Theses and Dissertations produced by graduate students at Florida International University.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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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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Ordered Anarchy: The Origins and Evolution of a Society of States in South America, 1864-1939, Nicolas Terradas

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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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The Effects of Copper Exposure on Fish Locomotion and Predator-Prey Interactions, Tiffany N. Yanez

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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

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Phenomenological and Molecular Basis of the Cnidarian Immune System, Tanya Brown

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Representative Bureaucracy in German Public Schools: An Assessment of the Mechanisms of Passive Representation, Gretha Burchard

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Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Bermuda Exhibit an Ontogenetic Diet Shift despite Overexploitation of Resources in their Developmental Habitat, Claire Margaret Burgett

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Experimental Analysis of the Effects of Hydroscape Structure on Fishes in a Dynamic Wetland, Michael R. Bush

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Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Ligand Photodissociation in Heme Proteins and Formation of DNA i-Motif, David S. Butcher

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Uranium Sequestration by pH Manipulation using NH3 Injection in the Vadose Zone of Hanford Site 200 Area, Claudia Cardona

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Listening/Reading for Disremembered Voices: Additive Archival Representation and the Zong Massacre of 1781, Jorge E. Cartaya

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Respondent Perceived Threat During the Information Systems Requirements Determination Process: Understanding and Mitigation, Alfred Castillo

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Hybrid Polymer Electrolyte for Lithium-Oxygen Battery Application, Amir Chamaani

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Prevalence and Determinants of Overweight and Obesity in Preschoolers in Miami-Dade County, Catherina Chang

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Regulation of Adipocyte Differentiation and Metabolism: Rab5-Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factors and Methylglyoxal, Praew Chantarasinlapin

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Three Essays in Economic Development, Growth, and Trade, Alvin L. Chiang

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Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale: A Charismatic Authority and His Ideology, John P. Cibotti

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Wireless Positioning and Tracking for Internet of Things in GPS-denied Environments, Bekir Sait Ciftler

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Parental Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviors about Caries Prevention among Black Preschool Children, Rachel Clarke

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Top-down and Bottom-up Approaches to Understanding the Fate of the Federally Endangered Schaus’ Swallowtail Butterfly (Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus), Jaeson T. Clayborn

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South-South Cooperation as an Alternative Development Strategy: Rethinking Development Cooperation through South-South Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean- Brazil and Haiti, Karen Elaine Clay

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Cultural Competence in Public Administration: A Framework and Predictors of Cultural Competence for Graduating Masters Students, Bridgette E. Cram

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The Effect of Covert Audio Coaching on the Attending Behavior of Elementary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom Setting, Christina Crocco