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Dissertations from 2019

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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

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The Historical and Legal Creation of a Fissured Workplace: The Case of Franchising, Brian Callaci, Economics

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Chilean Teachers Responses to and Understanding of Student Interaction with Diverse Peers in the Classroom, Javier Martín Campos-Martínez, Education (also CAGS)

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ENGINEERING OF AN ANTIBODY-CONJUGATED NANOGEL PLATFORM FOR TARGETED DRUG DELIVERY TO T LYMPHOCYTES, Mine Canakci, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Flow-induced oscillations in floating offshore wind turbines, Daniel Carlson, Mechanical Engineering

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Bridging the gap: Cultural wealth and college transitions for Upward Bound students, Ashley J. Carpenter, Education (also CAGS)

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Social Factors that Exacerbate Features of Borderline Personality Disorder in Young Adult Women Between 25 and 35 years of age Living in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Erika M. Carrasquillo, Nursing

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A Flexible Comparison Process as a Critical Mechanism for Context Effects, Andrea M. Cataldo, Psychology

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Essays on the Minimum Wage, Immigration, and Privatization, Doruk Cengiz, Economics

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The Matrix of Imperial Rome in Modernist and Postcolonial Literature, Sara Ceroni, Comparative Literature

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CAPILLARY WRINKLING AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES: SINGLE LAYERS, BILAYERS, AND COMPOSITES, Jooyoung Chang, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Sec23 Gene Members Differentially Contribute to Polarized Growth in Physcomitrella patens, Mingqin Chang, Plant Biology

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BACTERIAL BIOTRANSFORMATION OF LIGNIN IN ANOXIC ENVIRONMENTS, Gina M. Chaput, Microbiology

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Pakistani Pro-Democracy Movement: From the 1960s to the 2000s, Sofia Checa, Sociology

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IMPROVING CHINESE MOTHERS’ HEALTH LITERACY: A WECHAT INTERVENTION, Qiong Chen, Public Health

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Probing Quantized Excitations and Many-body Correlations in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides with Optical Spectroscopy, Shao-Yu Chen, Physics

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ESSAYS ON AMERICAN OPTIONS PRICING UNDER LEVY MODELS WITH STOCHASTIC VOLATILITY AND JUMPS, Ye Chen, Management

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SMALL FRUIT PHENOLICS: PHENOLIC VARIATIONS AND RELATED HEALTH RELEVANCE, Susan Cheplick, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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ENHANCING NANOPORE BASED BIOSENSENING TECHNOLOGY USING PORE FORMING PROTEINS, Christina M. Chisholm, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Flow Coating Mesoscale Assemblies: (i) Size and Geometry Scaling, (ii) Rapid Processing, and (iii) Double Helix Transformations, Satyan Choudhary, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Impact of Firm-Level Characteristics on External Employer Branding Activities, Muntakim Choudhury, Management

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AN ANALYSIS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL OWNERSHIP AND DYNAMIC SOCIAL NETWORKS IN A CLASSROOM-AS-ORGANIZATION, Ovidiu Constantin Cocieru, Management

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Black Men Who Betray Their Race: 20TH Century Literary Representations of the Black Male Race Traitor, Gregory Coleman, English

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PRECIPITATION AND COACERVATION IN POLYELECTROLYTE-COLLOID SYSTEMS, Fatih Comert, Chemistry

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Divorce Licensing: Separate Criteria for Predicate and Clausal Ellipsis, Tracy Conner, Linguistics

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Criminal Inequality: Ex-Prisoners in a State of Reentry, Lucius J. Couloute Jr, Sociology

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MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE: ADOLESCENT CAREGIVER EXPERIENCES IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, Renee Crizer, Nursing

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USING BRAND CONCEPT MAPPING AND NETWORK ANALYSIS TO STUDY BRANDS, abdullah demirel, Sport Management

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PREDICTION AND CONTROL OF VITAMIN C LOSS IN SPACEFLIGHT FOODS, William Dixon, Food Science

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TUNING ELECTROSPUN NANOFIBERS AND CHEMISTRY TO ENHANCE THE FLUX AND FOULING RESISTANCE OF ULTRAFILTRATION, Kerianne Dobosz, Chemical Engineering

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COMPREHENSIVE NAVIGATION FRAMEWORK FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: FROM VIRTUAL REALITY PRE-TRAVEL TRAINING TO REAL-TIME WAYFINDING IN PHYSICAL SPACES, Hao Dong, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL MANAGEMENT TOOLS FOR MARINE ECOSYSTEMS: CASE STUDIES FROM NORTHERN BRAZIL AND NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES, Beatriz dos Santos Dias, Environmental Conservation

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“The Worlding Game”: Queer Ecological Perspectives in Modern Fiction, Sarah D'Stair, English

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Comparison of Three Dimensional Selfdual Representations by Faltings-Serre Method, Lian Duan, Mathematics

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DIRECT PATTERNING OF NATURE-INSPIRED SURFACES FOR BIOINTERFACIAL APPLICATIONS, Feyza Dundar, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Blood Supply Chain Networks in Healthcare: Game Theory Models and Numerical Case Studies, Pritha Dutta, Management

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Designing Ion-Containing Polymers with Controlled Structure and Dynamics, Joshua Enokida, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Investigating the Challenges of Capability Development: An Integrative Review and Exploration of Strategic Initiatives, Erim Ergene, Management

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Introducing faba bean as a new multi-purpose crop for Northeast U.S.A., Fatemeh Etemadi, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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Hashtag Holocaust: Negotiating Memory in the Age of Social Media, Erica Fagen, History

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THREE ESSAYS ON EMPIRICAL ASSET PRICING, Fei Fang, Management

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MODEL-FORM UNCERTAINTY QUANTIFICATION FOR PREDICTIVE PROBABILISTIC GRAPHICAL MODELS, Jinchao Feng, Mathematics

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Sparsity in Machine Learning: An Information Selecting Perspective, Siwei Feng, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Retrofitting Educators Through Sheltered Instruction Training: A Longitudinal Case Study Examining the Efficacy of a Five-year District-wide Intervention Effort, Marisa Ferraro, Education (also CAGS)

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Cross-Cutting Narratives of Opioid Use Disorder Among Pregnant Women and Mothers: Implications for Humanistic Care, Alice Fiddian-Green, Public Health

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FISHERIES SCIENCE TO SUPPORT THE CONSERVATION OF BONEFISH (ALBULA GLOSSODONTA) THROUGH TRADITIONAL COMMUNITY BASED MANAGEMENT OF AN ARTISANAL CORAL REEF FISHERY AT ANAA ATOLL, FRENCH POLYNESIA, Alex Filous, Environmental Conservation

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PRO-SOCIAL CONSUMER AND FIRM BEHAVIOR IN IMPERFECTLY COMPETITIVE REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL MARKETS, Jill Fitzsimmons, Resource Economics

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A Generational Divide: The Reconstruction of American Party Politics, 1865-1912, Christopher Fobare, History

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Poetry: Identification, Entity Recognition, and Retrieval, John J. Foley IV, Computer Science

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A Multiline Anchor Concept for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, Casey Fontana, Civil Engineering

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Public and Private in the Blogosphere, Sarah Ford, Sociology

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EQUITY AND EFFICIENCY IN MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, Nicholas M. Fournier, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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MODELING FIRE OBSERVATIONS, IGNITION SOURCES, AND NOVEL FUELS TO UNDERSTAND HUMAN IMPACTS ON FIRE REGIMES ACROSS THE U.S., Emily Fusco, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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The Impact of Protostellar Feedback on Astrochemistry, Brandt Gaches, Astronomy

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AGING-IN-COMMUNITY: THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL CAPITAL ON ACCESSORY-DWELLING UNIT ACCESS AND UTILIZATION AMONG OLDER AMERICANS, Travis M. Gagen, Public Health

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A SYNTHETIC HUMAN BRAIN ECM HYDROGEL FOR TIGHT CONTROL OF ASTROCYTE ACTIVATION, Sualyneth Galarza, Chemical Engineering

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FUNCTION AND DISSIPATION IN FINITE STATE AUTOMATA - FROM COMPUTING TO INTELLIGENCE AND BACK, Natesh Ganesh, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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DEVELOPMENT OF FILTER-BASED SERS MAPPING METHODS FOR RAPID IDENTIFICATION AND DETECTION OF BACTERIA, Siyue Gao, Food Science

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EFFECTS OF FERTILIZATION AND DRYING CONDITIONS ON THE QUALITY OF SELECTED CHINESE MEDICINAL PLANTS, Zoe Gardner, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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Applications of Machine Learning Methods in Macroscopic Crash Analysis for Transportation Safety Management, Somaye Garmroudi Dovirani, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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STEERING AGAINST THE TIDE? PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY AT AMHERST COLLEGE, Letha Gayle-Brissett, Education (also CAGS)

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FROM OPTIMIZATION TO EQUILIBRATION: UNDERSTANDING AN EMERGING PARADIGM IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING, Ian Gemp, Computer Science

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A Discrete-Time Technique for Linearity Enhancement of Wideband Receivers, Mohammad Ghadiri Sadrabadi, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Stealthy parametric hardware Trojans in VLSI Circuits, Samaneh Ghandali, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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RNA-SEQ AND MECHANISTIC ENZYMOLOGY CONFIRM RNA SELF-TEMPLATED EXTENSION BY T7 RNA POLYMERASE AND SUGGEST NOVEL APPROACHES TOWARDS IMPROVED IN VITRO RNA SYNTHESIS, Yasaman Gholamalipour, Chemistry

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A Defense of Hume's Dictum, Cameron Gibbs, Philosophy

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The effects of social and physical interactions on lizard morphology, behavior, and ecology, Casey Gilman, Biology

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Determining Kinetic Parameters of Thiamine Degradation in Three NASA Spaceflight Foods in Thermal Processing and Long-Term Storage AND Methods for Analyzing Microstructure and Precipitant Development in Real and Model Wines, Timothy R. Goulette, Food Science

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ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF IMMATURE SEA TURTLES ACROSS MULTIPLE SCALES, Lucas Griffin, Environmental Conservation

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Social Signals for Change: Examining the Role of Interpersonal Communication for Positive Ecological Progress, Meaghan Guckian, Environmental Conservation

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Re/Reading Paulo Freire & Lorenzo Milani: Critical Pedagogies for the 21st Century, Simone Gugliotta, Education (also CAGS)

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ENGINEERING NANOMATERIALS FOR IMAGING AND THERAPY OF BACTERIA AND BIOFILM-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS, Akash Gupta, Chemistry

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Energy-Aware Algorithms for Greening Internet-Scale Distributed Systems Using Renewables, Vani Gupta, Computer Science

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THE BODY (RE)PUBLIC: WOMEN ON/AS THE LANDSCAPE OF MODERNITY, FROM ZOLA’S AU BONHEUR DES DAMES TO VARDA’S CLÉO DE 5 À 7, Christine Gutman, Comparative Literature

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Physical and Biological Drivers of Juvenile Fish Distributions in Unstructured Shallow Tropical Nearshore Habitats, Christopher Haak, Marine Sciences and Technology

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Middle to Late Pleistocene Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions from Lake El'gygytgyn, Arctic Russia, Mary Helen Habicht, Geosciences

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Modeling the Local Political Economy of Adulis: 1000 BCE-700 ACE, Daniel Habtemichael, Anthropology

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Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms Among Low-Income Perinatal Women: The Role of Father Involvement, Hillary Halpern, Psychology

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SOCIO-POLITICAL AND NATURAL-ECOLOGICAL FACTORS INFLUENCING URBAN FOREST MANAGEMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS, Rick W. Harper, Environmental Conservation

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Modulating Dopant-Defect Interactions in Transition Metal Doped Colloidal Strontium Titanate Nanocrystals, William Harrigan, Chemistry

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NUMERICAL MODELING OF DEFORMATION WITHIN RESTRAINING BENDS AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE SEISMIC HAZARD OF THE SAN GORGONIO PASS REGION, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, Jennifer Hatch, Geosciences

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Effects of Phonological Contrast on Within-Category Phonetic Variation, Ivy Hauser, Linguistics

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Design, Synthesis and Study of Functional Amphiphilic Polymers and Their Applications, Huan He, Chemistry

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The Role of the Orbitofrontal Cortex in Alcohol Preference, Seeking and Consumption, John Hernandez, Neuroscience and Behavior

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QUEERING KINSHIP: LGBTQ PARENTS AND THE CREATION OF REAL UTOPIAS, Laura V. Heston, Sociology

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Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Imaging of Bacteria within Fresh Produce In Situ, Michael Hickey, Food Science

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Active Site Design and Exploitation of Allosteric Sites in Proteases, Maureen Hill, Chemistry

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Ni Site Structure and Function in Biological Sensing and Enzyme Activity, Hsin-Ting Huang, Chemistry

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THREE ESSAYS ON HEDGE FUNDS GOVERNANCE, OPERATIONAL RISK AND EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS INVESTMENT ACTIVITIES, Zheyuan Hu, Management

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Scalable Data-driven Modeling and Analytics for Smart Buildings, Srinivasan Iyengar, Computer Science

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PROBABILISTIC MODELS FOR IDENTIFYING AND EXPLAINING CONTROVERSY, Myungha Jang, Computer Science

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AZOBENZENE-BASED POLYMERS FOR ORGANIC ELECTRONICS AND PHOTO-THERMAL BATTERIES, Seung Pyo Jeong, Chemistry

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ABOLITION AND ACADEME: STRUGGLES FOR FREEDOM AND EQUALITY AT BRITISH AND AMERICAN COLLEGES, 1742-1855, Michael E. Jirik, History

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Increasing the Effectiveness of a Social Emotional Learning Program Through Cultural Adaptation for African American Students’ Internalizing Symptoms, Courteney Johnson, School Psychology

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What Will You Do Here? Dignified Work and the Politics of Mobility in Serbia, Dana N. Johnson, Anthropology

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Cultural and Family Challenges in Type Two Diabetes Self-care for Puerto Rican Identified Hispanic Adults, Jalil Johnson, Nursing