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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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CanalPro EAL Accuracy compared to the Root ZX EAL, Benjamin T. Brown

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PLANT COMMUNITIES IN DYNAMIC SYSTEMS: HOW DISTURBANCE INFLUENCES COASTAL PLANT COMMUNITY STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION, Joseph K. Brown

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K-NEAREST NEIGHBORS DENSITY-BASED CLUSTERING, Avory C. Bryant

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Psychological Sense of Community Among Older Adults in Puerto Rico Two Years After Hurricane María, Thomas D. Buckley

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Owning Our Story: an interior exploration to foster self-reflection, Hannah Bulow

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Continuous Preparation and Application of Novel Heterogeneous Catalysis, Michael B. Burkholder

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Reclamancipation: A Story of Brilliance, Resilience, and Transilience, Nia A. Campbell

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Immersive Virtual Reality as a Tool to Make in K-12 Environments, Matthew X. Caratachea

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A Deep Learning U-Net for Detecting and Segmenting Liver Tumors, Vidhya Cardozo

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IDENTIFICATION OF EFFECTIVE SENOLYTIC STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE AND PROLONG RESPONSE TO STANDARD-OF-CARE CANCER TREATMENTS, Valerie Jean Carpenter

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COACHING PARAEDUCATORS TO ACCURATELY RECORD STUDENT RESPONSE DATA DURING DIRECT INSTRUCTION, Paige J. Carter PhD

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Cryogenic electron-microscopy (Cryo-EM) analysis of MscS, YnaI, Connexin 26 and Bioinformatic Analysis of Cysteine and Serine in Experimental Protein Structures, Claudio Catalano

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Barrio Boys, Vincent Chavez

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Muscarinic Excitation of Dopamine Neurons in the Ventral Tegmental Area via Activation of a TRPC-like Cation Conductance, Yu Tzu Chen

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Development of Unnatural Amino Acid Mutagenesis Technologies to Control Enzyme Activity and Synthesis of Chemically Reactive Ubiquitin Probes, Jenny Cheung

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Glycosaminoglycan Modulation of Key Proteins in Alzheimer's Disease, Tamim Chiba

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Western Clinicians’ Diagnostic Accuracy of Culture-Bound Syndromes, Lisa Y. Chung

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Successional changes in carbon storage are sustained in a temperate forest across different initiating disturbances, Cameron Clay

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Floating Home: an Imagined Community, Carrie Collier

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Pro-Environmental Behaviors Among Black Environmentalists: A Critical Race Perspective, Kimberly S. Compton

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Hello, Is It Dark?, McKayla Conahan

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COMPARISON OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN BIOFILM, SEDIMENT, AND PLANKTONIC COMMUNITIES OF THE JAMES RIVER, Mary Bernadette Coughter

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NANOPORE DETECTION of LONG TIME-SCALE SINGLE METALLIC CLUSTER CONFORMATIONAL CHANGES and SURFACE LIGAND EXCHANGE, Bobby D. Cox

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Prolactin Drives a Dynamic STAT5A/HDAC6/HMGN2 Cis-Regulatory Landscape Exploitable in ER+ Breast Cancer, Justin M. Craig

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A NOVEL REVIEW OF HEAT SHOCK PROTEIN 110 KDA: A BASIS FOR RESEARCH AND CONTINUED EXPERIMENTATION THROUGH BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS, Crist W. Cuffee

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THE BUFFERING EFFECTS OF RESILIENCE ON ALCOHOL USE: A PHENOTYPIC AND GENOTYPIC INVESTIGATION, Shannon Cusack

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No Graphic Design Will Contain You, Julia P. Dann

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Expand Your Horizon: Investigating an online intervention for weight bias internalization, Alexandria Davies

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The Contribution of African American Parents’ STEM Racial Socialization and Support to Adolescent Academic Outcomes, Rachel J. Davis

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EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF HIGH SODIUM INTAKE ON BLOOD FLOW REGULATION, EXERCISE TOLERANCE, AND OXIDATIVE STRESS IN SALT RESISTANT INDIVIDUALS, Kevin P. Decker

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HEALTH OUTCOMES AND UTILIZATION ASSOCIATED WITH RENAL DISEASES IN PATIENTS WITH CANCER IN THE UNITED STATES, Mitisha Dedhia

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The Institute for Storytelling & Healthcare Design Research, Ruth E.P. Deibler

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Interpersonal Trauma and Mental Health among LGBQ+ College Students: Examining Social Support and Trauma-related Drinking as Mediators, Eryn DeLaney

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Quantitative Bioanalysis of Intravitreally Administered Ranibizumab and Bevacizumab in Various Human Matrices, Using Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, Catherine Del Guidice

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A GENERAL FRAMEWORK FOR CHARACTERIZING AND EVALUATING ATTACKER MODELS FOR CPS SECURITY ASSESSMENT, Christopher S. Deloglos and Christopher Deloglos

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The Organizational Commitment of Sonographers in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States, Yonella Demars

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An Escapist Utopia, Sara EH Denney

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Difficult Paintings, Hao (Damien) Ding

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THE LIVING THEATRE OF HORROR: EXAMINING HOW CENTURIES OF WESTERN THEATRICAL PRACTICE AND THEORY INFORM THE MODERN-DAY HAUNTED HOUSE, Scott Dittman

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The CB1 Receptor Positive Allosteric Modulator, ZCZ011, Attenuates Naloxone-Precipitated Withdrawal Signs in Oxycodone-Dependent Mice and Inhibits Small Intestinal Transit in Mice, Julien Dodu

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≥i++ Wayward Self, Space, and Language, Mystie Do and Thu TM Do

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Surface Characterization of Accident Tolerant Fuel Claddings Candidates After Prolonged Exposure to Steam Oxidation, Connor F. Donlan

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Using the Memorial Sloan Kettering Frailty Index to Identify Patients at High Risk for Postoperative Intensive Care Unit Admission, Specialized Advanced Care Unit Admission, and 30-day Readmission, Timothy J. Donoghue

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Navigating Success: First-Generation Pathways to Institutional Integration, Katherine B. Drumm

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Alcohol Use Subgroups among Rural Middle School Students: The Impact of Community Violence Exposure, Courtney B. Dunn

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A Mixed Methods Approach to Examine Racial Disparities in Adherence to Surveillance Mammography Among Breast Cancer Survivors, Megan C. Edmonds

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Assessing the Effect of Auricular Acupressure on Newborn Behaviors and Withdrawal Signs in Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Pilot Study, Lindy M. Edwards

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Learning-based Predictive Control Approach for Real-time Management of Cyber-physical Systems, Roja Eini

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Form Follows Culture, Nada Raafat Elkharashi

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Radioimmunoconjugate for cancer molecular imaging, Nouri Elmekharam

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Investigating Cannabinoid Type-1 Receptor (CB1R) Positive Allosteric Modulators (PAMs) in Mouse Models of Overt Cannabimimetic Activity, Subjective Drug Effects, and Neuropathic Pain, Jayden Elmer

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INQUIRIES IN INTELLIGENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS: NEW TRAJECTORIES AND PARADIGMS, Samaa Elnagar

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Impact Dynamics of Surfactant-Laden Droplets on Non-Wettable Coatings, Amir Esmaeili

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You Wouldn't Download an Art, Rice Evans

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Physiological and Subjective Effects of Protonated Nicotine Liquids in Tobacco Users, Alisha Eversole

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The Just Host: Addressing the wage structure problem in the tourism industry, Bill Farley

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Development of Analytical Methods for Analysis of Glycosaminoglycans and Their Mimetics in Human Plasma, Rawan M. Fayyad

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Conformational Modulation of α-Helical N-Acetylated α-Synuclein, Ricardo Fernandez

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Prognostic Modeling of Recovery Following Stem Cell Transplantation, Brielle A. Forsthoffer

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From Knowledge about Trauma to Classroom Application: A Mixed Methods Examination of Pre-Service Teacher Perspectives of Trauma-Informed Practice, Jennifer Furman

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Pase Perdido Missing Pass, larissa m. garcia

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Copper Sulfide Manganese Nanoparticles for Multimodality Imaging and Therapy, Ali S. Gawi Ermi

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STANDARDIZATION OF E-CIGARETTE RESEARCH: ADDRESSING THE ANALYSIS OF TOTAL NICOTINE AND FREE BASE NICOTINE IN E-CIGARETTES, Vinit Gholap

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Validation of a Screening Tool for Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Pilot Study, Julia A. Giardina

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Single Molecule Investigations of Holliday Junction Binding Protein RuvA, Dalton Reed Gibbs

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"With The Commodity In The Hand": A Practical Investigation of the Intersection of Material Culture with Performance Theory, Katharine M. Given

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Earth Tone Sigh Spell, Martha Glenn

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Augmented Reality in Sport Broadcasting, Chad Goebert

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PANGEA: A dual-genre collection of fiction and poetry, Michelle Goshen

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Hamburger Helper Recipes, John Alex Goss

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Targeting Transferrin Binding Protein A for Vaccine Development in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Ashley Greenawalt

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A Quantitative Analysis of the Relationship Between Dispositions and Technology Integration Knowledge of English Language Teachers, Moe D. Greene

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Mechanistic Insights of Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species in Alzheimer's Disease Models, Jakob C. Green

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Patient perspectives on teledentistry and face-to-face doctor interaction during orthodontic treatment, Jackson K. Griffeth D.M.D.

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Sweet Fruit, Daa Guy-Vasson

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The Therapeutic Potential of Glycosaminoglycan Directed Metalloglycomics: Elucidating New Targets and Mechanisms for Polynuclear Platinum Complexes, James D. Hampton

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From Kindergarten Classrooms to PhD Pursuits: Academic Narratives that Influence Career Decisions in Black Women Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Students, Erin Hanley

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Pissing in the Pleasure Garden, Ellen Hanson

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Radiographic Comparison Using CBCT-PAI and Volumetric Analysis of Endodontically Treated Teeth: A Retrospective Cohort Study, Jeremy Hargrove

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Reproducibility and accuracy of the virtual occlusal record, Anne M. Harper

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Virtual Reality Tool for Visualizing the Oral Microbiome, Alexus M. Harris

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Rheological Analysis of the Mechanical Properties of Murine Lungs Over the Lifespan, Olajumoke Olufunke Harrison

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GENERATION OF A MULTI-PROTEIN CHIMERIC CONSTRUCT FOR DIAGNOSTIC APPLICATIONS OF LYME DISEASE, Amanda Hatke

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Characterization of the role of the polarized secretory proteins Msb3 and Msb4 as regulators of clathrin-independent endocytosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Beau Hawkins

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"Unite the Left": Contextualizing Bukharin's ABC of Communism and Berkman's ABC of Anarchism, David Hayter

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What Sound Reveals To Our Eyes: The Intersection Between Subconscious Thought and Real Imagery in Experimental Film and Sound Design, Mireille G. Heidbreder

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The Roles of Neutralizing Antibodies in Blocking Human Cytomegalovirus Entry into Multiple Cell Types, Li He

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PHARMACOPHORIC EVALUATION OF 5-HT2A AND 5-HT2B SEROTONIN RECPEPTORS, Prithvi Hemanth

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Water Clarity at the River-Estuary Transition Zone: A Comparative Study of the James, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey Sub-estuaries, Rachel Henderson

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Value of Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire in Referrals for Obstructive Sleep Apnea at VCU Pediatric Dental Clinic, Elizabeth H. Hering

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LONIDAMINE IS A NOVEL INHIBITOR OF FATTY ACID OXIDATION, Tianhai He

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INTENTIONS TO USE TELEREHABILITATION FOR COMMUNICATION AND TREATMENT FOR VISION IMPAIRMENTS, Eric E. Hicks

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Symptom Self-Management in Adolescents Following a Concussion, Amanda Hodges

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS ON SMOKING REDUCTION, NEGATIVE MOOD, AND STRESS AMONG SMOKERS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, Cosima Hoetger

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EVALUATION OF REGIONAL EXTRATHORACIC DEPOSITION OF LOW- AND HIGH-MOMENTUM AEROSOL USING ANATOMICALLY-CORRECT IN VITRO AIRWAY MODELS, Sana Hosseini

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REPAIR IN AN ECONOMY OF TRAUMA: HOW IDENTIFYING TRAUMAS AS THE BASIS FOR TEACHER ARTMAKING CONTRIBUTES TO RESILIENCY IN MANAGING TRAUMATIC STRESS, Danielle R. Houdek

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The Rational Synthesis of Lanthanum Manganite Nanomaterials for Magnetic Refrigeration Applications, Caitlin Hunt

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The Default: The Paradox of Play and Productivity, Yeon Geong Hwang

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Impact of Targeting Glycosylated Ceramides on Tumorigenic Properties, and Characterization of Sphingolipids in Head and Neck Tumors, Katherine E. Hylton

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THE ROLES OF CERAMIDE AND ORMDL3 IN ASTHMA SEVERITY, Briana N. James