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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Novel Approaches for the Synthesis of C-5 Modified Pyrimidine Nucleosides, Yong Liang

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Mining the Online Social Network Data: Influence, Summarization, and Organization, Jingxuan Li

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Next Generation of Recommender Systems: Algorithms and Applications, Lei Li

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New Bivariate Lifetime Distributions Based on Bath-Tub Shaped Failure Rate, Mengying Li

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Background Traffic Modeling for Large-Scale Network Simulation, Ting Li

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Can Compensation Committees Effectively Mitigate the CEO Horizon Problem? The Role of Co-opted Directors, Ruonan Liu

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Formal Modeling and Analysis Techniques for High Level Petri Nets, Su Liu

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Jane Smiley's "A Thousand Acres": A Feminist Revision of "King Lear", Diana Lombardic

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Simulating Everglades National Park hydrology and phosphorus transport under existing and future scenarios using numerical modeling, Stephanie Long

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Loose Ends, Julio Machado

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Identity, Purpose, and Well-Being Among Emerging Adult Hispanic Women, Vanessa L. Madrazo

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Exploring The Development of Social Responses in Children with Callous and Unemotional Traits: An Examination of The Impact of Hypothesized Reinforcing and Aversive Stimuli, Andre Maharaj

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Adaptation Preferences and Responses to Sea Level Rise and Land Loss Risk in Southern Louisiana: a Survey-based Analysis, Sandra Maina

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Ritual Performance of the Santo Daime Church in Miami: Co-constructive Selves in the Midst of Impediments to Local Acculturation, Alfonso Matas

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Environmental and Individual Factors Shaping the Habitat Use and Trophic Interactions of Juvenile Bull Sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) in a Subtropical Estuary, Philip Matich

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Time Trends and Predictors of Initiation for Cigarette and Waterpipe Smoking Among Jordanian School Children: Irbid, 2008-2011, Karma L. McKelvey PhD

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The relationship among serum levels of manganese superoxide dismutase and mtDNA 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine, and dietary antioxidants intake in Type 2 Diabetes, MICHAEL ANDREW MCLEAN

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Ethnic and American Identity Development: A Developmental Systems Approach, Alan Meca

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Effect of Aquafeed on Productivity of Red Amaranth and on Water Quality under Aquaponic Cultivation, Miles D. Medina

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Modeling of a Heat-Induced Buckling of Plates Using the Mesh-free Method, Humberto Mejia

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A New method for Testing Normality based upon a Characterization of the Normal Distribution, Davayne A. Melbourne

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Two-Bit Pattern Analysis For Quantitative Information Flow, Ziyuan Meng

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Life in the Penit: Framing and Performing Miami's Graffiti Subculture, Victor M. Merida

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Auto-antigenic Properties of the Spliceosome as a Molecular Tool for Diagnosing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Patients, Annia Mesa

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Racialized Sexualities within the Romance Tour Industry: the Influence of Affect and Emotion Upon Transnational Hierarchies of Desire, Julia H. Meszaros

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The Efficacy of an Interactive Computer System for Teaching Developmental Mathematics to College Students, Jeffrey Miranda

Sizing Up Miami: A Multilevel Analysis of The Discourses and Politics of Obesity, Nicole Mixson-Perez

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Investigation of Escape and Negative Student Behaviors Related to Florida State High Stakes Test Preparation in Miami-Dade County Public High Schools, having been approved in respect to style and intellectual content, is referred to you for judgment, Ilia Molina

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Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and Reproductive Toxicity in Women, Marisa L. Morgan

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A Middleware to Support Services Delivery in a Domain-Specific Virtual Machine, Karl A. Morris

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Mother and their Children: Harry Potter and Melanie Klein, Kristina Mur

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High Pressure and Low Temperature Study of Ammonia Borane and Lithium Amidoborane, Shah Najiba

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Environmental Performance of Multinationals: A Comparative Study Based On Climate Change Strategy, Santhosh Narayanan

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Overnight Summer Music Camp and the Impact on its Youth: A Case Study, Ari Nemser

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Synthesis and Electron Emission Properties of Aligned Carbon Nanotube Arrays, Suman Neupane

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Crossing Boundaries to Education: Haitian Transnational Families and the Quest to Raise the Family Up, Tekla Nicholas

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The Influence of the Guatemalan Municipal Orchestra's Curriculum on the Social Relations of its Members, Jacobo Nitsch

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A Novel Method for Rapid and Selective Extraction of Male DNA from Rape Kits using Alkaline Lysis and Pressure Cycling Technology (PCT), Deepthi V. Nori

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Connectivity of fragmented amphibian populations in a Neotropical landscape, Aaron J. Nowakowski

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The Impact of Aphasia on Working Memory in Bilingual Adults, Giselle Ogrodnik

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3D Navigation with Six Degrees-of-Freedom using a Multi-Touch Display, Francisco Raul Ortega

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Distribution Fits for Various Parameters in the Hurricane Model, Victoria Oxenyuk

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Microstructure Characteristics of U.S. Futures Markets, Ahmet Senol Oztekin

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Post-College Transition: A Study of Evangelical Spirituality in Emerging Adulthood, Katharine R. Pals

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The Relation of Steroid Hormones and Personality Factors to Financial Performance and Risk-Taking Behavior, Fernando M. Patterson

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Statistical Analysis of Meteorological Data, Sergio Perez Melo

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Analysis of Land Use Change as a Method of Predicting Water Demands in an Urbanizing Environment: Redland, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Shiva Pokharel

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Design and Synthesis of 4-N-Alkanoyl and 4-N-Alkyl Gemcitabine Analogues Suitable for Positron Emission Tomography, Jesse E. Pulido

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Mechanism of Superoxide Mediated Regulation of Particle Uptake and Exocytosis by a GPI-anchored Superoxide Dismutase C in Dictyostelium, Maria Pulido

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Biocompatibility Assessment of Biosorbable Polymer Coated Nitinol Alloys, Chandan Pulletikurthi

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Parental and Cultural Influences on Hispanic College Women's Verbal Intimate Partner Violence Victimization: An Examination of Within-Group Differences, Shannon M. Quintana

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Does U.S. Counter-drug Policy Affect Nationalism in the Anglophone Caribbean? A Comparative Study on the Impact of Counter-drug Policy on Nationalism in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, Krystel Ramdathsingh

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The Ashram of Swami Jyotirmayananda: Examining Authority, Transmission and Identity within the Guru and Disciple Relationship, Priyanka Ramlakhan

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Structural Flexibility and Oxygen Diffusion Pathways in Monomeric Fluorescent Proteins, Chola K. Regmi

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Advanced Placement and American Education: A Foucauldian Analysis of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board, Jon C. Rehm

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An Empirical Analysis of the Global Audit Market: International Financial Reporting Standards-Related Changes and Differences within the Big 4 Global Networks, William Riccardi III

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Proton Form Factor Puzzle and the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer(CLAS) Two-Photon Exchange Experiment, Dipak Rimal

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Confirmation bias in witness interviewing: Can interviewers ignore their preconceptions?, Jillian R. Rivard

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Create, Establish, Maintain: Comparing Zones of Peace in the Nordic Area and the Southern Cone, Dylan W. Roberts

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Death of a Brother or Sister: Siblings' Perception of their Health, Treatments and the Associated Health Care Costs, Rosa M. Roche

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Two Adaptation Mechanisms Regulate Cellular Migration in Dictyostelium discouideum, Marbelys Rodriguez

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Genetic Diversity and Conservation of Pseudophoenix (Arecaceae) in Hispaniola, Rosa Rodriguez

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The Progressive Catholic Church in Brazil, 1964-1972: The Official American View, Sigifredo Romero

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Obesity, Cardiovascular Risk Factors, and Weight Loss in a Population of Adult Mexican Americans, Janisse Rosario

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The Role of the Transcription Factor Ets1 in Melanocyte Development, Amy Saldana Tavares

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OPEC and the International System: A Political History of Decisions and Behavior, Reza Sanati

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Paleoenvironments and Geochemical Signals from the Late Barremian to the Middle Aptian in a Tethyan Marginal Basin, Northeast Spain: Implications for Carbon Sequestration in Restricted Basins, Yosmel Sanchez Hernandez Mr.

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Characterization of Rhizobial Diversity and Relationship of Rhizobial Partner and Legume Performance in Four South Florida Pine Rockland Soils, Vanessa Sánchez

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The Relationships between Elementary School Principals' Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Style and School Culture, Mirta R. Segredo

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Investigating the Role of a Less Uranium Tolerant Strain, Isolated from the Hanford Site Soil, on Uranium Interaction in Polyphosphate Remediation Technology, Paola Sepulveda Medina

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Exploring Oral Health Problems in Adult Hispanic Migrant Farmworkers: A Mixed-Methods Approach, Claudia A. Serna

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Advanced Methodologies in Dynamic Traffic Assignment Modeling of Managed Lanes, Shaghayegh Shabanian

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The Effects of Paternal and Maternal Nurturance and Involvement on Young Adult Academic Outcomes, Tara Sheehan

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The Impacts of Fisheries Management on the Performance and Resiliency of the Commercial Fishing Industry and Fishing Communities in the Florida Keys (Monroe County, Florida) from 1950-2010, Manoj Shivlani

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U.S. Construction Worker Fall Accidents: Their Causes And Influential Factors, Sohaib Siddiqui

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Dear Little Me: A Response to My Former Self, Carly Steele

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Speciation, Metabolism, Toxicity, and Protein-binding of Different Arsenic Species in Human Cells, Szabina A. Stice

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Human-driven Benthic Jellyfish Blooms: Causes and Consequences for Coastal Marine Ecosystems, Elizabeth W. Stoner

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An Examination of Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Individualism-Collectivsm as Moderators of the Work/Family Antecedent and Work-Family Conflict Relationship, Tyler Stout

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Islam and Christianity: Comparing the Theory of Supersession Concerning Abraham, Mark Sweeney

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Grey Slate, Brittany R. Szabo

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Endogenous Risk Perception, Geospatial Characteristics and Temporal Variation in Hurricane Evacuation Behavior, Subrina Tahsin

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Event Mining for System and Service Management, Liang Tang

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Jesus as the Son of Man in Mark, Andres A. Tejada-Lalinde

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Spatio-temporal Analysis of Chilling Events in Mangrove Forests of South Florida, Bina Thapa

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Covalent Protein Adduction of Nitrogen Mustards and Related Compounds, Vanessa R. Thompson

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Without an empire: Muslim mobilization after the caliphate, erik tisthammer

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Con la Mocha al Cuello: The Emergence and Negotiation of Afro-Chinese Religion in Cuba, Martin Tsang

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Hispanic Orientalism: The Literary Development of a Cultural Paradigm, from Medieval Spain to Modern Latin America, Svetlana V. Tyutina

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The Relationship between Selected Standardized Test Scores and Performance in Advanced Placement Math and Science Exams: Analyzing the Differential Effectiveness of Scores for Course Identification and Placement, Josue N. Urbina

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Investigating Miami English-Spanish Bilinguals' Treatment of English Deictic Verbs of Motion, Erica Verde

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The Caribbean Court of Justice: An Investigation of the Impact of Elites on its Creation and Present Structure as it relates to Original Jurisdiction, Nicole A. Warmington-Granston

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Recent Changes in Central and Eastern Pacific El Niño, Peter M. Washam

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Rwanda's Miracle: From Genocide and Poverty to Peace and Economic Prosperity, Laura H. Wicks

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Oxidative DNA Damage Modulates Trinucleotide Repeat Instability Via DNA Base Excision Repair, Meng Xu

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Sources, Fate and Transformation of Organic Matter in Wetlands and Estuaries, Chao Ya

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Statistical Dialog Management for Health Interventions, Ugan Yasavur

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Rethinking the National Question: Anti-Statist Discourses within the Kurdish National Movement, Ozum Yesiltas

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Effects of Increased Levels of Prenatal Mesotocin on Postnatal Individual Recognition and Stress Responsiveness in Northern bobwhite quail (Colinus Virginianus), Brittany Yusko

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The Effects on Students' Self-Efficacy Beliefs Regarding Their Comprehension of American Literature When Aesthetic Reading and Reader Response Strategy are Implemented, Charlotte A. Zeitsiff