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

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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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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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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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Mosquito Larvicides from Cyanobacteria, Gerald A. Berry

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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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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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Democracy Promotion and Turkey, Bilal Ciplak

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

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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 Ecology and Economics of Seagrass Community Structure, Bryan Dewsbury

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

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Three Essays on Taxation, Growth and Consumption, Yi Ding

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

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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

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Essays on Migration: Nexus with Policy, Trade, and Development, Michael Good

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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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Stakeholder Perceptions and Preferences for Coral Reef Restoration and Sustainable Resource Management, James Wilkinson Harper

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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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Does the Pareto Distribution of Hurricane Damage Inherit its Fat Tail from a Zipf Distribution of Assets at Hazard?, Javiera I. 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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Next Generation of Recommender Systems: Algorithms and Applications, Lei 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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Identity, Purpose, and Well-Being Among Emerging Adult Hispanic Women, Vanessa L. Madrazo

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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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Adaptation Preferences and Responses to Sea Level Rise and Land Loss Risk in Southern Louisiana: a Survey-based Analysis, Sandra Maina

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Ritual Performance of the Santo Daime Church in Miami: Co-constructive Selves in the Midst of Impediments to Local Acculturation, Alfonso Matas

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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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Modeling of a Heat-Induced Buckling of Plates Using the Mesh-free Method, Humberto Mejia

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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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Racialized Sexualities within the Romance Tour Industry: the Influence of Affect and Emotion Upon Transnational Hierarchies of Desire, Julia H. Meszaros

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

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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A Middleware to Support Services Delivery in a Domain-Specific Virtual Machine, Karl A. Morris

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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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Environmental Performance of Multinationals: A Comparative Study Based On Climate Change Strategy, Santhosh Narayanan

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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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A Novel Method for Rapid and Selective Extraction of Male DNA from Rape Kits using Alkaline Lysis and Pressure Cycling Technology (PCT), Deepthi V. Nori

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Connectivity of fragmented amphibian populations in a Neotropical landscape, Aaron J. Nowakowski

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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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The Relation of Steroid Hormones and Personality Factors to Financial Performance and Risk-Taking Behavior, Fernando M. Patterson

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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