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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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≥i++ Wayward Self, Space, and Language, Mystie Do and Thu TM Do

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Surface Characterization of Accident Tolerant Fuel Claddings Candidates After Prolonged Exposure to Steam Oxidation, Connor F. Donlan

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Using the Memorial Sloan Kettering Frailty Index to Identify Patients at High Risk for Postoperative Intensive Care Unit Admission, Specialized Advanced Care Unit Admission, and 30-day Readmission, Timothy J. Donoghue

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Navigating Success: First-Generation Pathways to Institutional Integration, Katherine B. Drumm

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Alcohol Use Subgroups among Rural Middle School Students: The Impact of Community Violence Exposure, Courtney B. Dunn

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A Mixed Methods Approach to Examine Racial Disparities in Adherence to Surveillance Mammography Among Breast Cancer Survivors, Megan C. Edmonds

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Assessing the Effect of Auricular Acupressure on Newborn Behaviors and Withdrawal Signs in Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A Pilot Study, Lindy M. Edwards

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Learning-based Predictive Control Approach for Real-time Management of Cyber-physical Systems, Roja Eini

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Form Follows Culture, Nada Raafat Elkharashi

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Radioimmunoconjugate for cancer molecular imaging, Nouri Elmekharam

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Investigating Cannabinoid Type-1 Receptor (CB1R) Positive Allosteric Modulators (PAMs) in Mouse Models of Overt Cannabimimetic Activity, Subjective Drug Effects, and Neuropathic Pain, Jayden Elmer

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INQUIRIES IN INTELLIGENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS: NEW TRAJECTORIES AND PARADIGMS, Samaa Elnagar

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Impact Dynamics of Surfactant-Laden Droplets on Non-Wettable Coatings, Amir Esmaeili

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You Wouldn't Download an Art, Rice Evans

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Physiological and Subjective Effects of Protonated Nicotine Liquids in Tobacco Users, Alisha Eversole

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The Just Host: Addressing the wage structure problem in the tourism industry, Bill Farley

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Development of Analytical Methods for Analysis of Glycosaminoglycans and Their Mimetics in Human Plasma, Rawan M. Fayyad

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Conformational Modulation of α-Helical N-Acetylated α-Synuclein, Ricardo Fernandez

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Prognostic Modeling of Recovery Following Stem Cell Transplantation, Brielle A. Forsthoffer

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From Knowledge about Trauma to Classroom Application: A Mixed Methods Examination of Pre-Service Teacher Perspectives of Trauma-Informed Practice, Jennifer Furman

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Pase Perdido Missing Pass, larissa m. garcia

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Copper Sulfide Manganese Nanoparticles for Multimodality Imaging and Therapy, Ali S. Gawi Ermi

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STANDARDIZATION OF E-CIGARETTE RESEARCH: ADDRESSING THE ANALYSIS OF TOTAL NICOTINE AND FREE BASE NICOTINE IN E-CIGARETTES, Vinit Gholap

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Validation of a Screening Tool for Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Pilot Study, Julia A. Giardina

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Single Molecule Investigations of Holliday Junction Binding Protein RuvA, Dalton Reed Gibbs

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"With The Commodity In The Hand": A Practical Investigation of the Intersection of Material Culture with Performance Theory, Katharine M. Given

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Earth Tone Sigh Spell, Martha Glenn

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Augmented Reality in Sport Broadcasting, Chad Goebert

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PANGEA: A dual-genre collection of fiction and poetry, Michelle Goshen

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Hamburger Helper Recipes, John Alex Goss

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Targeting Transferrin Binding Protein A for Vaccine Development in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Ashley Greenawalt

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A Quantitative Analysis of the Relationship Between Dispositions and Technology Integration Knowledge of English Language Teachers, Moe D. Greene

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Mechanistic Insights of Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species in Alzheimer's Disease Models, Jakob C. Green

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Patient perspectives on teledentistry and face-to-face doctor interaction during orthodontic treatment, Jackson K. Griffeth D.M.D.

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Sweet Fruit, Daa Guy-Vasson

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The Therapeutic Potential of Glycosaminoglycan Directed Metalloglycomics: Elucidating New Targets and Mechanisms for Polynuclear Platinum Complexes, James D. Hampton

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From Kindergarten Classrooms to PhD Pursuits: Academic Narratives that Influence Career Decisions in Black Women Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Students, Erin Hanley

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Pissing in the Pleasure Garden, Ellen Hanson

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Radiographic Comparison Using CBCT-PAI and Volumetric Analysis of Endodontically Treated Teeth: A Retrospective Cohort Study, Jeremy Hargrove

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Reproducibility and accuracy of the virtual occlusal record, Anne M. Harper

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Virtual Reality Tool for Visualizing the Oral Microbiome, Alexus M. Harris

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Rheological Analysis of the Mechanical Properties of Murine Lungs Over the Lifespan, Olajumoke Olufunke Harrison

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GENERATION OF A MULTI-PROTEIN CHIMERIC CONSTRUCT FOR DIAGNOSTIC APPLICATIONS OF LYME DISEASE, Amanda Hatke

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Characterization of the role of the polarized secretory proteins Msb3 and Msb4 as regulators of clathrin-independent endocytosis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Beau Hawkins

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"Unite the Left": Contextualizing Bukharin's ABC of Communism and Berkman's ABC of Anarchism, David Hayter

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What Sound Reveals To Our Eyes: The Intersection Between Subconscious Thought and Real Imagery in Experimental Film and Sound Design, Mireille G. Heidbreder

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The Roles of Neutralizing Antibodies in Blocking Human Cytomegalovirus Entry into Multiple Cell Types, Li He

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PHARMACOPHORIC EVALUATION OF 5-HT2A AND 5-HT2B SEROTONIN RECPEPTORS, Prithvi Hemanth

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Water Clarity at the River-Estuary Transition Zone: A Comparative Study of the James, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey Sub-estuaries, Rachel Henderson

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Value of Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire in Referrals for Obstructive Sleep Apnea at VCU Pediatric Dental Clinic, Elizabeth H. Hering

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LONIDAMINE IS A NOVEL INHIBITOR OF FATTY ACID OXIDATION, Tianhai He

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INTENTIONS TO USE TELEREHABILITATION FOR COMMUNICATION AND TREATMENT FOR VISION IMPAIRMENTS, Eric E. Hicks

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Symptom Self-Management in Adolescents Following a Concussion, Amanda Hodges

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS ON SMOKING REDUCTION, NEGATIVE MOOD, AND STRESS AMONG SMOKERS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, Cosima Hoetger

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EVALUATION OF REGIONAL EXTRATHORACIC DEPOSITION OF LOW- AND HIGH-MOMENTUM AEROSOL USING ANATOMICALLY-CORRECT IN VITRO AIRWAY MODELS, Sana Hosseini

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REPAIR IN AN ECONOMY OF TRAUMA: HOW IDENTIFYING TRAUMAS AS THE BASIS FOR TEACHER ARTMAKING CONTRIBUTES TO RESILIENCY IN MANAGING TRAUMATIC STRESS, Danielle R. Houdek

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The Rational Synthesis of Lanthanum Manganite Nanomaterials for Magnetic Refrigeration Applications, Caitlin Hunt

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The Default: The Paradox of Play and Productivity, Yeon Geong Hwang

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Impact of Targeting Glycosylated Ceramides on Tumorigenic Properties, and Characterization of Sphingolipids in Head and Neck Tumors, Katherine E. Hylton

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THE ROLES OF CERAMIDE AND ORMDL3 IN ASTHMA SEVERITY, Briana N. James

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EVOLUTION AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE OF VAGINAL BIFIDOBACTERIUM BREVE IN THE VAGINAL ENVIRONMENT, Nicole R. Jimenez

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Black Feminist Thought, Interrupted: Dissecting the Voice of Black Feminists in the Blogosphere and their Engagement with Platform Affordances, Dawn G. Johnson

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Fool for Laban: An Adaptive Temporality and Stylized Movement Shepard Piece, Rebecca Johnson

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Exploring the Dopamine Transporter Utilizing a Two-Pronged Approach with Novel Cathinone Analogs and Mutant Dopamine Transporters, Charles B. Jones III

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Parametric, Nonparametric, and Semiparametric Linear Regression in Classical and Bayesian Statistical Quality Control, Chelsea L. Jones

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fatal softness, mariah b. jones

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Improving patient-specific assessments of regional aortic mechanics via quantitative magnetic resonance imaging with early applications in patients at elevated risk for thoracic aortopathy, Patrick A. Jones

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Charles and the Nature of Intellectually Disabled Characters in Performance, Scott Jones

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A Mechanism Behind the Mechanotransduction of Surface Characteristics in Osteoblasts, Otto J. Juhl IV

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Movement, home ranges, and population estimates of spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) during a rainy breeding season in Virginia, Lauren J. Jurczak

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Entangled Beings: A Posthumanist Reading of Dorothea Tanning's Animal Representations, Samantha L. Karam

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Computational Analysis and Prediction of Intrinsic Disorder and Intrinsic Disorder Functions in Proteins, Akila I. Katuwawala

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Multiplexed nucleic acid sensing with single molecule FRET, Anisa Kaur

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Preventing Obesity: A Social Ecological Exploration of Centers for Disease Control Prevention Strategies and Guidance toward Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Communities, Ryan Kelly

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Salt at Dawn, Salt in my Veins, Cecilia Hankyeol Kim

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Haven: Support For Mothers, Sarah Kincaid

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Estimating Affective States in Virtual Reality Environments using the Electroencephalogram, Meghan R. Kumar

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Effects of abiotic and biotic factors on hornworm distributions, Emelia O. Kusi

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Patient Blood Management Programs and Their Association with Patient and Organizational Outcomes, Sandra L. Lamm

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AN EXPLORATION OF TEACHER RESIDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF CULTURE AND THEIR USE OF CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY, Jodi Larson

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ARTICULATING THE HEART OF DARKNESS: A PSYCHOMETRIC AND BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PSYCHOPATHY AND SADISM, Emily Lasko

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“Insurance Doesn’t Care About the Patient”: An Institutional Ethnography of the Influence of Professional Autonomy on the Provision Care for Medicaid Dental Patients with Disabilities, Stephanie Lau

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Are the Tickets for Everyone? Heterogeneity of Economic Rewards for Associate’s Degree Completion, Kathleen E. Lee

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Another Step in Diagnostics Consultation Model© Actualization: Examining the Impact of Consultation Workflow Processes on Providers' Clinical Decision Making, Elizabeth K. Leibach

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Development and Evaluation of a Combinatorial RT-qPCR Multiplex for Forensic Body Fluid Identification, Carolyn A. Lewis

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Starting Earnings of Bachelor’s and Advanced Degree Graduates by Field of Study: Using Multi-Level Modeling to Estimate the Effects and Early Labor Market Consequences of Vertical and Horizontal Dimensions of Higher Education, Qiao Liang

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SYSTEMATIC STRUCTURE-ACTIVITY RELATIONSHIP STUDIES OF NALFURAFINE, Mengchu Li

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Changepoint detection in correlated categorical time series, MO LI

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Searching for gold: Using a novel land cover classification to identify multiscale drivers of site occupancy by a flagship species for early-successional habitat conservation, Baron Lin

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The Anaplasma phagocytophilum invasin AipB promotes host cell invasion, Mary Clark H. Lind

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Drowning in our Tears, Kelley-Ann A. Lindo

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Grief, Loss, and Climate Change: Validation of a Solastalgia Scale, Claire Luce

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The Relationships Between Adolescents’ Future Aspirations and Postsecondary Enrollment: Finite Mixture Models, Chu Yi Lu Qiu

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Information Architecture for a Chemical Modeling Knowledge Graph, Adam R. Luxon

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EFFECT OF STIMULUS WAVEFORM ON TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION METRICS IN PROXIMAL AND DISTAL ARM MUSCLES, Christopher Lynch

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Reliable and Interpretable Machine Learning for Modeling Physical and Cyber Systems, Daniel L. Marino Lizarazo

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A Psychometric Evaluation of the BEST in CLASS Adherence and Competence Scale, Katrina A. Markowicz

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Effect of KCC2-enhancing prodrug CLP290 on Tat ± morphine treated female mice at the behavioral and molecular levels, Michael Marone

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Unsheltered, Mary Maroste

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The Harm in Seeking Care: Assessing the Relationship Between Healthcare Discrimination and Healthcare Avoidance Behaviors in the Past Year and Since the Start of the Coronavirus Pandemic in a Transgender and Gender Independent Sample, Kyle L. Mason