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2019

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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

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New Reactions of Ring Strained Allyl Silanes, Elizabeth J. (Elizabeth Jane) Cummins

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The Benefits of a Therapeutic Nature Education Intervention for Children with ADHD, Madeline Dineen

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Visible-to-Near-Infrared Spectral Variability of Hydrated Sulfates and Candidate Mars Landing Sites: Implications for the Mastcam-Z Investigation on NASA’s Mars-2020 Rover Mission, Darian Dixon

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Site occupancy analysis of the sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus graciosus) in the disappearing desert-scrub of the Columbia Basin, Ryan R. (Ryan Robert) Drake

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Mirror Me, Rosemary Engelfried

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Dendrochronology of Seaside Juniper (Juniperus maritima), Dustin Gleaves

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A Comparison of the Effect of Conditioning Activity Type on Post-activation Potentiation, Alexander I. Grey

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Characterization of Particulate Matter Accumulated on Ramalina farinacea in the Seattle Area Using Semi-Automated Electron Microscopy, Tor G. (Tor Gunnar) Guddal

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Instructions for Caring, Tracy Haack

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Diversity and Petrogenesis of Rhyolites from an Intra-oceanic Arc: Evidence from IODP Site U1437, Izu Bonin Rear-arc and Surrounding Area, Luan J. (Luan Jean) Heywood

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Maelstroms, Christina Holt

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Partisan Stereotype Exaggeration: The Role of Like-Minded Media Consumption and Inter-Party Hostility, Kamran Hughes

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Discrete-event Processes in Disaster Recovery: A Conceptual Framework and Simulation Model of Household Reconstruction in Pacific County Washington, Derek Huling

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Characterizing potential bacterial pathogens of Pisaster ochraceus sea stars with wasting disease, Chelsea Hutchinson

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Long Distance Trade and the Parthian Empire: Reclaiming Parthian Agency from an Orientalist Historiography, Evan J. (Evan Jeffery) Jones

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The Associations of Epiphytic Macroinvertebrates and Aquatic Macrophytes in Canyon Lake, WA, Jesse T. (Jesse Tyler) Klinger

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The Effects of Forecasted Climate Change on Mass Wasting Susceptibility in the Nooksack River Basin, Kevin Knapp

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A Search for Blue Carbon in Central Salish Sea Eelgrass Meadows, Mira D. (Mira Diana) Lutz

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Geologic Development and Ongoing Activity of the Van Zandt Landslide Complex, Northwest WA, USA, Geoffrey Malick

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Environmental Interpretation Plan for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Rosalie Matsumoto

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Science-based Bel Canto Pedagogy in Young Women's Voices, Claire McCullough

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Vertical Distribution of Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida) larvae in Fidalgo Bay, WA, Brooke A. McIntyre

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Integrated Food Systems Education: A Network Assessment of Bellingham, WA, Ciera Mead

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Of Moonshine and Water, Kathryn Merwin

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Community Solar: A Pathway toward Leadership for Higher Education Institutions, Kevin Moens

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Gag reflex and disgust sensitivity in selective eaters, Hayley Nichols

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The Chemicals Between Us: A Geoarchaeological Analysis of a Shell Midden and Patterns of Deposition at the Woodstock Farm Site, Chuckanut Bay, Washington, Stacie Jo Nored Pratschner

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Dante's Cartography And Other Stories, Alyssa M. (Alyssa Michelle) Quinn

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Collaborative Ocean Acidification Mapping for a Changing Salish Sea? Transdisciplinary and Transboundary Barriers, Katrina Radach

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Driving Sortase-Mediated Ligations Using Metal-Coordinating Peptides, Sierra Reed

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Music, Our Identity, Our Dignity, Our Departure, and Our Destiny: An Analysis Regarding the Ban on Music and Dance Imposed by the Theocratic Regime of Iran, Tom Richardson

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Shuksan Story: An Original Soundtrack Composition, Jonathan (Jonathan Mahan) Ross

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Policy Analysis of Water Management: Strategies for Whatcom County, Washington to Address Permit-Exempt Wells in Water-Constrained Watersheds, Sydney Schlotterback

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The Effectiveness of Forested and Hedgerow Riparian Buffers for Buffering Water Temperature and Improving Fish Habitat in Agricultural Waterways in Western Washington, Jessica L. (Jessica Lynne) Shaw

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The Hustle and Bustle of the Coast Salish Potlatch An Exploratory Case Study of Gift Economic Exchange and Bird Resources at the Village of Xwe’Chi’eXen, 45WH1, Carl E. (Carl Erik) Sholin

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A Chemoenzymatic Approach to the Synthesis of Hemoglobin Oligomers, Johann Sigurjonsson

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A Psychosocial Approach to Predicting Self-Harm in Heterogeneous Populations, Melissa J. Sitton

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Structural Characterization of a Human/Porcine Chimeric FVIII Construct and an Improved Human Factor VIII Model and Progress Towards Determination of the FVIII C1 Domain In Complex With Inhibitory Antibodies, Ian Smith

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Development of Regio- and Diastereoselective Samarium (II) Iodide Mediated Allylic Benzoate Reductions, Trevor Stockdale

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Metamorphic Evolution of the Sierra de Maz: Implications for the Timing of Terrane Accretion on the Western Margin of Gondwana, Andrew Tholt

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Modeling the Effects of Climate Change on Stream Temperature in the Nooksack River Basin, Stephanie E. Truitt

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Interactive effects of ocean acidification and ocean warming on Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi) early life stages, Cristina Villalobos

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Cross-sectional scat sampling reveals intrapopulation feeding diversity in a marine predator, Madelyn Voelker

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Does Cycling Cadence Affect Interlimb Symmetry in Pedaling Power in Individuals with Parkinson's Disease?, Gary D. Wiley Jr.

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The Effect of Experience-Based Prototypes on Spatial Memory, Michael L. (Michael Loran) Williams

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Wasted and Castrated: Two Diseases Affecting the Ochre Star, Pisaster ochraceus, in North America, Zoë Zilz

2017

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Constructing the Klamath: Nature, Culture, and the Management of a Western River, Zander Albertson

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A Climactic Unimak Island Caldera-Forming Eruption, Aleutian Arc, Alaska: Magma storage and pre-eruption P-T-fO2-H2O conditions of the rhyodacite magma, Olivia E. (Olivia Eliška) Anderson

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Acute Effects of Two Hip Flexor Stretching Techniques on Knee Joint Position Sense and Balance, Hussain I. Aslan

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Children “Left Behind”: Exploring the Nexus of Migration and Formal Education in Mexico, Tiffini Ayala

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An Investigation of Acid Rock Drainage in Glacial Streams Through Multivariate Exploratory Analysis and the Biotic Ligand Model in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru., Edward W. Bain

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Towards the Substrate-bound Structure of Streptococcus pneumoniae Sortase A, Orion Banks

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Changes in Water Chemistry and Biological Communities Associated with Metal Mining in Streams in the North Cascades, Brooke G. Bannerman

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Building a Musical Theatre Program: A Standards Driven Curriculum for High School Educators, Emilee J. Buchanan