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Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Role of VEGF-C in Proliferation and Migration in a Cancer Model, Emily Marie Benke

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Healing, Learning and Play, Kangana Bhatnagar

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Flow-Acting: Modern Sports Science and the Preparation of Actors, Barrett Slade Billew

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Warm Hydroforming Characteristics of Stainless Steel Sheet Metals, Eren Billur

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Self-reference Through White Space in Graphic Design, Can Birand

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AVIAN DISPERSAL OF THE ACTINOMYCETE FRANKIA ACROSS A BARRIER ISLAND LANDSCAPE, Spencer Bissett

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Applying Movement Success Models to Marian Apparition Movements, Rachel Bobbitt

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Evaluation of an Early Discharge Policy For Infants With Apnea of Prematurity, Cheryl N. Bodamer

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Choreographing Cabaret: A Guide to Storytelling through Dance and Movement, Katie Claire Bradley

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Effects of Smoking and Gender on Tetrahydroisoquinolines and Beta-Carbolines in a Healthy Population and During Alcohol Detoxification, Satjit Singh Brar

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EFFECTS OF METAL PROTOPORPHYRINS ON BURN WOUND CONVERSION, Katie Braun

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Grace Street Senior Center, Virginia Brockett

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Bounded Surface, Emilie Sayward Brown

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Surging Seepage: A Triple Bond Accretion System, Jacqueline Brown

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New Museum Theory in Practice: A Case Study of the American Visionary Art Museum and the Representation of Disability, Amanda Bryan

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Generalized Second Price Auctions with Hierarchical Bidding, Kevin Bryan

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The Pedagogy of Shakespeare & Company, Catherine Bryne

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Development of an Inexpensive, Haptic Graphical Display Device, David Burch

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Frontal Plane Pelvic Drop in Runners: Causes and Clinical Implications, Evie Neff Burnet

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Early Intervention, Research and Therapy Center for Children with Autism, Nicole Marie Caccavo

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Informal Caregivers of Advanced Cancer Patients: The Impact of Geographic Proximity on Social Support and Bereavement Adjustment, John Garland Cagle

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Alternative Orthodontic Bonding Protocol Using Self Etching Primer, Rush-Baker Gaines Caldwell

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Self-Appraisals, Perfectionism, and Academics in College Undergraduates, David Edward Canter

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Esthetic Posterior Stainless Steel Crowns and their Relative Shear Strengths, Lonny Dale Carmichael

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Shiver, Jennifer Elaine Carson

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Fetal and early neonatal death: Do the determinants vary?, Ashley Carter

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Organizing Around a Center: A Design Incubator and Business Center, Mindy Carter

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The Performance Effects of Latent Factors on Assimilation of Commercial Open-Source ERP Software on Small-Medium Enterprises, Sandra Cereola

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Program Approach for Childheaded Households in Zambia, Samson Chama

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Trembling Earth, Amy Beth Chan

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Electromyographic Characterization in an Animal model of Dystonia, Kunal Dilip Chaniary

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Objects: Entropy and Temporality, Anthony Cioe

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Pathways to Drug Use among Rural and Urban African American Adolescents: The Mediating and Moderating Effects of Parent and Peer Influences, Trenette Clark

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The Effects of Family, School and Peer Support on the Achievement Outcomes of African American Adolescents, M. Annette Clayton

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How Well Does Spirituality Predict Health Status in People Living With HIV-Disease?, Rachel Kidd Cobb

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Molecular mechanisms involved in oligodendrocyte development, Rochelle Coelho

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Making Time, Christine Coffey

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DROPPING KNOWLEDGE AND BREAKING BARRIERS: MY FIRST YEAR TEACHING AT JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL, Jeffrey Cole

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The Open Road, Bryan Condra

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MECHANICAL ABRASION AND ELECTROPORATION IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF INTACT PLEUROTUS OSTREATUS HYPHÆ and NUTRIENT-DEPENDANT RESISTANCE TO HYGROMYCIN B, Alexander Cordesman

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Self-Determination for Students with Disabilities from a Hispanic Background in Transition from School to Work, Elin Cortijo-Doval

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Spark Gap, Lillian Cox-Richard

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Effects of Predation Risk, Density and Disease on Energy Efficiency in a Larval Anuran, Sarah Crane

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A Comparison of Ordinary Least Squares and Instrumental Variables Regression for High Intensity Disease Management Evaluation, Gerald A. Craver

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Inflammatory Regulation of Cysteine Cathepsins, Blaine Creasy

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A Space for Absence, timothy dalton

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Integrating Nature into Urban Educational Environments, Caroline Anne Davenport

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Contamination of Dental Waterlines: Efficacy of Seven Waterline Treatments and Three In-office Bacteria Test Kits, Adam Davis

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Des Perdues: The Precariousness of Loss, Alissa Grace Davis

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Prediction of Breathing Patterns Using Neural Networks, Pavani Davuluri

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Orthodontic Bracket Bond Strength Using Self-Etching Primer With or Without Pumice or Acid Etch Pretreatment, Ana Paula DeCastro

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3-D Analysis of a Functional Reach Test in Subjects With Functional Ankle Instability, Sarah J. de la Motte

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Corporate Housing and Training, Cojo Gerardo Del

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Sing Together! Choral Singing as a Supplementary Training Method for Actors, Daniel C. Dennis

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Synthesis and Characterization of Polyionic Hydrogels, Pooja Desai

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Looking For Ways To Ruin A Perfectly Good Day: Masculinity in bash: the latter-day plays by Neil LaBute, Daniel F. Devlin

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Physiological Correlates of Aggression in Adolescent Females, Ashley Dibble

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What is a Partition?, Lee Dijoseph

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Self-Determination Realized? Consumer direction: A case study of Virginia, Parthenia Dinora

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Social Support, Weight Loss Attempts and Satisfaction, Allison Drew

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Comparative Practices & Perspectives: Gender, Development and Empowerment in Uttarakhand, India and Northern Virginia, Sara Duke

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Fibronectin-dependent Activation of CaMK-II Promotes Focal Adhesion Turnover by Inducing Tyrosine Dephosphorylation of FAK and Paxillin, Charles Easley IV

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In Pursuit of Paternal Significance: Fathers' Influence on their Daughters' and Sons' Sexual Behaviors and Beliefs, Rachel S. Everley

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Characterization of Microorganisms of Interest to Homeland Security and Public Health Utilizing Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry, Robert A. Everley

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INVESTIGATION OF INOSINE AND HYPOXANTHINE AS BIOMARKERS OF CARDIAC ISCHEMIA IN PLASMA OF NON-TRAUMATIC CHEST PAIN PATIENTS AND A RAPID ANALYTICAL SYSTEM FOR ASSESSMENT, Don E. Farthing

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THE EFFECT OF NON-SURGICAL PERIODONTAL THERAPY ON SERUM LEVELS OF C-REACTIVE PROTEIN AND HUMAN SOLUBLE CD40 LIGAND, Matthew D. Ficca

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Quantifiying the Depth of Oral Sedation Using Bispectral Index Monitoring, John Flowers

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Typography As Performance: bringing the stage into the design process, Ann Ford

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Using Simulation Optimization to Construct Efficient Screening Strategies for Cervical Cancer, Christodoulos Foufoulides

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Exploring the BA and BFA Curriculum, Jane Frazier

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An Agent-Based Model to Study the Spread and Control of Epidemics, Ashley Dawn Fuller

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Performance Analysis of a Light Weight Packet Scanner, Paras Gandhi

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ANGIOGENIC POTENTIAL OF HUMAN MACROPHAGES ON ELECTROSPUN BIORESORBABLE VASCULAR GRAFTS, Koyal Garg

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Interneuron Subtypes are Differentially Altered in Malformed, Epileptogenic Cortex, Amanda George

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Treatment Outcomes and Retention in Medicaid and non-Medicaid Orthodontic Patients, Ashkan Ghaffari

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Characterization of the Retinoic Acid Induced 1 Gene in Humans and Mice, Santhosh Girirajan

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The Influence of Environmental Factors and Organizational Characteristics on Innovations in Family Medicine Practices in Virginia, Debora Goetz Goldberg

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Preventing Weight Gain in First Year College Students: An Internet-based Intervention, Rachel Gow

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Making Sense of the Access Problem: A New Methodology for Analyzing the Postsecondary Education Decision, Farrah Graham

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Funnel Vision, David Grainger

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The Effects of Reputation Threat and Whistle-Blowing Report Source on Chief Audit Executives' Investigation Decisions, Cynthia Guthrie

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A Comparison of five radiographic systems to D-speed film in the detection of artificial bone lesions, David Lloyd Hadley

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Education for All: The Freedmen's Bureau Schools in Richmond and Petersburg, 1865 - 1870, Scott Britton Hansen

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Endocannabinoid Modulation of Spatial Memory in Aversively and Appetitively Motivated Barnes Maze Tasks, John Pinckney Harloe

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THE EXPRESSION AND FUNCTION OF PHOSPHACAN/RPTPβ IN ADAPTIVE SYNAPTOGENESIS AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, Janna Harris

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CO-ADMINISTRATION OF SILDENAFIL POTENTIATES DOXORUBICIN-INDUCED APOPTOSIS IN PROSTATE CANCER: THE ROLE OF NF-kappaB, Sarah Hassanieh

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Creating a Realistic Set Design for Doubt: A Parable, Philip Avery Hayes

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THE EFFECT OF NACL ON AKINETE DIFFERENTIATION IN THE CYANOBACTERIUM NOSTOC PUNCTIFORME, Jonathan Heekin

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The Psychosocial Influence of Dental Esthetics in Adolescents as Judged by Peers, Scott Thomas Henson

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Over the Line: John Edward Lawler and FBI, Gregory C. Hershey

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Balance Performance Measurment in a Phase Shifted Feedback Environment, Craig Alan Hoovler

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The Role of MicroRNA-155 and MicroRNA-146a as Putative Oncomirs in the Tumor Progression of Prostate Cancer, Jennifer Hoyt

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SAY YES TO WHO YOU ARE, Brooke Ann Inman

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Identification of Pharmacological and Molecular Mechanisms involved in Nicotine Withdrawal, Kia Jackson

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COMPUTER-AIDED TRAUMA DECISION MAKING USING MACHINE LEARNING AND SIGNAL PROCESSING, Soo-Yeon Ji

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Flexible Screw Design for Bone Implant Application, Seule Kabir

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Synthesis and characterization of novel temperature-responsive dendritic PEG-PDLLA star polymers for drug delivery, Arunvel Kailasan

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Moments of Absorption, Sarah K. Kaufman

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Probe Level Analysis of Affymetrix Microarray Data, Richard Ellis Kennedy

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One Hundred and Fifty Percent Elasticity, Eli Mikael Kessler