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

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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Innovative Modular High Performance Lightweight Decks for Accelerated Bridge Construction, Sahar Ghasemi

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What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate: A Postmodern Analysis of Representations of Higher Education in Cinema, Carlos E. Gonzalez

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In-Vivo Corrosion and Fretting of Modular TI-6AL-4V/CO-CR-MO Hip Prostheses: The Influence of Microstructure and Design Parameters, Jose Luis Gonzalez Jr

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The Central American Question: Nicaraguan Cultural Production and Francisco Goldman's The Ordinary Seaman, Oscar A. Gonzalez

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Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of Study Abroad and Their Level of Achievement of Global Learning Outcomes, Claudia Grigorescu

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Epistemologías culturales del Caribe: modelos conceptuales metafóricos en el ensayo caribeño del siglo XX, Diana M. Grullón-García

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Women Creators: Artistry and Sacrifice in the Novels of Virginia Woolf, Issel M. Guigou

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Comprehensive Analysis of Emerging New Psychoactive Substances by Ion Mobility Spectrometry and Mass Spectrometry, Seongshin Gwak

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Evaluation of Some Statistical Methods for the Identification of Differentially Expressed Genes, Andrew L. Haddon

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Integrating Deep Learning with Correlation-based Multimedia Semantic Concept Detection, Hsin-Yu Ha

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Energy-aware Fault-tolerant Scheduling for Hard Real-time Systems, Qiushi Han

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Role of the Audit Committee Chair in the Financial Reporting Process, Izhar Haq

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Exploring How Transformational Experiences of Faculty Participating in Global Learning Workshops Inform Practice, Eduardo Hernandez

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Target and Non-target Techniques for the Quantitation of Drugs of Abuse, Identification of Transformation Products, and Characterization of Contaminants of Emergent Concern by High Resolution Mass Spectrometry, Nubia Vanesa Heuett

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"The Whole Foundations of the Solid Globe were Suddenly Rent Asunder": Space Place and Homelessness in Poe's "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym" and Melville's "Benito Cereno", Francis H. Hill

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Open Trial and Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Program to Reduce Perceived Burdensomeness, Ryan M. Hill

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The Effects of Post-Recall Feedback: Examining Witness Recall Quantity, Accuracy, and Confidence, Dana Elizabeth Hirn Mueller

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Spirited Pioneer: The Life of Emma Hardinge Britten, Lisa A. Howe

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Changes of Soil Biogeochemistry under Native and Exotic Plants Species, Yujie Hua

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A Multi-Criteria GIS-Based Route Selection Tool for Hazardous Material Transport: Consideration of Environmental Consequence, Traffic Congestions and Costs, Bahareh Inanloo

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Time, Cost, and Environmental Impact Analysis for Sustainable Design at Multiple Building Levels, Peeraya Inyim

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Robust Modeling and Predictions of Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Forest and Wetland Ecosystems, Khandker S. Ishtiaq

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Impacts of Climate, Land Cover and Hydrologic Changes on Stormwater Runoff in Central Florida, Mohammad S. Islam

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Identity, Ideology, and Cinema: Making Sense of Japan's Foreign and Security Policies in the 1950s and 2000s, Yukari Ito

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Determinants of Waterpipe and Cigarette Smoking Progression among a School Based Sample of Adolescents in Irbid, Jordan: A Three-Year Longitudinal Study (2008-2011), Rana Mohammed Jaber

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Perceived Value of Fast-food Restaurant Franchises in the USA, Yisak Jang

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Models Describing the Sea Level Rise in Key West, Florida, Karm-Ervin Jean

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The Influence of Psychological Predictors and Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management Intervention on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Adherence Among HIV-Positive Female Haitian Alcohol Users, Pascale C. Jean

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Examining How Wi-Fi Affects Customers Loyalty at Different Restaurants: An Examination from South Korea, Jiyeon Jeon

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Temporal Mining for Distributed Systems, Yexi Jiang

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Sex-Positive Curricula: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Physical Fitness, Self-Concept and Sexual Functioning, Lia Jiannine

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Effect of Pavement-Vehicle Interaction on Highway Fuel Consumption and Emission, Xin Jiao

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Magic City Gospel, Ashley M. Jones

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Land Use /Land Cover Driven Surface Energy Balance and Convective Rainfall Change in South Florida, Hari P. Kandel

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Large-Scale Testing to Study the Effects of Critical Parameters on the Aerodynamic Behavior of Long Span Bridges, Ramtin Kargarmoakhar

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Attentional Competition: Weapon Focus, Encoding Time, and Memory Accuracy Correlations between Crime Scene Items, Seyram Kekessie

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Asterisms, Erica N. Kenick

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Heat-Driven Self-Cooling System Based On Thermoelectric Generation Effect, Robel Kiflemariam

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Changing Bacterial Growth Efficiencies across a Natural Nutrient Gradient in an Oligotrophic Estuary, Amber A. Kiger

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STF, Gilbert Kong

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The Effectiveness of an Online Workshop on Behavior Management as a Professional Development Tool for Teachers, Aparajita B. Kuriyan

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Examining the Impact of Resilience on Work Stress and Strains in Nurses, Julie J. Lanz

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L'Italiano a Miami: An Investigation of the Current Status of the Teaching and Learning of the Italian Language in Miami and of Students' Motivational Factors, Antonella La Tegola

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The Development of a Novel Polymer Based System for Gene Delivery, Anh Van Le

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An Exploration of Workplace Interventions for Women with Postpartum Depression Symptoms, Cyntianna C. Ledesma Ortega

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Drying Times: Integrating Citizen Science to Examine Survival of Florida Largemouth Bass in a Coastal Refuge Habitat, Jessica A. Lee

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The Effects of Climate Warming on Plant-Herbivore Interactions, Nathan Lemoine

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Investigation of Bilingualism Knowledge of Speech-Language Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathology Students, Michelle Leon

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Exploring Children's Perceptions of African American English, Tamika L. Lewis

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Defining Fluid Restriction in the Management of Infants Following Cardiac Surgery and Understanding the Subsequent Impact on Nutrient Delivery and Growth Outcomes, Melissa Li

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Hydrologic Controls of Coastal Groundwater Discharge in Southern Taylor Slough, Everglades National Park, Florida, Edward Linden

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Essays on the Effectiveness of Multinational Enterprises in Boosting Corporate Social Responsibility in Host Business Environment, Ying Liu

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The Impact of Red Light Cameras on Injury Crashes within Miami-Dade County, Florida, Anthoni Llau

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Estrategias Desestabilizadoras en la Narrativa de Silvina Ocampo, Lorena Loguzzo

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A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Land Use and Water Quality in Southern Miami Dade County, Mario Londono

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Correlates of Vitamin D Status in Healthy Older Adults Living in Miami-Dade and its Association with Non-Skeletal Outcomes: A Cross-Sectional Study, Johanna Lopez

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Vowels in the 305: A First Pass at Miami Latino English, Lydda Lopez

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Enhanced Flexible Materials for Valve Prosthesis Applications, Makensley Lordeus

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The Prison System and the Media: How “Orange Is The New Black” Engages with the Prison as a Normalizing Agent, Eunice Louis

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Organometallic Rhenium Dyes for Nitric Oxide Detection and Imaging, Lissette I. Lozano-Lewis

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An Analysis of Evacuation Behavior During Hurricane Ike, YuanYuan Lu

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The Role of Agriculture and Food Consumption in Tropical Conservation, Brian Machovina

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Long-term Trends in Magnitude and Frequency of Extreme Rainfall Events in Florida, Tasnuva Mahjabin

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Constructing Childhood: Place, Space and Nation in Argentina, 1880-1955, Melissa Malone

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Assessing Current Instructional Practices In General Biology One (Bio1010) And Arguing For A Model-Centered Curriculum, Seth Manthey

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Nothing Normal Happens to Me: True Stories of a Journey from Madness to Motherhood, Esther C. Martinez

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Overweight/Obesity and HIV Disease Progression in HIV+ Adults in Botswana, Sabrina Sales Martinez

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An Exploration of the Reasons and Purposes of Non-Japanese Undergraduate Students for Taking a Beginners’ Japanese Language Course, Asuka H. Mashav

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The Impetus is Forward Motion, Sarah Mason

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Hybrid Power System Intelligent Operation and Protection Involving Plug-in Electric Vehicles, Tan Ma

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A Body Outside the Kremlin, James L. May

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Ooliths, Estelle Mazor

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Video Modeling for Teaching Imitation to Young Children With Autism: A Treatment Comparison and Analysis of Potential Predictors of Success, Logan S. McDowell

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Semantic Categorization in Portuguese-English Bilinguals, Lilian M. McLeod

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The Development of a Depression Preventive Intervention for Adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Michael C. Meinzer

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Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles for Biological Labeling and Delivery, Eladio A. Mendez

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Russia's Islam: Discourse on Identity, Politics, and Security, Simona E. Merati

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Higher Education in and for Rural Bolivia: Key Stakeholders' Perceptions of the Educational Experiences of Students who have Attended Unidad Académica Campesina Carmen Pampa., Claudio R. Merisio

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Producing Collaborations Through Community-Level Processes of Climate Change and Water Management Planning, Dumitrita Suzana Mic

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Counter-monumentalism in the Search for American Identity in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter & The Marble Faun, Carmen Mise

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Exoneration or Observation? Examining a Novel Difference Between Liars and Truth Tellers, Peter F. Molinaro

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The Effect of Mobile Technology as an Active Student Response System on the Acquisition of U.S. History Content of Secondary Students with Specific Learning Disabilities, Ruba Monem

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Acoustic Manipulation and Alignment of Particles for Applications in Separation, Micro-Templating, and Device Fabrication, KAMRAN MORADI

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Measuring Teacher Dispositions Toward Teaching Sustainable Systems: A Mixed Methods Approach for Instrument Development and Psychometric Testing, Jennifer Morales

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Market Value, Christine Morando

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The Effect of Sample and Sample Matrix on DNA Processing: Mechanisms for the Detection and Management of Inhibition in Forensic Samples, Lilliana I. Moreno

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Macular Pigment and Lens Optical Density Measurements-Evaluating a Flicker Machine with Novel Features, Anirbaan Mukherjee

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A Cross-Generational Analysis of Spanish-to-English Lexico-Semantic Phenomena in Emerging Miami English, Kristen Mullen

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Prediction of Fracture Toughness and Durability of Adhesively Bonded Composite Joints with Undesirable Bonding Conditions, Vishal Musaramthota

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Factors Affecting Adult Mental Rotation Performance, Alina Nazareth

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Sustainability Analysis of Domestic Rainwater Harvesting Systems for Current and Future Water Security in Rural Mexico, Elena E. Neibaur

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Modeling, Designing, and Implementing an Ad-hoc M-Learning Platform that Integrates Sensory Data to Support Ubiquitous Learning, Hien M. Nguyen

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Mathematics Teaching Experiences of Elementary Preservice Teachers with High and Low Mathematics Anxiety during Student Teaching: A Multiple Case Study, Leslie Nisbet

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Modeling Security and Resource Allocation for Mobile Multi-hop Wireless Neworks Using Game Theory, Laurent L. Y. Njilla

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The Effect of Disturbance and Freshwater Availability on Lower Florida Keys’ Coastal Forest Dynamics, Danielle E. Ogurcak

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Easy Hearts: A Novel, Andrew J. Olsen

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The Influence of Parental Aggression and Cultural Gender Role Beliefs on Hispanic College Women's Experiences with Psychological Aggression, Laura A. Oramas

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The Commodification of Queer Virgins in Shakespeare, Spenser, and Keats, Laura M. Ortega

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Exploring Relationships Between Thinking Style and Sex, Age, Academic Major, Occupation, and Levels of Arts Engagement Among Professionals Working in Museums, Mark D. Osterman

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Geographical Literacy, Attitudes, and Experiences of Freshman Students: A Qualitative Study at Florida International University, Daniela F. Ottati