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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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INVESTIGATION OF ANTICOAGULATION PROPERTIES OF SULFATED GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN MIMETICS, Elsamani I. Abdelfadiel

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Role of miR-155 and miR-146a in Mast Cell Function, Amina Abdul Qayum

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MODULATING THE INNATE IMMUNE RESPONSE TO ELECTROSPUN SCAFFOLDS AND POLYMER DEGRADATIVE BYPRODUCTS, Daniel Abebayehu

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Thyroid Hormone as a Method of Reducing Damage to Donor Hearts after Circulatory Arrest, William P. Adams

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STUDY OF MOLECULAR INTERACTIONS OF GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS AND GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN MIMETICS WITH THEIR PROTEIN TARGETS, Daniel K. Afosah

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ROLE OF INSULIN-LIKE GROWTH FACTOR BINDING PROTEIN 7 (IGFBP7) USING A GENETIC KNOCKOUT MOUSE MODEL, Maaged A. Akiel

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Thermal Quenching of Photoluminescence in ZnO and GaN, Nahla Albarakati

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COHERENT/INCOHERENT MAGNETIZATION DYNAMICS OF NANOMAGNETIC DEVICES FOR ULTRA-LOW ENERGY COMPUTING, Md Mamun Al-Rashid

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Role of Translation Initiation in Regulation of Epithelial Junctions and Cell Motility, Fahda Fawaz Alsharief

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Re-exploring my identity as a Japanese woman, Fumi Amano

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Evaluation of Volumetric Change of Periapical Lesions After Apicoectomy as a Measure of Postsurgical Healing Utilizing Cone Beam Computed Tomography, Eshwar Arasu

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A Comparative Study of Intraradicular Enterococcus Faecalis Biofilm Removal with Three Root Canal Treatment Systems: A Scanning Electron Microscopy Evaluation, Cyrous Ardalan

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Development and Validation of a Novel Resonant Energy Transfer (FRET) Biosensor to Measure Tensile Forces at the LINC Complex in Live Cells, Paul Arsenovic

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Effect of charged species on the gradient properties, Kayesh Ashraf

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Biological Mechanisms and Symptom Outcomes of Uncertainty and Psychological Stress in Parkinson’s Disease, Kimberley W. Austin

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EVALUATION OF THE REGIONAL DRUG DEPOSITION OF NASAL DELIVERY DEVICES USING IN VITRO REALISTIC NASAL MODELS, Mandana Azimi

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How Master Teachers Conceptualize Student Engagement: A Comparison of Theoretical and Practitioner Perspectives, Andrew D. Baker

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Application of the Fisher Dimer Model to DNA Condensation, John C. Baker III

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Novel Orally Active Hydrogen Sulfide-Releasing Compound, SG1002, Improves Left Ventricular Function and Survival in a Murine Model of Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Bharat Balan

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Effects of Hydraulic Dredging and Vessel Operation on Atlantic Sturgeon Behavior in a Large Coastal River, Michael R. Barber

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Person-Centered Treatment to Optimize Psychiatric Medication Adherence, Natalie Bareis

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Gravitational Microlensing, Wesley M. Barnes

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Computational All Atom Energy Density Landscape Mappings of Intra-protein Interactions from Static and Dynamic Ensemble Structure Data, Oscar H. Bastidas

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To Help or Not to Help? Assessing the Impact of Envy and Gratitude on Prosocial Behaviors, Anna Maria C. Behler

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Building a Bond: Longitudinal Relations between Interpersonal School Climate, Student Awareness and Reporting of Violence, and Peer Victimization and Aggression in Adolescents, Kathryn Behrhorst

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OMNI-DIRECTIONAL INFRARED 3D RECONSTRUCTION AND TRACKING OF HUMAN TARGETS, Emrah Benli

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Bridging the empathy gap: Effects of brief mindfulness training on helping outgroup members in need, Daniel R. Berry

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Misencounters, Francisco J. Besa

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A BIORELEVANT IN VITRO MODEL TO CHARACTERIZE IN VIVO RELEASE OF BONE MORPHOGENETIC PROTEIN-2 (rhBMP-2), DEBLINA BISWAS

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Meiskov: Combining the Techniques of Sanford Meisner and Michael Chekhov, Onstage and Off, Alexis Black

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Good As We Know It: Goodness in Design Discourse Since 1870, Garreth C. Blackwell

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Actor-Singer-Musician: the New Triple Threat, Robert C. Blisset

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NICHE CONSERVATISM OR DIVERGENCE: INSIGHTS INTO THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORIES OF Pinus taeda, Pinus rigida, AND Pinus pungens, Constance E. Bolte

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Horizon Makes a Circle, Ryan K. Bonner

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Uncovering the Progress of Planning for Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise & Coastal Storms: A Plan Evaluation of Norfolk, VA & New York City, Eric K. Borchers

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HOW DOES ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AFFECT DRINKING OUTCOMES? A GROUNDED THEORY PERSPECTIVE, bryan boyles

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The Better World Movement, Jacob Branigan

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Series Solutions of Polarized Gowdy Universes, Doniray Brusaferro

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Laban for the Actor: The Mind/Body Connection, Margaret C. Buckner

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Take Me With Your Shovel, Jeffrey S. Bugher

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TUMOR-INTRINSIC INFLAMMATORY PATHWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH TUMOR DORMANCY AND RECURRENCE, Savannah E. Butler

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Exploring the role of motivational interviewing in adolescent patient-provider communication about type 1 diabetes, Laura J. Caccavale

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Educational Predictors for Postsecondary Living Status, Irina Cain

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Hydrogen Peroxide and Pharmacological Agent Modulation of TRPV2 Channel Gating, Tuoxin Cao

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Impact of School-Based Sex Education on College Students’ Rape Myth Acceptance: An Exploratory Analysis, Erika Carpenter

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Depressive Symptoms among College Students: An Exploration of Fundamental Cause Theory, Peter A. Carrico

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Structure Will Follow and Other Stories, John Matheson Cartwright

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Short and Long Chain Free Fatty Acids Differentially Regulate Glucagon-like Peptide-1 and Peptide YY Transcript Levels in Enteroendocrine Cells (STC-1), Colin M. Catherman

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Epigenetic editing to validate findings from methylome-wide association studies of neuropsychiatric disorders, Robin F. Chan

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Persistence of the Larval Environment on Post-Metamorphic Performance and Population Dynamics in Amphibians, Julie Charbonnier

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We, Wesley B. Chavis

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TAF2: A potential oncogene for hepatocellular carcinoma, Saranya Chidambaranathan Reghupaty

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Altered Axon Initial Segment Structure and Function In Inflammatory Disease, Kareem C. Clark

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Low-temperature Fabrication Process for Integrated High-Aspect Ratio Metal Oxide Nanostructure Semiconductor Gas Sensors, William Paul Clavijo

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the moon cuts like pye, but not cherry, jacqueline Avery collins

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Understanding the Expressive Cartoon Drawings of a Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Michael S. Collins

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Novel Therapeutic Delivery via Cell-Nanoparticle Hybridization, Remy C. Cooper

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Love Learning in Porous Skin, Sarah Coote

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The Impact of Perceived Mental Illness Stigma on Caregivers’ Desire to Relinquish Care, Tyler R. Corson

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Edge-Transitive Bipartite Direct Products, Cameron M. Crenshaw

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The Quiet Near the End of Our World, Matthew S. Cricchio

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The Anatomy of CBPR: A Case Study of CBPR Implementation for Health Promotion with the Peer Community, Cory R. Cummings

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Conflicted Commons: A Local Makerspace in the Neoliberal City, Caitlin Cunningham

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Misophonia: An Investigation of the Lesser-Known Decreased Sound Tolerance Condition, Shannon Cusack

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Art for Recovery, Lucy Dabney

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TYPE 2 IMMUNE RESPONSES IN THE CONTEXT OF HELMINTH INFECTION, ASTHMA, DENDRITIC CELLS, AND MYELOID DERIVED SUPPRESSOR CELL FUNCTION, Sheela Ruby Damle

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QUANTIFYING CURRENT SEDIMENT DEPOSITION, LEGACY SEDIMENTS, AND PRE-IMPOUNDMENT VERTICAL ACCRETION AND CARBON DYNAMICS FOLLOWING DAM REMOVAL IN A RECENTLY RESTORED TIDAL FRESHWATER WETLAND, Melissa J. Davis

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Tissue factor expression, regulation, and signaling in human airway cells, Michael D. Davis

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RENEWABLE CARBON FROM LIGNIN BIOMASS AND ITS ELECTRODE AND CATALYST APPLICATIONS IN BATTERIES, SUPERCAPACITORS, AND FUEL CELLS, muslum demir

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The Role of Afrocentric Features in Mental Healthcare Utilization and Counselor Preferences in Black College Students, Randl B. Dent

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SALVIANOLIC ACID B FOR PULMONARY DELIVERY TOWARDS REVERSAL OF EMPHYSEMA, Sneha Dhapare

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Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Optical Properties of Defects in GaN:, Ibrahima Castillo Diallo

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A comparative analysis of geometric morphometrics across two Pseudemys turtle species in east central Virginia, Kristin C. Dillard

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A Multi-Method Exploration of the Genetic and Environmental Risks Contributing to Tobacco Use Behaviors in Young Adulthood, Elizabeth K. Do

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Health Aid in Africa: Placement, Service Utilization, and Benefit, Carrie Dolan

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Belle Isle, Point Lookout, the Press and the Government: The Press and Reality of Civil War Prison Camps, Marlea S. Donaho

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Role of the Pediatric Dental Provider in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Education, Meredith L. Dugoni

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Exploring the Effects of Different Classroom Environments on the Learning Process. Synthesis of Thiazole-Linked Porous Organic Polymers for CO2 Separation and Nitro-Aromatics Sensing., Davide D'Urbino

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An Investigation of Surface Characteristics of Enamel Treated with Infiltrative Resin: A Scanning Electron Microscopy Study, Danielle E. Easterly

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Recovery From Design, Cassandra J. Ellison

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A Systems Biology Approach For Predicting Essential Genes and Deciphering Their Dynamics Under Stress In Streptococcus sanguinis, Fadi El-rami

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Synthetic Modeling of Power Grids Based on Statistical Analysis, Seyyed Hamid Elyas 8045266

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Abuse-related Behavioral Effects of Oxycodone in the Mouse and their Modulation by HIV-1 Tat Expression, Rachel M. Enga

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Automatically Detecting the Resonance of Terrorist Movement Frames on the Web, Ugochukwu O. Etudo

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WEIGHTED QUANTILE SUM REGRESSION FOR ANALYZING CORRELATED PREDICTORS ACTING THROUGH A MEDIATION PATHWAY ON A BIOLOGICAL OUTCOME, Bhanu M. Evani

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Orientia tsutsugamushi secretes two ankyrin repeat-containing effectors via a type 1 secretion system to inhibit host NF-κB function, Sean M. Evans

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A Systems View of IS Governance and IT Governance: A Case Study of the Virginia Department of Transportation, Bernard Farkas

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Effect of temperature and genetic structure on adaptive evolution at a dynamic range edge in the North American gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar L.), Trevor M. Faske

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Relocations of the 'Outraged Slave': Transatlantic Reform Conversations through Douglass's Periodical Fiction, Nikki D. Fernandes

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Should We Straighten Up? Exploring the Responsibilities of Actor Training for LGBTQ Students, Matthew B. Ferrell

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A SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS FOR RELATIVE IMPORTANCE WEIGHTS IN THE META-ANALYTIC CONTEXT: A STEP TOWARDS NARROWING THE THEORY-EMPIRICISM GAP IN TURNOVER, James G. Field

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Cabaret Story-Telling: Building Your Act, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald

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Accurate acoustic ranging system using android smartphones, mohammadbagher fotouhi

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Negotiating Desire: Resisting, Reimagining and Reinscribing Normalized Sexuality and Gender in Fan Fiction, Charity A. Fowler

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Electronic and Structural Study of the Reactivity of Cu+ with CO, H2O, O2, N2 and their Mixture, Cara M. Frame

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A Novel Synthesis and Subsequent Decyclization of Iminothiozolidinones: Expansion of Thiourea Chemistry for Biological Applications, Constance D. Franklin

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Women Self Actualization: A narrative of a performative gender constitution, Hala A. Gabr

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Evolution of antagonistic relationships in proteins: a case study of RADIALIS- and DIVIRICATA-like genes, Ao Gao

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Review of Whistleblowing Studies in Accounting Research Examining Corporate Internal Whistleblowing Policy, Lei Gao

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Investigation on Genetic Modifiers of Age at Onset of Major Depressive Disorder, Huseyin Gedik