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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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The Role of human Dopamine Transporter Threonine 261 and Serine 262 in Amphetamine Regulation of Transporter Function and Surface Expression, Sina Abdollahi

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Out from Under: Wellness Design and Alternative Therapies for Anxiety and Depression, Emily J. Adams

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Orientia tsutsugamushi Equips Two Ankyrin Effector Proteins to Modulate the Immune Response, Haley E. Adcox

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Puddlefist, Dylan Ahern

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Analysis of Microdroplets and Microorganisms by Single Entity Electrochemistry, Junaid U. Ahmed

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Examining the Role of Flavorants on Nicotine Intake in Mice Using an Oral and Inhalation Self-Administration Paradigm, Lois Setemi Akinola

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The high osmolarity glycerol (HOG) pathway contributes to clathrin-independent endocytosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Ahmed Z. Al Ani

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Outcome of Endodontic Microsurgery: Success and Survival Rates at Virginia Commonwealth University, abdullah alawadhi

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MetaMosque – Envisioning the Mosque as a Virtual Public Space, Alaa Albarazy

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The Silent Rage of Being Loved, Michelle R. Albertson

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Investigating the Potential Causal Relationship Between Free Will Belief and Well-Being, Courtney J. Alderson

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TOWARD DEVELOPING REAL-TIME ALERT FOR SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY COMPLIANCE, Yousif Yaqoub Alsharif Alhashemi

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DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL AROMATIC ALDEHYDES FOR THE TREATMENT OF SICKLE CELL DISEASE, rana alhashimi

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THE EXPRESSION OF NK CELL REGULATORY LIGANDS IN A LUNG CANCER MOUSE MODEL IN BOTH GENDER; AND HUMANIZING IMMUNODEFICIENCY MICE WITH CD34+ CORD BLOOD CELLS USING BUSULFAN, Ohud Alhawiti

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Kneeling and healing: Imagining radical self-care as a form of resistance and racial coping for Black children, Keyona Allen

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Eadah: Tools for Celebrating Qatari Wellness Rituals, Abdulrahman Al Muftah

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Budget impact analysis of upadacitinib for the management of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis in patients treated with systemic therapies in the United States, Haya O. Alobaid

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Bioinformatic Pipeline for Determining Terminal Repeats in the Human Cytomegalovirus Genome Assembled with PacBio Long Read Sequences, Ahmed Al Qaffas

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Uses and Gratifications Sought on Social Media in Saudi Arabia: A Comparison of Twitter and Snapchat, Ahmed Alqarni

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IDENTIFICATION OF PYRUVATE KINASE MODULATORS AS POTENTIAL THERAPEUTICS FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE AND CANCER, Dina Alramadhani

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Exploring predictors in the receipt of patient/family-centered care, Arami Anwell

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Alcohol and Other Addictive Behaviors Among Bariatric Surgery Patients, Rachel M. Arnold

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Viral overexpression of RPRD2 in mouse nucleus accumbens induces anxiety-like behavior and regulates genes associated with microtubule transport, Claire Nuhad Atiyeh

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Modulating Ketamine’s Locomotor Activating and Reinforcing Effects Through Drug Combinations, Tegshjargal Baasansukh

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Direct-gap Group IV Alloys and Quantum Dots: Synthesis, Thin Film Fabrication, and Optical and Electrical Characterization., Rachel Barbieri

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Racism Experiences and Mental Health: An Examination of Direct, Vicarious, and Appropriated Racism Experiences on Mental Health Symptom Expression, Christina Barnett

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Dungeons and Devised Theatre: A Study of Tabletop Gaming and its Application in Playwriting and Character Development, Sabrina E. Becker

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Inconvenient Truths: VCU’s Student Activism in the 1970s as It Relates to Black Educational Equity and Equal Rights Amendment Ratification, Allison R. Bell

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Changes in physical activity and relationships to submaximal exercise capacity and cardiac function during breast cancer therapy, Moriah P. Bellissimo

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MYELOID SPECIFIC EXPRESSION OF MLL FUSION PROTEINS ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA (AML) INDUCES AN AML-LIKE PHENOTYPE IN ZEBRAFISH EMBRYOS, Alex J. Belt

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Designing and Manufacturing Additively Manufactured Porous Biomimetic Implants to Increase Osseointegration by Enhancing Local Cellular Response, Michael B. Berger

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Varied levels of fructose consumption induce physiological, cognitive, and mitochondrial alterations in aged female rats, Emilie L. Bjerring

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Role of Ubiquitin-like Protein 5 in Cell Survival, Sofiya Blat

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Development of NLRP3 Inflammasome Inhibitors, Hallie M. Blevins

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Quantifying contributions of climate, geography, and gene flow to divergence: a case study for three North American pines, Constance E. Bolte

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Utilization of Opioid Misuse Prevention Tools in Rural Areas, Leah M. Bouchard

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MODELING OF PATIENT-SPECIFIC PERIAORTIC MECHANICS AND PULMONARY ARTERY HEMODYNAMICS BASED ON PHASE-CONTRAST MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SEQUENCES., Johane H. Bracamonte

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Improving Feature Learning Capability and Interpretability of Unsupervised Neural Networks, Chathurika S. Wickramasinghe Brahmana

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Roots and Webs and Nets and Branches and Bulletin Boards and Banners and Newsletters and Mutual Aid Text Threads and Kin and Caretakers and Porches and Poems of Today and Spaces of Survival, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

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Using Difference-in-Difference to Assess the Impact of Medicaid Policy on the Addiction Treatment Provider Workforce and Prescribing Behavior in Virginia, Erin Britton

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A Thematic Analysis of African American Fathers' Emotion-Related Beliefs and Behaviors, Deon Brown

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Playful Rebellion: The Anarchic Clown and Pushing the Boundaries of Contemporary Theatre, William Browning

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Estimating the Statistics of Operational Loss Through the Analyzation of a Time Series, Maurice L. Brown

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Graduate School's Transformative Awakening: An arts-based autoethnography, Roxanne L. Brown

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Approximating Bayesian Optimal Sequential Designs using Gaussian Process Models Indexed on Belief States, Joseph Burris

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Intergenerational Transmission of Alexithymia as a Predictor of Child Posttraumatic Stress Outcomes during COVID-19, Casey Burton

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Childhood Reliquary De Una Catracha/Mexi Entre Nopales, Juliana Bustillo

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Immunological analysis of family 12 antigens of Borreliella burgdorferi for potential use in a preventative multi-protein chimeric vaccinogen, Andrew C. Camire

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Branched Chain Amino Acid Strain State Monitoring with Raman Spectroscopy and Plasmonic Bowtie Nanoantenna Devices for Early Disease Detection, Caroline A. Campbell

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Therapeutic Injectable Iron-Chelating Hydrogels, Debbie Campbell-Rance

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Innovative Techniques of Neuromodulation and Neuromodeling Based on Focal Non-Invasive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Neurological Disorders, Ivan C. Carmona-Tortolero

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Sound Of Systems Music Therapy For Autism, Nishtha Chawla

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Solvation Effects and Reactions of the Benzonitrile and Nitrobenzene Radical Cations in the Gas Phase, Zachary A. Christensen

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1. Developing transcriptional repressor protein, MphR based macrolide antibiotic biosensors as high throughput screening 2. Recombinant protein expression with acylated lysine post translational modifications to expand the genetic code, Jayani A. Christopher

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Changeset-based Retrieval of Source Code Artifacts for Bug Localization, Agnieszka Ciborowska

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Family Relationships and Academic Performance via Belongingness among Cuban Medical Students: Examining Family Legacy and Sex as Moderators, Maria J. Cisneros-Elias

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Detailing the Genetic and Environmental Influences Shared between Conventional and Electronic Cigarette Use Across Measures of Initiation and Past 12-Month Use, James Clifford

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Effects of Ethanol on Neuron Development, Briana M. Coins

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Species, Jessica L. Conley

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Development and Validation of a Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor Perception Feedback Scale, Robert Craig

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REMOVAL OF PREFABRICATED ZIRCONIA CROWNS FROM PRIMARY ANTERIOR TEETH WITH Er,Cr:YSGG LASER COMPARED TO A HIGH-SPEED HANDPIECE: AN IN- VITRO STUDY, Andrew Crowell

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Healthcare Information Governance: An Exploration On Information Management, Compliance & Consent, MAULI DALAL

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DNA CONDENSATION STATE REGULATES NUCLEAR LAMINA STRAIN AND CELLULAR ADAPTATION TO PHYSIOLOGICAL FORCES, Brooke E. Danielsson

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Perceptions of the Specialized Literacy Professional: A Performance Profile, Julie S. Dauksys

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Modeling Pa-233 Generation in Thorium-Fueled Reactors for Safeguards, Victoria Davis

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Mechanisms and Treatment of Pain-Depressed Behavior in Male and Female Mice, Clare M. Diester

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Splanchnic Oxygenation and Feeding Intolerance in the Very Low Birthweight Infant, Melissa C. Dollings

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Repoliticizing the Depoliticized: Experimental Ethnography and Social Practice in Chinese Media Art, Yuxiang Dong

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A Case Study Exploring How the Zero Barriers in STEM Education Professional Development Program Affects Attitudes and Confidence Toward Teaching STEM Content to Students With Disabilities, Alison Dossick

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THE FUTURE OF RETURNING GENETIC FEEDBACK FOR SUBSTANCE USE AND PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS, Morgan Driver

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Generation 1.5 Students’ Academic Success: The Interrelationship Between Capital Used and Identity Formation, Susan D. Dudley

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Parental Attitudes Regarding the Primary Dentition, Dental Decay, and Trauma, Kathryn Dundervill

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Examining the Role of Cadherins And Tiling of Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells, Lyndi B. Earnshaw

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Characterizing Senescence Induction and Senolytic Sensitivity in Murine Lung Cancer Cell Lines, Rana A. Estaleen

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REMODELING TUMOR MICROENVIRONMENT WITH MACROPHAGE IMMUNOTHERAPY TO SUPPORT STANDARD OF CARE CHEMOTHERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER, Cory Fines

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Socially Organized Climate (Non)Responses: How Social Position Impacts Individual Perception of Climate Change Risk, Kayleigh B. Flanagan

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Using Individual Determinants to Predict Behavioral Health Service Use in Integrated Pediatric Primary Care, Alfonso L. Floyd Jr.

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HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS 16 E2 REGULATES HOST CELL PATHWAYS IMPORTANT FOR CANCER PROGRESSION AND TREATMENT SENSITIVITY WHICH MAY CONTRIBUTE TO CANCER OUTCOMES, Christian Fontan

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AUTOMATED CONJECTURING ON THE INDEPENDENCE NUMBER AND MINIMUM DEGREE OF DIAMETER-2-CRITICAL GRAPHS, Joshua R. Forkin

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Incorporating Ontological Information in Biomedical Entity Linking of Phrases in Clinical Text, Evan French

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Metal Nanoparticle Synthesis Via Laser-Induced Photochemical Reduction of Metal Salts, Laysa M. Frias Batista

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Exploring the Lived Experience of Health Care Providers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Phenomenological Study of Intensive Care Unit Nurses and Physicians, Heather Fudala

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THE INTERACTION OF MORAL IDENTITY AND RECOGNITION ON FUNDRAISING BEHAVIOR, Craig O. Fulton

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Challenges among Latine DACA Recipients and Anxiety: A Systematic Meta-Analytic Review, Isis A. Garcia-Rodriguez

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Comparison of Peak Skin Dose Calculated by Patient Radiation Dose Monitoring and Tracking Systems versus Solid-State Detector Measurements, Vincent D. Gargaro

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DEVELOPMENT OF METALLIC CLUSTERS AND HOLLIDAY JUNCTIONS FOR NANOPORE SENSING, Madhav Ghimire

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Once Upon a Time/There was a Story that Began: Novelty, Endings, and Chronotope in John Barth’s The Tidewater Tales, Zachary K. Gibson

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Connected: Exploring Automation to Activate Aging in Place Success, Hallie W. Gillespie

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Reclaiming the Appropriated Space Through Care, William P. Glaser

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Something Like Empathy, Hayley J. Graffunder

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The Role of Life Course Adversity on Mental Health Services Utilization Among Women, Whitney C. Graves

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Effect of Clear Aligner Attachment Design on Extrusion of Maxillary Lateral Incisors: A Randomized Clinical Trial, Justin Groody

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Exploring Dynamic Navigation For Palatally Impacted Canine Uncovery Surgery., Daniel Joseph Hall

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Peri-implantitis Incidence and Effect of Supportive Periodontal Therapy on Outcomes: Retrospective Cohort Study, Michael Ha

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KEVIN, AND OTHER STORIES, NETA M. HARRIS

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Plan Quality and Isotoxic Dose Escalation Investigation Using a 0.35T MR-Linac System in Ablative 5-Fraction Stereotactic Magnetic Resonance-Guided Radiation Therapy (MRgRT) for Primary Pancreatic Cancer, Robert Eric Hawranko

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Culturally Relevant Coping Strategies Within Bicultural Latine College Students in the Face of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and Policy, Cindy M. Hernandez

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Structure-Based Drug Discovery and Development of Protein Structure Prediction Tools Using an Empirical Force Field, Noah B. Herrington

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Spectrum of Shit, Hannah Hiaasen

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Advancing forest structure-function relationships: linking above- and belowground structure to soil respiration, Laura J. Hickey