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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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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

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Impact of San-mediated Signaling on Glioblastoma and Neuroblastoma Metabolism, Monica Rodriguez Silva

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Environmental Dynamics of Dissolved Organic Matter and Dissolved Black Carbon in Fluvial Systems: Effects of Biogeochemistry and Land Use, J. Alan Roebuck Jr.

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Identification Through Movement: Dance as the Embodied Archive of Memory, History, and Cultural Identity, Lauren D. Romaguera

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Aptamer Sensors for Drugs of Abuse and Medical Biomarkers: Design, Engineering and Application in Complex Samples, Daniel Roncancio

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An Alternative Narrative of Integration In Germany through an Ethnographic Exploration of Cuban Immigration, Ana M. Rusch

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Poly (Ionic Liquid) Based Electrolyte for Lithium Battery Application, Meer N. Safa

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Predictors of Cervical Cancer Screening and Physician Recommendations among Women in the United States using Current Screening Guidelines, Vincy Samuel

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Mending Identity: The Revitalization Process of the Muisca of Suba, Paola A. Sanchez Castaneda

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The Adaptive Evolution of Herbivory in Freshwater Systems, Jessica Lynn Sanchez Montelongo

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A Model-Based AI-Driven Test Generation System, Dionny Santiago

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Kill Your Darlings: The Afterlives of Pepe The Frog, Sherlock Holmes, and Jim Crow, Allison E. Sardinas

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Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Total Phosphorus Concentration in Soil and Surface Water in the Everglades Protection Area, Shishir Kumar Sarker

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Social Comparison in Eating Disorder Recovery: A Mixed-Methodological Approach, Jessica Faye Saunders

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The Relationship Between District Concert Band Music Performance Assessment Participation and Student Achievement in Miami-Dade County Public Middle Schools, Arthur J. N. Scavella

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Impact of Person-Environment Fit upon Strain and Well-Being for Emergency Responders, April D. Schantz

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Application of High Resolution Mass Spectrometry for the Screening and Confirmation of Novel Psychoactive Substances, Joshua Zolton Seither

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Changes in Soil Microbial Functioning in Coastal Wetlands Exposed to Environmental Stressors and Subsidies, Shelby M. Servais

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New Connection Details to Connect Precast Cap Beams to Precast Columns Using Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) for Seismic and Non-seismic Regions, Mohamadreza Shafieifar

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The Thermal-Constrained Real-Time Systems Design on Multi-Core Platforms -- An Analytical Approach, SHI SHA

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A Mathematical Framework on Machine Learning: Theory and Application, Bin Shi

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New Polynuclear Copper-Pyrazolate Complexes: Towards the Synthesis of Photo- and Redox-Active Metal Organic Frameworks, Kaige Shi

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Three Essays in Health, Welfare, and International Economics, Amin Shoja

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Pennsylvania's Loyalists and Disaffected in the Age of Revolution: Defining the Terrain of Reintegration, 1765-1800, Rene J. Silva

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Development and Application of Aquatic Toxicology Studies for the Assessment of Impacts Due to Chemical Stressors Using Non-Standard Indigenous Organisms, Abraham Jeffrey Smith

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Thermodynamic Evaluation and Modeling of Grade 91 Alloy and its Secondary Phases through CALPHAD Approach, Andrew Logan Smith Mr.

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Modelling, Design, and Optimization of Membrane based Heat Exchangers for Low-grade Heat and Water Recovery, Soheil Soleimanikutanaei

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Identifying the Origins of Volcanic Ash Deposits Using Their Chemical and Physical Compositions, Emmanuel Soto

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Anomalous Properties of Sub-10-nm Magnetic Tunneling Junctions, Mark Stone

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Using Introduced Species of Anolis Lizards to Test Adaptive Radiation Theory, James T. Stroud

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Nights in The City Beautiful, Veronica Suarez

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Electrochemical Behaviors of the Electrodes for Proton Conducting Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFC), Shichen Sun

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A Method and Tool for Finding Concurrency Bugs Involving Multiple Variables with Application to Modern Distributed Systems, Zhuo Sun

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Structure-Function Relationships in Hexacoordinate Heme Proteins: Mechanism of Cytoglobin Interactions with Exogenous Ligands, Antonija Tangar

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Novel Structural Health Monitoring and Damage Detection Approaches for Composite and Metallic Structures, Shervin Tashakori

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A Philosophical Inquiry into the Role of Universities in American Democratic Society, Justin W. Taylor

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The Greatest is Love, Leslie Charles Taylor

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Recovery of Amphibian and Reptile Communities During Tropical Secondary Forest Succession, Michelle E. Thompson

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Evolutionary and Population Dynamics of Crustaceans in the Gulf of Mexico, Laura Timm

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Privacy-Preserving Protocols for IEEE 802.11s-based Smart Grid Advanced Metering Infrastructure Networks, Samet Tonyali

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Employees’ Responses to Positive Feedback from Customers and Managers, I Hsuan Tsai

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Interaction of High Molecular Weight Compounds with a, β-Unsaturated Carbonyl Moiety with Mammalian and Drosophila Melanogaster Thioredoxin Reductase, Anupama Tuladhar

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International Trade and Environmental Regulation, Qingru Tu

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Truffles Have Never Been Modern: An Actor-Network Theorization of 150 Years of French Trufficulture, Eric Van Vleet

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Evaluating Changes to Natural Variability on a Warming Globe in CMIP5 Models, Heather Vazquez

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Intelligent Data Mining Techniques for Automatic Service Management, Qing Wang

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Three Essays on International Trade and Migration, Yun Wang

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The Evolution and Domestication Genetics of the Mango Genus, Mangifera (Anacardiaceae), Emily Warschefsky

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Game-Theoretic and Machine-Learning Techniques for Cyber-Physical Security and Resilience in Smart Grid, Longfei Wei

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Addressing Alcohol and Marijuana use Disparities among Latino Adolescents, Jessica Weissman

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Azido- and Triazolyl-modified Nucleoside/tide Analogues: Chemistry, Fluorescent Properties, and Anticancer Activities, Zhiwei Wen

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Factors Affecting Green Turtle Foraging Ecology Across Multiple Spatial Scales, Elizabeth Rose Whitman

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The Oscillatory Shear Index: Quantifications for Valve Tissue Engineering and a Novel Interpretation for Calcification, Alex Williams

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On Some Ridge Regression Estimators for Logistic Regression Models, Ulyana P. Williams

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Drivers and Mechanisms of Peat Collapse in Coastal Wetlands, Benjamin J. Wilson

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Elucidating the Role of Neighborhood Deprivation in Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, Kelly M. Winter

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Financial Sector Development, Economic Growth and Stability, Wenjun Xue

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Transcription Factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) Gene Polymorphisms in Relation to the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in three ethnicities, Ling Xu

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Examining the Cross-cultural Experience of Eight Chinese International EFL Students Studying STEM Disciplines in Doctoral Programs at a Large Public Research University, xiuyuan yang

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A Simplified Secure Programming Platform for Internet of Things Devices, Halim Burak Yesilyurt

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On the Performance of some Poisson Ridge Regression Estimators, Cynthia Zaldivar

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Multi-Robot Coordination and Scheduling for Deactivation & Decommissioning, Sebastian A. Zanlongo

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Folding Analysis of Reduced Bovine Pancreatic Trypsin Inhibitor (BPTI) with Aromatic Thiols and Disulfides In Vitro, Na Zhang

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Alliance Networks Management: A Study of Global Automotive Industry, Yue Zhao

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Contextual Affordances of Social Media, Clinical Prosess Changes and Health Service Outcomes, Haoran Zheng

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The Stability of Uranium-Bearing Precipitates Created as a Result of Ammonia Gas Injections in the Hanford Site Vadose Zone, Alberto Javier Abarca Betancourt

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A Floristic Study of Halmahera, Indonesia Focusing on Palms (Arecaceae) and Their Seed Dispersal, Melissa E. Abdo

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The Effects of Artemisia Derived Natural Products on Adipogenesis, Steven Abood

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Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Wireless Localization in Search and Rescue, Virgilio Acuna

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The Relationship between Information Literacy and Global Learning, Valda J. Adeyiga

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Synthesis of Antimicrobial Polymers to Overcome Antimicrobial Resistance, Md Salauddin Ahmed

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Analysis of Eye-Tracking Data in Visualization and Data Space, Sayeed Safayet Alam

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History, Material Culture, and the Search for the Mythic American Dream in Angie Cruz’s Let it Rain Coffee, Michelle Almonte

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Policymaking in the Gulf Region: The Case of Privatization Policy in the State of Kuwait, Shahed Altammar

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Development of a Lightweight Hurricane-Resistant Roof System, Ehssan Amir Sayyafi

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The Study of Tissue-Specific DNA Methylation as a Method for the Epigenetic Discrimination of Forensic Samples, Joana AP Antunes

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Advanced Solutions for Renewable Energy Integration into the Grid Addressing Intermittencies, Harmonics and Inertial Response, Arash Anzalchi

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Spanish and Cuban Politicians, Publicists and Reporters facing the Cuban Crisis at the End of the Nineteenth Century, Maria Aparicio-Torres

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Rubble & Honey, Megan J. Arlett

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Multinucleon Short-range Correlation Model for Nuclear Spectral Functions, Oswaldo Artiles

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Thermodynamic Investigation of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) System, Mohammad Asadikiya

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The Diffusion of Social Media in Nonprofit Organizations, Elvis Asorwoe