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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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An INNOVATIVE USE of TECHNOLOGY and ASSOCIATIVE LEARNING to ASSESS PRONE MOTOR LEARNING and DESIGN INTERVENTIONS to ENHANCE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT in INFANTS, Tanya Tripathi

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A LABORATORY STUDY OF STRESS REACTIONS TO WITNESSING A POLICE KILLING OF AN UNARMED BLACK MAN: DISCRIMINATION, DISTRESS TOLERANCE, ETHNIC IDENTITY, AND RISK-TAKING, Michael A. Trujillo

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Synthesis and Characterization of Magnetic Cabides and Oxides Nanomaterials, Hei Man Tsui

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IMPROVING REALTIME 3-D TRACKING OF HIGH DOSE RATE RADIATION SOURCE USING A FLAT PANEL DETECTOR, Leo Uchechukwu Udeji

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Paul Piccone’s Providential Moment: Phenomenology, Subjectivity, and 20th Century Marxism in Telos, Jacob A. Ulmschneider

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A WATERSHED MOMENT: IMPLEMENTING STATE ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY POLICY INTO A CENTRAL VIRGINIA SCHOOL DISTRICT, Melinda J. VanDevelder

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Examining Two Structural Equation Models to Determine the Effect of Parental Practices and Familial Cultural Values on Mexican Adolescents’ Sexual Health, Efren A. Velazquez

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Modeling Fluid Motion over Fibrous Surfaces, Delli Ganesh Venkateshan

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PHOTOLUMINESCENCE FROM GAN CO-DOPED WITH C AND SI, Mykhailo Vorobiov

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What Lies Beneath, Meg Wachs

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Unpacking Students’ Writer Identity in the Transition from High School to College: A Mixed Methods Study, Marcie J. Walsh

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The Experiences of School Counseling Directors in Relation to Job Satisfaction and Leadership, Robyn Walsh

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High-throughput prediction and analysis of drug-protein interactions in the druggable human proteome, Chen Wang

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Language, Literacy, and Conscientização in American Public Schools, Julie Ward

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WORK/DEATH, OF EACH IN THEIR OWN, Micah H. Weber

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The Periodontal Specialty: A Survey Regarding Our Future, John H. White

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Cultivating Community and Healthy Living: Urban Grocery and Garden, Amy Williams

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Finding Homeplace: Exploring the Experiences of Black Women in the City of Richmond, Mariah Williams

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ASSESSING THE RELATIVE INFLUENCES OF ABIOTIC AND BIOTIC FACTORS ON A SPECIES’ DISTRIBUTION USING PSEUDO-ABSENCE AND FUNCTIONAL TRAIT DATA: A CASE STUDY WITH THE AMERICAN EEL (Anguilla rostrata), Taylor E. Woods

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Chromodomain Helicase DNA Binding Protein 1 (Chd1) is required for orofacial development in Xenopus, Brent Wyatt

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Candor & Ebb: Searching For My Truth Through Solo Performance, Andrew Ross Wynn

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Graphene as a Solid-state Ligand for Palladium Catalyzed Cross-coupling Reactions, Yuan Yang

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Metabolic Engineering of Serratia marcescens, Qiang Yan

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A Third Place: For Children(5–7) to Play and Learn, Yuqi Ye

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OPTIMIZATION FOR STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING: APPLICATIONS TO SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, Mahsa Zahery

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Gender Beyond Binary, Sidra Zubairi

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LPS-Induced iNOS mRNA and the Pro-Apoptotic Signaling Pathway in Leukocytes of Fit and Unfit Males, Tiffany M. Zuniga

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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INVESTIGATION OF ANTICOAGULATION PROPERTIES OF SULFATED GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN MIMETICS, Elsamani I. Abdelfadiel

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Enhanced Energy Storage and Conversion Applications by Porous Carbon and Atomic Layer Deposition, Yomna H. Abdelmoaty

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Role of miR-155 and miR-146a in Mast Cell Function, Amina Abdul Qayum

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MODULATING THE INNATE IMMUNE RESPONSE TO ELECTROSPUN SCAFFOLDS AND POLYMER DEGRADATIVE BYPRODUCTS, Daniel Abebayehu

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Thyroid Hormone as a Method of Reducing Damage to Donor Hearts after Circulatory Arrest, William P. Adams

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STUDY OF MOLECULAR INTERACTIONS OF GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS AND GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN MIMETICS WITH THEIR PROTEIN TARGETS, Daniel K. Afosah

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ROLE OF INSULIN-LIKE GROWTH FACTOR BINDING PROTEIN 7 (IGFBP7) USING A GENETIC KNOCKOUT MOUSE MODEL, Maaged A. Akiel

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Thermal Quenching of Photoluminescence in ZnO and GaN, Nahla Albarakati

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IMPACT OF CHEMOTHERAPY ON NICOTINE DEPENDENCE, Yasmin Alkhlaif

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COHERENT/INCOHERENT MAGNETIZATION DYNAMICS OF NANOMAGNETIC DEVICES FOR ULTRA-LOW ENERGY COMPUTING, Md Mamun Al-Rashid

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Role of Translation Initiation in Regulation of Epithelial Junctions and Cell Motility, Fahda Fawaz Alsharief

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A Biobehavioral Approach to Examining Moral Distress in Critical Care Nurses, Marian Altman

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Re-exploring my identity as a Japanese woman, Fumi Amano

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Nanopore thermodynamics via infrared laser heating, Christopher Angevine

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Evaluation of Volumetric Change of Periapical Lesions After Apicoectomy as a Measure of Postsurgical Healing Utilizing Cone Beam Computed Tomography, Eshwar Arasu

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A Comparative Study of Intraradicular Enterococcus Faecalis Biofilm Removal with Three Root Canal Treatment Systems: A Scanning Electron Microscopy Evaluation, Cyrous Ardalan

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Development and Validation of a Novel Resonant Energy Transfer (FRET) Biosensor to Measure Tensile Forces at the LINC Complex in Live Cells, Paul Arsenovic

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Effect of charged species on the gradient properties, Kayesh Ashraf

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USING RESTORATION-ORIENTED COPING AND THE DUAL PROCESS MODEL WITH BEREAVED UNDERGRADUATES, Farah J. Aslanzadeh

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Biological Mechanisms and Symptom Outcomes of Uncertainty and Psychological Stress in Parkinson’s Disease, Kimberley W. Austin

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EVALUATION OF THE REGIONAL DRUG DEPOSITION OF NASAL DELIVERY DEVICES USING IN VITRO REALISTIC NASAL MODELS, Mandana Azimi

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How Master Teachers Conceptualize Student Engagement: A Comparison of Theoretical and Practitioner Perspectives, Andrew D. Baker

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Application of the Fisher Dimer Model to DNA Condensation, John C. Baker III

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Novel Orally Active Hydrogen Sulfide-Releasing Compound, SG1002, Improves Left Ventricular Function and Survival in a Murine Model of Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, Bharat Balan

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Effects of Hydraulic Dredging and Vessel Operation on Atlantic Sturgeon Behavior in a Large Coastal River, Michael R. Barber

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Person-Centered Treatment to Optimize Psychiatric Medication Adherence, Natalie Bareis

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Gravitational Microlensing, Wesley M. Barnes

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Towards a Model of Internal/External Motivation to Respond Without Prejudice: An Examination of White Racial Identity and Affect, Christina Barnett

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Examining Health Behaviors in College Students with and without Chronic Conditions, Duc-Thi J. Barsell

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Computational All Atom Energy Density Landscape Mappings of Intra-protein Interactions from Static and Dynamic Ensemble Structure Data, Oscar H. Bastidas

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The Justification of Prejudice Toward Childfree Women, Annalucia Bays

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THE EFFECT OF CHRONIC NUTRIENT ADDITION FROM WASTEWATER ON FOREST ECOSYSTEMS AT THE RICE RIVERS CENTER, Michael Beck

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To Help or Not to Help? Assessing the Impact of Envy and Gratitude on Prosocial Behaviors, Anna Maria C. Behler

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Building a Bond: Longitudinal Relations between Interpersonal School Climate, Student Awareness and Reporting of Violence, and Peer Victimization and Aggression in Adolescents, Kathryn Behrhorst

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Nitrosative stress sensing in Porphyromonas gingivalis: structure and function of the heme binding transcriptional regulator HcpR, Benjamin R. Belvin

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OMNI-DIRECTIONAL INFRARED 3D RECONSTRUCTION AND TRACKING OF HUMAN TARGETS, Emrah Benli

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What's the 411 on Sex in the African American Church? A Qualitative Exploration of African American Girls' Exposure to Sex Communication in the Church., Brittany Berry

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Bridging the empathy gap: Effects of brief mindfulness training on helping outgroup members in need, Daniel R. Berry

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Misencounters, Francisco J. Besa

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A BIORELEVANT IN VITRO MODEL TO CHARACTERIZE IN VIVO RELEASE OF BONE MORPHOGENETIC PROTEIN-2 (rhBMP-2), DEBLINA BISWAS

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Meiskov: Combining the Techniques of Sanford Meisner and Michael Chekhov, Onstage and Off, Alexis Black

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Good As We Know It: Goodness in Design Discourse Since 1870, Garreth C. Blackwell

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Actor-Singer-Musician: the New Triple Threat, Robert C. Blisset

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NICHE CONSERVATISM OR DIVERGENCE: INSIGHTS INTO THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORIES OF Pinus taeda, Pinus rigida, AND Pinus pungens, Constance E. Bolte

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Horizon Makes a Circle, Ryan K. Bonner

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Influence of Contextual Factors and Self Efficacy on Self- Management in Parents of Children with Cystic Fibrosis, Erin B. Booth

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Uncovering the Progress of Planning for Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise & Coastal Storms: A Plan Evaluation of Norfolk, VA & New York City, Eric K. Borchers

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Comparing the Structural Components Variance Estimator and U-Statistics Variance Estimator When Assessing the Difference Between Correlated AUCs with Finite Samples, Anna L. Bosse

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HOW DOES ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AFFECT DRINKING OUTCOMES? A GROUNDED THEORY PERSPECTIVE, bryan boyles

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The Better World Movement, Jacob Branigan

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Pathways Linking Clinician Demographics to Mental Health Diagnostic Accuracy: An International Perspective, Julia Brechbiel

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Series Solutions of Polarized Gowdy Universes, Doniray Brusaferro

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Laban for the Actor: The Mind/Body Connection, Margaret C. Buckner

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Take Me With Your Shovel, Jeffrey S. Bugher

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TUMOR-INTRINSIC INFLAMMATORY PATHWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH TUMOR DORMANCY AND RECURRENCE, Savannah E. Butler

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Exploring the role of motivational interviewing in adolescent patient-provider communication about type 1 diabetes, Laura J. Caccavale

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Educational Predictors for Postsecondary Living Status, Irina Cain

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Hydrogen Peroxide and Pharmacological Agent Modulation of TRPV2 Channel Gating, Tuoxin Cao

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Impact of School-Based Sex Education on College Students’ Rape Myth Acceptance: An Exploratory Analysis, Erika Carpenter

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Depressive Symptoms among College Students: An Exploration of Fundamental Cause Theory, Peter A. Carrico

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Structure Will Follow and Other Stories, John Matheson Cartwright

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Short and Long Chain Free Fatty Acids Differentially Regulate Glucagon-like Peptide-1 and Peptide YY Transcript Levels in Enteroendocrine Cells (STC-1), Colin M. Catherman

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Epigenetic editing to validate findings from methylome-wide association studies of neuropsychiatric disorders, Robin F. Chan

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Persistence of the Larval Environment on Post-Metamorphic Performance and Population Dynamics in Amphibians, Julie Charbonnier

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We, Wesley B. Chavis

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"C-Terminal Binding Protein 2" an emerging oncogene in colon and pancreatic cancers, Ayesha Chawla

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TAF2: A potential oncogene for hepatocellular carcinoma, Saranya Chidambaranathan Reghupaty

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Altered Axon Initial Segment Structure and Function In Inflammatory Disease, Kareem C. Clark

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Low-temperature Fabrication Process for Integrated High-Aspect Ratio Metal Oxide Nanostructure Semiconductor Gas Sensors, William Paul Clavijo

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THE INFLUENCE OF FAMILY COMPOSITION ON ADOLESCENT PROBLEM BEHAVIOR: THE MODERATING ROLES OF GENDER AND ADULT SUPPORT, Jasmine Coleman

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the moon cuts like pye, but not cherry, jacqueline Avery collins

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Understanding the Expressive Cartoon Drawings of a Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Michael S. Collins

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The Status of Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in Virginia: Population Viability, Demography, Regulatory Analysis, and Conservation, Benjamin C. Colteaux