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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Modeling the peak absorption of MEH-PPV in various solvents using Density Functional Theory, Corell H. Moore

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DEVELOPING AN EVIDENCE-BASED HIV TESTING MESSAGE FOR YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN, Melanie P. Moore

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Glycosaminoglycan Mimetics for the Treatment of Cancer and Lung Inflammation, Shravan Morla

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COMPOSITIONAL ANALYSIS OF CERIUM AND CESIUM IN RAPID SETTING CEMENT AS AN IMMOBILIZATION AGENT FOR NUCLEAR WASTE, RIYADH M. MOTNY

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RACE, HEALTH, AND SOCIAL SUPPORT ON CAMPUS: AN EXPLORATION OF DISCRIMINATION ON HEALTH AND FRATERNITY/SORORITY MEMBERSHIP FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS, Alexandra M. Munson

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Down By Law: A Demographic and Geographic Analysis of Those Killed by Police, Scott W. Murrah

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A HYBRID MOLECULE OF MELATONIN AND CURCUMIN FOR THERPEUTIC USE IN PULMONARY FIBROSIS, Varsha V. Nair

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Weaponization of Space: Subverting the Architecture of Occupation, Majdulin Nasrallah

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The Analgesic-Like Properties of Alcohol in Animal Models of Chronic Pain, Bradley Neddenriep

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An Adaptation and Psychometric Evaluation of the Teacher Attribution Measure for Early Elementary (TAM-EE), Shannon L. Nemer

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Predictors of Employment in a Treatment Sample of Individuals with Substance Use Disorders, Enkelejda Ngjelina

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Analyzing Interactions Between Methcathinone Analogs and the Human Monoamine Transporters, Vy Nguyen

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Moral Professional Agency: A Framework for Exploring Teachers’ Constructions of Professionalism Within a Democratic Space, Brionna C. Nomi

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Elementary Teachers' Definitions and Usage of Inquiry-Based Mathematics Instruction, Heather Nunnally

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Inhibition of Cancer Stem Cells by Glycosaminoglycan Mimetics, Connor P. O'Hara

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Monitoring Software and Charged Particle Identification for the CLAS12 Detector, William A. Oliver

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Comparison of Patient Factors Influencing the Selection of an Orthodontist, General Dentist, or Direct-To-Consumer Aligners for Orthodontic Treatment, Jeffrey C. Olson

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Etiological Contributions of Genetic and Environmental Factors to Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs among Young Adults, Cassie Overstreet

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Regorafenib Enhances Lethality of Sildenafil and Curcumin in Colorectal Cancer Cells, Kervin Benjamin Owusu

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RELATIONAL AESTHETICS: CREATIVITY IN THE INTER-HUMAN SPHERE, Carl Patow

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Factors Associated with Hospital Readmissions Among United States Dialysis Facilities, Amber B. Paulus

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The Role of Tumor and Tumor Microenvironment on Breast Cancer-Associated Adipocyte Plasticity, Janina V. Pearce

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Non-covalent and covalent interactions between phenylacetylene and quinoline radical cations with polar and non-polar molecules in the gas phase, Adam C. Pearcy

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A Computational Assessment of Lisfranc Injuries and their Surgical Repairs, Michael Perez

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Jasper Speaks, Annie Persons

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Spaces In, Outside Of, and Between, Michelle Peterein

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Spatial Genetic Structure and Local Adaptation within and among Foxtail Pine (Pinus balfouriana subsp. balfouriana) Populations Located in the Klamath Mountains, California, Rebecca D. Piri

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Illumination of the Golgi apparatus of Pathogenic and Nonpathogenic Naegleria species, Tyler M. Poe and Francine Marciano-Cabral

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Evaluation and Comparison of Periapical Healing Using Periapical Films and Cone Beam Computed Tomography: Post-Treatment Follow Up, Adam S. Polinsky

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To Find a Stairwell, Cait Porter

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The Role of KRAS in Mechanosensing in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Krista M. Powell

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Theoretical Studies of the Structure and Stability of Metal Chalcogenide CrnTem (1≤n≤6, 1≤m≤8) clusters, FNU Sweta Prabha

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Racism, Healthcare Provider Trust, and Medication Adherence among Black Patients in Safety-Net Primary Care: A Strength-Based Approach, Mickeal Pugh Jr

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The Structure and Stability of Cationic Metal-Benzene Clusters, Daniel P. Rabayda

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Bending Educational Reality, Mariam Rafehi

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The Role of Mindfulness in Self-view Investment: Neural and Subjective Indicators, Hadley Rahrig

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HYDROGEN SULFIDE IMPROVES ABERRANT GASTRIC SMOOTH MUSCLE FUNCTION IN DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSROPHY MICE, Gurpreet Randhawa

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Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Collective Migration in Facial Branchiomotor Neurons, Jane K. Rebman

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Social Jetlag, Depressive Symptoms, and Longitudinal Outcomes in College Students, Morgan P. Reid

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Development of Bivalent Ligands Targeting the Putative Mu Opioid Receptor and Chemokine Receptor CXCR4 Heterodimer, Bethany A. Reinecke

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THE EFFICACY OF A FLUORIDE-CONTAINING ORTHODONTIC PRIMER IN PREVENTING DEMINERALIZATION, Alyssa G. Ricci

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Silver Sands, David Riley

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A Review of Government Financial Reporting Research Post-GASB 34 and Investigations of GASB 54 Fund Balances, Brent L. Roberts

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The Mountains at the End of the World: Subcultural Appropriations of Appalachia and the Hillbilly Image, 1990-2010, Paul L. Robertson

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RESONANT ACOUSTIC WAVE ASSISTED SPIN-TRANSFER-TORQUE SWITCHING OF NANOMAGNETS, Austin R. Roe

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An Investigation of Neurological soft signs as a discriminating factor between Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and co-occurring Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and mild Traumatic Brain Injury, David J. Rothman

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The Effect of Repeated Opioid Dosing on the Gut Microbiome, Anne K. Rowe

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The Role of Psychosocial and Health Behavioral Factors in Pregnancy Induced Hypertension, Sylvia Sreeparna Rozario

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THE WALLS WE PUT UP - LONELINESS AND BELONGING IN URBAN CO-LIVING, Richard Rozewski

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The Evaluation of an Android Permission Management System Based on Crowdsourcing, Pulkit Rustgi

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The Impact of a Culturally Responsive Intervention on Perceived Career Barriers, Ethnic Identity, Student Motivation and Engagement, and Career Decision Making Self-Efficacy of Middle School Minority Females, Marsha L. Rutledge

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PREDICTORS OF EXPERIMENTAL AND CONTROL GROUP ATTENDANCE: FINDINGS FROM AN HIV/STD PREVENTION RCT WITH PREGNANT WOMEN AT RISK FOR SUBSTANCE USE, Jaclyn S. Sadicario

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Cell Type and Substrate Dependence of Fibronectin Properties and Mechanotransduction, Navpreet S. Saini

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Management of the Open Apex Using a Bioceramic Apical Barrier: Success and Survival Rates at Virginia Commonwealth University, Adam Sarnowski

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The role of Syndecan-1 and extracellular vesicles in breast cancer brain metastasis, Megan R. Sayyad

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Using Latent Semantic Analysis to Evaluate the Coherence of Traumatic Event Narratives, Gabriella C. Scalzo

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Regulation of cancer-specific miRNAs by MDA-7/IL-24, Danielle Scheunemann

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Genetic and environmental factors influence Drosophila ethanol sedation, Rebecca E. Schmitt

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The Role of Cellular Aging in the Regulation of Free Fatty Acid Induced Cellular Inflammation by Liver X Receptor Alpha, Charles S. Schwartz

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Effects of A Heroin Conjugate Vaccine on the Antinociceptive and Abuse-Related Effects of Heroin in Rats and Monkeys, Kathryn L. Schwienteck

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Mechanochemical Regulation of Epithelial Tissue Remodeling: A Multiscale Computational Model of the Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition Program, Lewis Scott

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Bantaba: Designing the Sacred Circle, Tashiara Scott

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Rottweiler Smile, Scott Selden

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Long-term Effects of Notch1 Signaling on Neural Stem Cells following Traumatic Brain Injury, Cruz Sevilla Jr

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Arab Americanesque, Hannah W. Shaban

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An Introduction to Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics, Vincent R. Siggia

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Facilitative and competitive tradeoffs between Morella cerifera seedlings and coastal grasses, Michael N. Sinclair

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Restoration of Contractile Protein Expression and Colonic Smooth Muscle Function by Hydrogen Sulfide in DMD Mice, Kulpreet Singh

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TEACHING ABOUT RACIALLY DIVERSE ARTISTS AND CULTURES, Hannah Sions

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A cross-cultural examination of the relations among Parkinson’s disease impairments, caregiver burden and mental health, and family dynamics in Mexico and the United States, Erin Smith

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Alcohol Use and Drinking Motives in Bereaved Undergraduates, Laura J. Smith

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Do sluggish cognitive tempo symptoms improve with school-based ADHD interventions? Outcomes and predictors of change., Zoe Smith

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Indirectly Affect Child Telomere Length Through Self-Regulation, David Sosnowski

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Forecast Combination with Multiple Models and Expert Correlations, David P. Soule

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Always Already Imprisoned: The Panoptic Power of Capitalism in American Literature, 1900-1940, Andrew Spencer

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Perception of Patient Cooperation Among Dentist, Guardian, and Child, Cole A. Staines DDS

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Methods for Joint Normalization and Comparison of Hi-C data, John C. Stansfield

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Factors that influence mental health services utilization by children who have experienced adversity, Mary B. Stebbins

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Structural Determinants of High Potency MDPV Inhibition of the Dopamine Transporter, Tyler Steele

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Untitled Unknown, Taylor Simone Stewart

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The Application of Index Based, Region Segmentation, and Deep Learning Approaches to Sensor Fusion for Vegetation Detection, David L. Stone

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Between the Lines, Yu Su

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ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF CATHODE MATERIALS IN LITHIUM ION BATTERIES, John M. Swanlund

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A Miraculous Deliverance: An Adaptation Through Historical Criticism and Feminist Theory, Mariah Taghavie-Moghadam

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CONSTRUCTION AND VALIDATION OF A NON-MEDICAL USE OF PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS OUTCOME EXPECTANCIES SCALE AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS IN CHINA, Cheuk Chi Tam

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Tone and Texture, Leather and Lace : A Case for Making Strong Choices in the Costume Design for The Three Musketeers., Emily L. Tappan

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Fluvastatin and microRNA-146a alter interleukin-33 mediated mast cell functions., Marcela Taruselli

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Developmental Dynamics of Students' Perceptions of Classroom Practices, their Identity, and Academic Engagement, Krystal R. Thomas

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DETERMINATION OF OPTIMAL PARAMETER ESTIMATES FOR MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS IN HUMAN METABOLISM AND INFLAMMATION, Marcella Torres

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AT THE TABLE; AN INVESTIGATION OF HOW GROWING, COOKING, AND SHARING FOOD TOGETHER CAN BRING A WEALTH OF BENEFITS, Angeline M. Troilo

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Leadership Influence and Organizational Culture Influence in Private Schools: A Comparative Multiple Case Study on the Relationship between Organizational Culture and Strategic Leadership, Julia E. Tucker-Lloyd

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Impacts of Gender-Based Violence and Harassment on Graduate Student Academic Functioning, Jennifer W. Underwood

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Elaborations on Multiattribute Utility Theory Dominance, David L. Vairo

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Characterizing the Cellular Nature of the Physical Interactions Necessary for Collective Neuron Migration, Rebecca Vareed

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"Milk River" And Stories, Katherine Johanna Vatter

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ERalpha isoforms modulate the tumorigenicity of 24R,25(OH)2D3 in estrogen-responsive cancer, Anjali Verma

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Role of SARM1 in Chronic Immune-Mediated Central Nervous System Inflammation, Kenneth E. Viar II

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Molecular Targets of Psychedelics and Their Role in Behavioral Models of Hallucinogenic Action, Hiba Z. Vohra

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MECHANISMS UNDERLYING PRODUCTION STABILITY IN TEMPERATE DECIDUOUS FORESTS, Shea B. Wales

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Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Hospital Value-Based Purchasing: Investigating Provider Responses to Incentives, Lauryn Walker