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Honors Theses from 2015

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The Effect of Functionalized versus Unmodified Graphene Oxide on Polyimide Nanocomposite Properties, Natalie V. Hudson-Smith

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Near-Field Effects in Radio Frequency Emission from Particle Showers in a Dense Medium, Rachel J. Hyneman

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Out of Good Fortune: The Economics of Tragedy in the House of Atreus, Victoria J. Jansson

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Chinmo Function During Cyst Stem Cell Establishment in the Drosophila Testis, Tyler A. Jones

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The Case of Charles Horman Revisited: Complication and Conflict within Declassification, Jacob Jose

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The Effects of Race and Stereotypes in the Advertisement of Beverages, Dahanah Josias Sejour

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Talking About Rape on A College Campus, Rachael L. Kaufman

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Novel pathways to dinitrogen via iron-mediated anaerobic ammonium oxidation, Julie Lauren Krask

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A Study of the Cosmic Ray Rate in the CHIPS-M Prototype Detector, Brandon Taylor Kriesten

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Thiols in Glycolysis: Effects of Cysteine Modification on Pyruvate Kinase Activity, Taylor K. Lain

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The Modern European: An Analysis of Ethnic Minority Identity in the Twenty-First Century, Elisabeth Laird

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Muscle Unloading Induced Sex Specific Neurophysiological and Myofiber Profile Adaptations, Colleen Leathrum

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Understanding Secession: An Analysis of the 2012-2014 Debates on Independence in Scotland and Catalonia, Lucas A. Leblanc

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Studies Directed Toward the Synthesis of Aristopyridinone A, Maren K. Leibowitz

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Modeling the Effect of Cooperativity on Ligand-Driven Fluctuations of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors, Jeffrey Y. Liu

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Deconstructing Terror: The Political Theatre of Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill, and Martin Crimp, Beatrice Loayza

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A Battle for Rights Justification: Millian Utilitarianism vs. Scanlonian Contractualism, Jose A. Lopez Jr.

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Portraits of Strangers, Dana Lotito

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The Effects of Gabapentin on the Firing Rates of Thermoregulatory Neurons in the Preoptic Anterior Hypothalamus in Modulation of Hot Flashes, Lindsay A. Maguire

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Evidence Uptake among International Nutrition Actors: A Case Study in Uganda, Emily Mahoney

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Effects of Rhythmic Stress on Unstressed Syllables, Anna Gwenyth Pye Marry

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Thrown Into America: Existentialism in the New World, William Toler Marsh

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Bouts of Brain Fever: Female Rebellion and the Dubiety of Illness in Victorian Fiction, Stephanie R. Mason

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Electro- and Photocatalytic Generation of Hydrogen by Iron Polypyridyl Complexes, Kathryn J. Mayer

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Development of Novel Chemical Techniques to Address Biological Questions, Johnathan C. Maza

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The association between 5-HTTLPR and spontaneous facial mimicry: An investigation using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), Addie N. Merians

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"How Do They Do It?": Characteristics of Successful Teachers of African American Students, Chloe C. Miksovic

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A petrologic and structural analysis of metavolcanic rocks in the western Piedmont and eastern Blue Ridge provinces, central Virginia, Ciara M. Mills

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Not All Politicians Are the Same: The Effect of Gender and Political Party on Candidate Evaluation, Minu V. Nagashunmugam

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Spread of Adaptation and Migration Load in a Spatially Structured Population, Scott W. Nordstrom

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Effect of Exercise on Attentional Bias to Food in Restrained and Emotional Eaters, Emily Tyne O'Gorman

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Investigation of the interaction between graphene oxide and a biopolymer surface, Pei Pang

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Somatization in the Social Environment: Relations to Victimization and Friendship Processes Among Middle School Students, Naomi J. Parr

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Antonio Vallejo Nágera and the Discourse of Eugenics in Francoist Spain, Ethan F. Pearlstein

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3D Printing Scintillating Detectors for Field Emission Detection in Niobium SRF Cavities, Alice E. Perrin

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Genetic and Cytological Analysis of SPE-6, a C. elegans Tau Tubulin Kinase, Jackson J. Peterson

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The impacts of fire on the home range and social connectivity of a tropical passerine, Payton M. Phillips

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Embedding Justice: 
Shaming Rituals in Reintegrative Justice Systems: Spain, California, and New South Wales, William M. Plews-Ogan

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"We Made You": The Contrived and Contested Nature of Authenticity in American Folk and Hip Hop Subcultures, Kathryn E. Plunkett

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“The State of These Countries… Is Truly More Astonishing than Our Story Can Fully Convey”: The Crusader States in the Late-Twelfth Century from the Perspective of Three Pilgrims, Alaric J. Powell

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“The Borehole Has Given Us a Chance:” Health, Hygiene, and Human Development in Karamoja, Uganda, Laura E. Pugh

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Development of a Site-Selective Protein Immobilization Methodology Utilizing Unnatural Amino Acids, Benjamin K. Raliski

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High Performance Co-Polyimide Synthesis for Cosmic Radiation Shielding, Jarrell H. Raper

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Balancing the Scales: Examining relationships between Maternal Agency and Child Nutrition in Differing Developing World Contexts, Alison C. Roberts

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Reasonable Expectations: State Appellate Courts and the Third-Party Doctrine, Tanner M. Russo

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The Middle Institutions Trap: A Parabolic Association Between Institutions and Income For OPEC Countries, Jake W. Schneider

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"A product of her body as well as soul": Narrative fullness and the feminine body in the work of Julia Ward Howe, Sarah J. Schuster

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Taming of Monsters: The Postdramatic Case for Copenhagen, Shaan Y. Sharma

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Being An "Extraterrestrial:" The Need for Academic Emphasis on the Intersection of Race and Sexuality, Marvin D. Shelton Jr.

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Measuring Cannibalism Rates in the Zooplankton Copepod Species, Acartia tonsa, Katherine Shipman

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The Right Fit: Improving the Algorithm that Matches Students to Colleges Based on Test Scores, Carolyn A. Shira

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Epic Nonsense: The Genesis of Me Prometheus, Emerson F. Sieverts

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Language Deficits Assessed in an Aphasic Patient, Rachel Sillcox

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An Analysis of State and Nationwide Legislation on Women’s Healthcare Access in Virginia, Lillian Singer

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Studies of Polarized Helium-3 Cell Lifetimes, Andrew N. Smith

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Growth and Characterization of Gold Nanostructures Produced from Diatomaceous Algae, David A. Specht

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The Effects of Methylmercury on Cell Proliferation and Apoptosis during Zebra Finch Neural Development, Monika E. Stančiauskaitė

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Effect of Hyperons on Pion Asymmetries Measured in the Qweak Experiment, Marcus S. Starman

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The Impact of the Ubiquitin-Proteasome Pathway and CRM1-Independent Exportins on Thyroid Hormone Receptor Localization and the Expression of T3-Responsive Genes, Mary Elizabeth R. Stern

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3D Printing, Jackson B. Stone

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An Archaeological Survey of Barbados Battery: The Good Shepherd Project, Ashby M. Sturgis

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Naerisarang (내리사랑), Or an Elder’s Love for the Young: Vietnamese and Filipina Marriage Migrants as Preservers of the Korean Patriline, Danielle Y. Tassara

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Synthesis and Characterization of pH-Sensitive Rhodamine 6G Spirolactam Structures, Grace H. Taumoefolau

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Modeling Tick-Borne Diseases in the Virginia and Middle Peninsula, Molly S. Teague

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The Erosion of Brianzolo: The Impact of Standard Italian on a Dialect and a Cultural Identity, Regina Casey Thompson

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A Smoking Structure: Firm Organization in the Transatlantic Tobacco Trade, Hannah K. Tucker

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Payoffs, Probabilities, and Preferences: Relative Risk Aversion Across Treatments of Multiple Payoff Structures., Andrew L. Turscak III

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Unnatural Amino Acids in Proteins for Development of Novel Biochemical Tools, Jordan Villa

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Ecology and Theatre: Teaching Environmental Stewardship Through Performances of The Jungle Book, Stephanie A. Vinsavich

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He Do the Police in Different Voices: the Influence of Detection Fiction in T. S. Eliot's Works, Claire Weaver

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Narrativity in French Depictions of the Crusades, Sydney Morgan Weaver

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Counter to Intelligence: The Glamorization of Espionage in the International Spy Museum, Melanie R. Wiggins

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The Electro- and Photocatalytic Activity of a Ni-NNSS Schiff-Base Complex for Hydrogen Generation, Catherine F. Wise

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Assessing the Role of Maternal and Community Capabilities in Preventing Childhood Diarrhea, Stephanie E. Wraith

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Cu(I) Networks With Polycyanoaromatic Ligands, Congqi Yang

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Production of B Modes in the CMB from Physics Beyond the Standard Model, Christopher G. Zoghby

Honors Theses from 2014

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"Can't They Stop The Guns?" Trauma and Inter-War Detective Fiction, Kyla J. Ainsworth

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Democratic Activism and Partitioned Space in Online Muslim Communities, Andrew H. Anderson

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Mathematical Analysis of ALS Biochemistry, Emily Rose Bainwol

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"The Art of Questioning": Interrogations of Exceptionalist History and Cultural Mythology in the Novels of Salman Rushdie and William Faulkner, Hannah R. Barnhart

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The Geometry, Kinematics, and History of the Thousand Lake Fault System, Central Utah, Hanna C. Bartram

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Unravelling the Consumer Brain: The Role of Emotion in Purchase Behavior, Enrique Bello

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"Wit so rare and grace so peerless": The Collaborative Construction of Frances Sargent Osgood's Public Image, Madeline V. Benjamin

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Yard Areas and Middens: The Creation of Space by the Enslaved at Fairfield Plantation, Colleen Betti

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Designing with Gendered Space: Incorporating Gender into the Scenic Design of Clybourne Park, Joshua Blum

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A Love Story, a Tragedy, or Both, Hannah Boes

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Olfactory Ratio as a Potential Proxy for Behavior in Theropoda, William H. Brightly

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A Summary of Virginia High School English Teachers’ Cultural and Linguistic Classroom Experiences: Learning about Learning and Talking about Talking, Rachel E. Brooks

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Local Zeta Functions over p-Adic Fields, Stephen P. Cameron

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Cooperation in a Repeated Public Goods Game with a Probabilistic Endpoint, Daniel M. Carlen

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The Internal Foe: Rethinking Slave Resistance in Antebellum America, Bryan Casey

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Culture-as-bit: Culture and Cultural Evolution, Mitchell T. Caudill

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“All Persons Living and Dead Are Purely Coincidental:” Unity, Dissolution, and the Humanist Wampeter of Kurt Vonnegut’s Universe, Danielle M. Clarke

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An Iron Polypyridyl Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Generation in Aqueous Solutions, Gannon P. Connor

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When George Washington's Ghost Turned Handsprings: South African Conflict and American Identity, 1899-1902, Robin K. Crigler

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Songs of Love and Revolution: Performing Gender, Reforming Heterosexuality, and Escaping Domesticity in the Musicals of the Takarazuka Revue, Elizabeth M. Denny

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Investigating Water Ice in Persistently Shadowed Craters in Mercury's North Polar Region, Ariel N. Deutsch

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Commitment without Control: The Burdensharing Dilemma in the US-Japan Alliance, Jake A. Douglas

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"See here my show": Providence and The Theatrum Mundi in Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, Miles S. Drawdy

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Population Matrix Model for American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) and the Implications for Re-introduction, Elise C. Elwood