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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Posterior Predictive Model Checking of Local Misfit for Bayesian Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Chi Hang Au

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“But you still have the same insecurities”—Navigating Personal Trainer and Client Body Image through Emotional and Aesthetic Labor, Ellen Penn Berry

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“‘bere we þe cros’: The Persistence of the Cross in English Ritual and Religious Practices from Bede to the Reformation”, David Black

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Morpho: Expectations & Mutations, Lynda Bostrom

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So Small, So Sweet, So Soon, Katherine Burling

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Music in Unconventional Spaces: The Changing Music Scene of Great Depression America, 1929-1938, Rachel Carey

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Staying with and Telling Different Stories: Toward a Theory of Environmental Advocacy that Bridges the Scholarly and Political Selves, Michael Clay

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Middle-Class Millions: The Creation of Atlantic City's "Modern" Image, 1890-1910, Trevor Cooper

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Exploring Diversity Workforce Experiences of AHRD Alumni, Kayce Croy

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The Devil in Cartagena: Slavery, Religion and Resistance in Seventeenth-Century Caribbean Colombia, Daniel James Dawson

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The Presbyterian Enlightenment: The Confluence of Evangelical and Enlightenment Thought in British America, Brandon S. Durbin

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Efficacy of Magnesium Enriched Artificial Substrate For Oyster Restoration, Matthew Elder

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Security Attacks on RECKLESS-APPs: "Remote Car keyless Applications" for new semi Autonomous Vehicles, Mohamed El-Tawab

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Relationship between Perceived and Actual Exertion and Enjoyment of Exercise in Individuals with Autism, Nicole Fiscella

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Iron Status in Relation to Well-Being Questionnaire (H10WB) Scores in Division I Female Collegiate Athletes, Jessica L. Fornieri

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The Land Beyond the Mountains: The Trans-Appalachian Frontier and the Formation of Appalachian Identity, Joshua Goodall

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Applied Behavior Analysis Function Based Procedures Contribute to Parent Child Interaction Therapy Child Outcomes, Melissa Grant

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Beyond Motivation: Differences in Score Meaning between Assessment Conditions, Nikole Gregg

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A Self-Assessment of HRD Competency Development in Undergraduate Students: Indigenous Project-Based Learning Experience, Kendra Hall

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Potential Benefits of Restored Riparian Zones in an Agricultural Matrix for Bat Communities, Matthew T. Harris

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“We Make Death Look Pretty”: A Qualitative Study Analyzing Reported Effects of Compassion Fatigue on Hospice Nurse-Patient Communication, Katherine Harville

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The Effects of Tact Training for Students Diagnosed with Autism: Will Stimulus Equivalence be Demonstrated through the Acquisition of Intraverbal Responses?, Elizabeth A. Hassler

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Isolation, Sequencing, and Characterization of Four Transmissible Antibiotic Resistance Plasmids Captured from Bacteria in Stream Sediments, Curtis J. Kapsak

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Student Engagement and Learning Gains: Self-reports, Direct Measures, and Instrument Specificity, Christopher Kerr

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The Ku Klux Klan in Early Twentieth Century Virginia, James Lamb

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Physiological and Anthropometric Profiles of Elite Teen-Age Cyclists, David Lenzi

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Between Beeps: An Autoethnographic Study on Type 1 Diabetes, Intersectionality and the Body in Chaos, Cristal Llave

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Screening for Dementia: An Examination of Subscale Relative Importance, Emily F. Matusz

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Exploring the microbiome: diversity of the microbial community of three foam nesting frogs, Genus: Polypedates, across a developmental gradient, Sarah McGrath

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Developing Conversation Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Kimberley Muldoon

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The combined effects of soil fertility and soil amendments on the growth and mycorrhizal associations of American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), Emily Ann Murray

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Investigating Interspecific and Intraspecific Variation in Lung Development in Amphibians, Courtney Neumeyer

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The Effects of Alcohol Priming and Alcohol-Related Cues on Subsequent Alcohol Preferences, Kathleen R. Owens

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“Taking the Power Away”: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Intimate Partner Violence, Social Support, and Survivorship, Darrian Pickett

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Pop-A-Washington, Sam Posso

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Characterizing Epigenetic Regulation in the Developing Chicken Retina, Bejan Abbas Rasoul

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Impacts of Educational Programming at Dolphins Plus on Visitor Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior, Carley Rice

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An Alternative to Escape Extinction: The Effects of the Wait Out Procedure on Noncompliance, Rachel Rolando

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The Art Curriculum as a Model Approach for Cultivating Higher Order Thinking Skills, Nicole Ross

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Attentional Processing: Replication and Extension of Selection BIas as a Predictor of Intertemporal Choice Behavior, Dylan Rutter

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Antimicrobial Activity, Biofilm Disruption Capabilities, and Synergistic Interactions of Novel Amphiphiles, Stephanie Sharpes

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(In)visibility and Meaning in Food Labor: A Feminist Autoethnography, Kathryn Shedden

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Music Making, Teaching, and Learning in Chiptune Communities, Jon M. Stapleton

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Competition and Predation: Interactions between American eels (Anguilla rostrata) and brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in Virginia mountain streams, Jonathan Studio

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A Growth Mindset Intervention in Female Collegiate Athletes, Cierra LaTrice Williams

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Discounting in the Pigeon: Food-Specified Conditioned Reinforcers, Matthew Wolf

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The Confirmation of Betsy DeVos: Polarization, Populism, and Moral Foundations in U.S. Political Rhetoric, Jacob William Wrasse

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 exercise, Kevin Decker

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Assessing morphological deformities in cetaceans: Definition of patterns and quantification with a case study (Madeira Island, NE Atlantic), Erich Dietterle

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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 approach 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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This is herpes: A qualitative investigation of the disclosure patterns of HSV2 individuals, Katrina Miles

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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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Forced upon the account: Pirates and the Atlantic World in the Golden Age of Piracy, 1690-1726, Nathan Ray

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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 R. 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 N. 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 D. Wassell