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

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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

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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

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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