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    ETDS from 2020

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    Applications of Hydrodynamic Cavitation in Dairy Manufacturing: Process Development and Standardization, Jae Young Sim

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    Crop Rotations, Tillage and Cover Crops Influences on Soil Health, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Farm Profitability, Jasdeep Singh

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    Soil Physical and Hydrological Properties, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Integrated Crop-Livestock Agroecosystems, Navdeep Singh

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    Development of Cellulose Acetate-Based Scaffold for Bone Tissue Engineering Applications, Ruhit Sinha

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    Development and Validation of Advanced Analytical Methods for Pesticides, Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, and Opioids in Soil and Drinking Water, Christopher Skaggs

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    Bedding Application and Increasing Dosage of Trenbolone Acetate and Estradiol in Implants for Beef Steers: Influence on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, and Circulating Metabolite Responses, Dathan T. Smerchek

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    Characterization of Bacterial Endophytes Isolated from Brassica Carinata and their Potential Use to Decrease Nutrient Requirements in Crops, Alex Soupir

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    The Effect of Neonicotinoid Clothianidin on Ring-Necked Pheasant Survival and Reproduction, Michael Sundall

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    Development of Methods to Improve Lactose Recovery from Permeate and Drying Characteristics of Greek Acid Whey, Venkateswarlu Sunkesula

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    Semantic Segmentation Using Modified U-Net Architecture for Crack Detection, Michael Sun

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    Understanding the Effect of Single- and Twin-Screw Extrusion Processing Parameters on Physical and Physico-Chemical Properties of Sprouted Quinoa and Sprouted Proso Millets, Gabriela John Swamy

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    Optimization-based Fast-frequency Support in Low Inertia Power Systems, Ujjwol Tamrakar

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    Working Capital Management and Economic Policy Uncertainty, Jacob Kplorla Tandoh

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    Plant Microbial Interactions in Wheat: Fusarium Head Blight and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, Yaqoob Rashid Thurston

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    Assessing the Relationship Between Principal Priorities, Written Wellness Policies, and School Wellness Policy Implementation, Courtney Trapp

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    Factors Influencing Adoption and Adoption Intensity of Precision Agriculture Technologies in South Dakota, Md Mahi Uddin

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    Giving Voice to Adults Living with Cystic Fibrosis: A Phenomenological Study, Brandon M. Varilek

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    The Relationship Between Food Rules and Childhood Obesity in Rural and Non-Rural Families, Anna Venjohn

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    A Natural Antimicrobial from Bacillus Subtilis as a Biosanitizer for Resilient Membrane Biofilms, Pratishtha Verma

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    Single Droplet Drying Technology for the Optimization of the Dairy Ingredients with Best Quality and Functionality, Hiral Narendrabhai Vora

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    Responses of Land Surface Phenology to Wildfire Disturbances in the Western United States Forests, Jianmin Wang

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    Biodegradable Cellulose Films as Alternatives to Plastics, Cecilia Wambui Wanjuu

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    Rednecks and Hillbillies: A Thematic Analysis of the Construction of Pride and High Self-Esteem Exhibited by Southern Characters, Casey R. White

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    Impact of Coaching by Extension Professionals on Rural Wellness Coalition Success, Taylor Willhite

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    The Effect of Triptorelin on Ovulation Rate and Conception Rate in Gilts and the Endocrine Profile in Non-Pregnant and Early pregnant Gilts, Joseph Wollbrink

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    CRISPR/Cas9 Whole Genome Screens Reveal Novel Regulators of Endocytic Processes in Macrophages, Jared Wollman

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    Biodegradable Biomaterials as Suitable Alternatives to Water Treatment Technologies, Most Farzana Yesmin

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    The Biology of the Influenza D Virus, Jieshi Yu

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    Developing Microbial Based Process to Produce High Value Natural Antimicrobial (Glyceollin) in Soybeans and Pullulan from Sucrose, Andrea Zavadil

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    Biophysical and Socioeconomic Impacts of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration in Burkina Faso, Basnewende Brice Fulgence Zoungrana

    ETDS from 2019

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    Finite Mixture of Regression Models for Complex Survey Data, Abdelbaset Abdalla

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    Integration of Molecular Techniques for the Investigation of Bovine Respiratory Disease, Amy Abrams

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    The Effect of Proteolytic Queues on Antibiotic Tolerance and Persistence Cells Population in Escherichia Coli, Alawiah Abualrahi

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    Diversification and Its Implications for South Dakota Farmers’ Identity as Farmers: Wind Farm Diversification as a Case Study, Abdelrahim Abulbasher

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    Natural Sunlight Photodegradation of Halogenated Disinfection Byproducts in Water, Ibrahim Abusallout

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    Novel Hybrid Analogs of Estrone Origin Exhibits Cytotoxic Effects against EGFR-dependent Cancers, Felix Acheampong

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    A Dynamic Fault Tolerance Model for Microservices Architecture, Hajar Hameed Addeen

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    Mass Spectrometry-Based Quantitative Proteomic Analysis of Biological Fluids, Patience Akosua Afedi

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    Evaluation of the Effect of Carvedilol on the Thioredoxin Pathway in H9C2 Rat Cardiomyocytes, Metab Alharbi

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    Diet, Prebiotics and Probiotics: Effects on Gut Microbiota in Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, Thamer Aljutaily

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    Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Effects of Glycemic Status on Body Composition, Bone, and Lipid Profile in Men Aged 20 to 66 Years: A Population-Based Study, Khaleal Almusaylim

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    Role of Glial Glutamate Transporter in Animal Model of Acute and Chronic Inflammatory Pain, Ghallab Alotaibi

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    Localized Transdermal Delivery of Chemopreventive Agents to the Breast, Abdulsalam Alqahtani

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    Thiol Specific Fluorogenic Agents for Live Cell Subcellular Organelle Thiol Imaging, Yahya Alqahtani

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    Using Isoconversional Methods to Study the Effect of Antioxidants on the Oxidation Kinetics of Milk Fat, Khalid Ahmed Alsaleem

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    Design, Synthesis and Biological Screening of Novel Cucs-inspired Estrone Analogs towards Treatment of Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma, Khaled Alseud

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    The Impact of Location Characteristics on Population Distribution in the United States, Shuruq Alsharif

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    Role of Microglial α7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Positive Allosteric Modulator in Animal Model of Major Depressive Disorder, Sami Alzarea

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    Disease Resistance in Wheat and Its Relatives, Ethan James Andersen

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    Abundance and Diversity of Grasshoppers and their Ectoparasitic Mites in South Dakota, Erica Anderson

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    Rumen Microbial Culture Library and In Vitro Analysis of Selected Bacterial Species on Colonization Resistance Against Bovine Enteric Pathogens, Maria Antony

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    In-Silico Design and Synthesis of Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators Targeting Ovarian Cancer, John Apraku

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    The Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Academic Success and Athletic Identity in Collegiate Student-Athletes, Zoe E. Arnold

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    Exploring Educational Journeys, Barriers, and Motivating Factors of Tribal College Students through Capabilities Approach, Francis Arpan

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    Nodule Zone-Specific Gene Expression in Soybean, Sadikshya Aryal

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    Influence of Sporulation and Germination Behavior of Bacillus Licheniformis on Microbial Quality of Skim Milk Powder, Nancy Awasti

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    Methods for Earth-Observing Satellite Surface Reflectance Validation, Moe Talal Badawi

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    Development of a Data-driven Patient Engagement Score Using Finite Mixture Models, Eric Bae

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    A Kinetic Monte Carlo Study of Mesoscopic Perovskite Solar Cell Performance Behavior, Behzad Bahrami

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    Analysis of the Molecular Mechanisms Governing FCγ Receptor Activation on the Surfaces of Macrophages by Advanced Optical Microscopy, Elizabeth Michelle Bailey

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    Intra-Day Solar Irradiance Forecasting for Remote Microgrids Using Hidden Markov Model, Abhilasha Bajracharya

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    Development of a Novel Nanotechnology-Based Vaccine Adjuvant and Delivery System for Systemic and Mucosal Immunity, Mohammed Ali Bakkari

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    Development of Tissue-Derived Biomaterial ‘Cornea-ECMIX’: Its Utility in the Management of Corneal Diseases, Somshuvra Bhattacharya

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    Brassica Carinata Growth and Yield Response to Nitrogen and Sulfur Fertilizers and Impacts on Selected Soil Parameters and GHG Fluxes, Dwarika Bhattarai

    Childhood Bullying Impact on the Social Determinants of Adults' Health in Saudi Arabia, Dalal A. Bin Hamden

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    Receiving and Backgrounding Phase Management: The Effects of Receiving Diet Roughage Source and Backgrounding Phase Rate of Gain on Performance of Feedlot Cattle, Ethan J. Blom

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    Land Cover Changes Within and Around Protected Areas in Côte d’Ivoire From 1986 to 2017: A Case Study of the Mabi-Yaya-Songan-Tamin Reserved Forests, Olena Boiko

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    Diversifying Cornfields by Interseeding Cover Crops: Practical Implications and the Response of Invertebrate Communities, Michael Bredeson

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    Prairie Dogs and Livestock in Rangeland Systems: Balancing Biodiversity and Production in the Northern Mixed-Grass Prairie, Jameson Robert Brennan

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    Cropping Sequence Affects Subsequent Soybean Yield, Soil Microbiome and Soil Health, Izzet Bulbul

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    Physical Activity Environments in Rural Communities: Exploring the Relationship between Community Perceptions and the Environment, Elizabeth M. Bye

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    Mechanical Properties of 3D Printed Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate, William Cahyadi

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    A New Lens: Psychological Ownership as an Element to Promoting Organizational Change, Tyler Carlson

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    Effects of Increasing Dietary Levels of Carinata Meal on Feeding Behavior, Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Beef Growing Steers, Alejandro C. Casella

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    3D Printed Bioreactor with Optimized Stimulations for Ex-Vivo Bone Tissue Culture, Anirban Chakraborty

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    Hydrodynamic Cavitation as In-line Process to Control Common Dairy Sporeformers, Pratibha Chaudhary

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    Analysis of Natural Convection Flow in a Detector Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Weston Christensen

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    Effects of Grazing and Fire on Soil Microbial Communities and Hydrological Processes in the Northern Great Plains Grassland, Jacob Comer

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    An Initial Exploration of the 2005 Iowa Rural Interstate Speed Limit Increase using Linear Regression, Thomas Ryan Cook

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    Escherichia Coli Removal from Stormwater Using Steel Chips Filter, Peng Dai

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    Growth Performance, Metabolic and Rumen Profile, Nutrient Utilization, and Health of Calves Fed Condensed Whey Solubles with Starter Pellets, Michaela Joy Della

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    Developing Food Quality Standards for Distiller’s Dried Grains – Evaluating Composition Quality and Safety, Tanvee Deshpande

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    Effects of Weight Loss on Gut Microbiota, Samitinjaya Dhakal

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    Evaluating Green Solvents and Techniques in Extraction Methods, Shanmugapriya Dharmarajan

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    Make the Inaugural Great Again: A Rhetorical Analysis of Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural Address, Danielle F. Dickerson

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    Evaluating the Efficacy of Foliar Insecticide and Soybean Seed Treatment in South Dakota, Cole Dierks

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    Level of Satisfaction Among Food Pantry Clients, Staff/Volunteers, and Directors and its Association with Client Choice in Food Pantry Layouts, Myranda Dunmire

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    Data-Driven Test Cases for Sustainability Assessment of Smart Grid Initiatives in Organized Electricity Markets, Venkat Durvasulu

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    Techno-Economic and Sustainability Study of PV Inverter Controllers in Distribution Networks for Voltage Regulation, Kapil Duwadi

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    Investigating Anions and Hydrophobicity of Deep Eutectic Solvents by Experiment and Computational Simulation, Amos Kwabena Dwamena

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    Advanced Analysis of Compounds of Toxicological Importance by Ice Concentration Linked with Extractive Stirrer (Icecles) GC-MS and RP-HPLC-ESI-MS-MS, Joseph K. Dzisam

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    Interactions of Arbuscular Mychorrhizal Fungi and Bacterial Endophytes on Disease Resistance of Common Root Pathogens in Wheat, Janice L. Eibensteiner

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    Optimization of Reproductive Success in Beef Cattle by Implementation of Estrus Resynchronization, Nutritional Management, and Evaluation of Disease Prevalance, Kaitlin M. Epperson

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    African American Student-Athletes: Factors Influencing Choice of Graduate School, Tanner Feterl

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    Does Medicaid Increase Emergency Room Use: Evidence from Oregon Health Program?, Md Fourkan

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    Long-Term Impacts of Manure and Inorganic Fertilization on Soil Physical, Chemical and Biological Properties, Asmita Gautam

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    Anabolic Hormone Exposure during Various Stages of Growth: Effects on Post-Weaning Performance, Frame Size, and Carcass Characteristics of Calf-Fed Steers, Wesley W. Gentry

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    Comparative Assessment of the Flow State Scale and the Work-Related Flow Inventory: A Relative Weights Analysis, Samantha Gildemeister

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    Effects of Energy Development on Movements, Home Ranges, and Resource Selection of White-Tailed Deer in the Western Dakotas, Bailey S. Gullikson

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    Applying Machine Learning Algorithms for the Analysis of Biological Sequences and Medical Records, Shaopeng Gu