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Honors Theses from 2009

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Rapid Eye Movement Effects on Traumatic Memories: A Test of the Working Memory Hypothesis, Rebecca Helene Koppel

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Synthesis and Luminescent Behavior of Piperazinium Chlorocuprates(I) and Copper(I) Iodide and Bromide Complexes of Aliphatic Diamine Ligands, Jacob Edwin Kuperstock

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Geology and Structural History of the Blue Ridge Basement Complex, Albemarle County, Virginia, Graham Lederer

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Design and Construction of the MTest Detector, Andrew Leister

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Negotiating 'Popular' Religion: Clerical and Lay Culture in Thirteenth-Century Exempla, Jaimie Lewis

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Structure and Luminescence of Copper(I) Cyanide Networks Incorporating Monoamine, Diamine, and Monoimine Ligands, Amanda Noelle Ley

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Software Engineering of a Direct Search Package for Nonlinear Optimization, Charles Michael Liarakos

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Mining the Movie Museum: The Mutoscope Collection at the National Museum of American History, Ryan Lintelman

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American-educated Chinese Students and Their Impact on U.S.-China Relations, Joshua A. Litten

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Genetic Variation in Food Intake and GnRH Neurons in Female White-footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus), Tara Penny Florina Mahoney

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Duesenberg, America's Premier Historical Automobile, Jeffrey Carter Mason

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The Undeserving Other: A Study of Service and Healthcare Providers' Perspectives on "Latino-ness" in Williamsburg, Kim Mason

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Spirituality or Savagery? How the term jihad has been manipulated by political actors throughout Islamic history, Alexander Charles Mayer

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Phylogenetic relationships and morphological changes in Venericardia on the Gulf Coastal Plain during the Paleogene, Kate McClure

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"Lifting As We Climb": An Exploration of Older Black Men's Willingness to Help Younger Black Men Seeking Work, Franklin D. McFadden

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Spontaneous Amide Bond Formation of Amino Acids in Aqueous Solution, Sarah Joan Milam

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The Role of the US Forest Service Amidst Change: A Framework for Effective Ecosystem Management in the Face of Climate Change, Aubrey David Miller

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Helium-3 Density Measurements Using Atomic Pressure Broadening, Sara Elizabeth Mohon

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The Development of Merchants Square: Colonial Imagery and the Consequences of Redevelopment in Williamsburg, Virginia and Other Small Towns, 1910-1955, Matthew Morrill

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Preserving, Displaying, and Insisting on the Dress: Icons, Female Agencies, Institutions, and the Twentieth Century First Lady, Rachel Morris

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Hemispheric Interaction in Simple and Complex Tasks: A Study of Interlimb Coordination, Kevin Jacob Mutch

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Emotion and the perception of biological motion, Dillon Niederhut

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Consuming Fictions: Trauma and Ideology in Irish Famine Literature, Sean O'Mealia

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Increasing Knowledge and Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in Children: Does the Type of Exposure Matter?, Chelsea Osborne

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Investigating Computational Aspects of the Coincidence Condition for Substitutions of Pisot Type, Brian Paljug

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Attitudes Toward Mental Disorders, Meghan Marie Posey

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The Nucleocytoplasmic Shuttling of Thyroid Hormone Receptor [alpha] in Neuronal and Non-Neuronal Cell Lines, Jeremy Michael Powers

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Hill House, Not Sane: Shirley Jackson's Subversion of Conventions and Conventionality in The Haunting of Hill House, Ryen Christopher Rasmus

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The New Romantics: Romantic Themes in the Poetry of Guo Moruo and Xu Zhimo, Shannon Elizabeth Reed

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A Word Game: Trends of Associative Processing in Individuals with Schizotypal Characteristics, Kathryn Tierney Roberts

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Going with the Flow: Identifying a Single Commonality in Written and Performed Acting Theory, Katharine A. Schellman

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Unveiling the Unconscious: The Influence of Jungian Psychology on Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, Amy Elizabeth Sedivi

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Telling the People's Truth: Soviet Fairy Tale Film and the Construction of a National Bolshevik Film Genre, Vadim Shneyder

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William Wells and the Old Northwest, 1770-1812, Cameron Michael Shriver

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The Ethereal System: Ambience as a New Musical Identity, Daniel Siepmann

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Bismuth(III) Catalyzed Cyclic Ether Syntheses, Lee Colyer Speight

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Portraits of Professional Men in the Gilded Age: An Investigation of the Life and Art of Thomas Eakins, John Eric Starcher

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Specialization Methods and Cataphoricity in Coreference Resolution, Robert Staubs

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Oral Morphology of the Suspension-feeding American Shad, Alosa sapidissima, Timothy James Storm

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Secure Passwords Through Enhanced Hashing, Benjamin Strahs

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I Declare War on Typology: Breaking the Silence of Borderland Peoples through Case Study Archaeology at the Fall Zone, Jessica Taylor

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Alongshore Variations in Foreshore Morphology, Grain Size, and Wave Dissipation at a Shore Line Erosional Hotspot, Ethan John Theuerkauf

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Braid Groups and Evolution Algebras, Carolyn Elaine Troha

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Mutualism between Clownfish and Sea Anemones: A Computational Model, Elizabeth Carroll Truelove

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Subfloor Pits as Shrines: A Critical Look at the Creation of a Creolized Religious Society by the Enslaved of the Chesapeake During the Colonial Period, Jessica Unger

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Practice Makes Perfect: An ERP Analysis of the Effects of Physical Practice on Cortical Signal As Evidenced by the N500, Jessica Van Sciver

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Instrument of Enlightenment: A Cultural History of the Pipe Organ in Pre-Revolutionary Eighteenth-Century France, Laura Frances Wagstaff

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Education and Islamic Radicalization in the Arabian Peninsula, Rachel Walsh

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Bare Bedrock Erosion Rates in the Central Appalachians, Virginia, Jennifer Whitten

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Agile Radio Frequency Source for Hyperfine Manipulation of Ultra-Cold Atoms, Justin Winkler

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Reproduction Rate Strategies in White-Footed Mice, Niha Zubair

Honors Theses from 2008

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The Blood Jet of Poetry: Muse myths, poetic influence, and the common text of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Nathaniel Scott Amos

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Space, Secularism, and the Expansion of Forced Child Begging in Senegal, 1850-2008, Hannah Brown Ayers

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Molecular Hydrogen: A theoretical investigation into the one electron densities of the first three 1Σ+g states, Jefferson Bates

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The Mega-, Melo-, and Meta-Drama in Adaptations of The Phantom of the Opera, Kristin Boos

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Prostitution and the Representation of Anxiety in London, 1723-1870, Maria Dale Booth

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Effect of Emotion on Achievement Goal Performance, Elizabeth Bott

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Boys Don't Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses: Gender, Vision Aids, and Persona in the Early American Republic, Laura E. Brandt

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Targeting of Thyroid Hormone Receptor Variants to Aggresomes, Abigail Brunner

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Combining Field Data and Computer Modeling to Improve Designs for Two Wet Detention Ponds in James City County, VA, Nathan Alan Burgess

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Bone Breakage and the Taphonomy of Cooking: An Actualistic Study, Graham Callaway

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Constructing an Ethnic Identity: A Study of the Gravestones of Catholic German-Americans, Lenore Cebulski

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Damned Woman, Christopher Lamont Chaulk

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Race, Wealth, and Charter Schools, Constance Margarete Clark

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Effect of Interstitial Impurities on the Residual Resistivity of Niobium Thin Films, Justin Connell

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Classical Liberal Stunt Men: Lord Acton, Herbert Spencer, and the Development of Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Kelly Creed

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A Study of Genetic Code by Combinatorics and Linear Algebra Approaches, Tanner Jennings Crowder

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From Color Line to Colorblind: Changing African American Perceptions of the Japanese during World War II, Jennie Anne Davy

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Harmful Offense to Others: A New Liberty-Limiting Principle and the 'New' Child Pornography, Devin DeBacker

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Mode-Locked Diode Laser for Precision Optical Frequency Measurements, Brian DeSalvo

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The Syntax and Semantics of Tongan Noun Phrases, Melissa Devane

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"Unhappy Differences:" The American Revolution and the Disruption of the Course of Theatre in Virginia, Allison Finkelstein

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Exploring Informality: An Empirical Analysis of the Informal Economy, Sadie Gardner

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Deconstructing the Gender Card: An Examination of Femininity Performance in US Elections, Lauren Garrett

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Simultaneous Presence and Absence: Representation of the Holocaust at the Jewish Museum Munich, Emily Geizhals

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"Beauty, Enlightenment, and Comfort at Top Speed" : Cognitive spaces and blending in the fictional universes of Kurt Vonnegut and Gabriel García Márquez, James Michael Gertzog

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The Effect of Diet on Reproductive Inhibition in Photoresponsive White-Footed Mice (Peromyscus leucopus), Connie Gibbons

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The Convergence of Science and Art: Conserving a Print of Hannah Snell, Sarah Gowen

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Discursive Opposition to Symbolic Violence in the Nobel Lectures of Latin American Laureates, Olga Grosh

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The Economics of Roadside Bombs, Matthew Hanson

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From Brown v. Board to Parents v. Seattle: The Future and Constitutionality of Desegregation in American Public Schools, Jeree Harris

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Newly Discovered Mesozoic Basins in the Virginia Blue Ridge: Sedimentology, Provenace, Structure, and Tectonics, Ari Hartmann

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From Maiden to Matron: Victorian Heroines and the Creation of Domestic Identity, Margaret Patricia Harvey

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"Spreekt, Schilderij"¦Swijgt, Schilderij" : Some Thoughts on Thomas de Keyser's 1627 Portrait of Constantijn Huygens and His Clerk, John Hawley

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Community Supported Agriculture as Revitalization: Reconnecting the Farm and the Dinner Table, Jordan P. Howell

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An Analysis of COX-2 Derived Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in the Alpha-1 and Alpha-2 Adrenoreceptor-Mediated Responses of Thermally Classified Neurons in the Anterior Hypothalamus, Terence Edward Imbery

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Toward Biologically Active 2,6-Disubstituted Dihydropyran Ring Systems Using an Environmentally Benign Bismuth Catalyst and Mukaiyama Aldol Reaction, Lauren Katkish

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American Missionaries in Turkey and Northern Syria and the Development of Central Turkey and Aleppo Colleges, 1874-1967, Judd W. Kennedy

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Institutions and Economics: The Effectiveness of Reconstruction Efforts in Bosnia, Ashley Kramer

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Can Foreign Aid Give an Incentive for Good Governance? The Case of the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Jordan, Robert R. Landicho

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Lithologic and structural control on the evolution of a knickzone on the James River, central Virginia Piedmont, Karl Lang

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Creating Time: Rhythmic Processes and Metrical Forming in Schoenberg's Opus 22, "Vier Orchesterlieder", Olivia Lucas

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Mental Rotation and its Relationship with Motoric Accessibility: An ERP study assessing the effects of a physical barrier on spatial discrimination., Andrew M. Lupo

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Use of Non-Native Macroalgal Habitat by Hatchery-Reared and Wild Blue Crab Juveniles, Kristin Mahalak

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Plugging into Worship: How Contemporary Christian Music Is Impacting Church Musicians, David McClendon

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Multiplicity Lists for Classes of Hermitian Matrices whose Graph is a Certain Tree, Paul McMichael

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A Survey of Social Choice Failures: Majority and Borda Rules, Lauren Nicole Merrill

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Strategy-Proofness on the Condorcet Domain, Lauren Nicole Merrill

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I'm Not a Monk, but I'm a Bodhisattva: Green Gulch Farm and the Expression of Zen Buddhism in America, Natasha Mikles

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A Million Little Pieces, Incorporated: How Oprah Winfrey Maintained Her (Non)Capitalist Media Empire, Adam Jason Miller