen P. Sowulewski

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Diabetes-Induced Expression and Regulation of GLP-1 levels by Bile Acid Receptors (TGR5 & FXR), Joseph R. Spengler

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What's Haunting Jackson Ward? Race, Space, and Environmental Violence, Rachel Spraker

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alpha6 beta2 subunit containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptor contributions to abuse-related effects of nicotine and alcohol, Alexandra M. Stafford

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Separation of Transition and Heavy Metals Using Stationary Phase Gradients and Chelation Thin Layer Chromatography / Evaluation of the Effectiveness of POGIL-PCL Workshops, Stacy L. Stegall

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a window the color of her sunburn, Joana Stillwell

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Prevalence and Clinical Characteristics of Teeth Extracted with a Diagnosis of Cracked Tooth: A Retrospective Study, Riley B. Sturgill