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Honors Theses from 2017

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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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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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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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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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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

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Sensitivity Determination in the CHIPS Neutrino Detector, Eve Adde Chase

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Irreconcilable Modes of Masculinity: The Prevalence of Contemporary Irish-American Double-Protagonist Films, Anne Riley Curran

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A Psychological Approach to the Special Composition Question, Connor Drake Dantzler

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Renegotiating the Apocalypse: Mary Shelley’s "The Last Man", Kathryn Joan Darling

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Growing Networks with Positive and Negative Links, Corynne Smith Dech

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The Ludic Life of Things: Explorations in the Vitality of the Ludic Object in Contemporary Narratives, Eamonn deLacy

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Mirror Neuron Activation Priming in Novice Versus Expert Ballet Dancers, Vanessa Duffie

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Our Lady (a novel in progress), Molly Earner

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Addressing the Problems in American Drug Policy: A Case for the Legalization of Drugs, Jackson A. Eskay

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Interactive Relationships: An Exploration of Ceramic Surface and Form, Katie Fee

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History Influencing History: Changing Perceptions of the Starving Time at Jamestown, Kelsey Fenske

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“The Internal Conflict:” Navigating Transitional Education in Postwar Guatemala, Brenna Michelle Ferris

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Are Neural Responses of University Students on the Broader Autism Phenotype Affected by Pain in Racial Ingroup and Outgroup Members?, Katarina M. Fleckenstein

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Heleluyvn Yvhikares ("I Will Sing Hallelujah") A Documentation of Muscogee-Seminole Hymns and Hymn-Singing Practice Within the Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Nations of Oklahoma, Sarah Katherine Fredrick

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Declaring War or Sentencing Criminals? Assessing Short-Term and Long-Term Counterterrorism Success, Arielle Lehner Galston

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Corrosion in a Molten Salt Environment, Samuel Peter Paiewonsky Girdzis

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Development of cosmogenic 22Na as a tool to measure young water age in multiple watersheds, Claire Goydan

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"Yeah, But You Rape Women": Hannibal Buress and the Comedy Community's Role in Shaping Public Opinion of the Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations, Alexandra Granato

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Development of a Digital Offset Laser Lock, Ian W. Hage

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Molded from Clay: The Portrayal of Jews through the Golem in Yudel Rosenberg’s The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague and Gustav Meyrink’s Der Golem, Reynolds Nelson Hahamovitch

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Imposing Change: Analyzing Lustration Policies in Post-War Iraq and Germany, Michael Thomas Hamilton

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Synthesis and Characterization of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks for Applications in Extraterrestrial Radiation Shielding, Josiah Arevalo Hammack

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One Direction and the Marketing Machine, Megan Katherine Haney-Claus

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Plasticity in egg placement in response to predator cues in the mud snail, Ilyanassa obsoleta, Emily A. Harmon

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Iron Complexes for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation, Carolyn L. Hartley

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Fragmentation Studies of Lysine and Lysine Analog Containing Tetrapeptides, Zachariah Imran Hasan

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Quantifying the Sensitivity of Big Bang Nucleosynthesis to Isospin Breaking, Matthew Ramin Hamedani Heffernan

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Light-Enhanced Startle as an Experimental Model of Withdrawal, Augustin C. Hennings

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Memory as Bayesian inference: On the connection between memory and the second law of thermodynamics, Wade Daniel Hodson

Why We Need Asian Pacific Islander American Studies, Jin Ho

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Understanding North Korea in the Korean Diaspora: Teaching North Korea to American Students, So Dam Hong

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Salvador Dalí, Surrealism, and the Luxury Fashion Industry, Chantal Houglan

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Row and Column Distributions of Letter Matrices, Xiaonan Hu

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Investigation of Unnatural Amino Acids as a Means to Modulate Protein Function, Taylor Harrison Jacobs

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Oil Shock Effects and the Business Cycle, Collin Jones

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Paleomagnetic analysis of the Scottsville Mesozoic rift basin, Virginia: implications for regional geologic history, Nathan Charles Keithline

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Relaxed Coloring of Sparse Graphs, Michael C. Kopreski

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An Experimental and Theoretical Study of Proton Affinity in Proline-Containing Dipeptides: Exploring the “Proline Effect”, Anton Luke Lachowicz

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Unpacking the Psychosocial Effects of Institutional Racism, Ebony A. Lambert

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The Language of Music and Math: An Investigation of Cross-Domain Effects of Structural Priming, Robert Anthony LaRose

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The Formation of Fluvial Valleys on Alba Mons, Mars, Karin Eva Lehnigk

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Breastfeeding Initiation Among Women Who Have Experience with Incarceration, Natalie R. Libster

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Four-Step Assessment Model in Structural Family Therapy, Edmund Maxwell Lichter

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Keeping birds away from food using sonic technology: a potential for protecting crops, Waverly Gabrielle McClusky

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Characterizing Importin Binding to Thyroid Hormone Receptor α1, Emma Lynn McGregor

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Fed Up: Do Diet Violations Affect Implicit and Explicit Wanting and Liking in Restrained Eaters?, Gabrielle Brett Mecca

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Thinking through the Monarchy in Sixth-Century Visigothic Spain, Cade Meinel

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Studies of the development of intermolecular networks during the curing of coatings using single-sided nuclear magnetic resonance, Frances Jude Morin

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The Pseudophosphatase MK-STYX Colocalizes to Aggresomes, Veronica L. Nagle

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Total Synthesis of Peramine, a Defensive Alkaloid Produced by Endophytic Fungi of Cool Season Grasses Possessing Anti-Insect Properties, Matthew Rolfe Nelli

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Memory, Narrative, and Identity Shifts in Modern Ireland, Erik David Nelson