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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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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

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Virtual / Reality: Designing permeable spaces for social well-being in the digital age, Thomas R. Kennedy

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The Effectiveness of a Preventive Recall Strategy in Children Following Dental Rehabilitation Under General Anesthesia, Amanda Kerns Dr.

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The Future of Arabic Music: No sound without silence, Nesma Magdy Khodier VCUQ

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Considerations in the provision of mental health services toward Arabs, Dalia Khoury

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T-Duality and Double Field Theory, Nicholas T. King

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Seasonal Variation of Fish and Macroinvertebrate Biomass Spectra in Southern West Virginia Streams, Andrew J. Kirk

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Laser Vaporization Controlled Condensation and Laser Irradiation in Solution for the Synthesis of Supported Nanoparticle Catalysts, Vitaly Kisurin Mr.

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The Bare Units, Savannah W. Knoop

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Design and Structure-Activity Relationship of Small Molecule C-terminal Binding Protein (CtBP) Inhibitors and Investigation of the Scope of Palladium Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (Pd-MWCNT) Catalyst in C–H Activation Reactions, Sudha Korwar

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ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY OF BASAL GANGLIA (BG) CIRCUITRY AND DYSTONIA AS A MODEL OF MOTOR CONTROL DYSFUNCTION, Deepak Kumbhare

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Information Needs and Information Sources of Patients Diagnosed with Rare Cancers, Dana L. Ladd

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The Exploration of Development of the Costume Design for Musical Urinetown, Xiaolin Lan

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Examining the Effects of Psychosocial Stress on the Hypertension Self-Management Behaviors of African American Women, Michelle Laws

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IN VITRO VISUALIZATION OF PEDIATRIC SIZED MECHANICAL HEART VALVE PERFORMANCE USING AORTIC ROOT MODEL IN MOCK CIRCULATORY LOOP, Sarah Lederer

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Urban Stressors and Child Asthma: An Examination of Child and Caregiver Models, Gillian G. Leibach

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A QUALITITATIVE CASE STUDY EXPLORING THE EXPERIENCES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES IN THE “CALL ME MISTER” PROGRAM, Stephanie C. Lennon

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An Injectable Stem Cell Delivery System for Treatment of Musculoskeletal Defects, Shirae Leslie

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USING SEMIPHYSIOLOGICALLY-BASED PHARMACOKINETIC (SEMI-PBPK) MODELING TO EXPLORE THE IMPACT OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE INTRAVENOUS (IV) AND ORAL (PO) ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION ON THE MAGNITUDE AND TIME COURSE OF CYP3A-MEDIATED METABOLIC DRUG-DRUG INTERACTIONS (DDI) USING MIDAZOLAM (MDZ) AS PROTOTYPICAL SUBSTRATE AND FLUCONAZOLE (FLZ) AND ERYTHROMYCIN (ERY) AS PROTOTYPICAL INHIBITORS, Mengyao Li

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Resilient dynamic state estimation in the presence of false information injection attacks, Jingyang Lu

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Optimizing Virtual Machine I/O Performance in Cloud Environments, Tao Lu

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The Automorphism Group of the Halved Cube, Benjamin B. MacKinnon

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Interhouse: A Place for Growing up and Growing Adults, Nilufar Makhamatova

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Plant functional trait and hyperspectral reflectance responses to Comp B exposure: efficacy of plants as landmine detectors, Paul V. Manley II

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Substrate Recognition and Mechanistic Studies of Protein N-Terminal Methyltransferase 1, Yunfei Mao

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“I JUST NEED TO GET MYSELF SUPERVISED:” EXPLORING TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONALISM AMONG PHYSICIANS IN THE FIRST YEAR OF GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION, Elizabeth P. Marlowe

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Development of the Student Perceptions of Writing Feedback Scale, Sarah A. Marrs

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Ancient Puebloan Human Effigy Vessels: An Examination of Iconography and Tradition, Amy G. Marshman

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Loosely Bound, Alexander Martin

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A Correlational Analysis of Secondary Data for Factors Influencing Graduation from Adult Drug Court, David N. Masri

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An Investigation of Kinetic Visual Biofeedback on Dynamic Stance Symmetry, Trisha J. Massenzo

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Para, William Matheson

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Versatile Synthesis of Transition Metal Phosphides: Emerging Front-runners for Affordable Catalysis, April C. Mattei

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If She Isn’t Working Miracles, What Is She Doing On The Battlefield?, Alex Matzke

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Open Rooms, Christie Maurer

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Tumor-Specific Cell Death Induction by Noxa Overexpression for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) Treatment, Nicolas T. Maxim Mr.

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Rage and social media: The effect of social media on perceptions of racism, stress appraisal, and anger expression among young African American adults, Morgan Maxwell

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Speaking of, Talkin 'bout, Riffing on Tap, Rebecca F. Mayer

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so much apparent nothing, Emily McBride

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Radioprotective Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles: Molecular Imaging Investigations of CONPs’ Pharmacokinetics, Efficacy, and Mechanisms of Action, Philip R. McDonagh III

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Layers, Michelle J. McGrath

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The Implementation and Emulation of Cult Movie Marketing, Rebekah W. McKendry

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Time-resolved photoluminescence studies of point defects in GaN, Joy Dorene McNamara

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DYNAMIC REGULATION OF MITOCHONDRIAL STAT3 AND ITS ASSOCIATION WITH CYPD, Jeremy A. Meier

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Serum Vitamin D, PTH, and Calcium Levels in Patients with and without Early Childhood Caries, Susan A. Meinerz, Harmeet Chiang, Peter C. Moon, Lorin M. Bachmann, Tegwyn Brickhouse, Al M. Best, and Tiffany Williams

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Fast Online Training of L1 Support Vector Machines, Gabriella A. Melki

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THE ROLE OF PROCEDURAL JUSTICE WITHIN POLICE-CITIZEN CONTACTS IN EXPLAINING CITIZEN BEHAVIORS AND OTHER OUTCOMES, Shana M. Mell

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Net Energy Metering and Community Shared Solar Deployment in the U.S.: Policy Perspectives, Barriers, and Opportunities, Gilbert L. Michaud

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GENETIC AND EPIGENETIC MECHANISMS OF COMPLEX REPRODUCTIVE DISORDERS, Bhavi P. Modi

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Perspectives, Beatrice Modisett

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A Mapping System as a Method in Experiential Culture Learning and Engagement, Faisal Mohammad

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ROLE OF E-CADHERIN FORCE IN THE SPATIAL REGULATION OF CELL PROLIFERATION, Abhinav Mohan

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Modeling Fluid Interactions with Granular and Fibrous Surfaces, Mana Mokhtabad Amrei

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Capturing Memory, Morgan A. Molenda

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Exploring the Influence of Socioeconomic Status on the Executive Function and Theory of Mind Skills of Preschoolers, Andrea Molzhon

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Beyond conventional c-plane GaN-based light emitting diodes: A systematic exploration of LEDs on semi-polar orientations, Morteza Monavarian

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Efficiency Evaluation of a Magnetically Driven Multiple Disk Centrifugal Blood Pump, Kayla H. Moody

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The Role of N-acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) as an Adjuvant to Opioid Treatment in Patients with Inadequately Controlled Chronic Neuropathic Pain, Thomas B. Moore

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Dimension Reduction and Variable Selection, Hossein Moradi Rekabdarkolaee

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"fuck off, get free, love and love's the only thing", David S. Moré

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Understanding and targeting the C-terminal Binding Protein (CtBP) substrate-binding domain for cancer therapeutic development, Benjamin L. Morris

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In-Shoe Plantar Pressure System To Investigate Ground Reaction Force Using Android Platform, Ahmed A. Mostfa

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Automated Conjecturing Approach for Benzenoids, David Muncy

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Effects of Olfactory Cues on the Movement Behavior of the Predatory Beetle Calosoma wilcoxi, Kennesha Myrick-Bragg

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A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF WOODLAND COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY FOR EMPLOYEES: ITS DEVELOPMENT, INTERPRETATION, AND SIGNIFICANCE, Greenlee B. Naughton

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Evaluating a Brief Web-Based Prevention Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use Among College Students, Zoe Neale

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Host Densities and Parasitism Rates in a Forest Defoliator Across a Rural-Urban Landscape, Abigail J. Nelson

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Design and Development of a High-Temperature High-Pressure Rolling Ball Viscometer/Densimeter and Evaluation of Star Polymer-Solvent Mixtures, Matthew Stanton Newkirk

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Student Engagement in Undergraduate Social Work Education Among “at-risk” Students, Ananda Newmark

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Cajamarca Ceramic Spoons from Northern Peru: Forming a Symbolic Function, Jeanette Louise Nicewinter

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Twitter analysis of the orthodontic patient experience with braces versus Invisalign, Daniel A. Noll

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From Watchman to Mockingbird: Tay Hohoff’s Editorial Influence on Harper Lee, Aine M. Norris

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A Pipeline for Creation of Genome-Scale Metabolic Reconstructions, Shaun W. Norris

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Climbing Mt. Rainier, Kathleen O'Connor

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Design thinking for the development of formal operations: A team-based middle school design curriculum, Stephanie K. O'Dell

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Egyptianization: Culture hacking as a method, Hadeer Omar

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Dietary Adaptations and Intra- and Interspecific Variation in Dental Occlusal Shape in Hominin and Non-hominin Primates, Kelsey O'Neill

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Momentum Clinic for Teen and Young Adult Cancer Patients, Merian O'Neil

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Investigating the Effects of a Parent-Mediated Intervention on Latino Parent-Child Verbal Interaction and Children's Receptive Vocabulary, Patricia G. Onorato