Theses and Dissertations produced by graduate students at Florida International University.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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A Second Universe, Emily A. Benson

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Predictors of Adherence, Withdrawal Symptoms and Changes in Body Mass Index: Finding from the First Randomized Smoking Cessation Trial in a Low-income Country Setting, Ziyad Ben Taleb

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Enhancing Algal Biomass and Lipid Production through Bacterial and Fungal Co-Culture, Erwin David Berthold

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Outcomes of Transition to Adult HV Care in Perinatally HIV-infected Young Adults, Susan Biersteker

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Design and synthesis of novel Azasteroids and Pseudoazulenyl nitrones, Nagaraju Birudukota

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Influence of Experimental Sheet Flow on Aquatic Foods Webs of the Central Everglades, Sarah C. Bornhoeft

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Investigating Sub-tropical Community Resistance and Resilience to Climate Disturbance, Ross E. Boucek

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Sexual health promotion programming for youth in or at-risk for foster care: Improving knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors., Maya Boustani

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Beyond Special and General Education as Identity Markers: The Development and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Preservice Teachers’ Understanding of The Effects of Intersecting Sociocultural Identities, Mildred Boveda

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Brain Networks Supporting Literacy Development, Iris J. Broce

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Medicinal Plants of Trinidad and Tobago: Selection of Antidiabetic Remedies, Angelle L. Bullard-Roberts

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Meaning Negotiated Through Independently-Written Summaries and Oral Academic Conversations: Enhancing Comprehension of Science Text by Ninth-Grade, English Learners, Edward C. Burke

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Optimizing Main Memory Usage in Modern Computing Systems to Improve Overall System Performance, Daniel Jose Campello

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Second Language Learners’ Performance on Non-Isomorphic Cross-Language Cognates in Translation, Carlos I. Canizares

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Relevance is in the Eye of the Beholder: Design Principles for the Extraction of Context-Aware Information, Arturo Castellanos

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Students with Physical Disabilities - Reflections on their Experiences with Work Preparation Programs, Services and Accommodations in a Higher Education Institution, Claudia Castillo

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Management Optimization of Energy Consumption Reduction for Residential Hot Water, Francesco Cataldi

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DNA Aptamer Confirmation and Utilization for the Cyanotoxin, Cylindrospermopsin, Diane M. Catlin

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Hurricane Preparedness in a Construction Site: a Framework to Assess the Construction Companies’ Current Practices, MICHELLE S. CHAVEZ

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Advanced Electrode Materials by Electrostatic Spray Deposition for Li-ion Batteries, Chunhui Chen

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Characterization of Interaction Between Brevetoxin and Its Native Receptor and Identification of the Role of Brevetoxin in Karenia brevis, Wei Chen

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A Framework for Recommending Signal Timing Improvements Based on Automatic Vehicle Matching Technologies, Xuanwu Chen

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Government Capacity and the Acquisition, Implementation, and Impact of ARRA Funds, NakHyeok Choi

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Wide-Area Time-Synchronized Closed-Loop Control of Power Systems And Decentralized Active Distribution Networks, Mehmet Hazar Cintuglu

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Determination of Human Scent Biomarkers for Race, Ethnicity and Gender, Lauren J. Colόn Crespo

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Analysis of Improvised Explosives by Electrospray Ionization - Mass Spectrometry and Microfluidic Techniques, Inge Corbin

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Authentic Servant-Leadership Exemplified by Early Childhood Educator David Lawrence Jr.: A Case Study, Blanca Correa-Cespedes

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Anxiety and Callous-Unemotional Traits: Physiological and Behavioral Responses to Others' Distress, Kathleen I. Crum

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El Bildungsroman femenino de Ángeles Mastretta y Carmen Boullosa: Hacia una perspectiva posmoderna, Rebeca Cunill

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Biogeographical Patterns of Soil Microbial Communities: Ecological, Structural, and Functional Diversity and their Application to Soil Provenance, Natalie Damaso

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Explaining China's Contradictory Grand Strategy: Why Legitimacy Matters, Lukas K. Danner

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Travel Education: A Phenomenological Study on Self-Directed Learning and Personal Enrichment Through Foreign Travel Experiences, Richard Jason Dapko

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Fully Decentralized Multi-Agent System for Optimal Microgrid Control, Ricardo de Azevedo

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Cognitive Beharioal-Therapy for Child Anxiety: Long-term Follow-up and Predictors of Long-term Outcomes, Cristina T. del Busto

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The Gender Problem of Buddhist Nationalism in Myanmar: The 969 Movement and Theravada Nuns, Grisel d'Elena

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Profiling Populations Using Neutral Markers, Major Histocompatibility Complex Genes and Volatile Organic Compounds as Modeled in Equus caballus Linnaeus, Ketaki Deshpande

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Consequences of Anthropogenic and Global Change on Orchids: An Emphasis on Biotic Interactions, Jason L. Downing

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All the Waking Things, Jonathan L. Duckworth

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Trees in the Agricultural Matrix: Reforestation Processes in a Tropical Dry Landscape in Chinandega, Nicaragua, Brittany A. Duffy

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Disaster Capitalism: Empirical Evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean, Ransford F. Edwards Jr.

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A Single Regret, Jason Ehlen

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An Ethnography: Discovering the Hidden Identity of the Banilejos, Yehonatan Elazar-Demota

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Optimum Distribution System Architectures for Efficient Operation of Hybrid AC/DC Power Systems Involving Energy Storage and Pulsed Loads, Ahmed T. Elsayed

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An Ecological Study of the Anurans in Tea Plantations in a Biodiversity Hotspot, Lilly M. Eluvathingal

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Exponential Capacity of Power and Its Impact on the Military Alliance Dynamics, Nikoloz G. Esitashvili

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Investigating Vocabulary Abilities in Bilingual Portuguese-English-Speaking Children, Ana Paula Fabian

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Multi-Resolution Modeling of Managed Lanes with Consideration of Autonomous/Connected Vehicles, Somaye Fakharian Qom

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Extraction, Purification and partial Characterization of a Carotenoid Binding Protein (CBP) from the Epidermis of the Monarch Butterfly Larvae (Danaus plexippus), Nan Fang

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Hybrid Energy Storage Implementation in DC and AC Power System for Efficiency, Power Quality and Reliability Improvements, Mustafa Farhadi

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Risk and Protective Factors Associated with the Adult Achievement of Substance-Using Adolescents: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, Dana G. Farrell

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A qualitative assessment of what comprises an effective and positive supervisor-student clinician relationship in speech-language pathology, Jessica Atick Fencel

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High School Content-Area Teachers’ Responces to an Exploratory, Investigative, and Experimental Professional Development Program for Content Area Literacy, Laura E. Ferreira Vesga

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Essays on Volatility Drivers, Transmissions and Equity Market Correlations in a Global Setting, Antonio M. Figueiredo

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Hard QCD Processes in the Nuclear Medium, Adam Freese

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Comparison of Synthetic Versus Organic Herbicides/Insecticides on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Abelmoschus esculentus, Ariel Freidenreich

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Proceduralizing Privilege: Designing Shakespeare in Virtual Reality and the Problem with the Canon, David M. Frisch

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Vortex Rossby Wave Propagation in Three Dimensional Tropical-Cyclone-Like Baroclinic Vortices, Cen Gao

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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy as a Family-Focused Approach for Young Children with Traumatic Brain Injury, Dainelys Garcia

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Strategies to Succeed in an Increasingly Technology-Based Environment: A Study of the Automotive Industry, Jose Geleilate

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Protein-Ligand Interactions and Allosteric Regulation of Activity in DREAM Protein, Walter G. Gonzalez

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Computational Fluid Dynamic analysis of Microbubble Drag Reduction Systems at High Reynolds Number, John D. Goolcharan

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Heavenly Voice, Earthly Echo: Unraveling the Function of the Bat Kol in Rabbinic Writings, John D. Grullon

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A Biologically Plausible Supervised Learning Method for Spiking Neurons with Real-world Applications, Lilin Guo

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On Some Test Statistics for Testing the Population Skewness and Kurtosis: An Empirical Study, Yawen Guo

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A Study on Residents' Perceptions and Attitudes Towards the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico, Ana C. Guzman

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Database-Assisted Analysis and Design of Wind Loads on Rigid Buildings, Filmon Fesehaye Habte

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Hydrogeochemical Modeling of Saltwater Intrusion and Water Supply Augmentation in South Florida, Yonas T. Habtemichael

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Three Essays on International and Intranational Trade and Economic Growth, Rooholah Hadadi

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Nanofabrication and Spectroscopy of Magnetic Nanostructures Using a Focused Ion Beam, Ali Hadjikhani

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A Feminist Perspective on the Lack of Full Ordination for Burmese Buddhist Nuns, Darbee Nicole Hagerty

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Water Quality Modelling Using Multivariate Statistical Analysis and Remote Sensing in South Florida, Mohammad Hajigholizadeh

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(Un)Making the Food Desert: Food, Race, and Redevelopment in Miami's Overtown Community, William Hall

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Exhaled Breath Analysis of Smokers Using CMV-GC/MS, D'Nisha D. Hamblin

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Sulfur Based Electrode Materials For Secondary Batteries, Yong Hao

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Pesticides and Pollination of Imperiled Plants of the Lower Florida Keys, Brittany M. Harris

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Reward Responsivity in Parenting: Development of a Novel Measure in Mothers, Chelsey M. Hartley

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Informal Urban Displacement in Rio de Janeiro: Ecolimits and Disaster Biopolitics in the Favela Santa Marta, Charles L. Heck

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Peer-Assisted Social Learning In Urban After-School Programs, Sarah A. Helseth

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The Relationship Between Undergraduate Hispanic Students' Choice of Living Arrangements and Retention, Academic Achievement and Graduation at a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Lynn N. Hendricks

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The Degradation of Pharmaceutical Pollutants in Wastewater Catalyzed by Chloroperoxidase and the Construction of Chloroperoxidase H105R Mutant, Qinghao He

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The Politics of Democratization: Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas Movement in Haiti, Dimmy Herard

Simulation and Application of Binary Logic Regression Models, Jobany J. Heredia Rico

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Help Me Chat: Eliciting Communicative Acts from Young Children Using Speech-Generating Devices, Rebecca A. Hernandez-Cartaya

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A Study on the Dissolution of Autunite Minerals by Facultative Bacteria in Bicarbonate Media, Sandra C. Herrera Landaez

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Doping as a Possible Means to create Superconductivity in Graphene, Kiar Holland

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Impacts of User Heterogeneity and Attitudinal Factors on Roadway Pricing Analysis - Investigation of Value of Time and Value of Reliability for Managed Lane Facilities in South Florida, Md Sakoat Hossan

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Characterizing the Molecular Structure and Reactivity of Natural Organic Matter in The Everglades, Wenxi Huang

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Going Beyond the Analysis of Common Contaminants: Target, Suspect, and Non-Target Analysis of Complex Environmental Matrices by High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry, Anna Katarina Huba

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Identification of the Active Odors From Illicit Substances for the Development of Optimal Canine Training Aids, Adhly M. Huertas-Rivera

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Optimal and Miniaturized Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonant Systems, Hao Hu

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Characterizing Community-Based Usual Mental Health Care for Infants, Gabriela Marie Hungerford MS

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Patient-centered care process enabled by Integrative Social Media Platform in an outpatient setting, Inkyoung Hur

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Three Essays on Diversification and Corporate Policies, Catalina Hurwitz

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Fragile Saints, Mary-Claire Ibarra

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Analyzing Decision Making in Alternative Contracting for Highway Pavement Rehabilitation Projects, Mohamed Ibrahim

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Channel and Noise Variance Estimation for Future 5G Cellular Networks, Jorge Iscar Vergara

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Negotiating Globalization from Below: Social Entrepreneurship, Neoliberalism, and the Making of the New South African Subject, Oceane Jasor

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Combined Computational-Experimental Design of High-Temperature, High-Intensity Permanent Magnetic Alloys with Minimal Addition of Rare-Earth Elements, Rajesh Jha

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Mercury Sulfide Dissolution in Environmental Conditions: Thermodynamic and Kinetic Approaches, Ping Jiang

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Innovative Two-Stage Fuzzy Classification for Unknown Intrusion Detection, Xueyan Jing