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Honors Theses from 2017

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F. psychrophilum resistant and susceptible rainbow trout show differences in abundance of IgT+ and IgM+ B cells, Erin Hennessey

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Characterizing the Growth Rate of a Corrosion Layer on Stainless Steel in a Molten Salt Environment, Calvin E. Hensler

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Alternative Notions of Dissent: Punk Rock’s Significance in the Soviet Union and East Germany, Gabrielle E. Hibbert

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An Analysis of Outer Inflammatory Protein A in cag Pathogenicity Island Negative and Positive Strains of Helicobacter pylori, Danielle N. Horridge

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Utilization of Unnatural Amino Acids in Novel Bioconjugates and Probing Applications, Christina A. Howard

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Can You See It? Facial Expression Leakage in Response to Emotional Intensity, Samuel Ault Jens

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Composed in the Closet: Ingolf Dahl's A Cycle of Sonnets, Cody M. Jones

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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Reimagining Urban Place and Governance in Semarang, Indonesia, Emmaleah K. Jones

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A Spectralist Approach to the Vibrations of the Universe, Kevin M. Kay

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Total synthesis of barettin: Model study of specialized aldol condensation to directly access diketopiperazine targets, Elizabeth W. Kelley

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Yet Another French Exception: The Legal, Cultural, and Political Dimensions of France’s Support for the Digital Right to Be Forgotten, Zarine Kharazian

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A Defense of Retributivism as a Theory of Punishment, Samantha Kim

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Improving Water Barrier Properties of Epoxy Coatings with Addition of Graphene Oxide, Sang H. Kim

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Holographic Non-perturbative Thermodynamic Systems, Michael C. Kopreski

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Continuing Improvements of the Sharkduino Animal Tag System, William Laney

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Community Radio in Guatemala: A Half-Century of Resistance in the Face of Repression, Polly W. Lauer

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Examination of Noninvasive Alternatives to Blood Pressure Waveform Measurement in Preterm Infants, William E. Lawrence

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American Education Reform and the Humanism of Mathematics, 1890-1940, James Leach

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The Effect of Conformity to Feminine Norms on Women’s Food Consumption after a Sad Mood Induction, Thomas P. Le

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Chilling the Right to a Jury Trial: The Unconstitutionality of Jury Costs, Stephanie E. Levin

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Analyzing Political Bias through a User-Friendly Interface, Colin Lightfoot

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A study of a novel self-fertility mechanism in the hermaphroditic nematode Rhabditis sp. SB347, Xiaoxue Lin

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Mathematical Studies of Optimal Economic Growth Model with Monetary Policy, Xiang Liu

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How Some Islamic Monarchies Use Religious Ideology to Maintain Domestic Control and Exert Regional Influence: a comparative study of Morocco and Saudi Arabia, Abigail M. MacMillan

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In Between and Nowhere at all: How an Autobiography Reveals Hybridity, Francesca H. Maestas

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A Cup of Imperial Taste: The Formation of Ceramic Aesthetics under Emperor Huizong (r. 1100-1126), Kexin Ma

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The Christian Right and Israel: A Love Story?, Joseph Malanson

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A Mathematical Model of Remyelination in Multiple Sclerosis, Matthew J. McGuinness

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The Northern Novel of Manners: Wuthering Heights & The Invention of a Genre, Cameron I. Menchel

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Words Matter: A Study of Justice-Oriented Communication by Chesapeake Bay Environmental Nonprofits, Rachel Merriman-Goldring

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Natural Debts, Natural Dangers: An Ideology of Nation-State and Subject in an Immunology Text, Quinn Monette

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"Qui me rendra présent?": Francophone Representations of Lebanese Civil War Memory, Paul Naanou

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The Myth of Egalitarianism in Wartime and Austerity Britain, Sloane H. Nilsen

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Personality and Fear Conditioning: Effects of Neuroticism, Rachel Maku C. Orleans-Pobee

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Fluorescently-Labeled Glutathiones to Quantify Cysteine Reactivity, Saloni H. Patolia

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Understanding Human-Landscape Interaction: Geoarchaeology in the Society Islands, French Polynesia, Katherine M. Peck

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The Role of RNF4 in Stripping Transcriptionally-Active Huntingtin, Jen Peek

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Optogenetic Investigations of the PreBötzinger Complex: Support for the Dbx1 Core Hypothesis, Francis D. Pham

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The Value of Statistical Life for College Students in the Context of Death by Homicide, Brandon Posner

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Links Between Maternal Emotion Socialization and Adolescents' Social Outcomes: The Mediating Role of Peer Emotion Socialization, Natalee N. Price

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Thresholds of barrier island change: A case study of Parramore Island, Virginia Eastern Shore, Jessica L. Raff

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Defining Ambiguous: Lesbianism and the Vampire in “Christabel” and Carmilla, Holly E. Reynolds

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Things Fall Apart: The Role of Small Arms Acquisition in Insurgent Fragmentation, Matthew K. Ribar

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Fandom, Racism, and the Myth of Diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ashley S. Richardson

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Characterization of Mixed N,S Donor Ligand and Group 12 Metal Complexes with X-Ray Crystallography, ESI-MS, and NMR, Mikhaila D. Ritz

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Ambisyllabic Consonant Lengthening in English, Alexa Rosalsky

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A Case Study in the Interdisciplinary: The Role of Anthropology, Archaeology and History in Academia and Museums, Alexnadra A. Rosenberg

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Modulating Intra-Nuclear LC3 with Small Molecules Rescues Cells from an Aneuploidogen-Induced Phenotype, Daniel P. Rosenberg

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Oscar Micheaux’s Cinematic Legacy: Through the Eyes of Contemporary Black Newspapers, Rachel E. Rosenfeld

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Center Manifold Theory and Computation Using a Forward Backward Approach, Emily E. Schaal

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Hemichordates as a model system for investigating intertidal zonation in soft sediments, Kharis R. Schrage

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En Busca de la Alfabetización. Three 20th Century Literacy Movements in Spanish Speaking Countries: Impacts and Implications, Morgan Sehdev

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Scattered Prizes: Colonial Fantasies and the Material Body in the English Renaissance Blazon, Aidan J. Selmer

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Master of None: Understanding the 1.5 Generation of Asian Indian Youth, Nairuti Shastry

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Building the Future from the Past: Evaluating the Relationship between Nostalgia and Imagination, Conor O. Smith

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Self-Made Freak: The Exceptionalism of General Tom Thumb, The Celebrity Body, and the American Dream, Megan Sonner

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Is Q Necessary? A Source, Text, and Redaction Critical Approach to the Synoptic Problem, Paul S. Stein

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Tuning the pKa of Fluorescent Rhodamine pH Probes via Substituent Effects, Sarah G. Stratton

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Language Patterns as Concurrent and Longitudinal Predictors of Depression in Adolescence, Connor W. Symons

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Effects of Medial Prefrontal Cortical Administration of the Orexin-2 Receptor Antagonist, TCS-OX2-29, on Attentional Performance in Rats, Austin R. Tapp

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Involutions and Total Orthogonality in Some Finite Classical Groups, Gregory K. Taylor

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Young Adults' Autistic Behaviors Predict P1 and N170 Responses to Emotion Stimuli, Sara C. Taylor

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The Political Environment of Federal Rulemaking: An Analysis of Comment Submissions on Regulatory Outcomes, Michael R. Testa

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"It's all about the Food:" Food, Land, and Sovereignty on the White Earth Reservation, Minnesota, Colleen M. Truskey

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Real Consumer Language: A Corpus-Based Methodology for Genericide Claims and Trademark Protection, Quentin J. Ullrich

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Development of Novel Chemical Strategies to Modulate Biological Function, Diya M. Uthappa

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The Role of Basal Forebrain Orexin-2-Receptors in Attentional Performance in Rattus norvegicus, Abhya P. Vij

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Infrared Study of Recluse Spider Silk, Stephanie Wang

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Do Stereotype Consistent Media Profiles of Sexual Outgroup Members affect Perceived Entitativity of and Bias Towards Sexual Outgroups?, Yuchen Wang

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A Woman’s Place in the State House: Exploring Backlash Effects of Women’s Increased Descriptive Representation, Emily S. Wasek

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"A Corps of Much Service:" The German Regiment of the Continental Army, John B. Weaver

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Characterization of Neural Network Backpropagation on Chiplet-based GPU Architectures, Colin A. Weinshenker

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Vicarious Fear Learning: The Role of Empathy, Alexander L. Williams

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Kalasiris and Charikleia: Mentorship and Intertext in Heliodorus' Aithiopika, Lauren Jordan Wood

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Frontal, amygdalar, and temporal convergence in the primate ventral striatum: implications for Huntington’s disease, Ellen H. Yates

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Visible Light Fluorescence Switching in Dye-Doped Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles, Xinzi Zhang

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Wrinkleless Mylar Cylinders: Design and Prototyping for the BONuS detector at Jefferson Lab, Wenqing Zhao

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Spatial Analysis with Applications on Real Estate Market Price Prediction, Yujing Zheng

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Hawking Radiation and Classical Tunneling: a Numerical Study, Dmitriy Zhigunov

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Exploring the Calvert Cliffs: Interpreting classic Miocene sequences through the application of strontium isotope stratigraphy and paleoecology, Joshua B. Zimmt

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A Mathematical Model of Economic Growth of Two Geographical Regions, Xin Zou

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Connecting Energy Metabolism and Neurodegeneration: Pyruvate Kinase and Oxidative Stress, Julia P. Zuercher

Honors Theses from 2016

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Composting the City: Urban Farming in the Ethnographic Moment, Matthew William Abel

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The Role of Spontaneous Intracellular Calcium Transients in Neurotransmitter Phenotype Specification in Xenopus laevis, Eileen Frances Ablondi

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Mechanisms of Helicobacter pylori Adhesion Regulation and Impacts on Host Immune Response, Catherine Rose Acio

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Political Attitudes and the Facial Feedback Hypothesis, Josh Albertson

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Hydrogen-Bonding Control of Solvatochromism and Non-Radiative Decay in the Fluorescence of 3-Aminofluoren-9-one Derivatives, Isaac Gregory Alty

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Group Discipleship and Individual Spirituality: Challenging Models of False Sanctity in Early Modern Italy and Spain, Mary Andino

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Studies on the DAQ System of GRINCH detector, Peibo An

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Acetylation Controls the Subcellular Localization of Thyroid Hormone Receptor α1, Cyril S. Anyetei-Anum

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Homer's Music through Plato's Ears, Dereck Wayne Basinger

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Light Entanglement via Four Wave Mixing through a Rubidium Vapor Cell, Haley Bauser

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On Animal Rights, Speciesism, and the Nature of Social Change, Delaney Berman

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Investigating Dispersal of Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Acorns by the Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), Aaron Samuel Bland

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Emotion Regulation and Friendship: The Shield and Sword against Adolescent Depression, Laurel Olivia Brockenberry

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Oligomers and Polymers of Copper(I) With Dicyanobenzene and Cyanopyridine Ligands, Mark K. Broderick

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Physical modeling of vortical cross-step filtration in the oral cavity of American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), Hannah Brooks

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“Insane for the destination:” Disrupting the Teleological Impulses of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel and Adrienne Rich’s Diving into the Wreck, Noah Christopher Brooksher

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The Lives of Others: The Colonial Gaze in Albanian Film Coproductions, Michael Burrows

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Catharsis, Shannon Callahan