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Theses/Dissertations from 2024

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Functional Monitoring for Run-Time Assurance of a Real-Time Cyber Physical System, Matthew W. Gelber

Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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ASSESSING DRUG DEVELOPMENT PROPORTIES OF ANTITHROMBOTIC AND ANTI - CANCER AGENTS, Elsamani I. Abdelfadiel

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The Aging Epigenome and the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in the Regulation of Drug Metabolism, Sara Abudahab

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NOVEL STRATEGIES IN HEAD AND NECK TUMOR THERAPY; CONTRIBUTION OF SENESCENCE IN THERAPY RESPONSE, AND RESISTANCE DEVELOPMENT AFTER CISPLATIN TREATMENT, Fereshteh Ahmadinejad

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Combining Novel Direction Modulated Brachytherapy Tandem-and-Ovoids Applicators for Treatment Planning of Multi-Institutional Cervical Cancer Cases: Removing Needles in Intracavitary-Interstitial Techniques, Sharmin Alam

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Characterization of a Solid-State Detector for Dosimetry in the Diagnostic Energy Range with Verification via Monte Carlo Estimation of Average Breast Dose in Mammography, Areej Aljabal

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Exploring the discriminative stimulus effects of e-cigarette aerosols in rodents, Yasmin Alkhlaif

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OVERCOMING CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES IN KIDNEY DISEASE TREATMENT THROUGH METABOLOMIC AND DATA SCIENCE APPROACHES, Monther Alsultan

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Saudi Mediated Public Diplomacy: Exploring the Agenda Building of Government-Sponsored News Before and After the Vision 2030 Announcement, Yahya Alzahrany

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Low efficacy mu-opioid receptor agonist as a candidate opioid use disorder medication, Michelle Arriaga

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Irene Cox, Lindsey Arturo

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Fascism in Sci-Fi: "Mobilizing Passions" in Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Alton C. Ayers

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A standardized pipeline for isolation and assembly of genomes from symbiotic bacteria in whole louse genomic sequence data., Mohammad Mikail I. Bala

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Population Demography of a Neotropical Migratory Songbird in the Face of a Changing Climate, Adele Balmer

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LEARNING-Driven FRAMEWORKS FOR SELF-DRIVEN PROTOCOLS for NEXT-Generation NETWORKS, Hannaneh Barahouei Pasandi

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Identification of Adverse Drug Events from the FAERS Database Utilizing the Low-Code KNIME Platform, Lama Basalelah

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Buckets in a Deep Well: Essays About Shakespeare’s History Play Characters and an Original Drama, Brian C. Bassett

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Rainbow Turan Methods for Trees, Victoria Bednar

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Exploration of Dimensional Structure of Major Psychiatric Disorders Reveals Relationship with Substance Use and Personality, Noah Berley

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Time of Eating and Mortality in U.S. Adults with Heart Failure: Analyses of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2018, Hayley E. Billingsley

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Assessing the Perceived Impact of a Local, Community-Engaged Mural Project on Preservice Art Educators in Foundational Coursework, Caitlin M. Black

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Quantitative Changes in Hippocampal CCR5+ Microglia with the Administration of Maraviroc (MVC): Does Sex Matter?, Ama S. Boakye-Agyei

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Machine Learning Models to automate Radiotherapy Structure Name Standardization, Priyankar Bose

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Biting Range, effie bowen

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Pre-clinical trials with precision-medicine based therapeutics in basal-like patient-derived xenografts, David C. Boyd

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Estimating Cumulative Spatial Risk Over Time and Extending Mixture Modeling in a Bayesian Framework, Joseph Boyle

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Body-interfaced optochemical sensors and nanoparticles for bioimaging and analysis of essential biomarkers and bacteria, Brock A. Brady

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Breaking Bread & Boundaries : Finding Home In Every Bite, Steffi Ann Braganza

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How Teacher-Student Relationships Shape Student Engagement and Interest in Science, Destini N. Braxton

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Adolescent Binge Ethanol-Induced Dysregulation of H3K36 Methylation May Underlie Persistent Memory Deficits, Emily Brocato

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Design and fabrication of multifunctional substrates for tissue interfacing biodevices, Anne Katherine Brooks

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Driving Native-Like Zonal Enthesis Formation In Engineered Ligaments Using Developmentally Inspired Mechanical Cues, Michael E. Brown

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The Exhibition Catalog as Medium: Mid-Twentieth-Century American Exhibition Catalogs as Documents and Autonomous Artifacts, Sarah A. Burgos

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Thermal Performance and Fluid Flow Studies of Twisted Tape Inserts Using Scaled Surrogate Fluids for Molten Salt Energy Applications, Arturo Cabral

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Enhancing Neuromorphic Computing with Advanced Spiking Neural Network Architectures, Paolo Gabriel Alejandro Cachi Delgado

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New River Kids: Stories, Brenna Camping

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Morphic Radiance, Daniel Carbone

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Model-based Imputation of Below Detection Limit Missing Data and Group Selection in Bayesian Group Index Regression, Matthew Carli

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Thrive: Empowering Women's Health Through Healing Design, Tawny Chamberlain

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Clothing Characteristics and Their Effects on Individuals in the Workplace, Yingyi Chang

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A Six-Month Comparison of Orthodontic Pain Associated with Fixed Edgewise Appliances and Clear Aligners, Victor Chan

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Inactivation of Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Protects Against Ischemic Reperfusion Injury-induced Renal Fibrogenesis, Chaoling Chen

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Vesptures, Nyasha T. Chigama Ms

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Characterization of the potent and selective Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-α (PPAR- α) agonist Pemafibrate in a mouse model of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN), Edward Choi

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Acculturative Stress and Quality of Life among Older Korean Immigrants: Do Religiosity and Resilience Matter?, Sunghwan Cho

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STRENGTH SCALING A GENERIC UPPER LIMB MUSCULOSKELETAL MODEL TO REPRESENT INDIVIDUALS WITH PARAPLEGIA, Yeajin Cho

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Metalloglycomics of Platinum and Cobalt Coordination Complexes, Jessica Christian

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QVOICES: Queer Voices in Oncology Igniting Change through Empowered stories of Survivorship, Viktor Clark

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Demonstrated Sensitivity, Kate Crankshaw

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Norteada - In the Greater Geologic Span of Time, Just Fine, Clara Cruz

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Physical Activity in Adolescents with and without ADHD: Longitudinal Associations with Sleep, ADHD, and Internalizing Symptoms, Caroline N. Cusick Lowman

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Isoprenylation Inhibition Significantly Reduces IgE Mediated Mast Cell Function and Allergic Disease, Jordan Dailey

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Driven by Personality: Exploring the Relationship between Custom Cars and Self-expression, Tharwa Dalansi

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Quantifying Fibronectin Mechanical Properties using Antibody-Mediated Optical Tweezing (AMOT), Caleb Dalton

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Exploring the Relationship Between the Epigenome and Metabolism in MYCN-Amplified Neuroblastoma, Krista M. Dalton

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STAGE-STRUCTURED PREDATOR-PREY INTERACTIONS IN A WARMING WORLD: A CASE STUDY IN RIVERINE ROCK POOLS, Andrew T. Davidson

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Using Bovid Tribe Proportions to Reconstruct Paleoenvironments of Eastern African Paranthropus, Lisa Day

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The Ideal Case of the IF:Gathering: Examining Agency, Authority, and Precarity through a Digital Content Analysis of an Influential Women’s Evangelical Parachurch Organization, Elizabeth A. Deere

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MORPHOMETRIC ANALYSIS OF PREMOLARS AND ITS RELEVANCE TO ROOT CANAL ANATOMY, James DeGracie

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Computational Modeling of Temporal EEG Responses to Cyclic Binary Visual Stimulus Patterns, Connor M. Delaney

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Endocannabinoid Receptor 1 and its Role in Disuse- Induced Bone Loss, Rachel C. DeNapoli

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Nerve and Bone Interaction During Osseointegration by Investigating the Regulatory Roles of Neuronal Factors, Jingyao Deng

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The Age and Primary Reason for the First Dental Visit in Children with Special Health Care Needs, Amanda Dickerson

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Characterization of Sphingosine-1-Phosphate Receptor Expression and Functionality in Niemann-Pick Type C Disease, Nathaniel-David I. Dizon

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Homeworld, Ilana Dodelson

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Preliminary Study of YKL-40 Expression in Developing Mice Brains and Development of YKL-40 Knockout Mice, Oscar A. Dominguez

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X-RAY CRYSTALLOGRAPHY: A TOOL FOR UNDERSTANDING PROTEIN FUNCTION AND DRUG DISCOVERY, Akua K. Donkor

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Illness Invalidation and Perceived Injustice in Individuals with and without Insomnia and Pain, Emily K. Donovan

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A Constructed Memoir: The History and Heritage of the Baloch Community in Qatar, Somaia Nahang Dorzadeh

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“It's just not enough”: Examining the experiences of school-based sexual health education and conversation engagement with trusted adults among Black boys in Richmond, VA, Sharyn A. Dougherty

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Applied Machine Learning and Computer Vision Techniques: Genetic Analysis with High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy, Nicholas A.S. Driver

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Factors Associated with College Students' Intention to Use Telehealth for Primary Care, Conor Duffy

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Plant trait effects on tidal wetland methane emission, Adam M. Dunn

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UNRAVELING THE CONSEQUENCE OF ADULT ONSET SULFATIDE DEPLETION: ITS IMPLICATIONS IN MYELIN AND AXONAL HEATH IN THE CONTEXT OF NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE, Elizabeth Dustin

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Family-Based Support as Social Determinants of Health Protective Factor on Depression of Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bisola E. Duyile

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TEACH ME HOW TO PODCAST: UNDERSTANDING THE RISE OF AUDIO JOURNALISM AND ITS PLACE IN THE CURRICULUM, Allison Bennett Dyche

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Children with Special Healthcare Needs: The Cost of Medical Care, Kasey Dye

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The Use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in Dentistry in Virginia, Jessica Eisenberg

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Provider Racial Concordance and Medical Mistrust in Pediatric Dentistry, CHINELO EKE

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Modulation of Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression by Stimulants and their Associated Monoaminergic Receptor Mechanisms in Mice using Whole Body Plethysmography, Harrison J. Elder

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CONE BEAM COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS OF OUTCOMES IN RIDGE AUGMENTATION USING TITANIUM MESH AND TITANIUM REINFORCED PTFE MEMBRANES, Lina Elnakka

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The Living Legends of Sholoukh – شلوخ الأساطير Facial Scarification in Sudan, Ayah S. Elnour

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BET INHIBITION AS A STRATEGY FOR ENHANCING THE RESPONSE TO ESTROGEN ANTAGONISM/CDK4-6 INHIBITION IN ER POSITIVE BREAST CANCER, Ahmed M. Elshazly

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Radiation Shielding Effectiveness of Hafnium Diboride (HfB2) Reinforced Epoxy Composites for Enhanced Radiation Protection and Safety, Furkan Erdogan

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Utilization of Intraoral Scanners for Fabrication of Obturators for Patients Born with Cleft Lip/ Palate (CLP), Swara Fadnis

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How Stromal Interactions Play a Role in the Quest for Human Papillomavirus Specific Cancer Therapeutics, Alexis-Leigh A. Fakunmoju

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Modulation of Epigenetic Regulatory Pathways as a Therapeutic Strategy in Breast Cancer, Ryan M. Finnegan

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Evaluating How Acidic Solutions Affect the Microhardness of Bioceramic Sealers, Colton Fischer

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The Effect of Strain and Drug Combinations on Ketamine's Locomotor Activating Effects in Rats, Caroline K. Flagler

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Minimal Sets, Union-Closed Families, and Frankl's Conjecture, Christopher S. Flippen

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Effects of HIV-1 Tat and opiates on gene regulation of oligodendrocyte lineage cells: Identification of Myrf as a novel target, Kelly M. Flounlacker

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Social Support and Transformational Leadership Behaviors of Frontline Nurse Managers, Jihane Frangieh

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TGIF1 physiological levels limit β-cell distress and neonatal diabetes, Creighton J. Friend

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Anti-Immigration-Related Stressors and Latine Immigrant Well-being: The Role of Family & Community Resilience, Lisa S. Fuentes

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Correlates of Current Tobacco Use Among Cancer Survivors: Examining the Role of Posttraumatic Growth and Family Conflict, Kendall Fugate-Laus

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Probing the Porphyromonas gingivalis Nitrosative Stress Response Network, Alexandra Galina

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PROTACs – A Novel and Rapidly Developing Field of Targeted Protein Degradation, Hannah R. Gatley

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Integrative post-GWAS analyses of psychiatric disorders: Identifying putative risk genes and gene sets using transcriptome, proteome and methylome information, Huseyin Gedik

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Underrepresentation of Black Participants in Drug Court: Reasons Reported for Non-Admission in Six Jurisdictions, Kathryn J. Genthon

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A Combined Instructor-Led and Student Self-Led Debriefing Method to Enhance Non-Technical Skills in Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists: An Educational Intervention Pilot Study, Renee George