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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Unrefined Humic Substances as a Potential Low-cost Remediation Method for Groundwater Contaminated with Uranium in Acidic Conditions, Hansell Gonzalez Raymat

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HIV Knowledge, Attitudes, and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Women from Trinidad, Rosemarie Graczkowski

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Superoxide Dismutase C Modulates Macropinocytosis and Phagocytosis in Dictyostelium Discoideum, Cong Gu

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User-Centric Privacy Preservation in Mobile and Location-Aware Applications, Mingming Guo

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Self-Referential Features in Sacred Texts, Donald Haase

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Secure Large Scale Penetration of Electric Vehicles in the Power Grid, Abla Hariri

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Understanding the Organizational Factors that Impact Police-Community Relations, Andrea Marie Headley

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An Instructional Strategy with Simulations Used to Increase Statistical Literacy among Students in a Hispanic Serving Institution, Eric O. Hernandez

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Public Service Values and Disparate Performance: The Case of Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, Melissa Gomez Hernandez

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The Use of Elemental Databases in Forensic Science: Studies on Vehicle Glass Interpretation and Milk Powder Provenancing, Tricia Marie Hoffman

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Resource Nationalism and Energy Integration in Latin America: The Paradox of Populism, Brian Hollingsworth

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Essays on Trade and Growth, Yulin Hou

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PATTERNS OF CARBON METABOLISM, STORAGE, AND REMINERALIZATION IN SEAGRASS ECOSYSTEMS, Jason Lee Howard

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Modulating Adipogenesis: Key Role of Ras-related Protein Rab5 and its Effectors, Yongjun Huang

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Queering The Clown Prince of Crime: A Look at Queer Stereotypes as Signifiers In DC Comics’ The Joker, Zina Hutton

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Three Essays on Financial Statement Comparability, MOHAMMAD NAZRUL ISLAM

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Seeking Friends With Benefits In A Tourism-Based Sexual Economy: Interrogating The Gambian Sexscape, Mariama jaiteh

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Multivariate Analysis for the Quantification of Transdermal Volatile Organic Compounds in Humans by Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell System, Ahmed Hasnain Jalal

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Connectivity Analysis of Electroencephalograms in Epilepsy, Panuwat Janwattanapong

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Cervical Infection with high risk Human Papillomavirus Anogenital Subtypes in Indigenous Women in Alta and Baja Vera Paz Guatemala, Anne Jeffries

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Three Essays on the Behavioral Responses to Coastal Hazards and Vulnerability, Fan Jiang

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An Exploration of Names in Social and Professional Settings for Persons with Ethnically Identifying Names, Paige Whitney Johnson

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Search for Supersymmetry in Proton-Proton Collisions at 13 TeV with the CMS Detector using Identified Top Quarks, Yagya R. Joshi

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Facing the Rising Tide: How Local Governments in the United States Collaborate to Adapt to Sea Level Rise, Vaiva Kalesnikaite

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Impact of a Lifestyle Modification Intervention on Health Behaviors and Health Outcomes in a Mexican American population: A Mixed-methods Study, Ramandeep Kaur

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The Effect of Institutional Dimensions and Cultural Dimensions on the Level of Entrepreneurial Activity Across Countries, Jung Hoon Kim

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The Influence of Perceived Psychological Contract Violations on Expatriate Attitudes: The Moderating Role of Individual, Organizational, and National Factors, Kowoon Kim

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The Effect of Uncertain and Weak Modal Words in 10-K Filings on Analyst Forecast Attributes, Myung Sub Kim

Born in the U.S.A. / Made in the G.D.R.: Anglo-American Popular Music and the Westernization of a Communist Record Market, Sven Kube

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Investigating the Role of the Proximal Cysteine Hydrogen Bonding Network and Distal Pocket in Chloroperoxidase, Elwood Kwong Lam

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Longitudinal Effects of Peer, School, and Parenting Contexts on Substance Use Initiation in Middle School Adolescence, Barry Allen Ladis

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Plant Pedagogies, Salmon Nation, and Fire: Settler Colonial Food Utopias and the (Un)Making of Human-Land Relationships in Coast Salish Territories, Janna L. Lafferty

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HIV Tat and Morphine-induced Neurodegeneration in a Beclin 1 Hemizygous Mouse Model, Jessica A. Lapierre

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Characterization of the Uranium-Bearing Phases Produced by Novel Remediation Technologies for Sequestration of Mobile Radiological Contaminants in the Hanford 200 Area Vadose Zone, Robert Michael Lapierre

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Rip Current Generation, Flow Characteristics and Implications for Beach Safety in South Florida, Stephen B. Leatherman

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The Era of Global Risk Premia, Derek-Dion D. Lee

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The Real Snowbirds of South Florida: Using Citizen Science to Assess the Ranges of South Florida's Overwintering Birdsh, Alexander V. Levine

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Multimodal Imaging for Enhanced Diagnosis and for Assessing Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, Chunfei Li

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Two Ways of Burning a Cotton Field, David James Lindstrom

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How Does the Nature of Accounting Standards Affect Audit Quality and Earnings Attributes?, Ran Ling

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Linking Husbandry and Behavior to Enhance Amphibian Reintroduction Success, Luke Jack Linhoff

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Novel Strongly Coupled Magnetic Resonant Systems, Daerhan Liu

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Origami Antennas for Novel Reconfigurable Communication Systems, Xueli Liu

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Low Cost Scanning Arrays, Matilda Gabriela Livadaru

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A Neuroimaging Web Interface for Data Acquisition, Processing and Visualization of Multimodal Brain Images, Gabriel M. Lizarraga

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Special and General Education Teachers’ Assessment of Their Participation in a Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Program, Alexandre Lopes

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Mapping of the Chromium and Iron Pyrazolate Landscape, Jessica Maria Lopez

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Ambient Light: Essays on Marriage, Motherhood, and Mental Health, Bonnie Losak

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Inheriting Illegality: Race, Statelessness, and Dominico-Haitian Activism in the Dominican Republic, Jacqueline Lyon

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A Phenomenological Exploration of the Non-Academic Factors that Cuban Female Non-Native English Speakers Perceived to have been Principal Influences on their Successful Attainment of a Baccalaureate Degree in the U.S., Nelson Magana

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QCD Process in Few Nucleon Systems, Dhiraj Maheswari

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Britain Can Take It: Civil Defense and Chemical Warfare in Great Britain, 1915-1945, Jordan I. Malfoy

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Understanding the Functional Group-dependent Self-assembly and Cellular Entry of Cationic Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles, Prakash Manandhar

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The Sacred Space and Religious Identity among Yezidis: Accounting for the Lived Experiences of Internally Displaced Persons in Northern Iraq, Katerina Mangini

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Elemental Analysis of Adhesive Tapes by Laser-Based Methods, Claudia Martinez Lopez

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Election Administration within the Sphere of Politics: How Bureaucracy Can Facilitate Democracy with Policy Decisions, Nicholas S. Martinez

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Experimental Investigation of Wind-induced Response of Span-wire Traffic Signal Systems, Manuel A. Matus Mr.

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Traffic-Aware Deployment of Interdependent NFV Middleboxes in Software-Defined Networks, Wenrui Ma

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Diatoms as tools for inferring changing environmental gradients in coastal, freshwater wetlands threatened by saltwater intrusion, Viviana Mazzei

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Examining Students' Representation Choices in University Modeling Instruction, Daryl McPadden

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Chiyo-ni and Yukinobu: History and Recognition of Japanese Women Artists, Kara N. Medema

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Negotiating Self: An Exploration of Women's Perceptions of Their Feminist and Submissive Identities, Carolyn Meeker

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For Those About to Rock: Gender Codes in the Rock Music Video Games Rock Band and Rocksmith, Elisa M. Melendez

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Design Optimization of Inductive Power Transfer Systems for Contactless Electric Vehicle Charging Applications, Masood Moghaddami

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Conformational Dynamics of Biomolecules by Trapped Ion Mobility Spectrometry Dynamics, Juan Camilo Molano-Arévalo

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Investigating Scale Effects on Analytical Methods of Predicting Peak Wind Loads on Buildings, Mohammadtaghi Moravej

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Engineering Colonialism: Race, Class, and the Social History of Flood Control in Guyana, Joshua Mullenite

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Vietnamese Teachers’ Perspectives Regarding Task-based Approach to Vocabulary Instruction in Secondary School English as a Foreign Language Classrooms, Dung Thi Thuy Nguyen

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Task-based Language Teaching versus Present, Practice, Produce: Efficacy in Language Learning and Assessment, Majeed Noroozi

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The Development of Spatial Vocabulary, Rosalie Odean

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The Development and Initial Validation of a Self-Assessment for Global Leadership Competencies, Sabrena A. O'Keefe

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Hand Motion Tracking System using Inertial Measurement Units and Infrared Cameras, Nonnarit O-larnnithipong

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Habitat Use of Three Abundant Predatory Fish Species in the Freshwater Marshes of the Florida Everglades, Alex T. Ontkos

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Novel Role of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa LptD Operon, Sundar Pandey

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Epigenetic Mechanisms Regulating the Functional Effects of Chronic Alcohol Exposure of Human Monocyte-derived Dendritic Cells, Tiyash Parira

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Spectrum Sharing, Latency, and Security in 5G Networks with Application to IoT and Smart Grid, Imtiaz Parvez

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Thin Film Based Biosensors for Point of Care Diagnosis of Cortisol, Syed Khalid Pasha

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Sab Concentration Determines the Chemotherapeutic Efficacy in Gynecological Cancer, Iru Paudel

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Three Essays on Managing Extreme Weather Events and Climatic Shocks in Developing and Developed Countries, Md Tanvir Pavel

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Shades of Liberalism: Lawyers and Social, Political and Legal Transformations in Nineteenth Century Cuba, Ricardo Pelegrin Taboada

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Exposure to Estrogenic Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Brain Health, Mark Preciados

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Material Girls: Consumption and the Making of Middle Class Identity in the Experiences of Black Single Mothers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, Aysha L. Preston Ph.D.

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Evaluation of a Brief Intervention to Improve Human Papillomavirus-Related Awareness, Knowledge, and Attitudes Among Ethnically and Sexually Diverse College Students, Sharice M. Preston

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Monstrous Maternity: Folkloric Expressions of the Feminine in Images of the Ubume, Michaela Leah Prostak

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A Model for the Association Between Attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder and obesity: effects of physical activity, Sedentary Behavior, Gender, and Medication, Danielle Quesada

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Search Rank Fraud Prevention in Online Systems, Md Mizanur Rahman

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Short Selling: Implications for Corporate Governance and Capital Structure, Mohammad Anisur Rahman

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Improved Methods for Network Screening and Countermeasure Selection for Highway Improvements, Md Asif Raihan

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Brain Connectivity Networks for the Study of Nonlinear Dynamics and Phase Synchrony in Epilepsy, Hoda Rajaei

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Interior Damage of Residential Building Due to Wind-Driven Rain Intrusion, Farzaneh Raji

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Decipher Mechanisms by which Nuclear Respiratory Factor One (NRF1) Coordinates Changes in the Transcriptional and Chromatin Landscape Affecting Development and Progression of Invasive Breast Cancer, Jairo Ramos

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The Investigation of Photocatalytic and Adsorptive Properties of Humic Acid Grafted Magnetite Nanoparticles for the Remediation of Arsenic, Selenium and Phosphorous from Water, Mohammad Mamunur Rashid

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Survival at the Summits: Amphibian Responses to Thermal Extremes, Disease, and Rapid Climate Change in the High Tropical Andes, Kelsey E. Reider

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Augmented Terrain-Based Navigation to Enable Persistent Autonomy for Underwater Vehicles in GPS-Denied Environments, Gregory M. Reis

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Trinucleotide Repeat Instability Modulated by DNA Repair Enzymes and Cofactors, Yaou Ren

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Study on Strut and Node Behavior in Strut-and-Tie Modeling, Nazanin Rezaei

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Cross-sectional Predictors of HIV Risk among Latino Migrant Workers, Ailin Rodriguez

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Three Essays in International Finance, Iván Marcelo Rodríguez Jr

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Perceptions of Leadership and Climate in the Stressor-Strain Process: Influences on Employee Appraisals and Reactions, José F. Rodríguez

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Synthesis and Characterization of Fe8-based Materials as Electron Acceptors for Solar Energy Applications, Alan J. Rodriguez-Santiago