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Graduate Research: Dissertations Completed

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Summer 2014

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
College of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
College for Design and Social Inquiry



Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Feliciano Nazare
"Bodily Knowledge in Dance Transferred to the Creation of Sculpture"
Dissertation Advisor: Brian E.McConnell

Jaqueline May
"Americans All! The Role of Advertising in Re-Imaging Ethnicity in America: The Case of the War Advertising Council, 1939-1945"
Dissertation Advisor: Fred Fejes

Jane Montonen
"Libertinage et Feminisme Dans Les Lettres du Colonel Talbert de Francoise Albine Puzin de la Martiniere Benoist"
Dissertation Advisor: Marcella Munson

College of Business

Kathryn Morris
"Documentary Theatre: Pedagogue and Healer With Their Voices Raised"
Dissertation Advisor: Richard Gamble

Bryan Deptula
"Developmental Partnerships: Understanding and Modeling Developmental Relationships in the 21st Century"
Dissertation Advisor: Ethlyn A.Williams

John Gironda
"Tailored vs. Invasive Advertising: An Empirical Examination of Antecedents and Outcomes of Consumers' Attitudes toward Personalized Advertising"
Dissertation Advisor: Pradeep Korgaonkar

Anna Johnson
"The Influence of Professional Identity and Outcome Knowledge on Professional Judgment"
Dissertation Advisor: Julia Higgs

Arjan Premti
"Three Essays on the Impact of Analyst Recommendations in the Banking Industry"
Dissertation Advisor: Jeff Madura

Arnold E. Robinson
"Enhancing the Effectiveness of Online Video Advertising through Interactivity"
Dissertation Advisor: Pradeep Korgaonkar

Steven Stewart
"A Foot in Both Camps: The Influence of Role Identity Centrality of Professional Service Entrepreneurs on Entrepreneurial Orientation and Firm Performance"
Dissertation Advisor: Bryant A. Hudson & G. Castrogiovanni (co-advisors)

College of Education

Sherry Andre
"Reliability and Validation Study of the Online Instinctual Variant Questionnaire"
Dissertation Advisor: Valerie Bryan

Gesulla Cavanaugh
"An Examination of Biomedical Intellectual Reputation in Relationship to Graduates' Productivity, Regional Innovation and Absorptive Capacity at Selected Universities Worldwide"
Dissertation Advisor: Dianne Wright

Noemi Coltea
"Social Impact of Entrepreneurial Immigrants"
Dissertation Advisor: Valerie Bryan

Alexandra Cunningham
"Effects of the Relationship Enhancement (R) Program on Social Skills, Empathy and Social Support for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders"
Dissertation Advisor: Len Sperry

Harry Daniel
"Effects of the Four Pillars on Statewide High School Graduation Rates"
Dissertation Advisor: John Pisapi

Susan Dennett
"A Study to Compare the Critical Thinking Dispositions between Chinese and American College Students"
Dissertation Advisor: Valerie Bryan

Tameka King
"Resegregation: The Impact on Education"
Dissertation Advisor: Robert Shockley

Jonathan Leff
"Does Leadership Matter?: The Relationship of School Leadership to a Safe School Climate, Bullying, and Fighting in Middle School"
Dissertation Advisor: Patricia Maslin-Ostrowski

Jessica Miles
"The Impact of Students' Choice of Time of Day for Class Activity and their Sleep Quality on Academic Performance in Multidisciplinary Distance Education Courses"
Dissertation Advisor: Valerie Bryan

Thomas Nguyen
"Perceptions of Lawyers on Career Transition, Transferable Skills, and Preparation for Community College Leadership"
Dissertation Advisor: Deborah L. Floyd

Jillian Powers (Kizlik)
"Lutheran School Teachers' Usage of the Interactive Whiteboard"
Dissertation Advisor: Roberta Weber

Sabrina Richards
"Equitable Access to Educational Resources: An Investigation of the Distribution of Teacher Quality Across Secondary Schools in South Florida"
Dissertation Advisor: Gail Burnaford

Elizabeth Swann
"Adult Learning for Healthy Aging: An Investigation of Health Literacy and Technology Use in Older Adults"
Dissertation Advisor: Valerie Bryan

Tommy Tucker
"Virtual K-12 Leadership: A Postmodern Paradigm"
Dissertation Advisor: Ira Bogotch

  College of Engineering and Computer Science

Velibor Adzic
"Perceptual Methods for Video Coding"
Dissertation Advisor: Hari Kalva

Mohammad Dabbas
"Application of Artificial Neural Networks to Deduce Robust Forecast Performance in Technoeconomic Contexts"
Dissertation Advisor: P.S. Neelakantaswamy

Ray Garcia
"HEVC Optimization in Mobile Environments"
Dissertation Advisor: Hari Kalva

Lillian Gonzalez
"Durability of a Recycled Aggregate Concrete Base Course Material Under Coupled Environmental Exposure and Cyclic Loading"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Khaled Sobhan & Dr. Chaouki Ghenai (co-advisors)

Ajoy Kumar
"Unifying the Conceptual Levels of Network Security through the Use of Patterns"
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Eduardo Fernandez

Monika Rathod
"Context-Aware Hybrid Data Dissemination in Vehicular Networks"
Dissertation Advisor: Imad Mahgoub

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Francesca Onyejuruwa
"Impact of an Educational Intervention on Nurses' Knowledge and Caring Behavior for Late Preterm Infants"
Dissertation Advisor: Sharon Dormir

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

James Beerens
"Development, Evaluation, and Application of Spatio-Temporal Wading Bird Foraging Models to Guide Everglades Restoration"
Dissertation Advisor: Erik Noonburg

Melissa Borgen
"Highwire Coordinates Synapse Formation and Maturation by Regulating Both a Map Kinase Cascade and the Ability of the Axon to Respond to External Cues in the Giant Fiber System of Drosophila Melanogaster"
Dissertation Advisor: Rodney Murphey

Christopher Cormier
"The Effects of Predatory Status on Developing Understanding of Mental State Functioning Subsequent to Death"
Dissertation Advisor: David Bjorklund

Jillian Hardin
"Breastfeeding and Kangaroo Care: Biobehavioral Measures of Dyadic Bonding, Infant Cortical Maturation, and Infant HPA Reactivity"
Dissertation Advisor: Nancy A. Jones

Yangqing He
"Isolation and Structure Elucidation of New Compounds from Cornus Controversa and Delphinium Chrysotrichum"
Dissertation Advisor: Lyndon West

Mari Heghinian
"Discovery and Biological Characterization of Conotoxins from the Venom of Conus Brunneus in Drosophila Melanogaster"
Dissertation Advisor: Frank Mari

Karen Holloway-Adkins
"Grazing Effects of Herbivorous Fishes and Juvenile Green Turtles (Chelonia Mydas) on Macroalgal Communities"
Dissertation Advisor: M. Dennis Hanisak

Sirisha Kudumala
"Functional Roles of L1-CAM/Neuroglian in the Nervous System of Drosophila Melanogaster"
Dissertation Advisor: Tanja Godenschwege

Christopher Makowski
"Development and Application of a New Comprehensive Image-based Classification Scheme for Coastal and Benthic Environments along the Southeast Florida Continental Shelf"
Dissertation Advisor: Charles Finkl

Gregory John Mount
"Multi-Scale Characterization of Dissolution Structures and Porosity Distribution in the Upper Part of the Biscayne Aquifer Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)"
Dissertation Advisor: Xavier Comas

Tracy Romano
"Time-Frequency Classification of Gamma Oscillatory Activity in the Frontoparietal System during Working Memory"
Dissertation Advisor: Steven Bressler

Wei Zhang
"Detection of Multiple Change-Points in Hazard Models"
Dissertation Advisor: Lianfen Qian

College for Design and Social Inquiry

Marcus Bright
"An Inquiry into Scott's Institutional Theory: The Relationship between Sports and Academics in Urban Public High Schools"
Dissertation Advisor: Hugh Miller

Amanda Gillespie
"Testing the Theory of Dominant Institutionalized Policy Narratives Using Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Discourse"
Dissertation Advisor: Hugh Miller

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