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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Multi-Robot Active Information Gathering Using Random Finite Sets, Philip Dames

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Programming Using Automata and Transducers, Loris D'antoni

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Using the Local News: Campaigns, Newspapers, and Accountability, Joshua P. Darr

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Aesthetic Citizenship: Popular Culture, Migrant Youth, and the Making of 'World Class' Delhi, Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan

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The Limits of Literary Language: Linguistic Skepticism and Literary Experiment in Postwar Germany and Austria, Nathaniel Davis

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Essays on Mortgage Choice and Housing Economics, Anthony DeFusco

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Context- Dependent Gene Expression Programs Promote Lymphocyte Development and Function and Suppress Transformation, Amy Demicco

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The Politics of Dignity: Social Christianity and the Making of Global Los Angeles, Sean Thomas Dempsey

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Health Information Exchange, Interoperability, and Network Effects, Sunita Desai

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Novel Regulatory Mechanisms by Which Large T Antigen Coordinates the Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Life Cycle, Jason Diaz

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Violent Convictions: Punishment, Literature, and the Reconstruction of Race, Thomas Alan Dichter

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Therapeutic Applications and Specificity of Action of Designer Nucleases for Precision Genome Engineering, Chukwuka Anthony Didigu

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Detecting Selection on Noncoding Nucleotide Variation: Methods and Applications, Yang Ding

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Optical and Structural Studies of Shape-Controlled Semiconductor Nanocrystals and Their Self-Assembled Solids, Benjamin Tavenner Diroll

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Form and Function: X-Ray Scattering and Spectroscopy of Transition Metal-Based Nanoparticles, Vicky V T Doan-Nguyen

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Essays in Corporate and Household Finance, Christine Louise Dobridge

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In Pursuit of Racial Justice: The Politics and Consequences of Racial Disparity Reform in the U.S. Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems, Ellen Ann Donnelly

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MRI Evaluation of Injectable Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel Therapy to Attenuate Myocardial Infarct Remodeling, Shauna Marie Dorsey

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Nuclear Connectivity in Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation and its Role in Mechanotransduction, Tristan Patrick Driscoll

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Single-Cell Gene Expression Variation as A Cell-Type Specific Trait: A Study of Mammalian Gene Expression Using Single-Cell RNA Sequencing, Hannah R. Dueck

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Collective Action and Digital information Communication Technologies: The Search for Explanatory Models of Social Movement Organizations' Propensity to Use Dicts in Developed Democracies, Felicity Duncan

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The Role of ΑV integrins in Human Skin Tissue Homeostasis, Wound Healing and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Elizabeth Kennedy Duperret

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A Multi-Step Analysis of the Evolution of English Do-Support, Aaron William Ecay

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Ldb1-Mediated Complexes: A Transcriptional Paradigm That Establishes and Maintains Pancreatic Endocrine Cell indentity, Benjamin Neal Ediger

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Anchoring Communities: The Impact of University Interventions on Neighborhood Revitalization, Meagan M. Ehlenz

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Making Meaning of Urban Greening in the Anthropocene, Theodore Stephen Eisenman

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Bayesian Network Games, Ceyhun Eksin

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Dnmt1 in Intestinal Development and Cancer, Ellen Nichole Elliott

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The Poetics of the 'Carmina Priapea', Heather Elaine Elomaa

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Optimal Control of Epidemics in the Presence of Heterogeneity, Soheil Eshghi

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T Cell Immunosurveillance in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma, Rebecca A. Evans

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Automated Analysis in Generic Groups, Edvard Olav Valter Fagerholm

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Grace in Degrees: Śaktipāta, Devotion, and Religious Authority in the Śaivism of Abhinavagupta, Alberta Ferrario

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Spontaneous Pancreatitis Caused by Tissue-Specific Gene Ablation of Hhex in Mice, Mark Ferreira

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Surface Chemistry Mediated Assembly of Polymer-Grafted Nanorods in Solution and Polymer Matrices, Robert Charles Ferrier

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Perceptual Dehumanization, Katrina Marie Fincher

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The Dark Energy Survey Y1 Supernova Search: Survey Strategy Compared to Forecasts and the Photometric Type Ia Sn Volumetric Rate, John Arthur Fischer

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Grand Plans in Glass Bottles: The Economic, Social, and Technological History of Beer in Egypt 1880-1970, Omar D. Foda

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Affirmative Action Reconceived: A Comparative Study of Constitutional Precommitments to Group Preferences for Racial Minorities and Women, Abdel Rahman Ford

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When, How, and for Whom Does Creativity Predict Well-Being?, Marie Julie Cécile Forgeard

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Compensatory Branching Morphogenesis in the Drosophila Tracheal System, Deanne Francis

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Violating Maternity: Servitude, Sexual Abuse, Lynching and the (Un)making of the Black Maternal Subject, Michele Sharon Frank

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Converting Neuroimaging Big Data to information: Statistical Frameworks for interpretation of Image Driven Biomarkers and Image Driven Disease Subtyping, Bilwaj Krishnanand Gaonkar

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Electronic and Structural Investigation of Nanocrystal Thin Films Tuned via Surface Chemistry, Elizabeth Ashley Gaulding

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Foreign Educated Nurses and Patient Care Experience in England and the United States, Hayley Drew Germack

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The Science of Disguise, Katherine Gibson

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A Novel Role for and Potential Therapeutic Targeting of Heme Oxygenase-1 in HIV Neuropathogenesis, Alexander Julian Gill

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Ovid's Satirical Successors in the Early Imperial Period, Anna Louise Goddard

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Investigating Science Teachers' Understanding and Teaching of Complex Systems, Sao-Ee Goh

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Fighting With Wine: Ruin, Resistance and Renewal in a Qom Community of Northern Argentina, Christopher A. Golias

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Modulaciones Temporales, Sexualidad y Literatura: Narrativa Argentina Contemporanea, Juan Ariel Gómez

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Mexican Migrants and the Rise of the Deportation Regime, 1942-2014, Adam Goodman

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Unearthing the Anticrystal: Criticality in the Linear Response of Disordered Solids, Carl Peter Goodrich

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The Optoelectronic Properties of Surface-Modified Semiconductor Nanocrystal Solids, Earl D. Goodwin

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Asymptotics of Bivariate Generating Functions with Algebraic Singularities, Torin Greenwood

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Ex Vivo Gene Therapy for Lysosomal Storage Disease Using Ipsc-Derived Neural Stem Cells, Tagan Aaron Griffin

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The Real Silent Majority: Denver and the Realignment of American Politics After the Sixties, Rachel Meira Guberman

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Evaluating the Performance of the Greenbelt Policy for Present and Future Urban Growth Management and Environmental Protection: A Case Study in the Seoul Metropolitan Area of South Korea, Albert Tonghoon Han

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Novel Insights into Skin Bacterial and Viral Communities in Health and Acute Wounding, Geoffrey Daniel Hannigan

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Controlling Thermogenesis: Understanding the Role of PRDM16 in the Development and Function of Brown Fat, Matthew James Harms

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Protein Dynamics and Entropy: Implications for Protein-Ligand Binding, Kyle William Harpole

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A Re-Examination of Psittacosaurus Lujiatunensis Using Modern Techniques, Brandon Pershing Hedrick

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The Demography of Modern Social Transformations, Arun Hendi

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Essays on Multiple Selves and Temporal Framing, Rudolph Henkel

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Biophysics of Human Neutrophil Haptokinesis, Steven Henry

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Differentiation Induces Dynamic Alterations in Mesenchymal Stem Cell Nuclear Architecture and Mechanotransduction, Su Chin Heo

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Microbial Manipulation of Phagocyte Function During Infection and Health, Christopher Bruce Hergott

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Intrathecal Adeno-Associated Virus Vector Delivery for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I, Christian Hinderer

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The Biochemical and Biophysical Mechanisms of Macrophage Migration, Laurel Erin Hind

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Search for Weakly-Produced Supersymmetry in Same-Sign Di-Lepton Final State at $\sqrt{s}=8$ Tev With The atlas Detector, Elizabeth J. Hines

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A New Reading of Kant's Theory of Punishment, Robert Hoffman

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Content Selection in Multi-Document Summarization, Kai Hong

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Non-Canonical Roles for RAG1 in Lymphocyte Development, Julie Horowitz

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Regulation of Functional Amyloid formation and Pigmentation During Melanosome Biogenesis, Tina Ho

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Electronic and Plasmonic Properties of Nano-Sized Gold/Strontium Titanate Interface, Jiechang Hou

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Essays in Asset Pricing, Darien Huang

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Three Essays on Marriage, Health and Social Stratification in China, Li-Chung Hu

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Chemo-, Diastero-, and Regioselective C−c and C−o Bond formation via Transition Metal Catalysis, Nusrah Hussain

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Dynamic Contracting With Unobserved Progress, Zehao Hu

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Identification of Long-Range Regulatory Elements in the Human Genome, Yih-Chii Hwang

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Patterns of Family Context and Their Associations With Child Cognitive and Social-Emotional Outcomes, Clare Waterman Irwin

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Molecular Analysis of Target Specific Peripheral Nerve Regeneration, Jesse Isaacman-Beck

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The Identification of Novel Mechanisms in Neuronal Development and Degeneration, Angela Marie Jablonski

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A Search for B-L R-Parity-Violating Scalar Top Decays in √s = 8 Tev Pp Collisions With the Atlas Experiment, Brett Jackson

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An Ethnographic Study of the Experience of Black Traumatically Injured Patients at a Trauma Center in Philadelphia, Sara Fredricka Jacoby

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Synaptic, Cellular and Behavioral Pathophysiology in Anti-Gabab Receptor and Anti-Nmda Receptor Encephalitides, Ankit Jain

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Analysis of the Effects of Therapeutic Compounds for the Treatment of HIV Infection and Multiple Sclerosis in Neuroglial Cells, Brigid Kathleen Jensen

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Taxing Conditions: The Fiscal interest of the State and the Rise of the Modern Corporation in America, Alexander Jerneck

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Palladium-Catalyzed C-C Bond and C-S Bond Forming Reactions of Sulfoxides, Tiezheng Jia

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From Thick to Thin: The Remaking of Homeopathy in France, Michael Joiner

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Never Been: An Exploration of the Influence of Dis/ability, Giftedness, and Incarceration on Adolescents in Adult Correctional Facilities, Kelsey Marie Jones

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Sucrose Thresholds and Genetic Polymorphisms of Sweet and Bitter Taste Receptor Genes in Children, Paule Valery Joseph

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Sensory History Matters for Visual Representation: Implications for Autism, David Alexander Kahn

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Lived Nationality: Policy and Practice in Soviet Georgia, 1945-1978, Claire Pogue Kaiser

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Instrumental Variables and Mendelian Randomization With Invalid Instruments, Hyunseung Kang

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Chirality and its Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Two Liquid Crystal Systems, Louis Kang

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Immunosenescence in B Cells: A Study on Changes in Immunoregulator Expression and Metabolism With Age, Senthil Kannan

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In the Age of Freedom, in the Name of Justice": Slaves, Slaveholders, and the State in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic, 1857-1933, Ceyda Karamursel

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Ambitious Confusion: Recovering the Unthought in Contemporary Memorials to the Antebellum South, Aundeah Joann Kearney

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Markets, Networks and Internal Mobility: The Allocation of Human Resources Within Contemporary Organizations, JR Keller