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Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Reclaiming the Imagination through Science, Karyn Pallay

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Evaluation of Prototype Cell Delivery Catheters Using Agarose Gel and Cell Culture Experiments, Sagar Panse

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Bridging the Gap: Why Many High School Writers Are Not Successful In College Composition Classes, Amy Stutzman Park

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K x N Trust-Based Agent Reputation, Christopher Alonzo Parker

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Design and Analysis Methods for Cluster Randomized Trials with Pair-Matching on Baseline Outcome: Reduction of Treatment Effect Variance, Misook Park

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Physician Chief Executive Officers and Hospital Performance: A Contingency Theory Perspective, Urvashi B. Patel

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Perceived Deprivation in Active Duty Military Nurse Anesthetists, Julie Ann Pearson

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INNATE, Kiara Pelissier

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Images of Jenny Lind and the Construction of Identity for the Nineteenth-Century Female Performer, Joanna Elizabeth Penick

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Gustav Klimt and Modern Portraiture, Hanne Hagen Pettersen

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The Discriminative Stimulus Properties of the Atypical Antipsychotic Clozapine in C57BL/6 Mice, Scott D. Philibin

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The Effect of Variability in Substance Abuse and Dependence Terminology on Physicians' Prescribing Decisions, Lisa Rochelle Burroughs Phipps

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David Gilmour Blythe's Street Urchins and American Nativism, Corey S. Piper

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Autocrine Effects of Catecholamines on Macrophage Release of Interleukin-6 (IL-6), Shaunta D. Poe

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Cultural Stereotypes: From Dracula's Myth to Contemporary Diasporic Productions, Ileana F. Popa

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Welcome to the Branch, Turia R. Pope

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Insurance Status And Dental Disease in Virginia Schoolchildren, Allen Stuckey Porter

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Chemometric Analysis of Multivariate Liquid Chromatography Data: Applications in Pharmacokinetics, Metabolomics, and Toxicology, Sarah Elizabeth Graham Porter

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Characterization of the FTF/HNF-4 Sites Within the 7Alpha- and the 12Alpha-Hydroxylase Promoters Involved in the Bile Acid-Mediated Transcription of their Regulation, Preeti Pramanik

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Spin Polarized Transport in Nanoscale Devices, Sandipan Pramanik

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The Motives and Experiences of College Students Who Choose to Abstain from Drinking Alcohol, Lisa Proakis-Stone

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Early Mediators of Cutaneous Ischemia Reperfusion Injury: A Mouse Model, Christopher Rogers Pruitt

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Green Organic Solar Cells from a Water Soluble Polymer and Nancrystalline TiO2, Qiquan Qiao

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SWEAR, Deborah Quick

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Modeling Adjustable Passive Stiffness in Detrusor Smooth Muscle, Kevin E. Quintero

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Jimmy Hit His First Home Run, Eileen N. Rafferty

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Optical Characterization of Electrochemically Self-Assembled Compound Semiconductor Nanowires, Sivakumar Ramanathan

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Love of Nature, Marguerite Z. Ratliff

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conceptual packaging, Thirada Raungpaka

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Perceptual Paradigms, Kate Resnick

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Reflecting the Past and Shaping the Future: A Study of Adolescent Schemas and Exposure to Community Violence, Monique Vulin Reynolds

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Consuming Brazil: Afro Brazilian Religion as a Base for Actor Training, Corey Justin Roberts

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Children's Oral Health Quality of Life in a Community Setting, Kathryn Martinez Roberts

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Degenerate Oligonucleotide Primed-PCR: Thermalcycling Modifications and Comparison Studies, Denise N. Rodier

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Factors Leading to Successful Attainment of Doctoral Degrees in Education by African American Women, Antoinette Michelle Rogers

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Journeys, Diane Rohman

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Characterization and Functional Analysis of a Newly Identified Human MT5-MMP Transcript Variant Isolated from Multipotent NT2 Cells, Heather Hamilton Ross

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Predictors of Primary Elective Cesarean Delivery Among Apparently Healthy Pregnant Women in Virginia, Brooke W. Rossheim

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Cathexellanea, Pir Rothenberg

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From the Edge, Leslie Corder Rousseau

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The Role of DNA Methylation and Methyl Binding Domain Protein 2 in the Regulation of Human Embryonic and Fetal Beta Type Globin Genes, Jeremy William Rupon

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SEC Regulation of Corporate 10K Filing Dates: The Effect on Earnings Management and Market Recognition, Robert W. Russ

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The Ins and Outs of School Provider Literature: A Multi-Year Content Analysis on LGBT Youth, Caitlin Conor Ryan

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Development of a Software Application to Extract the Features of Normal Respiratory Sounds from the Lungs and the Trachea, Ranjani Sabarinathan

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Southeast Asian Immigrant Women's Perspectives on Domestic Violence, Pataporn Saengkhiew

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Use of a Synthetic Substrate for Orthodontic Bond Strength Testing, Elijah B. Saikaly

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Painted World, Eric Sall

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Impact of the Investments in Information and Communication Technologies on Total Factor Productivity in the Context of the Economies in Transition, Sergey Samoilenko

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Membership Functions for a Fuzzy Relational Database: A Comparison of the Direct Rating and New Random Proportional Methods, Shweta Sanghi

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Choice and Chance: Thoughts on My Journey, Leann Sasamoto

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From Darkness to Light: Examining the Role of Playwright/Director on Obscura, Dennis Christian Schebetta

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Cooking With Paint, Jody Lynn Schwab

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Machismo as a Determinant for HIV/STD Risk Behavior Among Latino MSM, Jacqueline L. Sears

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Scaffold Permeability as a Means to Determine Fiber Diameter and Pore Size of Electrospun Fibrinogen, Scott Allen Sell

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Calcium/Calmodulin Dependent Protein Kinase Type-II Associates with Flightless-I to Influence its Nuclear Localization, Matthew Edward Seward

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Development of a Software Code for Pharmacokinetic Analysis of PET Data., Sofia Shamas

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Anatomical Bases for Auditory Projections to Suprasylvian Visual Areas in the Cat Cerebral Cortex, Giriaj K. Sharma

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Psychological Symptoms, Marital Quality, and Environmental Stress in Newly-Married Couples, Constance B. Sharp

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Monocyte Modulation of Disease Pathogenesis and Progression in Localized Aggressive Periodontitis, Chu Ri Shin

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A Model for Studying Vasogenic Brain Edema, Anshu Shukla

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Impact of Terrorism on Migration Patterns in Turkey, Yilmaz Simsek

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VIRGINIA TEACHERS' UTILIZATION OF VMFA RESOURCES: A SURVEY, Jennifer Renee Smith

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Structured Faculty Mentoring in Higher Education: A Descriptive Analysis of the Perceptions of Junior and Senior Faculty, Jennifer J. Smith-Slabaugh

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Emotional Labor and Nursing Students: An Investigation of Nursing Students' Emotion Work, Ann Caldwell Smolen-Hetzel

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Influence of Organizational, Operational, Financial AndEnvironmental Factors on Hospitals' Adoption of Computerized Physician Order Entry Systems for Improving Patient Safety: A Resource Dependence Approach, Imre Solti

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Facades: Projecting Identity, Martin Fuller Speer

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Kick Me, Jennifer Stackpole

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Gonna Spread the News all Around: Early, African-American Popular Song as Spoken Newspaper, Randall Lawrence Stamper

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The Relationship between Children Witnessing Domestic Violence and Experiencing other Forms of Abuse and Their Suicidal Ideation, Kendra Win Stern

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An Examination of Career Decision-making in the Context of Female Offenders, Allison L. Stone

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POLITICS AND PERSONAL LIFE IN THE ERA OF REVOLUTION: THE TREATMENT AND REINTIGRATION OF ELITE LOYALISTS IN POST-REVOLUTIONARY VIRGINIA, Gregory Harkcom Stoner

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Electronic Medical Records in Acute Care Hospitals: Correlates, Efficiency, and Quality, Abby Jo Swanson

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Action of Tyrosyl DNA Phosphodiesterase on 3'-Phosphoglycolate Terminated DNA Strand Breaks, Haritha Tatavarthi

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Design and Development of Oligonucleotide Microarrays and their Application in Diagnostic and Prognostic Estimation of Human Gliomas, G. Scott Taylor

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Determination of the Mechanical Properties of Electrospun Gelatin Based on Polymer Concentration and Fiber Alignment, Leander Taylor III

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Relationships Among Stress, Blood Pressure, and Heart Rate Variability in Meditators, Sangthong Terathongkum

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Journaling for Critical Thinking, Paul E. Terrell Jr.

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DISCOVERY OF LIGNIN SULFATE AS A POTENT INHIBITOR OF HSV ENTRY INTO CELLS, Jay N. Thakkar

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In Vitro Flow Visualization Study of the Interface between Outflow Graft of Ventricular Assist Device and Aorta., Suhas Madhusudan Thatte

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The Influence of Perceptions and Experiences of Racial Discrimination on Body Mass Index among the Black Women's Health Study Cohort, Dana-Marie Thomas

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Lessons of Vocal Coaching Shakespeare in Hollywood: A Production Analysis, Deborah Thomas

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A Study of the Relationship Between School Climate and Student Performance on the Virginia Standards Of Learning Tests in Elementary Schools, Victoria Lee Thomasson

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Degenerate Oligonucleotide Primed - Polymerase Chain Reaction Evaluation And Optimization To Improve Downstream Forensic STR Analysis Of Low Quality/Low Quantity DNA, Lindsay Paige Thompson

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Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Folypoly-gamma-glutamate synthetase Gene, Nadine Thompson

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The Determinants of Hospital Adoption and Expansion of Bariatric Procedures: A Resource Dependence Perspective, Wenquiang Tian

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OUT OF BODY, Alessandra Lee Michelle Torres

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Acquisition and Retention of Bacterial Spores (Bacillus Atrophaeus) by Eight Insect Species, Kieron Marie Torres

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CORRELATIONS, Randy Scott Toy

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The Relationship Between Eating Disordered Behavior and Smoking in Black and White College Females, Sarah Elizabeth Trace

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A Twin Study of Antisocial Behavior and Depression: Methodology, Etiology, and Comorbidity, Kelly A. Tracy

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Development of the Postsecondary Student Survey of Disability-Related Stigma (SSDRS), John K. Trammell

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Immunological and Molecular Analyses of the Borrelia burgdorferi OspF Protein Family F, Emily Tran

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Phylogeography of Marine Meiofaunal Nemerteans of the Ototyphlonemertes Fila Species Complex, Alexander Tulchinsky

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R. Walton Moore and Virginia Politics, 1933-1941, Daniel Gregory Tulli

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Use of Quantitative Admissions Data to Predict Academic And Licensure Examination Performance Among Physical Therapist Students, Ralph Russell Utzman

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Relationships between Dimensions of Religiosity and Internalizing and Externalizing Psychiatric Disorders: A Twin Study, Gilbert Todd Vance

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Workplace Discrimination: An Empirical Analysis of EEOC-Resolved ADA Title I Charges, Wieren Todd Alan Van

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Natural Selection, Jeffrey A. Vick

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Teaching Theatre History: Re-Directing an Existing Course, Brian Robert Vrtis

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Synthesis of Novel Antimycobacterials and a Fluorescent Sensor for Simple Carbohydrates, Brian Thomas Walker