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2019

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The Rise of Populist Rhetoric and the Mainstreaming of a Party? Testing the Rhetorical Shifts Between Front National’s Presidents Jean-Marie Le Pen and Marine Le Pen, Muriel C. McGregor

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Estimating Suspended Solids and Phosphorus Loading in Urban Stormwater Systems Using High-Frequency, Continuous Data, Anthony A. Melcher

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Ruminal Protection and Intestinal Availability of Rumen-Protected Methionine and Lysine in Lactating Dairy Cows, Sara Menchu

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Boundaries and Bridges in Rangeland Social-Ecological Systems: Studies of Collaboration, Innovation, and Information Flow, Gwendŵr R. Meredith

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Evaluating Michigan's Food, Agriculture, and Resources in Motion (FARM) Science Lab as a Modality for Agricultural Literacy, Amelia J. Miller

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Epigenetic Reprogramming, Apoptosis, and Developmental Competence in Cloned Embryos, Laura A. Moley

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Foreground Removal in a Multi-Camera System, Daniel T. Mortensen

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Genetic Mapping of Grass Monoculture and Grass-Legume Mixture Compatibility QTLs in Intermediate Wheatgrass, John Mortenson

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Juxtaposition at 45 km of Temperatures from Rayleigh-Scatter Lidar and Reanalysis Models, David K. Moser

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Computational and Experimental Studies on Energy Storage Materials and Electrocatalysts, Jared B. Moss

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On Fractional Realizations of Tournament Score Sequences, Kaitlin S. Murphy

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Hydro-Climatic Changes and Corresponding Impacts on Agricultural Water Demand in the Ganges Delta of Bangladesh, Sonia Binte Murshed

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Resurgence of Cocaine-Seeking in Rats Following Long Access and Punishment, Rusty W. Nall

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Evaluation of Stream Bank Restoration to Improve Water Quality in a Semi-Arid Stream, Johnathan Neenan

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STAMINA: Stochastic Approximate Model-Checker for Infinite-State Analysis, Thakur Neupane

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The Development, Implementation, and Assessment of a Home Component to the FIT Game Healthy Eating Program, Hali King Obray

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Treatment of Clinical Perfectionism Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Clarissa W. Ong

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A New Approach for Evaluating the Ductility, Volumetric Stiffness, and Permeability of Cutoff Wall Backfill Materials, Jennifer Ostrowsky

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The Factors Affecting Wind Erosion in Southern Utah, Mehmet Ozturk

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Coaching Parents to Use Positive Behavior Support: Function-Based Interventions for Preschool Children with Challenging Behavior, Lauren E. Pace

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An Alternate and Facile Method for the Synthesis of Precursors of 3- and 6- Aminosugar Donors and a One-Pot Glycosylation Approach, Uddav Pandey

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Assessing the Impacts of LAEP Extension at USU: Development of a Model Framework, Jason G. Parkinson

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Developmental Trajectories of Aggression from Toddlerhood to Early Adolescence in Boys and Girls: Exploring Early Predictors and Later Outcomes, SuJung Park

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Classification of Urban Forms and Their Relationship with Vegetation Cover in Cache County, Utah, Stephen J. Peaden

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Ecosystem Functioning of Great Salt Lake Wetlands, Maya Cassidy Pendleton

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Investigation of Graphene Interconnections for Multifunctional Reconfigurable Antenna Beam Steering, Joshua R. Perkins

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The Value of Farmland: Mapping Assessor Data to Understand Land Use Change, Lyndi Perry

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Edge Caching for Small Cell Networks, Md Ferdous Pervej

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Monitoring Desert Ungulates via Fecal DNA-Based Capture Recapture, Stephen S. Pfeiler

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Spring Precipitation in Intermountain West Influenced by Quasi-Biennial Oscillation, Jason A. Phelps

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Tacting of Function in College Student Mental Health: An Online and App-Based Approach to Psychological Flexibility, Benjamin Pierce

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Standards-Based Grading: A Correlational Study Between Grades and End-of-Level Test Scores, Tyler R. Poll

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Visible Light-Triggered Carbon Monoxide-Releasing Molecules, Marina Popova

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Design of Capacitive Wireless Power Transfer Systems with Enhanced Power Density and Stray Field Shielding, Ujjwal Pratik

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Linkage of Climate Diagnostics in Predictions for Crop Production: Cold Impacts in Taiwan and Thailand, Parichart Promchote

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Ediacaran Depositional Age and Subsequent Fluid-Rock Interactions in the Mutual and Browns Hole Formations of Northern Utah, Ashley W. Provow

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Effects of Mid-Gestation Nutrient Restriction on Carcass Measurements and Meat Quality of Resultant Offspring, Shelby M. Quarnberg

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Understanding Security Threats of Emerging Computing Architectures and Mitigating Performance Bottlenecks of On-Chip Interconnects in Manycore NTC System, Chidhambaranathan Rajamanikkam

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Untangling the Economic and Social Impediments to Producer Adoption of Organic Wheat, Donya L. Ralph-Quarnstrom

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Experience of Microaggressions: White Bystanders’ Physiological and Psychological Reactions, Alexandra K. Reveles

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Mao’s War on Women: The Perpetuation of Gender Hierarchies Through Yin-Yang Cosmology in the Chinese Communist Propaganda of the Mao Era, 1949-1976, Al D. Roberts

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Exploring the Physiology and Evolution of Hornworts, Tanner A. Robison

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Herbage Characteristics Affecting Intake by Dairy Heifers Grazing Grass-Monoculture and Grass-Birdsfoot Trefoil, Marcus F. Rose

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The Red Front Door, A Memoir, Camila B. Sanabria

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Predicting Critical Warps in Near-Threshold GPGPU Applications Using a Dynamic Choke Point Analysis, Sourav Sanyal

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Parametric Study of Mixture Component Contributions to Compressive Strength and Impact Energy Absorption Capacity of a High Strength Cementitious Mix with no Coarse Aggregate, Md. Abdullah Al Sarfin

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Evaluation of a Proprietary Slow-Release Oxytocin Therapy and Return of the Luteolytic Mechanism in Mares, Brendan Andrew Sarnecky

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Elevating Outdoor Recreation Together: Opportunities for Collaboration Between State Offices of Outdoor Recreation and Federal Land Management Agencies, Brooke A. Sausser

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Rural Aging: The Geographic Reach of Service Access in Utah, Identifying Barriers and Solutions, Alexandra T. Schiwal

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Staff Perceptions of Quality Interactions in Dementia Care, Rebecka A. Schultz

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Machine Learning Techniques as Applied to Discrete and Combinatorial Structures, Samuel David Schwartz

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Structural Control of Thermal Fluid Circulation and Geochemistry in a Flat-Slab Subduction Zone, Peru, Brandt E. Scott

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The Influence of an English-as-a-Second-Language Professional Development Program on Perceptions of Teacher Efficacy for Instructing English Language Learners, Dinah Scott

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Statistical Analysis of a Channel Emulator for Noisy Gradient Descent Low Density Parity Check Decoder, Rakin Muhammad Shadab

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Evaluation of a Computer-Based Observer-Effect Training on Mothers' Vocal Imitation of Their Infant, Kerry A. Shea

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Adapting Environmental Ethics and Behaviors: Toward a Posthuman Rhetoric of Community Engagement, Beth J. Shirley

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Developing and Securing Software for Small Space Systems, Brandon L. Shirley

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Emerging Security Threats in Modern Digital Computing Systems: A Power Management Perspective, Rajesh Jayashankara Shridevi

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Developing, Adopting, and Executing 100% Net-Renewable Electricity Resolutions at the Local Level, Emily E. Skill

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Crypto-Jewish Identity in the Inquisition of Mexico City, Suzanne E. Skinner

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Physiological, Behavioral, and Self-Report Outcomes of Acceptance and Regulation Approaches to Exposures for Intrusive Thoughts, Brooke M. Smith

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The Long Horizon, Tiffany Smith

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Full-Pose Estimation and Tracking Control for a Multi-Rotor Aircraft Package Exchange, Trent P. Smith

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Effects of Soil-Borne Pathogens on Seedling Establishment Patterns in Forest Systems, Eric P. Sodja

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Reducing Thermal Bridging and Understanding Second-Order Effects in Concrete Sandwich Wall Panels, Taylor J. Sorensen

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Mountain-Block Recharge to the Cache Valley Principal Aquifer and Geochemical Controls on Groundwater Movement in Alpine Karst, Skyler J. Sorsby

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A Model Explaining Medusahead Invasion and Novel Targeted Grazing Approaches of Control, Casey N. Spackman

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Couple Recovery from Problematic Pornography Use: A Phenomenological Study of Change Moments and Common Factors, Travis J. Spencer

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Hydraulic Average of Multiple Tap Sets to Improve Performance of Venturi Flowmeters With Upstream Disturbance, Taylor Stauffer

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Experimental Investigation of N2O/O2 Mixtures as Volumetrically Efficient Oxidizers for Small Spacecraft Hybrid Propulsion Systems, Rob L. Stoddard

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Do Booster Emails Improve Learning Transfer Among Parenting Professionals?, Benjamin C. Stout

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Trout Habitat in an Altered Gravel-Bed River with an Augmented Flow Regime, Jacob B. Stout

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Cost-Effective Synthesis, Bioactivity and Cellular Uptake Study of Aminoglycosides with Antimicrobial and Connexin Hemichannel Inhibitory Activity, Yagya P. Subedi

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Spectral, Energy and Computation Efficiency in Future 5G Wireless Networks, Haijian Sun

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Query AutoAwesome, Chetna Suryavanshi

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The Influence of Adjacent Weed Populations on Thrips and IYSV in Onion, S. Andrew Swain

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Radiation Pattern Reconfigurable Horn Antenna Based on Parasitic Layer Concept, Mehmet Tanagardi

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Reservoir Applications of Arced Labyrinth Weirs, Seth D. Thompson

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Error-Floors of the 802.3an LDPC Code for Noise Assisted Decoding, Tasnuva Tarannum Tithi

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Using a Discrete Choice Experiment to Estimate Willingness to Pay for Location Based Housing Attributes, Kristopher C. Toll

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Rewriting Eden With The Book of Mormon: Joseph Smith and the Reception of Genesis 1-6 in Early America, Colby Townsend

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Assessing Amendment Treatments for Sodic Soil Reclamation in Arid Land Environments, Sandra Udy

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Design and Evaluation of Convolutional Networks for Video Analysis of Bee Traffic, Prateek Vats

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Industry Compliance Costs Under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Evidence from Compliance Credits, Arthur R. Wardle

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Twenty-First Century Skills: A Needs Assessment of School-Based Agricultural Education Teachers, Kisia J. Weeks

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Investigating the Roles of Bacterial Endosymbionts in the Evolution of Adelgidae (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha), Kathryn M. Weglarz

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Built-In Return-Oriented Programs in Embedded Systems and Deep Learning for Hardware Trojan Detection, Nathanael R. Weidler

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Of One Divided Mind: Fundamental Causes of the Nineteenth-Century Brethren Schism, 1850-1880, Daniel S. Weller

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Newspaper Representations of Homelessness: A Temporal Comparative Analysis, Sarah Werman

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A Geochemical Analysis of Tosawihi Quarries Chert Using X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry, Bethany M. Wurster

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Explorations and Collaborations on Two Under-Recognized Native American Food Crops: Southwest Peach (Prunus Persica) and Navajo Spinach (Cleome Serrulata), Reagan C. Wytsalucy

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Responding to Microaggressions: Evaluation of Bystander Intervention Strategies, Tianyi Xie

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Optimal Foraging and Population Dynamics: An Archaeological Investigation at the Birch Creek Rockshelters, Idaho, Samuel H. M. Yeates

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GPU-Accelerated Demodulation for a Satellite Ground Station, Emily Clark Young

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Methods for Meta–Analyses of Rare Events, Sparse Data, and Heterogeneity, Brinley Zabriskie

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Deep Learning for Crack-Like Object Detection, Kaige Zhang

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Stochastic Geometry Based Performance Study in 5G Wireless Networks, Zekun Zhang

2018

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Three Essays on the Economics of Controlling Mobile-Source Episodic Air Pollution, Ramjee Acharya

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Integrated Systems Modeling to Improve Watershed Habitat Management and Decision Making, Ayman H. Alafifi

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Comparison of Methods for Extracting Lactobacillus wasatchensis DNA from Broth Media, Milk, and Cheese for Subsequent PCR-Based Analyses, Tyler Allen