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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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Assessment of Compost on Dryland Wheat Yield and Quality, Soil Fertility and Water Availability in Utah, Kareem A. Adeleke

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

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When Ice Isn’t Slippery, Alyssa Witbeck Alexander

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

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Early Adolescent Gifted and Talented Students and Their Experience with Bullying, William T. Allen Jr.

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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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A Mormon Missionary's Guide to Conversion Therapy Addiction Recovery, Shaun M. Anderson

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A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in South Korea, Woolee An

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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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Harmful Algal Blooms: Dominance in Lakes and Risk for Cyanotoxin Exposure in Food Crops, Austin D. Bartos

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Rome, Robes, and Rivers: Land, Water, and Power in the Aniene Valley, Jonah R. Bibo

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The Relationship Between Mindfulness, Academic Stress, and Attention, Tida Blackburn

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Examining the Effects of Aspects of Resiliency and Vulnerability on the Relationship Between Experiencing Microaggressions and Mental Health Among Persons of Color, Amanda K. Blume

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Enhancing the Production and Sustainability of Pasture-Fed Beef Using Non-Traditional Legume Forages, Andrea I. Bolletta

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Universal Localizations of Certain Noncommutative Rings, Tyler B. Bowles

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Characterizing Water and Water-Related Energy Use in Multi-Unit Residential Structures with High Resolution Smart Metering Data, Joseph C. Brewer

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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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Analyzing the Von Neumann Entropy of Contact Networks, Thomas J. Brower

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A Translational Examination of Alternative-Response Discrimination Training and Resurgence, Kaitlyn O. Browning

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Effects of Short Season Irrigation on Pasture Yield and Predicting Yield with Sentinel-2 Satellite, Ihsan Bugra Bugdayci

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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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Characterization of Chinese Hamster Ovary Cell Performance with Pentanoic Acid and N-Acetyl Cysteine Treatment, Joseph Camire

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Environmental Controls on Didymosphenia geminata Bloom Formation, Lindsay Capito

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Harvest Efficiency of Forage Grazed by Cattle and The Effect of Pinyon and Juniper Treatments on Vegetation Cover on the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Ruger P. Carter

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Exploring in vivo and in vitro Regulation of the Shigella Type Three Secterion System ATPase Spa47, Heather B. Case

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Nodulation and Growth of Shepherdia × utahensis ‘Torrey’, Ji-Jhong Chen

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

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Embedded-Atom-Method Modeling of Alkali-Metal/Transition-Metal Interfaces, Jake D. Christensen

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

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Comparison of Public Mental Health Stigma in Youth, Desiree A. Clarke

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

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The Effects of Gene Therapy in an Ovine Osteoarthritis Model, Crystal Collier

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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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Water Use in Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba) with Applications in Irrigation Timing and Quantity, Preston S. Colver

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The Effects of Milk Phospholipids on Functional Properties of Anhydrous Milk Fat and Oil Structured Gel Systems, Zachary Cooper

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

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Are Effort and Helpfulness Ratings of Session Activities Associated with Improved Outcomes in Web-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Caregivers?, Hannah R. Cragun

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

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Kudos and K.O.M.’s: The Effect of Strava Use on Evaluations of Social and Managerial Conditions, Perceptions of Ecological Impacts, and Mountain Bike Spatial Behavior, Noah E. Creany

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Transient Thermal Modeling of Bioprocessing Equipment, Cody M. Cummings

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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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Influences of Forest Edges on the Growth and Health of Old-Growth Coast Redwood Forests, Cody R. Dangerfield

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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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Negotiating Identities in Middle School Science: Impacts on Students’ Perceived Expertise and Small Group Participation, Taylor Dexter

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Habitat, Diet, and Foraging Ecology of Willow Flycatcher in Sierra Nevada Meadows, Scott E. Dietrich

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Massive Graviton Spectra in Supergravity, Kevin Dimmitt

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

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Ecoacoustic Methods for Multi-Taxa Animal Surveys in the Amazon, Leandro A. Do Nascimento

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Fate of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Duckweed and Waste Activated Sludge Under Aerobic and Anaerobic Solids Stabilization Conditions, Kwame Tweneboah Duodu

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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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Effects of Wi-Fi-Enabled Smart Irrigation Controllers on Water Use and Plant Health of Residential Landscapes in the Intermountain West, Shane R. Evans

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A Deep Dive Into Natural Swimming Pool Filtration: Living Walls as Technical Wetland Filters, Anna Farb

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

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Facial Expression Recognition in the Wild Using Convolutional Neural Networks, Amir Hossein Farzaneh

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Perceptions of Disabilities Among Native Americans within the State of Utah, Erica Ficklin

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

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Mind-It. Introducing Mindfulness Online to Help Students Change Perceptions and Develop Interest: A Design-Based Research Approach, Joana M. Franco

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Teaching Distributed Application Design Using Drones, Cameron Frandsen

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Nicotine and Alcohol Interactions, Charles C. J. Frye

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

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A Translational Investigation of Reinforced Behavioral Variability: Implications for Promoting Behavioral Variability in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Ann Galizio

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Closed-Loop Propulsive Control for Very Low Perigee Orbit Energy Management and Stabilization, Tyler J. Gardner

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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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Interactions Between Water-Stress and Maize Resistance to Spider Mites with Varied Host Specialization, Gunbharpur S. Gill

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Improving Aquatic Habitat Representation in Utah Using Large Spatial Scale Environmental Datasets, Gregory C. Goodrum

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A Compilation of Research Experiences, Samantha C. Gotcher

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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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Teaching Students to Communicate with the Precise Language of Mathematics: A Focus on the Concept of Function in Calculus Courses, Derrick S. Harkness

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Social Change Engagement and Leadership Development Among College Students, Andrew Harris

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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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Investigating Nest Box Utilization by Bumble Bees and Reproductive Development of Male Bumble Bees, James Daniel Herndon

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Cost-Effective Planning Strategies for Battery Electric Bus Systems, Yi He

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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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Extending Ethos in Digital Rhetorics, Andrew J. Hillen

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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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Classification of Jacobian Elliptic Fibrations on a Special Family of K3 Surfaces of Picard Rank Sixteen, Thomas Hill

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Harmonic Delay Reduction, Jay E. Hinnenkamp

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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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A Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo Approach to Uncertainty Quantification, Matthew Isaac

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Rumination and Quality of Life among Northern Plains Indians, Devon S. Isaacs