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2020

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Advancing Water Resources Systems Modeling Cyberinfrastructure to Enable Systematic Data Analysis, Modeling, and Comparisons, Adel Mohammad Kheir Abdallah

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Ranchers Adapting to Climate Variability in the Upper Colorado River Basin, Utah, Hadia Akbar

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A Study of Potential Security and Safety Vulnerabilities in Cyber-Physical Systems, Ali Al-Hashimi

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Soil Health Assessment on Arid Rangeland Soils Impacted by Oil and Gas Exploration, Development, and Extraction, Justin Allred

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Benchmarking of a Mobile Phone Particle Image Velocimetry System, David Armijo

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Evaluating the Hydraulic Performance of Digital Photogrammetry-Derived 3-Dimensional Models of a Hydraulic Structure Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Tyler J. Ashby

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Thermal Modeling and Analysis of Roadway Embedded Wireless Power Transfer Modules, Arden N. Barnes

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Optimization of Aileron Spanwise Size and Shape to Minimize Induced Drag in Roll with Correlating Adverse Yaw, Joshua R. Brincklow

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Development and Validation of a Synchronous Model to Simulate Skeletal Muscle Damage Due to Spaceflight Ionizing Radiation and Microgravity, Lori M. Caldwell

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Exploring Park Quality in Urban Setting with Environmental Justice, Alternative Measurements, and Social Interaction, Shuolei Chen

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Do Didymosphenia Geminata Blooms Affect Fishes in the Kootenai River Basin?, Niall G. Clancy

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Novel Three-Dimensional Scaffold for Skeletal Muscle Tissue, Matthew H. Clegg

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Parenting Styles and Child Outcomes in Puerto Rican Families: A Comparison of Individual and Dyadic Coding, Jeisianne Rosario Colón

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Disease Ecology and Adaptive Management of Brucellosis in Greater Yellowstone Elk, Gavin G. Cotterill

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Family Development and the Marital Relationship as a Developmental Process, J. Scott Crapo

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A Temporal Information-Theoretic Model of Suboptimal Choice, Paul J. Cunningham

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Comparative Analysis of Small Non-Coding RNA and Messenger RNA Expression in Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer and In Vitro-Fertilized Bovine Embryos During Early Development Through the Maternal-to-Embryonic Transition, Jocelyn Marie Cuthbert

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Diversity and Inclusion in Technical and Professional Communication Academic Programs, Chris Dayley

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Effect of Thermosonication on Viscosity of Milk Concentrates and Milk Quality and Shelf Life, Vidita Deshpande

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Using Imagery to Improve Program Quality in Computer Programming, Joseph S. Ditton

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The Utility of Environmental DNA and Species Distribution Models in Assessing the Habitat Requirements of Twelve Fish Species in Alaskan North Slope Rivers, James B. Eddings

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Forest Grouse Ecology and Management in the Bear River Range Northern Utah, Skyler Y. Farnsworth

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Herbivory Changes Soil Microbial Communities and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in High-Latitude Wetlands, Karen M. Foley

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Teaching Distributed Application Design Using Drones, Cameron Frandsen

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Reusable Light-Activated Antimicrobial Materials Prepared with Food Ingredients, Andrew T. Gagon

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How Student Perceptions of the Online Learning Environment and Student Motivation Predict Persistence, Completion, and Retention in Developmental Mathematics Courses, Samuel K. Gedeborg

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System-Level Analysis of Autonomous UAV Landing Sensitivities in GPS-Denied Environments, Terran R. Gerratt

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The Influence of Protein Concentration and Homogenization on Moisture Content, Curd Yield, and Fat Retention of Model Cheese Made from Microfiltered Skim Milk Recombined with Cream, Richard Byron Geslison

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An Economic Comparison of Two Leading Aquaponic Technologies Using Cost Benefit Analysis: The Coupled and Decoupled Systems, Grace M. Gibbons

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The Effects of Different Organic Pastures on Dairy Heifer Growth and Development, Jacob A. Hadfield

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Psychosocial Effects of Shared Book Reading, Amy Halling

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Applications of Machine Learning in High-Frequency Trade Direction Classification, Jared E. Hansen

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Teacher Questions in the Classroom: The Effects of Using a Low- to High-Level Questioning Sequence on the Text-Based Reading Comprehension Outcomes of Low-Performing Students, Shannon Harris Brown

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Salinity Tolerance in Kentucky Bluegrass Hybrids, Paul G. Harris

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CRISPR/CAS9-Mediated Gene Editing in Herda Equine, Joseph R. Hawkes

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Command, Control and Telemetry for Utah State University's Scintillation Prediction Observation Research Task (SPORT) Mission, Jordan Haws

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New World Mammarenaviral Hemorrhagic Fever Virus Determinants of Infection and Disease, Brady T. Hickerson

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A Brief Online Acceptance and Commitment Training for Enhancing Outcomes of a Cultural Competence Intervention, Elizabeth Tish Hicks

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Observation of Struvite in the Mixed Microalgae Biofilm Matrix of a Rotating Algal Biofilm Reactor During Nutrient Removal from Municipal Anaerobic Digester Filtrate, Kyle M. Hillman

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Validation of a Brief Prosody Rating Scale for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sarai S. Holbrook

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Environmental Social Movements: A Comparative Study Across Two Political Economies, Elham Hoominfar

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Nanotextural and Nanochemical Constraints on the Role of Heat in the Development of Crystalline-Hosted, Silica-Rich Fault Mirrors in the Wasatch Fault Damage Zone, Utah, USA, Leah M. Houser

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Materials Design for High-Performance Organic Redox Flow Batteries and Electrocatalytic Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen Reduction, Bo Hu

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Perceptions and Behavioral Intentions of Utah 4-H Equine Program Leaders in Teaching Equine Safety to Youth, Katelyn M. Huffman

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Perpetuating Peace: Context Versus Contents of the Power-Sharing Agreements Between the KDP and PUK of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in 1992 and 1998, Brigitte E. Hugh

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Effects of Bovine Maternal Nutrient Restriction on Offspring MicroRNA and mRNA Expression and Muscle Fiber Type, Nikole E. Ineck

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An Analysis of Degree Completion Among Female Students at Utah Valley University: A Demonstration Case for an Individualized Analysis Model in Higher Education, Tara S. Ivie

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Artisan: On Bread and a Meaningful Life, Emerson James

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The Role of Carbonate Minerals in Arsenic Mobility in a Shallow Aquifer Influenced by a Seasonally Fluctuating Groundwater Table, Jeremy Jensen

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A Case Study Comparing the Life Skills Development and Knowledge in Youth Participants of Horseless and Traditional Horse Programs in Utah, Haley M. Johnson

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Making a Decision on Ethical Decision-Making Models, Melanie K. Johnson

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Fluted Films Caused by Gravity Driven Water Drainage from Vertical Tubes, Matthew B. Jones

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Building Engagement in Facebook: A Case Study with Utah State University Extension Sustainability, Kenna Kesler

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Influence of Forage Diversity and Condensed Tannins on Livestock Foraging Behavior, Production and Environmental Impact, Sebastian P. Lagrange

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North Dakota Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) Recovery Project: Using Translocation to Prevent State-Wide Extirpation and Develop Rangewide Protocols, Kade D. Lazenby

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An Evaluation of Arthropod Assemblages in Great Salt Lake Wetland Habitats: Differences Between Native and Invasive Vegetation and Implications for Restoration, Emily E. Leonard

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Dramatic Play Affordances of Outdoor Settings for First and Second Grade Children With and Without Disabilities, Nicholas R. LeSchofs

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Improving Identification of Pediatric Feeding Dysfunction Among Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, April Litchford

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Strategic Infrastructure Planning for Autonomous Vehicles, Zhaocai Liu

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Persistence Impacts on Student Subgroups that Participate in the High Impact Practice of Service Learning, John Louviere

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Response of Glyphosate-Resistant Alfalfa to Glyphosate Application in the Intermountain West, Logan Chet Loveland

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“What Makes ‘em Tick?” The Impact of Parenting Style and Parent-Initiated Motivational Climate on Student Athletes’ Motivation Orientation in the Context of Intercollegiate Athletics, Logan Kateryna Lyons

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Patterns of Microbial Diversity and Community Composition in Slot Canyons, Rock Pools, and Other Ephemeral and Perennial Aquatic Habitats, Marley Madsen

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The Environmental Impact of Immigration in the United States, Guizhen Ma

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Characteristics of Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Adopting Instructional Technologies in the State of Utah, Nicole J. B. Manwaring

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Decoding LDPC Codes with Probabilistic Local Maximum Likelihood Bit Flipping, Rejoy Roy Mathews

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Experimental Static and Cyclic Behavior of Hybrid Non-Metallic Bridge Decks Reinforced with Discrete GFRP Rebar and GFRP Macrofiber, Jared W. McRory

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Understanding Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Instructional Coaching During Student Teaching, John Meisner

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Formation Control Using Vehicle Operational Envelopes and Behavior-Based Dual-Mode Model Predictive Control, Brian Merrell

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Predicting the Impact of Weather on Rural Travel Times Using Now-Cast Weather Forecast Data, Manish Meshram

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Abstention and Costly Information Acquisition in Elections, Jacob Meyer

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Practical Optical Survey Strategies for Near Geostationary Orbital Debris, Akhter Mahmud Nafi

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Rural Sustainability in the Intermountain West, Mary L. Oliver

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Utah County Level Drought Effect on Cattle Inventories 1981-2016, Fred Openshaw

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Working Memory and Syntactic Processing in Bilingual and Monolingual Children, Carla I. Orellana

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Retention of Women in Computer Science: Why Women Persist in Their Computer Science Majors, Katarina Pantic

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Impacts of Racial Microaggressions on White American and Ethnic Minority Students in the College Classroom, Lesther A. Papa

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Semisimple Subalgebras of Semisimple Lie Algebras, Mychelle Parker

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Arsenic Release From Surface Soils Induced by Stormwater Bioretention, Kaisa H. Patterson

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'LMshapemaker': Utilizing the 'Rmapshaper' R Package to Modify Shapefiles for Use in Linked Micromap Plots, Braden D. Probst

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The Marshmallow Lab: A Project-Based Approach to Understanding Functional Responses, Melissa Pulley

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Applying Sexual Script Theory to Hooking Up: A Latent Profile Analysis of Predictors and Outcomes of Class Membership, Mitchell R. Rhodes

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An Evaluation of Management Options for the Clover Root Curculio (Sitona hispidulus), a Pest of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) in the Intermountain West, Kaitlin A. Rim

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Club Athletes: Dietary Supplement Use and How the Registered Dietitian Can Better Serve this Population, Rachel E. Robbins

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An Exploration of How Past, Present, and Anticipated Future Identities Shape the Reading Identities and Practices of Reluctant Male Readers in a Rural Setting, Garret Craig Rose

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Indoor Source Localization of Radio Frequency Transmitters Using Blind Channel Identification Techniques, Madison L. Rose

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Gratitude in Adolescents: Examining the Role of Attachment, Parental Gratitude, and Discounting, Savannah C. Rupp

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#ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike: Twitter Users’ Narratives About the Interpersonal Effects of Anxiety, Raechel B. Russo

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Hardware Accelerator for Star Centroiding, Nazmus Sakib

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Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Using a Multi-Objective Optimization Tool for Best Management Practices Selection and Spatial Placement in the Lower Bear River Watershed, Utah, Ali A. Salha

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Venturi Flowmeter Performance Installed Downstream of the Branch of a Tee Junction, Benjamin G. Sandberg

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Temporal Bisection Dynamics, Mahdi Shafiei

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Effect of Plant Derived Tannins on Nitrogen and Carbon Cycling in Pasture Soils, Kathryn A. Slebodnik

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Model-Based Properties of Earth's Protective Shield: Relating UT-Based Dependencies of the Open/Closed Boundary, Cutoff Latitude, and L-Shell Parameter with Polar Cap Absorption Events, David A. Smith

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Innovative Biological Solutions for Nitrogen Fixation, Mathangi Soundararajan

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Relationship Quality Before, During and After Stepfamily Education: A Latent Trajectory Analysis, Bryan K. Spuhler

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Impact of Parasitic Drag on a Family of Optimal Lift Distributions, Austin J. Stewart

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Pollution Prevention and Water Reuse at Utah Department of Transportation Facilities, Amanda Stoudt

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Improving Our Ability to Estimate Vital Rates of Endangered Fishes on the San Juan River Using Novel Applications of PIT-Tag Technology, J. Benjamin Stout

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Determination of Gas Emission Characteristics from Animal Wastes Using a Multiplexed Portable FTIR-Surface Chamber System, Pakorn Sutitarnnontr