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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corrosion Behavior of Steel in Deficient Grout with Enhanced Sulfate Ion Concentrations, Krishna Vigneshwaran Konda Krishnamurthy

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Firm Foundation: Rebuilding the Early Modern State in Lima, Peru after the Earthquake of 1687, Judith M. Mansilla

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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Confronts the Death of the Author, Justin Philip Mayerchak

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Responses of Four Non-tidal Forest Communities of the Florida Everglades to Hurricane Impact over 21 Years, Jeremy L. May

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Analysis and Modeling of Advanced Power Control and Protection Requirements for Integrating Renewable Energy Sources in Smart Grid,, Amirhasan Moghadasiriseh

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An Optical Design Configuration for Wireless Data Transmission, Seyed Mohammad Amin Motahari Bidgoli

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The Tensions of Karma and Ahimsa: Jain Ethics, Capitalism, and Slow Violence, Anthony Paz

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On the Role of the Pore Water Chemistry of Deficient Post-Tension Grout to Promote Steel Corrosion, Samanbar Permeh

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Neogene Changes in Caribbean Paleoproductivity and the Diversity and Paleobiogeography of Deep-sea Benthic Foraminifera, Crystal Pletka

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The GlueX Start Counter & Beam Asymmetry $\Sigma$ in Single $\pi^{0}$ Photoproduction, Eric J. Pooser

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Characterization of Homogenized Mechanical Properties of Porous Ceramic Materials Based on Their Realistic Microstructure, Siavash Rastkar

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Social and Economic Factors Influencing Japanese Women's Decision about Childbearing in Post-Bubble Japan, Rebecca L. Richko

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The Impact of Decentralization and New Intergovernmental Relations on Public Service Delivery: A Comparative Analysis of Colombia and Paraguay, Cristina A. Rodriguez-Acosta

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The Relationship of the Parental Involvement of Latino Immigrant Parents of Middle School Students and Student Academic Achievement, Cory R. Rodriguez

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Physical and Chemical Characterization of Crude Oil-Water Mixtures: Understanding the Effects of Interfacial Process to Chemical Bioavailability, Kathia a. Sandoval

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The Opposition to Latin American Liberation Theology and the Transformation of Christianity, 1960-1990, Sonia M. Scheuren Acevedo

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Controls on Benthic Microbial Community Structure and Assembly in a Karstic Coastal Wetland, Nicholas O. Schulte

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The Individual and Interactive Effects of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Enrichment on Coral Reefs, Andrew A. Shantz

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Turn Me On or Off: A Study On Epigenetics and Merleau-Ponty in Angela Carter’s “The Lady of the House of Love”, Solsiree Lynn Skarlinsky

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Lifestyle and Biological Risk Factors for Liver Fibrosis in the Miami Adult Studies on HIV (MASH) Cohort: An HIV Infected and HIV/HCV Co-infected Population, Tiffanie S. Stewart

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

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

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

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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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Storage Management of Data-intensive Computing Systems, Yiqi Xu

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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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An Integrated Framework for Patent Analysis and Mining, longhui zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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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 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