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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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SPAG17 is Important for Protein Trafficking in Mammalian Spermiogenesis, Virali Bhagat

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Electric field control of fixed magnetic Skyrmions for energy efficient nanomagnetic memory, Dhritiman Bhattacharya

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E-liquid Exposure Causes Multiple Cardiovascular Defects in Xenopus laevis Embryos, James E. Black III

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Predators and Principles: Think Tank Influence, Media Visibility, and Political Partisanship, Timothy Beryl Bland

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(Re)forming and (Re)fusing the Sub-divided Self, Laura Boban

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Aerospace Materials, Vehicle Shape and Astronaut Position at Lowering the Whole Body Effective Dose Equivalent in Deep Space, Daniel K. Bond

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Investigations of Graphene-Supported Single-Atom Catalyst Model Ions in the Gas Phase, Michael Borrome

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Credit the Parents? The Impact of Racial Socialization on African American Students’ Stress-Related Coping and College Adjustment, Briana Bouldin

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Food park, Houria Boumzairig

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Bidirectional Associations Between Passive and Active Technology Use and Sleep: A Longitudinal Examination in Young Adolescents with and without ADHD, Elizaveta Bourchtein

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Black Women and Body Image: Implications of the Racialized Beauty Aesthetic, Rachel L. Boutte

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Teacher Approaches to Women’s History, Gender, and Feminism in Secondary Social Studies, Kimberly R. Bowman

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Sphingolipids in cancer health disparities and as prospective targets for cancer therapy, April E. Boyd

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Estimating Response Status in Sequential Multiple Assignment (SMAR)-like Trials, Keighly Bradbrook

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State Economic Development: Analyzing the Moderating Effects of Business Climate on Economic Growth, Sean A. Brazier Virginia Commonwealth University

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Effects of a Self-Advocacy Intervention on the Abilities of College Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Request Academic Accommodations, Katherine R. Brendli

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The Relationship between Access to School Counseling and Students’ Attainment and Persistence in Postsecondary and STEM Education Outcomes, Dana Brookover

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Grave Goods | Pentimento: Essays, Katherine Mooney Brooks

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Examining the Role of Racial Discrimination in Obesity Treatment Disparities among African American Emerging Adult Women, Kristal Brown

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Port to World, Samuel M. Brown

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A Meisner Warm-Up: Advancing the Technique, Andrew Bryce

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The Origin and Evolution of Flower Characters in Angiosperms with a Case Study on the Genetic Basis of Zygomorphic Corolla Development in Bee and Hummingbird Pollinated Species of Schizanthus (Solanaceae), Ghadeer Bukhari

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An Intuitive Eating Intervention for College Women With Disordered Eating: Evaluating Two Accessible and Affordable Approaches, Carolyn B. Burnette

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Empathic Anger and Personal Anger in Response to Fairness Violations: Relations to Self and Other-Oriented Motivation and Behavior, Athena H. Cairo

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Effects of Regulatory T Cell-Modified Extracellular Matrix on Tumor Cell Survival and Mesenchymal Properties, Taylor Calicchia

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Exosomes as Systemic Mediators of Nanotube Induced Neurotoxicity, Christopher G. Canal

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A MULTISITE STUDY OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN LATIN AMERICA: LONGITUDINAL MEDITATIONAL MODEL OF FAMILY DYNAMICS, COPING, AND HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE, Annahir N. Cariello

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A Qualitative Analysis of Caregiver Goals for Urban Children with and without Asthma, Megan M. Carlson

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DNA Analysis and the Postmortem Submersion Interval from the Microbiome of Waterlogged Sus scrofa Skeletal Remains, Claire Cartozzo

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Reaction profiling of extracellular protein phosphorylation through a microfluidic reactor coupled with Raman Spectroscopy, Abigail Casey

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Failing In My Own Class, Bryan Castro

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...And Yet the Devil Exists, John Hee Taek Chae

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Comparing Parent-report and Performance-based Measures of Vestibular Processing, Elisha D. Chambers

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Quality of Medical Care for Adults With Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Priya Chandan

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FEASIBILITY AND ACCEPTABILITY OF FOCUSED BREATHING FOR MANAGEMENT OF ANXIETY IN PARKINSON’S DISEASE, Susan K. Chandler

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The Influence of Breeding Density on Female Aggression, Parental Care, and Ornamentation in a Secondary-Cavity Nesting Warbler, Elsa B. Chen

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An Identification of TGF-B's Role in Ischemic Cholangiopathy, Courtney Chmielewski

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Investigating the role of oncogene C-terminal Binding Protein (CtBP) in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma, Kranthi Kumar Chougoni

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University Hackathons: Managerialism, Gamification, and the Foreclosure of Creativity, Anthony L. Clary

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The Bellamy and Shoot For The Stars, Matthew K. Clingempeel

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Children’s Participation Rights in Child Welfare Systems: Identifying Opportunities for Implementation, Anna M. Cody

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The Influence of Peers on Adolescents' Physical Aggression: The Moderating Roles of Parental Messages Supporting Fighting and Nonviolence, Jasmine Coleman

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Cultural Placemaking in Washington’s U Street Corridor: A Catch 22, Maya Coleman

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Analysis of Stigmatic Content in State Mental Health Legislative Proposals, David L. Conley

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Dendrimer-based Therapeutic Delivery Vehicle for the Treatment of Ocular Diseases, Remy C. Cooper

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Mechanistic study of C-H activation by iridium complexes, Rozalie S G Corea

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The Impact of Registered Apprenticeships on the Middle-Skills Gap in Virginia, Yolanda Macklin Crewe

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Bridging the Digital Divide: A Risk-Based “Telehealth Needs” Scoring Model for Patient Outcome Prediction, Cindy Ann Crump

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An Intersectional Analysis of Disproportionality of Dual Language Learners in Special Education in Virginia: A Mixed Methods Study, Melissa J. Cuba

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Quantification and Modeling of Bladder Biomechanics Mechanisms Linking Spontaneous Rhythmic Contractions and Dynamic Elasticity to Detrusor Overactivity, Zachary E. Cullingsworth

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Caffeine Use and Associations with Sleep in Adolescents with and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Caroline N. Cusick

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A REVIEW OF FACTORS, SEATING DESIGN, AND SHAPE CAPTURE METHODS FOR REDUCING PRESSURE INJURY RISK, John A. Damiao

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Solid Phase Extraction and High-Precision Mass Spectrometry Analysis Methods for Crassostrea virginica Metabolome, Alyssa Darling

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Development of Supported Pd-Based Catalysts for Carbon-Carbon Cross-Coupling and Oxidation Reactions, Mrinmoy Das

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Mother is How I Got Down Pat, Kyrae Dawaun

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Impact of Performance-Based Budgeting on Quality Outcomes in U.S. Military Healthcare Facilities, Kimberly L. Decker Virginia Commonwealth University

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BENEFICIATION OF COAL USING SUPERCRITICAL WATER AND CARBON DIOXIDE EXTRACTION, Matthew DeCuir Virginia Commonwealth University CL

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The Lived Experiences of Division I Student-Athletes Coping with a Season-Ending Injury, Michael E. Deitz

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Cyberbullying: School Administrators' Perceptions of Law and Prevalence, and Their Roles in Prevention, Intervention and Discipline, Suzan Gragg Denby

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“Is therapy for me?” Perceptions of Therapy Inclusivity and Willingness to Seek Help among Black Emerging Adults, Randl B. Dent

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Cultural Production in Qatar: Design, Dialog and the New Authentic, Asma Derouiche

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The Role of Interleukin-18 in Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion, Yogesh Dhakal

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LEVERAGING PEER-TO-PEER ENERGY SHARING FOR RESOURCE OPTIMIZATION IN MOBILE SOCIAL NETWORKS, Aashish Dhungana

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Prediction of the Vaginal Microbiome Using Urine Samples, Christopher R. Diachok

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DEVELOPMENT OF A SINGLE USE DEVICE INTENDED TO WASH BLOOD CLOT DEBRIS FROM A STENT RETRIEVER IN THE OPERATING ROOM, Shane Diller

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Natural Lead-in Approaches to Response-Adaptive Allocation in Clinical Trials, Erin E. Donahue

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Daily associations among sleep, cognition, and mood in older male veterans, Emily K. Donovan

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A Comparative Study of the Influence of Credential Attainment on Employment Outcomes in Rural and Urban Localities, Carrie S. Douglas

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"Island of Integration": Desegregation of the Women's Army Corps at Fort Lee, Virginia, 1948-1954, Meika Downey

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Surrogate Memories in Animation and Sound, Jared Duesterhaus

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Environmental governance for whom? Examining the political, institutional, fiscal, and legal determinants of state environmental agency budget policy in the US, Andrew R. Duggan

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The Role of Patient Room-Type, Interruptions, and Intrapersonal Resources in Nurse Performance and Well-Being, Jennifer Early

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The Impact of Occupational Therapy Acute Care Services on Readmission Rates for Patients in Medicare’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, Jessica M. Edelstein

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Robert Cowley: Living Free During Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Richmond, Virginia, Ana F. Edwards

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Focal Augmentation of Somatostatin Interneuron Function and Subsequent Circuit Effects in Developmentally Malformed, Epileptogenic Cortex, Nicole Ekanem

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Structure, Morphology and Composition-Property Elucidation of Ni–Mo and Ni−Mo−P Nanocrystals for Water Splitting Reactions and Group IV Alloy and Silicate Nanocrystals for Visible to Near IR Optoelectronics, Ebtesam Hassan Abuelenein Eladgham

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EXPLORING THE USE OF PULSED ERBIUM LASERS TO RETRIEVE A ZIRCONIA CROWN FROM A ZIRCONIA IMPLANT ABUTMENT, Ahmed Elkharashi

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The Program, Aaron Douglas Estrada

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Reliable Navigation for SUAS in Complex Indoor Environments, Andrew J. Fabian

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It’s Funny Because It’s True: The Transmission of Explicit and Implicit Racism in Internet Memes, Tabitha Fairchild

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GENETIC AND CELLULAR MODELS FOR THE STUDY OF PTK2B AND ADAM10 IN ADAPTIVE THERMOGENESIS AND METABOLISM, Jared S. Farrar

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Regional drivers of organic carbon age in lotic systems of the conterminous United States, Kaycee Faunce

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NEW PERSISTENT AND CHRONIC OPIOID USE IN CANCER SURVIVORS AFTER CURATIVE INTENT RADIATION, Elena V. Fernández

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Legal Permanent Residents in the US Labor Market: Occupational Mobility of High-Skilled and Low-Skilled Immigrants, Larissa Ferreira Coelho

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A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Early Literacy Growth in Public Pre-Kindergarten Programs, Bruce A. Fillman

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Paul by Paul by Paul, Paul Finch

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Current Trends in the Management of Invasive Cervical Resorption, Erik J. Foisy

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Discerning the Spectroscopic Properties and Chemical Reactivity of Bioinspired Metallocomplexes, Ashley K. Forney

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The Application of Deliberate Practice to Acting Pedagogy, Melissa H. Freilich Virginia Commonwealth University

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Impact of a Culturally-Relevant Support Program and Latinx Adolescents' Help Seeking Services: An Academic-Latinx Community Service Partnership To Enhance Culturally Responsive Services for Latinx Immigrant Youth., Lisa S. Fuentes

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Current: the River City Library, Abigail Fundling

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Investigation Of Molecular Mechanisms Of Liver Preservation Injury: A Complication Preceding Organ Transplantation, Ria C. Fyffe-Freil

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MASS SPECTROMETRY BASED LIPIDOMIC INVESTIGATION OF STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS LIPID METABOLISM AND CHARACTERIZATION OF LIPASE A, Naren Gajenthra Kumar

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Synthesis and the Genetic Encoding of Novel Lysine Post-Translational Modifications, Sahan A. Galbada Liyanage

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The Intersection of Social Stress, Mental Well-Being, and Sexual Health Among Black Women in Emerging Adulthood, Brandi Galloway

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Modeling Gardnerella Host-Pathogen Interaction: Characterization of Vaginolysin and the Opacity Phenotype, Erin M. Garcia

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From the Margins to the Center: Legitimation Strategies from an Alt-Right Case Study, Lauren C. Garcia

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Flexible Methods for Accounting for Distributional Misspecification of the Response-Adaptive Randomization Ratio in Two-Arm Clinical Trials with Continuous or Survival Outcomes, Victoria C. Garcia

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Multilevel Runtime Verification for Safety and Security Critical Cyber Physical Systems from a Model Based Engineering Perspective, Smitha Muralidhar Gautham

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Application of Immobilized Palladium Monolithic Catalysts in Suzuki-Miyaura and Tsuji-Wacker Redox Reactions, Sajjad Ghobadi