Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Early Summer Rains and Their Mid-Summer Cessation Over the Caribbean: Dynamics, Predictability, and Applications., Theodore L. Allen

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Clumped Isotope Signals of Biogenic and Non-biogenic Carbonates, Deniz Atasoy

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Inspiration at the Eleventh Hour: The Nationalist Revisions of James Joyce, Seán O’Casey, and William Butler Yeats, Barry C. Devine

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Two Sides of the Same Coin- A Qualitative Meta-Study of Factors Influencing Immigrant Women’s Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence., Stephanie L. Donnelly

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Antidepressant Interactions of Ketamine and Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3 (GSK3) in Mice, Kimberlee Downey

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Relativism, Disagreement, and Assertion, Micah C. Dugas

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Molecular Mechanisms of Myosin Light Chain Mutation-Induced Cardiomyopathies, Wenrui Huang

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The Role of Sox9 in Heart Valve Maintenance and Disease, Danielle J. Huk

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Clandestine Quotation and Micro-Quotation as Compositional Resources in the Trumpet Concerto Necessary Steps, Peter J. Learn

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The Influence of Electronic Word-of-Mouth (eWOM) on College Search and Choice, Whitney S. Lehmann

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The Evolutionary Maintenance of Cooperative Nest Construction in Sociable Weavers (Philetairus socius), Gavin M. Leighton

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Social Disorganization, Institutional Anomie and the Geographic Patterning of Instrumental Crime: Progress Towards an Integrated Theory, Eric R. Louderback

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A Comparison Between a Comprehensive Wellness-Based After-School Program and a Traditional YMCA After-School Program on Measures of Physical Fitness, Health-Related, and Executive Cognitive Function Variables in Minority Elementary School Children., Chantis Mantilla

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Pathway to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Finding Patterns of Common Genetic Variation Underlying the Complex Disorder, Yo Son Park

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Rethinking Community-based Participatory Research in Light of Community-based Philosophy: From Principles to Practice, Karie J. Peralta

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Factors Affecting Success and Failure Among Drug Court Participants in the United States: An Examination of Program Completion and Post-Program Outcomes, Sami Polenberg

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Sailors in British Broadside Ballads, 1800-1850, Georgina E. Prineppi

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HDL Cholesterol and Stroke Risk: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, Samantha A. Reina

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Exploring the Cohesion-Performance Relationship in Inter-professional Healthcare Teams, Jill S. Sanko

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Making a Positive Change: A Qualitative Study of Homeless Women’s Perceptions and Experiences of Shelter Living, Natasha Schaefer Solle

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Biophysical Basis of the Antagonistic Action of YAP Transcriptional Regulator and WWOX Tumor Suppressor, Brett J. Schuchardt

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Characterizing HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder in Two Underserved Sociodemographic Groups, Julia S. Seay

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The Gods of Satomiya, Patrick K. Sung

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Redrawing the Territories of Desire and Melancholy: The Homoerotic Travel Writings and Films of Gide, Duvert, Barthes, Genet, Taia, Rachid O., Vallois and Bouzid, Walter S. Temple

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Limitations in the MJO Initiation Over the Indian Ocean in Limited Area Models, Angela M. Ulate Medrano

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Behavioral Game Theory for Smart Grid Energy Management, Yunpeng Wang

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Improving ABox Reasoning for Efficient and Scalable Object Queries over Large Ontologies, Jia Xu

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Realizing What Matters, Benjamin M. Yelle

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Sexuality and Trauma in Modern El Salvador: An Autoethnography, Carlo B. Zepeda

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Negative Regulation of Host Innate Antiviral Signaling, Qinjie Zhou

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Coastal Shallow Water Diurnal Warming, Xiaofang Zhu

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Structured Observation as a Professional Development Tool to Prepare Teachers for Observing Social Responsiveness in Preschool Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Andrea Adelman

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Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Hispanic Adolescents: Associations with Self-efficacy, Weight Misperception, and Body Mass Index, Marissa D. Alert

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Optical Properties Measurements of Rat Muscle and Myocardium at 980 and 1860 nm Using Single Integrating Sphere Technique, Mohamed Abdulrahman Almadi

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Deconvolution of High Rate Flicker Electroretinograms, Ahmad O. Alokaily

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Recent Critiques and Defenses of Ethical Intuitionism, Noel E. Alphonse

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Intelligent and Adaptive Façade System: The Impact of Intelligent and Adaptive Façade on The Performance and Energy Efficiency of Buildings, Mohanned M. Al Thobaiti

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Shape-Shifting Creole Identities: Representations of Creole Figures in Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Transatlantic Literature, Claudia Amadori

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An Exploration of Selected Works for Horn, Voice, and Piano: Performance Considerations for the Horn Player, Jon Anderson

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Patient Safety Culture, Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction: Impact on Nurse-Sensitive Patient Outcomes, Debbie Anglade

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Regenerative Failure of the Optic Nerve: The Role of KLFs and Phosphorylation, Akintomide Apara

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Multi-objective Design Optimization of Engineering Systems: Uncertainty Approach and Practical Applications., Aparna Aravelli

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Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) Composites for Infrastructure Strengthening and Rehabilitation: Characterization Methods, Diana Arboleda

The Efficiency of Automated Theorem Proving by Translation to Less Expressive Logics, Negin Arhami

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Subtropical Atlantic Climate Variability Record in Speleothems from the Bahamas, Monica Arienzo

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College Choice Factors of Student-Athletes at Title I High Schools in Miami-Dade County, Florida, Cecilia E. Armesto

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Dynamics of Magma Supply, Storage and Migration at Basaltic Volcanoes: Geophysical Studies of the Galápagos and Hawaiian Volcanoes, Marco Bagnardi

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The Bacterial Pathogen Yersinia Creates a Complex Structure on the Surface of Macrophages, Wael Bahnan

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Remote Sensing Applications of Ambient Noise, Geoffrey J. Banker

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Anti-cancer Mechanisms of the Natural Plant Derived Compound, Withaferin A in HER-2/neu Breast Cancer, Annalise Barnette

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The Role of Scleraxis in Heart Valve Development and Disease, Damien N. Barnette

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Experimental Investigations of Base Drag Reduction Using Passive Jet Flow Control, William B. Bartow

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An Elusive Escape: "Feminine" Genres in Latin American Women's Fiction, Mary Bartsh

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The Effects of Vocabulary Instruction on Bilingual Students' Lexico-Semantic Acquisition in English-Medium Contexts: A Systematic Analysis, Alain Bengochea

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Acculturation, Acculturative Stress, Social Status, and Well-Being among English Language Proficient Immigrants, Darren R. Bernal

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Habitat Suitability and Bioenergetics of an Invasive Marine Fish (Pterois volitans) in Biscayne Bay, Florida, Nicholas A. Bernal

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Therapy for B-cell Lymphoma, Shruti Bhatt

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Brief Psychological Intervention for Acute Posttraumatic Stress: Individual and Trauma Factors Affecting Recovery in Low-SES Minorities., Lindsay M. Bira

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Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Regulation and Ischemic Neuroprotection by the PKCε Pathway, Kahlilia Christina Blanco

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Multiple Perspectives on Parent Involvement for Middle School Students Receiving Special Education Services, Erin T. Blatz

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Neural Progenitor Cell Transplantation and Proneurogenic Compound Administration Improve Outcomes After Trauma: Neuroprotection and Neurogenesis for the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury, Meghan O. Blaya

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Using Garlic (Allium sativum) as a Masking Agent to Improve Palatability of Praziquantel-Medicated Feed for Juvenile Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola lalandi), Andrew Blumenthal

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Witchcraft, Witchdoctors and Empire: The Proscription and Prosecution of African Spiritual Practices in British Atlantic Colonies, 1760-1960s, Danielle N. Boaz

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Literature of Return: Back to Africa, Belonging, and Modernity, David Michael Borman

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More Intense Affective Experiences, Less Intense Affective Forecasts:Affective Forecasters Overestimate the Influence of Outcome Specifications, Eva C. Buechel

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Doodle Tongue Jazz Articulation for the Trumpet Player, Christopher Burbank

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The Role of Valence in Self-referenced Memory in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, Catherine Burrows

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Hidden Cost Of Conflict: An Interdisciplinary Examination Between Family Law, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Justice, and Work Productivity for Employed Adults, Lisa M. Burton

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Kháos for Percussion Solo and Quartet: A Journey Through and Inside the Five Grand Impermanences, Rodrigo Bussad Cesar

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Motivation Orientation and School Readiness in Children Served by Head Start, Andres Sebastian Bustamante

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Relationship Between Cultural Vulnerability Factors and Quality of Life in Ethnically Diverse Prostate Cancer Survivors, Natalie E. Bustillo

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Immokalee Farm Workers and their Social Crisis in Education and Health, Mary Cano

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Characterization of PTLS-like Phenotypes in a Conditional Rai1 Transgenic Mouse Model and Study of Rai1 Molecular Function, Lei Cao

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The Relationship Between Hoarding and Distractibility, Julia Y. Carbonella

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American Joyce: Representations of the United States in Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake, Briana N. Casali

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Safe Havens or Danger Zones?: A Multilevel Examination of Immigration, Community, and Intimate Partner Violence, Adrienne Celaya

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The Effects of Orbital Precession on Tropical Precipitation, Kimberly Ann Chamales

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Grit and Academic Performance: Is Being Grittier Better?, Winnie Chang

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A Strategy for Proper Utilization of the Glottis and Implications of Improper Use in Trumpet Performance, Ryan R. Chapman

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Multi-percussion in the Undergraduate Percussion Curriculum, Benjamin A. Charles

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On the Dynamics of Mesoscale Eddies and Jets in the Presence of Topography, Changheng Chen

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An Optical Tracking System for Radiosurgery of Uveal Melanoma by CyberKnife, Hairong Chen

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Function of the Insect Olfactory Receptor Co-receptor Subunit and Its Interactions with Odorant-binding Subunits, Sisi Chen

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Identification and Functional Analysis of Alternatively Spliced Isoforms of Soluble Adenylyl Cyclase in Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells, Xi Chen

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Enhanced Optical and Electrical Properties of Organic Field Effect Transistor using Metal Nanoparticles, Seongman Cho

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Typhoon Generated Surface Gravity Waves Measured by NOMAD-type Buoys, Clarence O. Collins III

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An Investigation into the Survival of Submerged Prehistoric Cultural Resources in Florida Bay, Everglades National Park, Leah Colombo

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Simulating the Age and Spatial Structure of Exploited Fish Stocks Using Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems Models, Elizabeth Councill

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Gene-Environment Interaction in Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Exogenous Estrogen, Cigarette Smoking, and VEGF Pathway Polymorphisms, Monique D. Courtenay

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Interfacial and Spectroscopic Studies of Biomacromolecules and CdSe(ZnS) Quantum Dots, Nicholas F. Crawford

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The Frontiers of Environmental Education: Understanding the Role of Community-Based Organizations in the Socio-Ecological Learning of Urban Youth, Katie L. Crosley

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The Perceived Quality of Parent-Child Relationships and Dating Violence Experiences Among a Predominantly Heterosexual, Female, and Hispanic-Identified Sample of Emerging Adults, Amanda M. Cummings

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The Effect of a Community-Based Exercise Program on Inflammation, Metabolic Risk, and Fitness Levels Among Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, Stacy E. Cutrono

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Control Unit for an Opitcal Switch to Extend the Axial Range of a Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography System, Carolina P. de Freitas

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Cognitive Mechanisms of Anger Regulation: The Role of Executive Function, Katherine G. Denny

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Regulation of CD4+ Autoimmune Memory by CTLA4, Priyadharshini Devarajan

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Development of “Turn-On” Fluorescent Nuclobase Mimics as Kiinase Inhibitors, Jyothi Dhuguru

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Characterization of Corneal Biomechanics using Customized Atomic Force Microscopy Techniques, Janice M. Dias

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Adoption of Citizen Science Practices: A Case Study of The Billfish Foundation’s Tag and Release Online Database, Daniel Steven DiNicola

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Extending the Novel A-FEM to Model Arbitrary Cracking in Thermo-elastic Solids, Bao-Chan Do