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Theses from 2016

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Narrative mode and women's narrative authority in Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, Anna Allen

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Acting out : three theatrical women and their roles in the British suffrage movement, Ama Ansah

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Nonhuman personhood and the self in Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Taylor Baciocco

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ladylike (and other lies), Vivian Jeanell Ophelia Barnes

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Impact of vector range expansion on pathogen transmission dynamics of Lyme disease in southwestern Virginia, Bishan Bhattarai

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A change of heart : the effect of heartwarming advertisements on brand affinity, Hannah Butman

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Variation in cold tolerance among the closely related wildflower species Mimulus tilingii and Mimulus guttatus, Alexis Caldwell

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How does one child policy influence Chinese household saving behavior, Yueyang Cao

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Nonexistence of nonquadratic Kerdock sets in six variables, John Clikeman

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Britain's failed attempt at fascism : the British Union of Fascists, years 1933-1934, Katherine L. Collier

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The ethics of environmentalism for the individual consumer, Molly Collins

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Reactions of propargyl carboxylates, propargyl alcohols, and catalytically generated zinc acetylides mediated by TMSOTf, Danielle Confair

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Calcium (II) catalyzed nitrone additions, Elizabeth A. Congdon

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Reading faces : how the other-race effect influences our ability to detect fleeting expressions of emotion, Melanie Cooke

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Marie Regina : the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Nicole Davis

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Structure-function relationships affecting the sensing mechanism of monolayer-protected cluster doped xerogel amperometric glucose biosensors, Luke T. DiPasquale

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De la Terreur au terrorisme : une comparaison linguistique de la peur comme politique, Maria J. Durling R.

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Partitioning groups with difference sets, Rebecca Funke

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Importance of Ile716 toward the mutagenic potential of 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine with polymerase I from Bacillus Stearothermophilus, Rachel Gilbert

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Characterization of catecholamine receptors and transporters in murine macrophages, Elizabeth Gonye

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The ethics of leadership decapitation : just war theory and the targeted killing of al Qaeda leaders, Diane Gremillion

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Opportunity in games, Erica Havens

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An examination of the CMB large-angle suppression, Ellis Herman

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The Marquee effect : a study of the effect of designated players on revenue and performance in major league soccer, Hannah Holub

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A prospect theoretical approach to the labor supply decisions of NYC cab drivers, Mark Kim

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Layer-by-layer design and optimization of xerogel-based amperometric first generation biosensors for uric acid, Raef Lambertson

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The effects of financial leverage on the output decision of an exploration and production company, Michael Levine

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Fisher matrix optimization of cosmic microwave background interferometers, Haonan Liu

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A study of the effects of multireference methods on the calculation of energies and electronic structures of nitrogen-containing diradical aromatic systems, Eric A. Loucks

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Dognition : the effect of pet ownership on cognition in older adults, Molly McSweeney

I'm a feminist, but not online : the complications of declaring a feminist digital identity, Amelia Mitrotz

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Characterizing glandular trichome morphology and secondary chemistry in alpine Mimulus, Ha An T. Nguyen

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Impact of ASEAN : China free trade area on trade flows, Son Tung Nguyen

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"Taste, application, and elegance united" : women and music in the novels of Jane Austen, Rebecca Quillen

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Food insecurity in Nepal : a cross-sectional analysis from 75 districts, Aarti Reddy

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Berlin opera wars : institutional and the quest for German identity, Rebecca Robinson

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Breaking the language barrier : the Spanish translation of the barriers to access to care evaluation (BACE), Yosmary Rodriguez

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CD46 (MCP) as a Viral Receptor for Adenovirus Type 64D, Emily Romanoff

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Beautiful Minds : exploring the healing potentional of self-refexive art in facing a campus mental health crisis, Molly Chapman Rossi

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Computational studies of paradifluorobenzene cations and hydrogen cyanide molecule, John C. Rowe IV

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Ca(II)-catalyzed 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions of nitrones and vinyl ethers, Layla Samandi

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Mount Vernon and Monticello : the changing representation at two presidents' estates, Katherine J. Simmons

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The moral price of the profit motive in medicine, John Sobieski

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Localized economic impact of sports stadium construction, Scott Sommers

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Cameron-Liebler line classes and partial difference sets, Uthaipon Tantipongipat

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Real-time translation of American Sign Language using wearable technology, Jackson Taylor

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Impact of income change on alcohol consumption at the US household level, Jaykumar Tekwani

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Transformation of heroes in film, Allison Connelly Toner

Comparing the effects of farming management strategies on soil nematode communities, Sammi Unangst

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Dropped stitches : domestic handicraft in Elizabeth Gaskell's novels, Emily Whitted

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Sythetic flexibility of a bromopyrrole ester intermediate : toward novel biologically active compounds, Scott Cameron Yeudall

Computational studies on benzyne diradicals and acceptor-donor cyclopropane reactions with heteroaromatic compounds, Boyi Zhang

Theses from 2015

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Modern American myth-making in mass media texts, Kassandra Andreadis

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Extending an implicit theories approach to the examination of empathy and forgiveness, Jennifer Cecilione

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The effects of a pyrrole-based, microtubule-depolymerizing compound on activated murine macrophages, John Alan Ciemniecki

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An NMR-guided approach to the isolation of secondary metabolites from NRPS and PKS gene clusters, Connor Craig

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Spatial cognition and emotion recognition as a function of ASD, Catalina Cumpanasoiu

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Reproductive health care resources & decision making for women in a "Delivery Desert" in Maine, Gianna C. DeJoy

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Black dresses and angry fathers : analyzing tradition and conflict at the 2015 Ring Dance at University of Richmond, Julia Dowling

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The politics of naming : Black identity and the debate over the "Negro" question in 1960s America, Kelsey Ensign

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Friendship quality and personality as predictors of psychological well-being in emerging adults, Emma Gleckel

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Shifting perceptions : exploring with the rubber hand illusion, Avery Harrison

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Investigating intracellular symbiont dynamics in sponge: Symbiodinium relationships, Tyler Heist

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Investigations into the effects of chaperone proteins on a drosophila model of machado-joseph disease (spinocerebellar ataxia type 3), Addison Hicks

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Is positive affect a mediator of the association between emerging adults' relationship quality with mothers and friendship quality?, Nil Horoz

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One-pot enol silane formation-Mukaiyama-Mannich reactions of thioesters in the presence of silyl triflates, Jared Andrew Ingersoll

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A democratic vision for development in the city of Richmond, Rand Irons

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Broadening the functional interactions of Ded1, a Saccharomyces cerevisiae DEAD-box ATPase involved in translation initiation, Audrey Kindsfather

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A computational investigation of halogen bonding with halomethanes and their group 14 analogues, William Kretz

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"Measure then punish or reward:" an analysis of the intersection of history and policy in the U.S. k-12 public school system, Hannah Leedle

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Multi-wavelength collisional quenching to study ligand-protein interactions in glutamate dehydrogenase, Chun Li

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From prisons to asylums, and back : mental health policy in the age of neoliberalism, Michele Martin

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The Taylor Rule with real-time data and an analysis of its impact on historical policy analysis, Morgan McKee

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Flying the coop : does holistic processing in bird experts generalize across region?, Wesley Meredith

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In the midst of life we are in death : suicide coverage in the South during the Civil War era, India Miller

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In the midst of life we are in death : suicide coverage in the South during the Civil War era, India Miller

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The dark side of volunteering : when helping might hurt, Emily Morse

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Implicit theories of self-regulation among adults with ADHD, Lauren Oddo

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Isolation of microbial NRPS and PKS gene clusters for natural product isolation, Danielle N. O'Hara

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The application of formyl group activation of brompyrrole esters to a formal synthesis of lycogarubin C, Jon Patteson

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Effects of altered regulation of synaptotagmin 1 in a Drosophila model of Machado-Joesph disease, Rachel Pearcy

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The Lorax : Capitalism, Ecocentrism, and the Apocalypse, Casey Schmidt

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Who do we help?: how morality salience, changing demographics, and ideology shape pro-social behavior, Ann Louise Seaton

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Depression and social functioning : examining two interpersonal theories, Caroline B. Smith

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Mindsets matter: increasing participation in STEM through growth mindsets, Madeline Soskin

Investigating the flap dynamics of HIV-1 protease using multiple force fields, David R. Stevens

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Handing over the fork : eating and the neoliberal authority in contemporary American fiction, Jen Swegan

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The role of entropy and conformational plasticity in nucleotide interactions with glutamate dehydrogenase, Angela Tata

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Long-term effects of reproduction of Spinophilin concentration in the brain, Nora Tocheny

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Cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer blocks replication in bacillus dna polymerase, Amanda Rose Walsh

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Development of a genetic over-expression system for the freshwater sponge Ephydatia muelleri, Joe Walsh

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Neurological changes of motherhood : behavior, anatomy, and transcriptional regulation, Shannon Weber

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Silyl triflate-mediated openings of epoxides, Nicholas Clayton Yeutter

Theses from 2014

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A mechanism for annealing bicyclic polyyne rings into fullerenes, Alexis Jacqueline Achey

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Animal allure : postcolonial (non) human sexuality in Indra Sinha's Animal's People and J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace, Kerry Boland

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Intuition and its proper uses, Chris Boss

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Addition reactions of electron-deficient cyclopropanes catalyzed by calcium(II) complexes, Caroline M. Braun

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Conformational analysis of oligomeric models of siloxane, silazan and siloxazane ladder polymers, Idil Cazimoglu

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What was he thinking? Dr. William Cooper's decision to increase the University of Richmond's tuition by 31 percent in 2005, Rooney V. Columbus

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The effect of race in primary and secondary school achievement : evidence from Virginia, Khanh (Miki) Doan