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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Longitudinal Relations between Parental and Peer Support for Violent and Nonviolent Responses to Conflict and Early Adolescent Dating Aggression, Rachel C. Garthe

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Truth and Doubt in Representation, Mathew Gasparek

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Supporting teen leaders: Validation of the I Drive Smart Survey, Cynthia M. George

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Resolution of Inflammation Rescues Axon Initial Segment Disruption, Nicholas M. George

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Parental Perceptions of Oral Health Related Quality of Life for Children that Receive Care on Give Kids a Smile Day, Andrew Gibson

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Political Entities: Churches and Taverns in Revolutionary Virginia, 1765-1780, Ashley Gilbert

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Enemy Mine, Chelsea R. Gillenwater

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Shifting Focus, Dawn R. Gillis

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Power Analysis in Applied Linear Regression for Cell Type-Specific Differential Expression Detection, Edmund Glass

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“‘It’s a Cu’ous Thing ter Me, Suh’: The Distinctive Narrative Innovation of Literary Dialect in Late-Nineteenth Century American Literature”, Kym M. Goering

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DOCUMENTING STUDENT CONNECTIVITY AND USE OF DIGITAL ANNOTATION DEVICES IN VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY CONNECTED COURSES: AN ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT FOR DIGITAL PEDAGOGIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION, Laura Gogia

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Examining Genetic and Environmental Influences on Alcohol use and Externalizing Behaviors in African American Adolescents, Neeru Goyal

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Selecting Spatial Scale of Area-Level Covariates in Regression Models, Lauren Grant

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF ALCOHOL MIXED WITH ENERGY DRINK (AMED) USE IN COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD), BROOKE A. GREEN

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The Family Affective Attitude Rating Scale in Children with Asthma: The Association between Relational Schemas and Emotional Security, Jessica L. Greenlee

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DEVELOPMENT OF A TWO-FACTOR SELF-FORGIVENESS SCALE, Brandon J. Griffin

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LONELINESS, CYNICAL HOSTILITY, AND COGNITIVE DECLINE IN AMERICANS ABOVE AGE 50, Sarah C. Griffin

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Design & Analysis of a Computer Experiment for an Aerospace Conformance Simulation Study, Ryan W. Gryder

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Wreading, Performing, and Reflecting: The Application of Narrative Hypertext and Virtual World Experiences to Social Work Education, Linda Ayscue Gupta PhD

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Propensity Score for Causal Inference of Multiple and Multivalued Treatments, Zirui Gu

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The Development of Bicyclic Peptide Library Scaffolds and the Discovery of Biostable Ligands using mRNA Display, David E. Hacker

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Optical investigations of InGaN heterostructures and GeSn nanocrystals for photonic and phononic applications: light emitting diodes and phonon cavities, Shopan d. Hafiz

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Strata, Lauren Hale

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Memory of a Landscape, Elizabeth Halliday

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"THEY BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE WOMEN, IT SHOULD BE EASIER FOR THEM." SUBTLE AND OVERT SEXISM TOWARD WOMEN IN STEM FROM SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTARY, Katherine Hall

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Exploring the Outcomes of Rehabilitative Care for Veteranas and Service Members Treated For A Disorder Of Consciousness In The VHA Emerging Conciousness Program, Janette A. Hamilton

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Distributed sparse signal recovery in networked systems, Puxiao Han

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Perception of Differences in Lip Profile between 2-D and 3-D, Andrew Hansen

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Sweaty Mother Slow Groove, Devin Kylie Harclerode

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EXPLORING THE ROLE OF INTERSECTIONALITY ON CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK IN SEXUAL MINORITIES, Leia Harper

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N-methyl 4-methyl amphetamine N-alkyl chain extension differentially affects ion flux at the human dopamine and norepinephrine transporters, Alan C. Harris Jr.

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Differential Response of Barrier Island Dune Grasses to Species Interactions and Burial, April Harris

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PUSHED WITHOUT DIRECTION: Privileged Problems and the Configuration of Class and Race. How Latent Class Differences, Supported Through Racial Inequities, Maintain the Achievement Gap for Upper Class Black Students, Jullian Harrison

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Differential Reactivity of Microglia in Two Mouse Models of Multiple Sclerosis, Rebecca K. Hartley

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In Pursuit of Women Scientists: Using Science Plays to Promote Women Entering STEM Disciplines, Danielle Hartman

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PHARMACOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF ADENOSINE 2A RECEPTOR- DOPAMINE TYPE 2 RECEPTOR HETEROMERIZATION, Candice N. Hatcher-Solis

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Investigation of Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma marginale adhesin-host cell interactions, Kathryn S. Hebert

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Modeling Time-Dependent Performance of Submerged Superhydrophobic or Slippery Surfaces, Ahmed A. Hemeda

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A Multiple-Site Case Study of Two University Teacher Induction Programs Using Different Methods of Delivery, Molly M. Henschel

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The molecular and mechanical mechanisms of the age-associated increase in the severity of experimental ventilator induced lung injury, Joseph Ames Herbert

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Electronic Cigarette User Plasma Nicotine Concentration and Puff Topography: Influence of Liquid Nicotine Concentration and User Experience, Marzena M. Hiler

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WHAT’S REAL? WHAT’S NOT? : REALITY TV’S EFFECT ON RELATIONAL AGGRESSION AMONG BLACK COLLEGE WOMEN, Ashley N. Hill

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Emerging Pathogens in Cystic Fibrosis Patients at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (VCUMC), Emily M. Hill

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Monitor, Shana Hoehn

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Unknowable Terrain, Carli A. Holcomb

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The Color of Memory: Reimagining the Antebellum South in Works by James McBride Through the use of Free Indirect Discourse, Janel L. Holmes

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COHERENT SPIN TRANSPORT IN NANOWIRE SPIN VALVES AND NOVEL SPINTRONIC DEVICE POSSIBILITIES, Md Iftekhar Hossain

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Pharmacological Inhibition of Cyclophilin Ameliorates Experimental Allergic Encephalomyelitis, Zi L. Huang

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A Collection of Essays and Short Stories, Roberta T. Hudson

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Beyond the Single Story: How Analog Hypertext Facilitates Representation of Multiple Critical Perspectives in an Art Museum Object Study Gallery, Aimee D. Hunt

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PERCEPTIONS OF THE HOMELESS TOWARD NONPROFIT HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDER, LeQuan M. Hylton

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Positivity Ratio: Predicting Sleep Outcomes Across The Adult Lifespan, Janna L. Imel

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Modern Art of Pakistan: Lahore Art Circle 1947-1957, Samina Iqbal

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SYSTEMATIC POSTSYNTHETIC MODIFICATION OF NANOPOROUS ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS AND THEIR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION FOR SELECTIVE CO2 CAPTURE, Timur Islamoglu

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EXPLORING THE CONCEPT OF HUMAN OCT3 INHIBITORS AS A NOVEL CLASS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS, Kavita A. Iyer

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SENSE OF BELONGING OF BLACK STUDENTS IN STEM MAJORS: A MIXED METHODS STUDY, Lisa Jackson

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CATCHING UP AND STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE: SERIOUS JUVENILE OFFENDERS’ FACILITY SCHOOL EXPERIENCES AND THEIR TRANSITION TO THE COMMUNITY, Lena Jäggi

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NON-MEDICAL USE OF PRESCRIPTION STIMULANTS FOR WEIGHT LOSS: PREDICTORS, CONSEQUENCES, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR INTERVENTION IN A NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT SAMPLE, Amy J. Jeffers

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Chronic Pain Causal Attributions in an Interdisciplinary Primary Care Clinic: Patient-Provider and Provider-Provider Discrepancies, Bryan Jensen

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Image, Text, and Social Commentary in Victor Ekpuk's Cartoons for The Daily Times of Nigeria, 1989-1998, Kaleb W. Jewell

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The New Gatekeepers: How Blogs Subverted Mainstream Book Reviews, Rebecca E. Johnson

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The Transition from the Psychical to the Psychological: An Examination of William James’ Influence on Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw”, Harry A. Jones IV

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Catching All Passions in His Craft of Will: Portraits and Pater in Oscar Wilde’s “The Portrait of Mr. W. H.”, Rebecca E. Jones

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Synthetic Landscapes, Benjamin Thomas Jordan

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Finding the Cutpoint of a Continuous Covariate in a Parametric Survival Analysis Model, Kabita Joshi

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Upper thermal limits differ among component species in a host-parasitoid-hyperparasitoid system, Kanchan A. Joshi

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Representativeness of Patients Enrolled in a Primary Care Clinical Trial for Substance Use Disorders, Sydney S. Kelpin

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Identification of size and shape changes in orofacial development and disease, Allyson E. Kennedy

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Virtual / Reality: Designing permeable spaces for social well-being in the digital age, Thomas R. Kennedy

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The Effectiveness of a Preventive Recall Strategy in Children Following Dental Rehabilitation Under General Anesthesia, Amanda Kerns Dr.

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The Future of Arabic Music: No sound without silence, Nesma Magdy Khodier VCUQ

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Considerations in the provision of mental health services toward Arabs, Dalia Khoury

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T-Duality and Double Field Theory, Nicholas T. King

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Seasonal Variation of Fish and Macroinvertebrate Biomass Spectra in Southern West Virginia Streams, Andrew J. Kirk

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Laser Vaporization Controlled Condensation and Laser Irradiation in Solution for the Synthesis of Supported Nanoparticle Catalysts, Vitaly Kisurin Mr.

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The Bare Units, Savannah W. Knoop

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Design and Structure-Activity Relationship of Small Molecule C-terminal Binding Protein (CtBP) Inhibitors and Investigation of the Scope of Palladium Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (Pd-MWCNT) Catalyst in C–H Activation Reactions, Sudha Korwar

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ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY OF BASAL GANGLIA (BG) CIRCUITRY AND DYSTONIA AS A MODEL OF MOTOR CONTROL DYSFUNCTION, Deepak Kumbhare

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Information Needs and Information Sources of Patients Diagnosed with Rare Cancers, Dana L. Ladd

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The Exploration of Development of the Costume Design for Musical Urinetown, Xiaolin Lan

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Examining the Effects of Psychosocial Stress on the Hypertension Self-Management Behaviors of African American Women, Michelle Laws

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IN VITRO VISUALIZATION OF PEDIATRIC SIZED MECHANICAL HEART VALVE PERFORMANCE USING AORTIC ROOT MODEL IN MOCK CIRCULATORY LOOP, Sarah Lederer

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Urban Stressors and Child Asthma: An Examination of Child and Caregiver Models, Gillian G. Leibach

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A QUALITITATIVE CASE STUDY EXPLORING THE EXPERIENCES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES IN THE “CALL ME MISTER” PROGRAM, Stephanie C. Lennon

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An Injectable Stem Cell Delivery System for Treatment of Musculoskeletal Defects, Shirae Leslie

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USING SEMIPHYSIOLOGICALLY-BASED PHARMACOKINETIC (SEMI-PBPK) MODELING TO EXPLORE THE IMPACT OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE INTRAVENOUS (IV) AND ORAL (PO) ROUTE OF ADMINISTRATION ON THE MAGNITUDE AND TIME COURSE OF CYP3A-MEDIATED METABOLIC DRUG-DRUG INTERACTIONS (DDI) USING MIDAZOLAM (MDZ) AS PROTOTYPICAL SUBSTRATE AND FLUCONAZOLE (FLZ) AND ERYTHROMYCIN (ERY) AS PROTOTYPICAL INHIBITORS, Mengyao Li

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Resilient dynamic state estimation in the presence of false information injection attacks, Jingyang Lu

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Optimizing Virtual Machine I/O Performance in Cloud Environments, Tao Lu

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The Automorphism Group of the Halved Cube, Benjamin B. MacKinnon

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Interhouse: A Place for Growing up and Growing Adults, Nilufar Makhamatova

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Plant functional trait and hyperspectral reflectance responses to Comp B exposure: efficacy of plants as landmine detectors, Paul V. Manley II

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Substrate Recognition and Mechanistic Studies of Protein N-Terminal Methyltransferase 1, Yunfei Mao

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“I JUST NEED TO GET MYSELF SUPERVISED:” EXPLORING TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONALISM AMONG PHYSICIANS IN THE FIRST YEAR OF GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION, Elizabeth P. Marlowe

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Development of the Student Perceptions of Writing Feedback Scale, Sarah A. Marrs

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Ancient Puebloan Human Effigy Vessels: An Examination of Iconography and Tradition, Amy G. Marshman

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Loosely Bound, Alexander Martin

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A Correlational Analysis of Secondary Data for Factors Influencing Graduation from Adult Drug Court, David N. Masri

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An Investigation of Kinetic Visual Biofeedback on Dynamic Stance Symmetry, Trisha J. Massenzo

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Para, William Matheson

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Versatile Synthesis of Transition Metal Phosphides: Emerging Front-runners for Affordable Catalysis, April C. Mattei