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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Characterization of the Interactions between Staphylococcal Phage 80 Alpha Scaffold and Capsid Proteins, Laura Klenow

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Synthesis of unnatural amino acids for genetic encoding by the pyrrolysyl-tRNA/RNA synthetase system, William A. Knight

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Incorporation of Molecular Diagnostics into Medical Laboratory Science Curriculum: Clinical Facilities Expectations. An Asynchronous, Iterative, Online Delphi Study., Barbara Kraj

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The prevalence, predictive factors, and classification of intrapulpal cracks in maxillary premolars requiring endodontic treatment, Sarah Krygowski

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A Justification for the Trend Towards Indirect Pulp Therapy, Marissa Kuhnen

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AN EXPLORATION OF FACTORS INFLUENCING ATTRITION FROM A PEDIATRIC WEIGHT MANAGEMENT INTERVENTION, Melissa Ann Kwitowski

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EFFECTS OF CHRONIC ANKLE INSTABILITY AND REST INTERVALS ON PERFORMANCE, NEUROMUSCULAR FUNCTION, POSTURAL CONTROL, AND BIOMECHANICS DURING THE STAR EXCURSION BALANCE TEST, Yongung Kwon

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Phenotypic characterization of PNPase knockdown in C. elegans, Laura A. Lambert

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GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO (PEACEFULLY) WAIT: TOWARD A THEORY OF PATIENCE, Caroline R. Lavelock

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Discrete Nonlinear Planar Systems and Applications to Biological Population Models, Shushan Lazaryan, Nika LAzaryan, and Nika Lazaryan

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Development of Non-Traditional Platinum Anticancer Agents: trans-Platinum Planar Amine Compounds and Polynuclear Platinum Compounds, Daniel E. Lee

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The Role of Noxa/MCL-1 in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) Treatment, June Young Lee

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Lowering the Number of False Positive Responses to Electric Pulp Tests by Qualifying Patient Response, Katherine JS Lee

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Music and Movement, Yvonne M. LeFrancois

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QUARTZ CRYSTAL MICROBALANCE STUDIES ON FRICTION MODIFIERS FOR LUBRICANT APPLICATIONS, Carey Lehner

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Expression and Pharmacological Modulation of Pain-Depressed Behavior in Rats, Michael D. Leitl

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Considerations for Screening Designs and Follow-Up Experimentation, Robert D. Leonard

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Imaging the Early Cold War: Photographs in Life Magazine, 1945-1954, Kathryn L. Lewis

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Enhanced Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition Associated with Lysosome Dysfunction in Podocytes: Role of p62/Sequestosome 1 as a Signaling Hub, Guangbi Li

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Privacy Protection on Cloud Computing, Min Li

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Forbearance Across Culture, Yin Lin

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“Frailty, thy name is woman”: Depictions of Female Madness, Julianna Little

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Comparing Welch's ANOVA, a Kruskal-Wallis test and traditional ANOVA in case of Heterogeneity of Variance, Hangcheng Liu

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Ultrafine particle generation and measurement, Qiaoling Liu

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Measuring the Coping Efforts of Grieving Undergraduate Students: Developing the GCOPE Through a Mixed-Method Design, Benjamin Dyson Lord

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Deconstructing Anesthesia Handoffs During Simulated Intraoperative Anesthesia Care, Jason S. Lowe

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A Study on False Information Injection Attack on Dynamic State Estimation in Multi-Sensor Systems, Jingyang Lu

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Polycultural Interactions: Fuzzy Identity, Xi Lu

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Investigation into the Specification of NURF Recruitment to the Genome, Marissa Mack

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High-Throughput Data Analysis: Application to Micronuclei Frequency and T-cell Receptor Sequencing, Mateusz Makowski

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A Convergent Approach to the Continuous Synthesis of Telmisartan via a Suzuki Reaction between Two Functionalized Benzimidazoles, Alex D. Martin

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The Fatal Lamp and the Nightmare after Christmas: The 1811 Richmond Theatre Fire, Amber Marie Martinez

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Ten Thousand Souls and Other Stories, Lauren S. McCarty

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An Examination of Weight, Weight Bias, and Health Care Utilization and Attitudes Among Emerging Adults, Jessica M. McCauley

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Speaking for the Picture: Memory, Image, and Identity in the Works of W.G. Sebald and Chris Marker, Connor McCormick

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WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AND VISUAL IMPAIRMENT: AN ANALYSIS OF EEOC CHARGES AND RESOLUTIONS, Jane McNeil

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The Characterization of a Putative Protease Expressed by Sneathia amnii, Rana Mehr

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF KNOWLEDGE: THE JESUIT COLLEGE OF OAXACA (XVI-XIX CENTURIES)., Marina Mellado Corriente

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Individual Traits and Entrepreneurial Intentions: The Mediating Role of Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy and Need for Cognition, Chao Miao

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Surrender to the Spinning: poems, Lauren A. Miner

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Confederate Richmond: A City's Call to Arms, Tucker L. Modesitt

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Vitamin C: A potential regulator of inflammatory response, Bassem M. Mohammed

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Evaluation and Comparison of Theoretical Models’ Abilities to Explain and Predict Colorectal Cancer Screening Behaviors, Anthony J. Molisani

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The Written Expression Abilities of Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Stephen J. Molitor

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The Impact of Singing-Integrated Reading Instruction on the Oral Reading Fluency and Motivation of Elementary Students in an Out-of-School Time Program, Yvette M. Moorehead-Carter

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The Impact of Singing-Integrated Reading Instruction on the Oral Reading Fluency and Motivation of Elementary Students in an Out-of-School Time Program, Yvette M. Moorehead-Carter

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Sexual Behavior and HIV Risk in Black College Women: The Influence of Gender, Peer, and Relationship Beliefs, Melanie P. Moore

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Measuring the Impact of Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH), Rick Moore

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Thank You for a Lovely Time, Kelley MJ Morrison

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"Dollars Damn Me": Editorial Politics and Herman Melville's Periodical Fiction, Timothy R. Morris

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K-12 Educational Programs in Contemporary Art Museums: An Examination of University and Non-University Non-Collecting Institutions of Contemporary Art, Susan Moser

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A STUDY TO EVALUATE NON-UNIFORM PHASE MAPS IN SHAPE MEMORY ALLOYS USING FINITE ELEMENT METHOD, Naren Motte

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The Export of an Algal Toxin into Terrestrial Predators via Emerging Aquatic Insects, Nicholas J. Moy

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Characterization of mechanism of action of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the regulation of smooth muscle function, Ancy D. Nalli

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EFFECTS OF TGF-β1 AND IL-33 ON MAST CELL FUNCTION, Victor S. Ndaw

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Effects of HIV-1 Tat on the enteric nervous, Joy Ngwainmbi

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Place-based Scholarship Program Design, Context, and Intergenerational Mobility: A Case Study of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship Program, Arielle F. Niemeyer

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The Effectiveness of a Preventive Recall Strategy in Children Following Dental Rehabilitation Under General Anesthesia, Katherine A. Nordeen

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Mitochondrial biogenesis and electrical properties of hPSC-derived motor neurons, Laura O'Brien

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A Structure/Function Analysis of Nhsl1b in Facial Branchiomotor Neurons, John Ojumu

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Development of Novel Chimeric Epitope Based Diagnostic Antigens and Vaccines for Lyme Disease, Lee D. Oliver Jr.

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First-Year Secondary Teachers’ Perceptions of Their Preparedness to Integrate 21st Century Skills into the Technology-Rich Classroom, Tracie Omohundro

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Short Stories & Selections From a Novel, Abby M. Otte

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Evaluation of Behavioral Distress Tolerance Task Stability Across Settings, Cassie Overstreet

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HIF-INDEPENDENT RESPONSES IN HYPOXIA, Divya Padmanabha

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Heterosandwich assay of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, Augustine J. Pagan IV

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Use and Perspectives of a Social Marketing Campaign to Improve Fruit and Vegetable Intake, Allison Palmberg

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THE SLC22 TRANSPORTER FAMILY: NOVEL INSIGHTS TO ROLES IN DRUG EFFICACY, DRUG-DRUG INTERACTIONS AND MOOD DISORDERS, Xiaolei Pan

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Determinants of Turnover Intent in Higher Education: The Case of International and U.S. Faculty, Jaehee Park

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CYCLIC GMP: A SATIETY SIGNAL IN C. ELEGANS, Ji S. Park

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Finding Unfound_Graphic Hybridity, Yaeyoung Park

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A STUDY OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A TRUANCY REDUCTION PROGRAM FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, Jan R. Parrish

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Motivational Factors for Treating Patients with Special Health Care Needs, Arpi Patel

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Regulation of EPS8 Dependent Pathways By Src in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Dhwani Patel

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Immunotherapy of Cancer: Reprogramming Tumor/Immune Cellular Crosstalk to Improve Anti-Tumor Efficacy, Kyle K. Payne

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Exploring Stakeholders' Perceptions of the Evaluation of Early Fieldwork Experience in an Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program, Amber R. Peacock

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Into the Fray, Frances Pearce

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Kensington Center for Health: An Exploration of Health, Wellness and the Built Environment., Rose Peck

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Investigating the Role of Bptf in Immunoediting in Breast Cancer and Melanoma, Kristen N. Peterson

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Old Gold & other stories, Matthew C. Phipps

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Surface photovoltage transients for p-type AlGaN, Karen L. Phumisithikul

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Regarding The Porosity of Borders, Lee M. Piechocki

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Postcession, Evan D. Pomerantz

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Let's Talk Tobacco: African American Parent-Adolescent Communication About Tobacco Use Within the Context of Parental Smoking, Michell Pope

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Boston Marathon Bombing and Experiences of Solidarity: The Race to Understanding, Caitlin M. Price

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Helping Students Graduate: An Examination of the Services Provided by a Dropout Prevention Program, Caren Putzu

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AN ASSOCIATION STUDY BETWEEN ADULT BLOOD PRESSURE AND TIME TO FIRST CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, Yongjia Pu

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STAKEHOLDER VIEWS ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE IN THE PEDIATRIC PRIMARY CARE SETTING: A QUALITATIVE APPROACH TOWARDS INTEGRATION OF CARE, Alexis Quinoy

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A Modern Craftsman Revival, Eugene M. Rader

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PRIMARY CILIA MECHANOTRANSDUCTION AND MICROTUBULE STABILITY IN MECHANICALLY STRETCHED LUNG ADENOCARCINOMA CELLS, Monika Rassi Radhika

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Efficiency Of Unified Vs. Non-unified State Judiciaries: An Examination Of Court Organizational Performance, William Raftery

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CHARACTERIZATION OF TRANSFER OF THE MOBILE GENOMIC ISLAND ENCODING METHICILLIN RESISTANCE AMONG STAPHYLOCOCCI, Melissa D. Ray

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General Dentists' Role in providing care to very young children:Pediatric Dentists' Perspective, Shinjni Razdan

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Thomas Jefferson’s Designs for the Federal District and the National Capitol, 1776-1826, Craig A. Reynolds

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Acting the Absurd: Physical Theatre for Text/Text for Devising, Andrew Richardson

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The Influence of Executive Functions and Emotion Regulation on Teacher-Rated Social Behaviors in Middle Childhood, Tennisha N. Riley

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Reconnect: Designing to Touch, Dana Seros Rohani

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The Effects of 7,8-Dihydroxyflavone (7,8-DHF) on Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity Follwing a Traumatic Brain Injury, jennifer m. romeika

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Reconstructing a Science Fiction Autobiography, Jason R. Rood

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The Immersive Media Library @ VCU, Michael Rosenthal-Mix