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Honors Theses from 2014

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Learning in Harm's Way: The Effects of Neighborhood Violence on School Performance, Elizabeth Froom Pelletier

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An Agent-Based Network Simulation Model for Comprehensive Stress Testing and Understanding Systemic Risk, Christopher J. Pickett

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Re-staging Rivera's Marisol: Identities, Projections, and New Mythologies, Kevin Place

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The Effects of Nicotine on a Probability-Discounting Task, Cassidy Reich

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Taboos and Primitivism: James Frazer, H.G. Wells, and the Intersection of Anthropology and Science Fiction, Eleanor L. Riesenberg

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The Relationship between Access to Healthcare and Civil Conflict, Jeffrey T. Rohde

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Synthesis and Characterization of Cadmium(II) Complexes with Biologically Inspired Multidentate Ligands, Carolina Rojas Ramirez

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SEED: Searching Encrypted Email Dependably. A design specification for secured webmail., Alessandro Roux

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The Allure and Scandal of Otherness in the Operas of Georges Bizet and their Source Texts, Maria E. Santini

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Modeling Drosophila Stem Cell Development through Ex Vivo Live-Cell Imaging Studies, Mohima Sanyal

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Racial Expectancy Violations in Mixed-Race Minimal Groups, Matthew Schafer

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Keep Calm and Carry On?: Examining WWII Great Britain through the Lens of Overseas Evacuation, Amy Schaffman

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"The Embrace is Inevitable": Connection and Audience Engagement in Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play, Kelsey C. Schneider

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When Social Pressure Fails: Evidence from Two Direct Mail Experiments, Margaret Schwenzfeier

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From the Barracks to the Frat House: Hegemonic Masculinity and the Normalization, Promotion and Replication of Rape Culture in Male Dominated Spaces-- A Comparison of the United States Military and the American College Fraternity, Elizabeth H. Scott

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Spatially variable rock erodibility related to the interaction between erosion rate and weathering in bedrock channels, Great Falls area, Virginia, Charles Shobe

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The Impact of Solar Lights on the Individual Welfare and Fishing Productivity of Liberian Fishermen, William Smith

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Association between invasive lionfish and native fish species in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean, Erin T. Spencer

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Reconciled Liberalism as a Mechanism for Foreign Aid Evaluation, Taylor S. Stephens

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An assessment of the frequency and cause of concentrated flow on agricultural fields in the Virginia Coastal Plain portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Monica H. Stone

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A New Wessex: The Influence on Shakespeare on Genre in the Novels of Thomas Hardy, Catherine G. Strycharz

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"A Density of Meaning": Literary Representations of the British Museum, 1818-1929, Rory E. Sullivan

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Memory Dress: Fiction and Nonfiction Inspired by Fukushima, Jordan Thomas Sutlive

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“Things as they are/Are changed upon the blue guitar”: Wallace Stevens and the Visual Arts, Olivia Sweet

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Determination and Simulation of Kinematic Parameters in the Qweak Experiment, Rachel C. Taverner

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Investigating Facial Mimicry Responses to Emotional Stimuli in Spanish-English Bilinguals, Benjamin D. Thomas

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The Reverie Genre: Rousseau, Dostoevsky, Eliot, and the Roots of Modern Consciousness, Corinne Tucker

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'What Light. What Possibilities. What Hope." Revolutionary Millennialism in José Rivera's Marisol, Rebecca A K Turner

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Development of an Ultracold Rubidium-85 System for Magnetic Molecules and Feshbach Physics, Elana K. Urbach

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Cobalt Salen Complexes for Catalytic Hydrogen Production, Matthew J. Van Dongen

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An Osteological Analysis of 18th Century Dog Burials at the Williamsburg Public Amoury, Katherine R. Wagner

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To Polish or Demolish? : The Resurgence and Reimagining of American Rail, Ryan R. Warsing

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Charlotte Bronte's Other Belgian Novel: Sex, the Foreign Body, and the Legacy of Brussels in "Jane Eyre", Rachel M. Watson

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The Effect of Gender, Type of Statement, and Individual Differences on Perceptions of Individuals who Make and Confront Sexist Remarks, Danielle M. Weber

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"To Thine Own Self Be True": Robert F. Kennedy, The Inner Cities, and the American Civil Rights Movement 1963-1968, Dwight A. Weingarten

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"You gon' let me hold that card": Directive speech acts and authority in The Wire, Benjamin P. Weissman

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Evolutionary Conservation of a Modified Spermatogenesis Program in Rhabditis Nematodes with Skewed Sex Ratios, Ethan S. Winter

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Linear and Nonlinear Trees: Multiplicity Lists of Symmetric Matrices, Eric Wityk

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Photophysics of Single Rhodamine Dye Molecules on TiO2 Substrates, Natalie Wong

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"Infallible Proofs": Math, Knowledge, and Religion in the Medieval Islamicate World, Deborah Wood

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Discordia in Concordia: The Two-Step Development of the Post-Gratian Gloss and the Emergence of a New Era in Canon Law, Zachary A. Woodward

Honors Theses from 2013

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Silencing the Black Body; A Look at Non-Traditional Casting in a Liberal Arts Education, Nathan L. Alston

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The Aftertaste of Memories: Capturing the Cultural Zeitgeist in Fiction, Arthi Aravind

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"New Music to the Very Ears of God": Heloise the Composer, Taylor Ann Ashlock

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Effect of Chronic Adolescent Nicotine Exposure on Anxiety in Adulthood, Bilal Ashraf

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"The vernacular of light": Wallace Stevens' Constructions of Belief, Emma Carter Aylor

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Searching for a Voice in Bongo-land: Bongo Fleva Music and the Global Imagination in Neoliberal Tanzania, Fiona A. Balestrieri

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Voyages, Aaron Aubrey Barksdale

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United States Foreign Policy and Multilateral Institutional Effectiveness, Kathryn E. Beaver

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Über das Verhältnis von Apollo und Dionysos und seinen Belang für den Wahrheitsbegriff bei Nietzsche: zu einer Anerkennung der größeren Bedeutsamkeit von "Die Geburt der Tragödie", Thomas Donald Bettge

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The Gaze of the Woman Artist in Novels by the Sisters Bronte, Elaine L. Bevington

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Maternal effects on cloning frequency, larval development, and juvenile size in the seastar Asterias forbesi, Holly N. Blackburn

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Synthesis and Characterization of Silica-Coated Nanoparticles for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Jacquelyn Blake-Hedges

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Characterization of Polyamide-12; Hydrolysis Kinetics Comparison, and the Study of Crude-oil Pipeline Applications, Charles J. Blevins

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Allometry of reproduction, weapon size, and colony size in social shrimp: A comparative analysis of four eusocial species in genus Synalpheus, Sarah Bornbusch

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Community and the Site of Memory: The Effect of Internationalization on Community-Museum Relations, Chelsea Bracci

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Using Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators to Accurately Track Temperature Fluctuations, Bain A. Bronner

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Infrared Reflectance of Materials at Elevated and Cryogenic Temperatures, Daniel J. Brooker

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A Mathematical Model of Renal Cell Carcinoma, Taylor M. Broome

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Imaginando el derecho "natural" en el imperio español: Apropiaciones del discurso científico y la posesión de los Andes en la historiografía colonial, Katherine Brown

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Divine on Display: The Śiva Nataraja Bronze in an American Museum, Nina Cavazos

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Surmounting Solo Status: Beliefs and Previous Experience Buffer Solo Women's Learning, Kimberly E. Chaney

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The History Question in Sino-Japanese Relations, Wenfan Chen

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Methodology towards the Construction of Bicyclo[2.2.2]diazaoctane Cores and its Application Towards the Synthesis of Brevianamide B, Alex Chinn

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Metis: Mocking Data for Usability & Privacy, Brett Cooley

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Narrative and the News: The Permeation and Potential Propaganda of the Storytelling Style through Broadcast Media, Shannon K. Crawford

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Parent-Child Emotion Talk in Relation to Parental Socialization and Emotion Regulation: The Role of Parent and Child Gender, Laura M. Crespo

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Characterizing rock erodibility and channel geometry along the longitudinal profile of a bedrock-floored river, Maxwell T. Cunningham

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Musically Understanding the Emotional Content of Speech, Kevin D. Deisz

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Organochlorine Pesticides in the Pantanal: A Qualitative and Semi-Quantitative Water Analysis, Aidan De Sena

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The Harrowing of Hell, a Paschal Oratorio, Patrick Connor Benedict Dittamo

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That the Future may learn from the [reconstructed] Past': Nationalism and Social Drama at Colonial Williamsburg, Eli N. Dollarhide

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Representative Bureaucracy and Latino Student Achievement: A Case for Increased Minority Representation in US Public School Districts, Meredith Gail Dost

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The Origins of Hatred: An Analysis of Antisemitic Political Cartoons in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna, Meredith Lee Duffy

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Disadvantage and Self-interest: Social Class and Policy Preferences, Andrew M. Engelhardt

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Looking for Reality in Latin Love Elegy, Brett C. Evans

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The Enemy Within: Internecine Conflict in the Second Kingdom of Kush, Sophia Farrulla

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The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Induces Neuronal Differentiation in PC12 Cells, Brittany M. Flowers

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The Wrong Right Stuff: Why NASA Consistently Fails at Congress, Andrew Follett

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Exhibiting Slavery: How Plantation Museums in Virginia Represent Slavery, Jill Found

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Letters, Desire, and the Novel in the Late Nineteenth Century, Kayla Grant

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A Population Density Model of Domain Calcium-Mediated Inactivation of L-Type Ca Channels, Kiah Hardcastle

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Okun's Law across the Business Cycle: New Evidence on the Sources of Asymmetries, James C. Harkrader Jr.

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Collider Signals of Bosonic Technicolor, Jennifer Hays

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Creating an American Identity--Propaganda During the Second World War, Sarah K. Higgins

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Design and Synthesis of Novel Hydrogen-Rich Polyimides for Radiation Shielding, David J. Hill

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Exercise-Induced Sirtuin Expression in Blood Vessels and Skeletal Muscles of Rats, Rebecka M. Hoffman

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Analyzing Ancient Mitochondrial DNA from Fontabelle Emergency Excavation Site Remains, Katherine Hoptay

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"kind of armour, being peculiar to America" The American Hunting Shirt, Neal Thomas Hurst

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To Arrive and Conquer: An Individual's Rite of Passage through Recognition of Ritual on Stage, Jamar C. E. Jones

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Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors: A Cross-Cultural Analysis in France and the United States, Alix G. Kashdan

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Heritable Variation in Responsiveness to Photoperiod, Reproduction, and Immune Function in a Population of Peromyscus leucopus, Katherine E. Kaugars

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Perceptions of Alleged Criminals as a Function of Target Race, Media Presentation, and Prejudice Level, Aylin Kaya

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Redefining the "Women's Movement" in Modern Japan, Allison Elizabeth Kennington

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Generalizing Holographic Superconductors, Patrick King

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'The Winter's Tale:' Liminality and Communitas in Analysis and Performance, Benjamin Lauer

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Feshbach Resonances in Ultracold Atoms, Gunhee Lee

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The Investigation of Radiation Detectors with Silicon Photomultiplier Readout, Matthew A. Loftus

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Liminal Agency: Texts, Textiles, and Gendered Performance in the Courtship Narrative of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Emily L. Loney

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Effects of coal transportation on heavy metal contamination in wetland environments along the Virginia Peninsula, John Lovette