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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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A Critical Examination of Secondary Teachers’ Perceptions of Liberatory PD, Christine C. Moore

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PREY BEGINS WITH PLAY, Seren C. Moran

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Constraints on Phytoplankton Abundance and Cyanotoxin Production in the Tidal Freshwater James River, Brittany Ann Moretz

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A Girl is a Girl is a Girl, Paige Lizbeth Morris

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Self-Efficacy of Endorsed and Nonendorsed Elementary Teachers of Gifted Students in STEM Education, Lianna L. Moss-Everhart

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Multi-label classification models for heterogeneous data: an ensemble-based approach., Jose Maria Moyano Murillo

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In vivo effects of the CB1 allosteric modulator LDK1258, a structural analog of ORG-27569, Mohammed A. Mustafa

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MEF2-BOUND GENES MAY INFLUENCE ETHANOL SEDATION IN DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER, Katlyn M. Myers

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A Comparison of Three-Dimensional Printing Technologies on the Precision, Trueness, and Accuracy of Printed Retainers, Owais A. Naeem

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Entitled versus Untitled, Johana Nasreen

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CHARACTERIZING GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN AND GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN-OLIGO INTERACTIONS WITH CANCER STEM CELLS AND THEIR REGULATORS, Rahaman Navaz Gangji

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The Quantified Elf, Umico Niwa

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Synthesis of Supported Metal Nanoparticles on High Surface Area Supports for Application in Energy Conversion and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Nazgol Norouzi

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Targeting NRF1 and DDI2 to potentiate proteasome inhibitor cytotoxicity in cancer, Amy Northrop

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The gamma-globin Repressors KLF1, BCL11A, and MBD2: Knowledge Gaps in the Literature, Lauren Nufer

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Predictors of Mental Health Need and Treatment in Safety Net Primary Care, Kristen O'Loughlin

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Epigenetic alterations at synaptic plasticity genes in a genetically heterogeneous rat model of neuropsychiatric disorders, Doan M. On

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Integrated Multiple Adaptive Design Involving Sample Size Re-Estimation and (Covariate-Adjusted) Response-Adaptive Randomization for Continuous and Binary Outcomes, Christine M. Orndahl

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Behavior Change Techniques to Promote Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: A Theory-Based Meta-Analysis, Caroline A. Orr

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The Future in the Instant: Time as the essence of dramatic tension in Shakespeare's plays and their contemporary stage appropriations, Amalia Oswald

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Social capital and the higher education academic achievement of American students: A cross-classified multilevel model approach to understanding the impact of society on educational outcomes, Olubowale Emiola Oyefuga

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Separate and Unequal: Latinx Access, Enrollment and Completion of AP coursework in the State of Virginia, Virginia Elizabeth Palencia

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Evaluation of Smear Layer Dissolution by Alternative Chelating Solutions, Raymond Pandez

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Development and Validation of Predictive Risk and Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis Models to Evaluate Cardiovascular Outcomes Among Cancer Patients, Purva N. Parab

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Parakupa Vena - Fall From the Highest Point, Mariana Parisca Englert

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Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase type II (CaMKII) regulates histone methylation to promote zebrafish hematopoietic stem cell specification, Sanyam Patel

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Recovery from visual dysfunction following mild traumatic brain injury is associated with adaptive reorganization of retinal inputs to lateral geniculate nucleus in the mouse model utilizing central fluid percussion injury., Vishal C. Patel

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Biopsychosocial Variables Associated with the Development of Chronic Low Back Pain in Healthcare Workers, Jena Pauli

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Teachers' Attitudes Toward the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom in a Rural School District, Robin M. Pelt

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Development of a Screening Assay for Type III Secretion System Inhibitors and High Throughput Screening Campaign of Inhibitors of PRP of Staphylococcus aureus, Heather A. Pendergrass

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Platform and Place: The Digitization of Gift Economies, Sara A. Peters

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Come and Get Your Capital, Sis: The Use of Twitter to Compensate for Gendered and Racialized Job Networks among Creatives, Sasha A. Pierre- Louis

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Competing Models of Exposure to Community Violence Among Urban Youth: Dimensional Versus Person-Centered Approaches, Sarah K. Pittman

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A Comparison of Computer- and Interviewer-Administered Measures to Identify Heavy/Problem Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Primary Care Patients, David J. Pomm

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Implementation of a Hierarchical, Embedded, Cyber Attack Detection System for SPI Devices on Unmanned Aerial Systems, Jeremy J. Price

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The Role of Manganese in Streptococcus sanguinis, Tanya M. Puccio

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Fool's Rest, Aidan Quinlan

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A Density Functional Theory Study of Palladium Nanoparticles and Their Redox Properties on Graphene, Billie A. Radcliffe

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OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY AND THEORETICAL MODELLING OF CARRIER DYNAMICS IN GROUP-IV ALLOY QUANTUM DOTS, Rahnuma Rahman

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An Online Mindfulness Training for Improved Eudaimonic Well-Being and Sleep Outcomes in Caregivers: A Preliminary Study, Tarah L. Raldiris

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Mathematical models of cellular signaling and supramolecular self-assembly, Pratip Rana

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A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF THE INFLUENCE OF A STEM CAREER PLANNING COURSE AND PERCEIVED STRESS ON CAREER SEARCH SELF-EFFICACY AND RETENTION IN ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, Autumn Randell

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What Happens When Cross-Sector Partnerships Are Mandated? Analyzing Trust through a Transaction Cost Approach, Vanessa Hubbard Rastberger Dr

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Biophysical Characterization of MphR(A) and a Novel Clarithromycin Selective MphR(A), Megan R. Reed

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Effects of (R,S)-ketamine and (2R,6R)-hydroxynorketamine: a preclinical study, Remington Rice

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Plant-pollinator associations in an eastern serpentine savannah and the effects of overbrowsing, Allyson Richins

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The Role of Receptive Reasoning in the Development of Intellectual Humility, Cathryn Richmond

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EXTRACELLULAR MATRIX NANOPARTICLES EFFECTS ON THE LUNG IN VIVO, Brittaney E. Ritchie

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From Small Beginnings to Large-Scale Harm: On Demagoguery and Misogyny in the Classroom and Writing Center, Shannon Roberson

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Examining Body Mass Index and Sepsis Mortality at One Year After Sepsis, Jamie D. Robinson

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Modeling the Evolution of Barrier Islands, Greg Robson

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Zero-inflated longitudinal mixture model for stochastic radiographic lung compositional change following radiotherapy of lung cancer, Viviana A. Rodríguez Romero

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Chupa Chuparosas y Chupacabras, Ruben U. Rodriguez

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EXPLORING WHETHER CONTEXTUAL FACTORS RELATE TO THE HOPED-FOR AND FEARED POSSIBLE SELVES OF LATINX YOUTH, Stephanie M. Romo

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Fabrication and Characterization of Multicomponent Gradients Containing Weakly Acidic and Basic Functional Groups, Kallol Roy

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Characterizing patterns of cannabis use and related health effects among young adults using ecological momentary assessment, Alyssa Rudy

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Robert Catherine, Sarah Nelson Rupp

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Assessing the feasibility of freshwater mussel restoration in urban streams., John-Reid Ryan and Paul Bukaveckas

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Sleep Behaviors and Thoughts as Links Between Social Rhythmicity and Mental Health Outcomes, Sahar Sabet

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Improving Grid Hosting Capacity and Inertia Response with High Penetration of Renewable Generation, Hamidreza Sadeghian

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SPARSITY AND WEAK SUPERVISION IN QUANTUM MACHINE LEARNING, Seyran Saeedi

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A LONGITUDINAL TEST OF MEXICAN TEEN MOTHERS’ CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS AND CHILDREN’S LANGUAGE SKILLS VIA MOTHERS’ LANGUAGE, Arlenis A. Santana

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An Exploration in Accountable Care Organization Structure, Contingency and Performance, 2015-2017, Siriporn P. Satjapot

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Achieving Dentin Conservation using Dynamic Navigation Technology for Locating Calcified Canals, Madison W. Saunders

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Investigating Equity Practices and Teaching for Global Readiness in a K-12 School District, Jamie M. Schlais Dr.

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A Microlongitudinal Study of Menopause Symptoms and Problematic Eating in Midlife Women, Dana R. Schreiber

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Synthesis of multifunctional nanoparticles for imaging and enhancement in therapy, Gabrielle Seymore

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Knowledge and Skill Predictors of Voice Behavior: Voice as an Upward Influence, Zitong Sheng

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Effects of active reminders and motivational techniques on oral hygiene and gingival health in orthodontic patients: a randomized clinical trial, Jennifer Shim

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The Effects of Autophagy and Senescence on Sensitivity to Cisplatin in Head and Neck Cancer, Zara H. Siddiqui

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Culturally-Relevant Factors that Influence Healthy Eating among African American College Students, Danyel Smith

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Pseudo-data Generation For Improving Clinical Named Entity Recognition, Jeffrey T. Smith

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AUGMENTING GUADECITABINE TO PROMOTE ANTICANCER IMMUNITY IN MURINE BREAST CANCER, Timothy M. Smith Jr.

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Swipe Right for Condoms and Testing: Differences in High-Risk Sexual Behavior and Sexual Health Beliefs Among Dating App Users Compared to Non-App Users, Shelby A. Smout

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Reducing Disparities in Smoking for Adults with Mental Illness: Are U.S. Tobacco Prevention Policies Effective?, L. Morgan Snell

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The impact of the FDA warning on post-tonsillectomy opioid prescribing in publicly and privately insured children, Dianna J. Soelberg

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Drop Velocity: A Dual-Genre Collection of Short Fiction and Personal Essays, April Sopkin

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PREDICTING BLACK MALE UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE COMPLETION AT A PWI EXAMINING SINGLE INDICATORS OF RELIGIOSITY, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION., Nickolas Spears Jr.

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LPA receptors modulate gene expression during oligodendrocyte differentiation, Samantha A. Spencer

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Structural Features Contributing to Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) Analog Inhibition of the Human Dopamine Transporter, Zachary R. Spires

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A Study on the Mechanism of CLP290 Restoration of KCC2 and Neuroprotection after Traumatic Brain Injury, Ekaterina Stepanova

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Understanding the Contributions of Discrepant Parent-Adolescent Views of Parenting Practices and Peer Deviance to Adolescent Problem Behavior: A Cross-Lagged Polynomial Regression Approach, Mallory Stephenson

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INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCY CONFIGURATIONS AND THE SCHOOL ADJUSTMENT OF EARLY ADOLESCENTS WITH DISABILITIES: A PERSON-CENTERED APPROACH, Brittany I. Sterrett Virginia Commonwealth University

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Adjusting for Dropout in Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials, Katharine Stromberg

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The Relationships Among External Environments, Organizational Structures, and Performance in Pursuit of the Clinical and Academic Missions at Academic Health Centers, Eric J. Strucko

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Taxa specific responses to flooding shape patterns of abundance in a river rock pool metacommunity, Charles R. Stunkle

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Psychometric Developments of the ACE-IQ: Understanding the Trauma History of Latine Immigrants, Jorli K. Swingen Dr.

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Internalizing Data Collection: Personal Analytics as an Investigation of the Self, Neal R. Swisher

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DATA SCIENCE METHODS FOR STANDARDIZATION, SAFETY, AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN RADIATION ONCOLOGY, Khajamoinuddin Syed

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From Abdication to Action: Turning Points in Clinton's Foreign Policy, Eric J. Szandzik

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Spooky Stuff, Petra A. Szilagyi

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The immediate and persistent effects of binge ethanol exposure on myelin protein expression in DBA/2J mice, Aminatta Z. Tejan-Kamara

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DEVELOPMENTAL TRAJECTORIES IN CANNABIS USE: PREDISPOSITIONS, PEERS, AND ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION, Nathaniel S. Thomas

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AN INVESTIGATION OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS’ CULTURALLY RELEVANT TEACHING PRACTICES IN TWO CULTURES: A COMPARATIVE STUDY IN CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES, Alicia R. Thompson

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Effects of Violent and Nonviolent Life Stressors Among Urban Early Adolescents: Testing Competing Models of Comorbid Distress and Externalizing Symptoms, Erin Thompson

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Comparing coastal storm impact to decadal change in barrier island ecosystems, Philip A. Tuley

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A Story About A Girl With Snakes For Hair, Kate M. Turner

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From bedside to bench: Use of patient-derived xenograft models to develop novel therapeutic strategies for triple-negative breast cancer, Tia H. Turner

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Detection of Biomolecules via OCP Measurements using NPG Electrodes, Borkat Ullah

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THE IMPACT OF AGING AND MECHANICAL INJURY ON ALVEOLAR EPITHELIAL AND MACROPHAGE RESPONSES IN ACUTE LUNG INJURY AND INFLAMMATION, Michael S. Valentine