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2018

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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

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Population Characteristics and Habitat Use by the Recently Introduced Asiatic Clam (Corbicula fluminea) in Lake Whatcom, Washington, Jason A. (Jason Alexander) Buehler

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Trust and Conservation Opportunity: the importance of trust in landholders' decisions to participate in conservation programs, Analiese C. E. Burns

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Plant Community and Nutrient Development within Four Estuary Restoration Sites in Kitsap County, Washington, Shannon M. (Shannon Marie) Call

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Holocene Fault Reactivation and Landscape Evolution in the Eastern Cascades, WA, Benjamin M. Carlson

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Determining the Maximal Recoverable Volume of Resistance Training in Tonnage during a Strength Phase, Patrick C. Castelli

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Social Class and the Production of Mountain Space: The historical geographies of the Seattle Mountaineers, 1906-1939, Thomas C. Christian

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Phylogenetic-Based Characterization of Microbial Eukaryote Community Structure and Diversity of an Estuary in the Salish Sea, Taylor L. Clement

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The Effect of Fatigue on the Motor Evoked Potential of the Infraspinatus, Joseph Howard Cordell

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Initiation and Evolution of Subduction: T-t-D History of the Easton Metamorphic Suite, Northwest Washington State, Jeremy Cordova

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Creatine and Electrolyte Supplementation Improves Repetitive Sprint Cycling Performance, Daniel L. Crisafulli

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More Than Faith: Latter-Day Saint Women as Politically Aware and Active Americans, 1830-1860, Kim M. (Kim Michaelle) Davidson

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Probing the Secondary Coordination Sphere of Zn(II) and Fe(II) Pyridinediimine (PDI) Complexes, Mayra Delgado

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Interpreting the dynamics of submarine landslides through hydroacoustic modeling, West Mata volcano, NE Lau Basin, Jonathan G. Drobiarz

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Do Conspecific Soil Microorganisms Inhibit Potentilla recta?, Faythe Duran

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Effects of Thoracic Spine Position during Cycle Sprint Recovery, Deanna Marlene Emnott

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Polycentric Solutions for the Skagit River Water Wars?, Alanna Ewert

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La Petite Maria de Normandie, Charles-John S. Fontillas

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Gender Identity in a Cultural Context: An Application of the Master Narrative Framework, Chelsea Fordham

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Investigating Pterion from Two Perspectives: Phylogenetics and Biomechanics, Nambi Gamet

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Rethinking the “Ghetto Synthesis”: Problems and Prospects in the Black Metropolis, Brent Gaspaire

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Mothers' Roots Curriculum Project, Sonya Gobert

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Clustering of Epigenetic Methylation and Oxidative Damage: Effects on Duplex DNA Solution Structure, Thermodynamic Stability and Local Dynamics, David R. Gruber

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Gender Stereotype and Spatial Reasoning: the Milankovitch Cycles, Kristina Gustovich

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Comparing Aggressive and Impulsive Behavior in Concussed and Non-Concussed Athletes, Jason Haddix

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Convenience of Corruption, Diane Henderson

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A Legacy of Supremacy: Prison, Power, and the Carceral Nation, Luke J. Hickey

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“If You Likin’ This Position You Can Tape It”: Reception of the Male Gaze Among Dancer and Non-Dancer Consumers of Music Videos, Mary A. (Mary Anne) Hood

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An Exploration of Digital Sketch Mapping, Interview and Qualitative Analysis to Document a Therapeutic Landscape in Whatcom County, George Edward Juszynski

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Program Development at the Outback: Exploring Place-Based, Experiential Education through a Campus Farm., Paul Kearsley

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Effect of Distance on Lumbar Flexion and Erector Spinae Electromyography on a Slide versus Fixed Base Rowing Ergometer, Nicole Y. (Nicole Yvette) Kelp

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Bumps in the Road, Katherine Kendall-Weed

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Caring For The Qualified Life: Mexicana Certified Nursing Assistants In Bellingham, Washington, Marinel Kniseley

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Physiological Mechanisms of Desiccation Resistance in Fruit-Parasitic Rhagoletis Flies, Christa M. (Christa Marie) Kohnert

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A Computational Investigation of BODIPY Excited State Properties and Photosensitization of Molecular Oxygen, Keenan Komoto

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A Qualitative Investigation of the Peer Mentor Experience in a Physical Activity Intervention for Mental Health, Taylor R. Leenstra

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The Effect of Knee Extension Angle on Knee Joint Position Sense Between Genders, Samuel M. Lyons

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Building the Climate Justice Movement: A Field Manual to Increase Climate Activism, Jill MacIntyre Witt

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An Exploration of the Relationship Between Burnout and Depression in Intercollegiate Athletes, Arianna Martignetti

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Here’s Looking at You Kid: Preferential Attention to Same and Other Race Infant Faces Does Not Overcome the Other Race Effect, Sarah L. Martinez

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How do lizards use behavior and physiology to inhabit different climate zones?, Matthew R. McTernan

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College Students’ Values for Self-Expression, their Facebook Use, and Bridging Social Capital, Chelsea J. Melton

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Seismicity and Velocity Structure of Offshore Hawai`i, including Lo`ihi Submarine Volcano, Dara K. Merz

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Structural and Functional Characterization of the F-actin Binding Headpiece Domain of Plant Villin 4, Heather Miears

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Six Weeks of Creatine-Electrolyte Supplement Effects on Muscle Fatigability, Donnelly R. Miller

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Community within Single-Site Permanent Supportive Housing: Perspectives and Experiences from Staff and Residents at St. Mary’s House, Peter Miterko

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Building Arc Crust – Plutonic to Volcanic Connections in an Extensional Island Arc, the Alisitos Arc Crustal Section (Southern Rosario Segment), Baja California, Rebecca A. (Rebecca Anne) Morris

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Designing a Curriculum on Sustainable Living Practices, Stefanie Neale

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Effects of a Single Diaphragmatic Breath on Anxiety, Gaze, and Performance, Mason B. (Mason Burk) Nichols

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Simulation Modeling of Population Expansion for Introduced Mountain Goats in the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, Melissa M. Oscarson

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Modeling, Design and Fabrication of Biocompatible Silk-Based Electronics and Actuators, Nicholas Ostrovsky-Snider

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O Lady, Speak Again, Dayna E. Patterson

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Structural Evolution of the San Juan Thrust System, Orcas and Shaw Islands, WA, Kevin Quillan

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The Presence of Rhetoric: A Content Analysis of the Estonian American National Council’s Documents from Estonia, 1986-1989, Michael Redlinger

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Elk Abundance Estimation and Road Ecology in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, Washington, Nathan C. Rice

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Sediment Budget of the Middle Reach Skagit River, Washington 1937-2015 Reveals Decadal Variations in Sediment Export and Storage, Amelia Deuell Rothleutner

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A Malleable Strength: The Formation of Jewish Identity in Response to Imperialism in Antiquity, Abigail L. (Abigail Lynn) Russell

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A Theoretical and Experimental Study into the Kinetics of Solution Phase Thin Film Deposition, Cyrus Schaaf

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The effects of an ankle strengthening and proprioception exercise protocol on peak torque and joint position sense, Jayson Shepherd

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Galentown: A Tragedy in Five Acts, Marley A. Simmons-Abril

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The Stones They Chose: Lithic Analysis and Design Selections at Čḯxwicən Village (45CA523), Joseph Sparaga

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Testing the time dependence of slip on the western Klamath Lake fault zone, Oregon, Gunnar Speth

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Luminance, Megan Spiegel

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Let Me Show You I’m Not Biased! Demonstrating Non-Prejudiced Opinions while Navigating the Topic of Race, Emily R. Stafford

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Effectiveness of Salmon Carcass Analogs as a Form of Nutrient Enhancement for Juvenile Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in Three Lower Columbia Watersheds, Matthew T. Sturza

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Permission, Fallon Sullivan

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Framing and Moral Motives: The Interaction Between Moral Foundations and Political Identity in Predicting Motives, Joshua A. Thompson

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The Impact of Crossramp Angle and Elliptical Path Trajectory on Lower Extremity Muscle Activation, Matthew M. Thorsen

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Probing the catalytic properties of Ni-based bimetallic phosphides for deep hydrodesulfurization, Peter J. Topalian

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Regulation of the Odorant Receptor ODR-10 via Endoplasmic Reticulum-Associated Degradation in Caenorhabditis elegans, Alexandra Townsend

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Cultural Schemas as Cultural Capital: The Fuerza and Flexibility of Latino Family Values, Shane Treadway