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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Diuretic and natriuretic activity of FAAH inhibition in the renal medulla: a proposed role of palmitoylethanolamide and its regulation by renal medullary interstitial cells, Sara Dempsey

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Associations Between Expressed Emotion, Mental Health, and Functioning in Families: Child Asthma Status as a Moderator, Katherine W. Dempster

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Examining How Primary Care Team Structures are Used and Their Effect on Cross-Disciplinary Relationships: A Qualitative Study, Matthew J. DePuccio

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Therapeutic Targeting of Relaxin Signaling in Ischemic Heart Disease, Siva Teja VK Devarakonda

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Use of Emoji in Pain Level Assessment in Pediatric Dental Patients, Manpreet K. Dhillon

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Site- and Location-Adjusted Approaches to Adaptive Allocation Clinical Trial Designs, Brian S. Di Pace

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Adaptation and Validation of the Situation Awareness Global Assessment Technique for Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Deniz Dishman

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THE INCREASED FREQUENCY OF MICRONUCLEI SEEN IN WOMEN WITH A HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE REFLECTS MORE NUMERICAL THAN STRUCTURAL ACQUIRED CHROMOSOMAL EVENTS: A DISCORDANT IDENTICAL CO-TWIN STUDY, Kaitlyn M. Dochelli

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Let’s Face It: The effect of orthognathic surgery on facial recognition algorithm analysis, Carolyn Bradford Dragon

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Evaluating PrediXcan’s Ability to Predict Differential Expression Between Alcoholics and Non-Alcoholics, John E. Drake Jr

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Fabrication and Simulation of Nanomagnetic Devices for Information Processing, Justine L. Drobitch

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Understanding Effectiveness of a Diverse Board in the Nonprofit Sector: The Role of Board Inclusion & Critical Mass of the Diverse Board Members, Suparna Dutta

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Investigating Daily Writing Emotions, Attention Regulation, and Productivity: An Intensive Longitudinal Study, Eric Ekholm

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OPTIMIZING NASAL CANNULAS FOR INFANTS USING COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS, Ahmad El-Achwah Mr.

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The DNA methyltransferase inhibitor, guadecitabine, targets tumor-induced myelopoiesis and recovers T cell activity to slow tumor growth, Andrea J. Elkovich

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EXAMINING BIOBEHAVIORAL VARIABLES AND PREDICTORS ASSOCIATED WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES SELF- MANAGEMENT, Karin A. Emery

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On Earth | Onionlight, Caitlin Etherton

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The Infectivity of Naegleria fowleri Cysts in vivo and in vitro, and Mediation of Encystment by cAMP, Anna L. Evdokiou

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Nutrient Uptake Among Urban and Non-Urban Streams Within the Piedmont Physiographic Province of Virginia, Joseph T. Famularo

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Multiphase Droplet Interactions with a Single Fiber, Noor M. Farhan

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Cultivating a Democratic community in the Elementary Art Classroom, Kelly Fergus

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REHABILITATION COUNSELOR CLINICAL JUDGMENT MODEL APPLICATION WITH DATA FROM AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLACEMENT AND SUPPORT TRIAL FOR VETERANS LIVING WITH SPINAL CORD INJURIES, Kevin Fields

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Identifying Targets for Quality Improvement in a Community Child Mental Health Agency, Natalie K. Finn

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Sensor Placement for Damage Localization in Sensor Networks, Fereshteh Firouzi

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Perceived Stress, Salivary Cortisol, and Depression in Adults Diagnosed with Postconcussion Syndrome; A Pilot Study, Christine Fish-Huson

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Cold X-ray Effects on Satellite Solar Panels in Orbit, Myles Fogleman

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Touched with All the Radiance that a Sudden Sun Discloses, Marie Fornaro

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Development and Characterization of Stationary Phase Gradients for High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Anna Forzano

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Undergraduate Students' Attitudes About the Collection, Use, and Privacy of Search Data in Academic Libraries, Laura W. Gariepy

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Work-Life Factors that Impact Job Burnout and Turnover Intention among Athletic Academic Support Professionals, Jennifer Gellock

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CONCEPTUALIZATION OF BODY IMAGE AND EATING DISORDERS AMONG SOUTH ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN: A QUALITATIVE INVESTIGATION, Neha J. Goel

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Burying Empty, AMANDA S. GOEMMER

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Distributed multi-label learning on Apache Spark, Jorge Gonzalez Lopez

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The Racialization of Space: How Housing Segregation Caused the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States, Tia Goode

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Axon Initial Segment Integrity in Aging and Traumatic Brain Injury, Mazen M. Gouda

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“The Ground On Which I Stand” Healing Queer Trauma through Performance: Crafting a Solo Performance through the investigation of Ritual Poetic Drama within the African Continuum, Ashley W. Grantham

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Milled, Brandie Gray

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The Impact of Social Determinants of Health on the Efficacy of School-Based Interventions for Adolescents with ADHD, Cathrin D. Green

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A VIEW INTO RECIPROCITY: LITERATURE REVIEW, MEASUREMENT DESIGN, AND EXPERIMENT, Kelly B. Green

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A CONTEXTUAL APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING PSYCHIATRIC COMORBIDITIES IN ADOLESCENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: INDIVIDUAL, PEER, AND FAMILY FACTORS, Jessica L. Greenlee

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Optically Transparent Antennas and Filters for Smart City Communication, Ryan B. Green

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The Anaplasma phagocytophilum adhesin Asp14 directs PDI-mediated disulfide reduction to promote infection, Ryan S. Green

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LONELINESS AND SLEEP DISTURBANCE IN OLDER AMERICANS, Sarah C. Griffin

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Cyclophilin A as a molecular switch regulating prolactin receptor mediated signaling, mammary tumorigenesis and metastasis, Shawn Hakim

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FLUOXETINE ATTENUATES MAST CELL FUNCTION BY TARGETING PURINERGIC SIGNALING, Tamara T. Haque

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THE INFLUENCE OF TRAINING ON KINEMATICS RELATED TO KNEE INJURY IN NOVICE RUNNERS, Kathryn Harrison

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Changing Her Habit: Women Writers and Needlework in Early Eighteenth-Century England, Jane B. Harwell

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Modeling Electrospun Fibrous Materials, Sina Hassanpouryousefi

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Metaproteomic Investigation of the Vaginal Microbiome in Pregnancy, Zaneera Hassan

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FRICTIONAL PROPERTIES OF NOVEL BRACKET SYSTEMS: AN IN-VITRO STUDY, Stephen M. Haverkos

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Trauma related drinking to cope: A phenotypic and molecular genetic investigation of the self-medication model, Sage E. Hawn

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The Day is Just Another Surface, Brooks M. Heintzelman

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TARGETED THERAPIES FOR EWSR1-FLI1 TRANSLOCATED EWING FAMILY OF TUMORS, Daniel A.R. Heisey

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Comparison of Triple Combination Oral Sedation Regimens for Pediatric Dental Treatment, Brett H. Henderson

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Indirect Relatedness, Evaluation, and Visualization for Literature Based Discovery, Sam Henry

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How To Write A Musical: Concerning The Creation Of A Musical From Start To End Of First Draft, Lisa K. Hermanson

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Metal-Organic Framework (MOF)-Based Materials: Aerosol Synthesis and Photocatalytic Applications, Xiang He

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A Longitudinal Investigation of Interpersonal Trauma Exposure, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Cannabis Use Phenotypes among College Students, Terrell A. Hicks

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THE INFLUENCE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE HEATING COIL RESISTANCE ON NICOTINE DELIVERY, HEART RATE, SUBJECTIVE EFFECTS, AND PUFF TOPOGRAPHY, Marzena M. Hiler

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The Role of Strength: Navigating Perinatal Loss Among Black Women, Ashley N. Hill

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Cellular Mechanisms by which Alcohol Promotes HIV Protease Inhibitor-induced Hepatotoxicity, Michael Hinton

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Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Exosomes Increase the Antiproliferative Activity of Doxorubicin in Breast Cancer, Alexander M. Hirsch

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Methods for evaluating dropout attrition in survey data, Camille J. Hochheimer

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Pharmacologic profiling of novel compounds via fluorometric analyses of monoamine transporter responses, Ashkhan Hojati

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Pharmacodynamics of Monoamine Transporter Releasing Agents and Reuptake Inhibitors, Alexa Holloway

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Antibiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance: An Evaluation of the Knowledge, Attitude and Perception Among Dental Students and Academic Deans and Department Chairs within U.S. Dental Schools, Magdalena S. Holz

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MULTI-COLUMN NEURAL NETWORKS AND SPARSE CODING NOVEL TECHNIQUES IN MACHINE LEARNING, Ammar O. Hoori

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Why They Stay: Factors Contributing to Second Stage Teachers' Decisions to Remain in Teaching Profession, Samantha Hope

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The Role of IRF1 in the Brain and in Adaptive Responses of Astrocytes, Andrew Hoskins

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Social Influences on racial identity, perceived social support, and mental health among Black college students, Sultan A. Hubbard

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Humans Aren't Boxes, Art Isn't Finite, Brianne Alta Humphreys

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Engineering magnetic properties of nanoparticles for biomedical applications and magnetic thin film composite heterostructures for device applications., Shivakumar Hunagund

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Phenotypic Characterization of PNPase Mutation and Overexpression in C. elegans, Brian J. Hur

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FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET: A LIFESPAN APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF A SUBSET OF AMERICAN FARMERS, Janna L. Imel

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CLASS/ACT EMBODIED PRACTICES FOR PERFORMATIVE PEDAGOGY, Chauntee Irving

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Generation of a linear epitope based multi-protein chimeric construct for prevention of Lyme disease in humans, Jerilyn R. Izac

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Revealing the Human Resource Development Discourse: A Mixed Methods Study of Similarities and Differences in Academic and Practitioner Language, or Labels-in-Use, Holly D. Jackson

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Effect of a 14-Day Mindfulness Intervention on Daily Desire Experiences and Desire Regulation, Nabila Farhin Jahan

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Beauty in Imperfection: Post-hyperreal Cosmetic Containers, Se Hee Jang

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Manufactured by Nature: Growing Generatively Designed Products, MOHAMMAD JAWAD

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Methods for Estimating the Optimal Time Lag in Longitudinal Mediation Analysis, Alicia Johns

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Mathematics Identity Construction in Successful African Americans: Reflections on Mathematics Experiences During Adolescence, Teri N. Johnson

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Transit Access Equity in Richmond, VA, Rachel Jordan

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Assessing the Impact of Incorporating Residential Histories into the Spatial Analysis of Cancer Risk, Anny-Claude Joseph

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Metallic systems at the nano and micro scale: Bimetallic nanoparticles as catalysts and MCrAlY bond coats in thermal barrier coatings, Kenneth Kane

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Development of an Eye Movmement Based Predictive Model for Discrimination of Parkinson's Disease from Other Parkinsonisms and Controls, Mary Anisa Kannan

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The Wheel House - An Intergenerational Space Creating Bonds Between At-Risk Teens and Seniors, Jessica M. Keegan

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The Effect of Music Characteristics on the Novelty and Usefulness of Creative Ideas., Kathleen Keeler

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University President Compensation: A Complex Examination of its Determinants and Consequences, Sheila Keener

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Groundwater quality assessment of the Piney Point aquifer in the Virginia Coastal Plain, Elizabeth J. Keily

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Geospatial analysis of invasive plant species and their threats to ecological functionality at the VCU Rice Rivers Center, Erik W. Kellogg

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The Lady Markham Elegies, Meghan Kern

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AEG-1 KNOCKOUT SENSITIZES HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA (HCC) CELLS TO IONIZING RADIATION, Maheen Khan

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FABRICATION OF NANOPOROUS ELECTRODES FOR SENSING APPLICATIONS, Md Rezaul Karim Khan

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Whirling Hybrids: A Dichotomy Of Belonging, RABEYA KHATOON

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Role of glial CCR5 in mediating HIV-1 Tat and opiate neurotoxicity and behavioral phenotype, Sarah Kim

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Effect of Manipulation of Notch Signaling Pathway on Neural Stem Cell Proliferation in the Hippocampus Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Seung L. Kim

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A Spectacle and Nothing Strange, Taylor Z. King

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Expansion of the Genetic Code to Include Acylated Lysine Derivatives and Photocaged Histidine, William D. Kinney

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Nanostructured Materials for Photocatalysis, Water Treatment and Solar Desalination, Hiran D. Kiriarachchi