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Dissertations from 2019

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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

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WHITEWASHED: THE RACIALIZATION OF AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS IDENTITY, Kaylee Theresa Johnson, Political Science

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The Roles of Morphology and Posture on Gait Mechanics, Russell T. Johnson, Kinesiology

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NUMERICAL CLIMATE MODEL SIMULATIONS INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF ARCTIC SEA ICE EXPORT EVENTS IN MODULATING DEGLACIAL CLIMATE, Anthony J. Joyce, Geosciences

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Game-Assisted Rehabilitation for Post-Stroke Survivors, Hee-Tae Jung, Computer Science

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CHARACTERIZATION AND MANIPULATION OF THE MAGNETIZATION OF NANO-SCALE MAGNETIC STRUCTURES, Wenming Ju, Physics

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Northeastern Species in Hybrid Cross Laminated Timber, Hamid Kaboli, Environmental Conservation

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Engineering for Sustainable Energy Education within Urban Secondary Schools, Moijue Kaikai, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Bangladesh's Energy Policy: Economic, Environmental, and Climate Change Impacts, Rohini Kamal, Economics

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COMBINING HUMAN FACTORS AND DATA SCIENCE METHODS TO EVALUATE THE USE OF FREE TEXT COMMUNICATION ORDERS IN ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS, Swaminathan Kandaswamy, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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CHEMORECEPTOR DYNAMICS AND SIGNALING: NMR MEASUREMENTS WITHIN FUNCTIONAL COMPLEXES, Maryam Kashefi, Biochemistry

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Synthesis of Magnetic Ion Doped II-VI Benzenechalcogenolate Molecular Clusters, Fumitoshi Kato, Chemistry

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Language Learners as Agentive Meaning-Makers: Exploring Learners' Investment and Meaning-Making, Shinji Kawamitsu, Education (also CAGS)

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Framing the Crisis in the Merrimack Valley: The Opioid Epidemic, White Despair and Authoritarian Populism on the New England Borderlands, Gyuri Kepes, Communication

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Cold Spray Deposition of Polymers – Characterization and Optimization, Zahra Khalkhali, Mechanical Engineering

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TEACHERS’ KNOWLEDGE ON EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICES FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS IN SAUDI ARABIA, Ahmed Khodari and Ahmed Khodari, Education (also CAGS)

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AMPHIPHILIC ASSEMBLIES WITH RESPONSIVE CHARACTERISTICS AT SURFACES AND INTERFACES, Piyachai Khomein, Chemistry

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THREE ESSAYS ON UNCERTAINTY IN SOCIAL DILEMMAS, Abdul Kidwai, Resource Economics

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MORPHOLOGICAL BEHAVIOR OF MIKTOARM POLYMERS IN THIN FILMS AND THE BULK, Hyeyoung Kim, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Embodied Location Effects: Affecting Consumer Product Attributions Through Location-concept Associations, Kaeun Kim, Management

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Self-Exfoliating and Reactive Polymer (SERP) as A Protection Against Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs), SOEUN KIM, Polymer Science and Engineering

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POLYMERIC IMPULSIVE ACTUATION MECHANISMS: DEVELOPMENT, CHARACTERIZATION, AND MODELING, Yongjin Kim, Polymer Science and Engineering

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Three Essays on Data-Driven Optimization for Scheduling in Manufacturing and Healthcare, Ekin Koker, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

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Amorphous-Crystalline Brush Block Copolymers: Phase Behavior, Rheology and Composite Design, gayathri kopanati, Polymer Science and Engineering

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The Influence of Amazon Deforestation in Brazil on the Soil Microbial Community Composition and Active Methane-Cycling, Marie Kroeger, Microbiology

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MODELING AND SIMULATION OF DRIVEN NANOPATTERNING OF BULK-MATERIAL AND THIN-FILM SURFACES, Ashish Kumar, Chemical Engineering

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Providing Molecular Insight for Understanding Anion Exchange Membrane Conductivity, Michael Kwasny, Polymer Science and Engineering