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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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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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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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Visitations: A Novel, Joseph Anderson

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

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

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

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The Lines We Crossed, Jane Deon

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The Ecology and Economics of Seagrass Community Structure, Bryan Dewsbury

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

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

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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

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Comprehending Performance of Cross-Frames in Skewed Straight Steel I-Girder Bridges, Jawad H. Gull

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A Visual Critical Ethnography Of Youth Development In A Rio de Janeiro Favela, Bryn E. Hafemeister Ed.D.

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Analyzing Invasion Success of the Mayan Cichlid (Cichlasoma urophthalmus; Günther) in Southern Florida, Elizabeth Harrison

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Bleaching To Reach: Skin Bleaching as a Performance of Embodied Resistance in Jamaican Dancehall Culture, Treviene A. Harris

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Cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety disorders in youth: Treatment specificity and mediation effects, Ileana Hernandez

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Maternal-Fetal Attachment and Health Behaviors among Women with HIV/AIDS, Julieta P. Hernandez

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Elevated Progesterone In Yolk As a Moderator of Prenatal and Postnatal Auditory Learning in Bobwhite Quail, Joshua A. hERRINGTON

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The Effects of Resilience and Social Influences on Preventing Repeat Adolescent Pregnancies in Parenting Adolescent Mothers, Nola A. Holness

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Influence of Chemical Composition and Water on the Bulk Modulus of Pyrope, Shu Huang

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Images and Perceptions of Muslims and Arabs in Korean Popular Culture and Society, Maria M. Jamass

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Harlemites, Haitians and the Black International: 1915-1934, Felix Jean-Louis III

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A Geochemical Study of Crustal Plutonic Rocks from the Southern Mariana Trench Forearc: Relationship to Volcanic Rocks Erupted during Subduction Initiation, Julie A. Johnson

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Haiti, 1965 - A Novel, Fabienne Sylvia Josaphat

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Anthropogenic Disturbances in Estuarine Ecosystems: The Effects of Altered Freshwater Inflow, Introduction of Invasive Species, and Habitat Alteration in the Loxahatchee River, FL, Zachary R. Jud

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Synthesis and Characterization of Thermoelectric Nanomaterials, Kamal Kadel

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Understanding rapport-building in investigative interviews: Does rapport's effect on witness memory and suggestibility depend on the interviewer?, Jenna M. Kieckhaefer

Environmental Influences on Bacterio-phytoplanktonic Coupling and Bacterial Growth Efficiency in a Sub-tropical Estuary, Rachel Kotkowski

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Ecohydrology, Evapotranspiration and Hydrogeochemistry of Carbonate Mangrove Wetlands, David Lagomasino

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Mechanisms of Diatom Assembly in a Hydrologically-Managed Subtropical Wetland, Sylvia S. Lee

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Mining the Online Social Network Data: Influence, Summarization, and Organization, Jingxuan Li

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Background Traffic Modeling for Large-Scale Network Simulation, Ting Li

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Loose Ends, Julio Machado

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Exploring The Development of Social Responses in Children with Callous and Unemotional Traits: An Examination of The Impact of Hypothesized Reinforcing and Aversive Stimuli, Andre Maharaj

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Environmental and Individual Factors Shaping the Habitat Use and Trophic Interactions of Juvenile Bull Sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) in a Subtropical Estuary, Philip Matich

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Time Trends and Predictors of Initiation for Cigarette and Waterpipe Smoking Among Jordanian School Children: Irbid, 2008-2011, Karma L. McKelvey PhD

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Ethnic and American Identity Development: A Developmental Systems Approach, Alan Meca

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Effect of Aquafeed on Productivity of Red Amaranth and on Water Quality under Aquaponic Cultivation, Miles D. Medina

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A New method for Testing Normality based upon a Characterization of the Normal Distribution, Davayne A. Melbourne

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Two-Bit Pattern Analysis For Quantitative Information Flow, Ziyuan Meng

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Life in the Penit: Framing and Performing Miami's Graffiti Subculture, Victor M. Merida

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Auto-antigenic Properties of the Spliceosome as a Molecular Tool for Diagnosing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Patients, Annia Mesa

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The Efficacy of an Interactive Computer System for Teaching Developmental Mathematics to College Students, Jeffrey Miranda

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Sizing Up Miami: A Multilevel Analysis of The Discourses and Politics of Obesity, Nicole Mixson-Perez

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Investigation of Escape and Negative Student Behaviors Related to Florida State High Stakes Test Preparation in Miami-Dade County Public High Schools, having been approved in respect to style and intellectual content, is referred to you for judgment, Ilia Molina

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Mother and their Children: Harry Potter and Melanie Klein, Kristina Mur

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High Pressure and Low Temperature Study of Ammonia Borane and Lithium Amidoborane, Shah Najiba

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Synthesis and Electron Emission Properties of Aligned Carbon Nanotube Arrays, Suman Neupane

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Crossing Boundaries to Education: Haitian Transnational Families and the Quest to Raise the Family Up, Tekla Nicholas

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Distribution Fits for Various Parameters in the Hurricane Model, Victoria Oxenyuk

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Post-College Transition: A Study of Evangelical Spirituality in Emerging Adulthood, Katharine R. Pals

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Analysis of Land Use Change as a Method of Predicting Water Demands in an Urbanizing Environment: Redland, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Shiva Pokharel

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Design and Synthesis of 4-N-Alkanoyl and 4-N-Alkyl Gemcitabine Analogues Suitable for Positron Emission Tomography, Jesse E. Pulido

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Does U.S. Counter-drug Policy Affect Nationalism in the Anglophone Caribbean? A Comparative Study on the Impact of Counter-drug Policy on Nationalism in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, Krystel Ramdathsingh

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The Ashram of Swami Jyotirmayananda: Examining Authority, Transmission and Identity within the Guru and Disciple Relationship, Priyanka Ramlakhan

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Structural Flexibility and Oxygen Diffusion Pathways in Monomeric Fluorescent Proteins, Chola K. Regmi

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Proton Form Factor Puzzle and the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer(CLAS) Two-Photon Exchange Experiment, Dipak Rimal

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Two Adaptation Mechanisms Regulate Cellular Migration in Dictyostelium discouideum, Marbelys Rodriguez

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The Progressive Catholic Church in Brazil, 1964-1972: The Official American View, Sigifredo Romero

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Obesity, Cardiovascular Risk Factors, and Weight Loss in a Population of Adult Mexican Americans, Janisse Rosario

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OPEC and the International System: A Political History of Decisions and Behavior, Reza Sanati

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Paleoenvironments and Geochemical Signals from the Late Barremian to the Middle Aptian in a Tethyan Marginal Basin, Northeast Spain: Implications for Carbon Sequestration in Restricted Basins, Yosmel Sanchez Hernandez Mr.

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Characterization of Rhizobial Diversity and Relationship of Rhizobial Partner and Legume Performance in Four South Florida Pine Rockland Soils, Vanessa Sánchez

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Investigating the Role of a Less Uranium Tolerant Strain, Isolated from the Hanford Site Soil, on Uranium Interaction in Polyphosphate Remediation Technology, Paola Sepulveda Medina

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Advanced Methodologies in Dynamic Traffic Assignment Modeling of Managed Lanes, Shaghayegh Shabanian

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The Impacts of Fisheries Management on the Performance and Resiliency of the Commercial Fishing Industry and Fishing Communities in the Florida Keys (Monroe County, Florida) from 1950-2010, Manoj Shivlani

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U.S. Construction Worker Fall Accidents: Their Causes And Influential Factors, Sohaib Siddiqui

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Dear Little Me: A Response to My Former Self, Carly Steele

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Speciation, Metabolism, Toxicity, and Protein-binding of Different Arsenic Species in Human Cells, Szabina A. Stice

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Grey Slate, Brittany R. Szabo

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Jesus as the Son of Man in Mark, Andres A. Tejada-Lalinde

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Spatio-temporal Analysis of Chilling Events in Mangrove Forests of South Florida, Bina Thapa

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Covalent Protein Adduction of Nitrogen Mustards and Related Compounds, Vanessa R. Thompson

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Con la Mocha al Cuello: The Emergence and Negotiation of Afro-Chinese Religion in Cuba, Martin Tsang

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The Relationship between Selected Standardized Test Scores and Performance in Advanced Placement Math and Science Exams: Analyzing the Differential Effectiveness of Scores for Course Identification and Placement, Josue N. Urbina

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Investigating Miami English-Spanish Bilinguals' Treatment of English Deictic Verbs of Motion, Erica Verde

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Rethinking the National Question: Anti-Statist Discourses within the Kurdish National Movement, Ozum Yesiltas

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Effects of Increased Levels of Prenatal Mesotocin on Postnatal Individual Recognition and Stress Responsiveness in Northern bobwhite quail (Colinus Virginianus), Brittany Yusko

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Mechanisms Governing the Eyewall Replacement Cycle in Numerical Simulations of Tropical Cyclones, zhenduo zhu

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Hegel's Critique of Contingency in Kant's Principle of Teleology, Kimberly Zwez

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Three Essays on Market Depth in Futures Markets, Alexandre Aidov