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    ETDS from 2017

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    Regulation of ARF16-2 by microRNA160 During Soybean Root Nodule Development, Spencer Schreier

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    Measuring Aquatic Organism Responses to Grassland Restoration: Does the Field of Dreams Really Exist?, David A. Schumann

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    Speak, Little Mute Girl: Representations of Mute Women in Film, Honor Schwartz

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    GESI Mainstreaming in Nepal: Representation of a New Concept or Re-presentation of an Old Concept in a New Package?, Umit Shrestha

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    A Comparison of Land Use and Land Cover in Public Lands of the Northwestern Great Plains and High Plains Ecoregions and the Implications For Grassland Birds, Dawn L. Siemonsma

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    Dual Enrollment And Its Impact on College Freshman Persistence: A Modification of Tinto's Model of Student Departure, Douglas L. Simon

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    Understanding the Impact of Extrusion Processing on Rheological, Textural and Functional Properties of High-protein, High-fiber Extrudates, Poonam Singha

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    Simulations of Impinging Jet with a Range of Configuration, Devansh Singh

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    Associations Between Child Weight Status and the Home Environment: An Analysis of Parental Eating Policies, Emily Smith

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    Phenotypic Plasticity of Native and Invasive Cool-Season Grasses in Response to Frequency of Moisture Availability, Ming-Yu Stephens

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    Impacts of Crop Residue and Cover Crops on Soil Hydrological Properties, Soil Water Storage and Water Use Efficiency of Soybean Crop, Kopila Subedi-Chalise

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    Assessment of Watershed Condition and Vulnerability to Forecasted Land-Use/Land-Cover Change in the Northwestern Great Plains of Western South Dakota, Aaron Suehring

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    Response Surface Methodology and Its Application in Optimizing the Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells, Rajab Suliman

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    Lipid-Laden Macrophages Downregulate AKT Phosphorylation and Metabolize Lipid Droplets via Autophagy, Rifat Sultana

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    Understanding the Impacts of Ammonia Fiber Expansion (AFEX™) Pretreatment and Densification on Densified Products Quality and the Bioproducts Yield Through Enzymatic Hydrolysis and Fast Pyrolysis, Vijay Sundaram

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    The Determinants of Rural Outmigration in the United States: 2010-2014, Munia Sunjid

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    Changes in Fertility Associated with Nutritional Programming and Excess Dietary Protein and its Influence on Primordial Follicle Numbers and Uterine pH, Olivia L. Swanson

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    Human Dimensions of Habitat Loss in the Plains and Prairie Potholes Ecoregion, Lily A. Sweikert

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    Reagents and Tools to Identify Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus-2, Meghan Syrstad

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    Worldwide Optimal PICS Search, Ruchira Tabassum

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    Enhanced Breast Cancer Classification with Automatic Thresholding Using Support Vector Machine and Harris Corner Detection, Mohammad Taheri

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    Energy Management System Considering Battery Lifetime, Prajina Tandukar

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    The Fiscal Theory of the Price Level in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Structural Break Analysis, Christian Tchamda

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    Performance of the Producer Accumulator in Corn and Soybean Commodity Markets, Chad Te Slaa

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    Understanding the Effect of BVDV on Innate Immune Response of Neutrophils, Neelu Singh Thakur

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    Evaluation of Woodchip Bioreactors and Phosphorus Adsorption Media for Nutrient Removal from Subsurface Drainage Water, Utsav Thapa

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    Bio Inspired Lightweight Composite Material Design for 3D Printing, Kaushik Thiyagarajan

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    A Pilot Study of a Summer School Food Backpack program for Students and Their Caregivers, Brittany Thompson

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    Microfluidic Enhanced Fabry-Perot Etalon Based Optical Biosensor for the Detection of Biological Substances in Liquid with Refractive Index Measurement, Nezam Uddin

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    The Effect of Nitrate Supplementation on Exercise Tolerance and Performance: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, Gavin Van De Walle

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    Intranasal Immunization of Pigs with Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus like Particles Plus 2’, 3’ –cGamp Vaccigrade™ Adjuvant Exacerbates Viremia After Virus Challenge, Alexandria Marie Van Noort

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    Graduate School Decisions: The Impact of Out-of-class Communication on First-generation College Students, Kaitlyn Voges

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    Normalization of Pseudo-invariant Calibration Sites for Increasing the Temporal Resolution and Long-Term Trending, Harika Vuppula

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    Advanced Carbon Materials Based Electrodes for High Performance Symmetric Supercapacitors, Keliang Wang

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    Evaluation of the Deadwood Bighorn Sheep Herd Translocation, Ty J. Werdel

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    An Evaluation of Nitrogen Supplementation and Processed Soy Fractions on the Performance of Cultured Fishes, Brandon M. White

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    Effects of Root Isoflavonoids and Hairy Root Transformation on the Soybean Rhizosphere Bacterial Community Structure, Laura White

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    Measuring Central Bank Credibility From the Effect of Inflation Shocks on Asset Prices, Junmei Xu

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    Development of Computational Techniques for Regulatory DNA Motif Identification Based on Big Biological Data, JInyu Yang

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    Smart Image Search System Using Personalized Semantic Search Method, Fangyu Zhang

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    Identification, Calculation and Warning of Horizontal Curves for Low-volume Two-lane Roadways Using Smartphone Sensors, Shaohu Zhang

    ETDS from 2016

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    Role of Microglial α7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Positive Allosteric Modulator in Neuroinflammatory Pain Models in Mice, Muzaffar Abbas

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    Role of T Lymphocyte Trafficking in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy, Chowdhury Sayef Abdullah

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    Three Overlooked Issues: Water Quality, Forage Quality, and Forage Blends Impacting the Feed Efficiency of Dairy Cows, Ishwary Prasad Acharya

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    Distribution and Characterization of the Soybean Cyst Nematode, Heterodera glycines (HG) Types in South Dakota, Krishna Acharya

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    Protein and Fiber Fortification of White Pan Bread Using Food-Grade Distiller’s Dried Grains, Ashley Adamski

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    Nanoscale Study of Perovskite Solar Cells for Efficient Charge Transport, Nirmal Adhikari

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    Transcriptional and Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Nodule-Specific Gene Expression in Soybean, Sajag Adhikari

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    Novel Cellular Targets of Aspirin in Chemoprevention studies on P53, G6PD and c-MYC, Guoqiang Ai

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    Outsourcing to the Developing Economy: Its Impacts on GDP and Unemployment. A Case Study of India and the United States of America, Abidemi Akinyemi

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    Changes in Neuromuscular Performance Throughout the Menstrual Cycle in Physically Active Females, Joseph D. Albert

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    The Impact of Different Battery Technologies for Remote Microgrids, Ali Barjs Allruwaili

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    Techno-Economic Feasibility of Distributed Torrefaction Systems Using Corn Stover Feedstock, Evan Almberg

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    Sickle Blood Cell Detection Based on Image Segmentation, Kholoud Alotaibi

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    A Poetic Response to Cancer: Scars, Mortality, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship, Jodi Andrews

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    Evaluation of Flame Weeding in Southeastern South Dakota, Benjamin William Arlt

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    Quantitative Trait Loci Analysis of Low Temperature Responses in Grapevine F2 Population, Mani Awale

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    Economic Analysis of a Data Center Virtual Power Plant Participating in Demand Response, Labi Bajracharya

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    Inactivation of Thermodynamic Sporeformers and Spores in Skim Milk by Continuous Ultrasonication and Hydrodynamic Cavitation in Combination with Thermal Treatments, Dikshi Bawa

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    Evaluation of Tillage, Crop Rotation, and Cover Crop Impacts on Corn Nitrogen Requirements in Southeastern South Dakota, Sara Louise Berg

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    Evaluation and Identification of Soybean Aphid Resistance Sources and Mapping of Soybean Aphid Resistance Loci in Early Maturing Soybean Germplasm Accessions, Siddhi Jeewan Bhusal

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    Current Status of Falcon Populations in Saudi Arabia, Albara M. Binothman

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    Spatial Variability Analysis and Reclamation of Saline-Sodic Soils in the Northern Great Plains, Girma Birru

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    Impact of Cheese Colorants and Coagulants on the Physicochemical Functional and Rheological Characteristics of Natural and Process Cheese, Ananya Coomar Biswas

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    Effects of Small Intestinal Starch Digestion and Dietary Lipid on Efficiency of Nitrogen Use in Cattle, Ethan J. Blom

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    Synthetic Biology for Autotrophic and Heterotrophic Production of Ethanol, Nathanael Braselton

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    Ecology of Largemouth Bass in an Aging Reservoir: Implications for Creating a Trophy Largemouth Bass Fishery, Jason Breeggemann

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    Influencers and Barriers to Consumption of Healthful Diets in Rural Youth in Context of the Bioecological Model, Megan Bren

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    Body Satisfaction and Ability to Identify Weight Status of Preschool-aged Children by Their Caregivers, Andrea Brown

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    Temporal and Spatial Influences on South Dakota Farm Economies of Size, Henry Brown

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    Determining the Relationship Among Change Fatigue, Resilience, and Job Satisfaction of Hospital Staff Nurses, Robin Brown

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    Immune and Endocrine Modulations Associated with Enhanced Plant-Based Protein Diets Within Freshwater Fish Species, Timothy J. Bruce

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    Morphologic and Transcriptomic Response to Weed Pressure in Multiple Maize (Zea mays L.) Selections and Teosinte (Zea mays L. ssp parviglumis) Lines, Stephanie A. Bruggeman

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    Identifying Data Centers from Satellite Imagery, Adam Buskirk

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    Effects of Seed Applied Fungicide on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Colonization of South Dakota Cultivars of Oat, Soybean, and Corn, Jesse Cameron

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    Power Management of Remote Microgrids Considering Battery Lifetime, Santosh Chalise

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    Reflectance-based Calibration and Validation of the Landsat Satellite Archive, Sandeep Kumar Chittimalli

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    Developing Management Guidelines that Balance Cattle and Timber Production with Ecological Interests in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Kurt M. Chowanski

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    Investigating Grassland and Cropland Conversion Decisions in the Dakotas, 2015 Producers Survey and Analysis, Md Niaz Murshed Chowdhury

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    Foundation Design of Low Volume Roads: Evaluation and Performance, Alyssa Clemen

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    Changes in Wetland Conditions and Wetland Plant Communities in the Prairie Pothole Region After 50 Years, Ryann Cressey

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    Diversity of Free-living Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria in the Badlands of South Dakota, Bibha Dahal

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    Role of Silencing RNA fgsiR34 in Fusarium Graminearum's Pathogenicity to Wheat, Subha Dahal

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    Impact of New Processing Technologies on the Physical and Functional Properties of Skim Milk and Skim Milk Concentrate, Harsh Dahiya

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    Longitudinal Examination of Perceived Stress and Depression Symptomology in Division I Student-Athletes, Bobby Daigle

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    Raptors in Temperate Grasslands: Ecology of Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, and Northern Harrier in the Northern Great Plains, Shubham Datta

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    The Endophytes of Pediomelum Esculentum: A Unique Case in Legume Evolution, Tyrel Ryan Deutscher

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    Land Cover Land Use Change and Soil Organic Carbon Under Climate Variability in the Semi-Arid West African Sahel (1960-2050), Amadou M. Dieye

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    A Qualitative Analysis of Barriers to and Facilitators of Successful Weight Loss, Alyson Drooger

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    Study of Moisture and Water Effects in Low Temperature Crystallization of Perovskite Film for Efficient Solar Cells, Ashish Dubey

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    Urea Pre-treatment of N2-annealed Transition Metal Oxides for Low Cost and Efficient Counter Electrodes in Dye-sensitized Solar Cell, Hytham Elbohy

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    Corncob Grit Application as an Alternative to Control Weeds in Two Crop Production Systems, Mauricio Erazo-Barradas

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    The Effect of NBA Free Agency on Player Utility, Austin Erikson

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    Government Policy and Initiatives on Maternal Mortality Reduction in Nigeria, Enifome U. Eto

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    Assessing Freshwater Mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in South Dakota and Identifying Drivers of Assemblage Variation, Kaylee L. Faltys

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    Evaluation of Essential Oils (Stay Strong) for Dairy Calves, Kelly Ann Froehlich

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    The Effect of Copper and Zinc Source on Pre-Weaning Performance of Cows, Health and Performance of Suckling Calves, and Post-Weaning Feedlot Performance, Carcass Composition, and Meat Quality of Calves, Jesse Fulton

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    Role of Exopolymeric Substances in Biofilm Formation on Dairy Separation Membranes, Nuria Garcia-Fernandez

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    Attitude Comparison Among South Dakota Family Members Regarding Estate Planning and Farm Transitions, Heather Gessner

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    Manufacture, Concentration, and Functionality of Micellar Casein Concentrate, Dustin Grossbier