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2022

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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

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Efficacy of Conservation Actions for Imperiled Colorado River Fishes in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, Brian D. Healy

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The Impact of COVID-19 and Telehealth Services on Attrition Rates in Psychotherapy, Rylan B. Hellstern

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Teaching Multicultural Psychology as a Cultural Competence Intervention: An Empirical Evaluation of Course Components, Elizabeth Tish Hicks

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Calibration Procedure for DIC Strain Measurements During Vibration-based Fatigue Testing, Benjamin D. Hill

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Soil Genesis Across A Climo-Lithosequence of Western Haleakalā, Maui, Ryan C. Hodges

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The Impacts of Increased Precipitation Intensity on Dryland Ecosystems in the Western United States, Martin C. Holdrege

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Fitting Physical Models to Spatiotemporal Observations: Discovering Developmental Regulatory Networks of Drosophila, DJ Holt

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Investigating Tourists' Decision Making and Intentions for Outdoor Recreation Participation During Early COVID-19, Prasanna Humagain

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Development of a Machine Learning-Based Financial Risk Control System, Zhigang Hu

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Comparing Narrative Abilities of Monolingual and Dual-Language Learning Students At-Risk for Language and Literacy Disability, Megan Israelsen-Augenstein

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Toddler Internalizing and Externalizing Problem Behaviors and Child Care Provider Mental Health, Danielle M. Jensen Egan

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Syntax Exercises and Their Effect on Computational Thinking, Marina Johnson

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Opportunities for Optimal Apple Production Management in Arid Conditions, Sam Johnson

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Intra-operative Language Assessment for Adult Brain Tumor Survivors: A Systematic Review, Carissa Jolley

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School Resource Officers' Reports of Training and Perceptions of High School Students with Disabilities, Kandace T. Jones

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A Randomized Controlled Trial on Using Peer-Support Coaching to Improve Adherence to Online Self-Help for College Mental Health, Korena S. Klimczak

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Children's Mathematical Engagement Based on Their Awareness of Different Coding Toys' Design Features, Joseph S. Kozlowski

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Stability, Electronic Structure, and Nonlinear Optical Properties in Clusters and Materials: A Synergistic Experimental-Computational Analysis, Maksim Kulichenko

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Regional Economic Contribution of Crop Insurance Indemnity Payment in the U.S., Hwangwon Lee

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Global Change Effects on Carbon Cycling in Terrestrial Ecosystems, Guopeng Liang

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The Association of Military Sexual Harassment/Assault with Suicidal Ideation, Plans, Attempts, and Mortality Among Service Members and Veterans: A Meta-Analysis and Research Study, Whitney S. Livingston

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Measuring Changes in Motivation in Response to an Online Repeated Reading Intervention with Self-Monitoring, David N. Longhurst

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Evaluation of Hydrograph Separation Techniques with Uncertain End-Member Composition, Eileen Page Lukens

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Factors Affecting United States Geological Survey Irrigation Freshwater Withdrawal Estimates in Utah, J. Levi Manley

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Control Development for a Medium-Voltage Three-Phase Unfolding Input-Series-Output-Parallel AC-DC Converter, Mahmoud A. Mansour

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Exploring the Effects of Upstream Disturbances on Elbow Meter Performance with Numerical Modeling Applications, Riley D. Manwaring

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Using Generic Picture Cues to Promote Verbal Initiations During Play, Stephanie L. Mattson

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Dynamic System Discovery with Recursive Physics-Informed Neural Networks, Jarrod Mau

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An Examination of the Golden Ratio in General Education Classrooms, Carrie McLaughlin

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Dynamic Contextualization of Learners Within Educational Systems Through a Vygotskian Lens: A Telling Case of Jesus Christ as an Educator, Nathan B. Meidell

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Belief, Unbelief, and Rebelief in Santa Claus: A Theory of Cyclical Belief or a Belief Cycle an Introduction, Steven G. Merrell

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A Dynamic Relationship with Wilderness: Comparing Day and Multi-Day Visitors' Indicators of Quality in Wilderness Settings, Caleb Meyer

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Advances in Process Understanding and Methods to Support River Temperature Modeling in Large Regulated Systems, Bryce A. Mihalevich

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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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Kids and Campaigning: The Impact of Child Care as an Approved Campaign Expense on Women's Legislative Candidacy, Matilyn Kay Mortensen

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Effects of Providing Novel Feedstuffs to Livestock on Production and Skeletal Muscle Growth, Laura A. Motsinger

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Yang-Mills Sources in Biconformal Double Field Theory, Davis W. Muhwezi

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AI: Capturing Core Processes in the US-China Hegemonic Cycle, Connor Murphy