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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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Minimal Sets, Union-Closed Families, and Frankl's Conjecture, Christopher S. Flippen

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Effects of HIV-1 Tat and opiates on gene regulation of oligodendrocyte lineage cells: Identification of Myrf as a novel target, Kelly M. Flounlacker

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Social Support and Transformational Leadership Behaviors of Frontline Nurse Managers, Jihane Frangieh

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TGIF1 physiological levels limit β-cell distress and neonatal diabetes, Creighton J. Friend

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Anti-Immigration-Related Stressors and Latine Immigrant Well-being: The Role of Family & Community Resilience, Lisa S. Fuentes

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Correlates of Current Tobacco Use Among Cancer Survivors: Examining the Role of Posttraumatic Growth and Family Conflict, Kendall Fugate-Laus

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Probing the Porphyromonas gingivalis Nitrosative Stress Response Network, Alexandra Galina

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PROTACs – A Novel and Rapidly Developing Field of Targeted Protein Degradation, Hannah R. Gatley

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Integrative post-GWAS analyses of psychiatric disorders: Identifying putative risk genes and gene sets using transcriptome, proteome and methylome information, Huseyin Gedik

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Underrepresentation of Black Participants in Drug Court: Reasons Reported for Non-Admission in Six Jurisdictions, Kathryn J. Genthon

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A Combined Instructor-Led and Student Self-Led Debriefing Method to Enhance Non-Technical Skills in Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists: An Educational Intervention Pilot Study, Renee George

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Investigating the impact of acute postoperative pain on alcohol consumption in mouse models., Sofia M. Ghani

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Design, Fabrication, and Evaluation of a Novel Universal Micropipette: A Modular Pipetting Device with Focus on the Individual Approach to Ergonomic Design Principles, Sean P. Gimber

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INTERSECT- On the corner of Princess Anne and William, Madison M. Goff

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Investigating the Role of Monoacylglycerol Lipase in Sickle Cell Disease Chronic Pain, Kennedy N. Goldsborough

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A Prevention Strategy for Children Receiving Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation Under General Anesthesia: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Jessica Gonzalez

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Real-Time Motion Controller for Human-Robot Teams utilizing Artificial Potential Fields, Gabriella Graziani

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MODERATORS OF RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH ADHD: INTEGRATING PERSONAL AND CONTEXTUAL FACTORS, Cathrin D. Green

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The Integration of a Language-Based Approach to Content Instruction’s Six Cs of Support for Scaffolding into Civics Curriculum, Jia Gui

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Well-Being from Home to Work: The Role of Mindfulness, Alisha Gupta

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Poly(TFEMA) Surface Coating Applied on Perovskite Thin Films using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide., Kasey Handy

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The evaluation of an ad hoc device and alternative materials for an improved neonatal oral fluid collection device to monitor drug exposure, Ashley M. Harris

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DRUG REPURPOSING FOR THE TREATMENT OF ALCOHOL USE, Omar E. Hassan

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Applications of Urban Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (uLESA) in Chesterfield County, Virginia, Emily Hastings

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ROLE OF THE ORMDLS IN KERATINOCYTES, Souad Hatmi

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Initial Psychometric Evaluation of an Observer-Rated Measure of Shared Decision Making Practices in Youth Psychotherapy, Jennifer LC Herbst

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Mechanistic insight into traumatic brain injury induced neuronal membrane disruption: Cathepsin B relocalization and a NeuN negative cortical neuron subpopulation, Martina L. Hernandez

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WiFi Sensing at the Edge Towards Scalable On-Device Wireless Sensing Systems, Steven M. Hernandez

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Examining Genetically-Informed Etiologic Models of Co-Occurring Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Recreational Cannabis Use among College Students, Terrell A. Hicks

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An Introduction to Theatrical Scent Design as Compared to Traditional Design Areas with a Consideration for the Scientifically Notated Physical and Emotional Effects on the Human body as it Potentially Relates to Future Creative Endeavors: A Framework, Katherine R. Holland

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Improving the Flexibility and Robustness of Machine Tending Mobile Robots, Richard Ethan Hollingsworth

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INCORPORATING NOH TRAINING INTO CONTEMPORARY WESTERN THEATRE: AN EXAMINATION OF THE BENEFITS TO IMPLEMENTING NOH THEATRE AND SUZUKI TRAINING INTO WESTERN PERFORMANCE PEDAGOGY, Baylee A. Holloran

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Characterizing 3-O-Sulfation-Induced Novel Compact Topologies in Heparan Sulfate and Their Interactions with Proteins, Samuel Holmes

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Electronic Cigarette Liquid Components and Their Impact on Impairment Investigations, Alaina Holt

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Black racial identity and externalizing symptoms: The regulatory role of dyadic relationships, Sultan A. Hubbard

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The Women Who Weren't Brave, Kayleigh E. Hughes

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Molecular Mechanisms of Prdm16 as a Tumor Suppressor in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma, Eric Hurwitz

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Innovations in Drop Shape Analysis using Deep Learning and Solving the Young-Laplace Equation for an Axisymmetric Pendant Drop, Andres P. Hyer

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Nanoporous Bimetallic and Composite Electrodes for Electrochemical Applications Including Potentiometry, Md Shafiul Islam

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Studying gene function in Streptococcus sanguinis using RNA-Sequencing analysis, Ahmed Ismail

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RISK AND RESILIENCE: AN EXPLORATION OF ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES, PROTECTIVE FACTORS, AND INTERNALIZING SYMPTOMS IN BLACK YOUTH, Irene A. Jacobs

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Novel role for Serine Palmitoyltransferase 3 (SPTLC3) in liver mitochondrial dysfunction, Maryam Jamil

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MOLECULAR TARGET AND CIRCUITRY UNDERLYING THE PRECLINICAL EFFECTS OF PSYCHEDELICS IN MODELS OF OPIOID USE DISORDER, Alaina M. Jaster

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Advancing our understanding on the role of Bromodomain PHD-Finger Transcription Factor (BPTF) in Cancer through the Analysis of Publicly Available Databases., Preksha Jerajani

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Portable Robotic Navigation Aid for the Visually Impaired, Lingqiu Jin

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THE IMPACT OF HIV-1 TAT AND MORPHINE ON SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF DRUGS IN THE BRAIN., Austin M. Jones

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One Millionth, Kayla Jones

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The Environment of Interprofessional Education in Graduate Education: Exploring Professional Programs of Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy, Allison R. Kaczmarek

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I'm not Sure it was a Hoopoe or a Decanter, ALI KAEINI

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Understanding The Role of a Regional Magnet School in Creative Identity Development of Ethnically and Culturally Diverse Adolescents: A Case Study, Preeti Kamat

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The Effect of Emoji and Social Influence on Intervention for Misinformation on Social Media, Seonjun Kang

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A Learning Health System for Radiation Oncology, Rishabh Kapoor

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Mitigation of Nicotine Reward and Withdrawal by the N-Acyl Amino Acids: N-Oleoyl Glycine and N-Oleoyl Alanine, Kimberly Karin

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Practice Elements Delivered by Teachers to Support Children Who Display Challenging Behaviors in Business-as-Usual Early Childhood Settings, Navneet Kaur

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One Mean Gene: How P2X3 Makes Asthma Worse in Women, Sydney Kee

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ADApting Higher Education: Revamping Curricula for the Inclusion of Theatre Students with Disabilities, Kevin Kemler

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High-throughput Screening of ncAA Incorporation in in-vitro Translation using Rapid Fluorescence Emission Assessment with Affinity Clamp Protein, gianna Kerestesy

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Refashioning Style from the Outside-In: A Pakistani Diasporic Response, Sidra Sohail Khawaja

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Access to HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment Services in the US: The Role of Primary Care, Jessica S. Kiernan

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Development of Tangible Code Blocks for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Hyun Woo Kim

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INVESTIGATION OF THE OUTER SURFACE PROTEIN, BBK19, AS A POTENTIAL COMPONENT OF A CHIMERIC ANTIGEN FOR DIAGNOSIS OF HUMAN LYME DISEASE, Caellaigh N. Kimpston

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Asymmetric CuH-catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Allenamides with Carbonyl Electrophiles & Development of Nanocatalysts for Heterogeneously Catalyzed Buchwald-Hartwig Amination, Raphael K. Klake

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Psychiatric Diagnostic Decision-Making: Investigating the Theory of the Dual-Process Model, Christopher S. Kleva

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Romantic Nostalgia: Examining the Motivational and Relational Outcomes, Margaret Kneuer

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The hepatic immunological pattern shaped by dominant-subdominant cellular interactions creates a collective function beyond the function of each cellular constituent to orchestrate progression of hepatocellular carcinoma, Nicholas J. Koelsch

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Seeing Themselves: White Preservice Teachers as Raced Individuals and as Members of Their Future School Communities, Laurie Koth

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Characterizing the role of SPTLC3 and CerS5 in cardiac disease, Anna P. Kovilakath

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Selected Problems in Graph Coloring, Hudson LaFayette

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Using Superatomic Clusters and Charge Transfer Ligands to Control Electronic Characteristics of Phosphorene Nanoribbons and Phosphorene Monolayer, Ryan Lambert

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ACTIVITY LEVELS OF DIFFERENT CELL TYPES IN AN EPILEPTOGENIC MODEL OF CORTICAL MICROGYRIA: A cFOS INVESTIGATION, Peter F. Lamothe

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Trans* Streamers on Twitch.tv: The Intersections of Gender and Digital Labor, R. Lawson

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Using Unnatural Base Pairs to Expand the Genetic Code, Anthony Le

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Interiorization and Localization: An Analysis of Immigration Enforcement in Local Contexts, Manuel N. Leiva

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Model Based Systems Engineering Approaches to Chemicals and Materials Manufacturing, Quang Le

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Community on Campus: Examining the Impact of Campus Climate, Belonging, and Flourishing on Bystander Behavior Among Diverse University Students, Amelia Liadis

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Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the United States, Sarah Lineberry

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The Type IV Pilus Secretin BfpB: Structural Analysis and Binding Interactions, Janay I. Little

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Natural Hazard Uncertainty Characterization and Risk Assessment for Pressurized Water Reactor Safety Based on System Level Reactor Safety Analysis Models, Tao Liu

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Investigating the Effect of Monetary Incentives and Cultural Factors on Whistleblowing, Yelin Li

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half of two hungers, Aida A. Lizalde Rios

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Transcriptional coregulation among diabetes-associated pathways by genome organization, Musaddiq K. Lodi

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M-TRAP(Multi-tagged translating affinity purification) A toolkit to profile cell-cells interactions, neha Lohar

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Examining the Home Interventionist Model of Care in Pediatric Asthma, Katherine D. Lohr

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Investigating the Dynamics and Fragmentation of Nitroaromatic Radical Cations Through Femtosecond Time-Resolved Mass Spectrometry and Computational Chemistry, Hugo Andres Lopez Pena

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Treatment Access and Outcomes for Craniofacial Care: Patient and Parent Perspectives, Benjamin F. Lowe III

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The Effect of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on Perineuronal Nets Surrounding Neocortical Parvalbumin Interneurons, Olivia Lowman

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Code Beats - Teaching Computer Programming Coding via Hip Hop Beats, Douglas Lusa Krug

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The Lived Experience of Postpartum Sleep for Black and White Women, Ashley R. MacPherson

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Advancing Library-Based Drug Discovery via Sense Codon Reassignment and Bicyclization of Cell-Penetrating Peptides, Chelsea A. Makovsky

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Evaluating the Acute Effect of Vaping on Food Intake, Gabrielle Maldonado

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Statistical Analysis and Socio-Epidemiological Research of Organ Donor Transplants and End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States., supraja malladi

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WHO AM I TO BE: EXPLORATIONS OF STUDENTS’ ARTISTIC IDENTITY THROUGH AN MFA PROGRAM, Catherine P. Malone

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Exploring Polyamorous Relationship Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Pansexual Individuals, Jiale Man

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Evaluating the influence of concurrently available non-drug reinforcers on drug reinforcement using sophisticated preclinical models of substance use disorder, Madison M. Marcus

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Assessing the Relationships Between Direct and Vicarious Exposure to Healthcare Discrimination and Erasure, Mistrust in Healthcare, and the Healthcare Utilization Behaviors Among Transgender and Gender Independent Individuals, Kyle L. Mason

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Patterns, Mechanisms, and Characterization of Carbon Cycling Stability Following Partial Forest Disturbance, Kayla C. Mathes

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A sustainable ultrafiltration of sub-20 nm nanoparticles in water and isopropanol: experiments, theory and machine learning, Jie McAtee

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Food Deserts and Pediatric Oral Health Status in an Under-Resourced Urban Community, Jessica T. McAuliffe

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With a Kiss, Christina M. McBride

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Investigations in the semi-strong product of graphs and bootstrap percolation, Kevin J. McCall