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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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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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Creation of Chemically Reactive Ubiquitin Probes by Genetic Incorporation of Unnatural Amino Acids, Eve M. Nicholson

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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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Sleepiness: Clinical Correlates, Association with Performance, and Effects of Performance Feedback, Spencer Nielson

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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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Improving the Early Detection of Cardiovascular Toxicity Secondary to Radiotherapy for Lung Cancer via Patient-specific Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Alireza Omidi

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New strategies for spontaneous peptide macrocyclization and the use of peptide libraries to correlate rigidity and affinity, Harlinson E. Osorio Franco

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Analysis Of Non-Conventional Radiological Terrorism, James N. Padgett

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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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EFFECT OF VISCOELASTICITY ON CELLULAR MORPHOLOGY AND ACTIVITY, Thomas J. Petet Jr

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The Mask, On Drumming in Bands, and Other Stories and Essays, Ty E. Phelps

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

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TRAJECTORIES OF MEDICATION NON-ADHERENCE WITH TIME-VARYING PREDICTORS AND ASSOCIATION WITH HEALTH OUTCOMES: A COMPARISON OF CLASSICAL STATISTICAL METHODS WITH MACHINE LEARNING ALGORITHMS, Vasco Pontinha

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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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Academic Health Science Centers and Health Disparities: A Qualitative Review of the Intervening Role of the Electronic Health Record and Social Determinants of Health, Wies Rafi

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

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Electric field control of confined magnetic skyrmions for energy efficient scalable nanomagnetic memory, Md Mahadi Rajib

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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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Accelerated Alternating Expectation-Conditional-Maximization Algorithms for fitting Non-Gaussian Observational Longitudinal Data, with Applications to Periodontal Disease, Reuben P. Retnam

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An Analysis of the Special Focus Facility Program and Nursing Home Quality, Annie S. Rhodes

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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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Predicting Medication Adherence Patterns During the Maintenance Phase of Treatment for Pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma: A Model of Individual- and Family-Level Factors, Stephanie M. Romo

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Jamestown's "English Judas": The Adventurous Life and Mysterious Death of Francis Lymbry, Rebecca Rose

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Special Education Teacher Retention: The Importance of Teacher Working Conditions, Erica Ross

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Prediction-Based Replacement Algorithms for Response-Adaptive Randomization of Distal Outcomes, Salem Rustom

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Do coverage expansion and patient-centeredness care delivery improve patient health outcomes and care quality?, Shiva Salehian

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Labor Union Affiliation and its Influence on Psychological Well-Being and Depression, Waleed Y. Sami

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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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Artificial Intelligence-Powered Chronic Wound Management System: Towards Human Digital Twins, salih sarp

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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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Towards the Systematic Evaluation of Variable Modes of Mechanical Conditioning on the Compositional, Microstructural and Mechanical Properties of Engineered Tissue Vascular Grafts., Sarah Saunders

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DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL EPITOPE-BASED CHIMERIC PROTEIN FOR PREVENTION OF LEPTOSPIROSIS, Edward JA Schuler

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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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CROSSTALK BETWEEN HIPPO AND RB TUMOUR SUPPRESSOR PATHWAYS IN OVARIAN CANCER, Fatmata Sesay

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Supported Employment Services and Employment Outcomes for Low-Income Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Case Control Study, Hannah Seward PhD

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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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Identifying the human homologs of yeast Rab proteins Ypt10 & Ypt11 and a global-scale louse endosymbiont genome variation, Nathaniel P. 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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LOW INSERTION-LOSS NANOPHOTONIC MODULATORS THROUGH EPSILON-NEAR-ZERO MATERIAL-BASED PLASMON-ASSISTED APPROACH FOR INTEGRATED PHOTONICS, Mohammad Ariful Hoque Sojib

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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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UDL: Practicing What We Preach, Peter E.L. Temple

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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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THETA BURST BRAIN STIMULATION IN PAINFUL DIABETIC NEUROPATHY PATIENTS: INVESTIGATING NEURAL MECHANISMS, BHUSHAN THAKKAR

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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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Understanding Structure/Process-Property Relationships to Optimize Development Lifecycle in Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Aerogels for Thermal Management, Rebecca C. 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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Disparities between Native Americans and Whites in Trajectories of Functional Independence and Life Satisfaction over the 5 Years after Traumatic Brain Injury, Jack 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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Developmental Validation of a Bacterial Signature-Based Identification Method of Forensically Relevant Human Biological Samples, Denise M. Wohlfahrt

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