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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Liquid Interaction with Non-wettable Surfaces Structured with Macroscopic Ridges, Mehran Abolghasemibizaki

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GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN LYASES IN THE PREPARATION OF OLIGOSACCHARIDES, Alhumaidi B. Alabbas

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A Polished Pile of Dirt, Jenna Marie Alderiso

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[YOU ARE WITH] KIN AND [YOU CAN BE AT] EASE, Abdul Azim Al Ghussein

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SKIN CANCER DETECTION USING SVM-BASED CLASSIFICATION AND PSO FOR SEGMENTATION, osamah A. Almasiri

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Social Soul, Norah AlShammari

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Nitrogen Rich Porous Organic Frameworks: Proton Conduction Behavior of 3D Benzimidazole and Azo-linked Polymers, Michael J. Anhorn

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Galantamine's Deconstruction in the Quest of a PAM Pharmacophore, Malaika Argade

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Usefulness of the Captia Syphilis IgG EIA test method and reverse algorithm for detection of syphilis infection in a public health setting, Patricia Armour

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The Mall: A world-building speculation on the future of privacy, Hazem Asif

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Laminated PAINT, Travis R. Austin

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The Effects of Amixicile on Sub-gingival Biofilm Cultured from Humans, Kian Azarnoush

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FUNCTIONAL AND COGNITIVE STATUS AND MEDICATION COMPLEXITY IN OLDER ADULTS: THE HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY, Duaa Bafail

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ASSOCIATION BETWEEN POLYPHARMACY AND FUNCTIONAL STATUS IN COMMUNITY-DWELLING OLDER ADULTS, Duaa M. Bakhshwin

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An Intervention Study on Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness, Stress, Flourishing, and Academic Achievement in a First-Year Experience Seminar, Elizabeth S. Bambacus

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MY EYES DUE SEE, Johannes J. Barfield

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"Let the Castillo be his Monument!": Imperialism, Nationalism, and Indian Commemoration at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine, Florida, Claire M. Barnewolt

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Will You Accept This Rose?, Sasha Baskin

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Nuclear Rupture in Progeria Expressing Cells, Kranthidhar Bathula

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Inquiry-Based Methods in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Art Room, Andrew Bell

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MECHANISMS REGULATING AXON INITIAL SEGMENT STABILITY, Savannah D. Benusa

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USING THE FROG EPIDERMIS TO UNCOVER DESMOSOME FUNCTION AND REGULATION IN THE DEVELOPING EMBRYO, Navaneetha Krishnan Bharathan

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cellular Inhibitor of Apoptosis Protein2 – A critical regulator of neuroinflammation, Debolina Dipankar Biswas

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Good Game, Greyory Blake

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"Drill," "Fog Studies", Emily Block

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DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL MOLECULE NEUROPROTECTANTS, Ashley Boice

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The progress on mapping ubiquitin signaling using photocrosslinking mono and di-ubiquitin probes and other ubiquitin moieties, Courtney N. Braxton

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Evolving Reproductive Isolation in the Parasitic Wasp Genus Cotesia, Justin P. Bredlau

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Anxiety in Menopause: A Qualitative Inquiry, Eleanor Bremer

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Targeting BCL-2 Family Members in the Cell Death Pathway to Treat Head and Neck Cancer, Erin L. Britt

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Orthodontists’ and patients’ preferences in website design in the selection of an orthodontic practice: a comparative study, Taylor R. Brown

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Edgelands, Anne Bujold

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Contesting the Commemorative Narrative: Planning for Richmond’s Cultural Landscape, Hannah M. Cameron

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A COMPARISON OF QUALITY INDICATORS BETWEEN MEDICARE ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS AND HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS USING PUBLICLY AVAILABLE DATA, William W. Campbell III

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Impaired Cardiorespiratory Fitness Following Thoracic Radiotherapy, Justin M. Canada

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STAT3 in the Regulation of Brown Adipocyte Differentiation, Marc Cantwell

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INFLUENCE OF CULTURAL STRENGTHS ON THE RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ACCULTURATIVE STRESS, RACISM, AND MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH IN LATINO IMMIGRANTS, Annahir N. Cariello

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Mental Health Difficulties and Service Use of Incarcerated Women: The Influence of Violence Perpetration and Victimization, Rachel C. Casey

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Glycolytic ATP production is required for innate mast cell activation and is limited by lactic acid, which effectively reduces LPS-induced cytokine production in mast cells and in vivo, Heather Caslin

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RESOLUTION OF PROXIMAL OXIDATIVE BASE DAMAGE AND 3′-PHOSPHATE TERMINI FOR NONHOMOLOGOUS END JOINING OF FREE RADICAL-MEDIATED DNA DOUBLE-STRAND BREAKS, Sri Lakshmi Chalasani

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A Cape as Red as Blood and A Slipper as Pure as Gold: Vision and Visuality in the Costume Design of Into the Woods, Hannah E. Chalman

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Onlone 00:00, Junyun Chen

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Methods to Characterize Orofacial Development, Amanda M. Cherry

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Bromodomain and Extraterminal Domain (BET) Inhibitor RVX-208 Ameliorates Periodontal Bone Loss, Nicholas J. Clayton

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Evaluation of fit for 3D printed retainers as compared to thermoform retainers, David J. Cole

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PARENT-IMPLEMENTED COMMUNICATION INTERVENTION FOR PRESCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN WITH AUTISM, Heather M. Coleman

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Chronic Clozapine Treatment Impairs Functional Activation of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 2 via an HDAC2-depedent Mechanism, Travis M. Cuddy

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Targeting monoacylglycerol lipase for the reversal and prevention of paclitaxel-induced allodynia in mice, Zachary Curry

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On Being A Good Neighbor, Kathren M. Cutshall

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EFFECTS OF THE NA-CL CO-TRANSPORTER (NCC) IN WESTERN DIET INDUCED METABOLIC AND CARDIAC DYSFUNCTION, Zachary S. Cutter

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Investigating the Presence and Correlates of Anti-Thin Bias in Adults, Alexandria Davies

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The Role Of A Type Lamins In Regulating Myelination, Jacqueline M. DeLoyht

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Enact in Disappearance, Stephanie DeMer

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Migratory patterns and population genetic structure in a declining wetland-dependent songbird, Matthew G. DeSaix

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STRUCTURAL STRESS AND OTHERNESS: HOW DO THEY INFLUENCE PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS?, Christine DeWilde

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Process Optimization for the Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles from a Mixed Metal Precursor Solution, Kathryn Ann Dill

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Experimental Evaluation of Uranyl Transport into Mesoporous Silica Gel using Fluorescence, Brandon M. Dodd

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The Building Breathes Together, McKeever Donovan

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Warp Drive Spacetimes, Nicholas A.S. Driver

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Psychick Order, Corissa Duffey

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Genetic and Environmental Influences of Bullying Involvement: A Longitudinal Twin Study, Ellyn Dunbar

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Longitudinal Relations Between ADHD Symptoms and Substance Use Across the Transition to College and Evaluation of Promotive and Protective Factors, Melissa R. Dvorsky

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Polyanthroponemia: A Pursuit of Mystery, Magdolene Dykstra

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DOES EMOTION REGULATION MODERATE THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN IMPAIRMENT AND DEPRESSION IN ADOLESCENTS WITH ADHD?, Laura D. Eddy

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Prevalence and factors of sibling-recurrent dental treatment under general anesthesia, Brandy N. Edmonds

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A RECTENNA FOR 5G ENERGY HARVESTING, Panagiotis Efthymakis

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PERFORMATIVE DESIGN, Lenita Ann Eldhose

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Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 2 Activation: Computational Predictions and Experimental Validation, Amr Ellaithy

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A Novel, Orally Active Hydrogen Sulfide-Releasing Compound, SG1002, Improves Left Ventricular Function with an Associated Induction of Angiogenesis in a Murine Model of Ischemia/Reperfusion, Om A. Evani

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The Best Story: Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald's Return to the South Revealed Through the Analysis of her Articles and Fiction Published Between 1920 and 1932, Kemry H. Farthing

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Automatic Image Processing and Conversion to Tactile Graphics, Tyler Ferro

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More Than the Moon: Building the World of Into The Woods, Katherine Field

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THE COGNITIVE AND FUNCTIONAL IMPACT OF OPEN HEART SURGERY: A PILOT STUDY INCLUDING THREE COMMON PROCEDURES (CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS GRAFT, HEART VALVE REPLACEMENT, AND LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE), Robert Fix

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If Not the Body; Null Hypothesis: Essays, Victoria C. Flanagan

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Biosensing and Catalysis Applications of Nanoporous Gold (NPG) and Platinum-Speckled Nanoporous Gold (NPG-Pt) Electrodes, Christopher J. Freeman

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Material Thermal Property Estimation of Fibrous Insulation: Heat Transfer Modeling and the Continuous Genetic Algorithm, Elora Frye

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The Player’s Journey: Ludology and Narratology in Modern Gaming, Angelica Fuchs

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL INHIBITORS OF THE NLRP3 INFLAMMASOME, Jacob W. Fulp

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TIDES, Isa N. Gagarin

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Path, Evan Galbicka

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Potential Antimicrobial Methods for Provisionalizing Teeth After Endodontic Treatment, Laura T. Garden

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Everything Else: Poems, Andrew Garvin

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The Pie Redemption Theory/When the Flood Comes How Will You Choose, Julie Hutchison Geen

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The Break, Ian Gerson

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Evolution and Niche Specialization of Microbial Taxa in Vaginal Infection and Pregnancy, Abigail L. Glascock

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The Role of Learning Experiences, Supports and Barriers in Career Development for the Doctoral Student, Madeline B. Goldman

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Complexities of Chronic Opioid Exposure, Maciej Gonek

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A Behavior-Driven Recommendation System for Stack Overflow Posts, Chase D. Greco

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I Am an Author: Performing Authorship in Literary Culture, Justin R. Greene

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The Effect of Instrumentation Taper on Dentin Conservation, Megan E. Green

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FIBRONECTIN MECHANICS AND SIGNALING IN TGF-β1-INDUCED EPITHELIAL TO MESENCHYMAL TRANSITION, Lauren Griggs

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River City (A Novel), Sarah R. Groves

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IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF EMERGING MEMORY SYSTEMS, Yuhua Guo

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Novel Roles of RelB in Neuroinflammation, Angela Gupta

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Forest Structural Complexity and Net Primary Production Resilience Across a Gradient of Disturbance in a Great Lakes Ecosystem, Lisa T. Haber

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Nam June Paik as a Pioneer of Interactive Art, Byeongwon Ha

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You Build Like A Girl, Sara Hackett

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Blood River, Rachael Hägglund

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Skin-Tone and Academic Achievement Among 5-year-old Mexican Children, Selamawit Hailu

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"WE ARE...": CREATING DISCURSIVE SPACES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF COUNTER NARRATIVES THROUGH PHOTOVOICE AS CRITICAL SERVICE LEARNING, Amanda F. Hall