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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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Engineering High Reaction Economy or, An Intensification/Scoring Program for the Preparation of Simple and Complex Molecules, Caleb J. Kong

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Assessment of Microbial Carbon Processing and its Implications to the Carbon Budget of Lake Superior, Lindsey Michelle Koren

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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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TEACHER-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS, INTERACTIONS, AND PROBLEM BEHAVIOR: A LONGITUDINAL ANALYSIS EXAMINING BI-DIRECTIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, Rachel Kunemund

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

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Latent Growth Model Approach to Characterize Maternal Prenatal DNA Methylation Trajectories, Dana Lapato

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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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Getting to Zero Preventable Falls: An Exploratory Study, Kate Lim

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THE ROLE OF THE MECHANICAL ENVIRONMENT ON CD117+ ENDOTHELIAL CELL ANGIOGENESIS, Patrick Link

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Towards developing a goal-driven data integration framework for counter-terrorism analytics, Dapeng Liu

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ESTIMATING KNOTS IN BILINEAR SPLINE GROWTH MODELS WITH TIME-INVARIANT COVARIATES IN THE FRAMEWORK OF INDIVIDUAL MEASUREMENT OCCASIONS, Jin Liu

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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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The Effects of Notch Signaling on Functional Recovery Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Jyoti Lodha

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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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Stepwise Solvation of Organic Radical Cations by Ionic Hydrogen and Halogen Bonding in the Gas Phase, Kyle Mason

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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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Metal Nanoparticle Synthesis by Photochemical Reduction with a High-Intensity Focused Laser Beam, Victoria K. Meader

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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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ENDOGENOUS OPIOID PEPTIDES AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT: ENDOMORPHIN-1 AND NOCICEPTIN PLAY A SEX-SPECIFIC ROLE IN THE CONTROL OF OLIGODENDROCYTE MATURATION AND BRAIN MYELINATION, Esraa M. Mohamed

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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