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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Non-Ownership Principles as Understood by Lay Practitioners of Jainism and Quakerism, David St John

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The Last Cold Winter, Gabriela P. Suarez

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Transcriptomic and Epigenetic Responses to Environmental Stress in Marine Bivalves with a Focus on Harmful Algal Blooms, Maria Victoria Suarez Ulloa

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A Functional Trait Approach to Examine Plant Community Dynamics in South Florida Hardwood Hammock Forests, Suresh Chandra Subedi

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Novel nucleoside analogues with bases modified with (β-halo)vinyl sulfone or β-keto sulfone as probes to study RNA/DNA-Proteins interactions, Sk Md Sazzad Hossain Suzol

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Enzyme Catalyzed and Ultrasound Assisted Transformation of Selected Pollutants, yi tan

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HIV Risk Behaviors, Previous HIV Testing and Positivity among Hispanic Women Tested for HIV in Florida, 2012, Janelle Taveras

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Trend and Acceleration: A Multi-model Approach to Key West Sea Level Rise, John Tenenholtz

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The Diffusion of Knowledge in Foreign Policy: The Case of Israel’s Technology Transfers as Tools of Diplomacy, David Tooch and

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An Unreceptive Audience: The Mixed Receptions of Mark Twain's and J.D.Salinger's Novels in the 1950s and 1960s, Marlene Tovar

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Kim was Korea and Korea was Kim: The Formation of Juche Ideology and Personality Cult in North Korea, Bianca Trifoi

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Jewels for Dollars: Native and Nonnative Freshwater Fish Interactions in a Stressful Dry Down Environment, Vanessa Trujillo

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Three Essays on International Trade and Finance, Syed A. Uddin

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Border Crossings and Transnational Movements in Sandra Cisneros’ Spatial Narratives Offer Alternatives to Dominant Discourse, Raquel D. Vallecillo

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Mobility Analysis and Management for Heterogeneous Networks, Karthik Vasudeva

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Social Networks, Health & Hispanic Gay Men Living in South Florida, Victor Christian Vila

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From the Fall to the Flood and Beyond: Navigating Identity in Contemporary Noahidism, Patrick J. Villalonga

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Applications of Paper Microfluidic Systems in the Field Detection of Drugs of Abuse, Ling Wang

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An Integrated Multi-modal Registration Technique for Medical Imaging, Xue Wang

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Examining the influence of contextual factors on risky sexual behavior among young women in Zomba district, Malawi: A multilevel analysis, Melissa K. Ward-Peterson

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Development of Novel, Microscale Fracture Toughness Testing for Adhesives, Dillon S. Watring

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The Effects of Commodity Disturbances on Open Economics, Richard Whitaker

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Conservative Right-Wing Protest Rhetoric in the Cold War Era of Segregationist Mobilization, Devon A. Wright

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Institutional Ethnography: Utilizing Battered Women’s Standpoint to Examine How Institutional Relations Shape African American Battered Women’s Work Experiences In Christian Churches, Ursula Tiershatha Wright

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In Situ Arsenic Speciation using Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, Mingwei Yang

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Origami Reconfigurable Electromagnetic Systems, Shun Yao

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Co-design of Security Aware Power System Distribution Architecture as Cyber Physical System, Tarek Youssef

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The Effect of Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Kidney Function and Cardiovascular Disease Markers among Hispanics and African Americans with Type 2 Diabetes, Gustavo G. Zarini

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Client-Vendor Collaboration in Information Technology Development Projects And Its Emerging Outcomes, Mingyu Zhang

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An Empirical Study of Health Information Exchange Success Factors, peng zhang

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Three Essays in Financial Economics, Qianying Zhang

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The Effect of Employing Cultural Criticism in the Teaching of British Literature for Chinese Undergraduate English Majors, Yu Zhang

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Maximum Likelihood Estimation of Parameters in Exponential Power Distribution with Upper Record Values, Tianchen Zhi

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Studies of Nε-Lysine Acetylation Modification on Escherichia coli Topoisomerase I, Qingxuan Zhou

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Data Mining Techniques to Understand Textual Data, Wubai Zhou

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Impact of Anonymity and Social Modeling: Online Aggression in Emerging Adults and Their Religious and Political Ideologies, Adam Zimmerman

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Study of the Transport of Odorants from Illicit Substances Using Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry, Torki A. Zughaibi

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Advanced Graphene Microelectronic Devices, Chowdhury G. Al-Amin

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Hospice Psychosocial Service Availability and Utilization in the United States, Amary Alcide

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Conceptualizing Learning Agility and Investigating its Nomological Network, Josh Allen

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We Are Standing in the Nick of Time: Translative Relevance in Anne Carson's "Antigonick", Michelle Alonso

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An Investigation of the Link Between Nonverbal Aptitude and Academic Achievement, john e. althoff

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Efficacy and Implementation of Automated Essay Scoring Software in Instruction of Literacies to High Level ELLs, Aaron J. Alvero

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Increasing the Elicitation of Truthful Information from Young Suspects: An Empirical Investigation of the Effects of Temporal Discounting, Andrea Arndorfer

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Flash Caching for Cloud Computing Systems, Dulcardo Ariel Arteaga Clavijo

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Evaluating the Economic Impact of Recreational Charter Fishing in Florida Using Hedonic Price and Economic Impact Analysis, Mehrnoosh Asadi

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The Transformations and Challenges of a Jain Religious Aspirant from Layperson to Ascetic: An Anthropological Study of Shvetambar Terapanthi Female Mumukshus, Komal Ashok Kumar

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Entrenching African Pentecostalism in the United States of America: A Study of a Ghanaian Founded Charismatic Church in South Florida, Raymond K. Awadzi

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Software Defined Networking for Smart Grid Communications, Abdullah Aydeger

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The Viceroyalty of Miami: Colonial Nostalgia and the Making of an Imperial City, John K. Babb

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The Beam-Helicity Asymmetry for Two Pseudoscalar Mesons in Photoproduction and a Partial Wave Analysis for Excited Hyperons, Rafael A. Badui

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Early Symptoms and Correlates of Nicotine Dependence Among Adolescent Waterpipe Smokers, Raed Bahelah

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Predictors of English Reading Comprehension and Performance in College-level Composition among Generation 1.5 Students, Ildiko Barsony

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Exploratory Assessment of Roadway Infrastructure Adaptation to the Impacts of Sea-level Rise, Mostafa Batouli

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Trinucleotide Repeat Instability is Modulated by DNA Base Lesions and DNA Base Excision Repair, Jill M. Beaver

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Potential Effects of Chemical Contamination on South Florida Bonefish Albula vulpes, Christine P. Beck

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History, Identity Politics and Securitization: Religion's Role in the Establishment of Indian-Israeli Diplomatic Relations and Future Prospects for Cooperation, Michael Mclean Bender

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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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Screening of Plants for Antibacterial Properties: Growth Inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus by Artemisia Tridentata, Steven Ross Eichelbaum

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