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Dissertations from 2018

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Integrated Transcriptomic and Metabolomic Approaches to Identify Genes and Gene Networks Involved in Lipid Biosynthesis in Camelina sativa (L.) Crantz Seeds, Hesham Abdullah, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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ITINERÂNCIA(S) POÉTICA(S): JORGE DE SENA E CECÍLIA MEIRELES, Susana L. M. Antunes, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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SPECTROSCOPIC STUDIES OF GAS-PHASE METAL CATION COMPLEXES WITH ALKANES AND AMMONIA, Muhammad Affawn Ashraf, Chemistry

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LIGHT-HARVESTING AND LIGHT-RESPONSIVE MATERIALS FOR OPTOELECTRONIC AND BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, youngju bae, Chemistry

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MECHANISM OF REGULATION OF KINESINS EG5 AND KIF15 BY TPX2, Sai Keshavan Balchand, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Role of Manganese Oxide in the Formation of Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water Treatment, Arianne A. Bazilio, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Search for long-lived, massive particles decaying into dimuon vertices in pp collisions at 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the LHC, Nathan Bernard, Physics

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Pronoun Variation in Cavite Chabacano: Creole/Non-Lexifier Contact Situation, Sheryl Lynn Bernardo-Hinesley, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Sex and Difference in the Jewish American Family: Incest Narratives in 1990s Literary and Pop Culture, Eli W. Bromberg, English

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Playing the Field: A Case of Restructuring at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jacqueline Brousseau-Pereira, Education (also CAGS)

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Preparing Asian ESOL Teachers to Respond to Student Writing: A Systemic Functional Linguistic Perspective in Action, I-An Chen, Education (also CAGS)

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Effects of Aerobic Physical Activity on Student Engagement: Can 20 Minutes of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity Affect On-task Classroom Behavior Immediately Following?, Brooke DeWitt, School Psychology

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Driven Morphological Evolution of Crystal Surfaces, Epitaxial Thin Films, and Two-Dimensional Materials: Morphological Stability and Pattern Formation, Lin Du, Chemical Engineering

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Rhetorical Investments: Writing, Technology, and the Emerging Logics of the Public Sphere, Dan Ehrenfeld, English

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A Study of High Performance Multiple Precision Arithmetic on Graphics Processing Units, Niall Emmart, Computer Science

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Quantification and Paradox, Edward Ferrier, Philosophy

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Meaning and Modality, Jesse Fitts, Philosophy

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THE HEAT SHOCK COGNATE 70 PROTEIN (HSC70) IS A NOVEL TARGET FOR NOBILETIN IN COLON CANCER CELLS, Zili Gao, Food Science

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"AL GAUCHO QUE LLEVO EN MÍ, SACRAMENTE, COMO LA CUSTODIA LLEVA LA HOSTIA”: IDEOLOGÍA POLÍTICA Y LITERATURA GAUCHESCA EN EL CONTEXTO CINEMATOGRÁFICO DE LA REVOLUCIÓN ARGENTINA, Ramiro Garcia-Olano, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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DESIGN AND SYNTHESIS OF STIMULI-RESPONSIVE POLYMERIC NANOGELS TOWARDS THERAPEUTIC TRANSLATION, Mallory R. Gordon, Chemistry

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SUPPORTING ENGINEERING DESIGN OF ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED MEDICAL DEVICES WITH KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT THROUGH ONTOLOGIES, Thomas Hagedorn, Mechanical Engineering

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Assembly and Functional Architecture of Bacterial Chemoreceptor Nanoarrays, Elizabeth R. Haglin, Chemistry

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Get in Where You Fit in: The Career Paths for White and Black Superintendents, Terrell Melvin Hill, Education (also CAGS)

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Formulation and Characterization of Lipogels as a Tunable Delivery Scaffold, Celia Homyak, Chemistry

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The Role of the Metallochaperone HypA in the Acid Survival and Activities of Nickel Enzymes in Helicobacter pylori, Heidi Hu, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Materials Engineering, Switching Mechanism and Novel Applications of Memristive Devices, Hao Jiang, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Structure-Property Relationships of Polymer Films and Hydrogels to Control Bacterial Adhesion, Kristopher W. Kolewe, Chemical Engineering

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Framed sheaves on a quadric surface, Nguyen Thuc Huy Le, Mathematics

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AEROELASTIC SIMULATION OF WIND TURBINES USING FREE VORTEX METHODS AND STRATEGIES FOR ACCELERATING THE COMPUTATION, Shujian Liu, Mechanical Engineering

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Observing the Molecular Basis of Thin Filament Activation with a Three Bead Laser Trap Assay, Thomas Longyear, Kinesiology

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An Experimental Investigation of the Influence of Sampling on the Behavior of Intermediate Soils, William Lukas, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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CIVIC DOMESTICITY: RHETORIC, WOMEN, AND SPACE AT HULL HOUSE, 1889-1910, Liane Malinowski, English

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Assessing the long-term sequelae of mild traumatic brain injury, Janna Mantua, Neuroscience and Behavior

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Cadherin-11 Ectodomain Signaling in Cranial Neural Crest Migration, Ketan Mathavan, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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IMPACTS OF GENOME AND NUCLEAR ARCHITECTURE ON MOLECULAR EVOLUTION IN EUKARYOTES, Xyrus Maurer-Alcalá, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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Who Ate the Subfossil Lemurs? A Taphonomic and Community Study of Raptor, Crocodylian and Carnivoran Predation of the Extinct Quaternary Lemurs of Madagascar., Lindsay Meador, Anthropology

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MODELING DEFORMATION BEHAVIOR AND STRENGTH CHARACTERISTICS OF SAND-SILT MIXTURES: A MICROMECHANICAL APPROACH, Mehrashk Meidani, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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ROLE OF RIGIDITY AND FLEXIBILITY OF FUNCTIONAL GROUPS WITHIN THE INTERIOR OF SUPRAMOLECULAR ASSEMBLIES AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS, Oyuntuya Munkhbat, Chemistry

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Using Latent Variable Models to Improve Causal Estimation, Huseyin Oktay, Computer Science

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EFFECTS OF FLORAL PHYTOCHEMICALS ON GROWTH AND EVOLUTION OF A PARASITE OF BUMBLE BEES, Evan Palmer-Young, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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Supporting Scientific Analytics under Data Uncertainty and Query Uncertainty, Liping Peng, Computer Science

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MEMRISTIVE NANODEVICES AND ARRAYS: SCALING AND NOVEL APPLICATIONS, Shuang Pi, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Conceptualizing television viewing in the digital age: Patterns of exposure and the cultivation process, Lisa Prince, Communication

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Documental autoetnográfico de posmemoria. Una aproximación al pasado franquista desde la perspectiva de género, Maribel Rams, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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STUDY OF SELF-ASSEMBLY AND STIMULI RESPONSIVE BEHAVIOR IN POLYMERIC AND DENDRITIC AMPHIPHILES, Poornima Rangadurai, Chemistry

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MOTIVATION AND GENDER DYNAMICS IN HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE: THE EFFECT OF GENDER COMPOSITION ON MOTIVATION IN SMALL GROUP INQUIRY AND ENGINEERING TASKS, Julie Robinson, Education (also CAGS)

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The Philosophical Value of Reflective Endorsement, Rachel Robison, Philosophy

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Eccentricity Modulation of Precessional Variation in the Earth’s Climate Response to Astronomical Forcing: A Solution to the 41-kyr Mystery, Rajarshi Roychowdhury, Geosciences

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The Molecular Basis of Caspase-9 Inactivation by PKA and c-Abl Kinases, Banyuhay Paningbatan Serrano, Chemistry

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A LIVING MODEL FOR OBESITY AND AGING RESEARCH: CAENORHABDITIS ELEGANS, PEIYI SHEN, Food Science

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Synthesis of Novel Zwitterionic Polymers: From Functional Surfactants to Therapeutics, Matthew Skinner, Polymer Science and Engineering

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TRACKING MIGRATORY BIRD MOVEMENTS IN THE GULF OF MAINE WITH AUTOMATED RADIO TELEMETRY AND STABLE HYDROGEN ISOTOPE MARKERS, Jennifer Smetzer, Environmental Conservation

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Sleep, and its Relation to Non-Motor Deficits in Patients with Cerebellar Ataxia, Akshata Sonni, Neuroscience and Behavior

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Investigating the Parent Functions: African-American Families and Schools Collaborating to Improve Secondary Mathematics Achievement, Frank E. Staples Jr., Education (also CAGS)

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HABITAT SELECTION, CONNECTIVITY, AND POPULATION GENETICS OF A TIMBER RATTLESNAKE (CROTALUS HORRIDUS) METAPOPULATION IN SOUTHWESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW ENGLAND, Anne Stengle, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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I Look to the Ground Beneath My Feet: An Insurgent Performance (Auto)ethnography, Timothy M. L. Sutton, Communication

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RETHINKING THE CREATIVE ECONOMY: THE DIVERSE ECONOMIES OF ARTISTS AND ARTISANS IN RURAL MASSACHUSETTS, Abby Irene Templer Rodrigues, Sociology

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CLPXP FUNCTIONS IN CAULOBACTER AS A UNIVERSAL AND SPECIES-SPECIFIC PROTEASE, Robert Vass, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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MULTIPLE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE FUNDAMENTAL THEOREM OF CALCULUS AS ENACTED IN THE CURRICULUM, SENSE-MAKING AND GENDER, Ileana Vasu, Education (also CAGS)

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Vibrated Squares as Equilibrium and Active Matter, Lee Askew Walsh, Physics

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On the Performance of Adaptive Bitrate Streaming and Parallel Cloud Applications, Cong Wang, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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ORIGINS AND SEASONAL VARIATION OF DISINFECTION BYPRODUCT PRECURSORS, Ran Zhao, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dissertations from 2017

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Solution-Based Assembly of Conjugated Polymers into Nanofibers for Organic Electronics, Daniel E. Acevedo Cartagena, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Reactions to ingroup critics under threat: Social psychological factors that magnify versus mitigate negative reactions, Levi Adelman, Psychology

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Affective Responses to Technology Use: Examining the Dark Side, Exploring the Bright Side, David Agogo, Management

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Can Long Bone Structural Variability Detect Among-Population Relationships?, Gina Agostini, Anthropology

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Capacity Development and Workplace Learning: An Analysis of Factors Influencing Workplace Learning at Afghan Ministry of Education, Department of Planning, Mohammad Javad Ahmadi, Education (also CAGS)

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Sustainability in the Apparel Industry: A Study of Self-Regulatory Institutions and Logic Hybridization Processes, Yoojung Ahn, Management

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Relational-Cultural Perspectives of African American Women with Diabetes and Maintaining Multiple Roles, Ayesha Ali, Nursing

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Tablet-based Self-management Intervention for Diabetes Mellitus Type II Patients: Usability and Efficacy of The ASSISTwell Tool, Mohammad Alkawaldeh, Nursing

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The Effect of Management Practices on Bacterial, Fungal, and Nematode Communities on Cool Season Turfgrass, Elisha Allan-Perkins, Plant Biology

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Peppermint Kings: A Rural American History, Dan Allosso, History

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Seismic behavior of concrete frames with jacketed columns, Jose Alvarez, Civil Engineering

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Method for Enabling Causal Inference in Relational Domains, David Arbour, Computer Science

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Problems in Graph-Structured Modeling and Learning, James Atwood, Computer Science

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Special Education and Massachusetts Charter Schools: Examining Issues and Practices Associated with Enrollment, Placement and Compliance, Jennifer C. Baribeau, Education (also CAGS)

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Spreadsheet Tools for Data Analysts, Daniel W. Barowy, Computer Science

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The Role of Foster Parents in Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care, Gwen Bass, Education (also CAGS)

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Ultraviolet to Infrared Star Formation Rate Tracers: Characterizing Dust Attenuation and Emission, Andrew Battisti, Astronomy

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Inference from network data in hard-to-reach populations, Isabelle Beaudry, Mathematics

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Deep Energy-Based Models for Structured Prediction, David Belanger, Computer Science

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Non-Euclidean Shells: A Study of Growth-Induced Fabrication and Mechanical Multi-Stability, Nakul Bende, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Testing a Skills Training Course for Use in a Peer-Delivered Mental Health Intervention, Samantha L. Bernecker, Psychology

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A Papered Freedom: Self-Purchase and Compensated Manumission in the Antebellum United States, Julia Bernier, Afro-American Studies

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The Role of Social Class and Construal Level in Social Justice and Fairness Beliefs, Prerana Bharadwaj, Psychology

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Synthesis of Biopolymer Materials Tailored for Biological Applications, Nathan P. Birch, Chemical Engineering

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Interfacing Continuous Measurement of Glucose and Physical Activity to Predict Glycemic Control in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes, Jennifer Blankenship, Kinesiology

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Demystifying Distributed Leadership: How Understanding Principles of Practice and Perceptions Regarding Ambiguity Can Enhance the Leadership Capacity of Department Chairs, Diana Bonneville, Education (also CAGS)

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Roughly Speaking: A Performance Autoethnography of Occupation, Aesthetics, and Epistemology, Tyler Boudreau, Communication

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Patient-Centered Medical Home Model of Care for Non-Elderly Adults with Mental Illness: Preventive Care, Healthcare Quality, Services Utilization, and Cost Analyses, Jennifer Bowdoin, Public Health

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Examining the Relation Between Family Functioning and Child Hyperactivity: Simultaneously Testing Four Proposed Mechanisms, Rosanna P. Breaux, Psychology

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Social-Emotional Development Assessment: Scale Development for Kindergarten through Second Grade Youth Universal Screening, James F.M. Brenchley, School Psychology

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Moving from Trauma to Healing: Black Queer Cultural Workers’ Experiences and Discourses of Love, Durryle N. Brooks, Education (also CAGS)

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Rethinking Person-Organization Fit: Operationalization and Measurement of Perceived Organizational Fit, Ben Bulmash, Management

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Environmentally Driven Galaxy Evolution and Quenching: Insights from the Low-redshift Circumgalactic Medium, Joseph Burchett, Astronomy

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Perceptions and Perspectives of Core Subject High School Teachers on the Phenomenon of Creative Learning, Ralph Caouette, Education (also CAGS)

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GOLDEN PALIMPSESTS: AMERICA, CERVANTES, AND THE INVENTION OF MODERNITY/COLONIALITY, Antonia Carcelen-Estrada, Comparative Literature

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Graph Construction for Manifold Discovery, CJ Carey, Computer Science

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A Virtuous Cycle: Interdependence and the Ontogenesis of Social Justice, Nathan Carnes, Psychology

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Relationship Between Structure and Function in Nickel Proteins and Enzymes, Carolyn Carr, Chemistry