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2022

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

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A Study of Wings with Constant and Variable Sweep for Aerodynamic Efficiency in Inviscid Flow, Bruno Moorthamers

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Evaluating Plant Uptake of 4,4'-Methylenedianiline, Jeff Wight

2021

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Improvement Opportunities in the Two-Source Energy Balance Model for ET using UAV Imagery and Point Cloud Information, Mahyar Aboutalebi

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Sonic Boom Loudness Reduction Through Localized Supersonic Aircraft Equivalent-Area Changes, Troy A. Abraham

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Ammonia Emission Assessment from Gasoline and Diesel Engines under Utah Specific Conditions, Motasem Suleiman Abualqumboz

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Intelligent Traffic Management: From Practical Stochastic Path Planning to Reinforcement Learning Based City-Wide Traffic Optimization, Kamilia Ahmadi

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Achieving a Sequenced, Relational Query Language with Log-Segmented Timestamps, M. A. Manazir Ahsan

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MetaXMorph: Hierarchical Transformation of Data with Metadata, Shubham Airan

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Impact of Fish Oil on Intestinal Permeability, Inflammation, and Performance in Swine, Anthony Fernando Alberto

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Development of a Two-Level Warping Algorithm and Its Application to Speech Signal Processing, Al-Waled H. Al-Dulaimi

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Summer Stream Temperature Patterns and Controls in an Irrigation Depleted Western Stream, Sara Madison Alger

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Fatty Acid Composition of Forages and Their Effect on the Fatty Acid Composition in Beef Cattle, Britney G. Allen

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Development and Validation of a Basic Ground Skills Assessment for Equine-Assisted Services, Sarah J. Andersen

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Multi-Proxy Approach to Robustly Capture Earthquake Temperature Rise at the Punchbowl Fault, California, Emma M. Armstrong

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Transformation Groups and the Method of Darboux, Brandon P. Ashley

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Transplanting Mature Mountain Big Sagebrush Plants Yields High First-Year Survival in Dryland Pasture Restoration, Elizabeth C. Bailey

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Valley Bottom Inundation Patterns in Beaver-Modified Streams: A Potential Proxy for Hydrologic Inefficiency, Karen Bartelt

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Numerical Simulation of Losses in Four-Way Pipe Junctions, Simon Barth

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An Analysis of Electromagnetic Flowmeters: A Numerical Study, Kade J. Beck

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Characteristic of the Dynamics of Disorder in Crystalline and Amorphous Materials, Amir Behbahanian

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Attitude and Reflection Parameter Estimation of Resident Space Objects Using Ground-Based Photometry, Arun J. Bernard

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Methods to Improve Our Understanding of Aspen Regeneration and Aspen Distribution Across the Intermountain West, Robert Joseph Julius Bidner

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Alternative Doppler Extraction for Indoor Communication Signals, Thomas L. Bradshaw

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The Effects of Trace Mineral Supplementation on Performance, Health, and Carcass Quality of At-Risk Mineral Deficient Feedlot Cattle, Tevan J. Brady

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Alienation, Modernization, and Animal Welfare: Human-Animal Relationships at the Farm, State, and Country Levels, Michael D. Briscoe

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Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Quantify Erosion Control Measures on a Reclaimed Central Utah Coal Mine, Christopher R. Brown

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The Relationship of Adaptive Clothing on the Social Participation and Self-Esteem of Adolescents with Disabilities, Emalee Brown

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Monitoring Populations and Movement of Bobcats (Lynx rufus) on the Eastern Slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Michael Brown

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Injection of Iodoacetic Acid into Pre-Rigor Bovine Muscle Simulates Dark Cutting Conditions, Jared Forrest Buhler

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Socioscientific Issues in School-Based Agricultural Education: Describing and Exploring Factors of Integration, Michelle S. Burrows

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Cultural Memory and Media: Spanish Republicans and the Spanish Civil War, Stuart Cameron

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Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics to Determine Gas Expansion Factors of Differential Pressure Flow Meters, Patrick L. Campana

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Digital Scripture: An Investigation of the Design and Use of a Mobile Application for Reading Sacred Text, Neil Carpenter

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Biomethanation and Alkaline Wet Air Oxidation of Water Hyacinth (Pontederia crassipes) from Ozama River, Dominican Republic, Yessica A. Castro

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The Challenge of Hybridity: Mormonism in Mauritius, 1980-2020, Marie Vinnarasi Chintaram

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Climate-Driven Impacts of Warming and Grazing on Sub-Arctic Coastal Wetlands in Alaska, Ryan T. Choi

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A Mixed-Methods Approach to Explore Student Perceived Needs for Peer Mentorship in a College of Engineering, Darcie Christensen

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Housing Variables and Immigration: An Exploratory and Predictive Data Analysis in New York City, Jhonatan Medri Cobos

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Numerical Cognition and Autism Spectrum Traits in Adults, Benjamin Covington

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Soil Health Monitoring and Management in Corn and Soybean Agroecosystems of the Midwestern U.S., Bradley S. Crookston

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The Rhetoric of the Double-Voiced: Strategic Ambiguity in the Silent Protest Parade, Shelby R. Crow

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Active Transportation Routes Using Canal Corridors: Decision Tools in Creating Successful Canal Trail Projects, Matthew Scott Crump

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Effect of Dietary Short and Medium Chain Fatty Acids in Murine Lethal Sepsis Model, David Son Dang

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Bibliotherapy for Depression: Evaluating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approaches and Examining the Role of Client Choice, Carter H. Davis

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Classical Venturi Meter Performance Downstream of the Through Leg of a Tee Junction, Matthew P. Day

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Compost and Cover Crop Effects in Dryland Organic Wheat, Michael D. Deakin

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Renewable Energy Conversion: Organic Redox Flow Batteries and Electrocatalytic Carbon Dioxide Reduction, Camden R. DeBruler

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An Eulerian Perspective on Spring Migration in Mule Deer, Tatum Del Bosco

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A Comparison of the Ecology of Resident and Translocated Beavers Used for Passive Restoration in Degraded Desert Rivers, Emma Doden

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Assessing the Relationship Between Geophytes and the Archaeological Presence of Maize in North America, Paige Dorsey

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A Multilevel Meta-Analysis of Paired Oral Reading Methods in Elementary Classrooms, Jacob D. Downs

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Methods Development, Design Analysis, and Testing of Novel Centrifugal Devices for Mammalian Cell Culture Harvest, W. Aaron Dryden

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Exploring Analytical Issues Associated with Oxidation Kinetics in Drinking Water, Shadi Haji Eghrari

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A Qualitative Review of a Culturally Responsive Education Program for Native American Youth, Tamara Ellington

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The Biggest Snowball Fight in Earth History: Stratigraphy, Facies Analysis, and Geochronology of the Pocatello Formation, Matthew W. Ellison

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Moderating Effects of School Ethnic Composition on the Associations Between Cultural Variables and Academic Outcomes Among Latinx Youth, Juan Estrada

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Deaths of Despair in the United States, Amin Etemadifar

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Investigation of Methionine and Lysine Derivatives as a Source of Rumen-Protected Amino Acids for Lactating Dairy Cows, Mark Avila Fagundes

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The Effects of an Active Learning Intervention on Increasing Parental Efficacy Regarding Sexual Communication with Toddlers and Young Children, Melissa M. Ferguson

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The Effect of High Elevation Weather Stations on the USDA's Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Insurance Program, Wyatt Matthew Feuz

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A Laboratory Study of the Hydraulics of Moderate-Sloped Stepped Chutes with a Labyrinth Crest, L. Kade Flake

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Investigating Recommended Language Instruction of Complex Literary Texts: A Content Analysis of Close Reading Lesson Plans for Elementary Grades, Michelle Flory

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The Influence of Dairy Breed and Forage Type on Organic Dairy Heifer Performance, Sawyer Douglas Fonnesbeck

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Mechanisms of Overyielding and Coexistence in Diverse Tallgrass Prairie Communities, Leslie E. Forero

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An Investigation Into the Feasibility of Streamlining Language Sample Analysis Through Computer-Automated Transcription and Scoring, Carly Fox

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Removing Barriers to Language Sample Analysis: Computer-Automated Microstructure Scoring (CAMS), Carly Fox

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Passive Cavity Deflation after Water Entry Facilitated by a Vented Tube, Emma R. Fraley

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Big Fires, Big Trees, and Big Plots: Enhancing our Ecological Understanding of Fire with Unprecedented Field Data, Tucker J. Furniss

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The Plant Growth Promoting Ability of the Microbiome of Ceanothus velutinus from the Intermountain West Region, Jyothsna Ganesh

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An Empirical and Theoretical Investigation of Random Reinforced Forests and Shallow Convolutional Neural Networks, Nikhil Ganta

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The Influence of Culture on Behavior-Based Tasks of Impulsivity, Byron H. Garcia

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Characterizing the Variability and Heterogeneity of Stem Cells by Engineering Methods, Junnan Geng

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Data-Driven Recommendation of Academic Options Based on Personality Traits, Aashish Ghimire

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Minoritized Student Experiences with Psychoeducational Service Provision for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Megan E. Golson

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Temperature Effect on the Mechanical Properties of Steel Fiber Reinforced Ultra-High-Performance Concrete, Jenny Bernadette Gomes

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An In-Depth Look at Learning Computer Language Syntax in a High-Repetition Practice Environment, Stephanie Gonzales

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Utilization of Protective Cultures to Reduce Late Gas Formation by Paucilactobacillus wasatchensis, Ireland R. Green

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Investigating the Habits of Mind of Practicing Engineers, Theresa K. Green

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LogBERT: Log Anomaly Detection via BERT, Haixuan Guo

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Substance Misuse Transitions Between Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Impacts on Young Adult Self-Sufficiency, Amanda M. Hagman

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Synergistic Effect of High Intensity Ultrasound, Antimicrobial Compounds, and UV-A Light on Microbial Quality of Dairy Products, Bryce Rodney Hales

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Determinants of the Student Loan Decision and Financial Well-Being: The Role of Financial Education, Financial Literacy, and Student Loan Characteristics, Emily Shaffer Hales

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Accessing Healthcare in the Intermountain West During the Age of Precarious Labor, Jordan Hammon

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Navigation Performance of Line/Plane Intersection Lidar Model in Conjunction with Opportunistic Feature Tracker, Michael R. Hansen

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High-Magnification Digital Image Correlation Techniques for Aged Nuclear Fuel Cladding Testing, Robert Scott Hansen

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Efficacy of Professional Development Models in Dismantling Scientific Misconceptions, Tyler Hansen

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Active Stability Monitoring and Stability Control of DC Microgrids Using Incremental Continuous Injection, Rohail Hassan

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Analysis and Design of 3-Phase Unfolding Based AC-DC Battery Chargers, Rees R. Hatch

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Blessed Are the Poor (in Spirit): Wealth and Poverty in the Writings of the Greek Christian Fathers of the Second Century, Jacob D. Hayden

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"He Beheld the Prince of Darkness": Joseph Smith and Diabolism in Early Mormonism 1815-1831, Steven R. Hepworth

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Factors Explaining Remote Work Adoption in the United States, Paul A. Hill

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Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Nuclear Hybrid Energy Systems Using OpenModelica and RAVEN, Stephen Michael Hills

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Dietary Shifts Related to Water Availability and the Demographic Response to Changing Prey Abundance of Carnivores in the West Desert, Utah, Ashley E. Hodge

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Relationship Pacing in Adolescents Before and After a Relationship Education Course: Considering the Influence of Demographics, Relationship History and Well-Being, Sarah Hodgskiss

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Host Plant Use, Phenology, and Biological Control of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae; Halymorpha halys) in Northern Utah, Mark Cody Holthouse

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Innovative Water Management Using Advanced Irrigation Systems and Biochar, Jonathan A. Holt

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On Predicting Omnidirectional Honey Bee Traffic Using Weather and Electromagnetic Radiation, Daniel G. Hornberger

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Breast Ultrasound Image Segmentation Based on Uncertainty Reduction and Context Information, Kuan Huang

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Fixed Pattern Noise Non-Uniformity Correction Through K-Means Clustering, Andres Imperial