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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Role of miR-155 and miR-146a in Mast Cell Function, Amina Abdul Qayum

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Assessing Acquiescence in Surveys Using Positively and Negatively Worded Questions, Amy C. Hutton

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THE EXPERIENCES AND PERCEPTIONS OF BEHAVIORAL FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS IN MALE BARIATRIC PATIENTS, Stephen P. Sowulewski

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Identifying Parameters for Robust Network Growth using Attachment Kernels: A case study on directed and undirected networks, Ahmed F. Abdelzaher

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Narrative and the Reconfiguration of the Humanist Subject in Robbe-Grillet, Ballard, and Ligotti, Zachary L. Acosta-Lewis

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TESTING A LOW-INTENSITY AND ACCESSIBLE COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY FOR INSOMNIA (CBT-I) INTERVENTION IN INDIVIDUALS NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, Amma Agyemang

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Electric Field Controlled Strain Induced Switching of Magnetization of Galfenol Nanomagnets in Magneto-electrically Coupled Multiferroic Stack, Hasnain Ahmad

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free & content, Victoria M. Ahmadizadeh

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Fragmented Places, Saulat Ajmal

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INVESTIGATING THE MECHANISM OF THE COMPARTMENTALIZED CBP (CREB-BINDING PROTEIN) UBIQUITIN LIGASE ACTIVITIES, Oluwatoyin E. Akande

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FACTORS AFFECTING INSTITUTIONAL PERFORMANCE AT HIGH AND VERY HIGH RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES: POLICY IMPLICATIONS, Jose G. Alcaine

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Telomere Length in Women with Breast Cancer: A Longitudinal Study of their Relationship to Chemotherapy and Acquired Psychoneurological Symptoms, Areej Alhareeri

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THE EFFECT OF DEPTH ON DEVELOPMENT AND SEXUAL DIMORPHISM OF THE SONIC SYSTEM IN DEEP SEA NEOBYTHITINE FISHES: THE UPPER CONTINENTAL SLOPE, Heba Ali

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Role of free fatty acid receptors in the regulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels in the enteric glial and endocrine cells, reem M. alkahtani

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Fabricating Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Surfaces with Multiscale Roughness Using Airbrush and Electrospray, Karam N. Almilaji

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Sparse Signal Processing Based Image Compression and Inpainting, Rashwan M. Almshaal

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OPTIMIZING COBALT CARBIDE BASED NANOMATERIALS BY USING NUCLEATING AGENTS AND STATISTICAL ROUTES, Turki I. Almugaiteeb

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DIVERGENCE IN STAKEHOLDER PERCEPTIONS OF SECURITY POLICIES: A REPGRID ANALYSIS FOR NORM-RULE COMPLIANCE, Ahlam Almusharraf

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Is Your Student Fit For That College? A Study of the Factors That Contribute to Students’ Academic Performance in College, Abdulaziz A. Alotaibi

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Exploring Predictors of Teamwork Performance in an Interprofessional Education Setting, Danah Alsane and Patricia Slattum W. Slattum

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A Theoretical Simulation of the Settling of Proppants in a Hydraulic Fracturing Process, Nisreen Alseamr

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One of Us, Farrah T. Al Sulaiman

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CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC STUDY OF MUTANT INFLUENZA MATRIX (M1) PROTEIN AND AFFINITY STUDY OF SMALL MOLECULE INHIBITORS TOWARD M1 AND GROWTH FACTORS, Bashayer althufairi

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Adducins are Negative Regulators of Migration and Invasion of Normal Lung Epithelial Cells and Lung Cancer Cells, Parth Hitenbhai Amin and Parth Amin

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Stuart Davis's Early Theoretical Writing, 1918–1923: Realism, Cubism, and Dada, Timothy G. Andrus

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THE WATER IN BETWEEN: WHERE I AM AND WHERE I COME FROM, Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez

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Excerpts from After the Fire and Use Your Words, Patience Armstrong

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Write to Work: The Use and Importance of Writing as Perceived by Business Leaders, Clay Aschliman

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Magic at the Crossroads: the Rise of the Video Essay, Morganne Tinsley August

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Effects of Antidepressants on Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation on Clinically Relevant Titanium Surfaces, Nancy B. Ayad

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Involvement of Signal Peptidase I in Streptococcus sanguinis Biofilm Formation, Jessica Aynapudi

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PRACTICE, Morgan T. Babic

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It's Slapstick Design, Thanks! Wait! No "Thanks"- Just Slapstick Design ..., Curtis A. Bailey

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Human Neural Progenitor Cells are Productively Infected by R5-tropic HIV-1: Opiate Interactions on Infection and Function Involve Cdk5 Signaling, Joyce Magat Balinang

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NO WOMAN IS AN ISLAND, Adele Ball

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Determining the effect of knocking out microRNA-21 on subsarcolemmal and interfibrillar mitochondria, Madhur Batra

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Analysis of Radiographic Changes Associated with the Periradicular Diagnosis of Symptomatic Apical Periodontitis, Preeti Batra

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Behaviorally Induced Insufficient Sleep Syndrome and Insomnia: Prevalence and Relationship to Depression in College Students, Allison Baylor

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A two host species stage-structured model of West Nile virus transmission, Taylor A. Beebe

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Irreversible Zinc Block of the Swelling-activated Chloride Current in DI TNC1 Astrocytes, Noah Belkhayat

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Comparison of treatment management between orthodontists and general practitioners performing clear aligner therapy, Alexandra D. Best

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UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF A GLOBAL UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING (UDL) VIRTUAL CLASSROOM ON JAMAICAN EDUCATORS THROUGH THE LENS OF HOW PEOPLE LEARN (HPL), Kathryn W. Best

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THE ROLE OF ENTERIC GLIA IN OPIOID-INDUCED CONSTIPATION, Sukhada Bhave

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Understanding and Design of an Arduino-based PID Controller, Dinesh Bista

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Hybrid straintronics-spintronics: Energy-efficient non-volatile devices for Boolean and non-Boolean computation, Ayan K. Biswas

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Electronic Structure and Stability of Ligated Superatoms and Bimetallic Clusters, William H. Blades

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A Lasting Exorcism, John-Michael P. Bloomquist

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Milking The Devil, John-Michael P. Bloomquist

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Viewing Victorian Prisoners: Representations in the Illustrated Press, Painting, and Photography, Lauren Boasso

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Federal Policies and Prescription Drugs, Ali Bonakdar Tehrani

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ADJUSTMENT PROFILES AMONG YOUTH IN DIVERSE CULTURAL CONTEXTS: INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY, AND CONTEXTUAL INFLUENCES, Alicia Borre

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Courageous Solstice: Reconstructing Fairy Tales for a Black Youth Aesthetic, Tanya Boucicaut

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Positive Illusory Bias in Adolescents with ADHD: Prevalence, Stability, and Accuracy of Reporters, Elizaveta Bourchtein

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AN EXAMINATION OF THE TECHNICAL AND RELATIONAL HYPOTHESES OF MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING IN A SAMPLE OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ADOLESCENT GIRLS SEEKING OBESITY TREATMENT, Rachel L. Boutte

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Potential Treatments for Malformation Associated Epilepsy, Olivia M. Bowles

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Automated Conjecturing Approach to the Discrete Riemann Hypothesis, Alexander Bradford

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Obesity and Asthma: Adiponectin Receptor 1 (Adipo R1) and Adiponectin Receptor 2 (Adipo R2) are expressed by normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells at air-liquid interface (ALI) and expression changes with IL-13 stimulation, Jennifer L. Bradley

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Genomic comparisons and genome architecture of divergent Trypanosoma species, Katie Bradwell

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The Small Area Fair Market Rent System in the Richmond Region: An Evaluation of Current Voucher Concentration, Move to Opportunity Counseling, and Value Capture Planning, Catherine L. Bray

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Investigating the molecular etiologies of sporadic ALS (sALS) using RNA-Sequencing, David G. Brohawn

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MOTIVES FOR PARTICIPATION IN TRIATHLONS AMONG MIDLIFE TO OLDER BLACK WOMEN: A MIXED METHOD STUDY, Candace Brown

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Emergent interactions influence functional traits and success of dune building ecosystem engineers, Joseph K. Brown

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INDEPENDENT ORIGINATION OF FLORAL ZYGOMORPHY, A PREDICTED ADAPTIVE RESPONSE TO POLLINATORS: DEVELOPMENTAL AND GENETIC MECHANISMS, Ghadeer Bukhari and Wenheng Zhang

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The Visual Staging of Audio Plays, Alex P. Burkart

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Functional Consequences of mtDNA Methylation on Mitochondrial Transcription Factor Binding and Transcription Initiation, Elliot N. Burton

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Trabecular Bone Microarchitecture in Association with Systemic and Local Factors as Potential Predictors of Implant Failure, Diego A. Camacho DMD

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EEG Interictal Spike Detection Using Artificial Neural Networks, Howard J. Carey III

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DEVELOPMENT OF AN INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE K-12 TEACHER DEMORALIZATION IN A TEST-BASED ACCOUNTABILITY CONTEXT, Heather A. Carlson-Jaquez

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LONGITUDINAL RELATIONS BETWEEN PARENTAL MESSAGES SUPPORTING FIGHTING AND AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR IN EARLY ADOLESCENCE: THE MODERATING ROLE OF POSITIVE PARENTING PRACTICES, Megan M. Carlson

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Valuing Natural Space and Landscape Fragmentation in Richmond, VA, Lee Wyatt Carpenter

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Surface Modification Techniques for Increased Corrosion Tolerance of Zirconium Fuel Cladding, James Carr

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CANCER HEALTH LITERACY AND HOSPITALIZATION IN THE FIRST FIVE YEARS FOLLOWING A CANCER DIAGNOSIS, Laura A. Cartwright

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DRUG AND VACCINE DEVELOPMENT FOR NEISSERIA GONORRHOEAEA, Devin R. Cash

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Interactomics-Based Functional Analysis: Using Interaction Conservation To Probe Bacterial Protein Functions, J. Harry Caufield

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IMPROVED CAPABILITY OF A COMPUTATIONAL FOOT/ANKLE MODEL USING ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS, Ruchi D. Chande

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Everywhere and Nowhere: Public Art Interventions in Qatar, Barbara Charrue

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Cluster Enhanced Nanopore Spectrometry, Amy Chavis

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Markerless Lung Tumor Trajectory Estimation from Rotating Cone Beam Computed Tomography Projections, Shufei Chen

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The Action to the Word, The Word to the Action: Teaching Shakespeare as Performance Litearture, Catie Choate

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A Study of the Effect of Harvesting on a Discrete System with Two Competing Species, Rebecca G. Clark

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USING MAVT TO INCORPORATE PUBLIC PERCEPTION WHEN CHOOSING A NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE, Stephen Clement

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Non-Conventional Approaches to Syntheses of Ferromagnetic Nanomaterials, Dustin M. Clifford

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Examining PTSD Symptoms and the Effectiveness of Group Therapy Among African American and Caucasian Veterans, Jennifer A. Coleman

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Evaluating the Pennebaker Paradigm with Bereaved Emerging Adults: Applications of Text Analysis, Elizabeth A. Collison

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Role of Vav2 in Podocyte Inflammasome Activation and Glomerular Injury During Hyperhomocysteinemia, Sabena Conley

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Chemometric Curve Resolution for Quantitative Liquid Chromatographic Analysis, Daniel W. Cook

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Role of the Exopolysaccharide Alginate in Adherence to and Inflammation of Pulmonary Epithelial Cells, Brian E. Crossley

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Of Two Minds: Short Stories and a Novel Excerpt, Sarah Curry

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Modeling Spatially Varying Effects of Chemical Mixtures, Jenna Czarnota

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Response of Soil Microbial Communities to Saltwater Intrusion in Tidal Freshwater Wetlands, Chansotheary Dang

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A Neural Circuit of Appetite Control in C. elegans, Kristen C. Davis

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Jamaican Revolts in British Press and Politics, 1760-1865, Thomas R. Day

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Understanding the Problem Solving Approaches of Special Educators through the Lens of Adaptive Expertise, Serra T. De Arment

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SENSORY-BASED SUBTYPING IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER, Kelle K. DeBoth

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Implementation of Self-Directed Supports for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Political Economy Analysis, Matthew P. DeCarlo

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Nostalgia and iPhone Camera Apps: An Ethnographic Visual Approach to iPhoneography, Maria L. De Panbehchi

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Autonomous Navigation with Obstacle Avoidance for Unmanned Aircraft Systems using MILP, James A. Devens

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The Effects of Tidal Forcing on Nutrient Fluxes in the Tidal, Freshwater James River Estuary, VA, Dana L. Devore

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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