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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Humanizing Architecture: A Polymorphic Space, Nada Abbara

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Structural Reorganization of the Cisternal Organelle in Neuroinflammatory Disease, Myshak S. Abdi

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Influence of metal sleeves in the accuracy of dental implant placement using guided implant surgery, Coleman Adams

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Straight through my heart, Raul A. Aguilar Canela

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CONTINUAL LEARNING FOR MULTI-LABEL DRIFTING DATA STREAMS USING HOMOGENEOUS ENSEMBLE OF SELF-ADJUSTING NEAREST NEIGHBORS, Gavin Alberghini

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BISPHOSOHOGLYCERTAE MUTASE: A POTENTIAL TARGET FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE, Anfal S. Aljahdali

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Math Leaders’ Perceptions of Social Justice Pedagogy: Implications for Professional Development on Teaching Mathematics for Climate and Environmental Justice, Angela M. Allen

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Treatment outcome of perforation repair with bio-ceramic based materials: A retrospective study, Lolwa alyahya

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Socio-ecological Predictors of Social Connection Among Older Adults, Georganna Amateau

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Evaluation of DNA Extraction Efficiencies of Promega’s DNA IQ™ Methods and Casework Extraction Kit for Low Template Samples, Emily M. Anderson

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Perovskite Thin Films Annealed in Supercritical fluids for Efficient Solar Cells, Gilbert Annohene

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COGNITIVE DEBIASING INTERVENTION FOR ASSESSMENT OF PROLONGED GRIEF DISORDER, Farah Aslanzadeh, M.S.

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Bayesian Experimental Design For Bayesian Hierarchical Models With Differential Equations For Ecological Applications, Rebecca Atanga

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Quantitative PCR and Sanger Sequencing of Mitochondrial DNA Recovered from Waterlogged Bone, Kailey Babcock

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Wintering Ground, Colin Bailes

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Qualitative and Quantitative Characterization of Epithelial Cell Mixtures Using Hormone Antibody Probes and Flow Cytometry, Luke Baldridge

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Kaleidoscope Wellness | Destigmatizing Mental Health for Teens by Design, Rhode L. Baptiste

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Perceived efficacy of extrusion of maxillary lateral incisors with aligners, Mason T. Bates, Bhavna Shroff, Caroline Carrico, Nakysa Kheirandish, and Steven J. Lindauer

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Detrimental role of IRF1 in myeloid cells during Influenza infection, Bianca L. Baum

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BEYOND BLACK OR WHITE: AN EXAMINATION OF INTERSECTIONAL IDENTITIES, BLAME ATTRIBUTION, AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE, Ashlynn D. Bell

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Tender Perception: The Ethics of Existence and Nonliving Objects’ Movement in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, Timothy Berge

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Summit Avenue Studios: A Creative Hub in Scott's Addition, Elizabeth Berry

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Role of P53 Deficient Clonogenic Endothelial Cells in the Pathogenesis Of Pulmonary Hypertension, Aneel Roy Bhagwani

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IL-36g Cytokine Induction in Oral Epithelial Cells Triggered By Treponema denticola and Their Role In Chronic Periodontitis, Christopher Blake

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Amixicile, a novel antimicrobial agent, and its effect on the salivary and subgingival microbiome in rhesus macaque monkeys, Erin E. Block

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Modeling Substance Use and Mental Disorder Comorbidity Using Latent Variable and Network Approaches, Courtney T. Blondino

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Cardiac Arrest and Global Ischemia Reperfusion Injury: Role of mitochondria and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 signaling., Jennifer L. Bradley

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Knowledge, Perception, and Clinical Management Strategies of US Pediatric Dentists on Molar Incisor Hypomineralization, Courtney T. Brashier

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Strengthening Mental Health Diagnostic Detection in Integrated Primary Care, Julia Brechbiel

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Fabrication of Metal-Silicon Nanostructures by Reactive Laser Ablation in Liquid, Eric J. Broadhead

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Phenotypic characterization of Table Mountain (Pinus pungens) and pitch pine (Pinus rigida) hybrids along an elevational gradient in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia, Alexander L. Brown

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CanalPro EAL Accuracy compared to the Root ZX EAL, Benjamin T. Brown

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PLANT COMMUNITIES IN DYNAMIC SYSTEMS: HOW DISTURBANCE INFLUENCES COASTAL PLANT COMMUNITY STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION, Joseph K. Brown

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Development of an Analytical Method and Sample Preparation Technique for the Analysis of Sulfur-Containing Fentanyl Analogs by UPLCMSMS, and the Application to Forensic Science, Amber D. Budmark

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Owning Our Story: an interior exploration to foster self-reflection, Hannah Bulow

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Survival, Growth, and Characterization of Microbes in E-liquids, Jessica Bunn

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Reclamancipation: A Story of Brilliance, Resilience, and Transilience, Nia A. Campbell

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COACHING PARAEDUCATORS TO ACCURATELY RECORD STUDENT RESPONSE DATA DURING DIRECT INSTRUCTION, Paige J. Carter PhD

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Barrio Boys, Vincent Chavez

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Western Clinicians’ Diagnostic Accuracy of Culture-Bound Syndromes, Lisa Y. Chung

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Floating Home: an Imagined Community, Carrie Collier

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Pro-Environmental Behaviors Among Black Environmentalists: A Critical Race Perspective, Kimberly S. Compton

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Hello, Is It Dark?, McKayla Conahan

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NANOPORE DETECTION of LONG TIME-SCALE SINGLE METALLIC CLUSTER CONFORMATIONAL CHANGES and SURFACE LIGAND EXCHANGE, Bobby D. Cox

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Prolactin Drives a Dynamic STAT5A/HDAC6/HMGN2 Cis-Regulatory Landscape Exploitable in ER+ Breast Cancer, Justin M. Craig

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No Graphic Design Will Contain You, Julia P. Dann

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Expand Your Horizon: Investigating an online intervention for weight bias internalization, Alexandria Davies

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The Institute for Storytelling & Healthcare Design Research, Ruth E.P. Deibler

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Interpersonal Trauma and Mental Health among LGBQ+ College Students: Examining Social Support and Trauma-related Drinking as Mediators, Eryn DeLaney

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An Escapist Utopia, Sara EH Denney

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Difficult Paintings, Hao (Damien) Ding

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THE LIVING THEATRE OF HORROR: EXAMINING HOW CENTURIES OF WESTERN THEATRICAL PRACTICE AND THEORY INFORM THE MODERN-DAY HAUNTED HOUSE, Scott Dittman

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≥i++ Wayward Self, Space, and Language, Mystie Do and Thu TM Do

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Using the Memorial Sloan Kettering Frailty Index to Identify Patients at High Risk for Postoperative Intensive Care Unit Admission, Specialized Advanced Care Unit Admission, and 30-day Readmission, Timothy J. Donoghue

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Navigating Success: First-Generation Pathways to Institutional Integration, Katherine B. Drumm

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A Mixed Methods Approach to Examine Racial Disparities in Adherence to Surveillance Mammography Among Breast Cancer Survivors, Megan C. Edmonds

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Form Follows Culture, Nada Raafat Elkharashi

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Radioimmunoconjugate for cancer molecular imaging, Nouri Elmekharam

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You Wouldn't Download an Art, Beatrice Evans

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The Just Host: Addressing the wage structure problem in the tourism industry, Bill Farley

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Development of Analytical Methods for Analysis of Glycosaminoglycans and Their Mimetics in Human Plasma, Rawan M. Fayyad

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Conformational Modulation of α-Helical N-Acetylated α-Synuclein, Ricardo Fernandez

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Detection Of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene Using A Colorimetric Gold Nanoparticle Air Cassette Filter, Andrea I. Ferrer Vega

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Method Validation of Headspace Gas Chromatography with Dual Flame Ionization Detection for Analysis of Blood Alcohol Concentration and Other Volatile Organic Compounds, Caroline A. Fudala

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Pase Perdido Missing Pass, larissa m. garcia

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Copper Sulfide Manganese Nanoparticles for Multimodality Imaging and Therapy, Ali S. Gawi Ermi

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STANDARDIZATION OF E-CIGARETTE RESEARCH: ADDRESSING THE ANALYSIS OF TOTAL NICOTINE AND FREE BASE NICOTINE IN E-CIGARETTES, Vinit Gholap

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Validation of a Screening Tool for Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Pilot Study, Julia A. Giardina

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Single Molecule Investigations of Holliday Junction Binding Protein RuvA, Dalton Reed Gibbs

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"With The Commodity In The Hand": A Practical Investigation of the Intersection of Material Culture with Performance Theory, Katharine M. Given

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Earth Tone Sigh Spell, Martha Glenn

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Augmented Reality in Sport Broadcasting, Chad Goebert

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Hamburger Helper Recipes, John Alex Goss

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Targeting Transferrin Binding Protein A for Vaccine Development in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Ashley Greenawalt

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Mechanistic Insights of Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species in Alzheimer's Disease Models, Jakob C. Green

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Patient perspectives on teledentistry and face-to-face doctor interaction during orthodontic treatment, Jackson K. Griffeth D.M.D.; Bhavna Shroff D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., M.P.A.; Caroline Carrico Ph.D.; and Payton Cook

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Sweet Fruit, Daa Guy-Vasson

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The Therapeutic Potential of Glycosaminoglycan Directed Metalloglycomics: Elucidating New Targets and Mechanisms for Polynuclear Platinum Complexes, James D. Hampton

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Pissing in the Pleasure Garden, Ellen Hanson

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Radiographic Comparison Using CBCT-PAI and Volumetric Analysis of Endodontically Treated Teeth: A Retrospective Cohort Study, Jeremy Hargrove

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Reproducibility and accuracy of the virtual occlusal record, Anne M. Harper

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The Impact of Latent Print Processing on Firing Pin and Breechface Impressions during Firearm Examination, Brittany B. Harrington

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Virtual Reality Tool for Visualizing the Oral Microbiome, Alexus M. Harris

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"Unite the Left": Contextualizing Bukharin's ABC of Communism and Berkman's ABC of Anarchism, David Hayter

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What Sound Reveals To Our Eyes: The Intersection Between Subconscious Thought and Real Imagery in Experimental Film and Sound Design, Mireille G. Heidbreder

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Water Clarity at the River-Estuary Transition Zone: A Comparative Study of the James, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey Sub-estuaries, Rachel Henderson

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Value of Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire in Referrals for Obstructive Sleep Apnea at VCU Pediatric Dental Clinic, Elizabeth H. Hering

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Symptom Self-Management in Adolescents Following a Concussion, Amanda Hodges

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EVALUATION OF REGIONAL EXTRATHORACIC DEPOSITION OF LOW- AND HIGH-MOMENTUM AEROSOL USING ANATOMICALLY-CORRECT IN VITRO AIRWAY MODELS, Sana Hosseini

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The Rational Synthesis of Lanthanum Manganite Nanomaterials for Magnetic Refrigeration Applications, Caitlin Hunt

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The Default: The Paradox of Play and Productivity, Yeon Geong Hwang

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Black Feminist Thought, Interrupted: Dissecting the Voice of Black Feminists in the Blogosphere and their Engagement with Platform Affordances, Dawn G. Johnson

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Comparison of the Bacterial Community Structure of Bone Swabs to Ground Bone Recovered from Waterlogged Skeletal Remains from a Lentic Environment for Postmortem Submersion Interval (PMSI) Estimation, Hannah Johnson

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Fool for Laban: An Adaptive Temporality and Stylized Movement Shepard Piece, Rebecca Johnson

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Parametric, Nonparametric, and Semiparametric Linear Regression in Classical and Bayesian Statistical Quality Control, Chelsea L. Jones

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fatal softness, mariah b. jones

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Improving patient-specific assessments of regional aortic mechanics via quantitative magnetic resonance imaging with early applications in patients at elevated risk for thoracic aortopathy, Patrick A. Jones

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Charles and the Nature of Intellectually Disabled Characters in Performance, Scott Jones

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A Mechanism Behind the Mechanotransduction of Surface Characteristics in Osteoblasts, Otto J. Juhl IV

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Movement, home ranges, and population estimates of spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) during a rainy breeding season in Virginia, Lauren J. Jurczak, Derek M. Johnson Dr., and John Kleopfer