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2023

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

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Modeling the Effects of Projected Climate Warming on Stream Temperatures in the Stillaguamish River Basin, Emily E. Smoot

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Embodied Narratives: An Exploration of Dance Through Identity, Community, and Wellbeing, Elizabeth Smyth

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Equitable access to the career and technical education graduation pathway for students receiving special education services, Mike Snow

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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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Exploring the Evolution of Jazz Drumming Through Recordings: A Jazz Lineage, Gary Stivers

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“Make the Big Time Where You Are” Applying the Coaching Principles of Frosty Westering to Build a Culture of Success, Steven Stoker

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

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The Race Toward Carbon Neutral Ecotourism: Leveraging Life Cycle Analysis and Natural Climate Solutions for a Community Adventure Event, Ted Tarricone

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Reconstructing wildfire regime during the warm Paleocene-Eocene climate using molecular biomarkers from the Chuckanut Formation in northwest Washington, U.S.A., Alexandra Thompson

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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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Structural and Thermodynamic Studies of Antibody Binding to Blood Coagulation Factor VIII, Jordan Vaughan

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Class A Sortases: Structures and Alternative Substrate Binding and Cleavage, Brandon Vogel

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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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Using QM/MM methods to explore Sortase Enzyme Intermediates, Kinetics, and Stability, Kyle Whitham

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Investigating perennial & annual eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) in Padilla Bay as potential donor sources for seed-based restoration, Yuki Wilmerding

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Real Men Go Green: Environmentalism, Threatened Masculinity, and Identity Recovery, Gabrielle H. Wilson

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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

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Cycles or Repetitions: A Quantitative Analysis of Alluvial Bed Thicknesses, Kristopher D. Phillips

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Assessing the Use of the California Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus) Within Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (IMTA), Casey Pruitt

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Empowerment as a Birthright: Exploring the Power of Informed Choice, Delaney Elizabeth Reece

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The Heritability of Mandible Length in the Zebrafish (Danio rerio), Danielle K. Ringo

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Modeling 21st century peak streamflows in the Stillaguamish Watershed using dynamically downscaled general circulation model projections, James Marcell Robinson

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GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION OF DESICCATION RESISTANCE IN RHAGOLETIS ZEPHYRIA (DIPTERA: TEPHRITIDAE) IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: AN ADAPTIVE RESPONSE TO LOCAL BIOCLIMATE, Nathan Roueche

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Structural History of the Bald Mountain Mining District, Nevada, USA, David Paul Ryan

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A State-of-the-art Review on the Underlying Mechanisms of Running Economy, Paul Allen Sage

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Bitter Roots, Caity Scott

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Ear Training and Skill Building Within the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Mike Scott

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Ecological Risk Assessment of Tire Wear Particles in the San Francisco Bay Using a Bayesian Network Relative Risk Model, Emma E. Sharpe

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The Effects of Ocean Acidification and Temperature Rise on the Thermal Tolerance and Critical Thermal Limit of Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii), Nicole R. Singh

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The Curious Case of Concept: A Nation-Wide Survey of Faculty Beliefs About Quantum Mechanics Concept Inventories Uncovers New Details Regarding Physical Chemistry Experts’ Understanding of Conceptual Knowledge., Matt Smiley

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“Say Her Name”: The Influence of Victim Race, Demeanor, Severity of Force, and Individual Difference Factors on Perceptions of Excessive Force Against A Woman, Brooklynn Smith

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Avian and Shallow Water Community Response to Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii) Spawn Events, Heidi Stewart

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Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications of Thiolated Silk Fibroin, Jeremy Martinez Talusig

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True Orchard: Poems, Ashley Thompson

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Who We Are is Who I Am: Collective Continuity and Socialization Processes for LGBTQ+ Emerging Adults, Kit Turner

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Faith in a Changing Climate: Policy Framing and Southern Evangelical Christian Views on Climate Policy, Sydne Tursky

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Embodied Feminism: An Ethnographic Study of Abortion Access and Hopeful Praxis, Nicolette Tuttle

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Blood Replacement Therapy by Generation of Polymeric Recombinant Hemoglobin Using “Click Chemistry” and Circular Tandem Repeat Proteins, Johanna Hamilton Urbach

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Living in Pele's Workshop: Using Community-informed Planning to Address Housing Needs in Puna, Hawai'i, Taylor Webb

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Structural History of the Formidable-Le Conte Mountain Area, North Cascades, WA, Nyle Weldon

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Gestational Carrier Bloggers: Key Points of Uncertainty in the Social Exchange with Intended Parents, Samantha Whalen

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Witness Marks: Notes on a Family, B. Woods