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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Unboxing Magic: An Exploratory Ethnography of a Collectible Card Game Discourse Community, Rodolfo Barrett

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How Native American rappers communicate and create a modern identity, Hannah J. Berge

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The Effect of In Vivo Coaching on Therapist Behavior Management Skills, Leslie E. Brittain

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Relationship Between Breakfast and Basketball Shooting Accuracy, Dimitrije Cabarkapa

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Inventory of Legal Knowledge: An Examination of Psychometric Properties in an Inpatient Psychiatric Setting, Kristen T. Campbell

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Female color variation and male harassment in the polymorphic damselfly Megalagrion calliphya, Phoebe Cook

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Understanding the Factors that Influence Motivation and Experiences in High School Physical Education, Brenna M. Cosgrove

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Sleep Deprivation and Voluntary Alcohol Consumption in Adult Rats, Charles M. Cowan II

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Exploring Rehabilitation Adherence and the Motivational Climate Created by Athletic Trainers: A Mixed Methods Approach, Kaleb W. Cusack

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The Influences of Musical Training and Spectral Centroid on Perceptual Interactions of Pitch and Timbre, Heather Daly

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Inventing Saladin: The Role of the Saladin Legend in European Culture and Identity, Brian C. David

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Mitigating Munitions: The Consequences of using Technology during Counterinsurgency Campaigns, Pake L. Davis

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Mouth Exposure to Carbohydrate Prior to Exercise Possibly Impairs the Efficacy of Carbohydrate Mouth Rinsing during Exercis, Kevin Decker

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Teaching Hate in the Name of Good, Constance A. Dorn

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Defying Civility: Female Writers and Educators in Nineteenth-Century America, Tess Evans

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Hard Times; Hard Duties; Hard Hearts; The Volksgemeinschaft as an Indicator of Identity Shift, Kaitlin Hampshire

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Revealing the Current Relationship between Stream Acidification and Fish Species Richness: What is the Status after Two Decades of Recovery?, Patrick A. Harmon

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FORM OVER FUNCTION: HOW THE CONFEDERATE OLIGARCHY'S PRETENSE OF CONVENTIONAL MILITARY LEGITIMACY ABANDONED THE LEGITIMATE AMERICAN MILITARY SPIRIT, Jacob D. Harris

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Explaining Unintended Consequences of Differential Reinforcement of Alternative Behavior Procedures using Behavioral Momentum Theory, Meghan C. Herr

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Impact of Pre-Exercise Feedings with a Low or High Glycemic Index on the Ergogenic Effects of Carbohydrate Mouth-Rinsing during Cycling, Nikolai J. Hladick

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Caffeine Intake Helps Maintain 3-km Cycling Performance the Morning Following Sleep Restriction, Erin E. Horil

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Tension and Complexity in Decolonial Advocacy: A Rhetorical Analysis of Situated Approaches in Western Shoshone, Bikinian, and Hawaiian Resistance to Militarized Colonialism, Taylor Johnson

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Issues of Universal Design and the Relational Model of Disability in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Mackenzie K. Kelley

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The Effects of Coffee Ingestion on the Acute Testosterone Response to Exercise, Taylor Landry

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The Effect of Menstrual Phase and Oral Contraceptive Steroids on Caffeine during Cycling Performance, Annette M. Lemanski

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The Effect of Cattle Management on Soil Carbon; Implications for Climate Change, Kelly M. Livernoche

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God’s Silent Witnesses: Protestant Chaplains in the Canadian Military, 1939-1945, John M. MacInnis

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English Learners in Virginia's Secondary Art Classrooms, Alexandra M. Mamatas

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The Effect of Calcium in Artificial Substrates for Oyster Restoration: Implications for the Mitigation of Oyster Population Decline, Jessie Mandirola

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Student learning gains in higher education: A longitudinal analysis with faculty discussion, Catherine E. Mathers

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Retrospective versus Prospective Measurement of Examinee Motivation in Low-Stakes Testing Contexts: A Moderated Mediation Model, Aaron J. Myers

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The Impact of Freedson Bout vs. Non- Freedson bout Physical Activity on Metabolic Syndrome Risk in College Students, Valerie Olijar

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The Impact of Fertility Cues on Intrasexual Competition and Threat Perception, Grant Ostrander

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The Effect of Ambient Temperature on Recovery of Surgical Stress in Sprague-Dawley Rats, Romie D. Powell

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Assessing the Reliability and Accuracy of Advocacy Group Data in Hate Group Research, Mark S. Purington

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Material Poetics, Ellen G. Reid

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No Stigma, No Shame: Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness in College Freshmen Dorms, Ashley Renee Reynolds

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Impact of Burkholderia phytofirmans strain PsJN on the Ex Vitro Acclimatization and In Vitro Propagation of Tissue Cultured Dionaea muscipula (Venus Fly Trap), Peter L. Riley

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The Antimicrobial and Biofilm Disruption Activity of Novel Amphiphiles, Elizabeth A. Rogers

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“How do International Collegiate Athletes Perceive the Impact of Dietary Acculturation on Current Eating Patterns?”, Cailey Ryan

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Examining the Type I Error and Power of 18 Common Post-hoc Comparison Tests, Derek Sauder

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The Role of Refugee Women Narratives in the U.S. Resettlement Process, Alys Sink

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Remembering Virtual Worlds: Painting and Video Games, Nathaniel M. St. Amour

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Feedback Delivery Timing & Behavior Skills Training: Training University Students to Perform DTT, Matthew Taylor

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The Shifting Dynamics of Midwifery in Urban Seventeenth-Century England, Virginia E. Taylor

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Physiological Differences in Cardiovascular Hemodynamics across Treadmill and Cycle Exercise as Assessed through Impedance Cardiography, Daniel S. Valcicak

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#Zika #Olympics: The Use of Dialogue in Tweets Regarding the Zika Virus and the 2016 Rio Olympics, Daniel W. Vieth

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Transitions Through a Painter's eye, Benjamin M. Wailes IV

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Growing Process, Mengjiao Wang

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The effects of caffeine ingestion on the hemostatic response to simulated firefighting activities, Sierra Wassell

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Coolidge Against the World: Peace, Prosperity, and Foreign Policy in the 1920s, Joel Webster

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Playing with Others: The Community, Motivations, and Social Structures of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band, Sarah E. Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Variation in female mating behavior and success in the damselfly, Calopteryx maculata, Suzanne E. Allison

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Case Study: Provider for Program to Prevent the Revictimization of Persons Trafficked for Sex, Janis G. Arlow

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The Inuit vs. the Steamboat: Human Exhibitionism and Popular Concerns about the Effects of the Market Revolution in the Early Republic, Ryan Bachman

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Interteaching: Types of Prep Guide Questions and Their Effect on Student Quiz Performance, Verena S. Bethke

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Work-Family Conflict and Wellbeing Among Mothers in Higher Education, Brittany S. Bilodeau

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We Need a Little Christmas: The Shape and Significance of Christmas in America, 1945-1950, Ellen D. Blackmon

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Vertical movement of the endangered James Spinymussel (Pleurobema collina) and the Notched Rainbow mussel (Villosa constricta) in response to floods at different temperatures and substrates: Implications for conservation and management, Dorottya Boisen

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Stonewall on the Potomac: Gay Political Activism in Washington, DC, 1961-1973, Peter Bonds

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The Influence of Time-of-Day Consumption and Training Status on the Ergogenic Properties of Caffeine, James C. Boyett

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My Body, Our Illness: Negotiating Relational and Identity Tensions of Living with Mental Illness, Erin E. Casey

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A SINGLE NIGHT OF SLEEP RESTRICTION IMPAIRS RECOVERY FROM HEAVY EXERCISE, John D. Chase

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Richmond's Urban Crisis: Racial Transition during the Civil Rights Era, 1960-1977, Marvin T. Chiles

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911 Calls in Homicide Cases: What does the verbal behavior of the caller reveal?, Jon D. Cromer

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Management of Problem Behavior Maintained by Negative Reinforcement, Anna Leigh Cruise

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(Re)Positioning Black: Negotiating Racial Subjectivities in White Discursively Constructed Spaces, Elisa Davidson

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Prescription Strength Ibuprofen Interferes with Prophylactic Adaptations to Heavy Exercise, Jessica Ehrbar

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A Historical Study of the VBODA Marching Festival and Its Comparison to the National Band Contests of the 1920s and 1930s, Benjamin J. Frenchak

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Using Morphometrics to Evaluate Taxonomic Relationships in Eleocharis tenuis (Cyperaceae), Lane D. Gibbons

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The Effect of the CYP1A2 -163 C>A Polymorphism on the Metabolism of Caffeine and Effect on Performance, Gabrielle E. Giersch

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Using Systematic Instruction to Teach Science to Students with Severe Disabilities, Anna E. Greene

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A LOW-CARBOHYDRATE KETOGENIC DIET COMBINED WITH 6 WEEKS OF CROSSFIT TRAINING IMPROVES BODY COMPOSITION AND PERFORMANCE, Rachel M. Gregory

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Achoo! Three Major US Newspapers Reporting on the Flu Before and After H1N1, Philip A. Harris

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Old Furnace Artist Residency: Art is a Conjunction, Jon William Henry

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“Knee High to a Grasshopper”: An Exploration of Appalachian Youth, Family Communication Patterns, and Depression, Cori Howard

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The Effect of Technology on Work-Life Balance: Women in Higher Education, Alexandra G. Hubbard

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Are There Bad Wins and Good Losses? Outcome Effects in Sport, Richard Erik Inglis

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The Effect of Cross-Cultural Differences on Team Performance Within an Educational Setting: A mixed methods study, Sevinj Iskandarova

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Exploring the Role of Networks and Proximity for Communication Satisfaction in an Academic Library, Jennifer A. Keach

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The Effect of Stimulus Location and Initial Posture on the Kinematics of the Nociceptive Withdrawal Reflex of the Tail in Intact and Unanaesthetized Rats, Yulhea Kim

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Padded Assumptions: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Patriarchal Menstruation Discourse, Kathryn M. Lese

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Next-Generation Sequencing of a Multi-Drug Resistance Plasmid Captured from Stream Sediment, Kevin G. Libuit

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A 16-Week Run Sprint Interval Training Does Not Have an Effect on Cardiovascular Risk Measured by Framingham Risk Score on Prediabetic Women, Joan A. Mandelson

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Germany in Afghanistan: The German Domestic Dispute on Military Deployment Overseas, Nils Martin

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The Effect of Acute Aerobic Exercise on Hemostasis in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients, Ryan A. Martin

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Occurrence, Antibiotic Resistance, and Survival of Fecal Enterococci in Turkey Litter, Steven Glynn McBride II

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ISIS Rhetoric: A War of Online Videos, Kathryn McDearis

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An Appointment with Dr. Joseph DeJarnette: An Analysis of a Leading Eugenics Advocate and How His Legacy has been Rewritten, 1906-1943, Brianna Melchione

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The Effect of Anchoring Vignettes on Factor Structures: Student Effort as an Example, Carolyn A. Miesen

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Examining Humor as a Rheotrical Tool: A Case Study on The Read, Edrees Nawabi

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Teaching for Artistic Behavior: A Collective Case Study, Caroline L. Nesmith

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Examining Latent Change Classes: An Application of Factor Mixture Modeling to Change Scores, Thai Q. Ong

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Trying to Restrict Her Range: The Backlash in Response to Ree Drummond, “The Pioneer Woman,” and Drummond’s Agency in Constructing and Profiting from a 21st Century Pioneering Persona, Jennifer R. Oskin

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Shift; Explorations in a Changing Sense of Self, Tara J. Ott

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The Effects of Differentiated Instruction on Student Engagement, Student Satisfaction, and Quality of Student Artwork in the High School Art Classroom, Lindsey R. Perrault

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The Effects of Chronic Partial Sleep Deprivation and Chronic Voluntary Alcohol Consumption on ΔFos B Accumulation, Kristian Ponder

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Contesting “Obligation”: Memory, Morality, and the (Re)Construction of Divestment Narratives, Christina Quint

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Staging a Successful Political Campaign in the Digital Era: How to Respond to Natural Disasters on Social Media, Erin Rider

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Generalization of joint attention: Using Parent Child Interaction Therapy to program social skills in children with developmental disorders, Thomas E. Rigg