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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Motion-Induced Artifact Mitigation and Image Enhancement Strategies for Four-Dimensional Fan-Beam and Cone-Beam Computed Tomography, Matthew J. Riblett

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Paradox of Identity: The Role of National Language and Literature in the Philippines, Rebekah Rifareal

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Adolescent Emotion Expression, Emotion Regulation, and Decision-Making in Social Context, Tennisha N. Riley

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Influence of Muscle Strength on Mobility in Critically Ill Adult Patients on Mechanical Ventilation, Audrey R. Roberson

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QUOTATIONS LIKE THE SHARPEST CLAWS, Johanna Robinson

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IMPROVING THE CONSERVATION OF A CRYPTIC ENDANGERED FRESHWATER MUSSEL (PARVASPINA COLLINA) THROUGH THE USE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DNA AND SPECIES DISTRIBUTION MODELING, Bonnie A. Roderique

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Orientia tsutsugamushi Modulates Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress to Benefit its Intracellular Growth and Targets NLRC5 to Inhibit Major Histocompatibility Complex I Expression, Kyle G. Rodino

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An Exploration of Identity Negotiation in Adult English Learners’ Communities of Practice, Kathleen D. Rolander

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Strengthening Social Networks of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Promoting Positive Adult Outcomes, Rachel D. Rosenberg

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There is Someone in This Dress, George, Michael S. Royce

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A SURVEY OF CANNABIS CONSUMPTION AND IMPLICATIONS OF AN EXPERIMENTAL POLICY MANIPULATION AMONG YOUNG ADULTS, Alyssa K. Rudy

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Loyalty Program Effectiveness: An Examination of Mainstream and Niche Sport Fan-Team Relationships, Lisa S. Rufer

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Utilizing Voltage-gated Calcium Channels to Assess the Activity of Cathinone Derivatives at Human Monoamine Transporters, Brian A. Ruiz

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Assessing Feasibility and Effectiveness of Pediatric Dental Provider’s Role in Oral Health and Prevention Education in the Care of Children with Leukemia, Hannah Rustin

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Activation of TRPV1 by Capsaicin Regulates ENaC, Alexander Saffran

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Women in Music: Letting a Long Story Be Long Contemplating Women’s Sonic, Musical, and Spiritual Experiences in Prehistory, Deborah J. Saidel

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Novel Insights Into The Contribution Of Cellular Senescence To Cancer Therapy: Reversibility, Dormancy And Senolysis., Tareq Saleh

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Rotating Supporting Hyperplanes and Snug Circumscribing Simplexes, Ghasemali Salmani Jajaei

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The Influence of Clinically Meaningful Factors on the Performance of the Recommended Annual Diabetic Foot Screening, Trisha A. Sando

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tRNA Profiling of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Exosome, Khin MiMi San

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Rep-DNA complexes and their role in AAV DNA transactions, Vishaka Santosh

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Genomic Instability in Severe Congenital Neutropenia, a Leukemia Predisposition Syndrome, ADYA SAPRA

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Shared Genetic and Environmental Influences on Fear, Anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress, and Brain Morphometry, Chelsea Sawyers

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Validation of Virginia's Juvenile Risk Assessment Instrument, Jessica P. Schneider

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Using a custom landscape classification to understand the factors driving site occupancy by a rapidly declining migratory songbird, Elizabeth K. Schold

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Spatial learning and memory in brain-injured and non-injured mice: investigating the roles of diacylglycerol lipase-α and -β., Lesley D. Schurman

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Partition Pause, Michael Scribner

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Collaborating Outside the Lines: Creating a Movement Vocabulary for the Stage, Wesley S. Seals

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Toxicological Inhalation Effects of Metal-Based Nanoparticle Aerosols as Studied by a Portable In Vitro Exposure Cassette, Lynn E. Secondo

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Observations of Trends and Successes of Revascularization Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University: A Retrospective Study, Richard W. Sedwick

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Water Dynamics and the Effect of Static and Alternating Electric Fields, Mohammadmahdi Shafiei Alavijeh

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Role of C121A in mGluR2 homodimeric expression and function, Jong M. Shin

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Integrating Obesity and Eating Disorder Prevention: A Pilot and Feasibility Trial of INSPIRE, Courtney C. Simpson

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ONCOGENE INDUCED DNA REPLICATION IN LUNG INJURY REPAIR AND CARCINOGENESIS, Shilpa singh

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In Media Res, Christopher Andrew Sisk

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Prosecution as the "Soul Crushing Job:" Complexities of Campus Sexual Assault Cases, Tammi L. Slovinsky

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COUNTERREGULATORY EFFECTS OF PTX3 ON INFLAMMATION AND CELLULAR AGING, Aaron L. Slusher

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A Multi-Objective Framework for Information Security Public Policy: The Case of Health Informatics, Kane Smith

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Enhancing Adherence to Prescribed Opioids Using a Mobile-Base Application: A Pilot Study of feasibility in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, Daniel M. Sop

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Acting Mindfully, Dawn Souza

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Decellularized Matrices Effect on the Adaptive Immune Response, Kegan Sowers

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Effects of Electronic Cigarette Liquid Solvents Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin on User Nicotine Delivery, Heart Rate, Subjective Effects, and Puff Topography, Tory Spindle

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Secondary Student Information Literacy Self-efficacy vs. Performance, Jen Spisak

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Until One of Us Disappears, Ryan C. Stacy

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Directing Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Periodontal Regeneration, Charles Stoianovici

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Academic Self-Concept and Master Adaptive Learning in First Year Medical Students: A Validation and Scale Construction Study, JK Stringer IV

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GenderFail: The Queer Ethics of Dissemination, Brett E. Suemnicht

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A Qualitative Study Toward Understanding Educators’ Perceptions of a Talent Development Program Designed to Address the Underrepresentation of Historically Marginalized Students in Advanced Programming in a Large Virginia School Division, Christopher Mark Sumner

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Entangled Bodies: Tracing the Marks of History in Contemporary Science Fiction, Summer Sutton

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Development of Novel Models to Study Deep Brain Effects of Cortical Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Farheen Syeda

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QUEER HEALTH EQUITY AND CERVICAL CANCER: IDENTIFYING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF PAPANICOLAOU TEST UPTAKE IN A SAMPLE OF SEXUAL MINORITY WOMEN AND GENDER NONBINARY INDIVIDUALS, Ariella R. Tabaac

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WHY KATNISS EVERDEEN IS OUR FAVORITE FEMINIST – AN ANALYSIS OF THE HEROINE OF THE HUNGER GAMES FILM SAGA AND HER RECEPTION BY YOUNG FEMALE SPECTATORS, Paula Talero Álvarez

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Colloidal Synthesis and Photophysical Characterization of Group IV Alloy and Group IV-V Semiconductors: Ge1-xSnx and Sn-P Quantum Dots, Venkatesham Tallapally

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Change in Working Length at Different Stages of Instrumentation as a Function of Canal Curvature, Mei Tang

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DETERMINING TIDAL CHARACTERISTICS IN A RESTORED TIDAL WETLAND USING UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES AND DERIVED DATA, Victor Thornton

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CROSS-IDEOLOGICAL SOLAR POWER COALITIONS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH: AN ADVOCACY COALITION APPROACH, Brian T. Toibin

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INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF NICOTINIC ACETYLCHOLINE RECEPTORS (nAChRs) IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF CHEMOTHERPY-INDUCED PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY IN MICE, Wisam B. Toma

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LANTHANIDE-BASED CORE-SHELL NANOPARTICLES AS MULTIFUNCTIONAL PLATFORMS FOR TARGETED RADIONUCLIDE THERAPY AND MULTIMODAL MOLECULAR IMAGING, Miguel Toro-Gonzalez

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PUBLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ ATTITUDES REGARDING THE CLASSROOM PARTICIPATION OF STUDENTS WITH AUTISM WHO EXHIBIT CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR, Taryn G. Traylor

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An INNOVATIVE USE of TECHNOLOGY and ASSOCIATIVE LEARNING to ASSESS PRONE MOTOR LEARNING and DESIGN INTERVENTIONS to ENHANCE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT in INFANTS, Tanya Tripathi

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A LABORATORY STUDY OF STRESS REACTIONS TO WITNESSING A POLICE KILLING OF AN UNARMED BLACK MAN: DISCRIMINATION, DISTRESS TOLERANCE, ETHNIC IDENTITY, AND RISK-TAKING, Michael A. Trujillo

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Synthesis and Characterization of Magnetic Cabides and Oxides Nanomaterials, Hei Man Tsui

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IMPROVING REALTIME 3-D TRACKING OF HIGH DOSE RATE RADIATION SOURCE USING A FLAT PANEL DETECTOR, Leo Uchechukwu Udeji

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Paul Piccone’s Providential Moment: Phenomenology, Subjectivity, and 20th Century Marxism in Telos, Jacob A. Ulmschneider

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Molecular Brain Adaptations to Ethanol: Role of Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3 Beta in the Transition to Excessive Consumption, Andrew D. van der Vaart

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A WATERSHED MOMENT: IMPLEMENTING STATE ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY POLICY INTO A CENTRAL VIRGINIA SCHOOL DISTRICT, Melinda J. VanDevelder

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Examining Two Structural Equation Models to Determine the Effect of Parental Practices and Familial Cultural Values on Mexican Adolescents’ Sexual Health, Efren A. Velazquez

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Modeling Fluid Motion over Fibrous Surfaces, Delli Ganesh Venkateshan

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Fault Classification and Location Identification on Electrical Transmission Network Based on Machine Learning Methods, Vidya Venkatesh

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A PRACTICE ELEMENTS-BASED APPROACH TO ADHERENCE MEASUREMENT, Stephanie Violante

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PHOTOLUMINESCENCE FROM GAN CO-DOPED WITH C AND SI, Mykhailo Vorobiov

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What Lies Beneath, Meg Wachs

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Unpacking Students’ Writer Identity in the Transition from High School to College: A Mixed Methods Study, Marcie J. Walsh

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The Experiences of School Counseling Directors in Relation to Job Satisfaction and Leadership, Robyn Walsh

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High-throughput prediction and analysis of drug-protein interactions in the druggable human proteome, Chen Wang

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Language, Literacy, and Conscientização in American Public Schools, Julie Ward

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EXPLORING LITERACIES IN THE ASSEMBLAGE OF ADULT EDUCATION ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES CLASSROOMS, Susan Watson

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One-Third of a Nation, the Second Amendment, a Living Newspaper Play, Linda Ann Watt

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WORK/DEATH, OF EACH IN THEIR OWN, Micah H. Weber

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Assessing Baseline and Post-Discharge Risk Factors in Subjects with and without Sleep Apnea Undergoing Endoscopy with Deep Sedation, Mercedes E. Weir

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IMPROVING PERFORMANCE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR THE INTEGRATED CPU-GPU HETEROGENEOUS SYSTEMS, Hao Wen

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The Periodontal Specialty: A Survey Regarding Our Future, John H. White

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Cultivating Community and Healthy Living: Urban Grocery and Garden, Amy Williams

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Finding Homeplace: Exploring the Experiences of Black Women in the City of Richmond, Mariah Williams

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Structured Poetic Expressions for Emerging Adults Experiencing Bereavement, Kelcie D. Willis

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ASSESSING THE RELATIVE INFLUENCES OF ABIOTIC AND BIOTIC FACTORS ON A SPECIES’ DISTRIBUTION USING PSEUDO-ABSENCE AND FUNCTIONAL TRAIT DATA: A CASE STUDY WITH THE AMERICAN EEL (Anguilla rostrata), Taylor E. Woods

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Synthesis and Analysis of Gold Nanoclusters, Patrick Woodworth

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Chromodomain Helicase DNA Binding Protein 1 (Chd1) is required for orofacial development in Xenopus, Brent Wyatt

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Candor & Ebb: Searching For My Truth Through Solo Performance, Andrew Ross Wynn

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Signaling Through Homomeric and Heteromeric Cannabinoid CB1 receptors, Guoqing Xiang

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Understanding the Role of Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase and its Function as a Driving Force behind the ER Stress Response in Fibrostenotic Crohn’s Disease-affected Ileal Smooth Muscle Cells, Prashant Yadav

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Graphene as a Solid-state Ligand for Palladium Catalyzed Cross-coupling Reactions, Yuan Yang

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Metabolic Engineering of Serratia marcescens, Qiang Yan

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A Third Place: For Children(5–7) to Play and Learn, Yuqi Ye

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The Use of Outside Agents to Improve Special Education Service Delivery: A Mixed-Methods Analysis, Christine E. Young

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OPTIMIZATION FOR STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING: APPLICATIONS TO SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, Mahsa Zahery

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Reducing Sepsis Mortality: A Cloud-Based Alert Approach, Janet A. Zink

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Gender Beyond Binary, Sidra Zubairi

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LPS-Induced iNOS mRNA and the Pro-Apoptotic Signaling Pathway in Leukocytes of Fit and Unfit Males, Tiffany M. Zuniga

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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INVESTIGATION OF ANTICOAGULATION PROPERTIES OF SULFATED GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN MIMETICS, Elsamani I. Abdelfadiel