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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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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

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Molecular Risk Factors of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Hamza M. Assaggaf

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Risk Associated with E-Cigarette Use and Marketing Messages on Other Tobacco Products Use and Dependence Symptoms among Adolescents, Rehab Auf

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ID3, Estrogenic Chemicals, and the Pathogenesis of Tumor-Like Proliferative Vascular Lesions, Vincent E. Avecilla

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Detecting Structural Defects Using Novel Smart Sensory and Sensor-less Approaches, Amin Baghalian

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Protein-protein Interactions of Bacterial Topoisomerase I, Srikanth Banda

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Examining the Relationship between Fidelity of Implementation of Accommodations for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities in Mathematics and Student Achievement in High School Algebra I Inclusion Classes, Belinda Baptiste

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Unsmiling Lips and Dull Eyes: A Study of Why We Continue to Read Jane Austen, Kareen Barakat

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US Foreign Policy toward Azerbaijan, 1991-2015, Galib Bashirov

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The Relationship Between Occupational Stress and Instigator Workplace Incivility as Moderated by Personality: A Test of an Occupational Stress and Workplace Incivility Model, Laura C. Batista

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The String of 10,000 Firecrackers, Jan M. Becker

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Education for Democracy: Mixed Methods Case Studies of Teachers' Critical Thinking Dispositions and Their Teaching Styles, Maram Behairy

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Reimagining Movements: Towards a Queer Ecology and Trans/Black Feminism, Gabriel Benavente

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Trapped Ion Mobility Spectrometry coupled to Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry for the analysis of Complex Mixtures., Paolo Benigni

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Quorum Sensing Signals Produced by Heterotrophic Bacteria in Black Band Disease (BBD) of Corals and Their Potential Role in BBD Pathogenesis, Chinmayee D. Bhedi

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Gender and Authority in the Public Sector: The Case of Local Government Chief Administrative Officers in the United States, Sebawit G. Bishu

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Capture and Densification of Floating Hydrophobic Liquids by Natural Granular Materials, Daria Boglaienko

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Oblivious Network Optimization and Security Modeling in Sustainable Smart Grids and Cities, Kianoosh G. Boroojeni

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Evaluating the Successes of Land Trust Conservation: Social Effects of Incentive-based Efforts in Northern Michigan, Kathryn Nicole Braddock

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Teachers as Facilitators or Barriers of Parent Involvement: Experiences of African American Mothers of Children in Special Education Programs, Princess Briggs