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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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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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College Students’ Perceptions of Popular Diets and Orthorexia Nervosa, Madison W. Weinstock

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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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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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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

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Implementation of a Hierarchical Embedded Cyber-Attack Detection System in Unmanned Aerial Systems, Kevin Yang

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Ceramide Synthase 2 Interacts with Ceramide Synthases 5 and 6 at the mRNA and Protein Levels, Dorothy Yen

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“It’s supposed to be super easy and it’s not”: Black and Latinx student experiences in the Doctor of Physical Therapy admissions process, Melissa Yeung

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Against the Eyes of God and Man: The Suicide and Alcohol Intoxication Deaths of Enslaved People in Alexandria and Henrico County, Virginia, 1805-1829, Peighton L. Young

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Sensory Substitution, Key to Inclusive Learning, Fathima Z. Zahir

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Arabic beyond Arabic, Abir Zakzok

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Open Ensemble Modeling of Confined Electrolytes, Serban Zamfir

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Reclaiming Beercraft- A Sensory Experience, Zishan Zeng

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Opportunities-to-learn and motivation in science: Examining person and context factors that predict grade 8 student science achievement, Fa Zhang

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Invariance and Invertibility in Deep Neural Networks, Han Zhang

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ENHANCING CHEMOSENSITIVITY OF LUNG CANCERS BY MANIPULATING THE TUMOR MICROENVIRONMENT: LOCAL LUNG DELIVERY AND NANOCARRIER-BASED THERAPIES, Hanming Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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MY CLOTHING IS ME: Embracing ADHD in Traditional Qatari Apparel, Rabab Abdulla

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A NOVEL FRAMEWORK FOR SOCIAL INTERNET OF THINGS: LEVERAGING THE FRIENDSHIPS AND THE SERVICES EXCHANGED BETWEEN SMART DEVICES, Javad Abed

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STRAINTRONIC NANOMAGNETIC DEVICES FOR NON-BOOLEAN COMPUTING, Md Ahsanul Abeed

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Biometal-Induced Structural Consequences of α-Synuclein – the Parkinson’s Disease Protein, Dinendra L. Abeyawardhane

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The Development of Intrinsically Cell-Permeable Peptide Libraries Using mRNA Display, Nicolas A. Abrigo

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...An Already Dreamed State Already Dreaming State Already…, Francheska Alcantara

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EXAMINING SLEEP AND FAMILY FUNCTIONING IN PEDIATRIC CRANIOPHARYNGIOMA USING ECOLOGICAL MOMENTARY ASSESSMENT, Nour Al Ghriwati

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Impact on Bacterial Micro-leakage in Exposed Root Canal Obturation Material in Teeth Irrigated with Different Solutions, Khalifa W. Alhaddad

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UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT THE HOSPITAL READMISSION RATE PROGRAM AND VALUE BASED PURCHASING HAS HAD ON THE FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTERS, 2011 TO 2015., David Allen

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Material Interactions and Self-Assembly in Inkjet Printing, Karam Nashwan Al-Milaji

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National and Local Antibiotic Prescribing Trends and Prescribing Appropriateness in Older Adults, Fawaz M. Alotaibi

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The Effects of length of stay, procedural volume & quality, and zipcode level SES on the 30-day readmission rate of individuals undergoing CABG., Ahmed H. Alquthami

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Conjugated Bile Acid and Sphingosine 1-phosophate prompt Cholangiocarcinoma Cell Growth via Releasing Exosomes, Waad A. Alruwaili

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Secure State Estimation in the Presence of False Information Injection Attacks, Maitham ALSalman

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Determining Success Factors in Interprofessional Practice with Dynamic Teams, Danah Alsane

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Differential Mobility Classifiers in the Non-Ideal Assembly, Thamir Alsharifi

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Load Scheduling with Maximum Demand and Time of Use pricing for Microgrids, HAYDER O. ALWAN

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Explainable Neural Networks based Anomaly Detection for Cyber-Physical Systems, Kasun Amarasinghe

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Students’ Awareness, Knowledge, and Perceptions of Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Victimization on College Campuses, Dhara Minesh Amin

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EROICA, Chino Amobi

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Architect of the New South: The Life and Legacy of William Mahone, Heath M. Anderson

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Spatial and Temporal Distributions of Larval Clupeid Fishes in a Tidal Freshwater Marsh Complex, Philip Reid Anderson

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A Mathematics Workshop for Parents: Exploring Content Knowledge and Perceptions of Parental Involvement, Kristina C. Anthony

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Parallel Pattern: A Familial Legacy of Care, Diana Antohe

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Breakdown of Relations: American Expansionism, the Great Plains, and the Arikara People, 1823-1957, Stephen R. Aoun

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Preconditioning of the tumor microenvironment by means of low dose chemotherapies for an effective immunotherapy of breast cancer, HUSSEIN F. AQBI

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Electronic and Geometric Structure of AlnOm and AlnOm +, Albert R. Armstrong

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Democratic Education and An Urban Teacher Residency: A Case Study, Bryan P. Arnold

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Modeling Cascading Failures in Power Systems in the Presence of Uncertain Wind Generation, Mir Hadi Athari

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Dating violence and Latina/o emerging adult’s attitudes towards condoms and condom use behaviors: Examining the role of culture, Melissa Avila

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Design and Testing of an Agonist-Antagonist Position-Impedance Controlled Myoelectric Prosthesis, Christopher Aymonin

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Energy Efficient Spintronic Device for Neuromorphic Computation, Md Ali Azam

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COMPUTATIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION ON THE WETTING BEHAVIOR OF DROPLET-FIBER SYSTEMS, Hossain Aziz

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Understanding Medication Self-Management Capacity among Older Adults Living in Low-Income Housing Communities, Amal M. Badawoud

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Examination of Strain-Dependent Differences in S. sanguinis Virulence and Growth, Shannon Baker

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Feedback and Innovative Work Behavior among Local Government Employees in Korea: The Roles of Trust in Supervisor, Affective Commitment, and Risk-Taking Climate, HyeonUk Bak

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Applications of Chemically Modified Nitrogen Doped Carbon, Zirconium Phosphate, Metal Organic Frameworks, and Functionalized Graphene Oxide Nanostructured Adsorbents in Water Treatment, AYYOB MOHAMMED A BAKRY

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Chemical Characterization of Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium by Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) to Assess Potential Therapeutic Phytochemicals and Toxicological Concerns Using Simulated Use Conditions, Regina Ballentine

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Connecting the Dots: Investigating the Effects of Trans-Synaptic Tau Transmission in the Hippocampus, Michael Bamisile

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LIGHT IN COMMUNITY: a study in the adaptive reuse of sacred space, Abigail Barras

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The Committee on Taste and Leisure, Katherine E. Barrie

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"Quiddity | Leaving Home", Jonathan U. Barton

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I Thought the Earth Remembered Me, Hannah Bates

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THE EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM DEAFNESS ON DENSITY AND DIAMETER OF DENDRITIC SPINES ON PYRAMIDAL NEURONS IN THE DORSAL ZONE OF THE FELINE AUDITORY CORTEX, Rachel J. Bauer

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WHY WOMEN GIVE TO WOMEN: A PORTRAIT OF GENDER-BASED PHILANTHROPY, Amy C. G. Beck

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When Empathy Only Goes So Far: Development of a Trait Parochial Empathy Scale, Anna Maria C. Behler

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NEGOTIATING MASCULINITY IN TABLETOP ROLEPLAYING GAME SPACES, Rigby L. Bendele

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Exploring the Intersection of Designing for Crime and the Future of the Public Forum, Kathryn M. Benedict

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Electrostatic Networks and Mechanisms of ΔpH-Dependent Gating in the Human Voltage-Gated Proton Channel Hv1, Ashley L. Bennett

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Response and recovery of syntrophic and methanogenic activity to saltwater intrusion in a tidal freshwater marsh soil, David J. Berrier Jr.

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Eternal enemies, or incidental encounters? Structure and patterns of interspecific killing in Carnivora, Tor G. Bertin

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MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY OF NON-PHYTO-CANNABINOID APPROACHES FOR TREATMENT OF NEUROPATHIC PAIN, Nadejda A. Blajkevich

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Stubborn Work: Poems, James Bolleana-Clark