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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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On the Role of the Pore Water Chemistry of Deficient Post-Tension Grout to Promote Steel Corrosion, Samanbar Permeh

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Edwidge Danticat and Shadows: The Farming of Bones As a Vehicle for Social Activism, Jessica Petit-Frere

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Evaluation of Redundancy of Twin Steel Box-Girder Bridges, Huy V. Pham

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Conformational Dynamics and Stability Associated with Magnesium or Calcium Binding to DREAM in the Regulation of Interactions between DREAM and DNA or Presenilins, Khoa Ngoc Pham

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Human Papillomavirus Infection and Vaccination Policies in the American South, Dudith Pierre-Victor

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Desert Palms, Carolyn D. Pledge-Amaral

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Neogene Changes in Caribbean Paleoproductivity and the Diversity and Paleobiogeography of Deep-sea Benthic Foraminifera, Crystal Pletka

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H I Structure and Kinematics of the Interstellar Medium in the LITTLE THINGS Galaxies, Nau R. Pokhrel

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The GlueX Start Counter & Beam Asymmetry $\Sigma$ in Single $\pi^{0}$ Photoproduction, Eric J. Pooser

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Water-Rock Interactions and Seasonal Hydrologic Processes in Constructed Everglades Tree Islands, Andres E. Prieto Estrada

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Qualitative Detection of Selected Designer Drugs and Relevant Metabolites in Environmental Water Samples, Marley Pruyn

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Characterization of Homogenized Mechanical Properties of Porous Ceramic Materials Based on Their Realistic Microstructure, Siavash Rastkar

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Facilitators for Software Development Agility, Shekhar Rathor

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A Carbon and Oxygen Stable Isotope-Dendrochronology Study of Trees from South Florida: Implications for the Development of a High-Resolution Subtropical Paleoclimate Record, Carrie E. Rebenack

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Hunger: Essays, Monica I. Restrepo

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Kinetics and Reaction Mechanisms for Methylidyne Radical Reactions with Small Hydrocarbons, Joao Marcelo Lamim Ribeiro

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Social and Economic Factors Influencing Japanese Women's Decision about Childbearing in Post-Bubble Japan, Rebecca L. Richko

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Achieving and Maintaining Food Security in the PRC: The Impact on Foreign Policy, Paul D. Rittenhouse

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The Effects of a 12 Week Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention Program on Mexican Americans Residing in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, TX, Tania Rivera

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The Impact of Decentralization and New Intergovernmental Relations on Public Service Delivery: A Comparative Analysis of Colombia and Paraguay, Cristina A. Rodriguez-Acosta

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The Relationship of the Parental Involvement of Latino Immigrant Parents of Middle School Students and Student Academic Achievement, Cory R. Rodriguez

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Essays on the Effect of Board Gender Diversity on Firm Risk, Performance, and Institutions' Ownership Preferences, Jodonnis Rodriguez

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Targeted and Controlled Anticancer Drug Delivery and Release with Magnetoelectric Nanoparticles, Alexandra Rodzinski

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The Sound of Silence: Ideology of National Identity and Racial Inequality in Contemporary Curaçao, Angela E. Roe

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The Impacts of Telecommuting on The Time-Space Distribution of Daily Activities, Mario Benito Rojas IV

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Toward Distributed At-scale Hybrid Network Test with Emulation and Simulation Symbiosis, Rong Rong

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Risky Sexual Behavior and the Role of Decision-making, Jessica M. Ross

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The Effect of Stigma on Treatment Adherence among HIV-positive Alcohol Users in Haiti, Muni Rubens

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Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nanofiller Reinforced Tantalum-Niobium Carbide Formed by Spark Plasma Sintering, Christopher Charles Rudolf

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Potential Implication of Automated Vehicle Technologies on Travel Behavior and System Modeling, Seyed Mohammad Ali Sadat Lavasani Bozorg

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Effects of Host-plant Density on Herbivores and Their Parasitoids: A Field Experiment with a Native Perennial Legume, Andrea Salas

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Vocal Flexibility and Regional Variation in Free-Tailed Bat Song, Israel Salazar

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A Value-Driven Exploration of Online & In-Person Learning for Professionals, Tammy S. Sanders

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Physical and Chemical Characterization of Crude Oil-Water Mixtures: Understanding the Effects of Interfacial Process to Chemical Bioavailability, Kathia a. Sandoval

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Performance Optimization of Network Protocols for IEEE 802.11s-based Smart Grid Communications, Nico Saputro

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Essays on the U.S. GAAP-IFRS Convergence Project, the Nature of Accounting Standards, and Financial Reporting Quality, Assma M. Sawani

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An Examination of Workplace Aggression, Job Performance, and Flow-States, John P. Sayn-Wittgenstein

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The Opposition to Latin American Liberation Theology and the Transformation of Christianity, 1960-1990, Sonia M. Scheuren Acevedo

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Controls on Benthic Microbial Community Structure and Assembly in a Karstic Coastal Wetland, Nicholas O. Schulte

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Strategic Communications to Prevent HIV Infections among Black and Hispanic Young Adults, Elena Sebekos

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Understanding the Value of Travel Time Reliability for Freight Transportation to Support Freight Planning, Kollol Shams 3085942

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The Individual and Interactive Effects of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Enrichment on Coral Reefs, Andrew A. Shantz

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Regulation of Particle Uptake by PP2A/B56 and LKB1 in Dictyostelium Discoideum, Mujataba Rahiman Sharief

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Neighborhood-level Determinants of Delayed HIV Diagnosis and Survival among HIV-positive Latinos, Florida 2000-2011, Diana M. Sheehan

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The Influence of the Proximal Thiolate Ligand and Hydrogen Bond Network of the Proximal Helix on the Structural and Biochemical Properties of Chloroperoxidase, Elena Shersher

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Risk-Based Decision Making Support for Construction Corporate Resource Management, Reza Sheykhi

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Investigation of Low Reynolds Number Flow and Heat Transfer of Louvered Surfaces, Pradeep R. Shinde

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Home-Based, Self-Administered Dyadic Cognitive Training for Healthy Older Adults: Feasibility Study, Natalia Shtompel

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Two Dimensional Lattice Gauge Theory with and without Fermion Content, Dibakar Sigdel

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Analyzing Spatial Variability of Social Preference for the Everglades Restoration in the Face of Climate Change, Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal Sikder

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Haiti and the Heavens: Utopianism and Technocracy in the Cold War Era, Adam M. Silvia

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Improving Current-Asymmetry of Metal-Insulator-Metal Tunnel Junctions, Aparajita Singh

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Turn Me On or Off: A Study On Epigenetics and Merleau-Ponty in Angela Carter’s “The Lady of the House of Love”, Solsiree Lynn Skarlinsky

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A Morphological, Functional, and Genetic Investigation of the Male Compound Eye Phenotype of Chrysomya megacephala (Diptera: Calliphoridae)), Joshua Smith

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The Effect of Social Capital on Organizational Performance in Different Cultures: A Cross-National Comparison of the United States and South Korea, Jung Hyun Song

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Rate Kinetics and Molecular Dynamics of the Structural Transitions in Amyloidogenic Proteins, Timothy Michael Steckmann

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Deploying a CMS Tier-3 Computing Cluster with Grid-enabled Computing Infrastructure, Sean Stewart

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Lifestyle and Biological Risk Factors for Liver Fibrosis in the Miami Adult Studies on HIV (MASH) Cohort: An HIV Infected and HIV/HCV Co-infected Population, Tiffanie S. Stewart

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Multilevel modeling issues and the measurement of stress is multilevel data, Tyler Stout

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The Western Sahara and the Search for the Roots of Sahrawi National Identity, David Suarez

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Madonnas, Whores and Other Pilgrims, Barbara Swan

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Gammaridean Amphipods as Bioindicators in Subtropical Seagrass Ecosystems, Jennifer L. Sweatman

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Extending Use of Simple for Dead Load and Continuous for Live Load (SDCL) Steel Bridge System to Seismic Areas, Ramin Taghinezhadbilondy

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CFO Turnover, Firm’s Debt-Equity Choice and Information Environment, Muhammad Bakhtear U. Talukdar

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Organizational Social Capital and Performance Information Use: Analyzing the Link and Its Implications for Public Management, Michele Tantardini

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Elucidating The Role of MifS-MifR Two-Component System in Regulating Pseudomonas aeruginosa Pathogenicity, Gorakh Digambar Tatke

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A Descriptive Case Study Examining the Perceptions of Haitian American Parents and the Perceptions of their Children’s Teachers on the Parents’ Involvement in a Structured Parent Intervention Program, Kristina M. Taylor

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A Framework for assessing Alternative Agro-Ecosystems: finding Multi-Functional Solutions for Sustainable urban landscapes., Thais H. Thiesen Ms.

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Conjugated Polymer-Based Biomaterials Through Controlled Self-Assembly, Megan Twomey

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Sonochemical Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanostructures for Sensing and Energy Harvesting, Phani Kiran Vabbina

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Epistemological Analysis of Traditionalist and Reformist Discourses Pertaining to Islamic Feminism in Iran, Meisam Vahedi

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Co-occurring Health Risks Among Middle Aged Hispanic Men Who Have Sex With Men (HMSM) in South Florida, Beatriz Valdes

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A History of the United States Caribbean Defense Command (1941-1947), Cesar A. Vasquez

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People Counting and occupancy Monitoring using WiFi Probe Requests and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Edwin George Vattapparamban

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Latina Lesbian Students: Understanding their Experiences and Perceived Sexual Identity Development at a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Gisela P. Vega

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A Comprehensive Decision Support Framework in the Front-End Phase of Major Transportation Projects, Nahid Vesali Mahmoud

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An Investigation of the Effect of Using Twitter by High School Mathematics Students Learning Linear Equations in Algebra 1, Manuel Vilchez

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Development of a Primary Ion Column for Mass Spectrometry-Based Surface Analysis, Raul A. Villacob

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Faculty Perceptions of Self-Plagiarism and Other Forms of Academic Dishonesty Among University Students, Carleen Vincent-Robinson

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Essays on Retail and Regional Economics, David Christopher Vitt

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Income Distribution, International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment with Heterogeneous Firms, Feifei Wang

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Evaluating plant community response to sea level rise and anthropogenic drying: Can life stage and competitive ability be used as indicators in guiding conservation actions?, Kristie Susan Wendelberger

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A Generation of Race and Nationalism: Thomas Dixon, Jr. and American Identity, Tiffany West

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Qualitative Analysis for the Characterization and Discrimination of Printing Inks, Rhett J. Williamson

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Storage Management of Data-intensive Computing Systems, Yiqi Xu

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MENs Doped Adhesive and Influence on Fracture Toughness, Kao Z. Yang

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A High Performance Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Encrypted On-Chip Bus Architecture for Internet-of-Things (IoT) System-on-Chips (SoC), Xiaokun Yang

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Synthesis and Characterization of a Hydrolytically Stable Photochromic Copolymer Containing an N-alkylindolylfulgimide, Samina yasmeen

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Memory, Processing Speed, and the Effects of Cognitive Exercise on the Aging Brain, Alexis D. Yero

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Earnings Management to Achieve the Peer Performance Benchmark, Sheng Yi

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Large Scale Data Mining for IT Service Management, Chunqiu Zeng

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High Temperature Oxidation Study of Tantalum Carbide-Hafnium Carbide Solid Solutions Synthesized by Spark Plasma Sintering, Cheng Zhang

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An Integrated Framework for Patent Analysis and Mining, longhui zhang

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A System-of-Systems Framework for Assessment of Resilience in Complex Construction Projects, Jin Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Development of a Two-Fluid Drag Law for Clustered Particles Using Direct Numerical Simulation and Validation through Experiments, Ahmadreza Abbasi Baharanchi

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Sensor Fusion for Effective Hand Motion Detection, Fatemeh Abyarjoo

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Consumer Perceptions of Sustainability in the Cruise Industry, Lindsay Marie Ackerman

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An Assessment of the Performances of Several Univariate Tests of Normality, James Olusegun Adefisoye

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A Novel Hip Implant Using 3D Woven Composite Material – Design and Analysis, Hari Kishore Adluru

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A Content Analysis of Sustainability Dimensions in Annual Reports, Sayed MR. Afjei