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    ETDS from 2020

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    Burning with Potential: Understanding the Relationship between Biochar and Agriculture of the Northern Glaciated Plains Ecoregion, Kaitlyn Abrahamson

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    Different Treatments of Biochar Carbon YP-50F to Enhance Specific Capacitance of Supercapacitor, Ezaldeen Adhamash

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    Effects of Particle Size of Distillers Dried Grains and Increased Levels of Flour Enrichment - A Study of Nutritional Composition, Rheology, and Quality of Fiber and Protein Enriched Bread, Patra Nwamaka Akaya

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    Monitoring Methods and Performance Assessment for Implementation of Low Impact Development Practices in South Dakota, Farhana Akhter

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    Exploring Phenotypic Diversity and Quantitative Trait Loci Mapping for Root Architecture, Freezing Tolerance, Chilling Fulfillment, and Photoperiod Traits in Grapevine Populations, Dilmini Alahakoon

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    Biomass and Morphological Development of Miscanthus Compared with Native Grass in South Dakota, Ehsan J. Al Ainizi

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    Application of Nanofiltration to Delactosed Permeate to Produce Food Grade Retentate and Permeate Streams, Lee Alexander

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    Assembly of Triticum boeoticum ssp. aegilopoides and Triticum monoccocum Genomes, Mustafa Aljadi

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    Solvolytic Lignocellulosic Biomass Liquefaction, Mustafa Alluhaibi

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    Antidiabetic Activity of Cissus rotundifolia Plant Growing in Saudi Arabia, Saad Ali Alshehri

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    Examining Communication Patterns and Identity in Families with Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Amber L. Alvey

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    Structural Performance Evaluation of Dynamic Message Signs with Adhesive and Welded Joints, Ibin Amatya

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    The Parmesan Cheese Model System: Alleviation of Browning Defect in Parmesan Cheese, Megan Huegli Aubrey

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    Understanding South Dakota Farmers’ Intentions to and Adoption of Conservation Practices: An Examination of the Theory of Planned Behavior, Edem Avemegah

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    Analysis of Two Maize Mutations that Arose After Exposure to Radiation from a Plutonium-Beryllium Source and Developing Molecular Markers for Antimorph AEI1-5180, An Alternative to AEI to Increase Amylose Content in Maize Endosperm, Prameela Awale

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    Impact of Postweaning Management Strategies on Beef Carcass Characteristics and Meat Quality, Christina Elaine Bakker

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    Identification and Genomic Characterization of Candidate Starch and Lactate Utilizing Bacteria from the Rumen of Beef Cattle, Venkata Bandarupalli

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    Interaction of Streptomyces Closely Associated with Bacillus in Nitrogen-limiting Conditions, Aminya Baniya

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    The Role of Endophytes in Conferring Salinity Tolerance in Prairie Cordgrass and the Winter Wheat Mint Variety, Jeffery Bartel

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    Analysis of Coevolving Residues of xCDxCDx-PHD, A Distinct type of PHD-Finger, Shraddha Basu

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    Higher Temperatures Have Contrasting Effects on Different Components of Forage Quality for Caribou in Northern Alaska, Heidi Becker

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    Examining Instructional Methods in End-of-life Nursing Education: Lecture vs. Simulation, Jonathan M. Benson

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    Data Driven Synthetic Load Modeling for Smart City Energy Management Studies, Fernando Bereta dos Reis

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    In-Season Crop Management Effect On Soybean Yield and Grain Quality in Eastern South Dakota, Kelsey Bergman

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    Characterization of Ovine Ileal Epithelial and Myofibroblast Cell Lines and their Role in Innate Immunity, Shaurav Bhattarai

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    Description of Mental Health Responses on an Electronic PPE at a NCAA Division I Institution: A Pilot Study, Megan Blomberg

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    Management Implications of a Rye Cover Crop on Nutrient Cycling and Soybean Production in Southeast South Dakota: Focus on Rye Seeding Rates and Termination Timing, Benjamin Brockmueller

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    Cover Crop Nutrient Cycling on Western South Dakota Croplands, Justin Brown

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    Impact of Altering Lys : Energy Ratio During Gestation on Sow Productivity, Piglet Robustness, and Piglet Post-wean Growth Performance, Tiffany C. Bruhn

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    The Impact of Subsurface Physical Characteristics on the Effectiveness of Subsurface Drainage in the Northern Great Plains, Mehmet Emin Budak

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    Physiological Responses to Feeding a Yeast Culture Supplement to Transition Dairy Cows, Nathaly Ana Carpinelli

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    Using Computational Fluid Dynamics To Accurately Model Agricultural Spray Nozzles, Zachary Chapman

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    Parenting Styles, Parenting Practices, and Dietary Intakes of Preschoolers and Their Parents, Biyi Chen

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    Surface and Structure Engineering for Next Generation Lithium Metal Batteries, Ke Chen

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    Educational Interventions for Women and Their Support Persons on Breastfeeding Outcomes, Alexandra Cordell

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    Compensatory Inactivity in Female Collegiate Soccer Players, Caylee Costello

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    The Status of Dakota Skipper (Hesperia dacotae Skinner) in Eastern South Dakota and the Effects of Land Management, Kendal Annette Davis

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    Exploring Heterogeneous Phenotypes in Response to Stress, Heather S. Deter

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    Determining the Effects of Plant Extracts and Saltro Nematicide on Hatching, Mortality and Reproduction of the Soybean Cyst Nematode (Heterodera glycines), Bishnu Prasad Dhital

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    Scavenger Hunt: The Search for Sulfur Mustard-Neutralizing Compound in 2-Chloroethyl Ethyl Sulfide (CEES) Treated Human Keratinocyte (HACAT) Epithelial Cells, Tanner Diemer

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    Business Cycles and American Dreams: (DIS) Aggregate Fluctuations and Intergenerational Mobility, Kailie Drescher

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    Strain-Based Mechanical Failure Analysis of Buried Steel Pipeline Subjected to Landslide Displacement Using Finite Element Method, Sean Goodluck Mamuzo Edeki

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    Feeding Increasing Levels of Reduced-Oil Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles from Two Ethanol Fermentation Methods Impacts Finishing Pig Growth Performance and Belly Quality, Austin Egolf

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    Investigating Post-Concussion Neurocognitive Deficits Using the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing Tool, Megan Ekern

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    Internet of Things Based Wireless Sensor Network and Advanced Machine Learning Models for Precision Agriculture, Ahmed El-Magrous

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    Tailoring the Grain Boundaries of Wide-bandgap Perovskite Solar Cells by Molecular Engineering, Khalid Emshadi

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    Valorization Studies on Ice-Cream Wastewater and Whey Permeate, Maryam Enteshari

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    Epidemiological Investigations of Bighorn Sheep Respiratory Disease and Implications for Management, Brandi L. Felts

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    Crop Rotations and Cover Crops Influences on Soil Biochemical Properties, Root Characteristics and Economic Performance, Hanxiao Feng

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    Genomic and Culturomic Analysis of Gut Microbiota Function and Salmonella Enterica Expansion, Gavin Fenske

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    Phytoremediation of Saline-Sodic Soils in East Central South Dakota Utilizing Perennial Grass Mixtures, Douglas J. Fiedler

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    Distribution, Density, Movement, and Support for Management of Mountain Sucker, Pantosteus jordani, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Seth J. Fopma

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    Technology-based Culturally Relevant Chemistry Education (CRCE), Mercy Adoma Fosu

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    College Student Engagement on Campus: Attending Collegiate Sports Events, Nur Islamiah Mohamad Fuad

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    Quantitative Imaging of Cell-Level Auxin Cytokinin Outputs in Soybean and Model Plants, Paul Gaillard

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    Influence of Mink Predation on Brown Trout Survival and Size-Structure in Rapid Creek, South Dakota, Austin Galinat

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    Evaluation of Fall-Seeded Cover Crops for Grassland Nesting Waterfowl in Eastern South Dakota, Charles W. Gallman III

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    Epitope Mapping and Mechanisms of Action of Human Influenza Antibodies Derived from Transchromosomic Cattle, Rongyuan Gao

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    Mechanistic Studies to Understand the Role of Human Gut Microbiota in Colonization Resistance and Gut Health, Sudeep Ghimire

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    Genetic Study of Alkane Production and Oxic Nitrogen Fixation in Anabaena SP. PCC 7120, Jaimie L. Gibbons

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    Exchange Rate and Cost of Credit Fluctuations in Ghana Before and After Inflation Targeting Framework, Patrick Glavee

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    The Relationship between Developmental Opportunities, Burnout, and Turnover Intentions: An Exploration of Potential Moderating Effects, Derek Gravholt

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    Global Gene Expression and DNA Methylation of the Hypothalamus in Feeder Calves Fed a High Concentrate Diet upon Entering Feedlot Phase, Jason E. Griffin

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    Functional Analysis of Squamosa-Promoter Binding Protein Like 13 in Controlling Flowering Time, Plant Architecture, Grain Size, and Grain Number in Wheat, Ajay Gupta

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    Development of Analytical Methods for Toxic Inhaled Hazards (TIH) and Their Metabolites, Obed Adu Gyamfi

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    Modification of Plant Proteins and Their Potential Application as Fish Meal Replacements in Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss Feeds, Miran Jaza Hama Salh

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    The Impact of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Ruptures on Subchondral Bone Density in Collegiate Populations, Zach Harbaugh

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    Is Vegan Confectionary Sold in the United Kingdom Safe for Milk Allergy Sufferers?, Faye Harrison

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    Early Adolescent Social Isolation, Hope, and Well-being during a Pandemic, Alicen Hauck

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    Rural NPO Leadership in Time of Volatility: A Study of Nonprofit Organizations in South Dakota, Mellissa Heermann

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    Evaluating the Effects of Yeast Cell Wall Component, Phytochemical Oil, and Vitamin E on Sow Antioxidant Status and Growth Performance of Dam and Offspring, Lily P. Hernandez

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    Examining Biodiversity Metrics and the Utility of DNA Barcoding in the Northern Great Plains, Sarah Herzog

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    Implementing and Assessing the Use of a New Strategy for Training Chemistry Graduate Teaching Assistants, Amanda Hyett

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    Screening of Catalysts for the Subcritical Water Depolymerization of Lignin, Balawanthrao Jadhav

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    Investigation of Influenza B Virus Replication Potential in Swine Primary Respiratory Epithelial Cells and Phylodynamic Analysis of Equine Influenza A H3N8 Viruses, Sunayana Shyam Jandhyala

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    Characterization of Bison Finishing and Harvest Systems: Effects on Carcass and Meat Quality Characteristics, Jessica Janssen

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    Student-Faculty Interactions as Predictors of Retention and Satisfaction among Generation Z College Students, Stephani Jarecke

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    Optimization of Conditions for Heat Pretreatment and Enzymatic Predigestion of DDGS for Pigs, Kevin Jerez-Bogota

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    Vicarious Methodologies to Assess and Improve the Quality of the Optical Remote Sensing Images: A Critical Review, Sakib Kabir

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    Reverse Genetic Analysis of Ehd1 for an Association between Flowering Time and Seed Dormancy in Rice (Oryza sativa L.), Yeter Karakoc

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    Employee Development and Turnover: A Moderated Mediation Model of Employee Perceptions of Development, Job Satisfaction, Supervisor Support, and Intent to Stay, Ryan Kasdorf

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    Understanding How Agricultural Intensification Impacts Ring-Necked Pheasant Distribution and Survival in Eastern South Dakota, Hilary R. Kauth

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    In Planta Evaluation of Gene Regulation by Soybean Auxin Response Factors, Pratiksha K C

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    Volcanic Impact on Stratospheric Chlorine Chemistry and Perchlorate Formation: Evidence from Ice Cores, Joshua Andrew Kennedy

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    Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy Generation in Existing Buildings on a College Campus, Sameer Keshavan

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    Kernel-Controlled DQN Based CNN Pruning for Model Compression and Acceleration, Romancha Khatri

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    Cold-Water Prey Fish Monitoring and Ecology in Lake Oahe, Nicholas B. Kludt

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    "It's None of Your Damn Business" : Communication Among Newlyweds Regarding Family Expansion Preferences, Kiersten Koehler

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    Profiling Transcription and Retrotransposition of Mouse L1 Subfamilies, Lingqi Kong

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    The Association between the Comprehensiveness and Strength of Written Physical Activity Wellness Policies and the Observed School Physical Activity Environment, Maggie Kringen

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    Characterization of Directed Energy Deposition Additively Manufactured GRCop-42 Alloy, Scott Landes

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    Enhanced Charge carrier Dynamics and Defects Passivation in Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cell Using a Novel Organic Halide Salt, Md Ashuqur Rahman Laskar

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    Seismic Performance of Mechanically Spliced Bridge Columns through Analytical Studies, Mathew Ray LaVoy

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    Pig Pose Estimation Based on Extracted Data of Mask R-CNN with VGG Neural Network for Classifications, Sang Kwan Lee

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    Ethnicity and Migration ─ The Concentration and Dispersion of Foreign-Born Asians and Hispanics in the United States, Shuang Li

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    Winter Patch Grazing, Patch Burn Grazing, and Bird Communities in Western South Dakota, Jennifer Lutze

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    Investigating Links Between Soil Microbial Structure and Function in Three Major Plant Communities Across Temporal Scales of Arctic Alaska, Kaj Lynoe

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    Enhanced Beta (β) Glucan Beverages – Evaluation of Satiety, Nutrition, and Shelf Stability, Beatrice Serwaa Manu

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    Evaluation of Processing Variables to Increase the Solids of Milk Protein Concentrates Prior to Drying, Achyut Mishra

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    Small RNAs: Big Roles in White Mold Infecting Crop Plants, Achal Neupane