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Theses from 2018

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Working around cosmic variance : remote quadrupole measurements of the CMB, A. Adil and E. F. Bunn

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Slavery, sovereignty, and salvation : missionary conversions and space in 19th century Tanzania, Jack Archie

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A self-report measure for self-regulated learning in the undergraduate student population, Melissa Aste

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Radical feminism : culture and identity in 1970s America, Jessica Atkins

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Investigating long-term cognitive, emotional, and developmental effects of socioeconomic status utilizing rodent models, Milan A. Brooks

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Syntheses of 5'-triphosphate derivatives of 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine analogs, Mary Burns

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The effect of federal sentencing guidelines on federal conviction rates, James Butler

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Syntheses of 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine nucleoside analogs for DNA template strand, Shelby Cain

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Stage management handbook, Gracie Carleton

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nderstanding the structural basis of SIKE interactions, John Catalano

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Community structure of the microbiome of ixodes scapularis in relation to sex, stage, lineage, and geography, Christopher Lee Clark

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Format-transforming encryption : regular language and machine learning techniques for obfuscating ciphertexts, David Clayton

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Layer-by-layer design and optimization of xerogel-based amperometric first generation biosensors for uric acid, Grace Conway, Michael Leopold, Raef H. Lambertson, Margaret A. Schwarzmann, Michael J. Pannell, Helene W. Kerins, Kristin J. Rubenstein, and Jonathan D. Dattelbaum

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Characterizing borrelia burgdorferi in Virginia : lyme disease prevalence as a matter of bacterial genetic variation, Hannah Cornman

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Applications of vinylogous 3-carbon building blocks to the synthesis of highly-functionalized nitrogen containing heterocycles, Evan Crawford

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The effect of arginine methylation on Ded1p function in translation, Alec D'Alessandro

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Effects of a novel microtubule depolymerizer on pro-inflammatory signaling in RAW264.7 macrophages, Anna Gonye

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

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Edith Bolling Galt Wilson's My memoir : a first lady's defense of herself, her husband, and his legacy, Alexandra Harter

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Child maltreatment, foster care, and teacher perceived academic outcomes : at the age of six, Olivia Hennessy

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Evaluating Chinese economic statecraft in Chile and Peru, Marcin Jerzewski

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nn Randolph Page and Liberian colonization in antebellum Virginia, Susana Joy Kenyon

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Economic and other advanced forecasting methods applied to stock prices, John Lawrance

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Interactions between two key amphibian defenses to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Panamanian glass frogs (Espadarana prosoblepon), Andi Levorse

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A different kind of learning for a different kind of learner : justification of and best practices for the use of performing arts education for autistic students, Jacob Anthony Litt

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The effects of emotion regulation and child gender on depressed parents' responses to children's sadness, Faith Logan

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Teachers as protectors : how their support influences the link between depression and peer relationship difficulties, Maroiah Maki

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Manifest destiny, American domesticity, and the role of the immigrant in Ruiz de Burton's novels, Madison Rose Martinez

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Understanding the structure and apo-dynamics of JIP1, Lauren M. McRae

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1st generation amperometric biosensor to detect galactosemia, Tess Munoz

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A study on the mutagenic potential of 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine (OdG) and its triphosphate derivative 5'-triphosphate-8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine (OdGTP) with klen-taq and Dpo4 polymerases, Madison Nguyen

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Design and optimization of a layer-by-layer electrochemical sarcosine biosensor, Michael Pannell

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Prospective associations between children's depressive symptoms and peer victimization : the role of social helplessness, Dana Jean Rafferty

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The role of growth mindsets in interracial interactions on college campuses, Dana Jean Rafferty

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A search for the location of a novel transition in mercury(II)fluoride, Ziad Shafi

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Richmond & refugees : understanding the value of narratives in the refugee resettlement exchange, Natasha Shannon

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Community support : defense against internalized racism, Sidra Siddiqui

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Developing an approach to study the link between ketone bodies, KATP channels, and seizure reduction resulting from the ketogenic diet, Hannah Small

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Do social-behavioral deficits place students with depressive symptoms at risk for peer relationship difficulties?, Meg Stomski

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Do reactive oxygen species contribute to neurodegeneration in drosophila model in Machado Joseph disease, Yibo Wang

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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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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Multi-reference characterization of diradical pyrazines, Scott Thais

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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