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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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THE EFFECTS OF FAMILY FUNCTIONING AND TANGIBLE SUPPORT ON TREATMENT OUTCOMES IN AN OPIOID ADDICTED POPULATION, Nathasha N. Cole

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Identifying Differences Between Privatized, Partially Privatized, and Non-Privatized State Foster Care Systems: A Comparative Study Examining Efficiency and Effectiveness, Dorothy C. Coles

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Z Axis Follies, Adam Collignon

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G.A.M.E.: A Hypermedia Edition of James McNeill Whistler’s The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Amy Colombo

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High School Teacher and Administrator Perceptions of Student Health Promotion: An Exploratory Study, Sarah B. Conklin

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Gas Phase Studies of Organic Reaction Mechanisms, Keyanna M. Conner

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Censoring and Fusion in Non-linear Distributed Tracking Systems with Application to 2D Radar, Armond S. Conte II

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Living in a Gangsta’s Paradise: Dr. C. DeLores Tucker’s Crusade Against Gansta Rap Music in the 1990s, Jordan A. Conway

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The role of ADAM10, ADAM17, and Spag6 in humoral immunity and secondary lymphoid tissue architecture, Lauren Folgosa Cooley

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An Applied Mathematics Approach to Modeling Inflammation: Hematopoietic Bone Marrow Stem Cells, Systemic Estrogen and Wound Healing and Gas Exchange in the Lungs and Body, Racheal L. Cooper

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Development of Irreversible Substrate Competitive Probes for PKA Activity, Robert A. Coover

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Therapist Adherence to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxious Youth Across a Case, Julia R. Cox

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Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Predictive Factors for Successful Occupational Performance, Mary Culshaw

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Targeting Autophagy in Multiple Myeloma, Yun Dai

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Regulation of Tie2 Extracellular Complex Formation in Angiogenesis, Annamarie Dalton

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Dysregulation of microRNAs in Blood as Biomarkers for Diagnosing Prostate Cancer, Rhonda W. Daniel

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FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSES IN VIRGINIA WOMEN 40-64 YEARS OLD WHO UTLIZED THE EVERY WOMAN’S LIFE PROGRAM 1998-2012, Melanie C. Dempsey

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THE OBJECT INBETWEEN, Lucy L. Derickson

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The Communion of Saints, Christian Detisch

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Reflective Curiosities, Mary O. Dickerson

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PROTHONOTARY WARBLER NESTLING DIET AND GROWTH IN RESPONSE TO VARIATION IN AQUATIC AND TERRESTRIAL FOOD AVAILABILITY, Jenna C. Dodson

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Spiking Neural Networks: Neuron Models, Plasticity, and Graph Applications, Shaun Donachy

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INTERDISCIPLINARY CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SCIENCE & THEATRE, Jessica N. Dotson

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Dual PI3K/mTOR Inhibition with BEZ235 Augments the Therapeutic Efficacy of Doxorubicin in Cancer without Influencing Cardiac Function, David E. Durrant

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The Effect of Optogenetic Manipulation of SS interneurons within Malformed, Epileptogenic Cortex, Nicole Ekanem

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Four Walls, Leia El-Darwish

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Conjoined Lucuma Fruit Vessels: Evolution & Context in Nasca Art, Carley Elder

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The Orphanage of Things: A Narrative of Abandonment, Malaz Elgemiabby

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Crown size comparisons in patients with unilateral palatally displaced canines, Joseph Eliason and Steven J. Lindauer

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Mast Cells In Kainate Receptor Knockout Mice, Andrea J. Elkovich

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Edgar Allan Poe and Science: Unraveling the Plot of the Universe, Murray S. Ellison

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Design of an All-In-One Embedded Flight Control System, Joel D. Elmore

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Impact of E-cigarettes on Physician Recommendations of Tobacco Use Cessation Pharmacotherapy, Omar El Shahawy

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Relieving Post-stroke Fatigue Using a Group-based Educational Training Approach, Catherine E. Emery

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Race & Non-Racial Characteristics in Sentencing Length and Sentencing Type Disparity, Davis A. Estes

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Social Studies, Donna B. Evans

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GROWING UP IN IRELAND: FACTORS IMPACTING SLEEP PATTERNS OF PRETERM INFANTS, Joanne Fallon

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ΛCDM Cosmology + Chaotic Inflation, Peter A. Farago

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Fallen/Lifted, Hillary Waters Fayle

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Expanding Eco-Visualization: Sculpting Corn Production, Jennifer E. Figg

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Inhibition of mTOR Signaling Protects Against Myocardial Reperfusion Injury, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Scott M. Filippone

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Cute As A Button, Marta R. Finkelstein

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ex vivo DNA cloning, Adam B. Fisher

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A WEB PERSONALIZATION ARTIFACT FOR UTILITY-SENSITIVE REVIEW ANALYSIS, Long Flory Mrs.

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Race and Mental Illness at a Virginia Hospital: A Case Study of Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane, 1869-1885, Caitlin Doucette Foltz

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belt melon grass, Andrew M. Francis

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Effects of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Agonists in Assays of Pain-Stimulated and Pain-Depressed Behavior in Rats, Kelen Freitas

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NEW PATRIARCHIES: A TURBULENCE OF SOURCE AND SUBJECT, Stephen Fuller

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THE ROLE OF α3β4* SUBTYPE OF NICOTINIC ACETYLCHOLINE RECEPTORS IN REVERSING OPIOID-INDUCED CONSTIPATION IN MICE, Aravind Gade

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Controlling for Confounding when Association is Quantified by Area Under the ROC Curve, Hadiza I. Galadima

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Assessing LGBTQ youth cultural competency in direct-care behavioral health workers: Development and validation of a measure., Megan E. Gandy

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CEO Managerial Ability, Corporate Investment Quality, and the Value of Cash, Huiqi Gan

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Graph-based Regularization in Machine Learning: Discovering Driver Modules in Biological Networks, Xi Gao

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The Effects of Hydropeaking on Lotic Benthic Macroinvertebrate Assemblages, Andrew L. Garey

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Synthesis, Surface Functionalization, and Biological Testing of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Development as a Cancer Therapeutic, Stanley E. Gilliland III

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Development of an Accurate Differential Diagnostic Tool for Neurological Movement Disorders Utilizing Eye Movements, George Thomas Gitchel Jr

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Clinical and Genomic Characterization of Two Vaginal Megasphaera Species, Abigail L. Glascock

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Fliers from dry season, Noa Glazer

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The Role of Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin in Human Alveolar Ridge Preservation: A Randomized Clinical Trial, Thomas F. Glazier, Thomas C. Waldrop, John C. Gunsolley, and Robert Sabatini

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Exploring Dimensions of Well-Being among Spouses of Active-Duty Service Members, Lisa A. Gray

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Can Fair Value Accounting Create a Cognitive Bias? The Effects of Recognized Level 3 Fair Value on Manager Selling Decisions, Karen Y. Green

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Good and Gone, Thomas Gresham

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The Role of SRSF3 in Control of Alternative Splicing of CPEB2 in Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Brian P. Griffin

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Synthetic cannabinoids versus delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol: abuse-related consequences of enhanced efficacy at the cannabinoid 1 receptor, Travis Grim

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Effects of the Algal Toxin Microcystin on Fishes in the James River, Virginia, Maxwell D. Haase

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MODIFICATION AND EVALUATION OF A BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACE SYSTEM TO DETECT MOTOR INTENTION, Christopher V. Hagerty-Hoff

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Turnover Intentions of Nonprofit Fundraising Professionals: The Roles of Perceived Fit, Exchange Relationships, and Job Satisfaction, Abbi L. Haggerty

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Fear, Funding and Ambiguity: The Policy Dilemmas of Undocumented Students in Virginia Institutions of Higher Education, Sybil C. Halloran

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The Integration History of Kuwaiti Television from 1957-1990: An Audience-Generated Oral Narrative on the Arrival and Integration of the Device in the City, Ahmad Hamada

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A Masque of 'Ours': Dramatics in the Cornish Colony, Hannah Hammond

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Conversing with Nature, Hope Harding

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A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Health Impacts of Inorganic Arsenic in Chemical Mixtures, Paul Hargarten

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The Genetic Architecture of Water-Use Efficiency Within and Between Two Natural Populations of Foxtail Pine, Douglas E. Harwood

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Characterization of Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin, a Novel Biomaterial, Fadi K. Hasan

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EFFECTS OF BRAIN-DERIVED NEUROTROPHIC FACTOR AND ITS SIGNALING PATHWAY ON SENSORY NEURONAL ACTIVATION DURING COLITIS, Fiza Hashmi

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EXAMINATION OF BASAL NEUROENDOCRINE LEVELS IN OIF/OEF/OND VETERANS, Sage E. Hawn

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One Script, Two Perspectives: Generation Me and the Staging of Really Really, Kirstin R. Hensley

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A PRELIMINARY STUDY ON EXTERNAL COUNTERPULSATION SYSTEM: AN ALTERNATIVE THERAPEUTIC OPTION FOR FONTAN PATIENTS, Joseph Hernandez

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Teaching Technical Theater: Learning, not just Doing, Christian J. Hershey

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PROOF-OF-CONCEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL DNA TOOLS FOR ATLANTIC STURGEON MANAGEMENT, Jameson Hinkle

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A Comparison of Vitamin D Levels in Children with Early Childhood Caries, Vanessa O. Hofilena

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Generation and Delivery of Charged Aerosols to Infant Airways, Landon T. Holbrook

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Colloidal Synthesis and Optical Characterizations of Semiconductor Nanocrystals from Nontoxic Elements, Minh Q. Ho

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Chronic Behavioral and Cognitive Deficits in a Rat Survival Model of Organophosphate Toxicity, Beverly Huang

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A MEASURE OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN TEAM-BASED, MULTIPLAYER ONLINE GAMES: THE SOCIALITY IN MULTIPLAYER ONLINE GAMES SCALE (SMOG), Chelsea M. Hughes

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Lost in Austen: An Immersive Approach to Pride & Prejudice, Erica Hughes

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Applications of Stability Analysis to Nonlinear Discrete Dynamical Systems Modeling Interactions, Jonathan L. Hughes

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First-Generation College Students: A Qualitative Exploration of the Relationship Between Parental Education Level and Perceptions of Faculty-Student Interaction, Micol Hutchison

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MYSTERIES OF THE TRYPANOSOMATID MAXICIRCLES: CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MAXICIRCLE GENOMES AND THE EVOLUTION OF RNA EDITING IN THE ORDER KINETOPLASTIDA, Preethi Ranganathan Iyengar

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Rogue Signal Threat on Trust-based Cooperative Spectrum Sensing in Cognitive Radio Networks, David S. Jackson

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Coloring the Square of Planar Graphs Without 4-Cycles or 5-Cycles, Robert Jaeger

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Characterizarion of the Regulation and Function of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae TonB-dependent Transporters: TdfG, TdfH and TdfJ, Sophonie Jean

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Characterization of a Novel Protease in Staphylococcus aureus, Adam L. Johnson

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THIS/THAT, Harris A. Johnson

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Remnants, Angel D. Jones Mrs.

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Diazaborole Linked Porous Polymers: Design, Synthesis, and Application to Gas Storage and Separation, Zafer Kahveci

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In-silico Models for Capturing the Static and Dynamic Characteristics of Robustness within Complex Networks, Bhanu K. Kamapantula

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Interplay between Artemis and TDP1 in sensitivity to radiomimetic agents, Ajinkya S. Kawale

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Rituals, Our Past, Present & Future. Glimpses of Islamic Enrichment, Othman Mohamed Khunji Mr

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Restoring Factorization in Integral Domains, Susan Kirk