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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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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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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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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

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Synthesis of guaipyridine alkaloids rupestines C, D and K with studies toward the synthesis of rupestines B, J, L and M, Briana J. Mulligan

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The ASD Parent Perspective: Stress Contributors and Perceptions of Feeling Supported and Understood, Chelsea Noble

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Community Perspectives Regarding Building Electrification as a Climate Mitigation Strategy in Bellingham, WA: A Q-Study, Sarah K. Parker

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Optimistic Anthropology: Identity and Well-Being on Instagram, Katherine Picchiotti

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Cultural Differences in Emotion Regulation and Social Support Seeking, Vida Pourmand

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Not My Privilege: How Construal Level Explains Reactions to Male Privilege, Allison Schwam

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Hybridization between an invasive fruit fly and a variably plastic native sibling species, Weston Staubus

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Extension of Restricted Open-Shell Kohn-Sham Methodology to a Density-Functional Tight-Binding Framework, Reuben Szabo

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Lidar-Based Riparian Forest Assessment of the Nooksack River, Washington, Julia Tatum

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Computational Design of Novel Materials for Solar Energy Conversion and Catalysis, Corey Teply

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Mapping Genetic Variants Associated with Dynamic Protein Abundance in Haploid Yeast, Tanner Thuet-Davenport

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A Meta-Analytic Review of Asian American Well-Being, Kristina Tran

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Recovery of the sea star Heliaster kubiniji from a mass mortality event, and additional dynamics of intertidal invertebrates within the Gulf of California, Carter Urnes

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Structural Studies of the von Willebrand Factor D’ domain and its Binding Mechanism to Factor VIII, AP Wang

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Provenance of early Paleogene strata in the Bighorn Basin (Wyoming, U.S.A.): Implications for Laramide tectonism and basin-scale stratigraphic patterns, Jessica L. Welch

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Creating a Comprehensive Western American/Canadian Fire Dataset, 1880-2018, Katherine Welch

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Qualitative Analysis of the Career Transition Experiences of Intercollegiate Athletes with High Athletic Identity: A Comparison of Athletes with High or Low Religiosity, Zachary Willis

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Signaling and Trafficking in Choanoflagellates and Humans: A Study of Conserved Peptide-Binding Domains, Haley Wofford

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Revaluating the use of mollusks for estimating paleodepth in the Pacific Northwest, E Worthington

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Gender Socialization in Contemporary American Culture, Drew Elizabeth Wright

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Barriers to Educational Resources: The Effect of Disability Disclosure on Ratings of a Scholarship Applicant, Yichuan Yin

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Exploring Social Physique Anxiety, Ethnic Identity, and Gender Identity in Exercisers, Kelly M. Zwicker

2020

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Regulation of Glutamate Receptor (GLR-1) Under Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Caenorhabditis elegans, Janie Aguilera

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Slip rates and kinematics of active crustal faults in the central Oregon Cascades, Katherine Alexander

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Timing and Conditions of Metamorphism in the Cascades Crystalline Core from Garnet Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd Geochronology, Peter Baker

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Activation of Nitrite and Carbon Dioxide by Cobalt Centered Redox Active Ligand Featuring a Hemilabile Pendant Amine, Douglas F. Baumgardner

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The Impacts of Sex-Specific Diets of a Marine Predator on Ecosystem Models, Jonathan Blubaugh

Andre Lyle Act: Skin and Bones, Janine Blue

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Integrating Synthetic Biology Derived Variables into Ecological Risk Assessment Using the Bayesian Network – Relative Risk Model: Gene Drives to Control Nonindigenous M. musculus on Southeast Farallon Island, Ethan A. Brown

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Sun, Sand, & Afternoon Showers: Creating nature-based, outdoor classroom curriculum for a central florida preschool, Ali Burdick

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Nineteenth Century Sacred Music: Bruckner and the rise of the Cäcilien-Verein, Nicholas Bygate

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Does Text Messaged Social Support Attenuate Cardiovascular and Psychological Reactivity to a Laboratory Stressor?, Tabitha C. S. Caley

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Modeling the effects of climate change on streamflow and stream temperature in the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River, Katherine Mary Clarke

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The Effects of 6 Weeks of Hip-Strengthening Exercises on Drop Jump Performance in Middle School Students, Blake Corl-Baietti

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Polybenzoxazine-Grafted Composites: Accelerated Polymerization of Benzoxazine Resins from Bulk- to Microscale Mesylated Materials, Cassidy L. Crickmore

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Clam garden bivalve dietary responses and trophic shifts in relation to environment, Octavio Cruz

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Development of TI-DFTB: Transition Dipole Moment Calculations in a Time-Independent Density Functional Tight-Binding Framework, Megan Deshaye

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Non-Traditional Music Classes in Secondary Public School Music Programs, Patrick J. Doran

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LSC Fabrication and Design: Bulk Polymerization and Ultrathin Architectures, Justin T. Doyle

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Metrics of shoreline armoring impacts on beach morphology in the Salish Sea, WA, Hannah Drummond

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Language We Fall Through, Jai Dulani

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Incorporating Characteristics of Gene Drive Engineered Ae. aegypti as Methods to Reduce Dengue and Zika Virus into the Bayesian Network – Relative Risk Model, Using Ponce, Puerto Rico as a Case Study, Steven R. Eikenbary

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Analysis of the role of RNA silencing protein 1 (Rsp1) in the biogenesis of ~23-24 nt sRNAs in Tetrahymena thermophila, Samantha Elizabeth O'Keffe Neff Ernest

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Eat the Eye: Stories, Abigail Feden

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Land, Body, Liberation: An Ecofeminist Pedagogical Approach to Place-Based Education, Amy L. Fitkin

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Effect of a Coevolved Parasitic Nematode on Fitness of the Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), Holly Flann

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Applying the United States Forest Service National Framework for Sustainable Recreation to the Entiat Ranger District: From Theory to Implementation, Katherine Galambos

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The Role of Relational Mobility in Cultural Expression of Social Anxiety in Context, Jerry T. Geffre-Barnett

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Between Beaverhouse and Eden, Joey Griffith

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A Non-Invasive Technique for Tracking a Marine Predator (Phoca vitulina) Through Molecular Scat Analysis, Nathaniel Guilford

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Conifer establishment and encroachment on subalpine meadows around Mt. Baker, WA, Ben Hagedorn

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Water Resources on the Pacific Crest Trail: Thru-Hiker Experiences and Alternate Water Sources in 2019, Riley Hine

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Body Imagery: Stories and Essays, Eleanor Howell

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Bio-preservation Potential of Sediment in Eberswalde crater, Mars, Cory Hughes

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Active and passive joint position sense on healthy hips, Julianna J. Johnson

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When You Are Dead, Mikel Johnson

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Paleomagnetic and Structural Analysis of Geothermal Drill Core from Akutan, Alaska, Molly Kathleen Johnson

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Ethnography of Urban Food Policy: Increasing Food Sovereignty in Bellingham, Washington, Matia Jones

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The Feed, Zachary Kaplan-Moss

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Forest restoration of the exposed Lake Mills bed: assessing vegetation, ectomycorrhizae, and nitrogen relative to riverbank lupine (Lupinus rivularis), James Kardouni

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Novice Music Teachers: Beginning Secondary Music Teachers and the Challenges of Classroom Management, Christopher Kelley

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Testing the potential for using Structure from Motion photogrammetry methods to estimate seasonal mass balance on lower Easton Glacier, Mount Baker, WA, Elizabeth Kimberly

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Survival, growth, and radula morphology of postlarval pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) when fed six species of benthic diatoms, Lillian Miller Kuehl

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Effects of anthropogenic forest stresses on the distribution and abundance of the Olympic Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton olympicus) in the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park, Travis MacNeil Kurtz

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Enslaved Midwives in the Long Eighteenth Century: Slavery, Reproduction, and Creolization in the Chesapeake, 1720 - 1830, Emily A. Lampert

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Incorporating Climate Change Predictions in Ecological Risk Assessment: A Bayesian Network Relative Risk Model for Chinook Salmon in the Skagit River Watershed, Eric J. Lawrence