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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Theorizing #Girlboss Culture: Mediated Neoliberal Feminisms from Influencers to Multi-level Marketing Schemes, Frankie Mastrangelo

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TYA AND EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH IN HIGHER EDUCATION: AN ASSET TO UNDERGRADUATES AND THEIR COMMUNITY, Emily J. Mattison

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Dendrimer-based Antibiotics for the Treatment of Bacterial Biofilm in Cystic Fibrosis (CF), YOUNAN MA

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Identification of four residues within the TM4 of the 5-HT2A receptor necessary for 5-HT2A·mGlu2 heteromerization, John McGinn

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Creature | Take Me to the World: A Dual-Genre Thesis of Fiction and Nonfiction, Anna-Claire McGrath

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Single-molecule investigation of i-motif folding and dynamics in bioinspired DNA platforms, Anoja Megalathan

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Molecular Basis of Cross-Sensitization in Colonic Inflammation-Induced Somatic Hypersensitivity, Parshva K. Mehta

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Leveling the Opportunity for Achievement: White Teachers' Critical Consciousness Development as an Entry Point, Alexandra Merritt

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Topics In Design and Analysis of Experiments: Calibration, Sequential Experimentation, and Model Selection, Christine Miller

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Reanimator/Reflection: 
Creating Mirrors through Time 
with AI, Sound, Video and Live-generated Art in the Dark Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Eric Millikin

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Mathematical Modeling of Lung Inflammation: Macrophage Polarization and Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury with Methods for Predicting Outcome, Sarah B. Minucci

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Intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation: Application to Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Computational Modeling, Neil Mittal

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NOVEL ROLES OF YY1 IN ASTROCYTES, Karli A. Mockenhaupt

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A NOVEL SULFATED TRIMER OF QUERCETIN FOR PULMONARY DELIVERY TO TREAT THE EMPHYSEMATOUS LUNG, Abhinav Mohan

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FTY720-induced antinociception in the chronic constrictive injury (CCI) mouse model: neuronal-astroglial mechanisms through S1P1 signaling, Lauren V. Moncayo

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Development of SAM-based Chemical Probes for Methyltransferases, Daniel V. Mongeluzi

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THE INFLUENCE OF SHIFTING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS ON TEACHERS’ DATA USE PRACTICES, Stephanie M. Moore

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A Multilevel Mixed Methods Examination of Treatment Nonadherence Among Rural Cancer Survivors, Bonny Morris

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Medical Expenditures and Health Care Utilization: A comparison among U.S. Adult Tobacco Consumers (i.e. Never Tobacco Users, Cigarette Smokers and Smokeless Tobacco Users), Raheema s. Muhammad

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Cost-effectiveness of interventions targeting hard-to-reach populations living with HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa, Deo Mujwara

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Streptococcus Sanguinis: The Good, the Bad, and the Metal-Binding Lipoprotein, Cody Murgas

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Live Cell Biomass Tracking for Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research, Graeme Murray

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Examining the Impact of Entrepreneurship Training on Entrepreneurial Mindset and Economic Well-being, Sombo Muzata

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The Relevance of Anaplasma phagocytophilum adhesins to infection in vitro and in vivo, Waheeda A. Naimi

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Genetics and Alcohol Interventions in Youth, Zoe E. Neale

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Leading in Crooked Rooms: Race, Gender, Culture and Black Women's Leadership Skills and Practices, Portia Newman

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HUMAN ORGANIC ANION TRANSPORTERS 1 AND 3: STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS IMPACTING TRANSPORTER-SUBSTRATE BINDING INTERACTIONS, Julie Nguyen

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The Algorithmic Mashrabiya: Reimagining the Traditional Islamic Screen, Ahmed Nour

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Breaking the cycle: A longitudinal study of factors that disrupt peer selection and influence processes among urban youth, Kelly E. OConnor

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INFLUENCE OF IMMIGRATION STATUS ON THE 10-YEAR TRAJECTORIES OF PSYCHOSOCIAL FUNCTIONING IN INDIVIDUALS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, Chimdindu Ohayagha

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Modulation in NMDA receptor function alleviates safety learning deficit in females who experienced chronic stress during adolescence, Zuby C. Okafor

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USING DEEP LEARNING-BASED FRAMEWORK FOR CHILD SPEECH EMOTION RECOGNITION, Gerald N. Onwujekwe

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ties that bind us, Christine M. Orr and Christine M. Orr

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Elucidating the Roles of Adaptative Polymorphisms in Modulating the Inhibitory Effects of RL13 on Human Cytomegalovirus Replication, amine ourahmane

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A Spatiotemporal Assessment of Fish Assemblage Response to Land-Use Change and the Evaluation of eDNA Metabarcoding for Describing Diverse Fish Communities, Timothy M. Owen

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A Novel Immunostimulatory Platform for Amplifying the Abscopal Response Rates of Radiation Therapy, Patrick A. Paez

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The Strategic Orientation of Skilled Nursing Facilities, Jennifer R. Palazzolo

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Improving Space Efficiency of Deep Neural Networks, Aliakbar Panahi

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Teachers' Views on the Intersectionality Between Culture and Student Behaviors, and Experience Using Culturally-Responsive Behavior Interventions, Toshna Pandey

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GENDER EQUITY IMPLICATIONS OF NONPROFIT YOUTH PROGRAMS: EDUCATION OUTCOMES OF THREE AFRICAN AMERICAN-LED NONPROFITS, Yali Pang

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Ballad of a Bootlegger, Sarah K. Parker

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Relationships Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Inflammation and Pain in Youth and Emerging Adults with Sickle Cell Disease, Angela Pascale

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The Role of Autophagy and Senescence in the Responses of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells to Chemotherapy and Radiation, Nipa H. Patel

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The Value of Postoperative Appointments following Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation under General Anesthesia, Priyanka Patel

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The Impact of Healthcare Professional Students' Racial, HIV-Related, and Abortion-Related Biases on Recommendations for Prenatal Care, Alison J. Patev

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Feeling the Squeeze: The Association between Multigeneration Caregiving and Informal Caregivers’ Health, Christine L. Patterson

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Impact of Physical Activity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness on Vascular Homeostasis in Premenopausal Women Consuming a Westernized High-Fat Meal, Lauren N. Pedersen

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The role of insurance coverage in outpatient substance use disorder treatment referral, utilization, and outcomes, Huyen Pham

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Preclinical Pharmacokinetic Studies of Pterostilbene, and its Human Pharmacokinetic Prediction Using Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling, Palak S. Phansalkar

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UNDERSTANDING PREDICTORS OF TELEMEDICINE ADOPTION BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, Bradford S. Pierce

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CHAINS OF STABILITY: BUILDING FINANCIAL AND CULTURAL COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY FOR LATINAS IN RICHMOND & CHESTERFIELD, VIRGINIA, Gabriella C. Pino-Moreno and Gabriella Pino-Moreno

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First-Year Retention at Virginia Commonwealth University: Understanding Student Departure and the Potential Impact of Academic Advising, Ben Plache

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Effect of Task-Irrelevant Emotional Faces on Attention to a Letter Search Task at High and Low Perceptual Loads, Nina Plotnikov

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Mobile-Based Contingency Management to Promote Daily Self-Monitoring of Pain Severity and Related Measures in an Online Sample of Individuals with Chronic Pain, Kathryn Polak`

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NATURE-INSPIRED MATERIAL STRATEGIES TOWARDS FUNCTIONAL DEVICES, Sayantan Pradhan

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Communication at The Center: A Modest Proposal for an Oral Communications Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, BRYANT E. PUGH

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Racial/Ethnic Disparities In Longitudinal Trajectories Of Arrest Probability After Traumatic Brain Injury, Mickeal Pugh Jr

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The Student Experience of Higher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Class and Race Shape Socially Distanced Learning at a Public University, Alice M. Quach

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Characterizing Community-level Size Spectra in Piedmont Streams of Virginia (USA), Giancarlo Racanelli

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E-cigarette Use and Perceptions among Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: The Role of Parental Messages about Tobacco, Mayra S. Ramos

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A non-inferiority randomized controlled trial comparing behavioral sleep interventions in women veterans: A secondary analysis of pain outcomes, Scott Ravyts

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Prediction of mRNA abundance in Firmicutes: Steps towards a universal model of prokaryotic gene expression, Jesse J. Raynor

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Evolving Perspectives: How Research, Age, and a Global Pandemic Alters the Mind's Eye in Costume Design, Audrey Reed

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Evaluating Neuromuscular Function of the Biceps Brachii after Spinal Cord Injury: Assessment of Voluntary Activation and Motor Evoked Potential Input-Output Curves Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Thibault Roumengous

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Collaborative and Culturally Responsive Practices of Transition Professionals to Support Black Students with High Incidence Disabilities, Amber Ruiz

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EFFECTS OF BUPRENORPHINE TREATMENT ON MYELIN FOLLOWING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN A RAT MODEL, Jane Ryu

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COMPARING THE SENSITIVITY AND SPECIFICITY OF CBCT AND MRI IN DETECTING OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE TMJ: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW, Gabriel R. Saavedra

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Anywhere I Stand, Hanaa Safwat

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Third Culture Kids - Playing to Heal, Amna Sana

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In Vitro Evaluation of the Solubility of EndoSequence BC Sealer in Acidic Solutions, Inderpal S. Sappal

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Access to Behavioral Health Services: Supply, Coverage, and Health Insurance Literacy, Heather Saunders

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Glucocorticoid receptor dysregulation underlies 5-HT2A receptor-dependent synaptic and behavioral deficits in a mouse neurodevelopmental disorder model, Justin M. Saunders

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Equations of State for Warm Dense Carbon from Quantum ESPRESSO, Derek J. Schauss

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Art Museum Docent Coordinators’ Perceptions: A Difficult Kind of Balancing Act, Jennifer E. Schero

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Modeling Vegetation Effects on Barrier Island Evolution, Eric W. Schoen

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Therapeutic Modalities for Preventing Osteoarthritis following Trauma to the Knee, Kayla M. Scott

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Linear and Nonlinear Optical Effects in High Carrier Concentration Oxides and Nitrides at Epsilon-Near-Zero, Ray Secondo

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A Man at Point Zero, Abed Elmajid Shalabi

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Biomass-derived Electrode Materials and Sustainable Processes for Supercapacitors, Katelyn M. Shell

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AN EXAMINATION OF THE IMPACTS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA ON HEALTHY INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS IN COLLEGE-AGED AFRICAN AMERICANS, Broquelynn D. Shepard

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Palindromic Products, Jamie Shive

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EXAMINING THE EFFECT OF ITEM-WRITING FLAWS ON THE PSYCHOMETRIC PARAMETERS OF PHARMACY THERAPEUTICS EXAMINATIONS, Veronica P. Shuford

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Sleep-Related Problems, Sleep-Related Distress, and Sleep-Related Functional Status Among Adult Inpatients Receiving Palliative Care, Lisa C. Sievers

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Policies Addressing Barriers to Low-Income Women and Children’s Health Care Utilization in the United States and Kenya: The Role of Physician Payments and Cash Transfer Programs, Muloongo Simuzingili

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The Effect of Local Anesthesia When Used in Dental Restorative Cases Under General Anesthesia on Control of Intraoperative Physiologic Parameters and Post-Operative Comfort, Kathryn S. Skarda

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Learning from Multi-Class Imbalanced Big Data with Apache Spark, William C. Sleeman IV

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Nurse Cognition in Response to Alert Generation During Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA): An Examination of Human Factors, Elizabeth A. Sloss

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The Birth of Exceptionalism: American Newspaper Coverage in the Revolutionary era, Benjamin R. Smith

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Threat Assessment Team Activity and Outcomes in K-12 Public Schools: Integrating Methods to Better Understand School Safety, Jessica C. Smith

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Nebulizer-based Systems to Improve Pharmaceutical Aerosol Delivery to the Lungs, Benjamin M. Spence

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Looking for Hope: The Experience of Early Career Teachers Engaged in a Collaborative Community of Reflective Practice as a Model of Induction and Professional Development, Donia E. Spott

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Perceived Organizational Support for Women’s Advancement and Turnover Intentions and Career Advancement Aspirations. The Mediating Role of Job and Employer Satisfaction., Marta Squadrito

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Cloaca Palace, Connor Marie Stankard

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The Fate of a City: The Air War in Heilbronn, Joshua W. Stein

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Methods for developing a machine learning framework for precise 3D domain boundary prediction at base-level resolution, Spiro C. Stilianoudakis

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Remodeling the Lung Tumor Microenvironment with Locally Administered Nano-Immunochemotherapies for Osteosarcoma Lung Metastases, Fatemah Sunbul

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Pathways to Reproductive Autonomy: Structural and Relational Facilitators of Contraceptive Access in the United States, Laura E. T. Swan

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Characterization of Cytochrome P450 3A4 structure and ligand binding mechanism in anionic nanodiscs, David T. Sweeney

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CK2 phosphorylation of human papillomavirus 16 E2 on serine 23 promotes interaction with TopBP1 and is critical for E2 plasmid retention function, Apurva Tadimari Prabhakar

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Identifying Genes Downstream of Mef2 that Influence Ethanol Sedation in Drosophila melanogaster, Ananya Talikoti