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Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Climate, Land Use and Hydrologic Sensitivities of Stormwater Quantity and Quality in Complex Coastal Urban Watersheds, Shams Al-Amin

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Testing and Expanding an Emotion-Centered Model of Workplace Aggression: The Moderating Effects of Perceived Intensity and Social Support in the Workplace, Josh Allen

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The Mediating Effect of Innovation on the Relationship between Corporate Reputation and Performance in U.S. Firms, Marcelo J. Alvarado-Vargas

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Trends in Water Quality within the Broward County Portion of the Biscayne Aquifer, Leigh Auwers Ammon

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Microspheres for Liver Radiomicrospheres Therapy and Planning, Alejandro Amor-Coarasa

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Gaining Insight into Teaching: A Phenomenological Exploration of the Lived Experience of the Teachers of the Year, Robin F. Amparo

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Give Us This Day, Barbara L. Anderson

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A Decision Support Framework for Infrastructure Maintenance Investment Decision-Making, Farrukh Arif

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Hazard Mitigation Element Quality in Coastal Comprehensive Plans in a State with Strong Requirements for Hazard Mitigation Plan Elements, Evelio E. Astray-Caneda III

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The Influence of Neurocognitive Impairment, Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Use, and Psychosocial Factors on Antiretroviral Treatment Adherence, Service Utilization and Viral Load Among HIV-Seropositive Adults, Jennifer Attonito

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Pseudomonas Aeruginosa AmpR Transcriptional Regulatory Network, Deepak Balasubramanian

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Mixed Spatial and Nonspatial Problems in Location Based Services, Jaime Ballesteros

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The Effects of Age, Ethnicity, Sexual Dysfunction, Urinary Incontinence, Masculinity, and Relationship with the Partner on the Quality of Life of Men with Prostate Cancer, Suha Ballout

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Photo Degradation of Cotnaminants of Emerging concern (CECs) under Simulated Solar Radiation: Implications for their Environmental Fate, Sudha Rani Batchu

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Selection and Passage of County Land Preservation Voter Referendum: The Role of Government, Susan P. Beaghen

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Fault Line, Kacee Lynn Belcher

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Acclimatization of the Tropical Reef Coral Acropora millepora to Hyperthermal Stress, Anthony John Bellantuono

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The Development of Calibrants through Characterization of Volatile Organic Compounds from Peroxide Based Explosives and a Non-target Chemical Calibration Compound, Katylynn Beltz

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The Role of Teleost Grazers in a Relatively Pristine Seagrass Ecosystem, Cindy Bessey

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Pressure Induced Structural Changes and Gas Diffusion Pathways in Monomeric Fluorescent Proteins, Yuba R. Bhandari

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Buckwheat as a Cover Crop in Florida: Mycorrhizal Status, Soil Analysis, and Economic Assessment, Daria Boglaienko

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Materials and Techniques in D’improvviso da immobile s’illumina, for Bass Clarinet, Two Orchestras, Piano and Percussion, Federico Bonacossa

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Through Wafer 3D Vertical Micro-Coaxial Probe for High Frequency Material Characterization and Millimeter Wave Packaging Systems, Justin Boone

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The Anuvrat Movement: Theory and Practice, Shivani Bothra

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Wildfire Assessment Using FARSITE Fire Modeling: A Case Study in the Chihuahua Desert of Mexico, John Brakeall

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Blessed are the Peacemakers: Transnational Alliance, Protective Accompaniment and the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, Michael C. Brasher

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Root:Shoot Ratio and Specific Leaf Area Along an Elevational Gradient in the Peruvian Andes, Catherine Heidy Bravo Avila

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Children with Special Health Care Needs: Comparison of the Effects of Home Care Setting, Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Setting, and Long-Term Care Setting on Child and Family Health Outcomes and Health Care Service Use, Carmen Caicedo

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Implicit Eyewitness Memory, Rolando N. Carol

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The Broken Mirror: Maternal Agency and Identity in Charles Dickens's Bleak House, Sarah E. Cash

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The Effect of Reciprocal Mapping on High-Risk Sixth-Grade Students' Social Studies Achievement, Tina Cash

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Intraspecific Relationships in Paracalanus quasimodo [Calinoideae] and Temora turbinata [Calinoideae] along the Southeastern Coast of the United States, Richard Y. Chang

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Four Essays of Environmental Risk-Mitigation, Chiradip Chatterjee

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Leakage Temperature Dependency Aware Real-Time Scheduling for Power and Thermal Optimization, Vivek Chaturvedi

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Funtional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Study of Language, Joint Attention and Motor Skills, Ujwal Chaudhary

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Structural Data Acquisition Using Sensor Network, Sainath Chidambar Munavalli

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Political Strategy, Leadership, and Policy Entrepreneurship in Japanese Defense Policy and Politics: A Comparison of Three Prime Ministerships, Daniel L. Clausen

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A Q-Methodology Approach to Investigating the Relationship Between Level of Reflection and Typologies Among Prospective Teachers in the Physics Learning Assistant Program at Florida International University, Geraldine L. Cochran

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The Influence of HOPE VI Public Housing on Public Schools, Donna A. Comrie

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Barrier Island Response to Sea Level Rise in North Carolina, Evan D. Cook

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The McSweeney's Group: Modernist Roots and Contemporary Permutations in Little Magazines, Charles J. Crespo

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A Generalized Adaptive Mathematical Morphological Filter for LIDAR Data, Zheng Cui

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Social Capital, HIV Risk Behavior and Substance Use among Recent Latino Immigrants in South Florida, Elena Cyrus

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Individual Child Cognitive Behavioral Treatment versus Child-Parent Cognitive Behavioral Treatments for Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Comparative Outcomes, Jessica Dahan

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Atlantic Threads: Singer in Spain and Mexico, 1860-1940, Paula A. de la Cruz-Fernández

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Empire's Children: Soviet Childhood in the Age of Revolution, Loraine de la Fe

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Correlations among Coping Skills and Life Satisfaction in Ethnic Older Caregivers, Didiana de la Osa

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Preposition Stranding in Heritage Speakers of Brazilian Portuguese, Simone H. de Lemos

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Traces of the Dark Sublime in William Faulkner's "The Bear," Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom!, Manuel Delgadillo

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Structural Health Monitoring Inside Concrete and Grout Using the Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform (WISP), Elicek Delgado Cepero

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Effects of Sex, Third Grade Reading Achievement and Motivation as Predictors of Fourth Grade Reading Achievement of Hispanic Students: A Path Analysis, Vivian M. del Rio

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Using Procedural Audio to Control an Algorithmic Composition that is Controlled by a Computer Game, Brian del Toro

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Water Demand and Allocation in the Mara River Basin, Kenya/Tanzania in the Face of Land Use Dynamics and Climate Variability, Shimelis B. Dessu

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The Effect of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles on the Fate and Transformation of Arsenic in Aquatic Environments, Dionne Dickson

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Environmental Dynamics of Dissolved Black Carbon in Aquatic Ecosystems, Yan Ding

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Italianità on Tour: From the Mediterranean to Southeast Florida, 1896-1939, Antonietta Di Pietro

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Spiritual Violence: Queer People and the Sacrament of Communion, Sabrina Diz

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Effects of Multiple Ecological Drivers on Recruitment and Succession of Coral Reef Macroalgal Communities, Alain Duran

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Recreational Angler Perspectives of Nonnative Fish Species and Mercury Advisories, Christopher J. Edwards

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The Processing of Preposition-Stranding Constructions in English, Naomi R. Enzinna

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Leveraging Symbiotic Relationships for Emulation of Computer Networks, Miguel A. Erazo

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Improved Dynamic Headspace Sampling and Detection using Capillary Microextraction of Volatiles Coupled to Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, Wen Fan

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IR820 Nanoconjugates for Theranostic Applications, Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez

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Genetic Structure of the Florida Key Tree Cactus, Pilosocereus robinii, using Restriction Site associated DNA (RAD) markers, Tonya D. Fotinos

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The Relationship between Scaffolding Metacognitive Strategies identified through Dialogue Journals and Second Graders’ Reading Comprehension, Science Achievement, and Metacognition using Expository Text, Iliana Franco-Castillo

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An Investigation of Vertical Turbulent Transport Processes in Coastal Regions Using Tower Observations, Jonathan Joseph Furst

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Development of Effective Approaches to the Large-Scale Aerodynamic Testing of Low-Rise Building, Tuan-Chun Fu

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Effect of Arginine and Oscillatory Ca2+ on Vascular Response Mediated Via Nitric Oxide Signaling in Normal and Salt Sensitive Hypertensive Rat Mesenteric Arterioles, Tushar V. Gadkari

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A Relationship Between the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 Mathematics Scores and Racial and Ethnic Concentrations when Considering Socio-Economic Status, ESOL Student Population, Marilys Galindo

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Examining Gradients in Novelty: Native and Non-native Fish Assemblages in Everglades Canals, David A. Gandy

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Lower Aptian Comparative Stratigraphy of the Basco-Cantabrian Region (Spain) and Eastern Cordillera (Colombia): implications for local factors in the depositional record of Oceanic Anoxic Event 1a (OAE-1a), Tatiana Gaona Narvaez

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Escaping the Resource Curse: The Sources of Institutional Quality in Botswana, Angela Gapa

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Lattice Boltzmann Modeling and Specialized Laboratory Techniques to Determine the Permeability of Megaporous Karst Rock, Sade Maria Garcia

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Sociocultural Complexities of Ecosystem Restoration: Remaking Identity, Landscape and Belonging in the Florida Everglades, Rebecca I. Garvoille

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Distribution of Light in the Human Retina under Natural Viewing Conditions, Jorge C. Gibert

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The Relationship of Instructor Technical Literacy to the Academic Performance of Students in Career Academies, Jorge Gomez

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Greater Miami: Stories, J. David Gonzalez

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Implementing the Surface Response to Excitation Method (SuRE) with Non-contact Sensors, Sergio R. Gonzalez Jr.

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The Enchanter's Spell: J.R.R. Tolkien's Mythopoetic Response to Modernism, Adam D. Gorelick

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An Analysis of the Potential Risk Exposure to Lead (Pb) through Urban Community Gardens, Danielle E. Goveia

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Bionano Electronics: Magneto-Electric Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery, Brain Stimulation and Imaging Applications, Rakesh Guduru

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Post-Revolutionary Post-Modernism: Central American Detective Fiction by the Turn of the 21st Century, Gael Guzman-Medrano

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A Model for Continuous Measurement of Drilled Shaft Diameter During Construction, Masood Hajali

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It Takes an Institution's Village to Retain a Student: A Comprehensive Look at Two Early Warning System Undergraduate Retention Programs and Administrators' Perceptions of Students' Experiences and the Retention Services they Provide Students in the Early Warning System Retention Programs, Shelly-Ann Hamilton

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Attributions and the Evaluation of Dynamic Performance, Michael B. Harari

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Effect of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Nutrition Education on Nutrition and Health Outcomes of HIV+ Individuals, Irene Hatsu

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XPSWMM Analysis of the ORNL Stormwater Collection System Up to Outfall 211, Heidi Belle Henderson

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MobiMed: Framework for Rapid Application Development of Medical Mobile Apps, Frank Hernadez

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Catholic Student Movements in Latin America: Cuba and Brazil, 1920s to 1960s, Joseph Holbrook

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The Use of Visualization, Onset-and-Rime, Story Read-Alouds, and Discussion to Improve Diverse First Graders' Vocabulary and Comprehension, Virginia Lynn Shoup Holderness

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The Utilization of Chiral Ion Mobility Spectrometry for the Detection of Enantiomeric Mixtures and Thermally Labile Compounds, Howard K. Holness

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Real-time Biosensor for the Assessment of Nanotoxicity and Cancer Electrotherapy, Evangelia Hondroulis

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Dynamic Image Precompensation for Improving Visual Performance of Computer Users with Ocular Aberrations, Jian Huang

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Site Specifc Growth of Metal Catalyzed Silica Nanowires for Biological and Chemical Sensing, Eric G. Huey

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Field Development and Performance Evaluation of a Constructed Wetland System in the Tropics, Adelaide Pereira Hummel

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The Effect of Contemporary Hydrologic Modification on Vegetation Community Composition Distinctness in the Florida Everglades, Ewan Isherwood

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The American Politics of a Jewish Judea and Samaria, Rebekah Israel

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Ensemble Stream Model for Data-Cleaning in Sensor Networks, Vasanth Iyer

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An Examination of Psychological Meaningfulness, Safety, and Availability as the Underlying Mechanisms linking Job Features and Personal Characteristics to Work Engagement, Holly Jacobs

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Elemental Analysis and Forensic Comparison of Soils by Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), Sarah C. Jantzi