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Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Effect of Manipulation of Notch Signaling Pathway on Neural Stem Cell Proliferation in the Hippocampus Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Seung L. Kim

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A Spectacle and Nothing Strange, Taylor Z. King

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Expansion of the Genetic Code to Include Acylated Lysine Derivatives and Photocaged Histidine, William D. Kinney

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Nanostructured Materials for Photocatalysis, Water Treatment and Solar Desalination, Hiran D. Kiriarachchi

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Planting Density Effects on the Growth of Dune Grasses., Audrey Kirschner

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STAT5B AND STAT5 TETRAMERS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR IGE-MEDIATED MAST CELL FUNCTION, Kasalina N. Kiwanuka

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(and i can't stress this enough) in my mouth: Extradiegetic Affect as Material, C. Klockner

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A high fructose diet alters affective-like behavior and metrics of synaptic mitochondrial function differentially in male and female rats, Alix H. Kloster

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Investigation of the Interactions Between the DREAM Complex and HPV16, Kevin Ko

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Antinociceptive tolerance to morphine is driven by colonic inflammation and mediated by peripheral opioid receptors, Essie S. Komla

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Engineering High Reaction Economy or, An Intensification/Scoring Program for the Preparation of Simple and Complex Molecules, Caleb J. Kong

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Assessment of Microbial Carbon Processing and its Implications to the Carbon Budget of Lake Superior, Lindsey Michelle Koren

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Lifetime, Emily E. Kuchenbecker

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INFLUENCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES ON SPERMATOPHORE PLACEMENT IN SPOTTED SALAMANDERS (AMBYSTOMA MACULATUM), Megan A. Kuechle

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Design, Synthesis and Pharmacological Characterization of Potential Mu Opioid Receptor Selective Ligands, Abhishek S. Kulkarni

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CO-LOCALIZATION OF POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME CANDIDATE GENE PRODUCTS IN HUMAN THECA CELLS SUGGESTS NOVEL SIGNALING PATHWAYS, Rewa M. Kulkarni

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TEACHER-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS, INTERACTIONS, AND PROBLEM BEHAVIOR: A LONGITUDINAL ANALYSIS EXAMINING BI-DIRECTIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, Rachel Kunemund

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The Role of Sphingosine Kinase 2 in Alcoholic Liver Disease, Eric K. Kwong

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Latent Growth Model Approach to Characterize Maternal Prenatal DNA Methylation Trajectories, Dana Lapato

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Dramatic Themes: Active Learning and Thematic Teaching in the Theatre History Classroom, Brandon LaReau

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ACCULTURATIVE STRESS AND DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS AND ANXIETY SYMPTOMS IN ASIAN AMERICAN EMERGING ADULTS: IDENTIFYING MODERATORS AND MEDIATORS, Anh-Thuy Le

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Dark on Campus: A Phenomenological Study of Being a Dark-Skinned Black College Student, Kiara Lee

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Glial cell mechanisms regulate alcohol sedation in Drosophila melanogaster, Kristen M. Lee

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Optimizing Gas Mixture Composition for the RTPC Detector for BONuS 12 at Jefferson Lab., joshua h. lehman

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Radiotherapy Response Using Intravoxel Incoherent Motion Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Liver Patients Treated with Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, Benjamin C. Lewis

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Getting to Zero Preventable Falls: An Exploratory Study, Kate Lim

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THE ROLE OF THE MECHANICAL ENVIRONMENT ON CD117+ ENDOTHELIAL CELL ANGIOGENESIS, Patrick Link

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Towards developing a goal-driven data integration framework for counter-terrorism analytics, Dapeng Liu

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ESTIMATING KNOTS IN BILINEAR SPLINE GROWTH MODELS WITH TIME-INVARIANT COVARIATES IN THE FRAMEWORK OF INDIVIDUAL MEASUREMENT OCCASIONS, Jin Liu

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A Thesis Is a Product Is a Tracking, Yixue Li

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Enhanced Proteomics Resolves KCC2 as a Novel Therapeutic Target for Traumatic Brain Injury, Pavel N. Lizhnyak

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The Effects of Notch Signaling on Functional Recovery Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Jyoti Lodha

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Bone of my Bone, Dylan A. Loftis

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Designing Biomimetic Implant Surfaces to Promote Osseointegration under Osteoporotic Conditions by Revitalizing Mechanisms Coupling Bone Resorption to Formation, Ethan M. Lotz

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Characterizing water quality and hydrologic properties of urban streams in central Virginia, Rikki Lucas

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Out of the Margins: Evolving Narrative Representation of Women in Video Games, Rowan Lucas

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The Nail That Sticks Up Isn't Always Hammered Down: Women, Employment Discrimination, and Litigiousness in Japan, Kristen Luck

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An Enzymology and Inhibition Study of a cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase Linked to ACTH-Independent Cushing's Syndrome, Nicole Luzi

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Graphic Intimacies: Identity, Humor, and Trauma in Autobiographical Comics by Women of Color, Francesca Lyn

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Empathy and the Homo Sapiens: Facilitating Compassion for Idiots in an Idiotic Time, Arthur H. Mahaney

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Stepwise Solvation of Organic Radical Cations by Ionic Hydrogen and Halogen Bonding in the Gas Phase, Kyle Mason

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Critical Race Examination of Educator Perceptions of Discipline and School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Michael J. Massey

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Spillover Effects and Freedom: An Experimental Investigation of the Indirect Effects of Managerial Autonomy and Firms’ Rationale for the Implementation of Internal Controls Across the Organizational Hierarchy, Erin M. Masters

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DIRECTING THROUGH ANCIENT MOVEMENT: An Experiment Exploring Ancient Greek Choral Structures on the Modern Stage, Laura S. Matthews

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Characterization of the Novel Interaction Between Neisseria gonorrhoeae TdfJ and its Human Ligand S100A7, Stavros Maurakis

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Metal Nanoparticle Synthesis by Photochemical Reduction with a High-Intensity Focused Laser Beam, Victoria K. Meader

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Adaptive Acts: Queer Voices and Radical Adaptation in Multi-Ethnic American Literary and Visual Culture, Michael M. Means

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A Sacred Gift: Rebalancing Our Relationship with Water, Noora Naser Melhim

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The Puppets Look Like Flowers At Last, Evie Metz

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Genome-Wide Systems Genetics of Alcohol Consumption and Dependence, Kristin Mignogna

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Competing Strength-Based Models of Trauma and Suicidality in a High-Risk Primary Care Sample, Samantha Mladen

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EFFECTS OF THE SELF- DETERMINED LEARNING MODEL OF INSTRUCTION ON GOAL ATTAINMENT AND SELF-DETERMINATION FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER., Meredith M. Moates

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Capillary Forces in Partially Saturated Thin Fibrous Media, Ali Moghadam

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ENDOGENOUS OPIOID PEPTIDES AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT: ENDOMORPHIN-1 AND NOCICEPTIN PLAY A SEX-SPECIFIC ROLE IN THE CONTROL OF OLIGODENDROCYTE MATURATION AND BRAIN MYELINATION, Esraa M. Mohamed

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Au@TiO2 Nanocomposites Synthesized by X-ray Radiolysis as Potential Radiosensitizers, Maria C. Molina Higgins

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Executive Functions as Moderators of Response to Behavioral Interventions for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Stephen J. Molitor

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A GENETICALLY INFORMED STUDY OF ACUTE THREAT ENDOPHENOTYPES FOR CALLOUS-UNEMOTIONAL TRAITS, Ashlee A. Moore

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Modeling the peak absorption of MEH-PPV in various solvents using Density Functional Theory, Corell H. Moore

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DEVELOPING AN EVIDENCE-BASED HIV TESTING MESSAGE FOR YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN, Melanie P. Moore

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Glycosaminoglycan Mimetics for the Treatment of Cancer and Lung Inflammation, Shravan Morla

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COMPOSITIONAL ANALYSIS OF CERIUM AND CESIUM IN RAPID SETTING CEMENT AS AN IMMOBILIZATION AGENT FOR NUCLEAR WASTE, RIYADH M. MOTNY

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An investigation on the role of β-arrestin 2, protein kinase C and sex on the mechanism of morphine tolerance in the mouse ileum, Karan Hitesh Muchhala

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RACE, HEALTH, AND SOCIAL SUPPORT ON CAMPUS: AN EXPLORATION OF DISCRIMINATION ON HEALTH AND FRATERNITY/SORORITY MEMBERSHIP FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS, Alexandra M. Munson

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Down By Law: A Demographic and Geographic Analysis of Those Killed by Police, Scott W. Murrah

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A HYBRID MOLECULE OF MELATONIN AND CURCUMIN FOR THERPEUTIC USE IN PULMONARY FIBROSIS, Varsha V. Nair

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Weaponization of Space: Subverting the Architecture of Occupation, Majdulin Nasrallah

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The Analgesic-Like Properties of Alcohol in Animal Models of Chronic Pain, Bradley Neddenriep

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An Adaptation and Psychometric Evaluation of the Teacher Attribution Measure for Early Elementary (TAM-EE), Shannon L. Nemer

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Predictors of Employment in a Treatment Sample of Individuals with Substance Use Disorders, Enkelejda Ngjelina

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Analyzing Interactions Between Methcathinone Analogs and the Human Monoamine Transporters, Vy Nguyen

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ASSESSING THE QUALITY OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TUTORIALS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB, Manziba A. Nishi

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2ND TIER ASSAY FOR THE DETECTION OF CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA BY VIRGINIA’S NEWBORN SCREENING LABORATORY: STEROID PROFILE BY HPLC-MS/MS, Christopher E. Nixon

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Moral Professional Agency: A Framework for Exploring Teachers’ Constructions of Professionalism Within a Democratic Space, Brionna C. Nomi

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Kings in the Direct Product of Digraphs, Morgan Norge

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Elementary Teachers' Definitions and Usage of Inquiry-Based Mathematics Instruction, Heather Nunnally

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Inhibition of Cancer Stem Cells by Glycosaminoglycan Mimetics, Connor P. O'Hara

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Adhesion at Solid/Liquid Interfaces, Neda Ojaghlou

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Monitoring Software and Charged Particle Identification for the CLAS12 Detector, William A. Oliver

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Comparison of Patient Factors Influencing the Selection of an Orthodontist, General Dentist, or Direct-To-Consumer Aligners for Orthodontic Treatment, Jeffrey C. Olson

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Etiological Contributions of Genetic and Environmental Factors to Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs among Young Adults, Cassie Overstreet

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Regorafenib Enhances Lethality of Sildenafil and Curcumin in Colorectal Cancer Cells, Kervin Benjamin Owusu

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Assessment of Access Methods for Mobile Maps for Individuals Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, David Parker

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Predictors of Peripartum Care Attendance Among a Sample of African American Women at Increased Risk for Poor Prenatal Care Compliance, Anna B. Parlier-Ahmad

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RELATIONAL AESTHETICS: CREATIVITY IN THE INTER-HUMAN SPHERE, Carl Patow

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Factors Associated with Hospital Readmissions Among United States Dialysis Facilities, Amber B. Paulus

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The Role of Tumor and Tumor Microenvironment on Breast Cancer-Associated Adipocyte Plasticity, Janina V. Pearce

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Non-covalent and covalent interactions between phenylacetylene and quinoline radical cations with polar and non-polar molecules in the gas phase, Adam C. Pearcy

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A Computational Assessment of Lisfranc Injuries and their Surgical Repairs, Michael Perez

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Jasper Speaks, Annie Persons

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Spaces In, Outside Of, and Between, Michelle Peterein

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Spatial Genetic Structure and Local Adaptation within and among Foxtail Pine (Pinus balfouriana subsp. balfouriana) Populations Located in the Klamath Mountains, California, Rebecca D. Piri

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Illumination of the Golgi apparatus of Pathogenic and Nonpathogenic Naegleria species, Tyler M. Poe

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Statistical Designs for Network A/B Testing, Victoria V. Pokhilko

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Evaluation and Comparison of Periapical Healing Using Periapical Films and Cone Beam Computed Tomography: Post-Treatment Follow Up, Adam S. Polinsky

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To Find a Stairwell, Cait Porter

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The Role of KRAS in Mechanosensing in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Krista M. Powell

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Theoretical Studies of the Structure and Stability of Metal Chalcogenide CrnTem (1≤n≤6, 1≤m≤8) clusters, FNU Sweta Prabha

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Racism, Healthcare Provider Trust, and Medication Adherence among Black Patients in Safety-Net Primary Care: A Strength-Based Approach, Mickeal Pugh Jr

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Adverse Childhood Experiences, Neighborhood Disorganization, Co-parenting: The Impact on College Student Mental Health, Mona L. Quarless