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Dissertations from 2019

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Dropping the Invisibility Cloak: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Sense of Belonging and Place Identity Among Rural, First Generation, Low Income College Students from Appalachian Kentucky, Brenda Abbott, Education (also CAGS)

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Learning Linguistics, Teaching for Change: Preparing Secondary Educators to More Equitably Teach Disciplinary Literacies, Kathryn Accurso, Education (also CAGS)

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Thermodynamics of Polyelectrolyte Solutions and Polymer Crystallization, Sabin Adhikari, Physics

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DO NARCISSISTIC CEOS REALLY CARE ABOUT CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY? THE MODERATING ROLE OF OUTSIDE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, Jin Sun Ahn, Hospitality & Tourism Management

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Neural Generative Models and Representation Learning for Information Retrieval, Qingyao Ai, Computer Science

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‘BLACK INTIFADA’: BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT, PALESTINIAN POETRY OF RESISTANCE AND THE ROOTS OF BLACK AND PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY, Nadia Alahmed, Afro-American Studies

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Partisan Policymaking: Research and Advocacy in an Era of Polarization, Zachary Albert, Political Science

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FINITE ELEMENT SIMULATION OF BONDED AND MECHANICALLY ANCHORED SHEAR INTERFACES OF EXTERNALLY APPLIED FRP SHEETS TO CONCRETE AND WOOD-CONCRETE COMPOSITES, Alaa Al-Sammari, Civil Engineering

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TEACHERS' PERCEPTIONS AND KNOWLEDGE TOWARD INCLUSION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN SAUDI ARABIAN SCHOOLS, Tassan Mohammed Alsulami, Education (also CAGS)

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ECOLOGY OF THE ELUSIVE: GENOME-INFORMED INVESTIGATION OF SOIL MICROBIAL DIVERSITY, Lauren Alteio, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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WALKING FOR OBJECT TRANSPORT: AN EXAMINATION OF THE COORDINATIVE ADAPTATIONS TO LOCOMOTOR, PERCEPTUAL, AND MANUAL TASK CONSTRAINTS, Avelino Amado, Kinesiology

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"No One is Gonna Tell Us We Can't Do This": The Development of Agency in Student-Initiated Community Engagement, Shuli A. Archer, Education (also CAGS)

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Interfaith Education and the Quest for Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria, Ezekiel Abdullahi Babagario, Education (also CAGS)

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IMPROVING THE SHEAR BEHAVIOR OF CROSS LAMINATED TIMBER (CLT) PANELS BY OPTIMIZATION OF LAMINATES PLY-ORIENTATION USING EASTERN HEMLOCK, Alireza Bahmanzad, Environmental Conservation

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Citizenship in transit: perils and promises of crossing Mexico, Martha Balaguera Cuervo, Political Science

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Mechanisms that Limit Oxidative Phosphorylation during High-Intensity Muscle Contractions In Vivo, Miles F. Bartlett, Kinesiology

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Production and Power at Idalion, Cyprus in the First Millennium BCE, Rebecca Bartusewich, Anthropology

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Bruhat-Tits Buildings and a Characteristic p Unimodular Symbol Algorithm, Matthew Bates, Mathematics

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POPULATION VIABILITY AND CONNECTIVITY OF THE FEDERALLY THREATENED EASTERN INDIGO SNAKE IN CENTRAL PENINSULAR FLORIDA, Javan Bauder, Environmental Conservation

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MULTI-LEVEL BARRIERS TO ART ADHERENCE AMONG HIV-INFECTED WOMEN IN RURAL ESWATINI: A MIXED METHODS APPROACH, Nozipho Becker, Public Health

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(Social) class is in session: Examining the experiences of working-class students through social class identity, class-based allyship, and sense of belonging, Genia M. Bettencourt, Education (also CAGS)

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Computing Agreement in a Mixed System, Sakshi Bhatia, Linguistics

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SLEEP-DEPENDENT CONSOLIDATION OF LOCOMOTOR SEQUENCE LEARNING AND LOCOMOTOR ADAPTATION, Gabriela Borin Castillo, Kinesiology

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Transgender Young Adults, Sibling Relationships, and Mental Health, Jordon Bosse, Nursing

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Pollinators as Vectors of Mummy Berry Disease in Highbush Blueberry, Matthew Boyer, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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Narratives of Queerness: Queer Worldmaking (in) the Classroom with Undergraduate Students, Rachel Briggs, Communication

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ENGINEERING SYNTHETIC BIOMATERIALS FOR CANCER DRUG SCREENING, Elizabeth Brooks, Chemical Engineering

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Binding and Coreference in Vietnamese, Thuy Bui, Linguistics

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Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Efficacy of an Academically-Integrated Physical Activity Program on Classroom Behavior in Preschoolers, Sarah Burkart, Kinesiology

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The Bivariate Luminosity-HI Distribution Function of Galaxies, Zhon Butcher, Astronomy

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ENGAGED, MULTICULTURAL INDIVIDUALISM IN THE MILLENNIAL WORKS OF MARYSE CONDÉ AND ZADIE SMITH, Nicole Calandra, Comparative Literature

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The Historical and Legal Creation of a Fissured Workplace: The Case of Franchising, Brian Callaci, Economics

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Chilean Teachers Responses to and Understanding of Student Interaction with Diverse Peers in the Classroom, Javier Martín Campos-Martínez, Education (also CAGS)

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ENGINEERING OF AN ANTIBODY-CONJUGATED NANOGEL PLATFORM FOR TARGETED DRUG DELIVERY TO T LYMPHOCYTES, Mine Canakci, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Flow-induced oscillations in floating offshore wind turbines, Daniel Carlson, Mechanical Engineering

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Bridging the gap: Cultural wealth and college transitions for Upward Bound students, Ashley J. Carpenter, Education (also CAGS)

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Social Factors that Exacerbate Features of Borderline Personality Disorder in Young Adult Women Between 25 and 35 years of age Living in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Erika Carrasquillo and Erika M. Carrasquillo, Nursing

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A Flexible Comparison Process as a Critical Mechanism for Context Effects, Andrea M. Cataldo, Psychology

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Essays on the Minimum Wage, Immigration, and Privatization, Doruk Cengiz, Economics

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The Matrix of Imperial Rome in Modernist and Postcolonial Literature, Sara Ceroni, Comparative Literature

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CAPILLARY WRINKLING AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES: SINGLE LAYERS, BILAYERS, AND COMPOSITES, Jooyoung Chang, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Sec23 Gene Members Differentially Contribute to Polarized Growth in Physcomitrella patens, Mingqin Chang, Plant Biology

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BACTERIAL BIOTRANSFORMATION OF LIGNIN IN ANOXIC ENVIRONMENTS, Gina M. Chaput, Microbiology

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Pakistani Pro-Democracy Movement: From the 1960s to the 2000s, Sofia Checa, Sociology

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IMPROVING CHINESE MOTHERS’ HEALTH LITERACY: A WECHAT INTERVENTION, Qiong Chen, Public Health

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Probing Quantized Excitations and Many-body Correlations in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides with Optical Spectroscopy, Shao-Yu Chen, Physics

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ESSAYS ON AMERICAN OPTIONS PRICING UNDER LEVY MODELS WITH STOCHASTIC VOLATILITY AND JUMPS, Ye Chen, Management

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SMALL FRUIT PHENOLICS: PHENOLIC VARIATIONS AND RELATED HEALTH RELEVANCE, Susan Cheplick, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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ENHANCING NANOPORE BASED BIOSENSENING TECHNOLOGY USING PORE FORMING PROTEINS, Christina M. Chisholm, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Flow Coating Mesoscale Assemblies: (i) Size and Geometry Scaling, (ii) Rapid Processing, and (iii) Double Helix Transformations, Satyan Choudhary, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Impact of Firm-Level Characteristics on External Employer Branding Activities, Muntakim Choudhury, Management

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AN ANALYSIS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL OWNERSHIP AND DYNAMIC SOCIAL NETWORKS IN A CLASSROOM-AS-ORGANIZATION, Ovidiu Constantin Cocieru, Management

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Black Men Who Betray Their Race: 20TH Century Literary Representations of the Black Male Race Traitor, Gregory Coleman, English

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PRECIPITATION AND COACERVATION IN POLYELECTROLYTE-COLLOID SYSTEMS, Fatih Comert, Chemistry

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Divorce Licensing: Separate Criteria for Predicate and Clausal Ellipsis, Tracy Conner, Linguistics

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Criminal Inequality: Ex-Prisoners in a State of Reentry, Lucius J. Couloute Jr, Sociology

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MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE: ADOLESCENT CAREGIVER EXPERIENCES IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, Renee Crizer, Nursing

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USING BRAND CONCEPT MAPPING AND NETWORK ANALYSIS TO STUDY BRANDS, abdullah demirel, Sport Management

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PREDICTION AND CONTROL OF VITAMIN C LOSS IN SPACEFLIGHT FOODS, William Dixon, Food Science

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TUNING ELECTROSPUN NANOFIBERS AND CHEMISTRY TO ENHANCE THE FLUX AND FOULING RESISTANCE OF ULTRAFILTRATION, Kerianne Dobosz, Chemical Engineering

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COMPREHENSIVE NAVIGATION FRAMEWORK FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: FROM VIRTUAL REALITY PRE-TRAVEL TRAINING TO REAL-TIME WAYFINDING IN PHYSICAL SPACES, Hao Dong, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL MANAGEMENT TOOLS FOR MARINE ECOSYSTEMS: CASE STUDIES FROM NORTHERN BRAZIL AND NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES, Beatriz dos Santos Dias, Environmental Conservation

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“The Worlding Game”: Queer Ecological Perspectives in Modern Fiction, Sarah D'Stair, English

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Comparison of Three Dimensional Selfdual Representations by Faltings-Serre Method, Lian Duan, Mathematics

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DIRECT PATTERNING OF NATURE-INSPIRED SURFACES FOR BIOINTERFACIAL APPLICATIONS, Feyza Dundar, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Blood Supply Chain Networks in Healthcare: Game Theory Models and Numerical Case Studies, Pritha Dutta, Management

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Designing Ion-Containing Polymers with Controlled Structure and Dynamics, Joshua Enokida, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Investigating the Challenges of Capability Development: An Integrative Review and Exploration of Strategic Initiatives, Erim Ergene, Management

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Introducing faba bean as a new multi-purpose crop for Northeast U.S.A., Fatemeh Etemadi, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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Hashtag Holocaust: Negotiating Memory in the Age of Social Media, Erica Fagen, History

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THREE ESSAYS ON EMPIRICAL ASSET PRICING, Fei Fang, Management

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MODEL-FORM UNCERTAINTY QUANTIFICATION FOR PREDICTIVE PROBABILISTIC GRAPHICAL MODELS, Jinchao Feng, Mathematics

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Sparsity in Machine Learning: An Information Selecting Perspective, Siwei Feng, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Retrofitting Educators Through Sheltered Instruction Training: A Longitudinal Case Study Examining the Efficacy of a Five-year District-wide Intervention Effort, Marisa Ferraro, Education (also CAGS)

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Cross-Cutting Narratives of Opioid Use Disorder Among Pregnant Women and Mothers: Implications for Humanistic Care, Alice Fiddian-Green, Public Health

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FISHERIES SCIENCE TO SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION OF BONEFISH (ALBULA GLOSSODONTA) THROUGH TRADITIONAL COMMUNITY BASED MANAGEMENT OF AN ARTISANAL CORAL REEF FISHERY AT ANAA ATOLL, FRENCH POLYNESIA, Alex Filous, Environmental Conservation

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PRO-SOCIAL CONSUMER AND FIRM BEHAVIOR IN IMPERFECTLY COMPETITIVE REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL MARKETS, Jill Fitzsimmons, Resource Economics

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A Generational Divide: The Reconstruction of American Party Politics, 1865-1912, Christopher Fobare, History

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Poetry: Identification, Entity Recognition, and Retrieval, John J. Foley IV, Computer Science

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A Multiline Anchor Concept for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, Casey Fontana, Civil Engineering

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Public and Private in the Blogosphere, Sarah Ford, Sociology

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EQUITY AND EFFICIENCY IN MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, Nicholas M. Fournier, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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MODELING FIRE OBSERVATIONS, IGNITION SOURCES, AND NOVEL FUELS TO UNDERSTAND HUMAN IMPACTS ON FIRE REGIMES ACROSS THE U.S., Emily Fusco, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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The Impact of Protostellar Feedback on Astrochemistry, Brandt Gaches, Astronomy

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AGING-IN-COMMUNITY: THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL CAPITAL ON ACCESSORY-DWELLING UNIT ACCESS AND UTILIZATION AMONG OLDER AMERICANS, Travis M. Gagen, Public Health

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A SYNTHETIC HUMAN BRAIN ECM HYDROGEL FOR TIGHT CONTROL OF ASTROCYTE ACTIVATION, Sualyneth Galarza, Chemical Engineering

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FUNCTION AND DISSIPATION IN FINITE STATE AUTOMATA - FROM COMPUTING TO INTELLIGENCE AND BACK, Natesh Ganesh, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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DEVELOPMENT OF FILTER-BASED SERS MAPPING METHODS FOR RAPID IDENTIFICATION AND DETECTION OF BACTERIA, Siyue Gao, Food Science

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EFFECTS OF FERTILIZATION AND DRYING CONDITIONS ON THE QUALITY OF SELECTED CHINESE MEDICINAL PLANTS, Zoe Gardner, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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Applications of Machine Learning Methods in Macroscopic Crash Analysis for Transportation Safety Management, Somaye Garmroudi Dovirani, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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STEERING AGAINST THE TIDE? PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY AT AMHERST COLLEGE, Letha Gayle-Brissett, Education (also CAGS)

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FROM OPTIMIZATION TO EQUILIBRATION: UNDERSTANDING AN EMERGING PARADIGM IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING, Ian Gemp, Computer Science

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A Discrete-Time Technique for Linearity Enhancement of Wideband Receivers, Mohammad Ghadiri Sadrabadi, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Stealthy parametric hardware Trojans in VLSI Circuits, Samaneh Ghandali, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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RNA-SEQ AND MECHANISTIC ENZYMOLOGY CONFIRM RNA SELF-TEMPLATED EXTENSION BY T7 RNA POLYMERASE AND SUGGEST NOVEL APPROACHES TOWARDS IMPROVED IN VITRO RNA SYNTHESIS, Yasaman Gholamalipour, Chemistry

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A Defense of Hume's Dictum, Cameron Gibbs, Philosophy

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The effects of social and physical interactions on lizard morphology, behavior, and ecology, Casey Gilman, Biology

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Determining Kinetic Parameters of Thiamine Degradation in Three NASA Spaceflight Foods in Thermal Processing and Long-Term Storage AND Methods for Analyzing Microstructure and Precipitant Development in Real and Model Wines, Timothy R. Goulette, Food Science

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ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF IMMATURE SEA TURTLES ACROSS MULTIPLE SCALES, Lucas Griffin, Environmental Conservation

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Social Signals for Change: Examining the Role of Interpersonal Communication for Positive Ecological Progress, Meaghan Guckian, Environmental Conservation