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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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

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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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Whirling Hybrids: A Dichotomy Of Belonging, RABEYA KHATOON

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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

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(and i can't stress this enough) in my mouth: Extradiegetic Affect as Material, C. Klockner

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A high fructose diet alters affective-like behavior and metrics of synaptic mitochondrial function differentially in male and female rats, Alix H. Kloster

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Investigation of the Interactions Between the DREAM Complex and HPV16, Kevin Ko

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Antinociceptive tolerance to morphine is driven by colonic inflammation and mediated by peripheral opioid receptors, Essie S. Komla

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Lifetime, Emily E. Kuchenbecker

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Design, Synthesis and Pharmacological Characterization of Potential Mu Opioid Receptor Selective Ligands, Abhishek S. Kulkarni

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CO-LOCALIZATION OF POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME CANDIDATE GENE PRODUCTS IN HUMAN THECA CELLS SUGGESTS NOVEL SIGNALING PATHWAYS, Rewa M. Kulkarni

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The Role of Sphingosine Kinase 2 in Alcoholic Liver Disease, Eric K. Kwong

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Dramatic Themes: Active Learning and Thematic Teaching in the Theatre History Classroom, Brandon LaReau

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Dark on Campus: A Phenomenological Study of Being a Dark-Skinned Black College Student, Kiara Lee

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Glial cell mechanisms regulate alcohol sedation in Drosophila melanogaster, Kristen M. Lee

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Optimizing Gas Mixture Composition for the RTPC Detector for BONuS 12 at Jefferson Lab., joshua h. lehman

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Radiotherapy Response Using Intravoxel Incoherent Motion Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Liver Patients Treated with Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, Benjamin C. Lewis

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A Thesis Is a Product Is a Tracking, Yixue Li

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Enhanced Proteomics Resolves KCC2 as a Novel Therapeutic Target for Traumatic Brain Injury, Pavel N. Lizhnyak

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Bone of my Bone, Dylan A. Loftis

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Designing Biomimetic Implant Surfaces to Promote Osseointegration under Osteoporotic Conditions by Revitalizing Mechanisms Coupling Bone Resorption to Formation, Ethan M. Lotz

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Characterizing water quality and hydrologic properties of urban streams in central Virginia, Rikki Lucas

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Out of the Margins: Evolving Narrative Representation of Women in Video Games, Rowan Lucas

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The Nail That Sticks Up Isn't Always Hammered Down: Women, Employment Discrimination, and Litigiousness in Japan, Kristen Luck

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Graphic Intimacies: Identity, Humor, and Trauma in Autobiographical Comics by Women of Color, Francesca Lyn

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Empathy and the Homo Sapiens: Facilitating Compassion for Idiots in an Idiotic Time, Arthur H. Mahaney

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Critical Race Examination of Educator Perceptions of Discipline and School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Michael J. Massey

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Spillover Effects and Freedom: An Experimental Investigation of the Indirect Effects of Managerial Autonomy and Firms’ Rationale for the Implementation of Internal Controls Across the Organizational Hierarchy, Erin M. Masters

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DIRECTING THROUGH ANCIENT MOVEMENT: An Experiment Exploring Ancient Greek Choral Structures on the Modern Stage, Laura S. Matthews

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Characterization of the Novel Interaction Between Neisseria gonorrhoeae TdfJ and its Human Ligand S100A7, Stavros Maurakis

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Adaptive Acts: Queer Voices and Radical Adaptation in Multi-Ethnic American Literary and Visual Culture, Michael M. Means

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A Sacred Gift: Rebalancing Our Relationship with Water, Noora Naser Melhim

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The Puppets Look Like Flowers At Last, Evie Metz

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Genome-Wide Systems Genetics of Alcohol Consumption and Dependence, Kristin Mignogna

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Competing Strength-Based Models of Trauma and Suicidality in a High-Risk Primary Care Sample, Samantha Mladen

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EFFECTS OF THE SELF- DETERMINED LEARNING MODEL OF INSTRUCTION ON GOAL ATTAINMENT AND SELF-DETERMINATION FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER., Meredith M. Moates

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Au@TiO2 Nanocomposites Synthesized by X-ray Radiolysis as Potential Radiosensitizers, Maria C. Molina Higgins

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Executive Functions as Moderators of Response to Behavioral Interventions for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Stephen J. Molitor

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A GENETICALLY INFORMED STUDY OF ACUTE THREAT ENDOPHENOTYPES FOR CALLOUS-UNEMOTIONAL TRAITS, Ashlee A. Moore

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DEVELOPING AN EVIDENCE-BASED HIV TESTING MESSAGE FOR YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN, Melanie P. Moore

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COMPOSITIONAL ANALYSIS OF CERIUM AND CESIUM IN RAPID SETTING CEMENT AS AN IMMOBILIZATION AGENT FOR NUCLEAR WASTE, RIYADH M. MOTNY

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RACE, HEALTH, AND SOCIAL SUPPORT ON CAMPUS: AN EXPLORATION OF DISCRIMINATION ON HEALTH AND FRATERNITY/SORORITY MEMBERSHIP FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS, Alexandra M. Munson

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Weaponization of Space: Subverting the Architecture of Occupation, Majdulin Nasrallah

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The Analgesic-Like Properties of Alcohol in Animal Models of Chronic Pain, Bradley Neddenriep

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Elementary Teachers' Definitions and Usage of Inquiry-Based Mathematics Instruction, Heather Nunnally

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Comparison of Patient Factors Influencing the Selection of an Orthodontist, General Dentist, or Direct-To-Consumer Aligners for Orthodontic Treatment, Jeffrey C. Olson

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RELATIONAL AESTHETICS: CREATIVITY IN THE INTER-HUMAN SPHERE, Carl Patow

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The Role of Tumor and Tumor Microenvironment on Breast Cancer-Associated Adipocyte Plasticity, Janina V. Pearce

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A Computational Assessment of Lisfranc Injuries and their Surgical Repairs, Michael Perez

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Jasper Speaks, Annie Persons

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Spaces In, Outside Of, and Between, Michelle Peterein

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Evaluation and Comparison of Periapical Healing Using Periapical Films and Cone Beam Computed Tomography: Post-Treatment Follow Up, Adam S. Polinsky

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To Find a Stairwell, Cait Porter

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The Role of KRAS in Mechanosensing in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Krista M. Powell

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Racism, Healthcare Provider Trust, and Medication Adherence among Black Patients in Safety-Net Primary Care: A Strength-Based Approach, Mickeal Pugh Jr

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The Structure and Stability of Cationic Metal-Benzene Clusters, Daniel P. Rabayda

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Bending Educational Reality, Mariam Rafehi

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The Role of Mindfulness in Self-view Investment: Neural and Subjective Indicators, Hadley Rahrig

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HYDROGEN SULFIDE IMPROVES ABERRANT GASTRIC SMOOTH MUSCLE FUNCTION IN DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSROPHY MICE, Gurpreet Randhawa

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Social Jetlag, Depressive Symptoms, and Longitudinal Outcomes in College Students, Morgan P. Reid

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Development of Bivalent Ligands Targeting the Putative Mu Opioid Receptor and Chemokine Receptor CXCR4 Heterodimer, Bethany A. Reinecke

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THE EFFICACY OF A FLUORIDE-CONTAINING ORTHODONTIC PRIMER IN PREVENTING DEMINERALIZATION, Alyssa G. Ricci

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Silver Sands, David Riley

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A Review of Government Financial Reporting Research Post-GASB 34 and Investigations of GASB 54 Fund Balances, Brent L. Roberts

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The Mountains at the End of the World: Subcultural Appropriations of Appalachia and the Hillbilly Image, 1990-2010, Paul L. Robertson

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An Investigation of Neurological soft signs as a discriminating factor between Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and co-occurring Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and mild Traumatic Brain Injury, David J. Rothman

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The Effect of Repeated Opioid Dosing on the Gut Microbiome, Anne K. Rowe

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THE WALLS WE PUT UP - LONELINESS AND BELONGING IN URBAN CO-LIVING, Richard Rozewski

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The Impact of a Culturally Responsive Intervention on Perceived Career Barriers, Ethnic Identity, Student Motivation and Engagement, and Career Decision Making Self-Efficacy of Middle School Minority Females, Marsha L. Rutledge

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PREDICTORS OF EXPERIMENTAL AND CONTROL GROUP ATTENDANCE: FINDINGS FROM AN HIV/STD PREVENTION RCT WITH PREGNANT WOMEN AT RISK FOR SUBSTANCE USE, Jaclyn S. Sadicario

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Cell Type and Substrate Dependence of Fibronectin Properties and Mechanotransduction, Navpreet S. Saini

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Management of the Open Apex Using a Bioceramic Apical Barrier: Success and Survival Rates at Virginia Commonwealth University, Adam Sarnowski

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The role of Syndecan-1 and extracellular vesicles in breast cancer brain metastasis, Megan R. Sayyad

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Using Latent Semantic Analysis to Evaluate the Coherence of Traumatic Event Narratives, Gabriella C. Scalzo

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Regulation of cancer-specific miRNAs by MDA-7/IL-24, Danielle Scheunemann

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Genetic and environmental factors influence Drosophila ethanol sedation, Rebecca E. Schmitt

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Effects of A Heroin Conjugate Vaccine on the Antinociceptive and Abuse-Related Effects of Heroin in Rats and Monkeys, Kathryn L. Schwienteck

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Bantaba: Designing the Sacred Circle, Tashiara Scott

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Rottweiler Smile, Scott Selden

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Long-term Effects of Notch1 Signaling on Neural Stem Cells following Traumatic Brain Injury, Cruz Sevilla Jr

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Arab Americanesque, Hannah W. Shaban

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An Introduction to Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics, Vincent R. Siggia

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Facilitative and competitive tradeoffs between Morella cerifera seedlings and coastal grasses, Michael N. Sinclair

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Restoration of Contractile Protein Expression and Colonic Smooth Muscle Function by Hydrogen Sulfide in DMD Mice, Kulpreet Singh

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TEACHING ABOUT RACIALLY DIVERSE ARTISTS AND CULTURES, Hannah Sions

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A cross-cultural examination of the relations among Parkinson’s disease impairments, caregiver burden and mental health, and family dynamics in Mexico and the United States, Erin Smith

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Alcohol Use and Drinking Motives in Bereaved Undergraduates, Laura J. Smith

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Indirectly Affect Child Telomere Length Through Self-Regulation, David Sosnowski

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Forecast Combination with Multiple Models and Expert Correlations, David P. Soule

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Always Already Imprisoned: The Panoptic Power of Capitalism in American Literature, 1900-1940, Andrew Spencer

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Perception of Patient Cooperation Among Dentist, Guardian, and Child, Cole A. Staines DDS

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Untitled Unknown, Taylor Simone Stewart

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The Application of Index Based, Region Segmentation, and Deep Learning Approaches to Sensor Fusion for Vegetation Detection, David L. Stone

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ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF CATHODE MATERIALS IN LITHIUM ION BATTERIES, John M. Swanlund

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Theoretical Studies of the Structure and Stability of Metal Chalcogenide CrnTem (1≤n≤6, 1≤m≤8) clusters, FNU Sweta Prabha