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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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The Impact of Different Types of Media on Tourists' Behavioral Intentions, Jihwan Park

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Leaf Functional Traits and Forest Structure of Tropical Dry Forest Species Along a Rainfall Gradient in Florida and Puerto Rico, Ramon L. Salazar II

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Fuzzy Modeling and Control Based Virtual Machine Resource Management, Lixi Wang

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Optimization of Cooling Protocols for Hearts Destined for Transplantation, Abas Abdoli

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A Generic Model of Execution for Synthesizing Domain-Specific Models, Mark Allison

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Acoustic Investigation of Production of Clusters by Saudi Second Language Learners of English, Hussain Almalki

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A Regression Approach to Execution Time Estimation for Programs Running on Multicore Systems, Mohammad Alshamlan

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Electoral Rules and Elite Recruitment: A Comparative Analysis of the Bundestag and the U.S. House of Representatives, Murat Altuglu

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The Relationship between Metacognition, Self-Actualization, and Well-Being among University Students: Reviving Self-Actualization as the Purpose of Education, Yalda Amir Kiaei

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An Investigation on Biocompatibility of Bio-Absorbable Polymer Coated Magnesium Alloys, Sushma Amruthaluri

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Visitations: A Novel, Joseph Anderson

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Utilizing Traditional Cognitive Measures of Academic Preparation to Predict First-Year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Majors' Success in Math and Science Courses, Charles K. Andrews

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Factors of Inflammation in Haitian Americans and African Americans with and without Type 2 Diabetes, Janet Antwi

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Design and Development of Geographical Information System (GIS) Map for Nuclear Waste Streams, Sandhya Appunni

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Ecdysis Triggering Hormone and its Role in Juvenile Hormone Synthesis in the Yellow-fever Mosquito, Aedes aegypti, Maria Areiza

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Death Rituals in the New Diaspora: Funerals in the Lives of Ghanaians in South Florida, Evelyn E. Arhin-Sam

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Gender Benders: Shakespeare's Rosalind and Woolf's Orlando, Katrina Armenteros

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The HI Chronicles of LITTLE THINGS Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxies, Trisha L. Ashley

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Conformational Dynamics Associated with Ligand Binding to Vertebrate Hexa-coordinate Hemoglobins, Luisana Astudillo

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Analysis of Global Compliance and Implementation of the Goals of International Environmental Treaties: A Case study of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), George Atisa

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Integrated Construction Project Delivery System in the U.S. Public Sector: An Information Modeling Framework, Nida Azhar

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Development of Test-Based Wind-Driven Rain Intrusion Model for Hurricane-Induced Building Interior and Contents Damage, Thomas Baheru

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Habitat Use of the Key Largo Woodrat (Neotoma floridana smalli), Lauren J. Barth

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Physics-Based Modeling of Power System Components for the Evaluation of Low-Frequency Radiated Electromagnetic Fields, Mohammadreza Barzegaran

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CEO Humility: Development of an Unobtrusive Measure and Strategic Implications, Marie-Michele Beauchesne

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Land Use and Water Quality Correlations in Miami-Dade, Florida, Audrey R. Becnel

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Neuroscience and Hindu Aesthetics: A Critical Analysis of V.S. Ramachandran’s “Science of Art”, Logan R. Beitmen

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Neuromuscular Changes in Older Adults during the Lateral Step Task, Tatiana Bejarano

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UV-Induced Melanoma Mouse Model Dependent on Endothelin 3 Over-Expression, Ana Paula Benaduce

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Out of View: Stories, Justin Bendell

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Mosquito Larvicides from Cyanobacteria, Gerald A. Berry

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First Time Measurements of Polarization Observables for the Charged Cascade Hyperon in Photoproduction, Jason S. Bono

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Curriculum development in a heritage language community-based school: A Qualitative inquiry regarding a Brazilian-Portuguese program in South Florida, Ivian Destro Boruchowski

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Fiber Pathways for Language in the Developing Brain: A Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) Study, Iris J. Broce

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The Roles of Microcystin and Sulfide in Physiology and Tactic Responses of Pathogenic and Non-Pathogenic Mat-Forming Cyanobacteria, Abigael C. Brownell

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Vocal Synthesis and Deep Listening, Chelsea A. Bruno

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Syndemic Health Disparities and Resilience Processes Related to HIV Transmission Risk among African American/Black Men in South Florida, Mance E. Buttram

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El Posnacionalismo en la Narrativa Cubana Actual: Reivindicación de lo Privado y lo Homoerótico, Raul Cabrera

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Dictionary of Storms, Marci Calabretta

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Identification of Characteristic Volatile Organic Compounds Released during the Decomposition Process of Human Remains and Analogues, Norma Iris Caraballo

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A Deconstruction of Elie Wiesel's The Time of the Uprooted, Cristina T. Carbonell

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Synthesis of a PbTx-2 photoaffinity and fluorescent probe and an alternative synthetic route to photoaffinity probes, Ryan T. Cassell

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Non-Consumptive Effects of Predators in Coral Reef Communities and the Indirect Consequences of Marine Protected Areas, Laura Catano

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Operational Actual Wetland Evapotranspiration Estimation for South Florida Using MODIS Imagery, Cristobal N. Ceron

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Gender In Motion: Negotiating Bengali Social Statuses Across Time and Territories, Mayurakshi Chaudhuri

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Design and Synthesis of S-ribosylhomocysteine Analogues, Christiane Chbib

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Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-γ Coactivator 1-α (PPARGC1A) Genetic Associations with Type 2 Diabetes in Three Ethnicities, Amanpreet K. Cheema

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Essays on Intergenerational and Regional Aspects of Water Management, Yu Chen

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Democracy Promotion and Turkey, Bilal Ciplak

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Using Sonic Enhancement to Augment Non-Visual Tabular Navigation, Jonathan M. Cofino and Armando Barreto

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A Critical Examination of the Experience of being a Gay Officer in the Masculinized Industry of Law Enforcement, Joshua C. Collins

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Sustainable Public Pension System for Florida Local Governments: Financial Solvency, Paradigm Switch, and Interperiod Equity, Yongqing Cong

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The Effect of a Multi-Component Consultation Intervention on the Pragmatic Language Skills of Students with Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Brittney M. Cooper

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The Efficacy of San Lazaro and His Manifestations: Divine Mediators of Health Within Miami's Cuban-American Santeria Community., Marisol Cribeiro

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A State and Territorial Survey Regarding Utilization of Environmental Health Shelter Assessments during Disasters, and a Secondary Analysis of Available Shelter Assessment Data, Miguel A. Cruz

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Life Is Good-If But Briefly, Tim P. Curtis

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Variable Speed Limit Strategies to Reduce the Impacts of Traffic Flow Breakdown at Recurrent Freeway Bottlenecks, Ali Darroudi

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Three Essays on the Economics of Defense Contracting, Output and Income Inequality, Edward M. DeCambra

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Exploring the Use of Everglades Agricultural Area Canal Water as Base Medium for the Mass Production of Algae for Biofuels, Nina N. De la Rosa

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Reanalysis of the 1954-1963 Atlantic Hurricane Seasons, Sandy Delgado

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The Lines We Crossed, Jane Deon

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The Response to an ESL Population Boom in the Beaufort County, South Carolina School System: A Case Study, Amanda G. de Varona

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The Ecology and Economics of Seagrass Community Structure, Bryan Dewsbury

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Analysis of Kepler Active Galactic Nuclei Using A Revised Kirk, Rieger, Mastichiadis (1998) Model, Sarah M. Dhalla

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Canopy Gaps as Foci of Succession in a Florida Keys Tropical Hardwood Forest, Joshua M. Diamond

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A Multi-core Testbed on Desktop Computer for Research on Power/Thermal Aware Resource Management, Ashley Dierivot

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Three Essays on Taxation, Growth and Consumption, Yi Ding

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Development of a Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Method for the Detection of Benzodiazepines in Urine, Erika L. Doctor

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What Does Board Capital Really Bring to the Table? Exploring the Effect of Directors’ Human and Social Capital on Effective Governance During International Expansion, Whitney G. Douglas Fernandez

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Personnel Selection, Safety Performance, and Job Performance: Are Safe Workers Better Workers?, Erica N. Drew

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Enhanced Anchorage of Tissue-Engineered Cartilage Using an Osteoinductive Approach, Rupak Dua

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Establishing a Baseline Measurement of Intercultural Competence of Ukrainian Faculty: Setting the Stage for Domestic and Global Intercultural Understanding, Iryna Dzhuryak

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Spatial Articulations of Race, Desire, and Belonging in Western North Carolina, LaToya Eaves

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Socio-ecological Vulnerability to Climate Change in South Florida, Emily Eisenhauer

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Foundations of Quantitative Information Flow: Channels, Cascades, and the Information Order, Barbara Espinoza Becerra

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Real-Time Scheduling of Embedded Applications on Multi-Core Platforms, Ming Fan

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Odú in Motion: Afro-Cuban Orisha Hermeneutics and Embodied Scholarship, Life Reflections of a Lukumí Priest, Alexander Fernandez

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Household Preferences for Financing Hurricane Risk Mitigation: A Survey Based Empirical Analysis, Damon Fitzgerald

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A Scalable Multimedia Content Processing Framework with Application to TV Shopping, Fausto C. Fleites

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Influence of Gender and Life Stressors on Longitudinal Depression Treatment Outcomes Among Older Primary Care Patients, Karen Fortuna

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Development of Advanced Capillary Electrophoresis Techniques with UV and Mass Spectrometry Detection for Forensic, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Applications, Hanzhuo Fu

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Simply Genre Films: Extracting “King Lear” from “House of Strangers” and “Broken Lance", Sophia G. I. Funk

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Novel Insights into the Mechanisms of Regulation of Tyrosine Kinase Receptors by Ras Interference 1, Adriana Galvis

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An Institutional, Socio-economic, and Legal Analysis of Fisheries Co-management and Regulation in the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica, Alejandro J. Garcia Lozano

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The Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status, Course Delivery Method, and Student Success at a State College: A Single Institution Analysis, Rolando Garcia

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China's Military Modernization, Japan's Normalization and its Effects on the South China Sea Territorial Disputes, Zenel Garcia

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Linear and Nonlinear Motion of a Barotropic Vortex, Israel Gonzalez

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Anti-Romance: How William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” Informed John Keats’s “Lamia”, Shelly S. Gonzalez