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PhD's in Anthropology

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All graduates of Anthropology within the past 5 years are eligible for lifetime membership of the Ohio Theta Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the international honors society for students of Anthropology. Interested alumni click here.

 

Marisa Abbe

(PhD - January 2011)

DISSERTATION TITLE:

"An Analysis of Cultural Competence, Cultural Difference, and Communication Strategies in Medical Care"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Research Scientist

Children's Medical Center

Emergency Department/Injury Prevention Program

 

 

Kathleen Joy Adams

(PhD - August 1972)

DISSERTATION TITLE:

"The Barama River Caribs of Guyana Restudied: Forty Years of Cultural Adaption and Population Change"

 


Sarah Adler
(PhD - January 2008)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Influence of Burmese Buddhist Understandings of Suffering on the Subjective Experience and Social Perceptions of Schizophrenia"

 


Aylin Atillasoy
(PhD - May 1996)

DISSERATION TITLE:
"Daily Survival Versus the Threat of AIDS: Street Youth and the Street Economy in New York City "

 


Timi Barone
(PhD -May 1997)

DISSERATION TITLE:
"Perceived Stress and Health in British and Asian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients"


CURRENT POSITION:

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology & Sociology

University of Nebraska

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Donna Benson
(PhD - 1987)


DISSERATION TITLE:

"Pleasant Bottoms: The Cooperative Years, 1784-1826 (Ohio Decorative Arts, Folklore)"

 


Yewoubdar Beyene
(PhD - 1985)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"An Ethnography of Menopause: Menopausal Experiences of Mayan Women in a Yucatan Village"

CURRENT POSITION:

Associate Adjunct Professor

Institute for Health & Aging

School of Nursing

University of California, San Francisco

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John Blangero
(PhD - 1987)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Population Genetic Approaches to Phenotypic Microevolution in the Jirels of Nepal"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Scientist and Director of the AT&T Genomics Computing Center

Department of Genetics

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

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Frederick Bloom
(PhD - January 1996)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Living in the HIV Spectrum: Life Stories and Illness Narratives of Gay Men"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Deputy Associate Director of Science

Centers for Disease Control, STD Division

 


Amy Blue
(PhD - May 1991)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Culture, Nevra, and Institution: The Making of Greek Professional Ehtnopsychiatry"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Interim Department Chair

Associate Dean for Educational Affairs and Clinical Professor

Associate Vice President for Interprofessional Education

College of Public Health and Health Professions

Department of Behavorial Science and Community Health

University of Florida

 


Jeffrey Borkan
(MD - 1984; PhD - 1987)

DISSERATION TITLE:
"Occupational Health and Safety in Context: An Examination of Three Polyurethane Foam Plants in Israel"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Physician-in-Chief of Family Medicine

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Family Medicine

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Sherilyn Briller
(PhD - May 2000)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Whom Can I Count on Today?: Contextualizing the Balance of Family and Government Old Age Support for Rural Pensioners in Mongolia"


 

Elizabeth Carpenter-Song
(PhD - August 2007)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Lived Experiences of Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in U.S. Children and Families"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Dartmouth University

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Sarah Chard
(PhD - August 2001)

DISSERATION TITLE:

Ugandan Women's Health Beliefs, Social Networks and Tuberculosis Treatment Seeking

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Maryland Baltimore County

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Shiuan Sanna Chen
(PhD - January 2011)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Zuo Yue Zi Sitting the Month in Taiwan: Implications for Intergenerational Relations"

 

 

Jacklyn Chisholm
(PhD - May 2002)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Self-Identity and the Acquisition of Cultural Knowledge in University Settings"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Chief Executive Officer

Global Music Cultural Center

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Elizabeth Coker
(PhD - January 2001)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Making of the Egyptian Psychiatric Patient: Reinterpreting Cultural Symbols through Biomedical Discourse"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Director of Community Research & Development

Center for Strong Studies

University of Washington, Tacoma

 


Margaret Cooney
(PhD - May 2002)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Experience and Knowledge of Menopause among Low-Income Cleveland Women"


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Robert Dirks
(PhD - 1972)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Networks, Groups, and Local-Level Politics in an Afro-Caribbean Community"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Professor Emeritus
Illinois State University

 


Christopher Dole
(PhD - May 2002)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Outlaws, Swindlers, and Authentic Healers: Legitimacy, Identity, and Religious Healing in Urban Turkey"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Chair
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Amherst College

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Susan Dorsky
(PhD - May 1981)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Women's Lives in a North Yemeni Highland Town"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Executive Director

Six County, Inc.

 


Delia Easton
(PhD - January 1998)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Cultural Context of Puerto Rican Adolescents' Perception of HIV Risk"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Evaluation Specialist
Bureau of Immunization, NYSDOH

 


Michelle Eder
(PhD - January 2006)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Parental Decision-Making About Children's Participation in Clinical Research"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Research Associate

Center for Health Research Northwest

Kaiser Permanente Northwest

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Nadia El-Shaarawi
(PhD - August 2011)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Living an Uncertain Future: An Ethnography of Displacement, Health, Psychosocial Well-Being and the Search for Durable Solutions Among Iraqi Refugees in Egypt"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kenan Institute for Ethics

Duke University

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Lillian Emmons
(PhD - May 1989)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Determinants of Dieting Behavior and Eating Disorders in High School Students"



Regina Feldman
(PhD - January 1999)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Burning Ashes-An Anthropological Study of Intellectual and Moral Judgment in the Historian's Debate"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Humanities Faculty

Montessori High School at University Circle

 


Maryann Foley
(PhD - 1984)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Personal and Social Effects of Being a Carrier of Hepatitis B"

 


Steven Folmar
(PhD - May 1985)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Fertility and the Economic Value of Children in Pokhara Valley, Nepal"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Associate Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Anthropology
Wake Forest University

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Joseph Galanek
(PhD - January 2012)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Social and Cultural Context of Mental Illness in Prison"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Research Associate

Begun Center for Violence Prevention

Case Western Reserve University

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John Garrity
(PhD - May 1998)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Ethos of Power: Navajo Religious Healing of Alcohol and Substance Abuse"


CURRENT POSITION:

Director of QI / Evaluation & Research

Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board

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Elisa Gordon
(PhD - May 1999)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"If it's not Broke, Don't Fix It: Patients' and Clinicians' Decision Making for Treatment of End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Research Associate Professor
Division of Organ Transplantation
Feinberg School of Medicine and Institute for Healthcare Studies
Northwestern University

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N'omi Greber
(PhD - May 1976)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Within Ohio Hopewell: Analysis of Burial Patterns from Several Classic Sites"

 

 

Meghan Halley
(PhD - January 2012)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Negotiating Sexuality: Ritual, Culture and Change in Rural Southern Tanzania"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Assistant Research Anthropologist
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute

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Charlotte Haney (Mueller)
(PhD - May 2013)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Imperiled Femininity: Reconfiguring Gender in a Context of Heightened Violence Against Women"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Visiting Lecturer
University of Houston, Clear Lake

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C. Jeff Jacobson, Jr.
(PhD - May 2001)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Spirits, Demons, and Nightmares: Moral Images of Self and Other in Puerto Rican Life History and Religious Discourse"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Director Graduate Studies

Research Assistant Professor
Family Medicine & Anthropology
University of Cincinnati

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Ben Jiao
(PhD - May 2001)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Socio-Economic and Cultural Factors Underlying the Contemporary Revival of Fraternal Polyandry in Tibet"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Tibet Academy of Social Sciences

 


David Kaawa-Mafigiri
(PhD - May 2007)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Social Networks and Social Support for Tuberculosis Control in Kampala, Uganda"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Lecturer

Department of Social Work and Social Administration

Makerere University

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Yachun Ku
(PhD - May 1991)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Chinese Rural Elderly in the Post Mao Era--Two Villages in Zhejiang Province"

 

 

Sandra Laston
(PhD - January 1992)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Risk Factors for Diarrheal Disease in Village Children in Nepal"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Staff Scientist II
Department of Genetics
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

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Lydia Lauritzen
(PhD - January 2010)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Making of Bioethical History"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Assistant Nurse Manager
After Care Clinice
Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington School of Medicine

 

 

Anthony Layng
(PhD - 1976)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Carib Population of Dominica"

 


Ellen Lazarus
(PhD - January 1984)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Pregnancy and Clinical Care: An Ethnographic Investigation of Perinatal Management for Puerto Rican and Low Income Women in the United States"



Elizabeth Lewton
(PhD - August 1997)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Living Harmony: The Transformation of Self in Three Navajo Religious Healing Traditions"

 

 

Heather Lindstrom
(PhD - January 2004)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Aging and Modernization: A Field Study of the Determinants of Elders' Social Status in American and Independent Samoa"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Chief Epidemiologist

Erie County Department of Health

Research Associate Professor
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine
University of Buffalo, The State University of New York

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Sana Loue
(PhD - August 2004)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Perceptions of Partner Violence among a Sample of Self-Identified Puerto Rican and Non-Hispanic White Men and Women in Cuyahoga County"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Professor
Department of Bioethics, Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and International Health
Case Wester Reserve University

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Jonnie Marks
(PhD - May 1998)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Gut Feelings, the Holy Spirit, and a Processed World: Embodied Knowledge of Breast Cancer Risks in African-American Women"

 

 

Kate E. Masley, Ph.D., CD (DONA)
(PhD - August 2007)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Living the 'Latina Paradox': An Ethnography of Pregnant and Postpartum Mexican Immigrants in Northeast Ohio"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Adjunct Lecturer
Department of Sociology

Carroll University

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Online Instructor, College of Health Sciences

Trident International

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R. Dale McCall
(PhD - 1976)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"A Study of the Relationship between the PTC Tasting Polymorphism and the Peroxidase of Human Saliva with Reference to Extrathyroidal Metabolism of Iodine"

 

 

Stephanie McClure
(PhD - May 2013)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"It's Just Gym: African-American Adolescent Girls Enacting Physicality-Informed Identity in School Settings"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Department of Anthropology

Washington University

 

 

Kathryn McGowan
(PhD - January 2005)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"A Body History of Polio-related Impairments in the United States"



Carmit McMullen
(PhD - May 2003)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Aging with Grace: Health Evaluation and Identity among African-American Elders"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Investigator
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

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Hillary Melchiors
(Ph.D., August 2014)
"Subjective Well-Being, Bicultural Citizsenship and Identity: An Ethnogrpahy of Turkish-German Adolescent Girls in Berlin, Germany"

 


Lisa Mitchell
(PhD - May 1993)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Making Babies: Routine Ultrasound Imaging and the Cultural Construction of the Fetus in Montreal, Canada"


CURRENT POSITION:

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Victoria

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Michelle Nebergall
(PhD - August 2014)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Understanding Perceptions of Risk Among Youth in a South African Township"



Elizabeth Olson
(PhD - August 2009)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Nahua People of the Sierra of Manantlan Biosphere Reserve: Livelihoods, Health Experiences, and Medicinal Plant Knowledge in Mexico"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Development

Department of Environmental Science

Allegheny College

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Kinuko Omori
(PhD - January 1994)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Sociocultural Influences on Child Health and Nutritional Status in Karen Highlanders of Thailand"
(Deceased)

 


Kathryn Oths
(PhD - May 1991)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Medical Treatment Choice and Health Outcomes in the Northern Peruvian Andes"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Alabama

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Gregory Pappas
(MD - 1986; PhD - May 1986)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Magic City: An Ethnography of Unemployment in a Working Class Community"


CURRENT POSITION:

Senior Deputy Director
DC Department of Health HAHSTA

HAHSTA, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, TB Administration

Department of Health District of Columbia

 


Isabel Parraga
(PhD - May 1992)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Dietary Beliefs, Nutritional Patterns and Nutritional Status of Urban Aymara Women and Children"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Associate Professor
Department of MS in Public Health Nutrition
Case Western Reserve University

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Micah Parzen
(PhD - January 2001)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Culturally Appropriate" Mental Health Care: Wilderness Therapy for Navajo Youth"


CURRENT POSITION:

Chief Executive Officer
San Diego Museum of Man

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Jessica Price
(PhD - May 2002)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Culture: An Exploration of Unregulated Circulation and Consumption of Biomedicines in a Central African Town"

 


Bruce Rippeteau
(PhD - August 1973)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"The Principles and Theory of Radiocarbon Chronology and a Radiocarbon Chronology for LIthic Variation in the Northeastern United States during 3,000 to 500 Calendrical Years B.C."

 


James Ross
(PhD - June 1981)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Hindu and Tibetan Reproduction and Fertility in Northwestern Nepal: A Study of Population, Ecology, and Economics"
(Deceased)

 

Sarah Rubin
(Ph.D., August 2014)
"Struggling and Coping with Life: Maternal Emotional Distress in a South African Township"

 


Charles Rwabukwali
(PhD - May 1997)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Gender, Poverty, and AIDS in Kabarole, Western Uganda: The Sociocultural Context of Risk and Preventative Behaviors"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Professor

Sociology
Makerere University

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Christina Saunders Sturm
(PhD - May 2002)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Breast Cancer Illness Narratives: Examining the Experience of Living with Breast Cancer "


John Scarry
(PhD - 1984)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Fort Walton Development: Mississippian Chiefdoms in the Lower Southeast"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Lecturer

Research Labs of Archeology / Anthropology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Robert Schrauf
(PhD - May 1995)

DISSERATION TITLE:

"Andalusian Carnaveleros and Hermanos: Cultural Schemata and Reconstructive Retrieval in Autobiographical Memory "

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Professor / Head of Department
Department of Applied Linguistics
Pennsylvania State University

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Anita Shankar

(PhD - 1995)
"In Search of the Light in Your Eyes: Anthropological and Epidemiological Perspectives of Vitamin A Deficiency in Nelali Children "

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Research Associate
School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

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Jennifer Shaw
(PhD - August 2013)
"Navigating at a Double Crossroads: The Role of Subsistence in the Subjective Wellbeing of Dena'ina Athabascan Youth in Alaska"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Senior Researcher
Southcentral Foundation
Anchorage, Alaska

 

 


Joanna Skilogianis
(Ph.D., January 2001)
"Great Expectations vs. State Expectations: Fertility Limitation among Women in Urban Greece "
Deceased

 


James Spilsbury
(Ph.D., January 2002)
"Hazards and Help-Seeking in Inner-City Cleveland: The Child's Perception of Neighborhood Danger, Safety, and Support "

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Assistant Professor and Director
Center for Clinical Investigation

School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University

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David Stothers
(Ph.D., 1974)
"The Princess Point Complex"

Deceased


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Dorice Tentchoff
(Ph.D., January 1977)
"Speech in Louisiana Cajun Community "
Retired

 


Elena Tempeanu
(Ph.D., August 1993)
"The Rise of Complex Society in the Eastern Carpatho-Danubian Region (Last Millennium B.C.)(Romania, Iron Production, Dacia) "

 


Preecha Upayokin
(Ph.D., January 1991)
"Treatment Choice, Disease Outcome and Stigma: An Investigation of Leprosy Patients and Illness Behavior in Thailand
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CURRENT POSITION:
Associate Professor
Director of the Center for Academic Services
Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai

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Colleen Walsh
(Ph.D., May 2011)
"Gardening Together: Social Capital, Health Inequality, and the Cultivation of Urban Community
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CURRENT POSITION:
Assistant Professor
School of Health Science

College of Science and Health Professions

Cleveland State University

 

Nancy White
(Ph.D., 1982)
"The Curlee Site (8Ja7) and Fort Walton Development in the Upper Apalachicola-Lower Chattahoochee Valley, Florida, Georgia, Alabama
"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Professor
Department of Anthropology

University of South Florida

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Sarah Williams-Blangero
(Ph.D., May 1987)
"Patterns of Marital Exchange and Phenotypic Differentiation in the Jirels of Nepal"

 

CURRENT POSITION:

Scientist and Chair, Department of Genetics and Deputy Director
Southwest National Primate Research Center
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

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Margaret Winchester
(Ph.D., January 2011)
"Living with Globalization: The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Treatment in Uganda"

 

CURRENT POSITION:
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Geography
Pennsylvania State University

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Nyamdorf Yandag
(Ph.D., may 2000)
"Basal Metabolic Rate of Mongolian Pastoral Nomads"



Pamela Zahorik
(Ph.D., January 1991)
"Juvenile Diabetes: A Study of Children's Perceptions of their Illness (Diabetes)"

 

 

Maggie Zraly
(Ph.D., January 2008)
"Bearing: Resilience Among Genocide-Rape Survivors in Rwanda"


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