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2011-2012 President's Faculty Grant Winners

A Collaborative, Multi-disciplinary Model to Improve P-12 Learning

Based on the literature regarding best practices and position papers of national and state organizations calling for expanded and changing roles for support personnel (e.g., American School...

Acute Morphine After Fear Learning: Implications for Sex-Specific PTSD Treatment

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that develops after experiencing a significant physical and/or psychological trauma. Frequently, people experiencing such traumas can...

American Heart Association 2011 CPR Retention: PT, OD students and Public Safety

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is required for Nova Southeastern University(NSU) health professions students and public safety personnel. The American Heart Association (AHA) published new...

Assessment, Monitoring and Mapping of Coral Reefs in Veracruz, Mexico

The Parque Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano (Veracruz Coral Reef System National Park) consists of 23 reefs surrounding the Port of Veracruz, Mexico, and encompasses a total of 52,000...

A Study of New Metal-Organic Frameworks as Gas Storage and Drug Delivery Media

A new class of porous compounds known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOF's, has been shown to have applications in a diverse number of areas. In particular, they have been studied as...

Comparison of Dental Treatments to Impact the Quality of Life of Children

The impact of this clinical research on the treatment of necrotic immature permanent teeth is significant because it will create a clinical evidence base for delivering regenerative endodontic...

Cultural-Linguistic Adaptation of a Health Literacy Intervention for Hispanics

Health literacy (HL) is an important problem in improving health outcomes in patients with HIV. Antiretroviral (ARV) medications have shown to markedly suppress the virus and offered the...

Differential Desensitization of Salt Appetite and Thirst by Brain Angiotensin

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. A major causal factor is excessive salt intake associated with its high palatability. Angiotensin II, the...

Discovery and Description of Two Benthic Communities - Poritidae and Pennatulidae

Two benthic cnidarian communities were discovered in July 2010 in the southwest Gulf of California. The primary purpose of this research is to obtain basic descriptive ecological data on each....

Early Detection of Aging Related Alterations in Endogenous Brain Fluctuations

Neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia contribute a major portion of the rising health care costs in aging populations and adversely effect the quality...

Empowering Teachers: Differentiated Teaching for Positive Outcomes

Recent trends in identification of students with special and varied learning needs have necessitated changes in educational methodologies. Response to Intervention (RTI) is fast becoming the...

Evaluating the Benefits of Text Message Reminders on HIV Medication Adherence

This study will document the impact of short message system (SMS) "text message" technology on medication adherence measures in HIV-infected patients. Mobile health technologies are...

Evaluation of a Novel Procedure to Increase Compliance in Young Children with ASD

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often have difficulty complying with simple instructions. Compliance with instructions is fundamental for maintaining children's safety as well as...

Evidence for Catastrophic Sealevel Rise in Broward County

Catastrophic sealevel rise due to ice-sheet collapse is one of the major worries for coastal communities like S-Florida. Using the past as a key to the present and future, we will use the...

Human Trafficking Prevention through Faculty Professional Development

Slavery is capitalism at its worst. Estimates vary on the number of people currently trafficked nationally from 14,500 to 2.5 million. The Department of Justice and the Florida Coalition Against...

Ideology and Moral Disgust: Their Influence on Water Reuse

The aim of this current project is to assess how liberal and conservative ideologies rely on respective moral foundations that influence willingness to use recycled water. Recycled water projects...

Interventional Study of Text Messaging to Improve Medication Adherence in T2DM

Diabetes is characterized by high blood glucose resulting from defects in the production of insulin and related factors. Poor medication adherence is associated with diminished control of type 2...

Microbial Roles in Rapid Tissue Loss Disease of Acropora cervicornis Coral

Acropora represents a keystone coral genus (with two major nominal species Acropora cervicornis and Acropora palmata) of the Florida reef tract, which has experienced significant decline throughout...

Molecular Effects of Angiotensin II on Astrocytes Isolated from Hypertensive Rats

In the United States over 75 million people twenty or older suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure). Hypertension causes insidious physiological changes leading to kidney disease, heart...

Molecular Monitoring of Microbial Symbiont Changes in a Marine Sponge Over Time

The ability of a sponge to filter large volumes of water and retain microbial communities makes them candidates for use as bio-indicators. Amphimedon compressa is a marine sponge (phylum Porifera,...

Off-Label Antidepressant Use in Treatment of Insomnia

Need/Background: Off-label drug use attributed to 21% of prescriptions written annually. Of all off-label drug use, antidepressants use in insomnia is one of the most common practices....

One-step or two-step excavation of deep caries lesion? Randomized Clinical Trial

The traditional treatment of deep carious lesions approaching the pulp is dictated by removing all of the soft demineralized dentin in one visit. However, several studies has been challenged this...

Parental and Peer Influences on Psychosocial Adjustment in Emerging Adulthood

A vast literature shows that the quality of personal relationships, especially personal relationships with parents is a major predictor of psychosocial functioning. Another line of research...

Parent Awareness: Childhood Obesity in Autism and the Role of Physical Therapy

Childhood obesity and Autism Disorder (ASD) are at national epidemic levels and the numbers continue to rise. While each health issue alone is the focus of national attention, there is evidence of...

Prevalence and Correlates of Posttraumatic Growth in Pediatric Burn Survivors

Background: Burn injuries are not uncommon in children and adolescents and often have lasting influence on emotional functioning, family relationships, body image, and quality of life in survivors....

Quaternary Landscape Development, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

The goal of this proposed study is to advance our understanding of landscape development in the Badlands National Park, South Dakota through analysis of Quaternary landslide events. Our previous...

Religion, Medicine and Healing in the Volta region of Ghana

Ghanaian health care resources range from western-trained doctors to traditional healers. Ghanaians have varying access to resources dependent on factors from location to socioeconomics to...

Simulated Patient Assessment Research, and Collaboration (SPARC)

In recent years, accrediting units of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and other credentialing bodies have increasingly...

Smart Polymers to Reduce Alcohol Absorption into Systemic Circulation

Consumption of alcohol is a major public health concern associated with significant costs and high rates of mortality. This project will be examining a novel way to decrease the side effects...

The Effectiveness of Diagnosis and Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a condition causing numbness, tingling and weakness in patient's upper limbs. Symptoms are due to compression and restriction of the nerves and blood vessels...

The Influence of Rapid Sequential Reading on Generating Inferences

Speed reading training is marketed towards individuals with claims of improved reading speed, improved comprehension and improved retention. Unfortunately, research suggests that techniques...

Use of an iPad Application to Teach Communication Skills to Children with Autism

Current estimates by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention suggest the prevalence of autism to be one out of 110 children. Communication is one of the three domains of core diagnostic...

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