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Theses from 2021

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The Effect of Color Morph on Behavior Interactions in Red-backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus), Taylor M. Aliferis

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The Ethics of Collegiate Coaching and Eating Disorders, Alexandra Beran

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The effect of Ce3+ on Pseudomonas Putida motility and biofilm formation, Emily Marie Breaux

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Authors of Identity: Negotiating Press and Personhood in the Jewish South, 1893-1899, Rowan Cai

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Stereochemical Control in Suzuki Cross Coupling Reactions of Acyclic (Z)-beta-haloacroleins, William Carrick

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Redstockings Remembered: Class-Consciousness, Whiteness, and the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1960-1980, Maggie Castelli

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BERT Argues: How Attention Informs Argument Mining, Ting Chen

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Neurobiological and anxiety-like behavioral outcomes of perinatal lead exposure in male and female rats, Allison Choe

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Synthesis of modulators of the MEMO1 protein-protein interface, Joann Chongsaritsinsuk

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Responsible Belief- An Interpersonal Approach, R J. Conk

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A Rhetorical History of Black Studies: Black Power & Epistemology, Kayla Corbin

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In-Person vs Telephonic Interpretation: A Case Study from the Perspective of Providers and Interpreters at a Virginia Free Clinic, Lucy Cummins

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Overdose Prevention Sites Placement Informed by Simulation, Jing Dong

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The Death Penalty: Attributability, Accountability, and the Capacity for Self-Correction, Julia Feron

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Research Towards Understanding Hox Regulation by Cdx, Joshua M. Fisher

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‘She is not a woman, but a metaphor’: Power, Gaze, and the Female Dancer in Modernist Poetry and Dance, Karen Fleming

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Power and Performance: The Role of Witchcraft in the Leadership of Queen Elizabeth I and James I of England, Sabrina Garcia

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Speech and Sovereignty: A Kantian Defense of Freedom of Expression, Alec Greven

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Geographic Differences in Cold Stress Recovery and Growth in an Invasive Forest Insect, Petra Hafker

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Religious Tolerance and Anti-Trinitarianism: The Influence of Socinianism on English and American Leaders and the Separation of Church and State, Keeley Harris

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Social Connectedness and Psychological Difficulties, Kelsey Hengerer

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Understanding Model Reasoning in Automated Speech Processing Systems with LIME, Xiaodi Hu

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On “The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility”, Dan Jaques

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Identity for Development: India’s Biometric ID Program and Access to Public and Private Services, Meher Kaur

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Something Like A Romantic Comedy, Grace Kiernan

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“Wild Solidarity”: Allen Ginsberg, Psychiatry, and the Poetic Self in Howl and Kaddish, Elizabeth Madison Gabrielle Kiser

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Understanding Model Reasoning in Automated Speech Systems: Implementing a Prototype Explanation System Using the LIME Method, Vadim Kudlay

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Adhering Homogeneous Molecular Electrocatalysts Entrapped in Micelles to Electrode Surfaces, Emily Kuhlmann

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The Intracellular Journey and Life of Sodalis glossinidius, Katrina Kuhn

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The Commercialization of Crime Solving: ethical implication of forensic genetic genealogy, Hannah Lee

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Investigation of the Effects of Curcumin on Woodsmoke-Induced Inflammation, Melissa Lewis

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When They Lost Their Words: The Impact of Microaggressions and Exclusion on Chinese International Students’ Linguistic Capacity and Leadership Emergence, Kexin Li

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Due Sistemi Universitari a confronto: L’Università degli Studi di Verona e la University of Richmond, Madison London

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“There Is No More Sacred Place:” Healing and Faith in Chaplaincy and Religious Hospitals, Annalise Mangone

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The Effects of Mental Illness Mindsets on Stigma and Support for those with Mental Illness, Allison R. Margolis

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Committee Organization in the Virginia General Assembly, Genevieve Markee

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Associations between college students’ social media use and psychological well-being during COVID-19: is gender a moderator?, Allyson R. Marrinan

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TRAK proteins encode distinct MIRO-dependent and MIRO-independent mechanisms for associating with the mitochondrial outer membrane, Lili Mitchell

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Would you follow the leader or follow the money?, Mekenzie Montgomery

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A Differential Equations Model of Circulatory System Hemodynamics, Allison Newman

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Autistic Personality Traits and Processing of Ironic Language, Jaclyn Opie

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Cosmological Inflation in N-Dimensional Gaussian Random Fields with Algorithmic Data Compression, Connor A. Painter

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The Importance of Leaders in the Time of COVID-19, Lindsay Pett

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Determining Genetic Continuity in East Asians, Eberardo B. Raymundo

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An Introduction to Obstacle Problems, Calvin Reedy

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Virtue, Agency, and the Silence of Reasons, Abhi Kalpeshkumar Ruparelia

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Discovering the wire: Dominance effects in the processing of polysemes in sentences, Gwynna Ryan

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Fact-Checking of Claims from the English Wikipedia Using Evidence in the Wild, Aalok Sathe

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Detecting Arginine Methylation of Yeast RNA Helicase Ded1 in vivo, Amanda M. Schmitt

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How Does Transplantation Influence the Identity of Patients with End Stage Organ Disease?, Sydney Shah

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Interactive Neuroscience: Designing and Implementing Web-Based Simulations to Teach Cognitive Neuroscience Concepts in an Online Classroom A Pilot Study, Kendall Stewart

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Access Alone: The Unintentionality of the Diversification of Higher Education, Katherine Szeluga

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Does Duration Matter?: Assessing the Role of Duration in Adverse Childhood Experiences, Miranda Thompson

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Doing Good Better: The ‘Do Good’ App, Emily Trumble

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The Case for the Moral Rationale of Diversity, Will Walker Jr.

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Characterizing Heme-Induced Genes of Sodalis glossinidius, Katie Wall

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Neurobiological Comparisons of Wild and Laboratory Rats (Rattus norvegicus): Considerations for Translational Biomedical Research, Sally Watanabe

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Synthesizing Bis(phosphino)pyrrole Ligands and Their Complexes, Sophie Weinberg

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Determining the mutagenic potential of 8-oxo-2’-deoxyguanosine via the investigation of enzyme kinetics with Klen-Taq polymerase, Julia Wilcox

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Using an Intersectionality Framework to Examine Disparities in the Steps to Kidney Transplantation in Patients with End Stage Renal Disease, Kacy Workman

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Empire on Trial: The Rise and Fall of Republican Resistance in Early Augustan Rome, Spencer Yacos

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Direct Allylation of Ketones with Trimethylsilyl Trifluoromethanesulfonate and Triethylamine, Hanyu Zhong

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Synthesis of Modulators of the MEMO1 Protein- Phenazine Derivatives, Ruoxi Lucy Zhou

Theses from 2020

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Associations Between Hookup Culture and Social Group, Ross Abrash

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An In-Silico Analysis of the Binding Affinities of HIV and HCV Protease Inhibitor Drugs to the SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease, Justin Airas

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Xenophobic Rhetoric and Anti-Asian Prejudice and Discrimination during COVID-19, Eliz Akin

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Academics, Social Life, Sleep: Choose Two. An Exploratory Analysis of How the Prior Night’s Sleep Affects Task Performance and Attention Allocation., Kira Bartnick

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How to be a Good Believer: A Multifaceted Defense of Christian Belief, Cameron Bonsell

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The Long Arm of Medicine: Creation of the Turkish Medical Infrastructure, Legitimacy, Governmentality, and the Rockefeller Foundation, Eric Bossert

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Aldol Condensations and Nitrile Aldol Reactions Mediated by Trimethylsilyl Trifluoromethanesulfonate, Samuel R. Bottum

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Studies into the importance of Arg675 toward the mutagenic potential of 8-oxo-2’-deoxyguanosine with Klen-Taq polymerase, Claire Brown

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Learning to Check Yourself: Improving Civic Engagement Through Duties, Better Voting Practices, and Combatting Group Loyalty, Katherine Brumund

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Convergence of glandular trichome morphology and chemistry in two montane monkeyflower (Mimulus, Phrymaceae) species, Sofía Bustamante Eguiguren

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Governance in a Multiethnic Republic: Nationalist Rule and Response in Xinjiang and the Frontier, 1933-1935, Bryan C. Carapucci

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Evaluating a Culprit: A Review of the Biochemical Mechanisms of Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance, Callie Cinque

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A Hero No More?: Traces of the Byronic Hero in 19th-Century British Novels, Sydney Collins

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Gratitude, Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth among Kidney Transplant Recipients, Lillie Credle

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Differential gene expression in Ephydatia muelleri during intracellular symbiosis with Chlorella, Madeleine Delbeau

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Lifting Depression: The Impact of Contingency Training on Neurobiological Markers of Emotional Resilience, Ana Deutsch

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Nanoparticles as Alternative Ceramic Glaze Colorants, Nathan Dinh

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Cortical-Hippocampal Involvement in Problem-solving: Use of the Raccoon (procyon lotor) as a Model Organism, Jack Henry Drake

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Wood Smoke Induced Lung Inflammation via the NFκB Pathway: Characterization and Treatment with 2'-Hydroxy-4'-methoxyacetophenone in Human Monocytes, Rhiannon Edwards

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Speech, Silence, and Song: Investigating Language and Power in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, Emilie Erbland

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LA LETTERATURA DELLA MIGRAZIONE E LA CREAZIONE DI UN MONDO TRANSNAZIONALE: Il caso albanese attraverso Non c’è dolcezz a di Anilda Ibrahimi & Una traduzione delle pagine 3-75 di Non c’è dolcezza di Anilda Ibrahimi, Rosemarie Ferraro

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A License to Kill: The Institutional Failure of the Legal System to Hold Police Accountable, Eliana R. Fleischer

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The Impact of Inclusive Pedagogy on Achievement and Sense of Belonging Among College Students, Taylor Frost

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The Relationship Between Nature, Media Use and Psychosocial Well Being in a College Population, Eve Gilles

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The impact of curcumin on neurodegeneration & neuroinflammation in a Drosophila melanogaster model of human Machado-Joseph Disease, Lizzie Godschall

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Reconciliation: An Examination of (Hi)stories Past and Present, Jocelyn Grzeszczak

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Crossing Cultures: The Negotiation of Gender and Racial Norms from New England to Cherokee Country, Alexis Hills

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The Raccoon Project: Exploring Optimal Neural Functions in a Novel Model Species, Bilal Hindi

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The Raccoon Project: Exploring Optimal Neural Functions in a Novel Model Species, Bilal Hindi

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A Twisted Skein of Desire: Confession, Gaze, and Time in Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name, Anthony Isenhour

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Investigating conditional mutations in MTR4: an RNA helicase associated with the nuclear exosome, Anthony Isenhour

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Follow the Leader or Follow the Strategy? The role of perceived legitimacy in evaluating leader effectiveness, Samantha M. Jaeger

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Perceptions of Consistency in the Attitudes of Another, Kevin R. Kennedy

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Profitability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Alexander Kirk

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The Electoral College: Size Really Does Matter, Alexander Kirk

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The Effect of President Trump’s Company-Specific Tweets on Company’s Stocks, Justin Kleczka

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Race vs. Skin Tone IAT: Comparing Measures of Implicit Racial Bias by Racial Ethnic Group, Neelamberi Klein