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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Electrocatalytic Cathodes for Advanced Lithium–Sulfur Batteries, Ahmed Abdelkader

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Sound propagation in viscous flows using piezoelectric sensors and non-destructive propagation techniques and its applications, ahmed M. abdulkareem

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Exploring the Heteromeric Interface of the 5-HT2A-mGlu2 Receptor Complex, Mohamed Aarif Abdul Kareem

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Monumentalizing Rituals of the Palestinian Diaspora, Reema Abu Hassan

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Relationship of demographic characteristics of occupational and physical therapists towards their knowledge and attitude on person-centered care in skilled nursing facilities, Sadashiv R. Aggarwal

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Role of NuRD in Acute Leukemia Cell Survival, JAVERIA AIJAZ

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Twitter’s Perceived Impact on Public Opinion: A Survey of National Issues in Saudi Arabia, Abdullah S. Alahmari

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Novel Bayesian Techniques for Dose Response Data, Faten Alamri

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Measuring the Impact of Perceptions Towards Performance-Based Cash Rewards on Performance in Federal Agencies: Testing the Role of Public Service Motivation as a Causal Chain, Layla F. Alanazi

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The Effects of an Inflammasome Inhibitor OLT1177 on the Development of Ischemic Heart Failure, Joseph S. Aliaga

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Comparison of Endodontic Treatment Planning Decisions Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography versus Periapical Radiography in Previously Endodontically Treated Molars, Sarah Alkanderi

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SYMMETRY ALGEBRAS OF THE CANONICAL LIE GROUP GEODESIC EQUATIONS IN DIMENSION FIVE, Hassan Almusawa

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Orbiting Forward (Thoughts On The Nature Of Conflict - Sighs On The Struggles Of Change), Bushra A. AlSughayer

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Kavana: Photography, Jewish Storytelling, and Memory, Hannah Altman

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UTILIZING DESIGN STRUCTURE FOR IMPROVING DESIGN SELECTION AND ANALYSIS, Ahlam Ali Alzharani

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NOVEL STRATEGIES TO OVERCOME CARBOPLATIN RESISTANCE IN TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER USING PATIENT DERIVED XENOGRAFTS, Mohammad A. Al Zubi

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Towards A Greener Route to Blockbuster Statin Drugs: Harnessing the Power of Biocatalysis and Integrating Cross-Coupling Catalysis in the Synthesis of Rosuvastatin, Chanaka M. Amarasekarage

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PROBING VIBRATIONAL WAVE PACKETS IN ORGANOPHOSHOROUS MOLECULES USING FEMTOSECOND TIME-RESOLVED MASS SPECTROMETRY (FTRMS), Derrick Ampadu Boateng

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE DYRK1A PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERACTION NETWORK, Varsha Ananthapadmanabhan

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Development of Near-Real Time Material Detection and Analysis by Coupling Electrochemical & Optical Spectroscopy Methods for Molten Salt Systems, Hunter Andrews

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The Functional Importance of Methyl CpG Binding Domain Proteins 2 and 3 in Regulating Fetal Hemoglobin Expression in Human Adult Erythroid Cells, Alexander Azzo

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Peridynamic Approaches for Damage Prediction in Carbon Fiber and Carbon Nanotube Yarn Reinforced Polymer Composites, Forrest E. Baber

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KCC2: a novel therapeutic target to rescue GABAergic dysfunction and behavioral deficits induced by HIV and opiate use, Aaron J. Barbour

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Black Queer Futures (BQF) in Real Time: Multidimensional Identity and Imaginative Media Practice, Chaz A. Barracks

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"Welcome to the Show" - An Interactive Theatre Adventure Film in Three Acts, Dorothy Barton

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Strategies and Devices for Improving Respiratory Drug Delivery to Infants and Children with Cystic Fibrosis, Karl Bass

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Education Support for Foster Care Youth: The Impact of Federal Spending on Employment Outcomes, Carlisle C. Bates

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Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel, Rachel Beanland

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The Effects of Exosomes on the Regeneration of Rat Calvaria, Jill T. Beitz

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Regulation Of Vascular And Lymphatic Endothelial Barrier Function By Sphingosine-1-Phosphate, Jacqueline Bellaci

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The Utilization of Eukaryotic Cell Types in Microbiomes for Semen, Vaginal Fluid, and Menstrual Blood Identification using 18S rDNA, Ines Benaissa

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ghost signs are more than paintings on brick, Eric Anthony Berdis

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SPAG17 is Important for Protein Trafficking in Mammalian Spermiogenesis, Virali Bhagat

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Electric field control of fixed magnetic Skyrmions for energy efficient nanomagnetic memory, Dhritiman Bhattacharya

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Detection of Bacterial Lipopolysaccharides of Escherichia coli by Direct Analysis in Real Time/Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, Dakotah M. Biller

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E-liquid Exposure Causes Multiple Cardiovascular Defects in Xenopus laevis Embryos, James E. Black III

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Predators and Principles: Think Tank Influence, Media Visibility, and Political Partisanship, Timothy Beryl Bland

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(Re)forming and (Re)fusing the Sub-divided Self, Laura Boban

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Aerospace Materials, Vehicle Shape and Astronaut Position at Lowering the Whole Body Effective Dose Equivalent in Deep Space, Daniel K. Bond

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Food park, Houria Boumzairig

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Bidirectional Associations Between Passive and Active Technology Use and Sleep: A Longitudinal Examination in Young Adolescents with and without ADHD, Elizaveta Bourchtein

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Teacher Approaches to Women’s History, Gender, and Feminism in Secondary Social Studies, Kimberly R. Bowman

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Sphingolipids in cancer health disparities and as prospective targets for cancer therapy, April E. Boyd

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Estimating Response Status in Sequential Multiple Assignment (SMAR)-like Trials, Keighly Bradbrook

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Grave Goods | Pentimento: Essays, Katherine Mooney Brooks

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Examining the Role of Racial Discrimination in Obesity Treatment Disparities among African American Emerging Adult Women, Kristal Brown

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Port to World, Samuel M. Brown

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A Meisner Warm-Up: Advancing the Technique, Andrew Bryce

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An Intuitive Eating Intervention for College Women With Disordered Eating: Evaluating Two Accessible and Affordable Approaches, Carolyn B. Burnette

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Empathic Anger and Personal Anger in Response to Fairness Violations: Relations to Self and Other-Oriented Motivation and Behavior, Athena H. Cairo

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Effects of Regulatory T Cell-Modified Extracellular Matrix on Tumor Cell Survival and Mesenchymal Properties, Taylor Calicchia

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A MULTISITE STUDY OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN LATIN AMERICA: LONGITUDINAL MEDITATIONAL MODEL OF FAMILY DYNAMICS, COPING, AND HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE, Annahir N. Cariello

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A Qualitative Analysis of Caregiver Goals for Urban Children with and without Asthma, Megan M. Carlson

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DNA Analysis and the Postmortem Submersion Interval from the Microbiome of Waterlogged Sus scrofa Skeletal Remains, Claire Cartozzo

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Reaction profiling of extracellular protein phosphorylation through a microfluidic reactor coupled with Raman Spectroscopy, Abigail Casey

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Failing In My Own Class, Bryan Castro

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...And Yet the Devil Exists, John Hee Taek Chae

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Quality of Medical Care for Adults With Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Priya Chandan

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FEASIBILITY AND ACCEPTABILITY OF FOCUSED BREATHING FOR MANAGEMENT OF ANXIETY IN PARKINSON’S DISEASE, Susan K. Chandler

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The Influence of Breeding Density on Female Aggression, Parental Care, and Ornamentation in a Secondary-Cavity Nesting Warbler, Elsa B. Chen

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An Identification of TGF-B's Role in Ischemic Cholangiopathy, Courtney Chmielewski

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Investigating the role of oncogene C-terminal Binding Protein (CtBP) in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma, Kranthi Kumar Chougoni

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University Hackathons: Managerialism, Gamification, and the Foreclosure of Creativity, Anthony L. Clary

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The Bellamy and Shoot For The Stars, Matthew K. Clingempeel

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Cultural Placemaking in Washington’s U Street Corridor: A Catch 22, Maya Coleman

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Analysis of Stigmatic Content in State Mental Health Legislative Proposals, David L. Conley

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Dendrimer-based Therapeutic Delivery Vehicle for the Treatment of Ocular Diseases, Remy C. Cooper

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The Impact of Registered Apprenticeships on the Middle-Skills Gap in Virginia, Yolanda Macklin Crewe

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Bridging the Digital Divide: A Risk-Based “Telehealth Needs” Scoring Model for Patient Outcome Prediction, Cindy Ann Crump

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An Intersectional Analysis of Disproportionality of Dual Language Learners in Special Education in Virginia: A Mixed Methods Study, Melissa J. Cuba

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Quantification and Modeling of Bladder Biomechanics Mechanisms Linking Spontaneous Rhythmic Contractions and Dynamic Elasticity to Detrusor Overactivity, Zachary E. Cullingsworth

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Caffeine Use and Associations with Sleep in Adolescents with and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Caroline N. Cusick

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A Eukaryotic Signature Based Method for Identification of Saliva, Feces, and Urine, Alyssa Daniels

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Solid Phase Extraction and High-Precision Mass Spectrometry Analysis Methods for Crassostrea virginica Metabolome, Alyssa Darling

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Mother is How I Got Down Pat, Kyrae Dawaun

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Impact of Performance-Based Budgeting on Quality Outcomes in U.S. Military Healthcare Facilities, Kimberly L. Decker Virginia Commonwealth University

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BENEFICIATION OF COAL USING SUPERCRITICAL WATER AND CARBON DIOXIDE EXTRACTION, Matthew DeCuir Virginia Commonwealth University CL

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Cyberbullying: School Administrators' Perceptions of Law and Prevalence, and Their Roles in Prevention, Intervention and Discipline, Suzan Gragg Denby

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“Is therapy for me?” Perceptions of Therapy Inclusivity and Willingness to Seek Help among Black Emerging Adults, Randl B. Dent

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Cultural Production in Qatar: Design, Dialog and the New Authentic, Asma Derouiche

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The Role of Interleukin-18 in Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion, Yogesh Dhakal

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LEVERAGING PEER-TO-PEER ENERGY SHARING FOR RESOURCE OPTIMIZATION IN MOBILE SOCIAL NETWORKS, Aashish Dhungana

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Prediction of the Vaginal Microbiome Using Urine Samples, Christopher R. Diachok

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Natural Lead-in Approaches to Response-Adaptive Allocation in Clinical Trials, Erin E. Donahue

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Daily associations among sleep, cognition, and mood in older male veterans, Emily K. Donovan

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A Comparative Study of the Influence of Credential Attainment on Employment Outcomes in Rural and Urban Localities, Carrie S. Douglas

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"Island of Integration": Desegregation of the Women's Army Corps at Fort Lee, Virginia, 1948-1954, Meika Downey

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Surrogate Memories in Animation and Sound, Jared Duesterhaus

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Environmental governance for whom? Examining the political, institutional, fiscal, and legal determinants of state environmental agency budget policy in the US, Andrew R. Duggan

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The Role of Patient Room-Type, Interruptions, and Intrapersonal Resources in Nurse Performance and Well-Being, Jennifer Early

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Robert Cowley: Living Free During Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Richmond, Virginia, Ana F. Edwards

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Focal Augmentation of Somatostatin Interneuron Function and Subsequent Circuit Effects in Developmentally Malformed, Epileptogenic Cortex, Nicole Ekanem

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Structure, Morphology and Composition-Property Elucidation of Ni–Mo and Ni−Mo−P Nanocrystals for Water Splitting Reactions and Group IV Alloy and Silicate Nanocrystals for Visible to Near IR Optoelectronics, Ebtesam Hassan Abuelenein Eladgham

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EXPLORING THE USE OF PULSED ERBIUM LASERS TO RETRIEVE A ZIRCONIA CROWN FROM A ZIRCONIA IMPLANT ABUTMENT, Ahmed Elkharashi

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The Program, Aaron Douglas Estrada

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It’s Funny Because It’s True: The Transmission of Explicit and Implicit Racism in Internet Memes, Tabitha Fairchild

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GENETIC AND CELLULAR MODELS FOR THE STUDY OF PTK2B AND ADAM10 IN ADAPTIVE THERMOGENESIS AND METABOLISM, Jared S. Farrar

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Regional drivers of organic carbon age in lotic systems of the conterminous United States, Kaycee Faunce

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NEW PERSISTENT AND CHRONIC OPIOID USE IN CANCER SURVIVORS AFTER CURATIVE INTENT RADIATION, Elena V. Fernández

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Legal Permanent Residents in the US Labor Market: Occupational Mobility of High-Skilled and Low-Skilled Immigrants, Larissa Ferreira Coelho