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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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We're Here, We Exist: An Exploration of how Second-Generation Afro-Caribbean College Women Make Meaning of their Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, Emmanuela P. Stanislaus

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Alive and Possibly Dangerous, Lillian C. Starr

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Beyond Predation: How Do Consumers Mediate Bottom-up Processes in Ecosystems?, Bradley Austin Strickland

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Long-Term and Seasonal Drivers of Phytoplankton Assembly in a Subtropical Monomictic Lake, Kristy Lee Sullivan

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A Structural Equation Model Analysis of Computing Identity Sub-Constructs and Student Academic Persistence, Mohsen Taheri

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Innovation Diffusion Theory and Social Embeddedness - A New Perspective, Xuan Tan

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Data Analytic Approach to Support the Activation of Special Signal Timing Plans in Response to Congestion, Mosammat Tahnin Tariq

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Structural Health Monitoring of Pipelines in Radioactive Environments Through Acoustic Sensing and Machine Learning, Michael Thompson

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Representative Bureaucracy in Government Contracting: Examining Supplier Diversity Policy Implementation, Evelyn Trammell

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Investigating Educational Disparities in Belize: A Quantitative Study on the Impact of Student-Level Sociocultural Factors on Academic Achievement Among High School Seniors Across Belize, Aisha Usher

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Scalable Profiling and Visualization for Characterizing Microbiomes, Camilo Valdes

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Much Ado About Contemporary Women: Gender Adapted in Contemporary Settings, Jessica C. Valdes

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Colonial Possessions: Producing the Zombie in Erna Brodber's Myal, Joanna Lee Valdes

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Retrofitting and Rehabilitation of Bridge Components subjected to Predominantly Flexural Load using Thin UHPC shell, alireza valikhani

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Exploration of the Role of Microbiome Structure, Metabolism, and Modification in Black Band Disease Etiology, Patricia Waikel

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Examining the Effects of LMX Differentiation and Leaders' Relationships with Key Members on Teams: A Social Networks Approach, Chen Wang

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Nanoelectronic Applications of Magnetoelectric Nanostructures, Ping Wang

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The Promise and (Im)Possibility of the Debt-Free Student: A Qualitative Analysis, Michael W. Ward

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Neoliberalism and Monopoly in the Motion Picture Industry, Michael S. Wartenbe

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Laboratory and Epidemiological Characteristics of Zika Virus Infections in Florida, Stephen L. White

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Support Efficient, Scalable, and Online Social Spam Detection in System, Hailu Xu

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Microphysical-Dynamical Interaction in Tropical Cyclone Intensification, Zongyao Yang

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Cross Section Measurements of Deuteron Electro-Disintegration at Very High Recoil Momenta and Large 4-Momentum Transfers (Q2), Carlos Yero

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Statistical Modeling of Private Sector Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction Data, Wupeng Yin

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Elementary School Children's Perspective of Interactive Activities in English Class in China, Yaqing Yu

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Male Offenders Perspectives on Contextual and Proximal Events associated with Incidents of Domestic Violence, Sharon M. Aaron

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Examination of Black Men's Perceptions Of Personal Finance And Lived Experiences Developing Financial Literacy and Building Financial Capability Through The Lens of Institutional Racism, Jonathan B. Abdullah

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Silenced Bodies: (En)Gendering Syrian Refugee Insecurity in Lebanon, Jessy Abouarab

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Auditing Quality: A Critical Exploration of Faculty Members' Experiences with Quality Matters, Matthew M. Acevedo

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Negotiating with Patriarchy: Women, Sexuality, and Power in Yoruba Sacred Oral Genres., Ajoke Adebisi

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Lithium-Ion Hybrid Capacitor Devices: Towards High-Performance Electrochemical Capacitive Energy Storage, Ebenezer Dotun Adelowo

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Synergistic Activation of Inspiratory Muscles by an Adaptive Closed-loop Controller, Rabeya Zinnat Adury

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I am a Monster: An Exploration of the Self through Examination of Fragmented Identity or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Becomes a Guide for Self-Reflection, Sherri A. Ahern

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Computational Analysis of Large-Scale Trends and Dynamics in Eukaryotic Protein Family Evolution, Joseph Boehm Ahrens

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Development of DNA Methylation Markers to Infer Age, Smoking Status and Body Fluid Types for Forensic Application, Hussain J.H. Alghanim

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The Effect of Methylphenidate on Associative Learning Among Youth with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Amy R. Altszuler

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Essays on International Macroeconomics and Monetary Policy, Renzo M. Alvarez Oyola

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Fighting Rebellion, Criminalizing Dissent: Governmental Responses to Political Criminality in Mexico and Colombia, 1870s - 1910s, Adrian Alzate Garcia

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Making History: The Sephardi Jewish Orphans of Sao-Tome and the African -American Appropriation of their Story, Arinze D. Amanfo

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Taking Matters into Your Own Hands: Self-Help and Black Firearm Crime, Candice Denise Ammons Blanfort

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Apparent Magnitude, Diana Anaya

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Project Performance Rating Model and IPD Implementation Guideline Metric for Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Projects, Elie G. Andary

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Elaborating the Causes and Consequences of Unstructured Socializing with Peers: A Consideration of Mediating, Reciprocal, and Nonlinear Effects, Robert Archer

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Sensor-Based Adaptive Control and Optimization of Lower-Limb Prosthesis., Roozbeh Atri

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Understanding the Motivations and Pathways of Women and Girls' Involvement in Terrorism in Nigeria, Peculiar M. Awa

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Consequences of Non-physiological Ligands Binding to DREAM on Its Secondary and Tertiary Structures and Interactions with Intracellular Partners., Samiol Azam

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Image-based Authentication, Mozhgan Azimpourkivi

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Freeway Performance Measurement in a Connected Vehicle Environment Utilizing Traffic Disturbance Metrics, Leila Azizi

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The Cybercrime Triangle, Sinchul Back

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Context-Aware Personalized Point-of-Interest Recommendation System, Ramesh Raj Baral

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Japan’s Relations with Muslim Asia: Trans-Continental Normativity and Policy, B. Bryan Barber IV

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Migration, Youth, and Nationhood: Reproducing the Racial State in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maria V. Barbero

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An Examination of Cuban-American Social Studies Teachers' Cultural Consciousness Relative To Their Identity, Educational Beliefs, And Curricular Decisions: A Critical Latino Theoretical Perspective, Victor Barrios

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Transnational Sex-Positive Play Parties: The Sexual Politics of Care for Community-Making at a Kinky Salon, Christina Bazzaroni

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Drug Policy in an Era of Normative Change: Prohibition and Harm Reduction in Uruguay, Ecuador, and Peru, Nicolas A. Beckmann

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The Influence of Maternally Regulated Prenatal Sensory Experience on Postnatal Motor Coordination in Neonatal Bobwhite Quail, Starlie C. Belnap

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Algorithms and Circuits for Analog-Digital Hybrid Multibeam Arrays, Paboda Viduneth A. Beruwawela Pathiranage

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Decoding Geometric Origin of Geomechanical Properties, Sumana Bhattacharya

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A Computational Approach for Modeling Plasma Sprayed Coatings from Splat to Bulk Deposits, Sadhana Bhusal

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Stable Isotope Analysis of Japan Sea and East China Sea Sediments: Late Pleistocene Paleoceanographic Reconstructions, Heather Dawn Black

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Offset Electrodes for Enhanced Neural Recording in Microchannels, iian Black

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Enforcer Blues, Jessica Borsi

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Essays on Economic Valuation of Water Resources, Christina Estela Brown

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Taking Apart the Time Machine: Investigating Space-for-Time Substitution Modeling in the Florida Everglades, Theresa Kelly Brown

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Boron Nitride Nanotube Reinforced Titanium Composite with Controlled Interfacial Reactions by Spark Plasma Sintering, Jenniffer Bustillos

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Characterizing Elasmobranch Species Diversity, Occurrence and Catches in Small-Scale Fisheries of the Caribbean, Camila Caceres

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Evolutionary Genetics of the Genus Zamia (Zamiaceae, Cycadales), Michael Calonje

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Augkit: an Augmented Drum Set System Designed for Live Performance, Mario A. Carvajal

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Topological Markers for Subcellular Chemical Mapping using TOF-SIMS, Anthony Castellanos

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Identity Formation and the Stranger in William Shakespeare's Othello and The Merchant of Venice, Rodney Castillo

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Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education Insitutions who Participate in Study Tours: A Qualitative Study, Michelle M. Castro

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Cost Benefit Analysis of Restocking the Threatened Caribbean Staghorn Coral on the Florida Reef Tract, Kevin Cavasos

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Development of Microfluidic Paper-Based Analytical Devices for the Detection of Low Explosives, Kathryn R. Chabaud

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How Effective Are Current International Laws in Combating Issues of Global Cyber Security?, Jessica E. Chadwick Cordero

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Assessment of Watersheds for Sustainable Agriculture in Karnataka, India, Nicholas Adam Charles

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Measuring Collagen Arrangement and Its Relationship with Preterm Birth using Mueller Matrix Polarimetry, Joseph James Chue-Sang

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An Analysis of Performance-Based Funding Measures in Florida, Madelyn Cintron

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Love from the Machine: Technosexualities and the Desire for Machinic Bodies, Ann-Renee Clark

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Persistence among Emerging Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury in Postsecondary Settings, Ardith A. Clayton-Wright

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Examining the Cultural Intelligence and Perceptions of Educational Decision-Makers: Factors that Relate to Decision-Making for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students who may have Disabilities, Annela Costa

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Development of a Transfer of Training Measure for Law Enforcement, Daniel Costa

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Numerical Simulation of Flushing Deposits in Pipelines, Joseph S. Coverston

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Poly-strengths Skill Building for Urban Teens at High-risk for Violence Exposure: Leveraging Community After-school Programs to Promote Youth, Kelly D. Cromer M.S.

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How Town Engages Gown: Engagement and Collaboration Between Local Governments and Institutions of Higher Education, Vivian Gonzalez Cueto

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Shipbuilding, Forest Resource Exploitation, and Environmental Change in Cuba in the Early Eighteenth Century, 1700-1763, Jason M. Daniel

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The Effect of Collective Efficacy and Neighborhood Structural Disadvantage on Depressive Symptoms among Adolescents in the United States, Christyl Teres Dawson

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Nucleoside Analogues for Positron Emission Tomography Imaging and to Study Radiation Mediated Generation of Radicals from Azides, Maria E. de Cabrera

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A Phenomenological Study on Self-Efficacy and Self-Regulated Learning Strategies and their Link to Persistence in Hispanic College English Language Learners, Gabriela DeFrancisco

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How are Social Studies Teachers Using Technology in the Classroom?, Stephanie Delgado

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A Hardware-Assisted Insider Threat Detection and Prevention Framework, Kyle W. Denney

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Cavity Nest Webs as a Template for Studying Non-trophic Interactions in Invasion Ecology, Joshua M. Diamond

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The Relationship of a Novel Marker of Inflammation (Neutrophil-to-Lymphocyte Ratio) to Nutritional Status, Diet and Clinical Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients, Janet Diaz Martinez

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The Mediating Effects of Problematic Internet and Video Gaming Behaviors on Family, Cultural, and Individual Constructs among Latinx and non-Latinx Black Youth, Stephanie L. Diez

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A Quantitative Study of Expatriate Hotel Managers in Mainland China: An Exploration of Perceived Organizational Justice as a Mediator of Local Employee Job Satisfaction and Their Evaluation of Expatriate Manager Leadership Performance, Wei Ding

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Exploring the Potential of Endophytes and Medicinal Plants as Sources of Antimicrobials to Control Citrus Greening, Jessica Dominguez

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Evolutionary Expansions and Neofunctionalization of Ionotropic Glutamate Receptors in Cnidaria, Ellen G. Dow

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Associations Between Adolescent Cannabis Use Trajectories and Anxiety, Jacqueline C. Duperrouzel

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Coupling Telemetry and Stable Isotope Techniques to Unravel Movement: Snook Habitat Use Across Variable Nutrient Environments, Cody W. Eggenberger

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Isolated Single-stage Power Electronic Building Blocks Using Medium Voltage Series-stacked Wide-bandgap Switches, Noureldeen Mohamed Elsayad

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Revising the Status Quo of Revisionism, Grand Strategy, and International Order, Onur Erpul