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Dissertations from 2020

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Experiences of Uzbek Immigrant Parents with Public Schools in New York City: Parental Engagement, Mekhribon Abdullaeva, Education (also CAGS)

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Building Capacity for Academically Productive Talk: The Development of Teacher Leaders in Science Professional Development, Renee Affolter, Education (also CAGS)

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THREE ESSAYS ON GENDER-SPECIFIC EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES OF MACROECONOMIC POLICIES, SELIN SECIL AKIN, Economics

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AFFECTIVE HISTORIES OF SOUTHERN TRAUMA: SHAME, HEALING, AND VULNERABILITY IN US SOUTHERN WOMEN’S WRITING, 1975–2006, Faune Albert, English

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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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Geographical Disparity of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Chronic Diseases in Saudi Arabia, Fahad Alhowaymel, Nursing

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INTELLIGENT TUTORING SYSTEMS, PEDAGOGICAL AGENT DESIGN, AND HISPANIC ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS, Danielle Allessio, Education (also CAGS)

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THE EFFECTIVENESS OF POINT-OF-VIEW-VIDEO MODELING ON IMPROVING SOCIAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS, Beyza Alpaydin, Education (also CAGS)

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

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“In Our Very Flesh, (R)evolution”: An Exploration of Secondary Education Teachers, Otherness, and Embodiment, Ryan Ambuter, Education (also CAGS)

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Defining the let-7 microRNA-mediated molecular mechanisms regulating T cell differentiation, Constance C. Angelou, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Cation Channels, Ca2+ Homeostasis, and Fertility in the Mouse, Goli Ardestani, Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences

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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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ESSAYS ON COMPETITIVE PERISHABLE FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN NETWORKS: FROM THE IMPACTS OF TARIFFS AND QUOTAS TO INTEGRATION OF QUALITY, Deniz Besik, Management

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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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INTER-INDIVIDUAL VARIATION IN RESPONSE TO ESTROGEN AND IMPLICATIONS FOR BREAST CANCER RISK, Amye L. Black, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Characterization of a Natural Clayey Silt and the Effects of Sample Disturbance on Soil Behavior and Engineering Properties, Øyvind Blaker, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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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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DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PATH FINDING AND VERIFICATION IN THE INTERNET, Hao Cai, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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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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ELUCIDATING MECHANISMS OF METASTASIS WITH IMPLANTABLE BIOMATERIAL NICHES, Ryan Adam Carpenter, Chemical Engineering

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INTEGRATING PHYLOGENOMICS AND CHROMOSOME MAPPING TO STUDY THE EVOLUTIONARY RELATIONSHIPS AMONG EUKARYOTES AND THE EVOLUTION OF THEIR GENOMES, Mario A. Ceron Romero, 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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SEQUENCE CONTROL OF COMPLEX COACERVATION, Li-Wei Chang, Chemical Engineering

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Father Knows Best: The Interactive Effects of Fathering Quantity and Quality on Child Self-Regulation, Mamatha Chetlur Chary, Psychology

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Continua, Lu Chen, Philosophy

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THREE ESSAYS ON MICROECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY: EXPLOITATION, TECHNICAL CHANGE, AND MULTISECTORAL ANALYSIS, Weikai Chen, Economics

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Analysis of Lethal Phenotypes in the Mouse, Agnes Cheong, Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences

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Mediation and Moderation of Sleep in Arthritis Fatigue, Jean L. Cody, Nursing

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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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Investigating the Transcriptional Regulation of Secondary Cell Wall Synthesis and Thigmomorphogenesis in the Model Grass Brachypodium distachyon, Joshua Coomey, Plant Biology

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Socratic Piety, Reciprocity, and the Last Elenchos of Plato's Euthyphro, Donovan Cox, Philosophy

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

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Utilizing Mass Spectrometry to Study Ubiquitination and Degradation, Kirandeep Kaur Deol, 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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TRADITIONAL VALUES AND LOCAL COMMUNITY IN THE FORMAL EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN SENEGAL: A YEAR AS A HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER IN THIES, Maguette Diame, Education (also CAGS)

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THE PEOPLE WHO “BURN”: “COMMUNICATION,” UNITY, AND CHANGE IN BELARUSIAN DISCOURSE ON PUBLIC CREATIVITY, Anton Dinerstein, Communication

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Improving Computer Network Operations Through Automated Interpretation of State, Abhishek Dwaraki, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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STIMULI RESPONSIVE NANOMATERIALS FOR CRISPR-CAS9 DELIVERY, Wardah Ejaz, Chemistry

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Essays on Investor Preferences Revealed by Mutual Fund Flows, Ayse Asli Eksi Linderkamp, Management

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

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Locating Safe Spaces for Food Insecure Female Community College Students, Michelle Errington Nicholson, Education (also CAGS)

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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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The Institutional Pillars of China's National College Entrance Exam: A Case Study of Gaozhong High School and NCEE Reforms, Mei Lan Frame, Education (also CAGS)

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Integrating Recognition and Decision Making to Close the Interaction Loop for Autonomous Systems, Richard Freedman, Computer Science

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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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NANOPARTICLE ASSEMBLIES AT LIQUID INTERFACES AS REVEALED BY SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY, Yige Gao, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Improving Reinforcement Learning Techniques by Leveraging Prior Experience, Francisco M. Garcia, Computer Science

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Acoustic and Perceptual Characteristics of Prosody in Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Impact of Language, Motor Speech, and Auditory Processing, Colleen Gargan, Communication Disorders

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SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF GEOPOLYMERS CAST AND CURED IN SALINE WATER AND THE POTENTIAL APPLICATION IN CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING, Xiaonan Ge, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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SCALING UP THE OXYGENIC PHOTOGRANULE (OPG) WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROCESS, Joseph G. Gitau, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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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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Incorporating Physical Activity in Mental Health Intervention Service Delivery: School Psychologists’ Perspectives, Scott Greenspan, School Psychology

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“I Missed A Lot of Childhood Memories”: Trauma and its Impact on Learning for Formerly Incarcerated Adolescents in the Age of Zero Tolerance Policies, Alberto Guerrero, Education (also CAGS)

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EVALUATION OF DRIVERS' TRUST IN AUTOMATED VEHICLES, Foroogh Hajiseyedjavadi, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

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CHEMICAL MANIPULATION OF MACROPHAGES: NANOMATERIAL AND MOLECULAR APPROACHES, Joseph Hardie, Chemistry

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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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Dissecting regulatory mechanisms of quorum sensing pathways in Bacillus subtilis, Patrick Hill, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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WRITING AGAINST HISTORY: FEMINIST BAROQUE NARRATIVES IN INTERWAR ATLANTIC MODERNISM, Annaliese Hoehling, English

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

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Determination of Biases in Sight-Singing Textbooks Published between 1980 and 2018, Beth Huey, Music

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

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Dietary Transition, Food Choice Process, and Food Practices in Sub-Saharan African Pregnant Women Living in Massachusetts, Favorite Iradukunda, Nursing

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KINETICS OF THE CRYSTAL-MELT PHASE TRANSFORMATION IN SEMICRYSTALLINE POLYMERS, Kiran Subramaniam Iyer, Chemical Engineering

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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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Latent Class Models For At-Risk Populations, Shuaimin Kang, Mathematics

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

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USING CONSULTATION WITH PERFORMANCE FEEDBACK TO ALIGN CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES WITH A SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING CURRICULUM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD, Jessica Kemp, School Psychology

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

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Design and Fabrication of Colloidal Delivery Systems to Encapsulate and Protect Curcumin: An Important Hydrophobic Nutraceutical, Mahesh Kharat, Food Science

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

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SYNTHESIS OF FUNCTIONAL NANOCOMPOSITES AND STUDIES OF LIGHT-INDUCED ASSEMBLIES AT INTERFACES, Hyunki Kim, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Isn’t it only for me? Unearned Preferential Treatment and Loyalty Program Customer Responses: A perspective of psychological contract violation, Young Sun Kim, Management

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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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DEPOLYMERIZABLE AND DISSIPATIVE CHEMICAL SYSTEMS: ROLE IN MATERIAL SYNTHESIS AND APPLICATIONS, Vikash Kumar, Chemistry

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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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STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF PROTEIN THERAPEUTICS USING COVALENT LABELING – MASS SPECTROMETRY, Patanachai Limpikirati, Chemistry

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

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Learning from Irregularly-Sampled Time Series, Steven Cheng-Xian Li, 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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Nano- and micro-structured temperature-sensitive hydrogels for rapidly responsive devices, Qi Lu, Polymer Science and Engineering