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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Validation of the 4-Aminophenol Chemical Test and Analytical Testing Scheme to Distinguish Marijuana and Hemp, Kenna Lewis

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Hospital Investment in Urgent Care: Impacts on Emergent, Outpatient, and Ambulatory Surgery Volumes, Hillary A. Linhart

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Machine Girl, Yutong Liu

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THREE STUDIES OF RESEARCH-BASED PEDAGOGY IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY: Development of a ZnO Thin Film Experiment, Analysis of Student Discourse by Graph Theory and Cognitive Engagement, Building a Physical Chemistry Faculty Network., Dilhara Liyanage

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Reducing Material Attractiveness Utilizing Pu-238 and U-232, Cody Lloyd

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Social Learning Theory and Digital Piracy: Explaining Uploading Behaviors of Digital Pirates, Cydney J. Lowenstein

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Moving Parts, Andrew Lowrie

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Staying Current in Patient Care: How Physicians in Medically Underserved Areas Gain Knowledge for Health Care Decision-Making, Irene M. Lubker

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The Effect of Virtual Reality Glasses on the Behavior of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Dental Setting, Robert Lunka

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Amixicile as a novel antimicrobial treatment for periodontitis: A pilot study in the non-human primate, Macaca mulatta, Denver J. Lyons

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Anti-Tumor Functions of Sphingosine Kinase 1 and Sphingosine Kinase 2 in Breast Cancer Development, Melissa A. Maczis

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Development of an Anatomically and Electrically Conductive Brain Phantom for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Hamzah A. Magsood Virginia Commonwealth University

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THE EFFECT OF INTERMITTENT THETA BURST STIMULATION ON BICEPS CORTICOMOTOR EXCITABILITY IN NON-IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH TETRAPLEGIA, Blaize Majdic

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Jazz, Improvisation & the Importance of Collaboration, Laurie Marcotte

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Negative Urgency As A Risk Factor For Intimate Partner Aggression: The Untold Story of Maladaptive Interpersonal Emotion Regulation, Alexandra M. Martelli

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A meta-analysis investigating the correlation between treatment integrity and youth client outcomes, Ruben G. Martinez

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Multicultural Literature in the Elementary Classroom: A Comparison of Traditional and Dual Language Classroom Teachers, Virginia Massaro

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Non-Invasive Retrieval of Prefabricated Zirconia Crowns with Er,Cr:YSGG Laser from Primary and Permanent Teeth, Connor W. McCall DDS

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Martian Mother, Elizabeth McGrady

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Community Reentry and Juvenile Justice: The Role of Developmental Science in Legislative Decision-Making, Kristina A. McGuire

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Phenotype Extraction: Estimation and Biometrical Genetic Analysis of Individual Dynamics, Kevin L. McKee

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Signaling Mechanism Responsible for 5-HT2A Receptor Tolerance to Psychedelic Induced Head-Twitch Behavior in Mice, Audrey R. McMurtrie

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Molecular and Behavioral Mechanisms Mediated Paclitaxel-Induced Changes in Affect-Like Behavior in Mice, Julia Meade

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The Design of a New Vaginal Applicator for Direction Modulated Brachytherapy (DMBT) Using GEANT4 Monte Carlo Simulation Code, Moeen Meftahi

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Otherness, Feixue Mei

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Interspecific gene flow potentiates adaptive evolution in a hybrid zone formed between Pinus strobiformis and Pinus flexilis, Mitra Menon

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Transforming Trauma: Performing the Works of William Shakespeare as Rehabilitation for Incarcerated Individuals, Elyssa Mersdorf

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Assessing the Role of Planar Cell Polarity Protein Ptk7 in Axon Pathfinding of Spinal Commissural Neurons, Joseph Paul Miano

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Development of a Torque-Based Device for the Quantification of Arm Rigidity in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Georgina O. Miller

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Development of an Untargeted Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) Method for the Detection of Drugs in Wastewater, Samuel A. Miller

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Library by Day, Theater by Night, Julia Moncure Jones Mishler

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Is direct transport to a level I trauma center associated with better outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury compared to patients that are transferred to trauma level I from other hospitals, Narad Mishra

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Non-destructive, Rapid Differentiation of Cell Types Relevant to Sexual Assault Investigations Utilizing Morphological and Autofluorescence Signatures, Taylor R. Moldenhauer

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Characterizing A20 function in periodontal tissue homeostasis, Erin Mooney

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A Critical Examination of Secondary Teachers’ Perceptions of Liberatory PD, Christine C. Moore

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PREY BEGINS WITH PLAY, Seren C. Moran

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Constraints on Phytoplankton Abundance and Cyanotoxin Production in the Tidal Freshwater James River, Brittany Ann Moretz

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A Girl is a Girl is a Girl, Paige Lizbeth Morris

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Self-Efficacy of Endorsed and Nonendorsed Elementary Teachers of Gifted Students in STEM Education, Lianna L. Moss-Everhart

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Multi-label classification models for heterogeneous data: an ensemble-based approach., Jose Maria Moyano Murillo

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In vivo effects of the CB1 allosteric modulator LDK1258, a structural analog of ORG-27569, Mohammed A. Mustafa

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MEF2-BOUND GENES MAY INFLUENCE ETHANOL SEDATION IN DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER, Katlyn M. Myers

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A Comparison of Three-Dimensional Printing Technologies on the Precision, Trueness, and Accuracy of Printed Retainers, Owais A. Naeem

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Entitled versus Untitled, Johana Nasreen

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CHARACTERIZING GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN AND GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN-OLIGO INTERACTIONS WITH CANCER STEM CELLS AND THEIR REGULATORS, Rahaman Navaz Gangji

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The Quantified Elf, Umico Niwa

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Synthesis of Supported Metal Nanoparticles on High Surface Area Supports for Application in Energy Conversion and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Nazgol Norouzi

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Targeting NRF1 and DDI2 to potentiate proteasome inhibitor cytotoxicity in cancer, Amy Northrop

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The gamma-globin Repressors KLF1, BCL11A, and MBD2: Knowledge Gaps in the Literature, Lauren Nufer

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Application of Optical Trapping to Obtain Single-Source STR Profiles from Forensically Relevant Body Fluid Mixtures with Modified DNA Analysis Workflow, Benjamin J. O'Brien

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Predictors of Mental Health Need and Treatment in Safety Net Primary Care, Kristen O'Loughlin

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Epigenetic alterations at synaptic plasticity genes in a genetically heterogeneous rat model of neuropsychiatric disorders, Doan M. On

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Integrated Multiple Adaptive Design Involving Sample Size Re-Estimation and (Covariate-Adjusted) Response-Adaptive Randomization for Continuous and Binary Outcomes, Christine M. Orndahl

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Behavior Change Techniques to Promote Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: A Theory-Based Meta-Analysis, Caroline A. Orr

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The Future in the Instant: Time as the essence of dramatic tension in Shakespeare's plays and their contemporary stage appropriations, Amalia Oswald

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Social capital and the higher education academic achievement of American students: A cross-classified multilevel model approach to understanding the impact of society on educational outcomes, Olubowale Emiola Oyefuga

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Separate and Unequal: Latinx Access, Enrollment and Completion of AP coursework in the State of Virginia, Virginia Elizabeth Palencia

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Evaluation of Smear Layer Dissolution by Alternative Chelating Solutions, Raymond Pandez

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Development and Validation of Predictive Risk and Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis Models to Evaluate Cardiovascular Outcomes Among Cancer Patients, Purva N. Parab

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Parakupa Vena - Fall From the Highest Point, Mariana Parisca Englert

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Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase type II (CaMKII) regulates histone methylation to promote zebrafish hematopoietic stem cell specification, Sanyam Patel

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Recovery from visual dysfunction following mild traumatic brain injury is associated with adaptive reorganization of retinal inputs to lateral geniculate nucleus in the mouse model utilizing central fluid percussion injury., Vishal C. Patel

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Biopsychosocial Variables Associated with the Development of Chronic Low Back Pain in Healthcare Workers, Jena Pauli

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Teachers' Attitudes Toward the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom in a Rural School District, Robin M. Pelt

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Development of a Screening Assay for Type III Secretion System Inhibitors and High Throughput Screening Campaign of Inhibitors of PRP of Staphylococcus aureus, Heather A. Pendergrass

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Platform and Place: The Digitization of Gift Economies, Sara A. Peters

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Come and Get Your Capital, Sis: The Use of Twitter to Compensate for Gendered and Racialized Job Networks among Creatives, Sasha A. Pierre- Louis

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Competing Models of Exposure to Community Violence Among Urban Youth: Dimensional Versus Person-Centered Approaches, Sarah K. Pittman

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A Comparison of Computer- and Interviewer-Administered Measures to Identify Heavy/Problem Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Primary Care Patients, David J. Pomm

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Analysis of Pellet Patterns and GSR Produced from Judge Taurus Revolvers, Donald Poon

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Implementation of a Hierarchical, Embedded, Cyber Attack Detection System for SPI Devices on Unmanned Aerial Systems, Jeremy J. Price

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The Role of Manganese in Streptococcus sanguinis, Tanya M. Puccio

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Fool's Rest, Aidan Quinlan

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A Density Functional Theory Study of Palladium Nanoparticles and Their Redox Properties on Graphene, Billie A. Radcliffe

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OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY AND THEORETICAL MODELLING OF CARRIER DYNAMICS IN GROUP-IV ALLOY QUANTUM DOTS, Rahnuma Rahman

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An Online Mindfulness Training for Improved Eudaimonic Well-Being and Sleep Outcomes in Caregivers: A Preliminary Study, Tarah L. Raldiris

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Mathematical models of cellular signaling and supramolecular self-assembly, Pratip Rana

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Prediction of Minimum Postmortem Submersion Interval (PMSImin) Based on Eukaryotic Community Succession on Skeletal Remains Recovered from Aquatic Environments, Sala Randall

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A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF THE INFLUENCE OF A STEM CAREER PLANNING COURSE AND PERCEIVED STRESS ON CAREER SEARCH SELF-EFFICACY AND RETENTION IN ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, Autumn Randell

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What Happens When Cross-Sector Partnerships Are Mandated? Analyzing Trust through a Transaction Cost Approach, Vanessa Hubbard Rastberger Dr

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Biophysical Characterization of MphR(A) and a Novel Clarithromycin Selective MphR(A), Megan R. Reed

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Effects of (R,S)-ketamine and (2R,6R)-hydroxynorketamine: a preclinical study, Remington Rice

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Plant-pollinator associations in an eastern serpentine savannah and the effects of overbrowsing, Allyson Richins

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The Role of Receptive Reasoning in the Development of Intellectual Humility, Cathryn Richmond

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EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX NANOPARTICLES EFFECTS ON THE LUNG IN VIVO, Brittaney E. Ritchie

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From Small Beginnings to Large-Scale Harm: On Demagoguery and Misogyny in the Classroom and Writing Center, Shannon Roberson

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Examining Body Mass Index and Sepsis Mortality at One Year After Sepsis, Jamie D. Robinson

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Modeling the Evolution of Barrier Islands, Greg Robson

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Zero-inflated longitudinal mixture model for stochastic radiographic lung compositional change following radiotherapy of lung cancer, Viviana A. Rodríguez Romero

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Chupa Chuparosas y Chupacabras, Ruben U. Rodriguez

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EXPLORING WHETHER CONTEXTUAL FACTORS RELATE TO THE HOPED-FOR AND FEARED POSSIBLE SELVES OF LATINX YOUTH, Stephanie M. Romo

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Fabrication and Characterization of Multicomponent Gradients Containing Weakly Acidic and Basic Functional Groups, Kallol Roy

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Characterizing patterns of cannabis use and related health effects among young adults using ecological momentary assessment, Alyssa Rudy

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Robert Catherine, Sarah Nelson Rupp

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Assessing the feasibility of freshwater mussel restoration in urban streams., John-Reid Ryan and Paul Bukaveckas

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Sleep Behaviors and Thoughts as Links Between Social Rhythmicity and Mental Health Outcomes, Sahar Sabet

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Improving Grid Hosting Capacity and Inertia Response with High Penetration of Renewable Generation, Hamidreza Sadeghian

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SPARSITY AND WEAK SUPERVISION IN QUANTUM MACHINE LEARNING, Seyran Saeedi

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A LONGITUDINAL TEST OF MEXICAN TEEN MOTHERS’ CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS AND CHILDREN’S LANGUAGE SKILLS VIA MOTHERS’ LANGUAGE, Arlenis A. Santana

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Mass Grave Localization Prediction with Geographical Information Systems in Guatemala and Future Impacts, Perla Santillan