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2022

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Tending to, Brittany Atkinson

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Microbial Community Dynamics During Key Life History Transitions in the Deep-Sea Chemosymbiotic Mussel, Gigantidas childressi, Tessa F. Beaver

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Characterization of phenotypic traits related to loss-of-function and ectopic expression of bHLH093 and bHLH061 in Arabidopsis thaliana, Leila Belhadjali

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Activation of Meta-stereotypes and Prejudice: The Moderating Role of Self-compassion During Perspective-taking, Haley Bock

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The Effect of Economic Scarcity on Racial Perceptions, Michael Brooks

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Testing Potential Triggering Mechanisms of Long-runout Catastrophic Rock Avalanches in the Nooksack River Basin, Whatcom County, Washington, Eric R. Brown

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Reconstructing deglacial and Holocene climatic and environmental change in the Snowy Mountains of southeast Australia, Aidan Warner Burdick

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Soft Bellies / Hold the Babies, Kathleen L. Byrd

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Synthesis and characterization of PLGA capped gold nanoparticles for use in cancer therapeutics, Tara Chin

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Vocal Pedagogy With The Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Singer., Clarkia Cobb

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Bioaccumulation of metals in Whatcom County estuaries by native tidal plants, Margaret Critchlow

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Spectral Variability in Naturally Weathered Rock Surfaces and Implications for Mars, Sabrina Curtis

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Larger than Jelly Alone: Appalachian Reproductive Politics in the Depression Era, Katelyn Damron

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High Gravity Days, Madeline Downie

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Primary cilia display a non-uniform response to intracellular calcium release, Hannah R. Fisher

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Glacier Peak and the Chocolate Factory: Recurring debris flows from the eastern flank of Glacier Peak stratovolcano, North Cascades, Washington State, USA, Edward M. Fordham

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Using crystal zoning, thermobarometry, and MELTS to elucidate Koma Kulshan’s (Mt. Baker) transcrustal magma storage system, northern Cascade arc, Brendan Garvey

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Restoring the Nooksack Watershed Through Community-Driven Forest Stewardship, Alexander Harris

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To Erupt or Not to Erupt? That is the Question: Extremely High Levels of Background Seismicity and Lack of Eruptivity from 2003-2019 at Gareloi Volcano, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, Kiana Tamarie Harris

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UAV remote sensing approaches to mapping glacier ablation and snow algae radiative forcing in the North Cascades., Shannon Healy

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Analysis of Eelgrass in Padilla Bay, Washington Using an Uncrewed Aerial System, Hannah Hein

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Somatic Learning and Eco-Anxiety in Environmental Education Teacher Preparation, Pippa Hemsley

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Nickel Phosphide Photothermal Catalyst Development for CO2-Derived Solar Fuels, Hannah K. Hennig

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Forearc erosion in response to megathrust plate coupling along the Wairarapa Coastline, New Zealand, Chantel E. Jensen

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A Love That Dare Not Speak: Empire’s Impact on Sodomy Persecutions in Victorian London, Kristina Kelehan

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Tire-wear-particle leachate toxicity to Americamysis bahia: analysis of sublethal and molecular effects, Karrin Leazer

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Foraging ecology of sexually-dimorphic marine generalist predators: describing stellar sea lion diet along the northern Washington coast, Zöe Kathryn Lewis

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Norwegian American Language Identity, Else Lindsey

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Eruption Evolution of West Mata Volcano, NE Lau Basin Using Hydroacoustic and Video Data, Mikkel Shanice Louis

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Western Symphony Orchestra April 29, 2022 Program Notes, Johnathon Lyons

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You Were Conceived on the Living Room Floor, Zoë Maki

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Off-channel habitat restoration using groundwater infiltration galleries in the Methow River Basin, Washington, Nicole Masurat

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Predator-induced Hatching Plasticity of Northeastern Pacific Coast Nudibranchs, Geoffrey Masato Mayhew

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Covalent Modifications as Targets and Means for Research in Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, Derek McCaffery

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The effect of Targeted Acoustic Startle Technology on the foraging success of individual harbor seals, Kathleen Anne McKeegan

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No, I Don’t Think it was Rape: The Relationship between Rape Acknowledgment Status and Perceptions of Sexual Violence, Paige K. Michel

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The Effects of Autonomy-Supportive vs Controlling Feedback on the Performance of Novice Jugglers, Dominique Mullicane

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A Canon Within a Canon: The Influence of the 30 berühmte Quartette on the Contemporary Reception of Haydn’s String Quartets, Casey Mullin

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A Comparison of Dietary Intake in Female College Volleyball Players Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Justine Nuckols

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Sortase-Mediated Ligation to Investigate Large IDR-Containing Cytoskeletal Regulators, Melissa Oueld Es Cheikh

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Good dog. An osteometric and morphometric analysis of Coast Salish dog breeds from archaeological sites 45WH1, 45WH9, 45WH17, 45WH34, Courtney Jo Paton

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A Pound of Dirt in Spoonfuls, Gloria Pearlman-Warren

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Cycles or Repetitions: A Quantitative Analysis of Alluvial Bed Thicknesses, Kristopher D. Phillips

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Assessing the Use of the California Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus) Within Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (IMTA), Casey Pruitt

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GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION OF DESICCATION RESISTANCE IN RHAGOLETIS ZEPHYRIA (DIPTERA: TEPHRITIDAE) IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: AN ADAPTIVE RESPONSE TO LOCAL BIOCLIMATE, Nathan Roueche

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Structural History of the Bald Mountain Mining District, Nevada, USA, David Paul Ryan

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A State-of-the-art Review on the Underlying Mechanisms of Running Economy, Paul Allen Sage

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Bitter Roots, Caity Scott

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Ear Training and Skill Building Within the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Mike Scott

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The Curious Case of Concept: A Nation-Wide Survey of Faculty Beliefs About Quantum Mechanics Concept Inventories Uncovers New Details Regarding Physical Chemistry Experts’ Understanding of Conceptual Knowledge., Matt Smiley

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“Say Her Name”: The Influence of Victim Race, Demeanor, Severity of Force, and Individual Difference Factors on Perceptions of Excessive Force Against A Woman, Brooklynn Smith

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Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications of Thiolated Silk Fibroin, Jeremy Martinez Talusig

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True Orchard: Poems, Ashley Thompson

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Who We Are is Who I Am: Collective Continuity and Socialization Processes for LGBTQ+ Emerging Adults, Kit Turner

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Faith in a Changing Climate: Policy Framing and Southern Evangelical Christian Views on Climate Policy, Sydne Tursky

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Embodied Feminism: An Ethnographic Study of Abortion Access and Hopeful Praxis, Nicolette Tuttle

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Blood Replacement Therapy by Generation of Polymeric Recombinant Hemoglobin Using “Click Chemistry” and Circular Tandem Repeat Proteins, Johanna Hamilton Urbach

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Structural History of the Formidable-Le Conte Mountain Area, North Cascades, WA, Nyle Weldon

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Witness Marks: Notes on a Family, B. Woods

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Methane emissions in Port Susan Bay: the missing link in carbon accounting, Rachel S. Yonemura

2021

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Vamos Outdoors Project’s Innovative Schools Based Programs During COVID-19: Program Assessment, Andrew Basabe

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The Comic Way Towards the Universal Self: Socioecological Trauma and the Wounds Left by Survival, Gabriel Bugarin

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Mixotrophy by Phytoflagellates in the Northern Gulf of Alaska: Impacts of Physico-Chemical Characteristics and Prey Concentration on Feeding by Photosynthetic Nano- and Dinoflagellates, Hana Busse

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Holistic approaches for invasive species management: Exploring biotic resistance of European green crab (Carcinus maenas) via river otter (Lontra canadensis) diet, Bobbie Buzzell

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Implementation of a Constraint and Configuration Interaction Methodology Into Density Functional Tight Binding, Gunnar J. Carlson

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The effect of large woody debris, direct seeding, and distance from the forest edge on species composition on novel terraces following dam removal on the Elwha River, WA., Sara J. Cendejas-Zarelli

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Pyridinediimine Complexes with Coordination Sphere Interactions Relevant to Copper and Non-Heme Iron Enzymes, Pui Man Audrey Cheung

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From the Achievement Gap to the Opportunity Gap: Increasing Accountability Among Faculty and Staff in STEM through an Inclusion and Social Mindfulness Intervention, Kayla Christiani

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Biodegradable plastic degradation products alter germination and growth of Aspergillus, Taylor Cofer

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Partner preference in the intertidal: possible benefits of ocean acidification to sea anemone-algal symbiosis, Natalie Coleman

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Enhancing Plasmonic Nanomaterials: Colorimetric Sensing and SERS, John Crockett

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The Effect of Cognitive Load on Involuntary Musical Imagery, Kayleigh I. Cutshaw

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How Science Policies Influence Ecological User-Engaged Research in Brazil and Peru?, Aline C. de Oliveira Machado Prata

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An Analysis of Hope and Future Orientation in the Context of School Climate in Mongolian Secondary Schools, Jaime Diaz

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Public Lands and Climate Change: An Evaluation of the North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership, Kristen Doering

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Organic Crystal Nucleation in Ultrathin Liquid Films: Applications of Computational and Experimental Methods for the Exploration of Dynamic Spatial Relationships and Controlled Growth, Haley Doran

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Local Museums, Global Publics: how online programing during COVID-19 impacted the way museums define their audiences, Madeline R. Duffy

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Understanding the Impact of Stress on Sexual Behavior: A Study of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Masturbation Habits of Americans, Holly Edwards

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Training Patterns of Tactical Athletes, Emily Elliott

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Exploring Biochemical Mechanisms with Hybrid Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics and Enhanced Sampling Methods, Edwin Enciso

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Framing History at Three Commemorative Sites to Atrocity: the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Whitney Plantation Museum, and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Erin M. Escobar

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Exploration of Dancers' Post-Injury Psychological Experiences, Marísa Kelly Rose Fernandez

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Synthesis and Reactions of Medium-Ring Silyl Ethers, Inna A. Fomina

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Individual Variability in Foraging Success of Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) Preying on Pacific Salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) Informs Predator Management, Grace Freeman

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Assessing energy justice: The case of Xwe’chi’eXen, Cherry Point, Andrea Gemme

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Edible Seaweeds of the Salish Sea: Contaminant Levels and Comparison with Common Foods, Jennifer Hahn

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Time Sculpture: The Poetics of Memory and Identity, Stephen L. Haines

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Intergroup Conflict and the Spread of the Bow and Arrow in the Salish Sea Region, David Hanna

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To Rip // Time, CeAnna Heit

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Marine Ecosystem Response to Late Pleistocene Rapid Climate Change in the Salish Sea, Alex Victor Hernandez

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Between Fight and Flight: Essays and Poems, Katie Higinbotham

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Effects of Environmental Aging on the Acute Toxicity and Chemical Composition of Various Microplastic Leachates, Allie Johnson

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Reidentifying Sources of Tephra in the Izu-Bonin Arc: Recognizing Recent Rear-arc Volcanism 1.1 – 2.7 Ma, Cassandra King

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Floodplain response to Eocene Thermal Maximum 2 in the southern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, U.S.A., Eve Lalor

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Martian Spectroscopy: Laboratory calibration of the Perseverance rover’s Mastcam-Z and photometric investigation of Mars-analog ferric-coated sand, Kristiana Lapo

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Fairyboy: A Memoir, Keegan Lawler

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The Effect of EMG Biofeedback Training on Muscle Activation in an Impingement Population, Eliot Mackay

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A Comparison of the Actual and Recommended Diving Profiles of Dominican Republic Diver Fishermen, Kasey Mallon Andrews

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Demystifying Denitrification: Coordination Complexes Give Valuable Insight into the Reduction of Nitrogen Oxides, Walker R. Marks

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“Not Like Other Girls”: Implicit and Explicit Dimensions of Internalized Sexism and Behavioral Outcomes, Kira K. Means