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2008-2009 President's Faculty Grant Winners

A Case Study of Middle School Haitian Children's Identity Awareness

According to Waters (1999), Haitian children are the most stigmatized in school of all the Afro-Caribbean groups. In urban public schools, they lag behind academically and have major social...

Agreement among Measures of Autism Spectrum Disorders in School-age Children

Accurate identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is crucial to meeting the needs of school-age children with ASD, but there is a paucity of research examining the efficacy of best...

A Multidisciplinary Health Intervention for the Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome

Need/ Background: Obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol are significant risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease and other chronic health conditions. Many times health services are available but...

Angiotensin III Regulation of Mitogen Activated Protein Kinases in Astrocytes

Angiotensin II (Ang II) is a biologically active peptide of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) that is important in regulating fluid balance, sodium intake, thirst and blood pressure. It is known...

Availability and Use of Language Assistance Services in Community Pharmacies

Background: The U.S. is evolving into a multi-cultural society. 19.4% of the population speaks a language other than English at home and 8.6% has limited English proficiency (LEP). LEP persons have...

Cryopreserved Amniotic Membrane for Modulation of Oral Soft Tissue Healing

This prospective randomized pilot study will determine the usefulness of an Amniotic membrane (AM) (Bio-Tissue, Inc., Miami, Florida) in periodontal surgery. Amniotic membrane constitutes an...

Cue Recognition and Prey Responses to the Non-native African Jewelfish

The occurrence of non-native species poses a threat to biodiversity and natural ecosystems worldwide. In particular, non-native predators have the potential to negatively impact myriad native taxa...

Design and Synthesis of Photoactive Peptides Based on Photosynthetic Proteins

The goal of this project is to design and synthesize photoactive peptides inspired by natural photosynthetic systems. Learning from photosynthetic reaction centers, we plan to synthesize dimeric...

Determinants of the Distribution of Fishes and Corals of Veracruz, Mexico

The Parque Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzana (Veracruz Coral Reef System National Park) consists of 19 reef components surrounding the Port of Veracruz, Mexico, and encompasses a total of...

Effects of Statin Withdrawal on Pro-Atherogenic Chemokines

Statins are the drugs of choice to lower LDL-cholesterol levels and are effective in primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. However, discontinuation of statins...

Emotional Influences on Cognitive Processing in HIV-Infected Women

Although emotional impairment and cognitive decline are both commonly observed in HIV positive individuals, it is currently unclear how these two states influence each other. Poor performance on a...

Impacts of Water Level Changes on White-Tailed Deer Movements in Broward County

The purpose of this study is to map the impacts of random or human-induced fluctuations in local standing water levels in western Broward County on Florida white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus...

Inaccuracy of Drug Allergy Reporting: A Billion Dollar Problem!

The medico-legal and economic burden of adverse drug events has been estimated in the billions of dollars of which true drug hypersensitivities represent about a third of all adverse drug...

Molecular Characterization of Marine Fungi from Diverse Marine Sources

Previous research in the PI's laboratory has developed a database of uncultured bacterial and fungal rRNA sequences derived from several habitats, such as marine invertebrate hosts and deep...

Outcomes of an Interdisciplinary Therapy Program for Children with Disabilities

Introduction: Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental delays (DD), or learning disabilities (LD) constitute a growing population in need of specialized services....

Palaemoid Shrimp Species Along a Salinity Gradient in Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is an extensive wetland home to various species of mammals, reptiles, and birds. While many are familiar with the Florida panther, alligators, and the great blue heron,...

Pharmacy Interventions to Improve Generic Over-the-Counter Drug Knowledge and Use

The generic Over-the-Counter (OTC) industry is growing due to increased pressure for health care cost containment. A generic OTC is any nonprescription drug that contains the same active...

Physiological Outcomes in the Treatment of Trauma-Related Disorders

Exposure to traumatic events (that include but are not limited to experiencing physical or sexual assault, accidents, or natural disasters or witnessing such events) can lead to psychological and...

Risk of Bisphosphonate-Associated Osteonecrosis (BON) Following Dental Extraction

Bisphosphonates are potent inhibitors of osteoclastic activity. Oral formulations include the aminobisphosphonates alendronate (FosamaxÆ), residronate (ActonelÆ) and ibandronate...

Stony Coral Recruitment Patterns to Reefs Physically Damaged by Ship Groundings

Scleractinian corals face a number of environmental stress factors, among which ship groundings are considered to be one of the most physically damaging. In particular, the coral reefs located near...

Supplementary Study of Enforcement at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The goal of this project is to update empirical and historical research I have conducted previously with regard to the enforcement activities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In...

Teasing, Self-Concept, and Locus of Control among Overweight Children

Childhood obesity is a major concern for our community and throughout the U.S, as the rates of childhood obesity have nearly doubled in the past two decades. Overweight/obese children and...

The Birds of Arrecife Alacran

Arrecife Alacranes (Alacran reef) is the largest reef in the southern Gulf of Mexico, and the most northerly in location (22º 23'N, 89° 40'W). It consists of five...

The Effects of Various Breathing Patterns on Heart Rate Variability

The objective of the proposed study is to examine the effects of various breathing patterns on heart rate variability. Heart rate variability (HRV) is the variation of the interbeat intervals or...

The Impact of Coenzyme Q10 Level on Acute Rejection in Cardiac Transplantation

Background/Rationale: Cardiac transplantation is the only effective treatment for patients with end stage heart failure refractory to conventional medical therapy. Post-transplantation mortality is...

Tissue Engineering Research at NSU

In the future, healthcare workers will be expected to treat patient injuries, diseases and medical conditions by replacing diseased, injured and missing tissues with new replacement tissues grown...

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