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    ETDS from 2018

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    Adaptive Interventions Treatment Modelling and Regimen Optimization Using Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials (Smart) and Q-Learning, Abiral Baniya

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    Evaluation of Alternative Weed Hosts and Management Strategies for Soybean Cyst Nematode in South Dakota, Pawan Basnet

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    Assessment and Development of Cold Temperature Germination Tolerance in Oat and Hard Red Spring Wheat, Jacob Baustian

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    Variable Selection Techniques for Clustering on the Unit Hypersphere, Damon Bayer

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    Volumetric Three-component Velocimetry Two-phase Flow Measurements of Sediment Suspension under Regular Plunging Waves, Deryn Ann Beck

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    Aspects of White-tailed Deer Ecology and Management: Effects of Imidacloprid and an Evaluation of Management at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Elise Hughes Berheim

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    Repairable Precast Buildings and Bridges, Abdullah Boudaqa

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    Urban Gardens and Nutrition in Sioux Falls, SD, Austin Brynjulson

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    Efficacy of Seed Treatments, Microbial and Biochemical Pesticides for Managing Early Tan Spot and Stripe Rust Diseases of Wheat, Collins Bugingo

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    Identification of QTL Modifying the Activity of the Tcb1-s Locus and Characterization and Sequencing of Two Plutonium-Beryllium Induced Reduced Gametophyte Transmission Mutants in Maize, Merritt Bryer Burch

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    Analysis of 3D Printed Cylindrical Members, Salvador Caballero

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    Air-Propelled Organic Fertilizer Grits Can be Used to Control Weeds and Provide Nitrogen, Michael Carlson

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    Transcriptome Analysis of Root Development in Wheat Triticum Aestivum Using High Throughtput Sequencing Technologies, Ghana Challa

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    Soybean Iron Deficiency Chlorosis: Quantitative Trait Locus Validation and Grain Yield Evaluation, Ahmed Charif

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    Mechanisms by which Mechanotransduction Promotes Proliferation in Keratinocytes, Chhavi Chaudhary

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    Wi-Fi Finger-Printing Based Indoor Localization Using Nano-Scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Appala Narasimha Raju Chekuri

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    Simulation of Non-premixed Ethylene-air Crossflow Jet Flame, Jennifer Onyinye Chikelu

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    Life Sucks: Classifying Transgressive Fiction, Jena Christianson

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    Soybean Aphid Biotype 4 Resistance in Soja and Soybean Plant Introductions, Sophia R. Conzemius

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    A Longitudinal Examination of Eating Disorders and Associated Risk Factors in Division I Student-Athletes, Nicole Court-Menendez

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    Mechanical Bar Splices for Accelerated Construction of Bridge Columns, Puskar Kumar Dahal

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    Regulation of Local Auxin Metabolism during Soybean Nodule Development, Suresh Damodaran

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    Nonlinear Stochastic Filtering for Online State of Charge and Remaining Useful Life Estimation of Lithium-ion Battery, Suresh Daravath

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    LCD 3D Printing of a Photocurable Elastomer for Tissue Engineering, Beatriz Luiza De Souza

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    Adoption of Conservation Practices and Precision Technologies in South Dakota: An Empirical Analysis, Allen P. Deutz

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    Evaluation of the Effect of Tack Coat Type, Application Rate, and Surface Type on Interlayer Shear Strength, Chamika Prashan Dharmarathna

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    Vulnerability of Protected Areas to Human Encroachment, Climate Change and Fire in the Fragmented Tropical Forests of West Africa, Francis Kwabena Dwomoh

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    Study of Anti-proliferative Activity of Cucurbitacins Inspired Estrone Analogs on Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Sara Elgazwi

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    Cross Calibration and Validation of Landsat 8 OLI and Sentinel 2A MSI, M. M. Farhad

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    Walleye Fishery Ecology in Lake Oahe of the Dakotas, Eli Felts

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    A Quantitative Environmental Assessment of Incorporating Torrefaction into Farming Enterprises in Eastern South Dakota, Dinesh Fuyal

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    Topology Optimization of Lightweight Structural Composites Inspired by Cuttlefish Bone, Varun Kumar Gadipudi

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    A Development of Travel Time Equation for Overland Flow as Affected by Vegetation, Naga Vara Prasad Ganti

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    Evaluating Bighorn Sheep Herd Response After Selective Removal of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae Chronic Shedders, Tyler J. Garwood

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    Acculturation and Belongingness: The Keys to International Student Satisfaction, Semehar Ghebrekidan

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    Novel Technique of Fabrication of Porous Copper and Copper Oxide to Improve the Lithium Ion Battery Performance, Raju Prasad Ghimire

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    Simulation of an Ethylene Flame with Turbulence, Soot and Radiation Modeling, Santu Golder

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    Modeling the In-state Geographic Market Changes of South Dakota Public University Enrollments, 2006 to 2015, John Green

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    Molecular Level Encapsulation of Chromophores Using Pillar[5]arenes for Enhanced Photostability, Manik Gudimani

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    Role of Non-muscle Myosin II In Hs578T/Hs578Ts(i)8 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Progression, Shimara Gunawardana

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    Extending the Utility of Public Use Microdata, Eric A. Guthrie

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    Development of an Indoor Multirotor Testbed for Experimentation on Autonomous Guidance Strategies, Kidus Guye

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    "I Don't Want to Hear About Your Dick": Communicatively Managing Stigma Surrounding Foreskin Restoration, Joshua Hartelt

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    Insecticidal Seed and In-Furrow Treatment Recommendations for Soybean and Sunflower, Brady Hauswedell

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    Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) State-and-Transition Model for Loamy Ecological Sites in MLRA 62 in Custer State Park, South Dakota, Mark R. Hendrix

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    Flexural Analysis of 3D Printed Members, Yazen Hindieh

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    Quantification of Understory Fuels in the Superior National Forest Using Lidar Data, Jeffrey R. Irwin

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    Simulation of Different Rib Shapes in Square Channel, Md Sahedul Islam

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    Determinants of Tipping Behavior: Evidence from US Restaurants, Nusrat Jahan

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    Localization of Microcalcification on the Mammogram Using Deep Convolutional Neural Network, Jieun Jhang

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    Evaluation of Dietary Phytochemicals as Rumen Modifiers in Lactating Dairy Cows, Sonia Rodriguez Jimenez

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    Western Prairie Stream Fisheries: An Assessment of Past and Present Fish Assemblage Structure, Biotic Homogenization, and Population Dynamics in Western South Dakota Streams, Stephen Jones

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    Land Use Change Sustainability and Carbon Turnover Rate in the Northern Great Plains Soil, Deepak Raj Joshi

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    Tripartite Interactions of Legumes with Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Rhizobial Bacteria: Insight into Plant Growth, Seed Yield, and Resource Exchange, Arjun Kafle

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    Satellite Remote Sensing of Woody and Herbaceous Leaf Area for Improved Understanding of Forage Resources and Fire in Africa, Milkah Njoki Kahiu

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    Electro-magnetic Responsive Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 Nano-particle Composite, Jaiprakash Kanagaraj

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    Expression Analyses and Identification of Key Molecular Participants in Plant Responses to Environmental Cues, Praveena Kanchupati

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    Nutritional Value of Modified Novel Oilseed Meals in Teleost Diets, Tom Kasiga

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    Mapping and Risk Assessment of Juniper Encroachment Into a Prairie Landscape, Kyle D. Kaskie

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    Study of Seasonal change and Water Stress Condition in Plant Leaf Using Polarimetric Lidar Measurement, Prabeen Kattel

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    Daily Pork Consumption as a Part of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet Influences Body Composition and Preserves Muscle Mass in Older Adults Consuming Controlled Intakes, Alyssa Anne Kauffman

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    A PCR/Sequencing Technique to Identify Species and Genotypes of Haemonchus from Mixed Trichostrongyle Egg DNA Recovered from Livestock Fecal Samples, Pratiksha Khanal

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    Location Optimization of a Coal Power Plant to Balance Coal Supply and Electric Transmission Costs Against Plant’s Emission Exposure, Najam Khan

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    Genetic Component Effects of Two Loci on Seed Dormancy, Awn, Low-Temperature Germination, Plant Height, and Flowering Time in Rice (Oryza sativa L.), Ugur Korkmaz

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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