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2020

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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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Andre Lyle Act: Skin and Bones, Janine Blue

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

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

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Neural Signaling Dynamics of Conditioning in C. elegans, Micaela R. Pribic

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Organic Molecular Crystal Engineering via Organic Vapor-Liquid-Solid Deposition, Griffin Reed

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Ornithology in the Absence of Birds, Christa Rohrbach

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Rationalizations Within Neoliberalism: Public Schools, Protection, and the 1980s-1990s Culture Wars in Whatcom County, Washington, Vaughan Shubert

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Genomic Insights and Ecological Adaptations of Deep-Subsurface and Near Subsurface Thermococcus Isolates, Lilja Caitlin Strang

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The Effectiveness of Large Woody Debris Placement at Improving Freshwater Rearing Habitat and Enhancing Juvenile Salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) Production, Caroline J. Walls

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Textile Recycling: The Influence of Moral Licensing on the Overconsumption of Clothing, Rebecca A. Williams

2019

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Effect of Cupping Therapy on Respiratory Gas Exchange in Trained Endurance Runners, Maximilian Antush

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String Sinfonia, June 3, 2019, Program Notes, Mika Armaly

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There Is Only Us: Stories, Zoë S. (Zoë Scout) Ballering

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The effects of hallux valgus and walking speed on dynamic balance in older adults, Carolyn E. Barbee

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Synthesis of a stimulus responsive phosphine ligand and metal binding studies, Gabriel Bourne

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Isopeptide Ligations Catalyzed by Streptococcus Suis Sortase A, Sarah Bowersox

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Effects of Deep Slow Breath Training on Performance and Recovery During High Intensity Interval Cycling, Andrew D. (Andrew David) Brown

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Ethical Entanglements: Attunement and New Materialist Rhetoric, Gabriel L. Carter

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Projecting a white savior, the body, and policy: pre-classical and transitional cinema's boxing films in the United States 1893-1915, Siobhan Marie Chaney Carter

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Rhythmic Structure and Style Characteristics in the Medium of the Beatles, Robert Creigh

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Display Cases, Andrew (Andrew Alan) Crook

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A Song with Only One Word, Bailey Cunningham

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All-healing weapon: the value of Oplopanax horridus root bark in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, Alissa B. (Alissa Bronwyn) Daschbach

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Are You What You Eat? The Complexities of Food Choice, Normative Influence, and Identity., Melanie del Rosario

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Slip and strain accumulation along the Sadie Creek fault, Olympic Peninsula, Washington, Cody Duckworth

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Everyone Can Grow! Winter Programming Using an Indoor Horticulture Environmental Education Program to Benefit Military Veterans, Rachel Elam

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Effect of Pedal Stance Width Manipulation via Pedal Spacers on Lower Limb Frontal Plane Kinematics During Cycling, Andrew Fife

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Quantifying the magnitude and spatial variability of bedrock erosion beneath the Sisters Glacier, Washington, using cosmogenic 3He concentrations, Sarah W. Francis

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Modeling the Effects of Climate Variability on Hydrology and Stream Temperatures in the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, Kyra Freeman

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Structural Studies of Complexes of Blood Coagulation Factor VIII, Joseph S. Gish

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After-Lands, Joanna R. Gordon

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My story is not my own: A qualitative analysis of personal continuity and group narrative, Kristín G. (Kristin Guðbjörg) Haraldsson

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Barriers and Coping Strategies Among Women in a Food Desert, Renee Holt

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Progress Towards the Substrate-bound Structure of Streptococcus pneumoniae Sortase A, Nicholas M. Horvath

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Photometric investigations of weathering rinds and coatings with implications for Mars, Kathleen Hoza

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Not Just Nature, Sarah Kellogg

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Seismic Structure of Tanaga Island, Alaska, Kevin F. (Kevin Francis) Lally

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Post/Script: A Repository of Fragile Things, J. R. Lara

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Healthier Together? A Meta-Analytic Review of Community Identification and LGBTQ Health, Kendall Lawley

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Modeling Climate-Dependent Larval Growth Rate and Duration of Olympia oysters in the Salish Sea, Jake A. Lawlor

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A Multivariate Analysis of the Relationship Between the Water Quality Conditions and Algal Species Composition of Six Mountain Lakes in the North Cascades, WA, USA, Michael P. Lawlor

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The Role of Social Exchange in Collaborative Watershed Management: A Case Study in the Nooksack River Watershed, Washington, USA, Jocelyn Leroux

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Increased Hydrologic Variability Near the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary (Piceance Creek Basin, Colorado, U.S.A.)), Anna Lesko

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A Needs Assessment of the Perceptions and Opportunities to Enhance Nature Exploration at Publicly Funded Preschools, Naomi Liebhold

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Surface modified gold nanorods based mercury sensor, Tianqi Luan

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Exploring the Relationship Between Stress-Related Growth and Basic Psychological Needs Following Athletic Injuries, Samantha L. MacDonald

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Spatiotemporal Diversity of Alpine Snow Algae Communities in the Pacific Northwest, Rachael C. Mallon

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The Amukura Water Project: Utilization of Photovoice to Examine Water Use and Needs in Western Kenya, Cecilia Martin

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Optimizing abalone outplant strategies using larval Haliotis kamtschatkana in the San Juan Archipelago, Washington, Katherine Mills-Orcutt

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Paleomagnetic results from Upper Triassic and Middle Jurassic strata of east-central New Mexico, and implication for North American APWP, Masoud Mirzaei Souzani

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American Affection and Ecuadorian Expression: Cultural Differences in Romantic Relationships, Jenni Miska

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Validation of Predicted Tsunami Inundation for the Inland Coast of the Salish Sea Associated with Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes, Paige Morkner

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Development of cryopreservation methods for sperm of pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) for conservation aquaculture., Caitlin O'Brien

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Trunk, Hip and Knee Motions During a Step-Down Test and Running in Patellofemoral Pain Individuals, Katie Olinger

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When Dark Flakes Fall, Realizing A Visionary Indigenous Origin Story, Kona Ongoy

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Fascia Thickness and Mechanical Demand at the Ankle Joint during Dance Jumps in Classically Trained Ballet Dancers, Sarah Perry

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Springtime benthic fluxes in the Salish Sea: Environmental parameters driving spatial variation in the exchange of dissolved oxygen, inorganic carbon, nutrients, and alkalinity between the sediments and overlying water, Emma I. Rigby

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The Influence of Gender and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education Leadership, Jordan A. Romager

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Development of a Rangeland Degradation Risk Model for the Peruvian Andes, Colin Schmidt

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Multifunctional Microgels for Nanoparticle-Based Detection Methodologies, Alyson Silva

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Wandering Between Worlds: The Huxleyan Undercurrents in Human Psychology, Adam Harrison Smith

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Structural Studies on the Mechanism of Argyrin B and the L12 – L11 Ribosomal Protein Interface, Christopher Swanson

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Under what conditions could eelgrass measurably drawdown carbon? Relating carbon drawdown to pCO2, irradiance, and leaf area index of Zostera marina, Tyler Tran

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Dendroclimatology of yellow cedar (Callitropsis nootkatensis) and late Holocene temperature variability on the western slopes of the North Cascades in Washington State, Christopher A. (Chrisopher Anthony) Trinies

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Functional Analysis of Cyc2 in Microbial Mat Communities of Mariana Arc and Back-arc Hydrothermal Vents, Christina A. Turner

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The Atomic and Electronic Structure and Tunability of Ruddlesden-Popper Phases for Photovoltaic Applications, Britt A. Tyler

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Assessing Coastal Vulnerability to Storm Surge and Wave Impacts with Projected Sea Level Rise within the Salish Sea, Nathan R. VanArendonk

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Evaluating Comprehensive School Safety through a Global Baseline Survey of Disaster Risk Reduction Policies in the Education Sector, Adriana Varchetta

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Synthesis of an Archazolid Based Enzyme Inhibitor, Cooper A. Vincent

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An Ideal Approach to Prejudice: An Investigation of Promotion-oriented Motivators Underlying Interracial Interactions, Rachael Waldrop

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amateur architects, Lucas Walker

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Impacts of Major Freshwater Ions on the Acute Toxicity and Chemical Behavior of Silver Nanoparticles, Claire A. Walli

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Washington State’s Centennial Accord and the Role of Tribal Governments in Regional Comprehensive Planning Under the Growth Management Act and Associated Planning Laws, Elliott Winter

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The Effect of a Brief Mindfulness Intervention on Free-Throw Shooting Performance Under Pressure, Nathan J. Wolch

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Clinopyroxene trace element chemistry as a proxy for magma compositional variations in the Izu Bonin rear arc over the last 15 million years, Kimberly N. (Kimberly Nicole) Wurth

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Peru's Musical Heritage of the Viceroyalty: The Creation of a National Identity, Fabiola Yupari

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Estimating Probability of Blow Fly Colonization in Eastern Washington: a Forensic Entomology Experiment, Heather Zarkos Boswell

2018

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You Know?: Decoding ‘Knowing’ in the English Professor/Student Relationship, Chloe Allmand

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Learning Through Action in Whatcom County, Washington: Developing and Assessing the Impact of Youth for Environment and People (YEP!), Sahar Arbab

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Biomonitoring in Seattle: Spatial Variation and Source-Determining of Airborne Pollutants in High-Traffic Areas, Saba Asefa

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The Impact of Exposure Time and Interference from Cognitive Activity on the Frequency of Involuntary Videogame Thoughts, Victoria Au

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Evaluation of the Stream Function Assessment Methodology (SFAM) in watersheds of the Puget Sound lowlands, Michelle Bahnick

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The Unfurling Frond, Rebecca Beardsall

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Joint Motions of the Knee, Hip, and Trunk during a Single-Leg Step-Down Test and Running, Cody J. Brocato

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Improved Thermal and Mechanical Properties and Increased Miscibility of Polybenzoxazine in Blends with Functionalized Thermoplastics and Particles, Emily A. Brown

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Self-determined Exploration of the Outdoors and What Students Can Teach Themselves: A Report on the Beach Investigators Summer Program, Mark F. (Mark Franklin) Bryant

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Lewis Acids in the Secondary Coordination Sphere for Kinetic Enhancement Toward Reduction of Nitrite, Kyle T. Burns

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Long-term propagule pressure overwhelms early community determination of invader success in a serpentine grassland, Amanda N. Carr

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Power, Pleasure, and Performance: Belle de Jour and the Girlfriend Experience, Marisa L. (Marisa Lenay) Carter

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Testing ¹⁰Be Exposure Dating of Holocene Cirque Moraines using Glaciolacustrine Sediments in the Sierra Nevada, California, William Cary

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The Accessibility of Atrocity: A Case Study of Responsibility during the Holocaust, Nate Christiansen

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Assessing the Effects of Chemical Mixtures using a Bayesian Network-Relative Risk Model (BN- RRM) Integrating Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) in Four Watersheds, Valerie R. Chu

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Surface Plasmon Resonance Biosensors Based on High-Index Dielectric Metal-Insulator-Metal Structures, Sarah Clark

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Hydrologic and Nutrient Fluxes in a Small Watershed with Changing Agricultural Practices, Bridger Cohan

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Daytime Summer Microclimate Influence of Large Woody Debris on Dewatered Sediments in Lake Mills, WA Following Dam Removal, Mariah J. Colton