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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Collective Migration in Facial Branchiomotor Neurons, Jane K. Rebman

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Social Jetlag, Depressive Symptoms, and Longitudinal Outcomes in College Students, Morgan P. Reid

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Development of Bivalent Ligands Targeting the Putative Mu Opioid Receptor and Chemokine Receptor CXCR4 Heterodimer, Bethany A. Reinecke

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THE EFFICACY OF A FLUORIDE-CONTAINING ORTHODONTIC PRIMER IN PREVENTING DEMINERALIZATION, Alyssa G. Ricci

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Silver Sands, David Riley

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A Review of Government Financial Reporting Research Post-GASB 34 and Investigations of GASB 54 Fund Balances, Brent L. Roberts

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The Mountains at the End of the World: Subcultural Appropriations of Appalachia and the Hillbilly Image, 1990-2010, Paul L. Robertson

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Engineering of Earth-Abundant Electrochemical Catalysts, Dylan D. Rodene

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RESONANT ACOUSTIC WAVE ASSISTED SPIN-TRANSFER-TORQUE SWITCHING OF NANOMAGNETS, Austin R. Roe

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An Investigation of Neurological soft signs as a discriminating factor between Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and co-occurring Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and mild Traumatic Brain Injury, David J. Rothman

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The Effect of Repeated Opioid Dosing on the Gut Microbiome, Anne K. Rowe

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The Role of Psychosocial and Health Behavioral Factors in Pregnancy Induced Hypertension, Sylvia Sreeparna Rozario

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THE WALLS WE PUT UP - LONELINESS AND BELONGING IN URBAN CO-LIVING, Richard Rozewski

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The Evaluation of an Android Permission Management System Based on Crowdsourcing, Pulkit Rustgi

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The Impact of a Culturally Responsive Intervention on Perceived Career Barriers, Ethnic Identity, Student Motivation and Engagement, and Career Decision Making Self-Efficacy of Middle School Minority Females, Marsha L. Rutledge

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PREDICTORS OF EXPERIMENTAL AND CONTROL GROUP ATTENDANCE: FINDINGS FROM AN HIV/STD PREVENTION RCT WITH PREGNANT WOMEN AT RISK FOR SUBSTANCE USE, Jaclyn S. Sadicario

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Cell Type and Substrate Dependence of Fibronectin Properties and Mechanotransduction, Navpreet S. Saini

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Management of the Open Apex Using a Bioceramic Apical Barrier: Success and Survival Rates at Virginia Commonwealth University, Adam Sarnowski

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An Evaluation of Differences in Motivations to Receive Cervical Cancer Screening and Follow-Up Care between Black and White Women, Ashlee Sawyer

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The role of Syndecan-1 and extracellular vesicles in breast cancer brain metastasis, Megan R. Sayyad

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Using Latent Semantic Analysis to Evaluate the Coherence of Traumatic Event Narratives, Gabriella C. Scalzo

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A Teacher’s Adoption of Maker-Centered Learning: A Phenomenological Case Study, Michael L. Schad

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Regulation of cancer-specific miRNAs by MDA-7/IL-24, Danielle Scheunemann

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Genetic and environmental factors influence Drosophila ethanol sedation, Rebecca E. Schmitt

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The Role of Cellular Aging in the Regulation of Free Fatty Acid Induced Cellular Inflammation by Liver X Receptor Alpha, Charles S. Schwartz

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Effects of A Heroin Conjugate Vaccine on the Antinociceptive and Abuse-Related Effects of Heroin in Rats and Monkeys, Kathryn L. Schwienteck

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Mechanochemical Regulation of Epithelial Tissue Remodeling: A Multiscale Computational Model of the Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition Program, Lewis Scott

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Bantaba: Designing the Sacred Circle, Tashiara Scott

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Rottweiler Smile, Scott Selden

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The Implied Editor: A Theory of Craft and Poetics, Mary Selph

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Long-term Effects of Notch1 Signaling on Neural Stem Cells following Traumatic Brain Injury, Cruz Sevilla Jr

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Arab Americanesque, Hannah W. Shaban

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An Introduction to Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics, Vincent R. Siggia

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Facilitative and competitive tradeoffs between Morella cerifera seedlings and coastal grasses, Michael N. Sinclair

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Restoration of Contractile Protein Expression and Colonic Smooth Muscle Function by Hydrogen Sulfide in DMD Mice, Kulpreet Singh

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TEACHING ABOUT RACIALLY DIVERSE ARTISTS AND CULTURES, Hannah Sions

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A cross-cultural examination of the relations among Parkinson’s disease impairments, caregiver burden and mental health, and family dynamics in Mexico and the United States, Erin Smith

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Alcohol Use and Drinking Motives in Bereaved Undergraduates, Laura J. Smith

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A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF THE STRESS-BUFFERING EFFECTS OF ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS ON ALCOHOL OUTCOMES IN COLLEGE STUDENTS EXPOSED TO TRAUMA, Rebecca L. Smith

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Do sluggish cognitive tempo symptoms improve with school-based ADHD interventions? Outcomes and predictors of change., Zoe Smith

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Indirectly Affect Child Telomere Length Through Self-Regulation, David Sosnowski

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Forecast Combination with Multiple Models and Expert Correlations, David P. Soule

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Always Already Imprisoned: The Panoptic Power of Capitalism in American Literature, 1900-1940, Andrew Spencer

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Perception of Patient Cooperation Among Dentist, Guardian, and Child, Cole A. Staines DDS

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Methods for Joint Normalization and Comparison of Hi-C data, John C. Stansfield

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Factors that influence mental health services utilization by children who have experienced adversity, Mary B. Stebbins

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Structural Determinants of High Potency MDPV Inhibition of the Dopamine Transporter, Tyler Steele

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Explosive Residue Transfer from Various Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Render Safe Procedures (RSP), Joseph A. Stein

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Using Lipidomics to Characterize the Inflammatory Mechanisms in Sepsis and Pre-Eclampsia, Daniel Stephenson

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Untitled Unknown, Taylor Simone Stewart

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Targeting Sphingosine Kinase 2 as a Treatment for Cholangiocarcinoma, Anthony D. Stillman

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The Application of Index Based, Region Segmentation, and Deep Learning Approaches to Sensor Fusion for Vegetation Detection, David L. Stone

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Toward Liveness: The Polytemporality of Performance Objects, Tracy Stonestreet

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Between the Lines, Yu Su

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ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF CATHODE MATERIALS IN LITHIUM ION BATTERIES, John M. Swanlund

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A Miraculous Deliverance: An Adaptation Through Historical Criticism and Feminist Theory, Mariah Taghavie-Moghadam

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CONSTRUCTION AND VALIDATION OF A NON-MEDICAL USE OF PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS OUTCOME EXPECTANCIES SCALE AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS IN CHINA, Cheuk Chi Tam

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Tone and Texture, Leather and Lace : A Case for Making Strong Choices in the Costume Design for The Three Musketeers., Emily L. Tappan

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Fluvastatin and microRNA-146a alter interleukin-33 mediated mast cell functions., Marcela Taruselli

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Developmental Dynamics of Students' Perceptions of Classroom Practices, their Identity, and Academic Engagement, Krystal R. Thomas

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DETERMINATION OF OPTIMAL PARAMETER ESTIMATES FOR MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS IN HUMAN METABOLISM AND INFLAMMATION, Marcella Torres

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AT THE TABLE; AN INVESTIGATION OF HOW GROWING, COOKING, AND SHARING FOOD TOGETHER CAN BRING A WEALTH OF BENEFITS, Angeline M. Troilo

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Leadership Influence and Organizational Culture Influence in Private Schools: A Comparative Multiple Case Study on the Relationship between Organizational Culture and Strategic Leadership, Julia E. Tucker-Lloyd

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William Bernard Cooke, George Cooke, and J.M.W. Turner: Business of the Topographical Print Series, Saskia C. Turpijn

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MODULATION OF AUTOPHAGY AND SENESCENCE TO ENHANCE THE RESPONSE TO THERAPY IN TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER, Liliya Tyutyunyk-Massey

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Impacts of Gender-Based Violence and Harassment on Graduate Student Academic Functioning, Jennifer W. Underwood

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Elaborations on Multiattribute Utility Theory Dominance, David L. Vairo

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Characterizing the Cellular Nature of the Physical Interactions Necessary for Collective Neuron Migration, Rebecca Vareed

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"Milk River" And Stories, Katherine Johanna Vatter

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ERalpha isoforms modulate the tumorigenicity of 24R,25(OH)2D3 in estrogen-responsive cancer, Anjali Verma

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Role of SARM1 in Chronic Immune-Mediated Central Nervous System Inflammation, Kenneth E. Viar II

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Molecular Targets of Psychedelics and Their Role in Behavioral Models of Hallucinogenic Action, Hiba Z. Vohra

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MECHANISMS UNDERLYING PRODUCTION STABILITY IN TEMPERATE DECIDUOUS FORESTS, Shea B. Wales

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ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN ETHNIC-RACIAL IDENTITY, FAMILY FACTORS AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS AMONG DIVERSE EMERGING ADULTS, Chloe Walker

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Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Hospital Value-Based Purchasing: Investigating Provider Responses to Incentives, Lauryn Walker

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Factors influencing parental care and home range size of a monomorphic species, the Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), L. Abigail Walter

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ASSESSING THE DEGREE OF ACCESS TO URBAN PUBLIC PARKS FOR OLDER ADULTS IN THE VILLAGES METROPOLITAN AREA OF FLORIDA, 2017, Yingsong Wang

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Graphic Content Warning; Personal and Political Traumas, Emily K. Wardell

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Just the Basics: A Guide Through Stagecraft, Cynthia L. Warren

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Effects of geometry and phase on material damage response under high-speed impact, Rachel Waxman

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The Efficacy of a Group Visual Art Bereavement Intervention with Older Adults, Rachel E. Weiskittle

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This Must Be the Place, Eve White

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Some Intuition behind Large Cardinal Axioms, Their Characterization, and Related Results, Philip A. White

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Drawing As Language, Rebecca B. Whitson

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Capitalist Reproduction in Schooling: The social control of marginalized students through zero tolerance policies, Mary K. Wickline

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Searching for Clean Observables in $B -> D* /tau- \bar{\nu}_{\tau}$ Decays, Michael D. Williams Jr.

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Nigga Is Historical: This Is Not An Invitation For White People To Say Nigga, Sandy Williams IV

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EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP OF ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT ON EARLY CAREER SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS’ RETENTION DECISIONS, Cassandra B. Willis

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Examining Relationships among Body Image, Sexuality, and Sexual Functioning in Women with Cervical and Endometrial Cancer, Christina Wilson

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Tundra (Novel Excerpt), Sophia M. Wiltrout

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Motivational Interviewing in a Team-Based Wellness Clinic: Perceptions and Fidelity, Jodi M. Winship

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Death by Water, Bennett G. Winters

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REGENERATIVE POTENTIAL OF MESENCHYMAL STEM CELL DERIVED EXOSOMES, Andrew P. Wong

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Electrochemical Separation of Multivalent Species on a Liquid Bismuth Cathode in LiCl-KCl Eutectic for Used Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing, Michael Woods

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UNDERSTANDING STRUCTURE-ACTIVITY RELATIONSHIP OF SYNTHETIC CATHINONES (BATH SALTS) UTILIZING METHYLPHENIDATE, Barkha J. Yadav

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Electric Load Forecasting Using Long Short-term Memory Algorithm, Tianshu Yang

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ENGINEERING THE ALVEOLAR GAS EXCHANGE BARRIER WITH EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX COATINGS FOR BIOENGINEERED LUNGS, Bethany M. Young

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Proteinic Geontopower, agustine zegers

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The Effect of Change in Medi-Cal Dental Coverage on Dental Care Utilization Among Medi-Cal Beneficiaries, Min H. Zhang

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Parallel Narrative: Short-Video Social Media Platforms’ Influences on Contemporary Narrative, Ruiqi Zhang