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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Predictors of Self-Control During Emerging Adulthood: The Roles of Implicit Beliefs and Early Risk, Katy L. DeLong

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Mapping Surficial Geology in the New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River, West Virginia, using LiDAR-derived Digital Elevation Data, Marla K. Denicola

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"We have ground to cover for each other": A case study of mentoring across Black sorority alumni in north central West Virginia, Elizabeth C. Dever

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Searching for Needles in the Cosmic Haystack, Thomas Ryan Devine

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The Impact of Stress Shadowing with variations in Cluster Spacing on the Production for Wells Completed in the Marcellus Shale, Joshua R. Dietz

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The Effects of Gentrification on Residents’ Sense of Place and Group Cohesion: A Study of Pittsburgh Neighborhoods, Bernard DiGregorio

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Role of ciliary proteins ADP Ribosylation Factor Like GTPase 13B (ARL13B) and Bardet-Biedl Syndrome-8 (BBS8) in photoreceptor outer segment morphogenesis, maintenance, and viability, Tanya L. Dilan

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Becoming the Lion's Historian, Khadija-Awa Diop

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Physical and chemical properties of clastic sediments from two caves in the northern karst region of Puerto Rico, Autum R. Downey

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Upstream Tailings Dam - Liquefaction, Mladen Dragic

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An In-Depth Investigation of the Effects of Work-Related Factors on the Development of Knee Musculoskeletal Disorders among Construction Roofers, Amrita Dutta

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Evaluation of Test Specimen Geometry of Asphalt Mixes Tested with the Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester, Abha Dwivedy

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Exploring the Challenges of Social Integration within an Upper-Level Public Relations Classroom, Tabitha Hayley Dyer

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Paleoecological Successions from Shallow-marine Depositional Environments in Upper Silurian Carbonate Rocks of Blair County, Pennsylvania, Shadya El-Ashkar

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Relating Sonic Velocities, Minimum Horizontal Stress, and Natural Fracture Distribution to Stimulation Efficiency during Completion of the Marcellus Shale MIP-3H Unconventional Well, West Virginia, USA, Kaitlin Gayle Evans

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Will Pitch Velocity Remain Consistent Throughout a Competitive Baseball Season Following Blood Flow Restriction: an Observational Study, Mackenzie Marie Evans

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The Visual and Spectrophotometric Effect of External Bleaching on OMNiCHROMA Resin Composite and Natural Teeth, Michael Brian Evans

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Creating positive, negative, and neutral primes and testing their impact on scrupulosity relevant tasks and symptoms, Kelsey Jean Evey

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Examining Provider-Patient Communication and Family Knowledge of Treatment in Pediatric Asthma Care, Thomas W. Ewell

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Modeling of Rotary Packed Beds for Reactive and Non-Reactive Systems, Chinyere Evangeline Ezeobinwune

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Comparison of Condensation Nuclei Counter and Controlled Negative Pressure Methods under Different Environmental Conditions Tested with a Mannequin and Human Subjects, Olanrewaju John Fadairo

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A Phenomenological Photovoice Exploration of Female Exercisers’ Experiences of their Body in Fitness Center Environments, Katherine E. Fairhurst

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Collaborative Entrepreneurship and Building Small Business Communities in The Nigerian Fashion Design Industry, Damilola T. Fasinu

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Development, Analysis and Case Studies of Impact Resistant Steel Sets for Underground Roof Fall Rehabilitation, Dakota D. Faulkner

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Investigating Effects Of Carbonate Minerals On Shale- Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Interactions In The Marcellus Shale, Brennan Matthew Ferguson

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Experiences of Arts and Humanities Students Engaging in Undergraduate Research, Carinna F. Ferguson

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Three Essays in Public Economics, Perry Ferrell

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Evaluation of the Impact of an Educational Intervention Focused on Adolescent Vaping Among Rural Middle School Students, Holly F. Fitzwater

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Galvanizing Germantown: The Politicization of Louisville's German Community, 1848-1855, Ann Kathryn Fleming

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Estimating the Age of a Bloodstain Using Mitochondrial rRNA, Jordan R. Flesher

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The Effects of Acute Photobiomodulation on Anaerobic Exercise Performance, Jillian Danielle Forsey

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We All Run in Circles: Essays on Belonging, David Joel Frame

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The Role of High-Fat Diets in Exacerbating Cognitive Deficits After Traumatic Brain Injury, Michelle A. Frankot

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Inside the Dollhouse, Amanda Marie Gaines

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Chlordiazepoxide Increases Risky Choice, Devin Andrew Galdieri

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Identifying Structure in Introductory Topology: Diagrams, Examples, and Gestures, Keith N. Gallagher

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A Video Decision Aid for the West Virginia POST: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, Jarred Vicente Gallegos

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The influence of spatial variance on rock strength and mechanism of failure, Danqing Gao

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Paper-Based Point-of-Care Tools for Blood Testing, Xuefei Gao

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Doping with Rare Earth Elements and Resultant Nano-inclusions on The Electrical and Thermal Properties of the Mis-fit Layered Thermoelectric Oxide, Geoffroy Gauneau

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Evaluation of object attributes to study speed-accuracy trade-off of gloves using ISO 9241-411 standard, Isha Gaut

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The Fight is Still On: An Ethical Analysis of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Partisan Rhetoric in the Trump Era, Emily Charlotte Gerber

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Evaluating the Polishing of Skid Aggregates in Asphalt using the British Pendulum Tester, Allison Nicole Givens

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Music and Politics in Figure Skating: American and Soviet Nationalism, Cultural Diplomacy, and Identity at the Winter Olympics, 1968–1988, Mary Bridget Golden

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Searches for Fast Radio Bursts, Golnoosh Golpayegani

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Recovery of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities after Restoration in Two Intensively Mined Watersheds, Brian R. Gordon

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Synthesis of Graphene Using Plasma Etching and Atmospheric Pressure Annealing: Process and Sensor Development, Andrew Robert Graves

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Central Appalachian Understory Red Spruce (Picea rubens Sarg.) Growth Rates and Allometric Relationships, Joseph M. Gray

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A Multifaceted Performance Model for the Multiple Percussion Performance Practice: Performance Analysis of Select Works toward Developing a Graduate Curriculum, Mitchell Joseph Greco

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Alternative Media and Mulches in Organic Vegetable Production, Heather R. Griffith

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Factors Influencing Huntingtin Aggregation at Surfaces: Implications for Huntington’s Disease, Sharon E. Groover

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The Roman Catholic Ordinary Mass from circa 1750 to circa 1820: A Selected Bibliography, Letícia Gabriele Grützmann Januario

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Resilience in the Mountains: Exploring the Labor and Motives of Food-Caregiver Women Repairing Broken Food Systems in West Virginia Communities, Heidi Lynn Gum

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Validation of Fast Spectrochemical Screening Methods for the Identification of Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Packaging, Emily Ann Haase

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Transit Agencies Performance Assessment and Implications, Parisa Hajibabaee

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Synthesis and Characterization of Pyridine Dipyrrolide Iron Complexes Relevant to Nitrene and Carbene Group Transfer, Brett M. Hakey

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The Role of Flavors in Electronic Cigarette Abuse Liability in Tobacco-Naïve Young Adults, Ilana Haliwa

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Neuromechanical Tuning for Arm Motor Control, Russell Lee Hardesty Jr

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Disturbance Related to Unconventional Oil and Gas Development in the Appalachian Basin, Kevin Jordan Harris

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Struggle for Sovereignty: An African-American Colonization Attempt and Delicate Independence in Mid-Nineteenth Century Central America, Matthew D. Harris

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Implementation of Radial Basis Function Artificial Neural Network into an Adaptive Equivalent Consumption Minimization Strategy for Optimized Control of a Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Thomas P. Harris

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An Examination of the Impacts of the WVU Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP), Mostafa Hashemi

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Regional Variation on Loanword Adaptation in Japanese, Yuki Hattori

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Aeroelasticity of Composite Plate Wings using HSDT and Higher-Order FEM, Justin A. Haught

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Terrain Aware Traverse Planning For Marsrovers, Gabrielle Hedrick

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The morphological, physiological, and genetic underpinnings of intraspecific salinity tolerance in Sorghum bicolor, Ashley N. Henderson

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An Appraisal of the Evolution of Western Art Music in Nigeria, Agatha Onyinye Holland

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A Spatially Distributed Investigation of Stream Water Temperature in a Contemporary Mixed-Land-Use Watershed, Jason P. Horne

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Recalling the Georgic: Land, Labor, and Literature in American Ecological Consciousness, Sam Horrocks

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Procedure for Asphalt Mixture Friction Evaluation for WVDOH, Danielle Marie Hoyer

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Fundamental Studies on the Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Acid Mine Drainage, Xue Huang

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Low-Cost Skewed Redundant IMU Configuration for State-Space Recovery in a Saturated Environment, Levi S. Hubbard

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Knowledge of Content for Clinical Nursing Educators: An Ethnographic Investigation of Clinical Experts Who Transition to the Role of Novice Clinical Nursing Educator, Stacy Wheat Huber

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Large-Scale Modeling and Assessments of Climate, Land Cover, and Sea Level Change Impacts on Stormwater Runoff in Coastal Urban-Natural Environments, Erfanul Huq

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Evaluating the Use of the M-Vac® Wet Vacuum System to Recover DNA from Cotton Fabric, Phillip Reilly Irion

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Towards Large Eddy Simulation of a Staged, Pressurized Oxy-fuel Combustor, Alain Islas Montero

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Making Implementation Last: Understanding the Sustainability of an Evidence-based Treatment, Carrie Beth Jackson

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Structural Transformations of Synaptic Partners During Growth and Competition of the Giant Nerve Terminal, the Calyx of Held, in the Medial Nucleus of the Trapezoid Body in the Developing Postnatal Mouse, Dakota Richard Jackson

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Adolescent Adventures in Geology: Impacts of Geoscience-focused STEM Education Combined with Recreation Activities on Adolescents’ Perceived Self-Efficacy, Lauren Janowicz

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Rational drilling control parameters to reduce respirable dust during roof bolting operations, Hua Jiang

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On Body Mass Index Analysis from Human Visual Appearance, Min Jiang

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Comparative Study of the Fife and Drum Blues Traditions of Othar Turner and the Preservation, Development, and Innovation of Sharde Thomas and the Rising Stars Fife and Drum Band, Donnie Ryan Jobe

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Essays on Employment Growth, Wage Discrimination, and Marijuana Legalization, Candon Johnson

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The Energy Efficiency and Living Comfort of a Stabilized Rammed Earth Dwelling in Comparison with a Traditional Stud Frame Building, David C. Johnson III

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Effects of Commission Errors during Noncontingent Reinforcement, Stephanie Hope Jones

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Microfinance in Latin America: Poverty Alleviation and the Impact of Institutional Mimicry, Lindsay Jouben

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Exploring Aspects of Science Literacy Demonstrated by Early Undergraduate STEM Majors through a Manuscript-Style Writing Assignment, Samantha Lynn Jusino

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Application of Decline Curve Analysis to Unconventional Reservoirs, Majed Hisham Kabbani

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A qualitative case study research investigation of youth outcomes during an Appalachian water-quality citizen science program, Jessica Kaplan

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Evaluation of Process and Economic Feasibility of Implementing a Topping Cycle Cogeneration System, Unique Karki

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The State and War on Poverty: British Welfare Development and its Legacies for Malawi, 1930s-1983, Gift Wasambo Kayira

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Stable aggregate dynamics and carbon storage in acidified forest soils: Influence of atmospheric deposition and conifer conversion at the Fernow Experimental Forest, J E. Kemner

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Comparative Study of Model-Based and Learning-Based Disparity Map Fusion Methods, Douglas E. Kerr Jr.

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Characterization of the Biochemical Properties of Nudt8, a Novel CoA-degrading Enzyme that Localizes to the Mitochondria, Evan W. Kerr

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Utilizing conservation genetics as a strategy for recovering the endangered Candy Darter (Etheostoma osburni) in West Virginia, Brin E. Kessinger

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Association of Common Chronic Pain Conditions to Incident Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in two Cohorts of Older Medicare Beneficiaries, Sumaira Khalid

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Pulmonary immune responses to respirable elongate mineral particles of asbestiform and non-asbestiform morphologies, Timur Khaliullin

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Review of Modern Nondestructive Testing Techniques for Civil Infrastructure, Shabnam Khanal

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Capital Equipment Upgrade Strategy in the Context of Servitization, Muztoba Ahmad Khan

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Palmprint Gender Classification Using Deep Learning Methods, Minou Khayami