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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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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 and Karen M. Kester

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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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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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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 virginia commonwealth university

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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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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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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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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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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 and 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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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

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Application of Optical Trapping to Obtain Single-Source STR Profiles from Forensically Relevant Body Fluid Mixtures with Modified DNA Analysis Workflow, Benjamin J. O'Brien

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Predictors of Mental Health Need and Treatment in Safety Net Primary Care, Kristen O'Loughlin

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Epigenetic alterations at synaptic plasticity genes in a genetically heterogeneous rat model of neuropsychiatric disorders, Doan M. On

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The Future in the Instant: Time as the essence of dramatic tension in Shakespeare's plays and their contemporary stage appropriations, Amalia Oswald

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Evaluation of Smear Layer Dissolution by Alternative Chelating Solutions, Raymond Pandez

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Parakupa Vena - Fall From the Highest Point, Mariana Parisca Englert

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Teachers' Attitudes Toward the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom in a Rural School District, Robin M. Pelt

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Come and Get Your Capital, Sis: The Use of Twitter to Compensate for Gendered and Racialized Job Networks among Creatives, Sasha A. Pierre- Louis

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Analysis of Pellet Patterns and GSR Produced from Judge Taurus Revolvers, Donald Poon

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Implementation of a Hierarchical, Embedded, Cyber Attack Detection System for SPI Devices on Unmanned Aerial Systems, Jeremy J. Price

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Fool's Rest, Aidan Quinlan

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Mathematical models of cellular signaling and supramolecular self-assembly, Pratip Rana

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Prediction of Minimum Postmortem Submersion Interval (PMSImin) Based on Eukaryotic Community Succession on Skeletal Remains Recovered from Aquatic Environments, Sala Randall

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A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF THE INFLUENCE OF A STEM CAREER PLANNING COURSE AND PERCEIVED STRESS ON CAREER SEARCH SELF-EFFICACY AND RETENTION IN ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, Autumn Randell

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What Happens When Cross-Sector Partnerships Are Mandated? Analyzing Trust through a Transaction Cost Approach, Vanessa Hubbard Rastberger Dr, Vanessa H. Rastberger Dr, and Vanessa H. Rastberger

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Biophysical Characterization of MphR(A) and a Novel Clarithromycin Selective MphR(A), Megan R. Reed

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Effects of (R,S)-ketamine and (2R,6R)-hydroxynorketamine: a preclinical study, Remington Rice

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EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX NANOPARTICLES EFFECTS ON THE LUNG IN VIVO, Brittaney E. Ritchie

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From Small Beginnings to Large-Scale Harm: On Demagoguery and Misogyny in the Classroom and Writing Center, Shannon Roberson

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Examining Body Mass Index and Sepsis Mortality at One Year After Sepsis, Jamie D. Robinson

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Modeling the Evolution of Barrier Islands, Greg Robson

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Chupa Chuparosas y Chupacabras, Ruben U. Rodriguez

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EXPLORING WHETHER CONTEXTUAL FACTORS RELATE TO THE HOPED-FOR AND FEARED POSSIBLE SELVES OF LATINX YOUTH, Stephanie M. Romo

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Fabrication and Characterization of Multicomponent Gradients Containing Weakly Acidic and Basic Functional Groups, Kallol Roy

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Robert Catherine, Sarah Nelson Rupp

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Sleep Behaviors and Thoughts as Links Between Social Rhythmicity and Mental Health Outcomes, Sahar Sabet

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Improving Grid Hosting Capacity and Inertia Response with High Penetration of Renewable Generation, Hamidreza Sadeghian

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Mass Grave Localization Prediction with Geographical Information Systems in Guatemala and Future Impacts, Perla Santillan

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Achieving Dentin Conservation using Dynamic Navigation Technology for Locating Calcified Canals, Madison W. Saunders

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Synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticles for imaging and enhancement in therapy, Gabrielle Seymore

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Effects of active reminders and motivational techniques on oral hygiene and gingival health in orthodontic patients: a randomized clinical trial, Jennifer Shim

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The Effects of Autophagy and Senescence on Sensitivity to Cisplatin in Head and Neck Cancer, Zara H. Siddiqui

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Structural Features Contributing to Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) Analog Inhibition of the Human Dopamine Transporter, Zachary R. Spires

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Understanding the Contributions of Discrepant Parent-Adolescent Views of Parenting Practices and Peer Deviance to Adolescent Problem Behavior: A Cross-Lagged Polynomial Regression Approach, Mallory Stephenson

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Adjusting for Dropout in Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials, Katharine Stromberg

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The Relationships Among External Environments, Organizational Structures, and Performance in Pursuit of the Clinical and Academic Missions at Academic Health Centers, Eric J. Strucko

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Psychometric Developments of the ACE-IQ: Understanding the Trauma History of Latine Immigrants, Jorli K. Swingen Dr.

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Internalizing Data Collection: Personal Analytics as an Investigation of the Self, Neal R. Swisher

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Spooky Stuff, Petra A. Szilagyi

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The immediate and persistent effects of binge ethanol exposure on myelin protein expression in DBA/2J mice, Aminatta Z. Tejan-Kamara