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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Viral injection of RNA polymerase II-interacting protein RPRD2 in the nucleus accumbens induces anxiety-like behavior in mice, Hannah E. Woolard

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THE EXAMINATION OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DISTRUST AS A BARRIER TO UTILIZATION AND ENGAGEMENT OF PREVENTIVE SERVICES IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN BLACK EMERGING ADULTS, WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON INSURANCE STATUS AND USUAL SOURCE OF CARE., Alexandra Wynn

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A CURCUMIN-LIKE DERIVATIVE OF MELATONION FOR LOCAL TREATMENT OF LUNG FIBROSIS, Yuan Xiao

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Phantom Scripting, Huiyu Yang

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Rational Design of Flexible and Stretchable Electronics based on 3D Printing, Yuanhang Yang

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Alliance and Outcome Relationships in Youth Mental Health, Sandra Yankah

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Secret Water, Brandon R. Young

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Chronic adolescent stress as a predictive factor for the risk of developing PTSD-like symptoms in adulthood, Grace K. Young

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SMART CITY MANAGEMENT USING MACHINE LEARNING TECHNIQUES, Mostafa Zaman

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EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL PERFORMANCE IN PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE GROWTH IN POPULATION, EMPLOYMENT, AND PER CAPITA INCOME FOR VALLEY CITIES IN ARIZONA, Xin Zhao

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The Role of Mindfulness and Compassion in Parochial Empathy and Prosocial Behavior Toward Out-Groups, Denise Zheng

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Rational Design of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)-based Functional Materials Towards Better Air Quality, Zan Zhu

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Antiviral effects of metalloshielding: Differential antiviral activity of polynuclear platinum and cobalt compounds, Mary Zoepfl

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Regulation of Osseous Healing by Macrophage-Derived Wnt Ligands, Jefferson Overlin Abaricia

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Humanizing Architecture: A Polymorphic Space, Nada Abbara

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The Rho1 GTPase-activating protein Sac7 is a negative regulator of clathrin-independent endocytosis in yeast, La'Tila Abbott

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Structural Reorganization of the Cisternal Organelle in Neuroinflammatory Disease, Myshak S. Abdi

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Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals using Novel Platforms, Sarah S. Aboelela

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Influence of metal sleeves in the accuracy of dental implant placement using guided implant surgery, Coleman Adams

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Straight through my heart, Raul A. Aguilar Canela

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Why We Follow Celebrities: An Examination of Parasocial Interaction and Fan Engagement in A Celebrities’ Social Media Pages, Mohammed A. Alasmari

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Bayesian Techniques for Relating Genetic Polymorphisms to Diffusion Tensor Images of Cocaine Users, Tmader Alballa

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CONTINUAL LEARNING FOR MULTI-LABEL DRIFTING DATA STREAMS USING HOMOGENEOUS ENSEMBLE OF SELF-ADJUSTING NEAREST NEIGHBORS, Gavin Alberghini

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Dirt Beneath Your Nails, Grace Albritton

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Urate Genetic Assessment in Asian and Pacific Islander Subgroups of Pregnant Women: Implications for Personalized Medicine and Means to Reduce Health Disparities, Ali Alghubayshi

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LOCAL DELIVERY OF TUMOR ASSOCIATED MACROPHAGE IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF METASTASES TO THE LUNGS, Sulaiman Alhudaithi

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BISPHOSOHOGLYCERTAE MUTASE: A POTENTIAL TARGET FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE, Anfal S. Aljahdali

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Math Leaders’ Perceptions of Social Justice Pedagogy: Implications for Professional Development on Teaching Mathematics for Climate and Environmental Justice, Angela M. Allen

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Overcoming Mechanisms of Acquired and Innate Doxorubicin Resistance Using Nanomedicine and Tumor-Associated Macrophage Immunotherapy, Rashed M. Almuqbil

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SHARING NEWS ON TWITTER IN SAUDI ARABIA: WHAT ARE THE DRIVERS?, EZADDEEN S. ALMUTAIRI

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A COMPUTATIONAL MODEL RELATING TISSUE OXYGEN CONSUMPTION TO OXYGEN DELIVERY IN A KROGH CYLINDER MODEL OF SKELETAL MUSCLE, Raghad A. ALqahtani

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Sickle cell disease associated lipid changes and their relevance towards the disease pathogenesis And Lipid Biomarkers and Embryo Quality in In Vitro Fertilization; Pregnancy Success Differentially Expressed by Body Weight, Suad Alshammari

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Treatment outcome of perforation repair with bio-ceramic based materials: A retrospective study, Lolwa alyahya

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Socio-ecological Predictors of Social Connection Among Older Adults, Georganna Amateau

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Perovskite Thin Films Annealed in Supercritical fluids for Efficient Solar Cells, Gilbert Annohene

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Modeling and Development of Continuous Manufacturing Processes for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Synthesis, Cameron T. Armstrong

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COGNITIVE DEBIASING INTERVENTION FOR ASSESSMENT OF PROLONGED GRIEF DISORDER, Farah Aslanzadeh, M.S.

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MicroRNA in the Mammalian Growth Plate: Matrix Vesicles and 1α,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3, Niels C. Asmussen

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Bayesian Experimental Design For Bayesian Hierarchical Models With Differential Equations For Ecological Applications, Rebecca Atanga

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Wintering Ground, Colin Bailes

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Kaleidoscope Wellness | Destigmatizing Mental Health for Teens by Design, Rhode L. Baptiste

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Evaluating the Clinical Utility of a Novel Electroencephalography System for Assessing Perioperative Neurocognition in Older Surgical Patients, Lloyd H. Barnwell III

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Perceived efficacy of extrusion of maxillary lateral incisors with aligners, Mason T. Bates

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Detrimental role of IRF1 in myeloid cells during Influenza infection, Bianca L. Baum

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Associations Between Social Determinants of Health and Chlamydia Infections Among Georgia Counties, Bre'Auna K. Beasley

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BEYOND BLACK OR WHITE: AN EXAMINATION OF INTERSECTIONAL IDENTITIES, BLAME ATTRIBUTION, AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE, Ashlynn D. Bell

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Queer & Trans Intimacies as Emergent Strategy (QTIES), Raja Benz

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Tender Perception: The Ethics of Existence and Nonliving Objects’ Movement in Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, Timothy Berge

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Summit Avenue Studios: A Creative Hub in Scott's Addition, Elizabeth Berry

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Role of P53 Deficient Clonogenic Endothelial Cells in the Pathogenesis Of Pulmonary Hypertension, Aneel Roy Bhagwani

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Ligand Effects on Electronic, Magnetic, and Catalytic Properties of Clusters and Cluster Assemblies, Dinesh Bista 9288522

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IL-36g Cytokine Induction in Oral Epithelial Cells Triggered By Treponema denticola and Their Role In Chronic Periodontitis, Christopher Blake

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Amixicile, a novel antimicrobial agent, and its effect on the salivary and subgingival microbiome in rhesus macaque monkeys, Erin E. Block

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Modeling Substance Use and Mental Disorder Comorbidity Using Latent Variable and Network Approaches, Courtney T. Blondino

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FORMULATION, CHARACTERIZATION AND PHARMACOKINETIC MODELLING OF EXCIPIENT ENHANCED GROWTH SPRAY-DRIED INHALATION POWDERS, Serena Bonasera

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Cardiac Arrest and Global Ischemia Reperfusion Injury: Role of mitochondria and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 signaling., Jennifer L. Bradley

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Knowledge, Perception, and Clinical Management Strategies of US Pediatric Dentists on Molar Incisor Hypomineralization, Courtney T. Brashier

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Strengthening Mental Health Diagnostic Detection in Integrated Primary Care, Julia Brechbiel

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Fabrication of Metal-Silicon Nanostructures by Reactive Laser Ablation in Liquid, Eric J. Broadhead

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Phenotypic characterization of Table Mountain (Pinus pungens) and pitch pine (Pinus rigida) hybrids along an elevational gradient in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia, Alexander L. Brown

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CanalPro EAL Accuracy compared to the Root ZX EAL, Benjamin T. Brown

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PLANT COMMUNITIES IN DYNAMIC SYSTEMS: HOW DISTURBANCE INFLUENCES COASTAL PLANT COMMUNITY STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION, Joseph K. Brown

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K-NEAREST NEIGHBORS DENSITY-BASED CLUSTERING, Avory C. Bryant

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Psychological Sense of Community Among Older Adults in Puerto Rico Two Years After Hurricane María, Thomas D. Buckley

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Owning Our Story: an interior exploration to foster self-reflection, Hannah Bulow

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Continuous Preparation and Application of Novel Heterogeneous Catalysis, Michael B. Burkholder

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Reclamancipation: A Story of Brilliance, Resilience, and Transilience, Nia A. Campbell

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Immersive Virtual Reality as a Tool to Make in K-12 Environments, Matthew X. Caratachea

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A Deep Learning U-Net for Detecting and Segmenting Liver Tumors, Vidhya Cardozo

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IDENTIFICATION OF EFFECTIVE SENOLYTIC STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE AND PROLONG RESPONSE TO STANDARD-OF-CARE CANCER TREATMENTS, Valerie Jean Carpenter

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COACHING PARAEDUCATORS TO ACCURATELY RECORD STUDENT RESPONSE DATA DURING DIRECT INSTRUCTION, Paige J. Carter PhD

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Cryogenic electron-microscopy (Cryo-EM) analysis of MscS, YnaI, Connexin 26 and Bioinformatic Analysis of Cysteine and Serine in Experimental Protein Structures, Claudio Catalano

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Barrio Boys, Vincent Chavez

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Muscarinic Excitation of Dopamine Neurons in the Ventral Tegmental Area via Activation of a TRPC-like Cation Conductance, Yu Tzu Chen

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Development of Unnatural Amino Acid Mutagenesis Technologies to Control Enzyme Activity and Synthesis of Chemically Reactive Ubiquitin Probes, Jenny Cheung

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Glycosaminoglycan Modulation of Key Proteins in Alzheimer's Disease, Tamim Chiba

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Western Clinicians’ Diagnostic Accuracy of Culture-Bound Syndromes, Lisa Y. Chung

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Successional changes in carbon storage are sustained in a temperate forest across different initiating disturbances, Cameron Clay

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Floating Home: an Imagined Community, Carrie Collier

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Pro-Environmental Behaviors Among Black Environmentalists: A Critical Race Perspective, Kimberly S. Compton

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Hello, Is It Dark?, McKayla Conahan

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COMPARISON OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN BIOFILM, SEDIMENT, AND PLANKTONIC COMMUNITIES OF THE JAMES RIVER, Mary Bernadette Coughter

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NANOPORE DETECTION of LONG TIME-SCALE SINGLE METALLIC CLUSTER CONFORMATIONAL CHANGES and SURFACE LIGAND EXCHANGE, Bobby D. Cox

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Prolactin Drives a Dynamic STAT5A/HDAC6/HMGN2 Cis-Regulatory Landscape Exploitable in ER+ Breast Cancer, Justin M. Craig

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A NOVEL REVIEW OF HEAT SHOCK PROTEIN 110 KDA: A BASIS FOR RESEARCH AND CONTINUED EXPERIMENTATION THROUGH BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS, Crist W. Cuffee

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THE BUFFERING EFFECTS OF RESILIENCE ON ALCOHOL USE: A PHENOTYPIC AND GENOTYPIC INVESTIGATION, Shannon Cusack

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No Graphic Design Will Contain You, Julia P. Dann

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Expand Your Horizon: Investigating an online intervention for weight bias internalization, Alexandria Davies

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The Contribution of African American Parents’ STEM Racial Socialization and Support to Adolescent Academic Outcomes, Rachel J. Davis

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EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF HIGH SODIUM INTAKE ON BLOOD FLOW REGULATION, EXERCISE TOLERANCE, AND OXIDATIVE STRESS IN SALT RESISTANT INDIVIDUALS, Kevin P. Decker

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HEALTH OUTCOMES AND UTILIZATION ASSOCIATED WITH RENAL DISEASES IN PATIENTS WITH CANCER IN THE UNITED STATES, Mitisha Dedhia

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The Institute for Storytelling & Healthcare Design Research, Ruth E.P. Deibler

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Interpersonal Trauma and Mental Health among LGBQ+ College Students: Examining Social Support and Trauma-related Drinking as Mediators, Eryn DeLaney

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Quantitative Bioanalysis of Intravitreally Administered Ranibizumab and Bevacizumab in Various Human Matrices, Using Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, Catherine Del Guidice

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A GENERAL FRAMEWORK FOR CHARACTERIZING AND EVALUATING ATTACKER MODELS FOR CPS SECURITY ASSESSMENT, Christopher S. Deloglos and Christopher Deloglos

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The Organizational Commitment of Sonographers in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States, Yonella Demars

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An Escapist Utopia, Sara EH Denney

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Difficult Paintings, Hao (Damien) Ding

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THE LIVING THEATRE OF HORROR: EXAMINING HOW CENTURIES OF WESTERN THEATRICAL PRACTICE AND THEORY INFORM THE MODERN-DAY HAUNTED HOUSE, Scott Dittman

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The CB1 Receptor Positive Allosteric Modulator, ZCZ011, Attenuates Naloxone-Precipitated Withdrawal Signs in Oxycodone-Dependent Mice and Inhibits Small Intestinal Transit in Mice, Julien Dodu