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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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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

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Investigation of Sneathia vaginalis and the Host Antibody Response to S. vaginalis Pore-Forming Toxin, CptA, in Vivo, Zion T. McCoy

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You will remember what your father forgot: Networks of Time and Trauma in Stephen King’s "The Shining", Caetlin McFadden

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"Always A Rocky and Rippling Stream": The Penobscot River and War, 1604-1869, Mary Moody McLean

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Improving the use of Diffusing Wave Spectroscopy as a Multiphase Process Analytical Technology, Robert Emerson McMillin III

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Utilization of Occupational Therapy Services for Patients with Cancer in Acute Care Settings, Christine McNichols

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Developing Novel Femtosecond Time-Resolved Mass Spectrometry Techniques for Analysis of Energetic Materials, Shane L. McPherson

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Crafting Community: A Ceramics Center, Nadia Mechboukh

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Random Acts of STEM: A systematic review of local k-12 school division STEM experiences in Virginia, Caro H. Medawar

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A Tenth of a Second, Natalia Andrea Mejía Murillo

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The Cultural Diplomacy of U.S. Peace Corps: Understanding the role of Peace Corps volunteers as strategic geopolitical assets, Corey B. Miles

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Agonist Modulation of TRPML3 Channel Gating, George D. Miller

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District-Level Supervisors: Leaders and Advocates for School Counseling, Thomas M. Mitchell

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Analysis of Referrals to Trauma Psychology and Subsequent Development and Proof-of-Concept Study of Provider Mental Health Training at a Level I Trauma Center, Samantha Mladen

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Exploring the Effect of Early Motor Delay and Physical Therapy Interventions on the Parent-Child Relationship, Rebecca Molinini

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Aerogel-Phase Change Material Composites as Thermal Barriers to Li-Ion Runaway Events, Tristan Moon

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How Religious Belief and Behavior Influence Americans' Attitudes toward the Legalization of Pornography, Kathryn Morris

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A Theory of General Relativity, Madeleine Mae Morris

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Cooperative Driving Automation for Self-Interested Agents, Adam Morrissett

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Investigating the Metabolic Alterations in Response to IL-1 Antagonism via Anakinra among Patients with HFrEF, Joshua M. Morriss

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Salinization Impacts on Heterotrophic Respiration, Ecosystem Respiration, and Plant Productivity in Tidal Freshwater Marshes, Kelsie J. Moses

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Home Disruption and Substance Use: The Moderated-Mediating Role of Family Conflict and Stress among Racial-Ethnic Minoritized College Students, Geovani Muñoz

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Totem Impulse, Tendai T. Mupita

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Exploring Adolescent School Mental Health Service Utilization, Jennifer Lauren Murphy

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Predictive Modeling of Thermophysical Properties of Shocked Solid Diamond, Peter Muto

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The Five Senses: Fundamentals in Acting Training, Landon A. Nagel

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The PROMIS Women Education Program: Promoting Cervical Cancer Prevention Methods Among Muslim Women in Virginia, Asmaa M. Namoos

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The Mechanism and Therapeutic Targeting of Interleukin-1β in Heart Failure, Pratyush Narayan

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The Impact of Patient Characteristics on Dysphagia Therapy Utilization and Feeding Outcomes for Premature Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Tiana Nguyen

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Emergent Trends of Contemporary Dramatic Recontextualization: An Exploration Utilizing Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra, Cameron M. Nickel

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I. Preparation of Strategic Synthetic Building Blocks for World Health Organization Essential Medicines. II. Applying the Principles of Process Intensification to the Synthesis of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics., Jeffrey M. Noble

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Mechanisms of Emulsion Destabilization: An Investigation of Surfactant, Stabilizer, and Detergent Based Formulations Using Diffusing Wave Spectroscopy, JORDAN N. NOWACZYK

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Optimization of a Chimeric Vaccine for Human Lyme Disease, Nathaniel O'Bier

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Treponema denticola synthesizes c-di-AMP and encodes the CdaA-type diadenylate cyclase CdaA, Claire R. O'Brien

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Waiting to Exhale, Abigail H. Ogle

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Mechanistic Studies on Glycosaminoglycan Mimetics Binding to Cancer Related Proteins, Connor P. O'Hara

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Association of Interpersonal Trauma and Polygenic Risk Scores with Depressive Symptoms in College Students, Rowan K. O'Hara

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Examining Psychosocial Factors of Chronic Disease Control to Improve Outcomes for Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions, Kristen O'Loughlin

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Age-associated Collagen Crosslinking and its Role in Skeletal Muscle Regeneration, Lucas C. Olson

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Step 1, Acknowledgement: Understanding Breast Cancer-related Experiences among Chickahominy Tribal Women in Rural Virginia, Bianca D. Owens

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SUPPORTING STUDENTS WHO ARE DEAFBLIND TO INCREASE THEIR ACCESS TO THE GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM THROUGH TRAINED INTERVENERS: A MIXED METHODS STUDY, Ira Padhye

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In vitro and in vivo Pharmacokinetic Characterization of (R)-3-hydroxybutyl (R)-3-hydroxybutyrate (Ketone monoester)., Nimishraj R. Panse

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Barriers to ending the HIV epidemic: The case of physician reimbursement and intimate partner violence, Zhongzhe Pan

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Role of Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) in Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) in a Human Cholangiocyte Model of Ischemic Cholangiopathy, Priyanshi Pragnesh Parikh

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Resident Assistants and Title IX: Perceptions, beliefs, and experiences impacting RA help-seeking behavior, Beth Paris

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"We’re not all the same”: Black caregiver perspectives of treatment engagement in integrated primary care, Amanda Parks

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Sense of Belonging as Behaviorist Construct: “Doing Belonging” and its Application for College Students with Disabilities, Chris Parthemos PhD

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Examining allostatic load as a biological mechanism linking childhood adversity and pediatric pain, Angela Pascale

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Formal and Full of Feeling, Kaitlyn Paston

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Contribution of Metabolic Cell Swelling on Microcirculatory Perfusion in Septic Shock, Charles E. Payne

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DISCOVERY: A Visual Arts Elementary School, Cindy J. Perdomo

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Sustaining Breaths for Restorative Rest: A Preliminary Evaluation of Sleep, Mental Health, and Cognitive Function Following Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Elliottnell Perez

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Functional and Structural Characterizations of Porphyromonas gingivalis Sialidase, Christopher Pham

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Antibody Profiling of the Human Lyme Disease Biobank Serum Panel: Implication for Serological Diagnosis of Lyme Disease, Tu N. Phan

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Motivations of Adult Patients Seeking Orthodontic Retreatment, Scott V. Philips

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Mecklenburg is thoroughly aroused:” An Examination of Confederate Nationalism and Nationhood in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, Zachary Pittard

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Witnessing Community Violence and its Consequences: Changes Across Middle School, Sarah Pittman

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Wrestling with the One Drop Rule: Exploring Multiraciality in Social Work Education, Britney Pitts

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Dental Treatment Planning: Decisions with Interdisciplinary Cases, William W. Porzio

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THE RELATIONSHIP OF MENTORSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ON SPECIAL EDUCATORS’ INTENT, Christine S. Powell

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Correlation between intraoral markers and the risk of obstructive sleep apnea in children, Linda K. Powers

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Climate, Physiology, and Distributions: The Role of Thermal Physiology in Biological Invasions, Sean D. Powers

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Windowless Place, Rebecca A. Poynor

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VIRTUAL PLC PLATFORM FOR SECURITY AND FORENSICS OF INDUSTRIAL CONTROL SYSTEMS, Syed Ali Qasim

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Interactions between HIV and opioids on antiretroviral accumulation, the blood brain barrier, and the inflammatory response in the brain., Kara Rademeyer

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Preferences for Chemotherapy Discontinuation due to Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Among Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer, Rotana M. Radwan

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Behind the Gate: Syrian Women in Soap Operas - Perception vs. Reality, Tasnim J. Rahimah

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Material extrusion-based additive manufacturing: G-code and firmware attacks and Defense frameworks, Haris Rais

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A Longitudinal Analysis of Academic Self-Concept Among Preclinical Medical Students, Meagan Rawls Lewis

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Anaplasma phagocytophilum exploits host cell multivesicular body biogenesis, Curtis B. Read

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Evaluation of SpliceAI for Improved Genetic Variant Classification in Inherited Ophthalmic Disease Genes, Melissa Reeves

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Recovery Sleepers: A Pilot Study of a Sleep Health Intervention for College Students in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder, Morgan P. Reid

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THE ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND THE FREQUENCY OF CURRICULUM SUPERVISION AND EVALUATION PRACTICES OF PRINCIPALS ACROSS COMPARABLE SCHOOL CLUSTERS, James S. Reynolds IV

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Tailored Chemical and Physical Properties of Porous Materials for Gas Capture and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Alexander J. Richard

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Reassessing Replication: Addressing the Replication Crisis from a Statistical Perspective, Alicia Richards PhD

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Characterization and Investigation of Cold Atmospheric Plasma and its Effects on Cancer Cell Biology, Thomas M. Ritrosky

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An Arbitrary Aesthetic: Cultural Reproduction and Hegemonic Canonical Formations in the Western Theatrical Academy, Sim C. Rivers

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The role of H2S in inhibiting ischemia-reperfusion injury in a mouse model of doxorubicin induced-cardiotoxicity, Allison L. Roden

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Quantifying insect emergence in tidal freshwaters and the importance of aquatic prey in wetland-dependent songbird diet, Samantha L. Rogers

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INVESTIGATING ACTOR SPEECH TRAINING HISTORY THROUGH THE LENS OF KNIGHT-THOMPSON SPEECHWORK: HOW A NONPRESCRIPTIVE APPROACH REVOLUTIONIZES THE FIELD AND APPLICATIONS OUTSIDE OF A THEATRICAL CONTEXT, Harrison G. Runion

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Histone Acetylation in Periodontal Diseases, Sarang Saadat

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Welcome to the Sitting Garden at the Busy Hands Museum, Stacie Sabady

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Sleep and Health Behaviors in a Safety-Net Primary Care Setting, Sahar Sabet

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Dune building dynamics impact cross-island connectivity and barrier island characteristics, Alexander Sabo

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Coming Out to Treatment: Identifying facilitators & characterizing experiences of Sexual and Gender Minoritized Individuals in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jaclyn S. Sadicario

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From Silence to Forte: Developing an Inclusive Space for Persian Musicians to Flourish, Sholeh Salimi

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Youth and Caregivers' Perceptions of Racial Socialization: Examining the Interactive Role of Risk and Cultural Resilience Factors As Predictors and Mental Health as Outcomes, Arlenis Santana

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Intrinsic Efficacy as a Determinant of Opioid Effectiveness in Treatment of Pain-Depressed Behavior, Edna Santos

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Colloidal Synthesis of Noble Metal Nanoparticle Aerogels and Transition Metal Phosphide Nanocrystals as High Efficiency Electrocatalysts for Energy Applications, Rajib Sarkar

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Prospective Investigation of Insomnia Symptoms and Sleep Duration as Risk Factors for Stroke Incidence and All-Cause Mortality in U.S Adult, Wendemi Sawadogo

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The Weight of It, Katy Scarlett

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EFFECTS OF SLIP ON HIGHLY VISCOUS THIN-FILM FLOWS INSIDE VERTICAL TUBES (CONSTANT RADIUS, CONSTRICTED AND FLEXIBLE), Mark S. Schwitzerlett

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Integrating Historically Marginalized Students’ Funds of Knowledge for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, Martinique Ann Sealy

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Essays on Designing AI, Building AI Theory, and Investigating the Economics of AI in Healthcare, Abraham Sen

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Investigating the role of transcription factor nfe2l2 in vascular and hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell development, Madeleine Seputro