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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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High School Students' Perceptions of School Climate in Relation to Discipline History and Discipline Approach, Kayla R. Gordon, Education (also CAGS)

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

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The Clustering of Young Stellar Clusters in Nearby Galaxies, Kathryn Grasha, Astronomy

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MATERNAL OUTCOMES OF WOMEN WHO PREFER TO COMMUNICATE IN ENGLISH COMPARED TO WOMEN WHO PREFER TO COMMUNICATE IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH IN NEW ENGLAND, Katharine Green, Nursing

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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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INCREASING STEM PARTICIPATION AND STUDENT SUCCESS OF DEVELOPMENTAL MATHEMATICS STUDENTS AT AN URBAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Vanessa A. 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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Hormonal Contraceptive Use Among Active Duty Army Servicewomen. Trends and Implications for Risk of Musculoskeletal Injury., Melanie K. Hosker, Public Health

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EPIGENETIC MODIFICATION OF VITAMIN D-INDUCED GENE EXPRESSION IN HUMAN COLORECTAL AND BREAST CANCER CELL LINES, Sharmin Hossain, Public Health

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FIRST-PRINCIPLE APPROACHES TO STRONGLY CORRELATED QUANTUM SPIN SYSTEMS, Yuan Huang, Physics

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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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THE ROLE OF PRIOR KNOWLEDGE, SITUATIONAL INTEREST, AND CASE STUDY PEDAGOGY IN THE UNDERGRADUATE BIOLOGY CLASSROOM., Ally Hunter, Education (also CAGS)

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The Knowledge They Possess: Elementary Teachers' Expertise and Where It Becomes Usable Knowledge in the MA Education System, Helen-Ann Ireland, Education (also CAGS)

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

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The Impact of Perceived and Observed Food Environments on Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Obesity: A Theory-based Study among U.S. Older Adults, Qianzhi Jiang, Public Health

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MOTHER ETHNOGRAPHY: A PERFORMANCE OF POSSIBILITY, Sonji Johnson-Anderson, Education (also CAGS)

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Photofragment Imaging Fast Ion Beams, Michael D. Johnston Jr., Chemistry

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ENGINEERING NEXT GENERATION ANISOTROPIC MATERIALS AND COMPOSITES, Nihal Kanbargi, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Intersection Signal Control and Design for Improved Person Mobility and Air Quality in Urban Multimodal Transportation Systems, Farnoush Khalighi, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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The Moral Economy of the Networked Financial Subject: Cultures of “Wealth-tech” (Financial Self-help) and Moneymaking in South Korea, Bohyeong Kim, Communication

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Essays on the Asset Pricing Anomalies, Kyungyeon (Rachel) Koh, Management

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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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Asymptotic behavior of the Random Logistic Model and of parallel Bayesian logspline density estimators, Konstandinos Kotsiopoulos, Mathematics

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Neural and physiological correlates of sex differences in cognition in the marmoset (Callithrix jacchus), Matthew LaClair, Neuroscience and Behavior

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The Effect of Social Networks on Self-Care Behaviors and Health Outcomes among Older People Living with Multiple Chronic Conditions, Raeann G. LeBlanc, Nursing

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

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Estimation of CDOM in Inland Waters via Water Bio-Optical Properties Using a Remote Sensing Approach, Jiwei Li, Geosciences

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THE FIRST PERSON PERSPECTIVE: LANGUAGE, THOUGHT, AND ACTION, Pengbo Liu, Philosophy

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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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HYDROGEN EXCHANGE IDENTIFIES PROTEIN INTERFACES AND SIGNALING-RELATED CHANGES IN FUNCTIONAL CHEMORECEPTOR ARRAYS, Xuni Li, Chemistry

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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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Power laws in complex graphs: parsimonious generative models, similarity testing algorithms, and the origins, Shan Lu, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Reduced Models of Point Vortex Systems in Quasigeostrophic Fluid Dynamics, Jonathan Maack, Mathematics

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

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Motor Protein Regulation in Mammalian Mitosis, Barbara Mann, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Technology Integration and Use in Elementary Mathematics Methods Courses for Pre-service Teachers, Elzbieta Manos, Education (also CAGS)

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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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Examining the Sleeper Effect in Auditors' Evaluations of Audit Evidence, Jennifer B. McCallen, Management

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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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THE ELOQUENCE OF AUTOMATA: SOCIO-POLITICAL COMMENTARY IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE ON ARTIFICIAL HUMANOIDS, Madalina Meirosu, Comparative Literature

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Complex ground states of vortices and filaments, Qingyou Meng, Physics

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LEARNING PROSOCIALITY THROUGH EXPERIENCE: MODELING THE OUTCOMES OF POSTSECONDARY STUDY ABROAD AND SERVICE LEARNING, CHRISTINA Monte, Education (also CAGS)

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