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Stabilization Strategies for Preventing Secondary Reactions During Lignin Depolymerization and Valorization 

Patil, Vivek (2021-04-20)  ETD File Embargoed
Lignin-derived phenolic and aromatic monomers are rapidly being recognized as forerunners in the race to make sustainable biopolymers that can fulfill the world’s demands for materials in the future. However, lignin being ...

Activation Functions as Parameters for Improved Deep Learning 

Locke, James M. (2021-04-20)
Neural networks have evolved into strong and dependable machine learning systems. Practitioners and researchers using them have at their disposal many tuning levers for achieving successful learning. A key task is selecting ...

Analysis of xenoestrogen effects in the male rat gonad 

Jeminiwa, Bamidele (2021-04-20)  ETD File Embargoed
Naturally occurring estrogenic chemicals existing in food such as soybeans and synthetic xenoestrogens, termed Xenoestrogens, contaminating food and water sources have become issues of public health interest. The concern ...

Angiotensin II-Driven Mechanisms of Neuroinflammation in the Maintenance of Hypertension 

Mowry, Francesca (2021-04-20)  ETD File Embargoed
Hypertension, one of the most prevalent cardiovascular risk factors, exhibits numerous pathophysiologies and is typically attributed to dysregulation of the cardiovascular, renal, and/or central nervous systems (CNS). ...

Valorization of Lignocellulosic Materials - Designing, Synthesis, and Processing of Functional Polymer Nanocomposites 

Parit, Mahesh (2021-04-20)
The objective of this research is to valorize lignocellulosic materials obtained from kraft pulp and paper industry for functional applications through design, synthesis, and processing of their nanocomposites. The ...

An analysis of social-ecological elements influence on weight gain in children from Alabama. 

Ayine, Priscilla (2021-04-20)  ETD File Embargoed
Childhood obesity generally tracks through the life course of an individual and is related to the increased risk of metabolic and chronic disease later in life. Additionally, excess weight during childhood increases chances ...

Experimental and theoretical characterization of thermal behavior of large format pouch type lithium-ion battery 

Hu, Yang (2021-04-20)
Fundamental understanding of the heat generation process of lithium-ion batteries during operations is crucial for securing lifespan and safety by the cost-effective and efficient design of thermal management systems. Heat ...

Production of Engineered Cardiac Tissue from Encapsulated hiPSCs for Scale-up Studies and Drug-Testing 

Finklea, Ferdous (2021-04-19)  ETD File Embargoed
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, causing a global health and financial burden. The first chapter of this dissertation highlights the needs for scalable, clinically relevant production of human ...

Establishment of 3D hiPSC cardiac differentiation platforms to investigate congenital heart disease 

Ellis, Morgan (2021-04-19)
Cardiac tissue engineering shows great potential for alleviating some of the immense burden of cardiovascular disease. The introduction of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) in 2007 led to a paradigm shift in ...

Sorry, Mario, but Our Better Representations of Women are in Another Video Game: A Qualitative Study on Women’s Perspective of Women Video Game Characters 

Silvis, Jessica (2021-04-19)
The representations of women characters in video games have always been scrutinized for their stereotyped and sexualized appearance by scholars and gamers. Yet these arguments have not focused enough on the players that ...

A Person-Context Look at UPB and CWB: How Narcissism and Competitive (Cooperative) Organizational Context Influence Willingness to Engage in Unethical Behavior 

Wilmore, Thomas (2021-04-19)
Previous research has indicated that narcissism functions as a positive predictor of counterproductive work behavior (CWB). However, research on moderators of the relationship between narcissism and unethical behavior in ...

Soybean Phenotypic Variation Under High Night Temperature Stress 

Shu, Tianchu (2021-04-19)
Soybean is the fourth most important commodity crop globally grown on over 83.1 million acres in the United States. Crop yield is required to increase a 50% to satisfy the demand of a growing population that will increase ...

Evaluation of Warm-Season Annuals for Livestock Production 

Thompson, Serena (2021-04-19)
Warm-season forages are high yielding and can have high nutritive value, providing producers with an ideal option during the months in which cool-season forages are not productive. Two, 2-year small plot studies were ...

The Interactive effect of Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms, Attentional Control, and Cognitive Load on Threat-Related Attentional Bias 

Clauss, Kate (2021-04-19)  ETD File Embargoed
Theory and empirical evidence suggest that those with higher posttraumatic stress (PTS) symptoms and better attentional control (i.e., the strategic control of higher-order executive attention in regulating bottom-up, ...

Synthesis and Characterization of Garnet-Type Li7La3Zr2O12 Solid Electrolyte Materials 

Zhang, Xingxing (2021-04-19)
Garnet-type Li7La3Zr2O12 (LLZO) has attracted much attention because of its promising properties for all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries, such as high ionic conductivity of 3×10-4 S/cm at 25℃, good chemical stability ...

Assessing the pollination contribution of bees within the southeastern United States 

Abbate, Anthony (2021-04-19)  ETD File Embargoed
Over 80% of the world’s flowering plants rely on animal pollinators, and approximately 75% of the world’s food crops depend on insect pollinators. Insects are crucial in the pollination of many cultivated and wild flowering ...

From drones to Daphnia: Exploring eutrophication and climate change impacts on algal blooms at various scales 

FERNANDEZ-FIGUEROA, EDNA G. (2021-04-19)  ETD File Embargoed
Climactic variations and cultural eutrophication alter aquatic ecosystems by promoting harmful algal blooms (HABs) that destabilize aquatic food webs and degrade the quality and safety of aquacultured fish, recreational ...

Marching Band Directors’ Attitudes Towards Participation in Marching Band Competitions: A Descriptive Survey 

Glasscock, Robert (2021-04-19)
The purpose of this quantitative study was to learn about the reasons high school band directors choose to participate in marching band competitions. This was a descriptive study which involved an anonymous online survey. ...

Genetic Technologies for Growth Enhancement in Catfish 

Coogan, Michael (2021-04-19)
The effects of CRISPR/Cas9 knockout of the myostatin (MSTN) gene in channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, was investigated. A total of 209 fish survived microinjection over 3 years with an average mutation rate of 58%. ...

Taxonomic Profiling of the Lumen and Epimural Surface of the Duodenum, Rumen and Ileum Using a Cannulated Bovine Model 

Stockler, Ricardo (2021-04-16)
The gut microbiome provides important metabolic functions for the host animal. Bacterial dysbiosis as a result of bacterial, viral, and parasitic gastrointestinal infections can adversely affect the metabolism, productivity, ...

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