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    ETDS from 2016

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    A Descriptive Study of International Students’ Needs and Service Satisfaction at South Dakota State University, Xiaoyu Guo

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    Analysis of Starch Branching Enzyme 1 (SBE1) Gene in Maize, Abiskar Gyawali

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    Development and Characterization of A Recombinant Orf Virus Vector Expressing the Spike Protein of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, Kyle Hain

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    Reuse of Aqueous Waste Streams For Transportation-Related Applications, Gregory L. Hansen

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    The Nurse as a Family Caregiver: Their Experience, Their Story, Julie A. Hansen

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    Pilot Study of the Effects of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback on Perceived Stress, Perceived Coping Ability, and Resilience in Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Andrea J. Harmelink

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    Effect of Poisson’s Ratio on Material Properties Characterization by Nanoindentation with a Cylindrical Flat Tip Indenter, MD Mehadi Hassan

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    Soybean Yield and Plant Response to Phosphorus Fertilization, Rebecca L. Helget

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    Breast Cancer Classification of Mammographic Masses Using Circularity Max Metric, A New Method, Tae Keun Heo

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    Oscillating Heat Pipe Performance with Evaporator Section Modifications, Mitchell Hoesing

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    iCook 4-H: 0 to 24-Month Accelerometer-Derived Physical Activity and Sedentary Time in Youth, Emily Hofer

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    Relationship of Grain Stocks and Farmer Marketings, Tyler Holmquist

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    Lead Free CH3NH3SNI3 Perovskite Thin-Film with P-type Semiconducting Nature and Metal-like Conductivity, Anastasiia Iefanova

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    Financial Investment Management for Forest Sustainability, Zarina Ismailova

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    Fiber Orientation Prediction and Strength Evaluation of Composite Spur Gears Reinforced by Discontinuous Fiber, Nawrin Jahan

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    A Physiological Assessment of Wetland Habitats for Spring-migrating Ducks in the Agricultural Landscapes of the Southern Prairie Pothole Region, Adam K. Janke

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    The Correlation Between Strength Levels Measured Through Dynamic Strength Exercises and the Incidence and Severity of Injury Among Collegiate Athletes, Alex Jardine

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    Enhancing the Industrial Potential of Filamentous Cyanobacteria, Tylor J. Johnson

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    Evaluation of the Hypothalamic Kisspeptin System Throughout the Estrous Cycle and During the Attainment of Puberty in Gilts, Eric Steven Jolitz

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    Optimization and Application of Metabolomic Assays for Analyzing Diet-induced and Gut Microbiota-derived Short-chain Fatty Acids in Mice and Humans, Robert M. Juenemann

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    Consumer Animosity in Cross Cultural Context, Anne-Marie Junker

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    Frequency Control of Wind and PV Based Isolated Microgrid, Lekhnath Kafle

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    A Molecular Genetic and Physiological Comparison of the Hybrid Necrosis Response in Wheat (Triticum Aestivum L.) to Biotic and Abiotic Stress Responses, Devi R. Kandel

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    Similarity Measurement of Breast Cancer Mammographic Images Using Combination of Mesh Distance Fourier Transform and Global Features, Ravi Kasaudhan

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    Effects of Ischemic Preconditioning on Exercise Economy, Gungeet Kaur

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    Root Rot Pathogens of Wheat in South Dakota and Their Affect on Seed Germination and Seedling Blight in Spring Wheat Cultivars, Navjot Kaur

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    Product Authentication Using Hash Chains and Printed QR Codes, Harshith R. Keni

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    Proteomics Study of Pre-Harvest Sprouting in Wheat, Pramod Khadka

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    Data Center Load Forecast Using Dependent Mixture Model, Md Riaz Ahmed Khan

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    Soil Salinity Study in Northern Great Plains Sodium Affected Soil, Tulsi P. Kharel

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    Survival, Abundance, and Relative Predation of Wild Rainbow Trout in the Deerfield Reservoir System, South Dakota, Jeremy L. Kientz

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    Influence of Maternal Protein Restriction in Primiparous Heifers During Mid- And/Or Late Gestation on Dam Performance and Progeny Growth, Carcass Characteristics, and Gene Expression, Janna Jo Kincheloe

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    Environmentally Benign Extraction Processes in Analytical Separation of Essential Oils, John Kiratu

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    Depression Outcomes in Care Coordination, Primary Care and Psychiatry Patients After Pharmacogenetic Testing, Julie Kittelsrud

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    Successful Weight Management: Barriers and Facilitators to Maintaining Weight After Weight Loss Via a Meal Replacement Program, Hope D. Kleine

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    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Childcare, Kyle Kopplin

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    An Evaluation of Feeding a Blend of Essential Oils and Cobalt Lactate to Lactating Dairy Cows, Olivia Jayne Kuester

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    The Healthfulness of Entrées and Students’ Purchases in the Campus Dining Environment, Krista Leischner

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    Evaluation of Bison (Bison Bison) Ecology at the Olson’s Bison Conservation Ranches, Pine River Ranch, Manitoba, Canada, Joshua L. Leonard

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    Application of Routine Activities Theory to the Study of Residential Armed Robbery in Ghana, Neeh Nhai Lhayea

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    Monitoring Global Forest Land-Use and Change, Erik J. Lindquist

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    Simulating the Impacts of Land-Use Land-Cover Changes on Cropland Carbon Fluxes in the Midwest of the United States, Zhengpeng Li

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    Understanding the Impact of Non-thermal Processing and CO2 Assisted Extrusion on Antioxidant, Textural and Functional Properties of Corn, Sorghum and Apple Pomace Based Extrudates, Umesh Chandra Lohani

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    Fish Ladders Designed for Drop Culverts and Central Stoneroller Ecology Across a Latitudinal Gradient, John Arthur Lorenzen

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    Growth Performance, Nutrient Utilization, and Metabolic Profile of Dairy Heifers Fed Diets High in Distillers Grains with Different Forage to Concentrate Ratios, Angela Kristia Manthey

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    Ice Concentration Linked with Extractive Stirrer (ICECLES), Nujud Omar Maslamani

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    Cooperation and Punishment in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis: Implications for Resource Exchange & Biological Market Dynamics, Jerry A. Mensah

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    iCook 4-H: Report of Accelerometer Derived Physical Activity in 9-10 Year Old Children from Baseline, Post, and Follow-up, Chase Merfeld

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    Causes of Alienation Among Black Students at Two Predominantly White Universities, Anton Mighty

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    Queering the Spheres: Non-Normative Gender, Sexuality, and Family in Three Victorian Texts, Randi Mihajlovic

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    Precast Full-Depth Deck Panels Supported on Inverted Bulb-Tee Bridge Girders, Michael James Mingo

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    Effects of Bran Treatment on Rheology and Sensory Quality of Whole Wheat Flat Bread, Jigyasha Mishra

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    The Efficacy of Allopurinol in Suppressing Hypersensitive-like Symptoms in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and in Suppressing Sunflower Rust (Puccinia helianthi) Symptoms, Thumbiko Walker Gambler Mkandawire

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    Effect of Oil and Natural Gas Development on Survival and Health of White-tailed Deer in the Western Dakotas, Katherine L. Moratz

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    A FRET Investigation into Molecular Mechanisms of Cardiac Troponin Activation in Reconstituted Thin Filaments, Maria Eleni Moutsoglou

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    Composite Gel Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium Ion Batteries, Roya Naderi

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    Coping and Adjustment of Spouses of International Students at South Dakota State University, Elizabeth Nayebare

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    Ally Development: Preparing Student Affairs Professionals to Work with American Indian Students, Corynna B. Nelson

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    The Effects of Preovulatory Estradiol on the Uterine Environment and Conceptus Survival From Fertilization to Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy, Emmalee J. Northrop

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    Innate Immunity and Peptide Based Antiviral Development Against Porcine RNA Viruses of Nidovirales, Martha Marie Ohnstad

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    Within and Without: Psychoanalysis, Trauma Theory, and the Healing Narrative, Carrie Crisman Oorlog

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    Impacts of Wetland Characteristics on Duck Use in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) 1987-2013, Fred Thomas Oslund

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    Long-term Impacts of Annual Cattle Manure and Fertilizer on Soil Quality Under Corn-Soybean Rotation in Eastern South Dakota, Ekrem Ozlu

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    Impacts of Land Use and Climate Changes on Hydrological Processes in South Dakota Watersheds, Manashi Paul

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    Characterization of Small Non-Coding RNAs in the Seminal Plasma of Beef Bulls with Predicted High and Low Fertility, Stephanie Perkins

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    Perchlorate Variations Over 300 Years: Influence of Human Activities, Volcanic Eruptions and Bolide Events, Kari Peterson

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    An Evaluation of Rumen Modifiers for Lactational Performance and Nutrient Digestibility by Cows, Prakash Poudel

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    Cascading Failures and Contingency Analysis for Smart Grid Security, Shiva Poudel

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    Improving Feed Efficiency Through Forage Strategies for Increasing Dairy Profitability and Sustainability, Jon Patrick Pretz

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    Student-Athlete: A Study of Student-Athlete Workload Compared with Traditional Student Workload, Chuck Provencio

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    A Comparison of Four Methods to Estimate Groundwater Recharge for Northeastern South Dakota, Badr Qablawi

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    Use of Extraction Technologies in Food Safety Studies, Changling Qiu

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    The Contribution of Missouri River Reservoir Side-Channel and Floodplain Habitats to Mainstem Fish Populations: The Effects of Losing Connectivity Between Hipple Lake and Lake Sharpe, William Joseph Radigan

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    Effects of Defects on the Performance of Hierarchical Honeycomb Metamaterials Realized Through Additive Manufacturing, Kazi Moshiur Rahman

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    Behavior of Light in a Photobioreactor and Design of Light Guides, Anand Rajendran

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    Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Gamma Irradiated Additively Manufactured Articles for In-Space Manufacturing, Behzad Rankouhi

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    Differences in Running Mechanics Between Overweight/Obese and Healthy Weight Children, Kristen Roles

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    Identity Theory and Women’s Choice of Medical Specialty, Kelli A. Rolfsmeyer

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    The Effects of Diffuser Exit Velocity and Distance Between Supply and Return Apertures on the Efficiency of an Air Distribution System in an Office Space, Khaled Abdel Razzaq Saadeddin

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    Restoration of Eroded Lands with Biochar as Soil Amendment in South Dakota, Saroop S. Sandhu

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    Mechanistic Studies of the Structure-Photostability Relationship of Organic Conjugated Polymers, Logan Paul Sanow

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    The Learning Experiences of Immigrants Who Are Graduates of An Entry-Level Baccalaureate Nursing Program in Minnesota, Marcia L. Scherer

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    Effects of Corn (Zea mays L.) Stover Removal and Leaching on Soil Test and Whole Plant K Levels in Corn and K Fertilization/High-Input Treatments on Soybean Using Site-Specific Management to Increase Soybean (Glycine max) Production in South Dakota, Nick J. Schiltz

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    Relationship Between Self-Care Agency, Self-Care Practices, and Body Mass Index Among Nursing Professionals, Takara Schomberg

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    Evaluating Steel Byproducts and Natural Minerals for Phosphate Adsorption from Agricultural Subsurface Drainage, Bjorn Sellner

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    Implementation of Solar Irradiance Forecasting Using Markov Switching Model and Energy Management System, Ayush Shakya

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    Effects of Visitors and Enrichments on Behavior of Captive Red Wolves’ (Canis rufus) at the Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Kylee S. Shotkoski

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    Efficiency and Reliability Analysis of AC and 380V DC Data Centers, Bijen Raj Shrestha

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    Virtual Inertia Emulation to Improve Dynamic Frequency Stability of Low Inertia Microgrids, Dipesh Shrestha

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    Bidirectional Distribution Reflection Function of Algodones Dunes, Mahesh Shrestha

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    Spatial-Temporal Stochasticity of Electric Vehicles in Integrated Traffic and Power System, Sadhana Shrestha

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    The Search for Modifiers of the Maze Gametophyte Factor Ga1-s and Quantitative Trait Polymorphisms Emerging from Doubled-Haploid Maize Lines, Vivek Shrestha

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    Using Remote Sensing and Biogeographic Modeling to Understand the Oak Savannas of the Sheyenne National Grassland, North Dakota, USA, Mandira Sigdelphuyal

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    Predicting Field Water Balance, Crop Yield, and the Economics of Drainage Under Various Cropping Systems Using Drainmod, Shailendra Singh

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    Response of Soil and Water Quality to Winter Manure Application from Small Agricultural Watersheds in South Dakota, Shikha Singh

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    Understanding the Effect of Extrusion Processing Parameters on Physical, Nutritional and Rheological Properties of Soy White Flakes Based Aquafeed in a Single Screw Extruder, Sushil Kumar Singh

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    Functional Effects of Calcium Regulation of Thin Filaments at Single Particle Resolution, Christopher Solis-Ocampo

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    An Analysis of the Demand for Rail Transportation of Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat in South Dakota, Melinda Sommer

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    The Relationship of Growth Mindset and Goal-setting in a First-year College Course, Chelsea E. Sorensen

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    Study of the Effect of Feeding Highly Digestible Corn Based Calf Starter on the Growth Performance of Calves, Shruti Srivastava