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Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

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Socio-ecological Predictors of Social Connection Among Older Adults, Georganna Amateau

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Bayesian Experimental Design For Bayesian Hierarchical Models With Differential Equations For Ecological Applications, Rebecca Atanga

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Amixicile, a novel antimicrobial agent, and its effect on the salivary and subgingival microbiome in rhesus macaque monkeys, Erin E. Block

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Cardiac Arrest and Global Ischemia Reperfusion Injury: Role of mitochondria and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 signaling., Jennifer L. Bradley

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Knowledge, Perception, and Clinical Management Strategies of US Pediatric Dentists on Molar Incisor Hypomineralization, Courtney T. Brashier

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Fabrication of Metal-Silicon Nanostructures by Reactive Laser Ablation in Liquid, Eric J. Broadhead

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Prolactin Drives a Dynamic STAT5A/HDAC6/HMGN2 Cis-Regulatory Landscape Exploitable in ER+ Breast Cancer, Justin M. Craig

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Using the Memorial Sloan Kettering Frailty Index to Identify Patients at High Risk for Postoperative Intensive Care Unit Admission, Specialized Advanced Care Unit Admission, and 30-day Readmission, Timothy J. Donoghue

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STANDARDIZATION OF E-CIGARETTE RESEARCH: ADDRESSING THE ANALYSIS OF TOTAL NICOTINE AND FREE BASE NICOTINE IN E-CIGARETTES, Vinit Gholap

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Single Molecule Investigations of Holliday Junction Binding Protein RuvA, Dalton Reed Gibbs

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Augmented Reality in Sport Broadcasting, Chad Goebert

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Targeting Transferrin Binding Protein A for Vaccine Development in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Ashley Greenawalt

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Water Clarity at the River-Estuary Transition Zone: A Comparative Study of the James, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey Sub-estuaries, Rachel Henderson

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Value of Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire in Referrals for Obstructive Sleep Apnea at VCU Pediatric Dental Clinic, Elizabeth H. Hering

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Symptom Self-Management in Adolescents Following a Concussion, Amanda Hodges

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EVALUATION OF REGIONAL EXTRATHORACIC DEPOSITION OF LOW- AND HIGH-MOMENTUM AEROSOL USING ANATOMICALLY-CORRECT IN VITRO AIRWAY MODELS, Sana Hosseini

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The Rational Synthesis of Lanthanum Manganite Nanomaterials for Magnetic Refrigeration Applications, Caitlin Hunt

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Black Feminist Thought, Interrupted: Dissecting the Voice of Black Feminists in the Blogosphere and their Engagement with Platform Affordances, Dawn G. Johnson

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Preventing Obesity: A Social Ecological Exploration of Centers for Disease Control Prevention Strategies and Guidance toward Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Communities, Ryan Kelly

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“Insurance Doesn’t Care About the Patient”: An Institutional Ethnography of the Influence of Professional Autonomy on the Provision Care for Medicaid Dental Patients with Disabilities, Stephanie Lau

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SYSTEMATIC STRUCTURE-ACTIVITY RELATIONSHIP STUDIES OF NALFURAFINE, Mengchu Li

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The Relationships Between Adolescents’ Future Aspirations and Postsecondary Enrollment: Finite Mixture Models, Chu Yi Lu Qiu

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PowerPlex® Fusion 6C System versus PowerPlex® Fusion 5C: A Comparison of Performance Metrics, Caitlin M. McCaughan

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NOVEL ROLES OF YY1 IN ASTROCYTES, Karli A. Mockenhaupt

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The Value of Postoperative Appointments following Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation under General Anesthesia, Priyanka Patel

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Feeling the Squeeze: The Association between Multigeneration Caregiving and Informal Caregivers’ Health, Christine L. Patterson

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UNDERSTANDING PREDICTORS OF TELEMEDICINE ADOPTION BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, Bradford S. Pierce

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First-Year Retention at Virginia Commonwealth University: Understanding Student Departure and the Potential Impact of Academic Advising, Ben Plache

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Effect of Task-Irrelevant Emotional Faces on Attention to a Letter Search Task at High and Low Perceptual Loads, Nina Plotnikov

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EXAMINING THE EFFECT OF ITEM-WRITING FLAWS ON THE PSYCHOMETRIC PARAMETERS OF PHARMACY THERAPEUTICS EXAMINATIONS, Veronica P. Shuford

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Nurse Cognition in Response to Alert Generation During Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA): An Examination of Human Factors, Elizabeth A. Sloss

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Looking for Hope: The Experience of Early Career Teachers Engaged in a Collaborative Community of Reflective Practice as a Model of Induction and Professional Development, Donia E. Spott

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Pathways to Reproductive Autonomy: Structural and Relational Facilitators of Contraceptive Access in the United States, Laura E. T. Swan

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CK2 phosphorylation of human papillomavirus 16 E2 on serine 23 promotes interaction with TopBP1 and is critical for E2 plasmid retention function, Apurva Tadimari Prabhakar

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Does Providing Pre-Procedural Video Information Improve the Guardian’s Experience for Patients Undergoing Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation in the Operating Room?, Jennifer Waters

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Efficient Vengeance: The role of processing fluency in making decisions about retaliation, Samuel J. West

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STAT5A REGULATION BY SERINE PHOSPHORYLATION IN BREAST CANCER, Alicia E. Woock

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ANTIBIOTIC-LOADED DENDRIMER HYDROGELS IN PERIODONTAL BONE REGENERATION: A FEASIBILITY STUDY, Nicholas G. Yesbeck

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

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Electrocatalytic Cathodes for Advanced Lithium–Sulfur Batteries, Ahmed Abdelkader

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Sound propagation in viscous flows using piezoelectric sensors and non-destructive propagation techniques and its applications, ahmed M. abdulkareem

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Exploring the Heteromeric Interface of the 5-HT2A-mGlu2 Receptor Complex, Mohamed Aarif Abdul Kareem

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Monumentalizing Rituals of the Palestinian Diaspora, Reema Abu Hassan

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Relationship of demographic characteristics of occupational and physical therapists towards their knowledge and attitude on person-centered care in skilled nursing facilities, Sadashiv R. Aggarwal

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Role of NuRD in Acute Leukemia Cell Survival, JAVERIA AIJAZ

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Twitter’s Perceived Impact on Public Opinion: A Survey of National Issues in Saudi Arabia, Abdullah S. Alahmari

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Novel Bayesian Techniques for Dose Response Data, Faten Alamri

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Measuring the Impact of Perceptions Towards Performance-Based Cash Rewards on Performance in Federal Agencies: Testing the Role of Public Service Motivation as a Causal Chain, Layla F. Alanazi

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The Effects of an Inflammasome Inhibitor OLT1177 on the Development of Ischemic Heart Failure, Joseph S. Aliaga

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Comparison of Endodontic Treatment Planning Decisions Using Cone Beam Computed Tomography versus Periapical Radiography in Previously Endodontically Treated Molars, Sarah Alkanderi

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SYMMETRY ALGEBRAS OF THE CANONICAL LIE GROUP GEODESIC EQUATIONS IN DIMENSION FIVE, Hassan Almusawa

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Orbiting Forward (Thoughts On The Nature Of Conflict - Sighs On The Struggles Of Change), Bushra A. AlSughayer

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Kavana: Photography, Jewish Storytelling, and Memory, Hannah Altman

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Institutional Effect: Consistency and Contingency in the Art & Pedagogy of Josef Albers, Andrea Alvarez

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UTILIZING DESIGN STRUCTURE FOR IMPROVING DESIGN SELECTION AND ANALYSIS, Ahlam Ali Alzharani

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NOVEL STRATEGIES TO OVERCOME CARBOPLATIN RESISTANCE IN TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER USING PATIENT DERIVED XENOGRAFTS, Mohammad A. Al Zubi

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Towards A Greener Route to Blockbuster Statin Drugs: Harnessing the Power of Biocatalysis and Integrating Cross-Coupling Catalysis in the Synthesis of Rosuvastatin, Chanaka M. Amarasekarage

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PROBING VIBRATIONAL WAVE PACKETS IN ORGANOPHOSHOROUS MOLECULES USING FEMTOSECOND TIME-RESOLVED MASS SPECTROMETRY (FTRMS), Derrick Ampadu Boateng

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE DYRK1A PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERACTION NETWORK, Varsha Ananthapadmanabhan

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Development of Near-Real Time Material Detection and Analysis by Coupling Electrochemical & Optical Spectroscopy Methods for Molten Salt Systems, Hunter Andrews

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The Functional Importance of Methyl CpG Binding Domain Proteins 2 and 3 in Regulating Fetal Hemoglobin Expression in Human Adult Erythroid Cells, Alexander Azzo

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Peridynamic Approaches for Damage Prediction in Carbon Fiber and Carbon Nanotube Yarn Reinforced Polymer Composites, Forrest E. Baber

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KCC2: a novel therapeutic target to rescue GABAergic dysfunction and behavioral deficits induced by HIV and opiate use, Aaron J. Barbour

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Black Queer Futures (BQF) in Real Time: Multidimensional Identity and Imaginative Media Practice, Chaz A. Barracks

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"Welcome to the Show" - An Interactive Theatre Adventure Film in Three Acts, Dorothy Barton

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Strategies and Devices for Improving Respiratory Drug Delivery to Infants and Children with Cystic Fibrosis, Karl Bass

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Education Support for Foster Care Youth: The Impact of Federal Spending on Employment Outcomes, Carlisle C. Bates

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Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel, Rachel Beanland

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Comorbidity in context: Identifying patterns of depressive and anxiety symptoms in African American early adolescents, Kathryn Behrhorst

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The Effects of Exosomes on the Regeneration of Rat Calvaria, Jill T. Beitz

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Regulation Of Vascular And Lymphatic Endothelial Barrier Function By Sphingosine-1-Phosphate, Jacqueline Bellaci

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The Utilization of Eukaryotic Cell Types in Microbiomes for Semen, Vaginal Fluid, and Menstrual Blood Identification using 18S rDNA, Ines Benaissa

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ghost signs are more than paintings on brick, Eric Anthony Berdis

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SPAG17 is Important for Protein Trafficking in Mammalian Spermiogenesis, Virali Bhagat

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Electric field control of fixed magnetic Skyrmions for energy efficient nanomagnetic memory, Dhritiman Bhattacharya

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Detection of Bacterial Lipopolysaccharides of Escherichia coli by Direct Analysis in Real Time/Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, Dakotah M. Biller

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E-liquid Exposure Causes Multiple Cardiovascular Defects in Xenopus laevis Embryos, James E. Black III

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Predators and Principles: Think Tank Influence, Media Visibility, and Political Partisanship, Timothy Beryl Bland

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(Re)forming and (Re)fusing the Sub-divided Self, Laura Boban

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Aerospace Materials, Vehicle Shape and Astronaut Position at Lowering the Whole Body Effective Dose Equivalent in Deep Space, Daniel K. Bond

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Investigations of Graphene-Supported Single-Atom Catalyst Model Ions in the Gas Phase, Michael Borrome

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Credit the Parents? The Impact of Racial Socialization on African American Students’ Stress-Related Coping and College Adjustment, Briana Bouldin

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Food park, Houria Boumzairig

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Bidirectional Associations Between Passive and Active Technology Use and Sleep: A Longitudinal Examination in Young Adolescents with and without ADHD, Elizaveta Bourchtein

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Black Women and Body Image: Implications of the Racialized Beauty Aesthetic, Rachel L. Boutte

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Teacher Approaches to Women’s History, Gender, and Feminism in Secondary Social Studies, Kimberly R. Bowman

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Sphingolipids in cancer health disparities and as prospective targets for cancer therapy, April E. Boyd

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Estimating Response Status in Sequential Multiple Assignment (SMAR)-like Trials, Keighly Bradbrook

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State Economic Development: Analyzing the Moderating Effects of Business Climate on Economic Growth, Sean A. Brazier Virginia Commonwealth University

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Effects of a Self-Advocacy Intervention on the Abilities of College Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to Request Academic Accommodations, Katherine R. Brendli

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The Relationship between Access to School Counseling and Students’ Attainment and Persistence in Postsecondary and STEM Education Outcomes, Dana Brookover

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Grave Goods | Pentimento: Essays, Katherine Mooney Brooks

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Examining the Role of Racial Discrimination in Obesity Treatment Disparities among African American Emerging Adult Women, Kristal Brown

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Port to World, Samuel M. Brown

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A Meisner Warm-Up: Advancing the Technique, Andrew Bryce

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The Origin and Evolution of Flower Characters in Angiosperms with a Case Study on the Genetic Basis of Zygomorphic Corolla Development in Bee and Hummingbird Pollinated Species of Schizanthus (Solanaceae), Ghadeer Bukhari

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An Intuitive Eating Intervention for College Women With Disordered Eating: Evaluating Two Accessible and Affordable Approaches, Carolyn B. Burnette

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Empathic Anger and Personal Anger in Response to Fairness Violations: Relations to Self and Other-Oriented Motivation and Behavior, Athena H. Cairo

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Effects of Regulatory T Cell-Modified Extracellular Matrix on Tumor Cell Survival and Mesenchymal Properties, Taylor Calicchia

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Exosomes as Systemic Mediators of Nanotube Induced Neurotoxicity, Christopher G. Canal

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A MULTISITE STUDY OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN LATIN AMERICA: LONGITUDINAL MEDITATIONAL MODEL OF FAMILY DYNAMICS, COPING, AND HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE, Annahir N. Cariello

 
 
 
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