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Theses from 2017

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Assessments of Potential Leaders: The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Leadership Perceptions, Alec Joseph Accomando

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Thanks but No Tanks: A Look at Charitable Giving and Marine Mammal Parks, Amy Alexander

Examining Production Possibility Frontiers and the Effect of Chemical Photosynthetic Inhibition in a Cliona varians forma varians:Symbiodinium Symbiotic Relationship, Megan C. Barrett

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ADHD and the Dark Side of Leadership, Elizabeth Ann Bodalski

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Quantitative Brain MRI Study Using New Automated Segmentation Tool in Infants Exposed to Surgery and Prolonged Sedation, Colette L. Buser

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Importance of Met672 in the mutagenic potential of 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine (OdG) with Klen-Taq polymerase, Nicole Byram

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L’intégration de l’immigré africain francophone aux Etats-Unis et en France : opportunités et défis, Lily Calaycay

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A New Almost Difference Set Construction, David Clayton

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Le Bénévolat introspectif: Une Réflexion sur Médecins sans Frontières, Tony Gonçalves Da Lomba

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The Other-Race Effect: The role of motivation in overcoming cognitive bias, Rachel B. Forsyth

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A University’s Moral Compass: Improving Honor Codes & Academic Integrity, Ryan Kent Foster

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Effects of an improved microtubule depolymerizer on pro-inflammatory signaling in mouse macrophages, Samuel P. Gilmore

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As Good As Niu: Food Sovereignty in Samoa, Emily Gove

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A Preliminary Communication-Based Theory of Leadership: The Co-Evolution of Mass Media Communication, Technology, and Anglo-American Political- Institutional Leadership, Hayley Gray-Hoehn

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Categorical Description of Fibonacci Anyon Model and Linked Cluster Theorem Violation, Greg A. Hamilton

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Quantum Groups and Knot Invariants, Greg A. Hamilton

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Aging is in the eye of the beholder: Eye-tracking and person-perception analyses of young and old faces, Stephanie M. Ha

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Characterizing the role of the C-terminus of a potassium ion channel, Bridgette Heine

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Bleaching: Hierarchy and Commercialization in Contemporary Queer Club Culture, Harry Hoke

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Soviet Propaganda in Film: The Maksim Trilogy, Taylor Johnson

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Differential privacy for growing databases, Gi Heung (Robin) Kim

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Analysis of SIKE Structure, Seung-Hwan L. Kim

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The Effect of Depressive Symptoms on Social Helplessness and Withdrawal, Shaun Lamm

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Anti-inflammatory effects of an improved pyrrole-based microtubule-depolymerizing compound on RAW264.7 macrophages, Elizabeth C. Li

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Differential equations models of pathogen-induced single- and multi-organ tissue damage, Fiona Lynch

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Une Nation des Potcakes, Christa Lyons

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From New York to the world : the American Jewish Committee and the meaning of India, 1945-1956, Ryan Charles McEvoy

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The progression of Lyme disease in the state of Virginia, Margaret Michel

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The Preparation of 3-Dimethylamino-1,2-diaryl-propenones and their Application to the Synthesis of Highly Functionalized Pyrroles and Pyrazoles, Joseph Ortolani

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Synthesis and Characterization of Boronic ester ligands as pro-drugs, Hyejin Park

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You're overthinking it : how restrained eating could affect your social life, Samantha Philip

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Screening for conditional mutations in MTR4, an RNA helicase component of the nuclear exosome, Hema Pingali

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Mapspeak and Other Prose, Meghan Roberts

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Eating Your Feelings: The Relationship Between Core Affect and Food Choices, Kana V. Rolett

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The effect of implicit person theories and gender on academic engagement, Annette Schieffelin

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Multi-reference characterization of diradical pyrazines, Thais Scott

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Study of the Neutron Detection Efficiency of the CLAS12 Detector, Keegan Sherman

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Structural analysis of pro-mutagenic oxidized guanine and ligand His829 in the DNA polymerase I active site and the use of mineral catalysts for RNA oligomerization, Samantha Sholes

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L’expression visuelle durant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale : La Résistance, la Collaboration, et le « juste milieu », Jackie Sirc

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Evaluating Concordance Between Self and Teacher Reports of Youth Depressive Symptoms, Alexandra Strong

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Differences in Self- Versus Teacher-Perceptions of Social Competence Among Sociometric and Perceived Popular Youth, Shayna Sweezy

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Investigating medicinally important portein-protein and protein-ligand interactions : a computational approach, Cooper Ashley Taylor

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Do Obsessive Beliefs Moderate the Relationship Between Obsessive-Compulsive and Depressive Symptoms?, Joanthan A. Teller

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Toward a Scientific Investigation of Convolutional Neural Networks, Anh Tran

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The Familiarity Factor: How Semantic Similarity Affects Associative Memory in Older and Younger Adults, Paige Warner

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The College Admissions Problem: Effects of Income and Ability of Postsecondary Education Outcomes, Martha Whamond

MacBheatha, Alana Christine Wiljanen

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Heroism, psychopathy, and career choices : twigs on the same genetic branch, Sandy Yu

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