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    ETDS from 2017

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    U-Statistics for Characterizing Forensic Sufficiency Studies, Cami Fuglsby

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    Assessment of Varying Model Representations in CFD Simulations, Caitlin R. Gerdes

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    Identification of Physiological and Morphological Traits Governing High Water Use Efficiency in Alfalfa, Krishna Ghimire

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    Relationship of the Fractal and Chemical Characteristics of Self-Assembled Natural Organic Matter, Dennis K. Gibson

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    Engineering of Photo-Rechargeable Energy Storage, Ashim Gurung

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    Explaining the Gender Wage Gap in Rural and Urban China, Wei Gu

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    The Synthetic Biology of N2-Fixing Cyanobacteria for Photosynthetic Terpenoid Production, Charles T. Halfmann

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    An Evaluation of the Relationship between Cooking and Wellness Behaviors in College Students, Andrea Hanson

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    Russian Real Estate Purchases in Finland, 1990-2016, Mika Hasanen

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    Cathode Interface Engineering for High Performance Planar Perovskite Solar Cells, MD Nazmul Hasan

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    Cardiovascular Risk, Remote Ischemic Postconditioning, and Endothelial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury, Brian A. Hemenway

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    Improving Survey Methodology to Monitor Rare Grassland Birds in South Dakota, Kassondra Hendricks

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    Funding of Higher Education: Variations in State Funding, Impacts of State Funding on Differential Tuition, and Variables Impacting Differential Tuition, Michael Holbeck

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    Modeling Streamflow and Water Quality Impacts of Grassland Establishment, Conversion, and Management in Skunk Creek Watershed, Jiyeong Hong

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    Evaluating Filter Materials for E. Coli Removal from Stormwater, Ghaem Hooshyari

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    CBL and CBL-B Dictate CSF-1R Endocytic Traffic and Signaling in Macrophages, Lu Huang

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    The Home Environment and Parenting Practices: Associations with Physical Activity and Sedentary Time in Preschool-age Children, Emily C. Huber

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    Food Protein-based Core-shell Nanocarriers for Oral Drug Delivery Applications: (Influence of Shell Composition on In vitro and In vivo Functional Performance of Zein Nanocarriers, MD Saiful Islam

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    Green Thermosetting Factory: Novel Star-shaped Bio-based Systems and Their Thermosetting Resins; Synthesis and Characterization, Arash Jahandideh

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    Simulation of Magnetically Confined Inductively Coupled Plasma, Sina Javadpour

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    Biofilm Formation by Common Dairy Sporeformers on Native and Modified Stainless Steel Surfaces, Shivali Jindal

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    Self-Assembled Architecture of Natural Organic Matter, Cynthia Johnson-Edler

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    Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) Population Characteristics and Resource Selection in the North Dakota Badlands, Randy D. Johnson

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    Senecavirus A: Epidemiology, Pathogenesis and Infection Dynamics, Lok Raj Joshi

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    Reflection and Acceptance: Small Town Ghosts Represented in Poetry, Adam Junker

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    Electrochemical Sensor for Metal Ions and Phosphate Ion Detection for Biomedical and Agriculture Application, Md Faisal Kabir

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    Biotic Integrity in the Northwestern Great Plains and Mechanisms Regulating Stream Condition in South Dakota, Chad Kaiser

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    Comprehensive Structural, Thermal and Toxicological Characterization of 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Alkylbenzenesulfonate Ionic Liquids, Hiranmayee Kandala

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    Impact of Subsurface Drainage on Water Yield for Typical Soil and Weather in Eastern South Dakota, Govinda Karki

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    Spatial and Spatiotemporal Modeling of Epidemiological Data, Laxman Karki

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    Rail Rebound: The Impact of Freight Rails on Regional Development in the United States, 1970-2010, Bishal Bhakta Kasu

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    Designing and Development of a Photobioreactor for Optimizing the Growth of Micro Algae and Studying Its Growth Parameters, Sarmila Katuwal

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    Indexing Walleye Recruitment in Eastern South Dakota Natural Lakes, Todd M. Kaufman

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    Reassessing Survival, Movement, Resource Selection, and SIghtability of Pronghorn in Western South Dakota, Adam Kauth

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    Monitoring Pollen Counts and Pollen Allergy Index Using Satellite Observations in East Coast of the United States, Murat Cagatay Kececi

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    Silencing Seed Dormancy Genes to Mitigate Risk of Transgene Flow to Weedy Rice, Alexander Wireko Kena

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    Modeling of the Solid-electrolyte Interface Layer of Lithium Ion Batteries for Capacity Fade Using Kinetic Monte Carlo, Bigyan Khanal

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    Studying Microflora of Semi-hard Cheese, and Sporulation within Contact Surface Biofilms, Dalia Khan

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    Effects of a Large-scale Habitat Enhancement Project on Largemouth Bass Behavior, Feeding, and Growth in Grand Lake, Texas, Chance Kirkeeng

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    Evaluation of a Bioprocessed Soybean Meal on Nursery Pig Immune Status and Disease Resistance, Jacob R. Koepke

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    Effect of Pre-marketing Management Practices on Shrink Loss in Lambs, Ann Kolthoff

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    Evaluation of Woodchip Bioreactor Denitrification Kinetics, Abdoul Aziz Kouanda

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    A Statewide Assessment of Drivers Influencing Biotic Integrity in Perennial, Wadeable Prairie Streams of South Dakota, Lyntausha Kuehl

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    Interactive Effects of Cover Crops, Invertebrate Communities and Soil Health in Corn Production Systems, Claire LaCanne

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    Impacts of Landscape Position and Nitrogen Fertilizer on Soils, Carbon and Nitrogen Leaching, and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Switchgrass Production in South Dakota, Liming Lai

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    The Transformation of an Agriculture-Based Economy to a Tourism-Based Economy: Citizens' Perceived Impacts of Sustainable Tourism Development, Debra P. Laville-Wilson

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    The Effects of the Dodd-Frank Act on Community Banks, Hoanh Le

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    The Effects of a Blend of Essential Oils on Rumen Efficiency of Lactating Dairy Cows, Kali Linville

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    The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Rhetorical Analysis of President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and President Donald J. Trump’s Political Discourse About Syrian Refugees, Erin Lionberger

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    Genetic Interference and Receptor Biology of Neglected Influenza Viruses, Runxia Liu

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    Using Gluten Index to Improve Spring Wheat Loaf Volume Prediction, Yaming Lu

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    Investigation of Candidate Loci Associated with Maize Perennialism, Anjun Ma

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    Voltage Regulation of Low Voltage Distribution Networks, Manisha Maharjan

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    Design, Synthesis and Biological Screening of Novel Cucsinspired Estrone Analogues Towards Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Mater Hussen Mahnashi

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    Intelligent Learning Control System Design Based on Adaptive Dynamic Programming, Naresh Malla

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    Do College Students Perceive Stigma the Same Way Experts Do? An Experimental Test of Lay Perceptions of Body-Size Stigma, Andie Malterud

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    Analysis of Novel Cyanide Antidote Dimethyl Trisulfide for Pharmacokinetic Studies, and Sulfur Mustard Metabolites for Identification of Biomarker of Inhaled Dose, Erica Manandhar

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    Evaluation of Gamebird Use and Thermal Characteristics of Alfalfa and Perennial Grasses in Eastern South Dakota, Neal P. Martorelli

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    Effects of Specific Home Environment Factors on a Child's Weight, Molly Millage

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    The Effect of Sport Participation on Bone, Maggie M. Minett

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    Analysis of Mechanical properties of Alternative Timber Beams for a Native American Earth Lodge, Freddy E. Moran

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    The Impact of Standardized Patients on Physical Assessment Skills, Clinical Judgment, and Self-Efficacy in Undergraduate Nursing Students, Allison Mueller

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    Development and Application of a Fish-Based Index of Biotic Integrity for Lakes in Eastern South Dakota, Daniel T. Nelson

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    Development of Microgrid Test Bed for Testing Energy Management System, Shaili Nepal

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    Improvement of Milling and Nutritional Quality Characteristics of Oats Through Genomic Selection, Sudha Neupane Adhikari

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    Swift Foxes in Southwestern South Dakota: Assessing the Current Status of a Reintroduced Population, Sarah Ann Nevison

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    A Kernel Based Approach to Determine Atypicality, Austin O'Brien

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    The Relationship Between Recollection, Knowledge Transfer, and Student Attitudes Towards Chemistry, Oluwatobi Omobonike Odeleye

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    Surveillance of Emerging Livestock Viruses, Faten A. Okda

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    Let Them Eat Beef: Effects of Beef Consumption on Markers of Metabolic Syndrome, Kristin L. Olson

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    Managing Phomopsis Stem Canker of Sunflower Using Improved Diagnosis and Quantification of the Causal Pathogens, Taylor Rae Olson

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    Approximate Statistical Solutions to the Forensic Identification of Source Problem, Danica M. Ommen

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    Identification of Candidate Cellulose Utilizing Bacteria from the Rumen of Beef Cattle, Using Bacterial Community Profiling and Metagenomics, Lee Opdahl

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    An Analysis of Factors Affecting Bid of Infant-formula Manufacturers in WIC Rebate Auctions, Raymond Opoku

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    Perimeter Cropping As a Means of Reducing Insect Injury and Increasing Crop Yield, Brett L. Owens

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    Factors Affecting Feedlots' Decisions on Cattle Marketing Options: A National Study, Charlotte Owusu-Smart

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    Optimized Multilayer Perceptron with Dynamic Learning Rate to Classify Breast Microwave Tomography Image, Chulwoo Pack

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    Differential Gene Expression in Two Nodule Zones of Soybean, Sunita Pathak

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    The Cattle Dung Arthropod Community in Eastern South Dakota: Their Colonization, Impact on Degradation, and Response to Rangeland Management, Jacob Pecenka

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    Invertebrate Prey Selectivity of Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) in Western South Dakota Prairie Streams, Erin D. Peterson

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    Funny in a Man's World: Women Comedians' Use of Political Satire at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Jessica M. Peterson

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    An Integrated Evaluation of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program in South Dakota, Jarrett D. Pfrimmer

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    Account Service and Creative Personnel: Interpersonal Conflict and Dialectical Tensions in Advertising Agencies, Ashley Phillips

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    Diaporthe, Soybean Cyst Nematode, and Soybean Aphid: An Evaluation of Potential Interactions Occurring Among Pests on Soybean in South Dakota, John Philip Posch

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    Macropinosome Maturation is a Clathrin Dependent Process in Bone Marrow Macrophages, Susmita Poudel

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    Screen Printed Carbon Electrode Based Microfluidic Biosensor for Sweat Cortisol Detection, Shailu Shree Poudyal

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    CFD Analysis Methods for Systems Driven by Natural Convection, Aaron Propst

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    Heterogeneous Nitrogen Losses: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Changes in Management Across South Dakota, Archibold Quaye

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    Lysine Bioavailability of Two Lipid Coated Lysine Products After Exposure to Silages with Different Acidity, Jessica N. Reiners

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    The Relationship Between Relative Strength Levels to Sprinting Performance in Collegiate 100-400M Sprinters, Philip Reuer

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    Using Remote Sensing to Estimate Crop Water Use to Improve Irrigation Water Management, Arturo Reyes-Gonzalez

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    Relationship of Stress, Sleep, Physical Activity, and Food Insecurity on Eating Behaviors and Obesity, Amy Lee Richards

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    Local and Systemic Actions of GnRH Relating to Estradiol and Associated Reproductive Parameters in Beef Cattle, Jerica J.J. Rich

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    The Influence of Chromium Supplementation on the Insulin Pathway, Carcass Traits, and Meat Quality of Feedlot Steers, Heather Rode

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    Growth Potential and Genetic Diversity of Yellow Perch in South Dakota, Alex J. Rosburg

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    A Demonstration Study of Drainage Water Management in Eastern South Dakota, Ashik Sahani

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    Control of Pore Characteristics of Porous Silicon Using Non-toxic Electrochemical Etching for Photovoltaics and Supercapacitor Applications, Utpal Saha

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    Response of Dairy Cows to Dietary Starch Concentrations: Performance, Nutrient Digestion, and Gas Emissions, Juan Isidro Sanchez-Duarte

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    Associations Between Personality Style, Perceptions of Health Coaching and Percent of Starting Weight in Meal Replacement Program Participants, Anne E. Sawyer

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    Monopile Foundation Offshore Wind Turbine Simulation and Retrofitting, William A. Schaffer