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Dissertations from 2020

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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)

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Fear, Parental Behavior, and Community Structure in Residential Lands, Aaron M. Grade, Organismic and Evolutionary 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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How Are Online Homework Help Aids Affecting Student Learning in Undergraduate Applied Calculus, Erica Hagedorn, Education (also CAGS)

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

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Person-based Prominence in Ojibwe, Christopher Hammerly, Linguistics

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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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A CO-PARENT INTERVENTION TO REDUCE PRENATAL DEPRESSION IN LOW-INCOME COUPLES: A PILOT STUDY, Rachel J. Herman, Psychology

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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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Sailing Illicit Voyages: Colonial Smuggling Operations between North America and the West Indies, 1714-1776, Carl A. Herzog, History

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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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THREE ESSAYS ON THE ECONOMICS OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, Kuochih Huang, Economics

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

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Emergent Typological Effects of Agent-Based Learning Models in Maximum Entropy Grammar, Coral Hughto, Linguistics

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

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Multivesicular Release in Hair Cell Ribbon Synapses in the Bullfrog Amphibian Papilla, Fuu-Jiun Hwang, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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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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Older Women’s Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence: A Phenomenological Study, Lourdes Irene, Nursing

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TALKING ABOUT HER(SELF): AMBIGUITY AVOIDANCE AND PRINCIPLE B. A Theoretical and Psycholinguistic Investigation of Romanian Pronouns, Rudmila-Rodica Ivan, Linguistics

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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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Understanding the Dynamic Visual World: From Motion to Semantics, Huaizu Jiang, Computer Science

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

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How Does Burnout and Self-Efficacy Effect Teacher's Perspectives and Implementation Status of Evidence Based Behavior Management Practices?, Autumn Jillson, School Psychology

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Improving Face Clustering in Videos, SouYoung Jin, Computer Science

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VALUE AND ACTION ENCODING FOR NATURAL OUTCOMES AND ETHANOL IN THE MEDIAL PREFRONTAL AND ORBITOFRONTAL CORTEX, Beata Kaminska, Neuroscience and Behavior

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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