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Dissertations from 2021

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On Improving Robustness of Hardware Security Primitives and Resistance to Reverse Engineering Attacks, Vinay C. Patil, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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MULTISCALE INVESTIGATION OF THIXOTROPY IN SOFT CLAYS, Jing Peng, Civil Engineering

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Development of Nanopore-Based Analytical Tools for Single-Molecule Analysis of Biological Molecules, Bach Pham, Chemistry

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The Two Sides of Neural Habituation in Visual Processing: Enhanced Novelty Detection Versus Repetition Deficits, Len Pires de Lima Jacob, Neuroscience and Behavior

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LANGUAGE IDEOLOGIES AND BILINGUAL EDUCATION POLICIES IN A DUAL LANGUAGE CLASSROOM, Eirini Pitidou, Education

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Salvage Media: A Materialist Inquiry into the Limits of Visual, Aural, and Textual Clarity, Alexander S. Ponomareff, Comparative Literature

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A Generalized Method for Predictive Simulation-Based Lower Limb Prosthesis Design, Mark Price, Mechanical Engineering

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LEARNING PHONOLOGY WITH SEQUENCE-TO-SEQUENCE NEURAL NETWORKS, Brandon Prickett, Linguistics

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ADDRESSING SECURITY CHALLENGES IN EMBEDDED SYSTEMS AND MULTI-TENANT FPGAS, Georgios Provelengios, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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History Modeling for Conversational Information Retrieval, Chen Qu, Computer Science

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Three Essays on Collective Property Rights and Enforcement, Felipe Javier Quezada Escalona, Resource Economics

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Above the Oxbow: The Construction of Place on Mount Holyoke, Danielle R. Raad, Anthropology

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The Changing Nature of Inequality in a Time of Institutional Transformation: An Examination of Between-Workplace and Between-Industry Income Inequality in a Set of Thirteen High-Income Countries, Anthony Rainey, Sociology

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Memristive Devices and Integrations for Neuromorphic Computing, Mingyi Rao, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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DALIT ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES: STIGMA, SOCIAL REPRODUCTION AND SYSTEMIC EXCLUSION IN INDIAN HIGHER EDUCATION, Bharat Rathod, Education

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Design and Implementation of Algorithms for Traffic Classification, Fatemeh Rezaei, Computer Science

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Phenomenology of Fermion Production During Axion Inflation, Michael Roberts, Physics

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Critical Multicultural Engagement with Children's Texts: Perspectives, Power, and Positioning, Jasmine A. Robinson, Education

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SCALING DOWN THE ENERGY COST OF CONNECTING EVERYDAY OBJECTS TO THE INTERNET, Mohammad Rostami, Computer Science

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Never-lasting Effects: John Williams, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bruno Jasieński, and Non-redemptive Failure, Krzysztof W. Rowinski, Comparative Literature

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INVESTIGATING THE DEVELOPMENTAL IMPACTS OF 3,3’-DICHLOROBIPHENYL (PCB-11) IN ZEBRAFISH (DANIO RERIO), Monika A. Roy, Public Health

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Synthesis of Inorganic Porous Materials With Tunable Morphology for Molecular Adsorption and Separation, Sanket Sabnis, Chemical Engineering

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EMERGING ENERGY ISSUES IN COLOMBIA, Javier Sabogal Aguilar, Environmental Conservation

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High-dimensional Feature Selection and Multi-level Causal Mediation Analysis with Applications to Human Aging and Cluster-based Intervention Studies, Hachem Saddiki, Public Health

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Attitudes and interactions of indigenous and non-indigenous people with wildlife in the northern Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica, Carolina Saenz-Bolaños, Environmental Conservation

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NEGRITUDE FEMINISMS: FRANCOPHONE BLACK WOMEN WRITERS AND ACTIVISTS IN FRANCE, MARTINIQUE, AND SENEGAL FROM THE 1920S TO THE 1980S, Korka Sall, English

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Collaboration, Collective Agency, and Solidarity Through Participatory Action Research in Puerto Rico, Aurora Santiago Ortiz, Education

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ENGINEERING ADVANCED MATERIAL PROPERTIES FOR POLYMERIC MATERIALS THROUGH MISCIBLE AND IMMISCIBLE ADDITIVES, Chinmay M. Saraf, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Negotiating Space: Spatial Violation on the Early Modern Stage, 1587-1638, Gregory W. Sargent, English

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FUNCTIONAL COPOLYMERS FOR MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND INTERFACES: POLYAMIDES AND POLYZWITTERIONS, Ashlin Sathyan, Polymer Science and Engineering

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It Takes a Village to Build a Brain: Defining the Heterogenous Glial and Neural Crest Contributions to Zebrafish Forebrain Development and Neurogenesis, Jake Schnabl, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Cyclones, Spectacles, and Citizenship: The Politicization of Natural Disasters in the US and Oman, Tyler Schuenemann, Political Science

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THE IMPACT OF ACTIVIST APPOINTED DIRECTORS ON FIRM STRATEGIC CHANGE, Eugene See, Management

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Fate and Application of Copper-based Nanoparticles in Agriculture, Heping Shang, Environmental Conservation

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MECHANISM OF DNA DAMAGE ASSOSCIATED WITH ESTROGEN RECEPTOR ALPHA – INTERPLAY OF NON-CANONICAL DNA SECONDARY STRUCTURES, AMAN SHARMA, Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences

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THE COMMUNICATION OF ECONOMIC RATIONALITY IN VOLUNTARY CORPORATIONS, NIMROD SHAVIT, Communication

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Deep Learning Models for Irregularly Sampled and Incomplete Time Series, Satya Narayan Shukla, Computer Science

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Equivariant smoothings of cusp singularities, ANGELICA SIMONETTI, Mathematics

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Design and Formulation of Antibody-Conjugated Nanoparticles for Targeted Delivery of Drugs and Biologics, Khushboo Singh, Chemistry

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Traffic engineering in planet-scale cloud networks, Rachee Singh, Computer Science

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Optimization and Technology-Based Strategies to Improve Public Transit Performance Accounting for Demand Distribution, Charalampos Sipetas, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Platforms and Power: Transnational Guatemala, Eric Sippert, Political Science

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Rupture and Resistance in Third Space: Examining Black Girls’ Schooling Experiences at a Private Elite School, Alisha L. Smith Jean-Denis, Education

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Perseverance: A Focused Ethnographic Study of the Emergency Triage Nurse, Ellen C. Smithline, Nursing

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Caught between Spaces: Korean Adult EFL/ESL Female Speakers’ Negotiating Social Identities in Online English Study Groups, Rayoung Song, Education

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Video Adaptation for High-Quality Content Delivery, Kevin Spiteri, Computer Science

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United States Household Carbon Footprints: Quantifying the relationship between household-level income inequality and greenhouse gas emissions (1996-2015), Jared Starr, Environmental Conservation

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American Understandings of U.S. Economic Inequality: Redistribution and Resistance, Jacklyn Stein, Sociology

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THREE ESSAYS ON EMPLOYMENT IMPACTS OF LABOR MARKET POLICIES, Simon Dominik Sturn, Economics

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Learning from Limited Labeled Data for Visual Recognition, Jong-Chyi Su, Computer Science

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Understanding the Safety Impacts of Left-Turn Infrastructure on the Vulnerable Driving Population, Francis Tainter, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Roadblocks to Access: Perceptions of Law and Socioeconomic Problems in South Africa, Kira Tait, Political Science

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DIRTY MINDS & FAILED ENDINGS: USES OF THE BAWDY IN JEWISH COMEDY, AMERICAN AND ISRAELI PERSPECTIVES, Eyal Tamir, Comparative Literature

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WORDS IN MOTION: EPISTOLARY AND TRANSLATORY PRACTICES IN US MIGRANT WRITING, Una Tanovic, Comparative Literature

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INVESTIGATION ON THE FACTORS IMPACTING THE BIOACCESSIBILITY OF OIL-SOLUBLE VITAMINS: FOOD MATRIX EFFECTS, Yunbing Tan, Food Science

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FUNCTIONALIZATION AND APPLICATION OF NANOPARTICLE SYSTEMS IN COATINGS AND TARGETED CANCER THERAPY, Shane Taylor, Chemical Engineering

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MAGNITUDE AND RATES OF AGRICULTURALLY-INDUCED SOIL EROSION IN THE MIDWESTERN UNITED STATES, Evan Thaler, Geosciences

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HOW DOES SHAREHOLDER VOTING INFLUENCE INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS’ INVESTMENT DECISIONS?, Yushi Tian, Management

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Stranger Compass of the Stage: Difference and Desire in Early Modern City Comedy, Catherine Tisdale, English

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Examining a Fatigue Management Model That Identifies Risk Factors and Consequences of Fatigue in Older Individuals, Maral Torossian, Nursing

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“LET ME TALK MY SHIT”: EXPLORING RACIOCULTURAL TRAUMA THROUGH EMBODIED ARTS, Andrew Brian Torres, Education

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Understanding how CaMKII holoenzyme dynamics facilities activation-triggered subunit exchange, Ana P. Torres-Ocampo, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Windows in Algebraic Geometry and Applications to Moduli, Sebastian Torres, Mathematics

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Bitten by the Demon of Cinema: An Examination of Women-Made Horror, Erica Tortolani, Communication

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Force-Responsive, Cryptic Materials and Their Applications, Yen Tran, Chemical Engineering

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THE EFFECT OF DISTURBANCE AND INVASION ON FUNGAL AND PLANT COMMUNITIES OVER AN ELEVATIONAL GRADIENT, Adam N. Trautwig, Plant Biology

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STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF PROTEIN THERAPEUTICS BY HYDROGEN DEUTERIUM EXCHANGE AND COVALENT LABELING MASS SPECTROMETRY, Catherine Yvonne Tremblay, Chemistry

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Human Mobility Monitoring using WiFi: Analysis, Modeling, and Applications, Amee Trivedi, Computer Science

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Vegan Food For Thought: Moral Constructions of Animals, Ryan F. Turner, Sociology

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A Comprehensive Protocol for Inspection and Assessment of Aging Steel Bridges: Experiments, Computations and 3D Laser Scanning of Field Corroded Girders, Georgios Tzortzinis, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Thermoelectric Transport In Disordered Organic and Inorganic Semiconductors, Meenakshi Upadhyaya, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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LOW-ENERGY MEMRISTORS & HIGH-NONLINEARITY SELECTOR FOR DENSE PASSIVE CROSS-BAR ARRAYS, Navnidhi K. Upadhyay, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Hospital Assessment and Response to Environmental Pollution as a Population Health Need: Identifying Prevalence and Predictors in Community Benefit Practices, Sarah Valentine, Nursing

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FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY, BIOMECHANICS, AND EVOLUTION OF RUMINANT MAMMALS, Abby Vander Linden, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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The Boundaries of Safety: The Sanctuary Movement in the Inland Empire, Cecilia I. Vasquez, Anthropology

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'Y mi rebelión se convirtió en arte’ Raúl Salinas y su poesía política: una historia literaria chicana, Santiago Vidales, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Black Organizations as a Way to Increase Black Students’ College Attendance Rates by Improving Their Academic Performance at Primary and Secondary Schools, Leydi Mercedes Vidal Perlaza, Afro-American Studies

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Geometric Representation Learning, Luke Vilnis, Computer Science

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Designing Stimuli-Responsive Nanocomposites to Investigate Interface Dynamics, Huyen Vu, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Synthesis and Properties of a Novel Class of Superhydrophobic Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Polymers, Dongfang Wang, Civil Engineering

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Model-Free Descriptive Modeling for Multivariate Categorical Data with An Ordinal Dependent Variable, Li Wang, Mathematics

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“Stick to Sports”: Fan Moral Reasoning Strategies and Subsequent Psychological Well-Being in Response to an Athlete’s Controversial Political Associations, Stephen Warren, Communication

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The power of perception: social cohesion, child protection and access to education in conflict-affected communities in South Sudan, Wendy L. Wheaton, Education

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The Syntactic and Semantic Atoms of the Spray/load Alternation, Michael A. Wilson, Linguistics

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THREE ESSAYS ON LABOR AND MARRIAGE MARKETS: FARM CRISIS AND RURAL-TO-URBAN MIGRATION IN THE UNITED STATES, 1920-1940, Jennifer Withrow, Economics

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Understanding of Visual Domains via the Lens of Natural Language, Chenyun Wu, Computer Science

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BUCKLING OF THIN CYLINDRICAL SHELLS: IMPERFECTION SENSITIVITY, NON-DESTRUCTIVE TECHNIQUE FOR CAPACITY PREDICTION AND APPLICATION FOR WIND TURBINE TOWERS, Kshitij Kumar Yadav, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Targeted Learning for Effect Modification in Randomized Clinical Trials and Cluster Randomized Trials, Guandong Yang, Public Health

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UNDERSTANDING THE GATING OF BIG POTASSIUM CHANNELS USING ATOMISTIC SIMULATIONS, Mahdieh Yazdani, Chemistry

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CAPRINE γδ T CELL BIOLOGY, Alehegne W. Yirsaw, Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences

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IMPORTANCE OF IRON HOMEOSTASIS IN BEIGE AND BROWN ADIPOCYTES, Jinseon Yook, Public Health

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USING CAENORHABDITIS ELEGANS AS THE IN VIVO MODEL TO STUDY FOOD BIOACTIVES AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS, Yiren Yue, Food Science

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GENETICALLY ENCODED RNA DEVICES FOR ADVANCED LIVE CELL IMAGING, Qikun Yu, Chemistry

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POTENTIAL BIOACTIVES AND INFLAMMATORY MEDIATORS REGULATING ADIPOSE TISSUE FUNCTION IN OBESITY, Seok-Yeong Yu, Public Health

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Evaluation of Benefits and Environmental Risks of Organic Soil Amendments on the Productivity and Nutrient Concentration of Vegetables in New England, Omid Zandvakili, Environmental Conservation

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PROSTITUTES, TEMPORARY WIVES, AND MOTREBS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF SEX WORK IN IRANIAN FILM AND FICTION FROM THE CONSTITUTIONAL REVOLUTION (1906-1911) TO THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION (1979), maryam zehtabi sabeti moqaddam, Comparative Literature

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UPRISING AND DISPLACEMENT: ETHNOGRAPHIES OF VIOLENCE AND IDENTITY-(RE)FORMATION AMONG SYRIANS, Basileus Zeno, Political Science

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Towards Practical Differentially Private Mechanism Design and Deployment, Dan Zhang, Computer Science

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FACTORS AFFECTING DRIVERS’ OFF-ROAD GLANCE BEHAVIOR WHILE INTERACTING WITH IN-VEHICLE VOICE INTERFACES – INSIGHTS FROM A SECONDARY DATA ANALYSIS, Fangda Zhang, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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DIETARY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISK FACTORS OF COLONIC INFLAMMATION AND COLON CANCER, Jianan Zhang, Food Science