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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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Effects of Tempeh Fermentation on Soy Free and Bound Phenolics: Release, Transformation, and Stimulated Production, Amadeus Driando Ahnan, Food Science

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COMMUNITY OF PATHOS: RESISTANCE THROUGH REPRESENTATION IN MIGRANT ART, Shastri Akella, Comparative Literature

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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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Don't Delay: The effects of tide gates and road-stream crossing culverts on river herring (Alosa spp.) spawning migrations, Derrick J. Alcott, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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DEVELOPING A HANDHELD APPLICATION: A TABLET-BASED CLINICAL EVALUATION TOOL (TABCET) FOR NURSING STUDENT EVALUATION BY CLINICAL INSTRUACTORS, Mohammed Alghenaimi, Nursing

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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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A New Economic History of Deindustrialization: Class Conflict and Race in the Motor City, Jackson Allison, Economics

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AN ASSESSMENT OF THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS IN SAUDI ARABIA, Raja Almutairi, 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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Investigating the role of iron in the photogranulation phenomenon, Abeera Ayaz Ansari, Civil Engineering

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

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Moralizing the Rape of Philomela in Late Medieval Commentary, Daniel M. Armenti, Comparative Literature

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EXPORTING THE 1978-79 REVOLUTION: PAN-ISLAMIC OR SECTARIAN, Mohammad Ataie, History

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FILAMENTS, FIBERS, AND FOLIATIONS IN FRUSTRATED SOFT MATERIALS, Daria Atkinson, Physics

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THE ASSOCIATION OF THE INFLAMMATORY POTENTIAL OF DIET WITH INFLAMMATION AND DEPRESSION AMONG U.S. ADULTS: NHANES 2005-2010, Deniz Azarmanesh, Public Health

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POSTKOLONIALE SOLIDARITÄT: ALLTAGSLEBEN VON DDR-BÜRGERN IN MOSAMBIK, 1979-1990, Katrin Bahr, Germanic Languages & Literatures

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Theory And Improved Methods For Probing The Cavitation To Fracture Transition, Christopher Barney, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Materially Queer: Identity and Agency in Academic Writing, Joshua Barsczewski, English

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Study of the Role of Biologically-Relevant, Labile Nickel Pools in the Maturation of Nickel-Dependent Enzymes, Priyanka Basak, Chemistry

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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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Surrogate Histories: (De)Mythifying the Franco-female in transitionary Spain, Christina Beaubien, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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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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Military-Themed Video Games and the Cultivation of Related Beliefs and Attitudes in Young Adult Males, Greg Blackburn, Communication

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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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Encapsulation and Stabilization of Biomacromolecules, Whitney Blocher Blocher McTigue, Chemical Engineering

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

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Time Bound. Gauchesca and its Print Culture, 1872-2011, Manuela Borzone, Comparative Literature

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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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Stigmatization and Community Connections: Associations with Mental Health, Sexual Identity Development, and Peer Relationships in Emerging Adults with LGBQ+ Parents, Krystal K. Cashen, Psychology

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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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Engineered proteins as tools to understand ubiquitin signaling, Lin Hui Chang, Chemistry

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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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STRUCTURE-PROPERTIES RELATIONS IN GRAPHENE NANOMESHES AND INTERLAYER-BONDED TWISTED BILAYER GRAPHENE NANOCOMPOSITE SUPERSTRUCTURES OBTAINED BY ATOMIC-SCALE MODELING, Mengxi Chen, Chemical Engineering

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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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NEGOTIATING IDENTITIES IN A KOREAN AMERICAN-OWNED BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE, Sarah Cho, Communication

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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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An eye tracking investigation of the pragmatic language comprehension abilities of children with autism, Kristina Curro, Communication Disorders

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

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Place Vibrancy and its Measurement: Construct Development, Scale Development, and Field Study of its Relationship to Planning Interventions for Three Villages in the Town of Montague, Massachusetts, John D. Delconte, Regional Planning

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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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Experimental Study of Viscoelastic Fluid-Structure Interactions, Anita Anup Dey, 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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Essays on Food Security, Gender and Agriculture, Berna Dogan, Economics

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Welcome Home? Understanding Differences in the Contexts of Reception Between Voluntary and Deported Return Migrants in Mexico, Rodrigo Dominguez Villegas, Sociology

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MARKET-CONSCIOUS STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY OF PLANAR, p-i-n HYBRID ORGANIC-INORGANIC METAL HALIDE PEROVSKITE SOLAR CELLS, Brandon Dunham, Chemical Engineering

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DISTORTION-CONTROLLED ISOTROPIC SWELLING AND SELF-ASSEMBLY OF TRIPLY-PERIODIC MINIMAL SURFACES, Carlos M. Duque, Physics

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Engineering Stimuli-Responsive Polymeric Nanoassemblies: Rational Designs for Intracellular Delivery of Biologics, Kingshuk Dutta, Chemistry

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Searching for new physics at colliders and from precision measurements, Yong Du, Physics

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

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Improving Drivers’ Behaviour When Partial Driving Automation Fails, Yalda Ebadi, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Teacher Interactions, Teacher Bias and Child Behavioral Health, Ellen E. Edge, Education (also CAGS)

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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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COMPOSITE NETWORK OF ACTIN AND MICROTUBULE FILAMENTS, SELF-ORGANIZATION AND STEADY-STATE DYNAMICS, Leila Farhadi, Physics

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Coffee Bioactives Regulate Lipid Metabolism in Caenorhabditis elegans, Renalison Farias Pereira, Food Science

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PRECARIOUS PIPES: GOVERNANCE, INFORMALITY, AND THE POLITICS OF ACCESS IN KARACHI, Usmaan M. Farooqui, Political Science

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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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Mobilities Through and Against Governance: Narratives from Lesvos, Greece and the Humanitarian Borderscapes of the EU, Jennifer Flemming, Education (also CAGS)

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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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Considerations for the Design Optimization of Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Blades, Evan M. Gaertner, Mechanical Engineering

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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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Representing Context: Presupposition Triggers and Focus-sensitivity, Alexander Goebel, Linguistics

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IT’S ALL THE RAGE: AN ANIMATED APPROACH TO SCREENING FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, Amanda Gorham, Education (also CAGS)