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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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E-cigarette Use and Perceptions among Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: The Role of Parental Messages about Tobacco, Mayra S. Ramos

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A non-inferiority randomized controlled trial comparing behavioral sleep interventions in women veterans: A secondary analysis of pain outcomes, Scott Ravyts

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Prediction of mRNA abundance in Firmicutes: Steps towards a universal model of prokaryotic gene expression, Jesse J. Raynor

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Evolving Perspectives: How Research, Age, and a Global Pandemic Alters the Mind's Eye in Costume Design, Audrey Reed

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Collaborative and Culturally Responsive Practices of Transition Professionals to Support Black Students with High Incidence Disabilities, Amber Ruiz

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EFFECTS OF BUPRENORPHINE TREATMENT ON MYELIN FOLLOWING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN A RAT MODEL, Jane Ryu

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Anywhere I Stand, Hanaa Safwat

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Third Culture Kids - Playing to Heal, Amna Sana

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In Vitro Evaluation of the Solubility of EndoSequence BC Sealer in Acidic Solutions, Inderpal S. Sappal

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Glucocorticoid receptor dysregulation underlies 5-HT2A receptor-dependent synaptic and behavioral deficits in a mouse neurodevelopmental disorder model, Justin M. Saunders

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Equations of State for Warm Dense Carbon from Quantum ESPRESSO, Derek J. Schauss

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Art Museum Docent Coordinators’ Perceptions: A Difficult Kind of Balancing Act, Jennifer E. Schero

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Modeling Vegetation Effects on Barrier Island Evolution, Eric W. Schoen

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Therapeutic Modalities for Preventing Osteoarthritis following Trauma to the Knee, Kayla M. Scott

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A Man at Point Zero, Abed Elmajid Shalabi

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Palindromic Products, Jamie Shive

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EXAMINING THE EFFECT OF ITEM-WRITING FLAWS ON THE PSYCHOMETRIC PARAMETERS OF PHARMACY THERAPEUTICS EXAMINATIONS, Veronica P. Shuford

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Sleep-Related Problems, Sleep-Related Distress, and Sleep-Related Functional Status Among Adult Inpatients Receiving Palliative Care, Lisa C. Sievers

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Policies Addressing Barriers to Low-Income Women and Children’s Health Care Utilization in the United States and Kenya: The Role of Physician Payments and Cash Transfer Programs, Muloongo Simuzingili

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The Effect of Local Anesthesia When Used in Dental Restorative Cases Under General Anesthesia on Control of Intraoperative Physiologic Parameters and Post-Operative Comfort, Kathryn S. Skarda

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Nurse Cognition in Response to Alert Generation During Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA): An Examination of Human Factors, Elizabeth A. Sloss

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Looking for Hope: The Experience of Early Career Teachers Engaged in a Collaborative Community of Reflective Practice as a Model of Induction and Professional Development, Donia E. Spott

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Perceived Organizational Support for Women’s Advancement and Turnover Intentions and Career Advancement Aspirations. The Mediating Role of Job and Employer Satisfaction., Marta Squadrito

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Cloaca Palace, Connor Marie Stankard

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The Fate of a City: The Air War in Heilbronn, Joshua W. Stein

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Methods for developing a machine learning framework for precise 3D domain boundary prediction at base-level resolution, Spiro C. Stilianoudakis

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Pathways to Reproductive Autonomy: Structural and Relational Facilitators of Contraceptive Access in the United States, Laura E. T. Swan

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Characterization of Cytochrome P450 3A4 structure and ligand binding mechanism in anionic nanodiscs, David T. Sweeney

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CK2 phosphorylation of human papillomavirus 16 E2 on serine 23 promotes interaction with TopBP1 and is critical for E2 plasmid retention function, Apurva Tadimari Prabhakar

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Identifying Genes Downstream of Mef2 that Influence Ethanol Sedation in Drosophila melanogaster, Ananya Talikoti

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Inclusive Academic Education & Vocationally-Oriented Transition Predictors’ Association With Post-Secondary Outcomes Of Youth With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities, Joshua P. Taylor

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The Impacts of Peer Observation Roles and Teaching Characteristics on Teacher Self-Efficacy: A Secondary Data Analysis Study Using the TALIS Survey, Elisa Tedona

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Interventions to Slums and Informal Settlements: A Case Study of the Integrated Housing Development Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nathan Teklemariam

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"Savage and Bloody Footsteps Through the Valley" : The Wyoming Massacre in the American Imagination, William R. Tharp

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The role of GLT-1 signaling in oligodendrocytes during development and myelin repair, Elizabeth Thomason

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Identifying inhibitors of Gain-of-Function p53-driven transcriptional activation for cancer therapy, Megan Thompson

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ViVA! Conexiones: A Community Center Celebrating Latinx Culture, Angie Thomson

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Validating the Methods and Assays Necessary for Establishing an Effective In Vitro Lung Cancer Transformation Model, Crystal Turner

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Accident Tolerant Fuels Claddings and the Evolution of their Surface Characteristics under Critical Heat Flux, Rajnikant V. Umretiya

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Beyond the Social: Artist Project Spaces, 2003 to 2016., Clare L. van Loenen

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shape shifting: bodies, sound, and queerness, Cordylia B. Vann

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Heavy Hold: A Physical Score, alexandra velozo

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The Effects of Interleukin-1β on Cardiac Reserve and Exercise Capacity in the Mouse, Habeebah Z. Vohra

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Trauma Prevention & Best Practices in Performance Classrooms, Laine D. Wagner

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Performance Study of Respirator Filter Media and Wall Flow Filters, Peng Wang

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Does Providing Pre-Procedural Video Information Improve the Guardian’s Experience for Patients Undergoing Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation in the Operating Room?, Jennifer Waters

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The Role of Community Belongingness in the Mental Health and Well-Being of Black LGBTQ Adults, Keith Justin Watts

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Pushing the limits: Increasing the speed and specificity of SARS-CoV-2 testing, Grayson Way

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Strategies for Resolution Enhancement in Liquid Chromatography, Shelby Lynn Weatherbee

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Efficient Vengeance: The role of processing fluency in making decisions about retaliation, Samuel J. West

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In Vitro Evaluation of High Flow Gas and Aerosol Drug Delivery Using Anatomically Biorelevant Infant and Child Airway Replicas, John Wilkins Jr

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Stigmatizing Labels, School Bonds, and Capital in the School Reentry Experiences and Educational Outcomes of Justice-Involved Youth, Peter S. Willis

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Lodestone, Caitlin Wilson

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REWARD-RELATED EFFECTS OF AMPHETAMINES ADMINISTERED BY ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE, Lucas Wohler

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STAT5A REGULATION BY SERINE PHOSPHORYLATION IN BREAST CANCER, Alicia E. Woock

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The Mechanisms and Consequences of Shrub Encroachment on the Virginia Barrier Islands, Lauren K. Wood

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Yolkkh: The Story of My People, Amna Zelimkha Yandarbin

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ANTIBIOTIC-LOADED DENDRIMER HYDROGELS IN PERIODONTAL BONE REGENERATION: A FEASIBILITY STUDY, Nicholas G. Yesbeck

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Evaluating Patient and Health Care Provider Acceptance of a Personal Health Record in an Integrated Health Care System in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Consuela C. Yousef

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Analyzing electronic health records with time-to-event endpoints: Propensity scores and semiparametric approaches, Jonathan W. Yu

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Flourish: Combating Food Insecurity & Promoting Wellness on a College Campus, Jocelyn Zavala

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Opioid System's involvement in Ketamine's Antidepressant-like Effects, Fan Zhang

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Augmenting Definitive Screening Designs, Tianchi Zhang

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Statistical Approaches for Estimation and Comparison of Brain Functional Connectivity, Jifang Zhao

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IMAGING POTENTIAL IN SATURATION RECOVERY METHODS FOR SARCOIDOSIS PATIENTS WITH MEDICAL DEVICES, Samantha Zhao

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Electrocatalytic Cathodes for Advanced Lithium–Sulfur Batteries, Ahmed Abdelkader

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Sound propagation in viscous flows using piezoelectric sensors and non-destructive propagation techniques and its applications, ahmed M. abdulkareem

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Exploring the Heteromeric Interface of the 5-HT2A-mGlu2 Receptor Complex, Mohamed Aarif Abdul Kareem

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Monumentalizing Rituals of the Palestinian Diaspora, Reema Abu Hassan

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Relationship of demographic characteristics of occupational and physical therapists towards their knowledge and attitude on person-centered care in skilled nursing facilities, Sadashiv R. Aggarwal

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Role of NuRD in Acute Leukemia Cell Survival, JAVERIA AIJAZ

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Twitter’s Perceived Impact on Public Opinion: A Survey of National Issues in Saudi Arabia, Abdullah S. Alahmari

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Novel Bayesian Techniques for Dose Response Data, Faten Alamri

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Measuring the Impact of Perceptions Towards Performance-Based Cash Rewards on Performance in Federal Agencies: Testing the Role of Public Service Motivation as a Causal Chain, Layla F. Alanazi

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The Effects of an Inflammasome Inhibitor OLT1177 on the Development of Ischemic Heart Failure, Joseph S. Aliaga

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Comparison of Endodontic Treatment Planning Decisions Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography versus Periapical Radiography in Previously Endodontically Treated Molars, Sarah Alkanderi

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SYMMETRY ALGEBRAS OF THE CANONICAL LIE GROUP GEODESIC EQUATIONS IN DIMENSION FIVE, Hassan Almusawa

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Orbiting Forward (Thoughts On The Nature Of Conflict - Sighs On The Struggles Of Change), Bushra A. AlSughayer

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Kavana: Photography, Jewish Storytelling, and Memory, Hannah Altman

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Institutional Effect: Consistency and Contingency in the Art & Pedagogy of Josef Albers, Andrea Alvarez

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UTILIZING DESIGN STRUCTURE FOR IMPROVING DESIGN SELECTION AND ANALYSIS, Ahlam Ali Alzharani

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NOVEL STRATEGIES TO OVERCOME CARBOPLATIN RESISTANCE IN TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER USING PATIENT DERIVED XENOGRAFTS, Mohammad A. Al Zubi

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Towards A Greener Route to Blockbuster Statin Drugs: Harnessing the Power of Biocatalysis and Integrating Cross-Coupling Catalysis in the Synthesis of Rosuvastatin, Chanaka M. Amarasekarage

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PROBING VIBRATIONAL WAVE PACKETS IN ORGANOPHOSHOROUS MOLECULES USING FEMTOSECOND TIME-RESOLVED MASS SPECTROMETRY (FTRMS), Derrick Ampadu Boateng

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE DYRK1A PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERACTION NETWORK, Varsha Ananthapadmanabhan

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Development of Near-Real Time Material Detection and Analysis by Coupling Electrochemical & Optical Spectroscopy Methods for Molten Salt Systems, Hunter Andrews

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The Functional Importance of Methyl CpG Binding Domain Proteins 2 and 3 in Regulating Fetal Hemoglobin Expression in Human Adult Erythroid Cells, Alexander Azzo

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Peridynamic Approaches for Damage Prediction in Carbon Fiber and Carbon Nanotube Yarn Reinforced Polymer Composites, Forrest E. Baber

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KCC2: a novel therapeutic target to rescue GABAergic dysfunction and behavioral deficits induced by HIV and opiate use, Aaron J. Barbour

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Black Queer Futures (BQF) in Real Time: Multidimensional Identity and Imaginative Media Practice, Chaz A. Barracks

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"Welcome to the Show" - An Interactive Theatre Adventure Film in Three Acts, Dorothy Barton

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Strategies and Devices for Improving Respiratory Drug Delivery to Infants and Children with Cystic Fibrosis, Karl Bass

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Education Support for Foster Care Youth: The Impact of Federal Spending on Employment Outcomes, Carlisle C. Bates

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Acute Stress Disorder in Neonatal Intensiver Care Unit Mothers: Modeling Risk Factors and Trauma Appraisals Modeling, Allison Baylor 5435882

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Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel, Rachel Beanland

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Comorbidity in context: Identifying patterns of depressive and anxiety symptoms in African American early adolescents, Kathryn Behrhorst

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The Effects of Exosomes on the Regeneration of Rat Calvaria, Jill T. Beitz

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Regulation Of Vascular And Lymphatic Endothelial Barrier Function By Sphingosine-1-Phosphate, Jacqueline Bellaci

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ghost signs are more than paintings on brick, Eric Anthony Berdis