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  • EEOS 510  Teaching Weather & Water

    Description:
    This course crosses the boundaries of the science disciplines to focus on weather and the pivotal role that water and solar radiation play in the exchange of energy at the Earth's surface. Basic concepts such as the behavior of gases (Ideal Gas Law), energy flow, density changes, phase changes, heat capacities, isotopic fractionation processes, thermal convection, and thermohaline circulation, will be applied to examine short-term weather and water dynamics (pressure-driven fronts and flows) and longer-term impacts on global warming and climate change. The course has been designed to embrace the 7E learning cycle and instructional model.   More Info

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  • EEOS 597  Special Topics

    Description:
    This course offers study of selected topics within this subject. Course content and credits vary according to topic and are announced prior to the registration period.   More Info

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  • EEOS 600  Responsible Conduct in Research

    Description:
    This first year graduate course will introduce students to the many aspects of scientific integrity and responsible conduct in research (RCR). We seek to provide a learning experience for students that will enable them to: 1. Develop and refine skills needed to solve problems involving relevant topic areas of responsible scientific conduct; 2. Be able to clearly articulate --both verbally and in writing --ethically and legally acceptable solutions to problems posed about scientific conduct; 3. Develop a positive attitude towards life long learning in the matters of scientific integrity and responsible research conduct.   More Info

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  • EEOS 601  Introduction to Probability and Applied Statistics

    Description:
    The course will analyze basic probability theory, probability distributions useful for modeling environmental processes - including binomial, Poisson, exponential, normal, geometric, hypergeometric, Chi-square, F, and Student's t - conditional probabilities & Bayes' theorem, random variables, & expected values, the central limit theorem, and parameter estimation. The course focuses on software-based hypothesis testing including p-values & confidence limits, Monte Carlo simulations, Type I and II error & power, Student's t tests and non-parametric alternatives, contigency tables & goodness-of-fit tests, regression, correlation, and one-way randomized block ANOVA. The course will make extensive use of programming software (e.g., Matlab or R). Calculus is a prerequisite.   More Info

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  • EEOS 603  Coasts and Communities I

    Description:
    This course defines and explores methods of linking critical disciplinary perspectives important to defining and solving environmental problems. The course will focus on the relation among natural and human systems in coastal regions of the world. Through the lens of climate change and urbanization this course will cover fundamental aspects on earth system interactions including hydrology, geology, geochemistry, physical oceanography, and ecology.   More Info

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  • EEOS 604  Coasts and Communities II

    Description:
    This course explores human system interactions with the environment through the lens of climate change and urbanization. The course uses conceptual modeling and problem solving to explore the role of governance, business, and communities in the development and implementation of sustainable solutions to environmental problems.   More Info

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  • EEOS 607  Introduction to Environmental Innovation Clinic

    Description:
    This course gives students a new set of tools for and experience in finding and developing innovative approaches for addressing environmental problems. The course explores various creativity methodologies and identifies, in collaboration with stakeholders, prospects for applying innovative strategies to address current environmental challenges.   More Info

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  • EEOS 611  Applied Statistics

    Description:
    This course is designed to prepare students to design and analyze experiments and field studies using ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) and regression techniques, including generalized linear regression. Analyses will be performed using Matlab, SPSS/PASW or R. both online and in-person versions will use discussion boards extensively and 2-3 hours of virtual office hours will provide 1-on-1 help with computer analyses and statistical concepts.   More Info

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  • EEOS 613  Oceans and Human Health

    Description:
    Over the last ten years, there has been a growing realization among both natural and social scientists that the oceans affect human health, and humans affect ocean health. Because of the complex and varied interactions between the oceans and humans, this new field is necessarily interdisciplinary, spanning the entire gamut from oceanography, toxicology, biological, physical, chemical and medical sciences, through engineering, epidemiology and public health, and on the social sciences, economics, and environmental policy and management. This course aims to introduce student sto the evolving interdisciplinary field of "oceans and Human Health." Lectures will provide background information on human health, the physical environment, and oceanographic processes, presented through a case study approach that will demonstrate the inter-relationships among these three factors. The course will include such current topics as the impacts of global climate change, endocrine disruptors, harmful algal blooms (HSBs), toxic dinoflagellates, waterborne and foodborne diseases, and the importance of natural products from the ocean. Impacts (to both humans and the ocean) and remedies will be emphasized.   More Info

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  • EEOS 616  Environmental Policy and Administration

    Description:
    Study of how solutions to environmental problems are implemented. Techniques of policy-making and administration in both public and private organizations are studied. Government and industrial administrators are brought to campus to provide insight into real-world problems and solutions. (Course offered in the fall only.)   More Info

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  • EEOS 621  Plankton Dynamics

    Description:
    The focus of the course will be on the dynamic processes and interactions between water column plankton (e.g., phytoplankton, zooplankton, bacteria, and protists) with regard to nutrient and energy exchange. The course will examine how changes in the water chemistry can affect biological processes and community composition and the impacts this has on marine resources and society. There will be a small field component to this course where students are exposed to and allowed to see the different plankton organisms along with being shown the basic methods for studying the different water-column plankton.   More Info

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  • EEOS 622  Introduction to Zooplankton Ecology

    Description:
    Zooplankton can be called the cows of the sea. These animals range in size from 2 m to .1 mm and are the food supply for many commercially important fish, whales, and other large animals. This course will examine the different classes and functional groups of marine zooplankton, with an emphasis on copepods and tunicates. Zooplankton morphology, physiology, ecology, and geographical distributions will be discussed in detail and related to larger environmental issues, e.g., global warming, eutrophication.   More Info

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  • EEOS 623L  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

    Description:
    This course teaches the concepts, principles, approaches, techniques, and technologies of geographic information systems (GIS)The specific topics include essential elements of a GIS, hardware requirements and system integration, technologies and techniques for acquiring spatial data, spatial data models, data structures, data formats, database models, spatial analysis and modeling, cartographic design, implementation of a GIS, and environmental and socioeconomic applications. Hands-on exercises on ArcView are assigned each week. A term project on the use of a GIS in solving a specific environmental or socio-economic problem is required. EEOS 623L and UPCD 623L are the same course.   More Info

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  • EEOS 625  Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing

    Description:
    In this course, students learn the physical principles of remote sensing and become familiar with the capabilities and limitations of current and future remote-sensing systems. They also learn the techniques commonly used for interpreting aerial photographs, satellite remote-sensing data, and thermal and radar imagery, and gain practical lab experience in image interpretation. They are exposed to a wide variety of applications in environmental mapping and monitoring, natural resource management, urban and regional planning, and global change research.   More Info

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  • EEOS 627  Environmental Modeling in Raster GIS

    Description:
    This course has two major components. The first component focuses on GIS raster data models, their structure and function, and in particular their use in a modeling context. The second component focuses on the use of modern structures design techniques for forming a basis for the correct design and implementation of geographic information systems applications.   More Info

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  • EEOS 629  Advanced Topics in GIScience

    Description:
    This course is an advanced GIS graduate course focusing on quantitative methods in spatial analysis. It is meant to promote critical thinking and explore current technical advances in GIS. Students will examine GIS applications in detail, and gain hands-on experience with current spatial modeling software in an applied area. Students will also gain experience in planning and outlining an applied GIS project, learning the specific techniques required for the project, and advancing the project through to completion.   More Info

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  • EEOS 630  Biological Oceanography

    Description:
    The course analyzes the processes governing the population dynamics of phytoplankton, zooplankton, and benthos. The course stresses the interaction between marine biology and relevant aspects of physical, chemical and geological oceanography. The course has a special emphasis on applied benthic ecology, especially the effects of pollution on the coastal zone. Other topics include the microphytobenthos, modeling competition, predation & benthic community structure, zooplankton grazing & predation, satellite remote sensing, and the effects of climate change on marine populations. Calculus recommended, but not required.   More Info

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  • EEOS 635  Environmental Toxicology

    Description:
    The course will impart basic principles of environmental toxicology, focusing on toxicological assessment, types and mechanisms of toxicological response, the properties and effects of specific groups of toxicants released into the environment (e.g., PAH, PCB, pesticides, metals, dioxins/dibenzoofurans), and an overview of current issues facing the rather broad field of environmental toxicology. Toxicological responses will be discussed at all levels of biological organization, from the molecular/biochemical, cellular, and organismal up through the population, community, and ecosystem. Biochemical toxicology will be particularly emphasized with respect to toxicant absorption, internal partitioning/transport, metabolism/detoxification, sequestering, targeting, and elimination.   More Info

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  • EEOS 640  The Chemistry of Natural Waters

    Description:
    A basic description of the chemistry of natural and especially marine waters designed to lay the foundation for more advanced course work. Emphasis will be on the chemical composition of natural waters and the identification of the important chemical, physical, and biological processes controlling their composition. A case study, emphasizing the multidisciplinary nature of these processes, will be given at the end of the course.   More Info

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  • EEOS 645  Environmental Issues in the Horn of Africa

    Description:
    This course explores the environmental issues and associated political ecologies of the Horn of Africa. The course will explore the history of human-environment relations, paying particular attention to the exploitation of the natural environment during colonialism and patterns of extraction and trade set up during that time. The course will also explore the major debates concerning the development, governance, and valuation of the regions natural resources.   More Info

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  • EEOS 650  Physical Oceanography

    Description:
    This course introduces the physical processes active in the ocean environment, including coastal and estuarine regions, and investigates the connection between those processes and observed physical characteristics of the ocean. (Course offered in the fall only.)   More Info

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  • EEOS 654  Professional Science Communication

    Description:
    Advances in science depend upon systematic communication regarding theories, methods, observations and findings. At the same time, the development of technology and sound public policy depend upon advances in science. This course is designed to familiarize students with the wide range of models, methods and media that are employed in scientific communication. Assignments will include the construction of written documents such as abstracts, research proposals, and research reports as well as articles and notes for general audiences; visual presentations such as slides, posters, and graphs; and oral communications such as presentations, testimony and interviews.   More Info

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  • EEOS 657  Fluvial Hydrology

    Description:
    This course will introduce the student to streamflow hydrology and fluvial processes. Topics will include field measurement techniques, the hydrodynamics of moving water, channel form, sediment transport and commonly used statistical methods such as flow duration and flood frequency analysis. Students will learn how these topics and techniques are linked and utilized in water management and river restoration.   More Info

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  • EEOS 658  Geomorphology of Coastal Watershed

    Description:
    This course will provide students with an understanding of the landforms, landscapes, and processes that shape and alter the environments found within coastal watersheds. For the purpose of this course, a coastal watershed is loosely defined as the area from the edge of the continental shelf to the piedmont. Environments will be examined through the use of informed descriptive geomorphology and process geomorphology. It will also draw on elements of sedimentology and statigraphy to assist in providing a spatial and temporal context to discussions.   More Info

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  • EEOS 660L  Coastal Ecological Processes

    Description:
    Coastal ecosystems form a critical boundary between watersheds and the oceans and as such are influenced by processes in both habitats. From local scale impacts associated with urbanization of near shore watersheds and local fisheries to global scale impacts due to increasing acidification of the oceans and long-range transport of atmospheric pollutants, many coastal waters are under siege from numerous anthropogenic influences. Considering the vast number of ecosystem services provided by coastal waters, understanding the functioning of coastal ecosystems is a critical first step toward developing sustainable management practices. This course will study the basic functioning of coastal ecosystems and the role that human perturbations play in altering these functions. In particular we will focus on understanding the scientific aspects of coastal ecology that underlie areas of interest to coastal managers, including the science behind coastal eutrophication, ocean acidification, food web structure and function (including food web/fisheries interactions), and wetland protection and restoration. BIOL 660L and EEOS 660L are the same course.   More Info

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  • EEOS 662L  Applied Chemometrics

    Description:
    Applied Chemometrics will cover the fundamentals of many commonly used chemometric methods such as principal components analysis (PCA) and partial least squares (PLS) regression. Emphasis will be on applying these techniques in the chemical process and laboratory environment for instrument calibration, sample classification, Multivariate Statistical Process Control (MSPC), experimental design, and hypothesis testing. The class begins with a brief review of linear algebra and basic statistics and moves quickly into multivariate methods. Advanced methods and variable selection will be covered. The course includes broad coverage of common applications and discussion of common mistakes in chemometrics and how to avoid them.   More Info

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  • EEOS 665L  Ecological Risk Assessment

    Description:
    Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) is formal practice used by regulatory agencies worldwide to define the scope of environmental problems. The ERA framework was developed over several decades in response to inconsistencies in how risk assessments were conducted. This framework now provides a systematic method for approaching environmental problems associated with chemical contamination, and other ecological stressors. This course will use the risk assessment documents and guidelines developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to train students in the basic methods of ERA. Students will be tasked with performing a Stressor Identification and ERA at impaired sites to demonstrate competency in these methods. In addition, this course will explore emerging topics in ERA including the broadening field of Ecological Exposure Assessment and incorporation of nonchemical stressors into ERAs.   More Info

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  • EEOS 670L  Environmental and Energy Economics

    Description:
    This course introduces students to the economist's approach to solving environmental problems and related aspects of energy markets. The first part of the course concentrates on the economic theory used to solve environmental problems, including those associated with energy production and utilization. In the latter half of the course, the theory will be used as a framework to approach a wide range of environmental and energy issues. The purpose of the course is to expose students to sufficiently rigorous economic analysis to enable them to appreciate the usefulness of the economic approach to environmental and energy-related problem solving and to enable them to critique economic analyses they may be presented with in future decision-making roles. ECOn 670L and EEOS 670L are the same course.   More Info

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  • EEOS 674L  Climate and Energy: Law, Policy and Management

    Description:
    This course examines legal, public policy and management issues related to Climate Change as well as those related to the siting, development and distribution of renewable energy. It begins with an on international overview of the socio-economic forces shown to influence climate change, the legal and economic mechanisms that have emerged to address such change and the evolving global energy portfolio (particularly efforts to develop renewable energy). EEOS 684L and MBAMGT 684L are the same course.   More Info

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  • EEOS 675L  Economics of Renewables: Marine and Energy Resources

    Description:
    This course introduces students to the use of economic analysis in helping to solve marine and energy related natural resource problems. The first part of the course focuses on the economic theory used to analyze natural resource and energy issues. In the latter half of the course these theoretical tools will be used as a framework to analyze a wide range of issues dealing with marine resources and renewable energy. The purpose of the course is to expose students to sufficiently rigorous economics analysis to enable them to appreciate the usefulness of the economic approach to resource and renewable energy problem solving and to critique economic analyses they may be presented with in future decision-making roles. ECON 675L and EEOS 675L are the same course.   More Info

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  • EEOS 680  Coastal and Ocean Law

    Description:
    An examination of the laws to preserve, develop, and manage coastal ocean resources and space. Judicial decisions interpreting and applying these laws are a major focus, although attention is also given to the coastal and ocean policies embodied in them and the process by which these policies have been established.   More Info

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  • EEOS 685  Ecosystem Management Law and Policy

    Description:
    This course examines environmental and natural resource management laws through and ecosystem law and policy lens. Ecological concepts are considered and assessed in light of the myriad challenges related to complex systems management. In light of the fact that most public policy, regulatory and market approaches to resource use and ecosystem stewardship focus on human behavior, socio-economic concepts are examined as well. Students participate in discussions of readings in the ecosystem management, law and policy literature; select and critically review an environmental or natural management program from an ecosystem management perspective, and present their findings to the class.   More Info

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  • EEOS 688  Advanced Marine Geographic Information Systems

    Description:
    Advanced Marine Geographic Information Science is an advanced course on GIS principles, theories, and practices for marine environmental applications. We will focus on the fundamentals of marine GIS, spatial data, and spatial analysis by using real-world marine datasets using ESRI's ArcGIS software. Topics will include, but are not limited to oceanographic data acquisition, habit modeling, species distribution modeling, and marine spatial planning for conservation and human uses.   More Info

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  • EEOS 691  Current Literature in Environmental Sciences

    Description:
    A series of one-credit seminar courses focusing on subfields of environmental science, designed to help students develop the habit of keeping up with recent developments through reading scientific journals. The seminars also provide a forum for discussion of significant new findings in the field as well as discussion and critique of the students' own research.   More Info

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  • EEOS 692  WISP Seminar

    Description:
    This seminar is designed to prepare WISP (Watershed-Integrated Sciences Partnership between UMass Boston and three local school districts) Fellows for intensive summer workshops (Teacher Training and Environmental Science Content Institute), to initiate an exploration of science education practices, and to expose Fellows to middle school classroom teaching. The seminar is intended to provide consistency and a passing on of experiential knowledge from one cohort of Fellows (outgoing) to the next (incoming). The 1-credit seminar is required for participation of UMass Boston graduate students in the GK-12 program as Fellows.   More Info

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  • EEOS 697  Special Topics in Environmental Sciences

    Description:
    This course provides an opportunity for presentation of particularly timely lecture/laboratory/field material which does not fall under the purview of any other course.   More Info

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  • EEOS 698  Projects in Environmental Sciences

    Description:
    A practicum resulting in a substantial written report based on library, laboratory, or field research which involves an original project. Up to 6 credits from this course may be applied to the MS degree, over more than one semester. Please note: This course is required for all master's-level students taking the non-thesis option; it is not open to doctoral students. Students may not take both ECOS 698 and 699.   More Info

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  • EEOS 699  Thesis Research

    Description:
    Research conducted under faculty supervision which leads to the presentation of a master's thesis. Up to 10 credits from this course may be applied to the MS degree, over more than one semester. Please note: This course is required for all master's-level students taking the thesis option; it is not open to doctoral students. Students may not take both ECOS 698 and 699.   More Info

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  • EEOS 710  Environmental Biogeochemistry

    Description:
    This course identifies and defines the influence of biota on the geochemical cycling of inorganic and organic substances through the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Particular emphasis is given to contemporary research in the biogeochemistry of carbon, sulfur, selected metals, and organic compounds of natural and anthropogenic origin. Calculus and biochemistry are recommended, but not required. (Course offered in the spring every other year.)   More Info

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  • EEOS 715  Isotope Geochemistry

    Description:
    This course explores the use of stable and radioactive isotopes in delineating biogeochemical and geochemical processes in the environment. Emphasis is given to recent advances in the field. Specific topics to be addressed include geochronology, paleothermometry, use of isotopes as tracers, and analytical methods. A team project exercise combining field and laboratory work and presentation of results is required. (Course offered in the fall every other year.)   More Info

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  • EEOS 716  Scientific and Technical Information and the Policy Process

    Description:
    This course considers the role of scientific and technical information in the policy-making process. Questions of the impact of information on policy evaluation, the role of scientists, and research agenda setting are all discussed. (Course offered in the spring only.)   More Info

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  • EEOS 726  Coastal Zone Management

    Description:
    This course introduces and evaluates the legal, political, and social factors that most directly affect the management of coastal area resources. Both conceptual and case-oriented literature are reviewed, in order to familiarize the student with the evolution and practice of coastal zone management generally in the U.S., and particularly in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   More Info

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  • EEOS 780  Seminar in Environmental Chemistry

    Description:
    Lectures and discussion focused on contemporary issues in environmental chemistry. (Course offered in the fall every other year.)   More Info

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  • EEOS 791  Seminar in Environmental Sciences

    Description:
    Presentations and discussions of current topics in environmental sciences by students and visiting lecturers. Registration required each semester.   More Info

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  • EEOS 796  Independent Study in Environmental Science

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    Independent laboratory and/or library studies under the direction of a faculty member.   More Info

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  • EEOS 798  Internship in Environmental Sciences

    Description:
    Students are placed individually at private-sector or government institutions in order to gain practical training and professional experiences not available on campus. Each placement is jointly supervised by an individual at the host agency or company and by a faculty member.   More Info

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  • EEOS 799  Environmental Innovation Clinic Research

    Description:
    In this course student teams will work on behalf of clients (i.e., agencies, industry, municipalities, community members) to implement an innovative solution to an environmental problem. The course will include guided research and will provide students with skills in stakeholder engagement, project management, and project reporting.   More Info

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  • EEOS 899  Dissertation Research

    Description:
    Research, conducted under faculty supervision, which leads to the presentation of a doctoral dissertation.   More Info

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