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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Social Determinants of Participation in a Home Visitation Fluoride Varnish Program, James E. Puryear, Tegwyn Brickhouse, and Caroline Carrico

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“A FRIEND FROM FAR AWAY”: BERTOLT BRECHT AND HIS CHINESE-INFLUENCED WORKS, Yiyuanfang Qiao

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From Intra- to Inter-personal: Effects of Mindfulness Training on Emotion Regulation in Social Contexts, Jordan T. Quaglia

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The Curiosity of Con, Petrified Breath, and an Accident known as Blue., Steven Randall

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THE CARE FACTOR: THE IMPORTANCE OF USING DOMAIN IDENTIFICATION MEASURES TO IDENTIFY STEREOTYPE THREAT VULNERABILITY IN HIGH SCHOOL FEMALES, Kimberly Y. Randolph

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The Effects of Amixicile, A Pyruvate Ferredoxin Oxidoreductase Inhibitor, on Oral Treponemes, Lucas A. Reed

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A Hint and The Incapacity, Jake Reller

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JOINT DETECTION-STATE ESTIMATION AND SECURE SIGNAL PROCESSING, Mengqi Ren

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Investigating the Effects of Nucleosome Remodeling Factor Knockdown on Anti-Tumor Immunity, Mark G. Roberts

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Functional Significance of mtDNA Cytosine Modification Tested by Genome Editing, Jason M. Robinson

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Antithetical Commentaries on X, Y and the Disruption of Being, Eva Rocha

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Provision of Hospital-based Palliative Care and the Impact on Organizational and Patient Outcomes, Marisa L. Roczen

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The Influence of Client-, Family-, and Therapist-Level Pretreatment Characteristics on Therapist Delivery of Youth Psychotherapy Treatments, Adriana Rodriguez

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Women at the Crossroads, Women at the Forefront, American Women in Letterpress Printing In the Nineteenth Century, Dianne L. Roman Ms

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Longitudinal Relations between Emotional Awareness and Aggression in Early Adolescence: The Mediating Role of Emotion Dysregulation, Benjamin V. Rosen

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Black feminist discourse analysis of portrayals of gender violence against Black women: A social work dissertation, Avina Ross

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The Effect of Pre-Deployment Physiology as a Predictor of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Among a Sample of United States Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, David J. Rothman

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High-Temperature, High-Pressure Viscosities and Densities of Toluene, Aaron J. Rowane

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Curcumin/Melatonin Hybrids as Neuroprotective Agents for Alzheimer's disease, John Saathoff

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Magnetic Materials Characterization and Modeling for the Enhanced Design of Magnetic Shielding of Cryomodules in Particle Accelerators., Sanjay K. Sah

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ADOPTING SUSTAINABILITY INNOVATIONS IN RESTAURANTS: An Evaluation of the Factors Influencing Owner-Managers’ Decisions in Richmond, Virginia, Anna Salzberg

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ULTRA–LOW POWER STRAINTRONIC NANOMAGNETIC COMPUTING WITH SAW WAVES: AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF SAW INDUCED MAGNETIZATION SWITCHING AND PROPERTIES OF MAGNETIC NANOSTRUCTURES, Vimal G. Sampath

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I Reach Toward the Ground I Reach Toward Space, Kristen A. Sanders

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JPG Artifacts, Abbey Lee Sarver

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ARE YOU COVERED? EXAMINING HOW KNOWLEDGE OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INFLUENCES USE OF PREVENTIVE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES, Ashlee Sawyer

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Forest Stand Structure and Primary Production in relation to Ecosystem Development, Disturbance, and Canopy Composition, Cynthia M. Scheuermann

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Vital Pulp Therapy Survivability Based on Radiographic Depth of Caries, Aaron T. Schmick

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PATHWAYS LINKING SLEEP TIMING TO OBESITY IN MIDLIFE WOMEN, Dana R. Schreiber

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THE INCIDENCE OF ROOT DENTINAL MICRO-CRACKS CAUSED BY RECIPROCATING AND CONTINUOUS ROTARY INSTRUMENTATION, Stephen N. Schroeder

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Perception of profile appearance as judged by peers using 3D video imaging, Megan G. Schuler

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Chaotic Journey, Cheryl Ann Seif-Regan Mrs.

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I Don’t Have Confirmation, I Only Have Context, Pallavi Sen

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The Instructional Technology Resource Teacher: A Descriptive Case Study of Deployment, Use, and Perceptions, Mary Sepelyak

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Genome wide epigenetic analyses of Araptus attenuatus, a bark beetle, Chitra Seshadri

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POWER MAXIMIZATION FOR PYROELECTRIC, PIEZOELECTRIC, AND HYBRID ENERGY HARVESTING, Murtadha A. Shaheen

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ENGINEERING SURFACES TO SUPPORT NEURAL STEM CELLS (HNSC’S) AND HEPATOCYTES ADHESION AND GROWTH., Karan Sharma and Xuejun Wen

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Choreographic Space, Kelsey Sheaffer

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Investigating the Effects of Racial Residential Segregation, Area-level Socioeconomic Status and Physician Composition on Colorectal Cancer Screening, Qin Shen

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PATTERN RECOGNITION IN CLASS IMBALANCED DATASETS, Nahian A. Siddique

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Interpreting the Costume Designs of In the Next Room through Victorian Fashions of the 1890s., Devario D. Simmons

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SYSTEM GENETIC ANALYSIS OF MECHANISMS UNDERLYING EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION, Maren L. Smith

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Internal and External Validity of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Young Adolescents with ADHD, Zoe Smith

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Butch Bottoms, Nancy Boys, and Muscle Queens: Examining Hypermasculine Behavior and Sexual Health among Gay and Bisexual Men., Daniel Snipes

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Development and Evaluation of a Peer-to-Peer Intervention to Increase Self-Management among Adult In-Center Hemodialysis Patients, Jennifer J. St Clair Russell

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MEDEA MYTH: Devising and Producing Text-Free Theatre, Brandon A. Sterrett

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Mitigating Interference During Virtual Machine Live Migration through Storage Offloading, Morgan S. Stuart

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ADORNMENT AND MODESTY A Symbiotic Relationship between Surface Design and Social Behavior, Hawa Stwodah

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Exploration of Erasure-Coded Storage Systems for High Performance, Reliability, and Inter-operability, Pradeep Subedi

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ATM phosphorylates subunit A of PP2A resulting in its nuclear export and spatiotemporal regulation of the DNA damage response, Amrita D. Sule

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Adaptability in a State of Flux, Yasmeen Suleiman

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Characterizing the Oncogenic Properties of C-terminal Binding Protein, Evan T. Sumner

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Gender and sexual health: Applying gender role theory to men and women’s intention to engage in sexual health information seeking behaviors, Ariella R. Tabaac

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THE INFLUENCE OF WRITING ACHIEVEMENT GOALS AND WRITING SELF-REGULATION ON COLLEGE STUDENTS’ WRITING GRADES, Joseph Tadlock

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INFLUENCE OF PUBLIC INSURANCE ON HEALTHCARE ACCESS AND CANCER CARE, Wafa W. Tarazi

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INTRODUCING NOVEL COMBINATORIAL TARGETED THERAPIES IN MULTIPLE TYPES OF CANCER, Mehrad Tavallai

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Spontaneous Abortions Among U.S. Occupationally Exposed Radiologic Technologists, Jason S. Tavel

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The Experiences of School Counselors Who Integrate Yoga into a Comprehensive School Counseling Program: A Phenomenological Approach, Julia V. Taylor

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Optimal Control and Its Application to the Life-Cycle Savings Problem, Tracy A. Taylor

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A COMPARATIVE CASE STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN POLICY CONTEXT, DESIGN, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF P-20 EDUCATIONAL REFORM MOVEMENTS IN TEXAS AND TENNESSEE, Stefani L. Thachik

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Reciprocal Relations Between Traumatic Stress and Physical Aggression During Middle School, Erin L. Thompson

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Mechanisms of Native Shrub Encroachment on a Virginia Barrier Island, Joseph Thompson

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"Life under Union Occupation: Elite Women in Richmond, April and May 1865", Amanda C. Tompkins

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Growth and Characterization of Wide Bandgap Quaternary BeMgZnO Thin Films and BeMgZnO/ZnO Heterostructures, Mykyta Toporkov

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Acute and Chronic Effects of Inhalants in Intracranial Self-stimulation, Matthew Tracy

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SULFATED DEHYDROPOLYMER OF CAFFEIC ACID FOR REPAIR OF LUNG DAMAGE AND EMPHYSEMA, Tien M. Truong

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THE ROLE OF E-CADHERIN FORCE IN THE MAINTENANCE OF HOMEOSTASIS IN EPITHELIAL ACINI, FNU Vani Narayanan

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Resource Utilization and Costs Associated with Off-label use of Atypical Antipsychotics in an Adult Population, Della Varghese

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Methcathinone Analogue Activity at the Human Serotonin Transporter, William Drake Varn

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Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on Oxycodone Reinstatement and Physical Dependence, Neil Varshneya

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Toward Epistemological Diversity in STEM-H Grantmaking: Grantors’ and Grantees’ Perspectives on Funding Indigenous Research, Programming, and Evaluation, Jessica C. Venable

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Probing Allosteric, Partial Inhibition of Thrombin Using Novel Anticoagulants, Stephen S. Verespy III

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From Seed to Sky: Impacts of explosive compounds on vegetation across spatial and developmental scales, Stephen M. Via

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Gender Nonconforming, Transgender, and Transsexual Patient Navigation of the American Health Care System: Locating a Primary Care Provider, Justin M. Vinneau

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INFLUENCE OF HISTORIC LANDSCAPES AND CONTEMPORARY SPECIES MANAGEMENT ON CHESAPEAKE BAY BALD EAGLES AND OSPREY, Catherine B. Viverette

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The Microbiome in Light of Host Evolution, Alexander M. Waldrop Jr.

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Boomerang Studio: Community Design for Action, Jessica Walton

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Meta-Analytic Estimation Techniques for Non-Convergent Repeated-Measure Clustered Data, Aobo Wang

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A REUSED DISTANCE BASED ANALYSIS AND OPTIMIZATION FOR GPU CACHE, Dongwei Wang

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Response Adaptive Randomization using Surrogate and Primary Endpoints, Hui Wang

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FILTER PERFORMANCE UNDER SIMULATED REAL-WORLD CONDITIONS, Qiang Wang

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A City Winery - Revealing Process + Promoting Interaction, Eline Warren

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Ink on Paper, matthew t. warren

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The Psychology of Theatre and Film: In Theory and Practice, Ian T. Watson

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Simple Complexities, Sarah B. Watson

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THE EXCHANGE: Curating Authenticity + Interaction, sarah webb

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Celecoxib enhances sorafenib/sildenafil lethality in cancer cells and reverts platinum chemotherapy resistance, Timothy A. Webb

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Behavioral Phenotyping of VMAT1 Knockout Mice: Relevance to Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Kevin A. Webster Ph.D.

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Determinants of Active Pursuit of Kidney Donation: Applying the Theory of Motivated Information Management, Stacy M. West

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Autotaxin in Central Nervous System Development and Disease, Natalie A. Wheeler

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Nest - caring for the caregiver, Ashley Whitehead

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The Modification of Silica Aerogel Materials for Contemporary Use, Lauren White

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IMPROVING UNDERSTANDABILITY AND UNCERTAINTY MODELING OF DATA USING FUZZY LOGIC SYSTEMS, Dumidu S. Wijayasekara

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MEASUREMENT OF RARE EARTH AND URANIUM ELEMENTS USING LASER-INDUCED BREAKDOWN SPECTROSCOPY (LIBS) IN AN AEROSOL SYSTEM FOR NUCLEAR SAFEGUARDS APPLICATIONS, Ammon N. Williams

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A (dis)Assemblage of the Gallery-Growlery, Levester R. Williams

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ON WORKAHOLISM: DO PARENTAL WORK BEHAVIORS PREDICT THE WORK BEHAVIORS OF UNDERGRADUATES?, Jesse A. Wingate

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Classification of Compact 2-manifolds, George H. Winslow

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Allegories of the Modern: The Female Nude in Art Nouveau, Emily Winthrop

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Characterization of Fibrin Matrix Incorporated Electrospun Polycaprolactone Scaffold, Cho Yi Wong

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Sensible Nonsense, Timothy J. Woodbrey

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The Entertainment is Terrorism: the Subversive Politics of Doing Anything at All, Joe Woods