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Theses from 2019

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Moderating factors in the relationship between perceived stigma and treatment-seeking propensity in active duty U.S. military service members, Rose Armstrong

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Anilda Ibrahimi, Rosso come una spose : traduzione e analisi (capitoli VIII-XVII), Kyra Benforte

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Creating a viral sponge : modificatoin and mutation of virus-like particles, Ritwika Bose

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Effects of a novel microtube depolymerizer on pro-inflammatory signaling in RAW264.7 macrophages, Madeline Brown

Marketing disability : navigating the ethics of nonprofit development and marketing, Peyton F. Carter

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The effect of health literacy on chronic kidney disease patient health outcomes, Mia Castagnero

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The effect of positively charged deoxynucleic guanidine (DNG) spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) on cellular uptake in the HEK-293 cell model, John Cavaliere

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TMI : an examination of excess returns surrounding phase III FDA approvals, Luke Chiotelis

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"It's part of my responsibility to help" : developing a measure of motivations for extrinsic emotion regulation, Sara Cloonan

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Establishing a powerful woman's empathy in George Eliot's The mill on the floss, Romola, and Middlemarch, Rosie D'Angelo

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Social skepticism, penetralia, and Hawthorne's veiled ethics, John DeAngelis

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Leadership and intergroup relations : which leader is more favorable or more effective while leading distinct subgroups?, Jieyi DIng

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Légalement exaspérée : la loi, la culture, et les normes sexuelles en transition, Catherine Donovan

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Superheroes and "the American way" : popular culture, national identity, and American notions of heroism and leadership, Lydia Dubois

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Evaluating the entrenchment of the Patient protection and affordable care act : a comparative case study, Hannah Yvonne Dunn

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Investigating heme and heat stress tolerance in sodalis glossinidius, Ruhan Farsin

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The effects of health literacy on treatment adherence and health optimism in chronic kidney disease patients, Heather Gardiner

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Using 3-dimensional FFTs to simulate CMB maps on a spherical cap, Eric Goetz

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Gender and sport inequities : perceiving injustices and galvanizing change, Ashey E. Gross

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Waveband luminosity correlations in flux-limited multiwavelength data and the Schwinger effect in Minkowski & De Sitter space-times, Syed Jibran Haider

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Rationality, revisions, and real-time data, Jason Hall

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Alkylations of ketones with propargyl and allyl carboxylates using TMSOTf, Elizabeth D. Heafner

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Histone acetylation in a drosophila model of Machado-Joseph Disease, Jacob Jacisin

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Using CRISPRi for knockdown of gene transcription in sodalis glossinidius, Eric Jedel

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Re-imagining student achievement : the egalitarian failure of the carrot-stick model in K-12 public education, Michael Johnson

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Parent-child interaction therapy as treatment for child physical abuse : relation to internalizing symptoms, EMily Kaminsky

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Draw some awesome : the effect of art and awe on grief and giving, Jamie Katz

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Adaptable layered first generation amperometric biosensor platforms for clinically relevant measurements, Najwa Labban

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Longitudinal associations between childhood self-worth, perceived control, and peer victimization experiences, Lauren Lambert

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Censorship of Confederate newspapers during Union occupation, Caitlin Livesey

Cacao agroforestry in southern Belize : effects on soil nematode community structure, Parr McQueen

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Polychromatic map-making with asymmetric antenna patterns, Connor Mooney

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Gone with the wind and the Depression era, Hunter Moyler

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The effects of arginine methylation on the function of Ded1, an RNA helicase, in vitro, McKenzie Murvin

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“Il est bon, aujourd'hui, le boudin” : la nourriture esthétique et le goût dans le roman naturaliste Zolien, Elena Palazzolo

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Free French "gentlemen of couleur” : reconsidering race, ethnicity, and migration in Philadelphia's catering industry, 1870-1930, Elena G. Palazzolo

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Driving anxiety in young people with autism spectrum disorder : a driving simulator pilot study, Rebecca Pasch

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Structural investigations using theoretical approaches : a study of metal halides, borylenes, phenalenyl complexes and σ-hole interactions, Supreeth Prasad

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Self-interest versus social-interest policy framing : the case of school choice, Benedict Roemer

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Stalinist historiography : the General Secretary's elementary narrative of the Soviet foundational period, Rebecca Schwartzkopf

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Do older and younger adults know what they know?, Susie Shepardson

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An investigation of long-term enriched environment exposure on neurobehavioral responses in female Long-Evans rats, Sharon Shin

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I Racconti di Cristina Ali Farah : traduzione e analisi critica, Alexandra Smith

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What lies beneath? : removal sampling to test for biases in surface activity of the eastern red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus), Amelia Tedesco

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Marginalization and local commemoration of Third Reich victims, Thomas Vanderbeek

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Osteology of the most diverse genus of new world microhylids and evolutionary patterns of morphology in chiasmocleis (Mehely, 1904), Hannah VanHuss

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How do sense of autonomy and performance-based reward affect self-regulation? : preliminary results, Thalia Viranda

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Does social competence buffer depression's effects on children's peer relationships?, Madeline Meredith Ward

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It's written all over your face : examining the relationship between socioeconomic status and empathic accuracy, Megan Roherbeck Wirtz

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When does the positivity effect emerge? : age-related emotional biases at encoding and retrieval, Hannah Wolfe

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The relationship between housing price and proximity to public land in Denver, CO, Connor Wyman

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qualitative exploration of forgiveness in patients living with chronic kidney disease, Minru Zhao

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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Understanding 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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La vie en périphérie : une comparaison critique de la représentation des populations marginalisées et le racisme systématique aux Etats-Unis et à la banlieue du Paris, Milan Essex

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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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Un crime contre l'humanité : une analyse de quelques journaux algériens et français, la mémoire collective et les relations franco-algériennes, Olivia Gustafson

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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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Mussolini, Hitler, and Perón : economic conditions and the emergence of Illiberal leadership, Patrick David Hughes

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Evaluating Chinese economic statecraft in Chile and Peru, Marcin Jerzewski

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Analysis of a custom support vector machine for photometric redshift estimation and the inclusion of galaxy shape information, Evan Jones and J. Singal

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Family composition and outcomes following parental bereavement in childhood, Ari M. Kagan

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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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An analysis of skill-biased technical change across demographic groups, Madison Lindsay

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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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Future and past anxieties : a look at the origins of the British welfare state through WWII, Emily Maanum

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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

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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Acute illness and job lock, Lauren Passero

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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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Bartonella and Y. pestis screening in ctenophyllus armatus terribilis for conservation application for the America pika (ochotona princeps) in the Rocky Mountain front range, Hilary Rinsland

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Preferring positivity : age differences in judgments of learning and memory for emotionally-valenced words, Edie Sanders

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Attitude change intervention for victim blaming of sexual assault, Catharine Sciolla

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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