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2021

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Reidentifying Sources of Tephra in the Izu-Bonin Arc: Recognizing Recent Rear-arc Volcanism 1.1 – 2.7 Ma, Cassandra King

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Floodplain response to Eocene Thermal Maximum 2 in the southern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, U.S.A., Eve Lalor

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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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Structural and Mutational Characterization of the Blood Coagulation Factor VIII C Domain Lipid Binding Interface, Shaun C. Peters

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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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Using Principal Component Analysis and Hierarchical Clustering to Explore Trends in the Water Quality, Metal Concentrations, and Algal Taxa Richness of 68 Lakes in Northwest Washington, Jeffrey Pratt

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Investigating the transport, fate, and behavior of microplastics in estuarine systems through the application of metal-doped polystyrene analogs using spICP-MS, Robert Rauschendorfer

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Effects of environmental weathering on the acute toxicity of tire wear particle eluate to the mysid shrimp, Americamysis bahia, P. Matt Roberts

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Engineering Segmentally Labeled Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, Erin Rosenkranz

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Chemical Modification of Silk Protein via Palladium-Mediated Suzuki-Miyaura Reactions, Racine Santen

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

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Influences on the Path to Life Satisfaction: A Serial Mediation Model of Adult Attachment, Emotional Intelligence, Emotion Regulation, and Dispositional Resilience, Misa Shimono

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

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Evaluating thresholds in fluvial response to the Eocene Thermal Maximum 2 in the Bighorn Basin (Wyoming, U.S.A), Grace Marie Sutherland

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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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Grain size variability spanning the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in Laramide Basins: Reconstructing paleoslopes and overbank erodibility, Delaney Todd

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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

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Allylic Benzoate Reductions: A Study on Stereospecificity, Michael A. Leitch

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Wave runup and morphologic change on a mixed-sediment beach in the Salish Sea, WA, Avery Maverick

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Comparing the bioavailability of a natural and synthetic iron source: Do past experiments accurately model phytoplankton response to episodic iron addition?, Clayton Mazur

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C.A.L.M., Jessica McCutchen

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Carbodiimides: Templates for Covalent Adaptable Networks and Post Polymerization Modification, Alberto J Melchor Bañales

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Not One Girl, But Many: Stories, Hannah R. Newman

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Interdisciplinary Interspecies Pedagogies for Educating in the Anthropocene: Bringing Critical Animal Studies to Huxley College of the Environment, Sarah R. (Sarah Rose) Olson

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The Effects of Hip Position on Scapular Kinematics and Muscle Activation in the Oblique Sling: A Simulated Study, Sarah Elizabeth Pine

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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

Ornithology in the Absence of Birds, Christa Rohrbach

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Crystal Mush Dynamics of Mount St. Helens and Lassen Volcanic Center: Insights from Melt Inclusions and Titanium-In-Quartz Thermobarometry, Jeremy S. Rosen

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Investigating the effects of climate co-stressors on surf smelt energy demands, Megan Russell

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Using Multispectral Imagery to Interrogate Deposition, Alteration, and Weathering Across Curiosity Rover’s Traverse in Gale Crater, Mars, Christina Seeger

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Connecting to Nature: Mindfulness and Desire to Engage in Pro-Environmental Behaviors, Mikayla L. Shea

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Electrification and Decarbonization for Mid-sized Municipalities: A Case-study Marginal Abatement Cost Analysis, Patrick Shive

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