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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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D is for the most cherished sense (whence it comes and wither it goes), Hallie S. McNeill

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USING CLASSROOM SOCIAL DYNAMICS TO UNDERSTAND CLASSROOM ADJUSTMENT BY STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, Meera Mehtaji

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Novel Role of the Nociceptin System as a Regulator of Glutamate Transporter Expression in Developing Astrocytes, Logan Meyer

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Effects of Cumulative Risk on Asthma Outcomes in Urban Children and Adolescents, Samantha A. Miadich

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The Effects of Disturbance and Species Specific Interactions on Diversity in an Agent Based Forest Simulation, Matthew E. Mills

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Mathematical Models of the Inflammatory Response in the Lungs, Sarah B. Minucci

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SELF-FORGIVENESS IN ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS: THE IMPACT ON THE PERPETRATOR AND THE RELATIONSHIP, Jaclyn M. Moloney

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The Dual Faces of Misery, Arden Moscati

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SYNERGY: GAME DESIGN + QUR'AN MEMORIZATION, Sultana Jesmine Moulana

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Short-term Effects of Nutrients on a Barrier Island Grassland Community, Ashley Moulton

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Your Turn, Doctor, Leyla Mozayen

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Development of My Footprint Calculator, Karthik Mummidisetti

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Computational Fluid Dynamics in a Terminal Alveolated Bronchiole Duct with Expanding Walls: Proof-of-Concept in OpenFOAM, Jeremy Myers

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One in Eight: Deciding to Pursue a College-Going Possible Self in a High-Poverty High School, David B. Naff

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Sol-Gel Chemistry: An Advanced Technique to Produce Macroscopic Nanostructures of Metal and Semiconductor Colloids, Lamia Nahar

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Optical Spectroscopy of Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Heterostructures and Group-IV Alloy Quantum Dots, Tanner A. Nakagawara

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NETWORK ANALYTICS FOR THE MIRNA REGULOME AND MIRNA-DISEASE INTERACTIONS, Joseph Jayakar Nalluri

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Interleukin-18 as a Therapeutic Target in Western-diet Induced Cardiomyopathy, Pratyush Narayan

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The Odcombian Climber: How Thomas Coryate Employed Media for Social Advantage, Julian T. Neuhauser

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An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship among Social Institutions and Juvenile Arrests in Virginia, Linh Thi T. Nguyen

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The Characterization of Chimeric Chaperone Flagrp170 as a Novel Radioprotectant, Tyler L. Nguyen

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THE TEA PARTY VERSUS PLANNING: A STUDY OF TEA PARTY ACTIVISM AND ITS IMPACT ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING, Spencer A. Norman

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Planar Refrains, stephen anthony nunes

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USING HYDROPATHIC MOLECULAR MODELING TOOLS TO ENHANCE UNDERSTANDING OF PROTEIN-LIGAND INTERACTIONS IN BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS, AHMAD J. OBAIDULLAH

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Design, Synthesis, and Biological Screening of Selective Mu Opioid Receptor Ligands as Potential Treatments for Opioid Addiction, Samuel Obeng

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"Our Captain is a Gentleman”: Officer Elections among Virginia Confederates, 1861-1862, Ryan C. O'Hallahan

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Lived Experiences of School Counselors Who Address Mental Health Needs Through Evidenced-based Educational Programs, Kelley Yvette Olds

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The Lens of Trauma: Montage Poetics in H.D.’s Trilogy, Emily Olsen

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Emporium, John C. Orth

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Eye Movement Control: An Index for Athleticism, Brittany L. OShea

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Discovery and Characterization of Cytomegalovirus Inhibitors using Reporter-based Antiviral Assays, amine ourahmane

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UNDERSTANDING OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION USE AND DECISION-MAKING AMONG COMMUNITY-DWELLING US OLDER ADULTS: A MIXED-METHODS APPROACH, Yoshita Paliwal

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Role of mitochondrial beta-oxidation in ethanol response: A candidate gene study using Caenorhabditis elegans, Harini Pallikarana Tirumala

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Fabrication of flexible, biofunctional architectures from silk proteins, Ramendra K. Pal

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Big Data Visualization Platform for Mixed Reality, Aliakbar Panahi

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MAST CELL ACTIVATION BY DIVERSE STIMULI CAN BE SUPPRESSED BY STEROID THERAPY AND TARGETING THE FYN-STAT5B CASCADE, Anuya Paranjape

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A Comparison of Moderate Oral Sedation Drug Regimens for Pediatric Dental Treatment: A Pilot Study, Ojas A. Parikh

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Respiratory Prediction and Image Quality Improvement of 4D Cone Beam CT and MRI for Lung Tumor Treatments, Seonyeong Park

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Internet-based Behavior of IT Professionals: Implications for Online Ergonomic Education to Prevent Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Priyadarshini Pattath

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The Impact of Objective Quality Ratings on Patient Selection of Community Pharmacies: A Discrete Choice Experiment and Latent Class Analysis, Julie A. Patterson

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GOMDS - GRUMPY OLD MEN DOING SHAKESPEARE; THE COMEDY OF ERRORS AS METAPHOR FOR LIFE, AGING, AND BUILDING COMMUNITY, Elizabeth B. Pedersen

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Investigations into structure and properties of atomically-precise transition metal-chalcogenide clusters of CrTe and ligated Cr6Te8(PEt3)6, Anthony F. Pedicini

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DESIGN FOR DISASSEMBLY - A CIRCULAR APPROACH, Wajiha Pervez

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A Dialogue of Learning: The Exploration of a Service-Learning Practicum and the Development of Democratic Educational Values, Margaret P. Pienkowski

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MODELING PSYCHOLOGISTS’ OPENNESS TO PERFORMING CLINICAL WORK WITH TELEPSYCHOLOGY, Bradford S. Pierce

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Parametric, Nonparametric and Semiparametric Approaches in Profile Monitoring of Poisson Data, Sepehr Piri

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Contribution of ASC-Inflammasome to Vascular Endothelial Dysfunction: Role of RNA Receptor RIG-I, Ashley Pitzer

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Comparison of intraoral and extraoral scanners on the accuracy of digital model articulation, Jason L. Porter

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THE IMPACT OF CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIOTHERAPY FOR BREAST CANCER ON COGNITION AND FUNCTIONAL PERFORMANCE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF SURVEY DATA TAKEN AT THREE TIME POINTS POST-TREATMENT, Ann Marie Potter

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Deletion of Cardiac miR-17-92 Cluster Increases Ischemia/ Reperfusion Injury via PTEN Upregulation, Meeta B. Prakash

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Immersive Theater & The Physical Narrative, Lauren Prisco

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Walking in beauty: Responsive and responsible health and healing among Virginia American Indian people, Amy J. Prorock-Ernest

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THE MEDIATING ROLE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DISCRIMINATION AND RISKY BEHAVIORS IN LGBT ADULTS IN LATIN AMERICA, Annie Rabinovitch

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Implementing Integrated Care in Family Medicine: Description and Outcomes in an Underserved Population, Zach Radcliff

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Comparisons of Isogenic Trisomic and Disomic Cells from People with Mosaicism for Down Syndrome Unmask Cellular Differences Related to Trisomy 21, Kelly A. Rafferty

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COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF DIFFUSION MODELS AND ARTIFICIAL NEURAL INTELLIGENCE ON ELECTROCHEMICAL PROCESS OF U AND Zr DISSOLUTIONS IN LiCl-KCl EUTECTIC SALTS, Samaneh Rakhshan Pouri

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Focused Attention vs. Open Monitoring: An Event-Related Potential Study of Emotion Regulation by Two Distinct Forms of Mindfulness Meditation, Tarah L. Raldiris

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Amixicile Inhibits Anaerobic Bacteria within an Oral Microbiome Derived from Patients with Chronic Periodontitis, Kane Ramsey

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An Investigation of How Black STEM Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Approach the National Science Foundation Merit Review Process, Falcon Rankins

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LUNG DISPOSITION MODEL-BASED ANALYSES OF CLINICAL PHARMACOKINETIC PROFILES FOR INHALED DRUGS, Anuja Raut

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Sleep and Pain in Older Adults: The Role of Negative and Positive Affect, Scott Ravyts

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A Range-wide Assessment of Migratory Connectivity for the Prothonotary Warbler Using Stable Hydrogen Isotopes, Jessica Reese

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Spooky Action At A Distance, Jonathan A. Rehwoldt

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Nature Nurtures, Moriah Rhodes

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Optimization of in vitro transcription/translation conditions for in vitro compartmentalization studies and synthesis of 4-fluorohistidine, Christine Ring

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Advocate or Traditional Bureaucrat: Understanding the Role of ESL Supervisors in Shaping Local Education Policy toward Immigrant Communities, Grant E. Rissler

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Distant Electric Vision: Cultural Representations Of Television From “Edison’s Telephonoscope” To The Electronic Screen, Ivy Roberts

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EXPANDING MONOAMINE TRANSPORTERS PHARMACOLOGY USING CALCIUM CHANNELS, Iwona Ruchala

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Wake the Devil, Ricardo Ruiz

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William Holman Hunt’s Portrait of Henry Wentworth Monk, Jennie Mae Runnels

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Heme Oxygenase 1 expression after traumatic brain injury and effect of pharmacological manipulation on functional recovery., Nicholas H. Russell

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MODERATE SEVERITY DISTURBANCE HAS SIMILAR EFFECTS ON THE PRODUCTION OF THREE FORESTS NESTED WITHIN THE UPPER GREAT LAKES LANDSCAPE, Benjamin Tai Sagara

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Hub Proteins, Paralogs, and Unknown Proteins in Bacterial Interaction Networks, Neha Sakhawalkar

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Decomposition Algorithms in Stochastic Integer Programming: Applications and Computations., Babak Saleck Pay

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open / close: assimilating immersive spaces in visual communication, Anika Sarin

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Upper Elementary Reading Instruction in the Age of Accountability: Balancing Best Practices with Pressures to Achieve on High-Stakes Tests, Christina H. Saunders

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Drinking Motives Underlying Internalizing and Externalizing Pathways to Alcohol Misuse in College Students, Jeanne Savage

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Socioecological Aspects of Tobacco Use in College Populations, Michael D. Sawdey

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positions of place: converging viewpoints in visual communication, Gregory J. Schmidt

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IN SEARCH OF A FUNCTION FOR AN UNCHARACTERIZED CONSERVED PROTEIN IN Streptococcus sanguinis SK36, Ayana Scott-Elliston

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PNPase IN C. ELEGANS: MUTAGENIC ANALYSIS TO COMPLEMENT KNOCKDOWN STUDIES, Danielle K. Seibert

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E-cigarettes and Smoking Cessation: Economic Impact on Current Smokers with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Anal A. Shah

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The Identity Formation of South Asians: A Phenomenological Study, Shabana Shaheen

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PO2 dependence of oxygen consumption in skeletal muscle of hypertensive and normotensive rats, Habiba Shah

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SH3 AND MULTIPLE ANKYRIN REPEAT DOMAIN 3 (SHANK3) AFFECTS THE EXPRESSION OF HYPERPOLARIZATION-ACTIVATED CYCLIC NUCLEOTIDE-GATED (HCN) CHANNELS IN MOUSE MODELS OF AUTISM, Nikhil N. Shah

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A Roadmap for Development of Novel Antipsychotic Agents Based on a Risperidone Scaffold, Urjita H. Shah

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Structure-Activity Relationship Studies of Bupropion and Related 3-Substituted Methcathinone Analogues at Monoamine Transporters, Abdelrahman R. Shalabi

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Skinface, Islam Shehab

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Altering a Runner’s Foot strike using a Modified Elliptical Trainer, Daniel Shull

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Engineering Icephobic Coatings: Surface Characterization of Pt cured Silicones, Sithara Shylaja Nair

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Come Fly with Me: Using Amixicile to Target Periodontal Pathogens and Elucidating the Innate Immune Response in Drosophila melanogaster, Kathryn Sinclair

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Theatrical Texts and Contexts: Poe and Hawthorne’s Fictional Women, Savannah M. Singletary

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N-Alkyl 4-Methylamphetamine enantiomers and the implication for potential modulation of abuse liability and enhancement of psychoactive drug targeting., Ramsey Sitta

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Restoration, Shannon M. Slaight-Brown

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Taken back by the ballpark: The role of nostalgia in the Minor League Baseball spectator experience, Mark A. Slavich

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Antidepressant-like Effects of Amisulpride, Ketamine, and Their Enantiomers on Differential-Reinforcement-of-Low-Rate (DRL) Operant Responding in Male C57/BL/6 Mice, Doug Smith

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CONTRIBUTION OF A CLASS II RIBONUCLEOTIDE REDUCTASE TO THE MANGANESE DEPENDENCE OF Streptococcus sanguinis, John L. Smith

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The Development of the Treatment Integrity - Efficient Scale for Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Youth Anxiety (TIES-CBT-YA), Meghan Smith

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Synthesis and Characterization of Metallic Nanoparticles for Catalytic Applications, Sarah Smith

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Wise Choices? The Economics Discourse of a High School Economics and Personal Finance Course, Tamara L. Sober