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

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

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Development of NLRP3 Inflammasome Inhibitors, Hallie M. Blevins

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

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

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

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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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Therapeutic Injectable Iron-Chelating Hydrogels, Debbie Campbell-Rance

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Sound Of Systems Music Therapy For Autism, Nishtha Chawla

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

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

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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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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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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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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

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Empowerment in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cystic Fibrosis, Rachel Holder

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Outcome of Vital Pulp Therapy on Immature Permanent Teeth with Calcium Silicate-Based Materials: Retrospective Cohort Study, Brian I. Hone

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Child Anxiety Symptoms: The Influence of the Caregiver-Child Relationship, Rebecca Hoppe

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Modulation of inflammation during tumor progression and inhibition, Madison Grace Isbell

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The Lived Experiences of Higher Education Academic Advisors with Counseling Degrees in Addressing Their Role in Student Success, Shajuana Isom-Payne

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Madeleine Béjart: La Femme Galante, Katherine E. Jackson

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The Economic Value of Pharmacist-Physician Collaborative Care Models in Hypertension Management, Jessica S. Jay

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Race, Weight, Gender And The Embodied (Odied, Odied) Consciousness Of Big-Bodied Black Women Educators: A Phenomenological Study, Kendra D. Johnson

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Snapshots of a Fictional Past: Photographic Nostalgia in the Early 20th century Art Novel., Harry A. Jones IV

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Threshold Levels of Patient and Parent Esthetic Concern in the Mixed Dentition, Justin Josell

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Flourish: Exploring Healing Environments in a Residential Treatment Setting, Emily D. Kalafian

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Therapeutic Approaches for Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Franck J. Kamga Gninzeko

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Characterization of Sodium Ion Flux in Cultured Rat Proximal Tubule NRK-52E Cells and Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1 Signaling, Bridget Kastelberg

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HOW IS BIOPHILIC URBANISM BEING USED IN PLANNING TO REJUVENATE POST-INDUSTRIAL CITIES?, Andrea A. Kerley

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Less Water, More Holy: Tools for Sustainable Ablution, Faheem Khan

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Molten Salt Technologies for Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycles and Molten Salt Reactors, Dimitris Killinger

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Angiotensin II promotes Type 1 T Helper lymphocyte-mediated diastolic dysfunction in a mouse model of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction, Michelle M. Kim

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Continual learning from stationary and non-stationary data, Lukasz Korycki

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Cyanometer, Danielle R. Kotrla

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cadent diffusion: permeating the membrane, Isabella M. Kubo

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SHP2 inhibition-based combination targeted therapies for molecularly defined subgroups of HNSCC patients, RICHARD KURUPI

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Institutional Investor Distraction and Stock Market Reaction to Earnings Announcements, Kyungeun Kwon

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Adaptations in orthodontics for current and future COVID-19 best practices, Jordan Lamb

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City Revitalization Through Adaptive Reuse and the Arts, Patricia D. Lamb

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Detection and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: A Survey amongst Pediatric Dental Care Providers in the United States, Daniel J. Lander

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Estimating Weighted Panel Sizes for Primary Care Providers: An assessment of clustering and novel methods of panel size estimation on electronic medical records, Martin A. Lavallee

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Considering Queerness - Actor Training's Issues and Alternatives, Jacob LeBlanc

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Taking Flight: An Independent Living Facility for Emancipated Foster Youth, Kristy McDaniel Leitzel

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Use of Passive Immobilization During Oral Conscious Sedation: Parental Perceptions and Utilization by Pediatric Dentists in The United States, Jennifer N. Levine

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The l1-norm regularized l1-norm best-fit line problem and applications, Xiao Ling

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SHE: PERFORMING BIOGRAPHY AS A DRAMATIC NARRATIVE, Ashley J. Love

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Contact-Free Sensing and Mass Transport Analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae by Single Entity Electrochemistry, John Lutkenhaus

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Clear Aligner Therapy in the Mixed Dentition: Indications and Practitioner Perspectives, Nicholas M. Lynch

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A study on developing novel methods for relation extraction, DARSHINI MAHENDRAN