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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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

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Prediction of Minimum Postmortem Submersion Interval (PMSImin) Based on Eukaryotic Community Succession on Skeletal Remains Recovered from Aquatic Environments, Sala Randall

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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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Mass Grave Localization Prediction with Geographical Information Systems in Guatemala and Future Impacts, Perla Santillan

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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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Development of a Quantitative PCR (qPCR) Based Method for Studying Temporal DNA Degradation in Waterlogged Bone, Isis Thornton

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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

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The Pseudomonas aeruginosa Interactome: Insights into sRNA-mediated Regulatory Networks, Christine M. Van Duyn

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HIGHER TENSILE FORCES ACROSS CELLULAR JUNCTIONS AND AN INTACT NUCLEAR LINC COMPLEX IS REQUIRED FOR EPITHELIAL FUNCTION AND STABILITY, FNU Vani Narayanan

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Pharmacology of Fentanyl-Related Substances in Mice Reveals Potential Therapeutics With Improved Protective Indices, Neil B. Varshneya

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I Hope My Black Skin Don't Dirt This White Tuxedo, Luis A. Vasquez La Roche

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The Correlation Between Maternal Postpartum Depression and Child Psychopathology, T'keyah I. Vaughan

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Automatic Hip Analysis Suite, Nathan J. Veilleux

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TRANSCRIPTOMIC PROFILING OF POSTMORTEM PREFRONTAL CORTEX AND NUCLEUS ACCUMBENS FROM CHRONIC ALCOHOL ABUSERS., Eric S. Vornholt

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A comparison in pediatric dental website design from a guardian and pediatric dentists’ perspective., David M. Voth

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BELOWGROUND CHARACTERISTICS OF DOMINANT COASTAL DUNE GRASSES AND POTENTIAL COMMUNITY-LEVEL EFFECTS ON COASTAL EROSION, Shannon L. Walker

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Recovering Lost Voices: The Rappahannock Tribe and the Jamestown Festival of 1957, Woodie L. Walker II

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Language-Supportive Strategies and their Associations with Child Language Outcomes During Instructional Time, Erin S. Wallace

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Differential Identification of Hyperacusis and Misophonia: Implications of Discrete Decreased Sound Tolerance (DST) Condition Subtypes, Rachel E. Wallace

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Process Factors Affecting Reperfusion Time in Patients Presenting with ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), Richard R. Wall

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Disruption of the DREAM Complex Results in Cell Cycle Deregulation, Hayley C. Walston

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Why We Use a New Currency: The Role of Trust and Control in Explaining the Perception and Usage of Bitcoin, Joseph B. Walton

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Securing a Successful Future for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Ghana and Zambia: A Mixed-Methods Study of Parental and Service Provider Expectations, Princess-Melissa T. Washington-Nortey

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Teachers' Perceptions of the Broad Validity of a High Stakes English Language Proficiency Test, Carolyn N. Waters

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REDOX-ACTIVE POROUS ORGANIC MATERIALS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL ENERGY STORAGE APPLICATIONS, K. Shamara Weeraratne

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Substitution inert Platinum (II) complexes and their non-covalent interactions with proteins, Thomas A. Wells

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The Analysis of Neural Heterogeneity Through Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Kyle Wendling

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Generation of Warm Dense Plasma on Solar Panel Infrastructure in Exo-Atmospheric Conditions, Harrison C. Wenzel

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ROLE OF CLIC4 AND THE SYNAPTIC TRANSCRIPTOME IN THE BEHAVIORAL AND MOLECULAR NEUROBIOLOGY OF ETHANOL, Rory M. Weston

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American Colossal, Andrew J. White

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Effective laundering conditions for ignitable liquid decontamination of fire scene clothing used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Rebecca K. Whitney

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EFFECTS OF BEHAVIORAL SKILLS TRAINING WITH IN SITU TRAINING ON WORKPLACE CONVERSATIONAL SKILLS OF TRANSITION-AGED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER, Holly N. Whittenburg

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Repeat Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation under General Anesthesia for Medicaid Eligible Healthy Children who are High Caries Risk, LaJoi E. Wiggins

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The Effect of Print Angulation on the Accuracy and Precision of 3D-Printed Orthodontic Retainers, Allison Williams

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Expanded Testing of an Integrated qPCR Mixture Screening Assay Using High Resolution Melt Curve Analysis and Support Vector Machine Modeling, Andrea L. Williams

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Design Hub: Activating Community by Design, Ed Williams

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A Theoretically-Based Mixed Methods Approach to Examining Mental Health Disorders and Help-Seeking Behaviors among University-Enrolled African American Men, Kofoworola D.A. Williams

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Associations Between Stress, Racial Discrimination, and Cytokine Levels in Black Americans, Takia Williams

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An Integrated Exploration of the Contextual, Relational, and Individual Factors that Impact High School Completion among African Americans, Lesley B. Winchester

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Work Hope and Work Volition: Exploring the Influence of Community College Students’ Rurality and Socioeconomic Status, Jesse A. Wingate

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Smallest Worthwhile Effect Values for Pain and Function after a Total Knee Replacement, Nancy Wofford

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Profiles of Adjustment among Children in Institutional Care in Ghana: Predictors of Positive Functioning, Anna W. Wright

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I See God Everywhere, Jason Wright

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MODEL-BASED IN-VITRO PK/PD PROFILING OF NOVEL SYNTHETIC ALLOSTERIC EFFECTORS OF HEMOGLOBIN (AEH) AS POTENTIAL SICKLE CELL DISEASE (SCD) THERAPEUTICS, Xiaomeng Xu