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    ETDS from 2019

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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

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    Production and Storage Stability of High Concentrated Micellar Casein and its Effect on the Functional Properties of Process Cheese Products, Ahmed Hammam

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    Impact of Concussion and Orthopedic Injuries on Physical Activity and Quality of Life after Sport Retirement, MaKenna Hancock

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    Investigation of Intergroup Bias in Two Neuromaturationally Distinct Age Cohorts: An ERP Study, Reuven M. Hanna

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    Machine Learning for Load Profile Data Analytics and Short-term Load Forecasting, Md. Rashedul Haq

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    Stoichiometric Homeostasis in Two Native and Two Invasive South Dakotan Grasses, Joshua Thonas Harvey

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    Development of a Neural Network-Based Object Detection for Multirotor Target Tracking, Spencer Harwood

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    Evaluation of an Extended PICS (EPICS) for Calibration and Stability Monitoring of Optical Satellite Sensors, Md Nahid Hasan

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    Eat Smart, Play Hard The Oyate Way: Impact of a Culturally Tailored Nutrition and Physical Activity Curriculum on Elementary Youth, Abbey Hillestad

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    Senecavirus A: Pathogenicity and Interactions with Host Cell Death Pathway, Maureen Hoch Vieira Fernandes

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    Analysis of Factors Influencing College Choice Decisions of Mid-Major NCAA Division I Swimmers, Kaden Huntrods

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    Using Social Network Analysis to Examine the Connections within a Noyce Community’s Facebook Group, Amanda Jensen

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    Long-Acting Intraductal Drug Delivery Systems for the Breast, Mibin Joseph

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    Tropical Forest Canopy Height and Aboveground Biomass Estimation Using Airborne Lidar and Landsat-8 Data, a Sensitivity Study with Respect to Landsat-8 Data Temporal Availability, in Mai Ndombe Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, Herve B. Kashongwe

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    Food Assistance Programs in the US and their Impact on Childhood Obesity, Jannatul Kawsar

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    Searching for a Sense of Place: The Process of How Adolescent Girls Overcome Suicidality, Tamara Keefner

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    Nutritional Transporter Mediated Drug Delivery for Cancer, Siddharth S. Kesharwani

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    Field and Numerical Study for Deteriorating Precast Double-Tee Girder Bridges, Brian Kidd

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    Development of Semantic Scene Conversion Model for Image-based Localization at Night, Dongyoun Kim

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    Agronomic and Quality Response of Hard Red Spring Wheat Genotypes to Management Systems in South Dakota, Jonathan Kleinjan

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    Bovine Cellular and Innate Immune Response to Hemostatic Polysaccharides, Brian Kobylkevich

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    Identifying an Optimal Bald Eagle Monitoring Program for Southwest Alaska National Parks, Rebecca Kolstrom

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    Effects of Oats and Distiller’s Dried Grains Fibers on Fortification of Asian Noodles – Evaluation of Glycemic Response, Noodle Quality and Nutritional Composition, Kara Konst

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    Estimating Soil Organic Carbon in Cultivated Soils Using Soil Test Data, Remote Sensing Imagery from Satellites (Landsat 8 and PlantScope), and Web Soil Survey Data, Muhammed Halil Koparan

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    The Efficacy of Protein Supplementation on Attenuating Muscle Atrophy Following Disuse in the Collegiate Population, Leah Kroeger

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    Shrimp Production Environment and the Gut Microbiome: Effects of Aquaculture Practices and Selective Breeding on the Gut Microbiome of Pacific Whiteleg Shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, Angela Landsman

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    Perceptions of Health Coaching and its Associations with Personality Style and Weight Loss in Meal Replacement Program Participants, Bailey Judith Larson

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    Undoing Gender: An Analysis of How Women Communicate Within the Agricultural Industry, Shala R. Larson

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    Some Studies on Leaf Spot of Oats and Triticale, Mohammed Abdullah Lashram

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    Evaluation of Feeding Alternative Feedstuffs Including Hydroponic Barley Sprouts and Carinata Meal to Dairy Cattle, Rhea D. Lawrence

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    Instance Segmentation and Object Detection in Road Scenes using Inverse Perspective Mapping of 3D Point Clouds and 2D Images, Chungyup Lee

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    Optimization of Canola Co-Product Utilization in Swine, Jung Wook Lee

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    The Relationship between Campus Wellness Center Usage and Symptoms of Depression in College Freshmen, Allison Leonard

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    Performance Differences between Two Groups of Commercial Pigs Following Experimental Infection with PRRS Virus 1-7-4, Erin Little

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    Mean Nutrition and Physical Activity Knowledge Score of Children Ages 3-5 years in the iGrow Readers Intervention, Mollie Loes

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    The Generation Z Handbook: A Grounded Theory Approach to Motivation in the Workplace, Justin Mahutga

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    The Effect of Edge-of-Field Nutrient Management Practices on Microbial Concentrations in Subsurface Drainage Water and the Associated Risk of Antibiotic Resistance Dissemination, Sara Mardani

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    A Review of the Genus Acrisis Foerster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) with a New Species from American Licorice and a Survey of Aphid Parasitoids of Soybean Fields in Eastern South Dakota, Abigail P. Martens

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    Sunflower Pollinators in South Dakota: An Evaluation of Species Composition, Abundance and Influence on Yield, Mackenzie Mattern

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    A Comparison Between the Efficacy of Traditional Periodization, Undulating Periodization, and Plyometric Training and Their Lasting Effects on Performance Outcomes in Youth Athletes. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Andre McIntyre

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    Students’ Relationships with First-Year Advisors and the Transition to Faculty Advisors: A Qualitative Study of Appreciative Advising and its Effects on College Students., Robert McLean

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    Multi-Step Forecast of the Implied Volatility Surface Using Deep Learning, Nikita Medvedev

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    Younger Millennials and Outdoor Recreation: Understanding Outdoor Recreational Pursuits of Millennial College Students, Jason Mehlhaf

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    Static Load Bolted Joint Elastic Resilience Testing Methodology, Paul Melino

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    Quality Evaluations of Hard Red Spring Wheat Grown in South Dakota, Lance Merrick

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    Understanding Emotional Intelligence and Its Relationship to Clinical Reasoning in Nursing Students: A Mixed Methods Study, Heidi M. Meyer

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    Characterizing Spatiotemporal Patterns of White Mold in Soybean across South Dakota Using Remote Sensing, Confiance L. Mfuka

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    Changes in Vertical Jump Components Utilizing the Myvert Device in Female Collegiate D-1 Volleyball Players, Samantha Modrick

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    Effect of Water Velocity and Temperature on Energy Use, Behavior, and Mortality of Pallid Sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus Larvae, Joseph Thomas Mrnak

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    A Seed Dormancy Gene-mediated Biotechnology to Mitigate Transgene Flow into Weedy Rice, Luai Nahar Muhammad

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    Consumer Perceptions and Demand for Locally-Grown Vegetables in South Dakota, Richard Mulder

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    Coordinated Smart Home Thermal and Energy Management System Using a Co-simulation Framework, Prateek Munankarmi

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    Effects of Resistant Starch Type 4 on Gut Microbiota Derived Medium and Long Chain Fatty Acids and Bile Acids, Elizabeth Nagel

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    Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of GUNW-3 as a Brain Targeting Agent, Asim Najmi

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    Efficacy of Synthetic and Biopesticides on Bacteria Leaf Streak Management and Influence of Cultivar and Environment on Epiphytic Bacteria Diversity on Wheat Seeds, Marilen Nampijja

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    Understanding the Relationship Between Perfectionism and Health: Mediational Effects Drug Use, Sarah Nelsen

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    Identification and Characterization of Stress Responsive Genes in Soybean and Sunflower, Surendra Neupane

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    Pilot Scale Evaluation of E. Coli Filtration Removal From Stormwater Using Recycled Steel, Jason Neville

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    Augmenting Land Cover/Land Use Classification by Incorporating Information from Land Surface Phenology: An Application to Quantify Recent Cropland Expansion in South Dakota, Lan Hoang Nguyen

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    The Influence of Preovulatory Estradiol on Uterine Transcriptomics and Proteomics Around Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy in Beef Cattle, Emmalee J. Northrop

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    Spirituality, Religiosity, and Perceived Ability to Provide Spiritual Care in Nursing Students, Shannon O'Connell-Persaud

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    Using Maximum Power as a Variable for 1RM Prediction in the Squat and Bench Press, Sean O'Connor

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    Species of Fusarium Causing Root Rot of Soybean in South Dakota: Characterization, Pathogenicity, and Interaction with Heterodera Glycines, Paul Nyawanda Okello

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    Evaluation of Effects of Methods Used for Forage Analysis and Dietary Inclusion of Buffer on Fiber Digestibility and Rumen Fermentation in Diets High in Distillers Grains, Lydia Kehinde Olagunju

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    Parents in Urbanized Areas and Their Perception of 4-H Youth Development Programs, Matthew Ryan Olson

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    A Bioinfomatic Analysis of Luminal and Mucosal Ileal Bacteria Colonizing Nursery Pigs Fed Different Protein Sources, Jamie L. Ortman

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    Application of Analytical Techniques in Food Product Development, Sonali R. Pandey

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    Greater Sage-Grouse Survival, Breeding Ecology, Resource Selection, and West Nile Virus Prevalence on the Eastern Fringe of their Range, Lindsey Anne Parsons

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    Energy Optimization and Coordination Frameworks for Smart Homes Considering Incentives From Discomfort and Market Analysis, Priti Paudyal

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    Reinforcement Learning and Game Theory for Smart Grid Security, Shuva Paul

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    Quantifying the Performance of the Protodune Single Phase Neutrino Detector Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Dillon Pedersen

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    Repairable Moment-Resisting Steel Buildings, Heath William Pederson