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Dissertation Defense Information

Name: Jacqueline Dillard

Program: Biology

Dissertation Title:

     Ecology, monogamy, and the evolution of family living

Major Professor: Dr. David Westneat

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Kuehne Room, Small Animal Building

Name: Sarah Martha

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Title:

     Neurochemical and molecular factors associated with the initial pathophysiological reaction to acute large vessel occlusion stroke.

Major Professor: Dr. Terry Lennie

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: College of Nursing, Room 315T

Name: Ann Whitney

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     INDOOR RADIO FREQUENCY BASED LOCATION TECHNIQUES AND ALGORITHMS UTILIZING UHF RFID AND BLE TECHNOLOGIES

Major Professor: Dr. Johne Parker

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019

Time: 2:30 PM

Place: CE 112

Name: Kathryn Payne

Program: Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Enhanced Efficiency Nitrogen Effect on Pasture Productivity

Major Professor: Dr. Samuel Smith

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM

Place: Ag Science North, Room N120

Name: Mary Brewer

Program: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Biochemical approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of Lafora disease.

Major Professor: Dr. Matthew Gentry

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: TODD 234

Name: Margaret Campe

Program: Sociology

Dissertation Title:

     Students on the Margins: Intersectionality and College Campus Sexual Assault

Major Professor: Dr. Claire Renzetti

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Patterson Office Tower Room 1545

Name: Sneha Roy

Program: Civil Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Quantifying the effects of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) on the traffic congestion in San Francisco

Major Professor: Dr. Gregory Erhardt

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Oliver H Raymond Civil Engineering Building Room No. 112

Name: Qun Zhang

Program: Family Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     

Major Professor: Dr. Hyungsoo Kim

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Funkhouser bldg. 316A

Name: Qun Zhang

Program: Family Studies

Dissertation Title:

     Mortgage Loans and Financial Security Among Middle-Aged and Older Americans

Major Professor: Dr. Hyungsoo Kim

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Funkhouser bldg. 316A

Name: Mark Samudre

Program: Special Education

Dissertation Title:

     Training pre-service general educators to collect accurate antecedent-behavior-consequence data

Major Professor: Dr. Richard Allday

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM

Place: Taylor Education Building Rm. 222

Name: Joshua Mitchell

Program: Biochemistry

Dissertation Title:

     Computational Tools for the Untargeted Assignment of FT-MS Metabolomics Datasets

Major Professor: Dr. Hunter Moseley

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM

Place: BBSRB 202A

Name: Eric Roemmele

Program: Statistics

Dissertation Title:

     A Flexible Zero-Inflated Poisson Regression Model

Major Professor: Dr. Derek Young

Date: Monday, April 1, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Multidisciplinary Sciences Building Room 312

Name: Lauren Willis

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     The Effect of Increased Physical Activity on Academic Performance

Major Professor: Dr. Heather Erwin

Date: Monday, April 1, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: TBD

Name: Elizabeth Marshall

Program: Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Dissertation Title:

     Factors That Influence Maternal Feeding Decisions for Toddlers: Extending the Theory of Planned Behavior

Major Professor: Dr. Melinda Ickes

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Room 103 Seaton Center

Name: Tanja Bibbs

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Speaking Their Truth: Black Women's Perspectives on Executive-Level Administration in Higher Education

Major Professor: Dr. Wayne Lewis

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: Dickey Hall Room 109

Name: David Delgado

Program: Hispanic Studies

Dissertation Title:

     Poéticas minimalistas de la ciudad contemporánea: Iribarren, Mínguez y Del Val

Major Professor: Dr. Ana Rueda

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: Patterson Office Tower 1145

Name: Deirdre Mikolajcik

Program: English

Dissertation Title:

     Values in the Air: Community and Capital Conversion in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

Major Professor: Dr. Ellen Rosenman

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: 107 Breckinridge Hall

Name: Min Jae Lee

Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     THE DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL PROTEASOME INHIBITORS FOR THE TREATMENT OF MULTIPLE MYELOMA AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Major Professor: Dr. Kyung Bo Kim

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: Room 234 TODD

Name: Kirsten Railey

Program: Edu & Cslg Psy - Educat'l Psychology

Dissertation Title:

     An Exploration of Law Enforcement Officers' Training Experiences, Training Needs, and Interactions Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Campbell

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

Time: 2:30 PM

Place: Taylor Education Building; 151-F

Name: Wisam Muttashar

Program: Geological Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     DETERMINING THE EFFECT OF DEPOSITIONAL PROCESSES ON STRENGTH AND COMPRESSIBILITY OF SEDIMENTS USING ELASTIC SHEAR WAVE VELOCITY.

Major Professor: Dr. L. Sebastian Bryson

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: ENGR conference room 112 in Oliver H. Raymond building (OHR)

Name: Whittney Emminger

Program: Communication

Dissertation Title:

     Navigating the Michelle P. Waiver: A Narrative Inquiry Exploring the Impact of Family Caregivers’ Communication Infrastructure in Managing Healthcare Related Uncertainty and Decision-making for Individuals with Disabilities.

Major Professor: Dr. Allison Gordon

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: TBD

Name: Kerry Mallini

Program: Educational Leadership Studies

Dissertation Title:

     Leadership Development in Physical Therapy: Moving Toward a Community of Transformative Practitioners

Major Professor: Dr. Tricia Browne-Ferrigno

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Zoom

Name: Dara Singh

Program: Mechanical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     A Computational Study of Patch Implantation and Mitral Valve Mechanic

Major Professor: Dr. Jonathan Wenk

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM

Place: Room # 387, RGAN Building (Mechanical Engineering Department)

Name: Mary Harrington

Program: Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Dissertation Title:

     The Effects of the USDA Summer Food Service Program on Rural Adolescents’ Nutrition Attitudes, Knowledge, Behavioral Intentions, and Nutrition Behaviors

Major Professor: Dr. Melinda Ickes

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: 103 Seaton Building

Name: Elisane Weber Tessmann

Program: Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     Impact Of A Warmed Environment, Spike Morphology And Genotype On FHB Levels In A Soft Red Winter Wheat Mapping Population

Major Professor: Dr. David VanSanford

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time: 12:00 AM

Place: Room 360, Plant and Soil Science Building

Name: Jessica Harman

Program: Nursing

Dissertation Title:

     End-of-Life Decision Making of Patients with a Cardiac Device

Major Professor: Dr. Debra Moser

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: College of Nursing 315-T

Name: Michael Osborne

Program: Instruction and Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Student Help-Seeking Behaviors and Teacher Instructional Practices: Examining Their Relationship with U.S. Student Mathematics Achievement

Major Professor: Dr. Xin Ma

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Dickey Hall Room 109

Name: Brittany Bissell

Program: Clinical and Translational Science

Dissertation Title:

     Pharmacist-Driven De-Resuscitation in the Intensive Care Unit

Major Professor: Dr. Peter Morris

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: CTW 403

Name: Shelby Baez

Program: Rehabilitation Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     INJURY-RELATED FEAR IN PATIENTS AFTER ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT RECONSTRUCTION

Major Professor: Dr. Johanna Hoch

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Charles T Wethington Building, Room 219

Name: Kasey Bray

Program: Mathematics

Dissertation Title:

     On the Role of Ill-conditioning: Biharmonic Eigenvalue Problem and Multigrid Algorithms

Major Professor: Dr. Qiang Ye

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: Patterson Office Tower, 745

Name: Zaid Al-Khaledi

Program: Statistics

Dissertation Title:

     Serial Testing for Detection of Multilocus Genetic Interactions

Major Professor: Dr. Richard Charnigo

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM

Place: 312 MDS

Name: Ran Duan

Program: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dissertation Title:

     Evaluate the Effects of Antidepressants on the Risk of Dementia

Major Professor: Dr. Erin Abner

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM

Place: Room 207, College of Public Health (111 Washing Ave.)

Name: Stephanie Anderson

Program: Education Sciences

Dissertation Title:

     A LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE ON FAMILY ENGAGEMENT: QUALITATIVE CONTENT ANALYSIS OF SECONDARY DATA

Major Professor: Dr. Beth Rous

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM

Place: Dickey Hall Room 109

Name: Collin Shepley

Program: Special Education

Dissertation Title:

     Training Teachers in Inclusive Preschool Classrooms to Monitor Child Progress and Make Data-based Decisions through Direct Behavioral Observations

Major Professor: Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown

Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM

Place: 222 Taylor Education Building

Name: Marcus Painter

Program: Business Administration

Dissertation Title:

     Essays on external forces in capital markets

Major Professor: Dr. Russell Jame

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM

Place: Gatton Rm 330

Name: Irfan Ahmad

Program: Chemical Engineering

Dissertation Title:

     Detection of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Water Using Fluorescent Nanoparticles

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Dziubla

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM

Place: FPAT 267

Name: Mary Gravil

Program: Special Education

Dissertation Title:

     The Field Trip Project: Bridging Science Learning Across Formal and Informal Kindergarten Settings

Major Professor: Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: TEB 222

Name: Elizabeth Rhodus

Program: Gerontology

Dissertation Title:

     TOWARD AN UNDERSTANDING OF BEHAVIORAL AND SENSORY EXPERIENCES WHEN LIVING WITH DEMENTIA AND RELATED DISORDERS: AN ENVIRONMENTAL GERONTOLOGY PERSPECTIVE

Major Professor: Dr. Graham Rowles

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Time: 12:30 PM

Place: MDS 206

Name: Gokce Tekeli

Program: English

Dissertation Title:

     Where We Belong: Spatial Imagining in American Women’s Life Narratives, 1859-1912

Major Professor: Dr. Marion Rust

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM

Place: 1245 POT

Name: Angela Collier

Program: Physics

Dissertation Title:

     The Role of Angular Momentum in the Interplay Between Disk Galaxies and Their Host Dark Matter Halos: Corollaries for the Hubble Fork Diagram

Major Professor: Dr. Isaac Shlosman

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: Blazer Dining Hall 336