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Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

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NOVEL DUEL MTOR INHIBITORS/AMPK ACTIVATORS IMPROVE THERAPEUTIC EFFICACY OF DOXORUBICIN AND AMELIORATE ITS ASSOCIATED CARDIOTOXICITY IN MICE, Sahak Eric Hovsepian

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A comparison of patient testimonials on YouTube of the most common orthodontic treatment modalities: braces, in-office aligners, and direct-to-consumer aligners, Riley Hunsaker

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The Role of Ca2+/Calmodulin Dependent Protein Kinase II, CaMK-II, in Kidney Morphogenesis, Sarah R. Ingram

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Adverse Childhood Experiences in Children Presenting to Integrated Pediatric Primary Care, Irene A. Jacobs

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Pharmacological Characterization of Novel Low Efficacy MOR Modulators: Implications for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Abdulmajeed Jali

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Understanding Droplet Mobility and Penetration in Nonwovens via Numerical Simulation and Complementary Experiment, Mohammad Jamali 1991

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A CRITICAL MULTIPLE CASE STUDY ANALYSIS EXAMINING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) TO PROMOTE POSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATE, Weade W. James

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Magnetic Refrigerator Device Based on La (FexCoySi1-x-y)13, Khushar Javed

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Systematic Model-based Design Assurance and Property-based Fault Injection for Safety Critical Digital Systems, Athira Varma Jayakumar

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3-D HOMOLOGY MODELING OF ORGANIC ANION TRANSPORTERS (OATs): DEFINING THE BIOCHEMICAL BASIS FOR OAT-SUBSTRATE INTERACTIONS, Christopher Jay

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Metal-Oxide Nanostructures Fabricated from Reactive Laser Ablation in Liquid, Mallory G. John

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IMPACT OF STUDENT’S GENDER AND PERCEIVED SKIN TONE ON EDUCATORS’ DISCIPLINARY DECISIONS, Kierstyn K. Johnson-Wigfall

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THE HEAT IS ON: COMPARISON OF THERMOREGULATORY BEHAVIOR IN PARASITISED VERSUS UNPARASITIZED CATERPILLARS OF THE TOBACCO HORNWORM, MANDUCA SEXTA (L.) [LEPIDOPTERA: SPHINGIDAE], Jessica M. Johnston

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The Utilization of Sex Hormone Antibodies for Screening and Separation of Trace Biological Mixtures, Kristin N. Jones

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Verification of the Vertical Bubble Flow Experiments, reginald jones ii

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE TSC/DYRK1A INTERACTION, Supriya Joshi

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EXPLORING THE CREATION OF IMMERSIVE AND RESPONSIVE SPACES FOR INTERRELATIONSHIP THROUGH THE CONCEPT OF PLAYFULNESS, Yonghun Jung

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Validation of Ninein as an Ethanol-related Quantitative Trait Gene: Reassessment, Design, and Functional Validation of Reference Genes for qPCR Analysis of Brain Tissue in Mice, Jessica L. Jurmain

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Characterization of the Gonococcal Calprotectin Zn-Acquisition System, TdfH, and the Efficacy of Metal Starvation for Treating Gonococcal Disease, Michael T. Kammerman

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See as One, min haeng kang

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Western Representation on Twitter in Relation to Orientalism and Framing: A Content Analysis of #Saudi Arabia and #Saudis, WEDYAN A. KATTAN

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Synaptic Plasticity in A Visual Cortical Region Induced by Early-Deafness, John M. Kay

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SPIT IN MY MOUTH: Queer Intimacies, Material Intra-actions, and Sensuous Becoming, GM Keaton

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Stimulated growth response to sand burial of a coastal shrub, D. Nicole Keller

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Selenomonas sputigena: Growth Conditions and Projected Virulence Factors of an Emerging Oral Pathogen, Kayla A. Keller

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A Randomized Trial of CBT4CBT for Women in Residential Treatment for Substance Use Disorders, Sydney S. Kelpin

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Discrimination of Colorless Fibers by UV-VIS Microspectrophotometry and Microspectrofluorimetry, Kialani Killinger

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PREVENTATIVE AND THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF BMSC EXOSOME ON PERIODONTAL DISEASE, Jin Ha Kim

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Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Mu Opioid Receptor Selective Antagonists Bearing Pyrazole and Imidazole Side Chains, Pornprom Klongkumnuankarn

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PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF READING: THE ROLE OF NOSTALGIA IN RE-READING FAVORITE BOOKS, MARGARET A. KNEUER

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A Graph Theoretical Approach to the Dollar Game Problem, Rachel Koch

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Family Relationship Hope in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lindsay A. Kozachuk

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Epigenetic Regulation of Drug Metabolizing Enzymes in Normal Aging, Mohamad M. Kronfol

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DEVELOPMENT OF DEXAMETHSONE SODIUM PHOSPHATE LOADED NANOPARTICLES FOR TREATING CORNEAL ALLOGRAFT REJECTION, Vineet R. Kulkarni

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Exploring the Use of a Mindfulness Based Yoga Intervention for Children with Severe Asthma, Sharon Lack

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Can school be a source of trauma? Assessing academic traumatic stress as a mechanism underlying the health outcomes of Black undergraduate students, Ebony A. Lambert

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Integration of multi-omic platforms to understand the regulation of genes in human disease, Eva Lancaster

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Bee diversity of three Appalachian shale barren sites, Olivia C. Latham

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Applications of Dynamic Linear Models to Random Allocation Models, Albert H. Lee III

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Characteristics of Alveolar Bone Marrow Cells from Patients Undergoing Dental Extractions or Dental Implant Therapy, Meng H. Lee

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Hidden Gem: Realizing the Value of Community in Healthcare Environments, Nicole Lee

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THE EFFECT OF THE SENOLYTIC ABT-263 ON ANDROGEN DEPRIVATION-INDUCED SENESCENT PROSTATE TUMOR CELLS, So Min Lee

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ANALYSIS OF TEACHING STYLES, ADULT LEARNING THEORIES, AND FACTORS INFLUENCING TEACHING STYLE PREFERENCES IN ADULT EDUCATION INSTRUCTORS: IMPLICATION FOR PRACTICE, Beatrice Chemaiyo Lele

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DATING VIOLENCE VICTIMIZATION AND POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS OUTCOMES AMONG URBAN ADOLESCENTS: THE MODERATING AND MEDIATING ROLE OF POSITIVE OUTLOOK, Carine Leslie

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Disentangling Student Engagement in Afterschool Programs, Ashlee M. Lester

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Formulation and Validation of Nanoparticle Controlled Delivery for Chemotherapeutic Drug Products, Shani L. Levit

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Validation of the 4-Aminophenol Chemical Test and Analytical Testing Scheme to Distinguish Marijuana and Hemp, Kenna Lewis

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Hospital Investment in Urgent Care: Impacts on Emergent, Outpatient, and Ambulatory Surgery Volumes, Hillary A. Linhart

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Machine Girl, Yutong Liu

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THREE STUDIES OF RESEARCH-BASED PEDAGOGY IN PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY: Development of a ZnO Thin Film Experiment, Analysis of Student Discourse by Graph Theory and Cognitive Engagement, Building a Physical Chemistry Faculty Network., Dilhara Liyanage

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Reducing Material Attractiveness Utilizing Pu-238 and U-232, Cody Lloyd

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Social Learning Theory and Digital Piracy: Explaining Uploading Behaviors of Digital Pirates, Cydney J. Lowenstein

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Moving Parts, Andrew Lowrie

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Staying Current in Patient Care: How Physicians in Medically Underserved Areas Gain Knowledge for Health Care Decision-Making, Irene M. Lubker

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The Effect of Virtual Reality Glasses on the Behavior of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Dental Setting, Robert Lunka

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Amixicile as a novel antimicrobial treatment for periodontitis: A pilot study in the non-human primate, Macaca mulatta, Denver J. Lyons

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Anti-Tumor Functions of Sphingosine Kinase 1 and Sphingosine Kinase 2 in Breast Cancer Development, Melissa A. Maczis

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Development of an Anatomically and Electrically Conductive Brain Phantom for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Hamzah A. Magsood Virginia Commonwealth University

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THE EFFECT OF INTERMITTENT THETA BURST STIMULATION ON BICEPS CORTICOMOTOR EXCITABILITY IN NON-IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH TETRAPLEGIA, Blaize Majdic

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Jazz, Improvisation & the Importance of Collaboration, Laurie Marcotte

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Negative Urgency As A Risk Factor For Intimate Partner Aggression: The Untold Story of Maladaptive Interpersonal Emotion Regulation, Alexandra M. Martelli

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A meta-analysis investigating the correlation between treatment integrity and youth client outcomes, Ruben G. Martinez

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Multicultural Literature in the Elementary Classroom: A Comparison of Traditional and Dual Language Classroom Teachers, Virginia Massaro

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Non-Invasive Retrieval of Prefabricated Zirconia Crowns with Er,Cr:YSGG Laser from Primary and Permanent Teeth, Connor W. McCall DDS

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Martian Mother, Elizabeth McGrady

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Community Reentry and Juvenile Justice: The Role of Developmental Science in Legislative Decision-Making, Kristina A. McGuire

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Phenotype Extraction: Estimation and Biometrical Genetic Analysis of Individual Dynamics, Kevin L. McKee

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Signaling Mechanism Responsible for 5-HT2A Receptor Tolerance to Psychedelic Induced Head-Twitch Behavior in Mice, Audrey R. McMurtrie

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Molecular and Behavioral Mechanisms Mediated Paclitaxel-Induced Changes in Affect-Like Behavior in Mice, Julia Meade

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The Design of a New Vaginal Applicator for Direction Modulated Brachytherapy (DMBT) Using GEANT4 Monte Carlo Simulation Code, Moeen Meftahi

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Otherness, Feixue Mei

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Interspecific gene flow potentiates adaptive evolution in a hybrid zone formed between Pinus strobiformis and Pinus flexilis, Mitra Menon

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Transforming Trauma: Performing the Works of William Shakespeare as Rehabilitation for Incarcerated Individuals, Elyssa Mersdorf

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Assessing the Role of Planar Cell Polarity Protein Ptk7 in Axon Pathfinding of Spinal Commissural Neurons, Joseph Paul Miano

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Development of a Torque-Based Device for the Quantification of Arm Rigidity in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Georgina O. Miller

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Development of an Untargeted Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) Method for the Detection of Drugs in Wastewater, Samuel A. Miller

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Library by Day, Theater by Night, Julia Moncure Jones Mishler

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Is direct transport to a level I trauma center associated with better outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury compared to patients that are transferred to trauma level I from other hospitals, Narad Mishra

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Non-destructive, Rapid Differentiation of Cell Types Relevant to Sexual Assault Investigations Utilizing Morphological and Autofluorescence Signatures, Taylor R. Moldenhauer

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Characterizing A20 function in periodontal tissue homeostasis, Erin Mooney

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A Critical Examination of Secondary Teachers’ Perceptions of Liberatory PD, Christine C. Moore

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PREY BEGINS WITH PLAY, Seren C. Moran

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Constraints on Phytoplankton Abundance and Cyanotoxin Production in the Tidal Freshwater James River, Brittany Ann Moretz

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A Girl is a Girl is a Girl, Paige Lizbeth Morris

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Self-Efficacy of Endorsed and Nonendorsed Elementary Teachers of Gifted Students in STEM Education, Lianna L. Moss-Everhart

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Multi-label classification models for heterogeneous data: an ensemble-based approach., Jose Maria Moyano Murillo

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In vivo effects of the CB1 allosteric modulator LDK1258, a structural analog of ORG-27569, Mohammed A. Mustafa

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MEF2-BOUND GENES MAY INFLUENCE ETHANOL SEDATION IN DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER, Katlyn M. Myers

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A Comparison of Three-Dimensional Printing Technologies on the Precision, Trueness, and Accuracy of Printed Retainers, Owais A. Naeem

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Entitled versus Untitled, Johana Nasreen

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CHARACTERIZING GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN AND GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN-OLIGO INTERACTIONS WITH CANCER STEM CELLS AND THEIR REGULATORS, Rahaman Navaz Gangji

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The Quantified Elf, Umico Niwa

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Synthesis of Supported Metal Nanoparticles on High Surface Area Supports for Application in Energy Conversion and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Nazgol Norouzi

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Targeting NRF1 and DDI2 to potentiate proteasome inhibitor cytotoxicity in cancer, Amy Northrop

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The gamma-globin Repressors KLF1, BCL11A, and MBD2: Knowledge Gaps in the Literature, Lauren Nufer

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Application of Optical Trapping to Obtain Single-Source STR Profiles from Forensically Relevant Body Fluid Mixtures with Modified DNA Analysis Workflow, Benjamin J. O'Brien

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Predictors of Mental Health Need and Treatment in Safety Net Primary Care, Kristen O'Loughlin

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Epigenetic alterations at synaptic plasticity genes in a genetically heterogeneous rat model of neuropsychiatric disorders, Doan M. On

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Integrated Multiple Adaptive Design Involving Sample Size Re-Estimation and (Covariate-Adjusted) Response-Adaptive Randomization for Continuous and Binary Outcomes, Christine M. Orndahl

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Behavior Change Techniques to Promote Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: A Theory-Based Meta-Analysis, Caroline A. Orr

 
 
 
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