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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Small Town Capital in Community, Christin Hardy

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

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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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Through My Window, Haiyin Liang

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Of the Crickets, Kathryn Lien

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

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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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Isolation, Hollis B. McCracken

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

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

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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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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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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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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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GEODESIC STRUCTURE IN SCHWARZSCHILD GEOMETRY WITH EXTENSIONS IN HIGHER DIMENSIONAL SPACETIMES, Ian M. Newsome

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Mother Knows Better: The Donna Reed Show, The Feminine Mystique and the Rise of the Modern Maternal Feminist Movement, Anne M. Newton

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The Contribution of SARM1 to axonal degeneration in CNS inflammatory disorders, Daniel C. Njoku

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The Relationship Between Central Venous Catheter and Post-Operative Complications in Patients Undergoing Hepatic Resection, David C. O'Connor

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Detection of Genetic Abnormalities Using High Speed Atomic Force Microscopy, Anita J. Olsen

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Assessment of Pediatric-Focused Brief Motivational Interviewing Training of Dental Students and Pediatric Dental Residents, Victoria M. Onesty

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Scan & Scansion: An Urban Residency for Poets & Artists Working in Collaboration, Heather A. Overby

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RATIONAL DESIGN OF ALLOSTERIC MODULATORS OF HEMOGLOBIN AS DUAL ACTING ANTISICKLING AGENTS, Piyusha P. Pagare

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Escapism: Indulging in Daydreams, Tanruk Pairoj-Boriboon

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Consuming Digital Debris in the Plasticene, Stephen R. Parks

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A World Without You, Brian C. Patterson

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Redox Reactions at Oil-Water Interface by Particle Collision Electroanalysis, Dilip K. Paul

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Comparison of Hiring Strategies of Orthodontic Private Practitioners, Steven C. Petritz

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Drawings with River, Greg Piwonka

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Designing School Community: Changing Inner-City Middle School Culture Through Interiors, Rachel A. Ramey

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INVESTIGATING SMOKE EXPOSURE AND CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD) WITH A CALIBRATED AGENT BASED MODEL (ABM) OF IN VITRO FIBROBLAST WOUND HEALING., James A. Ratti

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Assessing Research Productivity from an Institutional Effectiveness Perspective: How Universities Influence Faculty Research Productivity, Michael M. Rawls

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Paradox of Identity: The Role of National Language and Literature in the Philippines, Rebekah Rifareal

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Adolescent Emotion Expression, Emotion Regulation, and Decision-Making in Social Context, Tennisha N. Riley

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QUOTATIONS LIKE THE SHARPEST CLAWS, Johanna Robinson

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Orientia tsutsugamushi Modulates Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress to Benefit its Intracellular Growth and Targets NLRC5 to Inhibit Major Histocompatibility Complex I Expression, Kyle G. Rodino

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Strengthening Social Networks of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Promoting Positive Adult Outcomes, Rachel D. Rosenberg

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There is Someone in This Dress, George, Michael S. Royce

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A SURVEY OF CANNABIS CONSUMPTION AND IMPLICATIONS OF AN EXPERIMENTAL POLICY MANIPULATION AMONG YOUNG ADULTS, Alyssa K. Rudy

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Loyalty Program Effectiveness: An Examination of Mainstream and Niche Sport Fan-Team Relationships, Lisa S. Rufer

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Assessing Feasibility and Effectiveness of Pediatric Dental Provider’s Role in Oral Health and Prevention Education in the Care of Children with Leukemia, Hannah Rustin

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Rotating Supporting Hyperplanes and Snug Circumscribing Simplexes, Ghasemali Salmani Jajaei

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The Influence of Clinically Meaningful Factors on the Performance of the Recommended Annual Diabetic Foot Screening, Trisha A. Sando

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Partition Pause, Michael Scribner

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Collaborating Outside the Lines: Creating a Movement Vocabulary for the Stage, Wesley S. Seals

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Observations of Trends and Successes of Revascularization Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University: A Retrospective Study, Richard W. Sedwick

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ONCOGENE INDUCED DNA REPLICATION IN LUNG INJURY REPAIR AND CARCINOGENESIS, Shilpa singh

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In Media Res, Christopher Andrew Sisk

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COUNTERREGULATORY EFFECTS OF PTX3 ON INFLAMMATION AND CELLULAR AGING, Aaron L. Slusher

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A Multi-Objective Framework for Information Security Public Policy: The Case of Health Informatics, Kane Smith

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Enhancing Adherence to Prescribed Opioids Using a Mobile-Base Application: A Pilot Study of feasibility in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, Daniel M. Sop

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Acting Mindfully, Dawn Souza

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Effects of Electronic Cigarette Liquid Solvents Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin on User Nicotine Delivery, Heart Rate, Subjective Effects, and Puff Topography, Tory Spindle

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Until One of Us Disappears, Ryan C. Stacy

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Directing Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Periodontal Regeneration, Charles Stoianovici

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GenderFail: The Queer Ethics of Dissemination, Brett E. Suemnicht

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Entangled Bodies: Tracing the Marks of History in Contemporary Science Fiction, Summer Sutton

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QUEER HEALTH EQUITY AND CERVICAL CANCER: IDENTIFYING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF PAPANICOLAOU TEST UPTAKE IN A SAMPLE OF SEXUAL MINORITY WOMEN AND GENDER NONBINARY INDIVIDUALS, Ariella R. Tabaac

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Change in Working Length at Different Stages of Instrumentation as a Function of Canal Curvature, Mei Tang

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DETERMINING TIDAL CHARACTERISTICS IN A RESTORED TIDAL WETLAND USING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES AND DERIVED DATA, Victor Thornton

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INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF NICOTINIC ACETYLCHOLINE RECEPTORS (nAChRs) IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF CHEMOTHERPY-INDUCED PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY IN MICE, Wisam B. Toma

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PUBLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ ATTITUDES REGARDING THE CLASSROOM PARTICIPATION OF STUDENTS WITH AUTISM WHO EXHIBIT CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR, Taryn G. Traylor