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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Enduring Consequences of Chronic Repeated Stress on Neuro-Metabolic Function, Gladys A. Shaw

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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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Characterizing the Patterns, Predictors, and Processes Involved in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders, Rebecca L. Smith

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Assessing Medical Discrimination, Mistrust, and Healthcare Engagement as Predictors of COVID-19 Vaccination among Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals, Shelby A. Smout

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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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Investigating the Effects of Psilocybin on Models of Anxiety, Recognition Memory, and Depression-Like Behavior and the Role of the 5-HT2A Receptor in Mediating Psilocybin’s Impact on Behavioral Despair, Nikita Thakur

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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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Leading Through Crisis: The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on the School Principalship, A Delphi Study, Matthew J. Togna

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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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Magnetron sputtering as a tool to produce core-shell powders for sintering and alloy design, Santiago Vargas Giraldo

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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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Multi-Modality Automatic Lung Tumor Segmentation Method Using Deep Learning and Radiomics, Siqiu Wang

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

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Investigating the role of NLRP3 inflammasome in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, Urszula O. Warncke

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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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The Injury-Induced Neurogenic Response and the Role of Notch1 in Regulating This Process, Nicole M. Weston

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Modification of culture medium and identification of microbial contaminants for improved in vitro propagation of freshwater mussels, Raquel M. Wetzell

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Biotic Characteristics of Managed and Unmanaged Coastal Dunes in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, Andrew E. White

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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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Rational Design of Flexible and Stretchable Electronics based on 3D Printing, Yuanhang Yang

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Alliance and Outcome Relationships in Youth Mental Health, Sandra Yankah

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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

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Modeling and Development of Continuous Manufacturing Processes for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Synthesis, Cameron T. Armstrong

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COGNITIVE DEBIASING INTERVENTION FOR ASSESSMENT OF PROLONGED GRIEF DISORDER, Farah Aslanzadeh, M.S.

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MicroRNA in the Mammalian Growth Plate: Matrix Vesicles and 1α,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3, Niels C. Asmussen

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Bayesian Experimental Design For Bayesian Hierarchical Models With Differential Equations For Ecological Applications, Rebecca Atanga

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Wintering Ground, Colin Bailes

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Kaleidoscope Wellness | Destigmatizing Mental Health for Teens by Design, Rhode L. Baptiste

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Evaluating the Clinical Utility of a Novel Electroencephalography System for Assessing Perioperative Neurocognition in Older Surgical Patients, Lloyd H. Barnwell III

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Perceived efficacy of extrusion of maxillary lateral incisors with aligners, Mason T. Bates

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Detrimental role of IRF1 in myeloid cells during Influenza infection, Bianca L. Baum

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Associations Between Social Determinants of Health and Chlamydia Infections Among Georgia Counties, Bre'Auna K. Beasley

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BEYOND BLACK OR WHITE: AN EXAMINATION OF INTERSECTIONAL IDENTITIES, BLAME ATTRIBUTION, AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE, Ashlynn D. Bell

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Queer & Trans Intimacies as Emergent Strategy (QTIES), Raja Benz

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Tender Perception: The Ethics of Existence and Nonliving Objects’ Movement in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, Timothy Berge

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Summit Avenue Studios: A Creative Hub in Scott's Addition, Elizabeth Berry

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Role of P53 Deficient Clonogenic Endothelial Cells in the Pathogenesis Of Pulmonary Hypertension, Aneel Roy Bhagwani

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Ligand Effects on Electronic, Magnetic, and Catalytic Properties of Clusters and Cluster Assemblies, Dinesh Bista 9288522

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IL-36g Cytokine Induction in Oral Epithelial Cells Triggered By Treponema denticola and Their Role In Chronic Periodontitis, Christopher Blake

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Amixicile, a novel antimicrobial agent, and its effect on the salivary and subgingival microbiome in rhesus macaque monkeys, Erin E. Block

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Modeling Substance Use and Mental Disorder Comorbidity Using Latent Variable and Network Approaches, Courtney T. Blondino

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FORMULATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND PHARMACOKINETIC MODELLING OF EXCIPIENT ENHANCED GROWTH SPRAY-DRIED INHALATION POWDERS, Serena Bonasera

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Cardiac Arrest and Global Ischemia Reperfusion Injury: Role of mitochondria and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 signaling., Jennifer L. Bradley

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Knowledge, Perception, and Clinical Management Strategies of US Pediatric Dentists on Molar Incisor Hypomineralization, Courtney T. Brashier

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Strengthening Mental Health Diagnostic Detection in Integrated Primary Care, Julia Brechbiel

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Fabrication of Metal-Silicon Nanostructures by Reactive Laser Ablation in Liquid, Eric J. Broadhead

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Phenotypic characterization of Table Mountain (Pinus pungens) and pitch pine (Pinus rigida) hybrids along an elevational gradient in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia, Alexander L. Brown