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Dissertations from 2018

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IPMTC- AN EMERGING NURSING THEORY ON TRANSITIONING INDIVIDUALS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY FROM LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES TO THE COMMUNITY UNDER MEDICAID WAIVER PROGRAMS, Sylvia Abbeyquaye, Nursing

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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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Machine Learning Methods for Activity Detection in Wearable Sensor Data Streams, Roy Adams, Computer Science

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TARGETED LOCALIZATION OF MICROTUBULE-SEVERING ENZYMES TO CREATE NEW LOCAL TOOLS TO STUDY CELL DIVISION, Siddheshwari Advani, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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TEACHER EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ON CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT IN BANGLADESH: EXPLORING POLICY AND PRACTICE THROUGH A VERTICAL CASE STUDY, Sumera Ahsan, Education (also CAGS)

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USING STABLE ISOTOPES TO EXAMINE CARRY-OVER EFFECTS DURING THE FULL ANNUAL CYCLE OF A MIGRATORY BIRD, THE PRAIRIE WARBLER, Michael E. Akresh, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation

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Equilibrium Partitioning of Binary Polymer Mixtures into Biological Nanopores, Mehmet Alphan Aksoyoglu, Physics

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THE LINKAGES AMONG MARKET STRUCTURE, MARKET CONDUCT, AND SERVICE QUALITY: ANALYSIS OF THE U.S. DOMESTIC AIRLINE INDUSTRY, Amirhossein Alamdar Yazdi, Management

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CHARACTERISTICS FOR TEACHING GIFTED STUDENTS: THE SAUDI TEACHERS' PERSPECTIVE, Majed s. Al dalham, Education (also CAGS)

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GEOMETRY, GROWTH AND PATTERN FORMATION IN THIN ELASTIC STRUCTURES, Salem Al-Mosleh, Physics

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Exploring the Effectiveness of a Mindfulness-Based Social Emotional Learning Program on Kindergarteners’ Risk for Social, Academic, and Emotional Problems, Molly Alvin, School Psychology

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FOKI VITAMIN D RECEPTOR GENE POLYMORPHISMS AND METABOLIC HEALTH IN PREGNANT SAUDI WOMEN, Maysa Alzaim, Public Health

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AN ARCHITECTURE EVALUATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A SOFT GPGPU FOR FPGAs, Kevin Andryc, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Identification of the mesoderm/endoderm interactions involved in murine liver and pancreas development, Jesse Angelo, Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical 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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Rhotic variation in the Spanish spoken by Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and Western Massachusetts, Alba Arias Alvarez, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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THE PRIVILEGE OF BLACKNESS: BLACK EMPOWERMENT AND THE FIGHT FOR LIBERATION IN ATTALA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI 1865-1915, Evan Ashford, Afro-American Studies

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

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ANALOG SIGNAL PROCESSING SOLUTIONS AND DESIGN OF MEMRISTOR-CMOS ANALOG CO-PROCESSOR FOR ACCELERATION OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING APPLICATIONS, Nihar Athreyas, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Polymeric Peptide Mimics for Protein Delivery, Coralie Backlund, Polymer Science and Engineering

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

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Surface Functionalization of Fabrics and Threads for Smart Textiles, Morgan Baima, 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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EXAMINING sHSP-SUBSTRATE CAPTURE AND CHAPERONE NETWORK COORDINATION THROUGH CROSS-LINKING, Keith Ballard, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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The Interplay Between Polarity Regulators, Calcium, and the Actin Cytoskeleton During Tip Growth, Carlisle Bascom Jr, Plant 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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Three Essays on Governments and Financial Crises in Developing Economies, 1870-1913, Peter H. Bent, Economics

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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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STEM PIPELINE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO INTENTIONS TO MAJOR IN STEM, Joshua Bittinger, Education (also CAGS)

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"The Whole Nation Will Move": Grassroots Organizing in Harlem and the Advent of the Long, Hot Summers, Peter Blackmer, Afro-American Studies

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On the Growth of Sobolev Norms for the Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation on Tori and Boundary Unique Continuation for Elliptic PDE, Michael Boratko, Mathematics

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Transfer Learning with Mixtures of Manifolds, Thomas Boucher, Computer Science

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Examining the Effects of Changes in Automated Rater Bias and Variability on Test Equating Solutions, Michelle Boyer, Education (also CAGS)

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Impact of Chemical Doping on the Thermoelectric Charge Transport of Organic Semiconductors, Connor J. Boyle, Chemistry

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IMPACT OF NATIVE NATURAL ENEMIES ON POPULATIONS OF THE INVASIVE WINTER MOTH (OPEROPHTERA BRUMATA L) IN THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES, Hannah J. Broadley, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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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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INCREASING ORGANIC SEMICONDUCTOR PERFORMANCE THROUGH CHEMICAL AND PROCESSING MODIFICATIONS, Edmund Burnett, Polymer Science and Engineering

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ATTITUDES TOWARD GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGIES FOR MORE LIVABLE AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES, Jane Ann Buxton, Regional Planning

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Essays on the Term Structure of Volatility and Option Returns, Vincent Campasano, Management

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LA INFLUENCIA DE BOCCACCIO EN LA LITERATURA CATALANA MEDIEVAL (1390-1495). UN ESTUDIO DE LA IMITACIÓN LITERARIA EN BERNAT METGE, BERNAT HUG DE ROCABERTÍ Y JOAN ROÍS DE CORELLA, Pau Cañigueral Batllosera, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Interaction of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles (NPs) with Food Components and Mechanistic Studies of Adverse Effects Induced by Titanium Dioxide NPs, Xiaoqiong Cao, Food Science

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USING A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO ESTABLISH NEED AND BUY-IN PRIOR TO SELECTING A SCHOOLWIDE MODEL: A MIXED METHODS SEQUENTIAL EXPLANATORY DESIGN, Kelly Carriere, Education (also CAGS)

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Apostles of Abstinence, Katherine Castiello Jones, Sociology

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Exploring How Nurse Beliefs and Attitudes Influence End-of-Life-Care Practice, Cara Chandler, Nursing

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VARIATIONAL APPROXIMATIONS FOR DENSITY DECONVOLUTION, Yue Chang, Mathematics

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GRASS-SPECIFIC MECHANISMS OF IRON UPTAKE: INVESTIGATION OF PHYTOSIDEROPHORE TRANSPORTERS AND DISCOVERY OF NOVEL IRON DEFICIENCY LOCI, David Chan Rodriguez, Plant Biology

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Role of the Facial Triad in Factor Inhibiting HIF (FIH): Ligand Binding, Substrate Selectivity, and Coupling, Vanessa Chaplin, Chemistry

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THREE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE DYNAMICS AND IMPLICATIONS OF IDENTITY-PROTECTIVE COGNITION FOR PUBLIC RESPONSES TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, Daniel A. Chapman, Psychology

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Hybrid Black-box Solar Analytics and their Privacy Implications, Dong Chen, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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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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Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Critical Systems, Kun Chen, Physics

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APPLICATIONS OF DROSOPHILA MELANOGASTER IN FOOD SCIENCE RESEARCH, Phoebe Beverly Chen, Food Science

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Consumer Behaviors, Added Sugar Intake, Diet Quality, Inflammation and Metabolic Syndrome Risks among Adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2010, Shanshan Chen, Public Health

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RUN-TIME PROGRAM PHASE DETECTION AND PREDICTION, Meng-Chieh Chiu, Computer Science

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GENDER, CLASS, CASTE AND HEALTH STATUS OF ABANDONED ELDERLY WOMEN IN BANGALORE, SOUTH INDIA, Olya Clark, Public Health

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USING STRATEGIC DISCOURSE FOR BUILDING UNDERSTANDING IN ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS: WHAT DO TEACHERS AND STUDENTS THINK?, Mary Coakley, Education (also CAGS)

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An Integrative Approach to Understanding Morphological Novelties: Anatomy, Development, Genetics, and Evolution of an Extreme Craniofacial Trait in East African Cichlids, Moira R. Conith, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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“Tell Me A Story®”: Promoting Resiliency in Military Children, Katherine-Marie Conover, Nursing

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Communication is a Two Way Street: Race, Gender, and Elite Responsiveness in U.S. Politics, Mia Costa, Political Science

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New Approaches in Engineering Somatic Embryogenesis in Loblolly Pine Suspension Cultures, Elizabeth Morgan Cummings Bende, Chemical Engineering

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MODELING THE ABUNDANCE AND DISTRIBUTION OF TERRESTRIAL PLANTS THROUGH SPACE AND TIME, Caroline Curtis, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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REGULATION OF EXPRESSION OF THE  T CELL WC1 CO-RECEPTOR AND PATTERN RECOGNITION RECEPTOR MULTIGENE FAMILY, Payal Damani-Yokota, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Complicating Gender: Gender Inequality in Education and Employment, S. Davidson, Sociology

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Organized Anarchies in the Marketplace: Competition and Change in a Rural School District, Laura Davis, Education (also CAGS)

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Preparing Water Supply Systems for Climate Change: The Role of Hydrologic Forecasting in the Northeast, Leslie DeCristofaro, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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A Plant Pathology View of Signaling: a computational study of Fusarium oxysporum Kinomes and Downy Mildew Resistance in Sweet Basil, Gregory Deiulio, Plant Biology

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The History of Massachusetts Transfer and Articulation Policies in Contexts of Evolving Higher Education System Structure, Coordination, and Policy Actors, Daniel de la Torre, Jr., Education (also CAGS)

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Structural studies of acid alpha glucosidase and Pompe disease, Derrick Deming, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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(Re)defining Radicalism: The Rise of Black Feminism and the Politics of Respectability, 1831-1895, Nneka D. Dennie, Afro-American Studies

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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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Investigation Repeater Effects on Small-sample Equating: Include or Exclude?, Hongyu Diao, Education (also CAGS)

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INVESTIGATIONS OF THE ROLE OF ACCULTURATION IN CANCER SCREENING AND PHTHALATES IN BREAST CANCER RISK AND WEIGHT AND BODY MASS INDEX CHANGE, Mary V. Diaz Santana, Public Health

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Combination Regimens Using Dietary Components For The Chemoprevention Of Colorectal Cancer, Christina DiMarco-Crook, Food Science

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A relation between Mirkovic-Vilonen cycles and modules over preprojective algebra of Dynkin quiver of type ADE, Zhijie Dong, Mathematics

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Gynodioecy and Biotic Interactions: Plant Traits, Insect Preferences, and Population-Level Consequences, Laura A. D. Doubleday, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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NOT GONE WITH THE WIND: Addressing Effects of Offshore Wind Development on Bat Species in the Northeastern United States, Zara Rae Dowling, Environmental Conservation

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Educational Leaders’ Perspectives on Their Preparation, Practice, and Professional Development in MTSS, Jodi Drury, Education (also CAGS)

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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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BEYOND ACCESS: SENSE OF BELONGING OF BLACK/AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITING TO COMPLETE THE Ph.D, Sabrina Durand, Education (also CAGS)

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

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Conceptualization and Measurement of Adolescent Prosocial Behavior: A Two-Study Mixed Methods Investigation, Shereen El Mallah, Psychology

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

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Re-thinking ‘Sustainability’: Management and Organization Theorizing for a More-Than-Human-World, Seray Ergene, Management

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Typology of bizarre linguistic varieties, David Erschler, Linguistics

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Kiskeyanas Valientes en Este Espacio: Dominican Women Writers and the Spaces of Contemporary American Literature, Isabel R. Espinal, English

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Gas-Surface Interactions: Reactive and Non-Reactive Scattering, Azar Farjamnia, Chemistry

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PREPARATION, MECHANICS and STRUCTURE of SPHERE PACKINGS Near the RANDOM LOOSE PACKING LIMIT, Greg Robert Farrell, Physics

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Do Not Separate Her From Her Garden: Anne Spencer's Ecopoetics, Carlyn E. Ferrari, Afro-American Studies

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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 Neural Correlates of Stereotype Threat and the Stereotype Inoculation Model in Young Women, Chaia Flegenheimer, Neuroscience and Behavior

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Essays in Financial Economics: Announcement Effects in Fixed Income Markets, James J. Forest, Management

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A TANGLED WEB: QUAKERS AND THE ATLANTIC SLAVE SYSTEM 1625 – 1770., Kate Freedman, History

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Multi-Scale Analysis of Common-Pool Resources for Ecosystem Conservation in the Orinoco River Watershed, Luisa Galindo, Environmental Conservation

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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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Computational Modeling of the Structure and Catalytic Behavior of Graphene-Supported Pt and PtRu Nanoparticles, Raymond Gasper, Chemical Engineering

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Inexact and Nonlinear Extensions of the FEAST Eigenvalue Algorithm, Brendan E. Gavin, Electrical and Computer Engineering