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• #### The Structure and Dynamics of Tropical Forests In Relation to Climate Variability ﻿

(2011-08-22)
Although trends and changes in environmental forcing over tropical regions have been recognized, the question remains: how do tropical forests respond to current and future global climate change? Results from long-term ...
• #### Working Overtime: Multiple-Office Holding in New Jersey ﻿

(2011-08-22)
The residents of Union City, NJ— a 1.2 square mile metropolis across the Hudson from Manhattan—are fond of taking to the task of adorning their city streets on their own. In the business sector of the city (that is to say, ...
• #### On Resilient and Exposure-Resilient Functions ﻿

(2011-09-07)
Resilient and exposure-resilient functions are functions whose output appears random even if some portion of their input is either revealed or fixed. We explore an alternative way of characterizing these objects that ties ...
• #### Unconditional Relationships within Zero Knowledge ﻿

(2011-09-09)
Zero-knowledge protocols enable one party, called a prover, to "convince" another party, called a verifier, the validity of a mathematical statement such that the verifier "learns nothing" other than the fact that the ...
• #### The Good, the Bad and the Cunning: How Networks Make or Break Cooperation ﻿

(2012-07-19)
Groups often find themselves in a position to self-govern: sometimes a formal governing apparatus is weak or nonexistent; sometimes the legal system is underdeveloped, heavily back-logged or inapplicable; and sometimes ...
• #### Optogenetics and Computer Vision for C. elegans Neuroscience and Other Biophysical Applications ﻿

(2012-07-19)
This work presents optogenetics and real-time computer vision techniques to non-invasively manipulate and monitor neural activity with high spatiotemporal resolution in awake behaving Caenorhabditis elegans. These methods ...
• #### Development and Field-Deployment of an Absorption Spectrometer to Measure Atmospheric HONO and NO2 ﻿

(2012-07-20)
Field observations show daytime HONO levels in urban, rural and remote environments are greater than those expected at photostationary state, that is, balance between production by $NO+OH$ reaction and loss by UV-photolysis ...
• #### Photonic Crystal Nanobeam Cavities for Biomedical Sensing ﻿

(2012-07-20)
Manipulation of light at the nanoscale has the promise to enable numerous technological advances in biomedical sensing, optical communications, nano-mechanics and quantum optics. As photons have vanishingly small interaction ...
• #### Global Positioning: Houqua and His China Trade Partners in the Nineteenth Century ﻿

(2012-07-23)
This study unearths the lost world of early-nineteenth-century Canton. Known today as Guangzhou, this Chinese city witnessed the economic dynamism of global commerce until the demise of the Canton System in 1842. Records ...
• #### Dark and Light: Unifying the Origins of Dark and Visible Matter ﻿

(2012-07-23)
The Standard Model of particle physics can account for neither the dark matter dominating the universe's matter density, nor the baryon asymmetry that leads to the visible matter density. This dissertation explores models ...
• #### In Pursuit of New Worlds: Searches for and Studies of Transiting Exoplanets from Three Space-Based Observatories ﻿

(2012-07-23)
This thesis presents studies of transiting exoplanets using observations gathered in large part from space, with the NASA EPOXI Mission, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Kepler Mission. The first part of this thesis ...
• #### Income Risk and Aggregate Demand over the Business Cycle ﻿

(2012-07-23)
This dissertation consists of three essays on income risk and aggregate demand over the business cycle, each addressing an aspect of the Great Recession. The ﬁrst chapter reframes the standard liquidity trap model to ...
• #### Fantasies of Reason: Science, Superstition, and the Supernatural in Iran ﻿

(2012-07-23)
This dissertation examines uncertainties about the supernatural among members of the urban middle class in Tehran, Iran. In particular, I attend to the ways in which the category of the supernatural (mavara) has become, ...
• #### Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonds in High-Spin Complexes ﻿

(2012-07-23)
The chemistry of late first row transition metals supported by dipyrromethane and dipyrromethene ligands bearing sterically bulky substituents was explored. Transition metal complexes (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn) of the dipyrromethane ...
• #### Mastering Emotions: The Emotional Politics of Slavery ﻿

(2012-07-23)
Mastering Emotions: The Emotional Politics of Slavery explores how the emotions and affective norms of the Antebellum South were conditioned upon and constructed through the institution of slavery. Though slavery is a ...
• #### Essays on Labor Markets in Developing Countries ﻿

(2012-07-23)
This dissertation consists of three empirical essays on distortions in labor market outcomes in developing countries. Chapter 1 tests for downward nominal wage rigidity in markets for casual daily agricultural labor. It ...
• #### Essays in Social Economics ﻿

(2012-07-23)
This dissertation consists of three essays using economic methods to understand social policy issues. The ﬁrst chapter uses a regression discontinuity framework to understand how teen birth rates respond to the ﬁrst college ...
• #### Fervent Faith. Devotion, Aesthetics, and Society in the Cult of Our Lady of Remedios (Mexico, 1520-1811) ﻿

(2012-07-23)
This study examines the cult of Our Lady of Remedios from an art-historical perspective. Choosing this specific cult statue as a case study is not arbitrary: Remedios is among the oldest Marian images in the New World and ...
• #### Online Institutions, Markets, and Democracy ﻿

(2012-07-23)
In this dissertation, I explore the implications of the advances in information and communication technology on democracy. In particular, I examine the roles of online institutions—search engines, news aggregators, and ...
• #### Interpreting Assessments of Student Learning in the Introductory Physics Classroom and Laboratory ﻿

(2012-07-23)
Assessment is the primary means of feedback between students and instructors. However, to effectively use assessment, the ability to interpret collected information is essential. We present insights into three unique, ...