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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Continuous Stationary Phase Gradients for Planar and Column Chromatography, Veeren Dewoolkar

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Death Vegas Valley, Eric M. Diehl

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Collective Cadence, Alicia Dietz

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Deployment Resilience among U.S. Airmen: A Secondary Analysis of Risk and Protective Factors using the 2013 Community Assessment Survey, Mark A. Dixon

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The Blood Bank: A Collection of Short Stories, Patricia W. Dodson

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The Politics and Ethics of Food Localism: An Exploratory Quantitative Inquiry, Sean T. Doody

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CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF PEER VICTIMIZATION AMONG ADOLESCENTS WITH AUTISM, Sarah T. Doyle

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A Longitudinal Study of the Motivations for the Non-medical Use of Prescription Drugs in a National Sample of Young Adults, Tess K. Drazdowski

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The Politics of Immateriality and 'The Dematerialization of Art', Owen J. Duffy JR

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A Weighted Gene Co-expression Network Analysis for Streptococcus sanguinis Microarray Experiments, Erik C. Dvergsten

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Evaluating and Improving the Efficiency of Software and Algorithms for Sequence Data Analysis, Hugh L. Eaves

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Drying Methods for the Fabrication of Polymer Foam Material, Dalton Echard

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American Splendor, Christina Ehmann

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Prevalence, Incremental Cost and Resource Utilization Associated with Opioid Overdoses, Batul Electricwala

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Evaluation of redox potential as a novel biomarker of oxidative stress, inflammatory response, and shock using nanoporous gold electrodes, Matthew C. Ellenberg

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Investigating the Role of the Nucleosome Remodeling Factor INO80 in Development and NURF in Anti-Tumor Immunity, zeinab abdallah elsayed Ms

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Heritage Hotel: A Marriage of Heritage Tourism and Boutique Hospitality, Leah A. Embrey

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The Dawn of New Quantum Dots: Synthesis and Characterization of Ge1-xSnx Nanocrystals for Tunable Bandgaps., Richard J. Esteves

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Comfort Toys: Coping Tools for Children with an Epileptic Parent, Benjamin Evjen

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Fabrication of Multifunctional Nanostructured Porous Materials, Ahmed A. Farghaly

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Finding Home, Jaime T. Faure

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Assembly and regulation of the DREAM complex, Jessica G. Felthousen

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Methods for Predicting an Ordinal Response with High-Throughput Genomic Data, Kyle L. Ferber

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Assessment of changes in the size of periapical radiolucencies 3-12 months post non-surgical root canal treatment using CBCT imaging: A pilot study, Jeremy W. Fike DDS

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PROGRAM QUALITY INDICATORS AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN A BRAIDED PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM, Susan L. Flemmons

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Fundamental Units, Ryan M. Flores

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In-House Fabrication of Multi-Sized Polystyrene Microcarriers for Neural Stem Cell Expansion, Jessica Forrester

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Embodiment of Empathy: Experiencing Disease Through Design, Noha Fouad

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Sciatic Peripheral Nerve Blockade for Pain Control Following Hamstring Autograft Harvest in Adolescents: A Comparison of Two Techniques, James Furstein

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A study of the action of risperidone at 5-HT2A receptors, Supriya A. Gaitonde

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A MECHANISTIC STUDY OF AN iPSC MODEL FOR LEIGH’S DISEASE CAUSED BY MtDNA MUTATAION (8993 T>G), John P. Galdun

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Sol-Gel Assembly of Metal Nanostructures into Metallic Gel Frameworks and Their Applications, Xiaonan Gao

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The Impact of Gentrification on the Youth of Church Hill, Alicia R. Garcia

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Longitudinal Relations between Parental and Peer Support for Violent and Nonviolent Responses to Conflict and Early Adolescent Dating Aggression, Rachel C. Garthe

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Truth and Doubt in Representation, Mathew Gasparek

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Supporting teen leaders: Validation of the I Drive Smart Survey, Cynthia M. George

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Resolution of Inflammation Rescues Axon Initial Segment Disruption, Nicholas M. George

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Parental Perceptions of Oral Health Related Quality of Life for Children that Receive Care on Give Kids a Smile Day, Andrew Gibson

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Political Entities: Churches and Taverns in Revolutionary Virginia, 1765-1780, Ashley Gilbert

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Enemy Mine, Chelsea R. Gillenwater

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Shifting Focus, Dawn R. Gillis

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Power Analysis in Applied Linear Regression for Cell Type-Specific Differential Expression Detection, Edmund Glass

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“‘It’s a Cu’ous Thing ter Me, Suh’: The Distinctive Narrative Innovation of Literary Dialect in Late-Nineteenth Century American Literature”, Kym M. Goering

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DOCUMENTING STUDENT CONNECTIVITY AND USE OF DIGITAL ANNOTATION DEVICES IN VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY CONNECTED COURSES: AN ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT FOR DIGITAL PEDAGOGIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION, Laura Gogia

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Examining Genetic and Environmental Influences on Alcohol use and Externalizing Behaviors in African American Adolescents, Neeru Goyal

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Selecting Spatial Scale of Area-Level Covariates in Regression Models, Lauren Grant

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF ALCOHOL MIXED WITH ENERGY DRINK (AMED) USE IN COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD), BROOKE A. GREEN

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The Family Affective Attitude Rating Scale in Children with Asthma: The Association between Relational Schemas and Emotional Security, Jessica L. Greenlee

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DEVELOPMENT OF A TWO-FACTOR SELF-FORGIVENESS SCALE, Brandon J. Griffin

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LONELINESS, CYNICAL HOSTILITY, AND COGNITIVE DECLINE IN AMERICANS ABOVE AGE 50, Sarah C. Griffin

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Design & Analysis of a Computer Experiment for an Aerospace Conformance Simulation Study, Ryan W. Gryder

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Wreading, Performing, and Reflecting: The Application of Narrative Hypertext and Virtual World Experiences to Social Work Education, Linda Ayscue Gupta PhD

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Propensity Score for Causal Inference of Multiple and Multivalued Treatments, Zirui Gu

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The Development of Bicyclic Peptide Library Scaffolds and the Discovery of Biostable Ligands using mRNA Display, David E. Hacker

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Optical investigations of InGaN heterostructures and GeSn nanocrystals for photonic and phononic applications: light emitting diodes and phonon cavities, Shopan d. Hafiz

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Strata, Lauren Hale

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Memory of a Landscape, Elizabeth Halliday

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"THEY BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE WOMEN, IT SHOULD BE EASIER FOR THEM." SUBTLE AND OVERT SEXISM TOWARD WOMEN IN STEM FROM SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTARY, Katherine Hall

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Distributed sparse signal recovery in networked systems, Puxiao Han

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Perception of Differences in Lip Profile between 2-D and 3-D, Andrew Hansen

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Sweaty Mother Slow Groove, Devin Kylie Harclerode

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EXPLORING THE ROLE OF INTERSECTIONALITY ON CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK IN SEXUAL MINORITIES, Leia Harper

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N-methyl 4-methyl amphetamine N-alkyl chain extension differentially affects ion flux at the human dopamine and norepinephrine transporters, Alan C. Harris Jr.

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Differential Response of Barrier Island Dune Grasses to Species Interactions and Burial, April Harris

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PUSHED WITHOUT DIRECTION: Privileged Problems and the Configuration of Class and Race. How Latent Class Differences, Supported Through Racial Inequities, Maintain the Achievement Gap for Upper Class Black Students, Jullian Harrison

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Differential Reactivity of Microglia in Two Mouse Models of Multiple Sclerosis, Rebecca K. Hartley

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In Pursuit of Women Scientists: Using Science Plays to Promote Women Entering STEM Disciplines, Danielle Hartman

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PHARMACOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF ADENOSINE 2A RECEPTOR- DOPAMINE TYPE 2 RECEPTOR HETEROMERIZATION, Candice N. Hatcher-Solis

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Investigation of Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma marginale adhesin-host cell interactions, Kathryn S. Hebert

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Modeling Time-Dependent Performance of Submerged Superhydrophobic or Slippery Surfaces, Ahmed A. Hemeda

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A Multiple-Site Case Study of Two University Teacher Induction Programs Using Different Methods of Delivery, Molly M. Henschel

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The molecular and mechanical mechanisms of the age-associated increase in the severity of experimental ventilator induced lung injury, Joseph Ames Herbert

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Electronic Cigarette User Plasma Nicotine Concentration and Puff Topography: Influence of Liquid Nicotine Concentration and User Experience, Marzena M. Hiler

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WHAT’S REAL? WHAT’S NOT? : REALITY TV’S EFFECT ON RELATIONAL AGGRESSION AMONG BLACK COLLEGE WOMEN, Ashley N. Hill

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Emerging Pathogens in Cystic Fibrosis Patients at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (VCUMC), Emily M. Hill

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Monitor, Shana Hoehn

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Unknowable Terrain, Carli A. Holcomb

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The Color of Memory: Reimagining the Antebellum South in Works by James McBride Through the use of Free Indirect Discourse, Janel L. Holmes

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COHERENT SPIN TRANSPORT IN NANOWIRE SPIN VALVES AND NOVEL SPINTRONIC DEVICE POSSIBILITIES, Md Iftekhar Hossain

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Pharmacological Inhibition of Cyclophilin Ameliorates Experimental Allergic Encephalomyelitis, Zi L. Huang

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A Collection of Essays and Short Stories, Roberta T. Hudson

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Beyond the Single Story: How Analog Hypertext Facilitates Representation of Multiple Critical Perspectives in an Art Museum Object Study Gallery, Aimee D. Hunt

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PERCEPTIONS OF THE HOMELESS TOWARD NONPROFIT HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDER, LeQuan M. Hylton

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Positivity Ratio: Predicting Sleep Outcomes Across The Adult Lifespan, Janna L. Imel

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Modern Art of Pakistan: Lahore Art Circle 1947-1957, Samina Iqbal

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SYSTEMATIC POSTSYNTHETIC MODIFICATION OF NANOPOROUS ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS AND THEIR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION FOR SELECTIVE CO2 CAPTURE, Timur Islamoglu

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EXPLORING THE CONCEPT OF HUMAN OCT3 INHIBITORS AS A NOVEL CLASS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS, Kavita A. Iyer

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SENSE OF BELONGING OF BLACK STUDENTS IN STEM MAJORS: A MIXED METHODS STUDY, Lisa Jackson

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CATCHING UP AND STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE: SERIOUS JUVENILE OFFENDERS’ FACILITY SCHOOL EXPERIENCES AND THEIR TRANSITION TO THE COMMUNITY, Lena Jäggi

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NON-MEDICAL USE OF PRESCRIPTION STIMULANTS FOR WEIGHT LOSS: PREDICTORS, CONSEQUENCES, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR INTERVENTION IN A NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT SAMPLE, Amy J. Jeffers

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Chronic Pain Causal Attributions in an Interdisciplinary Primary Care Clinic: Patient-Provider and Provider-Provider Discrepancies, Bryan Jensen

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Image, Text, and Social Commentary in Victor Ekpuk's Cartoons for The Daily Times of Nigeria, 1989-1998, Kaleb W. Jewell

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The New Gatekeepers: How Blogs Subverted Mainstream Book Reviews, Rebecca E. Johnson

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The Transition from the Psychical to the Psychological: An Examination of William James’ Influence on Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw”, Harry A. Jones IV

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Catching All Passions in His Craft of Will: Portraits and Pater in Oscar Wilde’s “The Portrait of Mr. W. H.”, Rebecca E. Jones

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Synthetic Landscapes, Benjamin Thomas Jordan

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Finding the Cutpoint of a Continuous Covariate in a Parametric Survival Analysis Model, Kabita Joshi

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Upper thermal limits differ among component species in a host-parasitoid-hyperparasitoid system, Kanchan A. Joshi

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Representativeness of Patients Enrolled in a Primary Care Clinical Trial for Substance Use Disorders, Sydney S. Kelpin

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Identification of size and shape changes in orofacial development and disease, Allyson E. Kennedy