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Dissertations from 2020

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Exploring Signatures of Host-Microbial Coevolution Between Colonic Bifidobacterium Species and Host Dietary Carbohydrates, Korin Albert, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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THE SUICIDAL SELF IN CYBERSPACE: CO-CREATING MEANING AND COMMUNITY THROUGH ONLINE DISCOURSE, Mike Alvarez, Communication

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Quantifying the Mechanical Properties of Ultra-Thin Glassy Polymer Films, R. Konane Bay, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Noise-Aware Inference for Differential Privacy, Garrett Bernstein, Computer Science

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QOE-AWARE CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS FOR ADAPTIVE BITRATE VIDEO STREAMING, Divyashri Bhat, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Motion Segmentation - Segmentation of Independently Moving Objects in Video, Pia Katalin Bideau, Computer Science

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METHODOLOGIES FOR RESERVOIR SYSTEMS ANALYSIS: APPLICATION OF OPTIMIZATION AND DEEP LEARNING, Soheyl Borjian, Civil Engineering

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TPR-CONTAINING PROTEINS CONTROL PROTEIN ORGANIZATION AND HOMEOSTASIS FOR THE ENDOPLASMIC RETICULUM, Jill Bradley-Graham, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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The effect of pruning treatments on the vibration properties and wind-induced bending moments of Senegal mahogany (Khaya senegalensis) and rain tree (Samanea saman) in Singapore, Daniel Burcham, Environmental Conservation

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INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF WINTER DRAWDOWNS ON THE ECOLOGICAL CHARACTER OF LITTORAL ZONES IN MASSACHUSETTS LAKES, Jason R. Carmignani, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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BANDWIDTH BOUNDS OF INFINITE PLANAR ARRAY ELEMENTS, Hsieh-Chi Chang, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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MOLECULAR DESIGN OF ORGANIC SEMICONDUCTORS FOR INTERFACIAL AND EMISSIVE MATERIAL APPLICATIONS, Marcus David Cole, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Engineered Nanoparticles for Site-Specific Bioorthogonal Catalysis: Imaging and Therapy, Riddha Das, Chemistry

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ROUGH AIRFOIL SIMULATION FOR WIND TURBINE APPLICATIONS, Nathaniel B. deVelder, Mechanical Engineering

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EFFICIENT HARDWARE PRIMITIVES FOR SECURING LIGHTWEIGHT SYSTEMS, Siva Nishok Dhanuskodi, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Powering Advances in Next-Generation Photovoltaics through Materials Synthesis and Characterization, Christie L.C. Ellis, Chemistry

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An Empirical Assessment of the Effectiveness of Deception for Cyber Defense, Kimberly J. Ferguson-Walter, Computer Science

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BIOENERGETIC MECHANISMS OF AGE-RELATED DIFFERENCES IN MUSCLE FATIGUE, Liam F. Fitzgerald, Kinesiology

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PLACE ATTACHMENT AND HOUSING DISPLACEMENT AS MOTIVATIONS FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: THE CASE OF ZEIS IN FORTALEZA, BRAZIL, Lara Sucupira Furtado, Regional Planning

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MODULATING NANOPARTICLE-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS THROUGH COVALENT OR NONCOVALENT APPROACH FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS, Jingjing Gao, Chemistry

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Developing alternative forage production strategies for enhanced environmental and economic resilience on New England dairy farms, Samantha Glaze-Corcoran, Plant Biology

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PROMOTION OF COLON HEALTH BY STRAWBERRY AND CRANBERRY, Yanhui Han, Food Science

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THE COYOLXAUHQUI PROCESS OF A SCHOLAR UNBECOMING AN ENEMY OF YOUTH: A PERFORMATIVE, EMBODIED, SELF-DECOLONIZING STORY OF TRANSFORMATION AND HOPE, Carmen G. Hernández Ojeda, Communication

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ANGELS WHO STEPPED OUTSIDE THEIR HOUSES: “AMERICAN TRUE WOMANHOOD” AND NINETEENTH-CENTURY (TRANS)NATIONALISMS, Gayathri M. Hewagama, English

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Testing the convergent retrieval learning theory of testing effects, William J. Hopper, Psychology

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EXPLOITING UNLABELED DATA AND QUERY STRATEGY OPTIMIZATION WITH ADVERSARIAL ATTACKS IN ACTIVE LEARNING, Weilong Hu, Mathematics

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Optimization and Training of Generational Garbage Collectors, Nicholas Jacek, Computer Science

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Non-cationic Polymeric Materials for Therapeutic Delivery Applications, Ziwen Jiang, Chemistry

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Improving Face Clustering in Videos, SouYoung Jin, Computer Science

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Modeling the Pleistocene History of the Greenland Ice Sheet, Benjamin Andrew Keisling, Geosciences

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Design of Hardware with Quantifiable Security against Reverse Engineering, Shahrzad Keshavarz, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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COMPUTATIONAL MODELING OF LAMINATED VENEER BAMBOO (LVB) DOWEL JOINTS, Niloufar Khoshbakht, Environmental Conservation

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Are Some Horizons Broader than Others? Study Abroad, Inequality, and the Influence on Careers and Education., Suzan Kommers, Education (also CAGS)

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TRACKING A LONG DISTANCE IRON DEFICIENCY SIGNAL, Rakesh Krishna Kumar, Plant Biology

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Optimal Linearization: Prosodic displacement in Khoekhoegowab and Beyond, Leland Kusmer, Linguistics

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Learning Latent Characteristics of Data and Models using Item Response Theory, John P. Lalor, Computer Science

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NEOGENE HISTORY OF THE KUROSHIO CURRENT EXTENSION AND PLANKTIC FORAMINIFERA EVOLUTIONARY IMPLICATIONS, Adriane Lam, Geosciences

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DEVELOPMENT OF NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL INHIBITORY CONTROL DURING ADOLESCENCE: THE INTEGRATIVE EFFECTS OF FAMILY SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS AND PARENTING BEHAVIORS, Mengjiao Li, Psychology

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Higher-Order Representations for Visual Recognition, Tsung-Yu Lin, Computer Science

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Molecular Designs of Novel Responsive Assemblies for Therapeutic Delivery Applications, Bin Liu, Chemistry

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Covalent Labeling-Mass Spectrometry for Characterizing Protein-Ligand Complexes, TIANYING LIU, Chemistry

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TOOLS FOR FUNDAMENTAL MECHANISTIC STUDIES: RESOLVING PROTEIN DYNAMICS BY NANOPORE TWEEZER AND QUANTITATING MOLECULAR TRAFFICKING BY DROPLET-INTERFACE BILAYER TECHNOLOGIES, XIN LI, Chemistry

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LOST IN TRANSLATION? GEORGIAN PRINCIPALS’ PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE CONTEXT OF INTENSE POLICY BORROWING, Tamar Lomiashvili, Education (also CAGS)

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NANOINDENTATION CHARACTERIZATION OF ELASTIC PROPERTIES OF SHALES AND SWELLING CLAY MINERALS, Shengmin Luo, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Search for Displaced Hadronic Vertices in the ATLAS Inner Detector and Muon Spectrometer in p-p Collisions at √s = 13 TeV at the LHC, Margaret S. Lutz, Physics

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Exploring Multiracial Consciousness: Voices of Multiracial Students at a Predominantly White Institution, Victoria K. Malaney Brown, Education (also CAGS)

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Anti-Jam GPS Controlled Reception Pattern Antennas for Man-Portable Applications, Jeffrey A. Maloney, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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REGULATION OF NOTCH LIGAND EXPRESSION ON CD4 T CELLS, Ankita Mitra, Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences

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NONLINEAR MODELS FOR SYNTHETIC MOORING LINES UNDER EXTREME OCEAN CONDITIONS: AN AQUACULTURE CASE STUDY, Nhu Nguyen, Mechanical Engineering

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Associations Between Emotion Regulation Flexibility, Executive Functioning, and Borderline Personality Disorder Features, Marykate Oakley, Psychology

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What's in a Label? Unpacking the Meaning of Achievement Labels from Tests, Francis O'Donnell, Education (also CAGS)

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Y así les nació la conciencia. Las emociones políticas en Balún Canán de Rosario Castellanos y Abeng de Michelle Cliff, Pilar Osorio, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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CONSTRUCTING MULTISTAGE ADAPTIVE TESTS USING RESPONSE TIMES, Yooyoung Park, Education (also CAGS)

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BAYESIAN METHODS FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF REPORTING ERRORS FOR DATA-SPARSE POPULATION-PERIODS WITH APPLICATIONS TO ESTIMATING MORTALITY, Emily Peterson, Public Health

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METABOLIC MODELING OF MULTISPECIES MICROBIAL BIOFILMS, Poonam Phalak, Chemical Engineering

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CHARACTERIZING ADAPTIVE NON-CODING CHANGES IN THE REGULATION OF HUMAN GENE EXPRESSION, Jason Pizzollo, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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TRUSTWORTHY SYSTEMS AND PROTOCOLS FOR THE INTERNET OF THINGS, Arman Pouraghily, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Dynamic Composition of Functions for Modular Learning, Clemens GB Rosenbaum, Computer Science

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The Production and Perception of Subject Focus Prosody in L2 Spanish, Covadonga Sanchez, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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THE EFFECT OF MNE HEADQUARTER ATTENTION ON OPERATIONS IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY: EVIDENCE FROM MARKET SEEKING MNEs IN INDIA, Mayank Sewak, Management

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Towards Optimized Traffic Provisioning and Adaptive Cache Management for Content Delivery, Aditya Sundarrajan, Computer Science

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Surface Driven Flows : Liquid Bridges, Drops and Marangoni Propulsion, Samrat Sur, Mechanical Engineering

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ANALYSIS AND VERIFICATION OF ARITHMETIC CIRCUITS USING COMPUTER ALGEBRA APPROACH, TIANKAI SU, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Probabilistic Inference with Generating Functions for Population Dynamics of Unmarked Individuals, Kevin Winner, Computer Science

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COMPACTIFICATIONS OF CLUSTER VARIETIES ASSOCIATED TO ROOT SYSTEMS, FEIFEI XIE, Mathematics

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Investigate the Interactions between Silver Nanoparticles and Leafy Vegetables Using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Mapping Technique, Zhiyun Zhang, Food Science

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CHARACTERIZATION OF BIODISTRIBUTION OF TRANSFERRIN AND RECEPTOR BINDING MECHANISM BY MASS SPECTROMETRY, Hanwei Zhao, Chemistry

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THE EFFECT OF OXYGEN ON PROPERTIES OF ZIRCONIUM METAL, Jie ZHAO, Mechanical Engineering

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DE-CODING THE IMPACT OF EVOLVED CHANGES IN GENE EXPRESSION AND CELLULAR PHENOTYPE ON PRIMATE EVOLUTION, Trisha Zintel, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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