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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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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

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

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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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Grave Goods | Pentimento: Essays, Katherine Mooney Brooks

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

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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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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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Mother is How I Got Down Pat, Kyrae Dawaun

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

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A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Early Literacy Growth in Public Pre-Kindergarten Programs, Bruce A. Fillman

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Paul by Paul by Paul, Paul Finch

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Current Trends in the Management of Invasive Cervical Resorption, Erik J. Foisy

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Discerning the Spectroscopic Properties and Chemical Reactivity of Bioinspired Metallocomplexes, Ashley K. Forney

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The Application of Deliberate Practice to Acting Pedagogy, Melissa H. Freilich Virginia Commonwealth University

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Current: the River City Library, Abigail Fundling

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MASS SPECTROMETRY BASED LIPIDOMIC INVESTIGATION OF STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS LIPID METABOLISM AND CHARACTERIZATION OF LIPASE A, Naren Gajenthra Kumar

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From the Margins to the Center: Legitimation Strategies from an Alt-Right Case Study, Lauren C. Garcia

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Heparan Sulfate. A Ligand for Coordination Compounds., Eric Ginsburg

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How Many Licks, Ashley Goodwin

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Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Accessing Treatment for Substance Use Disorders among Opioid-misusing Individuals Following Implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Mirinda A. Gormley

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Senescent trees stabilize aboveground wood net primary production immediately after disturbance, Maxim S. Grigri

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Postmortem Interval Estimation Based on Eukaryotic Community Associated with Soil Under Decomposing Porcine Remains, Amanda M. Haase

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Hopeless Heartland: Space and Labor in Virginia, Katrina Hamilton

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Multi-Mode Wearable Fabric Antennas for IoT Applications, Umar Hasni

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The Effects of Ingroup Threat on The Anchoring and Adjustment Heuristic, Mattie V. Hedgebeth

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Investigation into the Reaction Profile of a Bioinspired Nickel Complex, Denver Heitger

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Modulation of Ferroportin in Oral Cancer, Ashley N. Hemingway

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Relationships Among Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms, Stigma, and Mental Health: A Strengths-Based Perspective, Richard S. Henry

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Locust & Mist, Ciera Higginbotham

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Taking the Water, Alison Ho

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I Don't Know If You Remember Me But I Don't Remember You, Lee K. Hodge

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On-Demand Electrically Induced Decomposition of Thin-Film Nitrocellulose Membranes for Wearable or Implantable Biosensor Systems, Benjamin M. Horstmann

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A comparison of patient testimonials on YouTube of the most common orthodontic treatment modalities: braces, in-office aligners, and direct-to-consumer aligners, Riley Hunsaker, Bhavna Shroff, Steven J. Lindauer, and Caroline Carrico

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The Role of Ca2+/Calmodulin Dependent Protein Kinase II, CaMK-II, in Kidney Morphogenesis, Sarah R. Ingram

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A CRITICAL MULTIPLE CASE STUDY ANALYSIS EXAMINING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) TO PROMOTE POSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATE, Weade W. James

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Magnetic Refrigerator Device Based on La (FexCoySi1-x-y)13, Khushar Javed

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Systematic Model-based Design Assurance and Property-based Fault Injection for Safety Critical Digital Systems, Athira Varma Jayakumar

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Metal-Oxide Nanostructures Fabricated from Reactive Laser Ablation in Liquid, Mallory G. John

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IMPACT OF STUDENT’S GENDER AND PERCEIVED SKIN TONE ON EDUCATORS’ DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS, Kierstyn K. Johnson-Wigfall

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THE HEAT IS ON: COMPARISON OF THERMOREGULATORY BEHAVIOR IN PARASITISED VERSUS UNPARASITIZED CATERPILLARS OF THE TOBACCO HORNWORM, MANDUCA SEXTA (L.) [LEPIDOPTERA: SPHINGIDAE], Jessica M. Johnston and Karen M. Kester

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The Utilization of Sex Hormone Antibodies for Screening and Separation of Trace Biological Mixtures, Kristin N. Jones

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE TSC/DYRK1A INTERACTION, Supriya Joshi

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EXPLORING THE CREATION OF IMMERSIVE AND RESPONSIVE SPACES FOR INTERRELATIONSHIP THROUGH THE CONCEPT OF PLAYFULNESS, Yonghun Jung