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Dissertations from 2020

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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

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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

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How Are Online Homework Help Aids Affecting Student Learning in Undergraduate Applied Calculus, Erica Hagedorn, Education

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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

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Design of Hardware with Quantifiable Security against Reverse Engineering, Shahrzad Keshavarz, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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AN INVESTIGATION OF FIT CRITERIA WITHIN MG-CFA FOR EXAMINING NON-NEGLIGIBLE MEASUREMENT INVARIANCE, Abdolvahab Khademi, Education

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THREE ESSAYS ON POLITICAL ECONOMY OF UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT: SPACE, CLASS AND STATE IN PAKISTAN, Danish Khan, Economics

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Design and Fabrication of Colloidal Delivery Systems to Encapsulate and Protect Curcumin: An Important Hydrophobic Nutraceutical, Mahesh Kharat, Food Science

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COMPUTATIONAL MODELING OF LAMINATED VENEER BAMBOO (LVB) DOWEL JOINTS, Niloufar Khoshbakht, Environmental Conservation

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A PARROT PERCHED ON A RIFLE: MILITARY INTERPRETERS IN THE KOREAN CONFLICT 1945-1953, Hyongrae Kim, Comparative Literature

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SYNTHESIS OF FUNCTIONAL NANOCOMPOSITES AND STUDIES OF LIGHT-INDUCED ASSEMBLIES AT INTERFACES, Hyunki Kim, Polymer Science and Engineering

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THE IMPACT OF CLIENT CAPITAL ACQUISITION ON FIRM-CLIENT RELATIONAL EMBEDDEDNESS, Yeongsu Kim, Management

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Isn’t it only for me? Unearned Preferential Treatment and Loyalty Program Customer Responses: A perspective of psychological contract violation, Young Sun Kim, Management

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A DORMANCY PROGRAM REGULATES CARPEL SUPPRESSION IN Zea mays (maize), Harry Ryan Klein, Plant Biology

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ROLES OF RECN DNA REPAIR PROTEIN AND PRIA DNA HELICASE IN MAINTAINING GENOMIC INTEGRITY OF ESCHERICHIA COLI K-12, Anastasiia N. Klimova, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Reasoning About User Feedback Under Identity Uncertainty in Knowledge Base Construction, Ariel Kobren, Computer Science

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Are Some Horizons Broader than Others? Study Abroad, Inequality, and the Influence on Careers and Education., Suzan Kommers, Education

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Passing Literacies: Soviet Immigrant Elders and Intergenerational Language Practice, Jenny Krichevsky, English

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PHOTOTHERMAL AND PHOTOCHEMICAL STRATEGIES FOR LIGHTINDUCED SHAPE-MORPHING OF SOFT MATERIALS, Alexa Simone Kuenstler, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Circadian Regulation of the Timing of Pre-Ovulatory Luteinizing Hormone Surge in Mice and Hamsters, Ajay Kumar, Neuroscience and Behavior

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TRACKING A LONG DISTANCE IRON DEFICIENCY SIGNAL, Rakesh Krishna Kumar, Plant Biology

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DEPOLYMERIZABLE AND DISSIPATIVE CHEMICAL SYSTEMS: ROLE IN MATERIAL SYNTHESIS AND APPLICATIONS, Vikash Kumar, Chemistry

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THE EMPTINESS OF THE PRESENT: FRONTING CONSTRUCTIONS AS A WINDOW TO THE SEMANTICS OF TENSE, Petr Kusliy, Linguistics

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Optimal Linearization: Prosodic displacement in Khoekhoegowab and Beyond, Leland Kusmer, Linguistics

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PERCEPTIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF ADOPTING A TECHNOLOGY BASED INTERVENTION FOR ALCOHOL SCREENING AND REFERRAL TO TREATMENT IN PRIMARY CARE, Sonya L. Lachance, Nursing

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Learning Latent Characteristics of Data and Models using Item Response Theory, John P. Lalor, Computer Science

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NEOGENE HISTORY OF THE KUROSHIO CURRENT EXTENSION AND PLANKTIC FORAMINIFERA EVOLUTIONARY IMPLICATIONS, Adriane Lam, Geosciences

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DEVELOPMENT OF NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL INHIBITORY CONTROL DURING ADOLESCENCE: THE INTEGRATIVE EFFECTS OF FAMILY SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS AND PARENTING BEHAVIORS, Mengjiao Li, Psychology

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STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF PROTEIN THERAPEUTICS USING COVALENT LABELING – MASS SPECTROMETRY, Patanachai Limpikirati, Chemistry

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EVALUATION AND SMALL MOLECULE MODULATION OF CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS IN CELLULAR MODELS OF CANCER, Hui-Hsien Lin, Chemistry

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Higher-Order Representations for Visual Recognition, Tsung-Yu Lin, Computer Science

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Learning from Irregularly-Sampled Time Series, Steven Cheng-Xian Li, Computer Science

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Lisa Ben and Queer Rhetorical Reeducation in Post-war Los Angeles, Katelyn S. Litterer, English

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Molecular Designs of Novel Responsive Assemblies for Therapeutic Delivery Applications, Bin Liu, Chemistry

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Covalent Labeling-Mass Spectrometry for Characterizing Protein-Ligand Complexes, TIANYING LIU, Chemistry

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Engineering Nanomaterials for Immune Modulation of Macrophages and Cancer Therapy, Yuanchang Liu, Chemistry

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TOOLS FOR FUNDAMENTAL MECHANISTIC STUDIES: RESOLVING PROTEIN DYNAMICS BY NANOPORE TWEEZER AND QUANTITATING MOLECULAR TRAFFICKING BY DROPLET-INTERFACE BILAYER TECHNOLOGIES, XIN LI, Chemistry

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LOST IN TRANSLATION? GEORGIAN PRINCIPALS’ PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT IN THE CONTEXT OF INTENSE POLICY BORROWING, Tamar Lomiashvili, Education

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No More War: A Public Health Approach to Identifying Successful Steps to Promote Peace in the Horn of Africa, John Erus Lopeyok, Public Health

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NANOINDENTATION CHARACTERIZATION OF ELASTIC PROPERTIES OF SHALES AND SWELLING CLAY MINERALS, Shengmin Luo, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Nano- and micro-structured temperature-sensitive hydrogels for rapidly responsive devices, Qi Lu, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Search for Displaced Hadronic Vertices in the ATLAS Inner Detector and Muon Spectrometer in p-p Collisions at √s = 13 TeV at the LHC, Margaret S. Lutz, Physics

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Up in Smoke? Towards a Theory of Community Identity Work, Matthew Lyle, Management

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Covering All Their Bases: An Investigation Into Identity Covering in the Sport Workplace, Jeffrey MacCharles, Sport Management

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How Do Adult Songbirds Learn New Sounds? Using Neuromodulators to Probe the Function of the Auditory Association Cortex, Matheus Macedo-Lima, Neuroscience and Behavior

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Exploring Multiracial Consciousness: Voices of Multiracial Students at a Predominantly White Institution, Victoria K. Malaney Brown, Education

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Hedgehog Signaling (Hh/Gli) Regulates Neurogenesis in the Zebrafish Hypothalamus, Ira Male, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Criminalizing Childhood: The Politics of Violence at Delhi's Urban Margins, Ragini Saira Malhotra, Sociology

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Anti-Jam GPS Controlled Reception Pattern Antennas for Man-Portable Applications, Jeffrey A. Maloney, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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ESSAYS ON WOMEN AND WORK IN INDIA AND ON OTHER-REGARDING PREFERENCES, Sai Madhurika Mamunuru, Economics

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The Impact of Psychosocial Treatment on Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder, Tara Mariolis, Nursing

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CORE CONTENT ITEMS AND CONSTRUCTS TO INFORM STUDENT NURSE HANDOFF COMMUNICATION, Kelley McAfee, Nursing

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A Genealogy of Victimhood: Empathy and Memory in Recent German Fiction, Catherine e. McNally, Germanic Languages & Literatures

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Teachers Co-Constructing Multilingual and Multimodal Digital Literacy Practices: Examining Critical Transnational Professional Development, Rosa A. Medina Riveros, Education

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Robust and Sustainable Energy Pathways to Reach Mexico’s Climate Goals, Rodrigo Mercado Fernandez, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Ultra-Wideband True-Time-Delay Beamforming Networks In A Compact Package, Chris Merola, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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A Rational Design Approach to Developing Second Generation Fabry Disease Treatments, Matthew Metcalf, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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STRUCTURE FUNCTION ANALYSIS OF MITOCHONDRIAL DNA POLYMERASE IC REVEALS MULTIPLE ROLES IN KINETOPLAST MAINTENANCE, Jonathan Miller, Microbiology

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A FRAMEWORK FOR PERFORMANCE-BASED FACADE DESIGN: APPROACH FOR AUTOMATED AND MULTI-OBJECTIVE SIMULATION AND OPTIMIZATION, Mahsa Minaei, Environmental Conservation

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THREE ESSAYS ON THE ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS IN INDIAN AGRICULTURE, Kartik Misra, Economics

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REGULATION OF NOTCH LIGAND EXPRESSION ON CD4 T CELLS, Ankita Mitra, Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences

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LIVESTOCK PREDATION AND SNOW LEOPARD-HUMAN CONFLICT IN THE WAKHAN VALLEY OF WAKHAN NATIONAL PARK, NORTHEASTERN AFGHANISTAN, Zalmai Moheb, Environmental Conservation

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CRITICAL CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON TEACHING ARABIC AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TAFL): A CRITICAL ETHNOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATION OF A US COLLEGE-LEVEL COURSE, Shaimaa Moustafa, Education