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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Ethnic-Racial Identity and Academic Achievement: Examining Mental Health and Racial Discrimination as Moderators Among Black College Students, Eryn DeLaney

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ALTERNATIVE SPLICING OF CYTOPLASMIC POLYADENYLATION ELEMENT BINDING PROTEIN 2 IS MODULATED VIA SERINE ARGININE SPLICING FACTOR 3 IN CANCER METASTASIS, James T. DeLigio and James Thomas DeLigio

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The Role Of A Type Lamins In Regulating Myelination, Jacqueline M. DeLoyht

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Enact in Disappearance, Stephanie DeMer

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Migratory patterns and population genetic structure in a declining wetland-dependent songbird, Matthew G. DeSaix

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STRUCTURAL STRESS AND OTHERNESS: HOW DO THEY INFLUENCE PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS?, Christine DeWilde

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Process Optimization for the Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles from a Mixed Metal Precursor Solution, Kathryn Ann Dill

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Experimental Evaluation of Uranyl Transport into Mesoporous Silica Gel using Fluorescence, Brandon M. Dodd

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AGE-DEPENDENT CHANGES IN OXYGEN SUPPLY AND DEMAND OF RAT SPINOTRAPEZIUS MUSCLE, Sami C. Dodhy

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Gas-Phase Studies of Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions: Halogenating and Dehalogenating Aromatic Heterocycles, Leah L. Donham

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The Building Breathes Together, McKeever Donovan

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Warp Drive Spacetimes, Nicholas A.S. Driver

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Psychick Order, Corissa Duffey

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Genetic and Environmental Influences of Bullying Involvement: A Longitudinal Twin Study, Ellyn Dunbar

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FROM BLACKER THE BERRY TO DARKER THE FLESH: GENDERED RACIAL MICROAGGRESSIONS, ETHNIC IDENTITY, AND BLACK WOMEN’S SEXUAL BEHAVIORS, Chelsie E. Dunn

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BLOCKCHAIN SCALABILITY AND SECURITY, Tuyet Duong

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Drug Delivery with Light, Patrick S. Dupart

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Longitudinal Relations Between ADHD Symptoms and Substance Use Across the Transition to College and Evaluation of Promotive and Protective Factors, Melissa R. Dvorsky

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Polyanthroponemia: A Pursuit of Mystery, Magdolene Dykstra

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DOES EMOTION REGULATION MODERATE THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN IMPAIRMENT AND DEPRESSION IN ADOLESCENTS WITH ADHD?, Laura D. Eddy

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Prevalence and factors of sibling-recurrent dental treatment under general anesthesia, Brandy N. Edmonds

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A RECTENNA FOR 5G ENERGY HARVESTING, Panagiotis Efthymakis

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Predicting Arterial Oxygen Desaturation Events Via Patient Journal and Pulse Oximetry Data in Postoperative Ambulatory Surgery Patients, Charles R. Elam IV

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PERFORMATIVE DESIGN, Lenita Ann Eldhose

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Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 2 Activation: Computational Predictions and Experimental Validation, Amr Ellaithy

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A Novel, Orally Active Hydrogen Sulfide-Releasing Compound, SG1002, Improves Left Ventricular Function with an Associated Induction of Angiogenesis in a Murine Model of Ischemia/Reperfusion, Om A. Evani

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The Best Story: Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald's Return to the South Revealed Through the Analysis of her Articles and Fiction Published Between 1920 and 1932, Kemry H. Farthing

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Hydrophobicity of Low Temperature Vibrating Surfaces, Christian Fergusson

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Automatic Image Processing and Conversion to Tactile Graphics, Tyler Ferro

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More Than the Moon: Building the World of Into The Woods, Katherine Field

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THE COGNITIVE AND FUNCTIONAL IMPACT OF OPEN HEART SURGERY: A PILOT STUDY INCLUDING THREE COMMON PROCEDURES (CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS GRAFT, HEART VALVE REPLACEMENT, AND LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE), Robert Fix

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If Not the Body; Null Hypothesis: Essays, Victoria C. Flanagan

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Biosensing and Catalysis Applications of Nanoporous Gold (NPG) and Platinum-Speckled Nanoporous Gold (NPG-Pt) Electrodes, Christopher J. Freeman

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Material Thermal Property Estimation of Fibrous Insulation: Heat Transfer Modeling and the Continuous Genetic Algorithm, Elora Frye

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The Player’s Journey: Ludology and Narratology in Modern Gaming, Angelica Fuchs

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL INHIBITORS OF THE NLRP3 INFLAMMASOME, Jacob W. Fulp

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TIDES, Isa N. Gagarin

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Path, Evan Galbicka

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Potential Antimicrobial Methods for Provisionalizing Teeth After Endodontic Treatment, Laura T. Garden

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Everything Else: Poems, Andrew Garvin

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The Pie Redemption Theory/When the Flood Comes How Will You Choose, Julie Hutchison Geen

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Penalized mixed-effects ordinal response models for high-dimensional genomic data in twins and families, Amanda E. Gentry

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The Break, Ian Gerson

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Embedded in These Walls, Trish J. Gibson

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Development of Photocatalysts Supported on Graphitic Carbon Nitride for the Degradation of Organic Water Pollutants, Atanu Giri

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Evolution and Niche Specialization of Microbial Taxa in Vaginal Infection and Pregnancy, Abigail L. Glascock

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"To Conceive With Child is the Earnest Desire if Not of All, Yet of Most Women": The Advancement of Prenatal Care and Childbirth in Early Modern England: 1500-1770, Victoria E.C. Glover

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The Role of Learning Experiences, Supports and Barriers in Career Development for the Doctoral Student, Madeline B. Goldman

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Complexities of Chronic Opioid Exposure, Maciej Gonek

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A Behavior-Driven Recommendation System for Stack Overflow Posts, Chase D. Greco

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I Am an Author: Performing Authorship in Literary Culture, Justin R. Greene

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The Effect of Instrumentation Taper on Dentin Conservation, Megan E. Green

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FIBRONECTIN MECHANICS AND SIGNALING IN TGF-β1-INDUCED EPITHELIAL TO MESENCHYMAL TRANSITION, Lauren Griggs

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River City (A Novel), Sarah R. Groves

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IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF EMERGING MEMORY SYSTEMS, Yuhua Guo

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Novel Roles of RelB in Neuroinflammation, Angela Gupta

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Forest Structural Complexity and Net Primary Production Resilience Across a Gradient of Disturbance in a Great Lakes Ecosystem, Lisa T. Haber

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Nam June Paik as a Pioneer of Interactive Art, Byeongwon Ha

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You Build Like A Girl, Sara Hackett

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Blood River, Rachael Hägglund

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Skin-Tone and Academic Achievement Among 5-year-old Mexican Children, Selamawit Hailu

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"WE ARE...": CREATING DISCURSIVE SPACES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF COUNTER NARRATIVES THROUGH PHOTOVOICE AS CRITICAL SERVICE LEARNING, Amanda F. Hall

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Factors Influencing Perceptual Distance, Calvin J. Hall III

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Advances in dual-energy computed tomography imaging of radiological properties, Dong Han

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The Experiences that Promote Success for Students with Intellectual Disability in Postsecondary Education, Kimberly S. Handsome

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DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF A SEMI-PHYSIOLOGICAL PHARMACOKINETIC (PBPK) MODEL TO PREDICT SYSTEMIC AND PULMONARY EXPOSURES AFTER INTRAVENOUS, ORAL ADMINISTRATION AND PULMONARY INHALATION OF SELECTED DRUGS, BUDESONIDE, TOBRAMYCIN AND CIPROFLOXACIN, IN HUMANS, Bishoy Hanna

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Inpatient Utilization of Computed Tomography: the Influence of Market, Hospital, and Patient Characteristics, Michael Hanshew

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Small Town Capital in Community, Christin Hardy

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Evaluating and Reducing the Effects of Misclassification in a Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART), Jun He

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IMPACT OF PHOSPHOINOSITIDES ON REGULATION OF K-ATP BY ATP AND HYDROGEN SULFIDE, Tyler Hendon

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Climate Change and Mountaintop Removal Mining: A MaxEnt Assessment of the Potential Dual Threat to West Virginia Fishes, Lindsey R F Hendrick

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Discrimination, Mental Health, and Preparedness for Aging in Trans(gender)/Gender-Nonconforming Adults, Richard S. Henry

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A PERSONAL APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE: EMPATHY, SENTIMENT, AND THE ENVIRONMENT'S REPRESENTATION IN TUMULTUOUS TIMES, Lauren Hensens

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ANXIOUS?: Re-designing Women’s Jewelry to Help Manage Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders, Nourbanu Feras Hijazi

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Converging Objects of the Universe, Everett Hoffman

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Victims, Victors, or Bystanders? African American College Students' Perceptions of African American Agency During the Civil War, Stephanie L. Hooks

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Engineering Surface Properties to Modulate Inflammation and Stem Cell Recruitment through Macrophage Activation, Kelly M. Hotchkiss

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Decoding the signaling of the D2R-2AR heteromer: relevance to schizophrenia, Miao Huang

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Exogenous FNIII 12-14 Regulates TGF-β1-Induced Markers, Hilmi M. Humeid

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REGULATION OF HCN CHANNEL FUNCTION BY DIRECT cAMP BINDING AND SINGLET OXYGEN, Vinaykumar Idikuda

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The Impact of Mother–Father Relationship, Social Support and Neighborhood Context on Preterm Birth, Timothy O. Ihongbe

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Mechanisms of B-Myb oncogenicity in ovarian cancer, Audra N. Iness

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Ageism Among Healthcare Professionals: The Influence of Personal Aging Anxiety, Job Role, and Work Setting on Attitudes Toward Older Patients, Jennifer L. K. Inker

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In vitro genetic code expansion and selected applications, Emil S. Iqbal

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Assessing K12 Online Teachers Knowledge of Online Student Identities and Characteristics, Brianne L. Jackson

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TOMMI'S PLACE: AN ADAPTATION AND COMMENTARY ON UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, Vanessa L. Jackson

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Ultrasound—Re:viewing Bodies, Minjee Jeon

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Metalloglycomics: Investigating the Interactions of Metal Complexes with Heparan Mimetics, Wyatt Johnson

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Untitled, Daliya Jokondo

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The Political Nature of the Paris Commune of 1871 and Manifestations of Marxist Ideology in the Official Publications of the Central Committee, Emily M. Jones

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Market Hall: Connecting Community Through Food, Commerce + Culture, Mary M. Jones

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Economic Burden of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) and Treatment Patterns, Overall Survival and Healthcare Costs among Older Metastatic RCC Patients, Hrishikesh P. Kale

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An Investigation of Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Mixture on Craniofacial Development in Mouse Embryos, Suraj Kandalam

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ESTIMATING THE RESPIRATORY LUNG MOTION MODEL USING TENSOR DECOMPOSITION ON DISPLACEMENT VECTOR FIELD, Kingston Kang

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The Role of Ceramide in Neutrophil Elastase Induced Inflammation in the Lungs, Sophia Karandashova

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Heparan Sulfate, A New Target for Platinum in Metastatic TNBC, Samantha J. Katner

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PROCESSING OF 3′-BLOCKED DNA DOUBLE-STRAND BREAKS BY TYROSYL-DNA PHOSPHODIESTERASE 1, ARTEMIS AND POLYNUCLEOTIDE KINASE/ PHOSPHATASE, Ajinkya S. Kawale

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“We’re all in this together:” Exploring the effectiveness and responsiveness of nonprofits in promoting the socioeconomic integration of refugees, Brittany Keegan

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Toward Biologically-Inspired Self-Healing, Resilient Architectures for Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems and Embedded Devices, Shawkat Sabah Khairullah

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Floral symmetry genes elucidate the development and evolution of oil-bee pollinated flowers of Malpighiaceae and Krameriaceae, Farahnoz N. Khojayori