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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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A Systems Biology Approach For Predicting Essential Genes and Deciphering Their Dynamics Under Stress In Streptococcus sanguinis, Fadi El-rami

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Synthetic Modeling of Power Grids Based on Statistical Analysis, Seyyed Hamid Elyas 8045266

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Abuse-related Behavioral Effects of Oxycodone in the Mouse and their Modulation by HIV-1 Tat Expression, Rachel M. Enga

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Automatically Detecting the Resonance of Terrorist Movement Frames on the Web, Ugochukwu O. Etudo

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WEIGHTED QUANTILE SUM REGRESSION FOR ANALYZING CORRELATED PREDICTORS ACTING THROUGH A MEDIATION PATHWAY ON A BIOLOGICAL OUTCOME, Bhanu M. Evani

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An Appeal for HOPE: Analyses and Social Equity Implications of Georgia’s Merit-based, Lottery-funded Scholarship, Lindsey L. Evans

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Orientia tsutsugamushi secretes two ankyrin repeat-containing effectors via a type 1 secretion system to inhibit host NF-κB function, Sean M. Evans

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A Systems View of IS Governance and IT Governance: A Case Study of the Virginia Department of Transportation, Bernard Farkas

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Development of High Efficiency Dry Powder Inhalers for Use with Spray Dried Formulations, Dale Farkas

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Effect of temperature and genetic structure on adaptive evolution at a dynamic range edge in the North American gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar L.), Trevor M. Faske

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Relocations of the 'Outraged Slave': Transatlantic Reform Conversations through Douglass's Periodical Fiction, Nikki D. Fernandes

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Should We Straighten Up? Exploring the Responsibilities of Actor Training for LGBTQ Students, Matthew B. Ferrell

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A SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS FOR RELATIVE IMPORTANCE WEIGHTS IN THE META-ANALYTIC CONTEXT: A STEP TOWARDS NARROWING THE THEORY-EMPIRICISM GAP IN TURNOVER, James G. Field

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A Study of Critical Value Notification in the Outpatient Setting: The Relationship Between Physician Response and Patient Outcomes, Kristie Renee Finney

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PREPARATION AND APPLICATION OF CATALYSTS FOR THE STEREOSPECIFIC REDUCTION AND PHOTOOXYGENATION OF OLEFINS IN CONTINUOUS OPERATIONS: A NOVEL METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF ARTEMISININ, Daniel C. Fisher

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Cabaret Story-Telling: Building Your Act, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald

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Accurate acoustic ranging system using android smartphones, mohammadbagher fotouhi

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Negotiating Desire: Resisting, Reimagining and Reinscribing Normalized Sexuality and Gender in Fan Fiction, Charity A. Fowler

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Electronic and Structural Study of the Reactivity of Cu+ with CO, H2O, O2, N2 and their Mixture, Cara M. Frame

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A Novel Synthesis and Subsequent Decyclization of Iminothiozolidinones: Expansion of Thiourea Chemistry for Biological Applications, Constance D. Franklin

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Women Self Actualization: A narrative of a performative gender constitution, Hala A. Gabr

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Evolution of antagonistic relationships in proteins: a case study of RADIALIS- and DIVIRICATA-like genes, Ao Gao

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Review of Whistleblowing Studies in Accounting Research Examining Corporate Internal Whistleblowing Policy, Lei Gao

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Investigation on Genetic Modifiers of Age at Onset of Major Depressive Disorder, Huseyin Gedik

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The Lived Experiences of Academic Advisors with Counseling Degrees in Addressing Wellness with College Student-Athletes, Jennifer M. Gerlach

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Smoking Behavior in Arab Americans: Acculturation and Health Beliefs, Roula Ghadban

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Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a Model for Orofacial Research, Kevin A. Ghaffari

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Study of the photoluminescence spectra of Mg-doped GaN, Puranjan Ghimire

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A Dull Soldier and a Keen Guest: Stumbling Through The Falstaffiad One Drink at a Time, Emma Givens

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Characterizing the Role of Key Planar Cell Polarity Pathway Components in Axon Guidance, Grayland W. Godfrey II

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A Hierarchical Linear Modeling Approach to Predicting Trajectories of Posttraumatic Growth in Veterans Following Acquired Physical Disability, Lisa Goldberg Looney

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MULTIMODAL PEDAGOGIES, PROCESSES AND PROJECTS: WRITING TEACHERS KNOW MORE THAN WE MAY THINK ABOUT TEACHING MULTIMODAL COMPOSITION, Jessica B. Gordon

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RECOGNIZING HER CHARACTERISTICS AS A LEADER: AN EXAMINATION OF THE SELF-ASSESSMENT OF WOMEN LEADERS AS SHAPED BY SOCIAL IDENTITY THEORY AND THE CONCEPT OF DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS, John C. Gregory

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Nature of Bonding in Bimetallic or Ligated Aluminum Clusters, Cam J. Grover

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Quantitative Analysis and Process of High Speed Live Cell Interferometry Measurements, Daniel Guest

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Designing Effective Messages to Promote Future Zika Vaccine Uptake, Jeanine Guidry

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PREDICTORS OF VICARIOUS TRAUMATIZATION AMONG TRAUMA CLINICIANS AND GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS: A COMPARISON, Shaina Gulin

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An Algorithm to Improve Deformable Image Registration Accuracy in Challenging Cases of Locally-Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Christopher L. Guy

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Hydrogen Sulfide Regulation of Kir Channels, Junghoon Ha

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Prime, Perform, Recover, Patrick Harkin

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Investigating the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Intelligence to Attitudes towards Team-Based Learning in Undergraduate Pre-health Profession Students, Kevin A. Harris

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Discovery and characterization of bile acid and steroid metabolism pathways in gut-associated microbes, Spencer Harris

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ANALYZING THE PHENOTYPIC EFFECT OF THREE CANDIDATE GENES ASSOCIATED WITH NONSYNDROMIC CRANIOSYNOSTOSIS USING A ZEBRAFISH MODEL, Megan A. Hept

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“The Heighe Worthynesse of Love”: Visions of Perception, Convention, and Contradiction in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, John J. Hertz

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PATIENT OUTCOMES AND MANAGED CARE: WHAT WAS THE IMPACT OF THE STATE REGULATORY BACKLASH?, TINA C. HIGHFILL

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Longitudinal Bidirectional Relations Between Subtypes of Anxiety and Callous-Unemotional Traits in Early- to Mid-Adolescence, Stephanie A. Hitti

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Virginia's Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Program: Ten Years Later, What We Know, -Where Do We Need to Go?, Cherise A. Hodge

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Signaling Components Involved in the Hormone Induced Translocation of ENaC in Cultured Adult Human Fungiform (HBO) Taste Cells, Deanna Hojati

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Plantiod Planet, roxana hojat

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Active Design: Creating a Blue Zones model for interior environments, Alexis Holcombe

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MODIFIED PAMAM DENDRIMERS IN TUNABLE DRUG-DELIVERY SYSTEMS: A SUSTAINED-RELEASE DENDRIMER HYDROGEL FOR ANTI-GLAUCOMA DRUGS AND SURFACE-ENGINEERED MACROPHAGES AS NANOPARTICLE CARRIERS FOR TARGETED ANTI-CANCER THERAPY, Christopher A. Holden

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A Comparison of Treatment Planning Modalities for the Pediatric Dental Patient, Martha M. Holland

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UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: A CASE STUDY EXPLORING STREET-LEVEL BUREAUCRACY IN ACADEMIC ADVISING, Fai Howard

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FUNCTIONAL STUDY OF CMYA5, A CANDIDATE GENE FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA, Anting Hsiung

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IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE AND TIME-PREDICTABILITY OF GPUs, Yijie Huangfu

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IDENTITY POLITICS, STATE STANDARDS, AND ON THE GROUND REALITIES: A CRITICAL POLICY ANALYSIS OF TEACHING/LEARNING GENDER/SEXUALITY IN A VIRGINIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Stefanie Hudson

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THREE MEASURES OF COPING IN VIDEO GAMES (CIV-III): THE DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCT VALIDATION, AND PROFILE ANALYSIS OF THE CIV-III, Chelsea M. Hughes

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Wiped Clean, Elizabeth H. Hunter

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Assessing Acquiescence in Surveys Using Positively and Negatively Worded Questions, Amy C. Hutton

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Talking to Strangers, Anthony Iacono

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The effect of SAHA on the expression of genes in wild type and Hdac2 knockout mouse models and its potential use as treatment for schizophrenia, Maryum K. Ijaz

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Mechanisms of Motivational Interviewing in a Parent-focused Pediatric Obesity Intervention, Nadia Islam

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The Japanese Experience in Virginia, 1900s-1950s: Jim Crow to Internment, Emma T. Ito

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Investigating the Modulation and Mechanisms of α7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Nicotine Dependence, Asti Jackson

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Ethanol Reversal of Oxycodone Tolerances, Joanna C. Jacob

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DISCOVERY OF MOR SELECTIVE, REVERSIBLE OPIOID ANTAGONIST FOR POTENTIAL USE IN TREATMENT OF DRUG DEPENDENCE, Abdulmajeed Jali

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Characterization of Staphylococcal nuclease and tudor domain containing protein 1 (SND1) as a molecular target in Hepatocellular carcinoma and Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, Nidhi H. Jariwala

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Silver Diamine Fluoride and Oral Health-Related Quality of Life, Nazafarin Javdan

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Sustainable Adapted Treatments for Eating Disorders: The Role of Cultural Adaptation in Prevention, Sarah J. Javier

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Development of General Purpose Liquid Chromatography Simulator for the Exploration of Novel Liquid Chromatographic Strategies, Lena N. Jeong

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Community gardens: Exploring race, racial diversity and social capital in urban food deserts, Jennifer F. Jettner

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The Pharmacology of an Agonist Medication to Treat Stimulant Use Disorder, Amy Johnson

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Cooperative Wideband Spectrum Sensing Based on Joint Sparsity, ghazaleh jowkar

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RELIABILITY AND STABILITY OF THE SIX QUESTION DISABILITY MEASURE IN THE CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY: WHAT THE DATA CAN AND CANNOT TELL US ABOUT DISABILITY AND LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION, Jeffrey Joy Dr.

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Designing for Divorce: New Rituls and Artifacts for an Evolving World, Yang Soon Ju Ms.

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below the neck, above the knees, Desiree Dawn Kapler

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The Prevalence, Predictive Factors, and Classification of Intrapulpal Cracks in Maxillary Molars Requiring Endodontic Treatment, husain karashi

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State-Based Human Rights Violations and Terrorism, Eray Karlidag

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Assessing the Implementation of Campus Safety Policies in Virginia Community Colleges: An Analysis of the Forces at Play in Higher Education Institutional-Level Policymaking, Steven T. Keener

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Racial and Ethnic Differences in Receipt of Immediate Breast Reconstruction Surgery: Do Hospital Characteristics Matter?, Jaya Shankar Khushalani

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EFFECTS OF SILENCING CYC2-LIKE GENES ON FLORAL DEVELOPMENT IN SOLANUM LYCOPERSICUM L. AND NICOTIANA OBTUSIFOLIA M. MARTENS & GALEOTTI (SOLANACEAE), Joonseog Kim

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Combining Noxa-Inducing Drugs with ABT-263 to Efficiently Increase Cell Death in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC), Sung Woo Kim

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A Mixed Methods Investigation of Caregiver Coaching in an Early Intervention Model: Differences in Providers for Children with Hearing Loss, Alison R. King

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Biochemical Analysis of Putative Single-Stranded Nucleic Acid Binding Proteins in Porphyromonas gingivalis, Steve H. Kokorelis

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THE ROLE OF KLF1 IN REGULATING γ-GLOBIN GENE REPRESSORS, Anna P. Kovilakath

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Pebbles Is a Girl That Doesn't Know Anything, Grace A. Kubilius

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Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase type II (CaMK-II) is required for hematopoietic stem cell specification, Camden E. Kurtz

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Expression of Matrix Metalloproteinases in Naegleria fowleri and Their Role in Degradation of the Extracellular Matrix, Charlton Lam

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Nanomedicine Drug Delivery across Mucous Membranes, Michael G. Lancina III

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The Influence of Genetic and Environmental Factors on Quit Attempt in Adolescent and Young Adult Twins, Gladys Langi

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Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Dentists and Orthodontists, Natalie R. La Rochelle

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Process Metamorphosis, My Choreographic Journey, Brianna J. Larson

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A Hierarchical Architectural Framework for Securing Unmanned Aerial Systems, Matthew Leccadito

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Sub for More, Chelsea Lee

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NANOCOMPOSITE BIOELECTRONICS FOR BIOPOTENTIAL ENABLED PROSTHESIS, Dong Sup Lee

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The Generalized Monotone Incremental Forward Stagewise Method for Modeling Longitudinal, Clustered, and Overdispersed Count Data: Application Predicting Nuclear Bud and Micronuclei Frequencies, Rebecca Lehman

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“Confederate Soldiers in the Siege of Petersburg and Postwar: An Intensified War and Coping Mechanisms Utilized, 1864- ca. 1895”, Matthew R. Lempke

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The effect of combined sewer overflows on the abundance of antibiotic resistance genes and bacteria in the James River, Enjolie Levengood

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Favorability of Financial and Nonfinancial Performance Measures and Analysts' Recommendations, Thomas F. Lewis Jr

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Podocyte Dedifferentiation and Glomerular Injury Mediated by Lysosome Dysfunction: Role of Acid Ceramidase, Guangbi Li