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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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The Pie Redemption Theory/When the Flood Comes How Will You Choose, Julie Hutchison Geen

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Penalized mixed-effects ordinal response models for high-dimensional genomic data in twins and families, Amanda E. Gentry

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The Break, Ian Gerson

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Evolution and Niche Specialization of Microbial Taxa in Vaginal Infection and Pregnancy, Abigail L. Glascock

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The Role of Learning Experiences, Supports and Barriers in Career Development for the Doctoral Student, Madeline B. Goldman

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Complexities of Chronic Opioid Exposure, Maciej Gonek

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A Behavior-Driven Recommendation System for Stack Overflow Posts, Chase D. Greco

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I Am an Author: Performing Authorship in Literary Culture, Justin R. Greene

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The Effect of Instrumentation Taper on Dentin Conservation, Megan E. Green

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FIBRONECTIN MECHANICS AND SIGNALING IN TGF-β1-INDUCED EPITHELIAL TO MESENCHYMAL TRANSITION, Lauren Griggs

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River City (A Novel), Sarah R. Groves

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IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF EMERGING MEMORY SYSTEMS, Yuhua Guo

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Novel Roles of RelB in Neuroinflammation, Angela Gupta

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Forest Structural Complexity and Net Primary Production Resilience Across a Gradient of Disturbance in a Great Lakes Ecosystem, Lisa T. Haber

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Nam June Paik as a Pioneer of Interactive Art, Byeongwon Ha

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You Build Like A Girl, Sara Hackett

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Blood River, Rachael Hägglund

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Skin-Tone and Academic Achievement Among 5-year-old Mexican Children, Selamawit Hailu

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"WE ARE...": CREATING DISCURSIVE SPACES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF COUNTER NARRATIVES THROUGH PHOTOVOICE AS CRITICAL SERVICE LEARNING, Amanda F. Hall

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Factors Influencing Perceptual Distance, Calvin J. Hall III

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Advances in dual-energy computed tomography imaging of radiological properties, Dong Han

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DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF A SEMI-PHYSIOLOGICAL PHARMACOKINETIC (PBPK) MODEL TO PREDICT SYSTEMIC AND PULMONARY EXPOSURES AFTER INTRAVENOUS, ORAL ADMINISTRATION AND PULMONARY INHALATION OF SELECTED DRUGS, BUDESONIDE, TOBRAMYCIN AND CIPROFLOXACIN, IN HUMANS, Bishoy Hanna

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Inpatient Utilization of Computed Tomography: the Influence of Market, Hospital, and Patient Characteristics, Michael Hanshew

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Small Town Capital in Community, Christin Hardy

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IMPACT OF PHOSPHOINOSITIDES ON REGULATION OF K-ATP BY ATP AND HYDROGEN SULFIDE, Tyler Hendon

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Climate Change and Mountaintop Removal Mining: A MaxEnt Assessment of the Potential Dual Threat to West Virginia Fishes, Lindsey R F Hendrick

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A PERSONAL APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE: EMPATHY, SENTIMENT, AND THE ENVIRONMENT'S REPRESENTATION IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES, Lauren Hensens

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ANXIOUS?: Re-designing Women’s Jewelry to Help Manage Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders, Nourbanu Feras Hijazi

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Converging Objects of the Universe, Everett Hoffman

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Victims, Victors, or Bystanders? African American College Students' Perceptions of African American Agency During the Civil War, Stephanie L. Hooks

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Engineering Surface Properties to Modulate Inflammation and Stem Cell Recruitment through Macrophage Activation, Kelly M. Hotchkiss

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Exogenous FNIII 12-14 Regulates TGF-β1-Induced Markers, Hilmi M. Humeid

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REGULATION OF HCN CHANNEL FUNCTION BY DIRECT cAMP BINDING AND SINGLET OXYGEN, Vinaykumar Idikuda

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Ageism Among Healthcare Professionals: The Influence of Personal Aging Anxiety, Job Role, and Work Setting on Attitudes Toward Older Patients, Jennifer L. K. Inker

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In vitro genetic code expansion and selected applications, Emil S. Iqbal

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Assessing K12 Online Teachers Knowledge of Online Student Identities and Characteristics, Brianne L. Jackson

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Ultrasound—Re:viewing Bodies, Minjee Jeon

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Untitled, Daliya Jokondo

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The Political Nature of the Paris Commune of 1871 and Manifestations of Marxist Ideology in the Official Publications of the Central Committee, Emily M. Jones

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Market Hall: Connecting Community Through Food, Commerce + Culture, Mary M. Jones

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Economic Burden of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) and Treatment Patterns, Overall Survival and Healthcare Costs among Older Metastatic RCC Patients, Hrishikesh P. Kale

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An Investigation of Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Mixture on Craniofacial Development in Mouse Embryos, Suraj Kandalam

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ESTIMATING THE RESPIRATORY LUNG MOTION MODEL USING TENSOR DECOMPOSITION ON DISPLACEMENT VECTOR FIELD, Kingston Kang

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The Role of Ceramide in Neutrophil Elastase Induced Inflammation in the Lungs, Sophia Karandashova

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Heparan Sulfate, A New Target for Platinum in Metastatic TNBC, Samantha J. Katner

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PROCESSING OF 3′-BLOCKED DNA DOUBLE-STRAND BREAKS BY TYROSYL-DNA PHOSPHODIESTERASE 1, ARTEMIS AND POLYNUCLEOTIDE KINASE/ PHOSPHATASE, Ajinkya S. Kawale

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Floral symmetry genes elucidate the development and evolution of oil-bee pollinated flowers of Malpighiaceae and Krameriaceae, Farahnoz N. Khojayori

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Impact of Sensory Adapted Dental Environment on Children with Developmental Disabilities, Gail Kim

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Investigating the Role of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Agonists in Lung Cancer Progression and Chemosensitivity in the Context of Treating Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy, Sarah L. Kyte

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Elucidation of Substrate Binding Interactions for Human Organic Cation Transporters 1 (SLC22A1) and 2 (SLC22A2) Using In Silico Homology Modeling in Conjunction with In Vitro Site-Directed Mutagenesis and Kinetic Analysis, Raymond E. Lai

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Aerobic Exercise Exposure Targeting Anxiety Sensitivity: Effects on Associated Health Behaviors in Young Adults, Autumn Lanoye

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Black Lives Examined: Black Nonfiction and the Praxis of Survival in the Post-Civil Rights Era, Ariel D. Lawrence

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After the big wind stops I see gentle waves, Eunji (Jubee) Lee

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Understanding Knowledge Sharing Motivation in the Public Sector: Application of Self-Determination and Person-Environment Fit Theories, Jaeyong Lee

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Effects of Chemotherapy on Motivated Behavior and Opioid Reward in Rats, Luke P. Legakis

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Structural and Functional Consequences of HIV-1 Viral Protein Tat and Morphine Co-Exposure at the Blood-Brain Barrier, Crystal R. Leibrand

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A Familiar House, William Lenard

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DEVISING EMPATHY: WORKING WITH DEVISING, THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES, AND THE SNOW QUEEN, Mary C. Lennon

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Learning Together in Highland Park to Build Civic Capacity, Grace Leonard

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MOBILE ENCHANTMENT: THE VIRGINIA THEATRE MACHINE LLC, A NEW TWIST ON DRIVE-IN THEATRE, Mark J. Lerman

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Evaluation and Adaptation of Live-Cell Interferometry for Applications in Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research, Kevin A. Leslie

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The Intersection of Economic Disadvantage and Race and the Expanded Role of Parent-Led School-Supporting Nonprofit Organizations in K-12 Public Schools in the Richmond, Virginia, Metropolitan Area: A Mixed Methods Approach, Rachel A. Levy

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Through My Window, Haiyin Liang

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Of the Crickets, Kathryn Lien

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Metal-Organic Frameworks and Graphene-Based Support Materials for Heterogeneous Catalysis, Andrew Lin

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NATURAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC DRIVERS OF TREE EVOLUTIONARY DYNAMICS, Brandon M. Lind

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Lorcaserin as a potential opioid-sparing adjunct, Kumiko M. Lippold

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Integral Measurement of Atmospheric Particulate Matter (PM), Di Liu

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EXAMINING THE CONFIRMATORY TETRAD ANALYSIS (CTA) AS A SOLUTION OF THE INADEQUACY OF TRADITIONAL STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING (SEM) FIT INDICES, Hangcheng Liu

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The Pond, Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik

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ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC IDENTITY, MOTIVATION AND SUCCESS: AN EXAMINATION OF DIII STUDENT-ATHLETES, Savanna M. Love

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A comparison of the antimicrobial efficacy of silver diamine fluoride and silver nitrate: an in vitro study, Nicholas L. Luke

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She inches glass to break: conversations between friends, Liang Xia Luscombe

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The interaction between ceramide-1-phosphate and Group IVA cytosolic phospholipase A2 and its role in wound healing, Patrick MacKnight

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Advanced Imaging Analysis for Predicting Tumor Response and Improving Contour Delineation Uncertainty, Rebecca N. Mahon

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ABUSE LIABILITY OF AN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE IN TRADITIONAL CIGARETTE SMOKERS, Sarah F. Maloney

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Understanding The Role Of Sport For Development In Addressing Health Disparities In Low-SES Communities, Tiesha R. Martin

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Periodontal therapy Improves Oral and Gut Microbiota and Reduces Systemic Inflammation and Endotoxemia in Patients with Cirrhosis, Payam Matin

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Capturing the Ephemeral, Caroline L. J. Matteson

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The Trumpery: Another Play About Whatever America is Right Now, Jane Mattingly

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3-Maps And Their Generalizations, Kevin J. McCall

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Isolation, Hollis B. McCracken

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Predictors of Resilient Outcomes among Juvenile Offenders, Kristina A. McGuire

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Evaluating the Effects of a Flipped Classroom Compared to a Traditional Classroom on Retention of Information and Course Engagement in a Radiation Safety Course, Stephanie A. McHugh

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A Public Reckoning: Interior Design, Comedy, & the Common Good, Caroline McIlraith

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Novel Support Vector Machines for Diverse Learning Paradigms, Gabriella A. Melki

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MECHANISTIC STUDIES OF PROTON-COUPLED ELECTRON TRANSFER REACTIONS INVOLVING ANTIOXIDANTS, Kejie Meng

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PATTERNS OF MOLECULAR POPULATION GENETIC AND PHENOTYPIC VARIATION ASSOCIATED WITH URBANIZATION IN THE WESTERN BLACK WIDOW SPIDER, Lindsay Miles

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The Feldenkrais Method in the Voice and Speech Classroom: Intertwining Linklater Voice and the Feldenkrais Method, Janel Miley Knipple

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Communicating Colorectal Cancer Risk to Average Risk Adults: Examining the Impact on Risk Perceptions and Health Behavior Intentions, Carrie A. Miller

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Biochemical Analysis of Putative RNA-Binding Proteins in Porphyromonas gingivalis, Jacob Mirpanah

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Gastrointestinal Microbiota Modulate Antinociceptive Tolerance Development in Mice with Chronic Morphine Exposure, Ryan A. Mischel

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Modulation of electron transport by Metformin in cardiac protection: role of complex I, Ahmed Abdul Hussein Mohsin

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Comparing Online English Language Learning and Face-to-Face English Language Learning at El Bosque University in Colombia, Marta L. Montiel

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Role of Sphingosine-1-phosphate Receptors in Cytokine and Chemokine Production by Glia, Jean Moon

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NORMATIVE DATA FOR FOUR NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS IN A SAMPLE OF ADULTS WHO ARE ILLITERATE AND FROM LATIN AMERICA, Alejandra Morlett Paredes

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Accuracy of a smartphone-based orthodontic treatment monitoring application, Heather Moylan

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A Collection of Stories, Siddiqah Mujahid

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LESSONS, Kathryn K. Murphy

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The role of vegetation-topographic interactions in a barrier island system: island migration in a changing climate, Benjamin Nettleton