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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Comparison of the Bacterial Community Structure of Bone Swabs to Ground Bone Recovered from Waterlogged Skeletal Remains from a Lentic Environment for Postmortem Submersion Interval (PMSI) Estimation, Hannah Johnson

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Fool for Laban: An Adaptive Temporality and Stylized Movement Shepard Piece, Rebecca Johnson

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Parametric, Nonparametric, and Semiparametric Linear Regression in Classical and Bayesian Statistical Quality Control, Chelsea L. Jones

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fatal softness, mariah b. jones

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Improving patient-specific assessments of regional aortic mechanics via quantitative magnetic resonance imaging with early applications in patients at elevated risk for thoracic aortopathy, Patrick A. Jones

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Charles and the Nature of Intellectually Disabled Characters in Performance, Scott Jones

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A Mechanism Behind the Mechanotransduction of Surface Characteristics in Osteoblasts, Otto J. Juhl IV

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Movement, home ranges, and population estimates of spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) during a rainy breeding season in Virginia, Lauren J. Jurczak, Derek M. Johnson Dr., and John Kleopfer

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Computational Analysis and Prediction of Intrinsic Disorder and Intrinsic Disorder Functions in Proteins, Akila I. Katuwawala

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Multiplexed nucleic acid sensing with single molecule FRET, Anisa Kaur

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Preventing Obesity: A Social Ecological Exploration of Centers for Disease Control Prevention Strategies and Guidance toward Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Communities, Ryan Kelly

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Haven: Support For Mothers, Sarah Kincaid

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Creation and Optimization of an Optical Trapping Microfluidic Device for the Separation of Mock Forensic Sexual Assault Samples, Mackenzie Lally

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AN EXPLORATION OF TEACHER RESIDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF CULTURE AND THEIR USE OF CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY, Jodi Larson

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ARTICULATING THE HEART OF DARKNESS: A PSYCHOMETRIC AND BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PSYCHOPATHY AND SADISM, Emily Lasko

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“Insurance Doesn’t Care About the Patient”: An Institutional Ethnography of the Influence of Professional Autonomy on the Provision Care for Medicaid Dental Patients with Disabilities, Stephanie Lau

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SYSTEMATIC STRUCTURE-ACTIVITY RELATIONSHIP STUDIES OF NALFURAFINE, Mengchu Li

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Searching for gold: Using a novel land cover classification to identify multiscale drivers of site occupancy by a flagship species for early-successional habitat conservation, Baron Lin

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Drowning in our Tears, Kelley-Ann A. Lindo

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Grief, Loss, and Climate Change: Validation of a Solastalgia Scale, Claire Luce

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The Relationships Between Adolescents’ Future Aspirations and Postsecondary Enrollment: Finite Mixture Models, Chu Yi Lu Qiu

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Information Architecture for a Chemical Modeling Knowledge Graph, Adam R. Luxon

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The Efficacy of Recovering Latent Fingerprints from Fired Cartridge Cases by way of Cyanoacrylate Fuming combined with Basic Yellow Dye Staining, Lily Mantz

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A Psychometric Evaluation of the BEST in CLASS Adherence and Competence Scale, Katrina A. Markowicz

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Unsheltered, Mary Maroste

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The Harm in Seeking Care: Assessing the Relationship Between Healthcare Discrimination and Healthcare Avoidance Behaviors in the Past Year and Since the Start of the Coronavirus Pandemic in a Transgender and Gender Independent Sample, Kyle L. Mason

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Theorizing #Girlboss Culture: Mediated Neoliberal Feminisms from Influencers to Multi-level Marketing Schemes, Frankie Mastrangelo

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TYA AND EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH IN HIGHER EDUCATION: AN ASSET TO UNDERGRADUATES AND THEIR COMMUNITY, Emily J. Mattison

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PowerPlex® Fusion 6C System versus PowerPlex® Fusion 5C: A Comparison of Performance Metrics, Caitlin M. McCaughan

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Creature | Take Me to the World: A Dual-Genre Thesis of Fiction and Nonfiction, Anna-Claire McGrath

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Single-molecule investigation of i-motif folding and dynamics in bioinspired DNA platforms, Anoja Megalathan

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Molecular Basis of Cross-Sensitization in Colonic Inflammation-Induced Somatic Hypersensitivity, Parshva K. Mehta

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Reanimator/Reflection: 
Creating Mirrors through Time 
with AI, Sound, Video and Live-generated Art in the Dark Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Eric Millikin

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Mathematical Modeling of Lung Inflammation: Macrophage Polarization and Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury with Methods for Predicting Outcome, Sarah B. Minucci

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NOVEL ROLES OF YY1 IN ASTROCYTES, Karli A. Mockenhaupt

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A Multilevel Mixed Methods Examination of Treatment Nonadherence Among Rural Cancer Survivors, Bonny Morris

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Medical Expenditures and Health Care Utilization: A comparison among U.S. Adult Tobacco Consumers (i.e. Never Tobacco Users, Cigarette Smokers and Smokeless Tobacco Users), Raheema s. Muhammad

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Streptococcus Sanguinis: The Good, the Bad, and the Metal-Binding Lipoprotein, Cody Murgas

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Genetics and Alcohol Interventions in Youth, Zoe E. Neale

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Leading in Crooked Rooms: Race, Gender, Culture and Black Women's Leadership Skills and Practices, Portia Newman

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HUMAN ORGANIC ANION TRANSPORTERS 1 AND 3: STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS IMPACTING TRANSPORTER-SUBSTRATE BINDING INTERACTIONS, Julie Nguyen

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The Algorithmic Mashrabiya: Reimagining the Traditional Islamic Screen, Ahmed Nour

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INFLUENCE OF IMMIGRATION STATUS ON THE 10-YEAR TRAJECTORIES OF PSYCHOSOCIAL FUNCTIONING IN INDIVIDUALS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, Chimdindu Ohayagha

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Modulation in NMDA receptor function alleviates safety learning deficit in females who experienced chronic stress during adolescence, Zuby C. Okafor

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USING DEEP LEARNING-BASED FRAMEWORK FOR CHILD SPEECH EMOTION RECOGNITION, Gerald N. Onwujekwe

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ties that bind us, Christine M. Orr and Christine M. Orr

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The Role of Autophagy and Senescence in the Responses of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells to Chemotherapy and Radiation, Nipa H. Patel

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The Value of Postoperative Appointments following Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation under General Anesthesia, Priyanka Patel

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Feeling the Squeeze: The Association between Multigeneration Caregiving and Informal Caregivers’ Health, Christine L. Patterson

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The role of insurance coverage in outpatient substance use disorder treatment referral, utilization, and outcomes, Huyen Pham

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Preclinical Pharmacokinetic Studies of Pterostilbene, and its Human Pharmacokinetic Prediction Using Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling, Palak S. Phansalkar

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UNDERSTANDING PREDICTORS OF TELEMEDICINE ADOPTION BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, Bradford S. Pierce

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CHAINS OF STABILITY: BUILDING FINANCIAL AND CULTURAL COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY FOR LATINAS IN RICHMOND & CHESTERFIELD, VIRGINIA, Gabriella C. Pino-Moreno and Gabriella Pino-Moreno

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First-Year Retention at Virginia Commonwealth University: Understanding Student Departure and the Potential Impact of Academic Advising, Ben Plache

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Effect of Task-Irrelevant Emotional Faces on Attention to a Letter Search Task at High and Low Perceptual Loads, Nina Plotnikov

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NATURE-INSPIRED MATERIAL STRATEGIES TOWARDS FUNCTIONAL DEVICES, Sayantan Pradhan

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Evaluation of Five Methods to Develop Latent Prints on Thermal Paper, Jenna Pregent

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Communication at The Center: A Modest Proposal for an Oral Communications Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, BRYANT E. PUGH

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The Student Experience of Higher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Class and Race Shape Socially Distanced Learning at a Public University, Alice M. Quach

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A non-inferiority randomized controlled trial comparing behavioral sleep interventions in women veterans: A secondary analysis of pain outcomes, Scott Ravyts

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Evolving Perspectives: How Research, Age, and a Global Pandemic Alters the Mind's Eye in Costume Design, Audrey Reed

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A Determination of the Aerosolization Efficiency of Drugs of Abuse in a Eutectic Mixture with Nicotine in Electronic Cigarettes, Laerissa Reveil

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Comparison of Semi-Automated and Manual Differential Separation Methods for Mock Sexual Assault Samples, Stephanie Rink

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EFFECTS OF BUPRENORPHINE TREATMENT ON MYELIN FOLLOWING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN A RAT MODEL, Jane Ryu

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Anywhere I Stand, Hanaa Safwat

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Analysis of Ethanol Aerosolized in an Electronic Cigarette by Headspace Gas Chromatography-Flame Ionization Detector (GC-FID) and Particle Size Separation, Erica R. Sales

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Third Culture Kids - Playing to Heal, Amna Sana

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In Vitro Evaluation of the Solubility of EndoSequence BC Sealer in Acidic Solutions, Inderpal S. Sappal

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Equations of State for Warm Dense Carbon from Quantum ESPRESSO, Derek J. Schauss

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Evaluation of Cell Lysis Techniques for Direct Amplification of Sexual Assault Samples, Sarah Schellhammer

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Art Museum Docent Coordinators’ Perceptions: A Difficult Kind of Balancing Act, Jennifer E. Schero

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Modeling Vegetation Effects on Barrier Island Evolution, Eric W. Schoen

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A Man at Point Zero, Abed Elmajid Shalabi

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Identification and Optimization of miRNA Biomarkers for Body Mass Index (BMI) Estimation in Forensic Samples, Jennifer J. Shealy

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EXAMINING THE EFFECT OF ITEM-WRITING FLAWS ON THE PSYCHOMETRIC PARAMETERS OF PHARMACY THERAPEUTICS EXAMINATIONS, Veronica P. Shuford

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The Effect of Local Anesthesia When Used in Dental Restorative Cases Under General Anesthesia on Control of Intraoperative Physiologic Parameters and Post-Operative Comfort, Kathryn S. Skarda

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Nurse Cognition in Response to Alert Generation During Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA): An Examination of Human Factors, Elizabeth A. Sloss

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Looking for Hope: The Experience of Early Career Teachers Engaged in a Collaborative Community of Reflective Practice as a Model of Induction and Professional Development, Donia E. Spott

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Cloaca Palace, Connor Marie Stankard

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The Fate of a City: The Air War in Heilbronn, Joshua W. Stein

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Methods for developing a machine learning framework for precise 3D domain boundary prediction at base-level resolution, Spiro C. Stilianoudakis

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Pathways to Reproductive Autonomy: Structural and Relational Facilitators of Contraceptive Access in the United States, Laura E. T. Swan

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CK2 phosphorylation of human papillomavirus 16 E2 on serine 23 promotes interaction with TopBP1 and is critical for E2 plasmid retention function, Apurva Tadimari Prabhakar

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Inclusive Academic Education & Vocationally-Oriented Transition Predictors’ Association With Post-Secondary Outcomes Of Youth With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities, Joshua P. Taylor

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Interventions to Slums and Informal Settlements: A Case Study of the Integrated Housing Development Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nathan Teklemariam

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"Savage and Bloody Footsteps Through the Valley" : The Wyoming Massacre in the American Imagination, William R. Tharp

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The role of GLT-1 signaling in oligodendrocytes during development and myelin repair, Elizabeth Thomason

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Identifying inhibitors of Gain-of-Function p53-driven transcriptional activation for cancer therapy, Megan Thompson

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ViVA! Conexiones: A Community Center Celebrating Latinx Culture, Angie Thomson

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Validating the Methods and Assays Necessary for Establishing an Effective In Vitro Lung Cancer Transformation Model, Crystal Turner

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Accident Tolerant Fuels Claddings and the Evolution of their Surface Characteristics under Critical Heat Flux, Rajnikant V. Umretiya

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Differentiation Between Peripheral Blood and Menstrual Blood using miRNA markers, Anaya Valentine

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Beyond the Social: Artist Project Spaces, 2003 to 2016., Clare L. van Loenen

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shape shifting: bodies, sound, and queerness, Cordylia B. Vann

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Heavy Hold: A Physical Score, alexandra velozo

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Trauma Prevention & Best Practices in Performance Classrooms, Laine D. Wagner

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Identification of Compounds Causing Cellular Autofluorescence in Touch Samples, Elora C. Wall

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Does Providing Pre-Procedural Video Information Improve the Guardian’s Experience for Patients Undergoing Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation in the Operating Room?, Jennifer Waters

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The Role of Community Belongingness in the Mental Health and Well-Being of Black LGBTQ Adults, Keith Justin Watts

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Pushing the limits: Increasing the speed and specificity of SARS-CoV-2 testing, Grayson Way