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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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PO2 dependence of oxygen consumption in skeletal muscle of hypertensive and normotensive rats, Habiba Shah

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SH3 AND MULTIPLE ANKYRIN REPEAT DOMAIN 3 (SHANK3) AFFECTS THE EXPRESSION OF HYPERPOLARIZATION-ACTIVATED CYCLIC NUCLEOTIDE-GATED (HCN) CHANNELS IN MOUSE MODELS OF AUTISM, Nikhil N. Shah

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A Roadmap for Development of Novel Antipsychotic Agents Based on a Risperidone Scaffold, Urjita H. Shah

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Structure-Activity Relationship Studies of Bupropion and Related 3-Substituted Methcathinone Analogues at Monoamine Transporters, Abdelrahman R. Shalabi

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Skinface, Islam Shehab

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Altering a Runner’s Foot strike using a Modified Elliptical Trainer, Daniel Shull

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Engineering Icephobic Coatings: Surface Characterization of Pt cured Silicones, Sithara Shylaja Nair

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Come Fly with Me: Using Amixicile to Target Periodontal Pathogens and Elucidating the Innate Immune Response in Drosophila melanogaster, Kathryn Sinclair

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Theatrical Texts and Contexts: Poe and Hawthorne’s Fictional Women, Savannah M. Singletary

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N-Alkyl 4-Methylamphetamine enantiomers and the implication for potential modulation of abuse liability and enhancement of psychoactive drug targeting., Ramsey Sitta

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Restoration, Shannon M. Slaight-Brown

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Taken back by the ballpark: The role of nostalgia in the Minor League Baseball spectator experience, Mark A. Slavich

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Antidepressant-like Effects of Amisulpride, Ketamine, and Their Enantiomers on Differential-Reinforcement-of-Low-Rate (DRL) Operant Responding in Male C57/BL/6 Mice, Doug Smith

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CONTRIBUTION OF A CLASS II RIBONUCLEOTIDE REDUCTASE TO THE MANGANESE DEPENDENCE OF Streptococcus sanguinis, John L. Smith

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The Development of the Treatment Integrity - Efficient Scale for Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Youth Anxiety (TIES-CBT-YA), Meghan Smith

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Synthesis and Characterization of Metallic Nanoparticles for Catalytic Applications, Sarah Smith

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Wise Choices? The Economics Discourse of a High School Economics and Personal Finance Course, Tamara L. Sober

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TUNING OPTIMIZATION SOFTWARE PARAMETERS FOR MIXED INTEGER PROGRAMMING PROBLEMS, Toni P. Sorrell

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Protective Factors in the Association Between Child Sexual Abuse and Telomere Length in Adults, David Sosnowski

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THE EXPERIENCES AND PERCEPTIONS OF BEHAVIORAL FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO SUCCESSFUL WEIGHT LOSS IN MALE BARIATRIC PATIENTS, Stephen P. Sowulewski

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Reversal of the NPC Phenotype by START Domain Proteins, Tavis H. Sparrer

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Diabetes-Induced Expression and Regulation of GLP-1 levels by Bile Acid Receptors (TGR5 & FXR), Joseph R. Spengler

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What's Haunting Jackson Ward? Race, Space, and Environmental Violence, Rachel Spraker

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alpha6 beta2 subunit containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptor contributions to abuse-related effects of nicotine and alcohol, Alexandra M. Stafford

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The Effect of Vibrotactile Feedback on Remote Manual Task Performance, Matthew S. Standard

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Separation of Transition and Heavy Metals Using Stationary Phase Gradients and Chelation Thin Layer Chromatography / Evaluation of the Effectiveness of POGIL-PCL Workshops, Stacy L. Stegall

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An Evaluation of Critical Resources in Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, Lois E. Stewart

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a window the color of her sunburn, Joana Stillwell

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AIN’T I BLACK ENOUGH?: ANXIETY RELATED TO THE QUESTIONING OF ONE’S GROUP MEMBERSHIP, Michelle Stith

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"An Amazing Aptness for Learning Trades:" The Role of Enslaved Craftsmen in Charleston Cabinetmaking Shops, William A. Strollo

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Prevalence and Clinical Characteristics of Teeth Extracted with a Diagnosis of Cracked Tooth: A Retrospective Study, Riley B. Sturgill

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An Integrated Behavioral Model of Healthcare Utilization among Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Adults, Megan Elizabeth Sutter

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A Targeted Approach to Increasing the African American Blood Donor Pool, Arnethea L. Sutton

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Adventures Close to Home, Ryan Syrell

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The Role of Human MSC Derived Exosomes in the Treatment of Periodontal Diseases, Sonia S. Talegaonkar

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A comparison of computational methods for estimating estuarine production and respiration from diel open water dissolved oxygen measurements, Spencer Tassone

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PREPARATION AND EVALUATION TECHNIQUES OF POROUS MATERIALS AND MIXED MATRIX MEMBRANES FOR TARGETED CO2 SEPARATION APPLICATIONS, Tsemre Tessema

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Ethnic Racial Identity, Social Transactions in the Classroom, and Academic Outcomes, Krystal R. Thomas

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Finding Voice, The Body Speaks: Original Work and Counter-Hegemonic Performance and Practice, Matthew Paul Thornton

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Construction of an album for oneself, Maria Tinaut

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Processing Nature, Julia J. Turner

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Profiling Precursor Lipids for Specialized Pro-Resolution Molecules in Platelet-Rich Plasma Following Fish Oil and Aspirin Intake, Lisa A. Turner

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CALLED TO TEACH: A MIXED METHODS EXPLORATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADJUNCT FACULTY’S TEACHING SELF-EFFICACY, Christy L. Tyndall

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Growth of Zn-polar BeMgZnO/ZnO heterostructure with two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) and fabrication of silver Schottky diode on BeMgZnO/ZnO heterostructure., Md Barkat Ullah

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A Wonder Book, Ethan C. Varnado

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STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL ALTERATIONS IN NEOCORTICAL CIRCUITS AFTER MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, Michal Vascak

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Managing Sociality of a Captive Female Bornean Orangutan from Breeding to Post-partum at The Smithsonian's National Zoo, Marie Vergamini

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Affordability, Utilization and Satisfaction with Care: A Policy Context for Improving Health Care Experiences, Anushree M. Vichare

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'The Writing Writes Itself': Deleuzian Desire and the Creative Writing MFA Degree, Ginger Walker

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Synchrony and concordance: A multilevel analysis of the effects of individual differences during a CO2 challenge, Rachel E. Wallace

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The Role of Social Networks in Breastfeeding Duration, Jordyn T. Wallenborn

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RelB acts as a molecular switch to drive chronic inflammation in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)., Michael R. Waters

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(Re)Mediating the Spirit: Evangelical Christian Young Adult Media, Tamara Watkins

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Provider Appearance: a survey of guardian and patient preference, Joshua Westphal

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The Development of the Therapy Process Observational Coding System - In-Session Involvement, Emily J. Wheat

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The Fractured Memory of a Mind’s Eye, Russell G. White

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Quantitative Analysis of Tobacco-Specific Nitrosamines and their Precursor Alkaloids in Tobacco Extracts, Celeste T. Wilkinson

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Single-particle cryo-EM of the ryanodine receptor from skeletal muscle: reconstitution into nanodiscs and the conformational effects of magnesium., Alex H. Will

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Synthesis, characterization, and enhanced magnetic properties of iron carbide nanomaterials, Brent M. Williams

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Predictors of Barriers to Psychosocial Treatment for African American Families of Children with ADHD, Stephanie A. Wilson

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DEVELOPING CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND PROCEDURAL FLUENCY IN ALGEBRA FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY, Andrew J. Wojcik

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Towards Design and Analysis For High-Performance and Reliable SSDs, Qianbin Xia

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Yi, Observational Documentary Aesthetics, and the Identity Politics of Transcultural Migrancy, Jiacheng Xu 4159187

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The Monstrous Self: Negotiating the Boundary of the Abject, Katya Yakubov

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Investigation of Polymeric Composites for Controlled Drug Release, Hsi-wei Yeh

Ineffable: Latency in Symbolic Languages, Sirah Yoo

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Ineffable: Latency in Symbolic Languages, Sirah Yoo

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KNOCKOUT OF SPHINGOSINE KINASE 1 ATTENUATES RENAL INTERSTITIAL FIBROSIS IN UNILATERAL URETERAL OBSTRUCTION (UUO) MODEL, Xiwen Zhang

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THE THIRD PLACE: A MIXED-USE BUILDING FOR OFFICE WORKERS IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, Mingming Zhao

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The Institute of New Feelings: Plastic Identities and Imperfect Surfaces, Weijian zhou

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Identifying Parameters for Robust Network Growth using Attachment Kernels: A case study on directed and undirected networks, Ahmed F. Abdelzaher

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Narrative and the Reconfiguration of the Humanist Subject in Robbe-Grillet, Ballard, and Ligotti, Zachary L. Acosta-Lewis

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TESTING A LOW-INTENSITY AND ACCESSIBLE COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY FOR INSOMNIA (CBT-I) INTERVENTION IN INDIVIDUALS NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, Amma Agyemang

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Electric Field Controlled Strain Induced Switching of Magnetization of Galfenol Nanomagnets in Magneto-electrically Coupled Multiferroic Stack, Hasnain Ahmad

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free & content, Victoria M. Ahmadizadeh

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Fragmented Places, Saulat Ajmal

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INVESTIGATING THE MECHANISM OF THE COMPARTMENTALIZED CBP (CREB-BINDING PROTEIN) UBIQUITIN LIGASE ACTIVITIES, Oluwatoyin E. Akande

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FACTORS AFFECTING INSTITUTIONAL PERFORMANCE AT HIGH AND VERY HIGH RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES: POLICY IMPLICATIONS, Jose G. Alcaine

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Telomere Length in Women with Breast Cancer: A Longitudinal Study of their Relationship to Chemotherapy and Acquired Psychoneurological Symptoms, Areej Alhareeri

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THE EFFECT OF DEPTH ON DEVELOPMENT AND SEXUAL DIMORPHISM OF THE SONIC SYSTEM IN DEEP SEA NEOBYTHITINE FISHES: THE UPPER CONTINENTAL SLOPE, Heba Ali

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Role of free fatty acid receptors in the regulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels in the enteric glial and endocrine cells, reem M. alkahtani

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Fabricating Superhydrophobic and Superoleophobic Surfaces with Multiscale Roughness Using Airbrush and Electrospray, Karam N. Almilaji

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Sparse Signal Processing Based Image Compression and Inpainting, Rashwan M. Almshaal

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OPTIMIZING COBALT CARBIDE BASED NANOMATERIALS BY USING NUCLEATING AGENTS AND STATISTICAL ROUTES, Turki I. Almugaiteeb

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DIVERGENCE IN STAKEHOLDER PERCEPTIONS OF SECURITY POLICIES: A REPGRID ANALYSIS FOR NORM-RULE COMPLIANCE, Ahlam Almusharraf

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Is Your Student Fit For That College? A Study of the Factors That Contribute to Students’ Academic Performance in College, Abdulaziz A. Alotaibi

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Exploring Predictors of Teamwork Performance in an Interprofessional Education Setting, Danah Alsane and Patricia Slattum W. Slattum

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A Theoretical Simulation of the Settling of Proppants in a Hydraulic Fracturing Process, Nisreen Alseamr

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One of Us, Farrah T. Al Sulaiman

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CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC STUDY OF MUTANT INFLUENZA MATRIX (M1) PROTEIN AND AFFINITY STUDY OF SMALL MOLECULE INHIBITORS TOWARD M1 AND GROWTH FACTORS, Bashayer althufairi

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Adducins are Negative Regulators of Migration and Invasion of Normal Lung Epithelial Cells and Lung Cancer Cells, Parth Hitenbhai Amin and Parth Amin

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Stuart Davis's Early Theoretical Writing, 1918–1923: Realism, Cubism, and Dada, Timothy G. Andrus

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THE WATER IN BETWEEN: WHERE I AM AND WHERE I COME FROM, Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez

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Excerpts from After the Fire and Use Your Words, Patience Armstrong

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Write to Work: The Use and Importance of Writing as Perceived by Business Leaders, Clay Aschliman

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Magic at the Crossroads: the Rise of the Video Essay, Morganne Tinsley August

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Effects of Antidepressants on Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation on Clinically Relevant Titanium Surfaces, Nancy B. Ayad

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Involvement of Signal Peptidase I in Streptococcus sanguinis Biofilm Formation, Jessica Aynapudi

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PRACTICE, Morgan T. Babic

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Conditional Cardiac-Specific Akap13 Knockout Induces Sex Dependent Biventricular Dilated Cardiomyopathy with Sarcomeric and Mitochondrial Defects, Kimberlyn M. Baig-Ward