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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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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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RECOGNIZING HER CHARACTERISTICS AS A LEADER: AN EXAMINATION OF THE SELF-ASSESSMENT OF WOMEN LEADERS AS SHAPED BY SOCIAL IDENTITY THEORY AND THE CONCEPT OF DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS, John C. Gregory

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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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Designing Effective Messages to Promote Future Zika Vaccine Uptake, Jeanine Guidry

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An Algorithm to Improve Deformable Image Registration Accuracy in Challenging Cases of Locally-Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Christopher L. Guy

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

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ANALYZING THE PHENOTYPIC EFFECT OF THREE CANDIDATE GENES ASSOCIATED WITH NONSYNDROMIC CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS USING A ZEBRAFISH MODEL, Megan A. Hept

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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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Signaling Components Involved in the Hormone Induced Translocation of ENaC in Cultured Adult Human Fungiform (HBO) Taste Cells, Deanna Hojati

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Plantiod Planet, roxana hojat

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

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MODIFIED PAMAM DENDRIMERS IN TUNABLE DRUG-DELIVERY SYSTEMS: A SUSTAINED-RELEASE DENDRIMER HYDROGEL FOR ANTI-GLAUCOMA DRUGS AND SURFACE-ENGINEERED MACROPHAGES AS NANOPARTICLE CARRIERS FOR TARGETED ANTI-CANCER THERAPY, Christopher A. Holden

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A Comparison of Treatment Planning Modalities for the Pediatric Dental Patient, Martha M. Holland

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UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: A CASE STUDY EXPLORING STREET-LEVEL BUREAUCRACY IN ACADEMIC ADVISING, Fai Howard

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

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IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE AND TIME-PREDICTABILITY OF GPUs, Yijie Huangfu

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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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Mechanisms of Motivational Interviewing in a Parent-focused Pediatric Obesity Intervention, Nadia Islam

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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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DISCOVERY OF MOR SELECTIVE, REVERSIBLE OPIOID ANTAGONIST FOR POTENTIAL USE IN TREATMENT OF DRUG DEPENDENCE, Abdulmajeed Jali

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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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Cooperative Wideband Spectrum Sensing Based on Joint Sparsity, ghazaleh jowkar

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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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Assessing the Implementation of Campus Safety Policies in Virginia Community Colleges: An Analysis of the Forces at Play in Higher Education Institutional-Level Policymaking, Steven T. Keener

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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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EFFECTS OF SILENCING CYC2-LIKE GENES ON FLORAL DEVELOPMENT IN SOLANUM LYCOPERSICUM L. AND NICOTIANA OBTUSIFOLIA M. MARTENS & GALEOTTI (SOLANACEAE), Joonseog Kim

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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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THE ROLE OF KLF1 IN REGULATING γ-GLOBIN GENE REPRESSORS, Anna P. Kovilakath

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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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Nanomedicine Drug Delivery across Mucous Membranes, Michael G. Lancina III

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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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A Hierarchical Architectural Framework for Securing Unmanned Aerial Systems, Matthew Leccadito

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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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Photoelectrochemical cell constructed from BBY membrane with various substrate materials, Yang 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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A Study of Sediment Accretion Dynamics in Mature and Restored Tidal Freshwater Forested Wetlands in the James River Watershed using Surface Elevation Tables and Marker Horizons, Ronaldo Lopez

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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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Determinants of Hospital Administrators' Choice of Anesthesia Practice Model, Maribeth L. Massie

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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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Adversarial Decision Making in Counterterrorism Applications, Dogucan Mazicioglu

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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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Communication, Empathy, and Trust: Exploring Teachers' Partnerships With the Families of Their Most Challenging Students, Kimberly W. McKnight

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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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Effects of Cumulative Risk on Asthma Outcomes in Urban Children and Adolescents, Samantha A. Miadich

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SELF-FORGIVENESS IN ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS: THE IMPACT ON THE PERPETRATOR AND THE RELATIONSHIP, Jaclyn M. Moloney

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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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Computational Fluid Dynamics in a Terminal Alveolated Bronchiole Duct with Expanding Walls: Proof-of-Concept in OpenFOAM, Jeremy Myers

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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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NETWORK ANALYTICS FOR THE MIRNA REGULOME AND MIRNA-DISEASE INTERACTIONS, Joseph Jayakar Nalluri

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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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An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship among Social Institutions and Juvenile Arrests in Virginia, Linh Thi T. Nguyen

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The Characterization of Chimeric Chaperone Flagrp170 as a Novel Radioprotectant, Tyler L. Nguyen

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THE TEA PARTY VERSUS PLANNING: A STUDY OF TEA PARTY ACTIVISM AND ITS IMPACT ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING, Spencer A. Norman

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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