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Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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The Influence of Resistance Training on Post Surgical Outcomes in Individuals with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury, Kevin H. Choe

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The Role of Nutrition and Hormone Signaling in Extended Larval Development and Obesity in Starvation-Selected Drosophila melanogaster, Jennifer M. Clark

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An Analysis of Job Competencies and Job Descriptions Associated with Admissions Counselors/Recruiters at 4-Year Public and Private Institutions as Prescribed by NACAC in 2000 and Its Relevance in 2018, Sebern Coleman, Jr.

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Physiological and Mechanical Comparisons between Clipless and Flat Pedals, Katelyn Conroy

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Identifying Risk Factors for PTSD Symptom Clusters in Maltreated, Multiracial Youth Using Nonparametric Modeling, Mallory Constantine

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Use of Conductor Directives in Rehearsals by Conductors of Professional Music Ensembles, David Coyner

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Relationship of Shoe Wetness to Mechanical Performance, Sara Lyn Crawford

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From Language Comprehension Towards General AI, Binay Dahal

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3-D Comparison of Upper Airway Volume, Shape, and Airway Related Features in Patients of Different Vertical Skeletal Classification With or Without Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, Minhquan Dao

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Analysis of Microscopic Objects Using Computer Vision Methods, Yuan Dao

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Petrogenesis of Hawaiian Lavas: Investigations Using Radiogenic and Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes, Christopher Defelice

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Cognitive Autonomy Supportive Teaching Behaviors: Perceptions of Four Groups of Educators, Fatmana Kara Deniz

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Factors Influencing US Residents' Willingness to Engage in Domestic Medical Tourism, Hananeh Derakhshan

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Factors Influencing Service Robot Adoption: A Comparative Analysis of Hotel-Specific Service Robot Acceptance Models, Ying Dong

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Opportunities for Second Language Development with the Use of Digital Tools: Analyzing the Experience of a Multi-Age Primary Community from an Activity Theory Perspective, Ellen Dougherty

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How do Beliefs Come into Play? An Examination of the Influence of Core Conceptions on Science Teachers’ Inquiry Lesson Plan Designs, Mehmet Fatih Dulger

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Is Decreased Trunk Flexion Angle a Contributing Factor to Patellofemoral Joint Loading in Runners with Patellofemoral Pain?, Christine DuVall, Zachary Clark, Tavin Fox, and Caitlin Howden

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A 155-year tree-ring based record of warm and dry snow droughts for the Cascade Range, USA, Laura A. Dye

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The Frontier of the Labor Movement: Latinas and the Longest Strike in Twentieth-Century Las Vegas, Maribel Estrada Calderón

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Developing LRFD Side Shear and End Bearing Resistance Factors for Design of Axially Loaded Drilled Shafts in Soil Containing Caliche Layers Using the Monte Carlo Approach, Visar Farhangi

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Infants' Facial Emotion Recognition, Umme Fatema

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Hyperpolarizability Dispersion Measured for Carbon Disulfide Vapor, Rodrigo N. Fernandez

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It’s Not You, It’s Me: Measuring Erotic Self–Focus, Evan Fertel

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Student Perceptions of Formative Feedback in Mathematics, Derek E. Fialkiewicz

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Mobile Sports Betting Marketing Plan, Scott Flinn

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Defining Problematic School Absenteeism: Identifying Youth at Risk, Mirae J. Fornander

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Understanding the Role of ANO1 in Oral Cancer, Mallary Forrest

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The Experience of Self-Coherence: Self-Coherence as the Hub of All Needs, April Ursula Fox

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Polyvinyl chloride gels: Theoretical modeling of their actuation mechanism and characterization of their properties, Zachary Frank

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Monumentalizing a Political Candidacy: Robert Lowell and Eugene McCarthy’s History, Jeremy Freeman

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Comparing a New Algorithm for the Traveling Salesman Problem to Previous Deterministic and Stochastic Algorithms, Edward Friesema

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Stepping On Fall Prevention Project, James P. Gaddi, Jordan T. Bowers, and Lea M. K. Fung

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The Old Brag of My Heart: Essays, Cody James Gambino

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An Introduction to Federated Learning and Its Analysis, Manjari Ganapathy

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Effects of Bimodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Modulation of Spinal Circuitry in People with Chronic Post-Stroke Hemiparesis, John Patrick Gan, Rafael Cabrera, Lana Laudermilch, and Benjamin Wolkenhauer

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American Samoa Politics: Performing SĀMOA, Dayonara S. Gaoteote

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Attention Bias in Irritability: A Social Information Processing Perspective, Breanna Garcia

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Examining Predictors of Student Perceptions of University Responses to Sexual Misconduct, Megan Giovannini

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Factors Associated with Medication Decision Making in African American Families of Children with ADHD: A Mixed Methods Study, Amy Glasofer

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Turning Up The Sound! Senior-Level Sonographers' Perspectives On The Workforce Readiness/Competency Of Entry-Level Sonographers In The Workplace, Janice L. Glasper

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Neonicotinoids and Measures of Adiposity Among U.S. Adults: NHANES 2015-2016, Amruta Godbole

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Party Central: Networks, Influence, and Party Change in the US House of Representatives, Sean M. Goff

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Comparison of 12-Hour Biweekly Shifts versus 6-Hour Weekly Shifts on Learning Outcomes and Fatigue in Nursing Students on Dedicated Educational Unit, Alena Grewal

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The Archetypal Female Image in Chinese National Opera: A Study of Xi Shi, Xin Guo

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Effects of a Discourse Intervention on End-Of-Life Knowledge and Attitudes of BSN Nursing Students, Jayme Gullone Haynes

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Nonprofit Data Management: A Stage Model, Ashley M. Hernandez-Hall

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Autism Spectrum Disorder and Remote Learning: Parents’ Perspectives on Their Child’s Learning at Home, Stephanie Hernandez

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Utilizing Gamification to Enhance Customer Engagement and Loytalty in the Hospitality Industry, Xiaoting He

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Rotten with Prediction, Serena Raquel Hicks

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Extreme Event Reconstructions for the Upper Fraser River Basin, British Columbia, Canada, Inga K. Homfeld

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Improving Pedestrian Safety with the Implementation of the Demand-Responsive Transverse Rumble Strip as a New Traffic Safety Countermeasure, Md Shakhawat Hossen

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Improving Self-Care Measures of Hypertension Through Implementation of an Education and Action Plan, Crystal Celeste Huffaker

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The Investigation of the Influence of Long-Distance Running on Foot Volume in Healthy Female Collegiate Distance Athletes, Mufaro M. Hungwe

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How Can We Reduce Racism? A Mixed Method Study of Factors That Influence Attitudes Towards Social Change, Kindy Insouvanh

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A Vicious Cycle of Fear of Falling Avoidance Behavior in Parkinson’s Disease: A Path Analysis, Kameron Jacobson, Nicole Matsunami, Hannah McCarl, and Michelle Regis

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The Effects of Real-Time Computerized Needle Tip Location Feedback on State Anxiety and Immediate Performance of Simulated Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia, Joseph Janakes

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Factors Affecting Registered Behavior Technicians’ (RBTs’) Intent to Stay or Leave: A Delphi Study, Samantha Joy Villanueva Jasa

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Effect of Boundary Approximation on Visibility, Samridhi Jha

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Transient Ischemic Attacks Evaluation and Management in Specialized Urgent Care Facilities, Zandra Kay Johnson

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Depression and Quality of Life Among Adults with Asthma Presence in Nevada, Elizabeth D. Kahane

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Environmental Rhetoric and an Ecology of Transcendence: A Rhetorical Criticism of Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock, Alyssa Kahn

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The Role of Working Memory in Fraction Arithmetic: Eye Movements During a Dual Task, Krystal Kamekona-Mendoza

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Geometric Quality Assessment of a Modular House using BIM and Photogrammetric Point Clouds, Preetam Kapsikar

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Finding Ways to Increase Physical Activity in Students with Disabilities in a Social Distanced World, Paula Kerchenski

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How long-term, non-monogamous romantic relationships maintain sexual satisfaction, Anna Kessler

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A Human-Embodied Drone for Dexterous Aerial Manipulation, Dongbin Kim

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Comparing the Incidence and Prevalence of Oral Microbial Pathogens Selenomonas Noxia and Streptococcus Mitis within the UNLV-SDM Clinical Patient Population, Namgu Kim

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Measuring Quality of Virtual Event: Scale Development and Validation, Sung-Eun Kim

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Are Gaming and Gambling Disorders Related? Examining the Roles of Money, Relative Deprivation, and Upward Mobility, Anthony J. King

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Social Emotional Learning as a Universal Upstream Approach to Youth Suicide Prevention: A Secondary Data Analysis of a Prevention Program Evaluation, Maria Amaris Knight

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Climate and Soil Moisture Dynamics Inform Potential Climate Change Impacts on Available Moisture and Juvenile Tree Survival in Semiarid Forests, Carolyn R. Koehn

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Factors Influencing the Self-Reported Palliative Care Practices of Acute Care Nurses, Keshia Ryan Kotula

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An Assessment of Hotel Guests’ Perceptions of Preventive Safety Measures in the Era of COVID-19, Un Hyeok Ko

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The Use of Post-Course Feedback on Mastery Learning in a Professional Development Context, Thomas M. Kramer

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Quaternary Ammonium Compounds as Precursors to Disinfection Byproducts, Padmanabhan Krishnaswamy

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Is Pristine Inner Experience Linked To Biology? An Examination of Experience Across the Menstrual Cycle Among Women with Premenstrual Distress, Alek E. Krumm

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Healthy Aging in Place: An Integrated Smart Home Using Alexa-compatible Technology, Tyler Kryst

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Customer Purchase Intention Towards the US Airline, Ming-Chun Kuo

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How COVID-19 Has Impacted Romantic Relationship Dynamics, Alexandria Jayci Lake

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Thanks for Your Gift, Ruth Larmore

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Shaping Success for Mobile Applications of Integrated Resorts, Krista Larsen

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Computational Sodium Heat Pipe Simulation in Three Dimensions for Transient Nuclear Reactor Analysis with Variable Surface Heat Flux, Valerie Jean Lawdensky

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Factors Influencing Golfers' Intention to Use a Direct Booking Website, Junghoon Lee

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Functional π-Organogelators: From Nanoribbons to Organic Phosphors, Sae Hui Lee

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Health and Wellness Competencies for an Entry-Level Doctorate Occupational Therapy Course, Teresa Liccardo

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School Climate, Teacher Self-Efficacy, and Teaching Practices: Evidence from TALIS 2018, Chengcheng Li

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We Gon' Be Alright: A Narrative Inquiry with Black Male Doctoral Students, Lashaun D. Limbrick

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Exploring the Choiceless Cardinal Hierarchy, David Linkletter

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Development of a Novel Cognitive-Motor Dual Task Assessment Battery in Neurodegenerative Disease, Jason Longhurst

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"Till This Moment, I Never Knew Myself": Letters in Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park, Renee Maalouf

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Dancer Screening Clinic, Kristen Manaloto, John Lencioni, and Laura Nguyen

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A World of Infinite Possibilities: Recoding Popular Culture in Modern U.S. Ethnic Fiction, Todd Martinez

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Food Insecurity and Risky Sexual Behaviors Among College Students, Bertille Octavie Mavegam Tango Assoumou M

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Behavior of Aged Reinforced Concrete Columns Under High Sustained Concentric and Eccentric Loads, Wenchen Ma

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Social Media Activism: Did We Say What We Meant to Say? A Thematic Analysis of SlutWalk Los Angeles Hosted by Amber Rose, Yahindra Maxey

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Determination of the Presence of SARS-CoV-2 in Environmental Surface and Air Samples from Public Areas in Las Vegas, Kristina Mihajlovski

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Calculating the Learning Rate of a Neural Network using a Genetic Algorithm, Eric Miller

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The Influences of Medicaid on Mental Health Practitioners, Matthew Mohan

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Still We Rise: A Black Feminist Qualitative Inquiry Exploring Black Women’s Experiences on Twitter, Yvonne C. Morris

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Magneto Was Right: How the Holocaust Shaped an X-Men Antihero, Benjamin J. Morse