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Lentiviral Vector Production at High Cell Density by Transient Transfection of Suspended Culture HEK Cells, Jacob G. Accordino

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Evaluating Microbial Safety of Food Products and Processes in Small Scale Food Services, Processors and Manufacturers, Sujan Acharya

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Statistical Challenges and Methods for Missing and Imbalanced Data, Rose Adjei

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Evaluating the Use of Inclusive Teaching Materials for Learners with Autism, Juliana Aguilar

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Quantifying the Dynamics of an Idealized Oil-Plume in Stratified Environment Using Direct Numerical Simulations, Jasmin Ahmed

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Enhancing Sense of Belonging: Exploring How Multicultural Centers Communicate and Document Retention Initiatives, Jamal-Jared Alexander

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Natural History and Development of Melittobia acasta on Megachile rotunda , Alan R. Anderson

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Comparative Studies in Rangeland Management: Examining the Foundational Assessments Relationship to the Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Assessment Framework and Assessment of Predicted Cattle Distributions Using GPS Collars in Rich County, Utah, Michael T. Anderson

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The Influence of a Course on Assessment for Inservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers, Natalie M. Anderson

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Institutional Betrayal Related to Sexual Trauma in Military Service Members and Veterans: An Examination of Posttraumatic Sequelae, Felicia Andresen

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Carbon Sinks and Sources in Great Salt Lake: Consequences of Declining Lake Levels, Melissa Cobo Arias

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Toward a Conceptual Approach to the Coriolis Force: Cataloging Intuitive Knowledge Elements in Intermediate Physics Learners, Jared B. Arnell

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Advancing the Cyberinfrastructure for Smart Water Metering and Water Demand Modeling, Nour A. Attallah

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Sustain Water Conservation Behaviors Using Nonparametric Ranking and Social Marketing, Mahmudur Rahman Aveek

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Assessing the Role of Magnetite in Municipal Wastewater Treatment, Patricia Ayaa

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A Computer Programming Intervention for Second Grade Math Students, Eric B. Bagley

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The Influence of a Values Affirmation Intervention on Students' Mathematical, Social, and Epistemological Empowerment, Carrie Olson Bala

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Increasing Production of Therapeutic mAbs in CHO Cells Through Genetic Engineering, Charles Barentine

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Validation and Exploration of the Multidimensional Psychological Flexibility Inventory with a Sample of Adolescents, John Barr

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Upstream Methods for Enhancing Engineered Curcumin Biosynthesis, Caleb D. Barton

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Advancing Data Collection, Management, and Analysis for Quantifying Residential Water Use via Low Cost, Open Source, Smart Metering Infrastructure, Camilo J. Bastidas Pacheco

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Old-Growth Forest Dynamics After Fire and Drought in the Sierra Nevada, California, USA, Kendall M.L. Becker

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Developing Confidence and Interest in Teaching Relevant Mathematical Modeling Lessons, Jacy Beck

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Refining, Testing, and Applying Thermal Species Distribution Models to Enhance Ecological Assessments, Donald J. Benkendorf

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Predictors of Special Education Inequity in Rural Rocky Mountain West Schools, Jac'lyn Bera

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Contributions to Random Forest Variable Importance with Applications in R, Kelvyn K. Bladen

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Evaluation of Noninvasive Methods for Determining Pregnancy, Diet, Nutrition, and Stress Among Pronghorn Antelope: Implications for Population Monitoring, Cole Bleke

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Pedestrian Behavior at Signalized Intersections Throughout Utah, Sadie Boyer

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Implementing a Digital Sharing Space in Online Studio Coursework in the Field of Landscape Architecture, Elizabeth Braithwaite

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Quantifying the Indirect Effect of Wolves on Aspen in Northern Yellowstone National Park: Evidence for a Trophic Cascade?, Elaine M. Brice

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Artificial Intelligence and Deep Reinforcement Learning Stock Market Predictions, Andrew W. Brim

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Changes in Voting Behavior Along Partisan Lines Due to Extreme Weather Events Linked to Climate Change, Daniel Brinkerhoff

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Nutrient Uptake and Water Quality in Great Salt Lake Wetland Impoundments, Rachel L. Buck

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Changes in Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Behaviors of Adult Participants in Create Better Health's Education (SNAP-Ed) Program, Kami Bullock

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A Content Analysis of Graphical Literacy Skills Instruction in Fifth Grade Core Reading Programs, Georgia A. Bunnell

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Masculinity, Affirmations, Belongingness, and Resiliency in Male Adolescents: Effects on School Engagement, Kelsey Burt

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Delivering on a Promise: A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Emergent Bilinguals' Academic Achievement in a Utah Dual Language Program, J. Eric Campbell

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Highly Variable Rainfall-Runoff Patterns Across Burned Mountainous Watersheds in the Colorado River Headwaters, Haley Anne Canham

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The Efficacy and Feasibility of Web-Based Acceptance-Enhanced Behavioral Treatment for Trichotillomania in Adults: A Randomized Waitlist-Controlled Trial, Leila K. Capel

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A Multi-Scalar Socio-Policy Analysis of Resource Reallocation and Water Security in Twenty-First Century Utah, USA, Clint P. Carney

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Conservation Conflict: Rare Plant Conservation and Energy Development and Potential in the Colorado Plateau, Joshua Carrell

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Cultural, Contextual, and Individual Determinants of Mental Health Service Utilization Among Latinx Emerging Adults, Kenia Carrera Diaz

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A Rhetorical Phenomenology of Political, Apocalyptic, and Qubit Technical Communication, Ryan K. Cheek

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Myside Bias Shifting in the Written Arguments of First Year Composition Students, Lezlie Christensen-Branum

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An Evaluation of Landscape, Climate, and Management Impacts on Bumble Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus) in Agroecosystems, Morgan Elizabeth Christman

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Defining Areas of Interest Using Voronoi and Modified Voronoi Tesselations to Analyze Eye-Tracking Data, Joanna D. Coltrin

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Executive Functioning and Brain Activation in Young Monolingual and Bilingual Children: An fNIRS Study, Matthew L. Cook

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Holocene Chronostratigraphy of Dune Fields in Southern Utah: Geomorphic Record of Past Aridity in the Central Colorado Plateau, Harriet S. Cornachione

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Event-Based Obstacle Detection with Commercial Lidar, Chaz Cornwall

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Reconstructing the Practical Theory of Communication in Dating Matters: Examining Teen Dating Violence Prevention From a Communicative Approach, Diana Costanzo

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Path Planning for Aircraft Under Threat of Detection from Ground-Based Radar with Uncertainty in Aircraft and Radar States, Austin D. Costley

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Novel Patterning Techniques to Improve Digital Image Correlation in Challenging Environments, Weston Craig

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Shallow Composition and Structure of the San Gabriel Fault, California in Drill Core and Geophysical Logs: Implications for Fault Slip and Energetics, Kaitlyn A. Crouch

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Role of Mitochondria in Postmortem Proteolysis and Meat Tenderness, David Son Dang

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Storytelling to Promote Mental Health: A Conceptual Analysis and Application with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression, Carter H. Davis

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Siblings Influence on Young Adults' Development: A Three-Study Dissertation, Jenna C. Dayley

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An Exploration of Parent Management Training Programs and Their Cultural Relevance, Maria de la Caridad Alvarez

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Investigating Factors That Impact Income Generation and Distribution in Western National Park Gateway Communities, Elizabeth Depew

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Comparing Multiple Approaches to Reconstructing the Phosphorus History of Marl Lakes: A Utah Lake Case Study, Mark R. Devey

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Detecting Ecosystem Response to Restoration Efforts with Implications for Recovery of the Threatened June Sucker (Chasmistes liorus) in a Shallow, Eutrophic, Utah Lake, Ryan D. Dillingham

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Natural and Experimental Slow Slip Observed Along Shallow Hematite Faults, Alexandra A. DiMonte

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Syntactic Complexity in Reading Comprehension: An Eye-Tracking Study of Text Processing Among Bilinguals and Monolinguals, Guoqin Ding

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The Role of Music Context in High School Students' Translations Among Representations in Algebra, Danielle Divis

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Investigations of Prokaryotic Defense Systems, Hannah Domgaard

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Carnivoran Frugivory and its Effect on Seed Dispersal, Plant Community Composition, Migration, and Biotic Carbon Storage, John P. Draper

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Data Visualization, Dimensionality Reduction, and Data Alignment via Manifold Learning, Andrés Felipe Duque Correa

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Differential Transcriptome Analysis Reveals that Cache Valley PM2.5 Triggers the Unfolded Protein Response in Human Lung Cells, Morgan Eggleston

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Ligand, Anion, and Substituent Effects on Aliphatic Carbon-Carbon Bond Cleavage Reactions, Josiah G. D. Elsberg

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An Exploration of the Relationship Between Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Participation of Students with Disabilities in Secondary Career and Technical Education, Crystal Kay Emery

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Forecasting Fine Fuels in the Intermountain West Rangelands, Mira Ensley-Field

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Using Virtual and Physical Manipulatives to Improve Spatial Skills of Undergraduate Engineering Students, Ahmad Farooq

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Designing and Decoding Chemical Bonds: A Computational Pipeline Backed Up by Magnetic Criteria and Experiment, Nikita Fedik

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The Bray Schools and Black Education in the Early American Republic, Mitchell Allen Fellows

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Emotional Support Animal Partnerships: A Multimethod Investigation, Jillian Ferrell

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Investigating Cause-Specific Mortality of Sheep to Determine the Impacts of Carnivores on Domestic Livestock, Nathan Jacob Floyd

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Identifying Optimal Stocking Strategies to Support Recovery of an Endemic Lake Sucker, Dale R. Fonken

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Release of Large Water Droplets, Jeffrey N. Fonnesbeck

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Punishment and Choice, Rafaela M. Fontes

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Relationships Between Middle School Students' Adaptive Reasoning When Creating Learner-Generated Drawings and Partner Talk During Inquiry-Based Mathematical Tasks, Angela M. Frabasilio

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Fingerprinting Paleo-Groundwater Sources Using Stable Oxygen and Iron Isotopes of Iron Oxide Concretions From the "Boiler Room", Moab Area, Utah, Connor Frederickson

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The Life of Socrates: Plato, Xenophon, and the Untapped Potential of the Socratic Problem, Abigail R. Fritz

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Management of Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), Sahara Mustard (Brassica tournefortii), and Elongated Mustard (Brassica elongata) in Utah, Natalie Layne Fronk

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History Strikes Back! The Portrayal of Greek and Roman History in Hollywood Films and How it Furthers the Discussion of History, Ethan P. Frost

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Improving Flood Inundation and Streamflow Forecasts in Snowmelt Dominated Regions, Irene Garousi-Nejad

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Seam Shifted Wake in the Magnus and Non-Magnus Directions, John W. Garrett

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Power Approximations for Generalized Linear Mixed Models in R Using Steep Priors on Variance Components, Sydney Geisler

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Hidden Mechanisms of Climate Impacts in Western Forests: Integrating Theory and Observation for Climate Adaptation, Sara J. Germain

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Development of Late-Heading Orchardgrass Germplasm, Megan Marie Getz

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Temperature Dependent Density of States Models and Compiled Data for Radiation Induced Conductivity, Jodie Gillespie

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Quantification of Hydrologic Response to Forest Disturbance in Western U.S. Watersheds, Sara A. Goeking

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Voces: Experiences of Undocumented Latines, José Manuel González Vera

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Collaborative Practices of Rural Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program (IPSE) Directors, Elizabeth Susanne Goode Dimond

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Dairy Breed, Grass-Birdsfoot Trefoil Mixture, and Pasture Nutrition Effects on Intake, Feed Efficiency, and Grazing Adaptation, Michael Greenland

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Dynamical Systems Analysis in Adaptive and Metapopulation Ecology with Applications to Conservation Management, Guenchik Grosklos

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'I Try to Take the Whole Family Thing Out of the Picture': How Professionals Navigate Motherhood Bias at Work, Rachael Gulbrandsen

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Assessing Socio-Demographic and Urban Form Changes of Sprawl Retrofitting Projects in the United States, Hooman Hadayeghi

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The Gambler's Edge - A Theoretical Framework to Trading Securities, Matthew Haines

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Applications of Affinity Spaces in English Language Instruction: Writing and Peer Review of Fanfiction Based on Video Games in an Academic English as a Second Language Writing Course, Marta Halaczkiewicz

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Measuring SRL Differences During Mathematics with SRL Microanalysis, Aliya Halterman

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Who Is More Likely to Be Delinquent in Their Mortgage Payments Among Homeowners? The Role of Financial Literacy, Ellie Donne Hansen