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Investigation of the Impact of Copper Homeostasis on Cellular Physiology 

Zhu, Xinyu (2024-05-01)  ETD File Embargoed
The copper pool within the mitochondrial matrix is required for assembly and activity of cytochrome c oxidase and a portion of copper/zinc superoxide dismutase. The mitochondrial copper exists bound to an anionic, fluorescent ...

Exploring the Impact of Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Nerve Growth Factor, and Exercise on Skeletal Muscle 

Jun, Lauren (2024-05-01)  ETD File Embargoed
Skeletal muscle is the largest organ of the body with many essential functions. Recent studies have linked obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) with skeletal muscle loss and dysfunction. The first objective of this ...

Social Anxiety in Sexual Minority Individuals: The Role of Hypervigilance 

Gebhardt, Eli (2024-05-01)
The current study aimed to investigate the associations between hypervigilance and social anxiety disorder (SA) in sexual minority (SM) individuals, as well as the role of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other non-heterosexual ...

Assessing the Spread and Movement of Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus and Cotton Infesting Aphids in the Southern U.S. 

Mahas, John (2024-05-01)  ETD File Embargoed
The cotton aphid, Aphis gossypii Glover, is the only known vector to transmit cotton leafroll dwarf virus (CLRDV) to cotton, Gossypium hirsutum L., but the role of the aphid vector in the epidemiology of CLRDV is not ...

Adaptive developmental plasticity and hormetic effects in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia castanotis) 

Hoffman, Alexander (2024-05-01)  ETD File Embargoed
Stressors experienced during development can have persisting detrimental effects on an individual’s phenotype, as well as indirect effects on the phenotype of offspring. However, developmental stressors can also be beneficial ...

Optimizing Beekeepers’ Strategies for Varroa destructor Management 

Aurell, Sven Daniel (2024-05-01)  ETD File Embargoed
We benefit from a longstanding relationship with the Western honey bee, Apis mellifera. In particular, honey bee pollination is important for crops worldwide. Colony losses are elevated in regions including North America, ...

‘Structure - Processing - Property’ Relationships of Cellulose Nanocrystals for Optical and Sensing Applications 

Amit, Sadat Kamal (2024-05-01)  ETD File Embargoed
This research enhanced scientific understanding of the structure-processing-property relationships that govern the assembly of sulfated cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) into films for photonic and sensing applications. CNCs ...

Development of Hybrid Model for Estimating Liquid Entrainment Fraction and Uncertainty: Integrating Machine Learning and First Principles 

Deng, Yushi (2024-05-01)  ETD File Embargoed
In two-phase annular flow, a thin liquid film forms around the pipe as gas flows through the pipeline center. Some portion of the liquid is carried into the gas core. The liquid entrainment fraction, which is defined as ...

Valorization of Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) Downed Timber: Degradation and Recovery of Natural Polymers to Improve Bioeconomy Strategies 

Hernandez-Diaz, Javier Abraham (2024-05-01)  ETD File Embargoed
In the aftermath of events such as hurricanes, downed timber's economic impact can reach billions. Accurate forecasting of stumpage prices post-events is crucial yet challenging due to data nature. This study innovatively ...

Growing Agricultural Literacy: Investigating Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Climate-Smart Agriculture and Food Security 

Nurradin, Makeda (2024-04-30)  ETD File Embargoed
In an era of increasing global populations, agricultural literacy emerges as a critical need for sustainable engagement with the Earth's resources. This study seeks a comprehensive exploration of agricultural literacy, ...

Black women are F.I.R.E.- Fitting in resistance exercise: A culturally tailored and theory-based exercise intervention for young adult women 

Jones, Chloe (2024-04-30)
BACKGROUND: Black women have the lowest rates of physical activity (PA) in the United States coupled with high prevalence of cardiometabolic risk factors. Resistance exercise (RE) has been shown to mitigate these health ...

Role of IFN-λ in Herpes Simplex Virus-1-induced corneal Immunopathology 

Pundkar, Chetan (2024-04-30)  ETD File Embargoed
The Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a highly successful pathogen in the Herpesviridae family, consisting of eight enveloped human herpesviruses. These double-stranded DNA viruses with similar morphology can reactivate latent ...

Enhancing Bioanalytical Assays with Photocleavable DNA Strands and Valve-Based Microfluidics 

Bresler Bezerra, Andresa (2024-04-30)  ETD File Embargoed
The detection and quantification of biomarkers, especially in the early stages of diseases, play a crucial role in developing new therapeutics and increasing treatment effectiveness. Hence it is a vital part of advancing ...

Design What Matters, Better: A Case Study of Universal and Inclusive Design Implementation Throughout the Design Process Toward Empowerment 

Brown, Courtney (2024-04-30)  ETD File Embargoed
The architecture and design industry wields significant influence over inclusion and empowerment in the built environment. Historically, marginalized groups have been left out of the design process, resulting in spaces ...

The role of intra-watershed processes in improving the understanding of physical processes, hydrologic trends, and restoration measures across the Mobile Bay watershed-AL 

Haas, Henrique (2024-04-30)  ETD File Embargoed
The southeast United States (SE-US) stands out as a global hotspot of aquatic biodiversity, with the Alabama being a beacon within this rich ecosystem. The Mobile Bay-AL, an expansive estuarine system along the Gulf of ...

MICRO AND MESO SCALE ANALYSIS OF LEAD-FREE SOLDER JOINTS 

Mondal, Debabrata (2024-04-30)  ETD File Embargoed
With the growth of electronic packaging industries, ranging from automobiles to hand-held products, reliability is a major concern. Also, to keep pace with the increasing demand of end users for integration, miniaturization, ...

Alabama Districts and COVID-19: Exploring the Impact of Pandemic-Related Disruptions on K-12 Student Achievement 

Moore, Teanna (2024-04-30)
The COVID-19 pandemic presented several challenges to U.S. public school districts, particularly those characterized as low-income or high-poverty, that negatively impacted academic achievement in English Language Arts ...

Mitigating Salinity Stress in Red Kale (Brassica napus L. var. Pabularia ‘KX-1’) Through Split-root: Implications for Brackish Water Aquaponics 

Lukwesa, Dorcas (2024-04-30)  ETD File Embargoed
Brackish water aquaponics is a promising approach to expand the scope of aquaculture-hydroponics integration. However, progress on brackish water aquaponics is limited due to low salinity tolerance of most high-value ...

Examining the Framing of Book Banning in Alabama: A Study of News Coverage through Content and Critical Discourse Analysis 

McCormick, Ainsley M. (2024-04-30)  ETD File Embargoed
The issue of book banning in education systems and public libraries has increased in recent years as a tool being weaponized by politicians, specifically targeting material about LGBTQ individuals and people of color. News ...

The effects of chronic exposure to risperidone during adolescence on behavioral rigidity and impulsive choice in adulthood 

Haste, David (2024-04-30)
Risperidone is a second-generation antipsychotic that is commonly prescribed in children in adolescence. Its mechanism of action targets both serotonin and dopamine, both of which mediate different types of behavior, such ...