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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Experiences in Remote Learning: Perceptions of West Virginia Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Craig Edward Arch

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Predicting Shutdown: Exploring Commonalities in Higher Education Institutional Failure at Faith-Based Institutions, Edward James Barton

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Perceptions of Directors of Dietetic Internships Concerning Challenges to Meet Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Core Competencies, Timothy David Bender

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A Systems Approach to Dissecting the Role of the Mucosal Microbiome in Disease, Lexie Christine Blalock

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Investigation of the Effects of Prenatal Drug Exposure on Astrocyte-Mediated Synaptogenic Signaling, Taylor Christian Boggess

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Transitioning From Faculty to Administration: A Qualitative Study of Administrators in 4-Year Institutions, Matthew H. Bradley

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Ephemeroptera Culturing Methods: Development of Culturing and Rearing Methodology and High Sulfate Simulated Mine Effluent Toxicity Test Using Field Collected Water, Daniel Edward Brady

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Current and Novel Neuroregenerative Therapies, Arrin Brooks

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Dielectrophoretic Trapping of Carbon Nanotubes for Temperature Sensing, Kaylee Burdette

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Teachers’ Perceptions of the NASA STEM EPDC Digital Badging System as a Model of Personalized Professional Development, Ruthanne Cole

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The Role of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (Ends) Flavorants on Nicotine Addiction and Neurological Function, Skylar Yvette Cooper

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Examining the Effects of Exercise-Induced, Physical Stress Overtraining on Stress Biomarkers in Adolescent, C57BL/6 Mice, Curtis Scotty Davis

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Training the Federal Acquisition Workforce: A Correlational Study of Perceived Learner-Centric Interaction Effectiveness and Distance Learning Environmental Preferences, Daniel Dwayne Davis

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Perceptions on Charter Schools in West Virginia, Donna R. Dixon

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ADHD in Romantic Relationships: Exploring Relational Dialectics in Mixed-Neurotype Couples, Katherine Dotten

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Childhood obesity and adverse childhood experiences: the role of Medicaid expansion, Sonya Dunlap

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Ephemeroptera Culturing Methods: An Analysis on Rearing and Toxcity Testing on Sensitive Early Life Stages of Native Mayfly Taxa, Geneve Rainette Edwards

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The Future of the Big Sagebrush Ecosystem: Plant Community Response to Grazing, Wildfire, and Invasive Annual Grass in a Changing Climate, Margaret Eleanor England

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A Predictive Model to Predict Cyberattack Using Self-Normalizing Neural Networks, Oluwapelumi Eniodunmo

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Fish Community Trends in the Greenup Pool, Ohio River, Nathaniel Kingsley Fleshman

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SARS-COV-2 and its impact on emergency medicine, Abby Fowler

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Application of Confocal Microscopy To Study the Neural Mechanisms Underlying Insect and Rodent Behavior, Christian Michelle Harris

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Embracing the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education, Tarabeth Brumfield Heineman

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Social media by providers and patients in healthcare, Madison K. Howell and Jirakamon Silapabanleng

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Black and White Student Adaptability to College at a Predominately White Historically Black University: A Single Institution Examination of West Virginia State University, Christopher D. Jackson

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Translocation of Timber Rattlesnakes at Two West Virginia State Forests, Elizabeth Morgan Johnson

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Using Occupancy Modeling for Protocol Development and Habitat Assessment of Necturus maculosus in a Large Nagivational River, Alyssa Rachelle Jones

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Retention Issues in Nonprofit University Foundations, Sarah Kay

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The Effects of Stem and Non-stem Mathematics Corequisite Courses on Student Success at Public Institutions in West Virginia, Vanessa S. Keadle

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Choosing Wearable Internet of Things Devices for Managing Safety in Construction Using Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process as a Decision Support System, Sharique Khalid

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Spatially Controlled Monolayers for Electrically Switchable Biomolecule Detection, Eduard Lukhmanov

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Teacher Use and Perceptions of Writing Practices in West Virginia: Policy and Leadership Implications, Margaret Luma

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A Retrospective Analysis of Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia, Matthew Jeremiah Matson

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Technology in Social Work Field Education According to the Standards: A Field Instructor Perspective on the Benefits, Challenges, and Implications for Student Learning, Alysha Nicole Nichols

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Covid-19 financial consequences in United States hospitals, Hannah T. Osburn, Murat Mert Solakoglu, and Gretel Toloza Alvarez

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Psychosocial Factors Affecting Intention To Play Esports, Soojung Park

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Pedagogical Decisions and Sociopolitical Contexts: A Collaborative Ethnography of Social Studies Educators Who Teach About Race and Racism, Allyson Perry

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Leadership in Physical Therapist Education: Instructional Strategies and Assessment Methods Used Among U.S. Capte Accredited Programs, Gretchen R. Prather

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Stigmatized Discretion: A Survey of the Impact of Stigma Associated With Substance Use Disorder on the Hiring of Teachers in Recovery, Nick Hoskins Roberts

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Advisor Perceptions of Technology in Academic Advising Practices in West Virginia Educator Preparation Programs, Kandice Kaye Rowe

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Preferred Leadership Style, Cognitive Operator Competencies, and Senior Leader Competencies Exhibited by United States Marine Corps Special Operations Officers: A Quantitative Non-Experimental Study, Timothy John Scott

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Leveraging Herbaria Specimens: A New 3D Imaging Protocol and Analyses of Diversity of West Virginia Rosids, Zachary Scott Shamblin

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An Examination of Teacher Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Online, On-Demand Professional Development for West Virginia Educators, Anna Shreve

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A Study on Formerly Incarcerated Women From Appalachia Pursuing Higher Education, Marcie Simms

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Student Perspectives on the Presence and Usefulness of Navigational Course Elements in Distance Education Courses, Christopher Joseph Sochor

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A Trusted Platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Based Bridge Inspection Management System, Hwapyeong Song

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How To Start a Colony, or Not: Different Models to Colonize Bermuda, Barbados and Tobago, James William St Clair

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Doctor of Physical Therapy Students’ Perspectives on Leadership Development in the Context of the Proposed Leadership Competencies Framework for Physical Therapists, Laura Stephens

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The Godfather of Modern Political Consulting: Matthew Reese, Ethan Thomas Tackett

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The Financial effect of Covid-19 on children's hospitals without pediatric psychiatric units, Patricia Tran

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A Qualitative Examination of Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions of Self-Efficacy for Teaching Writing, Abby Rose Waldorf

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Librarians in an Austerity Environment, Thomas L. Walker II

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Mortality Risk Associated With Urban Land Use for Adult Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus), Mya Wiles

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Mechanisms of Apoptosis Induced by Actinomycin D in Aerodigestive Tract Cancers, Adeoluwa Ayodeji Adeluola

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On Hamilton cycle decompositions of complete multipartite graphs which are both cyclic and symmetric, Fatima A. Akinola

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Ankle Muscle Activation and Mechanics during the Ebbet's Foot Drills, Quentin Adam Archuleta

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Crippling Rapid Evolution of Metastasis and Drug Resistance in A549 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells with the Clinically Relevant HSP90 Inhibitor AUY922, Nickolas Anthony Bacon

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The Epigenetic Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, Tanner Jeffrey Bakhshi

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Asset Management Framework for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam Electrical Equipment, Megan Elizabeth Bates

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Role of Thymidine Phosphorylase in Type 2 Diabetes-Associated High-Risk of Thrombosis, Adam Belcher

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The Effects of Concussion on Quantity of Sleep and Quality of Sleep, Taren Asheton Bone

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The Effect of Upper-String Musician Practice Session on Scapular Kinematics, Connor James Brown

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Assessing the toxicity of a reconstituted water simulating streams influenced by mountaintop mining in central Appalachia, Benjamin David Browning

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An Investigation of the Effect of Selected Policy Elements on the Function of Faculty in an Online Learning Environment, Sara Ann Brown

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Targeting Epigenetic Mechanisms in Endometriosis, Sarah Elizabeth Brunty

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Super PACs and Agenda Setting, Logan Bush

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Characterization of cardiovascular function in adult offspring following prenatal exposure to methamphetamine, Hasitha Chavva

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An exceptionally small new polycotylid plesiosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) with raptorial eyes from the Western Interior Seaway of North America, Robert O’Brien Clark

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Teacher perceptions of E-learning during Covid-19 in low-and-high-income schools, Thomas Allen Cooper II

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A Phenomenological Study: Understanding Teacher Experiences with Grief in the Classroom, Melissa A. Cyfers

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Perceived Stress and Burnout in Athletic Training Students, Desiree Nicole Daniels

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Structure-based design and synthesis of transient receptor potential melastatin 8 (TRPM8) ion channel ligands, Denise Catherine Dawley

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An Examination of the Use of the BESS With Rural Appalachian Preschoolers, Savana B. Earnest

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Potential counter regulatory effects of a gut microbiota metabolite in alleviating down-regulation Krüppel-like factor 4 in intestinal inflammation, Ylva Forslund

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School Climate for LGBTQ Youth: Principals’ Perceptions and Experiences, Jessica L. George

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Effects of the needle exchange program implemented in West Virginia, Amber Graves, Anthony B. Uriarte, and Katherine Duty

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Multidisciplinary and Multi-Objective Optimal Design of a Cascade Control System for a Flexible Wing with Embedded Control Surfaces Having Actuator Dynamics, Christopher Stephen Greer

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Faculty and Administrator’s Perspective on Degree Completion Initiatives in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Jennifer Hammonds

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Seasonal Variation in Home-Range and Core-Area Size in Verreaux's Sifaka, Brynn Harshbarger

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Understanding the Influence of Childhood Experiences on the Development of Female Sexual Perpetrators Against Underage Individuals, Cassandra Marie Hershman

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Fatigue-related jump landing knee injuries in dancers, Megan Holton

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Na/K-ATPase ALPHα1 Regulates Adipogenesis via Its Conserved Caveolin Binding Motif, Minqi Huang

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Climate resilience: Examination of revised heat transfer models in the enhanced integrated climatic model for pavement temperature prediction, Austin Michael Jarrell

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The U-Net-based Active Learning Framework for Enhancing Cancer Immunotherapy, Vishwanshi Joshi

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Diverse Perspectives on the Living-Learning Community Experience at a Large Public University, Amy Griffin Lorenz

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American Mythology: How Storytelling Shapes Modern Cultural Perceptions, Kristin Maynard

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Corequisite Mathematics: A Program Analysis at the College Level, Shannon Miller-Mace

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Side-to-differences of medial elbow anatomy adaptations in youth throwing athletes, Rudolph Matthew Morrow

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Role of Na/K-ATPase Non-enzymatic Signaling in Renal Proximal Tubule Sodium Transport, Shreya Tapan Mukherji

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Do needle exchange programs cause more harm to injection drug users and compromise the safety of the communities in which they are in place?, Amber L. Payne

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Filling the Middle Skills Gap: Increasing Silver-Level Career Readiness Certificate Attainment in Mississippi, Steven Wayne Pickering

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Through Their Eyes: An Analysis of Misrepresentation in Popular Lesbian Television Narratives, Delana Janine Price

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The Effects of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals on Plants, Christian Mathew Pridemore

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The Effect of scapular dyskinesis on Army combat fitness test scores and shoulder function in Army ROTC cadets, Kirstin Ann Schwart

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"Our Women Are Made of the Right Stuff": Gender, Politics, and Conflict in Civil War West Virginia, Amanda Romain Shaver

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Identifying relationships between upper extremity function and Army combat fitness test scores in the reserve 'officers' training corps population, Lianne Marie Shroba

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The effects of fire on oak-forest plant communities along soil moisture gradients: a 25-year study, Rebekah Frances Shupe

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A Water Quality and Contaminant Source Assessment of Arbuckle Creek in Fayette County, West Virginia, Sarah Ashby Simonton

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Environmental participation and evaluation on Marshall University's campus, Noah Adkins Smentkowski

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From crib to bench: understanding Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) using a novel rodent model, Sarah Stevens