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2023

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The Perfectionist, Katherine Abdallah

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The Well-Coordinated Pianist, Avery Alexander

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Boundaries to Belonging: An Ethnography of Refugee Resettlement in Washington State, Elizabeth Baseman

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Jazz Choir Arranging: Tips and Best Practices, Connor Bennion

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Development of Silk Microparticles Capable of Bioluminescence, Monique Berg

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Coupling Unoccupied Aerial System Surveys and Elevation Measurements to Predict Native and Nonnative Eelgrass Cover in Padilla Bay, Jacqui Bergner

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The Effects of an Imagery Intervention on Self-Efficacy during Athletic Injury Rehabilitation, Peyton Ann Bilo

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Rhetorical Vulnerability, Sophia Brauner

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Interrogating centrosome protein dynamics, centriolar satellite regulation mechanisms, and autofluorescence characterization of Caenorhabditis elegans using Förster resonance energy transfer-fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FRET-FLIM) and fluorescence microscopy, Elizabeth A. Cameron

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All of This Will End, Sean Dolan

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Who’s Nature? Ontological Narrative Dissonance Among Skagit River Fishery Coalitions, Jann Eberharter

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I'm Sorry, I Love You, Jemma Everyhope-Roser

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Glacial loss and threatened fish: The future of Mount Rainier’s cold-water Bull Trout habitats, Kathleen C. Ewen

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Moral Injury in Survivors of Domestic Violence, Camille A. Fogel

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Learning from Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Paralytic Shellfish Toxins in Butter Clams, Jackelyn Garcia

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Structural, Mutational, and Kinetic Characterization of URA4, an Isocytosine Deaminase, Ashlee Hoffman

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Stereoselective Synthesis of (+)- and (-)-Cananodine, Haley Holliday

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Activity and Selectivity of Class B Sortase Enzymes, Sophie Jackson

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Simple Gifts in Wind Band Repertoire: A comparative analysis of three wind band pieces featuring the Shaker melody "Simple Gifts", Jared Johnson

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Impact of Riverbank Lupine (Lupinus rivularis) on Grand Fir (Abies grandis) Ectomycorrhizal Symbioses, Andrew Labay

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Paleomagnetic Determination of Vertical Axis Block Rotation near the Doty Fault in southwestern Washington, Charles Linneman

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"Eden is on Puget Sound": Folk Music Stories in the Northwest, Rosie Lockie Everson

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The Toxicity of Dopamine on Salish Sea Phytoplankton, Allyson Lombardo

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Does sediment supply impact the threshold for initial sediment motion in natural, gravel bedded streams?, Emily Loucks

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The Impact of Polychlorinated Biphenyls on the Development of Zebrafish (Danio rerio), Megan Moma

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A metagenomic analysis of the microbial communities associated with different hydrothermal vent chimneys, Laura Murray

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Distribution and Mixotrophy of Cryptophyte Phytoplankton in the Northern Gulf of Alaska, Megan O'Hara

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Contours, Max Owens

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Modeling 21st Century Peak Flows in the Nooksack River Basin in Northwestern Washington State Using Dynamically-Downscaled Global Climate Model Projections, Evan A. Paul

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Motivations for and Barriers to Forest Certification of Washington State Trust Lands, Tracy Petroske

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The effects of diatom-specific polyunsaturated aldehydes on larval zebrafish (Danio rerio), Rachel Raymer

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The Effect of Long-Haul COVID-19 on Balance Confidence in Older Adults, Mariel Relyea

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Cannabidiol Administered via Vapor Inhalation Restores Social Interaction Deficits in a Mouse Model of Social Anxiety, Brennen Risch

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The Economic and Emissions Reduction Potential of Air Source Heat Pumps as a Replacement for Natural Gas and Electric Resistance Space Heating in the Contiguous United States, Joshua Schraer

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Impact of Carbonaceous and Inorganic Nanomaterial Chemistry on Polymer Additive Release from Weathered Epoxy Composites, Haley Sefi-Cyr

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Social Justice Through Beach Access and Community-Based Placemaking in Puna, Hawai'i, Yumi-Shika Shridhar

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Program Notes for Gabriel Fauré’s Violin Sonata No.1 in A Major, Op. 13, Ernest Chausson’s Poéme, Op. 25, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80, Madeline Smith

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Selectivity and structure of chimeric loop swaps in SH2 domains, Sarah N. Smith

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Words Might've Misshapened Me, Taylor Stafford

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Impact of fluctuating temperature and elevated CO2 on the growth, survival, and metabolic rate of the endangered pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) in the Salish Sea, Jaclyn Stapleton

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Adoption of Agroforestry Practices in Northwest Washington State: An Ex-ante Case-Study, Ava Stone

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Love Pedagogy: Justice, Mattering, and Care in and Out of the Classroom, Gabby Triana

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Questioned Identity: Morisca Women and the Spanish Inquisition, Nathan Van Aken

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Force Production Asymmetry in Males and Females During Three Variations of a Countermovement Push-up, Taylor Walston

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Steel Bands in US Secondary Classrooms: Process and Pedagogy, Jonathan Woods

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Stranger Than, Anna K. Young

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Synonyms for Bloodline, Tanya Young

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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Responses of the symbiotic sea anemone Anthopleura elegantissima to microplastics, Robert Beck

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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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Species Distribution and Abundance of Bering Sea Tunicates with Implications for Coastal Food Security, Meghan Bugaj

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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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Using Frog Embryo Teratogenesis Assay-Xenopus laevis (FETAX) to Study Metals and Temperature as Multiple Stressors in Cascades Frog (Rana cascadae), Adam Turner (Cockrill) Crispin

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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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Transport Mechanisms of Nitrate on the Washington Shelf, Liesl G. Danyluk

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Promoting pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) recovery in the Salish Sea: The effects of fluctuating temperature and elevated CO2 on survival, growth, and radula morphology, Elizabeth Janie Diehl

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High Gravity Days, Madeline Downie

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A Mastcam Multispectral Investigation of Rock Variability in Gale Crater, Mars: Implications for Alteration in the Clay-Sulfate Transition of Mount Sharp, Alivia Eng

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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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Re-Presenting People: Critically Reviewing Existing Imagery of Traditional Coast Salish Lifeways and Creating New Images, Beatrice Franke

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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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Soil Mesofauna and Microbial Community Response to Mixed Biochar and Compost Application in a Skagit Silt Loam, Jameson Goff

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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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Structural Characterization of Factor VIII-Inhibitor Complexes and Factor VIII Lipid Binding Mechanics, Corbin Mitchell

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“Let ‘er Buck!”: Race, Gender, and Performance at the Pendleton Round-Up, 1910-2000., Kylee Moneypenny

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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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The photochemical evolution of dissolved black carbon in snow: a case study from the North Cascades, Molly Peek