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

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Madonnas, Whores and Other Pilgrims, Barbara Swan

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Gammaridean Amphipods as Bioindicators in Subtropical Seagrass Ecosystems, Jennifer L. Sweatman

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Extending Use of Simple for Dead Load and Continuous for Live Load (SDCL) Steel Bridge System to Seismic Areas, Ramin Taghinezhadbilondy

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CFO Turnover, Firm’s Debt-Equity Choice and Information Environment, Muhammad Bakhtear U. Talukdar

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Organizational Social Capital and Performance Information Use: Analyzing the Link and Its Implications for Public Management, Michele Tantardini

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Elucidating The Role of MifS-MifR Two-Component System in Regulating Pseudomonas aeruginosa Pathogenicity, Gorakh Digambar Tatke

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A Descriptive Case Study Examining the Perceptions of Haitian American Parents and the Perceptions of their Children’s Teachers on the Parents’ Involvement in a Structured Parent Intervention Program, Kristina M. Taylor

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Conjugated Polymer-Based Biomaterials Through Controlled Self-Assembly, Megan Twomey

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Sonochemical Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanostructures for Sensing and Energy Harvesting, Phani Kiran Vabbina

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Epistemological Analysis of Traditionalist and Reformist Discourses Pertaining to Islamic Feminism in Iran, Meisam Vahedi

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Co-occurring Health Risks Among Middle Aged Hispanic Men Who Have Sex With Men (HMSM) in South Florida, Beatriz Valdes

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A History of the United States Caribbean Defense Command (1941-1947), Cesar A. Vasquez

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People Counting and occupancy Monitoring using WiFi Probe Requests and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Edwin George Vattapparamban

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Latina Lesbian Students: Understanding their Experiences and Perceived Sexual Identity Development at a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Gisela P. Vega

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A Comprehensive Decision Support Framework in the Front-End Phase of Major Transportation Projects, Nahid Vesali Mahmoud

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An Investigation of the Effect of Using Twitter by High School Mathematics Students Learning Linear Equations in Algebra 1, Manuel Vilchez

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Development of a Primary Ion Column for Mass Spectrometry-Based Surface Analysis, Raul A. Villacob

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Faculty Perceptions of Self-Plagiarism and Other Forms of Academic Dishonesty Among University Students, Carleen Vincent-Robinson

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Essays on Retail and Regional Economics, David Christopher Vitt

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Income Distribution, International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment with Heterogeneous Firms, Feifei Wang

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Evaluating plant community response to sea level rise and anthropogenic drying: Can life stage and competitive ability be used as indicators in guiding conservation actions?, Kristie Susan Wendelberger

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A Generation of Race and Nationalism: Thomas Dixon, Jr. and American Identity, Tiffany West

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Storage Management of Data-intensive Computing Systems, Yiqi Xu

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MENs Doped Adhesive and Influence on Fracture Toughness, Kao Z. Yang

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A High Performance Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Encrypted On-Chip Bus Architecture for Internet-of-Things (IoT) System-on-Chips (SoC), Xiaokun Yang

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Synthesis and Characterization of a Hydrolytically Stable Photochromic Copolymer Containing an N-alkylindolylfulgimide, Samina yasmeen

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Earnings Management to Achieve the Peer Performance Benchmark, Sheng Yi

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High Temperature Oxidation Study of Tantalum Carbide-Hafnium Carbide Solid Solutions Synthesized by Spark Plasma Sintering, Cheng Zhang

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An Integrated Framework for Patent Analysis and Mining, longhui zhang

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A System-of-Systems Framework for Assessment of Resilience in Complex Construction Projects, Jin Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Development of a Two-Fluid Drag Law for Clustered Particles Using Direct Numerical Simulation and Validation through Experiments, Ahmadreza Abbasi Baharanchi

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Sensor Fusion for Effective Hand Motion Detection, Fatemeh Abyarjoo

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Consumer Perceptions of Sustainability in the Cruise Industry, Lindsay Marie Ackerman

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An Assessment of the Performances of Several Univariate Tests of Normality, James Olusegun Adefisoye

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A Novel Hip Implant Using 3D Woven Composite Material – Design and Analysis, Hari Kishore Adluru

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A Content Analysis of Sustainability Dimensions in Annual Reports, Sayed MR. Afjei

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Calle Panadero, Giselda Aguiar

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Decentralization and Citizen Participation in Mexico, Ilyana Albarran

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Evaluation of Organic Protective Coatings as Corrosion Prevention for The Interior of Subsea Pipelines in Sour Gas Service, Faris M. Alkordy

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Evaluation of External Coating Performance on Buried Pipelines in the Oil and Gas Industry, Mohammed A. Alrudayni

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Hospitality Education Assessment: A Case Study on the Learning Experience of Chinese Students in a 4-year Program at a U.S. Institution, Rossy Ambe-Cohen

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Learning Data-Driven Models of Non-Verbal Behaviors for Building Rapport Using an Intelligent Virtual Agent, Reza Amini

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On the Impacts of Telecommuting over Daily Activity/Travel Behavior: A Comprehensive Investigation through Different Telecommuting Patterns, Hamidreza Asgari

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Okay Cool No Smoking Love Pony, Annik I. Babinski

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Extended Coverage for Public Safety and Critical Communications Using Multi-hop and D2D Communications, Leonardo Babun

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Writers' Club: The Effect of Extra Writing on Fourth-Grade, Hispanic Students' Writing, and Their Attitude Towards Writing, Helen F A Barnes

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"Hamlet" and Marginality, Eduardo Barreto

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Pollination, Herbivory, and Habitat Fragmentation: Their Effects on the Reproductive Fitness of Angadenia berteroi, a Native Perennial Plant of the South Florida Pine Rocklands, Beyte Barrios Roque

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Exploring Perceptions of Middle Class Urban Indian Women Regarding Socio-Cultural Deterrents Influencing Participation in Adult and Continuing Educational Programs, Renu Batra

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Investigation of the Lead Isotope Signatures of Marine Sediments in Relation to the Lead Isotope Signatures of Northern Andean Ores, Kimberly D. Beck

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Novel Ternary Magnesium-Tin Alloys by Microalloying, Sadegh Behdad

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Determinants and Disparities of Survival in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Patients: A Population-Based Retrospective Longitudinal Cohort Design Utilizing the Cox Proportional Hazard Analytical Model, Michael C. Belcon

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Evaluation of Crop Seed Powders as Amendments for Purple Nutsedge (Cyperus rotundus) Control Compared to the Traditional Herbicide, Roundup, Eric Taylor Betancourt

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Label-free surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy-linked immunosensor assay (SLISA) for environmental surveillance, vinay bhardwaj

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Improving Satellite-Based Chlorophyll-a Estimating Algorithms in Shallow, Coastal Waters, tara blakey

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Regional evolutionary distinctiveness and endangerment as a means of prioritizing protection of endangered species, Emily K. Brantner

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Examining Perspectives On China's Near-Monopoly Of Rare Earths, Gregory J. Bryant

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The Road from Emmaus, Elizabeth Buro

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Eyewitness Choosing Behavior: The Role of Ecphoric Experience and Non-Memorial Cues, Brian S. Cahill

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Perceiving Spanish in Miami: The Interaction of Dialect and National Labeling, Salvatore Callesano

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It Must Have Been Him: Coherence Effects within the Legal System, Jonathan N. Carbone

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Speech-Language Pathology Interns’ Perceptions of What Supervisors Value Most During Clinical Practicum, Karin Cardozo

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Cellular Events Under Flow States Pertinent to Heart Valve Function, Glenda L. Castellanos

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Redox Regulation of Ras Proteins in Dictyostelium discoideum, Boris Castillo Chabeco

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The Creation and Evaluation of Novel Canine Training Aids for Cocaine Using Molecularly Encapsulated Sol-Gel Polymers and an Investigation of Canine Field Accuracy, Michelle Cerreta

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Nec(Romantic), Cathleen F. Chambless

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The Role of Endothelin 3 in Melanoma Progression and Metastasis, Nikeisha L. Chin

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Blotto in the Lifeboat, Paul Christiansen

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Investigating Trophic Interactions of Deep-sea Animals (Sharks, Teleosts, and Mobile scavengers) in the Gulf of Mexico Using Stable Isotope Analysis, Diana A. Churchill

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Development of a MALDI-TOF-MS Method for the Analysis of Cyanobacterial Neurotoxin β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) in Search of BMAA Incorporation in Biological Samples, Laura M. Conklin

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Investigating the Effects of Cognitive Apprenticeship-Based Instructional Coaching on Science Teaching Efficacy Beliefs, Teo O.H. Cooper

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Modeling a Phosphorus Credit Trading Program in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed, Juliana Corrales

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In Search of Safety, Negotiating Everyday Forms of Risk: Sex Work, Criminalization, and HIV/AIDS in the Slums of Kampala, Serena Cruz

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Stephen Dedalus' Search for Identity in Catholic Ireland, Cristina L. Cuevas

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Fiber Scaffolds of Poly (glycerol-dodecanedioate) and its Derivative via Electrospinning for Neural Tissue Engineering, Xizi Dai

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Histological Characterization of Inter Ictal Epileptiform Discharges Generating Brain Regions using a Preclinical Model of Focal Cortical Dysplasia, Abhay S. Deshmukh

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Don't Get Mad, Get Even: How Employees Abused by Their Supervisor Retaliate Against the Organization and Undermine Their Spouses, Krzysztof Duniewicz

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Workplace Discrimination Climate and Team Effectiveness: The Mediating Role of Collective Value Congruence, Team Cohesion, and Collective Affective Commitment, Anya T. Edun

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GIS-integrated mathematical modeling of social phenomena at macro- and micro- levels—a multivariate geographically-weighted regression model for identifying locations vulnerable to hosting terrorist safe-houses: France as case study, Elyktra Eisman

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English Language Learners: A Correlational Study of the Relationship Between A Proficiency Level Assessment and End of Course Test Scores at one Georgia High School, Jacqueline Caroline Ellis

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Successes and Shortcomings in the Implementation of National Sustainable Development Strategies: From the Greening of Governance to the Governance of Greening, Rachel Emas

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The Microstructure and the Electrochemical Behavior of Cobalt Chromium Molybdenum Alloys from Retrieved Hip Implants, Christopher P. Emerson

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Monitoring Physiological Reactions of Construction Workers in Virtual Environment: A Feasibility Study Using Affective Sensing Technology, Hazal Ergun

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Trans Terrains: Gendered Embodiments and Religious Landscapes in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, David B. Esch

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A Randomized Comparison of Two Instructional Sequences for Imitation Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Elaine Espanola

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A Market Study of Organic and Fair Trade Coffee in Bolivia, Christopher L. Estevez

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Employing Limited Next Generation Sequence Data for the Development of Genetic Loci of Phylogenetic and Population Genetic Utility, Lauren Evenstone

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The Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on Cardiovascular Risk Factors among Minorities with Type 2 Diabetes, Joel Exebio

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The World in Singing Made: David Markson's "Wittgenstein's Mistress", Tiffany L. Fajardo

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Synthesis and Characterization of Photochromic Copolymers Containing 3-Indolylfulgides/Indolylfulgimides, Changjun Fan

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Understanding the Challenges of Expanding Community Forestry in Northwest Cameroon, Caitlin M. Farnung

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Development of New Structural Health Monitoring Techniques, Hadi Fekrmandi

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Atlantic Ais in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: Maritime Adaptation, Indigenous Wrecking, and Buccaneer Raids on Florida’s Central East Coast, Peter J. Ferdinando

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Uniquely Identifiable Tamper-Evident Device Using Coupling between Subwavelength Gratings, Ange Marie P. Fievre

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Barriers to Nutrition Counseling with a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Its Association with Dietary Intake, Nutrition Status, Disease Outcomes and Substance Abuse in People Living with HIV (PLWH)., Christina D. Fleetwood

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Comparison of Linear Functions in Middle Grades Textbooks from Singapore and the United States, Linda D. Fowler

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Children's Literature, Ideology, and Cultural Identity Before and After the Cuban Revolution, Zeila M. Frade

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The (Wo)Man in the Masque: Cross-Dressing as Disguise in Early Modern English Literature, Chelsea E. Franco

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Becoming Other: Virtual Realities in Contemporary Science Fiction, Jamie N. Franks

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Crisis Leadership: The Roles University Presidents and Crisis Managers Play in Higher Education - A Case Study of the State University System of Florida, Brenezza D. Garcia