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Dissertations from 2017

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Beyond the City-County Divide: Race, Referenda, and Representation in Consolidated Governments, Christopher Johnson Acuff

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Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactive Modification of 2-Vinyl-4,4-dimethyl Azlactone Polymers, Bethany Michelle Aden

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Exploring Emerging Adults’ Sexual Possible Selves, Development, and Pathways to Sexual Goal Attainment: A Three Part Examination, Kristin Michelle Anders

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Effects of Gatekeeping on the Diffusion of Information, Rebecca Anderson

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Development and Implementation of Redox-Active Olefin Polymerization Catalysts, William Curtis Anderson Jr.

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Dynamic In Vivo Skeletal Feature Tracking Via Fluoroscopy Using a Human Gait Model, William Patrick Anderson

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Correlating long-term lithium ion battery performance with solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer properties, Seong Jin An

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Transport of water and ions through single-walled armchair carbon nanotubes: A molecular dynamics study, Michelle Patricia Aranha

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Electricity Market Designs for Demand Response from Residential Customers, Ailin Asadinejad

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Creating and Operating the Nuclear Urban Kinetics Effects Simulator, Jerrad Phillip Auxier

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FOREST RESOURCES FOR BIOENERGY, Gerry Solano Avila

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Management of Islanded Operation of Microgirds, Md Riyasat Azim

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Parents’ Perceptions and Responses to Infant Emotions, Lauren Renee Bader

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Co-Optimization of Gas-Electricity Integrated Energy Systems Under Uncertainties, Linquan Bai

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Non-Canonical Signaling from the ETR1 and ETR2 Ethylene Receptors in Arabidopsis thaliana, Arkadipta Bakshi

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Characterization of Protein A and Sortase A in Staphylococcus pseudintermedius: Potential Targets for Novel Therapeutic Approaches, Manasi Balachandran

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Identification of molecular mechanisms of resistance to transgenic maize producing the Cry1Fa protein in different Spodoptera frugiperda populations, Rahul Banerjee

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Understanding three-body interactions in hexagonal close packed solid He-4, Ashleigh Locke Barnes

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MUJER, TRADICIÓN Y CONCIENCIA HISTÓRICA EN GERTRUDIS GÓMEZ DE AVELLANEDA, Ana Lydia Barrios

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Analysis of Primary Stripper Foils at the Spallation Neutron Source by an Electron Beam Foil Test Stand, Eric Paul Barrowclough

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Improved sample utilization in thermal ionization mass spectrometry isotope ratio measurements: refined development of porous ion emitters for nuclear forensic applications, Matthew Louis Baruzzini

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Effects of Switchgrass Related Land-Use Changes on Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, Latha Malar Baskaran

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Lesbian Body Dissatisfaction: The Roles of Gender Identity, Body-Gender Identity Incongruence, and Internalized Appearance Ideals, Christine Laura Beck

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Blinded by the Brand: Why and When Salesperson Brand Attachment Decreases Customer Purchase Intentions?, Lisa Lynn Beeler

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Never Forget: The Meaning of the Global War on Terror in Post-9/11 U.S. Presidential Discourse, Landon Shane Bevier

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Investigating Country Identity and Citizen Diplomacy: The Case of Cultural Mediators in Vietnam, Lindsey M. Bier

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FUNDAMENTAL STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT OF TUNED ACTIVE FLOW CONTROL ACTUATORS, Brian A. Binkley

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Numerical Studies of Iron Based Superconductors using Spin-Fermion Models, Christopher Brian Bishop

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Modeling, Analysis, Force Sensing and Control of Continuum Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Caroline Bryson Black

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Preparing the Workforce for Integrated Healthcare, Denise Ratliff Black

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Appalachian Aristocrats: How Tourists, Elites, and Mountaineers Created a New Western North Carolina, 1880-1920, Matthew Robert Blaylock

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Evaluation of Increased Targeted Enforcement and Community-based Outreach and Education Programs to Increase Nighttime Seatbelt Use in East Tennessee, Kwaku Frimpong Boakye

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Investigating the Chickadee Ethos., David L. Book

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Agony or Ecstasy: A Mixed Methods Study of the Accelerated Reader Program and Students' Attitudes Toward Reading, LaDonna Stout Boone

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Impact of Macromolecular Design on Self-assembly Properties of Block copolymers: Effect of Tunable Chain Flexibility and Chain Topology, Kamlesh Ramesh Bornani

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Trait Evolution in Spiders: Perspectives on the Evolution of Behavioral Syndromes and Web Structures, Jennifer Marie Bosco

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Effect modification of the association between aerobic physical activity and diabetes-related mortality by race-ethnicity: a population-based prospective study using NHANES III and 1999-2006 NHANES, William Robert Boyer II

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The Perishing, Matthew Randall Brock

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Concurrent and Predictive Validity of the Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test – Group Ability Test, Brooke Lauren Browarnik

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Do Personal Factors and Interpersonal Influences Affect Commitment to a Plan of Action for Physical Activity Among African-American Women?, Bobbie W. Brown

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Experiences of Professional School Counselors with Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Case Study, Emily Courtney Brown

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Thermally Robust and Redox Active Catalysts: Studying Their Behavior for Ethylene and L-lactide Polymerization, Lauren Ashley Brown

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Biogeochemical Characteristics of Organic Matter in a Karst Groundwater System, Teresa Lynn Brown

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Persistence of Traditionally Marginalized Doctoral Students in Counselor Education: A Grounded Theory Study, Sharon Leah Bruner

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The Beauty of Understanding: Aesthetic Methods of Theory Evaluation, Devon Craig Bryson

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Laying Groundwork for the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Constructs to Enhance the Identity Development of Counselors-in-training: An Exploratory Quantitative Analysis, Emma Christine Burgin

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Expert Elementary Readers: A Profile of Reading Proficiency, Shelley Watson Burton

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Efficacy of Short-Term Emotional Regulation Training on Interference During Cognitive Tasks, Kerry Margaret Cannity

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Extensions of Task-based Runtime for High Performance Dense Linear Algebra Applications, Chongxiao Cao

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Impedance-Based Stability Analysis and Controller Design of Three-Phase Inverter-Based Ac Systems, Wenchao Cao

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New Optical and Electrochemical Probes for Trace Chemicals with Health and Environmental Impacts, Thomas Stewart Carpenter

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Surface modification of icy satellites: Space weathering of the large moons of Uranus and alluvial fan formation on Saturn’s moon Titan, Richard John Cartwright

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The Association Between Audit Committee Overboarding, Audit Committee Responses to Increased Workloads, and Financial Reporting Quality After SOX, John Kyle Castonguay

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Essays in Applied Microeconomics, Bilal Celik

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ROL Y REPRESENTACIÓN DEL TRAUMA EN CUATRO NOVELAS DE ROBERTO BOLAÑO, Tamara Centis

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Understanding Regional Melanoma Survivors Health-Related Experiences and Needs Following Treatment, Shirleen Denise Chase

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Mechanical Behavior of Pipeline Steels and an Al0.1CoCrFeNi High-Entropy Alloy, Bilin Chen

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Development of a low cost biosensing platform for highly sensitive and specific on-site detection of pathogens and infections, Cheng Cheng

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Pathogenesis, Virulence and Population Genetics of Puccinia emaculata, the Causal Agent of Switchgrass Rust, Qunkang Cheng

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Reflecting Human Knowledge of Place and Route-Choice Behavior Using Big Data, Jiaoli Chen

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Change in “Everyday Multicultural Competencies” as a Response to Resident Advisors Multicultural Training: Association with Five-Factor Personality Traits, Nicole Crystal Chery

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Value of Flow Measurement Accuracy in Hydropower Plants with Short Converging Intakes, Mark Herbert Christian

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Perceptions of Student Engagement: Understanding Knowledge and Policy Implications among K-12 District Leaders, Ann Marie Cisney-Booth

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Computational Thermal-Hydraulics Modeling of Twisted Tape Enabled High Heat Flux Components, Emily Buckman Clark

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Morphological and Gene Expression Plasticity in Neotropical Cichlid Fishes, Sharon Fern Clemmensen

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Back from Oblivion: Society and Literature in Ventura Ruiz Aguilera’s Ecos nacionales and Proverbios ejemplares, Bruce Milton Cole

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Design-Structure-Property Relationships of Purine-Based Copolymers and Chromophores, Graham Smith Collier

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Mediating Machines: Human Mechanisms and the Modern Stage, Kerri Ann Considine

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The Role of Fit in the Decision Making Process for Head Principal Recruitment, Hiring, and Placement, Keith William Cottrell

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Assessing Transformative Learning: Toward a Unified Framework, Robert Charles Cox

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Politics at the Intersection of Sexuality: Examining Political Attitudes and Behaviors of Sexual Minorities in the United States, Royal Gene Cravens III

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Mathematical Modeling of Mixtures and Numerical Solution with Applications to Polymer Physics, John Timothy Cummings

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The Principal’s Role in the Implementation of a One-to-One Initiative: A Case Study of Two Schools, Casey Michael Cutter

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Investigating the Existence of Word Callers, Rhonda Rae DeJournett

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Living the Change They Seek: Social Studies Teacher Educators Who Incorporate Race into the Curriculum, Sara Beth Demoiny

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Experimental and Computational Investigation of High Entropy Alloys for Elevated-Temperature Applications, Haoyan Diao

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I’m Here for a Reason: Motivational Factors of First-Generation Latino Males to Attend College, Zaragosa Jesus Diaz-Espinoza

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Impact of Soil Water Content on Bermudagrass Athletic Field Performance, Kyley Hampton Dickson

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Individual and Organizational Celebrity: Two Essays on Media Attributions and Organizational Agency, Laura D'Oria

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Excessive Acquisition: What Is It? What Makes It Happen?, Melanie Doss

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Modulation of Cell Behaviors on Photo-crosslinked Polymer Networks and Polymer Spherulites, Jinbo Dou

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Assessment of genetic and education recovery plan objectives for the Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii), Cassie Marie Dresser

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IDENTIFYING EXTINCTION RISK PATTERNS IN POLLINATION NETWORKS AND CONSERVATION PLANNING TO REDUCE THE COST OF MANAGEMENT-NECESSITATED TRAVEL, Christine Elise Dumoulin

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A Transcriptomic Analysis of Salmonella enterica Newport In Planta and after Postharvest Sanitization, Laurel Lynn Dunn

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From Pyrochlore to the Tripod Kagome Lattice: Magnetism of New Compound Family A2RE3Sb3O14 (A = Mg, Zn; RE = Pr, Nd, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb), Zhiling Dun

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Investigating the Properties of Superfluid He-4 through Density Functional Calculations, Matthew Francis Dutra

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Capitalist Organizing and Organizations: the Case of the American Petroleum Institute, Elizabeth Ashley East

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Sustainable Infrastructure Development: A Holistic System Based Decision Making Framework Integrating Vulnerability Indicators and Stakeholders Objectives, Mohamed Saeid Eid

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A Survey Of Student Academic Support In Tennessee Homeless Shelters, Olga C. Eisenhower

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Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Single-Site Titanosilicates with Targeted Connectivites and Geometries as Selective Oxidation Catalysts, Lena Elenchin

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Investigating the Regulation of Indole-3-Acetic Acid Production By the Plant Associated Microbe Pantoea sp. YR343, Kasey Noel Estenson

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An Exploration of Basic Processes for Aqueous Electrochemical Production of Hydrogen from Biomass Derived Molecules, Brian Fane

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Hetero-Atom Containing Functional Polymers: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications, Hongbo Feng

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Linearly Preconditioned Nonlinear Solvers for Phase Field Equations Involving p-Laplacian Terms, Wenqiang Feng

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WOMEN’S HELP-SEEKING BEHAVIOR FOR INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, Ahmet Fidan

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Molecular phylogenetic studies of the genera of tribe Polygonateae (Asparagaceae: Nolinoideae): Disporopsis, Heteropolygonatum, and Polygonatum., Aaron Jennings Floden

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Rural Appalachian Person and Family Decision Making at End of Life, Mary Lou Clark Fornehed

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Conservation Decisions: Designing, Financing and Fundraising for Protected Areas, Rachel Elizabeth Fovargue

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Predicting Academic Performance on High-Stakes Tests: Development of the Brief Behavior, Academic, and Social Screener (B-BASS), Trisha Danielle Franklin

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The Relationship Between Teachers’ Subject Matter Knowledge for Teaching and Student Achievement in Struggling and Non-Struggling Students, Jami Terese Garner