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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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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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Synthesis and the Genetic Encoding of Novel Lysine Post-Translational Modifications, Sahan A. Galbada Liyanage

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The Intersection of Social Stress, Mental Well-Being, and Sexual Health Among Black Women in Emerging Adulthood, Brandi Galloway

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Modeling Gardnerella Host-Pathogen Interaction: Characterization of Vaginolysin and the Opacity Phenotype, Erin M. Garcia

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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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Flexible Methods for Accounting for Distributional Misspecification of the Response-Adaptive Randomization Ratio in Two-Arm Clinical Trials with Continuous or Survival Outcomes, Victoria C. Garcia

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Application of Immobilized Palladium Monolithic Catalysts in Suzuki-Miyaura and Tsuji-Wacker Redox Reactions, Sajjad Ghobadi

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Evidence of Local Adaptation to Climate in an Invasive Ectotherm: A Study on the Eurasian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) in North America, Phillip M. Gibbs

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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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Effects of Gestational Ozone Exposure on Privileged Placental and Brain Barrier Integrity, Alexander I. Hamm

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Accounting for the Uncertainty Due to Chemicals Below the Detection Limit in Mixture Analysis, Paul M. Hargarten

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ANTICHOLINERGIC BURDEN AND RISK OF COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN OLDER ADULTS, Syeda R. Hashimi and Syeda Hashimi

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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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NOVEL DUEL MTOR INHIBITORS/AMPK ACTIVATORS IMPROVE THERAPEUTIC EFFICACY OF DOXORUBICIN AND AMELIORATE ITS ASSOCIATED CARDIOTOXICITY IN MICE, Sahak Eric Hovsepian

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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

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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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Pharmacological Characterization of Novel Low Efficacy MOR Modulators: Implications for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Abdulmajeed Jali

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Understanding Droplet Mobility and Penetration in Nonwovens via Numerical Simulation and Complementary Experiment, Mohammad Jamali 1991

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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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3-D HOMOLOGY MODELING OF ORGANIC ANION TRANSPORTERS (OATs): DEFINING THE BIOCHEMICAL BASIS FOR OAT-SUBSTRATE INTERACTIONS, Christopher Jay

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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

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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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Verification of the Vertical Bubble Flow Experiments, reginald jones ii

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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

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Validation of Ninein as an Ethanol-related Quantitative Trait Gene: Reassessment, Design, and Functional Validation of Reference Genes for qPCR Analysis of Brain Tissue in Mice, Jessica L. Jurmain

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Characterization of the Gonococcal Calprotectin Zn-Acquisition System, TdfH, and the Efficacy of Metal Starvation for Treating Gonococcal Disease, Michael T. Kammerman

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See as One, min haeng kang

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Synaptic Plasticity in A Visual Cortical Region Induced by Early-Deafness, John M. Kay

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SPIT IN MY MOUTH: Queer Intimacies, Material Intra-actions, and Sensuous Becoming, GM Keaton

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A Randomized Trial of CBT4CBT for Women in Residential Treatment for Substance Use Disorders, Sydney S. Kelpin

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Discrimination of Colorless Fibers by UV-VIS Microspectrophotometry and Microspectrofluorimetry, Kialani Killinger

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PREVENTATIVE AND THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF BMSC EXOSOME ON PERIODONTAL DISEASE, Jin Ha Kim

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Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Mu Opioid Receptor Selective Antagonists Bearing Pyrazole and Imidazole Side Chains, Pornprom Klongkumnuankarn

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PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF READING: THE ROLE OF NOSTALGIA IN RE-READING FAVORITE BOOKS, MARGARET A. KNEUER

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A Graph Theoretical Approach to the Dollar Game Problem, Rachel Koch

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Family Relationship Hope in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lindsay A. Kozachuk

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Epigenetic Regulation of Drug Metabolizing Enzymes in Normal Aging, Mohamad M. Kronfol

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DEVELOPMENT OF DEXAMETHSONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE LOADED NANOPARTICLES FOR TREATING CORNEAL ALLOGRAFT REJECTION, Vineet R. Kulkarni

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Exploring the Use of a Mindfulness Based Yoga Intervention for Children with Severe Asthma, Sharon Lack

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Can school be a source of trauma? Assessing academic traumatic stress as a mechanism underlying the health outcomes of Black undergraduate students, Ebony A. Lambert

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Bee diversity of three Appalachian shale barren sites, Olivia C. Latham

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Characteristics of Alveolar Bone Marrow Cells from Patients Undergoing Dental Extractions or Dental Implant Therapy, Meng H. Lee

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Hidden Gem: Realizing the Value of Community in Healthcare Environments, Nicole Lee

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ANALYSIS OF TEACHING STYLES, ADULT LEARNING THEORIES, AND FACTORS INFLUENCING TEACHING STYLE PREFERENCES IN ADULT EDUCATION INSTRUCTORS: IMPLICATION FOR PRACTICE, Beatrice Chemaiyo Lele

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Disentangling Student Engagement in Afterschool Programs, Ashlee M. Lester

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Formulation and Validation of Nanoparticle Controlled Delivery for Chemotherapeutic Drug Products, Shani L. Levit

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Validation of the 4-Aminophenol Chemical Test and Analytical Testing Scheme to Distinguish Marijuana and Hemp, Kenna Lewis

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Hospital Investment in Urgent Care: Impacts on Emergent, Outpatient, and Ambulatory Surgery Volumes, Hillary A. Linhart

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Machine Girl, Yutong Liu

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THREE STUDIES OF RESEARCH-BASED PEDAGOGY IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY: Development of a ZnO Thin Film Experiment, Analysis of Student Discourse by Graph Theory and Cognitive Engagement, Building a Physical Chemistry Faculty Network., Dilhara Liyanage

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Moving Parts, Andrew Lowrie

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Staying Current in Patient Care: How Physicians in Medically Underserved Areas Gain Knowledge for Health Care Decision-Making, Irene M. Lubker

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The Effect of Virtual Reality Glasses on the Behavior of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Dental Setting, Robert Lunka

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Amixicile as a novel antimicrobial treatment for periodontitis: A pilot study in the non-human primate, Macaca mulatta, Denver J. Lyons

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Anti-Tumor Functions of Sphingosine Kinase 1 and Sphingosine Kinase 2 in Breast Cancer Development, Melissa A. Maczis

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THE EFFECT OF INTERMITTENT THETA BURST STIMULATION ON BICEPS CORTICOMOTOR EXCITABILITY IN NON-IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH TETRAPLEGIA, Blaize Majdic

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Jazz, Improvisation & the Importance of Collaboration, Laurie Marcotte

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Negative Urgency As A Risk Factor For Intimate Partner Aggression: The Untold Story of Maladaptive Interpersonal Emotion Regulation, Alexandra M. Martelli

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A meta-analysis investigating the correlation between treatment integrity and youth client outcomes, Ruben G. Martinez

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Multicultural Literature in the Elementary Classroom: A Comparison of Traditional and Dual Language Classroom Teachers, Virginia Massaro

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Non-Invasive Retrieval of Prefabricated Zirconia Crowns with Er,Cr:YSGG Laser from Primary and Permanent Teeth, Connor W. McCall DDS

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Martian Mother, Elizabeth McGrady

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Phenotype Extraction: Estimation and Biometrical Genetic Analysis of Individual Dynamics, Kevin L. McKee

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Signaling Mechanism Responsible for 5-HT2A Receptor Tolerance to Psychedelic Induced Head-Twitch Behavior in Mice, Audrey R. McMurtrie

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Molecular and Behavioral Mechanisms Mediated Paclitaxel-Induced Changes in Affect-Like Behavior in Mice, Julia Meade

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The Design of a New Vaginal Applicator for Direction Modulated Brachytherapy (DMBT) Using GEANT4 Monte Carlo Simulation Code, Moeen Meftahi

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Otherness, Feixue Mei

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Interspecific gene flow potentiates adaptive evolution in a hybrid zone formed between Pinus strobiformis and Pinus flexilis, Mitra Menon

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Transforming Trauma: Performing the Works of William Shakespeare as Rehabilitation for Incarcerated Individuals, Elyssa Mersdorf

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Development of a Torque-Based Device for the Quantification of Arm Rigidity in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Georgina O. Miller

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Development of an Untargeted Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) Method for the Detection of Drugs in Wastewater, Samuel A. Miller

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Library by Day, Theater by Night, Julia Moncure Jones Mishler

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Is direct transport to a level I trauma center associated with better outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury compared to patients that are transferred to trauma level I from other hospitals, Narad Mishra

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PREY BEGINS WITH PLAY, Seren C. Moran

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A Girl is a Girl is a Girl, Paige Lizbeth Morris

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In vivo effects of the CB1 allosteric modulator LDK1258, a structural analog of ORG-27569, Mohammed A. Mustafa

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MEF2-BOUND GENES MAY INFLUENCE ETHANOL SEDATION IN DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER, Katlyn M. Myers

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A Comparison of Three-Dimensional Printing Technologies on the Precision, Trueness, and Accuracy of Printed Retainers, Owais A. Naeem

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CHARACTERIZING GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN AND GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN-OLIGO INTERACTIONS WITH CANCER STEM CELLS AND THEIR REGULATORS, Rahaman Navaz Gangji

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The Quantified Elf, Umico Niwa

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Synthesis of Supported Metal Nanoparticles on High Surface Area Supports for Application in Energy Conversion and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Nazgol Norouzi