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Dissertations from 2019

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‘A Better Country to Die in’: Self-Determination, Drugs, and the Limits of Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada, Wendy Pringle, Communication

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THE SOCIAL PROCESS OF DYING IN THE HOSPITAL: A GROUNDED THEORY STUDY, Alyson Prokop, Nursing

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THE SPATIAL ORGANIZATION OF MYCOBACTERIAL MEMBRANE, Julia Puffal, Microbiology

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Afrasian Imaginaries: Global Capitalism and Labor Migration in Indian Ocean Fictions, 1990 – 2015, Neelofer Qadir, English

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Effects of Ivermectin and Perfluorobutanesulfonic Acid (PFBS) on Lipid Metabolism, Weipeng Qi, Food Science

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THE INVESTIGATION OF SURFACE BARRIER DURING MOLECULAR TRANSPORT IN HIERARCHICAL ZEOLITES, Xiaoduo Qi, Chemical Engineering

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SILVER MIRROR SUBSTRATE AND ROLLING METHOD FOR IMPROVED SURFACE-ENHANCED RAMAN SPESCTROSCOPIC ANALYSIS IN FOOD, Yanqi Qu, Food Science

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REGULATION OF LIPOMANNAN AND LIPOARABINOMANNAN BIOSYNTHESIS IN MYCOBACTERIA, Kathryn Rahlwes, Microbiology

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ESSAYS ON MARKETING IN NEW VENTURES, Reza Rajabi, Management

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ANOMALOUS pH OF AQUEOUS NANOEMULSIONS, Kieran P. Ramos, Physics

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Divided Tongues: The Politics and Poetics of Food in Modern Anglophone Indian Fiction, Shakuntala Ray, English

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SCRIPTING SANCTITY IN THE BORDERLANDS: TERESA URREA, LA SANTA DE CABORA, Jayne Reino, Hispanic Literatures & Linguistics

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Latina/o College Students' Experiences at a Predominately White Research University, Maria Alicia Remaly, Education (also CAGS)

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THREE ESSAYS ON FIRM BEHAVIORS IN ONLINE MARKET PLATFORMS, Erfan Rezvani, Management

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EVALUATION OF THE EFFECT OF BOTTOM BAR SPLICE LOCATION ON PERFORMANCE OF BEAMS IN REINFORCED CONCRETE PERIMETER FRAMES, Jorge Rivera Cruz, Civil Engineering

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The Epistemic Dimensions of Moral Responsibility and Respect, John Robison, Philosophy

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“GREETINGS, I AM AN IMMORTAL GOD!”: READING, IMAGINATION, AND PERSONAL DIVINITY IN LATE ANTIQUITY, 2ND – 5TH CENTURIES CE, Mark Roblee, History

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NASCENT DNA PROTEOMICS ANALYSIS UNCOVERS DNA REPLICATION DYNAMICS IN THE HUMAN PATHOGEN TRYPANOSOMA BRUCEI, Maria Rocha Granados, Microbiology

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TELEVISION AND PERCEIVED CONTROL: A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF THE CULTIVATION OF POWERLESSNESS AMONG MILLENIAL ADOLESCENTS, Fernando Rodriguez, Communication

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CHANGES IN SOIL MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES AFTER LONG-TERM WARMING EXPOSURE, William G. Rodríguez-Reillo, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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Laboratory Study of the Geotechnical Properties of Abraded Railway Ballast with Natural and Clay Mix Fouling, Andrew Rohrman, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Brachypodium distachyon GNRF, SWAM1 and SWAM4 are transcriptional regulators of secondary cell wall biosynthesis, Sandra Romero-Gamboa, Plant Biology

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THE EFFECTS OF GAIT SPEED AND VISUAL INFORMATION AVAILABILITY ON HEAD MOVEMENT, LOCOMOTOR COORDINATION, AND SUCCESSFUL AVOIDANCE OF OBSTACLES IN A COMPLEX VISUAL TERRAIN, Luis Rosado, Kinesiology

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APPLICATION OF GROUND PENETRATING RADAR FOR USE IN THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY SITE INVESTIGATIONS, Aaron J. Rubin, Civil Engineering

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Mapping the Development of College Going Identities Among Aspirantes Puertorriqueñas, Yedalis Ruiz, Education (also CAGS)

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FACTORS INFLUENCING SPARTINA ALTERNIFLORA PRODUCTIVITY IN RELATIONSHIP TO ESTUARY INLET OPENING ELLISVILLE MARSH, PLYMOUTH, MA, Ellen K. Russell, Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences

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Protein Degradation Regulates Phospholipid Biosynthetic Gene Expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Bryan Salas-Santiago, Microbiology

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THE IMPACT OF PTSD AND HISTORY OF INVOLVEMENT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ON MEDICATION TREATMENT SUCCESS IN OPIOID USE DISORDER, Kirk Sanger, Nursing

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ENVIRONMENTAL RISK FACTORS FOR INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE: TRICLOSAN AND OTHER CONSUMER ANTIMICROBIALS, Katherine Z. Sanidad, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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REACTIVE AND STIMULI-RESPONSIVE SULFONIUM-BASED POLYMER ZWITTERIONS, Cristiam Santa Chalarca, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Teachers’ Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Self-Efficacy Scores: Relations to Teacher Expectations and Office Discipline Referrals, Maria Reina Santiago-Rosario, School Psychology

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Emotional Response to Negative Mood Induction in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Cognitively-intact Older Adults, Gennarina Diane Santorelli, Psychology

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TRANSLATOR AGENCY IN TURKEY UNDER CENSORIAL CONSTRAINTS: 1990s to the PRESENT, Inci Sariz Bilge, Comparative Literature

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Allocative Poisson Factorization for Computational Social Science, Aaron Schein, Computer Science

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Use of a Checklist to Facilitate the Recognition of a Transfusion Associated Adverse Event, susan scott, Nursing

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MODIFICATION OF 2D MATERIALS UTILIZING FUNCTIONAL POLYMER INTERFACIAL LAYERS, Ryan Selhorst, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Public Attitudes Toward Collective Action: Three Social Psychological Investigations in Malaysia, the United States and Israel-Palestine, Hema Preya Selvanathan, Psychology

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Enhanced Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Peptides and Proteins Using Polymeric Reverse Micelles, Mahalia Adelina Corazon Paningbatan Serrano, Chemistry

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The Political Work of Memory in Collaborative Caribbean Archaeology, Elena Sesma, Anthropology

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Interfacial Interactions and Dynamic Adhesion of Synthetic and Living Colloids in Flow, Molly Shave, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Home Away From Home: Chinese, Female, International Students Attending a High School in the United States, Pamela Shea, Education (also CAGS)

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A SEMIOTIC ANALYSIS OF LINGUISTIC AND CONCEPTUAL DEVELOPMENT IN MATHEMATICS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS, Hyunsook Shin, Education (also CAGS)

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The Influence of Wind Power on Rural Areas Economic, Demographic, and Community Services Impacts, Eman Shoeib, Regional Planning

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Examining Mediation and Moderation Effects of Academic Motivation on the Relationship Between Disciplinary Events and Academic Performance in Secondary School, Cynthia Shuttleton, School Psychology

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“You Can Be a Good Romanian, but not a Romanian”: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Romanian History Textbook Narrative, Razvan Sibii, Communication

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FUNDAMENTAL LIMITS OF COVERT COMMUNICATION IN PACKET CHANNELS, Ramin Soltani, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Design and Self-Assembly of Responsive Scaffolds for Food and Sensing Applications, Uma Sridhar, Chemistry

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Globalizing Nature on the Shakespearean Stage, William Steffen, English

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The Solution is the Problem: An Immanent Critique of Capitalism's Crisis, 2008-2018, Michael Stein, Political Science

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Metabolic cost of asymmetrical walking: preferred step time asymmetry optimizes metabolic cost of walking, Jan Stenum, Kinesiology

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Feasibility and Efficacy of a Recess-Based Combined Fitness Intervention on Cognition and Academic Performance in Elementary School Children, Christine St Laurent, Kinesiology

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Machine Learning Models for Efficient and Robust Natural Language Processing, Emma Strubell, Computer Science

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SIMULATING HYDROGEN BONDED CLUSTERS AND ZEOLITE CLUSTERS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY APPLICATIONS, Qinfang Sun, Chemistry

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Learning with Aggregate Data, TAO SUN, Computer Science

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UNDERSTANDING CHINA’S DISCOURSE ON SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION AND CHINA-AFRICA HIGHER EDUCATION EXCHANGE: A FIELD RESEARCH STUDY AT ZHEJIANG NORMAL UNIVERSITY’S CHINA-AFRICA INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL, Yi Sun, Education (also CAGS)

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Efficient Self-supervised Deep Sensorimotor Learning in Robotics, Takeshi Takahashi, Computer Science

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AZTEC SURVEY OF THE CENTRAL MOLECULAR ZONE: MODELING DUST SEDS WITH HIERARCHICAL BAYESIAN ANALYSIS, Yuping Tang, Astronomy

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Service Competition and Data-Centric Protocols for Internet Access, Thiago Teixeira, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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EXAMINING STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT AMONG STATE SPECIAL EDUCATION AGENCIES IN THE RESULTS DRIVEN ACCOUNTABILITY PROCESS, Anne Louise Thompson Granfield, Education (also CAGS)

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Modeling Temporal Structures in Time-varying Networks, Kun Tu, Computer Science

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Embodied, Rationed, Precarious: Conceptualizations of Sovereignty in Urban Food Regimes, Candan Turkkan, Political Science

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Electrophysiological Correlates of Natural Language Processing in Children and Adults, Margaret Ugolini, Neuroscience and Behavior

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ACUTE ESTROGEN SYNTHESIS AND ACTION IN THE AUDITORY CORTEX OF DEVELOPING MALE ZEBRA FINCHES (TAENIOPYGIA GUTTATA), Daniel Vahaba, Neuroscience and Behavior

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Synthesis and Molecular Transport Studies in Zeolites and Nanoporous Membranes, Vivek Vattipalli, Chemical Engineering

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Residual Stress Models for Large Eddy Simulation of Stratified Turbulent Flows, Felipe Augusto Ventura de Bragança Alves, Mechanical Engineering

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Extracting and Representing Entities, Types, and Relations, Patrick Verga, Computer Science

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Massive Graph Analysis in the Data Stream Model, Sofya Vorotnikova, Computer Science

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Phrasal and Clausal Exceptive-Additive Constructions Crosslinguistically, Ekaterina Vostrikova, Linguistics

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STRATEGIES TO INCREASE LIPID OXIDATIVE STABILITY OF A LOW MOISTURE CRACKER SYSTEM, Thanh Vu, Food Science

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THREE ESSAYS ON REMOTE WORK AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Ryan Wallace, Regional Planning

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Embattled Education: Charter School Expansion and Teachers' Union Resistance in Massachusetts, Kyla Walters, Sociology

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PRECISE CONTROL OF 360-DEGREE MAGNETIC DOMAIN-WALL FORMATION AND THEIR PROPERTIES IN GEOMETRICALLY CONFINED NANOWIRES, dan wang, Physics

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SCALABLE UNCERTAINTY QUANTIFICATION BOUNDS FOR PREDICTIVE MODELING, Jie wang, Mathematics

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DEVELOPMENT OF FUNCTIONAL BIOMATERIALS USING PROTEIN BUILDING BLOCKS, Li-Sheng Wang, Chemistry

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Supramolecular Nanoassemblies for the Separation and Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Peptides and Modified Proteins, Meizhe Wang, Chemistry

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CYTOCHROME P450 MONOOXYGENASE-MEDIATED LIPID METABOLISM IN OBESITY AND COLON TUMORIGENESIS, Weicang Wang, Food Science

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Improving and understanding data quality in large-scale data systems, Xiaolan Wang, Computer Science

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GRAPHENE GROWTH AND TRANSFER AND BEYOND: ENGINEERING TWIST-ANGLE LAYERED GRAPHENE AND INTERLAYER BOND FORMATION BETWEEN GRAPHENE LAYERS, Yuxi Wang, Chemical Engineering

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ASYMPTOTIC AND NUMERICAL ANALYSIS OF COHERENT STRUCTURES IN NONLINEAR SCHRODINGER-TYPE EQUATIONS, Cory Ward, Mathematics

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Gilded Chains: Global Economies and Gendered Arts in US Fiction, 1865-1930, Heather Wayne, English

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Self-Knowledge, Choice Blindness, and Confabulation, Hayley F. Webster, Philosophy

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Metabolic Cost and Stability of Locomotion in People with Lower Limb Amputation, Ryan Wedge, Kinesiology

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Let-7 MiRNAs Program The Fate Of CD8 T Cells, Alexandria Wells, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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EVALUATION OF THE ADAPTIVE CAPACITY OF MOLE SALAMANDERS (AMBYSTOMATIDAE) TO A CHANGING CLIMATE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, Kristopher Winiarski, Environmental Conservation

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The Politics of Return: Migration, Race, and Belonging in the Russian Far East, Lauren Woodard, Anthropology

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“ÆTHELTHRYTH”: SHAPING A RELIGIOUS WOMAN IN TENTH-CENTURY WINCHESTER, Victoria Kent Worth, English

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Abstractions in Reasoning for Long-Term Autonomy, Kyle Hollins Wray, Computer Science

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The Effects of Solute Composition and Nanoparticle Surface Properties on Nano-Bio Interactions, Zehui Xia, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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EXTREME DYNAMICS OF NANOMATERIALS UNDER HIGH-RATE MECHANICAL STIMULI, Wanting Xie, Physics

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Building the Outer Membrane Protein G (OmpG) Nanopore Library: From the Discrimination of Biotin-Binding Proteins in Serum to Resolving Human Carbonic Anhydrase From Human Red Blood Cells, Bib Yang, Chemistry

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Response Retrieval in Information-seeking Conversations, Liu Yang, Computer Science

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Rheological Investigations of Self-Assembled Block Copolymer Nanocomposites with Complex Architectures, Benjamin Yavitt, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Essays on Monetary Policy in Developing Countries: Income Distribution, Housing and Unemployment, Zhandos Ybrayev, Economics

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CLASS, GENDER, AND MEDIATED LABOR ACTIVISM IN GLOBALIZING CHINA, Siyuan Yin, Communication

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HUMAN MILK NON-PROTEIN NITROGEN METABOLISM BY INFANT ASSOCIATED BIFIDOBACTERIA, Xiaomeng You, Food Science

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SOLID-STATE TRANSFORMATIONS OF BLOCK COPOLYMERS: SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING Χ AND IMPARTING FUNCTIONALITY, Duk Man Yu, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Joint Asymptotics for Smoothing Spline Semiparametric Nonlinear Models, Jiahui Yu, Mathematics

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Modeling and Optimizing Routing Decisions for Travelers and On-demand Service Providers, Xinlian Yu, Civil Engineering

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Neural Models for Information Retrieval without Labeled Data, Hamed Zamani, Computer Science

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3CAM MODEL CONCEPT MAPS, CRITICAL THINKING, COLLABORATION ASSESSMENT (3CAM) TOWARD THE PATH OF MASTERY LEARNING, Elham Zandvakili, Education (also CAGS)