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Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Using visual culture to address gender expectations in middle school art education: Visual art curriculum design based on the Manga Ranma1/2, Ting-Yu Chen

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Determinants of Care Seeking for Persons with Low Back and Neck Pain Treated By Physicians, Chiropractors or Physical Therapists, Julia Chevan

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AN EXPLORATION OF HOW AND WHY PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS EDUCATE INFANT CAREGIVERS ABOUT POSITIONING, Amy Greenspon Choffin

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Adapting and Directing a Princess' Drum: A Directorial Journey Toward Shamanistic Ritual in Non-Verbal Physical Theatre, Joon Hui Cho

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A GIS and Remote Sensing Based Analysis of Impervious Surface Influences on Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Nest Presence in the Virginia Portion of the Chesapeake Bay, Jennifer M. Ciminelli

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The Expression and Function of Wilms' Tumor 1 in Malignant Glioma, Aaron J. Clark

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Silicon Oxide Nanoparticles Reveal the Origin of Silicate Grains in Circumstellar Environments, Peneé Armaize Clayborne

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Construct Validity Evidence Based on Internal Structure: Exploring and Comparing the Use of Rasch Measurement Modeling and Factor Analysis with a Measure of Student Motivation, Mary Angela Coleman

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Relationship Between CB1 and S1P Receptors in the Central Nervous System, Lauren Michele Collier

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His Mother's Decisions: A Novel, Steven Timothy Collis

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Everyday Haunting, Thomas John Condon Jr.

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Through My Eyes, Candace B. Conklin

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The Impact of No Child Left Behind On Charter School Legislation and Practices - Policy Implications, Joice Eaddy Conyers

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Models of Forgiveness and Adult Romantic Attachment in Ended Relationships: Forgiveness Over Time, Kathryn Louise Cooke

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Parent and Therapist Perceptions of Sensory Based Strategies Used by Occupational Therapists in Family-Centered Early Intervention Practice, Juliet Bertaut Copeland

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The Corbett Pain Scale: A Multidimensional Pain Scale for Adult Intensive Care Patients, Gina M. Corbett

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A Postcard, Or Something Like It, Derek Cote

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Effect of Nitric Oxide on Oxygen Consumption of Skeletal Muscle, Christina Lyn Cox

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A Comparison of Methods to Construct an Optimal Membership Function in a Fuzzy Database System, Joanne Marie Cunningham

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Examining the Progression of Disability Benefits Among Employees in the United States, Carolyn E. Danczyk-Hawley

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Assessing Epidermal Growth Factor Expression in the Rodent Hippocampus Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Janice Mabutas Daus

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Electrical Light and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Emily Virginia Davis

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Illustrating Life, H.A. Mark Dean

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Influence of the Vitamin D3 Analog EB 1089 on Senescence and Cell Death Pathways in the Response of Breast Tumor Cells to Ionizing Radiation, Gerald Alan DeMasters

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Damn Near Perfect, Michaux Dempster

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Glutamate Excitotoxicty Activates a Novel Calcium Permeable Ion Channel in Cultured Hippocampal Neurons, Laxmikant Sudhir Deshpande

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Information Technology Outsourcing in U.S. Hospital Systems, Mark L. Diana

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Child Care Decision Making Among Parents of Young Children: A Constructivist Inquiry, Kathleen Albright Didden

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Moritz Oppenheim, the Rothschilds, and the Construction of Jewish Identity, Everett Eugene Dodd III

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Trees, Kara M. Drinkwater

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Art - A Tool For Teaching English To ESL Level I Students, Allison G. Duvall

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The Effect and Chronic Acute Pre-Treatment with Methylphenidate on Recovery of Cognitive Function Following Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury In Rats, Katharine Coryell Eakin

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Treatment Effects of Incisor Positioning on Anterior Tooth Display, Scott J. Eberle

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Approaching the Singularity in Gowdy Universes, Bartlett Douglas Edmonds Jr.

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The Effect of Media Advertising on Consumer Perception of Orthodontic Treatment Quality, Daenya T. Edwards

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The Association between Breast Feeding and Being Overweight in Children, Naja Jamil Eldanaf

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Applying principles of Information Design to help parents accept babies with Down syndrome, Anita Eradla

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Textural Diversity, Paul Eskew

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Virginia's Pupil Placement Board and the Massive Resistance Movement, 1956-1966, Sara Kathryn Eskridge

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The Huhugam Heritage Center: An Administrative History and Case Study in Tribal Museum Issues, Christina Esposito

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Urban Growth and Segregation in the Roanoke, Virginia, Metropolis: The Effects of Low-Density Development on Low-Income Populations and Racial Minorities, Freed Etienne

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Terra Incognita, Miriam Ellen Ewers

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Functional Redistribution of Hippocampal Cannabinoid Cb1 Receptors in the Rat Pilocarpine Model of Acquired Epilepsy, Katherine Winslow Falenski

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Cultural Identity, Laura J. Faulcon

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What Cost Hospital Quality: Performance Uncertainty Under Market Reform, Ronald L. Fisher

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Stature and Criminal Behavior, Rebecca J. Fish

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Growth, Peter Fitzgerald

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Bayesian Analysis, Endogenous Data,and Convergence of Beliefs, Andrew T. Foerster

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Social Emotional Development in School: The Anatomy of One School's Role in Adolescent Female Development, Tanya Elizabeth Forneris

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Perceptions of Academic and Social Self-Efficacy among Adolescents Diagnosed with Cancer and their Relations with Dispositional Optimism, Perceived Vulnerability, and Treatment Modality, Rebecca Hope Foster

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Characterization of Vancomycin Resistance in Staphylococcus Aureus, Paige McCarthy Fox

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Surface Stories, Patricia Bruce Franklin

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Role of MDM2 In Cell Growth Regulation, Rebecca Anne Frum

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Art Service-Learning Projects for the Academically Gifted Middle School Student, Carmen Fambrough Futrell

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Experimental Study of the Entrainment of Nanoparticles from Surfaces, Srirupa Ganguly

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Factors Associated with Hospital Commitment to Provide Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Services, Lea Anne Gardner

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heliopolis, Phillip Matthew Gardner

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Foliage and Fabrication, Carrie Rosicky Garvey

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Length of Hospital Stay, Delirium and Discharge Status Outcomes Associated With Anticholinergic Drug Use in Elderly Hospitalized Dementia Patients, Kelly J. Gauthier

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Novel Characteristics of Murine Bone Marrow-Derived Macrophages and Human Macrophage-Like Cells, George Tharwat Georges

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A Needs Assessment For Annual Physical Examination For Selected Richmond Public School Children, Aimee Gibbs

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Genetic Variation Among Geographically Disparate Yellow Perch Broodstock Populations, Chandler Brooke Givens

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Making the Forest Together: Young Children Represent a Shared Experience in Clay, Anna Mary Golden

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Pietro Perugino (1450-1523) and the Practice of Reuse: Redefining Imitazione in the Italian Renaissance, Kelly A. Goodman

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Children's Coping with Peer Rejection Experiences: The Regulating Role of Emotion, Kimberly L. Goodman

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Raubeaux Scientician, Joe W. Grant III

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Institutional Transformation: A Case Study of an Urban Midwestern University, Jane M. Grassadonia

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Influences on Health Related Quality of Life in Community Dwelling Adults Aged 60 Years and Over, Hilary Beth Greenberger

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Low Frequency Energy Harvesting Using Clamped Pre-Stressed Unimorph Diaphragms, Christopher W. Green

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A Longitudinal Investigation of Cognitive Predictors of Self-care Behaviors in Youth with Type I Diabetes, Michelle Marie Greene

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Is Safe Haven Legislation an Efficacious Policy Response to Infant Abandonment: A Biopsychosocial Profile of the Target Population, Stephanie Mayes Gruss

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Interspecies Pharmacokinetic Scaling and Metabolism of Alcohols and Glycols, Pankaj Gupta

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Mechanisms of Iron Acquisition Employed by Neisseria Gonorrhoeae for Survival within Cervical Epithelial Cells, Tracey Ann Hagen

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Determinants of Dating Violence Among Youth in the U.S., Candace Hamm

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The Assistant Director, Stephanie R. Hanna

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Oral Health Knowledge of Caregivers in a Primary Care Setting, Annelise Cecile Hardin

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Investigations into Social Game Theory, Stephen Bryce Harper

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The Path Is A Circle, MaryLea Martin Harris

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Combinatorial Modulation of Multiple Signaling Pathways to Gain Therapeutic Response in Breast and Prostate Cell Carcinomas, William Tressel Hawkins II

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Revel and Revamp, Rachel Brooke Hayes

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Evolving a Theatre of Truth, Susan Hayes

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A Determination of the Association of Competition and Regulation With Hospital Strategic Orientation, Kathleen B. Heatwole

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Light of Life, Sabina I. Henry

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Last Stand at Big Thunder Mountain, David Herbert

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The Use of Osteoporotic Medications Following a Fracture, Elizabeth O'Brien Herman

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Immunotoxicological Evaluation Of Critical Windows Of Development Following Exposure to 1,2:5,6 Dibenzanthracene in B6C3F1 Mice, Denise Marie Hernandez

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Assessing, Modifying, and Combining Data Fields from the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) Dataset and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science (DFS) Datasets in Order to Compare Concentrations of Selected Drugs, Amy Elizabeth Herrin

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Invasion Genetics of the Blue Catfish (Ictalurus Furcatus) Range Expansion into Large River Ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Colleen Beth Higgins

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The Effects of Hemoglobin-Based Oxygen Carriers On Mean Arterial Pressure, Arteriolar Diameter, and Nitric Oxide in the Microcirculation, Veronique C. Hionis

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James River Anthology at Seven Hills School, Heather Simpson Hogg

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Cowboy: An Agile Programming Methodology for a Solo Programmer, Ashby Brooks Hollar

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The Barbershop: a photographic documentation and exhibition, Justin K. Howard

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Enhancing the Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Properties of Porphyrins and Molecular Wires, Jonathan L. Humphrey

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Community College Instructors' Perceptions of Online Teaching and Learning: A Study of a Rural Community College, Joy F. Hurt

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The Huacas of Machu Picchu: Inca Stations for The Communion Between Humanity and Nature, Lee Anne Hurt

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Cigarette smoking as a risk factor for asthma: NHANES 1999-2002, Stuart Rodes Hutter

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Design and Validation of a Full Contact Gait Simulator for the Cadaveric Lower Extremity, Joseph Michael Iaquinto

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FACTS OF THE IMAGINATION (FROM THE INSIDE OUT), Janelle Ann Iglesias

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A Shift In Perspective, Andrew Patrick Ilnicki

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A 'Biorelevant' Approach for Accelerated In Vitro Release and In Vitro-In Vivo Relationship of a Biodegradable, Naltrexone Implant, Sunil S. Iyer