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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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THE ABUSE LIABILITY PROFILE OF AN UNFLAVORED, SUCRALOSE-SWEETENED, ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE IN COMBUSTIBLE CIGARETTE SMOKERS, Sarah F. Maloney

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Building a School Culture of Success for Multilingual Learners: A Multiple Case Study of Perspectives from Secondary School Leaders, John P. Marshall

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Characteristics of Posterior Permanent Teeth with a Periradicular Diagnosis of Symptomatic Apical Periodontitis: A Retrospective Study, Christina A. Martin

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Until Its Calmness Can Claim You, Gabrielle McHugh

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Wet, flowering, dry, Caroline A. Minchew

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Shackled: To A Front-Row Seat of My Own Horror Film, Dellil L. Mohammed

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relief revival reincarnation, lisa moon

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Analyses of Internal CRISPR Screen and RNA-Seq data, and Publicly Available Genomic Datasets to Study the Roles of Epigenetics in Cancer Biology., Christiane M. Morecock

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THE INFLUENCE OF SALINITY ON THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF SOIL PROKARYOTIC COMMUNITIES IN COASTAL FRESHWATER WETLANDS, Joseph C. Morina II

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Until One Resembles the Other, Chad E. Mundie Jr.

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Breaking history, Ekaterina Muromtseva

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One-Step Synthesis of Carbon-Supported Metal Nanoparticles via Laser Reduction in Liquid, Ashish B. Nag

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Novel Microfabricated Systems to Elucidate the Role of Anisotropic Stiffness in the Tumor Microenvironment, Jiten Narang

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TARGETING CHEMOTHERAPY-INDUCED SENESCENT HNSCC WITH SENOLYTICS, Khanh T. Nguyen

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Coupled structure-function responses to disturbance: High structural complexity resistance supports primary production resistance, Kerstin M. Niedermaier

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Machine Learning (ML) - assisted tools for enhancing security and privacy of edge devices, Santosh Kumar Nukavarapu

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Localization of the binding region within Sneathia vaginalis Cytopathogenic Toxin A and identification of host factors to which it binds, Cathyrn O'Brien

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Temporal disambiguation of relative temporal expressions in clinical texts using temporally fine-tuned contextual word embeddings., Amy L. Olex

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Traumatic brain injury-induced changes of immune/inflammatory response in the context of predisposition of Alzheimer’s Disease, Alexandra Pedin

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ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, RESPONSIVENSS, AND ACCEPTABILITY TO A COACHING INTERVENTION, Nicole M. Peterson

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dregs / Lessons From the Things Around Us, Juan-Manuel Pinzon

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Holler: An Exploration of Appalachian Performativity, David Powell

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Cognitive Impairment, Physical Impairment, and Psychological Symptoms in Intensive Care Unit Survivors: A Pilot Study, Tracye Proffitt

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SHARED DECISION MAKING IN ADOLESCENCE: THE ROLE OF RACE AND HEALTH STATUS, Mona L. Quarless

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Combating Misinformation in a Virtual Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What Content is Considered Acceptable, Alexandra R. Quezada

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Mindfulness Training to Enhance Emotion Regulation in a Polarizing Political Context: A Multimethod Investigation, Hadley Rahrig

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A Novel Approach to Reducing Adiposity Among Young Men, Jean M. Reading

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Mathematical Models of Infection Prevention Programs in Hospital Settings, Kelly A. Reagan

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DEFIANTLY CHILDLIKE: USING AESTHETIC RESISTANCE TO HEAL, Sarah K. Reagan

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The effect of Er:YAG, Nd:YAG and CO2 laser combined with hydrogen peroxide, sodium hypochlorite, chlorohexidine or fluoride on reducing oral bacterial count implicated in root caries, nitya reddy

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Again Black Again, muthi reed

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A gun for every woman, Gentë Retkoceri

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Direction Modulated Brachytherapy for the Treatment of Cervical Cancer, Dylan Richeson

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EXAMINING AYAHUASCA CONSTITUENTS AT 5-HT2A RECEPTORS IN SEARCH OF ANTIDEPRESSANT ACTION, Jeremy D. Rolquin

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DESIGN AND EXPLORATION OF NEW MODELS FOR SECURITY AND PRIVACY-SENSITIVE COLLABORATION SYSTEMS, Ramandeep Kaur Sandhu

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RELATIVE PERFORMANCE INFORMATION IN TOURNAMENTS WITH DIFFERENT TASK TYPES, Joseph M. Sarji

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The value of educating teachers, coaches, and athletic trainers on the management of dental trauma., Laura Satoski

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Improving College Students’ Views and Beliefs Relative to Mathematics: A Systematic Literature Review followed by A Multiple Case Mixed Methods Exploration of the Experiences That Underpin Community College Students’ Attitudes, Self-Efficacy, and Values in Mathematics, Marquita H. Sea

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IT TAKES A MUSCLE: wholes, holes, and other voids, Saar Shemesh

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Evaluating Long-Range Transportation Plans for Mainstreaming of Climate Adaptation Among Virginia MPOs, Sebastian L. Shetty

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BELOW HER, Manal F. Shoukair

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The Civil Right to Belong: A Case Study on Immigrant Integration of Muslim Students in Educational Institutions, Mamoona H. Siddiqui

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CHARACTERIZATION OF PIEZO2 INVOLVEMENT IN STRESS-INDUCED ALTERATIONS TO GI FUNCTION AND NOCICEPTION, Cristina Smith

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The Effect of Crowding on the Accuracy of 3D Printed Aligners, Tonya Spangler

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Misled Youth, Mark Tan

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The Effects of Racism and Neighborhood Context on Perinatal Outcomes for Mothers and Infants, DaShaunda D. Taylor

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“What Have We Got to Celebrate?”: Native American Contestation to Commemoration during the Late 20th Century, Jennifer C. Tennison

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EFFECTS OF A PARENT-IMPLEMENTED INTERVENTION ON PRESCHOOL CHILDREN’S ENGAGEMENT IN CONSTRUCTIVE PLAY IN HOME SETTINGS, Michelle Lynn Boulanger Thompson

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Synthesis and modeling of manganese ferrite nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia applications, Margaret E. Thornton

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Blast Zone, Eleanor M. Thorp

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Sociodemographic and Injury Severity Characteristics as Predictors of Functional Independence in Older Adults with TBI up to 10 Years Post Injury, Carmen M. Tyler

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The Role of IRF-1 in Spontaneous Mouse Glioma, Aakash B. Vaidya

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Swing From Your Heels, Hannah M. Via

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Who is Consuming You? Literary and Technological Imaginaries of Monstrous Hunger in Digital Body Construction, Jeanette Vigliotti

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Miles Towards Paradise and Death, Justin Wafawanaka

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Processes Underlying Black American College Students’ Mental Health: Examining the Roles of Mental Health Literacy, Ethnic-Racial Identity, and Mental Health-Related Behaviors, Chloe Walker

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OBJECTIFIED: Forced marriages and Bitter reality of violence against women in India, Anurag Wallace

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Alternatively Spliced CSF3R in Human Health and Disease, Borwyn A. Wang

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Periodic Trends in the Infrared and Optical Absorption Spectra of Metal Chalcogenide Clusters, Alain Ward

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Exploring Digital Equity Through Parent Perceptions of Students’ Use of 1:1 Devices: a Mixed Methods Approach, Joy Washington

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The Experiences of Religiously and Spiritually Diverse Counselors and Psychotherapists Who Work with Survivors of Sexual Violence, John M. Waters

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United They Stand, Divided They Fall: The Case for Theatre Arts, Education, and the Digital Platform, David Watson

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An Exploration of Differences in Veteran Suicidality, Philip A. Weisbrod

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Progress Towards Next Generation Modulators of CtBP's Oncogenic Effects, Jacqueline L. West

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Connections Exposed | A Library for the People, Stephanie Wilburn

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Food Insecurity Screening and Nutrition Care as Part of Hypertension Management in Primary Care Teams, April Williams

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Supporting The Mental Health of Black Students: A Framework for Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health Systems, Shenita Williams

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Towards New Antimalarial Drug: Depolarization of Liposomal Membranes by Aminooxoethylcarbamothioate in the Presence of Fe3+ Ions, Aaron Wilson

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AN EXPLORATION OF A RESEARCHER-INSTRUCTOR PARTNERSHIP IN IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS AWARENESS AND MITIGATION IN COLLEGE STEM CLASSROOMS, Jacqueline Johnson Wilson

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Effects of Additive Manufacturing Techniques on the Magnetocaloric Properties and Chemical Stability of LaFexCoySi13-x-y Alloys, Binyam Wodajo

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The Unseen Wellbeing Dilemma: Nurse Loneliness, Rachel E. Wood

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Viral injection of RNA polymerase II-interacting protein RPRD2 in the nucleus accumbens induces anxiety-like behavior in mice, Hannah E. Woolard

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THE EXAMINATION OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DISTRUST AS A BARRIER TO UTILIZATION AND ENGAGEMENT OF PREVENTIVE SERVICES IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN BLACK EMERGING ADULTS, WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON INSURANCE STATUS AND USUAL SOURCE OF CARE., Alexandra Wynn

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Secret Water, Brandon R. Young

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Chronic adolescent stress as a predictive factor for the risk of developing PTSD-like symptoms in adulthood, Grace K. Young

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The Role of Mindfulness and Compassion in Parochial Empathy and Prosocial Behavior Toward Out-Groups, Denise Zheng

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Rational Design of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)-based Functional Materials Towards Better Air Quality, Zan Zhu

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Antiviral effects of metalloshielding: Differential antiviral activity of polynuclear platinum and cobalt compounds, Mary Zoepfl

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Regulation of Osseous Healing by Macrophage-Derived Wnt Ligands, Jefferson Overlin Abaricia

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Humanizing Architecture: A Polymorphic Space, Nada Abbara

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The Rho1 GTPase-activating protein Sac7 is a negative regulator of clathrin-independent endocytosis in yeast, La'Tila Abbott

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Structural Reorganization of the Cisternal Organelle in Neuroinflammatory Disease, Myshak S. Abdi

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Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals using Novel Platforms, Sarah S. Aboelela

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Influence of metal sleeves in the accuracy of dental implant placement using guided implant surgery, Coleman Adams

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Straight through my heart, Raul A. Aguilar Canela

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Why We Follow Celebrities: An Examination of Parasocial Interaction and Fan Engagement in A Celebrities’ Social Media Pages, Mohammed A. Alasmari

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Bayesian Techniques for Relating Genetic Polymorphisms to Diffusion Tensor Images of Cocaine Users, Tmader Alballa

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CONTINUAL LEARNING FOR MULTI-LABEL DRIFTING DATA STREAMS USING HOMOGENEOUS ENSEMBLE OF SELF-ADJUSTING NEAREST NEIGHBORS, Gavin Alberghini

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Dirt Beneath Your Nails, Grace Albritton

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Urate Genetic Assessment in Asian and Pacific Islander Subgroups of Pregnant Women: Implications for Personalized Medicine and Means to Reduce Health Disparities, Ali Alghubayshi

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LOCAL DELIVERY OF TUMOR ASSOCIATED MACROPHAGE IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF METASTASES TO THE LUNGS, Sulaiman Alhudaithi

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BISPHOSOHOGLYCERTAE MUTASE: A POTENTIAL TARGET FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE, Anfal S. Aljahdali

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Math Leaders’ Perceptions of Social Justice Pedagogy: Implications for Professional Development on Teaching Mathematics for Climate and Environmental Justice, Angela M. Allen

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Overcoming Mechanisms of Acquired and Innate Doxorubicin Resistance Using Nanomedicine and Tumor-Associated Macrophage Immunotherapy, Rashed M. Almuqbil

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SHARING NEWS ON TWITTER IN SAUDI ARABIA: WHAT ARE THE DRIVERS?, EZADDEEN S. ALMUTAIRI

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A COMPUTATIONAL MODEL RELATING TISSUE OXYGEN CONSUMPTION TO OXYGEN DELIVERY IN A KROGH CYLINDER MODEL OF SKELETAL MUSCLE, Raghad A. ALqahtani

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Sickle cell disease associated lipid changes and their relevance towards the disease pathogenesis And Lipid Biomarkers and Embryo Quality in In Vitro Fertilization; Pregnancy Success Differentially Expressed by Body Weight, Suad Alshammari

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Treatment outcome of perforation repair with bio-ceramic based materials: A retrospective study, Lolwa alyahya

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Socio-ecological Predictors of Social Connection Among Older Adults, Georganna Amateau

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Perovskite Thin Films Annealed in Supercritical fluids for Efficient Solar Cells, Gilbert Annohene