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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Emporium, John C. Orth

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Eye Movement Control: An Index for Athleticism, Brittany L. OShea

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Discovery and Characterization of Cytomegalovirus Inhibitors using Reporter-based Antiviral Assays, amine ourahmane

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Role of mitochondrial beta-oxidation in ethanol response: A candidate gene study using Caenorhabditis elegans, Harini Pallikarana Tirumala

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Fabrication of flexible, biofunctional architectures from silk proteins, Ramendra K. Pal

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MAST CELL ACTIVATION BY DIVERSE STIMULI CAN BE SUPPRESSED BY STEROID THERAPY AND TARGETING THE FYN-STAT5B CASCADE, Anuya Paranjape

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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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Respiratory Prediction and Image Quality Improvement of 4D Cone Beam CT and MRI for Lung Tumor Treatments, Seonyeong Park

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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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Parametric, Nonparametric and Semiparametric Approaches in Profile Monitoring of Poisson Data, Sepehr Piri

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Contribution of ASC-Inflammasome to Vascular Endothelial Dysfunction: Role of RNA Receptor RIG-I, Ashley Pitzer

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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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COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF DIFFUSION MODELS AND ARTIFICIAL NEURAL INTELLIGENCE ON ELECTROCHEMICAL PROCESS OF U AND Zr DISSOLUTIONS IN LiCl-KCl EUTECTIC SALTS, Samaneh Rakhshan Pouri

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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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EXPANDING MONOAMINE TRANSPORTERS PHARMACOLOGY USING CALCIUM CHANNELS, Iwona Ruchala

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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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Decomposition Algorithms in Stochastic Integer Programming: Applications and Computations., Babak Saleck Pay

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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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Drinking Motives Underlying Internalizing and Externalizing Pathways to Alcohol Misuse in College Students, Jeanne Savage

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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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PNPase IN C. ELEGANS: MUTAGENIC ANALYSIS TO COMPLEMENT KNOCKDOWN STUDIES, Danielle K. Seibert

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E-cigarettes and Smoking Cessation: Economic Impact on Current Smokers with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Anal A. Shah

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The Identity Formation of South Asians: A Phenomenological Study, Shabana Shaheen

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PO2 dependence of oxygen consumption in skeletal muscle of hypertensive and normotensive rats, Habiba Shah

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SH3 AND MULTIPLE ANKYRIN REPEAT DOMAIN 3 (SHANK3) AFFECTS THE EXPRESSION OF HYPERPOLARIZATION-ACTIVATED CYCLIC NUCLEOTIDE-GATED (HCN) CHANNELS IN MOUSE MODELS OF AUTISM, Nikhil N. Shah

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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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N-Alkyl 4-Methylamphetamine enantiomers and the implication for potential modulation of abuse liability and enhancement of psychoactive drug targeting., Ramsey Sitta

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Restoration, Shannon M. Slaight-Brown

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Antidepressant-like Effects of Amisulpride, Ketamine, and Their Enantiomers on Differential-Reinforcement-of-Low-Rate (DRL) Operant Responding in Male C57/BL/6 Mice, Doug Smith

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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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Wise Choices? The Economics Discourse of a High School Economics and Personal Finance Course, Tamara L. Sober

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TUNING OPTIMIZATION SOFTWARE PARAMETERS FOR MIXED INTEGER PROGRAMMING PROBLEMS, Toni P. Sorrell

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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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Reversal of the NPC Phenotype by START Domain Proteins, Tavis H. Sparrer

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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

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An Integrated Behavioral Model of Healthcare Utilization among Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Adults, Megan Elizabeth Sutter

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A Targeted Approach to Increasing the African American Blood Donor Pool, Arnethea L. Sutton

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Adventures Close to Home, Ryan Syrell

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The Role of Human MSC Derived Exosomes in the Treatment of Periodontal Diseases, Sonia S. Talegaonkar

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A comparison of computational methods for estimating estuarine production and respiration from diel open water dissolved oxygen measurements, Spencer Tassone

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PREPARATION AND EVALUATION TECHNIQUES OF POROUS MATERIALS AND MIXED MATRIX MEMBRANES FOR TARGETED CO2 SEPARATION APPLICATIONS, Tsemre Tessema

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Ethnic Racial Identity, Social Transactions in the Classroom, and Academic Outcomes, Krystal R. Thomas

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Finding Voice, The Body Speaks: Original Work and Counter-Hegemonic Performance and Practice, Matthew Paul Thornton

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Construction of an album for oneself, Maria Tinaut

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Processing Nature, Julia J. Turner

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Profiling Precursor Lipids for Specialized Pro-Resolution Molecules in Platelet-Rich Plasma Following Fish Oil and Aspirin Intake, Lisa A. Turner

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CALLED TO TEACH: A MIXED METHODS EXPLORATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADJUNCT FACULTY’S TEACHING SELF-EFFICACY, Christy L. Tyndall

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Growth of Zn-polar BeMgZnO/ZnO heterostructure with two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) and fabrication of silver Schottky diode on BeMgZnO/ZnO heterostructure., Md Barkat Ullah

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A Wonder Book, Ethan C. Varnado

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STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL ALTERATIONS IN NEOCORTICAL CIRCUITS AFTER MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, Michal Vascak

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Affordability, Utilization and Satisfaction with Care: A Policy Context for Improving Health Care Experiences, Anushree M. Vichare

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'The Writing Writes Itself': Deleuzian Desire and the Creative Writing MFA Degree, Ginger Walker

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Synchrony and concordance: A multilevel analysis of the effects of individual differences during a CO2 challenge, Rachel E. Wallace

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RelB acts as a molecular switch to drive chronic inflammation in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)., Michael R. Waters

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(Re)Mediating the Spirit: Evangelical Christian Young Adult Media, Tamara Watkins

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Provider Appearance: a survey of guardian and patient preference, Joshua Westphal

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The Development of the Therapy Process Observational Coding System - In-Session Involvement, Emily J. Wheat

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The Fractured Memory of a Mind’s Eye, Russell G. White

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Single-particle cryo-EM of the ryanodine receptor from skeletal muscle: reconstitution into nanodiscs and the conformational effects of magnesium., Alex H. Will

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Synthesis, characterization, and enhanced magnetic properties of iron carbide nanomaterials, Brent M. Williams

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Predictors of Barriers to Psychosocial Treatment for African American Families of Children with ADHD, Stephanie A. Wilson

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Towards Design and Analysis For High-Performance and Reliable SSDs, Qianbin Xia

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Yi, Observational Documentary Aesthetics, and the Identity Politics of Transcultural Migrancy, Jiacheng Xu 4159187

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The Monstrous Self: Negotiating the Boundary of the Abject, Katya Yakubov

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Investigation of Polymeric Composites for Controlled Drug Release, Hsi-wei Yeh

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Ineffable: Latency in Symbolic Languages, Sirah Yoo

Ineffable: Latency in Symbolic Languages, Sirah Yoo