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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Advancing Quantitative Understanding of Escherichia Coli Concentrations in a Contemporary Mixed Land-Use Watershed, in West Virginia, USA, Fritz Petersen

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Semi Analytical Approach for Binary Mixture Conductivity in Hydraulic Fracturing, Vuong V. Pham

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Investigation of Particle Measurement in Different Dilution Ratios with Gasoline Direct Injection and Port Fuel Injection, John Adam Phillips

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Representation Learning with Adversarial Latent Autoencoders, Stanislav Pidhorskyi M.S.

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The Societal Influence on Individual Identity and the Relationship of Costume Design in Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9, Laura Kay Plikerd

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Impact of Particle Injection on Gas Flow at Elevated Pressure: A Numerical Study, Ansan Pokharel

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Characterizing premixed syngas combustion in micro-channels, Sunita Pokharel

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The Host Gatekeeper: Using the Flagellar Pathway to Understand Symbiont Host Adaptation, Adam R. Pollio

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Modeling the Galactic Compact Binary Neutron Star Population and Studying the Double Pulsar System, Nihan Pol

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Development of an Activity-based Windowing Approach to Evaluate Real-World NOx Emissions from Modern Medium and Heavy-Duty Diesel Trucks, Rasik Pondicherry

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Mnemonic Discrimination and Social Anxiety: The Role of State Anxiety, Gabriella T. Ponzini

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The Interplay of Progestins, Matrix Metalloproteinases, and the Aging Brain, Keyana Nicole Porter

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Evaluation of the Impact of an Educational Intervention Aimed at Improving Tuberculosis Infection Control Knowledge Among Health Care Workers in a Military Treatment Facility: A Quality Improvement Project, Allen C. Potter

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The Pattern of Odontogenic Referred Pain, James J. Poulos

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Rent and How to Pay it, Grant Austin Prodan

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Interpersonal Influences on Interpretation of Workplace Sexual Harassment, Rachael E. Purtell

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The Museum of Queer Curiosities, Reba "Feliks" Kay Pyron

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Cerebrovascular Dysfunction and Degeneration in Alzheimer’s Disease Pathophysiology, Dominic Dimitri Quintana

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Multimorbidity, Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Use, and Healthcare Expenditures among Older Patients with Late-stage Melanoma, Pragya Rai

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Exploring the User Experiences of a Bird ID Mobile App Among College Students in Western India, Jayvijay V. Raol

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A Contemporary Tale of Two Countries - State of Children in India and Pakistan, Arijit Ray

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Three Essays on the Effect of Pain-of-Payment on Consumers' Financial Decisions, Farnoush Reshadi

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Three Essays on Energy Economics, Alexandre Ribeiro Scarcioffolo

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Statistical Evaluation of Randomly Acquired Characteristics on Outsoles with Implications Regarding Chance Co-Occurrence and Spatial Randomness, Nicole Richetelli

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Interpretations of Bicoherence in Space & Lab Plasma Dynamics, Gregory Allen Riggs

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Voices of Płaszów: The Impact of Schindler's List on a Former Concentration Camp, Jordan L. Riggs

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“I Don't Really Look Very Asian”: Transracially and Transnationally Adopted Asian Youth in Rural Appalachia, Sandra L. Rodeheaver

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Essays in Development Economics, Zachary Rodriguez

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Field Evaluation of a Modular Press-Brake-Formed Steel Tub Girder in an Application that Includes Skew and Superelevation, Adam D. Roh

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Fracture Resistance of Simulated External Cervical Resorption in Anterior Teeth Restored with and without a Fiber Post., Michelle M. Romeo

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Adolescents’ Interpretations of Parental Psychological Control: The Role of Beliefs and Disapproval on Problematic Outcomes, Katelyn F. Romm

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Two Approaches to Analyzing Institutions’ Spending Responses to Campus Sexual Assault, Amanda M. Rose

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Image and Video-Based Autism Spectrum Disorder Detection via Deep Learning, Mindi Ruan

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Haemonchus contortus antigen identification and use of tropomyosin in ovine vaccine development, Brynnan P. Russ

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Sunday Born, Matthew Joseph Saporito

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Comparison of Skeletal and Dentoalveolar Changes between Two Bone-Borne Maxillary Expanders, mohamad sarraj

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Theory and Techniques of Convergence of Topological Transformation Group Actions, Murtadha Jaber Sarray

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The Spatial Historian: Creating a Spatially Aware Historical Research System, JAMES P. SCHINDLING

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On Demand Nanoscale Phase Manipulation of Vanadium Dioxide by Scanning Probe Lithography, Dustin Schrecongost

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Targeting the Nt17 of the huntingtin protein via natural and chemical modifications: impact on aggregation and membrane interactions, Faezeh Sedighi

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Understanding the host immune response against Pseudomonas aeruginosa to develop novel therapeutics and vaccines, Emel Sen Kilic

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Oxygen Transport Kinetics of Surface Modified Mixed Conductor (La0.60Sr0.40)0.95Co0.20Fe0.80O3-x as Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode, Manuel Serrano Laguna

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Three Essays on Health Economics and Policy Evaluation, Shishir Shakya

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Exploration of Unknown Environments Using a Tethered Mobile Robot, Danylo Shapovalov

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Accessing the Functional Capabilities of the Tick Microbiome Through Metagenomics, Darin Lee Shrewsberry Jr

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Evaluating Use and Preference for Performance Feedback to Teach Instructional Strategies, Natalie Jones Shuler

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Scaling-based Robust Predictions of Periodic Stream Water Quality Variables Across the Contiguous U.S., Mohammad Abu Zafer Siddik

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Trees, Fungi, Insects: How Host Plant Genetics Builds a Community, Sandra Jeanne Simon

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Tobacco Cessation in a Dental School Setting, Kerri T. Simpson

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Comparison of the Batch and Individual Log Study Methods for use in Determining Log Breakeven Pricing, Levi Eric Sisler

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A Study on the Hydrodynamics of a Bench-Scale Top-Fed Bubbling Fluidized Bed Gasifier using Biomass and Coal as Feedstocks, Ali Can Sivri

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Clincial Translational Science Research of the Functional Role of Large Conductance Potassium Channels in Selective Destruction of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells, Gina Sizemore

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Modeling and Tuning of CVT Systems for SAE® Baja Vehicles, Sean Sebastian Skinner

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It's Getting Dark and Other Stories, Ellen Clark Skirvin

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Individual Differences in Social Decision-Making Preferences, Kelly R. Smith

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New York Sons of Erin: Nativism, Identity, and the Importance of Irish Ethnicity in the Civil War Era, Abbi E. Smithmyer

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c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase signaling controls cellular mechanisms of guided cortical interneuron migration, Skye Eleanor Smith

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Reservoir Characterization and Static Earth Modeling for Potential CO2 Storage in Upper Pennsylvanian Cyclothems of Midcontinent, USA, Valerie Lynn Smith

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Retrospective Evaluation of the Changes in the Nasal and Pharyngeal Airway Volume After Miniscrew Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (MARPE) Appliance, Joanna Song

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Why Are They Wrong? Exploring Surrogates’ Accuracy When Predicting Patient Treatment Preferences, RACHAEL LYNN SPALDING

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Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Crime Incidents for Forensic Investigation, Jamie Spencer Spaulding

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Innovative Approaches to 3D GIS Modeling for Volumetric and Geoprocessing Applications in Subsurface Infrastructures in a Virtual Immersive Environment, Pragya Srivastava

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Occurrence, mating strategy, and pathogenicity of members of Nectriaceae in Central Appalachia, Cameron Michael Stauder

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Making Space for Writing: Makerspace Activities and Academic Language in a Middle School Science Classroom, Ashley Stewart

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Using the social ecological model to build a path analysis model of physical activity in a sample of active US college students, Jonathan J. Stewart

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Objects of Communication, Tyler Stonestreet

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Breaking the Chain: Evaluating the Links Between Opioid Use Disorder, Overdose, and Suicide, Amanda Nicole Stover MPH

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Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles: Musical and Dramatic Analysis, Joseph Stuligross

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Design, Modeling and Optimization of Reciprocating Tubular Permanent Magnet Linear Generators for Free Piston Engine Applications, Jayaram Subramanian

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Managing paradoxes of ambidexterity: The impact of exploration and exploitation on firm performance, Lixun Su

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Exercises in Developing Bebop Scale Language for Collegiate Jazz Students, Lars Swanson

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"Yo, I Like Your Walk-Up Song": Music Integration in Professional Baseball Gamedays, Seth Swary

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Knickzones in Southwest Pennsylvania Streams Indicate Accelerated Pleistocene Landscape Evolution, Mark D. Swift

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Morally Injurious Experiences of Combat Exposed Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan: Moderating Effects of Self-Forgiveness on Feelings of Shame and Guilt, Timothy Swiger

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The Use of Differing Verb Types in the Oral Narratives of School-Age Children, Allison Ann Switzer

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The Effect of Blended Learning on Language Proficiency of an EFL Class: An Empirical Study, Jamile Sulam Tango Rojas

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Bright Bones, Gabriel Sean Tapia

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The dark tetrad, social dominance orientation, and online political discussion, Cory D. Taylor

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Prosocial Behaviors: The Influence of Authoritarian Parenting Style on Adolescents’ Prosocial Behaviors Towards Friends and Strangers, Krista-Gay Shaniece Chantal Taylor

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Three Essays in Applied Econometrics: Understanding Population Changes, Samuel P. Taylor

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Pilot Study of Behavioral Activation as Adjunct Treatment for Depression in Primary Care, Lindsay Ellen Toler

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Experimental and Field Evaluation of FRP Pedestrian Bridge Decks, Kalrav Singh Tomer

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Hepatitis B in At-Risk Groups: Three Studies to Guide Education, Testing, and Vaccination Efforts in West Virginia, Stacy Tressler

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Estimating Evolutionary Volatility in a Maximum-Likelihood Framework, Samuel Warren Tybout

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Speech Mode Classification using the Fusion of CNNs and LSTM Networks, Pratyusha Chowdary Vakkantula

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Women Veterans’ Descriptions of the Patient-Provider Interaction with Civilian Providers, Billie S. Vance

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The Effects of Intrinsic Foot Muscle Strengthening on Foot Posture, Balance, and Agility in Ice Hockey Players, Rebecca Eve Veltrie

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"Treading on the footprints of history": American Catholic Pilgrimage as Public History, Charlotte Vester

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Assessment of Unmanned Aerial Systems and lidar for the Utility Vegetation Management of Electrical Distribution Rights-of-Ways, Matthew R. Walker

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Integrated Techno-Economic and Life Cycle Analyses of Biomass Utilization for Value-Added Bioproducts in the Northeastern United States, Yuxi Wang

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Literature Review on Modeling of Density Difference Pumping Strategy for Geothermal Applications, Lucas A. Ware

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Assessment of Protein Quality, Lipid Metabolism, Hepatic Transcriptome and Safety of a Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) Derived Sarcoplasmic Protein Powder., Derek Cole Warren

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Therapeutic Approaches to Recovery in West Virginia, Rachel A. Wattick

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Impact of the West Virginia University Mountaineer Success Academy Program from 2012-2015, Ashley D. Watts

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Impact of sire selection and breed on parasite resistance in sheep, Andrew Ryan Weaver

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Neuroimaging of Real-world Audio-visual Sensory Integration in High-functioning Autism, Paula J. Webster

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The Effects of Household Substrates on the Evaporation of Ignitable Liquids at Temperatures up to 210℃, Caitlyn Wensel

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It’s All Fun and Games until Somebody Dies: Grief, Mortality Salience, and Coping in Meaningful Permadeath, Mckay Steven West

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Behavioral Functions of Stimuli Correlated with Transitions between Rich and Lean Schedules of Reinforcement, Cory Whirtley

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In vitro assessment of deleterious impacts of organomodified nanoclays and their incinerated byproducts on human cells, Andrew Philip White