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    ETDS from 2018

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    Comparison of Historical Precipitation for Aberdeen, Ipswich, and Eureka, South Dakota, Uday Singh Kshatriya

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    Development of Texture Weighted Fuzzy C-Means Algorithm for 3D Brain MRI Segmentation, Ji Young Lee

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    Biomass Burning in the Conterminous United States: A Comparison and Fusion of Active Fire Observations from Polar-Orbiting and Geostationary Satellites for Emissions Estimation, Fangjun Li

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    Stability Analysis of Immunogenic Gliadin Accumulation in Hard Red Spring Wheat (Triticum Aestivum L.), Stacy Lindblom-Dreis

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    Assessment of the Impacts of Marijuana Legalization in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Michael Lynch

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    Engineering of Hole Transport and Perovskite Absorber Layers to Achieve High Efficiency and Stable Perovskite Solar Cells, Sally Mabrouk

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    Techno-Economic Analysis of PV Inverter Based Controllers on Low Voltage Distribution Networks, Rupak Mahat

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    A Route to Fabricate Rapid and Efficient Dye-sensitized Solar Cells through Minimizing the Duration of TiO2 Film Disposition and Dye Sensitization, Md Ataul Mamun

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    Understanding City Parks as New Common Pool Resources: A Case Study of the Dakota Nature Park, Keahna Margeson

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    The Role of Programs and Policies in Shaping the Observed School Nutrition Environment and Rural Childhood Obesity, Shadai Martin

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    Statistical Algorithms and Bioinformatics Tools Development for Computational Analysis of High-throughput Transcriptomic Data, Adam McDermaid

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    Synthetic Biology for Heterotrophic Production of High-Value Chemicals, Matthew McKillop

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    Measuring the Influence of Bedding on Soil Nitrogen Losses and Corn Crop Nitrogen Characteristics for Fall Applied Solid Beef Cattle Manure in Eastern South Dakota, Mukesh Mehata

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    The Influence of Spore-forming Microorganisms on the Quality and Functionality of Cultured Dairy Products, Dipakkumar Mehta

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    Effectiveness of a Low-Budget Sports Vision Training Program for Improving Batting Statistics of an NCAA Division I Baseball Team, Adam J. Melstrom

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    Quantifying Potential Long-term Changes in Erosion, Discharge, and Total Suspended Solids Resulting from Agricultural Land Use Change in South Dakota, Hector Manuel Menendez III

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    Distribution, Ecology, Disease Risk, and Genetic Diversity of Swift Fox (Vulpes Velox) in the Dakotas, Emily Louise Mitchell

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    Dissecting RNA Silencing Pathways in Sclerotinia Sclerotiorum, Pauline Mochama

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    Characterization of Anthocyanins in Aronia, Theodore Mohr

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    Identification of Macropinocytosis Regulating proteins and Signaling from Macropinosomes, Louise Monga

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    Microbial Communities and Their Impact on Bioenergy Crops in Dynamic Environments, Brandon Monier

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    Case Report: A Novel Ocular Screening Aid for Detection of Sport-related Concussion in High School Athletes, Payton Monson

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    Modeling Water Availability, Risk and Resilience in a Semi-Arid Basin in Southern Africa, Esther N. Mosase

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    A Scale Space Local Binary Pattern (SSLBP) – Based Feature Extraction Framework to Detect Bones from Knee MRI Scans, Jinyeong Mun

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    Lignin Depolymerization: Mechanistic Analysis, Optimization and Application, Eric Michael Nagel

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    The Role of Genomic Versatility in Multi-Niche Preferences of Escherichia Coli, Gitanjali NandaKafle

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    Efficiency of Utilizing Standardized Ileal Digestible Lys and Thr for Whole Body protein Retention in Pregnant Gilts during Early, Mid and Late Gestation, Ron Aldwin Sapin Navales

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    Serological Evidence for the Co-Circulation of Two Lineages of Influenza D Virus in Equine Populations of the Midwest United States, Hunter Theodore Nedland

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    Perceptions of Green Eating Behaviors on College Campuses in an Urban vs. Rural Setting, Gabriella G. Nowicki

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    Fast Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (FIRMS): A Tandem Mass Spectrometry Technique for the Rapid and Semi-Comprehensive Evaluation of Isotope Ratios, Fredrick Ochieng

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    Chronic Risk and Disease Management Model Using Structured Query Language and Predictive Analysis, Mamata Ojha

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    Effect of Poisson’s Ratio on Young's Modulus Characterization Using Ultrasonic Technique by Modeling, Michael Onyetube

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    The Contributions of FC Gamma Receptors and Macropinocytosis to the Internalization, Sorting and Clearance of Antibody Coated Nanovesicles in Macrophages, George Opoku-Kusi Jr.

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    Impact of Individual Differences on Faking Behavior, Norah Beverly Kerubo Orina

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    Evaluation of Methods Used to Improve Grasslands as Ring-Necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Brood Habitat, Mandy Orth

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    Engineering of Two-Color ATP-Binding Cassette Biosensor Proteins for Discovery of Novel Substrates and Modulators, Bremansu Osa-Andrews

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    Effects of Yogurt Fortification with Different Legumes Protein on the Physio-Chemical, Microbiological, and Rheological Properties, Prachi Pahariya

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    Weight Management Related Factors and Healthy Behaviors in Adults, Sumadhuri Pamarthi

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    GTPase-activating Protein-binding Protein 1 Plays an Antiviral Role in Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) Replication, Kabita Pandey

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    Noise Mapping of an Educational Environment: A Case Study of South Dakota State University, Sujan Parajuli

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    Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN): Technology Review And Experimental Study on Mobility Effect, Dhaval Patel

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    Bio-Mimetic Design with 3D Printable Composites, Ramya Mitra Patnam Damodaram

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    Rapid and Simultaneous Determination of Nutritional Constituents of United States Grown Oats Using Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS), Devendra Paudel

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    Ischemic Preconditioning Improves Maximal Accumulated Oxygen Deficit in NCAA Division I Middle-Distance Runners, Emily Paull

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    Optimization of Microfluidic Particle Separator Geometry Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Joseph Petersen

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    What is the Value of Corn Residue to Grazing Cattle?, Emily Ann Petzel

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    Framed by Sexuality: An Examination of Identity-Messages in “Purity Culture” Reflections, Ashley Pikel

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    Map-Based Cloning and Molecular Characterization of the Seed Dormancy 10 Locus in Rice (Oryza sativa L.), Wirat Pipatpongpinyo

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    Multi-Hazard Vulnerability Assessment of Monopile Foundation Offshore Wind Turbines, Jharna Pokhrel

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    Impacts of Diverse Crop Rotations and Integrated Crop-Livestock System on Soil Quality in South Dakota, Atilla Polat

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    Proteogenomic Study of Nitrogen-Fixing Cyanobacterium Anabaena Cylindrica, Yeyan Qiu

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    Application of Genomic Approaches to Improve Yield and Bacterial Leaf Streak Resistance in Winter Wheat, Sai Mukund Ramakrishnan

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    Effects of Large-scale Density Reduction on Brown Trout Growth and Movement in Spearfish Creek, South Dakota, Travis Rehm

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    Methodology for Load Rating Double-Tee Girder Bridges, Sandip Rimal

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    The Impact of Data Sovereignty on American Indian Self-Determination: A Framework Proof of Concept Using Data Science, Joseph Carver Robertson

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    Evaluation of Carinata Meal in Dairy Heifer Feeding Programs, Karla Rodriguez-Hernandez

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    Can Solvent-or Mechanically-Extracted Carinata Meal Be Used as an Effective Source of Supplemental Protein to Cows Fed Poor Quality Forages?, Emily Jacklyn Rosenthal

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    Comparison of Retaining Replacement Heifers in a Straight-bred Angus System Versus Purchasing Crossbred Replacement Heifers to Be Bred to a Terminal Sire, Grady D. Ruble

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    Laboratory Evaluation of Internal and External Nutrient Removal to Control Algal Bloom in Eutrophic Lakes, Sepideh Sadeghi

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    Enabling Low Cost WIFI-Based Traffic Monitoring System Using Deep Learning, Sayan Sahu

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    Evaluation of the Mechanical Properties of 3D Printed Carbon Fiber Composites, Max James Sauer

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    Evaluation of Berberine as an Alternative to Antibiotics in Nursery Pig Diets, Emily Scholtz

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    Strategies to Improve Calf Performance: Improving Water Quality, Feeding Microbially-enhanced Soy Protein, and Supplementing Condensed Whey Solubles, Nirosh Dias Senevirathne

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    Quantifying the Short-term Impacts of Cover Crops and Grazing on Soil Health Under an Integrated Crop-Livestock System in South Dakota, Vishal Seth

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    Application of Drainage Water Management and Saturated Buffers for Conservation Drainage in South Dakota, Abhinav Sharma

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    Effect of Exogenous Amylase and Protease on Ruminal Metabolism, Nutrient Digestibility, Rumen Microbiome, and Lactation Performance of Dairy Cows Fed Freshly Ensiled Corn Silage Based Diets, Lauren Kaye Shearer

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    Design, Implementation and a Pilot Study of Mobile Framework for Pedestrian Safety Using Smartphone Sensors, Aawesh Man Shrestha

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    Exploiting the Genetic Diversity of Wild Ancestors and Relatives of Wheat for its Improvement, Jagdeep Singh Sidhu

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    Exploring the Relationship Between Quality of Written School Wellness Policy and the Degree of Wellness Policy Implementation in Elementary Schools, Josie Sieberg

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    Successes and Challenges in Services for Victims of Sex Trafficking: An Organizational Analysis, Annelieke Sinnema

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    Evaluation of Microbially-converted Soybean Meal as an Alternative to Fishmeal in Weaned Pig Diets, Sue Sinn

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    The Effects of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus and Bovine Herpesvirus Type 1 on Monocyte-Derived Dendritic Cells, Jacob Sobraske

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    Replication, Virulence, and Pathogenesis of Influenza Viruses, Chithra Chembil Sreenivasan

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    No “I” in Team: A Sport Communication Ethnography of Cohesion and Leadership of a Collegiate Track and Field Team, Dean Stier

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    Development of Vegetation Mapping with Deep Convolutional Neural Network, Sae-han SUH

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    Effects of Enzymatically Hydrolyzed Yeast Supplementation and Supplementation Frequency on Immune Parameters, Performance, and Digestibility among Periparturient Beef Cows and Calves, Janine Swartz

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    Implications of Macroeconomic Controls in Ghana, Wisdom Takumah

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    Evaluation of an Essential Oil Blend and a Novel Soybean Variety as Alternatives to Preventative Antibiotic Use in Monogastrics, Samantha Tauer

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    Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Soil Applied Nitrogen Fertilizers, Samuel Thies

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    Trunk Stability and Postural Stability in People with Multiple Sclerosis, Derek Tolbert

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    Effects of Standards-Based Grading on Students in Agricultural Education, Matthew Tripp

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    #Rest in Digital Peace: Examining Attachment Dimensions' Relationship to Grief Messages on Facebook, Kendall Uhrich

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    Role of Bovine Ileal Sub-epithelial Myofibroblasts and Epithelial Cells in Innate Immunity, Tirth Uprety

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    Simulation of Gas Dynamic Cold Spray Process, Sai Rajkumar Vadla

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    Palmer Amaranth in South Dakota: Growth, Herbicidal Control, and Soybean Yield Loss, Brian Van De Stroet

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    Effects of Parent Role Modeling Behaviors in Correlation to Child Overweight and Obesity in Preschool-aged Children, Nicole Van Heek

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    Relationship of Physical Health Risk Screenings in Seriously Mentally Ill with Self-efficacy for Health, Perception of Health Risk, and Intention to Follow-up with Medical Care., Dawn (VanRuler) Bos

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    Surveillance of South Dakota Mosquito Abundance, Infection Rate, and Insecticide Susceptibility, Geoffrey P. Vincent

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    Impacts on Salmonid Rearing Performance with Use of Dietary Bioprocessed Plant-Based Protein and Water Velocity, Jill Voorhees

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    Development of Material for 3D Printed Habitats with Extraplanetary Applications, Taylor Wait

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    Baseball in the Background: Season Ticket Holder Retention in Summer Collegiate Baseball, Susan Wallrich

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    Additive Manufacturing with High Density Polyethylene: Mechanical Properties Evaluation, Calvin Wampol

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    Service Integration Design Patterns in Microservices, Meng Wang

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    Universal Swine Influenza Antigen and Vaccine, Zhao Wang

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    Influence of Production System on Animal Performance, Carcass Characteristics, Meat Quality, Environmental Impacts, Production Economics, and Consumer Preference for Beef, Megan Jean Webb

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    Compaction Testing of Granular Material, Jason Jerome Weber

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    Modeling Soil Organic Carbon in Select Soils of Southeastern South Dakota, Shaina Westhoff

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    Pilot Study: Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Sport-Related Concussion in a Rural Interscholastic Sport Sample, Austin Westland

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    “The Problem with the Haitians is their Language”: Language as Color-Blind Racism, Ruthie Wienk

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    Food Availability, Including Traditional Foods, in Grocery and Convenience Stores in 6 High Obese Counties in South Dakota, including Native American Reservations, Francesca Willard