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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Making Detailed Predictions Makes (Some) Predictions Worse, Theresa Kelly

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Discrete and Continuous Optimization for Motion Estimation, Ryan Kennedy

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Mapping Functional Architecture in Neocortical Epileptic Networks, Ankit Narendra Khambhati

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Safety-Assured Model-Based Development of Real-Time Embedded Software for the Gpca Infusion Pump, Baekgyu Kim

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Model Compounds of Trivalent and Tetravalent Lanthanide Metal Complexes for Elucidating Rational Reactivities, Jee Eon Kim

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An Urban-Conscious Rapid Wind Downscaling Model for Early Design Stages, Jihun Kim

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Korean American Women's Community Activism and Their Response to Domestic Violence in Philadelphia, Su Kyung Kim

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On the Classification of Irregular Dihedral Branched Covers of Four-Manifolds, Alexandra Kjuchukova

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P-21 Activated Kinase 2: Signal Transduction in Mast Cells, Megakaryocytes and in Vivo Homeostasis, Rachel E. Kosoff

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Ifnγ Selectively induces Astrocyte Heme Oxygenase-1 Degradation: A Novel Proteasome Role in HIV Neuropathogenesis, Colleen Elizabeth Kovacsics

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The Role of Intra-Articular Nerve Growth Factor in Facet-Mediated Pain: Relationships to Spinal BDNF and Neuronal Hyperexcitability, Jeffrey Kras

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Nano-Bio Hybrid Electronic Sensors for Chemical Detection and Disease Diagnostics, Nicholas John Kybert

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Morality, Sociability, and Competence: Distinct and interactive Dimensions of Social Cognition, Justin Frederick Landy

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Hospital Nursing Linked to Readmissions Following Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, Karen Blanchette Lasater

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The Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Steroid-Derived Inhibitors of the Sonic Hedgehog Signaling Pathway, Lyndsay Michelle Leal

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Someone Else's War: Korea and the Post-1945 U.S. Racial Order, Amy June Yumi Lee

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Three Essays on Big Data Consumer Analytics in E-Commerce, Dokyun Lee

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Fabrication and Actuation of Hierarchically-Patterned Polymer Substrates for Dynamic Surface and Optical Properties, Elaine Lee

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The Rise of Brand Journalism: Understanding the Discursive Dimensions of Collectivity in the Age of Convergence, Kyung Lee

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Prosodic Focus Within and Across Languages, Yong-cheol Lee

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Prosodic Focus Within and Across Languages, Yong-Cheol Lee

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The Role of the Integrated Stress Response Kinase Gcn2 in Cell Cycle Regulation and Tumorigenesis, Stacey Lynne Lehman

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The Role of Cytosolic Access in Streptococcus Pneumoniae Nasopharyngeal Colonization, Jamie Lemon

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A Search for the Higgs Boson Produced in Association With Top Quarks in Multilepton Final States at Atlas, Christopher Lester

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The Effect of the Secondary Coordination Sphere on the Stabilities of Cerium(III) and Cerium(IV) Coordination Complexes, Jessica Rae Levin

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Bidirectional Interactions Between Indomethacin and the Murine intestinal Microbiota, Xue Liang

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Dynamic Demand and Pricing Strategy in the E-Book Market, Hui Li

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Dynamics in Polymer Nanocomposites Containing Fixed and Mobile Nanoparticles, Chia-Chun Lin

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Scalable and Anonymous Group Communication, Dong Lin

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Development of Bond-Order Potentials for Body-Centered-Cubic Transition Metals and Their Application in atomistic Studies of Plastic Properties Mediated by Dislocations, Yi-Shen Lin

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Twisted Spectral Data and Singular Monopoles, Tong Li

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Spectroscopy and Photo-induced Chemistry of Atmospherically Significant Criegee Intermediates and Hydroxyl Radicals, Fang Liu

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Multiscale Simulations of Dynamics of Ferroelectric Domains, Shi Liu

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Ab initio Quantum Chemistry Methods for Modeling Molecular Excited States Beyond Configuration Interaction Singles, Xinle Liu

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Mechanisms Controlling Friction and Adhesion at the Atomic Length-Scale, Xin Zhou Liu

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Iron-induced Complement Dysregulation in the Retinal Pigment Epithelium: Implications for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Yafeng Li

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Neural Correlates of Adaptive Learning in the Cingulate Cortex, Yin Li

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Molecular Mechanisms of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Apple Long

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Neural Mechanisms of Episodic Memory formation, Nicole Long

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Comics as a Medium dor Inquiry: Urban Students (Re-)Designing Critical Social Worlds, David Eric Low

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Martial and the Greek Epigrammatic Tradition, Joseph M. Lucci

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Fast Linear Algorithms for Machine Learning, Yichao Lu

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Neighborhood Cancerization: New Approaches Linking Social and Biological Mechanisms of Cancer, Shannon Lynch

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Frβ-Directed Car T Cells for Immunotherapy of Cancer, Rachel Christina Lynn

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Approaching the Witness: Narratives of Trauma in Sub-Saharan Francophone African Literature and Film, George Stevens Macleod

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The Global Settlement, All-Star Analyst Departures, and Their Impact on the Capital Markets, Xin Wu Mahaney-Walter

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Virtuoso Beasts: Modernist Fables and the Vitality of Style, Cliff Mak

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Towards Constraints on the Epoch of Reionization: A Phenomenological Approach, Matthew Malloy

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Does Chronotype Modify the Relationship Between Sleep Duration and Body Mass index in Adolescents?, Susan Kohl Malone

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Interplay Between Signaling and Splicing During T Cell Activation: A Study on Mkk7, Nicole M. Martinez

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Nanofibrous Disc-Like Angle Ply Structure for Total Disc Replacement in a Small Animal Model, John Thomas Martin

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Surface Reconstructions of Perovskite-Type Oxides: Their Exotic Structures and Modified Chemistry, John Mark Pinat Martirez

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Short Term Adult Plasticity in Drosophila Melanogaster and its Role in Climatic Adaptation, Vinayak Mathur

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Engineering a Library of Anisotropic Building Blocks for DNA-Programmed Colloidal Self-Assembly, James Thomas Mcginley

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Bulges and Disks in the Nearby Universe: Applications to Evolution and Formation of Galaxies, Alan Meert

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Development and Synthetic Applications of Anion Relay Chemistry Tactics — Design, Synthesis and Validation of Small-Molecule Mimics of the Immune Cell Receptor Cd4, Bruno Melillo

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Judging Empire: Masculinity and the Making of the British Imperial Army, 1754-1783, Emily Merrill

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Part I: Synthesis and Chemistry of 2-Aryl-2-Nitroacetates Part II: Development of Anion-Binding Catalysts Part III: Analysis of an Axial Chiral Tetrachlorinated Bisbenzo[a]phenazine, Alison E. Metz

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Research is Our Resource: Surviving Experiments and Politics at an African Cancer institute, 1950 to the Present, Marissa Mika

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Empire Unbound - Imperial Citizenship, Race and Diaspora in the Making of South Africa, Khwezi Mkhize

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Q-Hit Polynomials Have Only Real Roots, Li-Ping Mo

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Elucidating the Energetics of Bacterial Signal Transduction: Insights From Phoq, Kathleen Susan Molnar

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Micrornas and the Sex Specific Development of the Neonatal Brain: A Point of Vulnerability to the Programming Effects of Prenatal Stress, Christopher Morgan

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Mechanical Crosstalk Between Cell-Cell and Cell-Matrix Adhesions and Modulation of N-Cadherin-Mediated Proliferation by Cell Spreading, Keeley Ling Mui

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The Depressed Decision Maker: The Application of Decision Science to Psychopathology, Dahlia Mukherjee

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Coordinating Gene Therapies of Cystic Fibrosis Airway Disease with Anti-Inflammatory and Antimicrobial Cationic Glucocorticoids, Melissa Myint

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Targeting Stress Response Pathways in Soft Tissue Sarcoma: The Role of Hypoxia and Autophagy in Tumor Survival, Michael Nakazawa

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Distributed Differential Privacy and Applications, Arjun Ravi Narayan

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The Intracellular Domain of the Frazzled/Dcc Receptor is a Transcription Factor Required for Commissural Axon Guidance, Alexandra Neuhaus-Follini

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The Language and Literacy Practices of English Language Learners (ELLs) in a Philadelphia High School: The Hyphenated Experiences of Immigrant Students in Content Area Classrooms, Lan My Ngo

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Exploring Historically Black College and Universities' Ethos of Racial Uplift: Stem Students' Challenges and Institutions' Practices for Cultivating Learning and Persistence in Stem, Thai-Huy Peter Nguyen

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Bank Regulations, Fiscal Policies and Growth, Thien Tung Nguyen

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On the Adoption Dynamics of Internet Technologies: Models and Case Studies, Mehdi Nikkhah

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Navigating the Discourse of Dependency: Welfare-Reliant Mothers in College an Institutional Ethnography, Liz Noll

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Experimental Analysis of Motion Style, Aline Normoyle

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Dynamics and Statics of Liquid-Liquid and Gas-Liquid interfaces on Non-Uniform Substrates at the Micron and Sub-Micron Scales, Michael Meredith Norton

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Bayesian Modeling of Consumer Behavior in the Presence of Anonymous Visits, Julie Novak

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Crystal-Amorphous Transformation Via Defect-Templating in Phase-Change Materials, Pavan Nukala

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Regulation of Anti-Viral Cd8+ T Cell Responses by the Pd-1 Pathway, Pamela Odorizzi

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Insights into Neuroblastoma Initiation and Disease Progression Through integrative Genomics and Epigenomics, Derek Alan Oldridge

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Ubiquitylation Regulates Cd4+ T Cell Activation and Effector Differentiation to Shape the Immune Response, Claire Elizabeth O'leary

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Development and Characterization of Tool Compounds Targeting the Runt Domain’s interaction With Cbfβ, Zaw Min Oo

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"Democracy's Colleges" Under Pressure: Examining the Effects of Neoliberal Public Policy on Regional Comprehensive Universities, Cecilia Marie Orphan

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Program Synthesis With Types, Peter-Michael Santos Osera

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Regional Roles of Central Trkb Receptors in Energy Balance and Regulation by Ptp1b, Ceren Ozek

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Single Human Cells Use Transcriptional Mechanisms to Compensate for Differences in Cell Size and DNA Content, Olivia Padovan-Merhar

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State Verse Culture: American Poets Laureate, 1945-2015, Amy Paeth

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The Neural Mechanisms Underlying Visual Target Search, Marino Pagan

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Tiocfaidh Ár Lá (Our Day Will Come): Negotiating the Cultural Politics of Citizenship, Heritage, and Identity in Northern Ireland, Doris Ellen Panzer

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Experiments, Simulations, and Lessons from Experimental Evolution, Emily Parke

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CPAC: The Origins and Role of The Conference in the Expansion and Consolidation of the Conservative Movement, 1974-1980, Daniel Preston Parker

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Insights into the Role of Chemokines and Chemokine Receptors During HIV-1 Pathogenesis, Zahra Folasade Parker

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Manipulation of Light-Matter Interaction in Two-Dimensional Systems via Localized Surface Plasmons, Joohee Park

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Sortilin: A Protein Involved in Ldl Metabolism and Atherosclerosis, Kevin Mahendra Patel

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Characterization of Illegal Wildlife Trade Networks, Nikkita Gunvant Patel

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Health and Aging in Low-Resource Contexts: Three Essays on Healthy Life Expectancy in the Developing World, Collin Frederick Payne

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Spectroscopic Probes of Protein Structure, Dynamics, Hydration and Electrostatics, Ileana Marquez Pazos

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Essays on Macroeconomics and Finance, Qiusha Peng

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Organizational Fragmentation and the Trajectory of Militant Splinter Groups, Evan James Perkoski

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Water After Antiquity: The Afterlives of Roman Water Infrastructure in the Eastern Mediterranean (300-800 Ce), Jordan Thomas Pickett