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Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Properties and Recent Applications in Spectral Graph Theory, Michelle L. Rittenhouse

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Season of Birth and Risk for Schizophrenia, Seth Roberts

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The Possibilities of Sort Of, Jesse Robinson

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The Beekeepers, Richard Robinson

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Physiological and Molecular Characterization of Genetic Competence in Streptococcus sanguinis, Alejandro Rodriguez

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Male Survivors: Walking the Tightrope of Masculinity, Luke Rogers

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Tolerance Intervals in Random-Effects Models, Kakotan Sanogo

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Effect of Metro Living on Oral Cancers in Virginia: 2001-2005, Preeti Sastry

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Blending Doctrine, Practice, and Purpose in Legal Education: The Case for an Integrated Pedagogy, Debra M. Schneider

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Magic, Mystery, Illusion and Magic, Alexis Semtner

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Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) Based Chemical Sensor, Gopakumar Sethuraman

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On Zeitgeist, James Sham

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An Integrated Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Process Model, Sumana Sharma

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MATOAKA: Pocahontas in the Age of Identity, Matthew Shifflett

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Magnetic Nanoparticles Based on Iron: Synthesis, Characterization, Design, and Application, Michael David Shultz

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The Cognitive Moral Reasoning of Salespeople, Wayne Marshall Slough

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Development and Characterization of a Mechanically Prestressed Piezoelectric Composite, Byron Fitzgerald Smith

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Intravenous Administration of Perfluorocarbon Emulsions as a Non-Recompression Therapy for Decompression Sickness, Cameron Smith

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Unlisted Properties: An Exploration in Solo Performance, Jason Smith

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Rhythm, Grid and Collage: Building a Design Business Incubator, Robert David Smith

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Plumage Ornamentation as an Indicator of Female Age and an Influence in Male Mate Choice in Protonotaria Citrea, the Prothonotary Warbler in Virginia., Terry Smith

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Density of Gutta Percha by Weight in Straight Root Canals and Curved Root Canals after Single Cone, Cold Lateral, and Warm Vertical Condensation, Gerald Clay Sparrow

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Beyond the Early Adopters: Examining the potential for car-sharing in Richmond, Virginia, Steven P. Spears

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Find Meaning Make Meaning, Karen Stein

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Shaping Strategic Information Systems Security Initiatives in Organizations, Gurvirender Tejay

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Agenda-Setting and the Media: A Look at Child Welfare Legislation, 1995-2005, Tamara Temoney

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An Ontology Centric Architecture For Mediating Interactions In Semantic Web-Based E-Commerce Environments, Manoj Thomas

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Faith-Based Organizations and Legislative Advocacy: A Qualitative Inquiry, M. Lori Thomas

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Effects of Light Exposure on the Release of Oxygen from Hemoglobin in a Red Blood Cell Suspension, Tanikka Toler

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Identification of Virulence Determinants for Streptococcus sanguinis Infective Endocarditis, Lauren Turner

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The Experience of Volunteering for Hurricane Katrina Relief / Theoretical Explanations for Nurses’ Involvement as Volunteers in Global Disasters, Deborah Ulmer

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An SCIR Model of Meningococcal Meningitis, Kalimah Vereen

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Integrating Actor Training into Movement Design: An Analysis of the Fight Direction in Tamburlaine and Edward II, Christopher Drew Vidal

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Entertainment News: Agitprop to Colbertisms, Chanelle Renee Vigue

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Bananas in the Mist: Directing Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King, Diego Villada

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Numerical Analysis of Respiratory Aerosol Deposition: Effects of Exhalation, Airway Constriction and Electrostatic Charge, Samir C. Vinchurkar

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Lucky Strike Branch Library, Vanessa Yvonne Vinsant

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Examining student engagement and its influence in a social contextual model of adolescent health behavior change, Ian Joseph Wallace

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Schema, Ann Walsh

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The Response of HN4 Cells to Porphyromonas gingivalis DNA, Cheyanne Warren

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Unlisted Properties: An Exploration in Solo Performance, Lauren White

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Civic Habits: A Predictive Model of Volunteer Behavior, Susan G. White

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Ceramide Kinase and Ceramide-1-Phosphate, Dayanjan Wijesinghe

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Inflammation-associated gene regulation in primary astrocytes, glial tumors and cellular differentiation, Katarzyna Marta Wilczynska

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Directing For the Small Professional Theatre: Directing "Nothing Sacred", Robert Hunter Williams

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5-HT3 Receptor Ligands and Their Effect on Psychomotor Stimulants, Jessica Nicole Worsham

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The Director's Presence, Paul Stephen Wurth

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CREATION OF A MOUSE WITH A HUMANIZED fpgs GENE COMPATIBLE WITH NORMAL DEVELOPMENT, Linying Xie

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Exploring the Experience of Benefit Finding in Parents of Children with Cancer: A Grounded Theory Study, Carol E. Zogran

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Repurposing a Roomba: Evaluating and training behavior in a simple agent, Donald Samuel Abbott-McCune

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SYNTHESIS AND BIOLOGICAL EVALUATION OF CCR5 ANTAGONISTS AS NOVEL ANTI-PROSTATE CANCER AGENTS, Joanna Lee Adams

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FUNCTIONAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN H-RAS AND K-RAS IN TRANSGENIC MOUSE TUMORS, Amit Balkrishna Agarwal

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Adverse Anesthesia Outcomes: A Retrospective Study of an Ambulatory Surgical Center versus a Dental Office Setting, Gaurav Agarwal

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Replication of Akers' SSSL Model on Turkish Male Narcotics Arrestees, Ilkay Akyay

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Microporous Membrane-based Co-culture of Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Kelsey Morgan Albert

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Our Hiding Places, Rashaid Farida Al

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Toward a New Kinship Constellation, Nellie Helen Frances Appleby

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Examination of Birth Outcomes with Mode of Delivery for Breech Presentation, Kelly Marie Arey

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The Substituted Pyrrole JB-03-14 Induces Autophagic Cell Death and Growth Arrest in Breast Tumor Cells, Christopher Ryan Arthur

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Probabilistic Methods, Joseph Kwaku Asafu-Adjei

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An Evaluation of Mold in Public Schools in the City of Richmond, VA, Stephen Asante-Ansong

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Study Of Covalent And Non-Covalent Interactions In Ternary Systems Involving: Metal/DNA-RNA/Protein, Where Metal = Platinum(II), Palladium(II), Anzellotti I. Atilio

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Investigation of the Association between Bulimia Nervosa and Drug Use Disorders: Common Influences and Characteristics, Jessica H. Baker

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Posttraumatic Growth Among College Students at a Large Urban University: The Role of Social Support and Unsupportive Social Interactions, Wendy E. Balliet

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Confrontation: Endeavors in Futility, Gabriel Lashley Barlow

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Design of an Electrospun Type II Collagen Scaffold for Articular Cartilage Tissue Engineering, Catherine Pemble Barnes

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Unconquerable Defiance: Richmond Newspapers and Confederate Defeat, 1864-1865, Anne K. Berler

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Virginia and the Equal Rights Amendment, Mary Bezbatchenko

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Comparison of Three Methods for Measuring Smoking Behavior, Melissa D. Blank

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Comparisons of Attitudes Toward Computer Use and Computer Technology Based on Gender and Race/Ethnicity Among Eighth Graders, Kitty J. Boitnott

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The Association between Adult Self-reported Asthma & Potential Exposures to Asthma Triggers in Virginia Workplaces: An Ecological Study, Jeanette R. Bowman

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Differentiated Educational Strategies in the Elementary Art Classroom, Mary Amber Bush

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You Have To Spray To Grow, Nathan Carder

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A COMPARISION OF DELTA-9-TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL DEPENDENCE IN C57Bl/6j MICE AND FATTY ACID AMIDE HYDROLASE KNOCK OUT MICE, Brittany Leigh Alice Carlson

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Modern Literacy: New Media's Gift to Nonfiction, the Self, and the Community, Tracey S. Carlton

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Determinants of HIV Screening among Adult Women in the United States, Zena R. Carter

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DEFECTS IN GaN: AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY, Serguei Aleksandrovich Chevtchenko

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Self-Care and Quality of Life in Patients with Heart Failure, Chantira Chiaranai

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Effects of CXCL8 Overexpression on Tumor Cell Proliferation and Migration in an HNSCC Cell Model, Emil Paul Christofakis

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Elementary School Principals' Perceptions of the Instructional Role of the School Library Media Specialist, Audrey Puckett Church

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The Biodiesel Project: A High School Multi-Discipline Class Collaboration and Graphic Imaging Technology Unit Plan, Charles E. Cimo

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One Million Paintings 2005-2007: A Thesis, jared lindsay clark

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An InVitro Leakage and Viscosity Analysis of Root End Filling Materials, Paul D. Clark

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In Search of the Ooey Gooey Good, Lauren Ashley Clay

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Role of ROK and PKC in Permeabilized Rabbit Femoral Artery, Lyndsay Jacquelyn Clelland

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Stability Analysis of Systems of Difference Equations, Richard A. Clinger

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Times New Roman, Jason McKrindey Coates

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The Effect of a Nominal Fee on Treatment Choices for Children Needing Dental Rehabilitation, D'Audra M. Cole

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Thalamic Afferents to Reorganized Auditory Cortices in Postnatally Deafened Cats, Sarah Beth Corley

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Theoretical Investigation of the Structure and Vibrational Frequencies of Water and Methanol Complexes, John Michael Craig

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The Need for Caring Pedagogies: A personal look at education in depressed economies, Catherine Curran

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Direct Address, Daniel W. Currier

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Evaluating Bilateral Phenomena: The Case of Pain in Sickle Cell Disease, Bassam Dahman

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Disparities in the Use of Emergency Contraceptives, Rebecca Dallman

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Walk 14 Blocks, Bryant Mark Dameron

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An Adaptive Dose Finding Design (DOSEFIND) Using A Nonlinear Dose Response Model, James Michael Davenport

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Determinants of College Students' Opinions Towards Felon Voting Rights: An Exploratory Study, Edwards Brenda Cherie Dawson

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Systemic and Microcirulatory Responses to Hemorrhage and Resuscitation with Fluids Containing Drag Reducing Polymers, Dian La Toya Dayalsingh

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The Cross Empowerment of Singing and Acting, Stephanie C. Dean

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Camping in the Classroom: Ridiculous Theatre as Serious Drama, John Kenneth DeBoer