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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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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

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Impact of Sensory Adapted Dental Environment on Children with Developmental Disabilities, Gail Kim

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Effects of a 2-week exercise intervention on heart rate variability in individuals with low and high anxiety sensitivity, Hannah M. Kotarski

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Investigating the Role of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Agonists in Lung Cancer Progression and Chemosensitivity in the Context of Treating Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy, Sarah L. Kyte

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Elucidation of Substrate Binding Interactions for Human Organic Cation Transporters 1 (SLC22A1) and 2 (SLC22A2) Using In Silico Homology Modeling in Conjunction with In Vitro Site-Directed Mutagenesis and Kinetic Analysis, Raymond E. Lai

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Examination of the Role of Dehumanization as a Potential Mechanism Underlying the Racial Disparities in School Disciplinary Measures., Ebony A. Lambert

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Aerobic Exercise Exposure Targeting Anxiety Sensitivity: Effects on Associated Health Behaviors in Young Adults, Autumn Lanoye

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Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Dependent Effects of Nicotine on HEK293T and HBO Cells, James D. Larsen

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Black Lives Examined: Black Nonfiction and the Praxis of Survival in the Post-Civil Rights Era, Ariel D. Lawrence

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After the big wind stops I see gentle waves, Eunji (Jubee) Lee

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Understanding Knowledge Sharing Motivation in the Public Sector: Application of Self-Determination and Person-Environment Fit Theories, Jaeyong Lee

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Effects of Chemotherapy on Motivated Behavior and Opioid Reward in Rats, Luke P. Legakis

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Structural and Functional Consequences of HIV-1 Viral Protein Tat and Morphine Co-Exposure at the Blood-Brain Barrier, Crystal R. Leibrand

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A Familiar House, William Lenard

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DEVISING EMPATHY: WORKING WITH DEVISING, THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES, AND THE SNOW QUEEN, Mary C. Lennon

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Learning Together in Highland Park to Build Civic Capacity, Grace Leonard

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MOBILE ENCHANTMENT: THE VIRGINIA THEATRE MACHINE LLC, A NEW TWIST ON DRIVE-IN THEATRE, Mark J. Lerman

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Evaluation and Adaptation of Live-Cell Interferometry for Applications in Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research, Kevin A. Leslie

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The Intersection of Economic Disadvantage and Race and the Expanded Role of Parent-Led School-Supporting Nonprofit Organizations in K-12 Public Schools in the Richmond, Virginia, Metropolitan Area: A Mixed Methods Approach, Rachel A. Levy

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Through My Window, Haiyin Liang

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Of the Crickets, Kathryn Lien

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Metal-Organic Frameworks and Graphene-Based Support Materials for Heterogeneous Catalysis, Andrew Lin

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NATURAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC DRIVERS OF TREE EVOLUTIONARY DYNAMICS, Brandon M. Lind

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QUANTITATIVE AND MOLECULAR ANALYSIS OF HABITUATION AT THE MAIZE r1 LOCUS, Robert C. Lindsay

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Lorcaserin as a potential opioid-sparing adjunct, Kumiko M. Lippold

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Integral Measurement of Atmospheric Particulate Matter (PM), Di Liu

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EXAMINING THE CONFIRMATORY TETRAD ANALYSIS (CTA) AS A SOLUTION OF THE INADEQUACY OF TRADITIONAL STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING (SEM) FIT INDICES, Hangcheng Liu

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The Pond, Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik

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ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC IDENTITY, MOTIVATION AND SUCCESS: AN EXAMINATION OF DIII STUDENT-ATHLETES, Savanna M. Love

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The Role of ADAM10 and ADAM17 in Humoral and Type 2 Immunity, Joseph C. Lownik

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A comparison of the antimicrobial efficacy of silver diamine fluoride and silver nitrate: an in vitro study, Nicholas L. Luke

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She inches glass to break: conversations between friends, Liang Xia Luscombe

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The interaction between ceramide-1-phosphate and Group IVA cytosolic phospholipase A2 and its role in wound healing, Patrick MacKnight

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BED AND BREAKFAST: THE ROLE OF SLEEP AND AFFECT IN BREAKFAST INTAKE, Ashley R. MacPherson

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Advanced Imaging Analysis for Predicting Tumor Response and Improving Contour Delineation Uncertainty, Rebecca N. Mahon

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ABUSE LIABILITY OF AN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE IN TRADITIONAL CIGARETTE SMOKERS, Sarah F. Maloney

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KINETIC MONTE CARLO SIMULATION OF BINARY ALLOYS, Timothy Craig Marshall

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Understanding The Role Of Sport For Development In Addressing Health Disparities In Low-SES Communities, Tiesha R. Martin

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Family Planning and HIV Interventions among Women in Low-income Settings, Steven P. Masiano

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Periodontal therapy Improves Oral and Gut Microbiota and Reduces Systemic Inflammation and Endotoxemia in Patients with Cirrhosis, Payam Matin

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Capturing the Ephemeral, Caroline L. J. Matteson

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The Trumpery: Another Play About Whatever America is Right Now, Jane Mattingly

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3-Maps And Their Generalizations, Kevin J. McCall

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Isolation, Hollis B. McCracken

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Predictors of Resilient Outcomes among Juvenile Offenders, Kristina A. McGuire

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Evaluating the Effects of a Flipped Classroom Compared to a Traditional Classroom on Retention of Information and Course Engagement in a Radiation Safety Course, Stephanie A. McHugh

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A Public Reckoning: Interior Design, Comedy, & the Common Good, Caroline McIlraith

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SND1-Targeted Gene Therapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Bryan D. Mckiver

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Novel Support Vector Machines for Diverse Learning Paradigms, Gabriella A. Melki

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MECHANISTIC STUDIES OF PROTON-COUPLED ELECTRON TRANSFER REACTIONS INVOLVING ANTIOXIDANTS, Kejie Meng

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PATTERNS OF MOLECULAR POPULATION GENETIC AND PHENOTYPIC VARIATION ASSOCIATED WITH URBANIZATION IN THE WESTERN BLACK WIDOW SPIDER, Lindsay Miles

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The Feldenkrais Method in the Voice and Speech Classroom: Intertwining Linklater Voice and the Feldenkrais Method, Janel Miley Knipple

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Communicating Colorectal Cancer Risk to Average Risk Adults: Examining the Impact on Risk Perceptions and Health Behavior Intentions, Carrie A. Miller

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Biochemical Analysis of Putative RNA-Binding Proteins in Porphyromonas gingivalis, Jacob Mirpanah

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Gastrointestinal Microbiota Modulate Antinociceptive Tolerance Development in Mice with Chronic Morphine Exposure, Ryan A. Mischel

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Modulation of electron transport by Metformin in cardiac protection: role of complex I, Ahmed Abdul Hussein Mohsin

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Comparing Online English Language Learning and Face-to-Face English Language Learning at El Bosque University in Colombia, Marta L. Montiel-Chamorro

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Role of Sphingosine-1-phosphate Receptors in Cytokine and Chemokine Production by Glia, Jean Moon

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NORMATIVE DATA FOR FOUR NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS IN A SAMPLE OF ADULTS WHO ARE ILLITERATE AND FROM LATIN AMERICA, Alejandra Morlett Paredes

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Accuracy of a smartphone-based orthodontic treatment monitoring application, Heather Moylan

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A Collection of Stories, Siddiqah Mujahid

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LESSONS, Kathryn K. Murphy

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Relationship Between Patient-Health Coach Interactions and Changes in Markers of Glucose Homeostasis, Jason P. Nagy

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POLICE OFFICER PERCEPTIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL JUSTICE AND BODY-WORN CAMERAS: A CIVILIZING EFFECT?, Carolyn Naoroz Ph.D.

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The role of vegetation-topographic interactions in a barrier island system: island migration in a changing climate, Benjamin Nettleton

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GEODESIC STRUCTURE IN SCHWARZSCHILD GEOMETRY WITH EXTENSIONS IN HIGHER DIMENSIONAL SPACETIMES, Ian M. Newsome

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Mother Knows Better: The Donna Reed Show, The Feminine Mystique and the Rise of the Modern Maternal Feminist Movement, Anne M. Newton

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Big Networks: Analysis and Optimal Control, Hung The Nguyen

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Red-headed Woodpecker Full Annual Cycle Ecology at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, Benjamin Nickley

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5-HT2B Receptor-mediated Cardiac Valvulopathy, Pallavi Nistala

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The Contribution of SARM1 to axonal degeneration in CNS inflammatory disorders, Daniel C. Njoku

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Identification of taxonomic and functional ichthyofaunal zones within the James River Basin, Virginia, Joseph L. Noel

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The Relationship Between Central Venous Catheter and Post-Operative Complications in Patients Undergoing Hepatic Resection, David C. O'Connor

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Social and emotional adjustment across aggressor/victim subgroups: Do aggressive-victims possess unique risk?, Kelly E. OConnor

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Use of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for the Detection of Bioactive Lipids, Christopher M. Ohlhaver

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Detection of Genetic Abnormalities Using High Speed Atomic Force Microscopy, Anita J. Olsen

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Assessment of Pediatric-Focused Brief Motivational Interviewing Training of Dental Students and Pediatric Dental Residents, Victoria M. Onesty

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DELAY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND THEIR APPLICATION TO MICRO ELECTRO MECHANICAL SYSTEMS, Asset Ospanov

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Reducing Uncertainty in Head and Neck Radiotherapy with Plastic Robotics, Mark R. Ostyn

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Scan & Scansion: An Urban Residency for Poets & Artists Working in Collaboration, Heather A. Overby

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RATIONAL DESIGN OF ALLOSTERIC MODULATORS OF HEMOGLOBIN AS DUAL ACTING ANTISICKLING AGENTS, Piyusha P. Pagare

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Escapism: Indulging in Daydreams, Tanruk Pairoj-Boriboon

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Outcomes Associated with the Utilization of Antidepressants and Psychotherapy Amongst Cancer Patients with Depression, Purva N. Parab

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The Investigation of Oxidative Addition Reactions of Metal Complexes in Cross-Coupling Catalytic Cycles Based on a Unique Methodology of Coupled Ion/Ion-Ion/Molecule Reactions, Mariah L. Parker

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Relationships among parenting stress, parenting practices, and conduct problems in African American mothers of children with and without ADHD, Amanda Parks

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Consuming Digital Debris in the Plasticene, Stephen R. Parks

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ASSESSMENT OF A PREDICTED DIGUANYLATE CYCLASE IN TREPONEMA DENTICOLA, Dhara T. Patel

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Effects of HIV-1 Tat and drugs of abuse on antiretroviral penetration inside different CNS cell types, Sulay H. Patel

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A World Without You, Brian C. Patterson

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Redox Reactions at Oil-Water Interface by Particle Collision Electroanalysis, Dilip K. Paul

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Perceived Financial Burden, Self-Management Behaviors, and Glycemic Control in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes, Megan Peter

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Comparison of Hiring Strategies of Orthodontic Private Practitioners, Steven C. Petritz

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Drawings with River, Greg Piwonka